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TP-LINK TL-PS110U Single USB 2.0 Port Fast Ethernet Print Server
TP-LINK TL-PS110U Single USB 2.0 Port Fast Ethernet Print Server
Price: £35.90

2.0 out of 5 stars Two stars meaning this time, "I don't *trust* it yet", 15 April 2017
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As of initial installation (easy on Win7, you don't need the included disk or any visits to TP-Link website) it does work with my elderly Samsung Ml-1210 laser, but I'm already expecting trouble—at which point I'll come and modify this review ... or later, if I'm wrong, say nicer things.

The main concern is the web interface, and the fact that as soon as I set a new password, the device becomes completely inaccessible. The interface itself is poorly designed and buggy but it did at least allow me to set a new static IP address. The tendency to reboot for every single setting change, usually quite unnecessarily, isn't reassuring either. We have a small well-firewalled network so lack of a password isn't the end of the world, but with such poor attention to interface design and testing, instinct tells me other problems will reveal themselves soon enough.

Cheapness of manufacture is obvious, with both front and back of the device used for connections. It's more convenient and better for usability, but costs a little more, to put the USB, power and Ethernet sockets on the back and the status LEDS on the front, so with this device you know you're getting something of very modest quality right out of the box.

FYI, the default static IP for the device is 192.168.0.10. For most users, setting the device to accept DHCP addresses would probably be the best option.

Also, the Factory Reset, which is as usual a recessed button operated with a pencil tip or paperclip, doesn't work if the device is already on: you force a reset by switching off, then pressing and holding the Reset while simultaneously pushing in the DC power plug. Somewhat tricky and counter-intuitive and another poor design choice.


Poetic Moto G4/Moto G4 Plus Case - Affinity Series Premium Thin/No Bulk/Clear/Dual Material Protective Bumper Case for Motorola Moto G4/Moto G4 Plus (2016) - Black/Clear
Poetic Moto G4/Moto G4 Plus Case - Affinity Series Premium Thin/No Bulk/Clear/Dual Material Protective Bumper Case for Motorola Moto G4/Moto G4 Plus (2016) - Black/Clear
Offered by Smart Shop Online
Price: £9.95

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Completely satisfactory, 20 Nov. 2016
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Good trouble-free fit, everything lines up nicely, buttons work. The appearance is a matter of taste but I think it's ok with a white-cased phone, and the black bumper lines are functional, providing some protection and stand-off in the right places. Of course I'll have to have a bad drop to know just how much protection the case offers. My guess is that your classic metre-drop corner-hits-tiled-floor should be survivable. No guarantees though!

Worth noting for some of you: this case coexists with the Sparin glass screen protector ([Pack of 2] Moto G4 Plus Screen Protector, SPARIN [Tempered Glass] [Bubble-Free] [9H Hardness] [Scratch-resistant] Screen Protector for Moto G4 Plus [Lifetime Warranty])—I fitted the case first, then the glass, which possibly helps to avoid the non-stick problem for the "sticky-hinges", used to align the screen protector, noted by some other reviewers.


[2 Pak] Moto G4 Plus Screen Protector [NOT Fit for Moto G4 and G4 Play], SPARIN [Tempered Glass] [Bubble-Free] [9H Hardness] [Scratch-resistant] Screen Protector for Moto G4 Plus
[2 Pak] Moto G4 Plus Screen Protector [NOT Fit for Moto G4 and G4 Play], SPARIN [Tempered Glass] [Bubble-Free] [9H Hardness] [Scratch-resistant] Screen Protector for Moto G4 Plus
Offered by SPARIN
Price: £3.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 stars, excellent, worth every cent, just one tiny flaw, 20 Nov. 2016
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It should be four and a half stars, because the imperfection, while niggling, still leaves this as the best screen protector I have ever used for an Android phone (for Apple, the magnetic thingie was simply the best).

