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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... >>

Beats Solo 3 wireless headphones review: Bass solo
4.0 stars

Beats Solo 3 wireless headphones review: Bass solo

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Beats has been pretty quiet of late, but with the launch of the new iPhone 7 and iOS 10 the company has released four new headphones - including an update to its popular Solo range. The Solo 3 headphones come with Apple's new W1 chip inside, promising... >>

Nubia Z11 review: An edge-to-edge screen sensation?
4.0 stars

Nubia Z11 review: An edge-to-edge screen sensation?

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There has been a trend over the past few years: to release smartphones with high-end features at prices which make Samsung's eyes water. Some Chinese companies in particular even launch new phones under new sub-brands. For Huawei, that's Honor. For ZTE,... >>

Asus Transformer 3 Pro (T303UA) review: Not transforming the 2-in-1 market
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Asus Transformer 3 Pro (T303UA) review: Not transforming the 2-in-1 market

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The 2-in-1 market has seemingly settled on a solution: create devices that ape the Microsoft Surface. Acer has done it. Lenovo, too. And now it's Asus's turn, with the Transformer 3 Pro.But the Taiwanese company has been clever about its angle; the Pro... >>

Mini Cooper S Works 210 first drive: Pocket rocket lite

Mini Cooper S Works 210 first drive: Pocket rocket lite

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Some may have feared for Mini when BMW rolled in and took this British icon and modernised it, but spend 10 minutes on any major road and you'll know that the public adoration for the Mini hasn't abated.With the John Cooper Works super-charged version... >>

Dali Katch review: Audio artistry meets 'tache-twiddling design
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Dali Katch review: Audio artistry meets 'tache-twiddling design

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The word Dali will probably see your mind either wander to the 'tache-twiddling famed Spanish artist, or to a certain Danish audio manufacturer known for its great quality speakers. The Dali Katch isn't necessarily a piece of art to be hung in a gallery,... >>

Sony PlayStation VR review: Virtual reality for the masses
4.0 stars

Sony PlayStation VR review: Virtual reality for the masses

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We can't count the amount of times someone has said 2016 would be the "year of VR", ourselves included if we're being honest, but we're 10 months in now and it's been anything but.Unavailability, price hikes and the reliance on expensive PC equipment... >>

Garmin Vivosmart HR+ review: A fully-packed fitness tracker
4.5 stars

Garmin Vivosmart HR+ review: A fully-packed fitness tracker

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There's no shortage of fitness trackers on the market. Since the launch of the Nike FuelBand, just about everyone has had a crack at this lifestyle end of the sports device market. Offering a lighter and simpler approach than more established sports... >>

Panasonic Lumix G80 review: Affordable foray into 4K
4.5 stars

Panasonic Lumix G80 review: Affordable foray into 4K

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Panasonic has put out a full spread of compact system cameras, with the Lumix G80 (or G81 in Germany; G85 in other territories, just to confuse the bejeezus out of you) filling the DSLR-style gap left open when the flat-design GX80 launched earlier in... >>

Gears of War 4 review: Stepping up a gear
4.5 stars

Gears of War 4 review: Stepping up a gear

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Gears of War, the genre-defining third-person cover-shooter, has had a slightly chequered recent history – Cliff Bleszinski, the driving force behind the series, moved on to pastures new after 2011's Gears of War 3, implying he felt the franchise was... >>

LG OLED E6 review: The perfect OLED match
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LG OLED E6 review: The perfect OLED match

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A TV is just a TV, right? Not when it's as good-looking as the LG OLED E6 (or OLED55E6V). This super-slim panel comes with a dazzling display mounted in a glass border, has a rear that has a carbon fibre appearance about it, and a built-in metallic soundbar... >>

Michael Kors Access Bradshaw review: An Android Wear smartwatch you'll actually want to wear
4.5 stars

Michael Kors Access Bradshaw review: An Android Wear smartwatch you'll actually want to wear

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Michael Kors is a fashion label with a huge presence, so when it announces a smartwatch it's a big deal, just as it was when Tag Heuer and Guess did the same.But this isn't just about the tech, it's about the luxury surrounding the tech. The Access smartwatch... >>

