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Kenwood SJM100 Moda Kettle - Stainless Steel
Kenwood SJM100 Moda Kettle - Stainless Steel
Price: 34.00

15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars About as exciting as a kettle gets, 11 Nov 2010
We chose this kettle as a replacement for a new and far more expensive Delonghi icona which we returned as unfit for purpose. This little kettle however is excellent, very powerful, pleasant to use, seems to be well made and has a quality feel. The design is rather simple and understated, but still looks modern and functional, love the blue light in the boil switch. Easy to read fill guage, suitable for both left and right handers and the economy fill gadget works well. This model is in my opinion very quiet, considering how quickly it boils 1.6 litres of water (3 mins).

De'Longhi Icona KBO3001.R Jug Kettle, 3 kW, Scarlet Red
De'Longhi Icona KBO3001.R Jug Kettle, 3 kW, Scarlet Red
Offered by Home & Gift Accessories
Price: 65.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Italian style and price, chinese quality, 9 Nov 2010
I stupidly believed that the name DeLonghi was a quality brand, while we have a double toaster of theirs which so far is very good, this kettle which was purchased to match is not fit to bear the DeLoghi brand. Considering the near 70 price tag it is a poorly designed and badly made product, from a style point of view it looks smart enough, except when you notice several dents in the body straight out the box, as there was no damage to the sealed carton its obviously left the factory like that. The kettle was returned, sadly the replacement leaked steam from the handle. That was it refund time!

Panasonic H-fs045200e Lumix G Vario 45-200mm F4-5.6 ASPH Mega O.I.S Lens
Panasonic H-fs045200e Lumix G Vario 45-200mm F4-5.6 ASPH Mega O.I.S Lens
Offered by V-BASKET
Price: 285.00

27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars As good as you will get at this price, 23 Aug 2010
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While this lens represents excellent value for money, it follows the usual pattern of compromises that effect most consumer telephoto lenses in being very sharp from the wider end in this case 45mm toward its mid point but then slowly gets softer toward 200mm end.

With this format I found that there are very few alternatives within a sensible price range that are a comparable to the cameras body using them, many alternative from Olympus and Leica are 3 or 4 times the cost of the camera body. Given the price point I think you get good value with this lens. If you are planning normal sized prints and not looking to crop too deeply at the long end its unlikely you will be dissapointed.

As with all zoom lenses there is a weakness and with this its the long end of the zoom where it is quite soft, the autofocus hunts a bit at the log end as well, again common to other similar lenses.

To sum up, Good value, effective stabilisation but nothing special optically at the long end, but unbeatable at this price.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2 12.1MP Compact System Camera Kit - Black with 14-42mm Lumix G VARIO f/3.5-5.6 ASPH MEGA OIS Lens
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2 12.1MP Compact System Camera Kit - Black with 14-42mm Lumix G VARIO f/3.5-5.6 ASPH MEGA OIS Lens

134 of 143 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jack of all trades, master of none, 3 Aug 2010
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The camera is easy to use, and should appeal to point and shoot users as well as those seeking some creative control, image quality is generally very good, but given what is availble on some entry level SLR cameras, is not exceptional. The big selling point over the G1 is the AVCDHD Lite video and the touch screen. While the HD video is good its not Full HD and will not replace your HD camcorder, it is far better than a domestic DV camcorder. As for the touch screen, its tricky getting to rely on it and I still find myself using the regular controls and menus, fortunatly Panasonic have duplicated all the functions, so you dont need to use the touch screen until you feel happy with it.

Images are detailed and the autofocus and exposure systems are quite good, Images noise is reasonably well controlled up to 800 ISO and approaches that of similar priced SLR type cameras that compete for your money. As a stand alone camera this is all that most people will need, but it is probably not going to be as expandable as the Nikon of Canon range. Smaller and lighter than an SLR camera it is still reasonably large and would not fit in your pocket, those not looking specifically for the benefits of this breed of camera will need to really consider if this is what you want, there are so many compact and superzooms out there at lower cost that perform nearly as well in good light, and if this is going to be your only camera I would research the whole range of Panasonic Cameras. Check the weight and size of any additional lenses you are considering, and think if you would want to carry them around with you.

