Reviews

Suunto Spartan Sport Wrist HR review: Great multi-sport watch misses a beat
3.5 stars

Suunto Spartan Sport Wrist HR review: Great multi-sport watch misses a beat

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The biggest claim with the Spartan Sport Wrist HR is that it's the first watch with heart-rate that Suunto has produced. While it joins a family of capable devices, that removes the need for a chest strap, making it appealing to a wider range of athletes.That's... >>

Prey review: Survival horror sci-fi that's well worth hunting down
4.0 stars

Prey review: Survival horror sci-fi that's well worth hunting down

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It seems crazy that, even though we live in a technological whirlwind, space exploration these days has become more or less the exclusive domain of videogames, film and literature, while in real life no human has set foot on another astronomical object... >>

Honda Clarity Fuel Cell preview: Driving the future of hydrogen?

Honda Clarity Fuel Cell preview: Driving the future of hydrogen?

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Are alternative energy vehicles the future? As consumers actively try to do their bit to help clean up the environment - and save on tax, congestion charging and refuelling costs in the process - we're seeing a surge in all-electric and electric-hybrid... >>

Amazon Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote review: The best media player under £40?
4.5 stars

Amazon Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote review: The best media player under £40?

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Video streaming dongles have been successful over the last few years partly because they provide a cheap and cheerful way to turn a dumb TV into a smart one.The Chromecast, Roku Streaming Stick and original Amazon Fire TV Stick are often adopted because... >>

Panasonic Lumix TZ90 review: The ultimate travel camera?
4.5 stars

Panasonic Lumix TZ90 review: The ultimate travel camera?

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With phone cameras getting so good these days, the traditional camera needs all the stand-out specification goods possible. When pocketable convenience from your mobile handset isn't enough, and you want a boost of proper optical zoom to shoot far-away... >>

Nintendo 2DS XL preview: Lighter, no 3D but still at top of its game

Nintendo 2DS XL preview: Lighter, no 3D but still at top of its game

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Nintendo has been milking its 3DS range of handheld consoles for a considerable while - after all, the first 3DS came out in 2011. The DS, on which it is based, came to the UK considerably earlier, in 2005.It's no exaggeration therefore to say it's the... >>

New Balance PaceIQ review: Affordable sports earphones are outpaced by rivals
3.5 stars

New Balance PaceIQ review: Affordable sports earphones are outpaced by rivals

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New Balance is no stranger to fitness, with sports gear and footwear already established, but gadgets are a newer complement to its product rosta.In 2017 we've already seen the company's RunIQ Android Wear smartwatch to assist fitness and workouts -... >>

Kia Picanto (2017) review: Small, sporty and savvy
4.0 stars

Kia Picanto (2017) review: Small, sporty and savvy

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The Kia Picanto is the baby of the Kia family, sitting under the recently launched Rio in terms of both cost and size. That's not to say the third-generation Picanto doesn't offer brains in that small body though. The latest model of the South Korean... >>

Google Home review: A better voice assistant than Amazon Echo?
4.0 stars

Google Home review: A better voice assistant than Amazon Echo?

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If there's one thing Google is good at, it's search. Its 20 years of experience has helped it to become the number one site we all go to when we want to look up anything. Heck, most people just say "Google it".Beyond search we use Google brands for a... >>

Lenovo P2 review: All the battery you could ever need
4.5 stars

Lenovo P2 review: All the battery you could ever need

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Hunting down the perfect phone will, for many, mean finding one with the greatest equal combination of screen, camera, software and design. If budget is available, that likely means ponying up for an iPhone, Google Pixel or Samsung Galaxy S8; or, on... >>

Moto G5 Plus review: A big dose of premium, without the prohibitive price tag
4.5 stars

Moto G5 Plus review: A big dose of premium, without the prohibitive price tag

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Since 2014 the Moto G has been blowing the socks off the budget phone market. Back then it was the best budget handset by far. But boy do things move along quickly - and the Moto G5 Plus is a mirror of that in many respects.In just three short years... >>

Acer Windows Mixed Reality preview: Will this $300 headset bring VR to the masses?

Acer Windows Mixed Reality preview: Will this $300 headset bring VR to the masses?

