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Grundig Music 81 - GRR2600 Portable Stereo
Grundig Music 81 - GRR2600 Portable Stereo
Offered by Koester GERMANY
Price: £54.02

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Performing Kitchen Radio, 6 Jan. 2015
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The Grundig slogan is “For a good reason” but may just as well be “It does what it says on the tin”. The German manufacturer makes the BMW of radios that are solid and perform better than anything else on the market. And yet for some strange reason, Grundig have never been that popular in the UK. This, our 4th Grundig in the house, was bought to replace the dreadful Sony CMTG2BNIP Hi-Fi, after the awful vTuner Internet Radio service decided to remove BBC Radio from its listings. The seller, Sotel, shipped the Grundig to us from Germany in 3 days via FedEx no less, and within seconds of unpacking we were once again enjoying Radio 4 in the kitchen! This unit supports RDS (like most in-car radios) and automatically sets the date, time, station and programme name. It is simplicity itself to operate, and if it is anything like our other Grundig radios, it will last for years and years and years.


Wolfenstein: The New Order (PC DVD)
Wolfenstein: The New Order (PC DVD)
Offered by Gameseek
Price: £19.92

6 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Yawn!!! What a Painful Installation Nightmare!, 29 May 2014
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What a joke: 3 Hours to load 4 DVDs then another hour and a half downloading the same again from Steam over 50Mbps broadband. I mean, come on Steam, get your act together. Finally, the following day, we click run to receive the very helpful error message "failed to start game (missing executables)". Top marks (not!) for a helpful error message, but it must be a common one because it links to a Steam troubleshooting page. So far time wasted trying to play the game far exceeds time wasted actually playing the thing, but if the poor quality of the installation process is anything to go by, the game will totally suck. Steam: please get your act together!
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Wired--up PS2 Female to USB-A Male Keyboard Adaptor
Wired--up PS2 Female to USB-A Male Keyboard Adaptor
Offered by Irwin Claus
Price: £0.01

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Buyer Beware!, 16 Jan. 2014
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OK, for £1.60 we should have known better: 10 days waiting for delivery for a piece of cheap plastic that doesn't do anything. What a waste of money!


Sony CMTG2BNIP Hi-Fi Sound System with DAB Radio & Airplay Compatible
Sony CMTG2BNIP Hi-Fi Sound System with DAB Radio & Airplay Compatible
Offered by TODO! TODO!

14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sony Should Do Better, 24 Jun. 2013
Me and Mrs M were looking for a unit to replace the ancient analogue radio that has served in our kitchen for decades. Our wish list was simple: a radio that ideally would work with DAB, an embedded CD player and the ability to stream music from a PC. Surprisingly, the Sony CMT-G2BNIP seemed to be the only product on the market that did all of these things - nobody else seems to offer an embedded CD player with this combination of features.

We actually purchased the CMT-G2BNIP from Sony's online store because it was 10% cheaper than Amazon and it was delivered by courier without any trouble. Our initial impressions were good: the unit is heavy and robust and yet small enough to be concealed in the corner of our kitchen. You don't so much as turn this unit on, but rather boot it up. It takes a few seconds to connect to the home Wi-Fi and find the services, which we took some getting use to, given that we expect a radio to "just work" immediately after being switched on.

The first negative point was the supplied FM aerial (a wire) which would have looked at home on an alarm clock radio from the 1980's. Very cheap. Unfortunately the DAB aerial was worse: there isn't one supplied, and without it the unit can't receive a DAB signal whatsoever inside the house. Shame Sony, you missed an opportunity there.

However, the discovery of Internet Radio (which Sony call Music Services) was a bonus - potentially hundreds of channels sorted by genre or location. Our Internet connection is excellent (Infinity) and adding another device to the home network is no problem.

