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MSI GX620  15.6 inch Gaming Laptops with Dynaudio Sound  (Intel Core i5-460M 2.53GHz, 8GB, 1TB, Blu-ray, ATI HD5870 DDR5 1G VGA, Windows 7 Home Premium) - Black
MSI GX620 15.6 inch Gaming Laptops with Dynaudio Sound (Intel Core i5-460M 2.53GHz, 8GB, 1TB, Blu-ray, ATI HD5870 DDR5 1G VGA, Windows 7 Home Premium) - Black

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good performance, with issues, 25 May 2011
I've had this a while now, and it is very good, but has some flaws...
The screen is very impressive, at a very high resolution, but it's also very reflective, and I have to draw the curtains when in use. I like the looks, although plastic all over, it doesn't look cheap. There are orange lights that you can turn on around the sides that pulse to the music you're playing, but I find it all a bit gimmicky so turn it off.
Performance is fantastic, it runs the newest games very fast with no problems, and multitasking is brilliant no matter what I'm doing (usually a lot of video and photo processing). The bluray drive produces good results, but is a bit noisy.
The Dynaudio sound from the speakers is extremely good for a laptop considering the size of them. OK, not great for pumping drum and bass maybe, but great for movies and games and is quite loud. There are handy 'hotkey' touch buttons along the top which are useful, especially, the 'turbo' button which cranks up the clock speed, and the 'fan' button which I turn on for a few minutes when the laptop gets a bit hot when gaming. This turns the fan on full, and sounds like a plane taking off, but cools don the system in quite a short period of time. The noise does stop me from having it on all the time though. In normal operation though, the laptop's quite nice and quiet.Ports are very good, with 4 usb (2 of them usb 3.0), a selection of inputs and outputs for headphones/mic etc and of course hdmi.

Now the flaws... The build quality, while quite solid isn't that convincing. The lid flexes quite a bit. The keyboard is terrible... one of the worst I've typed on, and flexes when you press the keys. The trackpad is also not good at all, and I can't find a good level of responsiveness, so I never use it. It's also very heavy... to the point where I never want to take it anywhere and so it just acts as a desktop replacement at home.
The biggest problem is the myriad of problems I've had involving both hardware and software issues. Sometimes the screen blacks out for no reason and I have to system restore. The latest problem I had was a startup problem, and it wouldn't load up at all, although I think this was a windows problem rather than hardware. I've owned a lot of computers and this one has given me the most headaches for sure. However, if it's gaming performance you're looking for at a reasonable price, it's still a good shot compared to what's out there at the moment.


Samsung 900X3A 13.3" Laptop (Intel Core i5 Processor 2530UM, 4GB RAM,128 GB (SSD), ,802.11 b/g/n, Webcam, Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit)
Samsung 900X3A 13.3" Laptop (Intel Core i5 Processor 2530UM, 4GB RAM,128 GB (SSD), ,802.11 b/g/n, Webcam, Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit)

11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pricey but Sexy, 25 May 2011
I bought one of these in April, needing an 'ultra portable' to travel with. First of all, the design is fantastic. It looks the business, with sleek lines and the brushed 'duralumin' sets it apart from a lot of laptops. Sure, there is a bit of glossy plastic around the keyboard, but it still looks great... until you use it for 5 minutes and there's fingerprints all over it! Additionally, if it is scratched, it would show up on the black metal quite badly (I haven't done it yet!)
I've read somewhere that it's thinner than the mac air.. it's not, but there's not much in it. The keyboard itself is a pleasure to type on. It boots very quickly. The non reflective screen is very good, although the resolution could probably be better for the price.
Multitasking is adequate with the sandy bridge processor, but not brilliant. I do some photo editing, and it does lag a little bit, depending on the task of course. Personally, I do think the trackpad is the biggest weakness. It's quite responsive, but the multitouch actions are not very refined. It's also a bit heavier than I would like for a top of the line ultraportable, although at about 1.3 kg it's not much of an issue, and I can use it for a long time on my lap with no problems, and virtually no heat emissions. It's also practically silent in operation. I'm very impressed with the battery life, it gives me about 7 or 8 hours with non-taxing programs. It is a built in battery, and the samsung man told me it would last about 6 years before you'd have to send the whole unit away to replace the battery...
The lack of optical drive doesn't bother me in this day and age. However, this is my first time with a solid state drive, and although very quick and reliable, I do find the 128gb (which is about 100gb in reality) a bit limited, but everyone owns portable hard drives these days anyway...
Finally, the connection options are ok, but the lack of full sized sd card slot is a blow. There's two usb 3.0 ports, micro sd, mini hdmi, headphone and slot for the included network cable adaptor. These ports are nicely concealed and add to the good looks of the laptop.
Overall, I'd definitely recommend this to businessmen, travellers, or possibly rich students (who don't care for playing games). However, the price is a bit high for the specs, and you really are paying for the quality design and materials. If you're looking for a windows ultraportable with great looks, and you have deep pockets, this is for you. I don't usually use the word 'sexy' for technology, but I think it comes pretty close.


