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Fellowes Automax 500C Cross Cut Shredder
Fellowes Automax 500C Cross Cut Shredder
Price: £855.56

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent quality, good perfomance and safe to use office shredder., 10 Sep 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
The Fellowes Automax 500c Cross Shredder is a formidable destroyer of paper suitable for an office environment. Its large and heavy. It took three people to lift it when it was delivered in order to carry it. Once unpackaged ,it is mounted on wheels and I have found that it can be then moved around on flat boarded or tiled floors with ease. I have used a number of professional cross shredders over the years in an office envronment and this shredder is by far the best. It is designed with safety in mind, so those managers concerned with Health and Safety of staff should bear this device in mind. The top compartment of the shredder consists of a drawer. You pull the drawer out and then place into it up to approximately 500 sheets of paper at one time.Once you close the drawer and press the start button the drawer locks into place and cannot be opened until the shredder finishes the job or jams (more on that later).
The mechanics of the shredder are safely enclosed away and there is absolutely no chance that someone could accidentally fall onto the shredder and put a hand or worse into it during its operation. This is a particular impressive point. Other shredders I have used in the office could be dangerous to use with a risk of fingers being hurt or ties getting caught etc.
The Automax 500c is quite loud during operation but by no means deafening and no more than most big shredders.
It shreds at a steady pace and certainly ensures the paper is shredded beyond the original ever being reconstructed.
I have experienced a few jams when using large quantities of paper. I found that it may be a good idea to flick the A4 sheets of paper a bit to get some air between them. The shredder will halt a job when a jam occurs and will allow you to open the top drawer. However I have found to clear the jam the best method is to open the second compartment which contains a Fellowes box to store the shredded paper. Once this is removed and the top drawer is pulled out you can gain access to the shredder mechanism from the inside ( Ensure you disconnect the shredder from the mains first).Usually its the odd few sheets of paper which get stuck and just need careful pulling out. Since using the shredder this has only occurred a few times and the more I have used it the less jams I have experienced.
I have tested the shredder with CD and DVD. The instructions advise placing them in between sheets of paper.I found this worked without issue and the shredder demolished all the CD/DVD without any issues.
I think with all cross shredders I have used you need to treat them with respect and don't attempt at putting a phone book into it and expect it not to jam!
The Automax comes with a Fellowes cardboard box and bags for the shredder waste. I have found that the shredder bags are quite resilient and I reuse them by pouring the shredder waste into a black bag when it gets full. I have found that 500 pieces of paper will fill up the waste box and it will require emptying. When the waste box gets full it the shredder will stop and indicate that it needs emptying.
The shredder can be set to shred at a delayed time which is convenient if you want to set to shred after you have left the office.
I am not sure I would always use this as like to know that the shredder has finished the job and has not jammed.
The shredder comes with lubrication oil for the shredder mechanism and instructions on how to service it.

The Automax is well built and reeks of quality. It is the best quality and safest shredder that I have used.
Its may be a little expensive and too large for a home office environment but in a corporate office environment its an ideal purchase and designed with safety in mind.


Oral-B Trizone 2000 Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush Powered by Braun
Oral-B Trizone 2000 Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush Powered by Braun
Price: £33.49

