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    • Logitech Z 120 / PC Speaker / 10 Readings / 10 Ratings
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      19.08.2014 00:03
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      • "fits all 3.5mm ports and full size USB"
      • "nice size"
      • "good enough sound"

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      Hear the sound from your phone a lot better with these

      These speakers are each about 185mm tall by 120mm wide and 160mm deep, making them quite small in the speaker world.
      They weight almost next to nothing, about ¾ of a kg so they aren't going to pull your shelf off the wall.
      They each give out a nice ½ watt each ,(1 watt in total) which doesn't sound a lot but as they are as clear as Buxton mineral water the low watts is soon forgotten.

      They are identical, almost, the only difference in them being that one of them has the control dial underneath the speaker. This is a dial that switches the speakers on and also adjust the volume.

      They are power by a USB cable, which is joined by a 3.5mm jack for plugging into the 3.5mm port in your music player.
      The USB connector slides into a USB port and you need both USB and 3.5mm jack in order for these speakers to work.

      I have connected them to a phone and used a 'special' USB adapter that I got to charge another phone, the plug has a USB port on it so I get the power to the speakers from that. This means I can listen to the music on my phone through these speakers without having to find a micro USB double ended cable...

      Small speakers are usually, well, the only word I can say is 'S*&^e', so I was expecting the same from these. But how surprised I was when the music coming from this sounded almost as good as the larger Warfdale speakers I have attached to my main stereo, I said almost, for the size. There was very little annoyance sound, which meant I could enjoy the music without the hissing.

      And the price..? these sell on the market for about £12.

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      17.08.2014 16:59
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      • "small enough to carry in your pocket"
      • "good size"
      • "no cap to lose"

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      You data movse across the airwaves faster than ever now.... and is still safe...

      This is the 16GB version, although there are other GB sized one, which are easily seen as such by the different colours on them.
      The physical size of this one are about 55mm long by 20mm wide and no more than 10mm thick.
      It has the usual silver metal USB connector on one end, which does look like it has no cap to protect it but the covering is actually built in the sliding action as the central bit of this flash drive slides up and over the USB connector, giving it the protection it needs.
      This means that there are no dangers of losing the cap, which happens with many capped drives.

      Using it is as easy as any other. You just slide the casing away from the connector, slot the connector into the USB port of your PC, give it a few seconds to find the drivers and away you go. You're now up and running and can set about moving data to and from the drive.

      It can be used on most modern OS, XP and above, even 8.1. It can also be used on Mac too

      As for speed, well, this is the 3.0 version which means that it is going to be faster that your 2.0, and it is.
      I can send a 700MB movie to it from my PC in just under 3 ½ minutes using the drag and drop method.
      I also managed to send a 500MB mixed folder using copy and paste in under 3 minutes and a used the 'send to' to send a 100MB file which too under 40 seconds to get there.


      This 16GB version can hold a lot of stuff, for example, 4000 average sized MP3 music tracks.
      OR
      5000 good sized images, (10MP each).
      OR
      250 minutes of MPEG4 footage.
      The cost if this USB 3.0 drive is a nice £15, or there abouts.

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      15.08.2014 18:52
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      • "good strong handle"
      • "quick to boil"
      • differant
      • "Nice looking"

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      • "none really"

      Boils water in an old fashioned way

      I hate kettles, with a passion. They come in handy for boiling water, but then again, so do pans.. and what do you get if you pour boiling water down a rabbit hole..??? Hot cross bunnies...
      Anyway, kettles. I have owned and used more kettles than i've had hot dinners, with this kettle being one of those.

      The kettle is about 300mm in height, from the base that sits on the worktop to top of handle. The water housing section of the kettle itself is about 210mm in diameter at the base, tapering upwards to the lid area, being about 80mm in diameter. Then there’s the handle, which gives another 85mm to the height. With the handle being a good 130mm wide, curving around in a sort of circular fashion. The spout is on the front, with the handle going right over the filling top. This one looks quite old fashioned, in a way, with the handle going over the top, which makes filling it from the top a little trickier than normal, which is why I fill it through the spout.
      It has a little window going up the side, which is about 80mm long by 20mm wide, showing 3 simple levels, 1.0L being the minimum level, a little cup logo with a ‘6’ inside it tells you that you have 6 cups of water inside the kettle. Finally there’s the max mark, which is 1.8L

      At the bottom there is the little flappy paddle that, when pressed down, gets the power to the kettle so that it boils the water. When it comes to the boil the flappy paddle flicks up on its own.
      Inside the the spout there is a little removable washable filter that helps keep any bits out of you cup of tetley...

