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    • L'Oréal Feria Pastels / Hair Care / 0 Readings / 0 Ratings
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      31.08.2015 15:48

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      Perfect shades, easy to use highly recommended!

      I had had my hair dip dyed blonde for a long time and was looking for a change, but nothing that would require a massive amount of work to revert back to my original colour, or leave a nasty after colour behind.

      I had been looking around temporary colours for a while, but they all looked a bit too bright for my liking, and having seen friends use them, I knew they could leave behind a nasty tint on lightened hair despite being semi permanent.

      I was shopping around in boots for other items and spotted this Semi Permanent Feria colour on the shelf in Peach, Lilac and baby pink, they all looked great and the fantastic pastel colours I'd been looking for all along. I was a little greedy and bought all 3.

      I started with the peach as it was the softest of the colours, It couldn't be easier to use, you just apply as you would conditioner in the shower, leave it on for as long as you like (the longer you leave on, the darker the colour) and then rinse out. No messing like permanent hair dye.

      I left the peach on for about 5 minutes (only using about a quarter of the bottle) and the colour came out perfect, just like the box. I used the rest of the bottle every few washes and left on a bit longer for a brighter effect.

      The pink and the lilac were just as great, the lilac was my favourite! I felt like a palma violet. And the best thing, once I stopped using them, the colour eventually faded on it's own without any more bleaching. Although it did take a lot more washes than it says on the box!

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    • Batiste Tropical Dry Shampoo / Hair Care / 0 Readings / 0 Ratings
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      31.08.2015 15:33

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      Gorgeous Smell and Really Works.

      I remember when I was a teen and dry shampoo first came into fashion. It was horrible! Had a terrible smell and didn't do what it said on the tin!

      When Batiste released it's new range of dry shampoos I was brave and decided to give it another go!.

      I was going on holiday and though this would be very useful for warm days beside the pool and great for freshening up in the humid weather.

      As I was going on holiday abroad, I decided to go for the tropical scent, very fitting!

      The canister is bright yellow with green tropical flower patterns and a white opaque lid on top. I don't like to spray aerosols in shops so the scent was going to be a mystery until I got home.

      As soon as I got in I had a go with it, and it smelled brilliant! very fruity with hints of coconuts, the smell was definitely a "holiday" smell and I was so glad I had picked it.

      The best way to use a dry shampoo is to lift sections of your hair up and spray underneath at the roots, give it all a quick rub in like you would with shampoo, and then brush through! , your hair will feel much dryer, less humid or greasy, and have a lovely fresh smell.

      Make sure you don't spray it too close to your hair of directly at your hair and not the roots or it will fade the colour of your hair with a chalky look!

      This stuff is so great I always keep a bottle not, of the same scent, even in the winter, because I love the smell so much.

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      31.08.2015 15:25

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      Not fit for purpose.

      I use liquid eyeliner everyday, I like to have the Amy Winehouse style "eye - flick" and liquid eyeliner is by far the best product to use to do this with.

      I went on holiday in the UK for a few days and forgot to bring my (quite pricey) eyeliner with me, disater!. I didn't really want to spend my holiday funds on make up so picked up the cheapest eyeliner I could find in Superdrug, which happened to be a Collection 2000 product.

      I haven't used Collection 2000 products since I was in my teens so I wasn't really sure about how good the quality would be, but just needed something to tide me over for a couple of days.

      The eyeliner I usually buy is in a short, stumpy bottle with a solid, short brush. This one was very different, in a long mascara style tube, and the brush was very long and wobbley. It was very difficult to get a thick even line with, and was quite watery and needed a good few applications before it was to my standards! Once I had taken a much longer time than usual to apply my eyeliner it did look OK.

      Later one in the day I went to use the public toilets and noticed my eyeliner had significantly faded, looking a little closer it had all cracked and flaked. I tried to re apply but this made the eyeliner still on my eye to flake away. I had to wet some tissue paper and remove it all and start again.

      Needless to say I didn't use it for the rest of the holiday and through it away, it was too fussy and very short lasting!

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    • grooves-inc.co.uk / Online Shop / 0 Readings / 0 Ratings
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      31.08.2015 14:19

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      • "Great Sales"
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      One great ordering company for online CD buyers

      I have never been disappointed in Grooves-inc... They have great sales and prices, free shipping if you order enough and great packaging for overseas shipping... Fabulous!!

