• You’re blocked: Netflix starts major crackdown on VPNs
  • iPhone 7 News And Rumors
  • Android in 2020: how much could Google’s OS change?
  • The internet is broken – could crowdsourcing be the solution?
  • Your iPhone is now the world’s smallest soundboard with these apps
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You’re blocked: Netflix starts major crackdown on VPNs

Earlier this year, streaming giant Netflix made an unpopular announcement: it was going to crack down on VPN and DNS services to stop users circumventing its geographic blocks. It appears that this is now very much coming into effect. Over the last few hours, users across Europe have reported that they have been unable to access Netflix using proxies, not long after Netflix started cracking down in Australia. Users in…

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iPhone 7 News And Rumors

Maybe it won’t be waterproof overall – the latest report suggests theiPhone 7 will have a similar design the iPhone 6S, but will be slightly slimmer thanks to a new LCD panel. With the iPhone 6S Apple delivered its best handset yet, but aside from sporting some fancy new 3D Touch technology, it was also very similar to the iPhone 6. That was to be expected – after all, Apple…

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Android in 2020: how much could Google’s OS change?

Cast your mind back to late 2008, when the first Android-powered handset saw the light of day. Obama won his first Presidential election, Apple launched its App Store (the iPhone had appeared the year before), Google announced its own Chrome browser and we got our first look at the company’s new mobile OS on the T-Mobile G1. The Android of 2016 is a world away from that 2008 version, where…

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The internet is broken – could crowdsourcing be the solution?

The internet is not fit for purpose. If it was designed today from nothing, would it use the client-server model? Absolutely not. There have been far too many personal and sensitive online records stolen (1.1 billion in 2014 alone) for anyone to give the internet an architecture as vulnerable as the one it’s saddled with. So why not just change it? One company thinks it’s cracked it with an open-source…

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Your iPhone is now the world’s smallest soundboard with these apps

  Your iPhone is now the world’s smallest soundboard thanks to new studio-simulated iOS apps Apple Music Memos and an updated GarageBand 2.1. Music Memos is the more musically gifted brother of Voice Memos in that it can analyze rhythm and chords of acoustic guitar and piano recordings, then instantly add drums and a bass line. This virtual backup band is completely customizable, according to Apple, and the recording uses…

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If you think the Oculus Rift is too expensive, you’re missing the point

This week, the Oculus Rift pricing was finally revealed, after years of speculation and hopeful estimates. A million op-eds have been written. The word “ballpark” has been said repeatedly. Basically, the issue is this: it’s really bloody expensive. Eye-wateringly so, in fact, although there is a chance this is just a side effect of having all that virtual reality in your face. Oculus Rift will cost $599/£499/AU$649. That’s a lot….

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CES 2016 was all about refinements and realizations – not revelations

We look to CES at the start of every year to depict a bright future of new technologies that we’ve never seen before. You know, that World’s Fair vibe that’s all but a distant memory? Coming hot off of CES 2016, we didn’t see much of that. However, what we saw was perhaps even more exciting: the promises of the last few years’ shows finally realized. This year’s CES proved…

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Attack against BBC website was the biggest volley of DDoS fire ever seen?

The major volley of DDoS fire which hit the BBC websites early on New Year’s Eve at the very close of last year could be the biggest Distributed Denial of Service attack ever witnessed. At least, that’s according to New World Hacking, the anti-Islamic State organisation that was behind the DDoS, which claims the attack reached a peak of 602Gbps, as Network World reports. If true, that’s not far off…

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Magical Gadget Lets You Drink Wine Without Uncorking the Bottle

HAVE YOU EVER wanted to sneak a taste—and just a taste—of that 1998 Opus cabernet in your cellar? Opening the bottle would require a special occassion, since you’d be committing to drinking the whole thing. But with the Coravin, you can just drink a glass today and preserve the rest of the bottle for later. The Coravin lets you open a bottle of wine without actually opening it. The Coravin…

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You Can Manage Your Gmail From Yahoo

When Yahoo announced two months ago that it would add third-party email support to its newly launched Mail app, only Hotmail, Outlook and AOL accounts were supported. Now, however, Gmail — arguably its biggest rival — has joined the party too. Thanks to Yahoo Mail’s new smarts, the app won’t just fetch the most recent 200 messages when you add it — it’s actually able to access your entire Gmail…

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Share your iPhone 6s’ Live Photos on Tumblr

Tumblr is a bit more animated now thanks to Live Photo sharing from theiPhone 6s and 6s Plus. The GIF-dominated social network’s app on iOS bumped to version 5.0 and with that milestone brings support for the more prominent features on Cupertino’s latest handsets. In addition to easy sharing for your animated selfies, Tumblr’s making use of 3D Touch to view them. If you have a 6s or 6s Plus,…

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EK Water Blocks Now Offers Monoblocks For Gigabyte Boards

EK Water Blocks announced the release of the company’s next monoblock water cooling block. The EK-FB Z170X Monoblock has been designed and engineered in conjunction with Gigabyte to be a perfect fit for three different motherboards — the GA-Z170X-UD5 TH, GA-Z170X-Gaming 5 and GA-170X-Gaming 7. EKWB said the block makes direct contact with the CPU and the power regulation modules (MOSFET), and fluid flows directly over both components. It has…

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Tom’s Hardware’s Skylake System Builder Sweepstakes Prize Winners

  [Editor’s Note: Tom’s Hardware worked on this project in cooperation with Intel, dozens of system builders, and some of the component manufacturers who provided the prizes. The entire series, featured in our in-depth slide show, was produced editorially and without any other input from the various manufacturers, other than what we asked them for in response to the challenge. Needless to say, the entire ecosystem of players has an…

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Shuttle Introduces XPC Nano Series Of Mini PC

With the wave of compact ultra-low power hardware flooding onto the market, mini PCs such as Intel’s NUC and Compute Stick, MSI’s Cubi, Lenovo’s Stick 300, Android mini-PCs, and more have proliferated. Shuttle has been working in this market for several years now, and now the company has extended its product line up with the XPC Nano series. The XPC Nano is designed to be one of Shuttle’s smallest mini…

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Dell’s ‘Superfish:’ Customer Discovers ‘eDellRoot’ Certificate And Private Key On Laptop

A Reddit user reported that Dell is bundling its own certificate in the Windows certificate root store, as well as the certificate’s private key. This can leave Dell customers vulnerable to attacks and surveillance by malicious hackers, much like what happened with Lenovo earlier this year in the “Superfish” scandal. The worst part about this is the bundling of the private key with the Dell root certificate, because now others…

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Android Marshmallow-Based CyanogenMod 13 Nightlies Now Out

  The team in charge of CyanogenMod announced the first wave of nightlies for the Android Marshmallow-based CyanogenMod 13. So far the list is quite short, including support for only seven devices, but more should be supported in the coming weeks. The devices that are now supported by CM 13 are the following: OnePlus One (bacon) Nexus 7 (deb & flo) LG G4 (h815) Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 (mondrianwifi) LG…

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Biostar Returns To GPU Market With GTX 950

  Biostar has reemerged in the mainstream GPU market, this time with an Nvidia GeForce GTX 950, targeting the 1080p budget gamer with its latest endeavor in the graphics card arena. A graphics card from Biostar is not something you would expect to see (being that it primarily manufactures motherboards), but the company has been making select low-mid tier GPUs for some time now. This latest offering mirrors that of…

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EK Water Blocks Releases Three New Reservoirs

EK Water Block announced the release of a new line of standalone cylindrical reservoirs, which it is calling the EK-RES X3 Lite series. The new lineup includes two different sizes of reservoir — a 150 mm version that holds 265 ml of fluid and a larger 250 mm version with a 440 ml capacity, both of which share the same 60 mm diameter. EKWB said the EX-RES X3 Lite series…

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Cougar Mismatches Colors With 450-Series Gaming Keyboard And Mouse (Updated)

  Cougar’s latest gaming peripherals tackle a mid-tier market segment with mismatched color accents. Over the past year or so, Cougar has been getting itself in to the gaming peripherals market with various offerings. For keyboards, these range from the high-end 700K to the entry-level 200K, with the 500K currently in between. For mice, they include the 700M, 600M, 550M, lower-end 250M, and others. Today, the company introduced a new…

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Cybertron PC Updates Tesseract 15 SK Gaming Laptops With Skylake CPUs

  CybertronPC announced that it updated its Tesseract 15 SK series of laptops with Intel 6th Gen (Skylake) processors. The entire Tesseract 15 SK series of gaming laptops will now contain the Intel 6th Gen (Skylake) Core i7-6700HQ, a quad-core mobile processor with hyperthreading clocked at 2.6 GHz and with a turbo boost clock speed of 3.5 GHz. The laptops in this series will also all be 15.6″ with 1920×1080…

