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HTC 10 review: Welcome back to the premier league
4.5 stars

HTC 10 review: Welcome back to the premier league

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If there's any smartphone manufacturer that deserves a second chance it's HTC. We can credit HTC for much of what we love about smartphones today. It popularised Android, it pushed premium metal design and build quality, and focused on user experience.HTC... >>

Honda Civic 2017 first drive: Classic hatch gets a millennial makeover

Honda Civic 2017 first drive: Classic hatch gets a millennial makeover

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The Honda Civic is a funny old car. It's a real challenge to pinpoint who, exactly, it's aimed at, yet equally difficult to fault - despite historically boasting a number of irksome quirks.For example, most owners seem to be the reserved type, well into... >>

Honor 6X preview: Dual cameras for half the price

Honor 6X preview: Dual cameras for half the price

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Honor made a big song and dance about its 6X smartphone 'launch' at this year's CES in Las Vegas. Which was a bit odd for a phone that's been available in China since the later part of 2016. George Zhao, Honor CEO, took to the stage and spent far too... >>

Philips 901F OLED TV with Ambilight review: A cracking 4K OLED debut
4.0 stars

Philips 901F OLED TV with Ambilight review: A cracking 4K OLED debut

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This year is fast shaping up to be the year of OLED, with a raft of hot new TV screens set to join LG's vanishingly thin vanguard. Both Panasonic and Sony will offer high-end OLED screens as part of their 2017 line-ups, but the first brand convert out... >>

Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 review: Brilliant audio from the Bluetooth king
4.0 stars

Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 review: Brilliant audio from the Bluetooth king

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Plantronics may have a big name in the world of hands-free Bluetooth equipment, but it's not widely regarded as a premium headphone company.Our time with the BackBeat Pro 2 has taught us that it's a definitely a company worth considering if you're looking... >>

LG Watch Sport preview: The crown prince of Android Wear 2.0

LG Watch Sport preview: The crown prince of Android Wear 2.0

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Android Wear has so far been a middling story of wearable devices. The best iterations have been sold on a brand's strengths - like Polar's integration into its M600 giving you a great Polar Flow experience, or Tag's premium reworking on the Tag Heuer... >>

Jaguar F-Pace review: Outpacing its SUV rivals?
4.5 stars

Jaguar F-Pace review: Outpacing its SUV rivals?

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Ten years ago, the concept of a Jaguar SUV would have been laughable. Since the brand twinned with Land Rover there was logic in the argument that Jag did the pretty saloons and coupes, while Land Rover did the off-road practical stuff. But the SUV market... >>

Virgin TV V6 box review: Virgin Media’s 4K HDR TiVo powerhouse
4.5 stars

Virgin TV V6 box review: Virgin Media’s 4K HDR TiVo powerhouse

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When the first Virgin Media TiVo box was released almost five years ago it was seen as groundbreaking, state-of-the-art and considerably better than anything around at the time. It took Sky a while to catch up with, ahem, catch-up. And, Virgin Media's... >>

Samsung Galaxy A5 review: Premium feel at a mid-range price
4.5 stars

Samsung Galaxy A5 review: Premium feel at a mid-range price

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In a market where small, disruptive companies are releasing phones with flagship specifications at low prices - think OnePlus, Honor and Oppo - it's harder for big companies like Samsung to compete in the traditional model.Samsung knows how to make an... >>

Polar M200 review: A running all-rounder that’s nice to your wallet
3.5 stars

Polar M200 review: A running all-rounder that’s nice to your wallet

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It used to be that the only wearable tech you could pick up for around the £100 marker was a barebones step tracker. Prices have tumbled though. Those steps counters are now available for less than £30, and dedicated running watches, such as the new... >>

LG OLED B6 review: A sure-fire starting point for OLED
4.5 stars

LG OLED B6 review: A sure-fire starting point for OLED

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The LG OLED B6 was launched in 2016, as the most affordable flat LG OLED TV for that year. That marks it out as something rather special because while the flagship televisions - the Signature G6 and the E6 - offer the picture-on-glass design, the OLED... >>

Panasonic DMP-UB700 review: Step-down Ultra HD Blu-ray player loses little
4.5 stars

Panasonic DMP-UB700 review: Step-down Ultra HD Blu-ray player loses little

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Panasonic made its pitch with one of the first Ultra HD Blu-ray players in 2016 with the UB900. It was masterful, designed to be the highest quality for early adopters and to satisfy the demands of serious AV enthusiasts looking for their 4K fix.The UB900's... >>

