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Evolution Rage Multipurpose TCT Blade 185 mm
Evolution Rage Multipurpose TCT Blade 185 mm
Price: £16.54

5.0 out of 5 stars Lasts well compared to alternatives., 28 Jun. 2016
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After a full day's use chopping pallets, floorboards etc. with nails in it only has one slightly chipped tooth whereas after 2 days an Erbauer Multipurpose blade (also for wood with nails) had lost 3 teeth entirely and the reset needed sharpening.

So I would say it will last at least 3 times as long and therefore is good value at only 60% more.

Also Amazon were much cheaper than anywhere else I could find this.


7dayshop Headphones AERO 7 Active Noise Cancelling Headphones with Aeroplane Kit and Travel Case
7dayshop Headphones AERO 7 Active Noise Cancelling Headphones with Aeroplane Kit and Travel Case
Offered by 7dayshop Limited
Price: £69.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Buy from Amazon DO NOT buy from direct from 7 day shop., 9 Jun. 2016
These are really comfortable and the sound quality is impressive. Unfortunately the noise cancellation did not work properly on mine, so there is a quality control issue (thus one star removed).

The real issue is that I bought them direct from 7 day shop. It a took several days to arrive, a week to get an RMA and another 2 weeks for them to process it, and I still don't think the problem still isn't resolved. Based on my experience I wouldn't have had any of this nonsense if the order had been fulfilled by Amazon and so for your protection (and unless you have a lot of time to waste) I recommend buying though Amazon.


Burner Firelighters - Barrel of 100
Burner Firelighters - Barrel of 100
Offered by S.N.H Tradecentre
Price: £10.06

5.0 out of 5 stars The best, 9 May 2016
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Completely clean, odourless, lights really easily, burns with a good flame for plenty long enough to start a fire.

I have tried others and these are the best.


96 Eco-Friendly Firelighters - FSC Recycled 100% For Stoves, Barbecues, Campfires and Open Fires
96 Eco-Friendly Firelighters - FSC Recycled 100% For Stoves, Barbecues, Campfires and Open Fires
Offered by The Chemical Hut
Price: £6.13

3.0 out of 5 stars Nowhere near as good as "burners" brand, not worth the hassle, 9 May 2016
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They light the fire fine, not such a strong flame as other firelighters but I have never needed more than one. This is with directly with dry but unsplit pallet wood or proper kindling. And they don't smell.

The trouble is that they are much harder to light with a match than either chemical or "burners" brand fire lighters. If I pre-build the fire around the lighter then it is pretty much impossible to reach in and light. With good access lighting them takes maybe 10x as long as other lighters.

I bought only these as an experiment as "burners" brand fire lighters were much more expensive at the time, but I now see they are about the same price again.


67" Desktop Computer Case Power Supply Reset HDD Button Switch
67" Desktop Computer Case Power Supply Reset HDD Button Switch
Offered by accmart
Price: £3.42

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 1 May 2016
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Works great, good value. Good solution to hard to reach PC or broken power button.


Kindle E-reader, 6" Glare-Free Touchscreen Display, Wi-Fi (Black) - Includes Special Offers (Previous generation - 7th)
Kindle E-reader, 6" Glare-Free Touchscreen Display, Wi-Fi (Black) - Includes Special Offers (Previous generation - 7th)
Price: £49.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Battery life not as claimed and basic usability issues, 1 May 2016
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The good:

The display is great, it is generally easy to use, seems robust and is good value. Overall a workable alternative to paper books particularly when travelling.

I found the ability to easily select and look up words genuinely useful when reading in a foreign language (although not worth the trouble the touch screen causes the rest of the time).

