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Sony Xperia Z3 Compact Case by 32nd® - Premium PU Leather Design Book Style Flip Wallet Case Cover Including Screen Protector - Colour Butterfly
Sony Xperia Z3 Compact Case by 32nd® - Premium PU Leather Design Book Style Flip Wallet Case Cover Including Screen Protector - Colour Butterfly
Offered by 32ndShop
Price: £9.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor quality, avoid., 11 Oct. 2015
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Nice looking case, but flimsy and not fit for purpose. Has a cut out on the side where the charging port is, however, the charging port cover cannot be removed as the cut out is too small so the phone has to be removed from the case to charge. Not only is this a minor nuisance, the plastic holder is so flimsy that after only three weeks of taking the phone in and out the inevitable happened and the holder snapped. Complete waste of time and money.
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Oblivion: Knights Of The Nine (PC DVD)
Oblivion: Knights Of The Nine (PC DVD)

35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Some nice additions..., 13 July 2007
The DVD contains 8 add-ons to Oblivion, each of which can be loaded separately. They can be broken down in to 3 groups, Quests, Real Estate and Equipment, so I'll tackle each group in turn. Warning, before you read on, my review does contain specefic information about the game, which some may consider minor spoilers.

Quests x3: The Knights of the Nine (completion: 8ish hours) sends you to multiple dungeons collecting things, before battling an ancient evil foe and saving the world, the usual kind of grand plot. There are some nicely designed dungeons and at the end your reward is an armour set, which is either light or heavy dependant on your own highest skill. It's not particularly good though, although it does have one nice effect, which is to stop wild animals attacking you. Minor gripe: some of the voice acting is too quiet, leading to constant fiddling with the volume. Mehrune's Razor (completion: 4ish hours) Just one dungeon, but it's absolutely huge, contains a whole village in one cavern; the reward at the end is a very powerful dagger. Minor gripe: the lighting seems brighter than dungeons from the original game, not to my liking, but no big deal. The Orrery (completion 1ish hours) amounts to a handful of skirmishes with bandits to obtain parts to fix the Orrery at the Arcane University. Once fixed the Orrery grants you a spell to give one of your attributes a large boost, which attribute is dependent on the moons phase, the downside is it also cripples another attribute by an equal amount.

Real Estate x3: All 3 properties fall in to your ownership for free, via various stories, however, buying the upgrades require substantial funds. The Wizards Tower highlights: huge storage area, altars for enchanting, spell making & Atronach summoning, garden of alchemy ingredients, harvest Imps for Grand Souls & teleport to any Mages Guild Hall. The Vile Lair highlights: prisoner for Vampires to feed from, bathing pool that cures vampirism, shrine that cures disease etc... like a church altar but only evil characters can use it, your very own minion who will go out an kill on your orders and bring you back the loot. The Thieves Den highlights: set on a pirate ship with full crew, all crew members have useful training skills or good items to sell; think you need to reach a certain mercantile level for some. Practice chest for and increasing lock picking skills. The crew can be sent out pillaging and will return with your cut.

Equipment x2: Horse Armour, a vendor sets up business selling the said item, you get a freebie for starters, but can buy more if you lose your horse, comes in 2 designs and offers decent protection to your horse. Spell Tomes, these books start turning up in random loot, when you open the book you read the spell and decide if you want to learn it and add it to your permanent list. Spells range from weak to powerful, so you won't want to add them all, so far I've found a couple of goodies.

Summary: Some entertain new quests adding a good few hours of game play, a nice selection of real estate to add to your portfolio and a couple of useful new equipment types. The only thing that seems to be missing is a property for the fighter type character. Still, for the price you can't really go wrong, even if you only decide to load half of the add-ons. Not quite worthy of 5 stars, but still very good!
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The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (PC DVD)
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (PC DVD)
Offered by marxwax
Price: £13.45

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So many hours game play, for so little money., 12 July 2007
Firstly, I must say what a fantastic game Oblivion is, set in a huge and graphically beautiful world; there's so much to see and do, this game has kept me totally engrossed for months. For someone who's new to this type of game, starting off was quite daunting, there's a huge amount of things to consider when setting up your character before you actually start playing the game. Once you do get started though, you will see the time spent deliberating over the plethora of options was well worth it.

I'm not normally a fan of RPG games, but what attracted me to Oblivion was the thing that makes it different from a standard RPG game, the ability to play in First Person view and engage in real time combat. Take on your foes with bow and arrow, charge in with shield and sword, or throw around some magic spells, there's great variety to the combat and more than one way to tackle every situation.

The game world is huge, so walking from place to place as you go about your business can be very time consuming. When you first start the game, walking everywhere is great and in fact the best thing to do, as you will discover new places and meet new people along the way and building up your characters various skills as you go. However, many hours in to the game, the prospect of having to journey to a town at the far side of the map, walking along the same old routes, getting attacked by the same bandits and wild animals can be a bit wearing. This is where one of the games best features kicks in, there's an option to 'Fast Travel' to any location you've previously visited, just pop up the world map, click on the location, watch the load screen for 2 seconds and you're there. I found this feature to be most useful, if you get a bit jaded with all the walking about, bring on the Fast Travel, if you've got time on you're hands and fancy a stroll through the beautifully crafted countryside, grab your walking boots!

