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Ultrasport Men's Biking Pant - Black/Victoria Blue, Medium
Ultrasport Men's Biking Pant - Black/Victoria Blue, Medium
Price: £19.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good quality cycling shorts, 4 Aug. 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Very Well padded around the important area, although this makes it a bit weird when off the bike
Nice material, not too thin
Grippy rubber around the inside of the bottom of the legs to ensure they don't ride up
Adjustable waistline, medium is good fit for me (5'11", 12 stone)


Sennheiser EZX70 Bluetooth Mono Headset for Smartphones
Sennheiser EZX70 Bluetooth Mono Headset for Smartphones
Price: £42.19

4.0 out of 5 stars Good quality and light, 18 July 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Bluetooth headsets can be very handy things in certain situations. I needed one for when I am driving(I don’t have built in Bluetooth in my car), and this fits the bill very well. The call quality is pretty good (I can hear them well and they seem to say that I sound pretty clear) and the battery life is pretty good.

It connects up easily to my phone, comes with a usb charging cable and is light enough that it isn’t noticeable after putting it in. It didn’t quite fit my ear perfectly, but it is still pretty comfortable.

I did try it outside to see how it handled the wind, and it seems to be ok. It seemed to be ok, with the person on the other end of the call just missing a couple of words here and there.


BT Smart Home Cam 100 IP Camera with Night Vision and Motion Detection
BT Smart Home Cam 100 IP Camera with Night Vision and Motion Detection
Price: £69.99

14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars High Quality camera but monthly fee, 24 Jun. 2014
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This Home camera is easy to set up, gives good quality day and night vision, but unless you are willing to pay a monthly fee it is pretty useless.

Setting this camera up is very easy, plug it into a power socket and make sure the switch on the back is set to 'setup'. Then download the BT Smart Home Cam app onto your phone, connect your phone to the wifi that the Camera gives off in setup mode, and you will then be able to create an account and set it up by following the instructions on your phone. Once done all you need to do is flick the switch on the back of the camera to "camera" and it is ready to go.

You are then able to connect to the camera on your phone from anywhere and it will show you what is going on.

The quality of the image is pretty good, the night vision function works well, and the motion detection works fine. All would seem to be good until it comes to the storing of the images. To make it useful you want it to take an image and store it online whenever there is motion, and while you do get a 2 week trial, after that you will be charged to store those images. The charge for the premium service is £9.99 per month (baffling in a world of free cloud storage like Dropbox, Box or OneDrive) so unless you want to spend that this is pretty pointless as a security item.

It would be ok to use to check on your pets when you're out, that's about the only thing I can think of.
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D'Addario NYXL1046 Regular Light 10-46 Electric Guitar Strings
D'Addario NYXL1046 Regular Light 10-46 Electric Guitar Strings
Price: £10.80

4.0 out of 5 stars Seem good so far, 29 May 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
These strings are supposed to be stronger and longer lasting than standard strings. I put them on my guitar a few days ago, thrashed them a bit, and they seem fine.The tone seems very similar to my normal strings (some coated strings can sound different) and they haven't gone out of tune so that is good.

Will have to use them for a while before I can really tell if the longevity and strength is really better, and whether it is worth the extra - but so far they are living up to their claims.


Mad Catz F.R.E.Q.4D Headset - Black (PC DVD)
Mad Catz F.R.E.Q.4D Headset - Black (PC DVD)
Offered by iSolutions (VAT Included)
Price: £49.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Heavy but good quality, 29 May 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
These are a very sturdy feeling set of headphones. The cable is pleasingly thick and solid feeling, and connects into the headset via a micro-usb connection on the headset. There a 2 cables included, 1 for using with your phone and 1 for using with your PC. The phone cable allows you to answer the phone, but reduces the functionality of the unit to just a plain headset with microphone.

Note that the microphone isn't on a boom that goes out in front of you, but is integrated into a bump on the front of the left earpiece. This seems to work fine when used in normal conditions, but not sure how it would react to a noisy background or wind.

The base sounds nice, and the treble is clear and bright. It sounds very nice compared to my old headphones when playing music. The gaming side of it is pretty good as well, it giving you a good all round experience. In the shoot-em-up games I could detect people quick easily and work out where they were, and the other games gave a nice immersive experience.

