Author: Max Bancroft

Max is the resident future tech expert at Mark Ellis Reviews. Commentating on everything from AI to VR and the metaverse, he's got an ever-present eye on what's coming next.

Are you considering purchasing a MacBook Pro but concerned about the hefty price tag? Well, there’s good news for you! Apple has recently added refurbished models of the M3 MacBook Pro to its Certified Refurbished store.  These laptops offer an opportunity to save a significant amount of money while still enjoying the power and performance of the M3 chip. In this article, we’ll explore the benefits of buying a refurbished M3 MacBook Pro, the differences between the M3 and M3 Pro models, and if you can save money elsewhere. The Introduction of the Refurbished M3 MacBook Pro The M3 MacBook…

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Good news! You don’t have to break the bank for an excellent pair of headphones. Whilst you can spend over $1000 on a pair of Hifiman HE-1000 V2 Planar’s for example, it isn’t really worth it unless you are in the audio production business. And even then, it’s questionable whether most people would even notice the sound quality differences. 99% of us just want a great-sounding pair of headphones, perhaps with some customisability and noise cancelling, that we can wear every day in any scenario. Luckily for you, we’ve tested and reviewed a lot of headphones. Even luckier, most of…

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Despite the buzz around AI capabilities in smartphones this year, perhaps the most anticipated release is a budget incarnation; the Nothing Phone 2a. The Nothing Phone (2) is an excellent device with a totally unique operating software. However, one main criticism was the rise in price. Carl Pei’s Nothing brand is meant to be disruptive and accessible, but its pricing strategy has started to look a lot like the large companies it rails against. As a result, Nothing is delivering the Nothing Phone (2a); a stripped-back, more affordable version of the Nothing Phone (2). But just how stripped back will…

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Does the world need an M3 Mac Pro? It’s a question that’s surrounded the device since the Apple silicon generation supercharged much smaller devices like the Mac Mini. Why have a massive PC tower when you can have a slightly less powerful cube on your desktop? Even so, Apple hasn’t indicated any intention to discontinue the Mac Pro, so the release of an M3 version is still on the cards.  We’ve gathered all the information available, and some speculation, to work out if an M3 Mac Pro is coming and what it might look like. M3 Mac Pro Release Date…

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Now that the Apple Vision Pro has been released, there is finally some proper competition for Meta’s VR headset lineup. The most popular of those is the Meta Quest 3 which is principally a gaming headset with some mixed-reality capabilities. The Meta Quest 3 is also much cheaper than the Vision Pro, so you’re probably wondering what value a comparison between the two can bring. And that’s where I have an interesting proposition for you. Most people cannot afford Apple Vision Pro. But what if you desperately want to get into virtual reality?  Can you make do with the Meta…

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Despite a lot of the noise surrounding the release of Apple Vision Pro and its lack of cornerstone apps like Netflix, Apple’s VR headset has still launched with over 600 apps. Now, that isn’t to say all 600 of those are useful, or even worth any of your time, but there are some Vision Pro apps that you should download as soon as you have it out of the box. We’ve picked our five favourites that will actually help you accomplish things, whether that’s work or personal aims, whilst taking full advantage of Vision OS. 1. Fantastical We all love…

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All The Apple Vision Pro Accessories You Can Buy Right Now Talking about Apple Vision Pro accessories might feel a bit premature considering only about 200,000 have been sold at the time of writing. We haven’t even been able to assess long-term the usability of Apple’s VR headset yet. But still, accessories are important, especially for Vision Pro. If you want to keep the device secure then you’ll want a case, or if it is uncomfortable to wear you might want a different set of headbands. Some of these Vision Pro accessories Apple offers officially and others you’ll have to…

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I know that Apple Vision Pro has only just been released. But even in that short space of time, it’s obvious that some glaring issues need to be changed for the Vision Pro 2. A lot of these things are fairly easy to fix, and some are a matter of opinion, but that’s what a development process is all about. This is no shade on Apple. Vision Pro is a landmark feat in technological development. They have made an incredible device. And this is their first go. They are allowed to test ideas and perhaps reconsider them. Whether they will…

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AirTags are durable devices. They have to be otherwise they wouldn’t be able to perform their one and only function; Bluetooth tracking. By using Apple’s ‘Find My’ network, AirTags locate themselves in relation to the nearest Apple device. Slip an AirTag into your wallet, suitcase or even car and you can be pretty certain you’ll be able to locate it from around the world. Useful. But just how durable are they? What happens if an AirTag gets wet?  In this article, we’ll explore the water resistance capabilities of AirTags and provide you with four other useful need-to-knows. 1. Are AirTags…

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Choosing between a MacBook and a desktop Mac might seem like an obvious decision. After all, isn’t it just about whether you need a portable device or not? The answer to that is yes, partly. But there are also many people who buy a MacBook and use it like it’s a desktop. It never leaves their desk. So, how can you decide between the two? We’ve created this comprehensive buying guide that explores the pros and cons of each option and highlights the factors you should consider before making a decision.  Mac or MacBook? This is where you get the…

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