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SanDisk 32GB Cruzer Extreme USB 3.0 Flash Drive - FFP
SanDisk 32GB Cruzer Extreme USB 3.0 Flash Drive - FFP
Price: £27.51

5.0 out of 5 stars 100MB/sec. Say no more!, 19 Feb 2014
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Write speed varies according to what you're copying and how full the stick is, but on a good day I can copy write at 100MB/sec. Even small files don't slow it down that much.

The stick is physically quite long, and takes about 5mm width on each side of the actual USB port so it might not fit in an enclosed space. On the plus side that size gives them room for the sliding mechanism, so there's no cap to lose.

I have a 16GB version too, with the same performance. Highly recommended.


AmazonBasics USB 3.0 A-Male to A-Female Extension Cable 9.8 Feet / 3.0 m
AmazonBasics USB 3.0 A-Male to A-Female Extension Cable 9.8 Feet / 3.0 m
Price: £6.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a cable. It's well made. It works., 20 April 2013
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The amazon basics cables all seem to be very well made - sturdier than most of the ones you get with products. This is no exception, and apart from that what else is there to say? It works fine and transfer speeds don't seem to suffer from the long cable run.


Anker® USB 3.0 & eSATA to SATA External Hard Drive Docking Station for 2.5 or 3.5inch HDD & SSD [4TB Support]
Anker® USB 3.0 & eSATA to SATA External Hard Drive Docking Station for 2.5 or 3.5inch HDD & SSD [4TB Support]
Offered by AnkerDirect
Price: £49.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Solid, includes all cables, just works!, 20 April 2013
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Bought this on the strength of the reviews and wasn't disappointed. (I actually received an "Anker" branded version of this dock, but I assume it's the same product, it looks identical). It's weightier than I expected it to be and sits solidly on the desk. Handled the SSD I was using fine (not tried a 3.5" drive but see no reason why it wouldn't work just as well).

Having the e-sata and USB3 cables included in the box was a bonus too. Basically it "just works".


Navcom Charger Headset Stand: USB - Move Compatible (PS3)
Navcom Charger Headset Stand: USB - Move Compatible (PS3)
Offered by Eliware
Price: £19.90

5.0 out of 5 stars Neat solution for keeping the PS3 accessories under control, 14 April 2013
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Sturdy enough to hold the PS3 vertically without any fear of it toppling. The integrated controller / move charging station is a nice touch - it keeps everything together and means less wires running all over the place. The charger takes one USB port up, but comes with a 3 port hub so overall you still gain ports.


SKROSS PRO PLUS USB World Adapter
SKROSS PRO PLUS USB World Adapter
Offered by E W Link Co Ltd.
Price: £21.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Functions fine, but it's HUGE, 14 April 2013
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Yes it's convenient having every world plug in one adapter, but I wasn't prepared for the sheer size of this thing. Forget trying to use it in a socket with restricted space! On some of the less robust hotel plugs in the US, this adapter nearly drags itself out of the socket by its own weight, before you put any cable strain on it by plugging something in.

In the future I'll be buying more slimline adapters tailored to the country of use rather than being lazy and trying to get it all in one.

On the plus side, the USB adapter charges an iPhone and an iPad fine so no problems with that!


WEISS Camera Replacement Battery Li-lon like NB-5L for Canon IXUS 90 IS / 800 IS / 850 IS / 900 Ti / 950 IS / PowerShot SD 700 IS and Others
WEISS Camera Replacement Battery Li-lon like NB-5L for Canon IXUS 90 IS / 800 IS / 850 IS / 900 Ti / 950 IS / PowerShot SD 700 IS and Others

5.0 out of 5 stars Seems as good as the Canon original, 14 April 2013
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Bought as a backup for a Powershot S100 (great camera, notoriously poor battery life). What else to say - seems to hold charge as well as the original and powers the camera for about as long (I've not done any in-depth testing, but it isn't noticeably less effective than the one that came with the camera).

Well worth buying considering how cheap it is compared to the Canon original.
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SoundMAGIC EH11 Sports Headphones - Green
SoundMAGIC EH11 Sports Headphones - Green

5.0 out of 5 stars Comfortable fit, good sound, 12 Feb 2013
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I have problems with the IEM style of earbud (Shure etc) - I can't get them to stay in my ears and I find them uncomfortable to wear.

I was looking for something else when I found these. Early impressions are good - they're very comfortable and the ear loops help them stay where they're put without needing to be jammed deep into your ear canal. The package includes a carrying pouch and a range of tips to customise the fit (although the standard ones they shipped with worked fine for me).

Sound quality is good for the price - perhaps a little bass heavy, but the bass is clear and well defined without intruding too much on the rest of the music - just the thing for the gym!


Epson WorkForce WF-3520DWF 4-in-1 Printer with Double-sided Printing
Epson WorkForce WF-3520DWF 4-in-1 Printer with Double-sided Printing
Price: £89.00

36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not the best print quality, but good all in one, 26 Dec 2012
Bought this to replace an aging HP all in one. The text print quality on this is pretty rough draft mode and passable in fine (although you lose speed). Overall print quality on the HP was better, so if that's your primary aim then give this a pass.

The Epson makes up for it with a much better scanner - duplex ADF for double sided document scanning is a real bonus. Plus the Epson wakes up much faster and with less drama (it doesn't constantly need to run cleaning cycles every time you power it on) and it's easy to setup and run over wifi.

Overall a capable all in one, with a good scanner and passable (but not great) printer.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice original take on a standard concept, 6 May 2012
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The dry bag/sack concept isn't new but by incorporating the eVENT membrane into the base they've given this one a dual purpose by turning it into a waterproof compression sack without the straps.

Just roll the bag up and air is squeezed out of the bottom of the sack, effectively creating something like a vacuum inside and allowing the contents to be packed much more tightly than usual.

It does take a little bit more time to do - the air doesn't expel rapidly like it would with a valve - but not that much. I use it most of the time as a laundry sack in my business travel kit!


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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast, quiet and easy to use, 6 May 2012
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I bought this to replace a reliable, but aging Netgear ReadyNAS NV+. I was primarily looking for something faster and easy to expand, which the DS412+ is.

The models in this range (412+, 1512+ and higher) all have more powerful processors and more RAM than the cheaper NAS boxes which is where the performance comes from and also allow the NAS more flexibility in running additional applications such as media servers, if that's what you want to do.

First time setup is a little odd since before you can do anything you first have to upload the OS (DSM) to the NAS using the provided Windows software. You also need disks in the unit before you do this so I presume it allocates a small portion of the drive(s) for installing the OS into, not that 200MB is going to matter when you're putting 2TB drives into it.

Once that's done setup is easy and automatic. Allocate an IP and away it goes. The default is to create what Synology call a "Hybrid RAID" volume for easy expansion which the setup does automatically once it's uploaded the OS and formatted the drives.

In use the Synology is _really_ quiet; for all practical purposes it's silent even during drive access. The drive trays have rubber grommets to keep vibration noise from the drives down and the fans are of the large-and-slow-spinning type to keep airflow up without fan noise. There is also plenty of space between the drive bays to help airflow and keep the drives cool.

Performance wise I don't quite get the numbers claimed by the marketing, but it's not far off. On a gigabit LAN with 3 2TB drives in SHR configuration and large (5GB+) files I get a sustained 60-70MB/sec write. Copying folders full of small files (<1mb) sees performance drop to 20-30MB/sec which is not surprising and still more than acceptable.

Email alerts, permissions etc are all catered for as you'd expect on something aimed at the small business end of the market and all in all I'm impressed. My last NAS worked solidly 24/7 for about 5 years. Hopefully this one will do the same!


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