Reviews archive

  • Toshiba Chromebook review
    Laptops 3.5 out of 5

    Toshiba Chromebook review

    By 3 hours ago

    Toshiba is the latest company to enter the Chromebook market with the aptly named Toshiba Chromebook. It's a larger device than most Chromebooks that have gone before it, offering a 13.3-inch screen in the familiar budget laptop format. Only the HP Pavilion...

  • Samsung UE40H6400 6 Series TV review
    Televisions 4 out of 5

    Samsung UE40H6400 6 Series TV review

    By 22 April 2014

    While Samsung's high-end fleet of curvaceous Ultra HD tellies have been generating plenty of noise this year, the brand's real volume comes on the back of its 6 Series screens, which is where the 40-inch H6400 model fits in. These mainstream HD models...

  • Windows Phone 8.1 review
    Phones 4 out of 5

    Windows Phone 8.1 review

    By 18 April 2014

    Windows Phone 8.1 is (sort of) here and it's a much needed boost to the Microsoft operating system. Better presentation, more personalisation, the voice assist Cortana, quick actions and notifications via Action Center and a number of other tweaks throughout....

  • Sony Xperia Z2 review
    Phones 4.5 out of 5

    Sony Xperia Z2 review

    By 17 April 2014

    Sony is in a funny place with its smartphones, pumping out a flagship device refresh every six months, rather than on a yearly cycle like most of its rivals. This sees the Sony Xperia Z2 landing seven months after the Z1's September launch, offering much...

  • Hitman Go review
    Gaming 5 out of 5

    Hitman Go review

    By 17 April 2014

    Square Enix has been clever in utilising its rich heritage of intellectual properties in the last couple of years. Not only has it managed to breathe new life into old characters and franchises, such as Deus Ex: Human Revolution and the Tomb Raider reboot,...

  • Nikon Coolpix P7800 review
    Cameras 4 out of 5

    Nikon Coolpix P7800 review

    By 15 April 2014

    Nikon is on the up when it comes to its compact cameras. And if you're looking for a high-end model then the Coolpix P7800 may have already made it onto your shortlist, alongside similar models such as the Canon PowerShot G16. Ultimately similar to the...

  • Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet review
    Tablets 4 out of 5

    Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet review

    By 14 April 2014

    Tablet season 2014 is upon us and vying for your attention is the Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet. It's slimmer, lighter and more powerful than its Tablet Z predecessor and offers some standout features such as waterproofing. If you want to splash around in the...

  • Samsung Galaxy S5 review
    Phones 4.5 out of 5

    Samsung Galaxy S5 review

    By 11 April 2014

    The Samsung Galaxy S5 is likely to be one of the best selling devices of 2014. It is the successor to the incredibly successful Galaxy S4 that, despite the attempts of HTC, Sony Mobile and LG, sold by the truckload. But the launch of the SGS5 was overshadowed...

  • Spaced360 review
    Audio 4 out of 5

    Spaced360 review

    By 11 April 2014

    Bluetooth speakers come in all sorts of shapes and sizes these days. Spaced360 is something a little different: a three-pointed-star-shaped speaker capable of throwing sound out through 360-degrees. It embodies Orbitsound's Airsound technology which is...

  • HTC One M8 review
    Phones 5 out of 5

    HTC One M8 review

    By 10 April 2014

    The HTC One (M8) has been officially announced, having been more comprehensively leaked than any previous smartphone device in recent years. There's plenty of interest and anticipation too. With Samsung and Sony launching flagship devices at Mobile World...

  • Volkswagen Golf GTD review
    Cars 4.5 out of 5

    Volkswagen Golf GTD review

    By 10 April 2014

    If logic is followed and the status quo is upheld, then the Volkswagen Golf GTD is a shoo-in for a five star review. When we saw the regular Golf Mk7 last year, we called it "all the car you'll ever need - no more and no less". So you'd expect a diesel...

  • Humax HB-1000S Freesat HD box review
    Home Cinema 4.5 out of 5

    Humax HB-1000S Freesat HD box review

    By 9 April 2014

    There was a time when we didn't really understand Freesat. And in a world where increasing numbers of set-top boxes and catch-up devices are available for as little as a tenner, we weren't sure the satellite-dish-provided free TV service could ever suit...

