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Zyliss Control Chef's Knife, 16.5 cm - Black
Zyliss Control Chef's Knife, 16.5 cm - Black
Price: £31.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A cut above, 25 May 2017
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I would consider this a medium-sized (16.5cm) stainless steel chef's knife -- I'm used to using a larger, broader-bladed 20cm knife, but I was immediately taken by the superb design and quality of this Zyliss product.. It arrives extremely sharp, and I hope it stays that way. For goodness sake be careful with avocados and butternut squashes or you'll be carrying this into A&E with you.

The handle is very comfortable, and the stiff blade is said to be dishwasher-proof, but I think I will stick to careful washing up. The design, with its recess in the blade near the tip, encourages you to try a rocking motion to cut -- great for garlic, parsley, etc. The classic convex-shaped edge also gives a perfect slicing cut. You get cheaper knives, of course, but if you want to please a keen cook, this keen knife would be a great present.


OSRAM NIGHT BREAKER LASER H7 Halogen, Headlight Lamp, 64210NBL-HCB, 12V, Duo Box, Pack of 2
OSRAM NIGHT BREAKER LASER H7 Halogen, Headlight Lamp, 64210NBL-HCB, 12V, Duo Box, Pack of 2
Offered by Upgrade Bulbs
Price: £18.09

4.0 out of 5 stars Yep, they really are brighter headlights, 21 May 2017
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
It's a trade off - more brightness, but only half the lifetime, because the filaments run hotter. If, like me, you are dissatisfied with the standard headlight bulbs that came in your car, these are definitely worth trying. Putting replacement bulbs in many cars is a real pain, but after some struggle, I got them into my VW Passat dip-beam lights and put the original bulbs in the boot as spares.

They look brighter, cast their beams further, and are a bit less yellow in colour (GCSE Physics -- hotter objects emit light nearer the blue end of the spectrum). The effect is not life-changing, but I think it is well worth having. I'm a low-mileage driver, so not too worried about the shorter life.

My candle burns at both ends;
It will not last the night;
But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends—
It gives a lovely light!
(Edna St Vincent Millay)


Daisy Dixon Women's Watch DD048E
Daisy Dixon Women's Watch DD048E
Price: £47.72

4.0 out of 5 stars Large, fashionable watch, 1 May 2017
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is a large diameter watch, so if you have slim wrists it might be a bit much, although the strap is not extra-wide. The styling is very simple, with fashionable colours -- grey and rose gold. The watch comes in a well-made presentation box, so would be a good gift.

The clear, plain dial makes this a practical watch, not just a decorative item.


Sony MDR-XB950N1 Wireless Noise Cancelling Extrabass Headphones - Black
Sony MDR-XB950N1 Wireless Noise Cancelling Extrabass Headphones - Black
Price: £228.23

4.0 out of 5 stars Great sounding headphones - do you need the features?, 26 April 2017
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
These are large, serious-looking headphones which give, of course, outstandingly clear sound reproduction, being near the top of Sony's range. They come very nicely packed, so would make an excellent present. They have two selling points, which you need to check before deciding to buy.

First, there is noise cancelling. That's very useful if you plan to use the 'phones in an environment such as a train or plane. It switches on or off via a switch on the earpiece, and you hear a voice confirmation. Even without this feature, the big earpieces seal out most background noises.

Second, there is bass boost. I found this to be superfluous. Most music won't benefit from it, and any music that might do so will be recorded with lots of bass, anyway. I've had great results with the bass boost off, listening to my TV and to my Android phone (which has a good EQ app).The ability to pick up sound details in films and quality TV shows seemed better than my Bose speakers can do, and I was comfortable listening for long periods.

Bluetooth pairing works quickly, every time. Oddly, there is no button for this. You have to hold in the on-off switch for 7 seconds to get into pairing mode. You will also find the usual volume, play/pause, next/previous controls on the earpiece as on most Bluetooth headphones. If you aren't using Bluetooth, you can connect the headphones with the supplied cables either to a mini-jack or to hifi phono sockets. Once the battery has run down -- about 7 hours listening -- you can recharge via mini-USB, and I just used my phone charger for this.

There's a control app you can download, but it does very little, except to adjust the strength of the bass boost. An EQ function would have been great, but it isn't there. Only a reverb control, which reproduces the acoustic characteristics of concert hall, club, etc. I swiftly uninstalled it. Life's too short to fiddle with apps.

So, I think these are great-sounding earphones. The bass-boost feature cheapens the product, and ought to be replaced by a proper EQ app.


