I purchased this a couple of years ago from my local Asda supermarket for around £5, I remember being quite chuffed with the price and the overall look of the toaster, so I decided to give it a try. Asda no longer sell thing model, and it has been replaced with an updated version which has a higher price tag of £9.00.
The Asda toaster has a 800 watt power and is made from grey plastic material. It is also fairly small in size. Although the plastic grey finish gives it a slightly cheap look, the shape and design does make it look more expensive than £5 in my opinion. Instead of the standard boxed rectangular toaster design, it has a curved design on the right giving it a modern and somewhat funky appearance.
It has two metal chrome toaster slots, and a toast lever positioned on the right which is also made from plastic material. The controls are located on the front and consist of a dial that controls the temperature settings ranging from 1-7, and three buttons for defrost, reheat, and cancel.
The toaster is very compact in size and therefore also very lightweight which makes it very easy to move around in the kitchen when needed. I think that the grey colour is quite finish makes it easy to fit into most kitchen colour schemes.
The toaster is very easy to set up and use, I would simply pop two bread slices into the toaster slots and then press the lever down which is located on the right. I found that that sometimes the plastic lever after a couple of uses would get a little stiff, making it slightly harder to push down bread slices after a couple of uses. The next step is choose the temperature heat settings using the front control dial which has the number ranged up to 7 clearly labelled. I personally like having my toast well done and golden brown, therefore thought the 5th heat setting would be a good one too chose at first.
However from experimenting with all the heat settings I realised that the outcome was pretty much the same no matter what number was chosen, and it would always produce lightly browned toast! I find that if I set it to 2 and it would still pop out light brown, which I found quite funny, however on a positive note both sides were evenly lightly browned. As I do like my toast quite crispy I would just pop it back in again after it automatically pops up after a couple of minutes, so ended up waiting for my well done toasts for around 6 minutes, which I found quite annoying to be honest, especially if your in a rush in the morning to get to work. This was also quite annoying for my partner, as he loves almost burnt toast. This meant he has to wait even longer for his toasts to get done the way he wanted.
I found that the toaster slots where also quite thin, so inserting thicker slices or buns is not a good idea as they would just get stuck inside. The toasts pop up quite far so you can easily grab hold of the toasts without burning your hands on the metal rim of the slots. The reheat button worked reasonably well, and managed to reheat bread when needed, the defrost button is a setting I never actually used as I couldn't fit buns etc in the slots to be able to defrost it the first place. The cancel button works as you would expect it to; it cancels the toasting of the breads and pops the bread slices up. There is a handy tray located underneath the toaster, which collects crumbs etc. simply pull the tray out when you want to empty out the crumbs and then insert back in when done, which I found was very quick and easy to do.
I was disappointed with this Asda toaster, as it meant waiting longer for some nice well done crispy toasts due the odd temperature settings. In this instance I did get what I paid for and after a couple of months I found the toaster stopped heating up all together, so I ended up purchasing a more expensive branded toaster a few months after purchasing the Asda toaster. Therefore I would rate this 2/5, and wouldn't recommend it unless you can get it for free!
We got this toaster when we moved into our house and funds were low so we were doing things as cheaply as possible. It fitted in with the gray scheme that we had going on in the kitchen and it only cost £5 so it ticked all of the boxes. I have to say that I am pretty pleased with it and, six years later, it is still going strong to the point that it doesn't look like it is going to need replacing anytime soon.
As you would expect for £5, the toaster is made of pretty cheap plastic and there is nothing fancy about it. Having said that, I actually do like the style of it because it is sleek and simple looking. It is all grey with a couple of buttons on the side and a lever at the end. it is only an entry level toaster because it is pretty basic and only cooks two slices at once. I have cooked things as thick as bagels in it though so it proves that you don't necessarily need all the random extras that come with all singing all dancing expensive toasters.
It is ridiculously easy to use as well which is good. To set it going you just put the bread into the slots (obviously) and then push down the lever at the side until it clicks in place. There is a dial at the side to change the length of time that the bread toasts for. As is always the case with these machines, the best number to use is probably four or five because anything lower than that doesn't even have an effect on the bread (even if you are toasting something like Warburton's thins, which I have been doing lately) and anything higher than that cremates the bread (even with something as thick as a bagel). At the end of the time, it pops up automatically.
