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Betron YSM1000 Earphones Headphones, High Definition, in-ear, Noise Isolating , HEAVY DEEP BASS for iPhone, iPod, iPad, MP3 Players, Samsung Galaxy, Nokia, HTC, Nexus, BlackBerry etc (Without Microphone)
Betron YSM1000 Earphones Headphones, High Definition, in-ear, Noise Isolating , HEAVY DEEP BASS for iPhone, iPod, iPad, MP3 Players, Samsung Galaxy, Nokia, HTC, Nexus, BlackBerry etc (Without Microphone)
Offered by Betron Limited ( VAT Registered)
Price: £34.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Muddy, 10 April 2016
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These are okay but I find them a bit muddy. They're cheap though, and previous experience of Betron customer service drove me down this route. I probably won't buy these again though.


bartyspares® Drive Belts Bands For Vax Mach Series Type 10 Vacuum Cleaner hoover Pack of 2
bartyspares® Drive Belts Bands For Vax Mach Series Type 10 Vacuum Cleaner hoover Pack of 2
Offered by bartyspares
Price: £5.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Equal to the manufacturer's spare parts, 31 Jan. 2016
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Prompt despatch. These copycat belts seem to be just as good as the genuine Vax spare part I'd bought previously for our vacuum cleaner, but these are two for the price of one of the genuine spares.


Betron B850 Earphones Headphones, High Definition, in-ear, Tangle Free, Noise Isolating , HEAVY DEEP BASS for iPhone, iPod, iPad, MP3 Players, Samsung Galaxy, Nokia, HTC, Nexus, BlackBerry etc (With Microphone, Black)
Betron B850 Earphones Headphones, High Definition, in-ear, Tangle Free, Noise Isolating , HEAVY DEEP BASS for iPhone, iPod, iPad, MP3 Players, Samsung Galaxy, Nokia, HTC, Nexus, BlackBerry etc (With Microphone, Black)
Offered by Betron Limited ( VAT Registered)

5.0 out of 5 stars Great phones, excellent Betron customer service, 12 Oct. 2015
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We bought these for our son for his birthday - he's pre-teen so he's no audiophile and these earphones had great ratings and were priced at the perfect end of the scale (no pun intended). They sound great, and he's been very happy with them.

Just recently (after three months) they developed a problem with the cable connected to the jack plug and Betron's customer service was excellent and arranged a replacement without any quibble. Brilliant.


Xbox One 500GB Console with Kinect
Xbox One 500GB Console with Kinect
Offered by Bargain Games UK
Price: £239.99

8 of 23 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Cynical. money-grabbing XBox is just a 'box'. And it's quite noisy., 19 Dec. 2013
You really can't do anything much (except play games) on this without an XBox Live subscription. It doesn't stream from home DLNA servers (I have a NAS drive that my TV and DVR both stream from). You can't use IE without XBL, and I think the same applies to Skype. The Windows 8 interface really only seems to suit tablets; I've used it with a mouse on a laptop and it's awful, and here again, but using Kinect, it's awful. To select tiles you have to 'push' them, which would be fine but for the fact that it's fiddly aligning your hand image over them and then the parallax of the Kinect viewing your hand shifts as you push forwards. This means that it thinks your hand is moving sideways as well as forwards so it's very hard to push on the tile you're aiming for.

All this "XBox on" business is fine for a couple of goes but it doesn't turn the TV off again - it only turns it on. As for attaching my Freeview DVR (Humax Fox T2) - where's the benefit? I can watch its TV picture through the passthru interface but the XBox doesn't "control" it at all. It can't switch it on or off; it can't do anything except passively view. I understand that there's perhaps an XBox software update that will help with this, but it's really not creating any kind of entertainment hub in my living room, it's just in the way of using the DVR natively.

And it's noisy. I have to presume this is a problem with my unit as other people describe it as "silent". I can hear fans running all the time; it's like the PSU fan of a ten year old PC. I'll be chasing a return for it as soon as it looks like the Xmas rush on shipping is over (it took a week to arrive by DPD after Amazon said it was despatched for next-day delivery, but that's a different issue).

