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The all new Audi A6 2019 revealed - video

The all new 2019 Audi A6 revealed - video

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Audi A6 3.0 TDI Avant consumer review

The all new Audi A6 2019 was revealed earlier this week and now there is an official video trailer for the audience worldwide. The new car looks a bit like the latest generation A4 but of course bigger, packed with more technology and ready face the competition from BMW, Mercedes and Lexus.

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The interior on the other hand is very much similar to what we saw in the most recent A8-technologically advanced, with emphasis on multiple touchscreens and many new features.

2019 Audi A6 video preivew

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2012 Audi A6 review

Samsung 40J5000 40 inch Full HD TV

Samsung 40J5000 40 inch Full HD TV full specs and consumer opinion

Most of you who follow Test and Review know we are much into TVs. We like to review and evaluate the best picks on the market and give you relevant opinion, helping consumers choose their next TV. Today we are taking a look at the 40 inch Full HD TV Samsung 40J5000, simple and affordable TV in the mid-size segment.

Samsung 40J5000 specifications:

Screen Size 40"
Resolution1920 x 1080
Picture Engine HyperReal
Dynamic Contrast Ratio Mega Contrast
Clear Motion Rate100
Wide Color Enhancer (Plus)Yes
Film ModeYes
Natural Mode SupportYes
Dolby Digital Plus Yes
Virtual SurroundDTS Studio Sound
DTS CodecDTS Premium sound
Sound Output (RMS)20 W (L: 10 W, R: 10 W)
Speaker Type 2 CH (Down Firing + Base Reflex)
Analog Clean View No
Sports ModeBasic
Digital Broadcasting DVB-T2
Analog Tuner Yes
Component In (Y/Pb/Pr)1
Composite In (AV)1
Audio Out (Mini Jack)1
RF In (Terrestrial / Cable input)1
CI Slot1
DesignSlim edge mold
Bezel Type NNB
Slim Type Slim
Front Color Black
Stand Type Y-Feet
Additional Feature
African Cinema Mode Yes
Digital Clean View Yes
Auto Channel Search Yes
Auto Power Off Yes
Caption (Subtitle)Yes
ConnectShare™ (USB 2.0)Yes
Embeded POPYes
Game ModeYes
OSD LanguageLocal
Teletext (TTX)Yes
Triple ProtectorYes
Power SupplyAC220-240V 50/60Hz
Power Consumption (Max)TBD W
Yearly Power Consumption (EU standard)TBD kWh
Package Size (WxHxD)1080 x 588 x 120 mm
Set Size with Stand (WxHxD)922.7 x 587 x 201.2 mm
Set Size without Stand (WxHxD)922.7 x 530.7 x 72 mm
Package Weight 8.3 kg
Set Weight with Stand 6.6 kg
Set Weight without Stand 6.4 kg
Remote Controller ModelTM1240A
Batteries (for Remote Control)Yes
Mini Wall Mount Support Yes
Vesa Wall Mount Support Yes
User Manual Yes
E-Manual Yes
Power Cable Yes


Samsung UE50MU6102 50 inch 4K HDR TV

Unboxing Samsung 40J5000 TV

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Design and looks

One thing I really don't like about the Samsung J5000 TV series is their design. No matter the size they look kind of old-school and outdated. That is the case with the Samsung 40J5000 as well. Its frame is quite thick and I really hate how the stand is pointed in a weird direction.

Picture quality

Like most other Samsung TVs the 40J5000 performs really well. It delivers good Full HD picture quality, sound is also OK. But this is a mid-range TV and you shouldn't expect some cutting edge technology, it is just a good TV which I would recommend in this price range (costs around $460).


Most online reviews show that consumers are pleased with the Samsung 40J5000. We also recommend it.

Samsung 4K SUHD TVs explained

Samsung 55MU6202 55 inch curved 4K Ultra HD TV

Samsung 55MU6202 55 inch curved 4K Ultra HD TV with HDR

Today will share some insights for the Samsung 55MU6202 55 inch curved 4K Ultra HD TV and help those consumers who are in the search of good curved big screen TV.

