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The Mongoose Brand has been around for many many years and is the child of Collins Performance. I run a performance parts company and have dealt with mongoose for over 3 years now, never have I had a problem with them or their products. Every system I have had from them has been to the best quality and that's with me comparing it to other brands we have in stock also, side by side the build quality of the mongoose systems are faultless.
The MR2 MK2 N/A system is one of our most popular systems, and again the quality of the unit far surpasses anything others of a similar price band.
The mongoose MR2 system comes with 2 single 3" slash cut tail pipes. The tips and the rear box both come in a mirror polished finish. Because of the layout of the MR2 the rear box is on show unlike on most other cars, so having the box polished adds a touch of lustre to an otherwise dull area of the car.
The system comes in full 304 stainless steel and carries with it a full lifetime guarantee for the original purchaser.
After dealing with these systems and mongoose in general, I can honestly say after 3+ years I have had a max of 5 systems come back with and issues (we sell over 100 systems a month).
When there have been problems the guys at mongoose are always the best team to deal with excellent product knowledge and always happy to help unlike other brands/manufacturers I have dealt with.
The mongoose system for the MR2 MK2 N/A comes as a cat-back system or a full system including a de-cat. On the N/A an increase in throttle response can be noticed after fitting.
Sound wise the system is louder than standard but won't get you any unwanted attention from the authorities.
Over all excellent system for the MR2.
The Binatone Fusion 2210 is by far one of the worst cordless phones I have used, and I've had a few.
I use the phone for my business as it has a built in answer phone facility, which since I've used it, is a little hit and miss.
I'll start at the beginning.
We first bought the Binatone Fusion 2210 phone / answer phone around a year ago because our old cordless phones batteries had died (4 years old no shame to them), we looked at a few different phones but the fusion 2210 was the only one with built in answer phone at the time and to say they weren't cheap is an understatement.
At first they were ok, making calls, inputting numbers into the phones memory all pretty easy to do in seconds. Plenty of features on the handsets as well, so feature wise it was a good phone, but usability and functionality wise its terrible.
There are two phones and one main base transmitter and one small charging station for the other handset. The speakers on the handsets are so bad I have to turn on the loud speaker on some calls and even the loud speaker is so quiet that I have to have the loud speaker on and still put the phone up to my ear. Now I know people will say get a hearing aid, I'm 25 with perfect hearing so it's not me.
Next problem with the phone is when you're in a conversation and there is a noise, say, a bang on a desk, the microphone picks this up and the speaker cuts out, now I'm not sure if this is some sort of feature gone wrong, for instance, to stop back ground noise causing feedback or something similar, I just don't know, but it happens a lot, even when moving my chair or clearing my throat.
I also find with the fusion 2210 that the range of the second handset, IS TERRIBLE. Try and use it anywhere that's not 2ft away from the base unit and the phone cuts off or give a constant ring and wont answer.
A plus side is the batteries last a good while even when you have all the calls on loud speaker, and the battery only takes 10 min on the base charger and the phones back up to full power from dead.
Overall I've not had a great time with these phones and from a business point of view where I need to be on the phone a lot, I wouldn't recommend them.
I've always had cars from the age I was allowed to drive, and each one I've always tuned and modified, one of the first points to get upgraded is the sound system.
I like having a good quality sound system but none of this heavy base that loosens all the trim on your car rubbish, just a good quality, capable sound system to give your music the best base to play from without going mad.
On my last car I ran a middle of the market Kenwood head unit with a 6 disk changer, in which I generally have a wide variety of music from pop to dance. I hunted around for a while looking for the right speakers to go with the head unit, so took a trip to the local car stores to have a play and listen to the speakers, and luckily they had my head unit on display so I was able to actually hear how the HU worked with each set of speakers.
After trying many kinds I decided on the JBL GTO6527S speakers at £60.00. The reason I chose these over others out there was just down to the sound quality and lack of distortion. With the base and treble up full and mid to set to 2 the speakers were excellent up to near on max volume, now obviously I knew that the tester boards don't represent how they will sound in a car, but they were the best I tested in my price and size limitations.
