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Alfa Romeo Stelvio preview: Alfa’s first SUV

Alfa Romeo Stelvio preview: Alfa’s first SUV

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At the LA Motor Show - or AutomobilityLA as it's now known - it felt as though every brand brought a new SUV. From Honda and Mazda, through to Chevrolet, Jaguar and - most surprisingly of all - Alfa Romeo.Alfa has never made an SUV before, but the demand... >>

BlackBerry DTEK60 review: More than just an Alcatel clone?
4.0 stars

BlackBerry DTEK60 review: More than just an Alcatel clone?

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BlackBerry has officially stopped building and designing its own phones. When that news broke, it was almost as dramatic as when it announced its first Android phone, the keyboard-equipped Priv.For a company known for building its devices, operating system... >>

MacBook Pro with Touch Bar review: A touch of brilliance or totally brainless?
4.0 stars

MacBook Pro with Touch Bar review: A touch of brilliance or totally brainless?

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Apple has revamped its MacBook Pro range, delivering a laptop that is thinner, lighter and more powerful than before.Rather than just roll out the typical annual revamp of new and improved internal specs, the company has added a new feature to its top-spec... >>

DJI Phantom 4 Pro preview: Smarter, longer-lasting pro-level drone

DJI Phantom 4 Pro preview: Smarter, longer-lasting pro-level drone

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It wasn't that long ago that DJI wowed us with its first collapsable, ultra-portable but high-end Mavic Pro drone. For the first time, very high end technology was available in a product that cost less than £1000. It could have spelled the end for the... >>

Dishonored 2 review: One of the finest stealth games ever made
4.5 stars

Dishonored 2 review: One of the finest stealth games ever made

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Following 2016's cataclysmically misguided protest-votes against the direction of 21st-century politics, many people's thoughts have turned to the prospect of living in an authoritarian dystopia. So Dishonored 2's arrival could not have been more timely.Like... >>

Watch Dogs 2 review: Can you teach an old Dog new tricks?
4.0 stars

Watch Dogs 2 review: Can you teach an old Dog new tricks?

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Remember Aiden Pearce's trench coat in the original Watch Dogs? People flipped out about the lead protagonist's leathers when the game was first announced back in 2012 - its subtle movement in the wind, the O-M-G textures. It was the hint that current-gen... >>

NES Classic Mini review: Comes up a little short
4.0 stars

NES Classic Mini review: Comes up a little short

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Nintendo has had its problems of late, especially when it comes to home consoles, but things are looking up.The forthcoming Switch is intriguing, full of potential and could turn the tide for the Japanese gaming giant when it releases in March 2017. The... >>

Google Daydream View review: A Pixel-perfect VR experience?
4.0 stars

Google Daydream View review: A Pixel-perfect VR experience?

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Google has a mobile virtual reality platform, Daydream, which now has a headset to go with it. It's called Daydream View.But with a market already full of VR headsets that range from affordable DIY kits compatible with phones through to head-mounted computers... >>

Amazon Echo Dot review: The tiny personal assistant with big personality
4.0 stars

Amazon Echo Dot review: The tiny personal assistant with big personality

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The Echo Dot is Amazon's small and affordable route into Alexa, its voice-controlled personal assistant for your home, which can playback music, add to your Amazon shopping list, control third-party apps and much more.Available for £50, it's essentially... >>

Sony PS4 Pro review: Why wait for Project Scorpio?
4.5 stars

Sony PS4 Pro review: Why wait for Project Scorpio?

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When Sony announced the PS4 Pro it drew many a gasp of breath. Not because of its faster central and graphics processing, but more for its timing. This was the machine many expected to be pitched against Microsoft's Project Scorpio, a 4K gaming powerhouse... >>

Google Pixel review: Android at its best
5.0 stars

Google Pixel review: Android at its best

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For years, Google chose to partner with manufacturers to create handsets showing off the purest form of Android, with the latest innovations highlighted by the best hardware. This was what the Nexus range was all about. But this lead to at least a few... >>

Skylanders Imaginators review: Create your own Skylanders at last
4.0 stars

Skylanders Imaginators review: Create your own Skylanders at last

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Rather than introduce another pre-packaged figurine novelty for this year's Skylanders game, Imaginators puts character creation in the hands of its young players.From top to bottom Skylanders Imaginators focuses on a creation tool that snaps together... >>

