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  • Dyson Airblade Tap review: is one better than two?

    If there’s one thing you should know about TechRadar, it’s that we don’t make a habit of covering industrial tap fittings. But Dyson’s new device is somewhat different, boasting not only an automatic water outlet, but an automatic hand dryer, too. It’s an evolution of the Wiltshire, UK-based company’s popular Airblade dryers. The reason they’ve been successful is simple; they’re fast and ideal for places like football stadiums where a lot of people need to get in and out of the toilet quickly. We popped along to Dyson’s swish offices this morning for a go with the new Dyson Airblade Tap, which...

  • Panasonic Lumix TZ25 review: the 16x travel zoom that’s fast and fun to use

    The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ25 replaces the Panasonic TZ18 as the affordable camera in the Panasonic’s TZ travel zoom range, with a price tag of £269.99/AU$288/US$249.99. Panasonic’s TZ compact cameras are known for their big zooms and even bigger feature sets. And the Panasonic TZ25 – also known as the Panasonic ZS15 – doesn’t disappoint. What you get here is essentially aPanasonic TZ30 lite – although physically it’s chunkier and heavier by a whisker than Panasonic’s flagship superzoom. Instead of the Panasonic TZ30’s 20x optical zoom, the Panasonic TZ25 stretches to 16x – the same as last year’s Panasonic TZ18. The Panasonic TZ25’s lens...

  • Microsoft Wedge Mobile Keyboard review: a keyboard designed for Windows 8 tablets

    Along with the Microsoft Wedge Touch Mouse, the Microsoft Wedge Mobile Keyboard has been released in preparation for Windows 8. It doesn’t have a design as divisive as the Wedge Touch Mouse, but it complements it with the same black and silver colour scheme. It’s a small keyboard – not any longer than most tablets, and so typing on it for long periods can be quite uncomfortable. However the buttons feel good, and it’s a huge improvement on using an on-screen keyboard on your tablet. Again, there’s no dongle included, so the tablet or PC you pair it with needs to have Bluetooth....

  • Microsoft Wedge Touch Mouse review: a unique design for a mouse, but is that a good thing?

    With the launch of Windows 8, Microsoft has released some new peripherals that have been designed to complement the new operating system, and its new way of doing things. First up is the Microsoft Wedge Touch Mouse, a rather odd looking Bluetooth-only mouse. In the past, Microsoft has launched a number of ergonomic peripherals that are comfortable to use for long periods of time. As you can guess from one look at this mouse, this isn’t one of them. But that’s not the aim of this mouse. It’s not designed for sitting in front of a desktop PC for hours at a...

  • Microsoft Surface hands-on review: up close with Microsoft’s own Windows RT tablet

    Magnesium chassis, vapour deposition coating, cutaway edges, ClearType HD display; the design credentials and the specs for the Microsoft Surface Windows RT tablet are impressive. In the flesh this is a delightful piece of hardware that looks good – and is practical too. Check out our Windows 8 review It’s thin, it’s light, it’s comfortable to hold, it runs Windows RT as excellently as you’d expect, it makes you want to touch it but it’s...

  • Sony Xperia Miro review: a budget handset, does it do enough to stand out?

    It seems like only yesterday that we were putting the Sony Xperia Tipothrough its paces, but here already, with just the smallest of spec boosts, is the Sony Xperia Miro. The entry-level smartphone market is becoming increasingly crowded as it is, so it’s a surprise that Sony has seen fit to release two handsets that, on paper at any rate, are incredibly similar. That it has launched them so close together is even more baffling,...

  • Asus Padfone 2 hands-on review: a second gen smartphone/tablet hybrid

    We’ve got our hands on the Asus Padfone 2 – Asus’ second attempt at a smartphone/tablet pairing. In case you don’t know, the Padfone is an original Asus concept that brings together a tablet and a phone; the tablet itself is essentially a dummy device which the phone slots into. There is a battery for extra life inside the tablet, but otherwise all the processing power, memory and more comes from inside the phone. The company says it has listened carefully to the customer feedback on the original Padfone and has made some significant improvements for the device’s second generation – notably...

  • Windows 8 review: our definitive look at the final release of the new Windows

    The final, Release to Manufacturing (RTM) version of Windows 8 is now available to developers, IT professionals and businesses with volume licences (or to intrepid testers who don’t mind an evaluation version that expires after 90 days and can’t be upgraded, downloaded from here). The rest of us will have to wait until later this month when Windows 8 upgrades, new Windows 8 PCs and Windows RT devices will be released – but this is the final version that you’ll get then, so we can finally review the full, finished Windows 8 operating system. If you’ve been following Windows 8 through the development process,...

  • Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7″ review: does Amazon’s latest light a fire under the Nexus 7?

    Amazon changed the tablet game late last year with the introduction of theKindle Fire, a $199 7-inch tablet that – while limited by a slim offering of apps and lower-end hardware – really upended the lower end of the market and proved a dramatic success. No other manufacturer could compete on both price and features until Google and Asus dropped the similarly priced Nexus 7 this summer. The gorgeous screen, sleek form factor, and pure Android 4.1 UI made Amazon’s once-impressive entry seem immediately antiquated, but we all knew the online retail juggernaut wouldn’t rest on its laurels for long. While the standard Kindle Fire...

  • Amazon Kindle Paperwhite review: the latest Kindle gets a new display

    Amazon’s media-friendly Kindle Fire took off like nobody’s business when it was introduced in 2011, but the bookseller isn’t abandoning the traditional, books-only Kindle by any stretch of the imagination. Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos took the stage at an event in California to introduce the 6-inch Kindle Paperwhite, the next iteration of the company’s iconic brand of e-readers, and TechRadar was on hand to take it for a test drive. The most important factor of any device that you’re going to be staring at for hours on end is the screen, and the Kindle Paperwhite sports a new display with the...

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