      The kettle sits on a base which gives it the power it needs, making the kettle one of those 360°

      It's one of those kettles that you'll like or dislike, due to the shape of it and the way that the handle curves over the top... me? I like it as I think it looks rather nice in my kitchen.
      and the cost of this kettle...? It's about £40...

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        15.08.2014 15:07
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        • "wraps up well"
        • "easy to use"
        • "good length"

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        Water your garden before the hosepipe ban comes in

        It's a good 25 metres of 12.5mm hose length, which is ample for most gardens, or even when it comes to washing the car.
        The actual wheel housing where the pipe rolls around when not begin used it made of a strong rigid green plastic and is around 470 mm high and about 270mm deep, with the wheel itself having a 380mm diameter. The whole thing, including the hosepipe, weighs just over 6KG. It can be screwed to the wall or left on the ground... it is entirely up to you.

        You have to put it together, not the hose of course, more the casing or reel, even if the hose came rolled around the reel. You have to attach one end of the hose to the reel connector and the other end gets connected to the spray adapter. This is a little tricky and it's best to follow the instructions in order to get it done correctly. You also need a little length of hose to connect the reel to the tap itself. This can be cut from the 25 metres hose or a spare piece that you may have knocking about. But you get all the connector bits so there's no hassles really... I do recommend getting some 'plumbers tape' (PTFE), so that you get a better connection. This is the thin, flexible white tape that can be found at any good DIY store.

        When it comes to using it all you have to do is connect the small length of hose to the outdoor tap, then connect the other end of this hose to the reel. You then turn the tap on and let the water flow freely. Hopefully, if you've plumbed it up well there'll be no leaks, which means more pressure to the hose.
        All you have to do then is unravel the hose and away you spray.
        And the price... well, this hose reel, complete with hose, sells for no more than £15...

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        14.08.2014 14:06
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        • "easy to use"
        • "light weight"
        • "Trims neatly"

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        Put the barbers out of business

        This shaver looks similar to others of its kind, being about 190mm long, 80mm wide and 55mm deep, weighing in at no more than 600grams
        On the left side there is the on/off switch,, which is near the rear, with the mains cable sticking out of the rear so it doesn’t get in the way when you’re trimming. Nearer the front, on the same side, there is a little lever which lifts the cutting head up and down slightly.
        Right at the front there are the cutting teeth, or the trimming teeth as they trim as well as cut. But they are tiny teeth none the less. These teeth come in two rows, one on top of the other, with the top set moving over the lower set in order to trim the hair that gets inside the teeth themselves.
        The two rows of teeth are both made of carbon steel and can handle quite thick hair, doing a much better job if they are pampered a little using the oil and the oil brush to keep it from any signs of rust of damage.
        Apart from the trimmer you also get a few combs, which give you different lengths of hair cutting, plus, you get a couple of brushes, one for your clearing the hair off your head, the other for cleaning the hair off the cutter.

        When using it is does buzz along, although not loud enough to be annoying, a more soothing humming buzz as it cuts through your hair.
        Cleaning it is a matter of a quick blow with your mouth, a bit of a brush with the little brush and maybe a blob of oil (WD40) over the teeth.

        And the cost of this DIY hair trimming kit... well, it's about £20 which, in this costly world of hairdressers/barbers, is money well spent.

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        13.08.2014 15:25
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        • "nice present for kids"
        • "gets you closer to nature"
        • "Good for the price"

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        • "none for the price"

        See the world as if you're a giant...

        I have been playing with this microscope for a while and have found it to be a rather nice little item which is ideal for seeing things that the naked eye can not see.
        It's not the greatest, as the price will indicate, so you're not going to get to see an atom on a fleas knees, but it does go as far as to show you what a piece of cotton is made of, or how the skin on the back of your hand actually looks like, with the hairs looking like a small section of the Amazon rain forest.

        The camera itself is about 115mm long and about 32mm in diameter with a long cable that has a USB connector on the end so you can plug this into your PC, giving it the power it needs.
        On the scope, at the end, there is the camera itself which is surrounded by an array of lights, which can be controlled by the little dial half way along the wire.
        The camera stands on a 120mm high flexible housing which is locked in place with an easy to handle wing nut.

