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Xara Designer Pro X11 - Powerful graphics software for the highest demands
Xara Designer Pro X11 - Powerful graphics software for the highest demands
Offered by Apriba
Price: £190.56

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Tool for Anyone with an Ounce of Creativity, 14 Oct. 2015
I've been using Xara Designer Pro (including in its previous guises, e.g. as Xara Xtreme) products for over a decade and love it's speed, functionality and flexibility. After using Corel and Adobe products in the past, Xara was a revelation in how immediate the drawing process was and how intuitive most of the concepts and keyboard shortcuts are.

If you're already a pro-level Adobe Illustrator, this is perhaps not the package for you - you've probably already been brain-washed into the unfriendly and cumbersome workflows that Adobe impose on their users. But for anyone else wishing to create, edit and manipulate vector graphics and have excellent tools for working with bitmaps/photos/PDFs as well as full WYSIWYG web-design, this tool has pretty much every base covered.

This new version introduces some welcome advances in the types of brushes it offers, some new simple animation capabilities that can help your web designs feel more alive and some intriguing new cloud-synced editing functionality.

If you're just starting out with Xara, there are cheaper options in the product range that still include most of the key functionality. Be sure to research which version best suits your needs, as it will take some time to learn all that this extensive application has to offer.
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Aurora Premium 7W 12V MR16 LED Light Bulbs, Warm White, 3000k 50W Replacement - 3 Year Guarantee
Aurora Premium 7W 12V MR16 LED Light Bulbs, Warm White, 3000k 50W Replacement - 3 Year Guarantee
Offered by Lights4u
Price: £39.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bright and Reliable - an improvement on the 5W / 6W LEDs I've tried in the past, 2 Sept. 2015
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These MR16's give off superb light in my bathroom application and are very nearly as bright and warm as the 50 Watt halogen bulbs they replace.
They've been in place for several weeks now and have already outlasted some cheaper LED bulbs that flickered and died all too soon.

I'm now likely to upgrade my low-voltage pond lights to use these Aurora's come the Autumn.


Visual Basic 2015 in 24 Hours, Sams Teach Yourself
Visual Basic 2015 in 24 Hours, Sams Teach Yourself
Price: £11.17

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Starting Point for VB Newbies, or those Returning to VB after some Years Away, 2 Sept. 2015
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As a long-term developer of other languages, I found this a great book for quickly picking up the basics of this latest iteration of VB.Net.

I'd spent 2-3 years in the 1990's developing a number of projects using early versions of Visual Basic, but the language and capabilities have changed enormously now that VB is built to leverage the .Net platform.

The text in this guide flows at a nice pace either for beginners, or for developers of other languages looking to adapt their skills - with enough depth to cover the foundation concepts comfortably.

Whilst the book doesn't attempt to cover every topic in huge detail, the provided information is a great starting point and did provide the spark that prompted some searching online to fill out my knowledge.

This book wont make you a master, but it is a great way to ease yourself into being productive with VB 2015 in the shortest possible time.


Perixx PERIDUO-880, Bluetooth Keyboard with Touchpad - Compatible with Windows and Android OS - Multi-touch Support with Windows 7 and 8 - Portable Cover with built-in Stand for Tablet and Smart Phone User - US English Layout
Perixx PERIDUO-880, Bluetooth Keyboard with Touchpad - Compatible with Windows and Android OS - Multi-touch Support with Windows 7 and 8 - Portable Cover with built-in Stand for Tablet and Smart Phone User - US English Layout
Offered by Perixx UK
Price: £69.90

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Add-On for Any 10" Windows Tablet, 8 April 2015
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Really nice keyboard & track-pad, the perfect productivity upgrade for a 10" Windows 8.1 tablet.

Keyboard action is decent - much like the full-sized keyboards from Perixx and the 'origami' style stand is both very clever and very practical - helping to keep weight to a minimum, whilst acting as a keyboard cover when the unit is folded up for storage.

Unlike many portable keyboards of a similar size, the layout of keys is good - none of the whacky layout choices you see even on most Lenovo Thinkpads for example (any company that puts an 'FN' key where the 'Ctrl' key should be needs a good talking to).

So all in all, this is a great companion for a Lynx 10" tablet if you plan to use it for anything other than browsing and touch-enabled casual games - and a huge improvement over the Lynx Origami keyboard, which is plain awful to use.


KnitPro 30 cm x 6 mm Nova Single Pointed Needles, Silver
KnitPro 30 cm x 6 mm Nova Single Pointed Needles, Silver
Price: £5.68

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Implements for Torturing Voodoo Dolls, 8 April 2015
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Inflict great pain with tremendous precision with these top quality voodoo doll skewers.

