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I am a massive pizza fan and I am absolutely loving all these offers at the moment of all these pizza deals we have going on, while I was doing my shopping at my local Tescos Extra and as I was scanning all the pizza deals I saw a make-your-own pizza special where you could buy the bread and base and toppings all separate, and I wondered how much it would be to buy a pizza maker.
The Pizza At Home Pizza Maker measures at only 36cm and is an all black colour, this little unit is a traditional stone base actually made from Italy so at least you know it was made in the land of pizza and not in china like most things.
You can make an authentic Italian pizza in around five minutes in your own kitchen, with venting ports and duel elements, the pizza maker cooks the pizza from the middle outwards with both the top and bottom providing a cooking plate ensuring that the pizza gets cooked evenly and can even crust your edges without burning the bread, the heat is a very intense and mostly contained in the unit making sure that the pizza is cooked to your liking, it doesn't take up much space which means it can be left in the corner and it wont get in the way or obstruct anything (unless your kitchen is extremely small).
But this is not just a Pizza maker it can also be used for you Sunday fry-ups allowing your eggs, bacon, omelet's or even a pancakes to be made with absolutely no hassle.
This is very easy and simple to use, prepare your pizza with toppings and sauce, use the pizza spatula (provided in the box) and slide it onto the stone bake pizza maker, after five minutes you can take it off the pizza maker and you can slice it up with the pizza cutter (that is provided in the box), you have the option of making thin bake or deep pan (with deep pan dish provided in the box).
When removing pizza use oven gloves to ensure safety to hands, the pizza maker generates a lot of heat and due to the vent there will be smoke so don't panic.
You are provided with a manual and even some recipes but they are very basic and you can Google a lot more and venture with other stuff.
You can buy the Pizza At Home Pizza Maker from Amazon for £59.95
I do like this little unit and it has made some great Pizza's in our house hold, we don't use it that much but when we do we appreciate what we have as oppose to wondering why we spent so much on it, but I have to admit it is a bit pricey for such a small thing, if it was around half that price then that would be perfect.
But other than the price and wishing it were slightly bigger this is a perfect unit and definitely worth a 5/5
Carving up meat or carving up bread was always done by special knives, when I say special I mean like bread is cut with a bread knife (not very sharp) and meat is cut with a knife like a butchers knife (very sharp), watching my dad when I was younger carving the turkey, cutting the chicken or just in the kitchen hacking away on a leg of lamb.
When I grew up I wanted to purchased these same knives just because that's what I saw people do it with when I was younger.
So I was shopping around to get a good set of knives when I started to notice that there were electrical knifes and wondered how good they would be.
The Kenwood Electric Carving Knife is a very prestigious gleaming white in colour, showing off how slim this kitchen appliance is, measuring at: (L)17.5 inches x (H)2.5 inches x (D)4.5 inches, really proving how slim line it is.
This is a multi-purpose electric knife, which can cut through practically anything you may want to use it on including, meat, fish, poultry and even bread without misshaping it.
The unit uses 2 serrated stainless steel blades.
On the main body of the electric knife you will see a wide enough hole that acts as your handle allowing a secure grip as you control the knife, with the 2 buttons placed on top making it very well placed so your thumb can reach both with complete ease, one is an on/off button which once you press down on, you activate the knife, you have to hold the button down for as long as you want the electric to power the knife and simply remove your finger when you have reached your desired result. This feature of the on/off button does annoy a few people but I find it to be fine (and a good safety feature), but the button can be a bit hard to push in the beginning stages as I think the button gets easier the more it gets used. The second button is a release button (for the 2 blades for the storing/cleaning process).
The 2 blades connect to each other (so when in operation they work together) and then they click and lock in to the front part of the main body.
When using the blade there is no real force of your hand required to do anything, there is no need to mover your hand back and forth because the 2 blades that are connected together move backwards and forwards at such a fast rate that all that is required is for you to slightly push down with your hand to guide it on a cutting course of your choice. Even though with a butchers knife you can hack through bone it is advised that you cut the meet from around the bone as attempting to go through it will not only be a slow process but will also seriously shorten the life of the blades.
This electric knife is provided with a good length of power cable of around 3 meters, so be sure to have the cable free from the surface area before carving.
When the unit is on and cutting you may find that if you are trying to have a conversation you may have to shout to be heard because this does let out some sound.
Once you are finished with the knife it is a simple process of cleaning the unit: push the release button which you will feel the blades pop out a bit (so be careful) and simple pop them into your dishwasher to clean or simply hand wash them, take a damp cloth and wipe down the main body of the unit to clear it of any splattering that may have occurred (obviously not with the bread).
If there is any thing you would like to know more about of what I have mentioned there is a manuals provided in the box.
Don't forget that these stainless steel blades are very sharp and can be dangerous, so treat these like you would any other knife, especially if you are washing the blades by hand.
