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If you are looking for a new and solid MP3 player that also needs to be able to play videos, than this is the one you need to buy. The only disadvantage is that the display is rather small for watching movies; however, the image quality is very sharp.
+ Best sound quality of MP3/MP4 players
+ Extremely wide variety of ways to adapt the sound to your taste via equalizers, environment settings, etc.
+ Menus can be customized using themes, wallpapers, screensavers etc.
+ Easy navigation
+ Copying files is very easy
+ Small and compact
+ Very light
+ The display and the buttons look and feel very solid
+ It plays all sorts of formats
+ 16 hours of video and up to 40 hours of music listening non-stop!
+ Inexpensive, it costs about 130 euro (when I bought him).
- Fixed 16GB memory, not expandable. This may be a disadvantage for some people
- Accessories are very expensive, a staggering 20£ for a silicone sleeve?!
I bought the iPod Touch several weeks ago as a PDA / Internet device with the music / video options as a nice extra. And oh my gosh, what a perfect piece of art. I love beautiful electronics and I am aware of what kind of stuff there is available in the market, and I must say that this product is seriously revolutionary.
The simplicity of the calendar, email and the Internet can't be beaten by any other device. Believe it or not, I wrote this review from my iPod touch. And that is certainly not a punishment! The web browser can handle every website (except those with flash). Emails with xls, doc and pdf attachments can be read through the iPod Touch.
You do have to get used to the touch screen. The music and video options are also working properly, better than an iPod Classic because you can scroll very easy through your lists with your fingers.
The downside of this thing, compared to an iPhone, is that you can only go on the internet if there is a Wifi connection in the neighborhood. Fortunately, there are a lot of people with an open network. (Be aware that this is illegal, and you do it at your on risk!!!!)
The size of the iPod Touch is really unbelievable. It is 8 mm thin and it fits almost everywhere. I still do not understand how they get all those parts in such a small device.
The Iomega 500 Value Series Desktop HD has a beautiful design. The blue light has a modest shine (not too bright) and looks very cool (metal cabinet in a silver colour).
This device truly is plug and play. My computer accepts this device immediately. This device has FAT32 and you must first format the Iomega hard drive to NFTS (click on the icon of Iomega (in "My Computer") with the right mouse and your computer informs you that this device must formatted to NFTS.
I have copied a movie of 13 gigabytes from my C drive to the Iomega hard drive. It takes about 6.5 minutes (2 gigabytes per minute). I also copied my photos. This took longer (7.5 gigabytes in 11 minutes), but this is because the 7.5 GB is spread over multiple files and therefore it takes a bit longer to be copied. I think that the speed is very well.
The device is NOT noiseless. It makes some soft noise when you copy the files to your Iomega hard drive or if you open the files on your Iomega hard drive. I think this is not disturbing. It gets warm during the period of use. Around 40-50 degrees, so you don't have to worry that you will burn your fingers.
The Iomega500 Value Series Desktop HD is quite heavy and is very solid. It looks like a thick book that can be transported everywhere
This mouse is too expensive. There are nice gadgets and many setting possibilities, but there are much more mice that also can do the most important things.
The famous scroll works reasonable, but not more than that. The settings often fail during surfing in an inexplicable manner. I think that it has something to do with the software and I think that Logitech doesn't invest a lot in that. In the 6 years that I use Logitech mice, I noticed that there was 1 to 2 times an update of their software. The auto-check isn't doing its jobs properly.
Another problem with the scroll is perhaps physically. I bought this mouse especially for fast scrolling back to the top. Scrolling down goes very good and fast, due to the strength and which can be developed with your index finger. Scrolling back to the top is much more difficult.
Oh yeah, the battery life is very bad. I do not often forget to put it back into the charger, because otherwise you will have to do without it for a quarter of an hour. Ordinary AA or AAA batteries (rechargeable) are still my favorite.
I always buy Logitech, just because it has a high gadget level. However, I cannot avoid the fact that the mice from Microsoft (which I use in my work) are better to fulfill the standard tasks and are better built. I think this mouse isn't going to stay long with me. I think that I am going to buy a more practical mouse next time.
