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NETGEAR R8000-100UKS R8000 Nighthawk X6 - AC3200 Tri-Band WiFi Wireless Quad Stream Gigabit Cable Router, 1.0 GHz Dual Core, Dynamic QoS, Twin USB 3.0 and 2.0 and Beamforming+, IPv6 Support
NETGEAR R8000-100UKS R8000 Nighthawk X6 - AC3200 Tri-Band WiFi Wireless Quad Stream Gigabit Cable Router, 1.0 GHz Dual Core, Dynamic QoS, Twin USB 3.0 and 2.0 and Beamforming+, IPv6 Support
Price: £229.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Clears up many internet problems leaving your hair shiny soft, 29 Mar. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This router has solved all the problems I have had with my BT Infinity internet. Wifi range wasn't great, only one gigabit port, and the random dropping of connections, mostly early evening. It was so darn frustraiting. Obviously, BT was unable to resolve my conection problems (actual conversiation from the call centre staff as I 'again' went through all their fault resolution checklist: "Can you take your HH3 to a friend or family member to try out there?" ). They would only sell me a HH4 or 5 (can't recall) at full price when again I renewed my Infinity 2 package. Instead I bought the (newer and supposedly better) HH3 Type B and the white Openreach modem off that well known auction site for £15. Also to note, the white modem is no longer a Echolife HG612, but a larger in size ECI FOCuS VDSL FTTC Fibre Modem (Rev.B).

Then the R8000 came along.

Let's face it, the Nighthawk X6 sounds and looks like a cross between a stealth bomber and a horseshoe crab. It supposedly packs more advance technology than the Gillette Fusion Dyson rollerball and has not one, or three, but six ariels. (Six!) They supposedly give the "Ultimate +" wifi range as well. Yeah, awesome. But what does it all mean?

Luckily all this technology is capable of sorting itself out without a degree in brain surgery. Using the newer white BT modem, IO spent a fruitless a couple of hours of MAN faffing, trying to get it all connected, and then I ruefully resorted to read the installation instructions and was online in about 20 minutes. The NETGEAR genie takes care of most of the setup (and then quietly monitors everything in the background). You can see at a glance what connections you have and modilfy / rename them for ease of use.

It's been over a week now and not one dropped connection or reboot necessary. Internet speeds are still the same (around 60MB/sec downloads), but the wifi connections are much stronger and reach down the bottom of the garden without resorting to a 56k crawl. I've got the R8000 flat on a tall drawed unit in the hall, though you can mount in on the wall. One nice thing, the top of the unit is a mesh, so all heat get dissipated (not that it gets more than warm). The LED lights aren't that bright, but there's a helpful switch on the back to switch them off if you want. Finally, all four ports out are gigabit and there's USB 2.0 & 3.0 sockets on the back for connection to backup device of media drive.

In the words of the not scottish burger clown, "I'm Lovin' It"


Lexar 128GB S55 JumpDrive USB 3.0 Memory Stick - White
Lexar 128GB S55 JumpDrive USB 3.0 Memory Stick - White
Price: £69.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Super speedy!, 28 Mar. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I have an older 64GB Lexar USB 2.0 Jump Drive that has the same casing as this 128GB S55 USB 3.0 model, the difference is the USB 2.0 has a removable cap, while this has an integral sliding cap to cover the USB plug when not in use. The 64GB stick has been all over the place, shoved in bags and pockets and plugged in many PCs and Macs without any sign of breaking or damage to the plug. I expect no less of this one.

In operation, the USB 2.0 stick would max out data transfer at around 6MB/second on USB2 socket and a little more on a USB 3.0 socket. The 128GB S55 was hitting around 60MB/second which is pretty amazing (note: this is on a USB 3.0 8-Port Hub plugged into a USB 3.0 socket on the motherboard). Even with the S55 stick plugged into a USB 2.0 socket on the computer I was still getting 22MB/sec transfer speed, so it's still faster than a USB 2.0 memory stick.

