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Asus ROG Strix GL702ZC review

The Asus ROG Strix GL702ZC is an unusual gaming laptop. On the outside, it looks like so many other gaming portables: big, brash and heavy-duty. Delve inside, though, and you’ll find a laptop powered by some of AMD’s finest desktop hardware – and a price that’s surprisingly low depending on where you look. The gulf between desktop and laptop hardware has never been smaller, though, so should you opt for a portable with proper PC parts – or is it…

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First Alert Onelink Safe & Sound review: Alexa in a smoke detector? It’s an inspired, if expensive, idea

Embed Amazon’s Alexa in a smoke/carbon-monoxide detector? The concept might sound strange at first, but trust me, it’s a great idea well executed in the First Alert Onelink Safe & Sound. Think about it: You have a smoke detector in every room, and each one contains a loudspeaker, optimally mounted on the ceiling or high up on the wall. Add a mic, a Wi-Fi connection, and a digital assistant, and instead of behaving like a lifeless barnacle unless smoke or…

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First Alert Onelink Safe & Sound review: Alexa in a smoke detector? It’s an inspired, if expensive, idea

Embed Amazon’s Alexa in a smoke/carbon-monoxide detector? The concept might sound strange at first, but trust me, it’s a great idea well executed in the First Alert Onelink Safe & Sound. Think about it: You have a smoke detector in every room, and each one contains a loudspeaker, optimally mounted on the ceiling or high up on the wall. Add a mic, a Wi-Fi connection, and a digital assistant, and instead of behaving like a lifeless barnacle unless smoke or…

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Android Pie Review: – Tech Advisor

As expected Google released the open public beta of its new operating system, Android P, at its Google I/O event on 8 May 2018. It brought noticeable visual change along with some quite dramatic gesture controls. On 6 August, Android P was unveiled as Android 9 Pie and rolled out immediately for all Pixel phones. We’ve been using Pie for a few weeks, so here’s a run-down of what we think about the new look including new gestures, menus, settings and…

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Onkyo TX-NR676 review | TechRadar

Gone are the days when buying a surround-sound-supporting receiver with multiple HDMI ports meant spending an arm and a leg. These days, you can get a great receiver with support for a surround sound setup at well under $500/£600. Like, for example, the Onkyo TX-NR676. It’s not the only receiver in its price range with a great set of features features or a plethora of inputs, but there are few comprehensive packages that are as easy to assemble, set up and…

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Charlie finance and budgeting app review: This penguin’s got AI smarts

The problem many users have with budgeting apps is the time investment they require, both to learn and to use them. They become just another excuse to not manage your money. But Charlie is different. First of all, Charlie is not an app. it’s a text-based AI assistant—anthropomorphized as cartoon penguin—you interact with using natural language. You merely ask Charlie question about your personal finances and it answers. Second, Charlie does all the balance-monitoring, number-crunching, and other burdensome budgeting chores…

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HP EliteBook 840 G5, First Take: A solid business-class laptop Review

HP’s EliteBook 800 Series G5 comes in 13.3-inch (830), 14-inch (840) and 15.6-inch (850) models. I was sent a 14-inch EliteBook 840 to evaluate. Whichever of the three sizes you opt for, you’ll get a solidly designed business laptop that, although it lacks bells and whistles, has plenty going on under the surface. The EliteBook 840 starts at £1,078 (inc. VAT), which gives you an Intel Core i5-8250U processor with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of SSD storage. HP’s UK…

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Asus ZenBook Pro 15 UX580 review

When the Asus ZenBook Pro 15 was unveiled at Computex, its biggest attraction was the ScreenPad. It was Asus’ bold new direction for the humble trackpad, and for the most part it seemed to have paid off. We were impressed with the functionality that Asus had crammed into this 5.5-inch space, and couldn’t wait to see what else it could do. Asus says the ZenBook Pro is perfect for photographers, video editors, and anyone else who needs a laptop capable…

