It’s time for the latest edition of Trusted Recommends, where we take a look at the best tech we’ve reviewed over the last week.
This week we tested a variety of products, from truly wireless headphones and phones to gaming laptops and Samsung’s new Freestyle projector, not to mention the highly anticipated sequel Horizon Forbidden West. We also handed out two perfect 5-star scores this week, with the lucky winners being the LG Tone Free UFP8 headphones and the Positive Grid Spark guitar amp.
But why did they score so high? Scroll down for our breakdown of the best of the best in tech this week.
Little M4 Pro
Starting we have the Little M4 Pro. This Xiaomi sub-brand smartphone is packed with features including a 90Hz FHD+ display, a 5000mAh battery, 5G connectivity, and a 50-megapixel dual camera array. All of the above comes at an affordable £250 price point, making the M4 Pro an easy recommendation for anyone looking for a budget smartphone.
Jabra Elite 7 Pro
Next we have the Jabra Elite 7 Pro. One of several true wireless earbuds to be introduced this week, the Elite 7 Pro offers a discreet and comfortable design, a great fit, a solid IP57 waterproof rating, and good call quality. The headphones also feature adjustable ANC and a HearThrough mode that can be controlled from the Jabra Sound Plus app. This is the last pair in Jabra’s recent true wireless range to earn a recommended badge from us, along with the Elite 3, Elite 7 Active and Elite 4 Active.
Forbidden Horizon West
This week also saw our review of Forbidden Horizon West go to live. The highly anticipated sequel to Horizon Zero Dawn sees our hero Aloy battle robot monsters across the forbidden west, immediately picking up where his predecessor left off. The story takes a fascinating new direction with many twists and turns, and the new upgrade system introduces players to a rewarding Monster Hunter-style gameplay loop.
We also publish our review of the realme pad this week. The tablet comes with a stylish, high-quality design, easy-to-use software, and expandable storage options, all at an affordable price. The detailed 10.4-inch display is ideal for streaming video, playing games, and making video calls, and is backed by a powerful set of speakers.
the samsung freestyle The LED projector makes it easy to take the big screen anywhere, and our reviewer found the images bright and punchy and the audio surprisingly good. The picture is Full HD with support for HDR10 and HLG and there are a variety of built-in apps to give you plenty of choice when it comes to streaming, along with support for Bixby and Amazon Alexa voice assistants.
Asus ROG Zephyrus G15
Next is the Asus ROG Zephyrus G15. This 15-inch gaming laptop may not be the most powerful option on the market, but it’s one of the best you can buy thanks to its slim and portable design. The laptop strikes a good balance between performance and size, but is still big enough to be configured with even better components like the Nvidia RTX 3080 GPU. This laptop also takes advantage of a Quad HD display, a fast Ryzen-series processor 5000 and a customizable AniMe Matrix cap.
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
Back in February Samsung unveiled its latest range of S-series phones and this week recently our thoughts on the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra. One of our key takeaways was that the phone is a fantastic replacement for anyone still grieving the loss of the Galaxy Note. The phone now has an S Pen slot like the Note, and contains many of the features that fans would associate with the discontinued phone. The phone comes with a 6.8-inch screen, Exynos 2200 chipset and four AI-powered cameras for great versatility.
Positive Grid Spark Guitar Amp
Next is the Positive Grid Spark Guitar Amp. Spark is a smart guitar amp that pairs with a mobile app via Bluetooth. It’s small enough to fit on a desk, yet packs a big punch for a practice amp. It can be programmed with over 10,000 tones, allowing guitarists to replicate a wide range of classic amps and pedals from their favorite artists, and features like Auto Chords and Smart Jam are also fantastic tools for beginners. All of the above makes it the ultimate connected practice amp for guitarists.
LG ringtone free UFP8
Finally we have the LG ringtone free UFP8. These true wireless earphones are packed with features ranging from noise cancellation and an ambient mode to a 3D soundstage and even UV light cleaning. The earphones also come with a new design to help them fit better in your ears, making them more suitable for running than their predecessors, while the updated driver offers even more powerful ANC.