I think it is a worthwhile upgrade.


Sure LED GU10 PAR16 5W Replacement for 50 Watt, 380 lumen, non-dimmable bulb, 2700k warm light
Sure LED GU10 PAR16 5W Replacement for 50 Watt, 380 lumen, non-dimmable bulb, 2700k warm light
Price: £5.99

5.0 out of 5 stars LED Lighting technology at an affordable price., 28 Mar. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is my first LED bulb, despite having ceiling lamps that take 50 Watt halogen light bulbs in nearly every room in the house now. I put this one in a two bulb FUGA (from that well known nordic furniture shop) and when I switched on the light, I found it difficult to tell which was which. This bulb is listed as 2700k(elvin), as a warm light and light "colour" was as good as identical to the halogen bulb, however there was less dispersion with the LED than with the halogen. You can actually buy LED bulbs with a wider beam angle to match that of the halogen bulbs (36-40 degrees), I didn't actually mind the slight difference. Bulb construction was fine, it didn't feel fragile or flimsy. You're not going to be swapping them out regularly, so I don't think they will damage easily. There is also a three year guarantee with the bulbs.

Of course the biggest plus with these LED lights is the amount of energy they *don't* use compared to halogen lamps. According to the manufacturer's blurb, these LED GU10 use a tenth of the power of their halogen counterparts. They also don't run as hot as a halogen.

I am going to buy more of these and look to replace all the halogen bulbs in the house. It makes sense.


AmiGami Tropical Bird & Beach House
AmiGami Tropical Bird & Beach House
Price: £12.50

5.0 out of 5 stars Educational and entertainment, 23 Mar. 2015
= Durability:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:4.0 out of 5 stars 
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
With a six year old niece who loves drawing and colouring, I though this would be something she would enjoy. Well, she loved it.

Under watchful observation by her Mum, who was there for paper curling and style advice, a good two hours was spent on many different combinations of stars and "feathers".

The addition of a "Beach House" makes this even more good value as the toucan now haad a story about how he found his house and decorated it (there was a lot of detail in this story from my niece).

All in, great fun, learnt new paper skills and colour coordination.


Canon PG550/CL551XL High Capacity Cartridge - Multicolour
Canon PG550/CL551XL High Capacity Cartridge - Multicolour
Price: £52.05

4.0 out of 5 stars Good price, but set does NOT include GREY cartridge for Pixma MG 7150, 20 Mar. 2015
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Bought this set for a Canon Pixma MG7150 and these looked the best value for price against ink cartridge size. Yes, there are companies selling compatable cartridges, I have saved much money in the past, but for this printer I want to keep with Canon own branded inks.

Only thing to note, the MG 7150 also has a grey cartridge as well, something this set does not include. You will have to buy this: Canon Cli-551xl High Capacity Ink Cartridge - Grey for a full set.

I'm assuming there are more lower range Canon MG printers that only have five cartridges, so it doesn't make financial sense for Canon to sell a set of inks with a cartridge that some people won't use. Still annoying though.


Crucial CT250BX100SSD1 BX100 250 GB SATA 2.5-Inch Internal Solid State Drive with Adapter
Crucial CT250BX100SSD1 BX100 250 GB SATA 2.5-Inch Internal Solid State Drive with Adapter
Price: £72.98

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5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone should have a SSD for a boot drive in their computers now., 11 Mar. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
The BX100 is now Crucial's entry-level drive (the B = budget) and a sort of replacement for the BX100, but is both cheaper and faster. People looking for better performance are to be pointed towards the new BX200 line.

My other half has a basic computer for nothing much more than surfing the web and word processing, so while an Intel i3 system was cheap and quiet, it's not the most speedy of PCs, even Word took time to open. Her boot drive (a standard 3.5 hard disk) was only just over 100GB in size, so a 250GB/256GB SSD is the ideal size for replacement. I used a USB3 external drive case (this one: Inateck 2.5 Inch USB 3.0 HDD External Enclosure so I could also use it with my Mac Pro), cloned the drive, changed the bios and, that was basically it. The old drive was repurposed for daily backups so all data is saved if a restore is required.

