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HTC U Ultra review: Are two displays better than one?
4.0 stars

HTC U Ultra review: Are two displays better than one?

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HTC has kicked off 2017 with a new family of devices called HTC U. The logic is simple enough to follow: they are designed to be all about "you" (see what they did there?) and advance the connection between you and your device, for a more symbiotic relationship. It's... >>

Samsung Galaxy Book preview: A viable Surface alternative

Samsung Galaxy Book preview: A viable Surface alternative

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The world is trying to move us away from laptops and toward 2-in-1 devices. Following Microsoft's original dalliance and the emergence of Window RT, there was some turmoil, as it became immediately evident that people didn't want RT - they wanted the... >>

Sony Xperia XA1 and XA1 Ultra preview: Edgy mid-rangers

Sony Xperia XA1 and XA1 Ultra preview: Edgy mid-rangers

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Sony announced the X series of smartphones at Mobile World Congress 2016, marking the death of the Z line and a new path for the Japanese manufacturer. There were several X devices announced, including the lovely Xperia XA with its edge-to-edge display.One... >>

Sony Xperia XZs preview: Same design, new hardware

Sony Xperia XZs preview: Same design, new hardware

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The Xperia XZs is one of four smartphones debuting at Mobile World Congress 2017 from Sony Mobile, succeeding the Xperia XZ that was announced six months ago at IFA in September.The new smartphone offers an upgrade in terms of camera functionality and... >>

Nokia 5 preview: Pure Android, all metal, completely affordable

Nokia 5 preview: Pure Android, all metal, completely affordable

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Nokia has announced a trio of global smartphones at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. With the Nokia 6 leading the charge, and the Nokia 3 bringing up the rear, it's the Nokia 5 that sits in the middle. Priced at just €189, it's a fully-fledged Android... >>

Powerbeats 3 Wireless review: Beats and bass
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Powerbeats 3 Wireless review: Beats and bass

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There's a lot to consider when buying a pair of sports earphones. You can either opt for the "cheap as possible, don't care if they break, buy new ones if they do," approach, or spend a bit more money on something that will sound good, work well and is... >>

Motorola VerveOnes+ review: Bittersweet symphony
3.5 stars

Motorola VerveOnes+ review: Bittersweet symphony

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Now that completely wire-free headphones are a realistic product, many companies have jumped on board the bandwagon. Apple, Samsung and Jabra joined the likes of Bragi in the relatively new market, as has Motorola with its Verve Life lineup. Moto VerveOnes+... >>

Bragi The Headphone review: The One?
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Bragi The Headphone review: The One?

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It could be argued that Bragi is the company that started off the whole revolution of completely wire-free earphones. Before Samsung and Apple brought their respective Icon X and AirPods to the table and, with them, a larger audience in the audio market,... >>

Orbitsound One P70 preview: The compact, affordable soundbar

Orbitsound One P70 preview: The compact, affordable soundbar

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British-based audio company Orbitsound has unveiled a new soundbar, the One P70. At its £299 price point it's very well positioned to undercut some of the big-boy competitiors and deliver TV-boosting sound.But that's not all the P70 can do, for it's... >>

Oppo UDP-203 review: UHD Blu-ray has never looked so good
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Oppo UDP-203 review: UHD Blu-ray has never looked so good

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Look up "legend" in the Blu-ray dictionary and you'll find pictures of Oppo's BDP-105. These ultra expensive BD decks became the reference standard for Blu-ray playback across the world. Now Oppo is out to do the same thing for Ultra HD Blu-ray playback... >>

For Honor review: The must-have multiplayer for 2017
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For Honor review: The must-have multiplayer for 2017

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Swordplay has long been a staple of videogames, but primarily on the PC: it's much easier to emulate fencing-type skills with a keyboard and mouse than a typical console gamepad.However, For Honor – a bold new mediaeval-style IP from Ubisoft that pitches... >>

Neato Botvac D5 Connected review: A Dyson 360 Eye competitor?
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Neato Botvac D5 Connected review: A Dyson 360 Eye competitor?

