Best Laptops 2014

Best Laptops

Best Laptops

Discover the best laptops to buy in 2014 and read our in-depth laptop reviews, as rated by our team of expert reviewers. Not sure if a laptop is right for you? We’ve got something for everyone here, from 11in budget bargains to the latest flagship models and laptop-tablet hybrids from all the major brands. Our always up-to-date list will help you make the right choice.

 

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 – Third time lucky for the premium hybrid tablet

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 with Type Cover

Microsoft has had two bites of the tablet/laptop hybrid cherry and has seen moderate success with both its devices. However, with 2014’s Surface Pro 3 we finally saw the firm master the art, with its devices division putting into action the lessons it learned from the first two Surface iterations. What we have here is a refined, sleek tablet combined with a great keyboard (at extra cost) and stylus. This, combined with a wide range of specifications means it has real mass-market appeal.

We were pleased with both its performance and its superb 2,160×1,440 pixel screen, although when hard at work the metal chassis did get fairly warm. We also loved the new and improved kickstand which can hold the tablet from 0 to 150 degrees, making it very versatile and more suitable for lap-based usage than ever before.

It’s expensive, but it’s the benchmark-setter for Windows-8 based devices and we highly recommend it.

Price when reviewed: £849. Fort the latest prices, see our full Microsoft Surface Pro 3 review

Key specs
Processor Dual-core 1.9GHz Intel Core i5-4300U
Screen size 12in
Screen resolution 2,160×1,440
Rear camera 5-megapixel
Storage 128GB
Wireless data N/A
Size 292x201x9.1mm
Weight 800g
Operating system Windows 8.1 Pro
Warranty One-year RTB
Details www.microsoft.com
Part code Surface Pro 3

Chillblast Defiant 2 Mini – A petite powerhouse gaming laptop

Chillblast Fusion Defiant Mini

Our Expert Opinion Chillblast’s  laptop is a superb 13-inch gaming system with a powerful quad-core Core i7 i7-4710MQ processor and a super fast 2GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M graphics processor. It not only manages to combine all the speed and power of larger gaming systems into its smart 13in chassis, but it does so at a competitive price without any compromises in performance. The quality of the chassis is perhaps the biggest surprise; off-the-shelf chassis almost always put function over form and are boxy and plain. The chassis in use here is a nice break from the norm; its matt lid and spaceship-style vents at the rear are a refreshing change.

It’s a terrific little machine perfect for regular LAN party attendees of simply for those who wnat to game while sitting on the sofa.

Price when reviewed: £899. For the latest prices, see our full Chillblast Defiant 2 Mini review

Key specs
Processor 2.4GHz Intel Core i7-4710MQ
RAM 8GB
Dimensions(HxWxD) 32x330x227mm
Graphics 2GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M
Weight 2.1kg
Screen size 13.3in
Screen resolution 1,920×1,080
Total storage 1TB
Operating system Windows 8 64-bit
Parts and labour warranty one year RTB
Part number Defiant Mini

Dell Inspiron 15 5000 – A top-notch general purpose laptops for familes and students

Laptop manufacturers are constantly trying to find a niche, with crazy hybrid devices and fancy form-factors that suit Windows 8. In the Inspiron 15 5000, Dell has rekindled our love for the basic general-purpose laptop. Not only does it have the signature Dell build quality and a reasonable screen, it also has a surprisingly powerful processor and even squeezes in a dedicated graphics chip.Not only that, it survived more than six hours in our battery burn test, which is important for working on the move.

Priced at less than £600, this is a terrific buy for anyone looking for a jack-of-all-trades laptop for a bit of web browsing, video watching and essay writing.

Price when reviewed: £549. Fort the latest prices, see our full Dell Inspiron 15 5000 review.

Key specs
Processor Dual-core 2GHz Intel Core i7-4510U
RAM 8GB
Size 380x259x21.8mm
Weight 2.38kg
Screen size 15.6in
Screen resolution 1,366×768
Graphics adaptor AMD Radeon HD R7 M265
Total storage 1TB hard disk
Operating system Windows 8.1
Parts and labour warranty One-year collect & return
Details www.dell.co.uk
Part number Inspiron-15-5547

Asus Transformer Book T100TA – The definitive budget two-in-one laptop

Asus Transformer Book T100TA

Our Expert Opinion The Asus Transformer T100TA has redefined what we can expect from a sub-£300 laptop. It’s far from the most powerful device on the market with its Intel Atom processor, but if you’re after the ultimate in flexibility combined with great built quality and reasonably long battery life, you should absolutely pick the T100TA.

It does come with Microsoft’s controversial Windows 8 operating system, but it’s this sort of device that the software was designed for. If you embrace its oddities and idiosyncrasies, Windows 8 can be a very effective operating system for an ultra-portable, multi-form factor device.

Price when reviewed: £349. Fort the latest prices, see our full Asus Transformer Book T100TA review.

Key specs
Processor 1.3GHz Intel Atom Z3740
RAM 2GB
Dimensions(HxWxD) 24x263x171mm
Graphics Intel HD Graphics
Weight 1.1kg
Screen size 10.1in
Screen resolution 1,366×768
Total storage 32GB
Operating system Windows 8.1 64-bit
Parts and labour warranty one year RTB
Part number T100TA-DK002H

Apple 13-inch Macbook Pro with Retina Display – The ultimate laptop just got even better

Apple 13in Macbook Pro with Retina Display (Late 2013)

Our Expert Opinion The new 13in MacBook Pro is very expensive, but when this year’s best model costs just £50 more than last year’s, you’re getting much more for your money. With a large SSD, powerful hardware and improved graphics performance, the 13in MacBook Pro stands head and shoulders above every other ultraportable available today.

It’s also immensely stylish and can’t be mistaken for anything other than an Apple device. The 2,880×1,800 pixel Retina display is a brilliant piece of tech that puts many other laptop screens to shame. While we’re seeing plenty of business-end laptops reaching into the realms of 2,560×1,600 pixel displays, its fantastic colour accuracy combined with Apple’s well-tuned UI scaling that makes MacBook Pro’s screen not only technically brilliant, but visually stunning as well.

Price when reviewed: £1,499. For the latest prices, read our full Apple 13-inch Macbook Pro with Retina Display review.

Key specs
Processor 2.6GHz Intel Core i5-4288U
RAM 8GB
Dimensions(HxWxD) 18x314x219mm
Graphics Intel HD Graphics 5100
Weight 1.6kg
Screen size 13.3in
Screen resolution 2,560×1,600
Total storage 512GB
Operating system MacOS X Mavericks
Parts and labour warranty one year RTB
Part number ME866B/A

Acer Aspire V3-772G – A powerful 17.3in desktop replacement

 

Acer Aspire V3-772G

Our Expert Opinion The Acer Aspire V3-772G is rather more imposing than your average desktop replacement, but this huge 17.3in laptop has some seriously powerful components inside its chunky chassis, including a quad-core Intel Core i7-4702MQ proccessor and 2GB Nvidia GeForce GT 750M graphics chip.

As a result, Acer’s machine is a very capable all-purpose machine, meaning you could feasiby use it to play the latest games at Low or Medium settings without too much trouble. The screen on the Aspire V3-772G is very pretty indeed, while battery life is an respectable 5 hours 8 minutes. We were impressed with this laptop, and would thoroughly recommend it; if you can find one new or refurbished you won’t be disappointed.

Price when reviewed: £770. For the latest prices, see our full Acer Aspire V3-772G review.

Key specs
Processor 2.2GHz Intel Core i7-4702MQ
RAM 8GB
Dimensions(HxWxD) 34x415x275mm
Graphics 2GB Nvidia GeForce GT 750M
Weight 3.2kg
Screen size 17.3in
Screen resolution 1,920×1,080
Total storage 750GB
Operating system Windows 8 64-bit
Parts and labour warranty one year RTB
Part number NX.M74EK.001

Asus Zenbook UX302LA – Stylish performance for under £1,000

Asus Zenbook UX302

Our Expert Opinion There is an awful lot to like about the Asus Zenbook UX302 which makes it worth the fairly steep asking price. The most obvious of these is excellent build quality; the 13.3-inch chassis isn’t just gorgeous, it also feels like it could take a few knocks and stand several years of abuse.

It also has a great screen, the 1,920×1,080 panel is bright and vibrant and excelled in our screen benchmarking tests. On top of all of this, you get an Intel Core i7-4500U processor and 500GB of storage, too. It’s a great all-round package and it performs brilliantly in simple tasks and has some processor punch when it’s needed for challenges like photo editing and video transcoding.

Price when reviewed: £999. For the latest prices, see our full Asus Zenbook UX302 review.

Key specs
Processor 1.8GHz Intel Core i7-4500U
RAM 4GB
Dimensions(HxWxD) 17x325x226mm
Graphics Intel HD Graphics 4400
Weight 1.5kg
Screen size 13.3 in
Screen resolution 1,920×1,080
Total storage 500GB
Operating system Windows 8.1
Parts and labour warranty one year RTB
Part number UX302LA-C4008H

Scan 3XS Graphite LG156 – A great value gaming laptop

Scan 3XS Graphite LG156 3/4

Our Expert Opinion The Scan 3XS Graphite LG156 typifies gaming laptops with a boxy and fairly plain chassis. While it’s not pretty, it’s certainly not offensive and is evidence that your money has been spent mostly on its smouldering performance rather than superfluous visuals.

