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Siberian CC-Siberian-01
Siberian CC-Siberian-01
Price: £15.24

4.0 out of 5 stars Quiet CPU cooler, low profile makes it suitable for use in most PC's, 4 July 2015
I bought a few of these mostly for lower power CPU's Athlon II dual cores. It's important to note that this cooler isn't designed for more powerful processors official specs say up to around 82w thermal capacity.

This comes with a pre-fitted but removable 80mm PWM fan (4 pin) it's a standard size and can easily be replaced if required (they simply click into the 4 fan holes on the corner with tabs on the side holding it in place thus any fan will fit). The fan has a rotation speed of about 900-2200 RPM and can move quite a bit of air just over 30CFM at the highest speed. At the top speed it is audible though not hugely annoying (about 23dBA), at the lower speed levels it's effectively near silent (10dBA)

The aluminium fins are quite thin and provide reasonable airflow, though it should be noted it's not necessarily going to provide "better" cooling than a stock heat sink and fan. For improved performance I'd swap out the standard supplied thermal paste with a better heat conduction premium one. If you use good paste you can use a slightly more powerful CPU it's capable of taking it, but don't think about over clocking it's not designed for that.

You might wonder why you'd want to use this, well mostly it's the improved acoustics a lot of stock coolers can be quite noisy at full speed, they use fans smaller than 80mm. Simple concept larger fan that can spin at a slower speed but provide sufficient cooling, easy to clean it too as you can pop the fan off without removing any screws. Profile is low with a height of 6.5cm it should fit in any case easily. The Gelid fan also has longer life "Hydro Dynamic" bearings and a quoted life of 50,000 at 40 degrees C. I've used dozens of these fans for builds and they do last much longer than normal sleeve bearings.

Finishing could be a bit more refined but it provides quiet cooling at a reasonable cost. Be sure to tweak the motherboard settings to adjust the fan speed it's quite unnecessary to have it running at full speed.


Kobo Arc K107-KBO-64W WIFI (802.11b/g) Tablet eReader 7 inch Display, 1.5 Ghz Dual-Core Processor 64GB Memory - 1.3MP Camera, Android 4.0 - White
Kobo Arc K107-KBO-64W WIFI (802.11b/g) Tablet eReader 7 inch Display, 1.5 Ghz Dual-Core Processor 64GB Memory - 1.3MP Camera, Android 4.0 - White
Offered by TECHNIK TRADE UK
Price: £135.23

4.0 out of 5 stars Getting on a bit but a good screen and processor, shame about the lack of Bluetooth, 4 July 2015
I've been on the hunt for a decent tablet (but not too expensive) visiting many local shops looking at lots of tablets.
Most of the budget tablets I looked at had pretty poor screens (some really bad) and lacked much in the way of processing power (ie slow) and had lots of compromises.
I understand that you get what you pay for, to a point that is.

After seeing a local deal on one of these, I did some more investigation and then decided to pick one up as a present for my Son. One of the best decisions I've made because I'm very impressed and pleased with the Kobo.

I'll do the quick fire good and bad list. I did have an extended play with the tablet (had to install a few things ready to wrap up for Christmas)

Pro's:
+ 1280 x 800 IPS 7" display (215 ppi), simply put the screen is excellent very clear and has great viewing angles. Text is clean and clear in bright daylight too
+ Build is very good, with a soft touch back part (which is evidently removable allowing some access to the battery) Much more solid feeling that rivals
+ Texas Instruments OMAP 4470 Dual Core 1.5GHz processor, MUCH faster than the usual budget tablet offerings aka 1.2/1.3 dual core CPU's
+ 32Gb of storage, plenty of space for most people
+ 1Gb of ram is enough for most too, Dual-core graphics are surprisingly speedy
+ Open access to Android and Google Apps (this is not just an e-reader)
+ Ships with Jelly Bean Android 4.1 (an update to 4.2 would be nice but I'm ok with this)
+ Front 1.3mp camera (not bad for skype but not much else though)
+ Tapestries, this is Kobo's added skin to android and it works quite well. A bit like Microsoft's tiles but letting you group items in sections
+ Good battery life, I got over 8 hours with wifi and watching films/games you could probably get a bit more if you are doing less demanding tasks
+ Stereo sound, above average v other tablets (not quite up to the Kindle tablets)
+ Great wifi reception, smooth crisp playback for movies.

