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I bought this Technika television from Tescos for £299 about 8 months ago. The television is a great modern looking flat screen TV with a sleek and very shiny black surround. The control buttons are flat to the surround and cannot be seen easily.
It has 720p resolution with 50Hz picture frequency now although I'm not too sure what this means technically I can tell you that I find the picture quality to be very clear and crisp and I have absolutely no complaints in that department.
The sound quality from the television again is very good the only problem really is when my husband turns it up ridiculously loud to watch films I find it can distort the sound slightly however most people probably wouldn't want it as loud as he does anyway, so it wouldn't be an issue for most people.
I have sky so I didn't have to tune in the Freeview channels so I can't comment on how easy/difficult that would be.
The only real negative point to make about this television is that there is only one scart socket, I must admit that when I bought the television I didn't notice and as my husband is a keen x box player and I love to watch dvds and play on the wii I found it useful to by a scart splitter so I could have everything plugged in at the same time.
I have had the Russell Hobbs 18441 Heritage 4 Slice Toaster for a few weeks now and it cost me £39. It is a big but very good looking toaster which is a great cream and chrome coloured toaster I really liked the look of it and it fits into my kitchen perfectly as this as well as all my other appliances are now chrome and cream.
It has the capability of toasting four slices of toast at the same time which is useful for me as there are five people living in my house. The slots for toasting are really quite wide which is great as my husband likes to cut his bread very thick and it still fits in easily.
There are three controls on this toaster they are for reheating, defrosting and popping up the toast early. I have used all of these features on a regular basis and they all work well. The buttons themselves feel very sturdy and of good quality.
When it comes to cleaning the toaster there is a handy removable tray which is quite large so it doesn't need empting very often, the tray is very easy to remove and replace again.
Overall this is a great looking toast that does the job well.
I bought my Russell Hobbs 18256 Heritage kettle when I had my new kitchen fitted and must so far I am very pleased with it.
The kettle comes in various colours but I chose the cream version as I thought it was a lovely colour, this kettle is a great looking appliance which has an old fashioned look but with a modern twist. The easy to hold handle is like a big loop on the top.
The base of this kettle is cordless and 360 degrees so I think it would be suitable for both right and left handed people although I myself am right handed so I cannot vouch for this.
The spout is wide enough so that you can fill the kettle up through it but I however don't do this because there is a removable filter that is located in the spout. There is a guide on the side so you can see when the kettle needs filling up.
There is a 1.7 litre capacity for this kettle which is fine for my use and when I have people over I can easily get five or six cup of tea out of it. There is a quick boil setting which is a great feature for when you are in a hurry and it works really well.
This kettle isn't as quiet when boiling as my last one but it's still not very noisy and shouldn't put you off.
I bought the Hot point TCM58OG Tumble Drier recently because I had a new kitchen fitted and finally had the room to upgrade from a very small 4kg capacity tumble dryer to this 8kg dryer.
The tumble dryer has a drawer on the front which collects the water as you are drying your clothes it can hold up to 5 litres of water and I only have to change it after every four loads on average, so that's not too inconvenient.
I find that my clothes always dry quickly and well in this dryer if for example I have a heavy load of say towels or bedding I find it takes about 60 minutes to dry properly however if it's just normal clothes it can take as little time as 45 minutes.
The Hotpoint dryer has a timer so you can leave your drying on when you go out the timer goes from 20 minute all the way up to 120 minutes.
This is a great machine that dries your clothes well without making a lot of noise; I can't even hear it when i am watching television, so overall I have no complaints and at around £230 i have found it to be great value.
The Polar FT1 Heart rate monitor is great bit of kit for anyone wanting to get fit and lose a bit of weight , it's useful to know your heart rate when working out so you know when your burning the most calories and also if you are getting fitter from work out to work out.
Now I am no fitness expert I am just someone who has lost a lot of baby weight and is enjoying getting fitter.
At around £32 this is a very reasonably priced product, now if what you want is an all singing all dancing Heart rate monitor this is not the product for you, however if you are a bit of a novice like myself then maybe it is.
It is very basic and easy to use, it is basically like wearing a watch however there is also a chest strap with it, I find the chest strap comfortable enough not to interfere with my workouts and stays in place well even when I am running.
The Heart monitor itself has a large clear screen making it very easy to read your results.
Although it does only allow you to record one set of results at a time so I have to write all the information down to compare from work out to work out.
You can set your max or min heart rate for your workout and even have an alarm go off to warn you that your heart rate is to fast or slow from what you have set on the monitor, the only slight problem with this is that you only have one button to set this so it can take quite some time.
