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Thanks everyone for the R/R/Cs, still much appreciated....... Especially thanks for all the E's ... Looks like dooyoo has finally given up the ghost. Not even sending vouchers out now... shame

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AEG OBS12C Ultra 12V Drill Driver - 12V Cordless Drill 29/04/2015

AEG have done well to create this litte beauty

AEG OBS12C Ultra 12V Drill Driver - 12V Cordless Drill I have many, many DIY tools and, over the years, I have used a lot more in the quest to keep up with the ever changing DIY tool trade. One of the better inventions no the market these days are the power drivers. These drivers are designed to be used with screw-heads, although, at a push, they can be used for drilling too. But primarily, they are used in place of the old fashioned, sometimes blister causing screw drivers. Which is what I am going to write about here, the very useful and very powerful cordless power driver from the company known as AEG. What does this look like …? It is only 160mm tall and about that long with the shape of it being as you'd expect any driver of its kind. Although the difference with this one is that the battery pack is a 'stick' type battery that slots into the handle itself, instead of a bulky type that slides onto the bottom of the handle. This is what makes this driver a little easier to get into tighter corners. The trigger is where it should be, at the top of the handle where the under belly of the machine starts, with the directional button being just above the trigger. At the front there is the torques settings, 17 in total, found by turning the easy to use dial around into the number you want lines up with the mark on the top. The lower to torque number the less pressure the chuck needs in or to stop turning. In front of the torque setting there is the chuck itself, which is a keyless chuck and can be loosened, or tightened with ...

Sharp LC-42LD266K 16/04/2015

A sharp television at a nice sharp price

Sharp LC-42LD266K A while back I was on the hunt for a new TV as the one we had gave up the ghost, as the saying goes. So, whilst on the hunt for a TV I came across this one, which has a well known brand stamped on it so I couldn't go wrong really. Then, when I got it home, unpacking it and setting it up, I was nicely surprised at what it had to offer. What does this look like ….? It's your standard television, flat screen, not the 1970's box ones. It is about 1000mm wide, 620mm high and about 220mm deep, when on the stand, and 1000mm wide, 590mm high and 65mm deep when not on the stand. It weighs about 12kg, which is light enough to hang on most well built walls. The screen takes up about 98% of the front, having a slim frame around the screen to keep it all in place. On the rear of the set there are a few ports, such as a scart socket, a couple of HDMI ports, your standard aerial port, video in, components. This one also has an ethernet port in order to connect it to the web. There is also a USB port, headphone socket and a CI port. There are controls on the side of the tv which allow certain control without using the remote control. These setting are channel change, volume control, on/off . But the remote control takes all the controlling away from the tv itself, allowing you to sit back and enjoy the tv without moving anything but your finger. What does it offer …? It offers a built in 'freeview', HD pictures at 1920 x 1080 resolution, and quality sound coming out of the four ...

BT Freestyle 225 10/03/2015

The words BT and Free normally don't go together, except for here

BT Freestyle 225 Since as far back as I can remember I have been a bit of a fan when it comes to home phones that don't strap me down to one spot because of the wires that phones have. Which has led me to use several different kinds of cordless phones, some being great, other being not so good, whilst some I can clearly say I am embarrassed to own up to ever using. This phone is one of those phones that sits in the middle, being on the higher range of the middle. What does this look like ….? It is shaped like any other phone, with the ear piece at the top, the screen just below it, the keypad below that and then the mouth piece at the bottom. In a little more detail though, the screen is a small rectangular shape, being about 50mm long and about 15mm high. Under the small screen there are the the keypad buttons, starting with the BT button in the centre, just under the screen, which, when pressed, lets you access the BT calling features. On the left of the 'BT' button there is the 'Clr' button, which, when pressed, takes you back one step in what you've done on the phone so far, one step at a time. You can press and hold the button in order to go straight back to the home screen. Then, on the right of the 'BT' button, there is the 'menu' button, which, as the name suggests, takes you into the menu section, from there you access all the features. Next down the line there is the 'up and down' button, with the 'handsfree' button and the 'talk' button, on the left and the 'recall' button and ...

