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Acer Predator G1 desktop comes with its own suitcase... for first 1,000 punters

Acer Predator G1 desktop comes with its own suitcase... for first 1,000 punters

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We had an inkling that Acer was going to lift the lid on new Predator gear at its global press conference in New York. Front and centre of its line-up is the new Predator G1 desktop.Which, it turns out, is sort-of portable. It even comes with its own... >>

Battery boom: Acer Zest Plus phone crams in 5,000mAh for two-day life

Battery boom: Acer Zest Plus phone crams in 5,000mAh for two-day life

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It's not often we see an Acer phone - as most of them don't end up in the UK - but the just-announced Acer Zest Plus has got one really big thing going for it: a massive 5,000mAh battery capacity.That's more capacious than even the likes of the Huawei... >>

Acer announces fanless Intel Core i7 device, the Switch Alpha 12

Acer announces fanless Intel Core i7 device, the Switch Alpha 12

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With Microsoft Surface ruling the roost in its market, Acer wants a piece of the pie. So it's come out punching, with the announcement of the Switch Alpha 12 - the world's first 2-in-1 device with 6th generation Intel Core i sensor without a fan.Yep,... >>

Next at Acer: Watch the Predator and laptops live-stream here

Next at Acer: Watch the Predator and laptops live-stream here

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It's Acer time. The Taiwanese company is all set to unveil new products at its global press conference, starting 16:00 BST (that's 11:00 EST in New York City where the conference is taking place), and you can watch it via the stream live below.So what... >>

Canon EOS 1D X Mark II review: The fast and the furious, part II
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Canon EOS 1D X Mark II review: The fast and the furious, part II

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The big boss is back for round two: the Canon EOS 1D X Mark II is the company's top-end full-frame DSLR, which replaces both the original 1D X and video-focused 1D C models. And it really is one serious bit of kit, as we've been finding out during a couple... >>

Panasonic Lumix GX80 review: Small in scale, big on features
4.5 stars

Panasonic Lumix GX80 review: Small in scale, big on features

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With the Lumix GF8 absent from British shores, we were beginning to wonder if Panasonic had bailed on the smaller-scale and more affordable compact system camera concept. But that's not the case, as the latest Lumix GX80 (or GX85 in the USA) stands to... >>

Gears of War 4 multiplayer preview: Grinding those gears

Gears of War 4 multiplayer preview: Grinding those gears

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The chainsaws are back. Gears of War 4's multiplayer is due to go into closed public beta from 18 April, to give a taster of all the duck-and-cover, shotgun-to-the-face, third-person shooter mayhem. And ahead of time we got to play a couple of hours of... >>

What is Ultra HD Premium and why does it matter? The 4K HDR badge explained

What is Ultra HD Premium and why does it matter? The 4K HDR badge explained

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The home cinema and entertainment technology industry sure loves a badge or two. Kit from TVs and Blu-ray players, to amplifiers and speakers all seem to be run through a certification process to give you an idea that they will perform in given circumstances.... >>

Huawei P9 Leica camera explored: Double the camera, double the fun?

Huawei P9 Leica camera explored: Double the camera, double the fun?

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At the Huawei P9 phone launch in London's Battersea on Wednesday 6 April the Chinese company made a lot of noise about its new camera features. And for good reason: it's the only company to brandish Leica co-engineering and a unique dual camera arrangement... >>

Vinyl fan? Audio-Technica AT-LP60BT Bluetooth turntable offers cool without the wires

Vinyl fan? Audio-Technica AT-LP60BT Bluetooth turntable offers cool without the wires

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There's no doubt that vinyl record sales are on the up. Okay, so they're nowhere near their heyday in terms of sales volumes, but that doesn't stop vinyl being the cool antithesis to streaming and MP3s. Only to listen to real, tangible records you're... >>

Canon EOS 80D review: The mid-range master
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Canon EOS 80D review: The mid-range master

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If you're looking to drop a four-figure wedge of cash of a mid-range DSLR - one that'll last you for a good stretch of time - then Canon is one of the names that so often floats to the surface; the crema on the coffee, if you will. And in the 80D that... >>

Naim Mu-so Qb review: An all-round success
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Naim Mu-so Qb review: An all-round success

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When the original Naim Mu-so launched in 2014, it was received with critical acclaim. Although it's a physically large bit of kit, it impressed us so much that it took the Pocket-lint Awards gong for best speaker in 2015.Which sets-up the newer, smaller-scale... >>

iPhone 6S Plus vs SGS7 edge vs LG G5: Which is best at taking photos?

iPhone 6S Plus vs SGS7 edge vs LG G5: Which is best at taking photos?