It has the latest Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M mobile graphics chip on board, along with a quad-core 2.5GHz Intel Core i7-4710MQ and 8GB of RAM. These are the perfect ingredients for a powerful, yet good-value gaming laptop, and it powered through our standard benchmarks with ease. We also tested it with the likes of Watch_Dogs and Titanfall and were impressed to see how far we could turn up the graphics settings. This is certainly a gaming machine you’ll be able to rely on for years to come.

Price when reviewed: £899. For the latest prices, read our full Scan 3XS Graphite LG156 review.

Key specs
Processor Quad-core 2.5GHz Intel Core i7 4710MQ
RAM 8GB
Dimensions(HxWxD) 42.7x374x250mm
Weight 2.7kg
Screen size 15.6 inches
Screen resolution 1,920×1,080
Total storage 1TB hybrid hard disk
Operating system Windows 8.1 Enterprise
Parts and labour warranty Two-years RTB
Part number 3XS Graphite LG156

Apple 13-inch Macbook Air – Apple’s super thin laptop just got even better

Macbook Air

Our Expert Opinion The Macbook Air has always been one of the slimmest and lightest laptops around, but this year’s model now has an even lower price and 18 and a half hours of battery life.

Our only real complaint is that its screen isn’t quite as good as we’d expect for a laptop in this price range, and we’re particularly disappointed with the lack of a full-HD panel. Its other specifications are great, however, and it’ll speed through any task you throw at it with relative ease, while maintaining excellent battery life that’ll see you being able to work for a whole day while unplugged.

Price when reviewed: £949. For the latest prices, read our full Apple 13-inch Macbook Air review.

Key specs
Processor 1.3GHz Intel Core i5-4250U
RAM 4GB
Dimensions(HxWxD) 17x325x227mm
Graphics Intel HD Graphics 5000
Weight 1.4kg
Screen size 13.3 in
Screen resolution 1,440×900
Total storage 500GB
Operating system OS X 10.8
Parts and labour warranty one year RTB
Part number 13-inch Macbook Air

Toshiba Chromebook CB30-102 – Bigger Chromebook, low price

Toshiba CB30-102 Chromebook

Our Expert Opinion Chrome OS will be shock to the system for anyone moving away from Windows, or OS X, but this browser-based operating system is brilliantly lightweight for those with modest laptop usage ambitions. Use Google Docs, Sheets and Slides to create and share documents, and embrace the cloud with generous free Google Drive storage. The Toshiba Chromebook CB30-102 has similar specifications to most of the other Chromebooks on the market at the moment, but it has the added advantage of being a little bigger, at 13.3 inches. The Intel Celeron processor isn’t powerful, and the 16GB hard drive is tiny, but if you are a light user, this is a great choice.

One thing to bear in mind now is that later in 2014, Chromebooks will be going on sale with more powerful Intel Core i3 processors on board, so it may pay to wait a little while to see whether these new devices pack the promised punch while maintaining an attractively low price.

Price when reviewed: £230. For the latest prices, read our full Toshiba Chromebook CB30-102 review.

Key specs
Processor 1.4GHz Intel Celeron 2955U
RAM 2GB
Dimensions(HxWxD) 328x227x20mm
Graphics Intel HD Graphics
Weight 1.5kg
Screen size 13.3 in
Screen resolution 1366×768
Total storage 16GB
Operating system Chrome OS
Parts and labour warranty one year RTB
Part number CB30-102

Best 10 DSLR Cameras 2014

Best DSLRs

Best DSLRs

Discover the best digital cameras to buy in 2014. Read our top picks from DSLR, CSC, ultra-zoom and compact cameras. Not sure which camera is right for you? We’ve got something for everyone here, from shiny, easy-to-use compacts that will slip in your pocket, up to the best budget DSLRs. Our always up-to-date list will help you make the right choice. Click through to our full reviews for sample shots and more details and the latest prices.

To make this article easier to browse, and to make it easier for you to find the camera you’re after, we’ve split it into two pages. This page has all of our top-choice DSLR and CSC cameras with interchangeable lenses. Go to page two (use the navigation at the top or the bottom of the page) and you’ll see our choices for bridge (DSLR-style controls, fixed lenses), ultra-zoom (long zooms, fixed lenses) and compact cameras.

 

DSLR AND CSC CAMERAS

If you want the ultimate image quality and flexibility then a digital SLR or Compact System Camera is for you. There’s a lot of variation within this category, from hulking semi-pro DSLRs to fairly compact budget CSCs, but all of them have interchangeable lenses so you choose the best tool for the job. Generally speaking, sensor size is far bigger than on a compact camera, with this being the best, simple indicator of image quality, although big sensors do restrict zoom multipliers. Most of these cameras have plenty of manual controls, for those who want to fine tune their exposures, though this isn’t always the case with the more budget CSC offerings.

 

SONY Alpha A6000 – The classiest CSC around

Sony Alpha A6000

Our Expert Opinion Sony’s NEX brand is no more, and with it went the much-loved NEX-6, however it’s no casuse for concern as the Sony A6000 is its direct predecessor in all but name and it lives up to the billing. This is a serious CSC, from its aluminium shell to its wide range of controls, including nice and chunky mode and command dials, so you can quickly set up camera as needed.

The sensor now has a big 24 megapixels, and is the same size as the sensors found on most comsumer DSLRs, so there’s no lack of detail. Sony’s cameras continue to impress us for their low noise, with ISO 1600 being practically noise free and even ISO 6400 being useable.

It’s fast too, bursting at up 11fps and and the phase detect autofocus system covers practically the whole frame and is blisteringly quick and accurate. There’s also been a significant improvement in video quality over previous models, with plenty of fine detail. Panasonic’s cameras are better still, but this is still amongst the best video cameras you can buy at this price.

In fact the A6000 is so good, and so reasonably priced, that it really could be the beginning of the end for consumer-grade DSLR cameras.

Price when reviewed: £650. For the latest prices, see our full Sony Alpha A6000 review

Key specs
Sensor resolution 24 megapixels
Sensor size 23.5×15.6mm (APS-C)
Focal length multiplier 1.52x
Viewfinder electronic
LCD screen 3in
Optical zoom (35mm-equivalent focal lengths) 27-82.5mm (kit lens)
35mm-equivalent aperture N/A
Lens mount E mount
Weight 460g
Size (HxWxD) 70x120x70mm

NIKON D610 – Full-frame for a lot less than you’d think

Nikon D610

Our Expert Opinion Full-frame photography took a price crash last year, with both Canon and Nikon selling such cameras for around £1,500 for the first time. We preferred the Nikon D600 over its Canon rival, but then it started to suffer problems with dirt on the sensor. Now the problem wasn’t critical but it did through a spanner in the works of a great camera.

So now we have the D610, essentially the same camera but with the problem well and truly fixed. There have been a number of other minor tweaks, notably faster continuous shooting of 6fps, up from 5.5fps, and a new quiet continuous ode at 3fps.

Most things stay the same then, but that’s not a problem. Image quality is sublime, with colours that both sizzle and subtly recreate skin tones with ease. There’s barely any noise, even at high ISO speeds. There’s all the controls you need and this should be high on your list if your serious about buying a DSLR.

Price when reviewed: £1,449. For the latest prices, see our full Nikon D610 review

Key specs
Sensor resolution 24.2 megapixels
Sensor size 36x24mm (Full Frame)
Focal length multiplier none
Viewfinder optical
LCD screen 3.2in
Optical zoom (35mm-equivalent focal lengths) N/A
35mm-equivalent aperture N/A
Lens mount F mount
Weight 850g (body only)
Size (HxWxD) 141x113x83mm

SONY Alpha A3000 – SLR quality at a breakthrough price  

Sony Alpha A3000

Our Expert Opinion The A3000 is a rather odd beast, but it’s groundbreaking in its own way. It’s by far the cheapest camera we’ve ever seen to use a large APS-C sized sensor, the same kind of sensor used in the vast majority of consumer DSLRs and thanks to that it shoots pictures that look just as good.

It may look like a DSLR but actually this is a mirrorless compact system camera (CSC), more similar to Sony’s own NEX series of cameras, see below for examples, that have confusingly now been renamed as Alpha models to fit in with Sony’s other offerings. Name aside, this camera uses the same e-mount interchangeable lenses as those cameras and has an electronic viewfinder, instead of the optical one you’d find on a ‘proper’ DSLR. Controls are fairly minimal, but there’s a mode dial for quick changes.

Image quality is stunning for the price. For little more than the cost of a decent compact camera you’re getting DSLR quality photos. It takes superb photos in low-light conditions, and automatic exposures are well-judged. There’s stunning detail and little noise, plus it’s easy to create those shallow depth of field effects that DSLR’s excel at.

It’s not a serious alternative for the optical viewfinder and manual controls of a DSLR, but then it’s not meant to be, for less than half the price of even the cheapest DSLRs, the Sony Alpha A3000 provides essentially the same image quality and is a brilliant step up from a compact camera.

Price when reviewed: £249. For the latest prices, see our full Sony Alpha A3000 review

Key specs
Sensor resolution 20.1 megapixels
Sensor size 23.5×15.6mm (APS-C)
Focal length multiplier 1.52x
Viewfinder electronic
LCD screen 3in
Optical zoom (35mm-equivalent focal lengths) 27-82.5mm (kit lens)
35mm-equivalent aperture N/A
Lens mount E mount
Weight 605g
Size (HxWxD) 91x129x134mm

Pentax K-50 – A lot more for your money

Pentax K-50

Our Expert Opinion Nikon and Canon offer some good SLRs and a huge range of lenses and accessories – both official and third-party. However, step away from them and you can get a camera packed with features for a lot less than you’d pay either of the big two.

