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      30.08.2014 13:43
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      Advantages

      • "Plenty of apps / games available"
      • "Expandable memory"
      • "Easy to use"

      Disadvantages

      • "Memory card slot exposed"

      Cheap and friendly tablet

      After I returned from my holiday I had decided to buy an android tablet so that I could play better games on it than my Blackberry Playbook could so started looking around for different options, I set myself a budget of £100 - £150 and eventually came across the Asus Memo Pad 7 on the Tesco Direct website for £99, having read the reviews for this product I decided to order it for collection the following working day.

      When I collected the Memo Pad from Tesco I was surprised at the size of the box, it was about as wide as a DVD case (13.5cm), 20cm tall and the depth is just under 5cm. Once I got home I immediately set about un-boxing the tablet and getting the first time set up out of the way.

      The tablet already had some charge so I could immediately switch the device on by holding the power button for a second or two, I took the charger out of the box and plugged the supplied usb cable into it, I then plugged it into the mains and my tablet.

      The first time set up didn’t take as long as expected, I would say around 5 minutes including date and time, WiFi and adding my Google account.

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      The touch screen on this tablet is very responsive and allows me to open and close apps and switch between menus without having to press hard on the screen, the on screen keyboard is also large enough to be used whether you have the tablet in portrait mode or landscape mode, the buttons are big enough to press without accidentally pressing the wrong key or pressing multiple keys at once.

      This tablet has two cameras, on the back is a 5 megapixel camera which I haven’t had the chance to use properly yet but have taken a few photos which turn out well when put onto a larger screen, the front facing camera is only 1.2 megapixels although I haven’t taken any pictures with this one as I’m not really a selfie person.

      The video recorder is of very good quality and records up to 1080p HD video, I haven’t recorded many videos on it yet but have recorded a few things to test it and found that the quality is really good when transferred to a computer, the sound quality is also excellent as you can clearly hear everything going within the video.

      To connect the tablet to a PC you need a micro usb cable (which is included in the box), connecting it to the PC allows you to easily transfer files to and from the device, you could also re organise files while connected to the PC. As the tablet has a Micro SD card slot this means you can insert a Micro SD card with a size of up to 64gb, the tablet also has 16gb of internal flash storage so you may not need a memory card straight away.

      Bluetooth is also an option on this tablet allowing you to wirelessly transfer photos and videos to compatible devices, although Bluetooth is slow so ideally would only want to transfer a photo or small sound file otherwise you will be waiting forever for them to transfer.

      As I mentioned earlier the tablet has WiFi built in allowing you to connect to your local wireless network or even a wireless hotspot, this would be handy if you’re on holiday and want to look up the weather forecast or view the news etc.
      Also mentioned earlier the tablet has 16gb of flash memory built in, I believe it takes around 3gb of this for system data (e.g. operating system etc), even with this space taken up I still have around 12gb of storage space left over for apps, photos, videos etc, the tablet also has a Micro SD card slot built in meaning you can expand the storage by up to 64gb, I installed a 32gb card in mine as I don’t think I’d use all that space in a hurry.

      The tablet has a 7 inch screen and is big enough to watch videos on while traveling and allows a good range of video formats to be played, I haven’t put any videos on it yet but I know it supports MP4 which is the format a lot of videos have when downloaded from the internet, it doesn’t support MKV though which would mean converting any videos in this format to MP4.

      As you can browse the internet on this tablet you can also watch videos on sites such as YouTube in excellent quality, I watched a video with a resolution of 720p and could see it as clearly as if I was watching it on a HD TV.

      I haven’t fully tested the battery life yet as I don’t use it that often but I have had the tablet for about 3 weeks and have only had to charge it once or twice so far, you should easily be able to watch at least two films on it maybe even more depending on the length of the movie, as it as a micro usb slot you could easily plug it into a compatible socket such as a laptop or usb charger.

      As an android tablet you have access to the Google play store allowing you to download lots of free apps such as Temple Run or paid apps such as Grand Theft Auto (I believe I paid £2.99 for Grand Theft Auto 3 which I thought was pretty good for something I might play occasionally).

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      The only issue I have with this tablet is that the Micro SD card slot is located on the outside of the tablet itself and isn't protected, I countered this by getting a case for mine from Amazon which cost me around £12 and allows me to stand the tablet up.

      --- Overall ---

      I paid £99 for this tablet and have really enjoyed using it so far, I would have happily paid up to £150 for it too and will be giving it 5 DooYoo stars

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    • LG E2211S-BN / LCD Monitor / 124 Readings / 121 Ratings
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      02.09.2013 13:42
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      Advantages

      • Reliability

      Disadvantages

      Handy PC monitor for viewing videos and photos

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      When I bought this product
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      Shortly before Christmas 2011 I decided I wanted a new monitor for my PC so started looking on the Argos website and eventually decided on the LG Flatron E2211 which I think was selling for £100 - £120 at the time, unfortunately Argos no longer sell but it is available from Amazon around the £130 mark.

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      My Experience / Features
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      After I opened the box and removed the contents which included the Monitor, base stand, VGA cable (D-SUB) and the instruction manuals I decided I would fit the stand first which is done by lifting the monitor and aligning the base of the monitor with the hole at the top of the stand and push the stand and monitor together until it clicks into place (it is secure once you hear this click).

      The next thing I did was place it on my desk and connect it to the computer by connecting the VGA cable into the VGA port on the back of the monitor, although it's labelled D-SUB on the back of this monitor, and to connect the to the mains you need a standard three pin kettle lead which should be included with the monitor, once the monitor is switched on and has a signal to the computer it should detect the monitor almost straight away and auto adjust itself (this can be done manually by pressing the menu button which is the first button from the left of the power button and then pressing the third button from the left of the power button).

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      Connections
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      As I mentioned above this monitor only has a D-SUB (VGA) port which may be limiting to some as most modern graphics card feature a HDMI port, although this doesn't really bother me too much as I've always connected my monitors with the standard VGA cable.

      It also has the socket for the standard three pin power cable that is also used to connect the computer to the mains as I also mentioned in the previous section.

