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Best Black Friday and Cyber Monday UK fitness tracker deals: Garmin, Polar, Samsung and more

Best Black Friday and Cyber Monday UK fitness tracker deals: Garmin, Polar, Samsung and more

By Chris Hall

Black Friday has turned into the biggest shopping day of the year with loads of deals running through to Cyber Monday so you can save yourself a packet in the run-up to Christmas.With fitness trackers and sports watches being top of the list for many... Read more

Best Black Friday and Cyber Monday UK smart home deals: Huge Ring, Nest, Hive and Google Home discounts

Best Black Friday and Cyber Monday UK smart home deals: Huge Ring, Nest, Hive and Google Home discounts

By Chris Hall

Black Friday and Cyber Monday weekend is brilliant news for anyone looking to make their home smarter with the latest technology but for less than it would cost you the rest of the year.The deals started early in 2017, with some major discounts on devices... Read more

That Neato Botvac D5 you've always wanted is now discounted by £200

That Neato Botvac D5 you've always wanted is now discounted by £200

By Chris Hall

Robot vacuum cleaners are one of those devices that you probably want, but you've always baulked at the high price. Well baulk no more, as the Neato Botvac D5 Connected has had £200 slashed off the price thanks to Cyber Monday.Normally costing £599... Read more

Polar M400 Cyber Monday discount gifts you this GPS watch for just £82

Polar M400 Cyber Monday discount gifts you this GPS watch for just £82

By Chris Hall

The Polar M400 is a mid-range GPS watch from the company that basically brought heart rate tracking to the general public, with a long history of sports devices.Normally retailing for £130, the Cyber Monday discount brings a healthy saving on this excellent... Read more

Sony MDR-1000X Black Friday deal wipes £170 off these legendary noise-cancelling headphones

Sony MDR-1000X Black Friday deal wipes £170 off these legendary noise-cancelling headphones

By Chris Hall

Black Friday is getting serious about its discounts and slashing the price of the Sony MDR-1000X saves you serious money.These headphones normally retail at about £320 (the official RRP is £360), which is a little rich, even if they are the best noise-cancelling... Read more

Garmin Forerunner 235 Black Friday deal: £165 is an incredible bargain

Garmin Forerunner 235 Black Friday deal: £165 is an incredible bargain

By Chris Hall

Black Friday is delivering some real gems and this is one of the best deals we've seen so far: the Garmin Forerunner 235 for only £164.99.The Forerunner 235 is one of the most appealing Garmin devices, thanks not only to that attractive price point,... Read more

Massive Philips Hue Black Friday discounts see prices slashed by up to 40 per cent

Massive Philips Hue Black Friday discounts see prices slashed by up to 40 per cent

By Chris Hall

Philips Hue is brilliant, essentially cornering the smart lighting market and leaving plenty of rivals trying to keep up. It's an expensive system, but Black Friday is coming to the rescue with some massive savings - in some cases saving you up to £60... Read more

Logitech C920 1080p webcam slashed to £29 for Black Friday, save £61

Logitech C920 1080p webcam slashed to £29 for Black Friday, save £61

By Chris Hall

Webcams are boring to most of us. You just need it to work and work reliably, which is where the Logitech C920 comes in. In fact, this very webcam is sitting atop this computer while we're writing this - so take that as a vote of confidence.Normally priced... Read more

Amazon Echo Buttons pre-order now open bringing interactive Alexa fun

Amazon Echo Buttons pre-order now open bringing interactive Alexa fun

By Chris Hall

The Echo Buttons are designed to bring a level of physical interaction with the Amazon Echo, meaning you can play games being hosted by your friendly AI speaker.Announced with the birth of the new Echo speakers, the new Echo Buttons come in a two pack... Read more

