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Lumsing 40W 8A 5-Port USB Wall Charger Portable Travel Charger For iPhone 6 Plus, iPad, Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge(Orange)
Lumsing 40W 8A 5-Port USB Wall Charger Portable Travel Charger For iPhone 6 Plus, iPad, Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge(Orange)
Offered by Great Conqueror
Price: £24.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's a charger - an orange, good quality charger., 14 Jun. 2016
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Am I really leaving a review for a charging plug...? It seems so.

Purchased this as an alternative to taking two or three separate plugs and chargers away on holiday. It performed perfectly well and, believe it or not, charged the items connected to it. I did not notice that the charge was particularly quick or slow, but I was not paying much attention to that if truth be told.

Build quality of the item is good; there is a texture to the material; and, of course, the colour alone elevates it above all other chargers.

Slight niggles:

Item emits a very faint, high-pitched buzz when devices are fully charged
Slightly frustrating that one is unable to remove the UK-plug and slot in a USA or European plug. Not a massive problem, just would be a nice feature as I imagine a fair few people would purchase this as a travel device.


Edding 1800 Profipen Pigment Liner Drawing Pen - 0.1mm - [Set of 4 - Black, Blue, Red, and Green]
Edding 1800 Profipen Pigment Liner Drawing Pen - 0.1mm - [Set of 4 - Black, Blue, Red, and Green]
Offered by OMGHOWCHEAP LTD
Price: £14.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not the cheapest, but no other pen for site work comes close., 10 Aug. 2015
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As a professional geologist (previously snr exploration geo and now geotech engineer) the Edding 1800 are a staple of my site kit; nothing else comes close. Precise, indelible, reliable and professional. I've used these in the jungles of Cameroon and DRC; plateaus of Guinea and sodden wet mountains of Scotland and they always do the job. Perhaps over the top for a pen, but worth the expenditure to create neat and professional field maps and logs.


AUKEY Portable Bluetooth 3.0 Audio Receiver Wireless Music Streaming Adapter with Hands Free Calling, Built-in Mic, 3.5 mm Stereo Output for Car (BR-C2)
AUKEY Portable Bluetooth 3.0 Audio Receiver Wireless Music Streaming Adapter with Hands Free Calling, Built-in Mic, 3.5 mm Stereo Output for Car (BR-C2)
Offered by AukeyDirect
Price: £12.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not great., 10 Aug. 2015
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I've an old set of Bose soundlink speakers which due to the lag in receiving audio over wifi were retired. When I saw this little wonder on sale I snapped one up and dusted off the old Bose.

Overall, it does the job and I guess I shouldn't complain. Pairing is easy and battery life is fine. However, mine drops connection if the streaming device strays more than 3.5m away. I'm not blessed to live in enormous abode but I did expect more. Perhaps I've a faulty piece but at the price I paid I'm happy to forego this niggle.
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TomTom 1RR0.001.06 Runner GPS Watch - Black
TomTom 1RR0.001.06 Runner GPS Watch - Black
Price: £73.46

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An invaluable piece of equipment at a very reasonable cost, 10 Aug. 2015
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Having been using the TomTom Runner for c. 5 weeks now I feel I can write a reasonable review of its performance.

Firstly, as a casual runner training for a half marathon it's been invaluable at a relatively reasonable price. Main reservations prior to purchasing have mostly been dispelled. Good points:

- very easy and stable to sync to phone (iOS) with automatic upload to strava too. Did need to initially set it up using computer though;

- quick to lock on to satellites. I tend to set it to search whilst getting ready which is a bit unnecessary really; I think the longest it's taken to gain a connection is c. 70 seconds.

- large, high contrast screen that's easy to read whilst out;

- compared to other GPS watches it's slim and relatively good looking and, if you're that way inclined, (I'm not), it wouldn't be too noticeable on the wrist down the pub;

- battery life is brilliant. I charge mine approximately every fortnight when it still has ~20% charge after using it 3-4 times a week.

- comfortable to wear when out running. It's never caused me any discomfort.

There are a few niggles which I can live with but are worth noting for those considering purchasing it:

- the display displays three data sets: 2 small and 1 large sets. One can cycle through different screens to set which stat is displayed in large text. However all this does is duplicate it as it still remains in one of the smaller sets at the loss of another piece of info. Perhaps there is a way around this?;

- getting the watch to vibrate / beep every mile or km seems a little fiddly for what's a very useful feature (when running one has to press right --> laps --> and set the distance);

- the "one button" control is misleading: it's actually four buttons: up, down, left and right. But very easy to use;

- the light, whilst performing it's job adequately, reminds me of those 1980s black Casio. The light (on mine at least) seems to bleed out from the top left corner. Again not a game changer but a tad distracting at times.


