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This hotel was done up thanks to the IRA... and is a listed building but thats the trouble. It is built around a massive staircase that no modern hotel would need. Impressive but this hotel is simply dated and stuck in the past. The big satir case means there is lots of wasted sapce hence the infalted prices as it does not have enough rooms per sq foot.
The rooms are dated and look 1990's now... which is 20 years old! The decor needs updating.
The pool is too small to do any swimming and the Gym just a small room with rubbish equipment.
the foosd was good however I was o a course and ate over 3 days and this was highlight. I found the staff fine.
But this is the Grand and because it takes up the front and is a landmarkyou as naother reviewer has said already expected a lot more......
I was given this brick by work and as lost my phone now use it as a phone, and to get my emails in the building, keep my diary etc... It is however a totally pain in the b******s this is because it is difficult to use and too big in my pocket. Or anyones pocket.
It is packed full of features but frankly all underperform. Bluetooth - well yes its there but what do I want to do with this send pictures?? GPS? It is so slow I can read a map quicker than it finds my location. An integrated keyboard? Good if you have tiny fingers I use on the screen keyboard but even the predictive text is annoying as it learns your spelling errors. As there is no message to say save this new word Why? It's an MP3 player and camera. But the camera on mine is 1.3 mega pixles - so is rubbish and it's too big to use as an on the move music player.
Frankly is does everything but badly... looking at websites is awful as they lose all functionality in windows mobile after the age they take to load becuase they are changed to a rubbish PDA limited format. Word etc... for notes is just annoying it's easier to keep a note pad.
then there is the cradle on your desk... you need one for home too and you have to take the think to hotels too. Cables, cables.
I love technology but I can't wait till we are issued with our crackberries over this half way house load of rubbish.
I got my laptop through work and work in a chlleging environment and have bought over 100 of these laptops. I've been able to get them for £500 now and find them very robust even when used by children.
The tech =
2 Ghz processor 1024mb RAM, 4 x Universal Serial Bus inputs, SD card slot and bluetooth.
It has a finger print sensor which if you company uses a biostore can be linked to use. Entry and meals etc... work the same way so I like this. No one loses their finger.
On the laptop there are light buttons for wireless and sound. these are a little annoying as you can turn them off by accident. But becuase they are lit you can see you mistakes.
Bluetooth - This computer has a bluetooth driver built-in which allows you to send and recieve files and add devices. This works well
At the bottom of the laptop is a docking point so you can lock the laptop and use a proper monitor.
Mine came blank so the software factory loaded I can't comment on but mine has no problems in this regard... I'm trailing Windows 7 and works fine. so it's future proof.
I would recommend this computer it's served me well. the only problem that users in my company have had is keys falling off. This means a £25 new keyboard... If you buy a second hand one get one of these as it will go eventually.
My keyboard however is intact - although you can't read some of the keys as I use it so much.
Bought this vac because I have laminate floors and it was less than £50.
The write up in Argos seem to indicate it was specially suited to this. I was sucked in by the fact it was cheap.
My wife also wanted something light so thought it would be good. However it is a toy vacumn. I mean that literally.
The lead is so short you can not vacumn a sizable room or do the stairs. The hose is so short as you vac the floor the vac is pulled over usually on your head. So as you go under the sofa you have to lie the vac on the floor.
Inside the top of the dust collection area there is a filter this clogs very quickly and suction is lost. The instructions seem to indicate that this should be washed after every use!
The collection pot for dust is so small it's full in minutes. the vac also has no brushes so misses lots of dirt.
It is actually less effective than a dust pan and brush on wooden floors.
Do not buy.
HP's Genuine printer cartidges betther quailty and more prints. Not just a gimmick. These come shrink wrapped so you are sure that none of the ink has dryed up. The distiniction between colour is good for a clour cartridge. However it is clear that some colours run out faster than others.
A bit like fairy liquid although you can buy other cartidges for your printer they do not last as long and are therefore a false economy. I have found that refilled or non-genuine cartidges do not last as long and in one insatnce did not fit well into the printer causing print jams as the process of taking the cartidge apart to refill it means it is not always top quality. The prints produced on photo paper and cartidge were sharp and easy to read. There was no smears and print quilty reamined consistent colur was clear until the cartidge reached its warning level indicated on screen.
HP's Genuine printer cartidges betther quilty and more prints. Not just a gimmick. These come shrink wrapped so you are sure that none of the ink has dryed up. A bit like fairy liquid although you can buy other cartidges for your printer they do not last as long and are therefore a false economy. I have found that refilled or non-genuine cartidges do not last as long and in one insatnce did not fit well into the printer causing print jams as the process of taking the cartidge apart to refill it means it is not always top quality. The prints produced on photo paper and cartidge were sharp and easy to read. There was no smears and print quilty reamined consistent until the cartidge reached its warning level indicatecd on screen. I took this as indication that the cartidge allowed ink flow until the end of cartridge. this is ofte not the case with cheaper refills.
This slim toaster fits on the kitchen top easily. It has an easy dial to change the degree to which your toast is taosted. Strangely this goes so high it burns the toast so you have to spend some time finding the correct setting. I have written this down on a pad as it needs to be changed for items with fruit baked in them. The toaster accomadates bread, rolls and buns. however I like freshly baked bread and these slices were two tall for the toaster slot which needs to be a little deeper.
It is easy to clean the toaster removing the crumb tray from the bottom. If this is not done regularly you will get a burning smell.
the down side is that the stain less steel finish quickly becomes marked. this spoils the look of the toaster quickly. I have not found an easy way of cleaning and polishing it. However all in all it does the job is a reasonable price and as long as the kids don't put their paws on it gleams on the kitchen side.
This a good Vac coming in a lot cheaper than a Dyson. however there is more filter parts to clean and keep replaced. This makes it although cheaper less robust for cleaning - A dyson would suck up anything this is a carpet cleaner. If you don't have kids who make strange and enornmous mess and your not doing up your home so have DIY dirt... it is perfectly servicable for you.
the Vac comes with a good set of tools for reaching difficult or delicate places in the home. It is easy to empty and the flex is plenty long enough. It is however a little heavy for lift up the stairs if you are old. However this is not a problem for me. It is very quite compared to my previous dyson and in these times of saving coming in at £100 plus less is worth a punt.