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Shimano Tourney FC M131 chainset with chainguard 48 / 38 / 28T 170 mm
Shimano Tourney FC M131 chainset with chainguard 48 / 38 / 28T 170 mm
Offered by WoollyHatShop
Price: £19.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great value - works well, 4 May 2014
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Needed to replace the chainset on my Claud Butler hybrid as the chain had begun to slip under load, and an internet search revealed this as the cheapest option. The hardest part of fitting was removal of the old set. You'll need an Allen key and a bike crank removal tool and a bit of determination, but fitting is a doddle, it simply slides onto the square shaft and is attached using the Allen key.

This was an almost perfect fit requiring only very slight adjustment of the front derailleur to get the gear change to be perfect.

I also replaced the chain and the freewheel at the same time as they all tend to wear together and I've found it a false economy to try to get by.

It will be interesting to see how durable this chainset is, but so far I'm happy to have cured the chain-slip.


Bike Bicycle Cycling Repair Tools Sealed Bottom Bracket Remover Kit
Bike Bicycle Cycling Repair Tools Sealed Bottom Bracket Remover Kit
Offered by Tcity
Price: £3.54

5.0 out of 5 stars Solidly made, 4 May 2014
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If you need to remove the bottom bracket on your bike then you'll need one of these or something similar. This one is solidly built and fits fine. It has the added advantage over some of the others available in that you can either use a spanner (open or close ended) or the square drive from an appropriate socket set attached to it to remove or fit the bottom bracket.

It’s a tool you won’t use very often, but it's handy that you have the different options when you need them. Reccommended.


TECHGEAR® **PACK OF 3** Acer Iconia Tab A700 CLEAR LCD Screen Protector Guards with Cleaning Cloth & Application Card
TECHGEAR® **PACK OF 3** Acer Iconia Tab A700 CLEAR LCD Screen Protector Guards with Cleaning Cloth & Application Card
Offered by TECHGEAR Solutions
Price: £2.95

2.0 out of 5 stars Not Designed for Iconia A700, 4 May 2014
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I bought the three-pack as I anticipated some problems fitting a screen protector. It always seems to take a little time to get the knack of squeezing out the air bubbles to get a good fit. Sure enough the first cover was lost to experience as I had to peel it off and reapply several times as I learned.

The second one went on much better, but then I discovered that the cut-out for the front camera does not align with the camera. The cut-out is central to the screen, whereas the camera is offset about one and a half centimetres to the side.

It wasn't worth returning it as I don't make much use of the camera, but was a little irritating. As a screen protector it works fine, goes on easily with a little practice and doesn't seem to degrade the touch screen operation. It's a shame the cut-out is wrong.


FeelGoodUK Double Decker With Run Rabbit Hutch Hutches Guinea Pig House Home - Includes FREE WEATHER PROOF COVER WORTH £14.99 LIMITED TIME ONLY (RHM & COVER)
FeelGoodUK Double Decker With Run Rabbit Hutch Hutches Guinea Pig House Home - Includes FREE WEATHER PROOF COVER WORTH £14.99 LIMITED TIME ONLY (RHM & COVER)
Offered by Feel Good UK - UK SELLER
Price: £59.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Great for a small rabbit, 4 May 2014
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I bought this for my daughter's small rabbit and she and the rabbit both love it. It's well constructed and the design has a few thoughtful touches that make you feel that care's been taken in designing it. It arrives flat packed, but assembly is pretty straightforward and everything you need is provided including hinges, screws and the stay to hold the roof open. The upper floor has a plastic base and can be pulled out from the hutch and easily cleaned, which is a great idea, and the lift up roof and easy access doors makes it easy to pet the rabbit.

The 'stairway' to the upper floor is unsupported at the bottom, it simply rests on the floor. If the hutch is left in one place then this isn't a problem. As we tend to move the hutch around the garden, I added a small piece of wood for the bottom of the stairway to rest on, but apart from that we had it unpacked and in use within an hour.

Overall a great compact little hutch but it is only really suitable for small rabbits. We previously had a full-sized rabbit and this hutch would have been far too small.


OXA® 5V/4.2A (2x2.1A) Dual Ports High Speed USB Car Charger Adapter Universal Travel Adapter for iPad, iPhone, Smart phones, Samsung, Android Mobiles devices, GPS, Tablets, Game Devices, MP3 Player and other (Cable NOT included) - White
OXA® 5V/4.2A (2x2.1A) Dual Ports High Speed USB Car Charger Adapter Universal Travel Adapter for iPad, iPhone, Smart phones, Samsung, Android Mobiles devices, GPS, Tablets, Game Devices, MP3 Player and other (Cable NOT included) - White
Offered by DBPOWER
Price: £5.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Looks good and works well, 22 April 2014
My first car was a Vauxhall Viva HB DeLuxe. The thing that marked it out as a DeLuxe was that it had a fitted heater. How things have changed! Now with all the tablets, phones, satnav, music players etc, setting off on a car journey is more like preparing for flight. All of that technology needs power, and fortunately most of it comes in the form of USB.

