Author: James

CES 2016: LG’s 2016 4K OLED TVs

After receiving huge praise last year for their OLED TV’s, LG are doubling down this year with the announcement of eight new 4K OLED TVs. They come in multiple shapes and sizes, both flat and curved, ranging from 55-inch to 77-inch. The flagship models (G6 & E6) are extremely thin with a depth of a tenth of an inch behind the screen, translucent glass backs, barely-there bezels and forward-facing soundbar speakers. It is not just the OLED tech that will be impressive, the 2016 TVs will all be ready to play HDR content (including HDR10 and DolbyVision) with more...

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CES 2016: Samsung Announce 2016 SUHD 4k TVs

CES 2016 has officially started and several of the big names have held their press announcements. As you would expect the Samsung one had the 2016 TV line-up. Samsung are sticking to their guns with the LED quantum dot screens rather than the arguably superior OLED screens that LG are pushing out. Samsung said all of its 2016 models will get 10-bit, HDR displays with 1,000 nits of contrast between light and dark images. It’s also using new tech it calls Ultra Black that “absorbs natural light the same way [as] a moth’s eye” does, providing deeper blacks with...

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LightwaveRF Smart Home Automation Review

LightwaveRF is a UK based company specialising in home automation / smart home products. In comparison to other smart home companies LightwaveRF seem to sit a bit in the middle ground of products they offer. There are a lot less sensors than Smartthings but a lot more sockets and switches to fully integrate home automation features into your home. It appears to be a less thorough system than Z wave but also easier and cheaper to implement. The LightwaveRF focusses on 3 main areas Lighting, Power and Heating, and then you will obviously need a control unit. LightwaveRF were...

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Panasonic Viera 4K LCD TV (TX-55CR852B) Review

The CR852 is Panasonic’s top of the range model TVs featuring a curved Ultra HD 4K LED screen, quad-core processor, FireFox OS and Freeview Play. Currently priced at £1,299.00 does this TV compete with the current market leader Samsung? Design The first thing you will notice when getting the CR852 out of the box is its weight and overall unusual design. Unlike my Samsung 55-inch TV this is a surprisingly weighty TV at 26kg, which I don’t think is a bad thing. The design choices will certainly be a cause for concern for some. The TV stand stretches the...

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Huawei Mate S Review

The Huawei Mate S is one of the newest phones from the Chinese brand Huawei. While this company may not be quite the household name of Samsung, it is the largest telecommunications equipment manufacturer in the world, and the manufacturer of the superb Nexus 6P we reviewed recently. Priced at around £399.99 with a 5.5-inch screen the immediate question is whether this is as good as its slightly larger cousin the 6P and can the custom EMUI software compete with the pure android experience, or even other similarly priced phones from LG and Samsung. Specification Operating System Android 5.1.1...

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