Excellent intelligent Auto mode
Detailed images with minimum lens distortion (processed out by camera) good for portraits and landscapes
Very good exposure and autofocus.
reasonable noise control up to ISO 800
Effective Raw mode, for those that can be bothered to edit every picture
Very good viewfinder and good swivel LCD, not dependent on Touch screen, which is useful in some situations, but you can easily survive without it
Generally good build quality with some questions marks ie kit lens
Good control layout, dedicated movie mode and intelligent auto buttons
Flash performance
good grip and user ergonomics
Reasonable performance, but keep to 2.6 frames per second burst mode or below to avoid screen blank out between shots
Good battery life
Pleasing HD video mode, suitable for spur of the moment videos but not up to the standard of a dedicated HD camcorder
Printed full operating Manual

Video not full HD only 720 and will only record in mono without an additional 160 microphone which uses a non standard 2.5mm plug.
Poor Dynamic range , means that the exposure is always set to underexpose, to avoid burnout of bright areas, so most images even in bright sunlight need shadow details to be recovered using your software editor.
Kit lens, inferior to previous model(14-45) in build quality (plastic mount and zoom smoothness) and sharpness.
Poor macro with supplied kit lens
A spare Panasonic battery will cost you 50 and aparently third party batteries wont work, or at least wont charge in the Panasonic charger.
No in camera stabilizer, relies on the inbuilt sytems within the lenses (which are effective though)
Image noise above 800 ISO cannot compete with most entry level SLR's
Slow usable burst mode, so not suited to sports photography.
Shutter sound

A good camera but still not quite as good as most entry level SLRs, that said its a lot smaller and lighter, so if you are looking for a creative lightweight near SLR quality camera that while not pocket sized wont strain your neck and can be carried all day in comfort this product ticks the box. As a general family camera it may prove over complicated and the need to change lenses to gain any telephoto shots may not suite everyone. Given that this camera retails at the same price as most basic SLRs, some people may find that route more approprate, while families may find a superzoom like the FZ38 or travel camera such as the TZ10 more practical and fun (and half the price). I cant say that I have felt any WOW factor, with this camera, it does the job, thats it. I dont think its significantly better than a good pro compact model, my feeling is that Panasonic are trying to get more money for features that are not necessary, quite why they did not incorporate the full HD that they have in the much cheaper superzoom (fz100) is beyond me, still I guess that coming on the G3, I certainly wont be buying that.
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Bosch PST 700 PE Jigsaw with Pendulum Action
Bosch PST 700 PE Jigsaw with Pendulum Action

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Does the job, great value, 26 July 2010
This jigsaw represents exceptional value at its discounted price, which has been set to make way for the new shape models. The saw performs very well, and it has a quality feel, unlike some other low cost saws at similar prices. it does exactly what its designed to do and the low vibration technology is certainly kinder to the hands than most.
I have only an occasion usage of this type of tool, cutting mainly 6 and 12 mm ply, so can't comment on its ability to cut thicker materials such as worktops etc, but its a great little Jigsaw for that odd job. Not a professional tool by any means but ideal for most DIY work

Collins Bird Guide
Collins Bird Guide
by Lars Svensson
Edition: Paperback
Price: 13.59

5.0 out of 5 stars Throw away all your other bird books, 7 Jun 2010
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This is the best bird recognition book that I have seen, having used numerous publications in the past, I feel this provides the most comprehesive coverage, particularly good at helping to identify the different sexes and to distigush adult and juvinile birds. The book is a good compromise between bulk and information. The text is quite small though.Excellent illustrations, which are often better than photographs as an aid to correct identification. Overall a good book and the price from amazon is a bargain.

Veho VCC-003 Muvi Micro DV Camcorder
Veho VCC-003 Muvi Micro DV Camcorder
Offered by total digital stores
Price: 29.95

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good value, poor documentation, 29 Mar 2010
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This is a competant and well made product with an obvious limitation of being rather hit and miss with regard to framing the end result, this is helped a bit by having quite a wide angle lens. Image quality is acceptable but not stunning. The camera is supplied with a small carry bag, pocket clip, charger, cables and 2 gb memory card.

