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Mercedes-Benz E-Class review: Better than a BMW 5 Series?
4.5 stars Mercedes-Benz E-Class review: Better than a BMW 5 Series? By Joe Simpson

Mercedes says everything it knows about how to build a car has gone into the new E-Class. Being that it is the oldest car brand in the world, that's probably quite a lot of stuff.The new E-Class went on sale in 2016. On our first drive in Portugal we... Read more

Splatoon 2 review: More glorious sploshy platform-shooter cleverness
4.5 stars Splatoon 2 review: More glorious sploshy platform-shooter cleverness By Steve Boxer

The Wii U may have been an unmitigated flop, but at least one good game came out of it: Splatoon. The clever, third-person ink-shooting platformer seemed to emerge fully formed, and somehow managed to establish itself as a sort of starter e-sport, even... Read more

Sony A6500 review: A mini mirrorless powerhouse
4.5 stars Sony A6500 review: A mini mirrorless powerhouse By Timothy Coleman

The Sony A6500 is the company's 2017 flagship mirrorless camera with a crop sensor, sitting below the Sony A7 full-frame line-up.The A6500 joins an already bustling series across the wider A6000 range, with several cameras at different specifications... Read more

Moto Z2 Play review: All the mod cons
4.0 stars Moto Z2 Play review: All the mod cons By Mike Lowe

Modular phones are in a rather interesting spot. At the end of 2016 Google canned Project Ara, its open-source modular mobile project. In 2017, the latest LG G-series unceremoniously ditched the company's lacklustre "Friends" modules. Motorola, on the... Read more

Nest Cam IQ review: Great home security lacks an intelligent asking price
4.0 stars Nest Cam IQ review: Great home security lacks an intelligent asking price By Cam Bunton

The personal home security market is on the up, thanks to reduced costs and size of components required to make it all work. Now, we no longer need a dedicated room to setup recorders and monitors, all we need is a small camera and an internet connection.That's... Read more

Netgear Arlo review: Keeping a close eye on home
4.0 stars Netgear Arlo review: Keeping a close eye on home By Chris Hall

The inevitable deluge of smart home devices has covered three main categories: lighting, heating and home cameras. Whether you're looking for a security system, or just a way to keep an eye on what's going on at home, connected cameras are available... Read more

Canary Flex review: The affordable all-weather home Wi-Fi camera
3.5 stars Canary Flex review: The affordable all-weather home Wi-Fi camera By Adrian Willings

Canary's second entry into the cloud-based home security camera arena comes in the form of the Canary Flex. This new camera is designed to be versatile and easy-to-use. Place it anywhere in your home for peace of mind when you're away, or to capture footage... Read more

Apple 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display (2017) review: All-in-one and one-for-all
4.5 stars Apple 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display (2017) review: All-in-one and one-for-all By Stuart Miles

The Apple iMac range has received a spec boost for 2017, promising better screen technology, more processing power, Thunderbolt 3 slots and more. But should you be excited by these additions?We've been using the new 27-inch 5K iMac to get a feel for the... Read more

Mini Countryman Cooper S E preview: Mini's first electric hybrid hits the road
Mini Countryman Cooper S E preview: Mini's first electric hybrid hits the road By Joe Simpson

By its own management's admission the Mini brand has overstretched itself. Like a greedy child with eyes bigger than its belly, the once maker of an uber-compact car has seen its range balloon. Now Mini makes a whole host of options, including cabrios,... Read more

BMW 530e plug-in hybrid preview: The best of both worlds?
BMW 530e plug-in hybrid preview: The best of both worlds? By Joe Simpson

The new BMW 5-Series is a car we already know to be talented. In our 5-star review of the upper-spec 530d, we said that, judged in isolation, it goes "straight to the top of the class". That's a class which includes the Mercedes E-Class, which when we... Read more

Bragi Dash Pro review: All the smarts in a convenient, wire-free earphone
4.5 stars Bragi Dash Pro review: All the smarts in a convenient, wire-free earphone By Cam Bunton

We're halfway through 2017 and 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 pushed... Read more

Audi RS5 (2017) review: Pedal to the metal
4.0 stars Audi RS5 (2017) review: Pedal to the metal By Mike Lowe

Got a spare £60k rattling around in your pocket and want to buy a German sports car? There's a new kid on the block: the Audi RS5. The souped-up Audi Sport version of the S5 coupe, the RS5 has the likes of the Mercedes AMG-C63 and BMW M4 Coupe directly... Read more

Jaguar E-Pace: Jag's Cub is an adorable compact SUV disruptor
Jaguar E-Pace: Jag's Cub is an adorable compact SUV disruptor By Chris Hall