With this handy little device you can charge any two of your devices at a time. Plug it in and plug in the USB cables to your chosen devices and away you go. It’s as simple as that. There’s even a little light to confirm that it’s plugged in correctly and working. It appears to deliver as much power as any mains charger I’ve used and has had no problem charging everything I’ve plugged in.

It feels well-made looks good and looks like it will survive prolonged use and rattling around in the foot-well from time to time.


OXA Built-in Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard OXA Bluetooth Keyboard with Aluminum Alloy Holder for iPad / iPad mini / Samsung7"~10.1" tablet / Other tablet PC Black
OXA Built-in Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard OXA Bluetooth Keyboard with Aluminum Alloy Holder for iPad / iPad mini / Samsung7"~10.1" tablet / Other tablet PC Black

4.0 out of 5 stars Great way to enhance your tablet, 22 April 2014
As a writer I kid myself that if only I can sit under the right tree for long enough, inspiration will come. Nowadays that inspiration will inevitably be captured on my Acer A700 tablet. I love the portability and long battery life, but typing directly onto the screen never feels good, hence the search for a keyboard.

I’d previously bought a Logitech K360 wireless keyboard, which is a great, but is rather large and also requires a small wireless dongle to be connected to the tablet. This in turn requires a micro USB to USB-socket cable for the dongle to fit into. It all works well, but it means there’s two extra items to pack and to lose and it just made things too complicated and bulky.

So the first plus point with the OXA keyboard are its size, it’s very slightly smaller than the 10.1” tablet, and could be used to create a clamshell, laptop like device if the tablet is inserted into the hinge-style holder. However personally I like to keep my tablet secure in a wrap-around protective case, so as there's no cable to connect I just prop the case next to the keyboard to achieve pretty much the same effect. Connection via Bluetooth is a doddle requiring only that you type a four digit pin the tablet generates when you first connect. Subsequent reconnections don’t even require the pin to be re-entered. So it scores well on the two key points that I was searching for.

In use, the keyboard is compact but the keys are reasonably well spaced and there’s no skimping on the keys provided. Indeed in addition to the standard text, numeric, arrow and symbol keys there are keys specific to Windows and Android operating systems. The extra keys give direct access to video control, sound adjustment, home page, page back, power off and gmail for example on my android tablet which I quickly found to be very useful. The keys to list all apps and list open apps don’t seem to work with my A700 but this may be a compatibility issue as the keyboard isn’t listed as being fully compatible with my device.

The keys are fairly comfortable to use, they travel 2-3 mm when pressed and the operation is positive, the only exception being that hitting the space bar at its extreme ends does not always work which could be irritating depending on your typing style. There’s even a handy LED indicator for caps lock. I like the aluminium casing which looks good and gives the keyboard a really robust feel.

It’s not a full size keyboard, so there are compromises, but I wasn’t looking for something full size and the compromises have created a keyboard that works well, is easy to pack, frees off screen space and makes typing if not a joy, much less of a chore. I’ve knocked off a star for the temperamental space bar which may irritate some people, but apart from that this is a huge step up for me from using the on-screen keyboard.


OXA® 10000mAh 2A/1A Dual USB Outputs Portable External Battery For iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus or Samsung Galaxy S6, With Digital Screen And LED Flashlight, for Andriod phones, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iphone 3GS, iPad, HTC, Samsung, Tablets, Digital Camera, MP3 Players, and other USB Devices (Black)
OXA® 10000mAh 2A/1A Dual USB Outputs Portable External Battery For iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus or Samsung Galaxy S6, With Digital Screen And LED Flashlight, for Andriod phones, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iphone 3GS, iPad, HTC, Samsung, Tablets, Digital Camera, MP3 Players, and other USB Devices (Black)
Offered by DBPOWER
Price: £39.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A gadget that will get lots of use., 7 April 2014
USB connections have crept into our lives, not just for connecting peripherals to our PC, but much more often as a convenient power source for portable devices, from mobile phones, to MP3 players, torches to tablets. In the past I’d bought spare phone batteries in the vain hope that I’d remember to charge and pack them before a long week-end away. Inevitably I’d forget until too late. Sure you still have to remember to charge this battery pack, but once you do, you can power or recharge any of the gadgets you’ve stowed in your bag, two at a time.

The pack has a micro-USB input socket and two standard USB output sockets. It comes with a USB to micro-usb lead which can be used either to charge the pack or to recharge devices from the pack. The pack is charged from any PC USB socket or a standard wall charger. The charger isn’t included, but you’ll probably already have several of these around your house already.

There’s a neat blue display panel with indicators to inform you of which input/output ports are connected, and the level of charge held by the pack, displayed as a percentage.

Of course charge and discharge times will depend on what you connect it to. In my experience it charges fully in around 4-5 hours and appears to hold the charge well. A full charge extends the life of my Acer A700 tablet by just over 50% or can recharge my mobile phone several times over. However rather than fully recharging my phone, I make calls with the pack attached and can then save the remaining charge for whichever other devices might need it.

The pack feels robust and well made, and comes with a draw-string pouch which protects it and means you can carry it in a bag with other items without fear they’ll damage each other. There’s a handy emergency torch built in that is activated by two quick presses on the power button, that also might prove useful.

