Bluesound is a brand that aims to take on Sonos, and it usually does so with great success. Just like that company, Bluesound’s product lineup consists of a range of wireless speakers, soundbars and subwoofers, as well as amplifiers that can be used to bring wireless streaming to any old speaker.
The latest wireless speaker to arrive from Bluesound is the Pulse M ($449 / £449 / €549 / around AU$700), which at first glance looks like a slightly beefier Sonos One. Similar to that model, the Pulse M is a compact standalone speaker with high-res streaming capability that can be wirelessly paired with a second Pulse M for stereo listening. It can also be coupled to a wireless subwoofer for extended bass, or used as a surround speaker in a 5.1 system complete with one of the company’s soundbars.
In terms of specs, the Pulse M seems to have more going on than the Sonos One, which currently tops our list of best wireless speakers. In addition to being slightly larger at 6.7 x 8 x 5.9 inches (W x H x D), Bluesound’s new somewhat cylindrical speaker has a more intricate “Omni-Hybrid” design that combines a 5.25-inch with a pair of 0.75-inch tweeters that are offset from each other at a 45-degree angle.
The Pulse M’s design also incorporates an acoustic reflector that serves to radiate high-frequency sound in a 360-degree pattern. The goal here is to deliver a wide, immersive performance from a single speaker, with a “smart” 80-watt DSP amplifier working to monitor performance in real-time to enhance dynamic range and reduce distortion.
On top of all that, the Pulse M, which is available in a satin white or black finish with matching fabric grille, is controlled by the company’s excellent BluOS app and can stream music from a wide range of services via Wi-Fi, Ethernet or AirPlay. 2. MQA decoding is built-in to handle Tidal’s high-resolution audio, and there’s also aptX HD Bluetooth bi-directional support.
The wired inputs are extensive for a compact wireless speaker: along with the USB Type-A Ethernet ports, the Pulse M has a combination of digital and optical analog audio input, and there’s also a 3.5mm output for Connect wired headphones to enjoy high resolution audio goodness.
Analysis: More than one
With its innovative 360-degree sound propagation design, the Pulse M seems perhaps less interested in taking on the Sonos One than the five sleeps, another top-notch model on our best wireless speakers list. As with the Pulse M, this Sonos model is designed to deliver a wide soundstage and fill the room with as much high-quality audio as possible from a reasonably compact package.
Another thing the Pulse M and Sonos Five share in common is the lack of built-in microphones for voice control: you can use Siri, Google or Alexa commands to operate the Pulse M, but you’ll need to use external hardware – a speaker. Amazon Echo Dot, for example – to make that happen.
The Pulse M is priced slightly lower than the Sonos Five ($549 / £499 / AU$799), making it a more attractive option for an all-in-one speaker, at least from the point of view of cost view. But the big question remains whether or not it provides a hefty enough performance boost over the more affordable Sonos One ($219 / £199 / AU$319) to justify the price increase.
There’s only one way to find this out, and that’s a hands-on Pulse M review, which we hope to provide in the near future. Until that happens, check out our best wireless speaker guide to read about other options, as well as our black friday 2022 guide, which features many other great audio and video product offerings.
Telegram and its users are avoiding Apple’s strict payment guidelines.
The encrypted messaging platform has had to crack down on its iOS users who create paid posts through third-party methods because they violate Apple’s payment policies.
Until recently, the messaging platform allowed channels to set up paid content (opens in new tab) through the help of payment bots. Telegram was not testing a new feature. The company simply, and quietly, allowed creators to use an independent payment system away from Apple’s clutches. Content creators can set prices and let their fans support them directly. Telegram CEO Pavel Durov said in a recent post (opens in new tab) that creators would get “close to 100 percent of what their subscribers pay…” However, that will all go away when Apple finds out about the payments and isn’t happy it isn’t getting its 30 percent tax cut.
Durov claims that because “Apple has full control over its ecosystem,” the developer has no choice but to disable paid posts on iOS. Presumably, if that doesn’t happen, Telegram would be removed from the App Store.
Durov continues to accuse Apple of destroying developers’ dreams and “[crushing] entrepreneurs with a higher tax than any VAT levied by the government (value added tax)”. He calls on regulators around the world to take action against “a trillion-dollar monopoly [abusing] its market dominance.
Telegram says it will continue to work on new tools for creators “to monetize their content – outside of Apple’s restrictive ecosystem.” As an example, he bypassed the App Store fees for Telegram Premium by allowing users to subscribe through the @PremiumBot at a discount (opens in new tab). We contacted the developer and asked what will happen on Android. From the looks of it, paid posts will continue to appear on Android devices. This story will be updated if we receive a response.
If this all sounds really familiar, it’s because something similar has happened before.
In 2021, video game developer Epic Games sued Apple after it pulled Fortnite from its App Store. according to reports, Epic “broke its deal with Apple” by allowing players to purchase in-game currency through third-party methods and evading the 30% tax. The judge in the case ended up ruling in Apple’s favor, but court appeals continue to this day.
Since the lawsuit, we’ve started to see other entities speaking out against Apple. You have the like Spotify (opens in new tab) calling the tech giant “anti-competitive” because of App Store rules that make buying an audiobook overly complicated. Twitter Discovery Elon Musk said in May (opens in new tab) that 30% is “10 times bigger than it should be” and South Korea thought so too. The nation passed a law last year forcing Apple and Google to allow developers to use third-party payment systems and not pay the hefty tax.