The Pentax K-50 is that camera, and as the successor to the Pentax K-30, our favourite DSLR of 2012, it’s no one-off either. The K-50 provides a weather-sealed body and kit lens, a massive optical viewfinder and dual command dials for just £600. You’d have to pay around £1,000 for those features elsewhere.

Image quality is the equal of those cameras, colours are arguably more flattering from the Canon 700D but the many extras on the K-50 make it the better buy for photography. The only place it falls down is with limited video features and a less expansive range of available lenses. Still, for the money this is the SLR to buy for photographers.

Price when reviewed: £599. For the latest prices, see our full Pentax K-50 review

Key specs
Sensor resolution 16.1 megapixels
Sensor size 23.7×15.7mm (APS-C)
Focal length multiplier 1.54x
Viewfinder optical
LCD screen 3in
Optical zoom (35mm-equivalent focal lengths) 27-82.5mm (kit lens)
35mm-equivalent aperture N/A
Lens mount K-mount
Weight 879g
Size (HxWxD) 108x129x145mm

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 – The smallest CSC yet

 

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

Our Expert Opinion Compact system cameras (CSC), as their name suggests, are pretty compact. Panasonic’s have performed impressively in our reviews of late, see the GF6 below, but now the company has taken everything they offer and packed it into the smallest CSC yet – one that is genuinely little bigger than a compact camera yet offers SLR-like image quality and interchangeable lenses.

The GM1 is just 58mm from lens to screen and weighs just 279g. despite this it takes the same lenses as other Micro Four Thirds cameras and has the same sensor as recent Panasonic efforts. It shoots great pictures, and quickly too; there’s not a wealth of manual controls but the important ones are quick to find. It’s the camera to buy if you want something small but still capable, or you just want to show off.

Price when reviewed: £629. For the latest prices, see our full Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

Key specs
Sensor resolution 16 megapixels
Sensor size 17.3x13mm (Micro Four Thirds)
Focal length multiplier 2x
Viewfinder none
LCD screen 3in
Optical zoom (35mm-equivalent focal lengths) 24-64mm (kit lens)
35mm-equivalent aperture N/A
Lens mount Micro Four Thirds
Weight 279g
Size (HxWxD) 58x99x58mm

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6 – The best budget CSC

Panasonic GF6

Our Expert Opinion The GF-series are Panasonic’s cheapest model in its G-series CSC range. The latest example, however, doesn’t feel cut-back with a handy mode dial on top and a tilting LCD touchscreen for shooting over your head or picking a focus point at a tap. A pop-up flash is included, though there’s no accessory shoe.

It’s the fastest budget CSC we’ve seen, running at 4.2fps in continuous mode. It also scores well in video with impressive 50fps Full HD footage and plenty of manual controls for a camera of this type. The 16-megapixel stills looked good up to ISO 1600, which is respectable, but it was the reliability of its automatic setting that really impressed, coping well with high-contrast scenes, along with sharp autofocus. It’s a great all-round camera and a perfect choice if you’re looking for a first CSC.

Price when reviewed: £400. For the latest prices, see our full Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6 review

Key specs
Sensor resolution 16 megapixels
Sensor size 17.3x13mm (Micro Four Thirds)
Focal length multiplier 2x
Viewfinder none
LCD screen 3in
Optical zoom (35mm-equivalent focal lengths) 28-84mm (kit lens)
35mm-equivalent aperture N/A
Lens mount Micro Four Thirds
Weight 439g
Size (HxWxD) 65x112x97mm

Canon EOS 70D – Our new favourite enthusiasts’ SLR

Canon EOS 70D

Our Expert Opinion The Canon EOS 70D is the new top-end model in Canon’s APS-C range, so if you’re looking for a great DSLR but aren’t ready to move to professional-class full frame cameras then this is a good choice. It’s extremely consistent with features, image and video quality all impressing. It has a new sensor-based autofocus which makes it far easier to use in live view (and for video) plus an articulated screen for shooting at unusual angles.

The new sensor has 20 megapixels, automatic exposures were brilliantly judged and the details were precise. Noise levels were low up to ISO 5000 but it’s not the best performer in this area admittedly. The consistency of the images it produces is the real highlight here, plus its flexibility as both a stills and video capture device. It’s our narrow favourite though pure photographers should seriously consider the Nikon D7100 as well.

Price when reviewed: £999. For the latest prices, see our full Canon EOS 70D review

Key specs
Sensor resolution 20 megapixels
Sensor size 22.5x15mm (APS-C)
Focal length multiplier 1.62x
Viewfinder optical
LCD screen 3in
Optical zoom (35mm-equivalent focal lengths) 27-82.5mm (kit lens)
35mm-equivalent aperture N/A
Lens mount EF-mount
Weight 755g (body only)
Size (HxWxD) 104x139x79mm

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 – In a 4K league of its own

Panasonic GH4

Our Expert Opinion The GH series has long stood out among CSCs. Rather than use a mirrorless design to simply reduce the size of the device, Panasonic has concentrated on the technology’s leaning toward video capture. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 then builds upon its predecessors’ reputation for excellent video quality and features with support for 4K footage, which looks stunning.

Even if you’re not yet in a position to enjoy such video, shooting in 4K has its advantages. When you downsample 4K footage to Full HD the new camera is capable of twice the colour resolution of previous efforts. Shooting this way also lets you crop into the frame in editing without a big noticeable loss in quality. There’s loads of video quality options, mic inputs and outputs, and uncompressed video can be streamed from the HDMI port.

As a camera it’s also impressive, though you’ll find better examples at this price admittedly. Still it keeps up with most CSCs and image quality is solid and consistent rather than outstanding. For video though it has no peers given its price and portability, so if your a video enthusiast looking for a new camera, look no further.

Price when reviewed: £1,299. For the latest prices, see our full Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 review

Key specs
Sensor resolution 15.9 megapixels
Sensor size 17.3x13mm (Micro Four Thirds)
Focal length multiplier 2x
Viewfinder electronic
LCD screen 3in
Optical zoom (35mm-equivalent focal lengths) N/A
35mm-equivalent aperture N/A
Lens mount Micro Four Thirds
Weight 560g (body only)
Size (HxWxD) 95x144x84mm

Nikon D7100 – Still our favourite DSLR 

Nikon D7100

Our Expert Opinion The Nikon D7100 sits at the top of Nikon’s APS-C range of DSLRs – making it the top buy for everyone but die-hard enthusiasts and professional photographers. The resolution is up to a whoppinh 25-megapixels and Nikon has rmeoved the low-pass filter to make images even sharper. It’ll shoot at 6fps for around 18 frames before slowing, not bad considering its huge resolution. The focus system has been beefed up form its predecessor too, with more cross-type pointss for tracking the action and getting a sharp shot when dealing with fast-moving subjects. The results were impressively sharp with low noise at high ISO speeds.

The placement of the dual command dials and wide range of buttons make it easy to set up the camera as you want in a jiffy. There’s dual SD card slots, so you can shoot JPEG to one and RAW to the other for convenience, plus the whole thing is weather-sealed too. It’s a fantastic camera for the money.

Price when reviewed: £1,047. For the latest prices, see our full Nikon D7100 review

Key specs
Sensor resolution 24 megapixels
Sensor size 23.5×15.6mm (APS-C)
Focal length multiplier 1.52x
Viewfinder optical
LCD screen 3.2in
Optical zoom (35mm-equivalent focal lengths) 27-157mm
35mm-equivalent aperture N/A
Lens mount F-mount
Weight 1.2kg
Size (HxWxD) 108x137x160mm

Samsung NX300 – A luxurious, retro-chic CSC

A luxurious compact system camera with big improvements across the board

Samsung NX300

Our Expert Opinion Samsung’s NX system CSC cameras have been involved in a tough fight with rivals from Sony, Panasonic and Olyumpus. This latest model, though, is a real winner, scoring highly in every area. it’s well built for starters and the retro chic is nicely balanced with a clean modern appearance. There’s a big, artiuclated touchscreen on the back and the control system is excellent. It picks up sueful features from Samsung’s smartphone like its group portrait mode that lets you pick the best version of each face from multiple exposures.

It can shoot at up to 8.6fps, an impressive result, and videos and pictures are very sharp from the 20-megapixel sensor. Look for the version with the stabilised 18-55mm lens, rather than the cheaper 20-50mm lens kit. It’s a great camera and a worthy alternative to other systems on the market.

Price when reviewed: £600. For the latest prices, see our full Samsung NX300 review

Key specs
Sensor resolution 20 megapixels
Sensor size 23.5×15.6mm (APS-C)
Focal length multiplier 1.5x
Viewfinder none
LCD screen 3.3in
Optical zoom (35mm-equivalent focal lengths) 27-82.5mm (kit lens)
35mm-equivalent aperture N/A
Lens mount NX-mount
Weight 548g
Size (HxWxD) 67x123x115mm

Best 10 Smartphones 2014 Comparison

best smartphone

best smartphone

 

Are you shopping for a new smartphone, and wondering which ones are the best? Maybe you’ve heard the buzz about the latest Galaxy, iPhone, or Nexus, and can’t quite figure out which one is for you? Look no further. Gizmag is here to break down the features and specs of some of the best smartphones you can buy today.