I'm dextrous and cautious but still found the flexible film-type protectors an almost complete waste of time. There's *always* a grain of dust the size of Trump's brain causing a blister the size of Yellowstone with those things. No amount of pre-cleaning or breath-holding seems to give you a screen that doesn't look like Boon's face on freshers' weekend.

So the Sparin glass system gets a huge thumbs up. Be careful, patient, slow, read the instructions, and if you get my result you'll be surprised and happy. The cleaning process is intelligent, *especially* the provision of a final dust-removal sticky. Wetwipe; microfibre cleanup; something for the tiny last bits of dust: intelligent. And all in the box, twice over.

That Little Niggle: The "hinges", which are stickers you attach, before cleaning, to secure the protector so that you can pre-position it, are a very good idea. Everyone knows that it is almost certain that when the crunch comes and you offer up the protector to the newly cleaned surface, it's gonna be out by just enough to be either ugly or a nuisance. So pre-positioning before cleaning and committing is sensible. And that is the one and only niggle: the stickers will try to come off the protector before you finally swing it into position, or detach during the process: they just don't stick very well to the glass of the protector. (To be fair, I doubt that much would stick to this surface, it's so slick.) So BE VERY CAREFUL to get the hinges well secured and treat them like a glass butterfly for that last swing.

That said, it's worth it. The glass adheres automatically, and a colossal airbubble—which wasn't caused by dust but by the fact that the outer edges glommed on before the middle—was easily disapparated with gentle thumb strokes. The result is good enough that you'd have to look very closely to know there was a protector at all. Visibility excellent. Well done, guys, just work a little on the temporary sticker-hinges.

PS—NOTE for those with phone shields/cases. The Sparin protector doesn't extend all the way to the edge of the screen's glass. There's maybe a mil of space round the edge. This is actually a good thing if your shield/case, like my new one (Moto G4 / Moto G4 Plus Case, POETIC Affinity Series Premium Thin/No Bulk/Clear/Dual material Protective Bumper Case for Motorola Moto G4 / Moto G4 Plus (2016) Black/Clear), slightly envelopes the front, which it needs to in order to make a snug fit and offer some lift to protect the screen when the device is face down. The Poetic Affinity works nicely with this Sparin glass, and still keeps the screen off the desk when you park the device screen-down, despite the extra layer of glass.


The John Milton Series: Books 1-3 (The John Milton Series Boxset)
The John Milton Series: Books 1-3 (The John Milton Series Boxset)
Price: £6.99

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps intended for a sub-teenage audience?, 19 Nov. 2015
I wonder if it's cheeky to post a review based on a Look Inside, without purchasing? But the Look Inside did include one complete "novel" (more of a novella I thought), and I read it with growing disbelief that this kind of stuff gets a readership older than 12 years.

Utterly banal characters, poor attention to detail, childishly simplistic plotting, no real tension because (a) we don't care about the one-dimensional characters and (b) the ridiculous superhero is clearly invincible.

I see the references to "Britain's Jack Reacher" ... assuming we're talking about the early Lee Child books, which were pretty decent with some echoes of Alistair MacLean at his best, then the comparison falls hilariously short. Even the later, pretty poor Reacher novels far outclass this dross.


HAVIT HV-KB104CM LED Backlit Wired Keyboard and Mouse Combo {UK Layout} (White)
HAVIT HV-KB104CM LED Backlit Wired Keyboard and Mouse Combo {UK Layout} (White)

7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars POOR QUALITY: RETURNED IMMEDIATELY FOR REFUND, 21 Jun. 2015
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Carefully selected for its white colour, funky appearance, multi-colour lighting by my 13-yr-old son who is a gaming enthusiast and put his own pocket money into this purchase—but it's on its way back for a refund immediately.

