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Verbatim 52612 LED Classic A B22 9 Watt Light Bulb
Verbatim 52612 LED Classic A B22 9 Watt Light Bulb
Price: £9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Quality bulb is a good investment., 26 Nov 2014
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Here's a trusted brand, Verbatim, being used on a light bulb and this certainly looks and feels like a quality product. This bulb is just about the same size as the 60W it is meant to replace, but much heavier. I popped it into a ceiling lamp, and got a very similar colour of light to the old incandescent, with instant start-up to full brightness. It actually appeared a little brighter than the old bulb.

It works perfectly. But is it worth spending 999p on? Here's my calculation:
The bulb saves 51Wh per hr, so if it is on for 3hr per day, it saves 0.153KWh each day.
At 14p per KWhr, that's 2.142p saved per day. So the pay-back time is 466 days, after which you will be saving £7.81 per year.
With a claimed lifetime of 20 years for the bulb, and a likelihood of costlier electricity in future, that seems like an easy decision.


Logitech M175 Wireless Mouse
Logitech M175 Wireless Mouse
Price: £9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly simple wireless mouse, 18 Nov 2014
This is the ideal portable mouse. You can leave the tiny receiver plugged into your laptop, and the mouse itself is light -- less than half the weight of my Logitech desktop mouse. It is smaller than many mice, but if you are holding it in your fingers, and not in the palm of your hand, that does not matter, even if your hands are large. The button areas and scroll wheel are full-size. I find it ideal for controlling Powerpoint presentations from a metre or so away.

It could not be simpler to use. Just plug the receiver into your computer, switch on the mouse, and it works. The receiver can be stored inside the mouse so you won't easily lose it when you shift from one computer to another.


TUFFskinz Premium Quality Screen Protectors for Moto G (2014 2nd edition) (Crystal Clear (Invisible) edition)
TUFFskinz Premium Quality Screen Protectors for Moto G (2014 2nd edition) (Crystal Clear (Invisible) edition)
Offered by TUFFskinz
Price: £9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Great Protector for phone screen, 6 Nov 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
I've tried a few of these, and this make is way the best. The protector is not too floppy, and sticks hard to the phone screen. The fitting method, using sticky tabs to align the protector properly, worked very well, and the dimensions fitted my Moto G perfectly. There is no interference with touch function or the sharp appearance of the screen (this is with the glossy protector). The protector is thick enough to guard against most small scratches and scuffs.

Advice: Watch the Tuffskins video, read the instructions carefully and follow them slavishly, Take it slowly, and do everything in the cleanest environment you can manage. Absolutely clean screen, hands, and surroundings. The tiniest hair or grain of dust under the protector will show up!


Leitz WOW 1005 180 Degree A4 80mm Lever Arch File - Metallic Blue
Leitz WOW 1005 180 Degree A4 80mm Lever Arch File - Metallic Blue
Price: £6.49

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very decent lever file, 6 Nov 2014
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This is a well-made lever arch file for two-hole punched papers. The lever mechanism is substantial, and the lever lifts far enough that you can file papers on both sides. Most binders you buy can't do this. Prongs line up perfectly.

The covers are brightly coloured, made of slightly thicker cardboard than some cheaper binders, but have no reinforcing metal strips at the corners or edges. Two metal-edged slots let the prongs snap in when you close the binder, and keep it closed.


Kingston Technology Micro SDHC 16GB Memory Card - Frustration Free Packaging
Kingston Technology Micro SDHC 16GB Memory Card - Frustration Free Packaging
Price: £6.16

5.0 out of 5 stars Very nice memory card for your phone and more, 21 Oct 2014
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This little card comes in a strong case with an adapter so you can use it in a camera or elsewhere that takes a full-size SD card. I needed it for my phone, so opened the mobile, slipped in the Kingston card, and my phone (Android) at once asked if I wanted to load pictures and music to the card. I said yes, and that was it. Great value, no fuss.


QuickBooks Pro 2015 Plus Payroll - 1 Year Subscription (PC)
QuickBooks Pro 2015 Plus Payroll - 1 Year Subscription (PC)
Price: £165.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Heavy-duty accounting and payroll for small businesses., 21 Oct 2014
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QuickBooks is sold as a complete solution to the bookkeeping and accounting needs of small businesses and single traders, so don't be too shocked when you start it up and are faced with what looks like -- and is -- a range of hundreds of functions, multiple windows, and a good deal of terminology that you might not know. You will soon find that the functions you do not need for your business can be hidden, and things get simpler. Nevertheless, this is certainly not a walk-up-and-have-a-go program. You are going to be spending many hours setting up your company file, arranging all the accounts you are going to use, designing invoices and receipts, learning how to enter transactions efficiently, and getting everything to balance. The best time for this is probably the beginning of your business year.

As well as recording every business transaction, from initial estimate (if you do those) through to paying your bills and banking the payments you receive, you can do some stock control, get detailed VAT recording and reporting, and up to date and thorough payroll, recognised by HMRC for online reporting. There are many ways to get reports that will help you see how your business is doing. Although there is a lot of on-line help from Intuit, the publishers, I found that a reference book (Dummies or similar) was essential. This is a big program that does a vital job for your business, and there is a lot to learn. You are also going to need to set up rock-solid file backup, and run it at least every time you exit the program. You'll also need to keep an off-site backup, in case of fire or flood.