The current state of the App Store is a hot topic as it was arguably the envy of the industry at one point, but public sentiment has changed. Be sure to read our recent Opinion article on why the Apple App Store is hurting the iPhone experience.
A prototype AMD graphics card has been discovered – reportedly a Navi 31 model, presumably the RX 7900 (we’ll come back to that point) – and it shows that the GPU will work with a pair of 8-pin power connectors.
The image was shared on Twitter by hardware leaker HXL, who regularly contributes to the GPU leak, and reportedly comes from a QQ chat group (in China). So heavy spice is needed here, but that said, the photo appears to be genuine (if faked, it’s a good effort with some attention to detail).
The graphics card is obviously an engineering sample (pre-release) as it has a red board design (the final product will not be) as well as voltage touchpoints (for engineers to use for debugging and so on) like VideoCardz (opens in new tab)who saw the tweet, points.
As you can see, it’s a triple fan card, slightly larger than its Navi 21 predecessor, and with red stripes on the heatsink, as seen in AMD’s teasers for its high-end GPUs in recent times.
Analysis: This is nice to see, but 8-pin triple can still happen
We already knew that AMD wasn’t following the same path as Nvidia’s RTX 4090 in terms of using the 16-pin power connector (and therefore 12VHPWR power adapter for use with traditional ATX 2.0 power supplies) with the flagship RDNA 3, as the company recently confirmed this.
The reason the announcement was met with a sigh of relief was twofold: due to the cable melting incidents we’ve seen with the 4090, and also because it indicates that the power needs won’t be as great as Nvidia’s (in the case of you are in any doubt about it).
So it’s great to see a Navi 31 graphics card with just a couple of 8-pin connectors needed for power. Especially recently, we were speculating if this could be the case or if we could see 3 x 8-pin connectors for the RDNA 3 flagship. AMD, an XTX variant, which confuses things a bit – and which may have a trio of power connectors, as mentioned.
To summarize a bit, 2 x 8-pin connectors equates to a graphics card of 350W or so (each connector provides 150W, which means 300W, plus 75W fed through the PCIe slot for a maximum of 375 W). Based on the rumor mill, the 7900 XT – which is reportedly one of the first graphics cards to come to AMD’s RDNA 3 range in a long time – is set to be a 350W card, hence the reasonable conclusion that this is what we’re looking here.
If there is a more powerful RX 7900 XTX spin, that could demand considerably more power (400W to 450W maybe) and would therefore need the 3 x 8-pin connectors to deliver enough juice, so we could still see this board next to the vanilla 7900XT .
In all honesty though, we’re not convinced by this XTX speculation, and it seems more likely that this GPU, whether it’s a 7900 XTX or a 7950 XT, will come further with its triple 8-pin power configuration. However, this is clearly all guesswork at this point.
What we do know is that we’re about to find out what AMD has up its sleeve for the initial release of RDNA 3 at a major event later this week (Nov 3). But these images showing a 2 x 8-pin Navi 31 board – assuming there’s no counterfeiting – are a good sign in terms of pointing to this power configuration being employed instead of a trio of 8-pin connectors. (Although, as we just discussed above, this setting could still show up on a more powerful Navi 31 model).
Our Lifestyle Managing Editor Josie Watson (opens in new tab) mentioned an interesting point in this limbo where no one knows what is going on and if the problem is currently being fixed.
Mainly due to the fact that customer service from Meta, Twitter and others on social media is almost non-existent, so where are influencers and businesses going to try to find a solution to this compared to the casual user?
There isn’t currently one, it’s a wait-and-see approach, and this can be anxiety-inducing for many who want to communicate with their fans but are locked out of their accounts.
Instagram on iOS issued an app update 5 hours ago for bug fixesNot sure if that’s what introduced the issues today pic.twitter.com/5iQnNH5WcFOctober 31, 2022
An interesting capture of Matt Navarra on Twitter (opens in new tab) – Instagram released an update earlier today for ‘bug fixes’. Could this be related to what some users are currently experiencing?
This was posted by Instagram’s UK communications team, where he claims it’s ‘related to a technical issue happening’ with the app and is being looked into.
We’re still waiting for an update, but you get the feeling it’s the battle stations in Meta these days, trying to find a fix for this.
Instagram is doing some sort of cleanup, it seems. A lot of people are having a bad day there. @mosseri pic.twitter.com/CYIxEzbc9HOctober 31, 2022
This is how the problem was discovered – countless users were noticing that their follower count was dropping too quickly and eventually others would share on Twitter how their account would be suspended for no reason.
While there is no word from the head of Instagram, Adam Mosseri (opens in new tab) however, we are awaiting a response from the company as to when the issue will be resolved.
@instagram what’s going on? My account was literally suspended for no reason, I didn’t violate any community guidelines, and when I try to check the code it’s just giving me a loading error. Anyone else having this problem? #Instagram #instagramdown pic.twitter.com/2ORKRtu0z7October 31, 2022
This is an example from @QueenVIP8 of how her Instagram account was suddenly blocked for no reason.
Again, if you open Instagram just to see photos of dogs once a day and you’re wondering why you’ve been blocked, don’t panic – it’s a bug and Instagram is aware.
