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Ernie Ball 2221x3 10-46 Regular Slinky Electric Guitar Strings (Pack of 3)
Ernie Ball 2221x3 10-46 Regular Slinky Electric Guitar Strings (Pack of 3)
Price: £15.96

5.0 out of 5 stars Great strings for a fair price., 13 Feb. 2017
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I've sometimes tried more expensive strings over the years but have never seen any improvement over my trusty Ernie Ball strings in terms of sound and feel. As I change strings quite often and have a few guitars these offer a great price performance ratio.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Cheap and chips, seem to work very well, 13 Feb. 2017
Radically, spectacularly cheaper than Canon's own brand. But are they any good? Well, been using them a while on some high resolution photos and can't really tell the difference and they haven't run out prematurely. So, very happy with the purchase.


Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch Laptop with Touch Bar (Intel Core i7, 16 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD, Radeon Pro 455, OS X 10.12 Sierra) - Space Grey - 2016 - MLH42B/A - UK Keyboard
Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch Laptop with Touch Bar (Intel Core i7, 16 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD, Radeon Pro 455, OS X 10.12 Sierra) - Space Grey - 2016 - MLH42B/A - UK Keyboard
Offered by NEXLYNX
Price: £2,495.00

53 of 62 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars If you're not wedded to macOS buy something else, 25 Dec. 2016
I've had five Apple 'Pro' laptops over the years. Everyone has delighted me and I would wax lyrical about how they were 'worth it' over the Wintel competition.

This is the first one that's disappointed me. Indeed, before purchase I seriously considered leaving the Mac world if only because of the high price (£3k from Apple with a 1TB drive, pretty much double what I would have needed to spend with, say, Dell). But, as I've worked on Macs for years didn't feel like I wanted such a big disruption to my workflows. Reluctantly, I paid up.

The laptop feels nice in the way the super slim MacBook feels nice. Like all MacBooks it looks pretty. The screen is bright and sharp, up there with other high end laptops but not necessarily better than what you could find on a Dell XPS. The machine is fast, with crazy transfer speeds from the SSDs but the max ram is a mere 16GB, and the GPU only 'good'. These machines are 'appliances'. You can't upgrade RAM or even the SSD. It's shameful really.

The keyboard feels much like the slim MacBook. Not terrible but a big downgrade on previous models. Liveable with but sad. The function keys have been replaced by a 'touch bar', which is a shame as the touch bar, after a few weeks use, has proven to be a stupid, annoying gimmick. Why on earth Apple felt it was a good idea, great innovation, I have no idea. I'd far sooner have the function keys back. A proper touch screen may have been useful.

There's no familiar ports so you need a bundle of dongles to plug in a DVI monitor, ethernet, a Thunderbolt 1 or 2 drive, the USB3 device, or anything that isn't USB-C. It's just infuriating and have to use a dongle just for a simple memory stick, my firewire drive, my thunderbolt drive. Apple have gone crazy and don't seem to care about what professional users actually need to do with their computers.

The machine is small and light but I don't need that over a properly-specced, expandable machine so who cares? Sadly, unless the current regime at Apple is replaced I can't see the Mac thriving longer term, which is a real shame as I've used Apple since the late-90s. Perhaps in a couple of years my next machine will be a Dell.
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Gator GC-ELECTRIC-A Deluxe Molded Case For Electric Guitars
Gator GC-ELECTRIC-A Deluxe Molded Case For Electric Guitars
Price: £60.95

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for a Gordon Smith GS2., 29 Sept. 2016
I bought this for two reasons. To have a generic case for guitars I own that do not have their own hard case when gigging and especially to have something hard that fits my Gordon Smith GS2. It's a perfect fit for the Gordon Smith, which has a very slim body, as well as Teles and Strats and will not flap about.
The case, for the fairly entry-level price, is great quality and relatively light for this kind of thing, made out of ABS rather than, say, plywood. It should protect for guitar from most typical knocks when loading up vans, bumping your way in and out of venues, and so on. However, this isn't a bullet-proof, run-it-over-with-a-car flight-case, rather it's a very good hard case. For extreme havy-duty protection look for something more substantial. It'll give it 4 stars as Hiscox cases are probably a little more beefy in this class but cost a chunk more.


Cotswold Childrens Button Heart Wellies / Girls Boots (11 UK Junior) (Multi)
Cotswold Childrens Button Heart Wellies / Girls Boots (11 UK Junior) (Multi)
Offered by Vale Sports
Price: £22.50

3.0 out of 5 stars Wellies look funky but so-so durability, 10 Aug. 2016
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My daughter chose these from the picture on Amazon and loved them when they arrived, choosing to wear them just about everywhere! They certainly looked fabulous on her. Over a relatively short space of time, though, the soles did start to wear surprisingly fast, although she had been walking around in them a lot. They do look good but I'm sure there are more durable, longer-lasting products around.