Super LG OLED B7 Black Friday deals: Save hundreds on this award-winning OLED TV

Super LG OLED B7 Black Friday deals: Save hundreds on this award-winning OLED TV

By Chris Hall

If you're in the market for a new TV, this is probably the deal you've been waiting for: LG's award-winning OLED B7 has hit its lowest price at £1499.Originally priced at £2999 when the B7 was announced early in 2017, the model has been slowly dropping... Read more

Not a Black Friday deal: Ring Video Doorbell with 2077 sapphires, 43 diamonds and 98g of gold costs a mere $100,000

Not a Black Friday deal: Ring Video Doorbell with 2077 sapphires, 43 diamonds and 98g of gold costs a mere $100,000

By Chris Hall

Ring has unveiled the very limited-edition Ring Elite Crown Jewel, with jewels set into an 18K gold faceplate and yours for a very reasonable $100,000. While most of the world is shopping for Black Friday Ring Doorbell bargains, this special edition... Read more

Sonos update brings the Alexa Spotify control you've been waiting for

Sonos update brings the Alexa Spotify control you've been waiting for

By Chris Hall

Sonos likes to get things right before it unleashes changes upon the community and ever since Alexa voice control made a connection with Sonos, there's been one glaring omission: complete Spotify voice control like you get on the Amazon Echo.It was promised... Read more

Bose QuietComfort 25 noise-cancelling headphones in £159 Black Friday deal

Bose QuietComfort 25 noise-cancelling headphones in £159 Black Friday deal

By Chris Hall

If you're a frequent flyer, then the sight of Bose headphones will be familiar. For many years, Bose has been considered the leader when it comes to noise cancellation and that's seen its QuietComfort headphones liberally adorning aircraft cabins across... Read more

OnePlus 5T now available from O2 and direct from OnePlus

OnePlus 5T now available from O2 and direct from OnePlus

By Chris Hall

The OnePlus 5T is now official, we've had our hands on it and think it's the best phone the company has made. It really pushes the boundaries of what you can expect to get from a phone less than £500. The best part is, now it's available to buy.  OnePlus... Read more

Black Friday Paperwhite steal: The best Kindle is only £79 today

Black Friday Paperwhite steal: The best Kindle is only £79 today

By Chris Hall

Amazon's Black Friday sales are landing through-out the week, but today you can get one of the most appealing offers: the Kindle Paperwhite for £79.99, or $89.99 for those in the US.Normally priced at £109.99, there's a £30 saving on the Kindle that... Read more

Amazon Echo Plus review: The better Alexa experience
4.0 stars

Amazon Echo Plus review: The better Alexa experience

By Chris Hall

The Amazon Echo is undoubtedly one of the most significant gadgets to launch in the past few years. Amazon's smart speaker has created and dominated a new category of devices, wrong-footing rivals, leaving speaker manufacturers scratching their disconnected... Read more

Amazon Echo Plus hits Black Friday sales, yours for £109 today!

Amazon Echo Plus hits Black Friday sales, yours for £109 today!

By Chris Hall

With the Echo and Echo Dot already seeing Black Friday discounts, it's no surprise that Amazon has now extended this offer to the Echo Plus - the smartest of the smart speakers.The Echo Plus normally retails for £139.99, but is £30 off today, meaning... Read more

Amazon Kindle: A brief 10-year history from the original Kindle to the new Kindle Oasis

Amazon Kindle: A brief 10-year history from the original Kindle to the new Kindle Oasis

By Chris Hall

The Amazon Kindle was launched with one real aim: to bring people books. The Kindle was never designed to compete with tablets and sticking to this principle has allowed the Kindle to evolve through to the present day and excel at its task. The Kindle... Read more

LG OLED B7 review: An OLED superstar
5.0 stars

LG OLED B7 review: An OLED superstar

By Chris Hall

LG's OLED groove continues, building on a great selection of TVs in 2016, with updated models in 2017. The naming convention follows suit year-on-year, with the OLED B7 being the range's entry-level model and the replacement for 2016's OLED B6.While OLED... Read more

