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Toshiba Satellite C660-1J2 15.6 inch Laptop (Intel Core i3-380M 2.53 GHz, 4 GB RAM, 320 GB HDD, Windows 7 Home Premium)
Toshiba Satellite C660-1J2 15.6 inch Laptop (Intel Core i3-380M 2.53 GHz, 4 GB RAM, 320 GB HDD, Windows 7 Home Premium)
Offered by CSC Distribution

62 of 70 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good internals but a TERRIBLE design!, 1 July 2011
If you are a 'heavy' laptop user like me I think that you will find prolonged use of this machine incredibly frustrating!

I use mine all day, every day and it's driving me nuts because in this model, Toshiba have squeezed up the keyboard (which I use 90% of the time) to fit in a pointless numeric pad (which I use maybe 2% of the time). This means that when typing, something I do a lot of, the natural position of you hands places your thumbs right on top of the mousepad.

AAARGH! Every two seconds, I brush the (very sensitive) mouse pad and the cursor zooms off to another part of the page and I end up typing / entering data / updating figures in the wrong place. The only solution is to Func+F9, turn the mouse off and use a USB mouse but this make working on the move a pain and is one more thing clogging up my backpack.

Internally it's sound this this is the least ergonomic laptop I've owned.
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by Christopher Brookmyre
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.98

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant - of you love Horror Movies, 10 Nov. 2010
This review is from: Pandaemonium (Paperback)
There's not going to be a consensus of opinion amongst Brookmyre fans on this one as the book is a definite split between his 'standard fare' of humour-thriller and a relatively new step into what I have to describe as horror-humour.

So if you like Christopher's previous outing,you're going to love the first half - especially the brilliant descriptive nature of the school trip. You may become a little unnerved by the gradual infiltration of the 'naughty - are they?' science and religo-fanatics in the underground lab but trust me, it all works out in the end.

Or does it? Just when you expect the author as usual to cleverly and without a hint of deus ex machina, explain away all the weirdness in his brilliant but usual Scooby Doo fashion ('Why it was just the old lighthouse keeper in a costume after all') it all turns out to be just as weird as it always seemed.

Some people will turn off here, but I loved it. Think Zombieland meets Kick Ass and you've got an absolutely belting read for another 90-odd pages. I seriously could not out it down and dearly want the characters stories to be picked up again in another instalment. Those that survived, that is!

Medal of Honor - Limited Edition (Xbox 360)
Medal of Honor - Limited Edition (Xbox 360)
Offered by musicMagpie
Price: £9.37

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Story is too short, on-line is unreliable, 8 Nov. 2010
The new Spec Ops team idea is good and the story game is enjoyable but just like a wedding night: it's just so short you barely get into it before it's over.

So I've moved onto the online games a lot sooner than I expected and I have two big gripes:

(1) Newbies are just cannon fodder for those who can afford to play for hours a day and get all the goodies. Snipers are especially ridiculous and must really put off new players: nothing like spending an hour getting slotted by players you can never see to really put an edge on the evening.

(2) I've lost 'connection to the server' so often I have now given up and MoH will be traded in tomorrow for CoD: BO as I can't be bothered to re-start again. None of my other games do this.

On point (1) why can't we have one decent shooter with a bl**dy League System? That way, newbies get a bit of experience and get moved up as they get better / more toys? We can always have free for all games as well when newbies get more points for kills than Rambo with the dual M60s.

Come on developers - not exactly Rocket Science is it? Making Morecambe FC play Man Utd every week isn't going to turn then into Chelski, it's just going to p*ss them off.

IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey (Xbox 360)
IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey (Xbox 360)
Offered by Soprano Entertainment
Price: £47.99

6 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very Disappointed, 6 Oct. 2009
I bought this game in anticipation either of COD-In The Air or one of the old PC games Like BOB and Red Baron. This is neither.

