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      22.07.2011 23:47

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      A great way of saving money on an everyday object

      These Hayfever tablets are great value. I have tried many cheap Hayfever tablets, to avoid buying the more expensive brands in the past, but have gone onto to regret it. Many alternatives cause severe drowsiness, which end up having a large effect on your everyday life. These tablets are different. They claim to be non-drowsy and they live up to this claim. They also significantly lessen the symptoms of Hayfever. It is hard to compare their impact at reducing symptoms with brands but from experience I would say they have just as good an impact as the leading brands. These tablets are also cheaper and therefore I can't suggest a reason not to buy them over leading brands. These tablets are to be taken once a day and are not for u12s. One thing to be considered is the box only contains seven tablets, with some more expensive brands containing more tablets, meaning a similar value for tablet.

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      22.07.2011 23:32
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      a good buy, but could be so much better

      Formula 1 games have been sparse in recent years. Thankfully that vacuum has now been filled by a more than adequate game.

      ==Graphics==

      The graphics on this game are top class. I first played this game on a HD projector, and did a few laps of the Monaco GP. Within a few minutes i was in love with the game, and the level of realism. All of the tracks are the same as the real thing, and the cars look superb, along with the dynamic weather conditions.

      ==Gameplay==

      The game has lot of differing difficulty settings, and the contrast between them is huge. On the easiest mode, the car breaks for you and the racing line is on the track. Damage to your car is also minimal. The most difficult setting, is very challenging and simply keeping the car on the track becomes an ordeal. This allows everyone to have their fun with this game. The gameplay is realistic, and with the right camera angle driving replicates the high speed of F1. However the game still disappoints in a few aspects. When racing against the cpu, which is your only option as their is no multiplayer, you feel that you are the only one likley to crash, and also your tyres apper to wear quickly. Ive also had a few glitches with pit stops. All of these led to me feeling happy with the game, but also wanting more. I believe that the game needs a slight bit of polishing to be an excellent game and the exclusion of a multiplayer mode, other than the excellent online mode is a travesty.

      ==drivers, tracks and teams==


      F1 2010 has all the drivers, teams and tracks on. A huge bonus of the game

      ==Career mode==

      At the start of the game, you are given an agent. You are signed up to a lesser team and you compete in seasons. I have found despite my success, winning the drivers champ in first season, i struggled to gain offers from the top teams such as ferrari.

      overall, a good fun game, but still needs a bit of work.

      * Also posted on Ciao under the username pie12345

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    • JBL On Time / Portable Radio / 2 Readings / 1 Rating
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      22.07.2011 23:28
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      a good alarm clock/docking station

      Recently bought one of these, after sleeping though my previous alarm clock on several occasions. This product allows you to set any track off your iPod as your alarm. Waking up to your favorite song is far more enjoyable in comparison to being woken up to just your standard alarm tone and also is much louder making it virtually impossible to sleep through!

      ==Sound Quality ==


      The most important feature on any docking station for me, is sound quality and this product doesn't disappoint. It has excellent clear sound quality. The circular desgin of the speakers allows for the sound to spread evenly around the room. The maximum volume of the JBL is loud enough for most occasions, with a wide range of adjustable volume settings.

      ==Charging==

      Unlike some docking stations, the JBL charges your IPod whilst is is attached to the JBL. The JBL is also compatible with the majority of apple Ipods.

      ==Alarm==

      As mentioned earlier the JBL, allows you to set any track off your Ipod instead of your Alarm tone. When your alarm goes off in the morning, the music gradually increase's in volume. This ensure it wakes you up, but if your alarm is far away from your bed, it can be slightly annoying as you have to get up and stop the JBL reaching full volume, and waking up everyone in your household. You can also set a traditional tone as your wake up call. It has a built in snooze button and you can set up to too alarms. You can also get the JBL to remember your alarm settings, and set it for every weekday/weekend/all the time.

      == Design ==

      In my opinion, the JBL is very stylish and modern. This is further enhanced by the blue backlight. However some people may find the design doesn't match their room. The JBL is quite small and compact, but their are other docking stations on the market which are smaller, and can still generate similar levels of sounds.

      ==Other features==

      You can also pick up radio with this product and the central display shows the time.

      ==Negatives==

      One drawback of the product is when used as an alarm clock, the blue backlight is very bright in the dark.

      To combat this you can reduce the light settings, but this makes the clock very difficult to see.

      Despite this id recommend it as a docking station or as a an alarm clock.

