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Prem-I-Air 2-in-1 All Season Air Cooler and Ceramic Heater
Prem-I-Air 2-in-1 All Season Air Cooler and Ceramic Heater

13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A decent fan and heater, but very poor as a cooler., 7 Jun 2014
As a way of moving air around, or warming a room, this unit works well. Even on it's lowest setting it pushes out an impressive amount of air. Medium and high are significantly noisier, but push out a very forceful blast of air. The evaporation cooler though is very poor, bordering on useless. Even using the supplied freezer blocks and adding ice cubes to the water tank will only lower the exhaust air 1-1.5 degrees centigrade lower than the room temperature. In a small bedroom, even after four hours, the temperature had not changed at all. The only time the cooler did make a difference (and the reason I kept it), is if you stand it at the foot of the bed and leave it running all night. When used like that, you are cooler than if you just used a fan. The only problem is that by the morning, the cooler has significantly increased the room humidity. On the lowest setting, the water tank lasts approximately 8 hours.


Eurolight Front Led Orange Safety Light with Universal Bracket
Eurolight Front Led Orange Safety Light with Universal Bracket

1.0 out of 5 stars Utter rubish., 6 Feb 2014
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It's completely my fault for expecting something for (almost) nothing, but this light barely qualifies. It's made of the kind of brittle, bargain basement, poorly finished plastic that breaks like chocolate when all you are doing is opening it as per the instructions. But I guarantee that if you manage to open the lens and fit the batteries without the light falling to pieces in your hands, the second you switch it on and witness the pathetic dim green glow that is supposed to let car drivers see you at night, the unit will either be heading straight back to Amazon as 'unfit for purpose', or heading to your bin. It's that! bad.


NERO 12 (PC)
NERO 12 (PC)
Price: £44.84

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars If you want the Nero 12 suite, buy the Platinum version. Because..., 6 Feb 2014
This review is from: NERO 12 (PC) (CD-ROM)
Like many people, my laptop came pre-loaded with several Nero products. So I decided to upgrade to the full Nero Suite to give me the additional features in a nice neat package. The reason why I've marked the software down is because when you go to the Nero website and compare the features offered by Nero 12 and Nero 12 Platinum, it seems that the only additional features you pay for with the Platinum version, is support for Bluray DVDs. I didn't need this feature, so bought this version instead, and was very annoyed to discover that there are huge swathes of features, especially in Nero Video, that are greyed out as 'upgrade required', ie. upgrade to Platinum. Nero have been very underhanded in that many of the unavailable features are the most useful video editing effects, such as slow motion and many of the most popular 'swipes'. Nero Video also has a very useful feature called movie 'themes', which are basically nice little intro and outro clips that quickly add a professional touch to your movies. But again, many of these are greyed out and are only available in the more expensive Platinum version.

My second major gripe is that the Nero website talks about the Recode program being able to "convert your movies to most popular video formats". I had recently purchased a home media server and thought that I could use Recode to convert and copy my DVD collection to the new hard drive, but Recode will not touch retail DVDs, just giving a dialog that the discs are in an 'unrecognized format'. Which is again frustrating, as I was able to download a freeware program that has done the job perfectly.

Finally, Nero really has some very strange quirks. The basic video editing is too basic and the 'advanced' mode does not offer enough features. There are freeware programs that offer a better way to trim videos, than Nero's clunky, one clip at a time method.
The backup software needs a separate download from Nero and bootable disc creation before it will make a true image of your hard drive. A fact which is buried away in the system documentation. Which is very poor because the 'Live Backup' feature makes users believe that they are protecting themselves from a total hard drive failure, when they are not.
As mentioned earlier, the Recode software will not go near retail DVDs or MKV video formats.
The media manager component 'MediaHome' seems determined to scan your entire home network before it will open. It doesn't seem to remember it's last state and work from there in the background.
The inclusion of the Nero Express and! Nero Burning ROM is very confusing when trying to burn data to discs.
The main dashboard refuses to open if you are working offline, because it checks your serial number prior to startup. You can open the individual programs from the Windows Start menu, but it's just another frustrating quirk you need to live with.

