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Kindle Paperwhite E-reader - Black, 6" High-Resolution Display (300 ppi) with Built-in Light, Wi-Fi
Kindle Paperwhite E-reader - Black, 6" High-Resolution Display (300 ppi) with Built-in Light, Wi-Fi
Price: $139.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Screen easily damaged, February 22, 2016
Outside of warranty, the screen suddenly started showing a bright white light through the screen like a piece of fibre optic cable blaring at your face, even with the backlight turned right down.

Either the screen is very susceptible to bumps and knocks or it is just not well made. I now have a Kindle Paperwhite that is perfectly good in all other respects except that it is now unreadable in low light, or with the backlight turned on at all.

Amazon have a replacement program, but only the more expensive WiFi / 3G options which end up being more expensive than buying a new WiFi Only product.

My advice would be to get an iPad which (although needs charging more often) will allow you the flexibility of books from multiple sources so you are not locked into the Amazon library.


LC Technology RescuePRO Deluxe for PC
LC Technology RescuePRO Deluxe for PC
Offered by BoBotechnic
Price: $4.93

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Wasted time - free software works just as well without the licensing hassles, May 5, 2015
Terribly poor product. Requires a highly convoluted licensing activation which seems almost impossible to transfer. I needed to recover some images from a SanDisk and purchased this product thinking I would be best sticking with the SD Card Manufacturer's recovery software.

I installed it several days before upgrading my machine, without realising it was so difficult to port to a new machine. Customer service staff gave me details on how to reactivate on old machine and then export license key, but left out the fact that I could not use install on old HDD in new PC (linked to machine ID or Mac Address prob). An hour wasted loading ethernet drivers and resurrecting old PC. Even when I got hold of guy using old PC and followed the process, still got an error saying 'invalid time date stamp'. More wasted time.

Customer Service staff were also high-and-mighty saying 'we don't normally do a key re-issue this early into the purchase'. It is like they are selling an Amway product but someone has convinced them they have the keys to the kingdom and need to protect it with their last drop of blood. I have never seen anything so ridiculous!

Oh - and whilst waiting for them to generate a new secret activation code (still hasn't happened yet), I downloaded some free software and was able to get all the images back.
Comment Comment (1) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Jul 12, 2015 10:53 AM PDT


Bose QuietComfort 20i Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones
Bose QuietComfort 20i Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones
Offered by Wizard-Electroland

7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Just Dangerous on an Airplane, December 2, 2014
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I purchased these so I could sleep / turn head whilst wearing, for which they are great. Previous Bose NC headphones had a high-gain / low-gain setting which was accessible by removing the cable. These don't - which mean when the airline makes an announcement, they are deafening. I mean 'rip your headphones out of your ears by the cable like they just hit 1000 degrees and were burning your ear sockets deafening'

Seriously sickeningly loud. Great noise cancelling and simply brilliant with an iPad, notebook or ANYTHING OTHER THAN AN AIRLINE. PS - also great if they are unplugged from anything and just cancelling noise too!

If watching a house movie on a plane, the $2 headphones are the go.
Comment Comment (1) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Apr 3, 2015 11:13 AM PDT


Rapid Dual Output Car Charger For Samsung Galaxy S7 (2.1amp Micro USB Power Port) (Car Charger)
Rapid Dual Output Car Charger For Samsung Galaxy S7 (2.1amp Micro USB Power Port) (Car Charger)
Offered by The Price Is Rite
Price: $7.25
10 used & new from $5.60

5.0 out of 5 stars Great product, October 12, 2014
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There is a touch-light on the phone end which lights up showing you where to insert into the phone but only when you touch the cable. Sensational!!!


Wemo Switch Smart Plug, Wi-Fi, Works with Alexa
Wemo Switch Smart Plug, Wi-Fi, Works with Alexa
Price: $39.98
77 used & new from $33.52

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't Work with Android, October 12, 2014
Don't get me wrong - Belkin have an Android App but this just wastes huge amounts of time TRYING to get it to work. You can see devices with an Android App, upgrade firmware and create rules, label devices etc...

It just fails on two small points - switching on when the rule says it should and then switching off when it is meant to.

When you configure with an iOS device
1) It works every time; and
2) You get way more configuration options (like having it come on 15 mins prior to / after sunset)

I would wait until they have the bugs ironed out
Comment Comment (1) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Oct 14, 2014 7:52 AM PDT


Withings WS-50 Smart Body Analyzer, Black
Withings WS-50 Smart Body Analyzer, Black
Price: $118.79
42 used & new from $109.55

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Try something else, March 16, 2014
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This scale has great features and looks cool but it is just inaccurate. Why display a reading to one decimal place if it is out by a couple of kilograms.

