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Panasonic RPHXS400EW 1.2 m On Ear Street Headphones - White
Panasonic RPHXS400EW 1.2 m On Ear Street Headphones - White
Price: £31.50

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not very comfortable and the sound is only average., 5 July 2015
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Panasonic RPHXS400EW 1.2 m On Ear Street Headphones – White

These are wired headphones from Panasonic. Tested using my laptop, iPod and HTC m9 phone.

Packaging.
They come blister packed.

Description.
These are bright white on ear headphones with a flat orange cable fitted with a 3.5 mm stereo jack plug.
They are made of plastic. The headband adjusts on either side to that a precise fit can be had. They look very trendy. The ear parts can be rotated so the headphones fold flat for easy bag storage.

Fitting.
I do not usually have a problem with headphones but these felt tight and uncomfortable after 30 minutes of listening. The headband is not that padded and fells quite hard on the head.

Sound quality.
The description on their packaging looks promising but the sound quality is not that brilliant. Even after 20 hours run in the sound has not improved. It is thin and the bass is not as deep, focused or detailed as expected. An £11 pair of TDK headphones I use for commuting blow these away.
The sound is not at all dynamic it is very neutral and the separation of vocals etc. is not that good. I would have expected more from phoines in this price band.

Overall.
These will appeal to those who want to get noticed due to the design and colour. However, if you want to enjoy your music I would look elsewhere as these are overpriced for the sound they give. The Senhessier HD 202 sound much better and feel far more comfortable for less money. Sorry Panasonic I would have expected better sound at this price point. They do look very trendy and will appeal on this rather than sound quality.


This is Philosophy of Mind: An Introduction
This is Philosophy of Mind: An Introduction
by Pete Mandik
Edition: Paperback
Price: £23.50

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A thought provoking journet into the workings of the mind., 3 July 2015
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This is Philosophy of Mind: An Introduction

The book.
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This is written by a leading Psychologist and offers an introduction to the philosophy of the human mind.

Structure.
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The book in only 250 pages manages to bring in all the relevant topics about the mind and research into it today. It covers everything from the basics of thinking to machine minds and human mind simulations.
All of the relevant theorists are introduced with their models and arguments for and against them. The flow of information is excellent along with referenced chapters and a comprehensive index.
There is plenty here for the psychologist or just any inquairing mind that wants to know a bit more about how it works.

Depth of information.
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For a short book the author has certainly presented a lot of new and challenging information about the mind and body interaction. The writing is tight but easy going and easy to follow and the chapters interrelate very well.

Overall.
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In 250 pages the author provides some stimulating and thought provoking scenarios about the mind. I read it ion one go and thoroughly enjoyed it. Highly recommended for those wanting an up to date overview of the workings of the mind.


Canine and Feline Behavior for Veterinary Technicians and Nurses
Canine and Feline Behavior for Veterinary Technicians and Nurses
by Julie Shaw
Edition: Paperback
Price: £41.79

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent and accessable text on dog and cat behviour, 3 July 2015
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Canine and Feline Behaviour for Veterinary Technicians and Nurses Paperback – 31 Oct 2014

Background.
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I took this book to review straight out of curiosity. I teach biochemistry but have a large amount of animals from horses to cats and often wondered what they do things for.

The book.
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This is a complete animal behaviour book featuring dogs and cats. It deals with all behaviour issues from why behaviour is used and how to modify it.
There are a lot of common issues presented in the book from territorial dominance through to behaviour problems.
Although a text book it is perfectly readable and easy to understand. In fact in some places I found the behaviour descriptions fascinating. We have a rescue dog that will not socialise and when he meets other dogs either rolls over and shakes or gets aggressive. This book confirmed some of my thoughts and since engaging a socialisation plan with him we are making progress.
We have lots of wild cats in our stables and this book has made me look at the social hierarchy in more detail and I can understand what is going on much more.

Accessibility.
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This is a text book but there is plenty here to help anyone understand cat and dog behaviour and take the next steps in modifying that behaviour. It is written by experts but in a very easy going way.

Overall.
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A very informative book that will help dog and cat owners understand behavioural issues. Ideal for those studying behaviour but also assessable to people like me who are curious about their animals.