GoolRC Flysky FS-GT2E AFHDS 2A 2.4ghz 2CH Radio System Transmitter for RC Car Boat with FS-A3 Receiver
GoolRC Flysky FS-GT2E AFHDS 2A 2.4ghz 2CH Radio System Transmitter for RC Car Boat with FS-A3 Receiver
Offered by Fishingking
Price: £25.98

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very cheap but far from nasty., 10 Aug. 2016
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I bought one of these to revive an old Tamyia RC car for my daughter to use. In my youth RC radios cost a lot more than this and had much poorer performance!

This radio is pretty much the cheapest option on the market yet, while a little plasticky, does the job flawlessly. It's similar in overall quality and feel to radios in the better ready-to-run kits. The 4 AA batteries last a long time and the basic analogue trim controls are very simple to operate and I prefer them to the push-button digital controls on other devices.

I was so impressed by the Fly Sky I will buy the slightly higher end GT3B for myself. Unless you are a really serious hobbyist there seems to be little to be gained by spending big money on a radio these days.


Overlander 3300mah 7.2v NiMH Battery Pack & Powerjack Fast Charger RC Car Tamiya
Overlander 3300mah 7.2v NiMH Battery Pack & Powerjack Fast Charger RC Car Tamiya
Offered by Jadlam Toys & Models
Price: £24.95

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good value combo, 10 Aug. 2016
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Bought to revive an old Tamiya RC car. Battery seems to last noticeably longer than the old Tamiya batteries of my youth. The large wall wart-style charger seems to be of good quality and charging is reasonably quick. The price was fair and shipping fast. Very happy with the purchase.


Do it Wiser ® Compatible 4-Pack Toner for Samsung CLT-504S CLP-415 CLP-415N CLP-415NW CLP-470 CLP-475 CLX-4195FN CLX-4195FW Xpress SL-C1810W SL-C1860FW
Do it Wiser ® Compatible 4-Pack Toner for Samsung CLT-504S CLP-415 CLP-415N CLP-415NW CLP-470 CLP-475 CLX-4195FN CLX-4195FW Xpress SL-C1810W SL-C1860FW

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than some other generic toners, 10 Aug. 2016
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We bought another generic brand on Amazon a couple of times and were disappointed that the toners ran out quite soon and the images were often sub par with inaccurate colours and streaks. The Dotwiser product seems significantly superior and a cheaper price. I would happily order this again.


CRITERION 1/10 2WD ELECTRIC BUGGY (UK)
CRITERION 1/10 2WD ELECTRIC BUGGY (UK)

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bonkers speed for reasonable price., 22 July 2016
After recently getting a vintage Tamiya working again to amuse the kids I was looking for a more up-to-date buggy to compliment it. Tamiya, back in the day, were the only game in town at the 'hobby' end of the market but now there are quite a few brands to choose from. Tamiya still had some strong offerings but came without radio, charger battery and so when adding even basic extras came out fairly expensive. Enter the Helion!
The Helion comes RTR but still very much an 'assembled kit' that looks inviting for tinkerers. For just over 100 quid you get ball bearings and nice oil-damped shocks. While not high-end looking the car, for the low price, doesn't look el cheapo either. The Radio looks like the £25 offerings, pretty plasticky, but does the job very well with a nice sponge-covered steering wheel. In fact the servo/receiver/radio combo is very responsive and you feel very much in control so I'm not sure how it could be much better.
The car is very fast, even though a brushed rather than brushless motor. If you're a Dad that had a Tamiya Grasshopper back in the 80s or 90s this is a night and day speed difference. In fact, younger children might have a bit of a hard time controlling it at first so probably best to use it in a wide open space to get familiar with it.
The chassis sits quite low so the car isn't quite as all terrain as some and is clearly modelled on the geometry of expensive competition buggies. But it does well enough on tarmac, dirt, compacted sand, although gets a bit lost on anything other than freshly cut grass.
I think you get more for money with Helion over the bigger name companies and for somewhere around 100 quid this is much better than I expected. I thoroughly recommend.


IK Multimedia iRig Pro Universal Audio/MIDI Interface for iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad and Mac - Black
IK Multimedia iRig Pro Universal Audio/MIDI Interface for iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad and Mac - Black
Price: £94.95

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Useful and flexible tool for portable music makers, 30 April 2016
This is like a Swiss army knife for audio on the go. It's allows you to connect a mic or instrument to your iOS device or Mac, plus it also has a useful midi in. This makes it great for sampling with Beatmaker 2 and allowing control from my MPD32. So it's a neat solution for a pretty comprehensive iOS mini studio.

It's also brilliant as a guitar input for iOS or computer - surprisingly the quality seems exceptionally good, much more transparent and detailed than many audio interfaces I've used, as good as all but the most high-end ones. I'd have no qualms about using this to directly record a guitar or bass on a serious project.

Downsides? Well, it only allows audio output from the iPhone/iPad's headphone socket, rather than offering a better quality line output and there's no MIDI out, just MIDI. But overall it offers a very useful set of features and great quality in a small package.


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