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Top Reviewer Ranking: 1,220 - Total Helpful Votes: 788 of 894
Melissa & Doug Construction Set in A Box by Melissa & Doug
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"We love it Daddy!" was the verdict from my nearly-four-year-old daughters, when I was deliberating just now whether to give this construction four stars or five.

The set is brightly coloured and easy for small hands to manipulate. We have not found any of the difficulties mentioned by previous reviewers in fastening the pieces together: all the threads work very smoothly and easily. The back of the box provides four or five example projects. My girls enjoyed helping to build the crane, and then went off piste, making robots to their own designs (largely without parental input).

My only criticism is that, as with some other Melissa & Doug products I've had, the box… Read more
Bigjigs Toys BJ749 Rope Ladder by Bigjigs Toys
This is a nicely made ladder, which my 3 year olds are enjoying climbing and swinging on. I had to adjust the spacing of the rungs a bit, but this is fairly easily accomplished by moving the knots a bit. My main criticism is that the wood appears to be plain pine, without any dip or pressure treatment. I suspect it will rot pretty quickly if left outdoors for long (which is surely the point of it). I've treated mine with a coat of outdoor varnish, which I'm hoping will make it last a bit longer.
Asus X550CA 15.6-inch Laptop (Dark Grey) - (Intel &hellip by ASUS
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great buy, 19 Aug 2014
I'm really pleased with this laptop.

It's surprisingly lightweight and extremely quiet (much more so than the old laptop it replaces). I'm not a fan of glossy screens, but this one isn't too bad (I was intending to add an anti-glare film, but have decided it isn't necessary). The keyboard keys don't travel as far as on a desktop keyboard, but provide enough feedback for fast typing. They are much better than the keys on a Sony Vaio that I also own. The touchpad works well, but is very large, and prone to getting nudged when typing. This was ameliorated after I updated the driver for the latest Elantech one from Asus's website, which allows for more customisation of… Read more

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