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HUAWEI MediaPad M2 8.0 Tablet
HUAWEI MediaPad M2 8.0 Tablet
Price: £199.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sleek and attractive tablet, 19 July 2016
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8 inch, Wi-Fi only version reviewed.

The Huawei M2 is a sleek looking tablet that's thin, relatively heavy and sturdily built. The Android system works well and setting up the tablet was simple and straightforward: logging into Wi-Fi, setting up e-mail, installing new Apps were all painless and quick. The automatic settings can be odd at first (the screen blanks after very little inactivity which is a pain if using as an E reader) but can be altered easily via the Options menu to give you a tablet that works well for your personal preferences.

The major pluses of the tablet are battery life (at least so far) which is far more impressive that my Kindle Fire for example ,and the sound. The speakers really are as good as claimed by the Amazon description as other reviewers have noted. Those positive differentials aside, the screen resolution is good and hi-def videos look nice. Processing speed is good, so video plays smoothly. I found the camera to be as good as most other tablets I've tried (at least the outward looking one that you would use to take photos with). The storage memory isn't the highest, but simply expanded via SD card.

Overall, a very nice looking tablet that delivers good performance. Recommended.


Anger is an Energy: My Life Uncensored
Anger is an Energy: My Life Uncensored
by John Lydon
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Lydon talks his life story, 1 July 2016
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The latest autobiography from John Lydon is a lengthy (519 pages without the appendix), and rambling book. How much enjoyment the reader will get from the book will depend totally on how much you like Lydon's style of speaking. The book is obviously a transcribed version of Lydon simply talking about his life and what's on his mind in that moment that the ghost writer, Andrew Perry, has struggled to wrestle into a coherent written form. In many aspects this is entertaining, as Lydon is one of life's more entertaining speakers and you can hear his voice and specific vocal inflections as you read, but over the whole book the constant meandering breaks down the structure needed to keep all 519 pages as a satisfying whole.

Treat this as a night at the pub with Lydon talking constantly about his work and opinions rather than a thought through, structured book.


20 X Ink Cartridges for Use with Canon PGI-525BK CLI-526BK CLI-526C CLI-526M CLI-526Y Non Oem
20 X Ink Cartridges for Use with Canon PGI-525BK CLI-526BK CLI-526C CLI-526M CLI-526Y Non Oem
Offered by INKSBROKER
Price: £11.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Good Budget option for Canon printer, 1 July 2016
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Used in a Canon MG5250 printer.

These budget ink cartridges do what you need them to. I've had two sets now and so far have had no problems with compatibility with the printer. As with any replacement ink, there can be a small "leak" when removing the cap and seal before fitting, but opening with a tissue around the cartridge catches any drips.

Based on performance for the price (£11.99 as I write), these are highly recommended.


Mitre Squad Rugby Match Ball - White/Red/Blue, Size 5
Mitre Squad Rugby Match Ball - White/Red/Blue, Size 5
Price: £9.55

5.0 out of 5 stars Quality skills training ball or wet weather option., 30 Jun. 2016
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(Review of the size 5 ball).

Overall the Mitre Squad Match ball is well constructed. The stitching seems strong and the four panels are aligned well with minimal overlaps at each tip. The inflation point for the bladder is slightly proud so it's easy to pump up the ball with reduced chances of the needle damaging the inside of the ball but it sits snuggly in the seam so it's not in the way. A nice touch is the small printed information panel by the inflation point giving optimal pressure values.

The main point to make is the ball is incredibly "grippy" as other reviews have noted. I've tested a fair few rugby balls across my own playing days and those of my sons, and I don't think I've ever seen a ball with as much grip as this one. It may be a point of personal preference about how much a plus point that would be, but this would be an excellent skills training ball or wet weather match ball.


Samsung S32F351 32-Inch HDMI LED Monitor - White Gloss
Samsung S32F351 32-Inch HDMI LED Monitor - White Gloss
Price: £239.99

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Clear, adaptable monitor but HDMI only, 15 Jun. 2016
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Review of the 32" version connected to a HP desktop PC running Windows 10

The monitor has a clean, sharp image as you'd expect from full HD and HDMI connection. Video from YouTube and the PC Blu-Ray player is solid with high detail and no obvious buffering artefacts. Despite the size, it's exceedingly thin and light. Its simple to adjust the screen angle using the supplied base unit which is small but stable.

