- Premium reviews
- Express reviews
- Reviews rated
- Ratings received
I have recently started working for a garden landscaping company and our main tool is the Stihl HL 100 Hedge Trimmer. Even if we are trimming low level hedges and shrubs, we will use it for its stability and vesatility that is unmatched in a standard handheld trimmer. The two best features of the HL 100 is that it is mounted on a pole giving a 'stepped back' view to low level hedges and extra reach to taller hedges thus reducing time on ladders, the other feature is the 90 degree swiveling head allowing more precise cutting all around the hedge. The 50 cm, double sided cutting blade is powered by a two stroke mixed petrol motor which despite being a little heavy is counter weighted by the blade on the end. It is hand started and servicable with the same tool as all other Stihl machines. The machine is operated by a throttle trigger mounted by the motor with an emergency off switch and a supporting handle and grip further up the pole. This machine is also very versatile, accepting all Stihl attachments including chainsaw, edge strimmer and leaf blower making it an exremley useful tool. Stihl tools are only purchasable from either Stihl direct or Stihl approved dealers like D and D services and retail for about £700 with one head attachment.
I very regularly get backache and use dto be able to get by without painkillers, however recently it has been getting worse and I was advised Co-codamol was the way to go. So, as advised, I reached for the tablets the next time my back played up, although I wasnt quite prepared for what I was about to be subject to. My general veiw of over the counter medication is for that they are 'comfort tablets' rather than clinical drugs, the type where people feel a slight headache coming on and immediately reach for the Paracetamol or Asprin and almost instantly feel better and was expecting the same low level of comfort pain relief with Co-codamol but boy was I wrong. About half an hour after taking them I started to feel the benefits which I was pleasently suprised at, I even took another dose after the recommended 4 hours, this is where I made my mistake. It may be due to my intolorence for pain killers but I began to feel rather drowsy after my second dose. This didnt get any better and even got worse, to the point where I found holding a conversation difficult along with just paying attention. Although, the pain killing abilities were brilliant the dream world state I was left in wasn't the best experience. This mainly because I was taking the pain killers so I can carrie on with my day and not spend it in a drugged stupor. I am suprised, for this reason, that Co-codamol is an over the counter drug and not perscribed. Co-codamol is normally a blend of 500mg Paracetamol and 10mg Codeine Phosphate. For adults the dosage is 1 or 2 tablets with water every 4 hours, preferably before or after food not exceding 8 in a 24 hour period. For children 8 upwards only one half or one tablet in the given time frame not exceeding 4 tablets in 24 hours. Co-codamol is not recommended for children under 8 years old. Being and over the counter drug, Co-codamol is readily available at most chemists like Boots, Lloyds Pharmacies and supermarket chemists for around £1 for a pack of 16. No more than 16 can be bought at any one time unless perscribed by your doctor.
I have been thinking a little while now about having synthetic dreadlocks weaved into my hair and after speaking to a few friends I was firmly headed in the direction of the Elysee Star Synthetic Dreadlocks. So I went online and had a lok and found, first off, that they came in a wide veriety of colours and designs and also that they were of a decent length (24"). Each pack came with 10 dreads and for my head only 3 were needed although they say anything around 6-7 packs are needed for a full head (I only had half a head). I used Black and green colours in my hair and found the black was a good deep black and the green was a very vibrant colour. They were easily applied to my head although no instructions of application were included with the pack although instructions can be found online. When in, the dreads felt secure and didnt irritate by back as others have done and stayed in pretty good condition for most of the time they were in save a few which started to loose their twist. However I found these dreadlocks to be very heavy, altough this is a common trait with synthetic dreadlocks these seemed even more so. This could, however be due to the thickness and quality of the lock. I bought these locks from Afrocare.com for £5 per pack of 10 and then postage on top of that. They can also be found on Ebay and I have yet to find them in any local hair care shops. In all a good lock, shame about the weight.
