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D-Link 8-Port PoE Gigabit Desktop Switch
D-Link 8-Port PoE Gigabit Desktop Switch
Offered by BESTBUYIT
Price: £55.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Decent PoE switch, 8 May 2016
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Does the job for a decent price. Shame all the ports aren't PoE though - only four of the eight are.

I bought this to run some PoE IP cameras, and it's doing that job perfectly. Just works.


Grillstream Ziggy 2 Burner Gunmetal BBQ and Ziggy Fixed Cart
Grillstream Ziggy 2 Burner Gunmetal BBQ and Ziggy Fixed Cart
Offered by We Sell Electrical UK
Price: £365.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 8 May 2016
To be perfectly honest, it's not anything like what I hoped for, especially considering the price. And I paid considerably less than this for mine.

From the photos I'd seen online, the Ziggy looked great, and the trolley blends well with the barbecue units itself.

The problems are down to how the grillstream cast iron grills fit into the BBQ. It feels rather as though the BBQ was sourced somewhere and then the grillstream grills bodged into it. There are support points cast into the aluminium body that are supposed to hold the grills, but you have to use a piece of folded metal hitched over the front edge of the BBQ which one part of the grills rest on to make them tilt backwards. This is so that the fat and oils from the cooking runs down the the channels in the grillstream grills and doesn't drip and cause flare ups. However because the grils don't therefore sit on the cast support points all the way around, they can be a bit wobbly. Why not just cast the support points properly such that the grills sit on them and are tilted due to varying height of the supports?

The other issue I have is that the burners under each half of the grill are in a roughly square shape. To spread the heat out there's a vaguely figure of eight shaped piece of metal on legs that sits above the burners. This also stops any fat dripping into the burner holes. The idea is that the burners heat the piece of metal, and the metal then radiates this heat onto the grills. However what actually seems to happen is that you end up with a very hot spot above the centre of the square of the burner, where there's also a hole on the diffuser metal, and where lots of hot gasses rise up. This gives you a very hot area right in the centre of each grill. The only way I've found to try and work around this is to run the burner on high for five-ten minutes with the lid closed, to really distribute the heat across the entire grill area (the area at the front is particularly difficult to heat up otherwise too). Then when I'm ready to cook, I turn the burners down to try and minimise the amount of heat rising up in the centre of the grill.

And the temperature gauge gets moisture in it if you let the BBQ get wet in the rain. And the first time I cleaned the inside of the BBQ after the previous summer a load of the interior coating came off.

The Grillstream idea itself is actually rather clever and simple, but a lot of the rest of the product design is sadly below par.

So for the money, and we're talking several hundreds of pounds, I really expected much better.


Merrell Chameleon Wrap Slam, Men Low Rise Hiking Shoes, Multicolor (Dusty Olive), 10 UK (44 1/2 EU)
Merrell Chameleon Wrap Slam, Men Low Rise Hiking Shoes, Multicolor (Dusty Olive), 10 UK (44 1/2 EU)
Price: £60.27

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Comfy, small-sized, slippery when wet., 4 April 2016
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As others have said, buy a size larger. My regular shoe size (9) was too small with these shoes. Based on trying a size 9 in a shop and it being too small (and a 10 not being in stock), and based on reviews on Amazon saying to buy a size larger, I did, and the size 10 fits me perfectly.
I also had to use some carpet tape to stick the foam insole in place as they kept slipping towards the front of the shoe whilst I was being worn. (this is the foam insole that forms the part of the shoe where your foot sits, they are part of the shoe design).
I do find my feet get fairly sweaty inside these if I wear them indoors for long periods.
They are extremely comfortable, but I have found that the fabric can rub the top of my big toe if I have the laces tied up too tight - it pulls in the fabric at the toe end of the shoe too much.
The outer soles swing between having loads of grip, and none at all. They seem to lose grip almost completely on surfaces that are wet and/or have a damp layer of organic material on them. Not all wet/damp surfaces prove slippery in these shoes though, so it's easy to be taken by surprise. I've very nearly slipped over several times whilst wearing these outdoors.


HTC Ice Premium Dot View Window Protective Case Cover with Auto On/Off Function for HTC One M9 - Grey
HTC Ice Premium Dot View Window Protective Case Cover with Auto On/Off Function for HTC One M9 - Grey
Price: £22.79

3.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother with this one., 4 April 2016
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I like the case, but it has flaws:
unlike the One M8 Dot View case, the edges of the top of this case are bevelled, which makes it pretty much impossible to flip it open with your thumb, so you need two hands to open the case.
Because it's transparent you need to keep taking it off to clean out the dust and fluff that gets down the back and looks a mess.
As others have reported, the rubber has split down the hinge. Took mine about six months to go. Have just been refunded by Amazon and the case is going in the bin.

The actual concept is quite fun, and the special dot view scenes that pop up now and then (e.g. Valentines Day) are a nice touch. Just a shame that the materials used weren't up to scratch.