The three buttons on the side are 'defrost', 'reheat' and 'cancel'. The cancel button is the one that gets the most use in our house because I don't trust the dials on toasters in general and I like to keep popping the toast up to check on it. I'm surprised it hasn't worn out actually, but no it is still fine! When you press the cancel button, it can sometimes send the toast flying, expecially if you are toasting smaller pieces of bread that are light, so watch out for that! I'll be honest I have never actually used the 'reheat' button because I don't think toast should be reheated, but it is there if you need it I guess. The 'defrost' button basically just extends the length of time the bread is in the toaster for in case you are starting with frozen bread. I have used it a few times and it does do the job, but since I have my obsession with popping the bread up mid toast, it doesn't get used that often.
The toaster is pretty easy to clean as well. Actually the cheap plastickyness (it's a word, I promise) means that it is really to keep the outside clean with just a damp cloth. One of the very few features that this machine has is a crumb tray that slides out of the bottom, which means that it is as easy as it can be to keep this inside clean as well.
It all sounds pretty good, but is there anything that isn't so good about it? Well there are a couple of things that I can think of. Firstly there is the fact that both sides of the bread don't seem to cook equally. I find that the side pointed towards the centre of the toaster cooks quicker so that I have to turn the toast around halfway through cooking to make sure that it is even. This isn't too bad for me considering that I faff with my bread whilst I am cooking it, but I imagine that it would be annoying if you just wanted to stick your bread in and leave it until it finishes. The other problem with it depends on what king of bread you are putting in it. The slots are quite small in terms of height so things like Warburton's bigger loaves are too tall for it. I find that the top couple of centremeters doesn't get toasted at all so you need to either cut that bit off before or after toasting, or again change it around half way through. Again not a problem for me, but I can see how it would put some people off.
Overall I would recommend the toaster as it has done the job we wanted it to do admirably for six years and it shows no signs of stopping. There are some things about it that are less than perfect, but for the price of just £5 I think it is a good buy in spite of these problems. It looks fairly nice, is cheap and is easy to use - recommended.
Life is tough when you're a student and if you can save money then you do whatever it takes and that included my wonderful £5 Toaster from Asda. nearly 4 years on I'm still using this little toaster and it is as good now as it ever was.
£5 for a toaster...must be really bad quality right?
Wrong. Yes it's basic, it's made out of a grey/silver plastic, has 2 slots, a crumb tray, reheat and defrost settings, a cancel option and a 7 point dial for toast which ranges from warm bread through to burnt to a crisp. It does the job.
Two slots for toast is plenty for me and the other half as we rarely have breakfast at the same time so we don't have to fight for use of equipment in the morning and we can take our time making it. The slots aren't adjustable and there isn't a lift option to help you get those small slices of bread but with a bit of effort, the lever does nudge up a tiny bit which I find is usually enough to get hold of them. The crumb tray is a straight forward metal sheet with a curved, grip shape handle which is sympathetic to the toaster's overall design and it slides out and back in with minimal fuss. The handle is on the right hand side of the toaster bottom.
How well will my toast cook?
Well that depends how you like it I suppose! There are 7 settings ranging from a quick one minute up to a mammoth 7 minute toast (I'm about 3 minutes) and the 3 minute setting gives your toast a nice, even golden brown colour to it without cooking the bread in the middle. Inadvertently I have left it on a 7 minute setting and well...the smell of burnt toats took about two days to clear!
Can I use any bread?
I wouldn't. The slots of the toaster while being quite wide are only comfortably wide enough for thick sliced bread that you would buy in the supermarket. You can toast waffles, bagels, pop tarts and easily use toaster pockets if required and your food won't get stuck. Sliced bloomer bread may fit but it depends if you want a doorstop slice or not.
Can I take bread out of the freezer and put it in the toaster?
Yes you can. I have never had to use this setting my self so I can't guarantee it's reliability but on the front of the toaster to the left of the dial there are 3 buttons and there is a defrost option so you don't need to let your bread defrost all day before you have that toast you're craving.
Argh my toast is cold, can it reheat without burning?
Funny you should ask that because there is a reheat button next to the defrost setting that will indeed heat up cold toast (without spreads on of course!) which I have found is ideal if making a larger round of toast so that your butter will melt into it just as it has the last slice you made.
