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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Reasonably good, nothing to write home about., 8 Dec. 2013
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It seems its almost necessary to write a bit of a preamble to a review of any CoD game as the reader needs to understand the writers perspective to subjectively understand whether or not the reviewer is biased, legitimate or just downright trolling, therefore heres mine: I have never played a CoD game on a console ever. So there you go, this is one written with "fresh eyes".

Single player:
I am halfway through the campaign, I have found the missions to be very short but the story quite good, even if the "twists" were incredibly obvious, graphically its amazing and the gameplay is reasonably challenging on the high difficulty mode. The ability to slide and to lean round corners not only is fun but is also actually very useful and has made some of the more difficult sections easier to conquer in a strategical manner. My problem with it though is that there is absolutely no choice to be made whatsoever, you will have a squad with you literally telling you where to go and what to do, you are pretty much in a corridor just mowing down opposition then every so often you will get an instruction ("open that door", "hack that computer") whereby it seems dynamic but isn't, it leaves you thinking "why doesnt someone else just do it".

Multiplayer:
VERY tough I found, Im not gonna lie, Im not very good at it, after all ive never played any first person shooter on a console and im facing off against people who have done literally nothing but for the last x years, it is though regardless of this, somewhat silly. You cannot actually have a gun fight or use any strategical advantage as pretty much half the guns kill you instantly (in under 0.5 seconds) and half the guns are useless (so nobody uses them), the killstreaks are, on the whole (and my best one was a 10 streak) useless, with only probably 3-4 of the streaks actually getting used and the rest just simply not selected. The points system used when you "Create A Soldier" is quite good, allowing you to drop tactical equipment out to use an extra perk for example, and the support and elite killstreak formats (persists through death, no killstreaks awarded, instead extra perks) are interesting but are really only for clan based gameplay or extremely good players respectively. The maps are MASSIVE which seems great, but with no big team game modes available (a friend told me there is usually a game mode called Ground War that is strangely absent) you have maps that would be great if they were 10v10 but with the cap at 6v6 you spend more time actually looking for enemies than fighting, and even when you do see someone, as i mentioned before, there is no fight, its fastest finger wins.

Overall:
Graphics: 8/10.
Sound: 9/10.
Controls: 9/10.
Story: n/a (I have not finished the campaign yet)
Multiplayer: 6/10.
Menu's/Interface: 9/10.
Replayability: n/a (I have not finished the campaign yet).
Longevity: 7/10.
In 3 Words: Fast, Fun, Frustrating.


Microsoft Sidewinder X4 Keyboard
Microsoft Sidewinder X4 Keyboard

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding all use keyboard!, 27 April 2013
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Packaging:
Very well presented box, very well packaged, features etc detailed on sides and back.

Build Quality:
Absolutely 5 stars, the keyboard is solid with a nice glossy finish that amazingly doesn't get dirty easily or attract dust, the keys are very responsive, have a reasonably low "drop height" so you don't have to mash each keypress, and unlike the more expensive mechanical keyboards the typing 'loudness' is relatively quiet, personally I cant stand the loud clickety-clack of some keyboards so I find this a major advantage. The wrist-bar rest cannot be de-attached, but I don't view this as a hinderance and it provides excellent grip and support. The clips on the back are thick and don't look to be the sort that will break easily, which is definitely a major plus point.

Software:
Non existant as such, literally plug and play and use the keyboard properties from control panel to customise the (very customisable) keyboard. The macros etc are easily setup, but to be honest I haven't actually found a use for them yet. The keyboard has 3 seperate profile options for easily switching if you want program/game specific differences on your keyboard, and utilisation of 6 different macros per profile.

Layout:
Ive been using the keyboard for a week and i'll be honest it takes some getting used to, the key issues I found was based on "unfamiliar" key positioning and size, at first was that the Escape key is not at the top left instead the profile button is, causing me to not cancel out of programs and instead, infuriatingly, switch profiles, then having to select that key again twice and move across to the actual in-laid escape key. The same applies with the S1-S6 keys down the side, presumably intended for macro-commands yet can be programmed to do anything, frustratingly you find yourself pressing S6 instead of Control, S2 instead of Tab etc. The function keys (F1-F12) are rather small, sacrificed in size to accommodate for the quite frankly unnecessary media control keys. The Caps Lock key is very small thus dropping the WASD keys in a slightly cramped layout, with me having to disable Caps Lock so as to stop pressing it.

Bear in mind these critisisms may just be teething issues, but it has taken me I would say around 30 hours of use to get fully adjusted to the slightly irregular layout and key size, and even now during games I find my hand drifts off where it should be if I move my 'guide' fingers off WASD, the dents on the W key cannot be felt and you need to visually reposition your hand.

