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    • Nokia N97 mini / Smartphone / 11 Readings / 8 Ratings
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      A good phone but I am not sure how much longer I can trust it.

      Nokia N97

      I have decided to write this review into sections in order to try and cut out and waffle and make it easier to read.

      I received my phone in March by my insurance company when my old mobile phone was damaged. It replaced my Nokia N85.

      First impressions

      The build quality was very good but the user interface look a little bit of getting used to. I have a major struggle trying to work out how to put my mini SD and sim card into their slots. After about half an hour of use I soon enjoyed using it. I found the QWERTY keyboard to excellent compared with other QWERTY phones.

      Ease of Use

      I am very familiar with the Symbian operating system this phone uses but this was my first touch screen phone so it took some getting used to. The great thing about this phone is you can use the arrow keys on the keyboard to navigate which is a lot easier than using the touch screen especially when scrolling down.

      The web browser is also very easy to use but I sometimes find it difficult to switch access points once a web page is loaded. This can be annoying if I am using wireless but want to switch to 3G to save battery life.

      Sometimes it is too easy to select the wrong icon if walking or travelling on public transport however this is an issue with all touch screen phones.

      Sound Quality

      This is excellent for a mobile phone, calls are always very clear and the sound quality from its MP3 player is superb for a phone. With my PX100 headphones it sometimes amazes me that the music is coming out of a phone.

      Screen quality

      The screen is very good with bright and sharp colours, however being a TFT it is not quite in the same league as the LED screen in my older Nokia N85.

      Reliability

      The broke down in July, the touch screen refused to accept any input rendering the phone worthless. My phone company repaired and it needed a new keyboard and screen. This seemed a worrying for a phone which is so new.

      When locking the phone it sometimes crashes which means I have to remove the battery just to get the phone to boot up again.

      Value for money

      Nokia are now finding it hard to compete in the smart phone market so prices are fairly low, you should be able to get a pay as you go version for about £280 or a contract for no more than £25 a month. Considering this phone also has free satnav software that is very good value for money.

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    • LG M227WD / LCD TV / 6 Readings / 6 Ratings
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      05.08.2010 12:36
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      A good TV/Monitor combination with great picture quality but make sure you can live with the sound.

      I bought this TV/Monitor to replace my old 22" PC Monitor in which I was using a PC TV card to transform it into a TV. This method was rather crude as I always needed my PC to be turned on and picture quality suffered.

      I've had it just under a year now and it has been a great buy. Unlike most 22" TVs this one supprots full 1080p high definition pictures which makes it perfect for use with BlueRay and is more than capable of viewing standard HD TV images.

      I don't use the built in Freeview tuner as I have a PVR which is connected via scart socket, even on this none HD source the picture quality is brilliant. It is very sharp with great but natural colour separation.

      In PC (DVI) mode the picture quality is also suburb, I can notice defects in Photoshop images I am working on which don't show at all on my other monitors. The resolution is very high so this takes some getting used to but productivity is much higher as I fit so much more into the same screen space.

      There are two downsides for me, it can take a couple of seconds to change sources which can be a problem if I need to quickly check my emails during an add break and the sound quality can only be described as awful. It is far too tinny to be of any use however I always use my HIFI for TV sound anyway so this isn't a problem for me but may well be for other people. The problem with modern LCD TVs is there are thin by their very nature which leaves no room for proper speakers like you used to get in the CRT TVs.

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    • Wharfedale Diamond 9.1 / Speaker / 7 Readings / 5 Ratings
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      05.08.2010 12:22
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      A great buy but I wonder if those with decent equipment should spend a lot more than £100?

      I bought these to replaced old Eltax speakers which fell of their stands when a large book shelf collapsed and crushed them.

      They are extremely well built with Kevlar drive units and very high quality tweeters for the higher end. These speakers have a relaxed and restrained sound which means if they are not positioned properly they will sound very dull and lifeless. With proper stands in the correct position the sound is transformed. They become alive with bass lines being extremely punchy and perfectly timed. The vocals are clear and open and the treble is detailed yet very refined - rare on budget speakers.

      The problem with these speakers is they need a decent HIFI system to make them sound good, most £100 speakers sound quite bright which means they sound good on almost anything these have a much more expensive tonal balance which means you need decent kit to be able to get the most out of them. The sound also takes a while to grow on you, they took about 20 hours to burn in and out of the box you may well be disappointed but just be patient the soundstage which emerges will quickly transform you from your listening room to being at the front of the stage or recording studio.

