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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... >>

Huawei MateBook X preview: Huawei goes after the MacBook

Huawei MateBook X preview: Huawei goes after the MacBook

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Huawei is stepping into laptops, expanding the MateBook family beyond the 2-in-1 tablet that kicked off the line in 2016 and now introducing the MateBook X and MateBook D.The MateBook X is potentially the most interesting device, looking to challenge... >>

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... >>

HTC U11 preview: Easy squeezy, liquid surface pleasy

HTC U11 preview: Easy squeezy, liquid surface pleasy

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It seems like an age since we had an HTC flagship, the HTC 10, as the company chose to wait so that it could include the Snapdragon 835, the latest generation of Qualcomm chipset in its new device.HTC is once again leaving nothing to chance, taking 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... >>

Nintendo 2DS XL preview: Lighter, no 3D but still at top of its game

Nintendo 2DS XL preview: Lighter, no 3D but still at top of its game

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Nintendo has been milking its 3DS range of handheld consoles for a considerable while - after all, the first 3DS came out in 2011. The DS, on which it is based, came to the UK considerably earlier, in 2005.It's no exaggeration therefore to say it's the... >>

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 Switch 5 preview: The silent Surface killer?

Acer Switch 5 preview: The silent Surface killer?

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If you're in the market for a 2-in-1 device then Acer has just announced its new premier model: the Switch 5.It's not the first time we've seen this form clip-on-keyboard form factor - not least that it apes the Microsoft Surface to a reasonable degree... >>

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... >>

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,... >>

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)... >>

Philips 55POS9002 OLED preview: Stunning flagship TV with P5 processing and Ambilight

Philips 55POS9002 OLED preview: Stunning flagship TV with P5 processing and Ambilight

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TP Vision recently unveiled its second Philips-branded OLED TV, the 9002, and from our experience with it so far, it's every bit the rival to sets with similar technology from Sony, Panasonic and, of course, LG.It even adds its own unique feature in... >>

Sony Bravia A1 Series OLED TV preview: Breathtaking pictures and unique audio tech combine

Sony Bravia A1 Series OLED TV preview: Breathtaking pictures and unique audio tech combine

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We've been waiting for a Sony OLED TV for quite some time now, but we could never have expected the Bravia A1 Series. Announced at CES 2017, it was certainly one of the highlights of the show, bringing this TV technology to Sony in typical Sony style.It... >>

Sony Xperia Ear Open-style concept: Look who's talking (and listening)

Sony Xperia Ear Open-style concept: Look who's talking (and listening)

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Sony Mobile revealed four new smartphones at Mobile World Congress 2017 including the super flagship - XZ Premium - but that's not all it had up its sleeve. The company also announced the Xperia Ear Open-style concept.So the name isn't overly catchy... >>

LG X Power 2 preview: Monster battery machine

LG X Power 2 preview: Monster battery machine

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The biggest request from smartphone owners is for better battery life. Manufacturers have been tackling this issue for many years, looking for ways to optimise, reducing drain from various apps and features and making big changes to things like the hardware... >>

LG Watch Style preview: The crown princess of Android Wear 2.0

LG Watch Style preview: The crown princess of Android Wear 2.0

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LG announced two new smartwatches at the beginning of February in the form of the Watch Sport and Watch Style, both of which serve as poster boys for Android Wear 2.0.We've previewed the Watch Sport previously, which you can read about in our separate... >>

Lenovo Yoga 720 (13-inch) preview: Flexibility at your fingertips

Lenovo Yoga 720 (13-inch) preview: Flexibility at your fingertips

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When it comes to flexible, adaptable laptops Lenovo has really got its act together in its Yoga series. We thought the 11-inch Yoga 710 was a great little portable; the newer Yoga 720 ups the scale to a 13-inch sweetspot, while boosting power too. Is... >>

Samsung Galaxy Book preview: A viable Surface alternative

Samsung Galaxy Book preview: A viable Surface alternative

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The world is trying to move us away from laptops and toward 2-in-1 devices. Following Microsoft's original dalliance and the emergence of Window RT, there was some turmoil, as it became immediately evident that people didn't want RT - they wanted the... >>

Sony Xperia XA1 and XA1 Ultra preview: Edgy mid-rangers

Sony Xperia XA1 and XA1 Ultra preview: Edgy mid-rangers

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Sony announced the X series of smartphones at Mobile World Congress 2016, marking the death of the Z line and a new path for the Japanese manufacturer. There were several X devices announced, including the lovely Xperia XA with its edge-to-edge display.One... >>

Sony Xperia XZs preview: Same design, new hardware

Sony Xperia XZs preview: Same design, new hardware

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The Xperia XZs is one of four smartphones debuting at Mobile World Congress 2017 from Sony Mobile, succeeding the Xperia XZ that was announced six months ago at IFA in September.The new smartphone offers an upgrade in terms of camera functionality and... >>

Huawei Watch 2 preview: Fitness first for smartwatch sequel

Huawei Watch 2 preview: Fitness first for smartwatch sequel

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When Huawei launched its original Watch in the UK it was in association with GQ, the men's lifestyle brand. The Chinese maker's desire to push its fashion-forward smartwatch to an image conscious crowd was clear. Thing is, the Watch, despite its glitzy... >>