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Prem-I-Air 10L/day Desiccant Dehumidifier
Prem-I-Air 10L/day Desiccant Dehumidifier
Offered by Direct Sales
Price: £140.77

2.0 out of 5 stars Unit failed after 2.5 years, 21 May 2014
While it works the Prem-I-Air 10L desiccant dehumidifier is effective at drying laundry (5 to 7 hours in winter) or at dehumidifying a large room (in a few hours).

However our unit worked for 2.5 years and then started powering itself off with an error code on its panel after just a few minutes of operation.

Based on an exchange with Prem-I-Air's technical support either the heater block started over-heating or the heat sensors of the block have become defective - either way the unit is expensive for such a short life span.

The Hunger Games
The Hunger Games
Offered by Lovefilm UK Limited
Price: £0.00

3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Beware if you are not a teenager, 10 Mar 2014
This review is from: The Hunger Games (Blu-ray)
My mistake I had never heard about the movie and blindly followed one of those marketing recommendations by Lovefilm and saw a 4-star review for the movie.

Without realising that this was one of those pointless movies entirely played by teenagers obviously targeted at teenagers
(let's hope they do not all watch this sort of movies though..).

Returned the movie after watching it for a few seconds.

Casio Men's Watch W-202-1AVEF
Casio Men's Watch W-202-1AVEF
Offered by GIOIAPURA
Price: £13.40

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Could this be the ultimate retro style digital watch?, 27 Feb 2014
The watch style reminds of the Seiko's / James Bond watches of the 80's but has been refreshed to look modern.
If you are used to wearing large 40+mm watches you may find it small initially however its black color gives it a nice presence on the wrist while being discreet (unlike the G-shock range of Casio).
It is obviously not a dress watch but should be suitable in most circumstances.
The watch is light and comfortable to wear.
The strap is easily adjusted with a simple buckle like a normal leather strap and does not pull hair.
Warning: your wife/girlfriend may not like its digital retro style (too retro may be)!

Function-wise the watch is close to perfection. It offers all the basic functions you can expect from a digital watch with some useful extras and is simple to operate: time/date/day, daily alarm, 24h countdown timer with an auto-repeat feature (very convenient), 24h chronograph and even an optional hourly chime for the seriously nostalgic retro watch lovers. The watch also features time display in all modes (except for the alarm mode screen) and a 3s backlight on a short press plus a couple of exotic but less useful features like a monthly alarm or an alarm beep that can optionally flash the backlight of the screen.
The alarm sound is not loud enough to wake me up reliably but I guess that would apply to all alarm watches.
With a 5ATM waterproof rating the watch is suitable for swimming.
The battery is easily replaced by taking off the 4 screws on the case back (no need to spend £10 to have it replaced at your local mall).

Mine is about -15s/-10s per month - definitely not a high-end quartz watch but sufficient not to worry about adjusting the watch too often (I set it one minute ahead every 6 months when daily saving time changes - this way it is 60s ahead initially and 0s/30s behind after 6 months).

Although the user manual rates the battery at 3 years some say that Casio is conservative and that one should expect at least five years from one battery (I have had the watch for one year so far).
The polyurethane (durable rubber material) strap should last the lifetime of the watch.
In case of scratches, the resin case and crystal are easily polished with a polishing compound like Polywatch (very effective on this watch).
Being a digital watch it should be virtually shock-proof.

All in all an excellent digital retro watch at an attractive price.

In case Casio reads this review: the watch would be beyond perfection if it featured the "stealth"/inverted LCD like some models of the BW640 range.

Binatone Latitude 100 Twin Walkie Talkie
Binatone Latitude 100 Twin Walkie Talkie
Price: £18.50

5.0 out of 5 stars Fully functional walkie talkies at the price of a toy, 20 Feb 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
We purchased the Binatone 100 walkie talkies for our three year old son after the brand new toy walkie talkies he received at Christmas refused to work - and we ended up using those for real to stay in touch while on vacation.

These are the entry-level walkie-talkies of Binatone and although they cost about the same as toy walkie talkies are real working and useful walkie talkies.

