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Cokin H250A ND Grad Kit
Cokin H250A ND Grad Kit
Price: £41.36

5.0 out of 5 stars Filter feeder..., 22 July 2014
Very impressed. Bought these as replacement for some cheaper vinyl ones that at best taught me how to use them but cast purple on most shots. These though for the money are superb, and at a fraction of the price of lee ones i cannot complain. Only issue i have is the carrying boxes which only really carry two at a time easily and are annoying to load back up once you've done. Still full marks for the actual filters.


IVSO Slim Smart Cover Case for LG G Pad 8.3 Tablet with Auto Sleep/Wake Function (Black)
IVSO Slim Smart Cover Case for LG G Pad 8.3 Tablet with Auto Sleep/Wake Function (Black)
Offered by Gambolex
Price: £29.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Very goo., 15 Mar 2014
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Not sure why there are so many poor reviews....by which i mean any. Small form Factor, well built and designed. Thin but strong. Excellent. Really impressed.


LG G Pad 8.3-inch Tablet - Black (Quad Core 1.7GHz Processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB eMMC, WLAN, BT, 2x Camera, Android 4.2.2)
LG G Pad 8.3-inch Tablet - Black (Quad Core 1.7GHz Processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB eMMC, WLAN, BT, 2x Camera, Android 4.2.2)
Price: £169.00

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfectly formed., 2 Mar 2014
Really like this tablet. Did my research coming from a trusty but now somewhat lowly xoom. I wanted: smaller form factor, lighter, faster and much better screen and if possible sd card and connection ops. It came down to this vs the nexus 7. This won based on the sd card slot and bigger screen. What strikes you first is the build quality...slim and light but lovely metal case. Screen is bang on, very clear and bright and super sharp. Its very responsive even though this is the non google edition which means you have LGs version on android. To be fair its not a bad effort, and some of the offerings are fairly useful including multiple tabs which i will use no doubt. Also the 'stock' LG keyboard is the best ive used on any android device. I love the screen size, which is perfect for all activities but means its very portable and compared to my xoom is light as a feather. SD slot read my 64gb sandisk immediately which is encouraging and i have used it with a slimport for hdmi out....seems fine and good output def. The only issue i was concerned about was some comments on battery life, but actully it seems pretty good, although make sure you give it full charge from the start.

One notable fact is that regards the battery it does seem to take a while to charge. Other than that very impressed.


Original Japanese Peacock Hand Warmer Standard Size
Original Japanese Peacock Hand Warmer Standard Size
Offered by Pinetree
Price: £24.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Very clever..., 23 Jan 2014
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Ok so far i've not had the chance to use it in the 'field', however i've tested three times with differing levels of lighter fluid and frankly its really clever. Its easy to light, last for a long time (approx four hours for a quarter of the filling tank provided which is superb for such a small amount of fuel) and easy to use overall.

You need the sleeve as it gets incredibly hot...but as someone else has commented it works best when vertical (burner up) so try your best to keep it so (breast pocket maybe...zip pocket etc) and it will do the job.

I have one tiny criticism which is that my 'lid' is fairly loose so i have to kind of squeeze it out from the sleeve.

Good product.


End of Watch [DVD] [2012]
End of Watch [DVD] [2012]
Dvd ~ Jake Gyllenhaal
Price: £2.99

6 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of celluloid...., 30 Nov 2013
This review is from: End of Watch [DVD] [2012] (DVD)
Was really looking forward to this but seems to be directed towards 15 year old boys. Cannot understand why its getting such rave reviews. So bad that this review is essentially a method of cathartic exorcism...so here goes:

Why so bad?

* Makes no sense on lots of levels. The fight at the start? Like LAPD act like this! The clueless new policewomen? Was she trained on a correspondence course (why would they even let her out?) Wedding scenes - where were the parents..or indeed anybody over 35 years of age (its like an MTV special or something). Pathetic shootout, which was both predictable and to repeat pathetic, so full marks there.
* Hero worship. Police in tough urban environments need little to earn our admiration but apparently (just to make absolutely sure) they had to convince us so the buddy cops had to save kids from a fire and get medals? I'm signing up to uniform dating on the back of this film by the way.
* Buddy film - could work, should work, occasionally funny...but really just didn't believe it and a waste of actually fairly good actors and it ran out steam after about 25 minutes and i didn't care if they 'made it' or not
* Swearing. The street talk and use of the f word is great if you are 12+ but I'm not so it just got boring
* Camera work....pointless use of handheld (by all parties too, even the mean drug cartel idiots are handily doing so!)
* Zero plot. Apparently the director took 6 days writing it and that sounds about right for the end result
* Gun adoration...came across again like it was for and by teenagers.....cor guns....guns are like well cool....look loads of guns.....i'm carrying a gun....thats means I'm like well cool as well.....even my unbelievable girlfriend thinks my guns are cool. Guns....coool!!! Wouldn't have been so bad if it hadn't been one of the main 'props'on which the narrative hung but it did.

