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Being a student, train tickets are something I use a lot of, and I need them as cheap as possible. Having been a bid advocator of thetrainline, I have recently transferred my allegiance with only positive things to report.
Prices of tickets are usually the same to thetrainline from my experience I have found, and as many services available to choose from. I am very fond of saving a pound per booking as well with redspottedhanky as all transactions are fee free - bonus!
As well as saving my beloved pound coin per booking, I am also rewarded loyalty points per booking. For every pound I spend, I am rewarded a single loyalty point. Each loyalty point in turn is one penny. Albeit not a lot, I am being given something for nothing that I cannot be given else where; although I do realise I am going to have to spend an awful lot to achieve any chance of a free journey anywhere!
Searching for different journeys at different times is easy and straightforward when you reach the home page. You can choose the amount of passengers and select any railcards you may have. Once you submit your search options you are greeted with a mix deck. I find this extremely useful and gives the website an upper edge on competitors! This allows you to see all times around the original time you selected and their respective prices. This saves so much time rather that re-submitting different information each time!
Whenever I purchase tickets I also choose to pick them up from the station. I have never had a problem with this method and is so simple anybody can do it! Another option allows for the tickets to be sent to you at an additional charge should you need it.
I would definitely advise using this site in the future!
p.s I currently have 153 loyalty points (£1.53 worth :) )
I had barely heard of the airline when I booked tickets to go from London Luton to Larnaca (Cyprus). I booked only a month before flying and only paid £40 more than my friends who had book 8 months in advance which I thought was fairly reasonable. I ended up paying about £210, which included £20 each way for 20kg worth of luggage. Paying for flights was reasonably simple, however, there was a charge for paying by visa or mastercard of £7.50. I avoided this by paying by paypal which wasn't really a problem.
You could check in online (only if you paid for a seat reservation) upto 14 days before flying out. I didn't do this, so I printed off my flight details emailed to me and took them to the airport. When checking-in, the person wasn't actually bothered by my details and just wanted my passport. This only took 2 minutes to hand in my baggage and receive my boarding pass which I was impressed by. I was given a seat number next to my group of friends who got seats together because they were all under one booking.
Boarding the plane was easy and painless. There didn't seem to be any time wasting and the flight eventually took off on time. The plane was reasonably new, and was very clean and tidy and the cabin crew were friendly and approachable. The flight arrived on time and was smooth throughout.
On the way back, I experienced pretty much the same experience and was again impressed. The whole process was very quick and professional. For the price I paid I was expecting a very low budget experience, so I would definetely recommend and use again.
This is my 3rd iphone 4 case, and without fail, all have come with excess packaging! Gone are the days of just providing the product in a safe enclosure, but to make the product the most attractive amongst all. I don't really care - it just annoys me.
However, after spending about a minute getting in to the packaging and removing the case, I was ready to go. The product is turquoise in colour (sort of a green and baby blue mix) and is made of a gelly plastic material. It is slightly see-through, enough so that you can see all the text and logo on the back of your iPhone. It is quite flexible and looks and feels like it will withstand a decent amount of wear and tear, and any impact should you drop it! Putting the case on the iPhone is easy to do, but you need to make sure you get the fittings around the buttons correct so that it fits properly. The case actually covers the volume and lock buttons, but leaves a small gap for the silence button so you can flick it back and forth without difficulty. The frame of the case actually comes out a couple of millimetres around the iPhone casing and from the front of the touchscreen, which (hopefully) should prevent damage to the screen should you drop it screen first. I should also mention that there is a gap for the camera and flash at the rear of the iPhone.
I was intrigued by the 'quilted' description of the case. Basically, this is used just to describe the pattern that is designed on the rear of the case. The best way to describe it is by saying it has a diamond shaped appearance across all of the back, just like the old fashioned quilts! The light does reflect off the case in a way where you get a reflection of yourself as you look at it, a bit like a crazy mirror reflection.
I would recommend this product as it seems substantial enough to protect any substantial impact and it looks like it will last a long time!
