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What follows is a comprehensive list of the latest product reviews written by the Express.co.uk tech team. We’re always bashing on new rugged gadgets, barking orders at smart speakers, replacing perfectly good lightbulbs with Wi-Fi enabled equivalents, re-wiring our routers with the latest from Google and Eero, and plugging and unplugging HDMI dongles to check which are best suited to weekend-long binges of The Haunting Of Hill House – all so you don’t have to!
Here at Express.co.uk, we test everything from smart home gadgetry, TVs, smartphones, headphones, fitness trackers, laptops, and much, much more. As we rattle towards the Black Friday sales, there are more products than ever before to assess and rate.
Here is a comprehensive list of some of the toys that arrived in Express.co.uk towers and left with a shiny new star rating. We test everything we review thoroughly, usually living with the device in our own homes for a few weeks before putting pen to paper.
This week has been a bit of an audio special here at Express.co.uk. While working away in lockdown, we’ve been listening to a wide range of genres on both the second-generation Sonos One and the Amazon Echo Studio. The former is a small update to the award-winning smart speaker formula that has helped to make Sonos a household name. Not only does it support handsfree voice controls using both Google Assistant and Amazon’s Alexa (so it will fit into any existing smart home set-up, or better yet, let you add new devices from different companies without locking you into a single manufacturer’s ecosystem), but you can also beam your iTunes library, Spotify podcasts, internet radio and more using the Sonos app.
Like all Sonos products, the Sonos One can be used to slowly build-out a wireless audio set-up throughout your home, so you can play different tracks in every room of the house, or synchronise everything so that everyone is forced to listen to your latest playlist. And you can also use the Sonos One as a building block for a surround sound system to boost movie night in your house. Speaking of which, Sonos has recently launched a dramatically overhauled soundbar, known as the Sonos Arc, that can provide Dolby Atmos sound to your living room.
One rival that doesn’t quite offer the same flexibility is the Amazon Echo Studio. The Echo range has always been a firm favourite of ours – but let’s be honest, it has never really blown our socks off in terms of sheer audio quality. With the Echo Studio, Amazon wants to change that. The bulkier, cylindrical smart speaker is designed to DJ your next dinner party and elevate movie night, thanks to a clever integration with Amazon’s popular Fire TV range. But does it all work?
And when we weren’t barking orders at Alexa, we were road-testing the Samsung Galaxy Buds+. These wireless earbuds are designed to compete with the Apple AirPods, with a wirelessly charging carry case that lets you boost the battery from the back of your Galaxy S20 Ultra – not that you’ll need to use that feature very often. That’s because the Galaxy Buds+ have a stinking battery life that means you’ll be able to finish your morning run, keep them in for handsfree phone calls throughout the day, and listen to a podcast while cooking without hearing the low battery alert bleep once.
You can read the full review below to find out whether these shiny new gadgets impressed.
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