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I bought this TV in July of this year and I am very glad that I did. Having just heard that my area (Glasgow, Scotland) could receive Freeview HD I was eager to see what all the fuss was with HD channels. Currently I can receive BBC HD, STV HD (Similar to ITV but more Scottish..) and Channel 4 HD. The picture is extraordinary on all of these 3 channels via the TV's inbuilt freeview hd receiver.
The tv came packaged well and within the box was the low level stand which you have to manually attach yourself. This is very easy todo and only involves tightening few screws in place.
The aesthetic design of the is very beautiful. The 32 inch 1080p display is surrounded by a thin black glossy bezel. On the right hand side of the unit there is buttons to turn the tv on, change channels, volume and input. On the left there is a USB port for Music, Video and picture playback as well as 2 of 4 HDMI ports. With the stand attached the dimensions of the tv are as follows 80.0 x 53.2 x 22.0 (W x H x D, cm) which for a 32 inch tv is very small indeed and makes it fit in the smallest of places.
Moving onto the total amount of inputs.
The Tv has 4 HDMi ports which are used for connecting the latest HD equipment (such as Blu-Ray players, SkY HD, Virgin Media, Xbox 360, PS3 etc) and offers beautiful high resolution playback.
1 component input (can be used to get the best picture possible from the Nintendo Wii and other older equipment).
2 Scart inputs (for connecting items such as VHS players and DVD players)
1 Composite input (Yellow, Red and White cable)
1 D-Sub Pc Input
1 USB input for Video, Audio and Picture playback
1 PCMCIA card slot (used for services such as Topup TV)
1 Ethernet Port (used to connect the TV to your network to access Bravia Internet Video Services)
1 RF input (basic arial input)
1 Optical Audio Output (used to send the TVs sound to an external system)
1 3.5mm headphone Jack
1 RCA AV (Red and White stereo sound output for connecting to external speakers)
There is also a USB port of the back which can be used to connect Sonys own branded WIFI dongle enabling the set to connect wirelessly to your router.
Setting the TV up was a breeze. Within 10 minutes of plugging it in and switching it on all channels were saved (inc the 3 HD channels) and the electronic programme guide was updated.
I then went on to setting up the Internet video feature. This allows the tv to view online video content when ever you want. The current highlights of this services inc Demand 5 (channel 5), Youtube, LoveFilm and multiple pod/videocasts. BBC iPlayer is due out sometime this year.
To do this I connected the TV via ethernet to a wireless access point (costing around £20) this allowed the TV to communicate wirelessly with my router and is a much cheaper option than Sonys usb dongle (other branded usb dongles will not work).
The TV automatically acquired all settings and I was able to browse online content within minutes. The video quality of the online content is very good. Most of the content is Standard Definition but there is some High definition content too (unfortunately all of Demand 5 is SD).
The TVs interface uses a horizontal bar navigation system first created for the Playstation 3. You control this system using the round D-pad on the remote control. This system is very easy to use and all setting are available with only a few button presses. There is also a favourites section where you can add your most used functions to (e.g Demand 5, HDMI input 2 etc).
The Freeview Electronic Programme Guide is very detailed displaying a description of the highlighted programme, a large timetable and the current programme displayed in the right corner. One slight complaint about this is it can be hard to read from a long distance away.
The TV is equipped with the latest Bravia 3 processing engine which enhances the images frame by frame before it is shown. It is clear that this does a good job on all of the inputs you feed it. If you are not happy with any aspect of image processing it does you can easily customise the settings for it and they are saved separately for each input!
Black and white levels are extremely accurate and blow my previous 2005 Samsung LCD out of the water.
According to Sony this tv is also very green using very little power. It is equipped with an Ambient Sensor which allows it to adjust backlight brightness to an optimum for your rooms current lighting and save you money.
There is no way to fully turn the TV off without unplugging it although in standby it only consumes 0.2 Watts so this is not much of a problem and means broadcasted software updates can be performed even when the set in powered off.
The speakers are well hidden and sound quality is fairly good for an LCD TV with a fair amount of bass and enough treble. It is also extremely easy to output the sound to some external speakers as I have.
When connected to your wireless network the TV can also access your shared DLNA libraries (such as music and videos stored on your computer). This is very easy to setup with your Windows Media Player but has proven more difficult with my Macbook (requiring additional software to be installed). Over the network and via USB the TV can play 720p Videos providing they only contain a stereo soundtrack.
Overall I am extremely pleased with the vast amount of features the TV offers at its fairly small RRP of £499 (with many shops selling it for around £400).
The Freeview HD picture is simply stunning and a much better option than paying Skys high monthly premium. If you can afford to spend that little bit extra on a TV the Sony KDL-32EX403 is the one to get.
I purchased this printer around 3 months ago for £45 which I thought was great value for money.
Laser printers have come down in price over the last few years and mono (black and white) laser printers are now of similar price to basic ink-jets.
I wanted to buy a laser printer as I was fed up with inkjets drinking ink and the faff of having to change ink on such a regular basis. The samsung was in my budget and had all the benefits of a laser printer in a small box.
The printer was easy to setup and came with drivers for windows Vista and Xp. I am a Mac user and it was plug and play for me (with Leopard). The toner had to be inserted which is done within seconds.
