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I bought these headphones because I like to watch an hour or so of TV before I go to bed and I dont want to wake anyone else up whilst doing so.
For this purpose they do the job. They are simple enough to set up. You just plug the wireless transmitter into the wall and the TV and youre almost set to go. There are 2 wireless channels to select from on the transmitter, select one of these and then select the corresponding one on the headset itself and thats all there is to it.
In terms of performance they do a good job. They sound nice enough and the wireless reception is very good for the most part. Now and then there may be a small bit of interference, but I found that moving my head a few inches will fix this.
The only problem I can find with the headphones is the comfort. This is perhaps a huge stumbling block depending on how long you expect to be wearing them for. Theyre ok for an hour or so, but any longer and my ears start to hurt.
I recently bought a few cans of this stuff which I saw in the sale.
I'm not really one to bother about how the stuff smells as long as its ont he good side of pleasent - which this is, thankfully. The description on the can calls it a "crisp clean scent", and I think thats bang on the money, it just smells crisp.
As far as stopping me sweating I think it works quite well. Very well if I am completely honest.
I put a quick spray on before work, or before the gym and it keeps me nice and fresh for most of, if not the whole day. I think the claim on the can of a 24 hour period is a bit optimistic, but I suppose it isnt too far away.
All in all it does exactly what you want anti perspirant to do, it gets my seal of approval.
For headphones that cost me the best part of £100 I expected something quite amazing, and they didnt dissapoint.
The sound quality is very good. Sounds are clear and crisp with the only fault perhaps being the slightly tinny base, but I'm not one to listen to music loud so this doesn't bother me personally. For movies, games and music I cannot fault them. I not much an audiophile but I can certainly tell the difference when I listen to something through a different pair of headphones that are'nt so good.
In terms of comfort, again I cannot fault them. I can wear them for literally 12 hours and I dont feel any type of discomfort at all. They are faily big and sit comfortably over your ears with a nice soft suede material that doesnt make you sweat or itch.
Overall I would have to say that these are fantastic quality and value. Sure there are better headphones out there, but for a much higher price. If you have around £100 to spend on a good set of headphones - look no further.
This little box is an absoloute gem.
The Western Digital TV Live is a media player that allows you to play media files such as movies and music on your tv. Media can be accessed from a USB device such as a small dongle or even a large USB hard drive. I have it connected to the TV via HDMI.
I have been using it for well over 2 years now and I have not encountered a single file type that it wont play. The picture quality is brilliant when using a HD source. I have also encountered no situations where it skips or stutters.
The menu system is perhaps the most important thing when using a device such as this, I have used my fair share of bad menus and it totally ruins the experience. Fortunately the menu on this little device is very quick, smooth and easy to navigate. Perfect if I'm honest.
And on that note I would have to say that the whole thing is perfect. Its very small and looks nice enough so theres no problems on that side of things.
I got this processor back in Feb 2008 and I am writing this review over 3 years later as a bit of a tribute to this fine little CPU. The main use for the computer was, and still is to be a gaming machine.
Back when I first got the CPU I was running it with a Radeon 3870x2 which was the premier card at the time. Every game I tried ran perfectly at 1920x1200 except Crysis, but back then NOTHING could run Crysis properly.
Over the months and years games have come and gone, this little thing soldiered on knocking everything out of the park. Only with the release of Metro 2033 did I notice a few judders here and there in terms of frame rate. It was kind of funny how about a week later my video card died. I went out and got a nice Radeon 5850. When I tried Metro 2033 with this new card... ah the joy - lovely frame rates.
Only recently with the release of Deus Ex Human Revolution and Battlefield 3 has the little tyke finally met its match. What a servant it has truly been to me.
Outside of the gaming universe its never put a foot wrong in the windows environment. Anything you want done, gets done, and quickly too.
Ah the Battlefield series is back again. Hoorah.
I've been a fan of the Battlefield games for quite some time now starting of with 1942 back in the day. I then moved on to what most people consider the best in the series, Battlefield 2.
This is how I see Battlefield 3. I'll split the review up into different sections to simplify the matter.
Single player Campaign:
The single player campaign is quite short. Some people are reporting that it takes around 4 hours to finish which isnt amazing if were honest. Personally I have found that its a bit too cinematic for my liking. Its a case of watching a cut scene, taking part in a few moments of action before you see another cut scene, perhaps a quicktime event, a few minutes of action and then another cut scene. I'd rather see a cut scene at the start of a mission, show me the objectives and then leave me to it - but thats just me.
