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Ghostbusters 2016 (PS4)
Ghostbusters 2016 (PS4)
Price: £34.65

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Cheaply made, repetitive and with broken final game boss., 23 July 2016
Abysmal, repetitive overpriced rubbish, with a broken final game boss that cannot reach to the top left and right corners of the screen, so you can just stand there firing at him, completely invulnerable. Did anyone playtest this? And the gall of charging to get the original Ghostbuster suits... which are exactly the same as the default ones but without the stripes.... speechless.

Do not waste your money - get the far better 2009 game instead.


StilGut Pencil Holder, Genuine Leather Sleeve for Apple Pencil, compatible with Apple iPad Pro 9.7 " Cases, Black Nappa
StilGut Pencil Holder, Genuine Leather Sleeve for Apple Pencil, compatible with Apple iPad Pro 9.7 " Cases, Black Nappa
Offered by StilGut
Price: £14.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not perfect, but probably the best available., 17 May 2016
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I'd first like to address the concerns that the case is too tight; this is essential as otherwise the pencil would simply fall out. The pen can be retrieved easily by pinching the soft end of the case (near the tip of the pencil) as you gently pull the top of the pencil out. I have had no problems in this regard.

However, this is far from a perfect solution as you obviously can't flip your Smart Cover (or Smart Keyboard) to the back of the iPad with this thing attached.

Additionally, The elastic band is rather slack, and does not hold the pencil close to the Smart Cover; it kind of flaps around a bit.

However, I don't see a better solution at the moment. I use it with the Smart Keyboard cover, and it works ok for the 2 folded modes.


Excelvan New Super Universal 3D Active Shutter Glasses IR&Bluetooth For Panasonic/Sony/Sharp/Samsung/LG/Toshiba 3DTV (1 Pack)
Excelvan New Super Universal 3D Active Shutter Glasses IR&Bluetooth For Panasonic/Sony/Sharp/Samsung/LG/Toshiba 3DTV (1 Pack)
Offered by Oxford Street
Price: £18.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superior to Samsung glasses. Sony TV needed reboot before they would connect., 11 May 2016
Works fine on my Sony KDL-50W805C, but not without a lot of hair pulling. I now know this to be an idiosyncrasy with the Sony TV and nothing to do with these glasses. I tried switching Bluetooth off, then on in my TV's settings... forcing the TV into 3D mode (as the instructions supplied with the glasses suggest)... nothing worked.

Finally, I solved it by powering off the TV... as in unplugging it from the wall. Powered it back on, and the glasses synced no problem... as did the Samsung glasses I got with the UE-46D8000 series TV I used to own.

The picture quality through the Excelvan glasses is vastly superior to that with the Samsung SSG-3100. I'm not sure why this is... the picture is a tiny bit darker, but the colours look richer, there's less crosstalk and the overall effect is more convincing. The fact that these are wraparound (unlike the Samsung glasses) means that you're not distracted by everything outside the LCD lenses.


AmazonBasics USB 2.0 A-Male to A-Female Extension Cable (2 m / 6.5 Feet)
AmazonBasics USB 2.0 A-Male to A-Female Extension Cable (2 m / 6.5 Feet)
Price: £3.99

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not suitable for devices that need power., 7 May 2016
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Severe power degredation in this cable - I tried to use it with an IK Multimedia Stealth pedal, but only enough power for it to get to standby mode. Switched for a different brand, and got the green on light... thus, it's the cable at fault.


Rubik's Void
Rubik's Void
Price: £12.09

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Aesthetically interesting, but layers catch while turning., 16 Mar. 2016
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This review is from: Rubik's Void (Toy)
It's an interesting puzzle aesthetically, but only marginally more difficult than the regular 3x3x3. Basically, you have to remember where the different coloured centres should be, and then solve exactly as before. There's potential for a parity error right on the very last layer... (edges in a position that would be impossible on a 3x3x3) but there are many easy to remember algorithms to solve this.

Biggest problem though is one that plagues all products from the official Rubiks brand: layers can catch as you try to turn them or get locked into position and refuse to move at all. This is because the internal edges of the pieces have sharp corners and edges, rather than rounded.

Another problem is that the colour scheme is not as bold as on the cube puzzles; the colours all look rather "dirty". Additionally, white has been replaced by purple and the layout of the colours is completely different to the cube puzzles. It adds another minor challenge, certainly, but a rather cheap one, which doesn't make solving any more fun.

Bottom line: Do your research and find the same "void puzzle" from another manufacturer. In general, always try to buy twisty puzzles suitable for speed solving, as these will always be the more pleasant devices for the rest of us mortals.


Rubik's Cube 5 x 5
Rubik's Cube 5 x 5
Offered by 24/7 DIRECT
Price: £21.69

1.0 out of 5 stars Abysmal construction and a chore to use, 16 Mar. 2016
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This review is from: Rubik's Cube 5 x 5 (Toy)
Construction is abysmal.

In terms of handling, it is marginally better than Rubik's 4x4x4 cube, but that's not saying much, and it's offset by stickers that haven't been aligned properly and in some cases were peeling off before I started using this cube.

Seriously... and I'm going to say this in my other Rubiks reviews, so apologies now for repetition: do your research into suitable speed cubes, even if you don't intend to be a speed solver. Don't make the same mistake I did in assuming that the official manufacturer would turn out the best quality product.

I subsequently bought the Moyu cubes (3x3x3, 4x4x4, 5x5x5 editions) and the difference is like night and day.


