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Sony MDR-XB400 Extra Bass Overhead Headphones - Black
Sony MDR-XB400 Extra Bass Overhead Headphones - Black

4.0 out of 5 stars Great headphones and extremely lightweight, 24 April 2014
A great pair of headphones overall. They alight on your head with a feather touch, while the cups are soft and comfortable; they are by far and away the most comfortable headphones I've ever had. The cord is a lot shorter than some headphones, but they're a perfect length for when your phone is in your pocket.

The bass is strong and the sound quality decent, although it is quite soft around the edges and doesn't have much punch to it, which is something I really treasure. If that's of no concern to you then feel free to add an extra star to the rating above.


Toshiba Encore 8-inch Tablet with Windows 8.1 (Silver) - (Intel Atom Quad Core Processor 1.33GHz, 2GB RAM, 32GB SSD, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 2x Cameras)
Toshiba Encore 8-inch Tablet with Windows 8.1 (Silver) - (Intel Atom Quad Core Processor 1.33GHz, 2GB RAM, 32GB SSD, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 2x Cameras)
Offered by TODO! TODO!
Price: £189.99

12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great device, only let down by the odd case design, 18 Dec 2013
I've paired this with a Bluetooth keyboard cover and I'm extremely impressed. Windows runs smoothly without any signs of slowdown and it can even handle games competently - the new Tomb Raider reached a barely-playable 13fps at low settings, but for a new game on a cheap tablet that's pretty extraordinary. 2D games have no trouble at all and I fully expect that less demanding 3D games will run perfectly well.

Whether this is a full laptop replacement is a matter of opinion - the 8" screen is certainly good enough to make out the smallest of icons and buttons on x86 programs, but there's a clear gulf in the design of Windows apps and full desktop programs. The Photoshop Express app might work fine, but if you want to use the full Photoshop program, even Elements, you'd really want to upgrade to something with a 10" screen, or at least a decent stylus. That said, my Wacom Bamboo not only runs perfectly, but has the same size drawing area as the Encore's screen, making it fantastically easy to draw with - it also activates the mouse cursor, making it a great alternative to a stylus.

Luckily, the available apps are entirely fit for purpose. A lot is made of how few apps Windows has compared to Android and iOS, but apart from the more specialist apps out there I've yet to find Windows 8 wanting. News and weather especially are both superbly presented and highly functional, with other apps like Food and Health having easily navigable and comprehensive content. Even Internet Explorer is besting Chrome for me in terms of its usability and features on such a small device, and I never thought I'd be saying that any time soon.

The only real downside to the Encore over similar tablets is the casing; it feels tough but has worryingly little grip, while the weight is fine but noticeable nonetheless. It becomes a non-issue once paired with a case, but on its own the constant feeling that it might slide out of my hands is enough to warrant dropping a star from the rating.

I wouldn't quite class this as a full laptop replacement, but really only due to the screen size - unless you're planning to run Photoshop or other full-featured desktop programs, I'd say you'll have no problems with this at all. And as an ultra-portable travel companion, it comes highly recommended; with a keyboard cover it's roughly the size of a small but chunky book. I can't see myself going back to an iPad or Android tablet, with or without desktop apps.
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Adonit Jot Pro Fine Point Stylus for iPad, iPad Air, iPad Mini, iPhone, & Kindle Fire - Turquoise
Adonit Jot Pro Fine Point Stylus for iPad, iPad Air, iPad Mini, iPhone, & Kindle Fire - Turquoise
Price: £18.54

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Works well on high res screens, 10 Feb 2013
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The stylus didn't work so well on my cheap Android tablet, which has a relatively low-res screen, but on my iPod Touch 4th Gen it works like a charm, and I imagine it would work well on any screen with a similarly high resolution. The fact it uses a ball point rather than a thick rubber tip makes it very precise and perfect for handwriting or basic doodling, as well as navigation if you don't want to touch your screen at all. I wouldn't say it was an essential product, but if you think it would be useful for your own purposes then it gets my recommendation.


Half Minute Hero (PSP)
Half Minute Hero (PSP)
Offered by shamimak
Price: £10.69

5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely superb, 26 Jan 2013
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
A charming satire of RPGs in general and JRPGs in particular, all skilfully done through a blend of off-the-cuff humour and a gameplay style that takes the tropes and mechanics of 60-hour RPGs and distils them down to bite-sized, 30 second chunks.

