Sonos Sub Mini

Sonos Sub Mini: One-minute review The Sonos Sub Mini is the long-awaited smaller and cheaper subwoofer from Sonos that’s designed to pair with its soundbars, to bring deeper bass and a better home theater experience. The Sonos Sub Mini offers a crucial alternative to the existing Sonos Sub, which is a big and beefy beast that’s only suitable for larger rooms and bigger setups… and if you don’t have neighbors in close quarters. The Sub Mini is smaller and, obviously, less powerful, but we found that when testing it even…

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Amazon Echo Dot (2019)

The Amazon Echo Dot (3rd generation) was Amazon’s most popular smart speakers – and while it’s since been replaced by the Echo Dot (2020) and the Amazon Echo Dot released in 2022, it’s still well worth considering. Don’t let the size of this diminutive gadget put you off. Amazon claims that the Dot is the best-selling speaker of all time – a massive achievement and a testament to how useful, and relatively affordable, it is too. The Echo Dot we’re reviewing here is the 3rd version of the smart speaker.…

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Amazon Echo Dot with Clock (2020) review

The Amazon Echo Dot with Clock (2020) was announced alongside a host of other Echo speakers at the company’s hardware event in September 2020. Jump to Price and availability Design Setup Smart assistant Audio performance Should I buy it? Like its predecessor, the Echo Dot with Clock (2020) can double as a bedside alarm, albeit one that comes with all the smarts of Alexa on board alongside the ability to control your smart home devices (via a separate Zigbee-supporting speaker).  It has undergone a rather radical design overhaul over the…

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This Android phone tries to follow the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra but with one problem – our Vivo X80 Pro review

Two-minute review The Vivo X80 Pro is another entry into the growing roster of super-premium, super-pricey Android phones offering top camera tech and powerful internals. It’s Vivo’s first member of this premium tier that’s gone on sale globally, instead of just in the company’s home region of China, and like many other phones from many other companies, it’s vying to knock the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra off top spot on our list of the best smartphones. However, like ZTE which recently launched its premium Axon 40 Ultra, Vivo has seemingly…

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Amazon Echo Dot (2020)

One-minute review The Amazon Echo Dot (2020) is the 4th generation of Amazon’s small and popular Dot speaker. The Amazon Echo Dot – in its various iterations over the past few years – is one of the best options for people who aren’t sure about smart home tech but want to take the first step. With such an easy set-up and low price tag, it’s a way to try connected tech without the commitment of too much time, money and energy.  This small, sphere-shaped device provides a compact home for…

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Vornado VFAN Sr. Vintage review

One-minute review Prior to testing the Vornado VFAN Sr. Vintage, this reviewer was under the impression – much like a lot of consumers, we’re inclined to think – that the bigger the fan, the more effective it is at keeping a space nice and cool. And yes, on some level, that is true. You can’t very much expect one of those cute pocket-sized travel fans or a personal desk fan to keep the heat at bay for your entire living room, can you? However, we’ve also pretty much given up…

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Insta360 Link

Insta360 Link: One minute review The Insta360 Link is the latest in the Insta line of high-quality cameras. Priced at $300 (£319 / AU$569), this is an absolutely premium webcam, far higher than the average market price. But it is worth every penny considering all the features it comes with. As a bonus both the webcam and all its accessories are available in plenty of regions outside the US, including the UK and Australia. Its biggest selling point is its AI-powered features, which means no buttons are required to operate…

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MiniTool Power Data Recovery 2022

Load up MiniTool Power Data Recovery and you may not be impressed by its relatively basic interface – but spend a bit of time with this data recovery software and you’ll find plenty of hidden power. Power Data Recovery can hunt down photos on inaccessible partitions, crashed operating systems, formatted drives and from images you’ve deleted on conventional hard disks and SSDs, and it goes into more restoration detail than many of its rivals. Combine its skillset with a decent free version and some relatively generous pricing for the paid…

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Asus RT-AX55

Asus RT-AX55: One-minute review The Asus RT-AX55 fits the bill nicely if you’re looking for an affordable router to provide a good Wi-Fi 6 upgrade for your home Wi-Fi. Its top speed of 1.8Gbps is relatively modest compared to some of the more expensive Wi-Fi 6 routers that are now available. However, it will still be more than fast enough to handle most home broadband services and able to provide fast, reliable wi-fi for web browsing, streaming music and video, and some casual gaming.  Along with its dual-band Wi-Fi 6,…

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A brutal journey through the life of a Hollywood icon: Blonde review

Blonde: key information – Available now on Netflix – A fictionalised retelling of the life of Marilyn Monroe – Based on Joyce Carole Oates’ novel of the same name – Written and directed by Andrew Dominik, of Chopper and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford fame – Knives Out and No Time to Die’s Ana de Armas stars as Marilyn Monroe There’s a certain irony that Netflix, one of the most significant disruptors in movie history, should bankroll a film so steeped in Hollywood legend. Marilyn…

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