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Nintendo Handheld Console 3DS XL -  White Limited Edition with Mario Kart 7 (Nintendo 3DS)
Nintendo Handheld Console 3DS XL - White Limited Edition with Mario Kart 7 (Nintendo 3DS)
Price: 199.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Forget the XBox One and the PS4, this is the console to get right now!, 13 Jan 2014
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
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Sure it's just a handheld and it's not as powerful as those other consoles, but after a rocky start the 3DS has had a great couple of years for games and now has one of the strongest libraries out there. There really is something for everyone - whether you like 3D platformers (Super Mario 3D Land), 2D platformers (New Super Mario Bros 2, Donkey Kong Country Returns), action-adventure (Luigi's Mansion 2, Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds and a great remake of Ocarina of Time), fighters (Super Street Fighter IV), RPGs (Pokemon X/Y, Bravely Default, Fire Emblem Awakening, Mario & Luigi Dream Team Bros), weird puzzle/adventure games (Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney and Professor Layton) and even racers (Mario Kart 7). Then you've got the massive amount of games released for the original DS that can all also be played on it, plus a good proportion of DSi Ware games and you have a collection of games that any console would be proud of. If you're going to get one you probably want to get either the 3DSXL (best battery life, biggest screens) or the 2DS (cheap). There's really not much reason to buy the regular 3DS anymore - the XL has the bigger screens and better battery, and both the XL and the 2DS come with bigger SD cards. If you get the XL just remember to buy a power adapter too as for some inexplicable reason they don't include one with it.


AmazonBasics USB Cables 2.0 A-Male to Micro B (3 Feet / 0.9 Metres) Pack of 2
AmazonBasics USB Cables 2.0 A-Male to Micro B (3 Feet / 0.9 Metres) Pack of 2
Price: 8.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Not the cheapest USB cables, but at least they work!, 9 Jan 2014
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These aren't the cheapest USB cables I've bought, but they're certainly not ridiculously overpriced like the cables you get in the big PC superstores. Also unlike other cheaper cables I've bought they're perfectly capable of charging a smartphone overnight. I've had cables that wouldn't give a 50% charge in a night's worth of charging and even those that the phone wouldn't recognize as sending it a current! All in all a good buy, given that you get two of them, and that they do what they're supposed to.


HyperX Genesis DDR3 1600MHz CL9 8GB DIMM Memory Module (Kit of 2) - Grey
HyperX Genesis DDR3 1600MHz CL9 8GB DIMM Memory Module (Kit of 2) - Grey
Price: 58.92

5.0 out of 5 stars Good RAM for a good price, 2 Aug 2013
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This is good quality RAM for a good price. When I installed it I had to change the clock speed in BIOS to 1600Mhz, because it defaulted to 1333, but it's perfectly stable at 1600.


VTX3D AMD Radeon HD 7870 Tahiti LE Graphics Card - Black (2GB GDDR5, PCI Express 3.0, HDMI, DVI-I, 2x Mini Display Port, AMD HD3D Technology, AMD ZeroCore Power Technology)
VTX3D AMD Radeon HD 7870 Tahiti LE Graphics Card - Black (2GB GDDR5, PCI Express 3.0, HDMI, DVI-I, 2x Mini Display Port, AMD HD3D Technology, AMD ZeroCore Power Technology)

5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing value GFX card, 2 Aug 2013
This card is an absolute beast! My rig was set up as follows:
Intel Core i-5 2500k @4.4GHz
ATI Radeon HD 6870 1GB
4GB Kingston HyperX Genesis DDR3 1600MHz RAM

This setup was starting to struggle with things like Skyrim on Ultra detail with a load of high res texture packs, and with Bioshock Infinite on medium detail! Due to the lack of video RAM every so often there would be long pauses while it struggled to load textures, to the point it was no longer an annoyance and was becoming unplayable. I replaced the GFX card with this, and added another 4GB of B004JO3L40 and now it runs both games on Ultra settings at a constant 60FPS. If you look at all the hardware sites you'll see this card performs on a par with the much more expensive 7950, making this an amazing bargain. If you're looking at buying this card, or a similar 7870 from a different manufacturer just make sure it's the LE version, the regular versions are no way near as good.