      They also sound a lot better when the volume is pumped up, they suddenly come into life and force you to dance.

      I only bought these as they were 'half price' in the sale but the money I don't think I could have got anything better. I mainly use my Grado headphones so the speakers tend to be only be used before I go out on a Saturday night or when friends are round.

      They don't sound as lively as my old Eltax speakers but they are much easier to listen to, the old speakers tended to force the detail out which robbed them of their musicality. The 9.1s just sing and they let you forget you are listening to the music from a record which is what true HIFI should be all about.

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    • Acer Aspire One A110-AW / Netbook / 8 Readings / 6 Ratings
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      05.08.2010 00:27
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      For the price it is brilliant but you will need to upgrade the RAM to 1GB.

      I bought this Acer as my older Dell had fallen to pieces and I have a desktop I mainly use for my day to day stuff. It cost me £130 from Morgan Computers (website) and although sold as a refurb was actually brand new in original packaging but in a tatty box.

      The first problem was it only had 512MB RAM, this wasn't a problem as I had a spare 512MB module in order to upgrade to 1GB. How wrong was I. There is no flap on the bottom of the laptop to upgrade the RAM. In order to upgrade it I had to remove the keyboard, bezel and motherboard. The entire job took me half an hour, and I am a computer engineer so I am used to taking things apart.

      The next problem was the Linplus operating system. It is a stripped down version of Linux but it was horribly outdated with Firefox 2.0 and updating things seemed quite tricky. I quickly installed Ubuntu 10.4 (main version) and there was no problems at all. All the drivers worked straight outside the box, even the built in web cam! It runs better than Windows would.

      The build quality of this netbook seems excellent and the keyboard is very good for its size. Battery life is disappointing at around two hours but the netbook was so cheap I can't complain about that. The Atom processor is a bit too slow for anything other than word processing and surfing the net. It can play the BBC Iplayer but there is too much lag.

      Part of the problem will be the solid state hard drive, although read speeds are good write speeds are far too slow so anything requiring virtual memory will slow the system right down. I really wish I had bought the version with a proper hard drive now. The plus side though if I drop it down the stairs at least I won't loose all my data!

      The screen is very good for its size and the netbook is so light weight I can carry it around every time I travel without noticing it.

      This is a real geeks laptop, out of the box its fairly useless but with some tinkering it can be made into a fine light weight surfer of IPAD capabilities.

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    • Sennheiser PMX 100 / Headphones / 2 Readings / 1 Rating
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      Perfect in nearly every way - for the price.

      The PX100's look like something out of the 1980's. Think of the video of Cliff Richard's Wired for Sound and these headphones come to mind. They look rather cheap and like a Poundland special.

      However these headphones are truly magical. They are the most comfortable pair of phones I have ever owned. Build quality is also superb they look cheap but the plastics are very strong and as the cable.

      They cost around £25.00 (but certain shops charge £40 for these) but sound is simply amazing for the price. The details levels are upto the best nor is the bass but these are not £200 headphones. They are open backed so they sound very natural. The vocals have a perfect balance and are too thick or too thin. The bass is solid, well timed and subtle but more expensive headphones can dig deeper. On an expensive HIFI system they do make you feel like something is missing - it is. However on a portable device such as my Nokia N97 Mini mobile phone they sound great. The treble is very refined and the detail is also subtle but also apart of the music. The music just flows with no distraction, I can easily listen to these headphones not think I am only getting half the experience. The great thing about these is the music is purely balanced. It just plays the music, yes some detail is missing, yes the bass can be a bit soft but they are so musical you don't notice any of that. Some headphones offer far more detail for the price but can't sing or hold a tune. Everything is all over the place. What these headphones do is put everything to together perfectly - for the price.

      Pump up the volume and the headphones don't loose it so many rivals just loose the plot with loose bass, messy treble and shallow vocals when the volume is increased. I wear these all the time when I am on the train and they help pass the time. My Grados would look rather silly on the train, these do still look old fashioned but they sound so good who cares?

      I mentioned how comfortable they are, this is because they are so light you don't even notice you are wearing them. As they are the traditional headband over ear type they don't keep falling out like many in the ear headphones do either.

