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      24.08.2012 13:56
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      Great storage solution

      After moving into a rented flat a couple of years ago, I found that I was short of decent storage options - the wardrobe and bedside table were in place, as well as another couple of cupboards, but it turns out I had become a bit of a hoarder. And so I found myself with various bits and bobs still sat in the boxes I used to transport them.

      After rejecting a couple of other potential purchases on the grounds of either price or general ugliness, I came across this bookshelf online. Currently available (from Argos, obviously...) at £21.99, I would say it is well worth this amount, and I have been more than pleased with it. There are various similar options on the Argos website, with different colours available and also bookshelves in the same style but of different dimensions.

      My bookshelf does house several books (even some larger ones such as hardback cookbooks etc., thanks to the generous depth of the shelves), but also various other boxes and nic nacs and I have found it to be a most useful and versatile storage unit. As well as the bottom shelf, there are 2 removeable shelves which can fixed at whatever height suits your needs, and then also the top of the unit can of course be used as, in effect, a fourth shelf.

      The Argos website recommends recruiting a friend to help put up the shelving, but I managed to do it on my own without too much difficulty. Once the basic frame is in place (Phillips screwdriver required), the rest is pretty simple. The panels which fit to the back of the unit feel slightly flimsy, and while easy to fix on relatively securely can start to bulge and come away if the shelves are overfilled - but they won't come off completely unless forced. And as your shelving will most probably be pushed against a wall, the slight cosmetic problem caused by this is not much of an issue. I guess to avoid it altogether, just don't overfill your shelves :-)

      Even after a couple of years' use, the bookshelf looks in decent condition and has worn well - and I am confident of more years of use (and probably overfilling) to come. Excellent product.

      Dimensions are taken from the Argos website:
      *Size H91.5, W78, D29cm.
      *2 adjustable shelves.
      *Weight 17kg.

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        22.08.2012 16:09
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        Excellent product, easy to adjust, to use and to store

        I bought these weights a little over a year ago from Argos (currently advertised on their website at £32.99). The first thing I would mention is have a think about how you're going to get them home. It may sound obvious, but of course when you buy them in-store you will be carrying the full 20kg, which if you're walking any sort of distance can soon feel like quite a lot. They are available for home delivery, which might be worth considering.

        Once you have got them home, you can of course adjust the weight of the apparatus - I found it best to start off small and gradually increase the weight over time. As pictured in the product desciption, the weights come in the form of 12 discs (4 x 0.5kg, 4 x 1.25kg, 4 x 2.5kg discs), totalling 17kg with the bars themselves and the spinlocks (to fix the weights in place on the bars) making up the remaining 3kg.

        Attaching the weights to the bar is simple - just undo the spinlocks (basically just like a nut round the bolt which is the end of the bar, but designed to be undone and tightened by hand), then push the bar through the hole in the middle of each weight you want to use, and then retighten the spinlocks. Once tightened, the weights do feel very secure on the bar so you are confident to exercise without worrying about them falling off.

        Always make sure to place equal weight at each end of the bar, otherwise it will be difficult to lift properly and you may risk injury - instructions are included which should be followed, and this includes assembly and also how to lift the weights safely and for maximum benefit.

        The only other thing to mention is storage - not a problem as the weights pack away into a box measuring approximately 40x15x10cm, so they really don't take up much space if you decide to disassemble when not in use.

        Once out of the box and assembled to the desired weight though, you are good to go - the rest is up to you! Overall I have been very satisfied with this purchase - the weights have a good sturdy feel to them and I would not hesitate to recommend them.

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          21.08.2012 14:27
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          Decent speakers for everyday use but perhaps not right for those wanting more volume

          I bought these speakers a few months ago, mainly to use with my Ipod at home, but also with a view to taking them on holiday later in the year.

          The docking station looks pretty good, with a slim and sleek design (ideal for packing in your luggage for holidays), which was one of the reasons I bought it over the many other products available. Another good feature is that it can be used portably without the mains cable - however I found that the 4 AA batteries needed did not last as long as I had hoped. For general use around the house this is not really a big problem but if you want to use batteries, I would definitely invest in some rechargeable ones.

          The other problem with these speakers is the sound quality (quite a big issue for speakers obviously). At low or medium volume, the sound is decent and for general use around the house I am happy with my purchase. However, as soon as you crank up the volume the sound quality suffers, becoming crackly and somewhat distorted. It's not terrible or anything, but you are aware of it and for me, it spoils my enjoyment of the music a little.

          Although the price is reasonably low, so perhaps you don't expect absolute top-notch sound quality, I must say I expected these speakers to be able to cope a little better with the higher volumes.

          Price seems to vary so worth shopping around - I got mine for £19.99 and for that price I am quite happy with them. However, I have seen them advertised for as much as £34.99 - I am glad I didn't pay that much as due to the relatively poor sound quality at high volume, I don't think the product is worth that.

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          20.08.2012 21:37
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          Excellent product, have been using daily for months and will continue to do so

          I have been using this product daily for a few months after other roll-on and spray antiperspirants i tried were either not as effective as I wished or caused irritation to my skin. Lynx Dry antiperspirant solves both these problems. There is no itching or irritation, and one application first thing in the morning is enough for day-long protection (as advertised - it claims 24 hour protection and I have always found this to be true).

