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Under Armour Men's Heat Gear No Show Socks (Pack of 3) - Black, Medium
Under Armour Men's Heat Gear No Show Socks (Pack of 3) - Black, Medium

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice sock, but don't expect to get three full usable pairs..., 22 May 2016
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Bought two packs, but the grey pair in each had a faulty sock. In one pair, one of the socks was significantly smaller than all the other socks in the pack. In the other pack one of the grey socks had a humongous and malformed seam across the toes. Good socks, comfortable, but only expect to get two usable pairs out of the pack-of-three.


Hudora 14255 Bold 145 Big Wheel Scooter, Green
Hudora 14255 Bold 145 Big Wheel Scooter, Green
Price: £58.93

3.0 out of 5 stars Well built, but flawed and too small, 22 May 2016
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Generally a well built scooter, good design, good materials, but with a few borderline-unacceptable flaws.

The handlebars are removable; push-fit into a "T" section at the top of the steerer-tube, and secured with little spring-loaded "nubs". Whilst a convenient feature, the actual fit is far too loose, alarmingly loose in fact, to the point where it interferes with the security of the steering.

The black section of the steerer-tube (adorned with "HUDORA" in images) is a good 25% shorter than in any image of this scooter. The extendable section of the steering-tube has three predefined height. The middle of these is about right form my daughter (age 5 - 1.15m tall), and so I can't imagine that this scooter would be any good much beyond ages 7 or 8 (at the outside - considerably less for any above-average-height child).

On delivery the bearings in the headset were clamped far too tight, making turning the steering stiff to turn.

With the exception of the loose handlebars, the overall quality is acceptable. My daughter is enjoying it immensely, and the larger wheels (larger than the minuscule ones found on many scooters) definitely cope with uneven pavements better than its small-wheel brethren.


Intel 530 Series 180GB Solid State Drive
Intel 530 Series 180GB Solid State Drive
Price: £103.12

13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sandforce speed, Intel reliability., 18 April 2014
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It should be known, right from the start, that there are faster and cheaper drives than the Intel 530; some may even say there are /better/ consumer-drives, but "best" is a very subjective concept which depends heavily on ones priorities. In this reviewer's opinion the Samsung 840 Evo should be everyone's first choice for an "everyday" SSD, and for situations where a little more performance and reliability are required the 840 Pro is near peerless. I have used these drives (and their venerable forebear, the 830) in my MacBook Pro and several notebook and desktop PCs and they have proved themselves faultless.

So if Samsung drives are so good, why bother with the Intel 530? Well, there's one thing that Intel does better than anyone else, and that's validation. The rigorous bug-checking, fault-finding, and compatibility tests which Intel use to validate their products as fit-for-purpose are unrivalled in the IC* industry. Most SSDs - Samsung's drives included - require numerous and frequent firmware-updates throughout their lives to patch the various bugs and compatibility issues which invariably crop up. Some of these updates fix problems, sometimes they don't, sometimes they make drives faster, sometimes slower, sometimes an attempt to fix one bug introduces several different ones. This is not how Intel works; they release the product as a finished and polished item. On the rare occasions where there are bugs which make it through the process (the Intel 320 SSD springs to mind), Intel push the fix through the same exhaustive test to ensure it really fixes the problem. It is for this reason that Intel have the lowest return-rate in the industry, bar NONE.

Well that's Intel's advantage covered, what about the actual drive? Earlier Intel drives were always built around an Intel-designed and built controller (the chip that allows the computer to communicate with the NAND memory chips where all your precious data is stored), but the 530 uses a Sandforce controller (though the firmware it contains is tweaked by Intel and passes through their legendary validation process). Sandforce was the new-kid-on-the-block in the SSD world, and had built itself a reputation for producing fast but temperamental controllers, when Intel made the surprise announcement that they would use these controllers in their consumer SSDs. This fusion of Sandforce controller and Intel know-how and validation has produced a drive which can trade punches with the Samsung 840 Pro for speed, but benefits from Intel's industry-leading reliability.

The final aspect which I would be remiss in excluding is NAND, and the fabrication node at which the NAND chips are produced. Yes, I'm well aware that many of you who had made it this far have now also given-up on this review, but it's important, honest. NAND chips have a limited life span; they can only be written to a finite number of times before they fail. This is bad; but worse still is that as manufacturers shrink the chips (to make them more efficient and cheaper to produce) the life span of these chips reduces. The early SSDs had read/write lifespan of some 50,000 cycles, but the latest generation of chips can last as little as 1000 cycles before failure. In reality NAND with even only 1000 r/w cycles will out-live the average PC (though not by much) if only used lightly. For the 530, Intel have cherry-picked the best of their MLC** NAND for this drive, giving it greater endurance than most consumer drives, and allowing them to offer a 5-year warrantee. For more demanding consumers with a data-heavy workload (video/photo editing etc), more robust SSDs with r/w lives in the 3,000 to 5,000 range (such as the Intel 530) are a requirement, not just a luxury.

If you value your data (and your time), and /use/ your computer, the Intel 530 may be the drive you are looking for.

