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Brother DCP-9040/9045/MFC-9440/9840 Drum Unit
Brother DCP-9040/9045/MFC-9440/9840 Drum Unit
Offered by First Photo
Price: £103.71

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Replacement drum unit..., 14 Feb. 2011
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In our office we have the Brother 4050 CDN laser printer, which has suited us very well for the past year.
The printer gives a warning to change the drum unit; this is a genuine brother part that gives identical print quality to the one that ships brand new with the printer.
Don't be tempted to continue using the printer with a worn out drum, the result will be poor print quality and faded text on the paper.
Excellent service from Amazon as usual, highly recommended.

Live on Ten Legs
Live on Ten Legs
Price: £21.26

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential for all Pearl Jam fans..., 26 Jan. 2011
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This review is from: Live on Ten Legs (Audio CD)
I have my partner to thank for getting me into Pearl Jam years ago - and I'm very glad that she did.
"Live on Ten Legs" is essentially a sequel to the 1998 album "Live on Two Legs" and was recorded at different shows during world tours between 2003 and 2010.
Most of Pearl Jam's recognisable classics are present, as well as a number of tracks from their latest album "Backspacer."
Vedder is on top vocal form as usual, although he doesn't quite sing with that same deep vocal growl he possessed in the early days. Perhaps this is a reflection in the changing times; Pearl Jam's music is less heavy and more melodic nowadays when compared to their grunge material of the early 90's.
Best tracks include "State of Love and Trust," "World Wide Suicide," "The Fixer" and of course "Alive."
Overall, "Live on Ten Legs" is a sublime album. It will rightly sit amongst the best in Pearl Jam's live material.
Finally, the album packaging features images of the band live with a gatefold opening inside revealing photos of road crews used during the tours.

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Niggly little device, therefore returned..., 17 Jan. 2011
I brought this as I have a lot of media stored on my PC, which I wanted to play back on my TV.
The idea of this player is great, and it does play a whole host of video formats well.
It's tiny, (fits in the palm of your hand with room to spare) accepts SD cards and flash drives and connects via HDMI for the best possible audio/video quality.

That however, is all the positives covered. The remote control is dreadful, the buttons are extremely unresponsive and the remote has to be pointed right at the player for it to respond. Even then I still had to press the enter button four or five times to get it to work. (I tried another battery also and same result)

Also, the player refuses to list your media items in alphabetical order. I have hundreds of files, couple that with a remote without a page up/down button and you simply cannot find the file you wish to play. Awful navigation.

Finally, this device refuses to play video recorded with my Panasonic Lumix TZ10 digital camera. Those files are in AVCHD format and the file extension is .MTS
Despite the specifications clearly saying that this file type is supported (.M2TS is the same as .MTS) the player simply refuses to play them. All that meant a return was my only option.

Shame really, when working the device is a useful addition to your audio visual setup but the niggles mentioned prevent it from achieving a higher than 3 star rating.

One final word about Sumvision themselves, they are clearly a budget brand and one look around their website doesn't exactly inspire a great deal of confidence. It lacks certain details and there is no way of contacting the company, no phone, fax or email addresses are displayed.
My advice would be if you're considering this product is to make yourself aware of the company and be realistic, for the price it's not a bad device but the old saying "you get what you pay for" springs to mind...
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BullGuard Internet Security 10, 1 year subscription, 3 Users (PC)
BullGuard Internet Security 10, 1 year subscription, 3 Users (PC)
Offered by Aqua Reefer
Price: £23.96

44 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best value Internet Security packages available..., 5 Jan. 2011
Bullguard has been my choice of security software for a couple of years now, and I'm yet to be disappointed.
Version 10 improves on the excellent predecessor version 9 with a smarter interface, new features and the same Bullguard reliability.
I personally prefer "Internet Security" packages over standard anti virus software as full security suites include a firewall, spamfilter, anti spyware and usually a free online backup drive. (5GB in Bullguard's case, not massive, but effective for essential files and folders)
Bullguard deliver on all counts, the software runs quietly in the background and does not slow down your PC whatsoever.