Cons:
- No micro SD card
- Does not ship with a USB cable (charger only)
- No GPS or bluetooth
- No HDMI out
- No rear camera
- Recessed screen, fingerprint magnet (but hey tablets are touch devices!)

Now being honest there are some compromises, such as GPS, bluetooth.
I did read quite a few reviews of the Kobo Arc 7, mostly positive. One mentioned the screen was not great, being honest the IPS panel is much better than the typical low end tablets, the 2012 Nexus 7 does have better contrast and deeper blacks. But I've tried a lot of tablets and I find this panel really very decent, with great viewing angles, and clear crisp text.

Kobo and Nexus have newer higher def panels on updated models and they're great, but at this price point it's hard to complain as I found many cheaper offerings had frankly horrible screens. It is true that some might not care for the design (fairly conservative, not dramatic) the screen is recessed a bit this didn't bother me at all but some like a dead flat surface.
The Kobo updated itself as soon as I connected to a wifi, no problems to report at all.
Performance wise the big surprise was that it was faster in both operation and games than the Nexus 7 (2012) model. That tablet has a triple core CPU but a different make (Tegra CPU) The Kobo's faster dual core seemed to have the edge here which is great as the Nexus was a cut above most in it's day.

The big pull with the Kobo v some other e-readers (ie Kindle), is that you have full access to Google Apps, there are no limitations at all despite having a Kobo "front end" this is Google certified and I installed a lot of Apps from Google all worked just great. As for the Kobo baked elements you have full customisation of the tapestries (and they work quite well actually) You can move or delete them as required or make up you own area to hold quick access to apps and shortcuts. It's not quite as customisable as Windows 8 as in you can't resize the apps or shortcuts, but it's fairly handy to be able to group apps under various headings speeding things up here.

You can't remove the recommendations bar, but that's only on the first screen and it might be useful to book readers. The Kobo book store is quite extensive and if you are a reader this is going to hit the spot for you. Kobo also have some free books (some classics there) I probably won't delve into this much because it's a gift, but it's here if you want it.

So in closing the Kobo turned out to be a bit of a sleeper as they say. I intially ignore this offering as a mere e-reader with tablet bits tacked on. The reality is the Kobo Arc 7 is an impressively specified full blown tablet (with a few limitations as per cons list) AND a very good e-reader too. You have none of the annoying Kindle advertising or proprietary baked in verion of Android. You are free to use this just as you would any other Android tablet. I managed to pick one up at a very very good price, significantly less than a blow out deal on a Nexus 7 2012. I can't really complain at all with a few missing bits as the tablet performs so well.

I'll be keeping an eye on Kobo if I get another tablet because they are really a bit of a dark horse of the tablet world, not well known but quietly making some good products, I might even buy another one I'm so impressed.

I'm giving this a solid 4 stars, but would like to give it around 4.5. It's not perfect but at the right price you a getting a great bargain here. My advice for shoppers is look beyond the "big names" in tablets and search for makers like Kobo, there are some excellent offerings out there.

Update 17/12/13:
I was so impressed with the Kobo I picked up another one (this time a whopping 64Gb model) again it cost quite a bit less than a 16Gb Nexux 2012
I also found and installed the Nova launcher App, this allows you to make the Kobo just like any other Android device with it's interface, though I do like the tapestries skin Kobo use. Now I have a choice though which is great.

I picked up a data cable from the usual auction site and that charges it just fine (but quite slowly v the wall charger- tip turn the tablet off!), add a case and you've a great little tablet for an unbeatable price. Compared to something like the Galaxy Tab 7" 8Gb and the Bush Mytab the Kobo offers huge storage, a much better screen and hands down a winner in this price segment. Review upgraded to 5 stars to reflect my experiences. Just make sure you can live without a rear camera and no GPS/bluetooth. For my needs these are not essential for me.

