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ROCCAT Kone XTD Max Customization Gaming Mouse (ROC-11-810)
ROCCAT Kone XTD Max Customization Gaming Mouse (ROC-11-810)
Price: 59.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Very good mouse, 6 April 2014
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- Fantastic tracking from optical sensor
- Very high level of customisation
- Light effects are gimmicky but very nice
- Good size for most hand sizes
- Mouse buttons not too sensitive - just the right amount
- Good glide
- Good grip but not sticky
- Thumb buttons well positioned

- Scroll wheel is a little heavy (you do get used to it)
- On the down scroll the wheel catches the plus DPI button. Doesn't press the button but does click a little which is not awful but is noticable
- Drivers don't download properly automatically - have to download from website
- Big logos all over the mouse as though you don't know what you bought

Excellent peripheral with a high amount of customisation available. Well worth a purchase for a gamer or just for someone who wants a high quality mouse

Game of Thrones - Season 1-3 [Blu-ray] [2014] [Region Free]
Game of Thrones - Season 1-3 [Blu-ray] [2014] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Peter Dinklage
Price: 55.00

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great show, imperfect package, 14 Mar 2014
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The show is phenomenal - well written, true to an excellent series of books, and very well presented.

Having said this, blu ray disks are supposed to be 4 times as large as DVD disks. Why then do some of these disks have ONE EPISODE on them? I'm very disappointed at this - each disk could hold half or maybe even a full season of this show, but they pack it with special features. Those who want special features will seek them on separate disks without having to sacrifice space for episodes.

This isn't to dissuade from buying it - it is the only option and it is a brilliant show - but a plea to those putting shows on blu ray to stop this practice - I buy blu rays partially so that I don't have to get up and change the disk every couple of episodes. I am disappointed with the way they have done this.

Sades 3.5mm Stereo Gaming Headset for PC Laptop (Green)
Sades 3.5mm Stereo Gaming Headset for PC Laptop (Green)
Offered by Senhai
Price: 12.70

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for the price, 15 Feb 2014
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For less than 15, I was impressed with the product. I bought these to replace my Turtle Beach X11s and, while the quality doesn't even compare, it was a cheap product that I could receive quickly.

I'll give it the big thumbs up first. The sound quality is fantastic for a budget product with no USB connector (just a headphone jack and a microphone jack), which is a big plus for me. There is enough bass for a relatively good effect but not too much that it's overpowering. This product is really better for music than for extended gaming periods - this will not improve your gameplay or awareness unless you have never experienced gaming with a headset before, in which case I would probably recommend it as an entry headset for you to get a feel for it. There is also no hiss that you get with the low end USB headsets.

The plastic on the side looks quite cheap but all things considered, it is a nice looking headset and the material is relatively strong (my Turtle Beach product's earpiece snapped off so it was a must to get some earpieces that were a bit thicker and more durable).

The earmuffs are covered with a leather-feel plastic that does leave your ears feeling pretty heated. On the inside of the earpieces, the meshed cover for the speakers has no filling so your ears go right press right against the plastic inside, which gets very uncomfortable quite quickly. The cuffs fit around medium sized ears but bigger ears and this may be a bit of an issue.

The headband does adjust easily and the pressure you feel when you first put the headset on does go away within an hour or two. It is lightweight as well.

The microphone is fine. I haven't used it to speak with anyone yet, but on a quick soundtest using my own limited quality video player, it comes through loud and clear, but some reviews have said it is a failing of the headset. It flips down and rests just below your eyeline, which is exactly where you want it to be. As I'm sure you can see in the product photos, it also flips up which looks good with the rest of the product.

If you have some spare pounds down the back of your couch, I'd recommend going for something a little more expensive such as a low end set of Turtle Beaches or (from what I've seen from the specs) some Corsair 1400s.

It does all look doom and gloom, but as the rating suggests, it is still a good buy. In terms of sound quality you really do get more than you pay for. This is just compensated for by a sacrifice to comfort.