There have been a few changes since we ran our last Smartphone Comparison Guide. Our new list, for early 2014, brings back a few oldies and also adds a few big newbies:

  • Samsung Galaxy S5
  • HTC One (M8)
  • Apple iPhone 5s
  • LG/Google Nexus 5
  • Motorola Moto X
  • Motorola Moto G
  • LG G2
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3
  • Nokia Lumia 1520

When you make these kinds of lists, there are lots of intangibles and subjective calls involved. But, with that said, we think this group represents the current cream of the crop. And yes, there are a few notable omissions. We could have easily included the iPhone 5c, Lumia Icon, or the LG G Pro 2. Hell, even older phones like the Galaxy S4, HTC One (M7), and Lumia 1020 are still worth a look. If you don’t find what you’re looking for here, we certainly wouldn’t blame you for checking out some of those handsets as well.

Without further ado, let’s compare nine of the top smartphones you can buy (so far) in 2014.

 

Size

Our group ranges from the relatively tiny iPhone 5s to the huge Lumia 1520

We have quite the variety here, ranging from the (relatively) tiny iPhone 5s to the enormous Lumia 1520. Generally speaking, you’ll want to look at smaller phones if you want a light and compact device that leaves a small footprint in your hand or pocket. And of course the number one reason to consider a bigger phone is because it’s also going to give you a bigger screen (more on that in a minute).

 

Weight

The iPhone 5s is the lightest in this bunch, while the Lumia 1520 is the heaviest

It shouldn’t be too big of a surprise that the smallest phone is the lightest and the biggest phone is the heaviest. But if you want the best combination of the two, then you might want to check out the Nexus 5. It gives you a big display while tipping the scale at just 130 g (4.59 oz).

 

Build

Primary external build materials for each phone

Plastic seems to be OEMs’ build material of choice these days, even in this group of (mostly) high-end handsets. The only plastic holdouts are the unibody aluminum HTC One (M8) and iPhone 5s. Another (very unique) exception would be if you ordered the wood or bamboo-backed editions of the Moto X.

Though they’re still plastic, the Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Note 3 both have soft-touch faux leather backings that are very comfortable in hand. The Lumia 1520 is made of a smooth and solid polycarbonate that has a more premium aesthetic than most plastic phones.

 

Colors

Color options for each phone

Remember a few years ago, when all smartphones were black? Well, manufacturers have livened things up a bit, with most of the phones in this group offering several different color options.

If variety of colors is your thing, then the Moto X is the undisputed champ. Order one from Motorola’s Moto Maker website, and you can customize it in one of 620 color combinations (once you take the phone’s front, back, and accent colors into account).

 

Display (size)

Display sizes (the percentages denote relative screen area, compared to the Lumia 1520)

We have quite a variety with screen size too. Those percentages you see above show how each screen’s area (a much more telling measurement than the diagonal measurements) compares to the largest in this group, the Lumia 1520.

 

Navigation buttons

Phones with physical (and/or capacitive) buttons don't waste any screen area on navigation...

When you’re comparing the display sizes above, you’ll need to take navigation keys into account. The Galaxy phones, the iPhone, and Lumia 1520 all have physical or capacitive keys living below their screens, rather than onscreen. That means they’ll always let you use 100 percent of their displays for apps and content.

The rest of the phones have virtual (on-screen) navigation keys, which means you’ll only be able to use their full screens when Android’s Immersive Mode (which temporarily fades out the navigation keys) kicks in. Right now, Immersive Mode is limited to videos, image galleries, and a few other apps, like Pocket, Instapaper, Google Play Books, and several games.

 

Display (resolution and pixel density)

Display resolutions

1080p is the resolution of the day, with only the iPhone and the two Motorola handsets going with different (lower) resolutions. All the phones here are pretty sharp, but the 1080p screens are going to look noticeably crisper.

 

Stylus

Only the Galaxy Note 3 ships with a stylus

Unless you go with the Galaxy Note, then you’d better like tapping and swiping your screen with your meat hooks. Samsung’s phablet is the only phone in this group that ships with a stylus.

You can buy third-party styluses that will work on any touch screen, by simulating the touch of a finger. If you count those, then all of these phones are technically stylus-ready. But those pens typically have fatter tips, are less accurate, and lack the stylus-based software and hover-based features of the Galaxy Note’s S Pen.

 

Tap-on display

The LG G2 and HTC One let you wake up their screens by tapping twice on them

LG has a feature called Knock-On that lets you wake up the G2 just by double-tapping its screen. HTC added a similar feature, part of its Motion Launch series of sensor-based shortcuts, in the One (M8).

 

Fingerprint sensor

The Galaxy S5 and iPhone have fingerprint sensors

Fancy having a passcode-locked phone that you can unlock with your fingerprint? Both the iPhone 5s and Galaxy S5 deliver. The iPhone’s is slightly more user-friendly, as you can register your print by just resting your finger on the home button. The GS5’s scanner requires a swipe over the home button.

The GS5’s sensor does have an extra perk that the iPhone’s can’t match. Samsung’s scanner lets you login to PayPal or even authorize PayPal transactions with your finger. If biometric sensors are the future of mobile payments, then consider this a preview.

 

Heart rate sensor

Only the GS5 has a heart rate sensor

The Galaxy S5 also has a heart rate monitor on its backside, just below the rear camera. No other phone in this bunch has one of those.

 

Water resistance

The GS5 has IP67-rated water resistance

While we’re talking about the Galaxy S5’s killer features, we can’t ignore its water resistance. Its IP67 rating means it can sit in 1 meter (3.3 ft) of water for 30 minutes and keep on ticking. You’ll just want to make sure its battery and charging covers are tightly sealed before you take it for a dip.

 

Software platform

This is a very Android-centric party

All but two of our phones run Android. Of the Android handsets, only the Nexus 5 runs 100 percent stock (“Pure Google”) Android. The two Motos run almost stock Android, with the stock UI and just a few Motorola extras thrown in. Samsung’s phones have its TouchWiz UI plastered on top, the One features HTC Sense, while the G2 sports LG’s (curiously similar to TouchWiz) LG UI.

The iPhone’s App Store and Android’s Google Play Store both have mature app libraries, with thousands upon thousands of great phone apps to keep you entertained. Windows Phone is a terrific platform, and its store is growing, but its app selection still isn’t in the same league as iOS and Android. It’s also the only one of the three major mobile platforms that doesn’t have official apps from Google.

 

Voice assistant

Voice assistants in each phone

Soon after Apple launched Siri in late 2011, voice-based virtual assistants started to pop up on all kinds of smartphones. All recent Android phones bake in the excellent, if somewhat invasive, Google Now (which adds predictive contextually-aware notices that Siri doesn’t have). The iPhone also supports Google Now, via the App Store’s Google Search app … though it isn’t quite as convenient to get there on the iPhone.

Windows Phone doesn’t yet have an equivalent voice assistant, but it will soon. When the Lumia 1520 gets updated to Windows Phone 8.1 later this year, it will get Cortana, Microsoft’s answer to Siri.

 

Battery

Battery capacities for the smartphones in our comparison

Higher battery capacities don’t always mean longer battery life, as there are about a million other factors that can come into play. We’ve run most of these phones through our standard test, where we stream video with brightness set at 75 percent, and the Galaxy S5 and HTC One (M8) lasted the longest – by a wide margin.

 

Ultra/Extreme Power Saving Mode

The Ultra or Extreme Power Saving Modes in the Galaxy S5 and HTC One can take a tiny bit o...

The Galaxy S5 and HTC One (M8) both have an awesome feature that lets you stretch just a tiny bit of battery life into hours of extra uptime. Samsung’s Ultra Power Saving Mode and HTC’s Extreme Power Saving Mode (if you’re curious, Samsung’s came first) both shift your display to black & white and severely limit background processes to keep your phone up and running. It lets you stay on the grid with only a spec of remaining battery life.

The only catch is that HTC’s version of this feature hasn’t yet rolled out to all versions of the One M8. If you want it ASAP, then you’ll want to check with your carrier to see if it’s pushed the Extreme Power Saving Mode software update. All versions of the Galaxy S5 ship with its Ultra Power Saving Mode on board.

 

Infrared (IR blaster)

Several of the phones have infrared, which lets you use your phone as a remote control

Samsung, HTC, and LG all put infrared in their phones. IR blasters let you use your phone as a remote control for your TV and cable or satellite box. It’s perfect for those times when you’re just too damn comfortable to get up and walk across the room to pick up your dedicated remote.

 

Camera megapixels (rear)

Megapixel counts for the phones' rear-facing cameras

Megapixels are an imperfect measurement of camera quality, but the Lumia 1520’s 20 MP PureView shooter still might be the best in this bunch. Just know that most of these phones have very good rear cameras on board.

The 4 MP sensor in the One M8 looks terrible on paper, but we found that its larger pixels (“UltraPixels”) made it shoot brighter and more colorful low-lit shots than most other smartphones’ cameras.

 

Camera megapixels (front)

Megapixel counts for the phones' front-facing cameras

The One M8 is the 2014 Selfie-Taking Champion. Its 5 MP front shooter makes for higher-res self-portraits (as the old folks used to call them) than most other phones.

 

Dual-LED flash

Three of our phones have dual-LED flashes

The second flash that you’ll find on the rear of the HTC One M8, iPhone 5s, and Lumia 1520 can help make your flash photography shots look more colorful and balanced, and less washed-out.

 

Depth sensor

The HTC One (M8) has a second rear camera devoted to sensing depth

Three of our phones have two flashes, but what about two rear cameras? Only the One M8 carries that honor, with its second lens devoted to sensing depth. It’s mostly a gimmicky feature, but it does open the door to blurred-background shots, that simulate a narrow depth of field from a much better camera (with varying degrees of success).

