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Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 3500 Bluetrack / Bluetrace, Radio Transfer, PC Mouse, PC / Mac, 2-ways
Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 3500 Bluetrack / Bluetrace, Radio Transfer, PC Mouse, PC / Mac, 2-ways

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars colourful limited edition, 24 Aug 2013
Having originally purchased the flame red version of this mouse Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 3500 - Flame Gloss Red, I was so impressed with it that I decided to get a spare. This Sally Zou design seemed nice and the price (at the time of writing) was even lower than the red version.

For under £10, you get a comfortable-to-use wireless mouse that is very well built and much higher quality than some of the cheap chinese ones which might tempt you. The mouse uses a AA battery and works fine with a rechargeable AA. It emits a faint blue light from the base, but this is not visible during normal use.

You can download the Sally Zhou wallpaper from here : [...] (the mouse is a limited edition so not sure how long it will be on sale for)


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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sleek Quad Core Phone, 30 July 2013
The Cubot GT99 is one of a large number of chinese made Android Quad Core phones (based on the Mediatek MT6589 processor) introduced in the first half of 2013. In terms of overall capability and features, I would rank it with the Samsung S3.

The phone is available with red, white or black back covers. Included in the box is a USB charger (european wall plug), one 2200mAH battery, a USB cable, earphones and also a transparent plastic back protector. A screen protector was also already fitted to the phone. There was a small manual included but I didn't need to refer to it.

The phone is a few mm shorter and narrower than the S3 but weighs almost the same so it feels pretty solid. The LCD display is 4.5" diagonal and is nice and bright, although on full brightness the colours seem a little washed out compared to the S3. However it is perfectly fine for viewing pictures or movies. Towards the bottom of the screen are three touch sensitive areas which perform the same function as the button + two touch panels on the S3. The speaker volume is fine, and the mic is to the right of the phone so might pose a problem for left handed users. The on/off button is at the top, as are the charger and earphone sockets. There is a small blue LED which lights when the phone is charging or when there is a notification.

The phone comes with Android 4.2 (Jellybean) and also has play store and the chrome browser installed. All panels were in English and I did not see any chinese apps. Once you load the Adobe flash player and the BBC media player, BBC iplayer works fine. The phone is fast, with no lag when changing screens or switching between apps. The Antutu benchmark score is ~ 12800. There is an internal microSD card slot and the phone accepts 2 standard SIMs.

The GPS was the only area where I had issues. As with most Mediatek-based phones, the phone firmware does not seem to be set up correctly. Using the MobileUncle app, I was able to download a EPO file which allowed me to lock to some satellites, but you still need to have a wireless or data connection to get a lock within a reasonable time when in a new area, so I wouldn't want to rely on the GPS when travelling.

Overall the Cubot GT99 is a well designed and stylish phone which delivers a lot of value for the asking price. The build quality cannot be faulted and apart from the GPS issue, everything works as it should so Cubot can be regarded as good quality manufacturer. If you are interested, there are several video reviews on youtube. Note that Cubot also make a GT89 which uses the same chips but with a larger (lower resolution) screen and a physical home button.

Update (23 Oct)
After attempting to use this phone as a speaker phone during a conference call, the comment from other people on the call was that my phone caused a loud howl, making the call unintelligible for everyone else. I think this is because the microphone hole is only 1.5cm away from the speaker. Therefore I am downrating this item from 5 stars to 4 stars because I think that's a significant design flaw. Did a similar conference call test with the "Cubot One" and that worked fine.

For those who remain interested, there's a longer review of this phone at anton008.com/cubot-gt99-review/
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Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 3500 - Flame Red Gloss
Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 3500 - Flame Red Gloss
Offered by 3B-IT Ltd
Price: £13.55

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great quality mouse, 6 July 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This mouse is available in various colours and designer patterns. This variant is a brilliant gloss red colour. Interestingly, many of the designer versions are actually cheaper than the plain colours - are they less popular? The USB dongle is nano-sized and plugs into the base of the mouse for storage. The mouse uses a single AA battery and is supplied with a Duracell AA cell so you can use it right away. 1.2v rechargeable AAs also work fine. Unlike my older 3000 mouse which used a red LED, this mouse uses a blue light for tracking. I can't say it's any better but it works fine on my wood desk without a mouse mat. This 3500 mouse is also slightly more compact than the 3000 series.

Basic installation on a Windows XP machine is easy - just plug the dongle into a spare USB slot, and Windows will automatically load drivers. If you want to use it as a standard 2 button / scroll wheel mouse, that is all you need to do. For more advanced users, you can download MS Intellipoint software from the MS website (do a web search for "Wireless Mobile Mouse 3500 Intellipoint"). This software will let you control advanced features and reassign buttons etc.

