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Griffin Gc10034 Headphone Control Adaptor
Griffin Gc10034 Headphone Control Adaptor

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice little remote control, 29 Oct. 2010
Bought this to go with the new 4th gen iPod touch. Controls are play/pause and volume up/down, so a little basic, but it works really nicely. The clip is good for belts and belt hooks, and is easy to slide on and doesn't fall off or feel flimsy in any way. The only downside is that the cable is really short - about 20cm long - and only just reaches on some of my clothes.


Veho VSS-002w Mimi Qube 2.4 GHz WiFi Speaker System Including Transmitting Dongle
Veho VSS-002w Mimi Qube 2.4 GHz WiFi Speaker System Including Transmitting Dongle

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent speaker for the price, 2 April 2010
I now have several of these in my flat. I have no problems with the range, or this being able to pick up signal through several walls in a Victorian flat over 50 feet.

For the size, the sound is excellent - speech and music are clear and with a good balance. The batteries last a good amount of time, and are easy enough to recharge with a standard USB charger. The light on top is clear, so it's easy to see whether the battery needs charging.

Overall, an excellent product, especially given how few products like this there are on the market at the moment for a reasonable price.


Keysonic Compact Wireless Keyboard with Integrated Touch Pad (2.4Ghz Radio Frequency, Notebook Layout) UK Layout
Keysonic Compact Wireless Keyboard with Integrated Touch Pad (2.4Ghz Radio Frequency, Notebook Layout) UK Layout

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent wireless keyboard, 29 Nov. 2009
Been using this for a while now, and not had any problems with it at all. Using it with a media PC through my TV, so didn't want wires etc around. The mousepad works well, easy to move the mouse around, and the keyboard is nice to type on. Light to carry round, so doesn't feel heavy to use even with the batteries in.

A good product, I'm very happy with mine.


Pure Evoke Flow Portable DAB / FM / Internet Radio
Pure Evoke Flow Portable DAB / FM / Internet Radio

5.0 out of 5 stars Great little radio, 10 Oct. 2009
I've owned one of these for more than a year now, and have just bought a second to replace my Roku Soundbridge. I've yet to see another product at a similar price that has so many functions for an equivalent price. The sound is well balanced, without the over heavy bass of the Soundbridge. It also has DAB radio, and you can get an iPod dock to play through. I have one in the bedroom which I also use as my alarm clock and tend to have on lower volumes, and one in the dining room which I play louder - both sound great and have a good sound at the different volume levels.

There are a couple of downsides - the lack of a remote as standard, and the navigation is not the most intuitive and does take a bit of getting used to. But once you've remembered where everything is, it isn't too difficult to navigate around and the display is large enough and clear to see what's going on. It's also light sensitive, so it will dull down when you turn the lights out.

Overall a great little radio with a good range of functions and a good sound. Well worth getting the second one.


Sony Bravia KDL32W5500U 32-inch Widescreen Full HD 1080p LCD TV with Freeview, 100Hz Motionflow
Sony Bravia KDL32W5500U 32-inch Widescreen Full HD 1080p LCD TV with Freeview, 100Hz Motionflow

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent TV, 11 July 2009
I've had this TV for a couple of months now, and it is an excellent TV. It was easy to go through the set up, and not too much fiddling from the defaults required. I have a PVR, DVD player and media server attached, all working well.

The sound quality is good in a reasonable sized room, I have no problems with all sorts of programmes, including sports. The picture quality is excellent, no motion blur watching sports such as tennis and football.

I have the TV standing on a cabinet, so the connectors being at the back isn't a problem for me, and means they're all tucked away out of sight down the back of the cabinet. The remote control is nicely laid out, and doesn't suffer from any lag.

The only niggle is the GuidePlus EPR. Do not set this up if you can avoid it - it only updates when the TV is in standby, so if like me you turn the TV off a night, you soon get used to doing manual downloads to be able to see what's on. Manual downloads means you can't watch the TV as well, so you need to leave at least 10 minutes for it to download the latest data before being able to see either the guide or a TV programme.

That aside, this is an excellent TV and well worth the investment.


Kitsound Mini Buddy Portable Speaker
Kitsound Mini Buddy Portable Speaker

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars More bits than expected, 12 Jun. 2009
I ordered these because they looked good, with a reasonable case, for a reasonable price. What I actually received was a set of scratched and damaged boules on a bed of sharp edged shattered plastic of the kind that could easily draw blood should you catch it when trying to use this set, almost loosely contained by a clearly inadequate case. In short, a completely unusable disaster of a product. The plastic in the case is so clearly cheap and sub-standard that it won't take any kind of contact, which is what you'll expect in a soft material case. The boules themselves are cheap and were scratched from the plastic and contact with each other in transit, which doesn't bode well for any kind of contact from using the boules themselves and their ability to be used for, oh I don't know, a game of boules for example.

In short a cheap, nasty, inadequate product in a cheap, nasty, inadequate and frankly dangerous case. An all from a seller that not only doesn't have a returns policy, but just ignores any request for refunds for damaged goods.


Soundbridge Radio Wi-Fi Media Player - Wireless Home Audio System
Soundbridge Radio Wi-Fi Media Player - Wireless Home Audio System

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great product, only a couple of grumbles, 16 Jan. 2008
I've been wanting something like this for ages to complete my wi-fi network, and finally bought this a couple of weeks ago.

Set-up was a bit of a challenge, as the base build software couldn't cope with any level of wi-fi security, so I had to remove everything. It then went through a couple of automatic software upgrades which took about 10-15 minutes to complete, then it was able to handle WPA encryption without any problems.

