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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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:
'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?
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.
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 to see if it's a proper bargain.
We published expert reviews covering a host of desktop PCs including:
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 to see which model we're praising.
'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?
The printers we've tested this month, made by Brother, Epson and HP, start at around £120 and rise closer to £250. Brother's (above) is the cheapest - it's a fairly basic laser printer that can only print in black (not colour) ink.
This month, we've published expert reviews covering the following printers:
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 will reveal this mystery model.
'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?
You might be surprised to hear that some wi-fi systems can cost you hundreds of pounds. In fact, we've just tested the (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 (£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:
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.
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