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LaCie Porsche Design 2TB USB 3.0 Portable 2.5 inch External Hard Drive for PC and Mac - Dark Grey
LaCie Porsche Design 2TB USB 3.0 Portable 2.5 inch External Hard Drive for PC and Mac - Dark Grey
Offered by Farbrengen
Price: £94.99

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I have three other LaCie drives which have never given problems, so I have every confidence in this one., 17 Jan. 2017
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The LaCie Porsche Design 2TB USB 3.0 Portable 2.5 inch External Hard Drive is extremely compact and remarkably silent for a drive of this capacity.
Physical installation was simply just connecting one end of the supplied cable to the drive and the other to a USB3 port on my PC. Power is taken from the USB port, so there is no separate power supply.
When I first connected it, (to a Windows 10 system) I wasn’t sure if it was running, but when I placed my hand on it I could just feel a low vibration. I then noticed, there is a small green LED on top of the case, which is lit when not in use, and flashes when the drive is working. There is no on/off switch; not a problem for me, but it could be for some.
The drive come with the light version” Genie backup software, which doesn’t allow full system backups, bundled in. As I’m using the drive to archive video files, I didn’t install it.
Surprisingly for such a fast drive of relatively high capacity, it has no air vents but, even after completing a very long data archive, it was just warm to the touch and, once the transfer was finished, it cooled down very quickly.
I have three other LaCie drives which have given no problems for three years, two years and one year respectively, so I have every confidence in the brand, and no reason to suspect that this drive is any different.


OXO Good Grips Trigger Ice Cream Scoop
OXO Good Grips Trigger Ice Cream Scoop
Price: £9.00

3.0 out of 5 stars Makes ice cream look good in a bowl., 8 Jan. 2017
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The OXO Good Grips Trigger Ice Cream Scoop is well made and feels good in the hand. The trigger, which operates the mechanism that releases the ice cream from the bowl if well place for the thumb. . . . of your right hand; somewhat more awkward if you’re left handed.
It works very well in soft ice cream, but is not so good in harder types. However, if you need to have your ice cream nicely presented on a plate or in a bowl, it works well.


Rapesco ECO HD-100 Heavy Duty Stapler, White
Rapesco ECO HD-100 Heavy Duty Stapler, White
Price: £16.55

5.0 out of 5 stars This is not a casual desktop stapler, it's a workhorse., 8 Jan. 2017
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If you need to staple large documents, up to 100 pages, the Rapesco Heavy Duty Stapler is just what you need. The extra-long base makes it sit firmly on the desk and the extra-long operating arm provides the extra leverage need to press staples through your documents.

This is not a casual desktop stapler, it's a workhorse. It is also considerably larger than a conventional desktop stapler, as the attached picture shows.

Because of its large capacity, you need to ensure that it’s loaded with the correct staples before starting the job. A table on the base lists five different staple sizes to be used according to the number of pages in the documents.

However, having loaded the correct staples, just a firm press on the operating arm is all that is needed to complete the job.
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Silentnight Warm And Cosy 15 Tog Duvet - Single, White
Silentnight Warm And Cosy 15 Tog Duvet - Single, White
Price: £16.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Our cats immediately jumped on it a settled down to sleep., 8 Jan. 2017
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The Silentnight Warm and Cosy single bed Duvet is exactly as described, warm and cosy. The well-made, microfiber cover is pleasing to the touch, and the hollow fibre filling is extremely light and warm; reflected in the 15 Tog rating.

All air is excluded for packing and transit so, when first unpacked, the duvet must be shaken and left to recover its shape. We laid it on a bed and left it for a while; when we returned out two cats had found it and were curled-up on it asleep. We put a cover on and placed it on a bed; guess what? The cats immediately jumped on it a settled down to sleep. Fortunately, it’s just as comfortable for people; light-weight, but cosy and warm.

Being made of 100% man-made materials, the Silentnight Warm and Cosy Duvet is machine washable, and can be tumble dried; so no expensive cleaning bills.

Plus, the 5 year guarantee shows it’s made to last. I’m very impressed with this duvet.


The Killings at Badger's Drift: A Midsomer Murders Mystery 1
The Killings at Badger's Drift: A Midsomer Murders Mystery 1
by Caroline Graham
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars The Killings at Badger's Drift is a very good yarn, so it’s easy to see how it inspired the initial TV series, 24 Dec. 2016
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I’ve watched the many TV series based on these books for a very long time but, until now, I’d never read any of the books.

Not only had I never read a Midsomer Murder book, but I had never before read anything by Caroline Graham, so this was for me a revelation. It’s unfortunately quite rare to find an author who has a total grasp of the English language but can also enfold you in a story’ Catherine Graham is one such author.

I always preferred to older Midsomer Murders with John Nettles as Tom Barnaby and Daniel Casey as Gavin Troy, and it was these faces that I saw in my mind’s eye as the plot thickened.

The Killings at Badger's Drift is a very good yarn, so it’s easy to see how it inspired the initial TV series. It was a joy to read and I found myself transported to Midsomer. I would thoroughly recommend this book.

After so many years, it’s incredible that there is still anybody alive in Midsomer, but that’s part of the enjoyment.

I thought it would be good as an audio book, but could only find it in German.


