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Smart Electric Drive (2017) first drive: Nippy inner-city transport sprouts a plug socket

Smart Electric Drive (2017) first drive: Nippy inner-city transport sprouts a plug socket

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Stop anyone in the street and ask them to name the electric car pioneers and it's likely the big names will make up the majority of answers: the Renault Zoe, Nissan Leaf and Elon Musk's Tesla Model S.It might be difficult to comprehend but Smart has been... >>

Amazon Fire TV Stick (2017) preview: Alexa on TV for £40

Amazon Fire TV Stick (2017) preview: Alexa on TV for £40

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Since Amazon launched its own media streaming device, it has successfully refreshed the main set-top-box, adding faster processing, better remote access, 4K Ultra HD support and, in recent times, an all-new user experience. Its Fire TV Stick remained... >>

Project Cars 2 gameplay preview: Racing realism amplified to new heights

Project Cars 2 gameplay preview: Racing realism amplified to new heights

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The roaring success of Project Cars was one of 2015's most heart-warming feel-good stories. You may remember it as the game that seemingly rose without trace: created by hitherto somewhat obscure UK indie studio Slightly Mad Games, it was crowdfunded... >>

Panasonic EZ1002 OLED TV preview: Stunning OLED punch paired with audio prowess

Panasonic EZ1002 OLED TV preview: Stunning OLED punch paired with audio prowess

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Panasonic announced its return to OLED TVs at IFA 2016, and subsequently unveiled the EZ1000 series at CES 2017. Originally announced as a 65-inch model, Panasonic has now expanded this offering, adding a 77-inch model to the choices for its flagship... >>

Prey gameplay preview: Bethesda reboot looks set to live up to expectations

Prey gameplay preview: Bethesda reboot looks set to live up to expectations

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So-called development hell – into which games can fall when they just, for whatever reason, aren't coming together – can, it seems, sometimes be a good thing. That's certainly true in the case of Prey – originally mooted as the sequel to 2006's... >>

Canon EOS 800D preview: Mid-range made accessible

Canon EOS 800D preview: Mid-range made accessible

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Canon is bulking out its EOS range with a number of new DSLR models, the 800D taking on a more beginner role than its also-announced step-up 77D cousin.Between the two new models, certainly in terms of specification, there's not a great deal of difference.... >>

Canon EOS M6 preview: Canon's top-end mirrorless, minus the viewfinder

Canon EOS M6 preview: Canon's top-end mirrorless, minus the viewfinder

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The Canon take on the mirrorless camera market has been interesting (you can read that as generally disappointing): having lackadaisically introduced the sub-par M-series system in a bid to - and this is how we see it - avoid undercutting its own DSLR... >>

Canon EOS 77D preview: Lucky 7s for the '80D lite'?

Canon EOS 77D preview: Lucky 7s for the '80D lite'?

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You've probably heard it time and again: "cameras are dying". Well, not according to Canon. The Japanese camera maker seems to be investing in a DSLR for every possible user, with the new EOS 77D fitting in beneath its 80D mid-ranger to carve out a new... >>

Honda Civic 2017 first drive: Classic hatch gets a millennial makeover

Honda Civic 2017 first drive: Classic hatch gets a millennial makeover

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The Honda Civic is a funny old car. It's a real challenge to pinpoint who, exactly, it's aimed at, yet equally difficult to fault - despite historically boasting a number of irksome quirks.For example, most owners seem to be the reserved type, well into... >>

Honor 6X preview: Dual cameras for half the price

Honor 6X preview: Dual cameras for half the price

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Honor made a big song and dance about its 6X smartphone 'launch' at this year's CES in Las Vegas. Which was a bit odd for a phone that's been available in China since the later part of 2016. George Zhao, Honor CEO, took to the stage and spent far too... >>

LG Watch Sport preview: The crown prince of Android Wear 2.0

LG Watch Sport preview: The crown prince of Android Wear 2.0

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Android Wear has so far been a middling story of wearable devices. The best iterations have been sold on a brand's strengths - like Polar's integration into its M600 giving you a great Polar Flow experience, or Tag's premium reworking on the Tag Heuer... >>

Toyota GT86 (2017) review: Coupe a load of that

Toyota GT86 (2017) review: Coupe a load of that

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It's -15C. Yep, minus fifteen degrees centigrade. And we're stood staring at the brand new Toyota GT86 - which positively radiates its warm blood red coat of paint against the snowy Finnish backdrop - wondering what on earth could possibly go wrong when... >>

Mini Countryman S 2017 first drive: Mighty improvements for the massive Mini?