I've used the wrong setting, what can I do?
Fear not, the cancel button will save you here. If you are a bit forgetful like me and just pop your bread in and walk of to realise that you didn't adjust the time, just press the cancel button and your toast will pop straight out.
If the toaster is so cheap, I bet it looks rubbish doesn't it?
Beauty is in the ey of the beholder and to be honest, I've seen worse toasters that cost ten times what this bad boy does. The top of the toaster is a long rectangle with curved edges that slopes down on the right to allow the lever to blend seamlessly into the toaster's aesthetic. The plastic could look better but in a fairly neutral grey/silver colour it is sympathetic to most kitchen decor and there are matching appliances like the bargain kettle (review to follow).
So do you think I should get one?
Absolutely! If you want a toaster that toasts and does it well and if you want a toaster that will last no matter how you decorate or how many times you move then this one is definitely the one for you.
I have owned quite a lot of toasters in the past decade, some expensive with clever functions, some plain, some very cheap. They tend to get a lot of use and then stop working in some way.
The latest one is this Asda model, which has been on the go for just over a year with pleasing results. Before we bought this one, we had gone without for a little while and been using the grill to make toast, as my husband was after a dualit toaster. (Seeing the price of the brand, he will have a long wait.) I didn't want to buy yet another cheap toaster that wasn't fit for the job, but we had been struggling along trying to toast on the grill for 4 people, and we were also planning on redoing the kitchen and having no cooker at all for a while, so I bit the bullet and went for this version so I could have basic cooking facilities for a warm meal while the work was being carried out. It was a good job I did as we were without a kitchen in the end for 7 weeks last January/December, and this was a god send.
I really can't remember how much we paid at the time. Asda seem to charge weird prices that end in 96 or 97p for this sort of item. It was definitely less than £10 and was the cheapest model at the time on the shelf as I wasn't expecting it to last that long.
In terms of appearance, I am quite happy with the grey/silver colour of the toaster. It doesn't look as nice as the stainless steel ones, and is obviously a cheap toaster, but it looks nicer than the white plastic ones, and doesn't get really hot which is a god send when you have kids tall enough to reach the kitchen surfaces. It can be too easy to accidentally burn yourself on a hot surface when you brush past it, so the plastic being a good insulator is a bonus to me.
It is a simple effective design, which is another good thing, as in the past, I find problems have occured when the toaster is too clever and has too many features. It has 2 slots which are wide enough to take a crumpet or a standard slice of bread. I have found that toastie bread can stick out the top still as it is too tall, but if you cancel the programme half way through then turn it round, you get it all toasted eventually. The slide mechanism for lowering the bread works well without sticking, and holds the bread firmly while it is toasted. The slots are really a little deep for crumpets as they tend to slope to one side when you try and remove them, but you can get it to release your food with a slight tilt to the toaster.
Other controls are a defrost button, a cancel button which immediately turns the toaster off and pops up the toast, a reheat button for a quick blast of heat to rewarm (not often used in a house of boys) and a dial with 7 settings to control the length of the toasting session. I prefer the lower settings myself for a lighter toasting, 2 for a piece of fruit loaf, 4 or 5 for a slice of toast, and perhaps 7 for a crumpet. If you are cooking for more than yourself though, just watch out as if you cook the first lot on 5, the next lot will then be burned if they go in for that length of time, as the heating elements get back to temperature a lot quicker than they did the 1st time. Nothing worse than black carbon covered toast.
Making toast can be really messy, but as with most modern toasters, there is a crumb tray at the bottom which can be slid out fully for easily transferring the pesky crumbs to the bin. I tend to do this regularly in our house, as a build up can be bad if they catch fire (I had this happen to me as a teenager so it can happen) or could also be attractive to rodents if living in a student house for example. Also, the sooner it is emptied, the less chance you spill them everywhere trying to carefully remove them from the machine.
Overall, I have been very pleased with this cheap toaster. It has met the needs of my family, and has lasted a lot longer than I thought for the price paid. I would definitely reinvest in a similar cheap model if this one broke at any point in the future.
When my partner and I moved down to London after university, we equipped our new kitchen with the cheapest appliances that we could find! Just about to start our first jobs our only consideration was cost; quality didn't even factor into the equation. Four years later the flat has been somewhat revamped, however one appliance in the kitchen is still there working as well as ever. Our toaster.
