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Samsung SM2232BW 22" Glossy Widescreen Black TFT Monitor
Samsung SM2232BW 22" Glossy Widescreen Black TFT Monitor

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gamers delight!, 5 May 2008
Into FPS games? Buy it now. It's 2msec response really is THAT good. Playing Quake Wars at 1680x1050 is fantastic.

As with any monitor you should spend time calibrating it, it really does shine after 30 minutes playing around with the settings.

Tip: Get yourself a monitor stand and place it so that the top of the screen is level with your eyes. With an LCD it can make a big difference, sadly most people don't know how to sit in front of a monitor and manufacturers still fail to highlight this issue.

The SM2232BW is currently on PC Pro magazines "A List" and deserves to be, gamers will love it.

I can only assume those who complain of wobble have not applied firm pressure when assembling the stand.


Panasonic DMP-BD30 - Blu Ray Disc Player - Black
Panasonic DMP-BD30 - Blu Ray Disc Player - Black

100 of 101 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Panasonic DMP-BD30, 31 Mar. 2008
This is my first Blu-ray player and will go alongside a Toshiba EP35 HD-DVD player on a Samsung LE46F86 telly and Onkyo 705 AV receiver.

It is one of the first Profile 1.1 players to be available in the UK, which is why I waited for it. Profile 1.1 means that it will play the Picture-In-Picture commentary that some may be interested in.

The HD picture is excellent, easily on-par with HD-DVD. Cars looked stunning. Spiderman 3 is very good indeed. SD DVDs up-scaled very well, I could not see any difference between an up-scaled DVD played on either the BD30 or the EP35, which is quite an achievement.

TrueHD was available on the discs and sounded fantastic. Note that there is no on-board decoding of the newer codecs (TrueHD, DD+, DTS-HD) so you will need to bitstream to a suitable AV receiver that can decode them.

The BD30 is fast to turn on and fast to load. Put your ear to it and you can hear the faint fan, but you have to have your head against it! There was no detectable noise from the disc mechanism either.

If you are waiting for Profile 2.0 (to connect it to the Internet) or have an older AV receiver and need on-board decoding, then the Panasonic DMP-BD50 may be worth waiting for. But the BD30 is excellent and easily recommended.

07/11/08 *Note that the BD30 is being replaced by the BD35 which does do Profile 2.0 and does have Ethernet.
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Icon - Premium Glass Stand For LCD & Plasma TV - Up to 50" - White
Icon - Premium Glass Stand For LCD & Plasma TV - Up to 50" - White

233 of 233 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bargain!, 31 Jan. 2008
This is a bargain. I was looking at the Alphason AD3/105 at £200 and glad I went for this!

15 minutes to build, stunningly simple build, not one tool required. Only negative is no cable management, but there are plenty of cheap cable management ideas and I have just saved myself £150.

The legs are like an anodised metal.

There is a lack of dimensions so I did some measuring for you:

Overall Dimensions:
1050mm(W) x 450mm(D) x 530mm(H)

Glass Thickness:
Top - 8mm
Middle/Bottom Shelf - 5mm

Space between shelves:
Top to Middle = 227mm
Middle to Bottom = 215mm

Space Between Posts:
Front - 903mm
Back - 603mm
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Netgear DGFV338 ProSafe Wireless ADSL Modem VPN Firewall Router
Netgear DGFV338 ProSafe Wireless ADSL Modem VPN Firewall Router

20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 19 Nov. 2007
This is a great feature rich Modem/Router that comes with 5dbi aerials for good wireless range.

What isn't clear from the description is that it is both an ADSL Modem/Router AND a Cable Router (just plug it in to your cable modem). So if you are in an area served by both, you can choose either without having to get new hardware.

This also gives the added bonus of being able to failover to the other connection when the primary one fails. Ideal for a small office that wants a little bit more resiliency on their broadband.

Because home users might be tempted, it is worth noting that in a silent room there is a very faint, but noticeable, high pitched whine from the unit. I have two of these and both do it. The noise isn't something you'd notice in anything other than a completely silent room, like a bedroom. Located in a living/SOHO room, this noise isn't noticeable at all, you have to put your ear to it to hear it, so don't be put off.

All in all a great bit of kit. Not worth the cost if you don't need the extras though, you'd be better off with a cheaper box.


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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice PVR, 25 Sept. 2007
The Humax PVR-9200T, PVR-9200TS and PVR-9200TB are all the same hardware. The "S" is a re-branded 9200T (Silver) and the "B" is the black version of the same box. They will all run the same software.

Being able to record two things and watch a third on the same MUX is a bonus and with auto padding I haven't missed any recordings that have started a bit early or finished a bit late.