      If you have £30 to spend on headphones then these are the best you can get. When I lost my original pair I replaced them with exactly the same but I would be interested to get hold of a pair of I-Grados to compare them with.

      The main problem with these headphones is the short lead, which is fine for portable MP3 players but not much use when used in the HIFI system. I am going to buy an extension lead so I can use these when watching TV as my Grados SR60s can get a bit heavy.

      Senheiser have made some good and bad headphones, I remember HD495s were one of the worst pair of headphones I have ever had, and their in the ear range are purely average. Then there is the DJ range which again are purely average and the competition just offers better value for money. With the PX100s they have got it 100% perfect - apart from the small lead.

      I am not saying these are the best sounding headphones ever, far from it but for £25 they offer a taste of audiophile for no more than a crappy pair of Sony's from Argos.

      I just cannot understand why these so cheap considering how good they sound.

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    • Grado SR 60 / Headphones / 5 Readings / 5 Ratings
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      04.08.2010 22:00
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      For £100 I don't think any other headphones can touch these.

      This is a review for the Grado SR 60i, a slightly improved version of the original. I paid £79.99 for these headphones from Richersounds this time last year. I've had a lot of headphones over the years including many of the big German brands. These are the most expensive headphones I have bought but only by a small margin.

      These cans some how manage to sound very lively without sounding bright or tiring. I listen to mainly rock, pop and punk and these headphones just bring the music alive. I mainly use it with my HIFI separates system but they sound good what ever I use. The higher the volume the more these headphones want to dance and before you know it they transform you into a festival with 100,000 people in the crowd.

      These headphones are coloured in the sense that they add their own tonality however they sound so good what ever they have done works. The bass is very deep but also very well timed, there is no boom here, the vocals are slightly on the thick side which works brilliantly for music especial y rock and punk where recordings can be of poor quality. The vocals never drown out the music though which is what happens on many cheaper headphones.

      They are fairly comfortable but after a few hours they can start to clamp too much. I've head more comfortable headphones but listening to them for more than a few hours will probably result in hearing damage anyway!

      The build quality cannot match the Germans but these are hand built in a small factory in New York so quality probably varies from one pair to another. I've probably used mine for three hours a day for the past 400 days so they have certainly lasted.

      For less than £100 I don't think there is anything which can offer the same amount of musicality. These headphones just sing and separate all the instruments in perfect realism. Being open backed they also sound very open and you're never aware you have two mini speakers clamped onto your head.

      As for value for money this is as good as it gets, they may cost ten times more than £10 pair but the sound quality is more than ten times as good. It is the difference between night and day, its the difference between listening to the band live and listening it to on your cars CD player.

      The only downside is they are too big to take out in public and being open back they leak a lot of sound. These are strictly indoor headphones for use when you want to listen to music in the early hours without keeping your neighbours awake.

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    • Fiat Panda 1.1 Active / Car / 6 Readings / 5 Ratings
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      04.08.2010 21:23
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      Great car which makes a lot more sense than a second hand Fiesta.

      Introduction

      I bought my Panda 1.1 Active Eco brand new in May 2010 to replace an old Corsa which blew up. I had got sick of constantly fixing second hand cars to my high standards so thought going brand new was the only way. My first impressions was just how much room there is inside considering how big it is on the outside. I also started to love the way the doors clunked rather than tinged when closing.

      Costs:

      I paid £6500 for my Panda, I choose the metallic blue paint option which bumped up the price by £400 but since this will hopefully be my car for the next few years it made sense to pay a little more for the right colour. I was able to get a loan from FIAT at a good rate despite being self employed and having no chartered accounts.

      Specifications:-

      My Panda is the most basic being the Active specification. It still comes with a CD player, RDS, central locking, power steering, ABS, twin airbags and electric windows. It also has a few clever features such as the rear windscreen wiper coming on automatically if the front ones are on and you put into reverse. For a cheap basic city car the specification is great.

      The Competition

      The city car sector is highly competitive and many of its rivals are too basic and over priced. The Aygo/C1/107 are examples of great cars but simply cannot compete with the Panda on equipment or price. The Kia Picanto is about the same price but lacks some basics on the cheaper models such as central locking and doesn't feel as well made but it does have a seven year warranty. In my mind the Pandas biggest threat is the Hyundai i10 which is better equipped than the Panda for not much more money. The Panda was just the better package for me.

