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Microsoft Surface 2 4G review
4.0 stars

Microsoft Surface 2 4G review

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Just shy of a year ago the original Surface RT landed in Pocket-lint towers. And we were rather taken with its ambition. A tablet looking to steal the crown from laptops - a great idea. But an idea that, as we were acutely aware then, carried with it... >>

Canon PowerShot SX700 HS review
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Canon PowerShot SX700 HS review

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As the compact camera market continues to shrink, the outlay of new product seems to be surfing a common theme: zoom is increasing in a war waged with fixed-lens smartphone cameras. The Canon PowerShot SX700 HS - the update to the earlier SX280 HS model... >>

Wolfenstein: The New Order review
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Wolfenstein: The New Order review

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Count to four. Inhale. You're going to need that breath, for Wolfenstein: The New Order is a grizzly ride on the insane-go-round. The premise of the title has always been teetering on the absurd: Nazis with futuristic technologies have won the Second... >>

Sony Cyber-shot RX100 III adds built-in electronic viewfinder and wider-angle, faster lens to RX-line

Sony Cyber-shot RX100 III adds built-in electronic viewfinder and wider-angle, faster lens to RX-line

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The Sony Cyber-shot RX100 III has been announced, boasting a new 24-70mm f/1.8-2.8 (equivalent) lens and new built-in electronic viewfinder. It arrives alongside the original and second-generation RX100 models to sit at the top of the trio as the most... >>

Toshiba Encore review
3.5 stars

Toshiba Encore review

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The 8-inch tablet market is full of a raft of devices to choose from, many of which double-up as laptop alternatives with keyboard dock and stylus inputs. Not so the Toshiba Encore, a full Windows 8.1 device that is just that; no additional bells and... >>

Huawei Ascend P7 review
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Huawei Ascend P7 review

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Huawei just took the gloves off. The Ascend P7 is the most serious smartphone that the Chinese company has ever made, designed to offer decent performance wrapped around a 5-inch HD screen and admirable design. Throw in speedy 4G connectivity at a price... >>

Toshiba Kira review
3.5 stars

Toshiba Kira review

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Laptops these days are statements of design as much as they are capable powerhouses able to crunch through almost any task you throw at them. The Toshiba Kira is the company's bash at high-end design, delivering a slim and capable machine packed with... >>

Canon PowerShot G1 X MkII review
4.5 stars

Canon PowerShot G1 X MkII review

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The Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II is the company's highest spec compact camera yet, superseding the original G1 X from 2012. Far from being a straightforward rehash of the earlier large sensor model, the Mark II is a total rework. It's built around a... >>

Panasonic Lumix GH4 review
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Panasonic Lumix GH4 review

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We've often thought of the Panasonic GH series as the best consumer interchangeable lens system for video capture on the market. It's not hard to see why: the Panasonic Lumix GH4 offers 4K video capture at usable frame rates. On paper that's untouchable... >>

HP Pavilion x360 review
3.0 stars

HP Pavilion x360 review

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The post-PC era is upon us and we're in a period of transition. There are tablets, there are laptops and there are devices that want to do more than the two combined. Take the HP Pavilion x360, a touchscreen device that outwardly looks like a laptop but... >>

Acer Iconia One 7 & Iconia Tab 7 pictures and hands-on

Acer Iconia One 7 & Iconia Tab 7 pictures and hands-on

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If there's a hotly contested tablet category it has to be the affordable 7-inch sector. And Acer has unveiled an additional two tabs to add to the stack: the Iconia One 7 and Iconia Tab 7, both of which we've got our hands on at the company's A Touch... >>

Acer Aspire Switch 10 pictures and hands-on

Acer Aspire Switch 10 pictures and hands-on

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When we see the Aspire brand we immediately think laptops. But Acer is on a mission to change in 2014, as the "four in one" Acer Aspire Switch 10 can attest. This is Aspire doing laptop, tablet and a number of in-between forms too.The concept isn't new... >>

Acer Aspire Switch 10 unveiled: One device, four positions via magnetic hinge design

Acer Aspire Switch 10 unveiled: One device, four positions via magnetic hinge design

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Acer has unveiled its Aspire Switch 10 at its A Touch More Connected press event in New York.A 10.1-inch "four in one" Windows 8.1 device that can switch between laptop, tablet, display and "tent" positions, Acer has opted for a magnetic Snap Hinge to... >>

