Archive for Paul Lester

  • Freecom Network Mediaplayer
    4 out of 5

    Freecom Network Mediaplayer

    By 25 September 2007

    The latest solution to address the always problematic issue of media streaming comes from Freecom, who offers a Network Mediaplayer intended to house a 3.5-inch hard drive to store content locally. This is a handy way to carry media around with you away...

  • Etymotic ety8 Bluetooth earphones
    3.5 out of 5

    Etymotic ety8 Bluetooth earphones

    By 21 September 2007

    It might come as a surprise in today's Bluetooth-heavy technology market that up until recently nobody had successfully developed a pair of in-ear Bluetooth headphones. Credit for this innovation goes to Etymotic research, a world leader in in-ear technology....

  • Panasonic SC-PT850 home cinema system
    4.5 out of 5

    Panasonic SC-PT850 home cinema system

    By 14 September 2007

    If you’ve invested in a decent sized HD-ready television, picking up a decent set of surround speakers is a vital addition to get the most from the high quality digital audio available with modern equipment. Something like Panasonic’s PT850 5.1 surround...

  • Digital Video Essentials (DVE) High Definition - DVD
    4 out of 5

    Digital Video Essentials (DVE) High Definition - DVD

    By 27 July 2007

    Recent advances and price drops in the high definition market may have made the latest in A/V standards available to all, but not everyone considers how connectivity, calibration and various audio and visual environments impact the performance of this...

  • Packard Bell Maestro 220 LCD monitor
    3.5 out of 5

    Packard Bell Maestro 220 LCD monitor

    By 26 July 2007

    Packard Bell isn’t exactly renowned for its activity in the display market, and appears to be promoting its new Maestro series as a rival to conventional LCD TVs rather than as a monitor for your PC. As a 22-inch widescreen display we’ve certainly...

  • Humax LP32-TDR1 LCD television
    4 out of 5

    Humax LP32-TDR1 LCD television

    By 13 July 2007

    Humax has produced some of the more successful PVRs over the last year so it's no real surprise to see the name behind the feature-rich LP32-TDR1. This 32" LCD is most notable for the inclusion of a built in PVR sporting a generous 160GB hard drive and...

  • Gumbody Light Digital 6 remote control
    4.5 out of 5

    Gumbody Light Digital 6 remote control

    By 12 July 2007

    Despite not being major players in the remote control market, Melconi UK recently released a rather appealing universal controller in the Gumbody Light Digital 6. You'll find the rather chunky solution offers control for up to 6 devices, and features...

  • Samsung 26-inch R87 LCD television
    4 out of 5

    Samsung 26-inch R87 LCD television

    By 10 July 2007

    Samsung's recent assault on the plasma and LCD market certainly seems to be causing some waves. The R87 is the "value" range from the LCD corner (being that it doesn't support 1080p), and we got our hands on the 26" model to see how smaller sizes perform...

  • Acer V200 GPS receiver
    4.5 out of 5

    Acer V200 GPS receiver

    By 9 July 2007

    The GPS market has gathered pace with such wild abandon in recent times you sometimes wonder if we'll end up forgetting what they were originally for. Driven by such household names as TomTom, Garmin and Mio, modern devices are packed with so many extra...

  • Infocus IN26+ projector
    3.5 out of 5

    Infocus IN26+ projector

    By 15 June 2007

    Infocus has been producing solid and dependable, if a little uninspiring, projectors for quite some time now. It's latest low-end models are the IN24 and IN26+, the latter of which we have on test here, but can it produce the goods? We get watching to...

  • Viewsonic PJ358 projector
    3.5 out of 5

    Viewsonic PJ358 projector

    By 18 May 2007

    Viewsonic has recently expanded their range of projectors quite considerably; we have one on test here in the reasonably priced PJ358. It’s touted at mobile workers or businessmen, but its strengths, which include a short throw lens, help it double...

  • Thomson TopUpTV PVR
    4 out of 5

    Thomson TopUpTV PVR

    By 20 April 2007

    Despite a degree of what we’d loosely called "innovation" in the PVR market, none has bettered the convenience and usability of Sky+. So straightforward is the Sky control system it’s difficult to imagine a more effective way to view, record and browse...

  • Pioneer 427XD 42-inch Plasma TV
    4.5 out of 5

    Pioneer 427XD 42-inch Plasma TV

    By 13 April 2007

    Plasma TVs have taken a few knocks recently with the release of some extremely capable LCD screens at comparable sizes. Not one to take a fight lying down, Pioneer is still championing plasma as the definitive technology and in their 427XD could well...