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      Menu Options
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      To access the menu, or monitor setup as it's displayed on the screen you start by pressing the first button to the left of the power button (I've also just found out you can press any of the buttons to bring up the menu), this will bring up a small rectangle box at the bottom right hand corner of the screen, the menu options also line up with the corresponding buttons.

      The first button on the left is the "Menu" option, pressing the button below this option will allow you quickly adjust the brightness, colour temp and the preset options to your liking, while adjusting these options the buttons act as (from left to right) the back (to return to the previous menu), left and right (to raise or lower the brightness) and down (to move between the item to adjust).

      The second button from the left accesses the "Super Energy Saving" feature, once on this menu the buttons again act as the back, left and right options which allow you to turn this feature on, off or to reset the data shown.

      The third button from the left access the auto adjust feature, all this does is re-align the display when ever it may be necessary although I don't use this feature that often.

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      Wall Mounting
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      On the back of the monitor are the standard VESA wall mounting screw holes (measuring 100 x100mm which would allow you to fit a wall bracket and mount the monitor to the wall, as the connections are on the bottom of the monitor you could easily have a flat bracket that sits flush against the wall, although the stand would need to be removed in this case which can be done by pushing in the button on the back of the monitor (it's labelled "Push") and separate the stand from the monitor.

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      *This monitor is a decent size (21.5") allowing you to view photos and videos at a decent resolution (up to a maximum of 1920 x 1080 in landscape mode, or 1080 x 1920 in portrait mode.

      *The monitor is also very light and doesn't take up too much space even with the stand fitted to the monitor, and would take up even less space if wall mounted

      *As this monitor features a VGA port it can also be used to connect to an Xbox 360, although it doesn't have built in speakers so you would have to use a separate sound source

      *As I mentioned in the wall mounting section the stand is easily removable so would be very easy to wall mount as the connections are at the bottom of the monitor so wouldn't stick out of the back like some TVs do.

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      Disadvantages
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      *As I mentioned earlier this monitor only features VGA (D-SUB) as a video connection option which may be limiting to people who use DVI or HDMI.

      *The light around the power button can be fairly bright when the monitor is in standby mode as it constantly flashes white, I normally get around this by switching off the monitor when I switch the computer off.

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      Despite the disadvantages mentioned above this is a very good PC monitor and isn't too expensive, it is a decent size that will allow viewing of photos and videos and could also double as a monitor for an Xbox or even a laptop with a compatible VGA port, I will be giving this 4 DooYoo stars due to the disadvantages I mentioned above

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      • Nokia Lumia 520 / Smartphone / 89 Readings / 86 Ratings
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        30.08.2013 22:02
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        Really good phone so far

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        When I bought this phone
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        Around the end of July of this year my previous phone was really starting to annoy me (crashing, freezing etc) so I started looking at the choices available on the internet, in the end I found this phone on the Carphone Warehouse website for £110 + a £10 top up, although I got it for £80 as I had a T-Mobile SIM that allowed me to upgrade and keep my existing SIM and phone number, this is handy as I didn't fancy changing my number.

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        My Experience / Features
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        I ordered this phone around 6pm and received it the following day around 11am (I didn't expect it to be delivered until the following day), the box to the phone was smaller than I expected at around the size of the phone and deep enough to hold all the contents included with the phone.

        Inside the box was the phone which was the first thing you take out of the box as it's at the top, everything else such as the charger, headphones etc are located underneath the phone.

        The charger included with the phone is a full block rather than the USB adapters included with most other phones which is handy as I usually end up misplacing the plug while the phone is connected to the computer.

        The headphones included in the box look to be of very good quality although I haven't used these yet so can't comment on them.

        The USB cable included is pathetically short at around 25cm long (which is slightly longer than the length of my hand), as it won't be able to stretch very far I will have to use an extension cable if I want to connect it to the computer via USB.

        The phone itself feels very compact when you take it out of the box and feels really thin compared to previous phones I've owned, it is longer and wider than my previous phone but as it is curved at the sides it makes it feel smaller.

        Once you have the phone out of the box you will need to insert the battery and your SIM card, to do this the cover must first be removed by pressing a finger nail into the back of the cover and then bending it to loosen the hooks at the top, once it is loose it should come off really easily (if you have really short finger nails you will find this really difficult), before putting in the battery I would insert the SIM card and a microSd card if you have one as they are impossible to insert once the battery is in place, once the SIM card is in place the battery may be inserted (the "Nokia" text on the battery should be close to the center of phone), once the battery and any cards are in place the cover can be replaced by putting the phone into it and then pressing it into place until it feels secure (it shouldn't move about at all).

        The phone is very easy to set up once switched on (by pressing the lock / unlock button located on the right hand side underneath the volume up and down buttons, it took me less than five minutes to add my details such as Microsoft account and email address etc.

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        The operating system pre-installed on the phone is Windows Phone 8 which although I've only been using the phone for around 2-3 weeks it is very responsive and easy to access the apps installed on the phone.

        As it is a Microsoft OS it uses the live tiles similar to Windows 8 to display the apps on the phones home screen the apps can also be re-arranged by pressing your finger on the app for around a second and dragging them to the place you want them.

        They can also be re-sized by doing the same thing but pressing the arrow on the right hand side of the app, and to remove them from the home screen you do the same but press the icon above the arrow (it looks like a pin with a diagonal line through it), I'm not sure if there's a limit to the amount of apps on the home screen as I haven't got that many installed but it looks like you can access a lot of content without going to the apps menu (done by swiping your finger from right to left along the touch screen).

        Apps are also available to download via the Windows store accessed via the store icon on the home screen, if the icon isn't on the home screen it can be accessed by swiping left on the screen and scrolling down until you find it, there aren't as many apps available compared to the Google Play store although this doesn't really bother me as I managed to download Temple Run almost straight away.

        If you have music on your phone you can download an app called the Ringtone Maker which is available by going to the Windows Store and clicking on the Nokia Collection as this was where I found it, the app allows you to choose a song you have in you music library and make it a ringtone, you can also choose a certain part of the song which helps prevent accidentally selecting a song that starts off silent for the first few seconds.

