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The Acer Aspire One model is a notebook I recently bought from PC world, it was on offer for £199. I needed a cheap notebook to carry out simple tasks such as using MS office and run some simple accounts software. I also wanted Wi-Fi to access the internet via my home PC router, so this notebook seemed ideal for what I was looking for. The notebook itself comes with Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition O/S. It has WiFi, Fast Ethernet, and an ultra compact 8.9" WSVGA TFT Screen for crystal clear viewing. The Acer Aspire One A150 has an Intel Atom N270 Processor that runs at 1.6GHz for professional mobility. Acer redefines mobile connectivity with the Aspire one, also known as a netbook due to it being powerful and acquires net friendly computing features in a compact design weighing as little as 2.2 lb. The Ads for this notebook are aimed at business professionals, students and world travelers, it offers a choice of operating systems, wireless connectivity and Internet access. The Acer Aspire ONE A150 Notebook features 1 GB of RAM and a reasonable 160 GB hard drive. Main Features: Visually the Aspire One has an 8.9" CrystalBrite LED backlit LCD with 1024x600 resolution and a integrated CrystalEye webcam that is easy to use and has multiple functions. The Aspire One comes with the Intel Atom processor, built with the world's smallest transistors and designed specifically for low power consumption while delivering the power and performance you need for full online freedom. This makes it ideal for regular home or office use as it is enough for day to day tasks. Also as the notebook is light and compact it is easy to travel with. Specification: - Processor Mfr Intel Processor Speed 1.6GHz Processor AtomTM N270 - Cache standard, primary 0KB Cache standard, secondary 512KB - Hard Drive 160 GB - RAM standard 1GB DDR2 SDRAM RAM maximum 1.5GB - Display 8.9 active-matrix/TFT/XGA Display, maximum resolution 1024 x 600 - Network interface card included - Wireless NIC included - Battery Type Lithium Ion - OS Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition - Keyboard Details Standard - Pointing device type TouchPad - RAM details 1 GB / 1.5 GB (max) DDR2 SDRAM - 533 MHz SO DIMM 200-pin - Display and video details Intel GMA 950 Dynamic Video Memory Technology 3.0 - Software included; Adobe Acrobat Reader, Acer Launch Manager, Acer eRecovery, McAfee Internet Security Suite (Trial). - 1 x audio - line-out/headphones - mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm - 1 x microphone - input - mini-phone 3.5 mm, 3 x Hi-Speed - USB - 4 pin USB Dimensions and weight: - Width, inches 9.8 - Height, inches 1.1 - Depth, inches 6.7 - Weight (lbs) 2.2 What's in the box? - Acer Aspire ONE A150 Notebook - Lithium Ion Battery - AC Adapter - Power Cord - Documentation - 1 year manufacturer's warranty Overall I was happy with the purchase of the Acer Aspire One A150 as it was exactly what I was looking for at a good price of £199, normally RRP £299. I've not had any problems with the notebook and is still running fine. I wouldn't advice it to play games on as the graphics card would be unable to handle it. One let down is that it doesn't have Bluetooth built in. I didn't need it as I have a Bluetooth dongle but for people who don't it should have been built in as standard. I should also mention the notebook comes in 2 colours which I know of black (Bb) and black white (Bw) the codes are in the model name. The battery lasts me around 4-5 hours which is quite good. I would recommend this notebook for light to medium regular use.
The Sandisk Extreme III 4 GB Compact Flash Card is ideal for digital camera's and camcorders. I needed some extra memory for my digital camera so bought this. Sandisk have a good reputation in developing flash memory cards so I thought I would go for this. With my digital camera I had a supplied 1GB card which to be honest isn't much when taking high resolution photos, it fill up pretty quick. The Sandisk SD card is a good size at 4GB storage. It also has ESP technology which basically allows data on the card to be accessed quicker. This is great for fast loading especially when taking photos with a digital camera, as the last thing you want is to wait 1 min to just see the photos you just shot. This simply makes everything that little bit quicker. It can actually access your data at an incredible speed of 20MB per second! The SD card like all cards is capable of all media storage from MPEG's to JPEG's including files and folders. This SD card also comes with recovery software appropriately named RescuePRO. This lets you easily recover any data on the card from you PC. This can be done in two ways, via your device or a card reader. This SD card has also been tested in the harshest of temperatures from -13º F to 185º F -25º C to 85º C Min 20MB/second. So you know it will perform whatever the weather when usually cold weather slows things down this will stand its ground. Main functions and features: - SD Memory Card - 4GB - ESP (Enhanced Super Parallel-processing) technology - Software included, RescuePRO - 32 x 24 x 2 cm Overall the Sandisk Extreme III 4 GB Compact Flash Card is perfect to replace your old SD card or simply an upgrade from a lower storage size. You will definitely notice a difference when running this card as it works without any glitch at a good speed too. I got this card from Ebay for around £5 inc. p&p usually retails at around £10.
