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Easy Tapsplitter TK-BAC-001 Tool Kit for Releasing Tap Head Nuts
Easy Tapsplitter TK-BAC-001 Tool Kit for Releasing Tap Head Nuts
Price: £36.95

4.0 out of 5 stars Tapsplitting good!!!, 29 May 2016
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Arrived very quickly and well packaged as per Prime, so cannot complain there. Story is that my bathroom sink mixer hot tap was not working correctly, so tried to remove the tap barrel/cylinder. Used a long 18mm spanner that fiitted rather than an adjustable as that kept slipping off. It would not budge and as any well versed plumber will tell you, the hot tap barrel will sieze over time and stick in the thread so it becomes very difficult to remove and of course if the whole tap moves it can damage the pipe underneath and even the sink itself. After trying a few times, the barrel would not move (if it was a vehicle I would belt the nut with a hammer to shock it to move). So reading up on things saw this piece of kit.
The picture on the box says it all, as does the comprehensive instructions and there is a video on youtube. I won't bore you with all the ins and outs, but I had the tap apart in minutes with no damage to the whole tap or basin, so it certainly worked for me.

Comes in a nice box so its easy to find amongst all my tools in case I need it again. Overall a tool for a job. One star off for price, it would get 5 of them if it was under £30...


Memory Card Carrying Case - Suitable for SDHC and SD Cards - 8 Pages and 22 Slots - ECO-FUSED Microfiber Cleaning Cloth Included (Green)
Memory Card Carrying Case - Suitable for SDHC and SD Cards - 8 Pages and 22 Slots - ECO-FUSED Microfiber Cleaning Cloth Included (Green)
Offered by ECO-FUSED UK
Price: £4.49

5.0 out of 5 stars A handy case.., 15 May 2016
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If you have loads of memeory cards and adaptors, this is a great piece of kit to keep them together. It is small, very small which surprised me, but holds 22 cards. Sutable for all but CF cards (too big for pockets). Comes with labels and a cloth!. Overall, very compact, good for protection. Only downside is pockets are tight. I would recommend.


CiT MTX-007B Mini-ITX Case 180W PSU Black Interior VESA Mountable
CiT MTX-007B Mini-ITX Case 180W PSU Black Interior VESA Mountable
Price: £40.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A few mixed reveiws, but...., 15 May 2016
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This case has a had a few mixed reviews. All I can say is what a case, yes it has its faults , but it is actually quite good. There is a 180w power supply (small form factor) which uses the 'clover leaf' - NOT kettle lead, type power plug that most laptop power supply 'bricks' come with - so make sure you have one spare or purchase one at the same time. It is a nice quiet power supply too, I couldn't hear it with my TV playing in the back ground, my big PC is a lot noisier!! The PSU connectors are 24 pin ATX, 4 pin AUX, SATA power and a mini molex (like the olf floppy disc reader type). The case comes with two adapters for this, one is the mini molex to power, the other is mini molex and SATA to a small Form factor SATA connector for laptop DVD ROM drives.
Size wise, its compact, it will fit the ITX motherboard, butted up to the power supply, so work out the wiring before fitting so you can get it all neat. There is a slot at the top of the case that you feed the PSU cables for ROM and hard drive through and also the SATA cables. and that brings me to the other side, opposite side to the motherboard is the area to fit a 2.5" hard drive and laptop ROM or 2x2.5" inch laptop drives. Convienently they are fitted to removable trays which makes fitting a doddle. I did find that a SATA power cable extension was required to reach the hard drive! One was not supplied, but you can easily buy one for under £2.
On the front of the case is a card reader - why - far better off with USB, but hey look on the side and there are two ports and the sockets for headphones/mic, so its not that bad. Now it is designed to sit on the back of a monitor, or you have it free standing - all fittings supplied...

Overall a nice compact sturdy case, a few bits missing, but those parts are cheap to get. No room for any add on cards. Mine makes a really nice media centre. I would buy one again.


Crucial BX200 240 GB 2.5 inch Solid State Drive
Crucial BX200 240 GB 2.5 inch Solid State Drive
Price: £49.35

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to fit, 28 Mar. 2016
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Bought it to go in a late 2011 macbook pro (13"). Easy to fit, worked like a charm and speeds dramatically boot time for OSX El Capitan (boots in about 10 seconds)...


Crucial 16GB Kit (8GBx2) DDR3 1333 MT/s  (PC3-10600) SODIMM 204pin Memory for Mac - CT2C8G3S1339MCEU
Crucial 16GB Kit (8GBx2) DDR3 1333 MT/s (PC3-10600) SODIMM 204pin Memory for Mac - CT2C8G3S1339MCEU
Price: £40.99

5.0 out of 5 stars worked like a charm, 28 Mar. 2016
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Arrived quickly and went into a Macbook pro late 2011 version. worked like a charm. Big but though, did not speed the boot time of El Capitan up. Adding an SSD did that.


