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Apple iPod mini 4GB - Green
Apple iPod mini 4GB - Green

24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Most Impressive, 5 May 2005
The new 2nd generation mini iPod, improves greatly upon its predecessor. The changes are not really cosmetic, apart form a slightly different metallic tone (practically identical to the original) and coloured click wheel icons to match the colour of the player.
The main differeneces are internal ones. The battery life IS greatly improved. Now th emini can last up to 18 hours, some times even 21 compaed to the previous models feeble 8 hour battery life.
The batery life was the only reservation I had on getting a mini ipod. Now that apple have fixed this, I see no hesitation in buying one and neither should you.
There is one small problem which is NOT unique to the mini ipod. Hard drive based mp3 players contain lithium ion batteries which, after a set number of recharges (about 500) will die. When this happens you'll ahve three choices:
Buy a new Ipod, which will probably be extremely cheap when your abttery does die..
Send t apple to replace abttery, not cheap..
Buy a battery and replace it for yourself, there are many guides on how to do this throughout the internet.
This small problem, which is common with mp3's is the only thing which stops me giving the mini Ipod full marks. If you are looking for a mp3 which holds lots, but not infinite amounts of music, with style and sophistication, snap up a mini.
If you're not to keen on the price tag, get a shuffle which are cheaper.
IF 1000 songs is not enough and you want your entire lifetime album collection with you at all times, and can splash out another hundre or so quid, I'd suggest the orginal pod.
Happy Listening


PS2 Network Adaptor
PS2 Network Adaptor

6 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Read before you buy!, 21 Feb. 2005
This review is from: PS2 Network Adaptor (Video Game)
I loved the idea of playing PLaystation 2 games such as SSX3, Burnout 3, and FIFA online with countless other PS2 fans, So I snapped this up as soon as It came out.
I ripped open the packaging as soon as I got home and proceeded to set it up.
72 hours and hunreds of error messages later I gave up. Setting a Playstation 2 up is one of the most incredibaly hard tasks I've ever undertaken. If you have BT Broadband the process is supposed to be easy, but I have Tiscali Broadband which is supposed to be not very compatible with PS2 as is the USB modem I have.
If you're determined to get online with your PS2, make sure you have the right software and broadband, otherwise be prepared to shell out up to £100 for a decent ethernet modem, £50 for a router and a new broadband connection.


Kill Bill: Vol. 1 [DVD] [2003]
Kill Bill: Vol. 1 [DVD] [2003]
Dvd ~ Uma Thurman
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £1.77

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Classic Tarrantino, but no extras., 16 Feb. 2005
Kill Bill volume 1 is the 1st half of Tarrantino's epic Kill Bill series, In my opinion it is arguebly the better of the two. The film totally grips you with its masterful storytelling and unorthodox Narrative Structure which is quite smmilar to Pulp Fiction.
I was rather dissapointed with the extras on the DVD, where as most DVD's are 2 Disc affairs now-a-days, Kill Bill Volume 1 simply has the one disc which features the Film, Language Setings, A Trailer and a 30 minute documentary which chances are you may have allready seen on TV.
Because of this lack of Extra's for Kill Bill I fell obliged NOT to give this DVD 5 out of 5. Still its a fantastic film and because of this I give it 3 out of 5.


Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace [DVD] [1999]
Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace [DVD] [1999]
Dvd ~ Ewan McGregor
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £14.99

4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic DVD, Avergae Film, 18 Nov. 2004
The DVD for this film is outstanding, The packaginga and DVD menu's are consistant with the other 4, soon to be 5 films in the series.
The double disk set is crammed with features: Documentaries, Trailers, and a full length commentary to accompany the film.
Usually I'm not one to watch the now common second disk which comes with almost every film these days, however The Phantom menace bonus disk is completed to such a high standard even the most casual film watcher will feel compelled to sit down for and hour or two and simply explore.
Where the DVD is near perfection, the actual film is unfortuntely not. Over the years it has recived mixed reviews from harsh critics and Biased Star wars fans. My opinion is that as a stand alone film the Phantom Menace is simply average, at times its outstanding and breathtaking but at others simply boring and slow. It really helps if you have seen the orginal trilogy from the 70's and 80's as there are countless referances to locations and characters from it.
Unmissable if you're a star wars fan or DVD enthusiast.
For the casual viewer, who dosn't know a lightsaber from a death star you may want to look elsewhere.


Sony Official PlayStation 2 DualShock 2 Controller (PS2)
Sony Official PlayStation 2 DualShock 2 Controller (PS2)
Offered by Bonisell
Price: £40.00

19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the Best, 27 July 2004
The dualshock2 controller is identical to the orgininal dualshock, which was a favourite among gamers, apart from colour and the analogue feature.
This feature measures how hard you press a button. This is particually useful in driving games, pushing the accelerator button down hard will mean you "floor it" and speed off. While presing the same button lightly will mean you accelerate at a more relaxed pace.
I've had two dual shocks for over 4 years now, and if i'm totally hounest, I don't treat them very well. They go flying accross rooms in frustration quite often, yet have still worked fine to this day.
All the buttons are easily accesible and the controller is comfy for hands of all sizes. Which is more than I can say for the XBOX and Gamecube contollers.
If you are looking to replace your current PS2 controller, or want to purchase more for multiplayer fun with friends and family, I would reccomend no other controller. Except no immitations and go with the official and best.


Sony Official PlayStation 2 DualShock 2 Controller (PS2)
Sony Official PlayStation 2 DualShock 2 Controller (PS2)
Offered by Bonisell
Price: £40.00

26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the best, 27 July 2004
The dualshock2 controller is identical to the orgininal dualshock, which was a favourite among gamers, apart from colour and the analogue feature.
This feature measures how hard you press a button. This is particually useful in driving games, pushing the accelerator button down hard will mean you "floor it" and speed off. While presing the same button lightly will mean you accelerate at a more relaxed pace.
I've had two dual shocks for over 4 years now, and if i'm totally hounest, I don't treat them very well. They go flying accross rooms in frustration quite often, yet have still worked fine to this day.
All the buttons are easily accesible and the controller is comfy for hands of all sizes. Which is more than I can say for the XBOX and Gamecube contollers.
If you are looking to replace your current PS2 controller, or want to purchase more for multiplayer fun with friends and family, I would reccomend no other controller. Except no immitations and go with the official and best.


Sony PS2 Console (PS2)
Sony PS2 Console (PS2)

16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great console with a few negative points., 26 July 2004
The playstation 2 is without a doubt a fantastic piece of hardware, The ability to play PS1, PS2, DVD's and audio cd's is invaluable. However there area few points in which you must consider before perchasing one.
The catalogue of games available is amazing. With over 1000 games available for the system. However, don't be fooled into thinking each one is a masterpiece. Most of the games available are at best average. However I can guarrantee that there are hundreds of games which are worth splashing your hard earned cash on. I reccomend reading in depth, preofessional reviews on internet sites or magazines.
Playstations are not the most advanced hardware int he world. if you're looking for near-perfect graphics I reccomend an XBOX however PS2 games are occasionally of such high quality that they can easily compete with Xbox. A good example of this would be Grand Turismo 3, a racing game with photo realistic graphics.
If you do decide to purchase this great console, be warned, PS2's have a notorious reputation for not having a great life span. You're brand new PS2 will work perfectly from anywhere between 3 months and 4 years. After that it will start to have trouble reading games and Dvd's. You can get sony to repair it but it's proabably worth buying a whole new console.
Generally Playstion 2 is a fantastic perchase but not without it's flaws.


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