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FRiEQ® Hi-Speed Extra Long (6 Ft/1.8m) Nylon Braided Tangle-Free USB 2.0 Micro USB Charging/Sync Cable For Samsung Galaxy S4, S3, Note 2, HTC, Motorola, LG, PS4, Xbox one (Black/Green)
FRiEQ® Hi-Speed Extra Long (6 Ft/1.8m) Nylon Braided Tangle-Free USB 2.0 Micro USB Charging/Sync Cable For Samsung Galaxy S4, S3, Note 2, HTC, Motorola, LG, PS4, Xbox one (Black/Green)
Offered by T.M. Enterprise
Price: £19.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Good quality, if overpriced, phone charging cable, 15 Mar. 2016
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A well made cable that charges both my Samsung Galaxy Note II and Samsung Rechargeable Battery Pack quickly and just as well as the cables originally supplied with those products. It comes in the fanciest packaging I've ever seen for any cable, which definitely gives it a premium feel.

The length is just perfect for charging a phone whilst sitting on the sofa or laying in bed, and the braiding makes it practically impossible for this cable to get entangled.

I've tried numerous, considerably cheaper (99p) cables from eBay, all of them either not lasting beyond one month, charging my devices super slowly and not fully, or both.

And this brings me to my one gripe with this cable: its exorbitant price. Granted, had I found this Frieq cable first, I would not have spent roughly the same amount of money on several no name cables on eBay, but there is simply no reason why a cable like this should have to cost £7!

So far this cable has survived 3 months, but micro usb cables are _incredibly_ fragile by design (one of the worst connector designs ever!), so it's only a matter of time before this one breaks too, and having to shell out another £7 for what is essentially a basic charging cable is simply too much. This ultimately stops me from giving this product a full 5–star rating.


128GB KingSpec 1.8-inch IDE CF 50-pin SSD Solid State Disk (MLC)
128GB KingSpec 1.8-inch IDE CF 50-pin SSD Solid State Disk (MLC)
Offered by KEZOLL
Price: £65.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy and cost effective way to more than triple the storage capacity of the iRiver H340, 11 Sept. 2015
I've just successfully replaced the original 40 GB hard drive with this Kingspec 128 GB CF SSD to breathe new life into my H340.

There are several ways to add more storage to these models but this particular SSD is the least hassle option as it is a drop-in replacement for the original hard drive.

Other methods, such as mSATA SSDs, involve the use of multiple adapters (mSATA to ZIF, ZIF to CF 50-pin) with varying degrees of success as the adapters have to be exactly the right size in order to fit inside the limited space of the H300 series. These adapters aren't exactly cheap either, although going down the mSATA route does give you the option to go for even higher capacities… if you are willing to fork out the cash!

While it was tempting to have an iRiver with a 240 GB mSATA SSD, I decided against it as the total cost of the SDD + adapters started to get in the realm of the rather attractive, brilliant sounding FiiO X3ii.

For now I'm very chuffed with my H340 running on Rockbox with a 128 GB (119 GB after formatting). It is a lot lighter and runs much faster (database scans take a fraction of the time it took with the 40 GB hard drive). It's too soon to tell whether it will also result in longer battery life as I've literally only fitted it an hour ago, but I'm hoping that the lack of a spinning hard drive will give me a few extra hours.

Contrary to reports in other comments here, my H340 recognises the SDD with the original firmware as well as with Rockbox. This could be good news if you prefer using the original firmware or don't need the extras offered by Rockbox (although it does loads more, the key advantage these days is the ability to play FLAC files).

I should point out, however, that I upgraded my EU model iRiver to the Korean firmware v1.29 (English language supported) years ago, which may already have had support for larger drives; I have not tried the European v1.29 firmware.

Here are the steps I took on Arch Linux:

