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JETech Bluetooth Receiver and Transmitter 2-in-1 Stereo Audio Bluetooth Adapter With 3.5mm Stereo Output - 2030
JETech Bluetooth Receiver and Transmitter 2-in-1 Stereo Audio Bluetooth Adapter With 3.5mm Stereo Output - 2030
Offered by JEDirect UK
Price: £11.98

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I would recommend that potential purchasers check that the bluetooth type of ..., 28 Mar. 2016
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Note: I bought this item solely because I wanted a bluetooth transmitter. This review does not cover the receiver function of this product.

Principally I was interested in transmitting via bluetooth from the 3.5mm jack headphones socket of a DAB radio to a pair of AKG Y45BT bluetooth capable headphones. I would recommend that potential purchasers check that the bluetooth type of this device and the devices to which they want to connect are compatible. I say this because the fact that the Jetech 2030 requires A2DP support in the target devices is only mentioned in small print in the small user leaflet that accompanies it. It took me a while to confirm that my headphones were supported.

The reason I went to the trouble of confirming the devices were compatible was owing to the fact it took me nearly 30 minutes of fiddling finally to pair the Jetech and my headphones. Despite following the pairing instructions to the letter several times I could not get the devices to connect. They did in the end, but I'm not sure why they did when they did and why they didn't when they didn't.

However, what drawn the one star rating is the behaviour of the device when connected to the DAB radio (a Pure Evoke D2, which happens to have bluetooth receiver, but not transmitter, capability itself). Upon plugging the device into the headphones jack, it destroys the reception of the radio. I don't understand why the Jetech should interfere with the radio in this way - my guess is that it's some interaction between the two bluetooth modules that for some reason occurs only when the Jetech is plugged into the radio - but it means that the very thing for which I wanted the device is something, to my surprise, it won't do.

Given its lack of usability and this flaw, the product is entirely unsuitable for my needs. People who want to broadcast from DAB radios should be wary if they has bluetooth capability.

Seagate Wireless Plus 1TB Portable Mobile Device Storage with built-in WiFi
Seagate Wireless Plus 1TB Portable Mobile Device Storage with built-in WiFi
Price: £99.84

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad media app, bad battery life and difficult to use, 9 Aug. 2015
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Before you read this review, be aware of two caveats; first, I'm writing this after trying to use the 1TB Seagate wireless drive for a couple of days. Secondly, I bought it to make my music library of approximately 70,000 items (around 575GB) portable and available to my iPod, iPhone and iPad. This review says nothing about pictures and video.

Insofar as it's an external hard drive, the item functioned as I expected when connected to my PC. I was able to copy my music library to it without problems, though you have to be patient with the power button after you disconnect the drive. The wireless function is not available for something like 30 seconds after disconnection.

In order to use the drive with my iPod (I never got as far as using it with my iPhone or iPad) the Seagate Media app has to be installed. It's in the iTunes app store so this wasn't a problem.

It was at the point of using the drive with my iPod that problems became apparent. After connecting the iPod to the drive's wireless network and then piggybacking that to my home network (you are forced to do it this way by the app if you want to be able to, for example, browse the internet at the same time), I let the app scan the drive for my music library. The results were woeful; though the 'songs' section reported that it had found the 70,000 items, the 'albums' and 'artists' sections were a mess. The majority of albums and artists were simply not listed. Worse, a search for an album or artist not listed in these sections produced no results. The app permits you to examine the files on the drive directly; that proved that the missing albums and artists were definitely on the drive, so it was clear that the app's media database is faulty. Unfortunately, you can't play an album in the correct order directly from the drive - although you can play individual tracks - so this isn't a workaround.

A media app that can't list media correctly is pretty much next to useless.

Secondly, I've seen manufacturer's claims of 10 hours' battery life for the drive and reviews suggesting a more moderate, but still useful, 6 hours. My experience has fallen far short of that; I reckon I'm lucky to get 1½ hours' battery life. It's a good job I didn't want to watch a long film; as it is, being able to play about 2½ albums before the device shuts down falls a long way short of my expectations. The wireless function of the device is disabled upon connecting it to a computer, so you can't even view or play your media on a mobile device whilst charging the drive from your computer or laptop (all right, probably you could watch or play the media on the PC or laptop, but that defeats the object of having a wireless drive!). In effect, unless you plug the drive into a power socket, at best you've got about two hours' play time; maybe less. This is worsened by the fact that fully recharging the drive takes several hours from a mains socket.