Comparing the sound quality of an Internet radio station to a native FM one is amazing - the Internet sounds much better. But here comes one of the biggest problems with the unit: when it loses a stream for whatever reason, rather than reconnecting to it, it stops playing altogether. This is incredibly frustrating. Imagine listening to the radio and it suddenly stops - and the only way to start it again is to go back up one level in the menu and select the station again. What is perhaps most annoying is that this is a random occurrence which may happen at any time. Why Sony decided not to have the unit automatically reconnect to a station, we don't know. It seems a very poor way to implement Internet Radio.

The remote control looks cluttered, there are plenty of buttons but most of them don't seem to be used. Most buttons are of the same size, so buttons that are used almost constantly are as difficult to distinguish from those that you might never touch at all. The text search option for Internet Radio is similar to texting on a phone, i.e. frustrating, and wildcards don't work.

The CD player is acceptable but has difficulty playing discs that appear to have only minor blemishes on their surface. Information provided via the LCD display is minimal, again circa 1980's i.e. track numbers and duration only. Given that this unit is online, we would have expected it to have downloaded artist names and track titles, which is not rocket science.

The sound quality is good if perhaps a little flat, but for BBC radio (when it works) it is more than good enough.

One nice feature is the ability to play music from a USB stick, which was a feature we hadn't thought we'd use but it has already proven itself to be the most reliable form of music playback supported by the product. We haven't yet tried to stream music from a PC but given that it found the Wi-Fi network without any trouble, we're certain that this would not be a problem.

So in summary: as an Internet radio, this unit fails miserably because it doesn't reconnect to a station after a stream has dropped. As a DAB radio, it fails because of the lack of an external aerial. As a CD player, it is OK (just). The remote control is a muddle and hasn't been thought through. Playing music from a USB stick is great, and streaming music has yet to be tested in our house.
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M009S 8GB NATPC M009S 8GB Capacitive Android 4.2 (JELLY BEAN) , 7" ,Dual Core (2 x 1.5 GHz) Super Slim Android Tablet PC with Responsive Capacitive Screen - Flash Player 11.1 - Compatible with BBC iPlayer / Youtube / Facebook - HD 2160P - now with 8GB Storage and SKYPE VIDEO calling
M009S 8GB NATPC M009S 8GB Capacitive Android 4.2 (JELLY BEAN) , 7" ,Dual Core (2 x 1.5 GHz) Super Slim Android Tablet PC with Responsive Capacitive Screen - Flash Player 11.1 - Compatible with BBC iPlayer / Youtube / Facebook - HD 2160P - now with 8GB Storage and SKYPE VIDEO calling

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Tablet at a Great Price, 1 Sept. 2012
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We bought this recently for the kids, at the price you can't go wrong. It is an amazing bit of kit with a great spec, and running Android 4.0 it is packed with apps already. We also bought a 32GB micro SD card and an leather wallet to protect it. It does everything our kids need - accesses the web, one click for You Tube, Google, Gmail, Facebook etc. No problem with Flash on websites and iPlayer works perfectly. The build quality is pretty good too, again, for the price you simply can't go wrong. Great for accessing the web, and so simple to use that it would make an ideal introduction to the web for silver surfers too.


Cisco-Linksys Maximum Performance E4200 Dual-Band N Router
Cisco-Linksys Maximum Performance E4200 Dual-Band N Router

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's..... OK, 11 April 2012
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We've just had BT Infinity installed, so needed a VDSL router to plug into the BT modem.

The Cisco Linksys E4200 seemed to fit the bill, but our first impressions were somewhat disappointing hence only 3 stars for this review. On the negative side, the installation program on the CDROM simply doesn't work. The first thing it tries to do is download an upgrade, which wouldn't proceed because there was no Internet access - duh! Secondly on Windows XP the installation program could not find any wireless networks that were under the control of "other programs". So even though it's possible to talk to the router via a web browser, the installation program stubbornly refused to work. Thirdly, the installation program liked to take down the wireless interface of the laptop and then hang. So three laptop reboots and a router reset later we tried the old fashioned manual set up method, via a web browser. If you are patient enough to click through the warning pages that tell you to use the installation program instead, the whole set up can be completed in 2 minutes. We also noticed that the router didn't like 32 bit subnet masks on the WAN interface with a static IPv4 address, although chosing the PPPoE option seemed to work around that problem.

