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Resident Evil 7 review: It's scarily good
4.0 stars

Resident Evil 7 review: It's scarily good

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Once it reached its fifth and sixth iterations, Resident Evil – the franchise that defined survival-horror – had queasily mutated into a very different beast. Its horror element had more or less been shelved in favour of Hollywood-style action sequences,... >>

Apple Watch Nike+ review: Great smartwatch, just not a perfect runner's watch
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Apple Watch Nike+ review: Great smartwatch, just not a perfect runner's watch

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We can all agree that the Apple Watch is one of the best smartwatches out there. Its user interface is slicker than many rivals, it works seamlessly and exclusively with the iPhone and comes wrapped in high-quality, understated hardware. The Nike+ edition... >>

Leica M10 preview: The rangefinder refined

Leica M10 preview: The rangefinder refined

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Leica doesn't do things like other camera makers. The German brand has a cult-like following of photographers who appreciate the brand's unflinching craftsmanship and pinnacle lens quality.The champion Leica has always been its full-frame M-series rangefinder.... >>

Seat Leon Cupra review: Simmering rather than on-the-boil hot hatch
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Seat Leon Cupra review: Simmering rather than on-the-boil hot hatch

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Seat launched the first-generation Leon in 1998. Sportier than the VW Golf, and cheaper than the Audi A3 (with which it shared much), it married the best qualities of both and the car reached its zenith as the range-topping Cupra R performance model.That... >>

Fujifilm GFX 50S preview: Medium format made easy

Fujifilm GFX 50S preview: Medium format made easy

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When Fujifilm announced at Photokina 2016 it was to launch a mirrorless medium format camera - that is, a camera with a sensor larger than even a pro-spec DSLR - there was explosive excitement.The company hasn't been mucking around either, for the GFX... >>

Fujifilm X100F preview: Fixed-lens finery

Fujifilm X100F preview: Fixed-lens finery

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If there's one high-end fixed-lens camera that gets people excited, it's the Fuji X100 series.Now in its fourth-generation form, the X100F has the core make-up that made its predecessors such successes, but has a revamped layout and enhanced autofocus... >>

Panasonic TX-50DX700 4K TV review: Picture performance beyond its price
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Panasonic TX-50DX700 4K TV review: Picture performance beyond its price

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Ultra-HD TVs are certainly becoming more popular, we know that for sure. The amount of content on offer has increased exponentially since 4K was first introduced - with big shows like Breaking Bad, House of Cards and Man In The High Castle all being delivered... >>

Alcatel Idol 4S with Windows 10 review: Not Microsoft's mobile saviour
3.5 stars

Alcatel Idol 4S with Windows 10 review: Not Microsoft's mobile saviour

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The smartphone market is almost completely unrecognisable from just five years ago. Back then the Windows Phone platform was tightly controlled by Microsoft and only available on (since deceased) Nokia phones.But we're talking about an era when BlackBerry... >>

Logitech Circle review: The portable home security camera
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Logitech Circle review: The portable home security camera

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The Logitech Circle camera (or Logi Circle if you're on board with the new branding) is a powerful little home security cam with plenty of strings to its bow.This smart home camera is meant for more than simple security: it's a cloud-based Wi-Fi camera... >>

Wileyfox Swift 2 X preview: Cyanora custom software

Wileyfox Swift 2 X preview: Cyanora custom software

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The British company surprised the smartphone market in 2015, releasing two phones which boasted impressive specs and performance at a very affordable price. In many ways, the two first Wileyfox phones were essentially the Britain's answer to the OnePlus... >>

Nest Cam Outdoor review: Secure enough as a security camera?
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Nest Cam Outdoor review: Secure enough as a security camera?

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Nest has made the move from indoor security, to offering all-seeing protection for the outside of your home. Say hello to the Nest Cam Outdoor.Boasting some of the same features as its indoor Nest Cam sibling, the outdoor version is touted as offering... >>

Huawei Mate 9 review: The big-screen boss?
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Huawei Mate 9 review: The big-screen boss?