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        Camera
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        The camera on this phone is around 5 megapixels according to the specifications on the Carphone warehouse website (only taken a few pictures so far) which is similar to my previous phone, although I haven't taken many pictures so far they do seem to be of excellent quality, the camera also has an auto focus option which involves half pressing the button (on the bottom right hand side of the phone) for a second or two while it focuses and then you fully press the button and take the picture, this is handy as it means you will get a decent picture most of the time.

        The video recorder also does up to 720p which I think is supposed to be HD, although I've only recorded one video with it so far so can't really comment on this feature that much.

        The phone unfortunately doesn't have flash which might bother some people but doesn't really bother me as I usually take pictures during the day while there's plenty of light.

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        Battery Life
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        The battery life on this phone varies depending on how much I use it, on days where I have the Wi-Fi or data connection switched on constantly it would last about a day before needing to be charged again, although if I leave them switched off and only turn them on when I need them I find it can last anywhere between 2-4 days, an app can be downloaded from the Windows Store allows you to view the battery percentage (it doesn't show on the icon at the top of the screen) and view how quickly the battery is draining, to find the app just search for "battery" and it should be the first app you find.

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        Storage
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        The phone has around 8gb of in built storage which can be expanded to a maximum of 64gb with a microSd card (it's actually 8gb + 64gb making a total of 72gb) although the phone will use a little bit of memory so it won't actually allow you to use the full 8gb, the microSd card can be inserted by removing the cover and battery and then inserting the card into the slot located next to the SIM card slot, depending on your storage needs 16gb may be the max you will need which I believe are available for around £10 (although I bought a 32gb card for around £14 from ebay).

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        Overall
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        Good Points:
        *Feels very compact
        *Very good operating system

        Bad Points:
        *Can't set custom SMS ringtones
        *Back cover can be hard to remove if you have short fingernails

        Although I have only been using this phone for 2-3 weeks it already seems like a really good phone and would recommend it to anyone looking for a mobile phone available for around £100, although you can't choose a custom SMS ringtone it doesn't bother me too much as the ringtones available are loud enough to hear while the phone is in my pocket, I will be giving 5 DooYoo stars for this product

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        • Fallout 3 (PS3) / Playstation 3 Game / 72 Readings / 71 Ratings
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          29.08.2013 18:45
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          Very addictive game and can last for weeks

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          When I bought this product
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          A few years ago I was looking up games on the internet as I wanted to try something different, I found videos of Fallout 3 on You Tube showing off the features available within the game, I liked it so much I went on eBay and bought a copy for around £3 or so.

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          Story
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          This game is set in the year 2277, 200 years after a war lasting two hours destroying most of the world and leaving it a barren wasteland full of irradiated species such as Super Mutants, radiscorpions and mole rats.

          The main character, known as the Lone wanderer grew up in a fallout shelter known as Vault 101 until he turned 19 and found out his father had left the vault and had no idea why, before he even has the chance to take in this news he is being hunted by the vault security as they believe he had something to do with his father leaving, he is forced to enter the wasteland and try to fend for himself.

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          This game features a wide range of weapons ranging from melee weapons such as baseball bats to heavy weapons such as missile launchers and energy weapons.

          The game also features a system known as V.A.T.S (Vault-Tec Assisted Targeting System) which allows you to pause time while you select an area of the target's body such as the head, arms, torso and legs etc, once you have chosen the areas to target the enemy will be shot in slow motion with the damage varying on the percentage of each specific part (it will be lower if they are further away or have special armour on), you also need to ensure you have enough Action Points to be able to make the shots.

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          Located within the games are various irradiated creatures ranging from Radroaches (like cockroach) to Super Mutants (results of experiments within the vaults)

          There are also various factions within the game such as Raiders (gang of thieves and ruffians), Talon Company (group of hired mercenaries) and the Enclave (remains of a military organization from before the war).

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          Companions
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          To make the game easier a non player character can be recruited to aid you in combat throughout the game depending on your current karma level (some will only travel with evil characters, some with good characters).

          Companions:

          Jericho (Human): Evil karma level, located in Megaton.

          Charon (Ghoul): No karma requirement, located in Underworld (Museum of History in the D.C ruins.

          Butch (Human): Neutral karma level can be found in Megaton after the quest "Trouble on the Home front".

          Dogmeat (Dog): No Karma requirement, located at the Scrap yard.

          Clover (Human): Evil Karma requirement, located at Eulogy Jones' pad in Paradise Falls (must be bought).

          Sergeant RL-3 (Robot): Neutral Karma requirement can be bought from Tinker Joe outside the RobCo factory.

          Star Paladin Cross (Human): Good karma requirement can be found at the Citadel after the quest "Waters of Life".

          Fawkes (Super Mutant): Good Karma requirement, located in Vault 87 (later found outside Raven Rock).

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          Skills and Experience
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          There are various skills available in the game and points can be placed into each skill until they reach a maximum of 100.

          Science: Ability to hack computer terminals.
          Lock picking: Better ability to pick locks (doors, safes etc)
          Speech: Better at persuading other people during conversation
          Repair: Better ability to repair broken items
          Medicine: Better use of medical tools and drugs
          Barter: Trading and Haggling
          Melee: Allows better use of melee weapons such as Baseball bats
          Unarmed: Proficiency at unarmed fighting.
          Sneak: Able to remain undetected while stealing and infiltrating.
          Big Guns: Better use of large guns such as the Minigun or Missile launcher
          Small Guns: Better use of small guns such as Pistols and Shotguns
          Energy Weapons: Better use of Energy based weapons such as the Laser Pistol or Plasma Rifle
          Explosives: Better ability to defuse mines

          The level cap in this game is 20 (30 if you have the Broken Steel DLC installed), upon each level gained you get to allocate so many points to certain skill (starts off around 10-15 I think), you can also choose a new perk every time you level up, some can be very useful (Strong back- carry 50lbs of extra weight) and some are just not worth taking (Comprehension - extra skill point whenever a skill book is read).

