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Hands-on: Motorola Moto E (2015) review: Budget champion gets 4G, bigger screen, Lollipop refresh

Hands-on: Motorola Moto E (2015) review: Budget champion gets 4G, bigger screen, Lollipop refresh

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The budget smartphone champion Motorola Moto E has arrived in its 2015 refresh, now with speedy 4G capability. And by arrived we mean literally: a semi-surprise pre-Mobile World Congress delivery arrived at the office ahead of the show. Is it still the... >>

What does Firefox OS bring to Panasonic TVs? 10 key features explored

What does Firefox OS bring to Panasonic TVs? 10 key features explored

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It's the year when smart TVs get even smarter thanks to advancing operating systems. We've seen LG webOS, Android TV used in Philips sets, Tizen for Samsung, and now Firefox OS makes its way to the latest Panasonic 4K TVs. Mozilla Firefox is a well-known... >>

Ultimate Ears UE Megaboom review: Boom and bass
5.0 stars

Ultimate Ears UE Megaboom review: Boom and bass

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When we reviewed the original UE Boom, we thought it was the best portable Bluetooth audio speaker since sliced bread. But for when you want a thicker slice, with a greater dollop of bass spread, there's the UE Megaboom. Bigger scale, bigger sound, but... >>

Panasonic enters curved TV market: Viera CR850 heads-up 4K LED range for 2015

Panasonic enters curved TV market: Viera CR850 heads-up 4K LED range for 2015

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Panasonic has been behind the curve when it comes to curved TVs (terrible pun intended), only teasing a 4K prototype at the Consumer Electronics Show 2015. Now, at its annual company press conference, that model has been given a production name: the Viera... >>

Toshiba Chromebook 2 review: Finally a Chromebook worth buying
4.0 stars

Toshiba Chromebook 2 review: Finally a Chromebook worth buying

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We've always admired the Google Chromebook laptop concept and its attempt to deliver an affordable, easy to use, online-focused platform. Problem is, every manufacturer (ignoring Google itself with the ultra-expensive Pixel model) has shoehorned poor... >>

Panasonic Toughbook CF-54: One tough laptop, now slimmer than ever

Panasonic Toughbook CF-54: One tough laptop, now slimmer than ever

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Business is tough, which is why Panasonic wants the company you work for to invest in its Toughbook laptops for field work, with the newly announced CF-54 heading up the range. In an attempt to shed the considerable bulk and weight associated with such... >>

Hands-on: Olympus OM-D E-M5 II review: Adding extra muscle to the OM-D line

Hands-on: Olympus OM-D E-M5 II review: Adding extra muscle to the OM-D line

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Having first seen the new Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II a week ago - having aligned its products into their hierarchical roles, Olympus is now "doing a Canon" with its models, hence the "MkII" name - we've since explored the camera's capabilities at the Olympus... >>

Nikon Coolpix P610 superzoom: Serving a familiar 60x optical zoom with NFC side portion

Nikon Coolpix P610 superzoom: Serving a familiar 60x optical zoom with NFC side portion

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It's camera season, with the CP+ show underway in Japan, and Nikon has unveiled the new king in its superzoom series: the Coolpix P610. This 60x optical zoom superzoom delivers a 24-1440mm equivalent zoom, just the same as its P600 predecessor, for shooting... >>

Nikon Coolpix S9900: 30x zoom compact adds vari-angle screen for extra flexibility

Nikon Coolpix S9900: 30x zoom compact adds vari-angle screen for extra flexibility

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On the face of it the Nikon Coolpix S9900 looks the same as last year's S9700 model, featuring the same 25-750mm equivalent zoom lens and back-lit 16-megapixel senso. Flip it round, however, and its newly appointed 3-inch vari-angle screen ads an extra... >>

Panasonic Lumix GF7 review: Serious, but not just about selfies
4.0 stars

Panasonic Lumix GF7 review: Serious, but not just about selfies

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Welcome to generation selfie. The Panasonic Lumix GF7 is the follow-up to 2013's GF6, complete with flip-forward screen for taking those delightfully pouty shots. And if that premise hasn't got you hooked then fear not - as the latest in the entry-level... >>

Hands-on: Canon EOS 5DS review: Canon breaks the megapixel bank with 50.6MP full-frame DSLR

Hands-on: Canon EOS 5DS review: Canon breaks the megapixel bank with 50.6MP full-frame DSLR

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An ultra-high resolution Canon DSLR had been rumoured for some time, but with the company adamant that its cameras wouldn't exceed the 22-megapixel count, it's taken a considerable about-turn with the announcement of the EOS 5DS: a 50.6-megapixel full-frame... >>

Canon EOS 750D and 760D: Similar features, different designs, more choice (hands-on)

Canon EOS 750D and 760D: Similar features, different designs, more choice (hands-on)

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Now here's something we didn't expect: Canon unveiled not one, but two new mid-range DSLR cameras to its EOS lineup. The new EOS 750D and 760D are like the filling in a Canon sandwich, sat above the existing EOS 700D, but below the 70D in terms of rank.... >>

