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Volvo XC60 review: The best-in-class mid-size SUV?
4.5 stars Volvo XC60 review: The best-in-class mid-size SUV? By Joe Simpson

The outgoing Volvo XC60 continued to be the best seller in its class right up until the end of production. Whereas other "new" Volvos — the XC90, S90, V90 — replaced cars that were so old people had forgotten they existed, the previous XC60's success... Read more

Nikon D850 review: The best DSLR ever?
5.0 stars Nikon D850 review: The best DSLR ever? By Timothy Coleman

On paper the Nikon D850 seems to good to be true. This full-frame DSLR camera is no modest refresh of the already impressive Nikon D810, it's an overhaul.It's fast in every way. Its high-resolution sensor competes with the best - even medium format cameras... Read more

Philips Hue complete system review: A shining light in the smart home
5.0 stars Philips Hue complete system review: A shining light in the smart home By Stuart Miles

In 2012 Philips launched Hue, one of the earliest examples of smart lighting, allowing for colour and brightness control from a smartphone or tablet. At the time it perhaps wasn't realised how significant this system would become: many have followed,... Read more

Amazon Fire HD 8 review: Hitting that 8-inch sweet spot
4.5 stars Amazon Fire HD 8 review: Hitting that 8-inch sweet spot By Chris Hall

If you don't want to invest a considerable sum of money in an iPad, then Amazon's Fire tablets are the obvious affordable choice.There was once a considerable number of Android tablets to consider, but the market is now much more distinct in its division:... Read more

Project Cars 2 review: A must-buy for hardcore racing fans
4.0 stars Project Cars 2 review: A must-buy for hardcore racing fans By Steve Boxer

There is a reason why there are two distinct types of driving games: there are also two distinct types of driving gamers. Some want an arcade-style experience which gives a sense of the thrill of driving fast, without worrying about whether it actually... Read more

MacOS High Sierra preview: The invisible update that you need to download
MacOS High Sierra preview: The invisible update that you need to download By Stuart Miles

As each MacOS update has completed installing, we've always stared lovingly at our Mac desktop, wondering what's actually changed. And most of the time, it's fairly obvious.We normally get big, sweeping new features and additions after Apple releases... Read more

Samsung MU9000 4K TV review: Is curved still compelling?
4.0 stars Samsung MU9000 4K TV review: Is curved still compelling? By John Archer

With Samsung's flagship QLED TVs this year costing an arm and a leg, many would-be Samsung TV buyers are being forced to turn their sights instead to the brand's much more affordable MU range.We've seen the MU7000 model, which offers bucket loads of features... Read more

Asus Zenfone 4 Pro preview: The true flagship of the Zenfone family
Asus Zenfone 4 Pro preview: The true flagship of the Zenfone family By Chris Hall

Asus has launched a full family of Zenfone 4 devices and it's serious about gaining some traction for these devices in the UK and across Europe. Different devices are launching in different territories and while the UK is slated to get the Zenfone 4... Read more

Pro Evolution Soccer 2018 review: Great when on the pitch, galling when not
4.0 stars Pro Evolution Soccer 2018 review: Great when on the pitch, galling when not By Steve Boxer

The decades-long battle for supremacy in the football games market can be seen as a microcosm of the modern games industry itself. In one corner, you have EA Sports' FIFA franchise – the archetypal corporate behemoth, with its expensively acquired official... Read more

Mini Cooper SD Countryman (2017) review: Mighty improvements for the mega Mini?
4.0 stars Mini Cooper SD Countryman (2017) review: Mighty improvements for the mega Mini? By Joe Simpson

Do you remember the exact moment when every manufacturer scrambled to add a high-riding SUV to their line-up? It was around the time the Nissan Qashqai started to become a runaway sales success. As a result, all sorts of bizarre shapes started to appear... Read more

Asus Zenfone 4 preview: A dual camera attack on the mid-range
Asus Zenfone 4 preview: A dual camera attack on the mid-range By Chris Hall

The Asus Zenfone 4 is a mid-range handset that comes with the addition of dual cameras on the back of the phone. Asus is shaking things up in the smartphone race, bringing a second wide-angle lens to the party.The Zenfone 4 has launched in a number of... Read more

Meizu Pro 7 review: Flicking two screens up at smartphone uniformity
4.0 stars Meizu Pro 7 review: Flicking two screens up at smartphone uniformity By Cam Bunton

Meizu isn't a company that's very well known in Western markets, but over the past couple of years it has pushed beyond its Chinese market roots.Like most smartphone makers, Meizu is battling against a race towards uniformity. In other words: making a... Read more

Nest Secure preview: A simple, sophisticated alarm system
Nest Secure preview: A simple, sophisticated alarm system By Britta O'Boyle

