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Mercedes-AMG GT R first drive: One 'Green Hell' of a car

Mercedes-AMG GT R first drive: One 'Green Hell' of a car

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GT R. If that's a name that sounds familiar, it's because you'll normally find it attached to the boot-lid of Nissan's fastest road car. But it's also now attached to the most potent Mercedes-AMG.Mercedes-AMG already has a GT model — which we drove... >>

Nokia 8 preview: A flagship worth waiting for?

Nokia 8 preview: A flagship worth waiting for?

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Nokia has filled the gap at the top of its Android smartphone portfolio with the Nokia 8, the flagship phone that we've been waiting for since the announcement of Nokia's return came from HMD Global. In the Nokia 8 we see the company hitting those spec... >>

iOS 11 preview: Exploring the cool new features coming to your iPhone and iPad

iOS 11 preview: Exploring the cool new features coming to your iPhone and iPad

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iOS 11’s public launch is upon us, and with its latest iteration of iPhone and iPad software, Apple again builds on the best features of previous versions of software. How to get iOS 11 right now and get it working on your iPhone and iPad Currently,... >>

Agents of Mayhem preview: Saints Row's spiritual successor is every bit the guilty pleasure

Agents of Mayhem preview: Saints Row's spiritual successor is every bit the guilty pleasure

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On any list of games as guilty pleasures, the Saints Row franchise would surely feature prominently. The open-world third-person shooting games, featuring the dubious exploits of Johnny Gat and his gang, were riotous romps that refused to take themselves... >>

Honor 6A preview: The best £150 phone choice?

Honor 6A preview: The best £150 phone choice?

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Even affordable phones have got pretty good of late. If you're non-plussed about buying the snazziest looking, ultra-powerful flagship then, well, £150 will get you a perfectly serviceable device.The Honor 6A being the latest to squeeze itself into... >>

Mini Countryman Cooper S E preview: Mini's first electric hybrid hits the road

Mini Countryman Cooper S E preview: Mini's first electric hybrid hits the road

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By its own management's admission the Mini brand has overstretched itself. Like a greedy child with eyes bigger than its belly, the once maker of an uber-compact car has seen its range balloon. Now Mini makes a whole host of options, including cabrios,... >>

BMW 530e plug-in hybrid preview: The best of both worlds?

BMW 530e plug-in hybrid preview: The best of both worlds?

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The new BMW 5-Series is a car we already know to be talented. In our 5-star review of the upper-spec 530d, we said that, judged in isolation, it goes "straight to the top of the class". That's a class which includes the Mercedes E-Class, which when we... >>

Jaguar E-Pace: Jag's Cub is an adorable compact SUV disruptor

Jaguar E-Pace: Jag's Cub is an adorable compact SUV disruptor

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Jaguar has pulled the covers of the Jaguar E-Pace, following closely in the tracks of the excellent Jaguar F-Pace. This compact SUV looks to repeat the successes of the F-Pace, a car that's very much changed the face of Jaguar, appealing to a whole new... >>

Audi A8 (2017) preview: The most technological car interior, ever?

Audi A8 (2017) preview: The most technological car interior, ever?

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The Audi A8 has long been considered as chauffeur to the stars; a cushy place to sit in luxury when being carted around. In its 2017 guise, the new A8 elevates that concept to new heights, not only for passengers but driver too.For the 2017 Audi A8 is... >>

Amazon Dash Wand: What you can and can't do with this Alexa device

Amazon Dash Wand: What you can and can't do with this Alexa device

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A few years ago, Amazon quietly announced a new gadget, the Dash Wand, but it's taken until now to give it a wider, official launch.It’s basically giving the Dash Wand away for free. Prime members who spend $20 on the Dash Wand get a $20 Amazon credit... >>

Canon EOS 200D preview: The perfect mini DSLR for beginners?

Canon EOS 200D preview: The perfect mini DSLR for beginners?

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DSLR cameras were once seen as these big, beastly pro-spec machines that you wouldn't want to lay hands on unless you had an encyclopaedic knowledge of photography. How times have changed, eh?The Canon EOS 200D is an interesting small-scale DSLR, designed... >>

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle gameplay preview: Cute and compelling turn-based action

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle gameplay preview: Cute and compelling turn-based action

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In 2017 Mario seems to be on something of a departure from his norm. Maybe it's a midlife crisis. First, there's Mario Odyssey on Switch, a game in which our intrepid plumber has ended up in not only familiar lands, such as Sand Kingdom, but also closer-to-reality... >>

Wolfenstein 2 The New Colossus gameplay preview: The intense first-person shooter is back and in fine form

Wolfenstein 2 The New Colossus gameplay preview: The intense first-person shooter is back and in fine form

