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TaoTronics® Water Resistant Wireless Bluetooth Stereo Shower Speaker (Bluetooth 3.0, Hands-Free, Built-in Mic, A2DP/AVRCP)
TaoTronics® Water Resistant Wireless Bluetooth Stereo Shower Speaker (Bluetooth 3.0, Hands-Free, Built-in Mic, A2DP/AVRCP)
Offered by Sunvalleytek-UK
Price: £80.00

4.0 out of 5 stars An ideal gift for a family member who enjoys singing in the shower!, 27 Mar. 2015
This is a great little speaker for use in the shower. It's got a strong suction pad on the back so you can attach it to your tiles, and then you are good to go. Music while you wash yourself! The sound level goes high enough that you can hear over the sound of the water running, and the controls are via that grey panel on the top and easy enough to push with wet hands. Pairing was easy to my iPhone and the instructions provided were very clear. Sound quality isn't hifi quality but it is good enough for the shower. This speaker charges quite quickly and battery life seems good so far. It's charged via a usb plug (not supplied) but the end that goes into the speaker is particular to this speaker rather than being a generic micro USB connector which is a slight negative. This item is packaged in a nice box as I've come to expect from TaoTronics. It would make a great gift for a family member who likes to sing in the shower.


Foxnovo® F-08 8-Slots Li-ion Ni-MH Ni-CD Universal Intelligent Battery Charger with LED Indicators 5V USB Output UK-plug Power Adapter for Li-ion 26650, 22650, 18650, 18500, 18490, 17670, 17650, 17500, 16340, 14500, 10440, Ni-MH and Ni-CD A, AA, AAA, C, SC Rechargeable Batteries (Black)
Foxnovo® F-08 8-Slots Li-ion Ni-MH Ni-CD Universal Intelligent Battery Charger with LED Indicators 5V USB Output UK-plug Power Adapter for Li-ion 26650, 22650, 18650, 18500, 18490, 17670, 17650, 17500, 16340, 14500, 10440, Ni-MH and Ni-CD A, AA, AAA, C, SC Rechargeable Batteries (Black)
Offered by FoxnovoStore
Price: £59.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Will save you loads of money, 22 Mar. 2015
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This is an extremely versatile charger that will charge a wide variety of batteries from the small AAA to the larger Lithium Ion batteries that are becoming increasingly popular. It can charge 8 batteries at a time, and each one has its own indicator above so you can see how much charge there is in each battery. The charger claims that it stops charging a particular battery when it is full. This is quite a large device, and the power cable includes a power block which takes up a bit more space. But it does a lot, and with the addition of some rechargeable batteries, it will save you lots of money. It feels sturdy and well-built and the manufacturer clearly has confidence in it as they are backing this product with a life time guarantee.
Full disclosure - I received this item free from the manufacturer in return for an honest review


Foxnovo® FP10 10400mAh Lithium Polymer Ultra-thin Aluminum Alloy Dual-Port Backup External Battery Chargers Power Bank Charger for iPhone 6, 5S 5, 4S 4, iPod, iPad Air, iPad mini, iPad 4 3 2, Samsung Galaxy S5 S4 Note 4 Note 3 Tab 2, Sony, HTC, Blackberry and Most USB Devices (Silver)
Foxnovo® FP10 10400mAh Lithium Polymer Ultra-thin Aluminum Alloy Dual-Port Backup External Battery Chargers Power Bank Charger for iPhone 6, 5S 5, 4S 4, iPod, iPad Air, iPad mini, iPad 4 3 2, Samsung Galaxy S5 S4 Note 4 Note 3 Tab 2, Sony, HTC, Blackberry and Most USB Devices (Silver)
Offered by FoxnovoStore
Price: £49.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Ideal for power on the go even for high drain devices, 22 Mar. 2015
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Straight out of the box, this looks and feels like a top quality product. In the package you get the power bank itself which is in a brushed silver finish, which looks good next to my iPhone, a light grey velvet pouch to keep the power bank in and a cluster of cables, including a mini usb connector (for most phones and tablets apart from Apple devices - you also use this plugged in to a power adapter to charge the power bank itself), an apple lightning connector for the newer iPhones and iPads, a 30 pin apple connector for the older iPads, iPhones etc and a usb 3 connector. There wires are fairly short so you'll need to keep the power bank near the gadgets you are charging. There are 2 usb outlets on the power bank, one the higher output 5v which you'll need for power hungry tablets and a lower output 1v. I've found that I can charge 2 devices at once using the supplied cable plugged in to the 5v connection (I guess 2 devices will charge more slowly than 1) and I assume that if you plugged something in to the other output, that would charge too. There is an on/off switch and blue LEDs which signify that the power bank is switched on, and also show you how much power the power bank has left, depending on the number which are lit. It's worth noting that not all power banks are the same. This one has a much bigger internal battery than many so will be able to provide more charge for your mobile devices before it needs to be charged itself. If you want mobile power on the go, this product should be a strong contender on your short list.
Full disclosure - I received this product directly from the manufacturer in return for an honest review


