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Samsung SUHD TVs: 4K resolution meets quantum dot tech for affordable Ultra-High Definition in 2015

Samsung SUHD TVs: 4K resolution meets quantum dot tech for affordable Ultra-High Definition in 2015

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Samsung has revealed its TV hand at this year's Consumer Electronics Show, with its latest SUHD tellies making their debut. Ok, so we've heard of UHD (Ultra-High Definition, often referred to as 4K), but what the heck is SUHD? This is Samsung's branded... >>

Asus ZenFone 2 boasts brushed metal finish, 4GB RAM and other top features, all for just $199

Asus ZenFone 2 boasts brushed metal finish, 4GB RAM and other top features, all for just $199

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Asus might not be the first name that springs into mind when you think of a smartphone, but at CES 2015 it went about changing that perception with the introduction of the ZenFone 2. The follow-up to the ZenFone, first announced at CES 2014, the 5.5-inch... >>

Panasonic Lumix TZ57 is the understated travel zoom to beat (hands-on)

Panasonic Lumix TZ57 is the understated travel zoom to beat (hands-on)

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You know how it is, companies are always boasting about their latest and greatest products, sometimes detracting from the kit further down the ranks. It's much the same for the just announced Panasonic Lumix TZ57. Akin to a stripped-back Lumix TZ70 in... >>

Hands-on: Panasonic Lumix TZ70 review: Viewfinder upgrade for 30x travel zoom

Hands-on: Panasonic Lumix TZ70 review: Viewfinder upgrade for 30x travel zoom

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As we roll into 2015, Panasonic is first out of the camera announcement gates with the unveiling of its latest travel zoom, the Lumix TZ70, which is bursting at the seams with features. Due on the shelves this March, Pocket-lint got a sneak peek of the... >>

Canon PowerShot SX530 HS boasts 50x mega zoom without breaking the bank

Canon PowerShot SX530 HS boasts 50x mega zoom without breaking the bank

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Canon is not shy of packing the zoom into a superzoom. Its latest PowerShot SX530 HS squeezes a 50x optical lens, delivering a 24-1200mm equivalent, into an affordable and relatively compact package. It was only a few years back that such optics with... >>

Canon PowerShot N2 adds selfie screen fun, but is it hip to be square?

Canon PowerShot N2 adds selfie screen fun, but is it hip to be square?

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There's only so much you can do with camera design before a product becomes tricky to use. But that hasn't stopped Canon trying to break the conventional mould, with the latest Canon PowerShot N2, in its squat, near-square-fronted format, showing off... >>

Canon PowerShot SX710 HS crams more megapixels into 30x travel zoom

Canon PowerShot SX710 HS crams more megapixels into 30x travel zoom

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It's the Consumer Electronics Show 2015, which means the annual compact camera splurge from Canon is upon us. In among a variety of updated models, it's the Canon PowerShot SX710 HS, the 30x optical zoom travel compact, which demands the greatest attention.... >>

Canon PowerShot SX60 HS review: To the zoom and back
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Canon PowerShot SX60 HS review: To the zoom and back

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The superzoom market keeps on growing, quite literally, with the latest Canon PowerShot SX60 HS boasting a gigantic 65x optical zoom lens. That's far more heavyweight than any competitor on the market, so if it's zoom you want, it's zoom you get. But... >>

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge review: The edge of excellence
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Samsung Galaxy Note Edge review: The edge of excellence

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When we first saw the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge we thought of it as a design showcase; a "look at what we can do" smartphone with greater precedence given to its show-off factor than to usability. Why else have a modified Galaxy Note 4 with a single curved... >>

Nintendo Wii U review: The underdog rises
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Nintendo Wii U review: The underdog rises

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The Nintendo Wii U has been called a lot of things since its launch at the tail-end of 2012. Most of them far from positive. But two years on, and in the wake of the Sony PlayStation 4 and Xbox One launches, Nintendo's underdog is on the up; it's a console... >>

Panasonic Lumix TZ60 vs Canon PowerShot SX700 HS: What's the difference?

Panasonic Lumix TZ60 vs Canon PowerShot SX700 HS: What's the difference?