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Wolfenstein: The New Order was more than a little intense. When the classic shooter was relaunched by Bethesda back in 2014, it set hearts racing for not only its first-person action, but its intense Nazi characters and their casual brutality. Some scenes... >>

Life Is Strange 2 Before The Storm preview: No rewind mechanic, it's all about the angst

Life Is Strange 2 Before The Storm preview: No rewind mechanic, it's all about the angst

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Life Is Strange. It really is. And the game of the same name explored that concept in a fascinating life-meets-supernatural way when it was released in 2015.Now there's a prequel: Before The Storm. Set in Arcadia Bay once more, it rewinds the timeline... >>

The Crew 2 gameplay preview: Planes, Boats and Automobiles

The Crew 2 gameplay preview: Planes, Boats and Automobiles

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The Crew was an ambitious game when it launched in 2014: an always online racer that left players to freely roam five regions of America as they pleased. Whether in single player or competing other online players, it was a racer unlike any other. The... >>

Strange Brigade gameplay preview: Undead onslaught is oodles of fun

Strange Brigade gameplay preview: Undead onslaught is oodles of fun

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Ah, the Brits. Cups of tea. Stiff upper lips. Crumpets with jam. Undead zombie hordes. We have it all.UK studio Rebellion's latest title, Strange Brigade, is a 1930s-style adventure which throws you into an adventure in forgotten civilisations. Track... >>

Super Mario Odyssey gameplay preview: Aces and oddities

Super Mario Odyssey gameplay preview: Aces and oddities

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Everyone loves Mario. The Italian plumber returns to his 3D platformer roots in Super Mario Odyssey, due for release on Nintendo Switch on Octover 27, 2017. And we got to play two levels for 10 minutes a piece at E3 2017. Pre order Super Mario Odyssey... >>

South Park The Fractured But Whole gameplay preview: Rude, crude and sometimes lewd

South Park The Fractured But Whole gameplay preview: Rude, crude and sometimes lewd

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South Park: The Fractured But Whole is no ordinary turn-based role-playing game. It's one for the fans. Within 30-seconds of our E3 gaming expo presentation back in 2016, our presenter - playing The New Kid (AKA Douchebag from previous game The Stick... >>

Assassin's Creed Origins gameplay preview: The rethinking of a classic

Assassin's Creed Origins gameplay preview: The rethinking of a classic

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At E3 2017 there seems to be one game on everyone's lips: Assassin's Creed. In its latest iteration, Origins, which is set in ancient Egypt, the game returns after a hiatus from its usual annual cycle.While Origins embodies what is is to be an Assassin's... >>

Far Cry 5 gameplay preview: A politically charged, unflinchingly brutal return to form

Far Cry 5 gameplay preview: A politically charged, unflinchingly brutal return to form

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Far Cry is back with a bang. The fifth game in the main series is a politically charged and unflinchingly brutal first-person game, set in fictional present-day Montana.And it's rather brilliant.That's perhaps no surprise, as when Far Cry is at its best,... >>

Xbox One X preview: Age of 4K HDR gaming enters an all-new phase

Xbox One X preview: Age of 4K HDR gaming enters an all-new phase

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We'd run out of fingers and toes if we tried to count the amount of times Microsoft has said its Xbox One X console (formerly Project Scorpio) is the "most powerful console ever", but it doesn't make those claims lightly.It technically is.As we know though,... >>

Star Wars Battlefront 2 multiplayer preview: Special characters add a dynamic that fans will love

Star Wars Battlefront 2 multiplayer preview: Special characters add a dynamic that fans will love

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Star Wars Battlefront was a well received multiplayer when it arrived in 2015. One of its main criticisms was that it didn't have a solo campaign mode and, therefore, no real story. That's something Battlefront 2 fixes: it touts a story mode said to "help... >>

GoPro Fusion preview: The 360 camera you've been waiting for

GoPro Fusion preview: The 360 camera you've been waiting for

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GoPro has given us a first look at the upcoming Fusion 360-degree action camera. Like the Hero and Session, it's designed to be strapped to virtually any part of you, your bike, shoes, car or any number of accessories. It's just as much an action camera... >>

Cozmo preview: The Anki robot friend comes to the UK at last

Cozmo preview: The Anki robot friend comes to the UK at last

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Anki’s Cozmo robot has been a double-edged sword for UK families. It offers some exciting features, has huge buzz online and is peerless in terms of its interactions. However, its availability has been limited to the US.Until today, that is. Anki just... >>

