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Steven Unwin "Steve Unwin" (Preston, UK)
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NEXTANY® Professional Skype Audio Sound Podcast Microphone Mic PC Laptop Karaoke Studio with Stand For Laptop PC Computer (Black)
NEXTANY® Professional Skype Audio Sound Podcast Microphone Mic PC Laptop Karaoke Studio with Stand For Laptop PC Computer (Black)
Offered by VIMVIP NEXTANY
Price: £9.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Good microphone for recording a group of voices., 25 Aug. 2016
This is a well performing omni-directional microphone ideal for recording groups of voices .

The microphone arrives in a blister pack which holds the microphone complete with a red lead of approx. 175 cm length terminated with a standard 3.5 mm jack plug and a foldable tripod stand. The microphone itself is around 13 cm in length.

First impressions are that the microphone looks well made. It’s almost entirely plastic, save for the metal grille and has a tactile rubber like feel to the touch. The stand is rather less refined and feels distinctly lightweight. In use it isn’t helped by appearing to have rubber feet, but in fact these are made of plastic and offer no grip at all and thus any slight pull on the cable will send the stand skidding across a desktop. Also the tripod design means it takes up more desk space than a regular circular flat based microphone stand might take up.

The packaging in a blister pack positions the microphone at the cheaper end of the scale which is fine at the cheap price it’s sold at

The microphone is omnidirectional and the stand allows for the microphone to be mounted at different angles including vertically if desired, so it can be placed at the centre of a group, or can allow a sound source to move around it whilst still being picked up.

The key advantage of this microphone is that I can set it up on the stand mounted vertically and am able to walk around it whilst recording. I only have a small office, but there’s something about physical movement that seems to help the dictation flow, so I often find myself pacing about as I dictate.

I then transcribe the notes using Dragon Naturally Speaking software. I find recording quality measured in terms of dictation errors is pretty good, and comparable to using a headset. Mounted vertically the microphone appears to pick up voice equally well from any direction.

Overall I’m impressed with the microphone and the only negative is the stand which lets the side down a little. It would be so much better with a little more weight and rubberised feet. However at the price this is perhaps a little harsh and the problem is relatively easily overcome by applying some blu-tac to each foot.

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Disclaimer: I bought this at a discount with a request for an honest and impartial review.
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Lightning to USB Cable ,TOPLUS (3 Pack) 2m/6ft Nylon Braided Sync Charger for Apple iPhone 6/6 Plus, 6s/6s Plus, 5/5c/5s/SE, iPad, iPod
Lightning to USB Cable ,TOPLUS (3 Pack) 2m/6ft Nylon Braided Sync Charger for Apple iPhone 6/6 Plus, 6s/6s Plus, 5/5c/5s/SE, iPad, iPod
Offered by TOPLUS
Price: £10.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Look good and work well and have a 12 month guarantee so let’s hope they last., 25 Aug. 2016
This is a set of three identical Lightning cables for your favourite Apple device. The cables are two metres long and terminated in strong USB and Lightning connectors. The cables have an outer sheath of braided nylon which seems to protect the inner cable without making it inflexible.

The connectors have a short strain relief piece at the cable entry point to help stop the cable from breaking.
In use the cable works faultlessly with my iPhone 5 both for charging and for data transfer. However cables are the bane of my life and I find it amazing that manufacturers are constantly developing sophisticated hi-tech equipment but the bit that always seems to let things down is the cable.

These look good and work well, but how long they will last – only time will tell.

The fact that the supplier offers free replacement or full refund for 12 months seems to show that they think they’re built to last.

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Disclaimer: I bought this at a discount with a request for an honest and impartial review.
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Digital Kitchen Scale, Luxebell Digital Kitchen Scale with LCD Display and Sensitive Touch-Screen, Max.Capacity 5kg/11lb (Black)
Digital Kitchen Scale, Luxebell Digital Kitchen Scale with LCD Display and Sensitive Touch-Screen, Max.Capacity 5kg/11lb (Black)
Offered by Simple Tek
Price: £12.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Sleekly styled kitchen scale, 25 Aug. 2016
I like the minimalist look of these scales in their black colour. If you have used any electronic scales you’ll find these very easy to use. They don’t come with a mixing bowl, so place your own bowl on them before switching on and they will zero so they only measure the weight of the ingredient you add. There’s a tare function so you can zero the scale when adding several ingredients to measure each individually.

They will measure in grams, pounds, ounces or kilograms. Strangely at switch on the display also has a millilitre symbol, but it’s not possible to select that but as millilitre and gram readings are the same it’s no loss.

It’s powered by a CR2032 button cell which is provided. My preference is for AAA batteries as I have rechargeable ones, but as the scale is used relatively infrequently and has an auto-shut off, finding a button cell should be a rare inconvenience. Apart from this the scale works well and looks good.

Note the product description says the scale can weigh up to 50Kg. This is a typo and should read 5kg.

