Archive for Jamie Carter

  • Panasonic TX-L32V10 television
    4 out of 5

    Panasonic TX-L32V10 television

    By 8 December 2009

    Making LCD TVs with built-in Freesat satellite TV tuners used to be the sole reserve of Panasonic. But since it's exclusivity deal with the satellite broadcaster ended earlier this year, the Japanese brand has found itself sandwiched between LG, which...

  • Sharp Aquos LC32LE600E television
    3.5 out of 5

    Sharp Aquos LC32LE600E television

    By 4 December 2009

    Sharp's latest 32-inch LCD TV is an attempt to bring the latest flatscreen tech to the masses, but this bare bones approach won't suit everyone. Because aside from its use of LED backlighting - a genuinely new development in the marketplace at this low...

  • Epson EH-TW2900 projector
    4.5 out of 5

    Epson EH-TW2900 projector

    By 26 November 2009

    With the birth of Blu-ray comes the re-birth of home cinema projectors, but until now affordable Full HD 1080p models have been very expensive. Leading the charge in the circa-£1000 market comes Epson with its feature-rich TW2900, a no-nonsense projector...

  • Sky Player on Xbox 360
    4.5 out of 5

    Sky Player on Xbox 360

    By 18 November 2009

    Video-on-demand (VOD) is all the rage in TV and games. The BBC’s Project Canvas should initiate open platform set-top boxes in 2010 with elements of IPTV and video on demand streaming services. Sky needs a plan. Similarly, Xbox bosses desperately need...

  • LG 32SL8000 television
    4.5 out of 5

    LG 32SL8000 television

    By 10 November 2009

    Do TVs need Bluetooth? LG thinks so, and has packed its latest LCD TV with this aging wireless tech. Activate Bluetooth via the onscreen menus and it’s then possible to pair the TV with either a set of wireless headphones, or a mobile phone. The latter...

  • Toshiba Regza 55SV685DB television
    3 out of 5

    Toshiba Regza 55SV685DB television

    By 3 November 2009

    A brand usually found in the lower echelons of the flatscreen TV market, Toshiba is making a bid for the big time with this huge LED screen. The trouble is, the 55SV685DB's very large price heaps on the pressure; is it much better than a 50-inch plasma,...

  • Samsung LE46B750 television
    4.5 out of 5

    Samsung LE46B750 television

    By 8 September 2009

    It may be concentrating its marketing budget on a brand new range of LED-packed Luxia screens, but Samsung still has time to give ageing LCD TV tech a quite brilliant makeover. Added to a Full HD 1080p resolution, a 200Hz mode is the icing on a TV that...

  • HANNspree ST251 television
    3 out of 5

    HANNspree ST251 television

    By 2 September 2009

    Firmly in the budget sector, HANNspree’s latest LCD TV is the only Full HD 1080p-compatible 25-inch TV around. Indeed, it’s the only 25-incher we’ve ever clapped eyes on, and at just £250, the ST251 could be something of a bargain if you’re after...

  • Philips 32PFL7404 television
    4 out of 5

    Philips 32PFL7404 television

    By 18 August 2009

    High-end sets from the Philips stable have impressed of late, but this 7000 Series 32-incher sees a few shortcuts made to bring it in at under £700. Shortcuts, yes, but a lot of the tech that makes other Philips TVs such a success remains on the 32PFL7404....

  • Philips BDP3000 Blu-ray player
    3.5 out of 5

    Philips BDP3000 Blu-ray player

    By 13 August 2009

    There’s been a lot of rubbish talked about Blu-ray’s slow growth. Probably as a reaction to the hyperbole from the format’s promoters, its success has been downplayed; the truth is, Blu-ray is more than grazing our interest in the UK. It’s arguably...

  • Cello C3298FR television
    3.5 out of 5

    Cello C3298FR television

    By 11 August 2009

    Most Freeview "PVR" TVs that can record - still a relatively rare occurrence - do so to built-in hard disks and use a single digital TV tuner. This 32-incher takes things much further by offering not only two SD card slots, but also two tuners, making...

  • Epson EH-TW5800 projector
    4.5 out of 5

    Epson EH-TW5800 projector

    By 21 July 2009

    After a few years concentrating on the entry-level end of the market, Epson continues its foray into the high-end home cinema domain with the EH-TW5800. It doesn’t mess about. As well as looking every bit a serious workhorse piece of kit, with its no...