To summarise - a product which works as it should, appears well built and is from a reputable company. At £10 or less, it's a bargain!


SanDisk Eye-Fi 8GB Wireless Memory Card
SanDisk Eye-Fi 8GB Wireless Memory Card
Offered by ZAR Systems

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wireless Memory Card, 6 July 2013
I like taking a pictures of my plants and emailing them to friends every couple of weeks. To do this I had to remove the memory card from the camera, plug it into my PC and then access the pictures. The next time I wanted to take pictures, the memory card was invariably still in the PC. So I thought it was a good idea to invest in one of these. You pay quite a price premium (a normal 8GB SHDC card is well under £10 these days) but the convenience seemed worth it, especially when I saw the card on special offer. If money is tight, then there is also a 4GB version which is a few pounds cheaper.

When you istall the card, you will see that it is basically a rebranded Eye-Fi memory card. So the software and infrastucture used is exactly the same as Eye-Fi. Using it proved to be very straightforward, and took about 15 minutes. Here are the steps (I was using a laptop with Windows XP)

1) The memory card comes fitted in a SDHC to USB adapter. Plug this into a USB slot on your PC. The memory card will appear as a new drive letter.

2) Run the Eye-Fi software which is in one of the folders on the memory card. This installs the Eye Fi control software on your PC. At this point you will be registered for a Eye-Fi account and it will also ask for details of your WiFi router's password. You will also need to allow the Eye Fi program access through your firewall.

3) After that you remove the memory card, fit it your camera and take a picture. Moments later, the picture you took should appear on your PC. This didn't work straight away for me. I had a Caxon SX40 HS and had to change the camera's setting to disable power saving which leaves the camera on instead of shutting down after a minute. This step allows time for the wireless connection from the memory card to send the picture to you PC. Anyway I took 2 more pictures, saw the (new) wireless icon on the camera status screen flash for a minute or two - and hey presto - the pictures did appear in a new folder under "My Pictures".

If you're a tablet or mobile phone user, then there is an Eye Fi wireless app for Android/iPhone/iPad. I've not tried this but apparently this will allow the camera to send pictures directly to those devices as well (once your Eye Fi account has been set up using the PC).

Anyway it really does work. For more information visit [...]


Filofax Personal Assorted Coloured Notepaper Plain and Ruled Value Pack
Filofax Personal Assorted Coloured Notepaper Plain and Ruled Value Pack
Price: £4.00

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 colours and 2 styles, 4 May 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This is paper is for the personal sized Filofax - so it should be suitable if the outer dimensions of your filofax are approx 5 inch x 8 inch. The actual paper size is 95mm x 171mm (approx 4 inch x 7 inch). The Filofax code for this item is 130502.

You get 100 sheets of paper - in 5 colours and 2 styles, as below:
White - 10 sheets ruled,10 sheets plain
Yellow - 10 sheets ruled, 10 sheets plain
Green - 10 sheets ruled, 10 sheets plain
Pink - 10 sheets ruled, 10 sheets plain
Light Blue - 10 sheets ruled, 10 sheets plain

This is good value, and works out at about half the price of buying the thirty sheet packs.

Personally I would have prefered all the sheets to be ruled, but it's not a big deal - if you have a flexible inkjet printer which takes custom paper sizes, then you can print your own template onto the plain sheets.


Filofax Personal Yellow Ruled Notepad
Filofax Personal Yellow Ruled Notepad
Price: £3.20

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A blast of yellow, 3 May 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This will be of use if you have a personal sized Filofax (outer dimensions approx 5 inch x 8 inch). The actual paper size is 95mm x 171mm (4 inch x 7 inch).

You get 100 sheets of ruled yellow paper in this pack, which is supplied as a notepad, sheets glued together at the top. You just detach the sheets one by one and use as normal paper, once detatched there is no difference from regular filofax sheets. Compared to the alternative smaller pack which contains 30 sheets of the same paper, buying in bulk will save you some money. Using a different paper colour from the traditional white is a good way of highlighting important information, special notes etc.

If you're not obsessed by yellow and want more variety, then try item Filofax Personal Assorted Coloured Notepaper Plain and Ruled Value Pack which will give you 20 sheets each in five different colours. The price of both items varies so sometimes all yellow is cheaper than the mixed pack, sometimes it's not.

Note that if purchasing from Amazon, this is part of the "add-in-program", so you can get free delivery if you buy this as part of an order of £20 minimum (of goods from Amazon, not other marketplace sellers).


