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MediaDevil Magicscreen Screen Protector: Matte Clear (Anti-Glare) - Apple iPad Air (2 x Screen Protectors)
MediaDevil Magicscreen Screen Protector: Matte Clear (Anti-Glare) - Apple iPad Air (2 x Screen Protectors)
Offered by MediaDevil
Price: 24.97

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good protector, but be aware that its not very anti-reflective, 17 Jan 2014
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As other reviewers noted, its a quite good screen protector.

But one thing to consider - when buying a matte screen protector to reduce reflections/glare there is always will be a tradeoff between anti-reflective properties and affecting the image.
More coarse grained screen protectors reduce reflections better, but introduce more of "pixelization" or "sparkle"/"crystal" effect to the screen.

This screen protector is very fine matte. It does not introduce much of sparkle, but on the downside it also does not reduce reflections that much - you still see your face in the black areas of the screen (albeit more "fuzzy", like in bit of misted mirror). There is one of youtube videos on mediadevil website - you can see how it looks and think if its a detriment to you or not.

It does not make this protector "bad", but it will depend on your personal preference on what you actually expect it to do.


Homescapes 200 Thread Count Ultrasoft - Plain Black Fitted Sheet - Double - 100% Egyptian Cotton Percale, Anti Dust Mite
Homescapes 200 Thread Count Ultrasoft - Plain Black Fitted Sheet - Double - 100% Egyptian Cotton Percale, Anti Dust Mite
Offered by HOMESCAPES
Price: 22.99

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not that great, 3 May 2013
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I've purchased both the duvet cover, pillowcases and the fitted sheet for the double bed. I am not particularly impressed, especially in comparison with usual "run of the mill" Sainsburys polycotton linen.
This linen may be 100% 200TC cotton and all, but its pretty stiff, almost like sandpaper in feel. I guess 200 thread count is not a lie, but all I can see it achieves is making the linen thinner an more flimsy-feeling.
Also the fitted sheet feels a bit too big of a size and floppy on my matress (and again, Sainsburys one was a perfect fit, so I don't think my matress is wrongly sized).
How black colour is durable remains to seen, but due to sandpaper-y properties you will see the white spots where it did rub against your body after just two night sleeps.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not that great, 3 May 2013
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I've purchased both the duvet cover, pillowcases and the fitted sheet for the double bed. I am not particularly impressed, especially in comparison with usual "run of the mill" Sainsburys polycotton linen.
This linen may be 100% 200TC cotton and all, but its pretty stiff, almost like sandpaper in feel. I guess 200 thread count is not a lie, but all I can see it achieves is making the linen thinner an more flimsy-feeling.
Also the fitted sheet feels a bit too big of a size and floppy on my matress (and again, Sainsburys one was a perfect fit, so I don't think my matress is wrongly sized).
How black colour is durable remains to seen, but due to sandpaper-y properties you will see the white spots where it did rub against your body after just two night sleeps.


Monoprice 6ft Ultra Slim Series High Performance HDMI Cable w/RedMere Technology
Monoprice 6ft Ultra Slim Series High Performance HDMI Cable w/RedMere Technology
Offered by Monoprice UK
Price: 10.24

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ultra-thin, flexible & lightweight HDMI cable with high speed, works with DVI too!, 20 April 2013
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I use HDMI cable to connect monitor to my laptop. Previously I've used DVI, but switched to HDMI, because more laptops support HDMI sockets, and also you still can use DVI<=>HDMI passive adaptor to connect to DVI input on the monitor, or just use HDMI for TV.

However, issue with usual "just a bundle of wires" HDMI cables, is that they still quite thick, about same as single-link DVI. This places quite a strain on my laptop HDMI socket, and also not convenient to route around the desk, since cable is quite stiff&heavy. There were some thinner cables available before, but it came in expense of shielding & signal quality - since they reduced wire gauge below recommended minimums.

But no more - this Monoprice cable is an "active" cable. It has a special Redmere chip inside, that tuned specifically for given cable, and boosts the signal, allowing _reliable_ use of much thinner wires.
As a result, cable is _amazingly_ thin - its actually thinner than USB 2.0! But due to signal processing chip, it causes no harm, cable works rock solid, and still supports HDMI 1.4 with high speed.
Connectors are also very compact, smaller than standard USB - this makes it handy for connecting to mobile devices like smartphones via MHL adaptor. However, I would prefer them to be bit bigger actually - they are almost too small for comfortable plug/unplug.
Note that due to cable being active, its not symmetrical - it has distinct "source" and "receiver" sides, and you have to plug them correctly, since receiver chip must be placed on receiving side (monitor or TV). They are clearly marked as "source"(shorter plug) and "TV"(longer plug). Some people who experienced problems, didn't plug to correct sides.