The Kensington Shield TFT Privacy Filter is designed for display privacy. I had this for my old 15" TFT monitor and it worked pretty well. I bought it at the time for the anti-glare feature and easy use as I didn't want to glue or use any type of Velcro pads on my monitor. So this was ideal for those reasons. This screen filter is part of Kensington's ergonomic product range. The filter is ideal for privacy protection as it reduces viewing angle to only 75 degrees, so other people around you can't see your screen 37.5 degrees both sides, left and right. This is also a visual filter making it more comfortable for you to look at your screen for long hours at a time. The built in anti-glare feature reduces glare by up to a huge 99%. Lastly it can protect your screen from sticky fingers and printer. So you simply just wipe the shield and not worry about your monitor screen as it will always be clean. The design of this Kensington Shield is very versatile. This model is for 15" TFT monitors but you can get it for 17" TFT monitors too. It is designed in a way that doesn't damage your monitor in any way. This is due to the unique lock grip attachments it has. These fix directly onto your TFT monitor and don't require any glue or sticky adhesives or pads. Main features and functions: - Privacy protection - No messy glue or sticky adhesives required - Viewing angle reduced to 75 degrees (37.5 degrees both sides, left & right) - Built in visual filter - 15" display shield - Monitor friendly design ensures no monitor damage - Reduce glare by up to 99% - Protect your TFT screen from sticky fingers - Unique lock grip attachment - 781 g - 50 x 50 x 50 cm Overall the Kensington Shield TFT Privacy Filter is a good hassle free way to protect your screen and make viewing your screen more comfortable. This cost me around £20 a few years ago from Ebay.
The Hama Laser Strawberry mouse mat is a eye catching mouse mat with practical use. I actually bought this because was in one of those discount baskets at my local PC shop. This mouse mat is designed especially for laser mice as you get perfect control of your cursor on screen. It sits on a thin pad which wont feel bulky. The coated material on top is special for the laser to work on properly and has excellent grip on the surface. The adhesive bottom side helps the mat hold it in place when in use. Also the mouse mat comes in various design prints from strawberries to lemons and flowers. This simply looked ok to me so i got this one with strawberry design. Compared to other mouse mats this one is different not only because its designed for laser mice, it is hard wearing and can use it for years. The mouse mat i had before wore down in a few months and was abit bulky. Also my previous mouse mat the corners of it started to roll back and it always came in the way when i used it. It felt as though my mouse mat was shrinking! So thats why this is a good, hard wearing mouse mat. Main features and functions: - Thin pad - Special material for controled surface - Designed for laser mice - Perfect grip - Adhesive bottom side Overall the Hama Laser Strawberry mouse mat is very simple and effective. As stated before i bought this from the local PC shop, it was in a bargain basket for only 50p. I needed a mouse made so i thought i might aswel buy it.
The Logitech Z 10 are multimedia PC speakers with a built in active amplifier. I got these from a closing down sale at a PC shop last year and was listed as half price so I couldn't let the bargain go. I've now got them connected to my other networked PC and work perfectly. These aren't you normal type of PC speakers these have built in touch sensitive multimedia controls and a backlit LCD display. So just say you play a music track from your PC, the track information will be displayed on the screen of the speaker. The screen also displays a clock and also volume. The design of these speakers is quite executive, black in colour gives it a good look. As these are different from any PC speakers you have probably come across before, anyone who sees them will want to know more. As the LCD display is an excellent eye catcher, maybe one of the reasons I bought these. The sound these speakers produce is outstanding as these are quite powerful speakers for there size. Even without a separate sub-woofer these PC speakers produce excellent sound quality. Main functions and features: - PC multimedia speakers - Touch sensitive controls - LCD display - Digital clock display - 2 way active speaker system - 60 Watt (max output) - Integrated audio amplifier - Wired - 2 x right/left channel speaker (15 Watt) - 11.4 cm x 11.9 cm x 24.6 cm (WxDxH) - 2 years warranty Overall the Logitech Z 10 multimedia PC speakers are excellent speakers, right from the design to the actual sound output. These are a bit bigger in size than your usual PC speakers, but wouldn't still take much space on your desk. I bought these as mentioned before from a closing down PC shop for about £35, they retail at around £70. So am glad I got them when I did.
