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HP EliteBook x360 preview: Thin with all the win

HP EliteBook x360 preview: Thin with all the win

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At CES 2017 - the world's largest technology show - there were a lot of top-notch laptops on display. And one of the most notable was the HP EliteBook x360: the world's thinnest 13-inch convertible laptop.Now that's particularly relevant, given that Dell... >>

Ring Floodlight Cam preview: Smart, bright security system to scare intruders away

Ring Floodlight Cam preview: Smart, bright security system to scare intruders away

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Ring has had great success with its camera-enabled doorbell over the last year, so much so that it is expanding its product portfolio to now include a clever security cam and spotlight system that will hopefully keep intruders away.The Ring Floodlight... >>

ZTE Blade V8 Pro preview: Dual camera action on a budget

ZTE Blade V8 Pro preview: Dual camera action on a budget

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What does ZTE's latest phone have in common with the Honor 6x and Asus ZenFone 3 Zoom?Besides being unveiled at this year's Consumer Electronics Show, they each sport dual cameras, allowing you to capture photos with a a "bokeh" depth-of-field effect.... >>

LG PJ9 levitating speaker preview: The Bluetooth speaker that hovers

LG PJ9 levitating speaker preview: The Bluetooth speaker that hovers

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Bluetooth speakers come in all shapes and sizes these days, and there are even some that float.But when you normally talk about floating speakers, you are usually referring to waterproof devices, that you can use in a swimming pool.The LG PJ9 is a different... >>

Nvidia Spot preview: The Google Assistant mic and speaker

Nvidia Spot preview: The Google Assistant mic and speaker

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Alongside the new version of the Nvidia Shield TV, an Android Nougat-powered media streamer, the company will be launching the Nvidia Spot.It's a tiny sphere that you plug into an available power socket which works with the Shield TV box and basically... >>

Asus ZenFone 3 Zoom preview: The mid-ranger cameraphone

Asus ZenFone 3 Zoom preview: The mid-ranger cameraphone

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Asus went after mixed reality geeks with the ZenFone AR, but with the  Zenfone 3 Zoom, it's targeting photographers.All the major smartphones from this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas had multiple camera lenses, including the ZenFone 3... >>

Blu Vivo 6 review: Affordable Android in a pretty shell
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Blu Vivo 6 review: Affordable Android in a pretty shell

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Phone-maker Blu started making a name for itself in the States for being an affordable Android brand, but it's taken some time for the company to bring its wares to the UK.In fact, the Vivo 6 is the company's first Blighty-bound device. Having launched... >>

Asus ZenFone AR preview: A solid introduction to mixed reality

Asus ZenFone AR preview: A solid introduction to mixed reality

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The first phone with both Google Tango and Google Daydream is here.While at this year's Consumer Electronics Show, Asus unveiled the ZenFone AR, the second Tango-enabled phone to debut. What makes this interesting is that it also comes with Daydream,... >>

Fisher-Price Smart Cycle preview: An indoor exercise bike for kids

Fisher-Price Smart Cycle preview: An indoor exercise bike for kids

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Fisher-Price made a high-tech exercise bike for kids who like to game. During this year's Consumer Electronics Show, Fisher-Price unveiled the Think and Learn Smart Cycle. It's a miniature exercise bike with a tablet stand - and it's meant for children... >>

LG Signature OLED W preview: 2.5mm thin wall-mounted "wallpaper" TV is simply stunning

LG Signature OLED W preview: 2.5mm thin wall-mounted "wallpaper" TV is simply stunning

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Holy moly. At just 2.5mm thin, the LG Signature OLED W TV is a stunning thing to behold. Just look at it.The entire Wallpaper panel is the same thickness, so it can sit perfectly flush with the wall. It even attaches by magnets. All the processor gubbins... >>

Samsung M9500 Ultra HD Blu-ray player preview: Not just 4K but Bluetooth too

Samsung M9500 Ultra HD Blu-ray player preview: Not just 4K but Bluetooth too

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Samsung announced its new, top-of-the-line Ultra HD Blu-ray player a week or so before the CES 2017 consumer electronics trade show in Las Vegas but we have now seen the M9500 in the flesh.The Korean company calls its new deck the ultimate content player... >>

Huawei Mate 9 Pro preview: The Mate we wanted all along

Huawei Mate 9 Pro preview: The Mate we wanted all along

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When Huawei unveiled the Mate 9 it overshadowed it by revealing a smaller-scale and better designed Porsche Design model in tandem. But the latter model's limited availability and €1,395 price tag clearly demonstrated it wasn't a model for the masses.Now... >>