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Disclaimer: I bought this at a discount with a request for an honest and impartial review.
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Newcomdigi Ice Bags Hot and Cold Packs for Pain Relief Reusable Therapy Sports Injury First Aid Pack of 3(6 inch, 9 inch, 11 inch)
Newcomdigi Ice Bags Hot and Cold Packs for Pain Relief Reusable Therapy Sports Injury First Aid Pack of 3(6 inch, 9 inch, 11 inch)
Offered by Yuema
Price: £29.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Great set of different sized cooling packs to relieve sports injuries and save the frozen peas., 25 Aug. 2016
This is a set of three different sized ice packs that are a great alternative to a bag of frozen peas.

They each have a large screw top opening that can easily be filled with cold water or ice cubes. The packs have two layers, an inner waterproof layer and an outer fabric layer that goes against the skin. They are very pliable and will shape themselves to follow the contours of the injured part of your body. They are really effective at cooling and relieving pain and swelling.

When they’re empty that squash down flat and so they can easily be stored in a kit bag or first aid box.

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Disclaimer: I bought this at a discount with a request for an honest and impartial review.
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ChiTronic® Shinecon VR Virtual Reality Headset, Smart Phone 3D Movies Games Video Glasses with Bluetooth Remote Control
ChiTronic® Shinecon VR Virtual Reality Headset, Smart Phone 3D Movies Games Video Glasses with Bluetooth Remote Control
Offered by Populars
Price: £19.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good quality headset with the bonus of a Bluetooth controller., 24 Aug. 2016
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I’ve seen a few VR headsets and this one is very good as it has controls to adjust the image quality and a Bluetooth remote controller included.

This VR headset when used with your phone can create 3D images and even immersive 360 degree video where you are able to look all around almost as if you are there in the scene.

To do this you need to load your phone into the headset and load video that is in 3D side-by-side format. This is where two almost identical images appear side by side and give the 3D effect.

The headset is comfortable to wear and has ventilation holes that can be opened for extended use. The straps are fully adjustable and pass around and over your head to keep the headset in place. There’s a good layer of padding where the headset rests against your face and controls to adjust the image focus and for adjusting the headset to match the distance between your eyes. With these correctly set the image quality is pretty good, though it depends on the quality of your phone and the material you’re watching. The mechanism for holding your phone in place works well and keeps it secure.

If you just want to watch 3D movies you don’t even need to download an app, just play the video on your phone and you’ll see it in 3D.

If you want to watch 360 degree immersive material you will need to load a suitable app. There are lots available depending on your phone operating system, and many of them are free. The Bluetooth controller links to your phone to allow you to operate phone controls whilst the phone is in the headset which allows you to interact with the film or game you are watching.

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Disclaimer: I bought this at a discount with a request for an honest and impartial review.
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LingsFire® Portable 3 Speeds mini USB Rechargeable Cooling Replenishment Fan Powered by 18650 Rechargeable Battery Misty Cooling Hydrating Fan for Hot Summer Outdoor Travelling (Pink)
LingsFire® Portable 3 Speeds mini USB Rechargeable Cooling Replenishment Fan Powered by 18650 Rechargeable Battery Misty Cooling Hydrating Fan for Hot Summer Outdoor Travelling (Pink)
Offered by five-starstore
Price: £12.55

3.0 out of 5 stars Good as a fan but the mist function is largely ineffective., 24 Aug. 2016
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This fan looks great on paper, but in use I found that it’s rather less impressive.

The fan is built into a rather bulky enclosure which also holds a battery and a small tank of water that is used to create a mist to help cool you. That’s the theory anyway. The fan works fine and the mist spray does work but the amount of water sprayed is so minute that with my eyes closed I wasn’t able to tell whether the spray was on or off. In any event you would have to have the fan up close against your face to feel any effect from the mist. I tried to capture the mist effect in two of the photos. It was difficult to photograph but you can just see it in the last two pictures.

So as a fan it works fine and if you want a rechargeable battery powered fan it’s fine though a little bulky. I’d view the mist function as rather more a gimmick than a useful feature.

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Disclaimer: I bought this at a discount with a request for an honest and impartial review.
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XIAOHE 23 Ft 50 LED Solar Powered Fairy String Lights Soft Lighting Globe Ball light for Outdoor, Garden, Christmas,Home Decor(Colorful)
XIAOHE 23 Ft 50 LED Solar Powered Fairy String Lights Soft Lighting Globe Ball light for Outdoor, Garden, Christmas,Home Decor(Colorful)
Offered by XIAOHE
Price: £12.98

4.0 out of 5 stars Nice set of white globe lights that glow in different colours when lit., 24 Aug. 2016
This string of Globe lights is powered from a rechargeable battery that is topped up from a solar cell. The battery and solar cell are contained in a control box that is mounted on a stake and should be pointed towards the sun. On the back of the control box are two buttons, on/off and constant/flash.

