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Gadget of the Week
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.
More flexible than a standard Freeview receiver
Top Up TV is cheaper than SKY
Box is good value for money
TOP UP TV costs £7.99 per month
Top UP TV offers far fewer channels than SKY packages
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.
This robot has an eye catching appearance and attitude to boot.
Novel walking action
Doesnt fall over easily
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Will be superseded by Robosapien Mark II soon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