Jaguar has pulled the covers of the Jaguar E-Pace, following closely in the tracks of the excellent Jaguar F-Pace. This compact SUV looks to repeat the successes of the F-Pace, a car that's very much changed the face of Jaguar, appealing to a whole new... Read more

Honor 9 review: A mid-range marvel
4.5 stars Honor 9 review: A mid-range marvel By Mike Lowe

There was a time when buying an affordable phone would mean considerable compromise. Increasingly, however, the boundaries between mid-range and true flagship devices is being blurred, to such an extent that sometimes the more affordable phone can actually... Read more

Acer Chromebook 11 review: The best budget Chromebook yet?
4.5 stars Acer Chromebook 11 review: The best budget Chromebook yet? By Andrew Williams

In the early days Chromebooks were fairly limited things without an internet connection and would only let you install a handful of Chrome extension apps. That's no longer the case: Chromebooks just got a lot more fun. The Acer Chromebook 11 is one of... Read more

Ford Fiesta (2017) review: The little car that's a very big deal
5.0 stars Ford Fiesta (2017) review: The little car that's a very big deal By Britta O'Boyle

The Ford Fiesta has been the best selling car in the UK for eight years straight. That's a long time to hold the top spot and a lot of pressure for an all-new model to have on its pillars. So the question is, how does Ford make Britain's favourite... Read more

Jeep Compass (2017) review: The compact SUV with big off-road performance
3.5 stars Jeep Compass (2017) review: The compact SUV with big off-road performance By Max Langridge

With 75 years of all-terrain vehicle production under its belt, Jeep is a car manufacturer that knows a thing or two when it comes to off-road driving. It's also all too aware that the compact SUV market is seeing a huge surge at the moment and wants... Read more

Amazon Fire 7 review: The best affordable tablet
4.0 stars Amazon Fire 7 review: The best affordable tablet By Chris Hall

Just a few years ago, the tablet space was littered with choices. There was a wide range of iPads - the de facto choice for those in the Apple club - and a full selection of Android alternatives at all price points from many manufacturers.The market then... Read more

DS Automobiles DS4 review: Flair and individuality, but at what cost?
3.5 stars DS Automobiles DS4 review: Flair and individuality, but at what cost? By Chris Hall

DS Automobiles continues its march into independence, dropping the badges of its Citroen heritage as it tries to mark itself out as something different. The aim is it awaken the "spirit of avant-garde" in DS' words. It's about being French, about great... Read more

Audio Technica ATH-LS70iS review: Exceptional detail at an affordable price point
4.5 stars Audio Technica ATH-LS70iS review: Exceptional detail at an affordable price point By Max Langridge

We love going to gigs and concerts. Seeing our favourite bands and artists belt out our most memorable songs, there are few feelings that come close. And with its ATH-LS70iS in-ear monitors, Audio-Technica is hoping to bring the live experience direct... Read more

Denon AH-C21R review: Comfortable, affordable in-ears with a classy sound
4.5 stars Denon AH-C21R review: Comfortable, affordable in-ears with a classy sound By Max Langridge

Denon is on a mission with its new C-series of headphones, a mission to bring exceptional sound quality to the masses at affordable prices. We've seen the company's flagship C821R in-ear headphones, which use a Dual Air Compression driver to deliver... Read more

Alfa Romeo Giulia (2017) review: An Alfa that doesn’t do clichés
4.0 stars Alfa Romeo Giulia (2017) review: An Alfa that doesn’t do clichés By Joe Simpson

There is a saying that, to be a true car fan, you must have owned an Alfa Romeo. But a Mito, and a Giulietta (the extent of Alfa's range until now) hardly represent petrol-head nirvana. For Alfa fans, the Giulia has been a long time coming.Its predecessor,... Read more

Huawei Watch 2 Sport review: New tricks and 4G's a hit
4.0 stars Huawei Watch 2 Sport review: New tricks and 4G's a hit By Chris Hall

The second-gen Huawei smartwatch, the aptly named Watch 2, arrives as part of the Android Wear 2.0 brigade and, therefore, with more features than its predecessor. The Watch 2 is also available in two finishes: Sport, as reviewed here, for the sportier... Read more

Honda Civic Type R (2017) review: The hot hatch hooligan
4.5 stars Honda Civic Type R (2017) review: The hot hatch hooligan By Leon Poultney

When you think hot hatch, there are typically three letters that immediately spring to mind: G.T.I. Over the past four decades, Volkswagen's souped-up Golf has developed into one of the auto industry's most endearing and successful icons, blending sporty-yet-subtle... Read more

