Archive for Jamie Carter

  • Kobo Mini
    2.5 out of 5

    Kobo Mini

    By 31 December 2012

    This, the smallest e-reader on the market at around 5 inches, is gadget nirvana for book-loving commuters. The secret is in its size, which is carefully judged to fit into a handbag, a chest pocket of a shirt, or even the back pocket of a pair of jeans....

  • Best tablet bags

    Best tablet bags

    By 17 December 2012

    No matter what tablet you have, keeping it scratch free is vital. A tablet sits at the top of the gadget hierarchy for most. So how to keep these prized possessions safe? A tablet case is the most obvious answer.  Make a quick Google search and you can...

  • Best Bluetooth keyboards

    Best Bluetooth keyboards

    By 11 December 2012

    For anything other than tweets and status updates on Facebook, a Bluetooth keyboard can take the on-the-go typing experience that little bit further.  Able to work with almost any brand or model of smartphone or tablet, and appearing in myriad styles,...

  • Best wet weather running gear

    Best wet weather running gear

    By 7 November 2012

    The days are getting shorter and the rains getting heavier. As winter sets in, motivating yourself to go out and get fit becomes increasingly difficult. No one enjoys a soaking wet run through a muddy marsh, unless you are a dog, in which case, how are...

  • Best folding bikes

    Best folding bikes

    By 6 November 2012

    The missing link in public transport or just a supreme space-saver; designed to be packed down and taken on trains, buses, taxis and even airlines, the folding bike also does a grand job in homes with narrow hallways or inaccessible garages. Some of them...

  • Kobo Glo
    4 out of 5

    Kobo Glo

    By 24 October 2012

    When we first saw a prototype of the 6-inch, touch-screen Kobo Glo and its built-in ComfortLight a few months back, we asked a simple question to its makers: why didn't anyone think of this idea before? As it turns out, they did – you only have to check...

  • Best portable party gear for the summer

    Best portable party gear for the summer

    By 14 August 2012

    The sun's out, friends are over and you have a BBQ grilling up some burgers. Whats more could you want from this perfect summer scene? Gadgets thats what - lots and lots of gadgets. Whether its a quick fry-up with friends, a picnic with pals or a full-blown...

  • Best portable radios

    Best portable radios

    By 3 August 2012

    Fancy some political discourse, Olympic sport commentary, gentle DJ patter or pop-rock clatter on the run? It’s online and on your TV, smartphone and tablet, but hard-button radios are still one of the nation’s favourite gadgets. The most popular...

  • Best baby gear for gadget-loving parents

    Best baby gear for gadget-loving parents

    By 5 July 2012

    A baby can be the start of a whole new exciting shopping opportunity for the gadget-loving parent. If you can think of even the smallest niche in the child-rearing adventure that needs to be filled, then you can bet that there are at least 50 products...

  • Panasonic TX-L32E5
    4.5 out of 5

    Panasonic TX-L32E5

    By 15 May 2012

    It might not manage three dimensions, but this 32-inch LED edge-lit LCD telly boasts both decent smart TV antics and digital file networking – all wrapped-up in a slinky chassis. Entry-level it may be, but this particular Panasonic helps redefine the...

  • Panasonic TX-L37ET5
    4 out of 5

    Panasonic TX-L37ET5

    By 20 April 2012

    Firmly in the Smart VIERA LED stable, you'd be forgiven for thinking that the Japanese manufacturer's marrying of VIERA Connect, 3D and DLNA home networking make this a classic Panasonic LCD TV. It might shock you to know that the king of plasma TVs has...

  • Best umbrellas for April, May, June...any showers whatsoever

    Best umbrellas for April, May, June...any showers whatsoever

    By 18 April 2012

    A favourite of commuters, trekkers and Rihanna alike, the humble umbrella always causes a storm at this time of year. Do you need one? Isn't a storm shell more practical? We’ll pass over the fact that most get left in a taxi/pub/bus and stick our neck...