The bad:

Usability is generally poor:
• The power / wake up button is unnecessarily hard to find / operate. By placing it in the middle of the bottom edge of the device it is both hard to find/see and to press. In particular it is virtually impossible to hold/brace the device and operate the button with one hand. A button in almost any other position (side, top or just closer to the edge) would be much better. This is the one thing that still annoys me every time I use it.
• The power connector is badly positioned for most scenarios. Again, it is on the bottom so if charging while holding it the cable will get in the way.
• Moving between pages requires touching the screen - there are no physical buttons. There is no feedback and sometimes there is a delay before anything happens which means you can end up touching it again and skipping a page.
• The touch is overly sensitive and cannot be locked except by the hard to find / operate power button. So for example, a sandfly landing or the slightest brush as you put it down on it changes the font size or skips pages. Even without page turning buttons they could still add a facility to ignore presses except on a small area of the screen to mitigate this.
• The software is generally powerful and easy to use, but they have spent their effort adding bells and whistles rather than on basic functionality like always turning the page immediately when the screen is touched. However problems can be mitigated by rebooting periodically.

Battery life not as claimed:
Claimed battery life is "weeks not hours". In fact I found the battery lasted about 8 hours of reading. On holiday this corresponded to about 2 days. This was inconvenient but more importantly if it wasn't for the fact I happen to have an Android phone (and so had a standard charger compatible with the Kindle) rather than an iPhone I would have ended up with nothing to read. At home and now knowing that the battery life is 8 hours, it really doesn't cause a problem, but I have to rate it against what it claims to be, not what it is.

If it was advertised with 8 hour battery life and the power button was moved to the side I would rate this 4 stars. Given the low price then with minor fixes / improvements to the software it could be 5 stars.


Samsung UE32J5100 Full HD 1080p 32 inch LED Television (Discontinued by manufacturer))
Samsung UE32J5100 Full HD 1080p 32 inch LED Television (Discontinued by manufacturer))
Offered by WorldTech UK
Price: £219.95

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A couple of design faults which may affect you, 26 Dec. 2015
I was quite impressed by this TV for the price, in particular the sound quality is noticeably better than the other 32" TVs I have used.

However there are two audio related design faults both of which have been reported to Samsung many years ago and which they refuse to fix:

1) The audio input does not work unless you have component input selected AND there is a video signal present.
This means you cannot listen to music from your phone / ipod / etc. just by using a simple cable from the headphone socket. It some situations there may be other (more complicated) options, including using USB or spoofing a video signal.
It also means that if you only have an DVI output on your computer you can't use a DVI to HDMI cable plus headphone to phono. There is no workaround to this - it is impossible to get the audio to work unless you have an HDMI port. This despite one of the HDMI inputs being specifically labelled as being for DVI.
This has apparently been a fault with Samsung TVs for around a decade and has been reported to them repeatedly but they refuse to fix.

2) The DTV standard allows several different audio languages to be broadcast at once and the viewer to select which one. This is widely used in some countries to give a choice of original language or dubbed local language. The audio language select feature has two faults which make it very inconvenient to use on this television:
a) The option to change language is hidden in a menu (under Broadcast options). This despite their being a dedicate AD/Subtitle button that could easily have this added. In every other TV / STB I have used the option is much more accessible.
b) It is incapable of remembering your choice when the language you want is shown as VO (version original) or Undefined, it only works if it is labelled as (e.g.) English, which in Spain is almost never, even if the original language happens to be English. In every other TV / STB I have used this scenario works.
The second issue (b) has been reported to Samsung at least 4 years ago and they refuse to fix.
BUT, there is a workaround - set the location to "Others" when setting up the TV and it will default the languages of all channels to English (where present) or VO / Undefined (otherwise). You can then override individual channels to a different language (say if that channel shows programmes that are easy to understand and you're trying to learn a different language).

If this issues don't affect you then the TV is fine.
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MSI Mainboard Z170I Pro Gaming AC ITX
MSI Mainboard Z170I Pro Gaming AC ITX
Price: £135.05

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great except needs bodging to support M.2, 8 Nov. 2015
My only real criticism of this board is that it does not properly support standard length (80mm) M.2 SSDs. You can fit them but there is nowhere to put the retaining screw. However, I taped mine down to back of the motherboard with insulation tape and built up a clump of insulation tape underneath it on the case to push against it and it seems perfectly secure. I'm not sure why you'd pay the premium for Skylake and not want use M.2 now or in future, so I've knocked off a star for this issue.