HP Photosmart C4280 08/03/2015

A basic All-In-One that gives you more than a basic finish

HP Photosmart C4280 When i'm working I tend to have to do a lot of printing, with some days printing more than others. This means that I have to have a printer that will give me a good quality finish so that i'm not struggling to explain to others what the image on the paper is supposed to be. Then there's the other things that I need in my daily work life, such as copying certain documents or pictures, and also scanning other certain pieces too, which means that, for me, an all-in-one system is mainly all I go after. And this is one of those all-in-ones that I have used in the passed. What does this look like …? This is your bog standard looking unit with the scanner on the top, hidden under the lid that covers about 5/6th of the entire top. The last 1/6th is the control panel. This control panel consists of simple to understand and even simpler to use. Right at the top of the panel there is rather fine set of lights that tell you how much ink you have left in the two cartridges, black and coloured. The green lights go up in fours, with four lights showing full and each light dropping means less ink left. Below the ink levels there are the main buttons, starting with the 'scan' button, which, when pressed automatically scans what ever you've put on the scanning tray. ''Below this there are the copying settings, choosing from the paper size you want to use, the choice of whether you want a back and white print of a coloured print. Then how many copies you want. Below this there's the ...

Bosch PSB 750 RCE - Hammer Drill 04/03/2015

Bosch have done it again .... and with some power

Bosch PSB 750 RCE - Hammer Drill Anyone that knows me, and anyone that has read some of my reviews on here, and other sites too, will know that I own more tools than I need really. It's a sort of ailment, some people collect stamps, some collect insects. I collect tools. So, over the years I have owned and used a vast array of tools, be those hand tools or power tools, including this power tool, the Bosch PSB 750 RCE hammer drill. What does this drill look like …? The drill is gun shaped with the handle being curved slightly to give a better grip. The mains lead slots into the bottom of the drill with the trigger, directional button and locking button nearer to top of the handle. The grip itself has a bit of a rubber feel to it which makes it easier to grip for those more stubborn jobs. Along the top there is the speed control which, before you start drilling, you select the speed by turning the little dial, gaining speed as you go along the wider lines on the dial. In front of the dial that it the hammer drill option which a good drill should have. This hammer function helps push into the more hardened stuff like bricks and paving stones. At the front, where the work gets done, there is the keyless chuck that grips the 14mm bits. Just behind the chuck is the second handle which slots around the area behind the chuck and gives you an even better grip when drilling into concrete and the like. This second handle uses a butterfly screw in order to trap the handle in place. This second handle can be moved ...

Toshiba Satellite C50-A-1DV 26/02/2015

A simple laptop that can keep up with the big boys...

Toshiba Satellite C50-A-1DV This is supposed to be a review about a laptop, although as we all know, all laptops, and desktops need an operating system, what ever that OS is. I don't really want to say much about the OS, as it's windows 8.1, although the laptop I am actually writing about did comes with windows 8, but a few updates later and we have the latest instalment of windows 8.1. what i'm trying to say is that I will try and avoid mentioning the OS as this review is supposed to be about the actual laptop, not the OS. This laptop that I am writing on is from a well known company called Toshiba, with this laptop being the Satellite C-50 – A – 1DV. Firstly, let me tell you about its looks... The laptop is 380mm long, 250mm wide and 30mm thick, with the base keyboard thickness being 25mm, so you can work out how thick the screen is. The entire laptop weighs a mere 2.3kg. The lid of the laptop when closed, is a bit of a dull black colouring, with a slight rough feel to it, although not 'ugly' rough, more a gentle rough, if you rub your fingers across it. The only thing that is on this lid is the Toshiba name that is on the bottom right, or top left, depending on which way you're looking at it. Anyway, when you open the lid, by simply lifting the top up from the bottom, there are no catches or anything., your presented with the screen, which is in a wide screen format and is 15.6 inch from bottom corner to top corner. So now the laptop is open and you're looking at the screen. Therefore, on the ...