There’s a sensor built into the control box that ensures that the lights only come on when it gets dark, to save energy during the day. The lights are translucent white plastic, looking like very small snowballs until they light up. The light is quite diffused, lighting the snowball up with colour, rather than shining to light up their surroundings.

When they are on they look pretty good and if the weather isn’t sunny enough to keep the battery toped up, you can carefully open the control box where you’ll find the battery is a standard AA type, so could be recharged in a charger, or replaced with another AA battery. Just make sure you carefully put the lid back in place to ensure it’s water tight.

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Disclaimer: I bought this at a discount with a request for an honest and impartial review.
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KEDSUM Clip-on Desk Lamps 7W Flexible Clamp Lamps Touch Sensitive Bedside Table Lamps Small Reading Lights Working & Learning Desk Lights Eye-protecting Book Light LED Touch Sensitive Control Panel 3-Level Dimmable Eye Cared Study Lamp (White)
KEDSUM Clip-on Desk Lamps 7W Flexible Clamp Lamps Touch Sensitive Bedside Table Lamps Small Reading Lights Working & Learning Desk Lights Eye-protecting Book Light LED Touch Sensitive Control Panel 3-Level Dimmable Eye Cared Study Lamp (White)
Offered by KEDSUM-UK
Price: £25.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Flexible mains powered LED desk light., 24 Aug. 2016
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This is a sturdy LED lamp that can be used standing on a desk or clipped to a horizontal or vertical surface such as a table top or shelving unit.

The head has an array of 24 LEDs so naturally gives a diffused light, without casting string shadows which make sit useful for reading or craft working. There are three lighting levels and the goose-neck makes it easy to get the light where you need it. The light has a touch sensitive button on the base to switch on and select the lighting level.

It’s powered from the supplied 3-pin power adapter which has a black cable when a white one would have been better.

The spring clamp is very strong and will hold the lamp pretty much anywhere which is really handy. There’s no battery in the light so you have to have it connected when in use.

I like the styling and the light is easily bright enough to read by, and the clamp means you can use the light wherever you need, so long as you have a power socket nearby.

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Disclaimer: I bought this at a discount with a request for an honest and impartial review.
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KKwell Bicycle Bike Saddle MTB Road Gel Comfort Saddle Cycling Seat Cushion Pad 30*16CM (Black and Red)
KKwell Bicycle Bike Saddle MTB Road Gel Comfort Saddle Cycling Seat Cushion Pad 30*16CM (Black and Red)
Offered by FYC EU
Price: £25.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Looks very good but not enough support for my liking., 24 Aug. 2016
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This appears a well-made cycle saddle that looked great right up to the moment that I sat on it.

It’s a fairly conventional bike seat with the standard two rail fitting. It has a central cut-out for ventilation and a thick layer of padding, considerable more than my current seat. I hope this might translate into more comfort. As I’m planning a long distance cycle ride I was keen to test this one out.

Fitting was very easy it being a direct replacement for my current seat

As soon as I got on the seat I expected the padding to provide extra support, unfortunately it wasn’t the case. Though the padding was thicker it was much softer than my previous saddle. I felt like I was sinking into it to the point that I could feel the plastic seat frame. I’m around 13 stone and cycled only a short distance before I had to ride home and put my old seat back on the bike. The thinner firmer padding being much more comfortable for me.

Maybe for children the seat would be fine. It seems well made and the styling looked good, but it’s not a seat for me I’m afraid.

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Disclaimer: I bought this at a discount with a request for an honest and impartial review.
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LEDGOO Outdoor Solar Powered Flashlight Torch with 4000mAh Emergency Battery Backup Power Bank for Hiking and Camping(Green)
LEDGOO Outdoor Solar Powered Flashlight Torch with 4000mAh Emergency Battery Backup Power Bank for Hiking and Camping(Green)
Offered by ALEDGOO
Price: £28.50

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Flashlight power-bank with the added extra of solar back-up, 24 Aug. 2016
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This is a flashlight or torch that tries hard to be three things in one:-torch, power pack and solar charger, and does a pretty good job.

As a power pack with a built in torch it’s great for packing on a camping trip, charged up before you go and providing power for phones and other devices. The torch works well and provides a very useful light.

The torch also has built into one side a solar panel. This makes the torch a little bulkier than it would have been, in order to provide enough surface area for a useful sized solar panel, but it’s still not unwieldy to carry. Even with its extended size the solar panel is still rather small and so isn’t particularly fast at recharging the battery. It won’t recharge it in a day for example. So if you’re looking for unlimited power and immediate recharge of your phone and other devices, you may be disappointed as this won’t do it.

If however you see this as a power-bank plus torch that has the bonus of collecting free energy, then you’ll probably be much happier with it. It does everything a torch and power-bank can do, plus when you’re totally out of power, it can provide an emergency shot of power, given a little time.

So overall a good device that you’ll appreciate more if you make sure that it’s topped up from the mains before you set of on your trip.

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Disclaimer: I bought this at a discount with a request for an honest and impartial review.
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