Hands-on: Canon EOS M3 review: Still behind the mirrorless market curve

Hands-on: Canon EOS M3 review: Still behind the mirrorless market curve

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Canon makes great DSLR cameras, there's no doubt about that. But in 2012 when the company dipped into the mirrorless market with the EOS M, it was unusually behind the curve. The EOS M2 appeared in Asia to try and fill a gap, some firmware update appeared... >>

Canon EOS 5DS vs 5DS R: What's the difference? 50-megapixel DSLR camera specs explored

Canon EOS 5DS vs 5DS R: What's the difference? 50-megapixel DSLR camera specs explored

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Think that the Nikon D810 is high resolution? Think again. Canon has unveiled the EOS 5DS and 5DS R models, each boasting a 50.6-megapixel full-frame sensor at their core, making them the highest-resolution DSLR cameras on the market. So what's the difference... >>

Canon PowerShot G3 X superzoom incoming: 1-inch sensor, 25x optical zoom compact teased

Canon PowerShot G3 X superzoom incoming: 1-inch sensor, 25x optical zoom compact teased

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Everyone loves a superzoom, and Canon has set its sights on the top-end of the market with the initial unveiling of the PowerShot G3 X. And it's not doing things by half measures. Featuring a 1-inch sensor for heightened image quality, the camera also... >>

Canon EOS 750D vs 760D: What's the difference? Mid-weight DSLR showdown

Canon EOS 750D vs 760D: What's the difference? Mid-weight DSLR showdown

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Canon has unveiled not one, but two new mid-range DSLR cameras to its lineup, making for a busier EOS range than ever before. The new EOS 750D and 760D are like the filling in a Canon sandwich, sat above the existing EOS 700D, but below the 70D in terms... >>

Samsung NX500 pinches NX1’s 28MP sensor and 4K video abilities, condenses into portable size

Samsung NX500 pinches NX1’s 28MP sensor and 4K video abilities, condenses into portable size

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It's camera season ahead of the CP+ show in Japan, with Samsung taking turn to unveil its latest Tizen-based compact system camera: the NX500. The replacement model of 2013's NX300, the NX500 pinches the top-end NX1 model's core innards, including the... >>

Dali Kubik One review: One serious soundbar
4.5 stars

Dali Kubik One review: One serious soundbar

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The Dali Kubik One is a statement soundbar if we ever saw one; the pillar box red model in particular being as eye-catching as it is ear-catching. Surprisingly the Danish manufacturer, synonymous with quality standalone audio products, hasn't ventured... >>

Kia Sorento (2015) first drive: Savvy 7-seater

Kia Sorento (2015) first drive: Savvy 7-seater

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Can a 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... >>

Samsung Gear VR review: Days of Future Past
3.0 stars

Samsung Gear VR review: Days of Future Past

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VR, or virtual reality, has a long and winding history. From the distant dream of Sega's VR, unveiled back in 1993, to the modern day it's-almost-here reality of Oculus Rift, it's Korean giant Samsung that's now here to, well, try and sell some more phones... >>

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt preview: Four hours playing the fantasy RPG epic

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt preview: Four hours playing the fantasy RPG epic

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There are heaps of games to look forward to in 2015. But after playing four and a half hours of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, we're going to stick our necks out and say that there will be no other on such epic scale. It's a huge, sprawling open-world that... >>

Panasonic Lumix TZ70 review: The do-it-all compact camera to beat
4.5 stars

Panasonic Lumix TZ70 review: The do-it-all compact camera to beat

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There are a growing number of pocketable do-it-all compact cameras on the market vying for attention, with the Panasonic Lumix TZ70 aiming to be cream of the crop. This pocketable travel compact squeezes an electronic viewfinder and 30x optical zoom lens... >>

Hands-on: Panasonic Lumix GF7 review: Compact system wants to be your next selfie camera

Hands-on: Panasonic Lumix GF7 review: Compact system wants to be your next selfie camera

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Selfies are a big deal right now and, increasingly, manufacturers are looking for ways to make would-be snappers shun their smartphones for a dedicated camera. The latest camera to jump on this bandwagon is the Panasonic Lumix GF7, the latest interchangeable... >>

Sony Alpha A5100 review: Compact-a-like
4.0 stars

Sony Alpha A5100 review: Compact-a-like

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Since Sony dropped its NEX branding and blanketed its compact system camera line with the Alpha brand name, the range has not morphed dramatically, simply divided itself into different schools of thought: those seeking a compact alternative, and those... >>

Denon Envaya Mini review: Massive sound from mini Bluetooth speaker
5.0 stars

Denon Envaya Mini review: Massive sound from mini Bluetooth speaker

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Portable Bluetooth speakers have been appearing in their droves over the last few years, at a range of different price points, from manufacturers both known and new, making the qualm of which to buy all the more trying. Denon may have just solved that... >>