While the instructions for the camera itself are adequate there is little to tell you about the software applications that are supplied on the CDROM, you just have to have a go and try to work it out, this software is effective but badly documented.

The camaera has a 2 megapixel CMOS sensor but only manages to produce 640x480 video(317K image), I suspect the extra pixels are used for image stabilisation or to improve low light use as you effectivly cant use them. On the whole I am pleased with this product which has recently seen a large price drop due to the realease of new even smaller version. I went for this one due to the attractive price and 3 hour battery life over the new version which although smaller has only 1 hour battery life, is twice the price and has similar image quality.

I dont think you can do much better for this price quite frankly, you have to be prepared for some experimentation and some folk may not find it that easy to use, for sports use its as good as it gets for the money, and not a fortune if you break or lose it.

Bergerac - Series 9 [DVD]
Bergerac - Series 9 [DVD]
Dvd ~ John Nettles
Offered by Quality Media Supplies Ltd.
Price: 27.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Last Knockings for Jim, 29 Mar 2010
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This review is from: Bergerac - Series 9 [DVD] (DVD)
In this final series of Bergerac, we find Jim reluctantly forced into the private investigation business due to his ever dwindling finances. Some good stories, but there are a couple of duff episodes as well, including the first which is not a great example to start a new series with in my opinion.

I found most of series 9 entertaining and on the whole Bergerac fans will probably find what they are looking for here, to me it seems to lack the winning formular and many of the familiar characters from the previous series, perhaps becuase much of it is filmed off island and it was always the Jersey atmosphere that was the main draw for me. I guess they were trying to do something different on the last one, but it seems more like a spin off rather than the last of a long line.

TomTom GO 550  LIVE UK & RoI Satellite Navigation System
TomTom GO 550 LIVE UK & RoI Satellite Navigation System

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great product but useless voice recognition, 23 Mar 2010
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I was looking to update my existing TomTom One, and wanted a wider screen. I considered other brands but have always found the Tom Tom products easy to use and their displays are very clear and easy to follow, this product exceeds my expectations in that regard. There have been mixed reviews of the management software, but I have not so far experienced the issues that some have had when updating using TomTom Home, I dont find this software very intuitive and it can be quite slow and prone to problems if you use USB hubs on monitors etc rather than a direct connection on your PC, I would describe it as adequate.

The Live services are however excellent, traffic being the most useful, it really does seem to have a grip on the current road conditions (aparently tracks how fast mobile phone users are travelling), the replanning and options offered are very good. I picked this model for its hand free capability and for that its a good way to combine two bits of kit into one item, it works as expected.

The only dissapointment is the voice recognition system, this IMO is useless, and frustrating, works fine at home with no background noise but in a car even in slow trafic with minimal road noise it gets confused so often it's easier to use the screen.

From a hardware point of view I would definatly go for this model again, however I have been waiting for well over over a month for the free 12 month Live services promotion to be activated, this was a major decider in this purchase over the Garmin equivilent. Tom Tom dont seem to be so interested now thay have made the sale! UPDATE : Tom Tom did eventually give me the free 12 month Live services, they had been swamped with applications and took 2 months to enable it, they did however "lend me" a month until they could get it set up, so there customer support experience was reasonable

Fellowes Neato PC CD/DVD Labels Kit 9996501
Fellowes Neato PC CD/DVD Labels Kit 9996501

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A great product BUT may not work with some HP printers, 10 May 2009
This system is very good and the supplied software is easy to use and works well. as a package overall the system is good value. The blue plastc applicator is also very effective. BEWARE!! there is a known issue with Neato labels and certain HP printers such as the Photosmart 3300 series, the printer will not recognise the label sheets and says that the wromg paper is installed. There is a dark printed heading at the top of the label which confuses the printers paper sensor. As the CD/DVD labels are symetrical I got around the problem by feeding the paper in upside down ie bottom first, where there is no printed writing on the sheet. This will only work for certain types of label so may not be a work around for all cases.

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