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So my old computer screen packed in a few years back, and so my dad bought me a new screen. He chose this, for its good value, good size, and that HP is a reputable company. This arrived, and it was easy to set up, just plugged it in, connected it with my PC, and it did the rest. I stopped using my PC for a couple of years, because it was so slow, and therefore stopped using the screen, however our main computer screen has now packed in, so we've started using this instead, and after a year or so of non-use, it works great
The monitor looks great, my one is black, rather than the silver in the picture, and I prefer the black. It looks cool, and its got a few flashes of silver here and there, and it looks great. The stand also doubles as a small tray, so its good for keeping USBs and things there, however its just bit too small to use it for anything slightly bigger, like a few wires or something. The monitor can also be tilted, which is almost essential.
The actual display is good, everything is clear and sharp, just as an LCD TFT monitor should be. There are plenty of options for the display, brightness, Contrast, image control, colour, language, management, and OSD control, aswell as information and factory reset. There is also an auto adjust buttons, which makes it easy for setting up the monitor.
There are no speakers on the monitor, so this means that you will have to buy some speakers, if you don't have some already. This feature isn't completely necessary, especially at the cheap price of speakers these days, however it would be nice if there were some built in.
So overall, a good computer monitor, and at a good price, you cant go wrong!
Friday in my house is pizza Friday. And every week, this is the pizza we eat. Tastes great, cheap, what's not to love?
I love how with this pizza you can just put it in a cold oven, rather than having to wait for the oven to heat up. Also, you can just use the tray the pizza comes with, so there's no washing up of a tray. The pizza takes 25 minutes to cook, which may be longer than a lot of pizzas, however because there is no need to preheat the oven, it feels like it's quicker.
The pizza tastes great, there is plenty of pepperoni on the pizza, and I love the stuffed crust, it tastes great, however it would be nice with cheese in there instead. The pizza wasn't too dry, nor too sloppy, just right. The pizza is a good size too, there's enough for me and my brother, and we usually eat quite a lot, but I could eat more after eating half a pizza.
Overall a brilliant pizza, I've been eating these for about 2 years, and I think they're the best frozen pizzas you can get!
Now obviously these aren't as good as a pair of £100 headphones, but that's because they're a third of the price, however they are a brilliant pair of headphones, and for £30 they're a steal. The headphones look cool, I love the blue behind the black, it looks great. The headphones have an adjustable headband, so it fits any head size, or even any hairstyle. They have a good long 3m cable, so you can get up and move around a fair bit while they're plugged into the stereo or whatever your listening to it on. The headphones are comfortable to wear, and I can wear them for ages without my ears hurting. Sound is good and crisp, and the bass is extremely good. The only problem I've had with these, is the same problem I have had with all Sennheiser headphones, including my pair of HD 435s, is that there is just too much sound that comes out of them at a high volume. I really do think this a problem that needs to be addressed, as it stops me from using them in public places, as I like to listen to my music loud.
So, to sum it all up, if you want a decent pair of headphones with good sound, for a cheap price, to use at home, these are the headphones you are looking for.
I'd meant to read this for a while, and then my mum borrowed the complete sega from a friend, so I started there. Immediately from the outset I enjoyed the book. The book is written simply, but beautifully. You can almost smell the green in Forks. It's quite a clever story, as there are two things going on at once; both the development of Bella and Edward, and her and his family, and also we learn more about the actual vampires and how they came to be vampires. The novel starts with Bella moving to Forks, to live with her father. She enrols at the local school, where she meets Edward. Eventually her and Edward begin a relationship and she finds out he is a vampire. Although she knows he is dangerous, her love for him is too much to scare her. The novel is mainly us learning more about Edward, his family, and the way they live, when they are so different to everyone else.
A brilliant read, and I'd definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoys reading
I have just finished watching Season 3 of 24, and what a season it was. I purchased the 1st season on boxset a few months back, and since then have loved watching the 24 series.
In this season the usual faces re-appear, there's David Palmer, Kim Bauer, Michelle and Tony, and of course Jack. All of them once again doing a superb performance, and really creating a realism about the series.
In season 3 there is a biological weapon that terrorists are threatening to release in return for inmate Salazar to be released, and as always, the writers have a huge number of twists to keep us on our toes. I noticed a couple of really bad film mistakes in the first two seasons(Crew in frame), but I didn't notice any such things in this series, so they seem to have got out the all the kinks.
