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Original Zippo Lighter - Black Matte
Original Zippo Lighter - Black Matte
Offered by K Direct
Price: £13.35

5.0 out of 5 stars Not A Fake, 18 Mar. 2015
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It's the real deal.


Sonos PLAY:1 Black - The Wireless Hi-Fi
Sonos PLAY:1 Black - The Wireless Hi-Fi
Price: £169.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Sound, Quality And Set Up, But Software Can Irritate, 18 Mar. 2015
Absolutely perfect for a double or single room, but you're going to want more than 1 for a lounge etc.

Sound is pretty excellent, and while the speaker is smaller than you expect, it's WEIGHTY and feels incredibly well built.

For the brilliance and genuine easy of use, the software is...sometimes frustrating.

Little things irritate me - like once you're set up on your wireless at home, if you take it to another house or venue and basically switch the wifi source, it can be a pain to get the Sonos recognized by the app again, it just doesn't "see" the speaker, no matter how many times you reset and sync.

And when it finds it again, you have to "re-register" via your email address through app, but then you dont get any message or error or an email regarding your account...it's weird and just confusing at times.

And for some reason, you cant stream YouTube, which is just...baffling, but Sonos know that the public are screaming for that and are APPARENTLY working on it.


TW Steel Unisex Quartz Watch with Beige Dial Chronograph Display and Brown Leather StrapTW5R
TW Steel Unisex Quartz Watch with Beige Dial Chronograph Display and Brown Leather StrapTW5R
Price: £210.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Love the styling and how solid this watch feels, 6 Feb. 2015
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Love the styling and how solid this watch feels. The face is nice and big - causes people to joke that they'd ask you for the time but they saw your watch from miles away.

Strap is sheer quality after a good 1.5 years of use almost daily, no cracking etc. Sure, it's naturally formed a bit of a "Z" around the hole used most, but that's always going to happen.

The round cover on the side exposes the...pin or whatever you want to call it that alters the time and date etc. However this cover, if not cleaned now and then, can get stiff and feels like you're grinding metal when unscrewing it. You're not grinding metal, it's just dirty and needs cleaning out. The o-ring inside ensures water tightness.

Beautifuly made, well balanced, solid and "chunky" watch - there are more stylish ones out there - but my only gripe would be the price. I got this for less than £200, and feel in no way is it worth £300+.


Grunwerg Bamboo Carving Board CB-4836BMB
Grunwerg Bamboo Carving Board CB-4836BMB
Offered by Cutting Edge Cookware
Price: £36.99

5.0 out of 5 stars You can store the spiked disc underneath the board, ..., 6 Feb. 2015
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You can store the spiked disc underneath the board, genius.

Perfectly sized for roast chickens or joints, and the drainage works really well.


Neptune Giftware Mens Black Leather Double Strap & Black & Brown Coloured Cords Leather Bracelet / Leather Wristband / Surf Bracelet - 88
Neptune Giftware Mens Black Leather Double Strap & Black & Brown Coloured Cords Leather Bracelet / Leather Wristband / Surf Bracelet - 88
Offered by Cygnet Gifts
Price: £2.99

1.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother, 6 Feb. 2015
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Strap broke after maybe 3 days of wearing it.

Useless.


Clarks Novato Zip, Men Boots, Brown (Brown Leather), 12 UK (47 EU)
Clarks Novato Zip, Men Boots, Brown (Brown Leather), 12 UK (47 EU)

4.0 out of 5 stars Sizing Nightmare, 6 Feb. 2015
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Size 12 gives me a surprising amount of movement - very, very close to being too big but nothing I guess a bit of tailoring and inserts can't solve.

Ordered a size 11 as well, and the 11s are like skin-tight so I'm sending them back. As usual, for men there's no such thing as 11.5 which would be PERFECT. Go equality between men and women's choice hey?

Also it seems that the zip can easily catch on itself (the zip material that lines inside), I suspect it MAY be an issue in time - one harsh yank and ruined, so it takes about as long to zip up at times as it does to tie a normal shoelace.

There's also almost no padding inside. In fact scratch that, THERE IS NO PADDING INSIDE. So without adding your own, they're a little harsh on your feet. No doubt this will get better in time as you wear them in but...I dunno. I've never owned boots before so maybe this is all standard.

But my god these are stylish.


Assassin's Creed Unity (PS4)
Assassin's Creed Unity (PS4)
Offered by Bargain Games UK
Price: £26.98

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3.0 out of 5 stars Patch 4 Changes Everything, 21 Nov. 2014
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Oh dear.