The only reason I've given it as much as two stars is because my children are enjoying Zoo Tycoon. I've been playing FIFA 14 and it could be on any console from the last decade. It's in 1080p? Well whoopdy-woo.

But for the fact that we've bought games for Xmas to go with it, and we sold our Wii to contribute toward the 400 and odd quid, I'd be sending it back.

It's a massive disappointment to me, and I feel a bit sick about knowing that to get anything out of it I'm going to *have* to pay for XBL.

UPDATE 2014-01-02

Requested a replacement from Amazon, which arrived before Xmas (and even before I'd had notification that one was on its way!), but that unit was even noisier. A friend bought their XB1 from somewhere else so I'm going to have a listen to that to see if it's anything to do with the FIFA 14 batch that Amazon has/had. Also, I've taken the XB1 out of the Humax DVR to TV link, so now it's just a console without any "integration" with the Humax as the noise was irritating. It takes a very long time to download anything, but this could be my TalkTalk broadband. Still only offering two stars.
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Kenneth Cole Mens Touch Screen Watch KC1640 with Black Dial and Black Silicone Strap
Kenneth Cole Mens Touch Screen Watch KC1640 with Black Dial and Black Silicone Strap
Offered by Say Sales Partnership
Price: £69.00

3.0 out of 5 stars Touchy, 19 Feb. 2013
I've had my KC1640 for just over two years now and the only reason I'm writing a review is because I'm searching for a replacement strap as mine has just (today) failed. I take my watch off to shower or when I go to bed so it's on, off, on, off, etc... and now it's broken.

Much as I like the look of the watch I've found that the case is a bit deep, and that makes it awkward to wear with a shirt that has a double cuff as the watch has to be below or above the cuff as it can't sit 'underneath' (covered by), if you catch my drift.

The other thing I've found is that for all that it is a 'touch' screen you have to press the button on the side to activate the touch-screen-ness. I appreciate that were it touchable without this that it may be too sensitive to other influences (differences between capacititive (sp?) and resistive, I think). Also, it can be tricky to find the sweet spot for the light, so more often than not I have to press the touch-screen 'on' button more than once to get a shot at telling the time in the dark.


Modern-Tech High Capacity Replacement 3500mAh Battery and Rear Cover / Case for Samsung i9000 Galaxy S
Modern-Tech High Capacity Replacement 3500mAh Battery and Rear Cover / Case for Samsung i9000 Galaxy S
Offered by Modern-Tech
Price: £13.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Consistently 60 Hours' Use, 26 Jun. 2012
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This is really very good. The case fits well, as does the battery (some reviewers have said it's a bit loose, but that hasn't been my experience). I'm getting 60 hours' use where my stock battery was giving 24 after two years. I consider myself a fairly heavy device user, though I don't make many actual phone calls, and I'm well impressed. I couldn't see any reason to change my phone now that its two year contract is up (there doesn't seem to be anything any better in the market as at June 2012), so I'm aiming for another 12 months for the 8 or 9 quid I've paid for the battery.


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49 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, tiny piece of kit, 9 Mar. 2012
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I was a bit wary of the other review (the only other one at the time of writing) because I thought it read a bit like an advert, so my apologies to its author.

I bought this router to use as a portable AP for developing Android apps against web services on my laptop, so I needed to create a network on the go and my laptop's Intel MyWiFi didn't seem to be working. It is beautiful. It's 59mmx59mmx20mm and comes with a short LAN cable, a USB cable with a tiny connector (micro?), a UK mains plug for the USB, an 8cm CDROM with the user guide on it, and a quick installation pamphlet. I was bowled over by the whole package (nice box, too). On Amazon I paid £21 + £1 postage.

I couldn't get it to work straight away but that was entirely my fault because I expected DHCP, but that feature isn't enabled by default. I had to RTFM. You need to set _your_ IP to a fixed address 192.168.0.xxx to connect to the AP and from there set it to DHCP. On the bottom of the router, on the label, there's the MAC address, AP name, PSA key, and the default admin user id and password for the router's web interface. Even the web interface is great.