Volvo V90 preview: Superior interior

Volvo V90 preview: Superior interior

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Volvo is on a roll. The Swedish company has come out of the shadows of the dowdy, safe image it once had and is managing to out-cool the established German brands with some very handsome new car designs which are awash with tech.Nothing we're going to... >>

Bowers & Wilkins P7 Wireless review: Bluetooth without compromise
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Bowers & Wilkins P7 Wireless review: Bluetooth without compromise

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How do you improve one of the best pair of headphones on the market? Make them wireless that's how.The Bowers & Wilkins P7 over-ears have been a favourite of ours since their release in 2013. They have held their own against many competitors in the over-ear... >>

Devialet Gold Phantom review: Pure gold from this space-age Wi-Fi speaker
4.5 stars

Devialet Gold Phantom review: Pure gold from this space-age Wi-Fi speaker

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Gaming fans might think the Devialet Phantom looks like a real-life replica of Ghost from smash-hit title Destiny, but audiophiles will know the high-end French manufacturer doesn't speak in vocoded Peter Dinklage, but instead top-end, crystal clear audio.... >>

Hive review: The British Gas system that's the hub of all things
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Hive review: The British Gas system that's the hub of all things

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When British Gas called us in to the launch of Hive Active Heating, it was clear that this was the starting point for something bigger. Focusing initially where you would expect a heating company to focus, Active Heating was an easy first step. Thanks... >>

Polar M600 review: Top-notch smartwatch and fitness tracker fusion
4.5 stars

Polar M600 review: Top-notch smartwatch and fitness tracker fusion

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The explosion of smartwatches and fitness trackers has thrown up some real gems and thrown down some real turds, leaving us all to step carefully when choosing a new device. Polar is an established name in fitness devices, one of the oldest, perhaps,... >>

V-Moda Crossfade Wireless review: Big on the bass
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V-Moda Crossfade Wireless review: Big on the bass

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Bassheads rejoice, here's another headphone for your contemplation: the V-Moda Crossfade Wireless - which appear somewhere between gaming headset, DJ cans and out-and-about over-ears - are snug fitting, comfortable and boast a solid build.And, as the... >>

Fiil Diva review: Nothing diva about these Bluetooth headphones
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Fiil Diva review: Nothing diva about these Bluetooth headphones

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Fiil makes a lot of bold claims about its Diva headphones: they're the first to have 3D audio, voice search and noise cancelling all in the one package.The feature list and styling are certainly attractive, but do these headphones make for a product that's... >>

Beyerdynamic DT 770 review: Ohm, ohm on the road
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Beyerdynamic DT 770 review: Ohm, ohm on the road

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Not all headphones are made equal. There are a lot of choices on the market to suit different tastes - whether you want banging bass, noise-cancellation for travelling, or something more neutral like the Beyerdynamic DT 770.These comfortable over-ear... >>

Sony ZD9 4K TV review: The HDR master
5.0 stars

Sony ZD9 4K TV review: The HDR master

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The pages of AV history are littered with "here today, gone tomorrow" features only truly memorable for the amount of hype that surounded their launch. We have no doubt, though, that the latest feature on the AV block, high dynamic range (HDR) playback,... >>

Bose QuietComfort 35 review: The perfect travel companion
4.5 stars

Bose QuietComfort 35 review: The perfect travel companion

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When it comes to travelling, Bose has long been the headphones king. Its QuietComfort range, with active noise-cancellation (ANC), has improved flights and train rides immeasurably over the years.That's because the US firm's ANC technology is considered... >>

JBL Reflect Aware review: Lightning earphones for sporty iPhone 7 users
4.0 stars

JBL Reflect Aware review: Lightning earphones for sporty iPhone 7 users

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With Apple having famously ditched the 3.5mm jack in the iPhone 7, we're just on the cusp of audio companies rushing to flood the market. Among this first wave is JBL, with one of the first pairs of Lightning-equipped wired in-ear headphones.They cost... >>

Bowers & Wilkins P9 Signature headphones preview: For those serious about their music

Bowers & Wilkins P9 Signature headphones preview: For those serious about their music