I have used many washing up liquids, but nothing is anywhere near the superior quality of fairy liquid. You can easily buy cheaper alternatives which give you more per bottle however, I believe this false economy. When you use other washing up liquids, you end up needing a lot more for a lesser cleaning quality. I usually find the smell and fragrance tends to smell too chemically rather than clean and fresh.
Although you can get many different types of fairy washing liquid, I am going to quickly review the original fairy.
The original fairy is dark green in colour. It doesn't have a 'flavoured' smell but, the smell is almost totally recognisable and individual to the liquid. The liquid is about as viscous as cooking oil so it easily flows out of the bottle. Roughly 10ml of the liquid is more than sufficient for a standard washing up bowl and quickly removes all dirt and grease, and leaves white coloured plates, bowls etc looking clean and bright. The liquid will also removes and cooking smells and leave them smelling faintly of the washing liquid.
A standard 500ml bottle is very good value. The last bottle I bought cost be 80p and will last roughly 50 washes as found with previous experience.
This is easily one of the best electric toothbrushes I have ever used and I will say that if you are able and willing to spend roughly £100 on an electric toothbrush to seriously consider this model. The box arrived; larger than usual - the packaging was also unnecessarily wasteful to say the least. In the box you find the main toothbrush unit, 3 toothbrush heads, a timer, a charging dock, a travel case and instructions.
The toothbrush unit is your average size, mainly white in colour with two buttons found on the front of it. The main circular button controls power on and off whilst the slightly smaller triangular button is used to change the brushing mode. I found this latter button a bit small and fiddly but had no other problems with it. The toothbrush heads fit easily on to the unit as long as you align so the bristles face forward and clips on without having to be forceful. Removing them is easy enough by giving it a slight tug but doesn't look like it will come of on its own accord.
Setting up the clock, as well as the date and day of the week is easily done by removing the back cover and accessing the controls, however first time round, removing the cover was easier said than done and I felt I was having to put too much effort in to doing so. However, it did easily clip back on. Braun also don't supply cheap batteries and you will find 2 duracell batteries in the unit with two spares!
Syncing the toothbrush to the timer takes no effort at all! Turn the toothbrush on within close proximity of the timer and it will start. To the right of the timer, there is a circle split into 4. For every 30 seconds that you clean your teeth, each quarter of the circle lights up until you have been cleaning your teeth for 2 minutes in which time a smily face appears. Each 30 seconds is designed to make you clean different part of our teeth to ensure that you clean as much of your mouth as possible per session. If you do 25% extra time than recommended then the face winks!
You can change the brushing style throughout the time you spend cleaning your teeth, and you can even increase the time to 45 seconds which totals up as 3 minutes. The different brushing modes that are included include clean (4 x 30 seconds), sensitive, massage, extended clean (4 x 45 seconds) and polish. The sensitive mode is less rough than the normal clean mode, massage is aimed at cleaning your gums whilst polish is mostly aimed at removing stains and helping make teeth whiter. Please note that this DOES NOT have a sensor light which amazon states in its description!
The initial charge of the toothbrush took about 8 hours to being fully charged. The toothbrush uses a shaver plug but you are given a mains adapter. It is easy to know when the toothbrush is charged because the flashing red light will turn to green on the toothbrush body. The full charge will last about a week, 2 lots of brushing 7 days a week!
I haven't used the travel case yet, but the case will only fit the body and a toothbrush, but not the charger! It is also possible to sync more than one toothbrush to one timer but I can't test that and don't really see the point seeing you get a timer with another unit you might buy!
i recently had just got my new iPhone 4, so why not have a new clock radio speaker? The speaker is about the average size of your clock radio, and a bit smaller than similar iPhone speakers on the market. It has a gloss black plastic exterior on top and bottom of the unit. Around the middle is the material that you find over speakers and this wraps around the front and 2 sides even though the only speakers are located only on the front as you may be able to see from the photo. Underneath is the bass speaker, hidden quite well, with four feet at each corner providing room for the bass to escape so you can hear it clearly.