        To use it you just plug the USB into your PC, open the camera program that you use for this type of device, or install the disc that comes with this one, then away you go.
        You focus in using the dial that is on the top of the unit, showing only about a quarter of the dial, move it from left to right until what ever you are pointing the scope at comes into focus. This bit can be trick but once you get used to it it's simple to use.
        I do have to say that it is best to take the cover off the from of the scope as, if like mine, it has the slightest of scratches or marks on it those tiny marks will show up like the grand canyon through the scope. Just pop off the cover and use the scope as normal. This cover helps protect the lens and lights.


        * And the price..?
        This microscope sells for about £35 - £40, depending on where you shop. Amazon are selling it at the moment for about £37 which is not a bad price really for what this does.

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        • Bosch Hammer Drill / Fancy Dress / 10 Readings / 9 Ratings
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          12.08.2014 23:23
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          • "good battery life"
          • "goes almost anywhere"
          • "Enough power"

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          Hammer time.... if you need the power that is

          Firstly, the image on this one is for a jack hammer childrens set and not the hammer drill as requested...
          Anyway. The hammer drill is your standard Bosch colours and offers the same performance you'd expect from Bosch.
          It is a keyless chuck type that means you can fit the bits in the chuck using just your hands a little bit of elbow grease...
          It's weighs about 3kg, and is about 250mm from motor end to drill bit end. The handle itself is about 65mm in diameter, at its widest, with the trigger being on the underside of the top section and the front of the soft grip covered handle. Think of a gun and you get the idea.
          Just behind the chuck there is the torque setting which come in handy when it comes to driving in screws as it lets the drill stop when the correct pressure is reached. This stops the screw going right through the work you're screwing into.
          On the top there is a slider, which is the gear shift, going into hammer mode when needed.
          There is a little light on this one that aims at the area that you're drilling or screwing into
          It's an 1.3Ah, 18 volt hammer drill with a lithium Ion battery for longer use between charges.
          It has 11 torque setting using a two gear system with a double sleeve key-less 10mm chuck
          It boast a double sleeve chuck which means that you don't need special tools to change the bits.
          The maximum thickness of materials are 25mm for wood, 17mm for masonry and 10mm for metals.
          It has a 3 hour charge from flat to fully charged and as the battery is Lithium Ion it holds its charge for longer in between uses.
          And it all comes in a plastic case to keep all the bits and bobs in.

          As I said the battery is what is known as Lithium Ion, which means that it holds the charge for longer per charge, and it offers more power for that much longer.
          To take the battery out of the drills handle you simply pull up the catch ont eh front of the handles base, which will release the battery so you can slide it out of the grooves. Then you simply slide it into the charging housing that comes in the case.
          Charge the battery for a few hours then, when charged, you simple slide the battery back into the underneath of the handle, clicking it into place.
          And you're done.

          This drill sells for about £80, give or take.

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          12.08.2014 23:01
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          • "lid protects connector"
          • "good size for pockets"
          • "Holds ample"

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          You data is safe on this drive


          Flash Drives, pen drives... what ever you want to call them, they all do the same thing, they help you keep your precious information safe so that, even if your PC goes down, your data is stored in the pen drive. Nice and safe.
          This one is from well known Kingston, so you know it can be trusted. It looks like your bog standard pen drive, being about 66mm long, 10mm thick and 21mm wide. On the end of the drive casing is an eyelet, which is about 17mm long and 10mm in diameter, with this 8GB size having a yellow plastic around it.
          On one end you have the yellow eyelet, with other sizes having different coloured eyelets, and on the other end you have the lid, that fits over the metal connector.

          As for the speeds. Well, it's a 3.0 which means that it should be faster than a 2.0. and it is, much faster. I tested it out when moving files from A to B and managed
          I did a few runs on this with two sized folders. The first folder being a 140MB one which I sent onto the USB from my PC at an average speed of 7Mb/s with a whopping 58MB/s when it came to taking it from the drive to the PC....
          I used the same file using a USB 2.0 drive, in the same USB 3.0 port, and this achieved an average of 2.5MB/s to send from the PC to the drive and 4MB/s when going from the drive to the PC.
          Then, I used a 500MB file, (a mix of documents and photographs), and this achieved a good 8MB/s from PC to drive and a staggering 75MB/s when going from drive to PC, (75MB/s...!!! at some points it was climbing way over the 100MB/s).