Once I got them home I set about installing them, and I have to be honest they were very easy and straight forward with excellent instructions for first timers wanting to do the job themselves.
Set the speakers and level up on the head unit and closed the doors and went for a drive with my favourite CD selected. To say I was impressed is an understatement; the sound quality was so good it felt like the bands were in the back seat playing directly to you. The sound just was so clear and vibrant that you felt the track instead of listening to it.
Overall, for the money the speakers are ideal for anyone looking to fill a 6.5" speaker hole. Obviously a decent head unit is a must to get the full potential of any speaker but these JBL speakers make even my inexpensive Kenwood head unit sound brilliant.
edit: forgot some of the specs for these speakers.
the GTO6527S's are 6" Coaxial speakers rated at 55W RMS with peak power rating of 165W - more pecs bellow
Power Handling, RMS 55 Watts
Power Handling, Peak 165 Watts
Frequency Response (±3dB) 55Hz -- 21kHz
Mounting Depth 1-13/16" (47mm)
Cut-Out Diameter 5-11/16" (145mm)
Impedance 2 Ohms
(above spec list from JBL site)
The Acer Travelmate 244LC is a very good entry level laptop.
We use the 244LC for a range of tasks ranging from video and music playback to word processing applications with no problems what so ever.
We bought the Travelmate 4 years ago for £799 which was good for the level of spec 4 years ago.
The Travelmate 244LC comes with a 15" TFT LCD screen installed, which is capable of giving good, consistent colour definition to films and games being played, and with a maximum resolution of 1024 x 768 which is more than enough on a 15" screen.
The laptop is home to an Intel Celeron 2.6GHz processor which as anyone who knows about CPUs is mainly a word processing CPU which is not really designed for high graphics applications or movies, but it's more than capable of doing so without error.
256mb of DDR SDRAM is all the memory the laptop comes with, which for normal word processing and book keeping its more than adequate, but for anything else more is always better. The 244LC has room for another memory stick so its very easy to upgrade should you feel the need for more memory.
The 244LC also comes fitted with a 30GB hard drive which when the laptop was first released was a capable and ample sized drive but with broadband speeds increasing making much more information available to you, a 30GB HDD just isn't enough. A DVD/D-RW is also included in the feature listing.
As for connectability the laptop has the usual 10/100mb wired network connections but does not have built in wireless or bluetooth just because of the age of the laptop these features we not really factory standard at the time.
Only downside I have found is that the battery has slowly started to loose power quicker and quicker, so I have to run it off mains power other wise it informs me battery power is low. Replacing the battery just isnt cost effective as a new one is arround half the price of a newer higher spec laptop.
Overall a very useable affordable laptop which is more than capable of doing much more than it's specified to do.
The Honda CBR was and still is my first bike, after 2 years of passing I still have the same CBR only because it has never let me down. It gets ridden to the redline every time its out and it never fails.
I passed my direct access 2 Julys ago, 3 days later a group of friends and I went a light hearted run, and it turns out I wasn't up to scratch and I crashed shattering my left elbow and doing the same to my right wrist, but the bike... had a grand total of a broken wing mirror and a cracked side fairing from the crash. Now I have to admit I was expecting more damage to the bike but these bikes are so well built and so sturdy that's the reason its still here with me and still runs like the first day I bought it.
Performance wise the bike is excellent gives other bikes in the same league a thrashing; I've raced r6s and thunder cats both of which the CBR was quicker.
The bike has a very comfortable riding position which is what actually attracted me to the CBR in the first place. I had ridden R1's and ZX9Rs both the riding position was very sore on the arms and wrists on long trips where as on the CBR your further back behind the bars instead of right on top of them, which means its able to be ridden longer without your arms hurting and also that the steering isn't as twitchy as the other bikes because your not directly above the bars.