We bought the toaster during a shopping trip to ASDA, along with cheap pans, cheap crockery, cheap cutlery and a cheap kettle. It cost us £4.99 and while it may not be the most attractive toaster, we were happy enough. The model is very basic to look at and made of a lightweight grey plastic and quite compact, so it's easy to store away. It's smooth and quite a round shape with two slots for bread. On the right hand side is the lever to lower the bread into the toaster, again made of the grey plastic. On the front there are three buttons which are quite standard on a toaster; defrost, reheat and cancel. The cancel button is obviously quite useful as not many people leave their toast in until it pops out! I like to keep an eye on it as I don't like my toast too burnt! The defrost button is again quite useful if I have to dive into my emergency stash of frozen bread! However, I have never needed to use the reheat function, nor can I think of a reason I would need to. I'd rather eat cold toast than put it back in the toaster! On the underside of the toaster is a removable tray which catches crumbs from the bread. I empty it every few times that I use the toaster and it is very easy to remove and keep clean.
So the toaster is undeniably cheap looking but has all the necessary functions to do its job. I do find that the dial on the front which has heat settings up to 7 is slightly redundant as whatever the setting, the toast always comes out the same! If I leave it on, the toaster will pop up naturally after a couple of minutes and the toast is generally a light brown colour all over. However, I prefer soft toast so as I said, I tend to stand over it and pop it up when I think it's ready. The one niggle that I do have is that the two slots aren't quite deep enough for anything other than square bread so you get the issue that the top bit of the bread is untoasted. I often pop it up and turn it over which isn't a big deal, but I know would annoy some people. The slot size can't be adjusted so you can only toast ready sliced bread and anything thicker would be impossible. Saying that, the pop-up mechanism is very good and the bread is always easy to retrieve and doesn't get stuck in the grills.
The toaster isn't much to look at but the colour and matte look at least keep it looking presentable. Unlike silver and black shiny toasters, a damp cloth will have this one looking clean quickly and it doesn't need much maintenance.
In summary, this is a decent little toaster which has performed brilliantly considering how little we paid for it. We've had the toaster for four years now and it is still working and we've never had even a slight problem with it. In fairness, it will be the next thing that we replace in the house but only because we want something that looks a little nicer. It will be quite sad to throw it out! I would recommend this toaster for students and those moving into their first rented house. It certainly won't impress anyone, it doesn't look great but it does a job and for that reason I will award it 3 stars.
I first bought this toaster when I moved out and was buying loads of cheap appliances. This toaster was about £5 from Asda, which I guess is an alright price.
When I first tried out this toaster the first thing I noticed was how long it took. It isnt quick at heating up. It has a dial so you can set it so it doesnt pop up as quick. It has a pop up button though so you can keep checking it. What I noticed also was one slice does quicker than the other, also one side on both of the slices is more cooked. So when you pop it up and look at it you dont think its done a lot but when you look at the other side its nearly burnt. Other than this problem its an alright cheap toaster. Also the toaster comes in white or grey. I prefer it in grey as it doesnt look as cheap... but still looks cheap.
I think you can go to B&M Bargains spend about £5 more and get a really decent make toaster that looks stylish. But if you want a cheap not very good toaster than this is perfect.
When it came to the kitchen appliances I had to buy for my caravan I had one thing in mind; how much they cost. At home I already have everything a fully equipped kitchen should have, a kettle, fridge, microwave and fridge freezer etc but rather than having to transport these items up and down from the seaside everytime I wanted to get away from it all I decided that it was far easier just to buy them again but rather than buy top end, expensive items I would settle for cheap and functional instead. As it is the caravan season at the moment and my time is split between home and away I am currently working through the appliances I bought specifically for the caravan to review and this toaster, Asda's XB8313S was the one I decided to buy.