Finally, a word on performance. First thing to say here is this game has got a whole bunch of bugs, some rather nasty ones too, which cause frequent crashing. Fear not however, there is a patch you can download from the official website that fixes these bugs, so make sure you get it before you start to play. Secondly, you may be wondering if your PC can run this game OK, well I can't tell you that, but what I can say is that I set all graphics options to max and the game runs perfectly smoothly. My PC spec is: Processor: P4 3.4GHz HT, RAM: 2GB DDR PC3200, GPU: Gainward nvidia 7800GS 512MB RAM (AGP). Hopefully you'll be able to compare your PC to this and at least have a rough idea of how well it may perform.

Saitek Eclipse Keyboard with Blue LEDs (PC)
Saitek Eclipse Keyboard with Blue LEDs (PC)

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Hardwaring Product, 11 July 2007
I've had this keyboard for around two years now, I use it every day for general use, such as emailing, working on spreadsheets, etc and have also put in countless hours of night time gaming. As the gamers among you will know, playing FPS games causes uneven wear to a keyboard over time, centred around the WASD area. Despite the time that has passed and the usage that this keyboard has seen, it's still, quite amazingly, as fresh as the day I bought it. There's not a hint of wear on the keys, even the edges of the laser etched characters are still have razor sharp definition.

The Eclipse is solid made, it looks great and feels like a quality product, in particular the keys have a very nice feel to them. The keys make a nice solid sounding clunk when depressed (rather like the way the door on an expensive car closes with a firm clunk), however, it's not noisy or distracting, like the clickety-click of a cheap keyboard. The keys also do not seem to travel as far as the keys on my standard keyboard, maybe a feature for faster response when gaming?

The cool blue lighting is a very nice and works to great effect at night time, the keys on the extremities are, perhaps, not quite as bright as the more central keys, however, I've never found recognition a problem in the dark. I will say though, in a poorly lit room, it doesn't work as well, as the partial light can slightly dampen the effect of the blue back lighting. You're best off using the Eclipse with no room lights on at all for the full effect.

The Eclipse is a good performer on the ergonomics front too, it lays flat or can be raised to a slight incline, combine this with the attached, adjustable, wrist rest and it's easy to find a comfortable position for work or gaming. For those that don't like to use a wrist rest, it's only held in place by two clips and can easily be removed.

Logitech Mx 510 Optical Mouse 8 Button
Logitech Mx 510 Optical Mouse 8 Button

5.0 out of 5 stars Real Quality, 10 July 2007
I've had this mouse for the best part of 2 years now and highly recommend it to anyone looking for a quality mouse for both general and gaming use. Ergonomically it's great, it fits my hand perfectly and I can use it for hours with out getting cramp, unlike the cheap mouse I have to suffer at work. A word of warning though, it is fairly large, so may not be so good for someone with particularly small hands. Aesthetically is looks great too, but sadly, after a few months the black on the Logitech logo tends to wear off round the edges. It happened to two friends MX510's too, so it's I know it's not a one off, however, all round the mouse is so good I'm still awarding it the full 5 stars.

For general use, the cursor action is very smooth and the two thumb buttons make it a joy to use when surfing the Internet, moving backwards and forwards between pages at a click of the thumb. It doesn't sound much, but you will soon realise how much you've come to love those thumb buttons, when you have to go back to using a standard mouse and keep moving the cursor up to the top of Internet Explorer, to click the page back and forward buttons. The cruise control buttons are also pretty useful and save your finger a lot of work on the scroll wheel, you can set the speed to your liking and simply holding the buttons down to scroll the page up or down.

When gaming, particularly when playing FPS games, the MX510 really shines, it tracks perfectly and can smoothly match even the harshest acceleration when you spin round to react to gunfire. The thumb buttons are just as much of a boon in game too, set them to sprint & crouch and leave your WASD hand free to steer your avatar without having to use your little finger to hold down CTRL or Shift, something I used to find quite awkward. Alternatively just set them to your favourite weapons, or anything else you like, once you get used to them you'll wonder how you got by with a standard mouse. Most games recognise the extra buttons and allow you to assign controls, but for those that don't, simply open up the MX510 Driver, which sits in your system tray next to the clock and you can programme any of the buttons to reproduce the action of any keyboard key.

At the time of writing the price of the MX510 is half that of the newer MX518 or G5, but I don't find either of those mice to be noticeable better than the MX510. The MX510 is definitely the shrewd buyers choice, a superb mouse for not a lot of money.

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Shadow of Chernobyl (PC DVD)
S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Shadow of Chernobyl (PC DVD)
Offered by Centrasales
Price: £10.63

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A reasonable game for the price, 9 July 2007
The game itself was entertaining and enjoyable, but I've marked it down for a few reasons. It's buggy, even with the latest patch; I've had the occasional crash to desktop, but it seems more prone to corrupt saves, more so towards the end of the game, so don't work off one save, keep a few as back up! The buying and selling of equipment aspect of the game is good at first, but very quickly you can build up more cash than you know what to do with, making that side of the game almost irrelevant.