Nikon D4S review
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Nikon D4S review

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The Nikon D4S created a lot of buzz when it was first teased at the Consumer Electronics Show 2014. The pinnacle of Nikon's pro DSLR lineup, it arrives some two years after the earlier D4 model, touting faster performance and autofocus system updates... >>

Philips Fidelio E2 review
4.0 stars

Philips Fidelio E2 review

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We've seen boat loads of Bluetooth speakers in recent times, with the trend for portable single units being a more common trend. Philips, on the other hand, has delivered a more classic stereo bookshelf speaker system: the Fidelio E2, codenamed BTS5700.By... >>

Watch Dogs preview: Four hours of play in the defining open-world game of 2014

Watch Dogs preview: Four hours of play in the defining open-world game of 2014

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When Watch Dogs was delayed back in November 2013 it single-handedly postponed next-gen gaming for many. Faces drooped, hearts sank, and there was a lingering question as to whether the hype machine had set the bar of expectation beyond even the game's... >>

Lytro ups its aspirations, introduces Illum light field camera for $1,599

Lytro ups its aspirations, introduces Illum light field camera for $1,599

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Lytro makes light field cameras, devices that work in an entirely different way to normal digital cameras: captured results be refocused after shooting and only displayed digitally. Now the company has announced the Illum, a camera with greater aspirations.... >>

Windows Phone 8.1 review
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Windows Phone 8.1 review

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Windows Phone 8.1 is (sort of) here and it's a much needed boost to the Microsoft operating system. Better presentation, more personalisation, the voice assist Cortana, quick actions and notifications via Action Center and a number of other tweaks throughout.At... >>

Canon EOS 100D White pictures and hands-on

Canon EOS 100D White pictures and hands-on

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No prizes for what makes the Canon EOS 100D White DSLR special. Yep, it's got a white coat of paint.A year after the release of the world's smallest and lightest DSLR, that being the Canon EOS 100D, the white model delivers a nigh-on identical package.... >>

How to get Cortana to work on Windows Phone in the UK

How to get Cortana to work on Windows Phone in the UK

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Here's a loaded question: how do you get Cortana voice assist on your Windows Phone 8 device in the UK?Technically you're supposed to wait until the second half of 2014 when Cortana will roll out as part of a Windows Phone 8.1 update. America will get... >>

Nikon Coolpix P7800 review
4.0 stars

Nikon Coolpix P7800 review

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Nikon is on the up when it comes to its compact cameras. And if you're looking for a high-end model then the Coolpix P7800 may have already made it onto your shortlist, alongside similar models such as the Canon PowerShot G16.Ultimately similar to the... >>

Pentax 645Z adds 50-megapixel sensor to medium format range

Pentax 645Z adds 50-megapixel sensor to medium format range

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There are camera and then there are cameras. Ricoh Pentax has just announced a wedge of camera gear that firmly sits in the latter category: the medium format Pentax 645Z.An update to the earlier Pentax 645D, the Z is the second model in the company's... >>

Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet review
4.0 stars

Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet review

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Tablet season 2014 is upon us and vying for your attention is the Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet. It's slimmer, lighter and more powerful than its Tablet Z predecessor and offers some standout features such as waterproofing.If you want to splash around in the... >>

Samsung Galaxy S5 Copper Gold pictures and hands-on

Samsung Galaxy S5 Copper Gold pictures and hands-on

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The Samsung Galaxy S5 is now available, but if you want an SGS5 with added bling then the Copper Gold edition might have caught your eye. Frankly, it'd be hard for anyone to ignore, whether you're a fan of the different colour finish or not.But before... >>

Spaced360 review
4.0 stars

Spaced360 review

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Bluetooth speakers come in all sorts of shapes and sizes these days. Spaced360 is something a little different: a three-pointed-star-shaped speaker capable of throwing sound out through 360-degrees. It embodies Orbitsound's Airsound technology which is... >>

Nikon 1 J4 adds the power of touchscreen to compact system camera line

Nikon 1 J4 adds the power of touchscreen to compact system camera line

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Nikon has announced the 1 J4, adding touchscreen and other features to the company's compact system camera line.The 1-series has been under constant refinement, arriving at a point where the J4 looks a lot like a high-end compact camera. The stripped-back... >>