When storing this away there is no stand for it or a cover, but the blades are provided with a thick plastic covering that only the blades fit into so the handling of the blades are stored safely which we then put the whole thing back in it's box and put it away in our cupboards until its next use.
You can get the Kenwood Electric Carving Knife from Amazon for £17.89
I think the price for this Kenwood electric knife is spot on, it can be used for practically any type of food, it means that anyone can cut the meat and doesn't have to be left for the men, even though in my house hold it's still left for me.
I rate this very highly, but because it has to be stored away every time I am not using it, and is a bit loud I give it a 4/5.
But this takes nothing away from it's performance.
This was one of those "I saw this and thought of you" kind of gift, it was perfect for a friend of mine because she loves those old cinema days where these machines were still in operation when really they should of died out with the cinema era, this was totally one of those buys that would be funny and would be amusing for a while, use it that evening and then get pushed to one side and left to collect dust just like the real ones (kind of poetic huh).
But I'm not going to lie this thing really impressed me.
When I ordered this and it arrived, I figured I better try it out so that I can show her how to use it rather than get her to take out the manuals and really slow the party down.
The Max TV Old Fashioned Popcorn Maker is in the style of the olden day carts that you could get just inside the cinemas or outside the cinemas and it's detail has been paid very good attention because nothing was left out (don't get me wrong, I don't actually know piece for piece what was on one of these old carts but there is too much detail to actually fault it).
It's a red cart that has golden wheels at the back and right in the middle of the cart is a metal funnel for the popcorn magic.
The popcorn maker is around 16 inches tall and it uses hot air only to produce your popcorn from this old time popcorn maker, the hot air is provided from the generator at the bottom of the unit, this blows the hot air up to where you have poured the Kernel popcorn (which is provided in the box) using a measuring cup-or otherwise known as the roof of this popcorn maker-through the metal funnel falling into the compartment where the popcorn is made, replace the roof of the cart and you will find a switch at the back which will start heating up the hot air generator and as it gets hotter the popcorn starts to pop inside, place a bowl (that is also provided in the box) by the exiting hole at the front and watch as the popcorn exits in a hurry into the bowl, the smell is mild but very popcorny...it is just inviting, once the air gets to the right popping temperature it holds it for a while then turns off, once the temperature starts to drop it turns back on again bringing it back to the desired temperature, it will keep doing this until you switch it off from the back.
Included with this is a manuals with a recipe book which I know sound peculiar but is actually quite interesting, it just gives ideas to add flavour to the popcorn.
To clean this is such a simple thing because it only uses hot air to pop the popcorn there is hardly any cleaning to do, if you do feel like you have to clean it, then remove the windows and the roof/measuring cup for popcorn and wipe the bottom of the container.
The thing I like about this specific popcorn maker is that it provides you with quite a few accessories like a large portion of Kernals Popcorn, 5 tubs to eat out of them.
I got this from eBay for around £20 but I don't see it on there any more but I know it's still out there.
I love this little thing and the look on her face was priceless, I don't think it would last long in our house, as it does seem a little precious, so we purchased a popcorn maker that's a little sturdier, but that's for another review.
I was given this as a present from one of my family members who said that if I use this Ioniser while I'm on my computer working it would help with the pollen count in the house which should in effect help with my hay fever that I do suffer from quite a bit, I use local honey to help combat the hay fever but some years it is worse than others and whether I have a hay fever tablet or not my eyes are still streaming, nose is still running and my throat is still inching, I figured it's worth a try, it can't get any worse can it.
The Rio Pyramid Ioniser is a solid black in colour in the shape of a pyramid, the measurements are about: 3 inches in height, 4.5 inches for each side on the base.
It is made from a very strong plastic making it a strong and stable piece of equipment, it comes with a pre-fitted power cable (black) that is a sufficient length of 16 inches, this Is a small device, meaning that I can particularly put this any where and a light device which means this can move with me to whichever room I happen to be occupying or if I'm wanting to travel away then I can just wrap it up and take it with me, and is pretty much perfect for every room in my house (don't think I will try it in the bathroom though).
In the manuals it states that for best results with this ioniser to have this device positioned on a flat table or any flat surface area towards the busiest part of the room, because the range for this little thing is only 5 meters it can just about perform in any room of the house, and obviously not for outdoors, not just because it's a bigger area but because it would practically do nothing because it's all open air, its like me taking a hay fever tablet and then diving into a pile of freshly cut grass, not effective at all.
When you plug in this device you will notice a small orange light turns on at the top to signal that there is power being fed into the ioniser, after a short while if you reach for the ioniser to move it you will feel like a static effect on the unit, it wont shock you its just like a sensation that's all.