For non-gamers, you just need to Google and you will know quite fast what it is all about. Max Payne was brought on the market in 2001 by the Finnish software company Remedy Entertainment. The action game appeared to be a shot in the rose, with a special feature: the possibility of delaying the action bullet time. That shoots a lot better and more frequently in the rose.
About the adaptation of game to movie is well thought-out. Screenwriter Beau Thorne is barely thirty years old and has some touch with the genre. He made a list of what would and would not work on the white screen. Director John Moore (The Omen) retained the atmosphere, setting and most characters, but he do wanted to skimp with slow motion and voice over. That seemed to be sensible choices, but this wasn't the guarantee that this movie would work, unfortunately.
The problem isn't the grim setting, this is very good. To emphasize the gloom of Max Payne, it was snowing and raining the whole movie. That makes it very charming, noir-like images on a dark New York that hardly shocked by a shootout more or less. But the story is technically wrong. The structure of the film is quite messy. The viewers, who are unfamiliar with the game, don't know what the motives are of the protagonist (in the beginning). It was only at the half of the movie that there is a flashback in which we get to see how Payne's wife and his newly born baby got killed. It explains why the successful police officer is hidden in a post office, where he is involved with cold cases. At night, he goes on to the street as an angel of vengeance in order to find the murderers of his family.
Max Payne is not a superhero. He has no wings to fly and no armor to protect him against bullets. That is also not necessary. The idea of revenge is his strongest weapon. With tireless fists and no guns, he continues to tackle his enemies; of course, without taking any scratch. Mark Wahlberg doesn't move a muscle. His face remains sad all the time in Nicolas Cage-mode.
Payne's persistent quest brings him into contact with the Russian underworld and the drug Valkyr, a hallucinogen that was administered to the soldiers in the War on Terror in order to grow stronger. The drug was a super addictive substance and causes scary images of giant bats circling above the city. Graphically, technically and artistically, you cannot say anything bad about the hallucinations. But you look at it without being touched by it. In addition, Payne's co-opponents get too little screen time to fold open to fully-fledged characters. They are a messy tangle where you never really get insight into, perhaps because the screenwriters here and there needed to introduce all the characters that could play in a possible sequel to the film.
The chance of a sequel is not insignificant. There is even already a second video game on the market, and Max Payne opened yet but pretty at number 1 in the U.S. box-office. However, I think that one Max Payne is more than enough!
This Sennheiser HD 650 headset sounds very good. It has a full, warm, friendly sound that even makes it possible to listen to bad sources, so it is a good all-rounder. However, I can recommend everyone to buy a (headset) amplifier to make it sound at its best. If you use it in combination with (for example) a Graham Slee Solo, it has a really amazing sound quality and it also makes sure that you forget the classic Sennheiser downsides (some sort of veil that seem to hang in front of the music). The sound is not optimal from an Ipod.
The design is simple, which suits me well and the construction commodity is also very good. This does not mean that you need to put in your bag or walk with it on the street. I tried it to wear it on the streets, but there is to many noise from outside. I can't say anything bad about the wearing comfort, you immediately forget that you are wearing it.
All in all, I can say that this is one of the best headsets I know of. I can recommend it to everyone who needs a solid headset to listen to all sorts of music. There may be some 'better' (nicer) headsets for some genres, for example a Grado, if you listen a lot to rock music.
I have the Logitech G15 gaming keyboard over a month now in my possession and I still like it very much.
The G keys:
I have the V2 in my possession and I therefore have 6 G keys to my disposal (with the 18 different modes). I use these buttons very often in Windows, for example to open Live Mail, or to start Battlefield 2. I still don't use these buttons that much during the game, since I only play Battlefield 2 and I know all the keys faultlessly. But if I once got the time to make a few macros such as Rifle> Grenade> throw> rifle, then I will make them. I know several people with such macros and they really have benefits from it.
In windows, I usually use the Logitech LCD clock to see what the time is, what date it is and whether there are unread e-mails. For Teamspeak (a communication program), I have downloaded a special tool that I downloaded from a site. This program is very handy, because you can see who is talking, who is in your channel and much more. I also downloaded a program for Battlefield 2, that gives useful info and I think that it gives me an advantage on other players without the G15.
