Archive for Steve May

  • Sony KDL-55W955 LED Smart TV review
    4 out of 5

    Sony KDL-55W955 LED Smart TV review

    By 1 May 2014

    The 55-inch Sony KDL-55W955 is the first of the company's new "wedge" flatscreen designs to land on our test bench. Reserved for its W85 and W95 Full HD screens and the X85/X9 4K Ultra-HD fleet, the triangle profile isn't just eye-catching but cleverly...

  • Samsung UE40H6400 6 Series TV review
    4 out of 5

    Samsung UE40H6400 6 Series TV review

    By 22 April 2014

    While Samsung's high-end fleet of curvaceous Ultra HD tellies have been generating plenty of noise this year, the brand's real volume comes on the back of its 6 Series screens, which is where the 40-inch H6400 model fits in. These mainstream HD models...

  • Sony KDL-50W829 W8 Series TV review
    5 out of 5

    Sony KDL-50W829 W8 Series TV review

    By 19 March 2014

    Sony is banking on its W8 flatscreen range to cut a swathe through the connected TV competition this year. While there are higher-spec Full HD models in the brand's own 2014 line-up, specifically the distinctive wedge-shaped W85 and W95 models, this trio...

  • Panasonic TX-L65WT600 Smart Viera 4K TV review
    5 out of 5

    Panasonic TX-L65WT600 Smart Viera 4K TV review

    By 16 October 2013

    The Panasonic TX-L65WT600 is the first 4K Ultra-HD television to acknowledge that the future of TV is not just higher resolution, but higher frame rates as well. Why? Because the WT600 offers both next generation HDMI 2.0 connectivity, as well as DisplayPort...

  • Sony KD-65X9005A 65-inch 4K TV
    5 out of 5

    Sony KD-65X9005A 65-inch 4K TV

    By 20 June 2013

    Nothing less than the herald for a new era of TV technology, Sony’s glossy 65-inch Ultra HD KD-65X9005A plays Silver Surfer to the Galactus that is 4K. For those who haven’t been paying attention, Ultra HD offers four times the resolution of today’s...

  • Samsung UE55F8000 LCD TV
    4.5 out of 5

    Samsung UE55F8000 LCD TV

    By 30 May 2013

    The Samsung UE55F8000 is arguably the most advanced Full HD LED TV you can buy today. Gorgeously designed and generously appointed, it’s a screen which will have tech-heads and interior designers dribbling comparable qualities of drool. But while Samsung...

  • Sony KDL-40W905A smart 3D TV
    5 out of 5

    Sony KDL-40W905A smart 3D TV

    By 13 May 2013

    Sony seems determined to improve its image. While rival TV manufacturers tout voice recognition systems and play tuner Top Trumps, Sony’s latest flagship is all about picture quality. Indeed with its groundbreaking wide colour Triluminos backlight and...

  • Panasonic TX-L47DT65 Smart 3D TV
    4 out of 5

    Panasonic TX-L47DT65 Smart 3D TV

    By 22 April 2013

    Panasonic has brought its A-game to LED this year. After years of treading water, the brand’s engineering and design teams have seemingly been let off the leash, culminating in its DT65 Series screens which positively throb with bright, fresh ideas....

  • LG 84LM960V 4K TV
    4 out of 5

    LG 84LM960V 4K TV

    By 25 December 2012

    There are big changes afoot in the TV biz. With nothing to be made from selling Plasma and LED LCDs, television manufacturers have been scrabbling to find the next big thing. Eighteen months ago that looked to be OLED, but insurmountable manufacturing...

  • Toshiba 47VL863
    4 out of 5

    Toshiba 47VL863

    By 17 November 2011

    Toshiba deserves its reputation as a click-teaser. SED, Cell TV, Full-array LED: all mouth-watering TV technologies that it’s promised that have come to nought. But there is hope. This year the company appears determined to be cutting-edge and not just...

  • Sony KDL-40HX723
    4.5 out of 5

    Sony KDL-40HX723

    By 14 November 2011

    Sony TVs are a bit like Star Trek movies. They alternate between good and woeful for no apparent reason. But while the decent Trek flicks are relatively easy to predict - stick with the even-numbered outings and you won’t go far wrong - avoiding the...

  • Samsung UE40D6530
    4.5 out of 5

    Samsung UE40D6530

    By 11 November 2011

    Between the two of us, we've fallen a little bit in love with Samsung’s D6530. Maybe it’s the way it doesn’t try too hard to look gorgeous, or the seductive silkiness of its blacks. Whatever the reason for its magnetic allure, we just want to sit...