1 - connect the iRiver via USB and copy the contents of the hard drive (including hidden files and folders) onto the PC (use a separate folder)
2 - remove the 5 screws from the top, bottom and sides of the iRiver
3 - pry off the back of the case (I managed to do this using just my nails)
4 - lift off the battery
5 - remove the small metal bracket at the bottom of the player
6 - remove the blue rubber shock absorber
7 - gently lift up the hard drive at the top end of the player and pull it out
8 - insert the SSD into the connector, pushing it in firmly. Make sure to install it the right way around (check the position of the key)
9 - perform steps 2-6 in reverse
10 - boot the player into the original iRiver firmware (if you already have Rockbox installed hold down 'Record' while pressing 'Play')
11 - connect the player to your PC via USB but do not mount the drive
12 - run lsblk or dmesg to find out the drive name
13 - use a partitioning tool to repartition the drive. I used cfdisk: sudo cfdisk /dev/sdX (replace X with the letter shown by lsblk or dmesg)
14 - delete the existing NTFS partition, create a new partition, change the type to 'c W95 FAT32 (LBA)', write the changes to disk and exit
15 - format the new partition as FAT32 (dosfstools needed): sudo mkfs.vfat -n H300 /dev/sdX1 (replace X with the letter shown by lsblk or dmesg)
16 - mount the newly formatted partition
17 - copy all files and folders (including the hidden ones) you copied onto the PC in the first step back onto the iRiver
18 - unmount the player and let it scan the drive and update the database. If you're running Rockbox, reboot the player into Rockbox.

Please note that my iRiver was already running Rockbox prior to the SSD installation. There is no need to reinstall Rockbox after installing the SSD, _provided_ you copy all files and folders _including_ all hidden ones off the original hard drive and back onto the SSD.

If your iRiver is not already running Rockbox, I would recommended installing it prior to replacing the hard drive with the SSD so as to rule out any installation issues. On Linux simply install the Rockbox Utility rbutil.
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Pandaren 1.5 metre extra long USB charging charger playing cable for Nintendo NEW 3DS(XL)/3DS(XL)/DSi(XL)
Pandaren 1.5 metre extra long USB charging charger playing cable for Nintendo NEW 3DS(XL)/3DS(XL)/DSi(XL)

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the high price, 24 Aug. 2015
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I bought this cable when not a single review had been posted, and was a bit wary as the vast majority of the reviews I read for various other 3DS USB charging cables stated that they do not charge the 3DS while it is in use, i.e., if you run out of juice in the middle of a gaming session, most 3rd party cables force you to abandon the session, put the console in sleep mode and wait for the battery to recharge.

The main reason for going for this rather expensive cable over the considerably cheaper ones also available on Amazon was the extra length (most cables are only a meter long), as well as having a general preference for mesh cable sleeves as they tend to be sturdier. In addition there was the (somewhat idle) hope that the higher price would mean a better quality cable, e.g., one that can be used to charge the 3DS while playing a game , just like you can with the official power supply.

As it turns out, this cable is worth the investment, for I can confirm that you can indeed carry on playing while having the 3DS plugged into a USB charger using this cable. Charging is fast, too.

Just make sure to use a good quality USB charger with specs that match the official charger's specs. I am using it with the Aukey Multi Ports USB Charging Station Wall Charger, which auto detects the required input power and that works beautifully.

As a bonus, the black mesh over the yellow cable gives it a bit of a gold effect which nicely matches my New 3DS XL Majora's Mask edition :-)


Navitech Black Premium Travel Hard Carry Case Cover Sleeve For The New Nintendo 3DS & New Nintendo 3DS XL
Navitech Black Premium Travel Hard Carry Case Cover Sleeve For The New Nintendo 3DS & New Nintendo 3DS XL
Offered by North Laine Accessories
Price: £9.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great value for money, if you ignore the design flaws., 2 Aug. 2015
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The case is sturdy, well made and has a stylish pattern on the outside (different from what you see in the product photo).

The bottom half comes with removable soft padding, which is somewhat redundant considering the elastic bands to securely hold the console. Unlike some other reviews have stated this does not need to be removed in order to hold a New 3DS XL, even when fitted with a Zlabs polycarbonate hard cover.

The top half of the case has a mesh pocket that has only got limited usefulness due to it being much too wide; it is fine to hold a USB charge cable plus a pair of headpones, or an Assecure game card storage case, but loose game cards tend fall (fly!) out of the pocket when you open the case.

The separator in the middle of the case that stops the 3DS console from getting scratched is also a missed opportunity to provide adequate storage for games, unlike the Hori Hard Pouch which has compartments for 6 game cards. This has clearly not been thought through, hence only 4 stars for an otherwise great value for money case.


Scythe Kama Flow2 (1400 Rpm, 120 x 120 x 25) Fan
Scythe Kama Flow2 (1400 Rpm, 120 x 120 x 25) Fan
Offered by PCArena
Price: £14.27

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the top brands in PC cooling, 28 July 2015
Scythe have got a long standing reputation for high quality, efficient and quiet fans.

I used two of these for 6-7 years to move air through a very crowded midi tower case, cooling 6 hard drives and a power hungry, hot running Pentium 4 (and later an AMD 64 x2).