The ioniser is a little device that basically cleans and purifies the air from dust and pollen and all the stuff you don't want to be breathing in, by releasing a stream of negative ions, they are released from the inside of the units mechanisms by a "Needles". They say that after a bad storm or other such things, these cause bad particles in the air which this ioniser starts to clean up and purify as if the storm never occurred. So while the air is being purified you see dust and other such debris start to build up on surface tops such as TV's or tables, computers...etc.
I have to say that having it on in the summer does help a little with the hay fever, and it is amazing at how much dust you suddenly discover, especially around the ioniser itself, it makes you wonder at how if you never had this you would be breathing all that in.
You can buy this from Amazon for around £22.95
It is interesting to see how much dust and debris falls out of the air especially after some kind of dramatic change in weather, that is what you would have been breathing in, this unit does help people who have allergies with dust because my mum noticed the difference with hers, but with me not much of a difference, I just wasn't as bad but still enough that I really need to find something to really combat this hay fever craziness.
Like I said I never paid for it so I don't know how much mine was but as good as it is, I probably wouldn't buy it, but it is impressive.
Just because I wouldn't buy it doesn't mean it's a bad product, I just don't think it is something I would personally go out and buy because I don't need it, but I still give it 5 out of 5 stars, it does what it says.
My previous phone was a Sony Ericsson k800i and I absolutely loved it, I had never had a case for my phones before because the phones before this one were made a lot sturdier than the nowadays smart phones that are a little bit more sensitive, what with all the different functions we have available.
The Sony Ericsson K800i that I had was in-between the old phones and the smart phones.
Although this phone was strong enough to not have a case I had paid a lot of money for it because I had bought it when it was first out was an open phone, so naturally I wanted to get some kind of protection for it, mainly for the screen.
The Hama Mobile Phone Case "Ice Case" Sony Ericsson was an all transparent plastic that encased the whole phone with two separate parts, the front and back clicking together so entrapping the phone with no room inside to move. The parts not covered by the plastic were the buttons on the front along with the little joystick in the middle, and on the reverse side the camera was left uncovered to allow you the access to move the camera shutter up and down.
When the casing was securely on it gave the phone a slightly bulkier feel and just made it look a little bit bigger but I wasn't too bothered about that, however the material of the casing was a whole different story.
The plastic casing was so strong it never had any flexibility to allow much give, when it was knocked around it was quick to get extremely scratched up, even though I could never understand just how it got so scratched up and the plastic structure started snapping here and there so before I knew it I was throwing it away before it even really lived, I had my Sony Ericsson for about 3 and a half years and I had this plastic casing for maybe a month.
You would think that with a casing being over the screen that it would remain clean to a certain degree, but that wasn't the case either, although it did protect the screen all the way to the bitter end (the bitter end being me throwing it away) some how there was so much dust and debris under the plastic stuck on the screen after such a short time, I was cleaning the screen more than I thought I would be so I was removing and replacing the case like it was going out of fashion, I guess with all the cut out sections the dust and dirt were just working their way in a lot easier.
I bought the Hama Mobile Phone Case "Ice Case" Sony Ericsson from the Mobile Phone Shop for £9.99 and states it is suitable for "K800i and K790", but because all the phones today are all smart phones, this case would be hard to find, but what I say is stear clear, save your money.
As you have probably gathered I am not a fan of this case and think it is an absolute waste of money, I would be surprised if you can still find them, if you have this phone like I had then all I can say is that for the remainder of the time I had this phone after I threw the case away I didn't get another phone case and just kept it without, and the only reason why I changed my phone is because I wanted the new Sony Ericsson Vivaz smart phone and I only use my K8ooi when I work abroad because it still works fine and excepts any sim card in the world.
My girlfriend absolutely loves photo's and has about a million pictures on her computer (ok its more like a thousand or so, but it's still a lot) and I wanted to get her something that she could put her pictures in, I never thought of looking at digital picture frames because...well...I didn't know they existed. When I first saw them on the Internet this one I instantly liked because it was just a frame, well it looked like it was just a normal picture frame until you notice the pictures change, it was great because it was so unexpected and she wasn't aware that you could get digital picture frames.
The Coby DP700 is a digital photo frame that is very lightweight and has the measurements 9 inches x 1.5 inches x 6.5 inches, it has a very dark mahogany colour, really giving it the look of just a normal (Non-digital) photo frame which is what attracted me to it. It is powered by an AC power adapter.
This 7 inch photo frame accepts all types of flash memory cards including: SD memory card, Multimedia card, Compact flash card, it takes the full USB port so even a memory stick is no problem to operate with this frame.
Even if you have no room left on your shelves and the tables are already occupied, this frame is wall-mountable with a detachable stand, so if room ever becomes available then its just a simple case of removing it from the wall, reattaching the stand and standing it up.
The general features on here are: clock, calendar, USB, Alarm.
It's only a few things short of being a computer...the smallest one yet.
You also get a remote control so you can really have control if presenting a slide show and you also get those all famous manuals just incase you really want to know more about a certain function.
