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I bought this printer as a replacement for my inkjet printer, this was my first laser printer and it had been the only one for over 2 years now.
The design is squarish in white and rather modern looking. The paper tray is a flippable cover at the front. Once you flip it down, you can then place paper on it and there is another tinted cover to go over the paper tray.
The printed materials will be coming out on top of the machine and there is an extended support to hold in place the printed paper.
This is a mono laser printer meaning that you can only print things in balck and white plus greyish.
The first catridge was promised to last for over 1000 pages of print and I think mine had lasted for somewhere just around that.
There is a printer driver and sofware provided to manage the printer. You can print in different tone based on the dpi (dots per inch). If you want the highest density then just choose the 'Dark' Mode.
It is common these days that a printer catridge costs nearly the same if not more than a brnd new laser printer. I bought this model which cost me 69.99 two years ago and now its catridge is around 35 pounds.
Since then Samsung had improve the series with better models such as ML-2240 which you can now get for just 44.98.
Thus, having this in mind, you might be better off to just go for a newer model if the old one is starting too worn out.
On the other hand, you can opt to buy the refills and do it yourself. The refill for a laser printer is in powder form. You can get this easily from eBay for less than a tener. To refill is easy as they normally come with instruction to teach you how to do it. Just open up the catridge as instructed and pour in the powder. This will last you for another hundreds pages or so.
I was a Canon printer user for some years, but ever since I used the Samsung laser printer I think I will stick with it for quite awhile. It is rather realiable and more importantly economical.
Recommend: www.ebuyer.com (ML-2240 for 44.98 - 24/08/2008)
I got my invitation to join "shop and scan" a month ago from TNS, a survey company which I am a member of. The invitation was sent as an email. Having heard of this interesting idea, I wasted no time in signing up to it.
To register is easy, except that an invitation number is needed. This is sent to your email address once you have completed the online form. To finish registering, just go to their website and key in your invitation number.
==The Welcome Pack==
This arrived a week after I registered online. The package contains a barcode booklet and the clicker (scanner) as well as the PC connector. There is another yellow card posted seperatedly. This card is the reward card containing a 10.00 pounds worth barcode on it which you need to scan and transmit it to the website.
I love the idea of scanning and taking something back. To me every little here and there really helps. This is especially rewarding as the first 10 pounds you get by basically just scanning 1 barcode. My problem was that the first clicker I received was a broken one. However after a few email exhanges with the customer service, they finally sent me a working replacement. They are quite helpful to be fair. I then had to send the old clicker back in a freepost envelope.
I first scan the 10 pounds barcode and transmitted it onto the website. The 10000 points (10 pounds) was debited into my account immediately. Thus I ordered a 10 pounds Argos voucher with it on the spot. It took them arounnd 5 working days to get the voucher to me.
Every week since then, after my each shopping trip, I just have to scan the barcodes on the booklet and transmit them before Sunday to get points debited into my account. 1000 points (1 pound) per week is debited. Not much I know ;)
The booklet has 3 sections of different colours in it. The first being the blue bacode page, with your household members names on it together with their barcodes. The Yellow sections are for the shops which includes supermarkets, convenience stores, small grocers, freezer centers, specialist food/drink shops, health shops, Chemists/Drugstores, Tioletry stores, Large stores, Newsagents/Bookshops, Home & Garden, pet shops etc. The last section in green is the barcodes for the till receipt totals.
After scanning each section accordingly, you then have to carry on scanning the barcode for each product that you have purchased. For each week submission, you can get up to 1000 points max. I get 1000 points everytime.
Not much effort to commit but not an awful lot of reward either, except for the first 10 pounds reward.
I saw a comment on a previous review for Pinecone Research asking the reviewer about how fast the payment for the survey was made and all that. Thus I thought I might as well write about my experience with Pinecone Research.
Well, though it is not a well paid one, it is just my kind of leisure time job really. I joined this reseach company starting form April 2008, which make it almost 5 months now. Overall I must say that it is very enjoyable. I received somewhere around 20-30 pounds already (only filling out 5-6 surveys), not to mentioned product samples that they send for me to try out. For the sample surveys, you will need to do additional follow up survey. Which comes later after you received the product.