This is a review for the Ninteno Wii games console. I have had my Wii now for a little while and have really enjoyed the fun it an bring to an otherwise dull afternoon. I am a great lover of games consoles in general and love the new dimensions to gaming with the Wii via the Wii remote and the nunchuck. The Wii and its games are controlled by moving your body with the Wii remotes rather than with a static controller. This gives games like tennis and golf a air of reality and requires an aspect of talent to play. The Wii is a fantastic console for families who like to play together and people who like to keep fit whilst enjoying games, although I have found I rarely play the console alone and instead turn to my Xbox. To support this, a lot of the games available for the Wii are family orientated and appeal less to my solo gaming tastes. This isnt true in all cases however as games like Super Mario Wii brings back memories of Super Mario World for the SNES. The console itself is a compact unit which can be stood upright or layed flat depending on your tastes. On the front can be found the disc drive, which mechanism resembles that of an in car CD player, the power and reset switch and a slot for an SD memory card which is useful for showing your resent holiday snaps. On the top (or side depending on it orientation) there is a removable flap which conseals four ports for Nintendo Game Cube controllers, this is due to the Wii console being able to read and play Game Cube games. The system is easy to use with everything clearly displayed on the home screen with choises of play game, internet and weather etc. The console has a biult in wireless card allowing it to be connected to your internet and allow you to play with friends around the world, you can also visit the Wii shop where you can buy and download various classic games to your console ready to play when ever you want. The picture quality is remarkably good, particularly as there is no HDMI port on the machine. This however is helped by the cartoon-like graphics used with most games. In all I really enjoy the Nintendo Wii, however I dont use it as much as I should. It mainly sits on the back burner until friends or family visit. You can buy the console online for around £150 which includes one Wii remot and Nunchuck and a copy of Wii sports. You can also find packages which include more games for anything up to £220.
This is a review for the Deck Box, a trading card storage solution by Ultra-Pro. I have been playing Magic The Gathering for a while now and have been playing for a club for some of that time. After joining the club I quickly realised I needed something to transport my decks and keep them seperate from other cards. I have gone through various alternatives but I have always preferred the Deck Box by Ultra-Pro. The Deck Box is a ridged plastic, toploading box which handily holds 75 cards in card protectors. In the terms of Magic The Gathering it means I can carry a full 60 card deck with my maximum 15 sideboard or "substitute" cards. The Deck Box is tough against knocks and bumps with its resistant and ridged plastic walls and a well re-enforced seals. The seals have been heat riveted to ensure ultimate security. The Deck Boxes are also very durable against time, I have had my newest boxes for around 4 Years and my oldest for a few more years than that. The onlt box to have faulted so far is the only box I do not use for cards, instead I use it for counters (glass beads I use to mark special cards). If you are looking for a storage and transportation solutions for any trading card game, I fully recommend the Ultra-Pro Deck Box. You can purchase one of the many types of Deck Boxes online at Amazon.com for around £1.00. You can also by boxes with special designs again at Amazon.com for anything up to £4.99. Alternativly you can find these deck boxes on the high street, although you will have to find your local trading card stockist, for example Eclectic Games, where prices will be roughly the same.
Have you ever realised you have taken something for granted and really missed it when it was gone? Well I know this very well when my fide decided to go up the creek to white goods heaven and I had to live a week without one. Never fear, the Hotpoint RSA21 is here! As I said I never really appretiated my fridge and so I took great note when I had this one installed and with a Hotpoint you cant go wrong. I have always been fans of Hotpoint machines and this is no exception. The RSA21 under the counter fridge has everything you need from a food chilling appliance with three door pockets, one perfect for a bottle of milk and even room to chill your table sauces or hold bottles of water, a shallow pocket above this and finally a pocket at the top with an attached lid which I find perfect for my eggs. Inside the unit itself you can find the usual suspects, a vegetable draw at the bottom which holds plenty, a section above that and a movable shelf above this which is handy. At the very top there is also a freezer box. Although this is niether big enough or cold enough for the christman turkey or many other frozen meals, it is perfect for frozen desserts etc which frees up your freezer a little. I also decided on this Hotpoint for its rated A efficiency which ultimately means cheaper for me and better for the environment. You can buy the Hotpoint RSA21 online for around £161.00 or on the high street at shops like Curry's for around the same price. In all a good fridge from a name I trust.
