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Sony Xperia XA1 Plus preview: Mid-ranger with a beefy battery
Sony Xperia XA1 Plus preview: Mid-ranger with a beefy battery By Britta O'Boyle

Sony announced three smartphones at consumer electronics show IFA in Berlin, including two flagships to complement the 4K Xperia XZ Premium and one "super mid-ranger".The super mid-ranger comes in the form of the Xperia XA1 Plus, sitting alongside the... Read more

Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact preview: The small powerhouse returns
Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact preview: The small powerhouse returns By Britta O'Boyle

Until last year, the Sony Compact handset was one of our all-time favourite Sony devices. It was hard evidence that good things can come in small packages, offering the same power and hardware as the flagship smartphone it launched alongside.That all... Read more

Sony Xperia XZ1 preview: Classic design, upgraded hardware
Sony Xperia XZ1 preview: Classic design, upgraded hardware By Britta O'Boyle

Sony announced three new smartphones at consumer electronics show IFA, including two flagship devices that will "complement" the spec-stacked Xperia XZ Premium that launched at the beginning of the year, rather than replace it. The Xperia XZ1 succeeds... Read more

Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro preview: Specced for swimmers
Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro preview: Specced for swimmers By Mike Lowe

Earlier this year the second-gen Samsung Gear Fit landed, focusing on fitness fans. At IFA 2017 - the largest European tech show in the  calendar - the Korean giant unveiled its spiritual brother: the Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro.So what's different in what... Read more

Samsung Gear IconX 2018 preview: Battery life boost and Bixby voice control for wireless in-ears
Samsung Gear IconX 2018 preview: Battery life boost and Bixby voice control for wireless in-ears By Mike Lowe

The truly wireless in-ear market is well and truly upon us, with heaps of options now available: Apple AirPods, Jabra Elite Sport, Bragi Dash Pro, Sol Republic Amps Air, to name but a few.Samsung also wants a piece of the wire-free pie, with its original... Read more

Sony XE85 4K TV review: Impressive performance for the price
4.0 stars Sony XE85 4K TV review: Impressive performance for the price By John Archer

With Sony mostly smashing it out of the park this year with its high-end TVs - the A1 and XE90 being obvious examples - hopes have to be high that a healthy dollop of such quality will have filtered down to more affordable Sony models such as the XE85... Read more

F1 2017 review: More authentic than ever
4.5 stars F1 2017 review: More authentic than ever By Steve Boxer

Because we all fancy ourselves as the next Lewis Hamilton, Formula One videogames have long been an annual staple. But in the past, creating them has been problematic – Microprose, Electronic Arts and Sony, at various times, held the official F1 games... Read more

Fitbit Ionic preview: A smart start for Fitbit's smartwatch
Fitbit Ionic preview: A smart start for Fitbit's smartwatch By Britta O'Boyle

Fitbit is no stranger to the wearables market. In fact, it's been kicking around for a decade this year, having sold over 67 million devices. That's quite a lot. While the company dominates the fitness tracking market though, it isn't as prominent in... Read more

Oppo R11 review: The almost-great phone
3.5 stars Oppo R11 review: The almost-great phone By Cam Bunton

You might not know it, but Oppo is one of the world's most popular phone manufacturers. On a global scale of shipped devices it's in fourth place, behind Samsung, Apple and Huawei. And that's without having a major presence in western markets like Europe... Read more

Acer Swift 3 review: A solid, affordable laptop choice
4.0 stars Acer Swift 3 review: A solid, affordable laptop choice By Andrew Williams

For a while tech seemed to be getting cheaper. Bargain phones, affordable all-metal laptops and the like gave the careful buyer something to be happy about. But in the last year a lot of gadgets prices have risen, particularly in the UK.The Acer Swift... Read more

Range Rover Velar review: A titan of tech and a lesson in SUV styling
5.0 stars Range Rover Velar review: A titan of tech and a lesson in SUV styling By Leon Poultney

Jaguar Land Rover has hauled the Velar name out of the history books to grace the fourth Range Rover model in the marque's long and illustrious history.Granted, the original Land Rover incarnation was apparently pronounced "Vee-lar", as opposed to today's... Read more

Agents of Mayhem review: Saints Row's spiritual successor is every bit the guilty pleasure
3.5 stars Agents of Mayhem review: Saints Row's spiritual successor is every bit the guilty pleasure By Steve Boxer