Pausing live TV is useful for when you need a break, and being able to rewind a channel works well for when you switch the telly on half-way through a program, just hit rewind!

The future update will bring series links, assuming the broadcaster uses them. So much like Sky+, it will go through the EPG and record anything in the future schedule that has the same name.

I've had Sky+ and this Humax is almost there, but not quite as slick. It is a very good replacement for Sky+ users wanting Freeview though and only the Topfield is it's equal (or better), but the Topfield was expensive.


One for all URC7556 5 in 1 Remote Control
One for all URC7556 5 in 1 Remote Control

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for the price, 13 Aug. 2007
Replaced the remote control for my Sony AMP, Toshiba TV, Sony DVD and Humax PVR, leaving one spare.

I used the magic key learning feature for the Humax PVR (no pre-set code) and it was set up in about 10 minutes with the remote buttons I use on a daily basis.

Using the volume punch-through means that whichever device I select, the volume up/down buttons always control the Sony AMP volume.

What isn't obvious is that if your device isn't listed in the manual (my Humax) and you have lost the original remote and can't therefore "learn" the code, you can send the remote off to OneForAll. Enclose a list of all your model numbers and they will send the remote back to you pre-programmed!

At this price, it's a bargain.


Unmarked Graves
Unmarked Graves
by Shaun Hutson
Edition: Hardcover

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing great., 12 Aug. 2007
This review is from: Unmarked Graves (Hardcover)
Typical of Hutson lately, Dying Words was a hit, Unmarked Graves is a miss.

It's a standard Zombie affair, nothing that you haven't read before and so short it's like it has been written over a weekend just to pay the mortgage.

You'll see it coming before it happens, it isn't bad, but is one of his worst efforts.


Humax PVR9200TB 160Gb HDD Recorder - Black
Humax PVR9200TB 160Gb HDD Recorder - Black

24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice PVR, 10 Aug. 2007
The Humax PVR-9200T, PVR-9200TS and PVR-9200TB are all the same hardware. The "S" is a re-branded 9200T (Silver) and the "B" is the black version of the same box. They will all run the same software.

Being able to record two things and watch a third on the same MUX is a bonus and with auto padding I haven't missed any recordings that have started a bit early or finished a bit late.

Pausing live TV is useful for when you need a break, and being able to rewind a channel works well for when you switch the telly on half-way through a program, just hit rewind!

The update will bring series links, assuming the broadcaster uses them. So much like Sky+, it will go through the EPG and record anything in the future schedule that has the same name.

I've had Sky+ and this Humax is almost there, but not quite as slick. It is a very good replacement for Sky+ users wanting Freeview though and only the Topfield is it's equal (or better), but the Topfield was expensive.


The Last Starfighter [Collector's Edition] (REGION 1) (NTSC) [DVD] [1984] [US Import]
The Last Starfighter [Collector's Edition] (REGION 1) (NTSC) [DVD] [1984] [US Import]
Offered by DVDCDsell
Price: £22.10

26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No Region 2?, 26 July 2007
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Not having a Region 2 version is a travesty, this is a classic that set the trend using CGI on a Cray Supercomputer instead of plastic models.

I have just bought the Region 1, which plays on my PC. I am about to buy a Region Free DVD player just for this film!

A sci-fi film that the whole family can enjoy, cheesy but it doesn't take itself seriously and there are some great one-liners.

A forgotten gem crying out for Region 2 release.


Forgotten Voices of the Falklands: The Real Story of the Falklands War: The Real Story of the Falklands War in the Words of Those Who Were There
Forgotten Voices of the Falklands: The Real Story of the Falklands War: The Real Story of the Falklands War in the Words of Those Who Were There
by Hugh McManners
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £19.99

6 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor example of the Forgotten Voices series, 29 May 2007
This is a classic example of how not to write a book in the Forgotten Voices series.

When around half way through reading, I was puzzled why I thought this book didn't "feel" right. I then realised that there was not one comment from an ordinary UK soldier/sailor/airman.

Flicking through the book I saw Major this, General that, Captain this, Colonel that. As a result, the difference between this and other books in the series is striking. It reads like a tactical overview of the conflict rather than an in the trenches one.

Of all the thousands involved, it is the officer classes that are included, again and again. I am not interested in an officer sat behind the lines, I want to know how the ordinary serviceman fought and died on both sides of the conflict.

Ironically it is left to an Argentine Private to decribe what life was like during the conflict, our own Privates appear to have been silenced in favour of the officers to present their version of the truth.

Go and read other books in the Forgotten series, skip this one.


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