The 10 best mirrorless cameras in 2018

Once upon a time, keen photographers bought a DSLR – it was the established order of things. But the mirror mechanism of a DSLR is complex and noisy and adds to the weight of the camera, and that’s where the mirrorless camera, or compact system camera comes in.

Once upon a time, keen photographers bought a DSLR – it was the established order of things. But the mirror mechanism of a DSLR is complex and noisy and adds to the weight of the camera, and that’s where the mirrorless camera, or compact system camera comes in. They keep the big sensors and interchangeable lenses of DSLR cameras but ditch the mirror to produce a smaller, lighter and simpler camera.

In fact, there are still pros and cons to both designs. If you want to find out more, read this: Mirrorless vs DSLR cameras: 10 key differences.

Some mirrorless cameras have a compact, rectangular body, some are styled like DSLRs with a ‘pentaprism’ on the top – though this houses an electronic viewfinder rather than the optical viewfinder you get with a DSLR.

Be aware, too, that cheaper mirrorless cameras don’t come with viewfinders at all – instead, you compose the photo on the rear screen, just as you do with a compact camera or a smartphone. (If you’re still not sure what kind of camera you need, read our easy to follow guide: What camera should I buy?)

No two photographers are exactly the same – we’re all looking for slightly different things, so we’ve ranked the 10 best compact system cameras you can buy right now based not just on specs, handling and performance, but size, simplicity and value for money too.

With the Alpha A7R III, Sony has taken one of our favorite mirrorless cameras and bolstered the performance to make it one of the most complete and versatile cameras available today. With a brilliant full-frame 42.2MP sensor that’s supported by and advanced AF system and 10fps burst shooting, you no longer have to sacrifice performance for resolution or vice versa. This is a camera that would be equally at home perched on a mountain as in a studio or on the sidelines of a football match.

Read our in-depthSony Alpha A7R III review

Fujifilm’s update to the X-T1 may look similar at first glance, but there have been some big improvements and perhaps the biggest of all is the autofocus system. It’s a huge leap forward compared with the system found in the X-T1, with AF tracking of moving subjects now much more precise and swift, while the level of sophistication and customisation is impressive too. Add in 8 frames per second burst shooting, a clever double-hinged rear display, bright EVF, Fuji’s excellent 24.3MP X Trans III CMOS sensor and plenty of body mounted controls that’s all wrapped-up in a tactile body, and you’re left with a brilliant camera.

Read our in-depth Fujifilm X-T2 review

The Alpha A9 doesn’t fail to impress. The AF system Sony has blessed its flagship camera with is not only incredibly quick, the tracking performance needs to be seen to be believed. Partner that with incredibly fast 20fps burst shooting, and a large and bright EVF that doesn’t blackout when you’re shooting, and you’ve got a camera that can mix it with the best that Canon and Nikon have to offer when it comes to shooting action.

Read our in-depth Sony Alpha A9 review

Aimed at enthusiast and semi-professional photographers, the Lumix G9 is certainly very competitively priced; you get a lot of camera for your money. Some might view the smaller Micro Four Thirds sensor as a bit of a compromise, but the pay-off is a compact and well-balanced system, and we were thoroughly impressed when we paired the G9 with the 200mm f/2.8 telephoto prime. Throw in 60fps shooting, polished handling and a wealth of advanced features and the Lumix G9 is a brilliant all-round mirrorless camera. Not to mention Panasonic’s best mirrorless camera to date.

Read our in-depthPanasonic Lumix G9 review

The OM-D E-M10 Mark III might not be a massive leap forward over the Mark II, with much of the camera’s specification remaining the same. However, Olympus has refined and tweaked one of our favorite mirrorless cameras to make it an even more tempting proposition for new users and enthusiasts alike. Some will criticise the smaller Micro Four Thirds sensor format (roughly half the area of APS-C) but the effect on image quality is minor and it means that the lenses are as compact and lightweight as the camera itself. Sporting a 5-axis image stabilization system, decent electronic viewfinder, an impressive 8.6fps burst shooting speed and 4K video, it’s no toy – the E-M10 Mark III is a properly powerful camera.

Read our in-depth Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III review

Like the look of the X-T2 at the top of our list, but don’t quite want to shell out that much for it? Fuji has the answer in the shape of the X-T20, which manages to distill many of the key features of the X-T2 including the excellent 24.3MP sensor and advanced AF system, but into a slightly more compact and affordable camera. The X-T20 feels very similar to its bigger brother in terms of build quality, while the tactile controls and polished handling make it a very satisfying camera to shoot with. The X-T20 will certainly hit the sweet spot for many photographers. If you like the look of the X-T20, but want something a little more compact, take a look at the X-E3. Sharing virtually the same specification, it has a more compact design.

Read our in-depth Fujifilm X-T20 review

While not quite perfect, the G80’s (G85 in the US) feature set and performance make it one of the most compelling mid-range mirrorless propositions around. Autofocus is very good, whether you’re using it for static or moving subjects, and processing speeds are fast, while the image stabilisation system is very effective whether you’re recording stills or movies. Image quality is generally very good, with the removal of the low-pass filter making a positive difference overall, and this is matched by strong 4K video quality, with plenty of video-related options. Together with a great EVF and LCD partnership, plenty of options over customisation and a broad range of compatible lenses, the G80 is a smash on a number of levels.

Read our in-depthPanasonic Lumix G80 / G85 review

The Lumix GH5 is the latest in the line of Panasonic’s top-of-the-range GH series of mirrorless cameras, which over the years have carved out a niche for themselves among videographers thanks to their breadth of movie-making features. It’s certainly one of the best 4K camera solutions out there, if not the best, before you start considering dedicated professional video cameras, and that video capability is backed up by a great set of features for the stills photographer.

Read our in-depth Panasonic Lumix GH5 review

You don’t have to go full-frame to get the benefit of Sony’s great camera technology and this APS-C format model makes a great choice for enthusiasts looking for an alternative to big, heavy DSLR. One of the challenges for CSC manufacturers has been to make their autofocus systems as good as the ones in DSLRs. The A6500’s comes very close, especially in bright light; it’s able to track moving subjects around the frame and as they move towards or away from the camera. There’s also an excellent electronic viewfinder that makes it easy to see when the subject is sharp and correctly exposed. Image quality is very high and there’s built-in Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity to allow to share images via a connected smartphone.

