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Zalman ZM-NC1500-B Notebook Cooler
Zalman ZM-NC1500-B Notebook Cooler

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not really big enough for 17" laptops, 28 Jun. 2010
This is a great cooler, but the Amazon info is somewhat misleading as for the identical silver version, 15" is the maximum recommended size. The width of any 17" screen (4:3 or widescreen, not including edges of the laptop) is at least 4.5cm wider than this cooler, so for widescreen laptops 17" and upwards you'd be better off with one of the higher spec Zalman coolers , the NC2000, the ZM-NC2500 Plus with integrated hard drive enclosure (not yet released in UK), or the ZM-NC3000S.


GM-1520 Dual Stick Gamepad (PC/PS2)
GM-1520 Dual Stick Gamepad (PC/PS2)

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cheap PC Street Fighter pad, 31 May 2010
The XBOX Controller is not ideal for Street Fighter IV as the D-Pad is pretty poor making special moves difficult- the D-Pad on the Trust Dual Stick "Predator" on the otherhand is excellent, up there with the old Sega Genesis pad, making special moves about 5x as easy to do than the XBOX controller. The pad is made from smooth plastic that feels cool and comfortable with all buttons easily accessible. It is availiable in four colours, transparent green, blue, grey, or opaque black/red. The analogue sticks are slightly more sprung and a tad less sensitive than those on the XBOX controller, but are still useful for SF moves. The Macro and Turbo functions are essentially gimmicks, Turbo is really pointless unless you're playing an old style shoot em up, and Macro doesn't seem to really work well for any special moves. To sum up, if you're looking for a cheap alternative to the Mad Catz fightpads at 2x the price, these are probably the best bargain fightpads out there.


Trust Dual Stick Gamepad - Blue GM-1520T
Trust Dual Stick Gamepad - Blue GM-1520T

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cheap PC Street Fighter pad, 29 May 2010
The XBOX Controller is not ideal for Street Fighter IV as the D-Pad is pretty poor making special moves difficult if not impossible - the D-Pad on the Trust Dual Stick "Predator" on the otherhand is excellent, up there with the old Sega Genesis pad, making special moves about 5x as easy to do than the XBOX controller. The pad is made from smooth tinted plastic (availiable in green, blue, grey, or non seethrough black/red), feels cool and comfortable with all buttons easily accessible. The analogue sticks are slightly more sprung and a tad less sensitive than those on the XBOX controller, but are still useful for SF moves. The Macro and Turbo functions are gimmicks really, Turbo is pointless unless you're on an old style shoot em up, Macro doesn't seem to really work well for any special moves. To sum up, if you're looking for a cheap alternative to the Mad Catz fightpads (2x the price), this is probably the best bargain fightpad out there.


Trust Dual Stick Gamepad - Transparent GM-1520T
Trust Dual Stick Gamepad - Transparent GM-1520T

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cheap PC Street Fighter pad, 29 May 2010
The XBOX Controller is not ideal for Street Fighter IV as the D-Pad is pretty poor making special moves difficult if not impossible - the D-Pad on the Trust Dual Stick "Predator" on the otherhand is excellent, up there with the old Sega Genesis pad, making special moves about 5x as easy to do than the XBOX controller. The pad is made from smooth tinted plastic (availiable in green, blue, grey, or non seethrough black/red), feels cool and comfortable with all buttons easily accessible. The analogue sticks are slightly more sprung and a tad less sensitive than those on the XBOX controller, but are still useful for SF moves. The Macro and Turbo functions are gimmicks really, Turbo is pointless unless you're on an old style shoot em up, Macro doesn't seem to really work well for any special moves. To sum up, if you're looking for a cheap alternative to the Mad Catz fightpads (2x the price), this is probably the best bargain fightpad out there.
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Trust Dual Stick Gamepad - Green GM-1520T
Trust Dual Stick Gamepad - Green GM-1520T

4.0 out of 5 stars Cheap PC Street Fighter pad, 23 May 2010
The XBOX Controller is not ideal for Street Fighter IV as the D-Pad is pretty poor making special moves difficult- the D-Pad on the Trust Dual Stick "Predator" on the otherhand is excellent, up there with the old Sega Genesis pad, making special moves about 5x as easy to do than the XBOX controller. The pad is made from smooth tinted plastic (availiable in green, blue, grey, or non seethrough black/red), feels cool and comfortable with all buttons easily accessible. The analogue sticks are slightly more sprung and a tad less sensitive than those on the XBOX controller, but are still useful for SF moves. The Macro and Turbo functions are gimmicks really, Turbo is pointless unless you're on an old style shoot em up, Macro doesn't seem to really work well for any special moves. To sum up, if you're looking for a cheap alternative to the Mad Catz fightpads (2x the price), this is probably the best bargain fightpad out there.


Rainbow Shockforce Gamepad - Silver (PC)
Rainbow Shockforce Gamepad - Silver (PC)

2.0 out of 5 stars Quality Control & Driver problems, 7 Feb. 2010
At first sight these look good quality- they have an attractive silver finish and the shape and layout of the buttons and sticks feels comfortable. Unfortunately in actually using the pad, things started to go downhill- the buttons felt very 'clangy', and lo behold after just a few hours of playing, one of the shoulder buttons started to stick and required repeated pressing to make it pop out again. To add to that, there is a problem with the drivers in Windows 7 which cause every game to throw up a "this game has not shutdown properly" popup, even though it does seem to have shut down OK. It could be that I've been unlucky and just got a duff item, as very similar Hama pads do get some good reviews (on Amazon Germany, the Hama PC-Gamepad "Double Action Air Grip" and the Hama PC-USB-Gamepad "Whitestorm"), however, a significant number of users there also seem to have encountered quality control and driver issues.


