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Fitbit Charge 3 initial review: The fitness tracker we didn't know we wanted
Fitbit Charge 3 initial review: The fitness tracker we didn't know we wanted By Britta O'Boyle

Fitbit is a company anyone in the market for a fitness tracker will have heard of. It's been around for over a decade and it is said to be accountable for over 80 percent of the UK's fitness tracker market. That's a pretty big market share.The latest... Read more

Oppo Find X review: Smartphones just got interesting again
4.0 stars Oppo Find X review: Smartphones just got interesting again By Cam Bunton

Oppo may not be a brand with which you're all too familiar, but its success in Asian markets has seen it become one of the top smartphone sellers in the world. Now, it's making a splash in Europe with the unlike-anything-else Find X. The Oppo Find X... Read more

Philips 803 OLED TV (55OLED803) review: Ambilight and multiple delights
5.0 stars Philips 803 OLED TV (55OLED803) review: Ambilight and multiple delights By Steve May

The 803 is the first Philips OLED flatscreen TV to feature the brand's second-generation P5 Perfect Processing Engine, which claims to offer twice the picture performance of its predecessor. Given that the original silicon was no slouch, that set our... Read more

Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX531 initial review: The world’s thinnest gaming laptop... for now
Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX531 initial review: The world’s thinnest gaming laptop... for now By Adrian Willings

There's an ongoing battle in the gaming laptop space to create the thinnest, most impressive and aesthetically pleasing devices. A series of ultrabook-styled laptops have appeared from the likes of MSI, Razer and more.The Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX531 is... Read more

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (6th gen 2018) review: HDR screen makes for sometimes sensational laptop
4.0 stars Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (6th gen 2018) review: HDR screen makes for sometimes sensational laptop By Mike Lowe

The Lenovo ThinkPad series is already well-known for its business appeal. For the sixth-gen 2018 model the company has ramped up design to look even more suave and sophisticated standards, while cramming in features that many other laptops can only dream... Read more

Bragi Dash Pro review: All the smarts, now with individual audio profiles
4.5 stars Bragi Dash Pro review: All the smarts, now with individual audio profiles By Cam Bunton

Looking at the earphone market, we're now at the point where a large number of companies are building completely wire-free earphones. Even the low-cost Chinese manufacturers are shipping them via Amazon. But when you look back, it was Bragi that initially... Read more

Nuraphone review: Clever, unique, brilliant... and totally weird
4.0 stars Nuraphone review: Clever, unique, brilliant... and totally weird By Cam Bunton

The world of over-ear headphones can be an interesting place. There are so many different variations in design, materials and styling that each recognisable brand seems to have its own look. You have the trendy plastic seamless Beats, bulky comfort of... Read more

Samsung NU8000 TV review: A solid mid-ranger for under £1000
4.0 stars Samsung NU8000 TV review: A solid mid-ranger for under £1000 By Steve Withers

Samsung has been heavily promoting its QLED range in 2018, with the promise of better high dynamic range (HDR) pictures, meaning brighter highlights and a wider colour gamut than standard. However, while QLED goes toe-to-toe with OLED (LG's panel of choice,... Read more

Fujifilm X-T100 review: Rare misfire for X-series mirrorless?
3.5 stars Fujifilm X-T100 review: Rare misfire for X-series mirrorless? By Mike Lowe

We've long been fans of Fujifilm's mirrorless cameras, so when the X-T100 was announced it got us scratching our head a bit: is there space in the X-series line-up for an entry-level model which does things a little differently to its bigger brothers?... Read more

Samsung Galaxy Watch initial review: Premium design meets beefy battery
Samsung Galaxy Watch initial review: Premium design meets beefy battery By Britta O'Boyle

Samsung has been in the smartwatch game a long time. Things started in a very different place to where they are now but based on the latest addition, the journey appears to have been worth it. The company's newest smartwatch member comes in the form... Read more

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 initial review: Super sexy with S Pen delights
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 initial review: Super sexy with S Pen delights By Britta O'Boyle