This is a review for a landscaping job undertaken by JG Landscapes. A few months ago I was looking into having by lawn re-turfed after it being ruined due to an extention I had done at the rear of my house. After getting a few quotes I recieved a flyer for JG Landscapes and I decided to get them in to have a look. They arrived on time on the specified day and promptly took some measurements and provided a quote whilst running through whan each of the costs were for. The quote was very reasonable and I was assured that all materials would be of the highest quality. We arranged for work to commence the next day. The two guys arrived early the next day to get an start and began to take up the existing turf, then taking time to level out the dirt and clean up before going to the dump to get rid of the old turf. This took the best part of the day, even taking a short lunch break and the odd, cliche, tea break. The next day they arrived, again early, with brand new Rolawn turf, new top soil and a handy booklet on how to best take care and nurture my new lawn. The guys took good care and attention laying the new top soil, getting it level and them laying the new lawn shaping the edges to fit nicely with my existing flower beds and fitting the rolls tightly together making sure the grass would take seamlessly. This again took the best part of the day although not as late as the day before. I did as they said, watering the grass in the morning and in the evening so as to keep it moisturised and yet not scorch it in the sun and even came back a week later to see how it had grown and to check I was happy with the work. Now I have a beautiful thick lawn and I am very pleased with the work they have done. If you are in the area of Yateley/Fleet I fully recomend having a quote for JG landscapes, they were friendly, efficient and very professional. I found the prices to be very reasonable, perticularly after seeing the materials they used.
This is a review for Bioshock for the Xbox 360, produced by 2K. I have recently borrowed this game from a friend on high recomendation. I was dubious about playing this game after some time prior, playing a demo. I have to say however the demo did the game no justice and it was rightly recomended. The first thing that strikes you about the game is just how beautiful it looks. You spend the opening scene in a plane crash into the sea and having to swim to the rather handy nearby rock which happens to have a building on it. As you swim you can really appreciate the attention 2K have taken to just how water works, it looks really good! Suppose this is a must though really as you game is here-on-in set underwater in the bottom of the sea structure named Rapture. 2K have really given you something to look at the whole way through the game. Rapture is compleatly styled in Art Deco, although maybe slightly run down. You dont have much time a the beginning to admire the beauty however as you are soon dropped right into the suspense that carries on right the way through the game and really emerges you into the well written story. Rapture is a dark place in general and with your enemies being very quiet untill they pounce upon you it keeps you on edge and checking every dark corner with your finger held closely over the trigger. The weaponology for the game sits very well between an RPG and an FPS. Although pistols, shotguns and rocket launchers are commonplace, you are also endowed with plasmids which alter your DNA to enable you to create fire, ice and electricity among other things. Getting these powers however isnt easy. Plasmids are created with Adam, an energy source found within the body. To increase your adam you need to find a little sister, not difficult in itself but they are protected by a big daddy. Little sisters are created within Rapture and collect Adam from the deceased and seeing as people dont die very often in Rapture, the big daddy's are there to lend a hand. Fully armoured and carryinga rivet gun, big daddy's are no mean feat to take down and you will often die a few times before taking them out and getting to the little sister. As I said before, the story line is very well written and you spend no time lost in limbo. Always with a sense of purpose the game feels very fast paced although not rushed. There is also a few twists to the plot to keep you guessing and to stop it all getting a bit stale. In all I am very impressed with Bioshock and recommend any player to give it a go, dont go on the demo as I felt it really let it down, buy it, rent it or borrow it. You can buy Bioshock online at Amazon.co.uk for around £12 or on the highstreet at shops like Gamestation or HMV for around £20-£25.
This is a review for the Kenwood SJM280 brushed steel cordless kettle. I am a huge tea and coffee drinker and a good kettle is the heart of any brew. The kenwood SM280 is that kettle. This kettle is a standard size standing 25cm high and 18cm wide and holds a family sized 1.7L of water, also takes roughly 1 minute to boils 4 cups or in our case 2 mugs worth of water but its the hidden things that set it apart. Inside it has a concealed element which eliminates limescale build-up around the element ending in poor heating. As most kettles, this has a water indicator window, but rather than a little red ball which tend to get stuck the Kenwood has a wide, clear window so you can see the water directly. The kettle is cordless and sits on a 360 degree base, so no matter which way you place the kettle down, it will still work. The base itself also has a cord concealer so only the right amount of cord to get to the socket need show. Although the kettle is brushed stainless steel. the handle is rubberised giving a firm secure grip, also the hinged, locking lid is rubberised to reduce solding yourself on a hot lid or by the steam. The kettle has a large, wide spout for ease of pouring and contains a filter to stop limescale etc from getting in the drinks. In all this is a good, reliable kettle which not only supplies me with my hot beverages but also looks good on the counter.