In the first 2 months, I sometimes received the 4 pounds voucher twice a week (As I got 2 surveys back to back). Their payment is very puctual, say if I finish filling out my survey today, I will get my voucher within 3-4 working days. Just recently Pinecone has offered to pay out by using PayPal. I opted in and to my surprise, PayPal only took 2 working days to clear off.
However, I do not seem to get as much surveys these days, probably because of the increase in the number of participants. If you login to your account on the Pinecone Reasearch website, you will see that there will always be alot of ongoing active surveys, yet you won't be invited to answer most of them, just one or two at a time.
If you do not opt for receiving your payment through PayPal, you can spend your cash vouchers at highstreet stores. I spent mine mostly at Tesco and Sainsbury's. It comes in a booklet of 3 pieces of one pound and 2 pieces of 50p vouchers. I use them mostly for my lunch sandwiches at Tesco. Tesco's staffs are quite familiar with the vouchers. Even if they don't there is some information on the cover page of the voucher booklet that shows places which accept them, you can show this to the staff.
I think Pinecone Research is by far the most reliable and consistent survey company out there. The participation is through banner ads on undisclosed websites, so the next time when you come across those banners, grab your chance and give it a try. You won't regret it.
For FAQ and other information, please visit:
Who wouldn't want yet another accessory for his/her iPod. I bought this for my iPod Nano, which effectively turns it into a home stereo system. With it, I can now enjoy my music through its speakers while I am relaxing around in the house.
It is a chuncky piece of plastic housing two speakers and subwoofer pounding away at an impressive 35W of bass.
Since it is aimed at the lower end of the market, I am not surprise that the remote operation is not supporting the feature of controlling the iPod Touch nor the iPhone interface. However it suits perfectly for older models of iPod such as mine. Other models supported including iPod 4G/2G, iPod Mini, iPod Video and iPod Classic.
As mentioned it comes with a remote control, which has all the usual playback controls; nothing too fancy. There is bass and treble control and you can navigate your iPod menu through it fairly easily.
The dimension is measuring at 43 x 17 x 17.5cm, which is rather noticable but not too big. I like the simple design though and I think the colour goes well with my white iPod. It is a rectangular black box with white lining on each edges. There are two handle spaces on each side to facilitate easy carrying.
You can charge your iPod while you are listening to your music by leaving it on the docking station. It has a line out port and boasts a 15W subwoofer, 35W of bass. It also comes with a RCA line in cable for use with other MP3 player.
Product details: http://www.gear4.com/
(selling for 99.99 - 12/08/2009)
I was looking for an alternative to replace my analogue TV when I came across this wonderful solution: A way of converting your PC in to a TV! Since I have an old desktop computer which I have substituted with my laptop, this seems to be the perfect time to put it into good use.
The Pinnacle DVB-T Stick is just slightly larger than a standard USB stick, making it shakes slighty when inserted into the USB port. It comes with a mini aerial + a magnetic base, which is not too bad. But I prefer to connect it directly to my home aerial, this gives me more channels when I do the scanning. I managed to get over 60 TV+radio channels from where I live.
And surely, it comes with all the software you may need. I am amazed by what it can do given the software provided. This is detailed in the next section. In contraso, the remote control is just sufficient for doing its job.
This PCTV stick allows you capture Radio and TV shows onto your hard disk in MPEG1, MPEG2 or DivX format. You can either schedule a recording with the integrated Electronic Programme Guide (EPG) or instantly by pressing the start capturing button.
Another cool feature that I like about it is its ability to stream TV to another PC/laptop in your home through the home network. Which means I can stream TV from my PC to my laptop and take my laptop with me to the garden or in the kitchen. Best for watching Premier League. ;)
There is also teletext feature available but I do not use it very much.
Product info: http://www.pinnaclesys.com/
(26.43 inc VAT - 11/08/2008)
I bought this Hard Disk Drive (HDD) to replace if not add on to my HDD collection. I only had one external HDD before this, which is the Seagate External 120GB HDD. Maxtor One Touch 4 Mini offers more than double the storage space as well as a more compact design.
