Thomson DTI2300 Freeview Robosapien

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Thomson DTI2300 Top Up TV Freeview Receiver

Like all other Freeview receivers this box gives you access to a range of television (up to 30) and radio stations through your existing aerial and on your existing TV with no need for a satellite dish. Best of all the Freeview service is completely free (hence the name) once youve bought the box. However unlike most other Freeview receivers, this one can also provide you with access to an additional 10 channels for a charge of £7.99 per month.

 

The additional ten channels provided by Top Up TV are:

Cartoon Network, E4, Discovery Channel, TCM, UKTV Gold, UKTV Style, Boomerang, UKTV Food and Discovery Home & Leisure.

 

Pros

More flexible than a standard Freeview receiver

Top Up TV is cheaper than SKY

Box is good value for money

 

Cons

TOP UP TV costs £7.99 per month

Top UP TV offers far fewer channels than SKY packages

 

 

Specifications

Convert your TV to Digital

Twin SCART sockets

RF Modulator, RF In and Out

Digital Text, Now/Next guide

7 Day EPG Ready

Automatic set up

Easy to use menus

Digital Audio Coaxial Output

Size (H)4.3, (W)25.2, (D)15.3cm

 

Price: c £64.99 inc. VAT

Or £84.98 inc. VAT when purchased with Top Up TV Starter Pack (including first months subscription)

 

Star Rating: 7 Stars  Doesnt cost much more than a standard Freeview receiver.

 

Robosapien

 

This robot has an eye catching appearance and attitude to boot.

 

 

Pros

Novel walking action

Doesnt fall over easily

Dances

Affordable

 

Cons

Essentially operated by remote control with no real autonomy or intelligence

Not everyone will appreciate a robot with a tendency to break wind and burp with such aplomb

Takes 4 x D batteries and 3 AAA batteries

Imited capabilities means most will lose interest after not too long

Will be superseded by Robosapien Mark II soon

 

 

Price: £70.00 inc. VAT from Gadget Shop  prices will tumble further as the Mark II model approaches

 

Star Rating: 6 Stars  Interesting, but novelty wears off after a while