Ubisoft clearly needs a break on AC, but unfortunately the fat cats and quartelry budgets clearly won't let them.

Ubisoft are truly become the new EA - they are releasing unfinished games consistently. We shouldn't be paying for a release they just "patch" later once they have our money.

But anyway, the elephant in the room: this game runs so...incedibly poorly on PS4. Just...shocking. Not only did they say 60 FPS at E3, but they reduced it to 30 FPS for "parity" between consoles.

Well, we ain't seein' any of that Ubisoft. The PS4 version runs at 30 FPS maybe 30 or 40% of the time. The drops and constant jutters and general feel of "lag" is just unbearable. Some areas of the map are fine, enter an area where the crowd kicks in to represent a crucial event in the French Revolution, burning flags etc, and WOW, 10 FPS anyone?

Ubisoft have publically announced they have run tests on the crowds and discovered they are not affecting the game in any way performance wise. Funny, considering when the crowds are small the game runs completely fine.

The map is now in 3D and granted is absolutely massive, like impressively so, but you know somethings is VERY, VERY WRONG with your coding when the map causes a drop in FPS. Seriously, open the map and it's nice and smooth. Zoom the max distance out and it becomes laughably laggy due to the FPS drop.

A lot of people are annoyed that the game has gone backwards - it's far more like the first game, where you couldn't actually...do much in combat.

They're removed the ability to use your hidden blade in combat. You can't even go hand-to-hand anymore and disarm - something that has always been cool about the series.

Infuriating, ridiculous decisions like no longer being able to human-shield from guards shooting you. So what have they done? Given EVERY guard a gun they can use whenever during combat. The only way to get out of them shooting you is to time a dodging roll. Ridiculous decision. Add to that, ANY gaurd can kill you out right in just 2 or 3 hits. Fair enough, add the challenge and "vulnerability" to a new character to make it more "realistic", but don't get cheap and add in un-dodgeable rifle shots that are barely televised to you, so you see the shots coming maybe 10% of the time.

It's like Ubisoft have gone "We have no new ideas. Let's go back to our roots with a "reboot" like people are doing in the movies, as they're seeing awesome success." Fail Ubisoft. Just fail. Games are interactive.

Stupid UI decisions like prompts popping up saying "you have unspent skill points" or "database has been updated" every 2 seconds, even when the system demands you save the skill points up to unlock new abilities. Leave just 1 point un-used and get barraged by prompts the entire time. And the best part? The prompt screen fits 100% perfectly over all the other prompts in the game DURING MISSIONS. So say you pick up an item for a murder mystery, it shows you the description in the bottom right you NEED TO READ, and a split second later, BAM, "Database is updated" or whatever overlays on top of it for like 20 seconds.

What idiot invented this UI?

The game just screams "untested".

Don't even get me started on the crowd glitches through walls, running on the spot (even the main character does this, mainly on ropes you run across), Michael Jackson leans and more.

Ubisoft, as of today, are on massive fire control. They're saying things like "we've found an issue we didn't find in our own testing", something about how the CPU cores list or prioritize lines of code, causing slowdowns and bottlenecking. ***lshit Ubisoft. Absolute lie.

You ran out of time, and as Watch Dogs proved, you're rubbish at coding.

What baffles me, is how they can release 2 shoddy games in a row, and then come out with Far Cry 4 a week later that runs awesomely and is a truly fantastic, MASSIVE game.

Wake up Ubisoft. Stop trying to release a game every year in a series, you seriously need a break.

The best games come from the likes of Bioware and Valve etc. Why? Because they take 4-5 YEARS to make, not less than 12 sodding months.

[UPDATE]

So a good month after the game's release, Ubisoft have come out with the 4th patch. That's right, 4th.

A monstrous 6-7GB update that, and I'm not joking here, REBUILDS large portions of the map. Yes. An almost 7GB patch that strips away parts of the map in the engine and replaces them. That's how broken and un-finished this game was at release. They've literally rebuilt large portions of the map.

The result? Well. Almost a success. Framerate still dips and chugs at times, seemingly when you die in an area and re-load in to it, but, for the most part now...it's definitely acceptable. No more framerate plummets when you get closer to large rioting crowds that's for sure.

They also seemed to have reduced the pop-in, but it's still there. This is clearly a new engine and I'm sure they'll iron out more issues, but the game is certainly playable now.


