Tablet easy to swal­low

Netchef is the ul­ti­mate on­line kitchen ac­ces­sory with hun­dreds of recipes at your fin­ger­tips, writes Rod Chester

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Across the bot­tom is a scrol­lable list of icons for a web browser, im­age gallery, mu­sic, cal­en­dar, Face­book, Twit­ter and YouTube.

You may not want to tweet your way through din­ner, but many peo­ple would ap­pre­ci­ate a cen­tral cal­en­dar in the kitchen to or­gan­ise fam­ily mem­bers or watch recipe videos.

The Netchef has an 8-inch touch­screen and is de­scribed on the man­u­fac­turer’s web­site as wa­ter­proof and fire­proof, but the user man­ual has a bet each way and rec­om­mends keep­ing it away from steam, ket­tles, mi­crowaves and hot or cold ex­tremes.

The con­trols are sim­ple, with three but­tons on the unit’s top for power, home and back.

It comes with a sty­lus and, given the screen is be­hind a pro­tec­tive cover, the mak­ers rec­om­mend us­ing the sty­lus for se­lec­tions.

The on­line recipes have a US bent— with Amer­i­can and Chi­nese ac­count­ing for about 80 per cent of din­ner op­tions.

Many of its ge­o­graphic clas­si­fi­ca­tions are a bit mean­ing­less (we found lasagne in the Amer­i­can sec­tion) but the 500+ built-in recipes are just your start­ing point, given the unit’s web con­nec­tion.

When you find a recipe you like, touch a tab to see a list of in­gre­di­ents and cook­ing steps.

Recipes are in im­pe­rial mea­sure­ments. You can click on the tab at the bot­tom of the screen and man­u­ally con­vert a mea­sure­ment to met­ric. Ide­ally, met­ric should be an op­tion.

You can load your favourite recipes into Netchef by con­nect­ing it by USB ca­ble to your com­puter and im­port­ing them as jpg files, text files or video.

The unit has a SD slot and comes with an 8GB SD card, which al­lows it to be­come a dig­i­tal photo al­bum.

This is not re­ally a tablet trapped in a box, but a dig­i­tal cook­book that comes bun­dled with a whole lot more at

a good price.

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