Linksys Wireless-G PTZ Internet Camera with Audio WVC200 video camera is able to send live video via the Internet to a web browser to any location in the world with internet access. I purchased this as a security camera so I can keep an eye at home when I'm away from home via the internet. It also works as a web cam! This device works amazingly well for what it is. The MPEG-4 video compression produces a high-quality video stream of up to 640x480. MPEG-4 is clear and precise decoding used in many devices nowadays. This device also supports MJPEG compression for video, which basically provides good video quality at high bandwidth rates via the internet. The video features include an IR filter cut which basically means that you can see the images in low or even no light when an IR lamp is used. The camera has a snapshot mode which when the images are taken they are saved in JPEG format. The snapshots can be set up and sent to an FTP server. If you want the video to be visible from a remote location or from the Internet, you have to open a variable port on your router and create password protected accounts for security measures which allow managing access to the camera. You also have the option to leave the system open for anyone on the internet or network to see. The design of the camera itself is compact and can be placed discreetly if you wish. The Pan/Tilt and digital zoom function allows you to control the camera movement and focus via remote control. With this camera you can have up to 10 users access the camera at the same time. The software included is for multiple cameras monitoring and recording directly to your hard drive with an advanced search by time and date functionality. The recording can be set up to record by schedule, motion trigger or manual recording and playback using Windows Media Player. Main features and functions: - Network camera - pan / tilt - Colour camera - Day and night modes - NTSC, PAL - Optical sensor type is CMOS 1/5" - Focus adjustment min distance of 50 cm - Panning range -67 to +67 degree - Tilting range -34 to +30 degree - Digital zoom 2 - Built-in microphone - Features: LCD panel, motion sensor, IR filter, remote control, brightness control, contrast control, e-mail alerts, image flip, image mirror - Cables Included: 1 x network cable - external - Included Accessories: Stand Interfaces and System RequirementsMicrosoft: - Wireless security features include WEP and WPA - Software and drivers included - Ethernet 10Base-T/100Base-TX, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g - Windows 98SE/2000/ME/XP Other information: - Environmental Parameters (operating): 0 °C ... 45 °C ; 10 - 80% relative humidity - Dimensions (WxDxH): 3.2 cm x 17.5 cm x 18.9 cm - Power: DC 5 V - Weight: 460 g Overall the Linksys Wireless-G PTZ Internet Camera with Audio WVC200 video camera is an advanced and very useful security kit. The feature I like most is that you can turn on a function called security mode, this tells the camera to send a message with a short video attachment to up to 3 email addresses whenever it detects motion in its view of field set up. Then you can simply log onto the live video stream if you want to investigate the situation further. Its not just a security camera, it uses the internet to feed you footage which you in turn can view from were ever you are via the internet. I bought this from Ebay for around £100, which is well worth it for what it's capable of.
The Kingston MobileLite 9-in-1 Card Reader is the only device you need to store, transfer and read data on any USB enabled device. As I use a variety of flash cards for mobile phone, digital camera and camcorder. This card reader is designed with a USB 2.0 connector which is ideal to connect via you PC or laptop. It has memory expansion slots that support nine different types of SD and MMC flash memory cards. It also comes with a 1 GB SD memory card for free, what more would you want. This device is called mobile for a reason, as its small and compact it's ideal to take with you anywhere. You won't find a smaller more compact card reader on the market which carries a respectable name as Kingston. I have another card reader which I use for my PC, I bought this because it was cheap and had free 1GB SD memory card with it. I use this card reader with my laptop. Main features and functions: - Small compact design - The slot on side A supports SD/SDHC, MMC, MMCmobile, RS MMC, and MMCplus card formats - The slots on side B support microSD, MMCmicro, and miniSD card formats - Small key ring - 1GB SD memory card - 5.8 x 3.8 x 0.6 inches - 2 year warranty Overall the Kingston MobileLite 9-in-1 Card Reader is a very useful device if you have a variety of other devices which use media cards for storage. When in use the MobileLite shows as three drive letters G:, H:, I: and transferring data is simply drag and drop. I bought this from Ebay and got it very cheap for £5, it retails at around £20. This was a bargain as you can't even get a 1GB SD card for that price. Overall a decent and useful device.
The Maxell CR2032 battery can be used in a variety of devices, from watches to keyless entry and calculators. I bought this battery a few days ago for my calculator. I have a sharp calculator and a few days ago the battery went dead. So I went out to the local market and bought one. The actual battery is small in size, only 20mm in diameter and 3.2mm in height. The battery is clearly marked positive (+) and negative (-). Even for any reason its not marked or you cant see it very well, negative (-) is the ring side and positive (+) is the flat side. Main functions and features: - Multi purpose battery used in variety of devices - Cheap to buy - 3V - 20.0mm diameter - 3.2mm height Overall Maxell CR2032 batteries are very useful and are used in so many different devices. These batteries are also extremely cheap to buy and will last you years of use. As mentioned previously I bought my battery from my local market stall and got it for 50p. Not much more i could really write about this.