      Driving

      The Panda is slow at 54bhp and around 15 seconds to 60 but like all small FIATs it loves to be revved and providing you use creative gear changes it feels a lot faster than it actually is. In the city you can steer round things you would normally need to stop for in a bigger car. The controls all have a really nice well damped feel to them. The steering is nice and light and there is a city mode which lightens it further if you're a wimp. The gear change is mounted on the centre console and is not quite as smooth as some Fords I have driven but is a lot sweeter than the French cars I have had the displeasure of driving.

      The brakes don't feel that sharp initially but I have done one emergency stop and had to brake sharply on two occasions now and the brakes are much stronger than they initially feel. The handling is extremely sharp and its a lot of fun on country lanes but it can roll about a bit on steeper corners.

      The ride quality is very good for a small car, it doesn't fidget about like some smaller cars and it copes with pot holes brilliantly. The high profile tyres probably help a lot with this.

      Boring mechanical bits

      This Panda is powered by an ancient FIAT FIRE engine which is a single over head camshaft design with multipoint fuel injection. The MPG and emission figures are impressive, tax is just £35 a year. This is quite staggering when you consider this engine has been around since 1985!. The clutch is hydraulic (so smoother than cable operated ones) and the power steering works of an electric motor in order to save fuel.

      Interior

      The car feels like a grown up city cars, the interior looks like it belongs in a slightly more expensive car and doesn't try to be funky like many city cars do. The seats offer great support and its surprisingly comfortable on long distances.

      The door cards are made out of a solid plastic material which is cost cutting but it is also highly practical as it can be wiped down easily. Other plastics can feel a little cheap when compared to the Fiesta or Corsa but those cars cost thousands of pounds more.

      The boot is quite small but is also very tall can hold a lot more than you would expect. The back seats fold down but sadly are not split fold on this basic version.

      Exterior

      The Panda is not the best looking car in the world but it is some how rather cute. It is designed for practicality rather than looks. The bumpers are now colour coded over all of the range.

      Conclusion - The Panda is fantastic fun to drive and for many people will make a far better buy than a second hand Fiesta. It is too early to tell about reliability yet as I have done less than 1000 miles in it but there has been no issues so far. It has used a little bit of oil but this is normal for type of engine.

      The lack of remote central locking can be annoying and my version doesn't have air conditioning but all it ever seems to do is rain anyway so the blowers do just fine.

      I really love driving my Panda as it is just so much fun in the city but also amazingly practical considering its tiny size. The model is due to replaced next year but it will be a lot more expensive than the £5995 the current model sells for.

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    • Sony CMT-CP11 / Hifi System / 0 Readings / 5 Ratings
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      I was staying at my friend?s house for New Years Eve and he has one of these systems. We were listening to music playing on it all night so I feel I have come familiar with it. It has 30 watts per channel RMS, a RDS radio a cassette deck, CD player and remote control. You can now buy these systems for around £180. The unit seems quite well built and looks good. However the whole point of a HIFI system is to reproduce music to high stands and sadly this system fails to do that. I am an audiophile I know quite a lot about different components required to make a good sounding system. I didn?t expect to find any of these components here, and from my knowledge they weren?t any. First of the volume control is digital and not analogue, analogue ones costs more as they require a motor for the remote control but they do sound better (remember the sound signal has to travel through this device). The second thing I noticed is that although you insert the CD on a tray like most HIFI separates, in operation it plays the CD vertically so you can see it spinning. However this method does not work well because you don?t have the gravity pushing down on it. Also as with all minis and micros the speaker wire is cheap door bell wire which is not at all suitable for delivering music signals to loudspeakers. That?s enough of the scientific theory, how does this unit sound? Well its not up to HIFI standards, but I have heard worse from systems at similar prices. The bass was very well controlled for a micro but it never really produced much depth but it I prefer that to some micros which produce a lot of fake and overblown bass. The treble was also quite well controlled, the details were not as good as it should have been but it was smooth and guitars could sound realistic. What really lets this system down though is the midrange, vocals tend to sound flat and lifeless and the whole sound just seems to lack energy which suggests Sony have been playing about wi
      th numbers to come up with 30w per channel. Overall it?s not great but its not nasty either. However I feel Sony could have made a better sounding system if they reduced the amount of gadgets and increased the quality of the power supply and volume pot (volume control) etc. If you have £200 to spend on a music system and size is not important then go down to Richer Sounds and buy yourself some separates, for the money they will by far outperform this sonically. I also feel that if this system is for a kids bedroom then a cheaper offering from Aiwa or Goodman?s will do the job just as well if not better. My sisters Sony Midi system from 1987 even puts it the shame. If you really need a mini system and are bothered by sound quality the Denon MC30 which costs £200 without speakers and Kef Cresta 1 speakers will sound much better than this.

