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Samsung PS50C680 50″ 3D TV

The Samsung PS50C680 50″ 3D TV is a great way to join the 3D Television revolution on a budget and at just £999 it’s well worth the money. Encompassing Full 1080p HD resolution and Samsung’s 3D HyperReal Engine picture technology, the PS50C680 delivers crisp High-Definition pictures that all your friends will be jealous of.The 10 Watt per channel audio speakers support Dolby Digital Plus and Dolby Pulse audio output making in a truly thrilling experience to watch. This TV has 4 HDMI ports built-in to connect your next generation games consoles, Blu-Ray players and other HD inputs, making it an all in one home cinema and gaming system.The Samsung PS50C680 50″ 3D TV is available now from various electrical outlets for just £999; joining the 3D revolution has never been easier or cheaper!

Panasonic DMR-XS380 HD DVD Recorder

This new Panasonic HD DVD Recorder has twin Freesat HD Tuners meaning that you can watch one channel while recording another or record two channels at the same time (a satellite dish must be installed to receive Freesat HD channels).The Panasonic DMR-XS380 has a 250GB hard drive built-in, which can record up to 170 hours of programs meaning that you’ll never miss your favourite television and can store them and view them whenever you want. This DVD recorder is compatible with several other multimedia formats including Mpeg, Divx, Jpeg and MP3.The DMR-XS380 can be connected to the internet to access YouTube and Picasa as well as a host of other web content. It also features zoom and progressive scan functions and an 8-day EPG so you’ll never miss you favourite TV again.This HD DVD recorder is great for anyone who wants High-Definition TV but doesn’t want to pay a monthly fee to Sky. The Panasonic DMR-XS380 is available now for around £380.

Hewlett Packard HP Mini 110-3102sa Netbook

Computing on the move with this HP Mini Netbook letting you go everywhere, and stay connected without technology weighing you down. A beautiful thin and versatile design, the HP Mini 110 gives you true mobile computing with the freedom and tools to do more of what you want, wherever you want. The HP Mini is your perfect travel companion, allowing you to surf the web and stay entertained anywhere you go. You’ll get a 93% full-size keyboard and 25.7 cm (10.1″) diagonal screen, plus built-in wireless LANWith its own portable entertainment centre, with one-touch web access via HP QuickWeb, you also enjoy stunning video and digital audio, or you chat with friends via the integrated webcam. Featuring an Intel Atom Processor N455 1.66GHz, and memory of 1GG which is extendable to 2GB this minicomputer will allow you to have fun, surf the net, or do some work whilst away.

Dear Santa – Gift Ideas for Christmas

What is on your Christmas list this year? If you are amongst the 18 to 34 years olds then it is likely that you will be asking for a tech gadget and what’s going to be the hottest tech gadget this holiday shopping season is a question? That is probably easily answered, the iPad. This tablet ranked highest, followed by a laptop, HDTV set, Kindle or e-reader, and an iPod or MP3 player amongst those who were asked the question.It looks as though impending problems with the economy and the possibility of high unemployment will not deter buyer this year and the continued appetite for tech gadgets looks like continuing. Many people will look to savings in other directions, lower cost holiday, cheaper options on travel and cutting back on those nights out, the tech gadget will still remain king!

How about a camcorder for Christmas?

For years, affordable standard-definition camcorders offered good-quality video. Now, for the same amount of money, you can buy high-definition video cameras that let you shoot movies with gorgeous colour and clarity, save footage to flash memory or hard-disk drives, and upload to the Web with ease. Whether you want to snag clips of your playful spaniel or create the next independent masterpiece, there is a camcorder that will fit your bill.Amongst the many HD camcorders the Panasonic HDC-SD60EB-K offers a lightweight camcorder, weighing in at only 225g without the battery. Its compact size lets it sit in the palm of your hand for anytime, anywhere recording for high-quality images. Also features a 2.7” LCD screen, optical zoom x25 16:9 recording and a memory card slot.

The way technology has advanced over the years

60 years ago things were very different people didn’t have today’s advances in technology particularly mobile ‘phones which we all now take for granted. In those days making a telephone call was made through a fixed landline or a bulky radio telephone and radio was the main form of entertainment outside of the cinema. By the end of that decade TV was in most homes but it came in with a big box supporting all the electronic gadgets and the large picture tube. Now TV’s are really cool with slim or TFT devices and plasma screens that give remarkable imagery, the very latest being high definition or HD which have remarkably sharp pictures, a million miles away from the sets of only a few years ago. It is not just the advances in technology that have given us these slim sharp images, the cost has fallen dramatically. By searching through comparison sites it is now possible to buy a modern TV for what amounts to a week’s wage which is a far cry from the cost of a set in times past which would have set you back a month or two wage packet.

