Reviews

B&O BeoPlay A1 by Bang & Olufsen review: Bluetooth speaker bliss
5.0 stars

B&O BeoPlay A1 by Bang & Olufsen review: Bluetooth speaker bliss

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It's not often a Bluetooth speaker has its designer's name tucked away within its specification. But then the BeoPlay A1, by Bang & Olufsen, is no ordinary Bluetooth speaker; it's exemplary for the kind of sound quality that can be achieved at this small... >>

Volkswagen Touran review: Peak practicality
4.0 stars

Volkswagen Touran review: Peak practicality

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The world might have gone SUV and crossover mad, but if you've a brood of three (or more) to cart around then a mid-sized crossover like the Nissan Qashqai doesn't actually cut it. That's why - despite their perceived lack of sexiness - MPVs like the... >>

Huawei MateBook review: 5-hours of friendship
3.5 stars

Huawei MateBook review: 5-hours of friendship

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One glance at the Huawei MateBook and it's clear the Chinese company is hankering for a slice of the laptop-replacement market. This slim-build Windows 10 tablet is really well made, not a cheap knock-off competitor to the likes of the Microsoft Surface... >>

Huawei P9 Plus review: The big and the bold
4.0 stars

Huawei P9 Plus review: The big and the bold

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Huawei is fast emerging as one of the most popular smartphone brands in the world. A lot of that notability is thanks to its budget sub-brand, Honor, which cranks out affordable but high quality phones. Still, Huawei has done a lot of work on its own-brand... >>

Renault Megane 2016 review: Dynamique or dud?
3.5 stars

Renault Megane 2016 review: Dynamique or dud?

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This is the fourth-generation Renault Megane - the French company's mid-sized family hatchback, which has been with us since 1995. In that time, Renault has sold over a half a million of the things in the UK. Whereas its Volkswagen Golf competitor evolves... >>

No Man's Sky preview: 10 hours in and it's fiercely good fun

No Man's Sky preview: 10 hours in and it's fiercely good fun

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No Man's Sky needs no introduction: it's one of the 2016's most-hyped games, thanks to a scale and ambition which is possibly unmatched in the history of videogames. For this space-age epic boasts a game-world that consists of more than 18 quintillion... >>

Lenovo Yoga 900S review: Strike a pose
4.0 stars

Lenovo Yoga 900S review: Strike a pose

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Lenovo has been pushing its flexible-hinge Yoga series for some time, refining design and capability with each iteration. At the tail-end of 2015 we were impressed by the original Yoga 900, which combined Intel Core i processor power in a slender build... >>

Kia Niro review: Say hello to my little friend
3.5 stars

Kia Niro review: Say hello to my little friend

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The word "Niro" makes us think of a few things: Robert de Niro in his classic film roles; strong black coffee; or some kind of futuristic city. It doesn't immediately make us think of a car. But that's about to change, for Korean car giant Kia has just... >>

Cat S60 review: Tough build and thermal imaging make for a phone like no other
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Cat S60 review: Tough build and thermal imaging make for a phone like no other

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Cat phones of the past have never been about having the best specifications, more about having the toughest phone build on the planet. That is also sort-of true with the Cat S60: a super-tough phone which recently became available for pre-order in the... >>

BlackBerry DTEK50 review: Secure, just not top drawer
3.5 stars

BlackBerry DTEK50 review: Secure, just not top drawer

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BlackBerry has a long tradition of building its own hardware and software, but having fallen on harder times of late, the company was forced to outsource. With the DTEK50, its first mid-range Android phone, it has partnered with TCL Communication and... >>

Porsche 911 Carrera (2017) review: Engine evolution?
4.5 stars

Porsche 911 Carrera (2017) review: Engine evolution?

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Throughout its history the Porsche 911 has undergone some critical design changes, each one of which naysayers have warned might kill off what makes this car so special. There have been impact bumpers, the move from an air-cooled to water-cooled engine,... >>

Audi SQ7 review: An insane sports car of an SUV
4.0 stars

Audi SQ7 review: An insane sports car of an SUV

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When Audi first launched the SQ7, a lot of people laughed. It was expensive and huge in size, perhaps a little out of character on the UK's roads. But that SUV made its mark, popular for its luxe finish and the size, including the seven seats, in a category... >>

Acer Switch Alpha 12 review: Affordability is its ace
4.0 stars

Acer Switch Alpha 12 review: Affordability is its ace

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The laptop-replacement market is going from strength to strength, with every manufacturer worth its salt looking to innovate in the 2-in-1 market and stand apart from the top-of-the-pack Microsoft Surface. With the Acer Switch Alpha 12, the Taiwanese... >>