I've yet to use Seagate's support function, but given their web site's 'troubleshooting' section has pointed me to articles clearly written for other products with no apparent relevance to mine, I'm not hopeful.

As things stand, I think there's a good chance that I will be returning this product. I'm not satisfied with its performance or usability.

JTX Sprint-5 Foldable Motorised Treadmill : 18kph, Auto Incline, Fitness and Weight Loss Running Machine, 2 Year Warranty.
JTX Sprint-5 Foldable Motorised Treadmill : 18kph, Auto Incline, Fitness and Weight Loss Running Machine, 2 Year Warranty.

20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent treadmill and excellent customer support, 3 April 2012
I bought the JTX Sprint5 in January 2012. I'm very pleased with this robust machine, which has excellent features.

1) The speed range is from 1kph to 22kph (note: the machine is calibrated in metric; there is no option for imperial measures), which is fine for the slowest ambling walk through to an energetic run. It isn't suitable for out-and-out sprinting but perfect for those training for distance running who like a speedy finish!

2) The motorised incline has 20 levels. The maximum incline is 10°, the vendor tells me, so presumably each level represents one-half of a degree. This represents the gentlest of inclines to a taxing climb.

3) The controls are simple and well laid out, with both speed and incline being controllable from both the main panel and the handles. There are some preset speeds and inclines for quick on-the-fly adjustments, otherwise speed can be changed in 0.1kph units and incline in 0.5° units. The display is large and easy to read.

4) The machine is strongly built (note: the advice is for two people to put it in position at your home; this advice should be taken if possible as the machine is both heavy and large).

5) There's a large selection of training programmes, 99 if the documentation is to be believed. You can also create a small number of personal programmes.

6) The machine has alternatives modes, a timer and a distance limit, you can use as a different way of controlling your exercise.

8) The lubrication procedure is reasonably simple.

9) There's a two-year warranty.

10) The customer support is excellent, which is a boon as I will explain below.

Now, the drawbacks:

a) This is not a machine for a cramped household. Though the bed folds up I wouldn't recommend relying on the hydraulic ram to hold it in position. Mine tends to drop by itself after a while. If you opt to leave the bed down the machine occupies the floor plan of approximately two large washing machines and the handles are a bit higher than one.

b) The documentation is not good. The programme "manual" consists of spreadsheet charts that give a rough impression of what each programme does, but crucially there are no units on the charts. I've been caught out going too fast up too great an incline on more than one occasion! The user manual is extremely brief and lacks important information, such as what to do when you have lubricated the machine and the 'lube' warning display doesn't go out (it turns out the warning is not based on a sensor but rather based on the number of hours the machine has been used and has to be manually reset, with the reset procedure nowhere to be found in the manual).

Mainly owing to the sparse documentation I have been in contact with the vendor quite a lot and their support is highly commendable. They have answered my questions (e.g. the one about the 'lube' warning) quickly and accurately. I'm especially grateful for the goodwill gesture of a replacement fold away ram when I damaged mine accidentally, something that wasn't covered by the warranty.

So, this is a thoroughly recommended piece of equipment and also vendor.

Logitech Pure-Fi Anywhere v2 Black Dock for iPod and iPhone
Logitech Pure-Fi Anywhere v2 Black Dock for iPod and iPhone

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Battery saving feature is a serious failing, 20 Jun. 2010
This unit's excellent sound quality and portability has been noted by many reviewers and I share their opinion. However, the 'battery saving' feature, whereby the unit switches off during passages of music has also been noted by a number of reviewers. I share their opinion that this vastly reduces the attractiveness of the Logitech Pure-Fi Anywhere.

Specifically, not only will the unit will switch itself during extended passages of quiet playing, thus making it useless for all but the most energetic of classical pieces, it will also switch off if it can't detect a beat and bass rhythm. This makes it almost as useless for fans of groups like Nadja or Yellow Swans. This happens whether you are on battery or mains power, so it's not even strictly a battery saving feature. You would have thought Logitech would allow the user to override this behaviour but no, it's built into the unit. Your choices are to either put up with it switching off in the middle of certain passages of music or using another set of speakers.

Logitech's 'community support' forum staff simply comment that this is a design feature and that there are no plans to change it.

It's a real pity. Without this defect I'd have no hesitation in awarding the unit four or five stars. As it is, I can't recommend it.