Apple HomePod preview: Say hello to Apple's smart Siri speaker

Apple HomePod preview: Say hello to Apple's smart Siri speaker

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Apple has once again entered the speaker market launching the Apple HomePod, a speaker with Siri built-in that plans to take on not only the Amazon Echo and Google Home but advanced systems like Sonos too.Apple wants to deliver not only a connected... >>

MSI GT83VR Titan preview: Gaming monster with a roar

MSI GT83VR Titan preview: Gaming monster with a roar

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Computex has very much been about the onslaught of super-slim gaming machines due to the launch of Nvidia’s Max-Q architecture.However, we spotted a beauty in the desktop replacement category from MSI. The first thing that grabbed our attention was... >>

HP Spectre x360 (2017) preview: 15-incher with supermodel looks

HP Spectre x360 (2017) preview: 15-incher with supermodel looks

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While perusing the Microsoft stand at this year’s Computex, we spotted and unmarked HP Spectre 360x 15-inch.This is an updated version of 2016’s model, and we suspected that there were going to be some worthwhile improvements. We decided to take a... >>

Toshiba X97 Series OLED TV preview: High-end TV tech, but at what price?

Toshiba X97 Series OLED TV preview: High-end TV tech, but at what price?

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Toshiba recently announced its re-entry into the European TV market with a series of televisions, the pinnacle of which is the 65-inch X97 OLED.Toshiba is pitching the new series of models as being "mid-market" - aimed at price-conscious but ambitious... >>

Eve V preview: What makes the crowd-funded Surface Pro rival so special?

Eve V preview: What makes the crowd-funded Surface Pro rival so special?

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A crowd-funded tablet/laptop hybrid might not usually catch the eye, but clearly Microsoft feels there's something special about the Eve V. It highlighted the relatively unknown product during its Computex keynote.This is especially significant considering... >>

MSI GS63VR Stealth Pro preview: Taking gaming laptops to the Max-Q

MSI GS63VR Stealth Pro preview: Taking gaming laptops to the Max-Q

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The announcement of Nvidia's Max-Q during Computex 2017 in Taiwan has seen some interesting slimline gaming machines launched this week. Pocket-lint had some time with the MSI GS63VR Stealth Pro on the show floor and it's a fantastic piece of work.The... >>

Samsung Notebook 9 Pro preview: Flip screened laptop with built-in S Pen

Samsung Notebook 9 Pro preview: Flip screened laptop with built-in S Pen

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Samsung announced its latest iteration of the Notebook 9 series at Computex this year and it comes with something extra. The Notebook 9 Pro has an embedded S Pen stylus and we got to go hands-on with the device on the show floor.As the device was... >>

Asus ROG Zephyrus preview: Ultra-slim gaming laptop with Nvidia's latest architecture

Asus ROG Zephyrus preview: Ultra-slim gaming laptop with Nvidia's latest architecture

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The opening day at this year’s Computex saw some impressive announcements from Nvidia regarding its new Max-Q architecture.It was also the first to show off Republic of Gamers' (ROG) exceptionally impressive-looking gaming Laptop: the Zephyrus. Essentially... >>

Volkswagen Golf GTI first drive: The hot hatch that transcends boundaries

Volkswagen Golf GTI first drive: The hot hatch that transcends boundaries

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Some cars are considered as class benchmarks. The Volkswagen Golf GTI is one such car. And with the German firm having just refreshed its best-selling small hatchback (see our regular, Mk 7.5 Golf TDi first drive) we took the opportunity to jump into... >>

Volkswagen Golf R-Line first drive: Leader of the pack

Volkswagen Golf R-Line first drive: Leader of the pack

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Given its status as the best-selling car in Europe and its leadership of the compact hatchback class, when Volkswagen updates the Golf, you take note. When we reviewed the then new Golf 7 back in 2013 it gained a coveted full-marks score."So why are... >>

Acer Predator Triton 700 preview: A gaming great is born?

Acer Predator Triton 700 preview: A gaming great is born?

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Gaming laptops are undergoing change: no longer do they need to be the size of a four-bedroom house to deliver considerable power, as the trimmed-down Acer Predator Triton 700 goes to show.Ok, so it's still about the size of a two-bed semi-detached,... >>

Asus Zenbook Pro UX550 preview: Next-level machine with a 4K touchscreen

Asus Zenbook Pro UX550 preview: Next-level machine with a 4K touchscreen

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Asus’ Zenbook range has quite the following with its glorious designs and excellent specs at very competitive prices.At the Asus press conference held ahead of Computex on Monday, the latest addition to the family was announced, and it appears to be... >>