OnePlus 5T: Release date, specs and everything you need to know

OnePlus 5T: Release date, specs and everything you need to know

By Chris Hall

It's official: OnePlus has launched another smartphone in 2017 and it's called the OnePlus 5T. The new device is an update to the OnePlus 5, just like the OnePlus 3T was to the OnePlus 3, but rather than a hardware upgrade, the OnePlus 5T sees a design... Read more

Sony HT-ST5000 soundbar review: An impressive Atmos package
4.5 stars

Sony HT-ST5000 soundbar review: An impressive Atmos package

By Chris Hall

The Sony ST5000 soundbar might be a lighter way to get yourself a Dolby Atmos compatible sound system than installing a full-on room setup, but as soundbars go, it delivers plenty of heft. Dolby Atmos explained: What is it and how do I get it? It's a... Read more

LG V30 review: A flagship that's not just for creatives
4.0 stars

LG V30 review: A flagship that's not just for creatives

By Chris Hall

The LG V30 is the third iteration of its V series, with the aim of changing the opinion of this family of phones. The thing that's always been slightly strange about the V models is the limited availability and the strong focus on advanced video capture... Read more

Amazon Echo 2 review: Cheaper price, cheaper experience
3.5 stars

Amazon Echo 2 review: Cheaper price, cheaper experience

By Chris Hall

The Amazon Echo has been a break-away hit over the past couple of years. The at-home voice-assistant has forged a new category, leaving rivals to catch-up. It's done more to bring order to the chaos of smart home control than any other product. And it... Read more

Apple iPhone X vs Samsung Galaxy S8: Pistols at dawn for the ultimate face off

Apple iPhone X vs Samsung Galaxy S8: Pistols at dawn for the ultimate face off

By Chris Hall

Apple announced the iPhone X in September, celebrating 10 years of the iPhone with a new premier edition of the handset. Apple says this is the future of smartphones, losing the home button, embracing new technologies and being the biggest shift in iPhone... Read more

Mobile HDR: Dolby Vision, HDR10 and Mobile HDR Premium explained

Mobile HDR: Dolby Vision, HDR10 and Mobile HDR Premium explained

By Chris Hall

Mobile HDR is one of the biggest movements in mobile devices in 2017. It's something that's been landing on flagship phones through-out the year, with everyone from Apple to HTC getting in on the act. It's following a trend that's been tearing through... Read more

HTC U11 Life: Release date, specs and everything you need to know

HTC U11 Life: Release date, specs and everything you need to know

By Chris Hall

Following the successful launch of the HTC U11, HTC has been through something of a rocky patch. Even producing a great phone like the U11 is over-shadowed by ongoing financial difficulties and the swooping in of Google to gobble up some of the HTC staffers... Read more

HTC U11+: Release date, specs and everything you need to know

HTC U11+: Release date, specs and everything you need to know

By Chris Hall

HTC has been rather quiet in 2017. We all know that the company has been struggling since its domineering days of 2012, most recently resulting a chunk of HTC's phone team being snapped up by Google.That might result in better Pixel phones in the future... Read more

HTC U11 Life is an Android One handset with a premium twist

HTC U11 Life is an Android One handset with a premium twist

By Chris Hall

HTC is launching its first Android One handset in the form of the HTC U11 Life. This is very much the little brother of the U11 in mid-range form, but that Android One labelling is significant.Android One was a programme devised by Google so that hardware... Read more

HTC U11+ official: It's like the U11 but better in every way

HTC U11+ official: It's like the U11 but better in every way

By Chris Hall

HTC has pulled the 18:9-aspect covers off the U11+ (or U11 Plus), seeing HTC join the ranks of phone companies offering this new format of display.The HTC U11+ is a plus phone in every sense of the word, taking the very capable HTC U11 and giving it a... Read more

HTC U11+ initial review: Bigger, bolder, better

HTC U11+ initial review: Bigger, bolder, better

By Chris Hall

HTC has been quick to respond to the trend that's pushing phones towards an 18:9 aspect. Rather than waiting for an update with its next predicted device refresh in early-2018, it has chosen to unveil an 18:9 aspect phone in late-2017.In doing so, HTC... Read more

New Amazon Kindle Oasis review: (What's the story) reading glory?
4.5 stars

New Amazon Kindle Oasis review: (What's the story) reading glory?

