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[QCY Factory Outlet] QCY QY19 Wireless Bluetooth Headphones Sport Sweatproof In-Ear Stereo Earbuds V4.1 apt-X Noise Cancelling Built-in Mic Supports 6-Hour Play Time (Black)
[QCY Factory Outlet] QCY QY19 Wireless Bluetooth Headphones Sport Sweatproof In-Ear Stereo Earbuds V4.1 apt-X Noise Cancelling Built-in Mic Supports 6-Hour Play Time (Black)
Offered by QCY Direct
Price: £32.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, well-featured in-ear phones in a great value package, 29 July 2016
Although I usually prefer headphones that fit on the ears these Bluetooth in-ear phones – the QCY QY19 Wireless Bluetooth Headphones - actually suit me very well. More comfortable than many other in-ear phones I've used before this model also connects via Bluetooth so there are no trailing wires to get in your way. You get a choice of sport and music ear tips in different sizes – I found a size and style that was perfect for me – so you should find a pair to suit your own ear size. As a sports model you would expect these phones to stay in place when you are active – and the clever in-ear hooks ensure that they do – and being wireless there is no cable back to your device, just the interconnect between the two phones which loops behind your head. The aptX audio technology ensures lossless output for very good audio quality with a decent bass response, the CVC version 6.0 technology offers noise cancellation and meeting the IPX4 standard they can easily withstand rain or sweat.

For a small device there is a decent playing time of up to six hours for music (180 hours in standby) and you can monitor battery remaining time if using iOS so you know when to recharge before they go flat. These ear-phones are fully featured via the Bluetooth 4.1 connection and have all the features you would expect when connected to your Smartphone. These QCY QY19 ear-phones are well designed and well made and offer very good value for the price. Supplied with the ear-phones are some useful accessories including a USB charging cable, 3 pairs of sport ear tips, 2 pairs of music ear tips, 3 pairs of ear hooks, a cable buckle and a user manual. This QY19 model was provided for evaluation and review purposes (a free sample in exchange for an honest review) and I can offer an unbiased recommendation for value and features at Amazon's current price of around twenty-five pounds, and at that price I will give a five star rating. This is a well designed, high quality and great sounding product that I will be using a lot when I'm out-and-about.


WanEway Outdoor Waterproof Speaker, Bluetooth V4.1, REAL IPX7 Waterproof/Dustproof Rating, Powerful Stereo Sound and Enhanced Bass, 10-Hour Playtime, Portable Wireless Sport Shower Speakers with Subwoofer / Built-in Mic for Hands Free Calling / TF Card Slot for MP3 Music Play / 3.5mm Audio Cable for AUX in
WanEway Outdoor Waterproof Speaker, Bluetooth V4.1, REAL IPX7 Waterproof/Dustproof Rating, Powerful Stereo Sound and Enhanced Bass, 10-Hour Playtime, Portable Wireless Sport Shower Speakers with Subwoofer / Built-in Mic for Hands Free Calling / TF Card Slot for MP3 Music Play / 3.5mm Audio Cable for AUX in
Offered by SUBEST
Price: £49.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A tough and good-sounding IPX7 waterproof Bluetooth speaker that floats!, 29 July 2016
There are a currently lot of Bluetooth speakers at this price level and I have tried and reviewed a fair few of them over the last year or so – this new WanEway Outdoor Waterproof Speaker, stands out from the crowd in a number of ways. Firstly and most importantly it sounds good – this model features a pair of three watt channels with a passive sub-woofer for good bass frequency response, so as well as being plenty loud enough it sounds pretty good too. This model also looks really good with it's light grey silicone rubber finish, tough grille and stylish bright orange trim. Included in the pack are the WanEway Bluetooth Speaker itself and some useful accessories – you get a USB charging cable, a 3.5 mm jack audio cable, a clip hook and a user manual.

As well as being good-sounding for music the device also functions as a speaker-phone when paired with a suitable Smartphone and it also features like an aux-in 3.5mm jack socket for connecting to non-Bluetooth devices and a card reader for playing your MP3 files. This is a tough unit that has a long-lasting lithium-ion battery (1800 mAh ) that can give around ten hours playback from a single charge, and many days in standby. The Bluetooth version 4.1 pairing is very straightforward for easy connecting to all suitable players and it offers the full range of features when connected to a suitable device. The speaker looks good in it's soft, yet tough, silicone finish which is rain proof, dust proof, drop proof, non-slip and shock proof meeting the strict IPX7 standard – it can even float in water! If you are looking for a tough reasonably-priced Bluetooth speaker that is suitable to use in many weather conditions and locations then this new waterproof model from WanEway is well worth considering. I was offered this model to evaluate and review (a free sample in exchange for an honest review) and I am able to give it an unbiased recommendation for sound and build quality and it is also good value at just under forty pounds currently from Amazon.