Maxtor OneTouch 4 Mini series come in various capacity ranging from 80GB to 320GB. It has a rugged silver cover with integrated shock-resistant design. It is perfect for home users who wants to safeguard a generous amount of data to ensure privacy and security.
One thing to notice however, when you get your kit you will discover that the USB lead comes with 3 USB connector; 2 on one end and the 3rd on the other. I used to connect it wrongly and I now realised that it may seriously damage the device. The end with 2 connectors are meant to be plugged into 2 seperate USB ports of your PC. This is to ensure a stable stream of power supply is charged to the enternal HDD, as there is no need for an external power supply.
Maxtor has delivered with this kit a useful PC recovery software (SafetyDrill) for its users. If you are aware of the software, Norton GoBack, it is a bit similar to that as it can reboot your entire internal HDD into previous known good state.
For those who have never used Norton GoBack, here is how it works. Say if you PC suddenly stops working today and Windows won't even start, you can reboot from the External HDD to the state that it was last night (which was working). Thus you do not have to reinstall the Operating System (Windows in this case) all over again and risks lossing all your data.
And ofcourse, there is the synchonization feature which sync and update your working copy of files everytime you plug it in to different PCs. This will ensure that you are always working on the latest version of the file. I found this to be most useful as I can now sync my working copy of Microsoft Office documents between my work place PC and my Home PC, thus I won't end up with bits and pieces of contradicting updates in different files of the same name.
The last cool thing about this HDD is that it does not generate much noise which is often more evident amongst large capacity HDD.
(selling for 56.49 inc VAT - 10/08/2008)
I got this piece of kit just about a month ago as a gift. As I have never own a camcoder before, this is a perfect gadget for me. Although my mobile phone as well as any other mobile phone these days mostly has an integrated camera for recording video and playback. The problem arises when I tried to transfer the recordings to my PC, file format compatibility issues always seems to be in the way. I had to go through a cumbersome process of converting between file formats.
Not anymore, meet my new Flip Video, a device with just one mission in mind - recording, playing and transfering for immediate playback. 'Flip' Video had its name derived from the flip-out usb connector (The same type that you would normally found on any USB drive), which connect directly to your PC or playback device's USB port.
The smart bit is that it also automatically download the editing software to your PC when you first plug it in. The video is then playable on both Windows Media Palyer as well as QuickTime player. Well at least it works perfectly on my laptop running Windows XP Professional. As from the box cover, it does support Vista and MAC OSX too.
The Retail price for this is 99.99 when it first came out, yet you can now get it for 89.99 from amazon.co.uk (10/08/2008)
The one I have is in Black, it is also availabe in Orange and White from Amazon.
Also note that the recording time is 60 minutes. The most useful feature I encounter is the digital zoom feature. Its low light recording mode and built in mic also works perfectly.
Search for Flip-F260B-UK-Video-Digital-Camcorder
Barclaycard has been offering a broad range of credit cards to suit different needs and credit profiles.
I came to apply to the card when I first found out about its cashback card two months ago. Back then it was offering 1% for supermarket and petrol purchases while 0.5% cashback for other purchases. Though this was not the best cashback deal around back then (American Express cashback card was offering 4%) I had to apply to this after being turned down by AMEX.
Amazingly, despite being turned down by AMEX just a short while before, I still got my application approved by Barclaycard.
When I first got the card, I registered it online and tried to find out about the cashback details on my account page. Surprisingly they do not provide this information on anywhere of the account webpage after you have logged in. Thus I called up and asked about the exact rate that I am entitled to. I was then told that it is 1% on supermarket/petrol and 0.5% on other purchases, which is as expected.
However, later when I received my first statement, I was shocked to find out that I was only given 0.5% on supermarket/petrol purchases instead of 1% as promised. Hence i called up the customer service. This time, they just simply apologized and said that it should be 0.5% and that fact the statement is correct. My request so that they refer to their recordings on my first call had fallen onto deaf ears. Even after I wrote a complaint urging them to reinstate my rate, I only receive an email saying that the 0.5% is 'confirmed' to be correct in return.
