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Samsung M3 1TB USB 3.0 Slimline Portable Hard Drive - Black
Samsung M3 1TB USB 3.0 Slimline Portable Hard Drive - Black
Price: £43.99

1.0 out of 5 stars 2 units failed; both inside a month. Hardly used and was not moved from position like a portable typically gets moved around., 21 Aug 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Don't bother with this drive if you want it for your Samsung TV (2014 models). I have had two of these. Each one dies within a month and had only one show recorded on each. The TV doesn't even use it as a continuous live tv buffer unless you press pause and then it starts recording, so not as if it was used in the background.

Amazon been good and offered refund on 2nd unit. For something that did not move physical position in transit, had hardly anything put onto it, and definitely was not hot or too cold or in damp conditions, I can't recommend it. Worst drive I have ever used, never had failures like this before.


Premier Housewares 2-Tier Flatscreen TV Unit - 118 x 127 x 53 cm - Walnut/Black Tempered Glass
Premier Housewares 2-Tier Flatscreen TV Unit - 118 x 127 x 53 cm - Walnut/Black Tempered Glass
Price: £238.78

5.0 out of 5 stars Classy - veneer looks like dark wood, easy setup, 11 Jun 2014
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I bought this item as a bit of a gamble, due to lack of information in the product description:

1. It was in my budget and compared to other stands good value
2. No mention of TV screen size support or weight. Nearly didn't order it!!
3. Point 2 mitigated by being on Amazon Prime - measured the base width and decided it was likely to take my 55" led TV

It was the easiest TV stand I have assembled. The bag of nuts and bolts etc. had a hole, and when I counted all the parts and checked they were all there with instructions, I found a few bits missing. I then had to tip the (messy) polystyrene out of the packaging and to my relief the missing bots were rattling around box. Fortunately they hadn't fallen out of the holes created in packaging by courier.

It has taken the Samsung UE55H6700 television without issue - its only light at around 19KG, and the stand said it could take something like 70KG (from memory as I write this). The Vesa mount does cover some connectors on the rear, but if you are careful you can get them in.

All in all, really pleased with this stand, it looks the part and the photos don't do it complete justice the 55" sits really nicely within the boundary of the stand width and the glass was not scratched or chipped an it seems sturdy.

Technically, I believe the stand could take a bigger screen like 60" as long as its weight is acceptable and you connectors are not more than a third from side of TV on the rear (Samsung 2014 models). There was space after my 55" was put on it which makes me think that 60" is probably the biggest size, but LED not heavy Plasma.

Ordered on a Thursday night, Amazon Prime delivered Saturday AM.


Children of the Stones: The Complete Series [DVD]
Children of the Stones: The Complete Series [DVD]
Dvd ~ Gareth Thomas
Price: £7.20

3 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Picture Quality, 11 Dec 2011
Ok, Network DVD have dropped the ball here, usually their releases are the best and sourced from the best masters.

The previous DVD release by Second Sight has better picture quality with less VT drop out evident. Both releases have the HTV West idents and break bumpers and both have an annoying incorrectly cropped picture resulting in too much border and some cases noise or white line on most episodes.

Not sure why Network's release isn't on par with Second Sight's, as they both SHOULD have been using the same masters as these would have been digitized from VT Tape (probably 2" quad or if they had already transferred from analogue tape to digital tape in 90's, D3), to a digital file format (MXF?)

I can only assume, that Network went back to the VT tape and took a copy and it has since deteriorated from when it was digitized (which would suggest orignal as analogue 2" quad tape rather than from digital D3 due to physical tape dropout in picture not digital breakup). If you can get hold of it, go for the Second Sight for ultimate quality, though the Network one isn't that much inferior.
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Jeeves and Wooster - The Complete Collection (Digitally Remastered) [DVD]
Jeeves and Wooster - The Complete Collection (Digitally Remastered) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Stephen Fry
Price: £11.75

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Digitally Remastered not just Digitally Restored, 14 Nov 2011
OK, for those, like myself, who have the Digitally Restored version, this Digitally Remastered version is much better. The brightness is still a tad too bright, but gone are the browny tinted pictures and noise grain around verticals.

For anyone that was wondering, this is the best version (21st Anniversary Edition), although to be fair, the previous release was better than the intial DVD release which looked like a VHS transfer!


