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Vax Air Revolve Pet review: The funky, new-wave vacuum cleaner
4.5 stars

Vax Air Revolve Pet review: The funky, new-wave vacuum cleaner

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Builder's dust. If you know it well, then you know just what it can do. And having caused our previous vacuum cleaner to meet an early grave, we needed a new and powerful lil sucker to replace it.Enter the Vax Air Revolve Pet, a bagless vacuum cleaner... >>

Mad Catz Lynx 9 mobile gaming controller is as cool (and complex) as the Batcycle (hands-on)

Mad Catz Lynx 9 mobile gaming controller is as cool (and complex) as the Batcycle (hands-on)

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At first glance you might think you're looking at a maquette of the Batcycle. Or, based on another picture, maybe the Batarang. But, no, this is the Mad Catz Lynx 9, a mobile gaming controller that can cater for phones, phablets, tablets and pretty much... >>

Acer Revo One RL85: The mini PC for work and play (hands-on)

Acer Revo One RL85: The mini PC for work and play (hands-on)

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It's not the first time we've seen a mini PC, but the Acer Revo One RL85's dinky one-litre scale means you can wave goodbye to the bulky tower of old, while its versatile feature set means it's more than just a PC.Indeed, by default it comes boxed with... >>

'Nintendo NX' console in the works for 2017, Wii U not final hardware venture

'Nintendo NX' console in the works for 2017, Wii U not final hardware venture

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Tuesday 17 March may as well be called Nintendo day. In addition to unveiling official plans to bring Nintendo characters to mobile phones and tablets in the future, the Japanese company has also confirmed the Wii U won't be its last hardware venture:... >>

Mario coming to phones and tablets, as Nintendo officially focuses on apps

Mario coming to phones and tablets, as Nintendo officially focuses on apps

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Not the owner of a Nintendo Wii U or 3DS? Well it could still be 1-Up for you, as Nintendo announces a partnership with Japanese publisher DeNA to bring its famous characters to mobile platforms. That could mean Mario for Android, Zelda for iPhone, or... >>

Samsung Galaxy A5 review: Marvellous exterior, mid-range interior
4.5 stars

Samsung Galaxy A5 review: Marvellous exterior, mid-range interior

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In this job we are constantly jostling between different phones. Often they're the latest and greatest handsets, so when a mid-range model such as the Samsung Galaxy A5 comes along we tend to cross our fingers and hope there will be something standout... >>

The Vamp review: Raising old speakers from the dead
4.0 stars

The Vamp review: Raising old speakers from the dead

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Got an old speaker knocking around? The Vamp can easily turn it into a Bluetooth speaker to receive wireless audio from phone, laptop or other Bluetooth devices.The audio equivalent of a vampire bat - “re-vamp” is the official name inspiration, but... >>

Uncharted 4 delayed until spring 2016, Microsoft dancing in the streets with Tomb Raider exclusive

Uncharted 4 delayed until spring 2016, Microsoft dancing in the streets with Tomb Raider exclusive

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If you've been eagerly awaiting Nathan Drake's return in Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, then you might want to freeze that excitement - the PlayStation 4 exclusive has been pushed back to a spring 2016 release date.That represents a delay of several months... >>

Olympus Stylus SH-2 compact camera boasts 5-axis stabilisation, cheaper price point than predecessor

Olympus Stylus SH-2 compact camera boasts 5-axis stabilisation, cheaper price point than predecessor

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Movie remakes, they're all the rage at the moment. Take a perfectly good flick and recreate it, often scene for scene. Which is a bit like the Olympus Stylus SH-2 compact camera: it's a carbon copy of its SH-1 predecessor from last year, adding only a... >>

Motorola Moto E (2015) review: The budget phone to beat
4.5 stars

Motorola Moto E (2015) review: The budget phone to beat

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The original Motorola Moto E is an awesome budget smartphone, but largely because, at £89, it's so cheap. Its follow-up, the second-generation 2015 model, makes a few nips and tucks to the original's design principles, adds a slightly bigger screen and... >>

Toyota i-Road: The electronic Boris bike of the future?

Toyota i-Road: The electronic Boris bike of the future?