Otra Cosa
Otra Cosa
Price: £13.90

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not something else but more of the same, 4 April 2010
This review is from: Otra Cosa (Audio CD)
This is an album of simple tunes simply delivered by Julieta Venegas. She has a clear, engaging voice and the material is pleasant listening, but it is not particularly memorable. It occupies the same territory as, for instance, Ellie Goulding's new album, but whereas the latter decorates her songs with modern touches and conveys a sense of mild experimentation Venegas prefers an unadorned and conservative approach throughout 'Otra Cosa'. This makes sitting through the whole album a slightly tedious experience. Those of you coming to it after hearing, for example, 'Bueninvento' might be a bit disappointed.

Head First
Head First
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £7.11

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Heading first into the past, 4 April 2010
This review is from: Head First (Audio CD)
Never mind the 80s, this album evokes Donna Summer's Giorgio Moroder written 1976 smash 'I Feel Love'. The song writing throughout is curiously reminiscent of the mid to late 70s; for instance, the title track's verses are pure Abba. Admittedly it's all fed through an 80s Human League style but the tempi are generally slower and the vocals less strident than was common in that period.

So Goldfrapp are mining much the same territory as Roísín Murphy explored on 2007's 'Overpowered' and if 'Head First' isn't quite as clever as that album it's still satisfying. New and old Goldfrapp fans alike will find it a comfortable listen.

Room Noises
Room Noises
Price: £8.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Make a little room for this noise, 4 April 2010
This review is from: Room Noises (MP3 Download)
Sometimes compared to Radiohead or The Sundays, on this album Eisley don't really have the weight of the former or the jangly instrumentalism of the latter. What they do have are beautifully crafted pop songs, sometimes given a country inflection. Sherri Dupree sings beguilingly throughout, reminding you of Mindy Smith at one turn, Cerys Matthews (Catatonia) at another and then finally leaving you with the impression that she's just Sherri. She's the star of this show; the arrangements are subdued, even spare in places, serving to highlight her voice.

'Room Noises' is a slice of melodic pop that could sit comfortably alongside anything by Aztec Camera or Alison Krauss, which is quite an achievement.

Hammer the Anvil the Stirrup
Hammer the Anvil the Stirrup

2.0 out of 5 stars Not stirred up by this workmanlike stirrup, 4 April 2010
There are moments of deft invention and likeable indie-style rock on this album - occasionally The Noises 10 bring The Strokes to mind - but they're buried in a glutinous songwriting style reminiscent of Ferras or The Fray. That is, 'The Hammer, The Anvil, The Stirrup' comprises obviously constructed pop songs sung in slightly fey manner lacking passion and inspiration.

It all fades away without leaving much of an impression.

Here's The Tender Coming
Here's The Tender Coming
Price: £9.99

4.0 out of 5 stars A tender coming for which to be thankful, 4 April 2010
This is an album largely of often melancholy English folk tunes sung in close harmony by a pair of sisters, Rachel and Becky Unthank. They've taken something of a risk here by jettisoning both the band and the name of their former venture, which had produced two well-received albums. However, the result is a fetching album that brings to mind the debut of Kate Rusby and Kathryn Roberts yet doesn't suffer from the comparison. If this album doesn't quite have the light and shade of that one it is nevertheless a fine effort, well arranged musically and, most importantly, beautifully sung.

July Flame
July Flame
Offered by Squirrelsounds
Price: £19.99

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A comfortable glow and not a conflagration, 4 April 2010
This review is from: July Flame (Audio CD)
'July Flame' feels like a quieter effort than its predecessors. Certainly Veirs chose not to use her regular band for this record (importantly producer Tucker Martine remains) and she returned to the independent Bella Union, so the album has been made with fewer resources than she's employed in latter years.

The result is that 'July Flame' harks back to her earliest albums. Whilst the title track and a couple of others display Veirs' trademark of an insistent but never overbearing rhythm over which she floats her clear, often lovely voice, most other tracks are much simpler affairs with sparser arrangements.

So, here the focus is on Veirs' singing, her guitar picking and a more homely atmosphere. Her gift for attractive melody and her ability momentarily to inject an unexpected style or sound sustain interest over an album that tends to emphasise her folk, rather than pop and rock, roots. Consequently many will find the intimate feel and relaxed tempi of 'July Flame' appealing but some might miss the bigger sound and greater dynamics of 'Year Of Meteors' and 'Saltbreakers'. Despite Veirs' expertise in constructing beguiling and charming songs there's a sense that she's working well within herself. It would be good to hear her giving her undoubtedly considerable talent more challenges on future records.

Nonetheless, this is another Veirs album to enjoy, probably with a glass of wine in hand and a light, contemplative mood.

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