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Standard Horizon HX851 Hand Held DSC VHF Review …

This isn t a full feature review. This is a real life review. The difference is this is what you would experience if you owned the same product. If you want a traditional review then this1 may be more suitable but IMHO not as useful. I have been using the HX851 since it was released in 2013. It has survived two years of use in some pretty rough conditions. I have used it on board in competitive power boat racing and also for leisure.

It has had an entirely typical life being knocked around the boat, chucked in bags, dropped and the rest.

The good:

Standard Horizon know how to make good kit. Their RF experience with radio equipment is very good indeed, and using this it shows. After the time I have owned it, it is still performing as good as when it was new.Battery life is great, I have never had it run out on me even when using it for a weekend of boating but it is only on when needed. Audio quality is absolutely fine, and the inbuilt speaker is really quite loud when you need it to be. I have been able to hear race instructions on a race boat whilst wearing a crash helmet, with a noisy engine running. It surprised me how clearly I could still hear the audio.

It does float I have tried it! (Intentionally I may add) and after two years it is showing no signs of ingress or any future potential future problems.DSC features are pretty cool. I have had a few interesting things pop up from other boats (emergencies and such) but I have never actually used it myself to send messages. That also surprised me as I m a geek at heart.

The bad:

There are really two things to say against the HX851. The first slightly annoying quirk is there is no nice way to charge this VHF from a 12 source. Due to the design there are no plugs accessible on the VHF to plug in a charger. You HAVE to use a little charging cradle, and that plugs into the 12v supply. This is a bit annoying. It looks messy and really the cradle wouldn t be at all suitable on say a Rib or open sports boat.

The second REALLY annoying. The screen; it scratches far too easily by being the most proud part of the radio when lying face down. One day the last summer I put the radio in the glove box on boat. About an hour later I removed it and the screen was scratched so badly that the lower 1/4 of the screen was impossible to read! I did however manage to polish it out to the point that it was readable again, but that is a silly oversight and really frustrating so be warned.

Scratches When faced down, the screen makes contact with the surface More Scratches


Great audio performance, great battery life. Fantastic feature list (some of which you may not use) full DSC capabilities only let down by a cosmetic design flaw. Would I still recommend it?

Absolutely yes.


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Boost Mobile introduces new family plan, international calling to …

Prepaid carrier Boost Mobile1 has announced new plans, offers, and options for both new and old customers. These include a new family plan system, enhancements to international calling, and up to $5 in credit every month with a new rewards plan. Boost Mobile has introduced a new family plan, offering unlimited talk and text, with a choice between 1.5GB and 5GB per month. Starting with two lines, customers can get either data allotment for $70 per month. Three lines and 1.5GB will run you $90 per month, while 5GB costs $95. There’s also a 4-line plan for $100 with 1.5GB, and $120 for 5GB. While the high-speed data is limited, data itself is unlimited, with slower speeds kicking in after you use up your data allowance.

Customers now have the option of adding unlimited talk and text to and from Mexico on Boost for and extra $5 per month. With this plan, you’ll be able to use your Boost plan in Mexico, with up to 8GB in roaming data. Boost also has a couple of new offers for customers. For a limited time at participating Boost stores, new customers signing up for a family plan can get two free smartphones. Phones available for this deal include the Moto E2, LG Tribute, and the ZTE Speed.

You can also get up to $5 in credit every month if you install the Boost Dealz app on your Android phone.

The app displays ads every so often when you unlock you phone’s screen.

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Canon Pixma MG3650 review

Canon Pixma MG3650 review

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Canon Pixma MG3650 review

Canon s new Pixma MG3650 is an affordable and versatile multifunction inkjet printer for home users but, as always with low-cost printers, you need to keep an eye on the cost of the replacement ink cartridges.

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Canon Pixma MG3650 review: Price

The 61.99 price we ve quoted is as always the manufacturer s recommended price. However, you can easily find it online, and even in stores, for under 50. You can buy it from John Lewis for 49.99, for example, and from Currys for 44.99. It s available in black or white. The low price means the MG3650 doesn t have too many frills. There s no LCD control screen, for example. There s just a small set of buttons on the top-left corner of the printer and the phrase which springs to mind when we checked build quality was cheap and cheerful .

The cover for the scanner unit seemed particularly flimsy and we almost pulled it off when first setting up the printer. It doesn t even have a proper internal paper tray, instead relying on a small plastic flap that folds out from the front of the unit to support a stack of up to 100 sheets of A4 paper. But at least that keeps the overall size of the printer down, and the MG3650 will easily fit onto a nearby shelf or desk without taking up too much space.

Canon Pixma MG3650 review: Features

There may be no colour screen but you will find all the main printing features you re likely to need.

Along with its main printer, scanner and copier functions, the MG3650 provides both SB© USB and Wi-Fi connectivity, along with duplex (two-sided) printing and support for Apple s AirPrint for

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