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LG 32LH3000 32-inch Widescreen Full HD 1080p LCD TV with Freeview - Black
LG 32LH3000 32-inch Widescreen Full HD 1080p LCD TV with Freeview - Black

147 of 150 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for gaming, 8 Aug. 2009
OK - I can't talk about the digital TV features, since I'm just using it for gaming. What I can say, though, is that if you're looking for a high-contrast, high-resolution panel which is the perfect size for computer games, you need look no further.

There's two major advantages this TV has; firstly, its 50,000:1 contrast ratio, which means that white areas on the screen are fifty thousand times brighter than black areas. Cheaper 32" sets tend to be much lower, around 18,000:1 or even below 1000:1 for the supermarket resales. The higher ratio on this set gives the picture a lot more depth.

Its second advantage is its 1920x1080 resolution. Many TV sets are marketed as 'HD Ready' or 'Full HD' - what you need to look for is the actual resolution, and this set has pixels in spades. It also has LG's 'XD Engine' chipset to clean up and improve picture quality, but if you're using this to play games on you want to turn it off and get your console to scale the image instead - the Xbox 360 has the ANA chip for exactly this purpose, and it's a lot faster and less laggy. Game Mode is there for exactly this purpose.

Other features? Well, it has a nice Picture Wizard setting tuning menu, which helps you to set the picture up just how you like it; the base has a pixot in the middle to let you turn the screen up to about 20' in either direction, which is helpful. It also has an on/off switch as well as a standby button for the energy-conscious among us, and an energy-saving mode too. The speakers are great but a tiny bit lacking in the lower-end - add a 2.1 speaker system for £40 if you're gaming or watching films - but then again, this is a lot better than my subwoofer at keeping the neighbours happy!

I paid £370 for this TV in August 2009; I've given it a thorough going-over, and I can say that it's definately a bargain. Quality-wise, it outperforms everything else under £450, and it's easy to use to boot. Buy it!
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Seven Ancient Wonders (Jack West Junior 1)
Seven Ancient Wonders (Jack West Junior 1)
by Matthew Reilly
Edition: Paperback

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not up to his usual standard, 18 April 2007
I've read all of Matthew Reilly's books except Contest, so I feel he needs some defending.

MR books are not written to be realistic, serious thrillers; they're written for people who think action films spend too much time talking (which, let's face it, is all of us). His books are one long gunfight from start to finish with a few racing bits thrown in for good measure. Realism is cast out the window in favour of cool stunts.

In the past, this has worked very well - in Ice Station and Temple, for instance, you could write the science off as no worse than The Day After Tomorrow and enjoy some fantastic action sequences. Here, though, there's just too much stupidity. The science is much worse than even Scarecrow and the plotline really is pathetic, even by his not-overly-demanding standards.

Worse still, even the action suffers. While his use of ellipses, italics and capitals to denote suspense or action has always been a minor irritation, it is stepped up to a frankly disgusting point here. So, too, are the maps of each battlefield; previously annoying, here they crop up with depressing regularity, even where the situation described isn't complicated enough to require them.

The plot, as I mentioned, has suffered; his propensity for using children for no reason other than "action films do it" here becomes especially frustrating, and the enforced good-guy-ness of every hero character turns sour after the ninth merc-with-a-heart-of-gold.

The worst thing is, he needn't have done this. He could have left out the worst of the science and the more stupid of the situations, cut down on the characters and the sci-fi idiocy, and tightened up the action, all while keeping his professed "aim" of having an Indiana Jones / modern action film hybrid. Except he already has, and he called it Temple. It's much better.

Hopefully he'll get back to his original style now, after this travesty.

by Michael Marshall Smith
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, brutal and dark all at once, 21 Aug. 2004
This review is from: Spares (Paperback)
I had read "Only Forward" and "One Of Us" before I bought Spares for 25p out of a bargain bin at my local library (sorry, Amazon), and "SPares" definately did not disappoint me.
As with the other two MMS novels I've read, "Spares" starts off setting an amusing, dark and crime-ridden scene, before introducing the inexplicably likeable hero, and continues in this vein for about half the book.
Then, still in pattern, it delves into a much, much stranger kind of novel, one with wonderful similes and atmospheric adjectives, but nevertheless very dark and brutal to read. In "Spares" this stage takes place in the Gap, a Vietnam-like land, where the central character served time when he was about 22, killing while on hard drugs.
MMS seems to have a talent for this kind of description - while the Gap, Jeamland and the strange ideas from "One Of Us" are all bizarre and twisted, there is something in the idea that you end up feeling an affinity for.
Sadly, and this is perhaps the only negative point I have about the novel, most of the humour also goes with the change of pace (except for one page which had me in hysterics, in the middle of an especially unfunny segment - but it worked, nonetheless). This is a pity, since MMS's humour is some of the best I've ever read, but the book still works without it.
In short, it might be a better idea to buy "Only Forward" before "Spares", but you will love it anyway. I did.

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