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33 years old, professional living in London. My passions are theatre, cinema, and music. I have an interest in new technologies and the fascinating digital world.

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Apple MacBook Pro Retina Display (2015) 09/05/2017

13-inch MacBook Pro: Excellent Ultraportable, Brighter & Lighter

Apple MacBook Pro Retina Display (2015) The entry-level, 13-inch MacBook Pro doesn't have the Touch Bar everyone talks about, but let me ensure you that does not mean this isn't a Superstar notebook. You, for £1,499 get a brighter and more colourful display than the previous 13-inch MacBook Pro, a bigger touchpad, louder speakers and that were, speedier performance more speed all wrapped up in a layout that is thinner, its and smaller than lighter forerunner. The battery life is brilliant, too. Is the affordable new MacBook Pro worth it? Yes, but it isn't as rapidly as cheaper Windows notebooks with Intel's newer 7th-generation processors, and Apple dumped some useful ports to realise this svelte layout. Design: Honey, I Shrunk the MacBook Pro The new MacBook Pro looks both modern and classic, but I wouldn't call it thrilling. The aluminium body is obviously streamlined, as it has 23 percent less volume and is 17 percent narrower about the last 13-inch Professional. There is remarkable precision at the office here, such as the tiny speaker perforations that flank the keyboard, which supply the deck a symmetry that is stunning. Then there's the entirely carved lip, which makes opening the lid effortless. Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch When I had to choose, I went for the brand new Space Gray colour on the Silver, as the prior colour has a more sophisticated vibe. But I do wish Apple could be a little more bold with its use of stuff; for example, I just like the way Dell uses carbon fibre on the interior of the XPS ...

Krups Nespresso CitiZ & Milk XN 7106 16/04/2017

it's Easier to Make The Best Coffee - Nespresso Krups CitiZ&Milk

Krups Nespresso CitiZ & Milk XN 7106 My favourite Christmas present ever! Designed with an integrated “Aeroccino” the Krups Nespresso CitiZ & Milk can prepare the best milk froth as well as hot milk. In case you were not familiar with the barista machine, you should know that a 19-bar pump is the proper barista pressure for perfect weight and ideal flavour extraction coffee; well, gratefully, that is accurately what the Nespresso CitiZ and Milk has. This elite pump empowers the CitiZ and Milk to draw out the delicate fragrance and rich surface of every espresso container, delivering a unimaginably thick cream that adds measurement and richness to each drink you make. If you are in a rush, the Krups Nespresso CitiZ & Milk won't slow you down. It only takes 25 seconds for the machine to heat up to the ideal temperature. Thanks to the CitiZ & Milk’s optimal heat control system; it takes 25 seconds for the machine to heat up to the perfect temperature. As capable as this machine is at wrenching up the warmth, it is energy efficient too; actually, the CitiZ and Milk includes a programmed vitality sparing capacity that will kill the machine following nine minutes of dormancy yet can be acclimated to quiets down after down to 30 minutes of inertia. Esthetically, the CitiZ and Milk offers a rich, Art Deco-propelled outline with straightforward yet refined shading decisions and a smooth, conservative look. Its impression is shockingly traditionalist (approximately 14.5″ x 9″), abandoning you a lot of space on ...

Indesit NCAA55 05/04/2017

Perfect Fit into a Compact Area: Indesit NCAA55 FridgeFreezer

Indesit NCAA55 When I got my little flat, it was in such a horrible state. It was probably the reason why it didn't attract any first timer. A part of me. I thought I had seen enough Sarah Beeny's programmes to know I had to focus on the space, the light coming from the outside and the generous square shaped rooms. Today, with a little experience I would say that a great deal more there to it. Anyway, thanks to two builders from Algeria, I found on Gumtree, the flat became livable in a little time also because of no structural work was done. They performed their best in the kitchen. I was not expecting it to look so good replacing units, leaving the layout as it was. The only thing I had to put was a fridge freezer and the washing machine. Easy! At least so I thought. I took measurements of the only space left for a fridge and once online, it didn't take long to realise that space for it was too tight for a new standard size fridge. I was told I could not have a self-defrosting fridge as the smallest was 64 CM deep and I only had 55 CM in depth. Of course when I told the builders to leave layout as it was I did not take into account that in the fifties there was no self-defrosting fridge so space was maximised for that time. I needed a solution which didn't involve money as I had none left. The only two possible were: 1 - Forget about a new modern fridge and buy a half size one. 2 - Take one kitchen cupboard out and cut half of the worktops to create a space for my fridge. I ...

