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Ultrasport Men's Salt and Pepper Softshell Jacket - Grey/Orange, Small
Ultrasport Men's Salt and Pepper Softshell Jacket - Grey/Orange, Small
Price: £99.99

5.0 out of 5 stars great value functional sports jacket, 26 Jun. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Impressively well-made sports jacket, light yet warm, that's good value for money. The nylon zips, which are coloured to mach the trim all look like good quality. Detachable hood is well secured by poppers and velcro and there are three pull-tags to tighten it. 'Ultraflow 10000' is one of Ultrasport's heavier water resistant/breathable fabrics but it still remains very light. The grey with fluorescent orange trim may no suit everyone, but this is a great sports jacket for the money,


Russell Hobbs 20930 3-in-1 Sandwich/ Panini and Waffle Maker
Russell Hobbs 20930 3-in-1 Sandwich/ Panini and Waffle Maker
Price: £30.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but just one flaw, 11 Jun. 2015
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This has replaced my Breville sandwich toaster of similar shape and design. Like the Breville, this has detachable plates for easy cleaning but, unlike the Breville which only came with toasted sandwich plates, the Russell Hobbs has Panini plates (which can also be used for grilling) and Waffle plates. The plates are rather thinner and lighter than the Breville's but that doesn't seem to impair their performance - they actually fit rather more easily with one fastener button per plate rather than two.

How does it perform? Perfectly well - as well as my previous toaster. I haven't tried the waffle plates (I seldom eat waffles) but both types of sandwich plates work well. The difference, of course, is that the traditional 'toastie' plates seal the edges into two triangular shapes per slice, whereas with the panini plates, the side of the sandwich remain open. You can use slightly thick bread with the panini or more filling as there is no need for the bread to be pressed together until it seals across the diagonal, but you lose that particular pleasure of biting into the crispy toastie envelope with the gooey melted inside.

Any flaws? Just one. Unlike Russell Hobbs, Breville do not claim the removable plates are dishwasher proof. This is a pity, as one of the great advantages of this type of sandwich maker is to be able to put the plates into the dishwasher. For that reason I give it 4 rather than 5 stars.


Rexel Advance A4 Stay Put Pocket and Prong Folder - Red (Pack of 5)
Rexel Advance A4 Stay Put Pocket and Prong Folder - Red (Pack of 5)
Price: £11.60

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars overly complicated and of limited function, 30 May 2015
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To be honest, I'm not really sure what you are supposed to do with this product. It seems overly complicated and of limited function. It's a plastic folder with four holes punched in it to fit into a ring binder. Open it up and there are two pockets on either side, one has within it two fixed, smoke-grey translucent vertical dividers, the other side has an additional over complex pocket which I think is for business cards.

Perhaps someone, somewhere has a use for this, but I can see what would not be done better and much cheaper with a combination of regular index dividers and clear punched wallets.
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Rexel A4 Clear Ice 2 Ring Binders (Pack of 10)
Rexel A4 Clear Ice 2 Ring Binders (Pack of 10)
Price: £20.16

4.0 out of 5 stars OK, 30 May 2015
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A reasonably attractive textured clear plastic binder that does what it supposed to do. I suspect, however, long-term the rather brittle plastic will not last as long as traditional plastic-covered-cardboard binders. Being transparent - or semitransparent - may be an advantage for some users. Reasonable value and not much wrong with them but not necessarily better than conventional ring-binders.


Kaspersky Internet Security 2015 Multi Device: 3 Device, 1 Year [Frustration-Free Packaging] (PC/Mac/Android)
Kaspersky Internet Security 2015 Multi Device: 3 Device, 1 Year [Frustration-Free Packaging] (PC/Mac/Android)
Price: £32.92

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Possible problems for Mac users, 27 May 2015
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Firstly, rather than being 'frustration free' the packaging induced the opposite response for a Mac user like myself. The pack is simply a folded pice of card with a CD insert, but on the CD are the words 'do not use CD in Mac computers'. I was advised to 'use the Quick Start Guide for how to install on Macs'. There is no Quick Start Guide. The packaging also does not mention the system requirements for Mac although on the Kaspersky website it claims it is compatible with Mac OS 10.7 upwards. OK, this turned out not to be a huge problem as I went to the Kasperksy website, downloaded a trial version and put in the serial number printed on the pack, but it was not an encouraging introduction to the product.

