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    • Zanussi ZBF560X / Oven / 8 Readings / 6 Ratings
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      16.12.2012 15:15
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      Lots of better on the market

      I have had this for a few years, I did not buy it was already installed and I know why the previous occupants wanted to leave it. It was nearly brand new when I moved in so I have had no need to change it.
      Lets be clear it works, it has never not worked.

      The better features are the fact you can remove the door for cleaning and the grill is ok.

      The not so good is as you can see on the photo the fan is placed to one side which I guess is the reason that the temp differs around the oven so nearer the fan you get burnt food and away from the fan food is undercooked. Opening the door and turning roasting trays is not something I want to do every 15 minutes.

      The quality of the fascia is however the worst feature and drives me crazy. The stainless steel is not so stainless. It is more of a mottled effect no matter how you try and clean it. I have not used abrasive cleaners and have scoured the web for best ways to clean stainless and no matter which method I have used the results are the same.

      If I could justify the expense of changing this oven I would. A part of me hopes it packs up so I have that excuse!

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      15.12.2012 22:26
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      Good and cheap

      My dad has had one of these for years so I decided to get one myself. It was recommended that I get the oval one as the circular one is a bit awkward when cooking a chicken for example. The oval shape solves this little problem.

      They are so easy to use just put the ingredients in then turn it on on low or high. It is worth reading the instructions for cooking time guidelines and how to layer the food for best cooking. Vegetables take longer than meat so they go at the bottom. If you want to brown meat then you have to do this on the hob or under the grill. This is personal preference and does not need to be done.

      The product is simple to clean with the bowl being removeable from the housing which is then washed in the normal way.

      The quality is adequate at least and when factoring in the price (I paid £15) the quality could be deemed good. I expect it to last years (my dad has had his for well over 10 years)

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      • Bosch TWK8SL1GB / Kettle / 4 Readings / 4 Ratings
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        15.12.2012 22:07

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        Good and the website was excellent for repairing it

        I have a number of Bosch products and I keep buying them due to the quality. Yet again I am not disappointed.

        I have had the kettle for over 5 years so any kettle that lasts that long has to have something going for it.

        The blue part is kettle is see through so you can judge how match water it has in it as well as any kettle on the market. The capacity at 1.7 litres is as big as if not bigger than most and I regularly fill to this level with not adverse effects. If you overfill and then boil the kettle has a safety device where the lid flips open (to vent steam) and a wire mesh snuggly fits (removeable for cleaning) near the spout to catch any particles that might be in the water.

        The handle is non slip being made of or having a rubber sleeve over it so no slippage with a kettle full of boiling water and the kettle sits on a robust holder with a decent 1m length electric cord.

        I did drop it and broke part of the lid mechanism. Not a problem as the Bosch website allowed me to buy a replacement part and the website also had diagrams of how to fit the part. So for £3.00 (the price of the part) the kettle was working 2 days after i broke it.

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      • Baumatic BHC605 / Hob / 10 Readings / 10 Ratings
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        06.12.2012 22:33
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        Cheaper than the rest and just as good

        £150 for a touch control ceramic hob.
        If you can found anything anywhere near this price then well done!
        If you look at premium brands then your looking at two or three times the price. Seriously £450 for something that does not perform any better.
        Maybe the energy ratings and the energy consumption costs are less on a more expensive appliance but were talking pennies or pounds per year.
        The beauty of a touch control hob is the cleaning aspect, wipe down and its done in seconds, no trapped food in the knobs.
        They just look so much neater
        As far as the operation and quality are concerned I have had no problems with this product. I have used other ceramic touch control hobs and they all suffer somewhat from the learning process that is required in how hard to press the control, at what angle and for how long but thats a couple of days or uses of learning.
        The quality is good, fitted it myself with no problems and the glass is robust enough, dropped a couple of heavy pans and skillets on it with a leading edge and not marks. It does not scratch and any burnt on bits can be removed with a window scraper in seconds again without scratching the glass.
        The heat is consistent and the difference between each level of power is noticeable. I normally change the heat levels two at a time and the low power levels allow simmering and not boiling to be achieved easily.
        Still cannot get over the price!

