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    • LG DR-7400 / DVD Recorder / 3 Readings / 2 Ratings
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      15.07.2012 20:09

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      Basic but reliable

      This is a fairly simple DVD recorder/player. Not compatible with blu-ray dvds or any of the more up to date applications, such as HD.

      But as a easy to use recorder and player of regular DVDs, this is a pretty decent product. Not anything to get excited about or impress people with, but if all you want is a reliable DVD player, than this could be right for you. There are certainly better products on the market, and in fact if all you wanted was a basic DVD player without the recording capabilities, then you could always just buy a second hand playstation 2, and use that as a de facto DVD player.

      The design is basic and unimpressive, silver in colour and not too bulky. As the features are pretty limited, it is pretty easy to use what is on offer, namely recording/playing dvds, switching on-screen preferences with the accompanying remote controller or from the box itself.

      A decent, if uninspiring, product.

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    • Argos Value Cordless Kettle / Kettle / 11 Readings / 10 Ratings
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      13.07.2012 17:31
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      A good kettle for the price, but better quality on the market

      A decent kettle. Nothing fancy about it either in appearance or design.

      Our household went for this simply because it's the cheapest out there, after disappointing experiences with other, more expensive kettles. I would not say this kettle is better than the others we tried (morphy richards, george foreman) as a whole, but provides better value for money.

      Argos promote this as an energy saving kettle, but cannot say i have noticed any difference in money saved from the electricity bill. Like most standard kettles, this one can handle up to 1.7 litres of water, which is plenty if making rounds of hot drinks, or making a head start on any cooking involving boiling water.

      The most positive thing about the kettle is the lack of noise it emits when boiling. It's hardly silent, but my previous kettles have been louder, in fact loud enough to block out conversations or the TV, which this one does not.

      It's design will certainly not draw any compliments from any guests, but with its neutral colour will fit in with the décor of almost any kitchen.

      I am in a hard water area and limescale does build up readily, but this was the same for the other more expensive kettles. Obviously, if this is a major concern for you then you should purchase a kettle with added filter or alternatively buy a filter separately.

      It is not the easiest kettle to fill. There is no easy to use button to open the top of the kettle and thus allow for the water to be poured in. Instead, you must manually open it yourself and click it into place to allow for water filling.

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      • Apple iPod nano (6G) 8 GB / MP3 Player / 2 Readings / 2 Ratings
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        12.07.2012 22:40

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        Great for music and for those on the go. Not great for those who want other features besides music

        I got this sent to me by apple as a replacement for a faulty ipod nano generation 2 model, and at first thought i had been sent the wrong product.

        The first thing that strikes you about the 6G model is its size. Apple have succeeded in turning the nano into a micro-nano. I could easily rest 4 of these just in the palm of my average-sized hand. It's about 1.5 inches wide and roughly square in shape.

        It's light as a feather. Sometimes, when I have it in my pocket, I forget that it's there. This is a both an obvious advantage AND disadvantage. Maybe it's just me, but i find it slightly disconcerting to have an expensive piece of equipment on me, and to not even realise it's there most of the time. That said, it's fantastic if you are a frequent traveller or an enthusiastic runner (not me!).

        You frequently see joggers with their nano's attached, and it also has a pedometer, which keeps track of all your steps. Helpful for planning an exercise regime, and also has added benefits for those wishing to keep track of their daily movements, if they have any associated health concerns.

        The other striking change is the lack of the spinning wheel from previous nano models. Like most techno things these days, you have to rely on a touch-scree to navigate yourself around. Not ideal if you have chubby fingers, or have dodgy eyesight.

        That said, the interface is easy to use and there are plenty of music options. Not only can you listen to your downloaded music, but also to the radio where you can actually initiate a live pause, just like you can on a sky plus box (or similar box's) for tv. Also 8GB allows for a good amount of storage.

        There is no video options this time round. That's fine by me, as i use my phone or laptop for any videos i want to watch, but may annoy others. Clearly, this has been designed for music lovers only, and particularly those who like to be on the go.

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      • Apple iPod Earphones / Headphones / 7 Readings / 6 Ratings
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        12.07.2012 18:20

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        Decent enough

        These are the headphones you will automatically get when buying the applicable apple product, such as an iPod, iPhone etc.

        Clearly these are headphones made with a budgetary costs in mind. Apple only wishing to spend on their core products, with the earphones a mere afterthought. There is nothing flashy about them. They are simple, streamlined, white or grey in colour and not unattractive.