This version allows you to install Internet Security on three devices (PCs, Macs, Android and iOS and Windows phone) which makes it excellent value for money. Installation is easy, it runs in the background and appears to offer a comprehensive range of protection. My MacBook Pro (Yosemite) is now running happily but I have removed it from my iMac (Lion). Why? Well, after installation I suffered two kernel panics on my iMac in one day (it had previously been running fine for weeks). I can not, of course, be sure this was down to Kasperksy - it could have been a coincidence - but it was a risk I could not take (kernel panics are notoriously difficult to isolate).

How necessary is a product like Internet Security for Mac users? Well, I've owned around 15 Macs over the past two decades, using them both professionally (video editing) and personally. Generally I have had two Macs at one time and one but not both have had some sort of virus protection. During that time and with heavy internet usage I have not, since the introduction of Mac OS X, suffered or identified a single Mac virus - nor, for that matter, have any of my many Mac-user colleagues. Now I do not want to encourage complacency, but the danger is not from viruses that currently exist for Macs (basically, there aren't any) but for ones that are likely to occur in the future - which of course current anti-virus programmes can not yet protect against. I am sure many will disagree with this view, but my experience is that anti-virus software on Macs create more problems than they solve.

Overall this does seem like a good-value product which offers a wide range of protection. My negative experience on one my computers may be entirely due to a quirk of my particular system but it means I can not wholeheartedly recommend this to Mac users.

P.S. - Having twice used the Kaspersky Uninstall app to remove Internet Security from my iMac the Kaspersky keyboard still appears on the screen whenever I attempt to pay for anything over the net. This suggests to me a rather badly coded bit of software. I have since uninstalled it from both my Macs and dropped the rating to 2 stars. Instead I would recommend Sophos Anti-Virus Home Edition which is not only FREE but regularly updated - it also caught a number of trojans (not ones that would affect Macs but they were there from junk mail downloads) that Kasperksy failed to detect.


Rexel A4 40 Pocket See and Store Display Books - Blue (Pack of 5)
Rexel A4 40 Pocket See and Store Display Books - Blue (Pack of 5)
Price: £45.52

4.0 out of 5 stars Solid and well-made, 26 May 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Solid and well-made, the Rexel See & Store book is ideal for things like storing recipes from newspapers or for any sheets of information you need to refer to frequently. This one takes 40 pages (80 visible sides) but the pockets will store a few more pages (although obviously these will not be on display).
If this is what you need, I have no hesitation in recommending this product. If you are on a tight budget a much cheaper way to go is to get a ring binder and some clear punched pockets - but, of course, that is not as neat a solution as this product.


OS X Leopard 10.5 Full Install, Upgrade & Recovery DVD
OS X Leopard 10.5 Full Install, Upgrade & Recovery DVD

1.0 out of 5 stars Does not work, 27 April 2015
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Does not work as a start-up/install disc but fully refunded, no quibbles.


Panasonic ALL3 Wireless Speaker System (White)
Panasonic ALL3 Wireless Speaker System (White)
Price: £211.39

3.0 out of 5 stars Good sound, clunky software and not great for Mac users., 21 April 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
The Panasonic ALL3 connects to your wifi via AllPlay, which is an alternative to Apple's Airplay using DNLA. Mac users be warned - although DNLA is standard on PCs, it is not included on Macs. There are, however, a number of free options for Mac users to run their Mac as a DNLA server - Plex, TVMobili and Universal Media Server are all worth trying but DNLA software, generally, seems to be a little flaky. My first attempts to run the DNLA software would work then mysteriously not work and I had problems reverting to AirPlay afterwards. Also, AirPlay users should be aware that although AllPlay can access your iTunes library, it doesn't connect directly to it as Apple Remote does so you can't stream iTunes through AirPlay and AllPlay simultaneously.

