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OSRAM ENDURA Style Sphere LED Outdoor Luminaire, Warm White, 8 W
OSRAM ENDURA Style Sphere LED Outdoor Luminaire, Warm White, 8 W
Price: £77.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Quality on show..., 20 Oct. 2017
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
We've fitted a bunch of outdoor lights over the past few years and had very mixed results, especially with some cheaper LED lights which just don't have the build quality to survive the British climate, but this Osram Endura light seems different. It's the most expensive outdoor light we have but it's also by far the best made with a solid cast aluminium case that's smooth and very well cast and finished, no rough edges or unfinished surfaces even on the inside. The globe rotates through 180° and has a smooth easily-adjusted click-action and the opaque section is sealed in place and seems tough. The light it casts is well diffused by the opaque plastic and isn't particularly directional, so the swivel action is as much for show as for directing the light, but it does look good.

It's straightforward to fit and any handy person could do it, the wiring is no harder than wiring a plug, and you simply remove a recessed back plate which is held in place by two screw bolts, one either side of the light. The mini Allan key you'll need is included together with a spare bolt in case you drop one onto the gravel and it disappears forever. The backplate is screwed to the wall with two (diagonally arranged) screwholes and you get the screws, rawplugs and silicone washers (to stop water ingress) you'll need for that too. Then with the wire pushed through a weatherproof silicone gasket the light is fixed back onto the backplate, which also has its own silicone gasket around the rim. Note the light won't tolerate much unevenness on the wall and needs a relatively flat surface.

The light it casts is bright enough to be really useful and is perfectly suited to a front door or patio. For larger areas you'll need more than one but for general illumination so you can see your way it's great. The light is also a warm white tone and not the blue-white of some LED's so looks quite natural outdoors. It's a pity there doesn't appear to be a PIR option in the same style, as it would be perfect as a driveway or doorway light, but you could always wire it to a separate PIR sensor if you wanted. As it is this is a very well made outdoor light that's bright and practical and looks good enough to have on show around your property. It's certainly not cheap but you do get quality for your money.


Logitech MX Sound Bluetooth Speakers Premium Design and Sound, 24 W
Logitech MX Sound Bluetooth Speakers Premium Design and Sound, 24 W
Price: £89.99

4.0 out of 5 stars No sparkle or thump..., 19 Oct. 2017
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
There's only one thing about these MX Sound speakers from Logitech I'm not totally impressed by and that's the way they sound - which is unfortunate when it's the main reason for their existence. For music reproduction they fall short of the better speakers in this price range - however for general computer use, also their raison d'etre, they're still a massive upgrade on the (usually awful) inbuilt speakers in PC's.

The design is cool and they seem very nicely made and certainly look the part parked either side of your computer display. The controls are hidden in the right speaker and light-up as your hand approaches, which is a cool feature but not the most responsive because the proximity sensor takes a second to see you coming. There's no ON/OFF switch at all and the speakers supposedly turn themselves off after 20 minutes of inactivity, though they seem to keep the proximity sensor powered at all times so I'm a bit dubious. You get two wired inputs, PC and AUX, both using 3.5mm jacks plus there's Bluetooth and you can connect more than one input at a time and they seem to co-exist happily enough. I've been able to play music from my smartphone (via Bluetooth) while playing (and hearing) a game - so you can DJ your own game soundtrack if you want to. There's also a headphone socket (standard 3.5mm jack again) on the speakers which is a slightly odd inclusion although it does mean you could add a headphone socket to a Bluetooth device that doesn't otherwise have one (iPhone anyone?). Note the speakers don't have a microphone and so can't support handsfree phone-calling. Being a pair of separate speakers, instead of a single box, you get a wide spacious stereo sound which is also useful for gaming - you can hear which direction the enemies are coming from.

On the more negative side, there are two thick and slightly cumbersome cables to deal with, one connecting the two speakers together and one running to the mains adaptor - the adaptor is reasonably small and built into the plug. The speakers are mains-only and there's no rechargeable battery onboard. The most disappointing thing is the quite average sound quality, they have a tubular throaty sound with lots of mid-range and no high-end sparkle or low-end thump. Low bass is pretty much absent although the speakers do make an effort. The treble is OK but there's no real detail or presence to it. They're loud enough and certainly fill a room when they're cranked up, but they're hardly party speakers. To be fair if you're looking for quality multi-purpose speakers for your laptop or PC they do fit the bill and are going to be a big upgrade from most inbuilt speakers. For movie-viewing they'd be really good with clear spoken voice reproduction and for gaming they might actually be preferable to big thumping bass-driven speakers which could be overkill in the heat of battle. However if you mainly want them for playing music then I think you can do better at this price point. Horses for courses.
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WeRChristmas Novelty Spinning Dancing Musical Reindeer Christmas Decoration, 24 cm - Multi-Colour
WeRChristmas Novelty Spinning Dancing Musical Reindeer Christmas Decoration, 24 cm - Multi-Colour
Offered by Mail Order Online Ltd
Price: £13.64