Humax HB-1000S Freesat HD box review
4.5 stars

Humax HB-1000S Freesat HD box review

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There was a time when we didn't really understand Freesat. And in a world where increasing numbers of set-top boxes and catch-up devices are available for as little as a tenner, we weren't sure the satellite-dish-provided free TV service could ever suit... >>

Samsung Galaxy TabPro 10.1 review
4.5 stars

Samsung Galaxy TabPro 10.1 review

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Samsung is certainly no stranger to tablets. But you might be left scratching your head and wondering what's what given how many model numbers and sizes are available throughout its ranges.Enter the Samsung Galaxy TabPro 10.1, the 10.1-inch Android tablet... >>

Sony Alpha A7S: new 12-megapixel full-frame model capable of 4K video

Sony Alpha A7S: new 12-megapixel full-frame model capable of 4K video

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Sony has unveiled a new addition to its full-frame compact system camera at the NAB show in Las Vegas: the Alpha A7S.It's a bold move as the A7S follows on from the original A7 and A7R models just a matter of months after launch. The "S" is built around... >>

Dell XPS 13 review (2014)
4.5 stars

Dell XPS 13 review (2014)

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When Dell unleashed the XPS 13 it was one of the few Ultrabook devices that could stand up against the strength of the Apple MacBook Air. Not all of us are Apple users, of course, so the prospect of a slim, light, attractive and powerful Windows portable... >>

Child of Light preview: Storybook RPG plays with dream-like charm

Child of Light preview: Storybook RPG plays with dream-like charm

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When most games these days are based around shooting things while head-nodding to a rock-out soundtrack, or racing fast cars while drumming techno into your ear canals, it's a refreshing change to play a game like Child of Light.Imagine unfolding a hand-drawn... >>

TomTom Runner Cardio & Multi-Sport Cardio add built-in heart rate monitor, Bluetooth app sync

TomTom Runner Cardio & Multi-Sport Cardio add built-in heart rate monitor, Bluetooth app sync

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TomTom has refreshed its Runner and Multi-Sport sports watches with the addition of new Cardio models, capable of measuring heart rate using a wrist-based built-in heart-rate monitor.Pocket-lint is at the London launch where we've been quick-testing the... >>

Jabra Solemate review (second-gen)
3.5 stars

Jabra Solemate review (second-gen)

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The Jabra Solemate is a portable Bluetooth speaker, back in its NFC-capable second-gen form. It might look more like a luminescent character from Pacman spliced with a Dr Martens sole but its design - which, as the name suggests, takes its cues from shoe... >>

Hands-on: Goat Simulator review

Hands-on: Goat Simulator review

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Goats are threatening to be the internet's next big superstars. We've seen hilarious YouTube clips of goats screaming like humans, fainting goats and, to top all that, now there's the brand new PC game: Goat Simulator. Yes you read that correctly. And... >>

Nikon Coolpix P340 review
4.0 stars

Nikon Coolpix P340 review

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When it comes to high-end compact cameras there are lots of options out there. Most of those, however, happen to cost a pretty penny. Although the Nikon Coolpix P340 couldn't be called "budget" it does undercut many of its competitors on the price front... >>

Olympus Stylus 1 review
4.0 stars

Olympus Stylus 1 review

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One glance at the Olympus Stylus 1 and it's hard to ignore how much it looks like a smaller version of the interchangeable lens Olympus OM-D series. Only it's not: this is a high-end compact camera with design cues adopted from the company's top-end interchangeable... >>

Assassin's Creed 5 official, Ubisoft teases video of next-gen 'Unity' game

Assassin's Creed 5 official, Ubisoft teases video of next-gen 'Unity' game

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Assassin's Creed 5 is official and will be the first title in the series truly made for the next-gen consoles. Exciting stuff. Entitled Assassin's Creed: Unity (no numbers in the official title) there are few details about the game at present, expect... >>

Infamous: Second Son review
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Infamous: Second Son review

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Infamous: Second Son is the game that every PlayStation 4 owner has been waiting for, whether an existing Infamous fan or not. It's the cool TV ad - well, the American one without the shouty British voice-over anyway - that's done it. All those quick... >>

Toshiba Satellite P50 pictures and hands-on: 4K display squeezed into 15.6in laptop

Toshiba Satellite P50 pictures and hands-on: 4K display squeezed into 15.6in laptop

