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D-Link DCS-935L mydlink Home Monitor HD
D-Link DCS-935L mydlink Home Monitor HD
Price: £85.34

4.0 out of 5 stars Well built monitoring camera, 18 April 2015
Length:: 4:35 Mins

This little camera is part of the mydlink Home range of internet connected devices and was kindly sent to me for review.

It's got a good built quality and sits on a hinged stand that can either be used to position it upright, for example on a desk/windowsill, or to a wall using the included fixing template, raw plugs and screws.

It's a fixed position camera, there isn't any pan/tilt functionality.

A power cable is included (wall plug on one end, micro USB on the other), the wire length is fine for use stood up but very short if you intended to wall mount it.

It features a microphone and night vision LEDs on the front and power/setup keys on the back.

Surprisingly for the price there isn't a memory card slot to record footage.

As with other products in the mydlink Home range the camera is setup using the mydlink Home app. Included in the box is a small card containing two QR codes, one for the app, one to tell the app what you're setting up. Scan the camera QR code in the app and you're taken through a simple setup process that attaches the camera to your network and to your account.

Once setup has been completed you can access the camera and whatever it's looking at via the app. Picture quality is good and you have the option of listening live to whatever the camera picks up via the built in microphone.

The app also allows you to take a photo of whatever the camera is looking at as well as changing the view mode between automatic, day mode or night mode. Night mode is really only required where there are is almost no light at all and where the camera isn't looking out of a window (as the lights will be reflected off the glass blocking any image), so for example you might use it to monitor your baby at night when the lights are out in the room.

The camera operated fine without night mode where it was looking out onto a residential street with standard street lighting.

D-Link have put the microphone and camera to good use by allowing alerts to be set up based on either motion being detected, or sound hitting a defined level. These alerts are pushed to any mobile that has the mydlink home app installed and can be set to trigger only during certain times.

The D-Link Monitor does exactly what the name says, it monitors. Although it misses out on some features this is a well built little camera that is easy to setup and use.

Fire TV Stick
Fire TV Stick
Price: £35.00

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great value for money, 16 April 2015
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Fire TV Stick (Electronics)
Length:: 5:13 Mins

I purchased this to replace an old Roku box I have which doesn't have access to Prime video streaming.

It's more discrete than the Roku as it plugs into a HDMI port on your TV and is then nicely hidden away. It requires a dedicated power source, it isn't powered by the HDMI port itself, and this is provided in the box.

As well as the Fire TV stick and power supply you also get a remote, batteries for the remote and a HDMI extender.

Setup is really simple, plug the Fire TV stick into your TV, power it on and follow the on screen instructions.

Once setup has been completed a short welcome video is played to show you round your new gadget. Assuming you've purchased the Fire TV stick for yourself it'll be pre-registered to your account, a real bonus if your an Amazon Prime member as it means you can start streaming from Amazon Instant Video without entering any further details.

After that you've got a really easy to use interface, it's slick and doesn't suffer from any lag.

You can quickly add additional apps, such as Netflix or iPlayer. I'd recommend the excellent TVPlayer app if you plan on using this ini a room that doesn't have a dedicated area as it streams live TV over the internet.

It's capable of playing games and if you don't have the optional game pad it lets you know if the game needs a pad.

If you've had an Amazon account for a while like I have, and are a Prime member, it's likely you'll have apps, music and photos stored by them and these are all easily accessible as well.

You can search either via a text search, or by downloading the Fire TV app which can then use your phones microphone to perform a voice search.

So far I'm really impressed with the Fire TV stick, you get a great device for not a lot of cash and it's small enough to easily take around with you, either to a friends house or on holiday. Those looking for Android gaming fun will likely want to invest in the optional gaming pad, it's not something I've tested but I can see the advantages it offers.

I note a number of reviewers are having issues with BT. I'm with Virgin Media and use an Asus router and haven't encountered any problems at all. It's responsive and streams really well.