Update 26/03/14
Both the Arc's I bought are working just fine, my overall impressions are still mostly positive, Battery life is still quite good (but note heavy users who game or stream a lot will take a hit) On average I'm charging the Kobo's every 3 days or so. Performance is good on most tasks I do, Android could have better memory management, so I would suggest uninstalling unused Apps to keep things slimmed down system wise. I have quite a number of books on my own Kobo and it's been reliable to date.

I have read some issues with the micro USB port being pushed inside the unit (the port where you charge it), I have a warranty on both Kobo's until Dec this year. To date I have not had any problems with the port but will report back if any issues turn up.


Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 (16MP) Digital Compact Camera 10x Optical Zoom 3.0 inch LCD 37MB (White) (V104150WE000) V104150WE000
Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 (16MP) Digital Compact Camera 10x Optical Zoom 3.0 inch LCD 37MB (White) (V104150WE000) V104150WE000
Offered by techgross
Price: £176.47

4.0 out of 5 stars Beefy build - Waterproof camera with "selfie" flip screen, 4 July 2015
This is a very solid camera to hold with very strong metal body, and as far as I'm aware the first time you have a flip screen on a weatherproof/waterproof camera.

Very easy to use and operate it's a simple point and shot but with the usual array of filters and scene modes.
My overall quick fire list of points...

Good:
+ Nice 5x zoom range 21mm-105mm equivalent (wider than many cameras) Image stabilisation works well
+ Rugged build, feels extremely well built and beefy in the hand
+ Video quality was pretty good, you can zoom too, detail and sound above average (some high speed 120 and 240fps video modes for playing around with at lower resolution)
+ Large 3" 460k LCD and the mechanism feels very strong too, easy to see even in harsh lighting
+ Waterproof (up to 10m), freeze proof, shock proof, and crush proof evidently up to 100kg (I didn't try it though!)
+ Nice macro 1cm allowing some very good close up shooting
+ Snappy AF and shooting speed, also has a fast 7fps mode (but only for about a second of shooting)
+ Good battery life around 290 shots (above average for a camera of this type)

Bad:
- Not the best image quality bit softer in the corners at the wide end, high ISO images bit over processed not for pixel peepers
- Zoom motor noise can be heard in video recordings
- Surprisingly no wifi or GPS included (quite common nowadays)
- Images a bit cool in overcast conditions (just adjust the white balance here)

Like most cameras or this type you charge the battery in camera
You get your usual selection of effects and filters, panoramic mode, time lapse movie shooting, interval timer, HDR modes to play with.

Image quality was quite appealing with nice colours and good richness (without being over the top) This is a fun well built camera to take to the beach or places where you might risk damaging a normal compact. Print quality is satisfactory at normal sizes (8x6" or around there, you can get some ok A4 prints) But don't expect more than that

The very wide angle lens and flip screen means that "group selfie" shots are quite easy (wider than most compacts by some margin)
Build is one the most solid WR cameras I've tried very dense feeling and very well built indeed. I would have no fears about subjecting this to some rough handling. You are paying a bit of a premium for the flip screen though, bear this in mind and see if you need that or not.

It's worth a look if you want a "non pamper" compact to travel with or take for the day out.


LEGO Star Wars 75038 Jedi Interceptor Plaything, Amusement, Play, Toys, Game
LEGO Star Wars 75038 Jedi Interceptor Plaything, Amusement, Play, Toys, Game
Offered by RIGHT BARGAINS
Price: £35.98

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great set for the money, 4 July 2015
This is one of the newer lego releases out, having done to death the usual sets I decided to pick this up for my son (with his now pretty massive) Lego collection. He has a few Star wars sets but not that much.