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Robot vacuum cleaners are becoming more popular with several big players now in the market, including Dyson. Some are great, others not so much, but all of them are pricey, typically costing upwards of £600.Neato brought the cost down a little with the... >>

Smart Electric Drive (2017) first drive: Nippy inner-city transport sprouts a plug socket

Smart Electric Drive (2017) first drive: Nippy inner-city transport sprouts a plug socket

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Stop anyone in the street and ask them to name the electric car pioneers and it's likely the big names will make up the majority of answers: the Renault Zoe, Nissan Leaf and Elon Musk's Tesla Model S.It might be difficult to comprehend but Smart has been... >>

Panasonic Lumix GX800 review: An affable, affordable entry-level mirrorless camera
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Panasonic Lumix GX800 review: An affable, affordable entry-level mirrorless camera

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We thought the era of Panasonic making palm-sized compact system cameras was over: the earlier GF7 model was the last sighting of small-scale, as the GF8 was skipped in the UK. But, as it turns out, that's not the Japanese camera maker's approach: the... >>

BMW 5 Series (2017) review: Saloon car perfection?
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BMW 5 Series (2017) review: Saloon car perfection?

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The last-generation BMW 5 Series sold more than two million units worldwide. Two million. To put that into perspective: between 2010 and 2015 Porsche built just over two million cars in total, across its entire range.It is, therefore, not hard to see... >>

Project Cars 2 gameplay preview: Racing realism amplified to new heights

Project Cars 2 gameplay preview: Racing realism amplified to new heights

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The roaring success of Project Cars was one of 2015's most heart-warming feel-good stories. You may remember it as the game that seemingly rose without trace: created by hitherto somewhat obscure UK indie studio Slightly Mad Games, it was crowdfunded... >>

Rockjaw Resonate review: Rock solid audio with a price that resonates
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Rockjaw Resonate review: Rock solid audio with a price that resonates

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In the world of popular brands like Beats, Bose and Sony, it can be hard to make a name for yourself as a headphone manufacturer. The best way to do so is to release headphones that offer fantastic versatility, audio and build quality, for as little outlay... >>

Denon AH-C821 review: Big sound in a small package
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Denon AH-C821 review: Big sound in a small package

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Good in-ear headphones have always been able to deliver decent levels of bass thanks to their proximity to your ear and tight seal. But the majority of pairs still lack real driving power, which is something you can only really get from a pair of on-... >>

Panasonic EZ1002 OLED TV preview: Stunning OLED punch paired with audio prowess

Panasonic EZ1002 OLED TV preview: Stunning OLED punch paired with audio prowess

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Panasonic announced its return to OLED TVs at IFA 2016, and subsequently unveiled the EZ1000 series at CES 2017. Originally announced as a 65-inch model, Panasonic has now expanded this offering, adding a 77-inch model to the choices for its flagship... >>

Bragi Dash review: The sound of the future?
3.5 stars

Bragi Dash review: The sound of the future?

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Before Apple Airpods came and brought everyone's attention to the truly wireless earphone market, and before so many other companies like Motorola, Samsung and Jabra jumped on board, there was Bragi.At the time of its announcement and Kickstarter launch,... >>

1More C1002 in-ear headphones review: Design positives negated by high-freq excess
3.5 stars

1More C1002 in-ear headphones review: Design positives negated by high-freq excess

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1More is a relatively new headphone brand to the UK. The team sitting at the top used to work for Foxconn, so are well resourced and have a good knowledge of the consumer electronics market. The company has a heavy presence in Taiwan and is now making... >>

Beats X headphones review: Bass marks the spot
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Beats X headphones review: Bass marks the spot

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Beats X are the Apple-owned company's attempt at a lightweight in-ear listening experience with good battery life and, in hallmark Beats style, plenty of bass to boot.They're not wireless like the Apple AirPods, nor specifically sport-focused despite... >>

Canon EOS 800D preview: Mid-range made accessible

Canon EOS 800D preview: Mid-range made accessible

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Canon is bulking out its EOS range with a number of new DSLR models, the 800D taking on a more beginner role than its also-announced step-up 77D cousin.Between the two new models, certainly in terms of specification, there's not a great deal of difference.... >>

Samsung Gear Fit 2 review: Fit Up, Look Sharp
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Samsung Gear Fit 2 review: Fit Up, Look Sharp

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Between the Gear S3 Frontier and the Gear IconX smart headphones Samsung already has a healthy collection of wearable tech to hand. The Samsung Gear Fit 2, however, is something different. Not just from what Samsung has on offer, but different from the... >>

Sniper Elite 4 review: Super sharp-shooter enters the big league
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Sniper Elite 4 review: Super sharp-shooter enters the big league

