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Hello all, here is some background information about me as a user before I give this review, I have been using Apple computers for the last 15 years, at home and in the office as a designer. I use the Apple keyboard approximately 8-10 hours a day.
Anodized aluminum enclosure
Extended layout with document navigation controls, a numeric keypad, and special function keys
Low profile keys
Two USB 2.0 ports
Connectivity Technology: Wired
Keyboard Description: QWERTY
Color Name: White
Form Factor: External
Input Device: Keyboard
Hardware Platform: Mac
Width: 7.3 inches
Depth: 1.4 inches
Height: 18.7 inches
Weight: 2 pounds
Minimum system requirements: Apple MacOS X 10.4.10
The keyboard is encased in a very stylish and light Anodized aluminum enclosure, with off white keys and dark grey text. It is very easy to see the letters and numbers on the keys, and I love how crumbs now end up falling onto the keyboard and not inside! keeps it looking very smart, hygienic and easy to clean.
The underside of the keyboard is also very nicely finished with white acrylic and a discrete Apple logo. There are also two USB ports hidden away at the bottom towards the back of the keyboard.
The keyboard sits very low to the desk and the keys are almost flush to the keyboard too, and here is where my problem is, its simply too easy to end up pressing the wrong keys, and after long usage I find my fingers start hurting. Maybe if you are using the keyboard casually it will be fine, but for long term use it really isn't very comfortable to use, the other problem, granted its a small problem but annoying all the same... the little light on the CAPS LOCK key is not very visible, sometimes I don't know if it is switched on or not.
Overall its a great looking keyboard, but not really been designed for long usage.
I will stop writing this review now because my fingers are hurting :-)
Hi there folks, before I write this review, it's probably worth giving you some background. I have been using Apple computers for the last 15 years so I must admit I am abit of an Apple fanboy, so forgive me if this review is a little biased :-) Also I am gonna make this a very concise and to the point review, no messing about, just see what it does and make a decision.
As with everything Apple does it looks sleek and stylish, overall its smaller and thinner than the more oval shaped mighty mouse, it has a more rectangular shape and the sides have quite an edge to them, it also seems heavier than the mighty mouse, probably because it has two AA batteries in it.
The top of it is a gorgeous white acrylic, with an Apple logo on it, and the underside is equally sleek silver with a switch to turn it on with a very useful indicator light. It sits quite flat to the surface which can feel a little uncomfortable to use as you can't quite grip it properly which could make life after 3 hours use a bit painful. There are no buttons on the top, just a flat surface, being a Mac user all my life it doesn't really bother me, the other great thing about the design is that it can be used in either your left or your right hand.
The Magic mouse connects via bluetooth and requires Mac Os X 10.5.8 or later and also the Wireless Mouse Software update 1.0, if you are running Mac OS X 10.6.2 you will be off and running before you even know it, but this may seem obvious but if you are using it with a laptop don't forget to turn your Bluetooth on!
The mouse works on almost all surfaces, but beware of shiny surfaces like glass tables, I found it struggled with that.
I was a bit disappointed with the Multi-touch gestures on the mouse, i have a black MacBook, which doesnt have the new multitouch trackpads, so I was very excited to get that functionality and no longer ogle over my friends Macbook Pros! But the gestures on the Magic mouse are quite limited.
The multitouch area is the entire surface of the mouse. Aside from the two main buttons up top, you can also use a single finger to scroll anywhere around a web page or document. Swiping two fingers horizontally across the top lets you go backwards or forwards on the web. The thing which I was really gutted about was that you can't pinch your images as you can on the mac book Pros or the iPod Touch or iPhone, but you do get a basic zoom feature by holding down the Control key on the keyboard while scrolling up and down the shell with one finger, but this is a really poor substitute as it isn't really zooming into the image or document it is simply magnifying the pixels and it just doesnt look right.
The other gripe is that you can't fully customise what the mouse can do, how cool would it be if I could tell the mouse to switch to the next application on a swipe, but no I am stuck with the factory settings that mac deemed as all I would need.