The 55MU6202 is on the market for quite some time now and there are some very positive reviews for it. This is basically a 55 inch 4K curved LED TV offered by Samsung on a very good price. Samsung 55MU6202 is strongly recommended for home cinema setup. Coupled with a budget soundbar like the 120W Samsung HW-J355 this TV will deliver true cinema experience at home.
Here are Samsung 55MU6202 main features and specifications:

  • Resolution 3,840 × 2,160
  • Screen Size 55"
  • Screen Curvature 4200R
  • 10 bit SupportN/A
  • Video
  • Picture EngineUHD Up-Scaling
  • PQI (Picture Quality Index)1400
  • HDR (High Dynamic Range)HDR
  • Dynamic Contrast Ratio Mega Contrast
  • Micro Dimming UHD Dimming
  • Precision Black (Local Dimming)N/A
  • Dynamic Crystal ColorN/A
  • Active Crystal ColorN/A
  • Wide Colour Enhancer (Plus)N/A
  • PurColour Yes
  • Auto Depth Enhancer Yes
  • Contrast Enhancer N/A
  • Auto Motion Plus Yes
  • Film ModeYes
  • Peak Illuminator N/A

  • Audio
  • Dolby Digital PlusYes
  • DTS Codec Yes
  • Sound Output (RMS)20W
  • Speaker Type 2 CH(Down Firing w/Bass Reflex)
  • Woofer N/A
  • Multiroom Link Yes
  • Blutooth Audio Yes
  • Smart Service
  • Voice InteractionUK English, Spanish, French, Italian, German, Brazilian Portuguese
  • TV Plus N/A
  • Web Browser Yes
  • One App Support No
  • Smart View No
  • Tuner/Broadcasting
  • Digital BroadcastingDVB-T2C
  • Analog TunerYes
  • 2 TunerN/A
  • CI (Common Interface)CI+(1.3)
  • Data BroadcastingHbbTV 1.5(CZ,SK,DE,AT,FR,ES,EE)/ HbbTV 1.0(PL,HU,CH,BE,NL,LU,PT,DK,FI)/ MHEG 5(GB,IE)
  • TV Key SupportN/A
  • Vesa Wall Mount Support Yes
  • Floor Stand Support Yes
  • TV Key Dongle (Included)N/A
  • User Manual Yes
  • E-Manual Yes
  • ANT-CableN/A
  • Power Cable Yes
  • Slim Gender Cable Yes

I personally like the Samsung 55MU6202 a lot and I would recommend it. It is up to you to decided if curved screen is something that you really need and you consider advantage over the flat screen. Other than that this is a TV with great 4K picture quality and relatively affordable price of around $800.

Traction control in Opel/Vauxhall Vectra C

How does the Traction control and stability program behaves in Opel and Vauxhall Vectra C

There are many owners of the Vectra C in UK and the rest of the Europe which means this car needs to be fit for all conditions - rain, snow, hot/cold weather etc.

One of the key security components of the Vectra C is its traction control system combined with other systems like the ABS to ensure smooth functioning of the ESP.

Having driven almost all models from Opel's model range I can confirm that their traction control systems are not to aggressive and do not intrude driver's intentions when not needed. It is the same story with Vectra C, where the TC kicks in the correct moment.

Depending on the driving style I think most drivers would appreciate how the traction control works here. Some Vectra-s like most GTS models have the option to switch traction control off with a button on the dashboard but I wouldn't encourage you do to it, especially if you are young and inexperienced driver.

If you are Vectra C owner I would very much appreciate it if you share your impressions - how does your car behave in winter conditions, on snowy and slippery roads?

Thank you very much in advance!

Techwood 65AO6USB 65 Inch Smart LED 4k Ultra HD TV specifications

Techwood 65AO6USB 65 Inch Smart LED 4k Ultra HD TV features and specifications

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Techwood 65AO6USB TV features and specs

Dimensions: 84.1cm(H) 145.9cm(W) 7.2cm(D)
Energy Rating: A+
Manufacturer Warranty: 1 Year
Remote Control: Standard Remote x 1
Energy Saving Mode: Yes
Screen Size: 65 Inches
Screen Type: LED
3D: No
Smart TV: Yes
Manual / Quick Guide: Yes
Power Cable: Yes
Built-in Instruction Manual: No
Remote Control Batteries: AA x 1
Vesa Wall Mount Supported: Yes
Resolution Size: 3840 x 2160
Resolution Type: 4K Ultra HD
Annual Power Consumption: 172 Kwh
Film Picture Mode: Yes
Game Picture Mode: Yes
Number of Internal Speakers: 2
Audio Power: 24 Watt
3D Sound: No
Number of Tuners: Single
Internet Connection: Built-in WiFi
Web Browsing: Yes
Digital Text Services: Yes
Auto Tuning: Yes
Auto Power Off: Yes
EPG: 7 Days
App / Portal Store: No
Smart Phone / Tablet App Available: Yes - Android and iOS
Recommended Content: Yes
Built-in Camera: No
Motion Control: No
Voice Control: No
Picture-in-Picture: Yes
Tuner Type: Freeview HD
On-mode Power Consumption: 118 Watt
Energy Efficiency Class: A+
Processor Type: Double Core
Standard Refresh Rate: 50 Hz
DLNA Certified: No
HDMI Input: 3
Scart Input: 0
Composite Video Input: 1
USB Input: 2
Digital Optical Output: 1
VGA Input: 1
Ethernet (LAN) Input: Yes
NFC (Near Field Communication): No
WiFi: Yes
Miracast: No
Parental Control: Yes
Headphone Socket: 1
Netflix: Yes
Facebook: Yes
Youtube: Yes
Twitter: Yes
BBC iPlayer: Yes
Stand Type: Static
TV DVD Combi: No
Series / Family: AO6USB
Vesa Wall Mount Size: 400 x 400 mm
Sports Picture Mode: Yes
ITV Hub: Yes
Demand 5: Yes
All 4: Yes
HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel): Yes
WiFi Direct: No
Intel WiDi: No
MHL Compatible: No
Standby Power Consumption: 0.5 Watt
Analog RCA L/R Audio Input: 1
Digital Coaxial Output: 1
Ultra HD 4K Upscaling: No
Scroll Back EPG: 7 Days
Web Applications Built-in: Yes
Audio Processing: Dolby Digital Plus
Scroll Back Compatible EPG: Yes
Wireless Soundbar Compatible (same brand only): No
Dolby Sound Technology: Yes
Built-in Tuners: DVB-T/T2
Amazon Instant Video: No
Aerial Cable: No

