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El Reg tests portable breathalyzers: Getting drunk so you don't have to

Celebrating Christmas and the New Year is traditional in many cultures and, humans being what they are, usually involves the consumption of copious amounts of alcohol. Of course, that consumption comes with a cost. The liver, which processes over 90 per cent of booze consumed, can take a hit from a heavy session. Plenty of …
Team Register, 31 Dec 2014
Denon AVR-2311

AV Receivers

Group Test Soundbars, 2.1 systems, whatever – if you want proper surround sound for your home cinema set-up, you’ve still got to invest in a multichannel amp or receiver with connections for at least 5.1 channels. And with the advance of technology, it doesn’t have to cost the earth to construct a system that will handle all the latest …
Dave Oliver, 25 Nov 2010
Denon AVR-2311

Buyer's Guide: AV Receivers

Group Test The first thing to decide is whether you want an AV receiver or if you’ll be happy with just an AV amp. Each will include a multichannel amp (5.1 minimum) and preamp for processing sound and video, but a receiver will include a radio tuner and a connection for a quality aerial. It may also, but not necessarily, include access to …
Dave Oliver, 25 Nov 2010
Denon AVR-2311

Denon AVR-2311

Review Denon’s replacement for the AVR-2310 has nothing to be ashamed of, turning in a decent spec for its really rather reasonable price. For a start there are six 3D compatible HDMI inputs, all of them capable of handling 3D-friendly 1.4 (I know, I know, it’s explained in the intro). Denon AVR-2311 There's also an ARC (Audio …
Dave Oliver, 25 Nov 2010
Marantz SR5005

Marantz SR5005

Review The baby of the SR range is a brutal looking slab with distinctive Marantz curves which keeps most of its front-facing controls and connections hidden behind a large flap panel. These include iPod/iPhone connectivity with USB but no HDMI input up front, unlike all the other devices here. Marantz SR5005 It has just four HDMI …
Dave Oliver, 25 Nov 2010
Onkyo TX-NR708

Onkyo TX-NR708

Review Market leader Onkyo doesn’t tend to go light on the features, and this midrange unit is no exception. The upgrade from the TX-NR707 now includes network capability (the cheapest Onkyo that does) as well as an amplifier that carries the THX Select 2 Plus certification, though you’ll need some hefty speakers to take full advantage …
Dave Oliver, 25 Nov 2010
Pioneer VSX-1020

Pioneer VSX-1020

Review AV receivers by their nature tend to be lumpy boxes, but Pioneer’s glossy black livery means the VSX-1020 is a bit better looking than most. Pioneer VSX-1020 It has six HDMI inputs, including one on the front intended for video cameras, but strangely, despite the presence of HDMI 1.4 capability, there’s no audio return …
Dave Oliver, 25 Nov 2010
Yamaha RX-V767

Yamaha RX-V767

Review With a glossy upper and matt finish lower halves there's a two tone look to this receiver, the cheapest on test, but certainly not lacking in HDMI connectivity. There six inputs in total (five on the back, one on the front), and unusually it also has two HDMI outputs, so you can have both video and audio in a second zone – an …
Dave Oliver, 25 Nov 2010
Group Test Budget Mono Laser Printers

Budget Mono Laser Printers

Group Test A trip round PC World or Staples could easily convince you the only printers available for personal use, in home or small office, are inkjets. That ain’t so, with a good range of mono lasers still around from impressively low prices of well under £100. Samsung ML-1665 Now, you may not need the squeezy wonders of coloured …
Group Test Budget Mono Laser Printers

Buyer's Guide: Budget Mono Laser Printers

Group Test If you can have a printer which can print black text on plain paper, as well as full colour on plain and glossy photo paper, why would you want to buy one which can only print black and only on photocopy paper? What does a laser printer offer over an inkjet? Group Test Budget Mono Laser Printers The first feature is speed. …
Group Test Budget Mono Laser Printers

Best Buys: Budget Mono Laser Printers

Group Test All six of these printers do a more than passable job of printing a page of text and in most cases you won't notice the difference between these machines and mono lasers costing three times the price. They are also pretty similar on speed, offering between 12 and 16ppm. Samsung ML-1665 The factors that split them are running …
DSLR Group Test

Budget DSLR Cameras

Group Test If we at Reg Hardware made DSLRs, we’d be looking nervously over our shoulders, as compact cameras have never been so good. The rise of APS-C EVIL (Electronic Viewfinder, Interchangeable Lens) cameras, such as the Sony NEX models, promises DSLR-quality without the bulk to carry around. Size matters and Canon now appears to be …
Dave Stevenson, 10 Sep 2010
DSLR Group Test

Buyer's Guide: Budget DSLR Cameras

Group Test With DSLRs costing anything from £300 to over ten times that much, it's interesting to note that there's not always a huge difference in image quality between cheap and expensive models. DSLR Group Test While expensive models such as the Nikon D3s offer superlative performance in low light and at high ISOs, lower down the …
Dave Stevenson, 10 Sep 2010
DSLR Group Test

Best Buys: Budget DSLR Cameras

Group Test If you shop around you won’t have to try too hard to find deals around £100 cheaper than the manufacturer prices quoted here. Moreover, even at the budget end of the market, there really does appear to be something for everyone. DSLR Group Test The Olympus E-450 is a fast shooter and very pocketable too. However, the storage …
Dave Stevenson, 10 Sep 2010
Group Test Touchscreen Compact Cameras

Touchscreen Compact Cameras

Group Test The runaway success of products such as the Apple iPhone and iPad, which make extensive use of touchscreen technology, has shown that consumers love this type of interface – provided it’s executed properly. When you think about it, touchscreens are a logical choice for compact cameras, which over time, have become smaller, …
George Cole, 11 Aug 2010
Group Test Touchscreen Compact Cameras

Buyer's Guide: Touchscreen Compact Cameras

Group Test Most camera touchscreens are around 3.5in in size with the best being large, clear, bright and highly responsive, but not overly sensitive. Most touchscreens use TFT LCD displays, although Active Matrix OLED (AMOLED) technology appears on compacts too. The advantages of OLED technology over LCD are that the screens can be made …
George Cole, 11 Aug 2010
Group Test Touchscreen Compact Cameras

Best Buys: Touchscreen Compact Cameras

Group Test So how did they do? At £120, the Nikon Coolpix S4000 offers great value for money and is a great way into the world of touchscreen cameras. But serious snappers will lament the lack of an optical image stabilisation system, no HDMI port, and disappointing picture quality. Group Test Touchscreen Compact Cameras The Fujifilm …
George Cole, 11 Aug 2010
Samsung WB1000

Premium Compact Cameras

Group Test Despite the clear benefits of using a Digital SLR for your photography, it's easy enough to come up with some drawbacks. The price of most DSLRs puts them beyond the reach of many buyers, while a typical DSLR's size, weight and complexity repels others. Fortunately, the high-end compact camera makes for a good alternative. …
Dave Stevenson, 12 Apr 2010

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