Western Digital My Passport Essential 1TB USB 2.0 Portable External Hard Drive - Black
Western Digital My Passport Essential 1TB USB 2.0 Portable External Hard Drive - Black

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars some niggles..., 20 May 2010
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Small, quiet, fast, great storage. However, I find the software on it isn't that great. it doesn't really have 1tb storage (but then again nor do any other brands that claim that on their 1tb drives). The shell looks good, but gets scratched easily. It also takes up quite a lot of power from a laptop, and if you have a couple of things already in you usb drives, the drive just won't work. I tried it on someone's laptop and it didn't work unless the laptop was plugged into the mains. Also a bit tricky to get working on macs, and I think if I dropped it once from a small distance it probably wouldn't survive. Gets warm after a while, but not too bad.
Overall very good, but look after it... also a little bit pricey, but probably worth it for the size. Some more colours would be nice as well.


BIKE COVERS WATERPROOF MATERIAL AIR VENTED SECURE FIT ALL NEW STOCK
BIKE COVERS WATERPROOF MATERIAL AIR VENTED SECURE FIT ALL NEW STOCK
Offered by Outdoor Protection Company Ltd
Price: £18.99

20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars protective!, 20 May 2010
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Very good protective cover. I use it for my 22' frame mountainbike, and it fits around nicely. Good elastic at the bottoms, big enough for all push bikes, quite resilient waterproof material, air vent on the top, and the dark blue doesn't draw much attention to thieves. Comes with a bag to fold it up in. Worth the little bit extra cash compared to cheaper covers.


Epson Stylus SX215 All-in-One Printer (Individual Inks, 3.8cm LCD Viewer, Memory Card Slot)
Epson Stylus SX215 All-in-One Printer (Individual Inks, 3.8cm LCD Viewer, Memory Card Slot)

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars some niggles..., 20 May 2010
The prints are decent, and the build is good enough (lots of plastic though). The scanner is what impressed me the most for this price. The epson scanner software is very good, and lets you tailor the quality/layout/colours etc. Also quite fast in response times. Only thing is the card reader... it does print jpegs direct, sometimes, if the photo is right for it I suppose. It does not print other files straight from the card at all though which is a bit limited. Also quite noisy when in action, and the buttons on it are a bit fiddly to use at times.
Altogether very good value though. Epson cartridges aren't cheap, but there are certain supermarket own brands for half the price...


Archos 605 40GB WiFi Multimedia Player
Archos 605 40GB WiFi Multimedia Player

4.0 out of 5 stars Versatile, but music is bad, 20 May 2010
Really great little machine. The screen is brilliant, and just about big enough to watch quite comfortably without your eye strain. The file formats you can use is great, plays most things. The large storage is brilliant, and acts like an external hard drive for your laptop for any files. I got the DVR addon for the tv, and it records very well from any tv/dvd source... although not with the best quality, unless you make the file size huge. Also, the battery is very short lived, it dies after about one longish movie. The other thing is the music sound... a bit rubbish, doesn't compare to a decent mp3 player. The speaker on it is useful, but not loud... and the supplied headphones are cheap and useless.
Altogether a great device, and very good for the new price. Also without equals for a movie oriented pmp.


Philips High Resolution SPF2017/12 7" Inch Digital Photo Frame with built in 512mb memory
Philips High Resolution SPF2017/12 7" Inch Digital Photo Frame with built in 512mb memory

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars sharp enough, 20 May 2010
Altogether a decent frame. Bought an earlier phillips, which was not so great, but this is much improved. The resolution is high enough, with good colour and brightness. The card slots are very useful. You can put a digital clock on the screen if you want. The build is solid and quite classy to look at, not too plasticky. At the price, it's a good option, and a great gift. Recommended.


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2.0 out of 5 stars ok..., 20 May 2010
Mediocre warm weather xc gloves,not great. There's no velcro to tighten them around the wrist, only elastic. If your handlebars are already very grippy, the material on the palm wears away on them very quickly. There's no gel padding, and if you've got fat fingers forget it. I've got black and brown, which look quite boring. On the upside though, lots of ventilation.
For the price, you can do better...


Yamaha YSP600BL Black Home Cinema Digital Sound Projector
Yamaha YSP600BL Black Home Cinema Digital Sound Projector

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars got the right room?, 20 May 2010
Really great, clever bit of kit. Once set up correctly, the surround effect really is brilliant from the numerous speakers bouncing off the walls. Very loud, lots of bass, customisable sounds, decent selection of inputs/outputs including HDMI for high quality sound. With the press of a button you can localise the sound to one part of a big room, so you don't annoy other people. Can even adapt to different surfaces, so if you have curtains on one wall the sound will still bounce off it.
Only thing is it really needs to be near the middle of the wall to work best, as I found in a corner the surround doesn't work too well, and I'd imagine in a non-rectangular room it might not be so great. Also looks a bit 'boxy' compared to the new slimline versions, but then again is a lot cheaper. Does it compare to a 'proper' surround set up? Yep, but only if set up just right (with the aid of the colossal manual), and gets extra points for not having cables strewn all over the room.


The Flexifoil Book of Power Kiting
The Flexifoil Book of Power Kiting
by Jeremy Boyce
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Not really a manual, 20 May 2010
Nice looking book with lots of pretty pictures. Good for your coffee table, but if you're looking for a manual it's quite limited. It does cover some basics if you're completely new to the sport, such as laying out and setting up, but for intermediate kiters upwards, not that useful. Also a bit pricey for what it is in my opinion...


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