So after a day of use what can we say? Well, apart from the installation fiasco, there is no SNMP or syslog support (shame on you Cisco), which hurts after replacing a far more feature rich ZyXEL ADSL router. Wireless access is flakey, especially on our "old" 802.11g Windows XP laptops, but wired access via the 4 port switch is super fast (probably an indication of BT Infinity rather than this box). In hindsight, we'd recommend looking around and chosing another router rather than this one. There features aren't rich enough, and the set up was a pain.


Logitech OEM S220 2.1 Speaker Black
Logitech OEM S220 2.1 Speaker Black
Offered by savvybuys2
Price: £52.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing PC Speakers, 3 Mar. 2012
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We bought these for our games PC, upgrading from boring old stereo desktop speakers. Two days after ordering, a huge package arrived from Amazon with these puppies inside. We eagerly unpacked them and set them up, and then stuggled to get them to work for the next five minutes. We were almost on the verge of sending them back when we realised that the sound was on mute! One flick of the mute switch on the desktop remote and *boom* we were in business! Although the speakers are tiny, the sound is amazing. Very natural, great bass and plenty of atmospherics. In fact, the sound is awesome for the price and the size. What can we say but these speakers are a great purchase and a worthy addition to our gaming PC. Nice one Logitech!


Nikon COOLPIX S3100 Compact Digital Camera - Black (14MP, 5x Optical Zoom) 2.7 inch LCD
Nikon COOLPIX S3100 Compact Digital Camera - Black (14MP, 5x Optical Zoom) 2.7 inch LCD
Offered by gsm m

9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Must Have Got a Duff One, 18 Oct. 2011
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Only owned the camera for two weeks before sending it back: quite simply it just wasn't able to take a decent picture. Every photo, regardless of the setting or resolution, was blurred and grainy. Normally I can't fault Nikon cameras - this would have been my fourth - so all I can assume is that it was faulty. Shame really, it had a good spec, a great price and was a nice size.


Startech.com 2.5 inch and 3.5 inch 40 Pin Male IDE to SATA Adapter Converter
Startech.com 2.5 inch and 3.5 inch 40 Pin Male IDE to SATA Adapter Converter
Price: £11.07

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Works Well - But Slow Delivery, 4 Oct. 2011
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We needed to buy one of these when the IDE disk in our Topfield 5800 PVR packed up after 5 years perfect service. Trouble is, technology never stands still, and the replacement drive had a SATA interface and hence wouldn't work.

On the whole, this unit from Startech is great, although it took 4 weeks to arrive in the post from Buyve.com. In hindsight, my local Maplins had it in stock for an extra 50p, so I should have bought it there.

Anyway, the unit slots onto the back of the SATA drive, occupying both the power and data slots. On the external side there is an IDE interface, a jumper setting for master/slave/cable and a Molex type power cable. The IDE cable from the motherboard plugs into the IDE interface and the power cable from the motherboard connects to the power cable from the unit (male to female connector). And it works.

The only word of caution to Topfield owners: the IDE cable that ships with the PVR is precisely cut to the milimetre and is a fraction too short to reach this adapter when connected to a SATA drive. So, you'll also need to order a new, longer, IDE cable.


Lumix DMC-F2 - black
Lumix DMC-F2 - black

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Poor Photo Performance, 25 Sept. 2011
This review is from: Lumix DMC-F2 - black (Electronics)
The Lumix DMC-F2 has a tough job taking photos that are in focus, don't be surprised to delete 2 or 3 attempts for every one that comes out fine. It is also slow, so often misses the subject it is trying to capture whilst it deliberates about what to do. Shame really, because it is a nice size.

Capturing video is a different matter, it performs really well although it is a shame that the zoom lense cannot be used at the same time as recording.

All in all... don't buy it: there are better cameras on the market in this price bracket.


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