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Sony WF-1000XM3 review: updated noise-cancelling earbuds sound great



True wireless buds are Sony’s best yet, but where is the volume control?Sony’s latest true wireless WF-1000XM3 earbuds offer both noise cancelling and top-end sound quality while undercutting premium rivals on price.The replacement for the WF-1000X, wh…

Ikea Symfonisk speaker review: Sonos on the cheap



At £99, Ikea’s wifi speaker provides a cheaper way to experience Sonos and sounds good tooThere’s a new, cheaper way to buy a Sonos wifi speaker and it’s from Ikea.The Symfonisk bookshelf speaker is the second of two new products born of a partnership …

Amazon Kindle Oasis 2019 review: the most paper-like reader yet



Luxury model has colour-changing frontlight that gets warmer as the sun setsAmazon’s most expensive, luxury e-reader, the Kindle Oasis, has taken a leaf out of the modern smartphone’s book for 2019 with a colour adjustable light that gets warmer as the…

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 launch: big screens and stylus air gestures



Firm to launch various new top smartphones with even bigger displays in New York Samsung will launch various models of its latest Galaxy Note 10 flagship smartphone in New York on Wednesday, hoping to woo its biggest fans with new stylus and camera fea…

Ikea Symfonisk review: table lamp is also a great-sounding Sonos wifi speaker



Brilliant Sonos sound paired with attractive Ikea lamp makes for a surprisingly great wifi speakerWhat if your simple Ikea lamp was actually a Sonos wifi speaker that could play music from any number of music sources and link up with others around your…

Five of the best kids’ gadgets for summer holidays



From tablets to robot toys, here’s some tech ideas to keep the little ones occupied in the long breakWith the summer holidays in full swing you might need a bit of a hand keeping the kids entertained. From tablets and cameras to robot toys and updated …

Amazon Echo Show 5 review: smaller, cheaper Alexa display



Camera shutter, tap gesture, better speakers and 5.5in screen make for an appealing smart alarm clockAmazon’s latest Echo Show 5 Alexa smart display is smaller, cheaper and has improved privacy, but is a £79.99 5.5in screen with a camera ready to repla…

Kindle 2019 review: Amazon’s cheapest e-reader gets adjustable frontlight



Amazon’s basic Kindle lights up with a better screen to close the gap with the PaperwhiteAmazon’s cheapest, most basic Kindle now has a light and a better screen, which makes it very nearly the new default ebook reader. The new Kindle 9 – which is, con…

OnePlus 7 review: competition-beating performance for less



A little less ‘Pro’ means the regular OnePlus 7 is smaller and lighter, offering a top experience for £500 The OnePlus 7 is basically the OnePlus 6T with the guts of the OnePlus 7 Pro, which sounds like a bad thing, but for £500 it is arguably the best…