Mini Countryman S 2017 first drive: Mighty improvements for the massive Mini?

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Do you remember the exact moment that every manufacturer scrambled to add a high-riding SUV to their line-up? It was around the time the Nissan Qashqai started to become a runaway sales success and as a result, all sorts of bizarre shapes started to appear... >>

Meizu Pro 6 Plus preview: The true flagship alternative from China

Meizu Pro 6 Plus preview: The true flagship alternative from China

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You often hear the age-old rhetoric that China is taking over the world, and nowhere is that more clear than in the smartphone market. Companies like Huawei, Oppo and Vivo are now in the top five global smartphone vendors.One company you may not be aware... >>

BeatMoovz preview: The crazy wearable that adds a soundtrack to your life

BeatMoovz preview: The crazy wearable that adds a soundtrack to your life

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Character Options might have stolen the London Toy Fair, at least where adults are concerned. It demonstrated a wearable wristband that prompts special effect noise and/or music as you move.The bands, which cost £49.99 for a pair and will be available... >>

Fujifilm X-T20 preview: The retro touch

Fujifilm X-T20 preview: The retro touch

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When we reviewed the Fujifilm X-T10 compact system camera, we felt that its retro style was just right. Now Fuji has introduced the X-T20 which maintains that touch of retro appeal - and you can take that "touch" aspect literally, thanks to the addition... >>

Leica M10 preview: The rangefinder refined

Leica M10 preview: The rangefinder refined

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Leica doesn't do things like other camera makers. The German brand has a cult-like following of photographers who appreciate the brand's unflinching craftsmanship and pinnacle lens quality.The champion Leica has always been its full-frame M-series rangefinder.... >>

Fujifilm GFX 50S preview: Medium format made easy

Fujifilm GFX 50S preview: Medium format made easy

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When Fujifilm announced at Photokina 2016 it was to launch a mirrorless medium format camera - that is, a camera with a sensor larger than even a pro-spec DSLR - there was explosive excitement.The company hasn't been mucking around either, for the GFX... >>

Fujifilm X100F preview: Fixed-lens finery

Fujifilm X100F preview: Fixed-lens finery

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If there's one high-end fixed-lens camera that gets people excited, it's the Fuji X100 series.Now in its fourth-generation form, the X100F has the core make-up that made its predecessors such successes, but has a revamped layout and enhanced autofocus... >>

Wileyfox Swift 2 X preview: Cyanora custom software

Wileyfox Swift 2 X preview: Cyanora custom software

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The British company surprised the smartphone market in 2015, releasing two phones which boasted impressive specs and performance at a very affordable price. In many ways, the two first Wileyfox phones were essentially the Britain's answer to the OnePlus... >>

Nissan Micra (2017) first drive: Same name, different personality

Nissan Micra (2017) first drive: Same name, different personality

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Nissan's Micra has been around for decades. Since 1983 in fact, selling over 3.5million in Europe alone during its lifetime. It's a car everyone has heard of, even if not for all the best reasons.Despite its popularity, the Micra hasn't ever been the... >>

Super Bomberman R preview: A sparkling retro gem for the Nintendo Switch

Super Bomberman R preview: A sparkling retro gem for the Nintendo Switch

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As classic multiplayer games go, few can match the might of Bomberman. Way back when it was the ultimate way to get your mates around and strategically blast them into oblivion. In, you know, a fun and friendly kind of way.The premise of any Bomberman... >>

Nintendo Switch preview: Return of the king?

Nintendo Switch preview: Return of the king?

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We are finally privy to all the details, price and release date of the Nintendo Switch. And we have also finally got our hands on it and it's good, it's very good.There are some caveats, but it looks like Nintendo could relegate the horrific failure... >>

Zelda Breath of the Wild on Nintendo Switch preview: Prepare to lose your breath

Zelda Breath of the Wild on Nintendo Switch preview: Prepare to lose your breath

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We first played Zelda: Breath of the Wild in among the halls of the E3 gaming expo in summer 2016. But despite the hugely impressive space dedicated to the game at that show - an escape from the bustle outside, with its own real grass and trees, a day-to-night... >>

Samsung Family Hub 2.0 refrigerator preview: Spotify and sausages

Samsung Family Hub 2.0 refrigerator preview: Spotify and sausages

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Samsung revealed its new Family Hub refrigerator line-up immediately prior to CES but we got to see one of them in the flesh at the company's main press conference.The concept is similar if not identical to last year's CES sensation, but there are a few... >>