Dell OptiPlex 3020 SFF PC (Intel Core i3-4150 3.5GHz, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, Integrated Graphics, Windows 7 Professional/Windows 8.1)
Dell OptiPlex 3020 SFF PC (Intel Core i3-4150 3.5GHz, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, Integrated Graphics, Windows 7 Professional/Windows 8.1)

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent office PC, 24 April 2017
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This is the third one of these small Dell PCs that I have bought for office use, and it came with Windows 7 installed -- exactly what my office needs, and increasingly hard to find. The case is strong and stable, and can be set upright or laid flat on the desktop. The PC is very quiet. There's a good set of USB 2 and USB 3 ports, and the i3 processor is adequate for ordinary business use. No one's going to be playing action games or editing videos on this.

The supplied Dell keyboard and mouse are basic, but perfectly OK. I used the mouse, but retained a rather more solid keyboard and kept the lightweight Dell product as a spare.


Sunhouse SHTTH1 40W Tubular Heater with BUILT IN THERMOSTAT with 1.5m of Flex and Fitted UK Household 3 Pin Plug
Sunhouse SHTTH1 40W Tubular Heater with BUILT IN THERMOSTAT with 1.5m of Flex and Fitted UK Household 3 Pin Plug
Offered by Heating Solutions
Price: £17.40

4.0 out of 5 stars Just the job for a cupboard, 24 April 2017
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
I'm using this well-built heater in an airing cupboard that no longer has a hot-water tank in it. The little heater removed a noticeable musty smell after I left it on continuously for a week or so, and at only 40W, that's OK. Now I have turned down its thermostat to keep the cupboard at about 20 deg.

There isn't enough power to make the cupboard feel warm, but it does stay dry and clean-smelling. I am impressed by this properly designed, simple, sturdy device.


FIND Women's Mesh Panel Bodycon Skirt, Black, Medium
FIND Women's Mesh Panel Bodycon Skirt, Black, Medium
Price: £43.00

3.0 out of 5 stars Sleek, slim dress, 24 April 2017
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
If you are even a smidgeon over a size 12, this is going to be TIGHT, and it has very little stretch, so be honest with yourself. The body styling, with its mesh panel over a low neckline, is undoubtedly sexy. As with other FIND branded clothes, this is a dress, not a skirt.

I was less taken by the slightly flappy sleeve caps, and the slightly oversized armholes. If you have quite an athletic build, you will probably look good, though.


Bluetooth Transmitter, TaoTronics Wireless Transmitter for TV with 3.5mm Adapter& USB Dongle (High-Fidelity Stereo, Plug and Play via USB or AUX Input, Charging while Playing for TV & iPod)
Bluetooth Transmitter, TaoTronics Wireless Transmitter for TV with 3.5mm Adapter& USB Dongle (High-Fidelity Stereo, Plug and Play via USB or AUX Input, Charging while Playing for TV & iPod)
Offered by Sunvalleytek-UK
Price: £20.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Great little Bluetooth gadget, 15 April 2017
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This is a delightfully simple and tiny gadget that adds Bluetooth output to just about any audio device. I use it on my TV and on my Youview box to transmit sound to my Bluetooth headphones. There are clear instructions and some useful cables for connecting and recharging the TaoTronics gadget. One full charge lasts for several hours listening, and you can recharge from a USB port or a phone charger.


Cambridge A4 Jotter - Green (Pack of 3)
Cambridge A4 Jotter - Green (Pack of 3)
Price: £6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Great quality and value, 15 April 2017
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Smooth paper in a strong ring binding makes these notebooks easy to use for note-taking or, as I do, for recording project progress. Each page is four-hole punched and has fine perforations so you can cleanly detach whatever you want keep in a more permanent binder.


Braun Ear and Nose Trimmer EN10 (Precise and Safe, Ear and Nose Hair Removal)
Braun Ear and Nose Trimmer EN10 (Precise and Safe, Ear and Nose Hair Removal)
Offered by kent photo
Price: £16.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Snip those sprouters, 6 April 2017
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This gadget works when hairs enter the slots in the cutting head, and a tiny rotating blade snips them. You don't feel anything, although you do hear a distinct click whenever a hair gets snipped. It takes a bit of poking around and rotating of the device to trap your hairs, but with some gentle patience it does work. A previously owned Philips trimmer was not quite as good.

The design looks cheap, in silver-toned plastic, but is sturdy and won't roll when put down. The cutting head is designed so that you are unlikely to poke it too far into your ear or nostril. You can rinse it under the tap. No attachments or add-ons are needed, so as long as you don't lose the cap, I think this ought to last for a few years.


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