Forget 3D, Quattron technology is here

The whole world and its mother seem to be talking about 3D right now it’s the very latest gismo and that’s where the hype machine is headed, to an extent unprecedented since the first arrival of HD. Many s till think 3-D TV has an iffy future, but if you’re willing to make the leap of faith, you may as well invest in decent hardware. Sharp’s new Quattron TV models compensate for the dimness that mars the 3-D experience by adding yellow as part of the company’s propriety Quad Pixel technology (most sets use a red/blue/green filter). The sets are capable of converting standard 2-D content, adding a 3-D effect that helps to address that whole lack of content issue, they are also Internet ready.For a start, Sharp reckons pictures should look as much as 20 per cent brighter than those of a ‘normal’ LCD TV, due to the yellow pixel having a greater level of transparency and thus making it easier for the TV’s lighting to pass through than the red, green and blue pixels. The set’s colour response, for instance, is utterly spectacular, the range, purity, dynamism and simple believability of its colour palette across all sources is startling.

Flat panel TVs keep getting thinner

It was not long ago that the concept of a flat panel TV took us all by storm.  We had grown accustom to our large CRT TVs that weighed a considerable amount.  The new plasma and LCD TVs presented an opportunity for us to free up some space on our entertainment stand which many of us took advantage of.  These new flat panel TVs were expensive but they certainly looked much better than the old TVs.Now it appears as though these LCD and plasma TVs are going to quickly become old news.  New technologies including LED and OLED are producing flat panel TVs that are impressively thin.  Many of the first flat panel TVs that were introduced were still several inches thick.  New TVs designed with LED and OLED technologies could one day hang on our walls and appear to be flush mounted.Flat panel TVs based on LED technology are more widely available.  Samsung has introduced a line of LED TVs that are as thin as 3mm.  The screens on these TVs range up to 55 inches in size.  Until OLED technology is developed further, LED appears to be the choice if you want a thinner flat panel TV today.

Blu-ray players – slowly taking over the world

The arrival of high-definition has brought a new format for watching our television programmes as well as the movies we watch at home through DVD players. We now demand this enhanced quality and it has arrived through Blu-ray. While Blu-ray has been somewhat slow to gain the acceptance enjoyed by DVD, with competition driving down prices for Blu-ray players and a greater selection of movies and TV shows that are now available, has led to increased adoption of this format.Blu-ray Players will deliver sights and sounds so rich and vivid it will leave your old DVD player gathering dust. The only problem that may arise is knowing which Blu-ray Player to choose. Most of the major manufacturers that were associated with the DVD player are now making Blu-ray player so a quick check but it is worth remembering that as will any new technology new models are being brought to the market and manufacturers are constantly adapting and changing these to bring you the ultimate Home Movie experience. Once oyu have experienced Blu-ray though, you will never go back.

Aiptek HD 3D – the UK’s first 3D Camcorder

A couple of weeks ago Panasonic announced that its new HDC-SDT750 would be the first consumer 3d camcorder, but it seems that a German company called Aiptek has beaten them to the punch by releasing their portable HD 3D camcorder.The Aiptek HD 3D can’t really be compared to the Panasonic in terms of class, but for a sneak peak at what 3D can do it’s well worth it. The Aiptek HD 3D uses two separate lenses to capture in 3D which can be viewed straight back on the 2.4 inch 3D display.Movies can also be played back via HDMI to a 3D enabled TV, but if you don’t own one the files can be converted to view on a standard screen with the bundled software, but you’ll have to don the supplied glasses to see it in 3D.The HD 3D camcorder can also shoot movies in 2D at 720p and capture still images at 5 megapixels; an SD card slot is built in and can support up to 32GB, giving around 800 minutes of video time.The Aiptek HD 3D is available now for around £199.

Sky 3D is coming sooner than you think!

BSKYB has announced that its first 3D channel, aptly named Sky 3D will launch on the 3rd of April with a Premier League football match between Manchester United and Chelsea. BSKYB also state that there have been over 1000 clubs and pubs that have signed up to the service and have bought 3D-ready TV sets in a deal between Sky and LG.