        I was reasonably happy with them when using my iPod, but sometimes find them lacking in real quality when being used to listen to music from my laptop, for example. Bear in mind, I would not say i set my standards particularly high. If you are a music technician or are particularly knowledgeable in this area, then the quality of the earphones will probably seem sub-standard for any product.

        I was satisfied enough to order a replacement when my earphones broke after being stood on. However be warned, the quality of the replacement ear phones was most definitely sub-standard. I put this down to the quality of the supplier (from Amazon), but just shows there are dodgy versions of this product out there.

        Clearly, this is a no-thrills product. Fine for using with the intended products, but sub-par for most other things.

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        11.07.2012 23:42

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        Great product

        I have always suffered from dry skin and was recommended this from my sister. I think it's fantastic. It smells great and leaves the skin feeling great. It moisturises without being greasy, as the skin just seems to soak up all the wonderful, natural ingredients. It contains both vitamins A and E, so is rich in healthy goodness. And of course, as a body shop product, you know it is going to be of real quality

        I have not tried the other products in the range, but have been told that whilst they are similarly excellent, the shea body butter just about shades it. I love the fact that the smell is pleasant, without being over bearing in its strength. It also means i can confidently use the product without advertising the fact, which helps as a man!

        The price is reasonable although a little towards the steep side, but perhaps that's just me, and i'm sure if i shopped around i could get it cheaper than just buying it straight from the shop.

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        11.07.2012 15:37

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        Dont buy it

        I bought one of these some time ago, having been very impressed with the George Foreman lean mean grilling machine. So I trusted that other products in the range would be as impressive.

        I was wrong...

        Firstly, I thought the kettle looked great from the pictures on the internet, but in reality, it looked quite cheap. Bright green, which fitted in with my kitchen design. The cheap plastic less so!

        Also, I found that it was too noisy when the kettle boiled, noticeably louder from my previous and subsequent kettles. Also, the spout was small, so I had to open the lid every time to fill even a tiny amount of water into it. After repeatedly doing this, eventually the kettle lid snapped of its hinges. The lid still fitted, but it put me off the product even more to the point i ditched it.

        A positive is that the limescale build-up was not as bad as with other kettles i've owned

        Unfortunately, ths did not live up to the other products in the range, and is not even a particularly cheap kettle for the quality you get

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        11.07.2012 13:37

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        Decent overall

        This product functions as an all-in-one printer/scanner/copier, and at a fairly decent price too. It is fairly bulky, but not unduly so: 16 x 18 x 16.8 inches, at just over 9 pounds in eight

        It prints off quickly and without hassle, unlike my previous printer which would often jam the paper whilst attempting to print.

        No such problems here, can comfortably fit 100 streams of paper in the paper tray without getting jammed. If printing off a large number of sheets, then there's a high probability that at least some of the printed paper will come off the paper tray. Thus, try to keep the printer away from the edge of the unit it's placed on so as to avoid the printed pages falling on to the floor. If not, then you will have to supervise the printing process.

        If you run ot of paper during a print-off, just re-load and press the continue button, without any further hassle.

        Sometimes, when cancelling a print-out, further queued print-outs can get disrupted, which is fairly irritating. The only way to solve this is to re-boot the computer.

        The scanning and copying faciliies are great too. No need to constantly be visiting the local photocopiers everytime I want a few copies of some document.

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      • E45 Cream / Skin Care / 6 Readings / 4 Ratings
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        11.07.2012 00:36

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        Great product

        Now, I have always had a problem with dry skin, particularly on my face - a result of severe acne from my teenage years. Anyway, as always, i was in search of a solution to my problems without breaking the bank, and stumbled across this in a local shop.

        The price was very cheap, for a not unsubstantial tub of cream, so my expectations were low. However they needn't have been. As soon as i applied the moisturising cream, the dry skin disappeared and stayed away all day having applied it in the morning.

        Fearing that this would now end up aggravating my skin more in the long-term, I have been pleasantly surprised. In fact, I have found that since i started using e45, my skin seems less prone to drying out after my daily shower, and is more resistant to the temperature changes outside.

        This particular product comes as a pump, but you can also buy e45 as a tub, without the pump, or simply in a tube. I prefer the pump as i think it's a little more hygienic than having the chance that other people in the house may dunk their own hands into the cream. And people will use it, as it truly works. Also, the pump prevents people from taking too much - with each pump you get just the right amount, so it saves you a little money in the long run.

