Category Archives: Tech Reviews

WD Blue 3D 500GB review: A perfectly decent mainstream SATA SSD

For a long while, SanDisk was the only company to have a credible alternative to the supreme Samsung 850 Pro, in the shape of the very quick SanDisk Extreme Pro. However, with the company’s takeover by Western Digital, its lineup of high-performance drives has fallen by the wayside. After a fashion, the SanDisk name still […]

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Samsung 860 Pro 512GB review: Winning performance – for a huge price

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Just as the Samsung 850 Evo has dominated the upper end of the mainstream SATA SSD market, so the Samsung 850 Pro has dominated the professional end. Thanks to its use of MLC 3D NAND (rather than TLC), it provided long-lasting, consistently fast performance. If you didn’t necessarily want the fastest drive, but required rock-solid […]

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Channel Master Stream+ review: The ups and downs of an Android TV DVR

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Channel Master is aware of your complaints about its Stream+ over-the-air DVR, but is powerless to do much about them. That’s the impression I get from the Known Bugs & Issues page for its Stream+ DVR, a $149 set-top box that can record free over-the-air TV channels. Compared to Channel Master’s now-discontinued DVR+, the Stream+ […]

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LG G7 ThinQ review: Excellent value, but falls marginally short of greatness

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We were initially very impressed by last year’s LG G6, not least because it was the first high-end phone to feature an 18:9 screen. However, it quickly became somewhat irrelevant in the flagship arms race. Why? The Korean manufacturer made the mistake of sticking with the Snapdragon 821 chip, where all its rivals equipped their […]

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Pokémon Let's Go, Pikachu! and Eevee! review: Hands-on

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As Nintendo works through bringing just about every major franchise it has to the Nintendo Switch, the next in line is Pokémon. Rein in your expectations though: this isn’t the next full mainline RPG (look for that in 2019), but instead Pokémon Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Let’s Go, Eevee! are Pokémon Go-inspired entry points to […]

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate review: Hands-on

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Nintendo’s E3 this year was all about one game: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, the latest incarnation of the company’s long running fighting mega franchise, now for the Nintendo Switch. Smash Bros. Ultimate is set to be the biggest version of the game yet, featuring every single character and stage the series has ever included, along […]

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The Division 2 review: Hands-on

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When Ubisoft launched The Division, the game showed a lot of potential – potential that arguably wasn’t realised until several months – and expansions – later. With that in mind, you can be sure that the company wants The Division 2, unveiled at E3 2018, to impress right out of the gate. Ubisoft brought a […]

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LG Gram review: A lightweight 15in laptop with plenty of oomph

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Big-screened laptops get a bad rep. Devices fitted with 15in displays are bulky beasts, and aren’t so backpack-friendly as their 13in counterparts. They certainly aren’t kind to the spine, either – especially if you’ve been told to improve your posture, like I have. Case in point: Dell’s recently-launched XPS 15 2-in-1. An exquisite laptop in […]

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The Xiaomi Mi 8 is the best iPhone X-like Android phone yet – CNET

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The Xiaomi Mi 8 looks awfully familiar. Juan Garzon/CNET Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has rolled out three new phones that are clearly inspired by Apple’s iPhone X: the Xiaomi Mi 8, Mi 8 Explorer and Mi 8 SE. While Xiaomi isn’t a brand well-known outside countries like China and India, it has a reputation for […]

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APC SurgeArrest Performance P12U2 review: Lots of outlets and great features, including USB charging ports

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The APC SurgeArrest Performance P12U2 has a great combination of features for a low-cost, 12-outlet surge protector that stops providing power to attached equipment when its internal circuitry can no longer prevent surges. It also features a quite conservative cutoff for the maximum voltage allowed through the primary AC electrical pathway. By design or for […]

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