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EE Pocket-lint Gadget Awards 2015 shortlist nominations announced, vote for your winners

EE Pocket-lint Gadget Awards 2015 shortlist nominations announced, vote for your winners

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It's that time of year again; time to lift the curtain on the EE Pocket-lint Gadget Awards 2015 nominations. We've seen hundreds of products over the last 12 months and after whittling down the best into an extended list we've crunched through to find... >>

Ultimate Ears UE Boom 2 review: Booming back for the sequel
4.5 stars

Ultimate Ears UE Boom 2 review: Booming back for the sequel

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Ultimate Ears has become more of a household name since its inception by then-Logitech (now just Logi), since releasing a variety of Bluetooth speakers to the market. The first UE Boom, released back in 2013, was one of the best small-scale portable speakers... >>

Lexus LF-FC: Future Fuel Cell concept eyes-up BMW 7 Series

Lexus LF-FC: Future Fuel Cell concept eyes-up BMW 7 Series

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We've said this for a while now: Lexus is on a roll. LF-LC, LF-CC, LFA, IS and RC are all pretty stunning (if you'll ignore their boring acronym names). Next up on the roster of updates, and adopting the L-Finesse design language is the LS flagship sedan,... >>

Bang & Olufsen Beolit 15 review: Portable picnic party
4.0 stars

Bang & Olufsen Beolit 15 review: Portable picnic party

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Bang & Olufsen is well known for making top notch speakers with quirky design features. In the Beloit 15 it's as though B&O has taken the concept of a picnic hamper and crammed a bunch of drivers into it for large scale on-the-go sound. It's not a boombox... >>

Tokyo Auto Show 2015 in pictures: Crazy concepts, futuristic supercars and more from the show floor

Tokyo Auto Show 2015 in pictures: Crazy concepts, futuristic supercars and more from the show floor

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Tokyo is known as one of the world's most futuristic cities, so when the Tokyo Motor Show rolls into town it's all about showing off whacky and wild concept cars. Ah, we do like a bit of fun. Not that it's all entirely "Japan crazy", of course. The Tokyo... >>

Ministry of Sound Audio L Plus review: Much more than a Clubber's Guide
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Ministry of Sound Audio L Plus review: Much more than a Clubber's Guide

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Who would have thought that Ministry of Sound would be an obvious Sonos multi-room audio competitor? That's exactly where the Audio L Plus is targeting its attention, as the top-of-line product in the MoS Audio range. Forget sweat-dripping-from-the-ceiling... >>

Creative Sound Blaster Roar 2 review: Big audio, basic design
4.5 stars

Creative Sound Blaster Roar 2 review: Big audio, basic design

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When the original Creative Sound Blaster Roar landed on our desk last year we were impressed by the big sound from its small scale. Now it's the turn of the more compact, more powerful, yet more expensive sequel: the Roar 2. It's incredible how quickly... >>

Naim Mu-so review: A sonic sensation
5.0 stars

Naim Mu-so review: A sonic sensation

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Hi-fi systems in the traditional sense are a bit of a dying breed. But Naim, a company which makes some incredible (yet eye-wateringly expensive) systems, isn't shying away from the new order. The Naim Mu-so is the company's first all-in-one wireless... >>

Bose QuietComfort 25 review: Noise-cancelling champions
4.0 stars

Bose QuietComfort 25 review: Noise-cancelling champions

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If you're a frequent flyer then you've probably already heard about the Bose QuietComfort 25 headphones, otherwise known as the QC25. They're renowned for being lightweight, comfy for long periods of wear and offer killer noise-cancellation that can mute... >>

Ministry of Sound Audio On headphones review: Booming bass on a budget
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Ministry of Sound Audio On headphones review: Booming bass on a budget

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Ministry of Sound is a name synonymous with the dance music scene, so if you're looking for on-ear headphones to deliver those bass-laden beats to your ears then it ought to be a brand that piques your interest. If it's not then, well, the heavyweight... >>

Shooting with the Leica SL: A mirrorless marvel or giant-scale misfire? (hands-on)

Shooting with the Leica SL: A mirrorless marvel or giant-scale misfire? (hands-on)

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All the talk about Leica's "next big thing" was fixed on an interchangeable-lens Leica Q. And that was enough hype to get us ultra excited, given how much we love that particular compact camera. Such a concept has almost occurred in the Leica SL, the... >>

Leica goes mirrorless: Leica SL compact system delivers 24-megapixel full-frame sensor

Leica goes mirrorless: Leica SL compact system delivers 24-megapixel full-frame sensor

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Following the excellent Leica Q compact camera, we wondered how long it would be before Leica unveiled a full-frame mirrorless system with interchangeable lenses. Well, wait no more - that time is now, with the Leica SL (Typ 601) officially unveiled at... >>

Sennheiser Momentum Wireless M2 BT review: Cut the cord in comfort
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Sennheiser Momentum Wireless M2 BT review: Cut the cord in comfort

