It has been yet another busy month in the Which? test lab, with our experts hard at work on a mission to uncover the best products – whatever your budget.
We’ve been hands-on with a huge selection of TVs – 33, to be precise. The best of the bunch include some great models for under £600 and one of the best 43-inch TVs we’ve tested in 2021. While at the other end of the scale we saw one model from a big brand manufacturer with drab colours, blurry motion and dreadful sound.
Meanwhile, our latest round of wi-fi router tests unearthed a brilliant Which? Best Buy system that serves up lightning-fast speeds.
Keep scrolling for a closer look at some of our most recently-reviewed products.
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Latest TV reviews | Latest desktop PC reviews | Latest printer reviews | Latest wi-fi routers and extender reviews | Other tech highlights for August | Four reasons to sign up for our free Tech newsletter
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Latest TV reviews
- Highest-scoring TV last month: 76% – superb contrast and a glorious TV
- Lowest-scoring TV last month: 49% – unbalanced colour and contrast, sounds tinny
This year’s crop of TVs are slicker and smarter than ever – provided you choose carefully. New technology is improving picture and sound quality. We’ve also noticed more reasonable prices. Quality models, including those with 4K HDR, will no longer break the bank.
This month, our list of Which?-tested TVs includes:
- Samsung UE43AU7100KXXU (£450)
- Panasonic TX-40JX800B (£538)
- Samsung QE50Q60AAUXXU (£799)
- LG 65NANO756PA (£749)
Our TV expert says
‘In August we tested the cheapest TVs from LG and Samsung and were surprised at the huge range of scores. Usually, different-sized models from the same range score within a few percentage points of each other, but the scores spread by up to 20 percentage points in some of these ranges.’
Martin Pratt, TV expert, Which?
To see which TVs have impressed in the Which? test lab this month, check in with our television reviews.
Latest desktop PC reviews
- Highest-scoring desktop PC last month: 89% – a fast computer with a fantastic screen and amazing speakers
- Lowest-scoring desktop PC last month: 51% – temptingly cheap, but too slow for us to recommend
If you’re planning on upgrading your computer, a new, capable desktop PC could be a sound investment. This month, we reviewed a selection of desktop PCs from big-name brands including Acer, Dell, HP and Lenovo.
Arguably the most iconic of the bunch is the Apple iMac 27″ 2020 (£1,649). This all-in-one computer features a six-core Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of Ram and a 256GB solid-state drive (SSD).
But not everybody wants to spend that much on a new desktop, which is why we’ve tested affordable options including the £369 HP 22-df0000na (pictured above). This computer has a 22-inch screen and built-in speakers, but you’ll have to consult our full HP 22-df0000na review to see if it’s a proper bargain.
We published expert reviews covering a host of desktop PCs including:
- Acer Aspire XC-895 (£529)
- Acer Chromebase 23.8″ (£599)
- Apple Mac Mini 2020 M1 (£699)
- Dell XPS 8940 (£899)
Cheap Best Buy desktop PC of the month
Our best, affordable desktop PC lands around the £500 mark. It’s powered by a six-core Intel Core i5 processor.
This speedy computer sailed through our performance tests, making it a desktop to consider if you’re shopping for a machine that copes with multitasking. Which? members can unlock our full selection of desktop PC reviews to see which model we’re praising.
Our desktop PCs expert says
‘Desktops may not excite the soul like a svelte thin and light laptop, but these staples of everywhere from your home study to the big corporate offices aren’t going anywhere. Many of the models we tested this month were faster than an equivalently priced laptop, so they can be brilliant value if you don’t need a portable computer in your life.’
Michael Passingham, computers expert, Which?
Whether you’re shopping for a cheap desktop PC to manage basic tasks, or a powerful machine for video editing, our desktop PC reviews can help you choose wisely.
Latest printer reviews
- Highest-scoring printer last month: 77% – a wi-fi printer that churns out high-quality prints at speed
- Lowest-scoring printer last month: 69% – an expensive printer that could be better
The printers we’ve tested this month, made by Brother, Epson and HP, start at around £120 and rise closer to £250. Brother’s HL-L2350DW (above) is the cheapest – it’s a fairly basic laser printer that can only print in black (not colour) ink.
HP’s Neverstop Laser 1001nw (£190) has also recently returned from the Which? test lab. This model is different to other laser printers as, like a tank printer, it’s cartridge-free and uses a toner tank for refills.
This month, we’ve published expert reviews covering the following printers:
- Epson EcoTank ET-2711 (£165)
- Epson EcoTank ET-2710 (£165)
- Brother HL-L2375DW (£237)
- Brother MFC-L2750DW (£250)
Cheap Best Buy printer of the month
Buyers on a budget will be tempted by this wi-fi laser printer. While it’s not the most efficient printer we’ve tested, we estimate that it will cost only £17.52 a year to print around 30 pages a month. A trip to our printer reviews will reveal this mystery model.
Our printers expert says
‘We’re often asked what the best kind of printer is. If you love a straightforward answer, you’ll be disappointed to hear that it depends on what you want to print. This month, we’ve tested great (and not-so-great) printers of all shapes and sizes – from stripped-back laser models to inkjet printers with all the bells-and-whistles.’
Felix Wilson, printers expert, Which?
The best printers we’ve seen are a breeze to use and don’t power through ink cartridges quicker than you’d like. Discover our full range of printer reviews.
Latest wi-fi routers and extender reviews
- Highest-scoring this month: 95% – simple, slick and swift
- Lowest-scoring this month: 73% – setup can be fiddly, but this is still a very nippy router
You might be surprised to hear that some wi-fi systems can cost you hundreds of pounds. In fact, we’ve just tested the Asus ZenWiFi AX XT8 (above), which will set you back an eye-watering £475. This mesh system consists of a unit that connects to your router and others that you place around your home to extend the signal. With such a hefty price tag attached to it, we decided to see if the expense for this Asus system is justified.
Pricy purchases aside, we’ve also put the Asus RT-AX55 (£75) through its paces. This wi-fi 6 router supports both 2.4GHz and 5GHz signals, which means you’ll see one network in your wi-fi list. The router will switch automatically between the two frequencies in an effort to provide the best speed and coverage.
Wi-Fi 6 is coming to more and more routers, which means you’ll get faster speeds on compatible devices. In our recent tests, though, we haven’t seen many models get top marks for Wi-Fi 6 performance. Our top scorer did, though – it’s a masterful router that can cope with just about anything.
This month, we’ve published expert reviews covering the following wi-fi routers and extenders:
- Huawei Router AX3 Quad-Core WiFi 6 Plus Revolution (£73)
- Amazon Eero 6 router (£104)
- Netgear Orbi RBK352 Wifi 6 mesh (£177)
- Asus ZenWiFi AX XT8 (£475)
Cheap Best Buy wireless router of the month
Our top affordable pick for August is ideal if you’re after a simple way of boosting your wi-fi speed and range. We found the setup process very straightforward, which is great if you’re not too confident with your tech. You’ll have to pay a visit to our expert router reviews to see which model we’re talking about.
If you want to improve your internet signal at home, a reliable wi-router or extender can get the job done. See our wi-fi routers and extender reviews.
Other tech highlights this month
- Is Samsung’s new tablet a winner? – catch our full review of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE 5G 64GB.
- Mirrorless cameras on test – our review of the entry-level Olympus PEN E-P7 is live.
- Expert laptop reviews – we’ve tried and tested Samsung’s Galaxy Book Pro 13.3″
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