As always with 24, the time frame in which things are done are usually unrealistic in my opinion, and this is true in this one aswell, however it doesn't much affect the quality of the program.
Overall a decent, fast paced TV series, which always has you wondering whats going to happen next, and wanting to watch the next episode
Before I purchased this game, I played a demo version, which I had downloaded from Xbox live. It seemed pretty fun, so I thought, why not?
The first third of the game is fun. Basically you're taking refuge in a zombie hideout while waiting for Army reinforcements to arrive. While you're waiting for this you have to go out and find survivors, and then bring them back. These are just kind of side missions, and they're not essential to be done, and they're all pretty much the same. You also have to get Zombrex(zombie antidote) for your daughter, and this can be found in some of the side missions, so you do need to do the ones where you get zombrex every day. There's a storyline aswell, and you've been framed for the outbreak of these zombies in Las Vegas. These missions aren't optional, and you get one everyday. At first these were fun, however now, they're just too hard and it's not fun anymore, and there's still a number of missions still to be done. The actual game is good, graphics are good, you can have hundreds of zombies on one screen, there's loads of weapons, and with these weapons you can combine them, and make even better weapons, which I think is really good. There are a lot of loading screens, and they are quite long each time, however I guess they have to load the hundreds of zombies. Also they have an experience points system- which not many single player games have- and this means you level up, and when you do level up, you have more inventory space, more life, and you get combo cards, and these have 'recipes' for combo weapons, as I described before. Also there's a bunch of food you can get, and this all gives you more health. Killing the zombies is fun, however after a while this can get boring. There are quite a few cars/ bikes you can drive, and you can easily run over zombies with them, so that's quite fun too. However, for some reason everything has limited use, so like a baseball bat you can only kill like 30 zombies or something, despite the fact you could kill 100 people before your baseball bat broke.
So, overall an enjoyable game, however some parts are just too hard.
So my dad saw these in Tesco a year or two ago, and they were going for about £7 or so. As we already had a pair of Sennheisers', and the other ones we had were pretty good, my dad decided to give these a go.
The headphones are alright, quite comfortable, sound quality is great for £7, plenty of bass and good crisp sound. I also like the red and the silver on the headphones, they work well together. The headphones also have a gold plated plug, so the sound quality is even better. I like the cable on these, they're a good length and I also like the volume control on them, something alot of headphones don't have, and this makes things a lot more convenient, so rather than having to get your music player out, you can just turn it down on the headphones. The headphones are comfortable on the ear, and I can wear them for ages without my ears aching. Also the size of the headphones are adjustable. Also they come with a carry case, so this protects the headphones while in your backpack or wherever.
However there are a few things that bring the review down. Like a lot of sennheisers they don't keep the sound inside the headphones very well. This means I can't listen to music loud on the bus or the train, because the sound comes out from the headphones so that everyone else can hear it. I guess they're kind of like a pair of speakers in this effect. Also, in the same month my dad bought these, we travelled to the USA. I took these on the plane, and plugged them in to the seat rest. Within an hour of the flight, I'd somehow managed to break the headphone socket, because the headphone socket on the plane was in such a bad place. Luckily, you can change the wire, so they weren't completely useless. However when I tried to get another wire, none would fit in because the place where the wire went into the headphones was too small, so I had to cut some of the plastic off the lead to get it to fit. I think they should of made it slightly larger there, because the majority of wires would not fit there, and there is a good chance that at some point people would have to change the wire, especially as the headphone jack was so weak.
Apart from the two issues I've had(one mainly my fault), this pair of headphones are decent, and if you can get it for £7, I would recommend going for them.
So my father bought this, and at first it was great. It's highly portable, fits in pretty much any backpack easily, and it's really light too. It's nicely styled, with a good colour scheme. It comes with plenty of features: Bluetooth,a Webcam, , SD/MMC/MS card slot, Ethernet port, Wireless Networking3 USB 2.0 ports, Microphone/Headphone sockets. It is also equipped with Windows XP. The 10.1" screen is nice, nice, sharp an clear, so no problems there. The keyboard is like any other, and there are no shortcuts or anything which would be nice, but not essential. It started off as being reasonably quick, good boot up time, and it was pretty quick to open programs. However after about a year or so, the computer goes really slowly, so it's quite frustrating. The charger broke after a year too, resulting in my dad having to buy a new one for about £30 or so. Also now about two years since my Dad bought it, the battery no longer works either, and it has to be permanently plugged in. It would appear that this is quite a common problem on this particular laptop, from what I have read from Google searches.
