Reviews & hands-on

  • Apps

    Beats Music hands-on: Will design and personal touch make it music streaming king?

    By 23 January 2014

    The music streaming space is already crowded, with Spotify, Rdio, Pandora, iTunes Radio, Google Play Music, Last.FM and others having already edged out their place on customers' credit card statements and home screens. Now there's a new player in town,...

  • Audio 4 out of 5

    Beats Studio (2013) review

    By 7 August 2013

    "The original remastered," reads the interior of the Beats Studio (2013) headphones box. That's the sort of statement that might put fear into the hearts (and ears) of fans of The Beatles - just take a look at the waveforms after each album remaster -...

  • Audio 3.5 out of 5

    Beats Pill portable speaker review

    By 18 February 2013

    Beats is renowned for bringing the bass. The company's latest portable speaker, known as the Beats Pill because of its pill-shaped design, is a change of tack for the company in many respects. With four, 1-inch speakers arranged under its casing with 12W...

  • Audio

    Hands-on: Beats Pill review

    By 5 February 2013

    Beats by Dr Dre has become so much more than a brand associated with bass-thumping headphones in the last year or so. Perhaps it's the company's split from Monster that has seen it expand its remit, but it's working. Naturally, "the kids" and Premier...

  • Audio 4 out of 5

    Beats Pro by Dr. Dre review

    By 3 August 2012

    If London's 2012 Olympic Games are anything to go by, then there's no chance to forget about Dre. The hip-hop Doc's range of headphones have not only infiltrated a generation, they've made their way to high-profile athletes' ears too. Although, such fun...

  • Audio 4.5 out of 5

    Monster Diddybeats review

    By 17 June 2011

    You may have noticed that the kool kids on the street are all rocking a similar look when it comes to headphones. You'd have to have been hiding in a hole to not notice the silver or black oversized cups with a red b adorning them for all the world to...

  • Laptops 3.5 out of 5

    HP ENVY 14-1195ea Beats Edition review

    By 21 March 2011

    From the stylish packaging to the aluminium case emblazoned with the Beats logo to the impressive specs (which include colour-coded Beats Solo headphones courtesy of Dr Dre), the HP Envy 14 is a desirable beast. Even the power supply has thoughtful touches...