Samsung's Galaxy Note series is one of the best smartphone ranges out there. It's the device that made phablets so fashionable that no one even bothers to call them phablets anymore. There was a small blip in its excellence with the Galaxy Note 7 (RIP),... Read more

Xiaomi Mi A2 review: Pricing out the competition?
4.0 stars Xiaomi Mi A2 review: Pricing out the competition? By Mike Lowe

If you're staring at the title of this review wondering 'who on earth is Xiaomi?' then, let us tell you, it's a Chinese brand that – based on the evidence of our time with the Mi A2 (known as the Mi 6X in China) – is about to become an even more major... Read more

DS 3 review: Café Racer special edition sizzles
4.0 stars DS 3 review: Café Racer special edition sizzles By Chris Hall

Rolling out originally with the chevrons of Citroën on the front, the DS 3 had a revamp and refresh in 2016, now sitting pretty in the avant-garde livery of DS Automobiles (no Citroën badges to be seen).It sets the tone for the more established identity... Read more

Garmin Forerunner 645 Music review: On the beat?
4.0 stars Garmin Forerunner 645 Music review: On the beat? By Chris Hall

While the smartwatch revolution seems to have stumbled, fitness and sports devices have grown and adapted. In many ways companies like Garmin have surpassed the smartwatch generation by focusing on features that add value, rather than adding distraction.Take... Read more

Volvo V60 review: The estate car to rule estate cars?
4.0 stars Volvo V60 review: The estate car to rule estate cars? By Joe Simpson

Think Volvo and what do you think? Our bet is that in among a top three list of words you'd have 'safety', 'Sweden' and… 'estate car'. Indeed, Volvo's history is littered with estate models (and safe ones at that). Its first arrived in the UK as long... Read more

HTC U12+ review: Flagship misses any must-have flourish
4.0 stars HTC U12+ review: Flagship misses any must-have flourish By Chris Hall

HTC, having offloaded a hefty portion of its talent to Google's Pixel programme, is back with a fresh offering for 2018, the HTC U12+.Where's the HTC U12 you might ask? There isn't one, it's coming straight out of its corner with a plus size model. HTC... Read more

Dell XPS 2-in-1 15-inch review: Hybrid laptop is flippin' great
4.5 stars Dell XPS 2-in-1 15-inch review: Hybrid laptop is flippin' great By Andrew Williams

The Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 is one of the best larger portable laptops you can buy. But its key audience is likely to be made up of people who don't like MacBooks and who do have a lot of money to spend.However, the 2018 XPS 2-in-1 has an ultra-shallow keyboard... Read more

Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 initial review: A tablet that means business
Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 initial review: A tablet that means business By Chris Hall

There was a time when tablets were ten a penny. Pretty much every manufacturer offered a range of tablets looking to entertain you with a bigger screen than your phone.But that position shrivelled, with super-affordable tablets like the Amazon Fire mopping... Read more

Volkswagen Polo review: The small car without holes
4.5 stars Volkswagen Polo review: The small car without holes By Joe Simpson

After the Golf, the smaller Polo is Volkswagen's best-selling car in the UK. It's easy to overlook, but the Polo is everywhere. To our minds, however, it's always had a bit of an odd image. It just doesn't manage the same 'royalty' status in small car... Read more

Marshall Major III Bluetooth review: These on-ear headphones turn it up to 11
5.0 stars Marshall Major III Bluetooth review: These on-ear headphones turn it up to 11 By Max Langridge

English amplifier extraordinaire Marshall is back with another pair of headphones: the Major III Bluetooth. As the name suggests, these cans are the third-generation in the largely successful Major headphones lineup.As standard with Major there are Bluetooth... Read more

BMW X4 review: The SUV for people who want a coupe
4.5 stars BMW X4 review: The SUV for people who want a coupe By Joe Simpson

BMW only started making SUVs in 1999. Some 20 years on it has a range of six SUVs (which will shortly grow to seven, with the massive X7). The X4, the company's mid-size SUV, is the latest of the crop to get a refreshed look.The first-generation X4 effectively... Read more

Libratone Track+ review: Exceptional wireless in-ear headphones
4.5 stars Libratone Track+ review: Exceptional wireless in-ear headphones By Chris Hall

