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Monster Hunter World review: Taking down beasties in glorious fashion
4.0 stars Monster Hunter World review: Taking down beasties in glorious fashion By Steve Boxer

Gamers love to sniff out off-the-beaten track, cultish games and, until now, that has been the only way to describe Capcom's Monster Hunter franchise.For years, Monster Hunter games - primarily confined to Nintendo handhelds, with the occasional port... Read more

Sony WI-1000X review: Jaw-droppingly accomplished neckband earphones
4.5 stars Sony WI-1000X review: Jaw-droppingly accomplished neckband earphones By Cam Bunton

Love them or hate them, it looks like neckband earphones are here to stay. Sony has launched a couple of pairs already, but it hadn't released a truly high-end pair.Then came the WI-1000MX. On paper, these neckband-design earphones promise a lot, but... 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

Nissan Leaf (2018) review: Electric for the people
4.5 stars Nissan Leaf (2018) review: Electric for the people By Chris Hall

While many manufacturers are posturing and pontificating about plans for the electrification of their cars, Nissan is releasing a proper second-gen electric vehicle, the new Nissan Leaf.The world has changed a lot since the 2010 launch of the original... Read more

Lifebeam Vi review: Smart coaching in a great sports headphone
4.0 stars Lifebeam Vi review: Smart coaching in a great sports headphone By Cam Bunton

Not everyone can afford a personal coach to get them progressing in training. Likewise, most people soon get bored by the pre-recorded, not context-aware tips given by the usual training apps, like the Couth to 5K apps, for example.What if there was something... Read more

GoPro Fusion review: The 360-degree camera you've been waiting for
4.0 stars GoPro Fusion review: The 360-degree camera you've been waiting for By Cam Bunton

GoPro has finally launched the Fusion action camera. Like the Hero and Session, it's designed to be strapped to virtually any part of you of your kit - your bike, shoes, car or any number of other objects via accessory mounts. The Fusion is just as much... Read more

Duck Season review: Let's game like it's 1989
4.0 stars Duck Season review: Let's game like it's 1989 By Adrian Willings

If you didn't gather from our previous review of Duck Hunt-styled Duckpocalypse, we've got a thing for nostalgia-inducing virtual reality games that take an old format and breathe new life into it. Especially ones featuring ducks and virtual lightguns.On... Read more

Hyundai Kona review: The quirky, colourful crossover
4.0 stars Hyundai Kona review: The quirky, colourful crossover By Mike Lowe

It's the era of the SUV crossover, with the Hyundai Kona looking to take a bite out of Nissan Juke territory, while taking on its Kia Stonic cousin (that car is built on the same platform, so is essentially much the same car, albeit not so good looking)... Read more

Kia Stonic review: Batten down the hatches, the crossovers are coming
4.0 stars Kia Stonic review: Batten down the hatches, the crossovers are coming By Chris Hall

If you're a car manufacturer and not looking at how you can add a crossover to your model line-up, you're probably aiming your efforts in the wrong direction.The linear range of hatchback, saloon and estate has found SUVs thrust into the mix, with many... Read more

Google Home Max review: Turning smart-home sound quality up to 11
4.0 stars Google Home Max review: Turning smart-home sound quality up to 11 By Elyse Betters

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

Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe review: Does it blend?
3.5 stars Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe review: Does it blend? By Joe Simpson

Mid-sized SUVs have become hugely popular over the past few years – particularly at the premium end of the market, if they're wearing the right German badge. The Mercedes GLC Coupe is most certainly wearing a badge of desire. But yes, you read that... Read more

Sony Bravia A8F 4K HDR OLED TV initial review: A more accessible version of last year’s best TV
Sony Bravia A8F 4K HDR OLED TV initial review: A more accessible version of last year’s best TV By Dan Grabham

Last year’s Sony A1 Series OLED TV was widely acknowledged as one of the best – if not the best – TVs launched in 2017. And that's quite impressive since the A1 was Sony's first proper consumer OLED TV. Now its epic hardware has found its way... Read more

Acer Chromebook 11 (2018) initial review: Blue, budget and potentially brill
Acer Chromebook 11 (2018) initial review: Blue, budget and potentially brill By Mike Lowe

The Chromebook category has come an awful long way over the years. The 2018 Acer Chromebook 11 goes to show just how much you can squeeze out of a £249 budget.With both online and offline operation (something lacking at the beginning of Chromebooks'... Read more

