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Crucial CT960M500SSD1 960GB M500 SATA 6Gb/s 2.5 Inch Internal Solid State Drive
Crucial CT960M500SSD1 960GB M500 SATA 6Gb/s 2.5 Inch Internal Solid State Drive
Price: £314.99

10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent performance and power consumption, 12 Oct 2013
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This upgrade has at least doubled video editing performance and increased the battery life by over 50% on my Core i7 Windows 7 ASUS laptop. Worth the money? That you would have to decide, but its probably the only upgrade I've ever done that really did give a significant across the board performance improvement. Heavily disk dependent application Memory-map just flies across the screen, a 35MB spreadsheet opens almost instantly and I can see the cores working harder!

I chose the Crucial 960GB SSD over the Samsung 1 TB for several reasons, but the key ones being the price and only marginally worse performance. Others were its internal space management options and a feeling that it might have slightly better longevity than the Samsung 1TB because of its older design. The only thing that worried me about the Crucial from one review was its power consumption stats compared to the Samsung, but comparing the values to HDD saw that it was a significant improvement anyway - and the results above demonstrate this to be the case.

The whole "limited write" thing with SSD and the 72TB write guarantee concerned me at first, but after considering this carefully with a disk this size that should simply not be a problem unless you are a data maniac, especially as Crucial look at 720TB write being the target life span. Even at 72TB you would have to be writing 10GB per day to wear it out in 20 years, but its still why you should switch off things like defrag and enable write cache (which Windows 7 does automatically).

I had also looked at replacing the BlueRay Disk with a HDD caddy and using a smaller SSD with the old HDD, but in the end decided that this was not really worth it as (a) it was fiendishly more tricky to do (b) I'd have to carry around an external DVD/BR and (c) I wasn't just looking for an operating system / boot time performance improvement, especially as the ASUS "instant-on" is pretty good and (d) 1TB was finally available.

Installation was relatively easy with the laptop manual, the right screw drivers, and the OCZ SSD Upgrade kit which is a bit of a bargain as you get a portable USB case for your old disk rather than just a cable and some restricted Acronis software to transfer everything. The latter is very flexible in allowing you to control the conversion, allowing me to expand the separate partitions on my disk during the transfer process. So the steps were as follows... install Acronis, put SSD in USB drive case, copy disk (will take a long time), take out HDD, put in SSD, restart. System boots up just like it did before.

I had, of course, made sure that everything was fully backed up before I started and that was a great comfort when things were proceeding, especially when Windows 7 rebooted itself, but that was just to reset its configuration to the optimal SSD settings, like trim, which I checked and it had done flawlessly. The only additional thing I chose to do was disable paging which as the web hints is not an issue if you have 8GB of RAM or more and most apps are still 32 bit.

Finally, "Disk data transfer rate" on Windows Experience index went up from 5.6 to 7.9.

Renata 364 Watch Battery 364 (SR621SW)
Renata 364 Watch Battery 364 (SR621SW)
Offered by Prime Furnishing
Price: £0.89

5.0 out of 5 stars Genuine, 6 Oct 2013
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A genuine swiss Renata Battery - dispatched same day second class post - perfect fit and watch now working again

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5.0 out of 5 stars Good battery, extra charge makes a difference, 6 April 2012
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Ordered this for my Acer Aspire One. This battery does not look quite the same as the picture currently on Amazon as it lies flat when installed and does not raise the notebook up at the back like the original did. It does not stick out anymore than the original and I personally see this flatness as an advantage as it stores in my laptop bag more efficiently than it used to.

The instructions with the battery ask you to go through three full charge / discharge cycles which I did and I can report that after doing that the battery is giving me around 5-6 hours of usage so the extra charge from this battery pack does seem to make a real difference.

Canon EOS T Ring by Revelation
Canon EOS T Ring by Revelation
Offered by Telescope House
Price: £10.00

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well made and good fitting accessory, 9 Jan 2012
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A nice metal T adaptor with adjustable inner ring (via three small screws). Bought this to connect a Canon EOS 600D to a Celestron Nexstar SLT 127 which it does perfectly. With the SLT this is the only attachment you need to fix it to you camera and the magnification is then similar to that with the 25mm lens.
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Kensington Orbit Optical Wired USB Trackball Mouse for PC and Mac - Silver and Black
Kensington Orbit Optical Wired USB Trackball Mouse for PC and Mac - Silver and Black
Offered by Ballicom International
Price: £21.21

4.0 out of 5 stars Good value, but drivers don't work on Windows 7, 10 Oct 2011
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I found this fairly easy to get used to from a mouse and you are able to control the pointer easily as long as......... you just use the standard microsoft mouse drivers. As soon as you install the Kensington software it all becomes a bit "hit and miss" with the mouse clicks often not working properly, so if you feel somehow it seems to be a bit "sticky" just uninstall the Kensington software and you'll be fine. Other than that minor inconvenience it is a good track ball that is very responsive and at a very good price compared to the others. It also has the advantage of being "wired" so does not need to have its batteries replaced every six months or so.

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