Woopower®50W 5-Port High Speed Desktop USB Charger with Intelligent Charging Technology for iPhone, iPad Air 2, Samsung Galaxy S6 / S6 Edge, Nexus, HTC M9, Nokia and More (Black)
Woopower®50W 5-Port High Speed Desktop USB Charger with Intelligent Charging Technology for iPhone, iPad Air 2, Samsung Galaxy S6 / S6 Edge, Nexus, HTC M9, Nokia and More (Black)
Offered by Woopower
Price: £46.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple multi charge solution for all your phones and gajets., 3 July 2015
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Woopower®50W 5-Port High Speed Desktop USB Charger with Intelligent Charging Technology for iPhone, iPad Air 2, Samsung Galaxy S6 / S6 Edge, Nexus, HTC M9, Nokia and More (Black)

I was sent this item free of charge in return for an honest review.

In the box.
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The charger, instructions, UK main cable with UK 3 pin plug.

What’s it for.
This is a five port USB charger; mains operated phone, tablet, camera and gadget charger.

Build quality.
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This is very well from good quality materials. All the USB sockets are tight and connect correctly.

Technology.
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This charger auto detects the phone etc. and delivers the correct charge. It has overload protection built in. The chip set which controls everything monitors charging on each port so that several items with different charge and voltage requirements can be charged at the same time. It has auto voltage sensing and overcharge\rge / load protection built in.
There is no need to have multiple chargers plugged in and risk connecting the wrong charger to the wrong phone. It also tidies up all those chargers and leads.
Also no problem if you cannot find your charger. In our house chargers often get lost, moved by the kids, left in the car etc., but with this and a few spare USB leads you don’t have to worry, just plug the device in and let the Poweradd charger sort it all out for you.

Overall.
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This is such a useful gadget in our house with so many items needing charging. This unit replaces a multitude of chargers and plugs and neatens up the whole process. The unit is very efficient and charges faster than the supplied charging leads / transformers we have with our various gadgets. Just get one it will save time, money and your sanity when you can’t find your charger.


Teach Like a Champion 2.0: 62 Techniques That Put Students on the Path to College
Teach Like a Champion 2.0: 62 Techniques That Put Students on the Path to College
by Norman Atkins
Edition: Paperback
Price: £15.09

5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent exploration of teaching issues and solutions., 3 July 2015
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Teach Like a Champion 2.0: 62 Techniques That Put Students on the Path to College

Overview of the book.
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This book presents a series of teaching strategies to help get the most from the student whatever the level being presented. The book details important ways to engage and motivate students of all abilities.

Does it work?
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There is some excellent reasoning in here. Many of the common problem areas are explored, analysed and solutions presented in a well written and coherent manor.
The author knows what he is doing as the solutions are easy to implement and they do work. The book has an accompanying website and DVD attached in the back of the book. The website contains a series of video sessions which are helpful and back the book up. There is a lot to explore.
The 62 methods presented are well thought out and entirely implementable by just about every teacher. It deals with common issues like basic spelling and numeracy in a way which self teaches the solutions to the problems. It all works brilliantly and I can see every teacher getting something from this book.

Overall.
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I really enjoyed this book as it puts a fresh perspective on teaching and offers simple but effective solutions to common problems. If you teach you will get something from this book.


Jacob Jensen Designer One Slot Toaster II, Aluminium
Jacob Jensen Designer One Slot Toaster II, Aluminium
Offered by webmiles
Price: £69.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice but overpriced for what it is., 2 July 2015
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Jacob Jensen Designer One Slot Toaster II, Aluminium

This is a designer toaster from Jacob Jensen of Bang and Olufsen fame.

In the box.
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The toaster with fitted UK plug, instructions and guarantee form.

Build and design.
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The design is simple but effective and fits well into a modern kitchen. I am slightly disappointed by the build quality, I have a couple of Jacob Jensen kitchen items and they built much better. The toaster seems flimsy in comparison.

Functionality.
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It works well and being a single slice toaster fits quite a think chunk of bread in it. The toasting is even all over.

Overall.
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It works well but I can’t help being a bit underwhelmed with this product for the asking price. It’s selling on a name but I expect other much cheaper toasters do an equally good job.


LLUNC Adjustable Angles Car Mount Clip Holder for Smartphones Mobile Devices GPS
LLUNC Adjustable Angles Car Mount Clip Holder for Smartphones Mobile Devices GPS
Offered by TopBrandBoxUK
Price: £10.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A well thought out design and very useful in the car., 2 July 2015
LLUNC Adjustable Angles Car Mount Clip Holder for Smartphones Mobile Devices GPS

I was sent this p[product free of charge in return for an honest review.

