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      12.07.2010 21:28
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      Buy it if you cannot afford a PS3

      Obviously with the release of the PS3, most people want to sell a PS2 rather than buy one. That said, I still keep it for 2 reasons.

      1. It's an effective DVD player: it plays DVD's like any DVD player, hence saving me money on buying another DVD player.

      2. The PS3 is unable to play PS2 games (well mine doesn't anyway): whenever a PS3 game is also released for the PS2 (such as WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2010), I tend to get the PS2 version because it's cheaper.

      The slim version is better than the full sized version because it's obviously smaller, and it makes less noise, but still has the same capabilities as the normal PS2.

      The ever popular controller is very easy and simple to use, although I recommend just getting the official controller to prevent any problems that can sometimes occur.

      Even though there is now a PS3, there a still a lot of new PS2 releases (for example, FIFA 11 is going to be released for the PS2 in October), so the console is still not fully obsolete as of yet.

      That said, I would recommend buying a PS3 because it's much better, but if you cannot afford one, then a PS2 is also worth getting if you haven't bought one already.

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      12.07.2010 15:08
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      Buy it - you won't regret it!

      I was very surprised as to how good this game was. Having got Liberty City Stories before this, I wasn't expecting much, because there wasn't much new on Liberty City Stories. Oh how wrong I was!

      Firstly, the graphics were really good, even better than other GTA games for the PS2, although this led to slight lagness in places, and sometimes I had to wait for a minute halfway through a mission with a pink "loading" sign in the middle.

      The missions are similar to previous GTA games, but some take a lot longer than others, and some are a lot harder, and it's good to have varied difficulty like GTA offers.

      Moreover, when you are not doing missions, new to the GTA series is a feature where you build a business empire, ranging from Money Laundering to Loan Sharking. There are 6 businesses to choose from, and everyday you get money from your businesses regardless if you do the business' missions or not.

      Moreover you're also able to rob shops (something you couldn't do in Liberty City Stories), and you can ride motorbikes and helicopters/planes.

      This definitely warrants an 18 rating, because the storylines are very mature in places, but it is a very good and entertaining (although very unrealistic) storyline nevertheless.

      Having got this for £2.50 from a second-hand video shop, it was definitely worth the money; even the current £12.99 price at amazon.co.uk is a very price, and I definitely recommend buying this.

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    • Panasonic GD 67 / Mobile Phone / 7 Readings / 6 Ratings
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      12.07.2010 14:51
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      Don't bother buying it unless you can get it at a very low price.

      This is the first phone that I ever bought, and I'm not sure that it's even available. That said my mum uses it now, and she doesn't want to change it, because it has the basic features that she wants (basically SMS and call option).

      However, I got bored of this phone after a month, and was very glad to give it away. Firstly, there's only 2 games called "Atom" and "Kimung", which aren't too bad, but very easy and quick to complete. Moreover, there's no way of adding any more games to the phone, so in terms of gaming, it is very poor.

      Moreover, there isn't any way of adding anything extra to your phone, because there's no USB connection, and the WAP connection isn't good enough to download anything else.

      That said, there are some positive features. The phone only cost £60, which at that time, was extremely cheap for a full colour screen phone. As well as that, it also looks very stylish, and you're able to change the back cover of the phone with various covers included with the phone.

      As well as that, recharge time only took an hour, which is also very fast, and the speaker quality is very good, hence the reason why my mum still doesn't mind using the phone.

      There is also a tone maker on the phone which is good at first, but you can only make monophonic ringtones, so if you do make a ringtone from it, it sounds like a phone from the 1990s.

      Overall, there aren't a lot of features, and whilst it does look good, I wouldn't bother getting this unless you are able to for under £10.

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        12.07.2010 14:37
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        Worth the price if you want to use it for basic activities.

        I bought this microphone for £6.99 at amazon.co.uk, and this is pretty decent microphone for that price, but the reason I bought it was to replace my previous microphone, which only cost £3, therefore I expected slightly better quality.

        That said it wasn't much of an improvement. Whilst it is pretty clear, there is still a lot of background noise, although one of the features was "Noise-canceling microphone filters out unwanted background noise", which is not true.

        That said it was very easy to install, as you just have to slot it into a USB port, although I've learned that you need to put it in same USB port every time, otherwise the PC assumes you're using it for the 1st time, and tries to install the drivers again, which is time-consuming.