  • Philips 56PFL9954H Cinema 21:9 television
    4.5 out of 5

    Philips 56PFL9954H Cinema 21:9 television

    By 14 July 2009

    Welcome to the wonderful world of CinemaScope TV. With a good 50% of Blu-ray discs containing movies in CinemaScope 2.39:1 aspect, high-def fans still have to put up with black bars above and below the action. Until now, that is. Philips' Cinema 21:9...

  • LG 37LH7000 television
    4.5 out of 5

    LG 37LH7000 television

    By 30 June 2009

    Dressed in black with a red tint to its undercarriage, this is LG’s successful follow-up to the popular Scarlet series of LCD TVs from last year. Gone is the red-clad back that made those screens so distinctive, but in its place is a host of new features...

  • LG 50PS7000 television
    4 out of 5

    LG 50PS7000 television

    By 23 June 2009

    We may be in the midst of the long-awaited "digital" switchover, but the word itself is quickly ceasing to mean much in the world of video and high definition. This 50-inch plasma from LG has a Freeview TV tuner inside for fetching digital TV pics, of...

  • Philips Ambilight 32PFL9604 television
    4.5 out of 5

    Philips Ambilight 32PFL9604 television

    By 16 June 2009

    Occasionally we come across a TV that can take days to review properly, and the feature-packed Philips 32PFL9604 is certainly one of them. A diminutive 32-inch size, this aluminium-framed LCD TV is also one of the most tempting - not because of its unusual...

  • Toshiba Camileo H20 camcorder
    3.5 out of 5

    Toshiba Camileo H20 camcorder

    By 10 June 2009

    Costing just £180, could this Full HD shooter from Toshiba prove the perfect bridge between throwaway handhelds that sell on specs (and little else) and professional HD camcorders? Almost. With so many pocket-sized shooters available that claim to offer...

  • Panasonic DMP-B15 portable Blu-ray player
    4.5 out of 5

    Panasonic DMP-B15 portable Blu-ray player

    By 9 June 2009

    How many times have you bought a Blu-ray movie, got chatting about it with friends and agreed to lend it or bring it over - only to have to cancel plans because no one else you know has a Blu-ray player? With a lot of us now buying-up Blu-ray bargains,...

  • Toshiba Camileo S10 camcorder
    3 out of 5

    Toshiba Camileo S10 camcorder

    By 2 June 2009

    Forget that the all-conquering iPhone can’t do video; aside from Samsung’s i8910 HD phone (which offers 720p HD recording), does any mobile phone offer movie making options above novelty quality? Step forward this pocket-sized HD shooter from Toshiba,...

  • Optoma ThemeScene HD82 projector
    4.5 out of 5

    Optoma ThemeScene HD82 projector

    By 26 May 2009

    Now for some years DLP technology - which is what the HD82 uses - has been considered more cinematic and colourful. LCD projectors have caught up considerably, and to some eyes, crucially, because there’s always been one reason why DLP will never appeal...

  • Sony Bravia KDL-46W5500 television
    4 out of 5

    Sony Bravia KDL-46W5500 television

    By 19 May 2009

    Internet TV is here, but is it worth upgrading to? Panasonic and Samsung have already redefined what a HDTV can do with a broadband connection, and their VieraCast and Internet@TV platforms, respectively, are now joined by Sony’s effort: AppliCast....

  • Canon XEED WUX10 projector
    3.5 out of 5

    Canon XEED WUX10 projector

    By 14 May 2009

    As anyone who’s ever sneaked one out of work to bring home for the weekend will know, most projectors just can’t handle movies. Designed to be hooked-up to a laptop, these ultra-bright, basic resolution and often 4:3 shape beamers disappoint; when...

  • Sony KDL-37S5500 television
    2.5 out of 5

    Sony KDL-37S5500 television

    By 12 May 2009

    Available for around £650 online, Sony’s latest 37-inch LCD TV is part of its brand new line-up of Bravias for 2009. So why does it look like last year’s tech? LCD TV technology has moved on from 2008, when blur, poor contrast and limited viewing...

  • Samsung BD-P1600 Blu-ray player
    4 out of 5

    Samsung BD-P1600 Blu-ray player

    By 28 April 2009

    This is Blu-ray on a budget, but Samsung’s latest is anything but basic. Already spotted for as little as £140 online, the BD-P1600 is the successor to the brand’s popular BD-P1500. And it’s a worthy successor, adding some nice extra features at...

  • Marmitek Connect410 HDMI switcher
    4.5 out of 5

    Marmitek Connect410 HDMI switcher

    By 22 April 2009

    Do you suffer from input envy? So prevalent is the high definition-capable HDMI cable that even if your home entertainment setup isn’t suffering from a lack of HDMI inputs, it soon will be. You might find there are not enough HDMI ins and outs on your...