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Hanns G HT231HPB 23-Inch Widescreen Touchscreen LCD Monitor - Black
Hanns G HT231HPB 23-Inch Widescreen Touchscreen LCD Monitor - Black
Offered by Vebox Direct Computing
Price: £178.64

25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A tale of woe, 23 Feb. 2015
We had one of these and when connected to a nearly new laptop, the laptop died. We thought it was a fault of the laptop, and sent that away for repair (new motherboard). On the next outing of the monitor (we use the monitor occasionally, for exhibitions), all the USB ports of another laptop we connected to it failed. Only at this point did we suspect the monitor (still less than a month old). We tested the power supply and found it had over 80 volts of a.c. breakthrough on it (at low current). We took the monitor back to the retailer and said 'if you do test that, be careful', to which they replied, 'yeah we know, we've had another of these break one of our computers already' and refunded us. We thought Hanns-G ought to know, and they were very communicative, but ultimately said that the 80v a.c. on what should have been a 12v d.c. power supply leading to a 5v USB connection was normal, and denied liability for the equipment failures we experienced. Note also the 1-star review by David Morgans who similarly suffered equipment damage, and the 3 star review by Bruce Miller who says "Rather alarmingly when I tried reconnecting the usb plug bright sparks arced between the PC and plug."
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BW SuperScan VS450 VAG CAN OBDII Scantool Car Code Reader
BW SuperScan VS450 VAG CAN OBDII Scantool Car Code Reader
Offered by Y2Y-EUdirect
Price: £40.96

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Works fine with my Skoda Octavia II (2011, 1Z3 chassis, BSE 8v 1.6 petrol engine), 26 Dec. 2014
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As described, easy to use, and works fine with with a 2011 Skoda Octavia Mk II petrol (1Z3 chassis, 8 valve 1.6 petrol BSE engine - this engine is also found in the Audi A3 and the Golf Mk 5).

With my Octavia it reads codes from: Engine (inc ECU details and readiness test for measuring pass/fail of catalytic converter etc), Air bags, Radio, ABS, Cent. Elect., CAN Gateway. The VS450 menu also offers the following, but these don't turn up on my 1Z3 Octavia (transmission is manual, so clearly there is no 'Auto Trans' to read, etc - I include the list for your interest): Immobilizer, AWD, Aux heat, Instruments, Auto Trans, Auto HVAC, Steering wheel, Cent. Locks., Navigation, Int. Monitor, Cent. Conv., Xenon Range.

The OBD connector on an Octavia II, if you're looking for it, is in the driver's footwell under the dash near the top of the bonnet release lever.


Lanzarote Tour and Trail Map 2nd edition Map-Paper version (Tour & Trail Maps)
Lanzarote Tour and Trail Map 2nd edition Map-Paper version (Tour & Trail Maps)
by David Brawn
Edition: Map

4.0 out of 5 stars Useful map but on very thin paper, 23 Sept. 2014
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Good map, on a very large scale, and helpfully marked with latitude and longitude grid so you can translate your GPS readings to where you are on the map if you know how. Loses one star though for being on very thin and fragile paper - we used it for 5 days in Lanzarote and just in that short time it picked up some tears along the folds.


Smart E-Line Bicycle Lighting Set - Grey/Red, 10 cm
Smart E-Line Bicycle Lighting Set - Grey/Red, 10 cm
Price: £12.52

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Have bought several of these and been happy with them all., 23 Sept. 2014
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We've got these on various bikes belonging to the family, and have been happy with them all. Front light beam brightness and width is good, plus it gives some light to be seen by on the sides, and the 2 x AA batteries last well. Having piddly AAA batteries in the back light is a pest - I like to use AA for everything - but I've not found a AA-powered back light yet, and the AAA batteries last well in the back. The horizontal aspect rear light is good for going on the seat post under the saddle. If you want to mount it on the frame stays next to the wheel, they do a vertical aspect rear light which is better in that application.


True-Fusion XDH6 Shadow Solar Powered Auto-Darkening Welding Helmet and grind mask with FREE Storage Bag, Spare Lenses and Sweatband included
True-Fusion XDH6 Shadow Solar Powered Auto-Darkening Welding Helmet and grind mask with FREE Storage Bag, Spare Lenses and Sweatband included

5.0 out of 5 stars Don't know why I waited so long to get one, 23 Sept. 2014
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One of those "how do they do it for the price" jobs. Good item, especially for the price, and if you've been using a regular (non-auto) helmet up to now, you'll be surprised as to how much easier and better your welding is with something like this. Instantly becomes a must-have item.


Motorola Clip-On Shell Case Cover for Moto E - Lime Yellow
Motorola Clip-On Shell Case Cover for Moto E - Lime Yellow
Price: £5.33

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's yellow and it clips on to your Moto E, 23 Sept. 2014
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It's a clip on shell for a Moto E, and it's yellow. What else would you want for? Expensive for what after all is just a bit of plastic, but it fits perfectly and looks good.


