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Sony Xperia XZ3 review: Sony Mobile is back with a bang
4.5 stars Sony Xperia XZ3 review: Sony Mobile is back with a bang By Britta O'Boyle

Sony Mobile hasn't been the smartphone manufacturer to push boundaries recently. The company had been a stickler when it comes to design in recent years.Thankfully, however, that began to change at the beginning of 2018 with the Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Premium... Read more

Lenovo Miix 630 review: Ultra long-lasting 2-in-1 has a few too many issues
3.5 stars Lenovo Miix 630 review: Ultra long-lasting 2-in-1 has a few too many issues By Mike Lowe

The Lenovo Miix 630 is a Windows laptop that uses the same Qualcomm CPUs seen in top phones. Well, 2017's top phones. This helps it last absolutely ages off a charge. And we really mean ages.However, there are a few problems. It runs a training wheels... Read more

New Amazon Echo Plus initial review: New design, better speakers
0.0 stars New Amazon Echo Plus initial review: New design, better speakers By Dan Grabham

The Echo Plus has been given a redesign. When it launched last year it was somewhat confusing that it used the old standard Echo design and now that has been rectified.We loved the previous Plus; with so many people using these devices for music it's... Read more

New Amazon Echo Dot initial review: Still small, bigger sound
0.0 stars New Amazon Echo Dot initial review: Still small, bigger sound By Dan Grabham

There’s a new Dot in town – here are our first impressions of Amazon’s new third-generation Echo Dot revealed at today's launch event at the company’s headquarters in Seattle.The Echo Dot has long been one of our favourite pieces of tech because... Read more

New Amazon Echo Show initial review: King of the kitchen
0.0 stars New Amazon Echo Show initial review: King of the kitchen By Dan Grabham

Amazon has revealed a new, improved Echo Show. The new Echo Show is available for pre-order from today for £220/$230 and will ship in October.We’re at Amazon’s US launch at its headquarters in Seattle so here are our first impressions of the all-new... Read more

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 review: A sensational big-screen experience
4.5 stars Samsung Galaxy Note 9 review: A sensational big-screen experience By Britta O'Boyle

The Samsung Galaxy Note series is one of the best smartphone ranges out there. It's the series that made so-called 'phablets' fashionable (indeed, no one even bothers to call them phablets any more) and brought with it integrated stylus control.There... Read more

B&O BeoPlay H9i review: Pricey but near perfect over-ear headphones
4.5 stars B&O BeoPlay H9i review: Pricey but near perfect over-ear headphones By Mike Lowe

We see a lot of headphones here at Pocket-lint, so for a pair of cans to really bed-in as the day-to-day workhorse means they have to be special. Which is exactly what happened with the B&O BeoPlay H9, which have been our go-to over-ears for almost a... Read more

GoPro Hero 7 Black initial review: Smooth operator
GoPro Hero 7 Black initial review: Smooth operator By Cam Bunton

GoPro has had something of a challenging few years. Employee numbers have shrunk, the Karma drone launched and literally dropped out of the sky - not helped by the arrival of DJI's Mavic range. In the following couple of years, GoPro has been working... Read more

Amazon Echo review: The best way to experience Alexa?
3.5 stars Amazon Echo review: The best way to experience Alexa? By Chris Hall

The Amazon Echo and its Amazon Alexa voice-control system has been a break-away hit for smart home speakers over the past few years.When it launched - way back in 2014 in the US - the at-home voice-assistant forged a whole new category, leaving rivals... Read more

Samsung HW-N950 soundbar review: Surround sound sensation, no separates required
5.0 stars Samsung HW-N950 soundbar review: Surround sound sensation, no separates required By Steve Withers

The Samsung HW-N950 is the Korean manufacturer's flagship soundbar, and the first to benefit from Samsung's acquisition of Harman Kardon. The N950 not only supports Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, but also offers a genuine immersive audio experience thanks to... Read more

Amazon Echo Spot review: That hits the spot
4.5 stars Amazon Echo Spot review: That hits the spot By Chris Hall

Alexa has liberally thrust itself into the lives of just about everyone. Amazon's omnipotent AI appeals not only to the technically minded, but to everyone.Amazon's voice-controlled virtual assistant, Alexa, has become the complete smart home influencer:... Read more

Apple iPhone XS Max review: It’s all about the display
5.0 stars Apple iPhone XS Max review: It’s all about the display By Cam Bunton

In 2017, Apple launched the phone that it said would shape the future. One which delivered on the promise of finally having a phone with a big screen that didn't take up much space in your hand or your pocket.For 2018, the range has had a upgrade, and... Read more

Apple iPhone XS review: The safe update
5.0 stars Apple iPhone XS review: The safe update By Stuart Miles