        Moreover, it is very good for live chat, whether on Skype or Windows Messenger, and my friends say that the microphone quality is much improved.

        However, if you want to use it to record talk shows, or even over music, then this microphone is unfortunately not for you.

        Overall, a good cheap microphone that is worth the £6.99, but only to be used for basic activities such as live chatting or recording for home use.

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        11.07.2010 15:30
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        Buy it if you like action figures from the WWE.

        I bought this because I knew it was a limited edition WWE action set for £25 at wweshop.com (+£2.50 P&P), which is fairly expensive for a pair of action figures, but worth getting because there weren't many made.

        One thing about both the figures is how realistic they look compared with the real wrestlers, something which I couldn't say before. For example, Umaga's face paint is very similar to the real life wrestler, likewise his tattoos on his arms and back, and Jeff Hardy's ring attire is very similar to his normal ring attire. However, they both seem to be the same height, although in real life this is not true, as Jeff Hardy is slightly taller. That said, they've done the actual body physique perfectly.

        I didn't really see the point of them including the chair because it is rather flimsy and neither wresting figure can sit on it. However, the belt looks really cool, and whilst it fits around Jeff Hardy's waist perfectly, it doesn't on Umaga's unless you force it.

        Having had this for over a year now, I'm still very impressed that there hasn't been any damage to any of the equipment (except for a slight dent on the chair but I don't really use it much anyway), and I feel that it was definitely worth the £25 I spent.

        Overall, if you have a soft spot for wrestling action figures like me, I would recommend buying it (unless it was truly limited, and they no longer sell it!).

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      • Immersion - Pendulum / Music Album / 5 Readings / 4 Ratings
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        09.07.2010 14:03
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        If you like Pendulum, then buy this album.

        A lot of people were very disappointed by "In Silico", although personally I thought it was a better album than "Hold Your Colour", but only because the tracks were all consistently good. Having realised that "Immersion" is back to their Drum & Bass roots, I wasn't sure if it would be as good.

        1. "Genesis"

        This is an introduction track, not dissimilar to the intro from their first album. Can't really say much about it, because it's an intro to the next track.

        2. "Salt in the Wounds"

        Ok, so after listening to this, I realised that they have gone back to their old roots, yet they've incorporated some new elements to it. The track sounds very similar to "Slam", although halfway through they added some Dubstep beat to the track, something which I was surprised about. Good track though, nevertheless.


        3. "Watercolour"

        The lead single from the album, which is very radio-friendly, and is a "grower".

        4. "Set Me on Fire"

        A full on dubstep track, which may be seen as boring by some, but it is really good, because it's very chilling, and it's good to see Pendulum experimenting.

        5. "Crush"
        This sounds like the "Drum & Bass" version of Propane Nightmares, and I can definitely picture this as a single. One of the stronger tracks on the album.

        6. "Under the Waves"

        The start makes you think this is going to be quite a chillin track, but I was very wrong, because the bassline kicks in after a few minutes, making the track more upbeat.
        7. "Immunize" (feat. Liam Howlett)

        This track isn't that great, and it feels more like a filler for some reason. That said, it is ok to listen to.

        8. "The Island - Pt. I (Dawn)"

        This has a lot of unstructured beats, which I'm sure Pendulum would not have done in their early days, that said, it is a good track

        9. "The Island - Pt. II (Dusk)"

        This is exactly the same as Part I, but slower.

        10. "Comprachicos"

        Odd track, because the beginning sounds shockingly bad, but then it kicks in halfway through with a strong guitar riff. That said, it is probably the weakest song on the album.

        11. "The Vulture"

        This features the MC Ben Mount who usually does the live shows; that said he isn't featured much, and his voice is drowned out my the loud synths, which will sound very good in clubs.

        12. "Witchcraft"

        This is an excellent song, which features synths, and guitars. Love it, and is worthy of a single.

        13. "Self vs Self" (feat. In Flames)

        This is pure Metal. Something which I thought I'd never say about Pendulum. It's all guitars and screamings, no dance/drum and bass element to it. That said, I know many will hate this song, but I love it, it's fresh, different and that's what I like to hear.

