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Samsung KS8000 SUHD TV review: Hitting the 4K HDR sweet spot
4.5 stars

Samsung KS8000 SUHD TV review: Hitting the 4K HDR sweet spot

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Say what you like about Samsung's recent fortunes, there's no shortage of top choices when it comes to choosing an excellent 4K HDR TV - that's ultra-high definition and high dynamic range, to hit the two televisual must-haves for 2016.From the top-of-the-line... >>

HTC 10 Evo review: The bigger one falls slightly flat
3.5 stars

HTC 10 Evo review: The bigger one falls slightly flat

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If the HTC 10 Evo looks familiar, that's because it was recently launched as the HTC Bolt as a Sprint exclusive. Well, it's exclusive no more, as it lands in the UK under a different name.The Evo recycles a name used by HTC in the past. There was the... >>

NextEV Nio EP9 in pictures: The world's fastest electric supercar is simply stunning

NextEV Nio EP9 in pictures: The world's fastest electric supercar is simply stunning

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No, that's not a new McLaren you're looking at, it's the Nio EP9 - the world's fastest electric supercar. And it's made by none other than NextEV, the Chinese brand best known (until now) for its Formula E team.The Nio name is the new part of the package,... >>

Samsung KS9500 SUHD TV review: Brightest HDR, pitched on a curve
5.0 stars

Samsung KS9500 SUHD TV review: Brightest HDR, pitched on a curve

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Ask Samsung and it will tell you that curved is very much where you should be with televisions. Having pushed the curved display as the next big thing after 3D - which is a feature incidentally absent from the KS9500 - the company still rates its flagship... >>

Jaguar I-Pace preview: More titillating than a Tesla?

Jaguar I-Pace preview: More titillating than a Tesla?

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It only seemed like 15 minutes ago that we were arguing about whether or not Jaguar should build an SUV. With the I-Pace shown off at the LA Motor Show - or AutomobilityLA as it's now known - Jag shows us it's not only thinking about building more SUVs,... >>

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... >>

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... >>

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) review: Air apparent
4.5 stars

Apple MacBook Pro (2016) review: Air apparent

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Apple's 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 you're interested... >>

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... >>

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... >>