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I chose this DVD player because I wasn't looking for any advanced technology such as blu-ray, just a cheap, easy to use and reliable machine that could let me watch movies and play CD's on my television. First impressions of the DVD player aren't very good, as feels like it is going to fall apart if you pick it up, and the buttons and interface are very cheap. Now this is a very good choice if these sort of things don't matter, and for me it doesn't because I just want a basic, cheap DVD player, but if you want something visually pleasing and well made, this doesn't fit that description. Features are few and far between with this player. If you're just looking to play original DVD's on a basic TV, no problem. It even handles CD's well, even if the interface is bland. The problems start occurring when you try to play DVD's you may have "purchased" off the internet and burned to disc, as it seems to find them unreadable and makes a racket trying to play it, sometimes scratching the disc. As this suggests it is fairly loud when playing DVD's. Also there are no HD options, but this is just designed as a basic DVD player, so if your looking for a cheap option this isn't too much of a problem. All in all you get what it says on the tin with this player. Cheap, reliable and easy to use, it plays original DVD's effortlessly, so if extra features and advanced options aren't on your must have list, a perfect option. Generally speaking though it is cheaply made and build quality is shocking. Features are bare and it is loud. But this DVD player was designed to be cheap, and I have had it a good couple of years now and it still works perfectly. What you see is what you get.
The Logitech Deluxe 660 Cordless Desktop is a simple wireless keyboard and mouse. The USB receiver is great for general use and is sufficient for the average PC user, as the range is pretty good and generally works even if the receiver is hidden away. Installation is very simple and easy, you just plug in the receiver to your USB port, insert batteries into the keyboard and mouse and you're ready to go. The only problem with having a USB receiver is that in certain motherboards (including mine) the advanced user cannot access BIOS functions because the USB ports aren't activated until after boot-up, and this can cause problems when trying to upgrade hardware. AAA batteries power the wireless keyboard, and while other people have said the battery life is very long lasting I find that after a month of daily use the keyboard starts to miss letters as you type, and you have to press the letter a few times before it works. This can be very frustrating but a quick change of the batteries rectifies this problem, so I am putting it down to the battery power being low. The mouse uses AA batteries, and the battery life of these are even shorter so I have resorted to using a generic mouse that I had lying about. Generally I think the battery life is poor but bearable for the average user. The keyboard is bulky and the buttons are pretty stiff, and the basic choice of button functions make this a bad choice all-round for the average gamer or advanced user. Saying this basic users will find that the CTRL functions are written on the bottom of keys (such as CTRL + Z for undo, "undo" is written on the "Z" key) and are very useful if you need a reminder of keyboard shortcuts. In general, the wireless function is very nice to have and can be handy for basic users, but sometimes basic wired set-ups are better compared to this budget option.
I found this sound card among all the other older parts tossed in my box of spare parts, and since my other sound card broke this was the perfect replacement, as my motherboards on board sound had failed. The sound card was ever so easy to install, even without a disc, as I just quickly typed in a quick part number search on google and downloaded the available drivers. I found the Software that came with the drivers did hinder my PC's performance a bit, but I cant use this as a valid bad point as my PC's performance is rather bad anyway. But getting past the performance issues, I found the software too advanced for basic users and its easy to get lost in the maze of tabs and sliders. Its also quite annoying how every time I want the bar at the top to appear it didn't, but when i wanted it gone it seemed to just sit there. Overall the software (although free) wasn't really my cup of tea. The surround sound options on this card are very good. You can easily create a good quality cinema sound setup and the sound quality is great. Even on my outdated PC this hardware works great, and the options available are good, with microphone setup and newer technologies built in. Once you get your head around the software this card is an excellent replacement for your on board sound or an older model of sound card, and even though let down slightly by the over exuberant and advanced software this is still never-the-less a great addition to your PC. Four stars and if you have the spare cash, definitely get this, as by the looks of things you can pick them up fairly cheap.