Using has been mostly very easy. Another grumble I have is the lack of good software bundled with the player, however if you install Firefly music server then this works like a dream. Once I did this the player connected without any problems and has been playing perfectly ever since.

Internet radio is easy - again there's no software bundled so you have to search and choose something if you want a server. I generally just browse stations by genre as there are so many to find.

Connectivity is good - my player is about 20 metres away from my router with several walls in between, and there's no problem picking up the music server or most internet radio stations. I've not had to resort to FM or AM at all. The sound is great, definitely a good bass from the sub-woofer as well. Again a slight grumble at the lack of graphic equaliser options to vary the sound, but what you get is still good.

Usability is fine - the display is clear to read and you can change the text size if you need. Almost everything can be done from the remote and the menus are easy to learn and use. I've had no problem with usability at all.

Overall, once set up and running I've had no problems and what you get is good, works well, and is easy to use. Bundled software (especially for the radio stations) and graphic equaliser settings would have made it 5*, but as it is I'm more than happy with the money I spent on it.


Logic3 IP119 LCD Remote With Headphones
Logic3 IP119 LCD Remote With Headphones

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Many problems and then it breaks, 22 Sept. 2007
I have now owned 2 of these, neither of which lasted more than 8 weeks of normal use before breaking down. The annoyances and problems are many:

- when you plug it in, you have to wait about a minute for it to connect up, then it plays whatever track it wants to. If you select a track using the clickwheel, the remote will play it so quietly you cannot hear it, and you will need to pause and re-start the track using the remote before it will play it properly

- at the end of that track / album, the remote will automatically select another track for you, regardless of whether you want to play that track or not

- the remote will cut out at times, so the track is playing but you cannot hear it unless you get the iPod out, thereby defeating the object of having a remote

- the button on the joystick can be extremely sensitive, so any movement in the wrong direction (which is easy to do if you are walking along) will skip tracks instead of pausing them. The only way to avoid this is to stand still whenever you want to use the remote

- the remote will randomly set the 'repeat one' mode, so the track will repeat endlessly. The only way to change this is to get your iPod out and change it with the clickwheel. The remote will reset this at random, most times within about 5 seconds unless you reboot your iPod

- the remote will sometimes refuse to recognise your iPod, and will just show 'connecting...' for 5 minutes or more, whilst the track is still playing on your iPod. The only way to fix this is to reboot your iPod

- the iPod clip from the remote is not very strong, and comes out far more easily than my charger or other remotes I have used, so it can easily come out when you are walking along, meaning you have to stop and get your iPod out again

- the volume level on the remote is different to that on the iPod, so if you want to switch back to using just headphones, it will play at a completely different volume. If you unplug the remote whilst a track is playing then the iPod volume will continue to automatically go to zero no matter how much you turn it up with the clickwheel. The only way to solve this is to reboot your iPod.

I would like to say that this was a one-off, but these problems have affected both the 3logic remotes I bought in the last 5 months. I'm now using a different remote without the LCD and getting much better results. A truly awful piece of equipment.
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Lcd in-Line Remote Control-White
Lcd in-Line Remote Control-White
Offered by GSYGEMS
Price: £4.95

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Flawed, but only until it breaks, 22 Sept. 2007
I have now owned 2 of these, neither of which lasted more than 8 weeks of normal use before breaking down. The annoyances and problems are many:

- when you plug it in, you have to wait about a minute for it to connect up, then it plays whatever track it wants to. If you select a track using the clickwheel, the remote will play it so quietly you cannot hear it, and you will need to pause and re-start the track using the remote before it will play it properly

- at the end of that track / album, the remote will automatically select another track for you, regardless of whether you want to play that track or not

- the remote will cut out at times, so the track is playing but you cannot hear it unless you get the iPod out, thereby defeating the object of having a remote

- the button on the joystick can be extremely sensitive, so any movement in the wrong direction (which is easy to do if you are walking along) will skip tracks instead of pausing them. The only way to avoid this is to stand still whenever you want to use the remote

- the remote will randomly set the 'repeat one' mode, so the track will repeat endlessly. The only way to change this is to get your iPod out and change it with the clickwheel. The remote will reset this at random, most times within about 5 seconds unless you reboot your iPod

- the remote will sometimes refuse to recognise your iPod, and will just show 'connecting...' for 5 minutes or more, whilst the track is still playing on your iPod. The only way to fix this is to reboot your iPod

- the iPod clip from the remote is not very strong, and comes out far more easily than my charger or other remotes I have used, so it can easily come out when you are walking along, meaning you have to stop and get your iPod out again

- the volume level on the remote is different to that on the iPod, so if you want to switch back to using just headphones, it will play at a completely different volume. If you unplug the remote whilst a track is playing then the iPod volume will continue to automatically go to zero no matter how much you turn it up with the clickwheel. The only way to solve this is to reboot your iPod.

I would like to say that this was a one-off, but these problems have affected both the 3logic remotes I bought in the last 5 months. I'm now using a different remote without the LCD and getting much better results. A truly awful piece of equipment.


HannsG 19" LCD HC194D 1280x1024 resolution 8MS response time 500:1 ratio DVI & VGA connection VESA compatable with speakers Silver & Black in colour
HannsG 19" LCD HC194D 1280x1024 resolution 8MS response time 500:1 ratio DVI & VGA connection VESA compatable with speakers Silver & Black in colour

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for home PC, 6 Jun. 2007
Bought this to replace my old 17" monitor, and have had no problems at all. Attaching the cables is a bit tight, but the cables are safely out of the way and the monitor is good and stable on the stand. You may need to download the latest drivers, but I've had no problems just as plug & play. Good visually, clear, not overbright, and no problems after a few months use.


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