Finest Laptops in 2021

Acer Swift 5 (Late 2020)

Best lightweight 14-inch laptop

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Pros

Lightweight designSuperb battery lifeCompetitive performancePlenty of ports onboard

Cons

Concerning build qualityReflective screen could be an issue outdoorsLack of Caps Lock indicator

TheAcer Swift 5 (2020) aims to challenge the Dell XPS 13 and MacBook Air with one fairly unique skill: it’s incredibly light, weighing just 1kg. This makes this laptop a worthy option for those who like to travel around, as it’s barely noticeable when tucked away in a rucksack.A competitive performance (thanks to 11th Gen Intel Core) and a stellar battery life also ensure this laptop can stream roll through day-to-day tasks when out of reach of a power supply. The option of a Nvidia MX350 also makes it possible to dabble with entry-level gaming and content creation, providing this portable with oodles of versatility.So why can’t it knock the Dell off its perch? Well, aside from the lovely Mist Green and Safari Gold colour options, it has a rather bland aesthetic. And build quality is questionable, so it may not survive a couple of heavy knocks on your travels. Still, if you prioritize portability over build quality, then the Acer Swift 5 is an outstanding laptop option.Reviewer: Ryan JonesFull review: Acer Swift 5 (2020) Review

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Apple iPhone 12

The iPhone 12 is a huge upgrade in pretty much every way

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Pros

Fantastic new designVery reliable camerasExecptional performance

Cons

Screen lacks some of the benefits you’ll find elswhereThe notch remains annoying

The iPhone 12 isn’t the top handset in Apple’s current line up, nor is it the cheapest. But, by Apple standards, we at Trusted Reviews believe it hits a good middle-ground between features and affordability, making it the best choice of iPhone for the majority and the best phone around right now.It’s a huge step forward on last year’s iPhone 11, featuring a reworked, more comfortable-to-hold angular design that’s reminiscent of the iPhone 5, and radically upgraded internals.The highlight is the A14 Bionic chip, which adds 5G connectivity to Apple’s iPhone line and offers best-in-class performance – to the point that during testing we couldn’t actually find an app or process the phone couldn’t handle with ease.The camera has been upgraded to feature a new dual-lens setup that pairs a 12-megapixel main sensor with a 12-megapixel ultrawide unit. On paper, this makes it sound less fancy next to the three- to four-sensor setups seen on most Android flagships. However, during testing we found the iPhone 12 easily held its own, making it a very capable camera phone. The most significant differences relate to low-light performance, where images captured with the improved Night mode are a huge step up on those delivered by the iPhone 11.The downside is that, unlike the Galaxy S20, OnePlus 8T or Pixel 5 the iPhone 12 still doesn’t feature a high refresh rate screen. It’s locked to 60Hz, which makes it feel less responsive than most Android flagships, which tend to come with 90Hz or 120Hz panels these days.Nor is the OLED screen the best in Apple’s line up for general movie-binging. Despite offering excellent viewing angles, razor-sharp resolutions and generally being great, during testing we found the 12 screen’s smaller dimensions put it a step behind the much more expensive iPhone 12 Pro Max.Buyers that don’t care about screen size and want to save some cash may also be tempted by the iPhone 12 Mini. It shares the same core specs as the regular iPhone 12, but comes with a smaller form factor and lower price tag. Just be wanted, the battery life on the Mini version takes a hefty hit. During testing it regularly struggled to last a full day’s heavy use.Reviewer: Max ParkerFull review: iPhone 12 Review