The CBR 600F is as you'd have guessed a 599cc bike with an inline four cylinder engine, producing around 100bhp and 50ft/lb of torque. Which for a bike of its size is pretty good, the only down side is the CBR weights in at 189kg which is pretty heavy compared to some of the newer bikes on the market. The bike is rated at having a top speed of 155mph but I've seen more than that on a few occasions on track days.
Overall very good learners bike and beginners bike, but even after that it's a very good comfortable sports bike, which I would recommend to anyone.
The Fellowes P500-2 shredder is very good at shredding paper, which is good I hear you all say, but it's how good it is that really matters.
I run my own business, so sensitive documents are in abundance here, and disposing of them safely just got easier with the P500-2 shredder.
Gone are the days where you were safe to just rip the paperwork in half and throw it in the bin, with identity theft at an all time high, and some banks leaving too many of your details on letters and statements, having a good quality shredder is a must to protect yourself.
Now the Fellowes P500-2 is more than capable of taking car of the heaviest of documentation, in fact it's specified to be able to handle eight sheets at once, but I have witnessed it making light work of even ten page bungles. The P500-2 is able to shred the paper / documents down to 6mm strips which will give even the most dedicated identity thief a lot of work to get their hands on your details.
Speed wise, it's reasonable, taking around six seconds to shred one sheet and around eight to shred a stack of seven pages.
Features include auto-start and stop when feeding in a document, forward and reverse modes very handy if something gets stuck or you realise you haven't removed a staple and you want to stop it before it goes through. Also has a modest 17 litre capacity apparently.
Safety wise it's excellent, the blade unit is fully enclosed so even child safe as there is next to no risk of injury unless you go putting things through it that you shouldn't...
Mouth opening on the P500-2 is 220mm wide so comfortably fits a normal A4 page.
Excellent Shredder for the money highly recommend, used for 3+ years with not one problem.
Prices vary widely so shop around, most seem to list it at £60 but I've seen it as low as £25 in places.
The Sony Ericsson K850i is a brilliant all purpose phone, I used to have the k800i and thought that was good but since obtaining the upgrade to the k850i id never go back.
Strange button design to begin with making it a little awkward with texting and general phone operations, but once you are used to the controls and the button configuration it is by far one of, if not the best phone I have owned.
It is an up-to-date styled phone, slender and packed full of features.
The first thing you notice about the phone itself is its more than ample screen size (240x320 pixel) and resolution, menus are easy to access and understand, even on the Vodafone versions.
The K850i comes with a 5 mega pixel auto-focusing camera built in, which to be honest is more than enough for any budding photographer on the move, I sometime fine the 5mgp setting is just too large and have to set the phone down to 3mgp just for the sake of photo editing on the PC as the pictures are just to detailed and such a large resolution that they sometimes end up as 5mb files, that's a big picture...
The K850i is jam packed with applications and games for those who use their phone for more than just calls.
It also includes a nice M12 512mb memory stick and a 40mb internal memory for all those applications and games you want to add.
I have had the phone well over a year at the moment and I have to say I have never had one problem with it. Compared to the older k800i that was constantly freezing and needing sent away for software upgrades, the k850i has gave me many care free months of use and hopefully many more to come (till the next upgrade anyway).
The version I have is from Vodafone and I have to say the Vodafone menu systems is nicer to use that the orange and t-mobile ones I have used. On the Vodafone network I never fail to have full signal even when other k850i's on other networks are reading no network available. Even other phones on the Vodafone service don't get as good a reception as I do with mine. Which I have to say is very comforting to know especially when I spend a lot of time travelling on my own for work.
Only downside I have found on this phone is the very poor loud speaker on it, trying to put conversations on loud speaker ends up with the group of people huddled around the phone trying to put their ears as close to the speaker as possible, which in my eyes defeats the purpose of a loud speaker.
Overall excellent phone packed with more features that you'll ever use, looks great works great.
The HP Laser Jet 1018 laser printer is by far one of the best budget black and white laser printers I have used. I print a lot of invoices for my business; all my paper work is done on this system as well.
My Inkjet was running out of ink all the time, I had tried cheaper ink cartridges and even those easy refill kits as well but as I always printer in black and white I had a look online to see what was available in the laser printer world.
