Reviews - Page 11

Audi Q2 review: The single-minded SUV
4.0 stars

Audi Q2 review: The single-minded SUV

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In March this year Audi dropped a bombshell at the Geneva Motor Show by launching an Audi that, well, didn't look like a "same design different length" Audi. That car, the Q2, is company's first small crossover; an SUV for the new generation.Sure, the... >>

Vodafone Smart Ultra 7 review: Ultra value makes for one smart purchase
4.0 stars

Vodafone Smart Ultra 7 review: Ultra value makes for one smart purchase

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When looking for affordable devices, it can often be difficult to find a phone without too many compromises, especially at the lower-end of the scale. With the Smart Ultra 7, Vodafone is looking to give you as much for your money as possible, in a phone... >>

Dyson 360 Eye review: Finally, a robotic vacuum that really works
5.0 stars

Dyson 360 Eye review: Finally, a robotic vacuum that really works

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Let's be honest, none of us like cleaning. So when robot vacuum cleaners started appearing on the scene a number of years ago, the idea that we would never have to do any vacuuming again got a lot of people excited.The problem is most robo-vacs don't... >>

Audi A3 (2016) first drive: Virtual cockpit glory

Audi A3 (2016) first drive: Virtual cockpit glory

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The Audi A3 has had a face-lift following its 2012 debut, presenting a fresher look to Audi's top-selling car in the UK. Sitting in the competitive C segment, the Audi A3 has been holding off competition from its stablemate the VW Golf, fending off the... >>

Motorola Moto G4 Plus review: Plus and minus
4.0 stars

Motorola Moto G4 Plus review: Plus and minus

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When you think "Plus" in the phone world you tend to think extra large handset. It's all Apple's fault. But that's not precisely the case with the Moto G4 Plus: sure, it's pretty large with its 5.5-inch screen, but it's the same size as its Moto G4 brother.... >>

Lego Star Wars The Force Awakens review: The best Lego game to date
4.0 stars

Lego Star Wars The Force Awakens review: The best Lego game to date

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In recent years, it has become fashionable to adopt an air of cynicism about the Lego games. They have continued to come thick and fast and, consequently, have attracted accusations of saminess. Such cynicism generally evaporates once stuck into their... >>

Vodafone Smart Platinum 7 Review: Power and elegance without the price tag
4.5 stars

Vodafone Smart Platinum 7 Review: Power and elegance without the price tag

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When it comes to carrier-branded smartphones, the expectation is rarely high. In most cases, it seems just an effort from the network operators to peddle out cheap, unimpressive devices with their branding on them. Customer experience and device quality,... >>

Fitbit Alta review: High praise for low-level fitness tracking
4.0 stars

Fitbit Alta review: High praise for low-level fitness tracking

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Fitbit is arguably one of the most well-known companies when it comes to activity tracking, monopolising around 70 per cent of the market. It not only offers a huge selection of devices in comparison to its competitors, but it also offers an excellent... >>

Oneadaptr Twist+ World Charging Station: One-stop global charger for MacBook, iPad, iPhone and more

Oneadaptr Twist+ World Charging Station: One-stop global charger for MacBook, iPad, iPhone and more

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When we visited E3 in Los Angeles recently we probably had the most amount of gadgets in our bag than we'd ever taken to a trip before.These included a new MacBook, an iPhone, iPad, USB camera battery charger for our Canon 5D Mk III, Nintendo 3DS and... >>

Volkswagen Tiguan first drive: All grown up

Volkswagen Tiguan first drive: All grown up

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Volkswagen was early to market with the last-generation Tiguan. It sold so well (1.8 million since 2007), it's a bit confusing as to why VW has been shy at coming forward to join the SUV revolution.But hurrah, never fear, the new Tiguan is here. And it... >>

Motorola Moto G4 review: Budget phone king goes large, remains in charge
4.5 stars

Motorola Moto G4 review: Budget phone king goes large, remains in charge

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Looking for a big yet affordable phone? That's Motorola's play with the fourth-gen Moto G - aptly titled the G4, finally putting to bed the confusingly same-name previous three generations - which dons a 5.5-inch screen and, therefore, an inevitably large... >>

Wileyfox Spark preview: Cheap but not cheerful

Wileyfox Spark preview: Cheap but not cheerful

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British company Wileyfox has announced three new smartphones: the Spark, Spark+ and Spark X.The three devices all aim at the budget end of the smartphone market, priced between £90 and £130, making them all cheaper than both the new generation of Moto... >>

Sony Xperia X review: Sony in a spin?
3.5 stars

Sony Xperia X review: Sony in a spin?

