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Kobo Mini
2.5 stars

Kobo Mini

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This, the smallest e-reader on the market at around 5 inches, is gadget nirvana for book-loving commuters. The secret is in its size, which is carefully judged to fit into a handbag, a chest pocket of a shirt, or even the back pocket of a pair of jeans.DesignBuilt... >>

Best tablet bags

Best tablet bags

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No matter what tablet you have, keeping it scratch free is vital. A tablet sits at the top of the gadget hierarchy for most. So how to keep these prized possessions safe?A tablet case is the most obvious answer.  Make a quick Google search and you can... >>

Best Bluetooth keyboards

Best Bluetooth keyboards

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For anything other than tweets and status updates on Facebook, a Bluetooth keyboard can take the on-the-go typing experience that little bit further. Able to work with almost any brand or model of smartphone or tablet, and appearing in myriad styles,... >>

Best wet weather running gear

Best wet weather running gear

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The days are getting shorter and the rains getting heavier. As winter sets in, motivating yourself to go out and get fit becomes increasingly difficult. No one enjoys a soaking wet run through a muddy marsh, unless you are a dog, in which case, how are... >>

Best folding bikes

Best folding bikes

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The missing link in public transport or just a supreme space-saver; designed to be packed down and taken on trains, buses, taxis and even airlines, the folding bike also does a grand job in homes with narrow hallways or inaccessible garages. Some of them... >>

Kobo Glo
4.0 stars

Kobo Glo

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When we first saw a prototype of the 6-inch, touch-screen Kobo Glo and its built-in ComfortLight a few months back, we asked a simple question to its makers: why didn't anyone think of this idea before? As it turns out, they did – you only have to check... >>

Best portable party gear for the summer

Best portable party gear for the summer

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The sun's out, friends are over and you have a BBQ grilling up some burgers. Whats more could you want from this perfect summer scene? Gadgets thats what - lots and lots of gadgets.Whether its a quick fry-up with friends, a picnic with pals or a full-blown... >>

Best portable radios

Best portable radios

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Fancy some political discourse, Olympic sport commentary, gentle DJ patter or pop-rock clatter on the run? It’s online and on your TV, smartphone and tablet, but hard-button radios are still one of the nation’s favourite gadgets. The most popular... >>

Best baby gear for gadget-loving parents

Best baby gear for gadget-loving parents

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A baby can be the start of a whole new exciting shopping opportunity for the gadget-loving parent. If you can think of even the smallest niche in the child-rearing adventure that needs to be filled, then you can bet that there are at least 50 products... >>

Panasonic TX-L32E5
4.5 stars

Panasonic TX-L32E5

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It might not manage three dimensions, but this 32-inch LED edge-lit LCD telly boasts both decent smart TV antics and digital file networking – all wrapped-up in a slinky chassis. Entry-level it may be, but this particular Panasonic helps redefine the... >>

Panasonic TX-L37ET5
4.0 stars

Panasonic TX-L37ET5

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Firmly in the Smart VIERA LED stable, you'd be forgiven for thinking that the Japanese manufacturer's marrying of VIERA Connect, 3D and DLNA home networking make this a classic Panasonic LCD TV.It might shock you to know that the king of plasma TVs has... >>

Best umbrellas for April, May, June...any showers whatsoever

Best umbrellas for April, May, June...any showers whatsoever

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A favourite of commuters, trekkers and Rihanna alike, the humble umbrella always causes a storm at this time of year. Do you need one? Isn't a storm shell more practical? We’ll pass over the fact that most get left in a taxi/pub/bus and stick our neck... >>

Best cycling to work gear and gadgets

Best cycling to work gear and gadgets

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The sun is out, the clouds packed off on holiday for a few days and suddenly the UK is transformed from polar ice cap to that lush green and pleasant land that we all remember from last year. Long may it last.One of the best ways to enjoy the weather... >>

The best binoculars that money can buy

The best binoculars that money can buy

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Whether you want to survey the landscape, study animals from a safari 4X4 or just get a closer look at the birds in your garden, good binoculars can help you zero in on the action even better than a super-zoom camera.All binoculars are sold with two figures... >>

Best compact tripods

Best compact tripods

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When you need to balance your camera for timer shots, long-exposure images or when you're zoomed in at one hell of a distance, you’re going to need a tripod to prevent camera shake and blur. For holidays and travel, carrying a three-legged contraption... >>

7 days living with...voice control

7 days living with...voice control

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"These aren't the droids you're looking for, move along." No, not that type of voice control – we’re talking artificially intelligent gadgets rather than Jedi mind tricks here. The tech developers of the world would have us believe that dictation... >>

Hannspree SE40LMNB
3.0 stars

Hannspree SE40LMNB

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Can a telly that lacks Freeview HD, 3D and any semblance of a 'smart' platform really be considered suitable for modern living? That depends on what you're after, but we're sure Hannspree's latest bargain basement edge LED-backlit LCD TV has enough to... >>

Best skiing and snowboarding gear

Best skiing and snowboarding gear

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There's one very big problem with winter sports and that's the winter. Winter is, by its nature, a pretty cold and wet affair and if there's two things that the human body is not a bit fan of its being cold and wet, least of all when it happens at the... >>