Outdoor Shower Speakers, Dual Driver Portable Bluetooth 4.0 + EDR Water Resist Floating Wireless Speaker with 6w 10 Hours Play Time Enhance Bass Mounting Bracket (Blue)
Outdoor Shower Speakers, Dual Driver Portable Bluetooth 4.0 + EDR Water Resist Floating Wireless Speaker with 6w 10 Hours Play Time Enhance Bass Mounting Bracket (Blue)

5.0 out of 5 stars A tough and good-sounding IPX67 waterproof Bluetooth speaker that actualy floats!, 29 July 2016
There are a currently lot of Bluetooth speakers at this price level and I have tried and reviewed a fair few of them over the last year or so – this new Bluetooth 4.0 Speaker by Despert, branded the Winstone SP084, stands out from the crowd in a number of ways. Firstly and most importantly it sounds good – this model features a pair of three watt channels with good bass frequency response, so as well as being plenty loud enough it sounds pretty good too. This model also looks really good with it's black silicone rubber finish, tough grille and stylish ice blue trim. Included in the pack are the Winstone SP084 Bluetooth Speaker itself and a lot of accessories – more than with most similar models. Here you get a USB charging cable, a 3.5 mm jack audio cable, a full mounting bracket kit for fitting to your cycle etc. - this comes with a suitable wrench; there is an AC adaptor – but with American-style flat pins, and finally a user manual.

As well as being good-sounding the device also functions as a speaker-phone when paired with a suitable Smartphone and it also features like an aux-in 3.5mm jack socket for connecting to non-Bluetooth devices. This is a tough unit that has a long-lasting lithium battery (2600 mAh ) that can give around ten hours playback from a single charge, and 520 hours in standby. The Bluetooth version 4.0 pairing is very straightforward for easy connecting to all suitable players and it offers the full range of features when connected to a suitable device (A2DP & AVRCP). The speaker looks good in it's soft, yet tough, silicone finish which is rain proof, dust proof, drop proof, non-slip and shock proof meeting the strict IPX67 standard – it can even float in water! If you are looking for a tough mid-priced Bluetooth speaker that is suitable to use in many weather conditions and locations then this new Winstone model from Despert is well worth considering. I was offered this model to evaluate and review (a free sample in exchange for an honest review) and I am able to give it an unbiased recommendation for sound and build quality and it is also very good value at just under twenty-five pounds currently from Amazon.


Teach Yourself Visually MacBook (Teach Yourself VISUALLY (Tech))
Teach Yourself Visually MacBook (Teach Yourself VISUALLY (Tech))
by Guy Hart-Davis
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.24

5.0 out of 5 stars A good visual learning book – published May 2016 it mainly covers OSX El Capitan, 29 July 2016
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I've used Windows for well over twenty years and OSX for about six, and although I am happy with both operating systems there are times when I forget how to do something on the Mac and try to do it the “Windows way”. I don't really need a huge book of text to refer to but something quick and easy to use like this “Teach Yourself Visually MacBook” has proved quite useful. In this book it is quick and easy to find the task you need to perform and the visual presentation makes it easy to see just what you need to do. However, if you like to read a bit more about the detail then a book from the “Dummies” series may be more suitable or perhaps a combination of both books. If you've paid the price for a new MacBook then a few pounds for a book or two to help you get the maximum benefit could be money well spent! This book benefits by having one of Amazon's “Look Inside” features so you can see for yourself, before purchasing, just how the book is laid out and what it contains – just like you could in a bookshop. There is a lot of information contained within these pages and this 3rd Revised edition, published on the 27th May 2016, is bang up-to-date and you can learn a lot about the current El Capitan version of OSX. The only trouble with a book such as this one is as soon as a new version of OSX is released a lot of the information becomes quickly outdated – however for a little over thirteen pounds it won't exactly break the bank to replace it with a new edition. A great book for those preferring visual leaning to pages of text – I like it a lot.