TaoTronics® Portable Bluetooth Speaker (Wireless & Mobile, 10 Hour Battery Life, 33 ft Range, Built-in Microphone, USB & Aux Input, NFC Compatible)
TaoTronics® Portable Bluetooth Speaker (Wireless & Mobile, 10 Hour Battery Life, 33 ft Range, Built-in Microphone, USB & Aux Input, NFC Compatible)
Offered by Sunvalleytek-UK
Price: £100.00

5.0 out of 5 stars A good quality product that is well-built and sounds great, 22 Mar. 2015
This is a great sounding small bluetooth speaker. It comes attractively packaged, and would make a good gift with its friendly "hello" message printed on the side of the box. The speaker itself is an oblong shape with a rubberised feel. Build quality feels very good. There is a micro USB cable for charging (you'll need to plug in to a computer or USB wall adapter, but most people have got those these days) as well as a aux cable if you want to connect a device that doesn't have bluetooth capabilities. Pairing to my iPhone was the work of seconds, and unlike some Bluetooth speakers I have tried, this one holds the connection extremely well with no interference or dropping out of the music. There are limited controls on the speaker itself - volume up and down and play/pause on the top. These buttons are also used for pairing. Sound quality is really very good for the size of the speaker. It can't compete with larger and more expensive speakers like my Bose SoundLink 3 but for on the go, or in small spaces, this is really very good indeed. You can also use this speaker as a hands-free for your phone.
All in all, if you are looking for a small portable bluetooth speaker that sounds much better than the built in speaker on your phone or tablet, then this one is definitely worth considering. The only thing the manufacturer could have included to make this an even better travel package would be to include a small fabric pouch to protect this when it is in your backpack or luggage. A good quality product.
Disclosure - I received this speaker from the manufacturer in order to carry out an honest review.


Panasonic ALL3 Wireless Speaker System (White)
Panasonic ALL3 Wireless Speaker System (White)
Price: £229.00

