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Sony SMPN200 Network Media and Internet Streamer
Sony SMPN200 Network Media and Internet Streamer

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Impressive - but don't update the firmware, 30 Dec 2011
I am very pleased with this unit - with one exception (see below). It is very easy to set up and use with a wireless network. The remote control is well designed and the unit itself very responsive with a straightforward interface.

The two services I wanted it for are the BBC iPlayer and LoveFilm. LoveFilm works extremely well, once you have registered the unit. Registration enables you to add titles to your rental list and - most importantly - stream movies. There are currently 5,000+ available free to subscribers, and you can rent more. BBC iPlayer also works very well. However, and it is a big 'however', you should NOT update the unit's firmware when prompted. Doing so cripples the iPlayer implementation. This issue has been reported to Sony, but (from the evidence of the support forums) they seem unwilling to do anything about it. The only way to regain a usable iPlayer is to reset the unit to its factory settings.

The other services provided, which include YouTube and Sky News, are quite US-centric. Some require a paid-for subscription. There is no ITV or Channel 4 service. A web browser is implemented, but is very basic. It will not, for example, display Flash movies and has no Java. Google works OK, but not Google Maps. The unit connected to my WD-Live network storage automatically and plays MP3 files perfectly.

In summary - an impressive unit but beware the software update.


Robert Stream 205 Stereo DAB/FM/WiFi Internet Radio - Black
Robert Stream 205 Stereo DAB/FM/WiFi Internet Radio - Black
Price: 104.99

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Winner, 16 April 2011
Having earlier bought the ROBERTS ColourSTREAM DAB/FM/WiFi Internet Radio with Dock for iPod and Colour Touch Screen I had high hopes for this portable machine which has, essentially, the same functionality and underlying software. I was not disappointed. (Well, actually I was to begin with - the first unit's on/off button stopped working after a few weeks. However, Amazon's magical returns system meant I had a new one within 48hrs.)

Strengths:
Excellent (printed) manual
Good deep tone
Logical interface
Wide range of functions
Sensitive arial
Can run on batteries or the mains

Slight weakness:
If a wireless connection is interrupted for any reason while you are listening to a podcast, you cannot reconnect and start listening again where you left off, but have to return to the beginning.

Overall: first class.


ROBERTS ColourSTREAM DAB/FM/WiFi Internet Radio with Dock for iPod and Colour Touch Screen
ROBERTS ColourSTREAM DAB/FM/WiFi Internet Radio with Dock for iPod and Colour Touch Screen
Price: 204.95

45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Does what it Says on the Box, 10 Nov 2010
Am delighted with this.
Sound Quality: Excellent; good bass, plenty of volume, ability to modify equalisation.
Ease of Use: Very good; interface is very intuitive and responsive. Connecting to both wired and wireless networks was a breeze. Finding tracks on a largish music collection seemed painful until I discovered the search facility. Now it's a breeze too. Only issue is that my big fat fingers are too big for the tiny on-screen keyboard when using the search facility, but the buttons elsewhere are big enough. Printed colour manual is exceptionally clear and easy to follow. (It can be downloaded in advance from the Roberts web site.)
Features: Excellent; covers all the bases with Internet radio; DAB and DAB+; FM (including RDS). Connecting to a PC and then streaming music was very straightfoward and, even while using the host PC, there was no stuttering in the music playback. I don't have an iPod so haven't used the dock, but very easy to play back music from a USB stick. Haven't tried LastFM yet.
Overall: a very classy bit of kit.