N.B. This drive (at least the one that I received) is an OEM*** version. The drive itself is a normal Intel 530, but it is supplied in a simple brown cardboard-box with absolutely no accessories (not even screws). I will not deduct any points for this as no accessories are listed in Amazon's description, but OEM drives should explicitly be listed as such.

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Kingston Technology 60GB Solid State Drive V300 2.5-inch SATA 3
Kingston Technology 60GB Solid State Drive V300 2.5-inch SATA 3
Price: £35.37

877 of 904 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars WARNING! Reduced performance of newer drives, 30 Jan. 2014
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[...]

Tests are showing the newer V300 drives are performing at less than half the speed of the earlier V300s. Kingston are using inflated results from benchmarking software which is sympathetic to the dynamic data-compression used by the SandForce controller in the V300 to claim that the new drives still meet their "on the box" performance claims. Whilst technically correct, the real-world performance of the newer drives is significantly reduced compared to the earlier versions of the drives.

The Kingston V300 in its initial form (as I purchased four months ago) was a genuine five-star product, but this new incarnation (along with the associated deception) is simply a mediocre SSD trading off the reviews of the original drive.
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Lexar Professional JumpDrive S23 16GB USB 3.0 (100MB/s) Retractable Design Flash Drive Memory Stick - Teal
Lexar Professional JumpDrive S23 16GB USB 3.0 (100MB/s) Retractable Design Flash Drive Memory Stick - Teal
Price: £9.86

2.0 out of 5 stars Flimsy and cheap, 18 Jan. 2014
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From the product photos you may be fooled into believing this is another run-of-the-mill USB 3.0 flash-drive, unfortunately the structural material that this is made from is little different to that which you would find on your average yoghurt-pot. Electrically the drive appears to be fine, but don't expect this to last more than a month or two of average use. On my unit, the "mechanism" which holds the drive in the open position failed after two uses.

This drive is only used for storing music in my car, so it will have a very easy life, but if I had bought this to use as an every-day drive it would have gone straight back to Amazon.


Linksys Wireless-N ADSL2+ Gateway
Linksys Wireless-N ADSL2+ Gateway

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good, but ugly, 10 May 2008
Hardware: V1
Firmware: V1.00.11 (updated)

+ Good solid build-quality
+ Easy to setup (didn't even open the installation-CD)
+ Stable (no drop-outs to date)
+ Good wifi strength and range (full signal strength throughout my [small victorian] house)

- Ugly


Wireless Access Point Router w/ 4-Port Switch 802.11g
Wireless Access Point Router w/ 4-Port Switch 802.11g

3.0 out of 5 stars WRT54g Version 7, 10 May 2008
Good _budget_ wifi-router.
Pray you get a v7.2 and not a v7.0.

I have received (early May 2008) a version 7 WRT54g from Amazon. Version 7 uses a different chipset to the previous incarnation and suffers from frequent loss of wifi signal. Linksys has replaced version 7 with version 7.2 in which they have reverted to using the original (correctly implemented) chipset. Once updated to the latest /beta/ firmware (contact Linksys) the version 7 /seems/ to be stable, but the signal strength is still less than it should be.


Linksys by Cisco NSLU2 Network Storage Link for USB 2.0 Disk Drives
Linksys by Cisco NSLU2 Network Storage Link for USB 2.0 Disk Drives

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I'm sure it's wonderful, but..., 14 April 2008
I'm sure it's wonderful, but the unit I have just received has a faulty ethernet port. It appeared to happily register the existence of either USB flash-drives and hard-drives, but no-matter which - of my numerous - switches and routers it was plugged into the little ethernet "connection" LED (on both the Nslu2 and the switches) remained blank and the Nslu2 was totally unreachable. This is strange as the Nslu2 /should/ report hardware faults by beeping, but this unit believed everything to be fine, it just refused to acknowledge it was connected to a network.

I hope the replacement unit works because this is potentially a fun little little network device.

UPDATE:
Replacement Nslu2 arrived from Amazon less than 12 hours after I reported the original unit as faulty. Top work Amazon!

Plugged the new Nslu2 unit into the network, powered it up, ethernet LED blinked into life, and in under 2 minutes (from opening the packaging) I'm configuring the unit from the web-interface. What a wonderful bit of kit!


Canon PowerShot G7 Digital Camera - Black (10.0MP, 6x Optical Zoom) 2.5" LCD
Canon PowerShot G7 Digital Camera - Black (10.0MP, 6x Optical Zoom) 2.5" LCD

10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Astounding camera - faulty CCD, 24 July 2007
Out of the box, used simply as "point and click", this camera takes outstanding photographs. Unfortunately I had only just started exploring the comprehensive features when I identified an identical bright-blue patch (larger than just one pixel) on every photograph (a fault on the CCD). Presently awaiting Amazon to replace the faulty unit.

Even with the disappointment of having to return (for replacement) the camera, I am genuinely impressed with both the physical build of the camera and the quality of photographs it takes.

+5 Stars: Quality of camera
-1 Star: Faulty unit


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