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Breakfast's home connectivity gadgets

Published: 10:31AM Wednesday May 13, 2009 Source: Breakfast

Technology test-driver John Buckley reviews a range of home connectivity gadgets.

Samsung Series 7 LED TV (B700, 46" model reviewed)
Recommended retail price: B7000: 40" - $5,999, 46" - $6,499, 52" - $8,499
Product website: http://www.samsung.com/nz
Available: Late May.
Distributors expected to include Dick Smith Electronics and Noel Leeming.
Rating: 5 out of 5Launching in New Zealand at the end of May, the Samsung LED series features innovative technology which means the entire unit is just over an inch thick.  Connect it to your home network via the LAN connection and you can browse music, photo and video content from your pc or Mac. You can also download Samsung content from the internet or browse YouTube videos.

Apple TV
Recommended retail price: $498 for the 40gb model or $659 for the 160gb model (reviewed).
Product website: http://www.apple.com/nz/appletv/
Available from: Electronics retailers nationwide
Rating: 4 out of 5 (if it could download TV programmes in this region we would have given it 5 out of 5)
This is Apple's second version of the Apple TV. Previously, it was pitched as a device for streaming content from iTunes to your widescreen TV. Now however they position it mainly as a movie download device. 
To get going you need an iTunes account, a widescreen TV and a wireless network. Once you've got everything set up you can browse, rent and buy new release movies in a matter of minutes (or just browse through YouTube videos if you prefer).

Logitech Video Security System
Recommended retail price: $649.90 (for the master camera system). Each camera is additional.
Product website: http://www.logitech.com/index.cfm/webcam_communications/video_security_systems/devices/4311&cl=nz,en>
Available from: Computer retailers nationwide such as Ascent Technology, Playtech and Paradigm PC's.
Rating: 4 out of 5
This consumer-friendly system allows you to set up your own video security system for home or business. You can add up to six cameras and view stored video footage on your home computer or live video remotely via the internet. One neat feature; you can set up motion alerts so it will send you a text if motion is detected on your property.

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