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Sharp R270SLM 20ltr Solo Microwave Silver
Sharp R270SLM 20ltr Solo Microwave Silver
Offered by Co-op Electrical
Price: £63.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What a disappointment - crass design or a product disaster?, 9 April 2013
Opened the box plugged in and it failed the first impressions test - there is no clock function, so opening the operator instruction the first thing it deighfully tells you is that this microwave has no clock function so obviously that's the first question on every users list clearly anticipated by Sharp so why isn't there a clock? In my kitchen an absolute must. If there's no clock there won't be any programmable function I used regularly on my old Daewoo which was almost half this price and is still working after 10 years. Sure enough I can't set it to come on in say 20 mins time to heat/ cook the last ingredients for 5 mins say while the cooker does the heavy lifting on cooking the main ingredients.
Oh dear I can't believe anyone would actually design something so crass as to not have a clock when clearly it has all the hardware to display a clock and do the timing. I've never known a microwave which doesn't have a clock so why no clock? It must just be a software or microcode function which wouldn't add a penny to the manufacturing cost? Well call me cynical but having spent over 40 years in electronic product design (a little more complex than microwaves I should add)i can't imagine a design team sitting round and deciding it would be a good idea to have a programme function which allows you to set a cooking period with two phases at differing power levels but then decideds hey guys i've got a great idea lets not have a clock! No this smacks of a chip design issue i think it could have been that it was supposed to have had a clock but the microchip timing hardware was defunct so just disable the clock and get the product out to market. Stranger things have happened.

Still all might not be lost there's still a timer, but what's this! It only counts down for 5 seconds before it switches off display and goes blank so you've no idea how far through the period you've got until it bleeps at you at the end. I can't believe how eccentric the design of this thing is. I won't have to wonder long though because I can't possibly use such a product which offends my notions of what good design should have produced, it's going back tomorrow.
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Panasonic SD-2501 WXC Automatic Breadmaker - White
Panasonic SD-2501 WXC Automatic Breadmaker - White
Price: £104.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best thing since sliced bread, 22 Feb. 2013
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When we moved to the country with the nearest shop 3 miles away a breadmaker was top of our gadget list. This is the second Panasonic we've had and after 15 years almost daily use the original still produced great bread, it was just that we couldn't get it out of the pan anymore and we were fed up with eating it in hand sized lumps. A replacement pan costs almost the same as a new model so we now have this shiny new one.
I wanted the auto ingredient dispenser as it's fun to try adding different ingredients and I could never disipline myself to hang about waiting for the add ingredients bleep. It's so high pitched and brief it's easy to miss. The dispenser dispenses with all that, just add them dry and it tips them in automatically or it does if they aren't stick or damp as i've found things like soft fruit can just stick there defying gravity. You need to dry line the compartment with grains so this doesn't happen. Other than this it's great and produces the best tasting bread you've every eaten. As there's just two of us now, the kids were finally fully fledged, we find with bread mixes we can just half them and use the short programme and the bread lasts us one or two days so there's always fresh bread available, economical and no waste.
You need to look after the pan, don't use any tools to remove the bread let it cool for 15mins and shake it and it comes out easily. Never use detergents or immerse the pan in water just fill with warm water, leave the interior to soak and wipe round to protect the non stick coating.
This isn't a gadget really it's an essential machine used almost every day we wouldn't be without it and Panasonic though expensive it's the best there is and lasts and lasts.


Rolson Magnetic Pick Up Tool, 2.2 kg
Rolson Magnetic Pick Up Tool, 2.2 kg
Price: £3.18

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for screws and bolts but useless for nuts, 22 Feb. 2013
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Just the job for retrieving dropped screws and bolts from down the setee but I've found it useless for retrieving nuts. Well it's just impossible to get the ruddy dog to open its mouth. How was I to know it was partial to suggared almonds anyway.


10 X AG13 LR44 Button Cells Batteries - A76 L1154 SR44 G13 357 - 1.5V
10 X AG13 LR44 Button Cells Batteries - A76 L1154 SR44 G13 357 - 1.5V
Offered by magicalgiftstore
Price: £1.12

4.0 out of 5 stars Great value worth a try, 21 Feb. 2013
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They look pretty cheap in their no frills packaging but I guess it's how long they can power that annoying drumming rabbit that really counts. can't really comment on that.