Well, I supposed maybe it is caused by the fact that my credit report was dented after the rejection I got from AMEX. Anyway, to be fair overall Barclaycard is still a fairly good card. It is a platinum card with low APR as well and if you apply today, they are offering 4% cashback on supermarket/petrol! At least that is what it says on the application website. Yet, Don't be surprise if you get a lower rate later.
Happy shopping ;)
=== Recent Development (June 2008) ===
AMEX now offering 5% cashback:
AmericanExpress.co.uk (choose the Platinum Moneyback card)
Barclaycard offering 4% cashback (supermarket/petrol)
I bought this phone for my girlfriend about a year ago, for a detailed specification of the model, please visit:
I am just going to review on what can be expected of this model.
Nokia N93 most distictive feature is the ability of twisting its screen to imitate a camcoder as well as horizontally similar to a small palmtop. I have always found it to be a bit bulky to carry around, but feature wise you certainly can do a lot with it.
It has a small camera on top of the LCD screen so that you can do 3G calls (video calls) with other users. Ofcourse the other party's phone will have to have 3G capability as well. Having this smaller lense also means you can take a picture of your own by looking at the LCD screen, which is what my girlfriend like to do a lot ;)
The good thing about smartphones such as N93 is the ability for its user to install Symbian based software onto the phone. Thus with a single phone, you can install diffrent, exciting software, just like you personal computer.
Some software I found most useful are time mangement software, screensaver software, and a lot of games (The Settlers and Assasin's Creed!) Yay!
Now that I have covered what you can do, I would now like to share the downside of things. As mentioned by other reviewer, you are basically carrying around a bulky phone which is really a handful. Then there is this camera lense cap, which covers the main camera lense at the side of the phone. Hence everytime when you need to take a picture using the stylish camcoder mode, you need to remove the cap. After which, you most probably won't be replacing it back as you will still be snapping away during your sweet holiday trip. And before you knew it, you have misplaced the cap. At least that is the case with my girlfriend ;)
Other than this two thingy that seemed to annoy me a little, it is overall a very good phone. I have always been using Nokia and I didn't have much problem with them.
I tried not too go into too much technical details here but I would like to mention just a few that matters,
* Volume: 133 cc
* Weight: 180 g
* Length: 118. 2 mm
* Width: 55.5 mm
* Thickness: 28.2 mm
Imaging and Video
* 3.2 megapixel (2048 x 1536 pixels) camera
* Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens
* 3x optical zoom
* MPEG-4 VGA video capture of up to 30 fps
* Sub camera, CIF (352 x 288) sensor
* Video call and video sharing support
* Integrated flash (operating range up to 1.5m)
* Flash modes: on, off, automatic
* Rotating gallery
When I took out this offer, it was offering free 2 weeks trials plus 'unlimited' DVD titles rental (meaning that you are supposed to have no limit to how many DVDs you have in your home, they should still deliver whatever Titles you have on your rental list - not quite true!)
The first DVD I got was quite fast, infact I had 2 DVDs delivered to me on the same week. But that was about it, eventhough I returned both DVDs soon after I have watched them, I haven't received any more DVDs until my trial period expired. That is when I decided not to continue with the subscription. However, to prevent any problem that may cause me trouble, I carried out the cancellation with extreme caution.
First I returned all DVDs and make sure I received the acknowledgement emails from mymoviestream. Then I logged on to my account page to ensure that my record is up to date with no DVDs outstanding for return. Hence I cancelled at that point, you will see a summary of cancellation after you finish with the cancellation steps. Notice that it says at the bottom that you have '0' outstanding DVDs to return, print this out for safe keeping. Then you are safe, I hope!
Since then I have moved on to Lovefilm which I took out through a cashback site, it does offer a better service than mymoviestream, at least from my point of view. Do read my review for Lovefilm if you fancy.
Enjoy your DVDs ;)
I am quite surprise to see such evenly spread contrast on Lovefilm reviews here at Dooyoo. Thus I have decided to write my own version of the story.
