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Acer Windows Mixed Reality preview: Will this $300 headset bring VR to the masses?

Acer Windows Mixed Reality preview: Will this $300 headset bring VR to the masses?

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In April 2017 Windows 10 rolled out its Creators Edition update, bringing various new creative tools - such as Paint 3D for three-dimensional editing - into the operating system. The lesser talked about point is that the Windows Mixed Reality platform... >>

Acer Switch 5 preview: The silent Surface killer?

Acer Switch 5 preview: The silent Surface killer?

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If you're in the market for a 2-in-1 device then Acer has just announced its new premier model: the Switch 5.It's not the first time we've seen this form clip-on-keyboard form factor - not least that it apes the Microsoft Surface to a reasonable degree... >>

Acer Leap Ware preview: More a limp than a leap

Acer Leap Ware preview: More a limp than a leap

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When Acer CEO Jason Chen showed off the company's latest wearable, the Leap Ware, at Acer's annual conference, the slender looking wrist-wearable looked as though it had promise.That's often been the case with Acer wearables, however, with the majority... >>

Acer Predator Triton 700 preview: A gaming great is born?

Acer Predator Triton 700 preview: A gaming great is born?

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Gaming laptops are undergoing change: no longer do they need to be the size of a four-bedroom house to deliver considerable power, as the trimmed-down Acer Predator Triton 700 goes to show.Ok, so it's still about the size of a two-bed semi-detached,... >>

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 review: Perfect entertainment... for a price
4.0 stars

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 review: Perfect entertainment... for a price

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It's 2017, the year in which tablets stand atop a precipice: poised in a position of greatness, offering enough power to be considered as potential laptop-replacements; yet dangerously close to falling off the edge for the simple fact that, well, people... >>

Honor 8 Pro review: Flagship that's no money pit
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Honor 8 Pro review: Flagship that's no money pit

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Big phones are a big deal. And the Honor 8 Pro is the company's largest phone to date, with a whopping 5.7-inch screen wrapped into similar-to-iPhone-7-Plus proportions. If you want screen real estate and resolution then this is the Honor for you.However,... >>

Panasonic Lumix TZ90 adds tilt-angle touchscreen to 30x pocketable zoom party

Panasonic Lumix TZ90 adds tilt-angle touchscreen to 30x pocketable zoom party

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When it comes to pocket-sized cameras with all the zoom, the Panasonic Lumix TZ-series rules the roost. And the new TZ90 (that's ZS70 for our US friends) adds a tilt-angle touchscreen to the established 30x zoom stable.The power of touch means the TZ90's... >>

Nikon D7500 official: Semi-pro spec DSLR calls upon many D500 features

Nikon D7500 official: Semi-pro spec DSLR calls upon many D500 features

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The Nikon D7500 is coming, a APS-C DSLR which echoes elements of the company's top-spec D500 model but in a smaller form factor and with a slightly lighter price point to refect the spec.At its heart the D7500 has the same 20.9-megapixel sensor as its... >>

Huawei P10 Plus review: Plenty of plusses from Huawei's colourful 5.5-inch phone
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Huawei P10 Plus review: Plenty of plusses from Huawei's colourful 5.5-inch phone

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Good things come in small packages. So do better things come in larger ones? That's the sentiment of the Huawei P10 Plus: this 5.5-inch smartphone is the top drawer P-series device from the Chinese maker, expanding not only on size compared to the smaller... >>

Huawei P10 review: Android's iPhone-killer, or flawed imitator?
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Huawei P10 review: Android's iPhone-killer, or flawed imitator?

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It's not often a phone is revealed in a green colour finish. Or "greenery" to give it full credit. Which, as it so happens, is Pantone's colour of the year 2017. It's also Huawei's oh-so-on-trend colour for its brand new P10 smartphone.Yes, ok, so you're... >>

Honor 8 Pro brings flagship features to Huawei offshoot in a 5.7-inch package

Honor 8 Pro brings flagship features to Huawei offshoot in a 5.7-inch package

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First there was the Honor 8, an ultra-shiny 5.2-inch smartphone. Now there's the Honor 8 Pro, a 5.7-inch flagship which packs oodles of power into a lesser shiny body.The 8 Pro - which is the V9 in other markets, such as India - has a number of firsts... >>

Panasonic Lumix GH5 review: Hail the 4K king
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Panasonic Lumix GH5 review: Hail the 4K king

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In the world of mirrorless and DSLR cameras a lot of manufacturers are brushing over 4K video capture. Canon? Doesn't want to know. Nikon? Miles behind. Not so Panasonic, whose GH5 is one of the most adept 4K capture devices available today, capable of... >>

