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Reviews November 24, 2016 posted by

Amazon Echo vs Echo Dot V 2.0 – can your life assistant really be digital? [Review]

The Amazon Echo and Echo Dot hands free ‘intelligent’ home controllers have been on the market for some time now, but with the new release of the Echo Dot Version 2.0 we thought it was a great excuse to check out some state of the art tech. Especially since Amazon is constantly extending the features of the Echo and the rather clever voice assistant called Alexa. Of course there’s no shortage of rivals – step up Siri, Cortana and Google…


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Amazon Echo vs Echo Dot V 2.0 – can your life assistant really be digital? [Review]
Reviews November 13, 2016 posted by

Probox 2 Air – cool Android TV Box is small and delicious [Review]

We’re getting close to the point now where Android TV boxes are actually more of a commodity than anything else, which is always an interesting test for a product type. Will the price plummet, will the build quality go up or down, what extra features will we see in the later incarnations? From the looks of it, we’re seeing a solid set of answers from this market, which is good news. The quality appears to be consistent, the pricing stable…


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Probox 2 Air – cool Android TV Box is small and delicious [Review]

2017 Volvo V90 – Swedish luxury and self-drive economy (65 mpg) – this is not your grandfather’s Volvo Estate [Review]

Volvo has always liked to do things differently according to their bigwigs, but in the past, different often seemed to mean cars that could be best described as safe, practical and dependable. Not bad qualities in fairness, but thanks to some hefty investment from Volvo’s Chinese parent, Geely, their latest flagship S90 (saloon) and V90 (estate) now offer additional terms of endearment like sleek, handsome and modern.  This level of progress continues inside too with the offer of suitably futuristic…


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Reviews October 16, 2016 posted by

DodoCool Pocket Phone Charger – tiny budget power pack is perfect to keep you going [Review]

Why oh why do smartphones still run out of charge half way through the day? We’re in the 21st century right, so surely they can design these things so they last longer? It looks like every time they increase the performance of a battery, they have to add some stupid new feature which sucks the life out of it. Result? We still all need to carry around spare power packs just in case. It sucks. Anyhoo, rant over. Here’s a…


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DodoCool Pocket Phone Charger – tiny budget power pack is perfect to keep you going [Review]
Reviews October 8, 2016 posted by

MiTRE – micro turbine could destroy range anxiety in EVs at last [Video Report]

Buried in last month’s news and product launches was this rather clever bit of British engineering, which could mean the end of range anxiety for electric vehicles. The MiTRE (aka Micro Turbine Range Extender) is a tiny form factor motor and generator which can charge up an EV battery as the car is moving. No more worrying about flat batteries!


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MiTRE – micro turbine could destroy range anxiety in EVs at last [Video Report]
Reviews October 4, 2016 posted by

TP-Link AC 2600 Router Modem – fast, flexible and a great way to spice up your home WiFi network [Review]

Home broadband is one of those things that we mostly forget about. We sign up, install the provider’s equipment, and that’s it right? Well there are two things missing here. First, the generic vanilla kit that broadband providers send out to us consumers is generally just average. They want to keep costs down. Second, even decent routers wear out over time, so it pays to keep track of your Internet connection to monitor for degradation. If you do notice any…


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TP-Link AC 2600 Router Modem – fast, flexible and a great way to spice up your home WiFi network [Review]
Awesome September 26, 2016 posted by

UleFone Metal – great little budget phone is a powerhouse of features [Review – Editors Choice]

You know that a market is maturing when the overall quality of the products on offer reaches a high level. With that in mind, it’s clear that the smartphone market, and Android budget phones in particular, are really hitting a high note in terms of features and quality. Take this UleFone Metal smartphone as an example. It’s a beautifully judged, solid performer from a brand name which you probably won’t see on your high street.