          As well as adding perks and skills you can also add points to the special stats (known as S.P.E.C.I.A.L within the game), the skills here are Strength, Perception, Endurance, Charisma, Intelligence, Agility and Luck (this is where the shortcut "S.P.E.C.I.A.L" comes from), you start with a minimum of 1 point in each skill and can raise it to a maximum of 10 (although it is advisable to only raise them to 9 as you can collect a bobble head for each skill that will give you 1 point), at the beginning of the game the player reads a book that allows you to distribute so many points, after this the skills can be raised via a perk (Intense Training) or by finding the bobble head as mentioned above.

          Gaining experience is done by completing quests, picking locks and hacking terminals, it can also be raised by discovering new locations and passing speech checks, you can also find pieces of Scrap Metal and sell them to Walter (after fixing the leaking pipes), a plumber located in Megaton where you will get 5 experience points for each piece sold.

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          As this game is supposed to be a universe that never moved beyond the 1950s the soundtrack of the game consists of songs from that era such as I don't want to set the world on fire by the Ink Spots, Crazy he calls me by Billie Holiday, Stars and Stripes by John Sousa and America the beautiful by Samuel A Ward.

          These songs are usually played on a radio station found via the pip boy (a wristband device), there are two major stations available from the beginning of the game, the first one found is usually Enclave Radio hosted by the President John Henry Eden who tells stories about his love of baseball and his childhood pet, he also criticizes the pre-war government and plays patriotic songs such as the ones I listed above.

          The other major radio station is Galaxy News Radio hosted by Three Dog, he plays the first two songs I listed above and many more from the 1950s, he also gives advice to people roaming the wasteland and will also tell stories about the Lone Wanderer as they travel throughout the Capital Wasteland, the signal to this station is very weak at first because a Super Mutant decided to shoot at the satellite relay dish, the signal is improved after finding a replacement dish during the quest "Galaxy News Radio".

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          As this game is a few years old there are problems that are no longer being patched, one of these problems is that the game tends to freeze once your save file reaches a certain size (usually 10mb), this can't be prevented altogether but can be reduced by clearing the cache while loading the game (hold down L2, R2 and Square after the trophies have loaded and keep them pressed until after the title menu appears (if you've done it right the press start option will appear for about a second, you only need to hold it down for around 15 seconds after the title screen disappears).

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          Good Points:
          *Lots of quests to do within the game
          *Excellent soundtrack

          Bad Points:
          *Freezing problems

          This is a very addictive game and I have played it a few times and have really enjoyed playing it each time, I also find myself clocking up a lot of hours (my latest save file after completing all the DLC was around a 100 hours), although the freezing issues are annoying they don't usually occur until late into the game if you don't have the DLC installed, I will be giving this game 4 DooYoo stars due to the freezing problems.

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          • More +
            09.08.2013 14:59
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            Budget desk fan available for less than £10

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            When I bought this product
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            A few years ago I'd bought a desk fan from Netto which ended up having to go back because it stopped working, as they didn't have another one in store I ended up having to go to Argos which meant I was limited to this fan as I had my mountain bike with me so the fan had to fit into my bag so I could carry it home, I bought this one from an Argos in the town centre for around £8 and managed to fit it into my bag (only just fit).

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            My experience and assembly
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            I got the fan home and opened up the box, I pulled out the contents of the box ready for assembly, I found that it doesn't take much assembly, I believe I just had to fit the base to it which is done by one screw so should only take a few minutes to assemble.

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            Features
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            As this is a small fan it isn't suitable for cooling a full room so is best used as close as possible to your face and have the oscillation switched off.

            It only has two speed settings which may seem like a rip off compared to some fans with three speed settings, however I find even the first speed can be enough sometimes, the second speed is only really needed on really warm days.

            I rarely have it set to oscillate due to the size of it although it does come in handy if you don't want the air in your face all the time, one of the main reasons I stopped using this fan was because it started to make a clicking sound when it's oscillating, I bought a tower fan in the end as I wanted a bigger fan.

            I also find this fan to be fairly noisy when I'm trying to sleep and end up switching it off, I also didn't have a proper place to store it during the night so couldn't feel the effects of it very well due to being so far away from it.

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            Summary
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            Good Points
            *Easy to store
            *Great for an office or small room
            *Easy to assemble

            Bad Points
            *Only two speed settings
            *Not suitable for cooling large rooms
            *Not very quiet

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            Overall
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            I have had this fan for a few years and although I no longer use it myself other members of my family use it occasionally, this was a very good fan and last quite a while but I needed to upgrade to a larger fan, I would highly recommend this fan to anyone on a budget looking for a fan for their office or a small room, due to the noise issue I mentioned earlier in the review I will be giving this product 4 DooYoo stars.

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          • Pok+mon Emerald (GBA) / Archive Game / 45 Readings / 45 Ratings
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            09.08.2013 12:38
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            A new challenging adventure in the same region

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            When I bought it
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            I originally bought this game after it was first released having previously played Pokemon Sapphire, I believe I paid around £30 for it at the time and even bought it again from eBay after I lost the original cartridge.

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            Price and availability
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            As the game is no longer in print it is very difficult to buy a brand new copy as I've seen them selling for £150 on Amazon for a sealed copy, buying it used from ebay would cost about £20 due to the number of counterfeit cartridges out there.

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            This game changes the pokemon that are available in the wild and even some of the legendary pokemon available to catch, in Ruby and Sapphire you would be able to catch Groudon or Kyogre respectively depending on the version of the game you are playing, in Emerald it is slightly different as you have to go and awaken Rayquaza and have it stop Kyogre and Groudon fighting (who had been released by Maxie and Archie of Team Magma and Aqua) and therefore stop the weather effects created by the two legendary pokemon, once this is done you can make the trip back to Sky Pillar where Rayquaza is located and catch it (it is at level 70)

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            Much of the game remains the same as the original apart from that you fight both Team Magma and Team Aqua in this game, there are some new areas to explore such as Terra Cave, Marine Cave, the Mirage Tower, Desert Underpass, Studio Cave and the Battle Frontier which adds extra challenges to be taken after the Elite Four have been defeated.