The game promotes itself as non-linear and to some extent it is, but you always get that railroaded feeling in the end. The game write up also gives the impression that you're buying in to something RPG like hours of play, well you're not, stick to the main quest line only and you'll be disappointed in how quickly you arrive at the end game. I highly advise taking on as many side missions as possible to pad this one out and get your full monies worth.

These problems aside STALKER is an engrossing game with many good points, nice graphics, a reasonable story line and challenging too, when played at the higher difficulty settings. There's a good selection of weapons, with upgrades and different ammo types available, for added protection there's body armour too, so you'll always be on the hunt for the next best thing. Could easily have been worth another star if it wasn't for a few let downs, but all in all I liked it and consider it worth the cash.

To finish with, a quick word on performance. To start with, here's the basic spec of my PC, so you've got something to compare my comments to and hopefully relate it to your own machine. CPU: P4 3.4GHz (single core with HT). RAM: 2GB PC3200 (Corsair XMS). GPU: Nvidia 7800GS 512MB (AGP). As you can see it's a little old, but still a decent spec for gaming.

With all graphical settings at their highest level, it wasn't too bad just walking around taking in the scenery, however, when I came up against enemies, the frame rate dropped too low and the resulting jerkiness made play unbearable. Dropping all settings to Medium, with a couple of key settings left at high, gave great improvement, the choppy play disappeared and the graphics still looked good too, not a great deal of difference from the high settings. This was the setting that I used to play the game. As a side note, with graphics set to low there is a much greater drop in graphics quality, the look was disappointing, but I suppose that setting's there to help out those with lower spec PCs.

Canon DCC-40 Soft Black Case for Powershot A95, A85, A80, A75, A60, A40, A30, A20, A10
Canon DCC-40 Soft Black Case for Powershot A95, A85, A80, A75, A60, A40, A30, A20, A10

21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for a Canon PowerShot A95, 28 July 2005
A very nice case, well styled and looks like a quality item. I bough the case for my PowerShot A95, it's a good fit, is well padded and would offer the camera decent protection if you dropped it. The only reason that I've not awarded 5 stars is that the neck-strap isn't as nice quality as the case and if you want to put batteries and a flash card in the front pocket, it's a bit of a tight fit.

The Tickle Book
The Tickle Book
by Ian Whybrow
Edition: Hardcover

112 of 114 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A True Delight, 28 July 2005
This review is from: The Tickle Book (Hardcover)
I ordered this book for my friends one year old, and was most pleased with the book when it arrived. I ordered the hardback version of the book knowing it was for a young toddler, expecting it to be handled a little roughly. The book is a very solid hard back that will last the handling of little fingers. Throughout the story there are flaps to lift and tabs to pull where surprises are discovered, and these too are quite tough. The story is good and the illustrations are bright and beautiful. There is much to see and do at each page.

Everyone Hide From Wibbly Pig
Everyone Hide From Wibbly Pig
by Mick Inkpen
Edition: Paperback

22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a hard back as I know it, 28 July 2005
I ordered this book for my friends one year old, but was disappointed with the book when it arrived. I ordered the hardback version of the book knowing it was for a young toddler, expecting it to be handled a little roughly. The book isn't what I would call a true hard back. It is toughened paper that wouldn't last the handling of little fingers. Throughout the story there are flaps to lift where surprises are discovered, but these too are quite flimsy in my opinion. The story itself is good but if you want this book, save yourself a couple of quid and buy the paperback version, as this isn't a true hardback! On the other hand I also purchased 'The Tickle Book' in hardback, which is a superior quality product in every way.

Call of Duty (PC CD)
Call of Duty (PC CD)

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 Star All The Way, 13 Jan. 2004
This review is from: Call of Duty (PC CD) (Video Game)
After recently buying Halo, which I found ran like a 3 legged donkey, Call of Duty was a very welcomed change. My PC spec: P4 2.67GHz, 1Gb RAM, FX5600 graphics card and Audigy sound card. The graphics and sound are outstanding, leagues ahead of Medal of Honour (previously my favorite FPS) yet some how Call of Duty is able to run much more smoothly. I play it with all of the graphics and sound options set to maximum without any jerky frame rate problems, fantastic!
The single player game play is great, the graphical disply combined with the outstanding suround sound makes the game totally immersive and very difficult to put down. I've just completed it on the Vetran difficulty setting and found it to be very challenging (I'm no pro-gamer) yet still achivable and not at all frustrating. No annoying snipers with 100% acurate head shots and lightning reactions; don't get me wrong they're good, but not perfect.
The multi player game is every bit as worthy of praise and comes with a nice selection of maps, which are all very playable. The game runs great online, I have 512K broadband and hosted a game which 10/11 people joined (incl several 56Kers) and it was totaly lag free! Miles better than any of my other games where 4/5 people is the max before everyone starts moaning about the dreaded lag.
In summary this is the best FPS I own and can see myself playing this for months to come, if not longer. Well worth every penny of the very reasonable £25 price tag.

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