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Razer Goliathus Standard Speed Mouse Mat Fragged
Razer Goliathus Standard Speed Mouse Mat Fragged

19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Slick mat for mousing comfort, 10 May 2013
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An exceptional gaming mouse mat. The surface is smooth and low friction with stitched edges for durability. For those curious about the dimensions (oddly lacking from the description), this is the medium sized Goliathus - 355x255mm.
The other sizes available are:
Small (called Omega) 270x215mm
Large (called Alpha) 445x355mm
Extended 920x295mm

Each mat is around 3-4mm deep.

Bodum Bistro 0.35 L Coffee Mug
Bodum Bistro 0.35 L Coffee Mug
Offered by MightyHousewares
Price: £6.59

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice alternative to china, 7 May 2013
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An attractive, sturdy and decent value glass mug. The only improvement I can think of is if it were completely smooth - instead it has a seam running down the handle, under the bottom and up the side. A minor issue really. Perhaps this is a requirement of making high temperature glass. None the less it is an attractive alternative to a regular opaque mug, and looks especially nice with some tea infusing in to it.

Technoline BL-700 Intelligent AA-AAA Professional Standard battery charger (UK Version)
Technoline BL-700 Intelligent AA-AAA Professional Standard battery charger (UK Version)
Offered by BatteryLogic
Price: £31.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars High price features on a low price charger, 4 Feb. 2013
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For years consumers have been deceived in to thinking rechargeable batteries are low capacity, unreliable and generally no good. What a shame, then, when any battery aficionado will tell you that a quality NiMH cell is far superior to its alkaline cousin. Some of the cause of the deceit is due to cheap, poor quality chargers, which may undercharge, overcharge, don't account for differing existing charges, only charge in pairs or worse, in sets of 4. Duracell and Energizer, two of the world's biggest battery makers themselves are guilty of these sins.

So let me start by saying that I already own several chargers - a couple of cheap 'dumb' wall-wart chargers and two hobby grade chargers, one of which (Bantam BC8DX) is shockingly expensive. The expensive one has all the bells and whistles one could ask for. Dual channels, cell balancing, endless modes, endless battery chemistry compatibility, massive power, etc... but it is rather overkill for charging regular AA cells for around-the-house duty. It is also extremely fussy about the cells it will charge.

For a low price, the BL-700 delivers almost as much functionality as an extremely expensive hobby grade charger (albeit for AA and AAA cells only). Four independent charging channels, configurable current, four modes: charge, discharge, test and a very useful 'refresh' mode which can coax old and abused cells back to life. Along with this you can view the voltage of each cell individually, the current it is currently charging or discharging at, and receive an observed mAh (capacity) rating from the test mode - good for checking how much life an older cell has. Oh and it monitors cell temperatures and stops if they overheat! The list goes on.

The disadvantages I have observed are minimal, but worth mentioning:
> The 3v power supply means that you cannot power it from an existing 12v bench supply or from your car battery (or some other 12v field charging rig). It means you will require either a 3v capable voltage regulator or a 240v inverter for field use with 12v supplies.
> The interface is somewhat non-intuitive. You will be reading the instructions.
> As mentioned in other reviews, it will not charge cells that have dropped to a low voltage (Eg. from being deeply discharged or left without a charge for a long period). However this is a common affliction of smart chargers, the remedy for which is 30 minutes in a 'dumb' trickle charger.

I am impressed with this product, would happily buy again and will recommend to anyone who will listen. Buy this charger.

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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Luxury comfort for a bargain price, 25 Jun. 2012
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My first instinct after looking through Hypnia's mattresses on Amazon was that something didn't feel right. They were too cheap, and the reviews were too good. As if they were manufactured or even fake. But I have not known Amazon to host fake reviews and after deliberating about it, I decided to take the plunge and order the Hypnia King size 12" deep Visco mattress.

It comes vacuum packed in a compact (but extremely heavy) box. The packaging is convenient for such a large product. Out of the box, it took only a matter of hours to decompress to the correct size, however I gave it about 5 days in total (Hypnia recommend 48 hours or so) as I was waiting for the bed frame to arrive. The mattress is covered in a high quality feeling cover, which looks very nice and is soft and friendly to the touch.

There is one thing to bear in mind, and that is that the mattress does smell rather bad at first. The smell (a chemically fishy smell) was unpleasant and I definitely would not have liked to sleep on it for the first few days. It didn't make the room smell terrible, but lying or sitting on it, you were definitely aware of it. Thankfully by the time my frame was ready (4-5 days) the smell was mostly gone, and after a full week I would say it had vanished altogether. I cannot detect a trace of it now (nearly 2 months).

I was unsure whether a memory foam mattress would really live up to the hype. The mattress feels very firm to the touch initially, but it conforms around you (subtley - you don't sink deeply in to it), supporting your body in all areas. Much more support in fact than a spring mattress can provide. This results in an unexpectedly comfortable experience. It is odd because we normally associate soft things with comfort, so to experience comfort from a mattress that initially feels so hard it odd!

An added bonus were the pillows, two of which are included. They are contoured, and used the correct way around (with the thickest part at your neck), provide amazing neck support (especially for a side sleeper like myself) and a very comfortable sleep. The only down side is they are much smaller than a regular pillow, so end up lost in a normal pillow cover. Their small size also makes them unsuitable for using like bolster pillows to prop you up when reading. A Large Traditional Shape Memory Foam Pillow sorted that out.

The only down side I can think of is that you'll have to look carefully to find fitted sheets that are deep enough to fit this mattress properly. I got some regular ones at Asda, which fit OK, but are not perfect.

After 2 months of sleeping on it, I am extremely pleased and dumbfounded that I spent so little on such a good mattress. And the price is even less now than I paid! I thorougly recommend this product.
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