At around £6.00 it didn't take me long to decide that this was the toaster for me, I had no other requirements than wanting something to be able to toast bread. I didn't particularly care how it looked or how many knobs or dials it had, so long as it would turn bread to toast that was all I wanted from it. The XB8381S is basic in appearance but rather that settling for a generic white plastic appliance Asda have designed this one in silver/grey plastic. It wouldn't fool anybody into thinking it was metal in construction as it has an undeniably cheap look to it but I figured that being grey it wouldn't show fingerprints as obviously as a white appliance would and would probably not discolour as badly over the course of time. It is a 2 slot toaster with a single numbered dial on the front fascia along with 3 buttons marked 'Defrost', 'Reheat' and 'Cancel'. On the underside is a removable crumb tray which is easy to pull out and put back into place and its mains cable is of a decent enough length that you don't have to have the toaster too close to a plug socket. The toaster doesn't weigh very much nor is it particularly large or cumbersome so storing away in a cupboard when not in use shouldn't cause too many problems. At home I have a rather fancy looking Morphy Richards Accent toaster which takes pride of place on one of my kitchen counters, this toaster from Asda doesn't have the same visually appealing aspect to it so is hidden out of sight when its not being used and I doubt that anyone would be envious of it if they saw it. To be fair though it wasn't bought because of how it looked, I bought it to toast bread - so how does it fare in doing what it was designed to do.
As a functional toaster the XB8313S is simply adequate, why asda bothered to put 3 buttons on the front of this baffles me as only 1 of them (the cancel button) seems to do the job it was supposed to do. Both the Reheat and Defrost functions seem to generate the same amount of heat from the toaster as the normal toasting process does and so to me these other options are surplus to requirements. All of the buttons, the lever and the dial have a cheap feel to them, they look flimsy but to be fair have stood the test of time and are still operational to this day despite being used, pressed and pushed on a regular basis. Numbered 1-10 the dial is supposed to control how toasted your bread comes out but in reality this just appears to be there for no other reason than to give you something to twiddle as no matter what setting I have the dial pointed to my toast always comes out looking anaemic and has to have a second blast of heat to get it cooked enough to be considered 'toasted'. It's always been like this though so I can't say that over time it has deteriorated, I can't remember a single occasion when I have put 2 slices of bread into the toaster, been able to walk away from it whilst it has cooked them and then been presented with a couple of rounds of deliciously toasted looking bread. It does 'toast' in the broadest sense of the word and as an appliance it is far better than having to faff around with the grill on an oven but as far as user-friendliness goes this leaves a lot to be desired in all honesty.
Don't expect to be able to toast anything other than supermarket-bought sliced bread in this toaster, the slots are non-adjustable and too narrow to cope with anything other than bread and even extra-thick slices make for a very tight squeeze. Stick to medium or thick sliced bread would be my advice if you buy this toaster for yourself as anything other that just wont fit. A positive point to note is that the lever mechanism is good, toast does pop up and is easy to retrieve, I have had toasters in the past that have produced toast which couldn't be got at and much fun ensued trying to avoid electrocution whilst fishing around in the slots with a knife trying to prize out a slice of bread (don't try this at home, by the way!, knives and toasters don't mix and if you do do this then at least turn the switch off at the electricity supply - I learned my lesson the hard way with this when I managed to blow up a previous toaster by being a little too heavy handed with a knife - oops!) The walls of the toaster do become warm whilst in use so do be careful with this, they don't get hot and won't burn you if touched but don't expect this model to feature cool-walls in its design because it doesn't. Its grey colour does prevent fingerprints from being too noticeable so I was correct in my initial assumptions about this, the toaster is easy enough to wipe over after use although does leave water marks behind if the cloth you use is too wet so it's probably worth just sticking to a damp piece of kitchen roll if there are any noticeable marks that need removing.
Overall then for functional and reliable toaster I have little to grumble about. It does toast bread (eventually) and it is still going strong 18 months after I bought it. There's little to get excited about with how it looks but for something that cost under £6.00 I didn't expect a work of art or a piece of cutting-edge stylish design. There are many, many budget and basic toasters available from supermarkets and places such as Argos and whilst I wouldn't go out of my way to either recommend or put people off from buying this one from Asda in all honesty you do get what you pay for with this one. If you are looking for something that simply toasts bread then this one should be a consideration the same as the basic ones from Tesco or Sainsburys, personally my advice would be to spend a little more and get something which looks and performs better as there are toasters which can offer so much more than being able to toast just sliced bread and if you want to be more adventurous and toast paninis or crumpets then you are limited to what you can do with this one from Asda.