 

Slow-motion video

Several of these phones have options for recording slow-motion video

In 2013, we started to see lots of phones popping up with slow-motion video recording capabilities. All but three of these phones have the feature baked in. You can download third-party apps that will (sort of) do the trick for the Nexus 5 and LG G2 as well.

 

NFC

Most of our phones have NFC chips inside

Near-field communication hasn’t caught on the way some had expected, but it does still have a few uses – like easy pairing with accessories and tap-based settings toggles. All but two of our phones have NFC chips inside.

 

Front-facing speakers

The HTC One's front-facing speakers are the best in the business

Do smartphone speakers need to be great? Probably not. But HTC went the extra mile nonetheless, with its BoomSound speakers in the One. Not only do they face forward, but they put out the best sound I’ve heard from a smartphone. For whatever that’s worth.

 

Storage

Storage options for each handset

Internal storage options are pretty standard across the board. Four of these do, however, let you expand that with a micro SD card.

 

Processor

Processors

Just about any high-end phone you buy today is going to be as fast as you’d need it to be. All of these handsets fit that bill, with Qualcomm’s beastly Snapdragon 800/801 CPUs popping up in 2/3 of these phones.

The iPhone’s A7 system-on-a-chip has the only 64-bit processor in this bunch, though that means much more for the future of iOS (and smartphones in general) than it will for your experience right now.

 

RAM

RAM totals

These are the RAM totals for each phone, with the iPhone and Moto G standing as the only 1 GB phones in this group. The Galaxy Note 3 is one of the few ARM-based mobile devices with 3 GB of RAM.

 

Release date

Original release dates for each phone

These are the original release dates for each phone. Mobile devices typically release on annual cycles, so we should see updated versions of seven of these phones in the second half of 2014.

 

Starting price (off-contract)

Starting off-contract prices

If you’re buying your phone at full retail, then most of these are going to cost you a pretty penny. There are, however, three notable exceptions.

The Nexus 5 gives you high-end specs and the latest version of pure Android for a mere US$350. Ditto for the Moto X, though it cuts back a little on the high-end and adds some innovative sensor-based features in its place.

Pricing is the main reason we included the Moto G in this comparison. Its hardware is far from the cutting-edge, but we’ve never seen a phone at its $180 price point that’s anywhere near this good. It’s a rock-solid mid-range phone for a rock-bottom price – and one hell of an overall value.

Best 9 Tablets 2014

best tablets

best tablets

There’s now a massive choice of tablets available, all running different operating systems and available in a wide variety of sizes and prices. It’s great to have this kind of choice, but trying to work out which one is the best to buy can be a nightmare, which is why we’re here to help. In this article we’re listing all of our favourite tablets, which are still available to buy. With everything from budget 7in bargains to the latest flagship models, you’ll definitely be able to find something you want.

We’ve split this article into two parts – handheld tablets (7in to 9in) and full-size (10in) – to make it easier for you to find out what you’re after. We keep this article up-to-date with the latest bargains, so check back soon if you haven’t bought anything recently. Don’t forget to check out our iPad reviews and Android tablet reviews for all of the latest models.

 

Best tablets – 7in to 9in

These kinds of tablets are the type that are easy to use one-handed. They tend to be more comfortable to hold portrait style, like a Kindle eBook reader. This makes them great for using on public transport or other places where space is at a premium. They also tend to be a little bit cheaper than their bigger brothers. The trade off is that their screens tend to be a little harder to read, due to size, even if they have the same resolutions as their big brothers. While these tablets used to be less-powerful than the large models, that’s rarely the case any more.

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4

Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 intro

With the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4, the company has re-introduced AMOLED technology into the screen and, boy, does it make a difference. With a high 2,560×1,600 resolution, amazing colours and superb contrast, the screen here makes those on other tablets look a little weak. Even better, Samsung’s Adaptive Display uses a light sensor on the front to detect the brightness and colour of the surrounding light, adjusting the screen to keep colours pure.

Inside is an Exynos 5 SoC, which has a 1.9GHz quad core CPU, plus an additional 1.3GHz low-power quad-core CPU to save on battery when the full power isn’t required. It’s certainly fast, completing the SunSpider JavaScript benchmark in 1,014ms. It also managed 13,648 in the Ice Storm Unlimited section of the 3DMark graphics benchmark. In other words, this tablet is more than powerful enough to cope with anything you can throw at it. Fortunately, it’s also long lasting, with the battery going for 10h 55m in our video playback test. This means that this mini tablet competes well with its direct competition.

As we’d expect from a modern tablet, the Galaxy Tab S 8.4 runs Android 4.4, the current version of the mobile OS. Samsung has made a few minor tweaks to it, most notably a multi-tasking mode, which lets you run two applications side-by-side. Otherwise, anyone familiar with vanilla Android will be able to get along here. It’s good to see that the Fingerprint reader from the Samsung Galaxy S5 has made it over, making the tablet more secure, as well as being used to authenticate PayPal transactions.

With its small size, excellent screen, powerful chip and great build quality, this is the ultimate small Android tablet and one that gives the iPad Mini with Retina Display a real run for its money.

Price when reviewed: £320, for the latest prices and full information see our Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 review

Key specs
Processor Quad-core 1.9GHz Samsung Exynos 5 Octa (+quad-core 1.3GHz)
Screen size 8.4in
Screen resolution 2,560×1,600
Rear camera 8 megapixels
Storage 16GB
Wireless data N/A
Size 212.8×125.6×6.6mm
Weight 294g
Operating system Android 4.4 (KitKat)
Warranty one-year RTB
Details www.samsung.co.uk

Google Nexus 7 (2013)

Nexus 7

We’ve always been big fans of the Google Nexus range, with its excellent combination of high specs for a low price. The Nexus 7 tablet was no different, proving that budget tablets didn’t have to be rubbish. When Google refreshed the model last year, the 2013 Google Nexus 7 went up in price, but then again the quality and performance also increased, making it a cost worth bearing.

Externally, the new model is a lot more attractive than the old. It’s slimmer (just 8.7mm), lighter (now just 290g) and feels a lot tougher and smaller, thanks to its thin bezel. As the screen’s the one component that you’ll spend all of your time using and looking at, it’s good to see that Google revamped it for the 2013 model, upping the resolution to 1,920×1,200. Yes, there are small tablets with higher resolutions, but this is plenty of a 7in screen and everything looks pin-sharp. Quality is excellent, too, with the screen managing to produce 100 per cent of the sRGB colour gamut in our tests.

Performance from the 1.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro is still excellent, and the tablet completed the SunSpider JavaScript benchmark in just 1,131.7ms. That means that this tablet still competes well against its more modern competition. It’s also quick in games, managing 7,154 in the 3DMark Ice Strom Extreme test. More modern tablets are faster, but we’ve yet to see an Android game that the Nexus 7 can’t run. Battery life of just over eight ours isn’t terrible, but we would have liked to have seen more than 10 hours.

Of course, the Nexus 7 runs an untouched version of Android 4.4. We love the pure Android experience and it also means that this model will be easier to upgrade when newer versions of Android come out, so you shouldn’t have to wait long for an upgrade.

Of course, it’s the price that really makes this tablet. Yes, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 is probably the better small tablet, but it’s a lot more expensive. If you’re on a tighter budget, but want a tablet that’s quick, reliable and has a great screen, look no further.

Price when reviewed: £199, For the latest prices and full information see our Google Nexus 7 (2013) review

Key specs
Processor Quad-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro
Screen size 7in
Screen resolution 1,920×1,200
Rear camera 5 megapixels
Storage 16GB
Wireless data 4G (optional)
Size 114x200x8.7mm
Weight 290g
Operating system Android 4.4
Warranty one-year RTB
Details www.google.co.uk/nexus/7
Part code nexus_7_16gb_2013

Apple iPad Mini with Retina Display

iPad Mini

With the original iPad Mini it was a case of compromises: if you wanted a small-screen iPad, then you had to sacrifice power and screen resolution. With the iPad Mini with Retina Display, things are different and now the small tablet has all the features of the larger iPad Air.

For starters, the screen has been upgraded. While the old iPad Mini’s display had a rather low-resolution 1,024×768 display, this time around the new model has a resolution of 2,048×1,536. That makes a massive difference, as everything on-screen now looks exceptionally sharp and detailed. Quality is still very good, with vibrant colours and bright display, although colour accuracy is slightly behind that of the iPad Air or the Samsung Galaxy Tab S range.

Performance is excellent thanks to the dual-core 1.3GHz Apple A7 SoC, a 64-bit mobile chip. In the SunSpider JavaScript benchmark, the tablet completed the test in just 408ms, which is just incredible. Graphics performance is equally as good, with the iPad Mini scoring an impressive 14,413 in the 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited test. In short, there’s nothing that this tablet can’t cope with.

Everything is incredibly smooth and slick to use thanks to the iOS 7.1 operating system. While Android has been making up ground, Apple still has the edge in terms of performance and you never see the tablet slow down or struggle.

Despite its size, it’s quite pricey: prices start from £319 for the basic 16GB Wi-Fi model and climb all the way up to £659 for the 128GB 4G version, but you get everything you’ll find in the iPad Air in an even more compact chassis. The 7.9in display is almost unbeatable for reading and web browsing, and iOS has the largest app library for any mobile device, so there’s a huge selection to choose from.