Overall the Magic Mouse is a great looking device, which potentially could have been awesome, but Apple have gone for style over substance, I love it as I don't use it that much, but if I was to be using it more than 2 hours a day I think I would go for something which functioned better and was more comfortable.
Sorry Apple :-)
When you have kids it's an absolute must to keep a digital thermometer in the house, you just cannot guess when they will randomly get a fever, especially in the middle of the night.
Boots Digital Thermometer is a safe, accurate and simple way to check and monitor your temperature or your kids temperature, it can be used by placing the metallic end under your tongue or under the armpit, probably best not to put it in your mouth after it has been under your own or somebody else's armpit :-)
It's so so important that the thermometer you have is accurate, and lets face it when you purchase a thermometer you are putting alot of trust in the manufacturer that the readings are accurate, we found that our Boots one was accurate because we got a reading of 40 on it and when we had to take our child to Children's emergency they got the same reading, it was a bit of a traumatic way to find out that the thermometer we had was accurate but it gave us alot of peace of mind, and we have been using it ever since.
To summarise here are the main features and points of the thermometer:
Accurate and easy to read digital display
Simple to operate
No glass or mercury
Bleep indicates when to read temperature
Long-life battery included
Automatic shut-off function
I would definitely recommend this product to anyone with kids.
Bits and Basics Washable glue is always around in our house. I am a designer and I have a 5 year old who loves his arts and crafts. We needed a glue which was strong, and safe enough for me to use and also for my kid to use. We do loads of arts and crafts, gluing all sorts of stuff, from fixing small toys to sticking pasta onto paper.
The Glue has a great consistency and mixes well with paint, its doesn't smell so is non toxic and also dries quite quickly, (but that does depend on how much you slap it on.)
It also dilutes well for paper mache and other uses, and if you use it with brushes it washes out well, and if like me it ends up all over your hands, dont worry as it really is very washable and its not too difficult to wash it out.
I think having this glue is an essential part of any artist or budding artists collection of tools, and would definitely recommend it to all.
I must admit I am not the healthiest of people, I do try and eat well and avoid junk food, but my biggest issue I really don't like eating fresh fruit or even vegetables. Often find myself snacking on a chocolate bar rather than something healthy, I have tried buying healthy snacks, but often they are too expensive and when you read the small print aren't really that healthy after all!
I love Innocent smoothies as i get the chance to actually have some fruit all mushed up and tasting lovely and feel alot healthier :-) And when you read the ingredients, all you can see is natural product and not any artificial stuff. You have to be careful though because in some of the smoothies there is other fruit in it. For example the Strawberries and Bananas smoothies has the following:
5 crushed strawberries
half press apples
half mashed bananas
a dash of squeezed orange
5 pressed red and white grapes
a squeeze of fresh lime
But as you can see, there is nothing unhealthy in it at all, it might be an idea to give the smoothie a good shake before you drink it, and make sure it is well refrigerated as they can go off pretty quickly.
They are a good way to get your 2 of 5 a day, feel better about yourself and have a healthy alternative.
I have suffered from cold sores for a long long time, I have tried all sorts of treatments but found the best treatment is to prevent them, how do you prevent cold sores I hear you say! Well I guess you can't always prevent them, but I have found certain things which trigger my cold sores, and the biggest thing is lack of sleep , being dehydrated and when I am suffering from alot of stress.
Every so often I can't manage to keep on top of these things and a nasty cold sore rears its ugly head, and lets all be honest they really are a horrid site!
So I felt the tingling, and thought right off to Boots we go, and I was about to pick up my usual cold sore cream and sore these (see what I did there ;-) and though why not give them a try.
Using them felt a bit strange at first and wasn't sure how it would work, but the application and instructions were very simple and the information about how it works was also very good, it give a realistic view of how long it would take for a cold sore to pass.
The main thing I loved about these patches was that it stopped the cold sore from spreading, one of the most worrying things for cold sores are that they can spread, it is so important to keep the area isolated so that it doesn't. These patches do a great job of keeping the cold sore isolated and dry.