  • Best cycling to work gear and gadgets

    Best cycling to work gear and gadgets

    By 27 March 2012

    The sun is out, the clouds packed off on holiday for a few days and suddenly the UK is transformed from polar ice cap to that lush green and pleasant land that we all remember from last year. Long may it last. One of the best ways to enjoy the weather...

  • The best binoculars that money can buy

    The best binoculars that money can buy

    By 14 March 2012

    Whether you want to survey the landscape, study animals from a safari 4X4 or just get a closer look at the birds in your garden, good binoculars can help you zero in on the action even better than a super-zoom camera. All binoculars are sold with two...

  • Best compact tripods

    Best compact tripods

    By 20 February 2012

    When you need to balance your camera for timer shots, long-exposure images or when you're zoomed in at one hell of a distance, you’re going to need a tripod to prevent camera shake and blur. For holidays and travel, carrying a three-legged contraption...

  • 7 days living with...voice control

    7 days living with...voice control

    By 20 February 2012

    "These aren't the droids you're looking for, move along." No, not that type of voice control – we’re talking artificially intelligent gadgets rather than Jedi mind tricks here. The tech developers of the world would have us believe that dictation...

  • Hannspree SE40LMNB
    3 out of 5

    Hannspree SE40LMNB

    By 26 January 2012

    Can a telly that lacks Freeview HD, 3D and any semblance of a 'smart' platform really be considered suitable for modern living? That depends on what you're after, but we're sure Hannspree's latest bargain basement edge LED-backlit LCD TV has enough to...

  • Best skiing and snowboarding gear

    Best skiing and snowboarding gear

    By 23 January 2012

    There's one very big problem with winter sports and that's the winter. Winter is, by its nature, a pretty cold and wet affair and if there's two things that the human body is not a bit fan of its being cold and wet, least of all when it happens at the...

  • Philips 46PFL9706
    4.5 out of 5

    Philips 46PFL9706

    By 18 January 2012

    Is your living room ready for an insect invasion? Hugely expensive and boasting some unique tech, the headline act on this 46-inch 3D LED backlit LCD TV from Philips’ 9000 Series is undoubtedly its Moth Eye filter. The whatnow? The Moth Eye - a reflection-dampening...

  • Panasonic TX-L32E3B
    3 out of 5

    Panasonic TX-L32E3B

    By 21 December 2011

    Don't you sometimes yearn for the simple life? A time when firmware upgrades weren’t a daily chore, when internet-based VOD was just a theory, and when a TV could be operated by those over forty? Panasonic has taken the ‘less is more’ approach to...

  • Best compact Hi-Fi systems

    Best compact Hi-Fi systems

    By 19 December 2011

    MP3 players are great but, on a long winter’s night, it’s hard to beat a proper hi-fi. Good hi-fi systems cost money, people. They always have, and a £50 iPod dock just won’t cut the mustard in comparison. Naturally, there’s plenty to choose...

  • Best home cinema systems

    Best home cinema systems

    By 1 December 2011

    A top notch TV is one thing but if you ain't got home cinema sound to go with it, then you ain't got squat, or so goes the parlance. It's a fact that audio is a huge part of video. There's a wealth of experiments on the matter that we don't care to tire...

  • Sony KDL-55EX723
    4.5 out of 5

    Sony KDL-55EX723

    By 29 November 2011

    How does Sony do it? This flagship TV in the brand’s EX Series is one of the most impressive we’re ever seen. The way the 55EX723 upscales all sources to fit its massive 55-inch panel is clever stuff; it cleans and polishes all kinds of web-based...

  • Best cold weather gear

    Best cold weather gear

    By 23 November 2011

    Unless you're kitted out for a Siberian winter, you could be in for a shock; a cold snap from northern Russia is forecast. No better excuse, then, to get kitted-out for winter, and there's no better way of getting kitted-out for winter than in true tech...

  • Best wet weather gear

    Best wet weather gear

    By 2 November 2011

    The clocks have gone back, darkness has fallen, it's getting cold and it's starting to rain. What you'll have probably found is that you're getting a bit wetter than you were a few months ago. You've also probably found that those winter items you've...