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Sniper Elite may not be the most glamorous of games franchises, but since the first game was launched in 2005, Oxford-based developer Rebellion's stealth-and-sniping shooter has quietly amassed a notable following – cumulatively, the franchise has passed... >>

HTC 10 review: Welcome back to the premier league
4.5 stars

HTC 10 review: Welcome back to the premier league

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If there's any smartphone manufacturer that deserves a second chance it's HTC. We can credit HTC for much of what we love about smartphones today. It popularised Android, it pushed premium metal design and build quality, and focused on user experience.HTC... >>

Honda Civic 2017 first drive: Classic hatch gets a millennial makeover

Honda Civic 2017 first drive: Classic hatch gets a millennial makeover

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The Honda Civic is a funny old car. It's a real challenge to pinpoint who, exactly, it's aimed at, yet equally difficult to fault - despite historically boasting a number of irksome quirks.For example, most owners seem to be the reserved type, well into... >>

Honor 6X preview: Dual cameras for half the price

Honor 6X preview: Dual cameras for half the price

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Honor made a big song and dance about its 6X smartphone 'launch' at this year's CES in Las Vegas. Which was a bit odd for a phone that's been available in China since the later part of 2016. George Zhao, Honor CEO, took to the stage and spent far too... >>

Philips 901F OLED TV with Ambilight review: A cracking 4K OLED debut
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Philips 901F OLED TV with Ambilight review: A cracking 4K OLED debut

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This year is fast shaping up to be the year of OLED, with a raft of hot new TV screens set to join LG's vanishingly thin vanguard. Both Panasonic and Sony will offer high-end OLED screens as part of their 2017 line-ups, but the first brand convert out... >>

Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 review: Brilliant audio from the Bluetooth king
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Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 review: Brilliant audio from the Bluetooth king

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Plantronics may have a big name in the world of hands-free Bluetooth equipment, but it's not widely regarded as a premium headphone company.Our time with the BackBeat Pro 2 has taught us that it's a definitely a company worth considering if you're looking... >>

LG Watch Sport preview: The crown prince of Android Wear 2.0

LG Watch Sport preview: The crown prince of Android Wear 2.0

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Android Wear has so far been a middling story of wearable devices. The best iterations have been sold on a brand's strengths - like Polar's integration into its M600 giving you a great Polar Flow experience, or Tag's premium reworking on the Tag Heuer... >>

Jaguar F-Pace review: Outpacing its SUV rivals?
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Jaguar F-Pace review: Outpacing its SUV rivals?

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Ten years ago, the concept of a Jaguar SUV would have been laughable. Since the brand twinned with Land Rover there was logic in the argument that Jag did the pretty saloons and coupes, while Land Rover did the off-road practical stuff. But the SUV market... >>

Virgin TV V6 box review: Virgin Media’s 4K HDR TiVo powerhouse
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Virgin TV V6 box review: Virgin Media’s 4K HDR TiVo powerhouse

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When the first Virgin Media TiVo box was released almost five years ago it was seen as groundbreaking, state-of-the-art and considerably better than anything around at the time. It took Sky a while to catch up with, ahem, catch-up. And, Virgin Media's... >>

Samsung Galaxy A5 review: Premium feel at a mid-range price
4.5 stars

Samsung Galaxy A5 review: Premium feel at a mid-range price

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In a market where small, disruptive companies are releasing phones with flagship specifications at low prices - think OnePlus, Honor and Oppo - it's harder for big companies like Samsung to compete in the traditional model.Samsung knows how to make an... >>

Polar M200 review: A running all-rounder that’s nice to your wallet
3.5 stars

Polar M200 review: A running all-rounder that’s nice to your wallet

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It used to be that the only wearable tech you could pick up for around the £100 marker was a barebones step tracker. Prices have tumbled though. Those steps counters are now available for less than £30, and dedicated running watches, such as the new... >>

LG OLED B6 review: A sure-fire starting point for OLED
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LG OLED B6 review: A sure-fire starting point for OLED

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The LG OLED B6 was launched in 2016, as the most affordable flat LG OLED TV for that year. That marks it out as something rather special because while the flagship televisions - the Signature G6 and the E6 - offer the picture-on-glass design, the OLED... >>

