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Brand New Machine
Brand New Machine
Price: 6.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Same, Same, but Different. Still Fantastic., 4 Nov 2013
This review is from: Brand New Machine (Audio CD)
It's fair to say that Chase and Status' new album 'Brand New Machine' is an evolution of the captivating sound that found the duo their fame. Some of the tracks certainly pay homage to the drum and base routes that captivated C&S's original audience, but the collection of tracks is so much more, infused with rock inspired rifts, neo-grime cuts, garage sound bites and rave tones. It's a clever collaboration of styles that works very well in the main and shows off the guys real talent for dance music.

Whilst Chase and Status' second general release album (No More Idols) cemented their huge fan base with a generous offering of pop chart friendly hits this new album is a little less mainstream. It still offers a number of dance anthems with lashings of melodic content that will please the masses (including general listeners and festival go-ers), but this time it feels like the guys have also concentrated on creating a larger number of more personal, pure and heavier tracks that aim to please longer serving fans.

Without giving away too much, if you're a fan of Chase and Status, cadet or veteran, then go grab this album. You'll almost certainly like it or love it.

LMP Bluetooth Keypad with 28 Keys (Standalone and Connectable with Apple Wireless Keyboard)
LMP Bluetooth Keypad with 28 Keys (Standalone and Connectable with Apple Wireless Keyboard)
Offered by eoutlet-uk
Price: 37.85

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best available and generally nice, but not quite nice enough..., 7 Nov 2012
Considering the LMP Bluetooth Keypad is specifically designed to connect to the Apple Wireless Keyboard it's a real shame that the unit wasn't designed with greater attention to detail and manufactured to a higher specification.

The unit shares the silver metallic look (and is a very close match colour-wise - although not perfect), but it's actually constructed of inferior plastic. Because of this the unit does bend a little and doesn't maintain a chiselled profile like Apple's device. The finishing on mine was also lacking, with gaps on the underside of the Keypad between the silver and the white backing plastics.

Secondly the keys are oddly designed to be a slightly different size to the Apple keys, which is visually a little off-putting when the two device are sat next to one another, but this doesn't affect the usability of the keys at all and touch-typing fingers will find the keys without any issues.

Thirdly, the font used on each key is larger than that used on the Apple Wireless Keyboard. It's also a different shade of grey and, most unfortunately, blurred!

The fourth criticism is the feel of the keys themselves. Whilst there is nothing fundamentally wrong with the practical aspect of the Keypad the keys do not share the same tight-clicked feel of the Apple Wireless Keyboard they are supposed to mimic. They feel more sloppy and less punctuated when pressed. But they function perfectly well.

Finally, the Keypad to Keyboard pairing device is a silver plastic clamp that slots around the meeting edges of the two bluetooth devices. Like the Keypad, this too is made of plastic, which is a shame as it therefore bends and does not necessarily perfect a perfect bond between the Keypad and Keyboard - less obvious when sat on a level surface, but a bit of an issue when sat on an uneven desk and especially when sat on a lap.

Otherwise the LMP Bluetooth Keypad performs its duties well and without issue. It offers a row of useful keys often missed by users of the Apple Wireless Keyboard including 'Page Up' and 'Page Down' keys, and most importantly a forward 'Delete' key (which removes characters in front of and to the right of the cursor as opposed to deleting those behind and to the left of it).

Pairing the bluetooth device with an Apple or PC device is simple enough (if sometimes slightly flawed, such as when an Apple Mac states it does not recognise the device, but actually recognises it perfectly) and as bluetooth wireless keypads go it's definitely the best match for the Apple Wireless Keyboard and, seeing as it's sold in the Apple store, is officially supported by Apple themselves.

But knowing all this just can't help but make you wonder... Why didn't Apple just make their own perfectly matching and highest quality aluminium version in the first place.

MDM05 Twin LCD Monitor Stand w/ Swivel Arm & desk clamp: twin LCD Monitors/TVs on one table
MDM05 Twin LCD Monitor Stand w/ Swivel Arm & desk clamp: twin LCD Monitors/TVs on one table
Offered by eHome
Price: 49.98

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good and well priced monitor stand., 12 Oct 2012
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Excellent item for the price. Well made and sturdy enough to hold my two 27" monitors which weight 7KG each. (I'm guessing it could hold a maximum of 2 x 10KG monitors at a push. If the monitors are any heavier they'll likely slip forward on their tilt mechanism - it isn't that well designed and slips quite easily unless done up super tight.

