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Acer Iconia Tab A500

This week, we've been pouring over one of the latest Honeycomb tablets to hit UK shores - the Acer Iconia Tab A500.

Although more expensive than the iPad 2, it performed well in our tests - read the review for more. We've also spent time looking at a new Freeview HD and Blu-ray player as well as a new plasma from Panasonic.

Read on for more on all the latest reviews we've posted this week on TechRadar.

Acer Iconia Tab A500

Everyone in tech is talking about Android tablets. Which is the best? How good is Honeycomb? Can Android tablets overtake the iPad in sales? Have you actually seen one in the wild though? Thought not. Android tablet sales are off to a sluggish start to say the least but it's only a matter of time before things pick up. The Eee Pad Transformer is being held back by a lack of stock, and that opens the door for the Iconia Tab A500 to steal a bit of a march. So can it score an open goal, or will its slightly higher price and lack of sparkle make this tablet a no-goer?

Canon IXUS 310 HS

Replacing last year's 300 model, the IXUS 310 HS is part of Canon's new 'more is better' range of compact cameras, cramming in the features in an effort to remain relevant in an ever-more competitive marketplace. New features here include a 12.1MP CMOS sensor, wider 24mm 4.4x optical zoom lens with Image Stabilisation, larger 3.2in LCD with a significantly higher resolution (461,000-dots compared to 230,000) and Full HD movie recording - an improvement over the 300 HS' 720p offering. It's a fab camera with excellent build quality and fantastic low-light performance. However, fiddly touchscreen controls and a slightly high asking price make this camera a sold four-starrer.

Panasonic DMR-BWT800

When you're being asked to pay nearly £900 for a set-top box, you can only hope that it's feature-packed. And luckily, the poetically-named DMR-BWT800 does not disappoint. As well as being a dual-Freeview HD tuner, it's also a 3D Blu-ray player, Blu-ray recorder, media streamer and Skype box. Picture quality is outstanding all-round; this is a top quality slice of AV heaven for anyone interested in reference-level performance from all sources, while the myriad recording, archiving and storage options will excite any HD obsessive or HD camcorder user. However, let's go back to that first sentence. £900 for a Freeview HD/3D BD player? Seems a bit steep to us.

Apple iMac 27-inch

The 27-inch Apple iMac takes a huge leap forwards with the 2011 refresh. Although the only change to the enclosure is a minor revision to the ports at the rear, the switch to new second-generation Sandy Bridge processors and powerful AMD graphics give a massive performance boost over the previous generation of iMacs.

Panasonic TX-L37DT30B

If this 37-incher was a little larger, it would compete with Panasonic's barnstorming 3D plasmas – and it would come second judged on 3D images. Against other 3D LCD TVs, it's a competitive performer that pairs excellent 3D with quite wonderful 2D – and plenty more exciting features besides.


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