In an era when everything gets picked over, trolled from every direction, analysed to death and over-thought, a game such as Agents of Mayhem - which merely aims to provide a dollop of good, old-fashioned fun - harks back to a refreshingly bygone age.If... Read more

Xbox One S Minecraft Limited Edition Bundle preview: Jeepers Creepers
Xbox One S Minecraft Limited Edition Bundle preview: Jeepers Creepers By Rik Henderson

On the Sunday prior to Gamescom 2017, Microsoft pulled a couple of console announcements out of the bag.There is an Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition for die-hard fans to pre-order for day one. And a special version of the 1TB Xbox One S was unveiled... Read more

Sol Republic Amps Air review: Affordable and great-sounding AirPods alternatives
4.0 stars Sol Republic Amps Air review: Affordable and great-sounding AirPods alternatives By Cam Bunton

It's no surprise that wire-free earphones are here to stay, we're pleased to say. Technology has been on a mission to eradicate wires ever since we realised wireless is more convenient. What's more, with Apple bringing the concept to mass market with... Read more

V-Moda Remix speaker review: High-end highs and lows
4.0 stars V-Moda Remix speaker review: High-end highs and lows By Mike Lowe

Portable Bluetooth speakers have widened their appeal over recent years, with high-end brands also muscling in on the space to deliver affordable, transportable and great-sounding products.V-Moda is well established in the headphones market — it makes... Read more

Samsung Galaxy Book (10.6 inch) review: The affordable, long-lasting Windows 2-in-1
4.0 stars Samsung Galaxy Book (10.6 inch) review: The affordable, long-lasting Windows 2-in-1 By Mike Lowe

In recent times the promise of post-PC era in 2-in-1 form seems to have been somewhat dashed by the creeping high price points of devices like the Microsoft Surface Pro or Lenovo Miix 720. It was only a year ago that we were calling out the £849 Samsung... Read more

Nokia 6 review: Affordable Android with strength in design
3.5 stars Nokia 6 review: Affordable Android with strength in design By Chris Hall

Nokia's leap into Android smartphones has been very much dominated by design. It seems to be the focus of the new HMD Global-led Nokia brand, with strong design running through the Nokia 3 right up to the new Nokia 8.The Nokia 6 was the top-tier phone... Read more

Mercedes-AMG GT R first drive: One 'Green Hell' of a car
Mercedes-AMG GT R first drive: One 'Green Hell' of a car By Joe Simpson

GT R. If that's a name that sounds familiar, it's because you'll normally find it attached to the boot-lid of Nissan's fastest road car. But it's also now attached to the most potent Mercedes-AMG.Mercedes-AMG already has a GT model — which we drove... Read more

AKG N60NC Wireless review: The ultimate on-the-go headphones?
4.0 stars AKG N60NC Wireless review: The ultimate on-the-go headphones? By Mike Lowe

When it comes to noise-cancelling headphones for travellers there are many premium options. The AKG N60NC Wireless cut the necessity for wires in these established noise-cancellers — although a 3.5mm cable is included, as backup — in a lightweight,... Read more

Logitech Circle 2 review: The best home security camera?
4.5 stars Logitech Circle 2 review: The best home security camera? By Adrian Willings

We were so impressed with the first Logitech Circle camera - which is included in our list of best indoor smart home cameras - that we were intrigued to see how Logitech would take on community feedback to improve its successor.The Logitech Circle 2... Read more

Hive Camera review: Connected in a disconnected way
3.0 stars Hive Camera review: Connected in a disconnected way By Chris Hall

Hive, the smart home solution, has been expanding its system's offerings to cover the whole home - stepping beyond the core of smart heating, by recently adding sensors and lights.And now there's Hive Camera, the company's rival to devices like Nest Cam,... Read more

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy review: Short but oh so sweet
4.5 stars Uncharted: The Lost Legacy review: Short but oh so sweet By Rik Henderson

Not only was Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End a superb and fitting end to the adventures of Nathan Drake, it seemed to be an end to the series full stop.The game engine had evolved to near perfection over the years and how could Naughty Dog top it? Best... Read more

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon review: The perfect Windows remedy for MacBook haters
4.0 stars Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon review: The perfect Windows remedy for MacBook haters By Andrew Williams

Not every portable laptop secretly wants to be a MacBook. No other series quite nails the "not a MacBook" angle like the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon, while still providing you with almost all the benefits of a slim and light Apple computer. This is one... Read more

