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We bought this in advance of a recent camping trip in the lake district and were very impressed with the quality. The sleeping bag is very large and easily has space for two normal sized adults, it did however take up most of the floor space in our 3 man tent. Seeing the summer that we have just had you will not be surprised to hear that it was cold and wet in the lake district - this didn't matter at night, despite the cold outside we were both kept warm and cosy inside. On the day we were completely confined to our tent due to 24 hours of rain we found that there is plenty of room in the sleeping bag to have fun 'rolling around' in! The negative points are that when packed up the sleeping bag is still very large and was in fact bigger than our tent to carry. The sleeping bag could also do with a built in pillow across the top. While the sleeping bag is very warm the material is not that thick and a padded matt was required underneath.
When purchasing a new desktop PC I decided to go for a wireless keyboard and mouse this time round. While the Logitech Deluxe 660 Cordless Desktop works very well and the battery life is good, I can't say it really makes much different to having a wired keyboard and mouse when you are sat at your computer desk. The wireless functionality works very well, you simply plug in the USB receiver and place it somewhere on your desk and both the keyboard and mouse will work. I often knock the receiver off the desk without realizing but the wireless still works even then which is great. The keyboard takes AAA batteries and last a very long time, I have only changed them once in the last 2 years. The mouse takes AA batteries and don't last as long as the keyboard but still only need changing every 3-4 months (my PC is used daily). The keyboard is quite a large thing and not much to look at, also it is not very comfortable for people like me who have bad typing habits and use their wrists to lean on. Overall, if wireless is required then this is a cheap option that works very well, if not then just stick to wired technology to save on battery costs.
This was bought for me as a gift and I was a bit skeptical at first as the previous ipod dock I had owned wasn't very good at all. The first time I used this one I was very impressed and my worries were put aside. The sound quality is really good even at a high volume - and the player really does go very loud. The dock comes with a mains adaptor for when indoors and takes 4 x AA batteries when on the move. I recently used this dock when on a week-long camping trip where it was used every night and one set of batteries lasted the whole time and beyond. The front of the player features a simple dock for apple iPods, but my favourite feature is the auxiliary input at the back. This means that you can easily connect any mp3 player or mobile phone using a quarter inch jack lead and you are not restricted to only using apple iPods. The dock is all black and smart to look at, looks great in my modern looking house. The size of it means it can easily be moved from room to room and taken away wherever I go. Overall, highly recommended if you are looking to use the dock while away from mains supply.
I hate wet shaving and always have done and so I have no idea why it took me so long to purchase this brilliant electric razor, now I will never go back! At a very affordable price the razor is adjustable to offer different levels of beard trim, from 5mm down to 1mm. You can remove the end to get right down for a very close shave and there is a small extension for trim those awkward areas. The Remington MB320C Beard Trimmer comes with a built in rechargeable battery and charger and when fully charged seems to last a phenomenal amount of time, I think I have only recharged it twice in the last 12 months. The razor is a fairly compact size which means it fits easily into a small travel bag and mine even came with its own carry case. Overall I would highly recommend this for anybody who likes to shave down to a small amount of stubble, but not for those who are looking for a clean shave replacement.
I was looking for a relatively cheap digital camera that was small and easy to use and this is the one I went for. I am no photographer, however I had heard the name Nikon before and so this swayed my decision. The camera is a handy size and easily fits into bags and pockets. It is simple to use with just one click to switch on and another to take a photo. I use the camera for holiday snaps, days out and pictures of friends and this camera is ideal for that sort of thing. As I am not a professional photographer I have never pushed the camera to its limits and I wouldn't know how to test it in that regard, but for the casual photo taker the camera is great. The battery life is good and comes with a charger to save having to replace batteries. All the usual functions are there including zoom, flash modes, video record mode, ability to quickly view and delete photos etc. Unfortunately after owning this camera for 2 years the screen has developed a fault where it has white lines through it, this could have been due to a knock or something but is disappointing nonetheless.
I was bought one of these flying monkeys as a secret santa gift in the office I worked in at the time and it caused so much amusement I have since bought the same thing for another secret santa gift where I work now! It's a simple gift - a toy monkey crossed with a catapult that flies screaming through the air! It takes a bit of skill to get the aim right but once you have nailed it you can easily hit a colleague from the other side of the room when they least expect. The monkey itself is about 25cm long and has a mask and cape to make it look like some kind of super hero - a rather comical idea when you see the monkey crashing into a work colleague or scattering papers all of their desk. Overall I would say that this is a fun gift for a secret santa or just something silly for another occasion, what I do know is that it is a lot of fun.
This mobile phone was sold to me as 'one step down from an expensive smart phone'. While this may be the case it could also be looked at as 'one step up from a basic mobile phone'. I haven't found many features that I haven't had on older Nokia mobile phones. The internet access is slow, camera is poor and the apps seem to lack features (e.g. Facebook is like a stripped down app where you can't tag, check in etc...). The keypad does feature a full qwerty keyboard, however unless you have very small fingers you will struggle to hit the right keys (even after a years practice). The battery life is very good and the mobile phone only needs charging 1-2 times per week. Overall I have found this to be a disappointing mobile phone and I should have coughed up the extra cash to get a smart phone.
I have been drinking a glass of Welch's Purple Grape Juice every morning for the last month and have become quite fond of it! It's a tasty juice full of grapes that I find is a good way to refresh myself in the morning and gets me off to a good start. The taste is quite dry like cranberry juice so may not be to everybody's taste. As well as being a nice drink Welch's Purple Grape Juice is high in Vitamin C which is a good antioxidant that I like to keep in my diet. The bottle appears to claim that the juice can contribute to Healthy Skin, Healthy Immune System and Healthy Vascular system, however these are the characteristics of Vitamin C rather than Welch's juice in particular and so I found that a little misleading. Overall I would recommend the drink as a tasty morning juice but wouldn't expect health miracles just from drinking it.
I first saw the Western Digital Elements Player in action at a friend's house and was so impressed I had decided to purchase one myself within minutes. The ability to browse through music, video and photographs using a smart and simple user interface, and then play through your television has changed the way I view my media. The player connects to your PC via a USB cable and acts as an external hard drive, transferring files is a case of a simple drag and drop. I have put dozens of films, episodes, songs and music videos onto my player and have barely touched the massive 2TB capacity. You can connect via HDMI or SCART making the player compatible with all televisions. There are two slight criticisms; the player itself has no buttons to control it so losing the remote can be a problem, and when fast-forwarding a video it sometimes appears to lose sync and can play back jerky (pausing and restarting seem to rectify this).
I have owned many sets of headphones over the last 15 years ranging from £9.99 to £99.99 and have finally found the pair that I have been looking for! The Sennheiser HD 202 headphones are easily the favourite pair of mine and the affordable price means I would highly recommended them to anybody whatever their level of interest in music. The headphones perform well at both top and bottom end frequencies and can cope with high volumes without distorting, performing particularly well with high end acoustic parts. I think you would be hard pushed to find a better sounding pair without spending £100's and so at this price I believe they are punching well above their weight. The headphones do sound like they have a slight bass boost on them, which isn't a problem for the type of music I listen to but may be something to bear in for yourself.