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Ultimate Ears Blast and Megablast initial review: Mr Boombastic, say me fantastic

Ultimate Ears Blast and Megablast initial review: Mr Boombastic, say me fantastic

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We were excited to get our hands on the Sonos One, one of the earliest examples of Alexa stepping out into an established speaker brand. But when we learnt that Ultimate Ears was joining this party, our interest was turned up a notch.The Sonos One is... >>

Porsche Design Huawei Mate 10 in pictures: Is the designer handset really worth €1395?

Porsche Design Huawei Mate 10 in pictures: Is the designer handset really worth €1395?

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When Porsche Design revealed its design special of the Huawei Mate 9 back in 2016, it was a handset that stood head and shoulders above the standard Huawei model in design terms - and the phone we wish that Huawei had made for all its customers.Which,... >>

Huawei Mate 10 Pro initial review: A flagship to take on the best of them

Huawei Mate 10 Pro initial review: A flagship to take on the best of them

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It's fair to say that Huawei has had its ups and downs since pushing into the smartphone market. Most recently it was the P10 that didn't quite hit the mark - especially on reflection of the better and cheaper Honor 9, which is also made by the company... >>

Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III initial review: Finally, a compact to truly take on a DSLR

Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III initial review: Finally, a compact to truly take on a DSLR

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With budget compacts killed off by the ever-advancing phone camera, dedicated cameras play a very different role these days. And as everyone wants to lug around a massive lump, mirrorless and DSLR cameras simply won't suit all photographers all of the... >>

New Amazon Kindle Oasis preview: (What's the story) reading glory?

New Amazon Kindle Oasis preview: (What's the story) reading glory?

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The Kindle Oasis was designed to be Amazon's ultimate reading device. Lightweight, high quality and wonderfully slim, its 2016 launch surprised many, not only by its radical design, but in the ambition that Amazon was exhibiting. Would anyone really pay... >>

LG V30 preview: A flagship that's not just for creatives

LG V30 preview: A flagship that's not just for creatives

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LG has officially launched the LG V30, the third iteration of its V series with the aim of changing the opinion of this family of phones. The thing that's always been slightly strange about the V models is the limited availability and the strong focus... >>

Sky Soundbox preview: Mixed results for Sky's first home cinema speaker

Sky Soundbox preview: Mixed results for Sky's first home cinema speaker

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We all know that a better sound system has the potential to enhance a movie, TV show or sporting event we're watching yet, according to Sky, most of its customers are still relying on the speakers included in their television.And as the average TV... >>

Google Home Mini preview: The macaron-shaped sweet taste of Google Assistant

Google Home Mini preview: The macaron-shaped sweet taste of Google Assistant

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It wasn't so long ago we were raving about the capabilities of Google Home, the company's first home assistant speaker product, which uses Google Assistant to answer your queries and control your smart products. Now, chasing Amazon and its Echo Dot -... >>

Google Pixelbook preview: Is a £1,000 Chromebook worth it?

Google Pixelbook preview: Is a £1,000 Chromebook worth it?

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It's not the first time we've seen Google bust out a £1,000 Chromebook - back in 2013 the company went all-out with the massively mediocre Google Chromebook Pixel.But the Chromebook landscape has changed a whole lot since then, which makes a more compelling... >>

Amazon Fire TV (2017) preview: 4K HDR, Dolby Atmos and Alexa control changes everything

Amazon Fire TV (2017) preview: 4K HDR, Dolby Atmos and Alexa control changes everything

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Amazon's Fire TV devices have been massively successful over the years - in some cases even more so than Echo and Kindle. So it comes as no surprise that Amazon has a pretty big stake in this hardware division.And it's not only in the position to sell... >>

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 officially unveiled 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 as... >>

Amazon Echo Spot preview: Smart alarm clock or so much more?

Amazon Echo Spot preview: Smart alarm clock or so much more?

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Amazon has revealed its new Echo Spot as it makes a major refresh of its portfolio of Echo devices. Not only is there a new Echo and the enhanced Echo Plus, but the addition of the Echo Spot sees a diversification that takes Alexa into another room of... >>

Amazon Echo Plus preview: The smart home choice for Alexa

Amazon Echo Plus preview: The smart home choice for Alexa

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Amazon has upgraded the Amazon Echo at an event in its headquarters in Seattle and Pocket-lint was on hand to have a play. In an intimate event that resulted in a huge refresh to the range, the new lead device for Echo is the Amazon Echo Plus.The new... >>

Amazon Echo (2nd gen) preview: Smaller, smarter, cuter

Amazon Echo (2nd gen) preview: Smaller, smarter, cuter

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Amazon has announced a new version of the incredibly popular Amazon Echo at an intimate event at its headquarters in Seattle and Pocket-lint was on hand to have a listen and a chat with the new Alexa-powered speaker.This isn't just an updated version... >>