Aico EI146 140 Series Optical Smoke Alarm c/w Alkaline Battery
Aico EI146 140 Series Optical Smoke Alarm c/w Alkaline Battery
Offered by MCD Electrical - Established 1993
Price: £24.82

5.0 out of 5 stars A straightforward fit..., 28 Mar. 2016
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Bought 3 of these too replace end of life ones the builders originally put. As per usual the bases of the old alarms are not compatible with these ones, so they all had to come out and be replaced. This is not for the faint hearted - if you are not sure about electrical work, pay someoen else to do it - simple. First and foremeost though ALL mains powered alarms should by law have their own isolator in the electric distribution box - MAKE SURE THAT IT IS OFF, I cannot streaa that enough. It is a simple, but very much a lethal mistake, and again if you are unsure get an electrician in. The bases come with the appropriate fittings - screws and rawplugs, so a bit of drilling is required to put the rawplugs into the ceilings. Again make sure there is no electrical wiring or pipework nearby to ensure you dont put a drill through them.
Once I had all the bases fitted and wired in, it was a matter of fitting the alarms. Simple job, the 9v battery is already fitted (good solid brand, should easily last the year). All the units came with a dust cover, so remove that, then fit the unit by sliding it in to the base till it clicks. If you need to remove it from the base, there is a slot for a thin device (screwdriver) that you slide in carefully and push down to release and the unit slides off.
Overall, for me a straight forward job as the wiring was already there with very little adjustment required. I chose optical over heat detectors or ionisation as it suited my household better. I chose these alarms over others as they are recommended by the Fire Brigade and if you need to change to a different type of alarm, the base for this make are universal. On the fitting side, remember to read the instructions and isolate the mains electricitybefore doing anything.


Engadget
Engadget
Price: £0.00

1.0 out of 5 stars poor., 19 July 2015
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Works fine on iphone, ipad and Android. It just wont update, so it is always out of date!


BitFenix BFC-CLM-300-KKLS1-RP - Colossus M Micro ATX - Black
BitFenix BFC-CLM-300-KKLS1-RP - Colossus M Micro ATX - Black
Price: £64.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Its ok.... ish!, 11 Jun. 2015
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Saw this in the warehouse deals and knowing BitFenix make quality cases, I jumped in... Big mistake. The system I was building required an ATX or Micro ATX case (mATX) and this seem ideal.. However, looking at the picture, it looked good with all the hard drive bays, normal mounting PSU and side mounting graphics card, but it looked too small to me to be anything other than ITX... I got it any way as the price was close to budget.. Arrived sharpish as per Prime (excellent). Its big....

Yes its big and wide too. It is no small dainty thing, it screams I may be compact, but you can get a big video card or two inside me... So imagine the depth for that. It came with the usual screws and fittings, a few cable ties and a manual (which was necessary). Opening it up was easy as it has thumb screws on the sides, took both off and hey, its dark inside, all black fittings even the cables are black, even the screws are too. So out comes the torch and ouch... It is nothing like the picture at all... Research required and failed on my part, but it is mATX. Big difference between the ITX and mATX is the drive bays. ITX has nice easy shelves. The mATX has a single bracket you can attach 2 3.5" or 3 2.5" drives to. Four screws to take off and yes, it covers your work area, so if at a later date you need to upgrade ram, video card etc, hard drives off and out, via this horrid bracket, held in by four screws which are really fiddly, even with a magnetic tip screw driver...
Next the PSU, well that fits vertically - yes vertically - the switch and back goes to the bottom of the case rather than the back and a feed through kettle lead (supplied) runs to a rear outlet. It attaches to a bracket which you have to use a really awkard and tight thumb screw to remove. With a bit of forethought and access groove would have been handy to enable a screw driver access...The PSU (normal size ATX PSU, I used a Corsair system builder) attaches to the bracket, slides in and screws in to place with the aforementioned thumb screw.. If you get it right all your PSU cables point to the top of the case.
Next fitting of the motherboard. Pretty straightforward apart from everything being black, so you need a lot of light to work in it. But a real pain in the backside was the front panel connectors. They are on a side panel, so you have to attach them and not move the case or case side as they pop out again. Also has USB 3.0 with the standard 20 pin plug (yeah) if your motherboard supports it. If it doesn't BitFenix provide a USB3 to USB2 pin adaptor.

It was pretty straightforward to use so...
PRO'S:
Its quality and good quality at that - no cut fingers on sharp edges.
Not too bad to work in.
Thumbscrews, make the system builders job easier.

CON'S:
Hard drive bracket on the mATX case poor design.
Black fittings..
Its big...