Captives
Captives

5.0 out of 5 stars The UK's Answer To Paramore., 3 Mar. 2014
This review is from: Captives (Audio CD)
With the amazing lung capacity and vocal talents of Katy Jackson, who knew a band from Essex could give the great Paramore a run for their money in the relatively small pool of female-lead rock bands. THT are heavier, but still maintain their pop-rock feel.

The comparisons between THT and Paramore will always be inevitable, and Paramore certainly win on the mainstream front; they're just a far, far bigger and more popular band.

But THT are the underdogs I would always bet on, and have in the past 2 or 3 years placed themselves up there in my list of favourite bands.

I was pointed to their first album, Glory Days, after first hearing their single "We Will Be Singing" on the UK's Kerrang Radio charts. While Glory Days was punky and cheeky, Katy's vocals won me over completely, as did the band themselves after watching some interviews.

If Glory Days was punky and cheeky, Captives is a much more mature effort, and personally I feel a direction THT should stick with. Captives is packed with what I would describe as more anthems than punk rock, the kind of songs you can see the crowd singing choruses right back to the band at gigs. Almost every song has a chorus that feels deliberately slowed down, making it feel more like an anthem to me.

Captives, Heartsick, If You're Going Down and War Cry are standout songs for me, but Blood has to be my favourite.

A far better effort from THT puts Captives as one of my new favourite albums. Not that Glory Days wasn't good, this is just a more mature effort that shines.


Fudge Matte Head Firm Hold Texture Paste With An Extra Matte Finish 75g / 2.5 fl.oz.
Fudge Matte Head Firm Hold Texture Paste With An Extra Matte Finish 75g / 2.5 fl.oz.
Price: £10.15

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Bottle Is Such A Stupid Design, 31 Oct. 2013
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Sure, you only need a small amount of this stuff, like pea-sized...but come on, this bottle design is pathetic.

You pull the release back, the nozzle is exposed and...nothing. You can't squeeze it. You have to wait for it to SLOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWLY ooze out of the pipe. What happens when you get close to running out? You'll probably have a load left at the bottom that you can't get to.

Give me a tub thanks.

And in no way is it "matte". I used a pea-sized amount and it's quite shiny and greasy.

Complete waste of money.
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BenQ XL2420T 24 inch Widescreen LED Multimedia Monitor (VGA, DVI-D, 1920x1080, 2ms,  2x HDMI, Game Mode Loader, Black eQualizer)
BenQ XL2420T 24 inch Widescreen LED Multimedia Monitor (VGA, DVI-D, 1920x1080, 2ms, 2x HDMI, Game Mode Loader, Black eQualizer)

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5.0 out of 5 stars 10 Minutes To Figure Out How To Turn It On...But Oh So Worth It., 31 July 2013
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What a monitor. WHAT a monitor.

Now yes, I, like many, really struggled to get this monitor to turn on. It has touch-sensitive buttons that run down the bottom-right side of the monitor, with a circular power symbol in the bottom right corner. As you move your hand close, it lights up. As you pull your hand away, the light fades away quickly. Very futuristic, very cool.

So, the fact that you have to look in the manual to turn this thing on is crazy in my mind. Never had to do that. But I'll bite.

So you take a look, and the last image is just a finger over the button saying "Turn on the monitor." Well...thanks BenQ, but I've been prodding, smooshing and holding my finger over that button for the past 10 minutes, and it won't come on.

Great, got a dud I thought. But no. Some research online and reading the countless other people's exact same issues in forums, all saying they can't turn their new monitor on, what a farce etc, I found a video on Youtube of how to turn it on.

I've tried this 10 times now, and it's a fail-safe method to turn this monitor on.

What you do is cup your hand. Form a C, and you gently, GENTLY, push your PALM near the base of your thumb over the button, with your fingers around the back of the monitor as it were. You hear a quiet ding straight away, and then HUZZAH, the screen comes on!

And then you scream in pain as the brightness destroys your retinas.

This thing is like a mobile sun on full brightness. Over-exaggerating of course, but you definitely think "Wow this thing is bright compared to other monitors."

Changing the monitor settings is mandatory, if fiddly. The touch-sensitive buttons are really poor. The top 2 work, the middle 2 don't work very well AT ALL (you end up putting your finger near them like 10 times before it detects). Luckily, you can navigate with the little remote/pre-set-settings module device that comes with the monitor. MUCH easier.

Mine came in "FPS 1" mode and 100 brightness, Gamma 5 setting. I change to "Standard Mode", Gamma 4, 50 brightness and RGB of 96, 97 and I THINK 99. But you can read around to find the optimum settings, as everyone has different preferences, but my settings were the universally acclaimed "These are really good" settings.

