Real World Consumer Tests and Product Reviews

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Digihome 49278FHDD Full HD LED TV

    Digihome 49278FHDD - 49 inch Full HD LED TV features, specs and my comments


  • Full HD 1920x1080p resolution with LED backlighting
  • Built-in Freeview tuner
  • Multiple connectivity options including HDMI, USB and SCART

With striking style and picture performance, the 49278FHDD 49-inch Full HD TV delivers the combination of high-quality image projection with rich audio reproduction for a truly immersive entertainment experience.
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Linx 7 tablet - video review

Linx 7 - cheap Windows tablet with Intel quad core processor


I am not sure why but Linx tablets got quite popular these days. We've already reviewed couple of their most popular models like the 10 inch Linx 1010B and the smaller Linx 810B. In my opinion nowadays more people are looking for Windows tablets as they are more versatile and offer more on the go when compared to 'conventional' Android tablets.

It is good that there are manufacturers like Linx who give us the option to buy very capable Windows tablets on affordable prices. 
Today we will be taking a closer look at the smallest of all Windows tablets that Linx is offering - the Linx 7.
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HEAD Graphene XT Radical Lite tennis racket review

Video review of the lightweight tennis racket HEAD Graphene XT Radical Lite


HEAD Youtek IG Radical MP is a great racket and I am still using it as my primary stick as it is versatile and ideal for club players. But there is something with it which made me look around for a replacement racket. I checked many rackets with different specs from different manufacturers but the one that grabbed my attention was the HEAD Graphene XT Radical Lite. As I am looking for a forgiving and lightweight racket I think that is one of the best choices with 102 sq.in. head size and unstrung weight of 260 grams. 

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Sony KD-55S8005C curved 4K UHD 3D LED Android TV


Consumer overview of the amazing 55 inch curved 4K UHD 3D LED Android Smart TV - Sony KD-55S8005C












Sony KD-55S8005C curved 4K UHD 3D LED Android TV
Sony KD-55S8005C curved 4K UHD 3D LED Android TV

 


Sony KD-55S8005C, what an amazing TV that is!


That is definitely one of hottest big screen TV deals these days. Sony KD-55S8005C just has it all - it is the right size, has all the modern features and most important of all offers an amazing picture quality. Probably the only feature missing is the Triluminos display which is usually reserved for the most expensive Sony TVs (KD-55S8005C may be considered expensive but for the features it has I would say it is a real bargain, similarly speced Samsung panel costs some 15% more).

Sony X800D 4K HDR LED Android TV


Top features




  • 55 inch - great for home cinema, gaming etc.

  • Curved panel - for the most realistic experience

  • Build quality - as usual top notch build quality offered by Sony

  • 4K UHD resolution

  • 3D

  • Android Smart TV with built-in WiFi

  • 4K PROCESSOR X1 - brings stunning picture quality


Price





In UK this TV is offered for less than £1400 (on sale for £1200) while in other EU countries it can be found for around 1500 Euros which is a great deal, considering all of the good stuff the KD-55S8005C has to offer.


The alternatives




  • Samsung UE55JU7500 - almost the same specs as the KD-55S8005C but uses TIZEN OS instead of Android which for some may be a huge downside. Other than that the UE55JU7500 is an amazing TV that costs about the same as the KD-55S8005C.

  • Samsung UE55JS8500 - it has some improved specs over the UE55JU7500 like the better refresh rated of PQI 1900. Price is couple of hundred bucks more.

  •  Sony KD-55X8505C - this 55 inch Ultra HD TV is not a curved display but it offers Sony's patented technology Triluminos display which gives a cutting edge picture quality and also costs a bit cheaper than the curved Sony KD-55S8005C.



And while browsing for your next TV here's a very interesting topic we discussed recently "The most popular TV sizes on the market today"

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LaFerrari test-driven by Top Gear

Test drive and review of the fastest production Ferrari ever build - the LaFerrari

LaFerrari test-driven by Top Gear
LaFerrari test-driven by Top Gear

In this episode of Top Gear James May drives the amazingly fast LaFerrari which should be the fastest and most technologically advanced supercar Ferrari ever build.