The Jedi Interceptor is a fairly straight forward build, quite suited to 5-8/9 year olds or older. What I like about this set is you get R2-D2 (always worth having him) and Anakin Skywalker so two play figures in addition to the Interceptor (he's collecting figures too)

Play wise it's quite good for kids; when it's built up quite a strong construction which will won't fall apart with the younger ones playing with it. You also get two missiles which fire, a cockpit that opens and folding wing flaps. The missiles are spring loaded and have a fair bit of kick behind them (more than you think) so ideal as a play toy for the kids they can set up figures and have a little battle firing the missiles.

Price is very fair, and it's good to see some newer Lego designs coming out. Top notch


MDR-ZX310 - Black - Headphones
MDR-ZX310 - Black - Headphones

4.0 out of 5 stars Good value, decent sound for the price, 4 July 2015
These are the updated model of the popular MDR-ZX300 range, there are some minor cosmetic differences compared to this newer MDR-ZX310 model (Sony logo offset from the middle, slightly different mouldings on the headband area only small differences though)

As I have both models I can compare them esp in regards to sound.
Both have 30mm neodymium drivers, and the same 10–24,000Hz frequency range

Quick summary of good and bad

Good:
+ Good tonal balance with excellent bass response
+ Build is fine for the price feel reasonably well made, cans are foldable
+ Comfy and lightweight I've worn these for hours and they never annoy even longer wearing periods
+ Well spread out tonality giving a good feeling of presence

Cons:
- Cord length is 1.2m which might be a bit short for some (ie listening to tv, hifi etc)
- Build is "OK" they've held up well enough but could use better density plastics

Sound wise these sound a little better balanced than the older model, slightly brighter in the mids and highs. Bass is very good for a budget set of cans, with nice depth and good soundstage. These sound a lot better than you expect in this price range and are a good choice for budget phones which are light, sound good and very portable.

They don't have the same natural tonality and near perfect blend of bass/mids/treble as my more expensive Yamaha HPH-200's, but these cost a lot less and sound good for the asking price. One of the better budget cans available in this price range. A solid buy


Motorola Moto E white
Motorola Moto E white

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent budget Android phone, 4 July 2015
There has been a lot of hype about where Motorola would go next with smartphones, esp since the release of the Moto G which has been hugely popular and packs a lot of bang for your buck.

After testing the Moto E I can say it's probably one of the strongest budget android handsets I've used to date. But there are some compromises here too, not entirely unexpected at the low price. It's still a strong phone though in many ways

My quick summary of good and bad points

Pros:
+ Build is good, nice soft touch back..Gorilla Glass is scratch resistant
+ Latest version of Android 4.4 Kit kat
+ Motorola claim it's splash proof, I didn't test this though
+ Screen is good, 540 x 960 (256 pixels per inch) 4.3" slightly smaller than the Moto G but a decent size, and with good vibrant colours and fairly sharp, also has a brightness sensor. The best I've usd on a budget model so far (at this price point)
+ Sound is quite impressive not only loud but very clear (mono speaker)
+ Spec overall is decent for the price 1GB ram, Snapdragon 1.2GHz dual-core A7 CPU is ok for normal day to day use (mostly fast scrolling and performance is decent)
+ Above average battery life, many phones will die during the day the 1980mAh battery is a good step up over rivals. It should last a day even with heavy use, moderate uses should get a couple of days out of it (keep an eye on those battery hog apps too)
+ GPS and bluetooth 4.0

Cons:
- Camera, whilst it's 5 megapixel it is fixed focus (not great for close up shots) in low light levels performance isn't good images take a dive in quality (grainy and lacking contrast). Daytime shots are ok as long as your subject is far enough away
- Video quality is passable in daylight, but very laggy and with dropped frames in low light/dark environments (it's not HD either)
- No front camera (even a basic one would be useful)
- Viewing angles on screen could be better
- Not the slimmest handset ever, though the battery performance compensates for this a bit
- 4GB storage you have under 2GB left for use so make use of that micro SD slot

Other notes:
Takes a micro SIM card type
Micro SD cards up to 32GB capacity
You get a micro USB charger (not a full wall charger)
No easy access to battery (it's sealed in)

Gorilla Glass is good, but it's also prone to shattering if you drop the phone screen down (based on previous experiences on other handsets), so I would strongly suggest you invest in a decent case.