Hyundai Ioniq Electric review: Fully charged
4.0 stars

Hyundai Ioniq Electric review: Fully charged

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Hyundai has opted to launch three different green driving solutions in one with the new Ioniq. The idea is simple: Hyundai offers one platform and you choose whether you want Hybrid, Electric or Plug-in Hybrid.  Options are few, making this a relatively... >>

Sony XD9305 4K TV review: Making a strong first impression
4.0 stars

Sony XD9305 4K TV review: Making a strong first impression

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Brilliant though the TV world's new high dynamic range (HDR) technology is, it's also proving monumentally hard for current TV technologies to handle. Which is precisely why Sony has moved past "current TV technologies" and come up with something new... >>

Renault Zoe review: Electrical engineering
3.5 stars

Renault Zoe review: Electrical engineering

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It's been a typical complaint of the modern electric car that - from the perspective of asking price - most are simply too expensive to make sense. As one of the leaders in the electric-mobility revolution, Renault has sought to challenge that notion... >>

Now TV Smart Box review: Is live TV and Sky in one device worth the price?
4.0 stars

Now TV Smart Box review: Is live TV and Sky in one device worth the price?

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When Sky first revealed that it was to introduce another new Now TV box, it was widely presumed that it would feature 4K streaming. But even though Ultra HD content is coming to the company's flagship TV offering, Sky Q, the Now TV Smart Box maxes out... >>

Panasonic Viera DX902 4K TV review: Honeycomb-sweet picture quality
4.5 stars

Panasonic Viera DX902 4K TV review: Honeycomb-sweet picture quality

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The big sell with the Panasonic DX902 (or DX900 in other regions) is that this 4K TV is about as close as you'll get to a professional reference monitor in the home. That's a fairly lofty comparison, as reference monitors are incredibly expensive, designed... >>

Harman Kardon Go + Play review: Post-retro design, powerful audio
4.0 stars

Harman Kardon Go + Play review: Post-retro design, powerful audio

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Can a wireless speaker already be retro? Weirdly enough, that's what the Harman Kardon Go + Play feels like. There's something refreshing about how out-of-step it is.As a large wireless speaker it totally ignores the trend for every speaker larger than... >>

Quik and Splice: Edit your GoPro videos on your iPhone in a jiffy

Quik and Splice: Edit your GoPro videos on your iPhone in a jiffy

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While many see GoPro's success as being entirely hardware based, the company itself envisions a future where both its software and hardware are the key pillars of its business. Its tiny mount-everywhere cameras are market leading, thanks to being feature-rich,... >>

Audio-Technica ATH-MSR7NC headphones review: Make some noise
5.0 stars

Audio-Technica ATH-MSR7NC headphones review: Make some noise

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It was 18-months ago that we reviewed the excellent Audio-Technica MSR7 over-ear headphones - and might impressed we were. Now it's the turn of the MSR7NC which, as those additional two letters in the name denote, are the noise-cancelling version.These... >>

Zemi Aria speaker review: Majors and minors
4.0 stars

Zemi Aria speaker review: Majors and minors

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When we meet Francesco Pellisari, the designer of the Zemi Aria speaker, he's a mixture of eccentric Italian and yet quiet in that seemingly genius-like manner. Does his latest speaker exhibit the same qualities as its designer?We're drawn to the Zemi... >>

Lexus RX 450h review: An SUV-sized slice of Japanese futurism
4.0 stars

Lexus RX 450h review: An SUV-sized slice of Japanese futurism

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When the Lexus RX 450h was delivered to our little terraced flat in London, it felt like we'd been handed a temporary house extension, albeit on wheels. For this SUV — the largest in the Lexus lineup — is one big, distinctive beast that can easily... >>

Hozelock Cloud Controller Kit review: Watering your garden via an app
4.0 stars

Hozelock Cloud Controller Kit review: Watering your garden via an app

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We can control our music, our heating, our lights, even the vacuum cleaner via our phone, so why not the outside tap? In steps the Hozelock Cloud Controller, a device that fits to your outside tap and then can be controlled either via an app on your phone... >>

Honda NSX first drive: The high-tech hooligan

Honda NSX first drive: The high-tech hooligan

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Honda has long been a company that strives to innovate. When it feels a lawnmower doesn't cut grass efficiently enough, it goes and designs a new one. When private jets need a high-tech overhaul, Honda engineers step in and create something truly fresh.... >>