LaFerrari test drive and review at Top Gear



I would also recommend you my personal favorite - the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta which may have a little less power compared to the LaFerrari but still impresses with absolutely amazing performance figures and day to day usability.
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Toshiba Satellite C40-C-10K laptop specs

Full specifications of the cheap 14 inch laptop Toshiba Satellite C40-C-10K

Toshiba Satellite C40-C-10K laptop
Toshiba Satellite C40-C-10K laptop

With so many offers around Christmas it gets really hard to pick the best choice in the category you are interested in. That is why we literally scrub the net for good offers and serve them to you in the best way possible. Today we are taking a closer look at laptop offer in UK, part of daily deals sale. The Toshiba Satellite C40-C-10K is a cheap 14 inch laptop with Windows 8.1 and a quite appealing price sticker of just £150.

Toshiba Satellite C40-C-10K laptop specs:

  • Processor type: Intel® Celeron® N3050 processor with Intel® Burst Technology 2.0
  • Operating system: Windows 8.1 64-bit (pre-installed) with free upgrade to Windows 10 Home when available.
  • Solid State Drive: 32 GB
  • RAM Memory: 2GB
  • Display size: 35.6cm (14.0”)
  • Graphics: Intel® HD Graphics
  • Interfaces: 2x USB 2.0, 1x HDMI-out, 1x external Headphone (stereo) / Microphone combo socket, 1x USB 3.0, 1x integrated HD Web Camera with built-in stereo microphone, 1x SD™ card slot (SD™, SDHC™, SDXC™ supporting UHS-I, MMC)
  • Wireless: Wi-Fi®
  • Network: 802.11b/g/n (up to 150 Mbps)
  • Wireless Technology: Bluetooth® 4.0 + LE
  • Speakers: Built-in stereo speakers with Toshiba Audio Enhancement
  • Battery: Lithium-ion, 4 cell. Maximum life
  • Dimensions W x D x H: 344 x 244.4 x 23.2 mm
  • Weight: 1.70 kg
  • Price: £150



You can also find out more about the cheap Toshiba laptops offered in UK in the last couple of years.
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The best smartphones on the market in 2015

Short video presentation with some of the best performing smartphones in 2015

the best smartphones on the market in 2015


This year is almost over and it is time for a short summary with some of the best choices when considering your next smartphone.
For 2015 awards I decided to pick one of the very popular tech vloggers and his ratings which are divided into couple of different sub-categories.

As usual, I will be happy to hear your opinion about the phones selected, if you are using any of them or if you have any other feedback to share.


The best smartphones on the market in 2015 - video

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Merry Christmas (not product related)

Christmas wish Merry Christmas to all! Wish you joy and happiness and many happy moments with the people you love. And don't forget that all the products we so much desire and adore are just... stuff, there much more valuable things in life we should cherish. 

Enjoy yourselves, be happy and Merry Christmas!

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Asus Memo Pad ME70CX cheap 7 inch Android tablet

Asus Memo Pad ME70CX cheap 7 inch Android tablet specs and video review



The Asus Memo Pad ME70CX was created for those looking for a value tablet. The 7 inch MeMO Pad 7 punches well above its weight, boasting features and specifications more commonly found on more expensive tablets.

The Asus MeMO Pad 7 runs the new and exclusive Asus Zen User Interface. ZenUI improves on your smart device experience, giving you a brand new user interface that features over 200 upgrades and enhancements over the standard Android operating system, providing a more intuitive experience. MeMO Pad 7 is powered by a state-of-the-art Intel dual-core processor that delivers impressive performance and battery life to keep you entertained throughout the day.
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3 million views and counting

Test and Review celebrates its 3 million views... thanks to you

3 million views for our consumer blog

Well, for some online businesses 3 million views might not be that big of a deal but for a small consumer blog like Test and Review it is a huge achievement, especially after all the ups and downs in the last couple of years.

How did we get here?

