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Dell XPS 13


Dell XPS 13

A Laptop: DELL XPS 13

Dell XPS 13The DELL XPS 13 is the definitive MacBook-killer. This 13-inch laptop weighs a mere 1.2kg yet is powerful enough to deal with a heavy workload. There are numerous configuration options, including non-glare screens and touchscreen versions.

The tiny 4mm screen bezel means it has a very small footprint, making it easy to fit in any bag.

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What people Liked

  • Impeccable design and build quality
  • Good input devices
  • Fast storage solution (M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD support)

What people Didn’t Like

  • Expensive
  • The screen uses highfrequency PWM from 0 to 99% brightness

Direct Competitors and Related Products:
Acer Swift 7 | Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon | Dell XPS 15 9560 | Microsoft Surface 1st Gen

Samsung Galaxy S9+

A Smartphone: SAMSUNG GALAXY S9+

Samsung Galaxy S9+The Samsung Galaxy S9+ fits a 6.2-inch display into a shell that feels, well, normal. Granted, it doesn’t look that different to the Galaxy S8+, but Samsung’s hardware design is still ahead of most rivals.

It shrugs off a few trends too. There’s a headphone jack, now a baffling rarity in new and expensive phones, and no notch. The most important change since the S8+ is a 2x zoom camera on the back, bringing it in line with the iPhone X. Samsung also followed Apple with its AR Emojis, but like a middle-aged uncle suddenly getting into grime music, it’s all faintly embarrassing.

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What people Liked

  • Speedy performance
  • Great (iterative) design
  • Better-placed fingerprint sensor
  • One-ups the excellent Galaxy S9 with a second rear camera for taking portrait photos
  • Dual Aperture effective in low light
  • Fun Super Slow-Mo video
  • Waterproof, wireless chargin

What people Didn’t Like

  • Remains a delicate all-glass curved phone
  • Not all that different to previous-gen S8+
  • Pricey for 0.4 in of extra screen
  • Battery life isn’t as good as last year’s
  • Bixby Vision AR features feel half-baked
  • AR Emoji need work

Direct Competitors and Related Products:
Apple iPhone X | Samsung Galaxy S9 | Huawei P20 Pro | LG G7 ThinQ

Apple 4k TV

A TV Streaming Box: APPLE TV 4K

Apple 4k TVApple offers loads of 4K and HDR movies through iTunes for the same price as its normal HD content, making this streaming box a no-brainer for viewers that want to stream the highest-quality films.

At £179, however, the 4K Apple TV is on the pricey side, so if you’re after something simpler then read our guide to the best TV streaming boxes and sticks, which includes a great alternative that costs just £30.

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What people Liked

  • Fantastic 4K HDR content
  • Intuitive UI
  • Issue-free streaming
  • Thousands of apps and services

What people Didn’t Like

  • High-priced
  • Fiddly remote
  • No digital audio or USB ports

Apple Watch Series 3

A Smartwatch: APPLE WATCH SERIES 3

Apple Watch Series 3The 4G version of the Apple Watch Series 3 uses an electronic SIM so you can leave your mobile at home and take calls on your wrist while tracking your walks, runs and cycles through GPS.

However, the Apple Watch Series 1 is still at a discounted price and might be a better purchase for those looking for a less expensive watch.

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What people Liked

  • Adds barometer to GPS and swimproofing
  • Data can power Siri and other apps
  • Class-leading build quality
  • WatchOS 4 adds great new features
  • Siri’s pretty great
  • Faster processor

What people Didn’t Like

  • Battery life takes a major hit when making calls or during GPS workouts
  • The Watch’s interface still takes too long to figure out
  • Not much difference over last year’s model
  • Price for LTE support is high
  • Cellular connectivity problems

Direct Competitors and Related Products:
Apple Watch Series 1 | Withings Activite Steel | Samsumg Gear S3 Frontier | LG Watch Sport

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