Not only does this present your pictures in any way you like whether it be a slide show to entertain, or simply having it on in the background with a pre-programmed presentation but you can also have music playing and it has the capability to allow you to view digital video also, not bad for something that looks like a picture frame.
The supports are:
Pictures are: JPEG
Audio: WMA, MP3
Video: MPEG-4, MPEG-2, MPEG-1, Motion JPEG
That's quite a little collection of stuff it is capable with and almost everybody has at least one from every section.
The way this digital frame has been designed is that it has a style of its own that lets it blend in with any place in the house be it the front room or your bedroom, the frame is a perfect gift for people who love photo's and love technology.
Another good feature about this frame is it has auto rotate so that if you turn your frame to the side it will adjust the picture so you wont be looking at it sideways or upside down.
There is no need to install anything or really set anything up...the only setting up you do is where you want the picture frame, plug the AC adapter into the wall, turn it on, pick the program you want and let it play.
You can buy this from Amazon for £19
I know my girlfriend loves this frame as do I, it was simple to put the pictures on (drag and drop from computer to memory stick or any of the flash memory, plug it in the digital frame and chose our preferred program and just left it on in the background), we never do the slide show option just because we never entertain by showing our pictures, if she does want to show a few pictures it is easier to do it from her computer because she knows where everything is on there, every now and again we come across a picture that we catch in the corner of our eye that makes us remember about that specific time, if we never had the frame we wouldn't of seen it, but I guess that's what picture frames are for, they are memories, and a digital frame gives you a lot more.
I guess we haven't got that long to wait till we start seeing the pictures like they have in harry potter.
When looking for a tripod I was recording some of my younger brothers shows that he use to do at his afterschool classes and I always found that where ever the sound/lighting guy sat (which always seemed to be center of the room) was perfect to set up my video camera, before the tripod I would balance it on some books and just leave it to record without it getting in the sound/lighting guys way.
I decided it was time to get something a little sturdier and also I wanted to look like I could afford a tripod, the bigger full-size ones that have a lot more height seemed to be a little bit too big and considering I only really need a stand for these shows and not for everyday life I figured a big one would be a waste.
The Velbon CX Mini was an unfamiliar one to my ears and figured that a stand is a stand; its main function is to hold your video camera or still camera in one position so you can get those good shots.
This one is all black in colour and made primarily of aluminum with the three legs connected to a support pole in the middle that the legs slide up and down on for when they open out or close up, the top is a swivel top where you would place your camera and secure it on with a direction lever controlling how far left, right, up or down you want the angle of your camera, the heights this tripod can reach are 22cm to 64 cm, that's about 9 inches to 25 inches, and the weight can hold up to 1000g (1kg), so theirs not that much height but can hold a fair bit of weight, it's enough for what I wanted it for.
These sorts of tripods are really for shooting wildlife, like flowers or the watching of animals in their natural habitat (maybe they could add "recording shows from on the sound/lighting desk, but now I'm diverting).
To use the tripod all you do is release the legs by flipping the clips (which are pretty strong and resilient), there are two release clips so after you have released the first one and it's still too short then repeat the process on the second clip just below so you can add more height if the first release isn't high enough, like I mentioned before the head of the tripod (where your camera would be) can move left and right as well as tilting up and down, but you also have the maneuverability to tilt it side to side so the camera is completely on its side (still camera's usually use this feature), and there is no need to worry if you are on a slightly tilted surface because each of the three legs are capped with rubber on the end for extra support for such an incident.
When everything is in place and secure it feels very safe and sturdy, as if the whole thing (including your camera) is one unit.
Being a very lightweight tripod means that transporting it from place to place is done with absolute ease, and also you are provided with a zip up bag and strap, you haven't even got to worry about purchasing a carrying case,
You can buy the Velbon CX Mini from:
Warehouse Express £25.92
So the price can vary depending on where you go, but it is worth the purchase if it is going to be useful for you, just remember its not a full size tripod.
I have had this a while now and is till going strong, yes I know it's just an tripod but you never know with stands, especially if its been constructed with questionable material.
As people may know that when it comes to expensive electrical products you want to take that little bit of extra care, even though with apple products you do have that period of cover time, for a limited time only you have a warranty (usually a year) and then you can purchase their extra insurance (Apple Care), but you still don't want anything to happen to your new purchase, so because the iPod touch is a touch screen you want the screen protected at all cost.
Whether it is the 2nd generation or third the actual size of them is all the same so that if you see a case or any kind of cover that says 2nd generation or third generation it doesn't actually matter.
I am not familiar with this brand and have no idea if it was going to be a promising product but I figured that because it's for an I Touch then it must be ok (stupid reasoning I know).
The Gear4 IceBox Pro iPod Touch Case is made of a very strong transparent plastic, it is in two parts, one for the back which you put on first and then clip on the other from the front which are two long clasps running on the edges so the itouch is sitting in there as snug as a rug, with no chance of any movement, with the brand logo visible on the back of the case, and if you need to open it for any reason then the two clasps simply unclip making it an easy process of removing the ipod touch.
Unfortunately it does give the iPod touch a bulky look and feel, which didn't impress me at all.
Although on the face of the iPod Touch is a thin bit of plastic screening, it does affect the sensitivity of the iTouch having to push a little harder on the plastic so it can penetrate to the screen underneath, the case provides access to all the connectors on the device so as not to have to take out your iTouch out of it's casing to charge it or to put headphones in to listen to music, you will see the plastic has cut out holes that have been smoothed off to make it that much easier, especially when it comes to the iPod Touch home button which is the only hole on the front protective screen that you can actually touch the iTouch.
As much as the case does help prevent finger marks on the screen (fingers leave an oily residue), and helps avoid scratches, the plastic seems to of had not a lot of thought put into it, its like, 1 knock, 2 knock, three knock, broken. It just gives it a cheap image.
Irrelevant of how much you think you are protecting your iPod Touch, it still needs to be taken out of the casing every now and again and wiped free of dust and debris that does work its way in, although this casing does help protect it from all that it's not impenetrable.
Then to top it all off, you would be lucky if this product stays in one piece for long, I found that after 2 months the clips were starting to unclasp themselves and little cracks started to appear all over the case, annoying.
You can buy the Gear4 IceBox Pro iPod Touch Case form Amazon for £5
Even though this is only £5, its still a waste of money and I wouldn't advise anyone to purchase one, it has no place protecting a device as powerful as the iPod's of any caliber, it feels cheap, it looks cheap, it even performs cheap, my advice is get a nice leather case which will help you with the knock around effect and a protective screen that is a peal back screen protector.
When I was younger we use to go on a lot of family holidays, it was never to a different country every time, I have probably been to turkey and Cyprus (the Turkish side) more times than I care to count, don't get me wrong it is a really nice place, it's just we went there so much the novelty has worn off.
Whenever we were at a hotel that never had the (great) insect netting we would have a few bites on us without fail which never really bothered me but a couple of years back something bad happened, we were all on our family holiday as usual and for some reason my brother was getting bitten like he was a buffet, it started to worry us a little and we ended up rushing him to the hospital (his fine now by the way), after that my mum was going crazy buying all these different Mosquitoes repellents.
When we got back to England a friend of hers advised her to try this oil.
The Avon Skin-Soft Original Dry Oil Spray is a very calm and relaxing kind of bottle that uses a spray dispenser to get the oil evenly across the skin, the design has changed from the one dooyoo is showing but it still is a soothing design, just look at it with its light colours on a white background, it gives you the complete opposite feel to when a mosquito is eating you.
It is a plastic spray bottle with no fear of damaging or ruining cloths if accidentally sprayed apon due to the fact that the oil is transparent and has no greasy feel to it, it has a very refreshing scent (it contains citronella, which is a lemon with other ingredients, otherwise you would just smell like a lemon), its not a natural smell that will remind you of a flower but it has got a relaxing quality to it, and along side adding moisture back into your skin it also acts as a mosquito repellent providing you with two functions in this Avon spray bottle.
Weather you are going away or staying in sunny England, the sun will dry up your skin while the insects decide to use you like a on-the-go buffet, well this will fight two fronts while allowing you to have your relaxing holiday without be bothered by the sun and the insect and you can concentrate on getting that tan, once you head back and take a shower it is best to apply the Avon spray so your skin doesn't feel like it is shriveling up, a quick word to the wise, steer clear of putting this on your face, it will burn the eyes if it accidentally gets in.
I tend to buy this now if I am going on holiday and purchase it along with my suntan oils and after sun lotions of Aloe, although this oil does provide moisture back into the skin, the Aloe just puts back into your skin what you may of sweated or baked off.
This Avon spray bottle comes in a 150ml bottle and you can buy them for about £4
I think this is a great purchase for both men and women alike, it doesn't have a crazily powerful womanly scent and helps with the mosquito problem (if you have one), my brother benefited from this product greatly, and now doesn't leave the hotel with out it.
And if you only get one of the two benefits then that is still worth something, because if all you paid was £4 then if its good or crap it don't matter, your only down £4.
But trust me you will love it
We are moving so fast in technology these days it is almost hard to think that only 55 years ago we could only watch TV in black and white and a VHS was a thing to be marveled at, what we have to remember is that some people have found it hard changing over to all these new gadgets and devices that it has left them a little a bit stuck back there in the past, so to bring them over to our time we have to transfer there timeless memories into the digital world to help them with the cross over...and this is where the audio and video adapter comes into play.
