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Hands-on: Nikon D5500 review: Is Nikon's first touchscreen DSLR too late to the game?

Hands-on: Nikon D5500 review: Is Nikon's first touchscreen DSLR too late to the game?

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It's a curious time in the world of cameras right now, with boundaries ever-blurring, but new technologies incremental rather than revolutionary. The arrival of the Nikon D5500, which is the company's first ever touchscreen DSLR, looks to fend off the... >>

Bang & Olufsen BeoSound Moment wireless music system is fronted by touch-sensitive wood interface

Bang & Olufsen BeoSound Moment wireless music system is fronted by touch-sensitive wood interface

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Bang & Olufsen, the high-end audio manufacturer, isn't a company to do things by half measures. Using the Consumer Electronics Show 2015 as its platform, the Danish company has unveiled its latest wireless music system: the BeoSound Moment.Described as... >>

Samsung SUHD TVs: 4K resolution meets quantum dot tech for affordable Ultra-High Definition in 2015

Samsung SUHD TVs: 4K resolution meets quantum dot tech for affordable Ultra-High Definition in 2015

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Samsung has revealed its TV hand at this year's Consumer Electronics Show, with its latest SUHD tellies making their debut.Ok, so we've heard of UHD (Ultra-High Definition, often referred to as 4K), but what the heck is SUHD? This is Samsung's branded... >>

Asus ZenFone 2 boasts brushed metal finish, 4GB RAM and other top features, all for just $199

Asus ZenFone 2 boasts brushed metal finish, 4GB RAM and other top features, all for just $199

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Asus might not be the first name that springs into mind when you think of a smartphone, but at CES 2015 it went about changing that perception with the introduction of the ZenFone 2.The follow-up to the ZenFone, first announced at CES 2014, the 5.5-inch... >>

Panasonic Lumix TZ57 is the understated travel zoom to beat (hands-on)

Panasonic Lumix TZ57 is the understated travel zoom to beat (hands-on)

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You know how it is, companies are always boasting about their latest and greatest products, sometimes detracting from the kit further down the ranks.It's much the same for the just announced Panasonic Lumix TZ57. Akin to a stripped-back Lumix TZ70 in... >>

Hands-on: Panasonic Lumix TZ70 review: Viewfinder upgrade for 30x travel zoom

Hands-on: Panasonic Lumix TZ70 review: Viewfinder upgrade for 30x travel zoom

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As we roll into 2015, Panasonic is first out of the camera announcement gates with the unveiling of its latest travel zoom, the Lumix TZ70, which is bursting at the seams with features.Due on the shelves this March, Pocket-lint got a sneak peek of the... >>

Canon PowerShot SX530 HS boasts 50x mega zoom without breaking the bank

Canon PowerShot SX530 HS boasts 50x mega zoom without breaking the bank

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Canon is not shy of packing the zoom into a superzoom. Its latest PowerShot SX530 HS squeezes a 50x optical lens, delivering a 24-1200mm equivalent, into an affordable and relatively compact package.It was only a few years back that such optics with such... >>

Canon PowerShot N2 adds selfie screen fun, but is it hip to be square?

Canon PowerShot N2 adds selfie screen fun, but is it hip to be square?

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There's only so much you can do with camera design before a product becomes tricky to use. But that hasn't stopped Canon trying to break the conventional mould, with the latest Canon PowerShot N2, in its squat, near-square-fronted format, showing off... >>

Canon PowerShot SX710 HS crams more megapixels into 30x travel zoom

Canon PowerShot SX710 HS crams more megapixels into 30x travel zoom

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It's the Consumer Electronics Show 2015, which means the annual compact camera splurge from Canon is upon us. In among a variety of updated models, it's the Canon PowerShot SX710 HS, the 30x optical zoom travel compact, which demands the greatest attention.The... >>

Canon PowerShot SX60 HS review: To the zoom and back
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Canon PowerShot SX60 HS review: To the zoom and back

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The superzoom market keeps on growing, quite literally, with the latest Canon PowerShot SX60 HS boasting a gigantic 65x optical zoom lens. That's far more heavyweight than any competitor on the market, so if it's zoom you want, it's zoom you get.But is... >>

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge review: The edge of excellence
4.0 stars

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge review: The edge of excellence

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When we first saw the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge we thought of it as a design showcase; a "look at what we can do" smartphone with greater precedence given to its show-off factor than to usability. Why else have a modified Galaxy Note 4 with a single curved... >>

Nintendo Wii U review: The underdog rises
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Nintendo Wii U review: The underdog rises

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The Nintendo Wii U has been called a lot of things since its launch at the tail-end of 2012. Most of them far from positive. But two years on, and in the wake of the Sony PlayStation 4 and Xbox One launches, Nintendo's underdog is on the up; it's a console... >>

Panasonic Lumix TZ60 vs Canon PowerShot SX700 HS: What's the difference?