On top of the unit is where you find the buttons to control the speaker. The buttons are distributed symmetrically on the unit with 5 buttons located either side of the iPhone connector. This allow you to control the volume, alarm clock, radio and also the power of the unit. There is one last button which is a snooze button which is located just above the front lcd display. The display can be set to show the input source, the time (12 or 24 hour), date and day, all of which can be set by using the buttons on the top, with instructions provided inside the box. A small remote control about the size of a matchbox is provided and can control everything in the same way the buttons can as well as pausing/playing and skipping songs, something you have to press the touchscreen on the iPhone for.
The instruction manual is very easy to read, with it not being too long, but being quite informal and relaxed compared to what you may be use to reading. Everything that you could need to know is covered, including even the basic controls.
The sound quality is quite impressive for the size of the speaker. For the purpose, usually a bedroom?, you don't want to have crystal clear sound with pitch perfect bass, you want to be able to hear it well, and even turn it up loud when you feel like it, which I think it is perfect for.
Charging is automatic when you place it on the connector. Sometimes I get a message saying that this accessory isn't supported, but this is usually if it isn't connected properly. Just lift it up and replace it and you should have no worries!
I had finally decided to step up to the king of smart phones, and upon the announcement of the iPhone 4, I have spent a month trying to find an 02 store with stock and finally being able to upgrade.
The box is a matt white cuboid shaped object, quite small when you think that the box contains the phone, instructions, a power adapter and USB cable! All is neatly packaged, with the instructions located on top of the phone, with the USB cable and power adapter situated underneath.
The phone is protected with the familiar protective sticky plastic sheet on the front and the back, easy enough to remove should you wish without leaving and glue behind, but the touch screen is still functional with it on.
The phone is different in appearance to any other iPhone. The front of the iPhone looks very much the same except for the inclusion of a small camera located to the left of the speaker at the top of the phone. The back of the phone has lost its old curved back style for a more square shape that makes the phone a lot thinner. Located on the back is the camera in a similar position to the old iPhone, but located this time more to the top left hand corner with the addition of an LED flash as well. Around the outside of the phone is a metal silver casing which I really like the look of. However, this has been the culprit of many reception issues, of which I'll come onto later. On the left hand side, is a plus and minus button for volume controls, and a switch for turning off and on silent mode. On top of the phone are the headphone jack to the left hand side and the lock button to the right. Apple have developed the technology for the screen and have included what they call retina display. This makes colours more vivid and text clearer and sharper. When you first use it, it doesn't seem like much of a difference to older models, but when you compare them side-to-side you immediately notice the difference, especially on 3D games and photos.
One of the differences between the iPhone 4 and the last 3 models is that a micro sim is required for it to work as opposed to the standard sim card you will find in pretty much any other phone. This is something to be aware of otherwise the phone is useless without it. Mobile phone networks will be able to provide these free of charge, and you can swap your number across to it, (this only took about 20 minutes on 02 when I did it!)
Inserting the sim is very different to that of a conventional phone. In the instructions pack provided, there is a small metal tool stuck to the inside cover of the instruction guide. You need to use this to open up the sim card holder located on the right hand side of the phone. This is easy; use the tool and press it into the hole at which point you will feel it pop open so you can enter the microsim and push it back into the phone.
Finally before you can use the phone, you have to sync with iTunes on your pc or Mac. This will transfer all of your music, videos, podcasts etc that you select it to. This does take a while and is a bit frustrating, I'd recommend plugging it in and doing something else for an hour. If you can, downloading the latest iTunes update in advance before you get the phone will cut your waiting time!
The operating software of the iPhone has not changed much. One of the immediate differences is the addition of personalised backgrounds. You can choose one of Apple's included wallpapers or choose your own photo. You can even set different wallpapers for both the homepage and the 'menu' page.
Another feature that is quite useful is called folders. This allows you to put more than one app into a folder. For example, if you have games that you want to keep separate to everything else, you can select them all and put them into one folder. This folder takes up the space of one app square, hence making things easy to find. You can call the folder whatever you wish, but an automatic name will always be suggested. An example of this is shown upon first inspection of the phone, which groups the clock, compass, voice memos and calculator in a folder called utilities.
