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  1. Yamaha YSP-2500 Soundbar Review

    TVs are getting thinner and thinner, and yet sound still has to come from somewhere. This means built in speakers are often disappointing and helps explain why soundbar speakers are becoming increasingly popular. Not only are they living room / partner friendly, but also can add a great depth of sound to match the big pictures on modern televisions.

    Yamaha was one of the pioneers in this field, and have a fine pedigree, so what is the YSP-2500 sound projector like?

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  2. Yamaha A-S201 Stereo Amplifier Review

    Stereo amplifiers may not be in fashion like they once were thanks to the abundance of AV amplifiers, but they’re still vitally important for people more interested in HiFi music, rather than surround sound and picture scaling.

    The A-S201 is Yamaha’s entry level stereo amplifier, and cuts quite a dash, but what is it like?

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  3. Which Tablet 2013? Tablet Comparison

    Christmas is almost upon us and many are making final decisions on which tablet to buy for their loved ones, or as a treat for themselves. There's been a whole range of devices launched over the last month or two, so here's a guide to help you choose which one is right for you.

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  4. Using Windows "Storage Spaces" to make a home NAS - Part 1

    After the repeated failure of my QNAP NAS, I decided the time had come to start experimenting on how to build my own. In this, the first part of a series of articles, I'll go through hardware choice and show you how to get Windows installed and running FROM an SD card (something Microsoft say you can't do).

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  5. Ultimate Ears Boom Portable Speaker Review

    Portable speakers come in all shapes and sizes these days, from the pocketable, to the lets be honest, not so portable. They also vary wildly in price and quality. The new Ultimate Ears Boom comes in somewhere towards the higher end of the market, being both portable (18cm tall and 538g) and well built, but what is it like?

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  6. TP-Link Power Bank Review

    One continuous gripe about many modern devices is that the battery never lasts long, and if you're going away for a weekend, you're often left hunting for a plug socket to charge your phone or tablet. With that in mind, we were particularly interested to see you TP-Link's Power Bank faired.

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  7. TP-Link Archer D7 Modem Review

    TP-Link is making more and more of a name for itself amongst enthusiasts for it’s networking devices, with a steady following for it’s powerline and router products. The Archer D7 is a bold step. Retailing at £130, it offers dual band 802.11 a/g/n/ac WiFi and a built in modem. So what is it like?

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  8. Thoughts about the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus

    The new iPhones have been out for two weeks now, and since the dust has settled and I’ve had time to use both versions, countless reviews have been written, so I won’t add to that list. Instead, I thought I’d write a brief article about my thoughts and experiences.

    I’ve not been an iOS user for two years now. Some of you may remember I had my iPhone 5s stolen a year ago, so although I maintain I’ve bought every iPhone on launch, I’ve not used any iOS device for a significant amount of time. It’s interesting coming back to it after having missed iOS 7 and Touch ID. It’s certainly helped give me a fresh look at it.

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  9. The OnePlus One Review

    Most people have probably never heard of OnePlus. Its founder is an ex-Oppo executive called Peter Lau. The company’s ownership and relationship with Oppo is unclear, but this Chinese company has a lot of ambition, and its motto ‘Never Settle’ reflects that. The One is their first handset and has been making ripples. Partly because of its price (£229 for 16GB and an astounding £269 for the 64GB version), and also because of the difficulty in actually getting hold of the handset.

    OnePlus has an unusual sales channel in that it’s by invitation only, and the only thing harder than getting an invitation is getting any form of response from the company’s press team. Getting back to the handset though, what is it like?

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  10. The Nokia Lumia 1020 Review

    The Nokia 1020 has been out a little while now, but we've recently had the chance to spend a couple of weeks with a yellow 64GB version.

    In a market where many handsets look very similar at first, and only the size of the screen and bezel look slightly different, the Nokia 1020 stands out both for it's design and stand out feature, the camera. So what is it like?

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  11. The HTC One (M8) Review

    The new HTC One (M8) was launched a couple of weeks ago, and I must admit that I was really excited to be invited to the launch. The original HTC One (M7) was my favourite phone of 2013. It looked and felt great, and did pretty much everything that I wanted.

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  12. Tesco Hudl Review

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  13. Sony SmartWatch 3 Review

    Android wear has been about for a while, and we are now on second generation watches, but should you go out and buy one?