When Tim Cook revealed the iPhone X in 2017, the Apple CEO announced that this was the new direction for iPhone, the foundation of the next 10 years. Fulfilling that promise, Apple's new iPhones build on what the iPhone X started. We're treated to three... Read more

Here's the Audi e-tron in pictures: Check out Audi's first all-electric car
Here's the Audi e-tron in pictures: Check out Audi's first all-electric car By Mike Lowe

It's been teased for what feels like forever. But, finally, Audi's all-electric SUV, the e-tron, is here. No camoflauge, no gimmicks, just the on-the-road car in all its design glory.Ahead of its late 2019 launch, we got to witness the official unveiling... Read more

JBL Xtreme 2 review: Taking the party outside
4.5 stars JBL Xtreme 2 review: Taking the party outside By Mike Lowe

One look at the JBL Xtreme 2 and you'll know it's not designed as a fancy-looking speaker to sit pride of place on your polished wooden furniture. Nope, this tubular (perhaps construed as if we're in the 1980s, dudes) speaker's design is clearly targeted... Read more

Garmin Fenix 5 Plus review: The champion smart sports watch is better than ever
4.5 stars Garmin Fenix 5 Plus review: The champion smart sports watch is better than ever By Cam Bunton

Garmin has refreshed its Fenix range for 2018, adding more features into the 5 Plus and making it more powerful than ever. Despite its significant price tag, is this the best smart sports watch to buy?Rugged style, built to last Sapphire crystal display... Read more

Oculus Rift review: Affordable entry into high-end VR
4.0 stars Oculus Rift review: Affordable entry into high-end VR By Adrian Willings

Virtual reality is a magical, wonderful proposition that never fails to delight. And in many respects the Oculus Rift offers the perfect portal to experience the tech at its current best, with graphics and depth that a smartphone-based platform couldn't... Read more

Apple MacBook Pro with Touch Bar review (13-inch): A pricey powerhouse
4.0 stars Apple MacBook Pro with Touch Bar review (13-inch): A pricey powerhouse By Dan Grabham

Apple has revamped its MacBook Pro Touch Bar range, delivering a laptop that's more powerful than the 2017 version, albeit with the same external design. Not changing the design this time out isn't significant as competitors – like Dell with its competing... Read more

Shadow of the Tomb Raider review: Stealthy finale for Lara Croft trilogy
4.5 stars Shadow of the Tomb Raider review: Stealthy finale for Lara Croft trilogy By Rik Henderson

We're three games into the Tomb Raider trilogy and the final chapter of this particular run does exactly what it says on the tin: for the most part of Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Lara Croft raids tombs.There were tombs in the previous chapter, Rise, but... Read more

Apple iPhone XR initial review: An iPhone to reach the masses
Apple iPhone XR initial review: An iPhone to reach the masses By Stuart Miles

Apple announced three new iPhones at its September event comprising the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and the iPhone XR, but it is this third device that appears to be the iPhone for everyone.The iPhone XR makes a couple of compromises - an aluminium core... Read more

Marshall Kilburn II review: The Bluetooth blaster
4.0 stars Marshall Kilburn II review: The Bluetooth blaster By Mike Lowe

Marshall is synonymous with guitar amps (yes, ones that 'go to 11'). But that's not all: for years the company has been outputting headphones and portable speakers too.Which is where the Kilburn II comes in. This portable Bluetooth speaker updates the... Read more

Apple Watch Series 4 initial review: Bigger display brings bolder design
Apple Watch Series 4 initial review: Bigger display brings bolder design By Stuart Miles

The Apple Watch has been updated for the fourth time in as many years, bringing with it a number of new features, and for those likely to be looking to upgrade from the first-generation model, there's a tweaked design which features a bigger screen and... Read more

Hisense 75U9A 4K TV review: The brightest big screen ever
4.0 stars Hisense 75U9A 4K TV review: The brightest big screen ever By John Archer

Although relatively new to the UK TV marketplace, Hisense has already established itself as a strong budget brand. With its 75U9A, though, it's out to make a case for itself as a high-end force, too. Best TVs 2018 The 75U9A's huge 75-inch screen gets... Read more

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 review: Dual camera skills meet S Pen thrills
4.5 stars Samsung Galaxy Note 8 review: Dual camera skills meet S Pen thrills By Chris Hall

If you're a Samsung Galaxy Note user, then you'll know there's been a trend for the stylus-wielding series to take what the latest Galaxy S smartphone has started and to enhance upon it, while also debuting some new features.However, when the Note 7... Read more

Ultimate Ears UE Megaboom 3 review: Booming excellence
5.0 stars Ultimate Ears UE Megaboom 3 review: Booming excellence By Britta O'Boyle

