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Philips DVT2500 Voice Tracer Digital Recorder with 2 Microphone Stereo Recording
Philips DVT2500 Voice Tracer Digital Recorder with 2 Microphone Stereo Recording
Price: £41.42

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A decent entry level voice recorder for meetings, lectures and note taking., 20 May 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Philips voice recorder

This is the most basic unit in the Philips range. I am a lecturer and keen photographer and these devices are always handy to have.

Box contains:
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The stereo digital recorder
USB cable for data exchange and USB charging,
2 x AAA batteries ,
Quick start guide - most a pictorial simple user guide.

Setup.
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Nothing to do but fit the batteries and it’s ready to go.

Using.
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Just press the red button and you start to record. The inbuilt stereo microphones are quite sensitive but record voice very clearly. The sound is balanced and noise and reflections are muted well. While recording the strip at the top of the display glows red.
To play back the recording hit the silver play button and it will play. You can pause fast forward and rewind as well so finding a part is easy. When playing back the strip at the top of the display glows green.
The forward and backward buttons can also be used to flick through the files which are dated encoded; this is useful in finding a recording. The unit comes with 4Gb of memory built in and this can be expanded using micro SD cards in the slot on the side.

The display is clear and in colour

Sound quality.
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This is fine and clear for voice and it’s in stereo. It record music well but as you have no control over the recording level etc. its not really designed for this.

Battery life.
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Using the supplied alkaline AAA batteries I have been playing with this unit for two days and they are still showing full so it is very economical to run. SO far it’s done over 8 hours of recording and about 4 hours of playback and searching so it’s not a battery eater like my old mini tape dictation recorder I have.

Ear phone / headphone socket.
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It has a socket for a 3.5mm jack for personal listening.

Overall.
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This is an inexpensive but well-made and very easy to use unit. It’s aimed at lecturers, meeting recording and photographers like me who like to record some information about a place to jog the memory when editing the pictures.
It works very well for these sort of purposes and can be recommended. However if you want to get good recording of music etc. you’d probably be better off getting a more expensive unit that offers more control and frequency range with better microphoines.


[New Release] EBL 8 Slots 9V Rapid Battery Charger ONLY for Li-on 9V Rechargeable batteries
[New Release] EBL 8 Slots 9V Rapid Battery Charger ONLY for Li-on 9V Rechargeable batteries
Offered by Poweradd
Price: £39.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant solution for multiple PP9 charging., 20 May 2015
EBL Smart Charger.

This unit was provided free to me for the purposes of reviewing. In this review I have given the unit a thorough testing and my honest opinions of its build and usefulness.

The unit.
This will allow simultaneous charging of up to 8 PP9 9volt type batteries. This is useful to us as we use a lot of these in smoke alarms, walkie talkies and the kids have them in their remote control for various toys.
The unit is well designed and it is easy to connect and disconnect the batteries.

Construction.
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This unit is made of good quality impact plastic and the metal battery connectors are strong and should last. The charger comes with a UK mains plug with a 1 metre lead.

Using.
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The unit is simplicity itself to use. Just plug in the batteries, plug the unit in and let the charging begin. Each battery point has a red LED when charging and these change to green when the charge is complete. A red EBL logo stay lit in the middle of the unit to let you know it is on. If the Led flashes with the battery connected this indicates the battery is faulty or unable to be changed. This is useful as it gives the battery a health check each time it goes through the charging cycle.
Charge time varies between makes of battery and how much charge is left in them. I plugged the unit in last night with four batteries connected and by 6 am the next morning they were all on green so I would think around 6 to 8 hours would be normal.

Overall.
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Sensible design and well-made make this a versatile charger for people who need to charge several PP9 batteries at a time. For us this is a very useful item. Anyone who needs to charge several PP9’s at a time will love this product.


