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Asus ZenBook Pro UX501 review: Plenty of pros with some amateur lows
4.0 stars

Asus ZenBook Pro UX501 review: Plenty of pros with some amateur lows

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First things first: forget the "Pro" bit. The Asus ZenBook Pro UX501 isn't some stuffy laptop meant to display dreary Excel spreadsheets in glass-walled meeting rooms for people in suits. The name undersells how fun this laptop can be. As well as looking... >>

Kia Sportage (2016) review: All the extras, for less
4.5 stars

Kia Sportage (2016) review: All the extras, for less

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Kia hit its best year for sales ever in 2015 and it's followed that with its fourth-generation of the Sportage. With sights aimed high, this SUV crossover offers more extras than ever and aims to impress with the first model refresh since 2010. The SUV... >>

Google Cardboard review: The cornerstone of mobile VR
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Google Cardboard review: The cornerstone of mobile VR

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Google Cardboard was announced at Google I/O in June 2014, and consists of two parts: a virtual reality (VR) headset, technically called a viewer, and the software ecosystem that supports it. Rather like Android Wear, it's one name applied to both the... >>

Reasons why Realifex for iPhone and Apple Watch is the fitness tracker for the mind

Reasons why Realifex for iPhone and Apple Watch is the fitness tracker for the mind

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The online world and devices in our pockets aren’t always conducive to mental wellbeing. The endless checking of social media and always present technology, such as smartphones and, nowadays, smartwatches can make it even harder to find calm in the... >>

Nest 3.0 review: Learning Thermostat runs hot and cold
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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
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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... >>