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Acctim 12257s Sweeper Alarm Clock Chrome
Acctim 12257s Sweeper Alarm Clock Chrome
Offered by HARTS
Price: £15.49

1.0 out of 5 stars Satisfied for all of four days., 17 Jun. 2016
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Initial impressions of the clock were good.

I was surprised that it required three AAA batteries.

It appeared reasonably robust, easy to set up, and the light sensor functioned properly.

However, the alarm volume was rather weak.

All was well for four days when the clock suddenly stopped working.

Although, upon receipt, I had installed a fresh set of batteries, I changed them for a further fresh set, but the clock was still inoperative.

I am returning it for a refund.


Fujitsu Scansnap S1300i Deluxe
Fujitsu Scansnap S1300i Deluxe
Price: £210.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent scanner notwithstanding it's revised software., 12 April 2016
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One must first load the software before using the scanner.

This proved to be a lengthy procedure, as having loaded it from the supplied disc, one is then automatically notified of down loadable updates.

Contrary to the contents description on this website page, the Rack2-Filer V5.0 software has been replaced,and the supplied disc contains Rack2-Filer Smart V1.0 for which a downloadable update is available.

The problem, for me, is that the User Interface of the updated software has been amended, and is not particularly intuitive.

Even with the supplied user manuals, I found the software presented a steep learning curve, especially for the Rack2- Filer Smart software.

The latter does present a visually attractive interface for one's scanned items.

The 1300i scanner itself appears to be solidly built, and, on a 300dpi setting, quickly scans multiple pages.

Having got to grips with the software, the 1300i deluxe is thoroughly recommended.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A High Quality, Portable Printer., 4 April 2016
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After many years of reliable service, my Canon Pixma iP90 suddenly ceased to work, so I naturally decided to buy a portable Canon replacement.

This led me to the Pixma iP110.

Although it is larger than my old printer, the iP110 is still compact, and more sophisticated in having Wi-Fi connectivity.

The included 'Quick Step' guide could be improved upon in terms of clarity, so I suggest that one utilises the videos posted on You Tube by Canon USA to install the Ink Cartridge Holder, Ink cartridges, and carry out the Print Head Alignment Procedure.

Canon UK have posted, on the 22 March 2016, a full Windows Download which installed the iP110 on my computer without any problems.

There is no USB connection cable supplied with the iP110, but, fortunately, that supplied by Canon with my previous printer fitted.

The build quality of the iP110 appears to be very good, and it is relatively quiet in operation.

Print quality on documents is excellent.
Comment Comment (1) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Apr 22, 2016 1:32 PM BST


Zeppelin Watches Men's Quartz Watch 7540-3 7540-3 with Leather Strap
Zeppelin Watches Men's Quartz Watch 7540-3 7540-3 with Leather Strap
Offered by Luna-Pearls
Price: £190.00

5.0 out of 5 stars An attractive looking retro styled watch., 19 Mar. 2016
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I was in the market for a dual time watch, and was attracted to this retro styled big dial watch.

I like the clean, uncluttered, look of the face, and the fact that the smaller secondary dial can be independently set to a different time.

The leather strap is of good quality, and although initially very stiff it soon becomes flexible.

I am very pleased with the overall quality of this particular model in the pointtec.de range.


Citizen Watch Chronotime At Men's Quartz Watch with Grey Dial Analogue Display and Stainless Steel Bracelet BY0106-55H
Citizen Watch Chronotime At Men's Quartz Watch with Grey Dial Analogue Display and Stainless Steel Bracelet BY0106-55H
Price: £249.00

5.0 out of 5 stars A well built technically advanced watch., 19 Mar. 2016
An extremely well built watch which, for some, may prove to be too heavy with it's weight of 175 grams.

Depending on one's location, a manual set up may not be necessary.
As soon as I took mine out of it's packaging, it sprang into life, and accurately set all the adjustable parameters.

With it's two tone colour combination, the watch looks even more attractive than is indicated by this website's images.

I have to admit that I purchased my watch from Goldsmiths UK who have the watch on sale for £295.


Microsoft Lumia 435 UK SIM-Free Smartphone - Black (Windows)
Microsoft Lumia 435 UK SIM-Free Smartphone - Black (Windows)
Offered by MACnificent
Price: £64.95

25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute bargain., 5 Aug. 2015
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I am a great fan of the Windows OS for mobile phones.

When walking for any length of time, I find that my Lumia 930 is too heavy to slip into,and carry comfortably in, a pocket.

