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    • Sony SRS D211 / PC Speaker / 8 Readings / 7 Ratings
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      21.07.2011 16:40

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      Serviceable speakers for PC's or Mp3 players..

      My Packard Bell PC came with some underpowered speakers that were not up to the job of playing games with any kind of 'oomph' (technical term). I bought these quite cheaply (£50) off ebay and am very happy with my bang for buck.

      Bass is excellent, I only put them on loud enough not to disturb neighbours but they do reverberate the floor a little (always a good sign) - high notes are clear enough. The 2 satellite speakers sit on my desk with the left one having a headphone slot for when you need to keep quiet.

      These are wall mountable if you wish - the satellite speakers would look good in room corners and hold there own for power against the sub unit.

      The only clear negative I can find is that chrome effect finish on the centre of the sub looks a little tacky.

      I would definately recommend this unit to those who need some general purpose , compact speakers that dont break the bank .

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    • Sony CDX GT424U / Car Audio / 3 Readings / 3 Ratings
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      21.07.2011 16:27
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      Very reliable stereo - excellent sound quality

      I have had this stereo in my car for the last 4.5 years and it has worked flawlessly. My car is a 1998 Mercedes S280 which had a more traditional CD player (DIN) sized. This may of been fine for the original older owner but when you have Iphones and USB sticks lying everywhere I hardly know what a CD is !

      I had about 150 songs on a 8GB USB stick that slotted right in and plays as you would expect - the display showing the artists name and song. This is a great way to listen to a lot of music without swapping CD's and tapes all the time.

      I subsequently have bought an Iphone which has many GB's of music - again , very simple to use , buy a line in cord that plugs into the front of the unit with the other end going into your MP3 player. There are many Bass/Treble/L/R front back options as well as sound levels for Subwoofers if you have them installed.

      I have friends who have had OEM equipment fail on them, this has worked strongly without a hint of trouble. The CD player , which I have used sparingly has never skipped if I remember correctly.

      A fantastic quality unit that can play music from virtually all portable sources.

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      21.07.2011 16:14

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      Worth the money..

      Like most people , I never really gave toasters a second thought. Get the cheapest one and your done. Having moved to a new house and installed a new kitchen I thought it time to change this - I bought the toaster for £45 off the net, a little pricey I thought but I am very pleased with it.

      Obviously is looks the business and goes well my other appliances ( I hear there is a matching coffee maker as well). As for the actual functionality of the item, the variable browning functions work really well - no burnt toast to date .

      The reheat function is not something I have used so cannot comment. The finish of the dials and buttons make it clear this is a quality product.

      One negative is there is no tray underneath to catch crumbs ( and errant spiders !) so do remember to turn upside down every few days .

      I have no doubt this will keep me going for 5 years plus as I have had other morphy richards products that have turned out very reliable.

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    • Vax U90-P2-P Power 2 / Vacuum Cleaner / 5 Readings / 4 Ratings
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      20.07.2011 22:02

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      Why buy any other machine ?

      I bought this vacuum cleaner off ebay for £60 - being far cheaper than the equivalent Dyson or premium branded machine I did not expect a huge deal. I have 2 dogs and their hair has been a pain for so long that i have almost given in to the fact that vacuum cleaners (cheap ones) cannot clean this hair up.

      I dont know how 1800 watts compares to other machines but it picks up a huge amount of dirt ! - the colour of my carpet (due to a lot of trodden in hair and dirt ) was significantly lighter after using this machine. I may be giving the impression my carpet was filthy (it wasn't) but they look literally brand new now.

      The machine comes with a 10m cord which is plentiful - the HEPA filter needs to be cleaned fairly frequently so says the Vac customer care line for optimal performance.

      The only real downside is the noise, it is a bit of a din - I dont mind this though as I hoover only half the time I used too as this machine is so effective.

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    • Sony Ericsson K850i / Mobile Phone / 5 Readings / 3 Ratings
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      20.07.2011 18:26
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      Solid entry level phone for music and photography lovers...

      I used to work in a phone shop and I was recommended this phone on contract over an older 2 megapixel phone I used to have. I was going on holiday and ideally wanted to take just a phone and not a camera as well ( I like to travel light ) . Was a phone going to be up to the job ?

      I was pleasantly surprised with the results, 5 megapixels is really all you need for casual snaps . As for the phone performance , no complaints - speakerphone is loud , MP3 player is of good quality with good bass and treble.

      I managed to only recharge the phone twice on a week long holiday, thats with taking a lot of pics and listening to a lot of music. You can pick this phone up quite cheaply off ebay nowadays, I would definately recommend it to those looking for a light phone that can replace a MP3 player and digital camera.

      To those of you who have butter fingers - I cannot tell you how many times I have dropped this onto concrete/hard floors - other than a few scratches, no other problems.

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    • Dell Inspiron 15 / Laptop / 18 Readings / 14 Ratings
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      20.07.2011 18:16
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      Dont expect miracles...