New to version 10 is "Inspector," which scans existing installed programs and applications and advises if an update is available. This is a useful feature but can be quite time consuming if your machine is full of out of date software.
You can of course, decide which ones you wish to install before actually committing to them.
Beyond that Bullguard claim to have improved their virus detection engine by as much as 65% by using "behavioural detection," along with a "safe browsing" feature and password protection on the security settings.

It all makes for a superb security suite that is yet to let me down. You get three licences with the package enabling one master user to install the software on three different machines. When the time comes for renewal, you just purchase a new key from Bullguard and activate it for another year's protection.
With so many security suites out there to choose from, it can be hard distinguishing one from the other. You may be drawn to other household names such as McAfee and AVG, but I firmly believe Bullguard offers the best value in a competitive market.

In summary, I highly recommend Bullguard Internet Security for your home PC requirements.
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5m USB cable V2.0 plug [TYPE A] to USB plug [TYPE B] [BLACK]
5m USB cable V2.0 plug [TYPE A] to USB plug [TYPE B] [BLACK]
Offered by Lettuce Eat
Price: £1.78

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ideal additional cable, 22 Dec. 2010
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As a computer engineer, I'm often on the hunt for a variety of different cables and Amazon is normally my first port of call for such items - this 5mtr cable did the job just fine and is much longer than the standard printer cable that comes supplied with most printers.
Can't go wrong really, especially if your printer is not wireless capable and sits a reasonable distance away from your PC.
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Mr Bean's Joke Book
Mr Bean's Joke Book
by Rod Green
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.99

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stupid humour really..., 22 Dec. 2010
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This review is from: Mr Bean's Joke Book (Paperback)
I brought this book not for myself, but for my sister who quite likes the humour in Mr Bean.
It's a comedy show I grew up watching and most people either love it or hate it, I personally thought it was reasonably funny without being laugh out loud funny.
There are some quite humorous one liners in here, but as with any joke, it's the way you tell them!
An ideal small gift for birthdays or Christmas.

Some Kind of Trouble
Some Kind of Trouble
Offered by Giant Entertainment
Price: £4.35

11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Much more of the same..., 21 Dec. 2010
This review is from: Some Kind of Trouble (Audio CD)
Every now and again a song comes along that dominates both charts and airplay for months. In 2005, that song was "Your Beautiful" by James Blunt. The success of that song alone helped turned James into a worldwide star; in fact his debut album would end up selling over 11 million copies worldwide.
The problem therefore arises in the fact that everyone now expects something better, something equally as brilliant.
Unfortunately for James, it wasn't present on "All The Lost Souls" and it isn't really present on "Some Kind Of Trouble," this his third studio album.

It's really not a bad record; it's just not a brilliant one either.
Lead single "Stay The Night" whilst uptempo and catchy stalled on the UK singles chart at a disappointing number 26, which indicates to me a single simply not strong enough to support album sales.

Since its release, the record has been steadily sliding down the charts - not at a particularly alarming rate but it certainly won't hang around much into the New Year.

Sometimes though, it's not all about record sales. The good old British record buying public can indeed be very fickle, James is a true musician and that in itself is testament to him with charts these days dominated by manufactured pop.

As for the record itself, I personally quite enjoyed it. His previous two are better, but tracks such as "Best Laid Plans" and "No Tears" could easily be considered future singles.
As is standard with a James Blunt record, the melodies are tight, the lyrics often tell a story and most people can relate to them to a certain extent.
You might want to skip track six though, "Superstar" starts with a catchy sound before a horrible air guitar solo totally ruins the song in the middle - James is an acoustic musician so why this horrible moment I don't know.

Elsewhere, "If Time Is All I Have" is an emotional number as the title might suggest, it fits in nicely with his previous sad album songs "Goodbye My Lover" and "Carry You Home."

