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Freesat is one of the many ways you can get high quality digital television and receive HD channels (currently limited to BBC HD and ITV HD) delivered to your HD-ready TV. This method requires an externally mounted satellite receiver which you can install yourself but is best installed professionally.
The box itself is quite big compared to normal set top boxes but is no bigger than a dvd player. The unit has a nice remote which can also be programmed to use it with your TV so no need to loads of remote as this one replaces most.
Once installe you get a very good picture for all the normal freeview channels and the excellent HD quality of BBC and ITV which really is a dramatic step up. HD channels also have digital audio so films are broadcast in surround sound which is a massive plus if you have a surround sound system.
Overall the box records programs like any other and is able to record whole series easily. The box also connects to the internet and can get a basic version of BBC iplayer which works well.
The only issue i have is that the system sometimes gets the remote signal a bit after you press it so there seems to be a bit of delay but its a minor problem once you get used to it.
This system has no extra costs apart rom initially purchasing the box and dish and their installation so that is good for the package that you get. I hope in the future this joint venture from BBC and ITV gets some more HD channels.
I wanted this phone for a while and after having a look at in the shops I decided that it was time to upgrade my phone and steer clear of the iPhone which everyone has.
Initial impressions are good straight out of the box as the phone has a good weight and feels very well made. The phone comes with a 4gb data card and a handsfree kit (wired) and a uk charger/data cable.
The instructions out of the box are minimal but as this phone runs goole android it is easy to use and get used to. The phone home screens are very customisable and easy to get your head around.
The camera is 5 mega-pixel and the pictures are of a great quality that any semi-decent camera would be proud of.
The phone has good reception in poor reception areas and the with wi-fi and gps this phone has all the gadgets you need for an excellent internet experience on a mobile.
So far I have had no problems with this phone and have been really pleased with the phone. The only gripe is the battery but that is understandable with such a big display and the heavy use my phone gets.
Texting is easy and messages are threaded well alongside recipients pictures if you set them. Call quality is excellent and has made for a great experience from the day I started using this phone.
WHen a toaster costs you £100+ then either it must make the toast for you and bring it up to you or in the case of this machine it must be the only toaster you will need for the rest of your life.
I bought this model as I was fed up with mass produced toasters going the way of all cheap machines that are not built to last and after a recommendation someone told me this was a model that not only was built to last but you could buy spare parts for in case of any failures of elements (which after 5 years is yet to happen).
The toasters main features are a lever which lowers and raises bread (no springs here to go wrong!) which has a reassuringly solid feel. There is a one slice or two option switch and there is a timer for how long to cook the bread for. The timer gets some time to get used to but mainly I just turn it to the 2nd timing point and that will do it how i like it.
There is a crumb tray which is easily removed from the front at the bottom. The toaster has a solid look and is finished in a chrome metal look that reflects the solid nature of this toaster.
It is expensive but if I split it down so far its £20 a year which is about what I would have sepnt on new toasters anyway and it is still going very well.
Having owned this machine for a good few years I think I will always want a Krups machine as it has been reliable is easy to use and best of all makes a genuinely great espresso!
The machine has a high bar pressure which means that it gets a good pressure to fore the water through the coffee bean granules and then into the cup where it forms a great crema (small creamy froth) layer on the coffee which only adds to the flavour and authentic feeling of the coffee.
The machine comes with a single and double cup attachment and a pod attachment which I have never used as have never seen the pods for sale.
You fill up the water resevoir which comes away from inside the machine and then wait for the machine to heat up over a minute, you pack the coffee inot the removable handle and then attach it and turn the machine on for it to make a great coffee in about 30 seconds.
The machine also has a milk frothing attachment which i very easy to use and clean and makes good topping for a cappacino.
It is easy to use and clean and is a good matt black and silver metal colour. It is a bit plasticy in places but overall the machine is very good quality for the original £100 that was paid for it.
Overall I am happy and have always been impressed with this great little machine and even with more pod machines on the market I still like to have this basic machine to make my coffee with.
This is a product I have owned for about 3 years and whilst I have found it very useful for charging my phone and my ipod in that time this is a mixed review because I have also experienced that we don't really have the amount of sunshine required in this country to fully charge the battery via the solar charger (takes about 3 days of solid sunshine (no clouds at all)) and I have also experienced the battery fail although it was replaced free of charge outside of the years warranty by the manufacturer.
The unit is about the size of a small phone and the solar panel is about the size of a wallet. The battery unit attaches to the solar panel of the mains to charge and whilst the mains charges it in 3 hours roughly the solar panel takes much longer and will do about a third a day in good sunshine ion the south of England.
The unit comes with a range of connections to suit most makes of phone and one for an ipod (you can but more as the connections evolve) The battery unit has a backlit display to show its charge level and from a full charge it will fully charge any unit I have used it on.
