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RunBreeze Anti Blister Double Layered Running Socks Blue
RunBreeze Anti Blister Double Layered Running Socks Blue
Price: £9.99 - £20.10

5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty damn good, 8 Jun. 2015
These really do work. I have awful blistering problems when I run even relatively short distances, often bad enough that I have to give up training for a good week or so to recover. Whilst I have had blisters with these socks on long runs, nowhere near to the same degree as before.


Black Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Low Profile Covert Branded PU Leather Wallet Case / Cover / Pouch
Black Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Low Profile Covert Branded PU Leather Wallet Case / Cover / Pouch
Offered by ClickJunkie
Price: £7.99

3.0 out of 5 stars There are two slots for cards on the reverse of ..., 3 Mar. 2015
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There are two slots for cards on the reverse of the cover. However, putting even one card into one of the slots increases the thickness so much that the magnetic flap will not close over the cover, meaning you cannot close it properly.

If you never put anything into the card holder, however, it is a perfectly functional case.


Anker 2nd Gen Astro E4 13000mAh 2-Port (3A Output) Fast Portable Charger  External Battery Power Bank with PowerIQ Technology for iPhone 6 Plus 5S 5C 5 4S, iPad Air 2 Mini 3, Samsung Galaxy S6 S5 S4 Note Tab, Nexus, HTC, Motorola, Nokia, PS Vita, Gopro, more Phones and Tablets (Black)
Anker 2nd Gen Astro E4 13000mAh 2-Port (3A Output) Fast Portable Charger External Battery Power Bank with PowerIQ Technology for iPhone 6 Plus 5S 5C 5 4S, iPad Air 2 Mini 3, Samsung Galaxy S6 S5 S4 Note Tab, Nexus, HTC, Motorola, Nokia, PS Vita, Gopro, more Phones and Tablets (Black)
Offered by AnkerDirect
Price: £69.99

1.0 out of 5 stars Extremely poor., 3 Mar. 2015
Received as a gift. First charge was fine, got close to the advertised 2A output. After discharging once and recharging (and doing everything the handbook said with regards to not leaving it plugged in once fully charged, etc etc) the output is now dismal; so bad that if I am using my phone whilst simultaneously charging it, the battery goes DOWN! Utterly shameful.
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ASUS N550JV 15.6-inch Touchscreen Notebook (Steel Grey) - (Intel Core i7 4702HQ 2.2GHz Processor, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, Blu-ray Combo, LAN, WLAN, BT, Webcam, Nvidia Graphics, Windows 8 64 Bit)
ASUS N550JV 15.6-inch Touchscreen Notebook (Steel Grey) - (Intel Core i7 4702HQ 2.2GHz Processor, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, Blu-ray Combo, LAN, WLAN, BT, Webcam, Nvidia Graphics, Windows 8 64 Bit)

19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mostly good with a couple of minor niggles, 17 Dec. 2013
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First of all, the good things about this laptop. For a grand, the build quality and components used are outstanding; whilst it is on the heavy side, the entire thing feels solid and well-made; the lid is a lovely looking black metal affair whilst the inside is also metal with a nice concentric pattern of small holes around the power button which looks good. The underside is a rather thin piece of aluminium which does bend a bit if you really try to push it, but it feels solid in everyday use and has small standoff feet on the bottom, so you don't have to worry about it getting scratched on a surface. The keyboard is also plastic, and is meant to look the same as the metal surrounding it, but doesn't *quite* get there, and looks slightly cheaper for it. But, typing on it is as good an experience as I've had with any laptop keyboard, there's a nice soft snap with every keystroke, and a fairly deep travel. The backlight is a nice white, and has 3 brightness levels, so typing in the dark is no problem.

Connectivity is a strong suit, with an ethernet, HDMI, Displayport and two USB 3.0 on the left (along with the power input, 3.5mm headphone jack and subwoofer jack), a Kensington Lock, an optical drive, another USB 3.0 and an SD.MMC card reader on the right. One point to note is that the USB port on the right, which is usually most used for an external mouse in my experience, is a lot closer to you than on a lot of laptops, being in line with the wrist rest-- this is a strange design choice that can make it quite awkward with USB mice, as their wires can get a little interfering. The touchpad is okay, so long as you never want to use the 'buttons' (which are actually 2 depressible regions at the base of the touchpad-- they are a little finnicky in operation, and don't seem to like being pressed down near the left or right edges of the touchpad. Thankfully ASUS includes some gesture-recognising software that means that you never *have* to use them. You can 'right click' by tapping with 2 fingers rather than 1, which is fairly intuitive to get used to.

The performance is as you would expect for such a high-spec machine, at least when it's plugged in (we'll get to that). Boot times are between 15 and 20 seconds, but a full restart can take as long as a minute. It handles everyday tasks excellently, although the lack of an SSD means that it is a bit more sluggish to get up to speed than some of the nippier ultrabooks. The inclusion of a GPU, even if it is a fairly middle-end one, means that the extra graphics oomph is there when it's needed. The screen is lovely to look at, and also lovely to touch. Whilst I didn't really consider a touchscreen that important when I was considering laptops, the inclusion of one is appreciated, since it works well and can make some tasks a little easier. However, poking the screen does cause it to move backwards slightly on the hinge before bouncing back, which is annoying at times.

The processor in the model I received was an Intel i7 4700-HQ, NOT a 4702-HQ as specified. The difference between these chips isn't enormous, but is important-- the 4700 is more powerful, clocking a 2.4GHz speed as opposed to the 4702's 2.2GHz, but according to CPUBoss, uses over 20% more power, which brings me to my first major criticism-- battery life. This laptop is not one that was ever intended to be away from a plug for a long period of time. It is firmly a desktop replacement. But even when using a laptop in the home, occasionally you want to take it away from its place for some reason, maybe to use it in bed, or to listen to some music in the kitchen (which is a very good experience, thanks to the good speakers and the included subwoofer, which combine to put out a really nice sound). But unfortunately even in light use with power saving mode on, the N550JV struggles to reach 3 hours of use. This is quite disappointing, considering how desktop replacement battery life has gotten better recently, and the fact that it's using a Haswell chipset, which is supposedly low-power.

In addition, when removed from a power source, the CPU throttles-- for those of you who don't know what that means, it's simply that the processor reduces the maximum speed at which it operates in order to save power. In practice this often results in throttling to 0.8GHz, a mere third of the ordinary 2.4GHz operation of the processor, and it shows. The laptop becomes noticeably more sluggish.

Overall then, this is a great laptop for someone wishing for nice levels of power in a well-built chassis with plenty of functionality. If you want something that's ever going to be away from your desk-- look elsewhere.

UPDATE: I have since bought an SSD for this laptop (a 256gb Samsung 840 Pro) and I have to say, the difference is astronomical. Boot times, which were already quite fast, are now like lightning. HOWEVER, I would warn anyone who wishes to upgrade to Windows 8.1! I shoved a clean Windows 8.1 install on the SSD, which worked fine, BUT there is an issue with the wifi card-- for whatever reason, the drivers provided by ASUS (which as far as I can tell originated from Qualcomm, the manufacturer of the card) are very very bad on Windows 8.1, and result in the wifi being extremely slow and unreliable, dropping out frequently. This seems to be a problem that a lot of laptop users have encountered upon upgrading to Win8.1, and I would exercise caution, since 8.1 isn't that different anyway.
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