I would recommend getting a tablet PC instead, as there are quite a few good ones coming out soon, and also there may be a Google Chromium netbook being announced tomorrow on 7th December, which may be better than this, however only time will tell. Or alternatively you could just purchase a notebook, with more features, faster, and just sacrifice the portability.
My mother bought this with an amazon gift voucher, and she's made quite a few loaves of bread with it. However she seems to have stopped, so I have just gone and made a loaf of bread, just 5 minutes ago.
Design & Instructions
The bread maker looks good, and seems to fit in with the majority of the kitchen appliances in our kitchen. It has a silver body, and then a dark, plastic lid, with also a viewing bit, so you can see your bread as it cooks and whatnot. There is a big book of tips and recipes, aswell as instructions. The tips are mostly things telling you how to improve your bread, and things like what to do once your bread has cooked. There are also tips on how to take care of your bread machine. Also, there are troubleshooting tips at the back of the instructions, and for everything that could be wrong with the bread, they have a solution.There are a number of things you can make: 11 different Breads, there are also dough mixes, like Baguettes, so you can have the machine make the dough, and then you cook the french bread in your oven. There are also jams, malt loaf, hot cross buns, pizza bases, cakes, sweet breads (like chocolate bread), and there are also gluten free recipes, and as I know 3 people that have Celiac disease, this could come in handy.
Making the bread
Making the bread is easy, all the measurements are in teaspoons, tablespoons, and in cup sizes, and they have supplied measuring cups for this, which makes it easier than weighing everything out. You just put everything in to the pot you cook it in, and put it in the breadmaker, and cook. I find that setting the cooking time correctly gets a bit complicated, but it's not too hard to find the right setting. When making the bread, it''s important you have the paddle in that mixes the bread, because otherwise nothing will happen. This has happened to my mum a couple of times, and so she's had to start all over again. This is my mums fault, however I think that Morphy Richards could have maybe done something to prevent this.
Cooking the bread
As soon as you press the start button the breadmaker starts kneading it, and this also means the dough starts to rise. After it has finished kneading it starts cooking, and this creates a really good smell in the kitchen. It takes about an hour or two to knead and cook.
When the bread has cooked, an alarm goes off, so that it does not overcook. When you take the bread out, it smells so good, and you just want to eat there and then, but you're supposed to let it cool down first. After it's cooled, the bread tastes good, however it never really tastes fresh after the first day, and the bread has never looked like a normal Hovis loaf would look like, it's always much thicker and more dense bread. It always seems as though it should be cooked for longer, however the outside of the bread is cooked to perfection.
So if you want to make your own bread, and you'd eat it within a day, this is for you. Otherwise, I'd recommend just sticking with the local bakery.
These headphones came with my iPod Touch which I got as a Birthday present in June. It is now December, and as most headphones that I have had would usually have broken by now, these are still working like they did 6 months ago. The headphones look good, the wire is thin, and the colour scheme is basic but cool. The wire is long enough to go from you ears to your pocket, with a bit of extra wire still left, so a good, comfortable length. The sound quality is good and crisp, and the bass is also decent, also they go quite loud. The headphones are a good size, and I can keep them in my ears for quite a long time without getting ear-ache. The headphones also have 'L' and 'R' on the headphones, which is my OCD! They have the standard headphone jack, which looks to be gold plated. There's not too much you can write about a pair of headphones, but I really would recommend these to anyone trying to find a cheap, but decent pair of headphones.
After our 23" Samsung LCD losing its sound output, my father decided to buy a new TV, and he decided this was the best option. This Panasonic viera TV really is great. It was easy to install when we first plugged it in, if memory serves me correctly, I just plugged it in and it updated automatically! I use it with my xbox 360, my HD set top box. The remote is large, and easy to use, with many functions on it. It also makes it easy to switch between the TV and all the things connected to my tv.
Use with in built freeview
The tv works well with the inbuilt free view. The picture is fantastic, and the colours also look great. The sound is also good, and as I often found on our old TV, if the sound was turned up to loud, it seemed to vibrate the tv, making a horrible noise. There's none of that here. Crisp sound, and as loud as you want. There are a number of settings, such as the sound, the colour, the size, and other things. The guide on the freeview is good, and really easy to use, and find things.