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With so many laptops available on the market, it takes something special to stand out. The Toshiba Satellite P50 laptop does just that: by cramming a 4K resolution into a 15.6-inch screen. And it looks awesome.That's a 3840 x 2160 resolution - the very... >>

Toshiba laptop range adds 4K resolution and Skull Candy certified sound to Satellite range

Toshiba laptop range adds 4K resolution and Skull Candy certified sound to Satellite range

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It's Toshiba laptop season, with the company announcing a range of models to suit a broad audience. Among those the big ticket device is the Satellite P50: a 15.6-inch laptop with 4K resolution screen.The P50's 3840 x 2160 resolution screen features ChromaTune... >>

Samsung Galaxy NotePro 12.2 review
4.0 stars

Samsung Galaxy NotePro 12.2 review

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When it comes to Android tablets Samsung has every base covered in size terms. Or so we thought, as with the Galaxy NotePro 12.2 the company gets a little experimental, opting for a large scale 12.2-inch slate.We're already fans of earlier Note devices,... >>

Mini Cooper D review (2014)
4.5 stars

Mini Cooper D review (2014)

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The Mini Cooper heralds the arrival of the classic small car in its third-generation release since BMW re-imagined the brand back in 2001. A lucky 13 years on and the Mini Hatch is stronger than ever.That's not down to luck though. It's a car filled to... >>

Nikon 1 V3 focuses on small scale, makes viewfinder an optional accessory

Nikon 1 V3 focuses on small scale, makes viewfinder an optional accessory

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Nikon has announced the 1 V3, the latest in its line of compact system cameras. And it's all change.Unlike the earlier 1 V2 model, which came complete with an electronic viewfinder and chunky grip, the V3 opts to make such features optional accessories.... >>

Toshiba HD TV 2014 range refresh: Faster next-gen Smart TV joins top-of-range models

Toshiba HD TV 2014 range refresh: Faster next-gen Smart TV joins top-of-range models

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Toshiba has refreshed its HD TV line for 2014, with new models to be available in four separate lines to cater for the basics through to the full package.Top of the range is the 7 Series Toshiba L74, available in 42-inch, 47-inch and 55-inch variants.... >>

Hands-on: Mini Cooper S (2014) review

Hands-on: Mini Cooper S (2014) review

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The Mini Cooper is one of those cars that's a timeless classic; a car that, as Brits, we have an inevitable soft spot for. BMW's re-imagining of the Cooper back in 2001 was the right balance of the German brand's know-how without it unhinging that loveable... >>

Mazda Hazumi pictures and eyes-on: Mazda 2 concept car has awesome moniker

Mazda Hazumi pictures and eyes-on: Mazda 2 concept car has awesome moniker

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If there's a prize for car with the coolest name from this year's Geneva Motor Show then we think it would have to go to the Mazda Hazumi concept. Although, really, it's less concept and borderline reality and what you're currently feasting your eyes... >>

Volkswagen T-Roc pictures and eyes-on: The open-top SUV concept

Volkswagen T-Roc pictures and eyes-on: The open-top SUV concept

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Now here's a concept: an open-top SUV. And at the Geneva Motor Show that's exactly what Volkswagen had to show in the shape of the VW T-Roc. It's a crossover car concept that almost out-Jeeps Jeep.Despite what "convertible SUV" might conjure in the mind... >>

Jeep Renegade pictures and eyes-on: Fiat merger brings new 4x4

Jeep Renegade pictures and eyes-on: Fiat merger brings new 4x4

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If you think that the Jeep Renegade looks a little like a Fiat on steroids then you are indeed onto something: because the Renegade is the first Jeep since owner Crysler merged with Fiat at the beginning of this year. It's not actually on steroids, of... >>

Harman Kardon Aura review
4.0 stars

Harman Kardon Aura review

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The Harman Kardon Aura may look like The Jetson's spaceship has collided with a ultra-modern kitchen blender but this quirky design housing is actually a wireless home speaker.If you're seeking a showstopper in speaker design that is also small and compact... >>

Mini Clubman Concept pictures and hands-on

Mini Clubman Concept pictures and hands-on

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We’re not huge fans of the original Mini Clubman. The adverts are cool, the brand heritage is cool, those barn doors on the back are kind of cool too - but the whole bizarre 3-door element just left us cold.That’s all just changed. Because the Mini... >>