They are basic in features (e.g. no charge base, no selectable DCS/CTCSS codes, no mic/headset port) however are well designed. They are compact and handy/discrete to use, they use standard alkaline or rechargeable AAA size batteries and have clear sound quality. They feature 8 free frequency channels and can be used anywhere in Europe without the risk of being caught for interfering with for example business or public services.

Real-use range we tested on vacation is about 500m to 750m in town, at the supermarket or in the country side - which is plenty to stay in touch while each wandering his/her way (the 3km range specified is probably feasible in direct line of sight without obstacle for example at the mountain). Battery life with a few daily occasional uses is excellent at more than 4 days on rechargeable batteries possibly a week with high capacity Alkaline batteries - when transmitting with the low-power mode feature on.

All-in-all the Binatone 100 are great fully functional and fun first-time walkie talkies - for kids of all ages (including parents)! Highly recommended.

Junghans Gents Watch Dresden Gents 030/4950.00
Junghans Gents Watch Dresden Gents 030/4950.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Dependable and durable radio controlled watch, 20 Feb 2013
This watch is radio controlled from the DCF77 transmitter located in Mainfligen, Germany - meaning that it is always accurate within less than a second and never needs to be adjusted for time or date when wearing it in Europe (the time zone can be easily adjusted when traveling). And its integrated radio receiver seems to be reliable - it never missed a reception in the past 3 months of ownership.

Design-wise the watch can be classified as a dress watch however is sufficiently understated to wear every day without looking pretentious. At 40mm diameter it is neither too big nor too small. It features a sapphire glass (very scratch-resistant) and a polished stainless steel case that can easily be re-polished in case it becomes scratched. It is claimed to be 5 ATM (or 50m) water resistant - so occasional bathing / swimming with the watch should not be a problem however with the good quality leather strap provided with the watch this is probably not advisable. The watch also has a nice little feature that allows one to cover the date LCD window so that it looks more dressy/elegant.

Although the manufacturer insists that its battery should only be replaced by an authorised service centre - it is easy to do it on your own if one is sufficiently meticulous and careful - a cheap case press makes it easier to close the press-fit case back. The watch has a low battery indicator (the second hand stops) that according to the manufacturer gives the owner approximately 2 weeks to replace the battery before the watch stops telling the time.

So all in all the watch is a quality dress/every-day watch that seems to be both dependable and durable.

Why did I not give it 5 stars:
* The minute hand suffers from the 'backlash' symptom (i.e. you can see it move by about 1/2 of a minute when you move your arm) - this is typical of some quartz watches and does not affect time-keeping however is a bit awkward to see and get used to initially.
* The contrast between the silver hands and the white dial is poor especially in low light conditions.
* The hands feature a self-illuminating luminova compound to allow time reading in the dark however the compound width is so thin that an hour or so after charging the compound it is difficult to tell the time in the dark.
* The date LCD window has a poor contrast and makes it not so comfortable to read the date.

HP Officejet 4500 Wireless All-in-One Printer (Print, Scan, Copy, Fax)
HP Officejet 4500 Wireless All-in-One Printer (Print, Scan, Copy, Fax)

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great value multifunction printer packed with features, 11 Jan 2012
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Feature-wise no manufacturer can probably beat this wireless HP4500 multifunction printer at such an attractive price point.

We have had the printer for more than 2 months now and used it for mailing, photocopying and scanning. Quality is adequate although - that goes without saying - it does not match that of a laser printer.

A great plus of the printer is that it is wireless and can be placed anywhere your home or office wireless router signal can reach.

Setup is straight forward and a big plus of HP printers in general is that they all work with the Linux operating system (not just Windows) thanks to the HPLIP driver developed by HP.

To my pleasant surprise the printer is also capable of sending/receiving faxes (I did not see this on the Amazon specification when purchasing the printer).

