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  Reply # 1458879 30-Dec-2015 09:05
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@khull can you please link a 2Tb external 2.5" drive for $70 NZD delivered?

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  Reply # 1458939 30-Dec-2015 11:01
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networkn:
Jaxson: Really keen to hear your feedback on how good those games are.
Trying to decide if Kinect is worth it.

Leaning towards Xbox one to replace the PS3....


If you have a PS3 a PS4 is a much more natural upgrade. Kinect is cool, but I haven't used my Kinect (or in fact my Xbox One) in 4 months.


Yeah main sticking point for me is the lack of harmony remote integration with the PS4. It can't even turn it on via harmony remote, which is a step back on the PS3.
Xbox by contrast looks far more integrated as a media centre type all in one.

Wondering how the Windows 10 update has revitalised the Xbox?

And how the Kinect works with kids? Ie genuinely good or complicated and more of a gimmick. PS3 has sing star, not sure if that will work on a ps4 again?

Lots of good deals at the moment for both, especially if you go 500GB smaller hdd.

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1458946 30-Dec-2015 11:04
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Jaxson:
networkn:
Jaxson: Really keen to hear your feedback on how good those games are.
Trying to decide if Kinect is worth it.

Leaning towards Xbox one to replace the PS3....


If you have a PS3 a PS4 is a much more natural upgrade. Kinect is cool, but I haven't used my Kinect (or in fact my Xbox One) in 4 months.


Yeah main sticking point for me is the lack of harmony remote integration with the PS4. It can't even turn it on via harmony remote, which is a step back on the PS3.
Xbox by contrast looks far more integrated as a media centre type all in one.

Wondering how the Windows 10 update has revitalised the Xbox?

And how the Kinect works with kids? Ie genuinely good or complicated and more of a gimmick. PS3 has sing star, not sure if that will work on a ps4 again?

Lots of good deals at the moment for both, especially if you go 500GB smaller hdd.


The Kinect is mostly a Gimmick, we have had one for both our 360 and One and both got used a handful or so of times. 
 
It's voice recognition is pretty reasonable, it's handy for loading game cards as it just scans the stuff. 


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  Reply # 1458994 30-Dec-2015 12:33
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networkn: The Kinect is mostly a Gimmick, we have had one for both our 360 and One and both got used a handful or so of times. 
 
It's voice recognition is pretty reasonable, it's handy for loading game cards as it just scans the stuff. 



Ok thanks. Assume it's required for Skype on the Xbox one?

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  Reply # 1459014 30-Dec-2015 13:05
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We never use the Kinect camera on the XBox One.
However it is mainly used for Hulu Plus, Netflix and gaming - there's a pair of DTS Headphone-X cans for wireless gaming / TV watching if I don't want to annoy the wife.
Once HBO Now turns up, it's got me sorted.
It works brilliantly with my Harmony Ultimate too.
Recommended.

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  Reply # 1459018 30-Dec-2015 13:13
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Jaxson:
networkn:
Jaxson: Really keen to hear your feedback on how good those games are.
Trying to decide if Kinect is worth it.

Leaning towards Xbox one to replace the PS3....


If you have a PS3 a PS4 is a much more natural upgrade. Kinect is cool, but I haven't used my Kinect (or in fact my Xbox One) in 4 months.


Yeah main sticking point for me is the lack of harmony remote integration with the PS4. It can't even turn it on via harmony remote, which is a step back on the PS3.
Xbox by contrast looks far more integrated as a media centre type all in one.

Wondering how the Windows 10 update has revitalised the Xbox?

And how the Kinect works with kids? Ie genuinely good or complicated and more of a gimmick. PS3 has sing star, not sure if that will work on a ps4 again?

Lots of good deals at the moment for both, especially if you go 500GB smaller hdd.


You can turn on PS4 through HDMI CEC, although not that straight forward to setup.







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  Reply # 1459026 30-Dec-2015 13:25
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I see jbhifi are selling the Fitbit charge for 142.50, dick smiths is advertise them slightly cheaper on the boxing sale homepage but don't appear to have had any stock for purchase

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  Reply # 1459027 30-Dec-2015 13:28
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Dunnersfella: We never use the Kinect camera on the XBox One.
However it is mainly used for Hulu Plus, Netflix and gaming - there's a pair of DTS Headphone-X cans for wireless gaming / TV watching if I don't want to annoy the wife.
Once HBO Now turns up, it's got me sorted.
It works brilliantly with my Harmony Ultimate too.
Recommended.


Thanks for the feedback guys.
Off to find a bargain...

HDMI control is turned off on our system so the harmony control knows the state of everything.