            There is also the option to re-battle gym leaders and other trainers up to four times with the Match Call feature of the PokeNav, this adds extra opportunities for last minute training before you take on the Elite Four

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            Good Points
            * Adds something to do after the Elite Four have been defeated
            * Rayquaza available before the Elite Four
            * Re-battle trainers with Match Call

            Bad Points:
            * Easy to get a fake version of the game

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            Overall Opinion
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            This is a very addictive game and kept me playing for weeks when it was first released, I have just finished playing it again and enjoyed it as much as I did back then so I will be giving this game 5 DooYoo Stars.

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              20.07.2013 21:15
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              Nice and compact DVD player

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              When I bought this product
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              A few years ago I was after a dvd player as I had been using my PC to watch films on and would rather watch them on my TV as it was at a better viewing angle than the PC, I decided on this model of dvd player which I believe cost me about £20 at the time.

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              My Experience / Features
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              I got this product home after purchasing and found it very easy to set up, it doesn't have HDMI but does have the HD component option (the blue, green and red cables I believe, known as YPbPr on most televisions I've owned, it also has a Scart socket and s video (looks like a PS2 connector that you would get on a computer mouse).

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              As the DVD player is a budget model it only has the outputs I mentioned above so doesn't take too much setting up, it also includes a remote control which I don't think I used that much as I was close enough to the player to press the buttons on the unit itself.

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              Sound and Picture quality
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              As I no longer use this device (I have a blu ray player now) I can't remember too much about the quality of DVDs played on it, although I do remember the quality being excellent until the picture on the screen started to turn green (I think this might have been the scart cable but I'm not too sure), although my brother now owns this DVD player so I will update the review when he tests it properly (he doesn't have a scart cable).

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              Storage
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              As this unit is so small and thin it is very easy to store under a TV or any other place it might be stored, it also takes up minimal space on a desk so you won't have to move any devices around to make it fit somewhere.

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              Summary
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              Good Points
              *Has YPbPr connections
              *Easy to set up
              *Cheap DVD player for someone on a budget

              Bad Points
              *No HDMI port
              *Not many video outputs

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              I bought this DVD player hoping for it to be a permanent part of my media devices but due to the colour problem I mentioned above I started using my PS3 or Xbox 360 to play my DVDs, If anyone is looking for a DVD player I would highly recommend paying it a little bit more and getting a DVD player from a well known brand, although if you are on a very tight budget then this model will be perfect even if temporarily.

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              20.07.2013 00:04
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              Excellent cooling fan for the summer

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              When I bought this product
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              About 3 months ago I had moved my bedroom into the loft, as my bed isn't near a window I knew I would need a fan to keep me cool during any warm nights, a desk fan wouldn't have been suitable as I wouldn't have anywhere for it to stand while in use, in the end I decided on this fan as it was being sold for less than £20.

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              My Experience / Features
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              I got the product home and opened the box, the instructions weren't the best I've seen as I found them very confusing, in the end I got it assembled and used it occasionally at first as it wasn't that warm when I first bought it.

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              This fan has three speed settings (slow, medium and fast), which up until around June 2013 I only needed to use the slowest speed setting during the night to help keep me cool, when I got back from my holiday in July I came back to a sudden heatwave so I knew the fan would need to be used.

              With this in mind I put the fan into place and switched it on to the lowest speed setting, I also had the fan oscillating as my brother was in the room, I found that the oscillation was too slow on the first setting so I increased it to the second setting which is perfect for the room we're in and only have to increase it to the third setting on really warm days.

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              As I mentioned above there are two people needing the benefit of the fan so I usually have it set to oscillate and position the fan so that we both get the cool air blown at us, I can easily turn the fan slightly to try and circulate more air towards me or the other person.

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              The fan has a cap just below the control mechanism that can be used to raise or lower the fan, this really comes in handy when we get a really warm day as I can direct the air closer to our faces.

              The angle the fan blows air can be easily adjusted by getting hold of the actual fan housing and pulling it up or down until you get the best angle for your environment, this is handy for during the night as I like to have it blowing air towards my bed which is slightly lower than the fan.

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              After using this fan for a while I expected the fan to be really loud during the night when I'm trying to sleep but it's actually fairly quiet when I have it on it's lowest speed setting, on warmer nights I tend to have it on the second speed setting and even this isn't much louder.

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              Good Points
              * Keeps you cool during warm weather
              * Three Speed settings
              * Not too noisy

              Bad Points
              * None that I can think of

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              I bought this fan not expecting much for my money, however I was proved wrong as this fan is very useful for keeping me cool during warm nights and would highly recommend this fan to anyone on a budget looking for home cooling devices so I will be giving this 5 DooYoo stars

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            • Sony MDR ZX300 / Headphones / 45 Readings / 43 Ratings
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              19.07.2013 21:10
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              Advantages

              • Reliability

              Disadvantages

              Cheaper version of Beats headphones

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              When I bought this Product
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              My in ear headphones had been wearing out for a while so decided to look around for a replacement pair, as I had an a £10 Argos gift voucher I decided to buy the Sony MDR ZX300 for £17.99.

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              Once I had the headphones out of the box the first thing I did was to test them by plugging them into my computer, the cable is long enough to reach the computer without having to sit really close or stretch the cable, although I have found that a headphone extension cable might come in handy so that I don't have to sit too close to the TV when I have them plugged in to that.

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              I have found the sound quality on these headphones excellent so far and better than any other set of earphones I've owned, it feels like your wearing a pair of speakers on your head, I also find that I can have the sound turned up fully and people around me can't hear my music, this comes in handy if you want to listen to music and don't want people telling you to turn it down.

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              These headphones are also easily adjustable by shortening or lengthening the headband to fit different sized heads, this also makes them easy to store as the ear pads can be rotated up to 90 degrees to make them flatter.