Kodak EasyShare LS 755 24/02/2015

Share your photographs with Ease

Kodak EasyShare LS 755 When I go on walks, or holidays, I like to take pictures of the scenery I am visiting. Be that buildings, rolling scenery and animals. These days though I tend to use a bridge camera that I am still getting the hang of, rather that just using the point and shoot settings that offer good images with no hassles at all, and no need to worry about the settings. Where as bridge cameras offer both styles, a simple, automatic setting or a more pleasing user settings. Before I dabbled in the bridge camera world I was using some rather nice point and shoot cameras, including this one. What does this look like … ? This is shaped like many other point and shoot camera, being small and rectangular, being about 95mm long, 6omm high and no more than 25mm thick, (excluding lens extraction). On the front there is the camera lens that hides behind a cover until it is needed. To the left of the lens that is the flash, with a little light at the side of that which flashes when you have set the timer running. On the top there are the few controls, the shutters button to the far right, with the power button next, then the menu button, the video button, the screen button, the auto button and the mode button. On the right side, as you look at the camera from the front, there is the single built in speaker and the tiny microphone hole. On the rear there is a lovely 2.5inch LCD screen. To the left of the screen there is the cursor keys, the share button, (below), and the delete button, (above) ...

Flymo Electric Hover Mower Micro Lite 1000W 16/02/2015

It's almost time for the mowers to come out of the sheds again

Flymo Electric Hover Mower Micro Lite 1000W It's almost that time of year again. Time to start on the garden so that it's fit for the lovely summer that we always get in sunny old England. So, with the spring almost upon us it's time to drag the gardening tools out of hibernation in order to check that they are fit for purpose so that you can be ready to go about tending to the land that may surround your home. One thing that most, if not all gardeners will use many times over the spring/summer period is the good old fashioned lawn mower. Although 'old fashioned' is not quite the word as there are a lot of modern mowers out there that make cutting the blades of grass a lot easier than they used to. And this is one of those mowers. What does this look like …? The unit, from base to handle, stand at just short of 1500mm, with the handle capable of collapsing in order to store it away. All you do is turn the two bright orange wing nut, one either side of the handle, about half way down. On the top underside of the handle there is are two paddles, one either side of the safety button. Both these paddles act as the start button, but you do have to press the safety button first, keeping it press in until you pull back either of the paddles. (It's a health and safety thing, so people don't chop there fingers off by being stupid). The main cutting section is made of a bright orange toughened plastic and is about 900mm by 370mm with a cutting range of 280mm, with 10 metres or so of cable to get you further away from the ...

JJ Supplies P-51 Military Can Opener 13/02/2015

Opening a can with a slither of metal has been possible for years

JJ Supplies P-51 Military Can Opener I used to do a lot if outdoor activities, shall we call it, which including many days and nights living in a 'tent' and eating all sorts of rubbish that was issued to us, (and some 'stuff' that we came across too). Most of the issued food came in powder form, which meant all that was needed was a source of heat and a glug of water. But some food came in tins, or cans, what ever you want to call the small, sealed containers that hold food in order to keep it as 'fresh' as it can until you need it. Since those days I spent more time camping, when ever I could, which dwindled away once married life took hold, which meant I have more cans to open as I had gone right off the powered stuff for some reason. So when it came to those cans the dilemma was getting the lid off in order to get at the food inside. Which is where a can opener comes in handy. But not any old can opener. Not an electric one, (I mean, were would you plug it in?), the can opener I am happy to tell you about is a can opener that doesn't even look like a can opener, yet it can open your tin of beans in no time at all and, when you've finished with it, you can tuck it away until the next time you need it What does this can opener look like …? They are basically a piece of flat metal with two long indents along the inside, with a smaller piece hinged to it. What I mean by that is that the longer piece, the 'Handle', is about 20mm wide and about 51mm long, hence the 51 in the name, has the long indents in it, ...