Nest announced a range of new devices at its big event in September, including the Hello video doorbell and a new alarm system called Secure.The Nest Secure alarm system is made up of three main devices that work in tandem together, comprising the Nest... Read more

Nest Hello video doorbell preview: At last, a valid competitor to Ring
Nest Hello video doorbell preview: At last, a valid competitor to Ring By Britta O'Boyle

Nest has announced a competitor to the Ring video doorbell in the form of the Nest Hello. The new doorbell, which will be available in 2018 in the US and Canada, is claimed to be the first doorbell able to detect a person and offer facial recognition.Offering... Read more

HP Envy 13 review: One powerful, versatile and affordable laptop
4.5 stars HP Envy 13 review: One powerful, versatile and affordable laptop By Andrew Williams

Laptops used to come in about three flavours: sleek and portable, big and powerful, or cheap and nasty. What a choice, eh?The HP Envy 13 is a laptop that tries to merge the two good-sounding ones, without a price that'll make you run screaming for the... Read more

Brainwavz B200 review: Superb sound and low price make purchase a no-brainer
5.0 stars Brainwavz B200 review: Superb sound and low price make purchase a no-brainer By Max Langridge

The in-ear headphones market is never short of new pairs vying for your attention. The latest pair of affordable in-ears we've put under scrutiny for review is the B200, from Hong Kong-based manufacturer Brainwavz.We'll admit, it's not a company we've... Read more

Apple iOS 11 review: Exploring the cool new features coming to your iPhone and iPad
4.5 stars Apple iOS 11 review: Exploring the cool new features coming to your iPhone and iPad By Cam Bunton

iOS 11 is Apple's latest software update for iPhone and iPad users, and this year - particularly for the latter - it brings many important changes. There's an all-new Control Centre, better multitasking for iPads, a new one-handed keyboard, better Siri... Read more

Beats Studio 3 Wireless review: Smart sounding, ultra long-lasting headphones
5.0 stars Beats Studio 3 Wireless review: Smart sounding, ultra long-lasting headphones By Cam Bunton

In 2016 Beats upgraded two of its most popular headphones - the Powerbeats and Solo - and released the all new Beats X. All three came equipped with the same W1 chip that makes the Apple AirPods so convenient to pair for iPhone users.For 2017 it's... Read more

Tile Sport preview: Waterproof protection for never losing your keys again
Tile Sport preview: Waterproof protection for never losing your keys again By Rik Henderson

Tile Bluetooth tracking devices have been around a while now but few have caught the attention as much as the Tile Sport.Not only does it offer the same tracking abilities as the rest of the Tile family, it has extended range and waterproofing. It is... Read more

Apple MacBook review: Third time's a charm
4.0 stars Apple MacBook review: Third time's a charm By Mike Lowe

Apple is an interesting beast. Often considered king of design, its MacBook cut up the rulebook when it first appeared in 2015, ditching full-size USB ports and, well, almost any wired connectivity for the sake of a single USB Type-C port. Controversial... Read more

Toyota C-HR review: High-roller or middle-of-the-roader?
4.0 stars Toyota C-HR review: High-roller or middle-of-the-roader? By Joe Simpson

"Cars, they all look the same these days." It's almost as if the designers of Toyota's new C-HR had that phrase in mind, and were determined to shoot it down. Toyotas — aren't they cars that are reliable, well-built and, well, just a little bit dull?... Read more

B&O Play Beolit 17 review: Boxing clever
4.5 stars B&O Play Beolit 17 review: Boxing clever By Mike Lowe

When it comes to sound quality, Danish high-end maker Bang & Olufsen is well regarded. The company's offshoots, B&O Play and Beoplay, also create excellent portable speakers and headphones at more accessible price points.Not that the Beolit 17 is exactly... Read more

Panasonic EZ1002 4K TV review: Often achieving OLED picture perfection
4.5 stars Panasonic EZ1002 4K TV review: Often achieving OLED picture perfection By John Archer

The debut Panasonic OLED TV, 2015's 65CZ952, was an incredible effort, delivering arguably the finest and certainly the most authentic pictures the TV world had seen up to that point.So it's hardly surprising that AV enthusiasts have been buzzing about... Read more

Marvel vs Capcom Infinite review: Easy to learn, difficult to master
4.0 stars Marvel vs Capcom Infinite review: Easy to learn, difficult to master By Dom Peppiatt

There's something rather special about being able to form a team of Iron Man and Rocket Raccoon and face off against some of Capcom's biggest and baddest characters. Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite makes that possible in the most bombastic of ways.Infinite... Read more

Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II review: Touchscreen camera power in your pocket
4.0 stars Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II review: Touchscreen camera power in your pocket By Mike Lowe

Compact cameras as they were once known are dead and buried. Now if you go looking for a dedicated camera - one that's not on your smartphone, anyway - it'll come with a larger-scale sensor and more features to help it stand out.That's the case with the... Read more

Garmin Forerunner 735XT review: Putting in the multisport miles
4.5 stars Garmin Forerunner 735XT review: Putting in the multisport miles By Chris Hall

The Garmin Forerunner family has always been a firm favourite with those who are a little more serious about their sport. Often the device of choice for runners and triathletes, there's now a wide selection of watches to track your every movement, whatever... Read more

Sony WF-1000X review: The wire-free earphones to beat
4.5 stars Sony WF-1000X review: The wire-free earphones to beat By Cam Bunton

The wire-free earphones race is hotting up, with some of the bigger-name audio companies getting in on the action. For the Sony WF-1000X, however, it's not just about a great sounding pair of earphones, it's about killing the noise with excellent in-ear... Read more

Royole Moon review: The 3D 'Virtual Cinema' experience, minus the popcorn
3.0 stars Royole Moon review: The 3D 'Virtual Cinema' experience, minus the popcorn By Adrian Willings

The Royole Moon is an interesting piece of hardware. It's a headset that purports to offer a 'virtual 3D theatre experience' in an immersive mobile device that's suitable for use anywhere, anytime. It's not a virtual reality headset, as such, despite... Read more

Loewe Bild 7.65 review: Luscious OLED quality, if you can afford it
4.5 stars Loewe Bild 7.65 review: Luscious OLED quality, if you can afford it By John Archer

OLED screens are very much no longer just something LG does. In 2017 we've already seen LG's range joined by new OLED models from Sony, Panasonic, Philips - and now there's another OLED debutante to add from Loewe.Loewe Bild 7.65 review: Design 4x HDMI... Read more

Ford GT review: An astounding aerodynamic accomplishment
Ford GT review: An astounding aerodynamic accomplishment By Leon Poultney

It is very easy to think you know everything about the latest Ford GT, for this is a car that seemingly came out of nowhere at the 2015 Detroit Motor Show and subsequently stole almost every column inch, headline and online article. Oh, and then it... Read more

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle review: Another addictive Nintendo Switch exclusive
4.0 stars Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle review: Another addictive Nintendo Switch exclusive By Steve Boxer

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle created a stir when it was unveiled at the E3 Show in June. After all, any original Mario-related game is bound to be big news.Back then it sounded like a rather strange proposition though. Developed by Ubisoft, and a cross-pollination... Read more

Smart Vision EQ ForTwo concept preview: The future autonomous car for slick city transit
Smart Vision EQ ForTwo concept preview: The future autonomous car for slick city transit By Joe Simpson

Daimler has revealed its Smart Vision EQ ForTwo concept in Stuttgart, two weeks before it gets shown to the public at the Frankfurt Auto Show.The concept — which the company stresses is not designed to preview the exterior styling of the next Smart... Read more

Garmin Vivomove HR preview: Hybrid smartwatch with hidden touchscreen and heart rate monitoring
Garmin Vivomove HR preview: Hybrid smartwatch with hidden touchscreen and heart rate monitoring By Britta O'Boyle

Garmin announced several devices at consumer electronic show IFA in Berlin, including the Vivomove HR.On first glance, the Vivomove HR looks like any other analogue watch, but this device has a dirty little secret. It has a hidden touchscreen, as well... Read more

Sennheiser OCX 686 review: Wired for sports
4.0 stars Sennheiser OCX 686 review: Wired for sports By Chris Hall

For many there's probably the temptation to use whichever headphones you happen to have lying around for your workouts, but that's really not the best strategy. Picking a pair that are designed to cope with getting sweaty and rained on, to take the abuse... Read more

Canon EOS 200D review: The perfect mini DSLR for beginners?
4.0 stars Canon EOS 200D review: The perfect mini DSLR for beginners? By Mike Lowe

DSLR cameras were once seen as these big, beastly pro-spec machines that you wouldn't want to lay hands on unless you had an encyclopaedic knowledge of photography. How times have changed, eh?The Canon EOS 200D is an interesting small-scale DSLR, designed... Read more

Acer Switch 7 Black Edition preview: Unrivalled power from this mighty 2-in-1
Acer Switch 7 Black Edition preview: Unrivalled power from this mighty 2-in-1 By Mike Lowe

With the rise of the Microsoft Surface and increasing strength in the 2-in-1 market, manufacturers are looking for different ways to stand out from the growing pack. In the case of the Acer Switch 7 Black Edition it's all about power - lots of power.The... Read more

