Sick of being the person all your mates go to for tech help? Tongue tied after rattling off a load of TV model numbers and HDR standard differences? Philips wants to take the pain out of buying a new television with its new all killer, no filler LCD screen, Philips The One.
A 55-inch screen, it’s what Martijn Smelt, CMO Philips TV & Audio Europe, reckons will be “the TV you will recommend to a friend.” And you can see why – from where it’s being positioned in the market to its simplified naming convention, Philips is looking to cut through the noise of the TV market with a demystifying set that ticks many of the boxes your average consumer is after.
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So, for starters, you’ve got the leading HDR standards catered for in the shape of HDR 10+ and Dolby Vision, while the overhead audio standard Dolby Atmos is also supported.
Voice assistant support is ticked off in the shape of Google Assistant, with voice control enabled throughout the Philips The One Android TV interface.
With video-on-demand content central to viewing habits, the remote control has a dedicated Netflix button and one for the Rakuten TV movie rental platform, which continues to grow in popularity in Philips’ native European market, while Philips claims its sound performance has excelled this year too, no doubt in part thanks to its close relationship with the audio experts at Bowers and Wilkins.
In terms of design, the 55-inch screen is framed by an attractive (if present) silver frame, with a centrally-mounted stand for those opting not to wall mount the television. Picture processing is handled by Philips latest P5 Picture Perfect Engine, while the immersive Ambilight 3 lighting tech, which sees the screen beam colours matching the action on screen onto the walls around it, is also included.
Philips The One 7304 Performance Series, to give the screen its full title, has yet to have its pricing or release date information revealed, but Philips is aiming this at the mid-market consumer, and so it shouldn’t come in at a bank-breaking price despite the sizeable spec sheet. We’ll be going hands on with the screen at Philips’ European showcase in Amsterdam this week, so check back soon for further details.
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When you're on the hunt for the speediest NBN plan available, the sheer range of options, providers and contracts can be a tad baffling. Some telcos are offering what should be the same speed for half the price of others, so what's the catch?
We've painstakingly sifted through all the minutiae and detail of the NBN plans on offer and found the fastest plans that also deliver great value. So, if you're looking for an NBN100 plan, you've come to the right place.
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While the speed tier that a service uses is indicative of the level of download and upload speeds that can be obtained (i.e. NBN100 should be up to 100Mbps), this will vary with actual usage.
Thankfully, telcos are now required to advertise a "typical evening speed" to give you a better indication of what you'll be facing in reality. For NBN100, we're generally seeing "typical evening speeds" between 75-85Mbps.
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If you're looking for the best cheap laptop deals, then you've come to the right place, especially as the January sales bargain season is in full swing. Many retailers are slashing prices in their laptop sales at numerous points of the year and our dedicated team of deal hunters are on the lookout to find the best laptop deals from the most reliable stores. So, for the best value cheap laptops, with genuine discounts over the trumped up fake 'deals' take a look below.
If you're after a cheap laptop for web browsing and other simple tasks, or you need a new laptop for school or work, or you simply need a really powerful laptop for as little money as possible, we've got you covered.
At the top of the page you'll find our selection of the latest and best cheap laptop deals of the week followed by a selection of popular quality laptops that retailers like to discount on a regular basis. Underneath those laptop deals you'll find our pick of the latest best laptops and the best available prices. If you're an Apple fan, be sure to take a look at our cheap MacBook deals page too.
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We'll continue adding the best laptop deals in the latest sales as we find them. Up next, you'll find the latest prices on some of the most popular laptops around, followed by the best deals on TechRadar's favourite laptops.
Where to find more cheap laptop sales:
- Amazon: retail giant is often the cheapest in the UK.
- AO: lots of cheap laptops at this growing electronics specialist.
- Argos: home delivery or pick up a cheap laptop locally today.
- John Lewis: models come with at least two-year guarantee.
- Very: often has plenty of voucher codes or 'buy now pay later' options.
- ebuyer: the UK computing specialists have some great promotions.
- Laptops Direct: specialist UK store has a huge selection of laptop deals.
- Dell: get a great laptop deal direct from Dell.
- Currys: the retailer that's seemingly always having a sale.
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At around £200, the HP Stream 14 is decent value if you're after something to cover the basics like web browsing or document editing. It's competitively priced again the cheaper Chromebooks out there despite the 14-inch screen and Windows 10 operating system. Look out for 32GB models though as they'll struggle to keep up-to-date with many new Windows updates. 64GB is much better for Windows laptops. 32GB for Chromebooks on the other hand is just fine.
