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Silicon Power 2.5 inch 1TB USB 3.0 SP Rugged Armor A30 Shockproof External Portable Hard Drive - Black
Silicon Power 2.5 inch 1TB USB 3.0 SP Rugged Armor A30 Shockproof External Portable Hard Drive - Black
Offered by Xstra Digital Storage
Price: £56.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Little Back-Up!, 19 July 2015
I like the comfortable hand fitting design of the unit with the USB cord easily attached in four places around the circumference of the back-up drive. It also seemed better padded for bounces or bumps than other units I've tried. It isn't stackable, but I think of this as a back-up that I store away in a drawer until absolutely needed. I don't believe you can have too many backups.

Backups were normal, in that I was able to transfer information from five different drives (at once) to the device without it getting confused. All data was stored and placed exactly as I have it on the original drivers. It took overnight, as I did have a hefty amount of personal information. I only used about 40% of the drive.

Considering the price of the unit and the immense size of 1 TB (who needs more for personal use?), I found this to be a good back-up drive.


16GB Kingmax High Speed Class 6 SDHC Card Retail Pack with Lifetime Warranty
16GB Kingmax High Speed Class 6 SDHC Card Retail Pack with Lifetime Warranty
Offered by emartbuyuk
Price: £27.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Basic SD Card, 19 July 2015
I am usually skeptical about any Asian products without instructions or specifications. However, for a standard "point `n shoot" camera usage, this SD Card works just fine. I just wouldn't trust its quality on a high end camera. However, the price is far far too high.


Seagate Personal Cloud 5TB Home Media Storage - NAS
Seagate Personal Cloud 5TB Home Media Storage - NAS
Offered by Maplin_Webdeals
Price: £179.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Elephant Memory!, 19 July 2015
At home, I have so many backup devices (Seagate 1T), (My Book 500MG), three internal drives (500mb each) in my desktop and another external portable drive. It was wonderfully mind-numbing to have this Seagate 5T back up device. These all included, documents, writings, photos (tons), videos, movies. I immediately backed everything up to the Seagate. If I knew how to partition (I will learn fast) then I could separate all the external drives on this Seagate. I did not see a huge amount of transfer speed. I did like to option of turning off the Seagate for a week or two when I am out of the home.

I did download the app for this device but am still learning how to use it. I prefer simply sitting at my desktop. The Seagate is also dual compatible with PC and MAC, but I only use PC. I do like the idea of being able to stream via my app from my Seagate to a Smart TV, but it will be a while until I can purchase the right flat screen, but I found this feature to be worth its weight in gold. Simply having 5 T of memory is enough for me.


On the Move: A Life
On the Move: A Life
by Oliver Wolf Sacks
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.94

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Man On The Move, 15 July 2015
This review is from: On the Move: A Life (Paperback)
Having read many biographies, I have to say this one has me running the gamut of emotions. Dr. Sacks is one of the rare author/neurologists that can bring warmth and intelligence to the reader with a scientific eye. Told in a near linear fashion, we learn of a British upbringing with a family full of doctors. London, it seems is full of Sacks. With a family of unique individuals, Sacks describes his leaving to Canada with his beloved motorcycle and his adventures thereon. Arriving in San Francisco, he participates in the medical field while exploring this new feeling of ‘homosexuality’; both a joy and a concern.

Having the urge, he treats the reader to stories of living in Los Angeles and his new love of swimming, exploring psychotropic drugs and his indulgence in weight lifting on famous ‘muscle beach’;. He breaks a weight lifting record, of all things. His nickname among the weight-lifters is ‘Wolf’.

His journeys take the reader around the world, from London, to Micronesia to his new home in New York (and City Island). His love of cephalopods and jellyfish are a treat to read about and his favorite botanical plants (cycads) are almost joyful.

His book and film, ‘Awakenings’ is told with a fresh tale and the writing and making of them are exhausting. The term ‘heroic’ almost comes to mind. His warmth, generosity and true concern for patients is real throughout the book. In fact, notes and stories of all his books are brought up, tantalizing the reader to know more about what eccentricities caused such enthusiasm.

This memoir is a non-stop journey of a truly unique and fascinating man who has the capacity to treat patients lovingly and still keep a scientific handle on all details. In the early years, he was cautioned about publication of his works. In the end his is exalted at his amazing success. “On The Move’ is a masterpiece and one that will beg the reader to read more of Dr. Oliver Sacks wonderful humanity filled books.


ECHTPower? BS019 Portable Mobiler Wireless Bluetooth Speaker for iPhone, Samsung Galaxy, Nokia, HTC, Blackberry, Google, LG, Nexus, iPad
ECHTPower? BS019 Portable Mobiler Wireless Bluetooth Speaker for iPhone, Samsung Galaxy, Nokia, HTC, Blackberry, Google, LG, Nexus, iPad
Offered by ECHTPower
Price: £26.71

5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful Sound - Sleek Look, 14 July 2015
At a sturdy 16-ounces and a 2” X 2.5” X 9.5” size, this Bluetooth speaker gives a great sound with volume. Instead of a simple square box, it is designed with a flat grill for the front speakers and no-nonsense modern colored design. But what about the sound?

