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Remote Control Helicopter: Gyro Apache
Gifts & Gadgets
I'd been thinking about getting one of these indoor RC helicopters for some time, and finally took the plunge after finding myself with a bit of spare cash.
Quite simply, it's the best thing I've bought in a long, long time!
It takes a little while to get used to flying it, but that time should be shortened considerably if you're used to playing videogames - controlling an object in 3D space with 2 joysticks will already be second nature to you, and it's just like adapting to the controls of a new game.
In flight, the helicopter is stable, responsive, and an absolute joy to control. Not only does it have an LED light in the nose, but also 4 LEDs along the underside of the tail... not exactly realistic for an Apache, but it looks great when flying in low light.
It's so much fun that I'm considering buying one or two more (other models, obviously) so that I have something to fly while the others recharge.
Sony LCS-HE Soft Carrying Case
I treated myself to a DSC-HX1 a few months ago, when my old DSC-F505V packed up after many years. I got a deal from an online camera store which included numerous accessories, including a 'compatible' (i.e. non-Sony) case.
I've tolerated that case for a while, but it was so ill-fitting that the HX1 moved around inside - not a lot, but in my view, enough to potentially scuff or damage the camera.
So I decided to buy one of these official Sony cases, and I'm very glad I did. It's an absolutely perfect fit for the HX1 - snug, with no room for the camera to move about - but without being so tight that you have trouble inserting or removing the camera.
It comes with a belt loop and a separate, easily detachable external pouch for carrying an extra battery, and a loop to attach it to your camera's existing shoulder strap. No straps are supplied with the case.
The lid is held down by a hidden magnetic 'clip', and the case is padded on the bottom, as well as the front and rear to protect the screen and lens areas.
My only minor gripe is that I would have liked for there to be a little more padding, around the whole of the camera. That said, as it stands, damage is unlikely to occur unless you're very rough - i.e. if you were to drop the camera in the case, it's still likely to sustain some damage.
When my HX1 is not in use for prolonged periods, I'll probably put it in this case, inside that larger, cheaper case the camera store supplied me with, just to be sure!
LittleBigPlanet: 2 Inch Sackboy Keyring (Little Big Planet)
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Got mine through today - and it's one of the 'limited edition' angry Sackboy's! Very well made, and worth every penny if you're a fan of the character and/or the game.