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  Reply # 1459038 30-Dec-2015 13:58
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Jaxson:
Dunnersfella: We never use the Kinect camera on the XBox One.
However it is mainly used for Hulu Plus, Netflix and gaming - there's a pair of DTS Headphone-X cans for wireless gaming / TV watching if I don't want to annoy the wife.
Once HBO Now turns up, it's got me sorted.
It works brilliantly with my Harmony Ultimate too.
Recommended.


Thanks for the feedback guys.
Off to find a bargain...

HDMI control is turned off on our system so the harmony control knows the state of everything.


We got a Kinect for the fact we can use it for Skype - great for the kids to use when skyping the grandparents or the old au pair in Germany - they used to all try to crowd round the laptop. Voice commands are handy, albeit a little dodgy since the Win 10 update (nothing beats walking into the lounge, saying "Xbox On", and getting everything turned on painlessly. Xbox Fitness is quite good too - gamifying exercise (gets me off the couch!)

What are you connecting the headphones with Dunnersfella? Are they wireless or connected to the 3.5mm jack on the controller?



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  Reply # 1459040 30-Dec-2015 13:59
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I did to be fair pick up the kinect for $50 on trademe :-)

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  Reply # 1459062 30-Dec-2015 15:28
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1x Samsung M7 black speaker sitting on my table now.

Ordered early on the day and opted for click and collect as the free shipping coupon wasn't out then.
Received the ereceipt via email.  That's the key I think, that means it's actually sold to you.

Never received a come pick me up email from the shop, but they have been busy.
Noel Leemings were diverting all calls to shops to a call centre during the sale.
Dropped in this afternoon, showed them the receipt email on my phone and they found it waiting out back.

There is 1x white M5 display at the Palmerston North store.


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  Reply # 1459063 30-Dec-2015 15:28
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fastmikey: I did to be fair pick up the kinect for $50 on trademe :-)


Is it the same Kinect unit for Xbox 360 as Xbox One?

Some of the deal packages give you the Kinect unit and 3x Kinect games for around $100 more.

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  Reply # 1459064 30-Dec-2015 15:34
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Jaxson:
fastmikey: I did to be fair pick up the kinect for $50 on trademe :-)


Is it the same Kinect unit for Xbox 360 as Xbox One?

Some of the deal packages give you the Kinect unit and 3x Kinect games for around $100 more.


No, they are quite different devices.






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  Reply # 1459071 30-Dec-2015 15:44
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dacraka:
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mattwnz:
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Huchiz: Probably the best automatic espresso machine deal this year. 

Check at the Panasonic NC-ZA1 from HN, and for an additional $59 you have 4 years warranty, that is peace in mind for an automatic machine. Yes, they WILL fail.

It's almost the same as Sunbeam EM9300, both are rebranded of a German/Chinese WIK 7535. But as Panasonic approves it, also at this price and warranty terms it can't be beaten. 



Thank you so much for posting this. Was able to convince the wife to get one earlier today at HN Wairau. Got the 4-year warranty for 70$, can't get the saleslady to bring it down to 59. Still, a very good deal. I was worried about the temperature because I like my coffee hot, turns out the highest temp setting is more than enough for me (tried it without milk though) :)


I would be tempted to get an extended warranty too due to the complexity of it, even though I don't normally buy them due to buyers already having CGA coverage. But does it say in the fine print of the warranty if it fails? Will they just refund you what you paid, which won't cover the cost of buying a new one, less the $59. Or will they fix it (which I am guessing is quite expensive), if they even have parts for it in NZ.


The sales person said they will try to repair it, if not, a refund of the product price will be offered. Details can be found on www.productcareclaims.co.nz

I would personally prefer they fix the faults, but don't think they can source the parts easily in the future. 


I got one on boxing day, it broke yesterday - I turned it on, made some cracking noises and sure enough, I looked in the coffee power dispensing tray and a part was broken among other things falling out of place in the coffee compacter area as well. Took it back to the store and they are now ordering me in one from another store because of no stock. I know the CGA provides many year warranties but this time I couldn't be bothered with arguing with them with an almost guaranteed fault within the next few years so for the ease of not having to argue the CGA to a store person in the future I added two more years extended warranty to make it a total of three years for another $40.


That's too bad, I hope you get your replacement soon. I've used it only for a 2nd time today (was out of town for 3 days) and I think I'm close to finding the perfect mix. Still have a bit of rubber smell on the milk frother tube though, do you guys have that problem? I might try soaking it in lime juice and see if it gets better.



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  Reply # 1459082 30-Dec-2015 16:01
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Looks like stores have now moved onto the New Years sales, which often aren't as good. Haven't seen any good deals yet. Only purchased one thing in the sales this year, and that was lego which was 30% off at mighty ape.

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