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Sony XE93 4K TV review: Latest picture tech unlocks HDR thrills
4.5 stars

Sony XE93 4K TV review: Latest picture tech unlocks HDR thrills

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The first new Sony TV for 2017, the 55-inch XE9305, sets a seriously high-tech tone.Leading the way is the second-generation of Sony's Slim Backlight Drive system, which uniquely places two LCD light plates in sequence to provide twice as much local... >>

Olympus Tough TG-5 preview: For the hardcore generation

Olympus Tough TG-5 preview: For the hardcore generation

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Olympus has announced its latest Tough camera, the TG-5. Following the family of Tough cameras before it, the new Olympus model is everything you expect it to be. There are chunky lines, exposed bolt heads, locks on all the flaps and so on.Such are the... >>

Sony Alpha A99 II review: Proving that translucent can triumph
4.0 stars

Sony Alpha A99 II review: Proving that translucent can triumph

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Holy moly, what a specification the Sony A99 II offers: a 42.4-million-pixel BSI (back illuminated) full-frame CMOS sensor, a 399-point hybrid autofocus system, 12-frames per second shooting with continuous tracking autofocus, 4K movie capture, and 5-axis... >>

Fujifilm X-T20 review: The retro touch
4.5 stars

Fujifilm X-T20 review: The retro touch

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When we reviewed the Fujifilm X-T10 compact system camera, we felt that its retro style was just right. Now Fuji has introduced the X-T20 which maintains that touch of retro appeal - and you can take that "touch" aspect literally, thanks to the addition... >>

Samsung Galaxy S8 review: A mobile masterpiece
5.0 stars

Samsung Galaxy S8 review: A mobile masterpiece

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With many phones looking like clones, or brands nonchalantly pushing out the same old design year-on-year, Samsung is in that favourable position of offering something exciting in the Galaxy S8. It's a phone that defines flagship design with its visually... >>

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... >>

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... >>

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
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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 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... >>

Peugeot 3008 review: A tech-tastic crossover that's sure to Allure
4.0 stars

Peugeot 3008 review: A tech-tastic crossover that's sure to Allure

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The first time you see a new Peugeot 3008 on the road, we guarantee you'll look twice. This is not a car you'd call beautiful. But it does nail that modern SUV crossover thing - a complex piece of automotive sculpture which is decked out with interesting... >>

Garmin Fenix 5 review: Smart sports watches don't come better than this
5.0 stars

Garmin Fenix 5 review: Smart sports watches don't come better than this

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If you're an avid runner or cyclist, there's a good chance that either you or someone you know well is sporting a Garmin watch. Over the past few years, the company's reputation for building the best sports-tracking wearables has grown.With the Fenix... >>

Motorola Moto Z Play review: Unbeatable battery life bettered by Mods
4.0 stars

Motorola Moto Z Play review: Unbeatable battery life bettered by Mods

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Motorola has had something of a turbulent time over the past few years. Having moved from its own leadership to Google and then on to Lenovo, it has struggled to compete with the other big name brands at the flagship end of the smartphone market.With... >>

GoPro Karma drone review: Good things come to those who wait
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GoPro Karma drone review: Good things come to those who wait

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To say that GoPro's first effort at launching a quadcopter was turbulent would be something of an understatement. Initially it seemed an impressive, affordable machine - until DJI announced the smaller, more technologically advanced Mavic Pro.Then, to... >>

Tag Heuer Connected Modular 45 review: The undisputed smartwatch fashion king
4.5 stars

Tag Heuer Connected Modular 45 review: The undisputed smartwatch fashion king

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"It's too expensive". "It's unnecessary". "It's too big". "It doesn't have all the features of a watch a quarter of the price".The arguments against the Tag Heuer Connected Modular 45 are many and varied. What we see, however, is a fashion-forward and... >>

New Apple iPad 2017 review: Solid, affordable replacement for the aging Air
4.5 stars

New Apple iPad 2017 review: Solid, affordable replacement for the aging Air

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With the tablet market slowing down, and upgrade cycles being so long, Apple could perhaps have been forgiven for focussing mostly on its laptop-challenging Pro series. In fact, it's been almost two and a half years since the regular full-size iPads... >>

Asus Transformer Mini T102HA review: Great battery and price point, but limited performance credentials
4.0 stars

Asus Transformer Mini T102HA review: Great battery and price point, but limited performance credentials

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The Asus Transformer Mini T102HA is a hybrid for people who want a Surface Pro 4 but can't face the price.It's smaller, far cheaper and, simply put, not as good. But it is really quite a lot cheaper - around £360 at the time of writing - and still has... >>

Huawei P10 Plus review: Plenty of plusses from Huawei's colourful 5.5-inch phone
4.0 stars

Huawei P10 Plus review: Plenty of plusses from Huawei's colourful 5.5-inch phone

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Good things come in small packages. So do better things come in larger ones? That's the sentiment of the Huawei P10 Plus: this 5.5-inch smartphone is the top drawer P-series device from the Chinese maker, expanding not only on size compared to the smaller... >>

Huawei P10 review: Android's iPhone-killer, or flawed imitator?
4.0 stars

Huawei P10 review: Android's iPhone-killer, or flawed imitator?

