View Full Version : Best Price for MediaMVP (UK & Ireland).

2005-02-14, 03:09 PM
Having decided to go for an MVP as an alternative display device to the flaky PVR350, I did a ton of research on Saturday into the lowest cost available from a repuatable retailer, and thought it may save someone a bit of legwork to post my results here (although of course these things are constantly changing).

After trawling all the main comparison shopping services, as well as all the online outlets listed on Hauppauge's web site. the cheapest by a fair margin were:

Maplin Electronics (http://www.maplin.co.uk/Module.aspx?ModuleNo=37851&TabID=1&source=21&doy=14m2) (GBP49.99 inc VAT - with free shipping to UK Mainland), and:
Savastore.com (http://www.savastore.com/productinfo/product.aspx?catalog_name=Savastore&product_id=10274612&pid=45&tid=220) (GBP46.99 inc VAT, GBP52.22 inc UK shipping)

Maplin charged only GBP7 to ship to Ireland, Savastore wanted about GBP15, putting Maplin a few quid further ahead for me. I could have even saved the 7 quid by ordering through one of Maplin's Dublin stores (it's not a stock-item in the shops here), but for me it's not worth the time & hassle factor of going in to pick it up.

I've yet to see how promtly they deliver, but past experience of their mail order service has been good (despite what people may say about the spotty oiks that man (boy?) their stores.), and the online order status changed to "printed for picking" whilst I was writing this (I ordered after hours Saturday), which is a good sign. OTOH, stock levels now read "Within 28 days", so either I got the last one, or I'm going to be twiddling my thumbs for the next month!

It would be interesting to see how this compares elsewhere - I only looked at UK retailers to cut delivery time, but I understand that the US model is essentially compatible, having a universal PSU (adapter required) and composite & s-video out as opposed to scart (which may actually suit some users better rather than having to source scart to s-video cables for a non-scart TV).

2005-02-15, 03:22 PM
I bought one last week from PC World (http://www.pcworld.co.uk/martprd/store/pcw_page.jsp?BV_SessionID=@@@@1626241824.110848025 9@@@@&BV_EngineID=ccddadddldhkmdjcflgceggdhhmdgmi.0&page=ProductList&category_oid=-22272&search=match&criterion=mvp) for 49.99 instore. Online orders cost an extra 3.99 for delivery but there are discounts codes available to get 5% off (online orders only) bringing the total to 51.48

2005-02-19, 06:02 PM
You can have mine for a tenner, plus shipping. I have only used it a couple of times, and is as good as new. I don't think I have the box anymore, but i'll wrap it nice. Everything works as it should. I am selling mine because I am building my own living room PC/Home Cinema/Games Box/ whatever. I recently bought a 48" Toshiba HDTV DLP TV, and almost everything I watch now looks like cr*p. The new system should make everything look much better (I am building in a hardware scaler to pump everything to HDTV specs.

Drop me a line if you are interested.

2005-02-20, 08:50 PM
10 sounds like a good deal, I've sent you email http://gbpvr.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif