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ASUS MeMO Pad HD 7 ME173X 16 GB 02/09/2014

Easy and friendly cheap android tablet

ASUS MeMO Pad HD 7 ME173X 16 GB After I returned from my holiday I had decided to buy an android tablet so that I could play better games on it than my Blackberry Playbook could so started looking around for different options, I set myself a budget of £100 - £150 and eventually came across the Asus Memo Pad 7 on the Tesco Direct website for £99, having read the reviews for this product I decided to order it for collection the following working day When I collected the Memo Pad from Tesco I was surprised at the size of the box, it was about as wide as a dvd case (13.5cm), 20cm tall and the depth is just under 5cm. Once I got home I immediately set about un boxing the tablet and getting the first time set up out of the way. The tablet already had some charge so I could immediately switch the device on by holding the power button for a second or two, I took the charger out of the box and plugged the supplied usb cable into it, I then plugged it into the mains and my tablet. The first time set up didn’t take as long as expected, I would say around 5 minutes including date and time, wi-fi and adding my google account. Touch Screen The touch screen on this tablet is very responsive and allows me to open and close apps and switch between menus without having to press hard on the screen, the on screen keyboard is also large enough to be used whether you have the tablet in portrait mode or landscape mode, the buttons are big enough to press without accidentally pressing the wrong key or pressing multiple keys at ...

Nokia Lumia 520 31/08/2014

Decent phone for less than £110

LG E2211S-BN 21.5 in 02/09/2013

Decent sized PC monitor for around £100

LG E2211S-BN 21.5 in When I bought this product Shortly before Christmas 2011 I decided I wanted a new monitor for my PC so started looking on the Argos website and eventually decided on the LG Flatron E2211 which I think was selling for £100 - £120 at the time, unfortunately Argos no longer sell but it is available from Amazon around the £130 mark. My Experience / Features After I opened the box and removed the contents which included the Monitor, base stand, VGA cable (D-SUB) and the instruction manuals I decided I would fit the stand first which is done by lifting the monitor and aligning the base of the monitor with the hole at the top of the stand and push the stand and monitor together until it clicks into place (it is secure once you hear this click). The next thing I did was place it on my desk and connect it to the computer by connecting the VGA cable into the VGA port on the back of the monitor, although it's labelled D-SUB on the back of this monitor, and to connect the to the mains you need a standard three pin kettle lead which should be included with the monitor, once the monitor is switched on and has a signal to the computer it should detect the monitor almost straight away and auto adjust itself (this can be done manually by pressing the menu button which is the first button from the left of the power button and then pressing the third button from the left of the power button). Connections As I mentioned above this monitor only has a D-SUB (VGA) port which may be limiting ...

Hitachi L22VG07U 01/09/2013

Excellent TV for under £200

Hitachi L22VG07U When I bought this product In June 2011 I bought a Toshiba TV from Argos that stopped working properly within a month of owning it so one night I got a lift to the store I bought it from and requested a replacement, they didn’t have the same TV in stock so allowed me to choose another TV, after looking through the options in the Argos catalogue I decided to go for the Hitachi 22” TV and pay £30 towards it having already paid £169.99 for the previous faulty TV making it a total of £199.99, although I don't think it is sold by Argos anymore but it is available on Amazon for around £180. My Experience / Features I got the TV home and set about removing it from its box and getting it set up, the TV was thinner than I expected and easily fit on my desk after I fitted the stand (which I believe just clicked into place). Once the TV was plugged into the mains and I had my free view recorder etc plugged in I switched it on, I changed straight to the Ypbpr (HD Component) source which I believe was where I had my recorder plugged into at the time, at the time I didn’t bother doing the auto set up of the TV as I just plugged the aerial lead into the back of the free view recorder. Auto Tune Although I never used the TVs built in freeview I did set it up once as I wanted to record an extra channel, the auto tune can be done by pressing the Menu button on the remote control and selecting “automatic channel search” from the menu that appears on the screen, it only takes about a ...