          But in the terms that I like to use, and hear really, on how fast I can move a 500MB file from A to B... well, from the PC to the device it took about a minute or so, bouncing up and down with the speeds. Then, when it came to taking the same folder and putting it back onto my PC, this was so quick that I did not have time to start my stop watch... honest. It just moved over as soon as I pressed the button, click... done...

          So this led me to believe that this claim of faster speeds using the new USB 3.0 is actually true... although in order to get these speeds you do have to use the USB 3.0 drive in a USB 3.0 port, other wise it's pretty pointless.

          The price of this is about £3.00 on Amazon as an add on, which is great value for money.

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        • Philips AJ 3231 / Portable Radio / 12 Readings / 12 Ratings
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          10.08.2014 22:48
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          • "good enough alarm"
          • "easy to set up"
          • "nice looking"

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          Wake up with Philip each morning





          When it comes to the morning and you have to get out of bed it's the sound of the alarm clock that hits you first. So choosing the right alarm clock is something that is best taken seriously.
          This is where this clock comes into it...

          It is about 140mm x 140mm, and it is 60mm deep at the bottom which tapers to about 40mm at the top, giving it a wider bottom,
          The front is like a mirror, with the digital numbers showing up the time.
          There are several buttons to control the clock and the radio, those buttons either allowing you to set the the time or the alarm, then there's buttons to use the radio, be that tuning it in , turning it up or changing from radio to on or off.
          IT has FM and MW together with the option of using an Auxiliary wire in order to play your MP3/4 system through the speakers.

          And the price...?
          This lovely little radio clock waking you up in the morning device sells on the open market for about £30....
          I do have to say that at the time of writing, checking on the spiders web thingy, this is selling on Amazon for over £30 whilst over on Argos it's selling for £19.99... that's a no brainer, as they say. I got mine from Argos a while back for the £19.99 and the price is still the same, so I'm assuming the Argos price is fixed for a bit. Well, until the next catalogue comes out anyway.

          * Would I recommend this
          I would have to say that I would, even if the alarm itself isn't as loud as my previous alarm clock. The alarm does eventually get to the point were it wakes me up as the noise rises over time, ascending in levels. It's not an unpleasant noise to wake up to, unlike my other one which sounded like a gaggle of geese had stormed my bedroom and were fighting with the local donkeys. I mean, what sort of person thought that having a fog horn to wake a person up in the morning was a good idea? Talk about waking up thinking you've found yourself in the middle of a war zone???
          The looks of this are lovely, standing tall with a slightly wider base than top and a rather shiny front.
          So, regardless of the low(er) sounding alarm this clock is something work looking at, maybe even buying.

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          10.08.2014 22:36
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          • portable
          • portable
          • fast

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          store your data with speed

          Flash drives, we need them, so we use them. We even call them by other names, but at the end of the day they all do the same thing, they store data so that we can move it from A to B without any real worries.
          One type of flash drive is from a well known company called DatTraveler with this one being the 8GB sized version..
          NOTE:
          I also have the 16GB version of this drive, with the only real visible clue of the GB size being different is the little number of GB etched on the side of the unit, and you really do have to look to find it. But apart from the etch GB size the looks are all identical.

          This drive, as with the others, are about 60mm long 21 mm wide and 10mm thick.. when closed there looks like the centre of the unit is indented, but this indent is where the lid of the connector slides over, revealing the connector, this slider lid being a mere 30mm long.
          At the other end of the connector there is a little indent, with a piece of plastic going across the centre which is designed to accommodate a key ring so you can attach this to a bunch of keys.

          The connector sits inside the unit which means that it is protected from the elements which means that it should last a bit longer.
          It can run on most systems as long as they are running Window Vista and above, or even running on Mac OS v.10.6 and even Linux v.2.6 too.
          All you need to run this is a spare USB port... that's it, you don't even need to search for drivers as this one does it all for you.

          The speeds are great. A lot faster than your USB 2.0.
          For example a file of 1GB was sent to it in 69 seconds, with it taking 45 seconds on the way back... The speeds of this USB 3.0 version leave the 2.0 ones well behind
          NOTE:
          You do need a USB 3.0 slot on your PC other wise this works the same speeds as a 2.0.