Apart from the size issue, NVMe M.2 works perfectly.
Display Port is currently the only mainstream way of getting 4K 60Hz so having one is good future proofing. Current premium monitors have display port out so you should be able to drive at least 2 from one display port (untested). Plus there's an HDMI of course.
BIOS is the best I've seen.
Antenna arrangement worked well for me - vertical offset allows them to be folded horizontally which puts them out of the way for transportation on even the smallest case. The downside is that you can't have the bottom one anywhere near vertical, but having both antennas vertical would be inadvisable anyway.
Some of the heatsinks probably don't serve any purpose beyond the cosmetic, but you're not (currently) paying a premium for this.
Note that neither the wired or wireless network is detected by Windows 10 and drivers are rather quaintly supplied on DVD, so you may need another computer and a USB stick to hand.
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Gigabyte GA-Z170N Wi-Fi Motherboard
Gigabyte GA-Z170N Wi-Fi Motherboard
Price: £109.99

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great, good M.2 support, 3 Nov. 2015
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Works great
Notable for full speed M.2 support, no problem booting from NVMe "drive", supports full length drives properly unlike some.
BIOS is a little clunky, but OK
Neither fixed nor wireless networking recognised by Windows 10 and rather quaintly drivers are only provided on DVDs. So you may need another computer and a USB stick to hand.

Comments below are about the published specification. Note that this wasn't my first choice of board, but I needed something next day.
* Has 2xHDMI and 1xDVI. Other models have 1xHDMI and 1xDisplay Port which I think is better as Dispaly Port does 4K at 60hz. Remember you can daisy chain Display Port from many modern monitors.
* Has 2xNetwork and 4xUSB3. Other models have 2xUSB2 instead of the second network which may be more useful if your case doesn't have front ports and you don't have a USB hub (e.g. in your monitor).
* Supplied with trailing aerial. I think the screw in antennas supplied with other boards are more convenient - if you wanted a trailing aerial you'd be better off with an external USB one and not have the signal loss in the wires.
* USB type C at the back may be a gimmick. I think most type C cables will be USB type A at the computer end for many years to come.
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LEICKE 120W Power Supply PSU Charger | 12V 10A 5.5 x 2.5 mm | For ITX pico PSU, Routers, LED Strips, TFT & LDC Displays Monitor
LEICKE 120W Power Supply PSU Charger | 12V 10A 5.5 x 2.5 mm | For ITX pico PSU, Routers, LED Strips, TFT & LDC Displays Monitor
Offered by LEICKE Germany
Price: £23.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Premium product, moderate price, far superior to most e.g. Streacom, 3 Nov. 2015
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Although made in China, this is far superior to most of the unbranded Chinese rubbish. Given the relatively small premium in price I think you'd be mad to risk damage to your equipment / electrocution or fire to save a few pounds.

In particular it is far better than the power bricks supplied with the Streacom Nano/Pico PSUs which are just cheap models rebranded and then sold at a massive premium. As a comparison:

Streacom 120W version:
Sparks slightly when connected on the DC side after switching on
Mains leakage can be felt when the metal part of the DC plug is held
Reports of excessive noise, both directly from unit and though sound devices connected
Produces 5% undervoltage even under light (40W) loads
20W standby consumption measured*
Fried my premium motherboard when mains side was accidentally rapidly disconnected / reconnected - evidence of high voltage arcing on the 12v side.

Streacom 150W version:
Wouldn't work with my motherboard at-all, presumably it is even further out of specification
Mains leakage can also be felt when the metal part of the DC plug is held

Leicke 120W version:
Cheaper
Well presented
None of the above problems.
Voltage within 1%
10W standby consumption measured*

* I suspect both these are higher than the actual consumption, but the Streacom does seem to be noticably warmer.


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