Reviews & hands-on

  • Home Cinema 4.5 out of 5

    Humax HB-1000S Freesat HD box review

    By 9 April 2014

    There was a time when we didn't really understand Freesat. And in a world where increasing numbers of set-top boxes and catch-up devices are available for as little as a tenner, we weren't sure the satellite-dish-provided free TV service could ever suit...

  • Home Cinema 4.5 out of 5

    Elgato EyeTV Netstream 4Sat review

    By 24 March 2014

    The Elgato EyeTV Netstream 4Sat is something that offers some real advantages to people who already have a satellite dish. The idea of the product is simple: you feed it between one and four satellite inputs, which it bundles up into a package that allows...

  • Televisions

    Hands-on: Panasonic AX802 Freetime TV

    By 13 March 2014

    There's no going back now, Panasonic has stopped production of its plasma TV line. Now, the firm is looking to LCD with LED backlights for its TV range, but the good news is the company is still innovating, and to that end it has introduced the first...

  • Home Cinema 4.5 out of 5

    Technomate TM-Twin-OE review

    By 10 May 2013

    There was a time, back when Pocket-lint was still in school, where satellite TV was just about the most exotic technology you could use. If you ever got to go to someone's house, who had a massive dish and analogue satellite receiver, you could access...

  • Home Cinema 4 out of 5

    Humax HDR-1000S freesat with freetime review

    By 6 March 2013

    Since freesat launched, it's been assaulting our eyes with its capital letter - or lack thereof - lunacy. Now, with freetime, or, as the firm calls it we've got some angled brackets thrown in for good measure. What is this, algebra? But horrors of English...

  • Online

    Freesat Free time box by Humax pictures and hands-on

    By 4 September 2012

    Freesat's new Free time internet connected setup has just been announced and we have been lucky enough to have a play.  Initially the service will be available only on a Humax box, the one we have looked at here. But it will eventually also run on kit...

  • Home Cinema 4.5 out of 5

    Panasonic TX-L37DT30 review

    By 9 June 2011

    During 2010 Panasonic quickly made a name for itself - and plasma technology in general - with a string of high-end 3DTVs that supplied stunning depth and comfortable viewing. That’s not what happened on the LCD/LED side of the market, where quality...

  • Home Cinema 4 out of 5

    EchoStar Freesat HDS-600RS review

    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...

  • Home Cinema 4.5 out of 5

    Panasonic TX-P42G20B review

    By 26 August 2010

    Choosing which free high-definition TV platform to go for can be difficult, but thankfully this 42-inch Panasonic plasma makes the decision a whole lot easier. It’s equipped with both Freeview HD and Freesat HD tuners, which means it’s ready to deliver...

  • Home Cinema 4 out of 5

    Panasonic TX-65VT20 review

    By 24 August 2010

    At 65-inches in diameter and with a depth of just 90mm, is this 3D Ready plasma the ultimate flatscreem TV? It certainly looks the part, but if you’re going to spend this kind of money on anything it should be faultless. And for all its high tech features...

  • Home Cinema 4 out of 5

    Panasonic TX-L32D28BP television review

    By 3 June 2010

    Part of Panasonic's LED-lit D28 Series, this purple (or silver, or white) set is some package - but it comes at a high price. Although it's only 77mm in depth, it packs in an almost ridiculous line-up of features. Both Freeview HD and Freesat HD tuners...

  • Online 4 out of 5

    Devolo dLAN 200 AVpass kit review

    By 28 May 2010

    Devolo’s dLAN 200 AVpass broadband adapter kit can connect your Freesat box to your broadband router via the mains electricity sockets in your home. But does it work? For those unfamiliar with Powerline networking (for that’s what running the internet...

  • Home Cinema 4 out of 5

    Grundig GUFSDTR500HD Freesat recorder review

    By 17 March 2010

    It might not boast as many high-def channels as Sky HD or Virgin, but Freesat has provided salvation for thousands of viewers who want HD, but simply can’t afford the steep subscription fees. That is, before Freeview HD reared its head. The trouble...

  • Home Cinema 4.5 out of 5

    Sony Bravia KDL-40V5810 television review

    By 5 January 2010

    The latest Bravia HD TV in Sony's "V" range is this, the KDL-40V5810 and it sports integrated Freesat, Freeview and analogue tuners; AppliCast, Live Colour and 24p True Cinema along with all the other Bravia goodies. The V5810 is a sleek, piano black...

  • Home Cinema 4.5 out of 5

    Humax Freesat+ FOXSAT-HDR recorder review

    By 31 December 2008

    The launch of Humax’s Foxsat-HDR was probably one of the most anticipated events of the year, with more HD screens appearing in living rooms across the country, people are desperate to get access to broadcast HD content. If you don’t want to subscribe...