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          06.12.2012 21:58
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          How do I give it no stars

          Who is at the door? That will be no one! But the door bell just rang!
          What can I say it just goes off when no one has pressed the bell and then at other times doesn't sound when the bell is rang.
          Its a load of garbage!!!!!!!
          We tried this with different batteries and then took it back to argos, got a replacement and yep the same things happened again. So after 3 weeks of trying from start to finish it went back for a refund.
          If you want a bell that you can take with you into the garden when no one else is in then it does appear very appealing but they can be and have been bought elsewhere. For a whole £3 more B&Q supplied us with one a better range (75m) and the choice of 6 equally annoying tones but atleast it works.
          AVOID!!!! AT ALL COSTS

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            06.12.2012 21:47

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            Good value

            I have read some of the reviews and I think they are being a bit harsh. This is a £15 chopper which is good at performing some simple tasks.
            I bought one for my mum who has arthritis in her hands so it makes her life a lot easier. I will comment on how I find it though.
            I mainly use it for onions which it does without any problems so saving my eyes for the most part. It is small so you do have to half or quarter the onions and then it chops into odd sized chunks or if you leave it going for 30 seconds almost into an onion smoothie.
            Its also great for garlic, ginger and assorted herbs which can be thrown in whole, anything that is a bit small and fiddly.
            You can pulverise sauces to a smooth consistency (about a one person can of soup full at a time).
            You can do carrots and other larger veg but I would suggest they are easier by hand as the washing up will take a lot longer using this. Yes it can be a bit of a bind to clean making sure the blades are clean but then that's the case with most if not all 'helpful' kitchen appliances.
            The build quality is average on the whole but at £15 I would say that makes the quality good. The lid fits and stays on without holding it down.
            I have used it say 100 times and the blades remain sharp, the perspex is showing a few scratches but not more than I would expect.
            It does what it says, its handy but it won't change your life but it might just save your eyes!

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          • Sennheiser CX 500 / Headphones / 3 Readings / 2 Ratings
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            06.12.2012 21:18

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            Upgrade you will be happy with

            Having broken my Sennheiser CX300's last week (yet again!!) I thought I would upgrade to these CX500's and I am a happy man.
            For the extra cost over the CX300's (£33 over £20) I was a little sceptical that Sennheiser would be able to justify this price difference but I was pleasantly surprised.
            For anyone on a tight budget the CX300's are perfectly acceptable with great balanced sound and great long lasting quality.
            I expect these CX500's to be the same on quality and longevity as a given and they have a inbuilt volume control which comes in handy.
            The main difference though is the sound quality. They can be turned up louder and they do not distort or lose the balance. They seem to have more bass which is what the CX300's lacked if anything.
            Overall they are better all round and for the pleasure of more bass and clarity at louder volumes a highly recommended upgrade

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          • Apple Keyboard / Keyboard / 8 Readings / 5 Ratings
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            20.11.2012 23:01

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            Excellent. Why doesn't everyone use one

            I wanted to review this mainly to say they do work with Microsoft PCs.
            I had heard conflicting reports but thought I would take the gamble and I have bee delighted ever since. The only word of warning is some of the keys are different than you would get on a PC ie, no windows key but once you learn your way around then it becomes second nature.
            Having used a laptop for years and not liking the jumbo sized normal keyboards I wanted a slim line keyboard that resembled a laptop keyboard. For that alone it cannot be faulted.
            The build quality is as expected with Apple - robust and made of high quality materials. The cable is long enough for most desk situations but they also have a wireless option for use on the couch.
            I am not sure about the connectivity with a PC of the wireless type keyboard.
            The keys do get dirty when working on a building site so this may not be a problem in a cleaner environment and with a little gentle coaxing they can be cleaned easily enough.
            Everyone at work is jealous especially when they use it and two colleagues have followed my lead and purchased one.

