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Pure unveils Move T4 and Move R3 DAB+ personal radios

Pure has added two new DAB+ radios for personal listening on the move to its line-up. They’re both on sale for less than GBP100. But with so many radios on the market, are Pure’s new arrivals worth a closer look?

We round up the key features of the Move T4 and Move R3 below. Best Buy radios[1] – find out if any Pure models make the cut.

Pure Move T4, GBP99.99

The new Pure Move T4 is a pocket-sized radio designed to be used out and about. This compact DAB+ radio costs GBP100 and features a 2-inch colour screen, and there are 20 presets installed to help you quickly cycle through your favourite stations.

The added bonus of a built-in kickstand means you don’t have to lean the Pure Move T4 against a wall if you want to listen hands-free. Pure says that you’ll get up to 22 hours from the Bluetooth-enabled Move T4 if you’re listening with headphones, or 15 hours when playing music through the speaker. We’ll be putting those claims to the test in our lab when we review the Pure Move T4 for ourselves.

The Pure Move T4 will be available from March at John Lewis in black or white.

Pure Move R3, GBP89.99

The second new entry in the Pure range is the Move R3. This DAB+ radio looks more like an MP3 player than a radio, coming with a 1.6-inch display and a pair of noise-isolating headphones. Pure promises up to 15 hours from it on a single charge which, if true, should be more than enough to last you a couple of days.

Audiophiles can manually tweak the sound on offer as the Pure Move R3 includes separate bass and treble controls. There are three dedicated-station preset buttons sat underneath the screen, and you can store up to 20 of your favourite stations. This portable DAB+ radio weighs in at just 88g.

The Pure Move R3 is available now from Argos, and from John Lewis from March in black or white.

Portable Pure radios in our test lab

For every Pure radio we test, we pay close attention to sound quality, ease of use and reception. Portable radios can also offer sound wherever you are. Buyers on a budget might have their eyes on the Pure Elan E3 (below left).

This GBP60 DAB+ radio is easy to use and lightweight, and arrives with 40 station presets. There’s a mini 2.8-inch colour display, and weekday and weekend alarm settings let you choose which station you wake up to. Did this radio impress our experts? Read our full Pure Elan E3 review to find out.[2]

The stylish Pure Pop Maxi (below right) is the priciest portable radio from Pure that we’ve tested. It costs around GBP115 and is Bluetooth-enabled, which means you can stream music through it using your smartphone. A large volume dial sits on the top of the Pop Maxi.

You can make this radio portable by adding four AA batteries, or buying Pure’s own rechargeable battery pack instead. See our Pure Pop Maxi review[3] for more details.

You can also find out how the previous version of the Pure Move personal radio performed in our tests by visiting our Pure Move 2520 review[4] or read all our personal radio reviews[5].

Buying a radio in 2018

Without checking our expert reviews, you run the risk of buying a radio that is tricky to use with weak signal reception. We test the latest radios on the market to help you choose wisely, and our results prove that you don’t always have to spend big to pick up a Best Buy radio.

Take a look at some Which? expert testing facts below:

For more on picking the perfect radio for you, visit our guide to how to buy the best radio[6].

Alternatively, visit our radio reviews[7] to uncover our expert verdicts on models from big-name brands including Roberts, VQ, Sony and John Lewis.

References

  1. ^ Best Buy radios (www.which.co.uk)
  2. ^ Pure Elan E3 review (www.which.co.uk)
  3. ^ Pure Pop Maxi review (www.which.co.uk)
  4. ^ Pure Move 2520 review (www.which.co.uk)
  5. ^ personal radio reviews (www.which.co.uk)
  6. ^ how to buy the best radio (www.which.co.uk)
  7. ^ radio reviews (www.which.co.uk)

Exciting new TV tech for 2018

CES is done with for another year. The quiet between that colossal tech show ending and new TVs being released offers a chance to digest what we’ve seen and pick out the best, most innovative tech you’ll find on a 2018 TV. There’s plenty to sink your teeth into, from voice control, to image upscaling and beyond. Seeing a quick demo in a controlled environment doesn’t really give us chance to fully assess the new tech, though.

When we test the TVs later in the year, we’ll get a better understanding of the usefulness of these features. Top 5 TVs:[1] don’t want to wait for the new TVs? Get a bargain on a 2017 model.

Voice control

Controlling your TV with your voice isn’t technically new, but Alexa or Google Assistant have been adopted by just about every leading manufacturer, including Sony, LG and Hisense.

Samsung, always wanting to do its own thing in the TV market, will stick with proprietary tech for voice control, in the form of Bixby. Samsung sets released in 2018 will be the first products to include Bixby outside of the Galaxy smartphone range. You’ll be able to chat to your TV to perform basic functions, such as adjusting volume and changing channel, but the new models push this further.

2018 TVs will, for instance, be able to show you who appeared in the film you’ve just watched and take you to apps – such as Netflix – that have the actor’s films, so you can enjoy other things they’ve starred in.

Smart TV meets smart hub

All that voice control isn’t restricted to the TV: new models from Samsung and LG can control other smart devices in the home, too. You could ask Bixby to dim the lights in your lounge before you fire up a horror film, or increase the temperature on your smart thermostat because the movie is sending chills down your spine. The TVs will work especially well with devices from the same brand, but they can control third-party smart devices as well.

It’s clear that Samsung and LG want the TV to once again be the centrepiece of the home. Yet to experience voice control in the home? Read our guide on how to buy the best smart home hub[2].

