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Huawei Mate 9 review: The big-screen boss?
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Huawei Mate 9 review: The big-screen boss?

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The Huawei Mate series did big-screen before big-screen was even fashionable. Now that it's an increasing norm, the Mate 9 finds itself the focus of greater attention than its predecessors - and for good reason.After all, the big phone market is in something... >>

Sony RX100 V review: Impressive, but resting on its laurels
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Sony RX100 V review: Impressive, but resting on its laurels

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Sony has completely owned the high-end compact camera market since the launch of the original RX100 back in 2012. From the third-gen model, it tore up what a palm-sized compact could do by introducing a built-in electronic viewfinder and faster lens.... >>

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... >>

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... >>

Garmin Fenix 5 preview: Mapping muscle added to outdoor adventurers' dream smartwatch

Garmin Fenix 5 preview: Mapping muscle added to outdoor adventurers' dream smartwatch

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Garmin has long been known as king of the hardcore outdoor smartwatch. And in the Fenix 5 - which, in 5X form only, adds mapping that the earlier Fenix 3 lacked - it's giving customers more choice: with the standard size 5, smaller 5S and beast of the... >>

Timex IQ+ Move preview: Mensa about motion

Timex IQ+ Move preview: Mensa about motion

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When it comes to fitness trackers there are shed loads on the market. A bunch of them are plasticky wrist-worn bands that, well, don't look all that. Not so the Timex IQ+ Move: this is one elegant looking proper watch.The concept is simple: take a well-made,... >>

Razer Project Valerie: Crazy gaming laptop concept packs in three screens

Razer Project Valerie: Crazy gaming laptop concept packs in three screens

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There are laptops you can pull out on the train on your commute to work for emails and type up notes. There are gaming laptops you might get away with donning on your knees for a bit of mid-travel play too.And then there's Razer Project Valerie.Based... >>

HP EliteBook x360 preview: Thin with all the win

HP EliteBook x360 preview: Thin with all the win

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At CES 2017 - the world's largest technology show - there were a lot of top-notch laptops on display. And one of the most notable was the HP EliteBook x360: the world's thinnest 13-inch convertible laptop.Now that's particularly relevant, given that Dell... >>

Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 preview: The convertible king?

Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 preview: The convertible king?

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It's not the first time that Dell has released a convertible-style XPS laptop device - there were models in which the screen rotated within a frame - but it is the first time the company has released one with such tiny, tiny bezels. Say hello to the Dell... >>

LG Signature OLED W preview: 2.5mm thin wall-mounted "wallpaper" TV is simply stunning

LG Signature OLED W preview: 2.5mm thin wall-mounted "wallpaper" TV is simply stunning

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Holy moly. At just 2.5mm thin, the LG Signature OLED W TV is a stunning thing to behold. Just look at it.The entire Wallpaper panel is the same thickness, so it can sit perfectly flush with the wall. It even attaches by magnets. All the processor gubbins... >>

Huawei Mate 9 Pro preview: The Mate we wanted all along

Huawei Mate 9 Pro preview: The Mate we wanted all along

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When Huawei unveiled the Mate 9 it overshadowed it by revealing a smaller-scale and better designed Porsche Design model in tandem. But the latter model's limited availability and €1,395 price tag clearly demonstrated it wasn't a model for the masses.Now... >>

Casio WSD-F20 preview: Rugged outdoor smartwatch shows Android Wear can be great

Casio WSD-F20 preview: Rugged outdoor smartwatch shows Android Wear can be great

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This hulk of a watch is the Casio WSD-F20: a rugged, outdoor smarwatch with heaps of fitness features. Compared to its F10 predecessor it adds GPS tracking with mapping, so it might be seen as a small-time upgrade but a great first purchase (if you can... >>

B&O Play BeoPlay M5 preview: Woollen-clad woofer

B&O Play BeoPlay M5 preview: Woollen-clad woofer

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B&O Play likes to do things in a Danish way. That's probably why the new BeoPlay M5 comes clad in a wool-blend coat, as if it could go camping in the hills of a Troldeskoven.But no, the M5 isn't designed to leave the house. It's a wired speaker after... >>

Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II preview: The crossover camera

Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II preview: The crossover camera

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The first-gen Canon PowerShot G9 X was something of a departure for Canon: it's touchscreen-focused controls saw it handle differently to a typical Canon compact. The Mark II model maintains this focus, with an updated user interface to simplify the camera's... >>

Lenovo Smart Assistant preview: Transformers, Alexa in disguise

Lenovo Smart Assistant preview: Transformers, Alexa in disguise

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Here's something we didn't expect: an Amazon Echo that's, well, not an Amazon Echo at all. It's a Lenovo Smart Assistant.But the Lenovo uses Amazon's Alexa voice assistant and, for all intensive purposes, is functionally identical to Echo. So you can... >>

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (2017) preview: The best business laptop money can buy?