Philips 46PFL9706
4.5 stars

Philips 46PFL9706

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Is your living room ready for an insect invasion? Hugely expensive and boasting some unique tech, the headline act on this 46-inch 3D LED backlit LCD TV from Philips’ 9000 Series is undoubtedly its Moth Eye filter. The whatnow?The Moth Eye - a reflection-dampening... >>

Panasonic TX-L32E3B
3.0 stars

Panasonic TX-L32E3B

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Don't you sometimes yearn for the simple life? A time when firmware upgrades weren’t a daily chore, when internet-based VOD was just a theory, and when a TV could be operated by those over forty?Panasonic has taken the ‘less is more’ approach to... >>

Best compact Hi-Fi systems

Best compact Hi-Fi systems

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MP3 players are great but, on a long winter’s night, it’s hard to beat a proper hi-fi. Good hi-fi systems cost money, people. They always have, and a £50 iPod dock just won’t cut the mustard in comparison. Naturally, there’s plenty to choose... >>

Best home cinema systems

Best home cinema systems

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A top notch TV is one thing but if you ain't got home cinema sound to go with it, then you ain't got squat, or so goes the parlance. It's a fact that audio is a huge part of video. There's a wealth of experiments on the matter that we don't care to tire... >>

Sony KDL-55EX723
4.5 stars

Sony KDL-55EX723

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How does Sony do it? This flagship TV in the brand’s EX Series is one of the most impressive we’re ever seen. The way the 55EX723 upscales all sources to fit its massive 55-inch panel is clever stuff; it cleans and polishes all kinds of web-based... >>

Best cold weather gear

Best cold weather gear

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Unless you're kitted out for a Siberian winter, you could be in for a shock; a cold snap from northern Russia is forecast. No better excuse, then, to get kitted-out for winter, and there's no better way of getting kitted-out for winter than in true tech... >>

Best wet weather gear

Best wet weather gear

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The clocks have gone back, darkness has fallen, it's getting cold and it's starting to rain. What you'll have probably found is that you're getting a bit wetter than you were a few months ago. You've also probably found that those winter items you've... >>

Best travel watches

Best travel watches

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You could pick-up a fake Rolex on your travels but that's not going to be much good to you once the mechanism comes loose. In fact, if you're serious about diving, trekking or straddling a few time zones, even a genuine Rollex might not be the best choice.... >>

Samsung BD-D8900M
4.0 stars

Samsung BD-D8900M

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Who cares about Blu-ray? Firmly ensconced in the PlayStation 3, standalone hi-def disc spinners regularly go for under £90 – small enough bean to set the alarm bells ringing in any gadget buyer’s ears. The trick, thinks Samsung, is to up the price... >>

LG LW980T Cinema 3D pictures and hands-on

LG LW980T Cinema 3D pictures and hands-on

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With such as aggressive stance against the active shutter 3D system, it came as no surprise when LG’s much-touted flagship flat screen TV was fitted with the brand’s Cinema 3D tech.The IFA announcement sees LG producing only plasma-flavoured active... >>

Samsung UE32D5000
4.5 stars

Samsung UE32D5000

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We’ve really only one niggle about Samsung’s latest value-busting effort. The very latest features are missing from this Series 5 set; 3D, Smart TV and Samsung’s Apps have all been slashed to get this super-slim 32-inch LED-backlit LCD TV down to... >>

Best quick-drying travel gear

Best quick-drying travel gear

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Upgrade to quick-drying travel gear and you can wave goodbye to those seven pairs of bulky boxers, giant fleeces and endless pointless outfits you normally cart around the globe. Go armed with a couple of useful -albeit slightly domesticated - accessories... >>

Philips BDP7600
4.5 stars

Philips BDP7600

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Already discounted online, this do-it-all deck from Philips is thrice a home cinema hero. Its trio of key features are 3D Blu-ray disc playback, built-in Wi-Fi and analogue 7.1 surround sound outputs, the absence of which we’ve moaned about for yonks... >>

Best smart shoes for summer travels

Best smart shoes for summer travels

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From footgloves, invisible sandals and amphibious footwear that make your toes curl (literally), to all-purpose trail shoes, weightless travel shoes for backpackers and fold-up leather loafers; we’re completely soled on the latest generation of footwear.... >>

Cambridge Audio Sonata NP30
4.0 stars

Cambridge Audio Sonata NP30

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As computer hard disks and external HDD balloon in size, are we the only ones who have returned to rip our CD collection in lossless quality?Probably not, and though streaming lossless files (in 24-bit/96kHz studio quality on the NP30, no less) around... >>

Bang & Olufsen BeoVision 4-85
4.5 stars

Bang & Olufsen BeoVision 4-85

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Remember when the government deemed plasmas TVs the “4x4s of the living room”? Bang & Olufsen’s latest is more a road-train, clocking-in at a mighty 85-inches in diameter - so four times bigger than a 42-inch TV.It’s high-def, it’s 3D, it’s... >>