Price when reviewed: £319, for the latest prices and full information see our Apple iPad Mini with Retina Display review

Key specs
Processor Dual-core 1.3GHz Apple A7
Screen size 7.9in
Screen resolution 2,048×1,536
Rear camera 5 megapixels
Storage 16/32/64/128GB
Wireless data 4G (optional)
Size 200x135x7.5mm
Weight 331g
Operating system iOS 7.1
Warranty One-year RTB
Details www.apple.com
Part code Apple iPad Air

LG G Pad 8.3

LG G Pad 8.3

Something of a surprise hit with us when it came out, the LG G Pad 8.3 remains one of our favourite budget Android tablets, managing to undercut even the excellent Google Nexus 7 (2013). LG certainly hasn’t kept the price down by cutting corners.

The 8.3in screen has a high resolution of 1,920×1,200. While some smaller tablets are offering more resolution in a screen this size, here it’s still incredibly sharp and detailed. Fantastic viewing angles and vivid, yet accurate, colours all make using the G Pad an enjoyable experience.

At this price you can’t expect the latest and best processors, but the 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 CPU is still very good and more than capable of running Android smoothly. It completed the SunSpider JavaScript benchmark in 1,153ms, which is pretty good and similar to the score achieved by the Nexus 7. Graphics performance is also similar, with a score of 9,459 in the 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited test. We’ve not seen a game yet that causes the G Pad 8.3 to stutter.

We measured battery life at 8h 26m. This is more than acceptable, although the best tablets now last over 10 hours. Still, this kind of battery life is at least a long-haul flight or most of a working day.

This tablet now runs Android 4.4, although LG has tweaked the OS. Some of the tweaks, such as waking and locking the tablet with a double-tap are great; others, such as the crude multi-tasking aren’t so good. Overall, LG hasn’t ruined the Android experience and once you get used to its quirks, it’s a pleasure to use. Against, the Nexus 7 it’s a tough decision, as Google’s tablet has a better and cleaner version of Android; however, the LG G Pad 8.3 has the benefit of microSD expansion, one-upping the Nexus 7’s fixed storage capacity, plus it costs slightly less too. If you want the biggest screen but don’t want to make the jump to a 10in tablet, this is a great choice.

Price when reviewed: £193. For the latest prices, see our full LG G Pad 8.3 review

Key specs
Processor Quad-core 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600
Screen size 8.3in
Screen resolution 1,920×1,200
Rear camera 5 megapixels
Storage 16GB
Wireless data N/A
Size 217x127x8.3mm
Weight 338g
Operating system Android 4.4
Warranty One-year RTB
Details www.lg.co.uk
Part code LGV500.AGBRBK

Asus MemoPad 7

Asus MemoPad HD 7 intro shot

Asus has a lot of experience making low-cost, high-performance tablets thanks to its work on the Nexus 7. This time around, it’s perfecting the 7in tablet for itself. An update to the excellent MeMO Pad HD 7, this MeMO Pad 7 ditches the ARM processor of old for a quad-core 1.33GHz Intel Atom Z3745. It turns that this was a smart move, as this is one of the fastest mobile processors that we’ve ever seen.

In the SunSpider JavaScript benchmark, the MeMO Pad 7 managed to complete the test in just 598.3ms. That’s incredibly fast. Graphics performance was also very fast, with the score of 13,521 in the 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited test. This tablet is a long way ahead of its budget rivals. Fortunately, it’s not just in benchmarks, but in every-day use for Android and web browsing that this tablet feels fast and snappy.

Fortunately, excellent performance doesn’t come at the cost of battery life and the tablet lasted just over 10 hours in our video playback test. This is exactly the kind of longevity we hope to see in a modern tablet.

Getting the cost down has meant a slight compromise on the screen, with a resolution of 1,280×800. It’s not terrible and on a 7in screen, text and images still look relatively sharp, but everything looks better on a 1,920×1,200 or higher screen. Still, the screen is high quality, with excellent viewing angles and great colour reproduction.

The tablet ships with Android 4.4, the latest current version. Asus has slightly tweaked it, adding weather to the lockscreen, for example, but otherwise it’s left largely alone. This makes it easy to use, particularly for anyone used to stock Android.

Excellent performance, great build quality and long battery life are great to see in a tablet at this price. If you can stretch a bit further, the higher resolution screen of the Nexus 7 (2013) is well worth an extra £50; if you can go even further, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.4 is even better. However, for anyone on a tight budget, this is an amazing Android tablet.

Price when reviewed: £120, for the latest prices and full information see our Asus MemoPad 7 review

Key Specs
Processor Quad-core 1.33GHz Intel Atom Z3745
Screen size 7in
Screen resolution 1,280×800
Rear camera 2 megapixels
Storage 16GB
Wireless data No
Size 113.7×189.3×9.6 mm
Weight 295g
Operating system Android 4.4
Warranty one-year RTB
Details www.asus.co.uk
Part code ME176CX

Best tablets – 10in

The 10in tablet category is for the original ‘full-sized’ tablets, such as the iPad. Screen sizes can be slightly bigger or slightly smaller than the category name, but these are all devices with comparatively large displays. These are great for watching films and viewing photos, while many people find browsing the web on the more comfortable than with one of the handheld tablets. The downside with these models is that they’re larger and more cumbersome to transport (although still lighter than any laptop) and they tend to be more expensive than their smaller cousins.

Microsoft Surface Pro 3

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 with Type Cover

With the Surface Pro 3, Microsoft finally hit on the winning formula to make a tablet that can replace your laptop.

For a tablet, the Surface Pro 3’s screen is huge, at 12in. It also has a massive 2,160×1,440 resolution, which gives you plenty of room to work on documents side by side. The highly accurate and responsive touchscreen means you’ll have no problem navigating the Windows Desktop with your finger, and Windows’ improved scaling means you won’t be struggling with tiny icons even with this many pixels crammed in to the display.

The screen has excellent image quality, displaying 93.7 per cent of the sRGB colour gamut in our tests. It’s also one of the brightest displays we’ve seen, with a measured figure of 333.1cd/m2.

We’re fans of the Surface Pro 3’s Surface Pen, too, which lets you scribble notes quickly even when the tablet is in sleep mode, and the pressure-sensitive stylus lets you create some impressive onscreen sketches. We also like the Type Cover keyboard which, while expensive at £110, makes typing almost as simple as on a normal laptop.

Price when reviewed: £849. For the latest prices and full information see our Microsoft Surface Pro 3 review.

Key Specs
Processor Dual-core 1.9GHz Intel Core i5-4300U
Screen size 12in
Screen resolution 2,160×1,440
Rear camera 5 megapixel
Storage 128GB
Wireless data None
Size 292x201x9mm
Weight 800g
Operating system Windows 8.1 Pro
Warranty One-year RTB
Details www.microsoft.com
Part code Surface Pro 3

Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5

Galaxy Tab S 10.5 front

Samsung is on a mission to shake up the Android tablet world, with its high-quality models. We were blown away by the screen on the Galaxy Tab S 8.4, but if anything the AMOLED screen on the Galaxy Tab S 10.5 is even better. Blacks are inky and dark, whites bright and pure, and our colour calibrator measured the screen as producing 99.7 per cent of the sRGB colour gamut. In other words, colours look amazing, so it’s the perfect tablet for showing off photos.

Build quality is excellent, too. Although the tablet’s made of plastic, Samsung has done a great job making sure that it feels premium and tough. It looks great, too, particularly in the titanium bronze colour scheme.

Inside, Samsung hasn’t cut any corners, either. There’s a Exynos 5 Octa chip inside, which has a quad-core 1.9GHz CPU for high-power tasks, and a low-power 1.3GHz quad-core CPU for saving battery when the full power’s not required. It’s a quick CPU, too, completing the SunSpider JavaScript benchmark in 576.7ms. The score of 13,191 in the 3DMark Ice Storm Extreme test was also impressive, although a little behind the scores of the iPad Air the Z2 Tablet.

Fortunately, the high quality screen and fast processor don’t affect battery life, and the Tab S 10.5 lasted 12h 42m in our video playback test. That’s impressive, and only a little way behind the excellent Sony Z2 Tablet.

Samsung has installed a slightly tweaked version of Android 4.4 on the tablet. It’s mostly the same as stock Android, but adds a couple of neat features, such as a proper side-by-side multi-tasking mode.

Overall, the combination of a fast processor, the best screen we’ve seen on a tablet, long battery life and excellent build quality, mean that this is our favourite 10in Android tablet. It also gives the iPad Air a good run for its money.

Key Specs
Processor Samsung Exynos 5 Octa
Screen size 10.5in
Screen resolution 2,560×1,080
Rear camera 8 megapixel
Storage 16GB
Wireless data 4G +£120
Size 247×6.6x177mm
Weight 465g
Operating system Android 4.4.2
Warranty One year RTB
Details www.samsung.com/uk
Part code SM-T800
Apple iPad Air

With the iPad Air, Apple took everything that everyone loved about the original 9.7in iPad and made it smaller. In fact, it’s quite incredible just how small it managed to make it: 183g lighter, 10 per cent narrower and 16 per cent thinner than the iPad 4. That means that this larger-screen tablet is comfortable to hold one-handed and gives the smaller 7in and 8in tablets a run for their money. Of course, the tablet’s made from aluminium making it look gorgeous, as well as making it feel tough.

At the heart of the tablet is a gorgeous 9.7in screen, with a high resolution of 2,048×1,536. It looks amazing, is very bright and produces vibrant and rich colours. Only Samsung goes one step further with its gorgeous AMOLED screen on the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5.