          It's a great look into the future of flash drive storage, being a lot faster than the old 2.0.

          As for the cost. You can buy this for the same price as a 2.0 one. This one sells for about £4, with the other sizes ranging from £6 for a 16GB version and fifteen for a cracking 64GB

          In all, if you have a USB 3.0 on your PC then this is the way to go if you don't have the time to sit and wait for your files to get from A to B

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          10.08.2014 22:32
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          • portable
          • "small enough"
          • "good memory size"
          • fast

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          Keep you memories safe for ever

          Flash drives, we need them, so we use them. We even call them by other names, but at the end of the day they all do the same thing, they store data so that we can move it from A to B without any real worries.
          One type of flash drive is from a well known company called DatTraveler with this one being the 8GB sized version..
          NOTE:
          I also have the 16GB version of this drive, with the only real visible clue of the GB size being different is the little number of GB etched on the side of the unit, and you really do have to look to find it. But apart from the etch GB size the looks are all identical.

          This drive, as with the others, are about 60mm long 21 mm wide and 10mm thick.. when closed there looks like the centre of the unit is indented, but this indent is where the lid of the connector slides over, revealing the connector, this slider lid being a mere 30mm long.
          At the other end of the connector there is a little indent, with a piece of plastic going across the centre which is designed to accommodate a key ring so you can attach this to a bunch of keys.

          The connector sits inside the unit which means that it is protected from the elements which means that it should last a bit longer.
          It can run on most systems as long as they are running Window Vista and above, or even running on Mac OS v.10.6 and even Linux v.2.6 too.
          All you need to run this is a spare USB port... that's it, you don't even need to search for drivers as this one does it all for you.

          The speeds are great. A lot faster than your USB 2.0.
          For example a file of 1GB was sent to it in 69 seconds, with it taking 45 seconds on the way back... The speeds of this USB 3.0 version leave the 2.0 ones well behind, think Mo Farah running against Bruce Forsyth and you get the idea, even if Bruce did have his dancing shoes on
          NOTE:
          You do need a USB 3.0 slot on your PC other wise this works the same speeds as a 2.0.

          It's a great look into the future of flash drive storage, being a lot faster than the old 2.0.

          As for the cost. You can buy this for the same price as a 2.0 one. This one sells for about £4, with the other sizes ranging from £6 for a 16GB version and fifteen for a cracking 64GB

          In all, if you have a USB 3.0 on your PC then this is the way to go if you don't have the time to sit and wait for your files to get from A to B

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          07.08.2014 10:54
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          • "plenty of room for bits"
          • "looks good"
          • "good strength"
          • "good size"

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          A bag for your laptop

          I was looking out for a new laptop bag as the one that I have been using for a while now has started to show its age, with the handle beginning to split, the sides were no longer sides, having somehow managed to collapse in on themselves, and the the zips themselves had very little left to get a grip on. So it was a new laptop bag or an Asda carrier bag, (other brands of carrier bags area available).
          And this led me to this bag
          It is about 450mm wide by 360mm high and no more than 90mm deep, when not bulging with bits and bobs. (the top section is about 75mm thick with the lower section being about 15mm thick). There is the main section, where the laptop sits, which is kept in place by a simple velcro strap.
          Then there's another section about this which is ideal for your paper work. Finally, there's another pouch on the front which zips up and is great for a few accessories, pen drive, pens and stuff like that...
          It has two lots of handles, the shoulder strap and the hand handles, which are strong with the shoulder one being long enough to have the bag hanging from your shoulder without it pulling on your armpits.
          The badge on the inside means that it is Checkpoint friendly but how I don't know.

          It costs about £30 which is not bad for what you get.
          It holds you laptop, up to 16 inch, and keeps it more mobile. Plus, it keep all your bits and bobs in one place so that you have it there if and when you need it.

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          06.08.2014 21:18
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          • fast
          • "good price"
          • "good size"

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          • "has a lid that can be lost"

          Send fromn A to B a lot quicker than 2.0


          Flash Drives, pen drives... what ever you want to call them, they all do the same thing, they help you keep your precious information safe so that, even if your PC goes down, your data is stored in the pen drive. Nice and safe.
          This one is from well known Kingston, so you know it can be trusted. It looks like your bog standard pen drive, being about 66mm long, 10mm thick and 21mm wide. On the end of the drive casing is an eyelet, which is about 17mm long and 10mm in diameter, with this 8GB size having a yellow plastic around it.
          On one end you have the yellow eyelet, with other sizes having different coloured eyelets, and on the other end you have the lid, that fits over the metal connector.