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Phone cameras have become mighty impressive in recent years, almost making dedicated cameras redundant. As we push into 2016 the new wave of flagship devices come with formidable camera specs. And having reviewed the LG G5, Samsung Galaxy S7 edge and... >>

Sony Cyber-shot RX10 III superzoom boasts 24-600mm zoom and 1-inch sensor size

Sony Cyber-shot RX10 III superzoom boasts 24-600mm zoom and 1-inch sensor size

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It wasn't so long ago that Sony released the second-gen Cyber-shot RX10 - a camera, ultimately, similar to the original superzoom in that range. But it's all change with the RX10 III (which you might see called DSC-RX10M3 on some sites), which embodies... >>

What is Apple Renew and how does it benefit me? Trade-in and recycle options explored

What is Apple Renew and how does it benefit me? Trade-in and recycle options explored

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Apple is going extra green. And no, that's not a new iPhone colour variant. It's all to do with recycling, with Apple Renew - the company's trade-in and recycling incentive programme - announced proper at the company's iPhone SE and iPad Pro (9.7-inch)... >>

Astell & Kern AK380 is one bonkers but beautiful high-res portable player

Astell & Kern AK380 is one bonkers but beautiful high-res portable player

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We've seen swathes of audio devices in our time, but when it comes to portable audio nothing has ever quite stood out like the bonkers but beautiful looking Astell & Kern AK380.Now this is no Sony Walkman. Crafted from a single block of aluminium, which... >>

Shark Proof liquid screen protector works for any screen, even curved phones

Shark Proof liquid screen protector works for any screen, even curved phones

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Screen protectors can be priceless to help keep your beloved (and probably expensive) phone or smart device free from scratches. But they can also look unsightly.Now there's a quirky solution that doesn't depend on a stick-on layer at all. Shark Proof,... >>

Nokia Ozo will cost €55,000: Pro-spec VR capture doesn't come cheap

Nokia Ozo will cost €55,000: Pro-spec VR capture doesn't come cheap

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In 2016 virtual reality (VR) is tech's big fish. So it's apt that the pro-spec Nokia Ozo 360-degree VR camera looks like a futuristic flying fish. One priced to the tune €55,000. (Update: since publishing, Nokia has contacted us regarding UK price,... >>

Want VR on a budget? Homido Mini clip onto your phone and cost £15

Want VR on a budget? Homido Mini clip onto your phone and cost £15

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There's been an explosion of virtual reality - better known as VR - in recent months. But if the idea of PlayStation VR, Vive or Oculus sounds like an over-expensive pipe-dream then here's a budget option: the Homido Mini.It's not the first time we've... >>

Nest 3.0 review: The smartest thermostat just got smarter
4.0 stars

Nest 3.0 review: The smartest thermostat just got smarter

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We had Nest 3.0, the smart learning thermostat, installed at the tail-end of 2015, replacing the 2.0 model installed in the summer of 2014. Since then it's been sensing and learning our heating habits. Good job, as the wintry cold spell has really stuck... >>

Nest Cam review: The next level in home security?
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Nest Cam review: The next level in home security?

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Wi-Fi based home security camera options are everywhere at the moment, with the Google-owned Nest Cam not the first product with its foot in the door, so to speak. We've already seen Withings Home, Netatmo Welcome and Panasonic Nubo to name but a few.Nest... >>

Samsung Gear VR Consumer Edition review: The stepping-stone to Oculus proper
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Samsung Gear VR Consumer Edition review: The stepping-stone to Oculus proper

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Virtual reality, often known as VR, 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, HTC Vive and PlayStation VR, it's South Korean giant Samsung that's... >>

Fujifilm X-Pro2 review: Pro perfection?
4.5 stars

Fujifilm X-Pro2 review: Pro perfection?

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When the Fujifilm X-Pro1 burst onto the camera scene its retro digital rangefinder style was like a pleasurable punch to the face; the kind of kipper-slap that left us, and many, a bit tingly around the chops and hungry for more. No camera maker had dared... >>

Nest major update: Phone geo-tracking added, family accounts introduced

Nest major update: Phone geo-tracking added, family accounts introduced

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Nest has introduced a major update to its app and services today, adding family accounts for up to 10 individual users per account and phone-based geo-tracking for smarter auto-home/away activation.As long-time users of the Nest Learning Thermostat, Nest... >>

Canon EOS 1300D brings Wi-Fi to the entry-level DSLR

Canon EOS 1300D brings Wi-Fi to the entry-level DSLR

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The entry-level DSLR camera sector doesn't see too many new models these days, but Canon has quietly just unveiled its latest: the EOS 1300D.An update to 2014's EOS 1200D, the 1300D is an altogether similar and affordable beginner product, but dresses... >>