In the online mode you can play as 4 different classes. Assault, which is what it sounds like, the bread and butter. This class also doubles as a medic.
Engineer - these guys can sport rocket launchers and mines to take out tanks and other armoured nasties.
Recon - Sniper, nuff said.
Support - Think of rambo with his big machine gun in Rambo 3. This class can also throw down ammo for their team mates.
There are different modes of multiplayer in Battlefield as you would expect. My personal favourite is Conquest mode. This is where each team starts off with a set number of "tickets", there are a few sectors of the map which have to be occupied by each team and by controlling more sectors than the other team you make their "tickets" go down faster. The feeling of being part of a huge battle is really there, its brilliant. Seeing choppers taking out tanks off in the distance is a sight to behold.
The other modes that are available are Rush - which is pretty much attack vs defence. With one team trying to stop the other activing the bombs at 2 points on the map. And then there is deathmatch mode which is the staple of the online shooter game.
Overall I'd have to call Battlefield a success. Im not a fan of the single player mode, but the multiplayer is brilliant fun. Couple with the unlocks and countless ribbons and dogtags to collect its very addictive.
I bought this mouse after my old Razer mouse got a bit old and tired. I kept with the Razer brand as they're always good.
The main thing that drew me to buying this mouse was the looks, its gorgeous. Its not a bright luminous LED thing sitting on my desk looking cheap and nasty, it looks sleek and sexy - you have eyes, look at the pictures! The mouse can be used wirelessly with the charging dock, or it can be used wired.
In terms of performance I cant fault it. The most sensitive setting is insane, way too fast for me. I keep it about in the midline using the handy little buttons on the left of the mouse which you can use to change the sensitivity.
There are also 2 more buttons on the left side of the mouse with I assume are supposed to be used with the thumb but with me having small hands I cant quite reach the furthest one. This is no problem for me though, I'd never use them anyway. Other than that there's the usual left, middle and right click buttons.
When used wirelessly I never encountered any issues in terms of connectivity or interference from anything. I now use the mouse with the wire plugged in which leads me on to..
The only niggle I have with this mouse and could be a deal breaker for some people is the battery life. I often found myself having to mess around away from the pc for half an hour whilst the mouse charged up. After a while I soon get a bit fed up and decided to use it wired. I must add though that this was only an issue after prolonged periods of use (10+ hours).
The above problem is only a very small niggle and unless youre a seriously heavy user it should not even become an issue.
I recently bought one of these from a colleague whilst already owning the previous model. Dont ask me why, maybe I just love a bargain.
My previous machine made a mean cup of coffee and this new one doesnt dissapoint.
Its as simple as filling with water, flicking a switch, turning the knob and waiting for your cup to fill up. Dont forget to flick the knob back though or you'll overfill the cup :) I learnt that the hard way.. oh dear.
It really is that simple. Even my mum can use it. And the coffee tastes great!
Perhaps the only tricky thing about using this machine is getting the ratio of coffee and milk correct, but even then I havent ever managed to make a "bad" cup of coffee using this machine.
Also available to make is hot chocolate. This is also tastes lovely just like the coffee.
I really cannot praise this machine highly enough. The only drawback, and this really is picking now. The price of the pods.
If you can limit yourself on the amount of drinks you have, or you just dont care about the price then this is the machine for you.
Atlas Shrugged is the fourth novel written by Ayn Rand. It is also the 13th longest book written in English, according to Wikipedia.
I want to keep the plot and general outline of the book quite vague to avoid giving away any spoilers, and quite frankly with a book this long I could spend a few hundred words on the plot alone.
Loosely put the book is focussed upon industry and the powerful men (and women) who control it.
The main portion of the book that I read (more on that later) was solely centered around Dagny Taggart and Hank Rearden. Two giants of the rail and steel industries respectively. In the qaurter of the book that I managed to get through not a lot seems to happen. I could describe the sum of the 250 pages within 250 words.
I got into Atlas Shrugged with a very eager attitude. I wasn't put off by the collosal numbers of pages and was actually looking forward to getting stuck into a good book from a well praised author.
With this in mind it perhaps says alot about the book that I gave up after 250 pages. I dont know if I will go back one day, but it will definately be with some aprehension. The first 150 pages or so were quite alright, I enjoyed going back to the book and reading a few pages here and there but after a while the book became overbearing. I was becoming bored of the talk about train lines and steel mills, profit margains and bad press.
As much as Ayn Rands views intrigue me I really could not justify wasting more of my life on this book.