Further - how can a scale show two different readings in two minutes???

Either a serious quality control problem or I got a dud. Probably too late to return it but I bought two (one for a mate) who is having similar hassles. Conversely the Tanita 500 I had previously (looked kludgy by comparison) could tell me whether I had pee'd or drunk a glass full of water.

I couldn't be sure but after having used it for a few months, I would swear it is a known problem which has had a 'bandaid' software patch to limit mis-readings by including an algorithm based on my past weight measurements. It would be interesting to get one in the lab and measure a bunch of objects around the 80kg range repeatedly (78kg, 85kg, 82kg). My guess is that they would all come up with the same reading!
Comment Comment (1) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Mar 18, 2014 2:18 PM PDT


Panasonic Lumix digital camera 20x optical with GPS DMC-TZ40 Black - International Version (No Warranty)
Panasonic Lumix digital camera 20x optical with GPS DMC-TZ40 Black - International Version (No Warranty)
31 used & new from $99.00

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Camera - Great for almost everything!, February 21, 2014
The Panasonic Lumix TZ40 is hands-down my best ever camera purchase. I can't for the life of me figure the reviews about Japanese menus, but figure Amazon may have purchased a bunch intended for the Japanese market that weren't defaulted to english language. Ignore all these reviews. I had to change language to Japanese on mine to see what they were talking about, and was able to change it back to English simply enough but had not considered the menuing to be problematic until I tried operating it in Japanese (easily fixed).

The zoom on this camera is nothing short of breath-taking. I am regularly having to rest both elbows to get stability but this is clearly a physics thing, not a limitation of the camera.

The camera is fast, works ok in low light (keeping in mind it's not an f/1.8) and the smarts are not overly intrusive. Panoramic is good (multi-directional, good guides etc...) and I without flash, I rarely bite into a second battery taking 400-600 shots.

For anyone looking to travel, or with kids - I reckon this is the camera. In fact - I would argue that >80% of the people lugging around a DSLR should shelve it and take a TZ40 with a spare battery or two.

And if you have never tried a compact super-zoom camera, then just order one. Don't bother researching or vascilating, just go and grab one. You will find your entire photography style changing when you can get good close-up photos from further away!
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Viper hardcase 13, graphite
Viper hardcase 13, graphite
Price: $42.95
5 used & new from $42.95

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome product, July 23, 2013
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Well padded - fits a MacBook Air in perfectly or the Magnesium Toshiba Ultrabook.

Room for cables or in my case a Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 and Kindle where each are separated and won't scratch each other.

Great protection and super light weight. I wish I had have purchased it before the small dent in the top cover of my MBA :)

Not big enough for the old MacBook Pro and haven't tried a Retina MBP yet but suspect it would be a little tight

Glad the started making this product again (couldn't get my hands on one for 12 months or so)


Bose QuietComfort 15 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Bose QuietComfort 15 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Offered by Schumpeter
Price: $289.99
75 used & new from $150.00

30 of 36 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Padding flakes after six months, can't get replacement, July 23, 2013
The headphones are good - maybe not the best - but solid noise cancelling functions and comfortable.

The padding material (ear piece and across the headband)are of a very poor quality and start flaking after about 6-12 months.

You can buy replacement ear piece padding but not the headband, which means you end up looking like you have terrible black dandruff as the vinyl headband padding gradually works it's way off onto your head.

Really poor effort not having a replacement for this component Bose!!!
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Sony DSC-TX30/B 18 MP Digital Camera with 5x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 3.3-Inch OLED (Black)
Sony DSC-TX30/B 18 MP Digital Camera with 5x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 3.3-Inch OLED (Black)
2 used & new from $545.00

10 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Flimsy - inner screen cracked within a week, July 9, 2013
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This camera has a multi-layered display screen and the inner screen cracked. It had not been dropped, just got a big crack along the bottom corner which can be seen clearly under the outer layer of glass.

It doesn't seem to impact waterproofing but doesn't look great. Other features seem fine but for a camera that is meant to be ruggedised this is a fail.

I have previously had Panasonic rugged cameras which have been used mountain biking, run over by vehicles and dropped onto rocks without problem. This camera was for a tourist trip to NYC and Hawaii. Didn't stand up to the rough and tumble of a padded case in a padded backpack.

Get an Olympus or Panasonic if you are doing anything outdoors.


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