The Kensington height adjustable gel keyboard rest is a comfortable way of typing or using your mouse. That's the reason I got one of these even though I don't use it much now. The keyboard rest consists of a comfortable gel pillow which is a conveniently designed mould to adapt the shape of your wrist. This distributes the pressure you apply more evenly. It also has height adjustment for two different heights. This is done by removing the gel pillow, turning the base over. The design is solid and sturdy with added grip on the base making it skid proof. It will not bug you by constantly moving around. The keyboard rest comes in two different colours, black and blue. Main features and functions: - Height adjustable - Gel keyboard/mouse rest - Black or blue - 554 x 86 x 50 cm - 713 g Overall this is a good thing to have if you're on you PC and type a lot. It can be used as a mouse wrist rest. It is very comfortable once you get used to the slight levitation of the unit. It has also helped as I stopped getting cramps in my wrist while typing a lot. As mentioned before I don't use it much now but occasionally pull it out when I know I'm going to be typing for long periods of time. I also sometimes use it as a wrist rest for the mouse when not typing as much. It does sometimes though does become uncomfortable slightly due to the levitation, maybe it's just me. I got this for around £5 from PC world, it was on offer.
The Logitech Chillstream Controller is for the PC and designed to keep your hands cool. I purchased this for that reason as I got it cheap even though it is wired. The Logitech controller has ChillStream technology which is designed to keep your hands cool when gaming. It has small fans situated within the controller side grips with air vents. The fans have 3 speed settings which allow you to adjust the ventilation force of the integrated fans. This is ideal for those long hours of game play when your hands start to sweat a little and is annoying when you have to keep wiping them clean on yourself to get better grip on the controller and buttons. All the hardcore gamers will know what I mean. The design on the controller is strong and almost identical to the official Microsoft controllers. So it is easy to adjust to the controller, though this controller does feel more comfortable maybe due to the rubber grip sides. Main functions and features: - Rubber side grips - Integrated fans with 3 speed settings - 2 colour options black or white - Wired - For PC - 1 year limited warranty Overall the Logitech Chillstream Controller for the PC is a reasonable controller. It does keep your hands cool but not exactly the part of your hand which sweats the most. I think they should have put air vents on top of the controller as well this would have made it more affective. Also the controller is wired and has no vibration which all new controllers have and would have made this controller much better. Maybe they couldn't but vibration in due to the fans I'm not sure, but should have been wireless. I bought this controller from Ebay for £10, it usually retails at around £25.
The Kensington Solemate is an adjustable tilting footrest. I actually was given this and do use it sometimes when on the PC for long hours. If you have a slumped posture or even an improper seating height it can affect your health and give you back and even foot pain. These effects will take place more when you're at your desk or PC for long hours of the day and always in the seated position. The Kensington soulmate helps reduce these symptoms of back and foot pain during long seated times. The footrest has a non-slip surface and you can adjust the angle to your individual needs to relieve pressure on the lower back. The unit is solid and sturdy and won't keep moving as you rest your feet upon it. Main functions and features: - Foot rest - White/black - 514 x 365 x 101 cm - 3.2 Kg Overall the Kensington Solemate is a good thing to have if you are always situated at a desk or PC for long periods of time. I recommend it for the hardcore Dooyoo reviewers as well. It costs around £20 and well worth it for your health and well being.