Apple has used the same 64-bit A7 SoC in the iPad Air, as it uses in the iPad Mini with Retina Display and iPhone 5S. This dual-core model (clocked to 1.4GHz here) is extremely fast. It managed to complete the SunSpider JavaScript test in just 402ms. It also managed to run the 3D Mark Ice Storm Extreme graphics benchmark, getting a score of 14,281. This makes the iPad Air one of the fastest tablets available.

Impressively, despite the smaller physical size, the iPad Air still lasts as long as the iPad 4 on battery: just over 12 hours. That’s quite incredible from a tablet and means that you can happily use it all day without worrying about it running out of charge.

The iPad Air runs iOS 7.1, the current version of Apple’s mobile OS. It’s slick, quick and easy to use. It’s by far the smoothest operating system out there, with the added benefit of having more tablet-specific apps available for it than Android.

Storage capacities range from 16GB to a whopping 128GB, so if you need the space you won’t have to worry about running out of room, and you have the choice of Wi-Fi and 4G mobile broadband models too. Apple’s App store undeniably has the biggest selection too, so you shouldn’t run out of things to do with your new tablet.

Price when reviewed: £199, for the latest prices and full information see our full iPad Air review

Key specs
Processor Dual-core 1.4GHz Apple A7
Screen size 9.7in
Screen resolution 2,048×1,536
Rear camera 5 megapixels
Storage 16/32/64/128GB
Wireless data 4G (optional)
Size 240×169.5×7.5mm
Weight 469g
Operating system iOS 7.1
Warranty One-year RTB
Details www.apple.com
Part code Apple iPad Air

Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet

Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet

With the Z2 Tablet, Sony has taken everything that was great about the Tablet Z and made it even better. It’s actually both thinner and lighter than the iPad Air, despite having a slightly larger 10.1in screen. That weight difference is noticeable the second that you pick up the tablet, with it feeling comfortable in the hand. Even though it’s light, the tablet still feels incredibly well made and tough.

Inside is a powerful 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 SoC. This managed to power the tablet through the SunSpider JavaScript test in 1,034ms, which is quick for an Android tablet. Gaming performance is similarly as good. We ran the 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited test and got a score of 18,833, which is the highest score that we’ve seen from a tablet. There’s no doubt that the Z2 Tablet will cope with any game for a long time to come.

Even with all of that power, the battery life was incredible, lasting for 15 hours in our video playback test. That’s quite an extraordinary feat, and the best battery life that we’ve ever seen in a tablet.

Even the display is rather amazing. Sony has stuck with a 1,920×1,200 display, rather than upgrading to a 2,560×1,200 model, but everything still looks nice and sharp. More importantly, the quality is immense. We measured the screen as being able to produce 98.9 per cent of the sRGB colour gamut, which meant that colours looked rich and accurate, making this tablet perfect for showing off photos.

Sony uses a slightly-tweaked version of Android 4.4. The tweaks generally make the OS look a bit more classy and are generally quite subtle. It’s a good compromise and means that Android looks nicer, but the tablet is easy to use if you’re used to a stock version of Android. The Z2 Tablet is the fastest Android tablet we’ve seen with a great screen, making it a great buy for anyone that wants a 10in Android slate.

Price when reviewed: £399, for the latest prices and full informaation see our Sony Xperia Z2 tablet review

Key specs
Processor Quad-core 2.3GHz Qualcomm MSM8974AB
Screen size 10.1in
Screen resolution 1,920×1,200
Rear camera 5 megapixels
Storage 16GB/32GB
Wireless data 4G (optional)
Size 266x172x6.4mm
Weight 439g
Operating system Android 4.4.2
Warranty one-year RTB
Details www.sony.co.uk
Part code SGP521GB

Best Game Consoles 2014

best game consoles

best game consoles

 

A Console is basically a box type computing device which is mainly Designed for Gaming or Gamers like me.Many people like me try to find some relaxation from the daily Routine business life.Mainly,teenagers have moved to Gaming to relax themselves.This is because gaming can easily change your state of mind and will help you relax easily.Also,there are people who play games quite often.There are friends for me who play games for 12 hours continuously.

When gaming is considered,the gaming consoles are very much recommended that Computers.This is because computers are specially not designed for gaming and Computer cannot run all games without Lag.Where as,since these Gaming consoles are just designed for gaming,they can run eanc and every game with Max out settings.So here,i will show you the list of best gaming consoles.Have a look at them now.

 

Sony PlayStation 4

Sony PlayStation 4 or PS4 is the latest gaming console released by Sony.It is the next successive console for Play station 3 which is released on 15 November 2013.It’s now a big competition for the Nintendo’s Wii U and Microsoft XBOX One,the 8th Generation Gaming consoles..There are nearly 9 Million (Consoles) sales estimate on July 2,2014.This value goes on changing as thousands of people buy it daily.

It has a 256 MB RAM with 8 GB unified internal Memory.You can insert Memory cards and CD’s of games to run them.It’s shape is almost similar to PS3 while it’s features are entirely Different.It runs on a Octa-Core AMD processor which enables you to play latest games like Watch dogs,GTA 5,Battle Field 3 etc.This PlayStation 4 is probably the best gaming console at present.It is available in Amazon for a price of $400.

Xbox One

Microsoft XBOX one

Microsoft’s latest release in Gaming Consoles.XBOX one is the successor of XBOX 360 and is the third console released from the series of XBOX consoles.It gives huge competition for 8th Generation Gaming consoles like PlayStation 4 and Wii U as it is a 8th Generation Gaming Console.This is one of the Best gaming console released by Microsoft.It is released world-wide on 22 November 2013 to give competition for PlayStation 4.But,PlayStation 4 stands first with 9 Million sales while XBOX one has nearly 5 Million sales.

It has fantastic reviews from the game critics.Many of them also called this as the BEST GAMING CONSOLE.The main attraction of this is it’s Joypad.It’s Joypad is the best controller now in the market.It runs on a custom XBOX operating system with a 1.75 Ghz Octa-core AMD processor.

Nintendo Wii U Console - 32GB Black Deluxe Set

Nintendo Wii U

Nintendo Wii U is the 8th generation Gaming console released by Nintendo to compete with th PlayStation 4 and XBOX one.Nintendo is the japan’s biggest Gaming console company which released this Wii U as the successor or Wii. It is released on November 30,2012.It runs on a special operating system designed for Wii U.It runs on a Tri-core 125 Ghz processor.It has 6.7 Million world wide sales and is the second best selling Gaming console of 2014.

It’s a portable console which entertains you while travelling and also even in home.You can also connect this to a television for a better Gaming Interface.It is available in Amazon for $340 and has a 4 star rating from Amazon customers and is one of the best gaming console

 PlayStation Vita - Wifi

PlayStation Vita

It is another 8th generation Portable gaming console released by Sony.It is the successor of PSP(Play Station Portable) which was released in 2004.There was a big gap in the release of PSP and PSV as the Sony concentrated more on the Television consoles.Meanwhile,they have released PlayStation 2,PlayStation 3 which are the best gaming consoles now.This PlayStation VIita is Released on February 22,2012 worldwide.While,playstation portable was a biggest success for Sony with nearly 80 Million sales,this PlayStation Vita has only 4 Million sales upto now.

Comparatively,this is the best portable gaming console at present as there are no famous competitors for this.But still,as gamers have turned more towards the television consoles,the craze for these portable consoles has decreased simultaneously.It runs on a Quad Core 2 GHZ processor and can play all the latest games like GTA 5,Battlefield 4 etc.

Best Desktop PCs 2014

desktop computers

desktop computers

 

Discover what PCs to buy in 2014 and read our in-depth PC reviews, as rated by our team of expert reviewers. Not sure if a computer is right for you? We’ve got something for everyone here, from compact computers you can hide behind your monitor or television, to the overclocked gaming PCs and space-saving all-in-one PCs from all the major brands.

You don’t even have to spend a lot of money on a PC to get decent performance with plenty of budget options available as well. A lot of the systems we review come with or without a monitor so you can always use your old one, so now is a great time to pick up a new PC. Our always up-to-date list can help you make your choice. Click through to our full reviews for all the information you’ll need.

 

Scan 3XS Z97 Performance GTX

The Z97 Performance GTX’s high-end Core i5 processor and great gaming performance make it a Best Buy-winning PC

Scan 3XS Z97 Performance GTX front angle

Our Expert Opinion The Scan 3XS Z97 Performance GTX strikes a good balance between scintillating application performance and gaming punch thanks to its combination of Intel’s Core i5-4690K ‘Devil’s Canyon’ CPU and Nvidia GeForce GTX 770 graphics card. The system is also incredibly well assembled and includes a dedicated sound card to boot. There’s also decent scope for upgrades and the system is equipped with 8GB of fast memory. This all makes the 3XS Z97 Performance GTX a great mid-range gaming PC and excellent value.

Price when reviewed: £1,200. Read our full Scan 3XS Z97 Performance GTX review for details.

Key specs
Processor Quad-core 4.7GHz Intel Core i5-4690K
RAM 8.00GB
Front USB ports 4
Rear USB ports 6
Total storage 256GB SSD, 2TB Hard disk
Display N/A
Operating system Windows 8.1
Warranty Three-year (one-year onsite + two-year RTB)
Details http://3xs.scan.co.uk/
Part Code 3XS Z97 Performance GTX

Chillblast Fusion Slipstream

New hardware and outstanding performance make this a great gaming PC

Chillblast Fusion Slipstream

Our Expert Opinion The mid-range gaming PC market is hotly contested so you need to be extra special to get noticed. The Chillblast Fusion Slipstream includes a lot of the latest generation hardware to make it stand out from the crowd. It has an overclocked Core i5-4670K running at 4.2GHz so has plenty of power and a GeForce GTX 760 graphics card means it’s got decent gaming capabilities as well. You get good upgrade potential thanks to its quality motherboard that has lots of free SATA ports and memory slots available. The system is also reasonably priced but offers fantastic performance in both desktop applications as well as 3D games, so it’s an all-round great-value system.

