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    • character-online.com / Online Shop / 0 Readings / 0 Ratings
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      30.06.2015 17:23

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      • "High postage"

      A Reliable Online Toy Seller

      Character-online is a UK based shop online which sells a huge range of popular toys and token items associated with toy brands. Some of the brand names or themed items they offer include My Little Pony, Disney Frozen, Peppa Pig, Fireman Sam, Doctor Who, Scooby Doo and Postman Pat.

      The site tend to sell smaller items such as party bags, mini figures, craft packs and pocket sized items. However, they so also sell some larger items like games, playsets and electronic toys.

      Although you can find most of the products at other better known toy retailers the website is good for visiting if you are after something from a particular franchise or you are looking for small gifts or children's collectible items. I personally visited the site to find a number of identical small and cheap toys for a group of children who were coming to a family party. There are lots of items you can get to use in party bags. The site offered me a good quality choice of toy and at a low price.

      The individual item pages offer a lot of product information and also provides multiple photos of each item.

      The website requires registration before you buy anything and then they accept credit and debit cards as well as Paypal payment which gives total protection over your purchase. I chose to pay this way because I wasn't familiar with the website but I had no problems with the payment or the order in general. The firm are actually quite active on social media pages and you can interact with them via Facebook, Twitter and view their Youtube videos too.

      The firm charge a rather high postage charge at £4.99 although you get a professionally packed parcel and delivery service. I got my parcel within about a week of ordering.

      I would recommend to individual consumers looking for good quality toys and a no fuss service.

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    • Dream DreamBox DM-500S / Set Top Box / 0 Readings / 0 Ratings
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      30.06.2015 17:08

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      • "Great Box For The Price"

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      • "No Major Defects That Effected Me"

      All Tech. Spec. Is Provided & The Box Gets The Job Done!

      The Dreambox 500-Si is the first Linux based DVB Receiver. This receiver runs on open-source software developed by hundreds of developers around the world. This is the ultimate machine. It has many differnet skins that can be applied to make the user experience completely customizable. If you're looking for a VERY powerful unit, and something to have fun on, this is the unit for you.

      The DM 500-S is the smallest Linux satellite TV receiver, with 1 x Smartcard-Reader.
      250 MHz IBM PowerPC Processor (350 Mips)
      2 LED status
      Linux Operating System
      Full automatic service scan
      Supports directly bouquet-lists (indirect unlimited)
      Supports multiple LNB-Switching control (supports DiSEqC)
      1 x Smartcard-Reader
      Unlimited channel lists for TV/Radio
      SPDI/F nterface for digital bit stream out (AC-3 / DTS)
      MPEG2 Hardware decoding
      Channel-change time < 1 second
      Fully adaptable OSD in many languages (skin-support)
      100Mbit full duplex Ethernet Interface
      Supports EPG (electronic program guide)
      1 x Scart-interfaces (fully controlled by software)

      Video decoder:
      Video Compression MPEG-2 and MPEG-1 compatible
      Video Standard PAL and NTSC
      Video Formats 4:3 / 16:9
      Footage 16:9, automatic assimilation for 16:9 TV-Device (over Scart)
      Letterbox precolating for 4:3 TV-Device Audio decoder:
      Audiokompression MPEG-1 & MPEG-2 Layer I and II
      Audio Mode Dual (main/sub), Stereo
      Frequency: 32 kHz, 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, 16 kHz, 22.05 kHz, 24 kHz

      Video parameter:
      Input Level FBAS 1 Vss +/- 0.3 dB on 75 Ohm
      Teletext filter in conformity with ETS 300 472 Standard