Answer is simple - with a lot of work. We never spammed the web, nor we participated in any malicious marketing strategies, it was all work. People checking for different products online need honest and sincere opinion and that is what we've always aimed for. It wasn't always easy but it is definitely worth it.

The successful story continues and I we are really proud to continue it with our most dedicated readers, who don't miss a chance to rate the products we test or just to share their thoughts about the featured product.
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Babolat French Open Roland Garros 2015 tennis racket holder bag

Quick review of my brand new Babolat French Open Roland Garros 2015 tennis racket holder thermo bag

Babolat French Open Roland Garros 2015 tennis racket holder bag
Babolat French Open Roland Garros 2015 tennis racket holder bag

I have been playing tennis for more than 10 years now but I've never used a racket holder bag as I never needed to carry more than 1-2 rackets and a set of balls with me. But as my game grew and it got to the level of advanced club player I decided to invest some money in my first ever tennis thermo bag.
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LG 42LF580V 42 inch Full HD Smart LED TV

Price, specifications and video review of the affordable LG 42LF580V 42 inch Full HD Smart LED TV


Probably most of you have already started the Christmas shopping and you may find it hard to pick the best choice for your money. That is why here at our consumer blog we will start a series of short reviews for some of the popular products that are shopped around Christmas holidays. Today we will be taking a look at a very good family present in the form of nice big screen TV. The LG 42LF580V offers great picture quality and a nice set of Smart TV features at an affordable price of just under $600.

Here is a quick video review showing some of its main features so you can get a better idea what is the 42LF580V actually offering and is is worth buying it.


LG 42LF580V TV review



I would also recommend you the rest of the TV deals that we analyzed these days.
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Volvo S90 first looks preview

Video preview of the all new luxury Scandinavian sedan Volvo S90


Volvo S90 is the brand new luxury sedan from the Swedish car manufacturer. It is supposed to target premium cars like the higher spec Audi A6 and A7, BMW 5 series and Mercedes E-class. This new vehicle will be manufactured on the same new platform as the latest generation XC90 which caused a real sensation on the premium SUV market.

Volvo S90 impresses with striking looks and exterior design as well as variety of innovative and some improved safety features.

Volvo S90 video preview

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Linx 1010B - cheap quad core Windows tablet

Linx 1010B - features and specs of the cheap Windows tablet with quad core Intel processor

Linx 1010B Windows tablet

Linx 1010B is a tablet very similar to the Linx 10 that we reviewed couple of days ago. We got almost the same impressions from the 1010B - well build device, easy to use, responsive display and all of that offered for a good price.  It works particularly well with the included free keyboard which is a perfect add on to every Windows 10 tablet. Here are the full specifications of the Linx 1010B tablet:
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Linx 10 - budget Windows tablet

Specifications and video review of the 10 inch budget Windows tablet Linx 10 with Intel Atom processor

Linx 10 Windows tablet
Budget Windows tablet for under $200 - Linx 10 is a top choice when shopping for Christmas presents

After we tested the smaller Linx 810B couple of weeks ago it was time to check another interesting tablet from this brand. Today, at our consumer blog we will be reviewing the 10 inch Windows tablet Linx 10
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Kazam Thunder Q4.5 - cheap quad core smartphone

Specs and review of the cheap but very capable quad core smartphone Kazam Thunder Q4.5

Today, at our consumer blog we are taking a look at one of the cheapest quad core Android smartphones offered on the UK market these days. Kazam Thunder Q4.5 is a very capable smartphone with 4.5 inch screen and an appealing price tag.

Kazam Thunder Q4.5 video review




Kazam Thunder Q4.5 sepcifications

Brand Kazam
Model Thunder Q4.5

Display
Screen size 4.5 inch

Main features
Storage capacity 4GB
Color: lack
Band GSM 850/900/1200/1800/1900 (Quadband)
Operating System Android
Camera Resolution 8MP

Battery
Battery type: Lithium Ion
Battery capacity: 1800 mAh

Other
Touch Screen Yes
Bluetooth Yes
Digital Camera Yes
GPS Yes
Internet Browser Yes

Dimensions
Height 64.6 mm
Depth 8.9 mm
Width 136 mm
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The better sound systems - Harman Kardon vs Boston Acoustics?