JBL Playlist review: Chromecast convenience wrapped into an affordable speaker
4.0 stars JBL Playlist review: Chromecast convenience wrapped into an affordable speaker By Cam Bunton

In days gone by, if you wanted a decent multi-room audio experience, you could go two ways: if you wanted to keep your existing speakers and stereo, you could use something an Apple AirPort Express unit to build a fairly clunky, unintuitive hack of a... Read more

Lenovo Yoga 720 review: Setting the bar for 2017
4.5 stars Lenovo Yoga 720 review: Setting the bar for 2017 By Mike Lowe

In recent years laptops have gone through big changes: while embodying the familiar screen-and-keyboard form, increasingly touchscreen operation, detachable keyboards and flexible hinge designs have become ever prevalent, typically hiking up the price... Read more

Renault Koleos review: Can the 5-seat SUV make its mark?
3.5 stars Renault Koleos review: Can the 5-seat SUV make its mark? By Joe Simpson

French brands have never really succeeded in selling larger cars in the UK. There's one notable exception: the Renault Espace, a ground-breaking people carrier that did will in the 80s and 90s.But in 2017 — despite there being an all-new Espace which... Read more

Vodafone Smart V8 review: A new budget smartphone champion?
4.5 stars Vodafone Smart V8 review: A new budget smartphone champion? By Cam Bunton

The race to become budget champion is on, as it has been for a few years now. As each year rushes through in this era of fast-paced change, there's never been a better time to look for an affordable smartphone. Many will point you towards Honor or Moto... Read more

Samsung Q8C 4K TV review: Spectacular QLED quality on a curve
4.0 stars Samsung Q8C 4K TV review: Spectacular QLED quality on a curve By John Archer

The big TV story for Samsung in 2017 is the introduction of its first QLED models. These LCD TVs - which include the 55-inch QE55Q8C on test here - combine ground-breaking new ultra-bright, ultra-colourful Quantum Dot colour technology with a new "cable-free"... Read more

Jabra Elite Sport (2017) review: Mighty impressive wire-free earphones
4.5 stars Jabra Elite Sport (2017) review: Mighty impressive wire-free earphones By Cam Bunton

There's no denying it, the age of the wire-free earphones is here, almost to the point of becoming an established norm. While we can thank Apple AirPods for stoking the fire and assisting with enabling this mass-market position, there are lots of other... Read more

LG Watch Style review: Subtlety over style
4.0 stars LG Watch Style review: Subtlety over style By Britta O'Boyle

When the LG Watch Style was announced in February 2017, it was one of the only Android Wear 2.0 watches, which gave it a notable point of interest. Six months on, however, at the point of its release, it faces some tough competition from the likes of... Read more

Honor 6A preview: The best £150 phone choice?
Honor 6A preview: The best £150 phone choice? By Mike Lowe

Even affordable phones have got pretty good of late. If you're non-plussed about buying the snazziest looking, ultra-powerful flagship then, well, £150 will get you a perfectly serviceable device.The Honor 6A being the latest to squeeze itself into... Read more

DJI Spark review: The tiny drone that makes you feel like a Jedi
4.5 stars DJI Spark review: The tiny drone that makes you feel like a Jedi By Cam Bunton

The drone market has one leader: DJI. This fiercely secretive company is able to bring more high tech features to competitively priced products than any competitor. With drones like Mavic Pro already showcasing technologies - not only is it high-tech,... Read more

Canon EOS 6D Mark II review: One of the most versatile full-frame DSLR cameras
4.5 stars Canon EOS 6D Mark II review: One of the most versatile full-frame DSLR cameras By Mike Lowe

Full-frame: the holy grail of DSLR cameras. The term describes a sensor size equivalent to a classic 35mm film frame. And in 2017 it's a market more accessible than ever before, rather than just something for heavyweight pros to handle.Which is what the... Read more

Lenovo Miix 720 review: Can it outsmart the mighty Surface?
3.5 stars Lenovo Miix 720 review: Can it outsmart the mighty Surface? By Mike Lowe

It might be splitting hairs, but the 2-in-1 world is changing: there are now medium-powered tablets with clip-on keyboards, and powerful almost-laptops with removable keyboards. It's this latter category that the Lenovo Miix 720 slots into — given... Read more

Nissan X-Trail (2017) review: Great value SUV gets premium updates
4.0 stars Nissan X-Trail (2017) review: Great value SUV gets premium updates By Chris Hall

When Nissan talks about the X-Trail, it's talking about a car that it has designed for "family adventures". While the Qashqai is the urban crossover that's ferrying thousands to school every day, the X-Trail is the car that's roaming a little further... Read more