Caran d'Ache 849 Goldbar Ballpoint Pen with Box
Caran d'Ache 849 Goldbar Ballpoint Pen with Box
Price: £25.74

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Caran quality - now in a gold finish, 30 Mar 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Caran d'Ache are welll known as a quality Swiss pen manufacturer and this design (the '849') is a timeless classic which has been around for at least 40 years - I have some dating from the 1970s which are still in good working order.

With this model, I suppose Caran are trying to marry the concept of all that gold bullion stashed in Swiss bank accounts with their iconic 849 model. The pen has the usual hexagonal body which apparently is made from aluminium, to which a matte gold finish has been applied. The pen also has a gold plated clip and push button. Unlike regular 849's, this pen comes supplied in an unusual gold coloured metal case, where the middle of the case has a moulded bulge to hold the pen, but the outer parts are quite thin, so overall the case is fairly slim. However the bulge in the middle means that the case won't sit flush on a flat surface.

The pen is fitted with a blue ink "Goliath" refill which is supposed to write for 600 A4 pages. Replacements are pricey at £6 but a penny a page doesn't sound so bad. The refill is about the same size as a Parker but the back end is different. It might not be immediately obvious, but to replace the refill, you unscrew the push button (in an anticlockwise direction).

Anyway to conclude this is a quality product which is built to last. The matte gold finish is attractive and also has a non-slip feel to it. If you're into looks then the coloured Metal-X variants of this pen are even nicer to look at (and they are cheaper!). Why 4 stars and not 5? Well the matt finish is fine, but it is only 3 microns deep - and it just doesn't look quite as golden as it could and should.


Even Better Than The Real Thing (Remix)
Even Better Than The Real Thing (Remix)
Price: £1.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Classic from the 1990s, 9 Mar 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
I bought this maxi cd (which contains 5 remixes of the song "Even better than the real thing" by U2. The tracks include remixes by Paul Oakenfold / Steve Osborne and Apollo 440 and date from the early 1990s - a time when dance remixes were a relatively new idea.

Anyway the track that people may recognise the most is the first one - the Perfecto Mix. That version was issued as a single a few months after the original and had the effect of making both versions popular - so for a few weeks, both the original and remix versions appeared in the UK top 40 charts.


100 Of Classical Music's Greatest Moments
100 Of Classical Music's Greatest Moments

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good intro to classical music, 3 Mar 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Having purchased a MP3 player from Amazon a few weeks ago, I received a promotional credit and so was looking around for a low cost item to purchase with the credit, and this fitted the bill nicely.

It is a good compilation of 100 pieces of classical music. I haven't listened to all of them yet, but recognised about half of the ones I have tried so far, so there are indeed some fairly popular and well known pieces here. I'll probably end up choosing 20 or 30 of them to make a CD for use in the car.

A couple of small cons :
1) some of the music is live - so there is applause and singing in some of the tracks.
2) I found the volume of different tracks to vary quite a bit so sometimes you need to turn the volume up/down.

Because of this - and also because renditions of pieces can vary across different orchestras, I suggest that you use the the preview function on the amazon site to check your favourites before you buy. Since at the time of writing the whole album is being offered for £1.09, less than the price of 2 tracks, this really is a no-brainer if you want a quick intro to classical music.


Microsoft BX3-00002 Wireless Notebook BLUE US
Microsoft BX3-00002 Wireless Notebook BLUE US

5.0 out of 5 stars Good quality mouse, 4 Feb 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This mouse is available in various colours and this particular variant is a nice light/dark metallic blue combo. The USB dongle unclips from the bottom of the base - when in the mouse, it ensures the mouse is switched off. The mouse uses a single AA battery and the nice thing is that rechargeable AA's work well. I would judge battery life as about 5 months with the supplied duracell alkaline AA and about 3 months with a fully charged Eneloop NiMH AA cell. To change the battery, just press the silver button towards the front and the lid pops off. I've used the mouse continuously for 3 years and the only thing I've noticed in that time is that some of the blue paint has worn off - however the functionality is unimpaired. The wireless range is about 4-5 feet (in an office environment, with the NiMh cell) and reduces a little when the battery gets low.

Basic installation on Windows XP is easy - just plug the dongle into a spare USB slot, and Windows will automatically load drivers. Wait for the green light on the dongle to light and after this the mouse is ready to use. If you want to use it as a standard 2 button scroll mouse, that is all you need to do. For more advanced users, you can download MS Intellimouse software from the MS website and then you can configure advanced features and also re-assign buttons to perform special functions. There are different versions of Intellimouse for XP/Vista/7 and also for 32-bit vs 64-bit so make sure you get the right version.


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