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Canon Cli-551 Ink Cartridge - Multicoloured
Canon Cli-551 Ink Cartridge - Multicoloured
Price: £25.99

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent ink but short life from standard cartridge, 26 July 2013
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This should be an economical way to acquire these cartridges but the savings scarcely justify buying in bulk. The standard cartridge life is short and much greater savings can be had buying the XL ink tanks.Even then, the "XL" cartridge life is roughly the same as the previous generation (CLI-8) standard product.


Canon Cli-551xl High Capacity Ink Cartridge - Blue
Canon Cli-551xl High Capacity Ink Cartridge - Blue
Price: £10.49

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's not Blue - it's Cyan!, 3 July 2013
For some reason, Amazon seem to think this is a blue ink cartridge.

Inkjet users will know that there are three primary colours for printing - Cyan (C), Magenta (M) and Yellow (Y) - and three primary colours for light - Red (R), Green (G) and Blue (B). Some professional printers use blue ink, but most small office printers use CMY. Blue ink is not Cyan ink,as you will see if you zoom in on the image of this product pack.

That said, these Canon cyan ink cartridges seem to run out very quickly, when compared to older cartridges, such as those for the Canon 4300. Even the XL version runs down faster than the other two colour cartridges, perhaps because it appears to be called on when printing in greyscale. The Amazon price and delivery is competitive, so three stars for that, but office users will notice the high running costs of printers that use this cartridge.


Acer Aspire One 725 11.6-inch Netbook (Black) - (AMD DC C70 1GHz, 2GB RAM, 320GB HDD, LAN, WLAN, Webcam, Integrated Graphics, Windows 8 64-Bit)
Acer Aspire One 725 11.6-inch Netbook (Black) - (AMD DC C70 1GHz, 2GB RAM, 320GB HDD, LAN, WLAN, Webcam, Integrated Graphics, Windows 8 64-Bit)

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An attractive Netbook that would be even better without Windows 8.0, 19 Jun. 2013
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This is a very nice netbook with a larger than usual HD screen (11.6 inches), good battery life and an excellent keyboard. WiFi, Skype, USB and all the usual connectivity is included. Capacious hard drive (320 GB) and built-in webcam add to its charms. And on that topic, what a pity that it runs Windows 8.0, which slows it down, is totally counter-intuitive and was designed for a touch screen device.

Perhaps, by the time you read this, Microsoft will have updated everyone to version 8.1 - it can't come soon enough.

Until then, this is a good, value-for-money portable PC. Pair it with the Tech air 11.6 inch Lightweight sleeve and you can take it anywhere.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Professional quality at an inviting price, 19 Jun. 2013
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You will not buy these powered speakers if all you want to do is impress your friends. Neither will their looks enhance the average living room - this is a functional product.

The simple design and minimal controls show that they are intended to monitor sound quality, not to artificially enhance it.Plenty of power when needed, no artificial bass enhancement or tinny tweeter.

The units come well-packed in a sturdy box, with an simple instruction booklet in five languages, but in fact it is just a case of plug in and go. They were purchased to use in a small media production room and have proved perfect for the task.

Whether monitoring, speech, music or sound effects,the AV 40 speakers are up to the task. Definitely recommended if you have any interest in audio - add a sub-woofer if you really need a bigger bottom end.


Tech Air  11.6-Inch  Lightweight Slimline Super Sleeve for Netbooks with Carry Strap
Tech Air 11.6-Inch Lightweight Slimline Super Sleeve for Netbooks with Carry Strap
Price: £10.62

5.0 out of 5 stars Great value for a low price, 19 Jun. 2013
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This is the ideal case for a netbook up to 30 cm (11 inches). It was purchased as a gift for someone with the Acer "Aspire One" and is the perfect partner. Although the grey exterior makes it look rather sombre (and businesslike), the burst of colour inside reveals that it belongs to someone with a lively personality. At this price, there is no better alternative.


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5.0 out of 5 stars The best answer to self-print business cards so far, 23 May 2013
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I was sceptical about these Avery cards at first and doubted that they could be a five-star product. These double-sided inkjet business cards meet a long-felt need for a quality product at a reasonable price.

For many years I have been using alternatives such as the ProEdge cards from VistaPrint but they are single sided and the weight of the card means that they curl easily. Avery have a winner here and even though they recommend printers with a single sheet, straight through paper feeder, there is no problem with my Canon MX925.

My only quibble is that there is no template for Adobe Illustrator software.


Edimax EW-7811Un N150 Wireless USB Adapter Nano
Edimax EW-7811Un N150 Wireless USB Adapter Nano
Price: £6.62

5.0 out of 5 stars Need a quick fix for a Wifi connection?, 13 May 2013
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This is perfect for adding Wifi to older devices and it performs well, with a reasonable range and at a good price. Does what it says on the (very small) tin.


Canon PIXMA MX925 All-in-One Colour Printer (Print, Copy, Scan, Fax, Apple AirPrint, Google Cloud Print and Wi-Fi)
Canon PIXMA MX925 All-in-One Colour Printer (Print, Copy, Scan, Fax, Apple AirPrint, Google Cloud Print and Wi-Fi)
Price: £118.11

121 of 126 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Many good points but supplied software is consumer-oriented, 13 May 2013
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Like some other reviewers of this printer, I bought it to replace the excellent Canon Pixma iP4300, which had worked perfectly for several years until it expired suddenly with a full waste-ink reservoir. Although I did not plan to buy an all-in-one, the online reviews of the MX925 indicate that it is ideal for the small office and the price makes it an attractive option. The ability to operate as a stand-alone colour copier with automatic document feed is a bonus and it performs that function well. However, the supplied software is more appropriate to the needs of teenage students than those of a busy small office.

