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Plugable USB 2.0 4-Port High Speed Charging Hub with 12.5W Power Adapter (BC 1.1 Charging Support for for Android, Apple iOS, and Windows Mobile Devices)
Plugable USB 2.0 4-Port High Speed Charging Hub with 12.5W Power Adapter (BC 1.1 Charging Support for for Android, Apple iOS, and Windows Mobile Devices)
Offered by Plugable Technologies
Price: £20.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Great for an RPi, handy charger too, 15 May 2013
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Paid £20.95 in April 2013

Same as reviewer Rob: bought for an RPi model B, works perfectly to both power and extend USB ports.

Also it never really occurred to me but it came in handy at a recent large family meetup for everyone to plug in and charge their mobile phones from a limited number of sockets.


WILKS Softball Rubber Base Mat Set
WILKS Softball Rubber Base Mat Set

4.0 out of 5 stars Decent hard-wearing bases, 15 May 2013
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Decent bases bought for London Charity Softball League games. Seem to be durable and quite visible despite being thin. Price was good (£14.95 with £2.50 delivery, Apr 2013).

Knocked a star off as they're actually quite slippery on grass, could have done with a grippy texture on one side.


Duracell Replacement Digital Camera Battery For Panasonic CGR-S006
Duracell Replacement Digital Camera Battery For Panasonic CGR-S006
Price: £11.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Odd fit, but works, 16 Sept. 2012
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Bought for an FZ-38 and had the same fit issues as some of the other reviewers. Fit my charger perfectly but had issues closing the battery compartment on my camera. It has the same dimensions as my stock battery so it must be a problem with the contacts. I found that inserting a thin blade between each of the contacts to push them apart worked well; my battery compartment closed fine afterwards, and after a few inserting and removing cycles (through normal use) the fit only became better. Now, no difference between this one and my stock battery.

Battery life is as good as stock and it was definitely nice to have a cheaper but still name-branded replacement.


Olympus 8 x 40 DPSI Binocular
Olympus 8 x 40 DPSI Binocular
Price: £41.99

39 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely versatile and usable, 16 Sept. 2012
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Paid £39.90 in Aug 2012.

Great pair of binos. Bought these for a 3-week Safari in East Africa and along with my camera, these proved to be the most used bit of kit.

The image is very sharp and bright and the focusing is fast and nimble. The wide viewing angle allowed very quick acquisition of wildlife (especially compared to roof-prisms) and they were very comfortable for extended periods of wear and use. The magnification was good, and although not the strongest, allowed for comfortable vehicular use (even when moving (not on dirt roads though, obviously)).

They feel very well built, the rubberized grips were comfortable and the housing withstood a few drops and dings with no damage whatsoever (even withstood a bit of DEET, which started to dissolve my camera housing). The binoculars also seemed to stand up well to the ever pervasive dust in that part of the world, particularly if kept in the case with the lens caps on.

Very minor cons: Straps on the binos and case were a bit thin and uncomfortabl; case could have had a pocket for the dust caps (which were nearly lost on multiple occasions).

Aside from those, I was very pleased with this purchase.


OXO Good Grips Shower Stall Drain Protector
OXO Good Grips Shower Stall Drain Protector
Price: £5.95

21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple and effective, 16 Sept. 2012
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Paid £6.64 in Sep 2012

Simple design and effective. It is really meant for flat surfaces but seems to work well in our bath with a little positioning. Doesn't move unless really kicked, and seems to have already prevented hair from clogging the bath.

Plus points are that it's flat, so no need to worry about whether it will fit in the hole, as it sits on top; also the edge has a silicon gasket which stops stuff sneaking underneath.

Does the job.


Panasonic NN-E289BMBPQ 19 Litre solo microwave oven black
Panasonic NN-E289BMBPQ 19 Litre solo microwave oven black

16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It does the job, 12 Dec. 2010
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I'm not a big microwave user only tend to use it for defrosting, reheating, and for microwave popcorn. So I only wanted a fairly basic model with digital controls. This seemed to fit the bill after my last microwave gave up the ghost after 5 years.

