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Pure HQ OFC Shielded 3.5mm Stereo Jack to Jack Cable Gold 2m
Pure HQ OFC Shielded 3.5mm Stereo Jack to Jack Cable Gold 2m
Offered by Best Price Square
Price: £3.19

5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Nice components badly assembled., 26 Nov 2012
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One end of the lead is badly connected and needs to be held in a particular position to work, which is no good for my use.

I don't have time to get to the post office to return this or any of the numerous faulty little items being sent out so cheaply in bulk by Marketplace vendors on Amazon, which is why I buy everything online in the first place. But I still find it surprising how much of the stuff that I receive just doesn't work, especially cables and USB flash drives.

So no more returns, just feedback.
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Peace Frog Tree Adults T-Shirt (ADULT ( XXXL Fits Chest 52 inch / 132 cm))
Peace Frog Tree Adults T-Shirt (ADULT ( XXXL Fits Chest 52 inch / 132 cm))
Offered by Find Something Different
Price: £23.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice quality, shame about the fading print., 13 Sep 2012
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Nice shirt, good fabric, clever combination of subtle tye-dye and vibrant printing. Generous size, good length, nice to wear and the kids like it.

This does need to be washed in a cold wash with no bleach otherwise the print will start to wash off very dramatically, as I discovered. To be fair it does state this on the label, but even washing on a cold wash the print is gradually fading anyway. Were it not for this fact then I would give the t-shirt 5 stars for quality, comfort and style.


DJ Peace Frog Adults T Shirt (ADULT ( XXXL Fits Chest 52 inch / 132 cm))
DJ Peace Frog Adults T Shirt (ADULT ( XXXL Fits Chest 52 inch / 132 cm))
Offered by Find Something Different
Price: £21.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quality, shame about the fading print, 13 Sep 2012
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Good quality shirt. Generous size (even for XXXL), nice length, not flimsy. Comfortable. Vibrant colours printed over rich tie-dye. Nice for wearing out with the kids or in the studio during recording sessions.

This does need to be washed in a cold wash with no bleach otherwise the print will start to wash off very dramatically, as I discovered. To be fair it does state this on the label, but even washing on a cold wash the print is gradually fading anyway. Were it not for this fact then I would give the t-shirt 5 stars for quality, comfort and style.


Retro Music T-Shirt for Men CASSETTE TAPE Black XXXL
Retro Music T-Shirt for Men CASSETTE TAPE Black XXXL
Offered by MAKAYA
Price: £19.80

1.0 out of 5 stars Undersized or mis-labelled, 23 Aug 2012
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I buy all of my tops and t-shirts in XXXL size because I find it to be a loose and generous fit even on my fat torso. This t-shirt says XXXL on the label but is absolutely skin-tight on me. Incentive to lose weight but not much good to me now. The quality of the t-shirt itself is average and the quality of the print is poor.

The package came from Germany and the t-shirt was manufactured in Asia; I usually like to buy British because I have always found European sizes to be very much tighter and less generous than UK sizes.

If you are going to buy this shirt I advise you to go for a couple of sizes larger.


ARCTIC Freezer Xtreme Rev. 2 - 160 Watts Twin-Tower Heatsink CPU Cooler - Intel & AMD - 120mm PWM Fan - 4 Double-Sided Heatpipes - Easy Installation
ARCTIC Freezer Xtreme Rev. 2 - 160 Watts Twin-Tower Heatsink CPU Cooler - Intel & AMD - 120mm PWM Fan - 4 Double-Sided Heatpipes - Easy Installation
Offered by Nord PC GmbH & Co. KG
Price: £29.55

5.0 out of 5 stars Slightly better performance and MUCH quieter. Happy., 28 Jun 2012
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Got a stonking megacomputer built last summer. 6-core 3.4GHz CPU, 8GB RAM, nice graphics card, hard-drive docking port and lots of useful little sockets all down the back. Great for HD editing.
But the CPU cooler fan was very annoying. Every time I opened a programme it would start whizzing and whining like it was trying to take off. I couldn't play music quietly on iTunes at night because I couldn't hear the music over the noise of the fan. Recording sound was out of the question.