I have always suffered from dry chapped lips so as a result am always looking for moisturising products for my lips. A friend of mine recently recommended Guerlain KissKiss Baby Lipstick as it is not only a lip stick but also a lip balm.
The packaging is a great looking silver tube that looks like three cubes stuck together it is very expensive and classy looking, as you would expect from any guerlain product.
I find that the guerlain kiss kiss baby lipstick comes in great range of colours, I don't like a very strong colour on my lips and find that even the red shade in this range is quite subtle and almost translucent so a great option for me.
As you would expect with this lip stick also being a lip balm it is very moisturising when applied on my lips but this has the effect of not have very good staying power and as a result you have to re-apply frequently (I combat this by also using a lip primer).
The lip stick boasts having an SPF factor of 10 which is a brilliant feature especially for protecting the delicate skin on your lips in the summer months or whilst on holiday.
The only negative about this product is the price at £24 it's not cheap
I have owned the Guerlain KissKiss Lip Lift Primer for at least six months now and I must say that it is a real must in my make-up box. The reason that I bought the primer is to help make my lipstick and lip glosses last longer, hopefully without the need to reapply during my working day or an evening out.
Firstly I will say that the packaging as always with guerlain products is very nice and expensive looking, it looks just like a small gold version of the guerlain kiss kiss lipstick.
The primer itself is flesh coloured and looks just like a lipstick, you apply it exactly the same way as a lip stick and then you apply your lipstick or lip gloss over the top.
I find that when I have applied it to my lips and then applied my lip stick over the top my lips look like they are in very good condition which is great for me as I do suffer from dry lips, I think it does moisturise my lips slightly but not as well as if I am wearing a lip salve.
As for the promise to plump my lips I don't think that I really notice much difference to be honest.
Overall I have found that when using the lip primer my lip stick or lip gloss does last considerably longer and my lips do look much better than when I simply apply lip stick on its own.
I recently bought the VAX C90 PMV B vacuum cleaner as my old one has become unreliable. My first impressions were that it is a nice looking, sturdy and small appliance.
When using the cleaner I find that it is very light weight and easy to manoeuvre around the house and carry up the stairs when vacuuming them.
I have a wide range of surfaces' in my home which include hard wood flooring in the lounge, vinyl in the kitchen and bathroom and carpet everywhere else and I do find that the suction from this vacuum copes well on all three floor types easily with only a couple of goes over most areas my floors appear to be clean.
I find that although this vacuum isn't massive in size I can vacuum my whole house (which is an average sized three bed roomed semi) before I need to empty the bag less cylinder. The vacuum is easy to empty without making any mess, which is a definite plus!
I am also very impressed at how quiet VAX have been able to make this machine whilst still keeping the strength of suction.
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Guerlain Terracotta Baume au Coeur High Shine Soothing Lip Balm is one of many Guerlain products. Now at £20 for a small 5ml tub of lip balm I know some people will think that I'm balmy! But I'm a sucker for a high end name where beauty products are concerned.
The packaging for the lip balm is nice it's a small clear tub with a brown lid with swirls on it. The lip balm comes in three shades Rose Venus, Couer Caramel and Cocoa Love I own the rose venus shade which leaves a nice subtle pink colour on my lips.
The lip balm itself is a very thick and slightly sticky consistency which I tend to be very sparing with when applying to my lips otherwise they do feel a little bit too sticky which isn't pleasant.
I find the best way to apply this is with a finger, just rub the top off the lip balm and apply, but as I said above it is slightly sticky so you will need to wipe your finger afterwards.
The product does ease my lips when they are cracked or sore and also leaves them feeling very moisturised however I don't think it is worth the £20 price tag as I have used various other brands of lip balm which work as well if not better for a fraction of the price.
I bought my HP Mini 110-3112sa net book because I get very bored at work and need something to pass my time, I used to take my lap top in but it is quite bulky and heavy from the long walk across town from the car park, so decided I needed a light weight net book and this one fitted the bill.
The HP mini is a great net book with a lot of features for the small price which include a card reader, Bluetooth and wireless WLAN aerial and a 250 GB hard drive which is adequate for me.
I must admit I only tend to use mine for browsing the web and writing reviews but for what I use it for I find it does the job perfectly.
For a small net book I find the keys on the key board ok but when my husband has tried to use it he has had some difficulty due to the size of his hands, although the screen is obviously not massive because of the size of the machine itself however it is very clear so is fine.