Game Theory 101: The Basics
Game Theory 101: The Basics
Price: £0.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Introduces some interesting and thought provoking ideas on risk, 21 Feb. 2013
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If you want to brush up your strategic thinking or your risk analysis this book introduces some useful techniques which lead to non-intuitive strategies that none the less get the stats on your side. If your meet some of these problems in your job it can definitely help and from this perspective is worth persevering with though not a riviting read otherwise.


Inside Job [DVD] [2011]
Inside Job [DVD] [2011]
Dvd ~ Matt Damon
Price: £3.00

5.0 out of 5 stars A real eye opener and profoundly worrying, 21 Feb. 2013
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This review is from: Inside Job [DVD] [2011] (DVD)
If you ever wondered how we ever got into this economic mess this is a brilliant exposee. Intreging insight into personal and corporate greed of those at the very top of our financial institutions. If you hate Fred the Shred and what his amoral cronies did watch this it's compelling viewing you won't have a shred of respect for banker left if indeed you had any to start with!


42 Fallacies
42 Fallacies
Price: £0.99

0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Hard hard going, 21 Feb. 2013
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This review is from: 42 Fallacies (Kindle Edition)
for insomniacs and those looking for an alternative to flagellation. Didn't get too far into the story line here it's definitely for those whose minds mill extremely fine.


55 Explicit XXX Sex Stories: X-Rated Mega Collection
55 Explicit XXX Sex Stories: X-Rated Mega Collection

5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great product???, 21 Feb. 2013
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If you are buying a kindle as a gift for your aged aunt then this is a must first download purchase guarenteed to bring the colour back to her cheeks. Not Booker prize material though as good literature goes it just one step above a footbal chat line and as good taste several steps below that!


Polycarbonate Cafetieres - 3 cup. 350ml.
Polycarbonate Cafetieres - 3 cup. 350ml.
Offered by Winware
Price: £6.74

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars So flimsy as to be unfit for purpose but there's one redeeming feature, 21 Feb. 2013
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We finally got fed up with smashing our cafetier so this looked like the ideal answer having a polycarbon beaker they'd last a lifetime. So they would if you were unfortunately about to be treated by the NHS at Staffordshire Hospital. However the weakness is soon evident, the strainer is a thin stainless steel foil with tiny holes, no substitute for a wire mesh there just aren't enough holes. They quickly become blocked with grounds and the plunger becomes stiff to, well plung really. Go too fast and very hot coffee under extreme pressure shoots up your arm, slow down to reduce pressure and it takes what seems like an age. After a few months daily use the flimsy plastic support frame for the strainer cracks and falls apart and it's now completely useless. Or so you may well think. But wait all is not lost if you saved the metal top and plunger with it's mesh strainer from your old glass cafetier, like I did, then hey presto you can construct a robust and attractive hybrid catetier. Keep the plastic lid and fit the old plunger rod with it's chrome knob and stainless steel strainer assembly from the old to the plastic lid. You now have a smart, robust new cafetier waiting for you if you are luck enough to finally escape the the clutches of the NHS. Over time the metal strainer does scratch the polycarbon beaker but it works a treat if you dont mind that. Now it deserves 5 stars!! We haven't worked out how to get more that one mug of coffee out of it at a time yet however if you use it twice.......


Braun Lens Filters for ThermoScan Ear Thermometers - Pack of 40
Braun Lens Filters for ThermoScan Ear Thermometers - Pack of 40
Price: £3.57

5.0 out of 5 stars A sort of a condom for the Braun thermometer we never use, 21 Feb. 2013
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Well you must have some of these to stop cross infection their essential really you've got no choice. They are economically too so easy on the pocket and hygenic. Reassuringly there's a picture of a happy healthy baby on the box in case you need to know what one looks like. Oh how I wish just someone one day would have a temperature just so we'd get to use them now and again but we all seem stubbornly healthy, but their there just waitng to be used when we need them some day.


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