Ultimate Ears makes some of the best Bluetooth speakers around. If you're in the market for a portable, waterproof speaker that will deliver when it comes to bass and volume, the UE line-up is an excellent place to look.The original UE Megaboom was fantastic,... Read more

Fujifilm X-T3 initial review: Marvellous mirrorless brings upgrades aplenty
Fujifilm X-T3 initial review: Marvellous mirrorless brings upgrades aplenty By Mike Lowe

In the camera market we've seen established models bring successors that might add a new arty filter mode and not much more. Hardly upgrade material, eh? Fujifilm isn't playing that moderate upgrade game though: the X-T3 may indeed add a couple of new... Read more

Fitbit Ace review: Doing it for the kids
4.0 stars Fitbit Ace review: Doing it for the kids By Chris Hall

What does Fitbit have in common with the iPad? Simple: it has achieved that lofty position of becoming genericised (not sure what that means? Maybe you need to be heading back to school).  Which Fitbit is right for me? Step into the playground and trademarks... Read more

Canon EOS R initial review: A new era for full-frame mirrorless
Canon EOS R initial review: A new era for full-frame mirrorless By Mike Lowe

Change is one of those things many thrive, yet which many are apprehensive about. The Canon EOS R is all about change: the company's first full-frame mirrorless camera embodies a new lens mount, new layout and methods of working, yet has more than a nod... 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-generation large-scale... Read more

Marvel's Spider-Man PS4 review: Catches thieves just like flies
4.5 stars Marvel's Spider-Man PS4 review: Catches thieves just like flies By Rik Henderson

Marvel's Spider-Man, the PlayStation's biggest PS4 exclusive since God of War, is finally here – and it's every bit the game we'd hoped. We always had high expectations, with Ratchet & Clank and Sunset Overdrive developer Insomniac Games at the helm,... Read more

Dell Inspiron Chromebook 14 initial review: A premium Chromebook without the big price tag
0.0 stars Dell Inspiron Chromebook 14 initial review: A premium Chromebook without the big price tag By Dan Grabham

Chromebooks are traditionally either dirt cheap or super expensive. But Dell has decided to do something a little bit different with its new Chromebook which we saw during Showstoppers' IFA 2018 event. Indeed, the most interesting thing about it is where... Read more

Michael Kors Access Runway initial review: Smartwatches can be sexy
Michael Kors Access Runway initial review: Smartwatches can be sexy By Britta O'Boyle

Fashion brand Michael Kors has returned for a third time, adding to its Access range of smartwatches with the Runway.The new device goes back to the chunkier design we saw on the initial Bradshaw watch but it keeps the fully round display, whilst adding... Read more

B&O Play Beoplay E8 wireless in-ear review: Premium styling and sound
4.5 stars B&O Play Beoplay E8 wireless in-ear review: Premium styling and sound By Cam Bunton

Bang and Olufsen's Beoplay brand is renowned for its more consumer friendly approach (read that as just about affordable), and the E8 premium bring truly wireless earphones into the fold.By focusing on design and sound quality rather than a spec sheet... Read more

Casio Pro Trek WSD-F30 initial review: Wear OS for the great outdoors
Casio Pro Trek WSD-F30 initial review: Wear OS for the great outdoors By Chris Hall

Casio has one of the more interesting Wear OS devices on the market, differentiating from some of the technology companies by offering a little more. Picking up the sort of design that still has people excited about the G-Shock line, the Pro Trek family... Read more

Libratone Zipp 2 initial review: Smart just got smarter
Libratone Zipp 2 initial review: Smart just got smarter By Chris Hall

The Libratone Zipp has always been a smart speaker. Dressed in fabric and sealed with a zip, we've always liked the sartorial distinction this speaker offers: it's not a black plastic lump, it's bright, it's different and now it's somewhat iconic. That... Read more

Sony WH-1000XM3 initial review: Round three for the noise-cancelling champs
Sony WH-1000XM3 initial review: Round three for the noise-cancelling champs By Britta O'Boyle

Sony's MDR-1000X headphones are an exceptional set of noise-cancelling cans. We adored them when they launched in 2016 and we love their successors - the Sony WH-1000XM2 - even more.It was to our great delight therefore, that Sony announced a third generation... Read more

LG G7 One initial review: LG's first Android One smartphone
LG G7 One initial review: LG's first Android One smartphone By Britta O'Boyle

LG announced two new smartphones at IFA 2018 in the form of the G7 One and the G7 Fit. The G7 One is the more exciting of the two, offering good hardware, a decent design and a great display, even if the G7 Fit is the device with the more premium finish. The... Read more

Huawei Mate 20 Lite initial review: A glimpse of what's to come
Huawei Mate 20 Lite initial review: A glimpse of what's to come By Mike Lowe