Price when reviewed: £699. Read our full Chillblast Fusion Slipstream review for details.

Key specs
Processor 4.2GHz Intel Core i5-4670K
RAM 8.00GB
Front USB ports 2
Rear USB ports 6
Total storage 120GB SSD + 1TB hard disk
Display N/A
Operating system Windows 8.1
Warranty five-year (two-year collect and return and parts, plus three-year labour only RTB)
Details www.chillblast.com
Part Code Fusion Slipstream

Palicomp AMD Kaveri Evolution

This excellent AMD Kaveri PC performs brilliantly in games and applications, and comes with a great 24in monitor

Palicomp AMD Kaveri Evolution

Our Expert Opinion It’s always a joy to see manufacturers push the boundaries of what you can expect in a budget PC and this is what Palicomp have achieved with the AMD Kaveri Evolution. We’ve been massively impressed by the capabilities of the AMD’s Kaveri processors, and this budget PC shows them off to great effect. It has a powerful processor that’s been capably overclocked and offers reasonable upgrade potential. You also get a big, good-quality 24in monitor that lets you enjoy movies and games comfortably. It also uses a 1TB SSHD that uses 8GB of NAND cache to help Windows feel responsive and bootup and shutdown super swiftly. This system offers a wonderful combination of application and gaming performance that makes it a good all-round home PC. This is quite simply one of the best PCs you can get for £500.

Price when reviewed: £500. Read our full Palicomp AMD Kaveri Evolution review for details.

Key specs
Processor 4GHz AMD A10-7700K
RAM 8.00GB
Front USB ports 3
Rear USB ports 4
Total storage 1TB SSHD
Display 24in widescreen LCD
Operating system Windows 8.1
Warranty three-year RTB
Details www.palicomp.co.uk
Part Code KAV1

 

Scan 3XS Z87 Vengeance SLI

Very expensive but immensely powerful and really beautifully built – you’d be mad not to covet this PC

Scan 3XS Z87 Vengeance SLI

Our Expert Opinion The Scan 3XS Z87 Vengeance SLI is very expensive but it’s also extremely well built and incredibly capable. If you’re looking for a gaming PC as your main source of entertainment and you have the money to spend, you won’t go far wrong. It wipes the floor with most graphically challenging games and will keep you at the cutting edge for years to come thanks to its immense specifications. Featuring liquid cooling, dual graphics cards and a powerful CPU, this PC has some serious power. It even made handling Crysis 3 at high resolutions look like child’s play. The system also comes with some great Corsair peripherals including a mechanical keyboard and laser mouse which were a joy to use.

Price when reviewed: £2,699. Read our full Scan 3XS Z87 Vengeance SLI review for details.

Key specs
Processor 4.6GHz Intel Core i7-4770K
RAM 8.00GB
Front USB ports 4
Rear USB ports 6
Total storage 256GB SSD + 2GB hard disk
Display 27in widescreen LCD
Operating system Windows 8.1
Warranty three-year RTB (one-year onsite)
Details www.scan.co.uk
Part Code Scan 3XS Z87 Vengeance SLI

Palicomp Intel Haswell i5 Commander

A powerful graphics card makes this one of the best value gaming systems around

Palicomp Intel Haswell i5 Commander

Our Expert Opinion Palicomp has assembled a great selection of components, and we particularly like the AMD Radeon R9 270X graphics card. It’s ideal if you want to buy something that can play the latest games at the highest, or very nearly the highest, quality without spending a lot of money. You also get a 60GB SSD as well as a 1TB hard disk for storage, and the SSD in particular made Windows 8 feel super responsive although its actual storage capacity is low. The Palicomp Intel Haswell i5 Commander is a great combination of both value and performance.

Price when reviewed: £650. Read our full Palicomp Intel Haswell i5 Commander review for details.

Key specs
Processor 4GHz Intel Core i5-4670K
RAM 8.00GB
Front USB ports 3
Rear USB ports 6
Total storage 60GB SSD + 1TB hard disk
Display N/A
Operating system Windows 8.1
Warranty three-year RTB
Details www.palicomp.co.uk
Part Code HAS6

Scan 3XS NUC N16

With its powerful hardware and large hard disk, this is a great-value mini PC that gets everything right

Scan 3XS NUC N16

Our Expert Opinion The Scan 3XS NUC is based on one of Intel’s NUC Kits and they’ve adapted it into a well-designed PC. It is incredibly quick for its size, squeezing a large amount of storage space into its tiny chassis. Small enough to place out of the way or mount behind your monitor. The only thing it lacks is more connectivity which can be excused considering it comes in such a tiny package. It strikes a perfect balance between price, performance and features, making it an excellent Best Buy.

Price when reviewed: £650. Read our full Scan 3XS NUC N16 review for details.

Key specs
Processor 1.3GHz Intel Core i5-4250U
RAM 8.00GB
Front USB ports 2
Rear USB ports 2
Total storage 1TB hard disk
Display N/A
Operating system Windows 8.1
Warranty three-year RTB (one-year onsite)
Details www.3xs.scan.co.uk
Part Code 3XS NUC N16

Apple 27-inch iMac

The latest version of this 27in all-in-one is powerful, stylish and stands up well to its upstart rivals

Apple 27-inch iMac

Our Expert Opinion You know what to expect from an Apple iMac: a powerful all-in-one computer with a fantastic display and looks to shame a supermodel, but a slightly wince-inducing price. This late 2013 version of the 27in iMac is all of those things. It’s also very powerful and capable of playing 3D games at its native 2,560×1440 resolution. The display itself is also phenomenal and especially useful if you need a lot of room to work with. It also has fantastic colour accuracy and contrast. If you can afford the iMac, it’s impossible not to fall for.

Price when reviewed: £1,909. Read our full Apple 27-inch iMac review for details.

Key specs
Processor 3.4GHz Intel Core i5-4670K
RAM 8.00GB
Front USB ports 0
Rear USB ports 4
Total storage 128GB SSD + 1TB hard disk
Display 27in widescreen LCD
Operating system MacOS X 10.9
Warranty one-year RTB
Details www.apple.com
Part Code Z0PG2B/A

Yoyotech Warbird RS1

A powerful graphics card and processor make this powerhouse PC ideal for gamers

Yoyotech Warbird RS1

Our Expert Opinion With a 3GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 780, powerful Core i5 processor, and 1TB hybrid hard disk, this is a gaming system with plenty of power. It breezed through our benchmarks and played Crysis 3 smoothly at Very High quality. It’s surprisingly compact for a well-specified gaming PC that remained quiet even when under heavy load. The inclusion of a 1TB SSHD hybrid drive keeps everything running smoothly while leaving you space for your games and media. The Warbird RS1 is a solid gaming PC for the money.

Price when reviewed: £1000. Read our full Yoyotech Warbird RS1 review for details.

Key specs
Processor 4.2GHz Intel Core i5-4670K
RAM 8.00GB
Front USB ports 2
Rear USB ports 6
Total storage 1TB SSHD
Display N/A
Operating system Windows 8.1
Warranty three-year RTB (one-year parts, three-year labour)
Details www.yoyotech.co.uk
Part Code Warbird RS1

Braebo Selene

This highly capable gaming PC could do with an SSD but has everything else you’ll need

Braebo Selene

Our Expert Opinion The Braebo Selene is a well-equipped PC with a good graphics card and Haswell Core i5 processor that make it ideal for gaming. Although it has a hybrid HDD rather than an SSD, it comes with plenty of RAM and its performance speaks for itself. It uses an eye-catching Cooler Master case which you’ll either love or hate. The real star of the show is the AMD Radeon HD 7870 graphics card that performed impressively.

Price when reviewed: £799. Read our full Braebo Selene review for details.

Key specs
Processor 4.2GHz Intel Core i5-4670K
RAM 16.00GB
Front USB ports 2
Rear USB ports 6
Total storage 1TB hard disk
Display N/A
Operating system Windows 8.1
Warranty three-year RTB
Details www.braebo.com
Part Code Selene

 

Scan 3XS Mirage AIO245

This all-in-one PC isn’t the most attractive, but it’s well specified and reasonably priced

Scan 3XS Mirage AIO245

Our Expert Opinion The Scan 3XS Mirage AIO245 isn’t the best looking all-in-one PC you’ll ever see but his powerful all-in-one PC’s Core i5 processor and dedicated GPU make it a phenomenal all-rounder, capable of playing the latest games at very high graphical quality. Meanwhile, the 23.6in touchscreen display is one of the best we’ve seen that takes advantage of Windows 8 and made navigating the operating system a real pleasure. There’s also plenty of USB3 ports and a built-in 802.11n dual-band wireless adaptor that make this a great all-in-one option.

Price when reviewed: £1,149. Read our full Scan 3XS Mirage AIO245 review for details.

Key specs
Processor 2.9GHz Intel Core i5-3470S
RAM 8.00GB
Front USB ports 0
Rear USB ports 6
Total storage 2TB hard disk
Display 23.6in widescreen LCD touchscreen
Operating system Windows 8.1
Warranty two-year collect and return
Details www.scan.co.uk
Part Code 3XS Mirage AIO245