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Sony NWE015 - 2GB MP3 Walkman- With 30hrs Battery Life & Colour Display - Black
Sony NWE015 - 2GB MP3 Walkman- With 30hrs Battery Life & Colour Display - Black

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, 28 Aug. 2007
This product is better than previous Sony flash memory walkmen of this size. I've had the NW-E005BC (25g, 28 hour battery life) and before that the NW-E405 (37g, 50 hour battery life). All these can run for 3 hours on a 3 min. charge, are light (this is 29g), and have a long battery life when fully charged (this has a 30 hour battery life). This particular model has better sound quality than the NW-E005BC, has a screen that can display more than one colour (unlike both the earlier models), and does not require a cable to connect to the computer (unlike the NW-E405).

There is a more expensive variant with an FM tuner (NW-E015FBC). And other variants with more or less memory (this has 2GB). There is even an alternative Sony player of a similar size that does not use the Sony software (SonicStage). I don't mind the software; it increases the number of tracks that can be stored on the player, though transfers are slow.

As I write this, the delivery time is 4-6 weeks on Amazon. Other suppliers offer the product for slightly less and 1-2 day delivery.


The God Delusion
The God Delusion
by Richard Dawkins
Edition: Audio CD
Price: £19.99

8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 20 Mar. 2007
This review is from: The God Delusion (Audio CD)
"The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully."

The rhetorical flourish of such witty language is magnified by the author's voice, commendably supported by Lalla Ward as co-reader. Simply excellent.


Mindscan
Mindscan
by Robert J. Sawyer
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: £6.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and philosphical science fiction, 20 Mar. 2007
This review is from: Mindscan (Mass Market Paperback)
This is a fluid read. While it lacks an edge-of-the-seat pace and complicated plot twists, it is entertaining and absorbing. The idea of uploading a copy of one's memories and consciousness into an artificial body, while one's biological body remains unaffected, dramatises some fascinating philosophical questions.
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Peters Projection World Map 1999
Peters Projection World Map 1999

5.0 out of 5 stars A poster to invite wonder & inquiry, 6 Jan. 2007
To those who have never seen the Peter's projection, the map on this poster is a somewhat disconcerting. Africa is huge, the UK is tiny, and all countries look like they have been stretched vertically. It was used to dramatic effect in an episode of The West Wing. Once placed on the wall, this poster invites wonder and inquiry.

Most of us have never thought about the difficulties inherent in projecting the spherical world onto a flat rectangular surface. Some degree of distortion is inevitable. The Mercator projection, used for navigation for hundreds of years, seriously distorted the relative sizes of many countries according to the distance from the equator, so that it is not possible to tell that Africa is actually 13 times the size of Greenland. The Peter's projection was first presented to the world by Arno Peters in 1973 as an alternative to the Mercator projection. It presents the actual sizes of countries more accurately but introduces additional distortions of its own, not least of which is that it more dramatically distorts the shape of countries. There are hundreds of alternative projections, many of which are useful for different purposes. The National Geographic jettisoned use to Mercator maps in 1922, first replacing it with the Van der Grinten projection and since then the Robinson projection.


Shure E3c Sound Isolating Earphones
Shure E3c Sound Isolating Earphones

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for MP3 Players, 12 Dec. 2006
These headphones are simply amazing. The sound quality is fantastic, they act as great silencers (which is great for travelling on trains and planes), and they are very comfortable to wear. I've had mine for a year now and will not hesitate to buy another pair when they wear out. The downside is that they take a little time to learn to wear properly (the wires go over the ears from behind) and cost a fortune. I've heard that the bass is poor on these but I consider it satisfactory (I'm a heavy metal fan). It's also been said that the cable splits, but I've had these a year and they have revealed no such problem yet.


Sony NW-E005BC Walkman 2GB MP3 Player - Black
Sony NW-E005BC Walkman 2GB MP3 Player - Black

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good but could be better, 11 Dec. 2006
This product has very many things going for it: it is small and light (25g), easy to use, charges extremely quickly (a 3 min charge lasts for 3 hours) has an incredible battery life (28 hours when fully charged), and needs no cable to connect it to a computer. If this has been my first MP3 player I would have given it 5 stars. Unfortunately, I also have a Sony NW-E405 and bought this new player only because I had temporarily misplaced my old one. The E405 was heavier (37g), not as intuitive to use, and required an extra cable to connect it to the computer, but it had better battery life (50 hours) and, most importantly, better sound quality. The same track played through the same headphones is much purer on the E405. With high quality shure headphones the E005 simply has more background noise.


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