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    • pcspecialist.co.uk / Online Shop / 0 Readings / 0 Ratings
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      31.08.2015 12:22

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      • "Looks good"
      • "Nice solid keyboard"
      • Fast
      • "Large screen"

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      • "Having Office 2013 installed has mucked up my mail downloads"

      Excellent product and good service

      Went to PCSpecialist because I wanted a solid-state drive and couldn't get a laptop with a big enough drive (biggest elsewhere was 256Gb and I needed about 500GB)

      Specifying on-line was easy and a couple of queries resolved speedily using on-line chat function. Impressed by number of options available to select.

      Order dealt with on schedule and kept informed as it went from stage to stage. Eventually delivered on time and in good condition. Working well.

      Would use PCSpecialist again and recommend them to anybody, particularly those who want something a little different to a bog standard spec.

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      31.08.2015 12:15
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      • "There are none "

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      • "Poor gameplay"
      • "Rushed to market"
      • "Poor graphics"

      Avoid! Beat-em up fans will be disappointed.

      This game has a feel of game that given a few more months in development could have been much better. The gameplay and graphics are poor and the game lacks an depth. I would avoid this game if you have an standards in terms of fighting games.

      The use of Kinect could have been fantastic but it just hasn't been done properly. It's tracking is poor and it throws in random moves you haven't asked it too.

      The gameplay gets boring all too quickly. Look elsewhere fight fans.

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      31.08.2015 11:07
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      • "Ezio and Altair"
      • "New equipment to try"
      • "Great storyline"

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      Highly recommended addition to the franchise. Finish Ezio's story!

      I've played through almost all of the Assassins Creed series having been hooked by Assassin's Creed 2. I love the premise of the game, the backstory, the gameplay but what really got me was the strong characterisation, particularly with the main protagonist, Ezio Auditore de Firenze.
      Revelations is the last game in the Assassin's Creed series to feature Ezio and it brings to a conclusion his long story in the Assassin's Creed world.

      The positives: The new settings are exciting and interesting and add a different challenge to any veterans of the series. The cramped streets make for frantic escapes and daring assassinations.
      The new equipment for Ezio keeps the game feeling fresh and ensures that even long time Assassin's Creed players will be thinking about scenarios differently and trying out new methods of assassination.
      Ezio. By now most fans are quite attached to the Florence native (I know I was) and he remains just as charismatic as always, albeit now much older and experienced. It was a joy to play through the final chapter in Ezio's story and his strong characterisation is key to the success of these games.
      The graphics are fantastic, beautiful cityscapes, gloomy streets and excellent animations on all character models help the locales to spring to life - making the world more vibrant and realistic.
      Negatives? There are few things to dislike about this game - there was the occasional frustrating moment where the free running went awry and Ezio decided to plunge from a tower to his death, or a guard saw me in a situation when it should not have been possible, but these are a rarity.
      Overall Revelations is an excellent addition to the Assassin's Creed canon and a fitting way for Ezio to leave the story. Highly recommended.

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    • pcspecialist.co.uk / Online Shop / 0 Readings / 0 Ratings
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      31.08.2015 11:02

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      • "Very helpful customer service"
      • "Easy ordering systrm"
      • "Amazing laptops"

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      • "It took 3 weeks to arrive"

      Brilliant laptops, great service, maybe a little slow

      Had to wait three weeks for it to arrive but we'll worth it. I ordered a 17.3 Clevo and am very happy with it

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    • Destiny (PS4) / Playstation 4 Game / 1 Reading / 1 Rating
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      31.08.2015 10:53
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      • "Excellent sound and design"
      • "Compelling multiplayer activities"
      • "Beautiful graphics"

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      • "Poor storyline"
      • "Feels unfinished"

      Year One Gamer Review: Beautiful, addictive, challenging but needs more story.