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It's not often a phone is revealed in a green colour finish. Or "greenery" to give it full credit. Which, as it so happens, is Pantone's colour of the year 2017. It's also Huawei's oh-so-on-trend colour for its brand new P10 smartphone.Yes, ok, so you're... >>

New Balance RunIQ review: Runs into some hurdles
3.0 stars

New Balance RunIQ review: Runs into some hurdles

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There has been something of an interesting shift in the Android Wear watch market over the past year to 18 months. Traditional companies are seemingly approaching the product category with more hesitation, while fashion companies like Tag Heuer, Guess,... >>

BT Ultra HD YouView review: 4K entertainment, but in limited supply
4.0 stars

BT Ultra HD YouView review: 4K entertainment, but in limited supply

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BT was the first television provider in the UK to take a step into the future of entertainment, launching its own Ultra HD 4K service. It started, appropriately, with BT Sport Ultra HD, before expanding into other 4K content from streaming providers,... >>

Sonos PlayBase review: Super-slim soundbase makes TV sound sublime
4.5 stars

Sonos PlayBase review: Super-slim soundbase makes TV sound sublime

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Sonos doesn't launch a new product every month, or even every year, but when it does it's well worth the wait for top notch sound. The company's latest speaker, the PlayBase - which is designed to slide underneath your TV rather than mount onto the... >>

Panasonic Lumix GH5 review: Hail the 4K king
5.0 stars

Panasonic Lumix GH5 review: Hail the 4K king

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In the world of mirrorless and DSLR cameras a lot of manufacturers are brushing over 4K video capture. Canon? Doesn't want to know. Nikon? Miles behind. Not so Panasonic, whose GH5 is one of the most adept 4K capture devices available today, capable of... >>

Creative iRoar Go review: Wild sound, tame design
4.0 stars

Creative iRoar Go review: Wild sound, tame design

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With what seems like a zillion portable Bluetooth speakers available, it can be tricky to decide which one to buy. Creative might not be the most obvious name that springs to mind, but its Roar series has been a strong contender in the space for years... >>

Bose QuietControl 30 review: In-ear noise-cancelling doesn't get any better than this
4.5 stars

Bose QuietControl 30 review: In-ear noise-cancelling doesn't get any better than this

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Bose is one of those brand names that invokes a response from most consumers. They'll know first hand, or through others, that the name is synonymous with quality audio - especially those products with top notch noise-cancelling, such as the QuietComfort... >>

Sennheiser Momentum In-Ear Wireless review: Immersive quality without the over-ear bulk
4.5 stars

Sennheiser Momentum In-Ear Wireless review: Immersive quality without the over-ear bulk

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Momentum headphones from Sennheiser are among the most well regarded on-ear and over-ears cans on the market. For 2017, the company has added a whole new take for the range: a neckband-equipped in-ear version. At £169, the Sennheiser Momentum In-Ear... >>

Astell & Kern XB10 review: Cranking it up to 11

Astell & Kern XB10 review: Cranking it up to 11

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A DAC - that's digital-to-analogue converter for the uninitiated - is found in every electronic device with a speaker. Phones, laptops, wireless speakers - every device that needs to take a digital signal and turn it into an analogue one (i.e. soundwaves)... >>

Ultimate Ears UE Wonderboom review: An explosion of musical joy
5.0 stars

Ultimate Ears UE Wonderboom review: An explosion of musical joy

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UE is back with the Wonderboom, the latest Bluetooth speaker to join the Boom party. And this time it's going small. Like the UE Roll 2, this speaker takes things smaller, making it even easier to port around its fun brand of Bluetooth music, but doing... >>

Citroen C3 (2017) review: Bringing back the oh la la
4.0 stars

Citroen C3 (2017) review: Bringing back the oh la la

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Citroen has been through something of a rough patch. With German cars often being the first choice, the French have been fighting to get back some of the verve and passion that they used to possess. For Citroen, much of the small car amour found itself... >>

Audi RS3 Saloon review: Racecar fun for the road
4.0 stars

Audi RS3 Saloon review: Racecar fun for the road

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Some people say Audi design has become boring; formulaic even. We think it's simply that the German brand has got its design language so on the money that there's nothing left for the moaners to whinge about any more.Besides, if anyone were to say the... >>

Mass Effect Andromeda review: RPG heavyweight returns with promise... and pitfalls
4.0 stars

Mass Effect Andromeda review: RPG heavyweight returns with promise... and pitfalls

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Role-players have had a great year so far. First, Horizon: Zero Dawn, then The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Now Mass Effect: Andromeda has arrived after many years of eager anticipation. You can say goodbye to spring, that's for sure.The last... >>

LG G6 review: The first truly great flagship phone for 2017
5.0 stars

LG G6 review: The first truly great flagship phone for 2017

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For years, the LG G-series has been the Korean company's smartphone effort to outsmart its biggest local rival, Samsung, and do so at a more wallet-friendly price.But with the less-than-successful launch of the LG G5 last year - largely down to its modular... >>