Russell Hobbs RHM2076B 04/04/2017

Sexy, Easy to Use and Maintain: Russell Hobbs RHM2076 Microwave

Russell Hobbs RHM2076B Introducing my Russell Hobbs RHM2076B It Came from Amazon my Russell Hobbs RHM2076B. I needed a microwave, and by chance I see this looking stylish. I had to have it. I guess all I needed was an easy to use a microwave with only the basic functions and I got that and more. The Russell Hobbs RHM2076B is a 20-litre black digital microwave which is modern and stylish. The 800W cooking power provides quick, convenient and easy done cooking in your home. It is the microwave perfect for me. No messing around with functions that I would never use in my life. I have had it for a few years now, and it looks as when I bought it. Description and Specs of Russell Hobbs RHM2076B The kitchen is the heart of everyone's home, and the RHM2076B microwave seems to know it. It features a child safety lock wich gives peace of mind, when children around, the removable glass plate placed inside, makes cleaning this appliance so easy. It has a dark black body and the while the front comes with a beautiful mirrored metal framed door. The door feature a shiny dark metal handle to allow easy door opening. The digital control panel is on the right side facing the front. The high-quality material of its built, and quality finishings testify its overall strength and durability. Dimensional Specs Dimensions in (CMs): (H) 25.8 x (W) 44.0 x (D) 35.9 20-litre capacity 800W microwave power 5 microwave power levels Main Features Auto cook menu Weight defrost settings Clock & digital timer 25.5cm glass ...

Book early or wait for last minute deals: how will you arrange your summer holiday this year? 04/04/2017

ISN'T LIFE BETTER IN FLIP FLOPS???

Book early or wait for last minute deals: how will you arrange your summer holiday this year? Allow me first to share some good reasons I cannot wait to get away. First of all, I haven’t been on a proper holiday for over two years. Yes, correct. It has been two years. Two years ago I had the brilliant idea to refurbish my functioning bathroom. What had to be an enjoyable redecorating activity, it turned into the longest and most stressful month of my entire life and a financial catastrophe. Without going into many details, because of my strong beliefs that anyone deserves a second chance I trusted who didn’t deserve it. Let’s forget the unpleasant experience to flood into the downstairs flat twice. Superstitious people would say that there is no two without a three.  When the new sink, bath and toilet including the lovely vanity units, and shiny taps arrived, I was  working and I remember this awful headache and an uncomfortable weird feeling in my chest that I could not breath. Then my phone rang. I was never going to see what I had bought because it was gone. A total idiot would think that securing some expensive toilet ’bits’ should be the priority while he left everything outside unguarded and I quote “Surely It was upstairs no longer than 40 mins”. That day I learn to swear in five different languages in literally no time. That and other little issues along the way, I managed to finish it and spent three times what I had budgeted! You are probably starting to understand why the holiday had to be postponed to the next life. However, when I had almost removed ...

