About Tested Technology

Tested Technology LogoTESTED TECHNOLOGY IS A WEB PUBLICATION owned and run by David Fanning of Tin Drum PR.

David is an ex-journalist who spent 10 years testing and writing about consumer technology products at Macworld magazine. He started as Technical Editor in 1996, and had graduated to Editor when he left in 2006 to start Tin Drum PR, a boutique PR company specialising in consumer technology.

At the beginning of 2014, David recruited Chris Bidmead to help set up Tested Technology as an in-depth, hands-on review Website independent of David’s PR activity.

Chris is a working freelance IT journalist who has been writing about the industry since 1981, when he left his job as Script Editor of the BBC’s long-running “Doctor Who” series. In the 1990s he was Technical Editor of “Which Computer” and later became a columnist for Microscope, PC World and PC Plus.

David and Chris have been working together to build Tested Technology as the go-to site for readers who want truly independent, thoroughly soak-tested, hands-on reviews of a wide range of products.

Readers trust the publication as independent of advertising and industry sponsorship. We rely on a degree of mutual interaction with the many and various companies that have been happy to co-operate in sending us products to review. A very small minority of the manufacturers are or have been David’s clients, but this has never been a criterion for inclusion, and we have always operated at strict arms-length from David’s PR activities.

A Web site like ours is nothing without a Web service provider. You can find out more about the technology underpinning Tested Technology in our tribute to Machine Networks.

Crucially, we are always writing on behalf of our readers, not as evangelists for the manufacturers. Manufacturers are often happy to leave products with us for long-term assessment or as benchmarks. We’re grateful to them, as Tested Technology is run on an absolutely minimal budget. But whenever manufacturers help us out like this we will share this information with our readers.

The majority of the reviews up to the present have been written entirely by Chris. This was never our intention, but David has been more caught up in PR work than he anticipated.

We’re continually on the look-out for like-minded and similarly experienced IT journalists willing to work to the very high standards we are trying to set in Tested Technology. And very happy to welcome those who have so far answered the call.

David Fanning

Chris Bidmead: 2014/08/03


  1. After read your V679 I bought this unit from Richer Sounds and very happy with it. The way you write review is unique and never found anywhere keep doing love it.


    • Chris Bidmead

      Many thanks for your appreciation,Raju.

      I’m not actively trying to be “different” here, but I do aim to write reviews that tell the story of what it’s like to use the product, rather than just list its capabilities, or (worse) simply reflect the manufacturer’s marketing material.

      • Hi Chris – I have just read your article about the evotion study which I also was a participant. Please excuse me for asking but I wondered if you know where I can get the hearing aids looked at? I have a problem with one of them and it seems that the National are not doing repairs atm! Have you any advice?
        Kind regards
        Jo Cox

        • Chris Bidmead

          Joe, I actually lost one of mine — damn shame, it got hooked up in a mask — and was hoping that Guy’s (who supplied the originals) would be able to fix me up. Sadly, the Evotion team there had all packed up and I was told there was no way to replace it. I got the impression that Evotion has gone into Norwegian parrot mode.

          The best Guy’s could do (and it was a pretty good best) was to kit me out with a new set of National Health Oticon Engages. These are BTE (Behind the Ear) which means they’re somewhat larger as the receiver is embedded in the device and delivers the output into the ear canal through a thin hollow tube. This is not as good as the Evotions, which were RIC (Receiver in Canal) where the sound is delivered directly into the ear with no loss of the directional information encoded into the phase differences.

          It’s very doubtful that the NHS can get your Evotions repaired. Have you tried approaching Oticon directly. At the least they may have a list of third party audiologists who might do the job. Other than that, you’d be entitled to get the NHS to fit you with whatever other hearing aids they have available.


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