Audi A5 (2017) review: Sporty looks, refined drive
4.5 stars

Audi A5 (2017) review: Sporty looks, refined drive

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The Audi A5 was launched in 2007 and revised in 2009 to put doors into the back of the Coupé version for a more conventional five-door arrangement, the Sportback as Audi calls it. So solid was the A5 that the second-generation A5 has only just appeared,... >>

Nvidia Shield TV (2017) review: The daddy of 4K HDR media streaming
4.5 stars

Nvidia Shield TV (2017) review: The daddy of 4K HDR media streaming

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When the original Nvidia Shield TV came out in 2015 it was far and away the most powerful, most capable media streamer out there. Powered by Android TV and being 4K ready, it obliterated the competition with Ultra HD video support and offered a tasty... >>

Kia Rio (2017) review: All about connectivity
4.0 stars

Kia Rio (2017) review: All about connectivity

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The new Kia Rio features support for both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, along with a range of safety features from autonomous emergency breaking to lane departure warning systems, making it the most technologically advanced Rio yet.The Korean company... >>

Acer Spin 5 review: An affordable all-rounder
4.0 stars

Acer Spin 5 review: An affordable all-rounder

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Tech is getting more expensive. Apple, Tesla, Nescafe and just about every other company out there has either already put up prices in the UK, or is planning to do so.That makes laptops like the Acer Spin 5 all the more important. Normal folk who were... >>

Panasonic Lumix LX10 / LX15 review: The best high-end compact camera money can buy?
4.5 stars

Panasonic Lumix LX10 / LX15 review: The best high-end compact camera money can buy?

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It was only a handful of years back that Panasonic ruled the high-end yet pocketable compact camera market with its Lumix LX7. In the years since Sony has been the manufacturer to forge an enviable position at the top with its RX100 models. But now Panasonic... >>

S Health review: Is Samsung's fitness app in the best shape?
4.0 stars

S Health review: Is Samsung's fitness app in the best shape?

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The Samsung S Health fitness app and monitoring system has been part of the company's ecosystem for some time. Perhaps its biggest push was when the Galaxy S5 phone launched alongside the Gear 2 smartwatch and Gear Fit fitness tracker in 2014.Since then,... >>

Porsche 718 Boxster S review: Four-cylinder foibles
4.0 stars

Porsche 718 Boxster S review: Four-cylinder foibles

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Can you believe the Porsche Boxster is 20 years old? We barely can either. But back when the Spice Girls were miming Wannabe on Top of the Pops and kids were losing their minds over POGs, the Boxster was waiting in the wings, preparing itself to utterly... >>

Honeywell Lyric T6R review: Smart heating made simple
4.0 stars

Honeywell Lyric T6R review: Smart heating made simple

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Smart heating systems are on the up. And having moved into a new home recently it made a lot of sense to test Honeywell's latest smart home thermostat system, the Lyric T6.We had the Lyric T6R fitted, which is the same as the standard T6 but comes with... >>

Toyota GT86 (2017) review: Coupe a load of that

Toyota GT86 (2017) review: Coupe a load of that

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It's -15C. Yep, minus fifteen degrees centigrade. And we're stood staring at the brand new Toyota GT86 - which positively radiates its warm blood red coat of paint against the snowy Finnish backdrop - wondering what on earth could possibly go wrong when... >>

Sky Q review: 4K, multi-room support, apps and more
5.0 stars

Sky Q review: 4K, multi-room support, apps and more

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When it was originally launched, Sky Q was pitched as the company's flagship TV offering, delivering a number of new features above and beyond what is available with the standard Sky HD package.Now it is the only offering available to new customers, with... >>

Garmin Forerunner 35 review: An affordable, effective running watch
4.0 stars

Garmin Forerunner 35 review: An affordable, effective running watch

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We've almost reached the point where not owning a fitness tracker is as taboo as loudly answering your phone in a train's quiet carriage or breaking out a selfie stick, well, anywhere. Without even a barebones bit of wrist tech, how else can you compare... >>

Mini Countryman S 2017 first drive: Mighty improvements for the massive Mini?

Mini Countryman S 2017 first drive: Mighty improvements for the massive Mini?

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Do you remember the exact moment that every manufacturer scrambled to add a high-riding SUV to their line-up? It was around the time the Nissan Qashqai started to become a runaway sales success and as a result, all sorts of bizarre shapes started to appear... >>

Meizu Pro 6 Plus preview: The true flagship alternative from China

Meizu Pro 6 Plus preview: The true flagship alternative from China

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You often hear the age-old rhetoric that China is taking over the world, and nowhere is that more clear than in the smartphone market. Companies like Huawei, Oppo and Vivo are now in the top five global smartphone vendors.One company you may not be aware... >>