Delivery was up to the usual Amazon Prime standards. It arrived well-packed and undamaged and was soon sitting on its assigned desk. Other reviewers have remarked that it is quite large but it sits where the iP4300 once was. It is the height, rather than the width, that makes it look bulky and because the paper tray is internal, it can be placed closer to the wall than the earlier model. The black plastic case is a magnet for dust and buyers might like to add an "Astonish anti-static dustbuster" to their order. There are numerous packing pieces, plastic separators and adhesive stickers that must be removed before switching on for the first time - take care to ensure that they have all been removed, as some are quite well hidden.

Installation on the office network was a breeze and it popped up within moments of being connected and it also appeared on wi-fi connected laptops.The built-in Fax machine is a plus-point - for what it's worth in these days of online communication - and the copier function works well.

When the supplied cartridges are installed, the machine runs a start-up routine. As is usual these days, the cartridges are "for set-up only" and will run out quite quickly. With this in mind, I put an XXL black cartridge into the Amazon shopping basket, intending to complete the purchase after I had checked out the printer. To my horror, the price increased by £10 shortly afterwards -an unexpected increase that changes my assessment of the running costs of this printer. On balance, the XXL cartridge is still a good idea but buyers should shop around for the best price.

Users will discover that the Canon printer redefines the message "please wait momentarily", which is displayed on the screen and means a delay of 30 seconds or more before printing. It is not a machine for the impatient and speed specifications should be taken with a pinch of salt. More importantly, there is only one A4 paper tray, which means constantly swapping between plain and headed notepaper (and mistaken printing on the wrong stock!) The second paper tray is only for 10x15 and 10x8 cm photo paper and even printing an envelope means removing the lower feed tray.

Paper handling in general is a step backwards from previous designs, with registration between sheets varying by up to 2mm, perhaps because there is no straight-line paper path. Heavier weights of paper are problematical, 250 gsm is probably the maximum it will handle, even though the spec claims 300 gsm. It is certainly not a good idea to select duplex printing (double-sided) at this weight. On the other hand, using 70 gsm paper sometimes means two sheets are picked up at the same time - not good if you are trying to keep correct page order without using duplex. CD printing is good but again, the supplied software is almost useless and I switched back to the CD-Label print application that worked well before.

In use, the MX925 is satisfactory but it does not quite live up to the high standard set by the iP4300, not least because of higher running costs (at the increased price of the black XXL cartridge) and tortuous paper path. Canon should forget the supplied "My Image Garden with HD Movie Print" software or at least make it an optional download, and include a set of small office utilities that would better complement the typical use of this printer.

So four stars for this device. It will never achieve the "best in class" status that I arbitrarily award to its predecessor but if you are looking for an affordable small-office all-in-one, the Canon MX925 is certainly worth a close examination. Together with that anti-static dustbuster...

THREE-MONTH UPDATE - August 2013
Thanks to the usual superb Amazon service, I have returned the original printer for a replacement. The first one entered sleep state and could not be woken up over the network - it was necessary to pull the power to get it to restart. Canon support recognised the problem but required me to send the printer back for a firmware upgrade - at my own expense. Amazon offered a 24-hour replacement and was as good as its word.

The print quality of the MX925 is excellent on almost all media, which is why I wanted the same model. Apart from anything else, I had around £100-worth investment in ink cartridges to consider. Ink use is a downside for would-be owners: the MX925 is not an economical machine, even in fast mode. It can sometimes spend more than two minutes "priming" cartridges before the first page comes out, during which time the ink icons can shrink visibly. I recommend original XL and XXL cartridges, at the lowest price you can find. Remember too that the supplied cartridges are marked "setup" and have a very short life.

Paper handling is not good and occasionally some media "skews" as it goes through the path, which can be unacceptable for presentation quality documents. The sheet feeder is also unreliable, sometimes pulling two sheets through at the same time (leading to a missed page on occasion). CD/DVD print quality is excellent, with the proviso above.

So still only four stars and a fervent wish the someone at Canon will one day make a printer that has all of the MX925 features with the reliability and print costs of the iP4300.
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Louisiana Blues
Louisiana Blues
Price: £0.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Who knew that Hugh Laurie is not just a brilliant musician?, 8 May 2013
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I had to buy Hugh Laurie's "Let them Talk" special edition album just as soon as I heard it and I have never regretted the purchase. Now he has released another masterpiece with "Louisiana Blues" - is there no end to this man's talents?

And I have just been told that he does a bit of acting on the side - I hope it will not distract him from his musical career...


Behringer UCG102 USB Guitar Link
Behringer UCG102 USB Guitar Link
Price: £30.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Good - but you will need IT skills to make it work, 4 Dec. 2012
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I expected that this would be more or less 'plug-and-play' but it isn't. Search online and you will find that many people have problems with setting up this USB link, then decide whether to buy.
When it does work, the sound is good to very good, even in a pro environment.


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