As one of the cheapest gaming laptops that will still run games at decent settings, the Acer Nitro 5 is well worth a look if you're wanting to get into PC gaming and play modern games too (just don't expect to be running Battlefield V on ultra settings ok?). The design is a bit plasticy and there's no SSD on the cheapest models, but given the low price and the power of the internal spec inside we're more than willing to look past that to get our gaming fix on the go.
A sturdy choice for a study laptop for school/college/uni. The HP Pavilion 15 has more power that the average pupil needs while keeping the costs sensible. If you're not needing extra power of an expensive laptop for video/photo editing, this is more than enough for web browsing, playing some tunes on Spotify and editing coursework.
From afar, this laptop might be mistaken for a MacBook Pro which tells you a lot about its level of quality. Don't expect a full metal chassis at this price, but this is probably one of the best looking plastic bodies in its category. There are plenty of ports (old and new), 4GB of RAM and a massive 1TB hard drive. The cheapest models have a respectable i3 processor, but you can get the more powerful i5 versions for not much more if you need that extra kick. Asus saw it fit to include a DVD writer as well as a 15.6-inch full HD screen. Despite this large display and the presence of a numeric keypad, it's just a tad thicker and heavier than an Ultrabook.
This is the newer version of the Asus Transformer Mini series. This upgrade includes a fingerprint sensor and double the RAM at 4GB for speedier performance. For your money, this is one of the most impressive two-in-one transformer models out there.
This is one of the larger Chromebook experience out there for someone looking for a full-sized laptop with an excellent screen at a super low cost. The 4GB of RAM running the Chrome OS is super fast and will allow you to really pile up tabs and apps without slowing down. The battery will easily last the best part of a day for most users too.
The best deals on our favourite laptops
We've reviewed loads of laptops over the years: we've seen the good ones, the great ones and the ones to avoid. Sometimes the best laptops pop up online at some truly deal-tastic prices. So in this section, we list the very best laptops out there and the best deals on each one.
The Dell XPS 13 is, bar none, the best laptop you can buy today. It features a revolutionary design that's astonishingly thin and light. Fitting a 13.3-inch screen into such a small frame means Dell has created a nearly borderless Infinity display. It's a powerful and long lasting machine even by today's Ultrabook standards. The XPS 13 comes outfitted with Intel's latest Skylake processors plus lighting, quick storage and memory, all while coming in at a very affordable starting price. For these reasons, it easily takes the top slot as the best Ultrabook, the best Windows laptop and the best overall laptop.
The Asus Chromebook Flip isn't perfect, but it's an impressive little piece of kit. Plus, it's so affordable that you might want to pick one up just to have a Chromebook on hand – even if you already own a MacBook or Windows laptop. Aside from the budget price tag, the Flip is one of the best-built Chromebooks to blaze the trail onward for more convertibles. Touchscreen functionality feels more logical, with a screen that actually rotates. The Flip meets all the core tenants of an ideal Chrome OS device.
This 10-inch hybrid comes packing a surprising amount of goods considering its small size. It's outfitted with an HD screen and more than enough power to get you through a simple day of web browsing and even image editing. When you're ready kick back with some media streaming, you can pop off the 10-inch tablet.
The Asus Strix GL502 is undoubtedly one of the best gaming laptops around for gaming in 1080p. It'll run with the settings cranked with games like Overwatch not dipping below 60fps. The battery life isn't the best, but the display, performance and built-in sound system more than make up for it.
Lenovo has crafted a brilliant, forward-thinking device that could very well create a subcategory in computing all of its own. The modest specs hold it back from taking on the big boys in terms of raw power, but the innovative digital touchpad keyboard and drawing surface look like trendsetters to us. The Android version is currently about £100 cheaper than the Windows one.
Can a tablet really replace your laptop or home PC? That's still up for debate, but the best tablet trying to make that happen is the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 - and it does a fine job with the full blown version of Windows 10, an integrated kickstand and optional keyboard attachment. Great for for creative professionals, students and everyday folks alike - it's only the premium price that push it down the list, but if you're willing to pay for it, you're getting a lot of power. A LOT.TechRadar: latest computing news
We announced the categories for the TechRadar 2018 awards a few weeks back, and the list was made up of editorial and people's choice awards. While we worked on picking our favourites, so did you, our readers, who poured in with your votes on your favourite smartphones, online retailer and favourite tech brand of 2018.