      DBS-Tuner:
      Frequency Range 950 .. 2150 MHz
      Signal Level - 65 dBm .. - 25 dBm
      Signal-to-Noise Level 12 dB max.
      DBS-Tuner Input Connector F-Type female
      Input Impedance 75 Ohm
      AFC +/- 3 MHz
      Demodulation Shaped QPSK
      Input Symbol rate 2 .. 45 Mbaud/s, SCPC / MCPC
      FEC Viterbi and Reed-Solomon
      Viterbirate 1/2, 2/3, 3/4, 5/6, 7/8, automatic assimilation
      Roll-off Factor 35 %
      Demultiplexing according ISO 13818-1

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    • Benq CP270 / Projector / 0 Readings / 0 Ratings
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      30.06.2015 17:04

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      • "Decent Brightness"
      • "Fairly Portable"

      Disadvantages

      • "Little Visible Pixilation"
      • "Not The Best For Movies"

      Decent Projector For The Money, But Not All Purpose!

      The BenQ CP270 data projector has a neat and compact design. The basic shape is square, with the lens hidden away inside the main body of the unit.

      Also neatly protected by the main body are the zoom and focus rings. While this makes the device a little harder to set up, it means that it's less prone to damage when carrying around.

      The touch-sensitive controls on the top of the unit are similar to those on the LG HS102 projector, with ten buttons featuring everything from Menu and Sourcing through to the ability to blank the screen – a nice touch when sharing the projector between users during presentations.

      With an overall weight of 1.5kg, this is a truly portable device, given that it has 2000 ANSI lumens rating that will project bright and sharp images in all but the brightest of meeting rooms.

      Limited connections

      Connectivity on the back of the unit is rather basic given the size of the projector, and is certainly less impressive than the array found on the Optoma EP1691. You'll find a standard D-sub port, along with Video and S-Video.

      However, to keep the price and size of this unit to a minimum you won't find audio options included.

      When it comes to using this projector out and about, we found it a portable unit to travel with and, thanks to the HD Ready format, you'll be able to watch videos in widescreen format.

      However, the CP270 has one of the poorer contrast ratio ratings, which came to the fore when running video through this projector. While the main image showed few signs of pixellation, colour balance was less impressive than with the Optoma and Epson units.

      This would suggest the BenQ CP270 is better suited to office rather than home use. What's more, we found this a rather loud machine to run.

      The CP270 is a decent data projector that offers a reasonable feature set for the price. While it's not the most powerful or portable model, we feel it offers good value for money.

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    • Onkyo HT-S3505 / Home Cinema System / 0 Readings / 0 Ratings
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      30.06.2015 17:02

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      • "Sound Quality Is Amazing"
      • "Fantastic Product"

      Disadvantages

      • "Pretty Expensive"

      Expensive But Worth The Investment!

      For small- to medium-sized rooms, It would be a mistake to ignore the well-balanced and affordable HT-S3505 home cinema package. Newly equipped with Onkyo’s WRAT (Wide Range Amplifier Technology), the AV Receiver and six-speaker set will surprise and delight with audio performance you would expect from a much more expensive system. The package is easy to set up right out of the box, thanks to the intuitive HDMI®-overlaid On-Screen Display and wall-mountable speakers. Four HDMI inputs provide connectivity for Blu-ray Disc players, Broadcast boxes, Personal Video Recorders and gaming consoles. The HDMI ports are also Audio Return Channel enabled to send the TV audio through the receiver. Connect your iPod/iPhone to the optional dock and enjoy pristine sound, thanks to an inbuilt optimizer that enhances the quality of compressed digital music. The AV Receiver decodes Dolby® TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio™, and is ready for 3D games and movies.

      Perfect for replacing an aging system, or for your first foray into the world of home cinema, the package is rounded out with a powerful subwoofer to boost low frequency sound.

      Audio Return Channel and 3D Video via HDMI®

      Four HDMI inputs allow you to easily integrate high-definition devices such as Blu-ray players, cable/satellite tuners, and gaming consoles. HDMI implementation on this receiver also supports an Audio Return Channel, allowing audio received directly by your TV’s tuner to be sent “upstream” to the A/V receiver. That means you can enjoy television programs in magnificent Onkyo sound. HDMI also supports 3D video and numerous other high-resolution formats, and has the added advantage of reducing cable clutter for a cleaner and simpler installation.