Games wise it does ok for a budget phone, don't expect to play higher end games without a bit of lag now and then. The Snapdragon dual core CPU isn't bad, but you really need more firepower (ie Moto G) for more serious gaming. One area I like with Motorola is you don't get a whole load of added on junk apps it's mostly the vanilla android experience many like (and you can tweak it to your own taste)

Taking into account the attractive price point, good sceen, overall decent spec and class leading battery life, the Moto E is a good budget smartphone, if not the best one overall on the market right now. You could argue that spending a bit more buys you a Moto G (which is a good step up faster processor, better screen etc), but if you are in this price point it's one of the best around compared to other offerings.
If only Motorola would address the weaker aspects many of their models have, the ho hum camera/video performance. Still if photos are not that important, it's a solid buy. Budget Android phones have improved hugely over the last couple of years, and the Moto E is proof of that.

Even though this has now been replaced with a generation 2 model it's still worth a look, you get a lot of phone for not a lot of money.
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Nikon COOLPIX P600 Digital Camera - Red (16.1 MP, 60x Zoom) 3.0 inch Vari-angle LCD Electronic Viewfinder and Wi-Fi
Nikon COOLPIX P600 Digital Camera - Red (16.1 MP, 60x Zoom) 3.0 inch Vari-angle LCD Electronic Viewfinder and Wi-Fi

4.0 out of 5 stars A 60x telescope built into a camera - Great fun, 4 July 2015
Previously I had the chance to review the P510 a while back, I liked it overall though a few areas could have been improved.
I didn't have a chance to try the updated model (P520), but now I have had a shoot with the P600 I'll convey some thoughts on the camera, I've had a few days shooting with the P600 so can give some idea of how things are stacking up. I will update the reivew should anything arise longer term. This was a gift for a good friend who has the camera, but I managed to grab it for a few days to try.

My impressions so far are:

Pros:
+ Epic zoom range, 60x... 24-1440mm (35mm equivalent range), a range that has to be seen to be believed! Distant blobs become real objects zooming in. Great fun for big zoom fans
+ Build is decent up to the quality I would expect on a camera like this, the LCD monitor is a good fully articulated 3" 921k nice and sharp looking
+ Image quality, a big one it's quite good really for a 1/2.3-in 16mp small CMOS sensor. Usual rules apply here viewing images at 100% on screen won't blow you away, and it's not going to give you DSLR IQ by a long shot. But...for the sensor size it's quite respectable. Even ISO 800 is quite good, 1600 is pushing things more than a bit. With careful processing you can improve things a little, or reduce resolution to 8mp for lower light shots
+ AF was quite quick in good light, but takes longer telephoto end as expect for a camera like this. Probably good enough for experienced bird shooters (I'm not a bird shooter being honest)
+ Well featured in most respects, tons of scenes and modes (which I would rarely use myself) Face detection helps with exposure and AF, flash exposures were quite decent.
+ Interval timer could be useful for time lapse projects
+ Active D lighting works well helping with dynamic range, but will effect image quality at the higher settings
+ Good macro setting 1cm min focus (at the wide end of the zoom)
+ Fairly fast 7fps, but fairly shallow buffer which is a bit of a downer. Nikon quote 7fps with 7 frames at max resolution, and that seems about right to me, you have a slow 1fps shooting mode which seems redundant. You can drop image size to help here. There are some snazzy ultra high speed shooting modes, with very low image resolution (640x480 @120fps) fun for web not much else. There is a "pre shooting cache" mode where you can save more images but at a 2048x1536 resolution, this would do the job for action shots.
+ Focus peaking, outlines the edges of your subject for improved manual focus, works well enough but like the Sony's I've used not so good in lower contrast
+ Colours are pretty punchy, similar to other Nikon's I've used you can tone this down in the settings if you want (I'd drop the contrast down a touch myself) Bit OTT for me but if you like punch out of the box it's here
+ Video mode isn't bad (take note of the video AF note) bit contrasty but you can tone that down. You get full HD progressive (not interlaced) at 25/30fps. You get 50/60fps in interlaced. Also included are some high speed lower res movie modes, they could be fun for action sequences. In quiet places the AF and zoom can be heard on recordings, but probably won't be in normal environments
+ The lens is good optics wise even at the top end producing pretty sharp images (take note wide end though)
+ VR works well, probably even better than the P510 I used, but don't expect miracles. You won't be hand holding @ 1440mm equivalent at 1/10 second! I'd invest in a half decent (they're not expensive) monopod if you're a shooter who might be out on less than ideal days. The magnification at that zoom range is big, as good as the VR is technique will help here too
+ Metering is quite good and mostly predictable, keep an eye out for high contrast scenes though (or use the DRO option) Highlights can blow out, though this stacks up fairly well v other cameras I've tried.
+ Battery life isn't bad Nikon quote 330, I got around 290-300 on average (but you tend to play with a new camera more settings wise) I'd get a spare, watch out for third party batteries, Nikon seem to lock them out via firmware and encryption (I don't agree with this, bear it in mind)