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UleFone Metal – great little budget phone is a powerhouse of features [Review – Editors Choice]
Reviews September 24, 2016 posted by

Microsoft Surface Pro 4 – super svelte tablet laptop hybrid is a winner [Review]

The name Microsoft and the word tablet computer are not natural partners, but in the past few years the company has been valiantly trying to play catch up in a field dominated by Apple with the iPad and Samsung et al with Android rivals. The marketplace for pure tablets has now cooled down a lot, but the rising popularity of hybrid products, which combine tablet features with keyboard computer power has demonstrated that there is still a demand. The Microsoft…


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Microsoft Surface Pro 4 – super svelte tablet laptop hybrid is a winner [Review]
Reviews September 16, 2016 posted by

Bolt EV – road test of this brand new electric prototype [First look]

Life’s a funny old thing. There you are, minding your own business, when all of a sudden fate plays you a hand. A wry hand. A hand that makes you wonder just who is laughing at us minions down on the ground. Take, for instance, our recent short road test run of a shiny new electric car somewhere in the middle of the UK’s lovely countryside. It was fun. It was illuminating. What it definitely wasn’t, was a car I…


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Bolt EV – road test of this brand new electric prototype [First look]
Reviews September 2, 2016 posted by

SJCAM M20 Action Camera – brilliant little camera is versatile and fully featured [Review]

We get to test out a fair number of action cameras here at Ferret Towers, and most of them are … well let’s just say they’re OK. The typical camera tries hard to be a GoPro clone, but with nothing more adventurous than a cheaper price. That’s why it’s always nice to see companies which are trying to do more, like TomTom with its Bandit and now this new SJCAM M20 Action Camera product.


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SJCAM M20 Action Camera – brilliant little camera is versatile and fully featured [Review]
Reviews August 25, 2016 posted by

2016 Jaguar XF – Super 70 MPG Economy And Ultra Sleek Style: This Cat Purrs! [Review]

Back in 2007 when Jaguars still had a whiff of Werther’s Original about them, the first generation XF represented a big change of direction for the company. Out went the yesteryear styling and in came modern designs that proved there was life in the old cat yet. Fast forward to 2016 and there is now a new XF on the prowl. For 2016 this new Jaguar XF has received a bodywork upgrade, not just in terms of its desirable lines…


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2016 Jaguar XF – Super 70 MPG Economy And Ultra Sleek Style: This Cat Purrs! [Review]
Reviews August 15, 2016 posted by

TP Link Talon AD7200 Router – Ultra Fast WiFi Says Goodbye To Your Living Room Cables [First Look Video]

It may look like something out of a sketchy Sci-Fi movie, but the technology behind this little black box may well change the way we set up and consume our living room entertainment for ever. The TP Link AD7200 Router, is the first AD WiFi – aka WiGig – router in the world. It offers ultra fast WiFi speeds, we’re talking up to 7200 Mbps eventually, but only up to 10 meters range. That’s why they’re calling it Room WiFi….


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TP Link Talon AD7200 Router – Ultra Fast WiFi Says Goodbye To Your Living Room Cables [First Look Video]

Lenovo Ideacentre 300 TV Stick – Hey It’s Windows. On A Stick. On Your TV [Review]

There was a time when a PC looked like one, know what we mean? It was bulky, dull grey and heavy enough to crush an iron skillet. But look what’s happened now. A full blown, quad core Windows PC in your hand, looking more like a Star Trek prop than a real computer. And instead of dull grey we’ve got … oh, right. Let’s take a look in more detail shall we?


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Reviews July 29, 2016 posted by

Star Trek: Bluetooth Communicator – the coolest handsfree you will ever own [Review]

Must. Resist. Too. Many. Shatner. Jokes. OK, that out of the way, we’re about to boldly go where no-one (or maybe a few) have gone, and explore the outer limits of the … how can there be so much fun in one stupid product review? So we’ve got our hands on one of the iconic symbols of the past hundred years. Yes we’re talking about a Star Trek Bluetooth Communicator thingy. Not a toy, but a fully functioning voice activated…


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Star Trek: Bluetooth Communicator – the coolest handsfree you will ever own [Review]
Reviews July 22, 2016 posted by

2016 VW Tiguan – the 56 MPG soccer mom surfer

You cannot keep a good man (or women) down so the saying goes and Volkswagen has certainly been knocked hard after its emission scandal.  To borrow famously from Her Majesty the Queen, it has undoubtedly been Volkswagen’s annus horribilis.  Nevertheless Volkswagen being rather good at what they do and being the second biggest car company in the world after all, have decided to fight back with a raft of new products. This second generation Tiguan (pronounced Tig-wan) forms part of…


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2016 VW Tiguan – the 56 MPG soccer mom surfer