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Bang & Olufsen BeoSound 35 preview: Pentagonal powerhouse

Bang & Olufsen BeoSound 35 preview: Pentagonal powerhouse

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Danish audio maker Bang & Olufsen is known for its high-end materials and finish in its products. That's something the BeoSound 35 soundbar-esque multi-room music system strives to achieve, but with a somewhat harsher-looking pentagonal form than the... >>

Panasonic DX900 UHD Premium TV preview: Honeycomb-sweet picture quality

Panasonic DX900 UHD Premium TV preview: Honeycomb-sweet picture quality

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In 2016 we're going to see the true potential of 4K content. Not only because the UHD Alliance has set the parameters for UHD Blu-ray and UHD Premium, but because products are getting better and better too, with TVs like the Panasonic DX900 leading the... >>

HP Spectre x360 (2016) preview: OLED ace might be the best looking laptop ever

HP Spectre x360 (2016) preview: OLED ace might be the best looking laptop ever

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The original Spectre x360 saw HP assert its strengths in the laptop market. It was, and is, one great looking, great functioning laptop. For 2016 it's gone one better for the refresh by incorporating a 13.3-inch OLED panel into the design. And boy does... >>

What is 4K UHD? Ultra-High Definition explained, and why it matters for your next TV

What is 4K UHD? Ultra-High Definition explained, and why it matters for your next TV

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The term Ultra-High Definition - also known as Ultra HD or UHD - has been kicking around for a couple of years now. But what does it actually mean and why does it matter if you're looking to buy a new TV? Just as we've got used to the "Full HD" term,... >>

Lenovo Yoga 900S preview: Super slim, super light 12.5-inch convertible ace

Lenovo Yoga 900S preview: Super slim, super light 12.5-inch convertible ace

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Back in October 2015 Lenovo showed off its Yoga 900, a 13.3-inch convertible laptop that boasted the slimmest build of any with an Intel Core i processor at its heart. Fast-forward to January 2016 and the smaller scale and even slimmer 12.5-inch Yoga... >>

Technics SL-1200GAE turntable in pictures: Classic design, stunning quality

Technics SL-1200GAE turntable in pictures: Classic design, stunning quality

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We're long-time fans of the Technics SL-1200 (and 1210) turntable series. So when Panasonic announced that production of a 7th generation model in 2016 was about to commence we got rather excited. At CES 2016 in Las Vegas, we got a first hand sampling... >>

Naim Mu-so Qb: Rounded audio meets square design

Naim Mu-so Qb: Rounded audio meets square design

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When the Naim Mu-so launched in 2014 it attracted critical acclaim, bagging the Pocket-lint Awards 2015 gong for best speaker. Now the essence of that high-end wireless all-in-one multiroom speaker is available in a smaller, cube-shaped form factor: the... >>

UHD Blu-ray players are finally here: Panasonic enters 4K disc market with DMP-UB900

UHD Blu-ray players are finally here: Panasonic enters 4K disc market with DMP-UB900

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With 4K ultra-high definition TVs beginning to become the norm, it's been a long and winding road for the physical format, UHD Blu-ray, to reach its final standard. With the UHD Alliance now signed and sealed on that deal, 4K Blu-ray players will, finally,... >>

Want a premium 4K experience? Panasonic DX900 is first-to-market Ultra HD Premium TV

Want a premium 4K experience? Panasonic DX900 is first-to-market Ultra HD Premium TV

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The battle for the ultimate 4K TV is on at this year's CES, with Panasonic the first to get an Ultra HD Premium qualified TV to market - the DX900 - which is due out this February. While Ultra HD Premium doesn't redefine the core of what 4K is all about... >>

Panasonic Lumix TZ80 vs TZ70: What's the difference?

Panasonic Lumix TZ80 vs TZ70: What's the difference?

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When it comes to what some call "travel zoom" compact cameras, Panasonic is on top form. Its Lumix TZ70 from 2015 combined a wide-ranging 30x optical zoom lens with built-in electronic viewfinder and general all-round top performance. For 2016 the updated... >>

Technics SL-1200G official: DJ turntable makes an audiophile return for 2016

Technics SL-1200G official: DJ turntable makes an audiophile return for 2016

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Technics had already teased its return to turntables at the IFA electronics show in 2015, but its nameless mock-up model lacked a tone arm and, well, didn't really look much like a turntable at all. Skip the needle to 2016 and all is revealed: the SL-1200G... >>

Sony A7 II review: Mostly alpha, some beta
4.5 stars

Sony A7 II review: Mostly alpha, some beta

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The very first full-frame compact system camera, the Alpha A7, was such an out-there trend setter that it nabbed the Pocket-lint Awards gong for best system camera back in 2014. Fast-forward a couple of years and, as we tread into 2016, the latest-generation... >>

