Reviews & hands-on

  • Gadgets

    Hands-on: energyEGG review

    By 16 April 2012

    Not to be confused with the Energy Eggs that are homeopathic healing stones, the EnergyEGG from Treegreen is a wireless appliance control system that promises to switch off unused appliances when you leave the room. Interested to see how the gadget works...

  • Online

    Nest learning thermostat pictures and hands-on

    By 17 January 2012

    Thermostats are dull aren't they? But they do control half of the money that you fork out every year on energy, so it pays to have a good one. And by good one we, of course, mean one that looks like HAL from 2001: A Space Odyssey. Unlike HAL though, the...

  • Cars

    Toyota NS4 pictures and hands-on

    By 13 January 2012

    With the influx of electric cars, the Toyota and Lexus environmentally-friendly image halo - built up thanks to its leadership in hybrid cars - is under threat. So it’s no surprise to see this "NS4" concept appear in Detroit, and be badged with some...

  • Online

    Toshiba LED Louvre illumination: Pictures and bright-eyes on

    By 8 December 2011

    Toshiba has switched on the first part of its LED Louvre project, literally lighting up the world famous museum in a ceremony attended by Pocket-lint. The Japanese company showed off the first stage of its renewal of the external lighting at the site...

  • Cars

    VW Nils Concept pictures and hands-on

    By 20 September 2011

    The 2011 Frankfurt motor show's theme was clear to see: urban mobility. And while Audi and Opel brought very cool and interesting sub-car concepts, the one that deserves your greatest attention is the VW Nils. Why? Because this isn't concept car hocus-pocus....

  • Cars

    Vauxhall Ampera pictures and hands-on

    By 19 September 2011

    Last week, Pocket-lint got its hands on the very first Vauxhall Ampera to hit UK shores. This is not the finished car, but it's pretty close to it. Aside from having its steering wheel on the wrong side, it gives a very complete feel for how the UK model...

  • Online

    Chevrolet Volt hands-on

    By 28 January 2011

    Talk about electric cars today repeatedly boils down to one issue: range. Regardless of the fact that the average person drives just 19 miles each day, today’s electric car’s 100 mile range means that sooner or later, driving an electric car is going...

  • Online

    Savasocket Multi-Socket 6 hands-on

    By 25 November 2010

    People have been talking about the evil of “standby buttons” for some time. Even though manufacturers continue to make their products more efficient, they still use energy when on standby, just sitting around the house. Savasocket has a solution that...

  • Gadgets 4 out of 5

    Gocycle electric bike review

    By 24 June 2010

    We first saw the Gocycle at the London Cycle Show and we've been living with one to see how the electric bike copes with the rigours of London commuting. Cycling has been gaining popularity for commuters in London as people look for an alternative to...

  • Phones 3.5 out of 5

    Sony Ericsson Elm review

    By 27 April 2010

    Riding the green wave is the Sony Ericsson Elm, part of its GreenHeart range, which aims to be a more environmentally friendly mobile phone. We've seen a number of eco phones from different manufacturers and we don't always buy into the eco pitch: after...

  • Online 4 out of 5

    AlertMe Energy electricity monitor review

    By 14 January 2010

    You'll need two things to get the most out of this gadget. One is an insatiable thirst for burning fossil fuels. The other is a roomy electrical cabinet in your home. AlertMe Energy is a tool that clips to your meter and measures the amount of juice pumping...

  • Audio 4 out of 5

    Devotec Solar Sound Bluetooth Speakers review

    By 14 August 2009

    Sometimes you don't know you want something until you actually get it. In this case, it's the Devotec Solar Sound Bluetooth Speakers, which have been a god send over the past few weeks. The speakers themselves have a very similar shape to a Battenberg...

  • Online 3 out of 5

    Current Cost CC128 ENVI electricity monitor review

    By 31 July 2009

    We are all doomed unless we start caring about the environment and as many scientists and eco warriors will tell you, that means turning things off. The news is likely to come as an annoyance to you, you gadget loving fiend, so the Current Cost CC128...

  • Audio 3.5 out of 5

    Eton FR140 Microlink radio review

    By 8 July 2009

    So you decided that camping was the best option for this year's holiday. You're sitting in a field, in your tent, in the rain. Sound familiar? Perhaps the Eton FR140 can give you a bit of a lift. Compact, measuring 130 x 60 x 44, and weighing about 200g,...

  • Online 2.5 out of 5

    PowerPlus Piranha wind-up electric shaver review

    By 13 May 2009

    Hand crankable bike lights, torches, radios and phone chargers are one thing, but a wind-up electric shaver? We have, quite literally, put our neck on the line to see if the Piranha from PowerPlus can really cut it. With two flexible rotary heads, a pop-up...