It is pretty simple adding the ALL3 to your wifi network and you are guided to the Panasonic Music Streaming app (iOs or Android) which enables you to make the connection between your source - which can be your computer as a DNLA server, your phone itself or additional apps that provide radio and Spotify - and the speaker (you can connect to multiple ALL3 speakers). This may mean you end up having four or five apps on your phone to play the music you want. You can also connect a music source directly to the ALL3 via a minijack input.

So what does it sound like? Very good. A unit of this size is never going to be hi-fi, but the overall sound is well balanced with a very solid bass and plenty of detail. You can also turn it up to part levels without distortion.

As others have said, this is good unit let down by flaky and clunky software. Mac and other Airplay users might be better off with a unit like the B&W Z2, which is cheaper and probably has better sound (although I haven't made a direct comparison) or a simpler BlueTooth system. It is a solid, well made unit with excellent sound, but the software is rather too unrefined.


Rhinowares Hand Coffee Grinder
Rhinowares Hand Coffee Grinder
Price: £34.17

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for travelling but not for espresso, 18 April 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
If you are a coffee lover, you know beans need to be freshly ground (coffee begins to lose its flavour 15 minutes after grinding). If you are serious about coffee you will also know you need a burr grinder rather than a blade grinder as blades smash the beans into pieces whereas burr grinders create similar size particles and, with espresso coffee, the size of those particles is critical as it determines how quickly the water passes through the coffee. Good burr coffee grinders do not come cheap, but a manual grinder like this one is an economical solution, particularly if you are travelling.

First impressions - the Rhinowares grinder is solidly made out of stainless steel with ceramic burrs. There are no instructions with it - which seems amazingly stingy, given how cheap printing is these days - but refers you to Rhinoware's website. The first instruction on the website is 'take the grinder out of the box' (did we really need that?) and then goes on to explain how the grinder works. It is, however, very straightforward. Pull the top off to put the beans in (not as easy as some grinders as the diameter is small), clip the handle on, hold it by the rubber grip and turn and turn the handle until you feel no resistance. Ground coffee is released into the lower container. The handle is not fixed to the grinder and, unfortunately, the grinder will not stand up with the handle attached. The coarseness of the grind is adjusted by tightening the ceramic burrs which are revealed when the bottom container is pulled off. A travel bag is included to hold the grinder and handle.

How does it perform? Pretty well and, crucially, the coffee that comes out of it tastes good. Although it claims it will grind fine enough for espresso I really can't recommend it for espresso machines as it is not really practical to get the grind precise enough and I haven't been able to grind fine enough for my combination of beans and machine. And it does take time - on a fine grind, 15g of beans took around 75 seconds to grind. Some may not have the patience required.

If you have something like an Aeropress and want to travel with it, this grinder is ideal. For home use and for espresso machines, save up and get a good electric burr grinder (the Iberital MC2 is probably the cheapest you can get for serious espresso).


Mr. Turner
Mr. Turner
Dvd
Price: £0.00

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Tosh, 9 April 2015
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This review is from: Mr. Turner (Blu-ray)
Mr. Turner is not a great film. In fact it is an exceedingly mediocre film. Lacking any dramatic tension or narrative drive, it offers no insights in to Turner the man or Turner the painter. Timothy Spall does his best grunting his way through scene after scene but there is little here to make us care about him. Direction of the some of the peripheral characters is on the verge of ludicrous - take the housekeeper, who pouts and mugs at the edge of frame like some retarded repertory reject (note I'm blaming the director here, not the actors). Nor is there any visual tension; visually, it is chocolate-box pretty, an easy achievement for a great cinematographer like Dick Pope, but why? Is it an attempt to make the film look like his paintings? If so, it failed dismally, but if that was the intent, why? So much better if the world of Turner looked drab and mundane yet offered some clues as to how he formed his very particular vision. But the biggest crime of all - this film is simply dull.

Why has it received so many accolades? That to me is a mystery. Very few of my friends (including those who are actually painters) have been able to watch it all the way through (I did, but regretted it). Perhaps the accumulation of famous names and celebrated artist create the impression that this film itself is art - let me assure you it isn't, it is tosh.


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