Panasonic Lumix TZ60 vs Canon PowerShot SX700 HS: What's the difference?

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For when your smartphone camera isn't enough you'll want a do-it-all compact camera with a significant zoom. Here we pitch two of our favourites head to head: the Panasonic Lumix TZ60 and the Canon PowerShot SX700 HS.Both models pack in a 30x optical... >>

Fujifilm X100T review: Naughty but niche
4.0 stars

Fujifilm X100T review: Naughty but niche

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It only takes one glance at the Fujifilm X100T to know it's a special little camera. Or, perhaps more to the point, a specialist camera. The retro design, physical control dials, fixed 35mm f/2.0 (equivalent) lens, and a hybrid viewfinder make that pretty... >>

YotaPhone 2 review: Dual-screen phone will split the crowd
3.5 stars

YotaPhone 2 review: Dual-screen phone will split the crowd

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The idea of a dual-screen smartphone might sound as useful as a sixth toe, and when Russian company YotaPhone launched its device of the same name it didn't make us realise what we were missing. Design quirks, usage irks - it just didn't formulate into... >>

Paddington: The tech behind the much-loved bear's big screen debut

Paddington: The tech behind the much-loved bear's big screen debut

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Whatever age you are, there's something undeniably lovable about Paddington Bear. First brought to life in the 1958 book, he's since appeared on screen in almost every decade since the 1970s, from stop-motion animation to the hand-drawn Hanna-Barbera... >>

Music sounds better with... Andy C

Music sounds better with... Andy C

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Drum & bass legend Andy C has his roots firmly bedded in the underground music scene as the founder of RAM Records, but the wider public will be hearing a lot more from the man in the coming years.Hot from signing to Atlantic Records, the globe-trotting... >>

Grand Theft Auto 5 review: Bona fide thrill ride on PS4 and Xbox One
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Grand Theft Auto 5 review: Bona fide thrill ride on PS4 and Xbox One

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Grand Theft Auto 5 caused a stir when it was released more than a year ago, a stir that's all the more frenzied in its new-gen incarnation on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Why? Because now you can experience all the bloodshed, sleaze and profanity throughout... >>

TomTom Multi-Sport Cardio review: Six months in and we're sold
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TomTom Multi-Sport Cardio review: Six months in and we're sold

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The first TomTom Multi-Sport sportswatch was released around a year ago, catering for running, cycling and swimming activities. It did a fair job, but there were some loose ends that its follow-up, the Multi-Sport Cardio, tackles head-on.We've been using... >>

LittleBigPlanet 3 review: Dapper new threads
4.5 stars

LittleBigPlanet 3 review: Dapper new threads

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In a year when gaming has revolved around shooting aliens, shanking zombies, and slaying dragons, there's something wonderfully refreshing about playing a knitted Sackperson and running around inside the imagination. Or, as is the case in LittleBigPlanet... >>

Panasonic Viera TX-50AX802B 4K TV review: Ultra-high definition bargain
5.0 stars

Panasonic Viera TX-50AX802B 4K TV review: Ultra-high definition bargain

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We've been holding out on reviewing the Panasonic TX-50AX802 4K TV for some time. But now that time has come and the AX800 series is more relevant than ever thanks to the arrival of Netflix 4K. That, coupled with built-in tuners for Freeview HD and Freesat... >>

Apple iMac with Retina 5K display review: Pixel-packed powerhouse
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Apple iMac with Retina 5K display review: Pixel-packed powerhouse

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With ultra-high definition resolutions becoming increasingly commonplace, the desire for pixel-packed screens is bigger than ever. And the Apple iMac with Retina display surpasses the 4K trend that is eking its way into the home cinema space by offering... >>

Canon EOS 7D Mark II review: King of quality
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Canon EOS 7D Mark II review: King of quality

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To pinch the well-known slogan: good things come to those who wait. And wait we have. For the Canon EOS 7D Mark II is a DSLR that has shunned the typically frequent product cycle, instead taking five whole years to calculate its position in the market.It... >>

Hands-on: Dell Venue 8 7000 review: World's thinnest tablet shows off 6mm chassis, 2K screen and camera smarts

Hands-on: Dell Venue 8 7000 review: World's thinnest tablet shows off 6mm chassis, 2K screen and camera smarts

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Thin is big business. And at just 6mm thick, the Dell Venue 8 7000 can call itself the world's thinnest tablet, which is a big deal. It's slimmer than the Apple iPad Air 2, which has certainly gained our attention.Having first seen the tablet unveiled... >>

