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iSmartAlarm ISA3G Cube One System for Home Security
iSmartAlarm ISA3G Cube One System for Home Security

3.0 out of 5 stars Neat but..., 29 Mar. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Alarms are big business. Domestic burglary is - thankfully - in decline. Is that because more people have alarms (or at least the appearance of alarms) or for other reasons, it is hard to tell.

This is a curious, quirky little system. I found it easy enough to install and set-up (using Android rather than Apple)

But you are going to need to buy a lot of accessories to completely cover your property. So yes, it is a neat system at a reasonable price as a tester kit. But it will need much by way of additional spending to provide real peace of mind. How that compares to a more traditional system, I don't know. But this is not a one-box solution to home security.


Sure LED GU10 PAR16 5W Replacement for 50 Watt, 380 lumen, non-dimmable bulb, 2700k warm light
Sure LED GU10 PAR16 5W Replacement for 50 Watt, 380 lumen, non-dimmable bulb, 2700k warm light
Price: £5.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK, 22 Mar. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I seem to be making a habit about talking about light bulbs on here. Given the limited amount of time available for testing (and thus unable to test the lifespan of the bulb), I cannot really comment on the value of it - given that it could take several years for the it to reach the end of its working life!

It is a perfectly serviceable light source - though the quality of light was not as pleasing as some I have tested.

Should it blow sooner than anticipated, I shall return to this and re-mark accordingly!


Airmax Anti Snoring Nasal Dilator
Airmax Anti Snoring Nasal Dilator
Price: £9.29

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not for me, 16 Mar. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This one really isn't for me

I just couldn't sleep with it in. I was constantly aware of it - and it stopped me sleeping. Which I guess means it also stopped me snoring. Just not in the way they intended.

Clearly I have over-sensitive nostrils - as others have had positive experiences with the device. Sadly it is hard to try before you buy on something like this...


Love Songs: The Hidden History
Love Songs: The Hidden History
by Ted Gioia
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £15.19

4.0 out of 5 stars Engaging, 12 Mar. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I was slightly worried from the initial pages of the first chapter that this would be too dry and academic in tone. Thankfully my concern was misplaced and it is an engaging and intelligent read.

Yes, there is a lot of underlying scholarship and research in evidence - as is appropriate for this sort of work. But the overall tone is still open enough for the non-academic to enjoy the journey of discovery.

It would make a wonderful basis for a radio documentary series which would have the huge advantage of allowing us to hear examples of the music under discussion.

I found it interesting and worth the investment of my time. Others with an interest in music and song may well do too.


Philips HP3631 300w InfraCare Lamp
Philips HP3631 300w InfraCare Lamp
Price: £50.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Soothing, 8 Mar. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
If you read the warnings in the instruction booklet, you may never want to go near the product! But, of course, they are having to cover themselves - just in case!

I found it easy to set-up and operate and the heating did have a soothing effect on my aching joints.

It is sometimes a bit tricky to get things in the right position for the most effective heating - but that is more to do with availability of plug sockets and relevant pieces of furniture. Though a slightly longer cable would have made this a lot easier.

There is also a slight issue with the relative locations of the on/off button and the timer - as it is hard not to look at the red light when operating the timer! But again a minor niggle

A helpful and soothing bit of kit


Geemarc Corded Telephone - Apollo10 Black/Grey- UK Version
Geemarc Corded Telephone - Apollo10 Black/Grey- UK Version
Price: £9.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Functional, 6 Mar. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is not the most exciting phone you will ever use - but it is absolutely serviceable and has enough functions for the vast majority of users.

Landlines are almost retro these days - I know I rarely use one. This is a solid phone with a reasonable build quality and decent buttons.

A good value, basic phone that will fit happily into most homes. Not spectacular - but more the adequate.
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Spontex Disposable Dusters (Pack of 12, total 84 Dusters)
Spontex Disposable Dusters (Pack of 12, total 84 Dusters)
Price: £9.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Not convinced, 3 Mar. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Part of me is still rather dubious about the idea of a disposable duster. It seems to run contrary to the need to move towards being environmentally aware in our purchasing decisions. A cotton duster is made from a natural product and can be used for years and years and years - rather than being thrown away as is intended for these bamboo-based sheets.

There is no doubting that they can pick up dust like a regular duster and don't seem to need polish. But they are not recommended for all surfaces - which is a limiting factor.

I must admit that a trusty yellow duster is still my preferred option - but these are a serviceable alternative. If you don't mind throwing stuff away regularly.


Crucial CT500MX200SSD1 MX200 500 GB SATA 2.5-Inch Internal Solid State Drive with Adapter
Crucial CT500MX200SSD1 MX200 500 GB SATA 2.5-Inch Internal Solid State Drive with Adapter
Offered by RLO UK
Price: £174.49

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive, 3 Mar. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Easy to fit, easy to install, excellent speed - what more can you ask?

I must admit that I am not an expert in these things - but this is an impressive bit of kit.

Sold state drives are certainly here to stay (at least until the next innovation) - and price has been an issue for a while. This seems like the right combination of value and quality to help people take their first steps in this direction.

Recommended


Igenix DF0006 Portable Clip 2 Speed Fan, 15 W, White
Igenix DF0006 Portable Clip 2 Speed Fan, 15 W, White
Offered by The Tech Lodge
Price: £14.10

3.0 out of 5 stars Adequate, 25 Feb. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I must admit to being slightly underwhelmed by this.

It is perfectly serviceable - it delivered a reasonable breeze and is reasonably quiet

But the construction and materials are not overly robust and it does not ooze quality. Indeed it is remarkably similar to my existing fan which I bought for half the price last year.

It isn't awful - it is adequate.


Vanish Gold for Whites Oxi Action Stain Remover Powder 1.41 kg
Vanish Gold for Whites Oxi Action Stain Remover Powder 1.41 kg
Offered by Alex Shanks Ltd
Price: £14.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It works!, 20 Feb. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
It works. It does deliver stain removal and brighter whites.

Getting the dosage right took a bit of time - but that would be the same with any product.

Thankfully it doesn't leave any unpleasant odours or residue.

So yes, it works. Not sure there is much more I can say about it.


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