ESYNiC Bluetooth 4.0 Music Audio Stereo Wireless Receiver Optical SPDIF RCA Coaxial Toslink APT-X A2DP - Compatible with Apple iPhone 6 6Plus 5 5S 5C iPad 2 3 4 iPad mini Air iPad air 2 Samsung Galaxy S3 S4 HTC Smartphones Laptop Tablets Computers Mp3 Players - Transmission Distance up to 10m and It Can Memory 10 Groups Device
ESYNiC Bluetooth 4.0 Music Audio Stereo Wireless Receiver Optical SPDIF RCA Coaxial Toslink APT-X A2DP - Compatible with Apple iPhone 6 6Plus 5 5S 5C iPad 2 3 4 iPad mini Air iPad air 2 Samsung Galaxy S3 S4 HTC Smartphones Laptop Tablets Computers Mp3 Players - Transmission Distance up to 10m and It Can Memory 10 Groups Device
Offered by eSynic
Price: £25.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Great product, especially with TOSLINK output, 20 Feb. 2016
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I'm powering this from a USB port on another device in my A/V cabinet (my XBOX 360, it keeps its USB ports powered even when the device is off, so no extra mains power supply required). I found that when using the analogue output there was a bit of hum, probably caused by some kind of ground loop issue, or lack of earth on the xbox or my receiver's (amplifier) PSU, or something. So I bought a cheap TOSLINK digital optic cable and am using that now. Sound is crystal clear, good high and low frequency response, and the levels I get from the digital connection are a bit higher too, which is good. For the price, it seems like a great product, and I'm really happy with it.


Birugear Metalic Silver 2-Port (2.1A Output 10W) USB Car Charger Adapter for Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, A5, Alpha, Galaxy Note 4, Note 3, Note 2 ,Galaxy S5 Active/ S5/ S5 mini, Galaxy S4/ S4 Active/ S4 Zoom/ S4 mini, Galaxy Mega 6.3 ,Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK, Galaxy Tab S, Galaxy Tab 4 , GALAXY Tab 3 , Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition)
Birugear Metalic Silver 2-Port (2.1A Output 10W) USB Car Charger Adapter for Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, A5, Alpha, Galaxy Note 4, Note 3, Note 2 ,Galaxy S5 Active/ S5/ S5 mini, Galaxy S4/ S4 Active/ S4 Zoom/ S4 mini, Galaxy Mega 6.3 ,Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK, Galaxy Tab S, Galaxy Tab 4 , GALAXY Tab 3 , Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition)
Offered by BlueMall_GB

5.0 out of 5 stars Does the job fine, 29 April 2015
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Bought this to charge an HTC One M7 and M8 in the car at full speed (without the phones telling me that the charger wasn't providing enough power). Works fine for that, is compact, and doesn't seem to get hot in use.


ARCTIC Home Charger 4500 - High Performance 4 Port USB Charger for Smartphones, Tablets and other USB Devices - Supports USB 3.1 (USB Power Delivery Profil 1)
ARCTIC Home Charger 4500 - High Performance 4 Port USB Charger for Smartphones, Tablets and other USB Devices - Supports USB 3.1 (USB Power Delivery Profil 1)

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Replaced three separate chargers with this one, 29 April 2015
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Great little charger, I've replaced three individual ones with this, and can simultaneously charge my HTC One M8, my partner's HTC One M7 and my old HTC One X. When the phones are fully charged or not plugged in this charger seems to pull very little current at all, it doesn't register anything on my power meter (though that's not necessarily the most accurate of test devices). Still, that's a 3 to 1 consolidation ratio, and means I've eliminated two more mains devices that spend most of their time on standby.

The HTC One M7 & M8 phones will complain if you use a charger that can't provide enough current, and both are happy with the HC4500 charger, simultaneously. I've got them in the orange ports, and the HTX One X in a black port.

The indicator LEDs give you an idea of how much current is being pulled from the charger. Each port has one, and there's one for the charger as a whole to notify you if you're approaching its peak total output. These are quite bright - if you have the charger in your bedroom you might want to cover them up with some black tape.

The charger feels pretty solid, and looks quite smart. As other people have mentioned, it feels rather as though the UK mains plug pins have been fitted upside down, but mine is on a mains extension hidden under the bed, so I don't see it anyway.


Arctic Cooling ASHPH00005A Headset - Purple
Arctic Cooling ASHPH00005A Headset - Purple
Price: £33.32

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great value, great sound, great features, 13 Mar. 2015
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Delivery from Arctic was in just a few days despite picking the free super-saver option, which was impressive.

These headphones come packed in a small cardboard box, which contains the headphones packed into their zip-up carry case, a short welcome guide, and a customer satisfaction leaflet.

The carry case is black, and has an elastic loop fitted to one end that matches the colour of the headphones, in my case purple (to match the Type Cover of my Surface Pro 3). Inside the case are the headphones themselves and a USB charging cable, the cable stows behind a mesh pocket to keep it tidy. The headphones have a micro USB socket, the same as most mobile phones, so you don't need a separate charger.