Ultranatura Aluminium Folding Chair - Footplate, Korfu Series Plus, Folding, Grey
Ultranatura Aluminium Folding Chair - Footplate, Korfu Series Plus, Folding, Grey
Offered by Ultra24Shop
Price: £29.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A foot stool or seat from the Ultranatura Korfu Series, 29 July 2016
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The Ultranatura Aluminium Folding Chair, Foot Stool is a tough folding design that is perfect for use as a foot stool with one of the Korfu Series matching chairs, or it can be used independently as additional seating in it's own right. It is ideal for use outside as it is fully weatherproof but it is attractive enough to use in the home or the conservatory. When used as a foot stool it can make your day in the garden, or on the patio, more relaxing or if used as a seat it offers an easy-to-store option for those a little bit pressed for space. The stool is easy to set up and then collapse again after use, it is well made from decent materials and is part of a larger range – search Korfu Series on Amazon to see the other items in the range. This model is available in this light grey or the darker anthracite colour and is decent value at just under thirty pounds currently from Amazon. The stool features a comfortable seating surface which is made of weatherproof and easy-care material that should last well – even outside.


I'm A Freak Baby...
I'm A Freak Baby...
Price: £19.99

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5.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent compilation from the “Grapefruit” label – play at eleven!, 29 July 2016
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This review is from: I'm A Freak Baby... (Audio CD)
If ever a CD compilation was intended to be played at “11” then this new “Grapefruit” release, “I'm A Freak Baby...” is that set! This project follows in the footsteps of the earlier works by compiler David Wells – the hippie-inspired “Love, Poetry & Revolution”, and the folkie “Dust on the Nettles”. If you enjoyed either of those collections then you will not be disappointed by this new set – assuming you like your music a bit on the raucous side! Like the two earlier works this collection features the fairly well-known, the obscure and the previously unreleased – it is dedicated to two recently departed artists from the genre, the well known rocker, Lemmy, and the rather less famous headmaster/guitarist John Whittingham (go to CD one track 6). I must have seen well over a dozen of these bands live back in their heyday and this CD has brought back some great rocking memories of a misspent youth! The sound quality of these CDs is good, especially considering the archive nature of some of the material, and the booklet is exemplary, informative and superbly illustrated it makes you want to read it from cover to cover. This set runs to a little under four hours playing time so you can make an evening of it if you are so inclined, and it covers the classic era of 1968 to 1972 with just a toe either side of that timeline. This is a nicely presented box-set that comes in a clamshell box with each CD in a card sleeve within the box. Currently a little under twenty pounds this is a good value set that has been compiled with much care and attention to detail – it is a shame many of the major labels don't produce works of this quality these days! Many thanks to the production team for doing a splendid job once again – and I eagerly await the next collection from Grapefruit, whatever genre it may feature.


Ambielly 16GB Class 10 Micro SD Memory Card with SD Adapter (16GB)
Ambielly 16GB Class 10 Micro SD Memory Card with SD Adapter (16GB)
Offered by BUYBOE LEAGUE
Price: £8.59

3.0 out of 5 stars Expensive and has a dodgy adaptor, 28 July 2016
This Ambielly 16GB Class 10 Micro SD Memory Card with SD Adapter is a reasonable enough memory card that is much more expensive than most of it's better-known competitors. The micro card worked as it should but the adaptor should be avoided as it is not quite perfectly shaped and could prove tricky to remove after use. The memory card came nicely packaged, but nothing exceptional, and worked fine in a different adaptor. This is a product that is very difficult to recommend as it is over-priced and not quite fit for purpose using the supplied adaptor. This product was supplied at a discounted price for evaluation and review purposes (a sample in exchange for an honest review) and I can say that it is reasonable enough at what it does when not using the supplied adaptor. However, it is currently rather poor value at well over eight pounds currently from Amazon so is not recommended at that price.


[Lifetime Warranty Power Bank] Laptone 5,200mAh Ultra Compact Portable Charger External Battery Pack with Powerful 2.1A Output, Quick Recharge (plus SmartPower, Pass-through and Multi Protect Technology) (Black)
[Lifetime Warranty Power Bank] Laptone 5,200mAh Ultra Compact Portable Charger External Battery Pack with Powerful 2.1A Output, Quick Recharge (plus SmartPower, Pass-through and Multi Protect Technology) (Black)
Offered by Altec UK
Price: £10.99

5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect small power bank, 28 July 2016
If you use your Smartphone, or other rechargeable device, a lot when you are away from home or office then a rechargeable portable power bank is a really good idea these days. There are plenty to choose from and this Laptone 5200mAh Mobile Power Bank is both stylish and practical and is very good value at Amazon's current price of around eleven pounds. It is a compact, but satisfyingly chunky, design that is very portable and it can be easily carried in a pocket or handbag. The Lithium-ion battery has a reasonable capacity at 5200mAh with one USB power output socket rated at 5V/2.1A, so it is suitable for iPads, most other Tablets as well as for fast charging Smartphones and devices like Bluetooth speakers, headphones and GPS.

