Roland Davis

Top Reviewer Ranking: 656
Helpful votes received on reviews: 86% (959 of 1,113)
Location: Kent
In My Own Words:
I welcome constructive comments on my reviews and often change what I have written when someone makes a good point.

I believe the purpose of reviews is to help people to distinguish the good from the bad and you can't do that by saying only positive things. I therefore give criticism whenever I think it is due. I have discovered that not everybody appreciates this approach but I prefer to be ho… Read more

Reading, classical music, keeping fit, computing, computer games and, these days, my PhD research.


Top Reviewer Ranking: 656 - Total Helpful Votes: 959 of 1113
Sony SRSX3 Portable Wireless Speaker - White by Sony
5.0 out of 5 stars Expensive but very nice, 27 July 2014
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Bluetooth speakers powered by rechargeable batteries or USB cable have recently become popular. This is the fourth I have reviewed and I have been impressed with all of them. The Sony is the most expensive and noticeably better than the others but if you prefer to spend less you can get a good one for half the price.

The controls are very simple. Bluetooth pairing is very simple. You also have an option to take the sound input from an audio jack.

The sound is warm and accurate. I listen to classical music which requires a good quality and it sounds good on this device.

This speaker is clearly aimed at people who want and can afford products that look… Read more
Familymall 6pcs DHS 3 Stars ITTF Olympic Table Ten&hellip FamilyMall
These balls took about 6 weeks to arrive. The box was badly crushed but the balls were ok.

I tested them by playing alternately with these, the Shildkrot 3 star balls also available on Amazon and a one star ball. To give you some context I am not a competitive player but I have played a lot.

It is difficult to be sure but I felt that both types of 3 star balls were easier to control than the one star. The Shildkrot felt heavier and overall I didn't like them as much as these. I think I hit better shots with these. I would therefore get these unless you are in a hurry. Note, the Shildkrot balls arrived more quickly than advertised.
White Tribe Dreaming: Apartheid's Bitter Roots as &hellip by Marq De Villiers
This is a history, of the Afrikaner people told from a personal angle but with an honest perspective. There is no attempt to justify or excuse what they did. He sets out their struggles and aspirations and is honest about what they did. I found it fascinating as we always hear about the history of South Africa from an English perspective which is biased to the view that the English they were the force of morality and restraint upon their more racist Afrikaans compatriots. The book shows the hypocrisy of this as the English, often capitalists with roots and connections back home, took much of the benefit, and often took it home, while the Afrikaners were poorer, mostly farmers, and had no… Read more