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Expert Shield - THE Screen Protector for: Sony Xperia Z1 Compact *Lifetime Guarantee*
Expert Shield - THE Screen Protector for: Sony Xperia Z1 Compact *Lifetime Guarantee*
Offered by Expert Shield
Price: £7.95

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars So far, so good, 26 Sept. 2014
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This review is based on two weeks usage. Basically, so far I'm quite happy with the screen protector. It applied easily---as usual good preparation is key, and the protector itself helps the process by being a decent thickness and springyness. It does seem to be more of a dust magnet than my previous protector, but on another phone, so it's hard to know if it's the protector or if the phone is simply more prone to static build-up. Anyhow, so far I'm happy.

NOTE: If you have problems getting a good alignment, one solution is to use a strip of low residue sticky tape (e.g. masking tape) as a hinge down one long edge. Place the protector in the desired position - DON'T remove either of the protective films yet - press down the tape so that the protector is now attached to one side of the phone, remove the inner film, carefully apply the protector, remove the hinge tape, and the top film, etc.


Logitech T650 Wireless Rechargeable Touchpad
Logitech T650 Wireless Rechargeable Touchpad
Offered by SARRAR
Price: £54.49

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Feb. 2014 firmware update..., 24 Feb. 2014
...makes this excellent. I'm using this on a Linux system and the update now makes functions available by 'tap' as well as 'press'. There's not much to say really: the build quality appears solid, it's very pleasant to use, the touch pad is a generous size, and there is a fairly comprehensive range of gestures available, along with all the standard clicks. A decent bit of kit, and a welcome alternative to a mouse.

Here is what the firmware upgrade 041.001.00038 officially adds:

With this release, the following gestures will be enabled out of the box:

Adds single tap to click
Adds double tap to double click
Adds 2-finger tap to right click
Adds 2-finger click to right click
Adds 3-finger tap to middle click
Adds 1-finger tap on right bottom corner to right-click
Adds single finger tap n' hold to left-click and drag
When mechanical click is pressed, edge-gestures are disabled


Ancillary Justice (Imperial Radch Book 1)
Ancillary Justice (Imperial Radch Book 1)
Price: £8.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply excellent, 28 Oct. 2013
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That's simply my opinion, of course, but I've been reading SF for ~40 years, and I reckon Ann Leckie has done a fine job.

Beautifully written, interesting characters who we learn about gradually as the story develops, and a sense of space and culture that has real depth. One of the strengths of the story is the author's ability to focus on what is concerning the characters, while letting the reader understand that there are fully developed civilizations out there, of which a great deal remains mysterious to us. If you are looking for gung ho space opera 'Ancillary Justice' will not be what you are expecting.

I'm relieved to learn that not only will we get the chance to learn more about 'Justice of Toren', but that it will take place across the strict limits of a trilogy (instead of rambling on until the horse is well and truly flogged to a stain on the ground).

Even if you decide this isn't for you I think 'Ancillary Justice' is well worth making a start on, and seeing if you don't get captivated.


Cross Century II Medium Nib Fountain Pen - Classic Black
Cross Century II Medium Nib Fountain Pen - Classic Black
Price: £74.87

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Have had this pen since 2006, 30 Nov. 2012
It handles beautifully, and isn't foolishly expensive, i.e. I finally dropped it on the floor at work about three weeks ago and it landed nib down. Oh, dear! :-( A replacement nib was ordered and arrived in short order, and it's been business as usual---excellent. FWIW, I use it with the syringe style reservoir (don't like cartridges) which works very well.


A Taste Of Despair (The Humal Sequence Book 2)
A Taste Of Despair (The Humal Sequence Book 2)
Price: £2.39

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A jolly good SF romp., 18 Mar. 2012
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I've enjoyed the first two of these, and look forward to the next. Easy going and clear style, some good (though occasionally tortured/contrived), twists and plot linkages. Sex and violence both handled in a mature kind of way, i.e. present but not gratuitous, or getting in the way of the story. Characters have some depth and could develop further, but nowhere near as two dimensional/indistinguishable as in all too much sf. Occasionally a bit too much journey detail rather than writing that develops the actual story or character. Enough, as far as I'm concerned, it's a good enjoyable read.

Robert, if you happen to read this there is one thing I want to pick you up on (and you aren't the only one whose guilty of this howler):

'your' -- personal possessive pronoun: 'your house', 'your thoughts', 'your body', etc.
'you're' -- abbreviation of 'you are': 'you're wonderful', 'you're an idiot', 'you're late', etc.

Apart from that, keep up the good work.

:-)
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Gigabyte GA-M52S-S3P
Gigabyte GA-M52S-S3P

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Safe and reliable (says it all really), 20 Sept. 2010
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This review is from: Gigabyte GA-M52S-S3P (Accessory)
Nothing to get excited about here: solid, middle of the road reliability. A good choice for a family desktop, or any situation where reliability and economy are preferred to performance and having a large chunk bitten out of your wallet.