Humax FVP-5000T preview: Freeview Play revisited

Humax FVP-5000T preview: Freeview Play revisited

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The Humax FVP-4000T was the first Freeview Play set-top box to hit the shelves when the new service launched in 2015. The FVP-5000T follows on from this box looking to upgrade the experience and giving customers a method for adding Freeview Play's services... >>

Casio Edifice EQB-501 hands-on: A modern, smart chronograph

Casio Edifice EQB-501 hands-on: A modern, smart chronograph

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Smartwatches are here to stay, but for some, they're an unnecessary annoyance. Constant bleeping, notifications and attention-grabbing might be your idea of a nightmare. However, it is possible to have a regular analogue watch that uses a smartphone's... >>

MacOS High Sierra preview: The invisible update that you need to download

MacOS High Sierra preview: The invisible update that you need to download

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As each MacOS update has completed installing, we've always stared lovingly at our Mac desktop, wondering what's actually changed. And most of the time, it's fairly obvious.We normally get big, sweeping new features and additions after Apple releases... >>

Nest Cam IQ Outdoor preview: Outside security camera gets smarter

Nest Cam IQ Outdoor preview: Outside security camera gets smarter

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Nest announced several new products at an event in September, including the Hello video doorbell, the Nest Secure alarm system comprising three devices and an update to its outdoor security camera in the form of the Nest Cam IQ Outdoor.The Nest Cam... >>

Asus Zenfone 4 Pro preview: The true flagship of the Zenfone family

Asus Zenfone 4 Pro preview: The true flagship of the Zenfone family

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Asus has launched a full family of Zenfone 4 devices and it's serious about gaining some traction for these devices in the UK and across Europe. Different devices are launching in different territories and while the UK is slated to get the Zenfone 4... >>

Asus Zenfone 4 preview: A dual camera attack on the mid-range

Asus Zenfone 4 preview: A dual camera attack on the mid-range

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The Asus Zenfone 4 is a mid-range handset that comes with the addition of dual cameras on the back of the phone. Asus is shaking things up in the smartphone race, bringing a second wide-angle lens to the party.The Zenfone 4 has launched in a number of... >>

Nest Secure preview: A simple, sophisticated alarm system

Nest Secure preview: A simple, sophisticated alarm system

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Nest announced a range of new devices at its big event in September, including the Hello video doorbell and a new alarm system called Secure.The Nest Secure alarm system is made up of three main devices that work in tandem together, comprising the Nest... >>

Nest Hello video doorbell preview: At last, a valid competitor to Ring

Nest Hello video doorbell preview: At last, a valid competitor to Ring

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Nest has announced a competitor to the Ring video doorbell in the form of the Nest Hello. The new doorbell, which will be available in 2018 in the US and Canada, is claimed to be the first doorbell able to detect a person and offer facial recognition.Offering... >>

Xbox One X preview: Move over PS4 Pro, a bigger kid is coming to town

Xbox One X preview: Move over PS4 Pro, a bigger kid is coming to town

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Xbox officially unveiled the Xbox One X during E3 2017 in June. But at the time we could only play games on development kits. The internal hardware was nigh-on identical but we didn't, technically, go hands-on with a fully working console.We did, however,... >>

Tile Sport preview: Waterproof protection for never losing your keys again

Tile Sport preview: Waterproof protection for never losing your keys again

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Tile Bluetooth tracking devices have been around a while now but few have caught the attention as much as the Tile Sport.Not only does it offer the same tracking abilities as the rest of the Tile family, it has extended range and waterproofing. It is... >>

Audi Aicon: A glimpse at a fully autonomous future and ultra-impressive user interface

Audi Aicon: A glimpse at a fully autonomous future and ultra-impressive user interface

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What does the future look like? It's a perennial question, one that for cars feels more pertinent than ever. This, the Aicon, is what the future looks like according to Audi.You'll know that cars are becoming battery powered (or electrifying - as the... >>

Apple iPhone X preview: The future of Apple smartphones

Apple iPhone X preview: The future of Apple smartphones

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Ten years after the launch of the first iPhone, Apple has launched what it says is the phone that kick starts the next decade for the iPhone. It's the biggest shift in iPhone design since Steve Jobs launched that first device, introducing a new range... >>

Ford GT review: An astounding aerodynamic accomplishment

Ford GT review: An astounding aerodynamic accomplishment

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It is very easy to think you know everything about the latest Ford GT, for this is a car that seemingly came out of nowhere at the 2015 Detroit Motor Show and subsequently stole almost every column inch, headline and online article. Oh, and then it... >>

Garmin Vivoactive 3 preview: A fitness watch for the connected generation

Garmin Vivoactive 3 preview: A fitness watch for the connected generation

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If there's one company that's really going for domination of your wrist, it's Garmin. The company has updated it's Fenix and Forerunner devices and expanded its newer Vivo series too. The fact that there's a Vivoactive 3 might be a surprise, as we skipped... >>