  • Panasonic TX-P42VT30
    4.5 out of 5

    Panasonic TX-P42VT30

    By 5 July 2011

    Ever since Pioneer pulled the plug on its highly-rated Kuro line of plasma screens, enthusiasts have been looking for a new hero brand to fill the void. Panasonic has always been the favoured candidate, not only because it has consistently enjoyed critical...

  • JVC Everio GS-TD1
    4.5 out of 5

    JVC Everio GS-TD1

    By 18 May 2011

    Until now, Panasonic has been a lonely champion for homemade 3D, offering a range of camcorders compatible with its VW-CLT1 3D accessory lens. We looked at the brand’s HDC-SD900 recently and were suitably impressed, although like all the 3D capable...

  • EchoStar Freesat HDS-600RS
    4 out of 5

    EchoStar Freesat HDS-600RS

    By 19 April 2011

    The Freesat audience may comprise Sky wobblers and value seekers, but that doesn’t mean they should be denied a little innovation to call their own. Enter the HDS-600RS, world’s first personal video recorder with integrated Slingbox. The brand responsible...

  • Harman Kardon BDS 800
    3.5 out of 5

    Harman Kardon BDS 800

    By 23 March 2011

    The Home Theatre in a Box (HTIB) business is dominated by brands that build systems to a price, loading them to overflowing with the latest digital doodads. There is, though, a less frenetic high-end to this market, where simple sophistication is valued....

  • Samsung UE55D8000
    4.5 out of 5

    Samsung UE55D8000

    By 15 March 2011

    With no immediate replacement for the extraordinarily over-engineered 9000 Series on the horizon, Samsung’s waif-thin Series 8 models have become the new LED flag wavers for the brand. At first glance the models look rather similar, but the new Series...

  • Panasonic HDC-SD900
    4.5 out of 5

    Panasonic HDC-SD900

    By 25 February 2011

    Panasonic has slashed the entry price of DIY 3D by expanding its range of 3D compatible camcorders and making the conversion lens an optional £280 accessory. You can now step up to 3D via the £899 HDC-SD900, the most affordable new member of the brand’s...

  • Asus G53JW 3D
    4 out of 5

    Asus G53JW 3D

    By 11 February 2011

    The G53JW is the latest in Asus’ hardcore Republic of Gamers range. The spec reads like a wish list for FPS hedonists: Intel i7 Quad Core 740M processor, Nvidia Fermi-derived GeForce GTX460M graphics, Blu-ray writer, 3D. It even ships with a large custom-designed...

  • Sony SMP-N100
    3.5 out of 5

    Sony SMP-N100

    By 2 February 2011

    The SMP-N100 is Sony’s first dedicated IPTV and network media player. Once the exclusive province of relatively esoteric PC brands, this sector of the market is now being groomed by the big TV makers, which means a whole new tranche of telly-watchers...

  • Toshiba 40VL758
    4 out of 5

    Toshiba 40VL758

    By 3 December 2010

    Toshiba has upped its game rather dramatically with its latest range of LED TVs. Produced in collaboration with the jolly Danes from Jacob Jensen Design, they are uniformly slim (this 40 incher is a mere 29mm deep) and well made. They’re also surprisingly...

  • LG 42LE4900
    3 out of 5

    LG 42LE4900

    By 1 December 2010

    LG has dramatically upped the ante with its latest range of slim-screens. The 42LE4900 is a beauty. Pencil thin, thanks to an Edge LED backlit display, and weighing just 14.5kg, the TV has been designed to turn heads, and that’s even before the bright...

  • Panasonic HDC-SDT750
    4 out of 5

    Panasonic HDC-SDT750

    By 18 November 2010

    The 3D revolution seems inevitable. Analysts predict a massive take up of 3D TVs, as much as 45 per cent of all models sold by 2014, and 3D theatrical releases continue to rake in healthy box-office revenues. Both studios and PPV operators are licking...

  • Samsung UE55C9000
    4.5 out of 5

    Samsung UE55C9000

    By 15 November 2010

    Samsung may be top dog in the global TV market, but it’s still rankled by the fact that it’s not truly regarded as a high-end brand. Despite critical plaudits and mass-market success, its moniker isn’t bandied around as a premiere league name. Samsung...