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Sony BDPS790 3D Wi-Fi Blu-ray Player (discontinued by manufacturer)
Sony BDPS790 3D Wi-Fi Blu-ray Player (discontinued by manufacturer)

23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars really a quality blu ray player, 27 May 2012
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I have the 780 and i recently decided to upgrade to the 790 because of the new processing power and some new picture enhancements introduced with the 2012 player.

The picture is better than the 780, although it is a minor improvement, noticeable with most HD material. I have a 55 inch toshiba 3d television and the Sony bluray players offer control over them via HDMI, which is useful.

The mechanism is very fast, and accessing discs is slightly faster than the 780, which was already class leading.

I would recommend this player to anyone considering a new bluray player, it is very small, and can fit on the front section of the stand of the toshiba television without taking up any more space.

I think the 4k upscaling option is a little bit of a gimmick as when 4k televisions are available we will want a native 4k player, not an 'upscaling' device. Still its not as if they charged any extra for adding this, so its difficult to complain.

It is a very quiet player, fast acting, with superb picture quality. The new additions, such as dual HDMI ports will prove invaluable to many people.

Its actually less expensive than the 780 was last year, so its a winner.
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Black Dub
Black Dub
Price: £5.85

5.0 out of 5 stars Great sound quality, 3 Feb 2012
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This review is from: Black Dub (Audio CD)
Great audiophile disc, not sure what the negative review on sound quality was about. Its not compressed at all and very 'open' sounding via my raysonic cd228 and valve amplifier with audeze lcd3.

Great songs, captures the spirit of a real band completely loving the music they are makimg. Great soaring background imagery too throughout.


Sigma 50-500 mm F4-6.3 APO DG HSM Optical Stabilised lens for Nikon Full Frame and Digital APS-C SLR Cameras
Sigma 50-500 mm F4-6.3 APO DG HSM Optical Stabilised lens for Nikon Full Frame and Digital APS-C SLR Cameras
Price: £999.00

48 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent, diverse lens in the right hands, 27 Jan 2012
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Early versions of this lens had some issues, but i purchased from Amazon and received one of the latest numbers.

I always buy Nikon lenses, but the range of this Sigma lens appealed to me, I was that intrigued that I made the call to take the risk. Some of the reviews online were mixed but as I found out, it really does depend on the partnering camera.

Due to the reasonable price (sure its not cheap, but for the range it is), this isn't the best lens for low light situations. As I use a Nikon D3S I have been able to compensate with slightly higher than normal ISO settings. The lens with this camera is fantastic and I haven't had a single shot, even at dusk, blurring. I have even taken some pictures indoors in the evening with a simple light on a table at ISO 6,400 and it was quite impressive.

The sharpest pictures are normally at F8 or F11, and its a lens ideal for outdoor, with moderate to good light. I bought a 95mm UV filter which cost a small fortune, but there is so much glass on the front of this lens that it seems silly to not offer some protection.

The supplied bag is very good quality and they supply an extender for the hood, for those who aren't using a full size sensor.

The quality of shots has been more impressive than I would have though, from street shots at 50mm to 100mm, to zoom shots right up to 500mm (it would appear Sigma are slightly over optimistic with their rating as it is closer to 480mm from my own testing).

The biggest downside is the size. Everyone in a street just walks away immediately, thinking you are a professional photographer. Interestingly, you can get great shots of people about half a mile away, before they realise you are even there. For candid shots, it is fantastic due to the telescopic range.

This is my second Sigma lens, and it is light years ahead of the previous model I had, which was very poorly built.

Be aware it weighs almost 2 kg, so you need to offer it support when attached to the camera. Fully extended it can get in the way and looks almost like a rocket launcher from a distance.

Very impressed with this lens, I have been able to take a lot of photographs from the same lens without having to carry around several primes. I use this now almost exclusively. falling back on my 50 mm f1.2 prime for low light situations in the street.
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Nikon AF Fisheye NIKKOR 16mm f/2.8D Lens
Nikon AF Fisheye NIKKOR 16mm f/2.8D Lens
Price: £635.00

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very capable lens, 20 Jan 2012
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Having read some posts about this fisheye lens I dont think some people buying it actually know how the images will look after they are taken. To get the most from this particular lens you need a full frame D3 (I use D3s and D3X) and DXO Optics Pro 6 or 7 software which can readjust the shape into something more useful. The software isn't free, but it is well worth the investment as it turns this 'novelty' infrequently used 16mm into something really useful for a variety of shots.