          As for the speeds. Well, it's a 3.0 which means that it should be faster than a 2.0. and it is, much faster. I tested it out when moving files from A to B and managed
          I did a few runs on this with two sized folders. The first folder being a 140MB one which I sent onto the USB from my PC at an average speed of 7Mb/s with a whopping 58MB/s when it came to taking it from the drive to the PC....
          I used the same file using a USB 2.0 drive, in the same USB 3.0 port, and this achieved an average of 2.5MB/s to send from the PC to the drive and 4MB/s when going from the drive to the PC.
          Then, I used a 500MB file, (a mix of documents and photographs), and this achieved a good 8MB/s from PC to drive and a staggering 75MB/s when going from drive to PC, (75MB/s...!!! at some points it was climbing way over the 100MB/s).

          But in the terms that I like to use, and hear really, on how fast I can move a 500MB file from A to B... well, from the PC to the device it took about a minute or so, bouncing up and down with the speeds. Then, when it came to taking the same folder and putting it back onto my PC, this was so quick that I did not have time to start my stop watch... honest. It just moved over as soon as I pressed the button, click... done...

          So this led me to believe that this claim of faster speeds using the new USB 3.0 is actually true... although in order to get these speeds you do have to use the USB 3.0 drive in a USB 3.0 port, other wise it's pretty pointless.

          The price of this is about £3.00 on Amazon as an add on, which is great value for money.

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          06.08.2014 14:40
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          • "lasts as long"
          • "same quality"
          • "A nice price"

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          An alternative to those high price printing terrors


          Firstly... the image shown for this ink is not the ink... I have no idea why it is shown for this ink????


          I've been using a certain Epson printer for over a year now, printing away on a daily basis, which, as anyone who uses a printer will now, means that the more printing you do the more ink you need to buy, which has been the case over the last year or so.
          But as we all know branded ink cartridges aren't exactly cheap these days, which means that when it comes to buying ink cartridges it's either stick with the branded, knowing that you're getting quality inks or buy a cheaper alternative in the hope that the ink will be just as good.
          And it is the latter that I eventually opted for after spending more than twice the value of the printer itself in ink.

          For example, an Epson branded single ink cartridge sells for about 8, with a pack of four, which consists of three colours and a black selling for about 40, which, if you spend every day printing then the ink is going to cost a small fortune.

          And that's why I eventually moved over to the cheaper, none branded ink cartridges as they have saved my more money than I can imagine and I have still ended up with the same quality printing that the branded one did.

          The cartridges that I have been using now are simply called the WMI, (or 'wantmoreink'), Compatible Epson Expression XP-405 Ink Cartridges, with a packet consisting of 1 black, 1 cyan, 1 magenta and 1 yellow.
          These are designed to be used on an array of Epson printers, such as XP 30, XP 102, XP 202, XP 205, XP 302, XP 305, XP 402 and, the printer I use them on, the XP 405.

          What do they look like.
          they look just like the branded cartridges, which they have to be so that they fit into the printer housing. Each cartridge is made of a plastic material having a catch on the top and a slip of yellow tape strapped to the bottom. When this tape is removed there is what looks like a small circuit board on the front bottom.
          On the sides of the cartridge there is the colour indication, telling you the colour in words and a sticker, plus, a four digit number of 1811 for black, 1812 for cyan,blue, 1813 for Magenta,pink and 1814 for yellow.
          Above the colour and the numbers the word 'Push' seems to stand out at you.

          And that is what these cartridges look like really.

          How do you use them.
          This is where the printer comes in to its own. I mean, these inks aren't designed to be used without the printer. There's no way you can dip your pen into the cartridge to get the ink out.
          So you have to push them into the printer housing, following the printers instructions...
          Put simply, you turn turn the machine on, lifting the printer housing area, allowing the printer head unit into the middle so that you can change the cartridges. Unlike some machines which have a single cartridge that contains all the ink, all colours, this Epson uses four separate inks, so changing the inks can be done when the single cartridge runs out. But it's not the printer I am talking about, I have already done that in a previous review a year back.
          Anyway, when you see the four cartridges in the machine you simple pull out the one that is empty, pulling it away by pushing the tab on the top into the cartridge and pulling the entire cartridge out. Then, after taking the yellow sticky slip from the bottom of the cartridge, you just push the new cartridge into the gap, listening for the click as the cartridge locks home.
          And now you're done, you just close the printer lid and the housing goes into place.