The dilemma when choosing the better sound system - Harman Kardon vs Boston Acoustics


The better sound systems - Harman Kardon vs Boston Acoustics?
Harman Kardon vs Boston Acoustics
Harman Kardon and Boston Acoustics are two of my favorite brands when talking about home sound systems (JBL as well) but if I have to choose a any of these for my next system I would be in real dilema. Both brands offer some amazing 5.1 home theater systems and for the price of around $400-500 one can get a real nice deal for a Harman Kardon or Boston Acoustics systems.

Today we will take a detailed look at two of the popular 5.1 sound system offered from these brands so you would have a an easier choice when buying you next speakers. 


Harman Kardon HKTS 16BQ

Harman Kardon HKTS 16BQ is a very stylish looking and also quite capable 5.1 system offered at a very good price. The MSRP is $600 but you can easily find it on sale in Amazon for $300. As a complete home theater package, the HKTS 16BQ/WQ has everything you need – including satellite bases, wall-mounting hardware and all necessary cables – in one box. And by including removable shelf-mount stands and wall-mount brackets for the satellite and center speakers, the system offers you great flexibility for installing the speakers in different locations.
The HKTS 16BQ/WQ system’s five voice-matched satellite speakers with dual 3-inch (75-millimeter) mid-range drivers and 1/2-inch (13 millimeter) high-frequency tweeters are engineered to work together to produce a rich, realistic, all-encompassing sonic performance with convincing sound effects. You can even place these video-shielded speakers near your TV without causing magnetic interference.
The HKTS 16BQ/WQ’s 200-watt down-firing subwoofer with an 8-inch (200-millimeter) driver offers deep, authoritative low-frequency realism that lends a richness to whatever imagery you’re seeing on screen – while remaining surprisingly unimposing off screen. While viewing an action film, you hear every crash, bang and boom the soundtrack has to offer.


Harman Kardon HKTS 16BQ unboxing video


Boston Acoustics SoundWare XS 5.1

Boston Acoustics SoundWare XS 5.1 is another very good and yet affordable surround system offered on most of the electronics markets around the world. Its price is $500 and in many locations it is quite hard to find as it is already out of stock. Boston Acoustics SoundWare XS 5.1 Home Theater System offers optimum audio performance in a compact package. This six-speaker system boasts uniquely shaped satellite speakers for convenient placement at any angle, as well as a powerful subwoofer for deep bass. With the included wall brackets, the system offers easy and discreet setup.
Including a subwoofer and five satellite speakers, the SoundWare XS 5.1 Home Theater System delivers big sound from a small package. Each finely tuned speaker features compact driver placement and quality system-specific crossovers for complete audio coverage. The system is also expandable--you can add satellite speakers to the package for 7.1 channel surround sound.

Boston Acoustics SoundWare XS 5.1 video review


Both these systems have been on the market since 2012, which really proves they are some quality products. In 2012 we also reviewed a very cheap 5.1 system, if interested you can check our Xenta XForce 5.1 review.
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Lenovo Yoga 300 11.6 full test and review

Test and video review of the small hybrid device Lenovo Yoga 300 11.6 

Today, we are taking a look at one of the small hybrid laptop - the Lenovo Yoga 300 11.6.

360º Flip-and-Fold Design

A PC when you need it, a tablet when you want it, and more. Easily change between four modes — Laptop, Stand, Tent, and Tablet. The secret: The 11" Lenovo Yoga 300's unique design and touchscreen display. It allows the screen to flip around 360º, which means you can select the mode you use based on what you choose to Do.

Impressive Performance for Work and Play


Enjoy a PC with the new Intel Celeron processor. Experience brilliant PC performance as you multitask effortlessly – communicate with friends and family, enjoy entertainment, and get your work done. Get the impressive performance and quality you’ve come to expect with an Intel Celeron processor. That’s serious processing. Only with Intel Inside.

Ultra Thin, Light, & Portable

Starting at a mere 3.0 lbs and just 0.85" thin, the Yoga 300 is ultra portable — it's perfect for doers on the go. And with up to 8 hours on a standard battery, you can go all day without recharging.

