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Revo Axis Internet/DAB/FM Clock Radio with iPhone/iPod Dock and 3.5-inch Touchscreen - Black (discontinued by manufacturer)
Revo Axis Internet/DAB/FM Clock Radio with iPhone/iPod Dock and 3.5-inch Touchscreen - Black (discontinued by manufacturer)

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect radio, 10 Mar 2013
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Revo Axis radio review

The Revo Axis FM/DAB/Internet Radio, with ability to stream Last.FM and local music content over the network, plus the ability to play you iPod and connect another device is only 125mm (H) x 220mm (W) x 150mm (D) in size. The small size makes it an ideal bed-side radio, but the big sound makes it ideal to place anywhere in your household.

The reason I wanted a new radio was because I was obsessed with the TuneIn radio application found on mobile phones and tablets. As I've always been a bit of a radio geek, it was important that my new radio had the ability to play the stations I wanted to hear, plus have superior sound quality. Thankfully, after a lot of research, I picked up this award winning radio, and thankfully it's an amazing piece of kit.

Aesthetics

The Revo Axis is about the same size as a mains operated portable radio/alarm clock. It's a graphite black colour and is made of super-smooth plastic. As can be seen in the picture, the radio is aesthetically very pleasing; with the left of the radio being the speaker encased in a graphite black mesh, a volume knob near the centre and the main display the right.

The main display on the Revo Axis is a 3.5 inch colour TFT touch-screen display. At first start-up the display if very bright, in-fact bright enough to light up a room! The display shows the main menu, station features or station ID photos depending on which mode and which station you are tuned in to.

At the top of the device is an input which you can sit your iPod onto. The Revo comes with a few attachments for the various iPods/iPhones that are available out there, and once the right one is selected, the iPod fits nicely on top of the radio.

Control

The touch screen is the main hub of the radio, and lets you control everything from it. Unlike modern phones, it is only single point touch responsive, but that’s not a problem as there really is no need to touch more than one point at a time.

Depending on the mode you are in will depend what you have shown onscreen in front of you. Thankfully, the software in the Revo Axis is very intuitive and without a second thought you’ll be moving around the menus swiftly, and finding what you need to do at just a couple of touches.

The volume is controlled by the knob at the centre of the radio, and the only thing missing from the radio is a display that shows how loud the volume is. There are no numbers, no graph, nothing. It’s an odd omission but one which you won’t even realise is missing once you start using the radio.

Stations are chosen by simply pressing on their names, and favourites are added etc in exactly the same way. The touch display is responsive, but you do need to actually press the display as opposed to just glancing over it as you do on modern mobile phones.

Features

This is a radio that does everything. The first thing I wanted it for was internet radio, and there are just short of 18,000 radio stations available to stream on this radio. They are grouped in a way that makes them very easy to search for, or you can search by name if you know what they are called. If you want to search for blues stations, you can do this, if you want to search for stations in the USA, you can do this, there are so many options, and it is quite unbelievable. You can add unlimited favourites, and folders of favourites, so you’ll never get stuck on where to look for the stations you’ve added.

The Revo Axis connects to the Frontier Radio Portal, and you can access this on your PC. Simply type in the code that your radio gives you while you are on the Frontier radio website, and set up an account and you can manage all your stations easily from the comfort of your armchair. I’d never used anything like this before, and when you realise how much is available and how easy it is to manage, you really will be one happy little radio listener.

The DAB radio section initially scans to find all the DAB stations in your area. It seems to be very responsive, and picked up everything that I expected it to very quickly and easily. Even on the weaker multiplexes, the quality of the DAB stations was very impressive. Just like the internet radio, it is easy to add favourites and manage the stations you listen to.

There is an FM radio also with RDS, and just like the DAB radio it is all very responsive and gives excellent results. Favourites are easily added and moved, and station names were displayed as they should be, with no missing character’s etc that can occur with a system struggling for signal.

The radio offers Last.FM compatibility for those with an account, plus you can stream music from your PC and connect an iPod and via the line-in you can also connect any device with a 3.5mm headphone jack. So many options on such a small radio, but they all work seamlessly and perfectly.

Sound Quality

With everything this radio offers, it would be let down if it didn’t have good sound quality. The radio boasts a single speaker with NXT Balanced Radiator technology, pumping out 8 Watts of sound. It has a bass-cone at the back of the speaker to help with the bass sound.

On playing any form of music, the sound is remarkable for such a small device. The bass notes are thumping, the mid and high are well produced and the radio gives out an award winning rich sound that belies it small size. In the menu section you can alter the bass and treble, however initial settings it comes with sound perfect and really do not need to be changed.

Internet radio stations sound stunning on this machine, as do DAB and FM. For anyone not used to listening to internet radio on decent speakers, it really is an eye-opener as every station I have tested has sounded amazing.