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          • Dell S2409W / LCD Monitor / 6 Readings / 5 Ratings
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            20.11.2012 22:57

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            Worth the money

            I have the same monitor at work and knowing how good they are I did not hesitate to buy another for home.
            The size at 24 inches is large for a monitor and when you factor in the price compared to an Apple of equivalent size they are a bargain.
            Maybe not as stylish as the Apples but yet quite stylish and the build quality is up there with Apple. The base is solid and not that easy to knock over partly due to its weight.
            The features are pretty good too, card reader for various cards, two USB ports on the side and numerous connections on the rear for computer cables including HDMI.
            The resolution at 1920x1200 easily handles the 1080p HDTV equivalent which makes it ideal for gaming so its great in a kids play room.
            The set up can be a bit tricky. You need to understand which cables go where and the onscreen menu can appear a bit random but no more so than a modern TV.
            The screen is also great for use with a laptop and docking station (the set up I have at work - although you do not need a docking station it makes it easier when you want the laptop out of the office). The screen is for all intents A3 size or 2xA4.
            The split screen function is useful so you can use two applications st once from different sources ie, gaming and internet or office and gaming or tv and gaming etc etc.
            Great all-rounder with plenty of applications which will get use for the next 5 plus years atleast.

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          • Skullcandy INK'D / Headphones / 6 Readings / 4 Ratings
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            21.08.2012 19:26

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            A waste of money

            My missus bought me a pair of these as her brother recommended them.

            I must admit I was quite impressed by the sound that they produced (not produce any more though). The sound is on the bassier side of all the in-ear headphones I have owned. This suits really well with rock or dance music but when the volume is cranked up the sound did become quite distorted which after a while became distracting.

            The reason for the past tense is that they only lasted for 2 months from first use on the commute to work and back (so 90 minutes per day in total). The first thing to go was the sound in one ear intermittantly than 2 weeks later total loss of sound in that ear no matter how much wiggling I performed.

            They came in a nice little zipped case which I have retained for use with other earphones

            I would recommend Sennheisers which seem to last forever although the sound they produce is more mellow (middle of the road) and the sound does not become distorted

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            21.08.2012 19:06

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            It works

            After receiving a new modem courtesy of virgin I upgraded my old Bellkin G+ router with this N+ router and I could not be more pleased.

            The little box about the size of a CD case but the thickness of 3 CDs was a lot simpler to set up than the last one. The instructions come in 2 formats a CD-ROM which I have never had to use and a paper copy which is quite limited but gives you all the information you need to get it working. It took me about an hour from start to finish and that includes setting up the new virgin modem.

            You need 2 CAT5 cables which are not supplied and if you don't have these they can be bought for a few pounds.

            It has been set up for about 6 months now and I have not lost signal once. I am not sure if thats the new modem or the new router or a mix of both. Whichever way its a vast improvement. The strength of the signal is also a lot better and I can go wireless in the garden which I could not before.

            I have spoke to 2 friends whoc also have this router and they are equally impressed.

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            21.08.2012 18:35

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            Would buy again

            I needed a relatively cheap printer for home that did OK quality colour printing. For £40 this seemed to fit the bill and with the "all in one" facility to scan and copy as well as print the machine has been used more than I ever thought it would.

            The unit is not much bigger than an A4 piece of paper and as the picture shows the flat top allows you to stack books or spare paper on top.

            It is very easy to set up with the CD-ROM providing simple "walkthrough" instructions and once set up (cable not supplied) the printer is wireless which is really handy when using a laptop or tablet.

            One of my concerns when selecting a printer was the cost of the replacement cartridges. After checking on line the Epsom compatible cartridges seemed more reasonable than other manufacturers. Amazon etc have a wide selection of multipacks. I would note that the Epsom cartridges are not refillable and thats why they are so cheap (so you cannot recycle them for cash). Epsoms website is not very helpful how you can recycle these but Tesco will recycle these but not for money. The cartridges last longer than I thought they would.