"Some Kind Of Trouble" has received mixed reviews from professional critics, some a little harsh in my view. His music isn't to everyone's taste and I've heard him do better, the formula is made for mainstream radio however and that generally keeps everyone happy.

Overall this is a pleasing, but not essential, listen.

3.5 stars

All American Nightmare
All American Nightmare
Price: £5.39

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Third studio album from Oklahoma rockers..., 7 Dec. 2010
This review is from: All American Nightmare (Audio CD)
I must be fair here, it was with a little apprehension that I pushed play on the latest record from American hard rockers "Hinder."
That's not because I don't like them, but because overall I found their second album rather disappointing when compared to their excellent debut.
I wasn't sure of the direction Hinder would take and after listening to the distinctly average opening two tracks I was beginning to wish I hadn't bothered, thankfully however this is where the negativity quickly ends.
Ballad "What Ya Gonna Do" is their best since "Lips Of An Angel," lighter track "Hey Ho" changes the tone nicely before a couple of other strong ballads appear with "The Life" and "Everybody's Wrong."
Rockers "Waking Up The Devil" and "Striptease" may not immediately appeal on first listen but overall the melodies and solos appear tighter and more controlled than their previous album, working with producer Kevin Churko certainly seems to have helped matters.
I suppose you could describe "Hinder" as similar in style and approach to "Nickelback," the latter of course sell millions of records worldwide despite universal critical grillings accompanying each record, so I don't expect Hinder to disappear from the airwaves anytime soon.
If you new to Hinder in the UK then give them a listen with an open mind, an all American nightmare it certainly isn't but it ain't no masterpiece either.
3.5 stars

Live In Philly 2010 (W/Dvd)
Live In Philly 2010 (W/Dvd)
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: £13.44

16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic live album..., 6 Dec. 2010
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Halestorm are the perfect example of a hard working rock band. Siblings Lzzy and Arejay Hale have been around the so called "rock pit" for years before Atlantic Records finally took a gamble on them in 2006.
Completing their line-up with guitarist Joe Hottinger and Josh Smith on bass, the result was their extremely enjoyable debut CD released in 2009, ahead of their first headlining tour in 2010.
"Halestorm Live in Philly" was recorded during April 2010 at the TFL in Philadelphia and showcases a band on real top form, vocalist Lzzy Hale has an exceptional voice which carries the music through superbly and Arejay is one of the liveliest drummers I've ever seen, each and every song is played out with such musical aplomb.
Halestorm's music can be described as "radio friendly hard rock," no shouting, screaming or swearing but there are quite a few sexual innuendos in the lyrics.
I'm somewhat surprised Halestorm haven't yet generated a larger following both in their native US and worldwide, their debut album was certainly one of the best in 2009 and a second album is currently being written and recorded.
In summary this live CD/DVD is excellent, if you like commercially successful rock music you need to be checking out Halestorm.
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These Magnificent Miles
These Magnificent Miles

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars America's greatest unknown rock band..., 30 Nov. 2010
This review is from: These Magnificent Miles (Audio CD)
Hailing from Ohio, Red Wanting Blue have been regarded as American's hardest working band. They've been doing the musical rounds for over 10 years, released many studio albums before finally signing a three album deal with Fanatic Records in April 2010 - the result of which meant a re-issue of 2008's "These Magnificent Miles."

Music wise it's very "American," almost "roots rock" with stripped down guitars, melodic drums and Scott Terry's deep baritone voice. The endearing result showcases a band on real top form, especially on tracks "Gravity," "Where You Wanna Go" and "The Air I Breathe."

The melodies are catchy and the lyrics solid, this is music you could listen to over and over again; I genuinely can't compare it to anything else I own. My iPod has over 5000 tracks on it and nothing even comes close to matching the type of music Red Wanting Blue make.

With that in mind it's hard to believe the band are so unknown, both in their native US and here in the UK.
Your music collection needs Red Wanting Blue, you can check out their previous albums independently released on iTunes - I very much doubt you'll regret it.

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