After the news earlier today that Twitter CEO Elon Musk is looking to charge for the blue tick, and now Instagram is down, could we see a hat trick soon from another social platform in trouble?
Snapchat stops crashing?
Facebook ceases to face?
MySpace runs out of space? Again?
We are aware that some of you are having trouble accessing your Instagram account. We are reviewing it and apologize for the inconvenience. #instagramdownOctober 31, 2022
Cheer up – it looks like Instagram is looking into the issue now. The best thing is to grab a drink, and hopefully when you get back, it’s all over.
Many Instagram Users Reporting Accounts Being Suspended or Blocked Randomly Many Accounts Also Showing Large Followers Drops pic.twitter.com/JOyBBPXVgNOctober 31, 2022
If you’re getting this message, you’re not alone, but Instagram seems to be aware of the problem.
Nvidia’s RTX 4080 showed up at retailers with a graphics card displayed on the MSRP in the US as we approach the official on-sale date – but the news isn’t so good in the UK (or elsewhere in Europe).
So the official MSRP in the US is $1,199 for the GeForce RTX 4080 (16GB version – which is the only variant now, of course, as the 12GB rotation has been canceled), and we’ve also seen that it will be sold in the UK at an MSRP of £1,269 (we’ll come back to that).
This is the price Nvidia will sell for, but custom 3rd party versions of the RTX 4080 will be more premium in some cases but not all cases, and we’ve seen this illustrated with a PNY graphics card that has the official MSRP fixed on it. .
As Tom’s Hardware (opens in new tab) highlights, this is the PNY Gaming Verto RTX 4080 (opens in new tab) which costs $1,199 and could be up for pre-order soon, keeping in mind that the 4080 doesn’t officially go on sale until November 16th, just over a fortnight away.
There’s also the faster overclocked (OC) edition of this graphics card listed on Newegg, but it’s still priceless – obviously with the boost clock made to run a little faster, offering a little better performance, it will be a little more expensive.
VideoCardz (opens in new tab) further noted that Laptops Direct in the UK has Palit’s RTX 4080 OmniBlack for £1,450 on pre-order (with delivery time listed as “from three weeks”) and more expensive Palit models coming in at £1,530 (that is the GameRock OC at the top end).
There are RTX 4080 models listed elsewhere (in the US and UK), but none have pricing attached yet. This will no doubt change as the launch approaches.
Analysis: The Good, the Bad, and Ampere’s Alternative
From what we can see so far, there are obviously good and bad things here. It’s good to see that in the US, a third-party model of the RTX 4080 is sticking to the MSRP – assuming the price doesn’t change from that point on, of course.
The UK seems to be a different story so far, but Laptops Direct is not where most people go for their graphics card needs (as you can imagine, this retailer is quite popular for, er, laptops). Companies like Scan or Overclockers UK (OCUK), for example, still don’t have prices associated with the RTX 4080 models that can be seen on their respective websites (in fact, Scan doesn’t even have standalone cards listed yet, just pre-built systems with the RTX 4080, no price).
These prices we can see on Laptops Direct are, however, an ominous sign, and the fact that the MSRP itself is higher than the US is also disappointing (albeit highly predictable given recent currency movements and so on). against). What we can see on Scan is that the RTX 4090 is priced between £1,950 and £2,000, and on OCUK it’s a similar story from £1,980 to £2,030, which doesn’t bode well for the RTX 4080 coming at its price point. suggested price of £1,269 in that country.
We could very well be looking at £1,500 then, or maybe even going up from there with beefier RTX 4080 models, particularly if the stock is thinner on the ground initially. And how does that compare to Ampere graphics cards? Well, you can buy an RTX 3090 Ti Founders Edition for £1,149 (the scan (opens in new tab)) at the moment – and it’s unclear how much better the RTX 4080 16GB will be than the 3090 Ti (apart from the biggest boosts for DLSS 3 games, i.e. which of course is still a niche proposition).
That kind of pricing makes the beefier RTX 3000 models look tempting, sure, and some might argue that maybe that’s the idea with early RTX 4000 releases (as we keep hearing, Nvidia and partners have a lot of Ampere stock to clean, yet).
Another argument might be if you’re going to shell out that much for an RTX 4080, why not go the extra mile and get the 4090 anyway (although melted power adapters might worry you at this point with the Lovelace flagship).
We can’t get too carried away by early price hints, of course, and there’s still that glimmer of hope of decent pricing in the US – provided the PNY card doesn’t have a reserve price – even if that’s not the case in the UK ( and elsewhere in Europe where Lovelace cards can be even more expensive).
Whether or not the RTX 4000 range ends at the MSRP, mind you, those recommended prices are still pretty ridiculous, certainly for the RTX 4080 when you compare it to the RTX 3080 which came with an MSRP of $699 (or £649) , even though you couldn’t really buy it for something like that.
Se você nos pedisse para compilar uma lista de possíveis produtos que a Focal poderia conceituar, pesquisar, criar e lançar em seguida, alto-falantes externos em forma de pedra e cor de pedra não apareceriam em nenhum lugar – mas isso não significa que não estamos a bordo.
O especialista francês em áudio high-end (veja os mais recentes Focal Bathys e Focal Utopia – também conhecidos como alguns dos fones de ouvido mais bonitos que já vi) acaba de lançar o Littora – que assumimos ser uma brincadeira com ‘litoral’, ou seja, relacionado a ou situado na margem do mar ou de um lago.
