Reviews & hands-on

  • Phones

    Hands-on: Jawbone Era review

    By 8 April 2014

    Bluetooth headsets have been around for years, but only now in the age of multiple mics, fast charging and low power Bluetooth 4.0 are they really becoming an all day gadget. Jawbone, one of the pioneers of Bluetooth headsets, has just released its new...

  • Audio

    Panasonic ALL multi-room speakers pictures and first listen

    By 26 March 2014

    Panasonic announced a new line-up of wireless multi-room speakers at CES 2014 and confirmed that they will be available in Europe at the Panasonic Convention 2014 in Amsterdam this week.  The multi-room speaker system - called ALL - comprises of a number...

  • Home Cinema 4.5 out of 5

    Denon DHT-T100 review

    By 3 March 2014

    Speaker bases have appeared from all corners recently, their purpose to offer an upgrade over your TV's built-in speakers but without the need for a full speaker setup or soundbar. Denon's DHT-T100 offering lives directly under the TV to keep it tucked...

  • Tablets

    Hands-on: Boogie Board Sync 9.7 LCD eWriter with Bluetooth review

    By 19 February 2014

    Improv Electronics is currently at the 2014 NYC Toy Fair, where it has highlighted a tablet for both kids and adults. Actually, it is a 9.7-inch electronic notebook called the Boogie Board Sync.  The Sync, which originally debuted in 2013, features...

  • Audio

    Hands-on: Bayan Audio Soundbook X3 review

    By 16 December 2013

    Bluetooth speakers are all the rage, but if you’re looking for a slice of audio product hot stuff to adorn your bookshelf or desk then British manufacturer Bayan Audio might have just the ticket in the Soundbook X3. The name is a clue to the product’s...

  • Home Cinema 4 out of 5

    Onkyo LS-T10 review

    By 13 December 2013

    One of the emerging trends of 2013 has been the speaker base. They've appeared from all quarters - including Onkyo, here with the LS-T10 - looking to resolve that issue of poor TV sound, but without treading down the full AV receiver and surround sound...

  • Audio 4.5 out of 5

    Divoom OnBeat 500 review

    By 13 October 2013

    Bluetooth speakers are spilling out of every corner of every manufacturer at the moment and we're seeing swathes of new names surfacing too. Divoom is one of those names that you might not immediately familiar with, and that might put a question mark...

  • Audio 5 out of 5

    Arcam rBlink review

    By 19 September 2013

    There was a time when sending audio via Bluetooth was something audiophiles would just not do. Indeed, perhaps many of them still wouldn't, but you can tell the tide is turning when Arcam - the company well known for its multimedia prowess - jumps on...

  • Gadgets

    'Smart coffee' via iPad: We make our favourite cup using a Saeco GranBaristo Avanti Bluetooth prototype

    By 9 September 2013

    Coffee is a fiddly business. The wrong beans, too much milk, not enough foam, bad crema, and all that stuff. We all have our favourite cup and now Philips has revealed a way it thinks you can get it just right each and every time. The answer? An iPad...

  • Audio 4.5 out of 5

    Loewe Speaker 2go review

    By 22 July 2013

    Unless you have a fair wodge of cash to spend, there's a chance that you've never looked at Loewe. Except, perhaps, in passing fascination, the same way that you gawp at a passing Ferrari. Purveyors of high-end televisions, Loewe isn't short of innovation,...

  • Cars 4.5 out of 5

    TomTom Go 500 review

    By 27 June 2013

    With a totally new user interface and a re-thinking of exactly how it delivers connected services, the latest TomTom personal navigation devices feel like something of a rebirth. With all smartphones offering navigation in some form, many have been predicting...

  • Audio

    Hands-on: Bose SoundLink Mini review

    By 4 June 2013

    It's been more than 18 months since Bose launched its SoundLink wireless Bluetooth speaker and the audio market has shifted since, to devices that are even more portable than that classic, radio-looking device. That's why the company has been busy beavering...

  • Audio

    Hands-on: Native Union Switch portable Bluetooth speaker review

    By 15 April 2013

    The portable speaker market is rapidly becoming a packed one, with plenty of choice for those who want to play their tunes without having to dock their smartphone or tablet device. Beats by Dr Dre has recently added its Pill speaker to the mix, and Jawbone...

  • Audio 4.5 out of 5

    Cambridge Audio Minx Air 200 review

    By 27 March 2013

    Sorry, can you speak up a bit - said, perhaps a little too loudly. We've recently had a fairly ear-splitting experience with a portable speaker system. The speaker in question was the Minx Air 200 from Cambridge Audio. The ear-splitting experience came...

  • Audio 4.5 out of 5

    Philips Fidelio P9 review

    By 26 March 2013

    There’s no shortage of portable Bluetooth speakers these days, bringing the advantage of portability and universal connectivity so you can get the music off your phone and out to your friends. The emerging premium market sees the entrance from Philips...