Note that cable is also fully compatible with DVI (for example, via passive DVI<=>HDMI plug adaptor). I was worried a bit that booster chip won't support such mode, but it worked without a hitch. I am currently using this cable with Dell U2412M monitor, connected via HDMI<=>DVI adaptor to the cable, and plugged in my laptop HDMI socket - and it works excellently with full 1920x1200 60Hz resolution (note that this is an actual DVI connection, since its bigger than standard HDMI 1080p). The only usual pitfall that DVI connection won't transmit audio output.

This cable is also very convenient to take on trips or presentation, since its so slim and easy to roll into small bundle.

Note that some cables from other vendors also use same Redmere booster chip (which I reckon is the best chip for active HDMI cabling at the moment). But this is only cable I know of that uses this chip with 100% certainty. I suspect that Apple HDMI cable also uses similar tech, but its more expensive, and I can't be sure that DVI also will be supported.


100% Pure Silk Filled Eye Mask / Sleeping Mask Sleep Mask- IVORY
100% Pure Silk Filled Eye Mask / Sleeping Mask Sleep Mask- IVORY
Offered by Jasmine Silk
Price: 9.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Quite good sleeping mask, well worth the price, 11 Mar 2013
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What I've liked:
- does not cost much
- natural silk, hypoallergenic and very pleasant to touch
- good quality (at least for one that I've got)
- very lightweight & quite comfortable
- blocks light well (even better if you choose a dark colour)

What I didn't like:
- touches your eyes/eyelashes. How irritating is this varies from person to person, if you have long/strong eyelashes it could actually slightly force your eyelids open when you sleeping, which will harm your eyes on the long run
- shifts around very easily, because silk is quite slippery & mask is so light. You may find that you will have to re-adjust it several times during your sleep. This gets a lot worse if you sleep on the side


Dragon Age: Origins (PC)
Dragon Age: Origins (PC)
Offered by Game Trade Online
Price: 5.50

4.0 out of 5 stars A Decent CRPG, 13 Dec 2011
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
A decent game, though not as long or same amount of story as Baldur's Gate (which spiritual successor it claims to be). Basically I would place it inbetween Neverwinter Nights and BG.

Bioware's "homebrew" skill&combat system in my opinion is quite bad - it's oversimplistic and not very well balanced. Can't nearly compare to D&D which was used in BG and NWN (even the non-turn-based Bioware adaptation of it).


Logitech K360 Wireless Keyboard - Black
Logitech K360 Wireless Keyboard - Black
Offered by Accessory-Shop
Price: 17.99

15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Love the compact chiclet layout, but devil is in the "typing feel" details, 13 Dec 2011
I've bought this keyboard in addition to K800 just to try, which one I will like more.
I wanted to try this one, because it has compact layout that I like coming from laptops (dispenses with right-side key duplication), and also it looked like my laptop chiclet keyboard that I liked.

However, on actually trying it out I've found it to be worse in feel:
- it has chiclet style, however the keys are just too small and space between them too big, enough to make typing uncomfortable. Your fingers start to feel more space between keys than the key caps, which is pointless. Island keys on my laptop about 15-20% larger, and gaps between them are smaller - which makes sense, as it should be only enough space to feel where keys are located
- the key travel is VERY big, this is not a low profile keyboard like on my laptop
- the force needed to press the keys is insane! I also have K800 which is already not the softest one, but K360 is even harder. Which made my fingers feel it after I've typed just several sentences. Not sure how it will be on the long run, maybe you will get used to it, maybe it will tire you even more. Also looks like smallish keys make situation worse.

Conclusion:
On photos this keyboard looks like laptop scissor-switch low profile chiclet, however its actually not. In reality K360 is a high-force high-travel keyboard with smallish island keys and non-ergonomic typing feel.
Looks like I will be returning back to K800, which is bigger, but has a backlight and much more comfortable typing feel. I think that better typing feel of K800 is mainly due to "PerfectStroke" key system that is not present on cheaper K360.

Which is a shame, because otherwise K360 works very well - unifying nano-receiver support, good battery life (I would assume 3 years is not too far a stretch), very compact size and a dedicated CAPS LOCK indicator lamp.


Victorinox Jelly Swiss Card - Purple
Victorinox Jelly Swiss Card - Purple

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Useful. Though not as keychain-size Swiss Army Knife., 10 Oct 2009
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The concept of having a Swiss Army knife compressed in the credit card size is pretty good, that's why I've decided to purchase the Swiss Card as multi tool to carry with me every day.