Pros:
- Build quality seems good
- Pretty compact
- Seemingly more powerful than the wattage would suggest

Cons:
- Usability: This is the only con, but to me seems like a big one. First of all, there's a button to open the door, it's a completely non-intuitive action (push rather than pull), it's quite a stiff button, and it's another mechanism to go wrong. What's wrong with just directly pulling the door open? Also, the button scheme looks like it was designed by a robot. Instead of tapping out the time you want you have to add increments of 10 seconds or 1 minute or 10 minutes. The power has to be set every single time, it doesn't just default to full power. You can't adjust the power or add some time while its already cooking. I know its nearly an entry-level model but it seems like these are basic features that are surprisingly absent.

At time of writing I paid £54 and purchased direct from Amazon.


Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ38EB-K Digital Camera - Black (12.1MP, 18 x Optical Zoom) 2.7 inch LCD
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ38EB-K Digital Camera - Black (12.1MP, 18 x Optical Zoom) 2.7 inch LCD

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good all rounder., 4 Sept. 2010
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Ok, this is my first bridge camera/superzoom and I'd consider myself a fairly advanced point-and-shoot user (have been using one with manual controls for a few years now).

After quite agonizing deliberation I chose the FZ38. Have used it to take over 1000 pics from a recent vacation and am very impressed with the photo quality. With the amount of controls on this camera you could take months over any one shot and probably create some pretty great art but on this vacation I was using it almost as a point-and-shoot so this review covers that sort of usage.
The vast majority of my shots were taken using the intelligent auto (IA) mode to save time and only found it necessary to intervene with night scenes and fast motion. At that point manual shutter priority and white balance became my friend there but IA generally chose a well suited mode.
Impressive points were:
- As mentioned, the IA mode did very well
- Zoom is pretty good and quite smooth
- Wake up time is very good, recovery time is pretty good too
- Stereo microphone
- Face recognition (at one point I swear it managed to successfully pick out dog's face, that can't be right can it?!)
- Build quality (haven't had it for long so can't comment on durability but it feels solid)
- Ability to hotswap SD cards
- Battery charging is fast (~1hr)

Less impressive points:
- Battery capacity, the battery life for the capacity provided (695 mAh) is good but it seems like they could have put a higher capacity battery in there. My phone has 1400 mAh in what is (very approximately) a similar volume battery.
- Turning the camera causes the lens to bump into the lens cover if it's been left on. It does complain after a few tries so I'm not too worried of motor damage but it's not ideal.
- Menu navigation is a bit unintuitive, control scheme in general also requires a learning curve (buttons, toggle switches, joystick, dials, rockers)

Overall impression, a very nicely built bit of kit that does it all for me. One or two areas could stand a little improvement and I can see how this might be not enough for really serious photographers (no flash shoe, tiny sensor) but it's a really great bridge camera and more than enough for most non-slr needs. Very pleased I bought it!

At time of writing I paid £212 straight from Amazon. It was packaged well and comes with a neck strap, cables (usb, component video) , lens hood + mount, charger, and a lens cap.


The Rolling Stones: Shine a Light [DVD]
The Rolling Stones: Shine a Light [DVD]
Dvd ~ Mick Jagger
Offered by rsdvd
Price: £5.75

5.0 out of 5 stars Still got it!, 17 July 2010
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Brilliant concert, brilliant DVD. Well shot and plenty of the performance shown. Interspersed with a few token archive clips but they don't detract from the concert.


The Sims 3: Ambitions (PC/Mac DVD)
The Sims 3: Ambitions (PC/Mac DVD)
Offered by Musicland Ltd
Price: £25.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great expansion, 17 July 2010
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
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Not going to say much except that it's a worthwhile expansion that adds a lot of gameplay to an already great game. Amazon was cheapest and had quick efficient delivery. All good.

Knocked a star off overall mainly due to EA always releasing these as costly expansions but it's par for the course by now...


HTC 7 Mozart/Desire Pocket Pouch
HTC 7 Mozart/Desire Pocket Pouch
Offered by HomeandGarden
Price: £1.40

4.0 out of 5 stars Good quality leather case, 9 July 2010
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Not sure why the product title's changed since I bought it but mine was for an official HTC Desire leather case.

Good quality case, perfect fit as expected for an official accessory. Also had a nifty little tab that helps when removing the phone from the case. Seems pretty protective for a leather case and with what I consider to be its main aim, protecting the screen from scratches, I'd consider it to be perfect.

Knocked a star off, mainly as it was a little pricy, also the ribbon used to remove the phone from the case twists a bit too easily (should be thicker).


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