Intimuse Women's V-Neck T-Shirt, Black (Schwarz Melange), Large
Intimuse Women's V-Neck T-Shirt, Black (Schwarz Melange), Large
Price: £6.58

5.0 out of 5 stars Great as a baggy overtop., 24 Dec. 2016
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My wife is medium, but she loves the Large Intimuse Women's V-Neck T-Shirt, which she wears as a baggy overtop. The viscose, poly, cotton material looks very good and my wife says it is very comfortable.

Unusually for a T-shirt, it has an outside breast pocket, which is perfect for a mobile phone.


Nikon KeyMission ET-AA1 Tripod Adapter
Nikon KeyMission ET-AA1 Tripod Adapter
Price: £23.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This simple, well made, device adds to the versatility of the KeyMission 80, 23 Dec. 2016
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One of the problems I had with the Nikon KeyMission 80 was the inability to mount it on a tripod. This has been solved by the launch of the Nikon KeyMission ET-AA1 Tripod Adapter.

This simple device is very well made, as you would expect from Nikon and improves the versatility of the KeyMission 80.

The camera just slots into the adapter, which can then be attached to a standard tripod mount. The camera is held very firmly whilst leaving all the controls accessible.
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Beurer Style Pro HC25UK Premium Travel Hair Dryer
Beurer Style Pro HC25UK Premium Travel Hair Dryer

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than many home hair dryers; it has exceed my expectation in every way, 23 Dec. 2016
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Travel hair dryers are often flimsy, lightweight and low power. But not the Beurer Style Pro HC25UK Premium Travel Hair Dryer; you just have to pick it up to feel the quality.
The folding handle clicks firmly into place and stays there until you’re ready to fold it away for storage. You wouldn’t know it’s a travel hair dryer; it’s well balanced and feels good in the hand. The two-speed on/off button is perfectly placed, as is the temperature regulating button. A directional nozzle can be clicked on if required.
The Beurer Style Pro is better than many home hair dryers; it has exceed my expectation in every way.


ADULT RED BOBBY SOCKS - RED FRILLED ANKLE LENGTH 50s SOCKS - 50s FANCY DRESS ACCESSORY - 1 PAIR
ADULT RED BOBBY SOCKS - RED FRILLED ANKLE LENGTH 50s SOCKS - 50s FANCY DRESS ACCESSORY - 1 PAIR
Offered by Fancy a Change
Price: £4.75

3.0 out of 5 stars If you only need one pair, the delivery charge is greater than the cost of the socks., 17 Dec. 2016
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These are nicely made, good quality socks that look great. However, if you only need one pair, the delivery charge is greater than the cost of the socks.


Panasonic KX-TG8564EW Cordless Phone with Answering Machine (DECT,Hands Free Functionality, Low Radiation) WHITE Model
Panasonic KX-TG8564EW Cordless Phone with Answering Machine (DECT,Hands Free Functionality, Low Radiation) WHITE Model

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The KX-TG8564EW Cordless Phone with Answering Machine ticked all the boxes., 17 Dec. 2016
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We have a three story house, so it’s really convenient to have a phone on each floor. When we move in, nearly fourteen years ago, we purchased a Panasonic cordless phone with answering machine and four handsets. This has worked faultlessly for all this time, and we only replaced it to get a smaller, more attractive replacement with greater functionality. Our daughter has now taken it over and is very pleased with it.
It was a no brainer, therefore, that the replacement should also be a Panasonic product, and the KX-TG8564EW Cordless Phone with Answering Machine ticked all the boxes.
In the box is the base unit, which contains the answering machine, which holds one handset, charging units for the other three handsets, rechargeable batteries, belt clips and a connecting cable for the phone line. Before connecting to the network, the batteries need to be inserted into the handsets and charged for seven hours. Once charged, the handset can be left on the unit, or taken anywhere within range of the base unit.
There is a vast array of functions which can be setup according to the user’s needs, such as date and time, key tone on/off, ring tone, ring volume, handset name, and many more. The large capacity phone books, a shared book and a personal book, can hold up to three numbers for each entry. Up to nine frequently used numbers can be assigned to speed dial settings.
Initial phonebook setup is quite time consuming but, once completed, the whole book can be transmitted to each of the other handsets. Calls can be made from the handset keys or the phonebook. Other members of your household can join in a call in progress from any other handset.
The answering system can be set to on or off, with the option of just playing out a greeting, or recording an incoming message. Pre-recorded greetings are available, but a personal greeting can be recorded. Even if the caller doesn’t leave a message, the number is still recorded in the callers list. The number of missed calls and messages left is displayed on all handsets. Total recording time is about forty minutes. Messages can be played back from the base unit or from any handset. It is also possible to retrieve messages from any telephone whilst out of the house.
Other very useful features
The system operates as an internal intercom function, which can save many unnecessary journeys up and down stairs.
One handset can be used as a “baby monitor”. When a sound is detected, the monitoring handset is called.
Nuisance call numbers can be added to a barring list. Calls from barred numbers are not connected and the caller receives a busy tone. The incoming call is still listed in the callers list.
And, my favourite, calls can be recorded, but you should always notify the caller that you are doing it. It’s amazing how the attitude of a call centre agent changes when you inform them the call is being recorded.
I have only one issue, why do manufactures market white products with grey wires and black charging units?


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