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It was only a short while ago when Bowers & Wilkins unveiled the P7 Wireless, a wire-free version of its then flagship headphones and they are top quality - worthy of a premium tag for sure. However, the company has just gone one better. There are now... >>

Acer Aspire S13 review: Slim and savvily priced
4.5 stars

Acer Aspire S13 review: Slim and savvily priced

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The Acer S13 is a response to the complaint that nice laptops are just too bloomin' expensive. Not everyone can afford to splash out £1,000 on a computer, and Apple's cheapest Air laptops haven't been meaningfully updated in years.The Acer S13 starts... >>

LG OLED C6 4K TV review: The curved OLED master
4.5 stars

LG OLED C6 4K TV review: The curved OLED master

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When the term "OLED" is uttered around people who like TVs, there's a twitch of excitement. An eye sparkles, an eyebrow raises, a corner of the mouth curls into a smile. That all comes down to the reputation that OLED has acquired: movie fans want to... >>

LG OLED G6 4K TV review: So good it's almost silly, but it's silly expensive too
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LG OLED G6 4K TV review: So good it's almost silly, but it's silly expensive too

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Two things stand out about the 65-inch LG G6 OLED TV right from the off: its stunning design and its eye-watering price.Where the latter is concerned, £6,000 is clearly a massive chunk of cash to consider dropping on a 65-inch TV. But the OLED65G6V's... >>

Volkswagen ID Concept preview: Electric atonement?

Volkswagen ID Concept preview: Electric atonement?

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"What does the ID stand for?" "Isn't Diesel'?!" shouted one lark across the Volkswagen stand at the Paris Motor Show.Follow the auto industry and you'll know the score by now about the pickle VW is in related to diesel emissions fixing. Yes, Volkswagen... >>

GoPro Hero5 Black review: A new breed of super Hero
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GoPro Hero5 Black review: A new breed of super Hero

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A new GoPro flagship action camera has finally arrived, two years after its predecessor. The Hero5 Black - which was announced alongside the Hero5 Session and the long-awaited Karma drone - and brings a host of new features with it.The new Hero launches... >>

Pentax K-1 review: Full-frame underdog can teach the competition some new tricks
4.5 stars

Pentax K-1 review: Full-frame underdog can teach the competition some new tricks

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It's been long, long overdue. But the time has come: Pentax has finally created a full-frame DSLR, the K-1. And at £1,600 this 36-megapixel monster is one competitively priced camera, certain to help Pentax make its mark in an already fiercely contested... >>

Amazon Video review: Hitting the Prime time
4.5 stars

Amazon Video review: Hitting the Prime time

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With Amazon becoming the almost default choice for DVD and Blu-ray purchases, it was perhaps no surprise to see the company offering this content in a different format.With Lovefilm on the books providing the postal rental solution, the way that Amazon went... >>

Huawei Nova Plus review: The middling mid-ranger
3.5 stars

Huawei Nova Plus review: The middling mid-ranger

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Huawei hasn't been shy about the fact it wants to dominate the European market. Unlike the likes of Apple, or HTC, its strategy isn't just to release one or two phones it thinks everyone will buy. Instead, the Chinese manufacturer releases dozens of phones.... >>

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV review: The 30-megapixel monster
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Canon EOS 5D Mark IV review: The 30-megapixel monster

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Canon has stepped things up a gear in recent years by leading with higher-resolution DSLR cameras. It had long been said that the 24-megapixel mark would be the company's limit until lenses could make the best of the capture resolution - a concept that... >>

Audeze iSine are the world’s first planar magnetic in-ear headphones, we have a listen

Audeze iSine are the world’s first planar magnetic in-ear headphones, we have a listen

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High-end, California-based headphone manufacturer Audeze has taken much of the same technology found in the excellent Sine on-ear headphones, and put it into two dinky pairs of in-ears. The iSine 10 and iSine 20 bear a slight resemblance to the Millennium... >>

Halo Master Chief and Darth Vader Bluetooth speakers in the flesh, both on pre-order now

Halo Master Chief and Darth Vader Bluetooth speakers in the flesh, both on pre-order now

