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Raspberry Pi Official Wi-Fi Dongle
Raspberry Pi Official Wi-Fi Dongle
Price: £8.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Required the strength of the Hulk to get into the ..., 26 Mar. 2016
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Required the strength of the Hulk to get into the packaging then tried it (Model No. WLU6331) in a brand new Raspberry Pi 2
only to find (as others) that it does not fit into any of the 4 USB ports available on the Pi. Something
has gone wrong with the tolerances during manufacture and it's too big to fit, so do not force this dongle into a USB port
on the Pi as you will likely break the motherboard!

Alas I never even considered opening the packet until I needed it, so confident of buying an
official Raspberry Pi product. Now I cannot return to Amazon as faulty due to my returns date expiring!

An official product should never fail on such an epic scale!


Pioneer SBXB30 Soundbase with Bluetooth (Black)
Pioneer SBXB30 Soundbase with Bluetooth (Black)
Offered by Hughes Direct
Price: £159.00

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pioneer SBX-B30, 30 Dec. 2015
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A very smart looking speaker base from Pioneer. Sturdy in construction and it is made with wood...yes wood!
Easily plonked my old Sony 32inch LCD on top of it...without any groans or creaks!

The main reason for choosing the SBX-B30 was the number of audio connectors. 2 optical, 1 Coaxial and 1 audio (3.5mm)
and the unit having bluetooth. All requirements satisfied with the SBX-B30!

Rated at 130 Watt I can confirm that the SBX-B30 is all about the bass...it does need a little playing about with but the sound
is impressive. DTS and Dolby signals are handled and this outputs to a 2.1 surround sound profile. The remote is a little delicate, but is ok to use. All functions can be controlled via the speaker base if required. I like the use of the function LED's (can be dimmed) on the speaker base to indicate volume levels etc...nice touch! General sound is handled well, bias towards bass as mentioned but overall for my small living room the sound is full and powerful. Playing Enrique Iglesias (as an example) Hero mixed by Chris Lawrence could make the wife's best china rattle! For a more delicate listening experience there is an auto level control function.

Bluetooth works very well and enables streaming from my android/Amazon fire (and other) devices and network NAS drive etc.
I have not tried the Pioneer streaming app as I tend to use Amazon music or BubbleUPNP for streaming.
Sounds great whatever you throw at it. I did not experience any signal dropout or issues discovering the SBX-B30.

I am very pleased with the SBX-B30. It's a compact and smart looking speaker base that delivers quality sound with excellent connectivity at a very good price...I can certainly recommend it!


Continuous DJ Mix
Continuous DJ Mix
Price: £0.79

5.0 out of 5 stars Pump it up!!!, 28 Dec. 2014
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This review is from: Continuous DJ Mix (MP3 Download)
Nice mix...pleasantly surprised by the quality. Some classic tracks in there and at a bargain price!
This is a 108 mins continuous (214kps) MP3 track. No accreditation to artists alas, but a worthy buy in my opinion!


Ranex Gu10 35 Watt Incandescent Ip44 Arezzo Brushed Stainless Steel Wall Light
Ranex Gu10 35 Watt Incandescent Ip44 Arezzo Brushed Stainless Steel Wall Light
Price: £9.48

5.0 out of 5 stars Ranex GU10 Light, 28 Aug. 2014
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Really pleased with these lights from Ranex. I also bought the PIR version too. I actually liked them so much that I have used them inside a summerhouse as general lighting. Luckily these lights are actually very good quality and so I was able to remove the light assembly (I found a 14mm socket worked best) and rotate the base by 90 degrees. It looks even better now!

I have clearly violated the warranty but for just over £10 for a very stylish light I am more than happy.

Fitted with a replacement LED version lamp makes for a pleasing and affordable lighting option.

Highly recommended.


Evolution Rage4 Multipurpose Cut Off Saw 185 mm - 230 V
Evolution Rage4 Multipurpose Cut Off Saw 185 mm - 230 V
Price: £99.98

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Evolution RAGE4 230V, 12 Feb. 2014
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This is a truly versatile piece of workshop equipment for me. Small footprint but sturdy. As claimed by the manufacture I can confirm that it does cut (burr free) all the materials stated. I can also add plastics to the list as I had no issue cutting Acetal bar (20mm) and acrylic tubing (20mm).

Just check the material rest (used to clamp the material against) is square as the clamp does tend to push the material upwards slightly, but with care the Rage 4 cuts accurately and cleanly.

The only niggle I have with the Rage 4 is that you do not know where the cut line is without bringing the saw blade down and positioning one of the saw teeth near the cutting point. If there was a pointer/gauge/laser on the guard or base to indicate the cut position that would have been just perfect. But as mentioned it is just my niggle. And just to add...earplugs are a must!!