      Convenient Overlaid On-Screen Display via HDMI

      The receiver’s overlaid On-Screen Display (OSD) feature makes changing the settings on your A/V receiver quick and easy. On-screen set-up menus appear overlaid on the video image you’re watching. This means you can adjust the settings immediately, without having to stop the program and switch to a different screen to access menus.

      This is the first time i've had a separate receiver. I can honestly say for the price, the quality is superb. I have got linked up the tv, dvd player and the kids game console. The speakers although small fit unobtrusively in the lounge, but give out fantastic un-distorted sound both on bass and treble and mid tones. Virgin TV ( tivo box ) sounds superb, even the news.

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    • Kyocera FS-1325MFP / All in one Printer / 0 Readings / 0 Ratings
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      30.06.2015 16:58

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      • "Programmed Functions"
      • "Fast Scanning Speed"

      Disadvantages

      • "A Little Noisy"

      Powerful Machine Just One Downside Where It Makes A Lot of Noise

      A mono laser multifunction printer, like the Kyocera Mita FS-1325MFP, can easily be the heart of a home or small office, providing print, scan, copy and fax functions in one compact unit. Devices of this type have been around for many years and their designs are pretty well-established, but there are still innovations around.

      The look of the FS-1325MFP is pretty conventional, with the side panels of the laser engine flared out to support a flatbed scanner, complete with a 40-sheet Automatic Document Feeder.

      Although the footprint of the machine on the desk is quite small with the paper tray closed, when printing, it’s increased substantially. We’ve never really seen the point of this open and close design on anything but a very occasional personal printer, as you have to keep the printer open and ready, if you print at all regularly.

      The main paper tray can take up to 250 sheets and has a hinged lid to keep the dust off. There's a single-sheet feed for envelopes and special media just above the lid and an internal cover folds down above this to provide access to the toner cartridge.

      The cartridge has been redesigned so that it slots in the left-hand side of the machine and is the only consumable. Kyocera Mita uses its patented ceramic drum, which lasts the full life of the machine.

      There is no front panel USB socket, which is a little disappointing as it provides walk up printing and scanning, and the 2-line, 16-character LCD display, although backlit, is a bit small to read easily. Sockets at the back, as well as those for fax phone line and third-party handset, provide USB and 10/100 Ethernet connections.

      Drivers for the printer and scanner are provided, as is support software for the device’s two novel features, programmed jobs and Print Boxes. With programmed jobs, you can set up specifics, like paper size, pages per sheet, orientation and then call them up with a single key. There are three programs each for the Copy, Scan and Fax functions and four – including a default – for Print Boxes.

      With Print Boxes you can send a document to the Kyocera Mita FS-1325MFP as well as formatting settings and store them all in these virtual boxes, so again they can be retrieved with a single key press. This is ideal if you regularly reproduce the same notices or forms.

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    • Epson EPL N2050+ / Laser Printer / 0 Readings / 0 Ratings
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      30.06.2015 16:53

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      • "Durable Design"
      • Effective

      Disadvantages

      • "Quite Large"

      Decent Printer & Would Recommend it to anyone who needs a laser printer.

      Rated at a speed of 20ppm with automatic two-sided printing, the EPL-N2050+ breezes through heavy-duty reports and support materials with consummate ease. The standard 10/100Base-TX interface assures fast network printing that everyone can count on. And with true 1200dpi resolution, all your printouts will look as convincing as those from a professional press.
      Our proprietary technology - BiRITech (Resolution Improvement Technology) ensures that text and edges are sharp and crisp, while Enhanced MicroGray Technology significantly improves image quality. Everything from letters to presentations to large reports will look thoroughly professional and at 20 pages per minute, you won?t have to wait long for them either.
      We keep improving our printer driver software, so our printers keep getting easier to operate. Our latest on-screen status monitor, the Epson StatusMonitor 3, is bundled in the printer driver, making operation easy. Installation on a PC is quick and simple, as is control of printer functions.

