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Bodum Travel Press Set Coffee Maker - Black
Bodum Travel Press Set Coffee Maker - Black
Offered by Harts Of Stur
Price: £12.88

3.0 out of 5 stars Decent travel mug from Bodum, 10 Oct. 2014
I bought this product hoping it would be ideal for chucking into a bag with no worries about leakage, but a small hole in both the coffee press & standard lids means it is not suited. It looks like my flask still has a job for now.
Otherwise, it's a relatively travel decent mug. The press is solid, you get a standard lid for those filter-coffee-free days, and the double-wall design keeps things toasty-warm, but probably not for as long as the steel variety. Common to these type of travel mugs though is the use of silicone stoppers and seals, which leaves a rubbery smell in your nostrils when supping, altering the perceived taste of the drink. This often disappears in time though.. Another small downside is having to add the milk & sugar before placing the lid on. Call me old fashioned, but these usually go in after the press, not before it.
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New - Sony PS3 Bluray Drive - 20, 40, 60 GB Models - (KES-400A/ KEM-400AAA Laser) + Nextek® Torx T10 Security Screwdriver
New - Sony PS3 Bluray Drive - 20, 40, 60 GB Models - (KES-400A/ KEM-400AAA Laser) + Nextek® Torx T10 Security Screwdriver
Offered by NEXTEK DISTRIBUTION
Price: £49.90

5.0 out of 5 stars I love it, 10 Sept. 2014
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Great price and surprisingly simple to install. Fast delivery.


Beyond: Two Souls (PS3)
Beyond: Two Souls (PS3)
Offered by Game Trade Online
Price: £12.33

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great story masquerading as a game, 22 Nov. 2013
= Fun:2.0 out of 5 stars 
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The story-line is great, the acting is top-notch and the visuals and soundtrack are top class, but let's not pretend that this is anything other than an overly expensive, lengthy sci-fi horror movie. As the player I felt completely superfluous to the whole experience. Other than infrequently having to press the odd button when prompted, there was never any illusion of having control over the progression of the characters life or choices she made. A great potential movie, but as a game it left me feeling excluded for far too much of the time. The Last of Us really opened my eyes to what a great game can be like, but after buying into all the hype and PR before this release, I can easily say that Beyond Two Souls is the biggest disappointment of the year, and I'll be giving any new titles from quanicdream a miss.


The Fifth
The Fifth
Offered by mrtopseller
Price: £8.00

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor, 3 Oct. 2013
This review is from: The Fifth (Audio CD)
I considered Dizzee Rascal to be the UK's antidote to the chart-dominant American rap mono-culture, but now he has joined forces with them to produce this mishmash of cliched modern rap-cross-dance hybrids that nobody can escape from these days. Quite often the hard work sounds like it was done by producers across the atlantic, with Dizzee just contributing the vocals from some London basement. Quite disappointing. On one track he teams up with the anti-christ of modern pop music himself, Willy-am.
There are many times when I felt like I was listening to the Lonely Island, except they would have made a much better job of it.
The tracks "Don't Need A Reason" & "Bassline Junkie" are the only standouts on this release, and prove that he is still capable of making great music when he tries, but two tracks do not an album make.


Sony QX10 Lens Style Camera for Smartphones and Tablets - Black (18.2MP, 10x Optical Zoom)
Sony QX10 Lens Style Camera for Smartphones and Tablets - Black (18.2MP, 10x Optical Zoom)
Price: £127.00

25 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Off-the-wall offering from Sony, 23 Sept. 2013
This is not the DSLR replacement you are looking for !

It is, however, a fantastic upgrade for anyone bitterly disappointed with the poor quality of their smartphone camera. The concept of shrinking down a Cybershot camera into a lens-size body, then making it wirelessly controllable so that any Android or iPhone device can be use it is a touch of genius..

I took this for a test-drive around some historical sites in a certain border City, and found that the pictures were quite excellent, even by compact camera standards. The colours can be a bit contrasty at times, particularly reds and greens, but the detail is great, particularly macro shots.

As for the handling, it takes a while to get used to it. With the camera attached to the phone, you just use it as you would with the internal camera, which I always find a little awkward due to unwanted interactions with these touch-screen devices. With the lens detached, you enter a realm of photography where new and unusual angles can be explored, without the limitation of your body being on the other end of the lens. It can also be mounted on a tripod too. Great fun.