Being my first laser printer I was impressed with the printing speeds, long gone have the days of waiting 30mins for a journal to print. Printing a 30 page document is now done within minutes.
The printer is relatively small (as far as laser printers go) and will fit on almost any desk (Dimensions (WxDxH) 35.8 cm x 29.9 cm x 21.7 cm). The printer has a relatively small paper capacity at 150 sheets, although this is ample enough for home use or smaller offices.
As its only a Mono laser printer photos are not expected to be printed although simple graphs and small pictures in documents print out nice enough.
The printer is shipped with a 1/3rd full cartridge which is rated at 1,000 prints. After 3 months of 'normal' use this is still going strong. Official replacement cartridges are as expensive as the printer and are rated at 3,000 prints, thankfully the cartridges can be refilled with ease.
An interesting feature of this printer is 'Toner Save' mode which is estimated to save you 40% of toner per print! Having this feature enabled reduces the darkness of the blacks although it is perfectly adequate and I am currently have it enabled.
A slight annoyance is the fact when printing on envelopes they often get jammed, although I think this could be due to the quality of the envelopes I am currently using.
Overall this is a great printer which is extremely cheap to run!
I picked up this charger a few days ago for £8 with 4 1000mah AAA batteries which seemed like a great price to me for a 'Smart' charger.
In the package I got the charger (quite slim) a standard plug adaptor and a car charger making it ideal to take around with you ensuring you never miss out on a photo perfect moment.
The charger has space for 2 or 4 AA or AAA batteries and has quite a rapid charge time. Here are the charge times quoted by Uniross:
Charging Times: AA 1300mAh : 120 mins, AA 2500mAh : 255mins, AAA 900mAh : 180 mins
It is not the fastest charger around but clearly not the slowest. The main reason why I choose this charger was as it had a charge detection system allowing it to detect how much charge a battery needs until its full. This would be standard you would expect but still many chargers are sold which can possibly over charger batteries if the user is not careful.
After unpacking I plugged it in and started charging 4 AA batteries I had which were rated at 2350mah within 2 hours the green light came on to tell me they were ready for use. Once putting them into my camera to test it stated they were 3/4 full. I found this strange and put them back into the charger. The red light returned on stating they were charging and they charged for a further 30 minutes before the green light gave me the all clear. This time the camera registered them as fully charged.
When charging batteries now I tend to charger them again after the green light comes on as this seems to get them upto full power. It is clear the unit is very cautious of overcharging the batteries so issues the green light in earlier then necessary (in some cases anyway).
Overall this is a great charger and I recommend it to potential buyers its not to expensive and will not overcharge your batteries. Charging times are above average and the included car charger will be beneficial to many.
July 07 6 of us decided to go away for a 'mini cruise' this was a free offer as they were introducing the 'Queen of Scandinavia' on the Newcastle - Stavanger crossing.
We didn't expect much and couldn't really find out much information online apart from images of the rooms. As the free promotion we were in a seaways class cabin with no window but thankfully upper decks (above the sea).
We left on a Sunday night due to leave at 11pm boarding from 8.30. The dfds terminal at North shields was rather large with a pub up the road and on site safe parking (£8 per night).
Unfortunately the Ship was late in and check in was delayed. We checked in at around 10.30 and then began boarding. As soon as we set foot on the ship we were greeted by kind staff who directed us to our rooms.
The entrance and lobby was clean and shiny with a reception and lots of polished brass. We entered are rooms they were basic but fully functional for the 2night mini cruise. They had on suite facilities with a toilet and warm shower. There were 4 beds set out as bunks (the top two could be folded up) each bed had its own towel meaning 4 in the rooms. The beds were extremely comfy and snug. The rooms all have air conditioning with changeable temperature. By the doorway there were places to hang clothes a large mirror with desk and a European power point.
Due to the ship being late in the restaurant were not going to open for evening meal, so 4 club sandwiches were left in each room with 4 cans of pop. This was ideal for us as we didn't intend to eat in the buffet restaurant that evening.
That night we ventured around the ship and got are bearings. We ended up in the Columbus club where entertainment was on with a live band (who weren't to bad). The bar was expensive around £7 for two pints but later we learnt it was cheap to the Norwegian passengers. There was a duty free shop which sold larger and spirits among other things at a nice cheap price (U.K supermarket prices really). You can also take your own food and drink onboard with you.
During the rest of our trip we made full use of the onboard entertainment. Bingo which was £4 per book (we won way more then £4s worth prices totalling to around £50) Pub music quiz which was free and we actually won (the prize being another free mini cruise for 2 person). There were also 2 cinema screens onboard playing a verity of the latest blockbusters and a night club. Down in the basement there was a spa with sauna and swimming pool and another bar although this was closed throughout are journey (the only complaint I have).
The crossing was smooth was hard to tell you were moving. Food was quite expensive £20 for an adult all you can eat evening meal (kids half price 16 and under) although the food was fantastic! Fresh fish, cooked meats, cold meats, fantastic deserts and chocolates (plus loads more this was in the 7 seas restaurant). There is a total of 3 restaurants onboard.
We got of in Stavanger a small quirky town we were only there 2.5hrs but this was long enough to get a feel for the place without spending a fortune (extremely expensive in Norway).
Overall the trip was fantastic and we have booked again (paying this time) the staff were friendly and it was a nice relaxing mini break. I strongly advise you to book they are also not to expensive.