The router is not suitable for connection to a BT line; it is for cable connections, and I have not investigated this functionality because I don't have cable and I didn't buy it for that. You can connect to the router via the enclosed LAN cable for configuration, etc.

In the web interface (at 192.168.0.254, which it lists on the label on the bottom of the router) you can set the operating mode to AP, bridge, router (when the LAN port becomes the WAN port), and repeater. AP's the only one I've tried but I might have a crack at bridging to sort out an otherwise unrelated issue elsewhere.

All the documentation's in English, and there are detailed steps and diagrams for connecting using Windows.

Finally, I bought it from a seller called Kikatek. I didn't have to contact them at all; the router was despatched quickly and arrived in just a couple of days even by 2nd Class post. Kikatek sent a link to their client "portal" where I was able to track the parcel. I didn't need to worry too much about that as it arrived very quickly.

Well impressed.
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Voyageur
Voyageur
Offered by Acfun Store
Price: £8.00

4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Too much Bon Iver is bad for you, 25 Jan. 2012
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This review is from: Voyageur (Audio CD)
I love Kathleen Edwards. I love her first three studio albums. I cannot find the love for Voyageur. There's too much of the Bon Iver about the production, and the only place it seems to stop short is that there's none of the whiney vocals I'd associate with that. There are a couple of stand-out tracks but on the whole I'm completely underwhelmed by this offering. Where's the Americana gone? All the fun and all the "space" has been squeezed out of these flat, dreary songs.

If you're new to Kathleen Edwards then listen to this one last. Get the albums in chronological order and then you'll be able to forgive Voyageur while you wait patiently for album #5.

Also, I've read in a couple of places that this is Edwards' "divorce album", so if you're looking for a divorce album get Suzanne Vega's Songs in Red and Gray instead.
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Small Foot Company 1710 Garden Tool Bag
Small Foot Company 1710 Garden Tool Bag
Price: £10.92

5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful product - not just a toy, 29 Nov. 2011
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My daughter (just five) loves this gardening set. It is beautifully made and it looks fabulous. I bought her some gardening gloves (from somewhere else) to make up the set. She mostly uses the tools to make mud pies, and now stays completely entertained all the time either my wife or I happen to be out pottering in the garden. It'll be great for using in the sandpit at Gran's in the summer, no doubt.


Android Application Development For Dummies
Android Application Development For Dummies

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Kindle edition lacks quality formatting, 27 Jun. 2011
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I think there are enough reviews on the actual content of this book (so far, after a couple of sessions with it it seems up to the mark) but the Kindle edition needs a little more comment.

The text content, I'm sure, must be exactly the same as the paperback, but in the Kindle edition every change of typeface, through the cycle: variable pitch, to fixed pitch, and back to variable pitch, forces a line break. So, text like "Expand the gen folder", where "gen" is fixed pitch because of the typographical conventions in the book, the word "folder" appears on the next line. Actually, I'm not convinced that it's even that predictable. For instance, "The gen folder contains Java files generated by ADT. The ADT creates an R.java file" breaks after "gen" and after "R.java", which isn't how the text should flow. Landscape or portrait, Kindle proper or Kindle app on the PC, it makes no difference to this awkward flow.

This volume would have half the Kindle "locations" if the text flowed properly.

Update: I gave this four stars initially because the author's work is fine, and the problem was the Kindle edition and not what the author was saying, but now I've moved further on in the volume I've decided to drop to three stars. When you get to the program listings (which you would see immediately if you "flicked" through the paperback version) they are unreadable on the Kindle device! I view reference material in landscape as this usually helps with such things, particularly PDFs, but there is no way to view these listings properly - they're all over the place. :-( You can download the source code, but that's really only useful when you can't make something work properly (or need the .png files, etc) - it's not the initial teaching aid. On the PC app you can resize the page width to accomodate the listings, but that's not necessarily always the most convenient way of using the content.

3 out of 5 because the author's done a good job here, but the format lets it down.


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