      The Dell Inspiron was only the wnd ever laptop that I have used. As configurable as it is, I had the lowliest model with the non Intel processor. All the same though, for Uni notes and work it is up to the job. I didn't nuy this Laptop , it was a gift - I am under the impression though that you can find them quite cheaply, as little as £200 from Ebay.

      If all you want to do is surf the web, do a little word processing and maybe the odd flash based game - this computer is all you'll need.

      The screen is nice and bright ( not as good as some mac laptops thought) featuring a good if not amazing resolution - battery life is quite solid - I managed to get 5 hours of usage out of it (albeit with the screen brightness set quite low).

      In regard to some more expensice laptops - I found the Dell Insiron a little heavy - but if your like me and afraid to take your electronic items outside this shouldn't be an issue.

      I did try to play a few games on this - not recommended, poor framerates. Overall recommended if you can find it cheap.

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      20.07.2011 12:26
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      A MP3 player bargain - highly recommended.

      I have good memories of this MP3 player. Prior to owning it I used an in-car MD player , I was getting a little tired of constantly having to swap disks and this device (2006) was the best answer.

      I was blown away with the ability to store my entire music collection on one device !, this made for some much more enjoyable car journeys and allowed me to get rid of my MD player.

      The unit itself is a very solid item , with a metal back and futuristic appearance. The LCD front display is STILL preferable to an ipod/iphone IMO as it is very clear, legible and displays all the information you need. Battery life is very good, I don't know exact figures but I remember being on holiday for 4/5 days and not recharging it (with a few hours a day usage).

      Spinning HDD's such as the one inside this unit have been superseded by flash memory. I have to admit the one advantage of this is heat. This unit can get rather warm, not a concern but in conjunction with the spinning platter noise I do prefer the more modern storage.

      Sound quality is superb - better than an iphone /ipod.

      Please dont let this put you off though !, you can pick this up for £60 off ebay - do so ! its a bargain and a quality item. Dont use the incorporated Sonic Stage software from Sony, it is sent straight from the devil, there are many free alternatives online too download.

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    • Nokia N90 / Mobile Phone / 4 Readings / 3 Ratings
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      20.07.2011 12:14

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      Good in its day , outclassed soon after..

      This handset is large - no doubt about it . I used this phone for around 6 months, an unwanted gift from a friend. It was ahead of its time 4 years ago, technology had not progressed enough back then too incorporate the camera within the main body of the phone. I do however recall picture quality from the 2 megapixel camera being ahead of the competition, video quality (VGA) was pretty good as well.

      Internal memory at 64mb was (at the time) competitive , obviously this does not stand up to current day phones (some with internal memories 500 times larger!) this is an unfair comparision though. This phone was a nice diversion from phone trends at the time which kept getting smaller, I recall actually 'feeling' that I had a phone on me without losing it on myself.

      To me , this was the first smartphone, a sign of things to come - almost like a chunky laptop of the 90's compared to todays sleek netbooks.

      I do recall using this handset as a sort of e-reader of books on some long trips, the PDF reader is well up to the task , other software that comes with the phone can read (not edit) powerpoint and word files too.

      In its day a fine phone that is a little overengineered.

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    • Nokia 8210 / Mobile Phone / 4 Readings / 3 Ratings
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      18.07.2011 16:27
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      Great if you can find it cheap - use as an emergency phone...

      This was my first ever phone back in 2000 - aaah!..worked great - clear sound, no longer have it anymore but I do remember it being very small (smaller than any modern day smartphone). Obviously phones of this era were not exactly feature heavy. Forget email , internet browsing etc...what it did do excellently though was

      a ) hold a signal

      b) last for 2 weeks on standby (very good for phones c.2000)

      Looking back , it was a design classic, I never used express on covers as I was very happy with the blue colour of mine. Ironically you can rely on these older phones more than smartphones as there is likely to be some charge left in them unlike an iphone for example which runs out of charge in no time.

      There are some very basic features like an address book - snake game um.....buttons lol - pushing it here are'nt I . Overall a great phone in its day - you will likely find very cheap entry level phones now that blow this out of the water.

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    • Sony MDR EX75SL / Headphones / 5 Readings / 5 Ratings
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      18.07.2011 11:12

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      Best headphones I've ever owned.

      I have bought these headphones several times - why , because for one reason or another they get lost on holiday or other travels. I have kept repurchasing these though for a reason.

      I used to only use the 'free' headphones that come with ipods , MD players - in ear ones looked a little too intrusive. I always found though on public transport or planes that background noide drowned out my music.

      These headphones really cure this problem by sealing your ear and insulating outside noises really well. Bass is strong and although I'm no audiophile , the sound they produce is less 'muddy' than other cheaper headphones I have tried. The cord length is great, meaning I can cycle or run with my iphone in any pocket without an earbud yanking off (which has happened with other headphones).

      The EX75 comes with 3 different ear adaptors ?...basically the bit that actually goes in your ear canal - I found the largest the best, not because im the BFG - but because the smaller ones 'leak' noise a little. I like them having to be shoved in (ahem)...

      All in all - great bass - good quality sound.