Putting the apps into folders requires you to press and hold any app until the icons shake and they indicate crosses in the top left hand corner. You can drag one app onto another for a folder to automatically be created. Should you wish to re-expand the folder you can drag them back out at which point the folder will disappear. The indication of the shaking icons also lets you delete apps you no long want as well as rearranging the apps across different pages.
Facetime is a brand new feature which is why the inclusion of the new front facing camera is included. Although I haven't been fortunate to try this out yet, the promo videos from Apple make it look very interesting. It is basically Apple's version of video calling, however making it look very easy to use, incorporating both the front and rear cameras that can be switched at a touch of a button. This is quite limited in use at the moment because currently on iPhone 4 users can use this feature over wifi! There has been recent speculation that the new iPod touch will have front and rear cameras so that they can also be used for Facetime over wifi, but we'll have to wait and see!
The rear-facing camera is also improved and is now 5 megapixels compared to the previous 3.2 megapixels. This is also improved with the addition of the LED flash, which is very good in low-level lights. You can also shoot 720p HD video with the camera, which is also controlled by the same camera application. Apple has also announced an iMovie application, which can be bought for £2.99 on the app store, which allows you to manipulate raw video footage.
Switching between apps on your iPhone is easily accessible now due to the way Apple have adapted their operating software. Quickly double pressing the home button will bring up a sideways menu at the bottom of the screen. You can view all the recently used apps, in order or most recent to least recently used, and select the app. You can completely close no longer needed apps by touching and holding any app until the crosses appear in the top left hand corner and closing them. You can scroll across to view all the apps. If you scroll to the left, you can use quick access iPod controls as well as an orientation lock. This orientation lock will hold the screen in portrait or landscape view until you choose to unlock it. You know when the lock is on because a symbol of a padlock with arrow around it indicates so.
With the recent introduction of the iPad, Apple has created a bookstore, which can be used mainly on the iPad but also on the iPhone. You need to download iBooks for free, which is a bookstore and an easy to use text reader. Many books are free to download and read, the books which need to be paid for are available to have a sample downloaded for free before you spend your money on the books. I find it is very easy and a lot better than I imagined reading the books. However, the seem to retail at the same price as normal paper books in store, but you don't pay for any of the paper, ink or delivery charges associated with downloads, so why are they the same price?!
All of the new features I have mentioned are also available as an update for the old iPhones and iPod touches as well!
The only gripe I have with the iPhone, which you can most probably guess is the problem with the network and signal. I'm on 02's network, which is pretty much, the best in the UK. Now, when I'm at home, I have always had full coverage on previous phones. However, sometimes I will have no bars and a pop up message saying 'Network Lost'. This happens when I block the bottom left hand side of the phone with my hand. I can press dismiss and the message disappears and signal bars will recover once I move my hand. Should I wish to make a call or text, I know I have to hold the phone in my right hand (which I would anyway) and the signal bars recover and the coverage is there for me to complete the action. However, it is most annoying when I'm using an app and I need two hands; especially for games; and the popup message interrupts me. Apple say they're working on a fix, but in the mean time, any case that surrounds the edges of the phone will prevent any problems. You can h get a free case at Apple's expense, which they say will cure this problem in one of two ways.
1, Buy a case when you get your phone, send off a copy of your receipt to Apple and you will get reimbursed the funds.
2, Download an app from Apple's app store, search iPhone 4 case, and you can select one of 6 cases, which Apple will send free of charge. They are the ones made by Belkin and gear4 and you will get them through the post in 4-8 weeks time. I'm currently still waiting on mine!
As of current, there are two memory sizes for the phone, 16 and 32GB. The 32GB version is around £100 more for the handset on both sim free and contract. Apple does also have a white version planned, which is apparently meant to reach the UK for Christmas. This is white on the front as well as the back, unlike previous models!
After finding that tunetribe was the cheapest price for the album I was looking for, about £3 cheaper than the usual places I look, e.g. amazon, itunes etc, I decided to give them a go. Searching for the album was cheap and easy to do, a good layout and everything simple to do. Registering was very easy to do, an email address, password and home address was all that was needed. The option to sign up to the newsletter is also included.
There are a number of ways of paying for your music. The usual credit and debit cards are available to use, paypal and clickandbuy. I like the inclusion of paypal as it saves all the hassle of finding your bank card and spending time entering details.