The 4D sound bit is a little bit of a gimmick to be honest. There must be little motors inside the headset that vibrate it slightly when the headset is putting out a solid base note. This works ok most of the time, but I am not sure it adds anything to the experience. Not that this only works when it is connected to your PC, and does not work when you have it connected to your phone.

The one major drawback is the weight. These things are noticeably heavier than any headphones I have used in the past but they are solidly built so I imagine this will help them last.


The Three
The Three
by Sarah Lotz
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £14.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Good but tough going for the first 100 pages, 9 May 2014
This review is from: The Three (Hardcover)
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This book is a hard read.

It is laid out as a historical document, something similar to World War Z, so it has numerous different styles (transcripts, interviews, online conversations) and this combined with the multi-threaded story-line can make it hard to follow.

The explosive start to the book, 4 plane crashes with 3 child survivors, gives way to 100 pages where the ground work for the rest of the story is laid out. This almost made me give up, but I am glad I didn't because the story picks up pace after that. Watching the way that the world slowly spirals out of control, from a number of different perspectives is quite compelling.

It definitely is a slightly strange book, but it is well worth the effort.


Vax H86-GA-B Gator Cordless Handheld Vacuum Cleaner - White/Orange
Vax H86-GA-B Gator Cordless Handheld Vacuum Cleaner - White/Orange
Price: £36.46

14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Does the job but has a few drawbacks, 2 May 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
You get plenty of suction from this unit, and it has a little pull out nozzle that gives you few inches of reach into hard to get areas. It's not too heavy to use

The main issue is the short amount of time you get from it, only 12 minutes from a 24 hour charge (although thankfully the charger has a cut off function to stop overcharging).

Also it has this 'Gator' opening by pressing a button on the side, that opens it to allow easy emptying after use. Unfortunately I found a lot of dirt just stuck to the filter, which then left me pulling fluff off the filter by hand.


Braun Series 3 3040 Men's Electric Foil Shaver Wet and Dry Rechargeable and Cordless Razor
Braun Series 3 3040 Men's Electric Foil Shaver Wet and Dry Rechargeable and Cordless Razor
Price: £45.00

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Perfectly adequate electric shaver, 2 May 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
The foil is very smooth and doesn't catch on the skin. Appears to work fine either as a dry shave or in the shower, and is easy enough to remove the foil and clean.

The 1 hour charge seems to give a weeks worth of shaving, so that's perfectly fine.

The 3 day beard thing didn't work for me though, it struggled on anything after a couple of days. And didn't really work on my neck, leaving a number of hairs longer than the rest of them no matter how many times or from what angle I tried.

This is a good enough shaver for daily use, but don't expect miracles after a couple of days - you will probably just have to wet shave.


The Bees
The Bees
by Laline Paull
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £13.48

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The bees knees, 8 April 2014
This review is from: The Bees (Hardcover)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I do like stories that are a little bit different, from a slightly skewed point of view, and this book lives up to that. This book is written from the perspective of a bee, a lowly worker bee at that, and her struggles with her difference to the rest of her kin and the struggles of the whole hive to survive.

It is strange to try and give a tiny creature human emotions so I found myself imagining an almost sci-fi experience, but once you get past that slightly other-world feeling you find yourself empathising with the main characters and coming to enjoy the story. Maybe the book tailed off slightly at the end, but maybe that was just because I wanted to finish it - I will need to give it another read to fully absorb it.

Very enjoyable read and well worth a read if you are looking for something a little different.


KITCHEN WORKTOP / PLINTH HEAT VENT GRILL ALUMINIUM 480 x 60 mm
KITCHEN WORKTOP / PLINTH HEAT VENT GRILL ALUMINIUM 480 x 60 mm
Offered by Stolmet Ltd
Price: £6.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fits into my kitchen well, 27 Mar. 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Can't really fault it. Cut a hole out of the kickboard with a drill and jigsaw and then fitted this in with a little bit of force.
Looks good and the aluminium seems to be of a reasonable thickness and quality, so does good for beneath the integrated fridge freezer.


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