iPad Reviews

Acer Swift 1 Review: One of the Best Budget Laptops

The Acer Swift 1 is one of the cheapest laptop you can buy that looks a little like a MacBook. It’s slim, and has a metal frame with plenty of bright aluminium on show. Where MacBooks start at £949 for the arguably out of date Air 13, the Swift 1 costs £349 in the variant we’re using. Let that sink in: just over a third the price of Apple’s cheapest alternative. Low CPU power and minimal storage make the Acer…

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Amazon Fire TV 4K (2017) Review: Best for Prime Subscribers

Amazon Fire TV 4K (2017) review New for 2017, the Amazon Fire TV replaces the company’s older set top box and has a new, square design hence is not a ‘stick’. It brings 4K capabilities and Alexa support to a product it hopes can compete with Google’s Chromecast and, to an extent, the Apple TV. But with no YouTube access and the need for a Prime subscription for a lot of content, is it right for you? Price and availability…

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Best Backup Software for PC 2017/2018

We all know that we should backup our files. It’s all too easy to put off securing precious digital files and data, only to repent at leisure after a PC has crashed or a hard drive failed. The good news is that you’re in the right place. Install one of these backup utilities and save copies of important photos and music files either to a separate hard drive or to the cloud. You will never regret the outlay: it’s a…

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Best PDF Editors 2017/2018: PDF Software Reviews

We test and rate the best PDF editors you can get, including Adobe Acrobat, Foxit, Nuance Power PDF, Nitro and more. PDF (Portable Document Format) is one of the most popular types of document for sharing as most devices and computers can open a PDF for the recipient to read. It doesn’t matter whether you’re using a laptop or a smartphone, nor which software was used to create it.  But while some PDF reader software allows you to annotate or…

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Apple 12 Days of Christmas Alternatives: 12 Free Apps We Love

From 2008 until 2013, we looked forward to Apple’s 12 Days of Christmas, which ran from Boxing Day until early January offering a free app, game, song, TV show, book or movie each day. For the fourth year in a row, though, Apple isn’t running the promotion, so we’ve got 12 apps and games here that you can download for free instead. Cally’s Caves 4 This free game for iPhone and iPad is a side-scrolling, level-based game that offers huge…

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Windows 8 vs Windows 10 Comparison: Which is Better?

We explain what the difference is between Windows 8 and Windows 10 and why Windows 10 is a worthy upgrade, either from Windows 8 or a previous version such as Vista or Windows 7. Windows 8 vs 10: UK price and availability Buy a new PC or laptop and it will come pre-installed with Windows 10 so the situation is more likely to be whether you should upgrade from Windows 8 (actually Windows 8.1 if you want to be pedantic) or an earlier…

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How to use an iPad: Tips, tricks & hidden features

Since the iPad launched back in 2010, it has been the go-to tablet of choice for millions of consumers around the world. As with any product, if you want to get the most out of the iPad you have to know the ins and outs to get the most of the iPad – and here, we list 41 of our top tips for using your iPad. There are tips here for everyone, from beginners to masters of iOS; there are bound…

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Sony Xperia XZ1 Review: New Flagship Phone Fails to Stand Out

IFA 2017 means new gadgets and you can rely on Sony to bring a fair few to the party. This year is no exception and there are three new Xperia phones to tempt you with. Here’s our Sony Xperia XZ1 review. Since ditching its conventional naming system, the last being the Xperia Z5, Sony’s range needs a bit of explaining. The XZ is now the top tier but this new model is no replacement for the XZ Premium. Instead, the…

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Best Portable Hard Drives & SSDs 2017/2018: External Hard Drive Reviews

Solid-state storage may be sexy, but if you’re looking for huge capacity and tiny prices, then the classic hard disk remains unbeaten. Available capacities of portable drives with laptop-style disks inside now extends up to a whopping 4000GB, more commonly referred to as 4 terabytes (TB). Most portable USB drives are powered by the connected computer, so you can use them on the move without the need to plug into the mains or use batteries. Some will even connect your…

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Best Speaker Deals December 2017

Speaker tech has changed a surprising amount over the past few years, with improvements in batteries, Bluetooth, and the internet of things making speakers portable, wireless, and internet-connected almost by default now. All that means this is a great time to think about an upgrade, which could net you a wealth of new functionality alongside improvements to actual audio. Like most tech, audio gear sees some significant reductions year-round, and we’ll be doing our best to round up the top deals available on…

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