Reviews

Splatoon 2 review: More glorious sploshy platform-shooter cleverness
4.5 stars

Splatoon 2 review: More glorious sploshy platform-shooter cleverness

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The Wii U may have been an unmitigated flop, but at least one good game came out of it: Splatoon. The clever, third-person ink-shooting platformer seemed to emerge fully formed, and somehow managed to establish itself as a sort of starter e-sport, even... >>

Sony A6500 review: A mini mirrorless powerhouse
4.5 stars

Sony A6500 review: A mini mirrorless powerhouse

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The Sony A6500 is the company's 2017 flagship mirrorless camera with a crop sensor, sitting below the Sony A7 full-frame line-up.The A6500 joins an already bustling series across the wider A6000 range, with several cameras at different specifications... >>

Moto Z2 Play review: All the mod cons
4.0 stars

Moto Z2 Play review: All the mod cons

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Modular phones are in a rather interesting spot. At the end of 2016 Google canned Project Ara, its open-source modular mobile project. In 2017, the latest LG G-series unceremoniously ditched the company's lacklustre "Friends" modules. Motorola, on the... >>

Acer Switch 5 review: The silent Surface killer?
4.0 stars

Acer Switch 5 review: The silent Surface killer?

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If you're in the market for a 2-in-1 device then there's an increasing amount of choice when it comes to powerful Windows tablets with magnetic clip-on keyboards. And the Acer Switch 5 has all the spec prowess to take on the Microsoft Surface.It's not... >>

Nest Cam IQ review: Great home security lacks an intelligent asking price
4.0 stars

Nest Cam IQ review: Great home security lacks an intelligent asking price

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The personal home security market is on the up, thanks to reduced costs and size of components required to make it all work. Now, we no longer need a dedicated room to setup recorders and monitors, all we need is a small camera and an internet connection.That's... >>

Netgear Arlo review: Keeping a close eye on home
4.0 stars

Netgear Arlo review: Keeping a close eye on home

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The inevitable deluge of smart home devices has covered three main categories: lighting, heating and home cameras. Whether you're looking for a security system, or just a way to keep an eye on what's going on at home, connected cameras are available... >>

Canary Flex review: The affordable all-weather home Wi-Fi camera
3.5 stars

Canary Flex review: The affordable all-weather home Wi-Fi camera

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Canary's second entry into the cloud-based home security camera arena comes in the form of the Canary Flex. This new camera is designed to be versatile and easy-to-use. Place it anywhere in your home for peace of mind when you're away, or to capture footage... >>

Apple 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display (2017) review: All-in-one and one-for-all
4.5 stars

Apple 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display (2017) review: All-in-one and one-for-all

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The Apple iMac range has received a spec boost for 2017, promising better screen technology, more processing power, Thunderbolt 3 slots and more. But should you be excited by these additions?We've been using the new 27-inch 5K iMac to get a feel for the... >>

Mini Countryman Cooper S E preview: Mini's first electric hybrid hits the road

Mini Countryman Cooper S E preview: Mini's first electric hybrid hits the road

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By its own management's admission the Mini brand has overstretched itself. Like a greedy child with eyes bigger than its belly, the once maker of an uber-compact car has seen its range balloon. Now Mini makes a whole host of options, including cabrios,... >>

BMW 530e plug-in hybrid preview: The best of both worlds?

BMW 530e plug-in hybrid preview: The best of both worlds?

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The new BMW 5-Series is a car we already know to be talented. In our 5-star review of the upper-spec 530d, we said that, judged in isolation, it goes "straight to the top of the class". That's a class which includes the Mercedes E-Class, which when we... >>

Bragi Dash Pro review: All the smarts in a convenient, wire-free earphone
4.5 stars

Bragi Dash Pro review: All the smarts in a convenient, wire-free earphone

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We're halfway through 2017 and at the point where a large number of companies are building completely wire-free earphones. Even the low-cost Chinese manufacturers are shipping them via Amazon. But when you look back, it was Bragi that initially pushed... >>

Audi RS5 (2017) review: Pedal to the metal
4.0 stars

Audi RS5 (2017) review: Pedal to the metal

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Got a spare £60k rattling around in your pocket and want to buy a German sports car? There's a new kid on the block: the Audi RS5. The souped-up Audi Sport version of the S5 coupe, the RS5 has the likes of the Mercedes AMG-C63 and BMW M4 Coupe directly... >>