Rubik's 4 x 4-Inch Cube
Rubik's 4 x 4-Inch Cube
Price: £16.20

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars More time spent fighting the poor construction than solving., 7 Mar. 2016
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This review is from: Rubik's 4 x 4-Inch Cube (Toy)
I am not a speed solver of the 3x3x3, and possibly never will be. What I enjoy is the puzzle solving aspect itself. In this respect, the 4x4x4 really delivers, as you have to rely even more on intuition than pre-learned moves. It also has a fair bit more kudos (if that's important to you), as I've found people are only marginally impressed if you can solve the 3x3x3, but the 4x4x4 its considered by non-cubers to be substantially more difficult.

The most popular method for solving it seems to be to create the centres, pair up the edges (which are then known as "dedges") and then proceed to solve exactly as you would for the regular 3x3x3 cube, turning only the outer slices, or the middle slices as a pair. Aligning the centres is very easy with a bit of practice, as is aligning the edges until you get to the last 2 or 3... at which point the difficulty suddenly ramps up. After that, it is just like solving a 3x3x3, except for the dreaded (and somewhat dispiriting) "parity" problem. Parity is where a corner or "dedge" becomes flipped in a way that would be impossible on a 3x3x3 cube. You tend to find this out only on the last layer. I've only encountered dedge parity so far, and the following move seems to apply in all those situations - align the cube with a flipped dedge towards you and do: Uu2 Rr2 ( U2 r2 U2 ) Rr2 Uu2
... which is symmetrical and easy to learn. That will normally get you back to a solvable top-layer. If your flipped edges were opposite, it will actually solve the last layer.

It is true, as other reviewers have pointed out, that the build of this cube is especially stiff; try performing R U R U R U' R' U' R quickly, and the cube will frequently stick on the 4th or 5th move. This is because the whole cube shifts out of alignment, and I'm not sure I end up having to place the cube on a hard surface and pushing it back into alignment. Bottom line: it's fundamentally unsuitable for speed solving.

UPDATE: I feel I need to revise this review after persisting with this cube a little longer and also buying one from an alternate manufacture. As I now know the moves to solve this cube by heart, and have learned to look ahead while performing them, I find more than 50% of my solve time is taken up either fighting the cube (because a layer gets caught) or setting it down on a hard surface to realign. And, after using a Moyu cube (in 3, 4 & 5 slice flavours), I now see there is no technical reason for this besides simple design/manufacturing failure.

Thus, I have to drop my review score to 1 star - even if you're not a full-on speed solver, this particular version is going to frustrate you very very quickly.


Logitech F310 Gamepad - Blue
Logitech F310 Gamepad - Blue
Price: £24.99

1.0 out of 5 stars Utterly awful, poor build quality and feels terrible in your hands., 21 Jan. 2016
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Feels really cheap compared to any Xbox or Playstation controller. The buttons are very "clicky", the d-pad feels imprecise (and like it's about to break) and the whole thing feels completely unergonomic in your hands. Possibly the worst product I have ever bought from Logitech.

Worse, it only really works on Microsoft Windows. There is a fallback mode that will work on other operating systems, but which is not compatible with many games on Steam.


Melitta Caffeo Bistro Fully Automatic Bean to Cup Coffee Maker, Silver
Melitta Caffeo Bistro Fully Automatic Bean to Cup Coffee Maker, Silver

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy to use, easy to clean and makes great tasting coffee. Steam spout is badly designed though., 21 Jan. 2016
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Consistently makes great coffee. It's stupidly easy to refill and to clean.

Top tip: The maximum water setting makes something that tastes more like filter coffee. For a long black, make an espresso (i.e. with minimum water) and then fill with hot water from another source.

Only niggle: the steam spout has an electric whisk on it - I wish there was a way to remove that or at least to switch it off. It's completely unnecessary.
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Nest Protect 2nd Generation Smoke + Carbon Monoxide Alarm (Wired)
Nest Protect 2nd Generation Smoke + Carbon Monoxide Alarm (Wired)
Price: £89.00

6 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not suitable for urban use. Needs more thought., 16 Nov. 2015
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Bought 4 brand new 2nd generation wired alarms - one for each floor of the house. I wish I read the reviews of people who had bought more than one. Simple fact is that although the first device may connect, subsequent devices will not.

When adding the second device, you are suddenly asked to connect to a network called NEST-####. The problem here is that these networks may very well not show up on your iPhone/iPad, if you live in an urban area where there are lots of SSIDs in range. Even if you do see it, you may see more than one, and it's not clear which you should connect to. But even after connecting to each one, the app would simply not detect the device.

But there's another problem, which makes the setup all the more infuriating: the wired device only stays on for about 30 seconds when not connected to the mains, whereas it takes around 2 minutes for the app to detect the device. I tried pressing the button on the Nest every 20 seconds or so... but again, after around 2 minutes, the app gives up and will not connect.

But the biggest problem of all is the iOS app. It constantly shows me as "Away", even when you're clearly signed in to your home network. I ran a speed check and was getting 80Mbps download, 12Mbps upload. No problems with my phone's WiFi connection then. Even more worrying, when I tried the app on a separate device, it seemed to have no knowledge of any of my devices.

After 2 hours I simply could not get a 2nd smoke alarm to connect and the iOS app was completely non-functional.

There is a UK support line; however, it's only open 7am - 7pm (not 24 hour, like the US support line), and it's difficult to see what they could do about what is clearly several fundamental design problems.

Ultimately, this is supposed to be a device with which you trust your life - if it cannot get such basic stuff right, I'm afraid I have very little faith in whatever else it claims to do.

Returned to Amazon for a full refund.... and cancelled my order for a Nest central heating system.
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