Read our in-depth Sony Alpha A6500 review

While the design follows that of the original film Pen-F camera from the 1960s, that’s pretty much where any similarities stop, with this modern-day Pen-F featuring Olympus’s latest 20MP Micro Four Thirds sensor. Unlike previous Pen models we’ve seen which rely solely on the rear screen for composition unless you want to invest in an optional attachable electronic viewfinder, the Pen-F incorporates a high-quality OLED EVF integrated into the body with with a resolution of 2.36m dots. There’s also an advanced 5-axis image stabilisation system built in to combat camera shake, while no Olympus CSC could be complete without a selection of Art Filters – the Pen-F has 28 to choose from. Offering plenty of customisation and a host of clever features, there’s also built-in Wi-Fi connectivity to boot.

Read our in-depth Olympus Pen-F review

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Smarter Coffee 2nd Generation review – CNET

The app-connected Smarter Coffee 2nd Generation coffee maker sounds great in theory. It automatically grinds and brews pots of drip from whole beans. It also works with Alexa and the Google Assistant to create coffee through simple spoken commands.

The app-connected Smarter Coffee 2nd Generation coffee maker sounds great in theory. It automatically grinds and brews pots of drip from whole beans. It also works with Alexa and the Google Assistant to create coffee through simple spoken commands. It doesn’t make terrible coffee. It costs $250 in the US or £180 in the UK, which converts to about AU$310.

Unfortunately, it’s a pain to set up. Voice commands only turn it on and off. Worst is the brewer’s settings, which try to hide its critical flaw. It grinds far too little coffee when it brews anything. I’d steer clear of this product. If smarts are what you’re after then choose the $329 Behmor Connected Brewer instead. It makes excellent coffee, is way more flexible and easier to operate. Of course, you could save money and get the $190 Bonavita Connoisseur instead. It’s as simple as it gets, but creates truly fabulous drip, regardless of its lack of connectedness.

A new kind of grind and brew

As coffee makers go, the Smart Coffee 2nd Generation is attractive enough. The few of its sections that are basic black plastic are balanced by shiny brushed steel. The appliance certainly has enough height. Its tall, boxy body is a throwback to old Cuisinart Grind and Brew models from decades past.

Like those early grinder equipped machines, the Smart Coffee has a bean hopper on its top. Other appliances such as the Breville YouBrew BDC600XL took the same design approach. Instead of a complex, LED-lit control panel, the Smarter Coffee has just four buttons. Each key corresponds to functions on a small LCD screen they surround.

These options start the machine, select its “strength” level, and set the amount of coffee you’d like. Additionally you have two main brewing choices. You can grind and brew from the coffee maker’s bean supply. Either that or brew directly from grounds inside the filter.

The grinder itself has a knob for choosing how coarse or fine you’d like it to grind your beans. The grinder’s feeding mechanism works well. Many automated coffee makers I’ve used needed an extra push at times from a human hand. Not so here. Beans in the hopper always found their way into the grinding chamber by themselves.

Below the control panel is a compartment for the permanent filter and filter basket. You can use this cone-shaped fine mesh metal filter or supply your own paper ones. Underneath that sits the coffee maker’s 1.5L (51 ounces) glass carafe. It rests on a hot plate that keeps the pitcher hot for 40 minutes.

On the brewer’s back side is its 1.5L (51 ounces) water tank. Be sure not to over fill it. If you do, a hole at the tank’s max fill line will spit overflow all over your kitchen counter. The tank’s tiny lid is another spill hazard since it’s easy to miss.

Smart but just slightly

Getting the Smarter Coffee up, running, and linked to phones through its app is painful. Part of the process asks you to hold your handset’s screen up to a small sensor on the coffee maker’s front. The phone’s screen then flashes in coded bursts to communicate your Wi-Fi network details. It took four attempts before my Google Pixel XL ($499.00 at Amazon.com) could talk to the brewer.

On my home network it never successfully connected. Only when brought it back to the office did it link back up to my phone and the application. That said I had to create a separate account. The blinking sync method also refused to cooperate. Ultimately I had to use the app’s barcode scan function. Thankfully the coffee maker’s box, and printed barcode, was still nearby.

Top 5 uses for VPN software

Most VPN services come with pre-installed settings and protocols, making them extremely accessible. There are dozens of reasons why you should use a VPN, but here are our top five.

With the US FCC (Federal Communications Commission) stripping away current net neutrality provisions, there’s never been a better time to arm yourself with a VPN (Virtual Private Network).

Most VPN services come with pre-installed settings and protocols, making them extremely accessible. There are dozens of reasons why you should use a VPN, but here are our top five.

With the US FCC (Federal Communications Commission) stripping away current net neutrality provisions, there’s never been a better time to arm yourself with a VPN (Virtual Private Network). Using a trustworthy VPN service is a great way to encrypt your online traffic and avoid government censorship, not to mention bypass certain ISP (Internet Service Provider) restrictions.

Check out our list of best VPN service providers1. Browse anonymously

When you connect to a secure VPN, you’re able to browse the web with complete anonymity. That’s because a good VPN service will hide your actual location, letting you browse without ever leaving a ‘physical’ trace.

More than that, VPNs also block your ISP from tracking your every move on the internet. Whereas incognito mode simply hides your browsing history from your browser, a VPN lets you hide your traffic from your ISP. Connecting to a VPN server essentially ‘masks’ your location, connecting you to a location in another area, making it difficult for your ISP to see – and therefore block – the sites you’re accessing.

This is especially important if you’re concerned about your internet browsing history. In 2017, the US government gave ISPs the power to package and sell user data. That means everything you do online could become fodder for marketers or insurance companies. If that sounds spooky to you, then using a VPN is a great way to keep your digital life private.

2. Encrypt your network

2017 wasn’t a good year for cybersecurity, and the forecast for 2018 isn’t looking any better. Using a VPN to encrypt your internet connection lets you browse without worrying about exposing your network. This is especially helpful when you’re traveling and find yourself browsing via public Wi-Fi hotspots (in hotels for example).

ExpressVPN, NordVPN, IPVanish, VyprVPN and other top-tier VPN providers use AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) encryption. That means your network is fully encrypted, making it near impossible for anyone to see what you’re doing online, whether you’re browsing on a secure network or an open one.