Rainbow Shockforce Gamepad - Black (PC)
Rainbow Shockforce Gamepad - Black (PC)

2.0 out of 5 stars Quality Control & Driver problems, 7 Feb. 2010
At first sight these look good quality- they have an attractive black rubber finish and the shape and layout of the buttons and sticks feels comfortable. Unfortunately in actually using the pad, things started to go downhill- the buttons felt very 'clangy', and lo behold after just a few hours of playing, one of the shoulder buttons started to stick and required repeated pressing to make it pop out again. To add to that, there is a problem with the drivers in Windows 7 which cause every game to throw up a "this game has not shutdown properly" popup, even though it does seem to have shut down OK. It could be that I've been unlucky and just got a duff item, as very similar Hama pads do get some good reviews (on Amazon Germany, the Hama PC-Gamepad "Double Action Air Grip" and the Hama PC-USB-Gamepad "Whitestorm"), however, a significant number of users there also seem to have encountered quality control and driver issues.


Rainbow Shockforce Duo Vibration Gamepads (PC)
Rainbow Shockforce Duo Vibration Gamepads (PC)

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Quality Control & Driver problems, 7 Feb. 2010
At first sight these look good quality- they have an attractive black rubber finish and the shape and layout of the buttons and sticks feels comfortable. Unfortunately in actually using the pad, things started to go downhill- the buttons felt very 'clangy', and lo behold after just a few hours of playing, one of the shoulder buttons started to stick and required repeated pressing to make it pop out again. To add to that, there is a problem with the drivers in Windows 7 which cause every game to throw up a "this game has not shutdown properly" popup, even though it does seem to have shut down OK. It could be that I've been unlucky and just got a duff item, as very similar Hama pads do get some good reviews (on Amazon Germany, the Hama PC-Gamepad "Double Action Air Grip" and the Hama PC-USB-Gamepad "Whitestorm"), however, a significant number of users there also seem to have encountered quality control and driver issues.


Profigold PGA3302 CI 3.5mm Jack lead 1.2 Metres
Profigold PGA3302 CI 3.5mm Jack lead 1.2 Metres

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very high quality, 1 May 2009
This is a very high quality cable with 99.96% oxygen free separate bonded cable for each channel (l,r)- although 1.2m, the cable is very flexible and light and can be wound into a relatively small area. Connecting an ipod to a SolarDAB gives very clear sound with no hiss or interference at high volumes.


Roberts SOLARDAB-W SolarDAB Solar Powered DAB Radio wth Rechargeable Battery Pack - White
Roberts SOLARDAB-W SolarDAB Solar Powered DAB Radio wth Rechargeable Battery Pack - White

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent- and it DOES charge from the sun when turned off!, 1 May 2009
The review by soprano is actually wrong- it definitely does charge when turned off! I tested it by making sure the charge bars went down a couple of notches, turned it off and placed on a sunny windowsill, and then checked it an hour later and the battery was showing a full charge.

This really is a cute little radio, a lot smaller than it looks - 19cm x 11cm x 8cm compared to 21cm x 14.5cm x 7.2cm for the Pure One Classic. The grey parts that you see in the photo- the sides, aerial, buttons and dials are not, as I thought, grey plastic, but grey rubber which looks very stylish and the rubber on the sides acts as a grip to help you carry it around - no doubt it would help if you drop it too! The rubber will also be more resistant to scratches than glossy plastic and it also prevents the sound vibrating on whatever surface you put it on (the rubber edges protude slightly). It feels very well made, there is no wobbliness in the dials and the display is very clear and lights up when you are actually using the dial or pressing a button. Changing stations is very easy- you just turn the tuning dial and press to select the station, you can also have 10 presets for your favourites. I find the sound much clearer and brighter than the boomy/bassiness of the Pure Evoke radio which I returned, it is perhaps a little lacking in the bass area, but no doubt this would require more power which negate the advantage of the solar panel. The quality of the classical stations is not quite as good as FM due to the limited capacity on DAB, but I bought it mainly for R4, and the stations I cannot get on FM, mainly BBC 5 extra, 6 and 7 and the improved quality with BBC 5 Live and World Service over AM (you could always connect a small personal FM radio to the line in socket if needed). The display shows the name of the station and the frequency, and it will also give scrolling info on the programme that is currently on, even the particular track that is playing and what CD it is from! If you press info it will give the bitrate and whether stereo or mono, and press again it will display the time.

Using a hifi quality Profigold 3.5mm 1.2m cable I was able to connect the SolarDAB to my Ipod and it gives a very clear sound, absolutely no hiss or interference. It is necessary to turn the radio to max volume, and the ipod to half-3/4 volume to get a decent sound level. I am looking to get a solar charger for the ipod, either the Uniross Charger, or the more powerful Powermonkey Explorer so I can be fully solar sound sufficient!


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