Reviews

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... >>

Dyson Supersonic hair dryer review: Is it all just hot air?

Dyson Supersonic hair dryer review: Is it all just hot air?

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A hair dryer is just a hairdryer isn't it? Not when it's a Dyson Supersonic hair dryer it's not. Well, that's the claim. We've been using with the new hair dryer to see whether it really is worth its £300 asking price.Dyson Supersonic hair dryer review: An... >>

Wilson X Connected American Football preview: Touching down in the UK 1 January

Wilson X Connected American Football preview: Touching down in the UK 1 January

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Sports brand Wilson is bringing its Connected American Football to the UK as of 1 January 2017 and we've had a play.The company announced the smart ball in the US at the start of the current NFL season and it is now ready to expand its roll out to select... >>

Titanfall 2 review: A total blast
4.5 stars

Titanfall 2 review: A total blast

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The original Titanfall arrived amid a blaze of hype which was impressive even by games industry standards – and which came about due mainly to the game's provenance. It was the first effort made by Respawn Entertainment, a developer formed by the founders... >>

Sony A6500 preview: Compact, powerful and now with touch

Sony A6500 preview: Compact, powerful and now with touch

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Sony has made a quickstep through some of its Alpha models, with the A6500 following the A6300 that was announced at the beginning of 2016.This new E-mount model offers much the same design of the A6300 and A6000 that came before and in many cases adopts... >>

Battlezone review: Arcade fun for PlayStation VR
4.0 stars

Battlezone review: Arcade fun for PlayStation VR

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So PlayStation VR has arrived, offering a cheaper-than-PC means of experiencing the joys of virtual reality on PlayStation 4. But like every new item of gaming hardware, it's in dire need of a so-called killer app: a game which is an abdolute must-play.Battlezone... >>

Gator Watch review: Parental peace of mind
4.0 stars

Gator Watch review: Parental peace of mind

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When do you buy your kids a mobile phone? Age 15, 12, eight? With such hectic lives, perhaps separate lives, being able to keep in touch with your kids on the way home, when at a friend's house, or your ex-partners house, is becoming more the norm.Buying... >>

Apple MacBook Pro (2016) preview: Air apparent

Apple MacBook Pro (2016) preview: Air apparent

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Apple has released a new entry-level MacBook Pro that is likely to woo MacBook Air users looking to upgrade without pushing the budget too hard.In a slightly confusing move, Apple has launched various different models in its new MacBook Pro family. If... >>

B&O BeoPlay H7 review: Not at the top of its game
3.5 stars

B&O BeoPlay H7 review: Not at the top of its game

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Headphones have been passing through the office in abundance of late, so when the Bang & Olufsen H8 over-ear cans arrived we were expecting something special. The Danish company’s top-end H8 cans are some of the best we’ve heard, but can the step-down... >>

Apple MacBook Pro (2016) with Touch Bar: Thinner, brighter, faster, and very touchy feely

Apple MacBook Pro (2016) with Touch Bar: Thinner, brighter, faster, and very touchy feely

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Apple has revamped its MacBook Pro range delivering a device that is thinner, lighter and more powerful, and we were at the Apple Event at the company's headquarters to check it out ahead of it going on sale in November.Rather than just roll out the usual... >>

Audi R8 Spyder (2016) review: Tinnitus, tyre marks and turned heads guaranteed
5.0 stars

Audi R8 Spyder (2016) review: Tinnitus, tyre marks and turned heads guaranteed

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Audi R8 owners dislike the sentiment, but the German speed machine has always been the sensible supercar.The controlled but elegant exterior styling, the impressive interior technology and its ability to make terrible drivers feel confident behind the... >>

Microsoft Surface Book i7 (2016): Not an overhaul, but certainly more oomph

Microsoft Surface Book i7 (2016): Not an overhaul, but certainly more oomph

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Microsoft made a new Surface Book. And it looks a lot like last year's model.The company introduced a refreshed Surface Book i7 during its hardware event in New York City, where we got a chance to play with the device for a few minutes. Microsoft told... >>

Microsoft Surface Studio: A stunning all-in-one PC that doubles as a drafting table

Microsoft Surface Studio: A stunning all-in-one PC that doubles as a drafting table

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Microsoft is taking a page out of Apple's playbook by catering to creators.People in illustrating, graphic design, and other related artsy fields have long used MacBooks and iMacs as their tools of choice when it comes to running software like Adobe Photoshop,... >>

DJI Mavic Pro review: One insanely powerful, portable drone
4.5 stars

DJI Mavic Pro review: One insanely powerful, portable drone

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DJI made a big statement launching the Mavic Pro drone.For the first time the company's best and most useful technological advances are available in a product that costs less than £1,000. What's more, that product is easily the most portable and user-friendly... >>

Sony Xperia XZ review: Falling short of flagship
3.5 stars

Sony Xperia XZ review: Falling short of flagship

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With the flagship Xperia Z family abandoned, the device that everyone expected to be the Xperia Z6 launched as the Xperia XZ. The new device is the fifth Sony smartphone to launch in 2016 - following the Xperia XA, Xperia X, Xperia X Performance and... >>

Battlefield 1 review: Military first-person shooter sets new standards
4.5 stars

Battlefield 1 review: Military first-person shooter sets new standards

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For a brief moment, it looked as though Battlefield 1 might fall foul of the stormtroopers of political correctness: when developer DICE announced that the latest instalment of the much-loved multiplayer military first-person shooter would be set in World... >>

Fujifilm X-T2 review: A new benchmark for the mirrorless market
5.0 stars

Fujifilm X-T2 review: A new benchmark for the mirrorless market

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It took us about three minutes to fall in love with the Fujifilm X-T1. So when we were first shown the Fujifilm X-T2 back in July it only took us about three seconds.In many ways the X-T2 is the most advanced compact system camera offering we've seen,... >>

Star Trek: Bridge Crew delayed until 2017, this is what you’re missing

Star Trek: Bridge Crew delayed until 2017, this is what you’re missing

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Ever since we first caught a glimpse of Star Trek: Bridge Crew at E3 in June, we've been extremely excited by the communal VR game. And recently we got to spend a lot more time with it, playing in different crew member roles and trying to complete the... >>

Monster Elements review: Bass by the bucket load
3.0 stars

Monster Elements review: Bass by the bucket load

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In a world where headphones are worn almost like jewellery, rather than be fine examples of craftsmanship and audio balance, it's no surprise to see brands like Monster take advantage.The company's latest wireless offering, the Elements over-ear, is so... >>

Alpha 1S robot review: The dancing robot that offers lots more

Alpha 1S robot review: The dancing robot that offers lots more

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Alpha 1S is the latest robot to enter the Pocket-lint office and it's one that hopes to win our hearts with its dancing prowess.But is this an expensive toy for execs or something you can use to not only entertain the kids, but also educate them as well?... >>

Denon Heos HS2 review: A true Sonos competitor
5.0 stars

Denon Heos HS2 review: A true Sonos competitor

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We had no problems recommending the original Denon Heos multi-room speaker range, but a couple of minor gripes stopped it from true five-star performance. The follow-up, rebooted Heos HS2 range goes all out, offering hi-res streaming support and Bluetooth... >>