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Dr. Paul Ell (NI, UK)
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Ring Wi-Fi Enabled Video Doorbell
Ring Wi-Fi Enabled Video Doorbell
Price: £150.08

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Does all that is says it will. Excellent, 19 April 2016
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Having read other reviews on Amazon concerning loss of wifi signal, delays in being notified of the bell being run, and built quality, this bell has more than met my expectations. I've experienced none of the problems others have listed. The bell performs extremely well. Mine is powered thanks to an older powered door bell I removed. Installation was easy and now IFTTT allows you to sync to SmartThings to, for example, turn a light on when the bell is rung. The manufacturer says that streaming video on demand is being rolled out to powered bells.

Any downsides, well,an annual subscription to keep six months of video footage costs $30 so around £20. Looking at the costs for some home security cameras to store footage this is not excessive though.

Overall a brilliant product which really does allow you to answer your door anywhere in the world! 5 stars.


Keter Knit Cozies Indoor/Outdoor Large Garden Plant Pot Planters - Misty blue, 1 Piece
Keter Knit Cozies Indoor/Outdoor Large Garden Plant Pot Planters - Misty blue, 1 Piece
Price: £30.60

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Fussy design and costly, 17 April 2016
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A large blue/grey planter for use indoors and out. The planter comes in two parts - and inner pot with water drainage built in for use outdoors and a plug to prevent water leaking out when used indoor. It is designed to be used in door and out.The second part, the outer case, has a knitting type design. To be frank it looks over fussy to me and I'm no really a fan of the design. Plus the planter is rather expensive.

I'd tend to go with a more traditional terracotta planter. Whilst designed to be used outdoor the planter is light weight and if not planted would probably blow around.

I guess it's down to personal taste as to whether you'll like the planter. Because of the cost and design I only think it merits two stars.


Patimax Litter Baby Powder Deodoriser
Patimax Litter Baby Powder Deodoriser
Price: £4.90

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Does the job, 17 April 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
A powder cat litter tray deodoriser that works pretty well in terms of masking smells. It goes a bit further though and is meant to help kill dirt-tray bacteria. Assuming it works that's pretty good.

To use you simply sprinkle it over the dirt tray. The pack comes with two or three different dispensers built into the lid.

Cats are fussy creatures but my 8 month old kittens don't seem to be bothered easy way by the deodoriser. They are now getting close to a time when they can be let out. At that point the dirt tray goes! In the meantime this product helps to reduce smells.

Overall quite good. Four stars.


Command MR13-SS-ES Large Modern Metal Hook with 1 Hook/2 Strips
Command MR13-SS-ES Large Modern Metal Hook with 1 Hook/2 Strips
Price: £5.49

3.0 out of 5 stars Does the job but utilitarian., 17 April 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
A utilitarian metal coat peg that, as part of 3M's Command range is designed to be fixed without screws. You get the hook and two double-sided sticky pads. One pad is needed to fix the hook. The sticky pads are pretty strong with the hook - and more importantly sticky pad - designed to hold close to 1 kilo. The hook can be attached to most surfaces but not wall paper. It's easy to attach and works well. The hook can be removed without damaging the mounting surface by pulling the sticky strip down.

The hook is not the most attractive product and the pack is pretty expensive. But if you don't want to use screws it works.

Overall three stars - marked down for a workmanlike design and the cost


Magix Youcast - Start your Broadcast (PC)
Magix Youcast - Start your Broadcast (PC)
Price: £19.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Useful, 14 April 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Inexpensive software which allows you to make fuller use of home-produced local video either live or as a recording. The software is primarily designed to work wot Intel's RealSense camera but I had no problem in getting it to work with a generic webcam. I'm not sure though if additional software functionality might be available if I had a RealCam.

The software offers easy access to Youtube to stream videos and also has a number of templates to suit different video circumstances - from steaming videos to a live stream. It's also easy to broadcast live gameplay to highlight your game skills - or indeed show sections of a game you're having problems with. From a business perspective presentations using PowerPoint, for example, can be broadcast using the softwares's functionality to broadcast the Windows' desktop.

Overall you can't expect much at this price point and the quality of the software was surprisingly good. However, you only get a licence to use the software for a year at which point you'll need to spend more money and this is reflected in the three stars I'm giving this product.


Command BATH19-ES Shower Caddy Hanger
Command BATH19-ES Shower Caddy Hanger
Price: £5.49

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Utilitarian bathroom fitting, 13 April 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Like the other products in the Command range this caddy hanger - really a white plastic hook - securely fits to a wall - as long as it's not a painted wall. It's worth bearing in mind though that if it's attached to a tile it's testing how securely the tile is fixed. Also like other products in this range, I'm afraid the hook looks rather cheap and workmanlike. Sure it works effectively but it's not an elegant thing. If you're into white utilitarian plastic though this may be for you! One other issue is that the hook will 'only' hold 3.4kg. Once your metal shower caddy is attached with two or three bottles of shampoo and shower gel you'll get close to that limit.