I was loathe to get one of these big coolers because the last one I got took all day to install and I had to completely dismantle the PC. This one still took a couple of hours but that was partly because the old cooler's thermal paste had set like glue and I ended up accidentally ripping out the CPU with the heat sink... scary moment.
This one comes with two different fittings for Intel and AMD setups, and the only thing I had to remove was the GPU to get easier access to the screw fittings. The pre-applied thermal paste was appreciated, one less thing to worry about.

Anyways, stuck a DVD on to keep me entertained while I fiddled around, put everything back together again and pressed the start button. My first thought was that I'd damaged something when I ripped out the CPU, but then the startup screen appeared. With no whining wall of white noise it seemed ghostly and unnatural. Just a faint whisper of air through the vents.

Putting it to the test I am getting exactly the same sort of temperatures that I was enjoying with the original cooler, around 36 degrees idle, 46-48 with all 6 cores blazing away at 100%, and that's without switching the case fans to maximum.

Can't recommend this highly enough.


Asus GeForce 210 Silent Graphics Card (1GB, DDR3)
Asus GeForce 210 Silent Graphics Card (1GB, DDR3)
Offered by ADMI Limited UK
Price: £23.50

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent basic HDMI / VGA hybrid GPU, 8 May 2012
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I have a beloved old studio PC which has been so extensively upgraded in the nine years since I bought it in 2003 that few of the original components still remain. One of those components - the dual screen graphics card - started dying on me last month.

It's a respectable enough machine running Windows XP Pro SP3 with a dual-core 2.4GHz CPU and 3.5GB of DDR2 RAM. It has been customised to run very quietly so a silent graphics card is perfect. I don't use my machine for serious gaming, mainly music production, watching DVDs and occasional video editing.

I am pleasantly surprised how versatile and powerful a GPU one can buy with such a relatively low outlay. This card has three outputs which is surplus to requirement as I only require two monitors. One of the outputs is HDMI which is a welcome step forward as I have long hated fiddling about with the screw-in VGA plugs and their thick, inflexible cables which put such a physical strain on the hardware in a tight spot.

Having physically installed the card (very simple and easy) the PC booted up in Setup mode having detected that I'd been fiddling with its innards, so I just selected "Exit Without Saving" and loaded Windows as normal. It loaded in low-res mode, XP automatically installed its own high-def audio drivers and then prompted me to reboot, which I did.

Easy. Didn't even have to use the CD-ROM.

The increase in performance with BBC iPlayer was unexpectedly dramatic. I have generally been very content with everything but my system has always had a slightly jerky playback with BBC iPlayer particularly on the HD material. The BBC iPlayer files are highly compressed and require a lot of real-time decompression and processing during playback which leads to a lot of frame drops and banding etc. Since the new card has been installed both standard and HD programmes on iPlayer have run as smoothly as a DVD without a glitch.

This card would seem to be the logical choice for the budget-conscious PC builder or anyone upgrading or replacing their older graphics cards. More versatile connectivity, smooth video playback, digital audio output via HDMI and a silent component. I would probably get something more rugged if I spent a lot of time playing games or used this as a video editing computer but this is more than good enough for regular multimedia PC use.


The Fourth Doctor Box Set (Doctor Who: The Lost Stories)
The Fourth Doctor Box Set (Doctor Who: The Lost Stories)
by Robert Banks Stewart
Edition: Audio CD
Price: £55.00

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The fourth Fourth Doctor, 17 Mar 2012
I've been curious to hear how Tom Baker would play the Doctor if he ever mellowed sufficiently to work with Big Finish, particularly given his advanced age and long-standing association with Little Britain and Vic Reeves' reinvention of Marty Hopkirk.

During his time on Doctor Who his portrayal varied somewhat following the departure of producer Philip Hinchcliffe, becoming (arguably) more frivolous during Graham Williams' tenure and then more brooding and restrained during his last season with John Nathan-Turner.