I started of with Lovefilm just to get a feel of what all these online DVD rental companies have to offer. I joined for 3.99, 2 disc per month package. I took the offer through a cashback site where I was offered a cashback of 8 pounds back then. So to me it was a bargain. (It also included a trial of 2 weeks)
The first DVD arrived just few days after I started my trial. However, it is not the Title that I had asked for. Thus I made a complain in my online account page. I got a reply the next day and they appologised and promised to replace it with the correct one ASAP. Thus I returned the wrong DVD, by the next day I received the DVD I that was on my DVD rental list, which is great. That is quite good service there eventhough the first mistake may leaved a bad first impression.
Ever since then, Lovefilm's service has been very timely and quite satisfying. I guess maybe it might be the case that I had made a complain before thus they are more incline to serve me better.
Anyway, if you are still somehow scepticle towards Lovefilm, I would suggest you take out a trial through a cashback site (The best offer I can find now is through Cashbackkings.com - offering 16 pounds back). Even if you finally decided not to go along with it, you get a free trial plus some cash, what is there for you to lose?
Hope this helps, have fun watching DVDs ;)
When I first signed up for e-casher account, I thought that it is just another cashback site. Although in its nature, it has not much difference to that of other site such as TopCashBack and GreasyPalm who offer part of your money back from your online pruchases.
However, it does have an advantage. E-cashe gives your money back 'quicker' then other site, even though most of the cashback amout offered is not as much. I have joined rpoints and cashbackkings in April and my first cashback will only be available to me in June. It will always be at least 2 months after your transactions for the cashback to be approved.
With E-casher, even only with my daily clicks I have successfully claimed real money from them just 1 month after signup! In other words, the pending period of the cashback is shorter for E-casher.
Ofcourse, I am not saying that you should not join other cashback sites, I am just suggesting that why not join another one with E-casher and see some rewards realising quicker, I for one am using it only for my daily clicks, as you can find other site such as Cashbackkings who offer higher cashback rates for purchases.
E-casher has now setup a sister site called cashinbag.co.uk, you might want to sign up with that too.
Have fun clicking away ;)
My referral link if you fancy signing up with it (Many thanks)
or you can go directly to http://www.ecasher.co.uk
e2save.com is part of Carphone Warehouse, the UK's biggest Mobile Phone retailer, offering choices of handsets and tariffs across all major networks. I would say that I was attracted to it by its '11 months/12 months FREE' deals (cashback).
To be fair, I started my 1st 12-month contract with e2save in 2006 (with cashback offer). During that period of time, I did not have much problem with their cashback service. Until when it comes to renewing my contract last year.
I got a call from e2save offering all these fancy cashback deals 2 months! before my existing contract ends, having promised 'Automatic cashback' for the first month into the new contract and also over 300 pounds cashback in total, I was tempted into the 18-month contract.
Yup, you migh have guessed it, the supposedly 'Automated' cashback never turns up even after 6 months into the new contract! To make things worse, my timetable for claiming cashback is not available in my online account page (all other cutomers have theirs or should have). Thus I call, i wrote and waited.
From the first T&C they posted to me, it says that I should claim my first cashback after 120 days into the contract. So I did with my 4th monthly bill. And they rejected my claim saying that it is not the correct bill, yet they still did not tell me which bill at this point.
So I decided to take things to higher level, I wrote another email to them explaining all my situation and complained about their flawed cashback system, and copied the email to the Carphone Warehouse customer service manager.
Only with that things got a bit better, e2save gave me my not so 'automatic' cashback soon after plus an email detailing exactly which bill should I send in for the claims.
Guess what, the first month for cashback is actually the 6th! That is exactly different from what was set out in the T&C.
To add insult to injury, the reply came in just 2 days before my first cashback claim should arrive to them (I was on the 6th month by then). Thus I wrote a letter together with the claim form and bill to explain that why my claim might be late as I was informed lately about the changes.
3 weeks later, the rejection letter came in again saying that the timeframe for my claim has now passed. I have now given up on the first claim, quite sure that there are more to come for my other claims.
Please, please save yourself and do not be tempted by e2save's tricks, and their 'cashback' deals especially.
I for one will not use any of their services once my contract ended. I would rather sign a contract straight from my network provider or some other company, most certainly not e2save or even Carphone Warehouse by any chance!!
You have been warned, take care.