Alpatronix iPhone 6S/6 Plus Battery Case [MFi Certified], BX140plus Ultra-Slim Protective Extended iPhone 6S/6 Plus Charging Case with Removable / Rechargeable Power Cover [Fits all versions of the Apple iPhone 6S/6 Plus / 4000mAh Battery Pack / Full iOS 8, 9 and Future Versions Compatible Support / No Signal Reduction / Apple MFi Certified / 5.5 Inch-Model Only] - (Gold - Solid Gold & Translucent Blue Color Bumpers)
Alpatronix iPhone 6S/6 Plus Battery Case [MFi Certified], BX140plus Ultra-Slim Protective Extended iPhone 6S/6 Plus Charging Case with Removable / Rechargeable Power Cover [Fits all versions of the Apple iPhone 6S/6 Plus / 4000mAh Battery Pack / Full iOS 8, 9 and Future Versions Compatible Support / No Signal Reduction / Apple MFi Certified / 5.5 Inch-Model Only] - (Gold - Solid Gold & Translucent Blue Color Bumpers)
Offered by Alpatronix EU
Price: £42.00

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not as bulky as I expected., 5 Aug. 2015
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Luckily purchase during a lightning deal for a great price. Whilst the iPhone 6+ is already a beast (with a battery to boot) having this available if on long journeys or away from a plug is handy.

I'll be honest: I was expecting it to be a lot thicker and heavier than it is. I'm not saying it isn't noticeable, but it certainly doesn't add as much bulk as one was expecting. It's probably good for 1.5 charges from 0 to 100%.

The "bumper" that fits around the phone does feel a tad plastic and flimsy and the button covers aren't of the best quality.

Overall not an essential bit of kit but useful in certain situations.


iPhone 6 Plus Screen Protector, Anker® Premium Tempered Glass Screen Protector (5.5 inch) for Apple iPhone 6 Plus 9H Hardness and Easy Bubble-Free Installation [Lifetime Warranty]
iPhone 6 Plus Screen Protector, Anker® Premium Tempered Glass Screen Protector (5.5 inch) for Apple iPhone 6 Plus 9H Hardness and Easy Bubble-Free Installation [Lifetime Warranty]
Offered by Lizzy Outlet
Price: £3.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Does the job much better than a flimsy plastic protector., 5 Aug. 2015
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Excellent protecting that's more sturdy than the cheaper flimsy plastic screen protectors.

My only gripe is its (admittedly unavoidable) thickness. This is particularly noticeable on the area surrounding the home button. Not sure why it's needed around it to be honest.


Masione Replacement Battery for Apple Macbook 13" White Mac A1185 A1181 MA561
Masione Replacement Battery for Apple Macbook 13" White Mac A1185 A1181 MA561
Offered by Rightful UK
Price: £14.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Does the job to the degree you would expect for the price., 13 July 2015
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Does the job to the degree you would expect for the price.


Michel Houellebecq and the Literature of Despair
Michel Houellebecq and the Literature of Despair
by Carole Sweeney
Edition: Paperback
Price: £18.99

5.0 out of 5 stars The best English-language analysis and context of Houellebecq's work currently published., 13 July 2015
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Firstly, I would hazard a guess that most purchasers of this book will be students or post-grads with a much greater contextual and detailed understanding of Houellebecq's work than myself. As an avid reader of all of Houellebecq's work including his published poetry I purchased this book to increase my understanding of his work and for greater awareness of similar authors.

Overall this is, of course, not a light read; but it is accessible, succinct, understandable and enlightening. Sweeney spends much time in trying to analyse what exactly it is that Houellebecq 'has' that he is quite so able to divide opinion; a lot of words are spent analysing (very thoroughly) how he has attained such fame not just in his native France at a time where there are very many controversial authors. The conclusions are convincing and, at times, unexpected. Many sources are cited: magazine and newspaper articles, interviews, television programs, not just from France but also Germany, the UK, the US and elsewhere. One has always felt Houellebecq is not provocative for the sake of being controversial and Sweeney helps the reader to synthesise why one feels this instinctively in Houellebecq's works.

The overall attempt of is to sew together the common themes throughout Houellebecq's works whilst tying them in to the oft-quoted message that western society's marketability of everything has destroyed the sacred. The protagonists from "Whatever", Lazarote, Atomised, the Map the Territory and The Possibility of an Island are all of a similar ilk. Sweeney admirably draws their worlds together to communicate (in a very oversimplified way) Houellebecq's disdain of modern life, 1969, sexuality in the 20th and 21st centuries, etc.

A large omission that one would expect to be covered in a later edition is Houellebecq's stance on Islam; in light of the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris and the contemporaneous publishing of Soumission it is a shame that publication could not have been delayed in order to include notes on this as from the first few pages references are made to some of Houellebecq's more notorious comments.

I would not expect somebody with a passing interest to find this great analysis to their liking as it is, at times, technical and certainly had me reaching for the dictionary. I do not know how much of Houellebecq's work is taught on today's litereature courses but for a student looking for a very detailed yet succinct analysis of one of the most insightful authors currently writing this book is second to none.

As an afternote, I have also purchased and read B. Jeffery's "Anti-Matter". There are very few similarities between this and Jeffrey's work with the latter being, in comparison, weak and anecdotal.


