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Silentnight Bath Sheets, Grey, Set of 2
Silentnight Bath Sheets, Grey, Set of 2
Price: £33.21

5.0 out of 5 stars Great, soft, won't leave half its fluff on you, 29 July 2017
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These towels are great. Unlike most new towels, they didn't shed most of their fluff after their first wash, but still manage to be soft and absorbent. The neutral grey colour should work in most bathrooms, and should also age well when they don't look quite as fresh.


LG SJ3 Soundbar - Black
LG SJ3 Soundbar - Black
Price: £169.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent quality for an entry level soundbar, 25 July 2017
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This soundbar has a good sized set of drivers, but the design is neutral and discreet, so should sit well alongside any TV or monitor. The inclusion of an active subwoofer is a welcome touch for a system at this price point, and delivers very reasonable bass.

The quality of the sound is generally pretty good. At first I found the midrange a little hollow but quickly adjusted. The soundbar has three main presets, but there isn't much to discern them. The ASC mode is meant adapt to the sound as it plays, and it is possible to notice the bass adjusting briefly when the audio starts. In theory this should make dialogue sound clearer, but in practice I still find myself manually turning down the subwoofer for speech-heavy content, Skype calls etc. As an entry-level system, the soundbar doesn't have a particularly sophisticated display on the front, so if you regularly switch between functions this could potentially be a source of confusion, and not having a visual indication of the volume is not ideal. Ultimately though, this isn't an unforgivable sacrifice for a cheaper system such as this.

Overall, this is definitely a significant upgrade over a display's integrated speakers, and the quality of the subwoofer helps set this apart as a reasonable low price 2.1 system.


Salter Glass Analyser Bathroom Scale - Black
Salter Glass Analyser Bathroom Scale - Black
Price: £33.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of useful data, just not so easy to get to, 4 Jun. 2017
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These scales have a nice understated design, and pack in a lot of functionality for the price point, including a variety of data types, and support for different profiles for each member of the household. While it's great to have all these data available, the main limitation at this price is the inability to automatically upload it to a mobile app or online service, or even to a USB device, so you will need to manually note down whichever information matters to you.

While it's easy enough to get a basic weight reading just by stepping onto the scales, if you want a reading which includes the extra data, you need to setup a profile with your sex, height and age. Subsequent readings can be a bit fiddly as it involves stepping on the scales, then hitting some buttons on the back side to pick the right profile. It'd have been nicer if doing this could've been made a little more foot-friendly, but again, for the price, just being able to get this range of information is great, albeit a little awkward.


BRITA fill&go Vital Water Filter Bottle, Purple, 600 ml
BRITA fill&go Vital Water Filter Bottle, Purple, 600 ml
Price: £11.29

4.0 out of 5 stars Great water bottle with slightly fiddly lid assembly, 25 April 2017
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This is a great little water bottle, with a simple but attractive design, and of course the advantage of filtered water on the go. The small filters last a decent amount of time, and the assembly fits together securely. The only thing to note is that when delivered, there was a sort of washer sitting loose in the lid which needed to be placed properly to avoid any leakages. After replacing the filter, this needs to be secured quite carefully to avoid any dripping, but this is quickly learned after the first mistake!


Yealands Single Vineyard Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2015 75 cl
Yealands Single Vineyard Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2015 75 cl
Price: £13.27

5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended sauv, 23 Dec. 2016
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This is a really nice, complex Sauv which went beautifully with a light tofu salad.
Very fruity, and curiously reminiscent of champagne. Highly recommended, and also a nicely presented bottle.


Creative Sound BlasterX Kratos S3 Analogue 2.1 Gaming Speaker System
Creative Sound BlasterX Kratos S3 Analogue 2.1 Gaming Speaker System
Price: £64.49

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Reasonable performance, not as bass-heavy as advertised, 3 Dec. 2016
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I'm not sure what about these speakers is meant to be particularly gamer friendly, but at least the design is unusually restrained for gear of this sort. Despite the marketing for these speakers trading on their "oomph", I found the bass response lighter than expected. For music and video, this is fine, and the sound is fairly well-balanced, but doesn't really deliver in explosion-heavy games.

More frustratingly, when there is no sound, there is noticeable background static that I cannot attribute to interference from other devices. The included 3.5mm cable is captive so can't easily be replaced to see whether an alternative would perform better. On the upside, the included cable lengths are decent enough so the speakers and subwoofer can be comfortably placed apart.

For the price, the performance is reasonable, and would be a decent replacement for using integrated laptop speakers, for example. If you're moving from an existing entry-level 2.1 setup, however, the improvement may be harder to discern.
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eHANG GHOSTDRONE 2.0 Aerial (Black) inc 4K Sports Camera
eHANG GHOSTDRONE 2.0 Aerial (Black) inc 4K Sports Camera
Price: £437.02

10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Good hardware crippled by poor software, 15 Sept. 2016
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The GHOSTDRONE 2.0 is an attempt to develop a completely capable, but perhaps more usable and accessible drone. Starting with the packaging, it's an enjoyable reveal, with lots of parts well labelled and compartmentalised, with reasonable documentation to get started. The drone is basically assembled and ready to go, just needing the four propellers to be hand-screwed into place, and a charge of the battery for the drone, and its accompanying breakout box which provides the wireless connection between your phone and the drone. The unit includes a 4K camera which fits into a pre-installed gimbal. The documentation for this is less clear about how to make it work, including the fact that recordings need to be setup before flying, and cannot be remotely controlled via the app. Despite that, the camera records really nice footage and is a great addition to the package.

