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Windows 10 Home 32-bit/64-bit English International (PC DVD)
Windows 10 Home 32-bit/64-bit English International (PC DVD)
Price: £77.47

15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Upgrade from Win 8/8.1 but not from Win7, 19 Aug. 2015
Ignore the hype. It's still just Windows.

The Good bits:
* It boots up reasonably quickly
* It appears to be stable
* The start menu is a lot better than 8.1 (but not as good as 7)
* You can play xbox games on it
* Better integration with "the cloud"

The Bad bits:
* Some software e.g. Paperport 14 doesn't work with Win10
* Start menu not as good as Win7
* Limited personalisation and colours available
* Can't change the colour of start tiles on the menu
* Can't have a taskbar that is a different colour to your background so, you select blue background and get a dark blue taksbar and tiles etc.
* Security and privacy issues -- Win10 wants you to share EVERYTHING with Microsoft.
* Advertising
* Now have adverts or charge to play solitaire (small point but annoying)
* New web browser is a poor effort
* Still a miserable app store compared to Apple
* Grey on white interface with no coloured title bars is pretty awful

In summary:
It is ok but there is no pressing reason to upgrade from Win 7 unless you are desperate to play your xbox games on your PC. For a small business user like me, there are no major advantages and some irritiations such as the limited colour scheme and the fact that the graphics seems to be a bit buggy with some odd artefacts.

It is, however, a worthwhile upgrade from Win 8 or 8.1. However, if you have Win 7 then my advice would be to stay with it.

Comments:
I have uninstalled or turned off lots of stuff that is bundled (like "Cortana")
Some software and devices are not properly supported e.g. my scanner
Still a "work in progress"
You may want to go through security and privacy settings and turn a lot of things off

Upgrade from Win 8 / 8.1 but if you have Win7 and are happy then DON'T CHANGE
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Xbox LIVE 12 Month Gold Membership (XB1/360) [Xbox Live Online Code]
Xbox LIVE 12 Month Gold Membership (XB1/360) [Xbox Live Online Code]
Price: £34.46

3.0 out of 5 stars What is says it is, 19 Aug. 2015
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It is what it says. Pay for it, download the code, input it to you account. End of story. Download is delivered promptly.


Bronze Green Land Rover Series II Station Wagon
Bronze Green Land Rover Series II Station Wagon
Offered by SpeedModels
Price: £6.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Accurate model, 12 Jun. 2015
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This is a good represenation of a S2 110 station wagon. Up to the usual Oxford Diecast quality. colour is pretty accurate for LR Bronze Green, the paler section on top is a fibreglass roof fitted to S2s.


Dapol Model Railway Drewery Shunter Plastic Kit - OO Scale 1/76
Dapol Model Railway Drewery Shunter Plastic Kit - OO Scale 1/76
Offered by SpeedModels
Price: £10.79

2.0 out of 5 stars Poor quality mouldings, 21 May 2015
This is the Dapol version of the Airfix kit that older readers will remember from the 1960s. The moulds and tools are more than 50 years old and showing their age.

The overall quality of the kit is poor. Most of the larger parts are warped, especially the cab and bonnet sides. The kit is delivered in a plastic bag rather than the traditional Airfix cardboard box and can suffer from damage if not packed properly, but the real issue as that the pale grey plastic used is of poor quality and the moulds need to be cleaned up. There is also a lot of flash on some components, which is difficult to remove on the smaller and more delicate items.

The assembly diagram is fairly explicit and parts are easily identified as this is not a complicated model.

The old Airfix black plastic ones from the 60s and 70s were far better quality. If you are prepared to put in a lot of time and effort than you can make an acceptable model, but it will take a lot of effort.


Silverline 633969 Corner Clamp 75mm
Silverline 633969 Corner Clamp 75mm
Price: £3.70

4.0 out of 5 stars Good for the price, 25 Mar. 2015
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Cheap & cheerful. The one I purchased was fine and did the job that I wanted. I already had one (and so knew what I was buying) but needed two more to hold the workpiece perfectly steady at a right angle. The job I was doing involved making a square joint to several pieces of thin plywood and these little clamps were ideal for the job.