It is a moderately well built Nikon Lens at a good price, with very good optics. the edges can be a little soft, but this is expected. Just don't shoot at f2.8. I find f8 to give the best results.

Worth the money, especially as Amazon were offering it at under £600 for a while.


Toshiba 55WL863B 55-inch Widescreen Full HD 1080p Pro-LED 3DTV with Freeview
Toshiba 55WL863B 55-inch Widescreen Full HD 1080p Pro-LED 3DTV with Freeview

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very impressive, aided by Cell PS3 processor, 2 Jan 2012
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Its a little sad to see people reviewing a television without hands on experience of the unit itself, rather than just reading its 'edge lit' and therefore less than acceptable.

I recently ordered a Sony Bravia screen which cost £1,200 - 46 inch, and was impressed with it, but I experienced some issues with brightness abnormalities bottom left and bottom right of the panel. I wasn't happy and had it sent back. I was offered a refund or replacement from the local store and opted for a refund, as I had read about this toshiba screen online and fancied the idea of having a modified Playstation 3 IBM cell processor handling some functionality, such as processing and 2D to 3D on the fly conversion.

The tv, as expected is exceptionally thin, due to the LED panel, and weighs very little when I think back to my Sanyo 50inch AQUOS from 5 years ago. The out of the box settings aren't bad, although some user adjustment can help get the most from the screen, especially in regards to the contrast/back lighting settings. If you want to spend extra, then you can get the calibration unit, but its around £200 I think so seems a little over the odds.

There are plenty of settings to cater to bluray and other media. I run a media PC through one of the HDMI inputs, and there is also a separate audio in for a PC if the non HDMI ports are used, which is useful. 4 HDMI ports are great and cover most bases for people. I use an AC RYAN VEOLO via one of the HDMI ports, connected to my network and the picture quality is fantastic. AutoView works great at night as it automatically calibrates the screen to suit the ambient light. It works a lot faster than my AQUOS, as I could see it adjusting the black content sometimes and taking a split second to counter a change in overall scene lighting.

2D picture quality really is superb, black definition is the best I have seen, and compared to other edge lit screens ive seen, there is very little backlit bleed on the corners, even at high settings. This surprised me.

I have yet to test the 3D aspect of the TV, or the 'on the fly' 2D to 3D conversion as I had to order 3d glassed from Amazon, as this particular screen doesnt ship with any 3d glasses. This seems a little tight of Toshiba, as they would add £80 to the cost to them, or less. 2D quality however is as good as I have seen, and easily equal to the Sony Bravia high end screens ive used.

Sound quality is fairly weak, but it isn't just this screen, most thin LED screens suffer in this regard due to the physical depth and lack of decent subwoofer power. I use a set of Harmon Kardon KL55 glass speakers via the audio out panel on the rear of the screen and this dramatically helps for music, and general movie viewing. The volume for audio out can even be controlled by the TV in the headphone section which is useful for devices which dont have dedicated volume controls, such as the playstation 3. (works great).

refresh is very good, and although it is rated quite low (around 28ms), there is a dedicated GAME function setting which seems to clear up any motion based problems.

24frame support seems good, and I watched the bluray of AVATAR and it really impressed me, especially with the depth of colour and accuracy of flesh tones. I read some problems with the 'red' content of the screen, but toshiba have patched it with a new firmware in the middle of december which can be downloaded directly via the wireless capabilities of the screen (another great option as you dont need to run another cable to the screen). It self updated in a few minutes and changed some of the menus, with animations and a few extra features.

Youtube and BBC iplayer are flawless, and look great.

All in all, very impressed and this is easily one of the best 2D televisions on the market. With on the fly 2D to 3D conversion thanks to the IBM cell processor this certainly seems to cover all bases.

Highly recommended.


Invicta Men's Pro Diver Reserve Chronograph Watch 6893 With Stainless Steel/IPG Case with Blue Bezel and Dial
Invicta Men's Pro Diver Reserve Chronograph Watch 6893 With Stainless Steel/IPG Case with Blue Bezel and Dial

5.0 out of 5 stars my favourite watch, 8 Dec 2011
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This is a fantastic watch, and it keeps extremely accurate time, thanks to the class leading swiss ETA 7750 mechanism inside. It costs a small fortune in the UK, but has kept better time than my more expensive OMEGA watch (which I also love).

Invicta might not have the reputation of ROLEX, OMEGA et al, but for a beautiful watch at a reasonable price they are recommended. This is my favourite Invicta watch, out of the 25 I own to date. Sadly it is also the most expensive in their range.