There are three speakers in the front that produce fine quality sound. This is not a boom box, but the range and volume can fill a room. There are stereo 1-1/2” speakers and a 1” X 2” rectangular bass subwoofer in the middle, producing great highs, perfect midranges and a solid punchy bass without being ‘boomy’. Nice controls on top (six) are separated for easy viewing and include Paly/Pause/Phone, Reverse/Volume down, Fast forward/Volume p, Alarm clock (with time shown on the front), FM button and a Bluetooth connection button. Note that the reverse has the on/off switch.

The back contain four ports. There is a female USB port, a mini SD card insert for your own independent list of songs, a female 3.5mm input for use from another source and the power in micro-USB slot.

It doesn’t stop there. There are non-slip pads on the bottom. For all the features, the unique, modern look, the sound and the care in construction, this is one of the better Bluetooth speakers I’ve seen in a long time. There are no real gimmicks, just a unique looking and great sounding speaker. Product supplied for review.


Water-proof Bluetooth Sports Headset With Earhook for Sports Running Gym Hiking Jogger APT-X Technology Rechargeable Bluetooth Headphones Sports Bluetooth Headset Portable Wireless Headphones With NFC&Dual-Microphone Bluetooth 4.0 Version for iPhone iPad iPod Samsung Galaxy Samsung Note Sony LG Android Phone Windows Phone Most Other Smart-phones and Bluetooth Devices (Blue)
Water-proof Bluetooth Sports Headset With Earhook for Sports Running Gym Hiking Jogger APT-X Technology Rechargeable Bluetooth Headphones Sports Bluetooth Headset Portable Wireless Headphones With NFC&Dual-Microphone Bluetooth 4.0 Version for iPhone iPad iPod Samsung Galaxy Samsung Note Sony LG Android Phone Windows Phone Most Other Smart-phones and Bluetooth Devices (Blue)
Offered by LEVIN-UK

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Solid Sound!, 3 July 2015
There are a lot of Bluetooth headphones on the market and having played with a few, I have to say that if it's Bluetooth, you can expect sketchy sound. All are comfortable to wear, no doubt, but also don't fit well.

These Dacom Lancer Two wireless headphones rock in a lot of ways. The design is so well designed that it fits in your ear without fear of falling out. Also included in the kit are a multitude of attachments for any size ear. It only took me two hours to charge the headphones through the USB port (the input on the headphones is a bit tricky to get to. It's under a tiny green flap that takes sharp fingernails and patience to open.

So it's attractive, light and has enough power of hours of music and they can fit any ear. What about the power and sound? I turned both my iPhone and my headphones up full volume. There was no distortion. When you've reached maximum volume, you hear a few beeps. I found maneuvering forward/backward through songs and adjusting the volume cumbersome unless you take the headphone out of one ear. However, you don't need to do that often and with practice you can get the process down. The highs and mid-range are very very good. The subtle nuance of strings, horns or high chords is distinct. The bass is `sufficient', meaning it is balanced enough, but there is no real power. I like strong bass, but honestly, with any headphone or earbud, solid rock-hard bass is a rarity. But the fit is tight enough that outside noise can be heard but is snuffed out enough to give a great listening experience.

Given the appearance, functionality, reasonable good sound and price, Dacom Lancer has a good product. If bass can be improved, it would be a wonderful improvement, but for this stage, it's a nice electronic set and one I do recommend. Product supplied for honest reviewed.


Saved By The Bell: The Collected Works Of Robin Gibb 1968-1970
Saved By The Bell: The Collected Works Of Robin Gibb 1968-1970
Price: £11.87

16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Generous & Extensive Collection, 3 Jun. 2015
This is one labor of love. 'Robin's Reign' released in 1970 was a poor seller but was a fan favorite. One of the three singles ('Saved by The Bell') reached #2 on the British Charts - no small feat. 'August October' and 'One Million Years' were the others which did not chart. Brothers Barry and Maurice also had single albums to release, but chose not to in order to continue again as the Bee Gees who had split in 1969. Robin had a second album already due to be released, 'Sing Slowly Sisters', but this album was never released, becoming one of the famous 'lost albums' of this period.

Jump ahead 45 years and producer Andrew Sandoval with help from other collectors (Joe Brennan of 'Gibb Songs'); found all the lost acetates, bootlegs and other obscure recording sources for release. Cleaning up the 'Sing Slowly Sisters' album and a dozen or more obscure songs, 'Robin's Reign' saw new light with two additional discs celebrating a two years manic production of pop music with lush orchestration.

Many versions are displayed here in Mono as well as alternate takes, two Italian versions, BBC recordings, interviews, and more. Most notably present to the delight of all fans are Robin's 'Moon Anthem', 'Ghost Of Christmas Past' (a chorus and instrumentation worthy of any classical releases) and the complex 12-minute version of 'Hudson's Fallen Wind', previously released with only a 3-minute portion.