I stumbled across the Hp 1018 laser printer on comets web-site and they had it on offer as well £99.00 with toner etc included, so 10 minutes later I was driving home with my new laser printer, I couldn't wait to get home to hook it all up to the pc and give it a job to do.
Well I have to admit the wait was not in vain, I plugged in the USB cable to the computer put the Install / drivers disk in the computer and switched the printer on. Within seconds the printer was all set up and ready to print a test page, which it did. No sooner had I pressed the print button had it already finished.
I print all day every day with this printer, roughly 100 pages of invoices and general waste each and every day and not once has the printer faltered.
It was incredibly easy to setup and install, the toner is the same one I got with it and a year later it's still going strong print tones still very deep and sharp.
The printer is also tiny; it fits neatly where my old bulky inkjet would not, and at a very slim 5kg its very light too.
Some technical spec for those who know what it all means.
Printer Type Personal printer - laser - monochrome
Width 37 cm
Depth 24.2 cm
Height 20.9 cm
Print Speed Up to 12 ppm - B/W - A4 (210 x 297 mm)
Connectivity Technology - Wired
Interface - USB
Max Resolution ( B&W ) - 600 dpi x 600 dpi
Image Enhancement Technology - HP FastRes 1200
Processor 234 MHz
RAM Installed ( Max ) 2 MB / 2 MB (max)
If you can get this printer at a very good price then take it, I wont be changing for a very long time. In fact ill probably still be on the same toner cartridge by the time I come to upgrade to a newer model.
This is a highly Recommended printer.
Gone are the days of picking fluff from your ball, scrapping the crud from your rollers and banging the mouse of the worktop to make it work. The revolution of the optical mouse is here.
The Microsoft Basic Optical Mouse will track on any surface, even glass. Theres no need for a mouse mat anymore. The optical mouse is ideal for the laptop user who never knows where they will park their computer.
The Microsoft Optical Mouse is wonderful, I used to be plagued with dirt build-up on the rollers of my ball mouse which made things like photo editing and gaming rather annoying where smooth accurate mouse movements were a must.
With the optical mouse there's no need to worry you can edit pictures smoothly without fear of the cursor suddenly juddering or not moving at all.
The Microsoft Basic Optical Mouse has everything you need from a mouse. Three button functions (left button, roller wheel and right button).
The design of the mouse is one of the best I've tried, it's so ergonomically designed it is just such a pleasure to use day in and day out. I've tried a few different mice on my systems over the years and now that I work and playa t the same pc I am glad I have this mouse. Hours of use and no hand cramps, aches or pains.
With the mouse being a Microsoft item, it comes with all the software gimmicks you come to expect, including the cursor pointers and added device settings from Microsoft.
Highly recommend this mouse for anyone who is a serious computer user, its so comfortable to use compared to other mice out there and it doesn't eat as much cheese either lol
Trauma Center - Second Opinion for the Wii was one of the first games I bought for the Wii. I had played it before on my sisters Wii and me and my other half enjoyed it very much. We hunted for the game for a while as by the time we bought a Wii Console the game had been released for quite some time. Luckily we found it in the sale bin at our local Comet store for a lovely £9.95.
We have been steadily playing the game since we got it, and although my other half has the surgical finesse of a gorilla with a tranquiliser dart in its neck and loves killing her patients, we have managed to get very far in the game.
Likes: The game lets you do some very interesting procedures in some very disturbing situations and under some less than ideal conditions. The array of medical tools at your disposal is excellent. Being able to select the tool you require with the nun-chuck and operating with the Wii-Mote makes it quick and easy to use and change the tools needed during the time restricted operations.
Dislikes: The amount of story you have to watch and are unable to just skip, you are forced to watch every single storyline episode where there is now talking from the characters, all you get it a still picture of the character who is speaking at the time popping up followed by many screens of text. The only way to speed these storylines up is by intensely hitting the A button to speed them up. There are far too many storyline episodes compared to real operations, and after a short while it get very annoying having to skip all the time, which I'm sure will result in a few repetitive strain enquiries occurring.
