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Nubia Z11 Review

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Nubia Z11 review

We won’t blame you if you’ve never heard of Nubia. This particular Chinese smartphone brand has recently been making waves in its home territory, but until now hasn’t made a big push into the western hemisphere, though its parent company, ZTE, has some presence.

The Nubia Z11 is the brand’s first smartphone to launch worldwide, and touts a “bezel-less” design and camera technology which will supposedly give your DSLR a run for its money.

Announced at IFA 2016 in Berlin, the Z11 is a flagship that focuses firmly on design and photography, while also offering a hearty spec sheet, complete with up to 6GB of RAM, to ensure it keeps pace with the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, LG G5 and HTC 10.

Though we have yet to fathom why anyone would need the option of 6GB of RAM in their phone in 2016, Nubia isn’t the only manufacturer to bump up the RAM, as the very similar OnePlus 3 also boasts that amount, and costs less too.
 

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Best Bluetooth headphones for your smartwatch

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Best Bluetooth headphones for your smartwatch

With the rise of the Apple Watch and Android Wear smartwatches you can now carry your tunes on your wrist, but you’ll need a spiffing pair of wireless headphones to listen to them.

As smartwatches become less tethered to your smartphone, pairing them up with headphones makes more and more sense. The Apple Watch can already play music, track your exercise and even pay for things in your local store, so untethering is becoming more and more common. What’s more, going wireless is greta with your smartphone too.

We’ve rounded up the best Bluetooth headphones on the market to suit all budgets, so check out these wireless streaming beauties.
 

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Gigabyte P57Wv5 review

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Gigabyte P57Wv5 review

Although Gigabyte may be more renowned for its range of desktop motherboards and graphics cards, it has more recently become deservedly well-known for its variety of gaming-focused laptops.

 

Following up from the notable Gigabyte P55K V4 we looked at last year, the Taiwanese manufacturer brought a new selection of gaming laptops to CES 2016, the pick of which may well be the 17.3-inch Gigabyte P57Wv5.

 

Although it may not be quite as slim, light, or pack quite the graphical processing power of the top-end Gigabyte P37X, the P57W has more than enough to chew through any game you might throw at it. Under the hood, a speedy combination of the latest Intel Core i7-6700HQ Skylake processor and Nvidia GTX 970M graphics rivals most desktop gaming rigs for power.

 

While it is not as thin as the Acer Aspire V15 Nitro, or as quite as trendy as the Alienware 17, the Gigabyte P57W makes for an enticing package that – on paper at least – strikes an even balance of price and performance.

 

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Best games for Apple Watch

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Best Games for Apple Watch

You’ve set your watch face, downloaded the best Apple Watch apps and even uploaded music to your wrist. Now it’s time to have a bit of fun with the Apple Watch and load up some time-killing games.

 

A smartwatch might not be the first platform you think of when you consider casual gaming, but thanks to a whole host of sensors, touch screen and flick-of-the-wrist accessibility, the Apple Watch actually makes for an interesting platform – as long as you don’t expect to be playing the next Call of Duty on your wrist.

 

Whether you’re waiting in the queue to pay for your McDonalds using Apple Pay, or catching a breather after that strenuous workout, here is our roundup of the best games for Apple Watch that you can play right now.

 

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Best VR Web Browsers

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Best VR Web Browsers

After years of trials, tribulations and terrible failures, VR is finally becoming a reality. Whether you are eying up an Oculus Rift or getting the vibes for HTC’s Vive, it’s not just the inevitable avalanche of VR games and video content that are suitable for virtual reality viewing – now you can browse the 2D web in 3D, too.

 

For those after that total immersive experience, we’ve rounded up the best VR web browsers currently available.

 

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The Best LG G4 Accessories

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The Best LG G4 Accessories

The LG G4 is the Korean giant’s latest attempt at a top smartphone, which packs a stunning display, cracking camera and plenty of power.

 

The design is certainly alternative compared to the variety of black rectangles on the market, as you can have it in plastic or leather – plus the power and volume buttons are on the back. In short, the G4 takes many aspects we loved about the G3, and brings them bang up to date.

