What'd you buy yourself today?

By Matthew · 355 replies
Apr 25, 2012
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  1. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 3,797   +117

    Thanks for the recommendation. At that price I'll definitely order one up to try it. I'm finding I tend to just hit the "home" button to wake the phone anyway, so not really used the power button besides hitting it in error when typing away. lol.

    Aye, it's proving fantastic for reading and replying to emails, and its certainly responsive.
  2. Benny26

    Benny26 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,535   +51

    How much was the lamp, Leeky? I like that myself. It's one of the things I'm really missing is a desk lamp.
  3. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 3,797   +117

    I got in in B&Q, cost me just under £18. This is the exact one on their website.

    Looking online it has two reviews which do not favour it very well. I can see where they're coming from. The springs are more cosmetic than "design" but I like the overal effect. It feels sturdy enough, the base is nice and heavy and it holds position absolutely fine. I don't think it would be ideal if you intend to move the position of it a lot though, to be honest.
  4. Benny26

    Benny26 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,535   +51

    Doesn't look too bad for £18 though...I'll have to scout one out next time I'm up at B&Q and have a proper look at it. Cheers :)
  5. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 3,797   +117

    Aye, for £18 it's a result really. Beats the table lamp with a normal shade on it that I had been using, and takes up half the space. I'm also told it adds to the geekness of my geeky desk as well -- so I guess that's something. haha.

    I shouldn't imagine I'd be moving it a great deal anyway, the light it provides is super bright, so should be fine staying in one place once I've got it just right.
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  6. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,690   +96

    Congrats on your new shingy SGS III Leeky :D

    I am holding off though, for both MS and Apple to show what they are offering with their new platform/top end smartphones. Until then, I am sticking with Lumia 800 + Sensation with lots of dead pixels :(
  7. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 3,797   +117

    I had the SGS3, the HTC One X and the Lumia 900 on my shortlist, but believe it or not, I was able to get the best price new on the Samsung. The Lumia was about £80 more to purchase, and while I've been very impressed with Windows Phone, I really wanted to give ICS a try.
  8. milespower

    milespower TS Member Posts: 33

    Today I haven't bought anything since it's weekend and here almost everything closes at weekends (especially sundays). But a tech purchase for this week will be the CPU+GPU deal on second hand that will save me from this Celeron misery for the next year or so.
  9. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Posts: 7,670   +413

    Why buy a gas guzzling car when you have an economical motorbike? Unless the car you buy is an electric car. Just my 2 cents worth :)
  10. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 3,797   +117

    Nah, I'll take a V8 petrol any day. lol.
  11. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Posts: 7,670   +413

    Well, I guess it all depends on gas prices in (y)our area.:)
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  12. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 3,797   +117

    We're paying over 50% more than those in the US, here in the UK... But I'd still take a V8 petrol, just for the performance and the soundtrack.
  13. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Posts: 7,670   +413

    Ok, here are the prices per gallon in my area
  14. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 3,797   +117

    Lol. We're paying around £1.30-£1.40 a litre here. There is 4.5 litre's to a US gallon. So around £6.30 a litre.

    Converted, its around $10 a gallon.

    So aye, quite a bit more.
  15. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,690   +96

    +1 on V8 Leeky :D

    Although on the hybrid side, Fisker Karma seems to be a decent option, but unfortunately not many can afford I guess.


    On ICS, used it but still a disappointment, at least on Sensation, I.e. still laggy/slow performance along with other issues I mentioned in the jelly bean thread.
  16. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 3,797   +117

    Nah, I'll take one of these...


    Sure there an American equivalent, but we know this GM as a Vauxhall Monaro VXR500, powered by a 493bhp (499lb-ft) supercharged 6.0 V8 lump. Yes please!!! :D
  17. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,690   +96

    Monaro is a damn good car, I'll prefer it over an SGS III any day of the year :D
  18. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,706   +172

  19. Benny26

    Benny26 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,535   +51

    Oh yeah, that car is amazing, Leeky. You might remember Top Gear doing a piece on it to which they concluded "You can pretty much drive this thing sideways, It's so good"...Yeah, I like the Monaro.

    But if I had a genuine choice, I would without question go for my boy-hood fantasy:


    The Nissan Skyline GTR R34.....I also have a big fantasy for the 1967 Ford Mustang GT, but they're so rare nowadays you'd struggle to get a good one IMO.

    On topic: I bought myself Metal Gear Solid HD Collection today, something I've wanted for a long time now.
  20. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,274   +461

    Didn't buy this for myself but my fam got this for me for Father's Day
  21. abigel

    abigel TS Rookie

    I buy new cellphone today...my galaxy pop...
  22. Zoltan Head

    Zoltan Head TS Booster Posts: 247   +27

    I have this day bought a 20m ethernet cable AND matching USB -> LAN adaptor!
    I know how to have a good time....
  23. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 3,797   +117

    Aye, that's the one where they abused it on that Welsh beach front, and had a total ball if I remember correctly? Might have been a normal VXR though, but either way, they're massive fun and even sideways are relatively safe and predictable to drive.

    The GTR is a fantastic car. I was fortunate enough to drive a R34 GTR Nismo 400 once at speeds I'll refrain from mentioning here, but it was a fantastic car. I've also driven my fair share of Evo's (6/TME/7/8/9) and they're outstanding cars, but cost of ownership with 6 monthly 4,500mile services would be a complete killer. As would a Skyline GTR.

    Which is where the Monaro comes into it. Annual services, big brutal V8 'charged power, reliability of a space shuttle (the one that didn't break apart!) and enormous fun! I've road tested a few of them (although never the VXR 500) and besides being rather tacky inside, they're totally fantastic. Normally the dash and cheap interior materials would put me off, but as soon as you turn the key you just totally forget about it -- And the V8 soundtrack..What more can you ask for...

    Well... A 1967 Shelby GT500 -- Pretty much my dream car in every respect.
  24. mattfrompa

    mattfrompa TS Evangelist Posts: 553   +57

    It has arrived! I'm beginning a fresh install of Windows 7 to prepare. Thanks again Techspot!
  25. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 3,797   +117

    Lolz @ Matthew's comment "from TechSpot with Love!" :D

    Enjoy Mattfrompa!
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