The game is very addictive at the beginning with the wide range of operations you are allowed to carry out, from reconstructing a mans shattered arm to even disarming a bomb at a local medical convention. But later in the game its gets very flat and you end up fighting a virus called GUILT, a man made virus that you are then sent to cure all infected patients of.
Overall a good game, both graphically and in content, and playability. One of the best Wii games I've played as there are so many varying levels to play unlike most Wii games where after 30 min of playing you have pretty much covered all the game has to give.
End OF Days, Where to begin. This is one of my favourite Arnold Schwarzenegger film out of my collection. The film was released in 1999 and was directed by Peter Hyams, he gave us such creations as Time Cop and The Relic. Arnold Schwarzenegger plays the lead character Jericho Cane who is a heavily depressed retired cop who now runs a security firm. He gets the job to look after / protect an investment banker.
The film is set on the 31st of December and the whole of New York is waiting for the millennium, meanwhile the devil played by Gabriel Byrne comes to earth in search of a bride. Just so happens that in 1979 a newborn baby girl is patronized by Satanists, 20 years later in the present day (1999) the girl is now a young woman (played by Robin Tunney) and is haunted by nightmares of a mysterious man.
The film ends with a moving and epic battle between Jericho and Satan. But that's all I am going to tell you as this is a review not a spoiler.
The film is one of the best I've seen Arnold Schwarzenegger star in, it's a refreshing change of pace for him, and lets him show his acting skill in another light away from the usual shooting and killing everything in sight.
I enjoyed the film because it's a role that allows the vulnerable, human side of life to be shown, and that Arnold Schwarzenegger plays very well.
It's a change from Arni's normal man of steel nothing fazes him roles, this allows us to see him play a totally different type of role, although he's still fighting a monster/god in the film there's more to his character than just the hero.
It's a film I've enjoyed and will continue to enjoy again and again.
Recommended watch for any Arni fan, and even some Arni-Haters.
I was given Rock Band as a present. I used to play the drums in a band for 10 years and gave it up a few years ago due to injury. I always told people I missed playing them and wish I hadn't sold my kit. So this was the idea behind the gift.
The game itself is excellent, I've always liked Guitar Hero on the Wii, but the ability to have the drums and a singer on as well as the guitar really adds to the experience that is Rock Band.
The only problem I found was trying to find anyone who is capable of holding a note and playing the drums while I play the guitar.
The drums are good and easy for both drummers and non drummers. The guitar I got with the Wii was a fender Stratocaster replica, it has the buttons at the top and the bottom of the fret board which allows people with different grips and hand sizes to be able to use the guitar also means you can look extra cool playing down near the bottom like a proper rock god.
The Microphone is good but unfortunately with rock band the game there are not many songs I knew the words to sing along with, Creep, Beetle bum and 1 or 2 others.
Graphics in the game are what you expect from a Wii game, nothing amazingly special but good enough quality to do the game justice.
The game plays well on the Wii, I have played the game on the X-box as well and wasn't as impressed with it as I was on the Wii.
Overall an excellent gift for anyone of any age, I play it everyday to the dismay of my family and neighbours hahaha.
The game itself can be bought from £35 up depending where you look for it, and the drums, guitar and microphone can all be purchased individually or as a set. The set retails from £95 upwards, again depending on where you go.
I certainly think it's a good buy, and I am glad I got it as a gift as I don't think I would have spent that much on a computer game.
Base review from my ciao account. i have added more information to it for dooyoo.
The Nissan 200sx S14 / S14a (as seen in the picture) is an excellent well rounded car, and is easily the best car I have ever had the pleasure of owning.
The 200sx UK version is fitted with the SR20DET engine which is the same engine fitted to the Almera Gti but with a nice T28 turbo fitted for a little more power.
As standard the 200sx s14/a range produces 200bhp (UK version), the Japanese imported version is called the Nissan Silvia and is brought over with 220bhp.