It's now like a new, faster PC. Everything's faster and my other half is very happy.


Crossy Road
Crossy Road
Price: £0.00

3.0 out of 5 stars Got five minutes to kill and don't want to read? This'll do., 11 Mar. 2015
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This review is from: Crossy Road (App)
Entertaining enough game that could be an update of the old game of Frogger (ask your Dad), not that I have managed to break over 100 points much.

Have also resisted being forced into buying new characters.


Worms 3
Worms 3
Price: £2.99

1.0 out of 5 stars Tried it and deleted it., 11 Mar. 2015
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This review is from: Worms 3 (App)
Not my kind of game.


Philips HP3621 200w InfraCare Lamp
Philips HP3621 200w InfraCare Lamp
Price: £35.00

3.0 out of 5 stars Good for some muscle ailments, not all., 28 Feb. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is a freestanding heat lamp using a 200w infrared halogen bulb behind a high temperature plastic filter. The filter takes out all but the red end of the spectrum, but the instructions say not to stare at the bulb. The idea being you'd position the lamp towards the affected area, it swivels up & down on the stand and the heat generated has a beneficial effect on the affected part.

In reality it is more like you set the lamp up on a (low) table or chair and position yourself so that the affected area is no closer than one foot from the lamp. There is a reasonable length power cable, but I found I had to use an extension cable to position the InfraCare lamp in a safe area. A two year guarantee is included with the lamp, though I'm not sure if that includes replacement bulbs.

In use, it did help greatly with a long recurring lower back twinge that catches me unawares every couple of years, but for a possible pulled muscle in my shoulder, it didn't help at all. I was aware to keep the lamp switched on for no more than 15 minutes as per the instructions (please note, the filter gets VERY hot very quickly), but I wonder if it would help if the unit had a built in timer? Not necessary to switch power off after the allotted time, but just as a reminder.


Ear Force XO Seven Pro Headset (Xbox One)
Ear Force XO Seven Pro Headset (Xbox One)
Price: £99.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for games, but not so just for music., 24 Feb. 2015
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An improvement over the previous model, I'd popped over to a friend's house who owned an Xbox One and the original Turtle Beach XO7 Headset. There's a lot included in the box: two braded cables (that attach by what looks like a S-VHS connector about six inches from the headphone) one for mobie phone (or mobile gaming) with mic included, plug-in stick mic, the Ear Force Audio Controller Plus plug in for your Xbox One, er controller and a micro-usb cable (for updating your controller's firmware). Even the box layout is pretty stylish, you are getting a lot for your money.

The construction is a lot of plastic, but there's not much creaking and it does look like it is made to last a long time. The padded headband and ear cups also ensure comfort (though you might end up with sweaty ears after a while). You can even replace the outside of the drivers (or "speaker plates" as Microsoft call them) with different designs, but they're an extra expense. The supplied cable(s) are long enough to allow comfortable handling of the Xbox One Controller.

Additions to this newer model include Superhuman Hearing Mode (to pinpoint quiet audio like enemy footsteps and weapon reloading) and Game & Mic Presets, so you can tailor the sound you prefer. It's also switchable and being on the controller means the headphones are lighter. Mic monitoring means you can hear yourself when you speak and not deafen those around you as some n00b fr4gs you.

In fact the only time I felt these headphones felt lacking is when playing back music. I listen to a lot of music on my travels and my go-to headphones are the Sennheiser Momentum. In comparison to the Momentum, the X07 Pro sounded boxy, closed in and lifeless. I'm one of these people that believe headphones need 'burning in' over many hours to get the best from them, but the X07 Pro just don't seem to be at the same level as gaming headphones to pure audio. If you play a lot of Xbox One games, then these will do you proud.


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