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Huawei Mate 9 Pro preview: The Mate we wanted all along

Huawei Mate 9 Pro preview: The Mate we wanted all along

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When Huawei unveiled the Mate 9 it overshadowed it by revealing a smaller-scale and better designed Porsche Design model in tandem. But the latter model's limited availability and €1,395 price tag clearly demonstrated it wasn't a model for the masses.Now... >>

Casio WSD-F20 preview: Rugged outdoor smartwatch shows Android Wear can be great

Casio WSD-F20 preview: Rugged outdoor smartwatch shows Android Wear can be great

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This hulk of a watch is the Casio WSD-F20: a rugged, outdoor smarwatch with heaps of fitness features. Compared to its F10 predecessor it adds GPS tracking with mapping, so it might be seen as a small-time upgrade but a great first purchase (if you can... >>

B&O Play BeoPlay M5 preview: Woollen-clad woofer

B&O Play BeoPlay M5 preview: Woollen-clad woofer

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B&O Play likes to do things in a Danish way. That's probably why the new BeoPlay M5 comes clad in a wool-blend coat, as if it could go camping in the hills of a Troldeskoven.But no, the M5 isn't designed to leave the house. It's a wired speaker after... >>

Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II preview: The crossover camera

Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II preview: The crossover camera

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The first-gen Canon PowerShot G9 X was something of a departure for Canon: it's touchscreen-focused controls saw it handle differently to a typical Canon compact. The Mark II model maintains this focus, with an updated user interface to simplify the camera's... >>

Lenovo Smart Assistant preview: Transformers, Alexa in disguise

Lenovo Smart Assistant preview: Transformers, Alexa in disguise

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Here's something we didn't expect: an Amazon Echo that's, well, not an Amazon Echo at all. It's a Lenovo Smart Assistant.But the Lenovo uses Amazon's Alexa voice assistant and, for all intensive purposes, is functionally identical to Echo. So you can... >>

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (2017) preview: The best business laptop money can buy?

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (2017) preview: The best business laptop money can buy?

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If there's one so-called "business laptop" brand that keeps its customers happy time and again, that would be ThinkPad. The once IBM-owned brand has remained strong under the wings of its Lenovo acquisition and its latest 2017 product, the X1 Carbon,... >>

Lenovo Miix 720 preview: The ultra-powerful portable 2-in-1

Lenovo Miix 720 preview: The ultra-powerful portable 2-in-1

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Lenovo has taken the wraps off its latest 2-in-1, the top-end Miix 720, which based on specs alone is an all-powerful 2-in-1 tablet. It doesn't half look bad either and, based on our time tinkering with the new crossover at CES 2017, it feels good in... >>

Audio-Technica ATH-DSR9BT preview: A digital future for high-end headphones

Audio-Technica ATH-DSR9BT preview: A digital future for high-end headphones

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How can audio progress in today’s market? With digital streaming, the proliferation of High Resolution audio slowly making inroads and the advancement of wireless technologies to take advantage, there’s increasing demand for quality.Audio-Technica’s... >>

Panasonic EZ1002 4K OLED TV doubles-down on peak brightness for HDR thrills

Panasonic EZ1002 4K OLED TV doubles-down on peak brightness for HDR thrills

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At CES 2017 it's all about the tellies. And Panasonic is looking to make its mark in TV this year with a brand new Ultra HD 4K OLED, the EZ1002.But this is no ordinary OLED: the EZ1002 is said to produce nearly double the brightness of a normal OLED panel... >>

Acer Rugged Chromebook 11 N7 preview: The tough laptop the kids won't break

Acer Rugged Chromebook 11 N7 preview: The tough laptop the kids won't break

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Acer continues its focus on the mass market, with a new rugged-build Chromebook designed for the classroom that the kids won't break.The tongue-twister-named Rugged Acer Chromebook 11 N7 (C731) isn't trying to win design and dazzle your eyes with its... >>

Kia Sorento review: The savvy seven-seater
4.5 stars

Kia Sorento review: The savvy seven-seater

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Can an 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... >>

Best Bluetooth headphones 2017: 10 of the best on/over-ears for wireless listening

Best Bluetooth headphones 2017: 10 of the best on/over-ears for wireless listening

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With companies like Apple and Motorola ditching the 3.5mm headphone socket on their latest flagship smartphones, there's never been a better time to cut the cord than now.Sure, you can use Lightning headphones, or whatever gets bundled in the box, but... >>

Kodak Ektra review: Phone camera failings can’t revive those nostalgic Kodak moments

Kodak Ektra review: Phone camera failings can’t revive those nostalgic Kodak moments

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We all owe a lot to Kodak. The imaging company was the forerunner in colour film, but also a largely unsung hero in technological developments: it invented the digital camera and even OLED display technology.That was all before it fell behind the times,... >>