In conclusion, as far as my rating goes I'm awarding 2 stars, the XB8313S from Asda toasts bread adequately, that's the only really positive thing about it.
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I purchased this toaster last summer from my local Asda store, it was on offer along with the matching Kettle, I payed around £12 for the two, I thought this was an absolute bargain.
The toaster is made out of plastic but has a metal appearance, it is a sort of grey silver colour, I think this makes it look more expensive and quite modern. It is quite a chunky toaster with nice clear buttons, it toast two slices, the main feature is the large wheel that alters the timer, you can set it to lightly brown your toast or pretty much burn it, depending on your personal taste. It has a reheat button so you can warm your toast up, this comes in handy as a very busy mum of two, it also has a cancel button so you can make the toast pop up, especially handy if your toddler has altered the timer, believe me mine does it regularly!!
At first the toaster was great and definately worth every penny, however after about six months of use I have found it is becoming a little, lets say temperamental, sometimes it doesnt toast sometimes it does, I often have to put my bread in a second time but turn it around as it has only browned one side.
I am still pleased with the toaster, it looks nice and does its job and for what I payed for it I really can not complain.
At a first glance, most people have a modern looking kitchen, and this 'cheap and cheerful' toaster would fit in just about any kitchen with a fairly modern look.
Now this is what I do for anything and everything that I want to buy. If there is a cheap supermarket brand version for a much lower price, then if it doesn't work, no big loss.
One down side to this product is that it doesn't take thick loaves of bread only thin ones. I have been relatively pleased with all previous products I have bought from Asda, well with Asda own brand products anyway.
A feature that I have found very useful is the heat adjustment wheel that you can clearly see on the bottom right of the product picture at the top of the page. I found this useful because I can time it with my morning so I can get up, turn on the toaster, get dressed, have a coffee ect and by the time I'm done, my toast is just about done for a nice tasty breakfast!
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My fiancé and I received this toaster last Summer as a gift in respect of our recent engagement at the time. However, this particular toaster can be purchased from Asda for £8 at the moment (both instore and online).
** First Impressions **
Initially, I was very impressed with the appearance of this toaster. It is modern looking and silver in colour with two toasting slots. Its exterior is plastic but the toasting compartment is chrome, giving the product a sleek and more expensive look. In my opinion, as this product is silver, it should suit most kitchen interiors.
The toaster is light in weight, meaning that it can be moved around easily. I would also say that it is easy to clean, but I did cut my finger once on the chrome interior of the toasting slots, as the metal there is very sharp. Therefore, I would advise to be wary of this when cleaning the toaster.
** Features **
As I mentioned previously, this toaster is equipped with two toasting slots. Moreover, it has seven heat settings which can be easily adjusted by turning a very visible dial on the front of the product. This means that you can vary the heat to exactly suit your own preference.
Its power is 800 watts and all buttons that operate the toaster are on the front of it, making it very accessible and easy to use all round.
** My Overall Opinion of the Toaster **
I find that this toaster works perfectly and toasts quickly (this is when I use it at setting number 3). The fact that it looks so good is an added bonus and personally I don't think that you would guess from looking at it that it only cost £8.
However, despite being aesthetically appealing, this toaster lets me down when it comes to toasting thick sliced bread. As the toasting slots are very narrow, this means that thick sliced bread cannot fit and so with this model, you are restricted to medium sliced bread I'm afraid!
Nonetheless, considering that I got this toaster as a gift and therefore did not pay anything for it, I can't really knock it. For £8, I would say that it is brilliant value for money, as it does what it's supposed to do. It still works fine and looks brand new, despite me using it daily over the past year, so I feel that I have definitely got my money's worth from it.
If you are looking for an attractive, but most importantly cheap toaster, give this product a try. It is a great budget product in my view. Also, if anything goes wrong with it within the first six months from the date of purchase you can be assured that Asda will refund or replace the item, as this particular toaster comes with a free six month warranty. It must also be noted that this is additional to the manufacturer's own 1 year warranty on the toaster.
Overall though, 4 stars from me. It loses a star simply due to the fact that it cannot toast thicker sliced bread owing to its narrow slots.
For more information on this toaster or to purchase it online, visit: http://direct.asda.com/Asda-2-Slice-Silver-Toaster/001520853,default,pd.html
Catalogue Number: 152-0853
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