The fans had to be quiet, yet still move a lot of air due to the 6 hard drives blocking most of the air flow, and the Scythe Kama Flow2 fans fulfilled those requirements perfectly: being large fans (smaller fans make more noise) and moving at a high RPM allowed sufficient air pressure while staying very quiet.

Whereas the generic fans they replaced were really noisy, after fitting the Kama Flow2 fans the loudest part in my PC was the power supply as I just couldn't hear the Kama Flow2 fans.

I have since replaced said case and power supply, and as the new case (a Fractal Define R4) came with two of Fractal Design's own Silent Series R2 140mm fans, I no longer use the Kama Flow2 fans. Had the Fractal Design fans not been just as good as the Scythe ones (as I was expecting at first), I would have had no hesitation in replacing them with 140mm Scythe models.

I have used several other types of Scythe fans over the years, both for case cooling, hard drive cooling and GPU cooling, and when I'm next in the market for PC cooling fans, Scythe will be one of the first brands I will look for.


Zelda Bird Logo Embossed Bifold Wallet
Zelda Bird Logo Embossed Bifold Wallet
Price: £10.87

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely and well made official Ninteno licensed wallet, but not perfect…, 27 July 2015
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I was a bit wary of ordering a Zelda branded wallet, for fear that it would look cheap and be of mediocre quality. Also, as an adult Zelda fan in his 40s I didn't want something that would look childish, but this wallet looks stylish and I won't feel embarrassed pulling this out in shops.

The leather is embossed with a beautiful renaissance style swirly pattern, and the Triforce logo is embroidered with shiny, golden looking thread, rather than simply yellow (as the product photo may suggest), or actual gold thread (which would have looked tacky). Even the lining of the banknote pocket has a beautiful embossed diamond pattern! It seems that Nintendo are very protective of their brands and don't allow just anyone to use their license.

It is a bit smaller than I expected, but for me that is a good thing as it means I get to carry a lot less bulky wallet than my old one, which was full of stuff I actually never needed. It has a coin pocket, (somewhat small so don't expect to be able to carry more than a handful of change on you), three card slots (which easily take two cards each), as well as two spaces behind the coin pocket and card slots respectively where you could stick another couple of cards.

The only negative point, as stated by another reviewer, is that £20 notes don't fit fully. £10 notes come right up to the edge of the wallet but £20 definitely stick out by approx 4mm (see attached photos). I don't find that too much of a problem personally, as I simply fold my £20 notes in half, then place them in the wallet on their side, which fits perfectly. Others may find this a bigger problem, so be aware. This is a bit of an oversight in the design of a product that is offered to UK buyers and earns this wallet a 4 star rating, rather than the full 5 stars I would have given it otherwise.
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Ex-Pro High Power DMW-BCG10E, DMWBCG10E, BCG10E, DMW BCG10E - 2 Year Warranty Replacement Lithium Li-on Digital Camera Battery for Panasonic Lumix
Ex-Pro High Power DMW-BCG10E, DMWBCG10E, BCG10E, DMW BCG10E - 2 Year Warranty Replacement Lithium Li-on Digital Camera Battery for Panasonic Lumix
Price: £10.94

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent value for money, 13 July 2015
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Excellent replacement/additional battery at a fraction of the cost of OEM batteries. Whether it will last as long as OEM batteries only time will tell, but so far it performs exactly the same as the battery that came with the camera. Also, it comes with a 2 year warranty, so my mind is at ease.

For those who are concerned about third party batteries not working with newer firmware, it works fine in my DMC-TZ10 with firmware 1.2.


niceeshop(TM) Black Exclusive Use Fixed Holder Support Stand for Sony PS3 Camera
niceeshop(TM) Black Exclusive Use Fixed Holder Support Stand for Sony PS3 Camera
Offered by niceEshop
Price: £2.59

5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect solution for thin TVs and monitors, 13 July 2015
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Great value for money mounting clip for the PlayStation Eye camera which solves the problem of not being able to position the camera on today's ultra thin televisions and monitors!

I have two of these, one for use on my TV with an actual PS3, and one on my PC monitor where I use the PlayStation Eye as a webcam.


Yoshi's Woolly World and amiibo Green Yoshi Bundle (Nintendo Wii U/3DS)
Yoshi's Woolly World and amiibo Green Yoshi Bundle (Nintendo Wii U/3DS)
Offered by Rush Gaming
Price: £35.49

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic addition to the Wii U line-up, 13 July 2015
For starters, Yoshi's Woolly World looks absolutely gorgeous! However, gorgeous graphics do not necessarily make a good game!

