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

Olympus OM-D E-M1 silver adds updated firmware in addition to spangly exterior (hands-on)

Olympus OM-D E-M1 silver adds updated firmware in addition to spangly exterior (hands-on)

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Olympus held off from releasing any major products at Photokina 2014, but did unveil the OM-D E-M1 in a rather lovely silver finish.The E-M1 is exactly what it sounds like: a silver-colour version of the original black model, but one that also delivers... >>

Hands-on: Leica M Edition 60 is the digital rangefinder camera with no LCD screen. No, really

Hands-on: Leica M Edition 60 is the digital rangefinder camera with no LCD screen. No, really

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Want all the benefits of digital with all the "is it, isn't it?" fun of film? If you have a healthy bank account and a penchant for camera oddities then the Leica M Edition 60 may be just right for you then.Because this gorgeous slice of German engineering,... >>

Fujifilm X-T1 Graphite Silver Edition: Matte finish somehow looks flat and plasticky (hands-on)

Fujifilm X-T1 Graphite Silver Edition: Matte finish somehow looks flat and plasticky (hands-on)

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When we first heard about the Fujifilm X-T1 Graphite Silver Edition we were enthusiastic. After all, the X-T1 was one of our favourite cameras of the year, so when a manufacturer starts talking about a "luxury multilayer coating" what's not to like?Indeed,... >>

Hands-on: Panasonic Lumix CM1 review: Is it a camera, is it a phone? It's a bit of both

Hands-on: Panasonic Lumix CM1 review: Is it a camera, is it a phone? It's a bit of both

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When we first heard the rumour that Panasonic was going back into the phone business we didn't think it could be true. But, sure enough, at Photokina 2014 the Panasonic Lumix CM1 appeared.Thing is, the CM1 isn't a phone. The clues are in the above sentence:... >>

Canon EOS 7D Mark II unveiled, new 65-point focus system has a lot to shout about

Canon EOS 7D Mark II unveiled, new 65-point focus system has a lot to shout about

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One of the biggest deals in Canon's DSLR lineup just got a re-work: the EOS 7D Mark II is official, as announced on stage at Canon's Photokina 2014 press conference. This is the DSLR to revamp the already excellent original 7D model with a host of new... >>

Canon PowerShot G7 X debuts company's move into 1-inch sensor compact market

Canon PowerShot G7 X debuts company's move into 1-inch sensor compact market

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Say hello to Canon's 1-inch punch, the newly announced PowerShot G7 X. Representing a shift in the company's use of sensor sizes, it's the first compact camera in the Canon lineup to feature a large 1-inch sensor, putting it in direct contention with... >>

Panasonic Lumix GM5 adds viewfinder and hotshoe to small-scale compact system camera

Panasonic Lumix GM5 adds viewfinder and hotshoe to small-scale compact system camera

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Panasonic has updated its small-scale compact system camera with the announcement of the Lumix GM5. Unlike the original Lumix GM1 model, the slightly larger GM5 also features a built-in electronic viewfinder and hotshoe for adding accessories to this... >>

Panasonic Lumix LX100: The first compact camera with a Micro Four Thirds sensor is here

Panasonic Lumix LX100: The first compact camera with a Micro Four Thirds sensor is here

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It was only a matter of time before a compact camera with a large Micro Four Thirds sensor appeared. At Photokina 2014 Panasonic lifted the lid on its Lumix LX100 camera.As the high-end compact camera market continues to grow the competition has been... >>

Hands-on: Panasonic Lumix GM5 review

Hands-on: Panasonic Lumix GM5 review

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Last year we were treated by the Lumix GM1, an interchangeable lens camera that, in many respects, was small enough and packed with all the goodies to be considered an alternative to a compact camera. One year on and the small-scale compact system camera... >>

Samsung NX1 is a compact system camera for aspiring pros, 28MP sensor, new phase detection AF onboard

Samsung NX1 is a compact system camera for aspiring pros, 28MP sensor, new phase detection AF onboard

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Samsung has taken an even more pro turn with its NX-series compact system camera line, unveiling the new NX1 model at Photokina 2014.The NX1 is all about speed. Its brand new 28-megapixel sensor has 205 phase-detection autofocus points paired with 209... >>