So if all you want to do is convert a downloaded YouTube video to play on an ipod. Do some basic video editing. Organize your photos from a central interface. Create a very basic DVD from a movie already on your hard drive, or add a basic file backup program to your PC, then Nero does offer a quick one-stop-shop to add several features in a single, neat(ish) solution. My only advice would be to ignore this version, pay for the complete Platinum package, but be prepared to end up buying more dedicated software as you quickly hit Nero's limitations.


Lectrolite Motion Sensor Alarm with Remote Control
Lectrolite Motion Sensor Alarm with Remote Control
Price: £5.65

1.0 out of 5 stars Very loud...But., 20 Jan 2014
The alarm is loud when triggered. But there are two problems with it, that have limited where I can use it. The first is that there is no lock on the battery cover, so if the alarm is too low, a quick thief can have the batteries out before the entry delay expires. But the biggest problem is that turning on the compact fluorescent room light, frequently arms the alarm, which is ridiculous. It's now in the garage, where the strip lights don't seem to affect it as often.


Solar Technology Classic Freeloader Solar Charger  - Silver
Solar Technology Classic Freeloader Solar Charger - Silver
Offered by AP Motor Store
Price: £43.13

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Does recharge my iPhone. But..., 18 Jan 2014
When I bought the Freeloader, due to it's size, I wasn't expecting masses of reserve battery power. But I was! expecting a power pack that would recharge quickly on mains power, fairly quickly on solar power, and hold that charge for at least a fortnight. Unfortunately, the Freeloader takes 5 hours to charge from the mains, up to 16 hours! to recharge from it's solar panels, and it's charge slowly bleeds away within 7 days.
Mine still gets used regularly, but it has been demoted to simply getting my iPhone through the day if I am using it as a mobile wifi modem. It's a shame. The Freeloader has all the accessories to make you think it's a serious travel companion. But in my experience, it just doesn't have the specs to make it anything more than an emergency weekend phone charger.


Cathedral 7 Pocket Wall File - Black
Cathedral 7 Pocket Wall File - Black
Price: £7.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A clever way to travel with documents., 7 Jan 2014
To anyone that has not seen a Cathedral Wallfile before, they just look like a standard multi pocket document folder. But they are designed to also hang on a hook and have the individual pockets slide downwards to form a vertical open filing system. As a Project Manager who moves between multiple site offices, I pair the Wallfile with an over-door coat hook and voila! all my files are quickly visible, yet pack away again instantly at night. A very clever idea.


Toshiba-Samsung TS-L633 internal 8x DVD±R/RW DVD Burner Drive for all Laptops with 12.7mm height SATA drive,for example HP Pavilion Serie dv5-1032eg Compaq Serie 6730b Presario CQ62 CQ56 ProBook Serie 6550b EliteBook Serie 8540w Envy 620 625 DELL Studio Serie 1745 Vostro Serie 3700 Latitude Serie E5500 Inspiron Serie 15z,Samsung R560 R525 IBM LENOVO Thinkpad Serie T420 IdeaPad Serie Y560 Acer Aspire Serie 5750G Extensa 7630G TravelMate 7740G 5740Z, Toshiba Qosmio X300 L650D ASUS G71GX Fujitsu Pi 3560 Lifebook A1130 A530 Sony Vaio VPC-EC1M1E etc.
Toshiba-Samsung TS-L633 internal 8x DVD±R/RW DVD Burner Drive for all Laptops with 12.7mm height SATA drive,for example HP Pavilion Serie dv5-1032eg Compaq Serie 6730b Presario CQ62 CQ56 ProBook Serie 6550b EliteBook Serie 8540w Envy 620 625 DELL Studio Serie 1745 Vostro Serie 3700 Latitude Serie E5500 Inspiron Serie 15z,Samsung R560 R525 IBM LENOVO Thinkpad Serie T420 IdeaPad Serie Y560 Acer Aspire Serie 5750G Extensa 7630G TravelMate 7740G 5740Z, Toshiba Qosmio X300 L650D ASUS G71GX Fujitsu Pi 3560 Lifebook A1130 A530 Sony Vaio VPC-EC1M1E etc.
Offered by Lizard Tech LTD
Price: £33.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for adding LightScribe to my Toshiba Satellite laptop., 29 Dec 2013
Bought to replace the factory (TSST)SN-208 model DVD Writer in a Toshiba Satellite L750/755 series laptop. The drive is an exact replacement and took less than 5 minutes to install. There is no driver software, as the burner is auto-detected by Windows 7 and the driver is installed automatically.
You can leave the flat bezel on the drive, or swap it if, (like mine), your laptop DVD draw has a contoured bezel. The fixing clips are universal.