This gets 85% on rotten tomatoes by the way. What the hell?

Feel a bit better now.
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ZyXEL NSA310 1 Bay Desktop Network Storage NAS Enclosure
ZyXEL NSA310 1 Bay Desktop Network Storage NAS Enclosure

5.0 out of 5 stars Value NAS, 29 Oct 2013
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I wanted only basic functionality, maybe if you want more options and abilities then check the online manual for its ability to perform certain tasks but so far I have found the following:

Good:
* Easy setup...I felt it was straightforward generally, worked from the start, I did spend a long time working out HOW to use it but it was trial and error....and to reiterate it worked immediately no probs!
* Cheap for its features (£60 for the Zyxel and £54 for a WD Red 1Tb)...really good price for the overall package
* Quiet. Maybe others got dodgy fans but i find it very quiet
* It works! If you want a NAS to be the info centre for your photos (very much in my case) and other media then its superb
* The copy/sync button is a savour....i just moved all my files into one folder on the device very quickly...however read below for the movement of files thereafter

Ok:
* Confusion. For a start its unclear how best to move your mass of 'original' files. I started by moving then in explorer as i didn't want to change my file system and guessed the zyxel would do so. This was going to take more hours than I expect to live (moving large numbers in explorer is zyxel admit a slow process), so is use the copy/sync which cut it down to 2hrs approx (for say 300gb of data..which is not fast still but hey). I then moved batch by batch each file type into the zyxel system using the web browser - this probably took 40mins - but should be worth it as i build up data going forward, but this browser file system is clunky and poor! The issue i have and thus the confusion is that there are three ways of moving data (copy/sync) for mass ports...explorer (fine for day to day use thereafter) and also the ZPilot which is basically a drop icon which auto sorts your files into the NAS (not sure I want to use this somehow). Anyway my point is that the mass move of data is the biggest issue to get over, but once you do it all seems fine. I just wish the reasons or function of each was explained better. Maybe some pointers of how to move mass data blocks would help.
* I am unlikely to use the media hubs for data...its not the best ive seen and most people will have some other way for streaming the data in question...also I found that music and video are very quick to open but photos less so, although i now see that once opened they open more quickly once accessed again a second time so maybe something to do with FTP?

Bad:
* Some functionality needs YOUR time unput. For example to wake-on-lan (remote access of the NAS using a broadband connection) needs some research and ability to possibly change router and ip settings....dont expect it to work out of the box. Again the best advice is to download the manual and read the sections that may apply...to avoid disapoinment.

Overall though very impressed particularly with the price vs functionality debate!


The Last Of Us (PS3)
The Last Of Us (PS3)
Offered by xam80
Price: £21.90

5.0 out of 5 stars Five-the-undead-alive, 16 Aug 2013
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: The Last Of Us (PS3) (Video Game)
Nearly finished this so I thought I'd best review it, just in case the 500 previous 5 stars weren't enough to make you play it! If I could I would award 4.5 but as it's an amazon review I cannot justify only a 4!

I normally start of by listing pros, then cons but in the interests of getting the negative out of the way I will do it the other way round, also many of these are very picky but also there's a few of them!