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    • Nokia N97 / Smartphone / 6 Readings / 6 Ratings
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      18.07.2011 10:46

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      I would condsider others before buying the N97

      Why would I mention another phone in the headline ? , well - I bought the N97 back in 2009 , before I had an iphone. I like the QWERTY keyboard setup and was a long term Nokia fan so expected good things.

      It is a nice looking and felling phone - the hinge is strong and snaps shut very snugly. This is no surprise, my N95 I had before this phone was similarly well made. As for the actual workings of the phone, the OS is slow - not all the time but it does have a tendency to 'stick'.

      The keyboard is a little too small with not enough key travel - at the time I had not used a 'virtual' keyboard' now I have an iphone I do all the time and prefer it (can type faster) than a physical one.

      Battery life is good , lasting several days of heavy use - browsing , games , music. Nokia's UI is past it too be honest - there are better competitor phones out there.

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      18.07.2011 10:03
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      Tablets are the future...

      I never bought the original Ipad, I honestly thought it was a little pointless - how wrong I was as I dived in and bought their second model the Ipad 2. It was quite pricey starting from £399 for the WiFi only 16GB
      model. This stretches all the way to £659 for the 32GB 3G version. (I bought the 16GB WiFi version)

      If that sounds like a lot you have to remember what your getting, and what this machine can easily replace.
      If your like me and you want to check emails - browse the web you can do this from wherever you are in the house. Only yesterday, enjoying the sun and a beer in the garden the ipad2 came into its own - can you do this with a laptop ?, well no actually, not comfortably - the ipad2 is really intuitive to use , much the same as a iphone and consequently you find yourself picking it up much more often than you think. There is no long start up time as with a PC so I find it easier to write short emails with this device rather than the computer.

      Much the same as the Iphone the app store is open for you with some really great apps that are designed to take advantage of the ipads screen size. Games come into their own, I find myself playing them more often than the iphone because of the size advantage.

      I found it odd that Apple decided to included a HD video camera on the back, not complaining about this but it isa little unwieldy to use but great if its all you have on you. Overall it is the best tablet on the market available - there are some android alternatives out there but I believe I am right in saying that the Ipad 2 is the most powerful tablet on the market, this shows in the fast performance of gfx and general smoothness of the OS. I would give it a top 5 out of 5 rating, the cost though brings this down to a 4.

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    • Blackberry Curve 8520 / Smartphone / 9 Readings / 9 Ratings
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      18.07.2011 09:51

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      Solid entry level phone for those new to Blackberry

      I have had this phone for work for 6 months now and as a long time user of Blackberry's it deos not disapoint.
      it was free through work but I believe you can get it on contract for only £240 SIM free. Battery life
      is excellent lasting 2 days of heavy use / internet browsing, speakerphone works well, almost as loud as my Nokia N95.

      The touch sensitive pad takes a little getting used to compared to the 'traditional' roller ball of older models
      but over time is very comfortable. The QWERTY keyboard is nice to use and to some people, preferable to the iphone
      on screen one.

      This phone included some decent social networking apps (twitter / facebook ) with more available through Blackberry App World.
      Speaking of which one thing is slightly off putting with this phone. If you use any of the aforementioned apps there is no 3G. If your near a WiFi zone this isnt usually an issue but relying on the EDGE network is not the best.

      Dont expect great quality pics out of the camera either - the one included is only 2 megapixels.

      Overall though an solid entry level Blackberry phone.

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    • Logitech Z 906 / Speaker / 5 Readings / 5 Ratings
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      17.07.2011 10:39

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      Great for consoles

      I have this unit hooked up to my PS3 - I bought it for £320 from Amazon. I have never had a 5.1 surround setup before so maybe I am overawed but I am amazed at the sound quality. There are many cliche's out there on 5.1 units 'putting you in the action' that exactly what the logitech unit does though. Having rewatched a few DVDs of mine this feature really puts films in a new light.

      I have played Gran turismo 5 hooked up to this unit and any fears I had over the sound from my TV (LG450 47inch) have been blown away ! Overtaking cars genuinely frighten me now... and I can actually hear the rumble of V8 engines that was very hard to pinpoint from a tv's speaker.

      There are cheaper 5.1 setups out there , I would personally go with the Logitech unit as its a quality brand but dont let that dissuade you from trying out a few cheaper ones as I have only used this one.

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      17.07.2011 10:23

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      buy cheaply..

      I bought this case over a year ago for my 3GS. I found it for £20 off Amazon and am happy with it so far. Other than the usual wear and tear it has protected my phone from a few drops on to concrete and held up well.
      As with many cases , it does the give the phone a slightly bulkier feel, but on the other hand makes it easier to grip in comparision to the 'naked' phone. I have seen this case for more money online, I would shop around and maybe get one on Ebay If I were you and not spend more than £20.

      The only clear negative I can tell is that you get what you pay for, it does not exude the quality feel of some other cases out there so it really depends on how important your phone is to you. I wouldnt buy this case if I had just bought a Iphone 4 for example.

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