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Lenoge® New Extended Replacement Laptop Battery for TOSHIBA PA3536U-1BRS PABAS100 TOSHIBA EQUIUM SERIES SATELLLITE L350 SERIES Equium P200-178 Equium P200-1ED Equium P200-1IR Satellite L350-17P Satellite L350-17R
Lenoge® New Extended Replacement Laptop Battery for TOSHIBA PA3536U-1BRS PABAS100 TOSHIBA EQUIUM SERIES SATELLLITE L350 SERIES Equium P200-178 Equium P200-1ED Equium P200-1IR Satellite L350-17P Satellite L350-17R
Offered by EPC (UK) GRP LTD
Price: £14.16

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Another non-working battery I'm afraid, 16 Jun 2014
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Got this to replace a tired old battery that would only give 20 minutes or so of use. It arrived on time, well packed, fitted perfectly - the only issue with it was that it didn't work! Laptop said "77% - Charging" - no matter how long it was charged for. Removing the power cord resulted in instant power loss.

Looking at the reviews - it seems like quality control on these can't be all that great. Amazon's returns is hassle-free enough to give it a go - but someone somewhere must be losing money on having to process all these duff batteries.


Whitebox Battery for Gateway MX Series MX6919, MX6916, MX6901, MX8500, MX8000, MX8716B, MX8700, MX8738, MX8710, MX8711, MX6441, MX6445, MX6455, MX6400, MX6453, MX6450, MX6442, MX6441, MX6421, MX6448, MX6447, MX6446
Whitebox Battery for Gateway MX Series MX6919, MX6916, MX6901, MX8500, MX8000, MX8716B, MX8700, MX8738, MX8710, MX8711, MX6441, MX6445, MX6455, MX6400, MX6453, MX6450, MX6442, MX6441, MX6421, MX6448, MX6447, MX6446
Offered by Whitebox Outlet
Price: £25.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent battery., 7 Jun 2014
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OK,,, never review a battery until you've had it a while. Well, almost a year in and this battery certainly does the job. From my usage it performs to the same specification as the original that came with the laptop - over 2 hours life, which is no mean feat for a fairly beefy 17" laptop. What else can you say - it's made the laptop a laptop again, no longer tied to a wall socket.


Pure Sensia 200D Connect Portable Wireless Music and Radio System with Colour Touchscreen and USB Record - White
Pure Sensia 200D Connect Portable Wireless Music and Radio System with Colour Touchscreen and USB Record - White
Price: £249.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Yippee - The Thing now works!!!, 30 Dec 2013
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I've been so tempted to vent my frustration with my Sensia 200d over the nine months that I've owned it but I've never got round to it. Instead I've simply shouted abuse at it - which seems to have worked - either that or the latest Firmware Update has fixed things!

The "Thing" ("Thing" was usually the second word in what I called it) now finally works as a consumer product. It's always had great sound, it looks cool and neat and it's packed full of useful features but it's been dreadfully buggy until the latest software update. The main problems for me were:

It would lose connectivity to the Pure Connect service every couple of days, meaning a power-down re-boot was necessary to get it back up and running. This was incredibly frustrating because, when the power was restored to it, the Thing had lost the podcast (or whatever) that I'd searched for.

The second major irritation was that whenever I switched to DAB it would change to the correct channel successfully, play for 30 seconds or so, then re-boot. Which would take a couple of minutes.

Every now and again it would tell me that a new Software update was available - I'd get my hopes up only to find all the same bugs still there - and maybe one or two more thrown in for good measure (the clock stopping was a fun one!).

Then, one dark December morning, it threatened me with a new update - to V1.9. I looked at the list of things that it was supposed to fix - none of them seemed to offer any hope but I gave it a go anyway. After ten minutes or so the update completed and the Thing sprang into life once more. I touched the DAB option... hmmm... it responded immediately - no lag, maybe that's what they've fixed. I could change channel quickly, the volume control responded instantly... yes, this is what they've fixed. I waited for the DAB re-boot. It never happened! I switched to Pure Connect. It connected! I opened the "Play Again" menu and navigated to the latest Mitchel and Webb podcast. I fast forwarded the first couple of minutes. No crashes. Everything worked! And everything's continued to work in the two or three weeks since.

I'm now delighted with the Thing. Of course there are still one or two bits that could be fixed: stop displaying adverts for other Pure products (it really doesn't help!) and fix the "select first channel" bug - but these are trivial. Now that Pure have got it working properly it looks ripe for development:

- Remote control via iPhone\Android?
- More built in apps (I only ever seem to use Weather)?
- And the next version - Bluetooth?

I suppose it should now be nearer to a 5 star review but... the memories of a summer swearing at it are too fresh right now! Basically if you are purchasing one now, with the latest firmware installed you're getting a great device that as well as being a radio can record, reply and stream - and have a stab at the weather. What else can do what it can do - a tablet with speakers maybe - but that's not exactly elegant is it?


Primary Plus 2 Electricity Kit
Primary Plus 2 Electricity Kit
Offered by Just Childsplay
Price: £39.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! (Just make sure you get some spare fuses first!), 2 Feb 2010
= Durability:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This kit is fantastic. My youngest daughter (10) spends hours building circuits, lighting bulbs, making noises and making the spinny thing fly. It's fantastic value for money too - there's masses of kit, all well laid out and robustly made.

