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HP C6656AE#UUS 56 Print Cartridge- Black
HP C6656AE#UUS 56 Print Cartridge- Black
Price: £16.58

5.0 out of 5 stars Expensive, but is safer than the remanufactured, 18 Feb 2013
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Have tried cheaper substitutes with mixed results, but if quality and reliablity are important then you have to get the genuine article and shop around for the best price.

At Their Very Best
At Their Very Best
Offered by b68solutions
Price: £4.55

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All my favourites in good quality sound., 10 Jan 2013
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This review is from: At Their Very Best (Audio CD)
Well not quite all- Alice in Sunderland is missing! Not being a purist I just wanted one Shadows CD. I decided on this one and have not regretted it. It has all the great tracks I remember, the sound is great and the price is right..

Skechers Men's Ascoli Piceno Sneaker  Grey UK 6
Skechers Men's Ascoli Piceno Sneaker Grey UK 6

4.0 out of 5 stars Good value and well made, sizing a bit on the small side, 10 Jan 2013
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These seemed tight at first. Certainly if you are between sizes or want to wear them with thick socks I would suggest go for a size up.They still seem tight when you first put them on but after a while they seem to mould round your feet and are really comfortable..
They are pretty well made and still show very litle signs of wear after several weeks of use.

Panasonic Lumix LZ20 Bridge Camera - Red (14.1MP, 21x Optical Zoom) 3 inch LCD
Panasonic Lumix LZ20 Bridge Camera - Red (14.1MP, 21x Optical Zoom) 3 inch LCD
Offered by gsm m

223 of 237 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good value, well featured camera, with a few design flaws, 10 Jan 2013
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I bought this camera at the last minute before going on holiday and thanks to Amazon's rapid dispatch was able to play with it for a couple of days before using it intensively for a week. It mostly lived up to expectations, although there a few little irrtations that you need to get used to or work around.

My previous camera is a very simple Fuji which reliably takes good pictures but I wanted something a bit better with a good optical zoom,so, as I'm not expert (or rich) enough to go for an SLR, decided on this bridge camera.

To get started there are some basic paper instructions (in upteen languages) which are very basic indeed and tell you little that is not obvious. There is a CD with a bit more detail on it, but even this is very brief and left a few unanswered questions.Both these are also available online.

Using the camera was pretty straightforward although a bit more complicated than a basic digital camera.
You can select the various standard modes like Scenery, Portrait etc. and it also has an 'intelligent auto' mode which is the point and click option, meaning it selects scenary, portrait, or macro mode etc. automatically. This works pretty well although sometimes it takes a while to sort itself out and while it does so the display is a bit confusing with various symbols and green or red rectangles popping up.Presumably these latter are something to do with the focus but being a bit of a beginner I havent worked them out yet and the manual does not help much. For the advanced user there is the option to set exposure etc. yourself which is a good feature for this price bracket.

The minor irritations I mentioned are:
- The camera will not start up with the lens cap on. Fair enough; but surely it would be possible to tell you to remove the cap and then carry on with startup.Or simply bleep at you and refuse to start. What it actually does is makes a funny noise for 5 seconds, then tells you to remove the lens cap and start the camera again, then chunters for a further 15 (fifteen!) seconds and finally switches itself off. By which time you have lost the chance to take a quick photo, if not the will to live.
- The on/off switch is very easy to activate in error. In most devices it is recessed, or a 'push and hold'.
This one is prominent on top of the case so if you are not careful you can switch the camera off while trying to take a quick photo,or on as you are stowing it away.
- It has no viewfinder. Fair enough at this price, and the screen adjusts the brightness so you can see it in bright conditions.
But if the sun is very bright and in the wrong position all you can see on the screen is your own reflection so its impossible to
compose the picture.
- It goes thru batteries very quickly. There is a battery power indicator, but it is not terribly accurate, and the camera is liable to suddenly die at any time once it stops showing max power. However the AA batteries it uses are readily available and its not much trouble to carry some spares.

On the good side:
- The camera feels quite robust and although its early days, seems pretty well made and reliable.
- the zoom facility is excellent.
- The anti-shake option works well and enables some pretty sharp pictues even on full zoom.
- Macro close ups, e.g. of flowers, come out really well and the intelligent auto mode works fine here.
- It takes very good pictures of night scenes,fireworks etc. dark conditions without using flash.
- Flash pictures with red-eye reduction are excellent although you need to warn people to hold the pose for the extra few seconds the camera takes to work things out in intelligent mode
- At this price the lens is not the superb Leica you get on upmarket Lumix models but is still pretty good.
- I havent done much with the movie mode but it seems to work OK
- The manual settings option is good to have at this price and I will definitely explore that further when I have time.

