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ThruNite TN12 Flashlight 2014 Version, Cree XM-L2 U2 LED, Max Output 1050 Lumen, Waterproof to IPX-8
ThruNite TN12 Flashlight 2014 Version, Cree XM-L2 U2 LED, Max Output 1050 Lumen, Waterproof to IPX-8

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars High Quality and Super Bright, 26 Mar 2014
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Only a very few years ago, torches of this size using 2 x CR123 batteries or equivalent would put out about a quarter as much light as this.

Very nicely made, compact and sporting a wide range of outputs from ultra low moonlight mode to an amazing 1000+ lumens which has to be seen to be believed. The low setting is fine for indoors, medium great for outdoors leaving high and "turbo" for when you really need a lot of light. Despite the small head/reflector, it can throw its beam a good distance. The supplied pouch and lanyard are useful too.

On the downside, Lithium batteries are expensive to buy, and if you use rechargeables need extra handling precautions and a special charger, and there are now several options of torches using 4x AA batteries, which although chunkier, can pretty much match this light's performance. Size for size though, nothing can currently match lithium power.

It must also be said that the current price on Amazon (36) is very good.


Sunwayman D40A Cree XM-L2 980 Lumens LED compact AA Flashlight
Sunwayman D40A Cree XM-L2 980 Lumens LED compact AA Flashlight
Offered by ThruNite store
Price: 39.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 8 Mar 2014
I didn't buy this from Amazon, but wish I did,as I paid over 25 more from a uk retailer and that was with a discount!

This is one of the recent generation of torches using AA batteries that can put out huge amounts of light and match torches powered by expensive lithium batteries. The torch runs best ( and of course is cheaper to run) on rechargeable nimh batteries but you can use standard alkalines.

The torch has a wide range of lighting levels from an ultra low moonlight mode to a high mode which can light up a dark lane for 100s of metres. I find having such a bright torch on narrow country lanes tends to makes cars slow down more. It also has multiple flashing and strobe modes which I don't use but could come in handy.

With 4 AA batteries inside, this is quite chunky in the hand but way smaller than the maglites of yesteryear and easily fits in a coat pocket or you can use the supplied belt holster. Build quality is excellent.

One of the best and most highly rated high output torches currently available and a great price here on Amazon.


Xara Photo and Graphic Designer 9 (PC)
Xara Photo and Graphic Designer 9 (PC)
Price: 59.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good vector Software, 7 Dec 2013
I find this to be full featured, yet easy to use vector graphics software, which I think is capable of competing with some much higher priced software.

Less successful is the bitmap photo editing side. Though the cloning and erase functions are good, I find myself using other software when doing any serious photo editing.


Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 with Outdoor Hull (Orange/ Green)
Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 with Outdoor Hull (Orange/ Green)
Price: 273.94

4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Gadget, 7 Dec 2013
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This is a lot of fun to play with. The flips and rolls it is capable of are very impressive. Controlling it by tilting the iPad is great, and the level of control you can set means you can make it easy to fly for anyone.

On the downside, the quality of video recordings is limited with the "jelly" effect, and you do get occasional losses of control where the drone loses contact and flys off into the nearest obstacle. Luckily so far no major damage.


Canon PIXMA MG6250 All-in-One Colour Printer (Print, Copy, Scan Wi-Fi and Auto Duplex)
Canon PIXMA MG6250 All-in-One Colour Printer (Print, Copy, Scan Wi-Fi and Auto Duplex)

4.0 out of 5 stars Quality Printer, 7 Dec 2013
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Very pleased with this product from Canon.

Excellent print quality, good scans and wifi connection to laptop and iPad works flawlessly. Only thing keeping it from 5 stars is the cost of replacing the ink.


50 x Taiyo Yuden ' Watershield' DVD-R 16x Glossy White Full Face Inkjet Printable
50 x Taiyo Yuden ' Watershield' DVD-R 16x Glossy White Full Face Inkjet Printable
Offered by jetmediauk
Price: 33.95

3.0 out of 5 stars Depends on your printer, 7 Dec 2013
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These are good quality disks & if they printed smoothly would outclass most printable disks available.

However, with two Canon printers (both of which have proper disk printing trays and mechanisms) I have been unable to get a disk which didn't pick up marks in the glossy finish from the printer. So a good product but beware they are very sensitive to the way the printer feeds them through.


Oscillating Heater - 1200W
Oscillating Heater - 1200W
Offered by Astra Discount
Price: 11.79

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good while they last, 15 Oct 2013
This review is from: Oscillating Heater - 1200W
Which isn't long!

