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Acer Aspire V5-573 15.6-inch Laptop (Intel Core i7 4500U 1.8GHz, 4GB RAM, 1TB HDD, LAN, WLAN, BT, Webcam, Integrated Graphics, Windows 8.1)
Acer Aspire V5-573 15.6-inch Laptop (Intel Core i7 4500U 1.8GHz, 4GB RAM, 1TB HDD, LAN, WLAN, BT, Webcam, Integrated Graphics, Windows 8.1)

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good looks but terrible design, 17 Sept. 2014
I would liken this laptop to a fancy sports car that looks the part but when you drive it down the road you find all the wheel nuts have been left lose.

Through my work as a programmer and have been using Acer laptops for the last 8 years with no probelms. I was unfortunate enough to be given this laptop as a replacement for my most recent Acer,

If I was using this as my personal laptop in a domestic context I could probably live with it better.... although, if that were the case I would have returned it inside of a week. Sadly, I am stuck with it.


LED screen.
Brushed aluminum finish.

Minor Cons:

No DVD drive (presumably, assumes all software you want to install is downloadable)
No microphone jack (requires USB headphones).

Major Cons:

The mouse pad is awful. The buttons are hidden beneath the touch-sensitive surface, if you are not very careful, the cursor will move slightly, and off-focus, when you try to click the button. The 2-finger scrolling is even worse, I have now disabled it and use the scroll bar.

The keyboard suffers terrible keystroke lag when using <shift> and typing quickly it also frequently duplicates keystrokes resulting in significant time lost editing-out the erroneous characters. This was so bad I sent my first laptop back but the replacement was no better. Possibly a faulty batch, maybe other reviews will corroborate.

(As mentioned in other reviews) Why have they placed the tiny, sensitive power button prominently on the edge of the laptop!!?! There's absolutely no safeguard, you can gently slide your hand along the side of the laptop and inadvertently power it on or, if you're bracing the laptop while plugging something in the USB port on the other side, turn the whole thing off!

In summary: This would be fine if you plan to use a remote mouse and remote keyboard, but then why buy a laptop in the first place!

(I have also come to hate Windows 8 and it's Charms bar with a vengeance, which came with this laptop, but that's not really Acer's fault, I just wanted to bitch about it!).

Cementone Bitumen Black Waterproofing Paint 1lt
Cementone Bitumen Black Waterproofing Paint 1lt
Offered by B&R Direct
Price: £7.75

5.0 out of 5 stars Ideal for raised brick pond, 26 May 2014
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I used this over a rendered surface of a small raised brick pond/water feature, about 3ft cubed, as a liner would have been too awkward to fit neatly.

It has performed faultlessly with no sign of any seepage (very easy to spot) and I feel is a better solution than a liner in the context I had.

The only potential issue is that it's, unsurprisingly, very messy. Old clothes and disposable gloves are highly recommended! However, it cleans from brushes and non-porous surfaces easily with White Spirit.

Keter Corfu 2 Seater Balcony Set, with Table
Keter Corfu 2 Seater Balcony Set, with Table
Price: £172.99

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good net result, 19 Mar. 2014
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The biggest issue is overcoming the initial impression of it being a large-scale Airfix kit!

Assembly is simple, about 10 minutes per chair and the result is something that's very sturdy and far more pleasing to the eye than you initially fear when unpacking the box.

My personal downside was that one of the side mouldings was quite badly warped resulting in a 15mm gap between the side and seat moulding. I had considered returning the order for replacement but it wasn't an option as Amazon was out of stock.

However, I must complement the customer support at Keter who were very polite, helpful and have arranged for a replacement moulding.

I'm sure my experience may well be very rare, so don't let it influence you too much.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey [DVD]
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey [DVD]
Dvd ~ Hugo Weaving
Price: £6.99

3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish!, 9 Feb. 2014
I first read The Hobbit 37 years ago. I have re-read it probably 10 times or more since and always got pleasure. Sadly, the same is not tgrue of this "action" movie. So far, it's horrible. Every chapter has been re-hashed with orcs. Orcs did not feature in The Hobbit. Stop Americanizing a wonderful novel with a fabricated story line. I will not bother watching, let a lone buying, any sequal to this film.
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The Descent [DVD] [2005]
The Descent [DVD] [2005]
Dvd ~ Shauna Macdonald
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £2.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic goretest with suspense!, 21 Sept. 2013
This review is from: The Descent [DVD] [2005] (DVD)
Possibly one of the most original horror flicks I had the pleasure to watch in ages.