Amazon Dash Wand: What you can and can't do with this Alexa device
Amazon Dash Wand: What you can and can't do with this Alexa device By Elyse Betters

A few years ago, Amazon quietly announced a new gadget, the Dash Wand, but it's taken until now to give it a wider, official launch.It’s basically giving the Dash Wand away for free. Prime members who spend $20 on the Dash Wand get a $20 Amazon credit... Read more

Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy review: The PlayStation mascot’s triumphant homecoming
4.5 stars Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy review: The PlayStation mascot’s triumphant homecoming By Dom Peppiatt

The N. Sane Collection is exactly how you should do a remaster: it's three full Crash Bandicoot games, all lovingly redone, with no corners cut.This isn't a dodgy port of some 20-year-old games to a new PlayStation system, either. This isn't the same... Read more

Sony A1 OLED 4K TV review: Back to OLED with a bang
4.5 stars Sony A1 OLED 4K TV review: Back to OLED with a bang By John Archer

While ultra-expensive Sony OLED screens have long enjoyed an enviable reputation in the professional video mastering world, the brand hasn't dipped its toes into the consumer OLED market since it launched a miniscule 11-inch model back in 2008. Until... Read more

OnePlus 5 review: The flagship-killer's coming of age
5.0 stars OnePlus 5 review: The flagship-killer's coming of age By Cam Bunton

When OnePlus launched its first phone back in 2014, it was clearly the plucky upstart, one that was trying to offer as powerful a phone as possible that almost anyone could afford. Many of its strategies - from marketing to launch and invites for sales... Read more

Panasonic DMP-UB400 Ultra HD Blu-ray player review: Packs a punch for an affordable price
4.5 stars Panasonic DMP-UB400 Ultra HD Blu-ray player review: Packs a punch for an affordable price By Chris Hall

Panasonic was one of the first companies out of the gate with an Ultra HD Blu-ray player in 2016. The UB900 - still the flagship player from Panasonic - offered superb handling of the new 4K disc format, but came at a price that would only attract home... Read more

Nissan Qashqai (2017) review: Is the original SUV crossover still the best?
4.0 stars Nissan Qashqai (2017) review: Is the original SUV crossover still the best? By Chris Hall

There's barely a suburban street that doesn't have a Qashqai, or a pair of Qashqai. There isn't a school car park or supermarket without a brace of Qashqai. Nissan's mini SUV is pandemic, having created the crossover category and now dominated it for... Read more

Canon EOS M6 review: Canon's best mirrorless yet, but is that good enough?
4.0 stars Canon EOS M6 review: Canon's best mirrorless yet, but is that good enough? By Mike Lowe

The Canon take on the mirrorless camera market has been interesting: having lackadaisically introduced the M-series system in a bid to avoid undercutting its own DSLR business, it had taken Canon years to establish a more viable M-series camera. That... Read more

Get Even review: Unlike any other game you will have ever played
4.0 stars Get Even review: Unlike any other game you will have ever played By Steve Boxer

If you value originality higher than polish and slickness in your videogames, you've probably enjoyed a number of indie games recently. At the moment, the indie developer scene is thriving, and Get Even – created by tiny Polish outfit The Farm 51 –... Read more

Samsung HW-MS650 review: A superb single-box soundbar solution
5.0 stars Samsung HW-MS650 review: A superb single-box soundbar solution By Chris Hall

Soundbars are emerging as the preferred choice for a lot of people. Compact, easy to accommodate in the home and getting better and better in performance with every generation, there are plenty of reasons to plump for a smart soundbar over a more traditional... Read more

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle gameplay preview: Cute and compelling turn-based action
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle gameplay preview: Cute and compelling turn-based action By Mike Lowe

In 2017 Mario seems to be on something of a departure from his norm. Maybe it's a midlife crisis. First, there's Mario Odyssey on Switch, a game in which our intrepid plumber has ended up in not only familiar lands, such as Sand Kingdom, but also closer-to-reality... Read more

Life Is Strange 2 Before The Storm preview: No rewind mechanic, it's all about the angst
Life Is Strange 2 Before The Storm preview: No rewind mechanic, it's all about the angst By Mike Lowe

Life Is Strange. It really is. And the game of the same name explored that concept in a fascinating life-meets-supernatural way when it was released in 2015.Now there's a prequel: Before The Storm. Set in Arcadia Bay once more, it rewinds the timeline... Read more

Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) review: Every bit the pro, but battery life is still a blow
4.0 stars Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) review: Every bit the pro, but battery life is still a blow By Mike Lowe