Use with HD set top box
The best way I find to see the difference between HD and normal is when watching the football. I'll start watching the game on standard definition, and then remember we have HD, so I'll put it on, and even then I don't really notice the difference. But when I flip back, the standard definition looks all fuzzy, the colours look crap, and just the viewing experience isn't as pleasurable. You can't believe that's what you usually watch! The picture on HD is sharp, the colours bright and vibrant. The picture really is wonderful.
Use with xbox 360
Before we got this TV, I used my xbox on the Samsung 23" we had, without the HDMI cable. The picture was alright, but it was hard to distinguish between some colours, especially on one game I had, where there was a green and red line, and it was hard to see where they met because it was all fuzzy. So we got this Tv and it was pretty much the same, and then my dad bought an HDMI cable for it. The main difference I noticed was an increased sharpness and better colours, mostly visable on football games. The quality of the picture is definitely alot better with this TV and the 1080p feature.
Overall, this is the best TV in the house by far, and it really is great to watch.
I got given the Cowon D2 as a christmas present. At first I wasn't too impressed, I thought it was complicated to use, weren't that many features, and a bit bulky. How wrong I was! The music player was decent, it did take a while to get used to, but I eventually did get there. The sound quality was good, and it could go really loud. Another thing I loved about this was the fact it had an ordinary SD card slot, so the memory was expandable by anything up to 32GB, and the cards are really cheap. On an iPod it costs a good £60 to add 24GB of memory from 8GB to 32GB. The video player on it was good, and the quality of the videos on there were good. However, the only video that was ever on there was the demo video, I never managed to get other videos on there because I could never get it onto the right format or something, which was extremely annoying. Photos are also present, however I never really put any photos on so I cannot comment on the quality of the photos. A text reader is also there, however I never really used this. I managed to download firmware with a dictionary on it, which the default player didn't have, and this was pretty decent. The FM radio was pretty decent, however I didn't use it too much, but it's nice to have it there. A dictaphone function is also there, which I used a couple of times, and is pretty decent. The sounds it picked up when played back were clear and loud. There were also apps that you could download on the internet, such as games, a paint app and even tube maps and things like that. The D2 has a huge 52 hour battery life, and a touch screen, which you cannot really get fingerprints on. It also comes with a handy stylus, which also doubles up as a stand. That's about it, this player really was like the iPod touch of today when it first came out, but today, it doesnt really stand up to iPod touches.
I purchased Black Ops the day it came out, and since then, have played about a day and 1/2 on xbox live. I have finished the campaign, and played quite a bit of zombies.
Single Player Campaign
The single player campaign is one of the best campaigns in the Call of Duty series. It's a standard length for a call of duty game, about 6 or 7 hours to complete it on Regular. The campaign is mostly you having flashbacks as you are interrogated, and this slowly reveals more and more about the character you are playing as. The end of the campaign has quite a twist, however the way the game finishes is quite disappointing. I would have expected some big finale, however it was just like a normal mission, and it just finished, leaving me thinking, 'is that it?' There are some good features in this campaign, you drive a car, a boat, you drive an SR71 Blackbird at one point, and in one mission, you wear a hazmat suit as you walk through a biological weapon, which is also quite fun.
Multiplayer this year has a few additions. There are now 'Wager matches' where you gamble you Cod points(another new addition) and play certain game types. One game type is 'One in the chamber' where you only have one bullet to kill someone, and you get another bullet everytime you kill someone. This is a good game, because not only is it a game of skills, it is a game of nerves, when if the person you see shoots at you and misses, you have a bullet to kill him with, it's just when you choose to use the bullet that matters. There is also 'Combat training' which is where you play against AI opponents(Artificial intelligence) and it trains you how to play against real people, which is alot harder than in the campaign. The stupid thing about this is, you can only play it when logged into xbox live, and if your internet is out for a week and you want to play cod online, you cant use this as a substitute, despite the fact it's exactly the same as online. The online play that is in every call of duty game has pretty much every game type there's been to date, except War in Call of duty WAW, which was alot of peoples favourite game type. Also, which is a nice addition, is that they have the call of duty 4 team deatchmatch, so the killstreaks are the same as they were in COD 4. The leaderboards on this game are not as good as they previously have been, so its hard to compare your stats with friends. The leaderboards in this one are for game types only, so for example I can only see who has the most kills in team deatchmatch, or free for all and so on. A nice new addition to the game is the abilty to dive, however this can also be annoying, for example when trying to get a care package, you might dive completely past it. Also, the chopper gunner and Gunship on this game are completely overpowered. There is no perk to be able to hide from the choppers, and so you just get killed as soon as you spawn. I preferred MW2s online play to this, I think the perks were better, the weapons better, the maps better, the graphics better, although Black Ops does have somethings that are better than MW2, such as gun and player personalisation, diving, and all the different game types. On this game I'm already starting to get bored, with only a day and a half game time. On MW2, I managed to get to about 3 weeks of game time before I got bored.
