Reviews

For Honor review: The must-have multiplayer for 2017
4.0 stars

For Honor review: The must-have multiplayer for 2017

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Swordplay has long been a staple of videogames, but primarily on the PC: it's much easier to emulate fencing-type skills with a keyboard and mouse than a typical console gamepad.However, For Honor – a bold new mediaeval-style IP from Ubisoft that pitches... >>

Neato Botvac D5 Connected review: A Dyson 360 Eye competitor?
4.0 stars

Neato Botvac D5 Connected review: A Dyson 360 Eye competitor?

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Robot vacuum cleaners are becoming more popular with several big players now in the market, including Dyson. Some are great, others not so much, but all of them are pricey, typically costing upwards of £600.Neato brought the cost down a little with the... >>

Smart Electric Drive (2017) first drive: Nippy inner-city transport sprouts a plug socket

Smart Electric Drive (2017) first drive: Nippy inner-city transport sprouts a plug socket

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Stop anyone in the street and ask them to name the electric car pioneers and it's likely the big names will make up the majority of answers: the Renault Zoe, Nissan Leaf and Elon Musk's Tesla Model S.It might be difficult to comprehend but Smart has been... >>

Horizon Zero Dawn review: The best-looking game on PS4 by far
5.0 stars

Horizon Zero Dawn review: The best-looking game on PS4 by far

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There is something hugely satisfying in booting up an all-new intellectual property in gaming, not least one that has been subject to a fierce hype machine for the last couple of years. Even more satisfying to find out it's good. Scrub that. It's great;... >>

Amazon Fire TV Stick (2017) preview: Alexa on TV for £40

Amazon Fire TV Stick (2017) preview: Alexa on TV for £40

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Since Amazon launched its own media streaming device, it has successfully refreshed the main set-top-box, adding faster processing, better remote access, 4K Ultra HD support and, in recent times, an all-new user experience. Its Fire TV Stick remained... >>

Panasonic Lumix GX800 review: An affable, affordable entry-level mirrorless camera
4.0 stars

Panasonic Lumix GX800 review: An affable, affordable entry-level mirrorless camera

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We thought the era of Panasonic making palm-sized compact system cameras was over: the earlier GF7 model was the last sighting of small-scale, as the GF8 was skipped in the UK. But, as it turns out, that's not the Japanese camera maker's approach: the... >>

BMW 5-Series (2017) review: Saloon car perfection?
5.0 stars

BMW 5-Series (2017) review: Saloon car perfection?

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The last-generation BMW 5 Series sold more than two million units worldwide. Two million. To put that into perspective: between 2010 and 2015 Porsche built just over two million cars in total, across its entire range.It is, therefore, not hard to see... >>

Project Cars 2 gameplay preview: Racing realism amplified to new heights

Project Cars 2 gameplay preview: Racing realism amplified to new heights

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The roaring success of Project Cars was one of 2015's most heart-warming feel-good stories. You may remember it as the game that seemingly rose without trace: created by hitherto somewhat obscure UK indie studio Slightly Mad Games, it was crowdfunded... >>

Rockjaw Resonate review: Rock solid audio with a price that resonates
4.0 stars

Rockjaw Resonate review: Rock solid audio with a price that resonates

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In the world of popular brands like Beats, Bose and Sony, it can be hard to make a name for yourself as a headphone manufacturer. The best way to do so is to release headphones that offer fantastic versatility, audio and build quality, for as little outlay... >>

Denon AH-C821 review: Big sound in a small package
4.5 stars

Denon AH-C821 review: Big sound in a small package

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Good in-ear headphones have always been able to deliver decent levels of bass thanks to their proximity to your ear and tight seal. But the majority of pairs still lack real driving power, which is something you can only really get from a pair of on-... >>

Panasonic EZ1002 OLED TV preview: Stunning OLED punch paired with audio prowess

Panasonic EZ1002 OLED TV preview: Stunning OLED punch paired with audio prowess

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Panasonic announced its return to OLED TVs at IFA 2016, and subsequently unveiled the EZ1000 series at CES 2017. Originally announced as a 65-inch model, Panasonic has now expanded this offering, adding a 77-inch model to the choices for its flagship... >>

Bragi Dash review: The sound of the future?
3.5 stars

Bragi Dash review: The sound of the future?