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      • Marantz PM 6010 / Amplifier / 1 Reading / 7 Ratings
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        This is my first none budget amp. It has 50WPC and a dual mono no frills design. Marantz OSE models only have the most basic facilities you need for a product to function. The idea behind this is extra facilities which are in the signal path such as tone controls and effect the sound quality. Also by saving some money by not including these items Marantz has been able to use components not normally found in amps this price. It might seem odd then that Marantz have decided to use a normal frame transformer rather than a more desired torodial one. However the transfromer found in this amp is still a very high quality one and is probably better than some of the cheaper torodial ones found in budget kit from Cambridge Audio and Ariston. Input selection is done by a high quality switch rather than the usual Marantz method of using relays. This means that it will offer less signal loss but the input selection cannot be controlled by the amps remote control. This amp uses Elna capacitors which I am told are good quality and again usually found on more expensive amps. Perhaps the best thing about this amp in terms of audiophile design is the use of the dual mono design. This effectivly means that they are two seperate identical circuits for each channel. This minimises the effect of cross talk. So what does this amp sound like? Well it sounds like an audiophile commercial amp. By this I mean it offers a good balance between detail and smoothness. The great thing about this amp is that it can cope with all kinds of music well. Classical music has attomosphere and space around the instruments while dance music such as M Peoples "Movin On Up" is delivered with fast and thumping bass lines. The treble is good as well although it can get harsh with rough recordings. Sibiliances are very noticable on early Simon and Garfunkel and Bee Gees stuff. However a lot of more exepensive amps suffer from this problem even more. Musicaly the amp seems to st
        ay in control no matter how loud it goes, the bass guitar on Cold Plays "Yellow" sounds real and has good weight to it. Vocals are always very open and lifelike making this amp a musical star for the price. Verdict - You can now buy this amp for £150 (RRP £230) which makes it a very good amp. It first appeared on the market in 1999 and was considered amongst the best for £230 but the game has moved on a bit since then. For £150 though nothing can touch this amp its in a league of its own. It has 50WPC, a very good phonto stage and a remote control making this fine value on paper. Add the excellent sound quality and you have yourself a very good bargain. I would say this amp sounds like a typical £200 amp. Its certainly much better than the Marantz PM4200 and even the NAD 320. However newer amps from NAD and Rotel sound better but you will have to pay £200+ for them. Overall this is your first upgrade amp for my first amp money. Its the bargain of the moment.

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        • University of Salford / University / 4 Readings / 8 Ratings
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          After reading some negative reviews about this uni on Dooyoo I have decided to write my own opinion about it. I started the MIT course last month and so far I have found this university to be good. The building where I am based (Telford) looks like a dive on the outside but inside it is very modern and has some good facilities. The teaching quality so far seems good and the course as been very well organised. The campus is very big and green as it based around Peel Park. I have yet noticed any graffiti anywhere as some people on Dooyoo claim. There does seem to be a problem with car crime though as you see a lot of broken glass everywhere. The campus (Peel Park Campus) has some good facilities including discounted canteens, a very good library, free 24 hour open PC access, its own rail station and perhaps best of all its only 1 mile from Manchester city centre. This is in a rough area of Salford so you need to be wise to street robberies etc but this is a problem in all the student areas of Manchester. In the league tables for nearly all subjects Salford sits about 10 places above the Manchester Met, for computer science for example (Guardian league tables) Salford uni is ranked 69 while the Manchester Met is ranked 79. So if you are local as I am (from south Manchester) this university is a good choice as its better than the Met and easier to get into than Manchester University and UMIST. The UCAS points required for my course was 220 (curriculum 2000) but I?m not going to talk about my course here. If you live at home, then access to the university is fairly easy by public transport. There are plenty of buses from town to the uni and it also has its own train station on the Buxton to Blackpool line. I have to catch two buses to get there but is only about a 45 minutes journey. The car park is expensive so its probably not worth getting there by car. The university accommodation is amongst the cheapest in the country but personally I wo
          uld rather live in the student areas of Manchester if it where me (such as Fallowfeild, Chorlton and Didsbury) but you will pay more you will be safer they are plenty of pubs and bars in these places) I live in Chorlton which is about 4 miles away from the university. One of the problems I have heard about the accommodation is that you are forced to use one company for internet access which means you can?t use Broadband or any ummetered packages. Finally I know of a lot of successful people who have been to this university, my uncle being one, plus a lot of my school and college teachers went there. Also it is not as rough as people make it out to be, sure it is rough, and it has a high crime rate, but its no worse than places such as Longsight or Moss Side and its probably better than some parts of east Manchester. When my first semester is over I will write more about the university itself but I feel its to early to write anymore.