4.0 out of 5 stars You spin me round..., 15 Oct. 2017
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
OK, so before you click that 'Add to Basket' button make sure you've first played the video showing what this reindeer in a spin does, or perhaps more importantly what he sings - if you make it to the end of the video you're safe to proceed with your purchase. Personally these noisy Christmas decorations usually annoy me but I don't mind this one, it's funny, cute and the Jingle Bells Rap lasts long enough that it doesn't become quite as grating as those decorations that just screech "HAPPY CHRISTMAS!!" at you when you walk past. That's the other good thing about this one, it only raps when it's asked to and you have to squeeze a button in one paw to set him off - there's no IR sensor that triggers the sound automatically.

He spins like a part-time dervish in short bursts throughout the rap and so he really needs to be sitting on a flat surface to see him at full effect. The spins usually end up with him facing away from you, slightly annoyingly, but then again he'd make a good centrepiece decoration. His little arms wave while he spins and you can bend the wires inside the arms to your preferred position if you like. Overall I was surprised how well made the plush part is, it's actually quite well finished and should last for several Christmas seasons, or at least as long as you can stand the rap. The only issue I had was that the pea (or whatever it is) inside the jingle bell on his spiral hat was stuck and the bell didn't jingle - but I was able to release it easily enough and now he jingles all the way.

It's obviously not meant to be a child's toy to be actively played with (did I mention wires in the arms?) but younger kids love the animation and the cute character. As noisy Christmas decorations go this is one of the cutest and most bearable and is surprisingly well made given the price.


ZEISS Smartphone Wipes, Pack of 60
ZEISS Smartphone Wipes, Pack of 60
Price: £5.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Smart wipes..., 15 Oct. 2017
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Zeiss is certainly a good name in optics, for example if you've got a Sony digital camera the lens is almost certainly made by them, so they do have a name to live up to and these wipes seem to do that. In the past I've bought a box of spectacle wipes from the local chemist for a pound but those often contain alcohol and while they're fine for cleaning gizmos they're actually not recommended for spec's because repeated use will strip off the special coatings on the lenses. These wipes don't contain any alcohol but they still dry quickly and don't leave streaks behind, so they should be safe on spec's.

They come in pairs of individually wrapped wipes and they're damp but not soaked in cleaning fluid, just enough to remove finger-marks without leaving residue behind. You do have to work quite quickly before the wipe dries out, you've get about long enough to clean two smartphones or pairs of spec's. They don't seem that effective to begin with but a little persistence pays off and you're left with a showroom-clean screen again - at least until the next time you touch it. They're good on many surfaces but will struggle with larger areas, like computer displays for example, because there's barely enough dampness to be effective on that big an area. They're also pricey, although you get 60 of them, but they do a great job and shouldn't do any damage to your precious equipment long term.


Spider-Man Homecoming Web Wing Set
Spider-Man Homecoming Web Wing Set
Price: £27.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Spiders with wings?..., 15 Oct. 2017
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is definitely a set for Spider-Boy (or girl) rather than Spider-Man and he'd better be quite a young boy too because it's sized quite small. The pop-out 'web-wings' are the main event and they attach to your Spider-Kid's arms with simple velcro straps, but they might need Spider-Mum's help to get them on at first. The web sections are soft rubbery silicone and relatively strong, they shouldn't tear or wear out too easily. There's a little lever at the end of each wing assembly that can be tapped up or down, probably by mistake more often than not, to release the spring-loaded web-wing to allow for a quick spidey getaway.

On one web-wing assembly you can attach a dart gun which launches a couple of soft-tipped darts at your best china (probably) or jealous siblings waiting for their turn with the web-wings. The darts are relatively harmless and just small enough to get irretrievably lost down the back of the sideboard. You also get a Spider Utility belt which doesn't, unless I missed something, have much utility but it completes the outfit. That's one of the slight problems with this kit, it's really a set of accessories to a Spider-Man suit you might not already have. However for the intended market, which is really kids of just around school age, that probably isn't the problem it seems. The pop-out wings are fun and really all little kids need to spark their imagination and they'll be flying around the house and garden in no time. I'm not sure how much time that will last but the web-wings are reasonably well-made and might last longer than most kids' interest. The other parts are less impressive and overall it seems over-priced, but aren't all these movie tie-in products?