Key features:
Up to 26 simoultaneous keypresses: Well considering the average human doesn't have 26 fingers (anyone who types as much as me I bet wishes they had!) seems a bit overkill, but in reality they don't mean 'any 26 keys' they mean commonly used combinations such as WASD etc can be used in addition to 3-4-5-26! other keys, for gaming this is an absolutely OUTSTANDING feature, and will actually improve your skills on any game, particularly MMO's or any key-heavy program/game.
Backlit Keys: Absolutely gorgeous backlit keys with 4 brightness settings (one being OFF), to be honest your only ever gonna use brightness 3 and Off as the brightness 3 isnt exactly bright enough to be overpowering, so a simple on/off option would of sufficed, the ability to change the colour would of been great but the Red is aesthetically pleasing.

Durability:
As I have only owned the item for 1 week, it is unfair for me to give an accurate response on this yet. Based on the build quality I think it should be fine.

Cable:
A meter and a half in length I believe, standard USB 2.0 connection, reasonably thick and as far as I can tell, good quality cable and connection.

In summary:
An absolutely incredibly good keyboard for the price, Im hoping it will last for many years infact, and even if anything does go wrong after 1 year I'd gladly buy another. While the layout is somewhat frustrating at first when switching from a more conventional layout I think that once your hands have got used to it it will actually work BETTER than a standard layout (less distance therefore less strain, convenient placement of keys) All in all I have basically no critisisms other than that, I give the product 9.6/10.


Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium with Service Pack 1, 64-bit, English, 1 Pack, DSP OEI (PC) (This OEM software is intended for system builders only)
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium with Service Pack 1, 64-bit, English, 1 Pack, DSP OEI (PC) (This OEM software is intended for system builders only)

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for people who've built their own PC., 27 April 2013
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Just to make one thing clear, this is a full working copy of windows 7 home premium, it is for installing on freshly built systems however it is NOT permitted for you to install this product on a computer you intend to sell.

Substantially better than Windows Vista, Windows 7 is an absolutely fantastic operating system and I strongly recommend it (even over Windows 8)
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JVC HAFX1X Xtreme Xplosives In Ear Canal Headphones
JVC HAFX1X Xtreme Xplosives In Ear Canal Headphones
Price: £13.91

5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding., 27 April 2013
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Bought this product years ago and still use them to this day, VERY robust, did come provided with a protective case but i haven't used it and they've been absolutely fine, excellent range of sound including crisp treble and nice deep clear bass. Comes with 3 different sizes of ear inserts of which at least one set will fit your ear perfectly well.

For the price the product is superb and I strongly recommend them.


Belkin CoolSpot Cooling Stand for Laptops up to 17-inch - Black
Belkin CoolSpot Cooling Stand for Laptops up to 17-inch - Black
Offered by Idstock

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Poor build quality, only good in certain situations., 27 April 2013
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For such a simple item a lengthy review is unnecessary, to summarize the item is lightweight and the fan provides effective cooling but the build quality is very poor, should you accidentally put any pressure anywhere near the middle of the stand the fan will 'clip' the outer casing, after doing this 2/3 times the fan basically shattered, rendering the product useless. Impressed by the cooling and lightweight design i blamed myself for the breakage and actually purchased the item again, this time making sure to take more care of it, unfortunately only 2 months later the usb cable was practically hanging off and again, the fan stopped working correctly.

Overall, if your planning on using it just in the house or on a flat surface its a superb product, but if its for use on the move or actually on your lap its not ideal and I would recommend a different product.


Belkin CoolSpot Cooling Stand for Laptops up to 17-inch - White
Belkin CoolSpot Cooling Stand for Laptops up to 17-inch - White
Offered by Idstock
Price: £23.00

3.0 out of 5 stars Good for price, but ultimately poor quality., 27 April 2013
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For such a simple item a lengthy review is unnecessary, to summarize the item is lightweight and the fan provides effective cooling but the build quality is very poor, should you accidentally put any pressure anywhere near the middle of the stand the fan will 'clip' the outer casing, after doing this 2/3 times the fan basically shattered, rendering the product useless. Impressed by the cooling and lightweight design i blamed myself for the breakage and actually purchased the item again, this time making sure to take more care of it, unfortunately only 2 months later the usb cable was practically hanging off and again, the fan stopped working correctly.

Overall, if your planning on using it just in the house or on a flat surface its a superb product, but if its for use on the move or actually on your lap its not ideal and I would recommend a different product.


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