A fast-paced arcade style game, Half Minute Hero is well suited to short blasts of portable gaming, and with several styles of gameplay from on-rails shooter to strategy to the aforementioned RPG-lite gameplay, it comes highly recommended.


WESC BASS BLACK Urban style headphones
WESC BASS BLACK Urban style headphones

12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Bass my ass, 21 Dec 2012
According to EE (and WeSC's webshop) these are worth £90. Absolute rubbish - they are tinny, uncomfortable, come with an ironic lack of bass and create an unsettling amount of pressure when they clamp around your ears. I have a £25 set of Sony headphones that are infinitely superior, and even at such a cheap price here on Amazon they come not recommended whatsoever. They gain a star for the fact they aren't as bad as ultra-cheap earbuds and have quite a nice build quality to them, but you can do so much better than this for about a tenner more.

I got these for free in EE's pay-as-you-go deal, and I regret it. Waste of time, space and (if you paid for them) money. Avoid.


acer liquid express e320
acer liquid express e320

2.0 out of 5 stars Pretty terrible, 10 May 2012
I hope you weren't planning on watching videos on your shiny new phone, because other than Youtube, every single video has crashed every browser I've tried. Yes, even iPlayer.

Add to that a touchscreen that always seems slightly miscalibrated, frequent performance issues and app crashes, as well as a battery that seems terrified of holding charge, and you're left with a pretty unimpressive phone.

Not one day has gone by when I haven't openly cursed this thing. I really wouldn't advise puttig yourself through that.


Mouse Guard: Autumn 1152
Mouse Guard: Autumn 1152
by David Petersen
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £11.19

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing special, sadly, 2 Mar 2012
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I really wanted to like this, but it left me feeling hollow. The artwork is competent and balances cuteness with a more serious tone, but without ever providing any kind of wow factor, while the dialogue serves its purpose but is left trying to pull along a severely underdeveloped story. Even when the stakes are high and the climax approaches, the pacing just refuses to pick up. There's potential here, but I don't think you'd be missing anything by skipping this volume.


Lackadaisy
Lackadaisy
by Tracy J. Butler
Edition: Perfect Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent comic, both on and off the web, 2 Mar 2012
This review is from: Lackadaisy (Perfect Paperback)
Well drawn, funny and absolutely charming to read, this is a better class of webcomic than most, and one that anyone can pick up and appreciate. It's all available online, but if you prefer paper or just want to support the ongoing creation of the series, then I'd highly recommend buying this volume.


Microsoft Comfort Mouse 4500 - Mouse
Microsoft Comfort Mouse 4500 - Mouse

2.0 out of 5 stars Fine, until you start using the scroll wheel, 23 May 2011
Overall this mouse is solid, well-built and functional, until you try it under heavy web usage. The scroll wheel is utterly diabolical; a completely smooth scrolling motion coupled with ridiculous sensitivity means you'll be scrolling accidentally all the time, and scrolling when you try to tab a link with the middle button, thus missing your intended link entirely. That is, of course, assuming that it registers your click in the first place; the scroll wheel can be clicked sideways, but it's so spongy you'll be hard pressed to do a simple middle-click nine times out of ten. Even when you concentrate on the positioning of your finger (which you shouldn't have to), it can still be a chore to pull off this simplest of tasks.

I almost threw it across the room, then returned it later the same day. If the scroll wheel is a mysterious beast that you have no truck with then there are cheaper mice, but if it's an integral part of your web browsing, as it should be, then it'll drive you utterly bananas.


Mongrels - Series 1 [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
Mongrels - Series 1 [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Adam Miller
Price: £10.43

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic new show, 18 Aug 2010
Where shows like Family Guy often go too far for no real comedy effect, Mongrels knows exactly when to censor and when not to, when to show and when to hide. Themes like Nelson's metrosexuality aren't overplayed, while the constant bleeping of Vince's swearing somehow sits alongside him happily describing how he ate his own offspring because he couldn't find a spoon for his Muller Light. Well made, full of life and definitely worth buying.


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