Harmony


Lenovo Harmony adapts to you by intuitively optimizing settings, making app recommendations by mode, and sharing statistics about how you use your device.

Stereo Speakers


The Yoga 300's speakers deliver rich stereo sound, while Dolby Home Theater provides an immersive audio experience.

McAfee LiveSafe Free Trial


Keep your entire digital life secure with the comprehensive protection afforded by McAfee LiveSafe software. LiveSafe protects cross-device, through the cloud, and locally to ensure total security for your data and identity. Enjoy a free 30-day trial with purchase. Or, upgrade to the full version during the purchase process and enjoy peace-of-mind security from day one.

Lenovo DOit Apps


Do more with your Yoga 300 with premium Lenovo applications like SHAREit, which lets you share files quickly without network charges or a WiFi connection. In addition, SYNCit backs up and restores your contacts and SMS

Lenovo IdeaPad K1 tablet review
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Digihome 22272FHDDVDLED LED TV and DVD player

Digihome 22272FHDDVDLED 22 inch LED Full HD TV with built-in DVD player


Digihome 22272FHDDVDLED LED TV and DVD player

Today, at our consumers blog we are taking a quick look at another hybrid device offered by tech manufacturer Vestel. Digihome 22272FHDDVDLED is a compact 22 inch Full HD TV with built-in DVD player. I have to admit that it is not very common to see this combination of TV and DVD player in one but it is usually done with small screen TVs that would fit best in kitchens and tight space where an additional external DVD player and all the connectors may happen to be a problem.

And here are the full specifications of the Digihome 22272FHDDVDLED TV:

Specifications

2D - 3D conversionNo
3D ReadyNo
ColourBlack
Depth (mm)134
Digital FreeviewIntegrated Freeview
Energy Efficiency ratingA
Guarantee1 Year
HD ReadyHD Ready 1080p
HDMI Connections1
Height (mm)352
Integrated WiFiNo
Internet browserNo
Screen resolution1920 x 1080
Screen size 22 inch
Skype compatibleNo
Sound output2.5W + 2.5W
Screen typeLED
USB Connection1
Weight (kg)4.1

Price

Digihome 22272FHDDVDLED costs around £100 in UK, it can be found at eBay and Amazon as well.
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Buying a used car: Opel / Vauxhall Astra H

Useful guide to buying a second hand car - Opel / Vauxhall Astra H (04-10)

Opel / Vauxhall Astra H used car
Second hand Opel / Vauxhall Astra H facelift model 2009


Updated: After another 10k miles the Astra still drives pretty well for a car with price tag of under 4000 Euro. I still think this 1.6 petrol engine is not made for LPG systems as it still gives me hard times (not very often but still) with the alternative type of fuel.

Buying a used car is never easy, there are so many things to check before you make the decision for
buying one and there still no guarantees you are going to make the right choice for your next second hand car. That is why we decided to start a series of useful guides for consumers when buying a second hand hand car. Today we are taking a closer look at one of the most popular vehicles in the compact hatchback segment - the Opel / Vauxhall Astra H. This is one of the biggest competitors of the leader in the segment VW Golf where the Ford Focus is also a very important player.

Pre-purchase advises

  • Do the research - make sure to check online blogs and owner forums about the car you have chosen, the model specifications, prices for servicing it, official dealerships around you etc.

  • Technical check - once you've chosen the car you like please make sure to make detailed inspection and if you have a trusted car service you can bring it there for further inspection from a specialists. Official dealerships are not always the best choice for pre-purchase check as they quite often act ignorant and don't pay attention to the details.

Astra H - general info

Opel / Vauxhall Astra H general info


Opel Astra H (Vauxhall Astra H in UK) is quite popular around Europe thanks to the good name and reputation of its predecessors - the Astra F and Astra G which made a tough competition for VW Golf and the new coming Asian competitors.

used car Astra H - rear back view



The Astra H was released in 2004 and production stopped in 2010 when the all new Astra J came out. Astra H is offered with variety of engines and model specifications, starting from a 1.4i (90 bhp) petrol engine up to a 2.0i 16V Turbo OPC (240 Hp) engine for the sporty OPC version of the car. You can choose between sporty 3-door hatch, 5-door hatch, 5-door caravan/kombi and a 4-door sedan (mostly offered in the Asian markets).