Asus Vivo Book Pro S15 preview: The world’s first laptop with Intel Optane

Asus Vivo Book Pro S15 preview: The world’s first laptop with Intel Optane

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Asus spruced up its Vivo Book range, with the Vivo Book S and Vivo Book Pro S15, which appeal to the budget-conscious end of the market.Vivo Book Pro S15The Vivo Book Pro S15 is looking like a steal, starting at just a shade over £600. For your money,... >>

Asus Zenbook Flip S preview: Super thin convertible jam packed with top-shelf kit

Asus Zenbook Flip S preview: Super thin convertible jam packed with top-shelf kit

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Asus started off its press conference at Computex in Taipei on Monday by announcing an all-new device: the 13 inch Zenbook Flip S.As you may have inferred from the name, this is convertible, and we have to say it looks pretty sleek. At just 1.1kg and... >>

Nokia 3310 (2017) review: Beyond the hype, what's this phone like?

Nokia 3310 (2017) review: Beyond the hype, what's this phone like?

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For the most part we stick to reviewing smartphones here at Pocket-lint, but when the new 3310 was released, we couldn't turn down the opportunity to sink our teeth into a phone which plays on the old nostalgia bone. For many of us, the original 3310... >>

Jaguar XE S: New supercharged V6 is pure S EX

Jaguar XE S: New supercharged V6 is pure S EX

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One of the things that Jaguar does rather well, is lighting a fire under its cars. While there's no of shortage of big diesel Jags eating up the miles on Blighty's roads - as there are Audis, Mercs and Beemers - it's always more fun with a supercharged... >>

Huawei MateBook E preview: A better keyboard cover makes all the difference

Huawei MateBook E preview: A better keyboard cover makes all the difference

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The Huawei MateBook E, before you get confused, is a new version of the original MateBook launched in 2016. Now there's a family of MateBook devices spanning E, X and D, the latter both being proper laptops as Huawei mounts an assault on a new segment... >>

Jaguar XF (2018): Sumptuous luxury, now with new engines

Jaguar XF (2018): Sumptuous luxury, now with new engines

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Jaguar updated its XF model in 2015 with sharper lines, pulling this car first released in 2007 into a more modern perspective. The XF sits above the XE in the range and the difference inside is obvious: although both offer similar exterior design and... >>

Destiny 2 preview: Hands-on with PS4 and PC campaign, strike and PVP modes

Destiny 2 preview: Hands-on with PS4 and PC campaign, strike and PVP modes

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Destiny 2 was officially unveiled a month or so ago, along with its 8 September 2017 console release date and that, as well as support PlayStation 4 and Xbox One again, a PC version will also be coming for the first time.We've played different modes on... >>

Olympus Tough TG-5 preview: For the hardcore generation

Olympus Tough TG-5 preview: For the hardcore generation

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Olympus has announced its latest Tough camera, the TG-5. Following the family of Tough cameras before it, the new Olympus model is everything you expect it to be. There are chunky lines, exposed bolt heads, locks on all the flaps and so on.Such are the... >>

Honda Clarity Fuel Cell preview: Driving the future of hydrogen?

Honda Clarity Fuel Cell preview: Driving the future of hydrogen?

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Are alternative energy vehicles the future? As consumers actively try to do their bit to help clean up the environment - and save on tax, congestion charging and refuelling costs in the process - we're seeing a surge in all-electric and electric-hybrid... >>

Acer Windows Mixed Reality preview: Will this $300 headset bring VR to the masses?

Acer Windows Mixed Reality preview: Will this $300 headset bring VR to the masses?

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In April 2017 Windows 10 rolled out its Creators Edition update, bringing various new creative tools - such as Paint 3D for three-dimensional editing - into the operating system. The lesser talked about point is that the Windows Mixed Reality platform... >>

Acer Leap Ware preview: More a limp than a leap

Acer Leap Ware preview: More a limp than a leap

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When Acer CEO Jason Chen showed off the company's latest wearable, the Leap Ware, at Acer's annual conference, the slender looking wrist-wearable looked as though it had promise.That's often been the case with Acer wearables, however, with the majority... >>

Sennheiser Ambeo Smart Headset preview: Exploring 3D sound

Sennheiser Ambeo Smart Headset preview: Exploring 3D sound

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Sennheiser launched the Ambeo mic in 2016, taking a step into devices that were designed for 3D audio, or audio to support the sort of sound experience you'd expect in VR applications. The Ambeo VR mic does exactly this, capturing sound from all directions... >>

Astell & Kern XB10 review: Cranking it up to 11

Astell & Kern XB10 review: Cranking it up to 11

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A DAC - that's digital-to-analogue converter for the uninitiated - is found in every electronic device with a speaker. Phones, laptops, wireless speakers - every device that needs to take a digital signal and turn it into an analogue one (i.e. soundwaves)... >>