Archive for Ian Morris

  • Windows 8.1 preview: Installed, explored and tested

    Windows 8.1 preview: Installed, explored and tested

    By 29 June 2013

    We were pretty harsh about Windows 8 until we reviewed it. The problem for us, was that the user interface was just too much of a departure. Reviews are different from opinion though, and using the OS on a desktop computer made us realise that, as an...

  • A week in reviews: June 24 - June 29

    A week in reviews: June 24 - June 29

    By 29 June 2013

    Another diverse week in reviews, from things that diagnose your car, to things that help you go places in your car without getting lost. It's all here this week. We've also taken a look at Sony's latest compact camera, a follow up to the amazing Company...

  • App of the day: Truecaller review (Android)

    App of the day: Truecaller review (Android)

    By 28 June 2013

    Have you seen that show on BBC Three called The Call Centre? In it, you learn about the goings on and practices behind those calls to help you get more insulation or to help you reclaim thousands in PPI. It's a great show, and well worth watching, because...

  • OBDLink MX Bluetooth car monitoring accessory
    4.5 out of 5

    OBDLink MX Bluetooth car monitoring accessory

    By 27 June 2013

    There was a time when you could open the bonnet of a car, look beneath it and see the engine in all its mechanical glory. If something went wrong, you'd more than likely be able to see something, or hear something - or in some alarming cases, smell something...

  • Pure Evoke F4
    4.5 out of 5

    Pure Evoke F4

    By 26 June 2013

    Multiroom audio is going through a bit of a boon these days. That's certainly what you'd conclude by looking at all the systems on the market that are trying to capture the market for audio systems that can provide music all over your house with minimal...

  • A week in reviews: June 17 - 21

    A week in reviews: June 17 - 21

    By 22 June 2013

    Another week of reviews, another crop of fascinating products. The big arrival of the week has to be the Apple MacBook Air, improved over the previous generation substantially once again, and with plenty of reasons to buy this laptop. It's still our go-to...

  • Build your own 35mm camera: Lomo Konstruktor pictures and hands-on

    Build your own 35mm camera: Lomo Konstruktor pictures and hands-on

    By 19 June 2013

    Lomo, maker of cameras that use proper film instead of this digital stuff, has introduced a new kind of SLR to the market: one that you build yourself. The Konstruktor costs just £29,99, and Lomo says you should be able to build your camera in less than...

  • Pure Evoke D2 pictures and hands-on

    Pure Evoke D2 pictures and hands-on

    By 19 June 2013

    Pure is famous for its digital radios. A brand that emerged as Britain started to shift its radio services over to the new DAB service saw a small company leap ahead with its iconic Evoke, one of the cheaper radios, but also one of the most iconic - go...

  • Corsair Voyager Air review
    4.5 out of 5

    Corsair Voyager Air review

    By 18 June 2013

    Portable hard drives have become something of an essential for anyone with a lot of data. If you're a bit old, like us, then you'll remember the days when moving lots of data was an utter pain. From an Iomega Zip drive with 100mb of storage, to early...

  • A week in reviews: June 10 - 17

    A week in reviews: June 10 - 17

    By 15 June 2013

    This week has been all about games, because it's been E3 in LA where Microsoft and Sony both made some big statements about their upcoming consoles. Because of this, reviews has been a little bit more modest. But don't fear, we've still had the chance...

  • Vodafone Smart III review
    4 out of 5

    Vodafone Smart III review

    By 15 June 2013

    The Vodafone Smart III - sometimes called the Vodafone Smart III 975 - is a handset that really knows its audience. Its first trick is that it's cheap. At £90 it's one of the cheapest Android handsets you can buy, and for pay-as-you-go users, it's likely...

  • Sony RX100 MK II and high resolution RX1 rumoured to be launching soon

    Sony RX100 MK II and high resolution RX1 rumoured to be launching soon

    By 14 June 2013

    The Sony RX100 is easily one of our favourite cameras of last year, and almost exactly a year after we reviewed it, it sounds like an updated model is coming, called, somewhat predictably, the RX100 MK II. SonyAlphaRumors is reporting that an instruction...

