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      25.07.2012 16:02
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      Designed for small gardens but better alternatives available

      I purchased this lawn mower when my cheap Tesco lawn mower broke down. I had my Tesco lawn mower for a little less than a year before it completely packed in, so I decided to fork out a little bit more for a named lawn mower, and because I had been told Flymo lawn mowers have a good reputation and are reliable, I went looking for one. I purchased my Flymo from B&Q for just under £48 about 6 months ago and I must say I was extremely pleased at the price, I was thinking, "I've got the best deal going here!". I took my lawn mower home along with an ear to ear smile.

      Set up

      The set up for this lawn mower is incredibly simple. Open the box and you are greeted with the base of the lawn mower and the handle, which is in two parts. Simply attach the bottom part of the handle to the lawn mower and then attach the top to the part you have just fitted. Once you have the handle in place and tightened up, you are ready to mow the lawn! My Flymo came with plastic blades already attached to the bottom. However, it is always best to check that they are already fitted because I have heard that sometimes they are not. If they aren't fitted they are simple to fit. I'm sure you can set the cutting length but since I have lost the manual I'm not sure how or if you can. Set up gets a 5/5.

      Ease of use

      When you get your Flymo outside ready to cut the grass you will notice that it is a little bit awkward to carry, thanks to the weight being all at one end. But, thankfully it isn't heavy, meaning you won't be exerting yourself. Once you unravel the power lead you might notice that it seems smaller than what you expected it to be, mine was! So, it might be worth getting out the extention lead! Once you have plugged it in and you are in position, you press the button located on the handle and pull either of the triggers. You're up and running. The lawn mower wasn't as loud as my previous mower and it seemed to hover a lot better, which was good. Now, before I carry on, my grass is very bumpy and uneven and this can lead to a very poor lawn mowing experience, if you have the wrong kind of lawn mower. The Flymo was advertised as being able to cope with uneven ground, which is why I purchased this particular model and because it was cheap! Anyway, I began cutting the grass, starting around the edges where the ground wasn't uneven. In this area it performed smoothly and cut exactly how I wanted it. However, working my way towards the centre of the grass, my smile was wiped away. Whereas around the edges of the lawn the mower felt like it was gliding, in the middle it felt like utter hell was breaking loose underneath. It became incredibly difficult to move and you could hear the motor was beginning to struggle. Before my arms were broken into many pieces, I switched off the power. When I moved the mower away I was horrified! Where the mower had been, it had ripped through the top layer of grass revealing the soil beneath. I now had a circular "bald" patch right in the middle of my lawn. I was not happy, my Basil Fawlty impression was about to surface. Before I battered the lawn mower with half a tree, I decided to put it away and go borrow my dad's mower. This was the first use of my brand new lawn mower and also the last, in my garden. It wasn't the lawn mowers fault, but the lump of meat which bought it and operated it (which was me). It is really easy to move around, when on a more level surface. If I had done some more research and not looked for the cheapest Flymo because my wallet would be angry with me, I would have got the correct lawn mower. My experience was awful, but only because I hadn't done my research properly. Other downsides I noticed were, you have to rake the grass cuttings and clear them up yourself, which is a pain, especially if you have a decent size lawn, and the power cable is a bit of a nuisance when cutting the grass, as it does have the tendancy to get in your way. I give the ease of use 3/5.

      Storage

      Since my lawn mower is constantly in storage, I can tell you that it doesn't do bad in this area. I put up a hook in my garage where I hang the handle of the lawn mower from, which keeps it out of the way of everything. And, because it lays flat you can place it under, on top or down the side of something in your garage or shed. If you really wanted you could disassemble it to make it fit in a smaller space. Storage gets 4/5

      Reliability

      I can't give a rating on this but the plastic blades on this lawn mower are still intact and have a sharp edge, despite being driven into the ground at very high RPM. The mower still works, I used it cut a friends front garden, which is really smooth. But other than that it has only been used twice and since it has been used very little I cannot say if it is reliable or not.

      Conclusion

      This Flymo lawn mower is a great little mower, despite me using it on the wrong type of lawn. But, that said it is fantastic for use on small gardens with slightly uneven ground. If you have a lawn like mine then stay away from this particular model and buy yourself a mower designed for that type of ground. I would recommend buying a petrol lawn mower, if your lawn is the same as mine. They might cost more and make more noise than an electric, but they don't have annoying power cables. Petrol mowers have many standard features which make cutting the grass easier and we all want things to be easier. This Flymo is fantastic but not beefy enough for larger more uneven gardens. Overall from me 4/5

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      19.07.2012 15:26
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      Simple and effective with a smile!