PLEASE BE AWARE, however, that you do not necessarily need to purchase additional long arms (as the product description mentions) if your monitors are over 24". I purchased two additional arms and neither were necessary to fit my two 27" wide screen monitors. In fact, there is approximately 3 inches space left between my two 27" monitors using the standard setup. If you wish to hang two monitors quite far apart (to serve two individuals, for example) then you may want 1 or two long arms, but otherwise they are not necessarily... necessary.

Each arm, when reaching straight out from the stands main pillar, is approximately 15" in length. So in theory the basic monitor stand can actually accept up to two 29"-30" monitors. Simply measure the width of each of your monitors to found out if they'll fit. If they are less than 30" across they should fit the basic stand fine.

Apart from that it's proved a great buy, well made and looks nice once installed. The cable management system is useful too (if a bit stiff). As a final word of advice, if your monitors are heavy it may be worth getting a second person to help you fit them to the stand as it can be a bit tricky for one person.

Outback 4465THG2 Cover to fit Elite 2 Burner Hooded BBQ
Outback 4465THG2 Cover to fit Elite 2 Burner Hooded BBQ

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Quality BBQ Cover, 25 Jun 2012
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Bought cover to replace an old Sabichi cover which had rotted. The Outback cover is of excellent quality, worth the price. It fits my 4 burner gas BBQ perfectly - so be sure to check the size rather than relying on the items misleading title that suggests it will only fit 2 burners. The cover measures: 148cm wide x 60cm deep x 110cm high. It has velcro tabs to fasten it around the bottom and half way up the cover too. All in all an excellent hard wearing product.

Super Mario 3D Land (Nintendo 3DS)
Super Mario 3D Land (Nintendo 3DS)
Price: 28.70

5.0 out of 5 stars Mario is Super once again!, 8 Dec 2011
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
More of the world's population are familiar with Super Mario than recognise Mickey Mouse and, with Nintendo's relentless drive to keep everyone's favourite plumber and his adventures fresh and exciting, it's easy to see why. Over the years Nintendo's number one mascot has tried his hand at a wide variety of talents including karting, tennis, golf, puzzle solving and even fighting to name just a few, but where Mario has always excelled is within the legendary Super Mario platform games. Super Mario has become synonymous with incredible well paced, creatively designed and extremely fun platform gaming offering an arguably unique form of gameplay that is attractive to a wide audience of novice and experienced gamers of all ages.

Super Mario 3D Land continues the trend by providing a totally new experience whilst simultaneously revisiting a number of tried and tested aspects of previous Super Mario adventures. Super Mario 3D Land could be loosely compared to an interactive montage of Super Mario Bros 3, Super Mario Land, Super Mario 64, Super Mario Galaxy and even New Super Mario Bros and Super Mario Bros Wii. The gorgeous visuals, precise control scheme, numerous items and abilities, inventive level designs and overall feel take influence from all of these superb past titles before being re-honed and strategically manipulated for Nintendo's newest glasses-free 3D handheld. Now players can interact Mario with his environment like never before and seamlessly perform otherwise tricky manoeuvres to allow our hero to run, jump, shoot and fly his way to the goal and victory!

Levels may appear short on first glance, but as progression is made through the adventure it becomes clear that there is a huge amount of objectives to achieve, which become more tricky and testing the further you advance. Each level has 3 star coins that can be hidden from immediate view or be placed in difficult to reach locations. These star coins are crucial to allow Mario access to new and undiscovered levels and worlds, although it's not imperative to gather every star coin if one is just proving too elusive or difficult to obtain. Without revealing any spoilers, there's also more to the title than simply completing the 8 worlds too, so be prepared to stay glued to your 3DS for some time!