By Chris Hall

The Kindle Oasis was designed to be Amazon's ultimate reading device. Lightweight, high quality and wonderfully slim, its 2016 launch surprised many, not only by its radical design, but in the ambition that Amazon was exhibiting. Would anyone really pay... Read more

HTC U11 Plus could have a translucent back and this is what it would look like

HTC U11 Plus could have a translucent back and this is what it would look like

By Chris Hall

The HTC U11 Plus has become the industry's worst kept secret, as this phone has practically seen full exposure in the last week, with expectation that it will be launched on 2 November.The most exciting new detail to emerge comes from a reliable leaker,... Read more

Google Pixel 2 XL review: A conflicted second coming
4.0 stars

Google Pixel 2 XL review: A conflicted second coming

By Chris Hall

Google stepped away from the Nexus family in 2016 and launched the Pixel smartphones, adopting the line of the previous Chromebook Pixel and Pixel C and presenting a Google-designed premium product.The Pixel 2 XL is the second-gen, looking to replace... Read more

Google will boost the Pixel 2 XL display's colour via an update

Google will boost the Pixel 2 XL display's colour via an update

By Chris Hall

Unless you've been hiding under a rock for the past few weeks, you'll know that Displaygate has been tearing holes in the new Google Pixel 2 XL.The criticisms are numerous, but the biggest is that the colours appear dull and lifeless compared to some... Read more

The excitement is real: HTC U11 Plus display revealed by HTC

The excitement is real: HTC U11 Plus display revealed by HTC

By Chris Hall

The next phone we're likely to see from HTC is going under the name HTC U11 Plus. It's basically an evolution of the excellent HTC U11 and its launch is getting tantalisingly close. The HTC U11 Plus first appeared in rumours late in summer of 2017,... Read more

Amazon Fire TV (2017) review: Alexa serves at the 4K HDR party
4.0 stars

Amazon Fire TV (2017) review: Alexa serves at the 4K HDR party

By Chris Hall

Amazon gives you two choices when it comes to buying Fire TV products: there's the Fire TV Stick or the increasingly minimalist Fire TV.The 2017 iteration of Fire TV sees it move closer to the Fire TV Stick in terms of form, moving on from being a set-top... Read more

HTC U11 Plus photos reveal future flagship phone, plus a little forensic work

HTC U11 Plus photos reveal future flagship phone, plus a little forensic work

By Chris Hall

There was little chatter about the HTC U11 Plus until it exploded onto the scene recently, along with news that HTC was planning a launch event. Now we have real images revealing all.These images come from TENAA, the certification authority in China,... Read more

Best GPS running watch: The best sports watches to buy today

Best GPS running watch: The best sports watches to buy today

By Chris Hall

While the whole world is now discovering the benefit of a connected watch. For runners, this is home turf. While connected watches have come on leaps and bounds, the needs of runners haven't changed hugely over the past 20 years that running watches have... Read more

Google might add more colour options to resolve the Pixel 2 XL's display problem

Google might add more colour options to resolve the Pixel 2 XL's display problem

By Chris Hall

The Pixel 2 XL has a 6-inch problem on the front of it which you've probably heard about. It's currently the subject of a great deal of discussion among smartphone fans, in a stand-off that has "it's terrible for an £800 phone" on one side to "you probably... Read more

Ultimate Ears embraces Alexa with Blast and Megablast speakers

Ultimate Ears embraces Alexa with Blast and Megablast speakers

By Chris Hall

Ultimate Ears has announced that it's getting into the smart speaker game with the UE Blast and Megablast, a pair of Alexa-powered speakers. While we all accept that the Amazon Echo was a game-changing device, the biggest criticism of Amazon's smart... Read more