Logitech Harmony One UK - Advanced Universal Remote Control
Logitech Harmony One UK - Advanced Universal Remote Control

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The bad points of a good remote in general, 8 May 2011
OK, previously owned a Logitech Harmony 890 for many years which was a good remote bar the cradle charging issue and poor colour screen.

Decided to opt for the Harmony One as Amazon had a special offer price on it.

Just opted to return it for the following reasons:

1. The battery life was appauling. Light use and it needed charging within 2-3 days. Logitech used to claim a week as minimum but interestingly those support documents now seem to have been taken off their web site at time of writing. Tried battery from my 890 (same mah) as I know that battery gave me around 2-3 weeks in my old 890 remote control, and the result was the same. This rules out the battery as a fault, so it's either a remote unit fault or design fault.

2. The box says there are teletext buttons, but there are not. There are VIRTUAL buttons, but the graphics for Red, green, yellow and blue icons ONLY appear when TV is being watched as an Activity, rather than when you go into device mode. When you are in device mode, you can only have textual descriptions.

3. No options for customizable backgrounds or slideshows like previous remote controls had.

4. No BACK button per se. There is an EXIT button (which on Virgin Media V+ would be equivalent to TV button). Sometimes you need an EXIT button to completely exit menus, and other times you need a back button for previous menu. OK, you can map these via Virtual buttons but it is inconvenient compared to a physical button located on the remote where you would hold it, rather than a virtual button towards top of the remote control meaning awkward button selection process. Previous models of Logitech (and I'm speaking about the 890 and 785 here as haven't owned the others) had a physical EXIT and PREV or BACK button along with hardware colored digital text keys.

5. The physical STANDBY remote key ONLY works when in Activity mode not when in device mode. If you are expecting to go into device mode, and say, select Virgin Media Cable box, and the want to press the physical STANDBY button on the remote to turn it off, you can't ! You would have to create a virtual button for that device labelled as POWER ON/OFF instead. If the cable box was part of an activity say "Use Cable TV", then the physical button on the remote would turn off ALL applicable devices for that activity (which you can restrict so that devices from a previous activity, say, "Use Media Center PC" stay turned on all the time).

6. When using Virgin media cable boxes (V+), I found to get 100% correct mapping I had to use the box manufacturer name e.g. Scientific Atlanta and the model number rather than select Virgin Media from the Add Device menus in the Logitech setup software. I googled the info for the model number as the box didn't seem to have it on it anywhere.

Other than that, good build quality, excellent back lighting, crystal clear screen with adjustable sensitivity and backlight timeout, sensible charger cradle that actually works all the time as the contacts are big enough, remote feels comfortable in the hand and not slippery.

For me above all, 2-3 days of LIGHT usage and battery drainage was the killer. Ok, I could return the remote to the charging cradle when not in use, but this means having a cradle always plugged in and turned on... futile to me. To be fair, it could have been a unit fault with the remote, like screen still drawing power or something even when off.

Overall, though, the remotes from Logitech are very good, the software takes a bit of getting used to and you'll spend easily up to 2 hours configuring activities and trying things out. I found the default virtual buttons useless and created my own with my own descriptions, there are some functions that you set once only and you don't want other people in the family to be able to select those options and mess up configuration of your TV for example.

Come on Logitech, fix the issues above and then you'd have a killer remote !
Comment Comments (2) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Oct 13, 2011 6:21 AM BST


That's My Boy - The Complete Second Series [1983] [DVD]
That's My Boy - The Complete Second Series [1983] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Mollie Sugden
Price: £7.93

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incomplete Series ! Missing Episode 9 'Cold Turkey' - will be on Series 3, 24 Jan 2011
A thoroughly enjoyable series where Mollie Sugden shines yet again !

A word for series collector's though, Network have incorrectly labelled this as COMPLETE SERIES, it is not !

The Chistmas Special "Cold Turkey" which is Episode 9 is missing BUT can be found on another Network DVD release "ITV Classic Christmas Comedy"

Some of the episodes have the Yorkshire Television yellow chevron logo at the beginning, some don't. All have break bumpers.

The quality of this release is higher than the NTSC version released in US, obviously because it is PAL but also the duplication media didn't have as much VT dropouts so a better maser must have bene used.

There are no extras on this disc, no subtitles and the picture is presented in 4:3 format as it was recorded. The sound is mono of course. The episodes are uncut.

Amazon should take the missing episode up with Network DVD as this series is technically not complete as the packaging states.

UPDATE *** Network DVD have stated that this episode will be featured on Series 3 release ****
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