There are loads of very well explained experiments. But children love to make up their own... which leads to things being wired incorrectly. It's all OK because you can't do much damage with 4 AA batteries. The only problem is that there are no spare fuses for when 'Red light stops play'. Which is a shame because on Christmas day it's not easy to find anywhere selling fuses! But now, armed with two dozen spares (2amp) it's great!


Cambridge Brainbox Walking Robot
Cambridge Brainbox Walking Robot
Offered by Liberty Trading
Price: £6.11

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Fiddly and Frustrating, 2 Feb 2010
= Durability:1.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:3.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:2.0 out of 5 stars 
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I got this for my 10 year old daughter, who is fascinated by electronics (got the electronics science box so this was a little something extra on top). There isn't much in the way of electronics in the kit - it's just a motor to (theoretically) drive the 'robot'. It was really difficult to put together but we spent a happy afternoon with it. But it doesn't work! A new battery almost gives it enough power to walk but the kit didn't quite fit together properly (we followed the instructions to the letter). Added to that is the fact that it's very flimsy and trying to coax it to walk results in bits falling off. I can't complain too much though - it only cost pennies to buy and it did keep us amused for a little while.


FLASH SUPERSTORE ZEBRA STYLE HYBRID PROTECTION CASE/COVER/SKIN FOR APPLE IPOD TOUCH 2
FLASH SUPERSTORE ZEBRA STYLE HYBRID PROTECTION CASE/COVER/SKIN FOR APPLE IPOD TOUCH 2

4.0 out of 5 stars Stripey!, 2 Feb 2010
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This is quite a nice, good value cover. It fits quite snugly over the iPod and looks like it would offer quite a bit of protection against being dropped. The printing is very good but there is some evidence that it's rubbing off slightly.


Kworld PC to TV Converter USB
Kworld PC to TV Converter USB

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Lacks polish that would make it a good product, 22 Jan 2008
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Well, firstly the good points - it does indeed produce an image on the TV! And it's not that difficult to set it up.

However, the image is not that great - admittedly I'm using an old CRT TV with s-video but even at the lowest possible screen resolution the picture is not particularly good. My old laptop (with built in s-video TV-OUT) produces a markedly better image.

The unit itself is compact enough to fit on the TV top but it feels remarkably cheaply made. It crashes frequently when being set up (changing screen resolution for example) and it doesn't like to be moved when it's in action.

The remote control is irritating to use, little things like holding the keys down doesn't make it repeat - you've got to press them over and over again. The on-screen set up is not particularly intuitive - improving the picture is a matter of trial and error (eg: 'Flicker: 02' - what?). Also you've got to be quick with making your changes because the OSD cancels itself very quickly if it detects no changes being made. The manual is no use - it merely tells you which cables to put into which sockets.

The bottom line is that it's probably worth 3 starts for functionality but just one for user friendliness.


Fellowes Powershred Shredmate Cross-Cut Shredder
Fellowes Powershred Shredmate Cross-Cut Shredder
Price: £48.07

40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good - for a while, 30 Dec 2007
Well, I've had this for just over a year now and I've always been pleased with the way it just got on and did it's job...

...until now.

The shredder suddenly stopped working, making a high pitched whirring sound instead. So, I decided to take it to bits. I'd always imagined it to be well made with quality parts - it certainly seems that way on the outside. However, I soon found the source of the problem - a plastic gear wheel had worn against the metal drive from the motor. This is a failure waiting to happen - a small jam puts pressure on the gearing which will lead to failure sooner or later.

The repair should be easy - the defective cog just slips off and can be replaced easily - if Fellowes did spare parts. However - it appears they don't. So for 10p worth of spare part the whole shredder has to go to landfill.

So, if you only feed single sheets through it and never risk a jam it should be OK for a relatively long time. Personally I'm never going to buy a Fellowes again - I'll stick to budget makes instead.
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SWEEX PR101 Wireless Parallel Print Server 54 Mbps
SWEEX PR101 Wireless Parallel Print Server 54 Mbps

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent product - be careful setting it up!, 12 April 2007
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This is an excellent product. I have used 11Mbps print servers for a while now and I experience very patchy reception with them. This print server gets a solid connection even several rooms away enabling me to print from any computer without having a dedicated machine serving the printer.

It is reasonably easy to set up but there are a few issues that the manual does not cover. The main one is that if you choose the 'Enable' option for 'Wireless' you lose the ability to see it via the network port. This means that if you cannot see it wireless you are in big trouble because there does not seem to be a factory reset! I suspect that leaving the wireless option at 'Auto' might(!) be best. My advice would be to study the config screens carefully because the manual contains errors, such as the default being Infrastructure (Good if you're using a router) rather than the stated 'ad hoc' (peer to peer).

The other problem is that when you start the config you are prompted for a password - which the manual does not tell you about (the password is 1234).

I would give it five stars if it wasn't for the manual (and lack of a factory reset button). You do need to know a little about your network to configure it - it's not a case of 'out of the box, plug in and start printing' - you could render the device useless if you choose the wrong option!


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