Wireless headphones are having their moment in 2018. Thanks to many phones dropping the conventional 3.5mm headphone socket and increasing connectivity from devices like smartwatches, there's never been a better time to be looking at a set without the... Read more

Volkswagen Arteon review: A four-door coupe with added spice
4.0 stars Volkswagen Arteon review: A four-door coupe with added spice By Joe Simpson

The Arteon is a new name in the Volkswagen range, and – in an indirect way – a replacement for the old Passat CC. Based loosely on the Passat saloon, the Arteon is the sort of car you might buy if you fancy a slightly bigger and better value alternative... Read more

Honor 7A review: Great design simply lacks the expected performance
3.0 stars Honor 7A review: Great design simply lacks the expected performance By Andrew Williams

At first glance, the Honor 7A looks like one of the best budget phones you can buy. It has specs similar to a Moto G6 Play but costs £20 less. Best budget phones 2018 So the 7A should be great, right? We thought it would be, but sadly it's not because... Read more

Hyundai Kona Electric review: The everyman's EV is a near-perfect crossover
4.5 stars Hyundai Kona Electric review: The everyman's EV is a near-perfect crossover By Mike Lowe

Electric vehicles (EVs) are an increasingly viable prospect for people in the UK. With zero emissions and therefore no tax, plus a government grant to offset the purchase price and a fraction of traditional fuel costs, there's a whole lot to like. For... Read more

BMW i8 review: The eco supercar
4.5 stars BMW i8 review: The eco supercar By Joe Simpson

We were first mesmerised by BMW's hybrid sports coupe back in 2014. And on some of the best roads that Scotland has to offer, no less. Back then, the BMW i8 was received with much hyperbole. We said at the time: "In many ways, [the BMW i8] redefines the... Read more

Acer Swift 7 review: The smartphone-thin laptop is here
3.5 stars Acer Swift 7 review: The smartphone-thin laptop is here By Andrew Williams

Most of Acer's laptops are made for the average buyer, offering solid specs at a good price. Models like the Swift 3 are worth a look if the prices of MacBooks make you want to cry. Best laptops 2018: The top-rated Ultrabooks and ultra-portables The Acer... Read more

Ruark Audio MRx review: Classy design with a sound to match
4.5 stars Ruark Audio MRx review: Classy design with a sound to match By Max Langridge

British audio company Ruark Audio is best known for its range of DAB digital radios, such as the rather excellent R1 MkIII. However, with more of us turning to music streaming services and with many phones losing their 3.5mm headphone ports, wireless... Read more

Mini Convertible Cooper S review: Topless fun
4.5 stars Mini Convertible Cooper S review: Topless fun By Chris Hall

Buying a convertible in the UK might seem like madness. A country known for rain and overcast skies might not seem like the obvious choice for a drop-top car, but the British still buy more convertibles than many of the warmer European countries.That... Read more

Nest Hello review: At last, a video doorbell to take on Ring
4.0 stars Nest Hello review: At last, a video doorbell to take on Ring By Britta O'Boyle

A competitor to the Ring video doorbell is finally available in the UK. Say hello to the Nest Hello.Nest claims Hello is the first video doorbell able to both detect people and offer facial recognition, but its features aren't limited to just letting... Read more

Sonos Beam review: Compact in size, not in sound
4.5 stars Sonos Beam review: Compact in size, not in sound By Stuart Miles

This is Sonos Beam, a compact soundbar that's designed to bring cinematic sound to your living room without taking up boat loads of space. Sonos Beam vs Sonos Playbar: What's the difference? Compact soundbars are nothing new, of course, but many tend... Read more

Polk Assist initial review: Google Home with better sound
Polk Assist initial review: Google Home with better sound By Max Langridge

American audio company Polk Audio recently announced the Assist speaker with Google Assistant built in. The idea behind the Assist is to take all the ingenuity of the Google Home speaker, but give it better sound. The Home is a great product with great... Read more

Lexus LC500 review: A rare and wonderful GT
4.5 stars Lexus LC500 review: A rare and wonderful GT By Mike Lowe