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Before Apple Airpods came and brought everyone's attention to the truly wireless earphone market, and before so many other companies like Motorola, Samsung and Jabra jumped on board, there was Bragi.At the time of its announcement and Kickstarter launch,... >>

1More C1002 in-ear headphones review: Design positives negated by high-freq excess
3.5 stars

1More C1002 in-ear headphones review: Design positives negated by high-freq excess

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1More is a relatively new headphone brand to the UK. The team sitting at the top used to work for Foxconn, so are well resourced and have a good knowledge of the consumer electronics market. The company has a heavy presence in Taiwan and is now making... >>

Beats X headphones review: Bass marks the spot
4.0 stars

Beats X headphones review: Bass marks the spot

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Beats X are the Apple-owned company's attempt at a lightweight in-ear listening experience with good battery life and, in hallmark Beats style, plenty of bass to boot.They're not wireless like the Apple AirPods, nor specifically sport-focused despite... >>

Prey gameplay preview: Bethesda reboot looks set to live up to expectations

Prey gameplay preview: Bethesda reboot looks set to live up to expectations

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So-called development hell – into which games can fall when they just, for whatever reason, aren't coming together – can, it seems, sometimes be a good thing. That's certainly true in the case of Prey – originally mooted as the sequel to 2006's... >>

Canon EOS 800D preview: Mid-range made accessible

Canon EOS 800D preview: Mid-range made accessible

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Canon is bulking out its EOS range with a number of new DSLR models, the 800D taking on a more beginner role than its also-announced step-up 77D cousin.Between the two new models, certainly in terms of specification, there's not a great deal of difference.... >>

Canon EOS M6 preview: Canon's top-end mirrorless, minus the viewfinder

Canon EOS M6 preview: Canon's top-end mirrorless, minus the viewfinder

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The Canon take on the mirrorless camera market has been interesting (you can read that as generally disappointing): having lackadaisically introduced the sub-par M-series system in a bid to - and this is how we see it - avoid undercutting its own DSLR... >>

Canon EOS 77D preview: Lucky 7s for the '80D lite'?

Canon EOS 77D preview: Lucky 7s for the '80D lite'?

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You've probably heard it time and again: "cameras are dying". Well, not according to Canon. The Japanese camera maker seems to be investing in a DSLR for every possible user, with the new EOS 77D fitting in beneath its 80D mid-ranger to carve out a new... >>

Samsung Gear Fit 2 review: Fit Up, Look Sharp
4.0 stars

Samsung Gear Fit 2 review: Fit Up, Look Sharp

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Between the Gear S3 Frontier and the Gear IconX smart headphones Samsung already has a healthy collection of wearable tech to hand. The Samsung Gear Fit 2, however, is something different. Not just from what Samsung has on offer, but different from the... >>

Sniper Elite 4 review: Super sharp-shooter enters the big league
4.5 stars

Sniper Elite 4 review: Super sharp-shooter enters the big league

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Sniper Elite may not be the most glamorous of games franchises, but since the first game was launched in 2005, Oxford-based developer Rebellion's stealth-and-sniping shooter has quietly amassed a notable following – cumulatively, the franchise has passed... >>

HTC 10 review: Welcome back to the premier league
4.5 stars

HTC 10 review: Welcome back to the premier league

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If there's any smartphone manufacturer that deserves a second chance it's HTC. We can credit HTC for much of what we love about smartphones today. It popularised Android, it pushed premium metal design and build quality, and focused on user experience.HTC... >>

Honda Civic 2017 first drive: Classic hatch gets a millennial makeover

Honda Civic 2017 first drive: Classic hatch gets a millennial makeover

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The Honda Civic is a funny old car. It's a real challenge to pinpoint who, exactly, it's aimed at, yet equally difficult to fault - despite historically boasting a number of irksome quirks.For example, most owners seem to be the reserved type, well into... >>

Honor 6X preview: Dual cameras for half the price

Honor 6X preview: Dual cameras for half the price

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Honor made a big song and dance about its 6X smartphone 'launch' at this year's CES in Las Vegas. Which was a bit odd for a phone that's been available in China since the later part of 2016. George Zhao, Honor CEO, took to the stage and spent far too... >>

Philips 901F OLED TV with Ambilight review: A cracking 4K OLED debut
4.0 stars

Philips 901F OLED TV with Ambilight review: A cracking 4K OLED debut

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This year is fast shaping up to be the year of OLED, with a raft of hot new TV screens set to join LG's vanishingly thin vanguard. Both Panasonic and Sony will offer high-end OLED screens as part of their 2017 line-ups, but the first brand convert out... >>

Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 review: Brilliant audio from the Bluetooth king
4.0 stars

Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 review: Brilliant audio from the Bluetooth king

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Plantronics may have a big name in the world of hands-free Bluetooth equipment, but it's not widely regarded as a premium headphone company.Our time with the BackBeat Pro 2 has taught us that it's a definitely a company worth considering if you're looking... >>