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3Q 10.1-inch Notebook (Blue) - (ARM Quad Core 1.6GHz, 8GB RAM, WI-FI, Android 4.2.2)
3Q 10.1-inch Notebook (Blue) - (ARM Quad Core 1.6GHz, 8GB RAM, WI-FI, Android 4.2.2)
Offered by ASK
Price: £79.95

8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The Chocolate Teapot of Tablets, 13 July 2014
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It looks like a bargain - a quad core 10" tablet for under £ 100 - but as ever, you get what you pay for. Minimal storage, terrible performance - stutters and lags playing games which much older tablets handle with ease. Avoid at all costs.

Shure SE215 In-Ear Sound Isolating Earphones - Clear
Shure SE215 In-Ear Sound Isolating Earphones - Clear
Offered by Independence Sale
Price: £89.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Superb engineering, great clarity (with the right recording), 7 Aug. 2012
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I usually hate in-ear headphones - you bung them in, and 2 minutes later without any provocation they fall out again. Shures are designed to twist into the hollow above the ear canal, so you never find yourself forcing a nasty piece of rubber deep into your ear just to get it to stay in. The cord is joined to the earpiece via a freely-turning slip ring, so there are no wires sticking out at awkward angles (and wear to the cord is presumably also reduced). Whoever designed these headphones really gave some serious thought to ergonomics - my only (minor) complaint is they're a bit tricky to wear with glasses given that the cord wraps over your ear.

Sound insulation is excellent - I can't hear a word my wife says with them on, so double bonus there.

Clarity and detail of sound reproduction is superb, with an expanded view of the sound stage you would never normally expect from a pair of in-ear headphones. However as other reviewers have pointed out, the remarkably good bass reproduction does seem to come at the price of some loss of detail in the midrange. So whereas unfussy instrumental recordings will sound great, you may find yourself turning the volume up to get rid of the sogginess on, say, busy metal recordings.

Samsung BD-D6500 Blu-ray 3D Smart Hub player with Built in Wi-Fi
Samsung BD-D6500 Blu-ray 3D Smart Hub player with Built in Wi-Fi

7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Highly temperamental - best avoided, 16 Oct. 2011
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I bought this Blu-Ray player as it seemed good value for an excellent spec which included a wide range of up to date features.

Whilst the startup time and picture quality in general seem rather good, I've had problems from day one with it being very selective about playing discs, both Blu-Ray and DVD.

Some take forever to load and even some brand new, unscratched discs just stop playing half way through. It now seems to have finally given up the ghost and won't play more than 10 min of even a bog standard DVD, despite having the most up-to-date firmware.

Maxtor 1TB (7200rpm) Shared Storage II Network Attached Storage (NAS) Drive (ROHS)
Maxtor 1TB (7200rpm) Shared Storage II Network Attached Storage (NAS) Drive (ROHS)

41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant hardware, vile software - a lovable troll, 24 Aug. 2007
I bought this device for its more workmanlike appeal over the nauseatingly trendy Western Digital My Book: it offers simultaneous Mac and Windows access and noiseless operation, whereas the My Book apparently does not.

It earned my instant respect when I took it out of the box and noticed the MAC address neatly printed on the label on the back. If like me you use MAC address filtering to secure your network at home, you will realise how the absence of this thoughtful touch would have made it nothing more than a very expensive brick. It took me a minute or two to attach to the network and power up, and its operation is indeed completely silent.

The drive management software shipped with the product, on the other hand, is utterly, utterly useless. The Vista install failed completely, and whilst I managed to get the software working on my MacBook, it failed to find the drive at all. Downloading the latest software from the Seagate/Maxtor website didn't help, either.

Unless possibly you are running XP, I recommend you drop the installation CD directly in the bin and use your web browser to set up the drive (assuming you can figure out the IP address). The built-in web-based management is clunky in the extreme, but is nevertheless fit for the purpose of managing the disk (e.g. giving it a network name).

Even without any of Maxtor's shoddy software you can browse to the drive in Windows Explorer just like it was another computer. In Mac OS you can see it if you use the Finder: choose Go -> Connect to Server and type cifs://<drive name/IP>. It took me an hour to figure that out. Thanks, Maxtor.

In summary, this is network storage for tech-heads. If you don't have Windows XP and you're not technically confident, then stick to the muted iPod comforts of something like the My Book.
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