O que você tem é uma gama abrangente de alto-falantes resistentes à água e às intempéries, feitos para se parecerem com pedras de jardim e outros objetos que ocorrem naturalmente.
E além dos alto-falantes adequados para sentar em jardins, áreas de piscina e áreas de entretenimento ao ar livre, a Focal também nos diz que os clientes podem considerar a gama como uma opção de instalação para um iate. (Se só não tínhamos acabado de refazer o sistema de som do iate convidado.)
Todos os alto-falantes da linha têm a inovação e o desempenho que você espera da Focal, mas a estrela visual do show é o OD Stone 8 – um alto-falante em forma de ovo disponível nos acabamentos texturizados de calcário, basalto e areia.
Para mim, parece para todo o mundo como Grand Pabbie, o troll do rock sábio e idoso que rola para dispensar magia a Anna e Elsa, em Frozen.
Quer o cogumelo da casa do Vale dos Vivos dos trolls para acompanhar? Você se lembra, todos eles vivem em um pequeno buraco com um emaranhado de galhos e cogumelos arqueados sobre eles! A Focal entende: o OD Sub 12 é um subwoofer semi-enterrado que promete adicionar graves soberbos ao seu som externo.
A gama OD é completada pelos altifalantes OD Sat 5: designs versáteis que podem ser montados na parede ou mesmo ‘plantados’ no solo para completar a estética Arundelle sobrenatural (e também sistema de som).
Opinião: A Focal está servindo aos amantes de Frozen um deleite de áudio antes da temporada festiva – e eu digo que arrase!
Acredito firmemente que o áudio deve ser divertido assim como sonoramente talentoso (veja os alto-falantes estéreo Wilson Audio vagamente aterrorizantes, até o adorável Gravastar Mars Pro, o impressionante alto-falante Bluetooth McIntosh RS150, estruturas sônicas de prendedores de roupa e, claro, as barras de som da Bang & Olufsen que imitam graciosos veleiros) e eu aqui, eu confie no compromisso comprovado da Focal em fazer o trabalho corretamente.
Eu nunca conheci um produto Naim ou Focal (as duas empresas se fundiram em 2011) que não soasse excepcional.
De volta aos produtos, todos os três alto-falantes Littora usam os drivers de alto-falante de cone IRIS IP proprietários da Focal, desenvolvidos pela Focal para uso em qualquer clima sem perda de qualidade de som.
Os alto-falantes também têm tratamento anti-UV e proteção certificada contra poeira e água: o OD Stone 8 e o Sub 12 têm certificação IP45; o OD Sat 5 tem certificação IP55.
E os alto-falantes Littora possuem um transformador de energia que permite que eles sejam conectados em um sistema de 100V, o que também permite o gerenciamento de volume individual para cada alto-falante dentro do sistema.
Preços? É claro. Todos os produtos da gama estarão disponíveis a partir de janeiro de 2023.
O Focal Littora OD Sat 5 custará $ 679 / £ 499 / $ 799 CAD. Meu OD Stone 8 favorito tem um preço sugerido de $ 799 / £ 599 / $ 899 CAD, enquanto o OD Sub 12 ‘cogumelo’ custará $ 1.999 / £ 1.599 / $ 2.499 CAD – e esse alto-falante em particular parece muito semelhante aos que eu vi bombeando música temática nos próprios parques temáticos da Disney, o que só me faz querer mais.
E há um pacote 4.1 também! Isso inclui quatro alto-falantes OD Sat 5 e um OD Sub 12 por $ 3.999 / £ 2.999 / $ 4.499 CAD. Estamos aguardando os preços australianos, mas isso deve significar que os preços começam em cerca de AU $ 1.270 para esse modelo Pabbie.
Estou lutando contra o desejo de comprar um Stone 8 agora para o ano novo, mas provavelmente deveria reduzir meus gastos. É provavelmente um dos melhores oradores de festa que eu já ouvi, mas como meu troll mágico favorito da Disney disse em 2013, “o coração não é tão facilmente mudado… mas a cabeça pode ser persuadida”.
As we’re on the cusp of Halloween and a trick-or-treating night, there’s always an app that helps us get into the Christmas spirit, and this year’s example is the Opera GX browser. It is available on iOS and Android with a secret theme.
Opera GX is, based on our tests, a fun web browser with a focus on games. On the desktop, it allows you to view Twitch streams and Discord chats in the browser. You can’t do the same in the mobile version of Opera GX, but it still has the Halloween theme.
Granted, while it’s a holiday of scares and terror, especially when it comes to games (opens in new tab), Opera has a hidden orange theme to mark Halloween. I visited the team earlier this month where they showed me how to access it.
How to Turn Opera GX into Scary Orange
This is a simple case that starts with pressing the Opera logo in the lower right corner. Scroll down until you find Definitionsand press it.
You will see a ‘Appearance‘ title at the top. Prepress this five times. If done correctly, you’ll see a row of pumpkins start to appear and then suddenly everything will turn orange, or ‘Veggie’ as Opera GX calls it.
If you’re having trouble with this, scroll down and triple tap under ‘Version’ to reset the theme.
Using Opera GX with an orange theme is great. It’s the perfect shade for Halloween.
