Shop now Shop now Shop now Shop All Amazon Fashion Summer Savings Up to 25% Off Cloud Drive Photos Learn More Shop now Shop now Shop Fire Shop Kindle Oasis Learn more Shop now Learn more
Profile for Agrajag > Reviews

Personal Profile

Content by Agrajag
Top Reviewer Ranking: 2,533,361
Helpful Votes: 13

Learn more about Your Profile.

Reviews Written by
Agrajag (UK)

Show:  
Page: 1
pixel
Clarion NX501 Satellite Navigation System
Clarion NX501 Satellite Navigation System
Price: £439.97

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Painful to update, 12 April 2014
Although its flagged here for its navigation, it also includes radio / drive / USB playing, which it does really well. The navigation is sound, and audio quality good.

This system is a standard fit in the last car I bought, and seems to navigate efficiently - it also automatically gets traffic information via the radio (RDS system) and uses that for routing hints. I have to admit, thats less useful than I hoped as the radio information is often inaccurate.

It also claims to report on speed cameras, but didn't actually do so for me, maybe the database needs to be loaded first. If you enable this, it also nags you every time you start the navigator to confirm you want to keep it turned on (unfortunately, there isn't a "stop moaning" option).

The update process is unbelievably painful. You have to take a finicky SD card from the unit itself, take it to a PC, and update it there. After every update, it refuses to do anything else until you take it back to the car, plug the SD card in, turn it on, and then unplug it again. To make it even more painful, there seems to be an endless series of these mandatory updates. I lost the will to keep doing them after the 3rd time around this loop. For reasons which escape me, the PC software will neither do all the updates in one step, nor allow you to do them sequentially without having to trek back to the car each time.

If you really do have the patience of several saints, I imagine you'll eventually get a chance to update the maps. I'd be quite surprised if many people get that far though.


In A Dim Light
In A Dim Light
Price: £10.94

5.0 out of 5 stars Obscure gem, 3 April 2013
This review is from: In A Dim Light (Audio CD)
A really good album. I'm actually amazed it isn't far, far better known, even though its something of a minority genre.

Gannon and the BBC review have covered the technicalities far better than I can, but seriously - this is worth a listen.


TP-LINK TD-W8950ND 150MBPS Wireless Lite N ADSL2+ Modem Router
TP-LINK TD-W8950ND 150MBPS Wireless Lite N ADSL2+ Modem Router
Offered by BESTBUYIT
Price: £13.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good budget router, 2 Sept. 2011
I chose this model above the more advanced (newer) TPlink models on the basis of its reputation for reliability, which on my experience so far looks well-earned. Our place is a long way from the exchange (which inevitably means limited speed), and the house layout also makes for a weak wireless signal.

Both maintain their connection well despite that disadvantage, and it also has plenty of configuration options (including a fairly useful parental lockdown option).

There are compromises too though - the ADSL sync speed is not as good as my old DG834, and it also uses quite a bit of power by router standards (10W, nearly 50% more than the old netgear).

Hard to grumble at this price though!


Dreamland Fleece Under Blanket Dual Control
Dreamland Fleece Under Blanket Dual Control

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too unreliable to recommend, 8 Dec. 2010
On the plus side - the dual control philosophy is a good one, and the controls themselves give a decent range of heat outputs and timing.

The problem is reliability. Both the controllers on ours have failed: one totally, one which doesn't light up and mistimes. A web search for a new controller revealed that this problem seems pretty common - it did track down a service centre, who simple advised that it wasn't reparable, and we'd have to buy another.
Comment Comment (1) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Jan 31, 2011 10:51 AM GMT


Panasonic TX-P42G20B 42-inch Widescreen Full HD 1080p 600Hz Neo Plasma TV with Freeview HD and Freesat HD (discontinued by manufacturer)
Panasonic TX-P42G20B 42-inch Widescreen Full HD 1080p 600Hz Neo Plasma TV with Freeview HD and Freesat HD (discontinued by manufacturer)

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but network operation fiddly, 27 Nov. 2010
I'm focusing on the network operation - the rating is for that (TV operation is great, particularly at native HD).

To be honest, the easiest way to run this is to have a PC near the TV and use the TV set itself just as a monitor (connected via VGA or HDMI). If thats not convenient though, the next best thing is to connect the TV to the network directly. If the TV is within reach for an ethernet cable, thats the easiest and best way: there are after-market wireless dongles you could buy instead though.