The Kingston DRAM 2 GB PC2-3200 memory works well in my PC. Kingston is one of the market leaders in quality memory along with crucial memory. Memory is one of the easiest upgrades anyone can do and will greatly affect the performance of your PC. I have had one of these in my PC since day one and it's been working fine. I am also considering upgrading and getting another one, not sure yet though. In my previous PC I used to have crucial memory and that was quite good too, I don't think there's much difference between them maybe crucial has slightly better performance but it's hard to pin point. The Kingston memory allows me to run applications simultaneously without any glitches or crashes. I use Adobe Photoshop and Audition quite a lot and it seems to be able to handle them very well. As a test I've run both programs together performing tasks and it's coped with them. So proves it will handle powerful programs well. Main features and functions from box: - General Data Integrity Check ECC Features Registered Memory - Supply Voltage +1.8, +3.3, +5, +12V RAM - Memory Speed 400MHz RAM - Storage Capacity 2GB RAM CAS Latency ( tCL ) CL3 RAM Form Factor DIMM 240-pin RAM - Module Configuration 256 x 72 - RAM Technology DDR2 SDRAM - RAM Type DRAM - Slot(s) required 1 x memory - DIMM 240-pin - Lifetime warranty The memory design is the same as any memory and the code will correspond to type of motherboard you have so make sure you get the right one. It's simple to install and you shouldn't really come across any problems installing the memory the instructions are provided and it's quick and simple. Once memory is installed turn on your PC and the BIOS will recognise straight away. Just look out for it on the main black screen which appears when you start up you PC. If you miss it then just simply check it out in Windows settings under memory and make sure it is showing what you just installed e.g. DRAM 2 GB. Overall the Kingston DRAM 2 GB PC2-3200 is worth it and a good memory to have. I still don't think it's as good a crucial memory but is much cheaper. So basically you get what you pay for and it does the job. I haven't had any problems with it. It costs around £50.
The Imation CD-RW 700 MB 24x discs are an excellent way to back up or store data at home or at work. I know it's not much storage compared to DVD-RW's but these still come in use as I still use them sometimes myself. As sometimes you don't need 4.7GB that a DVD can hold. Imation CD-RW rewritable discs have an increased recording speed of 24x and noise free play for a wide range of applications. Even though the CD-RW format requires speed compatible disc burners for recording, the discs can be used in standard CD-R/RW drives as well as Multi-read CD-R/CD-ROM, DVD-ROM and rewritable DVD drives. This is very useful as you may have a drive which can handle more speed which shouldn't have a compatibility issue. Main features and functions: - Storage media type CD-RW - 10 discs - 700 MB storage - 80min recording time - Write Speed: 24x (max) Overall these are very good discs and by a trusted manufacturer Imation. As mention before I still use these discs to save applications and other sources of data when I don't require DVD size storage of 4.7GB. You can get theses CD-RW's for around £5, which is well worth it just having by your PC encase you need them.
The Official Nintendo Wii Nunchuk Controller was made to replace the normal Wii controller for easier and comfortable game play. I used this controller at a friend's house as he recently purchased it so thought id check it out. The controller is designed and shaped to perfectly fit your hand. The controller has upgraded on the simplicity of the original Wii controller and goes that step further to meet the needs of die hard gamers. The Nunchuk controller connects to the Wii controller at the expansion port and is used in conjunction with the Wii Remote controller. The controller contains the same motion-sensor technology enabled in the original Wii controller but also includes an analog stick to help with character movements which gives it extra assistance. So basically you will use the analog stick of the Nunchuk controller to move your character and the original Wii controller to perform a certain action. The controller also contains two buttons positioned for quick access. Because the original Wii Remote and Nunchuk controllers are only in conjuction with each other, you are free to hold them in whichever hand you like and feel comfortable with. Main functions and features: - Analog stick - 2 buttons - Motion sensor - Easy grip Overall I enjoyed playing with the Wii Nunchuk Controller and it is very comfortable and works really well. The controller costs around £15 - £20.
I've been on O2 pay as you go for over 5 years now, since they were called 'Genie sim cards'. I was actually given the sim card by a friend and have had it since. The service I was on when first connected was when you top up £10 credit you get 300 free texts for a month. I also had unlimited free WAP which was really good for downloading via WAP to my phone. I think it was when it was re-branded as O2 my service changed. I got a text from O2 stating that I will no longer be receiving free unlimited WAP, but instead I'll be getting only 1MB of free WAP usage per month when topped up by minimum of £10. This was due to there WAP fair use policy and it wasn't fair at all and there wasn't anything I could really do. Anyway I am still on O2 and now get the following service which I think most people are on when top up credit per month. £10 - 300 free texts £15 - 500 free texts £30 - unlimited free texts (due to fair use policy this is around 1000 free texts) 1MB free WAP usage But remember you only get freebies if you top up every month, if you don then you wont get them for that month: You can also opt in for O2 treats and O2 rewards. O2 treats is you choose from free texts or talk time every month depending on how much you have topped up. O2 rewards are you get £1 for every £10 you top up and you can claim this after every 3 months. These are just some extras you can get, if you haven't opt into these simply dial 313 for rewards and 2211 for treats from you O2 sim and opt in. Overall I'm happy with O2 as a tariff and offer some good deals. Only thought was unfair they stopped my unlimited free WAP which would have been handy now with all these new phones out and applications you can download via WAP. I got my O2 pay as you go sim card free. O2 always have these offers on so you can get it free too.