Samsung MU7000 4K TV review: Bucketloads of features for the price
4.5 stars Samsung MU7000 4K TV review: Bucketloads of features for the price By Chris Hall

While Samsung took to the world's technology shows to demonstrate its QLED family of flagship tellies, the MU range has been more quietly introduced, so you'd be forgiven for not knowing that TVs such as the MU7000 sit a step below QLED in the wider Samsung... Read more

Samsung UBD-M9500 review: Ultra HD Blu-ray served from a refined platter
4.5 stars Samsung UBD-M9500 review: Ultra HD Blu-ray served from a refined platter By Chris Hall

The Ultra HD Blu-ray player market is maturing, with 2017 serving up more choices than 2016 for a format that's still very new. As we move beyond the realms of the early adopter and into the mainstream, manufacturers are at a crossroads: go high-end,... Read more

BMW 5 Series estate (2017) review: Large, technologically accomplished and fun to drive
5.0 stars BMW 5 Series estate (2017) review: Large, technologically accomplished and fun to drive By Leon Poultney

Car salesmen have a very difficult job trying to convince customers to buy an estate car these days. For some reason, the marketing machine has brainwashed the masses into thinking that gigantic SUVs are the perfect companion to family life.In reality,... Read more

BT Whole Home Wi-Fi review: Changing Wi-Fi for the better
4.5 stars BT Whole Home Wi-Fi review: Changing Wi-Fi for the better By Chris Hall

There's been a step change in handling Wi-Fi recently. Having attempted to deal with Wi-Fi problems from the router, and with various third-party extenders to spread that into places that Wi-Fi otherwise doesn't reach, the rise of the mesh network solution... Read more

Nintendo 2DS XL review: A fitting finale to over a decade of fun
4.5 stars Nintendo 2DS XL review: A fitting finale to over a decade of fun By Rik Henderson

There’s no doubt that the future of Nintendo looks rosy or, at least, rosier than it did a couple of years ago.The Switch has proven a tremendous success, the decision to recreate former console glories in miniature form has also gone down rather well,... Read more

Acer Switch 5 review: The silent Surface killer?
4.0 stars Acer Switch 5 review: The silent Surface killer? By Mike Lowe

If you're in the market for a 2-in-1 device then there's an increasing amount of choice when it comes to powerful Windows tablets with magnetic clip-on keyboards. And the Acer Switch 5 has all the spec prowess to take on the Microsoft Surface.It's not... Read more

Nikon D7500 review: Better than the Canon 80D?
4.5 stars Nikon D7500 review: Better than the Canon 80D? By Timothy Coleman

The Nikon D7500 evolves from its conventional DSLR heritage towards a more rounded user experience. This enthusiast-level DSLR packs a mighty tilt-touchscreen, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, plus 4K video capture into its body. Oh how the times are... Read more

Nokia 3 review: Three isn't the magic number
3.0 stars Nokia 3 review: Three isn't the magic number By Chris Hall

When Nokia announced its return to smartphones, there was an understandable excitement about the 2017 version of the Nokia 3310, which saw the once classic phone dominate the headlines once again.We remarked at the time that this might be a bad thing,... Read more

Montblanc Summit review: Far from peak performance
3.0 stars Montblanc Summit review: Far from peak performance By Chris Hall

Android Wear started life in technology companies like LG and Samsung, before it spread its wings and convinced a wider range of brands that this Android-based platform was the ideal way for them to take a slice of the fledgling smartwatch sector.That's... Read more

Porsche Panamera (2017) review: Tantalising tech is only half the treat
4.5 stars Porsche Panamera (2017) review: Tantalising tech is only half the treat By Joe Simpson

"Fahren, fahren, fahren auf der Autobahn," Emil Shult chants out of the Bose stereo as we speed up the A1 in the new Porsche Panamera 4S. Kraftwerk's Autobahn might be a cliché choice of soundtrack, but for a late night motorway mission in a fast German... Read more

Seat Ibiza review: A class-leading drive that's fun for all the family
5.0 stars Seat Ibiza review: A class-leading drive that's fun for all the family By Joe Simpson

Say Hola! to the new Seat Ibiza, the fifth-generation of the Spanish firm's popular small car.Seat has suddenly got very popular in the UK – the new Ateca SUV and Leon family hatchback selling big, but the Ibiza has always been at the core of the firm's... Read more