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Philips Blade 2 239C4QH monitor

Ten affordable mid-sized Full HD monitors

Product Round-up Monitors don’t age very well; growing, as they do, dimmer and yellower as time passes. Premium panel technologies are now also considerably cheaper than they once were, so if you haven’t updated your display in a while, the chances are it’s now more than a little bit rubbish. I’ve taken a look at ten of the best affordable …
Paul Monckton, 08 Jan 2013
Pentax K-01 mirrorless camera

Pentax K-01 16Mp APS-C hybrid camera review

Mirrorless camera sizes seem to be ever-reducing, yet the company that brought us the tiny Pentax Q, has now produced its antithesis. The Pentax K-01 is a big, rubber-clad, brick-shaped monster – a 16Mp APS-C interchangeable lens camera which rather defies categorisation. Pentax K-01 mirrorless camera Hybrid heritage: the …
Paul Monckton, 20 Jul 2012
Panasonic DMC-GX1 micro four thirds compact system camera

Panasonic DMC-GX1 compact system camera

Review Panasonic’s DMC-GX1 camera is the Lumix model many Micro Four Thirds enthusiasts have been waiting for since the release of popular DMC-GF1 back in 2009. This 16Mp shooter will appeal to seasoned users with easily accessible controls for customisation on an enticingly compact aluminium body – a combination that will take it …
Paul Monckton, 31 May 2012
Canon PowerShot S100 compact camera

Canon PowerShot S100 GPS compact camera

Review As the latest incarnation of Canon’s highly-regarded PowerShot S range of enthusiast-grade compact cameras, the new PowerShot S100 has a lot to live up to. Canon PowerShot S100 compact camera More than point and shoot: Canon's PowerShot S100 Where the S95 was a relatively minor upgrade to the very popular S90 reviewed …
Paul Monckton, 16 Mar 2012
Pentax Q interchangeable-lens compact system camera

Pentax Q compact system camera

Review When it come to compact system cameras, Pentax has form, if your memory goes back far enough. Like the Auto110 SLR film camera of old, the Pentax Q is laughably small, but in a good way. It’s a happy laugh – like a friendly chuckle at the burblings of a new-born. Its design is achingly cute – especially the white version I …
Paul Monckton, 10 Feb 2012
Fujifilm Finepix X10

Fujifilm Finepix X10 compact camera

Review Pulling out a Fujifilm X10 in mid-conversation will often elicit a rapid change of subject. Common responses include, “Oh, now what sort of camera is that?”, “Is that a Leica?” and frequently, “Let me have a go!”. The last of these is one to be relished as, should you hand over the camera, there’s a very strong possibility that …
Paul Monckton, 13 Jan 2012
Nikon 1 J1 compact camera

Nikon 1 J1 interchangeable lens compact camera

Review Somewhat late to the game, Nikon has finally released its Nikon 1 range of compact, mirrorless cameras which use a new CX-format sensor and a range of interchangeable lenses. Nikon 1 J1 compact camera The J1 model is currently the entry-level Nikon One camera The Nikon 1 range currently comprises V1 and J1 variants. Excellent …
Paul Monckton, 18 Nov 2011
Philips 221TE2L

Philips 221TE2L 21.5in monitor and Freeview TV combo

Review All modern TVs can function perfectly well as a computer monitor; however the same isn’t true the other way round. To make a TV you’ll of course need a tuner to pick up the transmitted signal, a decent remote control for all that armchair channel hopping and probably a few extra inputs for your Blu-ray player, games console and …
Paul Monckton, 06 Jul 2011
Acer T230H

Acer T230H multi-touch monitor

Review Apple fans have been enjoying the advantages of multi-touch computing for some time, but Windows users are little late to arrive at the party. However, with Windows 7 billed as the first version of the operating system to “fully embrace multi-touch technology”, we’re starting to see notebook PCs and add-on tablets supporting the …
Paul Monckton, 18 Jan 2010
Samsung P2370HD

Samsung P2370HD TV-monitor

Review Combo TV-monitors are not a new idea, but all too often what you get is a standard PC monitor with a TV tuner bolted on. Yet with the P2370HD, Samsung has created a fully functional 23in widescreen TV, that’s designed to work just as well as a PC monitor. Samsung P2370HD Dual purpose: Samsung's P2370HD The monitor is …
Paul Monckton, 08 Dec 2009
Optoma HD20

Optoma HD20 budget full HD projector

Review Billed as the first 1080p projector available for under £900, Optoma has taken a no-frills approach to cram maximum HD goodness into its HD20 home cinema projector. Compact at 324 x 234 x 97mm, it houses a full HD 1080p DLP device to satisfy film buffs and big screen HD gamers. Optoma HD20 Back to basics: Optoma's HD20 The …
Paul Monckton, 03 Dec 2009
MSI Wind Top AE1900

MSI Wind Top AE1900

Review All-in-one PCs have been around for ages and it’s not hard to understand their appeal. They feature the wire-free tidiness of a laptop, combined with the big screen of a desktop PC. The concept sustains many admirers, with Apple’s iMac range doing very well indeed with just such a form factor. MSI Wind Top AE1900 MSI's Wind Top …
Paul Monckton, 12 Oct 2009
 BenQ Joybee GP1

BenQ Joybee GP1 mini projector

Review We’re all used to being able to take videos and movies with us when we go out, whether it’s on a phone or a portable media player. Some of these devices boast pretty decent widescreen displays too, but with the Joybee GP1 mini projector you can carry an 80in widescreen display around in your handbag. BenQ Joybee GP1 BenQ's …
Paul Monckton, 21 Jul 2009
DS409slim Nas

Synology Disk Station 409Slim

Review At first glance, the Synology Disk Station 409 Slim seems a rather strange concept. Why use 2.5in disks in a four bay Nas enclosure? Surely, you’d want to cram as much storage space as possible into a NAS? Moreover, 2.5in drives are currently limited to around one quarter of the capacity of their 3.5in counterparts, hence, …
Paul Monckton, 16 Jul 2009

Infocus X10 projector

Review Full HD is what we all want, but until the release of the X10 from InFocus, a projector capable of displaying a full 1080p image would have cost you the proverbial arm and a leg. With the X10, the full resolution of your Blu-ray Discs is available below the psychologically significant £1000 mark - that's exc. VAT, sorry - making …
Paul Monckton, 27 Nov 2008

BenQ W500 projector

Review An entry-level 720p projector will give you a huge display that’s great for gaming and TV. BenQ’s W500 sits just above that price point and delivers some improvements in image quality. With all the hype surrounding Full HD you may scoff at 720p, but there’s a lot more to image quality than a massive pixel-count and the W500 …
Paul Monckton, 17 Sep 2008

Samsung SP-A400B movie and business projector

Review Forget TVs - to get a truly huge picture, a projector is the only way to go, and if you want to take full advantage of HD media, there’s no better way to show it off. It needn’t cost you a huge amount either. Just £1000, in fact, if you opt for Samsung’s SP-A400B. It's capable of displaying 720p HD content at screen sizes of up …
Paul Monckton, 07 Jul 2008