Reviews

Nest 3.0 review: Learning Thermostat runs hot and cold
4.0 stars

Nest 3.0 review: Learning Thermostat runs hot and cold

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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 a wintry cold spell has really stuck... >>

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... >>

Sky Q first-look review: The future of multi-room television is now available to buy

Sky Q first-look review: The future of multi-room television is now available to buy

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When Sky originally launched its next generation Sky TV hardware at a dedicated event in London, it was very much a case of look but don't touch. The Sky Q system was present for brief demonstrations after the press conference, but we didn't get the... >>

PlayStation VR preview: Virtual reality for the gamers

PlayStation VR preview: Virtual reality for the gamers

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For much of its early life, Sony's foray into virtual reality was codenamed Project Morpheus. However, in September last year, during the Tokyo Game Show, it gave its first headset the, perhaps obvious, name of PlayStation VR. The product hasn't changed... >>

TomTom Spark Cardio + Music review: Feature-packed for fitness fun
4.0 stars

TomTom Spark Cardio + Music review: Feature-packed for fitness fun

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TomTom has diverged from personal navigation, seeing the company embrace sports devices in recent years. After an initial partnership with Nike, it stepped out on its own with the Multi-Sport and Multi-Sport Cardio sportswatches, the predecessors to this... >>

Audi R8 V10 Plus 2016 review: Praktisch durch technic
5.0 stars

Audi R8 V10 Plus 2016 review: Praktisch durch technic

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The notion of an everyday supercar is something of an oxymoron. A car that will destroy rivals on the race track, but still be perfectly practical popping to the supermarket when you run out of saffron. The first Audi R8 secured this position: in some... >>

Oculus Rift preview: The VR revolution begins here

Oculus Rift preview: The VR revolution begins here

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It has been almost four years in the making but the consumer model of the Oculus Rift is nearly upon us. It is available for pre-order now and will ship to some of the earliest backers from April. Having first appeared on Kickstarter in August 2012,... >>

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... >>

Honor 5X review: Cheap without the compromise?
4.0 stars

Honor 5X review: Cheap without the compromise?

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You might not know this but Huawei - the company that paired with Google last year to make the excellent Nexus 6P - has a sub-brand called Honor, which has just released a new budget phone. The Honor 5X is a sleek, mostly-metal phone that costs just £190... >>

Canon EOS 1D X Mark II hands-on preview: The fast and the furious

Canon EOS 1D X Mark II hands-on preview: The fast and the furious

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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 will replace both the original 1D X and video-focused 1D C models. But being unveiled approximately a month after Nikon lifted the lid on its... >>