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            I haven?t studied at Bolton but I have been to their open day. I wanted to an Internet technology course but the open day was just a general computing one. We had to go round different rooms viewing the students work from different courses. Having been to an open day at Salford University I have to say I was not impressed with what a saw at Bolton. At Salford I saw students work which ranged from sights which looked at functioned better than Dooyoos and video clips which looked like they have been directed by Stephen Speilberg. At Bolton, I saw computer games which would have looked out of date on the C64, websites which looked like they were made by UMIST 10 years ago etc. Maybe the course might have been good I don?t know, but it only required 160 points to get in, while Salford required 220 points. I am going to Salford now as I got an 260 points. The buildings were also very old fashioned and out of date, and the facilities didn?t look much better either. The town of Bolton is nice if a little cold in climate, but it has a real northern atmosphere and its cheap. The night life won?t be as good as Manchester though, and it?s a 20 minute train ride away from the city. So if you want to go to a Manchester uni avoid Bolton. My final point, although Salford Uni isn?t as good as UMISIT or Cambridge, it is well known for a lot of good things, and so is the Manchester Met, so if you don?t get enough points to get in Salford or the met then I would suggest it would be better for your career to do an HND at a uni rather than a degree at a college. Bolton?s reputation is very low, and the Guardian says it the worst in the country for computer science. I can?t really say much else as I would be guessing but my advice stay clear unless you need a degree and can?t

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            • Philips SBC HP 090 / Headphones / 0 Readings / 6 Ratings
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              • "Slighltly bright sound"

              This product will be harder to review than most of the audio products I have reviewed because of the price. It only costs £5 therefore no matter how bad they are I can’t be too critical. I have a pair of £60 Sennheiser H495 as reference cans. But I also have some £5 in the ear Sony phones to make a direct comparison too. It won’t be at all fair to constantly compare these headphones to ones costing 10 times the cost! I bought these phones for use in public transport when I won’t feel safe wearing my Sennheisers. They cost around £15 in Dixons but I picked my pair up for just a fiver in Pound Stretcher. The are a large closed back design with not much support so they can become uncomfortable at times, they also stand out a little in the crowd. The lead is also short at 1m but its not really designed for proper HI-FI use, it designed to be used with portable CD players. That’s enough said about the actual physical design, I am now going to talk about the most important thing from any audio device no matter what the cost and that’s sound quality. From first impressions it impresses with its power and dynamics, the bass also surprisingly fast if not deep. The treble is comfortable though perhaps a little unrefined and not very detailed. The tonal balance is on the bright side though not overly bright but this may become a problem if used with bright electronics such as those typical from Kenwood or Pioneer. This means that they sound exciting but also unnatural even when used with my £700 HIFI separates you always get the impression that the sound is not real and its being played on a stereo which you shouldn’t do on any HIFI worth its salt. I am now going to compare them to similar priced Sony in the ear phones. With the Sony’s you get muffled bass, extremely sharp treble and extremely bright and unclear vocals. I also remember I pair of £6.50 Ross phones I had a few years ago and they sounded extre
              mely dull compared to the Philips. If you are a little confused I will try to explain the above in very plain English, if you want to pay less than £10 for your headphones then your unlikely to get better than these however if you have a decent HI-FI these headphones have too many faults in its tonal balance and vocals. You would be better off buying some slightly more expensive ones such as the £20 AKG 44’s. I only use these in occasions where my headphones might get stolen, at home I couldn’t live with them. To give a simple conclusion they are better than any other headphones costing £5-£10 but they are not worth Dixons selling price of £15. They will make a good buy if you want to replace those cheap in the ear headphones you get with your Walkman but that’s about it. I’ve got to be honest with you though the fact that your reading a review about headphones this cheap means that you won’t be bothered about audiophile quality, is that’s the case these make a good buy. Well done for Philips for making half-decent sound headphones for just £5!