Better yet, if you set up a VPN on your router, you can encrypt the traffic of all the devices in your house. That way you never have to remember to turn on the VPN each time you boot up your computer or switch on your phone.

This is one of the defining differences between VPNs and proxy services: whereas a proxy only covers a single device’s web traffic, you can hook up your VPN to a router to cover every device in your network. Many small- and medium-sized businesses have begun installing VPNs on their office networks. It’s an upward trend that’s only expected to gain momentum as cybercrime becomes more prevalent.

3. Unblock blacklisted sites

When it comes to watching content from abroad – whether it be unblocking Netflix or Hulu – a VPN makes it easier to stream your favorite shows.

Connecting to a VPN automatically changes your IP address. Sites that may be blocked in your region become readily available, making it possible to access any site and service from virtually anywhere in the world.

You can also use a VPN to download and torrent without having to worry about your ISP zeroing in on your online activity. Most VPNs come with unlimited bandwidth and server switches, which means there are no data caps restricting the amount of content you’re able to access. It also means you can endlessly hop from location to location, which is useful when content is only available in certain areas.

Furthermore, this is a big deal when you’re logging on from censorship-heavy countries like China or Egypt. A VPN provides an important lifeline that keeps you connected with key sites like Facebook, YouTube and Google. Think of a VPN as the ultimate travel tool in this respect.

4. Avoid network throttling

With the net neutrality repeal, ISPs in the US now have more power over how they market their services, which means users can soon expect some sites to load faster – while others may load much, much slower.

In the UK, traffic throttling (or shaping) is an accepted fact that is detailed and documented by most of the country’s big ISPs (Virgin Media, BT, Plusnet).

Fortunately, a VPN service can help reset your online network to its original settings and allow you to browse, stream, and download without having to worry about slow-loading sites.

More than that, it’s a simple and effective way to fight back against the status quo. Privacy advocates say using a VPN to slip through the cracks and browse normally isn’t only recommended, it’s encouraged.

And while it’s entirely possible that Comcast, AT&T and other internet providers could one day ban VPNs, the staggering amount of both business and everyday VPN usage makes this a very unlikely scenario.

5. Find better deals online

This lesser-known VPN trick is a great way to save on flights and hotels. By connecting to a VPN server outside your home region and comparing prices online, you may be able to save a significant amount of money on rentals and airfares.

That’s because most sites (including Kayak and Priceline) actually charge different amounts based on a user’s IP address. Start by checking prices in and around your location.

Then try comparing prices between different cities and, if possible, nearby states. After that, try switching your VPN location to a few different countries and check the same prices. It’s a fairly simple trick, though it’s worth taking the time to do a more wide-ranging search – that way you’ll cast a more expansive net for trying to find the best deals.

Next time you’re looking for cheap flights, try using a VPN to check prices from different countries – just remember to browse in incognito mode and clear your cookies after each visit.

Check out the best free VPN services of 2018

The best cheap cameras in 2018

Want to buy a decent camera, but don’t want to break the bank? The good news is that there are some cracking cameras out there if you’re on a tight budget, including some great entry-level DSLRs, sleek-looking mirrorless cameras, advanced high-end compacts, bridge cameras with huge zoom lenses, not to mention travel zooms and pocket compacts.

Want to buy a decent camera, but don’t want to break the bank? The good news is that there are some cracking cameras out there if you’re on a tight budget, including some great entry-level DSLRs, sleek-looking mirrorless cameras, advanced high-end compacts, bridge cameras with huge zoom lenses, not to mention travel zooms and pocket compacts.

And while some of these cheap cameras may not be the latest and greatest models available right now, they still deliver the goods.

We’ve compiled a selection of the best budget cameras going, so whether you want something to simply slot in your pocket for the odd snap that will be better pictures than your smartphone ever can, or a camera you can get a bit more creative with, you’ll find it here.

If you need a bit more help figuring out what kind of camera you need, then read this article: What camera should I buy?

And if you want to spend a little more money, then check out our other camera buying guides below:

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Sony’s latest camera in its RX100 line, the RX100 V, is one of our favourite compact cameras right now, but there’s no getting away from the fact that it’s a pricey option. The good news is that the original RX100 is still available new (as well as all the other iterations we’ve had since then), and while it might not offer some of the latest features it’s still a great compact at a bargain price. The large 1.0-inch sensor delivers excellent levels of detail, with the broad and fast range of the zoom lens making it a versatile travelling companion. Okay, there’s no built-in viewfinder or tilt screen as we’ve seen on the Mk V, but the monitor delivers excellent clarity, and the RX100’s controls offer plenty of options for those who like to get hands-on. Take into account the sleek, premium finish and it all adds up to a great compact camera at a great price.

Read our in-depth Sony Cyber-shot RX100 review

If you’re looking for your first DSLR, then Nikon’s D3400 is hard to beat when it comes to price. It might not have the most comprehensive specification, but simply put, the D3400 ticks a lot of boxes for first time users. The large 24MP APS-C sensor delivers great images that are rich in detail, it’s easy to use thanks to the useful onboard Guide Mode, has an impressive battery life and is backed-up by an impressive array of lenses and accessories. A great DSLR that also happens to be great value.

Read our in-depthNikon D3400 review

Panasonic’s ZS / TZ series of compacts has long dominated the compact travel zoom market, and that’s still the case with the ZS50 (known as the TZ70 outside the US). While it may be eclipsed by its larger-sensor sibling, the ZS100 / TZ100, the TZ70 has the advantage of packing a huge 30x zoom into a pocket-sized body. There’s even space for a (modest) electronic viewfinder, ideal for when the lighting makes it tricky to compose or review shots on the rear screen. You can use the camera like an advanced point-and-shoot compact, simply leaving it in auto for the camera to take care of settings, or you can shoot high-quality raw files, and make your own decisions about aperture and shutter speed.

Read our in-depth Panasonic Lumix ZS50 / Lumix TZ70 review

The EOS Rebel T6 (known as the EOS 1300D outside the US) is Canon’s most affordable DSLR in its line-up and while it doesn’t share the same latest tech as newer models, it’s still a great a solid choice for first time users. The 18MP sensor is starting to show its age a little, while the AF in live view is a bit on the slow side, but when you consider you’re getting a DSLR for the price of an average compact, then it doesn’t look too bad at all.