Techwood 55AO4B 55 Inch LED TV specifications

Multiroom Compatible: No
TV Size Group: Extra Large 55 Inches Plus
Curved Design: No
Connected Features: Freeview Play
4K Ultra HD: Yes
Now TV: No
TV Weight: 23.85 Kg
Google Cast: No
Stand Design: 2 feet
HDR (High Dynamic Range): No
Music Sound Mode: Yes
Film Sound Mode: Yes
Sleep Mode: Yes
Timer Mode: Yes
Aerial Input (RF): 1
PC Audio Input: 1
Common Interface (CI): Yes
Stand and Fixings: Yes
Ultra HD 4K Streaming: Yes
Adjustable Stand: No


Techwood 65AO6USB costs around £600 in UK.

Luxor TVs

Buying refurbished tech - is it worth it?

Buying refurbished tech items can save you tons of money


Buying refurbished tech items can save you tons of money, especially if you like to update your gadgets often. I personally think that it is worth  buying for couple of good reasons. Here are some of them:

Saves me money

Refurbished items are usually in mint condition and most of the time are sold in 'like new' condition. They also come with warranty which might be as long as the stock one when the item was bought brand new. This means that the companies who sold refurbished tech really trust the quality of their items sold. This guarantee comes from a process of checking the items, fixing all possible issue that may occur and replacing fault parts with brand new ones.

Buying refurbished tech – best consumer tips

Environmental causes

Buying refurbished items also means that there will be less demand for purchasing and therefore manufacturing new items, which of course means using more resources for that. And even though this does not have direct impact on saving the planet's flora and fauna, in the long term it is a step forward and together with active recycling we may benefit a lot.


By selling wider variety of refurbished items some companies have very positive impact on regulating the prices in specific segments where. The lower price of a refurbished item often competes directly with brand new items and therefore their prices are adjusted accordingly. This ensures competitive market that different consumers would appreciate.

Amazing fuel consumption under 7 liters per 100 km with Opel Vectra C

How to achieve amazing fuel consumption under 7 liters per 100 km with Opel Vectra C

Vectra C fuel consumption
6.9 on mixed driving is a great result for a 140 horse power petrol engine

Many people think that diesels and hybrids are the only economical way of transportation by car these days. My 2008 Opel Vectra proves these thoughts wrong, achieving some very good fuel economy figures, especially for a mid-sized hatchback like the one I am driving.

Well, to be honest this 6.9l per 100 km on a petrol engine was achieved mostly on extra-urban driving. The engine is 1.8l Ecotec with 140 hp and the average speed was not the optimal so I believe a result of 6.7l per 100 km is totally achievable.

The average consumption on this particular Vectra is 7.8l per 100 km which also pretty good. Urban driving is a bit high but that is expected with most petrol engines - 11.5-12l per 100 km (heavy traffic most of the time).

For the near future I am willing to try some of the modern downsized turbo engines like the GM's 1.6 petrol turbo with 170 hp which I think will return even better figures than the naturally aspirated petrol engines. The 1.4 turbo Ecotec is also a good choice and quite an economical one if mounted with the factory LPG system (for Astra and Insignia).

Diesel engines have some good characteristics but I believe they will become obsolete in the next 10-15 years due to environmental reasons. Hopefully hybrids and hydrogen vehicles will get more advanced and will reach wider range of consumers.

Opel Corsa C review

Panasonic TX-55EX580B 55 Inch SMART 4K Ultra HD TV

Panasonic TX-55EX580B 55 Inch SMART 4K Ultra HD TV features and specs revealed


Panasonic TX-55EX580B is one of the popular big-screen TVs on the UK market in the last couple of years. Here is how Panasonic presented this TV some time ago:

"Our 4K HDR technology uses our professional picture quality know-how for delivering beautiful, lifelike images accurate to the director’s intention.