Gadget Giant HTC One X LCD Screen Protector - 5 Pack
Gadget Giant HTC One X LCD Screen Protector - 5 Pack
Offered by Gadget Giant
Price: 1.25

4.0 out of 5 stars Very good, 28 May 2012
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These are very good screen protectors - it went on perfectly first time, so I have a few spares! Each screen protector comes with a small cloth for cleaning the screen prior to applying so for 1.49 it's pretty good value. It is slightly too narrow - there will be a tiny sliver of the glass on either side of the protector that won't be covered, but it's not actually part of the viewable screen so it's not really an issue.


Optimum Health Ultimate Whey Protein 2.25kg Bag(s) Strawberry Cream
Optimum Health Ultimate Whey Protein 2.25kg Bag(s) Strawberry Cream
Offered by Discount Supplements
Price: 26.00

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Definitely Not the Ultimate, 20 May 2012
I've used this product for quite a while now, but now having tried some other powders (Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Whey and MyProtein True Whey) I've seen this product for what it is. It's certainly good value, however it isn't a good quality whey. It doesn't mix well at all and nutritionally it's very poor - high in sugar and saturated fat, and less protein per 30g than other wheys.

In it's favour it does taste ok (aside from the lumps that you won't be able to get rid of unless you blend it), but then it should taste amazing given the amount of sugar and fat in it.

Having tried better brands I would find it hard to recommend this one now - Gold Standard Whey and True Whey are far superior. They are more expensive though, so if you're looking for a bargain protein I would suggest Myprotein Impact Whey over this.
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Mass Effect 3 (PC DVD)
Mass Effect 3 (PC DVD)
Offered by Bargain Games UK
Price: 6.90

3 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A balanced review, 19 Mar 2012
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Mass Effect 3 (PC DVD) (DVD-ROM)
The amount of one star reviews this game is getting is ridiculous - there is simply no way this is a one star game. A one star game would be one that is broken, amateurish and no fun, and this game is none of those things. There have been a number of criticisms of this game, some fair, some not, and I'd like to address them and give a balanced opinion on the game.

First of all is the suggestion that the RPG elements have been dumbed down. This is simply not the case, in fact the RPG elements have been expanded over ME2, which did cut down on the RPG side of things when compared to ME1. Overall this game is somewhere between the first two in this respect. Weapon modding is back (but without the awful ME1 inventory system) and there are more powers with more options for each one than ME2.

Secondly a lot of ire seems to be aimed at Origin. This one always comes up, and Steam seems to draw a similar reaction, some people are just opposed to these online DRM/digital distribution platforms. What I will say is Origin is fairly lightweight, unobtrusive platform, and not much of a hit on system resources, but if you're against this sort of thing I'm probably not going to change your mind - just bear in mind it's not a fault of the game itself.

Then there's the lack of XBOX gamepad support on the PC version. I'll admit this is a major oversight considering this is a console port, but to be honest the mouse and keyboard combination is far superior anyway. I've played both the first two games on the XBOX, and ME2 and ME3 to completion on the PC, so I've extensive experience with both input methods. With a gamepad you're constantly pausing the game to use powers etc, with a keyboard and a bit of skill you may never have to pause the game mid-combat. The mouse is better for precision shooting too.

Some people are complaining about the multiplayer, again why this would bring the overall rating down is beyond me - you don't have to play it. I've played maybe 3 games to completion and my Galaxy at War rating was high enough for me to get the optimum ending in single player. If you do play it it's actually pretty fun - it could do with some more maps though.

And then there's the two biggies - day 1 DLC and the ending. Let's address the day 1 DLC first. Yes, I agree this is awful business practice and a slap in the face to the customers on EA's part, but it doesn't affect the quality of the game - a lot of these one star reviews are a backlash at EA, and not reflective of the quality of the game you DO get. To be honest the DLC isn't that great and you're not missing much (at least from a gameplay point of view, lore fanatics may think otherwise) if you decide to give it a miss on principal.

