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Review: Panasonic DMP-BDT370

Introduction All hail the Netflix button. Is there a smart TV or a smart Blu-ray player on sale in 2015 that doesn’t have a big white-and-red button with the streaming service’s logo emblazoned upon its remote control? That’s exactly what the Panasonic DMP-BDT370 has, and much more besides. Though its latest TVs are graced with  Full Article…

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Review: Panasonic DMP-BDT270

Performance and picture quality With Ultra HD Blu-ray just months away, shouldn’t those with Ultra HD 4K TVs sit tight? Patience could pay dividends, but aside from the little matter of 3D and 4K, the search is on for a last-gen Blu-ray player that can upscale to 3840 x 2160 pixels without breaking the bank.  Full Article…

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Review: Samsung BD-J7500

Introduction, performance and picture The age of the disc-spinner is over. If you want any evidence of that, just look at the BD-J7500’s selection of streaming video apps like Netflix, Amazon Instant, BBC iPlayer and YouTube. So why buy a Blu-ray player at all? Besides being a way to upgrade your home entertainment hub without  Full Article…

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Review: LG LAB540 SoundPlate

Introduction With clumsy-looking soundbars failing to make much of a dent, how about this: the LG SoundPlate. Designed largely to boost the sound quality of the slim-but-dim TV that wowed you in the shop but sounds weak and weedy at home, LG’s SoundPlate is a novel idea indeed. This flat, 700x320x39.5mm product is uniquely designed  Full Article…

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Review: LG BP740

Introduction The easiest way to upgrade to smart TV isn’t by getting a new screen, but a smart Blu-ray player. LG’s flagship BP740 is just that, and it adds both 3D and 4K upscaling to boot. Able to spin all kinds of discs, stream video through various apps and play files from USB sticks and  Full Article…

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Review: Toshiba BDX1500

Design, performance and picture quality One of the cheapest Blu-ray players around, we spotted the BDX1500 selling as little as for UK£49 (only in the UK). For that kind of money, you don’t get much. What you do get is a disc spinner that only plays, err, discs, which is increasingly unheard of. There’s not  Full Article…

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Review: Amazon Prime Instant Video

When we reviewed Amazon’s LoveFilm Instant streaming video service back in December, we weren’t entirely complimentary: while the movie catalogue was pretty good, the service fell short in lots of crucial areas. But now it’s back, and it’s got a new name, too: LoveFilm is now Amazon Prime Instant Video. Amazon Prime Instant Video 1  Full Article…

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Review: ZTE Blade Q Mini

Introduction and design Last year Motorola released the excellent Motorola Moto G and, in doing so, set a new benchmark for affordable smartphones. For all the excitement surrounding yearly flagship releases, the middle and lower tier markets are boasting the likes of the Moto G, Sony Xperia M and Nokia Lumia 520. Gone are the  Full Article…

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Review: Toshiba Chromebook

Introduction Chromebooks are a bundle of contradictions, budget laptops that are both weird and brilliant, underpowered yet potent. They pack basic computing functionality into the Chrome OS, a web browser masquerading as an operating system. The search giant’s OS and mobile computer spec are just a few years old, but companies like HP, Samsung and  Full Article…

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