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Logitech MX518 Optical Gaming Mouse
Logitech MX518 Optical Gaming Mouse
Offered by Doll-Computer
Price: £145.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Decent mouse, and it's possible to repair, too!, 18 Jun. 2015
This is a decent gaming and productivity mouse, and also works fine with the supplied USB to PS/2 converter, so it can be used with a KVM. The only real criticisms I could levy at this is that it's a little large for particularly small hands, and isn't suitable for left handed users.

I've had the Batman (matte black finish, Batman logo) version of this since 2007, but some years ago the scroll wheel failed. I found a guide to fixing it and opened it up to find a morass of cat hair..

Search the Internet for 'Cleaning the Logitech MX518 Gaming Mouse Scroll Wheel'

Since cleaning out the cat hair and grime with cotton buds and isopropyl alcohol, it's as good as new again. The scroll wheel is fine.

If you're looking for a modern USB gaming mouse, there are better options, but if you still need PS/2 compatibility and can find one cheap, it's probably worth a punt.


Xenocide: Book 3 of the Ender Saga (The Ender Quartet series)
Xenocide: Book 3 of the Ender Saga (The Ender Quartet series)
Price: £5.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Uneven, and rapidly descends into deus ex machina, 18 Jun. 2015
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Enders Game was brilliant, and Speaker for the Dead a decent and logical progression of the story, which for once actually addressed dealing with the aftermath of making difficult decisions.

Unfortunately, whilst there are some interesting ideas in Xenocide - mostly in the background of the planet's native species, the storytelling is uneven, characters unlikeable, their viewpoints at times illogical, and towards the end of the book it degrades into a deus ex machine free for all.

Do yourself a favour and read John Scalzi instead.


2 Port HDMI Audio Video v1.3b 1080p 3D Splitter for HD TV PS3 PS4 Blu-ray 1 in 2out (UK Plug)
2 Port HDMI Audio Video v1.3b 1080p 3D Splitter for HD TV PS3 PS4 Blu-ray 1 in 2out (UK Plug)
Offered by 3C4U
Price: £16.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Works perfectly on a variety of monitors, and enables HD viewing, 18 Jun. 2015
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Excellent product - tiny, yet functional. I've used it both on :

An AMD HD6950 connected to a Zalman ZM190 (which AMD's catalyst software identifies as a TV, and can't determine the resolutions supported. It's fine at 1280x1024x60Hz, though, and the 3D functionality in the monitor still works fine)

An NVidia Quadro 6000 connected to an HP 1600x1200x60Hz TFT monitor - this is detected just fine and operates correctly.

The main reason for buying this was its ability to 'accidentally' *coughcough* report that the display is HDCP 1.x enabled, when it is not. With this little box I can happily stream video from Amazon Instant Video in HD to the connected monitor. Much cheaper than buying a new monitor..


Official Shop 1600mAh Standard Replacement Li-ion Battery BA700 for Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo MT15i Xperia Pro MK16i Xpera Ray ST18i - Blue
Official Shop 1600mAh Standard Replacement Li-ion Battery BA700 for Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo MT15i Xperia Pro MK16i Xpera Ray ST18i - Blue
Offered by BAO CORE
Price: £4.53

3.0 out of 5 stars but quality control could be better. Over the course of a number of months ..., 7 May 2015
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It does work, but quality control could be better. Over the course of a number of months the capacity drops and the glue connecting the battery to the connector comes away. I've moved to the Patona battery which appears to be better made, but it's early days yet.


Startech.com 2 Port USB 3.0 A Female Slot Plate Adapter
Startech.com 2 Port USB 3.0 A Female Slot Plate Adapter
Price: £11.72

5.0 out of 5 stars Great way to add USB 3 ports to the rear ..., 7 May 2015
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Well made, exactly as described. Great way to add USB 3 ports to the rear of your case when the card is an internal only one.

I used this with a Silverstone SST-ECU01 which features two internal USB3 connectors. Of course, by itself that's not very useful unless your case has USB3 connectors.

However, if you're buying a USB3 addon card, it's fairly likely your case does not feature these. I removed the backplate from my add-on card, and shoehorned in this adapter to provide two rear ports. For the front parts I used an Akasa Lokstar M51, which includes two USB 3 ports in addition to a hot swap trayless SSD and hard drive caddy.