Wahl Wahl Adelar Cordless Horse Trimmer
Wahl Wahl Adelar Cordless Horse Trimmer
Price: £96.71

5.0 out of 5 stars Versatile, well made and very useful for show preparation., 19 May 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Wahl Wahl Adelar Cordless Horse Trimmer
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This is a robust rechargeable battery horse hair trimmer.

In the box.
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The trimmer, two batteries, charge unit, clipper oil, cleaning brush and instructions. It comes with a clip shut plastic storage box.

Set up.
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Nothing to do really just charge the batteries fit one on and you are ready to go.

Build quality and handling.
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The unit is mainly plastic but it is robust and well put together so should be tough and last a long time. It fits well in the hand as is very easy to manoeuvre around the ponies ears and mouth.

Using.
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This is simplicity itself, just slide the switch and off you go. The unit is very quiet and our ponies showed no reaction to it whatsoever which is great. The cutter is accurate and does a great job at trimming whiskers, around the hooves and tidying up the mane areas. It is not designed for full body work but rather as an accurate finishing clipper. The supplied clipping head has five levels of adjustment and can easily be replaced when blunted. It is a high quality steel cutter and should last a long time.
The initial battery gave us a good 30 minutes of trimming so it’s fine. It is much easier to trim them in the field than having to bring them in. The convenience is great.

Overall.
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A versatile unit which frees you from the mains power and trailing cables. Ideal for neatening up your horse or pony for showing. We are very pleased with this unit and even though it costs more than the mains version the extra versatility and portability make it worth the money.


The Pure 60ml Screen Cleaner Kit contains only Eco-Friendly, Bio Degradable and Hypo Allergenic ingredients. NO chemicals. NO alcohol. Naturally removes all dust, dirt, marks and stains from LED, LCD, Plasma TV, iPhone, Samsung, Sony, Smartphones, iMac, Laptop, Computers, Touch Screens and CD's to leave them gleaming clean.
The Pure 60ml Screen Cleaner Kit contains only Eco-Friendly, Bio Degradable and Hypo Allergenic ingredients. NO chemicals. NO alcohol. Naturally removes all dust, dirt, marks and stains from LED, LCD, Plasma TV, iPhone, Samsung, Sony, Smartphones, iMac, Laptop, Computers, Touch Screens and CD's to leave them gleaming clean.
Offered by VinylClear
Price: £6.95

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A natural way to cleaning screens - highly effective, 18 May 2015
The Pure 60ml Screen Cleaner Kit contains only Eco-Friendly, Bio Degradable and Hypo Allergenic ingredients. NO chemicals. NO alcohol. Naturally removes all dust, dirt, marks and stains from LED, LCD, Plasma TV, iPhone, Samsung, Sony, Smartphones, iMac, Laptop, Computers, Touch Screens and CD's to leave them gleaming clean.
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All of our tech stuff gets grubby from use and picks up dirt and bacteria etc. Also this dirt can impair the screen images so regular cleaning of screens is important. The solution can also be used on keyboards.

I was supplied this sample from the company free of charge for review purposes.

Pure 60 ml cleaning kit.
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This is supplied in a 60 ml bottle with large cleaning cloth of excellent quality. There is also a leaflet with instructions and a bit about the company’s aims and objectives to being only sustainable and natural products to market.
The listed ingredients are all natural with no surfactantants, ammonias or other chemical cutting agents.

The companies ethos is to bring new and sustainable products to market. They have their own website and have a loyalty scheme for regular users of their product.

Using the system.
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It is very easy to use, just spay on the cloth, wipe the surface and clean off with the reverse side of the cloth.

Does it work ?
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You bet it does! I cleaned the surface of our plasma TV and it now is a lot clearer and completely free of dust. It’s the best cleaner I have used for this job. It has had the same effect on my grubby mobile screen which is now like new. This is really good stuff!
I think a 60 ml bottle will go a long way too.

Overall.
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This is an innovative product adhering to renewable and natural principles. The question I ask myself is ‘would I buy it’ and the answer is yeas so it receives a full recommendation from me for innovation, effectiveness and company values.