Enjoytone® W80 MTK6572 1.2GHz Dual Core 4.5" 480 x 854 Pixel FWVGA TFT LCD Screen 512MB RAM + 4G ROM 5MP Camera Dual SIM 3G WCDMA unlocked Senior Smartphone with SOS Emergency Key (White)
Enjoytone® W80 MTK6572 1.2GHz Dual Core 4.5" 480 x 854 Pixel FWVGA TFT LCD Screen 512MB RAM + 4G ROM 5MP Camera Dual SIM 3G WCDMA unlocked Senior Smartphone with SOS Emergency Key (White)
Offered by Bestore
Price: £99.00

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Lags behind the competition, 14 April 2015
Length:: 3:55 Mins

This phone was kindly sent to me for review and it has a fairly chunk design with a 4.5" screen surrounded by lots of bezel and is powered by a dual core processor.

It runs a customised version of Android; Gone is the standard home screen that you can add widgets to, it's been replaced with a simplified big button system reminiscent of the Honor Holly 3G UK SIM-Free Smartphone (5 inch, Touchscreen, 1.3 gHZ Quad-Core, 1GB RAM, 16GB ROM, 8MP rear camera, 2MP front camera, Android 4.4, Emotion UI 2.3) - Black 'Simple' menu view.

Unlike the Honor Holly there is no way to exit this menu system, it's the only one you get by default.

Press any buttons or menu items and the phone will 'speak' the item you've pressed. This is a good idea in theory to help confirm what has been selected, however be warned the voice is heavily accented and some may find it hard to understand what's being said.

As you'll see in the review video some messages are not in English, a big worry if you were to give this to an elderly user who would likely be highly confused by such a message popping up on screen.

As well as the usual microphone jack and volume buttons you also get an SOS button located on the back of the mobile. This button has been well designed to be easy to press when you need to, but not be easily pressed by mistake. You can assign an action to the button, for example sending a message or calling contacts, and it's a great feature for a senior phone.

Another nice addition is the 'zoom' app which makes use of the camera to enlarge whatever the phone is looking at like a magnifying glass.

There is a removable battery and two SIM card slots. There are two cameras, a 0.3 megapixel front facing camera and a 5 megapixel rear facing camera. The rear camera is OK for this price point, it takes OK photos during the day and has a flash for low light situations. Video quality is OK during daylight but poor in low light situations.

For a phone in the price band it was disappointing to find Asphalt 8 wouldn't even load up. While the target market might not be gamers this is a useful test of how well the phone performs under stress and while lower cost phones are able to play this without any problems this mobile wasn't even able to start it, crashing back to the main menu after trying to load the game up.

This phone is aimed at a specific audience, but it's up against a lot of competition at this price level and overall the Honor Holly represents much better value for money bar one missing feature: the SOS button. While this might be the deciding factor if you're buying this for an elderly relative keep in mind along with the SOS button you might also get non-English messages being displayed.

D-Link 'mydlink Home' Wi-Fi Motion Sensor
D-Link 'mydlink Home' Wi-Fi Motion Sensor
Price: £29.18

4.0 out of 5 stars Does exactly what you'd expect, 13 April 2015
Length:: 2:59 Mins

The motion sensor was kindly sent to me for review and there isn't too much to it. It has a sensor on the front, a reset button on the side and a WPS button which is used during the setup process. Plug it in and it's ready to be setup via the myDLink Home app.

Included is a small card with the motion sensor that has two QR codes on it. The first can be used to quickly find the app, the second is used to tell the app which product you're setting up. You then just follow the on screen instructions to get the motion sensor onto your network.

Once setup you have a few options. On it's own the motion sensor can send you a notification every time it detects motion. This is obviously only of use when you're not expecting motion and so it's good to see options for setting up on/off schedules to save you being bombarded with notifications every time someone is home, e.g. in the evening.

If this is all you're after then the motion sensor is great and works well. However, being on WiFi means there is extra potential for using the sensor to trigger other actions, e.g. if you have the D-Link 'mydlink Home' Smart Plug you can set it up so when motion is detected the smart plug is turned on, and so you might trigger a light to come on. Again this can be set to only work at specified times.

