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Intel Core i7 4770 Quad Core Retail CPU (Socket 1150, 3.40GHz, 8MB, Haswell, 84W, Intel Graphics, BX80646I74770, 4th Generation Intel Core, Turbo Boost Technology 2.0)
Intel Core i7 4770 Quad Core Retail CPU (Socket 1150, 3.40GHz, 8MB, Haswell, 84W, Intel Graphics, BX80646I74770, 4th Generation Intel Core, Turbo Boost Technology 2.0)
Price: 210.48

5.0 out of 5 stars Fast and low power: top value, 7 April 2014
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Installed on an Asus Z87 Pro Motherboard with Ubuntu 13.10 Linux. Very fast, runs cool, uses the 8 cores for some operations, not for others. Even with all 8 cores running for hours, it only reaches 33C with the cooling fan supplied with the processor. Much better value than the slightly faster but much more expensive processors.


CiT 750W 12cm Silent Fan Power Supply - Gold Edition
CiT 750W 12cm Silent Fan Power Supply - Gold Edition
Price: 29.99

3.0 out of 5 stars One worked fine, second was dead-on-arrival, 7 April 2014
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I was about to write a 5* review - lots of cables of appropriate lengths, with various power connectors, big quiet fan, compact and powerful. I then bought a second one - it partially powered on some motherboard LEDs but the computer would not switch on - so 'DoA' dead-on-arrival. The smaller ATX motherboard connector seemed to do nothing. Swapped for the first CiT supply and it worked fine. So first PSU I received is 5*, second one 0*, average posted above. Returned/refunded instantly, and I think I'll go for another make now.


ASUS Z87-PRO Socket 1150 4xDDR3 Max 32GB ATX Intel Z87 PCI-E 1x D-Sub DVI HDMI DisplayPort
ASUS Z87-PRO Socket 1150 4xDDR3 Max 32GB ATX Intel Z87 PCI-E 1x D-Sub DVI HDMI DisplayPort
Price: 142.67

5.0 out of 5 stars Top motherboard, 7 April 2014
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Brilliant motherboard, straightforward to assemble, high quality appearance, with clear instructions. Wifi is excellent - I planned to use the wired system but wifi is very fast so didn;'t need to use wire. BIOS is much better than any other I've worked with. I installed Ubuntu 13.10 Linux easily with SSD and 32GB RAM. Works really well with 3 monitors (and all 2560x1600) - but you need monitors with DVI, VGI and HDMI inputs. I was so happy I bought a second one of these motherboards, rather than a slightly cheaper motherboard, for another system.


WD My Book 2TB External Desktop Hard Drive (USB 3.0/2.0)
WD My Book 2TB External Desktop Hard Drive (USB 3.0/2.0)
Offered by AllTheMedia
Price: 80.87

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Large but I don't see speed and cable looks vunerable, 12 Nov 2012
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Currently this is among several large, quite low cost-per-TB, branded disks. I chose it because the USB3 faster interface (claimed 5Gb/s compared to 500Mb/s for USB2) put it ahead of others. However, I don't note any real difference, either in making backups or Premiere Pro video editing, in speed with this disk compared to a USB2 disk, on modern USB3 i7 and i5 PCs. I know cable clamps are now out of fashion (or maybe even banned for safety reasons), but the wobbly USB3 microUSB connector on the back of the drive hardly looks built to last, and the rather rigid cable with large plastic moulded plug does disconnect if the WD drive is pushed or cable touched. Given these comments, next time I would choose a disk with the larger near-square USB2 B connection.