The most popular configurations were the 5-door estate and hatch with diesel CDTI engines starting from 1.7 CDTI to the more powerful 150 hp 1.9 CDTI build in cooperation with FIAT Group.

Astra H - pros and cons

Cars manufactured by GM are usually popular with their solid build quality and the same thing was valid for most Opel models. Well, that is not quite the case with the Astra H which impresses with enormous interior space and very nice exterior. The build quality of some of the parts used in the Astra H is not in par with what we've used to see from the German car manufacturer. Probably one of the excuses for that is the fact that its new price was quite low and you'd usually get more extras than equivalently priced Golf which also suffered from some minor quality issues in its fifth generation.

The most popular parts that fail in the Astra H are related to its electrics as it is filled in with electronic systems replacing some of the good old purely mechanical parts.

Opel / Vauxhall Astra H facelift dashboard
Opel / Vauxhall Astra H interior - dashboard of the facelift model


Opel / Vauxhall Astra H door switches buttonsAnother downside of the Astra H is its performance figures. Usually we relate this segment with some very dynamic and nice for driving hot hatches but the Astra H doesn't impress with any engaging driving characteristics thanks to its numb new electrically assisted steering which replaced the old hydraulic system and soft tuned suspension which feels 'at home' only in city traffic conditions. The height of the car is also above the average which doesn't help when combined with rear beam suspension instead of a more expensive independent one. And if we add to that a gearbox that is not set for any sporty driving we have a combination that would better suit peddlers rather than youngsters buying their first car.



On the good side we should say that new and second hand parts for Astra H are pretty easy to find and they usually come at pretty low prices compared to other competitors in the compact segment. Both petrol and diesel engines are quite economical so you are definitely saving some many on the running costs.
From what we've heard Astra H doesn't suffer from any corrosion issues unlike some of its predecessors.

If your new Astra H is missing an armrest please check this cheap and easy to mount aftermarket Astra H armrest.

Prices

Prices vary depending on the year model and condition of the car starting from around 2000 Euros for the very early 2004 models and topping 7000 Euros for the latest 2010 cars. I would strongly recommend buying any of the facelift models after 2007 as they look better and have some minor technical issues fixed. Astra caravan with 1.7 diesel engine is one of the most popular purchases as it has very low running costs and is also quite practical to its enormous trunk. The 3-door GTC hatch combined with petrol engine is the best choice for young drivers as it still looks very sporty and modern and also has slightly better driving characteristics compared to the other versions of the Astra.

2015 Opel / Vauxhall Astra video review



If interested in buying a second hand car you should definitely check the Top 7 used cars consumer list where detailed info about some of the best sellers is provided.

And of you are after a small and cute looking car than the Opel Adam is probably the best choice for you.

Buying a second hand car: Opel / Vauxhall Vectra B

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Digihome 55304UHDSM 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV

Digihome 55304UHDSM 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV specifications

Digihome 55304UHDSM 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV

Digihome 55304UHDSM is a very nice big screen TV with amazing 4K Ultra HD picture quality and Smart TV features. This cheap big screen TV is a real best seller at eBay UK these days, which is probably thanks to the good set of features it offers and the appealing low price tag (one of the cheapest 55 inch 4K Ultra HD panels on the market these days).

Here are the full specifications of this affordable 55 inch LED TV:

Digihome 55304UHDSM specs
3D ReadyNo
ColourBlack
Depth (mm)344
Digital FreeviewIntegrated Freeview HD
Energy Efficiency RatingA
Ethernet PortYes
Guarantee1 Year
HD Ready4K Ultra HD
HDD USB RecordingNo
HDMI Connections4
Height (mm)777
Integrated WifiYes Integrated Wifi
Internet BrowserYes
Internet and Smart TVSmart TV
PC InputYes
Screen size (Inches)55
Skype CompatibleNo

With the Digihome 55304UHDSM 4K Ultra High Definition LED TV you can enjoy sharp detailed pictures in a big 55 inch screen for a reasonable price.

