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    8 media units for your big-screen TV…

    by  • September 22, 2016 • Five Best • 4 Comments

    The best media units | girlabouttech-comMuch like a cool superstar DJ, I don’t usually do requests, but I’m making an exception today for the lovely Laura Sibley.

    Laura is a darn fine PR for Sony and all-round good egg to boot, but she has a problem, people. She can’t find a decent media unit for her TV.

    Not one to leave a damsel in distress, I’ve tracked down this bevvy of beauties for Laura to choose from. Which one is your favourite?

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    The best action cameras

    by  • July 27, 2016 • Five Best • 1 Comment

    The Best Action Cameras | girlabouttech.comSmall, simple, tough and attachable to anything from your bike helmet to the dog, action cams have changed the way we look at the world. If you’re looking to splash out on one for the holidays, I’d plump for any of these best-in-class camcorders.

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    The best breadmakers

    by  • July 15, 2016 • Five Best • 0 Comments

    THE BEST BREADMAKERS | GIRLABOUTTECH.COMPerhaps thanks to THAT lion-shaped loaf from last year’s Great British Bake Off, bread is having a moment, so I’ve put together a list of the best breadmakers available right now.

    BEST FOR: ARTISAN LOAVES
    SD-2511KXC breadmaker £160, PanasonicSD-2511KXC breadmaker | Panasonic | THE BEST BREADMAKERS | GIRLABOUTTECH.COMGirl About Tech says: ‘Among its impressive range of 33 programmes are those for sourdough, rye, gluten-free, soda and spelt breads, and it can also serve up brioche, scones and jam for afternoon tea.

    ‘It does a fine job of distributing nuts, seeds and dried fruit evenly through your bakes, too.’

    BEST FOR:DAILY BREAD
    18036 compact breadmaker, Russell Hobbs18036 compact breadmaker | Russell Hobbs | THE BEST BREADMAKERS | GIRLABOUTTECH.COMGirl About Tech says: ‘You can forget the nut dispenser and endless artisan options, but it bakes a loaf in 50 minutes, and has jam and cake modes.

    ‘Plus, turn on the 13-hour delay timer and you can wake up to fresh bread.’

    BEST FOR: EASE OF USE
    Sage by Heston Blumenthal The Custom Loaf bread maker, £199.95, John LewisCustom Loaf bread maker | Sage | THE BEST BREADMAKERS | GIRLABOUTTECH.COM

    Girl About Tech says: ‘This dial-operated machine is a joy to use, and its collapsible kneading paddle won’t leave you with holey bread.

    ‘It makes loaves up to 1.25kg, and the manual setting lets you input your own recipe.’

    BEST FOR: EUROPEAN RECIPES
    De’Longhi Pangourmet electric fan oven, £300, LakelandDeLonghi Pangourmet electric fan oven | Lakeland | THE BEST BREADMAKERS | GIRLABOUTTECH.COMGirl About Tech says: ‘This countertop fan oven is also a full-on bread maker that mixes, rises and bakes, with continental treats like pumpkin loaf, panini, focaccia and pain de campagne on the menu.

    BEST FOR: SPRINKLING SOME MAGIC
    48324 Premium Plus breadmaker, £129.99, Morphy Richards

    This breadmaker does a fine job of distributing nuts, seeds and dried fruit evenly through your loaves and cakes, and its angled display makes it easy to see what stage your bake is at, at a glance.

    It also comes with a set of measuring tools, so you don’t need to get the scales out to make any of the 40-plus recipes in the book provided. Amy

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    The best gas BBQs

    by  • April 22, 2016 • Five Best • 2 Comments

    The sun is out (finally!), the sky is blue, and it’s time to fire up the bbq. Enjoy cooking on gas? These are my top picks:

    BEST FOR: BBQ ON A BUDGET
    Hobart gas bbq, £149, The Range

    Hobart gas barbecue | The Range | Best gas BBQs | girlabouttech.comGirl About Tech says: ‘Gas barbecues don’t come much more affordable than this beauty, which won’t exactly feed the masses, but the grill area of 1,558cm² is just about okay for a family of four’

    ‘There are two main burners, and two side burners, including one that sits beneath a hotplate so you can fry off eggs or have a go at Teppan yaki.’

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    The best photo printers

    by  • April 5, 2016 • Five Best • 0 Comments

    Fujifilm The best photo printers | girlabouttech.comDid you know that, according to Jessops, 44% of Brits have ‘lost’ digital images? I can’t say I’m surprised as I’m one of them – I hate to think how many pictures of old friends and special occasions that have been ‘stranded’ on broken phones or computers, never to be recovered.

    So as of now I’m vowing to print out more photos – well, it worked for Nana Cutmore, whose vintage snapshots stashed in old shoeboxes are still around today. And just in case you fancy joining me, I’ve rounded up the best printers for reproducing those precious memories.

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