TechRadar's Reviews Guarantee

Independent, authoritative testing - it's our promise to you

Reviews Guarantee

TechRadar's aim is to be the most trusted site in tech. We pride ourselves on our independence and our rigorous review-testing process, offering up long-term attention to the products we review and making sure our reviews are constantly updated and maintained - regardless of when a device was released.

We have the finest team of technology journalists on the planet, who are not only experts in their field, but are the same people we write our reviews for: those who want to know about and use the latest and best technology.

Our editorial independence is backed by the weight of one of the world's largest technology publishers, Future PLC, which means we can tell you what we think of a product, without fear or favor.

This is our promise to you:

  • We do not take payment for product reviews. Ever.
  • We select products for review based on what we believe our readers would want to know.
  • We'll tell you what we think, not what advertisers want you to hear.
  • We say it as we see it. Our expert reviewers love technology and want you to love it too. If it's rubbish, we'll warn you off.
  • If a product doesn't meet our high standards, we'll tell you why.
  • If you think we're not living up to our promise, please email the editor in chief and we'll endeavor to put it right.

Our scoring system

We use a familiar five-star scoring system, in order to keep things recognizable and simple: the more stars, the better. Although we only offer a single star rating, we scrutinize a product on a number of criteria. Depending on the specific attributes of a product type, we rate on:

Design

How does the product look and feel? Is it well built or cheap to the touch?

Features

Does it have the features and functionality that we expect/want?

Usability

How easy is it to use and get the most out of? Are the controls in the right place and is the UI logical?

Performance

How well does the product work? Do all the features perform as they should?

Value

Is the launch price good value when weighed against the other criteria?

What is a hands-on review?

'Hands on reviews' are a journalist's first impressions of a piece of kit based on spending some time with it. It may be just a few moments, or a few hours.

The important thing is we have been able to play with it ourselves and can give you some sense of what it's like to use, even if it's only an embryonic view.

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