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The JML Bobble Off is one of those products that when you see it advertised you wonder why its taken so long for someone to think of it. I immediately went out and bought it and for just over a fiver it was good value. I have used this extensively since purchasing and I have not had a problem with it yet. I have used it on a variety of items and everything so far has turned out great. It really makes clothes look like new again, it works particularly well on angora jumpers/cardigans I find where they can very quickly start to bobble. You just switch it on and glide it carefully across the item of clothing and it just pulls off the excess top layer of bobbles from the material. It stores it in a little container which can be easily removed and emptied out when full. I wouldn't recommend using it on very delicate items though as the blades are quite sharp and I would imagine if it accidentally caught a light fabric it could cause some serious damage. It requires 2 AA batteries to run and so far I haven't had to replace the originals I put in which was around six months ago now and I do use this regularly. It can also be used on furniture and carpets, I have found it very useful to use on sofas, as I have two cats they can cause pulls on the fabric and the bobble off gets rid of these immediately. I would definitely recommend to a friend.
I received this as a novelty present and I absolutely love it! It is simple to set up, it comes in two pieces which just click together, the bottom stand and the top fountain part. This is very useful as it means you can easily clean the fountain part after use. It can take a while to heat up so you need to be careful that you don't put the chocolate in too early as it will start to solidify and wont run properly through the fountain. I would recommend buying proper melting chocolate rather than just using a normal bar you'd buy from a supermarket as these don't have the right consistency when melted to run smoothly through the fountain and can cause blockages. Also I was given some advice from the chocolate shop I bought the melting chocolate from and that was to add a bit of oil to the chocolate before putting it in the fountain and this keep everything running smoothly and is what they do in real professional chocolate fountains. Visually it has a cute shabby chic type of pattern which I like and would look good even if you left it out of the side in the kitchen. Overall I would recommend to a friend, it is great to use at parties and it always gets a positive reaction. It is quite an indulgent gadget and something that is great to buy a loved one who might not go out and by it themselves.
I bought these after reading so many rave reviews on how much everyone loves them. However I have to say that I cant quite see what all the fuss is about. There is nothing wrong with these at all, they are comfortable to wear, they come in a huge range of colours and you can also buy special Wellington socks to go inside them to make them extra warm. They are hard wearing from what I have experienced so far, I regularly go walking in the countryside and I haven't had any problems and there are good grips on the bottom which were very useful in the icy weather. They are also not too heavy to wear so you dont feel as though you are weightlifting with your feet every time you take a step! However despite all this I wouldn't say they were worth the money, the price tag on average is around £60 and you are only paying for the label. I have had many much cheaper wellingtons than these and they do not feel any different to me. I would recommend if someone was fashion conscious and specifically wanted to own a pair of Hunter wellies, there is a big label on the front of the boots meaning people will notice the make but if, like me, you are just after a pair of good quality wellingtons regardless of the make then you can pick up a pair much cheaper than these that are just as comfortable and hard wearing.
Dragon Age: Origins is simply one of the most immersive video games of its generation. To experience everything in this game you would need to play it through many, many times. The over arching story may be a by the numbers fantasy yarn but the engrossing aspect comes from the individual characters within your party and their relationship with you, each other and the world around them. You can build your own character to great detail across race, class, gender etc and this will affect how you are perceived in the world. Conversations with other party members and NPCs can go dozens of different ways depending on how you want to respond. Many other games use this system but in Dragon Age you actually feel like your choices will have massive repercussions across the world (which they often do) and beyond (which they also do if you upload your save game into Dragon Age 2). The inventory system can be overwhelming at first but the in game tutorial are helpful is this regards. The combat system is simple to use with a spell, special attack or potion no more than two clicks away.
Black Ops' single player game is very short but fun nonetheless. Each level is spliced with impressive set pieces that have become the hallmark of the Call of Duty franchise in the past few years. However, if you won't be playing the multiplayer and / or zombies aspect of the game then it isn't worth buying the game. The zombies game is very fun and Treyarch have done a great job with creating a deep, immersive and terrifying side game. With 4 friends over Xbox Live it becomes an intense experience. The multiplayer has also been given a whole new bunch of feature, the biggest of which is the Theatre Mode. In this mode you can record, edit and upload videos of anything that has happened in a game. This aspect of sharing moments with friends is very satisfying and cool. Treyarch have also been very active in putting out updates to the multiplayer games following fan feedback which is refreshing from a game developer.
