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I used to have a dartboard attached to the back of my bedroom door, with two thin wooden boards behind it to protect my door. However a few months ago I realised I was in need of a new board, as my family likes darts a lot, so it had a lot of use! I went for this darts centre, I chose this because it was great value for money, being around 20 pounds on sale at Argos and it looked terribly impressive in the pictures in the catalogue. If it was full price then I probably woud have chosen a different one, as 34.99 is expensive for a dart board which won't be used too seriously. (Only competitions with freinds and family, and for practising.)
When I unboxed the darts centre I was really pleased with it, a lovely wood with a fine, shiny, glossy finish. It came with a large check-out chart poster - this is a really nice little extra, it helps if you aren't quick with working out what you need to aim for to finish the game, all of my family use it apart from my dad as he's an accountant. Sometimes he tells you what you need quicker than the time it takes you to look at the poster! Also included were two sets of darts with Taylor endorsed flights, these darts aren't very high quality, but they're okay for spares. or if you and your friends feel like a game and someone needs a set. Nice white chalk and a board wipe are also included. However the brackets needed for fixing the board to the wall aren't included. My mum's the DIY expert of the house so she nipped to the nearest Homebase and got some, she was back and had the board up and ready for christening within the hour.
The wood is really good quality, nice and solid and I know it will last. The only thing I don't like is "The Power" 's signature on the front! I don't know why, for me I guess it just doesn't look good. I'd prefer the signature to be on the inside. The cabinet can go in any room, it's not painted so the natural wood colour shines out. The doors are fixed by hinges, they're easy to open and close and will definitely not fall off. The board is standard size, by Unicorn - this brand is considered a leade of darts equipment, this board with used in the PDC champoinships. I didn't realise it was Unicorn initially, but when I did I was quite surprised, it affirmed that the darts centre is definitely not a cheapy rip-off, it is in face a high quality, attractive, bristle dartboard, accompanied with a lovely wooden cabinet and hinged doors. The fact that it's Unicorn is a great bonus!
I've had it a while now and it hasn't worn at all. Yes, there are a few holes in the wood due to my little brother's poor aim and from when he and I decided it would be fun to play darts with our eyes closed (this also left some oles in my door - oops) The wood hasn't faded and the glossiness of it is still as shiny as ever. It's very smooth to the touch. I would advise putting the cabinet on a wall somewhere out of direct sunlight, as I'm pretty sure the su would bleach and fade the cabinet and dartboard, and this would be a real shame because it does look very nice indeed.
In summary I'm extremely pleased with the dartboard, I'm glad I chose this, and I'm tihnkful Argos had it on offer because otherwise I wouldn't have bought it. However if I had tested it before hand, for example if my friend had it and I played on it with him/her, I would have been thoroughly impressed and probably would have bought it despite the price once I needed a new dartboard. Hopefully you will be able to buy it cheaper now, I'm not sure.
I have been waiting to get myself a dart board for my new flat for some time now and eventually at the weekend, seeing this in a Argos sale for only £19.99, I decided to purchase this. I am not a fan of Phil Taylor and the naming did not have anything to do with it, I wanted a Unicorn board with a wooden cabinet and this seemed the best idea.
I play darts at the local pub each weekend socially and always fancied a board for the house to entertain guests and help let off steam at the end of a busy day. I had reservations about putting it up and getting all the equipment but bought this and just got on with it.
Pretty everything you need comes with this set, the cabinet, the board and the darts with flights. You will need to buy wall brackets, any padding you want to add being the cabinet and the screws and plugs required to affix it. This is justified in the manual by saying different fixtures and walls will require different types of screws and they thus leave them out. This is a small expense but if like me you have no idea about DIY you will end up having to consult someone who knows or a local store. Its quite tricky to put up but all boards are. Measurements need to be accurate and it need to be fixed in a set order so it will take at least half and hour to an hour to get up an playing.
Nevertheless the cabinet is good solid wood quality. It will look good in any room and certainly doesn't look cheap. It feels solid and wont fade easily given the glossy tone. It has Taylor's autograph on the outside and when opened has a score board, with chalk provided. It also has a foamy background to add the board onto.
The board is an official, standard size unicorn board which is the one used in the PDC world championships which is now considered the leading and main darts board manufacturer. Its excellent quality, comes with a twistable number ring to ensure certain areas of the board do not wear down and also all the markings and. logos you will see on the tv.
The two sets of darts you get with it are fairly cheap, light ones which won't be suited to the average player who likes a good set. They will do for guests or for casual games though and its always handy having spares. The two sets of flights are endorsed by Taylor and are fairly good quality and I use them on better darts.
All in all this is an excellent dart set for use at home and well worth the money if you can get it for the £19.99 it is currently on sale for in Argos!
All you need now is to get practising.
I have heard mixed views on the Phil Taylor Home Darts Centre, which very much surprised me as we've been very pleased with it and consider it a good buy. Because of this, I thought I'd have my say.
I bought this dart board with surround and doors as a Christmas present for my eldest son so, it would be almost two years since it was purchased. I don't play much darts myself but I have had a go. I understand the game, can hit the board and, occasionally, even obtain a high score but, this is usually by pure chance. But I find it so hard to finish. I get stuck at this point and will lose the game.