Sleek. Stylish. Comforting. Just three of many words I could say about this amazing chair. I have had this chair 6 months now, and there isn't anything I don't use it for. Whether its music from my mobile or games on the Xbox, movies on the laptop or making use of its built in radio. This chair literally functions as the most comfortable and immersing experience for anything that can play some sort of melody. Many a time I have just left this chair to play away to itself as I become immersed within the music and drift slowly asleep in it. It is just so comfortable, I could easily substitute this for a bed. Also the control you have over the chair is so simple, yet effective. With three different dials, one for volume, one for bass (I love this) and another to change the input down by your side its so simple to make tiny adjustments to the chair to get that extra quality and performance you need out of it. The Radio function has 8 channels to choose from and each channel is cycled through individually by pressing the "channel" button, lighting up an LED light for each channel you choose, so you can easily see what channel your on. My favorite function on this chair is the headphone jack on the other side, allowing you to attach a mobile phone or MP3 player and then fasten it securely in place with some elasticated fabric. This makes the chair very versatile and means you can play just about everything through it, although if you don't want to attach your device to the chair you would have to get a headphone extension as the cord is very short. Another good feature about this chair missing from many other more unnecessarily expensive chairs is you can rock backwards and forwards to your hearts content. This seems like such a simple function but you can balance this chair so effortlessly to whichever angle you wish, whether your lounging back to immerse yourself in the music as you have speakers placed cleverly either side of your head, the bass speaker coursing through every bone in your body through the spine of your back, or if your leaning forward during a nail-biting battle to the end on call of duty, as you feel each bullet recoil and shake your very core. The chair looks simply amazing. My particular model is grey with orange highlighting, and blue LED's lighting up the speakers on top to give it an amazing look at night. It can easily be folded away for storage which is very useful if you don't have much room. At a bargain price compared to other gaming chairs this is a must buy, I have never had any problems with it and it is very well built, definitely made with gamers in mind. This gets my full recommendation and I would more than advise you to buy this chair, as you will never need another sound system, chair or bed ever again.
Some may say this is the "cheap and cheerful" option, but I must strongly disagree. Although it is the budget option, it is by far the best you can buy for your money. When I decide to have a drink (as I often do on weekends) this is my preferred larger over the more predominant brands, and another advantage is it goes down smoothly, not wreaking havoc on your stomach an hour or so later. Also the taste is great, it doesn't taste cheap as other budget brands do and seems very smooth and thirst quenching, refreshing you as you drink, unlike other brands that either seem to make you extremely thirsty or just overly bloated. I would definitely recommend this as a cheap afternoon pint or even as a weekend drink. One problem I have noticed though is the morning after headache, even if you've only had a little to drink. so be warned, although this is the best choice as far as a cheap drink goes, even in some respects better than the more outstanding brands, this does have a nasty kick in the morning at times, no matter how little or much you've had. So one bit of advice: make it a good night!
Out in the wild west Jake Lonergan (Daniel Craig) awakes to find himself with no recollection of anything that has happened, or even his name, with some sort of mechanical object attached to his wrist. While coming round to nothingness he is attacked by a bunch of cowboys, who he easily takes out, stripping them of their clothes and weapons. After finding the local town's barman being hassled by a gun wielding drunk Percy Dolarhyde (Paul Dano), Jake quickly diffuses the situation after Percy looses his cool and accidentally shoots a local, getting arrested by the sheriff. After going for a drink, Jake soon finds himself under arrest by the sheriff and his men, as he is apparently a known criminal. After a brief skirmish with the men Ella Swenson (Olivia Wilde) smashes a bottle over his head, ending the fight with Jake being thrown in a cell next to Percy. A while later, Percy's dad, Woodrow (Harrison Ford) and his band of cowboys storm the town, wanting the release of Percy. As the sheriff and Woodrow take place in a tense standoff, a strange thing happens... As both men prepare for gunfire in the dead of night, strange lights appear in the distance and start moving with speed towards the town. Suddenly lasers shoot from the apparent flying objects as they speed over, and as the town comes under attack by spacecrafts, all seems doomed. Jake is stunned when the object on his wrist starts to light up, and as he aims it towards an oncoming craft a huge beam shoots from his wrist and hits the UFO, sending it crashing into the ground and causing the other craft to fly off. as the townsfolk come out again a huge creature jumps from the crashed ship and runs into a house, attacking two locals. It then dashes off into the night, bleeding heavily. As Woodrow takes in the situation, they forget all about the skirmish beforehand and after an argument with Jake they head out to track the beast down, taking Ella and some of Woodrow's men. This is where the story begins. I'll try not to ruin the story but give a brief outline. As they search for the monster, Jake starts to remember details from his past and learns more about the device on his wrist. As the story progresses we meet Jake's old gang whom he betrayed, a random dog (honestly don't know what the dogs purpose is), and they are attacked by more aliens, with Jake blowing them to smithereens. Apache's kidnap the posse, Jake's memory is restored and the true identity of Ella is revealed. Towards the end, Apache's and cowboys unite against the aliens (or demons so they think) and an epic battle gets underway as a fight for their lives is played out until the end. Personally I think this is a great film to say the least, the characters are portrayed well and the action is amazing, with brilliant special effects. But the story is very confusing and there is WAY too much, and it seems as if bits have just been added in after (such as the random dog that plays no significance in Jake's past or present). Also sadly although i do like this film and thought it was good I did start to switch off towards the end as it did bore me a little, and that really is disappointing because the film is generally speaking good. Because of this I will give it three stars. I would recommend watching it, but only if you have spare time lying arround.