I have found that, while, the linear size is truly of credit card, the *thickness* and weight are not - the "card" is about 4 mm thick, and about 30g weight - which places considerable strain on my wallet.
Also, to use any tool, you have to:
- take a wallet out
- take a card out of the wallet
- place a wallet somewhere
- take a tool out of the card
- place a card somewhere
- use a tool
- ... do all above steps iin reverse order to put everything back :)
Its easier to fetch a screwdriver from nearby toolbox ;)

Thats why I settled on keychain-size SAK as Victorinox Rambler. Its same weight, but actually of a lot smaller size (thicker, but you dont have to put it in the wallet). So its virtually unnoticeable when you throw it in your pocket or put in the keychain. And to use a tool, just take it out, unfold, use, fold, put back. Not to mention fact that knife body serves as a lot more ergonomic handle to primary tools than tiny handles on Swiss Card.

Also keychain SAKs are a lot more robust. Swiss Card will not withstain much abuse, due to primarly plasticy construction.

Therefore I recommend - at least consider actually trying any of 58-mm Victorinox knives before you buy yourself a Swiss Card.


Victorinox Jelly Swiss Card
Victorinox Jelly Swiss Card
Price: 14.20 - 33.79

19 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Useful. Though not as keychain-size Swiss Army Knife., 3 Oct 2009
The concept of having a Swiss Army knife compressed in the credit card size is pretty good, that's why I've decided to purchase the Swiss Card as multi tool to carry with me every day.

I have found that, while, the linear size is truly of credit card, the *thickness* and weight are not - the "card" is about 4 mm thick, and about 30g weight - which places considerable strain on my wallet.
Also, to use any tool, you have to:
- take a wallet out
- take a card out of the wallet
- place a wallet somewhere
- take a tool out of the card
- place a card somewhere
- use a tool
- ... do all above steps iin reverse order to put everything back :)
Its easier to fetch a screwdriver from nearby toolbox ;)

Thats why I settled on keychain-size SAK as Victorinox Rambler. Its same weight, but actually of a lot smaller size (thicker, but you dont have to put it in the wallet). So its virtually unnoticeable when you throw it in your pocket or put in the keychain. And to use a tool, just take it out, unfold, use, fold, put back. Not to mention fact that knife body serves as a lot more ergonomic handle to primary tools than tiny handles on Swiss Card.

Also keychain SAKs are a lot more robust. Swiss Card will not withstain much abuse, due to primarly plasticy construction.

Therefore I recommend - at least consider actually trying any of 58-mm Victorinox knives before you buy yourself a Swiss Card.
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Bodum Pavina Double Walled Thermo Glasses x 2
Bodum Pavina Double Walled Thermo Glasses x 2
Price: 18.13

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars These glasses - my nomination for invention of the year!, 17 April 2009
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When I've seen these glasses in some gadget blog, it immediately struck me - "why something so brilliant and simple wasn't widespread yet?!"

After immediately ordering a "trial" pair of these 12 oz ones, I will be replacing now all my bone china mugs with them.

Points worthily noting:

Yes, these glasses are unreally lightweight. So some people think "why are these so light, like cheap plastic?". Two things contribute to this - first, borosilicate glass is a lot lighter than ordinary glass. Secondly, glass wall may appear thick, but it's in fact mostly air sandwiched between two glass layers. That's why you think they a lot lighter than they appear to the eye.
But let not weightlessness discourage you - borosilicate glass a lot more strong than ordinary glass, so even with thin wall these are quite robust (unless you drop them on the hard floor of course).

Because these use borosilicate glass instead of ordinary one, they almost completely immune to heat stresses and cracking, if you, for example, pour boiling water into hot glass. They are 100% dishwasher and microwave safe, even in harshest modes. You can even put them in the oven and they will be fine - in fact, the same borosilicate glass is used for high-grade heat resistant scientific glassware.

Yes, they lose shine quickly by attracting fingerprints, granted, these are no lead crystal. Still, lose of shine just temporary - pop them in the dishwasher, and voila, they shiny and look like new again

Yes, they have small imperfections, but that's only because they are actually mouth-blown. That's being actual handmade items, and not just mass machine-produced - and handmade items worth a price! These small imperfections are in no way blemish they beautiful look - it is always a distinguishing mark of true high-grade glassware art.

The heat isolation is fantastic! Pour boiling water for tea in them, and immediately you can hold glass with you bare hand - outside will be just warm! In fact, you have to be careful because of that - hot drink can be quite scalding while glass feels just lukewarm, also hot drinks will cool quite slowly.
Same with cold drinks, they will not heat as fast and condensation will not form on the glass outside - no need for coasters anymore!

The design of the glasses is good fusion of good modern contemporary look and function. The drink inside double walls produces very cool "levitating liquid" effect.
I've decided to go with 12 oz (300ml) glasses, as these seem of most suitable and universal size to me. They could be used almost with every drink - tea, juices, soft drinks and quite good as wine glasses too. Maybe only for the beer they are somewhat on the small side.

Overall I would very highly recommend these glasses for anybody. I think it is a true glass for 21-century household.


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