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The Huawei Mate series did big-screen before big-screen was even fashionable. Now that it's an increasing norm, the Mate 9 finds itself the focus of greater attention than its predecessors - and for good reason.After all, the big phone market is in something... >>

Sony RX100 V review: Impressive, but resting on its laurels
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Sony RX100 V review: Impressive, but resting on its laurels

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Sony has completely owned the high-end compact camera market since the launch of the original RX100 back in 2012. From the third-gen model, it tore up what a palm-sized compact could do by introducing a built-in electronic viewfinder and faster lens.... >>

Nissan Micra (2017) first drive: Same name, different personality

Nissan Micra (2017) first drive: Same name, different personality

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Nissan's Micra has been around for decades. Since 1983 in fact, selling over 3.5million in Europe alone during its lifetime. It's a car everyone has heard of, even if not for all the best reasons.Despite its popularity, the Micra hasn't ever been the... >>

Super Bomberman R preview: A sparkling retro gem for the Nintendo Switch

Super Bomberman R preview: A sparkling retro gem for the Nintendo Switch

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As classic multiplayer games go, few can match the might of Bomberman. Way back when it was the ultimate way to get your mates around and strategically blast them into oblivion. In, you know, a fun and friendly kind of way.The premise of any Bomberman... >>

OnePlus 3T review: The best mid-price phone, now with Nougat sweetness
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OnePlus 3T review: The best mid-price phone, now with Nougat sweetness

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What do you do when you have an already-great smartphone and access to parts that can improve it? If you're a traditional smartphone maker, you'll more than likely wait around 12 months before putting those upgraded parts into a slightly newer chassis.If... >>

Samsung Family Hub 2.0 refrigerator preview: Spotify and sausages

Samsung Family Hub 2.0 refrigerator preview: Spotify and sausages

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Samsung revealed its new Family Hub refrigerator line-up immediately prior to CES but we got to see one of them in the flesh at the company's main press conference.The concept is similar if not identical to last year's CES sensation, but there are a few... >>

HTC U Play preview: Mid-range specs, but plenty bling

HTC U Play preview: Mid-range specs, but plenty bling

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HTC has made an early move on its 2017 updates, launching a new set of devices under the U name. The U Play is the smaller of the pair, sitting in the shadow of the larger U Ultra, but offering a similar design and build.The U aspect is easily explained... >>

Huawei Fit review: A fitness watch you’ll want to run away from
2.5 stars

Huawei Fit review: A fitness watch you’ll want to run away from

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If, like many, you're thinking along the lines of "new year, new you" then a decent fitness tracker such as the Huawei Fit is probably atop your 2017 gadget wish list.Getting the right one can be the difference between hitting that 10k personal best,... >>

Dell XPS 27 (2017) preview: Audiophiles, this 4K touchscreen AIO is for you

Dell XPS 27 (2017) preview: Audiophiles, this 4K touchscreen AIO is for you

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Not everybody wants a laptop, especially people who are audiophiles and desire more than tiny speakers crammed into a slim form factor.But that doesn't mean they want a tower setup either. For those type of niche people, Dell has something new: the 2017... >>

Sony HT-ST5000 Dolby Atmos soundbar preview: 7.1.2, Chromecast and Spotify Connect

Sony HT-ST5000 Dolby Atmos soundbar preview: 7.1.2, Chromecast and Spotify Connect

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Sony was one of the manufacturers at this year's CES to throw its weight behind Dolby Atmos, the audio format with extra height channels to create a more immersive bubble of sound.The Sony HT-ST5000 soundbar, which perfectly matches the company's Dolby... >>

Mazda 2 review: One of the best cars in its class
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Mazda 2 review: One of the best cars in its class

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If you are thinking about buying a supermini then cars like the Ford Fiesta, Vauxhall Corsa, Renault Clio and maybe a Volkswagen Polo or something else from the VW group come to mind.One car that might be slightly off your radar is the Mazda 2. Despite... >>

Samsung Gear S3 review: Android Wear, beware, this is the smartwatch to beat
4.5 stars

Samsung Gear S3 review: Android Wear, beware, this is the smartwatch to beat

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Samsung has been in the wearable game longer most other tech companies. From its original Galaxy Gear through to now with its latest Gear S3 - available in Classic and Frontier models - the progression shows the company's refined focus on its smartwatch... >>

LG SJ9 Dolby Atmos soundbar preview: Extended home cinema without the clutter

LG SJ9 Dolby Atmos soundbar preview: Extended home cinema without the clutter

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There were plenty of soundbars launched at CES in January, with 2017 looking like the year that Dolby Atmos properly takes off in the home.Sony and Samsung are both investing heavily in Dolby Atmos kit, while LG is really going to town with the technology.... >>

Misfit Vapor preview: Designer touchscreen watch in a waterproof package

Misfit Vapor preview: Designer touchscreen watch in a waterproof package

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Misfit has unveiled a designer touchscreen smartwatch with a round screen and waterproofing. But, best of all, it doesn't have a "flat tyre".The Fossil Group-owned company, which is known for making low-power wearables, showed off Vapor at this year's... >>