Nikon Coolpix S9900 02/04/2017

Nikon Coolpix S9900: A Star Delivering a Poor Performance

Nikon Coolpix S9900 Nikon Coolpix S9900 first came out at the beginning of 2015 to replace the older Nikon Coolpix S9700. The Nikon Coolpix S9900 is a 16.0MP Superzoom camera with a 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm ) sized CMOS sensor. I am normally quite good when it comes to choosing these kinds of things: ( cameras, microphones, headphones, sound systems, etc...) however, with this camera I got it completely wrong. I don't remember buying anything as quickly as I purchased the Nikon S9900 and regretted it even quicker. On paper, it sounded a kind of cool little camera, with its app, wi-fi connection option and a bright silver body small enough to fit comfortably in a pocket. Unfortunately, it did not meet the expectations. The Wi-Fi keeps disconnecting; it freezes the camera and all the commands, including shutting the Wi-fi function down or the camera altogether. The only way to re-start it is taking the battery out. After trying a couple of times, I just turned the Wi-Fi off altogether. Apart from that, the camera does take decent pictures, however, only if you are in a place with enough light. Although it's good for sightseeing, bright summer holidays, the pictures when taken indoors or overcast are blurry. From a Nikon, I was expecting more. Nikon S9900 PHYSICAL SPECS Nikon S9900 weighs 289 g and external measurements of 112 x 66 x 40 mm. If we take into account that the average Compact Cameras weight is 187 g, the Nikon S9900 is quite a heavy device for its class. 40mm thick, it is 11mm ...

Blue Microphones Yeti Pro Microphone 02/04/2017

Sound like a Pro with Blue Yeti Professional Microphone

Blue Microphones Yeti Pro Microphone Starting your first podcast, online radio station or only need to record your voice, or maybe you are doing a voice-over course? The first questions you google is: what is the best, most reliable and best-priced USB microphone? Without a doubt, the answer will be Blue Yeti Pro! To be honest, the first version was also excellent, especially when its price dropped to under £100. For such easy to use and amazing microphone, it can be hard to believe. The Blue Microphones Yeti Professional delivers the original winning formula plus the benefits of having a stereo XLR jack. Blue Yeti Microphone Pro Specs Width 12 cm Depth 12.5 cm Height 29.5 cm Weight 550 g The custom base includes a threaded mic stand with cable management. Use - Professional audio system, PC multimedia - recording The same old-school looks and shape were maintained. If kept attached to the stand included, it is, all together, a foot tall. The difference from the original is the matte black finish of the body. The large silver grill and the Blue logo placed to the top part of the microphone work really well with the rest. The only difference is the matte black finish of the body. The Pro, as the original version, comes with two-way USB interface featuring the latency-free output monitoring of headphones/Mac. Blue Yeti Pro Features - Mute button, volume control, built-in amplifier, gain control, selectable polar pattern - Combines 24-bit/192 kHz digital recording with analogue XLR output. - Advanced ...

Ultimate Ears Boom 2 30/03/2017

Get Wet and Listen to Your Music: The Ultimate Ears Boom 2 review

Ultimate Ears Boom 2 THE UE BOOM 2 The UE Boom 2 is the latest Bluetooth speaker by Ultimate Ears' 2013 UE Boom. Its uniqueness certainly is for the super loud maximum volume it can reach causing a hard water splash. I can say with confidence that its battery life is the longest when compared to any other speaker of its league. The second version of the Boom box has those flaws from the original Boom fixed, and the hardware and software were much improved. The needed improvements placed The UE Boom 2 Bluetooth speaker on the list of Best Speakers of 2015. DESIGN AND FEATURES Similar in design to its first/ original version. The UE Boom 2 is: Specs: 67 x 180 mm, 548g tube It features: 360 speaker grille that’s divided by a rubber strip running up its side and along the top and bottom. In this rubber band, is were speaker’s physical volume, and power controls locate. The speaker is available in many bright, funky colours. Some buyers may find these vibrant colours as a put-off. I, however, with the blue, green and yellow model I am reviewing a super cool and fresh change to the dull monotone Bluetooth units at present on the market. Built to IPX7-certification standards, which translated means that the UE Boom 2 can survive submersions in puddles, lakes, ponds, bathtubs and toilet pans to a maximum of 1m deep and for thirty minutes maximum time. I’m not the bubble bath type, so to satisfy my curiosity I went ahead and after filling the kitchen sink with water kept it in the water for ...

