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Sony Cyber-SHOT DSC-HX90V Compact Camera with 30x Optical Zoom, 18.2MP, 3-Inch LCD
Sony Cyber-SHOT DSC-HX90V Compact Camera with 30x Optical Zoom, 18.2MP, 3-Inch LCD
Price: £306.89

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars It arrived as an Australian import with a broken seal ..., 23 Dec. 2015
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It arrived as an Australian import with a broken seal (and another seal taped over it to hide the fact). This was bought from Applied Centre.

Naturally it got sent back.
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Polar T31 Uncoded Transmitter
Polar T31 Uncoded Transmitter
Price: £21.15

1.0 out of 5 stars Battery failure after 3 months., 19 Jan. 2015
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This review is from: Polar T31 Transmitter (Sports)
Worked well enough initially (although seemed to have a problem with range) but battery went flat after 3 months (or about 50 hours of exercise) - considering this is supposed to be a product that will last for years and for 2400 hours of use then it is clearly unacceptable. I'm returning as faulty so I won't actually be out of pocket. However, going by the other reviews that have identified the same issue, this appears to be a systemic problem that affects a significant proportion of the T31's produced.

Philips SHQ3200/10 ActionFit Washable Ultra Light Sports Headphones - Earhooks (New for 2013)
Philips SHQ3200/10 ActionFit Washable Ultra Light Sports Headphones - Earhooks (New for 2013)
Offered by SmartSalesUK
Price: £12.49

1.0 out of 5 stars Cable too short, 25 Oct. 2014
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Acceptable with one irredeemable flaw making them useless

Sound-wise they are pretty poor - muddy and indistinct. I bought some Shure earphones at the same time and the difference is amazing. However, as they are for exercise and they are robust (or seem) its probably acceptable.

Build-wise (except for one detail I'll go into later) they seem OK - a bit flimsy maybe but again acceptable.

There is the irredeemable flaw - the cable length in ludicrously short. I measured mine at 102cm buds to plug - I cannot find another pair of headphones that are even close (all others are more than 130cm buds to plug - the Shure is >150cm). For sports headphones this is just crazy. I have a bike on a turbo and a rowing machine - for both of these the cable is too short. For any gym equipment, unless the phone/mp3 player is actually attached to you they will probably be too short.

So back they went - for the cost of maybe 1p worth of cable they turned an adequate product into the unusable

Great North Road
Great North Road
by Peter F. Hamilton
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £20.00

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Weak and overlong, 13 Jan. 2013
This review is from: Great North Road (Hardcover)
This is, sadly, not a good book. There are the usual Hamilton features - interwoven plot lines, new technology, a new universe, rather cardboard characters. But they are all shadows of his former books. The plots (three main ones: the murder, the St Libra situation, and who one of the characters actually is) are all laboured and grind on to an obvious or an uninteresting conclusion. The technology is basically reheated ideas that everyone who reads SciFi has read before - although that does not stop the unreliable network of traffic sensors being mentioned what seemed like several hundred times.

The universe is, frankly, unbelievable - for example has the future EU decided that energy security is something they're are not interested in at all, for they let the Newcastle gateway not only exist as a single gateway (single point of failure anyone?) but be largely unprotected (there is basically a shanty town surrounding it)? The book (and the denouement of the plots) is chock full of such illogicalities - another random example: a very rich character gets personally financially wiped out by other rich dudes. Seriously? This highly skilled financier had done nothing to stop his entire wealth being wiped out by someone else manipulating the market? Ridiculous. There are a host of others, but most of them reveal rather too much of the plot for a review (although, writing obliquely, a full third of the plot hinges on someone of undoubted abilities not being able to open a car door).

The grand conclusion was fairly tense provided you didn't think about it - as soon as you did it became completely implausible (super nets anyone?).

Other things niggle - logging on to police computers as another officer as a matter of routine: somehow I imagine they'd have solved the problem of identification and authentication of computer systems by then. I could understand and cut some slack if it was an essential plot point but it wasn't; it was just a throw away inanity that was badly thought through. Getting the best deal on exploration kit just before you enter the gateway? Yes, because in the current day airport shops are widely known as being cheap and offering a great selection of products.

And the padding. Oh the padding. Take the Zanth - maybe a hundred pages devoted to this (actually rather neat) alien threat, all of which is entirely irrelevant. It only provides is a back story to a few inconsequential characters who didn't need it.

Overall a book that largely falls to pieces when the ideas and plotting are examined critically, is unnecessarily long, offers unengaging characters, and offers little new to be worth the time investment.

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