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I study Photography A-level at my local college and was always felt like my previous camera was holding me back. The Nikon D7000 is perfect for my course. The price isn't as cheap as you might expect for a camera of this size but if it helps me to pass my course then it will pay for itself a thousand times over.
The box comes with many extras including the batteries, charger and a manual the size of a novel that covers everything you'll need to know. My advice is to purchase yourself a lens and buy them as a package. This way you'll save money. I made the mistake of buying them separately and this did not come cheap.
The first thing I noticed was that this camera was much more impressive than anything I had previously owned. At 16 megapixels it gives the impression of HD and captures every line, feature and pore in a human face. The 3" display screen could have been bigger but this doesn't bother me too much.
With the use of settings you can alter pictures and I love the fact that you can remove red-eye before you even upload the pictures to your computer.
At £1111.99 this is a bit more expensive that I'm used to but when you snap your first picture you'll see where that extra buck went. You should be able to find this in all your local high street stores. I got mine from a store called Snaps on the my High Street.
I'm one of those people who bought an Ipod Nano and thought I was part of the Ipod gang. I was wrong. You're not part of the gang until you own what my brother calls, "the proper Ipod". The Apple iPod touch (4G) 32 GB is a remarkable appliance, with tons of built in gadgets. My favourite is the ability to download applications.
My favourite of these applications is a Skateboarding game that instead of pressing buttons you turn the Ipod in the direction you want the skater to move. There are tons more applications like this. Just like a mobile phone there is also built in time, date and the ability to play movies.
The sound quality is no different from the Ipod Nano but this is hardly a bad thing. One problem I did notice is that the headphones are very fragile but these are easily replaced.
This is a great product and has left CD walkmans in dust. It seems everyone, despite what Bill Gates thinks, owns or knows someone who owns an Ipod nowadays so be a sheep like me and pick one up ASAP!
People might tell you that CDs are dying out but don't believe them. Yes there are Blu-rays and MP3 players but people still copy CD-RWs from their computers. I picked up the Sony CDP-CX 235 from my local Currys for a reasonable £200.00. What I noticed right away is that the appliance has lots of space inside, able to fit a good 200 CDs.
Another thing I noticed is that it looks much better than the Kenwood and tons better than the Bush. At first you might think it looks like the front of a cockpit control area but you'll realize that Sony have sacrificed looks for quality, with plenty of dials and gadgets connected. The settings are very easy to get used to and Sony, as usual, give you a great instruction manual (unlike most products of this kind who give you more of a short manual written in about 99 different languages).
I've owned this product for about six months and during that time it has worked flawlessly. The bass sounds great, the sound quality is 10/10 and I've found friends and friends of friends commenting that its a great product. Don't just take my word for it though! Go buy it for yourself!!!
We all know what it's like finding CDs in the car. You reach from your glove compartment to the insides of your doors and if done at high speed then you're asking for trouble. Another problem might be that you have mummy and daddy in the car and you don't really want your Hardcore Dumb and Bass pumping out their ear drums now do you. Enter the Griffin Itrip FM Transmitter with Dock Connector for iPod!
It slots perfectly into the front of your car stereo and even comes with an FM transmitter. You are able to fit pretty much any IPOD into the slot and it uses hardly any power from the car. You'll find on long trips you'll only be changing the setting probably once or twice which isn't bad at all considering I spend the majority of my trips pressing the 50+ buttons on my MP3 car stereo.
From personal use I have found the Griffin Itrip to be a tad lacking for the amount of money I paid. Anyone who spends just a little bit of time creating their CD's will save £69.99 and in todays financial climate, thats a lot of cheese!
My PC monitor comes with built in speakers but these are really sub-par and don't do 2Pac and Eminem any justice at all. From my local Argos I picked up these bad boys (Samsung HW-C470) for a bargain £99.99! They didn't have any in stock but within three days they were delivered to my address.
The first thing I noticed was that the bass was incredible. Over 9 the sound does become a little distorted but then for your own health I'd keep it below 7 myself. As you might have guessed already it comes with 1-10 on the sound settings. There is also another dial for increasing or decreasing the base. I soon realized though that speakers were best used when plugged into my TV. I connected the speakers to behind my armchair and now whenever a helicopter is on a movie it sounds like there is one hovering over my chair which is cool to say the least.