Cons:
- Takes a while to zoom in and out full range, not a surprise just bear in mind if you're moving from one extreme to the other. It would be great to see a mechanical zoom (would solve the problem) You do have a "snap back zoom" ie zoom memory which helps
- AF in video struggles when zooming in and out, the P510 had this issue too just takes a while for the AF to catch up more so at the longer zoom ranges
- AF in low light is quite slow, AF assist light helps for closer subjects. If you're outside in low light levels shooting at a distance esp zoomed in a lot, you might want to manual focus (peaking function, or use the infinity focus option)
- Still no raw, some might not use it but it would be useful for processing some shots esp lower light ones. I think it's time Nikon offered this
- No GPS, replaced with wifi. Some might prefer one or the other (how about both?). I'd rather have GPS myself.
- No hot shoe, not likely to be used by most, worth a mention though
- I'd prefer less noise reduction on the jpegs, in shadow areas smearing can be an issue even at lower ISO levels. Par for the course on these cameras, and being honest the Nikon does better than most
- Some corner softness at the wide end, not enough to worry me hugely but there are compromises here
- Lens speed is f/3.3 - f/6.5, that's not bad for a huge range lens like this, but it's a bit slower than shorter range lenses. The FZ-200 has less range but more speed, that might be a factor so bear that in mind
- Shoot and review seemed a bit sluggish (quite a lot slower than the P510) I suspect maybe a firmware update will speed things up

I had quite a blast using the P600 it's a fun camera that has that "wow" zoom range that many will love. It is quite interesting from a photographic point (and as a shooter who isn't normally a tele one either) angle to experiment with the huge zoom lens range picking out details in distant scenes that you can barely see is rewarding. I'm sure nature and bird shooters will find a place for the camera.

Amazingly this doesn't hold the zoom record, Sony have a 63x zoom out there (not tried that) but the images I've seen didn't look half as good as this. There are alternative for bridge shooters, Fuji, Panasonic, Sony, Canon all have models that have fairly big zooms. If I were being picky I'd say a bigger buffer (say 20 shots+ jpeg) would make this a killer action camera at 7fps, and I'd love to see raw in there too, maybe a better EVF (it's ok nothing mind blowing though)

As is stands, clearly smaller sensor big zoom cameras have compromises, this is no exception. But it stacks up pretty well in my books. I normally shoot with DSLR's most of the time, but even users like me can have a lot of fun with cameras like this.

Overall a decent camera and in some ways improved over the previous version. Recommended for big zoom fans who want half decent image quality on a small sensor.