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MSI Goes Green (Again) With Eco-Series Motherboards

  MSI is known mainly for its high-performance and gaming-oriented motherboard and graphics card products, which are often accented with red aesthetics and the familiar red dragon logo many enthusiasts have come to know over the years. However, MSI is going green (again) with its budget-and-environmentally-friendly lineup of Eco motherboards. The company claimed that its second-generation Eco motherboards (like its predecessors) can deliver 100 percent performance in a more efficient…

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Why Are Lenovo And Razer Teaming Up On Gaming? (Spoiler: Maybe VR)

  It’s not terribly unusual for two companies to partner up when there’s a mutually beneficial opportunity. Usually, the upside for both parties are fairly obvious, but when Lenovo and Razer told us that they were going to team up on a fleet of gaming products, we had to think rather hard about it. Both companies have excellent brand recognition, and both (appear to) do brisk business. Further, some of…

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AVADirect To Expand Beyond Gaming PCs Into Home And Business Segments

  Like many custom PC builders, AVADirect sells its own custom builds, such as itsAvalanche II system, but it also allows you to create a completely unique PC build, by choosing your own parts and having the company assemble and ship it to you. However, AVADirect believes it can expand to a more casual audience with the launch of its Home and Business section. According to Travis Bortz, AVADirect’s vice…

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PlayStation 4’s Seventh Core Now Unlocked For Developers

  Both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 recently passed their two-year lifespan. As such, developers are still finding out how far they can push their games on both consoles based on the CPU power available. Recently, a patch from Firelight Technologies, a game audio company, revealed that the seventh core on the PlayStation 4’s CPU would be unlocked for developers. Obviously, this means more power, as it now gives…

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PlayStation 4 Remote Play App Coming To PC, Mac

  With the PlayStation 4 and its handheld counterpart, the PlayStation Vita, released one year apart, Sony wanted the two devices to work with each other through remote play, which would allow owners to stream their PS4 games to the Vita and play it on the handheld instead of using a TV. On Thanksgiving, Sony Worldwide Studios head Shuhei Yoshida tweeted that remote play would no longer be exclusive to…

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‘Elite Dangerous: Horizons’ Beta Lands On PC

  Four months after its initial announcement, Frontier Developments can finally give users a taste of what’s coming over the course of the next few months. Today, the beta forElite Dangerous: Horizons is out on the PC. Horizons is the team’s first big expansion since the release of the game. For now, beta players will be able to try out planetary landings, a feature that was heavily touted since the…

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Google’s Chrome Data Saver Feature Won’t Load Images, To Reduce Data Usage

  Google Chrome has a Data Saver feature on the mobile version of the browser that reduces the amount of data used every time you visit a webpage. Recently, the company made an additional improvement to the service, which it claimed reduces data usage up to 70 percent. The improvement is a somewhat obvious move. Images on a webpage take up a heavy portion of data, and this update halts…

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Nokia’s ‘OZO’ Professional VR Camera To Ship In Q1 2016 For $60,000

  Nokia Technologies announced the commercial availability of the OZO virtual reality camera. Nokia Technologies is Nokia’s Research & Development arm that invents new products and also licenses technologies to other companies under the Nokia brand. Lately we’ve seen the announcements of several other VR cameras, including theSphericam, Google’s Jump, Jaunt’s NEO, 360 Designs’ “EYE,” and the Lytro Immerge. The OZO counts among them butis targeted at professionals, which is…

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TP-Link Wants To Heal Home Networking Headaches With An AC1900 Touch Screen Router

  Would adding a touch screen to your devices make them more user-friendly? TP-Link seems to think so, as it is introducing the Touch P5, a new AC1900 Touch Screen Wi-Fi Gigabit Router. For those who aren’t well-versed in home networking, setting up and managing your wired and wireless networks can be stressful. What better way is there to make your home network more approachable while maintaining a level of…

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EFF Files Complaint To FTC Alleging Google Using Chromebooks To Gather And Collect Student Information (Updated)

  Today’s elementary and high school classrooms are trading in pencil and paper for a more digital solution that comes in the form of Chromebooks and iPads. With this continuing trend, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) started a campaign called “Spying on Students,” which aims to educate parents and school administrators about the potential dangers of these devices in the classroom. Google has been accused of endangering students’ privacy, and…

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Prefilled Water Cooling Just Got A Lot More Compact With Corsair H5 SF

  Corsair has announced the immediate availability of its new small form factor H5 SF closed loop cooler. The compact water cooling solution is designed specifically for Mini-ITX motherboards, and it should fit in practically any small form factor case. At Computex this year, Corsair revealed an upcoming enthusiast barebones HTPC Kit it called Bulldog. With that kit, the company revealed a compact closed loop cooler, the H5 SF, that…

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Yezz Releases Water-Resistant ‘Splash’ Smartphone Feature

Yezz introduced a water-resistant line of smartphones, using a special coating feature dubbed “Yezz Splash.” The Splash phones are coated using a plasma-enhanced vapor deposition, and according to Yezz, it offers optimal liquid repellency. The protective hydrophobic layer bonds to the surfaces of the completely-assembled devices on a molecular level, providing increased protection from corrosion and moisture. The nano-coating is unobtrusive and does not interfere with the functionality of the…

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Apple Open Sources Swift, Loosens Grip On Interactive Programming Language

Apple’s interactive programming language, Swift, has been made into an open source platform. The open source Swift Project, which launched today, announced that it is excited to work with the community to add enhancements, find and fix bugs, and introduce Swift to platforms beyond those using iOS, OSX and WatchOS. Swift comprises a number of components. The Swift compiler project interprets Swift syntax, there’s the LLDB project debugger, and the…

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The PlayStation Experience 2015 This Weekend

Sony has revealed the full list of what to expect at PlayStation Experience 2015 this weekend in San Francisco, and whether you are able to attend or have to watch from afar, Sony has plenty for you to take in at the event. The Playstation Experience Keynote will kick off the weekend at 10am PT on Saturday, December 5. For those hoping to attend in person, the auditorium will open…

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The 2015 Game Awards: ‘The Witcher 3’ Wins Big

Before the year ends, the gaming industry comes together for one more celebration. In the past, you could see The Video Game Awards (or its various other nomenclatures) on Spike. Now, host Geoff Keighley has brought the annual show, called The Game Awards, online through Steam, Twitch and other websites. Of course, the show was full of awards, trailer reveals and cringe-worthy moments, but there were a few portions that…

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Asus X99 Motherboards Get The EK Monoblock Treatment

EK Water Blocks has been releasing a steady stream of new products for several months now. Over the summer, the company started dabbling in a fairly new product category. It wasn’t the first time EKWB had released a monoblock, but it certainly wasn’t a popular solution. These days, the company is finding that more and more, customers are looking at monoblocks for their builds, and the company has been investing…

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Watercool Releases Narrow ILM Waterblock For Intel Platforms

Watercool, maker of the ever popular HEATKILLER line of CPU and GPU water blocks, has released a set of narrow ILM water blocks for Intel LGA-2011 and LGA-2011v3 sockets and a kit to convert the existing HEATKILLER IV CPU block to narrow ILM configuration. Narrow ILM sockets are typically found only on server and workstation motherboards, so this configuration won’t be for everyone, but if you have a need for…

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Valve Finally Adds Option To Permanently Delete Games From Steam Library

Valve’s Steam game distribution service launched over 12 years ago, and for all of this time, you’ve never been able to permanently delete games from your Steam library. Earlier this year, the company started offering a refund service for games that were just purchased and played for only a very short period, but any game you’ve had for longer or actually played was destined to remain in your list. This…

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Galaxy Tab 4 Nook

[Editor’s Note: We’ve corrected our reportage of an error within Barnes & Noble’s press materials for the device and removed the relevant detracting “con”.] Don’t count Barnes & Noble out of the tablet game just yet. The company has enlisted one of the biggest players, Samsung, to keep it in the ring with Amazon. However, Samsung is clearly taking center stage here, from the hardware to its name: the Samsung…

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Galaxy Tab Active

As the modern small business continues to incorporate new technology into their workflows, tablets have begun to supplement notebook computers. The iPad Air 2 ($499, £399, AU$619) is still the flashy king of the tablet world, but with Apple’s reputation for building units that shatter too easily, a need exists in the market for a battle-tested tablet. In comes the Samsung Galaxy Tab Active, one of the first built-to-be-tested, yet…