I've owned the speakers for a good seven months and during this time they have been worked flawlessly. They remind me so much of the Bush speakers I used to own but this time around the sound quality is increased and the bass is much more bone juddering.
I have to admit, until recently I was more of a Dyson person myself. The problem with Dysons though is that if they break then you need a degree in Electronics just to fix it. After our old hoover broke for a second time we went to Argos but typical of us, not only did we buy a hoover but we also picked up the Polti Vaporetto 950 for the bargain price of £99.99.
When my wife told me she wanted this I felt like the people in those mime adverts, "Wash it?" Well the Vaporetto doesn't exactly wash the rug but it does make it look unbelievably clean. I always thought our rugs were clean but after ten minutes of this running over the carpet I couldn't believe my eyes. It went from a dark shade of pink to the sort of pink we saw when we visited the carpet shop.
This product might not be for everybody but I advise you to try it if given the chance. Especially if you have a wife like mine who insists on everything looking brand new every time we have visitors.
My advice to you is to make sure you don't have the setting on max when you need to leave the room. We came back after ten minutes and realized we had left it on and the carpet has turned a weird shade. The only thing we can do to solve this is to purchase a new steamer!
No matter how early I get up I always seem to be in a hurry because of something. There just isn't enough time to boiling the kettle for a second time if you need multiple cups of coffee. Well the Presso Espresso Maker changes all that. I have owned a similar product before but at a much cheaper price and not worth half of what I paid for it.
I got this from Amazon for £80 which is worth every penny because it does exactly what it says on the box. The design is rather sleek although to be fair so long as it produces good tasting coffee it could look like a Krusty the Clown doll for all I care.
The coffee stays hot for the hour before I have to leave the house and as far as I'm concerned that's what a coffee maker should do. Try not to add too much coffee though otherwise it will just end up lumpy and foul tasting.
Me and my wife always said that the kids would be washing and drying the pots when they were old enough but for now we have purchased the Bosch SGV53E33GB from Currys for a reasonably priced £349.99. The first thing we noticed however that there was less space than we saw in the picture. However this isn't too much of a problem although we have had to use two washes in the past.
The Bosch has 5 settings which is good for those pots that need a slower clean and amazing for when you need to give something a quick rinse, especially if the pots have been inside of a cupboard gathering dust. I especially like that there is hardly any movement inside the dishwasher which is good because out previous dishwasher we lost two of our finest plates.
I will give you a warning though. The Bosch pauses before giving a final rinse and you might just think during that pause that the dishwasher has finished its cycle. Well you'd be wrong, and you get sprayed in the face by water. My wife was not happy!
Our previous Microwave, a Hinari, was starting to really smell. No matter what we cleaned it with the odour would just not leave so we decided it was time to pick up something new. One quick trip to Argos and we found the Matsui SMW17G for a bargain £9.99.
Now for that price you aren't going to get all those gadgets that the £50+ microwaves are offering but this does the job that we bought it for. It comes with a timer that can be set from 30 seconds all the way to 60 minutes. The lower dial can set the heat from Low and Defrost all the way to High. It isn't the biggest of microwaves and it cooks slower than our previous 1K watt Hinari but like I said, it does the job we bought it for.
We have owned the microwave for about six months now and have had no problems whatsoever. I cooked myself some Microchips in it today and they tasted great.
At £229.99 the Magimix Food Processor isn't the cheapest processor on the market but it does the job much better than the Tefal that my wife used to own. We have a lot of people over for lunch and with two toddlers there just isn't the time to be slicing, dicing and mixing.
The Magimix makes short work of all these jobs. What my wife tells me she likes most about this product that it is much quieter than the Tefal and gets the job done in half the time. It does use twice the power wattage though so be warned that if you're on a tight budget in terms of electricity then it might just be worth slicing and dicing your own food.
For the first time the other day I used the Magimix to grate some cheese and it did so perfectly although it did take a good five minutes to clean. You can pick up this product anywhere on your local high street but I advise you to go to Argos for the best deal.
My mother bought me this for the World Cup. I always have a huge gathering for big events like the Euro and the World Cup. Normally its me and nine of my friends gathered around a 22" tv trying to make out the names on the backs of players shirts. So 40" is a huge improvement!
