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If you have not already guessed it the biggest problem with this laptop is its over heating problems. Just type HP into google and you will know they have a bit of a reputation for it. The problem is that HP like other companies eg. Dell pack in the latest technology as cheaply as possible not thinking about build quality and air flow.
So without air flow some of the higher end models like this HP Envy 14-1195ea Beats Edition tend
overheat with the amount of power in them. A friend of mine had his for around 3 months before taking it back to the store for a refund due to overheating problems.
So what attracted my friend to the laptop in the first place?
Well with a:
Core i7 720QM
RAM 4 GB
HDD 500 GB
Mobility Radeon HD 5650
The laptop is not exactly slow in fact very quick, even though the processor is the old 1st generation not the new sandy bridge generation.
Then there are the beats speakers on the front that produce outstanding sound.
The style of the laptop is great especially this beats edition which looks like a beats done up macbook pro, I think that's the look they were going for with the Envy's.
However there are other negatives than just the overheating being an entertainment laptop of £1000 plus you would expect a blu rau player and this is not included.
The laptop is also very weighty at 2.65kg, that is very weighty for a 14"!
I am afraid although this laptop looks good, and I am a fan of HP design. Do not buy because of the overheating buy a macbook or if you want a windows laptop a Sony S series.
See my other reviews for macbook and Sony S Series Comparison, much better than this HP and in a similar category.
This phone really does offer great value for money, I purchased mine for a little as £13 to take on a backpacking holiday to Australia just for emergency purposes, as I can not use my contract smartphone abroad, without running up a huge bill. Where as this phone is sim free. I also see the phone as a great option for a night out and Australia as losing this phone is a mere £13 losing a smartphone is around £500.
Don't get the impression this phone is some rubbish emergency only phone though, yes ok it does not offer the smartphone wow factor. But it is still a great reliable little phone.
First thing a noticed is the build quality (it is a Samsung after all) molded out of sturdy plastic, with keys and screen feeling very durable. Plus weighing 65grams its not to weighty and not to light.
The Battery life is also very very good, lasts for up to 120hours much better than modern day smart phones. You wont be needing to charge this phone every night or every 3 nights, again a great Australian backpacking holiday feature when plug points were scarce.
The general features are standard with really only phoning (good sound) and texting, with a few novelty games thrown in, but what were you expecting for £13.
Overall this phone offers great value for money. Buy one.
I purchased these headphones from Amazon for £12.21 and for the first 2 months I thought I had grabbed a bargain.
With the headphones delivering great sound quality with plenty of bass. Much better than the cheap headphones that come with ipod's for sound. I used them every day for about an hour and after a 2 month period, 1 headphone just stopped working. Not good!
So I ordered another pair thinking this was just a fault with the first item, only to find that 2 months later 1 of the headphones had yet again stopped working. So I stopped ordering these skull candy headphones and got a pair of Sony's for £15, which have lasted a year so far!
The sound quality just does not outweigh the unreliability for me. I have spoken to friends who are so impressed with these headphones sound so much however, that the treat them like disposal headphones. Just replacing them with another £12.21 pair every 2-3 months.
The dyson air blade multiplier (fan) tries to solve a problem that really does not exist, unlike a normal fan, that Dyson claims provides choppy air. The air blade a bladeless fan provides a constant supply of smooth air.
How it works?
The fan works by drawing in air at the base and multiplying it by 15 times, then emitting it from the ring, the fan can tilt and rotate easily by pushing the buttons on the front like all fans.
With the avearge fan costing around £10, the dyson air blade prices at £208.99 is very expensive and does it matter if the air is a bit choppy, as long as it keeps you cool!
For £208.99 a cheap air condtioning unit could be bought.
One thing to note especailly for children is the saftey aspect of this fan, with no blades there in no danger of injury unlike a normal fan, where fingers can get trapped.
Overall I really think that dyson is cashing in on the brand name and quality they have created through their vacume cleaners. The design and concpet is great and after using one in store i was very impressived with the smooth airflow. as well as the saftey concept but the pricetag put me off. Really the airblade is a rich persons gadget, thats all.
The dell Inspiron 15 is one of the cheapest 15.6" laptops on the market starting at a very reasonable £299 but really you need to be looking at the £350 model as the celeron processor in the £299 model are painfully slow. With a £50 upgrade to intel pentium processor available by customisation on Dell's website, this laptop then has much to offer.
Processor: Intel® Pentium® Processor T4500 (2.30 GHz, 800 MHz, 1MB)
Chipset: Mobile Intel® 5 Series Express
Video Card: Mobile Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500MH
Memory : 3072MB (1x1024 + 1x2048) 1333MHz DDR3 Dual Channel
Gaming is certainly out the question with the specs above and the boot up time is a little slow, however once on, it handles Microsoft word and Web Surfing perfectly. More than enough for the average user.
