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I purchased these headphones a while back, seeing them available at just £25 (I have seen retailers charging up to £60). I figured that because they were pricy for headphones, that they must be good and I had found myself a bargain. How wrong I was. There really isn't much to say about these headphones other than that they look pretty. The sound is OK, but it's certainly nothing special. I've had earphones that cost me less than half what I paid for these give me just as good sound. I tested these with a different range of music types, and they worked best with things like Dubstep and Drum and Bass. The sort of things that I do not listen to, unfortunately. So if your musical range is beyond these 2 genres, you should probably consider looking elsewhere. Of course, if you want to look stylish while you listen to your music, then by all means go for these. When it comes to cancelling out noise however, they are fantastic. There is a notable difference when comparing these to products that do not cancel out noise very well, and this can enhance your listening experience. In conclusion, they're probably not worth your time unless you want to look fashionable.
The latest iteration of the iPod has amazed me again. I had been using a 5th gen original iPod since 2006. Unfortunately, it has played it's last song, and it was time to upgrade. I turned my eyes to this latest offering from Apple, and at just £200, it is a steal. Firstly, I tried the often talked about app store. There are so many ways to enhance your experience with this device, and all so easily accessible through the device itself. Gone are the days where you would have to plug your device into your computer in order to download a new piece of software for it. And so many of them are free, too. I got the official Skype app gratis and have called friends and family on the go - from an MP3 player! I have also downloaded other popular games such as Angry Birds and Temple Run which have been great time passers. It's as simple as selecting the app you want, and in mere seconds, it is downloaded and installed to your iPod. It also has a built in web browser. 'Safari', which is also developed by Apple has been perfectly optimised for the touch screen and is an absolute treat to use. The on-screen keyboard does take some time to get used to, but one you do, you'll be typing as efficiently as if it were on an actual keyboard. This generation of the iPod also has a built in camera, much like the iPhone. And just like the iPhone, the camera is astounding, especially for a device that generally does not have such a feature. I have taken many snaps with it, including shots such as fireworks late at night, and the colours are just amazing. I am racking my brains, but I honestly cannot come up with a single downside to this product. Since the day I have purchased it, I have been nothing short of happy that this little device has come into and revolutionised my life, much like Apple have revolutionised the world of portable entertainment with this product.
I have used the ECM-CS10 stereo microphone a few times, in different scenarios, and I have to say, this is a very robust and easy to use Microphone. I have used it for online chat and found that it was extremely clear, with very little background noise getting through. I have also used it for recording other people in large, studio-ish rooms, where good microphones are a must in order to reduce echo and other annoyances. Again, it performed admirably, picking up the users voice very clearly.I have also used this mic as an attachment to the Sony HDR XR550, when footage with sound needed to be shot, and there was no room for a large boom microphone. Again, it amazed me with it's voice clarity. The only downside I have managed to find with this product is that they seem to be very fragile. I had purchased a few of these for use with multiple cameras at the same time, and when removing them from their somewhat safe storage area, I had found that one had mysteriously shattered, and another had lost some of its casing. Many microphones such as this one can cost a small fortune, but for around £35, depending on where you shop, you can get an excellent, high quality product for just a fraction of the price. Just make sure when you are transporting them, you keep them very safe!
I purchased this product with the intent of recording a monologue. Seeing that it was designed for podcasts in mind, and a high sound quality is necessary for something like that, I decided it would be perfect. However, it was far from so. When recording, I found that no matter what, there was always this slight static-y noise in the background, which made the whole recording sound like it was done with a laptop microphone. This was incredibly disappointing, as at £39.99, I really expected more. However, it picked up my voice very clearly, and some cleaning up on sound editing software made the recording sound wonderful. The range on it is impressive. Tested on Skype, my recipients could hear me from around 4 feet away, which is not bad for a microphone designed to sit on your desktop. It is incredibly sensitive. I found that it picked up even the scroll wheel on my mouse. For me, this was somewhat disappointing, as if I were to be using this microphone for its intended purpose (podcasts), then my listeners would easily be able to hear all the small noises in my room. The build quality on it is fantastic. It has fallen off my desk multiple times, but still works perfectly. In conclusion, it's definitely worth a buy if you know how to clean up background noises using sound editing software. Otherwise, the sensitivity could ruin what is otherwise a fantastic product.
I purchased this item as a birthday present for my mother. I thought it would be the perfect product for her, as all she needs a computer for is to browse the web. However, since she has received it, it has been fraught with nothing but problems. Firstly the OS (I shall mention now that it comes with Windows 7 32-Bit Starter Edition) wasn't installed. It came with a disc to install it, but my mother has an extremely limited technological know-how and did not know what an OS was, let alone how to install it. Once that hurdle was overcome, there were issues with the battery. It boasts a length of more than 2 hours, yet she found it was getting low after less than an hour of low-intensity usage. This problem, thankfully, was remedied. A quick email fired off to the company, along with the serial number, and a new battery was shipped out quickly, that has thus far worked perfectly. It looks very nice. The one I purchased has a matte black finish. It looks like a nice, smart computer. The keyboard is very nice to type on, and when using it, I have found that my fingers just seem to glide across the keys, which is very nice for those of us who are fast typers. It comes with 1GB RAM, which is a pittance compared to the standard 2GB of most netbooks these days, but it has 2 RAM slots, so upgrading to more really isn't a problem. However, at the time of purchasing the netbook, I was told that the maximum RAM the netbook can handle is 2GB, so you definitely won't be getting a massive speed increase with it. In conclusion, it's a very solid product. There were a few teething problems, but apart from that, it is a very good purchase.
This was one of the first phones I ever got, back in 2008. Back then, I wasn't interested in a phone having lots of features such as apps and video calling, and all of that fancy stuff. Back then, I just cared about it making and receiving calls and SMS messages. And it does both of those very well. Voice clarity is very clear on both ends, and the screen makes reading texts and all round navigating the menus on the phone a delight. As I said before, it is very lacking in features, and is a basic phone. It does have a camera, a 1.3 megapixel one. Let's just say you won't be taking many family shots with it! The phone uses Java, which was still the standard for many phones back then, and it comes with a few built in games. Adding some more of your own is a painfully slow experience, to say the least. It definitely wasn't designed for those looking for entertainment on the go in mind! The design of the phone is very nice. It is very sleek, and the keypad is hidden until you slide the phone upwards, which also is the unlocking mechanism. This also makes the phone take up less space in your pocket. In conclusion, if you are looking for a phone to just act as a basic phone should, then this is the one for you. They are extremely cheap (many supermarkets sell them for under £20!) and they don't make you look like you are stuck in the dark ages of mobile phones!
I purchased this alarm clock a few months back, looking for a cheap alarm clock to get me up in the mornings. I didn't expect much for the price (£5.97), but for what it costs, it certainly does the job well. It doesn't score many points on the looks category - the silver buttons really don't seem to go with the black finish, and the shape makes it look out of place no matter where I place it in my room. However, it is compact, and could probably easily fit well into a more spacious room. The LED is bright and vibrant, so you can leave it across the room to force yourself to get up in the morning, and still see the time clearly when you are awake, but not near it. Of course, with a low budget product like this, there are inevitably going to be some cons. Setting up the radio on it is a bit tricky, and the instructional guide it comes with is no help (just 1 sheet of paper), but the default buzzer is loud enough to rouse even the deepest of sleepers. The buttons are also somewhat a pain to use. I sometimes finding myself having to force the buttons down hard in order for them to respond. In conclusion, for what you pay for it, it definitely does the job. However, it's certainly not the best option available on the market.