Android 7.1 Nougat review: Subtle but super-sweet OS update
5.0 stars

Android 7.1 Nougat review: Subtle but super-sweet OS update

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Android 7.1 Nougat is the latest version of Google's mobile operating system. It makes its debut on the Google Pixel and Pixel XL, the company’s first home-made phones, and will soon make its way to other devices.While the pre-Pixel version of Nougat... >>

Apple iPhone 6S review: A year on, it's still a great phone
5.0 stars

Apple iPhone 6S review: A year on, it's still a great phone

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Things change quickly in the smartphone world and what was once a company's flagship, becomes supposedly second best as it makes way for the latest and greatest. With the Apple iPhone 7 now on the shelves, what of the iPhone 6S? Is the 2015 flagship... >>

Pebble 2 review: Smart, but not fancy
4.0 stars

Pebble 2 review: Smart, but not fancy

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Before the plethora of Android watches and, eventually, the Apple Watch hit the market, there was Pebble. It wasn't the first ever smartwatch, but it was the first to excite the tech community with its ping-from-phone alerts and apps and was, for a while,... >>

Sony PS4 review: The go-to for gamers
4.5 stars

Sony PS4 review: The go-to for gamers

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A lot can change in a few years. This is the fourth time we've sat down and had a good, hard think about the PlayStation 4 since its 2013 launch.Back then the launch line-up was fairly stifled, with clangers like Knack not elevating the console to true... >>

Xbox One S review: Great console and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player, what else?
4.5 stars

Xbox One S review: Great console and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player, what else?

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It's somewhat strange that, in just three years, what were described as the "next generation" are now considered standard and commonplace, while a new generation of games consoles is already starting to emerge.Next year we will get Microsoft's new jewel... >>

PS4 Slim review: The slim-fit 'Station
4.0 stars

PS4 Slim review: The slim-fit 'Station

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When Sony unveiled two new versions of the PS4 during its special PlayStation Meeting in New York it rather glossed over the new, slimmer version of the console, dubbed the PS4 Slim. The company understandably put greater focus on the higher-specified... >>

Parrot Disco preview: You can be my wingman any time

Parrot Disco preview: You can be my wingman any time

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Most of the talk about drones has focused around quadcopters. Parrot has a fair number of those, like the Bebop 2, but the Disco is a different proposition, taking to the skies as a fixed-wing drone.In reality there's been no shortage of those, from balsa... >>

Call of Duty Infinite Warfare review: Infinitely better than ever before
4.0 stars

Call of Duty Infinite Warfare review: Infinitely better than ever before

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In the 21st century, life now has three inevitabilities: death, taxes and an annual instalment of Call of Duty.But Infinite Warfare, 2016's effort, comes with an added layer of controversy: the all-conquering first-person shooter's mighty fan-base took... >>

Amazon Echo review: It's all about Alexa
4.0 stars

Amazon Echo review: It's all about Alexa

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Amazon launched the Echo - its cylindrical, internet-connected Bluetooth-capable speaker - in the US back in 2015. Just over a year later and the Echo has finally made its way to the UK. Hurrah.But we're not most excited about the actual speaker part.... >>

Lenovo Yoga Book review: A keyless laptop from the future... that's stuck in the past
3.5 stars

Lenovo Yoga Book review: A keyless laptop from the future... that's stuck in the past

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The Lenovo Yoga Book is the keyless laptop from the future, albeit available in the here and now. It's one of those rare products that's not just different for the sake of it, but truly innovative in its thinking, by combining a two-in-one light-up keypad... >>

Huawei Mate 9 Porsche Design preview: The mini Mate 9 with a big €1395 price tag

Huawei Mate 9 Porsche Design preview: The mini Mate 9 with a big €1395 price tag

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You had a double take, didn't you? No, this isn't a limited edition Samsung Galaxy S7 edge, it's the limited edition Huawei Mate 9 Porsche Design.The Chinese telecoms company and German design company have forged a new partnership to show off what they... >>

Samsung Family Hub connected fridge now available in UK

Samsung Family Hub connected fridge now available in UK

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It is customary for televisions or home entertainment tech to come out tops during the CES trade show in Las Vegas at the start of each year, but in January 2016, Samsung was talk of the town for its latest fridge freezer rather than its TVs.The company... >>

Honda HR-V review: An unusual acquaintance
3.5 stars

Honda HR-V review: An unusual acquaintance

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Honda is one of Britain's great car makers. Yes, you did read that correctly. Despite being a Japanese firm, the company's vast operation in Swindon - where it builds the Civic, Jazz and CR-V - makes it one of the UK's biggest car producers.Which makes... >>