Asus Powerline 200Mbps Homeplug HD Network Extender  - Single Unit
Asus Powerline 200Mbps Homeplug HD Network Extender - Single Unit

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good design, works well..., 20 Sept. 2010
Having previously used Netgear XE102 units, there is no comparison with the Asus adapters. Obviously the standard has moved on (the Asus units have a much higher speed rating---not that you'll ever get anything like that in real life!), but the build quality is much better, and having the unit separated from the wall socket by a short flex means no more over-crowding problems or dislodging accidents. Plus, they just work---reliably and well.

Thoroughly recommended.


Netgear XE102 14Mbps Powerline Ethernet Adapter
Netgear XE102 14Mbps Powerline Ethernet Adapter

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mostly good, but with reservations, 5 Jun. 2010
I started using these in 2006. They are now obsolete in terms of speed; the XE102 is rated at 14mbs, but the current 'standard' for domestic powerline adaptors is now 200mbs (as is the case for most network devices, this is purely a theoretical optimum speed which is seldom, if ever, achieved under real world conditions). However if you are not in the habit of running massive downloads with highspeed broadband, but simply want convenient network access around the home and for web browsing, email, file access within the LAN, etc. then these may well still prove perfectly satisfactory---and now very cheap!

There are some gotchas though:

1. you MUST buy at least two (one for the router/modem end of things, and one for each PC, or other device, that you intend to connect);

2. houses with old or idiosyncratic wiring setups may prove problematic, but as someone who has used these in three houses (from old to new), I can't say I have encountered any problems;

3. WARNING: the units are VERY vulnerable to being fried if you absent-mindedly pull (or just knock), one out of its mains socket while the power is on---next stop, the bin! Over the years I've killed two this way;

4. sellers seem to have a habit of flogging these with two pin 'European' mains connections, WITHOUT making it clear that you will not be getting the UK version. You will then need to buy the little converter plug and tape it onto the XE102 (duct tape is good). This will make the whole thing secure, but it will still stand out much further off the wall and be vulnerable to knocks (see #3);

5. (and finally) although it is said you should only use these plugged directly into the wall, don't be afraid to experiment with an extension cable if that would make life easier. I, and many others, have had no problems, although clearly the more scope there is for dodgy connections between the adaptor and the rest of the network the more likelihood there is of errors/total failure.

Have fun!

PS - just in case: DON'T 'mix and match'. If your network uses XE102s and you want to expand, you must buy more XE102s, other models/brand will not be compatible. This applies generally to powerline adaptors of any type/brand.


Kyocera FS C5100DN Laser Colour Printer
Kyocera FS C5100DN Laser Colour Printer

21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Kyocera FS-C5100dn (after four months use), 22 Nov. 2009
Very pleased with this printer. Economical to run with very good colour output (quite adequate for photographs, though not in the same league as a good inkjet photo-printer).

Grumbles: it's quite large front to back (512mm)---the arrangement of the built in duplexer contributes to this; it's heavy!---you shouldn't be needing to move it often; and duplexing is on the slow side---but then this is the base model.

For a home/small office colour laser printer producing good quality, economical output, where speed is not an absolute priority, it does an excellent job.

UPDATE: April 2010 -- no problems whatsoever, and even with the whole family using it (GCSEs and A levels, plus...), very economical.

UPDATE: 25 Feb. 2011 -- have no regrets about buying this printer; it's well made and frugal on toner.

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NOTE: [what follows does not apply to later versions of Ubuntu, but is left in for the record] if you're running Linux (especially Ubuntu 9.10), you may find the 'ppd' (driver) needs modifying. Remove the section concerning 'trapping' which begins at line 105. I find this is conflicting with something in 9.10---all you'll get is a few typed lines of Postscript data (it worked perfectly in 9.04). The ppd is on the CD, or can be downloaded from Kyocera. It should be installed in /usr/share/cups/model/Kyocera/ (add the required directories if they are not already present).
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Lexmark C530DN C530 DN Duplex Colour Laser Printer Network Ready, 22PPM Mono, 21PPM Colour, 11 Sec TTFP
Lexmark C530DN C530 DN Duplex Colour Laser Printer Network Ready, 22PPM Mono, 21PPM Colour, 11 Sec TTFP

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars WARNING -- think very carefully before buying any of this range from Lexmark., 22 Aug. 2009
Having owned a C530dn for over two years I would like to say, 'DON'T BUY any from this range, and think very carefully before buying any Lexmark printer'.

First the good:

1. excellent print quality for text and graphics (typical for it's type with photos, i.e. adequate but not a patch on an even a basic inkjet;

2. in my experience, faultless paper handling (I'm mostly talking about the duplexing and ordinary A4 paper).

Now, the bad:

1. Utterly cynical and abusive treatment of the customer; toner cartridges (via integral chip), will 'time out' regardless of how much toner has been used. Printer becomes a paper weight until cartridge (or chip), is replaced;

2. In 2009 Lexmark increased toner cartridge prices by 30-40%. Toner now >£100, so that's >£400 to replace all toners, which don't have a particularly long life anyway (not counting the 'time out' feature).

On the strength of this experience I will never buy any Lexmark product again.
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