Panasonic i-Shaper ER-GD60 3-in-1 Beard Trimmer (20x Lengths, Trimming attachment, Detail attachment)
Panasonic i-Shaper ER-GD60 3-in-1 Beard Trimmer (20x Lengths, Trimming attachment, Detail attachment)
Price: £64.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Keeping in trim..., 9 Oct. 2017
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I've had a few beard and body trimmers over the years but this i-Shaper from Panasonic is one of the better ones and although it's primarily meant for beards it's pretty good for bodies too. The most obvious difference from other trimmers is the sideways orientation meaning you hold the trimmer perpendicular to the area you're trying to trim and although it might look odd it really works. Somehow it's easier to see what you're doing because you're no longer covering up the area below the blades, so you can better see where you've been and where you're going. The sideways orientation also works if you're trimming body hair because it's easier to reach around and trim that caveman fuzz from your back and shoulders.

Along with the trimmer itself you get an adjustable comb which lets you trim your beard to any length between 0.5mm and 10mm, plus a precision attachment, a carry-pouch, cleaning brush, lubricating oil and a mains adaptor. The adjustable comb is mostly excellent, the best I've ever tried, and you simply dial up the length you want and start trimming. The attachment has a ratchet action that holds the combs in place and it's secure and doesn't slip in use - I've had adjustable combs in the past that slipped as you applied pressure to them so suddenly instead of trimming hair to 5mm you're shaving it at 0.5mm and leaving patches! The teeth of the comb are wider than some with rounded ends and although this makes it more comfortable to use it also makes it slower. The wider teeth can ride over the hairs, pushing them flat rather than separating them and feeding them to the cutting edge, so you might find you need to go back and forth over an area repeatedly to get everything trimmed to the same length.

The precision attachment is really just a shield that covers up half of the cutting edge and lets you use the remaining exposed edge to trim with more control and in awkward areas. The mains adaptor is formed into a UK plug and is rather large and clunky and connects to the trimmer with a non-standard plug. That means if you're travelling you'll have to take it with you (or rely on the rechargeable battery) and you can't use something generic like a USB adaptor. You also get a zip-up pouch for carrying everything and it's big enough to take the mains charger too, but only just.

You're advised to oil the blades (which snap out of the trimmer sideways and are replaceable) after every use and this is a bit annoying when many other trimmers use ceramic or oil-free blades. The blades and comb (but not the trimmer) are washable but apparently the regular oiling is partly to prevent rust so it might make more sense to keep them dry. If you use the trimmer without the adjustable comb it cuts to about 0.1mm, which is a 5 o'clock-shadow look, and it's worth noting this is a trimmer and not a shaver. It's also a bit scratchy on the skin used this way so generally you'll probably keep the adjustable comb attached.

As a beard trimmer it works well and the adjustable comb is a boon, so much easier than constantly swapping clip-on combs and secure enough to be reliable. It's a bit over-sized with the comb attached, especially in constrained areas like your top lip when your nose keeps getting in the way (or maybe that's just me) but you get the hang of it. The sideways orientation works much better than you might expect and it doubles up as a very quick and effective body-hair trimmer too. If they could switch to oil-free blades and lose the non-proprietary charger connection, so you could use your USB charger, then it would be better but as-is it's still a really good beard and body trimmer.


Rapesco Stapler - Snapper, 20-sheet capacity (Black)
Rapesco Stapler - Snapper, 20-sheet capacity (Black)
Price: £1.77

5.0 out of 5 stars Make it snappy..., 8 Oct. 2017
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
If you just need a stapler for the kitchen drawer for occasional use then this Snapper fits the bill perfectly. It's small but still delivers full-sized staples and you get your first fill of them included - they're in a handy storage tray built into the base of the stapler. The plastic top of the arm flips open to refill the stapler and you can set the staple action to open or closed mode. The quoted 20-page capacity might be a bit exaggerated unless it's quite lightweight paper (or you give it a real thump) but it does mostly staple multiple sheets without any problem. The build quality is fine but the finishing looks a bit basic, there are smudges within the plastic parts, but it's nothing that affects the functionality. If you need a heavy-duty office stapler then this isn't it but for occasional household use or for the kid's desk this is perfect and really affordable.


