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Wenger Swissgear Flight 15.4 inch Laptop Case
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This is a quality bag. Well padded inside to protect your laptop. Lots of small pockets and internal compartments.It's quite chunky and well suited to people who want a bit extra storage for documents and stuff. Not for people who want a discrete slimline bag. But then again, you wouldn't get the protection this bag gives in a slimline design.
Humax FoxSat-HDR Freesat 320GB HDD DTR HD Recorder
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This Humax Foxsat HDR freesat PVR is great. In fact, I'm just waiting for my play.com voucher to come through and I'm buying another :)
My missis mainly uses the Foxsat, where as I use my Humax PVR9200T, which I have had several years and have been very happy with it. This was one of the reasons I bought the Foxsat HDR PVR in the first place, as I was so impressed with the 9200T.
Now it's time to upgrade my TV and I'm buying a Foxsat while I'm at it.
I would have stuck with the PVR9200T, but the freeview reception on CH3,4,5 is sometimes patchy, especially the last couple of days with the high atmospheric pressure, doesn't bother me too much as I watch a lot of BBC1,2, but the missis watches a lot of ITV, CH4 and CH5, and she moans when I have recorded some stuff for her and it's unwatchable.
So unfortunately :), for her sanity, I am finally getting a new telly and the Foxsat.
I was watching some squash the other day on my missis's telly, via the red button on the Humax Foxsat. I thought the picture quality was amazing and that was in standard definition. Of course, her TV is much better than my old Ferguson 24" CRT :).
I did watch a few world cup matches in HD on the Foxsat and you can certainly see the difference between SD and HD, especially the players names on their shirts etc. I know you don't need HD for Eastenders and Corro, but when you've watched it in HD, there's no going back.
I just prefer the whole user experience of the Humax Foxsat compared to Sky.Of course, you don't get all the channels that Sky has, then again, it's not costing me 43 quid a month for the privilege, plus a tenner if you want HD currently.
Another feature I like is when you have set two programs to record and you want to record a third at the same time, the Humax will suggest an alternative time to record one of the threee programmes, if there is an alternative time, plus if you are scheduling a recording in standard def, the Humax will ask you if you want to record it in HD, if it's available. Same as my old Humax, but now with added HD, brill.
My missis is not the sharpest tool in the box and she liked Sky, but she has to admit, that the Humax interface is better than the Sky interface. And it organises her Eastenders and Corro into nice series linked folders.
BBC i-player is coming to the Foxsat(it may even be available now) for those who like that sort of thing, personally, I use the Humax to record all my programs, I hardly watch anything live, it's like having my own TV schedule.
The only downside for me is that Dave is not currently available on freesat, and I miss that for the World Rally Championship replays. Check out the freesat and freewiew websites to see what channels are available, this could influence your decision over freesat/freesat HD, freeview/ freeview HD, and Sky/ Sky HD.
You can just swap your Sky box with the Humax and it uses your old Sky dish and cable.If like me, you have a quad LNB on your dish, you can add a second twin cable for another Foxsat, or keep your Sky box and add a new Humax Foxsat recorder, as I said, providing you connect a second cable tothe dish. I would connect the cable myself, but I don't do ladders :)
This Humax is a really great product at a great price from Play.com and I would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone. If you are thinking of going HD, or even just replacing your old kit and don't have an HD TV, you'll be impressed by the picture quality and usability of this product.
The ultimate recommendation is, I'm buying another Humax foxsat HDR, say no more.