      There comes a point where you finally decide that you are not going to pay the extortionate prices that some vacuum manufacturers charge. Yes, some vacuums may have super duper technology that has the ability to create mini scale twisters, that if were full size, would have the power to tear down a small town. That is all good and well, but what happened to simplicity? Many vacuum manufacturers believe that the more scientific jargon they speel out to us, the consumer, the more products they will sell. Unfortunately, the harsh reality is, we are suckers for this type of thing. I was very close to completely blowing over £350 on a Dyson vacuum and I am really pleased that I didn't. I ended up purchasing a Numatic Hetty for just under £90, and it is the best vacuum I have ever bought. You do require hoover bags for this model and they retail for about £4 for 10 but you can purchase aftermarket bags for even less.

      Numatic Hetty Vacuum

      First is first, unpack Hetty from the box. Inside the box I had; 1 Hetty Vacuum, 1 Standard black hose, 1 extra length of black hose, 3 hoover bags, 4 small head attachments, 3 pieces of metal hose, (one with the ordinary hoover head on it) to make up the piece you will use to hoover up and the top part of the hoover complete with retractable power lead, which I do believe is 4metres in length, I might be wrong. Setting up the vacuum is incredibly simple, I honestly believe that you could do it with your eyes shut! First, I took the pink Hetty body and attached the standard black hose with the screw on attachment to her. Then place the top, with the retractable power lead, on the pink Hetty body ensuring that the two clips either side of the top are in the open position. Simply locate the word "Hetty" on the black top and line the words up with the smiley face on the body. Simply shut the clips either side and your done, but make sure the lid is securely fastened as you don't want to be caught by surprise when you go to pick it up by the handle. Build the metal hose and attach it to the black hose by simply sliding them together. You are now ready to vacuum!

      Ease of use

      If you live in a bungalow this vacuum is perfect for you, if you live in a standard house with at least one set of stairs you may find it a little difficult to manoeuvre. The Hetty model is quite a small vacuum and is very lightweight. Thanks to it's small caster wheels underneath, you will find it incredibly easy to move, although she does get stuck easily on door frames or when you are turning a corner. The retractable power lead is a very handy feature as it neatly hides away the power cable. It's flexible hose makes it really easy to get into hard to reach areas where some vacuums may fail and thanks to the switch on the hoover head you can easily switch from brushed, for hard floors and no brush, for carpets. Also, with a fold down handle on the top you can easily carry her around with you. Unfortunately this is where the good points end. Yes, this vacuum is easy to manoeuvre, light weight and has a smiley face but if you live in a standard house with stairs your face will not be smiling. Lets say, you have vacuumed all the rooms downstairs and you are now about to challenge the stairs. At this point you need to add the extra piece of black hose to Hetty, so you don't have to carry her up the stairs with you. Putting the extra black hose on is slightly tedious and annoying because it's flexible and goes into any shape it feels like. Anyway, once you have done this you are now free to vacuum the stairs. As you hoover, you will make your way to the top in relative ease and before you know it, it's done! But your happiness is short lived. You now have to walk back down the stairs, unplug the hoover, reel the power lead up, detach the extra hose and carry with the other black flexible hose, along with the metal hose, up the stairs, using almost all your body to balance it on. Now, I'm no genius but that seems very dangerous to me, so, if you don't want to break your neck I would suggest taking it up in stages. This way is safer but it adds an extra ten minutes on your cleaning duties. For me the only downside to this vacuums ease of use is, it's ability to hoover stairs and that you have to carry most of it up in stages to avoid the chance of tripping. For those reasons I give Hetty a 4/5 rating for ease of use.

      Performance

      This is the main issue for me when it comes to hoovers. How well do they perform? I have had hoovers which have been nothing but dreadful for picking up visible particles, let alone what is deep within the carpet. But, Hetty is in a different league. I'll start with the suction power. When you switch Hetty on you automatically start on a low suction power, which I think is powerful enough. This setting, I think, is mainly designed for rugs or mats etc. So, you start at low suction, and you have the option to increase it to high by simply flicking a switch. When you flick this switch you feel the difference! It feels like you are giving your carpets a really good clean. In regards to loss of suction, I have had my Hetty for over a year now and it still performs the same as what it did when I first bought it. This vacuum is bagged and this usually puts people off, let me tell you it's not a problem, in fact I now prefer bagged hoovers because it seems much more hygenic. All the dust and particles you have vacuumed are now safely in a bag and thanks to this it reduces the chance of you inhaling these particles. The bags hardly need changing because of their size, so you won't be forking out on bags very often. For performance I believe this vacuum is brilliant and will serve you well for many years to come. 5/5

      Design / Look

      The desgin of this hoover is simple and easy which means set up can be completed swiftly. It is a nice looking hoover and doesn't look out of place, the only downside to it's design is it's shape. Without the hose it would be easy to store away, but because of the hose you will find yourself cramming it under the stairs for storage. Overall it is a fantastic looking hoover, oh, did I mention? It has a face! I give design a 5/5.

      Conclusion

      Overall this vacuum is going to give you lots of joy over the years which will hopefully overcome it's awkward shape and how time consuming it can be to just hoover the stairs. I am happy with it and when the time comes to change I will not hesitate in buying another Numatic vacuum. 5/5 overall.

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      • Acer Aspire 5750 / Laptop / 15 Readings / 14 Ratings
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        17.07.2012 14:13
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        Great family laptop, packed with features but build quality isn't good

        This laptop is truely brilliant! I purchased it from Comet and I havent looked back since. Just so you know, the specification is as follows: Intel Core i5-2430M 2.4GHz Processor with turbo boost to 3GHz, Nvidia GeForce 1GB Dedicated Graphics card, 15.6 inch HD LED LCD, 6GB DDR3 RAM, 1TB HDD, DVD Super Multi Drive, Multi-in-1 card reader, Audio jack, HDMI output, HD Webcam, 3 USB slots, 1 VGA output, Dolby Virtual Surround Sound built in and was ready to run with Windows 7 Home Premium pre-installed. Now all the boring stuff is out the way, it's time for the product breakdown.
        I bought back in January this year for just under £560 and got many accessories thrown in, plus 3 year accidental damage, loss, spill your drink on it warranty. I always make sure I purchase expensive products like Laptops, TV's etc in store, where you can bargain the price down or get loads of things thrown in for free. Try it! It's amazing what you can do. So, value for money is a strong point, for under £560 you can't go wrong. You can probably get it cheaper now!

        Build Quality

        This for me has to be the major down side of this laptop. The body / chassis is made up of very flexible, possibly cheap, plastic. You can physically see the body bend by just resting your hand below the keyboard. The screen, 15.6 inches in size, is bordered by black gloss finished plastic, which can scratch very easily when you clean off greasy marks (not saying you all have greasy fingers). When moving the screen you will notice how thin and flimsy the plastic is because your fingers feel like they could go through the screen if you pressed hard enough. Not good. Due to the plastic body / chassis, this laptop will inevitably get warm and after a while of typing your hands do become uncomfortable due to the warmth. The keyboard is full size with a seperate number pad but due to the gap between the keys it is very easy for particles to get underneath and cause minor typing problems. A quick blow of the keys will fix this problem and I would recommend you do this after every use. So, build quality gets a 3/5.

        Performance

        For performance this laptop excells. The Intel i5 processor is more than fast enough for use with many applications. It powers through all simple tasks with no strain at all and the start up time is very good. The 1TB HDD (1000GB Hard Drive) is more than enough, I think, for anyone. I have many programs installed, loads of pictures and videos and I have barely filled a quarter of that space. 6GB of RAM is ideal for what I use this laptop for and will be ideal for many people. Nvidia 1GB dedicated graphics card is ideal for gaming and will handle many games on high settings and thanks to the HDMI output you can play your games on your TV in HD! Battery life is good, I have had 5 hours out of it, on the power saver setting, while I surfed the web, when I was prompted to plug it in. I have only one issue with the performance, which is the cooling fan and I'm not quite sure it is a performance problem. But it sounds like it's about to take off when I open the hard drive to search for files. Other than that it's brilliant! Performance gets 4/5.

        Ease of use / user interface

        This is by far the easiest to use laptop I have ever owned, thanks to the Windows 7 Operating System which it runs on. One of the features which stands out for me is the ability to have two windows open and in view at the same time. It sounds very simple and maybe not that impressive, but if you ever need to read some information from another document whilst typing in another, you can! Or, play videos on YouTube while you type up a review for DooYoo... ... ... Oh! sorry, just watching a epic fails video. Where was I? Ah yes. Customization is something I love, and to be able to change the look of my desktop background, taskbar and screen saver with no effort at all is always a good thing. Errm... I really am struggling to think of anything else to say about the ease of use. The only other thing I can say is, my 6 year old brother can use it and sometimes he can do things that I haven't even thought of. Ease of use gets 5/5 for me.

        Installation

        There really isn't anything to say about this. You basically follow the on screen prompts and within 10 - 15 minutes you'll be up and running. Installation gets 5/5.