Nissan Leaf (2018): New and improved for an EV takeover

Nissan Leaf (2018): New and improved for an EV takeover

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Nissan has unveiled its long-awaited next-generation Leaf electric vehicle, offering a significant redesign and improvement in specifications and technology compared to its predecessor.Seven years after the original Leaf, and more than 275,000 sold,... >>

Smart Vision EQ ForTwo concept preview: The future autonomous car for slick city transit

Smart Vision EQ ForTwo concept preview: The future autonomous car for slick city transit

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Daimler has revealed its Smart Vision EQ ForTwo concept in Stuttgart, two weeks before it gets shown to the public at the Frankfurt Auto Show.The concept — which the company stresses is not designed to preview the exterior styling of the next Smart... >>

Garmin Vivomove HR preview: Hybrid smartwatch with hidden touchscreen and heart rate monitoring

Garmin Vivomove HR preview: Hybrid smartwatch with hidden touchscreen and heart rate monitoring

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Garmin announced several devices at consumer electronic show IFA in Berlin, including the Vivomove HR.On first glance, the Vivomove HR looks like any other analogue watch, but this device has a dirty little secret. It has a hidden touchscreen, as well... >>

Acer Switch 7 Black Edition preview: Unrivalled power from this mighty 2-in-1

Acer Switch 7 Black Edition preview: Unrivalled power from this mighty 2-in-1

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With the rise of the Microsoft Surface and increasing strength in the 2-in-1 market, manufacturers are looking for different ways to stand out from the growing pack. In the case of the Acer Switch 7 Black Edition it's all about power - lots of power.The... >>

Lenovo Yoga 720 12-inch preview: Portable convertible gets added muscle power

Lenovo Yoga 720 12-inch preview: Portable convertible gets added muscle power

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It was only a year ago we were praising the Lenovo Yoga 11 710, an 11-inch laptop which we said "offers just about everything you get with the 12-inch MacBook, and a bit more besides, for much less money," when reviewed in mid 2016.But that era is over,... >>

Onkyo P3 and G3 smart speakers preview: Alexa or Google, you choose

Onkyo P3 and G3 smart speakers preview: Alexa or Google, you choose

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Several companies announced smart speakers at consumer electronics show IFA in Berlin, some opting for Google Assistant, others for Amazon's Alexa but Onkyo went for both, launching two speakers at the show.The Onkyo P3 is the Amazon Alexa smart speaker,... >>

B&O BeoVision Eclipse preview: An outstanding remix of LG's excellent OLED

B&O BeoVision Eclipse preview: An outstanding remix of LG's excellent OLED

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Take one part LG OLED TV, mix in a healthy dollop of Bang & Olufsen design and this is the result: the BeoVision Eclipse. This is the result of a collaboration between LG and B&O and it's a staggering result. This partnership was first announced in... >>

Acer Chromebook 15 preview: Large and in charge

Acer Chromebook 15 preview: Large and in charge

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The Acer Chromebook 15 is the perfect example of how Chromebooks have progressed over recent years. No longer does the word 'Chromebook' dictate an ultra-budget look and feel, with the Acer 15's aluminium panel finish paving the way for this future of... >>

Sony WI-1000X preview: Killing sound with Sony's new noise-cancelling headphones

Sony WI-1000X preview: Killing sound with Sony's new noise-cancelling headphones

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Let's not beat around the bush: the Sony MDR-1000X are an exceptional pair of wireless noise-cancelling headphones. So successful in fact that Sony is exporting some of that noise-cancelling mastery and expanding the family to a range of 1000X devices.There's... >>

Dell Visor preview: A Windows Mixed Reality headset that will be hard to beat

Dell Visor preview: A Windows Mixed Reality headset that will be hard to beat

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The theme at this year's IFA show - the largest technology show in Europe - is all about Windows Mixed Reality, Microsoft's dive into easy-to-setup virtual reality experiences, which will debut from 17 October when a Windows 10 update arrives.And manufacturers... >>

Kitsound Voice One speaker preview: First impressions of the £130 Amazon Echo competitor

Kitsound Voice One speaker preview: First impressions of the £130 Amazon Echo competitor

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Consumer electronics show IFA sees a lot of product launches, but speakers with built-in assistants, whether Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa, have been announced in abundance. Panasonic and Sony have both launched Google Assistant-powered speakers, while... >>

Acer Swift 5 preview: Light-as-a-feather laptop delivers killer design punches

Acer Swift 5 preview: Light-as-a-feather laptop delivers killer design punches

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In a world where laptops often look like carbon copies between brands and model ranges, it's not always in the visual aspect that innovation can be found. Sure, the Acer Swift 5 looks snazzy in its blue and gold finish, but its real selling point is its... >>

Sphero R2-D2 preview: Artoo it is you, it is you

Sphero R2-D2 preview: Artoo it is you, it is you

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Sphero, the company behind BB-8 and other robots has created its own fully programmable version of R2-D2 from the Star Wars films.Pocket-lint has previewed the new Droid ahead of its official launch. Is this the Droid you're looking for?R2-D2 Droid hardware... >>