        14. "The Fountain" (feat. Steven Wilson)

        This is the best song on the album. The drum & bass element, with the different vocals (usually Rob Swire, but this time Steven Wilson), and the piano, makes this sound like a song anyone could like, because it's not too dancy, but it's not too ballady either. An excellent song.

        15. "Encoder"

        This is basically a dancier version of "the tempest"; that said "The Tempest" was a much better song, and a slightly disappointing way to finish the album.

        Weirdly, I would say this album sounds more rockier that "In Silico", but it definitely sounds a lot more like their 1st album. Not sure if it's the best out of the 3, but it is definitely worthy of 5 stars, and worth buying.

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        09.07.2010 13:45

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        If you don't want to spend too much on an MP3 player, buy this.

        The main reasons I bought this were because it was fairly cheap for a 4GB MP3 player, and the small size of the player.

        So, let's start with the size. 4GB is just about good enough of me, although I can only put the very best of my music collection on, but, on the whole, 4GB is more than enough for my needs.

        I also bought this for £30; which I thought was moderately cheap, especially for 4GB, so I wasn't expecting anything special from this MP3 Player.

        The headphones were of very good quality, although they did break after 4 months of using them, which was slightly disappointing and I'm not sure whether it was my fault or the headphones.

        Unlike some MP3 players, it is compatible with WAV and WMA files, but for most people this doesn't really matter.

        There is also a voice recorder, but the quality is quite poor, so there wasn't really any point of adding this.

        Moreover, when browsing through your music, the current song you are listening to stops, which is very frustrating.

        However, I like the fact that you are able to charge the player through your computer because it does save energy, and plug sockets.

        Overall, it isn't the best MP3 player out there, but for £30, because of the 4gb capacity, it is just about worth it.

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      • Sony PS3 Bluetooth Headset / Headset / 7 Readings / 5 Ratings
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        04.07.2010 17:12
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        Whilst this product is expensive, I still recommend buying it.

        I tend to buy official PS3 products, even though they're more expensive, because I can be certain that they will be of high. Suffice to say, I was not wrong with this product. Having bought this for £25, this was by no means cheap, but I knew I would have few problems with the product.

        In terms of appearance, it looks very nice indeed, and the Playstation is perfectly logo, so you know that it's an official Playstation product.

        As well the that, installation was very easy, because the PS3 automatically picked up the bluetooth connection whenever the headset is switched on, and I never get disconnected halfway through a game. Again, another reason why I only buy officaial PS3 products.

        The only time I ever use this for online gaming (although it also compatible with other bluetooth products, such as a mobile phone) and the 1st time I used this, I was very impressed with the sound quality. I could hear what other people were saying online with perfect quality, and never any static. I was truly impressed.

        Moreover, battery life is very good; I only need to charge the headset once a week, and this is playing on my PS3 for a couple of hours a day.

        Overall, I recommend this, because even though it is fairly expensive compared with other headsets, it is of the high quality that you would expect.

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      • Cookworks Jug Kettle / Kettle / 8 Readings / 8 Ratings
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        04.07.2010 12:32
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        A cheap, easy to use kettle, which is worth the money.

        Having bought this kettle for £10 at Argos, I felt this was very cheap, although I was expecting nothing special from it. I was right on both counts.

        The appearance is nothing special, although it does have a nice stainless steel finish which does look better than plastic kettles. However, because it is all stainless steel and no plastic that is on some kettles, this increases the risk of burning your hands, something which I have done many times when I am not careful.

        A trick I have learned is to add as little as water as possible to save electricity when boiling the water. However when I occasionally add more water, I've noticed that when pouring the water, some water spills out from the top as well as the spout, although this can be fixed when you hold the lid, but does feel uncomfortable.

        In terms of boiling time, it's relatively slow, usually taking 3 minutes to boil water when on full capacity, but for a kettle so cheap, this was widely expected. Moreover, having had this kettle for 4 years now, the "Automatic Switch Off" no longer works, which is why I now need to consider a new kettle, although I am very surprised that for a kettle so cheap, it actually lasted this long.

        Overall, a kettle that is worth the price; just don't expect anything special from it.

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        • Samsung SGH-F480 / Mobile Phone / 4 Readings / 4 Ratings
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          30.06.2010 12:32
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          Good phone with good features, but be wary of reliability.

          I've had this phone for over a year now, and it is a very decent phone, and considering it came free with my £15 a month contract with Orange, I can't really have too many complaints about it.