I wanted to use some company files and accounts from Intuit's good old Quicken program, rather than start from absolute scratch, and was soon stymied. Intuit's various programs over the years have used many different file formats, and although the files seem to have much the same contents, they are often incompatible. I phoned the Intuit technical help desk, and got superb help. The guy I spoke to understood at once what I needed to do, took remote control of my PC, and ground his way through numerous obstacles until the job was done -- about 2 hours, with never a complaint.

A couple of criticisms. The screen layout often seems to get in a mess, with multiple windows open at once, and I keep having to minimise and maximise them as I work. In some windows, the font size is too large, and items go out of sight. I have not yet found out how (if) I can adjust this.

More seriously, QuickBooks cannot cope with investment accounts, for example holdings of shares or commodities whose value changes. Quicken was doing this well over fifteen years ago, but it seems that Quickbooks users will either have to get an old version of Quicken, or resort to a DIY spreadsheet.


New Motorola Moto G 2014 (2nd Generation) XT1068 SMOKEY BLACK Gel / Silicone / Hybrid Case Cover Skin With BONUS Motorola Moto G Moto G2 (2nd Gen) Screen Protector - Accessories Accessory By InventCase®
New Motorola Moto G 2014 (2nd Generation) XT1068 SMOKEY BLACK Gel / Silicone / Hybrid Case Cover Skin With BONUS Motorola Moto G Moto G2 (2nd Gen) Screen Protector - Accessories Accessory By InventCase®
Offered by Sunny Savers Ltd
Price: £3.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Nice case, good value, 16 Oct 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This soft gel case is an excellent fit on my big, new Moto G, and is going to stay on all the time. It wraps around just enough to protect all the edges, and also the screen if you lay the phone face down. Apertures and switch covers are just right. The colour is very dark brown

The screen protector that came with the case was not so good. It was very slightly too large, so even the tiniest misalignment mean it overlapped the edge, so did not stick well. The cutouts for the twin speakers were a bit too far apart.


Philips B22 6 Watt LED 40W WW 230V A60 FR ND/4, Warm White
Philips B22 6 Watt LED 40W WW 230V A60 FR ND/4, Warm White
Price: £5.99

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great replacement lamp, 16 Oct 2014
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This is a straight replacement for a 40-watt bayonet fitting lightbulb. In fact, I thought it was bright enough to replace a 60w.

The best feature of this LED lamp is that is the same size as a tungsten filament bulb, so will fit. (I have tried other LED lamps which were too large to go into the light fitting.) The colour looks the same as the old bulb, and the electricity saving is claimed to be 84%, so it is very worthwhile for a light that is going to be on for long periods each day. If it lasts as long as claimed -- 15,000 hours -- you won't be changing it for years.

It used to be an old joke that stingy people moving home even took the light bulbs away with them. By the time you have laid out to replace all your bulbs with LEDs, you might feel like doing that, too.


Philips LED Spotlight Light Bulb - Dimmable (GU10 4W) - Warm White
Philips LED Spotlight Light Bulb - Dimmable (GU10 4W) - Warm White
Offered by DDL-Direct UK
Price: £14.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top quality lamp, 12 Oct 2014
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This is a perfect replacement for a Gu10 halogen bulb, and offers a huge energy saving percentage. One bulb doesn't add up to much saving -- a few pounds per year -- but I have 12 GU10s in my kitchen. I experimentally replaced three with cheapo LEDs, and two of them have failed in under a year. You do need to buy a good brand. This one is my fourth Philips, and all are going strong. Sure, they cost more, but we are looking for many years of life.

The output seems much the same as a 50w halogen, although only 35w equivalent is claimed. At 100%, the colour is genuinely warm white, but as with all dimmable LEDs, the dimmed light does not go warmer, so you won't get a romantic low light, just less light. Now there's a technical challenge for you, Philips.

Construction looks rock solid, and fit in the socket was perfect. I mean to buy more of these. By the time I have replaced all the lamps, the total wattage will end up below the minimum for my dimmer switch, so I will have to replace that.


Rapesco Stapler - Full Strip, Power-assisted X5-50f
Rapesco Stapler - Full Strip, Power-assisted X5-50f
Price: £16.35

5.0 out of 5 stars Stapler on steroids, 12 Oct 2014
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This is one big stapler, and it staples like a shark bite. To load, you push the button at the rear, and the staple magazine pops out forwards -- you do not have to prise open the stapler. Push it back, and then for goodness sake keep your fingers out of the firing zone.

When you press down, there is a bang, and a staple shoots through the papers much harder than you would expect for the moderate push you need to apply. It claims to do 20 sheets, and it just about does, although the staple is not fully closed. 10 or 12 sheets are easily and fully stapled.

The whole thing seems well constructed, and it does not skid about on the desk top. If you are in a shared office, write your name on it, or it will go walkies.


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