I would note that these are not a "heavy duty" item and if you require something more robust then there is a more expensive and better made Stanley alternative.

They did just what I wanted and were cheap. Be aware though that they are not a "quality" item and I have heard reports that some are not fit for purpose. The ones I got were fine and so I have no complaints at the price.


Slazenger V500 Super Cricket Bat, Full Size
Slazenger V500 Super Cricket Bat, Full Size

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cheap, cheerful, adequate clubman bat, 25 Mar. 2015
This is a cheap bat, and you pretty much get what you pay for. I bought this as a cheap standby bat for my regular (more expensive) match bat. These are 2lb7oz to 2lb8oz in weight and are therefore close in weight to my regular bat so I use it for net sessions and as a standby in case I break the expensive one.

The quality is adequate for occasional use but if you are going to use it a lot (i.e. regular opening or middle order bat) then I would recommend paying a bit more. I knocked mine in pretty well but after a few net sessions there was some local cracking in the centre of the face. Whilst this doesn't affect the performance, it doesn't bode too well for the longevity of the bat. I notice also that the edges are prone to damage.

To be fair, if you are a lower order batsman then this bat will probably be perfectly adequate and it is good value at the price when most other branded bats are £100+


Goodyear - Efficientgrip Performance - 205/55R16 91V - Summer Tyre (Car) - B/A/68
Goodyear - Efficientgrip Performance - 205/55R16 91V - Summer Tyre (Car) - B/A/68
Price: £44.35

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent all round tyre, 24 Mar. 2015
In have been using these tyres for about 2 years on a couple of different cars. I have found them to be very good in all respects, wear, grip and noise. Like all modern eco tyres, they will struggle a bit in snow but most of that is down to driving technique.

They are also less prone to wearing the shoulders than the Michelins which were OEM on my current car and last about 30% longer than the Michelins too. I.e. the Michelin Pilot Sport on the rear of my rear wheel drive car lasted 25,000 miles, the Goodyears now fitted have done 22,000 miles and have 4-5mm of tread left.

Given the price these are an absolute bargain.


Kingston Technology 64GB Data Traveler USB Flash Drive with Metal Casing - Frustration Free Packaging
Kingston Technology 64GB Data Traveler USB Flash Drive with Metal Casing - Frustration Free Packaging
Price: £14.98

3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not great data transfer rates, 6 Mar. 2015
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Well made and very neat. Handy to clip onto my keyring.

Data transfer rates not great. I used this to back up about 10GB of files. Initial transfer rate was ~9 MB/s but this fairly rapidly dropped down to a slightly disappointing 4.5 - 4.8 MB/s on a USB3 port. I know that the hard disc on this system will sustain rates of >10MB/s to an external HDD hence the limiting factor must be the memory stick. That said, it isbetter than some of the very cheap Chinese copies which will only sustain 1 MB/s!

On this basis, only gets an "OK" not a "great"


Transcend 1TB 2.5 inch USB 3.0 Military-Grade Shock Resistance Portable External Hard Drive
Transcend 1TB 2.5 inch USB 3.0 Military-Grade Shock Resistance Portable External Hard Drive
Price: £48.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not particularly robust., 28 Feb. 2015
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Had this for ~9 months until it was dropped about 18" (450mm) from the top of a coffee table onto a carpeted floor -- at which point it just died irrecoverably. If this is military grade then God help the Army.

Also, occasionally refused to pick up that it was connected to a USB 3 port with Win 7 flagging up a "this device can perform faster if connected to a USB 3 port".

When it works can sustain 10MB /s transfer rate.

Until it breaks


Xbox Live £25 Gift Card [Online Game Code]
Xbox Live £25 Gift Card [Online Game Code]
Price: £25.00

3.0 out of 5 stars Game code, 19 Jan. 2015
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It's an online game code. Delivered promptly by Amazon. What more do you need to know?


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