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Galaxy View

What’s Samsung up to here? It’s a tablet that’s sort of a TV that you can move except it’s not a TV as you can’t watch TV on it so it’s a tablet but who has a tablet this big? That’s pretty much my thought process on the Samsung Galaxy View, a tablet that somehow seems to try and be two things and is neither. The 18.4-inch View is designed…

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Galaxy Tab S2

When I first wrote about the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2, my dad remarked of thenews story, “So, I heard Samsung is making a new iPad?” This perfectly sums up how average consumers view tablets as a product category. Apple now makes the Kleenex or, in the UK, Sellotape of tablets, and they’re called iPads. Buy Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 T710 White – WiFi Only – International Version No Warranty…

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Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro review

At a pre-briefing event in New York City, I got my hands on the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro. It’s an intimidating behemoth of a tablet (13-inches) to the uninitiated (me) but after I spent time discovering its numerous unique physical and software features, I can tell you that it comes in peace. Also, that it does a lot of things well but comes with a little baggage. Lenovo’s new…

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Lenovo Tab 2 A7-30 7-Inch Tablet Review

Lenovo Tab 2 A7-30 quick review – affordable and stylish 7-inch 3G tablet In January Lenovo announced one very intriguing tablet named Tab 2 A7-30. Now it is on the market and respectively, in our hands as well. Its capabilities and design look very promising but if you want to find more information about it, you have come to the right place. It has some major differences when compared to…

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Lenovo Yoga 10 Tablet review

Lenovo is back in the Android tablet market with two new slates: the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 and the Yoga Tablet 8. In this review, we’re going to take a look at the 10-inch version and see how it stacks up to the competition, like the iPad Air. Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 review The first thing you’ll notice about the Yoga Tablet 10 is that it’s a 16:10 ratio display…

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Lenovo IdeaTab A8 Tablet Review

Overview Overview PROS Good performance Decent price CONS Unremarkable design Irritating Android modification QUICK TAKE A low-cost tablet that offers an adequate screen and decent performance packaged in a somewhat lack-luster design. Lenovo’s IdeaTab A8-50 is one of the latest of the company’s Android devices, coming in between the more expensive A10-70 and the budget model A7. Does it do enough to justify its $180 suggested price? We take a…

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Lenovo Miix 3 10 Tablet Review

For all of its ups and down, Microsoft’s Surface RT was a statement that Windows tablets could be as slim, light and sexy as the iPad, while the Surface Pro offered the full software support we’d expect from a Windows machine in a similar package. Of course, with the Surface Pro being heavier and more expensive than its RT brother, and offering less battery life, the ideal tablet would be…

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Apple Ipad mini 2 Review

The new iPad mini 2 was, in 2013, Apple’s next step in the smaller tablet wars – and with Google and Amazon stepping up their respective games, the Cupertino brand needed something that hit back with strength. However, even with that landscape, we were still surprised when Apple announced the iPad mini 2 on stage, coming with things like the A7 chip under the hood and a 128GB iteration to…

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Apple Ipad mini 4 Review

It’s hard to work out what Apple’s up to with its iPad range. You’d have said the mini selection of tablets was being retired after the mini 3 got the minimum upgrade possible… but then the iPad mini 4 was quietly rolled out. And it’s actually rather good. OK, you can easily argue that it’s the tablet the mini 3 should have been, and there’s an infuriating drop in spec…

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Apple Ipad Air Review

The original iPad Air showed us all what we needed to know about Apple’s changed approach to tablets – with a 43% thinner bezel and a 28% lighter body than the iPads that came before it, the iPad Air champions the ‘easier to live with’ ideal. Although the iPad Air’s successor, the iPad Air 2, has now been out a while it doesn’t mean that the original iPad Air isn’t…

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Apple Ipad Air 2 Review

Update: Apple has offered up iOS 8.3 for the iPad Air 2, bringing with it performance improvements, new emojis and faster performance of things like the Control Center and Wi-Fi signal connection. We’re currently putting the new software through our battery of tests, and will update the review imminently with the results! It was hard to see how Apple could improve on the first iPad Air – arguably the finest…

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Apple Ipad Pro Review 2015

The iPad Pro review is one that I’ve really been dreading writing – but also the one I’ve been the most excited about in a while. The issue is this: what is the iPad Pro? Is it a genuine laptop replacement? Or is it nothing more than a larger tablet from Apple? It depends what you see a tablet as. For some, it’s a device that sits on the sofa…

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Venue 10 7000 Series Review

THE GOOD The Dell Venue 10 7000 is a sleek tablet-hybrid with a sturdy Bluetooth keyboard. Performance is swift and smooth, and it runs on the Android Lollipop 5.0 operating system. It also features a stunningly sharp screen and nifty depth-sensing cameras. THE BAD It’s a bit heavy and expensive. The small keyboard can feel cramped to type on. THE BOTTOM LINE The refined build quality and slick performance of…

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Venue 8 7000 Series Review

THE GOOD The Dell Venue 8 7000 is remarkably thin and lightweight with a comfortable feel. The Intel RealSense depth-sensing camera is an innovative feature and the preloaded Dell Gallery efficiently works as a central hub for photos. Its storage capacity expands up to 512GB via microSD card slot and it has a long-lasting battery. THE BAD There’s a learning curve to using the depth-sensing camera and the photo-editing software….

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Venue 11 Pro 7000 Series Review

The tablet has taken the PC world by storm, but despite the myriad potential uses, the form factor hasn’t gained the same prominence among business users. One of the few business-focused tablet lines is Dell’s Venue lineup, which gets its newest member, the Venue 11 Pro 7000 Series (7140) ($934.99 as tested). This system offers all of Dell’s business-support features and a work-ready design in a portable, feature-filled 11-inch tablet….

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Dell Venue 11 Pro 5000 Series Review

Detachable Convertible. Dell’s Venue 11 Pro is their most versatile professional Windows 8.1 Pro tablet yet, and coupled with its unique base, it makes a pretty strong case for its design. But at $499 MSRP without the base, is it worth the investment? The Venue 11 Pro might just be the most thoughtful fusion of Dell’s previous tablet ingredients yet. We’re treated to a high-resolution 1080p 10.8-inch screen—the first of…

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Dell Venue 10 Pro 5000 Review

Dell, long-time titan of the laptop and desktop PC landscape for years, has been going mobile in recent years. Efforts to capitalise on the growing trend of tablets and laptop-tablet hybrids as business tools have led to devices such as the Venue 8. The Venue 10 Pro is the latest in Dell’s line of business devices, so it uses Windows 8.1 instead of Android. As expected, it’s powered by an…

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Dell Venue 8 Pro 3000 Review

Dell has slashed the priced of its latest 8in Windows tablet to £120 as it aims to compete with low-cost Android alternatives. The Venue 8 Pro 3000 is available for a competitive £119 (inc VAT). It’s half the price of the 2014 Venue 8 Pro, but does this mean performance and build quality have been sacrificed? Design The build quality of the Venue 8 Pro is excellent for such an…

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Inspiron 7000 Series

The first time I used a convertible laptop-tablet hybrid was almost a decade ago, when I toyed around with a ThinkPad X-series tablet in my college years. While it was a cool idea, it was very much a novelty with too many compromises. The device was heavy compared to its non-tablet ThinkPad counterparts, and its screen wasn’t particularly attractive. And despite Microsoft’s added stylus support to Windows XP, the user…

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Dell Inspiron 5000 series

The Inspiron range is a long-standing pillar of Dell’s laptop line, so we’re pleased to see a new model updated with the latest Intel hardware. It’s a good-looking bit of kit, too, with a brushed metal finish across the lid. Design The metallic lid and smart Dell logo get this machine off to a good start, and the look continues to the sides and base, where more metal is layered…

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Chromebook 11

Specifically built to withstand the abuses inherent to an education environment, this year’s Dell Chromebook 11 features a solid build housed in a boring design. The Chromebook 11 ($249, £170, AU$320) looks more like a business laptop with its understated looks, but Dell claims its purpose-built design means that this notebook should survive drops, water spills, dirt and dust and most things that the harsh academic K-12 environment throws at…

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XPS 15

The 2015 version of the Dell XPS 13 added an unexpected gem to the company’s arsenal back in January. Sleek, powerful and packing a gorgeous Infinity Display, it ramped up the company’s reputation in the consumer space and served up a real alternative to 13-inch Apple’s MacBook Air. The new Dell XPS 15 carries over the XPS 13’s Infinity Display, which makes it one of the most compact 15-inch notebooks…

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XPS 13

Update: We’ve featured the new Dell XPS 13 in a video review starring TechRadar Pro’s Chuong Nguyen. Check it out below: If you’re looking to purchase a powerful, portable and attractive laptop, the Dell XPS 13 (starting at $799, £520, AU$980) has to be one of the top contenders. It features a sleek design, a lightweight chassis and a revolutionary display that will force manufacturers to rethink how they build…