          Are they any good.
          Comparing them to the branded Epson cartridges they are as good as for those for the quality ink. Although every so often, when I'm printing, my laptop tells me, via my PC, that these cartridges are not Epson brand, giving me a link to where I can buy the 'proper' ones. But I just click that off screen and carry on printing.

          There's no leaking from the units, which I have found with some cheaper brands, even when self filling with a needle and a lot of patience. But as these don't leak there's nothing that upsets me at all.
          They fit into the machine that I use and they last as long as the branded, with the XL holding more than the standard size.

          I won't go into how long they last, mainly due to the fact that this depends on how often you print things out, or what you print out, but what I will say, using my average printing experience, is that they last as long as the Epson brand themselves. And, as I said, the XL cartridges have more ink in them and so last quite a bit longer than the normal sized ones.

          Basically, these none branded ink cartridges for several Epson printers are as good as the branded ones, which cost almost ten times as much. So really, it's a choice of saving a lot of money, or spending lots of money? Either way, you get the same results.

          So what about the price of this set.
          These replacement ink cartridges sell on amazon for, wait for it, they sell for... are you ready for this Brace yourself... these cartridges sell for about 5.50. Yes, 5.50, that's all, 5.50 for all four cartridges. Which is a fraction of the cost of the branded ones that sells for about 45.

          Are they worth the money..
          Yes, without a doubt, these are worth every penny and, if you use as much ink as I use, then it is not only money well spent it is money well saved too.
          The ink is as good as its branded ones and the cartridges are as strong, so, if you have an Espon XP printer, one on the list above, and you don't mind your printer telling you every so often that you are using a none branded cartridge then this is for you.
          In all, these are well worth the few quid they cost as they do the same job without any exceptions.


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            06.08.2014 11:26
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            Advantages

            • "easy to hold and pour"
            • "quick boil"
            • "nice to look at"

            Disadvantages

            • "did not last long enough for the price"

            Any one for a brew




            Most, if not all, of us own, or have used, a kettle at some time in their lives, and in my case, owning and using quite a few, knowing at the back of my mind that which ever kettle I buy it will end up where all the other kettle that I use end up. That being in the recycling bin in the sky...
            One kettle that I have used in the past, which lasted about as long as I expected to be honest, was a rather fine looking kettle that seemed more for the shape rather than the longevity.

            What does this kettle look like..?
            It's not your standard Aldi, Poundshop special kettle, which come in a straight tubular shape that looks about as interesting as watching a snail walking across your pathway. This kettle is more interesting than that, more like watching the snail break dancing across the path instead. Although I don't really know if snails can break dance? I've never seen one but then again, I've never not seen one
            Anyway, this kettle is rather nicely shaped, sort of a bell shape type, standing about 280mm high and is about 240mm at it's widest points, being about 190mm without the handle.
            The one I have is the black version, but there is also other colours too, such as a crème, a blue and even a green version, with most of the kettle being black, obviously, with a lovely chrome ring around the widest part near the bottom, just above the on/off paddle. There's also more chrome colour on the spout and the lid, together with some in the inside of the handle and more up the sides of the full length water level viewing window.
            The handle itself is only attached at the top of the kettle, not at the lower section, which you would think would make this handle a little on the weaker side, but it's as strong as any other kettle I have owned. And it is wide and long enough to get a good grip of some there's no real danger of dropping it when it's full.
            The viewing window is under the handle, and goes all the way up the side, from the widest section of the kettle right to the top edge of the underside of the handle, think of tucking something under your armpit and you'll get the idea.
            Below the chrome ring that encircles the widest part of the kettle there is the on/off switch,
            although it is more a paddle, or really a small wad of plastic on a short piece of metal. Think 'make shift' brake pedal on a Skoda and you're there. But this on off switch pushes down for on and automatically flicks up when the auto boil level is reached.
            To the side of the handle, still below the chrome, there is a little tiny light that it right under the chrome ring which tells you when this kettle is switched on and in the boiling process. The light will turn off when the kettle boils.
            Inside the kettle there is nothing, nothing at all. Which may surprise you as you'd expect to see some form of element which is needed to boil the water. But before you strip the kettle down to look for the element, or even take your kettle back to the shop complaining about the missing element, demanding your money back, almost boiling over yourself. There is an element in here, it is just hidden under the bottom of the inside of the kettle, under what looks like a sheet of metal. It is called a 'hidden element' and acts just the same as those old fashioned ones. In fact, to be honest, it acts better than a kettle without a hidden element as the entire base manages to heat the water up a little quicker having more 'contact' area.
            And that's the kettle in a nut shell, so....