Rite in the Rain Geological Notebook Side Hard Bound - White/Yellow, 4.75 x 7.5 x .5 inches
Rite in the Rain Geological Notebook Side Hard Bound - White/Yellow, 4.75 x 7.5 x .5 inches
Price: £22.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Almost perfect for most geological jobs, 23 Feb. 2015
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As a field geotech engineer and previously a senior exploration geologist I am well acquainted with the Rite in the Rain 540F notebook. For the past few years I have used the 540F as my go-to default field book for the following reasons.

Pros
- exceptional build quality. Very well bound. I've never had any leafs come loose.
- dedicated title blocks at top of pages (on left hand, faintly columned page: Location; Project / Client; Date. On right hand squared page: Location; Date; Project/Client; Scale).
- Reference tables at the back: numerous reference charts, look-up tables and conversion charts. (Caution: these are to American standard at not British (ie: not Eurocode 7 / BS-5930)
- Plastic sleeve in back of book for scale (provided) and various additional sheets
- Excellent waterproof paper that is easy to write on (in pencil; easy to erase though does leave slight markings)
- Pages are numbered; short contents table available at beginning of book

Cons
- Not the cheapest field book out there
- Some users may find every other page for a field sketch a excessive
- I find the blue ruler lines and squares are a little bolder / more prominent than one would like. Others may prefer this.


Bose ® QuietComfort ® 3 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones
Bose ® QuietComfort ® 3 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones

282 of 286 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comparison: QuietComfort 15 vs QC 3, 28 Nov. 2012
I hope this review will help those debating between, or are confused over the difference between, a set of Bose QuietComfort 15 or QuietComfort 3. I have used both now for at least two years each, am a frequent flyer on long haul flights and a bit of an audiophile (used to be a music journalist).

First off, let me just say that both sets of headphones are the dog's you-know-what. Forget the rest, get Bose. The tonal range is suitable for all types of music with bass audible but not over-bearing, treble clear but not piercing and tinny whilst the mid-range is very clear. So, the differences:

Size & Comfort: I traded my QC15s in for a pair of QC3s initially purely because of the size of the former. Their large, over-the-ear design is perfect for what they set out to achieve (ie: noise cancellation) but the size can hinder comfort. The seals of the cans against the head were quite flush; the major downside of this being that one's ears tend to get rather hot and sweaty after about an hour's use. Not a disturbingly uncomfortable amount, but certainly noticeably so. With the QC3s this is not a problem due to being merely on-the-ear. Additionally, they are much more compact, slightly lighter and, in my opinion, more elegant.

Noise Cancellation: Hands down, the QC15 wins here. Their noise-cancelling ability is outstanding. Whilst I believe the technology between the QC3s and QC15s and therefore the technology's ability to cancel out noise is the same, because of the flush over-the-ear design mentioned previously the QC15 really do either block or filter out more of the background noise. This is most certainly not to say that that QC3s do not; for their size they are stunning. Air conditioning, engines and people talking become muffled background noises: present, but very distant. With the QC15 those noises are just slightly more distant.

Sound Quality: This is a tough call, but my opinion is that the QC15s are superior, but this may be down to the better noise cancelling ability mentioned previously. However my feeling is that they are designed with a slightly more guttural bass level. But, both are superb with your music sounding how the artist wanted you to hear it.

Other: A few small observations.

Carry Case: the case for the QC15 is naturally larger to accommodate a larger pair of cans. Also, the headband of the QC15 juts out from the side of head by at least an inch. I think this is to provide greater flex on the headphones but it can be irritating if you want to lean your head against the side of an airplane chair or rest on a pillow with them on. The QC3 headband is more traditionally curved and for me is much more comfortable.

Headphone Jack: both pairs of headphones have the ability to remove the cable from the headphones themselves for either replacement or upgrade. The QC15s have a specially designed bit of moulded plastic to ensure a snug fit in the casing of the headphone, whilst the QC3 is simple a standard jack (2.5mm?). The effect of this is I find I accidentally tug the QC3's cable from the headphones more often than I did with the QC15s.

Battery: Whilst the QC15s require a single AA battery, the QC3s come with a two rechargeable batteries and a charger with various plug adapters. I find they give similar listening lengths (c. 35 - 40 hrs). It is slightly irritating that whilst the case for the QC contains a very nicely designed, snug fit for the batter charger, there is no place in the case for a plug fitting to attach to the charger, so you will have to carry those loosely.

CONCLUSION: Whilst both pairs of headphones are exceptional pieces of kit that deliver brilliant sound quality and excellent noise cancelling ability, it comes down to what you are after. If you can compromise on size and slight comfort for marginally better noise cancellation then you should choose the QuietComfort 15s. If you are more conscious of size and comfort then you should choose the QuietComfort 3s.

For what it is worth, I am happy I swapped from the QC15s to QC3s and would do again for they suit my needs better. Either way whichever ones you choose, they will deliver years of outstanding music listening.
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