Dell Smart Desk concept: Taking interactive display technology into the future

Dell Smart Desk concept: Taking interactive display technology into the future

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We've all seen Tom Cruise chucking screens around with gesture-based control in the 2002 movie Minority Report. Although that probably doesn't reflect an average day at work for most of us in 2014, Dell's Smart Desk concept is designed to enhance professional... >>

Apple eat your heart out, Dell unveils 5K resolution 27-inch PC monitor

Apple eat your heart out, Dell unveils 5K resolution 27-inch PC monitor

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Move over 4K, Dell has unveiled its UltraSharp 27 Monitor, the world's first individual panel with a 5K resolution.That means a whopping 5120 x 2880 pixels across its 27-inch surface which is seven times the pixel density of a 1080p monitor or TV. 
It's... >>

Hands-on: Dell Venue 11 Pro 7000 review: The Intel Core M Microsoft Surface challenger

Hands-on: Dell Venue 11 Pro 7000 review: The Intel Core M Microsoft Surface challenger

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The Dell Venue series isn't new by any measure, but the unveiling of the 11 Pro 7000 hybrid goes to show that Dell still has plenty of tricks up its sleeve. It's beat Microsoft to the punch with Intel Core M technology but, oddly, the Pro 7000 isn't slimmer... >>

Alienware Area-51: The mothership of desktop gaming rigs returns (hands-on)

Alienware Area-51: The mothership of desktop gaming rigs returns (hands-on)

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We rarely cover gaming rigs here at Pocket-lint, but there's something so iconic and, well, downright insane about the Alienware Area-51 that we couldn't resist. Or maybe the Greys have taken over our brains.Far from flying in from a land far away and... >>

Alienware 13: Gaming laptop meets desktop when paired with Graphics Amplifier (hands-on)

Alienware 13: Gaming laptop meets desktop when paired with Graphics Amplifier (hands-on)

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Which to go for - the desktop mega rig for graphically intense sessions, or a hardcore laptop for on-the-go gaming? How about a solution combining the best of both? That's the approach of the Alienware 13 gaming laptop. Use as a mobile gaming machine,... >>

Cambridge Audio Go v2 portable speaker review: Bluetooth on a budget
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Cambridge Audio Go v2 portable speaker review: Bluetooth on a budget

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The Cambridge Audio Go v2 portable Bluetooth speaker is, as its name suggests, the second version in the series, updating the Go Minx that we thought was a top-class offering when we reviewed it last year.The "saucy" name has been dropped for round two,... >>

Philips Fidelio M2BT review: Small Bluetooth headphones deliver big sound
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Philips Fidelio M2BT review: Small Bluetooth headphones deliver big sound

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In our hunt for the best headphones we've been donning the Philips Fidelio M2BT Bluetooth wireless on-ears to see whether these cans deliver audio that defies their small scale.As the update to the earlier Fidelio M1BT, the latest generation M2BT makes... >>

Audio-Technica ATH-M50x headphones review: Exemplary over-ear audio
5.0 stars

Audio-Technica ATH-M50x headphones review: Exemplary over-ear audio

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If you're looking for a pair of over-ear headphones to wear at home, but don't want to break the bank, and aren't interested in bass-boosted unnatural listening, then the Audio-Technica M50x are a definite contender.Whether or not the Japanese manufacturer... >>

Fujifilm X30 review: Bigger and better, but beleaguered
4.5 stars

Fujifilm X30 review: Bigger and better, but beleaguered

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It's been a strong year for high-end compact cameras, with well-established manufacturers honing their craft and new additions also appearing. It's made for a bustling market, but one that also makes that purchase decision all the harder.The Fujifilm... >>

AKG Y50 on-ear headphones review: Budget brilliance
4.5 stars

AKG Y50 on-ear headphones review: Budget brilliance

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Every manufacturer seems to be after a slice of the headphones market and AKG's approach with the Y50 on-ears is very savvy indeed.When we started testing the AKG Y50 headphones we assumed they were in the £150 price category based on their finish alone.... >>

Nikon D750 review: Tilt-angle tricks
4.5 stars

Nikon D750 review: Tilt-angle tricks

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The camera market is changing and the Nikon D750 is the epitome of that. A full-frame DSLR with a tilt-angle screen? People wouldn't have even considered that not so many years ago because the technology just wasn't nearly up to it.So why now? The proliferation... >>

Sony MDR-1A review:  A-class over-ear headphones
5.0 stars

Sony MDR-1A review: A-class over-ear headphones

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It was two years ago we were first introduced to the Sony MDR range, headed-up by the self-proclaimed "prestige" MDR-1R headphones. We had to hand it to Sony, though, despite sounding almost pompous they were very impressive over-ears, delivering quality... >>