It was back in 2015 that Lexus showed-off its LF-FC concept; a car which represented a vision of the marque's future in a striking design that, well, you'd never expect to see pootling about the UK's streets alongside a Porsche 911 or Jaguar F-Type.Yet... Read more

Hyundai Nexo review: Heralding hydrogen's future?
Hyundai Nexo review: Heralding hydrogen's future? By Mike Lowe

As vehicle emissions rules become increasingly strict, tax on traditional petrol- and diesel-drinking cars continues to rise. It's why manufacturers are downsizing engines to fit vehicles into acceptable tax brackets. It's why there's an uptake for plug-in... Read more

TicWatch Pro review: Best battery-life smartwatch outshines the big brands
4.5 stars TicWatch Pro review: Best battery-life smartwatch outshines the big brands By Cam Bunton

Wear OS, the former Google Android Wear wearable operating system, has gone through something of a shift over the past few years. As fewer traditional tech companies are building smartwatches, more designer watch brands are picking up the slack, which... Read more

Fujifilm X-H1 review: Does the most advanced X-series live up to its potential?
4.5 stars Fujifilm X-H1 review: Does the most advanced X-series live up to its potential? By Mike Lowe

In 2018 it's certainly the turn of mirrorless cameras to really up the pressure being put on DSLR cameras. We've already seen the excellent Panasonic Lumix G9 deliver strong in performance terms, not to mention its stills and video output. Now Fujifilm... 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

Nokia 7 Plus review: Shooting for mid-range glory
4.0 stars Nokia 7 Plus review: Shooting for mid-range glory By Chris Hall

Nokia has seen itself resurrected. Leaping from the frying pan into the Windows Phone fire, the resurgence under the tutelage of HMD Global has been impressive.That comeback has been in the affordable end of the market, where Nokia has released a lot... Read more

OnePlus 6 review: Glorious, glossy and powerful
5.0 stars OnePlus 6 review: Glorious, glossy and powerful By Cam Bunton

Four years ago, few could have predicted that OnePlus would be where it is now. At its beginning, it created a powerful phone for tech fans with low budgets. Since then it has evolved. It still builds powerful flagship contenders, but with a lot more... Read more

GoPro Hero review: The best entry-level action camera for first-timers?
4.0 stars GoPro Hero review: The best entry-level action camera for first-timers? By Cam Bunton

Over recent years, GoPro has been working on diversifying its product range, trying to give as good an experience as possible at every price point.The high-end Hero action cameras offer the best photo and video quality, as well as touchscreen input and... Read more

BMW i3 review: Living with the ultimate electric car?
4.5 stars BMW i3 review: Living with the ultimate electric car? By Joe Simpson

This is what's called putting your money where your mouth is: because this is a review of our BMW i3. Yes, Pocket-lint went out and bought an electric car many months ago. So think of this coverage - highlighting both good and bad points - as a truly-lived-with... Read more

The Crew 2 review: Turning the USA into an automotive toybox
4.0 stars The Crew 2 review: Turning the USA into an automotive toybox By Steve Boxer

Open worlds are now more or less obligatory in videogames, and with Ubisoft's franchises like Assassin's Creed and Far Cry already under its belt, the French publisher has led the charge to create ever huger and more elaborate ones.But its first foray... Read more

Asus Zenfone 5 review: The mid-price phone to take Asus to the big time?
4.0 stars Asus Zenfone 5 review: The mid-price phone to take Asus to the big time? By Mike Lowe

Historically, Asus hasn't been a major player in the UK's mid-price phone market. But times are a-changing, as the 2018 Asus Zenfone 5 shows. Fresh off the back of the recent iPhone X launch, this £350 Android handset certainly apes portions of Apple's... Read more

Sony A8F TV review: Perfect processing lacks the brightness of its OLED competitors
4.0 stars Sony A8F TV review: Perfect processing lacks the brightness of its OLED competitors By John Archer

The idea behind Sony's second series of OLED TVs, the AF8, is brutally but effectively simple: they're intended to offer a cheaper and more accessible design alternative to Sony's debut A1 OLEDs (which continue to be available alongside their new siblings).... Read more