Downloading takes about the same as any other site I have used. The only downside I found to it was that I had to extract the music from the zipped folder it came in and export it to my itunes manually. This is something I don't usually do so it was a bit annoying, but to save £3 I'm not going to complain at all. You can download your music 3 times as well which I am really in favour of!
I bought my rubik's cube from amazon just over a month ago for about £6. The item is the official item which comes in quite a unnecessarily plastic large box. Included in the box is the cube, a small plastic stand and a brief leaflet to help you complete the puzzle.
The cube is the traditional colours of red, blue, green, yellow, orange and white. The colours are stickers on the black plastic construction. This isn't the best idea because the stickers were not all carefully placed, which is disapointing because it makes it look a bit cheap. Another problem i have, is that if you catch the corner of the stickers, it creases and will never look the same as when it is new.
However, the game, as always very addictive, taking a huge amount of skill patience and a bit of luck. The construction makes it easy to manipulate the puzzle however, you get the odd occasion where the puzzle gets 'stuck' because the lines are not aligned properly which is annoying.
The stand is a good feature because it holds the cube on one of its corners doubles up to make it an ornament as well.
Finally, I must comment on the brief guide/instructions to help you get the furtherest you can in your puzzle. There are 8 keys steps which are the main moves which are recommended to use. They are very simple to follow, but a lot harder to do yourself!!
This is the first nivea deodrant I have tried and must say I am quite impressed. I took a gamble buying it; I couldn't be bothered to spend ages smelling all different scents at the shop so just picked it up. Although it was about £4, I have been pleased with other nivea products on the whole so just got it.
Upon first use, the smell was very fresh, and the 'cool kick' description couldn't suit it enough. This is the nicest smell I have ever come across and was very pleased.
When using it, it doesn't require lots, however, it will maintain the fresh smell all day. However, it claims it is an antiperspirant, however like other reviewers I must agree that it doesn't totally prevent sweat, although I am not too bothered by that if I am honest. The stuff lasts for ages; I am currently still on the same can I first got 3 months ago, with another half left - no joking!
On the whole, I would say I would definately buy this again. Although it is expensive when compared with other deodrants, the nice fresh smell, and the fact it lasts ages will make sure I buy it again!
Ipoints.co.uk (soon to be maximiles.co.uk) is a reward based website, similar to cashback websites. The basis if the site is that you use the websites links to go to a well known website, purchase as usual and for virtual ipoints to be debited into your account.
As well as getting points through online shopping, you can get points in other ways too. Some points are free by signing up to different offers, (free sim cards is popular), watching short video adverts, doing special ipoints surveys and clicking on links sent by email to you to find out more about a website.
As you can guess, the free points, are quite small in what you earn, but if you do enough and make sure you sign up to the emails, the 5 points here and there can soon add up.
The real points are given to you when you spend money though a website. The website that you use actually determines what amount of points you get, some give u a bonus payment first time round, some just offer a standard amount of points per money spent. However, I have found that gambling websites tend to earn you loads, so if you are into that sort of thing, I suggest using ipoints, or any other cashback site!
The only recommendation I have is that you keep to one cashback site and don't use many at a time. Otherwise you will never get enough points for the rewards.
The rewards vary across a whole range of things. You can get electrical items, such as cameras, holidays, food and drink, gadgets, home & garden, the list is very big!
At time of writing, the website is actually running an easter competition, which requires you to visit the website, get the clue and look for the easter bunny. This gets you 5 ipoints each day, and is lasting for 15 days; not a bad 75 points to have!
There are lots of supposed extras and improvements to come with the new maximiles website when it comes, so it might be worth keeping a look out!
Superdry is a company that has really gained in popularity within the last year. You have probably seen somebody wearing a superdry piece of clothing; a coat, hoodie or t-shirt seem to be the most popular.
It is very obvious to identify a superdry piece of clothing as they usually have a large motif put on the clothing. Sometimes you simply just see the words 'superdry', more more often than not, it is often combined with japanese symbols, even though the company is british based and in fact has nothing to do with Japan. I have a hoodie, with the slogan quoting, 'the original "tokyo" brand'.