Dyson AM09 29/03/2017

The Dyson AM09: the latest 'Hot + Cool' air multiplier

Dyson AM09 Second aperture for targeted airflow Oscillating base Remote control Heating and cooling airflow Manufacturer: Dyson Review Price: £399.99 Hardware Weight 2.6Kg Dimensions 590x205x205mm (with base) Adjustability Tilt, oscillation Remote control Yes (power, temperature, oscillation, fan width, timer) The Dyson AM09 is the latest 'Hot + Cool' air multiplier fan-turn-heater. The Jet Focus technology by Dyson includes a second air flow opening ring that pushes air through a smaller, more precise direction. At the end of the day, rather than simply cooling or warming the entire room, Jet Focus gives you a calming air flow only for you. This new state of art air machine doesn't come cheap. The Dyson AM09 retail price is almost £400. In spite of playing host to a whirlwind of new elements, the AM09 looks indistinguishable to its antecedent – I think it sounds like a larger than usual needle with the pointy end expelled. Like past Dyson air multipliers, the most recent AM09 overflows style and top of the line advance. It's simple in the eye, all around built, so the reality it looks the same isn't an issue. Despite the original design and style, there are some changes over past models. Dyson has taken away the controls on the base replacing them with a single button. I have to say that compared it to my friend's who has the previous model, and it gives the unit a neater, cleaner look. The small, remote clips to the top of the fan heater’s curved body. In this way, the ...

Indesit XWC61452W 23/02/2017

A Washing machine Good for everything -

Indesit XWC61452W A few months ago my old washing machine just stopped working and I replaced it with the Indesit XWC61452W. It is ideal for smaller households, in facts it has 6kg drum capacity and the design is neat and clean. I have to say that my indesit XWC61452W washing machine is good value for money and gives good results. It comes with many features. With 16 wash programmes there’s an option to cater to all types of garments and situations. You can change and regulate temperature and spin, depending on the need. The 1400 spin speed, when used, is very effective and leaves clothes really dry. Able to use spin or rinse and spin independently of wash programmes. The Indesit XWC61452W provide quality performance and at the same time maintaining its energy efficient status rating A++. This washing machine is easy and simple to use, especially with the use of the special Indesit ‘Push & Wash’ button. Pros: Good build quality Looks good Value for money Cons: Little noisy INNEX ‘PUSH & WASH’ With a single push of a button start your washing cycle, have clean clothes in just 50 minutes. The Innex button skips programme selection and goes straight to ignition, effectively removing dirt from cottons and synthetics. ANTI-ODOUR CYCLE A specially designed programme to combat persistent odours. New drum movements combined with an added rinse at the end of the cycle and constant temperature control work together to fight lingering odours. Easily fights wet dog odour or stubborn smoke ...

Hewlett-Packard LaserJet Pro M452nw 07/02/2017

The HP Color LaserJet Pro M452NW - A Stylish laser machine

Hewlett-Packard LaserJet Pro M452nw Recently, after a good number of year of good service, my old Canon printer simply stopped working and because of the number of copies, I need to print for my studies, I decided to go for a machine that is thought for a larger amount of work. I bought the HP Color LaserJet Pro M452NW, a color laser printer with both WiFi and Ethernet connection. It works with Windows, Mac OS, Linux. The paper plate holds 250 sheets, which is a fair size and it takes also a much heavier paper, up to 55# heavier than what's normal. You can load letterhead paper, for example. The printer has a little 1.8-inch controls screen. It takes USB PictBridge for direct printing from cameras. You can interface specifically to a PC with a USB link, or to your system switch either remotely with WiFi or with an Ethernet line. The HP Color LaserJet Pro M452NW measures 11.7 inches high by 15.9 inches wide by 25.6 inches deep and weighs 38.6 pounds. KEY FEATURES Duplex print 18ppm claimed top speed Mobile print from iOS and Android Colour touchscreen control USB and Ethernet connections Manufacturer: HP Price: £170.00 from Amazon when I bought it HP COLOR LASERJET PRO M252DW – DESIGN AND FEATURES The case is shiny new, designed in a way of wedge-molded, it's white with a gray inset on top where the paper comes to rest on. It also has a flip-up, 73mm touchscreen, which is in color to give a great control of the printer and at the same time, it can be utilized to show photograph settings or HP's online ...