To make the most of this great TV technology on the Digihome 55304UHDSM, input a 4K UHD source as Netflix and you'll be amazed at the high quality images with sharp details. This 4K Ultra High Definition LED TV also has Smart features and comes with integrated WiFi so you can access BBC iPlayer, Netflix, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.

Digihome 55292UHDSFVPT2 55" 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV specs


There is also a browser included so you can surf the internet on your TV. Supporting all of this are 4 HDMI ports and 3 USB ports so you can also connect a number of other devices to the TV too.

Digihome 55304UHDSM price

This TV is mostly sold in UK where its price varies around £500 which currently is one of the lowest for 55 inch 4K TV on that market.


Ultra-HD | 4K - Test

You can also check the rest of our Digihome TV reviews.
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Universal armrest for Opel / Vauxhall Astra H

Universal armrest mounted on Opel / Vauxhall Astra H

armrest Astra

Couple of weeks ago I found a very good deal on an aftermarket car armrest for my Opel Astra H which unfortunately didn't have the stock one. Also, it was impossible to buy a second hand stock one as the driver's seat itself doesn't have the integrated mount for armrest.

So I made a quick research and found this grey Astra H armrest for around 18 Euros which seemed to me like and awesome deal considering the fact that official Opel dealership offered me one for 180 Euros which is just way too much for an armrest.

Mounting the armrest

This Astra H armrest came with everything required for fixing it correctly between the front seats. Actually, this armrest is universal and is used for many other makes and models so it came with an adapter made specifically for the Astra H (model years 04-09 gasoline and diesel). The whole mounting process shouldn't take you more than 20-30 minutes and all required tools are couple of screwdrivers.

Opel / Vauxhall Astra H armrest mounting

grey armrest Astra H fixed in position

Well, once on its place I can say that the armrest fitted pretty nicely in the interior even though I think the black version would suit my Astra's dark grey interior better.

As a drawback I should mention the squeaky sounds it makes from time to time but for the price of around $20 we can't expect the best build quality around.

This Astra H has an extender of the top leather (faux leather) part so you can customize its length and storage space with some cheap padding for the inside so it will prevent moving objects.

Opel Vauxhall Astra H armrest extended

Astra H armrest storage space


If interested in other chap car accessories you should definitely check the 5 in 1 BC-06 car MP3 FM transmitter or our list of the top 7 used cars for 2015.
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BC-06 car MP3 FM transmitter, car charger, 5V 2A transmitter Bluetooth hands-free

BC-06 car MP3 FM transmitter, car charger, 5V 2A transmitter Bluetooth hands-free WMA MP3, FM transmitter - product specifications and consumer review

BC-06 FM transmitter
BC-06 car MP3 FM transmitter

BC-06 is the code name of a very interesting gadget that is sold under couple of different tech brands around the world like Diva from the Bulgarian technology manufacturer Daisy technology
This compact 5 in 1 FM transmitter manages to be the perfect solution for cars that don't have advanced stereo systems but their owners wish to enjoy music from different sources. This is where the BC-06 really shines, as it offers music playback from different sources and transmits it through FB to your stock car stereo.

The build quality of this interesting gadget is pretty good. The only thing to complain from are the buttons which are really small and difficult to use.

How to connect

BC-06 can remotely connect to a Bluetooth enabled device like a phone or a tablet and transmit the signal to the car stereo. I have already tested this feature using my Android phone and I can confirm that it is really easy to set it up - hustle free plug and play interface and manual included in the box.
In addition to playing music using the Bluetooth connection you can also use the BC-06 as a handsfree device as it has a built-in mic. 
car MP3 FM transmitter, car charger, 5V 2A transmitter Bluetooth hands-free


Of course you can also use USB stick where you've uploaded all your favorite music, stick it in the BC-06 transmitter, set the preferred FM frequency on your car stereo and you are good to go. 