LG W8 OLED TV initial review: Signature set brings processor, voice-control and HDR enhancements
LG W8 OLED TV initial review: Signature set brings processor, voice-control and HDR enhancements By Mike Lowe

The world's largest technology show, CES, has long been known as the place to unveil brand new tellies. Which is exactly what LG did at CES 2018 with its latest and greatest W8 Signature OLED.We got to see the new top-tier set behind closed doors at the... Read more

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (2018) initial review: HDR screen makes for sensational sixth-gen laptop
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (2018) initial review: HDR screen makes for sensational sixth-gen laptop By Mike Lowe

The Lenovo ThinkPad series is well-known for its business appeal. And for the sixth-gen 2018 model it's ramping up design to look even more suave and sophisticated.It's also crammed in features many other laptops can only dream of, including an ultra-bright... Read more

Byton SUV Concept: Can it take on Tesla and succeed?
Byton SUV Concept: Can it take on Tesla and succeed? By Joe Simpson

Byton. It's not a name you're likely to have heard. But you might want to remember it, because the auto company has big plans, and by unveiling its concept SUV at CES 2018 it impressed many.Funded by Chinese money (aren't all new car companies these days?)... Read more

Panasonic FZ950 OLED TV initial review: A strong second coming
Panasonic FZ950 OLED TV initial review: A strong second coming By Stuart Miles

The Panasonic FZ950, or FZ952 as it will be known in the UK, is the company's brand-new flagship OLED TV for 2018. It offers a more powerful processor, better picture quality, and enhanced sound over previous models, but is it the TV you'll want?The FZ950... Read more

Asus ZenBook 13 initial review: The light fantastic
Asus ZenBook 13 initial review: The light fantastic By Dan Grabham

Wow, this thing is LIGHT. If you're in the market for a power portable that won't feel heavy in your bag, this is pretty much where it's at. Weighing in at just 985g, the ZenBook 13 (UX331UAL) is significantly lighter than many rivals and still features... Read more

Samsung Galaxy A8 initial review: The S8 experience for much less
Samsung Galaxy A8 initial review: The S8 experience for much less By Dan Grabham

We love flagship phones, but there's a reason that shelling out for a Galaxy S8 or iPhone 8 can seem a bit of a folly. Why? Because mid-range phones are getting so good. Honor. Moto. Lenovo. Nokia. All produced very decent Android-based devices last year.Samsung... Read more

Sony Xperia XA2 initial review: 23 megapixel pics plus super-wide selfies
Sony Xperia XA2 initial review: 23 megapixel pics plus super-wide selfies By Dan Grabham

Sony has debuted new mid-range Xperia phones at CES 2018, the Xperia XA2 and Xperia XA2 Ultra plus the L2. The XA2’s key feature is its 23 megapixel camera, while there’s also a super-wide angle 8 megapixel front camera, too, above the 5.2-inch display.... Read more

Lenovo Mirage Solo with Daydream initial review: Capable, phone-free VR for under $400
Lenovo Mirage Solo with Daydream initial review: Capable, phone-free VR for under $400 By Mike Lowe

When it comes to virtual reality there are a few options: go down the fully-formed route, with PC powering everything, like HTC Vive; opt for a headset that requires a phone to be slipped in to act as the processor and screen, such as the Google Daydream... Read more

This is the BlackBerry KeyOne Bronze: A dual-SIM BB in a molten bronze-gold finish
This is the BlackBerry KeyOne Bronze: A dual-SIM BB in a molten bronze-gold finish By Mike Lowe

BlackBerry had a respectable year in 2017. The reason was pretty simple: it started to produce attractive, well-made and secure devices once again, luring in both the company's die-hard fans and newcomers alike.When we reviewed the BlackBerry KeyOne just... Read more

BlackBerry Motion review: The big boss of business
4.0 stars BlackBerry Motion review: The big boss of business By Cam Bunton

BlackBerry has a mixed history with its all-touchscreen phones. The reason is simple: the company has made (and continues to make) handsets with the best physical keyboards going, which is arguably a large part of why it has such a loyal fanbase.Times... Read more

Lenovo Smart Display initial review: Google Assistant takes on the Amazon Echo Show
Lenovo Smart Display initial review: Google Assistant takes on the Amazon Echo Show By Mike Lowe

