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Syba 5-Port SATA I/II Internal Hardware-Port Multiplier
Syba 5-Port SATA I/II Internal Hardware-Port Multiplier
Price: £49.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Works only for RAID, 20 April 2015
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Works for RAID, but not for simple port replication. There's a detailed review from amazon.com that explains how to deal with the lack of documentation, but alas it doesn't help in cases where it will only recognise a single drive.

This product is from Iocrest (which isn't listed on Amazon), the box and meagre instructions are in Engrish ("expend to 5 ports") and I just can't get it to work as listed. Shame... have to try something else.


Anker® USB 3.0 4-Port Compact Aluminum Hub with 2-Foot USB 3.0 Cable
Anker® USB 3.0 4-Port Compact Aluminum Hub with 2-Foot USB 3.0 Cable
Offered by AnkerDirect
Price: £39.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Simple and very effective, 5 April 2015
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Lovely, solid, simple. So many of these little things fall apart in no time, but I have a feeling this will be around for a while. Also looks nice, and blends in well with any other dark peripherals.


2014 SONY BDP-S1200 Multizone All Region Code Free DVD Blu ray Player - 1 USB, 1 HDMI, 1 COAX, 1 ETHERNET + 6 Feet HDMI Cable Included. Small Size (W x D x H) 199 x 193 x 42 mm. 100~240V 50/60Hz Int'l Version with EU/UK Power Plug (2m HDMi Cable Included)
2014 SONY BDP-S1200 Multizone All Region Code Free DVD Blu ray Player - 1 USB, 1 HDMI, 1 COAX, 1 ETHERNET + 6 Feet HDMI Cable Included. Small Size (W x D x H) 199 x 193 x 42 mm. 100~240V 50/60Hz Int'l Version with EU/UK Power Plug (2m HDMi Cable Included)
Offered by MULTI-SYSTEM ELECTRONICS
Price: £179.00

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty great box saved from perfection by a bad UI and a few small misses., 5 April 2015
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Plays all my discs, from 3 regions, but mostly I play digital files or stream, and it does that pretty well also. In general, this is a well-done machine and we're happy to have it - it's a step up from my WD Live box.

That said, there are some definite ways to improve:
- The UI is terrible. Who designs these things? It's awful and pretty ugly. No-frills for the eyes, but at least it works.
- No wifi? Bummer... we had to hard-wire it to the LAN, and that might not be easy for some.
- It doesn't recognize some files (like .img), but it does with most at least.
- It doesn't network share. That's a downer, but as long as you're happy with local files, you're fine.


Chuckit! ULTRA BALLS Medium Dog Toy 2 Pack Fits Regular Launcher
Chuckit! ULTRA BALLS Medium Dog Toy 2 Pack Fits Regular Launcher
Offered by Best Pets
Price: £9.15

5.0 out of 5 stars Try and destroy it. Just try., 5 April 2015
My cute, fluffy little pup is a monsoon of destructive powers. He can rip through adamantium in seconds. He has had exactly one toy that's lasted a month, and this is it. He's had a few that lasted a week, but the only toy that he likes and has not been able to maul into tiny digestive portions heretofore is the lovely ball.

I say "ball" because we honestly haven't even gotten to the second one in the pack yet. It's been six months and he's still just starting to wear out the first ball. He loves this thing (his best friend in the world) and despite trying to put his best friend in his belly half the day, they both remain solids. This is his Wilson, easily the best dog toy purchase ever.


Nylabone Dura Chew Double Bend, Petite
Nylabone Dura Chew Double Bend, Petite
Price: £4.36

4.0 out of 5 stars Seriously durable, 4 Oct. 2014
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This is an odd little toy for the little guy - he didn't love it immediately and it's too small to play tug-of-war with, but it is the single toy he has that he has not destroyed inside of a month (let alone an hour sometimes). He's still chewing on this thing and it's still in fairly new shape.