ThinQ technology lets LG TVs control and receive alerts from other LG appliances

Full-array backlighting

The difference and downside of LCD TVs when compared with organic LED (OLED) screens is that they need a backlight to produce an image.

OLEDs don’t because each bulb can be individually lit and switched off, which means OLED panels are better at displaying black tones. Full-array backlighting is one way that LCD TVs can close the gap to OLED tech. On Samsung’s 2017 TVs the backlight ran around the side of the TV and lit the screen in rows and columns, but its QLED TVs in 2018 won’t do that.

Samsung told us that full-array backlighting, where the light sits directly behind the TV, would create up to 1,000 dimmable zones, giving the TV much more control over how the screen is lit. Sony TVs will also feature this technology more heavily, and we’ll see in our tests how much difference it makes.

An OLED TV you can roll up

This TV from LG may seem like a gimmick, but it could actually redefine your living room. We know that people aren’t necessarily keen on buying 55-inch, or bigger, TVs.

Unfortunately, that’s exactly what leading manufacturers want to sell. TVs in the 32 to 43-inch range now make up a small portion of each brand’s yearly line-up, so choice is limited if you don’t want an enormous, bright TV dominating your living room. If that TV could roll up and put itself away when not in use, though, then its likely that more people would go for a bigger TV.

It’ll be a few years before this TV will be available to buy and the cost will probably be astronomical, but it’s an interesting sign of things to come.

AI and micro-LED

The Wall TV from Samsung will use micro-LED technology

Samsung’s flagship 2018 set was a surprise. It’s 8K and upscales SD, HD and 4K content to somewhere close to 8K, thereby filling the current void of 8K content. The TV uses artificial intelligence to perform this upscaling.

It analyses every single frame and smooths out jagged edges to create a sharper image. If this technology works as well in your home as it did at CES, then Samsung may have made the best TV for watching lower-resolution video. And Samsung wasn’t finished, it also revealed a micro-LED TV.

It’s Samsung’s answer to OLED because each individual bulb can be controlled. If a bulb is turned off, then it’s better for displaying black on screen, but will it be better than OLED? Our testing will reveal the answer.

We fully expect the two TV giants to lead the line again in 2018.

See how they measure up in our guide to Samsung vs LG[3].

References

  1. ^ Top 5 TVs: (www.which.co.uk)
  2. ^ how to buy the best smart home hub (www.which.co.uk)
  3. ^ Samsung vs LG (www.which.co.uk)

Is the £800 Sony Cyber-shot RX0 a Best Buy digital camera?

We’ve recently completed testing on two premium cameras – the Sony Cyber-shot RX0 and Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III. How do they compare against our top-rated Best Buys? As newer cameras are released each year, the line between affordability and performance can sometimes be blurred.

Even though we don’t factor pricing into our test evaluation, there are times when it can’t be overlooked. Below, we discuss a few key things about both cameras, and point you to our full review. We explore whether either camera is worth the asking price, and what to expect if you splash out on an expensive model.

Compact camera reviews[1] – browse our reviews of more than 40 models tested

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX0

The GBP800 Sony Cyber-shot RX0 has a large 1-inch CMOS sensor, which is quite unusual for a camera of this size. This means it can capture more light, especially in low-light conditions, compared with other compact or action cameras with smaller sensors. It’s also built to be able to withstand quite a bit of punishment, rated as waterproof to 10 metres, shockproof from heights of up to 2 metres, and crushproof under weights of up to 200kg.

But what’s the picture quality like, and how easy is the camera to handle on a day-to-day basis? Take a look at our full Sony Cyber-Shot RX0 review[2] to find out whether this expensive camera can really justify the high price.

Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III

An enthusiast-focused camera, the Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III is the first compact-sized camera based on an APS-C sensor to include a zoom lens. In theory, this means the G1 X Mark III should be on par for image quality with many DSLRs.

This latest model includes a built-in electronic viewfinder for framing your shots, and an articulated touchscreen, which is very useful for capturing images or video at awkward angles. You can buy the G1 X Mark III for GBP1,149, but does it deserve a spot in your camera bag? Find out in our full Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III review[3].

Should you spend more on a digital camera?

With 2017 now behind us, we saw many new camera releases in the past year costing more than GBP600, with some even costing more than GBP2,500.

But if you’re spending a significant amount of money, what do you get in return? Typically, you should expect the best of the best. For example, the Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-RX10 IV[4] looks to appeal with a 25x optical zoom, and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH5[5] was noteworthy as one of the first mirrorless cameras to support unlimited 4K video recording.

Expensive cameras should also have the latest processors, which allows for faster shutter speeds, and quicker transfer of images or video to storage.

The camera should also be easy to handle and have wireless connectivity (for transferring images and backing up to cloud storage), but this isn’t always the case.

If you’re looking for an excellent camera bargain, head to our top five cheap compact cameras[6] or top five best cheap DSLRs[7] – we reveal the highest-rated cameras from our tests.

References

  1. ^ Compact camera reviews (www.which.co.uk)
  2. ^ Sony Cyber-Shot RX0 review (www.which.co.uk)
  3. ^ Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III review (www.which.co.uk)
  4. ^ Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-RX10 IV (www.which.co.uk)
  5. ^ Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH5 (www.which.co.uk)
  6. ^ top five cheap compact cameras (www.which.co.uk)
  7. ^ top five best cheap DSLRs (www.which.co.uk)

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