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MAIWO External HDD Array Cabinet with Aluminum Alloy
MAIWO External HDD Array Cabinet with Aluminum Alloy
Offered by MAIWO
Price: £189.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent value for money if only used as a jbod, 17 Dec. 2015
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I have only used this box as a jbod integrated by Windows 10 storage space facility via a USB connection and I am amazed at the value for money it represents. When I have got the money together for 5 new 4Tb discs I intend to use it as Raid 5 or possibly raid 10. I haven't found anything wrong with it using it 24/7 and comparisons to the competition are striking.
I've gone for 4 stars because the instruction manual is in Chinese, but the dip switches on the back are labelled in English, so the language problem isn't a show stopper.


ASUS TAICHI 31-CX018H - notebooks (Ultrabook, Touchpad, Windows 8, Polymer, 64-bit, Black)
ASUS TAICHI 31-CX018H - notebooks (Ultrabook, Touchpad, Windows 8, Polymer, 64-bit, Black)

1.0 out of 5 stars Taichi 31 cx018h, 12 April 2014
This is a hugely expensive machine bearing in mind it has numerous faults under Windows 8.1, including that the touch screen doesn't function at all. If you put 8.1 on this machine, it is likely you will have to return it to Asus to revert to Windows 8 (slight problems in restore - so no OS backup) and then you have to be very careful about the updates you apply.

I think Amazon should be warning people about this product, the issue has been on the table since the day 8 was released but an interim fix was found in 8 and the issue is much discussed on the MS forums, despite attempts to close down discussion.


ASUS TAICHI 31-CX009H - notebooks (Ultrabook, Touchpad, Windows 8, Lithium Polymer (LiPo), 64-bit, Silver)
ASUS TAICHI 31-CX009H - notebooks (Ultrabook, Touchpad, Windows 8, Lithium Polymer (LiPo), 64-bit, Silver)

1.0 out of 5 stars Windows and Taichi, 11 April 2014
I think it would not be unreasonable to expect Amazon to tell it's customers that this product does not work fully under Windows 8.1., for the reason that under 8.1 the touch screen does not function at all. Merely black.

Asus, MS and Intel have known of this problem for years - in Windows they provided a workaround that doesn't do the biz under Windows 8.1

For the functionality that is left this is a wildly overpriced product.


Bitdefender Total Security (2014): 3 User - 1 Year (PC)
Bitdefender Total Security (2014): 3 User - 1 Year (PC)
Price: £37.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars To be avoided, 27 Mar. 2014
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Tried this on one machine and found the user interface cumbersome and unhelpful but it seemed to work..

Then put the product on a bigger PC and the result was a disaster, ending in the machine collapsing in rapid BSODs, fortunately, being dubious there was a good restore available from before this product went on the machine so we went back to that. No more BSODs and the machine is back to normal. As an aside it had also wiped 500G off one of the less important discs, just like that.

Not only would I not recommend this product to anyone with a larger machine, I don't thing much of the people who recommended it to me - including Amazon


Nemesis (Miss Marple) (Miss Marple Series Book 12)
Nemesis (Miss Marple) (Miss Marple Series Book 12)
Price: £3.85

3.0 out of 5 stars above all, a really good read., 18 Nov. 2013
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Christie knew her readership and in this novel she exploits that knowledge to the full, even tho' she was an old lady when the book was written, it lends itself to being read in bits as circumstances permit and, although the plot has some holes, the gem of Christie's writing, her ability to describe the world about her without resorting to long tracts of unreadable prose, remains undimmed.
So it fulfils two roles, firstly as a companion on a long wait on a cold station, and secondly as a means of serious study of the life and times of a middle class elderly lady when the book was written. Not deathless prose, merely really good stuff.


Epson Perfection V700 Photo Scanner
Epson Perfection V700 Photo Scanner

11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Slow and l;acking detail., 2 Mar. 2012
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The V700 is a device which could have benefited from extensive usage by the design team before going into production. It's too expensive - frankly if you want a device of this kind you've probably already got the software. Bundling in the software might be good for Epson's margin, but it unnecessarily bumps up the price. If you want to scan in larger format negatives the range that can be held in the fiddly fragile holders is very limited. If you want to scan in 35mm negatives, buy a Plustek device which is faster and gives a much better quality scan.

If you have a collection of plates to scan in, the V700 is probably the only game in town, but beware, unless you've got time to watch the grass grow, scanning in a plate is going to take a while.