Why not rating it at 5 stars then? Simply because the main tray feeder does not handle envelopes very well: envelopes tends to jam frequently and I would not recommend to use this printer to print envelope addresses; that is not a major issue though as there are alternative ways to print envelop addresses. Another minor issue is that the page printing rate is far less than the one specified by HP (their page rate specification is probably that of 'printing' blank pages).

All-in-all the wireless HP4500 OfficetJet is a great value feature-rich multifunction printer suitable for home usage and moderate office usage.

TP-Link TL-WR1043ND 300Mbps Wireless N 4 Gigabit Port Cable Router (USB Port for Printers, Files or Media Sharing)
TP-Link TL-WR1043ND 300Mbps Wireless N 4 Gigabit Port Cable Router (USB Port for Printers, Files or Media Sharing)
Offered by Comtronics
Price: £35.91

42 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent value wireless router that can also become a server, 11 May 2011
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
I have owned wireless routers from Netgear, D-Link, BT, Linksys (i.e. Cisco) and I can say confidently that the TP-Link 1043ND is the most impressive I have used. Not only does it perform all the standard wireless routing functions flawlessly but it can also be customised as a small reliable general purpose server when upgraded with the open source linux-based OpenWRT operating system. So far, I have been able to configure the TP-Link 1043ND/OpenWRT as a file server, a USB multifunction printer and scanner, a USB webcam server, a secured key-based SSH server, an rsync backup server, a kerberos domain server, a filtering web-proxy; and from what I have seen the TP-Link 1043ND hardware with OpenWRT should also allow functions such as multiple ADSL/Cable modems with load balancing, VLANs, openvpn client/server, a small asterisk VOIP telephone server (performance is probably fine for a handful of simultaneous lines), a nagios monitoring server and a caching web-proxy amongst many other available features!
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Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: £9.37

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but slightly disappointing soundtrack, 15 April 2009
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Moonraker (Audio CD)
Good soundtrack that evokes the movie; however the tracks are not in the same sequence as in the movie. Also, the total sountrack duration is fairly short (about 30min).

Jabra Bluetooth Headset [Bulk Packaging]
Jabra Bluetooth Headset [Bulk Packaging]

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent execution of a bluetooth headset, 15 April 2009
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
The Jabra BT530 excels on all key aspects of a bluetooth headset; it has a compact and discrete design; it is light and comfortable to wear and offers two wearing options (included): an ear-loop or an ear-cup (my favorite, you could even forget that you are wearing a headset); it renders a good sound quality both ways and performs decently in noisy environments like within a running car (even Windows Mobile voice command works reasonably while driving with the Jabra BT530, although it does not work well outdoor by a windy day); it has a long batery life with a convenient and instant on/off switch (no need to rely on a slow blinking LED or sound when turned on or off) that allows one to have batteries last even longer.
The Jabra BT530 is probably a trend setter for other bluetooth headsets.

JAWBONE 2 Bluetooth Headset BLACK US power-plug-type with adapter
JAWBONE 2 Bluetooth Headset BLACK US power-plug-type with adapter

1.0 out of 5 stars Great sound quality but poor bluetooth compatibility, 9 Mar 2009
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
The Jawbone 2 is an impressive wireless headset with state-of-the-art innovative noise cancellation technology.

However the headset was useless to me because it would systematically cause my WM6.1 smartphone to turn-off its bluetooth communication after the first incoming or outgoing phone calls; meaning that when giving or receiving more than one call while driving, I was left with the only alternative to manually re-activate bluetooth on my phone which is obviously impractical if not dangerous and which I was not prepared to do.

After much time spent trying to resolve the issue with the Jawbone 2 support desk and with the help of specialized forums on the Internet I came to the conclusion that the Jawbone 2 is not compatible with certain WM6.1 bluetooth implementations; in fact I found that many other users of Jawbone 2 apparently experienced the same issue; it is a pity that the developers of the product managed to integrate such advanced sound processing technology in a tiny headset but chose a less compatible bluetooth chipset/stack.

I eventually returned the product and went for the Jabra BT530 which also has a good noise cancellation technology, a long battery autonomy, is small, is compatible with all my phones and is very comfortable to wear.

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