The laptop also backs a good 0.3MP webcam which comes in very useful for skype calling.
Battery life of around 4 hours, around the standard benchmark for this size laptop.
Alongside other standard laptop essentials such as:
3 USB ports
3-in-1 Media Card Reader:
- Secure Digital (SD) Memory Card
- Multi Media Card (MMC)
- Memory Stick (MS)
1 Headphone and 1 microphone audio jack
Optical drive: Tray Load DVD+/-RW with Dual Layer DVD+R write capability
The Laptop design is one of the things that really grabbed my attention, the sleek black simplicity of the whole thing, keeping a professional look to a laptop that costs as little as £350. With a weight of 2.73kg its not light but its no beast either, easily portable.
One disappointment is the laptop does not include a HDMI out, meaning that HD content can not be transferred to a bigger screen, the laptop does include a 15 pin VGA video connector to transfer non HD content. On the other hand the laptops 15.6" LED screen (1366x768) does give you ability to watch HD content on the laptop itself. The brightness and quality of this screen for the price certainly impressed me.
Another disappointment is Dell the brand really, they are well known for mass producing laptops such as this one which has a low build quality and will probably have a fault in 2 years time, but at £350 and with the pace of technology anyway who can complain.
So if your someone who Just wants a laptop for a few films, web browsing and word processing, with a clean and sleek design then this is the laptop is for you. But do not forget to fork out the extra £50 for the Intel Pentuim as without this the laptop struggles with many of the features eg. HD content. So with the intel pentuim processor this laptop really is good value for money.
Over the years Bose has built up a reputation for delivering some of the best sound on the market, and the sound dock digital music system does not disappoint. Producing an impressively loud, broad and expansive soundstage, even when the source music is relatively compressed. As well as coming in at around £200 giving more people access, to a slice of Bose brillance. Being one of Bose's less expensive products (although still not cheap!).
The dock weighs a mere 2.37kg meaning portability is a not a problem and you wont need to be carrying leads around with a rechargeable lithium-ion battery providing up to eight hours of power per charge.
A remote is also provided, which I find very useful as trying to change the tracks on your ipod when in the dock is very fiddly, as the Ipod being so close to the speaker prevents you from gripping it, the remote solves this. The remote includes, play/pause, skip track and fast forward/rewind.
The dock also charges your ipod, so no need to plug it into computer to charge. I use mine in the bedroom and store my ipod in it all the time, it also acts as a very good alarm clock with my Ipod touch if you are lucky enough to have a iphone its ideal!. Outside entertainment in the summer is no problem as well with this powerful dock.
Overall this is a great product, you get the Bose experience and reliability for a reasonable price, as well as excellent portability.
The Sony MDRIF140K is an entry level wireless headset costing £23.49 one of the cheapest on the market, so don't expect anything special. However do expect a reasonable comfortable headset that does the Job.
The headset includes an infra-red sensor that has to be plugged into the mains, the sensor had a range of 7 Meters, and cannot be blocked for it to work, so the headset is really only useful for watching TV.
The headset itself is powered by 1 AAA batteries which will provide up to 60 hours of playback, that pretty reasonable compared with other headsets on the market.
The headset does produce a fuzzy sound if the volume on the headset it set on high, to solve this problem however turn the TV volume up rather than than the headset. Not only will this stop the interferance but by keeping the headset on low, the battery life will be better.
Overall this headset does do a Job I use mine when watching TV or Playing Games, when I need to keep the volume down. However the interference is bad (although solution above) and the comfort only lasts for about 3 hours limited amount of time (but enough time to watch a movie).
Sony's Money no object, Z series starting at a staggering £1434.00 is a new breed of ultrabooks. Packing the staggering power of a gaming desktop computer into a 13.3" laptop.
Offering as standard (£1434.00):
2nd Genration Intel Core i5-2410M 2.3GHz processor
Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium
128GB SATA flash SSD
33.2 cm LCD, 1600x900 + webcam
4 GB memory
7 Hour Battery
Finger Print Scanner
Offering up to (£ 3,796.98):
2nd generation Intel® CoreTM i7 2620M 2.70GHz processor
Genuine Windows® 7 Ultimate
512 GB SSD Flash drive (3rd Generation)
33.2 cm LCD, 1920x1080, webcam
8 GB memory
14 Hour Long life Battery
Back Lit Keyboard
Power Play Unit (Blu ray disc writer AMD HD graphics with 1GB VRAM)
The power to play games does come at a considerable disadvantage, as the graphics card
and Blu-ray Disc(TM) writer. Are included in a device Sony are calling a Power Media Dock, which is separate device that has to be plugged into the laptop. Which certainty defeats the object of a portable gaming device! Meaning that the Z series is primarily business device when on the move. Unless the consumer is willing to bring this Power Media Dock with them and not only is this annoying but quite confusing.