In order of importance:

* Many of the the keys have strange blue scuffs or splodges on them. These are on tops and sides, so not caused by external rubbing. It looks like a manufacturing problem. For an item sold for its beauty, this just won't do. If you'd been eyeing it up in a shop, you simply wouldn't have bought it.
* Underneath the keyboard it's already scuffed, as if it's had a few days' use.
* The mouse has a sharp burr on the left rear edge, under where your thumb will rest, which is immediately noticeable and distracting. Again, sub-par manufacturing and QC I would guess.

Once those things are noted, you can't avoid noticing just how cheap the keys feel when in use. Ok, it's a £30 keyboard, not a £60 one, but even so it isn't good for gaming use. I might tolerate this on a sub-£10 office-use keyboard but not in a package of nearly £40.

I think I would recommend avoiding this one.
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Beat The Boss 3in1 J8 World Smallest Mobile Phone LATEST model with voice changer
Beat The Boss 3in1 J8 World Smallest Mobile Phone LATEST model with voice changer
Offered by Horizon Stores Limited
Price: £25.19

17 of 22 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Badly built, doesn't work, 25 Mar. 2015
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Cute idea but the item is simply rubbish, I'm afraid. The SIM card receiver won't maintain contact and no SIM (tried three) will remain connected for any length of time. By the second day of gentle use the case had yawned at the top, leaving a crack all around the USB connector, which is itself of the shoddiest possible quality. If you can get the USB to charge for any length of time, it won't hold charge, presumably because the battery is (understandably) tiny. As a phone it is useless and as a Bluetooth headset—well, there are much better ones out there. The instruction leaflet is a mess of terrible English. There is literally nothing to like about the abysmal construction quality and performance. You have been warned.


AMD FX-9590 Vishera 8-Core 4.7 GHz Socket AM3+ 220W FD9590FHHKWOF Desktop Processor - Black
AMD FX-9590 Vishera 8-Core 4.7 GHz Socket AM3+ 220W FD9590FHHKWOF Desktop Processor - Black
Price: £148.27

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth every penny. Fast. Capable. Solidly reliable., 13 Feb. 2015
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Most people seem to be buying these for gaming purposes, but we actually needed one for some serious number crunching, and running molecular simulations: heavy duty CPU power and multi-core availability was needed. After a long debate about AMD/Intel comparisons (no fanbois, just looking at price vs performance) we decided to go with this beast.

It has performed flawlessly and powerfully. We fitted a powerful PSU and water cooling to ensure the thing could run all out for extended periods, have 32Gb of RAM and a half-decent graphics card (not gamers, so that wasn't a huge issue). We didn't need to bother over-clocking: it simply runs and runs for hours, blasting through heavy work. At worst it cranks up the fans a little, but I've heard worse.

Very impressive. When it's not in use for sensible work, my son adopts it for playing PC games, and reckons it is the fastest thing he's ever seen. I daresay if you spend without limit on pure gaming performance, you can find better benchmarks, but speaking for the overall speed and power of this CPU, it is truly excellent for the money.


Super Rugged Smartphone, IP67, 4.3" Screen, Dual SIM, Android 4.0.4, 8MP Camera, FM Walkie Talkie Super loud Ring, FM Radio, UK/EU Legal
Super Rugged Smartphone, IP67, 4.3" Screen, Dual SIM, Android 4.0.4, 8MP Camera, FM Walkie Talkie Super loud Ring, FM Radio, UK/EU Legal

1.0 out of 5 stars Be warned, 27 May 2014
There are two or three slightly different versions of this device around, but it's straightforward enough to identify them. I say this because I bought the almost-identical version (not configured for PMR) on Amazon some time ago. I used it for a while; it broke very easily, performed poorly ... and given its price, I reckon buyers should be VERY careful.

My original verified review is here (http://www.amazon.co.uk/review/R4FJ1K772BU8H/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm) but the short version is

* Screen breaks very easily (Gorilla glass it is NOT)
* Walkie-Talkie very poor
* Stupendously big and heavy

—but a nice screen and good phone performance otherwise. Just don't buy it for its "ruggedness". There isn't any.