The patches are suppose to be waterproof and invisible, they are invisible if you manage to apply them properly without any creases, but they aren't really totally waterproof, you end up with a small edge lifting up which can look pretty weird, and they can be tricky to remove.
Compared to the cream this has worked about 3 days faster, and the main thing for me is it kept the cold sore isolated and stopped it from spreading.
I would recommend this, but as with alot of these treatments it really depends on how your body reacts to it. Worth a try though.
The Hotpoint FDL570P is a free standing Dishwasher with the following specs:
Dimensions: 85 x 60 x 60 cm
Control Type: Electronic
Place Settings: 12
Noise Level: 49 dB
Drying System: Residual drying
Water Softener: Yes
Rinse Aid Dispenser: Yes
Adjustable Racks: Yes
Salt refill indicator: Yes
Delay Start Timer: Yes
Energy Efficiency: A
Wash Performance: A
Dry Performance: A
Energy Consumption: 1.05kW
Water Consumption: 16 litres
I bought this after loads and loads of research, and to be honest I found it really difficult to find free impartial advice on which dishwasher to get, there are loads of one paragraph reviews out there so really hope this helps you.
The cheapest place to find this model is definitely online, you are looking at paying between £269 (Dixons online store) or £358 (House of Fraser), by the time you read this it may even be cheaper.
If there is one thing which I haven't liked about this dishwasher its the exterior build quality, it feels quite weak, and even the door feels like it won't last more than a couple of years, the dials and buttons are all of pretty good standard and look pretty durable
Internally all looks pretty solid, the trays and cutlery carriage are all made from pretty sturdy stuff.
Being "AAA" graded means this is about as eco friendly and wallet friendly a dishwasher you can get. It is built for 12 place settings and it comes with 7 built in programmes:
Quick Wash/Rapid '27
All the programmes worked very well, and with the residual drying process, it made sure that all the dishes were dried perfectly! But one thing to note about the Rapid/Quick wash is that it doesn't dry the dishes, and its not ideal for heavily soiled dishes, better off sticking to normal or super wash which both do a good job.
I was also able to get all my large plates in the dishwasher with a little bit of manoeuvring in the lower tray, this was one of my main concerns as most dishwashers don't accommodate the larger plates, but this one did a good job. Having the lower tray adjust so that the raised plate holders collapse is simple genius, it gives a lot more room for those annoying pots and pans that I never managed to get into my last dishwasher.
The dishwasher also comes with the following extra features:
Adjustable upper basket
- This was really useful for cramming in as much as I could, and under the normal and superwash they all washed very well
Programme progress indicator
- I liked this feature as with my old dishwasher I wasn't sure if it was stuck, with this I know roughly what its doing
Self-balancing door for easier loading/unloading
- To be honest this didn't seem too different from any other dishwasher door
Salt refill indicator & Rinse Aid Dispenser/Refill Indicator
- This is super useful! Most of the problems caused are due to not having enough salt or rinse aid in the dishwasher, no excuses now!
Cold fill only
- This is a great feature as it help keep your carbon footprint and bills down.
Built in water softener
- This is great for us in the hard water London areas, but the instructions to change the settings are pretty hard to understand
Over all I have been very impressed by the performance and moderately impressed by the build quality, but for this price you really can't go too far wrong.
This a review of my customer experience in the Specsavers shop on Tottenham Court Road.
At first I was really reluctant to go to Specsavers, i had been use to buying Armani, Paul Smith and other designer brands of frames. So there was a certain amount of snobbery going on. But I thought, why not give them a go no harm in just checking them out. Also I had already been to Vision Express and got really bad service and the wrong prescription, but that's another story..or review maybe :-)
Anyways, the service was amazing, someone greeted me straight away and helped me choose which frames I wanted, then after a barrage of eye tests, they told me my prescription and told me to come back in a few hours time.