Overall

The Revo Axis if bought from the products maker is expensive, however shop around and you’ll find it with at least 30% off the RRP. Given it’s size, it sounds brilliant and has enough features to keep even the most ardent radio fan happy.

There is a sleep timer for those who like listening to the radio while falling asleep, plus there is the ability to set two alarms. You can wake up to DAB, Internet Radio or FM and the device is easy to setup.

The display shows a clock when not in use, although you can turn the display off if you need to. The controls work well, and a dedicated remote can be bought for as little as £10.

This is a brilliant radio, and well worth every penny.

(Taken from my own personal blog)


Elvis: Prince From Another Planet (Deluxe Version)
Elvis: Prince From Another Planet (Deluxe Version)
Price: £15.38

5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!!!, 4 Jan 2013
I had this as a Christmas present and was really impressed. Although I had the original releases of these albums, these new mixes sound absolutely awesome! The DVD is worth the price of admission alone and has some brilliant documentary material and that unseen footage.

The packaging is pretty cool, and the 40 page book gives great insight into the concerts. There is also a wealth of photos that are brilliant to view.

Simply stunning if you're an Elvis fan, and even if your not.


Marvel Avengers The Ultimate Character Guide (Dk)
Marvel Avengers The Ultimate Character Guide (Dk)
by DK
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £6.99

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great guide., 18 Mar 2012
I bought this Encyclopaedia as a companion piece to "The Ultimate Graphic Novel Collection" which is being released in 60 parts, covering numerous Marvel comics and super-heroes. For the price I paid it is even better than I expected, giving a brief but good description of all the major characters in the Marvel Universe.

The book is a good size, with great paper quality. The illustrations are colourful and accurate to the comics, and the little bits of information such as the list of Enemies to each character, plus full physical description and description of powers are well written.

Overall, this book is great value for any Marvel fans of any age.

:) Mark


BargainUniverse® WHITE Remote and Nunchuck Controller Combo for Nintendo Wii -Free Silicone Sleeve and Wrist Strap - Retail Packing--by bargain universe
BargainUniverse® WHITE Remote and Nunchuck Controller Combo for Nintendo Wii -Free Silicone Sleeve and Wrist Strap - Retail Packing--by bargain universe

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Item!, 18 Jan 2012
We ordered this controller and nun-chuck as a second controller for our Wii and it is great value for money. It looks, acts and feels like an official Nintendo controller and we are all very pleased with it. It synced first time, and to be honest is just as good as the official controllers. I would recommend this to anyone!


Kingston Technology DataTraveler 101 Generation 2 16GB USB Flash Drive - Black
Kingston Technology DataTraveler 101 Generation 2 16GB USB Flash Drive - Black
Price: £6.57

5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant value USB Memory Stick, 6 Sep 2011
I was in the market to upgrade my 4GB USB Memory Stick and I came across this 16GB stick at an unbelievable price. It has fast transfer rates, and works well with my Linux PCs and Windows PCs. It also works perfectly in my Media Players, so I can't fault it. It's small yet feels well made, the swivel action is nice and tight.

Overall, how can you not like this product? It's as good as any of the more expensive USB memory sticks I have used.


DUAL SD MICRO TO PRO DUO ADAPTOR CARD PART OF THE QUBITS ACCESSORIES RANGE
DUAL SD MICRO TO PRO DUO ADAPTOR CARD PART OF THE QUBITS ACCESSORIES RANGE

5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing little adaptor!, 16 July 2011
I bought this for my PSP and it does a great job. I had a spare 8GB and 2GB Micro-SD card, put them in the adapter and the PSP just thinks its a 10GB card!!! Simple, effective and quite amazing!

:) Mark


Crysis 2 (PS3)
Crysis 2 (PS3)
Price: £13.75

5.0 out of 5 stars Great game with just a few flaws., 14 Jun 2011
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Crysis 2 (PS3) (Video Game)
Crysis 2 is a great looking game. The colours and textures are some of the best that you will ever see, and it just makes the game that much more fun to play. The game is quite a challenge, even on normal level and it feels different to most other FPS games.

The gun-play feels just right, and the movement also feels second nature. There are quite a few more buttons to use in this game than the typical FPS but they are all well thought out. What seperates this from a normal shooter is the fact you have two powers, one being the most useful invisability cloak and the other been a protection shield. Using these powers lets you play the game quite different to other games, and depending on the situation you'll be either stealthing around the sceanery or attacking the enemy hoades with the protection of your shields.

The game does have some graphical flaws though which don't distract too much from the gameplay. Bullet "lines" will fly through buildings and stay visible, bodies and weapons will float above the ground, expended ammo will stay by the side of you and the enemey sometimes seem to have eyes in the back of their heads. Thankfully, this just happens now and again and as I said doesn't spoil the fun.

The one player mode is a lot of fun, when you're not taking out enemies, or driving vehicles you'll be looking at the stunning sceanery. A great game that with a patch could be cleaned up nicely.


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