            The quality of the prints is good and the speed not so bad if you can leave it and do something else for a while. The memory stores the information so if you run out of paper or ink then you don't have to start again.

            You can also print direct off camera cards ie, SD/MSPro and the menu screen is simple to use

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          • XMI X-mini II / PC Speaker / 2 Readings / 2 Ratings
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            21.08.2012 17:41

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            Excellent travel speakers

            Thankyou dooyoo members! I was after a pair (or you can go singular) of mini speakers to take on holiday and after reading various reviews I thought that I would give these a go.

            The criteria for selection was they had to be compact, cheap in case they got lost/broke in transit and have decent sound quality. If possible I wanted them to be powered by my iphone so no batteries to replace. These speakers achieve this and then some.

            Do not be fooled by the cost. I paid £25 for 2 from Amazon. You can use just one and I must admit the sound quality does not suffer if you do as they still sound stereo. You can also link more of them together if you wish.

            They are pretty robust made of good quality plastics and when not in use each unit screws together to reduce the size even more and make stowing away even easier (in a cloth bag that is supplied). Size wise they are bigger than a golf ball but smaller than a tennis ball about half way between

            When being used they plug into the headphone jack and as I say more can be connected together again buy using a headphone jack plugging into each unit ie daisy-chaining.

            They also come with a USB connector so thay can be used with a laptop for example.

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            16.08.2012 19:35

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            Improvements on an already good product

            I have owned 3 microsoft wireless mice. The first 2 were the 3000 mark 1 and I have just purchsed the new 3000 mark 2. I had one at home and another at work which went missing. The replacement is for work and I just couldn't function without it.
            The product in question is the same size and shape as the previous version. They are quite small barely longer than 2 fingers so your palm does not sit on top of the mouse which I found more comfortable.
            The new version is better in a number of respects the main one being the size of the dongle that plugs into your PC's USB port. Previously this used to stick out 50mm and always had the postential to get damaged. The new versions dongle sticks out 5mm if that and therefore the chances of damage are considerably reduced.
            They have also improved the materials especially on the sides. The previous version discolours and degrades over time due to natural perspiration. The new sides seem to be harder wearing.
            The mouse takes 1 AA battery as the previous version.This time now fitted underneath where as previously you had to take the top off. The stops the battery springing out if it is dropped.
            When not in ue the dongle snuggly fits into the same compartment as the battery so you won't lose the dongle. It also has an on/off switch on the bottom.
            The battery lasts for months. I never turn my mouse off which is probably a waste but the long life of the battery doesn't really call (I use a duracell battery). If you turned it off you'd probably get a years use out of one battery.
            It feels well made. The plasticv is high quality and the buttons have a reassuring click to them. The wheel feels as though it has defined increments unlike some that spin uncontrollably.
            Highly recommended

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          • Corsodyl Mouthwash Mint / Oral Care / 5 Readings / 3 Ratings
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            16.08.2012 18:49

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            Excellent mouthwash

            Everyone should use a mouthwash just like we should all floss.
            On that basis this is a product that should be in the bathroom cabinet of everyone.
            It smells like the dentists mouthwash and tastes like it too which might put some people off but this is a medical mouthwash not a breath freshener it is designed to treat and prevent gum disease.
            When I had my wisdom teeth out this was recommended and it really helped with the healing process.
            The taste is described as mint but I am not sure this is the best description. Its a chemical mint at best. The ingredients say it contains peppermint oil. This is not a mouthwash which foams up when you gargle if thats what you want.
            It comes in a 300ml bottle and you use the cap to measure out 10ml per time twice per day so it lasts 15 days. I just use it once per though so it last a month.
            You can pick tis up from discount stores so although it looks more expensive than some other washes it is pretty ecomonical at 5 pence per use.

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