The only issue I’ve noticed is that the fonts on the homepage don’t change in dark mode, so some black text that hasn’t changed can be hard to see. Also, it’s a shame there isn’t an app icon that has the Opera logo made like a pumpkin, but maybe next year.
Regardless, it’s a small price to pay for a secret theme that marks the holiday – now how about a Christmas theme hidden on the side with the Opera logo turned into a trinket?
It’s not even a week after Elon Musk becomes the owner (or ‘Chief Twit’ as he calls the position) of Twitter, and his plans to overhaul the verification process seem like a terrible idea.
According to On the edge (opens in new tab), Musk is planning to increase the monthly price of Twitter Blue, which lets you edit tweets, as well as get custom icons and exclusive features, from $4.99 / £4.99 / AU$5.99 to $19.99 / £19.99 / AU$20.99. When signing up, Twitter Blue users will also be verified, which gives them a blue tick next to their username – something that was previously limited to verified users such as notable public figures, politicians and members of the media.
Verified users will have a 90-day window to sign up for this new plan or they will lose their blue visa.
This can already be a fatal decision for the platform, especially when it could allow trolls with few followers to pay to be verified, making the blue mark system irrelevant.
receiving verified (opens in new tab) on Twitter can be a slow and frustrating process where you have to send multiple web links to the company as proof that you are a real person and deserve the blue check.
Some people were denied multiple times and it took two attempts to get a blue visa. I still don’t know why I was denied the first time, but it’s fair to say the process should be looked into.
However, charging $20 a month for this is not the way to go. It’s the equivalent of opening the floodgates and lowering the checkpoint – which was to help users know if an account is authentic or in the public interest. At four times the price of a Twitter Blue subscription these days, it will be hard to sell.
Combined with the fact that Musk has reportedly told the developers at Blue that they will be fired if this feature isn’t available by November 7th, we could be about to see Twitter’s dark days begin and possibly the end of how you can freely use your account on the platform.
Meta’s latest VR headset, the Meta Quest Pro, is finally getting into users’ hands, and it seems many aren’t impressed with the next-gen device.
After launching on October 25th, pre-orders for the Meta Quest Pro – a much more powerful and feature-packed device than Meta’s Oculus Quest 2 – are hitting people’s doors, and users are taking to social media. to share your thoughts.
Unfortunately for Meta, several of the posts we’ve seen on platforms like Reddit are far from positive, with titles like “Quest Pro sucks (opens in new tab)” and “Returning the Quest Pro (opens in new tab)” appearing just a day after the device was launched. Reading the posts, it’s clear that users share some key frustrations related to the Quest Pro’s VR pass and features.
A major upgrade to the Meta Quest Pro is its color passing, which means that when using the headset, you can see a full-color video feed of the outside world. In theory, this should allow it to better facilitate mixed reality experiences than the Quest 2’s black-and-white crossover. When we demoed the headset ahead of its release, we thought this feature had a lot of potential – the reality titles mix we’ve played have been some of the best experiences we’ve had using a Meta headset – but in the real world the pass isn’t popular.
Users are complaining that unless you’re in a very bright space, the image is too grainy, especially when you consider you paid $1,500 / £1,500 / AU$2,450 for the privilege.
Also, as we suspected, the Quest Pro isn’t the most immersive headset for playing VR titles like the best Oculus Quest 2 games. We weren’t able to play any VR games during our brief hands-on time, but we were concerned they weren’t as immersive. how much were using a Quest 2 because of the Quest Pro design.
Unlike a typical VR headset, which forms a seal around the eyes, the Meta Quest Pro leaves a large gap between the screen and the face so you can see the real world at all times. For mixed reality, we thought this was a benefit, but – as users have found – when you’re trying to escape into VR, being able to see the real world can be super off-putting. You can buy blinkers for the Pro headset to mitigate this problem, but when you’re already paying so much for the device, spending more for what feels like an essential add-on is a hard pill to swallow.
It’s worth noting that other users had a more positive experience, and the complaints we mentioned above may come from a noisy minority rather than the majority of users. However, they are worth paying attention to. Considering the high cost of the Meta Quest Pro, you want to be absolutely sure it’s the best headset for you. By reading people’s reviews, you can better determine if this is really what you want to buy, or if you would be better off with one of the other options available.
Review: The best VR headset for you
Meta Quest Pro has some strengths. When we tested the headset, we found its mixed reality experiences to be incredibly immersive – thanks to its more open design and color pass – and the face tracking made interacting with other users feel more genuine.
However, its price is significantly higher, and its focus on mixed reality comes at a cost to your VR experience (unless you buy the add-on that blocks the real world).
So even though this is Meta’s latest headset, you may find that the Meta Quest Pro is not the best option for you.
If you’re looking for a more budget-friendly VR headset, now you should go for the Oculus Quest 2 or Pico 4. Based on our experience with both devices, the Quest 2 has a slight edge. Despite having worse specs, its software is generally more polished, has a better selection of games and apps, and is more widely available (Pico 4 is only available in the UK, Europe and Asia).
However, if you are in the UK, Pico 4 should be considered. It’s a little cheaper than Quest 2 (although Pico 4 doesn’t come with a free game like Beat Saber), and as I mentioned, it’s a little more powerful. The software disappoints, but Pico has already made considerable improvements to the device. With exclusive games like a VR version of Just Dance on the way to the Pico platform, we could see Pico 4 match and even surpass Quest 2 next year.