My son, now aged twenty seven, enjoys most sports and, for years now has had a dart board in his bedroom. His dad and I decided he might like a darts centre instead of just a darts board, which would give some protection to the actual board from dust and also, because it looked good. Anyway on opening this gift we could tell he was pleased with the idea of it. It's sometimes hard to choose presents for his age, as we like to include something among his presents other than clothes and after shave. Well this was a hit, and I'm not being funny!
Hubby fixed the centre up on his wall which took very little time, once he had found his tools that is! As my son had previously marked a spot on the floor to show throwing distance (the oche) the darts tournament could commence.
I wanted a bit more help in the kitchen to get our Christmas dinner on the table but hubby kept disappearing to show off his skill with the 'arrows.' Everyone had a go and then later that day, when we had family round for Christmas tea, the doors of the darts centre were once again opened, and another tournament began.
As my son has had this darts centre for almost two years I felt it had been truly tested so I sought his opinion. I told him I wanted to write a consumer review, so he could be honest if he didn't think it was up to scratch. He told me that he was very pleased with it and it had held up well considering the use it had had. He reports that there aren't signs of wear on it other than the dart holes you would expect when a friend misses the board (not himself, he explained!). The doors are still securely on their hinges and the exterior doors still look good. I had a check to see what I thought and I had to agee that it looked good.
He went on to say said that a feature he liked in this set was the poster which was included showing ways to finish. My son (she boasts) unlike myself, has no problems at all with his maths and can subtract easily and quickly, but he said that for one or two of his friends who were a little less confident number wise this was a great help. Also, it assisted newcomers to the game. The poster is pinned on his wall.
The Phil Taylor Home Darts Centre came equipped with two sets of practise darts. My son has some nice sets of darts but said it was handy to have the extra sets and they have been used often.
He likes having the scoreboard on the inside of the door, a handy extra. He also, said, cheekily, that with a beer or two supplied he could pretend he was at the pub! The bar would be most like 'the snug' though, as his room is far from spacious.
I bought this darts centre from Argos. It would have been a similar price to the current one of, £34.99. I believe for that price this darts centre makes a good gift. We have had no problems whatsoever.
Further details taken from, www.argos.co.uk:
The ultimate World Champion package.
Metal reinforced corners.
PDC endorsed tournament bristle dartboard.
2 precision engineered dart sets.
Chalk, wiper, professional checkout chart.
When you are looking for a dartboard you can not help but get attracted to packaging from a the world's best darts player. After taking this into further consideration and looking at the contents I was pleasantly suprised at what you get for the price that you pay for it.
I purchased this for £34.99 which when you consider you get a very good dartboard, 2 set's of darts and a wood cabinet you should be pretty pleased by that. With it not being purchased long ago I would not expect the price to of gone down. Still though for the price that you pay it is excellent.
Included in the box
A similar dartboard is available on it's own for £24.99 so this could be one for consideration if you feel that you don't want a wooden box with it. The darts which are included aren't of the bets standard but they will do the job until you decide you want to invest in better ones. The wooden case is not of the highest quality but I found that when a group of friends played we wouldnt even use the wooden case.
DartBoard and Darts
The dartboard is good and unlike very cheap boards once you throw a dart at this board the hole will quickly go away. The darts that you get are light ones which I think are good for the beginner when they are trying to experiment. If you find that the ones available may be a bit to light for you then atleast you know you can go to the store and purchase ones which are a bit more heavy for your throwing style.
Overall I think that if you are a beginner looking at getting into Darts I would recommend this as a started pack to get you started. The dartboard will last long enough for you to get your wear out of it. I estimate the board lasting for a good year depending on how long you play on it and how frequent. One other alternative for this could be if you purchase a rubber ring you can place around the dart board instead of the cabinet as the cabinet tends to just be a bit heavy and clunky which you don't need really. The rubber rings are available for £19.99 at Argos which I think is a very good price as they can last for years. Think about purchasing it.
The Phil Taylor Home Darts Centre is, to be short, really a very good board. I got it for Christmas last year and although I'm not big on darts or playing it properly, in my flat I love throwing them about with my friends. However, when we do play it "professionally", the Phil Taylor does its job really well
This board comes with everything you need for a traditional game - a chalk board on the inside (complete with chalk and wiper of course) to help you keep score. It comes with a tape measure to help you set it up at correct tournament levels (and to know where to stand) - of course if you're like me and too lazy to put it up properly, standing it up on top of some fairly high furniture does the job just fine, of course.
It comes in a large (and really quite heavy) cabinet with doors that are well placed so that when opened they don't do that annoying thing of constantly closing by themselves. The cabinet itself is pretty easy to mount and comes with pretty clear instructions, but again, I myself find it just as much fun to stand it up anywhere and lunge darts at it in any old fashion. Less professional, but a lot more fun.
Then there's the board itself, which I found to be sturdy and after 6 months of playing on it, it hasn't done that thing a few cheaper dart boards do when they seem to no longer hold darts properly. This one still functions just as well as it did when opened. The darts that come with it are pretty good, and good enough for me, and while I'm no dart expert, I'm pretty sure anyone keen on their darts will probably buy more expensive ones.