    We take a look at the Sony Smartwatch 3, Sony's first foray into Android wear. At IFA 2014 it was slated as being boring, but can it give those fancy round watches a run for their money? And more importantly, is it worth upgrading from Sony's previous watch, the SW2 which is still availalble, for a lot less money

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  14. Sony QX10 Lens Review

    The Sony DSC-QX10 is a curious beast. It's Sony's first stab at a new genre of photo accessory for mobile phones. We were curious as to what the fuss was all about and so we have one to review.

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  15. Review: Super Hi-Vision TV - The Future Now

    Super Hi-Vision TV is also known as 8K, or Ultra High Definition, and has 16 times the resolution of current 1080p viewing.

    When I told friends and family I was going to BBC Broadcasting House, to watch a Super Hi-Vision recording of the Olympics, I was asked what it was, and why would anyone care.

    Good questions, so I went to find out.

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  16. Pure Rob Ryan Edition of Evoke D2 Radio

    Pure have been working with designer Rob Ryan to make an exclusive seasonal version of the classic Evoke D2. This model will be exclusive to John Lewis stores and Rob Ryan's London store. So what is it like?

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  17. Philips Spotify Connects Speakers Review

    As we noted during our coverage of IFA, in Berlin last year, Spotify Connect Speakers are starting to become a big thing. We've spent some significant time with the Philips SW700M (£90) and SW750M (£130) speakers, so what are they like?

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  18. Philips Release Laser Guided Beard Trimmer

    Philips have quite a pedigree in shavers and beard trimmers, but I was more than sceptical about their latest innovation in the BT9280 which is the World's first laser guided beard trimmer. So what is it like?

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  19. Philips HR1868 Juicer Review

    For those who don't know, I love juicing. I have at least one large homemade fruit and vegetable juice every day. I was naturally excited to be able to review Philips latest generation of juicer. So what is it like?

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  20. Parallels Desktop 10 Review

    Parallels Desktop for Mac is a programme which lets you run Windows, or other OS’ on your Mac. As its name suggests, it’s been through several generations and has become a mainstay for mac users needing to still run Windows programmes such as myself, who uses Sage accounting software.

    Whilst at IFA in Berlin last month, I got a chance to sit down with Nick Dobrovolskiy, Vice President of Desktop Virtualisation at Parallels, and the chief architect behind their latest software. He gave me a guided tour of the latest version of Parallels Desktop, and I’ve been playing with it for the last few weeks. So what is it like?

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  21. Optoma NuForce NE750M Earphones Review

    Optoma bought American HiFi company NuForce about 6 months ago, and they're looking to make an impact in the UK. They recently released two earphones, the NuForce NE750M and NE800m. I've been using the NE750M's for the last couple of weeks, so what are they like?

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  22. Optoma GT1080 Projector Review

    Home cinema projectors are great as they can give you really big images and truly make your home like a cinema, but one of the key issues is that you also need lots of space to create the image, and that rules out such a set up for most people’s living rooms.

    We’ve spent some time with Optoma’s GT1080 short throw projector, which reduces the amount of space needed and is being aimed at gamers. So what is it like?

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  23. NuForce uDAC 3 Review

    Projector specialist Optoma recently bought the US audio company NuForce and is now bringing it's range of products to the UK. We've spent some time with their diminutive portable DAC (digital analogue convertor), so what is it like?

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  24. My Thoughts and Experiences Using the Apple Watch

    I've had an Apple Watch Sport and Steel with Milanese Loop for two weeks now, and rather than write a review (there's hundreds out there), I thought I'd share my thoughts and experiences. Obviously, this is a very personal take on things and I'll declare now that, just as with tablets, I'm a smartwatch sceptic. I've owned two Sony Smartwatchs and a Pebble, but like everyone else, my interest was peaked once again by Apple's hype machine. So, what do I think?

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  25. Lumia 830 review

    The Nokia Microsoft Lumia 830 is a 5.0 inch screen Windows phone 8.1 handset aimed squarely at the middle of the Windows phone market. It is one of the increasingly common not-quite-flagship-but-ultimately-capable Lumia handsets which comes in at a quite reasonable SIM free price of just under £300 (£279 PAYG on EE). The big question though is should you buy it?

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