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2016 New Volkswagen Tiguan – 56 MPG, people hauler for the smart set [Review]

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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Reviews July 12, 2016 posted by

2016 Volkswagen Golf BlueMotion – 65 MPG, 3-cylinder, turbo charged hot hatch style [Review]

Ask most people for ideas on what car to buy and they will often reply: “just buy a Golf”. They do this not because it is the only car they think of when put on the spot, but because it does everything you ask of it so well.  Recently however, certain diesel Golfs have been caught out doing a little too well at emission tests, something that has now snow-balled into an industry-wide scandal causing diesel engines to become something…


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2016 Volkswagen Golf BlueMotion – 65 MPG, 3-cylinder, turbo charged hot hatch style [Review]
Reviews June 21, 2016 posted by

Gold Vision 2 – Cool Android Parking Camera, Dashcam, GPS Navigation Mirror [Review]

  You know it’s come to something when your humble car reversing mirror gets more computing power than a cheap smartphone. Not content with embedding cameras into these after-market mirrors, the techs have gone and shoe-horned a full Android computer inside, which means it can not only run apps, but also deliver a bunch of other cool stuff to make your driving experience nicer, as well.


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Gold Vision 2 – Cool Android Parking Camera, Dashcam, GPS Navigation Mirror [Review]
Reviews June 8, 2016 posted by

TP-Link AV2000 Gigabit Powerline Kit – Banish Your WiFi Blues With This Blazingly Fast, Secure Alternative [Review]

Powerline (or HomePlug) tech has been around a looong time. We first wrote about it in 2002, which makes it positively prehistoric, but the early products – which offer an alternative to WiFi by feeding the Internet down your mains electricity cables – suffered from patchy speed and problems with electrical noise on the line which stuttered the throughput badly. But that was then. Today the new models promise ultra fast speed, no glitches and the ability to install in…


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TP-Link AV2000 Gigabit Powerline Kit – Banish Your WiFi Blues With This Blazingly Fast, Secure Alternative [Review]
Reviews June 2, 2016 posted by

2016 Tesla Model S – Supercar performance, space for seven and zero exhaust emissions! [Review]

Ten years ago none of us had even heard of Tesla, but with their Model S you cannot help but wonder whether the bigwigs at other luxury car makers have been caught with their feet up munching on the biscuits in the staff canteen. This is because Tesla for all their youth (incorporated in 2003) have effectively rewritten the rule book on luxury saloons, producing the first electric car which offers a usable real-world range (at least 250 miles), fast…


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2016 Tesla Model S – Supercar performance, space for seven and zero exhaust emissions! [Review]
Reviews May 19, 2016 posted by

Anker PowerCore + 26800 Battery Pack – Monster Power In Your Pocket [Review]

The lust for power is insatiable. No not that power, the stuff you use to keep your phone going. Or your watch. Or camera. You get what we mean. We need power on the go, and boy do we need it. If we earned a dollar for every iPhone we saw sitting on 10% juice at mid-day, we’d be running for US President. Or something. Anyway, we’ve found a portable power block which has a humungous 26800 mAh on tap,…


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Anker PowerCore + 26800 Battery Pack – Monster Power In Your Pocket [Review]
Reviews April 21, 2016 posted by

2015 Land Rover Discovery Sport – all singing, all (53 MPG) dancing [Review]

Think of a Land Rover Discovery and you will no doubt think of the big, bulky off roader with a front as sleek as the White Cliffs of Dover and lines that could only have been inspired by a setsquare. It is quite possibly all the car you could ever need, but now there is a new addition to the family: Discovery Sport. Is it worthy of the name? We find out. The Discovery Sport replaces the Freelander model but…


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2015 Land Rover Discovery Sport – all singing, all (53 MPG) dancing [Review]
Reviews April 13, 2016 posted by

Stick & Shoot Lifestyle Camera – cute budget camera lets you mount and shoot anywhere [Review]

The world may be awash with cameras recording our every movement, but it’s still pretty difficult to mount them properly to ensure they capture the best view. Sure there are different static mounts, such as those for cars, bicycles and clamps for generic opportunities, but these are all add-ons which are not so convenient. Now a camera has arrived on the market which may solve that problem.