Setting the drone up is fairly simple, with the breakout box broadcasting a wireless network when powered, with the details on the side. Setting up the mobile app to pair with the box and the drone is very trivial, and the app itself walks you through the process in a very accessible way.

The drone can be controlled in two ways - either by setting waypoints on a map and letting the drone fly from point to point, or directly controlling it with an on-screen joystick. For your first flight, you are restricted to the former, with a mandatory tutorial to walk you through this. This is all pretty comforting for someone who hasn't flown a drone before, but this is where things quickly went off the rails. After being walked through some pre-flight steps and taking off, you are locked into this tutorial mode, where you set some waypoints and fly the drone around them, then bring it home. Unfortunately, the map interface on the app never loaded, just displaying a grey screen, making it impossible to set any waypoints. However, with the app locked into this tutorial mode, and a drone currently hovering 50m in the air, it was impossible to either proceed or abort and bring the drone home. This seems to be a deeply worrying safety risk, and highlights deep concerns about the quality of the software engineering if the app did nothing to detect that the map data did not load, and for allowing a state to arise where the drone is unable to be grounded. Unfortunately, the only solution was to wait 15 minutes for the drone's battery to drain, where thankfully the ability to return home kicked in rather than dropping out of the sky! Assuming the failure of the maps to load was down to a momentary lack of connectivity, I tried the same scenario again a few days later, with the exact same results.

So far as I can tell, the hardware is well built and would be completely capable, but is completely hamstrung by poor software. I do not know how widespread, if at all, this maps issue is, but it has certainly made my unit completely inoperable, and as a software issue it's not something I'm able to fix. eHANG have been made aware of the issue so hopefully a fix can be identified. Furthermore, even if the issue can be fixed, I have little confidence in the drone's safety. If a fix appears, I will be happy to amend this review, but until then I am in no position to recommend it.


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2 of 25 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars No benefit for IBS, 22 July 2016
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I started taking these because of anecdotal support to suggest they can help manage the symptoms of IBS. In my experience, however, they have had no effect on this, nor could I say that there was any other appreciable benefit to my health. On those grounds I'm in no position to recommend them.
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Sony h.ear EX750BT Bluetooth High Resolution In Ear Headphones - Yellow
Sony h.ear EX750BT Bluetooth High Resolution In Ear Headphones - Yellow
Price: £130.00

8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth a listen if the design speaks to you, 12 May 2016
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Starting with the packaging, Sony is going for a premium minimalist look that looks inviting until you prise out the band to find it covered in a dozen fussy little plastic tabs which undermines the aesthetic somewhat.

The design is striking, and closely follows other neckband-style earphones, although the lack of retractable buds as seen in other similar products is a bit of a disappointment. Although I'm a fan of the lime green colour, the design itself is a bit conspicuous and not particularly attractive or elegant. The form factor seems to be an answer to the problem of having bulkier earbuds, or a heavier barrel which includes controls, battery, and BT antenna. The one advantage of the band is that without any extra weight hanging from your ears, these are no less comfortable than any wired variant, and likely moreso without any of the tugging tension that often comes with running cables under clothes and into pockets. Unusually, it's easy to forget they're there, and it's a surprisingly liberating feeling for someone who has only used wired earphones in the past. I do find the earphone cables a bit too long causing them to awkwardly lop around the face.

Sony makes a lot of noise about their LDAC codec which claims to offer sound quality than standard Bluetooth audio. It's worth noting, and Sony don't make this quite clear enough, that only a handful of their own Walkman and Xperia phones support this, and you are not going to get a magic improvement in sound quality with your existing devices. That being said, the drivers in the buds are very pleasing, with the bass only a tad too heavy, and for most the technical limitations of the Bluetooth audio codec are not going to be a problem in actual use. The earphones also function as a hands free mic, and this performs adequately. One downside of the neckband form factor is using the controls looks and feels a bit more awkward than an inline barrel, but this is not the end of the world.

All in all, these perform well. If you find the design pleasing, they are easy to recommend. If not, it's difficult to discern what advantage the neckband has over other Bluetooth buds, which might be worth considering instead.


SoundMAGIC E80 In Ear Isolating Earphones - Gun Metal
SoundMAGIC E80 In Ear Isolating Earphones - Gun Metal
Price: £64.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent neutral sound, 3 April 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
In-ear earphones can often have a disproportionate bass profile, so I was extremely pleased by how neutral these sound. The included buds are very comfortable for long-time listening, the midrange is crisp, and the sound is robust even at higher volumes. Very highly recommended!


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