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              • Red Hat 7 / Operating System / 0 Readings / 12 Ratings
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                03.02.2002 21:55
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                I decided to buy a copy of Red Hat Linux 7 as a part of my college course. It was very cheap costing just £18 including a big book. I have never even used Linux never mind installed it so I new it would be a difficult task. First of all I had to create a new partition, this was surprisingly difficult and I ended up having to delete an existing on with FDISK. Thankfully I had already back up everything before hand! When it finally installed I had to tell it exactly what hardware I had, this wasn’t to hard as I built the machine my self. I then had to select which desktop I wanted use I selected Gnome. I have used Linux a bit since I got it but I still haven’t been able to connect the internet or even install programs with it. Its supposed to be easy to use but it is no where near as easy to use as Windows 98 never mind XP. The system requirements are also quite high but it will run on modest 400Mhz system with 128MB RAM. The programs included with it are similar to what you get with windows such as a basic word processor. However most the program you can download free for Linux. I think Redhat is an achievement and I can see why its used in businesses as it never crashed but the average PC user its like starting all over again. I will learn how to use Linux but for the moment I can’t be bothered until it improves. The other problem is its not compatible with Windows.

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                  03.02.2002 21:37
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                  I have lived in Manchester all my life and I can happily say I think the city is great. The people who think it’s a dump have probably only been to parts of it, how can you say the Trafford centre is a dump? Ok some of the city is centre such as the Arndale is dive but they are going to be modernising it soon. The shambles near M+S is great and you could be anywhere in the world. The public transport is very good, I have to wait about 2 minutes for a bus to go into the city centre which ain’t bad. I admit some parts of manchester has poor transport but if you live in the main student areas such as Chorlton, Didsbury, Fallowfeild, Rusholme and Withington then you will have no problem. If you have never been then you probably won’t know that areas like Wheatherfeild don’t really exist and its mostly modern housing now. However I live in a small terrace and its worth £110K. In some areas such as Didsbury you can pay upto 250K just for a flat. To pubs can be expensive but there are loads of them especially in the student areas listed above. The Trafford centre has got to be the best shopping centre in Europe. And by the way it doesn’t rain in Manchester more than anywhere else in the NorthWest.

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                  • Sony WM-FX473 / Archive Electronic / 1 Reading / 8 Ratings
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                    03.02.2002 21:11
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                    I bought this Walkman for £25 a couple of months ago half price in the sale. I remember this Walkman costing around £65 only a few years ago. It features a digital non-RDS FM and MW tuner and a basic cassette player. The tuner has 20 pre-sets and the cassette player allows you to automatically play the other side without turning the tape over. It was supplied with cheap freebie in the ear headphones which to me sound absolutely awful, the bass is hard and booming with the bass boost on and it sounds to quite and polite without it. The vocals sound harsh and unnatural and the treble can be unbelievably harsh with the bass boost as this facility simply just artificially increases the frequencies at both ends of the scale. Fortunately though I have a pair of Sennheiser HD495 headphones which cost around £60 which I use with my HI-FI separates. With these phones with both the tuner and cassette the vocals sound natural if not entirely rich like it does on my Sony ST SE300 tuner. The guitars have a bit of crunch to them and the bass is perhaps a little weak but it never gets out of control. However if you use the bass boost then the bass goes all over the place, the vocals start screaming and the treble is harsh but the tonal balance is good without the boost on. One of the major problems with the sound quality is it lacks detail but what do you expect from a £40 Walkman? I am comparing it to a £700 HI-FI! In conclusion it sounds very good with more expensive headphones but awful with the supplied ones. The bass boost (like most similar products) useless and only designed to be used with the freebie phones. It easy to use and the digitally operated tuner is a bonus.

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