Physically, it's a bimbo - looks great but no real depth. The arcade missions are far too short, far too unrealistic and the 'career' and 'story' both woefully inaccurate. The same goes for historical accuracy re: planes, markings, ranks and weapons and the flight characteristics of each aircraft. I'm sorry but you just can't 'stunt' bombers like that! Also all the missions start 'in the air' so no struggling to land a crippled Spit or clawing a Hurri into the air as the Luftwaffe stream over.

The producers would have done a much better job if they'd just read one of the many great WW2 flying biogs and based a game on this. Just endlessly shooting down the Axis is soooo boooring and the pretty graphics don't make up for it.

Bring back Red Baron and Chuck Yeager!

Call of Duty: World at War (Xbox 360)
Call of Duty: World at War (Xbox 360)
Offered by Game Trade Online
Price: £15.49

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars It's really not that good, is it?, 28 May 2009
Like many I eagerly anticpated CoD's return to the WW2 genre that made its name. Especially after the superb diversion that was Modern Warfare but I have to say that I am very disappointed that the developers have not continued to develop the genre and adopt a few of the things, like a well written plot that made MW such a great game.

Don't get me wrong, it's still fun to play but nowhere near as good as it could have been. For example:

* Story - pants compared to MD. In fact, is there a story or plot at all?
* Linear game play - there's usually only one route that works per level and things like small barriers are impossible obstacles that effectively funnel the game play in one direction all the time. Boring, boring, boring!
* Shoot from cover - why is CoD the only FPS that doesn't allow you to shoot from behind an obstacle?
* Weapon selection - please can we have a choice as to what we'd like to use / think is appropriate for the level? And after we've spent ages looking for that certain weapon, can we at least retain it for the next level?
* Weapon realism - come on guys, Jap SMGs were like hen's teeth not carried by every other soldier!
* Fight AND Die - what's the point of having a team who stand four feet from an enemy and blat rounds at him which all miss then said enemy takes you down with one shot? Why does the player have to do 90% of all the fighting in this game, with no thought?

I could go on but this would be a very long, increasingly negative review. In short, if you want WW2 arcade style FPS then go for MOH Airborne, if you want an FPS where stealth and intellgience are required then it's Rainbow Six and if you want WW2 FPS with strategy and a team worth having then try BOB Hells Hghway.

I await CoD MW2 with bated breath...

Medieval II: Total War (PC DVD)
Medieval II: Total War (PC DVD)

9 of 25 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't believe the hyoe, 3 May 2007
So I guess it falls to me to express the alternate position on this game.... Yes it looks great, there are loads of different units and factions and the historical battles actually bear some resemblance to the events themselves (MTW v1 Agincourt err... Hello? Open fields?)


It's extremely clumsy to play, won't run properly unless your machine has a decent graphics card and you can forget about using your laptop (I've tried it on three). Also, the thrust and gusto of MTW v1 has gone and it's far more like Civilisation these days. Loved v1, enjoyed Rome, feel let down by this.
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TOCA World Touring Cars
TOCA World Touring Cars

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Racer Yet!, 24 Nov. 2000
This is the best driving game that I have played on the PSX so far. Although it lacks the sexy car options of GT2, it's a damn site easier to get started with TOCA and you can't buy yourself out of trouble a la Gran Turisimo. All it needs is a 'qualifying' option to be perfect!

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?
Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?
Offered by Click4entertainment Limited
Price: £14.95

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What A Rip Off!, 24 Nov. 2000
The graphics, sound, animation (none!) and playability of this game are unbelievably poor. Do not but this game if you expect to be playing for more than five minutes as it's obviously been rushed out in an attempt to get your Xmas ££££s. I was really looking forward to this as a good party game and it looks and feels shoddy, cheap and poorly constructed. AVOID!

The Complete Jack the Ripper
The Complete Jack the Ripper
by Donald Rumbelow
Edition: Paperback

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great start fro any ripperologists, 31 Jan. 2000
Donald Rumbelow is on of the UKs leading Ripper experts and this book, revised comprehensively over the years contains just about all of the known research, evidence and theories regarding the Whitechapel Murders. He's also a really nice guy who leads the excellent Ripper Walk here in London. No Jack collection is complete without this.

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