 

If you’ve decided this IS your handset of choice, then make sure you’re making the most of your new smartphone by lavishing it with a selection of the best LG G4 accessories available.

 

Whether you simply want to protect it with a hard-wearing case, keep it charged with a handy dock or give it even more storage capacity for storing games and media, there’s a wide range of kit available to match up with your LG G4.

 

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Best Moto 360 Watch Straps

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Moto 360 Watch Straps

If you’ve just picked yourself up one of Motorola’s second gen Moto 360 smartwatches, it’s essential to add a top-looking strap to make it your own.

 

The problem with most smartwatches is that while looks are improving all the time, the straps are often an afterthought. This was the case with the original Moto 360, which came with a rather lacklustre leather band.

 

Motorola has since upped its game with the Moto 360 2, which not only is available in three different sizes – 42mm and 46mm ‘mens’ options and a 42mm ‘womens’ female – but also now features stylish lugs either side of the circular body to easily attach one of the best Moto 360 watch straps.

 

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Philips 258B6QJEB review

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Philips 258B6QJEB review

While it may not quite reach the heady heights of the latest 4K displays in terms of pixel count, the Philips 258B6QJEB is an interesting option if you’re seeking a QHD monitor. At 25 inches, it’s a compact piece of kit compared to the many 27-inch (and larger) monitors out there.

 

There aren’t many alternatives at that size, with Dell’s UltraSharp 25 and the HP Z25n proving two more expensive alternatives. Arguably, neither look as good as Philips’ sleek new entry. The appeal of having a smaller monitor on your desk is twofold – there is more space around it for other things, and it can also help with uncomfortable eyestrain that may occur if you are sat too close to a large display.

 

Priced at around £260 (about $400, or AU$550), the 258B6QJEB packs a 2,560 x 1,440 resolution IPS LCD panel that offers excellent viewing angles and image quality, along with an abundance of connections, speakers and a USB hub that makes this particular display a versatile choice.

 

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Asus E402MA review

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Asus E402MA review

There was once a time when nothing but netbooks consumed the sub-£200 ($300/AUS$411) price bracket, but fortunately Microsoft and its partners have recently done a lot to drive down the price of larger, considerably more usable laptops.

 

With the advent of true cloud applications such as Office 365, and a variety of streaming services that have quickly overtaken locally-stored media, lean machines such as the Asus E402MA are making ground at the budget end of the market alongside similar notebooks like the smaller Acer Aspire One Cloudbook 11.

 

Packing a 14.6-inch screen, the E402MA has a relatively modest set of specifications: a quad-core Intel N3540 M processor clocked at up to 2.66GHz is paired with merely 2GB of RAM and a rather paltry 32GB of storage.

 

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Asus ZenPad S 8.0 review

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Asus ZenPad S 8.0 review

Asus brought one of the first Android Honeycomb 3.0 tablets to the market in 2011 in the form of the EeePad Transformer, and has been plugging away at the tablet scene ever since in an effort to create the fabled ‘iPad killer’ so many Android-lovers are looking for.

 

While the company has continued to impress, with some serious improvements in its Transformer line of tablets, few tablets other than the Google-branded original Nexus 7 have managed to sell in significant numbers.

 

Asus has the Apple iPad Mini 4 firmly in its sights with its latest attempt, the Asus ZenPad S 8.0, which carries a low price tag of £169.99 ($199 or AU$279) – that’s almost half the price of the cheapest 7.9-inch tablet from Apple.

 

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Acer Predator XB270HU review

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Acer Predator XB270HU

Monitors with the “gaming” tag slapped brazenly on their boxes aren’t necessarily a new breed. Along with the advent of 3D and super-high resolutions, gamers have been slowly working their way up through faster refresh rates to keep up with the incredibly powerful GPUs that drive gaming PCs.