Fallout 3 (PS3) 29/08/2013

Best first person shooter i've ever played

Pokemon Emerald (GBA) 10/08/2013

Pokemon Emerald still one of the best games of the series Pokémon

Argos Value Range Oscillating Pedestal Fan 09/08/2013

Home cooling for less than £20

Samsung BD-F5100 04/06/2013

Excellent media player

Microsoft Xbox 360 4GB S 16/05/2013

Xbox 360 Slim: Brilliant Gaming device

Microsoft Xbox 360 4GB S When I bought this Product Around October 2011 I had been viewing trailers and game play videos for the game Forza Motorsport 4 and decided that I would buy myself one providing they weren’t too expensive. I saw that they were selling them for £149.99 in Argos and were also doing an offer where you got Forza 4 included for free which I thought was very reasonable as I’m sure that the game had only been out no longer than a month or two. My Experience / Features I bought this from Argos and started to set it up as soon as I got home, it was very easy to set up and took me through all the steps to connect it to my wireless network and set up an Xbox live profile. Storage This model of Xbox has eliminated the use of the plug in memory cards used in the previous versions of this console, it now offers up to 4gb of internal flash storage instead (although I believe you lose a little bit of space as it’s reserved by the system) which offers plenty of storage to store your save files and one or two demos (depending on size). As well as the internal flash memory there is a slot located on the side of the console for you to insert a hard drive which has been changed from the big plastic casing to a really thin black casing that just clips onto the hard drive (if you own an original hard drive you can remove it from the casing and buy the newer style case from eBay for around £5). Installing games To save wear and tear on the consoles internal components games can be installed ...

Red Dead Redemption (PS3) 10/05/2013

you better go dunk yer head in the horse trough out there

Argos 10/05/2013

Argos: The Book of Dreams

Nokia 6300 09/05/2013

Decent Nokia Phone

The Getaway (PS2) 08/05/2013

You don't do what I tell you, the kid dies

Iomega Select Desktop 34463 500 GB 07/05/2013

Backup now before it's too late

Iomega Select Desktop 34463 500 GB When I bought this Product Around June 2011 I had been using a laptop hard drive inside a cheap caddy which decided to stop working so I thought I would look on the internet to see how much a proper external hard drive would be, I wanted an external hard drive as I had been having to access the laptop hard drive by plugging it directly into the computer which would mean switching the computer off and on again every time I wanted to access something on the hard drive. I bought this external hard drive from Comet (at least my warranty has already expired) for £42.99 and have found it to be one of the best investments I have made for personal storage and backup. My Experience / Features After purchasing this hard drive I got it home and promptly opened the box and pulled out the contents, the box contained the hard drive, a USB cable to connect to the computer (the cable you would use for a printer) and the power lead, I think it also contained instructions but can’t remember exactly what the box contained. This unit is also small enough for me to store it on the keyboard tray next to my keyboard. This means that you could easily unplug it and connect it to another device such as a laptop. The only thing I would recommend for this product is to get a spare USB cable to make it easier to plug into another device without having to reach around the back of the computer to unplug it and then plug it back in again. Large storage space This external hard drive comes in various ...

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (PS2) 07/05/2013

Grove Street: Home

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (PS2) When I bought this Product I first heard of Grand Theft Auto San Andreas about year or so after I finished playing Vice City, I was already a big fan of the series so I decided to pre order it from Amazon for the PS2, I can’t remember the exact price but I think it might have been about £30 - £35 I bought this from Amazon as at the time it was the only place I’d ordered from online, plus as I was still under 18 I couldn’t just go an buy it from a store. My Experience / Features As soon as I removed the shrink wrapping I immediately opened the case to stare at the disk, I then read the manual and took a good look at the poster that I received with it which I believe also had a map on one side which I found useful to see what kind of size the map would be compared to the previous game in the series Story Unlike the previous two entries in the series (Grand Theft Auto 3 and Grand Theft Auto Vice City) this game took place in the state of San Andreas in the year 1992, consisting of three cities known as Los Santos (based on Los Angeles), San Fierro (based on San Francisco) and Las Venturas (based on Las Vegas). The main character is Carl Johnson (CJ) and is returning home from Liberty City after hearing about the death of his mom, he is promptly harassed by some local cops known as C.R.A.S.H who decide to threaten to frame him for a fellow officer’s murder unless he assists them in illegal operations. The game sees him return home to Grove Street to help out his brother ...
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