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Windows Phone 8.1 Review: Gloriously Good Enough

Windows 8.1's recent update was a subtle but effective boost. Windows Phone's 8.1 power up follows the same cues. It's not mind-blowing, it's not world-changing, it's nothing to jump around and scream about, but it turns Windows Phone into something it's never quite been before: an OS that's totally good enough. Read More >>

BT YouView+ DTR-T2100 Review: Time Travelling TV in a Tiny Box (Update)

YouView, with its seven-day catch-up EPG and forever-delayed launch was one of the few exciting things to happen in the UK set-top box scene when it eventually arrived in 2012. But it wasn't perfect, with early boxes at times feeling sluggish under the weight of its advanced interface. The new Humax-built BT YouView+ DTR-T2100 looks to right that wrong (and shrink the whole unit down), but adds some weird bugs along the way. Read More >>

Fujifilm X-T1 Review: Feast for the Eyes, Frustration for the Fingers

Fuji's new top-of-the-line mirrorless camera is packed with functionality, aiming to smash through the shortcomings of its popular-but-imperfect X series line. The X-T1 has plenty of power, but can't help tripping over its own feet.

​Olympus OM-D E-M10 Review: A Classic Camera Made Adorably Small

With cameras, smaller is generally better—until you get so small that you sacrifice key features for the sake of miniaturisation. The Olympus OM-D E-M10 mirrorless camera tries to strike the right balance, and gets a lot of things right.

LG G Flex Review: Behind the Curve

The one thing you can say for certain for the LG G Flex is that it commands attention, mostly because it is curved. Beyond that, the questions start flooding in. Why is it curved? Why is its screen so mediocre? Why would you want to buy it? Unfortunately, after using the phone for several days, I still don't have an answer. Read More >>

Time Travellers Review Eighth Series of Doctor Who Before it's Even Been Filmed

Ah, the joys of fake Amazon reviews. Joining the poo-based Gummy Bears thread in the hall of fame comes this bizarre series of reviews of the eighth series of the Doctor Who reboot, left by readers who claim to have come from the future where the episodes have actually been (a) filmed and (b) broadcast. Read More >>

Review: Sony Xperia Z1 Compact is a Powerful Pocket TARDIS

It's the new thing phone makers do. Release a massive important flagship model to huge fanfare, then, a few months later, pretend it's too big and launch a smaller mini variant for those after something not so huge. The key thing here is Sony's not scrimped on the internals for this shrunken model. The Z1 Compact really is a big phone in a small case. Read More >>

Haribo's Sugar-Free Gummy Bears Cause "Colon-Shredding Rage"

The clear warning that the sugar-free version of Haribo's Gummy Bears "can cause intestinal distress" due to the laxative effects of the product's sweetener didn't stop plenty of Amazon buyers eating loads of them. Which is handy, as the reviews thread is now a comedy goldmine of sweet eaters describing their most horrific poo moments. Read More >>

Brooks Cambium Review: No Need to Break-in This Saddle

Ask any cyclist: Racing saddles are uncomfortable. Especially for the first few months, when they feel like pieces of wood. But Brooks, the venerable British saddle maker, wants to change that with Cambium, a new saddle that arrives already broken in—without any of the normal torture. Your more sensitive parts (read: your crotch) will thank you. Read More >>

Winamp Review: Still Surprisingly Rad

Winamp died! And then it came back! So since this classic from days-gone-by has been resurrected, we thought we'd give it another look to see how its reanimated corpse holds up in modern times. You might be surprised how much you can still love a zombie. Read More >>

Nest Protect Review: Peace of Mind, For a Price

For as important a role as your fire and carbon monoxide detector plays in your life, you don't hear from it very often—and when you do, it's usually either annoying or terrifying. Protect, the new detector from Nest, is decidedly more talkative—a device that not only keeps you safe, but makes you feel safe. That matters more than you might think. Read More >>

Knobs, Gum, and Japanese Condoms: 11 Insanely Specific Review Blogs

Human beings can cultivate some incredibly bizarre obsessions. The weirdest ones, though, often involve the most mundane things, just fixated on to an astounding degree. Fortunately, the internet is here to give these beautiful weirdos a home to call their very own. Read More >>

The Relevance of Review Scores

Back in September, Gamespot published a review that unleashed hell. It was written by Carolyn Petit, who awarded Grand Theft Auto V a score of 9/10 but cited muddled politics and "profound misogyny" as negatives. Fair warning: the comments on that review are among the worst I've ever seen or heard. Interestingly, the readers were so vehemently upset over what was actually a very generous 9/10 score. Read More >>

Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro Review: Flipping Fantastic

Two years ago, Windows 8 birthed what feels like a thousand different varieties of twisting, bending, hybrid laptops. In the vast army of oddities, only a few stood out as being actually good. Of those select few, the Lenovo Yoga was our favourite. Now it's back with a refresh, and it's better than ever. Read More >>

​Sony A7, A7r Review: So Long DSLRs, Hello Future of Photography

The full-frame camera has been synonymous with the most high-end DSLRs—the biggest, the priciest. Not anymore. A new breed of camera that's light on its feet but packs the best image quality outside of pro-grade gear is here, and it starts with Sony's new A7 series. Read More >>

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Wacom Cintiq Companion Review: A Dream for Drawing, Otherwise Awkward

If you're a tablet user who likes to draw, you know that the experience offered by an iPad or other consumer-oriented tablet is pretty limited. Wacom, maker of drawing-specific digital interfaces, now has a portable and powerful solution in the Cintiq Companion. It's great at one thing, but sometimes that's just not enough. Read More >>


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