This is a review for the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic. The Nokia 5800 is a brilliant little phone, especially if like me you love your music. The phone as fairly small without being losable, being just over 10cm long and 5cm wide. Although it is a touchscreen with a decent 3.2" widescreen display, the nokia also has three buttons at the bottom. one to bring up your menu, one to make a call and one to end a call as you would expect with a phone. You also have two volume buttons on the right hand side at the top, also a button to take photos and a slide to lock the phone, both of which are on the right hand side. The touch screen itself I found to be bright and clear and very responsive although this can be tweeked to suit the individual. The layout of the menus are perfectly spaced so as not too look empty but also enough space between each icon so you could use your finger without fear of pressing the wrong one. The stylus provided (of which you get two) also helps and comes in handy when surfing the internet as some pages not designed for mobile use can be quite small. As I said, the phone is perfectly suited for music, this is down the the clear to use and quick access music menu. On the top right hand corner of the screen is the Xpress button which opens a small drop down menu and gives you instant access to music, video, pictures and connectivity like bluetooth. By touching you music icon you are trasported to the current playing song or otherwise the music menu where you can choose a song from your whole library or via subheadings ie artist, genre, album or playlist. Once selecting a song it will open up the playing window where you can view the song being played, presicely forward or rewind the track, change the volume or view the album cover if you have one stored in the phone or are connected to the internet. This whole experience is helped by the supplied earphones. The ear part is made of rubber and comes with three different sizes so they fit right in the ear, the cable is also plenty long enough for your phone to sit in your pocket, bag etc and is fitted with an inline control which doubles up as your hands free kit and mic for your voice controls. Other features include access to the Nokia Ovi store where new games, themes and ringtones can be downloaded along with novilty apps and some handy ones, for example Ovi maps. The games you can download and those which are pre-loaded on the phone work rather well, I had no cases of freazing or difficult to use controlls as those which didnt use the touchscreen took full use of the tilt sensitivity. The Nokia 5800 also uses Real Player which aids in watching videos online and on the phone itself. Dimensions; Hight - 111 mm Width - 51.7 mm Depth - 15.5 mm Weight - 109g Screen; * 3.2"widescreen touch display * Optimised for one hand use with responsive tactile feedback * 640 x 360 pixel nHD resolution * Up to 16 million colours * 16:9 apect ratio * Automatic orientation sensor (accelerometer) for display rotation Input Methods; *Stylus, plectrum and finger touch support for text input and user interface control * Alphanumeric keypad, full and mini QWERTY keyboards and handwriting recognition Camera; * 3.2 megapixel camera (2048 x 1536 pixels) * Carl Zeiss optics * 3x digital zoom * Auto focus * Dual LED flash * JPEG image format Video; * Video recording at up to 640 x 480 pixels and up to 30 fps (TV high quality) * Up to 4x digital zoom * Clip length 90 mins with available memory * Front camera for video calls Memory; * 8GB microSD memory card included, expandable up to 16GB * 81MB internal memory In all this is a really good and capable phone, granted its not as flash as an iPhone and definately now as far advanced in the app world but for what you need a phone to do and that extra mile more you can beat it.
This is a review for the Samsung LE-19B450 19" LCD flatscreen television. A little while back my partner and I decided it was time to update the 14" portable analogue TV in the bedroom as not only was the remote nigh on unuseable, but we also use it for your games console and we were missing out on a lot of detail. So begins the hunt for a good TV that will last, give good quality and doesn't cost us everything we own. When chosing a TV, many names fly at you. We decided to look at Samsung as my brother-in-law has a 32" Samsung in the same range and we liked the look of it and have heard that it was easy to set up and easy to use, especially with various devises running through it. So after chosing the TV we wanted, we ordered it from Amzon.co.uk for £199.99 with free delivery which suited us down to the ground. Low and behold a few days later, new TV! After unpackaging, we postioned it in the room and immediately plugged in the Xbox and our DVD player. Although there is only one scart port on the back, we hooked the DVD through the scart and the Xbox via the phono ports of which it has the added digital orange, blue and greed ports which the Xbox slotted in all 6. We plugged in the power and switched it on to be immediadely amazed with the picture quality. Sharp crisp pictures with brilliant colour, even though it is only 720p rather than the full HD 1080p. Also the sound is very good and clear from the down facing speakers situated under the screen. The remote control is simple to use, no cramming of buttons ans each one clearly labled. We had, had the TV for a fair few weeks by the time I decided to get a HDMI cable for the Xbox. If we though the picture was good before, we are blown away now! Again there is only one HDMI port in the rear so the DVD player remains on the scart, but it was mainly bought for the Xbox anyhow and we couldn't be more satisfied. Even better, crisp and clear picture with phenominal colour spectrum. SO if you are looking for a brilliant little HD flatscreen without the huge pricetag, I fully recommend the Samsung LE-19B450 or Samsung as a whole.