          I have a fairly active job so I'm on the move quite a lot throughout the day, but I have always found that Lynx Dry is up to the job. Unlike the Lynx spray deodorants which can, in my opinion, be a bit overpowering at times, this roll-on has a fairly subtle smell - but I personally find this to be a good feature, as it won't clash with any aftershave or other fragrance you are wearing.

          It is only available in one size (50ml) but this does last quite a long time - it lasts me around 3-4 weeks with one application per day.

          Price can vary depending on store - but I have noticed that it seems to be on offer at one store or another on a fairly regular basis, so worth shopping around to get the best price.

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        • Body Sculpture Body Gym / Fitness / 9 Readings / 9 Ratings
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          20.08.2012 18:45

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          Easy to assemble and use, and effective way to increase upper body strength

          Having fallen into the classic trap of joining the gym and then never going after the first week, I decided to stop wasting my money on that and instead buy some equipment to use at home.

          This simple bit of kit is pretty effective, particularly for working the upper body. It's easy to assemble (comes with instructions although once you have a look at the pieces it's fairly self-explanatory anyway) and also easy to use. There is also a leaflet included which shows the different exercises that can be done (generally a few variations on pull-ups, sit-ups and press-ups).

          I use mine mainly for pull-ups. You fit the product into any doorway following the instructions provided and you can then use different grips (on the bar or handles) to work slightly different muscles as you pull yourself up. Initially I was worried it might damage the door frame or even worse it might come off and injure me, but after a tentative first pull up, you soon gain confidence in the product and its design, as it feels very secure and able to hold your weight with no problems.

          The only downside is that due to its shape, it takes up a little bit of room to store (unless you just leave it up in the doorway) - but this would not stop me recommending this product.

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          20.08.2012 18:04
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          First class clippers

          I have been cutting my own hair for around 10 years now and after a slightly ropey first few efforts, I am told that most of the time it doesn't look too bad.

          The process is certainly made easier by this excellent product. Not sure about the price as it was a birthday present a few years ago, but I have seen it advertised for around £32. I have used other hair clippers before but I would say this is the best product I have used, due to ease of use and the fact that it's simple to set it to cut to the required length.

          It looks quite stylish but for me the useability is the key factor - and this is excellent. It can be used while plugged into the mains - however, this does make it slightly awkward to manoeuvre around the head as the cord comes into play. Far easier to charge it up (by plugging into the mains... takes around 8 hours to charge fully) and then use as a cordless device.

          Once charged, it is a very simple product to use, particularly for 'same length all over' haircuts. The product comes with 2 clip on guards which are used to adjust the length of the cut. These are very easy to attach and remove, and ensure a good consistent length (adjustable between 3mm and 21mm).

          The other main useful feature is the ability to rotate the head of the clippers so that the blade is at 90 degrees to the handle - this makes it easier to see what you're doing and manoeuvre in awkward areas like the back of the head, especially if you're cutting your own hair.

          The product also came with a cleaning brush for after each use for easy maintenance. Overall, a great set of clippers.

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        • Tesco Value JK2 / Kettle / 8 Readings / 8 Ratings
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          20.08.2012 16:11
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          Good value, basic, reliable kettle

          It's a kettle. It boils water. All the way up to 100 degrees centigrade. Excellent for making tea and coffee. This no-frills review denotes the basic nature of this product. It is not the most stylish of kettles to look at but it's sturdy enough and the design is inoffensive, so it wouldn't look out of place in most kitchens. More importantly (in my opinion) than how it looks, it does the job perfectly well.

          Available for £5.99, I have had no reliability issues with this product so far in the 5 months since I bought it, so I would say that it represents excellent value for money. With a capacity of 1.7 litres, it is big enough to cope if you have friends or family round, and the water level indicator shows how many cups you can make - although personally I found these a little misleading as the design of this scale must be for extremely small cups!

          If you want something that looks a bit smarter then perhaps shop around (although you will almost certainly have to pay more). If you are looking for a cheap and cheerful basic kettle which doesn't break down (touch wood!), you can't go far wrong with this product.

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          • Pure One Classic / Portable Radio / 7 Readings / 6 Ratings
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            20.08.2012 14:20

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            Excellent product

            I bought this product a couple of years ago and I am still very pleased with it. The sound quality is excellent considering the price of the product - it is a very clear sound and the speaker can also handle playing music at high volume without any crackling or distortion.

            The radio, whilst being extremely easy to use, has a host of features such as pre-set buttons to store your favourite stations (20 pre-sets on the model I have) and a sleep timer so you can set it to turn off automatically when you want, between 15 and 90 minutes - a great feature as you can listen to music in bed without worrying about wasting electricity overnight.

            The only drawback I would mention is that it takes 6 x 'C' size batteries, which can get expensive if you use the radio a lot - I tend to always plug it into the mains so not a problem but something to think about if you want it to be truly portable. If you are not planning on using the mains cable I would definitely use rechargeably batteries, or invest in the Pure 'battery pack'.

            However on the whole I would definitely recommend this product - good value, good features and good sound quality.

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