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (2017) preview: The best business laptop money can buy?

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If there's one so-called "business laptop" brand that keeps its customers happy time and again, that would be ThinkPad. The once IBM-owned brand has remained strong under the wings of its Lenovo acquisition and its latest 2017 product, the X1 Carbon,... >>

Lenovo Miix 720 preview: The ultra-powerful portable 2-in-1

Lenovo Miix 720 preview: The ultra-powerful portable 2-in-1

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Lenovo has taken the wraps off its latest 2-in-1, the top-end Miix 720, which based on specs alone is an all-powerful 2-in-1 tablet. It doesn't half look bad either and, based on our time tinkering with the new crossover at CES 2017, it feels good in... >>

Blackberry Mercury preview: Fingerprint scanner and QWERTY keyboard for BB’s next flagship

Blackberry Mercury preview: Fingerprint scanner and QWERTY keyboard for BB’s next flagship

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Say hello to the next flagship BlackBerry phone, codename Mercury.Looks like a beaut, doesn't it? Only - and despite getting a preview session via new parent company TCL (which owns Alcatel) at CES 2017 - we don't know a huge amount about the forthcoming... >>

Audio-Technica ATH-DSR9BT preview: A digital future for high-end headphones

Audio-Technica ATH-DSR9BT preview: A digital future for high-end headphones

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How can audio progress in today’s market? With digital streaming, the proliferation of High Resolution audio slowly making inroads and the advancement of wireless technologies to take advantage, there’s increasing demand for quality.Audio-Technica’s... >>

Panasonic EZ1002 4K OLED TV doubles-down on peak brightness for HDR thrills

Panasonic EZ1002 4K OLED TV doubles-down on peak brightness for HDR thrills

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At CES 2017 it's all about the tellies. And Panasonic is looking to make its mark in TV this year with a brand new Ultra HD 4K OLED, the EZ1002.But this is no ordinary OLED: the EZ1002 is said to produce nearly double the brightness of a normal OLED panel... >>

Honor 6X preview: 'Mate 9 Mini' delivers dual cameras for just £225

Honor 6X preview: 'Mate 9 Mini' delivers dual cameras for just £225

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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... >>

Acer Rugged Chromebook 11 N7 preview: The tough laptop the kids won't break

Acer Rugged Chromebook 11 N7 preview: The tough laptop the kids won't break

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Acer continues its focus on the mass market, with a new rugged-build Chromebook designed for the classroom that the kids won't break.The tongue-twister-named Rugged Acer Chromebook 11 N7 (C731) isn't trying to win design and dazzle your eyes with its... >>

Kia Sorento review: The savvy seven-seater
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Kia Sorento review: The savvy seven-seater

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Can an SUV ever be a truly exciting drive? Now in its third generation, the Kia Sorento has had more than just a facelift to bring it up to date, and while its new body and wheelbase is never going to feel like a Ferrari on the road, for carting around... >>

Best Bluetooth headphones 2016: 10 of the best on/over-ears for wireless listening

Best Bluetooth headphones 2016: 10 of the best on/over-ears for wireless listening

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With companies like Apple and Motorola ditching the 3.5mm headphone socket on their latest flagship smartphones, there's never been a better time to cut the cord than now.Sure, you can use Lightning headphones, or whatever gets bundled in the box, but... >>

Best compact system cameras 2016: The best mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras available to buy today

Best compact system cameras 2016: The best mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras available to buy today

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You're looking to buy a compact system camera (CSC) but don't know what to go for? Perhaps the term alone confounds: we've seen plenty of naming conventions being thrown around of late, from simple "mirrorless" through to terms such as "digital single... >>