Other features and design:
This keyboard also has the feature to shut off the windows keys, which is very handy. The placement of the buttons is just fine, it is the same with the other keyboards from Logitech and there are also other special buttons such as noise attenuation, brightness and volume. These are all very easy buttons. However, the media buttons are missing. The light is very useful, because you can keep on playing in the dark. There are many complaints that the light of the V2 is too weak and that the colour is ugly. However, I think that the brightness at highest level, is more than enough and I personally think that the colour is very nice. The keyboard is very solid.
All in all, I think that this is a very good keyboard. I bought it just because it had a LCD screen and fully satisfied. It costs a lot, but it is definitely worth it!
Well, I have it a week in my possession now, and I can say that I've made a good choice.
This is a very versatile phone with many features. You can actually just do everything with it. I think the design is very beautiful. I made a little list with the good things and the bad things of this device:
- Very much-functions
- The camera has a pretty good quality in daylight
- Beautiful design
- Very good resolution (display)
- The speed of the unit is doing very well compared to its competitors
- The panel is very nice
- The headset-sound is excellent!
- The speaker in this device is bad
- There isn't a sensor for recognising the attitude of the device (this comes in handy if you want to turn the photos, etc)
For those who still need to decide what mobile phone they want to buy, this CERTAINLY is a winner!
It is a beautiful device, which you can decide for yourself, just by looking at the photos. It is flat and that ensures that you can take it with you very easily. The screen is very clear and the sensitivity is very good. The sound is also fine; pretty hard. Unfortunately, the voice isn't that great.
The calculations go very fast. This also applies to any recalculations. The TMC info comes in very quicly and is very accurate. It must be said that this depends of the transmitter that send it out to you.
The route map is from 2008 and look very good.
The FM function (hence the sound that comes from the device through the boxes from the car radio) is good, but it has some noise. The reason why could be that my antenna is on the back of the car.
However, it is cool that you can add MP3 songs to the device. This is a piece of cake with the USB cable that is included. The device has a very good sound quality, so it is just a question of putting a SD card in the device with some good music, and you have made yourself a good MP3 player. The device is also immediately recognized under Vista and XP, and it get recharged via USB.
The holder is fine; not too small or too big and it works almost perfectly. Another thing that comes in handy is that you connect the cable to the holder, and not the device itself. This means that you don't need to put the cable in the device every time you want to use it..
This is the first time that I had a device that works very good, with no installation problem, and even a direct GPS fix! This is an absolute winner for me!
I also got caught buy the Mac virus in the beginning of 2006 and I do not regret it. After a Mini G4, 1.5 and a PowerBook G4, 1.33, I now finally bought this 2.0 Intel Core 2 Duo Apple Mac Mini version. The first thing I noticed was that the switch to Leopard went a bit clumsy. I got Euro 8.95 discount at the Apple store, so I could order an upgrade DVD for the total price. The new Mini's are now probably sold with Leopard pre-installed. Despite the new look and the new features that Leopard has, I think that it is not a dramatic new OS. However, it runs a little smoother on Intel processors and has Time Machine! The Mini is a wonderful device. It is a bit noisier that its predecessor G4, this is probably caused by the elements of the brand HD that are installed on it. However, it is faster and it has more USB connections and a sound input.
Moreover, it cooperates very well with VM Ware Fusion. So you can use those few programs that have no good alternatives, and run them on a small Windows installation. My "virtual machine" XP is only 3.5 GB and it runs very smoothly. OSX is obviously much more pleasant to work with: no spyware or viruses, your system does not work slower and slower, because there is no registry that is filling up! They say that a Mac is expensive, but the reason why is that Apple does not offer half computers. So you could say that it isn't that expensive if you see the amount of software that is included. There is also plenty of free and cheap software available on the internet! This Apple Mac mini is perfectly put together!
This camera is much better than the previous one (Sweex USB 2.0 Webcam 1.3 Megapixel).
Both webcams have the same specifications (resolution and frame
rate), but this doesn't mean the output quality is the same. The picture quality, both in daylight and at night with the normal artificial light, is many times better. In addition, the attachment to the screen of
a notebook is a lot better.