Criticisms:

* Save system is useless and annoying, unless you get to a designated save point it won't save your progress, I just haven't got it to work. (Any ideas)
* Still not sure it's as good as uncharted II and I think despite its obvious qualities many are reading a bit too much into its 'story'. I thought for example that dishonoured was more original and slightly better for this.
* Bloaters were a bit of a cop out, it really didn't need end of level bosses, but it's something that naughty dog seem to like and very much ties it to the uncharted series, but compared with the stalkers and clickers they added little.
* Too scripted? The story is good and ive no issue with the 'movie' sections where you sit back and watch...they're good. But the amount of doors blocked by one desk or stairwells with filing cabinets halfway down was a bit tedious, you generally always know which direction you need to go, which is fine, but coming from uncharted it seems a bit simple. Why not just make the building you are in one floor lower and remove the need for random office furniture to block your way? Also some objects that clearly want climbing on and which would facilitate you getting the very obvious exit or provide you a shooting/vantage point are not active so if you want to do this section you just have to stick to rules. At other times insignificant objects are the only way to get out of room or corridor and yet they totally blend into the background meaning you spend thirty pointless seconds seeing which dumpster you can get on? The only puzzle which I didn't get was the pallet under the weir...very difficult compared to the other easy ladders bins and broken railings. Its just not as good at uncharted in this department. Ok maybe it's a different sort of game (im pretty sure this wing of ND were not trying a carbon copy of uncharted anyway) so I'll let it off, but don't be expecting tough puzzles cos they aint!
* MAIN CRITICISM....NO CLIMBING AND NO REAL EXPLORING. The 'way' is obvious all the time and I really expected to be able to climb out of danger..out of buildings etc but no so I thought a missed opportunity.

What makes this game:

* Idea - who doesn't want to go on a 'the walking dead' weekend?
* Look - graphics underwhelmed me at first but actually they are understated and beautiful, the light in the summer, the shadows between buildings at dusk, the cities overtaken by nature, the detritus of a lost civilisation...(im going all mushy).....I could go on but let's just say it's good. The main achievement here and not an easy one to attain is the feeling of quiet desolation that runs through it all, it's spooky yet peaceful and makes you feel very strange. A masterpiece of gaming as far as I'm concerned.
* Pace - it's really sedate most of the time and then BANG you're in trouble and all hell is let loose....very well done, although you end up being able to predict it coming. You don't feel like running through the game somehow, which adds to its length I guess, then a couple of minutes later you are running for your life...just to get away for the 3 seconds you need to take a breath, reload and take aim.
* Sound - clickers and music!!!! I spent at least two days annoying my wife with my clicker impression (tragic). Voice acting very good too.
* Enemies - all good minus the bloaters in my eyes, the feeling you get of real fear as you slowly sneak past a flailing clicker is palpable.
* Feeling - you have genuine moments of terror and the numerous set pieces where you are literally fighting for your life are incredible. Specific moments include creeping into an outhouse early on to hide....taking a breath cos I'm safe yeh.....hearing a guttural noise.....turn around slowly to see a clicker trying to feel for me.......superb but there's loads of this and it's a real one off that a game can have you so `alert' (scared) that it's almost a bit weird to be honest. At one point i was rudely interupted by the wife to do a job...i'd been playing a difficult section for an hour and when she saw me she said I looked like i'd been in a fight...1000 yard stare from a ps3 game. A TRIUMPH!
* Systems - weapons are well thought out and you never get to the point of not worrying about ammo so you are constantly changing your method of despatch. In a small melee you might in 30 seconds go from putting an arrow through some/ones/things temple to a shotgun shell through the stomach followed a second later by an axe through the face and then kneeing the final assailant in the back and executing them with a 9mm! Maybe I'm a sicko but the combos are incredible...and totally required as the crafting system especially early on never allows you to have quite enough of everything you would want and you husband ammo and heath packs (or the stuff that makes them) like er...someone living through a zombie infested apocalypse!. A real success for a game to make you manage your kit so well. By the time your bow is maxed out you feel like it's the most important thing you've ever owned. But it takes time because if you spend all your parts developing one weapon its almost nailed on that ammo for that in the next section is either thin on the ground or non-existant. I just levelled each weapon up equally in the hope it would balance out. The best weapons are actually the axe and machete which are devastating and reliable and don't need reloading. I ended up using these more than was maybe normal?
* Story - yeh its good, not the most original but you care for the characters like you did in uncharted, ND seem really really good at this. It's just well done, the characters story and those you cross paths with matter and make it really worth playing. The black guy and his brother halfway through for example....wasn't expecting that!
* Scale - it's massive in general and again with ND you go on full `journey' with the protagonists Joel and Ellie (notice the capital letters). They're not annoying or folksy or overly `american' either so you can't help but `feel' for their losses and requirement for a better future. It also asks questions repeatedly about what humans actually value and joel and ellie have numerous conversations about what they used to worry about and why they did so in their previous life. For the money you pay you cannot argue, its great value, they've really given their all in providing you with an amazing year long journey through a shattered America.