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              The only thing I don't like about these headphones is that they look like they're too big for my head, this doesn't really bother me as I mainly use these while I'm at home or in the car (as a passenger), I also find that it's best not to wear them for too long as I find it gives me minor discomfort on my ears so I usually wear them for around an hour or two then I take them off.

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              Good Points:
              *Excellent sound quality
              *Easy to store
              *Other people can't hear the noise from them
              *Easily Adjustable

              Bad Points:
              *Can be too quiet in noisy environments (volume boost comes in handy here)
              *Can cause discomfort after wearing them for a while

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              I have owned these headphones for just over a month now and have enjoyed using them as the sound quality is miles better than some of the standard in ear headphones available for purchase, on that basis I will be giving them 5 DooYoo stars.

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              19.07.2013 17:10
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              Almost like a WW2 version of Grand Theft Auto

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              When I bought this game
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              My friend mentioned that his brother had been playing this and was looking at clips of it on Youtube, in the end I decided I wanted to at least give this game a try so I bought it from my local Blockbuster Games for around £22.

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              The main character of this game is Sean Devlin, an Irish race car driver who also likes to chain smoke cigarettes when he's not helping to liberate Paris from the Nazis.

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              Sean is very good at climbing and can scale almost any building in the area, he could even climb the Eiffel tower if he wanted (which I did not realizing there was an elevator), this comes in handy when trying to escape from the Nazis or if you are following someone.

              There is also an achievement / trophy that I suppose could be gained from climbing, as I mentioned above the Eiffel tower is climbable and there is an achievement for getting to the very top, there is also another one for jumping off and landing in a small pool of water at the base of the tower (this is quite easy to do when you get the jump right)

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              Located throughout Paris and the french countryside are various Nazi operations such as Watch towers, gas stations and even a few Nazi Generals (who are usually flanked by a couple of guards) which are known as free play targets, these are good for killing time as there are over 1000 of them to destroy.

              Destroying free play targets also helps towards liberating Paris and the surrounding areas as it turns them from a dull black and white background to a fully coloured background (Saarbrucken which is a small German town in the game cannot be liberated unfortunately and stays black and white throughout the game)

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              During your free time when not on a mission there are a few activities that can be completed such as Pigeon Parfait (I believe this is clay pigeon shooting), Races which also go towards certain trophies / achievements when completed, and there's the free play targets that I mentioned in the previous section, I think there are more activities but I can't remember them all.

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              As Sean is from Ireland he does come out with some funny lines such as "Nothing to see here. Nope. Nobody special. Ignore the mick with the bomb", he is also a heavy drinker and a chain smoker so tends to smoke a lot of cigarettes if you leave him idle for long enough, this can also be done by pressing L3 (there is an achievement / trophy for smoking 100 cigarettes).

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              Overall this game is very good but it does have it flaws like any other game that has been released in the past.

              Good Points:

              * Large Map
              * Buildings can be climbed
              * Lot's of destruction

              Bad Points

              * Way too many free play targets to destroy (around 1000 I believe)
              * Not many activities
              * Has the occasional bug or glitch

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              Summary
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              I bought this a few years ago after seeing videos online and found myself addicted pretty much straight after I started playing it, ignoring some of the bad points I would still highly recommend this to anyone as you can get it for less than £10 nowadays (CEX are currently selling it for £5), I will be giving this 4 DooYoo stars due to the bad points mentioned above.

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              • Sagem DTR 67250T / Set Top Box / 92 Readings / 92 Ratings
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                01.06.2013 11:51
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                Cheaper than Sky

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                When I bought this Product
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                A few years ago I decided I wanted a free-view recorder as I had been using a DVD recorder which was showing signs of wearing out, I bought the Sagem DTR67250 from Argos for around a £100 (I can't remember the exact price as it was a while ago)

                I actually no longer use this as my main recorder as I have a Humax free-view recorder which at the moment is currently missing it's hard drive while I wait for a new one to arrive, while I wait I'm using this recorder so that I can still record all my programs.

                It also features a 250gb hard drive which was the main reason I chose this particular recorder as I knew I would have plenty of storage space.

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                My Experience / Features
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                This free-view recorder was very easy to set up once removed from the box, once plugged into the TV I simply let it do the Channel Search and it found all the available free-view channels.

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                Pause and rewind Live TV
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                While watching TV you might have mis-heard a line in a movie or a TV show and normally would have to wait for a repeat to find out what the character said, with this recorder you could rewind the program enough to hear the line again, you could also pause the current program you're watching while you go do something else.

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                Record two programs at once
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                This recorder has the ability to record up to two channels at once, although I believe when you are recording two programs at the same time you would have to watch something you have already recorded.

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                Series Recording
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                If you are going away on holiday or are just going to be out of the house when a certain program is aired on TV instead of missing it and having to wait for a repeat you can set it to record as a series which I find very useful as it automatically records any further episodes yet to air, although I found that sometimes the box wouldn't always record everything as I sometimes found when I got back from holiday that a certain program had so many episodes missing, although I believe I had less trouble when I updated the firmware on it.

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                Summary
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                Good Points:
                *Pause and rewind live TV
                *record two programs at once
                *large hard drive

                Bad Points:
                *EPG a bit slow
                *Series recording doesn't always work

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                Overall Rating
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                This recorder has worked well over the last few years apart from the Series recording problems I mentioned above and the electronic program guide being a little bit slow compared to my other free-view recorder, I will be giving this 3 DooYoo stars, I would have given it 4 if I hadn't had the trouble with Series recording.

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                  16.05.2013 14:29
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                  Ideal console for gaming and mulitmedia

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                  When I bought this Product
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                  Around October 2011 I had been viewing trailers and game play videos for the game Forza Motorsport 4 and decided that I would buy myself one providing they weren't too expensive.

                  I saw that they were selling them for £149.99 in Argos and were also doing an offer where you got Forza 4 included for free which I thought was very reasonable as I'm sure that the game had only been out no longer than a month or two.

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                  My Experience / Features
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                  I bought this from Argos and started to set it up as soon as I got home, it was very easy to set up and took me through all the steps to connect it to my wireless network and set up an Xbox live profile.