Very impressed overall and I feel confident using the Rage4 as often as I can, saving long stints on a bandsaw and especially the self powered hacksaw! A very capable and efficient piece of equipment and is highly recommended
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Black Watch Tartan Kilt Towel
Black Watch Tartan Kilt Towel
Offered by In4aDig
Price: £12.15

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Black Watch Towel, 24 Oct. 2013
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Well packaged and very nice quality.
Design as per the description. Bought as a present so should raise a laugh or two!


Official The Big Bang Theory Sheldon Bazinga! Mug
Official The Big Bang Theory Sheldon Bazinga! Mug
Offered by PopArtUK
Price: £8.24

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bazinga!, 24 Oct. 2013
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Brilliant mug! Good quality and very well packaged!

Bought as a birthday present and they loved it!
If your a fan of the Big Bang Theory then this is for you.


Anker Astro Slim2 4500mAh Ultra-Slim Portable Charger External Battery Power Pack for Samsung Galaxy S5, S4, S3, iPhone 5S, 5C, 5, 4S, iPad Air, mini, Note 3, HTC One, One 2 (M8), Motorola Droid, MOTO X, LG Optimus and most other USB-charged devices (Apple adapters - 30 pin and lightning, not included)
Anker Astro Slim2 4500mAh Ultra-Slim Portable Charger External Battery Power Pack for Samsung Galaxy S5, S4, S3, iPhone 5S, 5C, 5, 4S, iPad Air, mini, Note 3, HTC One, One 2 (M8), Motorola Droid, MOTO X, LG Optimus and most other USB-charged devices (Apple adapters - 30 pin and lightning, not included)

5.0 out of 5 stars Anker Astro Slim2, 14 Oct. 2013
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I previously bought the older 3200 Anker external battery with the built in torch and cable for charging an Acer E350 and the Acer S500.
This worked perfectly so was interested in a higher capacity version.

The 4500ma Astro Slim2 is slim and lightweight (115 grams) with a matt finish.
I liked the built in cable which provided enough length to charge the phone but still allows charging
even when making calls etc. When you remove the cable the battery capacity indicator illuminates.
The Slim2 provides enough capacity for the Acer S500 on GPS/3G using CoPilot guidance all the way to Cornwall
so I am more than happy with the overall performance.

The only slight niggle is that the USB connector part of the Slim2 is rather wide so it meant having to
remove the protective case on my phone to fit the cable.

Overall I am impressed with the Slim2 and it certainly does the job. Excellent value for money and well made.
Recommended.


Jet - PLA (1.75mm, Black color, 1.0kg =2.204lbs) Filament on Spool for 3D Printer MakerBot RepRap MakerGear Ultimaker & Up!
Jet - PLA (1.75mm, Black color, 1.0kg =2.204lbs) Filament on Spool for 3D Printer MakerBot RepRap MakerGear Ultimaker & Up!

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Black PLA 1.75mm, 7 Sept. 2013
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The filament extrudes without issue and is a vibrant black on a Makerbot Replicator 2 which is good however
the filament arrived on a spool the does not fit the Replicator 2 spool holding assembly.
The spool supplied has a much smaller hole so I had to improvise to get the spool working (I created an external spool holder)
The description needs to be clearer as I would have had second thoughts if I knew the spools were so different.

It probably fits the original Makerbot product but I cannot confirm this as I do not
have one of the original machines, anyway a word of warning about the spool sizes to Replicator 2
owners if you buy this plastic...perhaps an adaptor would be a useful accessory?

The filament was otherwise packaged in a vacuum packed bag with silica so delivered in very good condition.

So good plastic (hence the 4 stars) but disappointed it could not fit the Replicator 2 without some messing about!


3 Axis Driver Board - TB6560 Stepper Driver
3 Axis Driver Board - TB6560 Stepper Driver

5.0 out of 5 stars TB6560 Stepper Driver, 31 May 2013
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Very pleased with this board. Has no problem controlling 3 X NEMA17 stepper motors.
Provides 12 volt (regulated) circuit (1Amp) via a relay to add automatic on/off control to
the spindle (router)- this is a setting in MACH 3. The board also includes a 15pin
COM port for additional devices such as a manual jogger or XYZ display.

Board runs pretty cool in use and I can confirm that this driver board works with
MACH 3 CNC software with no issue.

A 24V 100 watt power supply has been tested with this board.

As described a parallel cable is provided as well as pluggable sockets.
A CD is also included which has a demo of Mach 3 software and tutorials.
The only negative comment I would make is that no cable is provided for the
home/stop limit control socket that is on the board. A great buy non the less!


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