Overall it is a great backup for any device you want to recharge on the go once and then have access to the mains again and on holiday in Italy in direct sunshine the solar panel worked well.
I would buy it again but to be honest I would just buy the battery unit as the solar charger is just for the enthusiast who is very patient.
A mouse is a mouse you might say but not when it takes batteries and has a (non-lethal!) laser on its underside!
This mouse comes with 5 buttons which can be modified to control different actions (including making it easily used as a left-handed). The mouse also has a scroll wheel which makes it very easy to navigate around web-pages and documents.
The mouse itself requires 2 AA batteries which last for me about 3 months at a time or a bit longer depending on use. The mouse transmits its signal to a base station (about the two thirds the size of the mouse) which connects to your PC via a USB cable. The unit does not need to be very close to the mouse to work and is powered by the USB connection so does not require extra batteries.
The mouse is very precise and is very easy to control, once you have got the unit set up then I find the programmable keys very easy to use and I really appreciate the fact this mouse works on any surface very well, no more mouse mats or plain surfaces.
The mouse is very comfortable in the hand and is comfortable and unrestricted because of the wireless nature of this mouse.
A really good buy that I am pleased I choose as soon as I started using it.
First things first... The rechargeable battery (Chargepak) that is available makes this radio 10 times better, making it portable and useful in every situation. The battery costs about 30 pounds and is recharged inside the unit and gives about 8 hours DAB (Digital Audio Broadcasts) use per charge a lot more on FM.
Well back to the actual unit. The main benefits of this unit are DAB digital radio which gives you all your favourite channels and more in CD quality sound (no more crack and whistle). There is also a FM radio feature but no AM radio (but with digital quality radio 5 on DAB who will miss it).
The unit is easy to use and the DAB stations are autotuned by name so are easy to browse through and tune in. The other features include a timer and presets for mixed DAB and FM stations.
Sound quality is excellent from a very good mono speaker (stereo output via a 3.5mm jack only) which has a good clear sound with good bass from such a small unit. The volume does not go very loud but it is more than adequate for indoors and outdoors.
I am very impressed by this unit which also takes C size batteries if you want. It has an extendable uni-directional aerial and I get good reception wherever I have tried indoors and whilst camping in the UK.
A geeat little radio that really is worth the money and gives DAB a good name.
I am extremely enthusiastic about this item because I think it has changed the way I can cook and what i cook. This grill not only makes for a healthy way to cook food but the tastes it naturally creates are great.
This kitchen gadget looks good but does take up a permanent space on your kitchen workspace and it has become as indespensible as toaster or kettle in my house. I use it frequently so it deserves its space well.
I have cooked most meats and fish on this machine and it literally grills quickly and thoroughly leaving food succulent and fresh. Because the grill has nonstick heated plates on the top and bottom the food is grilled from the top and bottom so compared to a normal grillhfood is cooked quicker. Fat naturally drips out of the machine and down the angled bottom plate into the fat collection tray. Easy to cleanfand scary to see how much fat can come out.
I cook a lot of veg on this too and it makes for a great whole meal if you want to grill it all. I would say it has enough space for a couplegand a familes food at a squeeze.
The unit heats up quickly and cools down quickly too, cleaning is easygas the plates are a good non-stick material and then it is reafy for next time!!
This is an excellent rear light that provides a very bright constant or flashing red light that is clear in the day and during the dark hours.
I have owned this light for about 9 months and although i'm not the one that has too look at it when i'm riding I have been told that it can be seen flashing all the way up my road when I cycle off at night and I I fell safer because of it. When I have this light it is noticeable that cars pass further away from me and even slow down more because the light is bright enough to make me a visible presence on the road and not just another light.
The light has a very easy mounting bracket which holds the light to the bike just as the picture shows above, the light has two side lights (the orange parts of the picture) that provide a 180 degree light arc. The light then has a solid clip to hold and aid removal of the light from the bike.
The light has 3 setting accessed from one button on the top which are, flashing, a pattern flash and solid on. The flashing setting allows about 100 hours of use from 2 AAA batteries which is very good.
The light is a good size to pocket and is water resistant for the all year round rider!
This is an excellent light that is really useful on the road and I would recommend its use even during the day to be doubly visible on a bike on the road!
Firstly this item is not only useful for everyone with a big, or small, MP3 collection on your PC that you want to listen to on your main Hi-Fi in another room but it is also a very good looking little unit which looks very stylish on display.
The unit plugs into the mains and via phono leads into your main hi-fi input. The unit then uses your wireless network to connect to your PC and therefore your MP3 collection.
Due to the display being quite small it can be a bit of a fiddle to control the unit at times (via a neat remote control) but the display clearly displays the artist and track titles as it plays through your albums.
