Digital Christmas: Home entertainment

7 Dec 2011

We take a look at some top devices – from home cinema projectors to HDTVs – to show your favourite Christmas movies on this year.

Samsung Smart TV range

  • Price: From €599 to €4,499
  • Available: Harvey Norman’s, PC World, Power City

Samsung’s range of smart TVs can connect to the internet, letting you watch films and TV shows from the web. You can use them to chat to friends and browse online, as well as take advantage of apps such as Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Skype. Screen sizes range from 32 to 60 inches and all models are Saorview approved.

Epson MG-850HD

Epson MG-850HD

  • Price: €738
  • Available: Harvey Norman’s, Peats

Turn your sitting room into a cinema with this projector. It can project HD ready (720p) videos up to a size of 300 inches. It features an iPod docking station, letting you plug in any iOS device to project its videos on the big screen. The projector also accepts Blu-ray players, DVD players, PCs, TV and games consoles. It includes built-in 10W stereo speakers and its projector can deliver white and colour light output of 2,800 lumens.

Sony KDL-40CX523BU

Sony TV

  • Price: From €629
  • Available: Peats, Harvey Norman’s

This full HD (1080p) TV lets you connect to the web, allowing you to view videos online and make Skype calls with its optional webcam. Its TrackID app identifies a song playing during a TV show and its USB port lets you watch videos saved on your hard drive.

Panasonic Viera TX-L32C4B

Panasonic TV

  • Price: From €399
  • Available: Peats

This 32-inch HD reader TV offers a 178-degree viewing angle, offering clear images no matter where you’re sitting. The HD TV includes a Game Mode, which features quicker image response while playing video games. It can also link the operation of AV devices connected by a HDMI cable to just one VIERA remote control.

LG M2280D


  • Price: €189.99
  • Available: PC World

If you’re looking for a smaller screen which still has 1080p HD visuals, then this TV could work for you. This LG TV has 2 HDMI ports and Dolby Surround Sound. You can plug your hard drive into this device to watch videos from it and the TV’s SVGA input means it can also be used as a PC monitor.