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Flip Straw Tritan Drinks Sport Hydration Water Bottle 700ml Cycling Hiking BPA Free
Flip Straw Tritan Drinks Sport Hydration Water Bottle 700ml Cycling Hiking BPA Free
Offered by The Magic Toy Shop
Price: £4.99

1.0 out of 5 stars Avoid - no redeeming features., 17 Dec 2014
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Dreadful product, you have to suck incredibly hard to get water out, which is flow controlled by a piece of rubber wedged in to top of the bottle. Soon as that rubber wedge goes, you can expect a super wet bag.

Had plenty of these before, change them for hygene, and this is the worst of the lot.

Roku 3 HD Streaming Player
Roku 3 HD Streaming Player
Price: £97.21

28 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceeded already high expectations. Perfect cord cutters device., 1 Feb 2014
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I buy a lot of these gadgets and help friends set up etc. So familiar with the Apple TV, Chromecast and Western Digital Media streamers.

Hope you find this review useful, as the other reviews left me with a good few unanswered questions.

The reviews online and technical specification gives a list of apps that are supported on Roku. However that is the tip of the iceberg. Think iOS or Android App store, and you have a better idea of just how diverse the apps are on Roku. If you can steam it in the via a tablet or PC, I would be willing to bet you can get it on here. The app store is found from within the Roku menus, no installing via computer required.

Particular star apps for me:

Plex - The reason I bought this device. It lets you play Movies, TV shows and Music that you have on your PC or Mac, using the power of the computer to transcode the video so it can play via the plex app on the Roku, iPad, iPhone etc etc. This means no longer having to worry about movie formats etc. The reason Plex was on my hit list, was the amazing community based artwork and reviews system that you get when it adds your movies to the list. Like browsing a professional on demand movie system but from movies you have simply stored in a folder. Next level way of watching movies, much more than just putting them in an alphabetical list.

Screensavers - Great surprise to have apps that allow you to randomise your picasa web pictures, facebook pictures or if you want something eye catching, have a fish tank in your TV or maybe a lava lamp? Awesome for setting atmosphere. Was not expecting this so really pleased how cool these various screen saver specific apps are.

Spotify - Not something I had really contemplated using on a TV, but the App is fantastic and can see myself having it on screen next time we have people over.

Sky News and other big brand content providers - Never would have thought I would want this until I had a play. The Sky News 'channel' is amazing, it isn't at all as boring as I would have expected, can go right to programs and shows, such as Tech news like SWiPE (20 minute program updated weekly I believe). Really in depth apps, which when opened reveal lots of interesting sub section, think Youtube for the Sky News network. Just have a browse through articles you think you might like and kick back for 10-30 minutes.

Remote control is also perfectly adequate, with batteries included and no issues at all with signal or distance (tested with approx 5m away from TV). Not tried the headset that came with it, which you will probably have read allows audio bypass if you want to watch something late at night or have kids sleeping in the room. Not mentioned on most sites, is that you also get a volume rocker on the remote control for when in headset mode. Nice touch.

One single negative (minor) thing I have noticed, is that content on Netflix and Crunchyroll take approx 10-15 seconds to go from normal quality to HD, slowly improving during that time. Most apps on computer or iOS that I have used, scale up to full quality HD within 3-5 seconds. Still, nothing to grumble about. (ps. I have 120mb cable, so it's not my connection).

Hope you found this review helpful. Great work Roku.
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Mass Effect 3 (PC DVD)
Mass Effect 3 (PC DVD)
Offered by Game Trade Online
Price: £5.48

8 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy to pay...., 9 Mar 2012
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Mass Effect 3 (PC DVD) (DVD-ROM)
Shame it is on Origin. To me, that program is like bloatware, and my lovely PC is better off without it. So no sale here.

Happy to pay full price, or get it on steam, but alas, Origin is a fail.
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Iomega StorCenter ix2-200 2TB (2 x 1TB) Network Storage
Iomega StorCenter ix2-200 2TB (2 x 1TB) Network Storage

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Amazing range of functions, shame its broken, 4 Sep 2011
Had this unit for 3 days, I'm a network engineer, and thought I would upgrade home backup solutions as well as a more energy efficient way of streaming movies to laptop and xbox (rather than leave high end pc on all the time).

The device has a strange issue, which means it drops from network for brief moments, copying files from windows vista or 7 will not notice this, other than drop the average transfer speeds. You really notice if when you log on, and it is 404'ing the pages, or put in valid credentials and it asks you to do it again, and you do, working 2nd time! Most annoying is that backups from ntbackup, Windows 7 backup or synctoy fail as the destination goes offline long enough to trash it.

The odd thing is, it is not complete network failure or hdd going offline, because I played with creating a iscsci vmware block level storage and the VM ran ok, although slower than when on RAID5.

Lastly, the idle time feature does not work, as the drives are constantly either consistency checking, or some internal happenings that keeps it operational.

Sending it back tomorrow, get no more than 10-20 minutes of streaming media before it goes offline, and with xbox 360, its a real pain in the ass.

Btw, this is on the latest firmware. Real shame, thing is full of features but can't risk getting stuck with it if it is a dud. Iomega form is full of moaning about the products for months and months, and if they are still not addressed today, who says they ever will be!

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