Lenovo Yoga 720 12-inch preview: Portable convertible gets added muscle power
Lenovo Yoga 720 12-inch preview: Portable convertible gets added muscle power By Mike Lowe

It was only a year ago we were praising the Lenovo Yoga 11 710, an 11-inch laptop which we said "offers just about everything you get with the 12-inch MacBook, and a bit more besides, for much less money," when reviewed in mid 2016.But that era is over,... Read more

Onkyo P3 and G3 smart speakers preview: Alexa or Google, you choose
Onkyo P3 and G3 smart speakers preview: Alexa or Google, you choose By Britta O'Boyle

Several companies announced smart speakers at consumer electronics show IFA in Berlin, some opting for Google Assistant, others for Amazon's Alexa but Onkyo went for both, launching two speakers at the show.The Onkyo P3 is the Amazon Alexa smart speaker,... Read more

B&O BeoVision Eclipse preview: An outstanding remix of LG's excellent OLED
B&O BeoVision Eclipse preview: An outstanding remix of LG's excellent OLED By Chris Hall

Take one part LG OLED TV, mix in a healthy dollop of Bang & Olufsen design and this is the result: the BeoVision Eclipse. This is the result of a collaboration between LG and B&O and it's a staggering result. This partnership was first announced in... Read more

Acer Chromebook 15 preview: Large and in charge
Acer Chromebook 15 preview: Large and in charge By Mike Lowe

The Acer Chromebook 15 is the perfect example of how Chromebooks have progressed over recent years. No longer does the word 'Chromebook' dictate an ultra-budget look and feel, with the Acer 15's aluminium panel finish paving the way for this future of... Read more

Dell Visor preview: A Windows Mixed Reality headset that will be hard to beat
Dell Visor preview: A Windows Mixed Reality headset that will be hard to beat By Mike Lowe

The theme at this year's IFA show - the largest technology show in Europe - is all about Windows Mixed Reality, Microsoft's dive into easy-to-setup virtual reality experiences, which will debut from 17 October when a Windows 10 update arrives.And manufacturers... Read more

Kitsound Voice One speaker preview: First impressions of the £130 Amazon Echo competitor
Kitsound Voice One speaker preview: First impressions of the £130 Amazon Echo competitor By Britta O'Boyle

Consumer electronics show IFA sees a lot of product launches, but speakers with built-in assistants, whether Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa, have been announced in abundance. Panasonic and Sony have both launched Google Assistant-powered speakers, while... Read more

Sphero R2-D2 preview: Artoo it is you, it is you
Sphero R2-D2 preview: Artoo it is you, it is you By Stuart Miles

Sphero, the company behind BB-8 and other robots has created its own fully programmable version of R2-D2 from the Star Wars films.Pocket-lint has previewed the new Droid ahead of its official launch. Is this the Droid you're looking for?R2-D2 Droid hardware... Read more

Sphero BB-9E preview: The cute "evil" BB-8 shows us the dark side of The Last Jedi
Sphero BB-9E preview: The cute "evil" BB-8 shows us the dark side of The Last Jedi By Stuart Miles

The Droids of the Star Wars universe always hold a special place in our hearts. R2-D2, C3-PO, that silly Droid that Chewie likes to shout at in the Death Star.It's no surprise then that we've got a new Droid to love/hate for the new Star Wars: The Last... Read more

Lenovo Tab 4 with Home Assistant preview: A great Amazon Echo Show alternative falls short of its potential
Lenovo Tab 4 with Home Assistant preview: A great Amazon Echo Show alternative falls short of its potential By Mike Lowe

Amazon looks set to take over the world with its Alexa voice assistant, which continues to pop-up in a multitude of third-party products. The Amazon Echo Show - which combines the Alexa voice assistant with a touchscreen for additional presentation and... Read more

Lenovo Explorer preview: The best-fitting Windows Mixed Reality headset yet
Lenovo Explorer preview: The best-fitting Windows Mixed Reality headset yet By Mike Lowe

If there's a theme at this year's IFA show - that's the largest technology show in Europe, if you're not in the know - then it has to be Windows Mixed Reality, Microsoft's dive into easy-to-setup virtual reality experiences.Lenovo had previously announced... Read more

Sony LF-S50G speaker preview: Google Assistant in smart, subtle form
Sony LF-S50G speaker preview: Google Assistant in smart, subtle form By Britta O'Boyle

They are all at it. Sony is one of the latest companies to announce a smart home speaker with Google Assistant built-in, joining the likes of Panasonic and Onyko.Sony's LF-S50G doesn't have the catchiest name, but it's a pretty good looking speaker and... Read more