While it’s not as talked about as the Quest 2, you might as well consider the best VR headset in terms of raw performance: the Valve Index. It’s expensive (costing $999 / £919 / around AU$1,425), and you need a solid PC to run many of your best VR games (costing at least another $500 / £500 / AU$750), but in return, you get a great headset. Image quality and its articulation controllers help make your VR titles even more interactive. This headset gives you the best way to play some of the best VR games like Half-Life: Alyx.
The only downsides are that the Valve Index is wired and requires a fair amount of setup and space, thanks to its base stations. But these disadvantages are more than offset by the Index’s performance.
Another device to consider is the Oculus Quest 3. Of course, it’s not available today, but it’s coming next year (according to Meta). Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg said it will cost anywhere from $300 to $500, which is roughly the price of the Quest 2 at the moment. We also expect to see PlayStation VR 2 in 2023, although you’ll need a PS5 to use it. So if none of the above headphones tickle your fancy, there’s no harm in waiting a few months and seeing if the next generation of VR devices suits your needs (and your budget) better than what’s out there right now.
The best juicers can make light work of even the toughest veggies, and they’re great for squeezing every last drop from tasty fruits too. They’re easy, effective, great for healthy living and much more convenient than stocking up on shop-bought juice.
While specific models may differ, juicers all work in much the same way – so here’s how to juice ginger, and here’s how to juice a lemon. As you can see, it couldn’t be easier.
When you’re looking to buy one of the best juicers, there are two types to consider. Centrifugal juicers tend to be cheaper, and they extract juice from fruits and veg by using blades that spin very quickly. Cold press juicers grind them instead, pushing them through a strainer. They produce even more juice than centrifugal juicers do, but they tend to cost more. You may also see them called slow juicers or masticating juicers.
If you’re looking to do more than just juicing, it’s worth considering one of the best blenders instead. They’re a bit more flexible and you can use them for fresh smoothies or even cocktails.
So which one should you buy? We’ve tested all the big names and many lesser-known brands too, including the likes of Nutribullet, Smeg and Breville (who also make some of our picks for the best coffee makers and best espresso machines), as well as offerings from dedicated juicer brands. Whether you’re craving citrus or love something more leafy, these are the best juicers you can buy today.
Best juicers: tested by us
This is the best juicer overall
Type: centrifugal juicer
Feed chute size: 3.2 inch / 8.2cm
Juice pitcher capacity: 70oz/ 2 liter
Reasons to buy
Large capacity lidded jug
Juice is smooth with no pulp
Juicer stays cool during use
Reasons to avoid
Poor results juicing leafy greens
Lots of foam on some juices
If you’re looking for the best juicer you can buy, Breville’s the Juice Fountain Cold hits the sweet spot when it comes to juice yields, simplicity and price. With a 70oz/ 2L lidded jug and 3.6 qt/ 3.4L pulp container, this juicer can make large quantities of juice in one go, and we were impressed at just how clear the juice produced was and the fact there was no pulp included in the juice either.
Known as the Sage the Nutri Juicer Cold in the UK, this is a centrifugal juicer. Still, it features ‘Cold Spin Technology,’ which the brand claims will ensure the juicer stays cool, despite its high spin speed, to avoid any heat damage to vitamins and minerals during the juicing process.
If you’re a fan of kale shots, this isn’t the juicer for you, as it struggled to extract much juice from leafy greens in our tests, and we also found that while juices were smooth and clear, they had a thick layer of foam on top. However, considering its mid-range price tag and ease of use, we think it’s a great choice.
Read our full review: Breville the Juice Fountain Cold
Best budget slow juicer
Type: cold press juicer
Feed chute size: 1.8 inch / 4.8cm
Juice pitcher capacity: 0.74 quart / 0.7-liter
Reasons to buy
Good value for money
Easy to assemble
Parts are dishwasher safe
Reasons to avoid
Juice yield less than competitors
Poor instruction manual
With a very affordable price tag, this slow juicer represents excellent value. It is ideal for those on a budget who still want to enjoy the benefits of a slow juicer, such as making refreshing drinks from leafy greens.
On testing, we found it easy to assemble and simple to use. The juice yields were slightly below what we’ve seen from more premium slow juicers but exceeded the results from its nearest competitor in terms of price, the Ninja Cold Press Juicer. The components are dishwasher safe, which makes for easy cleaning, too.
However, the feed chute is smaller than other juicers we’ve tested, which meant we had to spend more time chopping up fruit and vegetables before juicing them and the instruction manual wasn’t as detailed as we’d have hoped.
Read our full review: Amzchef Slow Juicer ZM1501
Best premium juicer
Type: Cold press juicer
Feed chute size: 2 inch / 6.35 cm
Juice pitcher capacity: 0.2 gallon / 1 liter juice jug
Reasons to buy
Makes smooth, clear froth-free juice
Good juice yields
Quiet in use
Reasons to avoid
Expensive compared to the rest of the market
Small feed chute
If you’re looking for the best juicer for leafy greens, the Nama 5800 will be right up your street. We were extremely impressed with this juicer, which is neat and compact. We achieved some of the highest juice yields (the amount of juice compared to the original weight of fruit and vegetables) we’ve ever seen, even when juicing kale which is notoriously tricky to juice. However, it’s also one of the most expensive on the market. During testing, we found it simple to use and love that it comes with three interchangeable strainers, which allow you to make smoothies and sorbet as well as refreshing juices. In addition, we found the juice it extracted, both from soft fruits and harder, fresh fibrous produce, was clear, smooth, and froth-free.
