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since 12/03/2004

4 18/05/2009

Digital Fusion 1st Purchase has gone well. Will shop with again. Keen pricing and fast delivery (they upgraded my delivery option to next-day for no charge) makes this shop a new one on a small list of online retailers that I will look to buy from in the future. I was a little unsure of them at first as I did not have them recommended to me and I had not heard from them before but their keen pricing for a Brother HL-5340D printer (their price was almost 20% cheaper than Amazon and 10% cheaper than prices I looked at other sites) pushed me to take a chance. I am glad that I took that chance as their service has been excellent and look forward to buying more from them in the future. All in all I would recommend this online retailer to anyone is unsure of them to take the chance, based on my experience.

Archos AV 500 30GB 16/01/2006

Truly jaw dropping portable video device. Truly!

Archos AV 500 30GB The Archos AV500 is a mobile DVR; Digital Video recorder. So what does that mean and why should you be interested? Hopefully this review will help you. Lets start with a basic specification, the Archos AV50 comes in 3 sizes (yes 3 despite what Archos' own site indicates!) 30, 60 and 100GB. It can play Divx 5 and 6, as well as Xvid and Microsoft's PlayForSure video content. It can play WMA, MP3 and WAV files. It can record from a number of sources and it can playback to the TV as well and it understands both PAL and NTSC. It has a 4 inch screen of excellent quality for solo viewing, but because its viewing angle is excellent two people can comfortably watch the screen without both people having to meld their heads together!!! It can display photos's BMP and JPG (but not progressive JPG) and it can act as aUSB host for self powered devices that act as a USB Mass Storage Device, this is something some digital cameras now do, which means you can upload your photos directly to the AV500 providing it complies with USB Mass Storage Device profile. *pause for breath* As you can see the feature set is quite capable for a machine that can fit in your pocket (albeit a big pocket!). All that stuff that I have just described means you have a portable media centre that can save you a fortune in hotel room movie bills, entertain you during flights, lectures, boring family visits and appendectomies (hmmm maybe not that last one!;) and act as a primary, at a pinch, hard drive ...

Mitsubishi Diamond Plus 230SB 22 in 27/07/2004

Affordable 22 Inch Monitors Rock for Games !

Mitsubishi Diamond Plus 230SB 22 in Mitsubishi’s 230 SB 22” is a bit of a very good but ever so slightly flawed bag. Let me explain. I have had a 17” monitor for a number of years but always wanted a bigger monitor. Prices for 20+ monitors have come down to the price 17” were a couple of years ago, so I plumped for one and after a lot of research and very little hard factual reviews I went for this Mitsubishi. First off is it isn’t going to win any style awards, this is strictly functional stuff and if people are not walking into your study and going “Wow, look at the size of that monitor.” Then its unlikely they are even going to realise its there as its no looker ! Its 620 mm x 630 mm x 600 mm and weighs 35 kg, this monitor is heavy and when receiving it take this into consideration as you can easily put your back out with it. It’s a good idea to get a (strong) friend around when it is delivered. Setting the monitor up; now here Mitsubishi wins big marks, no more fiddling with tiny little buttons with intriguing menu structures. The whole thing can be controlled by software, downloaded free from Mitsubishi’s monitor site. You need to have a DDC\CI (Direct Data Channel\Command Interface) compatible graphics card but most modern cards support this, but its best to check yours if this feature is important to you. The software is called Naviset and it allows you tweak the monitors setting from your Windows desktop to your hearts content, and I mean to your hearts content! You could potentially spend hours ...

Motorola V500 20/05/2004

Motorola make a geniunely cool phone.

Motorola V500 I have been a Nokia man for 4-5 years and simply fancied a change. This was the phone that caught my eye from the competition. It has simple style with a beautiful intense blue led screen which gives you details of what the phone is receiving while it is shut. In comparison with my Nokia 6310i, it is smaller, by about 2/3 as much (including antenna), as a result it is very pocket able. Functionality wise the phone is very rich, it has a built in camera, with a 4x digital zoom. You can alter lighting conditions, to reflect sunny, indoors, cloudy, night. You even have an exposure setting. All buried in the menus! The camera can take pictures in fairly dark situations but your picture will have a lot of digital noise, which renders it difficult to use. The camera pictures are ok if a little soft, but then again this is a very simple camera. It has Bluetooth and for the techies amongst you it implements file transfer via Bluetooth (so you can transfer pictures and mp3 ringtones), it implements Bluetooth dial up networking and it supports Bluetooth headsets. However it doesn't implement Bluetooth Serial Port. So anyone looking to do their sms on their Pocket Pc's and send via Bluetooth, the V500 is not helping you at all ! In a dismaying turn it doesn't seem as if you can access the GPRS modem the phone has via Bluetooth which means no picking up your email on your PDA via the V500's GPRS modem. EDIT: This is no longer true I have finally managed to get the V500 GPRS ...
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