Canon EOS M5 review: 'Mirrorless 80D' fails to faze its compact system competition
3.5 stars

Canon EOS M5 review: 'Mirrorless 80D' fails to faze its compact system competition

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It's fair to say we've been highly critical of Canon's compact system camera EOS M line. For a simple reason, though: the Japanese company's mirrorless cameras simply haven't been able to stand up to the competition. And with the current line-up - think... >>

Audio-Technica talks headphones tech, from Pure Digital Drive to Hi-Res Audio

Audio-Technica talks headphones tech, from Pure Digital Drive to Hi-Res Audio

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We're sat in Audio-Technica's downtown Tokyo headquarters, peering through a one-way window overlooking the company's professional music studio, sat with Keisuke Kobayashi, the company's director of marketing and engineering. For this isn't just a headphone... >>

Moto Mods: Everything you need to know about the Moto Z's snap-on accessories

Moto Mods: Everything you need to know about the Moto Z's snap-on accessories

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It's clear from looking at the smartphone industry recently that there's a growing interest in modular mobile devices. LG launched the G5 in 2016, complete with its "Friends" options that clip onto the bottom of the phone to add extra features. Google,... >>

Panasonic Lumix FZ2000 review: Premium superzoom premier league
4.5 stars

Panasonic Lumix FZ2000 review: Premium superzoom premier league

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When we first saw the Panasonic FZ2000 back in September 2016, we thought it spelled the death of the camcorder as we know it. For this premium superzoom camera is so packed-out with 4K video features that, on paper, it wraps up all the wide-to-tele zoom... >>

Best Black Friday 2016 UK camera deals: DSLR, compact and system camera bargains

Best Black Friday 2016 UK camera deals: DSLR, compact and system camera bargains

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Black Friday falls on 25 November 2016 and will offer a great chance to snap - geddit? - some camera deals at a cut of the normal price.So whether you're looking for a compact, compact system or DSLR camera, we'll be updating this page to bring together... >>

NextEV Nio EP9 in pictures: The world's fastest electric supercar is simply stunning

NextEV Nio EP9 in pictures: The world's fastest electric supercar is simply stunning

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No, that's not a new McLaren you're looking at, it's the Nio EP9 - the world's fastest electric supercar. And it's made by none other than NextEV, the Chinese brand best known (until now) for its Formula E team.The Nio name is the new part of the package,... >>

Qualcomm Quick Charge 4 coming 2017: 5-minutes charge for 5-hours battery

Qualcomm Quick Charge 4 coming 2017: 5-minutes charge for 5-hours battery

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Qualcomm is to introduce its next-generation of fast-charging, Quick Charge 4.0, as part of its forthcoming Snapdragon 835 chipset (an ultra-small 10-nanometer technology that will be produced by Samsung, due in 2017).The new battery top-up tech is 20... >>

Watch Dogs 2 review: Can you teach an old Dog new tricks?
4.0 stars

Watch Dogs 2 review: Can you teach an old Dog new tricks?

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Remember Aiden Pearce's trench coat in the original Watch Dogs? People flipped out about the lead protagonist's leathers when the game was first announced back in 2012 - its subtle movement in the wind, the O-M-G textures. It was the hint that current-gen... >>

Sony PS4 review: The go-to for gamers
4.5 stars

Sony PS4 review: The go-to for gamers

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A lot can change in a few years. This is the fourth time we've sat down and had a good, hard think about the PlayStation 4 since its 2013 launch.Back then the launch line-up was fairly stifled, with clangers like Knack not elevating the console to true... >>

Huawei P9 vs Huawei P9 Plus vs Huawei Mate 9: What's the difference?

Huawei P9 vs Huawei P9 Plus vs Huawei Mate 9: What's the difference?

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Huawei has a flagship to suit all tastes. The smallest is the P9, next in line is the larger P9 Plus, with the Mate 9 the largest of the three.The two P9 devices are almost identical, the Mate 9 is a much larger and different proposition. However, there... >>

Lenovo Yoga Book review: A keyless laptop from the future... that's stuck in the past
3.5 stars

Lenovo Yoga Book review: A keyless laptop from the future... that's stuck in the past

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The Lenovo Yoga Book is the keyless laptop from the future, albeit available in the here and now. It's one of those rare products that's not just different for the sake of it, but truly innovative in its thinking, by combining a two-in-one light-up keypad... >>

Huawei Mate 9 Porsche Design preview: The mini Mate 9 with a big €1395 price tag

Huawei Mate 9 Porsche Design preview: The mini Mate 9 with a big €1395 price tag

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You had a double take, didn't you? No, this isn't a limited edition Samsung Galaxy S7 edge, it's the limited edition Huawei Mate 9 Porsche Design.The Chinese telecoms company and German design company have forged a new partnership to show off what they... >>