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Sony Bravia KDL32EX43BU 32-Inch Widescreen Full HD 1080p LCD TV with Integrated Blu-ray Player and Freeview HD
Sony Bravia KDL32EX43BU 32-Inch Widescreen Full HD 1080p LCD TV with Integrated Blu-ray Player and Freeview HD

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great internet LCD TV, 7 Dec 2010
If you are on the lookout for a new LCD Internet enabled television this Christmas then consider the Sony Bravia KDL-32EX43B with a built in Blu-ray player. It offers a rich set of features and you can save money by claiming back the VAT if it is bought on or before Christmas Eve 2010.

The body of this television is well designed in that it has a minimalistic front with no controls. On the sides of the unit, Sony have done an excellent job of concealing the Blu-ray player controls and various input and output jacks. I initially thought that any USB devices I plugged in would protrude and would be an unwelcome distraction, however the sides of the front panel hides these. In addition to the USB port, there are two HDMI inputs, AV inputs and a headphone socket. The back of the unit has a wealth of input and output connectors: LAN, PC IN, another HDMI, an optical audio out, audio out, component in, 2 SCARTs, and RF input for connection to the aerial.

If you are used to having more than one remote control, perhaps one for the TV, one for a digibox and one for a DVD player (like I used to have), then you'll appreciate having all of that functionality controlled from one single remote control.

Setup was a simple case of assembling the table top stand (you will need a Phillips screwdriver for this bit), plugging in the aerial, switching on and then responding to a few question on-screen to set up language and tuning for digital channels etc.

In terms of connecting to the Internet, the advertising blurb from Sony suggested that I needed a wireless USB dongle (retailing at approx. UKP60). This, however, is not the case as the TV comes equipped with a LAN socket and, if like me, your TV sits near a router then you can simply connect it up with a length of ethernet cable. Again, internet setup was simply a matter of choosing an easy to find option via the TVs menu system.

So what is available from the internet on this TV? In the UK, Qriocity (a new video and audio service from Sony to compete with iTunes), BBC iPlayer, Demand Five, LoveFilm, Sony Entertainment Television (fine if you want to see old episodes of "I Dream Of Jeannie" starring Larry Hagman), YouTube, and many more. BBC iPlayer did not work for me straight away, a message appeared on the screen to say that I had to setup automatic software updates (a feature not supported on this TV). A visit to the Sony support website resolved this issue: all that was required was that I download a new firmware version, unzip it to a USB drive and then plug it into the television. YouTube on the TV is very well implemented, it allows you to use an existing YouTube account so that you can access your favourites and playlists etc. One downside is that if your YouTube account is associated with a Google account, then it does not work. Hopefully this issue will be resolved at some point, though this is not an issue with the TV.

In addition to the above, both photographs and videos can be saved onto a USB device, plugged in and viewed on the screen. Also, photos stored in Picasa web albums you have stored in the cloud can be selected and viewed.

The picture quality is outstanding, even when viewing streamed content from iPlayer etc. and it boasts a high contrast ratio. The colour black is rendered accurately on this TV rather than appearing as dark grey.

In closing, I do have a couple of small criticisms. Entering search terms for YouTube and iPlayer is tedious: it's very similar to texting on an old mobile phone. I didn't rate the built in i-Manual, exploring features involved flicking between the manual and a menu item; I would much rather have had a paper copy to refer to.

This is a great internet aware LCD TV, and given that Sony are refunding the VAT for UK customers, there is no better time to buy!


Preserves: River Cottage Handbook No.2
Preserves: River Cottage Handbook No.2
by Pam Corbin
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £10.49

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All you need, 1 Mar 2009
This book contains everything you need to make your own preserves. It's scientifically rigorous, yet warm and friendly: you cannot possibly go wrong. To date, I've made: bramble and apple jam (picked the brambles myself), seville orange marmalade, grapefruit, lemon and lime marmalade and rhubarb jam - all have turned out perfectly.

The author describes the equipment you need, cover important processes such as sterilizing and sealing before moving onto the preserve recipes themselves. For most recipes, there are also many variants from the main theme that can be attempted. The book ends with a handy directory, so you can resource hard to find items such as paraffin sealing wax, and a set of conversion tables pertinent to preserve making.

I enjoyed this book so much that I'm going to get a hold of some other titles in this excellent series.


Spider-Man & His Amazing Friends - Complete Season One (Marvel Originals Series - 80s) [DVD] [1981]
Spider-Man & His Amazing Friends - Complete Season One (Marvel Originals Series - 80s) [DVD] [1981]
Dvd ~ Spiderman and His Amazing Friends
Offered by slcmusic
Price: £6.58

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but adverts are a pain, 27 Dec 2008
The content is fantastic. It's just a pain that there is no way to skip the advertising at the beginning...
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Western Digital My Book Studio Edition 1TB Firewire 400 / 800 & eSata External Hard Drive
Western Digital My Book Studio Edition 1TB Firewire 400 / 800 & eSata External Hard Drive

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ideal for Time Machine, 8 Aug 2008
I've found this drive to be quiet and fast and really easy to use with Time Machine. Plugged it into my iMac, was asked whether I wanted to use it with Time Machine and away it went without any further intervention (in fact I was a bit disappointed that there was no tinkering...). A great buy.


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