Advanced Color Processing uses our picture quality know-how to deliver faithful onscreen images. Specifically it delivers accurate colors and works to produce deeper blacks which retain detail even in dark scenes.

During 4K signal transmission to the TV via HDMI, the colour information can be slightly compromised, resulting in less-than-ideal color shading and gradation. With 4K Pure Direct, all color information and full resolution is transmitted to the TV, so that the picture retains its crisp, rich colors as intended in 4K Ultra HD.

Our 4K TVs support multiple HDR formats, such as HDR10 found on UHD Blu-ray discs and, with the 2017 models, now Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG), the HDR format developed by the BBC and Japan's NHK.

Samsung UE50MU6102 review

Because 4K internet video streaming is now supported by YouTube, NETFLIX and Amazon Video a wide variety of high-quality content is easily at fingertips. The UHD video signals are processed by our own 4K High-Precision Chroma Processor to achieve crisp, beautiful images.

Freeview Play combines catch-up, on-demand services and live television together in one place with no monthly costs. Find programs from BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, All 4, Demand 5 and UKTV Play sitting alongside 70 TV channels and 15 HD channels. You definitely won’t be stuck for something to watch. Simply scroll back in your TV guide to watch shows you missed from the last 7 days. Just make sure your TV or recorder is connected to the Internet and you’re good to go. Our TVs have some unique Freeview Play features like the Quick Look Guide which shows thumbnail pictures of TV programs."

Panasonic TX40DX600B 40 inch 4K Ultra HD TV

Panasonic TX-55EX580B TV specifications

Screen Resolution3,840 (W) x 2,160 (H)
Display TechnologyLED LCD
Screen Size55"
Max. Resolution2160p
SpeakersFull Range x 2
Speaker Output20 W (10 W x 2)
Surround ModeVR-Audio True Surround
my Home ScreenY (2.0)
Voice GuidanceY
Swipe and Share2.0Y
App LauncherY
Web BrowserY
Media Player (Picture/Movie/Music)Y (2.0)
Display MirroringY
Multi WindowPAT
Wireless LANY
USB-HDD RecordingY
Hotel ModeY
Game ModeY
Ambient SensorY
Design ConceptArt & Interior Switch Design
Teletext Reception1000P
HDMI Input1 (side), 2 (bottom)
Support FeatureAudio Return Channel (Input 2)
Component Video Input shared with CompositeRCA phono type x 1 (rear)
CI (Common Interface)1 (CI Plus, Version 1.3)
USB2 (2 side; USB 3.0 x 1, USB 2.0 x 1)
LAN Port1
Digital Audio Output (Optical)1 (bottom)
Headphone Jack1 (side)
Suppliers TrademarkPanasonic
Model IDTX-55EX580B
Energy Efficiency ClassA
On mode Average Power Consumption107 W
Annual Energy Consumption149 kWh
Standby Power Consumption0.50 W
Off mode Power Consumption0.30 W
Rated Power Consumption177 W
Power SupplyAC 220 - 240 V, 50/60 Hz
Dimensions (W x H x D) (w/o stand)1240 x 722 x 78 mm
Dimensions (W x H x D) (with stand)1240 x 777 x 351 mm
Weight (w/o stand)17.0 kg
Weight (with stand)18.0 kg
VESA Compatible400 x 400 mm

Panasonic VIERA TX-55DS500B Smart 55″ LED TV

How to: Vectra C climate control settings

Setting the desired Vectra C climate control settings can be really frustrating sometimes

To start with, Vectra C is a good car, and a very good deal on the second hand market. But there are some things about it that Opel/Vauxhall owners really hate about it. One of these things are the climate control settings on the automatic dual-zone air-conditioning system implemented in Vectra C.

[caption id="attachment_2279" align="aligncenter" width="512"]Vectra C dashboard Vectra C dashboard and climate controls (bottom right corner)[/caption]

The issue here is not with setting the correct temperature which is really easy but rather with adjusting the air-flow and the time it takes to do it.

Vectra C – second hand car problems and issues

In order to point the airflow in different direction than the one it is currently set you should go through couple of menus which can be really frustrating, especially if doing it while driving. Unfortunately, this is a trend that many new cars are following these days (just look at the new Tesla, or most of new Volvo’s ) - to reduce the number of buttons on the dashboard in order to simplify things. The results is that it gets really uncomfortable to adjust really simple thing, like the airflow direction for example.

Yes, it is a small problem but I think drivers should address their concerns so that car manufacturers would take some actions in future.

Buying used car – Opel Vectra C

Other than that, I should mention the Defrost function in the Vectra works really nice, and it does the job in no time, even in very low temperatures.