The big interview: Wearables aren't 'just something for computer people', says Intel new devices boss

The big interview: Wearables aren't 'just something for computer people', says Intel new devices boss

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Are wearables the next big thing in the tech world? Do we really need them and will they make our lives better? Big questions at a potential turning point in the industry.There are few people better to sit down with than Mike Bell, corporate vice president... >>

Hands-on: Opening Ceremony and Intel MICA is the $1,000 wearable like no other

Hands-on: Opening Ceremony and Intel MICA is the $1,000 wearable like no other

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Wearables are all the rage at the moment, but few existing products have truly captivated an enthusiastic audience. That's where Intel, in collaboration with Opening Ceremony, has come up with something entirely different: a smart fashion bracelet called... >>

Intel claims Basis 'Peak' smartwatch will deliver more advanced optical heart rate monitor

Intel claims Basis 'Peak' smartwatch will deliver more advanced optical heart rate monitor

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At the Intel Developer Forum 2014, Mike Bell, corporate vice president and general manager of the new devices group at Intel, took to the stage during the opening keynote and unveiled a sneak peek of a forthcoming smartwatch by Basis. But details of... >>

Meet Jimmy, Intel’s joke-telling, app controlled and customisable 3D-printed robot

Meet Jimmy, Intel’s joke-telling, app controlled and customisable 3D-printed robot

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In our job we meet a lot of different people throughout the industry. But at the Intel Developers Forum 2014 we “met” a robot for the first time: Jimmy, the customisable, programmable and 3D-printed creation from Intel and Trossen Robotics.And the... >>

Hands-on: Lenovo ThinkPad Helix shows off fingerprint scanner, slimmer design, variety of keyboard docks

Hands-on: Lenovo ThinkPad Helix shows off fingerprint scanner, slimmer design, variety of keyboard docks

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The Lenovo ThinkPad Helix name isn't a brand new concept, with the first model unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in 2013. But fast-forward some 20 months to the Intel Developers Forum 2014 and the second generation model has shown face. And it... >>

Nikon D750 joins full-frame lineup with tilt-angle screen, 24.3-megapixel sensor

Nikon D750 joins full-frame lineup with tilt-angle screen, 24.3-megapixel sensor

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Just days ahead of the Photokina camera show next week, Nikon has revealed its first full-frame DSLR camera with a tilt-angle LCD screen: the Nikon D750.Slotting into the range between the D610 and D810, the D750 is a balance of both their features, featuring... >>

Hands-on: HP Pavilion x2: 2-in-1 pushes screen gloss to excess

Hands-on: HP Pavilion x2: 2-in-1 pushes screen gloss to excess

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There's a whole lot of choice out there when it comes to laptops and 2-in-1 devices, so the smallest of misjudged design decisions can be costly. Although we rather liked the look of the HP Pavilion x2 - and have been even more impressed by the company's... >>

Hands-on: HP Envy x2 13- and 15-inch desktop-replacement 2-in-1s show off Intel Core M slim form factor

Hands-on: HP Envy x2 13- and 15-inch desktop-replacement 2-in-1s show off Intel Core M slim form factor

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Before now we've seen some tablet-style desktop replacements that, let's face it, have been so big and bulky that they had little appeal. But in the latest HP Envy x2 13- and 15-inch models the company has created a viable desktop-replacement home office... >>

Hands-on: Gigabyte Brix Gaming packs discrete graphics into palm-sized pocket PC

Hands-on: Gigabyte Brix Gaming packs discrete graphics into palm-sized pocket PC

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We last caught sight of the Gigabyte Brix pocket PC at last year's Intel Developer Forum. For 2014 the company has introduced a new, higher-power model named the Gigabyte Brix Gaming.No prizes for guessing what it's designed for. Yep, gaming - glorious... >>

Hands-on: Acer Aspire Switch 12 is the laptop replacement with a tablet twist

Hands-on: Acer Aspire Switch 12 is the laptop replacement with a tablet twist

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The Acer Aspire Switch family continues to grow, with the forthcoming Switch 12 showcasing not only a number of varied position options, but it's one of the first devices to feature Intel Core M technology. That means a fanless design, which in turn opens... >>