Best daypacks for taking your gadgets walkabout

Best daypacks for taking your gadgets walkabout

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Whether it’s for the daily commute, a weekend away or for travelling light, the daypack is one of life’s little essentials for getting your gadgets from A to B. Capacity is crucial. Here we’ve included models from 20-35 litres which should give... >>

LG Cinema 3D 47LW550T
4.5 stars

LG Cinema 3D 47LW550T

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We thought there was something brewing when Sky chose LG as its “official partner” for 3DTVs last year - after the Korean giant released a single “passive” 3D screen for the Sky 3D channel’s launch. And with the arrival of this, one of dozens... >>

Best Glastonbury Festival gear 2011

Best Glastonbury Festival gear 2011

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It's not long now until Glastonbury kicks off and with it a summer full of festivals. You've bought your tickets, you've cadged yourself a lift but what you could always do with is that little bit of extra kit to keep you comfortable in your three days... >>

Panasonic TX-L37DT30
4.5 stars

Panasonic TX-L37DT30

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During 2010 Panasonic quickly made a name for itself - and plasma technology in general - with a string of high-end 3DTVs that supplied stunning depth and comfortable viewing. That’s not what happened on the LCD/LED side of the market, where quality... >>

Toshiba 32HL833B
3.5 stars

Toshiba 32HL833B

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Typical Toshiba. For years this enormous Japanese company has been taunting us with tales of its “Cell” or “Cevo” TV, with its exceptional high-end features and up to 10 TV tuners, then it hit us at January‘s CES with giant glasses-free 3DTV... >>

Samsung BD-D6900
4.0 stars

Samsung BD-D6900

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That Samsung’s latest high-def hero has touch-sensitive controls, a brushed metallic top, a gloriously slim 33mm profile and is able to silently slip out a disc from within won’t surprise anyone; this has been a brand at the coal face of product design... >>

Toshiba BDX3200
3.5 stars

Toshiba BDX3200

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Normally we’d be all excited about 3D playback, but so far the capability to read 3D Blu-ray discs hardly seems to be a high-end add-on feature at all. Take this so-called “flagship” Blu-ray player from mainstream brand Toshiba; it costs only a... >>

Sony KDL-22EX320
4.5 stars

Sony KDL-22EX320

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Most kitchen or “second room” TVs feature a bog standard LCD screen and, if you're lucky, a Freeview tuner, but the competition is hotting up and Sony here brings to market a small TV that’s not only one of the best specified, but also one of the... >>

Panasonic DMP-BDT210
4.5 stars

Panasonic DMP-BDT210

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After the online content hubs of last year, is the next big thing in Blu-ray players iPhone control? It seems a bit harsh on the squillions of Android phone owners, but Panasonic has fitted its latest high-end 3D Blu-ray deck with an iPhone app as well... >>

Samsung: Explore 3D is only the start for 3D video on demand

Samsung: Explore 3D is only the start for 3D video on demand

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As Pocket-lint told you earlier this morning, Samsung has become the first TV maker to launch a 3D video on demand service. And now we've had an exclusive chat with the company to find out more, including the fact that this is only the beginning phase... >>

Toshiba BDX1200
3.0 stars

Toshiba BDX1200

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Just on sale but with a web price already hovering around £100, this effort at Blu-ray from oft-value busting brand Toshiba may deal in 2D discs, but has an overall feel that’s oh so one-dimensional.The only supporter of the much more sensibly named,... >>

Best backpacker space savers

Best backpacker space savers

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There’s nothing cool about carting half your wardrobe across the globe’s tourist hotspots, and it’s easy to end-up a sweaty mess after lugging 20 kilos of gadgets, chargers and highly unsuitable just-in-case jeans through yet another balmy bus station.... >>

Panasonic DMP-BDT110
4.0 stars

Panasonic DMP-BDT110

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Created to partner screens in the brand’s three separate line-ups of 3D plasmas (VT30, GT30 and ST30) and sole range of 3D LED-backlit LCD TVs (DT30), this player is the most affordable of a trio of 3D decks in Panasonic’s 2011 range - the others... >>

Samsung BD-D8500
4.0 stars

Samsung BD-D8500

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There’s something decidedly low-rent about the word “combi”, but this two-into-one effort from Samsung is most definitely upmarket. Costing a whopping £380, it darn well should be, but wait until you see what it can do: 3D Blu-ray playback, Freeview... >>

Panasonic TX-50GT30
4.5 stars

Panasonic TX-50GT30

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Twelve months ago the ins and outs of 3DTVs were a mystery to us all as a plethora of high-priced LED TVs were thrown our way, but now we know the truth; if you want convincing 3D in your living room, choose a plasma. Panasonic, the only brand to offer... >>

Panasonic DMP-BD75
3.0 stars

Panasonic DMP-BD75

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Always a purveyor of high-end rather than budget Blu-ray decks, it's no surprise that the majority of Panasonic’s 2011 output is 3D-ready. 3D support is handled by Panasonic’s DMP-BDT310, DMP-BDT210 and DMP-BDT110 decks, and while this DMP-BD75 model... >>