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Sony Mobile seems to be in something of a spin. Having launched the Xperia Z5 family - in regular, Compact and Premium guises - the next throw of the dice was the Xperia X family, amidst rumours that the top-end Z was no more. However, the Xperia X family... >>

Mercedes-Benz AMG GT first drive: The SLS is dead, long live the AMG GT

Mercedes-Benz AMG GT first drive: The SLS is dead, long live the AMG GT

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What can you learn about a car from simply driving it on a race track? Quite a lot as it happens, particularly when it's a sports car like the Mercedes-Benz AMG GT.Mercedes introduced its AMG GT last year as a replacement for the dramatic, gullwing-door... >>

Ford Fiesta ST200 first drive: Irresistible overboost fun

Ford Fiesta ST200 first drive: Irresistible overboost fun

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When Ford announced that it would not be making a Fiesta RS, drivers the world over sighed. But that soon changed to cheers when the Fiesta ST200 was revealed as an overboost-toting powerhouse.Despite a four-cylinder 1.6-litre engine sounding meagre,... >>

OnePlus 3 review: The flagship killer we've been waiting for
5.0 stars

OnePlus 3 review: The flagship killer we've been waiting for

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In previous years, OnePlus hasn't been shy about pitching its mid-price phones as "flagship killers". To call the company self-assured would be something of an understatement, but this year's launch of the OnePlus 3 seemed a little more subdued. Perhaps... >>

Volkswagen Golf 1.0-litre TSi first drive: Fore!

Volkswagen Golf 1.0-litre TSi first drive: Fore!

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We already know that the Volkswagen Golf is an excellent family hatchback. In fact, we'd still rate it as best in class — and three years on, still deserving of the 5-star review we gave it back at launch in 2013.But just how much Golf do you need?... >>

Infinite Arms for iPad preview: Skylanders for Halo fans

Infinite Arms for iPad preview: Skylanders for Halo fans

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Infinite Arms is a toy-game cross over aimed at fans of Gears of War, Halo and big Transformers style mechs. It’s a sophisticated RPG for iPad and iOS generally, where adding weapons to model robots instantly sees them appear in the game. It aims to... >>

Oppo F1 Plus review: A flagship at half the price
4.0 stars

Oppo F1 Plus review: A flagship at half the price

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Oppo is a Chinese smartphone brand that isn't especially familiar to UK customers. Yet on a global scale it was one of 2015's fastest growers. That's for one very good reason: it's been making decent phones at competitive prices, and everyone loves a... >>

Tesla Model S P90D review: If your robot chauffeur were a racing driver
4.5 stars

Tesla Model S P90D review: If your robot chauffeur were a racing driver

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Tesla has come a long way since the days of its humble Roadster beginnings, elevating electric cars into new heights of luxury and quality. But it has remained true to its sporty roots with cars like the Model S P90D.Now that the Tesla Model X SUV and... >>

Honor 5C preview: Affordable phone of the year?

Honor 5C preview: Affordable phone of the year?

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While big budget phones get launched on an international stage, following a long campaign of leaks and teases, it's at the budget end of the spectrum where things are fiercely competitive.Huawei was always an aggressive player when it came to price,... >>

Skylanders Imaginators at E3 2016: Crash Bandicoot joins the fun

Skylanders Imaginators at E3 2016: Crash Bandicoot joins the fun

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We've previously previewed Skylanders Imaginators after having its basic theme and gameplay demoed to us at an event in London prior to E3 2016, but during the US expo itself we found out so much more.It injects some role-play character creativity to... >>

Sony MDR-100ABN h.ear on Wireless NC headphones review: Silly name, serious noise-cancelling
4.0 stars

Sony MDR-100ABN h.ear on Wireless NC headphones review: Silly name, serious noise-cancelling

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Top-end Sony MDR headphones of recent years have offered a fantastic range of over-ear and on-ear products with leading audio. So when we received the new Sony MDR-100ABN wireless noise-cancelling headphones we were rather excited about using them on... >>

Batman Arkham VR preview: Find out why the PS VR game was best of E3 2016

Batman Arkham VR preview: Find out why the PS VR game was best of E3 2016

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We’ll come out with a bold claim right from the off, not only was Batman: Arkham VR the last game we saw at this year’s E3 before its doors were shut, it was also the best. Of the whole show.That’s a personal opinion, of course, and it doesn’t... >>