HTC One Mini (M4) Wave Series Slim GEL Case Cover Includes Touch Screen Stylus ScreenProtector and Polishing Cloth
HTC One Mini (M4) Wave Series Slim GEL Case Cover Includes Touch Screen Stylus ScreenProtector and Polishing Cloth
Offered by MGT Group
Price: 11.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Alright product, 14 Jan 2014
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Offers decent protection - I've dropped my phone a couple of times and it isn't damaged (I'm pretty clumsy). Keep having to lift the sides of the case so that I can re-stick the screen protector down though. Be aware, this becomes an every time you want to use the phone kind of deal and is extremely annoying

Game of Thrones Map of Westeros Stacking Mugs (set of 3)
Game of Thrones Map of Westeros Stacking Mugs (set of 3)
Offered by GAMEFORCE
Price: 21.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad at all, 14 Jan 2014
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Good looking mugs, though the map's colour is a little faded and the detail is a bit fuzzy. The three mugs each a have different house sigil on - Stark, Baratheon and Lannister. Attractive piece and a good buy to watch the show in comfort with.

Game of Thrones Card Game (HBO Ed.)
Game of Thrones Card Game (HBO Ed.)
Price: 21.85

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Rather confusing, 29 Dec 2013
= Fun:3.0 out of 5 stars 
This game is very confusing. It seems to be a Game of Thrones Yu-Gi-Oh adaptation that is quite complex. To work out how to play, don't bother with the long winded and incomplete instruction manual. I watched this video: [...] and it explained it a bit better.

Very confusing but once it gets going I'm sure it'll be pretty fun. Just need to get the ball rolling.

Elementary - Season 1 [DVD]
Elementary - Season 1 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jonny Lee Miller
Price: 18.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Different and enjoyable, 2 Dec 2013
This review is from: Elementary - Season 1 [DVD] (DVD)
I really enjoyed this new take on Sherlock Holmes and the back stories of both of the main characters. I found it quite rewarding to watch and never dull. Holmes is played fantastically in this and, pitted against Cumberpatch's rendition of the timeless hero, I would certainly endorse this Sherlock.

Wireless N Network Adaptor (Xbox 360)
Wireless N Network Adaptor (Xbox 360)
Offered by Perks
Price: 57.95

2.0 out of 5 stars Convenient but stick to ethernet, 15 Sep 2013
While this has made my life quite easy short-term, the intermittent signals make it a nightmare to live with. Blipping in and out during video games, disconnecting in the middle of movies, this thing has make me more than frustrated on so many occasions. I'd recommend buying a 20 meter ethernet cable and running it through your walls as it'll save you some very annoying moments.

Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Blacklist - Standard Edition (Xbox 360)
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Blacklist - Standard Edition (Xbox 360)
Price: 11.99

4.0 out of 5 stars A step forward with a few issues, 15 Sep 2013
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
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I was very excited about this game - new Splinter Cell gameplay with old Splinter Cell stealth. It does deliver...for the most part. I'm just going to run through some of the key points:

This game plays very well. Like Conviction, it is certainly geared towards fluidity and Ubisoft has used its Assassins Creed experience to create a toned down, grittier version of the free running system from the games (with the same problems of jumping in the wrong direction when you least want it to). It works very well in this context and makes sneaking up on people very rewarding. This game is not as constrained by the slow-paced stealth of last-gen Splinter Cells. While using shadows is still useful, it is not always necessary to avoid detection when you are hiding in the light but out of sight (which is a good job as there is a major shortage of shadows in this game compared to prior SCs). It is a little unusual that enemies won't realise there shouldn't be a big person-shaped shadow squatting from around the corner but it is a start. They have removed Conviction's black-and-white shadow system for a more subtle glowing light on Sam's back, which works in this game but I'm disappointed to see that well-built system go to waste. A major point that I was noticing throughout the game was being able to run at people when not in their direct sightline and knock them out. Probably to make it easier for novice players (and I'm sure not a factor in higher difficulties), this was satisfying if a little bit too easy.