The Easycap USB 2.0 Audio And Video Capture adapter is a black USB 2.0 stick at one end and 4 different wire heads at the other end, you have your normal standard of white, red and yellow but the forth one is different being an S-video, the measurements for this adapter are 8.8cm x 2.8cm x 1.8cm, so it's obviously tiny, provided with a green LED power supply.
You are provided with an installation CD which usually you wouldn't need to worry about unless you are having trouble installing a specific device, but with this adapter it is an absolute must.
Saying that even with the installation CD it was a breeze to ensure all the drivers where installed and working properly (if not it's ok because you are provided with a manual), you will also see that Ulead Video Studio 8.0 editing software was also installed from this disk allowing you to add effects where you can use the features of mounting or tilting along with a splendid DVD creation, the Ulead software serial code is on the back of the CD's packaging.
The USB Adapter Easycap is a conduit between your audio or analog videos to your laptop transferring all those old memories; the transfer is done easily enough through the USB that is connected to you laptop or computer (I would advise this process to be performed on a laptop just because of how small the adapter is from one end to the other) by just connecting the opposite connectors to the external device (camcorder) and you are ready to begin, and all without the presence of a sound card.
The only problem is because it is analogue, however long the video is I'm afraid that is how long you have to wait till the process is complete.
It is compatible with Pal and NTSC and will take both camcorder and VCR, once you have transferred it from the external device to your laptop you can have it in a variety of formats including AVI, VCD, MPEG1, MPEG2, WMV just to name a few.
So there you have it your analog is now in the digital world and you can do as you please with them, whether you burn it to dvd or email it or simply upload it to a social networking group you may be a part of.
You can get this from Amazon for as little as £4.99
This adapter is a brilliant way to bring your old world that you thought would have to fade with time can now be brought into the new, the quality is good considering your taking analog digital, but I would say that trying to use the adapter with more up to date technology wont get you the desired results, but then again most camcorders today can be transferred onto your laptop with ease.
So for a mere £4.99 to bring your past with you it's not a bad little deal.
Even though I already have a built in microphone in my laptop and all I would really require is headphones, I find that if I actually have an external microphone then I can concentrate the sound into a specific area rather than just shouting into the air.
The Plantronics Voyager Pro is a black and silver in colour, it looks very smart and attractive, seeing this for the first time instantly tickled my fancy and wanted to use it for when I skype, it can also take many knocks and scrapes but I would advise that you try to keep them down to a minimum because they could (im not saying they will) get damaged and effect the sound or vocal quality.
The Plantronics Voyager Pro is a great Noise canceling bluetooth head set provided with not one, but two noise canceling microphones supplied by AudioIQ technology, with a 20-band equalizer also providing three layers of WindSmart technology letting your voice be heard and you are able to hear there voice regardless of all the noise around you.
The headset is designed for long periods of use being made with flexible rubber that sits very well on the ear without much fussing around to get it into a comfortable position; they can be placed on either ear, it's so light weight its practically weightless, but it is a little larger than what you would expect it to be but personally for me it is fine and I mainly use it for webcaming anyway.
There are a few more functions, whatever you are pairing up with this headset whether it be skype or your mobile it is very quick and easy with no hassle at all, if you do find there is a problem it is probably the fact that you haven't activated the Bluetooth on the receiving device (im constantly doing that) there are automatic voice prompts, battery alerts and you also get a mute status. You will find the volume controls on the side of the headset identified as two buttons.
In the packaging you get three methods of charging your Bluetooth headset:
AC Power Adapter
USB Cable (computer charge)
When using the AC Power adapter it doesn't take long for the unit to charge and when the headset is fully charged the charger light will turn off signaling the charge complete
So basically there is no excuse for your headset to ever be drained of battery.
With one complete charge of this Bluetooth headset you get about 5 days of standby time and six hours of talk time, which works out to be around 120 hours.
Now for the all important sound, which I have to say is amazing, and the noise cancelation works really well, not all the noise is cancelled out but it is the best I have ever experienced, using this with my phone I get a crystal clear quality which is exactly what it advertises.
There is no Bluetooth headset that can completely cancel out noise, but this comes pretty close.
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This headset is a great purchase whether it's for using with your webcam or using with your mobile phone, I never purchased them at this price but I think I could justify buying them at this price, the quality of this entire device is unique, great quality, great fit, its just great.
Everyone likes a good reliable flash drive that will transfer data between 2 computer, whether it be movies music or photo's, with the bigger memory flash drives being made with more sensitive stuff, you know that the smaller ones are going to be fine, especially when we are talking about 1gb or 2gb flash drives.
These things are so tiny you could plug them in and forget they are there.
The Bytestor usb 2.0 pen drive is a silver in colour and is all plastic, the logo Bytestor is written on its plastic surface, it's a light flash drive but may be a little bit bulky for those small jean pockets, you could forget that this can hold 2gb's worth of information with the cheap feel that it has. I don't really know Bytestor so I can't compare their previous products but if this is anything to go by then they leave much to be desired for.
