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160 GB Hard Drive Media Player – Plays Divx October 11, 2006

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Maplins are at it again! They have reduced the price on this 160 Gb Hard Drive Media Player by £30 to £109.99. This offer is only available until 31/10/2006. The media player is still available after this date but at the full price.
If you are in the market for a media player to store all your divx films, mp3 files and photos, etc, then this is for you!

Connects to your TV via scart and eliminates the need to convert all your divx films to DVD discs. I want one but the wife says we can’t afford one. If any of you out there have won the lotto recently my Paypal email is sales@m1t.co.uk

If you get one , please post your review of the media player here for all to read.
16ogb media player

  • Hi-speed 160Gb external hard disk with stand-alone media player
  • Just load the 160Gb external hard drive with your videos, pictures and music and play them back through your TV
  • 160Gb 3.5 IDE/ATA hard disk drive installed
  • Easy to use on-screen file navigation, supporting multi-language
  • Navigate using the included remote control
  • Portable design
  • Media leads included including scart connector
  • Can be used as a standard external hard drive
  • Video media formats, DVD-Video, DivX 3.11/4.x/5.x, Xvid, SVCD, VCD 1.1/2.0, MPEG-1, MPEG-2
  • Audio media formats, MP3, WAV
  • Image media formats, JPEG
  • Unique DVD on HDD playback feature, directly play the ripped DVD folder
  • The audio,subtitle and angle can be changed
  • Powerful DivX subtitle display feature, supports most of the subtitle file formats
  • Media outputs, AV and digital audio outputs
  • Allows you to enjoy multi media programs on your TV
  • Video output NTSC / PAL
  • Supports 16:9 and 4:3 TV screen
  • Media format support FAT32 / NTFS
  • USB 2.0 connection for loading data on to the drive
  • Supports Windows XP / 2000 / Me / 98SE
  • Dimensions: L x W x H: 196 x 58 x 126(mm)
  • Weight: 980 g (with hard disk drive included)
  • The Media player is available from Maplin Electronics .Only available from Maplins in the UK as far as I know but does support NTSC. Retailers in other countries probably do sell this item.

UPDATE 30/12/06
The link above now takes you to a 320GB hard drive media player available from Maplins for £189


I want a new Camera July 25, 2006

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The urge to buy something new has hit me again. I have been coping so well for a few months now, I thought I had it under control but it seems not. I have just visited a relative in the Lake District and took my trusty little Konica KD-400 digital camera with me. It is always good to record your trips away and days out with photographs. Months later when the trip has departed from your immediate thoughts, the photos are great to browse, refreshing your thoughts of the moment.

On this particular visit I took quite a few pictures of various places we visited and interesting things we encountered. On returning home I felt a little disappointed with the results. Some of the pictures lack true colour representation and look very little like the actual scene photographed. Others are out of focus which for an auto focusing camera is not really satisfactory. In all honesty, I am looking for reasons to justify buying a camera I don’t really need and cannot really afford. This is a field in which I truly can say I am an expert!

Over the years, I have bought so many items that are completely unnecessary and far too expensive to not be used, which is usually their destiny. Ask my wife about my spending habits and she will respond with a dirty look and a sigh of disapproval. The sort of sigh you can do without. Not to be deterred I have started to look at possible replacements for my outdated and in desperate need of upgrading digital camera. Panasonic make a very appealing range of Lumix digital cameras with a feature called Mega O.I.S (Optical Image Stabilizer). This appeals to me as I have difficulty holding steady when zooming in on subjects. The reviews I have read for the Panasonic digital cameras have been favourable so far and sample imges look better than my current camera results.

The camera I would most like to lay hands on at the moment is the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX1, but unfortunately it looks a little out of my reach at the moment with a price tag of approximately £350. The camera is a 8.4 Megapixel camera and features the wonderful mega O.I.S feature for unsteady photo shooters like me. It looks like a suitable camera for me as it takes good pictures without needing to be a photographic expert.

Maybe I will manage to get one if the price comes down. The problem is that by the time that happens, I will want something different and newer. Why do I see things I want and cannot afford so much? Is everyone the same? My wife seems to think not and says it is just me being greedy and childish.

Maybe she’s right but on the other hand…….Jessops is not far away from my house.

Acoustic energy wireless radio & media player June 16, 2006

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This is one gadget I would love to have! With the arrival of superspeed broadband it was only a matter of time before streaming media devices became more readily available.


Acoustic Energy WiFi Radio

Acoustic Energy Wifi Radio will play mp3, real audio, WMA, AAC and internet radio

This cool gadget from Acoustic Energy allows you to escape the shackles of your pc and listen to audio wherever you want to. It utilises your broadband connection to access Recivas internet radio Gateway. The Reciva Gateway then uploads channel listings alphabetically by country and genre to your AE Wi-Fi radio.

There are currently over 2,500 stations registered on the Reciva Gateway and more are added every day. You simply select the station name you want using the rotary control knob and clear LCD display, and press play!as simple as that.

You can also stream your own collection straight from your pc which to me is just a great feature. Very favourable reviews have been published by personal computer world, hifi world, the Sunday Times and more.

After a little googling I found a very good price (£149.99 including delivery) on Play.com and hopefully will be placing my order very soon.

I will post a full review of the radio when I (fingers crossed) get one. If you have already purchased the radio, please post your opinions regarding quality, value for money, wireless range, etc.