There is no labeling software included.
The latest LightScribe software needs to be downloaded from the Hewlett Packard Lightscribe website, where you can also find both the simple and advanced label maker programs, plus several pages of label templates.
Anyone who owns the Nero suite can also add the free 'Label Designer' program, which is LightScribe compatible and allows full pro design options. There are several other suites from Corel and Cyberlink etc, that also have LightScribe printing built in.

The TS-L633 is also a dual layer disc reader/writer, so will upgrade any DVD-5 single layer drives, to DVD-9. Allowing you to burn HD movies onto 8.5 Gb media, rather than the standard 4.7Gb discs.

While using the burner, I found the disc positioning to be extremely accurate, allowing multiple LightScribe etching passes, if you wish to really darken the etched label. Single pass, high contrast/quality labels take the usual amount of time for LightScribe of around 15 minutes, with the results being a very professional looking, laser quality labelled disc, without the need to faff around with printers, stick-on labels and applicators.

A very easy way to add two upgrades to your laptop, in less time than it takes to drink a cup of tea.
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Creative Inspire T10 Multimedia Speakers
Creative Inspire T10 Multimedia Speakers
Price: £29.98

5.0 out of 5 stars Genuinely brilliant., 19 Dec 2013
I bought the T10s to boost the sound from a laptop, and they didn't disappoint. Usually, when you see words like BasXPort(tm), all you get is a daft gimmick. But the T10s really do pack quite a bass punch. They are only 5 Watts per channel, but that's more than enough to fill a small room.
It was the weight of each speaker that was my first surprise. The second was just how good they sound. If you decide to watch a movie on your laptop or desktop, these speakers genuinely enhance the experience with their clever bass ports.
They look very smart in their piano black. I also like the fact that Creative have given their baby speakers a Tone control, as it swings the sound so successfully between bass and treble, that you don't need to fiddle around with your media player's equalizer settings.
If I ever need a speaker system with more power, I'm so impressed with the T10s, that I will just move up to a more powerful model in the Creative T Series line-up.


Steganos Password Manager Version 14 (PC)
Steganos Password Manager Version 14 (PC)

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All the features I needed, in one place., 21 Aug 2013
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Steganos Password Manager 14 offers all the features that were on my wishlist. It has a very clean user interface, is very easy to use, has a desktop widget, Dropbox syncing and an Iphone application.
Back that up with full 256 bit encryption, a password generator/strength checker and an inbuilt portable usb version, and it's about as fully featured as you could want.
Once opened, the main window can be minimized to the task bar, leaving behind a tiny desktop widget which can be used to select, drag and drop your various log on details into web accounts. The widget also includes a website quick launch button to guarantee that you are re-visiting the correct website. Some web pages disable drag and drop, but Steganos backs up this feature with a copy/paste function from within the main window, which can in turn be handily raised from the widget.
The manager supports multiple keychains, so an individual can split their passwords into groups within a single keychain, or completely separate keychains. Though I think the main purpose is to allow family users to secure their passwords into their own personal keychain.
Dropbox keychain exporting can be enabled, to either provide a convenient backup method, or to automatically update your smart phone copy of your keychain.
Within the manager, there are several pre-defined forms for bank cards and online banking etc, and although you cannot edit the input boxes, there is a free-text comments area.
The final nice features of the manager are that it adds a toolbar to either Firefox or Internet Explorer (can not get it to work in Google Chrome) which put all the password features directly into your browser window, plus add the automatic form filling capability and allow you to import any website urls you select into an area of your keychain, so that these website addresses are available in an independent list from within the manager while it is open, and encrypt once you close your keychain at the end of the day.
All told, a great password manager.


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