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CarPlan Belt Up 400ml
CarPlan Belt Up 400ml
Price: £12.97

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stops squealing belts, once you can get it on., 17 Jun. 2013
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This review is from: CarPlan Belt Up 400ml (Automotive)
My alternator belt wasn't so much squealing as howling, so I bought a can of Belt Up. Once I'd got it on the belt, the howling stopped.

Getting it on the belt can be a problem. Belt Up comes in a spray can with a nozzle that directs a fairly tight spray more or less in the direction you're pointing it. Depending on the space available in your engine bay, it may or may not be easy to direct this spray on the belt. Obviously, it's easier to apply the spray with the belt off the engine but if I'm going to spend time getting the belt off I might as well be replacing it. If I'm going to do that I'm going to have to deal with the cross-threaded bolt that the previous owner managed to put on the tensioning bracket. So instead, I spray in the general direction of the belt and hope some of it goes on. It obviously did.

Fractal Design Node 304 Case
Fractal Design Node 304 Case
Offered by ADMI Limited UK
Price: £68.95

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well built, and almost silent, 17 Jun. 2013
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I bought this case to construct a small home storage server. It houses a Fractal Design Integra R2 500W power supply, an ITX motherboard, Intel i3 processor, three conventional 3.5" disks and a 2.5" SSD. The processor has a large fanless heatsink (a Prolimatech Megahalems Rev C). With the case fans set to slow/quiet the server is almost silent; you have to be quite close to it to hear any noise, and even then it's the gentle hum of fans.

Externally, the case looks quite stylish although it's mostly an unadorned black box.

Internally, the build quality is good. The disk brackets are robust and easy to use. As with all small cases it can be a little fiddly to get things inside but its design makes assembly relatively straightforward.

Fractal Design Integra R2 500W Power Supply
Fractal Design Integra R2 500W Power Supply

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost silent, 17 Jun. 2013
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I've been using this power supply for a little over three months now, inside a Fractal Designs Node 304 case. The combination is almost silent and the power supply has worked without fault.

Fred Mr Tea Infuser, Grey
Fred Mr Tea Infuser, Grey
Offered by iDealhere(Ship from China)
Price: £1.44

10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great fun, but not so great tea, 17 Jun. 2013
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My old tea infuser was getting a bit battered, so I got a Mr Tea.

The good points:

- It's fun, and livens up Monday morning tea break.
- Mr Tea's trousers are quite capacious and hold a couple of teaspoons of tea.

The bad points:

- The holes in the trousers are larger than those in my old mesh infuser. A large-ish leaf darjeeling mostly stays inside but the cup of assam I've just made, where the leaves are quite small, looks like a tea-coloured snow globe. Small leaf teas just don't stay inside his trousers.
- Once Mr Tea has done his business in your mug, you now have a hot, dripping rubbery thing full of hot, wet tea leaves. Unless you have a saucer or something to put him on this can be a problem. My old infuser was spring loaded and could eject the wet leaves at the squeeze of the handle, which was much more convenient.

Creation Station Wiggle Eyes (Black)
Creation Station Wiggle Eyes (Black)
Price: £5.99

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars NOT self-adhesive, still wiggly, 8 May 2013
= Durability:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:2.0 out of 5 stars 
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If, like me, you are about to buy these thinking that they're self-adhesive then STOP! They're not.

Apart from their lack of stickiness, this is a nice selection of wiggly eyes in a fairly well-designed set of stacking pots.

Turtle Beach Ear Force Universal Gaming Headset Bundle DPX21 with Dolby Surround Sound (Xbox 360/PS3/Windows XP/Vista/7)
Turtle Beach Ear Force Universal Gaming Headset Bundle DPX21 with Dolby Surround Sound (Xbox 360/PS3/Windows XP/Vista/7)

3.0 out of 5 stars Good quality, but fragile, 28 May 2012
= Fun:3.0 out of 5 stars 
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While the headphone/processor combination is of good quality and produces a nice sound, the headphones themselves are fragile. I got a few months of use out of them before one of the earpieces snapped off - like many modern headphones, the swivel connecting the earpiece to the headband is made of brittle plastic.

The headphones aren't too heavy, are easy to adjust, and are reasonably comfortable. The sound quality is good, although I judge this from playing PC games rather than listening to music. The microphone seemed to work as well as those on other headsets I've tried.

The audio processor worked well when connected by the supplied optical connector to my motherboard sound card. The USB extension cable between it and the computer seemed to pick up interference in some positions, and it required a bit of fiddling with volume settings on the processor and the computer before this and a general background hiss was eliminated. The Dolby surround audio was as nice as it ever is with headphones, and the processor automatically detects when surround audio is being produced.

Replacement power supply for 9V PURE KG41-9-800D PSU part
Replacement power supply for 9V PURE KG41-9-800D PSU part
Offered by Digidave
Price: £6.49

2.0 out of 5 stars I wish somebody would sell the real KG41-9-800D, 10 Dec. 2011
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I bought this replacement power supply for our Pure One because the wire had frayed on the original and little blue sparks shot out when you turned it on.