Some people might use these for knitting, but their real purpose is obvious - and especially useful in a General Election Year when we have so many vile politicians all jostling for the public's attention ;-)


Samsung 5TB D3 Station External Desktop Hard Drive - Black
Samsung 5TB D3 Station External Desktop Hard Drive - Black
Price: £149.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Big, Fast, Cool and Quiet, 8 April 2015
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Big, Fast & Quiet - this drive performs much better than previous USB3 desktop-class external drives I've owned or tested. Really fast transfer rates that I didn't expect to see in a device that was selected as being the cheapest 5TB external drive I could find on Amazon at the time!

I've always liked Western Digital drives, but have to say that this unit has really impressed me in terms of speed, quiet operation and cool operating temperature.

Great as a drive for big backup jobs, creating system images with the excellent 'R-Drive Image' tool and for anyone who wants huge capacity without needing the RAID-style resilience of a 'striped' or 'mirrored' NAS-type set up.

Some people not be keen on the bright white LEDs that glow when the drive is powered on and flash when reading/writing data - but to me, the LEDs are a useful clue that this quite, cool drive is actually doing something - as there are few other clues!


Samsung 850 EVO 500 GB 2.5 inch Solid State Drive
Samsung 850 EVO 500 GB 2.5 inch Solid State Drive
Offered by LB INTL
Price: £129.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still the Gold Standard for SATA-based SSDs, 8 April 2015
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I've bought 6 different models of SSD over the past couple of years and can honestly say the Samsung 840 / 850 series drives are truly superb. Great performance at a fair price and with a generous guarantee that instills confidence in these drives.

In real world situations I find it difficult to notice any major performance difference between the 840 and 850 range - so unless you're hung-up on benchmarks either model should offer great performance.


Speedo Adult BioFUSE Fin - Red/Black, 10-11
Speedo Adult BioFUSE Fin - Red/Black, 10-11
Price: £14.49

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Training Aid for Swimmers looking to Improve, 8 April 2015
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This review is from: Speedo Adult BioFUSE Fin (Sports)
Love these fins - they are great for working on your freestyle leg technique / backstroke kicks as well as for giving your legs a different intensity workout in the pool.

I mainly swim breast-stroke, but have been using these fins to help me rediscover freestyle... a stroke I've neglected for many years. Really helps you feel the position and angle of your feet, creating noticeable drag if you slip into bad habits!

I usually take size 11-13 shoes, depending on the style - but for once had to go down to a 10-11 size with these fins to avoid them feeling like they were going to drop off my feet at any moment. Once I had a pair that fitted well, they just feel 'right' and I spend a quite few lengths every training session experimenting with them to keep developing my crawl technique - aiding my kicking style / rhythm and also made it easier to experiment with improving my breathing too (the extra speed and stability really helps to iron out kinks that you can then work back into your normal stroke when the fins are off).


Speedo Equipment Mesh Bag - Black, One Size
Speedo Equipment Mesh Bag - Black, One Size
Price: £6.49

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Big bag for your Swim-Training Gear, 8 April 2015
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This review is from: Speedo Equipment Mesh Bag (Sports)
Nice big wet kit bag... perfect to hold your kit once it's wet ;-)

Great for fins, snorkels, kick-boards, pull-buoys, goggles, shower gel + your ear-plugs - easy way to carry them pool-side, use them and store them when everything is wet. The bag allows the items to drain and dry off completely without having to remove everything first. Just leave this bag it to hang somewhere dry and warm and your swimming accessories will be bone dry a couple of hours later.

The bag is available in quite a few different colours and is big enough to hold all of the items I listed above at the same time... so long as you don't mind looking like Santa Claus dragging his sack around the pool edge!


Cressi Antifog Spray
Cressi Antifog Spray
Price: £5.20

5.0 out of 5 stars Crystal Clear Goggles for 2+ hours, 8 April 2015
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This review is from: Cressi Antifog Spray (Sports)
I'm an endurance swimming - working out at my local pool 6-7 days per week. Maintaining good visibility is essential in my training sessions which can span 2+ hours at a time. This spray does the trick - a quick spray on each inside lens and a gentle rub around with your index finger to ensure even coverege is all it takes - I then leave the spray to work for about a minute whilst I pack my locker and rinse the goggles in the pool before placing them in position for the swim ahead.

My first bottle lasted ~6 months and had no hesitation in ordering another.

I've used this spray with various Aquasphere / Speedo and Zoggs Predator goggles. The regular Zoggs Predators with the smokey or blue lenses are perfect - however, I am yet to find anything that will keep the mirrored version's lenses clear (please post if you've found anything that works!)


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