If you transfer some stuff onto the flash drive that you don't want too lose or accidentally delete, you will notice a little switch that is "write-protect" it is locked when the switch is on the side of the little picture of a padlock.
When you connect the flash drive into the computer you will notice a little light is activated on the back end (the opposite end of the usb) to let you know the flash drive is activated. As soon as the flash drive is connected there is nothing to load up or install, basically this is one of those products that are "plug and go" its all done, if any of this confuses you there are manuals that you will get with this product explaining anything I have mentioned in more detail, the transfer rate is fast and allows the drag and drop method from computer to flash drive just to add to the convenience of this device.
Just remember the larger the file you are transferring the longer the transfer time.
Even though it states it has a storage capacity of 2gb its just a little bit less, the stick uses a part of the storage to be able to run this pen.
When you are finished you simply pull out the pen, take the whit plastic lid it came with and place it on, saving it from dust mites to be able to get into the usb section, you can either store this in your pocket, bag or on your top (due to the little clip that is provided on the lid).
You can buy this from Amazon for £11.84
This is a very convenient device but I do think it is a bit too much money considering you can get a 20gb stick for £15, so this in actual fact is very expensive, if it wants to be this price it needs to offer more features that can bring it up to par with the big dogs...and usually that is done with a bigger storage capacity.
As convenient as this is, would I recommend this to friends...no.
You can probably get a 8gb for cheaper than this 2gb.
Constantly travelling around means that it is hard to get internet everywhere I go, the place I'm staying at may not have Wi-Fi, broadband or any internet altogether, which means it would be really handy if I could have access to the internet without having to be connected to a modem that cant be moved.
I was travelling around UK for a year and took out a 12-month contract.
I have had a T-Mobile pay-as-you-go account for years now and absolutely love their service so I figured that if I'm going to get a broadband stick it might as well be with them.
The T-Mobile Broadband usb Stick is mostly all black with "T-Mobile" in white on the side of the stick, it looks like a regular memory flash drive but with one exception, this can go on the internet from practically anywhere.
It is not hard to install this stick, you are provided with an installation CD and all you have to do is follow the instructions.
Because I have a lot of flash drive pens I try to keep them in there place so I don't pick up the wrong one by accident, and the only thing that is different from this pen to all my others is that this one has T-Mobile on the side.
I'm not going to lie now but my flash drive pens do get put through some abuse just from throwing them here and there or lending them to friends, it doesn't bother me because they are so cheap, well the smaller ones are anyway, but they are very strong.
This T-Mobile pen on the other hand is not strong, 2 weeks after purchasing it I cracked the body across the plastic, but that's ok because its only a protective casing, but then the front usb connector was getting loose towards the last 2 months of me using it
It may state on their product it's a plug and go device but it's more like a plug (instillation CD) then go.
It is compatible with practically all computers, Windows, Vista and Mac osx.
Connecting onto the internet was a breeze and took no effort at all, you even get a data usage section so that you don't go over your allowed time on the internet for the month, even in places that you would expect the T-Mobile to be poor in low coverage areas, it surprises you by revealing how good it is in delivering in bad areas. You will find the speed above average and find yourself wiping through the net like a panther on speed. You will also see that there is a slot for an antenna boost if you ever should require one.
But there is a big hindrance you will notice almost immediately, you will find that there is a content lock, which is a great feature in and of itself to keep kids out of unwanted areas, but it also locks out websites like facebook, Twitter, even hotmail, this really bothered me so I rang T-Mobile to sort this out and they told me to go onto their website fill out the form with my details, then I can go to the settings where the content blocker is and change it to my liking, as easy and straight forward as this sounds it really isn't, I was so wound up that I had to leave it alone for a while so I didn't break it, anyway I found it, and I changed it all to my preference.
You can buy this from Amazon for £18.99
I would say the money is not worth paying when you are getting a shabby brittle casing and the usb connector not being very strong, you have to be so carful with it, you can also use this as a normal flash drive with some of the memory not used on the stick, but I wouldn't advise it because the more the stick gets full the slower you broadband will get (trust me).
This little device is a nice on the go broadband stick for those people who are traveling, it's not quite as simple as "plug and go" but it does stay up to date with new software that might improve itself, and as a little top off you can use this stick in the U.S and Australia, but maybe you want to think about that.
As some of you may know my first purchase of a cooling fan didn't go too well and it ended up being thrown away due to it being absolutely a waste of time and money, shortly after this bad experience I did start looking into better designed models and ones that were actually getting good ratings and not just a good sales pitch.
As people know having a cooling fan for those older laptops is probably a good idea, without one you are worried that the next time you turn on your laptop, it may be its last time, or your scared that it may even just simply blow up (I have actually thought that before).