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ASUS ROG G751JY

The G751 is a new gaming laptop from Asus that comes loaded with high performance hardware. There’s a large 17-inch IPS screen, a GeForce GTX 980M GPU, 32GB of memory, a Core i7-4860HQ quad-core chip that runs at 3.6GHz in Turbo mode, and enough storage and expansion options to satisfy anyone. It’s a specification that’s sure to have no problem running games in high resolution and high detail, bringing a…

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ASUS ROG GX700VO

Liquid cooling your PC is rite of passage that separates the casual gamers from the hardcore enthusiasts. And so when Asus announced integrated liquid cooling into a 17.3-inch gaming laptop, I was totally stoked. However, after spending a short afternoon playing on this desktop-equivalent gaming laptop, I’m finding there’s more to this monster than the sheer absurdity of it. Call me a nerd or geek if you want, but there’s…

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ATIV Book 9 2014 Edition 15.6

Samsung doesn’t need to do too much to hold its position as one of the premiere laptop makers, but it went ahead and did it anyway. Take the ATIV Book 9 Plus, for instance: For CES 2014, Samsung bumped things up and knocked specs down in its effort to hit the ultimate sweet spot in a new form factor. The result? Dropping the “Plus” in its name, Samsung kept the…

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Aspire V 15

If gaming is your main driver for buying a new laptop, prepare to break the bank. The Razer Blade seems to have it all, but it’s also pushing a $2000+ price tag. What if you want to spend only half of that and still have a capable rig? The V15 Nitro Black Edition (VN7-591G-74LK) is one attempt to answer that question, packing a solidly powerful NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M GPU…

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Aspire V5

The Acer Aspire V5-122P tries to be all things for all users but, in doing so, doesn’t stand out in any particular area and largely falls short of other options like the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11 or the Asus VivoBook S200. For example, the 1.3kg, 11.6-inch chassis is light and very portable which would make it an ideal option for frequent travellers. But the battery life is so poor that…

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Aspire Switch 11

There’s certainly a market for entry-level Windows tablets. Plenty of people would prefer to run their favourite desktop software, such as desktop web browsers, rather than having to use alternatives from Apple and Google’s app stores with an iPad or Android tablet. The Surface Pro 3 is without a doubt the best in this class, but its cost and performance approaches that of a fairly high-end laptop, which somewhat limits…

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Aspire Switch 10 E

The Acer Switch 10 E ($349 in the US while not being available in the UK and Australia in this exact skew) dives into a veritable ocean of shiny, new 2-in-1 notebook computers ready for Windows 10. Pioneered by the Microsoft Surface 3 and others, the new hybrids further refine the mixture of tablet convenience and laptop productivity. This latest model from Acer competes with convertibles such as the Asus…

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Aspire S7

With an already stunning design from last year, most of the improvements Acer made to this year’s Aspire S7 come under the hood. This year’s model bears the same luxurious white glass aesthetics from last year, but Acer gave the S7 a speed boost with the latest generation of Intel Core processor and integrated Intel HD graphics. To give the Aspire S7 its minimalist and refined style, Acer chose to…

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Aspire R 13

Like other PC manufacturers, Acer has been experimenting with the convertible Ultrabook form factor. That journey started with last year’s Aspire R7, a multimodal laptop with an easel stand and a 15-inch display that makes it look and feel more like a transforming all-in-one desktop than a convertible notebook. This year’s Aspire R13 shows Acer has been listening to user feedback in slimming its multimodal design. Starting at just $899…

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Aspire R 11

When Acer released the Acer Aspire R 13, it once again threw its hat into the mid-range 2-in-1 laptop market. Piggybacking on the design innovation of the Aspire R 7, the R 13 was meant to be an avant garde, Ezel-hinged hybrid laptop. Unfortunately, we weren’t wowed. The problem is simple. Acer is competing in a market saturated with heavy hitters, like the Lenovo Yoga Pro 3 ($1,099, £1,099, AUS$1,254)…

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Lenovo z40

Going with a budget laptop will save you bit more cash at the bank, but it often also means putting up with a lot of trade offs. Whether it’s an unattractive chassis, poor performance, color washed screen or a truncated battery life, computer manufacturers have to cut corners somewhere to break even on an affordably-priced machine. For the most part, it’s an unavoidable process. However, with the Lenovo Z40, it…

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Lenovo Yoga 900 13

After launching the Yoga 3 Pro last year, Lenovo found a winning design formula, and it isn’t deviating much with this year’s refresh.. The Yoga 900 has a different numbering convention, but the convertible Ultrabook is an iterative successor to the Yoga 3 Pro, promising longer battery life, faster performance and improvements to a winning 360-degree swiveling hinge design. Sporting Intel’s sixth generation Skylake processor, the Yoga 900 ($1,199, £797,…

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Lenovo Yoga 700 14

Tucked away somewhere in Lenovo’s booth at the recent IFA show over in Berlin was the Yoga 700, the 2015 version of the small but powerful Yoga 3 (11-inch). It is so new that you won’t even find it on Lenovo’s website (at the time of writing that is). Along with a new logo, Lenovo adopted the BMW style of using odd numbers to differentiate between the entry (3xx), mainstream…

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Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro

The Yoga 2 Pro was arguably the finest convertible Ultrabook money could buy when it launched in late 2013 – and it continues to impress today. It was sleek, packed a best-in-class QHD+ display and could transform into a multitude of positions depending on how you wanted to use it. Update 21/5/2015: Lenovo has swapped the Intel Core M5Y70 on the original Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro for a newer Intel…

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Lenovo Yoga 3 (14 inch)

The Lenovo Yoga 3 14 (starting at $799, £649.99, AU$1,299) is a more powerful version of the incredibly popular Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro (starting at $1,099, £1,099, AUS$1,254). Both laptops feature a 360-degree hinge that can be rotated from a closed position to a fully open tablet position. This flexibility, which Lenovo helped pioneer, created a new category of 2-in-1 or hybrid laptops that can be used in a traditional…

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Lenovo Thinkpad Yoga 15

These days, if you’re in the market for a home-use laptop, you’re more than likely to purchase a convertible laptop-tablet hybrid. However, business users have been given very few solid convertible options from which to choose. Lenovo, the pioneer of the convertible space, has sought to remedy that with its ThinkPad Yoga line. The newest edition to the lineup, the Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 15 – starting at $929 (£598, AU$1,250)…

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Lenovo Thinkpad Yoga 14

The ThinkPad name is a staple in the workstation world, but with the tablets quickly taking their place as business machines, laptops need to evolve. The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is a clear cut example of how much more capable and flexible a hybrid machine can be over a traditional notebook. Lenovo has long produced its excellent line of Yoga machines, and first brought the Yoga design ID to the…

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Lenovo Thinkpad Yoga 12

If you’re trying to choose the right laptop for work, you’ve probably noticed three dissatisfying categories. You can go with an insanely powerful and heavy workstation that costs more than most used cars. You can go with a consumer laptop that looks good but doesn’t pack the punch necessary to push past spreadsheets. Or you can go with a highly portable convertible that won’t do much more than let you…

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Lenovo Thinkpad X250

Lenovo’s ThinkPad X250 (starting at $755, £669.99, AU$1,499) is an Ultrabook designed for people who want business-class power without having to lug around a chunky workstation. This 12.5-inch (31.75 cm), 2.88-pound (1.27 kg) laptop can be customized to include up to a full HD, touchscreen display, a fifth generation Intel Core i7 processor and 256GB of solid-state, Opal 2 storage. The notebook is military specifications approved, features a fingerprint reader…

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Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon

If the 2014 was the year the Lenovo X1 Carbon went through the sexy makeover, this year the 14-inch business laptop has jumped back into its old suit and tie. The third generation X1 Carbon is just as thin as and sleek as 2014 model, but Lenovo has done away with one of the laptop’s most distinctive elements in replacing the row of adaptive, digital function keys with a completely…

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Lenovo Thinkpad W550s

If you don’t need the full quad-core processing performance of last year’s ThinkPad W540 workstation, you can still get workstation-class power in this year’s ThinkPad W550s. Positioned as a slimmer cousin to the ThinkPad W540 and this year’s ThinkPad W541 in Lenovo’s lineup, the W550s comes packed with Intel’s fifth generation Broadwell processor and a discrete graphics chip in a more portable package. This Ultrabook-class laptop, priced starting at $1,133…