Overall if you can manage to drill a hook fitting in your bathroom I'd go for that. This is a little less hassle in the short term but not an elegant solution. Three stars, just.


Igenix IG1513 Health Grill - Silver
Igenix IG1513 Health Grill - Silver
Price: £30.63

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Straightforward effective grill, 10 April 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is a pretty good 'health' grill. The grill - in a silver plastic - comes with two accessories - a plastic oil collector which attaches to the front of the grill to catch food oil - and a plastic scraper which assists in cleaning after use. The grill's simple to operate. You lightly oil the top and bottom non-stick grill surfaces, plug the grill in, wait for two or three minutes for a light to come on to show it's fully heated, place the food in the grill, close it, and wait. The grill does not come with a temperature setting or an on/off button. The potential lack of heat settings doesn't seem to impact on the grill in use. It's fairly precisely cooks steaks and is good for toasted sandwiches as well.

This is not a design classic so it's not likely to be something left out on a work surface. To aid storage it can be stored vertically.

Overall if you're looking for a functional, no frills, but effective grill, this is a good bet. Overall four stars. Little to fault sans thrills!


Get Talking Brazilian Portuguese in Ten Days Beginner Audio Course: (Audio pack) The essential introduction to speaking and understanding (Teach Yourself: Get Talking)
Get Talking Brazilian Portuguese in Ten Days Beginner Audio Course: (Audio pack) The essential introduction to speaking and understanding (Teach Yourself: Get Talking)
by Sue Tyson-Ward
Edition: Audio CD
Price: £15.98

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Basic introduction to Brazilian Portuguese, 6 April 2016
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A useful but basic introduction to Brazilian Portuguese. The object is to be familiar with key phrases within 10 days. I think it will take most people longer than that and even then you will be able to interact at a very basic level in Portuguese but only as long as you're speaking to someone who keeps to a basic script. I suspect that most people will buy this product to show willing in Portuguese rather than attempt more than a very basic interaction in the language.

It's relatively cheaply priced and is OK for what it aims to do. Overall 4 stars.


Philip's Pocket World Atlas
Philip's Pocket World Atlas
Price: £5.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Good atlas but constrained by page size, 6 April 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I'm something of an atlas fan and have most versions of the Times Atlas series. I haven't used Philip's Atlases before and within the scope of a 'Pocket' publication this inexpensive atlas is not too bad. It comes with a standard heath warning that as the pages are small, so are the maps so good eyesight is needed together with an interest in cities, and in some cases large town and not more minor places. Essentially the maps show political geographies and are up to date in this regard with South Sudan showing and the latest status of South Sudan being in the United Nations.

The focus of the atlas is on Europe and North America which is probably the anticipated market. Maps here are at a scale of 1:8 million for the US and 1:1.67 m for much of Western Europe. South America and much of Asia are poorly covered. In terms of the design of the maps I find the colours used to show individual counties are a little too bright and intense of my taste and they make looking at roads, river systems and place-names a little more difficult than if lighter colour were used.

In addition to the political maps there is a table giving country-specific information such as per capital income, population and area, and several maps show worldwide membership of international organisations. There's also a gazetteer or index of map features.

Overall a pretty good attempt at an atlas which is always going to be constrained by page size. As long as you know that it'd s 4 star purchase.


Norsens Lightweight Best Laptop Backpack Slim Computer Bag Laptop Rucksack 17 inch for Mens
Norsens Lightweight Best Laptop Backpack Slim Computer Bag Laptop Rucksack 17 inch for Mens
Offered by kaidim
Price: £69.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent business laptop backpack, 5 April 2016
This looks from the photographs to be a high quality backpack for use with a laptop and on receipt I was even more impressed with its construction. It holds a laptop - in my case a MacBook Pro Retina13" in a special padded compartment which makes the laptop about as secure as it can be in a soft case. There's plenty of space for power cables and other accessories and it's large enough for an easily managed overnight bag. There are a couple of external pockets and two pockets for holding drinks.min addition the bag ships with a small combination padlock.

The case comes in a very smart understated black which fits in well with a business environment. Overall, having has a number of backpacks for laptops this is the best in terms of style and quality.

A well deserved 5 stars for this.

Note that I received this to review from the manufacturer. My assessment is completely independent. Try the bag, you won't be disappointed.


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