The state of charge or discharge is indicated by a four white LED display – the more LEDs lit the fuller the battery. A cable is supplied which can be used to charge the power bank from your USB charger or to charge any device that has a micro USB input, from the power bank itself. This battery is very stylish with an attractive black, white or gold leather-look plastic casing with a dark band around the middle. Also featured is a recess for threading a lanyard for easy carrying if required. This product was supplied for evaluation and review purposes (a free sample in exchange for an honest review) and I can recommend it as a good value and useful device that works as expected and is my current favourite power bank - it would also make a great gift idea!


Love Home memory foam back pillow lumbar support pillow with 3d Ventilated Mesh removed cover and Triangle Strap to properly align the Spine and Ease Lower Back Pain (Black)
Love Home memory foam back pillow lumbar support pillow with 3d Ventilated Mesh removed cover and Triangle Strap to properly align the Spine and Ease Lower Back Pain (Black)
Offered by LoveHome
Price: £25.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Can be used at home, the office or in your car to help relive back pain, 28 July 2016
I have used a Love Home memory foam cushion for about 18 months and have found it great when the base of my spine feels a bit sore – so I was very pleased to be invited to try this Love Home memory foam back and lumbar support pillow as it compliments my cushion perfectly. Although this support can be used in your favourite armchair at home, or in your car, it is really best when fitted to an office chair and it features straps for fixing it in the correct position. If you spend a lot of time sitting at a desk then you need to be as comfortable as possible and this can also have major health benefits too. Sitting for long periods in one position can create pressure on the spine leading to distorted spinal curvature and compressing your discs. All of this can cause pinching of the nerves in the spinal cord leading to numbness, tingling and serious back pain – that is what a good quality support pillow, such as this Love Home model, can help to prevent. The Love Home lumbar pillow is made of high quality memory foam inside a ventilated, hand-washable mesh cover, so as well as being comfortable it can also help to keep you cool in summer. This pillow measures 42 by 33 by 11 cm, and after a couple of weeks use I am very pleased with the results all round. The support pillow was supplied for evaluation and review purposes (a free sample in exchange for an honest review) and I am able to offer an unbiased recommendation as a good quality product at a competitive price – currently around twenty-six pounds from Amazon, and at that price I will give it a five star rating. This pillow is well designed, nicely made and helps me as I expected it to and is well worth a try if you spend all day sitting on an office chair.


Tsing Handheld 12V Car Vacuum Cleaner, Dustbuster
Tsing Handheld 12V Car Vacuum Cleaner, Dustbuster
Offered by KoCo-Go-UK
Price: £39.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A Dustbuster style cleaner that can be used wet or dry – also a compressor, tyre gauge and torch!, 28 July 2016
The Tsing Handheld 12V Car Vacuum Cleaner is a useful tool for keeping in the car as it can also be used as an air compressor for inflating your car's tyres and it also has a pressure gauge to measure your tyre pressures; additionally it features an emergency flash-light in case you need to use it in the dark. As a vacuum cleaner it is in the style of the Black & Decker Dustbuster but can be used wet as well as dry, so any drinks spillages or water leaks can be easily dealt with. The tool is powered via your car's cigar-lighter, or 12 Volt socket, so you don't need to be in range of mains power to be able to use it which is very convenient when on your drive, in the road or away from home. The tool is supplied with a few accessories for use when cleaning or pumping but it is mostly self-contained. The cleaner is very intuitive to use with all the controls being on the handle – it only takes a couple of seconds to work out what's what – and it does the job of getting your car's interior clean quickly and easily. This vacuum cleaner was supplied for evaluation and review purposes (a free sample in exchange for an honest review) and I am able to offer an unbiased recommendation as a good quality product at a competitive price – currently around twenty-four pounds from Amazon, and at that price I will give it a five star rating. This cleaner is well designed, nicely made and works as I expected it to; it has a low noise level (60 -70 dB) and for convenience it features a washable permanent filter. Could be a great gift idea for any motorist.


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