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In April 2017 Windows 10 rolled out its Creators Edition update, bringing various new creative tools - such as Paint 3D for three-dimensional editing - into the operating system. The lesser talked about point is that the Windows Mixed Reality platform... >>

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe review: The best ever version hits Nintendo Switch
5.0 stars

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe review: The best ever version hits Nintendo Switch

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If you seek evidence that Nintendo learned some major lessons from the Wii U's humiliating failure, you need look no further than Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.Its arrival so soon after that of the Switch console demonstrates that Nintendo has well and truly... >>

Little Nightmares review: A dreamy little horror game
4.0 stars

Little Nightmares review: A dreamy little horror game

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When small, so-called indie developers get together to make a game, they have a massive advantage over their established peers: a complete lack of expectations. So they can let their imaginations run riot, without having to worry about commercial viability... >>

Samsung Galaxy S8+ review: The best Android phone, bar none
5.0 stars

Samsung Galaxy S8+ review: The best Android phone, bar none

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Samsung has broken the mould with its Galaxy S8 handsets, producing two devices that are the same spec, apart from screen size and battery capacity. If you want this phone, just pick the size that fits you with no compromises or additional considerations.That's... >>

Acer Switch 5 preview: The silent Surface killer?

Acer Switch 5 preview: The silent Surface killer?

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If you're in the market for a 2-in-1 device then Acer has just announced its new premier model: the Switch 5.It's not the first time we've seen this form clip-on-keyboard form factor - not least that it apes the Microsoft Surface to a reasonable degree... >>

Acer Leap Ware preview: More a limp than a leap

Acer Leap Ware preview: More a limp than a leap

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When Acer CEO Jason Chen showed off the company's latest wearable, the Leap Ware, at Acer's annual conference, the slender looking wrist-wearable looked as though it had promise.That's often been the case with Acer wearables, however, with the majority... >>

Garmin Virb Ultra 30 review: Action cam Hero, or GoPro-imitating zero?
4.0 stars

Garmin Virb Ultra 30 review: Action cam Hero, or GoPro-imitating zero?

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When you think action camera, you probably think GoPro. But Garmin wants to change that with the Virb Ultra 30, its top-of-the-line 4K action cam.With considerable fitness gadget clout under its belt, Garmin has brought much of this experience to the... >>

Google Wifi review: Whole home internet coverage done right
4.5 stars

Google Wifi review: Whole home internet coverage done right

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Having spent some time over the pond in the US market, Google's smart home networking system has now landed in the UK.It's not the only Wi-Fi-extending product of its kind available (and there are lesser alternatives, like powerline extenders), but it's... >>

Fitbit Alta HR review: The best everyday fitness tracker?
4.5 stars

Fitbit Alta HR review: The best everyday fitness tracker?

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The Fitbit Alta HR brings heart-rate tracking to its slim and stylish fitness tracker, the Alta. The earlier device was fabulous for basic tracking but it missed out on a couple of features, stopping it achieving excellence.The HR, however, aims to... >>

Sennheiser Ambeo Smart Headset preview: Exploring 3D sound

Sennheiser Ambeo Smart Headset preview: Exploring 3D sound

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Sennheiser launched the Ambeo mic in 2016, taking a step into devices that were designed for 3D audio, or audio to support the sort of sound experience you'd expect in VR applications. The Ambeo VR mic does exactly this, capturing sound from all directions... >>

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 review: Perfect entertainment... for a price
4.0 stars

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 review: Perfect entertainment... for a price

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It's 2017, the year in which tablets stand atop a precipice: poised in a position of greatness, offering enough power to be considered as potential laptop-replacements; yet dangerously close to falling off the edge for the simple fact that, well, people... >>

Honor 8 Pro review: Flagship that's no money pit
4.5 stars

Honor 8 Pro review: Flagship that's no money pit

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Big phones are a big deal. And the Honor 8 Pro is the company's largest phone to date, with a whopping 5.7-inch screen wrapped into similar-to-iPhone-7-Plus proportions. If you want screen real estate and resolution then this is the Honor for you.However,... >>

Withings Activite Steel HR review: Nokia has its finger on the pulse
4.0 stars

Withings Activite Steel HR review: Nokia has its finger on the pulse

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The Withings Activité Steel HR is the first device from the company since it was taken over by Nokia. It joins the plethora of beautifully designed devices, from the original Swiss-Made Activité to the Activité Steel, but it adds heart-rate tracking... >>

Garmin Vivoactive HR review: Multi-sports master, just not much of a looker
4.0 stars

Garmin Vivoactive HR review: Multi-sports master, just not much of a looker

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If you're a general fitness fan rather than someone with a specialist hobby, deciding which wearable is right for you is tough. What sport do you prioritise? Are your morning runs more important to you than your weekend round of golf, or would you rather... >>