Read our in-depth Canon EOS Rebel T6 / EOS 1300D review

The D5300 was around for little more than a year before the D5500 technically replaced it, which has in turn been replaced by the D5600. It shares the same 24.2MP sensor with an identical maximum ISO25,600 sensitivity as the D5500, whilst the D5300’s EXPEED 4 image processor and 39-point autofocus system have also been carried over to its replacement. Whilst the D5300 doesn’t sport fancy touchscreen control, you do get GPS instead. The D5300’s 600-shot battery life has since been beaten by the D5500, but it’ll still outlast a Canon EOS Rebel T6i / 750D. All in all, it may not be the latest entry-level DSLR, but the D5300 is still a smart buy.

Read our in-depthNikon D5300 review

The Alpha A7R II is one of our favourite mirrorless cameras, packing in a stunning 42MP full-frame sensor. It’s a pricey option though, which is why we’ve picked out the older Alpha A7R – packing in a stunning 36MP full-frame sensor, you’d have to pay over double that to match its resolution on a rival camera. Autofocus can be a bit slow and performance can be a bit sluggish, but if you’re prepared to overcome those issues, you’ll be rewarded with great images.

Read our in-depthSony Alpha A7R review

Despite being well over two years old, the Alpha A5000 is still a great buy for those looking for a simple to use mirrorless camera. Not only that, but it’s also incredibly compact – even the 16-50mm lens isn’t that large considering the focal length. There’s a decent-sized tilt-angle screen, but the resolution is looking a bit behind the times now, while there’s no viewfinder. That said, it’s easy to use, while the Wi-Fi connectivity only adds to its appeal.

Read our in-depthSony Alpha A5000 review

The PowerShot SX710 HS is appealing to both absolute beginners and to those with a little more experience of photography. On the back is a small mode dial which enables you to quickly switch between different exposure modes, including full manual and semi-automatic modes for those who want to take control, plus fully automatic and scene modes. The 30x optical zoom covers an excellent range of focal lengths and gives plenty of flexibility for the average holiday shooter. There’s no touchscreen however, but you can’t really complain at the price. A nicely capable camera for those who just want a point and shoot compact with a long focal length zoom range.

Read our in-depthCanon PowerShot SX710 HS review

If you’re wanting a compact camera that can do a better job than your smartphone the Cyber-shot WX220 ticks a lot of boxes, especially when you consider the extra flexibility offered by the 10x optical zoom, running from 25-250mm. Images are bright and punchy, with decent detail – ideal for sharing online or printing at typical sizes – while it’s nice to see Wi-Fi connectivity included as well. The 2.7-inch screen is a little on the small side, but that does help to keep the dimensions of the camera to a pocket-friendly size. The WX220 may not have lots of bells and whistles, but what it does do, it does well.

Read our in-depth Sony Cyber-shot WX220 review

Despite it being one of the cheapest bridge cameras available, you still get a lot of camera for your cash with the Panasonic Lumix FZ70 (known as the FZ72 outside the US). Let’s start with the lens. The Lumix FZ70 packs in a staggering 60x optical zoom, running from an impressively ultra-wide 20mm-equivalent to 1200mm, so you won’t have any excuses for not filling the frame. You also have the option of full manual control (as well as a host of helpful auto modes), raw format shooting, and decent image quality from a sensor this size. Downsides? While there is an EVF, it’s not the best quality, and there’s no touchscreen functionality or wireless connectivity.

Read our in-depth Panasonic Lumix FZ70 / Lumix FZ72 review

The 10 best cameras you can buy right now

The best cheap iPad deals in the January sales 2018

If you’re looking for cheap iPad deals – you’ve most certainly come to the right place and you’ve come at the best time of year too as seasonal sales mean big reductions from most major retailers

If you’re looking for cheap iPad deals – you’ve most certainly come to the right place and you’ve come at the best time of year too as seasonal sales mean big reductions from most major retailers

In terms of tablets, the iPad has been king for years and is definitely still the best tablet. And because there are so many models these days, it’s easier than ever to find a top iPad deal, with all manner of price points on offer.

Whether you’re after a deal on a brand new iPad, the iPad Air 2 or even the iPad mini from many years ago, we’ve found the best deals so you don’t have to.

Even with discounts offers, iPads can be a bit expensive – but thankfully we’re already seeing some lower costs prices here – and also check out the Android models in our cheap tablet deals page.

Here’s a snapshot of the latest prices on a selection of popular iPad models. After that, keep scrolling for an extensive list of prices for every iPad model on the market today.

Here are the best cheap iPad deals on all available models…

New iPad 9.7 deals

The brand new iPad 9.7-inch model is the successor to the iPad Air 2. It’s a fraction thicker but contains an improved A9 chip with an M9 coprocessor for enhanced performance.

Surprisingly, this new model is actually cheaper than the iPad Air 2, making it the choice for anyone wanting a larger pad without the high costs of the Pro model.

In the US, prices for the 32GB model launched at $329, compared to £339 in the UK and $469 in Australia. The 128GB model’s price at launch was US$429 / £429 / AU$599. Opt for the cellular/SIM card 32GB model prices are around US$469 / £469 / AU$669, with the 128GB model priced at US$559 / £559 / AU$799.

Ready to order a new iPad now? Then you better take a look at the new iPad deals below – if you see the basic model for under $300 / £300 / AU$400, snap it up.

iPad Pro (2017) deals

Hey, wasn’t there supposed to be an iPad Pro 2 this year? Well, yes, but Apple instead decided to name it the iPad Pro 10.5. Thanks, Apple…

The 10.5-inch iPad Pro is actually a brand new size in the iPad Pro range, as the previous smallest model was 9.7-inches (as well as the 12.9-inch option). The new iPad Pro models use an A10X processor, and the older ones have the A9X chip if you need to tell the difference. Some retailers also have ‘2017’ in the listing title too, but many, including Apple, don’t.

Why buy the new iPad Pro models? Well, the A10X is a faster processor to give it the edge over the older iPad Pro although the performance boost isn’t huge to be honest. The rear camera gets a modest megapixel boost. The front camera gets a bigger upgrade though, for a much clearer FaceTime experience.