Polaroid Snap 02/02/2017

Polaroid Snap is travel-friendly way to instant photos nostalgics

Polaroid Snap Many of us are still attached to certain things of the past, however, we don't want to compromise on the quality that modern technology got us used to. If those things include taking lots of pictures during holidays, family parties or a night out with friends we were just missing of a camera that combines a bit of the past and a bit of the present. The Polaroid Snap is a new camera that, believe it or not, gives you just that. It is a basic camera that frees you from your mobile digital elements because there is no screen to outline your shot, however, it has a rather little fly up viewfinder on top that likewise turns the camera escapes your direction and just gives you a chance to shoot. There is no screen to outline your shot, however rather a little fly up viewfinder on top that also turns the camera on. simply press the screen shatter and get your print. That is it. On the top left, it has a button that gives you chance to change the colour style between normal, black and white, and vintage sepia tone colour palettes. There's also the option to add that great Polaroid border to the print, and by the shutter release, there's a timer button allowing you 10-second so you can get in your photograph after securing your camera using the tripod mount on the base. These are all the controls that you have, meaning that you will be zooming in and out just moving your legs back and forward. Before start using the Polaroid Snap requires a quick firmware update to prevent ...

D&G The One for Men Eau de Parfum 13/01/2017

Women love The One for Men Eau de Parfum

D&G The One for Men Eau de Parfum The One for Men was launched by Dolce&Gabbana in 2008 with the intend to bring back a masculine classic. In 2015, an enhanced, richer and more sophisticated version was introduced. The One for Men is by far one of my favorite scents I have and I use regularly. I just love everything about it. The fresh top touch of coriander, basil and grapefruit introduce your scent to the more sophisticated and warm blend of ginger, orange blossom and cardamom. Tobacco, amber and cedar are at the base of this sophisticated and sensual fragrance. It smells amazing and everyone loves it. Although it is a fine new version of the EdT (Eau de Toilette), its performance still fails to shine. I expected this new version to last longer on the skin. Available as 50 and 100 ml Eau de Parfum. The One for Men Eau de Parfum comes in an original design dark bottle. Olivier Polge fathered this fragrance. Price: £71.69 (£47.79 / 100 ml) ...

Bosch PSR 18 - 18V Cordless Drill 13/01/2017

The Bosch PSR 18-18V Cordless Drill is a must have household tool

Bosch PSR 18 - 18V Cordless Drill After moving into the new place, we needed an easy-to-use drill for simple household tasks. The Bosch PSR 18 cordless drill from the german manufacturer Bosch was my final choice. As I was expecting from Bosch, we got a high-quality and versatile drill. This drill is rechargeable and I bought the pack that comes with two 18 volt batteries, which are fast to charge and long lasting. It is light and also thanks to the comfortable grip, is very easy to use for most common household tasks, in particular, those involving wood. I have to say that after using the Bosch PSR 18 drill on various surfaces and in different circumstances, I find it a great buy! Although it is not very powerful, this drill is one of the best of its league for household use. "Goods about the Bosch PSR 18" * Easy to use and light drill with an excellent centre of balance. * It has a built-in flashlight that helps while working in darker places or when vision is limited. * A set of drill heads comes in the box; this set can be used for the most common tasks that need drilling. * The Bosch PSR 18 comes with two durable batteries. With this, you can be sure to complete those tasks needing the use of the drill for a long time. * This drill features a keyless drill chuck making changing drill heads super easy. * It is an economical drill, still a high-quality tool, made in Germany. "Bads about the Bosch PSR 18" * The drill power is 700 rpm which is very limited to “hard” tasks at home * Walls that need to ...
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