This then is a fourth portrayal, and varies very little from the way he has done anything else over the last 15 years. He is just playing it as eccentric old luvvie Tom Baker. He makes no attempt to recreate the original characterisation from the TV series and seems not to be taking it entirely seriously, in fact some of his delivery sounds as though he has Matt Lucas and David Walliams sniggering away in the next booth, egging him on. So from that point of view it is hard to hear these new stories and envisage the fourth Doctor as he was and the suspension of disbelief is largely created by Louise Jameson's spirited and more nuanced recreation of Leela and the more professional acting of the rest of the cast. But some of the lines that Tom Baker delivers really made me laugh out loud. I don't know whether he chucked in some entertaining ad-libs that stuck or whether he seizes upon some of the sillier or more jokey lines in the script and brandishes them at us. I don't think he is trying to be disrespectful, he is just enjoying his work and playing the Doctor the way he wants to play the Doctor now, rather than then.

The writing and sound production, as usual for Big Finish, is amazing, and there seems to be a lot of pseudo-surround technology employed to make the experience more immersive and surprising (listening to these stories on the headphones I found myself turning around more than once to see where that sound or that voice had come from.)

Don't get these hoping to travel back in time to the 1970s, get these to find out what the Doctor would be like had he not come a cropper at the end of Logopolis and lived to see in the new series.


MaxiMuscle Promax Lean 600 g Chocolate Weight Loss and Definition Shake Powder
MaxiMuscle Promax Lean 600 g Chocolate Weight Loss and Definition Shake Powder

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Effective but revolting, 28 Jan 2012
I have been using this on and off for the last year to help me control my appetite in conjunction with another diet. I started with the chocolate flavour because that is my default favourite flavour but I have gradually gone off it because the taste is slightly unpleasant to the point where I now feel queasy while I'm drinking it. In order not to waste the powder I have started blending it with some much nicer diet shakes with a little spoonful of coco powder, coffee and sweetener.

I have a similar problem with the strawberry flavour and the more expensive vanilla flavour. On their own they make me gag, I have to cut them with nicer, creamier-flavoured diet shakes to get through them. (Stupid thought but I wonder if these shakes work so well by making you feel slightly unwell when you drink them?)

The only flavour which seems to go down OK on its own is the banana but it is more expensive.

Aside from the taste I find the stimulant properties of the formula a little harsh. A couple of these a day sometimes make me feel jittery and on edge. I've got four huge tubs of this stuff sitting at home and I'm going to get through them gradually over the next few months but I doubt I'll be re-ordering.

To be fair to the manufacturers, this supplement does work if you can take it. It's only the taste and the side-effects that are putting me off.


Rycote 033072 24cm 19-22mm Standard Hole Classic Softie Microphone Windshield
Rycote 033072 24cm 19-22mm Standard Hole Classic Softie Microphone Windshield
Price: £70.80

1.0 out of 5 stars Useless. Get a blimp., 19 Sep 2011
Having this softie over your condensor mic will be a marginal improvement on a bog-standard foam popshield, but only by a very narrow margin. Not quite enough to be of any critical use.

This softie failed me on a handheld mic on a hot summer day with only the most gentle breeze blowing. It couldn't keep out a soft breeze on a summer day. I ended up having to shield the mic with an umbrella which gave me slightly lopsided sound and unmbrella rustling, and then resorted to using one of the crew as a windbreak, which deadened the sound. Clearly this would not be workable on a boom pole. Later I got the rushes back from some scenes with some actual normal wind blowing where a Rycote softie had been used and it was unlistenable let alone usable. Thought the rumble was going to shred my speakers.

I'm not sure who uses these or in which environment they're supposed to be of any significant benefit. Horrendous waste of money. I'm going to have to splash out on a proper blimp/cage after all.


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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Oh... Belkin! Now I remember., 14 Aug 2011
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I've just realised why I was feeling apprehensive when I bought this. It's the manufacturer. Been a long time since I bought anything from Belkin. Nice logo, nice design, cheap prices, but here's the problem:

I have NEVER bought a product from Belkin that isn't fundamentally technically flawed or simply non-functional. Five years ago I bought a cassette adapter for playing mp3s in my car, it only worked in one speaker. Too cheap to bother returning. Later I bought an FM transmitter for the same purpose. Terrible quality, unusable. I had a Belkin wireless router which needed re-booting every 30 minutes to keep working.

I didn't think they could get anything this simple wrong, but they've managed it. Dead on arrival. Too cheap to bother returning.

The Belkin name is now a steer-clear warning for me, synonymous with false economy and bad workmanship.


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