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NEC MultiSync LCD1550V 15 in 17/11/2005

Good monitor, but buy something newer!

NEC MultiSync LCD1550V 15 in If you can pick up this monitor cheap second hand, the I would recommend doing so. The image quality is actually quite good considering this monitor was first brought out in 2001, and the auto adjust controls mean that after plugging it in there's no tinkering necessary, but I found adjusting the settings helped to get it how I liked it. I say "good" image quality, because the Dell TFT monitors we use at school are much noticeably clearer and sharper, but that doesn't mean the image quality on this monitor isn't good. The screen size is 15", and I was a bit apprehensive about changing this for me 17" CRT when I received it for my birthday. Yet, I find that a 15" TFT has about the same viewable screen size as a 17" CRT, so you're not losing out if you "downgrade"! Now, if you know your stuff in regards to TFT monitors, you may think that the 30ms response time on this monitor seems dreadful compared to today's 8ms ones. Yet, I have found no ghosting whilst playing games and watching DVDs, so I don't see the need to pay extra for a "faster" monitor. The base is nice and sturdy, and the aesthetic appeal depends on whether you find the cream colour good or not. Lastly, this monitor seems a little deeper than newer TFT's, but it's still a massive space saver over a CRT. I don't think this is being sold new anywhere today, so I should imagine it's only available from ebay. But, if you're looking into buying a TFT monitor, I'd look at the newer models. Why buy a 4 year ...

Fujifilm Q1 DIGITAL 02/09/2005

Fun little camera!

Fujifilm Q1 DIGITAL This camera is good for people who want to take good quality photos at an affordable price. It is 2.0 megapixel and has plenty of features such as a video mode and macro (close up) mode as well as a flash. The pictures in good daylight are amazing quality and you can choose from sizes: 640, 1280, 1600 and 1600F. In the dark, the flash illuminates the area you are shooting very well, although it is quite blinding when used on people. There is a carry strap which fits around your neck leaving plenty of room to still take pictures. With the 8mb inbuilt and a 16mb XD card inside you can take around 170 pictures at 640 size. Video is a little jerky (low FPS) and has no sound, but for the price I'm not complaining much. It takes 2AA batteries and they last surprisingly long (around 2 weeks) though when the battery indicator FINALLY goes to 2 out of 3 bars you better have some new ones ready as it goes down quite quickly from there!

Canon i 250 02/09/2005

Budget photo printer with a few niggles...

Canon i 250 This is a cheap printer for those who don't want to spend a lot of money. Black and white printing is very fast, whereas colour printing takes a very long time, so this isn't a great choice if you want to print a lot of pictures. The printer also takes about a minute to warm up and prepare for printing after switiching on, and it makes a lit of whirring noises during this time. There is also no tray for collecting print outs, though I assume this cuts the cost of the printer more. The great thing about the I250 is the price of the ink. Unofficial black ink is around £1.50 and the colour is £2.50 from ebuyer. If you prefer original canon ones they are around £5 and £8 respectively. I think the I250 has been discontinued, but it's replacement, the Canon PIXMA iP1000 is available for a shade under £30 at ebuyer.

Sony PlayStation 2 (PS2) 02/09/2005

A great console

Sony PlayStation 2 (PS2) The Sony PS2 is a great games machine. Building on the success of the PS1, sony have not only made this a games machine but also a DVD and CD player! There are some amazing games available such as Final Fantasy X, GTA: San Andreas, MGS3, God of War and so many more. There's over 1000 games to choose from. Controller design is good, and it is fairly comfy for extended periods of play, and it has force feedback to immerse you in the game. The console also features a sliding disc tray and an expansion slot for an online modem. The console can also be stood up saving a lot of room. Problems are a noisy fan on the older (non-slimline) models, and only 2 controller ports - a "multi-tap" is a reuqire purchase for more people to play at once. Despite this it is a great console and thoroughly recommended for any serious gamer.

Orion D1050 02/09/2005

A reliable budget VCR

Orion D1050 I've had a few VCRs over the years and they have all broken down eventually. I've had this one the longest out of the bunch and I'm happy to say it's still running well. Pros are that it is cheap and obviously reliable, and it does what it's supposed to - which is ideal if you don't want lots of fancy features. Pre-recording is simple and easy to get to grips with, with a one touch record button if you are in a hurry. The only real problem I've encountered is that sometimes when rewinding video tapes the player has made some very odd whirrs and other noises, though all the tapes have been undamaged! Overall I would recommend this player if you are looking for a standalone player without DVD.

Philips Magnavox 107E 17 in 02/09/2005

A very good choice of CRT monitor

Philips Magnavox 107E 17 in This is a good CRT monitor and can be found at a very reasonable price at auction. 17" works best at a 1024x768 resolution with a 75hZ or more refresh rate. This monitor has a very clear, crisp picture, and a range of settings to set it up to your liking. Works very well for a gaming setup, I see no problems when laying fast-paced games such as UT2004, and DVD playing is also great. The only two problems I have with this monitor are the large depth (approx. 42cm) and turning it on. When you do so, the monitor degausses and makes a loud noise, not good for turning on quietly when needs be. If the two above problems do not matter, I can thoroughly recommend this monitor to anyone looking for a cheap alternative to an inferior TFT monitor.

Philips SoHo 107E21 17 in 02/09/2005

A very good choice of CRT monitor

Philips SoHo 107E21 17 in This is a good CRT monitor and can be found at a very reasonable price at auction. 17" works best at a 1024x768 resolution with a 75hZ or more refresh rate. This monitor has a very clear, crisp picture, and a range of settings to set it up to your liking. Works very well for a gaming setup, I see no problems when laying fast-paced games such as UT2004, and DVD playing is also great. The only two problems I have with this monitor are the large depth (approx. 42cm) and turning it on. When you do so, the monitor degausses and makes a loud noise, not good for turning on quietly when needs be. If the two above problems do not matter, I can thoroughly recommend this monitor to anyone looking for a cheap alternative to an inferior TFT monitor.

Philips SoHo 107E21 17 in 02/09/2005

A very good choice of CRT monitor

Philips SoHo 107E21 17 in This is a good CRT monitor and can be found at a very reasonable price at auction. 17" works best at a 1024x768 resolution with a 75hZ or more refresh rate. This monitor has a very clear, crisp picture, and a range of settings to set it up to your liking. Works very well for a gaming setup, I see no problems when laying fast-paced games such as UT2004, and DVD playing is also great. The only two problems I have with this monitor are the large depth (approx. 42cm) and turning it on. When you do so, the monitor degausses and makes a loud noise, not good for turning on quietly when needs be. If the two above problems do not matter, I can thoroughly recommend this monitor to anyone looking for a cheap alternative to an inferior TFT monitor.

Philips SoHo 107E21 17 in 02/09/2005

A very good choice of CRT monitor

Philips SoHo 107E21 17 in This is a good CRT monitor and can be found at a very reasonable price at auction. 17" works best at a 1024x768 resolution with a 75hZ or more refresh rate. This monitor has a very clear, crisp picture, and a range of settings to set it up to your liking. Works very well for a gaming setup, I see no problems when laying fast-paced games such as UT2004, and DVD playing is also great. The only two problems I have with this monitor are the large depth (approx. 42cm) and turning it on. When you do so, the monitor degausses and makes a loud noise, not good for turning on quietly when needs be. If the two above problems do not matter, I can thoroughly recommend this monitor to anyone looking for a cheap alternative to an inferior TFT monitor.
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