Performance wise? This monitor is a beast. An absolute, un-ashamedly gaming...beast. You simply switch to 120hz in the advanced settings of your display settings in Windows, screen goes black for a few seconds, and then...you enter a world you wish you had found before.

Just moving the mouse around in Windows is a far smoother experience.

Colours are deep depending on your settings. In Gamma 5 mode, I found blacks to be too washed out. Gamma 4 is nicer for me. Some say you should drop the RGB into the 70s for the best colouring. Again, it's all preference.

You don't get any obvious light bleeding going on, not that I can notice anyway. Whites are properly white etc. No obvious strobe lines.

In games? If you can push your FPS limit beyond 60 FPS, preferably into the 100s, then this monitor COMPLETELY changes how you view games, and more importantly, your accuracy increases due to the incredibly noteable increase in smoothness.

There is an attitude that if you can get above 60 FPS in games, you're wasting that power by using a 60Hz monitor, as a 60Hz monitor only shows a maximum of 60 FPS. This is true.

But then they say you need more than 120 FPS to see the difference on a 120Hz monitor. This. Is. Completely. False.

I see dips in some games to 60 FPS and notice NO difference in the increased smoothness that 120Hz gives. And that brings me to an important point:

I don't care what anyone says, you CAN see a difference at 120Hz. Even if your FPS drops below 100, even if it drops to just above 60, you get a feeling of CONSTANTLY being at 120 FPS. "oh well the human eye can't see more than 60 FPS anyway". Rubbish. Absolute rubbish. Playing on a 60Hz monitor now, is like...wading through treacle or something.

Packaged with almost military precision of fit, in the box you receive every possible connector cable to a PC or TV. DVI, HDMI and or your standard monitor cable. UK power cable, software CD, bezel, monitor of course, a monitor cover and an external mode-selection device, kind of like a wedge of cheese.

Construction takes minutes. You screw the bezel into the baseplate and it locks itself in, you flip it over and there is one screw you line up. A nice touch, is that you can either use a flat-head screw driver, OR lift a flap attached to screw it in manually. Nice on BenQ. Not all of us have screwdrivers to hand.

Once that's done, you remove the sticky covers, and simply push the monitor onto the bezel. It clicks in easily, and is solid. You push a button on the back to the side to "unlock" the monitor for transport.

There are 3 or 4 nice touches to the design. One, is a cable hook on the back to hang your headphones if you desire.

Second, the top of the bezel has a handle. A built-in handle, so you can lift up this surprisingly light monitor and transport it without lifting it BY the monitor itself.

Thirdly, the mode-selector device is magnetized. The base of the bezel is slightly curved, and the device fits flush and looks like it's part of the base. It pulls itself into the base, and stays there with rubber feet, and requires. It disconnects easily, but it is magnetized enough so that if you shake the desk, it won't disconnect itself from the base. You then connect it via a built-in mini USB to the back of the monitor. Easy and clever.

Lastly, there is a hole in the bezel/neck of the base. You can feed the cables through this for some basic cable management. Unfortunately you can see the cables dangling down into the hole below the monitor, but if you went full on with the cable ties, you could get it looking cable-less.

You can adjust the monitor to pretty much any angle. Tilt is great, you can raise and lower it to the point where it practically touches the desk, you can spin it to portrait. All solidly locked in place.

The mode-selector that comes with the monitor can be used, I believe with the CD software, to pre-select, on the fly, monitor settings you have assigned to one of the 3 buttons. Very useful, as you can change gamma and brightness settings on 1 button, assign "movie" mode to button 2, or have button 3 be your Strategy Game settings. It's your choice.

This monitor is a fantastic purchase, but with a price. Literally. Spending almost £300 on a monitor sounds crazy to most, when you can get a 32+ inch TV for less these days.

BUT.

You're getting 120Hz. TRUE 120Hz, none of this "scaled" rubbish.

The design, the look, the 120Hz, the solid build, the matte screen finish...this monitor SCREAMS quality and is built for gamers, BY gamers. The colour choice, the design, the headphone hanger, the mode device, the matte screen, the built-in handle, all screams "gamer".

It wears its' gamer badge with pride, citing it's official sponsorship to Nvidia tournaments on the box, and has had 4 or 5 world-known Counter Strike players help with the design.

This is arguably the BEST 24" gaming monitor around for under £300, and as we all should know, 24" for a gaming PC on a desk is MORE than big enough.

Pricey, but for a fantastic, game-changing reason.


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