Reviews

Amazon Echo review: Ace assistant, average speaker
Audio 3.5 out of 5

Amazon Echo review: Ace assistant, average speaker

By 3 July 2015

Amazon has launched a cylindrical, internet-connected Bluetooth-capable speaker called Echo, which doubles as your personal cloud-based assistant, addressed as Alexa. Because you've always wanted to talk to a home speaker, right? "Alexa, who is the mayor... >>

Jawbone UP3 review: Up there with the best of them?
Wearables 4 out of 5

Jawbone UP3 review: Up there with the best of them?

By 3 July 2015

There are plenty of fitness tracking devices available these days and Jawbone's Up series has been one of our go-to favourites. Now in its third generation, the Up3 is more capable than ever before. But unlike the Fitbit and Withings products of this... >>

Anki Overdrive preview: New cars, game modes and release date revealed
Parentzone

Anki Overdrive preview: New cars, game modes and release date revealed

By 2 July 2015

We first saw Anki Overdrive, the company's follow-up to the hugely successful robot toy racing game Anki Drive, in San Francisco in February and were already amazed at just how much more advanced it was in comparison to its predecessor. But although the... >>

BMW 5 Series GT hydrogen fuel cell first drive: Driving into the future?
Cars

BMW 5 Series GT hydrogen fuel cell first drive: Driving into the future?

By 1 July 2015

It's almost strange to think how nonchalantly we consume the world's depleting fossil fuel reserves. Sure, it's fun to hammer a performance car down the motorway (or even a normal car for that matter), with that satisfying hum from the exhausts, but the... >>

Bowers & Wilkins P5 Wireless headphones preview: Bluetooth without compromise
Audio

Bowers & Wilkins P5 Wireless headphones preview: Bluetooth without compromise

By 1 July 2015

Bowers & Wilkins was one of the last audio firms to adopt Bluetooth for its portable speakers, preferring technologies like AirPlay for stability and quality of wireless transmission. But that was before Bluetooth aptX came along and the company released... >>

Apple Music preview: A closer look at Apple's new Music app
Audio

Apple Music preview: A closer look at Apple's new Music app

By 30 June 2015

The future - it seems - is not software algorithms but people. Having successfully changed the way we bought and listened to music with the iPod, Apple is hoping to bring back those who have wandered off to services like Spotify and Deezer with a new... >>

TomTom Go 510 review: Great navigation, now more connected
Gadgets 4.5 out of 5

TomTom Go 510 review: Great navigation, now more connected

By 30 June 2015

TomTom has updated its navigation devices, ushering in new features and some changes to the user interface to make life simpler for drivers trying to get from A to B. For a number of years, people have been saying that the dedicated personal navigation... >>

AKG N90Q preview: High-end headphones show off Grammy Award-winning Quincy Jones class
Audio

AKG N90Q preview: High-end headphones show off Grammy Award-winning Quincy Jones class

By 28 June 2015

Not all headphones are made equal. The AKG N90Q epitomise this by offering a number of technological firsts – including TruNote, the ability to read your ears for a bespoke listen – paired with the stamp of approval from legendary producer Quincy... >>

Panasonic Lumix G7 review: GH4 junior shows off 4K smarts
Cameras 4.5 out of 5

Panasonic Lumix G7 review: GH4 junior shows off 4K smarts

By 27 June 2015

The camera market has self-saturated. There's so much good kit out there, capable of producing such high quality images, that product updates tend to focus on new features rather than significant core changes to sell themselves. In the case of the Panasonic... >>

FIFA 16 preview: Refinement not reinvention
Gaming

FIFA 16 preview: Refinement not reinvention

By 26 June 2015

It could be said that EA Sports is emulating Apple where the latest FIFA is concerned. Apple has an "S" year biannually, choosing to modify and adapt the last generation of iPhone rather than reinvent the device. This is EA's "S" year. FIFA 16, from the... >>