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Transport is changing. Emissions caps are tightening, owning a car in the big city is increasingly prohibitive, and commuters are ever mindful of electronic or hybrid options as alternative ways to get around – often proving both cheaper and faster.While... >>

Watch as Fujitsu iris recognition tech unlocks smartphone at a glance, literally (video)

Watch as Fujitsu iris recognition tech unlocks smartphone at a glance, literally (video)

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Phone access has evolved beyond a PIN code or screen swipe. Fingerprint scanners? So last year. Retina scanning, as per the ZTE Grand S3? A step forward. But none are a patch on just how impressive Fujitsu's iris recognition technology is, as we experienced... >>

Dell XPS 13 review (2015): To infinity and beyond
5.0 stars

Dell XPS 13 review (2015): To infinity and beyond

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After company privatisation and realigning its focus for the business market, Dell has only gone and launched the most desirable 13-inch consumer laptop that we've ever seen: the 2015 version of the XPS 13.But business, consumer, whatever label is put... >>

Wolfenstein returns this May: The Old Blood is a standalone downloadable title for new-gen consoles and PC

Wolfenstein returns this May: The Old Blood is a standalone downloadable title for new-gen consoles and PC

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When B.J. Blazkowicz came blasting onto our screens once again in Wolfenstein: The New Order back in 2014, we were rather taken by the first-person shooter that MachineGames and Bethesda had made. Come May this year The Old Blood, a follow-up and standalone... >>

Kazam Tornado 552L: Slender 5.2-inch smartphone has got the looks (hands-on)

Kazam Tornado 552L: Slender 5.2-inch smartphone has got the looks (hands-on)

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Kazam - sounds like some kind of magic word, doesn't it? And in the mobile phone market, perhaps it is. For this European-only brand has just launched its latest super-thin phone: the Kazam Tornado 552L.The smattering of letters and numbers might not... >>

Forget Android Wear, MyKronoz ZePhone is a full Android smartwatch (hands-on)

Forget Android Wear, MyKronoz ZePhone is a full Android smartwatch (hands-on)

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When is a smartwatch more than just a smartwatch? When it's a wrist-strapped phone, that's when. The MyKronoz ZePhone is exactly that: a giant scale watch that doesn't run Android Wear like so many competitors, but is built on full Android (version 4.2)... >>

Want to unlock your smartphone with your eyes? The ZTE Grand S3's retina scanning tech can do just that (hands-on)

Want to unlock your smartphone with your eyes? The ZTE Grand S3's retina scanning tech can do just that (hands-on)

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Biometrics. Now that's a word we'll be hearing more of in the world of tech. Having seen plenty of fingerprint scanners on phones in recent years, the ZTE Grand S3 goes one step further: incorporating EyeVerify retina scanning technology, which can be... >>

Lenovo Vibe Shot is an interesing camera phone, but its name gives off bad vibes (hands-on)

Lenovo Vibe Shot is an interesing camera phone, but its name gives off bad vibes (hands-on)

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Phone camera or camera phone? Increasingly more people turn to their phones to take snaps rather than owning a dedicated camera system and Lenovo has its own push to try and win over camera-centric customers: the Vibe Shot.Despite the terrible name and... >>

Lenovo Tab 2 A8 gets Lollipop love and a dash of Dolby Atmos (hands on)

Lenovo Tab 2 A8 gets Lollipop love and a dash of Dolby Atmos (hands on)

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Tablets of all shapes and sizes are ten a penny these days, making it harder to stand out from the crowd. The latest budget Lenovo Tab 2 A8 8-inch tablet has a good stab at it though, introducing a neater, tidier Android Lollipop user experience - which... >>

Samsung Galaxy S6 camera explored: Is this the best phone camera to date?

Samsung Galaxy S6 camera explored: Is this the best phone camera to date?

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Samsung didn't only shout loudly about the new Galaxy S6 and S6 edge designs at its Unpacked conference at this year's Mobile World Congress, it also made some major boasts about the new camera. 
Here's the skinny: both front and rear cameras utilise... >>

Hands-on: Motorola Moto E (2015) review: Budget champion gets 4G, bigger screen, Lollipop refresh

Hands-on: Motorola Moto E (2015) review: Budget champion gets 4G, bigger screen, Lollipop refresh

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The budget smartphone champion Motorola Moto E has arrived in its 2015 refresh, now with speedy 4G capability. And by arrived we mean literally: a semi-surprise pre-Mobile World Congress delivery arrived at the office ahead of the show. Is it still the... >>

What does Firefox OS bring to Panasonic TVs? 10 key features explored

What does Firefox OS bring to Panasonic TVs? 10 key features explored

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It's the year when smart TVs get even smarter thanks to advancing operating systems. We've seen LG webOS, Android TV used in Philips sets, Tizen for Samsung, and now Firefox OS makes its way to the latest Panasonic 4K TVs.Mozilla Firefox is a well-known... >>

Ultimate Ears UE Megaboom review: Boom and bass
5.0 stars

Ultimate Ears UE Megaboom review: Boom and bass

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When we reviewed the original UE Boom, we thought it was the best portable Bluetooth audio speaker since sliced bread. But for when you want a thicker slice, with a greater dollop of bass spread, there's the UE Megaboom.Bigger scale, bigger sound, but... >>