      Destiny is a game that must have polarised opinions more than any other in recent memory. To some it is one of the greatest games ever made and to others it is a symbol of wasted opportunity and over hype.
      I played the Destiny Beta prior to the games official release and I was immediately hooked. There's a great deal to love about this game, from the interesting designs of armour, weapons and vehicles to the enemy races you encounter. I pre-ordered the game and dived in when it arrived.
      Let's begin with the positives:
      Destiny is a breath-taking game to watch. The graphics are incredible, with beautifully realised landscapes, lighting effects, character models and combat effects. This is never a game that looks ugly and it is a joy to watch, let alone play.
      The sound effects and the orchestral soundtrack are atmospheric, innovative and enthralling. They match the game and add greatly to the experience.
      Gameplay is perfect. Bungie have created an easy to play, difficult to master First Person Shooter. The controls feel natural and are very intuitive, but you'll find yourself coming up with new ways to play even 12 months down the line (I know I am).
      The story mode is enjoyable, but short - and it lacks depth (more on this later). The Crucible, Destiny's combat multiplayer mode is addictive, fast, complex and incredibly good fun. I've never been much of a PVP (player vs player) fan, but Destiny has me hooked. I love the competition it offers, the huge variation in play styles afforded by the different weaponry on offer and how each character class' super can change the tide of a battle.
      Destiny also offers co-operative multiplayer activities, most notable the Raids. These Raids have easily been the toughest but most enjoyable things I can remember doing in gaming. The sense of achievement in defeating a Raid after 4 hours of playing and helping each other is immense.
      So, what are the negatives? Well, the story mode feels very threadbare and disappointing. There's a clunky, barely there storyline that tries valiantly to keep you interested but mainly left me confused. In addition, much of the story mode feels the same with a series of tasks requiring you to defend an area or object against waves of enemies. The game comes alive after the story mode, but it is disappointing that more was not made of it.
      The game feels unfinished (and this has been somewhat remedied by the DLC, but it costs...) there are large areas that you can see but not access, and the lack of story leaves you feeling unsatisfied.
      Despite the shortcomings, Destiny has maintained my interest for 12 months - I've got more value out of this game than any I have purchased before. Look past the smaller failings and you have a wonderful first person experience which will keep you coming back for more.

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      31.08.2015 10:35

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      • "Easy to use"
      • "Good mixing"

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      • "Plastic doesn't always last"

      Good short term solution - be careful of accidents though!

      I've had several PhD mixer bottles - mainly as free gifts attached to large protein orders. While they appear to be reasonably robust and well made, this has not always been the case.

      Each mixer bottle consists of 3 elements - the lid, the mixer ball and the bottle itself.
      The mixer ball is a great idea - a collapsible meshed metal ball that you chuck in the bottle with your protein and water/milk to ensure a smoother mixed product and a better taste. It does work - your shake will be better and smoother but it makes a real racket whilst doing so!
      The lid is a simple hard plastic, screw on design. However, the catch on top of the lid that covers the drinking spout is an unpredictable thing and I have had it burst open during car journeys and, memorably, in my gym bag. I'd like to see something a little more secure in future designs.
      The bottle itself is what I consider to be the main weakness. Again, constructed from a reasonably hard plastic it is transparent and, helpfully, has a measuring scale on the side to aid pouring milk and water for mixing. My problems arise from two main areas - firstly, if you use it to transport your protein before mixing it becomes almost impossible to achieve a good protein shake - much of the powder sits stubbornly at the bottom and the mixer ball can't seem to reach it. Most frustrating of all is that all of my PhD shakers have cracked at the top of the mixer bottle within weeks. To ensure no leaking when shaking it is a necessity to screw the lid on tight, but this evidently weakens the bottle and it has always cracked.
      Not the quality I have come to expect from this excellent company.
      To summarise, this is a good shaker if you're getting one as part of a bundle or free gift - but not if you have to pay over £5 for it.

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    • pcspecialist.co.uk / Online Shop / 0 Readings / 0 Ratings
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      31.08.2015 10:28

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      An outstanding service

      Got my first gaming laptop from PC Specialist following a recommendation of my colleague. The purchaice process was straightforward. It was very easy to choose the components and make the order. The pages are written in a such way that everything loads smoothly on even not the best of Internet connections. The number of options is quite amazing - you can specify in the utmost details the set up of the machine. And the selection available is pretty large - from the budget solutions to high-end machines. The prices provided are the best on the market. I have checked other similar sites, but on all of them you either get a worse selection of components or the prices are higher or even both.

      The delivery options are also nice. You can have your regular Monday to Friday delivery, or if you are busy during this time you can have it delivered on a weekend. Also it is possible to get your order yourself, but this was not an option for me. Since I was not available during the working days during the week, I ordered a Sunday delivery. There is a tracking of the order available on their web site and your also get the email notifications regarding the status (if they started building the machine, if it is ready for the internal testing, if it is dispatched for the delivery). And guess what, not only did they manage to deliver on time, but they actually delivered it one week earlier! The laptop came in a nicely bump-protected package.