  • OneForAll PC Media Kit
    3 out of 5

    OneForAll PC Media Kit

    By 6 April 2007

    OneForAll are synonymous with feature-packed all-in-one remote controls, but their new PC Media Kit is actually a combination of products that includes a wireless audio and video transmitter. Included is OneForAll’s PC Remote, which you can use to control...

  • Toshiba Regza C-series 32-inch television (32C3030DB)
    4 out of 5

    Toshiba Regza C-series 32-inch television (32C3030DB)

    By 30 March 2007

    The new Regza C-series from Toshiba, available in 32-inch and 37-inch and 42-inch sizes, aims to bring more weight to LCD's case as the current flatscreen technology of choice. The 32-inch screen we have on test is a nice enough looking unit, with a swivel...

  • NEC NP60 projector
    4.5 out of 5

    NEC NP60 projector

    By 9 March 2007

    Outside of an office environment bigger isn’t usually better when it comes to projectors. Home users want stylish, compact offerings they don’t have to bolt into the roof with 6-inch girders, and thankfully the tech industry is responding in kind....

  • Sony SRS-DZ10 2.1 speaker system
    3.5 out of 5

    Sony SRS-DZ10 2.1 speaker system

    By 2 March 2007

    Sony has always been synonymous with both quality and innovation in the audio market, its latest set of 2.1 speakers certainly scores highly on the design front. It’s a beautiful looking setup, highlighted by a cylindrical 25W subwoofer finished in...

  • Nec XR 50-inch plasma
    3.5 out of 5

    Nec XR 50-inch plasma

    By 23 February 2007

    NEC’s recent foray into the home entertainment market is led by their plasma XR range, an HD solution for the high-end consumer that takes no prisoners in today’s advancing digital age. The 50-inch screen on test seems directly oriented towards those...

  • 3.5 out of 5

    Yamaha YSP-900 speaker system

    By 26 January 2007

    Yamaha’s YSP is part of a series of digital sound projectors designed to offer an all-in-one surround sound solution. Various models in the range are optimised for use with specific sized televisions, the YSP-900 on test is ideal for 32-inch screens,...

  • Sharp LC52WD1E LCD television
    4.5 out of 5

    Sharp LC52WD1E LCD television

    By 19 January 2007

    Sharp’s new Aquous range falls well into the "future proof" category, assuming that people are ready to invest in 1080p screens for higher resolution video. Whether or not consumers agree is yet to be seen, but with LG set to release a dual-format Blu-ray/HD...

  • Acer AT4220 42 inch LCD television
    4.5 out of 5

    Acer AT4220 42 inch LCD television

    By 5 January 2007

    In the past Acer has been known more for its success in the notebook and LCD market than with LCD TVs, but a new range looks to offer a desirable combination of both value and quality. The AT4220 is the largest in the series and undoubtedly the most impressive....

  • Sharp TU-R160H Freeview Personal Video Recorder
    3 out of 5

    Sharp TU-R160H Freeview Personal Video Recorder

    By 29 December 2006

    This is Sharp’s first stab at the PVR market to accompany a range of high performance LCD TVs. Following up on the recent success of rivals such as the Humax PVR9200T it offers similar features in the 160GB hard drive and built-in Freeview tuner, but...

  • ViewSonic N2060w LCD television
    3 out of 5

    ViewSonic N2060w LCD television

    By 22 December 2006

    This 20-inch widescreen entry from ViewSonic is obviously intended for the kitchen or bedroom, positively paling in comparison to more common 32-inch plus screens that have helped to define the modern HD market. Regardless it's a nice looking display,...

  • LG 32LB1D LCD television
    3.5 out of 5

    LG 32LB1D LCD television

    By 15 December 2006

    The 32LB1D is the smallest of a new series of LG LCDs, reengineered with the XD engine digital image generating chip. This boasts a rather baffling array of technology that in summary, promises to make the very best of high definition images. A collection...

  • Kameleon generation three – 8 in 1
    4 out of 5

    Kameleon generation three – 8 in 1

    By 24 November 2006

    OneForAll is the largest world-wide supplier of universal remote controls and the Kameleon series is the most distinctive of its range. The third generation follows up the success of the previous design and is available in both 5-in-1 and 8-in-1 versions...