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Mr. J. Dyer "John Dyer" (Lee-on-the-Solent, UK)

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Withings Smart Body Analyzer - Black
Withings Smart Body Analyzer - Black
Price: £99.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Nice Piece of Kit!, 12 Jan. 2016
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A very sophisticated piece of kit at a very reasonable price. Measuring weight, BMI, body fat, heart rate and atmospheric CO2 as well as giving you the weather forecast for the day. Results are uploaded onto the partner iOS or Android app as well as your own personal dashboard on the Withings website.
The thing I like most is the fact you can add other family members and the scales automatically know who's stepping on! They have their own account which they can share with others.....or not!
Materials are very high quality, giving it that sophisticated look that will grace most bedrooms or bathrooms.

TP-LINK TL-WA7510N 5 GHz 150Mbps Outdoor Wireless Access Point
TP-LINK TL-WA7510N 5 GHz 150Mbps Outdoor Wireless Access Point
Offered by io-Computerdienst Germany
Price: £47.15

5.0 out of 5 stars Now have wall to wall wifi!, 10 April 2014
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Wifi at the bottom of the garden has always been a bit unreliable - with the main router being at the front of the house.

I bought this access point (AP) mainly to be able to stream HD content via iPlayer and Netflix or to listen to Spotify while cooking on the BBQ!

The unit itself looks sturdy enough and installation was literally plug and play.

I installed the unit on a fence post and ran some outdoor grade Ethernet cable from the unit to the near-by garden shed. Using the shed's power sockets I used one socket with a powerline adapter to connect to the main router and the other to connect the access point's power injector. (The access point supports power-over-Ethernet (POE)).

Once connected to the router, you configure the AP via a PC on the same network. I used it in AP mode, but you can use it in various other modes such as a bridge or as a router in its own right.

It was as simple as that. By using the same SSID and password as the home network your devices will seamlessly connect to whatever is providing the stronger signal. Even when moving from the house to the garden there is no break in the streaming. The AP is also providing identical speeds as the main router's wifi - 40Mbps.

Looking at the technical spec I was worried it would be very directional. The manual suggests the signal is a 60 degree arc horizontally and just a 20 degree arc vertically. In practice it seems to be omnidirectional. I get a full signal wherever in the garden, even when I'm to the side of it at 90 degrees.

Just one thing to be careful of. I bought the 5GHz version as this wifi band is less congested and supports faster speeds. Some older devices such as my partner's Samsung Ace and the Nintendo wii in the adjacent garage only see 2.4GHz wifi. But TP-link do a 2.4GHz version, also available on Amazon:

MediaDevil Apple iPhone SE/5S/5 Leather Case (Cognac with Brown stitching) - Artisanpouch Genuine European Leather Pouch Case with Pull-Tab
MediaDevil Apple iPhone SE/5S/5 Leather Case (Cognac with Brown stitching) - Artisanpouch Genuine European Leather Pouch Case with Pull-Tab
Offered by MediaDevil

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oozes quality from every stitch!, 10 April 2014
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Not wanting to encase my iPhone 5 in a huge plastic/silicone case I bought a leather sleeve to offer some protection while still looking good.

I ordered this sleeve at gone 4pm one afternoon and it arrived the next morning. As well as the standard email from Amazon, mediadevil also emailed me to say it had been dispatched - nice touch.

I won't spoil the surprise for future customers - but when you open the Jiffy Bag you'll raise an eyebrow and smile broadly!

As for the sleeve itself, you won't be disappointed. There was a warning note to say the initial fit might be tight, but my sleeve hugged the iPhone just nicely. And the quality is superb. The leather is soft and the stitching immaculate. The pull-up strap is of high quality with the leather tab kept in place by a hidden magnet.

Nice one mediadevil - I'll certainly be looking at your site again!

Cresta DTX350 Weather Station Wireless Digital
Cresta DTX350 Weather Station Wireless Digital

5.0 out of 5 stars Does what it says on the tin!, 13 July 2013
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So here's the deal. £30 (the price I paid - although I see it varies) won't get you a unit made to the same standard as an Oregon Scientific or Davis Instruments weather station. The plastic is that hard, brittle stuff loved by Chinese manufacturers but that's the extent of any criticism.

The unit was easy to set up and the main unit quickly saw the remote temperature sensor. Setting the barometer to show sea level pressure was easy as was setting the time zone.