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When we last met AC Worldwide, we saw a couple of superb, Star Wars-licensed Bluetooth speakers in the shape of a Stormtrooper helmet and C-3PO's head respectively. We were also told at the time that they would soon be joined by Darth Vader and Master... >>

Bush Spira E3X review: The £200 Argos phone looking to topple Moto G

Bush Spira E3X review: The £200 Argos phone looking to topple Moto G

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Own-brand smartphones are a cheap way of getting a handset without the commitment of a contract - you simply buy and go with whichever carrier you fancy. Which is why the £199 of the Bush Spira E3X - which is effectively an “Argos phone” in the UK,... >>

Oculus Rift review: The VR revolution begins here
4.0 stars

Oculus Rift review: The VR revolution begins here

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Our first dalliances with virtual reality (VR) were with Virtuality, a system created by W. Industries back in the early 90s, and it blew our minds at the time.The graphics were basic and blurry, the headsets cumbersome and heavy, and a session with a... >>

Audi TT RS review: A serious upgrade, with serious performance
4.5 stars

Audi TT RS review: A serious upgrade, with serious performance

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Of all the Renn Sport models that Audi makes, the TT RS perhaps makes the most sense. At its basic level, the Audi TT is a sports car lite. That dropping roof and low-slung stance point to a sporty little coupé or roadster, even when it's a front-wheel... >>

Ford Focus RS first drive: The B-road baller

Ford Focus RS first drive: The B-road baller

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When was the last time you truly felt alive? Today more than ever, it is perhaps the experiences we have - and the moments when we feel a sense of risk, jeopardy, fear, exhilaration or just sheer joy - that make us truly wide-eyed.Which brings us to the... >>

Netflix review: The leading light in home entertainment
5.0 stars

Netflix review: The leading light in home entertainment

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Netflix needs no introduction. The company quickly gained momentum in the US with its DVD rental service that evolved into video streaming on demand, before spreading its wings to the UK in 2012.So impressive has the rise of Netflix been, that it's become... >>

Citroen Grand C4 Picasso review: Carting the kids around couldn't be more cool
4.5 stars

Citroen Grand C4 Picasso review: Carting the kids around couldn't be more cool

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With SUVs flying off forecourts and onto driveways at a pace that doesn't match their often-sluggish performance, the MPV class is seen as the wallowing hinterland of modern cars. It's where you end up when you've expanded your family beyond an estate... >>

Sony MDR-1000X review: Quite simply phenomenal noise-cancelling headphones
4.5 stars

Sony MDR-1000X review: Quite simply phenomenal noise-cancelling headphones

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Sony's mission to deliver its best noise-cancelling headphones has lead to the birth of the MDR-1000X. It's a solid name, for a solid pair of noise-cancelling headphones.The MDR-1000X set their sights on the lucrative wireless noise-cancelling segment... >>

Hisense 75M7900 4K TV review: Budget sense, but HDR nonsense
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Hisense 75M7900 4K TV review: Budget sense, but HDR nonsense

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The 10-inch difference between a 65-inch TV and a 75-inch TV is more than just a measurement. It marks the difference - at least in any fairly regular-sized living room - between just watching television and stepping into the world of home cinema. Unfortunately... >>

Fitbit Charge 2 review: Taking charge
4.5 stars

Fitbit Charge 2 review: Taking charge

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The Fitbit Charge HR was the fitness tracker to beat in 2015. It wasn't only one of the best from the company - which also makes the Surge, Blaze and Alta - but one of the best dedicated trackers with heart-rate monitoring from any manufacturer.And now... >>

TomTom Spark 3 review: Getting better with age
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TomTom Spark 3 review: Getting better with age

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Waking early in the city offers plenty of unique advantages to the urban runner. It's a chance to run as the local population is wiping the sleep from its eyes, going about the routine of preparing for the day, heading to work, heading home from nights... >>

Sony RX10 III review: A camera for all seasons
4.5 stars

Sony RX10 III review: A camera for all seasons

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As its name suggests, the RX10 III is the third iteration of Sony's RX10 bridge camera, building on the appeal of the RX10 II (which Sony continues to market and sell) by boosting the optical zoom's reach.Given that the limited 24-200mm equivalent zoom... >>