There are two main things this TV can do:

Access content from the internet - BBC iplayer integrates quite well, but there isn't that much choice otherwise - I think about 10 sites in total (logical choices, including youtube, one of the photo repositories, and a video rental site). The trouble is, without a keyboard, controlling them is awkward. It could worth it to have video / pictures on the big screen, but in all honesty its a niche market.

The other option is to display DLNA content (thats usually music, photos and videos). For the most part, that means you'd set your PC up to be the server (easy in Win7; for older versions of Windows or Linux, there are plenty of free or cheap servers to download). This does work, but its a lot of hassle to use, and only a few formats are supported: the TV refused to play MP3s and most video formats.


TomTom One Classic 3.5" Sat Nav with UK and Ireland Maps
TomTom One Classic 3.5" Sat Nav with UK and Ireland Maps

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Generally works, but routing is poor, 26 Jun. 2010
It was quite tricky to decide on a rating for this unit: generally, it seems to work, is able to lock onto the satellites quickly enough, and can be hand-carried.

On the downside, its quite poor at routing. During a weeks testing on holiday, it several times gave incorrect directions despite having apparently correct maps (for example, suggesting a right turn on a crossroads when we should have just carried on down the road), and in (fewer) cases, just not having valid map data and not knowing about junctions.

A lot of the POIs given are inaccurate, but are relatively easy to update. I did try with a couple of the map errors, but the built-in retrospective map browser refused to show roundabouts, so I gave up on it.

My pet hate though its that it loves single-track roads despite being set to take the quickest route (checking a real map later indicated much better routes were available). That may just be poor map quality (ie, not realising that the roads are inappropriate). Using "avoid roadblock" might be a good workaround, its something to try.


Thomson ST585 v7 - 802.11g Wireless Gateway Router with 4 Ethernet Ports
Thomson ST585 v7 - 802.11g Wireless Gateway Router with 4 Ethernet Ports

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Weak product, 23 May 2010
I received one of these routers as a 'standard supply' from the ISP when switching. Unfortunately, its not one I would recommend, as seems to be weak in every area.
I'm a long way from the local exchange, and as a result suffer low connection speeds with any router: my previous router (Netgear DG834v3) syncs at about 2500 kbps, this one is about 500kbps slower.
On top of that, the wireless signal is weak: it can just barely cover the house, with poor signal quality at the margins.
The picture doesn't really get any brighter with stability - it crashes completely when a wireless laptop tries to use wifi protected setup. Other than that, I've only had one line drop (8 hours of use so far).
On the plus side, one of the reviewers noted the power consumption was poor, but it doesn't look too bad on my model: I measured 8W (worse than the Netgears 6W, but not truly awful).
It would be a step up from a really old router, but isn't something I'd choose to buy myself.


Soothsoft Chillow Pillow - Single
Soothsoft Chillow Pillow - Single
Offered by The Magic Toy Shop
Price: £9.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Short term cooling, 3 May 2010
I have (or rather, had) a couple of these last year. As many others have found, they are not that effective overnight as they warm up and don't seem to dissipate heat very quickly.

They are very good for short-term cooling though - sit down and slip one behind your back after a spell out in the heat of summer, and it certainly helps cool you back down.

Unfortunately, mine didn't survive the winter - went mouldy when I stashed them out of the way at the top of the wardrobe.


Viewsonic 22" widescreen LCD monitor, VA2213w tilt
Viewsonic 22" widescreen LCD monitor, VA2213w tilt

4.0 out of 5 stars Good budget monitor, 1 May 2010
Good monitor considering the price - bear in mind that its only a TN panel, and the colour accuracy isn't that great, but nothing is at this price.


TeckNet FM29A USB Flash Memory MP3 Modulator / Player,  Supports Micro-SD Card With Remote Control - Black
TeckNet FM29A USB Flash Memory MP3 Modulator / Player, Supports Micro-SD Card With Remote Control - Black

4.0 out of 5 stars Great value, 18 Mar. 2010
Just bought one of these - for the money, what it does is excellent. Needed a little care with tuning for me, as the car radio kept trying to tune into a sideband instead of the correct frequency (it still plays, but distorted).
If it would read m3u files I'd give it 5*, but it seems to reliably plays mp3 files in directory order, so I just use a utility on a PC instead that reads the m3u and copies files in that order.


Page: 1