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Travel Adaptor Plug: Worldwide / European Visitor To Uk
Travel Adaptor Plug: Worldwide / European Visitor To Uk
Offered by Factory Market
Price: £1.12

5.0 out of 5 stars Solid well made - excellent price, 17 Jun. 2012
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I bought a couple of these from a supermarket and they provided a poor electrical connection. My Apple power supply would constantly fall out from a wall socket. I had no expectations that these would be any different yet they firmly grip 2-pin US plugs even if weighted as a power supply usually is, and have a good firm solid feel to them. They are about 1/2 price of supermarkets and 1/4 of the price you'd pay at the airport.


HL - 6 Gang / Socket Universal Worldwide Multi Plug Adapter US / AUS / EU to UK 3 Pin Extension Lead With Individual Switch 2M
HL - 6 Gang / Socket Universal Worldwide Multi Plug Adapter US / AUS / EU to UK 3 Pin Extension Lead With Individual Switch 2M

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice quality and a good price, 7 Jun. 2012
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This looks like a decent quality product and has a good firm feel. When dealing with electrics this is a good thing. An on/off switch for each outlet is complemented by a glowing light while powered. Inserting a 2pin US plug confirmed it has a good strong grip on the plugs. US sockets are usually terrible for 2 pin connections, but this is great. Ideally I would have liked this with a US plug on as I intend to use it on a 110 v supply, which uses a US socket as standard. Yes I could use a UK-US adaptor but most of these are 2 pin for the US plug so I'd be missing the earth connection. If the voltage is not an issue, this will provide flexibility with just about every plug in the world, so a particularly useful gadget to have around.
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Garmin nuvi 2595LMT 5" Sat Nav with UK and Full Europe Maps, Free Lifetime Map Updates and Free Lifetime Traffic Alerts and Bluetooth (discontinued by manufacturer)
Garmin nuvi 2595LMT 5" Sat Nav with UK and Full Europe Maps, Free Lifetime Map Updates and Free Lifetime Traffic Alerts and Bluetooth (discontinued by manufacturer)
Price: £125.85

48 of 53 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good overall - voice recognition great, 7 Jun. 2012
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I needed a European GPS after moving back, and had been using a Garmin 1490. I like the bigger screen, bluetooth and unlimited maps and traffic. I was a bit hesitant because the review average was lower than I would expect, but took the gamble on the voice recognition feature which I was not expecting to be good.

It arrived just as I was on my way out to the local shops so decided to fire it up and try it out. The interface is quite different to older Garmin models. At first it was defaulting to Mayfair in London even after getting satellites. It was quite frustrating because local searches for stores would list them in London and now where I am. After entering my 'home' location it seems to default to that, but I would expect this to default to my location as picked up by the satellite not my home or any other location.

My expectations for the voice recognition service were not high, but I was immediately surprised by the accuracy. Even more so in the car as I was expecting travel noise to be an issue. Also I was anticipating some learning by the device, but it has been fairly accurate on most attempts. The voice menu is different to the touch menu. For example I have not found a way yet of entering a postcode by voice which is a shame. Postcode is by far the easiest and quickest way of locating a place. Perhaps it makes less sense for a voice interface because people are much less likely to memorise a postcode than a street address, and we don't want people looking up the postal code while driving hands free.

It wasn't clear whether addresses should be read out in a conversational manner (e.g. ten main street as opposed to one zero main street). It seems to work well with natural phrases. One of the greatest benefits of voice is the ability to stop route and change brightness and volume during travel. One thing that bugged me at first was the voice would not only prompt me (useful for first couple of occasions but then a pain), and I would not be able to interrupt it but wait until it had finished. So for example

"Voice command"
- please speak your command
"Find Place"
- say the name of the place
"Starbucks"
- choose which match you mean
"3"
- would you like to navigate now
"Yes"

There is the option to avoid voice commands for the interface, so the above would be "Voice command... find place ... starbucks... 3 ... navigate" which is much quicker.

In the small number of journeys I have used it on, it has already told me to turn left when the turning is graphically and actually a right turn. Also some of the speed limits are not accurate, indicating a higher speed than is permitted which is a bit worrying. The route offered is also quite different to a much older UK garmin, but I at first put that down to the database. However I often override routes which turn out to be much better so not so keen on the routes it is giving me.

I liked the idea of smartphone connectivity but have found no way of connecting to my Blackberry so far. Also there is meant to be a feature where it learns your preferred routes, but it seems to ignore this. Also while on a journey I used to click the top of the screen then select show map to display the entire journey; a more useful view when on motorways or longer journeys without many changes. But this is a bit more fiddly now, with more clicks to get to making it less useful.

In concluding, I was a little disappointed that this seems almost identical to my old 1490, where I was expecting a much newer looking device. The holder and body look the same. The menu / interface is quite different and I appreciate that it is more responsive both in terms of navigation but also in terms of when typing and updating the map in real time. The 1490 was distinctively laggy in this regard, often resulting in confusion at junctions or mistyping words. I am still getting my head around the interface but the voice control is more than a novel feature but one that will improve safety and ease of use. For some reason it works well when I scowl and give it authoritative instructions but not so much when I use a friendly voice. It's miles ahead of my older model but so I was expecting it to be. Voice is great but I do find the new interface a bit frustrating, and its choices of routes don't instil confidence for routes I don't know, when it gives such lousy routing for routes I know well. I cannot think of another device I'd want right now in this price range so I'm satisfied overall. Updating the map is fiddly but I have always succeeded in getting that to work. I would definitely recommend this device to people comfortable with GPS and technological concepts such as voice recognition. A more expert user will definitely benefit from the 2595, but do put it through its paces while you still have an opportunity to return, in case you just don't click.


Microphone Holder Studio
Microphone Holder Studio
Offered by Unitedcreative
Price: £7.20

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Does the job, but what do you expect for just over a tenner, 4 Mar. 2012
This review is from: Microphone Holder Studio
I picked this up with a mic stand for some podcast and interview work. I also stuck a cheap pop filter on it. Sound with the AT2020USB is pretty good, and this seems to work. I did try the microphone with no pop filter or shock mount, just using the small tripod like contraption that came with the microphone. This had to go on the desk directly. The recording picked up a load of additional noise which I might have otherwise attributed to the microphone. Having a shock mount on a microphone stand is so much better than mounting it to a table, that even though the quality of the shock mount is probably low, it isolates it from the noise of equipment and tapping on a desk. I think if I'd paid 100 quid for mine, I'd be rather critical over the quality of this one, but this is cheap, does the job and is so much better than nothing, for very little cash


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