Huawei is having a stellar year and there's no signs of the Chinese brand slowing down. It is shifting the way it approaches phone releases, though, as the surprise announcement of the Mate 20 Lite goes to show (and its speedy on-sale date of September... Read more

Kia Ceed review: The gramatically correct family hatchback
4.0 stars Kia Ceed review: The gramatically correct family hatchback By Lem Bingley

The grammar police can stand down. The third-generation of Kia's family hatch is now officially called Ceed (rather than cee'd). The original spelling was always a particularly misguided slice of marketing flimflam, given that it was attached to a very... Read more

Motorola Moto One initial review: Mid-ranger sports Android One
Motorola Moto One initial review: Mid-ranger sports Android One By Mike Lowe

It seems to be the time of year for mid-range phones: from the HTC U12 Life to the long-rumoured Moto One. Yup, Motorola's Android One phone is finally here. But with more powerful and cheaper phones also appearing – the excellent Honor Play being a... Read more

Lenovo Yoga C930 initial review: Going full-on Dolby... and delightful as a result
Lenovo Yoga C930 initial review: Going full-on Dolby... and delightful as a result By Mike Lowe

Lenovo has long been refining its Yoga laptop range, with the top-tier C930 setting the limits for the 2018 range. This so-called three-in-one laptop has a 360-degree hinge to reposition the product between laptop, tent, stand and tablet modes. Beyond... Read more

Lenovo Yoga Book 2 initial review: The keyless laptop returns... and it's crazier than ever
Lenovo Yoga Book 2 initial review: The keyless laptop returns... and it's crazier than ever By Mike Lowe

Back in 2016, when Lenovo launched a laptop with no physical keyboard called the Yoga Book, it was one of the barmiest and most exciting product launches in the laptop space for years. As it transpired, however, the Yoga Book felt like it had one foot... Read more

Sony FES Watch U: The e-paper watch that costs more than an Apple Watch
Sony FES Watch U: The e-paper watch that costs more than an Apple Watch By Britta O'Boyle

Sony-owned Fashion Entertainment presented a crowd-funded e-paper watch called the FES Watch in 2015. It then succeeded this device the year after with the FES Watch U, which was made available to buy in Japan in 2017.Two years on from its initial debut... Read more

Samsung Q900R 8K QLED initial review: It all starts here
Samsung Q900R 8K QLED initial review: It all starts here By Chris Hall

"It's easy to make an 8K TV," said Samsung as we sat down to learn more about the future of Samsung's TVs. In literal terms, it is easy to make an 8K TV. You buy the panel, you buy the components, you stick it in a frame and Bob's your Uncle, it's an... Read more

BlackBerry Key2 LE initial review: Productivity and performance without the price
BlackBerry Key2 LE initial review: Productivity and performance without the price By Cam Bunton

Back in the days before what seemed like an inevitable doom for BlackBerry, it was a company known for producing keyboarded smartphones for people of all walks of life. Whether you were a kid who wanted a pink Curve, a business man for whom anything but... Read more

Honor Play review: The best affordable phone on the planet
5.0 stars Honor Play review: The best affordable phone on the planet By Mike Lowe

There's a saying about busses: you wait ages for one and then three turn up at once. Although we can't apply that loose analogy to Honor specifically – the brand has had a steady stream arriving three-monthly for seemingly forever (Honor 10, Honor View... Read more

Bang & Olufsen Beosound Edge initial review: Sound as a pound
Bang & Olufsen Beosound Edge initial review: Sound as a pound By Chris Hall

For Bang & Olufsen, design is everything, pairing quirky and original designs with high quality materials and superb sound quality. Take the Beosound Edge for example, a speaker that's unlike any other, inspired, B&O tells us, by the British pound coin.The... Read more

HTC U12 Life initial review: One seriously shiny mid-range phone
HTC U12 Life initial review: One seriously shiny mid-range phone By Mike Lowe

The life of HTC has been a bit of a rollercoaster: from its heyday highs of mobile phone ruler, to more recent limited sales and its Design Team being acquired by Google. The company's recent phones haven't always been on the mark either: the HTC U12+... Read more

Google Home Max review: Cranking smart speaker audio to the max
4.0 stars Google Home Max review: Cranking smart speaker audio to the max By Mike Lowe

Google has a difficult task: it needs to steal your attention - or rather, your ears and voice - from the competition, as the world of smart home and voice-controlled tech products continues to hot up. These days it's not just Amazon with its Echo line... Read more

Asus ZenBook 14 Pro initial review: Pro for when on the go
Asus ZenBook 14 Pro initial review: Pro for when on the go By Mike Lowe

There's the latest ZenBook models – like the snazzy 13-inch model, as unveiled at IFA 2019 – and then there's the step-up ZenBook Pro models, with the new 14-inch device being a serious slab of laptop for the more creatively demanding user.How so?... Read more

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