 

Most of the gaming monitors we’ve seen so far have made do with a ‘twisted-nematic’ (a.k.a. TN) panel, which helps keep costs down for gamers who might already have spent a month’s wages on an insanely powerful GPU.

 

Rather than the older TN technology, the new Acer Predator XB270HU gaming monitor packs an IPS panel with a pixel-resolution of 2,560 x 1,440. Although it may not be a 4K screen, this super-fast monitor comes with Nvidia’s G-Sync technology, which claims to completely remove screen-tearing and lag by perfectly synchronising the refresh rate of the GPU and the screen.

 

Shop around and you can find the Acer XB270HU for under £600 (around $900 or AU$1,300), enough to buy you any number of the low-end 4K monitors on the market such as the Philips BDM4065UC.

 

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HP Pavilion Mini review

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HP Pavilion Mini

Ever since Asus launched the desktop answer to netbooks in the form of theEeeBox PC, the market for small-footprint PCs has grown to offer a wide range of options.

 

The HP Pavilion Mini 300-030na is one of the latest small, quiet and energy-efficient desktops to come to market, and it’s one of the nicest-looking mini PCs we’ve seen since the launch of the Apple Mac Mini.
 
With models starting at £249.99 ($269, AU$349) the Pavilion Mini is a competitively priced option, with ample storage space and enough power for day-to-day tasks.

 

The model we reviewed came complete with 1TB of storage space, a 1.9GHz Intel Core i3 processor and 4GB of RAM (which can be upgraded to 16GB if needed); a faster i5 model is available, as is a lower-priced option with a less capable Pentium 3558U processor and smaller 500GB hard drive.

 

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Gigabyte P55K V4 review

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Gigabyte P55K V4

Serious gaming on PCs has never been a particularly cheap hobby, but as powerful desktop rigs have become more affordable, so too have gaming laptops that pack enough power to satisfy all your gaming needs.

 

Gigabyte may be better known for its quality desktop motherboards than its laptops, but after releasing the less powerful Gigabyte P35K V3 into the wild earlier in the year, it’s back once again with the Gigabyte P55K V4. Featuring an Intel Core i7 CPU coupled with an Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M GPU, you can expect impressive performance at a bargain price that undercuts the HP Omen’s price tag considerably.

 

Whilst the specifications may be good value for money, there is just enough detail in the P55K’s design for it to stand out from other non-descript portable powerhouses and make it a genuinely appealing gamer’s machine.

 

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EE Rook review

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EE Rook
 

The introduction of the BenQ-manufactured EE Harrier and EE Harrier Mini was the start of a new breed of own-branded handsets from Britain’s largest network, continuing the ornithological theme that started with the EE Kestrel, built by Huawei.

 


The EE Rook is the latest addition to the flock. This time made by ZTE, it’s a smartphone that fills the ultra-budget end of the spectrum, and yet still features stock Android Lollipop 5.1, 4G connectivity and a quad-core processor for less than the price of a meal for two.

 

This is clearly somewhat of a my first smartphone. But even casual users is search of a no-frills experience expect a phone that never lets them down – and is that really possible at this price?

 

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EE Harrier review

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EE Harrier
 

EE launched its first own-brand smartphone last year named the EE Kestrel. Also bearing an avian name, this handset was a rebrand of the Huawei Ascend G6, and was very much a contender at the low end of the market, baring little other than 4G connectivity.

 

This year, EE has debuted two new handsets that keep the bird-theme alive: the Harrier and Harrier Mini. I’ve been having a look at the larger of the two handsets to see whether it can find a foothold in the middle market.

 

The Harrier from EE may not be perceived as a rival to top flight handsets such as the Samsung Galaxy S6, but don’t let the lack of familiar branding fool you.

 

Pegged at the pay-as-you-go price of £199, the Harrier packs a pin-sharp 5.2-inch full HD screen, 16GB of storage (10.3GB of which is usable), a 1.5GHz octa-core Qualcomm processor backed by 2GB of RAM, 13MP rear camera and Android 5.0 Lollipop, which thankfully is not spoilt by any unnecessary third-party launchers.

 

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