Then there's the ending. This is the one point I can agree on (to a point, I don't agree that it ruins the whole series). Without wanting to give away any spoilers, there are essentially 3 endings, each with 3 different "flavours" depending on how well you performed over the course of the game and the two previous games. The problem is however that they're all pretty much the same, and you make the decision as to which one you get right at the end of the game - your previous choices from the last 120 hours of gameplay have no bearing on the decision. This is most people's main issue with the ending - Bioware sold the series to us on the basis that it was our story, that our decisions meant something, but in the end how the story ends comes down to one arbitrary decision taken right at the end of the game. Your previous decisions DO affect the journey, but not the end result. Add to that the fact that all the endings are fairly similar, and have some fairly glaring plot holes and you can see why people are concerned - it just feels rushed and tacked-on.

So to the game itself. Gameplay wise, it's essentially ME2 with a bit more polish, and the last mission on Earth is the most epic moment in Mass Effect history (until the aforementioned ending). The combat is a bit better (Sheppard is more agile now) and as I've said previously there's a slight return of some of the customisation options of the first game. This is why I don't think this can possibly be a one star game - almost everyone will agree that ME2 is a five star game - how can a more polished version, albeit one with a dodgy ending suddenly become a one star game, whatever you think of EA's dubious business practices and disregard for it's customers? All in all, for me this is a five star gameplay experience, with a one star penalty for some legitimate issues, giving a solid four star overall.
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WWE '12 (Xbox 360)
WWE '12 (Xbox 360)
Offered by Future Gaming UK
Price: 11.27

3.0 out of 5 stars Great multiplayer, limited single player, 10 Jan 2012
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: WWE '12 (Xbox 360) (Video Game)
If it weren't for a few flaws this would be the best WWE game in a long time, it's great to play with a few friends. The roster is huge, the creation system is great and almost every match type is well recreated. However as far as single player goes there are issues - the Road to Wrestlemania mode is terrible. The stories don't make much sense, it's quite repetitive and there are hugely frustrating segments that are much harder than the segments around them that just serve as speed bumps and make you want to stop playing. Fortunately the multiplayer is great, or at least it is if your friends are in the same room as you, because the XBOX Live connectivity is still extremely unstable two months after release. The whole XBOX Live experience is hugely frustrating - at times it's impossible to connect to the servers to download community content, or even to get a game, and when you can it usually takes a couple of attempts. If they fix the servers any time soon, and you have an internet connection or a few friends to play with this is well worth a purchase, otherwise I'd advise renting it before buying it at full price.
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Microsoft Wireless Desktop 800 (Retail Packaging)
Microsoft Wireless Desktop 800 (Retail Packaging)
Price: 18.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for the price, but not suited to gaming, 10 Jan 2012
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I bought this keyboard/mouse combo because I have my PC connected to my TV in my living room, and sit some distance from it. The wireless adapter works perfectly, and the keyboard and mouse themselves are good quality (though it's worth noting that the ESC and function keys are half height, which may be a problem for some). My only issue with the set is that the mouse is not really suited to gaming - it lags quite a lot, where a cheap wired mouse does not, and therefore I'm only using the keyboard, along with a regular wired mouse and a USB extension cable. For non-gaming use the mouse is absolutely fine however.


York 20kg Cast Iron Dumbbell Set and Case
York 20kg Cast Iron Dumbbell Set and Case
Price: 39.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good basic set of dumbbells, 16 Jun 2011
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The York Cast Iron Kit in a Case is a good quality set of dumbbells for a very reasonable price. The only problems I have had with mine are one of the rubber washers on one of the spinlocks keeps falling off (it pushes back into place though), and the plastic latches for the case broke off very easily. The weights themselves are top quality though, and should last a long time. I would recommend buying some 5kg York Standard Cast Iron Discs to go with it though, because 10kg for each arm isn't a great deal, and most people will quickly outgrow this.


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