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Icy Box IB-250StU3-BH HDD Enclosure for 2.5 inch SATA Upto 12.5mm Height and USB 3.0 Host
Icy Box IB-250StU3-BH HDD Enclosure for 2.5 inch SATA Upto 12.5mm Height and USB 3.0 Host
Offered by Winningcomputer
Price: £29.50

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mostly the same as USB 2.0 version, 25 Jun. 2011
This is more or less the same as the USB 2.0 version of this enclosure, except that it has a USB 3.0 connector and it comes with two different sized frames, one for 9.5mm drives and one for 12mm drives. It even comes with the obligatory Icy Box magnetic screwdriver! It's a really solid piece of kit.

The only (very minor) gripe with this drive is that it ships with a blue USB 3.0 cable. Hopefully as USB 3.0 drives/enclosures become the standard manufacturers will go back to shipping ordinary black cables - many already have. The connector colour and the shape of the micro connector are enough to tell users what type of USB device they are using.

Icybox IB-230StU3-G External Enclosure for 2.5-inch SATA HDDs with USB 3.0
Icybox IB-230StU3-G External Enclosure for 2.5-inch SATA HDDs with USB 3.0
Offered by EFB Elektronik P.Salchert
Price: £25.33

2.0 out of 5 stars Flawed design, 16 May 2011
This enclosure is in certain respects really well made. The brushed aluminum case feels really solid in the hands. Inside the case there are two rubber 'envelopes' that fit snugly around the HDD and keep it very secure.

However, unlike the various other Icybox enclosures i've owned, the circuit-board on this model is free-moving and, even worse, the USB connector on the board is mounted parallel with the surface of the board itself. Keeping it there are two tiny spots of soldering that won't withstand any significant pressure. This evening, while pushing the USB 3.0 cable into the socket, the socket simply disappeared inside the case. While I was contacting Amazon and Raidsonic with the aim of getting the unit replaced, I put the HDD back into an old Icybox USB2.0 enclosure that was lying around, and was struck with how much better constructed the old model was internally. Doesn't look as good externally, obviously not as fast, but unlike the newer, 'fancier' one, I'm confident that the board and the socket are rock solid.

The newer model is only two months old. Wouldn't recommend it all.

Speedlink Vigo USB Soundcard
Speedlink Vigo USB Soundcard
Price: £9.88

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Works on OSX86, 10 Mar. 2011
This worked 'out of the box' on a Gigabyte GA-G31M-ES2L running Snow Leopard. I'd had problems getting the sound working on that motherboard, and this was bought to fix that problem. Although I eventually got the onboard-audio working, this stick seems to provide better quality sound, so I left it in - it is only about an inch and a half long so it doesn't stand out. Good for the price.

akasa AK-IC007-BK Integral NMAX 2.5" SATA, SSD & IDE enclosure
akasa AK-IC007-BK Integral NMAX 2.5" SATA, SSD & IDE enclosure

5.0 out of 5 stars Good enclosure for 2.5" 12.5mm Sata drives, 23 April 2010
Bought this to house a Western Digital WD10TPVT 1TB 2.5" Hard Drive. They're 12.5mm disks and this enclosure fits them perfectly (thought at a couple of points it wouldn't but it does).

The enclosure can house both IDE and Sata drives. It has both USB (standard mini USB on unit) and eSata connectors (cables also supplied). There is a small switch to switch between them. On USB to USB I managed to get it to run off a forward port on my PC using just the USB connection. The eSata required hooking up the DC power connector (DC to USB), though leaving the USB to USB cable on works just as well as a secondary power source. Nice little leather pouch to go with it.

Good unit.

Logitech LX3 Optical Mouse
Logitech LX3 Optical Mouse

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Ambidextrous design feels awkward, 25 Aug. 2008
My main mouse is a Logitech MX1000 and I bought this mouse to use when I'm working at the PC and the MX1000 needs to be recharged. Unfortunately I couldn't actually handle the LX3 and feel it in my hand before I bought it - had I been able to I would have gone for something else.

As others have noted it is unusally jumpy - mouse settings need to be dialed down a fair amount before it can be used with any ease. The ergonomic design is especially poor - it has a narrow high back that pushes the palm upward and forces the hand into a 'claw' position (at least that's what it feels like). The desire to make mice ambidextrous is understandable but it is too ambitious and I'd imagine that like me a left-handed user would prefer a mouse designed for the hand they use rather than this 'lowest common denominiator' model.