The feed chute is not as wide as some juicers we’ve tested, so we had to chop larger fruits up before juicing, but this is a minor gripe on what is one of the best juicers we’ve tested to date.
Read our full review: Nama Vitality 5800
Best juicer for citrus fruits
Feed chute size: N/A
Juice pitcher capacity: N/A
Reasons to buy
No assembly required
Does a good job at juicing
Cleaning is minimal
Reasons to avoid
Doesn’t remove all the seeds and pulp
Height of spout can’t be adjusted
If you enjoy your citrus fruits, then getting a citrus juicer is one way you can start to enjoy them more. However, it is limited to only being able to juice your grapefruits, oranges, lemons, and limes, so if you don’t regularly tuck into these, this will not be the appliance for you.
In our test, we were impressed with how easy it was to remove the juice from the fruit. There were no dials or controls to operate – we just switched it on, and away we went. The motor is automatically powered on and off when you apply or remove the pressure to the juicing cone.
What we really liked about the citrus juicer was the design. It’s beautiful, as are all the retro 50s style appliances in the range. What we didn’t like about it was that the height of the spout could not be adjusted, so that we couldn’t use our favorite glass.
Read our full Smeg CJF01 citrus juicer review (opens in new tab)
Best affordable centrifugal juicer
Type: Centrifugal juicer
Feed cute size: 3.2 inch / 8.2cm
Juice pitcher capacity: 27oz/ 800ml
Reasons to buy
Wide feed tube can fit a whole apple without cutting up
Juice pitcher comes with a lid for easy juice storage
Reasons to avoid
Juice not completely pulp free
Lots of froth on top of most juices
Not effective juicing leafy greens
This is a great entry-level juicer for those on a budget. Two-speed settings make it easy to use, and the dishwasher-safe components mean cleaning it is a breeze.
It’s effective at producing plenty of juice from fruit and vegetables, but in our tests, the juices we created weren’t completely smooth and had a large layer of froth on top too. The Nutribullet Juicer also struggled to produce much juice from leafy green vegetables, such as kale, although this is what we’d expect from a centrifugal juicer. A compact and neat juicer, the Nutribullet has a wide feed chute, so we didn’t have to waste time chopping fresh produce, and the pitcher comes with a lid to make storing the juice easy. There’s also a recipe booklet, which offers plenty of inspiration for those new to juicing. So if you’re on a budget, this is a juicer worth considering.
Read our full review: Nutribullet Juicer
Best juicer for more than just juice
Type: Cold press juicer
Feed chute size: 3.2 inch / 8.2cm
Juice pitcher capacity: 0.18 gallons / 800ml
Reasons to buy
Makes smooth, clear froth-free juice
Accessories to make more than juice are available
Quiet in use
Reasons to avoid
Expensive compared to the rest of the market
If you’re looking for an appliance that can prepare more than just refreshing fruit and vegetable drinks, the Kuvings Evolution 820 Cold Press Juicer is worth considering.
It comes with two strainers, but an additional homogenizer that allows you to make nut butter, sauces, purees, and fresh ‘ice cream’ from frozen fruits, is also available for the juicer, along with a smoothie strainer.
During testing, it impressed us by producing smooth, clear froth-free juice from an array of fruit and vegetables. It’s also one of the quietest we’ve tested too.
The Kuvings Cold Press Juicer doesn’t come cheap, but with its relatively heavy base and stylish body, you can tell you’re paying for a durable, serious piece of kit.
Read our full Kuvings EVO820 Evolution Cold Press Juicer review
A compact juicer for small quantities
Type: centrifugal juicer
Feed chute size: 2.6 inch/ 6.5cm feed tube
Juice pitcher capacity: 0.37-quart / 0.35-liter
Reasons to buy
Easy to use
Reasons to avoid
Can only be used for one minute at a time
Struggles with leafy greens
This model is worth considering for those who only want to juice small quantities at a time – perhaps you’re the only person in the house who drinks juice. It’s compact, easy to use, and very affordable, too.
It comes with a 0.37-quart / 0.35-liter juice jug, which is enough for one portion of juice at a time, any more, and you’ll have to keep emptying it.
In our tests, it impressed us with how quickly it could juice an apple as well as the amount of juice extracted from carrots, but the juice extracted wasn’t completely smooth. The manual recommends only running it for a minute at a time which we found frustrating.
As it’s a centrifugal juicer, we weren’t surprised that it struggled to extract much juice from leafy greens. However, this fits the bill for those on a budget or looking for a compact machine perfect for small quantities.
Read our full review: Bagotte DB-001 juicer
A good looking retro-style juicer
Type: cold press juicer
Feed chute size: 3.5 inch / 8.8 cm
Juice pitcher capacity: 0.21 gallon / 1-liter
Reasons to buy
Eye-catching good looks
Easy to operate
Juice density regulation lever
Reasons to avoid
No froth separator
The attractive retro body on the Smeg SJF01 Slow Juicer certainly looks good on the counter, but its basic functions are a little less luxurious. Designed to match Smeg’s iconic range of 1950s small and large appliances, this juicer has minimal accessories and lacks a froth separator.
