Google’s Chromecast Review Roundup

Last week Google released a HDMI dongle called Chromecast, a week later the entire tech fraternity are still talking about it – so what is it and why is it so important? Basically Chromecast is Google’s answer to Apple’s Airplay, but with a few added bells and whistles. Designed to be cheap (just $35), and … Continue reading Google’s Chromecast Review Roundup

Pure’s Avalon 300R PVR: Hands On Review

We were excited to learn at this years CES (doesn’t January seem like a long time ago?!) that Pure, one of our favourite audio gadget manufacturers, was branching out into the crowded market of Freeview set top boxes. So when Avalon 300R Cpmmect was released; like all sensible men we started setting up without too … Continue reading Pure’s Avalon 300R PVR: Hands On Review

Hands On: Harvard’s View21 Smart TV Freeview+ HD PVR

For the past few weeks we’ve been playing around with the View21, a set-top box developed by Harvard International who are probably better known for their Goodmans and iLuv brands. Although the View21’s design isn’t overly attractive (it reminded us of an oven dish!), it certainly packs a punch when it comes to features: pause, … Continue reading Hands On: Harvard’s View21 Smart TV Freeview+ HD PVR

Humax Freesat freetime: Fixing broken TV

TV is in an odd state right now. I’m one of the those annoying people who will say “I don’t watch TV” even though I now – thanks to Netflix and other streaming services – watch more TV than ever before. But the idea of coming home and just popping on the “telly” now seems … Continue reading Humax Freesat freetime: Fixing broken TV

Samsung’s BD-DT7800 Freeview PVR: Preparing viewers for the digital switchover

I have never quite understood why companies offer cashback on their products rather than just simply dropping the price. Perhaps it has something to do with improving the cash flow of the business, as the customer pays more money in the first place and companies have a few weeks to give the consumer the cashback … Continue reading Samsung’s BD-DT7800 Freeview PVR: Preparing viewers for the digital switchover

Kid-proof your PVR: Tv-onics DTR-Z500HD Freeview+ HD recorder

It wasn’t that long ago that my dear son snapped the lid off my MacBook (and no I didn’t have him adopted, though it was a close-run thing), so I well know the perils that face the latest gadgetry in the homes of people with small people running about. One suspects that the good folk … Continue reading Kid-proof your PVR: Tv-onics DTR-Z500HD Freeview+ HD recorder

HD-FOX T2 – Humax’s first Freeview HD PVR

If you want to experience the thrill of high definition television but don’t want to spend wads of cash on a cable or satellite subscription, try the new Freeview HD box from Humax.  It’s the first HD set-top box in the UK, and likely to be a trendsetter as demand grows for the pin-sharp detail … Continue reading HD-FOX T2 – Humax’s first Freeview HD PVR