The new iPad Pro screens now benefit from smaller bezels and an improved display, for the best iPad display yet.

Both of the new models are available in 64GB, 256GB and 512GB hard drive sizes. You’ll also need to decide if you want a standard iPad Pro with only Wi-Fi or mobile tethering options available for online activities, or to opt for the considerably more expensive cellular models and a data-only SIM only deal too.

If the improvements don’t float your boat, you should take a look further down this page as we’ve listed the best deals available for the older iPad Pro models.

iPad Pro 9.7-inch deals

The older 9.7 model is much cheaper than the new 10.5-incher

The iPad Pro 9.7 used to be the gold standard in iPad design, but it’s been dethroned by its slightly larger, yet younger sibling. This model originally arrived in March 2016 instead of an iPad Air 3 and still offers more than enough power and quality for someone thinking of stepping up to the Pro level of iPad, with the Pencil and Smart Keyboard on offer.

That’s great news for anyone who wanted pro features at a cheaper price, as it’s the least costly of all the iPad Pro models around right now.

iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2015) deals

The iPad Pro isn’t a laptop replacement in the way power users will hope but it is, by some distance, one of the most brilliant tablets ever released.

Using its enormous 12.9-inch screen is an impressive experience and the power inside – despite the age – has rarely been bettered in the tablet world. So to anyone that wants an iPad with more power, a better audio and reading experience and more abilities than ever before, there’s no question here.

Go for the iPad Pro and once you’ve got over the cost, you’ll find it offers a lot of benefits. And with the new 2017 version on shelves now, we’re seeing the price drop on this still-excellent iPad with many of the features you’ll actually want.

iPad Air 2 deals

The iPad Air 2 is older, but still a good buy, with us saying that Apple ‘improved on perfection’.

There’s a newer iPad 9.7 that acts as a spiritual successor to the iPad Air 2, but you can often find the former model for less, especially if you’re happy with refurbished models (and they’re very much worth checking out).

The combination of power, better screen, improved design and upgraded OS make this a very, very compelling device – and that’s before getting into the fact the app ecosystem is so much stronger than on Android.

It’s even better now iOS 10 is capable of scaling apps so seamlessly – the days of low-res iPhone apps are gone. Here are the best cheap iPad Air 2 deals currently available…

iPad Air deals

It’s still impressive to hold the iPad Air – even though it’s now the thicker option compare to the iPad above. From the clever construction to the fast processor to the improved user interface, this iPad may be a bit older but it’s still a strong choice for the right price. Choose a cheap iPad Air deal from these options we’ve found:

iPad mini 4 deals

Is the iPad mini 4 the best 7-inch tablet ever made? Quite possibly. One of the major changes with the iPad mini 4 over the previous year’s so-so mini 3 is its design.

It may look the same, but it’s been slimmed down from 7.5mm to a wafer thin 6.1mm. It’s also more powerful, has a stunning screen and the battery is still a 10-hour beast.

The A8 processor was a good step up from the A7 inside the mini 3 so if you’re going to play 3D games or throw around some of the more hefty iPad apps from the App Store, this is certainly your best option – all while being neat and compact.

iPad mini 3 deals

The iPad mini 3 wasn’t the most exciting upgrade when it launched, basically adding in a new color and Touch ID to the iPad mini 2. It’s now off-sale with the major retailers, but you can still pick it up for a half-decent price refurbished (even from Apple) or from resellers.

For most tablet tasks it’ll perform admirably and is updated to iOS 11 – so you’re still getting all the performance you’d want, with a more compact option over the Air range with the 7.9-inch screen this packs.

Here’s every cheap iPad mini 3 deal you could ever want, and then some…

iPad mini 2 deals

The first iPad mini with Retina display is a deal-tastic marvel

This was the first iPad with a Retina display, and it still stacks up thanks to some lower prices. The deals can fluctuate – if you see the iPad mini 3 above for cheaper, then go for that as it’s an enhanced model – but if you’re smart you can pick up the iPad mini 2 for a good price, and it’s perfect for the loved one who doesn’t need the best screen and highest-performing processor.

Only word of warning: it might not get upgraded to iOS 12, so won’t have all the newest features. But then again, if you’re not bothered about the screen, you’re probably not going to care about that either.

Here are the best cheap iPad mini 2 deals currently available…

iPad mini deals

The cheapest iPad out there but it’s still a winner

So the original iPad mini may not have a Retina display but for the right price, it’s still worth looking at. That said, there aren’t a lot of places putting it for under $200 / £200 / AU$300, which is the level we’d suggest if you wanted this ageing iPad. Here are the best cheap iPad mini deals we can find at the moment, but we’d suggest going for at least a mini 2 right now.

The best cheap GoPro deals in the January sales 2018

Cheap GoPro deals are our specialty here at TechRadar throughout the year. These tiny cameras so good that the name GoPro is more popular than the entire action camera category in general.

Cheap GoPro deals are our specialty here at TechRadar throughout the year. These tiny cameras so good that the name GoPro is more popular than the entire action camera category in general. The best of the best don’t come cheap thouhg – well most of the time at least.

We’ve rounded up all of the best GoPro prices, so that if you do want to buy one, you can get the best deal. Our GoPro prices are checked every day to make they’re all up to date.

If you’re just after a regular camera deal, be sure to check out our guide to the best cheap cameras.

What’s a good GoPro deal?

Well, that’s up to you. We’ve ordered the GoPros on this page in order of prestige. You can get some seriously discounted GoPro deals if you opt for some of the older models or the relatively new unnumbered GoPro Hero Session, which offers all the best GoPro features but in an easy to use and very affordable model. Naturally, we’ve updated our cheap GoPro deals page with the brand new Hero 6 Black deals for those of you looking the best GoPro action camera yet.

4K recording has never been better in the GoPro range, as the new GoPro Hero 6 Black now records at a super smooth 60 fps (frame per second). Image stabilization is super important given the active lifestyles most GoPros record, so it’s great to see this newest model improve even further. Even the 1080p recording has been improved with a boost to 240fps – excellent for maximizing those slow-motion shots!

The Hero5 Black is the GoPro we always wanted. The new waterproof design out-of-the-box makes it more resilient and the new camera has enough to make it a convincing update. The picture quality is better, it finally has video stabilization and the touchscreen makes it easier to use than any other GoPro. Sale items aside, it’s cheaper than most prices for the older GoPro Hero 4 Black now too.

The GoPro Hero5 Session is a capable 4K action camera with a minimalist design that pushes the specs to the max within its cube-shaped confines. The Hero5 Session is also a major specs boost for GoPro’s tiniest action camera. It now shoots stabilized 4K video and has a variety of new field of view modes. It’s more expensive than its predecessor, but worth the upgrade.

The model, simply called the GoPro Hero Session, has replaced the very similar GoPro Hero 4 Session. They’re the same price and considerably cheaper than the most recent GoPro Hero5 Session. Actually, looking around at the various GoPro models, this looks like the cheapest of the lot seeing as the older GoPro Hero is proving hard to get a hold of nowadays. So if you want an entry level GoPro, this could be the one to go for.

Compared to the models before it, the GoPro Hero4 Black offers the best image quality, plus a 2x more powerful processor that delivers super slow motion at 240 frames per second. High-resolution 4K30 and 2.7K601 video combines with 1080p120 and 720p240 slow motion to enable immersive footage of you and your world.

With the arrival of the newer Hero5, expect to see prices drop soon. As things stand many retailers are selling it for more than the Hero5! So it may be worth checking out the deals on the newer model (see above) before opting for this one.

UPDATE: This model has now been discontinued in Australia, but retailers could still have some stock available.

The GoPro Hero4 Silver was the first-ever GoPro to feature a built-in touch display. Controlling the camera, framing shots and playing back content is very convenient with this model – just view, tap and swipe the screen.

This GoPro captures 1080p60 and 720p120 video, plus 12MP photos at 30 frames per second. It’s not the best anymore, but it often cheaper than the GoPro Hero4 Black model above.

Update: No longer available at most UK and Australian stores. This model doesn’t record in 4K, but it does offer 1080p 60fps video and 10MP photos at speeds of up to 10 frames per second. Built-in Wi-Fi enables you to use the GoPro App to control the camera remotely, preview shots and share your favorites on Facebook, Twitter and more.

Compatible with all GoPro mounts, you can wear it or attach it to your gear for immersive POV footage of your favorite activities.

8. GoPro Karma Drone deals

Looking to take to the skies with your GoPro camera? There are certainly cheaper camera drones available, but this is one of the best premium setups out there. You can buy the drone on its own (often listed as ‘GoPro Karma Light’ or ‘GoPro Karma with harness’), or get it bundled with the excellent GoPro Hero5 Black camera.

We’ve also included price comparison charts for both below, but you may be able to save a bit of cash by buying the drone and camera separately (check out the GoPro Hero5 Black deals near the top of this page). You’ll find the best GoPro Karma prices below though.

Yes, You Can Travel to Cuba!

Travelers will learn to dance salsa, cook Cuban food, roll traditional Cuban cigars and explore the beaches and cities of this colorful nation on a nine-day trip.

The Cuba Highlights Tour Includes:

  • Tours of several cities, including Old Havana
  • Exploring the Cuban countryside, coastlines and beaches
  • Stepping back in time with a classic car tour
  • Watching and joining in with local dancers and musicians
  • Savoring local delicacies
  • Tours of local organic farms

Travelers will learn to dance salsa, cook Cuban food, roll traditional Cuban cigars and explore the beaches and cities of this colorful nation on a nine-day trip.

The Cuba Highlights Tour Includes:

Tours of several cities, including Old Havana Exploring the Cuban countryside, coastlines and beaches Stepping back in time with a classic car tour Watching and joining in with local dancers and musicians Savoring local delicacies Tours of local organic farms

Southern Explorations has created a fun, educational and interactive tour that meets all the specifications of a Support for the Cuban People tour. For U.S. tourists who want to visit Cuba, current regulations require entry under a Support for the Cuban People Designation. A U.S. visitor can visit Cuba as long as a licensed operator leads a trip that meets specific licensing guidelines, including being educational and involving direct interactions with Cubans.

Under current U.S. policy, the importance of ensuring that a visit to Cuba falls within these guidelines has become even more important. Southern Explorations is committed to making the travel process as straightforward and easy as possible, even within the unique travel requirements that traveling to Cuba demands. Visitors from other countries with no travel restrictions for Cuba will appreciate the attention to detail and cultural sights the tour offers as well.

Southern Explorations also provides a host of resources to travelers participating in their tours, including an interactive mobile app that shows the traveler’s itinerary even when not connected to WIFI. Other resources available in the app include country-specific advice, such as essential information about money, outlets and ATM usage, all of which are different in Cuba than in other countries, especially for Americans.

In addition to the Cuba Highlights Tour, Southern Explorations is also developing a Luxury Cuba Tour that will launch in the coming months, plus several tours for Cuban adventure travel.

Southern Explorations is an adventure travel provider specializing in trips to Latin America. Learn more about their award-winning tours at www.southernexplorations.com/about-us.

Contact:
Justin Laycob
justin@southernexplorations.com

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Global Machine to Machine Services Market – Analysis, Trends & Forecasts to 2023

Machine to machine communication is an advanced form of communication which involves transmission and reception of signals between various interconnected machines/devices via wired or wireless communication medium. The global machine to machine services market is estimated to grow with a CAGR of 30% during the forecast period 2016-2023.

Machine to machine communication is an advanced form of communication which involves transmission and reception of signals between various interconnected machines/devices via wired or wireless communication medium. The global machine to machine services market is estimated to grow with a CAGR of 30% during the forecast period 2016-2023. Machine to machine services provides better product and service quality, security, cost effective, remote monitoring of the devices, it has large number of applications in healthcare, automotive, transportation and logistics, consumer electronics, security and surveillance.

Global machine to machine services market report covers segmentation analysis of technology type and applications. Report further covers segments of technology type which includes cellular technology, satellite technology, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and wired technology. Among these segments, Wi-Fi technology holds the highest revenue share in 2016. As per mobility report published by Ericsson, there are around 2.6 billion smartphone user presents across the globe in 2014 which is expected to rise to 6.1 billion by the end of 2020. Whereas, applications of machine to machine services include healthcare, transportation and logistics, retail, consumer electronics, security and surveillance.