Unfortunately at the time of review the sensor doesn't work with If Then This That, which is a similar system that allows you to build simple recipes for automating a huge variety of tasks and gadgets and this means the motion sensors potential is limited to other mydlink Home products.

This does exactly what it says it will, hopefully in time it'll be able to do a lot more by working with IFTTT.

Ready Player One
Ready Player One
by Ernest Cline
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.29

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Level up your reading enjoyment, 10 April 2015
This review is from: Ready Player One (Paperback)
WOW! Why have I only just discovered this book? It's absolutely brilliant! I've read a lot of good books this year, but this has been the first I've not been able to put down.

It's a great story, set in the future you access a new internet via VR gear and have an avatar. This setting allows the book to have so many different elements in it, magic, sci-fi, tons a geeky references, all of which keep the story moving along at a great pace.

If you've even a passing interest in gaming you'll enjoy this book, now go add +10 enjoyment by equipping this book from your inventory.

Leather Jumping Rope Golden Stallion by NutriChamp® with wooden handle - hand made - skipping rope with ball bearings and removable weights - Jumping rope for adults - finally a leather skipping rope with adjustable length - last jump rope you will ever need - The best investment for your dream figure and health
Leather Jumping Rope Golden Stallion by NutriChamp® with wooden handle - hand made - skipping rope with ball bearings and removable weights - Jumping rope for adults - finally a leather skipping rope with adjustable length - last jump rope you will ever need - The best investment for your dream figure and health
Offered by Amipe
Price: £21.90

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quality build, but not for use on all surfaces, 6 April 2015
Length:: 2:19 Mins

Kindly sent to me for review I was very impressed with the handles on this jump rope. They're really very beautiful and clearly of a highly quality than many jump ropes.

As well as the rope you get an allen key, instructions and a bag to keep it all in. Read through the instructions, there are not many but they do have important information about storing and caring for your new rope.

In particular you need to be careful about the types of surfaces you use this on as harder surfaces can damage the rope.

The rope itself is a very good length, but it's likely you'll want to reduce it in size. be careful doing this as it involves cutting the rope, so make it too short and there's no going back. WAtch out for the position of this metal connector as if it hits you it hurts!

You can get up a good speed with the rope, and given it's fairly think that can mean a rather painful whack when it hits you.

So I'm not keen on the metal connector or that it can't be used on all surfaces, but I do really like the handles, they're very classy.
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Royal Doulton 16-Piece Tableware Slate Set
Royal Doulton 16-Piece Tableware Slate Set
Offered by China Chaps Ltd
Price: £92.54

4.0 out of 5 stars Great design, shame about the packaging, 3 April 2015
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Length:: 1:01 Mins

Really like the design of this set, simple but looks really nice.

Unfortunately as with one of the other reviewers I suffered from some damage to one of the items, seems like the packaging isn't doing a great job of protecting the set in transit. Amazon agreed to provide a partial refund, so aside from being one item down I've got the set I wanted.

Quick review video to shop off all the items, great design, just be prepared to check all items upon arrival.

Gods VS Humans - Protect your Kingdom
Gods VS Humans - Protect your Kingdom
Price: £1.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Great graphics, simple idea, 3 April 2015
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Great graphics, simple idea, good fun. Attempt to knock down a building before the little people can complete it. The game offers a good balance of having to use powers but not kill the people. Simple idea to pick up and play for 10 minutes.

Angry Birds Transformers
Angry Birds Transformers
Price: £0.00

3.0 out of 5 stars Looks great, bit repetitive, 3 April 2015
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This review is from: Angry Birds Transformers (App)
Fairly addictive for a bit and very different from previous Angry games. Can be played without having to spend any money and I got fairly far into the game but then it crashed. Bit repetitive but looks fantastic.

Price: £0.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Amazon in your pocket, 3 April 2015
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This review is from: Amazon (App)
Amazon on the go, great for shopping and for tracking things I've ordered. Barcode scanner is very handy when in a shop and you want to check the price online.

Suspect the ease of ordering available via this app has meant I've ordered lots more stuff from Amazon.

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