Fujifilm X70 review: Wide-angle wonder
4.5 stars

Fujifilm X70 review: Wide-angle wonder

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Fujifilm is a winner when it comes to high-end compact cameras. So when the company unveiled the X70 at the tail-end of 2015 we were surprised and delighted by the concept: this 28mm f/2.8 (equivalent) fixed-lens camera pools together all that's great... >>

Mini Cooper Convertible (2016) first drive: Topless fun

Mini Cooper Convertible (2016) first drive: Topless fun

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It's almost hard to believe that the BMW-reimagined Mini is now in its 15th year. Call it a birthday, if you will, that the Cooper Convertible arrives this month in its third-generation and best-looking guise to date; a little puppy fat, cute looks, bags... >>

Libratone Zipp review: A sound Scandinavian success
4.5 stars

Libratone Zipp review: A sound Scandinavian success

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Libratone is a Scandinavian company and does things a little differently. First, it likes its materials: whether woolly coats or similar, like with its Diva soundbar. Second, its products aren't as outlandishly expensive as most things in Copenhagen.The... >>

Panasonic Lumix TZ100 review: Imaging liberation meet lens limitation
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Panasonic Lumix TZ100 review: Imaging liberation meet lens limitation

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The Panasonic Lumix TZ100 (known as ZS100 in the US) joins an increasing raft of cameras built around a 1-inch sensor size, promising upgraded image quality over what you would normally expect from a standard compact.Most prominent camera companies are... >>

Oppo F1 review: Pole position or pit stop for this affordable phone?
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Oppo F1 review: Pole position or pit stop for this affordable phone?

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When you look back at how phones have progressed over the last few years, it's easy to just focus on the top models: your iPhones and Samsung Galaxy S-es. However, for your average person who wants a phone but doesn't want to blow a massive hole in their... >>

Far Cry Primal review: Kings of the Stone Age
4.5 stars

Far Cry Primal review: Kings of the Stone Age

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In the modern games industry, once a publisher has a hit and follows it up with a successful sequel, all thoughts of risk and reward go out of the window. For that marks the point at which a new "franchise" is established, and we all know what those are... >>

Nikon DL: Trio of 1-inch sensor cameras, can Nikon finally make its mark in compacts?

Nikon DL: Trio of 1-inch sensor cameras, can Nikon finally make its mark in compacts?

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As one of the biggest camera manufacturers in the world, Nikon compacts have, by and large, been uninspiring and lost out to better competition. Until now, thanks to the announcement of a trio of 1-inch sensor compacts, called Nikon DL.It's an interesting... >>

Microsoft Surface Book review: One for the books
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Microsoft Surface Book review: One for the books

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After picking up the Microsoft Surface Book for review, the bag in which it was placed promptly ripped through at the handles as we wandered down the street. Ah, this isn't a lightweight tablet-esque Surface product and, we suppose, we learnt that the... >>

Denon AH-MM400 headphones review: Wonderful or just wooden?
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Denon AH-MM400 headphones review: Wonderful or just wooden?

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Tired of plasticky headphones? Well, here's your chance to buy into some with a wooden exterior - Denon's new AH-MM400 reference over-ears.Which, some might think, look somewhat mad. Apt, then, that they top the "Music Maniac" range, we suppose.We've... >>

Canon PowerShot SX720 HS preview: Putting 40x zoom in the palm of your hand

Canon PowerShot SX720 HS preview: Putting 40x zoom in the palm of your hand

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Ah, the compact superzoom. Over the years they've got smaller yet, somehow, have managed to cram more and more features in. In the case of the Canon PowerShot SX720 HS it's all about the zoom - 40x optical zoom, no less.Which is quite a feat. In the hand... >>

Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II: Upping the high-end compact ante

Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II: Upping the high-end compact ante

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When we first used the Canon PowerShot G7 X, the company's first 1-inch sensor compact, it felt like Canon's attempt to deflect a strong Sony line-up - namely the RX100 series.Some 18-months later and it's time for round two, with the G7 X Mark II upping... >>

Beats Pill+ review: A pricey pill to swallow
3.5 stars

Beats Pill+ review: A pricey pill to swallow

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Portable Bluetooth speakers are available in abundance right now. Whether ones made by companies you've heard of, or ones that you haven't, the price and ability of such speakers hugely varies. With Beats now owned by Apple adding a sense of extra kudos... >>

Samsung is launching a Wi-Fi and touchscreen-toting fridge in the UK. Yep, a refrigerator with Wi-Fi

Samsung is launching a Wi-Fi and touchscreen-toting fridge in the UK. Yep, a refrigerator with Wi-Fi