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Lenovo Thinkpad T450s

Looking at the Lenovo ThinkPad T450s, you wouldn’t be faulted if you mistook it for last year’s ThinkPad T440s. The ThinkPad T series represents Lenovo’s careful trade-offs between power, performance, and portability in a lightweight design. In this year’s evolution, Lenovo focuses its efforts on under-the-hood improvements – updating the ThinkPad T450s to a more energy-efficient Intel fifth-generation Broadwell CPU – rather than changing the familiar business-centric design. Unlike on…

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Lenovo Thinkpad T440p

This time last year, we saw Lenovo reworking the design of its classic ThinkPad laptop. Gone were the lid locking “sweater-catchers,” the dedicated volume button and classic touchpad design. Everything became a bit more unibody, clean to look at and a bit more Apple MacBook Pro-ish. Then Haswell arrived and it became time to change out the internals as well. Lenovo ThinkPad T440 review That’s just what Lenovo has done,…

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Lenovo Thinkpad E555

Lenovo purchased the ThinkPad product portfolio from IBM a decade ago and has maintained the brand ever since. The company refreshed the entry-level enterprise laptop range, the E-series, and dropped the Edge name from it. The latest addition to it, the ThinkPad E555, follows the path of its predecessor, rigorously sticking to the design guidelines of the ThinkPad family. A word here to mention the fact that this particular model…

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Lenovo Thinkpad E550

Business-class mobile workstations aren’t normally great value for money. This is especially true of Lenovo’s ThinkPad line, which usually competes right at the high-end of the market, with a corresponding high cost. But the 15.6-inch ThinkPad E550 bucks this trend, as it starts at just £379 including VAT ($470 in the US and AU$606) for an entry-level model, and even the high-end variant, with a fairly powerful specification, including a…

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Lenovo Thinkpad B50

Lenovo has designed this laptop for low intensity tasks, so we expected it to arrive with a budget price – but we didn’t expect it to cost just £199 (about $334, AU$360). That makes it one of the most affordable notebooks we’ve reviewed. That eye-catching price undercuts every rival. We thought the Toshiba Satellite C50 was cheap, but it costs £240 (about $403, AU$435), and HP’s Pavilion TouchSmart 15-n070sa costs…

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Lenovo LaVie Z 360

In the race to make laptops smaller, thinner and lighter than ever, 2015 has been an exciting year. Dell brought out a stunning machine with the Dell XPS 13, squeezing a 13-inch screen into an 11-inch frame. Apple, on the other hand, sought to reinvent the laptop with a brand new 12-inch MacBook, which squeezed an iPhone 6-sized logic board into its all-aluminum frame while introducing a redesigned keyboard and…

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Lenovo LaVie Z

When Lenovo unveiled the $1,499, NEC-made LaVie Z HZ550 (US-only, but about £952, AU$1,936) at CES 2015, it caused an uproar in the tech industry. This 1.87-pound (0.78kg) notebook had broken the record for the lightest laptop on the market. Its cousin, the $1,699 LaVie Z 360 (also US-only, but about £1,079, AU$2,195) – a 2.04-pound (0.92kg) hybrid device – would do the same for 2-in-1 laptops. Unfortunately for Lenovo,…

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Lenovo IdeaPad Y50

There’s no lack of options if you are looking for a 15-inch gaming laptop. Between the MSI GS60 Ghost Pro getting a new gorgeous 3K screen and newer, better packages like the Gigabyte P35W, this mid-size range of gaming machines gets more intriguing everyday. But amongst all the brands known for gaming – like Origin, Digital Storm and Razer – Lenovo has been a long overlooked brand despite creating the…

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Lenovo IdeaPad Y40-80

Deciding between performance and style is the unavoidable, brain-racking step during the otherwise exciting time of buying a laptop. The tighter the budget, the more difficult the struggle, as the luxury of finding a machine that performs well and has some style at a decent price isn’t too common. The Lenovo Y40 is the smallest and most affordable option in Lenovo’s high-performance Y series of gaming laptops. This rig aims…

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Toshiba Satellite S70

It’s a prediction so often repeated that it’s become a cliché: traditional desktop PCs are dying, which is something Toshiba may be banking on with the Toshiba Satellite S70A-11H. Though you can still buy traditional tower setups like the Wired2Fire Velocity Ultima, these are more geared towards gamers who need the most powerful components in a big case full of cooling options. For day-to-day computing tasks, we’re increasingly moving away…

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Toshiba Satellite S50

Toshiba seems to be going for the scattergun approach by launching five series of Satellite laptops to meet a variety of needs. It’s billing its S series as slimmer devices that offer a choice of Intel’s fourth generation Haswell CPU or a quad core AMD processor. The S50 measures 24mm thick and features a 15.6-inch TN panel. At first look this produced weak viewing angles, and its 1366×768 pixel resolution…

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Toshiba Satellite Radius 15

Between convertible tablet modes, touchscreens and 4K displays, laptops have been inundated with features that often do little more than hike up the price. And so when Toshiba lays claim to creating the world’s first 15-inch, 4K convertible laptop, I expected it to be one of the world’s flashiest laptops with little substance. Thankfully, the Toshiba Satellite Radius 15 proved to be an excellent device that combines all these disparate…

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Toshiba Satellite Radius 12

Updated: We’ve gotten a little more hands-on time with the Toshiba Satellite Radius 12 leading up to our full review and have updated our hands-on impressions with new pricing and availability details. Toshiba loves a 4K display. From the Satellite P50t to the Kira and the Radius 15, the company is fitting sharp screens to laptops of all form factors and sizes, and now it’s taken the title of being…

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Toshiba Satellite L70

The traditional desktop replacement laptop has lost prominence over the last few years thanks to the growth in gaming notebooks and mobile workstations, but there’s still plenty to like about larger laptops such as the Toshiba Satellite L70-B-11C. For starters, it costs £599, or $935 in the States (about AU$1,011) – half the price, or less, of dedicated gaming or workstation notebooks with 17.3-inch screens. It also means you’re getting…

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Toshiba Satellite L50

Few companies are as experienced or prolific as Toshiba when it comes to mid-range laptops, and its Satellite L50-B-1DV ticks most of the right boxes. It’s got a Core i5 processor, plenty of memory and a 15.6in screen, and it costs a reasonable £500. Toshiba has factored some keen design into the budget, too – the lid is covered with glossy red plastic that bears a smart lined pattern, and…

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Toshiba Satellite Click 2 Pro

Toshiba is one of those companies that dares to experiment with the shape of laptops. Just looking at the the company’s small portfolio of convertible laptops alone we’ve have the Satellite U920T with a screen that slides into place and the screen flipping Satellite Radius. While many of these designs are novel, many of them have fallen to the wayside being either too weird or unwieldy for its own brilliance….

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Toshiba Satellite Click 2

Toshiba is one of those companies that dares to experiment with the shape of laptops. Just looking at the the company’s small portfolio of convertible laptops alone we’ve have the Satellite U920T with a screen that slides into place and the screen flipping Satellite Radius. While many of these designs are novel, many of them have fallen to the wayside being either too weird or unwieldy for its own brilliance….

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Toshiba Satellite Click 10

Windows tablets have been a bit of a hit-and-miss market, as Intel’s ubiquitous Z3735 processor was underpowered when it came to making the most of Microsoft’s Windows OS. Fast-forward to the second half of 2015 and the combination of the new Cherry Trail-based processors from Intel and Windows 10 is likely to spice up that same market.   Toshiba Satellite Click 10 side Toshiba, like so many other vendors, updated…

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Toshiba Satellite C50

A review of a newer version of the C50 called the Satellite Pro C50 is available. Most people don’t need flashy, light Ultrabooks or monster gaming laptops – and many can’t afford them, either. If that’s you, then a laptop like the new Toshiba C50D-A-13G could be a much better bet. It costs less than £400, but it still has an AMD APU that promises to tackle work and play…

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Toshiba Satellite C50

A review of a newer version of the C50 called the Satellite Pro C50 is available. Most people don’t need flashy, light Ultrabooks or monster gaming laptops – and many can’t afford them, either. If that’s you, then a laptop like the new Toshiba C50D-A-13G could be a much better bet. It costs less than £400, but it still has an AMD APU that promises to tackle work and play…

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Toshiba Portege Z30

The term “business laptop” used to evoke images of bulky, drab slabs of plastic, something that Toshiba is staying clear of with its consumer-inspired Z-range of enterprise notebooks. The 13.3-inch Portege Z30 is joined by new 14-inch Z40 and 15-inch Z50 models in Toshiba’s Tecra range. All of the laptops share compatible internals meaning IT departments can chop and change when installing disk images and using Toshiba’s docking stations. And…