Ghost Recon Wildlands co-op preview: Four-player Far Cry

Ghost Recon Wildlands co-op preview: Four-player Far Cry

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When we first fixed eyes on Ghost Recon: Wildlands at the end of Ubisoft's E3 gaming expo pre-show conference in 2015, we were gagging for more. Come the 2016 show, where we got to actually play the open-world game, turns out it was absolutely worth the... >>

Volkswagen Beetle Dune (2016) first drive: Rugged and ready

Volkswagen Beetle Dune (2016) first drive: Rugged and ready

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The Volkswagen Beetle is one of the world's most iconic cars. It might be available in various models these days, but there is no mistaking that bug shape, whether it's a 1940s model or one of the more recent variations.The latest model to join the Beetle... >>

PS VR Aim Controller preview: Playing Farpoint with Sony's new gun-shaped controller

PS VR Aim Controller preview: Playing Farpoint with Sony's new gun-shaped controller

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At the start of the E3 gaming expo 2016, Sony announced a first-person shooter called Farpoint, compatible with PlayStation VR and a new controller called PS VR Aim. This is no SNES Super Scope, though, as we found when playing the game ahead of launch.The... >>

Xbox One Gears of War 4 Elite Controller: The best gamepad just got even better

Xbox One Gears of War 4 Elite Controller: The best gamepad just got even better

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We've always loved the Xbox One Elite Controller and its mad, pricey ways, but during its E3 2016 media briefing Microsoft announced a new version that we want so much more.Battle-scarred and sexy, the Xbox Elite Controller - Gears of War 4 Limited Edition... >>

Volkswagen Amarok (2016) first drive: A tough toiler in smart trousers

Volkswagen Amarok (2016) first drive: A tough toiler in smart trousers

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Amarok is the Inuit word for wolf. We don't speak Inuit, but you can see what Volkswagen is trying to achieve with its surprisingly luxurious pickup.The canis lupus is a hardy creature, living its life in the wilderness, traversing all sorts of challenging... >>

Fallout 4 VR: What it's like playing Bethesda's open-world epic in virtual reality

Fallout 4 VR: What it's like playing Bethesda's open-world epic in virtual reality

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Here's something we didn't expect at the E3 gaming expo this year: to be playing Fallout 4 in virtual reality. But it wasn't a dream, it actually happened - and it might become a reality for all players in the near future.Bethesda - the studio behind... >>

Sony XD9405 4K TV review: The 75-inch UHD wonder
4.5 stars

Sony XD9405 4K TV review: The 75-inch UHD wonder

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Love movies? Got a big living room? Feeling flush this month? Then Sony thinks it has just the ticket for you in the shape of its new flagship TV, the KD-75XD9405.For the princely sum of £4,999 the XD9405 gives you a huge 75-inch screen stuffed with... >>

Fiat 124 Spider review: More than an MX-5 remix
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Fiat 124 Spider review: More than an MX-5 remix

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"I want a doctor to take a picture, so I can look at you from inside as well," goes the line from The Vapors' Turning Japanese. Well, cut into the Fiat 124 Spider and you would indeed find a Japanese rather than Italian core: the car shares its chassis,... >>

Mirror’s Edge Catalyst review: On the edge of greatness
3.5 stars

Mirror’s Edge Catalyst review: On the edge of greatness

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The original Mirror's Edge, released in 2008, was the very epitome of a Marmite game. Despite having an inordinate amount of glaring flaws, and not selling particularly well, it still managed to generate a passionate cult following.It was easy enough... >>

Anki Overdrive Supertrucks: Extending AI racing to big rigs

Anki Overdrive Supertrucks: Extending AI racing to big rigs

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Anki has steadily improved its Overdrive AI racing system since it launched last year. Software enhancements have added extra modes, like One Shot Kill and Balanced Cars, and it now sports handy features, such as replaying the same track without the cars... >>

Samsung Galaxy TabPro S review: Taking on the Microsoft Surface Pro
4.0 stars

Samsung Galaxy TabPro S review: Taking on the Microsoft Surface Pro

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Not so long ago Samsung pulled out of the laptop market in the UK, which came as a bit of a shock. It also showed the electronic manufacturer's hand and forward-thinking, to some degree, given that tablet and laptop markets have largely converged in recent... >>

LeapFrog LeapStart preview: Embracing tech and phyiscal books for kids

LeapFrog LeapStart preview: Embracing tech and phyiscal books for kids

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Anyone who has kids and owns a tablet will understand how alluring a touchscreen device is for little'uns, even as young as four. However, while many adults might be streamlining their lives to be more digital, there's still an element of magic in a normal,... >>