        Features

        The features of this laptop are brilliant. The processor is more than adequate for everyday tasks and more strenuous tasks. The graphics card in this machine means I can play most of the latest games at reasonably high settings at a decent frame rate, but I do stress that this laptop is by no means a gaming laptop! If you want to play video games I would spend your money on a custom made laptop, or better yet a PC, which is designed specifically for gaming. 6GB of RAM is perfect for the everyday user. The 1TB Hard Drive will suit most people and you will most probaly find that you will struggle to fill it, unless you are in media and store hundreds of HD videos etc. Having a HDMI output suits me to the ground and really brings your display to life. However using your TV as a screen for your laptop isn't that practical unless you have a large HDMI cable that can reach your TV from your laptop. The DVD drive is good but mine does make quite a loud noise, I would have prefered a Blu-ray disc drive simply because that is the future, but other models with the same spec but with a Blu-ray were over £150 more expensive. The HD webcam is probably the worst of the features because the quality of the video and pictures it takes are poor. Virtual Surround Sound sounded good on paper, but practically it doesn't sound great when turned up and when you turn it down it's very quiet. So, overall the features of this laptop are good, but the webcam, speakers and the DVD drive let it down, but only slightly. Therefore I give this section 4/5.

        Gaming

        On the gaming side it can handle most games on high settings. To give you something to go by, I can play GTA 4 on this laptop on high settings with no lag. Also I run The Sims 3 on high settings with no lag. The graphics are displayed lovely by the screen and thanks to the graphics card it handles the frame rate lovely. But like I have said, this is NOT a gaming laptop, it is no where near the standard for hardcore gaming. For those who play games every now and then it is perfect. 4/5 for gaming.

        Conclusion

        This laptop will provide you with many hours of fun without any major issues and I predict you won't need to upgrade from this spec laptop for a long time. I haven't come across any hardware or software problems and I have had this laptop since January this year and it has been on everyday since the day I bought it. Fantastic laptop perfect for the family and work, but having no Blu-ray and flimsy body let it down. Overall 4/5.

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        A nicely designed product which will be inevitably replaced by the more successful manual dispenser.

        Purchasing the Dettol No-touch Hand Wash System has really made me wonder. Don't you think we have been absolutely fine dispensing soap from a pump all this time, rather than leaving the job to a machine? I have to admit though, the way it was marketed really caught my attention. Yes, I admit it, after watching the advert and walking past it in the shops for weeks I felt that my life now warranted the use of an automatic soap dispenser. I even remember saying to myself, "If Tesco toilets have automatic soap dispensers, then I need one!" When I brought it home and set it up, I felt a deep feeling of great satisfaction, instantly followed by absolute hatred towards myself. It really hasn't made my life any easier.

        Product Overview

        When you bring the Dettol system home, you are greeted with plastic packaging, which in the past has brought me lots of pain and anger just trying to get through the stuff. However, to my surprise the packaging was incredibly easy to open, thanks to its simple hinged design. Once you get the product out you are faced with an instruction manual, which in my opinion, seemed totally pointless. The writing was completely ignored and I simply looked at the step by step diagram which told me everything I needed to know. Setting up was easy. Make sure the switch on the rear is in the off position and place the batteries in the battery compartment located on the bottom of the device. Once you have done this, you place the liquid soap container into the top of the device, switch it on and you are ready to automatically dispense soap at your hearts content. Setting up is incredibly easy, if my review was merely about that, this product would have received a 5/5 review. Unfortunately, that is not the case. There are just too many negative points to this product which outweigh all of the positives. One of them being, how awkward it is to have in the house. You see, the problem with it is, it doesn't sense a hand as such, but anything which moves in the sensors path. So, you could be innocently tidying in the kitchen around the device, you think you've not set it off and you carry on cleaning, when 3 seconds later you hear it activate. You are now left with a blob of soap just where you have wiped clean. It's not that much of a problem at first, until you go to correct the mistake. You grab and move the device like you would anything else in your home and you set it off again! Unless you constantly remind yourself to turn it off before you move it, you will do this very often. This got that annoying I stopped using it. Before I stopped using it I did have many more problems similar to this which also contributed to leaving it to collect dust.

        Price

        I purchased mine for £4.99 from Morrisons complete with liquid soap and batteries. At that time it was on special offer and I do believe it normally retails at £6.99. The re-fills are expensive, around £4. I would recommend re-filling the container you received with the device, with your ordinary liquid soap. It will save you money, not a lot but at least you're saving!

        Design / Look

        Manufactured in plastic and available in "Stainless Steel" finish, which looks like grey plastic to me, and white. I bought the "Stainless Steel" finish but I do prefer the look of the white one. It is a solid piece of kit and doesn't look out of place at home.

        Conclusion

        This product is nice to look at, seems like a great idea at the time but it will inevitably lead to dissapointment, anger and will become a nuisance, well, it did for me. I would recommend you stick with what has been on the market for years, but, if you really do want one don't waste your money on the re-fills and remember to turn it off before you move it! I give this product an overall rating of 3/5.

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