This is a review for the Xbox 360 games console produced by Microsoft. I have been a gamer of all types for some while and have owned my Xbox 360 console for three years. The console itself is white and is styled after your standard PC tower, although as well as standing up it can be layed on its side. On the face you have the disk drive, wireless control reciever, two memory card ports, the power button with four lights denoting which controllers are active, a synchronisation button to 'sync' the controllers and other wireless devices and finally two USB ports. On the top of the machine is the port for the hard drive memory unit which comes in 20GB and 120GB. As expected, at the rear are the ports for the power cable, scart cable to TV, HDMI port and one further USB port. As an operating machine I find the Xbox 360 to be quite quick and easy to use. The 'dashboard' screen is clearly layed out with everything you need layed out on one line if you are playing offline and a few more of simple to navigate sections for online gaming, music and movies. One fault is that the Xbox 360 console can be quite loud when running, generally you will not notice this as you are playing or even whilst watching a movie but the vibrations may be heard through a floor or you will catch a glimps of the noise as you shut down. One other problem is that the machine can give off a fair bit of heat, combined with the stress of compleating a difficult sevtion of a game you could work up quite a sweat. This also means you have to be wary of where your place the console as you need to give it plenty of air. Towards the start of the Xbox 360's life, there was possabilities of the console overheating and/or crashing and rendering itself unoperatable. This has happened to me, but since getting a new machine I have had no problems as yet (touch wood). With new machines you can contact Microsoft who will replace or repair your console if any such thing should happen. In all, aside from the few hickups with the early machines, I find the console reliable, quick and I wouldn't trade it in for the world. You can purchase the Xbox 360 console with one controller online at Amazon.co.uk for around £119.99 and can pick it up on the highstreet at shops like Gamestation for around the same price.
This is a review for Gillette Fusion Manual Razor. As we all know, the quest for a good razor can be both full of choice and full of dissapointment. This is of course untill I first used the Gillette Fusion. The Gillette fusion comes in an orange plastic package with Gillette Fusion written at the bottom in white and blue with a blue swoosh, this package is clear centered to easily see the razor within. The razor itself consists of a silver handle with blue rubber grips and a blue blade release button and a blue blade housing, holding five regular shaving blades in the front and an extra trimming blade and the top rear. Once out of the packet you see that the razor comes with its own stand consisting of clear and blue plastic and a sticker branding the Fusion logo. When using the razor, I found the handle to be very ergonomical and the rubber grips to be formed very well so no matter which way I held the razor, I had a secure grip on the handle. Even when wet or fishing the razor out of the bottom of a filled sink, I could get a good grip without the risk of slipping or losing the razor like soap. Whilst shaving I used the Gillette Fusion shaving gel, which I find works very well with the razor. The shave itself is very good. With a new blade I very rarely have to go over a patch again due to the five blades spaced closely together, also due to this feature rinsing becomes very easy without having to try and dislodge stray hairs from between the blades. The blades glide very smoothly across the face seriosly reducing any chance of nicking or cutting, something I am very prone to doing. The added feature of the trimming blade comes in handy when shaving aroung the nose, sideburn and in my case the jawline areas. Although just being a single blade, you are still not prone to nicks and cuts which I attribute to the angle of the blade. The full affect of how well this razor works comes after you have finished and dried your face and take that first stroke of your cheek and notice it to be very smooth, even velvety. Finishing with a moisturising balm amplifies this even more so. The blades for the Gillette Fusion tend to last quite a long time and are handy at letting you know when it is time to change. After about a month of normal use (shaving three times a week) you will notice the blue conditioning bar has gone, signaling you to change your blade thus reducing poor or uncomfortable shaving. You can pick up a Gillette Fusion razor online at cheapsmells.com for around £7.99 or on the highstreet at Boots for example for around the same price, this includes the handle and one blade. To top up you can buy a pack of the Gillette Fusion blades online at cheapsmells.com for £9.99 a pack of four and £14.99 a pack of eight and again the highstreet prices are around the same price however gift packs and special offers tend to pop up on the highstreet saving you money.