Magnificently claustrophobic in the right places and suitably despair-laden in others, you are sucked into a subterrainean world of darkness haunted by sightless ghoules, hungry for the flesh on your bones.

There's even a genuine story line, although it's easy to miss the first time around if you're not paying attention!

One of my favorite films on so many levels. 5 stars.

Insidious [DVD]
Insidious [DVD]
Dvd ~ Patrick Wilson
Price: £3.00

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Scarey as a sleeping hamster, 21 Sept. 2013
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This review is from: Insidious [DVD] (DVD)
I hate getting conned into the hype. What a crock. A total remake of "Poltergeist" without Spielberg's touch and without any scares. Avoid unless you are easily scared by watching "Friends".

The Sims 3: Seasons Expansion Pack (PC DVD)
The Sims 3: Seasons Expansion Pack (PC DVD)
Offered by APE-GAMES
Price: £14.17

1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Grinds to a halt, 16 Dec. 2012
= Fun:2.0 out of 5 stars 
Once again I have been hijacked by poor pre-release testing. (IMO). Bring on the snow, bring on the 20 minute wait for games to save & load. I removed all custom content and "initialised" the game by deleting the appropriate folders. All was fine for about 30 sim days and then it all kicked-off again; accelerated time ran at the same pace as "real time" pregnant pauses of up to 1 minute every 20 - 30 seconds of game play. Sorry, I have now binned Sims 3and moved onto Skyrim, doubting I'll return. Sims 3 is a great game in principle but horribly flawed.
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Offered by Sent2u
Price: £4.99

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Coming to an Amiga near you soon..., 15 May 2012
= Fun:3.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: J.U.L.I.A (PC DVD) (DVD-ROM)
I'm not quite sure what I was expecting when I bought this... but it was definitely expecting something with graphics and game play that would look as though it came from this millennium! Sadly, showing my age, this game would not look out of place on the Amiga 500 I was playing 20 years ago.

The only animation is a poorly drawn avatar that provides somewhat patronizing commentary.
"Searching for minerals" (as you have to each time you orbit a new planet) is a completely pointless exercise of moving your mouse pointer about until you find all 5 or 6 deposits, there is no activity involved in either scanning for or collecting the minerals.

On the plus side... each planet requires you to puzzle solve to open door locks, etc, as does developing upgrades for your ship, which can become reasonably challenging as you progress. This pretty much sums up the entertainment factor.

The puzzles keep it going but it's really a game that deserves a sub £5 price tag.

Nation: The Play
Nation: The Play
Price: £6.99

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Don't expect Discworld, 6 April 2012
This review is from: Nation: The Play (Kindle Edition)
A great follower of the disk world series, I was intreagued by this deviation to see if it may lead to another humerous escapade outside of the confines of the world of weird witches and golums.

In a word, yes, it does, but not in particularly good way.

Gone is the enjoyable humour, replaced by a more restrained take on nature and it's deities.

It's a readable story but, if like me, you're a deciple of Discworld you must remove all expectations normally associated with the author and read with an open mind.

There is little humour to be found but there is a certain power to the tale that makes for passable reading, just don't expect to be giggling. It's not THAT sort of tale.

The Sims Medieval - Limited Edition (PC/Mac DVD)
The Sims Medieval - Limited Edition (PC/Mac DVD)
Offered by GeeksWholesaler
Price: £17.99

0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish, 10 May 2011
= Fun:1.0 out of 5 stars 
In all honesty I have played (many) more entertaining games on the Amiga 20 years ago.

Basic graphics and non-existant (due to lack of progression) gameplay. I can't even get out of the damn tutioral!

"Collect wood from the forest"... how hard can that be? Hard enough when you have no option to do so! Yes, I have "discovered wild flowers" and "fought the bandit" and, no, there is still no option to "collect wood".

Uninstalling and returning to shop.

Update (I gaving it a few more chances).

OK. I should acknowledge that I missed markers that addressed most of the above comments. However, having got past these, I find the gameplay is STILL significantly flawed. I've already had to abort 2 quests due to insurmountable problems (i.e. wasted 6-10 hours gameplay). EA have removed every simgle element of game play and creativity that made "The Sims" the phenomenon it was at the height of The Sims 2 (I don't regard The Sims 3 as any major step forward) and yet STILL manage to riddle it with bugs!

EA seem to be on a path to self distruction through very poor QA/bug testing. I've already given up on The Sims 3 due to horrendous bugs in the game, Sims Medieval is going exactly the same way.

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