          Let's start off with the camera. It has flash meaning that good quality photos can be taken at night as well, and at 5 mega pixels, the quality is really good for a phone. The video camera could have been improved, but I rarely use it for that.

          The phone itself is touchscreen and I haven't had any problems with this, every button I press works, and there is no problem with the phone being touch screen.

          To me, this should seem like a phone that ought to have wifi capabilities, but it doesn't for whatever reason, so the £169.99 price tag on amazon seems a bit too expensive for my liking.

          There is also an Micro SD slot which is useful, although I did not get a micro SD card with it, but I bought a 1gb one which is more than enough for my needs.

          However, the one disappointment is that very recently the speaker on my phone doesn't seem to work from time to time, meaning that occasionally I cannot hear what the person on the other end is saying; this is thoroughly disappointing because this has never happened before, and that has only happened very recently, and orange say that I must wait until the end of contract before I can get a new phone.

          However, overall, I would recommend it, but perhaps not for the £169.99 price on amazon.

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        • Advent 7105 / Laptop / 13 Readings / 13 Ratings
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          28.06.2010 20:49
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          If it wasn't for the BSOD, then I would have recommended buying this.

          I bought this laptop 4 years ago mainly for school work, and occasional gaming, and it was very good in both aspects.

          The hard drive is 60gb which was more than enough for what I was using it for, but I doubt it will be enough for anyone who wants to use it more like a gaming laptop than a work laptop.

          1 GB RAM is more than enough considering the fact that the operating system is Windows XP, and the laptop was fast in terms of loading time.

          The appearance itself is also very nice, although, personally, I'm more concerned about the system features rather than general appearance.

          The graphics car is an ATI Radeon 9200 which was more than capable enough for running all games, although I noticed that there was a lot of lag for games that needed a higher proportion of the gaming card.

          This laptop was also able to burn DVD's something which not all laptops were able to do at the time, and was also another reason why I bought it.

          So, so far I seemed to be very happy with this laptop, having bought it at £299.99, it was definitely worth the price.

          But what went wrong?

          The battery life was only about an hour, and a few months later, the battery stopped working completely. If you wanted to buy a replacement, it would cost £60, so I decided not to buy another one, so I just use the AC Adapter all the time, which isn't really the big the problem.

          The big problem was the fact that every few months, I would get a Blue Screen Of Death message for some reason, and have to reboot my laptop, erasing everything I had on it. At first I thought I may have keep gotten the same virus, so I didn't use the internet on this laptop anymore, then a few months later the same thing happened again, and I was forced to buy an external hard drive to back up all my work.

          Unfortunately, this does lower my opinion of the laptop considerably, therefore I recommend you not purchasing this laptop, which would have been perfect if it wasn't for the frequent Blue Screen Of Death messages.

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          • Vax V-124A Dual V / Vacuum Cleaner / 9 Readings / 9 Ratings
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            27.06.2010 18:26
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            Excellent carpet cleaner.

            Having always gotten cleaners to clean my carpets, I decided to try it myself buy buying this. I was able to get it from Currys for £199.99, so slightly cheaper than the prices shown here.

            To my nativity, I was expecting the cleaner to be set-up straight away and ready to be used. I didn't realise, however, that you install it yourself, and due to the sheer size of the cleaner, this took quite a long time indeed - about an hour at the least.

            The cleaning element itself is pretty simple, as all you have to do is add a cleaner liquid (given with the cleaner) and then push a button at the top, and start cleaning the carpet like you would with a vacuum - if you still don't understand, the instructions are very clear in the leaflet.

            So, did it live up to my expectations? Certainly. The difference it made on my carpet was remarkable and all the dirt, and little bits that can't be removed by a normal vacuum got removed with ease. In fact, the booklet recommends you to rinse the carpet after, but it did such a splendid job with the wash alone, I didn't need to have done it.

            I've used it twice now for the carpet in my living room, at a time span of 6 months, and each time, I have noticed the difference in my carpet's appearance.

            So, are there any downfalls? I guess the price is fairly high, and it is very heavy to carry upstairs and down, but apart from that (after installation), I wouldn't say there are to be honest.

            Overall, I recommend you buying this if you want to give your carpets a fresher appeal.

