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Verbatim 45012 Glossy Photo Paper - 2 x 100 Pack
Verbatim 45012 Glossy Photo Paper - 2 x 100 Pack

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars It's cheap for a reason, 26 Aug 2010
Produced washed-out and grainy prints when compared with the better quality kodak equivalent. You won't regret spending a little extra to get decent prints. Fine for snapshots, but if it's quality you're after, then this isn't for you.


The Official DSA Complete Theory Test  Kit (Valid until summer 2010)
The Official DSA Complete Theory Test Kit (Valid until summer 2010)
Offered by ForgottenMedia
Price: 2.50

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not at all helpful., 8 Jun 2010
I bought this to replace a 2008/2009 'driving test success' DVD-ROM that sadly got broken. Unlike it's predecessor, this one features hardly any hazard perception videos, it is spread over 2 discs (one of which is an 'interactive DVD' NOT a PC programme) and it replays every hazard perception video after you've already seen it only with an annoying voice-over telling you what you should've done, but couldn't because of the DVD format's woefully lagged response time. (not a hardware issue, it's set up for use on the TV for some reason...)

What's more, you have to enter a pin code every time you want to a mock hazard perception test comprising of the same 10, short videos over and over again (unlike the 'driving test success DVD-ROM that had over 80 training videos). Sometimes the DVD skips telling you your score, and doesn't even bother to tell you whether or not you've passed the hazard perception part of the test once you've finished it. That said, the other disc containing the theory questions is alright, though it doesn't track your progress as well as 'driving test success'.

Having already taken (and failed) my theory test on my first try, I figured this more up-to-date revision tool would be just the job. I couldn't have been more wrong. Avoid it like the plague and get the aforementioned 'driving test sucess' DVD-ROM. This software is NOT an accurate representation of the real thing, despite baring the DSA logo...
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Citron Gents Watch With Black Dial And Gun Bracelet
Citron Gents Watch With Black Dial And Gun Bracelet

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Looks good, but that's about it., 28 May 2010
Even with the supplied extra links removed, this watch could only really fit comfortably around a tree trunk and the pins holding the bracelet together are jammed solid so you can't remove links to make it a better fit. What's more, the pins holding the strap to the watch are contrastingly very loose, and as a result, mine ended up disintegrating. Worth spending a little more money for a watch with a metal bracelet. Either that or play it safe and get one with a leather or plastic strap.


Philips Imageo LED Tealights, Three-Set
Philips Imageo LED Tealights, Three-Set

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost perfect, 8 May 2010
PROS:
- very safe
- wire-free charging
- nice flickering action
- great value for money
- pretty atmospheric
- no external switches (internal motion switch)
- weather proof

CONS:
- light is a little TOO orange to be convincing
- they flicker pretty much all the time (unlike real candles, albeit with varying intensity)
- 12 hour charge time
- tea-lights can NOT be removed from glass cups.


K140 BACKLIT SLIMLINE KEYBOARD
K140 BACKLIT SLIMLINE KEYBOARD

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for the price, 1 April 2010
The first thing to bear in mind if you're thinking of buying this keyboard is that while it is back-lit and pretty good looking, for this money you won't get the same quality of materials as some of the other beefier back-lit "gaming" keyboards.

Apart from the plastics feeling a little cheap and the somewhat loud tapping noise from a few of the keys (I mention this in case anyone shares a house and uses their pc late into the night and is worried about annoying people in neighboring rooms) this is a pretty neat keyboard.

There are numerous shortcut buttons at the top. The cluster on the left is for controlling media players and the one on the right is for web browsing. There are also buttons for adjusting system volume and for changing the colour of the back-light (there is a choice of red or blue) The dial in the top right corner is for adjusting the brightness of the keys which is pretty useful if you feel the brightness is a little too distracting. That said, the back-lights aren't particularly bright or distracting anyway.

To summarize, if you want a cheap keyboard with great novelty value and that is also practical for use in the dark, I highly recommend this as for the price, it can not be beat.


XMI X-Mini II 2nd Generation Capsule Speaker for iPhone/iPad/iPod/MP3 Player/Laptop - Black
XMI X-Mini II 2nd Generation Capsule Speaker for iPhone/iPad/iPod/MP3 Player/Laptop - Black
Price: 8.59

4.0 out of 5 stars Bizare, 14 Jan 2010
As long as the device you're hooking up to this has an ajustable EQ then this thing can sound pretty good. Very good for it's size in fact, when closed it takes up no more space in your pocket than a chicken egg. It also packs quite a punch, literally, if you have it on a table hooked up to your laptop, you can feel the the surface buzzing with the bass this thing produces.

