Author: Mark Ellis

YouTube guy. I review and talk about tech.

Beats has been busy over the last couple of months. Following the launch of the Beats Solo Headphones, we now have the Beats Solo Buds. I’m always fascinated by earbuds at the budget end of the scale. Can they balance sound quality with convenience, battery life, and that all-important I-want-those factor? According to Beats, the reason the Solo Buds exist is to make good sound and great product design available to more people, which is an admirable strategy. Have they achieved those claims? Let’s find out. Beats Solo Buds specs and pricing Just like the Beats Studio Buds +, the…

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One of the most common questions I’m asked is: “are you still using Vision Pro?”. My answer used to be: “yep, although I’m only really using it as a companion device for my MacBook Pro”. Now, my answer has morphed into: “Rarely”. There are two reasons for this. The first is that, as I type, Vision Pro is still a US-only affair. This is about to change (I’ll get onto that later), but at the moment, I’m unable to fully use my Apple ID within visionOS. I have a US Apple ID that was used to set up the headset,…

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Every year we call out for a big update to iPadOS. Give us something – anything that takes advantage of all that Apple silicon power, please, Tim. This ‘big update’ never materialises. However, I’m not entirely sure what we’re all calling for – and I’m speaking as one of those people who has been crying out for a significant iPadOS upgrade for years now. If you’re in the same boat, think about it for a moment: what can Apple do to iPadOS to make it access the deep capabilities of those M series chips? I’ve thought about it, and I’m…

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People still don’t believe that I’ve switched, full-time, to the Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra from the iPhone. In the comments sections of my YouTube videos, people will take one of two approaches to this. Some will ask outright: are you still using the S24 Ultra? How’s it going? Others will be far more cynical about it: why is the iPhone on the table next to you? Where’s the S24 Ultra? Regardless of what you may think you’ve seen on my YouTube channel, I can categorically confirm that I haven’t used my iPhone for at least two months. Bar a couple…

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So, there we have it, the WWDC keynote is done and dusted for another year and, as always, there’s a shed load of stuff to talk about. It was a fascinating event, not least because the updates to each operating system were comparatively tempered to what we’ve seen in recent years. It felt like a decent spring clean as opposed to an up-sticks-and-move game changer. As someone noted during my WWDC reaction livestream last night, WWDC this year was full of “finally” moments. Yes, including a calculator for the iPad. Finally. However, Apple had something in its back pocket -…

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No, I’m not switching to Windows. Sorry to disappoint those who’d like me to (I know you’re out there). However, my eye has well and truly been caught by the Huawei MateBook 14. I should also point out that this review isn’t a ‘Mac vs Windows’ thing, because that’s an inherently boring topic, and there’s no right or wrong answer. Instead, I just want to help you pick between the brand-new Huawei MateBook 14 and the MacBook Air (my point of reference for this review will be the 15-inch version of the latter). If you’re about to buy a new…

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I’ve done it, guys. My 13-inch M4 iPad Pro is all packaged up and ready to head back to Apple – just inside the return window. Why have I done this, you ask? No, it’s not because I can’t see the point in upgrading from the M2 to the M4 version (although that remains a questionable upgrade for normal people) – nor is it because I can’t figure out how to use the M4 iPad Pro to its fullest. I haven’t even decided to switch to the brilliant 13-inch iPad Air instead. Nope, the reason my 13-inch M4 iPad Pro…

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Sonos has, finally, made a pair of headphones. I say “finally”, but I genuinely hadn’t thought about the prospect until the rumours started surfacing a few months ago. But when I heard that one of my favourite home audio brands was possibly working on a pair of cans, it suddenly all made sense. The Sonos Ace are, apparently, Sonos’ most requested product. We know that because they keep telling us so in the marketing for the new headphones. As you might expect, they’re not cheap, they offer integration with the Sonos ecosystem (although possibly not in the way you’re expecting),…

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I’ve spent two weeks using the 13-inch M4 iPad Pro. Spoiler: it is a brilliant iPad because of course it is, it’s an iPad. However, I’ve also been sent the 11-inch version by Apple on a short-term loan for review purposes. And I really do quite like it. This is odd. If you’ve been following my thoughts on the iPad for any amount of time you’ll know that I’ve not exactly been gushing when it comes to the diddy iPad Pro. Why on earth buy it, I’ve said on multiple occasions, when the 11-inch iPad Air exists? We therefore have…

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Apple doesn’t make things easy when it comes to buying an iPad. The lineup – while gently maturing – is still rather tricky to navigate. At the bottom of the rung there’s the tenth-generation iPad, which has rightfully taken on the role of entry-level device, thanks to the overdue culling of the 9th generation version. That’s a brilliantly priced and incredibly capable tablet, but if you decide you’d like to spend more, that’s where the confusion starts. The iPad mini remains Apple’s best ever iPad, hands down. But it’s coming on for three years old and there’s no guarantee it’s…

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