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sounds great, a bit fiddly to get going - think about whether you need this over a bluetooth speaker, 22 Mar. 2015
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I was slightly worried having read reviews before I received this that it would be tricky to set up. Out of the box, this wifi speaker is slightly smaller than a 2 slice toaster and is an inoffensive white/light grey/silver design. Plugging in to the mains and then following the instructions to connect to the internet, took no more than 10 minutes. Then it was time to try to play some music from the Panasonic app, which basically reads the music you've got on your phone (I'm using an iOS device) and displays it in a fairly basic way, organised by Playlists, Artists, Album and Songs. I can't get my Mac to connect to it, although it does see the media libraries in the Windows machines on my home network. You need to make sure you've selected your speaker in the app to get the sound to come out. Sound quality is at the end of the day what devices like this are about and I'm pleased to report that this sounds great. The sound is clear and rich with plenty of bass, and you can make adjustments to your taste via the equaliser in the app should you so wish. I've tried a variety of music genres and they all sound great. The app also allows you to send music to a bluetooth speaker (if it is connected to your phone), which is useful if you are going in to a different room for example. For a wifi music system to show its true potential you need more than one speaker. With the AllPlay system, you can send different music to different speakers or the same music to different rooms. This device will also stream music from Spotify, although you do need to be paying for Spotify's premium service for this function to work. I've tried it with the AllPlayer Radio app and this works fine. You are not confined to using Panasonic's app either - there is an AllPlay app called Jukebox which you can use as an alternative. Panasonic have also included an aux connection at the back, so you could plug in any device with a 3.5 mm connector and it would sound great, but you won't want to be spending money on a wifi system if that is all you want to do. You can also connect to your internet via a cable if you prefer.
Would I recommend this speaker? Well it sounds great, and the potential to have them dotted round the house is quite exciting if your funds allow. However, it is far more fiddly to set up than a bluetooth speaker, and have to use an AllPlay music app to get at your tunes, which you don't with a bluetooth speaker. Sound quality is supposed to be better over wifi than bluetooth; this speaker is of a comparable sound quality with my Bose SoundLink 3 bluetooth speaker (which I love!) so it is very good, but not any better in my view (although it will play louder - something which I don't need as the Bose is quite loud enough for me). I think it was a mistake for Panasonic not to include bluetooth connectivity as an option with this device as Pure has done with its Jongo range. This allows far greater flexibility.


Cole & Mason Precision Grind 12 cm Windsor Black Gloss Beech Wood Salt & Pepper Mill Gift Set
Cole & Mason Precision Grind 12 cm Windsor Black Gloss Beech Wood Salt & Pepper Mill Gift Set
Price: £40.62

5.0 out of 5 stars Great product in a stylish package - Recommended, 22 Mar. 2015
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This is an extremely stylish salt and pepper mill set. The glossy black finish is a style that would fit into most people's home decor, and the mills come packaged in an extremely attractive box with a hinged lid, so would make a great gift. The grinding mechanism is effective with metal components which should stand the test of time. It is easy to refill the mills by unscrewing the top; Cole and Mason have included some salt and pepper corns to get you started though which is a nice touch. The silver fittings at the top of each mill are labelled S and P respectively and there is the Cole and Mason brand name round the bottom of each. If you are in the market for a stylish salt and pepper mill set then I would recommend taking a close look at these.


Lenovo H30-00 Tower PC (Black) - (Intel Pentium J2900 2.41 GHz, 4 GB RAM, 1 TB HDD, Windows 8.1)
Lenovo H30-00 Tower PC (Black) - (Intel Pentium J2900 2.41 GHz, 4 GB RAM, 1 TB HDD, Windows 8.1)
Price: £229.95

