Reviews & hands-on

  • Home Cinema

    Best Buy CinemaNow Disc to Digital pictures and hands-on

    By 14 January 2013

    One of Rovi's major announcements at CES in Las Vegas this year was that DivX Plus Streaming digital rights management has been approved for UltraViolet use. This allows several of Rovi's back-end entertainment delivery services to add UV compatibility,...

  • Apps

    The Dark Knight Rises iPad companion app pictures and hands-on

    By 6 December 2012

    The Dark Knight Rises should by now be happily spinning in the Blu-ray players of Batman fans the world over. Fire up the disc and you might spot that there is a second screen option. This isn't anything hugely new for the world of Blu-ray, as we discovered...

  • Home Cinema 4 out of 5

    Bang & Olufsen BeoVision 7-40 review

    By 26 March 2012

    Would you pay ten grand for a telly? Of course you wouldn't, but ask someone at Bang & Olufsen what brands they're up against and they're more likely to utter Jaguar, Swaroski and Rolex than Samsung, LG or Sony. The Danish brand operates in a very limited...

  • Gaming 4 out of 5

    Toshiba QOSMIO X770 review

    By 1 November 2011

    Toshiba's QOSMIO X770 is both big and clever, although it's the size, weight and design that strike you first.   Under the textured two-tone case, this is a behemoth of a gaming and multimedia laptop: 17.3" 1080p HD active 3D screen, Sandy Bridge Core...

  • Home Cinema 4 out of 5

    Samsung BD-D8900M review

    By 14 September 2011

    Who cares about Blu-ray? Firmly ensconced in the PlayStation 3, standalone hi-def disc spinners regularly go for under £90 – small enough bean to set the alarm bells ringing in any gadget buyer’s ears. The trick, thinks Samsung, is to up the price...

  • Home Cinema

    Star Wars: The Complete Saga Blu-ray box set pictures and hands-on

    By 12 September 2011

    Yep, it's here! Literally. We have in our possession the Blu-ray box set of Star Wars: The Complete Saga, and we've been as giddy as a schoolchild on half a lager shandy. That's not to say it isn't flawed, of course - there's glaring omissions (the...

  • Home Cinema

    Star Wars Blu-ray hands-on

    By 15 July 2011

    Rarely have we been so excited about three 30-second video clips as we were at the Digital Entertainment Group Europe event held in Disney's offices last night. For the first time on UK soil, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment played actual footage of...

  • Home Cinema 4 out of 5

    Panasonic DMP-B200 review

    By 12 April 2011

    Panasonic is currently the only manufacturer to offer a portable Blu-ray player in the UK, and its latest model comes in the form of the DMP-B200, a logically named successor to the B100. Despite being a portable device, the DMP-200 felt fairly hefty...

  • Home Cinema 4 out of 5

    Samsung HT-BD8200 soundbar speakers review

    By 15 January 2010

    The Samsung HT-BD8200 offers a 2.1 home theatre experience, bringing with it the benefits of a Blu-ray drive and the convenience of a wireless subwoofer. Soundbars offer a simple out-of-the-box home cinema solution with minimal setup and configuration...

  • Home Cinema 3 out of 5

    Angels and Demons - Blu-ray review

    By 21 September 2009

    If there is one thing that Dan Brown should be familiar with it's criticism. It seems to come hand-in-hand with writing a best seller these days, as like it or love it, the Da Vinci Code was both adored and abhorred in the same breath. Angels and Demons...

  • Laptops 4 out of 5

    Samsung R620 notebook review

    By 17 August 2009

    Samsung is known for its range of well-priced and well-made laptops, and the R620 is an affordable 16-inch media centre that sits towards the top of the company’s range. Aimed at the budget end of the multimedia market, the R620 is one of the cheapest...

  • Home Cinema 4 out of 5

    Philips BDP7300 Blu-ray player review

    By 5 August 2009

    Philips hasn’t really made an impact in the high-def player market so far but the BDP7300 could put the Dutch manufacturer on the Blu-ray map. It’s a fully-fledged Profile 2.0 affair, which puts BD-Live downloads at your disposal (the quality of which...

  • Home Cinema 4.5 out of 5

    LG HB354BS Blu-ray home cinema system review

    By 4 August 2009

    We've been impressed with LG's Blu-ray offerings of late, offering good value for money and an impressive feature set. The HB354 is the little brother of the HB954, offering a 2.1 system playing off a similar central Blu-ray player. But what a Blu-ray...

  • Home Cinema 4.5 out of 5

    LG BD370 Blu-ray player review

    By 16 July 2009

    Over the past year we've seen many devices that offer some form of internet connectivity, stepping beyond the still rather youthful BD-Live services, to a more comprehensive offering. The LG BD370 is such a connected player, with YouTube getting a firm...

  • Home Cinema 4 out of 5

    Panasonic SC-BT205 Blu-ray home cinema system review

    By 10 July 2009

    History tells us that one-box home cinema bundles rarely match the quality of a decent separates system, but for sheer convenience they simply can’t be beaten. And when it comes to Blu-ray, convenience and set-up simplicity are even more vital, given...