Belkin Bluetooth Lounge Mouse - White - F5L031qqWHT
Belkin Bluetooth Lounge Mouse - White - F5L031qqWHT

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Works Occasionally, 4 Oct 2010
Bought this to go with a Sony Vaio VPCEC2SOE as both are white. When it works the mouse is fine; good size, positive action. It set up very easily but has an intensely annoying habit of simply stopping working for no apparent reason. It then refuses to reconnnect no matter how many times I restart it or the computer. The only solution, which may take two or three attempts, is to remove the device and then get Windows to reinstall it. The Belkin support site is useless and doesn't even mention this model, let alone offer any support. The user manual is a joke. It doesn't explain what the 'connect' buton does, what the intermittent flashing blue light on top means or how to troubleshoot if it doesn't work. This get two stars for looking good and for when it works. It really isn't acceptable for a reputable firm to ship a product in this state.
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1080P VGA + R/L Audio to HDMI Converter
1080P VGA + R/L Audio to HDMI Converter

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Does What it Says on the Box, 8 Feb 2010
An excellent piece of kit. Arrived the day after it was ordered. Well packaged in a strong cardboard box. Worked straight away without any difficulties. Far better than the complicated USB based alternatives I tried. This one worked with my very low-powered ancient laptop without difficulty, connecting happily to a Pansonic projector via HDMI.


Q-Waves Wireless USB to HDMI Extender - Stream Wirelessly From Laptop to TV or Projector
Q-Waves Wireless USB to HDMI Extender - Stream Wirelessly From Laptop to TV or Projector

3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Minimum Spec for PC Not as Stated, 29 Jan 2010
The description for this item states: "Q-waves Wireless USB AV Kit enables users to stream from any laptop, netbook or PC". This is not the case. On the box the system requirements for basic operation are stated as being a 1.6GHz processor and 1GB of memory. Many older laptops and PCs will not reach this.
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CM3 USB 2.0 to DVI , VGA or HDMI Adapter , 1080p Full HD ready , External Videocard , Multi Display Adapter , AUDIO CONNECTOR (splitter , converter) Windows 7 and MAC OS compatible
CM3 USB 2.0 to DVI , VGA or HDMI Adapter , 1080p Full HD ready , External Videocard , Multi Display Adapter , AUDIO CONNECTOR (splitter , converter) Windows 7 and MAC OS compatible
Offered by CM3-Computer
Price: 35.99

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not yet ready for Windows 7, 27 Jan 2010
The unit arrived in very impressive (Apple like) packaging with a good, well translated manual. The required drivers are found on an enclosed CD (one of the small ones that don't fit slot loading drives). The unit itself is about the size of a pack of cards and looks well made. There is a USB cable together with the various converters. The audio connector converts a standard audio jack into a pair of RCA connections. The box says that the product works with Windows 7 and there is a Windows 7 driver on the supplied CD.

I loaded the software apparently successfully and attached the unit. To cut a very long story short, after trying for several hours to make the unit work and uninstalling and reinstalling the software I eventually let Windows 7 find the latest version of the drivers online. These installed and (unlike the driver on the CD) promptly told me that it was incompatible with my video card. I later found a set of release notes on the CD (these are not mentioned in the printed documentation or on the installer) relating to the Windows 7 drivers. These said that the drivers were BETA (preview) quality and should not be used on a production unit. They also listed a large number of limitations and known issues; many relating to common video cards like mine. Almost nothing in the manual is relevant to Windows 7, but this is not made clear except in these well-hidden notes. One other point; the notes mention that the LED on the unit doesn't function under Windows 7; without knowing this I spent some time thinking that the unit itself might have been faulty.

This could be a really good product; perhaps it is under Windows XP or Vista; but at the moment it cannot be recommended for Windows 7 users. Note to the manufacturer: a slip in the box drawing attention to the Windows 7 release notes would save a lot of misery; as would a list of video cards with which the unit works as advertised.


Clickfree CAB101 Backup Cable
Clickfree CAB101 Backup Cable

20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Works Like a Dream, 4 Feb 2009
I bought this direct from Storage Corp's very helpful local sales manager before it was generally available. It comes in a box no bigger than the cable, with a tiny set of instructions (there are more available on-line). Plugged it in as instructed, and it worked like a dream. I have 1TB of attached storage with thousands of picture and music files. The software took 6 hours to work through it all and back it up to 47GB on a USB drive. Since then, incremental backups have taken just a few minutes. The data is stored in an uncompacted format. Restoring files is straightforward too. (Having only had it a few days I haven't had time to check whether the software has versioning, or whether it automatically deletes backups of deleted files.) Highly recommended.
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