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TP-Link RE450
Full Star 1
3.3
(1)
£48.78
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9 months ago
Pretty happy with this. Let me start by saying this is probably never the *best* solution for your problem. If you have a medium-sized house your best option is probably to buy a good router and put it in the middle of your house. If you can't do that or your house is too big, the next best is laying wired Ethernet and adding a proper wireless access point(s). If you cannot run wires and your house is big, you should get two mesh wireless units as the two (or more) units work together. This wireless add-on repeater isn't great because it has to use wireless to talk to the router, which competes with each of them doing their own uncoordinated wireless. I bought it because I have a free wireless router from my ISP that has to be in a silly place in the corner of my house because of where the internet cable comes in. The wireless signal did not reach the other corner of the house and with this is did. It was much cheaper than replacing my router or buying proper mesh units. It did the job. It is bigger than I imagined from the pictures, though and needing to plug it directly into the socket makes it pretty obvious (particular as there will be a limited number of sockets that will be both close enough to your router for the backhaul link and central enough to give you good coverage). Setup was easy with the push button WPS and the default setup worked well. The lights made it easy to find a good spot. Annoyingly the app to configure it requires signing up for an account, so I used the web interface and that was good. You can only repeat one SSID, which was annoying for me as I also have a guest network on my router. I was very happy to find that you can change its mode to be an access point instead of a repeater, so now that I've run wired Ethernet I have it set up like that. I also see that it has an optional built in DHCP server with the ability to set a default DNS, which my router cannot do and is a nice extra.
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
Full Star 1
3.3
(1)
£56.71
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a year ago
Worked well for me until I installed wired networking. It is a bit odd because it is a laptop wireless card made to work for desktops, but that does mean that it is well supported because laptop wireless is more common. I bought it because it worked out of the box on Ubuntu Linux (it is in a number of the certified systems: https://certification.ubuntu.com/catalog/component/8086:24fd )
Canon CanoScan LiDE 220
Full Star 1
3.3
(1)
£79.00
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4 years ago*
I'm using with Ubuntu 17.10 and it all just worked perfectly out of the box. I plugged in the one USB cable, opened up the Simple Scan program that comes with Ubuntu and clicked scan (no driver/software installation at all). I have not had it long enough to test its longevity, but so far I'm impressed. It looks good, the few scans I have done look about as good as my previous scanner and it isn't too noisy.
*Edited 4 years
Lookagain
Terrible
(2)
Bad
4 years ago*
They seem nice, but hopeless communication and constant missed delivery dates. I ordered a product on 24 November that said it had a 2-3 week delivery date. In mid-December, when I expected it to be delivered, I contacted them to find out when it would be delivered. Later that day, I received an automated email telling me that it would not be delivered until after Christmas (27 December) and a personal reply to my email saying that it would be delivered on 14 December. It didn't come on the 14th, I inquired, was told it would be dispatched on 20 December, it wasn't. On the 20th I was told that it would be delivered on 24 January. At that point I gave up and cancelled the order and bought it elsewhere. To their credit, when I rang to cancel the order they were very good about it.
*Edited 4 years
StarTech DK30CH2DPPDU
Full Star 1
3.5
(1)
£291.36
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4 years ago*
We were really impressed with this. We connected this up via USB-C (non-Thunderbolt) to a Dell Latitude 7840 and powered dual 3440x1440 resolution displays (connected via DisplayPort) quite nicely. It was genuinely plug and play on Windows 10. Ethernet worked fine as well. We tested pretty well and did not find any issues. It has a good range of connectors on the back, including dual DisplayPort outputs. We will likely use this wherever we need a USB-C dock, as the reviews for vendor-specific USB-C docks are often awful. I did not actually think a USB-C (non-Thunderbolt) connection could power dual monitors at those resolutions, so not quite sure how it is working. That said, at near the £200 price point, this is around the same price as a Thunderbolt 3 (over USB-C) dock. If you have a laptop that supports Thunderbolt 3, you should most probably go for a Thunderbolt dock for better speed. We tested a Thunderbolt 3 dock with this laptop as well (the Lenovo) hoping it would be backwards compatible, but it did not work, so looks like it is better to stick with USB-C only docks like this one if your laptop is not Thunderbolt 3 compatible.
*Edited 4 years
Manfrotto Pixi
Full Star 1
3.8
(1)
£13.26
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4 years ago*
I don't think I've ever given a "perfect" before, and it's hard to get too excited about a tripod, but this really is a brilliant mini tripod at a bargain price. The button lock spherical rotation is just brilliant and it holds a pretty substantial camera (the Fujifilm X-T10) without any movement at all. It cannot point straight upwards, so get the other version if you need that.
*Edited 4 years
Fujifilm Fujinon XF 35/1.4 R
Full Star 1
4
(2)
£484.00
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5 years ago*
Stunning photos and more flexible than expected. This is my only lens, which I gather is relatively unusual. It is obviously amazing for portrait photos, social gatherings etc. This is particularly the case because it is so small that, coupled with a retro camera like the X-T10, it does not look too hardcore in a casual setting. Street art and anything where you want to capture a sense of environment comes out well. More surprising to me was that it is good enough at things like landscapes and general travel photography that we have not bought any other lenses. The small size makes it easy to take anywhere, offsetting the lack of flexibly inherent in a prime lens. Note it does not have an image stabiliser, which I notice in some settings.
*Edited 5 years
Fujifilm X-T10
Full Star 1
3.5
(1)
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5 years ago*
This was my first non-point and shoot. I only have one lens, the Fujinon 35mm 1.4R prime, and I have been extremely happy with it. Note that Fuji has since released the X-T20, which is the upgraded version of this, so if your budget stretches that far it is your best bet. Pros: * Amazing photos. This alone is the reason to buy it and everything else is minor. Even compared to other very high end cameras, there is something beautiful about the photos, particularly of people. * It's extremely easy to take great photos, even if you are not a skilled photographer. Almost point and shoot. * Auto mode is very handy for less camera-savvy family members or waiters etc. * Good (but not great) app, letting you geotag and share to social networks from the camera through your phone. * Pretty camera (particularly in silver), that looks vintage instead of over the top. This sounds silly, but means I take it to social occasions much more than others with similar sized cameras. * Lovely to use. Settings in accessible places. Tactile, with great shutter noises etc. I never really enjoyed taking photos before this camera. Cons are all minor, but: * Auto focus with groups in low light and a wide aperture lens is a challenge. It wants to shoot wide open, leaving some people out of focus. It's enough of an issue that I often use my phone for a backup in that setting. * The app can take an age (a minute or more) to connect to the camera. Given that you need to connect each time you want to update the location for geotagging, it makes the feature pretty useless. The app should just store the locations and then sync up, rather than connecting for each photo.
*Edited 5 years
Wex Photo Video
Good
(3)
Excellent
5 years ago*
Helpful when I phoned up, online system was very good and customer service was helpful when I enquired about my order. Automated information regarding delivery was good. Accepts Paypal (which means I can use Amex), which is great for bigger purchases.
*Edited 5 years
Park Cameras
Terrible
(2)
OK
5 years ago*
I have a mixed view of Park Cameras. When I enquired about a product, a knowledgable salesperson called me up and talked me through the pros and cons, which was extremely helpful. They did, however, say that they would put a unit aside for me and then did not do so, meaning they sold out. He did not tell me until I called back to make the transaction. When I bought something else from them (a £400 lens), they sent it without keeping any tracking information, so when I called up to ask where it was, they could not tell me. Apparently they normally do have info, but not this time. Perhaps it would be a more streamlined experience if you place your order online instead of by phone.
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