So it's good is the simple answer. It's trying something a bit different, not really a shooter or a platformer or anything else but a sort of hybrid and ND need praising for that alone. As a piece of `media' it's very impressive and another example of a game developer (like the uncharted series or dishonoured) blurring the lines between game and film. It really is an interactive `waking dead' and that in its self is no mean feat! It's got issues like the `on rails' gameplay but you would be pretty harsh to say that is brings the game down or such like. Despite these drawbacks the overall feeling of fear and...what's round the next corner it creates mean it's simply the best I've played in this alone. Roll on `the last of us II' with added climbing and id be a happy gamer!

ACE...PLAY IT!


Snuggle Beds Natalie in Brown Double Bed Frame
Snuggle Beds Natalie in Brown Double Bed Frame

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing price., 12 Aug 2013
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Bought this for a rental property, having seen what i believe to be basically the same bed at 1/3 more at a popular retailer. First things first, its not gonna last a lifetime...but then again the last bed for the same job didn't and was more expensive.

Basics:

* Its lightweight but not weak as such, its well thought out and structurally very sound which is impressive, heavy doesn't necessarily mean strong and i think this a good example of this design ethic.
* It was delivered to me NEXT DAY by mattressman....just amazing, great service!
* It was easy to put together and although the slats are very light they are numerous and bowed so they should spring the mattress naturally, they also stay put which is an important aspect when wanting to keep the whole bed structurally sound. It took me about an hour but I took my time, everything fit perfectly and the fit and components were good quality. I did NOT need any of my own tools, it came with a mini spanner and allen key....both fine.

Overall very impressed, both with the design and thought behind the structure and the price which is just amazing value. I was preparing to be less than impressed but i have bought stuff at triple the price which is nowhere near as good quality. Yeh its basic but also pretty good with it!


Casio Gents Watch G-Shock Radio Gravity Defier GW-3000BD-1AER
Casio Gents Watch G-Shock Radio Gravity Defier GW-3000BD-1AER
Price: £283.21

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 2nd Day of use., 7 Aug 2013
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Excellent watch. What i really like:

* Chunky and weighty. I am replacing a plastic strap g-shock and this feels ten time better
* Radio connection - tried three times to manually setup (although time was already correct roughly out of the box) as i wanted to use this feature of a atomic clock timeset (futuristic?) but would not setup. Left it in my window facing north (towards anthorn) and by morning it had updated. Its bang on time wise...to the second
* Its easier to use than my last one (other comments have said it too complicated and i'm not sure why..seems a lot easier than the digitals). I really wanted the timezones to be easy to set and they are!
* Love the turquoise numbers....classy but kind of cool and better than i expected. I can see it being worn for all occasions, which adds to its value for money.

Only issue is that the bracelet is massive, ive not got what you would call willowy wrists but i needed two links taken out by a jeweller! So if you do have forearms like popeye you'll be fine!

Very impressed so far!

Edit after two weeks use. Time is spot on...to the second. I have (geekily) checked with the speaking clock at anthorn and its dead on! Great then, although if you've got OCD maybe give it a miss?


JBL Charge Bluetooth Wireless Speaker - Blue
JBL Charge Bluetooth Wireless Speaker - Blue
Price: £111.09

5.0 out of 5 stars Boom-bang-a-bang, 7 Aug 2013
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Very impressed with this BT Speaker. Used it lots over the last month, it very portable (comes with nice carry case), easy to use and good sound..including bass and volume. The bass is not going to floor you or reverb through the room like a bigger bose etc, but its more than adequate and for its size is simply incredible.

Pros:

* Tiny (beer can size)
* Good sound quality / volume is more than enough, ive only really had it half way, anymore and i think people would complain, no distortion, clean and warm in the midtones!
* Bass is adequate, plenty good enough for me, but be aware its a tiny speaker so you are sort of cheating already given its output
* Easy connection to any device
* Very portable (and comes with lovely zip-up carry case)
* Lasts for ages, ive charged it once and used approx eight nights of music...not sure of the total hours but its like it never gives up! Not tried using it to charge other stuff but its a good feature also.

Cons: Non yet!!!


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