Jaguar E-Pace: Jag's Cub is an adorable compact SUV disruptor

Jaguar E-Pace: Jag's Cub is an adorable compact SUV disruptor

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Jaguar has pulled the covers of the Jaguar E-Pace, following closely in the tracks of the excellent Jaguar F-Pace. This compact SUV looks to repeat the successes of the F-Pace, a car that's very much changed the face of Jaguar, appealing to a whole new... >>

Honor 9 review: A mid-range marvel
4.5 stars

Honor 9 review: A mid-range marvel

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There was a time when buying an affordable phone would mean considerable compromise. Increasingly, however, the boundaries between mid-range and true flagship devices is being blurred, to such an extent that sometimes the more affordable phone can actually... >>

Audi A8 (2017) preview: The most technological car interior, ever?

Audi A8 (2017) preview: The most technological car interior, ever?

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The Audi A8 has long been considered as chauffeur to the stars; a cushy place to sit in luxury when being carted around. In its 2017 guise, the new A8 elevates that concept to new heights, not only for passengers but driver too.For the 2017 Audi A8 is... >>

LG E7 review: Superb 4K OLED TV picture quality
4.5 stars

LG E7 review: Superb 4K OLED TV picture quality

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It's starting to look as if 2017 will be the year that OLED TV technology really hits the big time.OLED panels have started to be used by a growing number of big-name TV brands, rather than just LG. Sets such as LG's incredibly thin and flexible Wallpaper... >>

Acer Chromebook 11 review: The best budget Chromebook yet?
4.5 stars

Acer Chromebook 11 review: The best budget Chromebook yet?

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In the early days Chromebooks were fairly limited things without an internet connection and would only let you install a handful of Chrome extension apps. That's no longer the case: Chromebooks just got a lot more fun. The Acer Chromebook 11 is one of... >>

Ford Fiesta (2017) review: The little car that's a very big deal
5.0 stars

Ford Fiesta (2017) review: The little car that's a very big deal

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The Ford Fiesta has been the best selling car in the UK for eight years straight. That's a long time to hold the top spot and a lot of pressure for an all-new model to have on its pillars. So the question is, how does Ford make Britain's favourite... >>

Jeep Compass (2017) review: The compact SUV with big off-road performance
3.5 stars

Jeep Compass (2017) review: The compact SUV with big off-road performance

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With 75 years of all-terrain vehicle production under its belt, Jeep is a car manufacturer that knows a thing or two when it comes to off-road driving. It's also all too aware that the compact SUV market is seeing a huge surge at the moment and wants... >>

Amazon Fire 7 review: The best affordable tablet
4.0 stars

Amazon Fire 7 review: The best affordable tablet

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Just a few years ago, the tablet space was littered with choices. There was a wide range of iPads - the de facto choice for those in the Apple club - and a full selection of Android alternatives at all price points from many manufacturers.The market then... >>

DS Automobiles DS4 review: Flair and individuality, but at what cost?
3.5 stars

DS Automobiles DS4 review: Flair and individuality, but at what cost?

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DS Automobiles continues its march into independence, dropping the badges of its Citroen heritage as it tries to mark itself out as something different. The aim is it awaken the "spirit of avant-garde" in DS' words. It's about being French, about great... >>

Audio Technica ATH-LS70iS review: Exceptional detail at an affordable price point
4.5 stars

Audio Technica ATH-LS70iS review: Exceptional detail at an affordable price point

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We love going to gigs and concerts. Seeing our favourite bands and artists belt out our most memorable songs, there are few feelings that come close. And with its ATH-LS70iS in-ear monitors, Audio-Technica is hoping to bring the live experience direct... >>

Denon AH-C21R review: Comfortable, affordable in-ears with a classy sound
4.5 stars

Denon AH-C21R review: Comfortable, affordable in-ears with a classy sound

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Denon is on a mission with its new C-series of headphones, a mission to bring exceptional sound quality to the masses at affordable prices. We've seen the company's flagship C821R in-ear headphones, which use a Dual Air Compression driver to deliver... >>

Alfa Romeo Giulia (2017) review: An Alfa that doesn’t do clichés
4.0 stars

Alfa Romeo Giulia (2017) review: An Alfa that doesn’t do clichés

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There is a saying that, to be a true car fan, you must have owned an Alfa Romeo. But a Mito, and a Giulietta (the extent of Alfa's range until now) hardly represent petrol-head nirvana. For Alfa fans, the Giulia has been a long time coming.Its predecessor,... >>