It's time to reveal which companies and products were the best from 2018 - here are the winners of TechRadar Middle East's 2018 Awards!
Best Phone: Huawei Mate 20 Pro
In a year where phones from other top-tier manufacturers were iterative upgrades at best, Huawei pulled no stops with the Mate 20 Pro. Featuring a gorgeous design, top-end specs and a fantastic camera, the Huawei Mate 20 Pro stood out from all other phones this year.
Best Mid Range Phone: Honor 8X
The Honor 8X looks like a phone that costs a lot more than it really does. At just AED/SAR 999, it offers a solid performance, a versatile camera and metal and glass build - a combination you don't find in phones that cost twice as much.
Best Camera Phone: Huawei P20 Pro
The triple-camera system with Leica lenses on the Huawei P20 Pro blew us away, with its photographic skills matching what you would normally expect from much larger cameras. It's especially impressive with night-time photography, and with a dash of AI thrown in, you'd have a hard time believing that a phone can be this good at taking photos.
Best Wearable: Apple Watch 4
Apple clearly believes smartwatches are here to stay, and the Watch 4 proves that. The design alone is a big upgrade, with the screen offering far more visibility. The health benefits are a welcome addition and show the direction Apple is heading in.
Best Tablet: iPad Pro (2018)
The iPad Pro 11-inch is excellent, and easily the best tablet Apple has ever made. It's designed as the name suggests, for the professional, and those in creative lines of work will love the power, precision and overall quality on offer.
Best Laptop: Huawei Matebook X Pro
Huawei has crafted a sleeper hit with its MateBook X Pro, a surprisingly sublime marriage of function and form to speak of for all audiences, both professional and prosumer.
Best Headphones: Sony WH-1000XM3
For the third year in a row, the 1000X are Sony’s flagship headphones. Subtle tweaks like a more comfortable pad along the bridge of the headphones, lighter design and a reasonable price make the Sony WH-1000XM3 the new king of noise-cancellation headphones.
Best TV: LG C8 OLED TV
The LG C8 OLED TV combines an impressive picture, extensive features, attractive design and an unrivaled smart platform to deliver one of the best TVs we have seen. New for this year is the design of the TV itself and its new Alpha 9 processor to deliver a TV that sets the OLED bar very high indeed.
Best Smart Home Device: Ring Doorbell 2
The Ring Video Doorbell 2 is a solid device. It's easy to setup, the app is a breeze to use, motion tracking works great, and the battery lasts long enough to not be a hassle.
Innovation in Tech: Oppo Find X
In a year where other phone manufacturers went the notch route, Oppo released the futuristic Oppo Find X with a motorized camera that slides out to reveal cameras on the front and back. This all-screen experience with a stunning design set the stage for other sliding phones that followed.
Best Phone: Samsung Galaxy Note 9
While we chose the Huawei Mate 20 Pro as our favorite, the voters awarded the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 as their favorite. Samsung's flagship phone was definitely a close second for us as well, featuring a screen that's unmatched by any phone and the S-Pen that adds functionality not found elsewhere.
Best Mid Range Phone: Honor 8X
The only product that won both the Editor's Choice and the Popular Vote is the Honor 8X and we're not surprised. It's a fantastic device that offers incredible value for money.
Best Camera Phone: Huawei Mate 20 Pro
In a blind test, we put three phone camera against each other- the iPhone XS, the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and the Huawei Mate 20 Pro. We chose the night time to frame a shot as almost any phone can take good daytime shots.
Our viewers preferred the photo take from the Huawei Mate 20 over the other two phones and we're not surprised. Huawei has pushed the boundaries over what is possible with mobile photography.
Best Online Retailer: SOUQ.COM
If there was one vote that was lop-sided, it would be this one. Over 90% of our readers chose souq.com over other ecommerce players in the region. While the integration with Amazon is still underway, the massive catalog of products provided by Souq.com has clearly played out well for the ecommerce giant.
Best Tech Company: Samsung
Our final vote was for the tech company that our readers preferred and Samsung won this award which comes as no surprise. The Korean giant places amongst the top in a vast number of categories such as phones, TVs and household appliances.TechRadar: latest computing news