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Samsung 3 TB D3 Station USB 3.0/2.0 External Desktop Hard Drive - Black
Samsung 3 TB D3 Station USB 3.0/2.0 External Desktop Hard Drive - Black
Offered by SEDIVA UK

2.0 out of 5 stars Not reliable enough, 4 May 2016
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Worked for a while, but became gradually flaky and eventually died today, around 30 months after purchased. One of the shortest lifetimes of any hard drive I've ever bought.

Also, never really worked properly with Mac OS X - had a bad habit of simply losing connection and needing to be disconnected and reconnected to work after the computer resumed from sleep.


De'Longhi Magnifica Bean to Cup Espresso/Cappuccino Coffee Machine ESAM4200 - Silver
De'Longhi Magnifica Bean to Cup Espresso/Cappuccino Coffee Machine ESAM4200 - Silver
Price: £365.80

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent machine, 15 Mar. 2012
Bought this for a small office; it's been in daily use for six people for a couple of months now.

Can hardly fault the machine: a couple of people here find it complicated, but it seems obvious to me - put beans in, put water in, press button, wait for it to warm up, press next button. Makes great coffee with perfect crema and a minimum of fuss, at a fraction of the price per cup of Nespresso tablet machines.

You have to understand that milk steaming happens at a higher temperature than making coffee, so if you're making several cappuccinos, you have to do all the coffee first before doing the milk. But that's true of virtually any espresso machine, whether they say so or not.

I prefer the manual steamer on this machine to doing it automatically because I don't want the hassle of keeping a milk container clean and stopping the milk going off.

Only slight criticism is that the steamer could do with a bit more power (it takes a lot longer to do the milk than the one on my Rancilio machine at home), but it works adequately.


Brother HL-2270DW Compact Wireless Mono Laser Printer
Brother HL-2270DW Compact Wireless Mono Laser Printer

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Installation not 100% smooth, but first impressions generally good, 22 Jun. 2011
I've bought this because I've eventually got fed up with Canon inkjet printers whose colour cartridges dry out even though you're not using them much - I do very little printing, and my Canon printers are constantly refusing to print black and white documents because some colour cartridge or other has run out. So my requirement was for a printer that was (a) laser, (b) monochrome, (c) duplex and (d) wireless. The HL-2270DW fitted all of these at a thoroughly acceptable price.

The printer seems very fast for a cheap laser of this sort, print quality is good, and all the various bits of drivers and accompanying software make a good impression, both on Windows and Mac: they seem to have done things the sensible, obvious way that the OS recommends, rather than a variety of obscure proprietary things that get you generally messed up.

Having said that, there were a couple of unexplained hiccups. The first time I set up wireless, it all seemed to set up OK, but the printer was not found in the list of available wireless devices. I repeated the setup and it was fine. Next, with everything apparently OK and the printer status showing as "ready", it refused to print - as soon as a printed a job, the status went to "offline". This was resolved by the time-honoured technique of switching the printer off and on again.

While imperfect, this has been less painful than most networked printer installations, and the results look good so far.


Seagate FREEAGENT DESKTOP 500GB Hard Drive UK-VER 3,5" 7200RPM 8MB USB2.0 - ST305004FDC1E1-RK
Seagate FREEAGENT DESKTOP 500GB Hard Drive UK-VER 3,5" 7200RPM 8MB USB2.0 - ST305004FDC1E1-RK

1.0 out of 5 stars Worked OK for 15 months, but now very dead, 24 Mar. 2010
It's a perfectly ordinary USB storage device, reasonably cheap and nicely packaged. I've been using it as a backup device for a Mac using their Time Machine software.

Which is all fine, except the number one thing you want is reliability. Mine has been erratically unhappy for three months or so now, and today has finally died, resisting all attempts even to reformat it.

Not impressive - the product is only 18 months old.


The House of Rokach
The House of Rokach
by Leon Majaro
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars A glimpse of a past that can easily be forgotten, 28 Oct. 2009
This review is from: The House of Rokach (Hardcover)
Today, Israel is a country very different in character from the early years of Jewish immigration at the end of the 19th century and the first part of the 20th century.

Leon Majaro's family memoir provides personal and colourful insight into what things were like in those days: small communities struggling through a world war, colonial bureaucracy (both Ottoman and British) and diseases such as cholera and typhoid as they scrabbled to bring into being modern services and to adapt European culture to the foreign environment of the Middle East.

With today's political overtones, it's easy to forget what Israel's past was like. It's also easy to forget that friction between Jews and Arabs was not always at the extreme hostility that it is today. The book provides good illustration for anyone interested in those past times.


Canon PIXMA MX850 Multi Function Printer
Canon PIXMA MX850 Multi Function Printer

38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great unit - but grim setup process, 20 May 2008
Once set up, the unit works really well. It's quick, provides perfectly decent print quality, and looks robust. (My previous HP 6110 eventually fell apart after not many years of not particularly heavy use, and the driver started doing really bad things to the computer it was connected to).

Scanning across the network works very well, the fax function seems OK, and there seem to be more features than I'll ever get to in a long while.

The unit is operating fine from both PCs (Windows XP) and Macs (OS X 10.5).

Main complaint: this is without question the nastiest setup process I've ever encountered on a printer. The Mac setup in the manual didn't work at all on OS X 10.5 (and fails ungracefully): after several attempts, I had to spot the bit in the scrap of paper that accompanied the printer that tells you to look in the guide on the CD and do something different. The PC setup involved multiple disconnections and reboots - and that's without anything going wrong - and required a run around every PC on the network with disks.

Worth the hassle, I think, given that the results are really good now it's all working, but a thoroughly unpleasant setup experience.
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