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The studio 15 has done me proud. It's a powerful enough rig even in it's most basic form to run multiple demanding programmes and high quality video games at good speeds and qualities. It's "mobility" graphics card is surprisingly versatile for an in built chip set, the screen is crisp and bright, the keyboard is comfortable and easy to use, lots of useful software is bundled as standard and the laptop itself contains as many ports and card readers as one could ever need (special mentions to the SD card reader and the 3 USB 2.0 ports). I have however experienced some problems with the laptop over the last few months as my laptop has aged, keys have come loose on the keyboard and I had a problem with overheating leading to damage to the motherboard. Thankfully as this was all within warranty, Dell provided a very fast and helpful repair service getting me up and running as well as ever. I would recommend buying direct from Dell and possibly also immediately upgrading to Windows 7 to free up a little more of the 4GB RAM for better performance.
*Edit: For gamers, the mobility card allows the use of system RAM for increased graphical power- this means that if there's not too much running at once, this laptop can generate around 1.5GB of graphical memory. The processors are fast and the hard-drive transfer speeds excellent. The speakers started excellent, but have sadly become a little raspy over time. I can recommend this laptop highly, as long as the buyer is aware that it may only last 2-3 years as a truly great piece of kit.
In my opinion, Truth is a really great fragrance, but I do feel it should be reserved for slightly more... charged situations. It's a perfume for dancing, romancing and generating some intimacy. It wears quite heavy and, also, seems to wear really very differently from person to person so is well worth trying out first to make sure it suits in a way you're happy with. There is a nice mixture of sweet and spice throughout the fragrance and quite an astringent base, this combination is one I have found to work as quite a seductive eau de toilette. It's potent, but attractive. It's smooth, but memorable. It also has to be said that the fragrance wears with pretty serious endurance, lasting quite literally all day. It comes, unsurprisingly in a stylish bottle as is Calvin's style so looks good in your collection as well as being good value for a designer fragrance.
I love this fragrance. I think the most apt thing I can say about it is that is is just endlessly appropriate. It suits everything. It's incredibly fresh and seems to adapt well to more spring/ summer events, but lasts well and stays in fabrics in such a great way that it really works all year round. I was first bought this as a gift, and was initially sceptical of this "women's brand perfume", but after trying it on and starting to receive a bevy of compliments, I began to see quite how great it is. It's so unique by comparison to other men's fragrances and wears as well with a pair of shorts as it does with a suit that I've made my way through literally bottles of it in just a few short years, of course this is a matter of opinion, as is any perfume review, but I doubt there are many for whom a light, floral, citrusy and yet genuinely masculine fragrance won't work.
For £90 this is a good little TV. The freeview is very useable and the teletext too, although both have the habit of performing a little stickily at times. The whole set-up is of pretty reasonable build quality and provides generally good image quality. I use mine predominantly as a PC monitor, it does stand up to this task but seems to suffer from a slightly odd colour palette. I have tried adjusting every available setting but still the reds are a little pale and only at rather low brightness can great contrast be achieved, this is my only major gripe. The sound quality is surprisingly good and it really is a very dinky little screen, making it really convenient as a desk top choice. It's also nice that, even for a more budget television, the Alba 16" still comes with three pin AV ports, SCART and HDMI input, making it actually quite versatile.
This camera is superb. For a low price tag it offers amazing control over images with very accessible manual controls as well as perfectly good automatic/ scene settings. The 18x zoom is great and the camera also performs quite well at macro distances (I would guess a minimum focal distance of around 50cm), the S1800 also has an easy to use in built flash and the usual pre-set modes of use. I use this as a quick and easy alternative to my DSLR and am rarely dissatisfied, only occasionally do images appear a little colourless, but this, I'm sure is often as much the photographer's fault as the cameras! Easy to navigate and quick to flip between viewfinder and the (reasonable quality) LCD display. Lacks a straight to video button that is present on some Lumix compacts and I have occasionally been bothered by a slightly lower than desirable fps count, but this is overall a very complete package for a small camera.
I purchased the Samsung ES55 as a cheap and easy camera to take travelling and, to be honest I had every expectation of either losing or breaking it so was not concerned by a low price tag. I tried it out a little at home and was extremely impressed with the little camera's functionality- accessible menus and easy on-board editing and photo style control gives a "happy snap" feel to the camera. Fast autofocus, good quality video and nice image quality, with actually quite lovely colouring, make for a great piece of kit for an interested amateur and a good battery life and useful PC suite only further this. As a usual DSLR user, it must be said that there is perhaps too little control over finer points of photography and the zoom capabilities leave something to be desired, but don't be put off, this is excellent value for money.