Say hello to the Microsoft Surface 5. Ok, ok, so it's "the new Microsoft Surface Pro", rather than adopting the generational number format in its name. And that's quite possibly because this fifth-generation model looks suspiciously like its predecessor.It's... Read more

Strange Brigade gameplay preview: Undead onslaught is oodles of fun
Strange Brigade gameplay preview: Undead onslaught is oodles of fun By Mike Lowe

Ah, the Brits. Cups of tea. Stiff upper lips. Crumpets with jam. Undead zombie hordes. We have it all.UK studio Rebellion's latest title, Strange Brigade, is a 1930s-style adventure which throws you into an adventure in forgotten civilisations. Track... Read more

Microsoft Surface Laptop review: Much more than an elite Chromebook competitor
4.5 stars Microsoft Surface Laptop review: Much more than an elite Chromebook competitor By Mike Lowe

Microsoft's hardware division has gone from strength to strength over the last few years: from the Surface Pro, which has defined the high-end 2-in-1 space in its refined fifth-gen form; to the heavyweight Surface Book, which has enough grunt to keep MacBook... Read more

Abarth 124 Spider review: Frivolous fun... if you can afford one
4.0 stars Abarth 124 Spider review: Frivolous fun... if you can afford one By Mike Lowe

What happens when you take a Japanese roadster and give it an Italian heart? You get the Fiat 124 Spider. Dress that car up in some couture red, black and white body kit and you get the on-so-unsubtle Abarth 124 Spider, as you see above - a tuned-up... Read more

Star Wars Battlefront 2 multiplayer preview: Special characters add a dynamic that fans will love
Star Wars Battlefront 2 multiplayer preview: Special characters add a dynamic that fans will love By Mike Lowe

Star Wars Battlefront was a well received multiplayer when it arrived in 2015. One of its main criticisms was that it didn't have a solo campaign mode and, therefore, no real story. That's something Battlefront 2 fixes: it touts a story mode said to "help... Read more

HTC U11 review: Flagship glory, with a gimmick squeezed in
4.5 stars HTC U11 review: Flagship glory, with a gimmick squeezed in By Chris Hall

HTC's big play with the HTC U11 is being able to squeeze the phone as a new method of interaction. It's a natural motion and works well for one-handed use is the argument, giving the company's new flagship something different.Apple doesn't have squeeze.... Read more

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II review: The most formidable Olympus camera, ever
5.0 stars Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II review: The most formidable Olympus camera, ever By Timothy Coleman

If you're unfamiliar with the Olympus OM-D E-M1 from three years back, it was the company's flagship compact system camera (CSC), built to a really high standard. We happened to really like it (ok, we loved it).Now we have the second-generation model,... Read more

Arms review: Nintendo's new fighting game is well worth reaching for
4.0 stars Arms review: Nintendo's new fighting game is well worth reaching for By Steve Boxer

When Nintendo finally unveiled the Switch at a showcase just prior to its launch, Arms was one of the games that left everyone convinced that the Japanese giant had recovered its mojo, and that the Switch – cue sighs of relief – wasn't going to be... Read more

Cozmo preview: The Anki robot friend comes to the UK at last
Cozmo preview: The Anki robot friend comes to the UK at last By Andy Robertson

Anki’s Cozmo robot has been a double-edged sword for UK families. It offers some exciting features, has huge buzz online and is peerless in terms of its interactions. However, its availability has been limited to the US.Until today, that is. Anki just... Read more

Asus Chromebook Flip C302CA review: Chrome OS is about to enter a new league
4.0 stars Asus Chromebook Flip C302CA review: Chrome OS is about to enter a new league By Andrew Williams

The main aim of most Chromebooks is to offer a decent computing experience for little cash. That price proposition is changing, though, with higher-end models such as the Asus Chromebook Flip C302CA entering the market.The Chromebook Flip is a Chrome... Read more

Huawei MateBook X review: Huawei goes after the MacBook
4.5 stars Huawei MateBook X review: Huawei goes after the MacBook By Chris Hall

Huawei is an ambitious company. It's been tearing its way through smartphones, looking to move itself from budget brand to a mainstream premium player with its P-series devices. And it's been doing a pretty good job, too.While Android phones are why Huawei... Read more

MSI GT83VR Titan preview: Gaming monster with a roar
MSI GT83VR Titan preview: Gaming monster with a roar By Cat Thomas

Computex has very much been about the onslaught of super-slim gaming machines due to the launch of Nvidia’s Max-Q architecture.However, we spotted a beauty in the desktop replacement category from MSI. The first thing that grabbed our attention was... Read more