CSL 3m (metres) HQ premium DisplayPort (DP) to DVI cable | Certified / HDCP and EDID | Full HD resolution | 24 cart gold-plated contacts / 3-fold shielding | Graphics cards / Apple and PC / Projector / Monitor
CSL 3m (metres) HQ premium DisplayPort (DP) to DVI cable | Certified / HDCP and EDID | Full HD resolution | 24 cart gold-plated contacts / 3-fold shielding | Graphics cards / Apple and PC / Projector / Monitor
Offered by CSL-Computer
Price: £10.85

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 7 May 2015
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It's solidly constructed and is an active converter. For the price, you can't complain.


The Vesuvius Club: A Lucifer Box Novel
The Vesuvius Club: A Lucifer Box Novel
Price: £5.99

6 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't take customers for mugs.., 20 Dec. 2010
(This refers to the Kindle edition)

Costing more than the dead tree version, in a version that you don't own and doesn't feature illustrations?

I don't think so. Get with the 21st century. Knock at least a quid off the cheapest paperback price, two for being so lazy not to scan in and convert images.

Seeing as I have to read this book for book club, I think I'll borrow it from a friend instead of buying.


Star Wars Dark Forces PC - White Label
Star Wars Dark Forces PC - White Label

4.0 out of 5 stars Splendid game, although awkward to get working in DOS, 13 Dec. 2010
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I can't imagine too many people will bother buying this game - a pity because it's well worth a punt.

It's true that subsequent games such as Jedi Knight and Jedi Outcast each provided order of magnituted improvements, but this well implemented DOS game had excellent graphics for the time and an engaging dynamic soundtrack that was lacking in the CD audio driven Jedi Knight sequel.

I would recommend using DOSBox or similar to run this, as configuring it to run on a real DOS system with soundcard is a little awkward. Dark Forces only seems to run in real DOS - it doesn't like FreeDOS, the DOS window in Windows 98, the Windows 98 DOS mode boot or if I remember correctly the OS/2 DOS subsystem either. If running with a real Roland MT-32 sound module, you do gain the slightly geeky thrill of it displaying 'Lucasfilm Games' on the display.

The display is a bit less clear than the subsequent range of Direct3D/OpenGL based games (it's still a software only custom engine!), but the dynamic soundtrack, decent usage of the Star Wars media and reasonable level design means this is an enjoyable diversion.


Another World: 15th Anniversary Edition (PC CD)
Another World: 15th Anniversary Edition (PC CD)
Offered by Door2DoorEnt
Price: £2.19

3 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Over-rated - belongs in the past, 13 July 2009
At the time this was released, it was visually spectacular but frustrating to play.

Now the passage of years reveals that it really wasn't a very good game. If the (not too bad, even now) graphics and sound were toned down, the game would quickly head towards the rubbish bin.

With modern game design, it should be possible to progress with sufficient skill, when there is no foreknowledge of how things work. This is often not the case in Another World - it requires repeated deaths to work out the correct path.

Nostalgia affords this game more grace than it deserves.
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Freedom Force vs. the Third Reich (PC)
Freedom Force vs. the Third Reich (PC)
Offered by APE-GAMES
Price: £0.01

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, *does* work with Vista, 27 Feb. 2009
In difference to the other poster I can definitely confirm that FFvTR works on Vista 64bit SP1, except for hardware DirectSound for which you'll need Creative's Alchemy software or similar.

Freedom Force vs The Third Reich scores over the original Freedom Force in several areas. The characters arrive fully formed, the graphics, sound and interface are improved and the plotline is more coherent. It's a fantastic team based real time strategy game with endless opportunity for customisation should you so wish.

The only disadvantages are the patchy sound support which does not always work (a FFvTR bug), a couple of crashes and an average difficulty level that's probably lower than the original Freedom Force.

The game is a bit cheesy in parts, but deliberately so in a stereotyped comic fashion, the powers are suitably impressive, with plenty of variety of characters so that your tactics are continually tested. At this low price it's a steal - buy it!


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