Panasonic Lumix LX100 review: High-end highs and lows
4.5 stars

Panasonic Lumix LX100 review: High-end highs and lows

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When we first saw the Panasonic Lumix LX100 we were impressed that the company had finally squeezed a large-size Micro Four Thirds sensor into a compact camera. It's the exact thing photo enthusiasts have been calling on for years now; a nod to high-end... >>

Pioneer SE-MX9 review
4.0 stars

Pioneer SE-MX9 review

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We're long-time users of headphones that promise "club sound", having adopted the Sennheiser HD25 through its two generations, so when the Pioneer SE-MX9 headphones - promising "superior club sound" at home or on the go - arrived through the door for... >>

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 review
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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 review

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Big phones, phablets, or whatever term you want to call them - the big-screen category is here to stay. The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 represents not only the most crucial big-screen device from the Korean company for a couple of years but, sub-genres brushed... >>

Sennheiser Urbanite review
4.5 stars

Sennheiser Urbanite review

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With the headphones market booming we've often seen increasing price tags for products that don't always mean better sound or build quality. Not so the Sennheiser Urbanite on-ear headphones: these affordable £150 cans don't scrimp on sound, style or... >>

Canon PowerShot G7 X review
4.5 stars

Canon PowerShot G7 X review

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The rise of the high-end compact camera has been gathering pace, with oodles of models well worth a look in 2014. Despite already offering plenty of quality products, it's taken Canon a little longer to get into the groove and deliver a large-sensor yet... >>

LG G Pad 7.0 review
4.0 stars

LG G Pad 7.0 review

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The LG G Pad 7.0 is here to show that you needn't spend a fortune to get a feature-rich 7-inch tablet, acting as LG's charge to try and shake-up the reign of Google Nexus 7 rule. In this regard the G Pad packs in a few features you generally don't get... >>

Assassin's Creed 5 Unity preview: Familiar format draws upon multi-player to evolve series

Assassin's Creed 5 Unity preview: Familiar format draws upon multi-player to evolve series

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With Ubisoft being a French company it's almost surprising it's taken many iterations of one of its best-known series, Assassin's Creed, to pull influence from its home country. Albeit, in Assassin's Creed 5: Unity, that's 18th Century Paris deep in the... >>

Huawei Ascend Mate 7 review
4.5 stars

Huawei Ascend Mate 7 review

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We've been using the Huawei Ascend Mate 7 for three weeks now, which is since the day it was unveiled at the IFA trade show in Berlin. Despite originally thinking "blimey, a 6-inch phone" we've become accustomed to this behemoth living in our pocket.... >>

Toshiba Encore 2 review
3.5 stars

Toshiba Encore 2 review

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Upon switching on the Toshiba Encore 2 tablet, the company's "Leading Innovation" brand strategy slogan pops onto the screen. But does the second-generation tablet truly innovate within the entire market, or does it merely represent progress within Toshiba's... >>

Devolo dLAN 500 review: Starter Pack extends home Wi-Fi network with ease
4.0 stars

Devolo dLAN 500 review: Starter Pack extends home Wi-Fi network with ease

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Having recently moved house, we came across a problem: the Wi-Fi signal from our otherwise impressive Virgin Media Superhub 2 wouldn't reach the back bedroom. No internet in bed - that's a serious modern day dilemma.But the solution to boost our Wi-Fi... >>

Pentax K-S1: Built-in LED light displays distract from some interesting tech (hands-on)

Pentax K-S1: Built-in LED light displays distract from some interesting tech (hands-on)

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Pentax isn't one for the norm. In addition to its multi-colour DSLR cameras, the company was also showing off its latest K-S1 DSLR at Photokina - a camera that has coloured light indicator lamps said to guide operations. We thought the fade-in, fade-out... >>

Sony Alpha A7S review
4.0 stars

Sony Alpha A7S review

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In 2013 the Sony Alpha A7 convinced our team and a panel of tech-savvy judges that it was system camera of the year. Not because it had the most lenses available, was the fastest, nor because there weren't other great new cameras coming out, but because... >>

Olympus interchangeable lens mount for smartphones incoming, 'open platform' camera module revealed

Olympus interchangeable lens mount for smartphones incoming, 'open platform' camera module revealed

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Tucked away in the corner of the Olympus stand at Photokina 2014 was what could be described as a digital box Brownie with a Micro Four Thirds lens mount attached and a smartphone to its side. That's the fun of a show - you never know what you're going... >>

Hands-on: Canon PowerShot SX60 HS superzoom review: Massive zoom is great, but not always super

Hands-on: Canon PowerShot SX60 HS superzoom review: Massive zoom is great, but not always super

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There was a time when superzooms were content with focal lengths maxing out in the triple figure department. No so the Canon PowerShot SX60 HS, an all-in-one complete with a 65x zoom lens (21-1365mm equivalent) that encompasses a versatile range. Wide-angle,... >>