Customising Sam is excellent - massive leaps forward from Conviction and really enjoyable to put your own spin on Sam's look, with a return and massive expansion of customisable weapons, gadgets and costume. A new addition was upgrading Sam's goggles, though this game never really encourages the use of these. I was quite disappointed with this fact, but the option is there to make it easier using the improved sonar system.

Now the characters. I was part of the choral outcry about the loss of Ironside with everyone else, and didn't trust the reviewers who said 'it's not that big of a deal', but honestly it's not. At the start, it won't feel like Sam because you'll be thinking 'well his voice is terrible', but the actor did come into his own during the game. Not to say I didn't miss the gruff voice of the SC veteran, but it didn't impede my ability to enjoy. Grim is still Grim - a forgettable yet everpresent and necessary feature in the game. The new characters are quite weak - the CIA addition to the team is a bit pathetic and soppy and the computer tech acts like a moron but does have a couple of funny moments. The villain was a strong addition, though a little bit too Bond-villain esque and a cliche. Having said that, he was an enjoyable villain that I could really take an interest in. The best written and best acted character did come from a surprise appearance from Sam's past acquaintances, who I found very funny and would certainly welcome back in the next installment.

Using the plane as an interface and being able to speak with all of the characters after each mission was an engaging step, but was clearly ripped right out of Mass Effect's book and I found myself just wishing there was an option to see everyone's conversation after each mission and then just get on with the next part of the game. It did, however, offer up a couple of fun little missions that again screamed homage to Bioware's giant, though I can't say it was a bad thing and these set pieces were executed quite well.

Side missions are basically a repackaged version of Conviction's bonus missions (Hunter etc.), but are done quite well and do have the option to play coop splitscreen or online. Each team member offers different side missions which are all the same thing, but on different maps. This is not a bad thing by any means and do stretch the run time of the game a few hours. The main gripe I did find was the lack of checkpoints on Grim's missions, in which you're not allowed to be detected. On one of the missions, this made for an incredibly frustrating few retries, where I'd have to replay an entire mission because I was caught near the end.

Online play is fun and engaging, with the glorious return of Spies v Mercs. I haven't played the online much yet, but I'm sure it can satisfy many hours of play. It is quite disappointing that the game isn't popular enough to make large teams with your friends, but this can't be blamed on the video game itself.

An excellent return to form with a strong stealth focus paves a hearty welcome back to Splinter Cell. While I very much enjoyed Conviction, it always felt more like a 24 game in my opinion, while this installment feels far more like how that game should have been. With a good mix of the new mechanics of Conviction and the focus on rewarding stealth gameplay that made the old games famous, Blacklist bridges the gap between the Splinter Cell veteran and those who enjoyed Conviction. By far the biggest Splinter Cell to date, I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed this game, despite some extremely frustrating moments. Easy to pick up and satisfying to play, I would certainly recommend the game. I had hoped for a little more and the final product isn't by any means perfect, but I do look forward to upcoming installments now that Ubisoft has introduced this as the benchmark for new Splinter Cell gameplay with more than just a nod to its stealth roots.

SSX (Xbox 360)
SSX (Xbox 360)
Offered by Korte-EDV Internetmarketing & Vertrieb, Preise inkl. MwSt.
Price: 4.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars NEEDS to be played with friends, 21 Aug 2012
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
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This review is from: SSX (Xbox 360) (Video Game)
This game is excellent. Very reminiscent of the old SSX Tricky. Extreme tricks, easy to pull off, and generally brilliant.

Nevertheless, do not buy this game if you are forever alone. This MUST be played with friends (either in the room or online) to get anything out of it. It it still fun, but it's not nearly as fun if you don't have quite a few online friends who have this game or physical friends willing to come and play it.

As for the game itself, it's excellent fun. Not much else to be said - easy to pick up and play, east to fill gaps. Extreme, easy tricks make you feel like a professional when you play it. But it's excellent, definitely would recommend this.

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