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Digihome 49278FHDD Full HD LED TV



    Digihome 49278FHDD - 49 inch Full HD LED TV


  • 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.


Enjoy a wide array of content with the built-in Freeview tuner that gives you access of up to 50 channels with the addition of an electronic program guide so you can keep on top of your week's viewing. The Freeview tuner also features 25 radio stations for interruption-free broadcasts.




Multiple HDMI sockets and a PC input makes it easy to connect to other digital entertainment devices. The Digihome TV series even supports USB connectivity for the playback of compatible video, audio and photos.

Witness stunning picture performance and enjoy a breath-taking overall viewing experience with the Digihome 49-inch Full HD TV.


Perfect for the energy conscious household, this Digihome 49-inch Full HD TV has an energy rating of 'A.


Price


Digihome 49278FHDD costs around £260 brand new, you can easily order it online from eBay.

 

I would also recommend you the high end Digihome 55304UHDSM 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV.

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.

Linx 7 tablet - video review



Please note that this video review is presented by a random YouTube vlogger so any product feedback mentioned in it does not affect our score about the Linx 7 tablet


Linx 7 tablet tablet specifications


Processor
Intel Z3735-F Quad Core (1.33GHZ Base Freq, Burst Freq upto 1.83GHz)
Operating system
  • Windows 8.1 with Bing 32 Bit Operating System
Graphics
  • Intel HD Graphics (Gen7), DX 11, OCL 1.1 & Open GL 3.2, HDCP 1.4/2.1
  • Intel GFX with Burst Technology, Full HW acceleration, FHD 1080P@60
Memory
1 GB SDRAM, LPDDR3-1067
Webcam
2.0MP - 720P with mute function
Storage
32GB
Audio
HD audio w/WaveRT, DSP, MS LYNC certified
Battery
Up to 4-5 hours
Camera
  • Front: 2 MP (HD1080p)
  • Rear: 2MP  (HD1080p)
Display
Direct Bonded 5 Finger Touch Screen
Dimensions (W X D X H)
192mm x 109mm x 9.5mm
Wireless
WiFi & Bluetooth 4.0
Weight
  • ~280grams
Ports and Interfaces
  • 1 x Micro USB
  • 1 x Mini HDMI 1.4a
  • 1 x MicroSD Slot


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. 

Here is a short video review with opinions for the Graphene XT Radical Lite from couple club players:


You can also check how my HEAD Youtek IG Radical MP and its one month review.

Babolat French Open Roland Garros 2015 tennis racket holder bag

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"

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.

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.

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

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!

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.

The Asus Memo Pad ME70CX combines a beautiful glossy cover with a vivid 1024 x 600 display, to create a device you'll want to show off. The Asus MeMO Pad 7 punches well above its weight, boasting features and narrow bezel design that comes with great style. Your Asus MeMO Pad 7 comes with 8Gb of on-board storage that can be supplemented with up to a 64Gb MicroSD card.
Asus MeMO Pad 7 has a 2-megapixel rear-facing camera that lets you take astounding images; as well as a 0.3-megapixel front-facing camera for clear video chats.

Asus MeMO Pad 7 video review



Tablet Specifications

  • Operating System - AndroidTM 4.3
  • Display - 7" WSVGA (1024x600) Screen
  • CPU - Intel Atom Z2520 Dual-Core, 1.2 GHz
  • Memory - 1GB
  • Storage - 8GB eMMC
  • Wireless Data Network - WLAN802.11 b/g/n Support Miracast
  • Camera - 0.3 MP Front Camera 2 MP Rear Camera with Auto focus( 720p Video Recording )
  • Audio - High Quality Speaker
  • Interface - 1 x Micro USB 1 x 2-in-1 Audio Jack (Headphone / Mic-in) 1 x MicroSD,supports up to 64GB of additional storage
  • Sensor - G-Sensor
  • Battery - 12.2Wh Li-polymer Battery*3
  • Navigation - GPS, GLONASS & AGPS
  • Color - White
  • Dimensions - 192 x 110 x 10.7 ~ cm (WxDxH)
  • Weight - 275 g

Price

Around $80

You can also check the Acer Iconia One 7 B1-770 Android tablet review.

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.

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.

So, there was a very nice sale on the last Black Friday and I stopped my attention on couple of budget thermo bags. One was a 3-racket holder HEAD unit and the other was the one that I actually chose - the six racket Babolat French Open Roland Garros 2015 bag which costed my just under 30 Euros which I find a particularly good deal as its regular price is around 35-40 Euros







I have to admit that this is way more convenient than carrying the rackets separately and having another backpack for all the accessories. In these cases previously I used the Wenger Swiss backpack which did a great job but now it will remain on duty for other activities.

I will definitely share more impressions with the this very nice looking Babolat French Open Roland Garros 2015 racket holder bag after I use it for a while. Meanwhile I will be more than happy to hear your opinion about it or if you are using any other tennis racket bag.



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.

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

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:

Linx 1010B tablet specs

Operating systemWindows 10
Processor- Intel® Atom™ Processor Z3735F
- Quad-core
- 1.33 GHz / 1.83 GHz with Burst
- 2 MB cache
Memory (RAM)2 GB
Storage32 GB
Screen size10.1"
Screen typeLCD
Resolution800 x 1200
Touchscreen10-point multitouch screen
Wireless802.11 b/g/n
BluetoothBluetooth 4.0
USBMicro USB x 1
Video interfaceMicro HDMI x 1
Audio interface3.5 mm jack
Memory card readermicroSD card reader (up to 64 GB)
SpeakersNo
CameraIntegrated 2.0 MP webcam
Battery typeLithium-ion
Battery lifeUp to 7 hours
ColourBlack
Box contents- Linx 1010B 10.1" Tablet – 32 GB
- Micro USB to USB cable
- Power supply unit
- User manual
Dimensions225 × 165 × 10.2 mm (H x W x D)
Weight1.56 kg
Manufacturer’s guarantee1 year

Linx 1010B tablet video review


And if you prefer smaller tablets I would recommend you to check the 8 inch Windows tablet Linx 810B and the smaller Linx 7 tablet.

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

So far, after checking all the reviews and ratings about the Linx 10 online I would say that this is one very capable device that would easily compete with some of the best sellers in this class but with a much lower price tag. The tablet itself is very well build and looks quite reliable especially for the price of just £100.

Here is a quick unboxing and video review of this interesting Windows tablet, showing its main features, specs and some consumer impressions from it.

Linx 10 tablet video review


Price

Linx 10 costs around $150 / £100 in UK. 

Linx 10 tablet specifications

Display size10.1in (25.65 cm)
Storage capacity32GB
Operating SystemWindows 8.1
Internet connectivityWi-Fi
Processor
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Processor Speed2 GHz
Display and Screen
Resolution1280 x 800
Digital Camera
Rear Camera Resolution2 megapixel
Connections and Expandability
ExpandabilityMicro SD
Dimensions
Width25.8 cm (10.16")
Weight0.6 kg (1.32 lb.)

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

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.

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