This is a ubiquitous product, you can find them in many shops with any number of brand names on them (pifco, Hyundai etc.), but they all have something in common, they don't last very long before one or more of the bars fails.

However, they are cheap, effective and if you treat them almost as a consumable item they are ok. Also dogs & cats seem to love lying in front of them.


Sony NEX5RKB Compact System Camera Zoom Kit - Black (16.1MP, SEL 18-55mm Lens) 3 inch LCD Screen
Sony NEX5RKB Compact System Camera Zoom Kit - Black (16.1MP, SEL 18-55mm Lens) 3 inch LCD Screen

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quality Images, 31 May 2013
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After a long period away from "serious" cameras, using super zoom point and shoot compacts, I was getting increasingly disappointed with the photos. Yes they were in focus and well exposed, just bland in a way. Not wanting the bulk of an slr again, I started looking at compact system cameras and after much research opted for the NEX5R.

The first shock is I guess the comparison to a super zoom. Gone is the massive range of focal lengths,the 55mm end of the kit lens is really a very low level telephoto. To get the same versatility, you will need another lens. The Sony does look like a camera attached to a lens rather than the other way around. Also it's taking some time to get used to the complexity of using a proper camera, more than once I've been disappointed by shots only to find i hadn't reset changes to focus modes, exposure etc from the previous time using the camera.

However, even the first few pictures showed this was a good choice. The increase in image quality is plain to see, much more punchy and distinctive. The ability to use depth of field (or rather the lack of it) as a tool again is great.

Key plus features for me.
+ low light capability including the layering modes is quite remarkable
+ liking the wifi features, including reviewing the day's shots on my iPad, wifi upload to the pc
+ tilting screen is versatile
+ excellent video, there really is no need for a seperate video camera any more.

Things that could be better
- the ability to limit iso maximum in auto modes. Quality is beginning to wander a bit as 3200, my Lumix point and shoot even had this feature
- mixed results so far on moving objects. Sometimes out of focus & having no viewfinder meant I just had to vaguely point the thing at an aircraft display recently, the sunlight being too bright to track the fast moving Mustang on screen

All in all a great purchase although given the choice again, I might spend the extra to get an NEX6 with its viewfinder?


Sony NEX LCS-BBF Carry Pouch for NEX with 18 - 55mm Lens - Grey
Sony NEX LCS-BBF Carry Pouch for NEX with 18 - 55mm Lens - Grey
Offered by Camera Centre UK
Price: 21.50

4.0 out of 5 stars Good small pouch, 31 May 2013
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This is an attractive and decent quality Sony branded pouch for the NEX camera, I bought it for my new NEX 5.

The only thing to be aware of is that this is just a pouch, you can get the camera with its kit lens in there, the flash (with its useful little separate pouch), and that's pretty much it. Hence i have also bought a larger bag to keep all the paraphernalia in and to use when I'm out purposely just to take photos.


MoviePlus X5
MoviePlus X5
Offered by Digitalville UK
Price: 14.01

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to use, 31 May 2013
This review is from: MoviePlus X5 (DVD-ROM)
Have to say I bought this as a stop gap whilst waiting for the latest Sony Movie Studio Suite to arrive. I downloaded it as a special offer from the Serif site for only 10 (you can often pick up recently superseded versions for a song from them). And so far it's done everything I need & the few times I've loaded the Sony software, found it lacking in comparison (though to be fair I haven't given much time to it yet)

I find interface very intuitive indeed, and was able to produce fairly decent results pretty much without referring to the available help. Importing media, the way it previews music/video when you hover over the imported icon, placing it on the timeline, cropping, pan & zoom, transitions, all very easy. Moving things around on the timeline allows you to build things quicly, and there are also typed in parameters for everything if you want more precision/consistency. So far no glitches or crashes. My laptop is a fairly decent spec but about 5 years old now, but handles the software very well. The software is (I think) defaulting to using proxy copies of video to help throw the data around. Whilst initially being a bit concerned about the quality of transitions etc from the previews, I was happy to see that the finished rendered product was beautifully smooth & very pleasing for a first attempt.

I'm sure there's a lot more it can do, I've recently tried slow motion (just stretch the video!) & I'm yet to see what can be achieved with multiple tracks.

Serif as a company. I have in the past been subject to their hard sell tactics on manuals & extras whilst their systems churn through the arduous task of "registering" the software. Also their website is geared up to try and opt you in to marketing emails every time you visit it. Having said that, i recently bought a crop of these 10 versions and after one brief attempt, the chap on the other end of the line just efficiently gave me the 3 registration keys, so maybe they are improving. The software really does speak for itself, I've also been particularly impressed with Webplus.


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