Probably my favorite feature in this device is the USB charge port which worked just fine with my Android smartphone and recharged it pretty quickly on the go, quite useful feature, really.

Diva Bluetooth FM transmitter

Sound quality

Well, the biggest issue with most FM transmitters is the actual sound quality you are getting from them. If you find the appropriate free frequency the sound quality you will get from the BC-06 will be pretty good, Of course there will be some background noise and it will lack bass and low frequencies but after using it for a couple of days it is quite "bearable". If you are one of those guys expecting CD-like quality from FM transmitter please look elsewhere. 


Price

The BC-06 car MP3 FM transmitter costs around $25 which seems like a pretty good price considering all the functionalities you are getting from a 5 in 1 device.

Product specifications

  • Rated operating voltage:12V
  • Working voltage limits:9~26V
  • USB Output:5V/2A
  • Working Temp.:0~50 degree
  • Support Play Format:MP3 WMA
  • SNR  >60dB
  • Distortion  <0.1%
  • Frequency Response:20Hz-15Khz
  • Left and right channel separation:>60dB
  • BT Version  Version 2.0
  • Bluetooth sound processing:A2DP(Advance Audio Distribution Profile)
  • Bluetooth transmission distance:10M-15M
  • Bluetooth microphone effective range:0.5~2M
  • FM transmission frequency:87.5~108Mhz
  • FM transmitter:Stereo digital PLL locking mode
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2016 Porsche 911 Carrera S test drive and review

Car test drive and video review of the new version of one of the best cars of all time - 2016 Porsche 911 Carrera S

Today, at our consumer blog we are excited to present you one of the most capable sports cars ever build - Porsche 911 Carrera S. In its 2016 version it is faster but still comfortable enough to be a great daily cruiser.

Without further ado, here is the detailed video review of the new 2016 Porsche 911 Carrera S delivered by EVO:



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Cube Talk 9X tablet

Specs and video review of the 9.7 inch octa-core Android tablet Cube Talk 9X

Cube Talk 9X tablet
Cube Talk 9X

Cube Talk 9X is one of the very capable tablets that we've tested these days. With its super fast  2.0GHz octa-core MTK MT8392 processor, 2 Gigs of RAM and an impressive high-resolution IPS display it really promises to be a great performer.
But it is not only performance that the Cube Talk9X offers, it is also extremely thin and has a great form factor (some compare it with Apple's iPad Air).

To get a better idea of what is the Talk 9X all about here is a full video review as well as list with all if its specs:

Cube Talk9X video review



Cube Talk 9X tablet specifications:

ProcessorMTK MT8392 Octa Core 2.0GHz
Screen9.7 inch High Clear IPS Screen, resolution 2048*1536
Touch10 points iPad Air G+G Capacitive touch screen
bandDual SIM slots, Dual Standby
FrequencyWCDMA(900/2100) GSM(850/900/1800/1900MHz)
RAM2GB DDR3
Storage32GB (including bundled 16GB TF Card)
OSGoogle Android 4.4
NetworkWi-Fi(802.11 b/g/n) 3G(WCDMA900/2100)
GPSSupport GPS & AGPS function
G-Sensor3 Axis Gravity Sensor
Camera2M front and 8M rear Cameras
SpeakerBuild-in Speaker, Build-in Microphone
MediaMID, MP3, WMA, WMV, AMR, AVI, ASF, WMV, MPEG4, 3GP
PhotoJPG, GIF, BMP, PNG
BatteryBuilt-in Rechargeable Polymer Battery 10000mAh
I/OMicro USB connector
3.5mm Stereo earphone jack
Micro TF card slot, up to 32GB
LanguageMulti-languages
SizeLength:237mm Width:170mm height:0.7mm
Net Weight560g
ColorWhite
In the box1* Tablet
1 * 16GB TF Card
1 * USB charging cable
1 * instructions

You can also check the Cube U25GT 7-inch Cortex A9 Android tablet which is not on the tablet market any more but just as a quick reference in case you are now familiar with the Cube brand.
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