      Naturally, the monitor gives you the information you need about printer status, such as toner level, remaining paper and paper size/direction settings, and identifies any problems that might arise. The printer itself is helpful, too, with red, yellow and green LEDs on the front panel, and a Remaining Paper Indicator that moves down as paper is used.
      The EPL-N2050+ has a range of versatile options - Multibin Unit, Shifter, Envelope Feeder and two 550-Sheet Large Capacity Paper Units.

      The Multibin Unit has 10 bins that can hold up to 45 sheets each. It neatly organises document output, and has the added advantage of a lock function, with each user having their own password allowing sensitive material to be printed without concern. The Shifter option provides automatic collating. The Envelope Feeder allows convenient envelope printing. In addition to the main 550-sheet Universal Paper Tray and 100-Sheet Multi Purpose Tray, you can add two optional 550-sheet Lower Cassettes. This extends the total paper input capacity to 1,750 pages.

      The EPL-N2050+ is ready for use in multi-host and multi-protocol environments, thanks to its built-in network support functions for 100Base TX configuration.

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    • AOC i2476Vwm / LCD Monitor / 0 Readings / 0 Ratings
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      30.06.2015 16:49

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      • "Good Picture Quality"
      • "Sleek Design"

      Disadvantages

      • "The Stand Isn't The Strongest"

      Is a good monitor & I would surely recommend it to anyone in need.

      Certainly no stranger to producing affordable but very likeable monitors, AOC are adding a few more models to their ‘Value’ range. The i2276Vw, i2276Vwm, i2476Vw and i2476Vwm feature 21.5″ and 23.6” ADS (IPS-type) panels from China’s largest panel manufacturer BOE. It’s very interesting but perhaps not overly surprising seeing these Chinese panels infiltrate the budget monitor market. From the front the monitors have a fairly modest design with moderately sized bezels with brushed metal textured plastic and a simple tilt-only silver-coloured stand. The control buttons of the monitor are located centrally and are pressable rather than touch-sensitive, which some users will appreciate.

      The aforementioned IPS/PLS panels feature the usual 1920 x 1080 resolution and are WLED backlit with a typical maximum brightness of 250 cd/m2. You can expect approximate coverage of the sRGB colour space and the use of 6-bit + FRC (Frame Rate Control dithering) as is usual for an affordable monitor of this type. As is consistently the case with AOC’s monitors the screen surface is matte anti-glare, this time with a relatively ‘light’ (non-grainy) surface compared to older IPS panels. The Vw models have a specified 6ms grey to grey response time whereas the Vwm models have a specified 5ms. This difference is likely of little consequence and it will all depend on how the grey to grey acceleration (pixel overdrive) is actually implemented – something that detailed testing will reveal.

      The Vw models of both size feature VGA and DVI ports whereas the Vwm models (‘m’ for multimedia) feature VGA, an HDMI port (with MHL) and a 3.5mm audio output. All models are designed to be sleek as you can see below but still feature 100 x 100mm VESA mounting for users who require greater ergonomic flexibility.

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      30.06.2015 16:39

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      • "Fairly Inexpensive"
      • "Good Design"

      Disadvantages

      • "No Major Defects"

      Good Machine & Is Inexpensive!

      It's not just graphics professionals that need wide-format printers; there are good reasons for small business customers to use them, too. Being able to print your own posters, or A4 spreads for brochures or price lists makes the extra width more than a luxury. HP's A3+ OfficeJet 7000 Wide Format can handle everyday A4 printing tasks as well.

      The top and front cover of the printer is gloss black, with the rest of it in a textured finish, including the input and output paper trays, which are both telescopic and don't have to be extended, unless you're printing A3 or A3+ pages.