The unit itself is about the size of medium packet of round biscuits and has a very simple stand to keep it level. It is a smart silver and black with a clear blue lit display.
The unit gives very good sound quality and buffers the signal well so you get good continuous playback.
I cant live without this unit now and it makes my MP3's accesible within my house. A great buy.
The Mission 700 series is a very solid range of speakers, ranging from bookshelf to large floorstanding speakers. The 701's that we focus on in this reveiw are the second up in the range and are meant to be stand mounted ( the 700's would be for you if you are looking to puthyour speakers on a shelf) and theyvare therefore quite substantial in size. ( the 701e's are the floorstanding versions of these ).
The sound is very typically Mission, in that there is a lot of bass but in no way does that engulf the treble and the soft dome tweeters on these (oddly placed below the main units on these). the sound is rich and full of life and impresses in every sense.
The speakers come in a choice of finishes, beech effect light wood or black. On both the drive units and mount surrounds are black with a touch of white to the main drive unit.
In my opinion they are an excellent speaker and they make a great addition to any room as they are very modest but come to life once put to use.
The binding posts are of a very good standard and allow either wires to be screwed to the unit or banana plugs can be used. I would recommend these to anyone who is looking for a bargain set of stand mountable speakers.
Available on ebay at regular intervals for a very decent price.
This review is specifically about the contact lens service that Specsavers provide. The service can obviously differ by store but the process will not so I hope that this review will let you know what you can expect and what happened for me during my experience.
To get contact lenses you need to have a classic eye test (around £20) and then a contact lens assessment. This assessment will allow Specsavers to see if your eyes can handle contact lenses and see what type you want / can have (daily, monthly, all-day etc etc). After the assessment Specsavers give you a pair of the contact lenses free of charge to trial for about two weeks.
When returning after two weeks you can either choose to continue and pay for more lenses (either by cash or direct debit) and from that point on if you opt for the direct debit method then you get all the lenses and check-ups included in the package for as long as you continue to pay.
The service is really good and is quite a cheap and professional way to see if you like to wear contact lens. In my experience it cost £25 every 3 months and really is a good deal to get them delivered to my door with the solution (3 big bottles) every 3 months.
I would not hesitate to recommend this service as a great way to try contact lenses.
I have owned this model computer for a few years and in that time it has been reliable and quick and I still have not felt the need to go out and buy a new computer as I do not feel there is anything that it cant handle yet.
I use the system for general daily work use and for browsing the internet and playing the odd game. The graphics depend on the build you have but mine has a graphics card so handles games well.
The system has a good modern silver and black look and has plenty of air holes for colling on the front of the case.
The only problem is the Hitachi CD drive has a known problem that it begins to not recognise blank CDS in the end but it is still able to play DVD's ad write to DVD's which is very useful.
The system has been reliable and apart from the CD drive issue I have only chosen to upgrade the RAM to more so that it continues to run well which thanks to the easy to open case was an easy task to complete even for a novice.
I like this system and would have no hesitation in recommending it to everyone as a good home desktop machine.
The Sony Ericsson K800i is a cyber-shot branded hone with a 3.2 Megapixel camera. The phone is very simple and provides great reecption in low reception areas and can also take a very good picture, even having a built in flash (proper flash not just LED) for night shots.
The phone can be purchased in black or in silver (Casino Royale branded from O2) and has a nice layout of the buttons allowing quick use and texting.
Textin is predictive and this works well with most words and you can add to the dictionary for any words you use or shortern on a regualr basis.
The phone can be set up to receive email and can access the 3G networks for GPRS data speeds where available.
This is my backup phone and it has never let me down and I constantly refer back to it when I need a phone that I know has a good battery life and is simple and small.
I would recommend this phone as a backup model and they can be found very cheaply on auction sites.
Sony Ericsson are a massive name in mobiles and this phone did not disappointed when it was released. nearly 3 years on I cna now say that it was well ahead of the times in some ways but now seems like the world of smartphone and full touchscreens have moved us in another direction with phones. Even with all the new gadgets and "apps" if you want a phone that makes calls and sends texts (with the ability to browse the internet limited by the screen size) then you have found the right phone in the Sony Ericsson K850i.
Straight out of the box this is what you get:
Sony Ericsson K850i Cyber-shot
512MB Memory Stick Micro (M2)
CD with Software
The main features of the phone are, a 5mega-pixel camera (photos and video) a radio, a few games and other applications. The texting uses predictive text which is very good. The phone also features 512mb of storage for music and has a decent music player.
There is an attachment to take regular (3.5mm jack) headphones which is available on ebay.
The three touchscreen keys at the bottom of the screen are good but can be a bit temperamental at times which is the only reason I would mark this phone down in any way.
Call quality is great and the phone demonstrates great reception. All in all a great phone if a bit outdated now.