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Six of the best spare room TVs
7:00am Saturday 2nd June 2012 in NewsXtra
Six of the best gadgets and gizmos on a theme. This week: Six of the best spare room TVs By Peter Jenkinson.
The switchover to digital television has left many old analogue sets redundant.
You might be in need of a new TV in your spare room, or have other sets that need replacing - especially if you still have one that's the size of a small saloon car.
We've rounded up a selection of secondary sets that take up very little space compared to the dust-gathering goggleboxes of old.
Most can be easily attached to the wall, creating the perfect viewing angle. Select your perfect set from our pick of the best spare room TVs.
Svelte Set - Samsung 19in ES4000 Series 4 Slim LED TV - £160.68 from www.equip-u.com This set offers the very latest advanced TV features at a pretty affordable price. Stunning detail and vivid colours make this a superior secondary set. There's lots of space available for gadgets requiring HDMI connections, plus the Connect Share movie that lets you enjoy your favourite videos, music and photos via a USB connection. Fabulous functionality!
Kids' Stuff - Hannspree Zoo Range - £144 from www.eu-shop.hannspree.com Select your set from all corners of the animal kingdom - Giraffe, Polar Bear, Panda, Camel or Crab. Each one offers high-definition viewing, all surrounded by faux fur. Oversized buttons at the side were designed with younger viewers in mind, and all have connections for hooking up consoles.
DVD Inside - Logik L22LDVB21 22in Full HD LED TV - £143 from www.pixmania.co.uk With a decent-sized screen, a built-in DVD player and Freeview too for even more viewing possibilities, you might not see the great outdoors for a fair few hours after buying this TV. It's a great value set that we think is perfect for teens.
Spoil Yourself - Sony LED KDL-26EX550 Television - £377 from www.pixmania.co.uk This is an outstanding set from the folks at Sony. With a super-sized - for the spare room that is - 26in screen, this set features connectors aplenty, Freeview and, best of all, built-in Wi-Fi for streaming online content. Smart TV indeed.
Upstart Aerial - Elgato Tivizen Mobile TV Tuner - £119.99 from www.firebox.com Now you can watch telly live on your iPad, Mac or PC thanks to this nifty little gadget. The Mobile TV Tuner contains a mini-aerial that can be linked with your device over its very own wireless network, to deliver digital channels almost anywhere. Still not satisfied? Well, it can also pause and timeshift your programmes - so if you miss a bit, simply rewind and watch again.
No TV Needed - Boombox Freeview DVD Projector - £224.99 from www.firebox.com This Eighties throwback packs some serious 21st century technology. Ideal for stomping down the street with music blaring from your shoulder, it can also project a massive image from inside. Stick in a DVD or connect the digital aerial and it can produce a 75in image on to almost any flat surface. Just turn down the lights a bit before watching.
App of the week: Griffin Utility - free from iTunes (requires Griffin's Beacon Universal Remote Control System, £49.95) Using the purchased black box next to your TV set, this app turns your iPhone, iPod or iPad into a clutter-free universal control unit that will leave guests open-mouthed - and most likely you too.
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