HTC Vive Tracker preview: Turns baseball bats, guns and more into VR controllers

HTC Vive Tracker preview: Turns baseball bats, guns and more into VR controllers

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2016 might not have been the year of virtual reality everybody had previously predicted, but it set the stall for future innovations. And unlike failed attempts in the past, this time it does seem that VR is here to stay.One of the best headsets available... >>

Focal Utopia by Tournaire preview: Yes, these really are a $120,000 pair of headphones

Focal Utopia by Tournaire preview: Yes, these really are a $120,000 pair of headphones

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We'll start by saying that there is no doubt that the Focal Utopia open-back, over-ear headphones are astounding. They are quite possibly the best headphones we've ever used and every ounce of the renowned French manufacturer's audio expertise is right... >>

HP Sprout Pro preview: It's like the old Sprout - but better and aimed at pros

HP Sprout Pro preview: It's like the old Sprout - but better and aimed at pros

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HP has updated the original Sprout it launched in 2014. And it's added "Pro" to the title.The Sprout is an all-in-one with a projector and camera extrusion, and it comes with a mat for you to get all interactive with it. The original version was aimed... >>

LG Tone Studio preview: Yep, it's a speaker for your neck

LG Tone Studio preview: Yep, it's a speaker for your neck

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One of the hottest trends we've noticed so far at this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is speakers. They're everywhere, and apparently, they can be worn anywhere, including your neck. Crazy and whacky gadgets of CES 2017 For instance, LG... >>

Polar Team Pro Shirt preview: A heart-rate tracking shirt for serious athletes only

Polar Team Pro Shirt preview: A heart-rate tracking shirt for serious athletes only

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Polar is at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas showing off its first foray into the smart apparel market.The company, which is known for its fitness trackers and heart-rate sensors, is basically taking wearables to a whole new level. It's... >>

Casio WSD-F20 preview: Rugged outdoor smartwatch shows Android Wear can be great

Casio WSD-F20 preview: Rugged outdoor smartwatch shows Android Wear can be great

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This hulk of a watch is the Casio WSD-F20: a rugged, outdoor smarwatch with heaps of fitness features. Compared to its F10 predecessor it adds GPS tracking with mapping, so it might be seen as a small-time upgrade but a great first purchase (if you can... >>

B&O Play BeoPlay M5 preview: Woollen-clad woofer

B&O Play BeoPlay M5 preview: Woollen-clad woofer

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B&O Play likes to do things in a Danish way. That's probably why the new BeoPlay M5 comes clad in a wool-blend coat, as if it could go camping in the hills of a Troldeskoven.But no, the M5 isn't designed to leave the house. It's a wired speaker after... >>

Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II preview: The crossover camera

Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II preview: The crossover camera

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The first-gen Canon PowerShot G9 X was something of a departure for Canon: it's touchscreen-focused controls saw it handle differently to a typical Canon compact. The Mark II model maintains this focus, with an updated user interface to simplify the camera's... >>

Lenovo Smart Assistant preview: Transformers, Alexa in disguise

Lenovo Smart Assistant preview: Transformers, Alexa in disguise

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Here's something we didn't expect: an Amazon Echo that's, well, not an Amazon Echo at all. It's a Lenovo Smart Assistant.But the Lenovo uses Amazon's Alexa voice assistant and, for all intensive purposes, is functionally identical to Echo. So you can... >>

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (2017) preview: The best business laptop money can buy?

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (2017) preview: The best business laptop money can buy?

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If there's one so-called "business laptop" brand that keeps its customers happy time and again, that would be ThinkPad. The once IBM-owned brand has remained strong under the wings of its Lenovo acquisition and its latest 2017 product, the X1 Carbon,... >>

Lenovo Miix 720 preview: The ultra-powerful portable 2-in-1

Lenovo Miix 720 preview: The ultra-powerful portable 2-in-1

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Lenovo has taken the wraps off its latest 2-in-1, the top-end Miix 720, which based on specs alone is an all-powerful 2-in-1 tablet. It doesn't half look bad either and, based on our time tinkering with the new crossover at CES 2017, it feels good in... >>

Audio-Technica ATH-DSR9BT preview: A digital future for high-end headphones

Audio-Technica ATH-DSR9BT preview: A digital future for high-end headphones

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How can audio progress in today’s market? With digital streaming, the proliferation of High Resolution audio slowly making inroads and the advancement of wireless technologies to take advantage, there’s increasing demand for quality.Audio-Technica’s... >>

Samsung QLED TV preview: Is this Samsung's best ever television range?

Samsung QLED TV preview: Is this Samsung's best ever television range?

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During a pre-CES invite-only briefing, Samsung unveiled the QLED TV series and we can honestly say, from what we've seen so far, that they are the best televisions the company has ever made.We got up close to the new QLED TV concepts shown at the Samsung... >>