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Electric Cars August 25, 2015 posted by

VW Golf GTE Hybrid – part oil, part electric family machine [Review]

The march of the hybrid car continues as more and more manufacturers stake their eco claim by introducing vehicles powered by part fossil fuel and part electricity. The new VW Golf GTE is one such car, and it combines the typical practicality of a conventional Golf family car with the exotic performance and frugality of a hybrid. The result is rather pleasing. We tested one out for a period to see what it was like to live with.


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VW Golf GTE Hybrid – part oil, part electric family machine [Review]
Reviews August 18, 2015 posted by

Tronsmart Pavo M9 – the Android TV Box that is also a recorder. Add a digital VCR to your Internet viewing or smart TV [Review]

There’s no question that hooking your television up to the Internet to widen the choice of entertainment you can consume is huge at the moment. Cord cutters (those who are shutting down their cable subscription) and satellite TV refuges are everywhere. Which explains the popularity of the cheap Android TV boxes which you can plug into your TV and WiFi network to make your telly smarter. Now there’s a new wave of these boxes arriving which offer recording as well….


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Tronsmart Pavo M9 – the Android TV Box that is also a recorder. Add a digital VCR to your Internet viewing or smart TV [Review]
Reviews August 13, 2015 posted by

Amkov AMK5000S WiFi Sportscam – budget GoPro clone offers surprisingly solid performance [Review]

Action cameras are all the rage nowadays, especially at the budget end of the market. You can’t turn a corner without someone trying to sell you a camera to capture your sky-diving, surfing, or BMX biking adventures. Because that’s what we all do right? Joking aside, these little cameras are definitely useful for things like dashcams in cars, for security or even general mobile photography. So we recently took a look at one of the budget models to see whether…


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Amkov AMK5000S WiFi Sportscam – budget GoPro clone offers surprisingly solid performance [Review]
Mobile Tech July 28, 2015 posted by

VK 6050 S Smartphone – HUGE 6050mAh battery gives 4 days of use with this great phone [Review] [Editors Choice]

For a long time now, people have been asking for longer battery life for their mobile phones, but until recently the manufacturers seem to have been more focused on style over substance. But recently we’ve noticed a change from the Android makers, and it’s excellent. These new phones offer around 3 days of operation from a charge, which makes life so much easier. And now there’s a new king of the jungle out there, which offers even more.


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VK 6050 S Smartphone – HUGE 6050mAh battery gives 4 days of use with this great phone [Review] [Editors Choice]
Eco Friendly July 20, 2015 posted by

2015 VW Passat GTE – first drive of the ultimate 149 mpg company fleet car [Review]

If anyone needs proof that the world is slowly changing, look no further than the major car manufacturers. These lumbering dinosaurs are being forced, kicking and screaming, into the eco driven future to the extent that they’re even converting their major sellers into green machines. The latest example is this Volkswagen Passat GTE, a plugin hybrid (PHEV) which boasts ‘official’ consumption figures of 149 mpg and 31 miles of all electric range. And at a price which is very nearly…


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2015 VW Passat GTE – first drive of the ultimate 149 mpg company fleet car [Review]
Reviews July 1, 2015 posted by

HomeMonitor HD Pro – weatherproof, easy set up DIY security cam on a budget [Review]

Suddenly you can’t turn a corner without coming up against a new DIY security camera. Big ones, small ones, and they all have one thing in common. They’re designed to be super easy to install. We’ve just been checking out one of the latest on the market, the HomeMonitor HD Pro from camera veterans Y-Cam. It’s an outdoor camera, which is supposed to be so easy to install your cat could do it. Or something like that.


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HomeMonitor HD Pro – weatherproof, easy set up DIY security cam on a budget [Review]
Reviews June 25, 2015 posted by

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro – 13.3 inch screen and an integrated projector, a very unusual tablet indeed [Review]

There are tablet computers, and then there are ‘tablet’ computers. Most of the genre, except for the iPad masters, offer a lot of me-too tech, or simply a lower price to try and win customers. But occasionally there’s a tablet which really tries to be different, and so it is with this new tablet computer from the Lenovo stable. Big, brassy and bold. And that’s just the box.