Onto the downside - the software. I really believe that Sony should leave the software for others to do, they rarely seem to get this right first time (I'm thinking of my first MP3 player as the perfect example - it was just horrible). The control software is from Sony's PlayMemories suite of products, and offers next to zero options other than focus, zoom and image size (for both on-camera storage and phone storage). I hope that this gets a radical remake soon, or a 3rd party releases something that will allow the use of the camera's shooting modes, aperture and exposure times. If the lens parameters are opened-up for control, then the QX100 might be worth spending the extra cash on.

I've read some posts asking if the clip-on connector fits the Galaxy Note 2 - it does - but only just! I had to get the staff at the Sony Center to prove this before I parted with my money.
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Orcas
Orcas
Price: £17.05

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful chilled soundscapes, 18 April 2012
This review is from: Orcas (Audio CD)
It's difficult to describe this without sounding like I'm trying to pigeon-hole them, but if you appreciate the relaxed atmospheres of Eno/Budd/Yokota, the gentle vocals of Sylvian, or the soundtrack work of Jon Hopkins, you will certainly enjoy this release.
Featuring looped found-sounds, softly processed pianos, gently strummed accoustic guitar, shades of vinyl pops & crackle, and tender vocals on some tracks, this album can do nothing but help calm the mind and take you off on a journey.
It's quite a short album though, a couple of tracks are soundscapes, but they contribute to the beauty and serenity of the album.
I'm sure we'll hear more from Orcas on future BBC documentaries!


To The Treetops!
To The Treetops!

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scandinavian genius, 24 Mar. 2012
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This review is from: To The Treetops! (MP3 Download)
Love this album! Patrick Wolf quite rightly gets a name check here, but other comparisons can be made to Mew, a little MGMT, Polyphonic Spree, and maybe an upbeat Sigur Ros / Jonso. Great production, songs, lyrics. Just buy it! Look forward to seeing them live.


Abduction [DVD]
Abduction [DVD]
Dvd ~ Taylor Lautner
Price: £3.00

4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Far worse than bad, 24 Mar. 2012
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This review is from: Abduction [DVD] (DVD)
It's rare that I give up on a film, but before the first hour was over I couldn't stomach any more.
Taylor Lautner shows zero ability to display any emotion whatsoever, he has no detectable facial movements or acting ability, a common house brick would have put in a better performance. He completely spoiled what would have been an otherwise mediocre but moderately entertaining movie.
I should return this for a refund, and sue those magazines who plaster the box with words like 'awsome' *****Just. Horrible.


60 Minute Expert: Wine
60 Minute Expert: Wine

1.0 out of 5 stars Avoid this rubbish, 29 Jan. 2012
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I was shocked by how amatuer this publication is, and disturbed by the number of suspiciously positive reviews from people who stretch the concept of hyperbole to the point of it being almost fraudulent. The author must have spent an hour maximum compiling sentences and quotes from other peoples websites to produce this nonsense. If you want to learn about wine, avoid this rubbish, regardless of the low cost.


LG KU990 Viewty Lite Sim Free Mobile Phone - Black
LG KU990 Viewty Lite Sim Free Mobile Phone - Black
Price: £149.99

4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Avoid like the plague if you like actually using you phone, 22 Jan. 2010
I bought this phone as it was time I had something with 3G features and a decent camera for those impulse shots when my proper camera is at home. Buying this was a big mistake - the quality is exceptionally poor, so poor that they compare to older camera phones from several years ago at much lower resolutions. The images are as far from sharp as could possibly be, and with an excruciatingly terrible trigger-to-snap latency problem. Friends are usually already blinking or yawning by the time the snap is taken. As for the battery, don't get me started!! You are given enough juice to take a couple of snaps and maybe fiddle-around with them (using the lacklustre editing facilities) before the device starts complaining about low power. Not the best situation to be in when you're far from a mains plug and maybe (just maybe) would like to either make or receive a call.. or two.
Another deficiency of this device is the crazy ill-thought-out menu system. Why can I not just make a quick telephone call to one of my contacts stored on the phone, instead I find myself having to click this, and that, then this, then scroll, before eventually getting the telephone number loaded up, enough time to forget who the heck I wanted to call in the 1st place.. Then there is the horrible touch-screen that doesn't want to recognize when it's being pressed half the time.. and the terrible text delete button - why is it not included in the actual on-screen qwerty keyboard? Using the physical "C" button is too fiddly and takes away from the texting experience, forcing you to alter hand positions while you press the thing. And the unlock button on the side, it's cumbersome, I just want to get at my phone!
I like LG, they make good products normally, but this I cannot explain..
This is without a doubt the worst mobile I have ever owned..


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