I phoned them up to check all was ok, after confirmation I went back to them after work and my frames were ready! Tried them on and they fitted perfectly and the prescription was spot on, it was such a painless experience and I would definitely go back there again, problem is about 8 months on and my glasses are still in perfect condition even after being abused in my messy bag and lifestyle :-)
I would highly recommend them from my experience, thanks guys :-)
I bought these headphones on the high street for about £55, my first bit of advice would be to get these online, as you can get them for a lot cheaper than what I paid! I think on Amazon you can get them for around £40
What you get:
The headphones come with a host of in ear adaptors so you can find the perfect fit for you, obviously this is very important so that you dont get any audio leaking in our out. You also get a cable clip, cable winder & carrying pouch, to be honest I have lost all of these somewhere, but very handy to have if you don't lose them :-)
What you hear:
Once you have got your headphones set up with the right in ear adaptors you get a really rich sound from these headphones, they can handle a wide range of music very well, although on some RnB tracks with very deep bass I did feel the sound distorted a little, but for the range the headphones had to cover they still did very well. For me I felt they were better with the treble range and the bass not quite deep and rich enough.
I was impressed by how loud I could put the volume to without having anyone giving me dirty looks on the tube :-) also they cut out the outside world very well, the tube can be a noisy place, but these headphones did a great job of noise canceling.
Having a volume control slider on the headphones is priceless, it works really well and doesn't really need much explanation, although one flaw is that the volume doesn't go completely silent when the volume slider is at the minimum level, this is kinda annoying.
How well its built:
The build quality is very good, the arm where the gold plated headphone jack is, is very strong, and encased with a strong sheaf, so none of that annoying wire bending which causes alot of headphones to cut out intermittently after long usage.
Also the wire to the headphones is thicker than your usual in-ear headphones, which gives greater strength, and audio quality. The ear buds are very well made.
I have been using these headphones for almost a year now and there has been no deterioration of the build quality.
I like these headphones and have continued to get good use out of them. I would recommend them if in-ear headphones are your choice.
What can I say about these watches, they redefine how we read the time, they are innovative and confusing at the same time!
I stumbled onto Tokyo Flash through a friend who had one, he mockingly said to me "If you can tell me the time on this, you can have the watch!" I was up for the challenge...but failed miserably! but I was intrigued by this watch.
I ordered mine direct from Tokyo Flash in Japan, it ended up costing me more because of customs but they really are cool watches and well worth the money spent on them, The build quality is very good, the finishing is top notch and the creativity is unsurpassed. There are loads of companies out there that do cool watches, but none with quite the ingenious of Tokyo Flash watches.
Sure they are a pain to tell the time on, but thats not really the whole point, the point is to challenge your way of thinking, to have something intriguing, hugely fashionable and unique.
I would really recommend getting a Tokyo Flash, they are simply AWESOME!
Hi Guys this review is in regards to their customer service so brace yourself!
I had been with Sky for over 10 years, so making a switch over to Virgin was not a decision I took lightly, but it was immediately a decision I regretted.
When I finally took the big decision to call them and switch over, it took me 30 minutes to get through and when I did I get through to a call centre in India, they were polite enough, but the big problem was that the deal he sold me didn't exist!
Basically I got a deal where I got free installation with 2 months free, broadband(L), TV(L with all skysports, asian channels, disney cinemagic) and phone (L) and phone costing me £60.43 a month, now when I was adding it up on my calculator it just didn't add up to the amount he quoted me, so I went through it about four times with him but he insisted it worked out because of the multiple package discount. So I placed the order.
The Installation date was with 2 weeks so that was pretty impressive, and the installation was pretty professional, except that the installer cut off our BT master socket and ran the Virgin phone line into the BT box (which they are not suppose to do).
But I thought, well doesn't matter, I am gonna stick to Virgin media now anyway...how wrong was I!
So I was told my BT number would be switched within a couple of days, but then got a message from Virgin saying the switch date would be about 3 weeks after the installation! So i call them up to complain and again get through to a call centre in India, this time the guy started getting rude to me and even told me how he hates his job and that people like me cause him to lose his hair! I was gobsmacked!!!
So I let that go, but I was still not satisfied that things were all ok, I call again(another 30 minutes wasted) but this time I get through to a UK call centre, and they told me sorry but we don't know what you have been sold as that deal doesn't and can't exist because the numbers simply dont add up, and that I will be tied into paying £90 a month instead!