Setting up on a PC running Windows 10 was simplicity itself and the monitor/software worked out the optimal settings automatically, no tweaks of the monitor or screen resolution on the PC was needed. Adjusting monitor settings is done via a single button on the rear of the screen which triggers an on-screen menu. This sounds potentially fiddly, but works well.

The monitor has 2 HDMI inputs only. For most uses that will be fine, but be aware that there's no point getting this monitor if the current device you plan to use with the monitor doesn't have a HDMI output.


Daybreakers [Blu-ray]
Daybreakers [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Willem Dafoe
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £7.60

4.0 out of 5 stars Above average vampire genre film, 9 Jun. 2016
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This review is from: Daybreakers [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
This is a far smarter than average vampire-flick set in a world where the surviving normal human population is at 5% of the previous total, creating a situation where vampires are suffering the increasingly harsh "economics" of low supply of blood. There's a nicely played social allegory going on: the poor, lower-class, vampires regressing to an aggressive primitive state due to starvation and the rich vamps running the key blood industry (and with it the world) looking after their current and future interests with no thought of the greater good.

The film makers have created a world and situation that hangs together coherently, makes sense within it's own terms and some of the little details about a vampire world designed to run at night are quirkily inventive. The plot, dialogue and acting are also far above the usual genre expectations.

The Blu-ray is above average too. Picture and sound quality are solid and the bonus features include a 2 hour in-depth "making of" in addition to director's talk-track etc.


A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night [DVD]
A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night [DVD]
Dvd ~ Sheila Vand
Price: £7.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Moody, atmospheric take on the Vampire mythology : not for all, 15 Mar. 2016
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A film widely praised for its atmospheric black and white cinematography and deliberate pace, with some good low-key, naturalistic performances. There are several genuinely haunting images and sequences that linger long after the film ends, such as the tracking shot of the vampire heroine following a potential victim from the other side of a street copying his movements, as well as the use of desert and industrial backgrounds which echoes some of the atmospherics of David Lynch.

For me, if not for its fans, the problem with the film is that it is all of the one pace, so while many sequences are lingering and effective, the progression one slow, deliberate scene following another becomes wearing and distracting at times rather than adding to the mood of the piece.

Over all, a worthwhile watch but potentially patience-testing one at times if you aren't fully attuned to the atmosphere it creates.


Panasonic RPHXS400EW 1.2 m On Ear Street Headphones - White
Panasonic RPHXS400EW 1.2 m On Ear Street Headphones - White
Offered by Beauty Store Uk
Price: £24.39

4.0 out of 5 stars Good Budget Headphones, 30 July 2015
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Good value budget-level headphones (currently listed at £31.99): comfortable to wear and decent, but not exceptional, sound. The design means that bass is emphasised leading to a slightly "muffled" sound, so tweaking up the mid-range and treble helps to clear things up.


Bass Guitar For Dummies
Bass Guitar For Dummies
by Patrick Pfeiffer
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.21

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Bass Bible, 2 Feb. 2015
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A really comprehensive guide to all things bass : the book covers everything from choosing a bass and the physical equipment (strings, amps etc) to a wide introduction to bass riffs and patterns in various types of music. Also covered to help the total musical newbie are things like reading music (although everything is covered in both traditional notation and the easier guitar tab format), as well as some music theory such as scales, major and minor keys etc. If you've never played any instrument before, let alone a bass, this is a great starting point.

Much of the useful longevity of the book will depend on the web support. Demonstrations of bass styles for the musical genres covered depends on the timing of the notes and the web-based video and MP3 examples are so much easier to pick up for many players, rather than relying on the written notation. As I review, the online stuff is all there are works well.

Recommended.


NETGEAR WN3000RP-100UKS Universal WiFi Range Extender (WiFi Booster)
NETGEAR WN3000RP-100UKS Universal WiFi Range Extender (WiFi Booster)
Offered by Executivez
Price: £39.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Great, cost effective, solution to home wifi coverage problems, 18 Sept. 2014
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Does exactly what it is supposed to do : the range extender has boosted our home Wi-Fi signal so laptops and PCs in upstairs rooms on opposite side of the house from the main router have gone from barely getting a signal to full "5 bars" strength. Converted choppy internet connections into a reliable and fast one with little or no decrease in download speed.

Another plus: really easy to set up (at least for us, connecting to Virgin Media cable broadband and Belkin wireless router).

Highly recommended, especially at current discounted price of £29.99


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