      Controls are simple, with four buttons along the curved front edge for network, job cancel, paper feed and power. There are four indicators, too, for the individual ink cartridges, showing low ink and charging cycles. At the back are sockets for USB and Ethernet, both of which are standard.

      Physical set up involves lifting the printer's lid and clipping the semi-permanent print head into the carriage, before pressing each of the four ink tanks into place in the head. It's very straightforward and has more than an echo of the arrangement Canon has been using for years.

      Software installation is very simple, with drivers provided for both Windows and OS X. There's no Linux support on the CD, but the Web site directs you to the HPLIP driver, which should work.

      We've commented before on the amount of time new HP inkjets take before starting to print a job. The OfficeJet 7000 now holds the record. Sending it a five-page black text job, it took 52 seconds faffing around before feeding the first sheet of paper. Before we started testing, the printer had completed its charging cycles for the freshly installed ink cartridges and printed an alignment page, so should have been ready to go.

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    • Dell B1165nfw / All in one Printer / 0 Readings / 0 Ratings
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      30.06.2015 16:36

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      • "Well Designed Controls"
      • "Easy To Maintain"

      Disadvantages

      • "High Page Cost"
      • "No Cover For Paper Tray"

      Reasonable Machine & Is Worth The Investment

      Dell’s neat mono laser MFP, the B1165nfw, is targeted at the SOHO market, to cover print, scan, copy and fax functions and to print through USB, network or wireless connections. In Dell’s trademark black case – though to be honest, it’s a lot of other makers’ trademarks, too – the printer is small and neat.

      It’s not quite so neat when you open the front of the case, which you have to do to feed paper. The front cover becomes the feed tray and there's no separate multipurpose feed, nor tray cover. Leave the paper in there between jobs and you risk dust and spillages. Pages feed out to a two-stage, pull-out support further up the front panel.

      The pull-out, light grey control panel is well laid out, with a 2-line, 16-character LCD display, a number pad for fax dialling and a circular navigation ring, above Start and Cancel buttons for copy and scan jobs. The LCD could really do with a backlight, as text can be hard to read, unless the panel is top-lit.

      At the back are sockets for USB, 10/100 Ethernet, phone line and third-party handset, but there's also wireless support with WPS setup, which is just a couple of button-presses. Running Dell's free Android print app picked up the new printer immediately, making mobile print straightforward.

      Software support is good, with a full copy of Nuance PaperPort 14 to manage documents and handle scans and OCR.

      The main problem with the Dell B1165nfw is the Samsung SCX-3405FW, which is virtually the same machine, though without the network connection. It does, however, have a marginally lower asking price and considerably lower running costs. We calculated the Samsung page cost at 3.5p, while the Dell B1165nfw comes out at 4.2p, 20 percent higher.

      Otherwise most things are equivalent between the two machines, including their comparatively slow Wireless Direct print speeds – from a Galaxy Mini Android phone. They’re both good value, though, against equivalent mono laser multifunctions in the same price bracket.

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    • Philips DCB8000 / Hifi System / 0 Readings / 0 Ratings
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      30.06.2015 16:31

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      • "Crisp Sound Quality"
      • "Good Audio"

      Disadvantages

      • "Slightly Overpriced"

      If you have the money to invest then this is perfect.

      ClariSound breathes new life into your favourite music with pristine and detailed sound laced with warmth and texture. A top-mounted tweeter delivers sound enriched with brilliant clarity while a super-efficient glass fibre woofer cone ensures a wide sound stage to fill any room. The pure sound performance is balanced with deep, well-defined bass, thanks to Philips' innovative bass port technology. A soft dome ensures true-to-life reproduction of voice and instrument details so you can appreciate all the dynamic and emotive nuances of the original production.

      The gold-plated speaker connector ensures better audio signal transmission compared to traditional click-fit connections. It also minimises the electrical signal loss from the amplifier to the speaker box, resulting in sound reproduction that's as close to reality as possible.