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Samsung Galaxy S20 FE

The best mid-range Samsung Galaxy phone

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Pros

Snapdragon 865 in the UKLovely 120Hz panelAvailable in a nice array of colours

Cons

Secondary cameras aren’t great

£699 might be pushing the definition of mid-range, but with flagship devices costing twice this these days, it can sometimes put more affordable phones into context. A good example of this is the Galaxy S20 FE, which Samsung crammed many of its 2020 flagship features into without making too many sacrifices. The highlights here include an attractive 120Hz OLED flat panel offering punchy colours and deep blacks, 6GB of fast RAM and 128GB storage. You’ll also find a triple camera array on the rear of the device, which is headlined by an excellent 12-megapixel camera capable of capturing bright, detailed and intensely colourful photos. Through testing, we found it more than good enough for taking photos for use on social media and video-calling over Zoom. However, we’d still say the Pixel series offers the very best camera experience in this price bracket. Samsung has also included plenty of features that are often ditched at this price, including Qi charging, an IP68 water-resistance rating and expandable storage.The real star of the show here is the Snapdragon 865 chipset (there’s also a 4G Exynos 990 version available for £100 less), which not only gives the FE better performance than other European versions of last year’s S20, but superior battery life, too. There’s 5G support to boot – although, as we found during testing, unless you live in an area with 5G coverage, the latter isn’t a huge selling point.Finally, there’s the FE’s design, which is fairly similar to Samsung’s current Galaxy S21. It’s built of tough plastic rather than glass. But using it as my everyday phone, I found the matte finish attractive – and, unlike most plastic-backed phones, it wasn’t a magnet for fingerprints. The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE is also available in a range of eye-catching colours, including a deep blue and striking red.

It’s also worth noting that we expect the Galaxy S21 FE to launch this year, so it may be worth holding out for that launch if you like the sound of Samsung’s more affordable S Series line. Read our full Samsung Galaxy S20 FE reviewBuy now at BuyMobiles, £26 p/m, £39 upfrontBuy now at BuyMobiles, £23 p/m, £99.99 upfront

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iPhone SE 2

Is the affordable iPhone SE the true iPhone for everyone?

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Pros

At $399/£419 this is an excellent buyFlagship performance should keep this speedy for yearsGreat photos in daylight situationsImpressive video capabilitiesOffers a strong proposition for those who don’t want big phones

Cons

Battery life is far from excellentA new design would’ve been welcome

The iPhone SE 2 is Apple’s only non-flagship smartphone, designed for users who want an Apple phone and enjoy the iOS operating system, but perhaps aren’t so keen on the cost of the iPhone 12 series.

The SE 2 is the second phone in the SE series and offers a large number of flagship features at a very tempting price. Rather than sharing a design with the original SE, the iPhone SE 2 shares a design with the no-longer sold iPhone 8. The SE 2 features curved sides, a glass back, chunky bezels and a circular Touch ID sensor that will feel either nostalgic or dated depending on your design preferences. However, moving on from the design, this is a great phone. The 12-megapixel camera performs admirably in daylight and captures excellent 4K 60fps video, although we do wish its low-light performance was better.You’ll find the same A13 Bionic chip as the iPhone 11 Pro, a sharp 4.7-inch display with fantastic colour reproduction and handy extras such as Qi wireless charging and an IP67 rating for water- and dust-resistance. Reviewer: Max ParkerFull review: iPhone SE 2

Finest outside projector

ViewSonic X-10 4K

A very portable projector

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Pros

Bright and punchy images Effective HDR performance Excellent motion handling Sound system surprisingly good Long-lasting LED light source Portable and easy to install Extensive smart features Stylish and well made

Cons

Weak black levels and shadow detail Resolution isn’t native 4K

The ViewSonic X10-4K’s features make it ideal for use in an outdoor cinema set-up.

For one it’s a short-throw projector, so can be placed close to a screen, producing a 120-inch image from just 2m away. It’s easy to set-up, portable (thanks to its handle) and with built-in Wi-Fi and access to the Aptoide store, you can stream from apps such as iPlayer and Netflix.

It delivers a bright, punchy picture – its brightness of 2400 lumens is another tick on the outdoor list – and the integrated Harmon Kardon sound system has real size and depth. For movies though, you’ll may want to seek a better sound system.

Reviewer: Steve WithersFull review: ViewSonic X10-4K

Greatest outside projector

ViewSonic X-10 4K

A very portable projector

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Pros

Bright and punchy images Effective HDR performance Excellent motion handling Sound system surprisingly good Long-lasting LED light source Portable and easy to install Extensive smart features Stylish and well made

Cons

Weak black levels and shadow detail Resolution isn’t native 4K

The ViewSonic X10-4K’s features make it ideal for use in an outdoor cinema set-up.

For one it’s a short-throw projector, so can be placed close to a screen, producing a 120-inch image from just 2m away. It’s easy to set-up, portable (thanks to its handle) and with built-in Wi-Fi and access to the Aptoide store, you can stream from apps such as iPlayer and Netflix.

It delivers a bright, punchy picture – its brightness of 2400 lumens is another tick on the outdoor list – and the integrated Harmon Kardon sound system has real size and depth. For movies though, you’ll may want to seek a better sound system.

Reviewer: Steve WithersFull review: ViewSonic X10-4K