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A budget machine which works well for straight-forward computing tasks. If you don't want a computer to do more, why pay more?, 20 Mar. 2015
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This desktop PC is supplied without a monitor which suits me very well as I've got one from my old desktop pc which is working well. There is no HDMI port though, so you do have to connect via VGA which means that you'll need to make sure that any monitor you choose to use supports the older VGA technology. A marketing point for this computer is that the tower unit is smaller than the average tower pc, and this is true. It is small and neat and if you are looking for something to fit in to a small space, then this might be an important feature for you. In addition to the tower itself, Lenovo include a keyboard and a mouse. Both feel quite plasticky and are wired rather than wireless but the keyboard feels quite nice to type on and the mouse is quite comfortable in the hand. These connect via USB at the rear of the machine and therefore take up two USB ports. There is also an additional USB port at the back and two at the front. With more and more peripherals connecting wirelessly, this is probably going to be enough for most people.
This computer runs Windows 8.1 with Bing - a version of Windows that Microsoft allows manufacturers of lower spec PCs to put on their machines without charge, hence the competitive price. I haven't had any dealings with Windows 8 about which I have heard many bad words, but the environment of Windows 8.1 is easy enough to navigate your way round if you are familiar with previous versions of Windows, although you may have to root around a bit if you want to fiddle with things like the Control Panel, Device Manager etc. By the way, Windows 8.1 with Bing comes with Bing as the default search engine; in all other regards, it is the same as Windows 8.1 without Bing and it is easy enough to change the default search tool to your choice of search services. The spec is serviceable for day to day computing tasks rather than spectacular. The hard drive is 1TB, but there is only 4GB of ram and there is an integral rather than separate graphics card, so this won't be a machine for avid gamers or those wanting to do lots of video editing for example. There is a built in wifi adapter so you can connect wirelessly to your network if you want to position your computer away from your router/modem; you can also use a wired LAN connection if you prefer. In operation, the computer is quite quiet
My computing needs are simple - I need Office, email and the internet. If your needs are similar, then you will find this computer very suitable. Its performance in this type of use is fine. You'll need to provide speakers, a webcam and a microphone for the full multi-media experience. There are a couple of USB ports on the front for you to connect peripherals easily without rooting round the back and also a memory card reader which is useful if you need to get photos off your digital camera. There is also an optical drive which reads and writes to CD and DVD; the tray opens vertically rather than the more conventional horizontally. Presumably this is to save space but it is slightly more awkward to put discs in to but only slightly. In any case, I don't use optical discs very often, so this isn't a big issue for me.
If you don't need a high powered computer, but want a desktop, perhaps for a home office, or you'd rather use a desktop than a laptop for surfing and shopping, then you should seriously consider buying this machine and if you have no need for a monitor, then this makes it an even strong contender (although reasonably priced monitors can be picked up for less than £100). It is a budget machine but if your computing needs don't extend to gaming or video editing, then why spend more?


Miele Complete C3 Celebration PowerLine Cylinder Vacuum Cleaner, 4.5 Litre, 1200 W, Blue
Miele Complete C3 Celebration PowerLine Cylinder Vacuum Cleaner, 4.5 Litre, 1200 W, Blue
Price: £150.00

5.0 out of 5 stars A premium product - if you choose to invest in this, you won't be disappointed, 17 Mar. 2015
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This is quite simply, a superb vacuum cleaner. It is sturdily built and feels like it will last. The plastic clips and bits don't feel that they are going to snap off in your hand as is often the case with lesser products. That isn't to say that the product is heavy and unwieldy though - it isn't. It happily follows you around as you vacuum. You don't feel you are tugging a huge beast behind you as its got little swivel wheels on the base so it runs smoothly. I've also got an upright vacuum and find that much heavier and harder work. It is old fashioned technology which means you have to replace the bag from time to time, but frankly this isn't a major hassle (although you will need to factor the cost of the bags in). There is also a sophisticated filter system, and again the filters will need replacing occasionally. Unlike many other vacuum cleaners I've owned, you can vary the strength of the suction from this one. There are six settings to choose from which means you can choose what's appropriate whether vacuuming a delicate light shade or a heavy carpet. By the way, don't feel that because this cleaner meets the new EU specifications for reduced power that it is in some way weaker. At full strength, this cleaner is extremely powerful; in the heavy traffic areas of my home (the hall, stairs) the carpet has never looked better and I am very impressed by the difference that this cleaner has made. I like the fact that the various tools included are safely stored in their own compartment on board so they are available when you need them. The only thing you can't store on board is the floor head for hard floors.
This is a fantastic product that looks good (as vacuum cleaners go - I like the blue colour), feels robustly built, and most importantly, really is a step up from other cleaners. Some of those others may claim to be using more modern technology, but I've not seen anything better than this for lifting dust and grime out of my carpets.


Monster iSport Victory In Ear Headphones - Black
Monster iSport Victory In Ear Headphones - Black
Price: £114.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ideal for active audiophiles!, 28 Feb. 2015
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These are premium priced earphones and they come attractively package in a sturdy box, an important consideration if you are planning to give them as a gift. Inside the box, are the earphones themselves, plus a neat little pouch to keep them in. I've got little ears, but thankfully, a range of hooks and tips is also included in this package. and by using the smallest of each, I was able to get a comfortable fit with these headphones and they seem to be very secure once in place. Sound quality was very good, and they do block out quite a bit of the ambient noise in your surroundings. The cables are flat - this is supposed to mean that they tangle less I think and there is an in-line control for volume and to start/stop your music. I can confirm that this works with iOS devices and also in the interests of research, I tried with my Kindle Fire, and again, it works with no problems. If these are in your price range and you are an active audiophile, then these could be a good buy.