Rest assured though, YWW is not just about eye candy (of which there is lots!), the game play is top notch too. At first glance it is easy to dismiss this game as too easy, giving the impression that the difficulty level is squarely aimed at kids. This is deceptive, however, for while it is pretty easy to get through the levels, the really challenge starts when trying to collect every collectible in each level!

Much like the equally excellent Captain Toad, YWW is perfect for kids and adults alike; children can get a quick sense of achievement from completing the levels, whereas parents can find fulfilment in chasing after every single flower, stamp, ball of yarn and heart, as well as dealing with some of the trickier bosses their kids may struggle with.

For those collecting Amiibos, you really should consider getting this bundle, as the individual yarn Yoshi Amiibos are already fetching prices similar to the disc only version of YWW. The Amiibo is really well crafted, entirely made of yarn and worth having for real Nintendo fans. Using it in the game let's you control two Yoshi's at the same time, which adds a nice element to the game.

YWW is an excellent addition to your Wii U collection. Sure, the Wii U misses out on a number of major gaming franchises, but in return it is host to a number of outstanding exclusive titles (Mario Kart, Captain Toad, Super Mario 3D World, Splatoon, Zelda Wind Waker HD, Bayonetta 2, The Wonderful 101, to name but a few, as well as forthcoming titles like Starfox Zero and The Legend of Zelda) that really justify your investment in a Wii U, and YWW is certainly one of them.

As a side note, I really object to how third party sellers artificially inflate the price of this title. There is no reason why this game , which was first listed at £41, should cost well over £60. This money grabbing attitude puts titles like this one out of reach of many people who simply cannot stretch this far for a game. I got mine for £50 on Smyths a week ago, so do shop around instead of paying rip-off prices by unscrupulous third party sellers.


AMD A10 AD785KXBJABOX 7850K Black Edition with Radeon R7 Series New FM2+ Kaveri HSA CPU
AMD A10 AD785KXBJABOX 7850K Black Edition with Radeon R7 Series New FM2+ Kaveri HSA CPU
Price: £92.32

20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent price/perfomance ratio, 15 Jan. 2015
Being a long time AMD user (ever since the Am386DX33), I first looked at the FX8350 to replace my ageing AMD64 X2, however due to the fact that I had to replace every single component (RAM, motherboard, CPU, graphics card) as well as my extremely limited budget, this proved to not be an option. Instead I started looking at processors with an integrated graphics processor (IGP).

Having become more of a console gamer over the years, gaming performance, while desired, was relatively low on the list of requirements.

Several Intel processors looked interesting and affordable, however the IGP turned out to be quite weak for gaming use. The trade-off with going for an AMD APU with a considerably more powerful GPU, however, seemed to be weaker CPU performance as numerous review sites were keen to stress.

The then freshly released A10-7850K fit my budget perfectly however, and with the relatively strong graphics performance, as well as the option of either adding an affordable discrete graphics card for a dual graphics setup or an expensive high-end card as a standalone graphics solution, swung the decision in favour of AMD's latest processor.

I have used this APU for just about a year now and I have to say that its performance has exceeded all expectations. Coupled with 8 GB of DDR3 2133 MHz RAM and an SSD, my new system is incredibly fast and nothing I have thrown at it so far has made me wish I had gone for an Intel processor instead.

Sure, there will be things where an Intel i7 or even an i5 will outperform this APU as numerous benchmarks are in a rush to point out, however benchmarks do not always reflect real life usage.

It is important to remember a few things when choosing a new processor:
- there will always be something better and faster. Even if you buy the latest processor on the market, it is already yesterday's product.
- the law of diminishing returns: is it really worth spending that extra bit of money to gain just that little bit of extra performance? Especially when it comes to games, achieving maximum performance is an extremely costly affair, with high-end discrete graphics cards costing more than an entire PC
- don't become a slave to frame rates. While there is a noticable difference between 30fps (you really don't want anything below 30fps) and 60fps, are you going to notice the difference between 60 and 80 fps? Perhaps you could when looking for it, but when actually playing a game and becoming fully immersed, chances are you will no longer notice such differences. Furthermore, increasing the frame rates tends to result in having to lower other settings, such as draw distance, shadows or texture quality.

In short, I have no hesitation in recommending this processor for both gaming and everyday computing.
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