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Toshiba Portege Z20T

The Toshiba Portege z20t ($1,399, £1,289, AU$1,815) is a business-grade hybrid laptop that is compact, lightweight and moderately stylish. Competing in the same class as the business-focused Dell Venue 11 Pro 7000 and the HP Elite x2 1011, the Portege is capable as both a laptop and as a tablet, with enough power and battery life to get you through the average work day.   However, like most business hybrids,…

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Toshiba KIRAbook 13

The Toshiba Portege z20t ($1,399, £1,289, AU$1,815) is a business-grade hybrid laptop that is compact, lightweight and moderately stylish. Competing in the same class as the business-focused Dell Venue 11 Pro 7000 and the HP Elite x2 1011, the Portege is capable as both a laptop and as a tablet, with enough power and battery life to get you through the average work day.   However, like most business hybrids,…

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HP Zbook 17 G2

The best mobile workstations on the market combine incredible graphics rendering with top-notch processing speed and superior displays. Unfortunately, they also cost and weigh twice as much as most traditional consumer laptops. In other words: you’re paying top dollar for what’s under the hood and not for your ability to easily transport the device from location to location. The mobile workstation market is led by machines like the Lenovo ThinkPad…

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HP Zbook 14 G2

Let’s be honest: most mobile workstations are too heavy (and ugly) to comfortably carry around. These powerful and expensive devices typically weigh more than five pounds (2.26 kg) and they look as boxy and boring as the laptops in ’80s sci-fi films. Luckily, HP has done its part to save the mobile workstation industry from itself with the new, improved and gorgeous HP ZBook 14 G2 ($1,779, £1,966, AU$2,492). Competing…

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HP Spectre Pro x360

Update: HP has informed us a bios can be installed to fix a number of issues with the track pad and keyboard backlight on the Spectre x360. TechRadar will re-test the laptop and update this review accordingly. If it transforms, it’ll probably look ugly. This is basically the precedent that has been set by anything that can change from one form to another from Transformers realized as toys to even…

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HP Spectre 13

Update: HP has informed us a bios can be installed to fix a number of issues with the track pad and keyboard backlight on the Spectre x360. TechRadar will re-test the laptop and update this review accordingly. If it transforms, it’ll probably look ugly. This is basically the precedent that has been set by anything that can change from one form to another from Transformers realized as toys to even…

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HP Pavilion x2

Laptops have gotten cheap. A few years ago trying to buy a laptop for less than $500 (about £328, AU$703) pretty much limited your options to underpowered Netbooks with poor ergonomics and build quality. Fast forward to the present and the market of super-budget notebooks has exploded with Chromebooks, and more recently with Windows 10 Cloudbooks, well worth their small sticker prices. Now, the HP Pavilion x2 has entered the…

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HP Pavilion 15

Even though HP is exploring different notebook form factors with its x360 products across the Spectre, Envy and Pavilion line, the PC-maker isn’t giving up on the traditional laptop design. This year’s Pavilion notebooks, available in 14-, 15- and 17-inch displays, represent HP’s continued investment in the affordable laptop space. The biggest changes this year include support for Intel’s latest Broadwell architecture as well as HP’s shift to its newest…

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HP Pavilion 13

Hybrids. Two-in-ones. Tablet laptops. There was a resurgence of these machines when Windows 8 appeared and touted a very touchy interface, and it’s still going strong, with this year seeing a number of twisty laptops including the likes of the Acer Aspire Switch 10, Lenovo’s IdeaPad Yoga 2 11, and the Dell XPS 11. And today we’re looking at HP’s Pavilion x360. Though x360 sounds more like a gaming moniker…

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HP OMEN Pro

Hybrids. Two-in-ones. Tablet laptops. There was a resurgence of these machines when Windows 8 appeared and touted a very touchy interface, and it’s still going strong, with this year seeing a number of twisty laptops including the likes of the Acer Aspire Switch 10, Lenovo’s IdeaPad Yoga 2 11, and the Dell XPS 11. And today we’re looking at HP’s Pavilion x360. Though x360 sounds more like a gaming moniker…

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HP Essential 15

Even though HP is exploring different notebook form factors with its x360 products across the Spectre, Envy and Pavilion line, the PC-maker isn’t giving up on the traditional laptop design. This year’s Pavilion notebooks, available in 14-, 15- and 17-inch displays, represent HP’s continued investment in the affordable laptop space. The biggest changes this year include support for Intel’s latest Broadwell architecture as well as HP’s shift to its newest…

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HP Envy 15

Sitting in the ‘Performance Home’ category on HP’s website is the HP Envy 15. We tested the 15-ae001na model, which comes with a 15.6-inch widescreen as its name suggests. The screen size means the base can fit a traditional number pad on the right-hand side which reduces its portability. The HP Envy 15 sits halfway between a cheap student workhorse, a very low-end gaming laptop and an office laptop. It’s…

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HP EliteBook Folio

If you think business notebooks have to be boring and boxy, think again. HP designed its premium EliteBook Folio 1020 G1 ($1,249, £820, AU$1,640) to look as sleek as a consumer-class Ultrabook without sacrificing durability, security and manageability. With a 12.5-inch display, the EliteBook Folio G1 competes in the same space as the boxier enterprise-class HP EliteBook 820 G2 ($1,290, £845, AU$1,695), Lenovo ThinkPad X250 ($800, £525, AU$1,050), and Dell…

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HP EliteBook 820

Not every business user needs a super-light, super-thin notebook, or a hybrid, convertible, 2-in-1 tablet plus notebook option. HP thinks plenty of workers want a sturdy, powerful laptop with good specs that can shrug off fingerprints, stand up to the rigours of the road (and any passing hacker) and keep going all day. That’s the promise of the HP EliteBook 820 G1. It’s a 12.6-inch business notebook in functional black…

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HP Chromebook 11

The Chromebook concept – the idea of a stripped-down laptop that runs nothing but a web browser in the form of Google’s Chrome OS – has up till now usually been about cheap, commodity computing. It’s been about manufacturers clustering around a low price point, and the compromises they have had to make to get a device out at that price point. With the Chromebook 11 though, for the first…

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HP 15 Review

Even though HP is exploring different notebook form factors with its x360 products across the Spectre, Envy and Pavilion line, the PC-maker isn’t giving up on the traditional laptop design. This year’s Pavilion notebooks, available in 14-, 15- and 17-inch displays, represent HP’s continued investment in the affordable laptop space. The biggest changes this year include support for Intel’s latest Broadwell architecture as well as HP’s shift to its newest…

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MacBook Pro 15 Review

The late 2013 MacBook Pro with Retina display is the third release in the series. The Retina notebooks were introduced in June 2012 and lightly refreshed in February of this year. Externally, the new, late 2013 15-inch MacBook Pros with Retina display are identical to their predecessors. They boast the same slim, lightweight design, same range of connectivity ports and above all, the same gorgeous Retina screen. It’s a 15.4-inch…

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Macbook Pro 13 Reviews

We can’t say it came as a surprise. A 13-inch version of Apple’s 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display has been rumoured since its larger stablemate was first released in the summer, and it seemed a pretty obvious move anyway. Unveiled during Apple’s October keynote, the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display proved to be exactly what we expected; a smaller version of the 15-inch model, with the same innovations…

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Macbook Air 13 Review

Apple’s often imitated but never bettered ultra-portable laptop puts in a strong, though not faultless, performance with this mid-2013 release, the sixth-generation of the MacBook Air. It offers significant improvements in its solid state storage speed, graphical power, battery life and wireless capabilities, but the processor’s clock speeds actually take a backward step. But as we’ll see, for most real-world applications, the MacBook Air 2013 matches or out-performs its predecessor….