This review couldn't possible be complete without mentioning the fantastic job Nintendo has done with bringing Bowser and his many minions to life in 3D. The colourful landscapes are awash with naughty, sometimes comical, and always loveable characters including Goombas, Koopa Troopers, Boos, Boomerang Bros and Bullet Bills alongside a library of all new villains. Without giving away too much, the boss fights with Bowser and company are extremely creative and take place both inside and outside arena styled environments. Mario must use all his abilities to beat these 3D baddies!

With each new Mario adventure Nintendo continues to demonstrate that they both invented and continue to polish the winning formula for the ultimate platform game experience. Super Mario 3D Land is the most recent example of a must-have Mario adventure that should be part of every 3DS owners collection.

Sony SRSGU10IP 2 Ch iPod & iPhone Compatible Docking Speaker (discontinued by manufacturer)
Sony SRSGU10IP 2 Ch iPod & iPhone Compatible Docking Speaker (discontinued by manufacturer)
Offered by Go-Shop Limited
Price: 53.97

262 of 266 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of a big bunch in and around its price range, 22 Sep 2010
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The decision to purchase the Sony SRSGU10IP was the result of a huge amount of research into iPod speaker docks costing from 10 - 200. Within this price range the market is flooded with speaker docks that claim to offer great sound and must-have features. However, if you are at all interested in listening to decent sounding music then the reality is that most of the speakers available will only end up offending your ears and ultimately hurting your wallet when it comes to buying the replacement. I purchased and tested a variety of speaker docks before settling for the Sony SRSGU10IP and found the Sony to offer the best combination of sound quality, visual design and iPod/iPhone focused features.

The Sony SRSGU10IP is for playing music and nothing else. It does not feature built in radio, an alarm clock or the ability to dock the iPod horizontally for movie watching. But, what it does offer is crisp, clean, warm and semi-authentic sound reproduction from it's twin speaker base ported cabinet. Unlike most of the speakers I tested in and around this price range, the Sony interprets treble, mid and bass effectively, outputting a sound that is close to that recorded - extremely well considering its amazingly low price. Many iPod/iPhone speakers I tested were incapable of successfully handling mid-range and bass notes together, and those manufacturers that boasted deep bass often seemed to provide it at the cost of a weak mid-range delivery. Not so with the Sony who's clever cabinet design outputs punchy bass tones alongside pleasing mid range and treble. The Sony also boasts a Bass Boosting feature that works well in increasing the delivery of bass heavy notes. It is worth mentioning that the Sony SRSGU10IP is not massively loud at full volume, but certainly loud enough to fill a standard sized room for any party that doesn't require a disk-spinning DJ, and more importantly at full volume it still provides well presented delivery of all music types without any unpleasant distortion. It also provides a 3.5mm headphone/aux jack input to hook up other devices other than iPod's/iPhones.

A fully functional remote control is included in the box, which allows for easy navigation of the iPod'iPhone's iTunes folders and playlists alongside volume and bass boost alterations. The face of the remote control is kept clear of all but the essential buttons making it simple to operate. It fits comfortably into your hand and provides an impressive response time between the press of a button and the iPod/iPhone responding (a problematic issue with many other iPod speaker dock remote control units). As might be expected, the Sony overrides the iPod/iPhone's sleep settings to continually display the iTunes album artwork etc. whilst the device is in use, but dimming the brightness after a few seconds without user interaction in order to consume less power and protect the iPod/iPhone display. And when the Sony is switched on at the plug, whether the device is playing music or in standby mode, the iPod/iPhone will have it's charge kept topped up.

Visual quality is important to me too, and the Sony SRSGU10IP does not disappoint in the looks department. The design is modern and minimalist, featuring a single rectangular speaker cabinet that sits firmly on a flat-plated base. The edges of the cabinet are rounded and it is covered in a deep gloss black paint that looks impressive in all lights. The base plate has a satin charcoal-grey finish and incorporates the iPod/iPhone dock, a power button, plus and minus volume keys and an 'Input' button that switches between the docked iPod/iPhone and the auxiliary 3.5mm jack port. Simplicity is the key with the Sony SRSGU10IP. Sony provide a set of docking adaptors* in the box for the majority of recent years iPod's and iPhones so that the MP3 devices sit snugly in position without putting excess stresses on the devices docking connectors.

