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Acer Aspire V3-571 15.6-inch Laptop (Intel Core i7 3632QM, 8GB RAM, 750GB HDD, DVDSM DL, LAN, WLAN, BT, Webcam, Integrated Graphics, Windows 8)
Acer Aspire V3-571 15.6-inch Laptop (Intel Core i7 3632QM, 8GB RAM, 750GB HDD, DVDSM DL, LAN, WLAN, BT, Webcam, Integrated Graphics, Windows 8)

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Short battery life and poor sound, 16 May 2013
The battery life on this laptop is incredibly poor, and nowhere near good enough for real use on the go. You can dial the screen down to the darkest setting, turn off wi-fi and not use processor-intensive applications to get longer life, but then why did you buy an ultrabook if you didn't want to see what you were doing or connect to the outside world? Lovely having an i7 processor, but Propellerhead Reason thinks that it isn't fast enough to handle its internal synthesizers. Windows 8 isn't Acer's fault, but it is a horror story on a laptop with the touchpad triggering unexpected results. The sound is tinny and faint, even though Acer promise "professionally tuned" speakers with "Dolby Home Theater" features. Back to Sony next time...


SSSS
SSSS
Price: 8.20

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Oh, it's rather good, 3 April 2012
This review is from: SSSS (Audio CD)
The novelty of VC and MG combining to produce a techno album was bound to get me to part with my money. The funny thing is, they didn't meet or even talk while making the album - which sounds rather like the recording of the second Yazoo album. Vince has always been a great collaborator - especially for someone who is notoriously prickly - think The Assembly, Yazoo, Erasure, that thing with Martyn Ware. But don't think about those examples too long, because this isn't like them at all. SSSS, named for the sound of hissy electronics favoured by Vince, is exactly what you want to hear at 2am in a club when you are wanting to feel the music as much as hear it. It is all 4/4 bass drums, sequencers set to stun, slow build-ups and heavy duty breaks. Martin doesn't sing. He doesn't wear a black dress (well, he might have, but it isn't on display here). It's as unlikely an album as you will buy this year, and one of the most likeable.


Trevor Jackson Presents Metal Dance Industrial / Post-Punk / Ebm : Classics & Rarities
Trevor Jackson Presents Metal Dance Industrial / Post-Punk / Ebm : Classics & Rarities
Price: 8.62

9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good tracks, good idea, stupid art, 9 Mar 2012
Got this compilation for the SPK track, which I've long had on 12" and wanted on CD. The rest is a bonus. As the other reviewer says, the actual tracks are different than those shown on Amazon, but the selections are actually better than the Amazon list. Stupid, sexist interior and CD artwork goes some way to reducing the value of this purchase.
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Left-Handed Guitar
Left-Handed Guitar
by Troy Stetina
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent starter kit, 13 Feb 2012
This review is from: Left-Handed Guitar (Paperback)
Always wanted to learn guitar. Chose to go electric and picked up this kit. Have to say, it is hard to understand how so much can be bundled together at this price, but it is a steal. The only thing they don't package is talent, but that can be acquired through practice. A great starter package, for the price of a shop at Tesco.


The House of Love
The House of Love
Price: 6.85

5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly the best album ever made, 5 Nov 2011
This review is from: The House of Love (Audio CD)
There isn't a duff track on the whole album. In the running, with New Order's Power, Corruption and Lies, for the best album ever. The band were criminally underestimated by the music press, but The House of Love were in peak form here.


Boo Hoo: A Dot Com Story
Boo Hoo: A Dot Com Story
by Ernst Malmsten
Edition: Paperback
Price: 8.99

3 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars From the sublime to the ridiculous, 2 July 2007
The history of boo.com is very short, since the company burned through $130 million of someone else's money before finally flaming out ahead of the general dot.com crash. In this book, two of boo.com's founders tell their side of the story - in a concorde, champagne and caviar fuelled effort to get their web site live, despite no real knowledge of the fashion industry, retail, interface design, logistics or finance. The writing style is easy to read, but the attitude of the authors is dismaying rather than disarming. The investors in boo.com must read this book with total horror at how they let their cash be spent.


The Graphic Language of Neville Brody 2: v. 2
The Graphic Language of Neville Brody 2: v. 2
by Jon Wozencroft
Edition: Paperback

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very cool designer + very informed writer = excellent book, 17 May 2004
Neville Brody is one of those graphic designers whom you know because, every time you picked up a novel or record in the 1980s to check out the name of the designer, there he was. Brody is best known for his work on The Face and Arena magazines, where he did trail-blazing typographical work, but he also did more subversive assignments for industrial bands such as Cabaret Voltaire and 23 Skidoo. Many of Brody's early works are collected in this monograph, illustrating his most influential period. Touch editor Jon Wozencroft provides the words, setting the context for Brody's graphics and typefaces in a lucid and thoughtful way. All round, an excellent introduction to one of the giants of typography and one of the coolest books ever printed (really!).


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