The irritations drove me mad at first and if I'd written this review at the beginning of the holiday it would have been lucky
to get any stars at all. However once you get used to them this camera is very good value for money. If they sort out the design flaws its a five star product.
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SanDisk SDCZ45-064G-U46 CZ45 64 GB Ultra 15 MB/s USB 2.0 Flash Drive
SanDisk SDCZ45-064G-U46 CZ45 64 GB Ultra 15 MB/s USB 2.0 Flash Drive
Offered by MM2000
Price: £18.99

1.0 out of 5 stars Poor quality and security not fit for purpose, 26 Oct 2012
I bought this product mostly for the security feature but after a long struggle gave up as it just did not inspire confidence.
If you close the security area you cannot open it again without removing and re-inserting the key. And when you do this it says the item cannot be safely removed because it is still in use. Often when you insert the key it says the software is already running and the secure area is already open, but it isn't and you can't see it!
In any case the key itself is flimsy and feels as if it will easily break so not somewhere you want to store important data.
I have now reformatted it and will just use it as a spare, not very good quality, USB key.

Offered by time 2 talk Swansea
Price: £2.60

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent value, 16 July 2012
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This imitation leather case is a perfect fit for the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2.
With a free screen protector this is excellent value compared to the rip-off prices in some high street stores.

Tax Handbook 2012/13
Tax Handbook 2012/13
by Tony Levene
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Basic and simple for beginners but thats about its limit, 4 Jun 2012
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This review is from: Tax Handbook 2012/13 (Paperback)
This is OK background reading for someone with no idea of how the tax system works or trying to find out about a new area such as retiring or becoming self employed. Apart from the IHT allowances section which is ambiguous and confusing, its clearly written and well laid out.
But thats about it. Its all very general and if you understand the basics of tax and pensions you will learn little new.
Its brevity means that the contents should not be relied on without further research. There is no mention, for example of the different tax credits rules for over 60s.
It would perhaps be better to move pensions and even self employment into separate books which would enable more detailed information on the core topics. The ridiculous complexity of the tax system means a book like this cannot really be described as a 'handbook'. Read it as an intro by all means but to get the full picture this is no substitute for ploughing through the HMRC website.

PURE Move, Portable Rechargeable Palm-sized DAB/FM Radio
PURE Move, Portable Rechargeable Palm-sized DAB/FM Radio

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best truly portable DAB radio, 20 Feb 2012
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After much research I decided the Move was the best portable digital radio out there. DAB radios consume vastly more power than the old trannys (so much for new technology helping the environment!) so its important to check carefully if you want a truly portable radio.
Firstly they should have a decent battery life - the Move uses Pure's Chargepack and unlike others in the range its ready fitted and included in the price. This makes the radio look expensive at first but a Chargepack is an expensive item if bought separately so its good value if portability is a must. Pure claim
up to 40 hours between charges and I found this to be reasonably accurate, unlike a radio from another well known brand where I get nothing like the battery life claimed.
Secondly you need to be able to listen to the radio while its charging. Not always possible with the ones that use rechargeable C or D batteries. No problem with the Move.
Last and very important it must have a battery life indicator otherwise its liable to die on you while you are in the bath listening to the football! The Pure Move has one on the main display and its easy to see the battery status at a glance.

The radio itself feels well made and solid, helped no doubt by the weight of the Chargepack. The only exception is the fold out stand at the back which feels rather flimsy. It would be annoying if this broke because the radio wont stand vertically without it. The sound quality as you would expect from a radio of this size is nothing special but speech is nice and clear and music sounds OK if you connect good quality headphones or an external speaker.
To turn the radio on or off you need to press a button on the side and hold it for several seconds. This may annoy technophobes but does stop you switching it on in your bag by mistake. It also renders the lock button next to it totally pointless.
I'm very pleased with this set and I think Pure make by far the best digital radios. My only niggle is that all the controls operate via the master switch in the centre which means that you have to pick up the radio and look at the display to do anything other than switch on or off. The biggest single improvement would be a separate volume wheel as at low volumes the steps are too large meaning you have to choose between slightly too loud or inaudible. Not enough to deduct a star for though.

Sword of Skelos (Conan (Tor))
Sword of Skelos (Conan (Tor))
by Andrew Offutt
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars crude and not clever, 7 Sep 2009
One of the later Conans by modern writers this strays too far from the original style of RE Howard. It lacks the subtlety and historical detail of the 'genuine' Conans, substituting crude violence and sadism.
Read only if you have read all the earlier versions several times.

Performing This Week...Live At Ronnie Scott's
Performing This Week...Live At Ronnie Scott's
Price: £7.99

5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not quite a 5 star knockout, 11 Jan 2009
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I am not an avid Jeff Beck fan but decided to give this a go on the basis of the rave reviews here.
The guitar work is immaculate and it was obviously a great set of concerts to attend. I suspect the CD hasn't quite captured the concert atmosphere. Although there are some lovely moments (e.g. the intro to Goodbye Pork-pie hat) I wasn't tempted to play it straight thru again (my test for a knock-out album).
I agree with the comment that the bass player is a bit lightweight, but the drummer and Beck himself are top-notch musicians and its good to know that music like this is still being made.
You won't regret buying this CD, but if you are not a Beck completist it may be worth checking out some of the alternatives suggested by previous reviews.
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