Hence my search for a small, light, inexpensive, Windows phone that would provide the main OS functions of my 930 led me to the 435.

And what a revelation, and delight it has proven to be.

For a retail price of under £50, for a SIM Free phone of such sophistication, the 435 represents fantastic value for money.

Build quality is good, and the phone feels sturdy in the hand.

Call quality is clear, and strong.

Although the screen is low resolution, the fact that it is only 4 inches, means that text is sharp enough for me not to have to wear my glasses.

Off axis viewing does suffer, but head on the screen is bright, and clear.

It is testament to the WIndows OS, that the low specification processor still enables one to experience reasonably fast operation of the phone's main functions.

All in all, the Lumia 435 is something of a steal.
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Pure Avalon 300R 500GB Connect Freeview+ HD Digital TV Recorder
Pure Avalon 300R 500GB Connect Freeview+ HD Digital TV Recorder

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More than just a Freeview HD Recorder---Very under-rated., 10 Jun. 2015
Firstly to address some of the inaccurate statements in the review posted in August 2014.

Recorded Programmes:

For a recorded programme, in the displayed list of recordings, scrolling onto it's title reveals a box containing the total time of the recording.

Pausing playback, reveals a horizontal timeline showing the time at which playback has been paused, and the total time of the recording.

Having stopped a recording, as is indicated in the bottom right hand corner of the screen, one can resume playback by pressing the blue button on the remote.

Listed recordings are displayed with the latest being first.

Also displayed will be Page 1 of X ( X being the number of the page containing the oldest recordings).

One can scroll between pages by pressing either the right or left key of the four way keys surrounding the OK button.

On my unit, the fan is inaudible.

As for the Avalon 300R itself:

It is unique in combining a Freeview HD Recorder with integrated Wi-Fi, and an HDMI Switcher.

The unit is solidly constructed.

The User Interface is clearly laid out, and easy to navigate.

Series Recordings are retained in a Folder.

The Picture Quality on both live transmissions, and recordings is excellent.

With a 3 year warranty from Pure.com, and at it's current price, purchasing the Avalon 300R is a 'no brainer'.


Interstellar [Blu-ray] [2014] [Region Free]
Interstellar [Blu-ray] [2014] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Matthew McConaughey
Price: £6.99

6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An absorbing, and rewwarding, film., 16 April 2015
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Given the wide range of reviews, for a very long time I remained undecided as to whether or not to purchase this film.

I have now watched the film.

A simple test I have for a very long running film is do I look at my watch while it is on.

With 'Interstellar' the answer is a categorical No!

The slow build up setting the scene, and establishing relationships, prior to 'blast off' I found to be absorbing.

Once in Space, the plot, acting, and CGI continue to absorb, and impress the viewer, and, excuse the pun, time just flies by.

The Picture Quality on the Blu-Ray is superb, and with careful adjustment a satisfactory balance between the volume level of speech and 'explosive' sound effects can be obtained.

Some reviewers have made much of suspect science in the film.
As this is a Science Fiction film I just went with the flow, sat back, and enjoyed the film rather than spend my time looking for errors.


Nokia Lumia 930 4G UK SIM-Free Smartphone - Orange (Windows, 5-inch, 32 GB)
Nokia Lumia 930 4G UK SIM-Free Smartphone - Orange (Windows, 5-inch, 32 GB)

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A triumphant end to a long tradition., 13 Dec. 2014
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The first thing to mention is that this UK model includes as a standard accessory the Wireless Charging Plate DT-601.

The phone itself exhibits Nokia's usual attention to solid build quality.

The Windows OS is really smooth in operation, and Cortana is a welcome enhancement to the user experience.

The ability to customise the Home Screen is also most welcome.

I am a long term Android Phone user, and I am finding that using the 930 is a refreshing and enjoyable experience.

Transferring my iTunes music library via the Windows Phone App was simplicity itself.

The Lumia 930 is a fitting end to Nokia's long tradition of producing quality phones such as the 808 and N9.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent, sophisticated mini oven., 22 Oct. 2014
The oven is somewhat industrial looking, but appears to be well built.

One would have liked some thermal insulation of the bare metal sides.

The oven is surprisingly sophisticated especially when one bears in mind it's price.

The backlit LCD display makes it extremely easy to read the settings of the various programme modes, temperature, and elapsed time which counts down in both minutes, and seconds.

Temperature, and Time are adjustable in small intervals.

The oven also has a fan facility, and an inbuilt light.

One surprising omission is that there is no visual indication of a pre-set temperature having been attained.

As for the quality of the results produced by this oven---- in a word Excellent.


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