      RMS refers to Root Mean Square, which is a typical measurement of audio power, or rather, the electrical power transferred from an audio amplifier to a loudspeaker, which is measured in watts. The amount of electrical power delivered to the loudspeaker and its sensitivity determines the sound power that is generated. Essentially, amplifiers are limited by the electrical energy they can amplify and loudspeakers by the electrical energy they can convert into sound energy, without distorting the audio signal. The higher the wattage, the better the sound power emitted by the speaker.

      Enjoy your favourite MP3 music while charging your iPod/iPhone/iPad! The dock lets you connect your portable device directly to the Philips system so you can listen to your favourite music in superb sound. It also charges your iPod/iPhone/iPad while it plays so you can enjoy your music and not have to worry about your portable player battery running out. The system automatically charges your portable device while it is docked.

      With the USB Direct mode, simply plug in your USB device to the USB port on your Philips device and your digital music will be played directly from the Philips device.

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    • Beetlejuice (DVD) / DVD / 0 Readings / 0 Ratings
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      30.06.2015 16:19

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      One of the most Burtonesque Tim Burton films

      Beetlejuice may be an early Tim Burton film, but it is totally a Tim Burton film. The design, characters, effects - all have the unmistakeable Burtonesque quality that combines the kitsch, the quirky, and the gothic.

      Beetlejuice then is a film about the recently deceased. Specifically, it's about an American couple - Adam and Barbara - who could safely be in any film from about 1950 through to about 1990 as Mr and Mrs Average Wholesome American. Except they're dead. And their house has been sold to a family of bo-ho arty-types. The only silver lining to their yuppie cloud is the gloomy and gothic Lydia (Winona Ryder,) the new family's under-appreciated teenage daughter.

      Things get even more bizarre with the arrival of the titular Beetlejuice (or Betelgeuse) a bio-exorcist planning to remove those pesky living folks from ruining Adam and Barbara's after-life.

      Beetlejuice as a character is incredible. Normally, I'm really not a fan of Michael Keaton, but slap a green wig, corpse make-up (complete with green mould) and a pin-striped suit on him, and he (ironically) comes to life. The best thing about Beetlejuice himself, who really is, if not the villain, then the anti-hero of the piece, is that he is completely bonkers in an over-the-top comic way that somehow manages to hit just the right side of slapstick without going over the line. And Keaton clearly enjoys the part - he seems somehow liberated by the whole thing.

      Some parts of this film - particularly the fashions - look dated now, but personally I find that all a part of its charm. And the stop-motion effects will bring a glow of appreciation from any fans of the medium.

      This is Burton at his most Burton-y, complete with stripes, dead people, stop-motion effects, and sloping doorways. Fans of Burton will love the way he really lets loose.

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    • The Da Vinci Code (Audio CD) / Audio Book / 0 Readings / 0 Ratings
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      30.06.2015 15:14

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      • "Incredible writing"
      • Interesting
      • "Amazing story"

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      It is magical when you read it first time!!!

      This is one of those books, which lovers of mystery and thriller, know that it will be one of their favorite books, ever . This is one of those books , which you take you think "OK , another one" , but then you read, and, read, and read...you can't stop reading because you want more - more of the story, more of the mystery. Through all the time you read you want to know "What next" , "What's the truth" , "What is the end - is it happy or not" , but at the same time, you realize, that if you understand all that - it means that this is the end of the book... And it is sad, because you are already in the story , you breath the story , you laugh, run, get scared, cry and worry with book hero.
      This book is amazing mix of historical facts , enigma , arts , mystery , love , friendship , hate , trust , broken trust , dead , birth , new , old . . . And all of this and more, so , so good "cooked" , that you can't imagine if there is any possibility for someone to write better boos, better story... And the most amazing thing for me here, while I read "Da Vinci Code" is that I did not know what " happened next " , never ever!!! It takes me only a few hours to read it, because I didn't want to leave this book... and finally I understand that it is even better, because you understatd the whole story and the meaning just in the last page, even last paragraph.

