There's clearly some work to be done when it comes to app support, particularly with iPhone and iPad apps. But the average consumer who buys a MacBook Pro and goes home to set it up will very likely never realise that Apple has completely transitioned away from Intel to Apple Silicon, and that's the right way to go about this. Apple nailed it with the first M1 Macs.
The new M1-based MacBook Air really throws down the gauntlet for rival ultraportable laptops. It might seem expensive for an entry-level offering, but the performance of the M1 chip gives the late 2020 MacBook Air a new lease of life. It sets a new standard for ultraportables.
The 8th generation iPad provides a big performance improvement over its predecessor. It's also affordable enough for home users yet powerful enough for business users, and with strong battery life to back it up, the 8th generation iPad represents excellent value for money.
It was hard to come up with a con for this iPhone, but it is still rather expensive at $879 for the 128GB model. However, it excels in just about every area and while the Pixel phones still set the bar for still photos, the iPhone 12 does very well and also excels at video.
If you despise large phones and look forward to the day the trend of larger displays vanishes, then the iPhone 12 Mini is for you. We enjoyed the pocketable size of the Mini. But we're also dreaming of the day Apple makes a small iPhone with a three-camera array and Lidar sensor.
Apple's M1 chip once again proves its worth, helping to deliver a combination of performance and price that makes the late-2020 Mac Mini excellent value for office use, or for working from home.
This is a compact and solidly built laptop. It's expensive, though, especially considering there's no 4K display option. Still, battery life is very good, the speakers are excellent and the 5G option will appeal to mobile professionals who are prepared to lug the weight around.
In use, the Core i7 processor handled multiple open browser windows and applications with ease, while the battery, which HP says lasts for up to 12 hours, easily kept us going for a full day's work. Despite these plus points, the HP Pro c640 Chromebook feels over-priced, and the screen is particularly disappointing.
This is a well-built 14-inch business laptop with a good selection of ports and connectors, LTE mobile broadband and great battery life. However, the FHD screen on the entry-level £1,074 (inc. VAT) model reviewed here lacks brightness, and sound quality could be better.
Between removing some features and using less expensive components, like the processor, to get to the $699 price point, on paper Pixel 5 should be a phone of trade-offs and exceptions. However, after almost a full 30 days of using it, we found it exceptional.
The LG Wing is an interesting device, but we're not sure it offers enough to justify the $1,000 price. This is less than other devices with two displays integrated into one phone, but the LG Velvet or LG V60 are much better for getting work done and are priced hundreds less too.
There's a lot to like about this phone: it's more usable than its larger Xperia 1 II stablemate, while sharing some, though not all, of its high-end features. The 120Hz screen refresh rate makes for smooth transitions, and the OLED screen itself is a pleasure to view.
If we take the four-figure price and the lack of Google's apps and services out of the equation, Huawei has come up with a stunning flagship phone in the Mate 40 Pro. But, of course, we can't ignore the high price and absence of Google, and that makes it very difficult to recommend.
The RealMe 7 Pro has a lot going for it where it matters. An AMOLED screen, good battery life with fast charging and strong performance are all plus points in a sub-£300 phone. Add in a robust, understated industrial design, and this is definitely a budget phone to consider -- unless you need 5G.
It's not cheap, but this small, ergonomic wireless mouse packs in plenty of useful functionality. If you see your mouse as a real productivity enhancer, this mouse and its associated (free) Options software is definitely worth a look.
At $180, it's tough to beat these two watches from Amazfit. There is a ton of health-tracking packed into each one with GPS, music, phone calls, and more. They are well made watches and for the casual athlete, and person looking for an affordable smartwatch, they are worth consideration.
$349.99 is a bit high when there are no third-party apps, you cannot receive or initiate phone calls from the watch, and wireless payment systems are not supported. If you are looking for a traditional watch design that has GPS, long battery life, and enhanced health tracking features, then you may want to consider the Zepp Z smartwatch.
These are great wireless earbuds. Battery life is good and charging reasonably fast, sound quality is great, and it's easy to personalise the controls. However, they're not perfect: we'd particularly appreciate the ability to use either bud independently rather than just the right-hand one.
The earbuds are a bit expensive at $229.99, but in reality, this is less than the Apple AirPods Pro ($249) and Bose QuietComfort earbuds ($279.95). Jabra offers a premium call quality and smartphone software experience, so the price may be justified for your use case.