Heathcote & Ivory Sakura Silks Body Lotion 200 ml
Heathcote & Ivory Sakura Silks Body Lotion 200 ml
Price: £9.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Affordable indulgence..., 8 Oct. 2017
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
You could easily spend this same price on a supermarket body lotion but I doubt you'd get anything as nicely packaged as this Sakura Silks lotion from Heathcote & Ivory. The hexagonal tube it arrives in is hefty and beautifully printed with an appropriately indulgent-looking design and, if you don't mind the obvious (and irremovable) branding, it could easily be repurposed after you've used the lotion inside.

The lotion itself is quite rich feeling without being greasy and it spreads over the skin and dries in nicely. The fragrance is quite traditional but with some complexity and blends strong citrus notes with a heady Jasmine. It's an obvious feminine aroma and should appeal to a range of ages, although more mature ladies that enjoy the Cedarwood and Jasmine elements will especially appreciate it. It's a strong fragrance when first applied but it does fade quite quickly to a gentler aroma. The lotion is nicely moisturising but isn't anything exceptional and the blend is primarily based on Petrolatum (aka petroleum jelly) and Glycerin with the addition of a nice collection of natural oils and extracts, some presumably only there for their fragrance.

With such appealing packaging, a good quality (if unexceptional) product and an opulent fragrance this pack makes an obvious gift and the lucky recipient will probably think you spent a lot more than you actually did. We also tried the matching Heathcote & Ivory Sakura Silks Shower Cream which comes in a near identical box and the two together would make an especially nice gift for anyone - or just indulge yourself without the guilt.


Nivea Men Sensitive Gift Pack
Nivea Men Sensitive Gift Pack
Price: £5.00

3.0 out of 5 stars Insensitively sensitive..., 8 Oct. 2017
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Selection boxes used to seem really exciting when you got them for Christmas as a child, even if it was just a few chocolate bars and sweets in a half-empty box, but somehow the excitement doesn't work when it's shower gel and antiperspirant - or maybe that's my age? The products in this Nivea Sensitive pack are perfectly good, although not that generous with the shower gel only being a 250ml size, but the box is a bit dull and not very seasonal-looking - it is half-empty though so some Christmas traditions survive!

The shower gel is vaguely citrus-smelling with a fragrance like (selection box favourites) lime flavour Opal Fruits (aka Starburst) and is reasonably rich and long-lasting. I have slightly sensitive skin but had no problems with this at all. The antiperspirant is quite effective and although it does contain those troublesome Aluminium salts there's no alcohol. I'm much more sensitive to antiperspirants and generally can't use them without going red and itchy but this one was much better than most and it took a full week of use before I saw any side-effects. Normally I'd react within the first day or two so this one should be no problem for people less with less sensitive underarms than mine - which is most people.

To be honest if I wanted to give a sensitive man Nivea Sensitive gifts I think I'd just buy my own selection and put them into a gift bag or some other funky container. This packaging isn't particularly attractive and the pack doesn't seem like particularly good value, although the products themselves are fine. Then again some men might just prefer a selection box of their favourite childhood sweets?


B.Tan Gradual Tan Lotion, 200 ml
B.Tan Gradual Tan Lotion, 200 ml
Price: £12.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Bronzer overkill..., 8 Oct. 2017
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This gradual tan lotion from b.tan confuses me a bit because I'm not quite sure why they've formulated it to have such a strong temporary 'bronzer' colour straight out of the tube but such a meek and subtle effect as a self-tan. There's a real mismatch between the deep instant bronzer effect you get as you apply it and the very slight golden tan you get when you rinse that indicator colour away later. The temporary indicator colour is great for seeing which areas of your body you might have missed and where you've been too generous but it's overkill just for that. The fragrance is fruity and pleasant enough and it doesn't have the characteristic 'ham & cheese' scent of most self-tans but it does change over the hours as the fruitiness fades.

Admittedly I may have been a bit heavy-handed and applied it too generously but I wouldn't want to be seen in public wearing this much bronzer colour - although I was quite happy with the final shade I got which was subtle and golden. I guess if you wanted a quick bronzing before heading out for the evening then this odd combination of effects might make sense - you can be bronzed for the evening and shower it off the next morning to reveal a pale golden glow. However you'd better not sweat or get caught in the rain because the temporary colour comes off quite easily - it also marks your clothing and/or your bedlinen, although it washes out easily. To get a full-on tan effect you'd need to apply it a few times to build up the colour but that seems like too much faff to me. Isn't it easier to use one of the bronzer-free gradual tan lotions to get a bit of a glow over a few days without all the mess the temporary bronzer colour in this one causes?


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