The DAB aspect of this system works reasonably well- it picks up all the major digital radio stations although I have sometimes had trouble with the signal at random points in the day, for no discernable reason. However, most of the time the sound quality is perfect. Similarly, the iPod playing part of the system works well, the dock coming with different sized adjustments so what ever iPod version you have, it fits comfortably. However, I regularly have problems with getting my iPod to recharge on the docking station with it being very hit and miss as to whether it recognises that the MP3 player is there. The remote control is also frustratingly small and sometimes does not respond. I have also had a constant problem with the display screen- it is impossible to use the dimmer on it so it constantly is bright blue meaning that at night I have to switch it off at the plug socket as it is too bright for a bedroom so it is no good to use as a clock as I have to reset the time every time I switch it back on again. I wouldnt recommend to a friend as I would encourage them to look for another ipod dock that doesnt have the display issues so it could be kept switched on all night.
The main feature of this system is that has a 5 cd changer as standard. This works very well as you can load 5 cds and the system will play them through back to back although, unfortunately, it is not possible to use a random shuffle feature across the 5 cds although it can be done over individual cds. It is also able to load a cd whilst another is playing which is a very useful attribute. The system also supports MP3. The sound quality is very good but I have had trouble using the FM AM radio part of the Hi Fi as it struggles to pick up a good signal so I would not recommend buying this if the radio is a main feature of what you need it for. It also comes with a remote which is simple and easy to use. Aesthetically it very pleasing, with a nice modern, sharp look and bright blue LED screen with the track number, radio frequency etc presentation. It also has other useful features such as the ability to set the system as an alarm which will play one of your chosen CD's to wake you up in the morning as well as a sleep mode.
I received this as a present for my birthday and initially was very excitied about it as making my own donuts seemed like a genuis idea. When you get it out of the box it looks like a sandwich maker, it is quite heavy and when you lift the lid up you have to be careful it doesnt fall backwards. It comes with a booklet on how to make the mixture for the donuts adn ideas for decorating them. The ingredients are usual things you have in your house so I was able to make them straight away. The donut maker heats up very quickly and also cooks the mixture very quickly meaning the whole process only takes approx 5 minutes before you have your first batch of donuts. The speed makes it very appealing as when you feel snackish you can quickly mix some up and have them ready without having to wait for an oven the heat up etc. I would comment that the donuts dont actually taste very much like the sort you buy in a shop so dont buy this expecting that you can actually make 'real' donuts as such. When it comes to cleaning the product I found it very easy, I was concerned that all the little donut moulds would make it difficult but due to the non stick coating very little if any mixture is left to clean up afterwards, I find just a quick wipe over with a sponge is sufficient to clean. I have found that now I've owned this a while I barely use it, it was fun to start with, a novelty present, but would probably say if you really like donuts you may as well buy them from a shop when you fancy them rather than spend money on this as it isnt really worth it.
This DVD player is a must for anyone who downloads movies, TV shows etc from the internet and no longer wants to watch them on their PC screens or laptops. It's USB works brilliantly in reading .avi files from a memory stick and playing them through your TV. I use it on a 32" Sony Bravia TV and, although files views on the TV through the USB point obviously are of a lower quality than a DVD or Blu Ray disc, it is still of decent enough quality to watch and enjoy. It's menu interface is easy to use and select files from a memory stick. It's DVD playback quality is also good although it is, in essence, a cheap DVD player with a USB port. If all you want is a cheap DVD player then you will be able to find a cheaper alternative but if you want to watch files from a memory stick then I highly recommend the player. It is very small, light and compact so can easily be used in a bedroom where space may be limited or even transported around. The negatives are it occasionally decides it doesn't like a certain file type and will not play it, there doesn't seem to be a pattern to this it just happens every so often but I've never had a problem with playing DVD's on this.
The Virgin + box is a very nifty piece of kit. To start with, it was very easy to set up and install. The box it was delivered with came with everything that was needed, including the tools such as a tiny plastic spanner. In all, it took less than 40 minutes to fully set up. It's main feature is the ability to record up to two programmes at once as well as watch a 3rd at the same time. It is very simple to select which programmes (or series) to record and a neat feature is that you can check the listing for up to a week. It's other feature of pausing live TV also works well although I have come across problems when, once paused, it can take a few moments to be able to rewind live TV although it has always worked eventually. If you have a HD ready TV you can also use the HD channels which is another good attribute. The Virgin Media box also gives you access to 'Virgin Media on Demand' where a huge number of TV shows are stored for you to watch whenever you want including entire series. This is a great feature when you cant find anything to watch on live TV and it allows you to catch up on whole series you may have missed whilst they were on the TV. My only negative is in regards to the remote control, there is a slight delay in pressing buttons on the remote and it registering with the V+ box meaning it can be quite frustrating when wanting to change channels quickly. Overall I would recommend to a friend.