White Knight C42AW 09/02/2015

A White Knight to the rescue of wet clothes in winter

White Knight C42AW When it comes to drying clothes there's nothing better than hanging them out along a washing line so that the glorious sun-shine and gentle warm breeze can slowly, and with great freshness, dry your clothes. But what do we do on the days that the only thing happening outside is rain, hail, snow and thunderstorm. This is where a dryer comes in to it own as a good quality dryer can dry your washing so that you're not wearing damp clothes the next day. I have had several dryer over the years, most being White Knight as I find them to do a great job in drying clothes and are found at a reasonable price. And this is one of those dryers. Which I still have sitting on the 'shed' in case a lot of drying needs doing at one time. It still works but no longer fitted into the kitchen after a revamp. What does this look like ….? It is your standard box shape white good, being about 670mm high by 470mm deep by 500mm wide. Being a class 'C' in the energy stakes. It has a 500mm front loading door to allow bundles of clothes into the tumbler. The timer, which is on the far right, goes around in sections, from zero to 140 minutes, (2 hours+). Counting down from the 120 minutes, to 80, which is cotton drying. Then from 80 to 60, to 40, to 20, 10 and then it's the cool down ten minutes sequence, which blows cold air through the dryer in order to cool the clothes, and the dryer, down. Then, in the centre of the top section there are two buttons, one being for the heat settings, 'cool' and ...

Hewlett-Packard 3055A e-All-in-One J611n 07/02/2015

A nice low cost HP .... and i don't mean the sauce

Hewlett-Packard 3055A e-All-in-One J611n These days I tend to do a lot of printing when i'm working from home. This means that I have to have a decent printer in order to get the printing done. These days I am using an Epson (all in one) as my previous printer, this HP Desktop, finally gave up the ghost. But I had used the old one for a long time and, until towards the end, it had done exactly what it was supposed to do, giving me plenty of printing with good quality finishes. What does this printer look like …? Firstly, I have to say that this is not just a printer, it scans and copied too, but for the purpose of this review I will call this a printer, but you know what I mean? It is about 420mm long, 350mm wide and about 240mm high, when the screen and paper holder are down that is. The body of the unit is mainly black, with a ring of dodgy brown running around the edge, near the top. On the top, above the ring, there is the copier lid which, when lifted, allows you access the the copying window. To the left of the scanning window there is a little control panel that sits flush on the top but also pulls upward making looking at the screen a lot easier. At the back, on the top, there is a section that lifts up. This is the input try, where you put the paper that you want to print onto. When you look at the front there is a section that pulls open so that the printed paper pops out, which can be made longer in order to collect the paper as it comes out of the printer. When you turn the printer around you'll ...

Triton Passion 9.5kW Electric Shower 06/02/2015

Shower yourself without breaking the bank

Triton Passion 9.5kW Electric Shower A few months back my shower finally gave up the ghost, putt putt putting away until it finally gave up and died. I spent a good, or more bad, day and a half looking online for the part that I needed in order to repair the showers, the Thermal cut-out, as that is what I felt was wrong with it, but I could not find the part anywhere. I even phoned a few places too, with one chap telling me that they don't usually sell such parts to the average Joe, only selling them to trade electricians/plumbers. I don't know how true that is but what I do know is that I would have had more chance finding Big foot scrounging in my wheelie bins that finding somewhere that sold the right Thermal cut out. Anyway, after getting fed up with asking the same question to different people I decided to just get a new shower instead. I mean, I was on the verge of crying like a baby with all the calls and internet searches I had done, and I don't' like crying.... So, after a quick check online, visiting the usual motley crew of diy shops, seeing some over priced showers that I had no intention of buying, I finally found the shower I wanted as it was a good price and it claimed to do exactly what I want it to do … to shower me. And this is the electric shower that I went for. What does this look like …? It looked similar to the old Creda I had used for many years, having a white plastic body with lovely curvy corners. It is about 340mm tall, 210mm wide and no more than 80mm deep. On the front of the ...