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Macbook Air 11 Review

The arrival of Apple’s 11-inch MacBook earlier this year marked the beginning of the end for its MacBook Air lineup. At least, that’s what people said at the time. The new MacBook is more portable, lighter, has a gorgeous high-resolution display and can go for almost as long as the Air on a single charge. Who would pick a machine stuck in the past over a laptop from the future?…

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MacBook review

Even though it combines the portability of Apple’s MacBook Air with the Retina MacBook Pro’s high pixel-density Retina display, the new MacBook doesn’t resemble either product line – or Apple’s older, polycarbonate white MacBook of the same name, for that matter. New MacBook The new MacBook brings the shiny shiny Instead, it feels like an entirely new species of otherworldly laptop that has more in common with an iPad Air…

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Mac Mini Review

First launched in 2005, Apple’s Mac mini has never received the same design plaudits as the MacBook Air, but it has been almost as influential upon the competition. The titular computer’s square shape, minimal appearance and compact nature can be seen in devices such as Intel’s NUC, Samsung’s Chromebox and, more recently, Sky’s Now TV box. Even so, it’s fair to say that the Mac mini probably hasn’t received as…

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Imac 27 inch Review

When Apple announced the iMac with Retina 5K display toward the end of 2014, it didn’t come as a shock. The Cupertino-based company slimmed down its previous-generation iMacs two years earlier, and it felt like a matter of time before they would join a growing fleet of Retina-equipped products that now includes the iPhone 6, iPad Air 2 and the new MacBook. Going one further than 4K, the Retina iMac’s…

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21-inch Apple iMac review

Less than a year after the chassis overhaul that gave the iMac its new slimline bodywork, Apple’s innovative desktop computer enjoys another revision. This time, it’s a minor refresh, bringing Haswell processors, better GPUs and faster WiFi, but retaining the form factor of the previous generation. It’s an unsurprising move. Last year’s update had already radically redesigned the all-in-one Mac, dropping the optical drive in favour of a new slimline…

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Alienware 18 review

The 14-inch gaming laptop is in just about every vendor’s repertoire, while 15-inchers are a step up, and just slightly harder to seek out. At 17.3-inches, the gaming laptop enters even more niche of a category, catered to by a few boutique brands and even fewer mainstream manufacturers, like Toshiba and HP. An 18.4-inch laptop, however, is a relative ghost. When a notebook gets to be so large it requires…

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Alienware 17 (2015) review

In the age of shrinking laptops, it’s nevertheless unbelievable that hulking 17-inch gaming laptops still exist. Even gaming laptops are not immune to the changing tides of the mobile computing world, the Origin EVO15-S and Aorus X7 Pro will tell you. Now Alienware is getting in on the shrinking notebook race this year in introducing a new, slimmed down version of its 17-inch gaming laptop. Measuring in at 1.35 inches…

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Alienware M15x review

The M15x is a result of Dell’s overhaul of PC and laptop gaming manufacturer Alienware, which it obtained in 2006.   Taking design cues from the larger M17x this is another fantastic gaming system which boasts very strong graphics power, excellent styling and fast everyday performance – and offers it all at an affordable price. Unlike many of today’s gaming machines, a custom design has been used. It’s one of…

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Alienware 13 review

It can’t be debated that Alienware pioneered the gaming laptop scene. But fast forwarding 13 years finds the company up against tons of competition, all chomping at the bit to make the most souped-up machines that gamers will love. What’s Alienware’s retort to the recent, excellent efforts from the likes of the Aorus X5, Razer Blade and HP Omen? Naturally, laptops that feature killer specs, like the latest Alienware 17….

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Aspire M5 Review

Despite being just 0.7 inch thick, Acer’s Aspire M5 (model M5-583P-6428) weighs a hefty 4.9 pounds. So it’s fortunate for Acer that Intel’s Ultrabook definition includes only a height limit: 0.9 inch. More important, the Aspire M delivers a big display, great battery life, and good performance for a moderate $700. Outfitted with an Intel Core i5-4200U (one of the lower-end entries in Intel’s current Haswell lineup of mobile CPUs),…

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Aspire E15 Review

The inherent give and take of choosing a new laptop, especially when constrained by a budget, is no fun. With the notebook market increasingly centering around the 13-inch mark, those who need or want a larger display are increasingly getting hung out to dry. With that in mind, the latest entry into Acer’s Aspire line of laptops, the E15, is worth taking notice of. It sports a 15.6-inch display, is…

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Aspire E1 Review

These days, buying a budget laptop doesn’t always mean compromising everything you need from a computer. For this notebook, unfortunately, compromise rears its ugly head. Acer’s Aspire E1-472G-6844, priced at $599.99 (about £350, AU$640), scrimps in a few important areas, making it hard to recommend wholeheartedly. Still, Acer has proved with past Aspire notebooks, not to mention its impressive Chromebooks, that budget can be beautiful when it comes to laptops….

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Acer One 10 Review

Design isn’t one of the One’s strengths. The glossy top and a touch of sapphire blue won’t contend with the metallic likes of the HP Mini 2140 and the ASUS EeePC 1002HA. The new One is as thick as its predecessor (9.8 by 6.7 by 1.1 inches) but longer and wider, measuring 10.3 by 7.4 by 1.1 inches because of its bigger screen. The Samsung NC10-14GB (10.3 by 7.3 by…

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Acer Chromebook 15 C910 Review

If you’re considering the Acer Chromebook 15 C910 (about $499.99, £263, AU$686) for your next laptop, then you’d better have big ideas. Compared to most other Chromebooks, the C910 has a bigger screen, bigger processing power and it comes with a bigger price tag. Specifically geared toward students and teachers – thanks to its rugged design and gorgeous visuals – the C910 is perfectly suitable for any consumer who doesn’t…

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Acer Chromebook 13 C810 Review

Compared to most laptops, Chromebooks are a one-trick pony: They’re good for web-based productivity and not much else. Acer has refined this simple formula with Chromebook 13, which offers a 1080p screen, an outstanding keyboard and a slim and light design. It’s also the first Chromebook to feature Nvidia’s energy-efficient Tegra K1 quad-core processor, which provides much longer battery life than competing notebooks. Moreover, at $249 and £219 (about AU$314)…

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Acer Chromebook 11 C740 Review

The Acer Chromebook 11 C740 ($279, £180, AU$379) is designed with the middle school and high school student in mind. This laptop is meant to be transported, dropped, bumped, scraped and shared. Like its rival, the Dell Chromebook 11, the Acer C740 features a purpose-built design, an easy-to-manage interface and none of the perks you’d expect to see on luxury devices. Speaking of luxury, if you’re in the market for…

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Sony Xperia Z3 review

To say we are eager to get the Xperia Z3 out for a spin would be a massive understatement – with the race track still warm from the Compact. After all, if the Robin in Sony’s IFA lineup can do that well, we can only imagine what Batman is capable of. The Z3 is certainly one you wouldn’t want to miss. Sony’s shorter update cycle sees the Xperia Z3 clock…

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Sony Xperia M4 Aqua review

The Xperia M4 Aqua is Sony’s take on what a mid-ranger should look like. And for the first time in a while it has got us excited. It has all the right specs coupled with a thin profile and premium looks, all bundled up into a €299 phone. And did we mention this smartphone is waterproof like its more expensive siblings? Oh well, we guess the name should have given…

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Sony Xperia C4 Dual review

The Sony Xperia C4 is one odd member of the company’s lineup. It’s not very close to the flagship in terms of specs, yet it’s ruling the phablet division with a 5.5-inch FullHD display. The T2 and T3 are both showing signs of age, not to mention they have less than half the pixels. Meanwhile the Z-series have been stuck at 5.2 inches for a while, leaving little options to…

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Sony Xperia Z3+ review

The Sony Xperia Z3+ is the Japanese flagship we’ve all been anticipating, but is it really the one we’ve been hoping for? Or are the predictable chipset update and minor design touches simply a prelude to a proper upgrade later this year? Starting with the original Xperia Z in February 2013, Sony’s condensed update cycle for the high-end Z-series has meant a spring release was followed by another in the…

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OnePlus 2 review

So, another flagship killer means a) the original left some unfinished business or b) OnePlus ran out of smart taglines. It would’ve made little sense to OnePlus to revise the job description but, while the OnePlus 2 is clearly superior it lacks one thing the original had, the benefit of surprise. It’s what got OnePlus into the flagship club and it seems the Chinese are now playing by the club’s…

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OnePlus One review

From zero to flagship killer in less than 6 months. That’s the life story of OnePlus Tech – a big chunk of which went in explanation mode. First it was their relation to Oppo, then the reasons why their debut smartphone got delayed – over and over. Social media hype and an elaborate invite system sent demand soaring through the roof and it’s only now that OnePlus finally looks capable…

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Apple iPhone 6s Plus

The big question for the big one. Even more iPhone goodness in a single package or a phone for the fence-sitters? To loosely quote Apple itself, bigger isn’t necessarily better. So, a niche product or the real deal? The iPhone 6s Plus is a second generation phablet – a breed, which Apple long refused to be associated with. It’s an S-model too meaning last season’s design and changes mostly under…

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Apple iPhone 6 Plus review

Apple caved to market pressure and created a phablet. This may sound as blasphemy but it’s not the first time Cupertino is seen reacting to rivals getting too confident, too aggressive – too close for comfort. The first iPad mini had to respond back in its time to the rise of the compact Android tablets. That was different though – and not in a way perhaps that Apple will like….