The K800i may look outdated and old fashioned in this day and age of touch screen smart phones but don't let that fool you, this phone has a lot to offer. The first thing that impressed me about the K800i is the 3.2 megapixel camera. It doesn't blur when taking pictures as a lot of other (more modern) phones do due to it having an autofocus and it has a flash which a lot of other phones don't. The pictures upload great onto sites like Facebook and are of surprisingly good quality, uploading can be done using the usb cable that comes with the camera to put your photos onto a computer or you can send photos via Bluetooth to another handset for free. The interface is easy to use and has multiple shortcuts allowing users to quickly access new texts, contacts, pictures etc. The other features such as ringtone creator and FM radio also add to what is one of the best budget camera phones available. I've had this handset for many years as it covers all the bases of being easy to use, having a great camera and a good battery life, when fully charged it can be used for approx 6 days before it needs recharging again meaning its perfect to take away camping or to festivals where you don't have access to a charger. I would recommend this to a friend if they wanted a phone with a good quality camera that can be used in place of a separate digital camera.
I received these as a free gift from a competition I won so didnt expect too much from them. However after using them I am extremely impressed with quality of this product. Firstly the sound quality is much better than I thought and they dont lose quality or start to crackle the louder it goes as with many other small portable products and it works with all types of Ipod's even the older ones. Its very small and compact and can fold away to store in a drawer making it is very useful to use around the house. I tend to use mine in the bathroom or kitchen, the type of places you dont normally have hifi's etc so it makes a nice change. It runs on 4 x AA batteries and as I use rechargable batteries it doesnt cost a fortune to run. The product is extremely cheap for the quality but visually it does look a bit flimsy and I wouldnt recommend giving to a young child to use as I can imagine it would get broken quite easily. When pulling out the two speakers you can feel as though you could pull them back too far and snap them. However despite this I feel the positives outway the negatives and I would recommend these to a friend. They are a great cheap present for a music lover.
I bought this from Ikea when buying the rest of my kitchen, I was pleased with the price as this was on the cheaper side compared with the rest. The base of the hob has a matt black design which makes it a lot easy to clean I feel compared to the shiny versions which can leave streak marks when wiped down. The black metal part can get quite greasy though after having the hob a while and there is no easy way to clean this, but this is no worse than any other hob of this design. It looks very modern and does not have any excessive design e.g around the control buttons which can make hobs look old fashioned. The only real issue I have with the hob is occassionally it can take a few attempts to light the burners so you have to make sure that when you switch the gas on the burners have actually lighted and you do not just have the gas on. The burners are very powerful and come in three types, large, 2 medium and 1 one small. Personally I never use the small hob and find this quite useless. I would have prefered one of the medium hobs to be at the front along with the large burner as these are what I use most often and it can be annoying have to have one pan on the front and one of the back. Overall this is a basic hob, no special features, but everything works as expected.
I received this as a wedding present to match the toaster I had also been given. I love the retro style of the kettle and it looks really unique compared to the usual design. It really has the look of an old fashioned kettle used on the hob. The kettle also whistles when it has come to the boil like a real kettle would have which is suprisingly useful, it means you do not have to stand looking at the kettle waiting for just the switch to flip you can carry on doing other things and listen out for the whistle. It is quite high pitched but not piercingly so, the only issue with the whistle is the off switch is on the base and it can be easy to accidently turn it off without meaning to. I did this and thought I had broken the kettle before realising there was a switch so if you decide you dont like the whistle you can turn it off! The other issues Ive found with the kettle is you have to fill it up quite slowly as the water level takes a way to register there's water in the kettle so you can easily accidently go over the maximum if filling it too quickly. Also the lid of the kettle can be quite difficult to remove, the handle doesnt move so you have to put your hand under the handle and pull the lid. I would not suggest doing this when the kettle was hot as the water can splash out and you wouldnt be able to move your hand out of the way quickly. Overall I would say design has taken precedence over practicality but I still love this kettle and would buy again.
I received this as a wedding present from a relative and immediately fell in love with it. Looks wise it is very attractive, I like the bright slightly glossy red colour and the 1950's retro design. It is very sturdy and looks well built. Another good design feature is it can fit a normal piece of bread in lengthways without the end poking out the top which is a first! You can choose what heat setting you want your toast at and I find that number 5 (the middle) is what most people would use. I like how there are individual controls for each side of the toaster meaning I can put my toast in at a normal 5 setting and at the same time put my husbands in at a blackening 8 without having to do it twice. There is also a crumb tray that is removeable making cleaning the toaster easier. The only fault I have with this is the silver covering across the middle, I find it gets covered in finger marks very easily as it seems to be exactly where you want to put your hand on the toast when using it and it would have been more useful if it had been more matt so as to keep it looking cleaner longer. I would recommend to a friend as it works really well and looks great.