I've had a number of Logitech mouses in the past, both the cheaper and the more expensive ones, and they always feel good in the hand (the MX1000 is the best mouse I've ever used) but the LX3 simply feels wrong. The only good thing about it is that it has forced me to pay more attention to the battery indicator on the MX1000, which I observe keenly now, so I don't have to use the LX3 any more than I have to.

MHRA Style Guide: A Handbook for Authors, Editors, and Writers of Theses
MHRA Style Guide: A Handbook for Authors, Editors, and Writers of Theses
by Glanville Price
Edition: Paperback

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If you're broke..., 28 Mar. 2008
...a PDF version of this book is available free of charge on the MHRA website ( I own a copy of the print version, which I agree is handier,but if you're a student on a budget liquidity is probably more important than ease of use!

Saints, Signs and Symbols
Saints, Signs and Symbols
by W. Ellwood Post
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.99

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book, 29 Jan. 2008
This is a book of Christian symbols. A lot have to do with saints, some have to do with Christ, others with God (the Father), some with the Church in general. Where appropriate the author offers a brief explanation of the symbol involved, though often he just shows variations of a particular form. For example one page of illustrations is entitled 'Forms of the Nimbus' and it depicts the different halo shapes to be found in paintings of divine figures. Elsewhere in a section entitled 'Flowers, Fruits, and Trees' the author devotes a couple of pages to pictures of various plants etc. associated with the Christian tradition, giving a brief explanation as to why they are relevant. The book is short (and cheap)and is simply very interesting and very enjoyable to read.

The Tony Hancock BBC Collection (8 Disc Box Set) [DVD] [1956]
The Tony Hancock BBC Collection (8 Disc Box Set) [DVD] [1956]
Dvd ~ Tony Hancock
Price: £19.99

385 of 391 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars No hard feelings then? Yes, 8s 6d worth., 3 Jan. 2008
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
The beeb commerical department neglected to include a programme listing on the outer cover of this boxset (where no doubt it would have been seen and could inform a buyer's decision). Ironically this change from their earlier practice of including episode names and descriptions is one of few original things about this collection, which contains only one episode (The Succession: Son and Heir) not yet released to DVD. As with everything by Hancock/Galton/Simpson the episodes themselves are worthy of 5 stars, but as others have noted, if you've already bought previous releases you are paying a lot for a single episode. However, for anyone who doesn't already own this material, here is the programme list:

Disc 1: `The Alpine Holiday', `Air Steward Hancock, The Last Of The Many', `The Lawyer: The Crown vs Sidney James', 'Competitions: How To Win Money And Influence People' ,'There's An Airfield At The Bottom Of My Garden', 'Hancock's Forty-Three Minutes: The East Cheam Repertory Company: The Christmas Special'. ORIGINALLY RELEASED AS `HANCOCK'S HALF HOUR: VOL.1'

Disc 2: `Ericson the Viking', `The Set That Failed', `The New Nose', `The Oak Tree', `The Knighthood'. ORIGINALLY RELEASED AS HANCOCK'S HALF HOUR: VOL. 2

Disc 3: `The Economy Drive', `The Two Murderers', `Lord Byron Lived Here', `Twelve Angry Men', `The Train Journey'. ORIGINALLY RELEASED AS `HANCOCK'S HALF HOUR: VOL. 3' (DISC 1).

Disc 4: `The Cruise', `The Big Night', `The Tycoon', `Spanish Interlude', `Football Pools'. ORIGINALLY RELEASED AS `HANCOCK'S HALF HOUR: VOL. 3' (DISC 2).

Disc 5: 'The Cold', 'The Missing Page', 'The Emigrant', 'The Reunion Party', 'Sid In Love'. ORIGINALLY RELEASED AS `HANCOCK'S HALF HOUR: VOL. 4' (DISC 1).

Disc 6: 'The Baby Sitters', 'The Ladies Man', 'The Photographer', The East Cheam Centenary' and 'The Poison Pen Letters'. ORIGINALLY RELEASED AS `HANCOCK'S HALF HOUR: VOL. 4' (DISC 2).

Disc 7: `The Bedsitter', `The Bowmans', `The Radio Ham', `The Lift', `The Blood Donor'. ORIGINALLY RELEASED AS `THE VERY BEST OF HANCOCK'.

Disc 8: `The Succession: Son and Heir', `Face to Face: Tony Hancock Interview', PDF's of missing scripts.
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