The included Welcome Guide contains instructions for pairing with iOS and Android devices, but pairing with Windows 8.1 is easy too: Just turn the headphones on by pressing the "Arctic" logo (on the side with all the buttons) for three seconds until the indicator flashes red & blue, then click the Bluetooth icon in the Windows Notification Area on the desktop and choose "Add a Bluetooth device". Alternatively, once the headphones are on and waiting to pair (three second button push, flashing red & blue light) swipe in from the right of the screen, touch Settings, Change PC settings, PC and devices, Bluetooth. Then you just select "ARCTIC P324 BT" once it appears.

Whilst the headphones are powered on, the LED periodically flashes blue, which is handy. Playback time claims to be 20 hours, standby time 400 hours. I've only had these for about 30 minutes so can't vouch for either of those yet! I assume the playback time will depend partly on how loud you like to listen to your music...

The headphones are quite comfy against the ear, the pads do a good job. I was a little worried that the arm that wraps over the top of your ear might be uncomfortable because I wear glasses, but this isn't the case at all. It's really nice to be able to wear headphones with no cable tethering you to your device. They're lightweight enough to wear for long periods.

Sound quality is surprisingly good, the quoted frequency response is 18Hz to 22kHz, and whilst I'm not sure if I could hear the extremes of that range myself, the bass is surprisingly deep and rich for such a lightweight unit. Treble is crisp and clear too. I've tried everything from piano-based jazz (Akiko Grace, Mulgrew Miller) to Drum & Bass (Sub Focus), Indie Rock (Nirvana), and some classical and spoken word courtesy of BBC Radio 3. It all sounded really good. Even at louder volume levels there was no distortion. At very low levels there was, however, some "processing" noise - a quiet electronic buzz, but it was only noticeable when there was silence from the audio source. After a few seconds of silence this drops off too, so I wonder if it's more to do with the Bluetooth audio streaming format rather than the headphones themselves?

The buttons on the right-hand earpiece are useful. I'm going to refer to them as they appear when you have the headphones on. Aside from the central button (the same one you use for turning the headphones on and off, and pairing) the other four have raised symbols on them. Whilst you can't tell what these are with your fingertips, knowing where they are is enough. The top two control the volume, the front one turns it slowly up, the rear one turns it down. When you reach the extremes of the volume scale the headphones beep, which is a handy feature. The two lower buttons let you skip back and forth through both a playlist and in individual track. I was using the desktop Windows Media Player 12 that comes with Windows 8.1 and the buttons worked as expected. Tapping them skips to the next track (front button) or the previous track (rear button), or if you hold them down the player starts to skip through the current track - once it starts skipping let go of the button, then hold it down again to stop and resume playback. The central button acts as a pause/play button.

I was concerned that when watching video, the audio would be out of sync, as I have a Bluetooth audio receiver that suffers from this problem. However when watching BBC iPlayer the audio and video were perfectly in sync when listening via these headphones.

The micro USB charging socket sits behind a rubber flap on the side of the right-hand earpiece. The flap feels a little cheap but it does the job. Plugging in to charge turns the headphones off and changes the LED to red, this then changes to blue once the battery is full. However you can turn the headphones on again as normal and continue to use them whilst they charge, which is good.

The headphones also have a built-in microphone so can be used to take calls if paired with a phone. I've not linked the headphones to my Android phone yet so can't comment on how well this works.

Overall these are great headphones which sound good, look good, and have some useful features. They make a great accessory to my Surface Pro 3 tablet, and I'm sure will work just as well with my phone too.
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Panasonic DMCTZ5 Digital Camera - Black (9.1MP, 10x Optical Zoom) 3.0" LCD
Panasonic DMCTZ5 Digital Camera - Black (9.1MP, 10x Optical Zoom) 3.0" LCD

5.0 out of 5 stars Still great after 6 years, 11 Mar. 2015
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Bought this camera about six years ago and it's still going strong and taking great photos (despite a recent soaking with sea water!).
The photos are crisp and clear, colours are good and bright. The optical zoom function is still pretty amazing for a camera of this size.
When this one finally gives up the ghost I will be replacing it with whatever the most recent version of the Panasonic TZ range is.


AmazonBasics High-Speed HDMI Cables Multi-Length *Pack of 2* of 0.9 m / 3 Feet and 4.6 m / 15 Feet - Supports Ethernet, 3D, Audio Return
AmazonBasics High-Speed HDMI Cables Multi-Length *Pack of 2* of 0.9 m / 3 Feet and 4.6 m / 15 Feet - Supports Ethernet, 3D, Audio Return
Price: £9.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Do the job for a sensible price., 11 Mar. 2015
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Not much to say really, they're HDMI cables and they work fine. The longer one is pretty thick and thus not perhaps as flexible as it could otherwise be. Have had them for over a year now and no problems.


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