Videotree VideoSpa bathroom TV
Spray and display
Videotree provides two remote controls with the VideoSpa – a ‘master control’ that you’ll mainly use during the initial set-up, and a second waterproof remote for use once things start to get a bit soggy. There’s also a touch-sensitive control panel just beneath the main screen, which you can prod it with any available body parts as well.
I gave the volume control a bit of a poke, and was surprised to discover that the VideoSpa doesn’t actually include any built-in speakers at all. There is a set of connectors that allow you to hook up your own speakers, or you can fork out an extra £40 for Videotree’s own pair of external speakers that can be mounted into holes in the wall or ceiling. That’s not too expensive, but fitting those external speakers could involve some major remodelling work, so it seems rather unwise not to include even a modest internal speaker of some sort.
Two remotes: one for business, one for pleasure
In use, the picture quality is perfectly acceptable – the screen’s 1366x768 resolution is ‘HD Ready’ rather than ‘Full HD’, but you’re not likely to notice the difference on a screen this size, and the Sharp-manufactured LED display is bright and clear. The on-screen menu system is also straightforward, with cutesy icons that look like bubbles providing access to controls for picture and sound, and also a Sleep timer that you can set to turn the VideoSpa off automatically.
Full H2O support, but only HD ready
The VideoSpa is obviously a niche product for people with luxurious bathrooms and a lot of time on their hands. And, on a more practical note, the lack of any internal speakers also seems like a rather bizarre omission. However, if you like the idea of lazing in a hot tub while you watch the latest episode of Britain’s Got Talent, then the VideoSpa will be just what you’re looking for. ®
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