Boosty review: Banish broadband outage with this mini mobile-connected router

Boosty review: Banish broadband outage with this mini mobile-connected router

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Ah, flaky broadband. The bane of first world existence. But, actually, a real pain in the backside when you're in the middle of a Skype call and it drops dead. Or you're streaming Game of Thrones and someone shuts the door (rather than, ahem, holds it)... >>

Manfrotto Digital Director for iPad Air 2 review: Now showing on the big screen

Manfrotto Digital Director for iPad Air 2 review: Now showing on the big screen

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The Manfrotto Digital Director is an intelligent shell that fits around the iPad Air 2, connecting it to your separate camera so you can utilise the tablet's 9.7-inch screen to manage your workflow, plus manage your camera's settings.There's no camera-fiddling... >>

Philips AmbiLux PUS8901 review: Projector-laden 4K TV is mad, but brilliant
4.0 stars

Philips AmbiLux PUS8901 review: Projector-laden 4K TV is mad, but brilliant

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When we first clapped eyes on Philips AmbiLux, back in 2014, we thought the engineers responsible had lost the plot. Sure, we've always had a soft spot for Philips Ambilight, the LED edging that casts puddles of coloured light onto surrounding walls,... >>

OnePlus Loop VR headset preview: This is the free VR headset for the OnePlus 3 launch

OnePlus Loop VR headset preview: This is the free VR headset for the OnePlus 3 launch

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When OnePlus said it was giving away free VR headsets, the internet blew up and soon stock had vanished. Fortunately we were at the front of the queue and now we've had our Loop VR headset delivered. It would be selfish not to share, so here it is, the... >>

Gigabyte Aero 14 preview: Well spec'ed ultrabook for gamers

Gigabyte Aero 14 preview: Well spec'ed ultrabook for gamers

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Gigabyte was showing off its gaming ultrabook range at this year’s Computex and they were eye-catching to say the least. Fantastic specs combined with super long battery life make for real competitors in this area.The Gigabyte Aero 14 leads these are... >>

Samsung KS7000 SUHD TV review: Serious performance for the price
4.5 stars

Samsung KS7000 SUHD TV review: Serious performance for the price

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Samsung has impressed with its line-up of SUHD televisions over the last year. For 2016, the message is about refinement, continuing the solid performance of the LED sets and pushing the message that this is now second-gen HDR (high dynamic range), the... >>

Panasonic DMP-UB900 review: Ultra-HD Blu-ray master class
4.5 stars

Panasonic DMP-UB900 review: Ultra-HD Blu-ray master class

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Taking a step into the future is Ultra HD Blu-ray, looking to up the quality and make the most out of the latest 4K televisions, all for your entertainment pleasure. There are currently two UHD Blu-ray players available. Vying to be the next big thing... >>

Audi S5 Coupé (2016) preview, in pictures: Flexing those German muscles

Audi S5 Coupé (2016) preview, in pictures: Flexing those German muscles

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This is the new Audi A5 Coupé (well, actually you're feasting your eyes on the sportier S5 Coupé edition). Which, if you squint a little, could be considered as the German brand's version of the Ford Mustang. With some added pep. An apt arrival year,... >>

Ford Mustang GT Convertible review: Big, brutal, and now British
4.5 stars

Ford Mustang GT Convertible review: Big, brutal, and now British

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When you're brought up on a diet of The Dukes of Hazzard and Starsky & Hutch, you can't help but feel that, perhaps, the Ford Capri left us a little short on muscle in the UK. Sure, the Capri was, and still is, an iconic car, but you could only gaze at... >>

Olympus Pen-F review: Not F-ing about
4.0 stars

Olympus Pen-F review: Not F-ing about

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Say hello to the first Olympus Pen with a built-in viewfinder: the Pen-F. If you were knocking around 50-years back then you might know it as, well, the original Pen-F - the half-frame film camera that looks very similar to this 2016 digital re-work.There's... >>

Sirin Labs Solarin: What kind of Android phone does £9.5K get you?

Sirin Labs Solarin: What kind of Android phone does £9.5K get you?

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Sirin Labs has raised over £72 million to launch a super secure Android smartphone called Solarin, which it's going to sell for £9,500. It feels like a high-end alternative to BlackBerry, running Android. What's not to love? Oh, yeah, that price.While... >>

PES 2017 preview: First extended play of potential FIFA beater

PES 2017 preview: First extended play of potential FIFA beater

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FIFA has been sitting on the footy games throne for a fair few years now, with little or no competition of note, but it could very well be replaced this year. We've played PES 2017 and it is good. Scrub that, it is superb.Considering we've only had access... >>