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      30.06.2015 14:44

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      • "Great action"
      • "Great history"
      • Modern
      • Funny

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      For a conclusion - really good, funny, kind of thriller action movie.

      I love this kind of movies, kind of funny, kind of serious, little action. This movie has a good team of actors! Just look : Bruce Willis, John MAlkovich, Morgan Freeman... So with this actors team you have a really good movie, with really good structured story line. There is a lot of fun, little tension and as you can imagine - good made cascades.
      A fun little spy thriller that twists the old adage that you can't teach an old dog new tricks and suggests that they can teach you something new instead.

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    • Teapigs Popcorn Tea / Tea / 0 Readings / 0 Ratings
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      30.06.2015 14:30

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      • "The teabags themselves look very nice"
      • "Easy to make"
      • "The packaging and teabags are all environmentally friendly"
      • "Product comes in attractive packaging"

      Disadvantages

      • "it's expensive"
      • "It smells bad"
      • "The product does not taste like popcorn"

      Looks nice, tastes awful.

      I was bought a sampler pack of Teapigs teabags by a friend for my birthday. I absolutely love speciality teas, and so was very excited to try them all and find new flavours. The packaging looks really nice, and they all come in little boxes which makes them easy to store and keep fresh. The teabags themselves look really nice, with a clear mesh pyramid that holds the "tea" inside so you can see it.
      One of the flavours I was given was Popcorn tea, which sounded very interesting and tasty. Sadly, as soon as I opened it up I was hit in the nose with the smell of burnt popcorn, kind of like if you leave popcorn in the microwave too long. Not to be discouraged, I popped it in a mug with hot water, ready to try it.
      The smell only got worse, as it began to make my kitchen smell like burning popcorn, and the taste was dreadful. Definitely did not taste like the sweet popcorn treat I was expecting, but rather it tasted like burning ricecakes.
      I attempted to make it taste better by adding a little sugar, but it didn't improve the flavour at all. I had some friends try it as well, and they agreed that it definitely wasn't a good taste. I feel like it could be improved by having a sweeter taste, but only marginally.

      I was really disappointed with this tea, I feel like it could be an acquired taste, but it's definitely not something I would bother buying again, especially seeing as how expensive it is.

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    • Humax PR-HD1000C / Set Top Box / 1 Reading / 1 Rating
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      30.06.2015 12:37
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      Advantages

      • "great playback options"
      • "does a good job in recording programs"
      • "easy to use"

      Disadvantages

      • "no series record feature"

      Never miss a show whilst you're out in the wine bar

      This was one of the boxes that I got when I had a couple of televisions that had no built in in free view, when the freeview nonsense all began.
      This was one of the better ones, having 2 scart, RF modulator and offering stereo sounds.
      There are two types of this box, a 4oGB version and a 80GB version, both are the same really, except for the size of the HDD.
      It has the standard EPG for browsing the programming for the week ahead, and offers all the usual channels that you would expect from freeview.
      This can be set to record two channels at one time, although I did find that one of the recordings tended to jump a little through out the playback.
      On playing back your recorded programs you can pause, stop, rewind and fast forward, as you would any standard DVD player, or the old fashioned VCRs. The picture quality is brilliant, except for the occasional stutter if you've recorded a couple of programs at once and then watched some other channel. I'm guessing that the brains inside this can not hanlde multi-tasking too well. But it's nothing to stop the enjoyment of watching what you've recorded. Plus, as you can fast forward through the adverts you don't have to sit through DFS's never ending sale, which always seems to end on Monday, (although, to be fair, they don't say which Monday?).
      It's out dated when it comes to recording as it will only record the programs you tell it too, which means that if you want to record an entire series you have to set each individual show to record as this has not got the brains to think about recording them all.

      If you're looking for a simple to use freeview recorder then this is worth thinking about as it does almost everything that the more costlier ones do. And for £140 - £160 it's priced in the mid to high range, but it's worth the thought at least.

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