What is Bixby? Samsung's smart AI explained

What is Bixby? Samsung's smart AI explained

By Chris Hall

Forget about Google Assistant, Samsung's new Android flagships, the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+ launched their own voice assistant called Bixby.It's Samsung's attempt to take on the likes of Siri, Google Assistant, Cortana and Alexa, with a new AI... Read more

LG SJ9 soundbar review: Dolby Atmos in a compact package
4.0 stars

LG SJ9 soundbar review: Dolby Atmos in a compact package

By Chris Hall

The hot word in home entertainment at the moment is Dolby Atmos. Once the preserve of high-end cinemas, this enhanced version of surround sound has been making its way into homes, first in AV receivers, and now in soundbars too.There is a caveat of course:... Read more

Nissan created a PS4-controlled GT-R, and we've driven it

Nissan created a PS4-controlled GT-R, and we've driven it

By Chris Hall

Nissan has long had ties with the Gran Turismo gaming franchise, not only appearing in the game, but running its own GT Academy, aiming to turn gamers into racing drivers. Now it has taken a real-life Nissan GT-R car and made it remote control, using... Read more

Amazon's redesigned Kindle Oasis is larger, smarter and waterproof

Amazon's redesigned Kindle Oasis is larger, smarter and waterproof

By Chris Hall

Amazon has announced a new version of the Kindle Oasis as it looks to make this flagship reader the most accomplished Kindle so far. Amazon launched the Kindle Oasis in 2016 as a high-end reading device to appeal to Kindle and reading fans. It was incredibly... Read more

Amazon Fire HD 10 review: Going big on entertainment
4.5 stars

Amazon Fire HD 10 review: Going big on entertainment

By Chris Hall

The tablet market has polarised, with many companies cranking up the specs and price of their tablets and pushing them toward working on the go. That's left something of a gulf at the bottom end, where Amazon has not only been thriving, but dominating.The... Read more

Google Pixel 2 vs Pixel 2 XL vs Samsung Galaxy S8 vs S8+: What's the difference?

Google Pixel 2 vs Pixel 2 XL vs Samsung Galaxy S8 vs S8+: What's the difference?

By Chris Hall

Google has announced its new 2017 handsets, the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL. Following on from a couple of great original devices, these are designed as premium Android phones, to propel Google's vision of smartphones forward and provide a rival to Apple's... Read more

Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL: Release date, specs and everything you need to know

Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL: Release date, specs and everything you need to know

By Chris Hall

The Google Pixel was Google's attempt to create a premium Google phone, one that could stand-up against the best in the market, ask top prices and deliver pure Android with a couple of exclusive twists. That's very much been a success, with the Pixel... Read more

Windows Mixed Reality: What is it, what headsets are available and when can you get it?

Windows Mixed Reality: What is it, what headsets are available and when can you get it?

By Chris Hall

Over the past few years, we've seen an increase in the conversation around breaking content and experiences out from a device's display, and into a new world of perception and interactivity.Virtual reality is something that we are familiar with, thanks... Read more

A Pixel XL retrospective: A year with the first Made by Google phone

A Pixel XL retrospective: A year with the first Made by Google phone

By Chris Hall

A year is a long time in technology. For someone who reviews smartphones, it means a lot of phone changes, it means a shift in the hardware platform that phones are running on, it means tweaks, changes and a lot of marketing spiel to absorb, process and... Read more

Sony SRS-XB40 review: Blinded by the lights, filthy urban bass delights
4.0 stars

Sony SRS-XB40 review: Blinded by the lights, filthy urban bass delights

By Chris Hall

What do you look for in a Bluetooth speaker? Is it sophistication in design? Is it smart voice control? Or it brutal bass and a lighting rig that puts that tricked-out Ford Escort XR3i to shame?If it's the last, then the Sony XB40 won't have escaped your... Read more