      The performance of the machine surpassed all expectations. Even though it is closer to the mid-range, it is perfectly possible to play all the latest games on maximum settings. The cooling system works great and is pretty silent.

      Overall I have to say that PC Specialist has provided a perfect service from the moment of purchase to the actual product experience. Would order again and highly recommend to others.

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      31.08.2015 10:25

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      • "Cost effective"
      • Versatile
      • "Easy to mix"
      • "Fantastic taste and texture"

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      Versatile, tasty, affordable cutting edge nutrition for getting lean and muscular.

      Having been an avid fitness advocate for a number of years I've spent some time searching for the best protein powder and supplier. I use a wide range of PhD products but the Diet Whey (Vanilla) is the best yet.
      Nutritionally, it provides 20g of protein, low carbs and a dose of CLA to help maintain a lean physique. It can be used as one or two scoops and I tend to vary depending on time of day or activity.
      The product tastes incredibly good, like drinking melted vanilla ice cream and thankfully doesn't taste as chalky as some protein powders can. As a shake it is smooth and thickness can be varied depending on whether you mix with water or milk (I tend to use a bit of both for the perfect consistency).
      What really makes the product a winner for me is the versatility it has. I can chuck it into a fruit smoothie for a protein boost, mix it in with porridge oats, mix it into Greek yoghurt or it's perfect with a good glug of milk, a spoonful of peanut butter and some cinnamon as a protein smoothie.
      Cost wise, it's highly affordable and is often available on offer on most major supplement and retail sites.
      I'd recommend this product for anyone who is looking to maintain or build a little muscle whilst maintaining a lean physique. In addition, if you're looking to cut back on body fat then a two scoop shake is ideal as a midmorning snack.
      I've enjoyed great results with PhD Diet Whey and I cannot recommend highly enough.

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    • Pretty Polly Knickers / Clothing / 2 Readings / 2 Ratings
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      31.08.2015 10:07
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      Great Quality Underwear!

      I recently purchased a pack of three Pretty Polly knickers from TK Maxx. I didn't actually pay much attention to the brand and made my purchase based on the quality of the design but after I purchased the underwear I realised they featured the Pretty Polly brand logo.

      The knickers I have were branded as size 'small'. On the label inside the knickers you can see that they have a size equivalent in brackets after the S for small mark. Small equates to a sie 10-12. I would agree with this measurement as I tend to take either a size 10 or a 12 and these knickers fit me perfectly.

      The knickers I have are three different colours: a pale pink, a dark purple and a lilac which are very feminine shades. They are made from 92% polymide and 8% elastine. This gives them a silky feel which is very nice. They feel ultra comfortable to wear and also quite slinky and sexy. The knickers have very strong reinforced stitching around the edges of the garment. They are elasticated both around the waist and at the leg holes. The knickers have a cute little ribbon on the front and near this is a little tag with a double P logo on it, which is the Pretty Polly logo.

      The knickers fit me so well and seem to silhouette my body like a second skin. They don't ride up or dig in anywhere. The knickers are machine washable but shouldn't be ironed or tumble dried.

      My knickers are very good quality and comfortable to wear. They are clearly designed to be lasting and to be of optimum comfort for the wearer. They are also stylish and suitable for wearing whenever you want and with anything you like.

      My three pair of knickers were £6.99 at TK Maxx and this was supposed to be a reduced price. I am thrilled to have got these lovely knickers at such a price as they are clearly worth this and more. I would definitely buy Pretty Polly goods in the future, based on this purchase.

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      31.08.2015 05:16
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      It aint heavy, its my Brother!

      After my 9 year old multifunction decided to chew paper regularly, I decided it was time to replace it. I decided to look for a cheap laser mutlifunction and after browsing different website, I stumbled across this machine at Inmac in its clearance section. It usually retails at around £138, but being an open box product, this particular machine was a bargain £82. On to the review of the machine......