      * Also posted on ciao under the username pie12345

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    • HP Laserjet 1022 / Laser Printer / 5 Readings / 5 Ratings
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      21.07.2011 01:34

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      A great printer for text only

      This printer is aimed at small office or home use, and that is the perfect market for this product. If you regularly print large quantities of text, no color images and don't want to spend a large amount of money, then this is the printer for you. Firstly this printer is so much smaller than many rival laser printers, that are almost industrial size. This printer only weighs 5.5 KG and its dimensions in (WxDxH) are 37 cm x 24.5 cm x 24.1 cm, small for a printer of its ilk. Secondly the printer prints at a rapid rate(18 sheets ppm), large documents with full bodies of texts are printed in no time at all, meaning the old fashioned wait around the printer for your documents is almost a thing of the past. The text is always clearly printed of a high standard. One negative with this product, is that to print on the other side, you have to manually turn the paper over, but for around £100 quid, you have to expect this. This printer has been reliable for me, not having any issues in a number of years.

      To conclude, this printer is great at quickly printing black and white text. If that is what you need your printer to do, then this is the product for you. If you want to print in color and print lots of pictures, then this is definitely not the product for you.

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    • BT Home Hub 2.0 / Wireless LAN / 5 Readings / 4 Ratings
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      21.07.2011 00:42

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      better alternatives available for the same amount

      The BT home Hub is vital for having wireless internet with BT. You can either buy it separately or have it included in your BT broadband package. This router has served me poorly since i have had it. The wireless signal from this router is strong enough to be picked up in all areas of my house, and the signal strength is more or less constant. I have also noticed that my neighbors BT internet also gets picked up on my laptop so for those who live in larger house's then you will still have little problem with this product. The design of the Hub is relatively stylish, and it doesn't look to out of place in your house.

      However, pn the front of the hub are a series of lights, which indicate the status of your connection etc. A major problem with the hub is that sometimes these lights go out for reasons that i cant understand, meaning the internet is down. These periods don't last too long, but can be highly annoying and are frequent. Usually they can be resolved by turning the hub on and off, but sometimes they last longer. The speed of the internet also seem's to be slow, especially when streaming video.

      One positive is that it is very easy to setup, but for me the negatives outweigh the positives and this product should be avoided.

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    • Wii Sports (Wii) / Nintendo Wii Game / 10 Readings / 8 Ratings
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      19.07.2011 23:09
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      Most get this game with Wii, so have no choice. If cheap worth a buy

      I got this game, when i first purchased my Wii and found it to be very average. It was the first game I and many will have played on the Wii and I think it was designed to showcase what the Wii is all about and therefore it is something of an introduction to motion sensored controlled gaming.

      The game includes a series of sports. These are Golf, Tennis, Boxing, Bowling and Baseball. For me, the two stand out game's on this console are Golf and Tennis.

      Golf: The golf is very good. The whole game is based around swinging with the right amount of power. Shots are aimed by the arrows, but will fade or draw if you hit the ball outside the power bar. It is basic, but is very good fun and quite difficult as well. The 9 hole course on the game is quite good, and has plenty of hazards.

      Boxing: The boxing is actually one of the most physically demanding video games I have ever played. I'm a bit unsure if this defeats the whole point of video games, but anyway Boxing is basically who can waggle their control the quickest. This game is the only one on Wii sports that uses the numchuck. If you try and Box correctly you will just lose. One of the less good games on this game.

      Tennis: The tennis is basic but good fun. This time the whole aspect is on timing and aim. However not a lot needs to be done be come good at this game and it the initial fun wears out, and boredom set's in. You soon realise you can do little to impact where and how hard you hit the ball.

      Baseball: I'm not a fan of Baseball, but this version of it makes good use of the Wii. It's all about timing.

      Bowling: Not very difficult to master, but good competitive fun can be had.

      Needless to say graphics are very poor, but you expect that from the Wii. This game for me, is designed to highlight the strengths of what was the new concept of the Wii. All though it is successful in doing this, it also demonstrates the weaknesses of the Wii, that motion control has since eradicated.

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      19.07.2011 22:44

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      A game perfect for the Wii

      For me, this game is everything the WIii should be. Like all games on the Wii the graphics are below average in comparison to the other consoles, but for me that's not important. The Wii is all about it's gameplay and this game is the pinnacle of that. Mario Kart uses your control as the steering wheel. The steering Wheel provided is basically just a plastic frame in the shape of wheel, and is not essential to the game, therefore you can play without it, but i suppose it just adds a bit of realism. The gameplay is simple and can be easily picked up by people of all ages. The race's are fast and entertaining. They take place on wide array of tracks all with crazy features and obstacles. Like other Mario games you pick up boxes and rewards during the race that either help you or hinder others, such as shells or banana's . Fans of the Mario series will be glad to hear that all of the regular characters are on this game. You can also race in a series of different type's of vehicles. Solo play on this game would soon become boring. This game isn't designed to be played alone, and is a great laugh with all of your friends and family. Up to four of you can race at one time on a split screen. In my humble opinion, this is one of the best game's for Wii around.

