Reviews & hands-on

  • Cameras 4 out of 5

    Canon EOS 750D review: Revered mid-ranger

    By Mike Lowe 5 hours ago

    Canon is testing the water with its latest DSLR cameras. The EOS 750D, which updates the earlier 700D mid-ranger from 2013, is also joined by the ever-so-slightly higher specification 760D, giving more choice to customers. Or just adding more confusion....

  • Phones 3.5 out of 5

    Sony Xperia Z3+ review: Hot stuff (literally)

    By Mike Lowe 6 July 2015

    Sony has been moulding its Xperia Z-series flagship smartphone line into the perfect model. Well, it more-or-less achieved that with the Z3 towards the end of 2014, so for the new Z3+ to arrive mid-2015 led us to believe we'd be getting more hot stuff....

  • Audio 3.5 out of 5

    Amazon Echo review: Ace assistant, average speaker

    By Elyse Betters 3 July 2015

    Amazon has launched a cylindrical, internet-connected Bluetooth-capable speaker called Echo, which doubles as your personal cloud-based assistant, addressed as Alexa. Because you've always wanted to talk to a home speaker, right? "Alexa, who is the mayor...

  • Wearables 4 out of 5

    Jawbone UP3 review: Up there with the best of them?

    By Britta O'Boyle 3 July 2015

    There are plenty of fitness tracking devices available these days and Jawbone's Up series has been one of our go-to favourites. Now in its third generation, the Up3 is more capable than ever before. But unlike the Fitbit and Withings products of this...

  • Parenting

    Anki Overdrive preview: New cars, game modes and release date revealed

    By Rik Henderson 2 July 2015

    We first saw Anki Overdrive, the company's follow-up to the hugely successful robot toy racing game Anki Drive, in San Francisco in February and were already amazed at just how much more advanced it was in comparison to its predecessor. But although the...

  • Cars

    BMW 5 Series GT hydrogen fuel cell first drive: Driving into the future?

    By Mike Lowe 1 July 2015

    It's almost strange to think how nonchalantly we consume the world's depleting fossil fuel reserves. Sure, it's fun to hammer a performance car down the motorway (or even a normal car for that matter), with that satisfying hum from the exhausts, but the...

  • Audio

    Bowers & Wilkins P5 Wireless headphones preview: Bluetooth without compromise

    By Rik Henderson 1 July 2015

    Bowers & Wilkins was one of the last audio firms to adopt Bluetooth for its portable speakers, preferring technologies like AirPlay for stability and quality of wireless transmission. But that was before Bluetooth aptX came along and the company released...

  • Audio

    Apple Music preview: A closer look at Apple's new Music app

    By Stuart Miles 30 June 2015

    The future - it seems - is not software algorithms but people. Having successfully changed the way we bought and listened to music with the iPod, Apple is hoping to bring back those who have wandered off to services like Spotify and Deezer with a new...

  • Gadgets 4.5 out of 5

    TomTom Go 510 review: Great navigation, now more connected

    By Chris Hall 30 June 2015

    TomTom has updated its navigation devices, ushering in new features and some changes to the user interface to make life simpler for drivers trying to get from A to B. For a number of years, people have been saying that the dedicated personal navigation...

  • Audio

    AKG N90Q preview: High-end headphones show off Grammy Award-winning Quincy Jones class

    By Mike Lowe 28 June 2015

    Not all headphones are made equal. The AKG N90Q epitomise this by offering a number of technological firsts – including TruNote, the ability to read your ears for a bespoke listen – paired with the stamp of approval from legendary producer Quincy...

  • Cameras 4.5 out of 5

    Panasonic Lumix G7 review: GH4 junior shows off 4K smarts

    By Mike Lowe 27 June 2015

    The camera market has self-saturated. There's so much good kit out there, capable of producing such high quality images, that product updates tend to focus on new features rather than significant core changes to sell themselves. In the case of the Panasonic...