Sony Cyber-shot RX10 II review: One serious superzoom
4.5 stars

Sony Cyber-shot RX10 II review: One serious superzoom

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The Sony Cyber-shot RX10 II is, just like its predecessor, a camera that's going to divide opinion. On paper its 24-200mm f/2.8 equivalent lens and 1-inch sensor combination sounds like the bees knees. Until, that is, you see the physical size of this... >>

Canon PowerShot G5 X review: Chunky but comprehensive compact
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Canon PowerShot G5 X review: Chunky but comprehensive compact

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It's all change in the camera market, with the focus on throwaway compacts all but dead in the face of smartphone domination. Canon is well known for its chunky-but-capable compact cameras, with 2013's G16 seemingly representing the end of that range,... >>

Apple iPad Pro vs Microsoft Surface Pro 4: Which is best?

Apple iPad Pro vs Microsoft Surface Pro 4: Which is best?

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It’s battle of the big tabs. Literally. Apple has introduced the iPad Pro, following in the footsteps of the Microsoft Surface Pro 4. But which is best: the newcomer iPad or the more established Surface Pro? On the (ahem) surface the concept of iPad... >>

Microsoft Surface Pro 4 review: Brilliant, bar battery life
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Microsoft Surface Pro 4 review: Brilliant, bar battery life

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Microsoft is probably smiling gleefully: it's got the upper hand on Apple, with the Surface Pro 4 really shaking its tail-feather at the iPad Pro. For the Surface Pro 4 is the most refined and comprehensive model in the Surface series yet - if you're... >>

Canon PowerShot G9 X review: Touching the void
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Canon PowerShot G9 X review: Touching the void

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On the evidence of the Canon PowerShot G9 X it's time to wave goodbye to the company's older, small-sensor PowerShot cameras. Why? Because the G9 X packs a large 1-inch sensor size into a slender body, making a good case to out-and-out replace models... >>

OnePlus X review: Affordable, but no ace
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OnePlus X review: Affordable, but no ace

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OnePlus has a formula: make phones affordable. We're huge fans of the OnePlus 2 handset, which effectively carved a new standard by delivering near-flagship quality for a middling £239 price-point. With the OnePlus X, however, the formula has been tweaked.... >>

Sony Cyber-shot RX100 IV review: Still the compact to beat
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Sony Cyber-shot RX100 IV review: Still the compact to beat

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It's 2015 and there's an argument that the compact camera is obsolete in the face of advancing smartphones. The Sony Cyber-shot RX100 IV is the absolute antithesis to that; a high-end, pocketable compact with large 1-inch sensor and 24-70mm f/1.8-2.8... >>

Toyota Prius (2016) first drive: Taxi!

Toyota Prius (2016) first drive: Taxi!

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When we think Toyota Prius we think taxi. Whether New York City Taxicab or one of many Uber cars, this hybrid electric vehicle is a well-established player that, well, you're probably more used to sitting in the back of rather than behind the actual wheel.... >>

Audi A7 Sportback h-tron first drive: Hydrogen goes hyper

Audi A7 Sportback h-tron first drive: Hydrogen goes hyper

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Hydrogen fuel cell powered cars aren't new - we've already driven the BMW 5 Series concept, the Hyundai IX35 and the road-ready Toyota Mirai - but Audi's first foray into the tech is an altogether meatier, more powerful concept car. The A7 Sportback h-tron... >>

Audi A4 (2016) first drive: All about the extras

Audi A4 (2016) first drive: All about the extras

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During our pre-brief ahead of test-driving the 2016 Audi A4 Saloon, there was one line that resonated in our minds: "connectivity and systems are now as important as ride handling". It's largely true - as we'll come to later in separating our views between... >>

Toyota Mirai first drive: Hydrogen progress precedes practicality

Toyota Mirai first drive: Hydrogen progress precedes practicality

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Depending on where you're from Mirai means "future" or "miracle". However, the Toyota Mirai, one of the first production hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, isn't in the future: it's available in the here and now. Yet it would be a minor miracle to spot one... >>

DxO One review: The iPhone add-on camera's highs and lows

DxO One review: The iPhone add-on camera's highs and lows

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The DxO One is an interesting camera concept, one designed specifically as an add-on for iPhones with the Lightning connector port. The idea is simple: the One delivers the same 1-inch sensor size as found in the Sony RX100 MkIII high-end compact, utilising... >>

Driverless cars are reality: Toyota's autonomous car takes us for a drive

Driverless cars are reality: Toyota's autonomous car takes us for a drive

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We're sat in the passenger side of a Lexus GS 450h driving along a highway. Which might not sound like all too unusual an experience. Only this Lexus is the Highway Teammate and it's driving itself; steering, changing lanes, accelerating, braking, monitoring... >>