Overall I think this net book is a good little machine I don't think I would have it as my main computer because I do prefer a larger screen.
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I have had my Sony SRS GU10IP for around 6 months and have no big complaints so far. It is a nice and stylish looking speaker unit. The speakers come with a remote control however I do tend to use mine in the kitchen and with it not being a very big room I haven't really used it so can't comment too much on how well it works, but on the odd occasion that I have used it it does the job well.
I use mine in the kitchen to play my iPods when I'm cooking and the steam/heat in the kitchen hasn't caused a problem for the speakers so far.
The sound quality of these speakers is very good and my music is played very well with no or little distortion at the loudest setting however the volume does not go very loud, but I don't tend to like music to loud any way so this is not a problem for me.
I am very impressed with my Sony speakers and I think for the price I paid £70 I would find it difficult to get different speakers with the same standard of sound quality.
My iPod's just dock straight into the front and it even has the added bonus that it charges them for me even if I don't want to play my music I can simply dock one of my iPods to charge it. If you don't have an iPod you can still plug in your mp3 via the auxiliary imput.
The only negative I can think of is that the wire to plug it into the wall isn't very long but mine is on a unit next to a plug so not a problem for but might be an issue for others.
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The Play.com 8GB Flash Drive is a very good value flash drive, I bought mine for £6.99 from, well obviously play.com and have found it to be a very reliable device that has never let me down.
The flash drive itself comes in a cheap looking and very cheap feeling transparent blue case with a fully detachable lid which when in use can be simply placed at the other end to avoid losing it.
To be honest I don't consider looks to be a priority when it comes to a flash drive I am more interested in reliability and value for money and in both areas this device delivers.
Ii have noticed that it doesn't have a key chain holder which I have found useful in other flash drives, but to be honest for the price your paying you really can't complain.
I find the speed very reasonable although I have only used it to save my college work so no really huge files or films or anything like that so I can't really comment on if it is a good device for things like that.
Overall I think for £6.99 it's a great device although the looks aren't great there not bad enough to put me off buying.
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I bought my Sandisk Imagemate Multi-Card so that I would be able to transfer my photos from my SD card in my camera to my laptop.
Firstly I would like to say that I am a very un-technical person so this review is from the view point of some one who knows next to nothing about computers or anything to do with them.
Obviously from what I have just said the fact that I find the card reader very easy to use means it must be very simple and that pretty much every one can use one of these.
All you have to do is plug the USB cable into the USB port on to the USB port on your computer, when I do this my lap top recognises it straight away with out any problems, the transfer time on the photographs seams good and I'm never kept waiting for very long.
The device itself is a small nice looking sleek, shinny black square, it comes with a great little silver stand that looks great and I like it but strictly speaking probably isn't necessary.
The only negative I can think off really is that the USB cable is very think and inflexible and can knock the card reader over at times, but overall I don't have many complaints.
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I have owned my 8 g I pod nano for around about eighteen months now, and find it suits my needs very well. I primarily use it for when I go out running and find I need to charge it up only around once every week and a half so the battery probably gives me around 12 hours of play time.
It is a very light weight and small mp3 player that fits very easily into my hand when running. The nano itself is a great looking machine which comes in a variety of colours including black, orange, pink, green and purple.
The extra features included are a timer which I find very useful when I'm out running, a contacts book, and an alarm. The screen will turn around when you turn it on it's side and then back again when you put it up right depending on which view you would prefer.
It can also play films, tv shows and games that have been downloaded on the nano, which is an ok feature but I find the screen to small so if that is what your after in an mp3 player I suggest you look into buying an I pod
I would expect that the sound and picture quality would be very good from a name such as apple and I have not been disappointed.
I purchased mine for £120 around a year and a half ago and have found it to be very good value for money it has yet to let me down.
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Argos Value Exercise Mat is a very light weight product that when not in use rolls up into a very small compact size and is stored easily behind my sofa.
I first bought this product around two and a half months ago and after being used on average about two times most weeks it is not showing any signs of wear, which I think is very good for the very cheap price tag of £5.99.
I do most of my exercise in the lounge on my hard wood floor so I wanted some protection for my back when I was doing some floor work and although the mat isn't as some more expensive exercise mats on the market it does a fairly good job.
The exercise mat isn't massive in size I am only five foot five inches tall and I find it adequate but I don't know how good it would be if you were much taller than myself.
To sum up my thoughts about this product I don't think its bad for the price, and I certainly won't be throwing it away however when the time does come to replace it I will be buying a better quality mat.