Boxed in a nice four-page cardboard enclosure with a 22-page booklet, there is lots to see and read and there are details about each of the 63-songs. Bob Stanley (writer and a member of the pop group Saint Etienne) and Grammy-nominated Andrew Sandoval both contribute much of the pop history with copious notes. This release from the vaults is a fan's dream. It took nearly half a century to get ‘Saved By The Bell’ out to the public in the proper format and it’s a welcome additional to any Gibb or Bee Gees fans collection. Lord Bless All.
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Ausdom S04 NFC Wireless Stereo Bluetooth Headset with Built-in Microphone
Ausdom S04 NFC Wireless Stereo Bluetooth Headset with Built-in Microphone
Offered by Gedigitech
Price: £29.90

4.0 out of 5 stars Reasonable Good Set, 23 April 2015
There are a lot of Bluetooth headphones on the market and having played with a few, I have to say that if it's Bluetooth, you can usually expect sketchy sound. All are comfortable to wear, no doubt, and this pair feels good and secure. Once on the ears, these ear buds won't move. The cord is round which is usually bad idea for tangling unless flat, but the material here is stiff and thick enough that tangling is not a concern.

Also included in the kit are a few extra ear bud cups for varying sizes. It only took me four hours to charge the earphones through the USB port (the input on the headphones is a bit tricky to get to, but easier than most). It's under a tiny flap that takes opens fairly easily. Pairing is typical by holding the volume control device while the tiny LED light flickers blue and red.

The look is attractive; it is light and has about five hours of play if kept at a reasonable sound level. Blast it and it uses up power faster. What about the power and sound? I turned both my iPhone and my earphones up full volume. There was no distortion. When you've reached maximum volume, you hear a few beeps. I found maneuvering forward/backward through songs and adjusting the volume fairly easy with the volume control design piece.

The highs and mid-range are very good, but remember that `corded' earphones always sound better in most cases. You are paying for the convenience. The bass is `sufficient', meaning it is balanced enough, but there is no real power. I like strong bass, but honestly, with any headphone or ear bud, solid rock-hard bass is a rarity. But the fit is tight enough that outside noise can be heard but is snuffed out enough to give a good listening experience.

Given the appearance, functionality, reasonable good sound and price, AUSDOM has a good product. If the bass can be improved, it would be a wonderful improvement, but for this stage, it's a nice electronic set and one I do recommend. Product supplied for honest reviewed.


#1 BEST Probiotic Supplement - 60 Day Supply with 100% Moneyback Guarantee - Improve Digestion, Immune Function, & Bone Density. Improve Bowel Regularity, Vitamin Production, & Increase Energy with the Most Potent Probiotic Available by Nutrition Essentials (60 Tablets / 60 Day Supply)
#1 BEST Probiotic Supplement - 60 Day Supply with 100% Moneyback Guarantee - Improve Digestion, Immune Function, & Bone Density. Improve Bowel Regularity, Vitamin Production, & Increase Energy with the Most Potent Probiotic Available by Nutrition Essentials (60 Tablets / 60 Day Supply)
Offered by DoctorsDeals
Price: £8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Essential!, 13 April 2015
Three months ago I was attacked with four concurrent attacks of diverticulitis that wouldn’t go away. After a final 4-day hospitalization, the situation improved, but I was told to change my diet quite a bit to prevent future attacks. Essential Nutrition Probiotics was recommended by my doctor as it has a high concentration of CFUS/bottle.

Just one pill a day with my vitamins and I can be sure that the probiotics materials essential to my digestive health are there. The price is extremely reasonable considering the price of getting ill. Its amazing how much I learned by getting ill and recovering and keeping that recovery continuous.


Winston Churchill and the Treasure of Mapungubwe Hill: A Novel
Winston Churchill and the Treasure of Mapungubwe Hill: A Novel
by Christopher Angus
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.74

5.0 out of 5 stars Wild Ride, 27 Mar. 2015
If you read any of Christopher Angus's novels you'll see a common thread that pulls them all together. Mixing real history with fictitious characters, Angus brings the reader into a world of adventure that reminds one of any classic swashbuckler story or film. The structures of the novels are set up like a film script with several stories happening at once each with its rising tensions culminating in a climax, only to be pushed further to the next highlight.

Mapungubwe Hill is no exception, with a young Winston Churchill subjected to cliffhanger episodes all centered around a hidden treasure known by this name. Like 'Flypaper', "The Last Titanic Story" and 'London Underground", there are ancient tombs, magnificent palaces, wars, secrets, romance and rivalries. Again the reader is pulled into the challenging world of World War II and Hitler and his forces.

Mapungubwe Hill is just as exciting a ride as any of Angus's previous novels. I enjoy his cliffhanger style and the interplay of characters and situations. If you liked any of his previous works, you'll enjoy Mapungubwe Hill just as much.


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