  • App of the day: Paperland Pro review (Android)

    App of the day: Paperland Pro review (Android)

    By 13 June 2013

    Paperland isn't strictly speaking an app. What it is in reality is a live wallpaper, but that sort of undersells it a bit and the value it has. So for the sake of this, we'll call it an "App of the day". What Paperland is though, is something that seems...

  • Eneloop XX HR-3UWXB rechargeable battery review
    5 out of 5

    Eneloop XX HR-3UWXB rechargeable battery review

    By 13 June 2013

    Batteries, possibly one of the most boring items we could write about. But by the end of this review, we're pretty sure you'll not only be thanking us for it, but you'll also have changed your mind about how you power your gadgets. The batteries we're...

  • App of the day: BBC Weather review (iPhone)

    App of the day: BBC Weather review (iPhone)

    By 12 June 2013

    You fall into one of two camps when it comes to weather. Either you hang on to the weatherman's every word, or you think he's making it up as he goes along. We fall into the latter camp, weather forecasting feels like a dark art to us, and we're sure...

  • Best Windows 8 laptops 2013: The best laptops available to buy today

    Best Windows 8 laptops 2013: The best laptops available to buy today

    By 12 June 2013

    So you're looking to buy a new laptop but are confused by all the options out there. If you're looking for the best Windows 8 laptops of 2013, you've come to the right place. Here we will guide you through the hottest laptops of the year, to help you...

  • Sony Vaio Pro review
    5 out of 5

    Sony Vaio Pro review

    By 11 June 2013

    When Sony announced the Vaio range of computers in 1996 or thereabouts it had one aim - to make PCs stylish, but powerful. Of course, this isn't all that easy and so Vaio desktops and laptops were expensive. But if you could afford one, you'd end up with...

  • Dead Rising 3 announced for Xbox One

    Dead Rising 3 announced for Xbox One

    By 10 June 2013

    At its E3 press conference Microsoft demoed Dead Rising 3, which updates the franchise for the company's new console, the One. It was fairly clear from the demo that this will be a game that makes a lot of use of cloud processing, with it claimed that...

  • Thuraya SatSleeve pictures and hands-on

    Thuraya SatSleeve pictures and hands-on

    By 10 June 2013

    Satellite phones are just about one of the coolest communications devices on the planet. No longer are you restricted to being near a mobile phone mast. You can make and receive calls from almost anywhere. The problem, of course, is that it's an expensive...

  • App of the day: Google Keyboard review (Android)

    App of the day: Google Keyboard review (Android)

    By 6 June 2013

    It's not an exaggeration to say there are a multitude of Android keyboards out there. From Go Keyboard, to Swiftkey and Swype your choices are almost unlimited. But it used to be the case that if you wanted the Google "official" or stock keyboard, you'd...

  • Asus VivoBook S500 review
    3 out of 5

    Asus VivoBook S500 review

    By 5 June 2013

    Asus has gone from a company that mostly made computer components like PC motherboards and graphics cards, to a being big player in laptops, tablets and even phones. It is without doubt one of the most interesting companies that has appeared in a world...

  • Dell XPS 12 review
    5 out of 5

    Dell XPS 12 review

    By 3 June 2013

    It's indisputable that Dell is going through a pretty tough time of things at the moment. The firm has suffered massive a massive drop in profits as the PC sector continues to decline, and gets replaced with tablets, phones and other smart devices. Dell...

  • A week in reviews: May 27 - 31

    A week in reviews: May 27 - 31

    By 1 June 2013

    Dual-SIM phones are something we get asked about a lot. There aren't very many of them, and a lot of the ones we've seen have been distinctly sub-standard. Happily, this week we got our hands on a decent one, the Prestigio 4500 Duo, we really liked it,...

  • Meze 66 Classics headphones
    4 out of 5

    Meze 66 Classics headphones

    By 31 May 2013

    Most things aren't made out of wood these days, and that's a bit of a shame really, because wood is an incredible material. For a start, it's less of an environmental disaster than plastic and it quite literally grows on trees. If you like a bit of wood,...

  • Prestigio Multiphone 4500 Duo
    4 out of 5

    Prestigio Multiphone 4500 Duo

    By 31 May 2013

    Dual-SIM phones are something we get asked about a fair amount. They're very useful for people who do a lot of travelling, or for business users who want to have a work and personal SIM card in their phone. But they're also pretty rare in the UK. Clearly,...