We used to get about ten hours of use on full charge. After using this power supply a couple of times battery life went down to less than an hour. I'm used to rechargeable batteries degrading with use but it's usually gradual and not as dramatic as this. Coincidence or a shoddy power supply? I'm still hunting for a real KG41-9-800D so that I can find out.

Moon Dough Bunnies Playset
Moon Dough Bunnies Playset

8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Proof that science isn't always a force for good, 10 Dec. 2011
= Durability:2.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:3.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:1.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Moon Dough Bunnies Playset (Toy)
Moon Dough's big selling point is that it's the "magical moulding dough" that "never dries out!" Neither does brick dust, but as far as I'm aware nobody has yet packaged it into a brightly coloured box and sold it as a toy for small children.

The dough itself is a powdery substance held together by some sort of silicone binder. It's great for pushing into moulds and making, in the case of the bunnies play-set here, bunnies and assorted items of rabbit food. The problem is that it's absolutely rubbish for anything else. You can't mould it by hand, you can't roll it flat or squeeze it into a ball, you can't really play with it apart from moulding things with it. If your child enjoys popping carrots out of a plastic mould, they could be in for hours of entertainment. If not, they may soon be bored.

What will you, the responsible parent, be doing while they play? Not relaxing with a glass of pinot noir, that's for sure. After reading the alarming list of safety instructions, you'll be hovering over your child ready to hose them down or start applying first aid. Here's a few examples of the Important Safety Information.

- DO NOT add water or liquid to the Moon Dough(TM) for mixing purposes.
- DO NOT allow soap or liquid soap to come into contact with the Moon Dough(TM).
- DO NOT let the moulds get wet.

I was initially terrified of letting liquid soap anywhere near the stuff in case it set off some sort of terrifying chain reaction that would reduce my house to rubble. Then I read the next instruction.

- Wash hands with liquid soap after playing with Moon Dough(TM).

I don't expect to have to wrestle with paradoxes while reading toy instructions, but there I was. It gets worse.

- Never try to remove dough particles from eye with bare hands.
- Never rub the eye with dough particles.

Great. Just great. Anyone with a child of 3 or 4 will know that it's impossible to stop them rubbing their eyes, nose, ears, mouth and other orifices while they're playing. The Moon Dough(TM) experience amounts to a worried parent sitting next to their child shouting "DON'T RUB YOUR EYES!" every three minutes, before the eventual

- Blink the eye several times causing tears to flow that may washout the dough particles.
- Flush eye with clean water to remove the dough particles. If irritation persists obtain medical attention.

To be honest, the blinking is probably unnecessary. If they're not already crying at the futility of playing with moon dough or because you keep shouting "DON'T RUB YOUR EYES!" at them , it'll be a miracle.

While you're off obtaining medical attention, your partner can be hoovering the floor and wiping down the play table. The other thing about moon dough is that as it doesn't easily stick together in a nice ball you get bits of it absolutely everywhere. The instructions for cleaning up after use are three times the lengths of the instructions for preparation. Don't forget to keep that liquid soap away from it!

In summary: Moon Dough is great for moulding rabbits, carrots, turnips and cabbages. It's not much good for anything else, and it's a pain to clean up.
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Logitech G35 Gaming Headset (PC)
Logitech G35 Gaming Headset (PC)

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great sound, poor durability, 3 Dec. 2011
= Fun:2.0 out of 5 stars 
What can I say that hasn't already been said in other reviews? Not a lot.

In term of sound quality, these are great. They are also pretty good as far as isolating you from external sound goes, to the extent that you can't easily have a conversation with someone in the room whilst playing a game. The surround sound isn't stunning but these are headphones and I've never yet found decent surround sound headphones. Comfort levels are okay, although they're quite heavy and can press on your ears if not well adjusted.

The flaw, as mentioned by so many other reviewers, is that they're fragile. The swivel that connects the earpieces to the headband is made of plastic and, eventually, it will snap. This happened to me while putting them on; I wasn't whirling them around my head, sitting on them, dropping them onto concrete or otherwise abusing them.

If you don't mind the lottery of a variable lifetime, buy these headphones. Otherwise, shop around. And if you find decent surround sound USB headphones, let me know, eh?
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De'Longhi DES12 Compact Dehumidifier - 12 Litre
De'Longhi DES12 Compact Dehumidifier - 12 Litre
Offered by Kenco Spares
Price: £154.99

26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great mid-range dehumidifier, while it lasts, 25 Feb. 2011
Plus points:

- Large, easy to empty reservoir (fills in around two days on continuous operation).
- Comes with rubber hose, easy to adapt to empty waste water into a drain.
- Relatively quiet; slightly quieter than a fan heater.
- Top and side vents allow it to be placed against a wall.
- Small and reasonably stylish.

Minus points:

- Settings vague, with no indication what humidity they correspond to.
- A digital display of humidity would be nice (but undoubtedly more expensive).

This little unit works well to keep humidity from steamy showers and drying clothes under control in our three bedroom terraced house. It's a lot nicer than some of the dehumidifiers I've used in the past.

Addendum: After two years, it stopped working. The 'defrost/warming up' light came on and wouldn't go off. It appears from reading other reviews that this is a fairly common failure mode.

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