Metz 44 AF-1 Digital Flashgun For Sony M.I Cameras
Metz 44 AF-1 Digital Flashgun For Sony M.I Cameras
Offered by Carmarthen Cameras
Price: £137.99

3.0 out of 5 stars The Metz is a good flash, but it's missing a few features and priced too close to the next model up, 4 July 2015
I've owned a few of these as a back up TTL flash for higher end models on both Nikon/Canon and Sony mounts.

This model is a jump up from the most basic entry Metz, but falls short of being a genuine "mid range" flash (the market has moved on a bit and other third party makers are offering stiff competition) It is however fully TTL compatible (it integrates with the camera metering), the headline features are:

TTL Flash, Guide number 44
Bounce and swivel head with wide angle reflector and white card
Coverage from 24 – 105 mm (12mm with the wide angle diffuser)
Manual Flash Levels: 1/1, 1/2, 1/8, 1/64
Wireless slave mode
Modelling light (this fires a series of flashes to show you where the shadows will fall)
Built in single LED AF assist light

On paper it's a reasonably well specified flash offering both manual, wireless and dedicated TTL for integration with the cameras metering. Using the flash is very simple 4 main buttons for the various modes, 4 LED lights for the manual flash power output. However third party makers have upped their game in the last year or so and now offer comparable features if not more for less outlay. Hot shoe is plastic that on it's own isn't a huge problem, but again even flashes costing less than half this now come with a metal foot. Another weaker point is just 4 power levels for manual flash whilst this might be adequate it's should be more flexible.

Output is quite good with a guide number of 44 it's not lacking, not as powerful as higher end models but day to day more than enough. It's worth pointing out though that this model doesn't support HSS/Auto FP if your camera is HSS capable this flash won't be of use for higher shutter speeds. Rarely an issue inside but it could limit the usefulness outside for fill flash.

When I got the Metz guns I had around 4 years ago there were few alternatives around, fast forward to 2015 and the market has exploded with some excellent flashes from other makers, and the Metz has fallen behind rivals in this area. I think a price of about £80 is more realistic for what it offers it certainly has some use for an indoors flash or second flash. Spending a little bit more gets you the newer updated 52 AF-1 which is fully featured, or a second hand 50 AF-1 or 58 AF-2 both of which offer more manual control and HSS. At the right price worth a look, but this model needs an update and a more realistic price point.


Tescoma Nut Cracker Presto
Tescoma Nut Cracker Presto
Price: £5.10

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It works fine though the build could be improved, 4 July 2015
I got one of these as a short term replacement for my super deluxe rubber handled "nut cracker" which has gone missing for some reason.
This unit is chrome plated, however I've no idea what metal is under the chrome. There is a bit of "flexing" in the handles, but so far it's not had any problem with a variety of nuts including Brazil nuts, Hazelnuts, and Almond nuts. Walnuts are quite easy to crack as are the Hazelnuts but the Brazil ones need a bit more pressure to open them up.

I tend to use the larger opening for cracking my nuts, there is a smaller section but it can invoke "nut explosion" if you are not careful. The central notch can be handy for stubborn nuts that don't crack easily but again try not to overdo it or you'll be picking up the pieces off the floor. The quality of the nut cracker is not bad, it's not as beefy as my normal unit but it seems to work fine and it certainly beats using a hammer or the bottom of a mug. By no means top tier but it does get the job done.


HuaYang Outdoor Multi function Mini Emergency Survival Credit Card Knife camping Tool 11 in 1
HuaYang Outdoor Multi function Mini Emergency Survival Credit Card Knife camping Tool 11 in 1
Offered by HuaYang(Overseas Shipping)
Price: £1.42

3.0 out of 5 stars Of some use for camping, 4 July 2015
I bought one of these many years ago and don't use it often.
Probably the most useful item is the bottle opener, next up would be the tin opener which does work but takes a bit more effort for obvious reasons.
The saw part is capable enough for cutting small branches (due to the size the saw blade is small), though do watch where you hold it esp the blade part can cut you.

It's solid enough with stainless steel so it won't rust and is unlikely to break.

The other functions are of limited use, but still it's not a bad item overall and the cost is tiny for what you get.


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