        It's a no frills product, so if you are looking for say a nice fragrance with your moisturiser, then this will not be for you. Otherwise a great little product, buy it!

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        11.07.2012 00:27

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        Was really struggling to think of a decent present for my mum, without breaking the bank, when I was told about this.

        I decided to take the plunge and order the cleanse and polish cream as well as some of the cleansing cloths, without expecting too much, knowing that my mum had always been quite fussy about the products she uses, and had stubbornly stuck to the same old products she had used for quite some time.

        However, this time, a miracle occurred and for once it seems I have made a good choice in my present giving skills.

        Mum decided to try it 'to give it a go', proceeded to rub the cream all over her face and left it a short while before rinsing off with the damp, hot Muslin cloth that you need to buy separately. Immediately, she said her skin felt as if a lot of clogged dirt had in the pores had been lifted, and her skin was not left dry at all, and thus no expensive moisturising cream was required!

        Also, the smell was great. Real natural scent, without being too powerful. The cream itself contains eucalyptus, which gives it the fresh fragrance, and cocoa butter to leave the skin feeling moisturised and great all round.

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      • Neutradol / Household Cleaning / 4 Readings / 3 Ratings
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        10.07.2012 22:26

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        Value for money

        Having a small bedroom with a boiler in the corner does not make for ideal natural air-conditioning. Particularly when spending just a small amount of time in my room, with say my laptop on, upon re-entering the room, I would notice a less than pleasant smell lingering!

        Thus, my room needed some freshening up and i can't say i am disappointed i chose neutradol. Very reasonably priced, can be bought for just a couple of quid from my local Robert Dyas, and probably cheaper on the net.

        Truly lasts for three months, unlike some others I have heard about, and the freshening smell is as strong at the end as in the beginning.

        Only criticism is that the smell whilst pleasant is not particularly distinctive. And I have searched for different smelling air fresheners in the neutradol range, but have yet to find one.

        Would recommend for a cheap, efficient air freshener

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        10.07.2012 21:37

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        Solid product, but better quality can be found elsewhere

        I decided to buy this clock radio after my previous one had decided to stop functioning, and I was attracted to the reasonable price and compact design.

        I found the product easy to use, with a small but necessary range of features. It has the standard requirements of any clock radio:
        - Alarm, either set to buzzer or radio mode (or off of course)
        - A radio on/off feature if you just want to listen to the radio, without being semi-comatosed at the time!
        - FM/MW/AM settings
        - Large volume range - loud enough to wake the neighbours judging by the repeated bangs on the bedroom wall
        - Large snooze/sleep button, so you don't have to fumble around too long trying to switch the thing off

        The drawbacks:
        - Perhaps a little clunky, not great if you are a frequent traveller
        - Large LED display can sometimes irritate if i'm having one of those toss and turn, sleepless nights.

        Recommended, but better products on the market

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      • Goodmans GDB11 / Set Top Box / 7 Readings / 7 Ratings
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        10.07.2012 20:48

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        Cheap but cheerful

        Good value for money freeview box. Not the absolute cheapest out there, but certainly towards the cheaper end of the market. Costs around £20-25

        If, like me, you are only interested in getting a freeview box because we all now HAVE to have one and just want a reliable viewing of the main 5 channels, then this is for you. And as a bonus, you get a multitude of other channels thrown in, including news channels, documentary channels, entertainment etc. You name it, it's here. In total, there's about 90 channels

        I bought mine on-line, and it came with all the necessary equipment to get going and watching some TV! Easy to assemble, just attaching a few simple cables, and then easy step-by-step installation instructions in the manual that comes with it. Follow a few simple steps and then the box will automatically search for and install the channels available. Also, if there are any changes with regards the availability of channels, then a message will appear on screen informing you to re-tune so that you can get these channels.

        Also, there's a 7-day programme guide which can be accessed through one of the controller buttons, thus allowing you to see what's coming up in the tv guides.

        The only disadvantage is that the picture can sometimes freeze but that's only when my portable aerial is disturbed, and this rarely happens. Also, if you are looking for an extensive range of channels with all the modern technology then this is not for you. No in-built HD or 3D.

        Another slight irritation is that you cant move channels when muting the tv as i sometimes wish to do late at night, for instance.

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