Invicta Men's Reserve Collection Venom Chronograph Watch 0360 with SS Case, IPRG Bezel, Black Dial and Black Leather Strap
Invicta Men's Reserve Collection Venom Chronograph Watch 0360 with SS Case, IPRG Bezel, Black Dial and Black Leather Strap

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and great service from Amazon Prime, 8 Dec 2011
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I notice other complaints about the partner for some of the sales of this watch. It is always a problem when dealing outside Amazon's control, which is why I always wait for Amazon to offer the item directly. They are fabulous.

I waited until i saw this item on sale, and got it for £350, after a sale and a further 10% promotional code was available. It is beautiful and arrived next day Special Delivery in a brand new box, sealed and running perfectly. I collect watches and this is one of the biggest watch faces I have seen. Smaller men might find it looks slightly intimidating due to the size of the face.

Very well made, and one of my favourite Invicta watches. (although my favourite is the 5893 with 7750 mechanism).

Always order direct from Amazon, my rule of thumb !


Burgmeister Men's Automatic Wristwatch Montana BM309-289 XXXL (54mm)
Burgmeister Men's Automatic Wristwatch Montana BM309-289 XXXL (54mm)
Offered by STI Handel
Price: £181.00

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful watch, 8 Dec 2011
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I ordered this on the sale, when Amazon had it reduced from over £800 to around £200 and I am very pleased indeed. I am a big man (6ft 3) and the huge face looks great. I read another review for the silver version and a guy said his fell apart, which surprised me as it is built very well indeed.

I had to remove three links from it however as the strap is clearly designed for a very overweight person with huge wrists. Luckily I got a free link remover with a bracelet I ordered from Amazon at the same time, and it was easy enough to remove the links and replace.

I am that impressed with this watch that I ordered the silver version as well, while it is on sale. I don't often wear a gold watch except on rare social occasions, so the silver one will get more daily wear.

The temperature and humidity reader are really useful and they cram a lot of information into the watch without it looking gaudy and 'over crowded'.

Recommended, especially at the £200 price point.


Axis Luxury Amber Burl 8 Watch Storage Case Display Box
Axis Luxury Amber Burl 8 Watch Storage Case Display Box
Offered by UK Memory Ltd
Price: £67.49

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunningly good, 7 Dec 2011
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I have a collection of watches and have been buying a few Invicta watches recently as I love their bold, big designs. the only problem is that my storage case won't close with the bigger invicta watches. I bought this product going on the internal dimensions and it works perfectly.

it also is very nicely finished and has a lovely little button to open the glass section at the top. I really think this is worth the money due to the finish, build quality and vast spacing inside.

if you have an eclectic collection of watches in various sizes I am positive this case will handle them.

I am very happy with this purchase.


Asus Eee Slate EP121-1A019M 12.1 Inch Tablet PC (Intel Core i5-470um,4GB, 64GB SSD,Bluetooth, 2.0 Mega Pixel Webcam, Windows 7 Home Premium)
Asus Eee Slate EP121-1A019M 12.1 Inch Tablet PC (Intel Core i5-470um,4GB, 64GB SSD,Bluetooth, 2.0 Mega Pixel Webcam, Windows 7 Home Premium)

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent but well worth upgrading the drive, 15 Oct 2011
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I bought one of these, even with the long list of concerns. It arrived and I have to say, the quality of the overall unit is first class. I have been using it now for many weeks and can't complain. The only concern I had was with the internal flash drive, which was quite slow - I tested it with CrystalDiskMark and it was only scoring around 100 MB/s which is no better than a 2.5 inch 7,200 hard drive.

I bought a 128GB MyDigitalSSD 50mm Bullet Proof mSATA (Mini SATA PCI-e) SSD from Amazon and installed it easily enough - it made a huge difference to the overall performance of the machine, increasing read and write speeds to 220 MB/s and 200 MB/s respectively. Just be careful when taking the back off as it could be damaged with rough handling (best prising it apart carefully at the USB ports first and working slowly around it - also watch out for an attached cable on one side).

The quality of the ASUS SLATE has improved in recent months and AMAZON seem to have upgraded their stock to the latest revision. Noise levels are down and I have had no problems with any instability or overheating.

The IPS screen is well worth a mention as it delivers a fantastic quality image, especially when viewing 720p or 1080p high definition content from the net. It is a better screen than my iPad 2 and obviously with the higher resolution works better as a media machine.

Battery life is between 2.5 hours and 5 hours, depending on the brightness settings and CPU load.

It is very responsive and I use it daily as a work tool on the move. Really worth the money if you use it daily. I use it in conjunction with my iPad 2 for different tasks.


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