4.0 out of 5 stars Quality product but may be considered quite expensive., 9 Sep 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is my first time using an Oral-B electric toothbrush. My first impressions have been good. The build quality is solid and it performs well. Its not overly powerful - I have sensitive gums and teeth and I found the vibrating action about right and it did not feel like it was going to shake my fillings out. My teeth certainly felt cleaner afterwards and I think they were certainly cleaner quicker than if I had used a normal tooth brush. The Trizone is not particularly heavy and I did not find it cumbersome to use. The charging base was a little loose for my liking. I would prefer a more smug fit and I feel that the unit feels a little lose when stood upright and I think a nudge could knock it over. Remember that if you purchase the toothbrush you will need a suitable electric adapter in the bathroom. I have to use an adapter in order to plug it into a standard UK plug outside the bathroom.
It maintains charge pretty well and you should be able to use it all week without charging.
The pressure sensor appears to work and a red light illuminates to indicate if you are brushing too hard. The toothbrush is meant to make sounds to indicate that you have been cleaning all the correct parts of the mouth but during use I cant say that I have really noticed it.
Replacement heads are available on Amazon for approx £12.12 for a pack of 4. Obviously they will be more expensive than a normal toothbrush. In terms of whether they represent value for money will depend upon how regular you use the brush and how often you like to change the heads for hygiene reasons.
The toothbrush is quite expensive at £50 pounds and cheaper alternatives are available. The features that the brush has may not be enough to justify the cost.


Vax Performance Floor-2-Floor Pet Eco Upright Vacuum Cleaner
Vax Performance Floor-2-Floor Pet Eco Upright Vacuum Cleaner
Price: £129.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Impressive suction but needs a longer extendable hose so it can be utilized better., 3 Sep 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This vacuum cleaner is good quality, looks impressive and has very good suction. Its the first time that I have used an upright vacuum cleaner and found that there were both positives and negatives concerning its performance.
Positives -
1. Powerful suction performance.
2. Works well on hard floorboard and tile surfaces.
3. Impressive performance on carpets and rugs. It really does have good suction and outperformed the Vax Centric compact vacuum cleaner I also have.
4. The power chord is long which is great for large rooms.
5. The cleaner has good capacity.

Negatives
1. The flexible and extendable pipe that can be used for doing stairs and sofas is not long enough even with the extra bit of plastic tubing on it. This restricts its use. You will struggle to do window sills, corners of the room where cob webs gather and shelves.
2. The cleaner is large and heavy. Using the cleaner on stairs is awkward and when you use the extension tube it becomes cumbersome and can fall over.
3. Due to its size the cleaner would probably work better in uncluttered large rooms.
4. You need to think about storage space with this cleaner as you will need a sizable storage cupboard or space to store it. Whilst its an impressive looking cleaner it will take up space in a small house.
5. Its very difficult to use to clean a car as the extendable tube is not long enough to be effectively used in boots and within the car.

Overall I am impressed with the look and feel of the cleaner and its suction performance is impressive. However the extendable hose really needs to be longer or come with an additional longer hose that can be added, to make the cleaner of more day to day practical use. This would certainly make it a more useful vacuum cleaner and make it better value for money.


Placing the Suspect Behind the Keyboard: Using Digital Forensics and Investigative Techniques to Identify Cybercrime Suspects
Placing the Suspect Behind the Keyboard: Using Digital Forensics and Investigative Techniques to Identify Cybercrime Suspects
by Brett Shavers
Edition: Paperback
Price: £30.93

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book for investigators, 27 Aug 2014
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This book make an excellent reference for Law Enforcement Professionals (LEA). Its the first book I have read which attempts to look at investigations that involve digital evidence in a "holistic" way which "Investigators" could follow. Whilst computer forensic examiners (techies) will find some of this book interesting it is particularly useful for those who conduct the investigations which involve digital forensics - and almost all serious LEA investigations do so to some degree these days.
I think any investigator who read this book would finish with a far better understanding of investigation techniques involving digital forensics and it will be enlighten them as to what techniques are available. I would suggest this book as required reading as part of any investigators training course.


Arctic F12 PWM 4 Pin 120mm High Performance Case Fan
Arctic F12 PWM 4 Pin 120mm High Performance Case Fan
Offered by Office Nerd
Price: £5.40

4.0 out of 5 stars Good quality, 27 Aug 2014
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Good quality fans and solidly built. They are quieter than standard 120mm fans but I would not describe them as silent.
They are good value and I have not encountered any issues with them having been running them for several months in my computer base unit.