It was only a matter of time before Google answered Amazon's call in the screen-based smart home market. The Lenovo Smart Display is exactly that: the first Google Assistant device to directly take on the Amazon Echo Show.We highly doubt that Lenovo will... Read more

Lenovo Miix 630 initial review: Bossing battery life with 20 hours per charge
Lenovo Miix 630 initial review: Bossing battery life with 20 hours per charge By Mike Lowe

Lenovo has been producing Miix 2-in-1 tablet-cum-laptop devices for a number of years, but relying on Intel for its chipsets. In the last model, the Miix 720, that resulted in an over-powerful, battery-limited product that didn't quite cut the mustard.But... Read more

Panasonic Lumix GH5S initial review: The 4K Cinema pro
Panasonic Lumix GH5S initial review: The 4K Cinema pro By Mike Lowe

Thought the Panasonic Lumix GH5 was the 4K capture king? Think again, for the new GH5S comes with more pro-spec video magic than you can shake a stick at, without the sky-high price point.Designed around the very same body as the GH5, the GH5S only presents... Read more

Acer Swift 7 (2018) initial review: The laptop gets smartphone thin
Acer Swift 7 (2018) initial review: The laptop gets smartphone thin By Mike Lowe

Just when you think the laptop has got about as slim as it can get, a company pushes the envelope. Which is exactly what Acer has done with the new Swift 7, described as the world's thinnest laptop.It's a claim that we wouldn't dispute, either. Indeed,... Read more

Planet Gemini PDA initial review: The Psion organiser makes a comeback of sorts
Planet Gemini PDA initial review: The Psion organiser makes a comeback of sorts By Stuart Miles

Remember the Psion personal organiser? Seen by many as the original personal digital assistant, it was launched in the late-90s and is regarded as the precursor to the smartphones we use today. The big selling point was that it had a miniature keyboard... Read more

L.A. Noire The VR Case Files review: Criminal investigation has never been so much fun
4.0 stars L.A. Noire The VR Case Files review: Criminal investigation has never been so much fun By Adrian Willings

The original L.A. Noire was released back in 2011 - by Rockstar, well known for the Grand Theft Auto franchise - which, in this fast-moving world, feels like a lifetime ago. When launched it was the game to show-off just what was possible with facial... Read more

Tesla Model S 100D review: London to Scotland and back in the reigning EV king
4.5 stars Tesla Model S 100D review: London to Scotland and back in the reigning EV king By Alistair Charlton

Having been with us for almost six years, the electric Tesla Model S has quickly shifted from rare, exotic spaceship of the future to a common sight on British roads - especially in and around London where chargers are plentiful and the £64,700-to-£133,500... Read more

Sony A9 initial review: Phenomenal speed from the full-frame mirrorless master
Sony A9 initial review: Phenomenal speed from the full-frame mirrorless master By Timothy Coleman

Many DSLR users are either debating whether they should switch to a mirrorless system (it's less so the other way around). That's not been the case so much with professional sports and wildlife photographers because there was no real alternative to a... Read more

Sony A7R III initial review: Giving the Nikon D850 a run for its money
Sony A7R III initial review: Giving the Nikon D850 a run for its money By Timothy Coleman

In the A7R III, Sony has built on the already impressive full-frame Mark II model, by creating a high-resolution and high-speed camera. Think of this Sony as part A7R II and part A9, all rolled into one.It does for mirrorless what the Nikon D850 does... Read more

Denon Envaya DSB-250 review: Sensational sound from this small-scale portable Bluetooth speaker
5.0 stars Denon Envaya DSB-250 review: Sensational sound from this small-scale portable Bluetooth speaker By Andrew Williams

These days, home assistant speakers are hot stuff. We've signed all the T&Cs and asked Alexa and Google Assistant all the weird questions a five-year-old might ask a beleaguered parent. Traditional Bluetooth speakers like the Denon Envaya aren't as in... Read more

Raw Data review: The robot uprising is coming
4.0 stars Raw Data review: The robot uprising is coming By Adrian Willings

The year is 2271, the seemingly innocent Eden Corporation is in the robot creation business - and business is booming. Things aren't as innocent as they seem, however, as a leak reveals a sinister plot in the corp's latest product line, which is where... Read more