JETech Dual-Port 4.8A 24W Rapid USB Car Charger Cigarette Charger
JETech Dual-Port 4.8A 24W Rapid USB Car Charger Cigarette Charger
Offered by JEDirect UK
Price: £5.29

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great quality item, 23 Sept. 2014
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Just to look at it and hold it is to see and feel that it is a great quality item. Bought this after getting fed up of various cheapies that didn't work or failed quickly. One thing to be aware of is that the interior is lit up with a blue LED that you see through the USB holes, and this is quite bright - fine normally and a useful confirmation that it is powered up, but distracting on a car dashboard at night.


Acer Liquid E2 UK Single Sim Free Android Smartphone - Black
Acer Liquid E2 UK Single Sim Free Android Smartphone - Black

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The "4GB" mobile phone that leaves you with 0.4GB for your apps, 25 July 2014
This phone is nearly brilliant. Good size and weight, useful battery life, powerful processor, nice screen. But it is fatally flawed. Type something like “acer liquid e2 phone storage problem” into your search engine to find the tragic stories of people (me included) bewailing this.

The problem boils down to this. The Acer Liquid E2 has 4GB of storage space. About 1.9GB of that is used by the Android operating system. On most phones that would leave you with 2GB of space for your apps - not overly generous, but enough for many users. The Moto E (which we have in this household as well as an E2) for example works exactly like this - 4GB of space, 1.9GB taken for the operating system, leaving 2GB or so for your apps.

But not the Acer Liquid E2. For some reason that no one can fully explain, it has a 1.65GB partition called "phone storage", that is unavailable to you and cannot be deleted (or at least not without rooting your phone and writing your own operating system image, of which I have heard rumours but no verifiable stories of success). So as supplied and fresh out of the box, your "4GB" phone has a whole 0.4GB of app space. By the time you've had it for 6 months and put maybe a dozen or 20 apps on it, you'll start getting out-of-memory errors and messages, and rue the day you ever bought this fatally flawed phone.

It is an extraordinarily stupid oversight by the manufacturer, and amazingly they have not offered any fix for it. I'd steer well clear of this, and I'll be wary of this brand for a long time to come.


PARKER REFLEX FOUNTAIN PEN BLACK + INK CARTRIDGE
PARKER REFLEX FOUNTAIN PEN BLACK + INK CARTRIDGE
Offered by Direct To Bargains
Price: £6.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't look great, cap breaks easily, but great writer, 12 Jun. 2014
This used to be my day-to-day keep-it-on-the-desk pen. It a nice pen to write with - ideal shape, length, and weight, and the nib is just right. The rubbery textured bit where you grip it is good too.

No one would say it is a nice looking pen though - it's a black plastic barrel with a black plastic cap and a cheap pressed metal clip. And the plastic cap is fragile. Push it onto the pen too hard and it cracks around the rim - mine lasted about 9 months.

So, great for writing for a while if you treat it gently. But if you want a durable pen, or a stylish pen to produce with a flourish for signing an international peace treaty or something, try something else.


Panasonic SD-2500 WXC Automatic Breadmaker with Gluten Free Program - White
Panasonic SD-2500 WXC Automatic Breadmaker with Gluten Free Program - White
Price: £87.71

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for salt-free bread, 24 May 2014
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A health report in 2013 said that the main culprits for salt in our diet are breakfast cereals and bread. So why do supermarkets keep putting salt in their bread? 'Because people like it like that,' they say. Well I like my bread fresh and salt-free, which is why I love my Panasonic SD-2500.

There's a lot of nonsense said about bread needing salt for it to rise. It doesn't. If you use a good strong bread-making flour, just leave out the salt and the sugar and it will work just fine.

For flour, I find the Allinson strong white flour gives good results every time. Some of the supermarket brands are good too, and a lot cheaper, but you have to experiment a bit as to which are good and which are not. The yeast is important too. I like the Allinson Easy Bake dried yeast that comes loose in a green 100g pot - use a rounded teaspoon per loaf.

Here's my recipe for the perfect salt-free loaf - works for me every time. This is for a medium loaf - don't do more than you'll eat in a day or two - you can easily make another fresh loaf when you need it. Put the ingredients in the breadmaker in this order: a sploosh of olive oil (about one tablespoon - all this does is make the dough workable and easy to tip the loaf out at the end), 280ml of tepid water (30 seconds in the microwave to make it tepid will do - don't make it too hot or you'll kill the yeast), 400g of strong bread flour with 1 teaspoon of dried bread-making yeast stirred into it. Your yeasty flour is now sitting on top of your oily water. Put the breadmaker on menu #2 (rapid loaf), set it for medium size, and click on Start. 1 h 55 mins later it'll beep when ready. Tip it out, let it cool for 20 mins, and enjoy fresh warm bread. Super-easy, and works for me every time. You don't even have to clean the pan - the non-stick means just a quick wipe-round with a bit of kitchen roll to pick up any crumbs, and you're done.

To adjust the above for a large loaf, use 500g flour, 350ml water, and do it on the 'L' setting instead of 'M'.

Great gadget, and at about 40p a loaf it'll even pay its way. Also good for salt-free pizza bases, tear-and-share bread, challah bread, etc etc.


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