Black & Decker EGBL 148 KB P - 14.4V Cordless Hammer Drill 04/02/2015

Mr Decker and his mate Mr Black make a great drilling team

Black & Decker EGBL 148 KB P - 14.4V Cordless Hammer Drill I like DIY and have done for a while, so when it comes to finding the right tool that I know will come in handy in more ways than one, I don't mind spending a little extra money. So when I come across a tool at a knock down price I jump at the chance to add it to my collection. This drill is one of those times that I would have spent double the amount I actually paid for as this one really does come in handy in more ways than one. What does it look like …? It's gun shaped, as all these type of drills are. The battery sits in the bottom of the handle, sliding into place, locking securely in place. On the handle there is the usual trigger at the front, with the directional button just behind it. The grip area around the handle is nice and firm, having a soft area where your hand does most of the gripping. As we look toward the front there's the torque settings, with numbers 1 – 9, together with a logo of a drill bit, which is used for drilling, and the hammer logo, which means … ? yes, you get it, it's the hammer function for ramming holes in the concrete of life. Right at the front we have the three section chuck itself. This is a keyless chuck which means that you'll never ever lose the chuck key as there isn't one. Finally, on the top, there is the speed setting, going from speed one, with the button pushed forward, and two, with the button pulled backwards. How does it work …? This is used like any other drill of its kind. You simply slot the bit into the chuck, ...

Fujifilm FinePix S2980 04/02/2015

A huge fuji step into the world of professional shooting ....

Fujifilm FinePix S2980 Sometimes, when i'm out and about, as they say. (Who are 'they'?), I like to take pictures of such things as scenery, architecture and what ever else catches my eye, (no, not the ladies as this is frowned upon by the same 'they'). So, as most people, I always have my phone with me which has a camera built into it. But sometimes, when I am visiting places, on holiday, short breaks or just out for the day, I prefer to use a real camera. (Why? I don't know as the camera on my phone offers some fine pictures). During my real camera owning life I have always stuck to the simple to use 'point and shoot' type, which, as the name suggests, take no real skills at all in getting a decent picture, so long as you can hold the camera straight. But I wanted to step into the more advanced camera world were I was in control of the images rather than the camera. Which meant getting a camera that could cope with such tasks. But I did not want to spend hundreds of pounds on an expensive SLR cameras just in case I could not get the hang of it and end up leaving it in the cupboard to rust away. This led me to a camera that slots in between the point and shoot and the SLR, being what they call in the trade as a Bridge camera. This means that it is a camera that is designed to be easy to use, having the 'point and shoot' settings whilst also helping you learn about SLR camera with the inbuilt manual setting of the 'Bridge camera'. And this is the 'Bridge camera' that I ended up picking. Which, ...

#Selfies And #SelfieSticks : Are You A Fan? 02/02/2015

A selfie that contains more than your selfie ...

#Selfies And #SelfieSticks : Are You A Fan? I have to start this off by saying that I can not stand selfies and I honestly believe that the people who 'take them' are 'not all there'. A few sandwiches short of a full picnic. A litre short of a gallon, a card short of a full deck .... you get the picture. I know that will anger many people, even some on here, but I can not see the point in a load of people snuggling up together whilst one of them takes a picture at arms length... WHY? As for the name 'selfie', well, doesn't that mean by ones self? Alone? Then why are all these so called 'selfies' involving several people who, in most cases, have had way too much to drink, behaving worse than baboons at the zoo. I blame the so called celebrities for this – although I really think we need to really think about the word 'celebrity' when it comes to some of the jokers out there – These fools go about taking pictures of themselves where ever they go. Then, some of them, have pictures taken of them whilst they are taking pictures of themselves, taking pictures of themselves – what's all that about. Talk about “Look at me everyone... please!! i'm so desperate for people to like me!!” Personally I think the selfie originate with someone wanting a picture of themselves standing in front of a nice scenic spot, possibly a joker … sorry, I mean celebrity, just so that they could sell it to the Sun newspaper pretending that a stalker took the picture whilst hiding in a bush somewhere. This then caught on quicker that a petrol ...
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