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                  This model of Xbox has eliminated the use of the plug in memory cards used in the previous versions of this console, it now offers up to 4gb of internal flash storage instead (although I believe you lose a little bit of space as it's reserved by the system) which offers plenty of storage to store your save files and one or two demos (depending on size).

                  As well as the internal flash memory there is a slot located on the side of the console for you to insert a hard drive which has been changed from the big plastic casing to a really thin black casing that just clips onto the hard drive (if you own an original hard drive you can remove it from the casing and buy the newer style case from eBay for around £5).

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                  To save wear and tear on the consoles internal components games can be installed to the hard drive which as well as reducing wear and tear it also quietens the console down when playing games as the disc doesn't need to be read so often (only on start up to verify the disk is real).

                  Most games take up a lot of space when installed so it would be a good idea to fit a larger hard drive when your gaming collection starts to expand.



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                  Touch sensitive buttons
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                  This console features touch panels in place of the power and eject buttons which can save a lot of time when switching the console on if you have difficulty pressing the buttons for any reason, the only annoying thing about this is that if you brush against the consoles buttons while moving it or anything close by it switches the console on (I counter this by having the console pushed further back so that this doesn't happen quite so often).

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                  Expandable storage
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                  An update released for the Xbox allowed certain flash drives to be configured by the console to be used as hard drive (although only up to 16gb and only certain files can be saved onto it), I find that some games still require a proper hard drive to access certain features.

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                  Summary
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                  Good Points:
                  *Hard drive easier to upgrade than original console
                  *Less risk of RROD
                  *Internal Flash Storage built in

                  Bad Points:
                  *No slots for memory cards
                  *Installing games takes a while
                  *Touch buttons are really sensitive
                  *Xbox live can be expensive (up to £40 for a 12 month sub)

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                  Overall Rating
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                  I have owned this console for just under two years and have so far not had a problem with it, I also owned an original style 360 and find this console a lot quieter than the old one so would recommend this to anyone that has an old style console and is looking to upgrade, I give this a 4 star rating (I would give it a 5 star if it hadn't been for the touch sensitive controls)

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                    10.05.2013 19:29
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                    Old west version of Grand Theft Auto

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                    When I bought this Product
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                    Shortly after the release of Red Dead Redemption in May 2010 I was looking for ideas for my birthday which was just over a week away, after viewing some game play footage on YouTube and hearing that it was made by Rockstar I knew I would buy this game no matter what.

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                    My Experience / Features
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                    I bought this from Argos on my birthday with some birthday money I got and played it as soon as I got home. I was instantly hooked within minutes of starting to play and was on it all day everyday for a few days.

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                    Story and setting
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                    The game is set in the year 1911 where John Marston, is taken away from his family by the Bureau of Investigation and forced into the uneasy task of bringing the members of his former gang to justice.

                    The map of the game is based on two fictional United States counties known as New Austin and West Elizabeth, the game also includes a fictional Mexican state known as Nuevo Paraiso. The United States and Mexico share a border and are separated by the San Luis river.

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                    As the game is set at the time when modern technology such as automobiles, machine guns and oil drilling projects were beginning to appear the main form of travel was primarily by horse of which there where a few different breeds.

                    The Infested Ardennais and the Jaded Tersk are some of the slowest breeds of horse available within the game, they also had the lowest stamina and health than some of the other breeds available.

                    Breeds such as the Dutch Warmblood and the Highland Chestnut were slightly better in the speed and stamina categories but only have slightly better stamina than the breeds mentioned above.

                    The Hungarian-Half Breed and the Kentucky Saddler are considered the best horses available within the game with higher stamina, health and speed than the rest of the horses.

                    Horse pulled carts and wagons are also available to "borrow" when you don't feel like riding a horse, some of these wagons can also be used as a fast travel point to allow quicker access to other points of the map.

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                    Combat
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                    Due to the limited options available there are no highly explosive weapons such as Rocket Launchers, there are various Revolvers, Pistols, Shotguns, Scoped Rifles, Rifles and Repeaters that can be acquired.

                    Hunting Knifes and various throwing weapons such as dynamite and fire bottles can be used when they are needed, some of these weapons may also be useful when out Hunting in the wild.

                    There is also a feature known as dead eye which is a slow motion aiming system useful for targeting enemies and even animals while hunting, it is also used for duelling.

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                    Gambling
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                    In most saloons there are usually people playing activities such as Poker, Blackjack and Liar's Dice (I find this one and Blackjack very addictive) where you can enter yourself and try to beat the other players and win all the loot.

                    In some outdoor areas there will be a table set up where you can play five finger filet (more commonly known as the 'knife game') which involves placing the palm of your hand on a table with a space between each finger and attempting to stab the table repeatedly back and forth while avoiding your fingers.

                    There are also games such as Arm Wrestling and Horseshoes which involves throwing a horseshoes as close as possible to a stake in the ground, the close you get the more points you get.

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                    While out in the wild you are able to hunt various animals such as Coyotes, Bears, Beavers and Rabbits, once hunted and killed the animal can be skinned and sold at various locations throughout the game, sometimes an animal heart or horns can be acquired which are usually worth a little more than the skin and the meat.

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                    Summary
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                    Good Points:
                    *GTA set in the old west
                    *Horses

                    Bad Points:
                    *None

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                    Overall Rating
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                    I have highly enjoyed playing this game and as I mentioned at the beginning of the review I mentioned I was playing this game constantly for the first week or so, I would highly recommend this game to anyone whether a fan of Rockstar's games or not and give this a 5 star rating.

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                  • Argos / Highstreet Shopping / 73 Readings / 71 Ratings
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                    09.05.2013 21:57
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                    easy way to reserve and collect items

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                    When I first started using Argos
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                    I first heard of Argos around ten years ago (maybe more but I just can't remember exactly) when a family member brought home the latest catalogue

                    I actually used Argos myself a few years later when I wanted to buy an Action Replay for my Playstation 2.