The newer S15 200sx was never produced in the UK and is imported with a nice 250bhp.
Although the Japanese version comes with climate control the UK version has ABS, Airbags, and Air Conditioning as standard. There is also a Touring version of both the S14 and the S14a, these have a few added extras like passenger side Air bags, Exterior Side skirts and leather seats.
The car is very comfortable, after long journeys you are left feeling refreshed and ready for the drive home.
With a little tuning the 200sx becomes a very quick car, the one I had, I managed to stage 2 tune the car and have 300bhp and 330ft/lb torque from the car which ran a 13.2 sec 1/4 mile @ 108mph. The Nissan 200sx is the drifters choice, with the car being a front engined rear wheel drive car, this makes the it very nimble and easy to make over steer and just as easy to control.
I sold the car recently but wish I hadn't. I would have another on in a heart beat.
Excellent cars with all the features you need in a modern car with the Japanese build quality, reliability and usual easy tuning you expect from a Nissan.
The Pirelli p-zero rosso is a very good tyre. I have had Pirelli tyres before in the shape of the P6000 and I have to say I wasn't impressed so I had some reservations when I looked at the Pirelli range again. I was reassured by the tyre company that I was buying them from that the P-Zero was a totally different tyre and made for a totally different purpose than the P6000.
So I had the tyres fitted let them bed in over 100-200 miles. Once the tyres were properly scrubbed in, I found that the recommendations had some truth to them; in all honesty I was very pleasantly surprised just how good these tyres are.
I have since had this tyre on both of my performance cars, both of which were 300+bhp RWD cars where grip really was very important.
Some tyres I have had including the Toyo Proxies were good in the dry but not in the rain and vice-versa.
The Pirelli P-Zero Rossos amazingly managed both. They provide amazing dry performance as well as very good wet performance. I have used these tyres for fast road applications as well as track days and every time they never fail to amaze me. They also managed some excellent launches on the ¼ mile.
Overall the entire tyre is one I will be using for many years to come on all my performance cars. These opinions / results were based on 235/45/17 tyres.
The P-Zero Rossos are and excellent medium compound tyre which means they last longer than all out sports tyres but provide enough grip for the most spirited driver. Road noise is also very low, as is tyre roar that you experience from harder compound tires.
The Pirelli P-Zero Rosso tyre can be purchased for around £90 per tyre (based on 235/45/17 sizes).
Dumfries. Well where to begin. I'm from Glasgow originally and moved down here 22 years ago. I have watched Dumfries grow and grow the town is developing new sites and new housing schemes all the time unfortunately each day there are businesses closing in the main high street.
I myself and my father both have businesses in Dumfries we have done for well over 10 years; We watch the development as consumers and as traders ourselves.
The general opinion of Dumfries is that it's a run down town full of drug abusers, homeless and general scallies. Granted it does have its fair share of rubbish, but what town doesn't.
I have lived here over 22 years now and I don't see me moving any time soon. Dumfries has a lot of good facilities and is constantly growing and improving.
OK we don't need 3-4 Tescos in the town, but someone obviously sees a need for them.
Dumfries has a thriving pub trade, there are well over 25 pubs / clubs in Dumfries Town Centre alone. But the quality of the night life leaves a lot to be desired. Three night clubs Jumpin Jaks, Chancers, the Venue. All of which have seen refurbishments come and go and still nothing seems to change. Same old places, with the same old faces and unfortunately, the same old music still playing 10 years after its release.
There is not a lot to do in Dumfries itself as a result most people go to Carlisle for a night out.
But Dumfries does have The IceBowl, which has both indoor ice skating and indoor carpet bowls.
Up till recently we also had an indoor Go-Karting track on the outskirts of Dumfries but it recently closed for reasons I can only assume.
Dumfries was the home of the famous Robert Burns poet. Everywhere in Dumfries there are reminders of the past with all the famous people who used to reside in Dumfries, but the only thing to come out of Dumfries recently has been Calvin Harris (Adam Wiles).
Overall Dumfries is a nice place to live; after all, I do call it my home.