Bearing in mind the number of pixels generated in a fraction of a second by a modern camera, why the V700 is so tediously slow is beyond me. The limited range of output interfaces seems unexplicable, expecially since the device is so large and cumbersome, portable it is not. I've got mine connected to my lap top which is on ethernet port in another room, so I can set the V700 up and leave it in place ensuring that it can be set up and left alone - together with the masses of negative sheets which it brings out of the woodwork. It all has to be factored into the price, whereas the devices the competition market for 35mm negs can be lost round the back of the desktop.

In sum, it's one of those purchases about which you have to think carefully. Buy it for the wrong reasons and you could be deeply disappointed. If you have already got all the software you need it's much too expensive. Do not buy it to scan in 35mm negs.

Added. After some use I have discovered the underside of the glass table is dirty. This costs £195 ++ to clean. Epson will not tell you how to clean it, or how often it should need cleaning. From comments of other users it sounds like some manufacturing fault. Buyer beware!!


PLUSTEK OpticFilm 7600i AI Film Scanner (Other Search Terms: Film Scanner - Scanner)
PLUSTEK OpticFilm 7600i AI Film Scanner (Other Search Terms: Film Scanner - Scanner)

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Film scanner, 13 Feb. 2011
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In the first month or so of ownership I have processed well over 3,000 negatives. I still haven't bottomed out all the facilities available and I've recovered some very dodgy old negs. I bought the top of the range offered and I think it's doen everything I hoped for. Brilliant.


EyeSpy247PTZ Pan, Tilt & Zoom Wireless IP Security Camera With Colour Night Vision Plus Auto Set-up System & Free NVR Software
EyeSpy247PTZ Pan, Tilt & Zoom Wireless IP Security Camera With Colour Night Vision Plus Auto Set-up System & Free NVR Software

7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Internet security camera, 13 Feb. 2011
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Personally I couldn't recommend this camera.

It doesn't work with 64bit Explorer and is generally difficult with Windows 7 (perhaps it's intended for MAC users only?). Finding a firmware upgrade is a delightful waste of time, the advertising for "extras" in web pages needed for installation is relentless and obscures any hope of setting the thing up for remote control and viewing. The camera hardware is equalled, in my view, by many that are significantly cheaper. The user "manual" seemes comprehensive until you try to use it in anger and then it reveals itself confused and conveniently glosses over some of the issues that need addressing in depth. I love the thought of Chapter 3 which refers to Chapter 4 which then refers to Chapter 5.

I think giving over 2 full days trying to set up a simple bit of hardware is more than enough for anyone familiar with setting up their own network. I am still nowhere nearer getting it to work on the net.
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Garmin Nuvi 1690 Traffic Satellite Navigation System with UK & European Mapping
Garmin Nuvi 1690 Traffic Satellite Navigation System with UK & European Mapping

28 of 33 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Garmin nuvi 1690, 17 April 2010
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The question with this product is whether it is fit for the purpose intended. I previously had 4 1490t's each of which had to be returned to the manufacturer because they were unuseable within 1 week to 2 months of purchase. I was persuaded to buy a 1690 because I was told that the problems had been cured.
When I openend the box and discoverd that a device costing nearly £100 more than the 1490 (at about 399 in Spain or then about £250 on UK Amazon, I smelt a rat because the screen was smaller (on a more expensive product?) I then discovered that 3 items of software had to be downloaded: new firmware (achieved after 2 goes) new maps - a 3 Gig download which brought letters from BT implying I was downloading films, still not completed and new voice software. If you can find that on the garmin page to which you are referred you are doing well.
If you change the device to work in kilometers the voice and all the speed camera info is still in mph. THe thing has a strange navigation algorithm: the shortest distance beteeen two points on the M5 motorway in the UK is via a couple of open fields, down the M4, through Bristol in rush hour, down the A38 past Bristol airport and then onto the M5. Normal time for journey: 105 mins. Garmin time 270 mins.
The instrument has a nasty habit of taking you round in large circles until you realise what it's doing and turn off and then (without recalculating) it gives you another, different, route.
It creates an interesting diversion of flashing a new and unknown image at a junction.
The directions by voice and the directions on the screen can be entirely different, but take heart, it's always the voice that's wrong.
If a road is closed or no longer exists you have to find your own alternative route.
Being told you are travelling across fields when you could swear you were on a fairly old Motorway is common in Spain.

At least when the 1490 went wrong it crashed in misery and was irrepairable. With this thing it just makes life as difficult as possible. Clearly the device was brought out to replace the disatrous 1490. It's a pity there weren't some quality tests done on it.

By the way, I haven't gone into the shambles regarding the voices, but any reader will get the drift.

drg
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