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Iphone 6s Review

The more it changes, the harder it becomes to see the difference. And you know, it’s not about Apple and the iPhone at all. It’s where the industry has been heading for a while now. In the race for screen size and processing power, the major makers’ flagships are like pro athletes finishing within milliseconds of each other. To get an extra edge, manufacturers will go in lots of directions…

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Iphone 6 Review

To say that Apple’s doing things differently would be an understatement. With the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus, the company introduced two new high-end phones at the same time, both with a complete redesign and a much larger screen size than any iPhone that came before. Gone are the days of 3.5-inch and 4-inch phones that, at one time, seemed to provide more than ample amounts…

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Samsung Galaxy J7 Review

The smartphone jungle can be confusing, but the Samsung Galaxy J7 is surprisingly easy to decipher: J for “affordable price” and 7 for “big screen”. This is the lite version of the Galaxy A7, offering semi-premium features but confined to the midrange. Another way to look at it is as an E7 Plus. The attention-grabbing features start at the 5.5″ Super AMOLED screen (Samsung’s latest units have all had accurate…

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Samsung J2 Review

Few weeks back Samsung had announced their new budget smartphone, the Galaxy J2 which is the successor to J1 launched earlier this year. The Samsung Galaxy J2 comes with a 4.7 inch qHD (960 X 540 p) Super AMOLED display and is powered by a Quad Core Exynos processor coupled with 1GB RAM. The internal storage on the device is 8GB and is expandable via micro SD card. The phone…

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Samsung Galaxy E5 Review

Samsung Galaxy E5 smartphone was launched in January 2015. The phone comes with a 5.00-inch touchsceen display with a resolution of 720 pixels by 1280 pixels at a PPI of 294 pixels per inch. The Samsung Galaxy E5 is powered by 1.2GHz quad-core and it comes with 1.5GB of RAM. The phone packs 16GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 64GB via a microSD card. As far…

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Samsung Galaxy E7

In a bid to bring the A series’ new-found premium design language to the masses, Samsung’s E-lineup has managed to maintain the same looks. Lower-grade hardware and entirely plastic build have helped keep the price down, but if you don’t look too hard it’s still an upmarket smartphone. The design aesthetic of the E7 is unmistakably Samsung – a mix of the Galaxy A7 and the Galaxy S flagships before…

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Samsung Galaxy A3 Review

The Samsung Galaxy A3 is the junior member of the company’s new metal-clad lineup. The least likely one to challenge the Alpha-dog but just as slim and sharp as the rest of its Galaxy A teammates. And it’s not all about the looks – with LTE and Super AMOLED available across the range, the Samsung Galaxy A3 has the same 64-bit chipset as the A5 and the same high-res front…

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Samsung Galaxy A5 Review

Samsung’s newly found love for “premium build” is spilling down the ranks and if the new A-series get half the love and attention the S-line has been getting, it will be a job well done. The South Koreans are right to try and stir things up in the midrange to turn declining profits around. Flagships are to be admired from a distance, the average user would think, and spend their…

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Samsung Galaxy A7 Review

The original Alpha project wanted no ties with the Galaxy line – which has been all over the place, from entry-level to premium. After a welcome identity boost, the A-series returns home. The Galaxy A7 is at the helm, a slim, light, metal-trimmed phablet to offer an alternative to the Galaxy Note 4 and other premium phablets. The A7 is a mere 6.3mm thick and has a metal frame, which…

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Samsung Galaxy A8 Review

You don’t need to be the best if you can be the crowd favorite. The Samsung Galaxy A8 is Samsung’s thinnest smartphone yet and is certainly learning from the Note5 in some respects, but while it can’t beat it on features it’s likely to rival it on popularity. The Galaxy A8 is the biggest of the A series with a 5.7″ Super AMOLED screen like the last three Notes. It…

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Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo Review

Three generations on, the Notes are gadgets that people can’t seem to get enough of so a new, less expensive, version must be good news for everyone. Well, except perhaps the Note II. Anyway, what was rumored as a Lite version of the Galaxy Note 3, seems to match the description with lower screen and camera resolution, but a brand new chipset with six cores operating simultaneously, sees the Samsung…

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Galaxy Note 3 Review

From an experimental niche product to standard-setter in just three generations. The Note 3 boasts a beautiful large screen, cutting edge tech and hardware design that shows Samsung is finally taking looks seriously. The Galaxy Note family is credited with not only starting the phablet craze, but also resurrecting the stylus. The S Pen is no ordinary stylus though – the special screen digitizer and a button on the S…

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Galaxy Note 4 Review

From an oddball that everyone was laughing at to becoming one of the most important Samsung announcement of the year – the Note series got to a place where now everyone else wants to be in too, including Apple. Samsung isn’t in too big a trouble just yet, but profits just can’t keep climbing forever and the company needs the Galaxy Note 4 to become a success in a way…

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Samsung Note Edge Review

Experiments are great but it takes manufacturing prowess to follow them all the way to the retail shelves. Samsung have it – no surprise there – and they pulled it off, bringing the Galaxy Note Edge to stores. Never mind that curved screen looks like a concept. The Galaxy Note 4, which was used as a base, will otherwise continue to offer the flagship experience, sans the experimental features. The…

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Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Review

As the fourth successor of the product that defined what a phablet should be, Samsung Galaxy Note5 is arguably the most radical release in the product family to date. The newcomer marks a noteworthy departure (no pun intended) from all of its predecessors in terms of both design and available hardware features. Top notch specs are always to be expected from a Samsung Galaxy Note and the latest iteration surely…

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Samsung Galaxy S3 Neo

Samsung Galaxy S3 Neo smartphone was launched in April 2014. The phone comes with a 4.80-inch touchsceen display with a resolution of 720 pixels by 1280 pixels at a PPI of 306 pixels per inch. The Samsung Galaxy S3 Neo is powered by 1.2GHz quad-core and it comes with 1.5GB of RAM. The phone packs 16GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 64GB via a microSD card….

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Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

How big of an impact can a small change have? The Samsung Galaxy S6 edge has only the extra screen curves compared to the vanilla Galaxy S6, but these two phones couldn’t feel any more different – it’s a difference that you can readily feel when you hold them in your hand. Different, and yet the same, the two Galaxy S6 phones share some of the best components available, tied…

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Samsung Galaxy S6 Review

Choose one word to describe the Samsung Galaxy S6. Gorgeous. Powerful. Special. Different. Thank you. That will do. Galaxy S5 has only one of these under its belt and hint… it starts with a P. The Samsung Galaxy S6 is not the next big thing. It’s “project zero”. The reboot. But was there really anything wrong with the S-line – the standard-setter, the home of the super droids? OK, design…

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Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ Review

Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+, as its name suggests, is the bigger and flashier sibling of the original Galaxy S6 edge smartphone that dazzled the world with its dual-curve display a few months ago. The newcomer is aimed at users who want a premium phablet with distinct design, but don’t necessarily need the S Pen of the Samsung Galaxy Note5. Spec-wise, the Galaxy S6 edge+ offers the same industry-leading hardware as…

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Samsung Grand Prime Review

The Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime has an ambitious name, but behind it is an ordinary midrange phone. It puts functionality ahead of screen fidelity, throwing all the pixels they could afford at the front facing camera instead. As with other Galaxy Grands, dual-SIM is an option, this one though is the first 64-bit phone in the line. The Galaxy Grand Prime is headed for developing markets where affordable phones with…

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Samsung J7 Review

The smartphone jungle can be confusing, but the Samsung Galaxy J7 is surprisingly easy to decipher: J for “affordable price” and 7 for “big screen”. This is the lite version of the Galaxy A7, offering semi-premium features but confined to the midrange. Another way to look at it is as an E7 Plus. The attention-grabbing features start at the 5.5″ Super AMOLED screen (Samsung’s latest units have all had accurate…

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Samsung J5 Review

The Samsung Galaxy J5 is one of Samsung’s two new budget offerings, the other being the J7. The two phones undercut the previous launched E-series devices with more aggressive pricing while offering nearly identical specifications. The J5 is a typical budget smartphone with its compact dimensions and low-end specifications. The phone will be competing against the likes of the new Moto G in various emerging markets. Samsung Galaxy J5 at…

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Samsung Galaxy A8 Review

You don’t need to be the best if you can be the crowd favorite. The Samsung Galaxy A8 is Samsung’s thinnest smartphone yet and is certainly learning from the Note5 in some respects, but while it can’t beat it on features it’s likely to rival it on popularity. The Galaxy A8 is the biggest of the A series with a 5.7″ Super AMOLED screen like the last three Notes. It…

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iPhone 6 Review

This is Apple like we’ve never seen before. Apple like we never thought we’ll see. To begin with, there’s supposed to be no better iPhone than the iPhone 6. That’s the sort of thing you’d expect of Apple. Come September every year, the world grabs a bag of popcorn and gets ready to watch Apple’s bestest iPhone yet come on stage in all its glory. That’s what we did too,…

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