So, I've been using the station for a few weeks and here's what I've found:
- The unit easily picks up the radio controlled time signal.
- The display is clear with no "ghosting" that some cheaper displays suffer from and shows everything you'll need to see.
- The unit and external sensor are well calibrated. If you put the sensor next to the main unit for the while then both the internal and external temp and humidity match exactly!

So, would I recommend this weather station to anyone else - most definitely.
So I've had the unit for a few months and some of the digits on the external sensor have stopped working and the external humidity sticks at between 20% and 30% - even when it's pouring down with rain!

I contacted the seller and they very quickly sent out a parcel label for me to return the sensor. A few weeks later it was returned, apparently repaired. The digits now work, but the humidity still sticks between 20% and 30%. So, 10 out of 10 for customer service but only 3 / 10 for quality of the product. However, at £30 you can't expect too much.

Samsung HT-E6500 Home Audio System
Samsung HT-E6500 Home Audio System

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent sound - could do better with network features., 19 Oct. 2012
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This is a review of 2 halves which goes someway to explain the 4 / 5 stars.

Sound Performance and Connectivity.
What can I say? The use of vacuum tubes in the pre-amp makes for a rich, warm sound. Digital inputs can be a bit harsh with the amplifier translating this into shallow, tinny highs and booming lows, but the HT-E6500 produces a smooth sound which effortlessly fills the room.
Setup was easy with the E6500 connecting with the broadband router straight away and the speakers are calibrated with a microphone placed where you'd normally sit. There are lots of opportunities to adjust settings to your own personal tastes - but I found letting the unit set itself up gave better results! (Probably says more about me that it does the E6500!)
The rear panel has the usual array of phonos, optical and HDMI connectors as well as a connector for the supplied iPod dock. The front of the E6500 also has an extra USB connector for an external USB drive or even to connect a wireless keyboard.

User / Network Interface.
This is where the E6500 lets itself down. I have a 6Mbs broadband connection which I can easily stream HD content via BBC iPlayer on my PC. The E6500 gives the impression I have a dial-up connection! OK, I exaggerate. But you certainly find yourself twiddling your thumbs while some of the features load. Navigating the menus with just the remote is painful too. Entering usernames and passwords for facebook, LOVEFiLM and Netflix for example makes you give up the will to live! (You can connect a wireles PC keyboard which helps - but it doesn't work on all the menus.)
There is a built in web browser which is pretty much useless as it's painfully slow and doesn't render web pages very well. After a bit of use I get the impression the problem is more to do with the Java OS, rather than the network connection. It's a shame really as the E6500 has a lot of potential to be an entertainment hub - but the clunkyness and slowness of its interface lets it down.
I have to say though, iPlayer, LOVEFiLM and Netflix produce very good results once they start streaming - it just takes a little while to get going sometimes!!

So, would I recommend the E6500 to a friend?.........Most definitely.

BlackBerry Charging Pod for Bold 9900 - Black
BlackBerry Charging Pod for Bold 9900 - Black
Price: £15.99

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent product - Good looking and works really well., 8 Jun. 2012
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I was worried about ordering this charging pod as quite a few reviewers said the Bold's charging studs didn't quite line up or the handset kept falling out of the pod.

I've had no problems with the pod whatsoever. It's a good looking gadget with a very small footprint. It's weighty and holds the Bold securely. (There's a clever little tab that stops the Bold from falling over.) And each pod (I bought 4!) comes with its own BlackBerry charger fitted with a micro USB lead and plug. Excellent value for money.
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Bresser Temeotrend Cd Full Function Weather Station with Trend Function (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Bresser Temeotrend Cd Full Function Weather Station with Trend Function (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor quality., 7 April 2012
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I suppose it's true what they say - "You only get what you pay for". At £22 this was never going to be a high quality instrument!

But £22 is a lot to pay for a piece of rubbish! I'll keep it brief:
- The main issue is the screen. It is very faint - to the point it's unreadable! If you look at it in one very precise position you'll see the digits. Otherwise, you'll not see anything!
- The case is made of very cheap looking plastic.
- There is something rattling around inside the case. It might be something as minor as an assembly worker's screwdriver or as major as the main circuit board!! The case is clipped together so there are no screws to undo to investigate.
- The clock is radio controlled. But even with the correct city selected it's showing the time as BST +1 hour!
- Some of the digit segments on the barometer section are not working so the pressure is currently showing as 100d instead of 1008.

This has come direct from Amazon, which is surprising. A lot of the other reviews cite similar issues (why didn't I read them first?!!) and so I'm surprised Amazon are still selling this poor quality item.

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