The first thing you'll notice is that this TV has Freeview HD built in. Sadly, I haven't had chance to try this yet as Freeview HD is not available in my area (something the guy at Curry's conveniently forgot to tell my mother). I do have a Blu-Ray player though so was able to test the HD and it looks truly amazing. The picture is crystal clear and you can see every wrinkle on Robert De Niro's face.
Installation is easy. The moment you pop on the TV a wizard pops up allowing you to tune in the channels and add any other appliances such as your DVD player, Blu-Ray player, etc. There are two HDMI slots which is perfect for me as I also have a HDMI cable for my XBOX 360 (GTA IV looks especially good!).
Press INFO on your Samsung remote and a box appears showing you the programme you are viewing and information about that show. I have to say that in the 8 months I have owned this television it has worked flawlessly!
I do it every year! Every year I eat myself and drink myself stupid over the holiday season and pay for it in January. Returning to work with a bit of belly always makes me want to get out there and excersise. I always grab a new pair of trainers for the occasion and so popped to my local JD Sports for and for a bargain £79.99 purchased a pair of Nike Finstars.
I'm a size 11 myself (Clown Feet my friends call me) and luckily JD Sports has just one more pair left. I noticed right away that the trainers were much more comfy than my last pair. The last pair I had owned felt very stiff and sadly they didn't improve like I thought they would. The Nike Finstars stretched in just the right places when I ran.
I've never been one for logo's but you can't beat having a huge Nike logo on the side of your trainers. Although my last trainers were Adidas so maybe I am one for logo's...
These were much more comfortable that any of my previous trainers and strecthed in just the right places. I am now running every morning at 7am and this wouldn't have been possible without these trainers. I'm hoping that these will last me for a couple of years rather than the one year my previous three pairs of trainers have lasted.
I received this as a Christmas present from my wife for my birthday. She asked a friend of mine for advice and he pointed her in the direction of Amazon.co.uk where she found this watch and knew I'd fall in love with it. She was right...
As you might have come to expect from Dolche and Gabbana this watch is very well made with a strong leather strap connecting either side of the base. This watch doesn't just tell the time though. It actually has a few gadgets, like something out of a James Bond movie. It has a compass, which I'm not sure will come in handy for me but will probably be an amazing addition for anyone who goes backpacking. There is also a built in thermometer which is more depressing than anything else (what with me living in the freezing UK).
I've been asked by a few people at work where I got the watch from and this makes me even more proud to own it. Its not exactly a Rolex but then I've never understood people who wear watches that cost more than a family car.
In the age of the mobile phone most children will tell you that they don't need a watch but this Christmas I purchased the Swatch Live and Let Die watch for my son. My son doesn't really appreciate the old Bond movies but loved the design. He uttered the words, "it looks a bit emo" when he first opened his present but all it took was one kid at his school to say, "cool watch" and now he loves it.
I managed to pick up the watch for £29.99 which I found to be a reasonable price. One of the best feautures of this watch, other than its cool design, is its glow in the dark feature. I'm not sure how many times my son has actually looked at his watch in the dark but he did spend much of Christmas day holding his hand over the base of the watch to see just how well it glows.
It isn't numbered very well like your standard watch but my son seems to have gotten used to that by now. The watch is quite well made but how long the plastic straps stay in prim condition remains to be seen. I can't see the design looking the way it does now in two or three months but for its price you can't really complain.
I'm one of those people who spent the last five or so years using their mobile phone as an alarm clock. On several occasions my phones battery ran out during the night and I missed important meetings, mornings at work or just ruined my sleeping pattern. I told myself that I needed to pick myself up an alarm clock for the first time in years. It took me a while of walking around shops to find the Philips AJ3231/05 and I haven't looked back since.
Setting the clock up was relatively easy. All I had to do was set the time and then set the time that I wanted to be woken up. The best thing about this alarm clock is that the light is quite dim, even on its highest setting which is a good thing for light sleepers such as myself.
The radio doesn't exactly sound anything special though. It sounds sort of tinny and rather distant. Remember those old travel radios from years ago? Well the Phillips Aj3231/05 sounds just like one of those. I will say one thing though, it is a nice design. My brother told me it looks like something from the future and I have to agree with him there.
To target oversleeping the alarm does have a snooze button which means the alarm will sound 9 minutes later and keep repeating until you press the snooze button again or turn the alarm off altogether. This is refreshing compared to my mobile phone.
(I'VE ALSO POSTED THIS ON CIAO)