Overall it feels good and performs well, and for once seems to be a gadget that’s going to get lots of use.


MiTAB Black Bycast Executive Premium Leather Flip Slim Line Design Carry Case With Stand For The Acer Aspire ICONIA TAB A700 & A701 Full HD 10.1 inch 32GB Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
MiTAB Black Bycast Executive Premium Leather Flip Slim Line Design Carry Case With Stand For The Acer Aspire ICONIA TAB A700 & A701 Full HD 10.1 inch 32GB Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for the Acer Iconia A700, 26 Mar. 2014
This is a really nice case that fits my Acer Iconia A700 perfectly.

This is a leather case lined on the inside with a grey material with a slight protective pile. The case wraps around the A700 providing complete protection and is held closed by two pairs of small internally sealed magnets. When new these magnets didn’t seem strong enough to hold the case closed, but I think this was due to the stiffness of the case, as after a few days of use they now work perfectly.

The case can be opened and folded back to clip into a bracket at the back and thus form a useful desk stand for ease of watching video for example.

The A700 tablet slides in and is a very snug fit in the case which also has a fold over piece which means there is absolutely no danger of the tablet slipping out of the case.

The case has cut-outs for all the sockets and switches, plus cut-out for the front and rear cameras and the ambient light sensor. There’s even a cut out for the tiny reset hole, so you can fully operate the A700 without ever having to remove it from the case and an elasticated loop to hold a stylus if you have one.

Overall the case has a really nice feel and clearly care has been taken in its design. The stitching looks high quality and as well as being very functional, the case protects the device and looks really good.

I’d have loved to get the case in a different colour rather than black, but that slight gripe aside, this case is pretty much perfect for the A700 and highly recommended.


Kensington Orbit Optical Wired USB Trackball Mouse with Scroll Ring for PC and Mac - Black
Kensington Orbit Optical Wired USB Trackball Mouse with Scroll Ring for PC and Mac - Black
Price: £24.99

5.0 out of 5 stars So much faster and more comfortable than a mouse., 26 Mar. 2014
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I do a lot of graphics work, manipulating photographs and creating graphical designs. I have a standard optical mouse and a Wacom graphical tablet, but most of the time I find this trackball to be my preferred input device.

With both the mouse and the graphical tablet there is a lot of arm movement required, but with the trackball almost all the movement is achieved with the index finger, and key-clicks using thumb and middle finger. This is not only much more comfortable than sweeping your arm across the desk, it also frees up desk-space for other things.

The only other control is the scroll ring which surrounds the base of the blue trackball and provides a convenient way of scrolling up and down pages and for example also operates the zoom function in some drawing packages and scrolls horizontally through Windows Office menu tabs.

Overall I love using the trackball, and it’s made my other input devices largely redundant. My only slight niggle is with the scroll wheel which moves very easily which is great if you need to scroll through a large amount of information. However this does mean that sometimes I inadvertently catch it ever so slightly with my finger and find I’ve zoomed in or out of a graphics window. It’s really a very minor point, but perhaps the addition of a slight ratchet to the ring would make the trackball even better.

I’ve been surprised by how much using the trackball has made working with graphics quicker and more comfortable than using a regular mouse, so if you’re thinking of switching, my advice would be to take the plunge and give it a go.


(Protective Case, Black/Blue/Purple/Orange) OXA Silicone Protective Cover Case for Apple iPad 2, iPad 3 and ipad 4 Protective Shockproof Case (Ipad Case Black)
(Protective Case, Black/Blue/Purple/Orange) OXA Silicone Protective Cover Case for Apple iPad 2, iPad 3 and ipad 4 Protective Shockproof Case (Ipad Case Black)

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Useful protection for an iPad on the move, 17 Mar. 2014
This is a well-made and well-designed cover that can provide protection for your iPad from bumps and knocks.

The cover is made from a rubberised silicon material, we have the funky purple colour. It fully encloses the iPad providing a protective layer along the edges and two large shock absorbing buffers at the ends. The material has a nice feel and the bulbous ends fit neatly in the hand to make the iPad feel much more securely held. In this respect it creates a shape a little like the new Lenovo Yoga tablet, giving you something to grab. The cover has all the appropriate cut outs for camera, connections, switches etc. and the iPad can be fully operated with the cover in place.

Though I’m not brave enough, or crazy enough to drop test the iPad, the impression is that the cover would provide a degree of protection that might save it from an otherwise terminal accident. The ease with which the iPad can be held, and the drop protection mean the cover is best suited for use with an iPad that is being carried and used on the move.

The cover is less suited to other situations. It for example has no protection for the screen and therefore is not suited for use protecting the iPad in a schoolbag jostling with other items that might scratch the screen. Additionally there is no provision for a stand, so the iPad cannot be tilted on a desktop for ease of viewing.

However the case is very easy to attach and remove and my daughter, who uses the iPad for school, has been quite happy switching from a wrap-around cover that she uses at school, to this cover that she prefers at home.

So if you use your iPad on the move and want the feeling of holding it more securely, and the possible protection from drops and bumps, this could be very useful. It’s not a jack of all trades. But is well made for what it does do.


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