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      08.05.2013 02:28
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      Small player with a large potential and easily used by most.

      I got my Ipod nano in their replacement scheme where you could trade in your old 1st generation nano and receive a new nano because of overheating faults with the 1st gen. I can't comment or complain about the price as I got mine virtually for free and it still works perfectly over a year later. When I first received it in the post I could not believe how small it actually was. The colour I received was silver which I like.

      I have always loved music so I filled the 7.7GB of space you actually get straight away. The touch screen allows you to effortlessly scroll down (or up) to your favourite artist or song. The hold button now allows you to select the option of skipping the song you're listening to with a double click or stop/start the song with a double click. Unfortunately you cannot have both, it is one or the other.

      You can put your own photos on it, but I opted not to as I like to just have music. I have used it to listen to audio books and it worked perfectly.

      I love to keep fit and I am an avid runner so the Nike+ app was a godsend for me. The pedometer accurately tracks your steps and how far you have walked, you don't even have to clip it to your clothing, it will track your steps even in a pocket. I love the Nike+ running app, it can track your speed and distance and you can also set yourself goals with it e.g. run for an hour or 6 miles. It also will tell you how many calories you have burned, which you can make even more specific if you input your weight and height Once you are done with your run you can connect your Ipod with your PC and it will send the details of your workout to the Nike+ where you can monitor you progress. It can very useful for me when training for a marathon last year.

      The built in radio is a nice little thing . You can get bored listening to the same old music all the time, so the radio is a welcome break. I enjoy listening to when going to bed or when going for walks.

      It also has a clock app where you can see the current time and even change the clock face to 1 of 18 different faces including Kermit the frog! Along with the clock you get a stopwatch and a timer.

      The screen has been pretty scratch resistant considering I take my Ipod everywhere with me. I love the clip on the back. It has been really useful for when I am out running. If I don't have any pockets I can just clip it to the waistband of my shorts, no need to buy a costly armband.

      However, after about a year of use the hold button became stuck and I was unable to use my Ipod at all. My warranty with Apple had run out so there was not much I could do but to pay to get it fixed by another company for about £40, which was pretty steep considering it would have been easy to fix. I really couldn't live without my Ipod so I paid to get it repaired. Considering Apple has high quality products and t a respected company, I was a little disappointed about the hold button becoming stuck.

      Overall, I do think it is a good product. It is simple to use and has extra little features that make it more than just your ordinary music player.

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      06.05.2013 07:27
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      You'll have the time of your life. great people, great accommodation.

      Where to begin, I have had such a great time living in Caley Court halls. I moved here in Septhember 2012 as a first year undergraduate from the Scottish Borders. As I had arrived after 5pm I had to go the security office to pick up my keys and keycard. Security did offer to show me around but I declined as I wanted to explore it myself.

      I decided I wanted to live in a shared shower/toilet as it was cheaper. I had never visited the halls before so I was surprised at how big my room was. You get a sink, integrated into a cabinet, in your room with a mirror above it. You also get a single wardrobe, desk, bed, heater. computer chair, comfy chair, lamp and set of small drawers. You'll live on a floor of a block of flats, though they only have 4 floors including ground floor.

      It is best to bring your own plates and such because they are NOT provided for you and I think your flatmates would be a bit peeved if you just started using theirs. You can purchase a kitchen starter pack and bedding pack on your accommodation form.

      I was living with 7 other people, 4 girls and 3 boys. We got 2 showers and 2 toilets to share between us. I had to share with the 3 boys, which is actually not as bad as you think. There was no hair in the shower and the shower room wasn't cluttered with endless bottles.

      The kitchen was a bit small and they had only given us 6 dining chair for 8 people. You get two half-size fridges to share between you, so 4 people to a fridge and one big freezer.

      There are laundry facilities on sight with washers and dryers, £1.60 for a wash and 10p per 6 minutes of dryer time. They are large so you should only need to put one wash on if you have been doing your washing regularly!

      The accommodation office is next to laundry, you should go there any time something in your flat breaks or you are having trouble with a flatmate(s) e.g. being bullied or harassed. They will sort anything out really quickly.

      Living with 7 other people was pretty great, there was always someone to talk to and I am in fact living with 2 of them next year. We all got on really well and would hang out together or go out to the clubs together, or simply cook dinner. We had good banter and would play pranks on each other. It is best to get to know your flat mates, or you could miss out on all the fun I had with mine.

      You can have one person stay over with you for 2 days if you sign them in at the security office, any longer than that and you need to go to the accommodation office.

      The security staff are generally nice and are up for a bit of banter, especially Michael, he is the best security guard, get to know him you won't regret it.

      The location is perfect, as the uni is just across the road. You can literally roll out of bed, hungover from the night before, and still make it to class on time.

      There are loads of grocery shops about and there is an Aldi about 15 minutes away on foot, it is so cheap. Loads of clubs, pubs and takeaways are about 5-10 minutes walking distance away. There are loads of nightclubs on Sauchiehall street, like Garage or ABC.

      When you come back from the club don't do anything stupid as Caley Court has a lot of CCTV cameras, they also have an electronic gate to keep people who don't live there out after a certain time at night. You can use your key card to open in though. If you forget your key card or room key do not hesitate to ask security to help you, they are happy to do so. The place is really secure so don't worry about your belongings getting stolen.

      You'd make a mistake not applying to live here for your first year at uni, Buchanan Galleries and Victoria Halls tend to have older students so Caley Court is the best for first years. Currently the monthly rate for shared accommodation is £357.50 a month.

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      • Asus K53E SX069V / Laptop / 12 Readings / 12 Ratings
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        06.05.2013 06:53
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        All round easy to use, no fuss or frills laptop.

        I bought his laptop 8 months ago for my university work. I bought the laptop, brand new, for under £300 pounds, which is good value for a laptop with such specs.

        I have mainly used the laptop for writing essays, making power point presentations, surfing the Internet, watching movies, listening to music and playing games.

        The laptop was very easy to setup and I was busy transferring my old files and personalising my new laptop in about half an hour.

        When writing an essay I have Word and at least 15+ tabs open in my browser. I am constantly switching back and forth between the two and the laptop does not freeze up or stall. It also came with a trial of Microsoft Powerpoint, so that was useful for making group presentations.

        As a student I do have a lot of free time so I like to watch television and movies on my laptop. The screen is large enough and of a nice quality so it is easy to thoroughly enjoy watching entertainment, I have not missed watching television at all. The sound quality of the speakers is okay for movies and such but for music they are not so great. At full volume they can make music sound poor quality and tinny, so if you are an audiophile best try another laptop or buy some external speakers to play music from this laptop through. Although it is fine for me as I am not too bothered about sound quality.

        I downloaded the Sims 3 and a few expansion packs onto this laptop. The quality of the graphics is okay considering this laptop does not have the best graphics card. I can play for about an hour before the game becomes 'laggy', but that is okay for me as I try not to play too many video games. It is fine for playing online flash games though.

        The laptop comes with an integrated webcam and microphone. I do use it a bit when Skypying with friends. It is not the best of quality at 0.3 megapixels and it can be a bit 'laggy'. But it is nice to have a webcam in the laptop considering the price I got the laptop for. The laptop also has a fun little programme which works with the webcam where you can take pictures and add filters or fun effects.

        Overall, it is a great laptop for a low price. It is probably best used for coursework or just general use. I would not recommend it as a gaming laptop. I have had it for 8 months and it is still running just as fast from the first day I used it. The battery life of this laptop is also very good, from fully charged it can last 3+ hours, and it hasn't diminished after all the time I have been using it.

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