Author: Mark Ellis

YouTube guy. I review and talk about tech.

Originally teased at the very end of the S24 launch earlier this year, the Samsung Galaxy Ring has finally been fully unveiled at Unpacked 2024. I saw it briefly, in person, back in January at CES. Placed securely within huge clear boxes and surrounded by security, it certainly wasn’t a hands-on experience, but it was my first glimpse at Samsung’s first foray into finger-born health tracking. Samsung is going one further – they’re referring to the Galaxy Ring as the “new era of AI-powered health”. What that means is anyone’s guess, and it’s something about which I’ll reserve judgment until…

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Samsung announced seven new products at Unpacked 2024 today. That may or may not be a record – I’m not entirely sure, but what I do know is that it gives people like me an awful lot of work to do. This isn’t a moan – I have a wonderful job – but it does mean that I need to suss out what I think my audience is most interested in. That’s tough when we have two new phones from an incredibly popular and divisive range, the first ever Galaxy finger-born wearable, a totally redesigned set of earbuds, and what…

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Time flies. Just over a year ago, I was standing at the Top of the Rock Observation Deck at the Rockefeller Center in New York attempting to take a photo of myself holding the 15-inch MacBook Air M2 for a YouTube thumbnail. No one else was doing the same thing. Obviously. I got the shot (and a few weird looks) before embarking on twelve months of using Apple’s latest iteration of the beloved MacBook Air day in, and out. If you’re reading this, you’re probably thinking about buying one yourself and, clearly, you want to hear from someone who has…

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Hands up: I’m late to the party with this review. This is for two reasons – firstly, it has been a ridiculously crazy time in the world of tech. Anyone who works in this space will know exactly what I’m talking about – every brand on the planet appears to have released, updated, and teased as much as they can over the last couple of months. Keeping up with it all has been fun but exhausting. Then, I went on holiday. So, there. The good news is, I have had the Sony Xperia 1 VI close by my side for…

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On 12th July, you’ll be able to officially buy Vision Pro in the UK. In fact, you can pre-order it now if you fancy throwing caution to the wind and grabbing Apple’s headset without trying it first. For those who do want to experience spatial computing before laying down a boatload of cash on Vision Pro, the opportunity to strap the device to their face and undertake a guided tour of visionOS will also be possible at – I presume – most UK Apple Stores from next Friday. This is exciting – particularly for yours truly, who decided to import…

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The original Beats Pill arrived in 2012 and entered a portable speaker market that was pretty uninspiring at the time. The usual Beats marketing strategy was deployed. The Beats Pill showed up in countless music videos and seemingly became part of every notable celebrity’s daily carry. In 2015, following the Apple acquisition of Beats, the Pill+ arrived before being quietly discontinued in 2022. Cut to 2024, and we live in a world where the portable speaker market is both huge and dominated by the likes of JBL and Soundcore. Driven largely by the younger generation, the thirst for small, portable…

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I wasn’t sure whether to publish a long-term review of my M3 Max 14-inch MacBook Pro. That isn’t because I’ve lost interest in it (far from it – it’s an essential tool for my business) – it’s just that MacBook Pro reviews have pretty short shelf lives. I’m not sure why, but whereas the Mac mini and MacBook Air seem to always draw in a crowd, the MacBook Pro has always been less likely to do so. In my experience, anyway. Despite this, I’m pretty sure there are a lot of people out there who are still wrestling with what…

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If you’ve recently bought an M4 iPad Pro or an M2 iPad Air, it’s wise to invest in a keyboard of some description if you want to get the most out of your new toy. Sorry, your new Important Business Device. The problem is that the new Apple Magic Keyboard – as superb as it is – adds a significant amount to your already expensive tablet purchase. If you’re reading this review, it’s because you clearly value those pennies in your bank account, and are keen to seek out an alternative. The Logitech Combo Touch is, for many people, the…

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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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