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  • Samsung Galaxy Note 2 — a hands-on review

    Now Samsung has given in and called the Note 2 a smartphone, we can dub it the most powerful around. With a wonderfully vivid 5.5-inch Super AMOLED HD screen and meaty innards, there's no doubt that the Note 2 is the top dog when it comes to raw grunt and function. Add to that the S Pen functionality, which has been given a bunch of new fancy tricks, and you can see why there's a lot to coo over with the new device. Let's start with the internals, shall we? The quad core Exynos processor has been cranked up to 1.6GHz, and...

  • ViBox Boss-X — Packed with some excellent features for a pretty decent price

    You could never argue in a sane world that £1,800 is anything but a lot of money. However, when a lot of top-end, pre-built gaming PCs can be way over the £2,000 mark, a gaming rig that promises a no-compromises gaming experience for £1,800 suddenly looks a lot more like reasonable value. The Boss-X is certainly an imposing machine on paper, and it's equally impressive in the flesh thanks to the huge Cooler...

  • Archos 101 XS – Transformer Prime rival arrives but can it compete?

    Archos knew it needed to do something a little different with the Archos 101 XS - the company's latest 10.1 Android 4.0-toting tablet. The tablet game has changed so much in the last year that to get yourself noticed and sway users away from purchasing an iPad you need to offer something a little extra. In the case of the Archos 101 XS, this little extra comes in the form of the Coverboard –...

  • Windows 8 — Our definitive look at the final release

    Note: This review has been completely revised for the Windows 8 RTM release. The final, Release to Manufacturing (RTM) version of Windows 8 is now available to developers, IT professionals and (soon) 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 October when Windows 8 upgrades, new Windows 8 PCs...

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 – A closer look at the quad-core tablet from Korea

    The Galaxy Note 10.1 was unveiled months ago - but it's back with a bigger engine and a slot for your S-Pen. Their strategy is to launch everything, and see what sticks, but there were more than a few raised eyebrows when early risers at Mobile World Congress were greeted by a huge banner for a 10.1-inch version of the Galaxy Note. We had a quick go on the super-sized Note, which you can see in our video: The tablet isn't much different to the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, with a sleek thin body, 1280x800 screen, but has the additional S-Pen, the...

  • Panasonic TX-P65VT50B — 65 inches of home cinema heaven

    While the Panasonic P65VT50 has stood imposingly on our test benches, it's affectionately become known as the beast. Why? Because it's arguably the most uncompromising TV ever. For starters there's its size. At 65 inches, its screen is the joint biggest in Panasonic's 2012 television range. In fact, it would be the biggest TV (as opposed to professional monitor) around from anyone had Sharp not recently launched 70-inch and 80-inch LCD TVs. Since it uses plasma rather than LCD screen technology, the Panasonic Viera TX-P65VT50's chassis is much meatier than that of most modern TVs, too, thanks to a pretty chunky expanse...

  • Sony Vaio S Series 13P — ticking the right boxes

    Sony's new Vaio S Series laptop continues the Japanese company's tradition of stuffing its flagship device with the very latest tech available, then serving it up in a cool, slimline business chassis. The spec sheet alone flicks the metaphorical middle finger up at its Ultrabook-christened rivals and that's before you've even begun to use it. The features of this laptop, not to mention the asking price, establish the S Series alongside the Dell XPS 14, Apple MacBook Air 2012 and theSamsung Series 9, in the top tier of ultraportable, ultra-premium notebooks. The Vaio S Series 13P keeps the familiar sharp edges and lightweight design we...

  • Canon EOS 1DX review

    While Canon may have a job on its hands to persuade EOS-1D Mark IV users that they don't need the 1.3x crop factor and EOS-1Ds Mark III users that they don't need 21 million pixels, the Canon EOS 1DX doesn't fail to impress. It's also clear that Canon has listened to feedback about its pro-level cameras when it was designing the 18 million effective pixel EOS 1DX. Update: We now have a full...

  • Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover review

    This is, simply, the best iPad keyboard case yet. Taking advantage of the system of magnets built into the new iPad and the iPad 2, it attaches using the same hinging mechanism as Apple's Smart Cover. When attached and closed, it protects the screen and puts the iPad to sleep. When removed, an angled slot behind the keyboard holds the iPad at a comfortable angle for typing or watching movies. It clicks into place with another set of magnets, keeping it securely gripped on even the bumpiest train journey. The weighting and balance is excellent; it's good enough to be used on your...

  • Audyssey Audio Dock review

    It's obvious right from the start that the Audyssey Audio Dock (South of Market Edition) is no ordinary speaker dock. Weighing in at a hefty 4.1kg, its wedge-shaped design oozes attention to detail, from its strokable matte black finish to the fact that its substantial 30-pin connector arm is solid enough to hold an iPad with ease. Its stark finish is alleviated by white LED indicator lights on the front and a white backlit Play/Pause button on the top. On its rear you'll find a USB 2.0 port that you can use to sync it with iTunes on your Mac....