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    • Football Manager 2010 (PC) / PC Game / 3 Readings / 3 Ratings
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      18.07.2011 18:52
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      The best manager game out there, by a long long way

      As huge football fan, I've always had a passion for football manager games. This is by far the best on the market.

      The depth of this games is outstanding. The game allows you to select the teams and players you want to use from the data base. If you select all, then that includes players from hundreds of countries and hundred of thousands of players, including reserve and youth players. Scouting on this game is very important, and with so many youth players, buying the next young talent becomes vital. The ratings given out to players appear to be well relatively and in my opinion relatively accurate.This game play itself is difficult. Finding a winning style of play and a winning formation is hard to achieve. If you go on a winning streak then teams tend to adjust their tactics accordingly in an attempt to defeat you. The transfer market is highly extensive, one problem is negotiations. If you are a managing a lesser club, buying a player is difficult and fees become inflated. Football manager brings in the other aspects of football managing, such as handling the press, your board and of course dealing with the egos of the players in your dressing room. If you can achieve all of this you can achieve true greatness of the game.

      Because of the sheer size of the database, I'd recommend just loading the key leagues and players. Game speed becomes incredibly slow with the whole database loaded, to the extent it takes a very long time to complete just one season.

      Despite this, FM10 is a very addictive game and time flies when you are playing it. Trying to take your team to the top is great fun and FM10 is the platform to achieve this dream.

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      18.07.2011 18:37

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      a good present for kids, Good fun

      Got given this a present recently, and was presently surprised. It is is a very simple product, where basically you think of an object, and then it ask's you a series off questions, in the style of the classic game, 20 questions. Your aim is not to guess the item, but to beat the machine. I was skeptical early on, and tried to defeat it with basic things such as apple or tree. Soon i found it was more than capable of guessing these items, and way before 20 questions. I soon found that the machine was incredibly hard to beat, and was able to defeat me even when i was thought of nothing. One problem is the machine is obviously programmed by an American, and therefore contains some Americanism's and terms you don't quite understand if your lucky enough to live on the right side of the pond. Secondly the trick used, is similar to one by mind readers. The toy regularly gives vague answers, therefore giving an impression its more accurate than it is. It is still good fun for a few hours, but the novelty may well wear off.

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      18.07.2011 18:02
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      a great replacement, workable sky remote

      Like many i now have Sky Plus, and i love it. One day my world was thrown into chaos when i somehow managed to break my original control. I realized how Sky Plus is almost unworkable without a control . Thankfully, almost a day later this remote arrived from Amazon. This remote does what it say's on the Tin. It works flawlessly with your Sky Plus, meaning you won't have any compatibility issues. It looks like the real thing, and basically is the real thing. The buttons are all of decent size, and they all work well. The control itself is relatively lightweight. One issue i have found is the battery life is relatively poor. When I came to changing the battery's i realized this was surprisingly difficult, and the lack of instructions supplied with this product further enhanced the difficulty of this task. At the end of the day, its a remote control and does what you'd expect. Delivery with Amazon was faultless and the quality of the control matches the original. Once you've overcome the challenge of changing the batteries, you will be satisfied with your purchase.

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      • Honda Jazz 1.4 / Car / 2 Readings / 1 Rating
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        18.07.2011 01:43
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        if you want a reliable car, the jazz is for you

        The Honda Jazz is a good car. Ok, its not a supercar. It's not going to break the land speed record. Its not particularly good looking and it doesn't come with tons of the latest gadgets. What you do get, is something just as valuable. The Jazz is the most reliable car ive ever owned. I have had no problems whatsoever with the Jazz and have seldom heard of any problems with it. The Jazz is a good size car, not a people carrier and not massive, but big enough to fit your golf clubs and trolley in, or bags for the family holiday. It is more fuel efficient than other cars of its size, vital in the current climate. It has all the gadgets that are expected in the modern world such as CD, Radio and Air Con. The interior of the Jazz is smart and all though i said earlier it doesn't look great, its far from being an ugly car. The Jazz is a good car to drive, with the engine feeling quite powerful and it handles well for a bigish car. The Jazz is a great family car, and for a car that you wont have to take to the garage every month you should look no further.