Panasonic enters curved TV market: Viera CR850 heads-up 4K LED range for 2015

Panasonic enters curved TV market: Viera CR850 heads-up 4K LED range for 2015

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Panasonic has been behind the curve when it comes to curved TVs (terrible pun intended), only teasing a 4K prototype at the Consumer Electronics Show 2015. Now, at its annual company press conference, that model has been given a production name: the Viera... >>

Toshiba Chromebook 2 review: Finally a Chromebook worth buying
4.0 stars

Toshiba Chromebook 2 review: Finally a Chromebook worth buying

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We've always admired the Google Chromebook laptop concept and its attempt to deliver an affordable, easy to use, online-focused platform. Problem is, every manufacturer (ignoring Google itself with the ultra-expensive Pixel model) has shoehorned poor... >>

Panasonic Toughbook CF-54: One tough laptop, now slimmer than ever

Panasonic Toughbook CF-54: One tough laptop, now slimmer than ever

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Business is tough, which is why Panasonic wants the company you work for to invest in its Toughbook laptops for field work, with the newly announced CF-54 heading up the range.In an attempt to shed the considerable bulk and weight associated with such... >>

Hands-on: Olympus OM-D E-M5 II review: Adding extra muscle to the OM-D line

Hands-on: Olympus OM-D E-M5 II review: Adding extra muscle to the OM-D line

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Having first seen the new Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II a week ago - having aligned its products into their hierarchical roles, Olympus is now "doing a Canon" with its models, hence the "MkII" name - we've since explored the camera's capabilities at the Olympus... >>

Nikon Coolpix P610 superzoom: Serving a familiar 60x optical zoom with NFC side portion

Nikon Coolpix P610 superzoom: Serving a familiar 60x optical zoom with NFC side portion

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It's camera season, with the CP+ show underway in Japan, and Nikon has unveiled the new king in its superzoom series: the Coolpix P610.This 60x optical zoom superzoom delivers a 24-1440mm equivalent zoom, just the same as its P600 predecessor, for shooting... >>

Nikon Coolpix S9900: 30x zoom compact adds vari-angle screen for extra flexibility

Nikon Coolpix S9900: 30x zoom compact adds vari-angle screen for extra flexibility

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On the face of it the Nikon Coolpix S9900 looks the same as last year's S9700 model, featuring the same 25-750mm equivalent zoom lens and back-lit 16-megapixel senso. Flip it round, however, and its newly appointed 3-inch vari-angle screen ads an extra... >>

Panasonic Lumix GF7 review: Serious, but not just about selfies
4.0 stars

Panasonic Lumix GF7 review: Serious, but not just about selfies

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Welcome to generation selfie. The Panasonic Lumix GF7 is the follow-up to 2013's GF6, complete with flip-forward screen for taking those delightfully pouty shots. And if that premise hasn't got you hooked then fear not - as the latest in the entry-level... >>

Canon EOS 750D and 760D: Similar features, different designs, more choice (hands-on)

Canon EOS 750D and 760D: Similar features, different designs, more choice (hands-on)

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Now here's something we didn't expect: Canon unveiled not one, but two new mid-range DSLR cameras to its EOS lineup. The new EOS 750D and 760D are like the filling in a Canon sandwich, sat above the existing EOS 700D, but below the 70D in terms of rank.The... >>

Hands-on: Canon EOS M3 review: Still behind the mirrorless market curve

Hands-on: Canon EOS M3 review: Still behind the mirrorless market curve

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Canon makes great DSLR cameras, there's no doubt about that. But in 2012 when the company dipped into the mirrorless market with the EOS M, it was unusually behind the curve. The EOS M2 appeared in Asia to try and fill a gap, some firmware update appeared... >>

Canon EOS 5DS vs 5DS R: What's the difference? 50-megapixel DSLR camera specs explored

Canon EOS 5DS vs 5DS R: What's the difference? 50-megapixel DSLR camera specs explored

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Think that the Nikon D810 is high resolution? Think again. Canon has unveiled the EOS 5DS and 5DS R models, each boasting a 50.6-megapixel full-frame sensor at their core, making them the highest-resolution DSLR cameras on the market.So what's the difference... >>

Canon PowerShot G3 X superzoom incoming: 1-inch sensor, 25x optical zoom compact teased

Canon PowerShot G3 X superzoom incoming: 1-inch sensor, 25x optical zoom compact teased

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Everyone loves a superzoom, and Canon has set its sights on the top-end of the market with the initial unveiling of the PowerShot G3 X.And it's not doing things by half measures. Featuring a 1-inch sensor for heightened image quality, the camera also... >>

Canon EOS 750D vs 760D: What's the difference? Mid-weight DSLR showdown

Canon EOS 750D vs 760D: What's the difference? Mid-weight DSLR showdown

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Canon has unveiled not one, but two new mid-range DSLR cameras to its lineup, making for a busier EOS range than ever before. The new EOS 750D and 760D are like the filling in a Canon sandwich, sat above the existing EOS 700D, but below the 70D in terms... >>