The initial installation of the bundled software went just fine. The installation of the latest version (the version of the included CD is most of the time not up to date) didn't. The installation software did not realize that there was an upgrade available (It didn't notice that there was already an older version installed on it and that the webcam already hung the notebook). The final result was that it didn't work anymore as a whole. I had to remove both the new and the old version , and after that , I had to install the latest version . Now everything works fine.
It is also quite annoying that you have to restart the computer two times during the installation procedure. You can imagine that I'm lost the count of how many times I have seen the start-up screen already.
The combination with MS Messenger 6.2 is fine. The adjustable quality of the image is good: both the automatic settings as the manual settings work very well. The option "face tracking" works well, but the persons on the other side of the computer do not always appreciate that the camera zooms in and out all the time.
The video quality of this webcam via Messenger and the voice quality (VoIP) from Skype (www.skype.com) are a perfect combination. This is an ideal way to get in touch with your family while travelling abroad. A broadband internet connection is required, but that doesn't seem to be a problem anymore in most of the European hotels.
I bought this all-in-1 initially as a printer for documents. Very important was that it could print over the network, which works very well through my router, which has a built-in printer server. Off course I also use it as copier, but it wasn't the reason I bought it. In addition, I would like to have a good photo printer, the scanning itself was fine, but I don't use it a lot.
+ Easy installation on PC (also on the network)
+ Beautiful photos
+ It prints very fast
+ Pure scans
+ Ease to use
+ You can use multiple ink cartridges
- It takes some time to set it up the first time you want to use it
- Scanning seems quite noisy to me
- Scanning does not work over the network, but this was not promised by the manufacturer (this isn't a real downside). Scanning directly from PC works very well.
The few downsides cannot take down the many plus points. I am currently very satisfied with my purchase.
I bought this webcam a few weeks ago and I must say that I am very happy with the quality of the camera, it is very good. I think that face tracking is possible by zooming in and out.
The installation of the software went smooth. Although I think that there are a lot of errors in the software. For example, the camera isn't recognised by the computer just after the installation. I know that this can be solved by reattaching the webcam, but this isn't how it should be. Adjusting the settings for the lens cap can cause problems, and they can only be resolved by reinstalling the software. The software reports all the side by side errors in the error log of Windows. The user forum of Logitech offers a solution: you have to download the Microsoft Visual C + + 2005 Redistributable Package (x86). Nevertheless, I couldn't believe it, that the solution wasn't provided by Logitech itself. Another annoying thing is that, even though you don't have the software of a video messaging software (like Skype), it is chosen as the premium choice for video messaging software. This choice cannot be changed manually. The software uses the wrong registry keys to verify the preferred messaging software.
All in all, I can say that I am happy about the quality of the image and sound, but the software has too many errors and therefore could be a lot better. This can probably be solved with some updates in the future.
I bought this mouse because I was looking for a good optical mouse for gaming. The mouse lays very good in your hand, it gives a good counter pressure and buttons feel pretty good. The adjustable speed rate (number of DPI's) ensures that you can set the mouse specifically for each game. It is also possible to use multiple profiles, so that the mouse can be adjusted to your wishes in only one single click.
I personally think the design is very beautiful. The mouse is covered in black with light-blue color effects. Especially the 'beating' Razer logo makes this mouse complete.
After a while, I noticed that this wasn't the most reliable mouse I've ever had. The mouse does not always responds to commands (especially the left mouse button; sometimes it just fails or it double clicks). After I went to the shop with it, I just worked fine again.
I have this digital photo frame for over to 2 weeks now. I am pretty satisfied with it. The picture quality is beautiful and it is also very easy to use. It has a nice aluminium frame.
The only problem with this photo frame is the software which was included. Uploading photos from your PC via the USB connection is not that good. All photos are neatly reduced automatically to the correct dimensions; however, some photos end up like a total black picture. Uploading to your internal memory (via a memory card) is perfect. The digital photo frame comes with a pretty box. It is unfortunate that the Dutch manual is only available on the CD-Rom, but what the heck; I didn't need to use the manual. A huge problem with LCD screens is the viewing angle. This is good, but I have read that there are better viewing angles possible.
In short: it is a real winner. I am very happy about it.