However the device without the Power Play Unit is very impressive, with the entire body being moulded out of carbon fibre, a material both lightweight (laptop 1.18kg) and extremely strong. (same material used on F1 cars).
Alongside the battery life, design and speed (specs above) as well as other handy features like the 3G and fingerprint scanner. This laptop is sure to turn heads.
Overall this Laptop is designed to push boundaries and Sony have certainly achieved that. For the average consumer including myself this is merely a dream. But if you have the money then go for it as there is no doubt this is the best of the best. But i think i will be sticking to my cheaper option the Sony S series.
(For more info on S Series read other reviews)
The samsung galaxy S 2 is without a shadow of a doubt one of the best smartphones on the market. When comparing it to the Apple's leading smarthphone the Iphone 4. We can really see the impressive performance of this phone.
The iphone uses a capacitive rentina display and althought not weak it is prone to cracking. Whereas the galaxy S 2 screen is the gorilla glass super Amoled plus very resistant to any impact and less likely to break.
The iphone has a 5 megapixel camera whereas the galaxy s 2 powers ahead with an 8 megapixel one.
The iphone does not support flash meaning alot of features when web browsing are unavailable to you, whereas the samsung galaxy s 2 does support flash.
The galaxy S 2 weighs in a 116grams compared to the 137grams. Although this could be viewed as a negative as you are less likely to notice it being stolen out your pocket. I almost think it is to light.
Most notably the galaxy S 2 has a dual processor whereas the iphone4 being a single core. Much slower.
The apple contracts seem to start at £35 a month with the equivalent on the Galaxy S 2 around £25.
The iphone 4 displays a 3.5" screen and the samsung galaxy s 2 a 4.3". I really think 4.3" is to big I advise you to go in store and test it out. The size is quite shocking, it is almost like a mini computer.
When it comes down to it many people are loyal to the apple brand, and apple does offer great customer service.
Check out my other review on the Sony S Series vs the Apple Mackook pro.
The Toshiba 32SL738B is not a TV to rave about, on the other hand it is not the worse Tv in the world and for £264.99 is a steal. (i purchased mine for £350)
The TV comes with a bog standard LCD 750p screen, nowhere near as good as some of the models today with 1080p Full HD LED screens. However these TV's are now being shipped out at reasonable prices, due to this upgrade in the marketplace.
The reliability is also fantastic with myself and friends owning toshiba TV's, i have yet to see one break.
I have moved mine into the bedroom to be used as a screen to watch films or play on games console. So if you are a bit of a techy like myself and want the Full HD LED option, then it is worth considering this as an option. Maybe stick to the expensive Full HD LED in the living room. Then purchase this TV for the bedroom or kitchen.
Overall I feel the TV really does what it said on the tin with no faults. It is nothing special but it not trying to be special. Simple cheap, reliable and well worth the money. I highly recommend it.
After months of debating whether to bight the bullet and shed out a £1000 + for a Apple Macbook Pro, I stumbled across a gem of a laptop the Sony S Series. After receiving mine a few weeks ago (July 2011) I could not be happier.
This laptop really is an Apple Macbook Pro beater.
The features below are some of the major similarities with the Apple Macbook Pro 13.3" £999 model and the £740 Sony S Series (notice the difference in price!)
Intel® CoreTM i5-2410M (2.30 / 2.90GHz)
LED backlit display, 4GB RAM, 320GB (5400rpm) HDD, CD/DVD player/burner, HDMITM out. USB 3.0
However the Sony S Series offers even more:
With an ability to switch from stamina to speed mode. Unlike the mac the sony offers the perfect balance between work (stamina mode) and pleasure (speed mode). Turning in speed mode boots up the AMD graphics (512MB VRAM) integrated graphics card. Running games like Fifa 2011 and Call of Duty with ease.
The S series also includes 7 hour battery life like the mac but also offers the option of an additional slim battery at another £70 booting up the battery life to 14hours the best on the market for a laptop packing this much power.
Other add ons include finger print scanner at an extra £40 and 3G at an extra £100. All the specs can also be upgraded to a very high standard at extra cost.
The Sony all comes in at a 1.55kg with the macbook weighing in at 2.04 kg.
On the other hand this could be down to one of the only disadvantages with the product with the side hinges holding up the screen feeling a little bit flimsy.
But this just does not put we off this great product. Whether or not this review will be successful in showing the Apple fans the premium they are paying, remains to be seen.
To compare the S Series with the Macbook Pro yourself here are the links: