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BEST BUYS… Curated picks of third-party kit




Winner of MF357’s head to head, the MR1 speaker set looks and sounds the business. The dome tweeter and longthrow woofer can handle a variety of audio styles with aplomb. You get a good variety of connectivi­ty options, and we love the chunky function/volume dial too.



The Beats Fit Pro are compact and sporty in design with integrated silicone ear hooks. The earbuds match Apple AirPods Pro almost feature for feature, and cost nearly £40 less. You get Apple’s H1 chip, Active Noise Cancelling (ANC), Find My, Siri support and Spatial Audio with dynamic head tracking. What’s more, these Beats boast longer battery life than the AirPods Pro.

KEYBOARD (MAC/iOS) Logitech MX Keys Mini £99.99

Beautifull­y and solidly made from aluminium with 79 largely concave, backlit plastic keys, this angled keyboard looks great on your desk and feels even better under your fingers, making it easy to type accurately and at speed. The keyboard can be paired with up to three separate devices, and you get a dedicated Emoji button and mic mute/unmute buttons too.


ViewSonic VP2768a ColorPro £379

If you’re looking for a screen for creative colour work, the 100% sRGB VP2768a ColorPro should be a definite contender. The frameless 27in 2K QHD display offers a 2560x1440 resolution, and a 14-bit 3D lookup table that generates 4.39 trillion colours. In terms of connectivi­ty, there’s an integrated Gigabit Ethernet port, USBC, USB3.2 Gen 1, HDMI, and a DisplayPor­t.


Epson Workforce WF-110W £199.99

Epson’s Workforce WF-110W is supremely portable with an integrated rechargeab­le battery that has good longevity, plus there are flexible connectivi­ty options and a nicely designed iOS app. The onboard screen and controls make setup and operation easy, and black-and-white print quality is excellent, with colour certainly acceptable.


Zyxel Multy U WSR30 £199

Zyxel’s Multy U mesh router hits the sweet spot, offering great performanc­e at a competitiv­e price, making it ideal for homes and small offices. The AC2100 router offers up to 280Mbps with a range of 6,000sq ft, and the nodes are easy on the eye, too. The companion app comes with helpful speed tests and diagnostic tools, as well as parental controls.



The second-generation of this streaming soundbar features a five-speaker array for a deep, rich soundstage. You get Wi-Fi, Ethernet and HDMI eARC connectivi­ty options, and Alexa and Google Assistant built in. Dolby Atmos is supported, and the digital signal processor simulates surround sound. The Sonos app is easy to use and you can also stream audio over AirPlay 2.


OWC Envoy Pro SX SSD £345.99 (1TB)

Our SSD top spot used to belong to OWC’s FX version of this drive, but this cheaper model is a tough cookie that offers excellent read and write speeds. It’s IP67 rated so it’s crush-proof, dust-proof and waterproof and is plenty zippy in the file transfer department. The SX SSD is limited to Thunderbol­t/USB 4 but you can always use it with an adaptor.


Hex Technical backpack $149.95 (about £110)

Looking for a bag that hits the sweet spot for generous storage and stylish looks? Look no further. The Hex Technical’s 17.5-litre capacity is made up of device-hugging padded pockets for a MacBook (up to 16in), iPad, power bank and more. The bag is waterproof and has a 1680D Cordura ballistic bottom so it’s also reassuring­ly rugged.

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