The clothing quality is very good, with good quality materials and fine stiching and logo design. My hoodie is very warm and comfy to wear, and often dont both with a coat. I also own a t shirt, but to make you aware, it is a slim fit, and not standard fitting, which you should make not of.
Pricing is average to with what you would pay for other brands. Tshirts come in at about £25, hoodies at £50 and coats at around £90. They also sell many other accessories including belts, hats, scarfs etc. Clothing comes in a wide range of colours, and is available for both male and female.
There is one problem I have with superdry, as with many brands in todays society. The popularity has rocketed, and as soon as you buy an item of clothing, it is not long before, somebody else owns a similar piece, if not the same one, and you no longer look original. As things stand, I don't think I will be buying superdry for a while mainly just because of this!
Firstly, I must say that this is my first version of football manager I have bought and installed on my own laptop. I have played the game briefly of friends laptops, but boredom tempted me into buying my own version.
I have installed the game on a macbook, which was very easy and straightforward to do, not taking longer than 15 minutes to do so. The first time that you play the game, you are required to enter a few details, mainly your name and your favourite team.
After choosing your team you wish to manage, and all of the leagues you wish to be included in the news/results page, you can start the gameplay.
Gameplay has loads of options to choose from. With the standard features of team management; formation, the players, the role of each individual player, tactics, manage your squad, determine who plays in the reserve team just to name a few.
Just like in real life, there are transfer windows in which substitutions can be made and carried out. Not only can you offer money, you can swap players, offer extra terms; buy back option, percentage of next sale, and other bonuses to choose from.
Before any match, you will view your opponent, and will be invited to attend a press conference, or choose for your assistant to go instead. Also, you are given some advice from your assistant on tactics you should and shouldn't play for the best way to earn a result against your opponent.
During matches, you can view the match in 3D. The amount of the match you watch is optional, you can watch all the match, just the best bits, goal replays, or not at all. During the match also, you can view statistics during the match, can change tactics easily with only a click of a button.
After the match, a key man from each team is evaluated and a man of the match is decided, often giving you a good indication of how your team was rated.
In between matches, you are responsible for assigning scouting jobs, looking for new possible signings, finances, keeping players happy, choosing who is allowed to be picked for the reserves among many other options you can choose.
The game is very entertaining and I find myself playing this for a few hours at a time. I would only recommend playing it if you have enough time to play for a while, otherwise it's hard to pull yourself away!
At time of writing, I believe amazon are selling for £15, the cheapest I can find, or £20 at HMV, the cheapest high street price I can find!
Firstly, I must state that I am a student, and hate washing. So when I have no more clean clothes left, I must face my dreaded hate. However, having a mixed set of whites and colours, I usually only bother doing a coloured wash, and leave the whites to pile up. I don't have as many whites as colours, so they usually build up and start to make my room smell - not good!
It was when I went back home that I had a similar grudge to my friends, and one of them pointed out that they had used this product, colour catcher. I had seen adverts for this a while back but was sceptical on its results. With my friends advice, I went to tesco and got a box of 20 for £1.50, quite reasonable I thought, however, I think they were on offer at the time!
Upon opening the red colourful box, you are greeted with 20 sheets of the 'colour catcher'. I can best describe it as a fabric version of cartridge paper artists use. It is quite thick and white in colour. They are folded up in the box, and when unfolded have about the same surface area as an A5 piece of paper, but with different dimensions. The instructions for use consist of 3 easy steps:
1 - Place 1 sheet at the back of the machine drum before loading the washing. Use 2-3 sheets for new, dark or non-colourfast garments.
2 - Add your normal quantity of washing detergent and select your normal wash cycle.
3 - At the end of the wash, take out the sheet(s) and discard.
The quality of the wash after this was exactly the same as any previous wash I have ever done. The clothes smell no different, and colours and whites come out the colour they went in. The colour catcher sheet absorbs any bleeding colour, and mine first came out a light grey, so it must of worked to some effect!