The Second Ship (The Rho Agenda Book 1)
The Second Ship (The Rho Agenda Book 1)
Price: £3.98

40 of 40 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Turns out to be a surprisingly readable page-turner, 21 Nov. 2013
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Somewhere around page ten I was on the verge of giving up—but I'm glad I didn't.

First, the negative. Just one, but it's usually a killer: the author is just not a very good writer. The characterisation seems at first blush to be cartoonishly one-dimensional. The prose is somewhere in the early teen-readers' style of unvaryingly linear happenings, listed one after another, and with so little depth to the writing the happenings arrive thick, fast and almost bewildering. It can't be good when the nearest thing to reflective depth is regular chunks of techie exposition. Add a core plotline of Famous Five-style "teens against evil plotters" and it's a recipe for disaster.

But, but ...

But ... it is actually, despite all that, an entertaining, even though-provoking ride. It actually does grab you and reel you in.

Unlike so much fiction, faction and fantasy based on Area 51-type conspiracy theories, the author knows enough science and technology to help us suspend our disbelief. He knows his stuff, and it's the special sauce that really helps ratchet up the interest. The pace of the plot helps to blur the landscape of clunking prose simply by whizzing past it, and regular cliff-hangers become gripping and satisfying.

This book made me realise how easy it is to be a literary snob: I am chastened, and glad that I kept turning the pages. Having nearly abandoned ship, I am pleased to report that this was a good read ... and, of course, auhtorial weaknesses notwithstanding, he is a damned sight better than Dan Brown. Give it a chance!


Solo: A James Bond Novel
Solo: A James Bond Novel
Price: £4.99

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vintage, authentic Bond, 16 Oct. 2013
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There are enough negative or at least unimpressed reviews of this that I nearly didn't read the book—no one has made a good job of Bond sequels so far, for my money, and I wasn't expecting much here. But I'd seen Boyd's "interview" with Bond in the Guardian, and it was so nearly pitch-perfect that I decided to pay even the outrageous Kindle price and give it a try.

It wasn't a disappointment. Boyd has captured Bond's character, peccadilloes and all, extremely well, and told a good, even plausible story in a nicely-paced and well-scripted novel. I sense that the author hadn't set out to imitate Fleming's style, but he fully intended to be faithful to Bond as Fleming portrayed him, which of course leads to some very Fleming-like touches: these struck me as being similarities of necessity rather than intention. Likewise Boyd eschewed wall-to-wall action (Bond on film) for a story that strolls from the pedestrian details of Bond's life into brutal violence with unhurried measure, telling the story just so (Bond in words).

I could see why those who think of Bond primarily from the film incarnations may be disappointed, even frustrated by this book. It simply isn't the 007 that any film since From Russia With Love has portrayed. There are no gadgets, no super-villains lurking in secret volcanoes, no series of explosions ... instead there is a strongly character-driven and neatly woven plot that engages from beginning to end, and it's a perfectly satisfying read.

If, like me, you read all of Fleming's Bond before you were 15, you'll recognise this character and this pace of storytelling and I think you'd enjoy it very much. The 1969 setting is believable, authentic, described with real affection. Bond's fastidiousness with food and and dress are true to the original, literary Bond, and, heavens! he even gets to sleep with a (barely disguised) Hammer leading lady, who seems like a ripe combination of Veronica Carlson and Yutte Stensgaard. Lucky double-oh seven. Possibly Boyd's most significant departure is that his Bond seems a good deal more reflective and humane than Fleming's often cold, even ruthlessly cruel character—one concession to modern sensibilities, perhaps.

In sum: if you haven't read or didn't enjoy Fleming, and if your Bond is one of the movies, you may find nothing here to like. On the other hand, if you enjoyed the best that Fleming did with Bond (and it wasn't always great, I admit) then you may find this a delightful reunion with an old friend.


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