This being the case you'd expect the bass to be pretty strong, and while this little speaker is capable of making an entire dining table resonate and even make itself physically hop along to whatever you're playing through it if you raise the volume enough, the actual audible bass isn't anything special, though it is quite satisfying to feel it trembling up through your elbows.

I definitely like the USB charging facility as I hate having to constantly throw out batteries from these sorts of devices, and the reason I don't give this 5 stars is simply because the audio quality, bass in particular doesn't really live up to all the hype. Nevertheless, I recomend you buy one as it is the perfect portable solution to tinny laptop speakers and not to mention a decent and genuinely pocketable mp3 player speaker.


TP-Link 54M wireless USB Adapter TL-WN321G
TP-Link 54M wireless USB Adapter TL-WN321G

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Value AND Windows 7 Compatible!!!, 14 Jan 2010
After building a custom gaming PC that I didn't want to expose to the big bad world of the internet, I eventually came to the point where I needed to succumb in order to register software as well as install windows updates. I figured all I'd need was a wireless adapter, this one seemed cheap, and the free delivery was certainly a bonus, so I gave it a shot.
It turned out to be quite possibly the best purchase I've made in quite a long time. Chucked the CD in, installed the drivers, plugged the dongle in (which, by the way, is very well made) typed my network key in and boom. I was online!
If you do buy this, which I strongly recommend you do, be aware that you won't be getting blistering speeds out of it, of course that is largely determined by your broadband speed, but for this price the reception you'll get from this won't necessarily be as fast as your actual broadband speed. However, unless you're going to be using it for HD video streaming or hardcore youtubing and instead for updating your PC and sending a few emails, this really is perfect. I have mine upstairs and at the other end of the house to the router downstairs and signal strength is great, so no problems there.
Finally one little thing to add, unlike many wireless adapters out there, this one works seamlessly with windows 7.

Go buy one!!!
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M-Audio SP-2 Piano Sustain Pedal
M-Audio SP-2 Piano Sustain Pedal
Price: 19.00

14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect, 16 Sep 2009
I bought this to replace my old "footswitch" style pedal which skidded all over the floor and stopped working after a few years. I have high hopes for this one though, the pedal itself it heavy and combined with the rubber on the bottom it stays firmly anchored to the floor (wood carpet or stone I might add). The pedal isn't hard to press down, (wouldn't that defeat the object?) but then this isn't really an issue. Would you ever sit down to the most amazing grand piano in the world and refuse to play it because you thought the pedals were a little stiff? To sum it up, keyboard pedals like this will never be able to recreate the mechanical motion you get from a real one attached to a real piano but for the money and build quality this is one definitely the next best thing. If you're after sustained notes, look no further. And even if you're not, buy one anyway! It makes all the difference. ^^


Creative I Trigue 3000 Speakers
Creative I Trigue 3000 Speakers

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Big let down., 22 Aug 2009
I have the same problem as "P. Collins" who rated these speakers with 1 star. After owning these speakers for a month or two, the volume started to fluctuate which slowly got worse over time, it's now a year later, and still happening with the added problem of a loose connection in the wired remote making the speakers power down randomly, the only way to revive them is to give the remote a good thump. Not ideal considering these speakers sound great, and the only way to get around the erratic volume fluctuation is to constantly have the speakers on full volume with the volume low on which ever device you are using them with. This means you get a constant, high wattage hiss coming from the speakers.

I contacted creative on numerous occasions with regards to a replacement remote (seeing as this is the root of the problems) and it turns out that you can NOT buy replacement remotes for speakers seperately. If you want a replacement you need your receipt for the speakers and to send the whole unit back. Not ideal considering the receipt has since been mislaid.

My overall conclusion (and the reason I gave the speakers one star) is, while creative are a great name and while these speakers SOUND good and look great, the lousy build quality of the remote lets them down BIG TIME so steer clear and spend your money elsewhere.


XFX GeForce (with CUDA) 8500 GT 512MB PCI-E DVI Graphics Card
XFX GeForce (with CUDA) 8500 GT 512MB PCI-E DVI Graphics Card

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Card, 14 Aug 2009
Value wise, this card is a great buy, windows 7 runs flawlessly and game performance is pretty good. It's not perfect, without overclocking (which is not recommended on a card like this with a silent heatsink) you won't get a 100% smooth picture, but it runs games on middle to high graphics settings with ease (taking games like resident evil 4 and the Sims 3 as examples) with the only sacrifice being the number of frames per second (FPS) displayed on the screen. Even so, for the price you'll be hard pressed to find a better card. Price wise the gap is pretty large between this card, and the next one up, so if you're on a budget, this is the card for you.


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