As previously mentioned, I purchased a variety of iPod/iPhone speaker docks to test and compare and the Sony SRSGU10IP stood out as the best provider of quality music from MP3 devices. It didn't have the funky digital display of the Gear4 HouseParty4 (which was also an impressive unit, but concentrated on a louder sound delivery at the expense of authentic music reproduction), or the cool good looks of the JBL offerings (which lacked bass depth and volume in spades), but it did provide the best quality sound output across the wide range of music genres I listen to. From Dance to Rock, Hip Hop to Easy Listening, the Sony SRSGU10IP outputs a strong and well balanced delivery that is capable of suiting almost all styles of musical preference.

Nobody would expect sound quality rivaling a top-end component Hi-Fi rack for anywhere near this price range, but If you care about your music and want to enjoy it day-in, day-out, the Sony SRSGU10IP is the best of a very big bunch. Given the very low price for something offering this level of quality it is easy to crown the Sony SRSGU10IP the ultimate iPod/iPhone docking speaker within this price range. In fact I think you will be hard pushed to find anything to beat it at less than 200.

As it is not stated on the packaging, it is also worth mentioning that the Sony SRSGU10IP does work flawlessly with the Apple iPhone 4, and should therefore work with the new iPod Touch that has just been launched (September 2010).

*One of the provided docking connector adaptors fits the new iPhone 4 perfectly.
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Darksiders (PS3)
Darksiders (PS3)
Offered by b68solutions
Price: 9.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Astonishingly good in almost everyway!, 10 Jun 2010
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Darksiders (PS3) (Video Game)
Darksiders is one of those titles (of which there are very few) that just keeps on getting better, and even hard-to-please gamers like me find themselves playing for hours on end, and coming back for more. Having been a gamer since 1988, and owned a games shop, I have seen and experienced just about everything games have to offer, and frankly, titles that excite the masses usually don't do much to get my pulse racing. At best I really enjoy one game a year and Darksiders has proved to be that game! It is immense, in size, re-play value, story, visual design and in overall game design. It's dark, beautiful, clever, feels intuitive to control and navigate, it's challenging but rarely leaves you stuck for long, the creatures are varied and the bosses magnificent!

The story is fantastic and really shines through as you play through each new area, meeting new characters, many of whom are directly linked to the games plot-line and so pop-up in person or conversation at later stages of the game. The Battle system is very satisfying, allowing you to pull off combos and special attacks with ease, whilst also offering you the ability to buy and learn new powers from Vulgrim - a traveling salesman from the depths of the underworld. The power-ups come at a good pace and new abilities change the way you can scale the environments, which keeps each area of the map fresh and entertaining. The dungeons and their puzzles are incredibly clever and, for the most part, very enjoyable. The amount of game design that has gone into this new title is astounding!

Even the voice acting is fantastic and lip-syncs with the characters almost flawlessly. The artwork is excellent and the sound effects and music are also extremely good. Now the negatives - which are few, and certainly should not stop you buying this title. The game can become a little 'slow' in a few certain places. By slow, I mean: Slow to get where you want to get to if having to run back through a completed area to reach your destination (not frequent, but it does happen a couple of times). Slow, in that your progress can sometimes become a little hampered due to a very intelligent (and by intelligent, I mean tricky) puzzle design, though once you throw yourself into solving the puzzle you really enjoy it! And slow in that there are some frame rate issues at times that do slow the game a little, but nothing serious.

This really is a 9.5/10 title that I can't recommend highly enough. It's that good.

Get Scraped
Get Scraped
Price: 7.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Extremely satisfying sounds, 12 Jun 2009
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This review is from: Get Scraped (MP3 Download)
Deadmau5 has proved his worth once again with the release of "Deadmau5 : Get Scraped". The Canadian born award winning DJ and Producer truly impresses with fifteen tracks of electro house and progressive house. The medley of tracks maintain an always evolving mixing pot of inspiring accents including seducing vocals, sensual instrumentals and progressive beats.

"Intelstat" (complete with G.I.T.S. samples), "8bit" and "Try Again" are punchy and creative tracks that display successful experimental flair whilst "Unspecial Effects", "Waking up from the American Dream" and "Careless" provide graceful melodies and an enchanting ambience. The combination of well written and tightly produced scores have created something very special. Sheer brilliance.

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