Kindle Fire HDX 7", HDX Display, Wi-Fi, 16 GB - Includes Special Offers (Previous Generation - 3rd)
Kindle Fire HDX 7", HDX Display, Wi-Fi, 16 GB - Includes Special Offers (Previous Generation - 3rd)
Price: £149.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Smooth and fast to operate, beautiful screen and excellent build quality - Fire HDX 7" is a class act!, 21 Feb. 2015
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Although it is now "previous generation" , the Kindle Fire HDX 7" is a great tablet. The screen is extraordinarily sharp and clear which makes it ideal for reading text as well as for viewing videos. You should note (as Amazon does in the product description) that there is a very thin blue line that appears around the edge of the display when there is a white or very pale screen background. This is because of the sort of LEDs Amazon have used to ensure colour accuracy apparently. It is a slight distraction at first, but after a few days of use, I can honestly say that I don't notice it any more. All I see is a very clear, bright and easy to use screen which is definitely amongst the best I have seen on a tablet. It is a better screen than that on the new Fire HD tablets which were released in September 2014 in terms of resolution even though this model is now over a year old.
The operating system of the Fire HDX (which is a version of Android although you'd hardly recognise it as such as Amazon has made it its own) is easy to use and intuitive. All your most recent content appears in a carousel format on the home screen but you can also scroll down the home screen to see Apps etc that you've chosen to keep there laid out in rows of icons as you'd see on a smart-phone or Android or Apple tablet. It's easy to add Apps from Amazon's own App Store but you can also add Android apps by side loading them if you have just a bit of technical knowhow. The Kindle comes with its own versions of Word, Powerpoint and Excel (which you can access via the documents tab which appears at the top of the home screen) but I've also been able to side load the official Microsoft Office Apps for Android so now use these which are great because they hook up directly with my Dropbox account. The addition of a bluetooth keyboard means that you can actually use the Kindle Fire to get some work done should you feel so inclined. The inbuilt email app works very well too for both work (my work email uses Microsoft exchange) and personal email, and is easy to navigate. Amazon's web browser Silk is also fine and fast.There is a forward facing camera for taking 'selfies' and for video-chat using applications like Skype, but you will be disappointed if you are looking for a rear facing camera for taking snap-shots because there isn't one here. The Kindle Fire HDX 7" is extremely fast and responsive to the touch - not at all sluggish like some budget tablets I've seen. It is a joy to use.
In spite of all of this productivity which you can get out of the Kindle Fire HDX 7" should you so wish, this is, primarily, a superb media consumption device. It's great for reading Kindle books (although if your sole purpose is reading, you will be so much better off getting a dedicated e-ink e-reader), fantastic for video (either from Amazon or there are apps for BBC iPlayer, ITV player and even Netflix) and excellent for listening to music that you've either loaded from your PC or for streaming what you've stored in Amazon's cloud. The speakers on the device itself are fine albeit a bit quiet, so you might want to consider using earphones or hooking up to a bluetooth speaker if you need more sound.
I originally thought of the Kindle as a cheaper alternative to the iPad; now I've owned one for a while, my perception has changed. It is a great tablet in its own right. You need to take time to find out everything it can do if you want to use it to its full potential. I would advise buying one with the largest amount of storage that you can afford as there is no external card slot to add additional memory. Books don't take up much space, but downloading videos does, and if you are going to be using this as a travelling companion, you might want to download a film or two to keep you company.
Overall, the Fire HDX 7" is a great tablet; smooth and fast in operation, with a beautiful screen and excellent build quality. If you do encounter any problems, Amazon's support is second to none. Definitely a recommended purchase


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