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Stick & Shoot Lifestyle Camera – cute budget camera lets you mount and shoot anywhere [Review]
Reviews April 8, 2016 posted by

2016 Nissan Pulsar – lovely smooth, quiet family workhorse [Review]

The new 2016 Nissan Pulsar is an example of an ‘ordinary’ family car which delivers impressive smoothness and style, without breaking the bank too much. It’s aimed squarely at the VW Golf in terms of size and specification, and cost, and manages to deliver a credible amount of style to the task. We took one over for a couple of weeks extended test to see how it fares in general motoring terms.


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2016 Nissan Pulsar – lovely smooth, quiet family workhorse [Review]
Reviews March 30, 2016 posted by

Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro – superb 18 hour tablet with integrated 60 inch projector [Review]

Tablet computers still exist. No really they do. We know it seems like so 1950s to talk about them – remember when they were so HOT you would scald yourself picking one off the shelf – but they still have a useful purpose in the right hands. In fact Lenovo believes that their major use is as an entertainment device, which demonstrates a lot about how the market has shifted over the past year or so.


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Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro – superb 18 hour tablet with integrated 60 inch projector [Review]
Reviews March 23, 2016 posted by

2016 MINI Convertible: Top down sun catcher, fun-seekers required [Review]

Here in the UK we buy more convertibles than the Spanish, Italians and French put together, which is rather surprising given the 50 shades of grey that so often typifies our weather.  Convertible owners must be an optimistic bunch and MINI found many of them for its topless model which became the best selling of its kind on these shores. Thankfully to test this third generation model, the MINI team wisely decided that optimism has its limits in expecting good…


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2016 MINI Convertible: Top down sun catcher, fun-seekers required [Review]
Reviews March 16, 2016 posted by

2016 Jaguar XE: Cool, 70 MPG, aluminium and all for a cat’s whisker under £27k! [Review]

Every time Jaguar releases a new model there is always talk that it is the most important yet, but with the launch of their new small saloon, XE, this really is the big one. Like any good parent, Tata Motors has been patient in nurturing its child, stumping up the necessary cash to give it the best start in going from bespoke manufacturer to proper premium player.


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2016 Jaguar XE: Cool, 70 MPG, aluminium and all for a cat’s whisker under £27k! [Review]
Reviews March 9, 2016 posted by

Rearview Mirror HD Car Camera – cool budget car dashcam in a mirror [Review]

Car cameras (aka dashcams) come in all shapes and sizes, but one of the most interesting we think, is the type that comes embedded in a rearview mirror format. They’ve been around for a long while now, but the latest generation sport higher resolution and lower prices, which make them an attractive option for Joe Public.


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Rearview Mirror HD Car Camera – cool budget car dashcam in a mirror [Review]
Reviews March 2, 2016 posted by

Avantree Torpedo – Mini Bluetooth Soundbar Speaker is Surprisingly Good [Review]

The Avantree Torpedo is a 0.5kg Bluetooth soundbar speaker which is designed to work with your TV, phone, tablet or any device which needs a boost in sound quality and loudness. It is a little different from other soundbar products because of its size, it really is quite small. Which means producing a big sound could be a challenge. We test it to find out.


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Avantree Torpedo – Mini Bluetooth Soundbar Speaker is Surprisingly Good [Review]
Awesome February 16, 2016 posted by

Titan M USB Cable – we test out the toughest USB cable in the world. And it’s tough! [Review – Editors Choice]

Ever had a USB cable fail on you? Annoying isn’t it? We’ve lost count of the number of cables with smashed tips or invisible breaks which have caused us grief over the years. So when we heard that a company was claiming to have the ‘toughest cable on earth’ we just had to test it out. Could this be the solution to our cable break woes?


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Titan M USB Cable – we test out the toughest USB cable in the world. And it’s tough! [Review – Editors Choice]