RapidNFC Trial NFC Tags Starter Pack
RapidNFC Trial NFC Tags Starter Pack
Offered by RapidNFC
Price: 17.94

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Still a developing technology ... but no helpful information, 12 Nov 2012
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I suppose, like me, many people will buy these to see what NFC tags can do. Thus I'm partly reviewing the particular product, and partly the technology: I got them to test programming and reading with an Android Google Nexus 7. My 3* 'Its OK' review really comes from the lack of information with the products supplied. Given their 'trial' nature, users really need to know the data storage capacity and type of each one of the supplied sample chips: surely the supplier could have included a single page of information, or at least a web link. As it is, trial-and-error showed simple functions like referencing web pages could be stored and read from the chips, but I failed to get pictures or active phone control to work. Given that these are far from cheap and a 'sample pack', more information is, I think, expected.
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Max Value 2m USB 3 Extension Cable - Blue
Max Value 2m USB 3 Extension Cable - Blue

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reliable and robust extension that works for charging and data, 12 Nov 2012
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This extension carries enough power that cameras charge and disks turn, and has decent grip with the connectors at both ends so it does not fall out from computer/power supply or the device connector. It is quite thick cable and not bendy so will push devices off a table rather easily. Overall, it works as an extension - much better than previous black USB extensions I've used, where I have often ended up deciding to plug the device directly into power/computer.


Sony Cyber-shot HX10 High Zoom CMOS Sensor Camera - Red (18.2MP, 16x Optical Zoom) 3 inch LCD
Sony Cyber-shot HX10 High Zoom CMOS Sensor Camera - Red (18.2MP, 16x Optical Zoom) 3 inch LCD
Price: 253.77

26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding travel compact camera, 12 Nov 2012
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Firstly, as pointed out below, Amazon sells the HX10V model, not the HX10 which the Amazon heading/title indicates (the model sold by Amazon has GPS, the HX10 does not; formally, I received a DSC-HX10VRC 1080 50i AC100v-240v. This means DSC=digital still camera; V=with GPS; R=red).

I've had the HX9V for 18 months/7500photos, and been extremely pleased with it. The HX10V is a significant and worthwhile upgrade: most things are slightly faster and better, and the new price is remarkable value, well ahead of the competition for travel cameras I think.

From a cold start (30min since off), the HX10V can take a picture about 4 seconds after turning on, half the time of the HX9V. Usefully, video shooting starts also starts 2 seconds (rather than 5 seconds) after pressing the button (top-tip: video-taking starts much more quickly if you have the rotary selector on top set to 'movie' too). Importantly, the long 10 seconds recording time of videos after stopping filming is reduced to a few seconds, before you can do anything with the camera. You can also take still photos while making a video on the HX10V. Photographs are taken slightly faster after pushing the button, more can be taken per second (another top-tip: although it works without formatting, using the camera 'format memory card' function speeds it up). Resolution is up by 12%; the lens seems identical and is excellent, with quite close/macro focussing possible. A significant upgrade is the standard micro-USB plug on the camera, rather than the close but different Sony proprietary socket on the HX9V. The top panel, not shown in the Amazon pictures, has unfortunately been downgraded on the HX10V, not I think just my being used to the 9V: the on/off button is smaller, deep in plastic, and next to the shutter (needing a really firm press with a small finger to turn on), while the selector knob is buried and less knurled: both are hard to operate with cold hands outside today, and near-impossible with gloves. GPS lock-on is fast and sensitive (eg near a window in a room where the HX9V cannot get a signal), and a great boon for the way I take pictures and videos anyway, and unlike devices on large SLR cameras at 10x the price, includes compass information. All the control software/menu operation has been improved and simplified: the not-particularly-useful Custom and Memory Recall are deleted, but sadly they are not replaced by manual exposure and raw save options, both of which the lens/sensor quality could easily exploit.

I realise a comparative review may not be useful to many people, since few will have the chance to have the old and new models. The differences are small enough to not make 'upgrading' worthwhile, but if you have a use for a second travel camera, or are changing from a basic holiday camera, the HX10V is outstanding in its performance: I will use it in place of an larger multi-lens SLR camera regularly. The lens is excellent and speed of response to buttons not limiting (unlike the HX9V and other travel compacts).
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Sophia Global Remanufactured Ink Cartridge Replacement for HP 920XL (2 Black, 2 Cyan, 2 Magenta, 2 Yellow)
Sophia Global Remanufactured Ink Cartridge Replacement for HP 920XL (2 Black, 2 Cyan, 2 Magenta, 2 Yellow)
Offered by Sophia Global
Price: 34.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Replacement is good quality: First supply did not work, refund problem resolved, 28 Sep 2012
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EDIT: Credit to Amazon and the supplier: the problem below was quickly resolved (with postage-paid sticker to return the faulty cartridges). But it meant I was without a cyan cartridge and needed to pay 4x the price for one locally.