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Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro – 13.3 inch screen and an integrated projector, a very unusual tablet indeed [Review]
Reviews June 16, 2015 posted by

Samsung Galaxy Tab A – this sleek new tablet computer offers family friendly computing on the go [Review]

Tablet computers seem to be enjoying a little bit of a surge in popularity again, maybe because they’re coming down in price, and are offering some nice features along the way. It also helps that more ‘generic’ software is now available for the most popular platforms like Android, which makes them even more useful. We recently checked out one of the latest tablets to come out of the Samsung stable, and found it to be a very solid workhorse for…


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Samsung Galaxy Tab A – this sleek new tablet computer offers family friendly computing on the go [Review]
Reviews June 11, 2015 posted by

LifeBeam Smart Hat – NASA tech measures your vitals as you exercise [Review]

If you want to get ahead, get a hat they say. Or in this case, get a smart hat at least. Because, as we all know, we’re only as clever as the technology which we wear, use and consume. Apparently. Anyhoo, we were intrigued enough by the idea of this LifeBeam Smart Hat to agree to take a look and see if it works as advertised. Short answer, yes it does. And surprisingly well.


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LifeBeam Smart Hat – NASA tech measures your vitals as you exercise [Review]
Eco Friendly June 2, 2015 posted by

2015 VW Golf TSI Bluemotion – 3 cylinder, 76.5 mpg, 127 mph, petrol wizard [Review]

Something’s up with the car world. Unless we’re hallucinating, it looks like the major manufacturers are actually starting to try and produce vehicles which are designed to be fuel frugal, instead of sticking their head in the sand about the economic and environmental situation. The result is more and more cars on the road which give more miles per gallon, without sacrificing quality, performance or style.


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2015 VW Golf TSI Bluemotion – 3 cylinder, 76.5 mpg, 127 mph, petrol wizard [Review]
Reviews May 27, 2015 posted by

InLit LED Smart Bulb – and you thought a color changing light bulb was cool! [Review]

You can’t turn a corner nowadays without running into some new gadget or other which you can control with your phone. Whatever happened to the good old days of an on/off switch? Bah! Anyhoo, here’s a new take on the whole subject of mood generation… a smartphone controlled LED lamp which goes way beyond just changing colors.


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InLit LED Smart Bulb – and you thought a color changing light bulb was cool! [Review]
Reviews May 19, 2015 posted by

FLIR FX – the first multi-purpose action, car and home security camera [Review]

Cameras are a big deal nowadays. We’ve got phone cams, cameras for security, dashcams for the car, action cams for the sporty types, spy cams… and the list goes on. Everyone needs a camera. Now an interesting new product from a major player in the camera arena has hit the shelves and it’s really offering something quite innovative.


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FLIR FX – the first multi-purpose action, car and home security camera [Review]
Reviews May 13, 2015 posted by

Xenta 13W Solar Briefcase – will it power your life with happiness? [Review]

There are a lot of solar products out there nowadays, many of which can’t do the job they’re supposed to do. Or they work so slowly that you might as well be trying to charge your device with a hairdryer. On low setting. But there are some companies trying to provide solar chargers which are apparently meaty enough to work, so we thought we’d test one to see if it’s worth your time and money.


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Xenta 13W Solar Briefcase – will it power your life with happiness? [Review]
Reviews May 8, 2015 posted by

Viewsonic PLED-W600 LED Projector – ultralight 600 lumens projector really shines

Projection equipment has long been a mainstay of the business world, if only for those interminable meetings full of Powerpoint slides. But they’ve also made big inroads into the living rooms of those who enjoy their entertainment at a super large size. Traditionally these projectors have been large, heavy and rather clunky, but no more. The new generation of LED projectors really takes things to a different level.


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Viewsonic PLED-W600 LED Projector – ultralight 600 lumens projector really shines
Reviews May 5, 2015 posted by

3Doodler 2.0 – cool new 3D printer pen is sleeker, more flexible and more fun [Review]

When the first 3D printer pen was announced it caused a real stir, and rightly so. The idea of creating 3D plastic artwork using a pen like instrument was an amazing concept. And even though the original tools were rather clumsy, they gained an enthusiastic following from fans across the world. Now we’ve hit Version 2.0, and while it’s more an evolution than revolution, the results are still as much fun.


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3Doodler 2.0 – cool new 3D printer pen is sleeker, more flexible and more fun [Review]