Anyway I then canceled the contract and switched back to sky, who were kind enough to offer me a free HD box and half price on everything for 6 months as a good will gesture!
It might be that I just had rotten luck, but I cannot recommend switching to Virgin media, they were awful!
I haven't written a review for a while, but just recently got this toothbrush after a scary visit to the dentist!
Basically I have a wisdom tooth coming out and its pushing all my teeth around (what are the point of wisdom teeth I ask!), so I have been having bleeding gums and needed a proper toothbrush to make sure I don't get tooth decay or any other problems.
I was recommended this toothbrush by my dentist and so after being terrified of losing all my teeth I rushed out and bought this.
I found it to be amazing! especially after years of brushing my teeth in a haphazard "gonna be late for work" sorta way :-)
So about the toothbrush:
* The charge lasts for some time
* Its comfortable to hold
* Very well designed
* It cleans my teeth very well, and visibly whiter
* It has 30 second intervals to remind you to change its position
* A very useful battery indicator
Overall I have found that when I don't use this toothbrush my mouth feels dirty and not as clean as normal, I would recommend electric toothbrushes to everyone, particularly this one.
I have been going to Computer exchange for a long time, I have used the stores in Central London, and more recently the new one in Tooting.
I have always had a great shopping experience there, I have bought hard drives, consoles, memory, and films.
The central london stores have a great dirty old record shop feel to it, which I like, feels much more personal, the new one in Tooting is much brighter and nice too.
They have a great range of product and titles, and often the prices are very competitive, although some of the stuff is second hand but more expensive than if you bought them brand new online.
It is frustrating how sometimes they don't have enough cash when you wanna do exchanges for cash, but thats fair enough. Normally works out better to just do an exchange anyway, when you are taking bigger items like laptops and phones etc, they do take a while testing them so I would advise to go at a quieter time of day.
I do like this store but I think it kinda depends on the staff they have at the store, the ones I use tend to be very good, hence I recommend them.
I won't bother go on about what Game does and all that stuff, because I think there are enough reviews before me that have explained that pretty well. I will instead talk specifically about my user experience with Game.
I recently bought an EyeToy with EyePet from a Game store in Colliers Wood and was far from impressed with the EyeToy, I kept all the packaging, receipt and bag. I took it back the next day to return it, only to be told that I couldn't return it because I had opened it. Now when I read their returns policy it said "no quibble refund", but if you read the small print it actually says no quibble refund as long as you have never opened it. Now I can understand why with some games they don't take back games which have already been opened because of piracy, but with a device like the EyeToy and PS3 games can't be copied so I was really annoyed when they wouldn't let me exchange the game for something else. The fact that they put their seal on the box which rips the paper of the box when you open it means that you can't return the box as you got it
I think its really unreasonable as there is no way for me to try the product wihtout opening the seal, so to effectively saying that I am stuck with the product is really unfair, I would much rather buy online where I have more protection with the Long Distance selling rule.
I will not be shopping at Game again, and from my own experience I would not recommend it either.
I bought this game recently for my 4 year old son to play, having a PS3 there is a seriously limited amount of kids games available, so I thought right at least he will have something to play with.
It didnt take long to set the camera up, but then you have to follow the on screen instructions and set up the magic card on the floor. This took ages to do, after that you then have to do things like stroke the egg, heat the egg, rock the egg to help it to hatch. The problem is its all so tedious and boring, my 4 year old lost interest after the first ten minutes, its really not very easy to do the things being asked on screen. Not because they are challenging or difficult, but because the technology being used by the camera seems like it is pretty much the same tech used in the PS2 version, at least the games on the PS2 were fun, we had loads of fun with the EyeToy back in the day. It is pretty cool how you get to use the magic card to scan the pet and how the pet appears to be walking around your living room floor, but like I said the novelty wears off pretty quick and you are left wondering why you bothered spending the money and how much you can get back on ebay!
I really don't recommend getting this, especially with things like PlaystationMove coming out later this year and also project Natal for the Xbox360, if you really want game which are more suited for kids I reckon you will be better off getting a nintendo Wii.