SOLEMEMO SE90 Portable Bluetooth Speaker- Rugged NFC Wireless Splashproof /Water Resistant IPX-5 Shockproof Dustproof Handsfree Indoor / Outdoor / Shower Speaker , 12 hour Playtime with Built-in Speakerphone for iPhone 6,6 plus, 5S, 5, iPad Air, Mini, Samsung Galaxy S5, S4, HTC, Tablets, PC.(Orange & Black)
SOLEMEMO SE90 Portable Bluetooth Speaker- Rugged NFC Wireless Splashproof /Water Resistant IPX-5 Shockproof Dustproof Handsfree Indoor / Outdoor / Shower Speaker , 12 hour Playtime with Built-in Speakerphone for iPhone 6,6 plus, 5S, 5, iPad Air, Mini, Samsung Galaxy S5, S4, HTC, Tablets, PC.(Orange & Black)
Offered by Solememo
Price: £59.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great little unit and tough too., 18 May 2015
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SOLEMEMO SE90 Portable Bluetooth Speaker- Rugged NFC Wireless Splashproof /Water Resistant IPX-5 Shockproof Dustproof Handsfree Indoor / Outdoor / Shower Speaker , 12 hour Playtime with Built-in Speakerphone for iPhone 6,6 plus, 5S, 5, iPad Air, Mini, Samsung Galaxy S5, S4, HTC, Tablets, PC.(Orange & Black)

This is a Bluetooth speaker. Ity is splash and dust proof so can be used outside or in damp environments like the bathroom.

Build quality.
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For the asking price this is very good. It is made of good hard black plastic with an Orange rubberised surround. The buttons work with a positive click. The unit is screwed together rather than glued. On the bottom it has a standard tripod screw socket so it can be mounted on a stand.

Set up.
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You need to charge the unit first. I did this using a standard USB charger and cable (not supplied). It was left on overnight and was fully charged by the morning. While charging the LED stays red and when fully charged it goes out.
Connecting to devices was very simple. I first tried my Kindle Fire HD and it saw the speaker immediately and selecting it sends the sound to the speaker.
Secondly I tried my old Nokia 606 phone and that found and paired with no problem as well. So from a setup point of view it’s simple. Once connected to either device the connection was not lost or interrupted in anyway. There is also a line in jack for wired connection. You will need a stereo 3.5 mm lead for this (not supplied)

Sound quality.
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I was not expecting it to be HiFi but I was pleasantly surprised by the sound. It is miles better than the speakers in the Kindle or phone and goes quite loud without any distortion. You control the volume from the device. I play a range of music from light classical to metal and it sounded fine on this. For background music this device is all I need and its small size makes it easily portable.

Overall.
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It is easy to connect, keeps the connection and sound fine for such a small speaker. The build is excellent so it gets a recommended from me.


Acco Kensington Keyboard - Black
Acco Kensington Keyboard - Black
Offered by Adelbrook
Price: £9.58

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good splash proof basic keyboard at a bargain price., 17 May 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Acco Kensington Keyboard – Black

I have several of these in the office to use as spares.

In the box.
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You get the keyboard with wired USB cable. The cable length on mine is around 1.5 metres. This is a QWERTY layout keyboard.

In use.
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These are well made splash proof keyboards quite acceptable for general use or as backups. The keys feel a little dead but they are full size and it is easy to type on them. There are LED’s for Caps lock etc. which are useful. The keyboard does not slip around on the desk. There is also a full sized numeric keypad for quick numerical data entry.

I can confirm they will also work on Mac computers as well as PCs. The keyboard supports AltGr codes as well as ASCII codes for programmers etc. These are useful for short cuts in some software and to get characters that are not directly accessible from the keyboard.