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            27.06.2010 15:52
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            A very good game that you must get,

            Many people may be put of by this game, due to it's violent nature, high sexual content and use of drugs. However, if you realise that it's only a game, then there is no need to be bothered about it.

            Having got this game as a gift, I was really excited to play it, but I was afraid that it wasn't going to work on my laptop. However, I was wrong and it gave 6 months of sheer enjoyment!

            What can you do?

            Firstly, there is a very long and interesting storyline where you are a character called Carl Johnson, and he is basically a thug like character growing up in a place called Los Santos. One thing about the game that I dislike is that all the characters are far too stereotypical ranging from rappers that have to took "ghetto" to druggies constantly high on pot.

            What makes the game even better is that you can do so many things when you are not doing a mission or following the storyline. You can do pretty much anything. You can buy clothes, lift weights, swim, do ambulance, police, fire trucks, or taxi missions, deliver gas to petrol shops, take over certain districts, get a girlfriend, and that's just to name a few!

            Therefore, I would have to say the gameplay is superb, and it is very hard to get bored of playing it.

            However there are some downfalls. The 18 certificate is definitely justified and sometimes I feel that there is bit too much swearing at times, and random nudity for no good reason. I guess they're trying to make as over the top as they can, but I never really liked it to be honest.

            That said, I would still recommend it to anyone 18 or over, and it is a very long, yet addictive, game to play.

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          • Panasonic KX TGA807EXS / Telephone / 11 Readings / 10 Ratings
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            This is a good phone, but be wary that the phone's lifetime may be shorter than expected.

            Ok, so the one I bought was a twin version of this, at a reasonable price of £39.99.

            Having got 2 phones at a very nice price indeed, I wasn't too sure how good the quality would be. However, I was pleasantly surprised that the sound quality on this phone is perfect.

            Features:

            Address book - Caution! Do not use if you don't want any interference with your phone. I say this because I added my dad's mobile number to the address book, and whenever I select his number from the address book, the phone seems to cut off. Whilst I thought this may have been a temporary case, this was not the case, because the same thing happened again when I tried my mum's mobile. A feature that shouldn't be used.

            LED Colour Screen: A fairly small screen, but has 7 preset backgrounds which you can choose from. I guess it gives the phone a more "mobile phone" feel, but I couldn't care less about it.

            Caller ID: A very useful feature if you want to know who's calling you before you pick up the phone. That said, you do need to ask you phone provider to turn this feature on (which is usually free), otherwise it will not happen.

            Answerphone: The answerphone is ok, except that when you've listened to the most recent message, you have to start all the way from the first message you've received in order to listen to your newest message again.

            In terms of installation, it only took 5 minutes to set up both the phones, and charging time took approximately 8 hours.

            The downfall is that, the rechargeable batteries on one of my phones has ran out, but not on the other phone for some reason. That said, when I replaced the batteries with new rechargeable ones, they didn't seem to recharge, and ran out on the first go. I don't know if this is a problem with the batteries or with the handset, and now I'm unsure whether to buy another phone (and this phone has only last a year), or try again with new rechargeable batteries.

            Overall, I would have recommended it, but because one of my handsets no longer works only a year after purchase, I may advise you to proceed buying it with caution.

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            26.06.2010 14:45
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            Complete disappoinment, do not buy.

            I bought this game because I loved all the previous Harry Potter games in the series, likewise my sister. I was expecting so much from this game because the previous installment was a great action adventure with so many different activities ranging from talking to gargoyles and filling up courtyards with swamps.

            At first, I was loving The Half-Blood Prince. Great graphics, and it was good to see the movie cast speaking as the in-game characters.

            However, after half an hour later, I started to realise how repetitive the game was getting. In essence, there was only 3 mini-games you were able to do: Potion-making, Duelling and Quidditch.

            Now don't get me wrong, at first I enjoyed playing them 3 mini-games at first, but when I had to it again... and again... and again... and again... (and no I'm not exaggerating!), it started to get really boring and repetitive.

            Another disappointment was the game time itself. I managed to complete the game in 3 days, and that was playing about an hour a day, which was by far the smallest game playing time out the 6 games in the series.

            However, the reason I gave it 2 stars and not 1 is because it kept my sister thoroughly entertained when I was playing it, so at least one person in the household was happy about the game.

            This game is a serious mis-justice to the Harry Potter video-game series, and must be avoided at all costs.

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