Companies Mentioned

Amdocs (U.S.) Applied Satellite Technology (U.K) AT&T Inc. ( U.S.) Cisco Systems (U.S.) Ericsson (Sweden) Huawei (China)Intel Corporation (U.S) Kore Wireless Group (U.S.) Oracle (U.S.) PTC (U.S.) Sierra Wireless (Canada) Telefonica (Spain) Texas Instruments (U.S.) Verizon Communications (U.S.) Wipro Technologies (India)

Key Topics Covered:

1. Introduction

2. Market Overview

3. Market Determinants

4. Market Segmentation

5. Competitive Landscape

6. Geographical Analysis

7. Company Profiles

For more information about this report visit https://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/6lvwmp/global_machine_to

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MediaMAX™ for Intelligent Home Networks Featured at the 2018 International Builders’ Show

Homeowners looking for reliable network security, privacy and uptime choose value-added wired network connections. A solid network capable of delivering Gigabit speeds with maximum bandwidth is a key element for today’s successful designed spaces.

Homeowners looking for reliable network security, privacy and uptime choose value-added wired network connections. A solid network capable of delivering Gigabit speeds with maximum bandwidth is a key element for today’s successful designed spaces. And intelligent buildings need a reliable network to support building automation, the rapidly growing demand for IoT devices and provide multiple WiFi access points.

Based on a century of experience working with major communication service providers, Suttle has a unique position to provide the right product for builders and remodelers. We design and manufacture innovative products that support the well-connected home and business, including the MediaMAX line of media panels, modules, CAT6 jack, faceplates and wall plates.

Stop by the Suttle booth W5888 to:

Check out our attractive line of plastic media panels with ventilated covers for heat and fire resistance and optimized for wireless use. See our high-quality, efficient multi-function modules that save space and features CAT6 performance. Test your termination skills in the tool-less data jack contest for chance to win Yeti® prizes and see how our new CAT6 data tool-less jack can save installation cost.

Where:

Orange County Convention Center (OCCC)

9800 International Drive

Orlando, FL 32819

Name:

Suttle, Booth W5888

When:

Tuesday, Jan 9: 9 am – 5 pm

Wednesday, Jan 10: 9 am – 5 pm

Thursday, Jan 11: 9 am – 5 pm

About Suttle
Suttle specializes in wired network solutions for the intelligent home and business, as well as edge of network solutions for service providers with MediaMAX™ and FutureLink™. Our solutions simplify network deployment with products that are future-proof for new technologies and market demands. With design and manufacturing in Hector MN, Suttle products are known for their quality construction, reliable performance, and long-lasting durability, in compliance with the highest industry standards. Founded in 1910, Suttle is a Communications Systems Inc company (NASDAQ: JCS). For a quote or to schedule a sales appointment, call 800.852.8662 or visit suttlesolutions.com

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Best headphones of 2017: Headphones for any budget in India

Music is incredibly personal, and everyone has a different preferred genre.

But when it comes to headphones there almost as many preferences to choose from. Some people like the convenience of wireless, others the reliability and audio quality of wired.

Music is incredibly personal, and everyone has a different preferred genre.

But when it comes to headphones there almost as many preferences to choose from. Some people like the convenience of wireless, others the reliability and audio quality of wired. Some want the portability of in-ear headphones, and others the comfort of over-ears.

Upgrading your headphones is a personal choice, but it’s an essential step if you want to step away from the cheap earbuds that probably came bundled with.

A better pair of headphones will bring a new dimension to your music, whether it’s more detail, additional functionality or just more bass.

And while you could spend hundreds or thousands to get audiophile-grade gear, we’re the kind of people that like stellar performance for a good price.

The headphones you’ll find here have tons of features to help you to get the most out of your music however you like to listen to it. These features range from wireless connectivity to noise-cancellation, and come in the three major form-factors: in-ear, on-ear and over-ear headphones.

It sounds like a lot. But that’s where our guide to the best headphones steps in.

We’ve selected the best headphones for each form-factor, and we’ve even picked out a budget option for each so that you should be able to find an excellent pair, no matter what your budget.

Here’s a quick look at the best headphones this year:

Best in-ear headphones:1More Triple Driver In-Ear HeadphoneBest budget in-ear headphones: Sennheiser CX213Best on-ear headphones: Grado SR60eBest over-ear headphones:Oppo PM-3Best budget over-ear headphones:AKG K92Best noise-cancelling headphones:Sony WH-1000XM2Best budget noise-cancelling headphones: Philips Fidelio NC1Best wireless headphones: Sennheiser Momentum WirelessBest wireless earbuds:Optoma NuForce BE6iBest true wireless earbuds:Jabra Elite Sport

Don’t forget we’ve also got our specific guide to the best in-ear headphones.

What headphones does TechRadar recommend?

We think the two most important things to consider when buying a pair of headphones are form-factor and price, and so that’s exactly how we’ve organised our guide.

Below you’ll find our top picks for the best in-ear headphones, the best on-ear headphones, the best over-ear headphones, the best noise-cancelling headphones and finally the best wireless headphones.

As well as a top pick for each form-factor we’ve also included a budget pick which manages to offer great sound at a much more competitive price point.

After spending a few weeks with both the 1MORE Triple Driver in-ear headphones we were blown away at just how much value they give in this price ranges.

For Rs 8,999 it’s hard to think of a better sounding and built headphone than the 1MORE Triple Driver.

There’s very little we can fault the Triple Drivers for like its rubber cable being an unnecessary pain and the remote control which feels cheap but that will be nitpicking. Instead what we will tell you is that the 1More Triple Driver sounds great and when you take into consideration the price, it’s impossible to do better than 1MORE’s Triple Driver in-ear headphones.

Read the full review:1More Triple Driver In-Ear Headphone

The Sennheiser CX 213 builds upon the legendary budget in-ears, the CX 180 which have been around quite some time. Although there’s minimal upgrade when it comes to the CX 213, the sound quality is balanced with a slight mid-bass bump. Bass is slightly emphasized but not by much and features good impact while maintaining good control. It also brings better noise cancellation to the table over the CX180.

For your money, you can’t do any better than Grado’s SR60e. The third-generation of the Brooklyn, NY-based company’s Prestige Series is its best and most refined yet. The SR60e in particular is a smart choice if you’re looking for an entry-level set of headphones that sounds like it should cost you way more than it does. Its open-backed ear cup design makes them a more breathable experience than what most on-ear headphones can deliver. In a few words, it’s our gold-standard when it comes to on-ears.