In the past whenever I heard about external cooling fans that are built for the laptops I did just think that this is another way to sell something on the market that is just absolute rubbish, and because they are claiming its going to help the performance of your computer people were rushing out to buy them, the theory is, who would want to buy a new laptop that will cost you hundreds when you can just buy this cooling unit for a mere fraction of the price. But boy was I wrong.
The Belkin Cooling Lounge is a very perfect white in colour, measuring at 44cm x 36cm x 6cm, so as you can probably tell its neither big or small but it is a bit bulky and does weigh 1.5kg which does just slightly lean to the heavy factor so when moving this around be careful as not to knock it because lets not forget what is in there, and what it does.
You simply rest your laptop on the surface of the lounge and plug in the little usb cable from the unit to your laptop, and as soon as the laptop turns on the fan starts up, in a previous review of another cooling fan that required you to plug it into the laptop showed no results in the computer heat diminishing, in fact it did seem hotter, but with this unit its different. With this unit that's pretty much all you have to do, as long as your sitting the laptop on the surface properly your laptop should be fine, if it is sitting at a funny angle it will make a (very unpleasant) noise, but a quick reshuffling of the laptop will fix this problem.
As your computer is resting on the surface there is a inward cave with the fan in the middle blowing up from the underneath, a little feature with this is you can adjust the height of the cooler lounge, on the reverse side of the unit you will see a section that is like a soft pad material that can be adjusted to how you would like your Lounge to be, the more you raise it (depending on how long you use it for) the more it will cool it.
So with the laptop allowing for an adjustable height it lets you browse the web in complete comfort whether it is on a table or on your lap (keeping the heat of your legs).
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Yes this product is a little on the large side but it gets the job done, it keeps your computers temperature down while providing a comfortable surf of the web (if it's on your lap), or just as comfortable on table.
The price is not too much for this item, especially if its job is something as important as this.
Just think £100's for a laptop or 20.64 for a cooling unit
The choice is yours.
As people may know in the dooyoo world I do like to cook, I like to spend time mainly making desserts because I find them a little bit more challenging than meals, just to get the right texture on a sponge so its not too dry or too mushy, it's not easy, and that's just one example, anyway after I started getting into the flow of cooking I wanted to get myself some better scales and went out shopping for a nice eye pleasing and workable scale.
I saw these scales out in a store (I cant remember the name of the store) and had a sudden thought to myself wondering how much this would be on Amazon, well lets just say I went with the Amazon website because I worked out I was saving half what I would of paid in the store.
The Salter Slim Design Electronic Kitchen Scale has an overall black in colour, the weighing plate in the middle is silver, giving the scales a very basic but at the same time a smart and elegant design, the measurements are 6.5 inches x 7 inches x 1 inch, making this a small unit that can fit practically anywhere in the kitchen, unlike the old school ones that had a bit more thickness and height to them, but with this weighing at around 800g can make these slightly heavier than the ones you saw when you was a kid.
The black part of the scales is a toughened plastic material that surrounds the silver stainless steel weighing plate. The scales has a limit of the maximum weight being 5kg, but for the purposes of food that is a lot of weight and should be more than enough for what you want to use this for, if you have shiny slippery surface tops you can be assured that there is no fear of the scales sliding around because they are fitted with 6 rubber feet to hold them in place, there is a LCD screen supplied at the front of the scales that requires only 1 battery (the silver round ones that you hardly see any more) which is provided in the box, this will display the weight of the item for which ever weight you desire including grams/oz/ml.
For all you people who like the easy life and no confusing bits of technology you couldn't get any simpler than this because on the left of the LCD screen you have one (silver) button which controls the on (which you press as you would), off (you press and hold the button), reset (you press as if you were turning it on again), on the right of the LCD screen is another (silver) button which controls whether you want grams/oz/ml, reset button you would use if you are pouring lets say sugar into a small bowl, then put the small bowl on the scales with no sugar in it, press the reset button to put it back to zero which means when you start pouring the sugar into the bowl the bowls weight wont play a factor on the scales.
And if you are a forgetful person then don't worry because if you leave the scales switched on when you are finished, it will turn itself off after 3 minutes.
The Salter Slim Design Electronic Kitchen Scale is not just limited to weighing food, it can also way those packages you may want to send and if this is an option you are fond of then when you place the package on the scales don't worry if some of the package goes outside the weighing plat so that it sits on the black part of the scales because even the black parts get weighed too, so in actuality the whole surface of the scales are a weighing plate.
You can buy the Salter Slim Design Electronic Kitchen Scale from Amazon for £11.52
These scales are a great purchase for all those cooks or wannabe cooks out there.
It has a clear and easy to read LCD display screen, its easy to clean with a simple wipe of a damp cloth, it's slim line design makes it easy to store away with not much room required. I love my scales and if you purchase this product, I think you will too.