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My previous pair of Sony headphones broke so I was looking for another. I wanted them to be cheap but reliable and with a decent sound quality. And these are what I found! I bought them from Amazon at a reduced price of £8.99 which I thought was very reasonable. As with pretty much all Sony headphones they are very attractive and in general, I was very pleased with their design.
The sound quality is great for what I need the headphones for, which is just listening to my iPod while walking around. To me, the bass is pretty good which is how I like it!
The headphones come with three sets of ear buds; small, medium and large so they should fit into anyone's ears?! One upside to the headphones is the L shaped input which means when it's plugged into my iPod, it won't snap or anything which is a problem I had with a previous pair of headphones which were just straight-they broke in my pocket!
The wires are quite prone to tangling but the only headphones I've experienced that don't tangle are the Dr.Dre in ear headphones, so I am not too bothered by this. The only problem I have encountered with these headphones is that my iPod randomly stops playing when they are moved about in the jack. At first, I thought this was a fault with my iPod but then I tried it in my brother's and the same thing happened so this might be something to consider although it may only be for iPod Classics.
I bought this laptop for £449.99, reduced from £549.99, from PC World in May of 2011 and I was immediately impressed. Firstly the price for a laptop of this spec was better than any other laptop around at the time. The most important specs of this laptop are:
- Intel Core i5-450M which is an upgrade from the Intel Core i3 which is what was originally in the 5742, although having used both, there is little difference.
-Windows 7 Home Premium
-4GB DDR3 RAM
-500GB Hard Drive
-15.6" HD LED LCD screen
-6-cell Li-ion Battery
-HDMI and VGA output
I use this as a general home laptop, I watch films, listen to music, surf the internet and do a bit of work on it such as word processing (using Microsoft Office). For these things, it is ideal. The 500GB hard drive allows for plenty of files to be saved, my iTunes has 40GB of music on it at the moment and I have about 40GB worth of films and I've still got plenty of space left. Although I don't tend to keep pictures, the screen is very nice to browse through the phew that I do have so if that is what you like to do, this laptop is still great for you.
The Intel Core i5 is a 2.4GHz Dual Core processor which is very high spec, well at least for when I bought it. They have now introduced the second generation of Intel Core i3/5/7 processors however. The processor is very capable and allows me to do the day to day stuff with ease and without any lags. I did have Adobe Photoshop CS5 installed which ran okay but not brilliantly a a program with of that quality tends to need a bit more juice.
The 4GB of RAM installed is really useful and if you want to you can easily upgrade it as it as two slots so you could put 2x4GB sticks in if you are into upgrading hardware. The 4GB allows me to run loads of programs at the same time with no noticeable change in speed as well as have multiple web pages open. With the processor and the RAM combines, it is a pretty quick computer.
Another feature I really like about this is the HDMI port which I use to plug the laptop into my TV to watch films. There is no loss in quality and the HDMI plays the sound through the TV whereas, VGA does not so if you are looking a laptop with just a VGA output, be aware that it won't play audio through the TV...just in case you didn't know. The need to play the audio through the TV comes from the generally rubbish speakers installed in the laptop. They are only Mono speakers compared to the much more common and higher quality Stereo speakers which you would expect in a laptop of this day an age. Playing music on these speakers alone is not enjoyable and it was the one thing that almost put me off buying the laptop. However I just plug them into my set of Altec Lansing 5.1 speakers and the sound is great so I am not too bother by it. However if you want a laptop with decent speakers, this probably isn't the one for you.
Another minor moan is the battery life which on average is two to three hours if I'm doing some work, surfing the net or listening to some music. If I try and watch film, it the battery tends to drain quite quickly which can get annoying but if fully charged, I can just about watch a short-medium length film.
Another slight moan is the lack of USB ports with only 3 but to be fair they are easily accessible compared to my old laptop which had them on the back, what a pain! I find that typing on this keyboard is very easy also as the keys are evenly spaced and I am so used to typing on a light touch keyboard. Another advantage of the keyboard is the number pad on the right which lots of laptops do not have. The track pad is also great as it doesn't randomly jump when typing and you can scroll with it and when using Firefox you can go back/forward pages by dragging two fingers across the pad, similarly with the Macbook. The clicker is a nice click if you know what I mean? although, it does look a bit worn after 9 months of use, but unlike other Acer models it hasn't stop working, which is a problem they have had in the past. Another high point is the wireless adapter (internal) which I have never had any problems with, connects very easily.
The general design of this laptop is great, comes is red and black, and maybe blue (but that might be the 5742Z...not too sure!). I have the black and it looks nice and sleek! The screen folds down really nicely, and holds down without any clips. It also doesn't rock when typing which is a nice change! The front of the laptop and the keyboard area has some from of texture which adds to how aesthetically pleasing it is.
Some of you might be wondering what this laptop is like for gaming and I can tell you it isn't great. It can less demanding games perfectly well such as GTA San Andreas and Angry Birds, the only two I have tried but it can't do the proper gaming, I tried Crysis 2 and it was just impossible to do anything as it was so laggy.
Overall, this is a great laptop for the home user and can cater for a wide variety of needs, minus gaming! I would definitely recommend it especially to someone who is looking for a well price laptop with a large number of features. I hope this review has been helpful, I have been as detailed as possible and as honest as possible.
Just inherited these off of my brother and am very impressed with them. As you will probably know, they are 5.1 speakers which is ideal for what I need. The sound quality is great! My brother bought them new for £49.99 from Amazon a while back which is a very good price for 5.1 as these days, the latest Logitech model of similar spec is £68.53 reduced from £79.99.
They have the option to go for the separate input with three separate cables at the back (Rear, Sub woofer and Front) or the simple AUX input which is ideal for an iPod/mp3 player or laptop. The only disadvantage of the aux input is you can't get the full potential out of the speakers which was a little disappointing as I can barely hear certain parts on "Stereo" songs such as Black Sabbath's Crazy Train. However if you use the other input they really are great.
Another thing I like about them is the simple cable design which instead of speaker inputs/jacks, they just have open end wires which are clamped into position. This for me makes cable management easier. They cables are also colour coordinated with grey wires for rear speakers, red for front and blue for centre. The sub woofer on these speakers is insane, makes the whole floor shake! I would definitely recommend these speakers especially to someone who doesn't want to spend to much but is looking for superior sound quality.
One final thing, is how easy they were to set up, just plug and play. The remote control is really useful as well as you can raise/lower the volume of the sub woofer, centre and rear speakers separately.