The sheets are dryer safe so should you accidentally put it in the dryer, you have nothing to worry about. This also prevents you searching through all the wet clothes for the small sheet!
I would recommend this product very much. It is not very much money to add on to your wash, even if you're a student like me! Should you do more frequent smaller washes, I wouldn't see a problem if you ripped the sheet in half to double the number of washes you can achieve from one box, but this isn't as environmentally friendly!
The S4i model is the slightly newer version of the standard Klipsch S4 headphones. Apart from looking the same, there is one small change. On the cable from the input jack, just below where the wires start to seperate for each ear piece, there is a 3 button remote. It is quite narrow, about 3 times the width of the cable on it's own, so it isn't too obvious, but easy to use. The middle button is slightly bigger than the other 2 buttons. This button is used for 3 things; play/pause, skip to next song and go back to previous song. Pressing the button once will play/pause the song, pressing twice in quick succession will skip to next song, whilst finally pressing 3 times in succession will go to the previous song. It does take a few goes to get use to it, but it is very simple and effective to use.
The headphones themselves, which I imagine are exactly the same for the standard S4 model are about 1.5metres long in length. The cable is black in colour, and is quite thin. This got me quite worried as I tend to get the cable in awful knots and I easily break the cable with my hands. However, the high quality plastic casing has withstood this well, and no sign of damage is visible after owning them for 4 months. At the botton of the wire near the input jack, there is a thicker, more durable plastic casing to hold the connection firmly in place and protects this well.
The input jack is slightly different to your usual connection. Instead of having 2 'rings' around the plastic, usually black in colour to control the right and left audio of your earpieces, the S4i model comes with a third black ring which is used for the inbuilt microphone.
I haven't really used the microphone - as I have no need too! - but this is designed for iphone users. It works quite well by lifting the remote device to your mouth, holding it with a thumb and finger along the long side so you don't block the microphone! Speaking normally into it when a few inches from your mouth works well, so no need for shouting. The volume buttons can be used to adjust the volume of the person you are speaking to which is useful.
The ear pieces on the headset are a bit odd looking. Designed in black, with some metallic silver trim, they are shaped so that half way along, they bend at about 30 degrees, into your ear. This is quite clever, as it helps block out sound and maximises sound quality and clarity. On each earpiece, a simple 'R' and 'L' are written on each, not once, but twice, so that you put the right earpiece in each ear, otherwise, they can be quite uncomfortable and sound unnatural, especially useful when first using them.
The silicon mould on the earpiece can be changed. You get 3 pairs of different sizes, so that you can swap them around the get the best fit. I would advise trying the sizes out, as the sound is different for each, dependent on your ears!
There is a small hole in the silicon mould where sound comes out. This can get a bit blocked with earwax because you have the earpieces so far into each ear canal. Luckily, Klipsch supply you with a small instrument which can remove and unclog the silicon moulds. I find it's easier and quicker if you remove the moulds carefully, being careful not to misplace them. Also, you do get a small fabric bag from Klipsch in the box, which has a magnetic contraption to the top which makes sure your headphones are safe and won't drop out.
Finally, probably the biggest point, the sound quality. I have been very sceptical to expensive headphones before. The sounds is very clear and with a good deep bass, and clear mid and treble notes. The bass is very good, especially when you turn the music up loud, and not fuzzy and shaky like other headphones I have used, Sennheiser CX300, I'm looking at you! For general listening on a moderate sound, I listen to my music that I would normally listen to through laptop speakers and have found you hear a lot more of the background music, very important if the artist meant it, not so good if you're listening to a badly produced record. Also, I like the touch Klipsch have done, by including a small list of decibel readings, and the recommended listening times for each. I was quite impressed with this, but I have since wondered whether it is for legal reasons instead. Nevertheless, I'm still happy.
Overall, I would totally recommend either the S4 or S4i headphones. I find the remote a lot more useful than I thought I ever would, and have become a bit of a sucker for it! The cost of the headphones are about £60-70 for the S4 and £80-90 for the S4i. I know they are a lot, and takes some justifying spending that price. I would never of dreamt spending that much, and have been one of the best gifts ever! I would tell anyone to get them, either now, or wait for the price to drop.