James Franco is the star in this incredible film written and directed by Danny Boyle. Aron Ralston, an experienced climber, is enjoying a day in Robbers Roost Canyon doing what he does best when a loose boulder slips and falls down the crevice, pinning his arm against the canyon wall. Based on a true story, Aron refuses to give up, trying everything to free himself for the next 127 hours. continuously having flashbacks and thinking about the future, Aron's mind and body are stretched to their limits as he comes close to a meeting with death. Having little but a cheap multi-tool knife, the only option left is to cut off his own arm. Using little strength he has left, Aron cuts through flesh and bone, finally freeing himself from the horror he has just faced. With just one arm, Aron manages to climb huge cliff faces and walks for miles before finally finding some horrified hikers and is immediately flown to the nearest hospital. This epic tale is a great film and definitely a must see, with the part of Aron played brilliantly by James Franco, and the writing/directing perfected by Danny Boyle. If you get the chance, get comfy and watch in awe as this nail-biting experience immerses you within Aron and makes you question whether you ever want to go rock climbing at all.
As many of you hardcore Halo fans will know, the Halo franchise (and Halo as we know it) has been handed over to 343 Industries, owned by Microsoft. That means that this was Bungie's last Halo game, their last chance to show the world what Halo is all about. And they definitely proved how much the game has evolved since Halo: C.E. With the collectors edition the game comes with a box resembling something that could be found in the Halo universe, looking very futuristic and giving a sense of awe to the more hardcore followers of the game. Inside you find some artifacts from the game, including an authentic looking copy of Dr. Halsey's diary/journal (including coffee stains and smudges, adding to the sense of realism), a UNSC badge, Dr. Halsey's UNSC key card and a few other little notes and letters belonging to her. Already you feel immersed within the game, and you haven't even played it. Eventually when you have finished gawping and drooling over the things included in the box and inserted the game, the graphics and game-play are amazing. With a multiple choice of difficulty levels, even new players can get the hang of the game fairly quickly. The campaign is a truly gripping story about 6 UNSC Spartans (Noble team) as they slowly witness the fall of planet Reach, each have their own important part to play in the fight. The cut-scenes have been cleverly made so that the spartan you play (Noble 6) has whatever features you have given him/her, such as voices and armour. There is even a level that takes the fight into outer space, letting you control your own space-craft. The fun doesn't stop there though, as the all new revolutionary Forge 2.0 is better than ever, letting you create the wildest of things, from ships to enormous battlegrounds. The only slight problem i have with this mode is that sometimes lighting on the objects can flicker and there is no undo button, but with features such as being able to precisely place objects this isnt too much of a worry. Also the generic objects can get quite boring and dull, although with hundreds of objects to choose from you can always create unique maps. Then there's the online multiplayer. With a multitude of new features such as holograms and armour lock, there is even more mayhem as you jump around beating and shooting enemies senseless. Also with more armour customization, your player has now been given the opportunity to look even more unique, unlocking and buying bigger and better armour as you advance through the game. Other features include being able to watch and record your favorite online multiplayer moments, and store them to your online profile for all your friends and enemies to see as you humiliate your foe's. Firefight also makes a return from Halo 3: ODST, which allows you to fight countless waves of enemies, either on your own, with friends or online. The only let-down is i feel it can get very repetitive, and sometimes just bores you to death. But if you customize the firefight to suit you in the settings (you can chooses each wave of enemies) you could have a lot of fun, and potentially never get bored of blowing alien brains all over Reach. Personally I would fully recommend anyone to give this game a go, as it is highly addictive, fun and has game modes and difficulties suited for any type of gamer. It would seem Bungie has given this game everything they possibly could, and have shown everyone what the Halo franchise is all about. So, in the famous words of Sergeant Johnson (Halo 3) "Send me out... with a bang." They certainly did that.
At a low price, this budget android phone is crammed full of great features. With HTC sense, a 5 megapixel camera and versatile use due to plenty of apps available for download on google's play store AND the ones already included with the HTC handset such as weather and news, you may be thinking this is all great for a device that fits in your pocket. In some respects it is, but since this is at a relatively low price, all those features come at a cost. The mobile is very slow whenever you try to use... well, anything. Due to this most games and a few apps are too slow to be useable, and because of the out-dated hardware and older version of android, a few popular apps such as instagram are not compatible. The battery life is also a let-down, and is quickly drained when using apps or browsing the internet, and especially when your in a call. Also there seems to be some sort of fault with the touchscreen at times as it just seems to grow a mind of its own and start pressing everything. With that said, it is a good looking and stylish phone. Small light and durable, this would be a great phone for a basic user. But for someone who is a more advanced user or is big on the latest tech, dont expect this to be anything other than a cheap handset.