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Toshiba 40-inch 1080p Full HD Smart LED TV
Toshiba 40-inch 1080p Full HD Smart LED TV
Offered by Harrow Electronics
Price: £499.99

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Value for money, 3 Jan 2013
It appears that Toshiba are currently under-pricing some of their products to get new consumers. This TV is very good value for money, considering the cost of competing big name Smart TVs. Not perfect, but I'm very pleased with what this TV does well.

What I like:
Picture quality.
Sound quality when connected through amp.
LED back-lit, meaning no ambient light escapes from air vents and also makes for a thin TV.
2 USB ports, meaning you can connect an HDD into one and a wireless USB keyboard for typing in browser / YouTube app.
You can record from Freeview HD.
Good number of signal inputs: 3 x HDMI, 1 x Scart, 1 x VGA, 1 x Digital aerial (Freeview HD) and 1 x Component video*.
Smart TV functions: iPlayer, YouTube and access to various multimedia features through Toshiba Places.
Can play back a wide range of media formats from USB drive.
Wifi connectivity.

What I do not like:
Speakers are a little weak.
Smart TV web browser is rubbish. Very slow to deal with content-rich web pages.
Text entry is clunky with Toshiba remote in Smart TV apps.
No 4oD or ITV player through Smart TV (yet?).

Overall, I give this 5/5. Yes, there are issues to be addressed (mainly the lack of support for TV services available through the internet, and the terrible web browsing experience), but considering the price I can't fairly deduct points. A word of advice - if you plan to use YouTube frequently, get a wireless USB keyboard. A keyboard / mouse combo will work in the web browser, but the browsing experience is soooo poor I wouldn't bother.

* Note: If you have a Wii, buy a component-out cable to get the best possible picture. The Wii does not support full HD, but the component connection gives a noticeably better picture on HD TVs than the standard composite connection. I find the picture quality on this TV with the component connection to be good enough to not distract from the gameplay at all.


Verbatim 43548 16x DVD-R - Spindle 50 Pack
Verbatim 43548 16x DVD-R - Spindle 50 Pack
Price: £9.89

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Verbatim: Y U No maintain quality?, 18 Aug 2011
Used to swear by Verbatim, and have used them exclusively for years. However, the last two batches of 50 have been terrible. I started testing DVDs regularly for quality using Nero disk speed after a few Verbatim coasters, and I'd say about 1/3 of the DVDs that pass Nero's burn verification fail the accepted community standard for "good quality" of 90% even when tested at low speed (4x). About 1 in 5 of recent disks refused to play in my DVD player and about 1 in 10 had visible defects in the dye.

Yes, Verbatim disks are very cheap. The problem is, unless you test the disk to make sure it's not a poor quality burn you'll find your data and video DVDs fail after picking up a few minor scratches. I've now switched to Sony DVD-R and these disks are much better quality, passing 90% easily at 16x test read every time.


Flesh Tone
Flesh Tone
Offered by Direct Entertainment UK
Price: £4.09

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Black music's attack is back, 17 Sep 2010
This review is from: Flesh Tone (Audio CD)
It may come as a surprise to younger Dance music fans that in the 80s, African-American artists helped lay down the foundations of what has since became an almost exclusively European music genre. Before Black music was swallowed up by the RnB revolution, Hip Hop and House musicians experimented and developed new urban sounds and new tricks of getting people onto the dance floor that in the 90s and 2000s were pretty much abandoned in favour of Jamaican influenced dancehall and pop styles.

Over the last couple of years we've seen the beginnings of a new eagerness in the Black music scene for Dance music, with artists like Kelly Rowland and Beyonce working with DJs to create Dance versions of RnB tracks and pop acts like The Black Eyed Pease introducing Dance sounds into their music. In the UK, influential artists such as Dizzee Rascal and Wiley have written tracks specifically in the Dance genre, such as Bonkers and Wearing My Rolex.

Kelis' subversively titled album Flesh Tones marks the full return of black artists to the Dance genre. The sounds are still (tangentially) influenced by RnB, but most of the tracks are true Dance tracks with pop or RnB overtones, rather than RnB tracks done in a Dance style. This is a welcome innovation for both the Dance and RnB genres, which have become over-commercialised and detached from their early, more intense and harder sounds.

I'll leave the music itself to other reviewers, but will say that this album requires several listenings as the fusion sound is a bit jarring at first. The tracks often do things that are common in the RnB genre but not European Dance (or vise versa) and this can be disconcerting. However, as the tracks become more familiar you'll find yourself immersed in a musical style that has the uplifting qualities of good Dance combined with the sexiness of old-style House music. This is the album I've listened to most since Air's Talkie Walkie in 2004 and the Dance album I've enjoyed most since Prodigy's Fat of The Land back in 1997.

This album is the future of music for the next ten years, and is the first truly fresh sound I've heard in a long, long time.


FoneM8 - Nokia 5800 Screen Protector (PACK OF 5)
FoneM8 - Nokia 5800 Screen Protector (PACK OF 5)

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have for Nokia 5800, 25 April 2010
If, like me, you don't want to bother with a phone case / cover and you tend to put the phone in your pocket without always thinking to check what's already in there, then you must buy this item.

Positives:
As sensitive to touch / stylus as normal screen.
More scratch resistant than normal screen.
Does not obscure screen visibility in any way at all.
Easy to remove.
Covers minor scratches to allow smooth stylus travel.

Negatives:
Shows fingerprints more than normal screen.
Hard to apply (but this is inevitable - at least it doesn't need some liquid applying like some covers).
No instructions.

Apply as follows:
1) Clean every last smudge and dust fleck from screen using cloth (you may need to use a proper DVD cleaning cloth if your screen is very dirty).
2) Remove bits of plastic from screen cover's button cut-out hole.
3) Sit in a position that allows your hand to be steady as possible. Don't try this if you're tired or drunk.
4) Remove the bottom of the three layers and apply from the bottom upwards, rubbing the cover with cloth until whole item is applied to the top of the screen. If you see any bits of dust, remove screen and start with new one.
5) Remove top layer of cover, smooth down into corners and rub away any minor bubbles. Patience and persistance will remove most small bubbles.
6) If bubbles over touch surface cannot be removed, remove screen and try again.

My application on third attempt is not absolutely perfect, but as only very minor unstuck bit on one corner I decided to make do!


Talkie Walkie
Talkie Walkie
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £4.67

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real grower, 25 Mar 2004
This review is from: Talkie Walkie (Audio CD)
Once upon a time, an album would have to be listened to a good few times before it could be truly appreciated. The Beatles were famous for producing 'growers' that needed repeating listening before the musical depth can be accessed.
So it is with this album. Initially, it is little more than musical wallpaper, but upon repeated listenings the melodies and countermelodies, and the lyrical and musical phrases gradually insinuate themselves into the subconcious of the listener until the brain is temporarily made host for Air's musical creativity.
Better than Moon Safari, and easily the best album so far this year, Talkie Walkie is truly sublime. Many bands could fill two CDs with fantastic tracks, but very few could boast two albums on which every track is worth listening to in its own right. Air have now acomplished this and are a welcome antidote to the many 'one or two good songs' albums produced incessantly by the music industry at the moment.
Forget those ultimately one dimensional bands such as 'Kings of Leon' 'The Darkness' and the like and buy an album you will listen to so often that in three months time you will never be able to listen to it again.


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