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RHA MA350 Aluminium Noise Isolating In-Ear Earphones - 3 year warranty
RHA MA350 Aluminium Noise Isolating In-Ear Earphones - 3 year warranty

4.0 out of 5 stars Great value ... just one gripe, 21 Mar. 2014
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In short, these headphones offer great value. The price/quality ratio doesn't get much better than this.

I use mine primarily when I go running, and before these I used Denon's highest-end in-ear headphones that cost around £150-200 (can't remember exactly). Sound quality was great but they were flimsy and I kept getting lose connections in one of the channels so I had to have them replaced 3 times. Eventually I gave up.

So I looked around and tried these instead. They were pretty cheap but looked sturdier and fairly ambitious with their aluminium cone - so worth a shot. The bass isn't quite as deep and the treble is possibly a little less detailed than the Denons, but we are mainly talking technicalities here. These headphones have comparative sound quality at a fraction of the price.

But ... mine only lasted 5 months, or about 60 runs. Then I lost one channel - just as with the Denons. However, the build quality seems quite a bit more robust, so this could be down to bad luck. Amazon was super quick to replace them and a new pair is one its way as I write this.

One reviewer complained about sound from the cables scraping against each other when running transmits into the headphones. This is true - the sound does that. But only if you don't use the little "buckle" on the cable that will tighten the cables and fix them under your chin.

Great value - would have been a 5/5 if it hadn't been for the failed channel.

History of Men's Accessories: A Short Guide for Men About Town
History of Men's Accessories: A Short Guide for Men About Town
by Nicholas Storey
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £19.99

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1.0 out of 5 stars Mistitled, 24 Jan. 2012
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I bought this book expecting, well, the history of men's accessories. A somewhat scholarly look at where they come from, how they have developed and why they are the way they are. That is not what I got!

What I got was erratic and poorly organised information about this and that. An example, the entire section about sunglasses: "Sunglasses. Here Cutler & Gross, Persol and Rayban top the list. Cutler & Gross and Persol sunglasses are also available with prescription lenses" (sic).

Ehh ... ok. If you say so.

Other sections will give very brief summaries of certain brands, like: "Pinaud's Lilac Vegetal. This is a famous, bracing, lilac-scented aftershave." Ok then. Then we have a look at ingredients of some cocktails and later yet more brand descriptions and, suddenly, 30 pages with "interesting venues", all in London.

It is an odd book. Absolutely useless for me. Virtually no history in it despite the title. I honestly don't know who this book is for, and at the very least, the title should not be so misleading.

Add a dull layout with all images (and there aren't many) clustered in a few pages and I can only give this 1 out 5. A waste of my money.

E-Business and E-Commerce Management: Strategy, Implementation and Practice
E-Business and E-Commerce Management: Strategy, Implementation and Practice
by Dave Chaffey
Edition: Paperback

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars It's there but it's hard work and it's really old, 3 Jun. 2011
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This is not a bad book. There is valuable information in there for anybody interested in doing e-commerce.

The problem with this book is that you have to go through so much agony to actually find the information. It is 764 pages long and could have been really great if a good editor had cut it down to half - or a quarter.

As it is, you have to sift through so much irrelevant content that you will struggle to turn each page and this actually hinders the level of understanding of all the good stuff.

As another reviewer writes, there is just way too much of "this was covered in section X" and "this will be covered in section Y". Too many trying-to-be-pedagogical exercises. Way too many unnecessary words. This book just needs to get to the point.

Add to this that the language is very poor. The book has the feel of an over-ambitious MA thesis with so many references and cross references and so much dreary language that it will make you consider whether you want to get into the world of e-commerce at all.

Finally, it is in dire need of an update. You will find heaps of case studies from the nineties! Yes, nineties. This is more than a decade ago, and a decade in internet-time is the same as a century. Here and there you will find an extremely brief (a few lines) "update" to what has happened between 1999-2010. Say you are looking for something as basic in 2011 as using Facebook in an e-business context. Forget about it.

As for now, it's two stars from me. But with some hefty editing, updating and spicing up of the language, this could actually be a really valuable book. Maybe the 2011 edition will offer some of that.

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