  • Samsung Galaxy TabPro 10.1 review
    Tablets 4.5 out of 5

    Samsung Galaxy TabPro 10.1 review

    By 7 April 2014

    Samsung is certainly no stranger to tablets. But you might be left scratching your head and wondering what's what given how many model numbers and sizes are available throughout its ranges. Enter the Samsung Galaxy TabPro 10.1, the 10.1-inch Android tablet...

  • Dell XPS 13 review (2014)
    Laptops 4.5 out of 5

    Dell XPS 13 review (2014)

    By 4 April 2014

    When Dell unleashed the XPS 13 it was one of the few Ultrabook devices that could stand up against the strength of the Apple MacBook Air. Not all of us are Apple users, of course, so the prospect of a slim, light, attractive and powerful Windows portable...

  • Dali Kubik Free review
    Audio 5 out of 5

    Dali Kubik Free review

    By 3 April 2014

    Buying good speakers has never been cheap, if you want quality then you have to stump up a bit of cash. That said, we've never considered paying nearly £1,000 for a pair of Bluetooth speakers before. On the surface, that sounds ridiculous because you...

  • Jabra Solemate review (second-gen)
    Audio 3.5 out of 5

    Jabra Solemate review (second-gen)

    By 2 April 2014

    The Jabra Solemate is a portable Bluetooth speaker, back in its NFC-capable second-gen form. It might look more like a luminescent character from Pacman spliced with a Dr Martens sole but its design - which, as the name suggests, takes its cues from shoe...

  • Nikon Coolpix P340 review
    Cameras 4 out of 5

    Nikon Coolpix P340 review

    By 1 April 2014

    When it comes to high-end compact cameras there are lots of options out there. Most of those, however, happen to cost a pretty penny. Although the Nikon Coolpix P340 couldn't be called "budget" it does undercut many of its competitors on the price front...

  • Jawbone Up24 review
    Sports Fitness 4.5 out of 5

    Jawbone Up24 review

    By 31 March 2014

    We've reviewed the Jawbone Up in its previous guises, so you may already be familiar with this fitness tracker and sleep monitor. The latest iteration is the Jawbone Up24, an updated product that works in greater detail than its predecessors. Up24 works...

  • Asus Xonar Essence STU review
    Audio 4 out of 5

    Asus Xonar Essence STU review

    By 28 March 2014

    After quite some years of CD, music seems to have taken something of a backwards step, at least in terms of quality. If you bought a lot of CDs, you've probably heard how good they sound, and MP3 may be a bit of a disappointment as a result. Of course,...

  • Olympus Stylus 1 review
    Cameras 4 out of 5

    Olympus Stylus 1 review

    By 27 March 2014

    One glance at the Olympus Stylus 1 and it's hard to ignore how much it looks like a smaller version of the interchangeable lens Olympus OM-D series. Only it's not: this is a high-end compact camera with design cues adopted from the company's top-end interchangeable...

  • Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 review
    Cameras 3.5 out of 5

    Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 review

    By 26 March 2014

    The original Samsung Galaxy Camera was notable because, although it wasn't the first dedicated camera to use the Android operating system as its user interface, it was the first to integrate an up-to-date version of the operating system with great success....

  • Elgato EyeTV Netstream 4Sat review
    Home Cinema 4.5 out of 5

    Elgato EyeTV Netstream 4Sat review

    By 24 March 2014

    The Elgato EyeTV Netstream 4Sat is something that offers some real advantages to people who already have a satellite dish. The idea of the product is simple: you feed it between one and four satellite inputs, which it bundles up into a package that allows...

  • Infamous: Second Son review
    Gaming 4 out of 5

    Infamous: Second Son review

    By 21 March 2014

    Infamous: Second Son is the game that every PlayStation 4 owner has been waiting for, whether an existing Infamous fan or not. It's the cool TV ad - well, the American one without the shouty British voice-over anyway - that's done it. All those quick...

  • Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes review
    Gaming 4 out of 5

    Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes review

    By 21 March 2014

    When Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain was announced, along with a controversial teaser trailer debuting Kiefer Sutherland as the new voice of protagonist Solid Snake, we doubt there would have been a single true gamer not excited. Admittedly, they...

  • Harman Kardon Sabre SB35 review
    Home Cinema 4 out of 5

    Harman Kardon Sabre SB35 review

    By 21 March 2014

    If you don't own a Harman Kardon device you may be surprised that you've probably already heard the company's speakers before. Why? Because its responsible for most of the nation's cinema sound systems. And with the HK Sabre it plans to bring that quality...