This is a review for Call Of Duty - World At War for the 360, produced by Treyarch. I am quite a fan of the Call Of Duty (CoD) series and while Infinity Ward have moved to the modern style games, Treyarch have remained with the World War II theme. In all I am impressed with the career mode, although Treyarch havent advanced quite so much graphically, they have in gameplay and storyline. Although speaking of the graphics, is does give a dirty and raw feel to a dirty and raw period in time. The career mode is rare within its kind as it is very long for a first person shooter, about 10 hours on a medium difficulty however this time doesnt really change as you go up the difficulty ladder. You also get quite a variety during the storyline being able to drive a tank in one level and using a wide variety of weapons. The problems arise when trying the online multiplayer. In my opinion, for the weapons, the maps are far too big for starters also the introduction of the tanks to some levels providesan uneven balance as one team always comandeers both tanks. Other problems arise if you havent spent many, many Microsoft Points and bought the map packs where the system will try to boot you into games for which you dont have the map for and therefore taking a long time to get games. Also, unless you are in America, the servers can be quite poor and lag is a major issue making playing at any game winning level very difficult. In all, a very good game for the career mode with a longevity rarely seen in the genre but balancing with poor online gameplay. You can buy Call Of Duty World At War online at Amazon.co.uk for around £35 alternatively on the highstreet in shops like Gamestation and HMV for arounf the same price.
This is a review for Call Of Duty - Modern Warfare 2 for the Xbox 360. I am a good fan of the Call Of Duty (CoD) series and played this games predecessor CoD - Modern Warfare. The game creators, Infinity Ward, really kept their momentum with this game following straight on from the previous game and yet advancing in many things like graphics and involving gameplay. As with before you play a few different characters in one case under the command of past playable characters, which creates an interesting twist. MW2 has also advanced in its weapons by adding a few nifty gadgets like thermal vision on all weapons and even a heartbeat sensor which really comes to play in one mission. Compared to those which have gone before, Modern Warfare 2 has an exciting career mode with a more in-depth story line and looks good, but unfortunately it still has a few faults. For starters the career mode is fairly short as with MW1, about 5 hours gameplay on a medium difficulty and not much more than that as you get harder. Secondly, each level arent specifically in difficulty order. You can breeze through most levels, even at the end yet you will most likely get really stuck on one level towards the early middle and maybe once again just after the middle. A new addition to this game is the Spec Ops mode which provides various arcade style missions, normally timed, for which you are awarded anything up to 5 stars depicting how well you did. These can be played solo or with two players either split screen or over Xbox Live. Of course, CoD wouldn't be complete without the online multiplayer gameplay and MW2 hasn't let us down there. I think a little more though has gone into the multiplayer here and some things have been made more exciting and maps are bigger but in some cases the multiplayer has been made a little too easy for some and therefore a lot harder for others. The useful gadgets that were introduced in the career mode have found their way into the multiplayer, thermal vision on the sniper rifles for example giving campers and even easier chance of hiding in long grass and getting the kill. Also the heartbeat sensor gives all hardcore mode a new twist. Other things have been given the suffle, for example your secondary weapon can now be your usual pistol but also a shotgun, machine pistol or a launcher giving a new dynamic to creating your class. New class mods have also been added and shuffled giving you more and new abilities and which evolve and expand after using it for a set amount of time or getting X amount of kills with it, giving a whole new dimention to unlocking items etc during the game. So in all Modern Warfare 2 is a pretty good game but is very online focused leaving a little room for the career mode but what little you have is well worth playing. You can purchase Modern Warfare 2 online at Amazon.co.uk for around £25, alternatively it can be bought on the highstreet at shops like Gamestation and HMV for around the same price.