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Smarter FridgeCam Review: Not So Smart

The smart kitchen is the next frontier of the smart home movement, and smart fridges play a major part of it, tracking the contents of your fridge and letting you know when your chicken’s going off or if you need to pick up some milk. Still, fridges are expensive, and smart fridges even more so – which is where the Smarter FridgeCam comes in, as a much cheaper way to link your fridge to your phone. This small standalone device…

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Huawei P20 Pro camera experience: Better than an iPhone in more ways than just sales

Fans enjoy the Apple iPhone experience because it is quick and simple while turning out solid results. Huawei’s P20 Pro uses AI and auto modes to offer a similar simple experience, but if you spend a bit more time with the camera your window into the world is unlimited. Up until a month ago, when I was going out and about with a limitation of carrying only a single phone (one of the pleasures of being a smartphone reviewer) I…

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Bitdefender Ransomware Protection review | TechRadar

Ransomware may not make the headlines in the same way it did a few years ago, but it’s still a significant threat to all your most important files, so it’s vital to keep your system protected. Bitdefender has a free standalone anti-ransomware tool, but it’s strictly limited to protecting you from a few ransomware families only (CTB-Locker, Locky, Petya, TeslaCrypt), and is likely to be ineffective with anything else. The company does provide capable multi-layered ransomware protection in all its…

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SureFlap Microchip Cat Flap Connect: Smart Cat Flap Review

Welcome to the Internet of Catflaps (IoCf)! Here even the most prurient of cat-owners can keep up with – and control – the comings and goings of their feline friends in the best way short of replicating ones of those documentaries where the filmmakers strap a miniature GoPro to each cat’s collar to see where they wander. There are two physical components to the Microchip Cat Flap Connect: the cat flap itself and the glowing cat-eared Hub, which plugs into…

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Honor 10 review: Flagship features at a mid-range price Review

The 5.8-inch Honor 10 is the flagship Honor device for 2018. At £399 (inc. VAT) it’s a relatively low-cost handset, in keeping with the company’s value for money ethos. The Honor brand comes from the same stable as Huawei handsets, and there are often many similarities across the two product lines. In this case, the opposite numbers are the Huawei P20 and Huawei P20 Pro, which are considerably more expensive at £499 and £799 respectively as I write (from Carphone…

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HP Spectre x360 15 (2018) review

The HP Spectre lineup of Ultrabooks and 2-in-1 laptops vary from ultraportable to ultra-powerful. The HP Spectre x360 15 2018 fits in the latter category, with a 360-degree hinge, stylus suport and both fingerprint and facial scanning tech – all powered with 8th-generation Intel Kaby Lake-R CPUs. The HP Spectre x360 15 2018 features a lovely 4K touchscreen and, surprisingly, a stylus – it even features battery life long enough to make it a worthy contender for the classroom and…

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Fujitsu Stylistic Q738, First Take: A 2-in-1 detachable for the mobile professional Review

Fujitsu covers all possible options with its 2-in-1 laptops. There’s the centrally-hinged Lifebook T938, the 360-degree rotating Lifebook P728, and the Stylistic Q738 which is primarily a tablet with its keyboard an attachable option. As befits its ‘tablet-first’ approach, all computing components, from the battery to the processor plus all ports and slots, are on the tablet section. Fujitsu is on 8th-generation Intel CPUs here, and there are four options: Core i3-7130U, Core i5-7200U, Core i5-8350U and, as in my…

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Asus ROG Strix GL502 review

In the race to build the thinnest gaming laptop, we’ve seen a ton of competitors like the Razer Blade to the MSI GS65 Stealth. The concept of the gaming laptop that’s thin and light enough to travel with is extremely compelling. And, for years, portability often came with a compromise in power. That is, until the Asus ROG GL502 stormed onto the scene. It was one of the first ultra-light gaming laptops that managed to find a balance between portability…

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