In our tests, we found it was simple to use and, on the whole, produced clear, smooth juice from an array of fruit and vegetables. We were also impressed with the juice density regulation lever, which allows the thickness of the juice to be adjusted to your tastes.
While it may not be the most high-tech juicer on the market, it fits the bill if you want smooth juice and good looks from an appliance.
Read our full Smeg SJF01 Slow Juicer review
A multipurpose juicer and blender in one
Type: Centrifugal juicer
Feed chute size: 3.5 inch / 8.8cm
Juice pitcher capacity: 0.32 gallon / 1.5-liter
Reasons to buy
Blender and juicer in one
Fast and effective
Informative navigation controls
Reasons to avoid
Noisiest in our test
Unlike the other juicers in our round-up, the Sage the 3X Bluicer Pro, known as the Breville the 3X Bluicer Pro in the US, doubles up as a blender which is helpful if you don’t have the space for two separate appliances.
In our tests, it came up top in speed, juicing an apple in an impressive 10 seconds, making it one of the fastest and most efficient juicers we’ve tested. In addition, we liked the informative LED control panel display that walks you through the controls and lets you adjust the speed – a feature we think is lacking on standard juicer appliances.
Like all centrifugal juicers, it struggled to juice leafy greens like spinach but worked well on harder fruits and veggies. However, in use, this is the noisiest juicer we’ve tested, and it’s bulky, so it requires a lot of storage space.
Read our full Sage 3X Bluicer Pro review
How we test juicers
To find the best juicers, we’ve spent hours in the kitchen putting the top models to the test to make a green juice from broccoli, celery, pears, and ginger, while also juicing carrots, oranges, and apples. As well as evaluating how smooth the drinks are and how fast they’re dispensed, we’re also looking for whether bitterness from the pith and pulp has tainted the taste of the juice, how much foam has been created in the drink and if there’s any remaining fresh produce in the appliance that hasn’t been juiced.
For each model, we rate how loud they are, how durable and easy to clean the body and parts are, if the chute is wide enough for whole fruits and vegetables, whether they need to be chopped before juicing, and if it splashes and drips during and after use.
How to choose the best juicer for you
What to consider when buying a juicer
As we’ve already mentioned, there are two types of juicers to choose from if you’re looking to invest in an appliance that can extract liquid from fruit and vegetables.
A centrifugal juicer uses a flat blade and spinning strainer to create fresh juice and works best on firmer fruits and veggies. They’re faster and more affordable than cold press juicers, but they’re noisier and create more heat which can break down the nutrients in the fruit quicker than slow juicers.
As the name suggests, a slow juicer takes time to break down fruit and vegetables to ensure that as many nutrients as possible are retained, and every drop of juice is extracted. They’re more expensive than a centrifugal juicer, but this can be cost-effective in the long run as you’ll get a higher juice yield.
Many juicers come with a range of different sized-strainers, which means you can control how much pulp, if any, is retained in the juice, and for those that dislike froth on freshly squeezed juice, look for models that include a froth separator. Some juicers even offer additional attachments so you can create nut butter, fresh pasta, grind coffee, and extract the juice. Also, consider the size of the juicer, where you’ll keep it, and any accessories it comes with, as well as how time-consuming it is to clean.
You may also be interested to read our thoughts on how healthy is using a juicer for a deep dive into this area.
Which type of juicer is best?
As we’ve already mentioned, there are two types of juicers on the market: centrifugal juicers and cold press juicers. This may leave you wondering which type of juicer is best.
Centrifugal juicers are more affordable than cold press juicers and are quicker at extracting juice. However, the blades they use to extract juice from fruit create heat, which can destroy the nutrients and minerals in the fruity liquid.
Cold press juicers do a better job of preserving the nutrients in the fruit juice as they grind and chew the fruit to extract the juice rather than blades that generate heat. However, this means the juicing process is slower than when using a centrifugal juicer and is more expensive.
You can find out in-depth how the two designs differ by reading Centrifugal juicers vs cold press juicers. Or, if you’ve already decided on a cold press juicer, hop over to our guide on how to use a cold press juicer for tons of tips and tricks.
Juicers vs blenders
Juicers have been designed to extract the liquid from fresh produce. As we’ve covered above, there are a few different types of juicers, and some use sharp blades to break down the fruits and veggies, whereas others slowly press the ingredients to release the liquid. Once the juice has been created, you’ll have the leftover parts of your produce.
Blenders work differently because rather than extracting juices, they break down the entire contents of the blending jug to create a smooth mixture and don’t leave anything behind. For a full round-up of the pros and cons of both juicers and blenders, head to our feature on Juicers vs blenders: what’s the difference?
How to clean a juicer
Cleaning a juicer isn’t always easy, especially as there are many small crevices where fruit or veggies can get stuck and start to build up. However, staying on top of the cleanliness of your juicer will help keep your juice tasting as fresh as possible while ensuring the machine is hygienic too.
You’ll need to clean all the removable parts off the machine in warm water and dish soap, scrub them with a cloth or brush where necessary, and use a spoon or a spatula to remove the pulp. Discover in-depth how to clean a juicer in our article.