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For when your smartphone camera isn't enough you'll want a do-it-all compact camera with a significant zoom. Here we pitch two of our favourites head to head: the Panasonic Lumix TZ60 and the Canon PowerShot SX700 HS. Both models pack in a 30x optical... >>

Fujifilm X100T review: Naughty but niche
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Fujifilm X100T review: Naughty but niche

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It only takes one glance at the Fujifilm X100T to know it's a special little camera. Or, perhaps more to the point, a specialist camera. The retro design, physical control dials, fixed 35mm f/2.0 (equivalent) lens, and a hybrid viewfinder make that pretty... >>

PlayStation 4 review: One year on, it's the choice console for gamers
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PlayStation 4 review: One year on, it's the choice console for gamers

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One year after its initial release, and to cap off two decades of PlayStation, the Sony PlayStation 4 finds itself in an esteemed position at the tail-end of 2014. The PS4 seems to be winning the new-generation console race against the Xbox One - at least,... >>

YotaPhone 2 review: Dual-screen phone will split the crowd
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YotaPhone 2 review: Dual-screen phone will split the crowd

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The idea of a dual-screen smartphone might sound as useful as a sixth toe, and when Russian company YotaPhone launched its device of the same name it didn't make us realise what we were missing. Design quirks, usage irks - it just didn't formulate into... >>

Paddington: The tech behind the much-loved bear's big screen debut

Paddington: The tech behind the much-loved bear's big screen debut

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Whatever age you are, there's something undeniably lovable about Paddington Bear. First brought to life in the 1958 book, he's since appeared on screen in almost every decade since the 1970s, from stop-motion animation to the hand-drawn Hanna-Barbera... >>

Music sounds better with... Andy C

Music sounds better with... Andy C

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Drum & bass legend Andy C has his roots firmly bedded in the underground music scene as the founder of RAM Records, but the wider public will be hearing a lot more from the man in the coming years. Hot from signing to Atlantic Records, the globe-trotting... >>

Sony Alpha A7 II review: E-mount evolution (hands-on)

Sony Alpha A7 II review: E-mount evolution (hands-on)

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This time last year the first-generation Sony A7 took the Pocket-lint Awards gong for best interchangeable lens camera. As a small-scale full-frame model with Sony's E-mount lens fitting, it had innovation clearly in its sights. But it wasn't quite perfect... >>

Grand Theft Auto 5 review: Bona fide thrill ride on PS4 and Xbox One
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Grand Theft Auto 5 review: Bona fide thrill ride on PS4 and Xbox One

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Grand Theft Auto 5 caused a stir when it was released more than a year ago, a stir that's all the more frenzied in its new-gen incarnation on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Why? Because now you can experience all the bloodshed, sleaze and profanity throughout... >>

TomTom Multi-Sport Cardio review: Six months in and we're sold
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TomTom Multi-Sport Cardio review: Six months in and we're sold

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The first TomTom Multi-Sport sportswatch was released around a year ago, catering for running, cycling and swimming activities. It did a fair job, but there were some loose ends that its follow-up, the Multi-Sport Cardio, tackles head-on. We've been using... >>

Nest Learning Thermostat review: Intelligent home heating never looked better
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Nest Learning Thermostat review: Intelligent home heating never looked better

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We've come to review Nest, the smart thermostat, in a bit of a backwards way. Installed at the height of the British summer (if such a thing actually exists?) at the end of July, we've not been using the central heating at home until within the last month.... >>

LittleBigPlanet 3 review: Dapper new threads
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LittleBigPlanet 3 review: Dapper new threads

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In a year when gaming has revolved around shooting aliens, shanking zombies, and slaying dragons, there's something wonderfully refreshing about playing a knitted Sackperson and running around inside the imagination. Or, as is the case in LittleBigPlanet... >>

Panasonic Viera TX-50AX802B 4K TV review: Ultra-high definition bargain
5.0 stars

Panasonic Viera TX-50AX802B 4K TV review: Ultra-high definition bargain

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We've been holding out on reviewing the Panasonic TX-50AX802 4K TV for some time. But now that time has come and the AX800 series is more relevant than ever thanks to the arrival of Netflix 4K. That, coupled with built-in tuners for Freeview HD and Freesat... >>

Apple iMac with Retina 5K display review: Pixel-packed powerhouse
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Apple iMac with Retina 5K display review: Pixel-packed powerhouse

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With ultra-high definition resolutions becoming increasingly commonplace, the desire for pixel-packed screens is bigger than ever. And the Apple iMac with Retina display surpasses the 4K trend that is eking its way into the home cinema space by offering... >>

Canon EOS 7D Mark II review: King of quality
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Canon EOS 7D Mark II review: King of quality

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To pinch the well-known slogan: good things come to those who wait. And wait we have. For the Canon EOS 7D Mark II is a DSLR that has shunned the typically frequent product cycle, instead taking five whole years to calculate its position in the market.... >>

Hands-on: Dell Venue 8 7000 review: World's thinnest tablet shows off 6mm chassis, 2K screen and camera smarts

Hands-on: Dell Venue 8 7000 review: World's thinnest tablet shows off 6mm chassis, 2K screen and camera smarts

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Thin is big business. And at just 6mm thick, the Dell Venue 8 7000 can call itself the world's thinnest tablet, which is a big deal. It's slimmer than the Apple iPad Air 2, which has certainly gained our attention. Having first seen the tablet unveiled... >>