Creative iRoar Go review: Wild sound, tame design
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Creative iRoar Go review: Wild sound, tame design

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With what seems like a zillion portable Bluetooth speakers available, it can be tricky to decide which one to buy. Creative might not be the most obvious name that springs to mind, but its Roar series has been a strong contender in the space for years... >>

What’s new in Windows 10 Creators Update? The best new features from the 11 April upgrade

What’s new in Windows 10 Creators Update? The best new features from the 11 April upgrade

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Since mid 2015 we've had Windows 10 in our lives. And rather than giant update packages - like the service packs of old - W10 has taken a more step-by-step update stance.From the 11 April the rollout of the free-to-download Creators Update - the third... >>

Audi RS3 Saloon review: Racecar fun for the road
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Audi RS3 Saloon review: Racecar fun for the road

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Some people say Audi design has become boring; formulaic even. We think it's simply that the German brand has got its design language so on the money that there's nothing left for the moaners to whinge about any more.Besides, if anyone were to say the... >>

Land Rover Discovery (2017) review: The best 7-seat SUV money can buy
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Land Rover Discovery (2017) review: The best 7-seat SUV money can buy

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There are soft-road SUVs. There are fashion SUVs. And then there's the Land Rover Discovery: a through-and-through SUV with all the proper 4x4 off-road bells and whistles you could wish.For many, however, that's not what's going to sell the 2017 incarnation... >>

Lenovo Yoga 910 review: Fancy 4K meets fan-noise dismay
3.5 stars

Lenovo Yoga 910 review: Fancy 4K meets fan-noise dismay

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Laptops keep getting thinner, lighter and ever more stylish. Among our favourite convertible Windows-based laptops is the Lenovo Yoga series, which has been tweaking its 360-degree hinge-based formula over the years.In the Lenovo Yoga 910 that means ultra... >>

Fujifilm X-T20 review: The retro touch
4.5 stars

Fujifilm X-T20 review: 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... >>

Maserati Levante review: Heritage with added hench
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Maserati Levante review: Heritage with added hench

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When you think Maserati, you probably think if its thoroughbred Italian racing heritage, the glamour and slick sports car lines. You might not think about it in beefier SUV form, but that's exactly what you get in the new Maserati Levante: it's heritage... >>

Nintendo Switch storage full? The best microSD card offers to buy and avoid download disappointment

Nintendo Switch storage full? The best microSD card offers to buy and avoid download disappointment

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You've got a shiny new Nintendo Switch but, wait, what's that? Yep, just one game download can easily fill the console's measly 32GB storage.Fortunately the Switch has a microSD card slot for expansion to avoid this being a huge issue.Furthermore cartridge... >>

Netflix app update: Better compression for less data usage incoming, mobile HDR for LG G6 launch

Netflix app update: Better compression for less data usage incoming, mobile HDR for LG G6 launch

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Netflix is pushing hard when it comes to mobile streaming in 2017. The video-on-demand service has told Pocket-lint at Mobile World Congress 2017 that its mobile app is about to receive a major update which will mean better quality streaming at lower... >>

Lenovo Yoga 720 (13-inch) preview: Flexibility at your fingertips

Lenovo Yoga 720 (13-inch) preview: Flexibility at your fingertips

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When it comes to flexible, adaptable laptops Lenovo has really got its act together in its Yoga series. We thought the 11-inch Yoga 710 was a great little portable; the newer Yoga 720 ups the scale to a 13-inch sweetspot, while boosting power too. Is... >>

Huawei P10 and P10 Plus: Release date, price, specs and everything you need to know

Huawei P10 and P10 Plus: Release date, price, specs and everything you need to know

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Huawei has been pushing up the smartphone ranks in recent years. Its more recent devices have delivered premium build quality and great spec for a lower price than many competitors, making them a serious consideration.With the bigger-scale Mate 9 launch... >>

Huawei Watch 2 preview: Fitness first for smartwatch sequel

Huawei Watch 2 preview: Fitness first for smartwatch sequel

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When Huawei launched its original Watch in the UK it was in association with GQ, the men's lifestyle brand. The Chinese maker's desire to push its fashion-forward smartwatch to an image conscious crowd was clear. Thing is, the Watch, despite its glitzy... >>

Moto G5 Plus preview: A big dose of premium, without the prohibitive price tag

Moto G5 Plus preview: A big dose of premium, without the prohibitive price tag

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Not content with launching the best budget phone money can buy in the Moto G5, Motorola has also unveiled a G5 Plus version: a marginally larger, more powerful, svelter (and pricier) phone that's touching on mid-level ground at its £259 price point.With... >>