Panasonic DMP-UB700 review: Step-down Ultra HD Blu-ray player loses little
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Panasonic DMP-UB700 review: Step-down Ultra HD Blu-ray player loses little

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Panasonic made its pitch with one of the first Ultra HD Blu-ray players in 2016 with the UB900. It was masterful, designed to be the highest quality for early adopters and to satisfy the demands of serious AV enthusiasts looking for their 4K fix.The UB900's... >>

Audi A5 (2017) review: Sporty looks, refined drive
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Audi A5 (2017) review: Sporty looks, refined drive

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The Audi A5 was launched in 2007 and revised in 2009 to put doors into the back of the Coupé version for a more conventional five-door arrangement, the Sportback as Audi calls it. So solid was the A5 that the second-generation A5 has only just appeared,... >>

Nvidia Shield TV (2017) review: The daddy of 4K HDR media streaming
4.5 stars

Nvidia Shield TV (2017) review: The daddy of 4K HDR media streaming

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When the original Nvidia Shield TV came out in 2015 it was far and away the most powerful, most capable media streamer out there. Powered by Android TV and being 4K ready, it obliterated the competition with Ultra HD video support and offered a tasty... >>

Kia Rio (2017) review: All about connectivity
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Kia Rio (2017) review: All about connectivity

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The new Kia Rio features support for both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, along with a range of safety features from autonomous emergency breaking to lane departure warning systems, making it the most technologically advanced Rio yet.The Korean company... >>

Acer Spin 5 review: An affordable all-rounder
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Acer Spin 5 review: An affordable all-rounder

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Tech is getting more expensive. Apple, Tesla, Nescafe and just about every other company out there has either already put up prices in the UK, or is planning to do so.That makes laptops like the Acer Spin 5 all the more important. Normal folk who were... >>

Panasonic Lumix LX10 / LX15 review: The best high-end compact camera money can buy?
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Panasonic Lumix LX10 / LX15 review: The best high-end compact camera money can buy?

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It was only a handful of years back that Panasonic ruled the high-end yet pocketable compact camera market with its Lumix LX7. In the years since Sony has been the manufacturer to forge an enviable position at the top with its RX100 models. But now Panasonic... >>

S Health review: Is Samsung's fitness app in the best shape?
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S Health review: Is Samsung's fitness app in the best shape?

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The Samsung S Health fitness app and monitoring system has been part of the company's ecosystem for some time. Perhaps its biggest push was when the Galaxy S5 phone launched alongside the Gear 2 smartwatch and Gear Fit fitness tracker in 2014.Since then,... >>

Porsche 718 Boxster S review: Four-cylinder foibles
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Porsche 718 Boxster S review: Four-cylinder foibles

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Can you believe the Porsche Boxster is 20 years old? We barely can either. But back when the Spice Girls were miming Wannabe on Top of the Pops and kids were losing their minds over POGs, the Boxster was waiting in the wings, preparing itself to utterly... >>

Honeywell Lyric T6R review: Smart heating made simple
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Honeywell Lyric T6R review: Smart heating made simple

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Smart heating systems are on the up. And having moved into a new home recently it made a lot of sense to test Honeywell's latest smart home thermostat system, the Lyric T6.We had the Lyric T6R fitted, which is the same as the standard T6 but comes with... >>

Toyota GT86 (2017) review: Coupe a load of that

Toyota GT86 (2017) review: Coupe a load of that

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It's -15C. Yep, minus fifteen degrees centigrade. And we're stood staring at the brand new Toyota GT86 - which positively radiates its warm blood red coat of paint against the snowy Finnish backdrop - wondering what on earth could possibly go wrong when... >>

Garmin Forerunner 35 review: An affordable, effective running watch
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Garmin Forerunner 35 review: An affordable, effective running watch

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We've almost reached the point where not owning a fitness tracker is as taboo as loudly answering your phone in a train's quiet carriage or breaking out a selfie stick, well, anywhere. Without even a barebones bit of wrist tech, how else can you compare... >>

BeatMoovz preview: The crazy wearable that adds a soundtrack to your life

BeatMoovz preview: The crazy wearable that adds a soundtrack to your life

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Character Options might have stolen the London Toy Fair, at least where adults are concerned. It demonstrated a wearable wristband that prompts special effect noise and/or music as you move.The bands, which cost £49.99 for a pair and will be available... >>

Resident Evil 7 review: It's scarily good
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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,... >>