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What do you look for in a pair of headphones? If it's for them to be big, cushy and borderline obnoxious ivory-coloured over-ear cans then, well, the Sennheiser Momentum Wireless second-gen - also known as the M2 AEBT headphones - may be exactly what... >>

Canon camera can 'see in the dark', sensitive to ISO 4,000,000

Canon camera can 'see in the dark', sensitive to ISO 4,000,000

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Long gone are the days of film when ISO 3200 was the maximum sensitivity you could shoot. Digital cameras have been pushing responsiveness to low-light for years now, with six-figure extended ISO settings showing face on some recent DSLR cameras. But... >>

Using Canon's VR headset: Hefty handheld solution wins on resolution, not practicality

Using Canon's VR headset: Hefty handheld solution wins on resolution, not practicality

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The race for the winning virtual reality headset crown has been hotting up over recent months. We've seen HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and more besides, but now Japanese giant Canon is in the running with its VR headset. And we got to use one at the Canon Expo... >>

Canon EOS M10 hands-on: Canon’s weak mirrorless line-up continues

Canon EOS M10 hands-on: Canon’s weak mirrorless line-up continues

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Using the new Canon EOS M10 is like taking a step back in time. And not in a good way. The original EOS M from 2012 was bottom of the mirrorless pack at launch, the M2 never came to Europe, and even the M3, announced earlier in 2015, was behind the mirrorless... >>

Canon EOS 5DS review: Resolution revelation
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Canon EOS 5DS review: Resolution revelation

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Canon had dilly-dallied around the resolution conundrum for what seemed like an eternity. "Push beyond 22-megapixels? Golly, no way" was pretty much the message for years. And then it goes and releases a 50.6-megapixel full-frame DSLR, the EOS 5DS. And,... >>

Dell XPS 12 hands-on: 4K screen 2-in-1 takes on Surface Pro 4, coming 2016

Dell XPS 12 hands-on: 4K screen 2-in-1 takes on Surface Pro 4, coming 2016

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When we think of Dell's XPS line we think laptops. But that's all about to change with the introduction of the 2016 Dell XPS 12 - a 2-in-1 tablet with keyboard dock that's feature-packed and looks set to take on the Microsoft Surface Pro 4. We got to... >>

Dell XPS 15 adds infinity display for 2016 model, XPS 13 sees power bump

Dell XPS 15 adds infinity display for 2016 model, XPS 13 sees power bump

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In 2014 Dell introduced its infinity display: a near edge-to-edge screen with minimal bezel, as found on the XPS 13 laptop. It not only looked gorgeous but helped to keep the form factor down. Now, for the 2016 range its the turn of the larger XPS 15... >>

Microsoft Surface Pro 4 vs Surface Pro 3: What's the difference?

Microsoft Surface Pro 4 vs Surface Pro 3: What's the difference?

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Microsoft has updated its Surface Pro line, with the introduction of the Surface Pro 4. The latest model packs in more power and more resolution than its Surface Pro 3 predecessor, and with the watching eyes of the Apple iPad Pro now on the horizon, does... >>

Microsoft Surface Pro 4 official: Price, release date, everything you need to know

Microsoft Surface Pro 4 official: Price, release date, everything you need to know

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It's Surface Pro 4 time, the latest tablet-meets-laptop product from Microsoft that is thinner, lighter and more powerful than its 2013 Surface Pro 3 predecessor. Here's everything you need to know. Surface Pro 4: Design The Surface Pro 4 maintains the... >>

Best Windows 10 tablet for playing Xbox One? The Linx Vision is a bargain at £149

Best Windows 10 tablet for playing Xbox One? The Linx Vision is a bargain at £149

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There are bundles of tablets available on the market, but not many come with a full controller dock like the Linx Vision. With Windows 10 on board it's possible to stream Xbox One games direct from your console to tablet and, thanks to an Xbox-approved... >>

Sony SRS-X55 Bluetooth speaker review: Serious sound
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Sony SRS-X55 Bluetooth speaker review: Serious sound

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It can so often be a gamble when going to buy a Bluetooth speaker such as the Sony SRS-X55. With so many makers in the market - some good, others bad - there's always the question as to whether diminutive size will bring big sound. With the Sony SRS-X55... >>

Bloodhound supersonic car in pictures: The 1,000mph British record-breaker shown in London

Bloodhound supersonic car in pictures: The 1,000mph British record-breaker shown in London

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There are fast cars and there are fast cars. Although Bloodhound, the British-borne supersonic project theoretically capable of topping 1,000mph, could only really be described as a vehicle - and a spectacular one at that given its 13.5m length. The Bloodhound... >>

Frankfurt Motor Show 2015 in pictures: The best supercars, concepts, hybrids and more

Frankfurt Motor Show 2015 in pictures: The best supercars, concepts, hybrids and more

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The Frankfurt Auto Show (also known as IAA 2015 for those in the know) is one of the world's largest car shows, with 2015 delivering a mixture of fun concepts, SUVs galore, and plenty of other automotive awesomeness besides. Most notable in among the... >>