Overall, it looks nice as a PC case, has a few issues, but is very robust. It loses a star for the hard drive mount and if I bought it new, it would lose a star for price. But the little touches are nice like the 2 12cm fan provided (bottom and back - there is room at the font and two at the top if required) and the USB 3 adaptor. So I think 4 stars is pretty fair. And its NOT the one in the picture - same outside, different insides...


LC-Power PC Chassis LC-1370WII ITX (90 Watts, 1 x 5.25, 1 x 3.5)
LC-Power PC Chassis LC-1370WII ITX (90 Watts, 1 x 5.25, 1 x 3.5)
Price: £43.44

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A sturdy case...., 16 May 2015
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If you want a mini ITX case which looks a bit off beat, this may be the one for you. First off it is really white, you can get black and a grey colour too, but I opted for white (needs to stand out). The paint is thick, and has been lacquered so it takes a lot to scratch it. It is also heavy and feels very substantial, well apart from the front panel cover and optical drive cover, which are plastic and hinged with a clip to hold them close. On the front panel you get two USB 3.0 slots and front audio front audio (headphone and mic sockets). USB 3 has the usual pin coonectors to connect to the motherboard - there is no way to feed through with an adaptor to tap into rear ports.

The PSU is a 90watt and SFF with a single 4 pin molex connector, 4 pin mini molex connector and a SATA connector. For motherboard power there is the standard ATX connector with 20 pins plus 4 pins as well as the 4 pin aux power. From that, you can deduce you can only have one hard drive and one optical drive, for which the mounting bracket is set for. There is also space for a 60mm fan on the top and a 60mm fan on the bottom.

The mini itx board fitted easily. But, this is why the case loses a star - there is no back panel PCI-e cover to remove, so if your board has a PCI-e slot, it is basically defunct. But if you have an all in one board it shouldn't be an issue. The drive bay cage is held in by 4 screws which you have to be careful, no ham fists here as the metal can easily bend on one of legs if over tightened. The cage came off easily, I stuck a 1Tb hard drive in, which is 2.5" only, no 3.5" will fit in. You have to fit the hard drive first, then the optical drive, as the optical drive covers the hard drive screws. I put in a Blu ray ROM/DVD writer, which again is slim line only (laptop). As a nice touch LC-Power supply you with a SATA and molex to mini SATA adaptor, so you don't need to buy a separate adaptor.

So steps to fit - remove the drive cage and fit the hard drive and optical drive. Fit the motherboard and wire it up. Then wire up the hard drive and optical drive before sliding the cage into position and locking it down with the four screws.

My setup consists of an AM1 AMD 5350 on an ASUS AM1L motherboard, 2 x 4GB sticks of ram, a 1TB hard drive and the Blu Ray ROM combo drive, running 64Bits Windows 8.1. Tested w ith a blu ray film and ir ran fine without a stutter, so overall, I am quite pleased.

So to summarise:
Pro's:
Small
Sturdy
Supplied with all you need apart from case fans

Cons:
No PCI-e slot access
Unless you buy seperate case feet, it is tower only, not desktop.
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ORICO USB 3.0 and eSATA to 2.5/3.5-Inch SATA External Hard Disk Drive Docking Station - Black
ORICO USB 3.0 and eSATA to 2.5/3.5-Inch SATA External Hard Disk Drive Docking Station - Black
Offered by Akord Technologies Ltd
Price: £22.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Its functional..., 22 Feb. 2015
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Got this the other week for testeing hard drives. I have the top loading caddies where you drop them into a slot, but have had issues with the connectors - a 3.5" drive has some weight behind it and will stress the connectors out. So this is the only flat loading drive bay with easy access and should take the strain off the sata connector.
I opted for the eSATA combined with USB 3 - you can only use one at a time, so it is limited in that sense, but I have yet to get a hard drive enclosure that will support simultaneous transmission. It requires a power supply and comes with the usual brick to plug in, but that is expected with 3.5" drive enclosures, they need the higher amperage 12v to spin the drive. It is also fine with 2.5" drives and Solid State Drives with a SATA interface.
Upon opening it, I did notice how plastic it was. It looks very tough, but is made of the cheaper smooth glossy plastic and feels flimsy, however after much usage it is still going strong. As I said earlier it comes with the required (and usual ) power brick, a USB 3 cable (type a male to type b male) and esata cable. Plugged it in and noticed how annoying the power on/off switch is - no rocker switch, but a flush button on the top of the unit. It works but you have to get oit right to switch on and off, so star off for that design.
Speed wise, that is down to the drive you use, the computer it's plugged into and whether or not you are using eSATA or USB3.
Overall a very functional item/tool if you test or use a lot of different drives. If you are using a single back up drive get a sealed enclosure to protect the drive.


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