Overall.
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An inexpensive full sized keyboard that is fine for general use at home but if you are typing out you latest novel you might want to spend a bit more. As it is there is nothing wrong here as a general familiy use keyboard with the added bonus of being splash proof. They also seem to put up with quite a lot of abuse and don’t break !


Wahl KM2 and Mini Arco Dog Clipper and Trimmer Combo Kit
Wahl KM2 and Mini Arco Dog Clipper and Trimmer Combo Kit
Price: £129.20

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good set for the more advanced groomer., 17 May 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Wahl KM2 and Mini Arco Dog Clipper and Trimmer Combo Kit

This kit is supplied in a snap shut hard plastic case.

In the box.
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The larger mains unit, battery power smaller trim unit, mains charging transformer for the batter unit, A bottle of clipper oil, intrusions for each clipper, combe blade for the mains clipper, guarantee.

Set up.
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The battery clipper just needs to be charged and it’s ready to go as the head is ready fitted. The mains trimmer has to have the cutting combe attached first. This is easy as it clips in.
That’s about it really and you’re ready to go.

In use – the larger mains clipper.
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This is great to hold and easy to manipulate around the various contours of the dog. As for noise it’s just a low hum and nothing more. I have heard that Wahl units can be noisy but my one is quite the opposite. It is a pleasure to use and goes through even the deepest matted fur with ease.
The cable is of a generous length and is quite flexible so easy to manipulate. On the cheaper clippers we have found the cables to be quite stiff.

In Use – the battery clippers.
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These are great for finishing and light trimming. These are much nosier than the mains ones but our dog does not seem to mind. These are great for the beard area and harder to get at areas not covered by the bigger clippers.

Accessories.
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There is nothing supplied in the kit but Wahl sell different sized heads for the mains clippers so that you can build up as set to groom several types of dogs or do more complicated grooming. This can work out expensive but if you do this for a living the cost will soon be recouped. We just use the system to keep our dog neat so it works well for us.

Overall.
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This is a well-made and competent kit in the right hands. Wahl products are well designed and made and we have been using them to cut dog, horse and human hair for years and every unit still works. The cutting heads last a long time and are easily replaced. Overall a good kit for the frequent user.


Canon Original PG-510 CL-511 Combo Ink pack
Canon Original PG-510 CL-511 Combo Ink pack
Offered by Ink Jungle
Price: £19.65

5.0 out of 5 stars Work much better and longer than refills, 15 May 2015
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I have tried refills and remanufactured cartridges to save money but have always had to pay out more to get genuine cartridges in the end. These were the cheapest set on Amazon at the time and they are fine. They work first time with no error messages or cloggy ink.
I do very little printing these days so this set will last me around 5 months.

As they work without any hassle they are much more economical in the long run in my opinion.


The Very Best of Glenn Miller
The Very Best of Glenn Miller
Price: £3.76

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good range of tracks and a happy mum !, 15 May 2015
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
I bought this for my mum as a present. She is delighted with it and loves the range of tracks on the two disks. For the time the recordings are good and quite clear.
Anyway, a very happy mum so five stars for this.


7dayshop Rechargeable High Performance Ni-Mh Batteries - AA Size 2900mAh - 16 Pack "4x4" with Protective Storage Case
7dayshop Rechargeable High Performance Ni-Mh Batteries - AA Size 2900mAh - 16 Pack "4x4" with Protective Storage Case
Offered by 7dayshop Limited
Price: £20.70

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good value and quality from 7DayShop, 15 May 2015
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I have used 7Dayshop before for many years.

There own brand of rechargeable batteries are very good. I use them in all sorts of things from remotes to cameras. They hold their charge well and can be recharged many times before they fade.

This batch is for my voice recorder which takes 4 of these. I used it yesterday and they went all day with lots of on and off cycles, half hour recordings and many reviews driving headphones. They are very good for the money. The only gripe I have is that they seem very slightly fatter than normal throw always and are sometimes a tight fit. Apart from this they are perfect for heavy duty needs.


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