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What's the thing clearly missing from your fridge? And no, it's not a pint of milk. It's Wi-Fi. And cameras. And a touchscreen.Which is exactly what the catchily-named Samsung F-Hub RB38J7755B1 - which is the single-stack UK slant on the double-stack... >>

Samsung Pay coming to UK ‘very soon’, to coincide with Galaxy S7 launch

Samsung Pay coming to UK ‘very soon’, to coincide with Galaxy S7 launch

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Fuelling the march towards the Samsung Galaxy S7 phone launch, the Korean company dangled a Samsung Pay UK release date carrot at its European Forum 2016.Nathalie Oestmann, Head of Samsung Pay Europe, announced on stage that the mobile payment tech will... >>

Philips PUS8601 4K TV with 4-sided Ambilight review: Colour us impressed
4.5 stars

Philips PUS8601 4K TV with 4-sided Ambilight review: Colour us impressed

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It can take quite a lot for a TV to stand-out from the crowd. Philips' approach? Plonk some LED lights around all four sides of its rear - aka Ambilight, used to real-time project coloured lighting in sync with the image on screen - and, no doubt, you've... >>

Panasonic Lumix TZ80 review: Can't Touch This
4.5 stars

Panasonic Lumix TZ80 review: Can't Touch This

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The Panasonic TZ range is hugely popular when it comes to dedicated compact cameras, especially if you're looking for big zoom in a relatively small package. In 2016 the range is diversifying: 2015's TZ70 is replaced by the similar TZ80 (or SZ60 for our... >>

Sony A6300 shows what system cameras can do: 425-point autofocus, 4K video, 11fps burst and more

Sony A6300 shows what system cameras can do: 425-point autofocus, 4K video, 11fps burst and more

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We've long been expecting a Sony Alpha A7000 to replace 2010's NEX-7, but Sony has other plans, instead announcing the A6300. But it doesn't scrimp on the features at any level.Touting the "world's fastest autofocus" at just 0.05-seconds - although it... >>

Canon EOS 1D X Mark II vs 1D X: What's new?

Canon EOS 1D X Mark II vs 1D X: What's new?

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In 2016 it's the year of the pro DSLR once again: the Canon EOS 1D X Mark II follows hot on the heels of the Nikon D5, which was announced a month earlier at CES 2016, but how does this full-frame pro-spec DSLR compare to its 1D X original?We handled... >>

Huawei Mate 8 review: Big beauty
4.5 stars

Huawei Mate 8 review: Big beauty

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Not so long ago the idea of a 6-inch phone sounded like a bonkers one. Now it's the norm for many, helped along by the iPhone 6S Plus, and with devices as powerful and refined as the Huawei Mate 8 also coming to market it's perhaps a more appealing concept... >>

Audi Q7 e-tron first drive: Electro efficiency

Audi Q7 e-tron first drive: Electro efficiency

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Plug-in electric vehicles are on the rise, with the Audi Q7 e-tron joining the A3 Sportback e-tron and R8 e-tron - taking the German maker's count up to three. There's clearly momentum behind electric, thanks to its efficiency, environmental and fuel-saving... >>

Motorola Moto Force review: Not all it’s cracked up to be
3.5 stars

Motorola Moto Force review: Not all it’s cracked up to be

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Butterfingers? The Moto Force might be the ideal flagship phone for those prone to dropping their smartphone on the regs, as its the first handset to offer a shatterproof screen. Well, if you discount the Droid Turbo 2, the name of the very same handset... >>

Fujifilm X-E2S official: It's S for subtle performance push

Fujifilm X-E2S official: It's S for subtle performance push

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In tech it seems that tacking an "S" onto the end of a product means "it's new, it's a bit better than the last one, but not by loads". We only need to look at Apple and the annual iPhone updates to see that. Now it's the turn of Fujiiflm with its X-E2S,... >>

Fujifilm X-Pro2 vs X-Pro1: What's the difference?

Fujifilm X-Pro2 vs X-Pro1: What's the difference?

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Four years in the making, the Fujifilm X-Pro2 is the company's highest-ranking compact system camera. But have those four years been worth the wait, or is the latest model barely different to its X-Pro1 predecessor?We've handled both cameras to break... >>

HP EliteBook Folio preview: Super-slim laptop means business

HP EliteBook Folio preview: Super-slim laptop means business

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It may well be a business laptop, but the HP EliteBook Folio sure does mean business. This slender workhorse is a mere 12.4mm thin - making it even more trim than the 12-inch MacBook.How's that possible? As the EliteBook Folio uses an Intel Core M processor... >>

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... >>