ORIGINAL REVIEW: The Cyan cartridges look different from the other two colours (with different sticker, although physically the same), and the printer does not recognize them and will not print. Amazon gives you a 30 day window to return: obviously, I bought the cartridges when the previous ones were replaced, and did not unpack and test the new ones on receipt (actually only 45 days), so this is entirely unrealistic. The cyan cartridges are unmerchantable quality, so I expect it is illegal to withhold replacement/refund, but we will see.
The black cartridge seems to be fine and its print quality is indistinguishable from HP.

EDIT: The set of cartridges, once working, gives excellent colour, on glossy or plain paper, with the quality indistinguishable from HP; actually, they seem to smudge less/dry slightly faster (with HP ink you need to be very careful not to collate/shuffle printed pages for several minutes). My problem is now what spare cartridges to keep: two HP sets cost more than a new printer, so I do not want to have many sets of spare cartridges when the printer eventually breaks, and you can't have a 'tested/working' spare set stored open (they would dry out) for when the ink runs out. I now have one HP set as second-reserve, and will keep another of these remanufactured ones to use day-to-day and first replacement!


New 7" Inch Black Leather Look Case + USB Keyboard With Free Stylus & Stand Feature For Protection Of Your 7" Tablet PC ePad aPad Device
New 7" Inch Black Leather Look Case + USB Keyboard With Free Stylus & Stand Feature For Protection Of Your 7" Tablet PC ePad aPad Device
Offered by FatGadgets UK
Price: 7.99

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent keyboard and case for Nexus 7 - needs plug adaptor, 6 Aug 2012
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A Google Nexus 7 is held securely in the three spring clips. The slightly padded case is smart for the price and nicely made with a horizontal stand for the tablet, and enough overlap of the edges to protect the tablet well. The keyboard works very well, with a positive key action, easy access to shift-keys, cursor, a num-lock function making letters to a numeric keyboard, I found surprisingly easy despite only being 8" across the keys. It is an immense improvement on poking at letters on the screen while juggling the tablet, for any form-filling or short e-mails. Much more convenient and 'it works' without the hassle of bluetooth keyboards, charging, dropped signal etc. The keyboard needs an adaptor from the normal size USB to microUSB (buy for <2 inc P&P: Keyboard USB A Female to MICRO B Male Converter Adaptor); I bought the moulded plug-type and it sticks out a lot when the normal USB plug from the keyboard is plugged in, so I would suggest getting one with a wire or right-angle connector. The supplied stylus does not work with the Nexus, and be aware that some Nexus screens (including the home screen) do not rotate to horizontal format. Overall extremely pleased, particularly at this price with fast delivery.


Manfrotto MTT2-P02 Table Tripod with Photo Head
Manfrotto MTT2-P02 Table Tripod with Photo Head

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good value solid mini-tripod for DSLR but probably not the 492 head as described, 21 April 2012
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This is a solid tripod which can support a digital SLR and zoom lens upto c. 300mm in landscape mode. It is easy to carry round, and you have confidence to use it with a heavier camera; you can also hold it against a solid support (tree, wall) more easily than the camera alone. On the MTT2 tripod, you need to tighten the nut strongly, so it is probably not suitable for daily use, and the ball movement is very (disappointingly) rough, so certainly not suitable for panning for a video. Even though both Amazon and the Manfrotto website say this has the Manfrotto 492 head (which alone is 5 more expensive than the MTT2 combination), I actually doubt this is very much - I would expect the 492 is smoother, needs less force to lock, and is generally larger and more solid. I bought the MTT2 to replace a well-liked Manfrotto 709 which I lost and looks very similar, but I think the ball head on the 709 was substantially better. Maybe I'll see if I can get a better head for the MTT2 tripod.


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