Read the full review:Grado SR60e

The Oppo PM-3 are truly deserve to be called as the best over-ear headphones. They offer great quality of audio with mimimum isolation and are equally comfortable inside and outside the home. In other words, Oppo PM-3 never fails to provide crisp sound quality to the users.

Read the full review:Oppo PM-3

Want more options? Check out our guide to the best over-ear headphones.

Even though they have a plastic body, but AKG K92 stands as a very good competitor when it comes to audio quality. They deliver extremely good sound quality and comfort to the users. Being lightweight, they are easily portable.

The headphones are priced at Rs 5,950 on Amazon India.

Read the full review: AKG K92

When you buy a pair of noise-cancelling headphones, you’re often trading sound quality for the ability to block out outside noise. It’s a trade that we’ve been willing to make for years because, honestly, we just hadn’t been able to find a headphone that could do both noise-cancellation and Hi-Res audio.

Until now.

The Sony WH-1000XM2 is the follow-up to the surprisingly great MDR-1000X. They might have a slightly shorter battery life than Bose’s flagship over-ear headphones, the QuietComfort 35, but Sony’s WH-1000XM2 outclass the QC35 in terms of both performance for the price and overall feature-set.

Read the full review: Sony WH-1000XM2

The Philips Fidelio NC1 replaces the Sony WH-H900N in our list. They comes with two 1.5″ Neodymium drivers and has a 3.9 ft cable. This may disappoint the users who are looking for wireless headphones. The headphones offer quality audio to the users with a promising 30 hours of battery life. Moreover, they have foldable ear cups which add to the portability of the headphones.

Read the full review:Philips Fidelio NC1

Optoma NuForce BE6i are an updated version of the original NuForce BE6. However, the changes are minimal in the new pair of headphones. They comes with 10mm dynamic drivers and an eight hours of battery life. Coming to the audio quality, the headphone delivers extremely good sound.

Priced at Rs 10,901, the earbuds are worth buying.

Read the full review:Optoma NuForce BE6i

Following the footsteps of Apple, Jabra launched a pair of ‘true wireless’ earbuds in India recently. Apart from offering great sound quality, the earphone comes with advance fitness analysis technology. Through this, the earbuds can track your heart rate during workouts.

They also support all the major operating systems including Android and iOS and can be easily paired with any smartphone.

Read the full review:Jabra Elite Sport

Want more options? Check out our guide to the best wireless headphones.

Press on to page two to see how to pick out a good pair of headphones along more of our recommendations.

There’s usually more to a set of headphone than meets the eye. As such, we’ve provided a breakdown of what you can expect to find in each kind of headphone.

Not only will learning more about headphones help you make a more informed purchase, but you’ll know when you’re really getting your money’s worth.

In-ear headphones

This type of headphone, more commonly referred to as an earbud or earphone, is usually the cheapest and easiest way to pump audio into your ears. If you’ve purchased an MP3 player, or more recently, a smartphone, it’s likely that a set was included with the purchase.

Earphones rest in or just outside the ear canal, creating a tight seal to keep air out and sound in. Compared to other types of headphones, these are the most discreet ones you’ll find. Their small form-factor also makes them the king/queen of portability and the prime choice for athletes.

You’re not likely to find strong performers at the low-end of the price spectrum. Their sound delivery is generally muddled, lacking bass and overcompensating for that with harsh mids and highs. That said, it won’t cost you much money at all to find a value-packed option complete with inline controls and a microphone.

Check out some of our other favorite models out hereOn-ear headphones

While similar to over-ear headphones in appearance, they fit to your head a little differently. Instead of enveloping your ears with a soft cushion, on-ear headphones create a light, breathable seal around your ear. Thus, the noise isolation is much less effective than in-ear or over-ear options. This might be a dealbreaker for some, but there are big benefits to consider here.

On-ear headphones are usually more portable than their over-ear brethren, and as such they appeal to travellers and the fitness crowd. Taking a walk or a jog around town is also safer, as you can hear traffic go by and be aware of potential hazards.

Over-ear headphones

This ear-muff style of headphone generally provides greater richness and depth of sound, which allows listeners to pick apart the instruments and sounds much easier. Additionally, over-ear, or circum-aural headphones, go around the ear and offer a generous amount of padding.

The price range for a set of on-ear headphones begins around Rs. 5k and from there, the sky’s the limit. For example, the Oppo PM-1, while excellent, are priced exorbitantly at Rs. 56k. It’s definitely not necessary to spend that much. That said, you tend to get what you pay for.

If your headphone budget is in the Rs. 500-15,000, you’ll start getting into options that have excellent build quality, premium materials and amazing sound and features like ANC (active noise cancellation.)

Here are a few more of our top picksWireless headphones

This style of headphone doesn’t limit you to a specific form factor like the others. In fact, you can find in-ear, on-ear and over-ear headphone styles sans wire.

Opting to go wireless will cost you a premium of anywhere between $50-100 over the price of wired cans. Going futuristic isn’t cheap. One important thing to consider is that your music player must support the Bluetooth wireless protocol, as it’s required to use this type of headphone.

Speaking of Bluetooth, it has become exponentially more reliable over time, but it’s always susceptible to disturbances in the force. In short, any little thing, from the understandable (conflicting Wi-Fi signals, microwaves, cordless telephones), to the absurd (sticking a hand in the space between the device and the headphones) can sometimes interrupt a wireless listening experience.

Looking for more wireless options?Noise-cancelling headphones

This category, like wireless headphones, isn’t limited to a form factor. You can find this clever mix of technologies integrated into the ear pieces of in-ear and over-ear headphones alike.

Many companies falsely claim to offer true noise cancellation with just the padding included around the ear cups. Don’t believe it. This is PNC (passive noise cancellation), and it doesn’t amount to much. You can even replicate this effect by cupping your hands around your ears, so why shell out the big bucks for it?

On the other hand, ANC (active noise cancellation) is the real deal. This technique employs a set of external microphones, which detect the decibel level outside. Once it has an idea of the incoming noise level, the headphone speakers inside transmit a noise generated to dampen the racket. The end result is an effect that hushes the outside noise, allowing you to focus.