            How does it get the power to boil?
            This comes from the circular base that is like any other kettle and consists of a black base which has a small knob in the middle that the kettle sits on so that it can get the power it needs without restricting it with wires. The mains cable is connected to this base and is about ¾ of a metre in length, capable of being wrapped around the underside of the base so you only have the right amount of wire coming out.
            The base allows the kettle on it to be capable of spinning a full 360 degrees which means that it can turn all the way around without pulling at any cables.

            What about the specs
            Briefly, we have here a kettle that offers 3kW of power, being capable of getting its full 1.7 litres of water from cold to boiling in less than 4 minutes, which is why it is in the category of 'rapid boil' kettles. It has, what is called a hidden element and offers a rather fine boil dry protection safety feature. This kettle also boasts a removable, washable filter, which sits in the spout itself and not inside the kettle as with other kettles I have used.
            This one is also slightly different that other kettles I have used as this one has a lid that comes completely off instead of being hinges. This lift off lid does make it easier to fill the kettle as the opening is massive so there's less chance of dripping water over the sides. When the lid is slotted back on it does sit nicely on the top of the kettle leaving barely any cracks for the steam to come out of.

            And the cleaning...
            this kettle is like all others and only needs a wipe over with a damp cloth as dumping it into a bowl of soapy water will not be a good idea and can in fact be dangerous.
            The only other thing that may need cleaning is the removable filter, which, in this kettle, sits inside the spout. To take this filter out you just lift it up from the spout, making sure that the kettle is cool and it has not just boiled, unless you want to scold your fingers. Simple pull the filter upwards, wash it under a running tap, then simple slide the filter back home.
            Job done, the filters clean.
            Although, to be honest, I don't recall ever having to clean the filter in mine, so I never really had to take it out.
            Anyway, if you do need to clean it then that's how simple it is.

            What do I think then..?
            When I first opened the box I noticed that there was a rather strange label on this, strapped around the little knob on the handle, which reminded me of a posh pair of shoes. But this label is quickly removed and tossed into the bin as it is about as useful as a hair brush in a bald man's pocket. I'm guessing that this label is like the signature for Morphy Richard so that you know you've bought the real deal.
            On first impression it looks like one of those posh old fashioned type kettles, having more of a bell shape than a kettle, with the lower section being wider than the lid area.
            It looks the part and is actually a bit of a taking point with some people who came round to my kitchen, for what ever reason, due to its shape.
            As for the kettle function itself, it is as good as any other kettle that I have used, bringing possibly millions of cups of boiling water to family and friends over its working life. It was quick enough to boil a kettle full when needed and making sure that never over filled it or even under filled it with the easy to see level markers on the underside of the handle.
            This water window is quite wide and shows easily how much water is inside the kettle, with lovely little lines etched across the window, showing levels such as a 0.0, a 0.2, a 0.5 and the full whack being 1.7, all litres of course. There's no little cup icons to tell you how many cups full you have inside but as the cups in my kitchen are a vast range of sizes then those icons mean nothing to me.

            So in all it has everything a kettle should have, all inside a rather fetching case, giving you a bit of variety in the colours that it can be bought in.

            So what about the price.
            This lovely looking kettle sells for about the 70GBP region, or more, so it's not in the cheaper range.

            Would I recommend this one.
            Hmmm. Tricky question. It's nice looking and looks great in the kitchen, especially if you end up going for the other items in the range. It also boils fast and can handle many cups of water at a time, meaning that you can please most, if not all the visitors in one sitting.
            But the price is where it all goes wrong for me. I mean, 70GBP for a kettle That's a bit over the top, especially as, in my experience, it's not designed to last that long, more for show than for go... so they say..

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