      BOX CONTENTS AND SETUP:On opening the box you find.....
      The unit itself,
      A brand new full size toner (good for 2,500 pages) rather than a starter toner you get with other brands.
      Manuals and driver software CD.
      Power lead
      Some Free Polystyrene :D

      Setting up of the Brother DCP8025DN was very easy. Firstly, decide if you wish to use the parallel port or USB port (cable not included). Then simply load the driver CD into your CD drive, and follow on screen instructions until prompted to connect the unit to your PC and switch on. Simply setup which language you want on the units LCD display and away you go!FEATURES AND WHAT ITS LIKE TO USE :
      The laser printing function works at speeds of up to 20 pages per minute which is fast enough for most home users and business users. The quality is at an impressive 2400 x 600 dots per inch (dpi), and after printing the test page, you could notice how crisp and sharp the text is. The paper tray takes up to 250 sheets of A4, and in addition, there is a manual feed tray for single feed use.
      The printer can also print on envelopes, transparancies and labels.

      The copying function of this machine is only 600 x 300 dpi but still up to 20 pages per minute and is very easy to use. Just load your document face down on the glass. Then, using the buttons on the control panel, you can select the contrast (light or darkness), the size (can reduce or enlarge up to 400%), the number of copies etc. Once happy with your selection, press the start button and almost immediately the prints are in the output tray which can take up to 100 sheets.
      The only drwaback I found was that the fan when printing was a little noisy but its nothing bad enough to put you off using it everyday.

      RUNNING COSTS AND VALUE FOR MONEY :
      This unit uses a seperate drum and toner catridge. The toners typically last for 2,500 pages and cost approx £35 for genuine brother cartridges. You can get refilled cartridges for approx £25-30 also but my experience with refilled cartridges is that they don't last as long as genuine ones. The drum lasts for 12,000 pages or every 5 toner cartridges and costs around £55.
      Based on once used for 12,000 pages, this equates to a running cost of £230 when using genuine brother toners/drum or 1.92 pence per page. Which considering a lot of places charge 5p per page for copying, it is very inexpensive to run.

      As standard, the Brother comes with 1 year On-Site warranty. So if anything goes wrong, which I'm sure it wont, Brother will sent an engineer to your address or workplace to fix or replace it. Currently, the Brother website is doing an offer where if you register selected products before 30th September, you get another 2 years On-Site warranty, so thats 3 years altogether!!
      So for £82, I've got a great little machine with 3 years warranty.
      OVERALL VERDICT :

      The Brother DCP8025DN is an excellent little machine which offers good quality prints and copies with good speeds and low running costs. Consumables are available from most retailers, and with 3 years warranty (on-site), it offers excellent value for money. If you are considering a black and white all-in-one machine then I would strongly recommend this model.

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      31.08.2015 05:14
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      Excellent value for money

      Overall what a great machine, especially
      Great print quality from both standard printing and photo printing, with superb reproduction of colour.
      Quick and quiet printing.
      Easy to use. Button controls are raised slightly making them easy to press and there is a small LCD screen that displays what the printer is doing ie. "RECEIVING DATA " or tells you what to do if things are going wrong "RELOAD PAPER".etc.
      The buttons and the LCD screen also enable the quick change of settings i.e contrast and brightness of an image, paper size, print speed, paper type, cropping, boarderless prints etc.
      There are also 3 card slots at the front of the machine for use with cards from digital cameras.
      Another huge advantage is the clearly written set up and user guide . The use of clear headings make finding the relevent pages quick and the straight foreward language and diagrams
      make these guides simple to use , even for a novice like me!!
      I feel however that there are a few disadvantages to this machine.
      The first is that the machine has rather a flimsy feel especially the lift up top for the photocopier and scanner which isn't particularly robust.
      The second problem is the ink cartridges, these are all individual
      ie. a seperate cartridge for black, cyan, magenta and yellow. The cost for ink therefore can be expensive. Brother ink cartridges are not also as easy to purchase on the high street as some other makes although they can be purchased on the internet and i did notice yesterday that tesco has just started to sell the black cartridge for this machine.
      A third problem is that the cable to link the printer to the pc is not included in the pack. We used the cable from our old printer and this worked fine but if you haven't got this, the cable is an additional cost.
      Lastly and not really a dissadvantage but something to bear in mind when setting up this machine. You must read and follow the set up instructions exactly as described in the manual, this isn't difficult to do and takes about 20 minutes but failure to do this and connecting cables and pressing buttons in the wrong order will cause problems.
      Overall this a fabulous machine lots of functions for a small price and great quality printing.
      Absolutely recommended.

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