The bad news for Nylabone is that I won't be needing another one of these for a long time...


Saga Volume 3
Saga Volume 3
by Brian K. Vaughan
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Best comic going, 29 Jun. 2014
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This review is from: Saga Volume 3 (Paperback)
Vaughn and Staples have turned out to be a dream-team! If you're reading about Volume 3, then you probably already know all you need to know about this series - so just expect more of the same brilliant work in V3 that you got in the previous two volumes.


Firefly Serenity Replica SDCC 2013 Exclusive Gold Key Chain
Firefly Serenity Replica SDCC 2013 Exclusive Gold Key Chain
Offered by YUK
Price: £20.24

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice but flawed, 29 Jun. 2014
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Be prepared for some heft - this is pretty heavy for a keychain. If you don't mind a little weight, then you'll be fine.

In terms of the look, it's great, no complaints at all. The problem is that the extensions around the engine are very sharp and pointy! Not a great design idea, having something in your pocket that's potentially going to jab you whenever you reach for it...

I've bent the two pieces inward so that they're touching the engine section, but that slightly defeats the purpose. Not the end of the world, but it's a pretty silly thing to have to do to a new item.


WD Elements 2TB USB 3.0 High Capacity Portable Hard Drive for Windows
WD Elements 2TB USB 3.0 High Capacity Portable Hard Drive for Windows
Price: £69.98

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tiny, fast, easy, 29 Jun. 2014
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You have to admire the continuing progression of the HDD market, and how it's come to something like this. This particular one feels very solid and sturdy despite being so small and light, which is obviously an optimal mix.

Speed is excellent, and setting itself up on Windows 7 took a few seconds on my (fast) PC. Not much else to say - if this drive lasts a few years, it will have been a perfect purchase.


Lonely Planet Russian Phrasebook & Dictionary (Lonely Planet Phrasebook: Russian)
Lonely Planet Russian Phrasebook & Dictionary (Lonely Planet Phrasebook: Russian)
by Lonely Planet
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Very useful, 29 Jun. 2014
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This is not my first LP phrasebook, so I knew what to expect: a handy reference with pretty intuitive layout and logic throughout.

As with the other LP books I own, I was not disappointed. The only thing I considered taking off a star for was that there isn't much focus on Cyrillic, but then I remembered that this is a phrasebook, not a language instruction, hence I'm happy to give this a solid 5. If you want more than 4 small pages on how to read Cyrillic, there's quite a lot of free stuff online, so consider this book is for the phrase reference, and it's pretty much ideal!


Supergets® Sony Xperia Z1 Premium Transparent Clear Wave Hydro Gel Case / Cover , High Capacitive Touch Screen Stylus and Screen Protector
Supergets® Sony Xperia Z1 Premium Transparent Clear Wave Hydro Gel Case / Cover , High Capacitive Touch Screen Stylus and Screen Protector
Offered by MOBILEJOY
Price: £0.15

5.0 out of 5 stars Loving it, 12 May 2014
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I don't really need a stylus, so I'm not using it - if you want a cheap stylus, then this one will work just fine (I did try it out, it's just not my style).

The protective film is almost identical to what I had in my Sony box, so well-done there.

But the case is the main thing. Like with most quality smartphones now, they're slippery glass that can be unwieldy if picked up at the wrong angle. It's hard to never drop one. So you want a case that's going to be minimalist but still protective and unobtrusive, and this one is pretty perfect. Basically, the design of it is spot-on - holes in the right places, easy-access to the charger slot, but not the SIM or SD, where you're not likely to go in often. The grips along the side are slightly rough, but very useful and extra-grippy. I take this phone in the shower for music, and have noticed zero issues with the case (retaining water, colouration, expand/contract, etc).

The only slight knock is that the power button takes a little practice to get right, because it conflicts with the VOL UP button. I don't know how they could have designed this better - I put it down more to Sony's putting those buttons so close to each other.

Overall, excellent value for the money.


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