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Samsung SF310 13.3 inch Laptop (Intel Core i5 480M 2.66GHz, RAM 4GB, HDD 320GB, DVDSMDL, WLAN, BT, Webcam, Windows 7 Home Premium) - Ivory
Samsung SF310 13.3 inch Laptop (Intel Core i5 480M 2.66GHz, RAM 4GB, HDD 320GB, DVDSMDL, WLAN, BT, Webcam, Windows 7 Home Premium) - Ivory

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shame about the trackpad, 8 May 2011
First things first - this is a great laptop. Fast, well built and responsive with more than enough capacity and processing power to suit most people. There are a couple of negative points that should be mentioned though. First and by far the most important, the trackpad. It is astonishing how Samsung have managed to create such a great laptop with such an awful trackpad. It is very close to being unusable - the pad has no separate left or right click buttons, with the bottom of the trackpad reserved for these functions. This makes it very difficult to use and you are constantly at risk of the cursor flying off at all angles - highly frustrating.

The second niggling disadvantage is related to the first. Of the 3 USB slots, only one of them is easily accessible (the other two are hidden behind a removable panel). Since the trackpad is so damn awful, the first thing you do is plug in a USB mouse... using up that precious slot.

For me these points are not that important as I always use my laptop at my desk with a mouse - hence the 5 star review. If you were using this on the move (and so needing the trackpad) I would strongly recommend trying it out in person before you take the plung and buy it.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 13 Mar. 2010
The slanket is basically an enormous blanket with sleeves. It's made of fleece material, and is enormous. So enormous in fact, that it is completely impractical to walk around whilst wearing it (imagine making a coat out of, and then wrapping yourself in, a kings-sized bed sheet....).

Sitting down, it will keep you snug and warm, and for those of you so inclined there is easily room for 2..

The slanket is delivered in a pillow case sized bag, which is transparent and zips up - very handy for continued storage.

Age of Mythology: The Titans (PC CD)
Age of Mythology: The Titans (PC CD)
Offered by marxwax
Price: £7.04

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic game, 13 Mar. 2010
I would like to echo the comments of a previous reviewer, and note that this game comes complete with the original Age of Mythology game as well as the Titans expansion pack. Very good value.

The game is fantastic, and due to its age should work on most PCs and laptops (my laptop is far from top-of-the-range, but ran the game seamlessly). Following the general format of previous age of empire games, this game will keep you entertained for hours and hours.

Its often said that a truly great game needs to be easy to learn and hard to master - that sums this game up perfectly.

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (1-Disc) [DVD]
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (1-Disc) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Shia LaBeouf
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £2.24

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful, 13 Mar. 2010
The first transformers film was quite fun light entertainment; unlikely to win any acting awards, but the special effects were excellent and I was generally content. It was much of the same I was expecting with "Revenge of the fallen".

The special effects are again good, but the film is border-line unwatchable. There is seemingly no plot at all, scenes follow each other in a completely haphazard manner, and I truly have no idea how much of this film made it into the final version and not the cutting room floor. Explosions and action sequences happen without any build up or thought, and I was so dispassioned from what I was seeing that I truly didn't care what was coming (hopefully the end!).

Character development is non existant, and the "follow the formula for a good action film" approach was so transparent as to be almost shameless. More than once I literally got up to turn the film off before giving it the benefit of the doubt that it could improve (indeed, it coudn't get any worse...). I was wrong, and my instincts were right.

Don't get me wrong, I enjoy mindless action films - but this I couldn't take.

1089 and All That - A Journey into Mathematics
1089 and All That - A Journey into Mathematics
by David Acheson
Edition: Hardcover

9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but short, 28 Feb. 2010
First off, the positive - this book is very easy to read, accessable to those unfamiliar with maths, and interesting. There is enough in this book to keep you interested for hours.... but only a few, as the book is very short and small.

The accessability of this book is at the expense of more detailed explanation for many topics covered - you will definately have to read elsewhere to get to the bottom of any of the topics covered in this book.

All in all an entertaining introduction to maths, particularly suited to non experts - given how unexpectedly short and small (postcard sized) this book is though (with large text to boot...), the price seems a little steep....

History Great Empires: Rome (Nintendo DS)
History Great Empires: Rome (Nintendo DS)
Offered by bnhlmt
Price: £15.88

17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars So much potential..., 24 Dec. 2009
This game has great potential, but ultimately fails to entertain as much as it should.