GORN VR review: Hilarity and brutality abound
4.0 stars GORN VR review: Hilarity and brutality abound By Adrian Willings

The wonderful thing about virtual reality is that it opens gaming up to a whole world of possibilities and experiences that aren't possible elsewhere. Sure, gaming has always done that in one dimension, but being wrapped entirely in a game's environment makes... Read more

Doom VFR review: Harder than Hell
3.5 stars Doom VFR review: Harder than Hell By Adrian Willings

Doom is a staple of the gaming world. A series that essentially kick-started the first-person shooter (FPS) genre and an utter nostalgic classic. The first version of Doom was released way back in the hazy days of 1993, but like all good things, it's... Read more

Kingspray Graffiti VR review: A breath of paint-fumed air
4.0 stars Kingspray Graffiti VR review: A breath of paint-fumed air By Adrian Willings

You'll find plenty of examples of incredible artwork from all over the world that were created with a humble spray can and a few hours graft. Of course, in most countries around the globe, this sort of painting will get you locked up. For some, that's... Read more

Toyota Prius review: Celebrating 20 years of the hybrid car
3.5 stars Toyota Prius review: Celebrating 20 years of the hybrid car By Joe Simpson

It might seem scarcely believable, but in 2017 the Toyota Prius celebrates its 20th Birthday. To mark this momentous occasion, we took the opportunity to crack out the candles and review this, the fourth generation of Toyota's most famous hybrid car.Twenty... Read more

Land Rover Discovery Sport review: Still the best 4x4 by far?
4.0 stars Land Rover Discovery Sport review: Still the best 4x4 by far? By Joe Simpson

Land Rover used to have a slogan: "The best 4x4x far". This was when a Land Rover was the domain of your local farmer, or rich landed gentry. But at what point did a Land Rover become the default vehicle of the upwardly mobile?Take a look out on the street.... Read more

Mazda CX-5 review: An SUV you'll actually enjoy driving
4.0 stars Mazda CX-5 review: An SUV you'll actually enjoy driving By Joe Simpson

The first Mazda CX-5 kicked off a revolution at Mazda. It was Mazda's first mainstream SUV and the first car to feature the company's new "Kodo – soul of motion" design language. Mazda ran that style through the subsequent 2, 3, 6, CX-3 and MX-5 and... Read more

Optoma NuForce Be Free8 review: Wire-free in-ears with elongated battery life
4.0 stars Optoma NuForce Be Free8 review: Wire-free in-ears with elongated battery life By Max Langridge

Wireless Bluetooth headphones have received a lot of attention lately. It's thanks in no small part to several smartphone manufacturers choosing to ditch the long-standing 3.5mm auxiliary jack in favour of either USB-C audio or the Lightning connection,... Read more

Alpine A110 review: Renault resurrects classic sports car with aplomb
5.0 stars Alpine A110 review: Renault resurrects classic sports car with aplomb By Leon Poultney

To properly understand the modern Alpine A110 it helps to rewind to clock to 1955, when racing enthusiast and talented engineer Jean Rédélé decided to transform his passion for tuning old Renault 4 CVs into a legitimate business.Rédélé chose the... Read more

Panasonic Lumix G9 review: The finest mirrorless camera that money can buy
5.0 stars Panasonic Lumix G9 review: The finest mirrorless camera that money can buy By Mike Lowe

The line between DSLR and mirrorless cameras continues to blur, with the Panasonic Lumix G9 gunning to be the first choice for pro photographers. In many respects, this is the camera to cease the disparity between the formats; it's almost like a "mirrorless... Read more

Lifeprint photo and video printer initial review: AR prints let you create your own Harry Potter-like photos
Lifeprint photo and video printer initial review: AR prints let you create your own Harry Potter-like photos By Stuart Miles

Moving portraits were once only possible in the realms of fiction - most notably in the Harry Potter movies and books. However, thanks to augmented reality, we can bring still images to life these days. Just point your phone at a set target image and... Read more

Google Pixel Buds review: More like Pixel Duds
3.0 stars Google Pixel Buds review: More like Pixel Duds By Elyse Betters

Google devices are usually hit or miss. The company has a long history of launching its own hardware, but many of those products have gone nowhere, such as the Nexus Q streaming media device, Google Glass wearable, Nexus 7 tablet, and Pixel C convertible.... Read more