The zombies on this game is great. There are 3 maps(1 of them is a dead ops arcade map, so it's not too good, but a nice addition). The other two maps are great, one being in like a theatre or something, and the other in the Pentagon, and you can play as JFK, Castro, Mcnamara or Nixon. Both maps are huge, and great fun. The zombies can now reach through the windows and attack you, which is annoying, but more realistic(although zombies are really very realistic are they?). Both maps feature a Pack a punch machine and teleporters, which is good fun for people that never had all the other zombie maps on WAW.
Overall a good game, but I preferred MW2.
This game is a bit like one of those motorcycle games you can play online, but better in almost every way. There are different levels of difficulty: Beginner, Easy, Medium, Hard and Extreme, and there is a tournament mode. Medium is where it starts to get difficult to get through the track without falling off once, hard it becomes really hard to get through the track, and extreme is too hard, so it's just not fun any more. The graphics are pretty decent, and the tracks are pretty cool. The game can get quite addictive, especially as there are leaderboards, so you're always trying to beat your friends times. There is also a track editor, where in theory you can make tracks just as good as the ones that the game comes with, however it's really hard to do this, but like I say, it is possible and really fun too trying to make a good track. I have attempted to make a couple, but like I say, they're not as good as the ones the professionals made, as you'd expect. You can also play the tracks your friends have made, which is fun. There are also unlockable mini-games called skill games, and these are where you try and get the high-score. For example there is a game where you have to bail at just the right time and fall down a big slope full of barrels and glass and logs, and try and break as many bones as possible. Another is where you get as high as you can up a ramp, and the higher you go the steeper it gets, which becomes really hard. These skill games are also made better by the leaderboards. With everything in this game there are bronze medals, silver medals and gold medals, so this is also like a target when playing. Overall one of the best arcade games on xbox live marketplace.
The XBOX 360 is by far the best console out there for the money, bar only the PS3, however this is at least £100 more expensive than the old XBOX 360s. Although I don't have a PS3, it is generally fact that the things that are better about the PS3, are blu-ray, slightly better graphics and free online play. In this review I will be mostly comparing it to PS3, as PS3 is its main competitor.
The xbox has an extremely easy to use interface, which has been recently updated, however I'm not a big fan of the new one, only the style has changed. The games on the xbox are decent, and pretty much all the same titles as you can get on the PS3. Obviously each console has exclusive titles, like xbox has Halo(however I'm not a fan of this game) and PS3 has Heavy rain. Generally though, the xbox has more exclusive titles. The price of new releases is quite annoying, most of the time being £40, which in my opinion is ridiculous, however, people seem to buy them as do I. The xbox has no internal memory, so a hardrive or memory stick is needed, however recently an update has been made that allows you to plug in your flash drive(such as a memory stick).
Xbox Live is pretty much essential when buying an xbox, most games have only a short campaign, and the best bit about the game is the xbox live multiplayer, on games like Call of Duty especially, which are the some of the most played games on xbox. The biggest problem with xbox live is the price. Basically, it is £40 pounds for a year, and this has recently gone up. Xbox live also has downloadable content, which can be downloaded with the free version of xbox live, so extra levels for some games, extra maps for some online games, demos for games, trailers for games, there's loads of videos about games you can watch, and loads of other stuff.
Xbox also has zune player, a service which allows you to rent a film, there is facebook and twitter on the xbox aswell, Sky Player, which can be used even if you aren't a sky customer, however it is quite expensive, there's last fm, so you can listen to music on your xbox 360.
The major fault with the old xbox 360 is the 'Red ring of death' or RROD. Basically this where your xbox overheats and the motherboard starts to melt, disconnecting it from whatever it should bee touching. This has happened to me twice now, the first time I had to send it off to Microsoft, who replaced it under warranty, and the second time my warranty had run out, but luckily it somehow fixed itself, which is slightly worrying, because this may make it prone to happening again, however this was about 6 months ago, and it's still fine.