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        • Dyson DC33 / Vacuum Cleaner / 4 Readings / 2 Ratings
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          18.07.2011 01:34
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          If you want a new vacuum cleaner, look no further.

          After a series of inferior makes of vacuum cleaner, i decided it was worth paying a bit of extra cash to buy a Dyson. I had heard all the hype, and was concerned it wouldn't be able to fulfill it. I have been proven to be incredibly wrong. So why is this so much better than the it's rivals?

          Firstly its just far more powerful than its rivals. Carpets actually look clean after they've come face to face with the Dyson. With the Dyson you don't have to go over and over the same spot, in a desperate attempt to pick up some crumbs, with the power of suction being immense. The familiar drone of vacuum cleaners, is a thing of the past with the Dyson being much quieter, along with the Dyson being bagless, making bags a thing of the past. Like all Dyson's, the DC33 looks the part, with its modern imposing design, not that its important feature, its as if Dyson's are so much better, they are showboating. Apparently allergy sufferer's are also huge beneficiaries from the Dyson due to its filters. On a practical side, it has a long cable and is lightweight. This results in it being easy to use in all areas of the house/car. The Dyson is equipped with settings that can deal with every imaginable surface and the hose is longer than other models. To top it off, the Dyson comes with a 5 year warranty. As a result, i haven't a bad word to say about the Dyson. Some may be put off by the price in comparison to other vacuum cleaners, but they arn't in the same league. The Dyson's reliabality, warranty and lag of bags also makes it a sound investment.

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        • Microsoft Xbox 360 / Games Console / 3 Readings / 3 Ratings
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          17.07.2011 01:36

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          hours of fun to be had with this purchase, but id recommend the PS3 over it

          I own all 3 majors consoles, and in my humble opinion XBOX 360 is slightly behind the PS3. The XBOX is a great console. The graphics are fantastic, and wide range of games are on offer. The online play is even better than the PS3 and without the problems of playstation network. I think because i played Playstation first, i never warmed to the xbox controllers, what i find a bit chunky and i also don't like the positioning of the analogue sticks. My major issue is the 3 rings of death. XBOX's seem to be badly made. They tend to break down on a constant basis, with many of my friends and myself experiencing major problems. In comparison the PS3 is well built and problems are rare. I also find the XBOX to be very loud, with the fan getting very loud. Despite this the XBOX is a fine console, and i have to be pedantic to distinguish it from the playstation. Also it is cheaper with many retailers, so therefore i can see why you would buy it.

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          17.07.2011 01:24

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          worth a risk

          My knowledge of IT is fairly poor, but when i first got the laptop i was impressed. It seemed to be very quick and efficient at loading. This was coupled with a very stylish design. I also found it to be relatively lightweight, making transportation very easy. The screen on this laptop is also fantastic, great for watching movies and gaming. In terms of gaming the vaio isnt the quickest laptop, but it managed to cope with many games, and on the screen they looked fantastic. However soon i began to experience tons of problems with the vaio. This might not mean all vaios are bad by any means, but after a while it had slowed down so much , it was unbearable. This may well have been due to virus's but my friend had the same problem. The battery also diminished rapidly, to the point i have to permanently plug it in. Despite my problems, id still recommend this laptop. At the start this laptop was great and if this had continued id be raving about this product. The problems ive experienced might not be endemic for every vaio, therefore id consider this product.

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        • Nintendo Wii / Games Console / 1 Reading / 1 Rating
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          17.07.2011 01:11

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          different from other consoles, but not the best option in my opinion

          When i first got the WII i was amazed. The Wii changed the way video games were played. Never before had i felt so involved with a game. Playing tennis i got hit every shot, playing golf i could swing every shot. To be fair to nintendo, the Wii performs as it should. The controls are quite responsive, with your action usually being emulated on screen, with only the occasional blip. Wii games are all good fun, and the age range for a Wii is much wider than the other consoles. In other words Wii is fun for all the family. Despite this, i couldn't help wanting more from the Wii. My main issue was graphics. After the success of other consoles, i found the WII to be lagging behind by around 10 years in terms of technology. This left my we with a feeling that the Wii should have been worked on for another year, and if it had i would be a raving about the most innovative console of all time. Instead i'm left a little sad and disappointed . Despite this, credit to Nintendo for thinking outside the box and making something different. Maybe the next edition will fix the issue with this one, and create something truly special.

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