The product.
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This is a general purpose car mount that will hold phones, sat navs, media players and even paper maps.

In use.
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The sucker cups really fits well on to smooth surfaces and holds well even in a hot car. The jaws open on springs to hold a phone in place. It fits iPhones and most other gadgets with up to 3.5 inches width capacity. The inner part of the jaws have a soft grip area that grips strongly and won’t mark you phone.
The phone holder will rotate so you can have your phone etc., in portrait or landscape mode.

Overall.
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Well made, strong and versatile and very useful in the car. A great product.


Apexel 20x HD Macro Lens Universal Clip for iPhone Samsung Galaxy Note LG HTC Silver
Apexel 20x HD Macro Lens Universal Clip for iPhone Samsung Galaxy Note LG HTC Silver
Offered by TopBrandBoxUK
Price: £6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing results and great fun., 2 July 2015
Apexel 20x HD Macro Lens Universal Clip for iPhone Samsung Galaxy Note LG HTC Silver

I was sent this product in return for an honest review.

The product.
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The is a clip on lens that allows your phone camera to focus much closer and magnify the subject. It is idea for flowers and nature.

In the box.
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The lens, lens case and phone clip with instructions.

Set up.
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The lens clips over the back lens on my iPhone 5C and also fits all of the other phones in the house due to its expanding clip. Once on the phone you take a picture in the normal way, except this lens allows you to get much closer. Make sure you centre the lens or you will get poor results.

Results.
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These were great on my iPhone and HTC M9. The shots certainly show detail and colour. I was very pleased with the results. You have to make sure you have a very steady hand but apart from that the shots are easy to take.

Overall.
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A great little lens that expands the possibilities using a smart phone. Results are great and it is great fun to use. For the money an excellent buy.
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Great Myths of Aging (Great Myths of Psychology)
Great Myths of Aging (Great Myths of Psychology)
by Joan T. Erber
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.95

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A short book on the stereotypes of aging., 2 July 2015
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Great Myths of Aging (Great Myths of Psychology) Paperback – 14 Oct 2014

The book.
This book is about the usual stereotypes of aging and challenges them one by one.

Content.
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It’s very predictable and obvious in many ways. We all know the common signs of aging but also know people who have defied them. The book covers the following:
The body,
The Mind,
The self,
Living contexts,
Ending and loss.

Within these short chapters are all the common age related discussions about sex, forgetfulness, poor muscle control, driving, temper and illness to name but a few.
Each issue is presented with a few statistics (American based) and lots of references.
The language used is discussion based and easy to follow.

Overall.
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Something of a collection of stories about age related issues that we will all have to face. Useful as a starting point to some sort of study but not that much new or original information. I was left disappointed with the book overall.


HAMSWAN HUHD High Quality Gaming Headset Stereo Bass Headphone Earphone for PS3 XBOX 360 XBOX One PS4 Wii PC MAC
HAMSWAN HUHD High Quality Gaming Headset Stereo Bass Headphone Earphone for PS3 XBOX 360 XBOX One PS4 Wii PC MAC
Offered by HAMSWAN
Price: £59.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Work very well, great price and look amazing., 2 July 2015
HAMSWAN HUHD High Quality Gaming Headset Stereo Bass Headphone Earphone for PS3 XBOX 360 XBOX One PS4 Wii PC MAC

I was sent these headphones free of charge in return for an honest review.

The product.
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These are gaming headphones designed for use with:

PC’s,
Mac’s,
Xbox,
PS 3 and 4.
They include a built in microphone for game chat.

Construction.
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These are large over ear headphones. The construction is solid and everything fits together well. They are much better built than the price point suggests.
They look great too, with red banding and padding. When connected up the sides glow blue. They look super !
I have had them for two weeks with lots of use and no problems.

Comfort.
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They fit really well with no pinching or tightness. Really great fit.

Controls.
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There is an inline control bank. This provides volume and talk functions. You can also select the input from here. The controls are positive and large and easy to use.

Sound quality.
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This is amazing for the price point. Very good dynamic range and effects separation. I would say they are as good as my Corsair’s which cost three times as much. Bass is there with plenty of punch. They even sound very listenable with music sources like Spotify.

Overall.
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If you are in the market for an inexpensive but well-made and sounding gaming headset then you have found it. These perform much better than their price point suggests. Recommended.


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