Samsung NX500 pinches NX1’s 28MP sensor and 4K video abilities, condenses into portable size

Samsung NX500 pinches NX1’s 28MP sensor and 4K video abilities, condenses into portable size

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It's camera season ahead of the CP+ show in Japan, with Samsung taking turn to unveil its latest Tizen-based compact system camera: the NX500.The replacement model of 2013's NX300, the NX500 pinches the top-end NX1 model's core innards, including the... >>

Dali Kubik One review: One serious soundbar
4.5 stars

Dali Kubik One review: One serious soundbar

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The Dali Kubik One is a statement soundbar if we ever saw one; the pillar box red model in particular being as eye-catching as it is ear-catching.Surprisingly the Danish manufacturer, synonymous with quality standalone audio products, hasn't ventured... >>

Samsung Gear VR review: Days of Future Past
3.0 stars

Samsung Gear VR review: Days of Future Past

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VR, or virtual reality, 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, it's Korean giant Samsung that's now here to, well, try and sell some more phones... >>

Panasonic Lumix TZ70 review: The do-it-all compact camera to beat
4.5 stars

Panasonic Lumix TZ70 review: The do-it-all compact camera to beat

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There are a growing number of pocketable do-it-all compact cameras on the market vying for attention, with the Panasonic Lumix TZ70 aiming to be cream of the crop. This pocketable travel compact squeezes an electronic viewfinder and 30x optical zoom lens... >>

Sony Alpha A5100 review: Compact-a-like
4.0 stars

Sony Alpha A5100 review: Compact-a-like

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Since Sony dropped its NEX branding and blanketed its compact system camera line with the Alpha brand name, the range has not morphed dramatically, simply divided itself into different schools of thought: those seeking a compact alternative, and those... >>

Denon Envaya Mini review: Massive sound from mini Bluetooth speaker
5.0 stars

Denon Envaya Mini review: Massive sound from mini Bluetooth speaker

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Portable Bluetooth speakers have been appearing in their droves over the last few years, at a range of different price points, from manufacturers both known and new, making the qualm of which to buy all the more trying.Denon may have just solved that... >>

Panasonic Lumix GM5 review: Mini system camera has high-end compacts in its sights
4.5 stars

Panasonic Lumix GM5 review: Mini system camera has high-end compacts in its sights

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Panasonic rules the roost when it comes to dinky compact system cameras, with 2013's Lumix GM1 establishing a strong position in the market.How to update such a seemingly perfect pocketable interchangeable lens camera? Plonk a viewfinder in it and add... >>

Libratone Diva soundbar review: Woolly mammoth
4.5 stars

Libratone Diva soundbar review: Woolly mammoth

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Lots of great things come out of Denmark. Lego, red cattle, famous chefs, and now wool-covered Bluetooth soundbars. That last one is exactly what Diva, the all-in-one speaker system with a woollen jacket by Danish audio manufacturer Libratone, is all... >>

Audio-Technica ATH-MSR7 headphones review: Neutral over-ears are positively priced
5.0 stars

Audio-Technica ATH-MSR7 headphones review: Neutral over-ears are positively priced

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We've been seeing over-ear headphones rain from the skies over the last couple of years, as one of the fastest expanding areas in tech. With new names entering the fold, the long-time established brands, such as Audio-Technica, are fighting back with... >>

Samsung NX1 review: The new-age DSLR successor?
4.5 stars

Samsung NX1 review: The new-age DSLR successor?

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After wrapping up its Pentax clone GX-series DSLR line in 2009, Samsung has spent time furrowing its own path back into the camera market with its NX-series compact system cameras. The latest of which, the Samsung NX1, isn't afraid of going large: it's... >>

Hands-on: Nikon D5500 review: Is Nikon's first touchscreen DSLR too late to the game?

Hands-on: Nikon D5500 review: Is Nikon's first touchscreen DSLR too late to the game?

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It's a curious time in the world of cameras right now, with boundaries ever-blurring, but new technologies incremental rather than revolutionary. The arrival of the Nikon D5500, which is the company's first ever touchscreen DSLR, looks to fend off the... >>

Bang & Olufsen BeoSound Moment wireless music system is fronted by touch-sensitive wood interface

Bang & Olufsen BeoSound Moment wireless music system is fronted by touch-sensitive wood interface

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Bang & Olufsen, the high-end audio manufacturer, isn't a company to do things by half measures. Using the Consumer Electronics Show 2015 as its platform, the Danish company has unveiled its latest wireless music system: the BeoSound Moment.Described as... >>

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... >>