Its a turn based strategy/civilisation building game, very similar to "Civilisation: Revolution" on the DS and to a lesser extent "Age of mythologies" (Both of which are great DS games). You maintain your cities by collecting resources and training troops to conquer other cities. It has the potential to be more sophisticated than the two games above, as you can set formations of your troops (which afects the outcome of the battles) - in addition to this your armies cost resources to maintain once produced (unlike the two aforementioned games), and your armies will ultimately mutiny and desert you if you dont have adequate resources to pay them. All great stuff.

The problem with this game is a major one (and is the reason for the 2 star review - otherwise it would be a solid 4 star) - like similar games you have a combat animation when you enter into a fight. Unlike other games this sequence is needlessly long, (literally minutes sometimes not seconds!) presumably with the intention of educating you regarding the formations you have created, etc, and to my continued annoyance, you cant turn it off. I cannot stress how annoying this becomes (particularly as you are likely to need multiple battles to win any scenario) - I have even found myself avoiding battles (i.e. taking the diplomatic route with enemies) to avoid this sequence!

A good game that should be a great game

Topspin 3 (Nintendo DS)
Topspin 3 (Nintendo DS)
Offered by My Bay Hospice
Price: £12.00

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good fun, 1 Aug. 2009
This is a very good game - it works well and currently is a bargain (listed at below £10). You can play one off games, or choose to create your own player and navigate a "career" mode, playing tournaments, training, etc. As you progress you collect stars to improve your stats on a few obvious dimensions (backhand, forehand, power, serve, etc).

And therin lies the only real problem. At the beggining this game is very challenging and at times frustrating. You have barely enough power in your arm to get the ball over the net, and the acuracy is appauling. I lost around 15 games on the trot. Then, as you start to acquire the stars, you quickly reach a tipping point. From that point on I havnt lost a game, let alone a match (literally). By the time you have collected all the stars and improved your stats you are virtually unbeatable.

So it could be said that this game is too hard initially and then too easy by the time you have got the hang of it. - Time to try "hard mode" to see if the same can be said.....

Super Crunchers: How Anything Can Be Predicted
Super Crunchers: How Anything Can Be Predicted
by Ian Ayres
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.99

8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 28 Jun. 2009
There are many books around about how econometrics and statistical analysis are used in the modern world, often in areas you may not expect. This is another, and makes a reasonable go of it, but certainly isnt the best in the genre.

Ayres, in order (presumably) to keep the book simple and easy to understand for non experts, has removed a lot of detail and replaced said it with sillyness. Hence researchers and anyone else who has ever used an excel spreadsheet are "supercrunchers".

Anyone who has ever done any econometrics before will be familiar with the basic concept of a regression - but Ayres builds up this "supercrunching tool" to mythical proportions, suggesting that this strange technique mysteriously pops out answers to the worlds queries, with the help of the expert "supercruncher" at the wheel, of course.

In all a reasonably entertaining book on regressions and statistical analysis, which can certainly be read by non experts. Anyone familiar with a regression beware, as you may find this book comically belittling.

Age of Empires: Mythologies (Nintendo DS)
Age of Empires: Mythologies (Nintendo DS)

22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant game, 14 Feb. 2009
This game is a "turn based" version of the PC game(which I havn't played and so won't compare). It offers you 3 campaigns for the three civilisations (Greek, Egyptian and Norse), with 8 missions each. Rather annoyingly you must play them in sequence (i.e. you must complete all 8 egyptian missions before the greek ones become available, etc) which means if you get stuck on an egyptian mission the greek and norse campaigns are not available to you at all.

Other than that small gripe the game is amazing. As well as the campaigns there are over 15 one off "scenarios" which can be played in any order. Additional to this is an almost unlimited variety of "skirmish" games, where you choose your civilisation and play against computer enemies (or human enemies if you want to play multiplayer).

Throughout all this you collect "myth points" for winning games etc, which can be used to unlock additional units, gods, maps and relics. All in all its a highly engaging game and the format works really well. It is very similar to Civilisation Revolution (which is also a great DS game).

The only thing I would say is that it isnt the sort of game which you can play for very short bursts - the game deserves your full attention!

One of the better DS games out there in my opinion

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games (Nintendo DS)
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games (Nintendo DS)
Offered by CD Dixie
Price: £22.40

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Be careful not to damage your DS, 25 Jan. 2009
This game is entertaining, no doubt. For anyone who has ever played any "track and field" style game, the format will be familiar. You choose your character from a list, who all have different attributes, and then chose your event.

A small number of events require you to use the buttons, but the vast majority use the stylus, and therein lies the problem. To run fast, for example, you move your stylus left to right across the screen over and over, as fast as you can- the faster the stylus moves, the faster you move. After a few minutes game time you realise that you have been thrashing away at your beloved touch pad in the hope of winning the 100m!

After a few hours play, you may well find yourself scratching the screen.

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