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                    My experience with Argos
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                    I have always enjoyed my experience at Argos as I have never had to wait longer than 15 minutes for a product (I usually only have to wait less than 5 minutes but can be longer if it's busy).

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                    Returns and Refunds
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                    If a product purchased from Argos less than a year ago breaks down you can take it into the Argos store you purchased it from and are usually given the choice of a replacement, repair or refund.

                    With most products I've had to return I usually get a refund straight away which mostly happens with cheaper items such as headphones.

                    I bought a TV which broke down about a month after I bought it so I took it back to Argos where I was given a replacement straight away, although as they didn't have the item in stock so I was able to choose another TV from the catalogue and pay the difference (If the replacement was cheaper I would have been refunded the difference).

                    There is also the option to have the item repaired which I have only had to do once or twice, the first time I took a phone for repair which ended up taking a month or two as I was always told there was a delay at the factory every time I checked on the status of the repair, I ended up with a replacement phone in the end.

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                    Buying products in store
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                    When you enter Argos you can check the stock of the product at the stock checking machine that I mentioned below, if the item is in stock you pick up one of the little blue pens and the order form located on the table behind the catalogue, write the number in the correct section and the quantity you need to buy, once you get to the checkout and have paid for your item you are given a receipt with your collection point and order number printed on it.

                    There are 3 collection points at most Argos stores so you just wait near one of the LCD screens and wait for your number to be called, once your number is called you head to the collection point printed on your receipt to pick up your item where they stamp your receipt to verify that the product has been received and put it in a bag if it is small enough.

                    If you are using the quick pay kiosk (only when paying by card) you go through the same process but skip the checkout and head to the collection point once the kiosk has printed out your receipt with the collection information printed on it.

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                    There are a number of blue stock checking machines located in each store where you type in the catalogue number of the product in question and the machine will tell you if the product is in stock (it usually also tells you how many are in stock).

                    I've recently seen more up to date machines in stores over the last year or so which feature a touch screen and can be used to browse the products available in store, this comes in handy if you've popped into the store but forgotten to write down the catalogue number you can navigate to the product and check the stock from there (you can also type in the catalogue number into the correct section to check stock 'the old fashioned way'

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                    If you see something you like on the Argos website you can check if it's in stock at your local store, if it is in stock you can then reserve it at the store in question, once reserved the reservation number will appear on the confirmation page, you do have to enter an email address though where they will send a copy of the confirmation, there is also an option to enter a mobile number to receive a text with the reservation number.

                    Once arriving at the store you can head straight for the quick pay kiosk to pay for your reserved items if your paying by card, once the item is paid for the machine prints out a receipt with your collection point and order number printed on it.

                    If you prefer to pay by cash you can also write down the reservation number on the back of the little order form sheet available at the stock checkers and take it to the checkout.

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                    Summary
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                    Good Points:
                    *Reserve and Collect
                    *Quick collection
                    *Free Catalogue

                    Bad Points:
                    *Items not always in stock
                    *No way to view items before purchase

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                    Overall Rating
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                    I have been using Argos for a few years to buy items from there and have very rarely had problems so would highly recommend Argos to anyone and give it a 4 star rating.

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                    • Nokia 6300 / Mobile Phone / 33 Readings / 32 Ratings
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                      09.05.2013 17:45
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                      • Reliability

                      Disadvantages

                      Really good Nokia phone at the time I owned it

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                      When I bought this Product
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                      About early to mid 2007 I had previously owned a Sony Ericsson phone which was supposedly being repaired by Argos, I had waited months with no news on how my phone was doing, my dad had been repeatedly visiting the store trying to get an explanation of when my phone would be available, in the end he requested a replacement phone (basically something that would do the same thing as my other phone).

                      I remember coming home from college one evening and my dad calling me into the living room. He told me that Argos couldn't repair my phone and gave me a replacement instead, he pointed out an Argos bag and told me to look inside, I was expecting the same model I'd previously owned and was amazed when I looked in the bag and saw a brand new Nokia 6300 which at the time was a very good phone at the time.

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                      My Experience / Features
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                      I used this phone for about two to three years and I never had a problem with it while it was my main phone, the sound quality was very clear when speaking to people on the phone and it could store my music on a micro SD card (max 2gb) and assign songs as notification tones.

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                      Camera
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                      This phone has a 2 mega pixel camera built in which is only rear facing but I found it took some very good photos and could store plenty of photos on the memory card which made it easier for transferring them to the PC.

                      This phone also doesn't have flash support either which could affect the quality of some of your photos and would limit you to taking photos during the day.

                      It also has a video camera built in which isn't the best quality but could come in handy if you just want to mess about with friends and family.

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                      Data Transfer and Storage
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                      This phone has a micro USB port located at the bottom of the phone which is actually a standard port rather than a custom one that is found on some later models, this would also be handy for transferring files to and from the device at a decent speed, this usb port unfortunately doesn't charge the phone though.

                      Bluetooth connectivity is also supported by the phone which is very easy to set up and transfer files to and from the device, although the speed isn't very fast so would be more useful for transferring a photo or two from another device.

                      The phone also has a slot on the side of the phone (underneath the battery cover) which allows you to insert a micro SD card up to a max size of 2gb which can be really handy to transfer files if you have a memory card reader.

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                      Battery
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                      The battery on this phone always lasted me between 4 - 8 days which was better than me having to leave it on charge every night, the charging port on the phone is also a standard Nokia port which means If I lost my charger I had plenty of spares around the house.

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                      Summary
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                      Good Points:
                      *Excellent Audio Quality
                      *Standard USB Port
                      *Bluetooth

                      Bad Points:
                      *USB port hidden by rubber cover
                      *No Wi-Fi Support

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                      Overall Rating
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                      As I mentioned above I used this phone for about two to three years until I replaced it with another phone, however this was one of the best phones I have owned and was very reliable, this phone also still works (it's actually on my desk as I type this) and is mainly used as a backup phone, although the screen now has a black line across it is still useful just to keep around in case my current phone stops working, on this basis I will be giving it a 5 star rating.

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