BenQ W1500 ProjectorBenQ W1500 Projector rated 8 out of 10

Jul 28, 2014 in Entertainment
If you're looking for a projector (and why wouldn't you be - good ones are abundant and cheap these days, and deliver much more screen real estate for your money than TV sets), you don't necessarily have to seek out the top the range get yourself and your family into the home cinema game. True, what I'd call fully-fledged "home cinema" is costly to set up. But if you have a blank wall and an existing hi-fi system there are bargains out there just waiting round the whole thing off for you. BenQ's flagship W1500 may be a candidate.

Freesat PVR from HumaxFreesat PVR from Humax rated 8 out of 10

Jul 28, 2014 in Wireless
Having recently looked at a Freeview device from Humax it seems only fair to offer the same for those who use a Satellite to receive their signal. So what if anything can this method offer to persuade those with a decent aerial signal to switch.

Foray Into LinuxForay Into Linux rated 8 out of 10

Jul 27, 2014 in Misc
Apart from the Simplicity Linux I looked at nearly two years ago I have only used Linux run from a CD-ROM. So with a Windows XP notebook now redundant – it has too little memory etc to upgrade - time to install Linux and try to master it.

Vodafone Smart 4Brother Smart 4 rated 7 out of 10

Jul 26, 2014 in Phones Review : Brother Smart 4
Adding to the range of budget priced smartphones, Vodafone has released another member of its Smart family.

Garmin Forerunner 15Garmin Forerunner 15 rated 8 out of 10

Jul 25, 2014 in Health and Beauty
This is a watch with the ability to count your steps and even with the aid of the chest strap provided also check your heart rate during exercise. So apart from using satellite technology why has this company diversified into this area.

The MiniDrones Are Coming

They are small, they are fast and they perform tricks. Welcome to the MiniDrones.

A Colour LaserBrother HL-L8250CDN rated 8 out of 10

Jul 24, 2014 in Printers/Scanners Review : Brother HL-L8250CDN
No sooner do I complete a review of a Brother monochrome laser printer when another Brother product is delivered to my front door.

Retro DAB+ RadioRetro DAB+ Radio rated 8 out of 10

Jul 23, 2014 in Wireless
It is described as Retro with a leather over the top grab handle to allow movement. This offering from View Quest is up to date in that it has Dab, FM, iPod and Auxiliary Input. The sound is also up to date in that it is Stereo.

A Tank Shaped Speakeri-box Max rated 6 out of 10

Jul 22, 2014 in Entertainment Review : i-box Max
Speakers tend to come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Take for example the speaker currently providing the delivery of my music entertainment as I type this review.

review 834504 nuvi359Garmin’s useful voice commandsGarmin%92s useful voice commands rated 9 out of 10

Jul 21, 2014 in Misc
The Garmin nüvi 3597LMT is a top of the range satnav providing European coverage. It has a high resolution 5inch display and incorporates a wide range of features aimed at improving navigation and enhancing its usability.

Moonpig Gift Box

Jul 21, 2014 in Misc
As regular readers know I rarely go beyond two items in a single review. Here I break my own rule by covering three. First the Touch Speaker, a close sibling of this earned a 5x5 award earlier this year. Also covered here are Zip Earphones and iPlunger.

Two Ways of Mobile Charging

First what could be called a standard device a solid battery that transfers stored power to the device. Second something that looks like a larger standard battery and in effect it is as it uses three ‘AAA’ batteries to do the charging.

Doro’s First SmartphoneDoro Liberto 810 rated 8 out of 10

Jul 19, 2014 in Phones Review : Doro Liberto 810
Making a change from the usual offerings from Doro, this next handset has a name change to reflect its additional functionality.

Canon DSLR EOS100DCanon DSLR EOS100D rated 8 out of 10

Jul 18, 2014 in Cameras
It is a rare treat for me to get a DSLR unit in for review. This is one of the few occasions I can persuade Canons PR to send me one rather than their choice which is usually a pocket unit. These are still good units but for a different market.

review 834279 brother hl1110 mono laser printeBasic Monochrome LaserBrother HL-1110 rated 7 out of 10

Jul 17, 2014 in Printers/Scanners Review : Brother HL-1110
While multifunction capabilities and various bells & whistle features have their obvious appeal when considering a new printer purchase, the needs of some users can be satisfied with basis printing operations in monochrome. In such instances, the Brother HL-1110 monochrome laser printer is a possible candidate.

review 834414 gspgames gamons metro tourVisiting CitiesAvanquest GSP Metro Tours rated 4 out of 10

Jul 16, 2014 in Entertainment Review : Avanquest GSP Metro Tours
This next game is aimed at those who enjoy puzzle type game play.

review 834436 BenQ BL2411PT 24 inch Widescreen LCD MonitoBen Q Panel BL2411PTBen Q Panel BL2411PT rated 8 out of 10

Jul 16, 2014 in Laptops/PCs/Apple
This is a panel with that little bit extra. Instead of it being the now norm 1920x1080 this is 1920x1200 and that little extra means that bit more depth, great for viewing more of anything be it a spreadsheet a word processing document or a web page.

review 834281 Olympus LS 14 4GB Linear PCM Recorder DictaphonA Hand-held Audio RecorderOlympus Audio recorder LS-14 rated 8 out of 10

Jul 15, 2014 in Misc Review : Olympus Audio recorder LS-14
With its menu of cameras and recorders, a recent Olympus event introduced me to the company’s range of hand-held audio recorders.

review 834403 Roku 3500R Streaming SticThe Roku 3500X Streaming StickThe Roku 3500X Streaming Stick rated 7 out of 10

Jul 15, 2014 in Entertainment
Smart TV sets these days are Internet-connected, offer a bewildering variety of programme channels you've never heard of, and can also connect to your LAN to play your music tracks, show your holiday photos and run your home movies. But what if you're perfectly happy with your old, non-smart TV, but fancy getting your hands on these features? Here comes the Roku Streaming Stick to the rescue. For around £50 it promises to upgrade the IQ of your dumb TV and bring it into line with the latest fashion. But how good a job does it actually make of this?

A Crucial questionA Crucial question rated 9 out of 10

Jul 14, 2014 in Laptops/PCs/Apple
Within reason, the more RAM you have, the faster your PC will run. A RAM upgrade in an existing machine could well be a viable alternative to buying a new machine that, most likely, will come supplied with Windows 8 installed. The Crucial website offers the information and guidance to make this a realistic option.
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