Speed Stacks BLUE Sport Stacking Competition Cups
Speed Stacks BLUE Sport Stacking Competition Cups

5.0 out of 5 stars Good quality Stacker Cups, 27 Aug 2014
The stacker cups are good quality and feel nice in the hand. My daughter has used them quite regularly and there has been no breakages. The cups come with a nylon storage bag to keep them tidy.


i-Rocks Rock Series K10 Keyboard
i-Rocks Rock Series K10 Keyboard
Price: £22.00

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent build quality and performs well in games., 27 Aug 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
First impressions of the i-Rock keyboard was that it is uninspiring to look at and heavy. Compared to other gaming keyboards I have used its not very flash and about the only thing that lights up is the i-rocks logo on the space bar and the various indicators for the caps lock, scroll lock,win lock and number lock.

The keys do not illuminate which I miss from my other "gaming" keyboard (Only because I often play without the room lights on). Its not the quietest of keyboards and a touch typist I think would be making quite a bit of noise using it.
Installation was easy and no software or drivers were required ( used with Windows 8.1 Pro).

However after using the keyboard I have had a lot more favorable impressions -

1. The keyboard keys feel very nice to type on. Typing noise is quite loud but the keys are responsive and don't feel at all cheap.
2. Whilst the keyboard will not win prizes for its looks its very solidly built and does not feel cheap and nasty.
3. The keyboard whilst advertised as a gaming keyboard it would not look out of place in an office or for day to to day computer activities at home.
4. If you don't like the illuminated logo light on the space bar you can switch it off.
5. The keyboard has the ability to switch off the windows buttons. This is useful if you are worried about accidentally pressing them during games.
6. I have used the keyboard whilst playing various games e.g Call of Duty and Battlefield 3. It has a good feel and I did not experience any issues with it. I think this keyboard is built to last and should endure heavy use.

Overall I have been impressed with this keyboard. For £22 it represents very good value for money and could be used as a replacement keyboard for anyone - not just gamer's. It performs better than many popular branded keyboards that retail at twice the price.


HooToo® *HOT SALE* Bus-Powered USB 3.0 4-Port Compact Hub with 1ft cord [Backward Compatible with USB 2.0] for Windows / Mac / Linux OS / Tablets / Laptop
HooToo® *HOT SALE* Bus-Powered USB 3.0 4-Port Compact Hub with 1ft cord [Backward Compatible with USB 2.0] for Windows / Mac / Linux OS / Tablets / Laptop
Offered by Sunvalleytek-UK
Price: £29.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Good value and quality, 22 Aug 2014
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Been using this with a Windows 8.1 laptop without any issues. Just connect it to your USB 3 port and away you go.
Ive been able to plug USB 3 memory sticks and external hard drives into the hub and not encountered any issues with them not being recognised by the Operating System. I find it hard to really judge the speed of data transfers using USB 3 as there seems to be some much variation between devices. Using the hub does not seem to slow down the data transfer by any noticeable amount.
The hub is good quality and should last regular use.


Draper 28758 30m 12mm Bore Heavy Duty Watering Hose - Yellow
Draper 28758 30m 12mm Bore Heavy Duty Watering Hose - Yellow
Price: £18.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Good quality hose for garden use., 22 Aug 2014
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Good quality hose. Works well with hozelock hose attachments. Plenty of length and works well with a hose reel.


Belkin Neoprene Messenger Bag for Upto 12.1 inch Netbooks - Jet/Cabernet (discontinued by manufacturer)
Belkin Neoprene Messenger Bag for Upto 12.1 inch Netbooks - Jet/Cabernet (discontinued by manufacturer)

5.0 out of 5 stars Good quality netbook or tablet device bag, 22 Aug 2014
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This bag has served me well for over a year. I first started using it with a netbook and then with a 10 inch ipad.
The bag has a nice size main compartment with small pockets inside for various things such as memory sticks or headphones. The second zipped compartment is useful for storing laptop power cables and usb leads.
The shoulder strap is adjustable and comfortable.


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