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Netgear R6300 review

5. Netgear R6300

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The revised firmware in this router certainly improves performance almost across the board. Originally we were pleased by the 802.11ac results, but not blown away by them. The update with the added beamforming manages to lift the Netgear R6300 into a definite-buy category.

This is cemented by the huge improvements to the 2.4GHz 802.11n speeds, which had held it back in our minds, limiting speeds with existing devices. While it remains a humongous router, at least the market price has dropped from the initial full price of £200/US$200, bringing it closer to standard dual-band routers and making it a much more tempting purchase.

Creative Sound Blaster EVO Zx review

6. Creative Sound Blaster EVO Zx

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With a £199.99 / US$249.99 / AU$279.95 asking price, the Creative Sound Blaster EVO Zx is an expensive gaming headset. There's some genuinely good technology in these cans, and it's great to see some more NFC gear. If you use these headphones with a desktop PC, however, you won't get much out of most of this tech, especially if you have a fancy sound card - since the SB AXX1 chip bypasses any sound cards.

You're then left with a well-built pair of headphones that offer good, but not superb, sound quality. Later this year Creative will release the Creative Sound Blaster EVO ZxR, with larger 50mm drivers in each can, compared to the EVO Zx's 40mm. We'll have to wait to see if the increase in driver size - and jump in price - results in a boost in quality.

Bose QuietComfort 20i headphones

7. Bose QuietComfort 20i

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The Bose QuietComfort 20s are easily some of the best sounding in-ear noise canceling headphones we've ever put through their paces. Of course, for $300, they better be. So ultimately we're forced to stand by our original summation, if you have $300 to spend on in-ear noise canceling then these are probably for you.

Mio Cyclo 505 HC review

8. Mio Cyclo 505 HC

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GPS navigation devices are now pretty commonplace in our cars, but as the name suggests, the Mio Cyclo 505 HC Western Europe has been specially designed for bicycles. It's a great idea, since cycling is a popular pastime, so any device that can help us to find some picturesque routes to ride down gets the thumbs up from us.

It's not a perfect gadget, but it's a great addition if you're a keen cyclist who wants to explore new routes. The large price tag, and competition from smartphone apps, makes the Mio Cyclo 505 HC more difficult to justify, however.

Sony Alpha a3000 review

9. Sony Alpha 3000

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After an initial play (full review in progress) we can't help but be a little confused by the Sony Alpha 3000. It's basically a hybrid of the Alpha and NEX systems, and while both are excellent in different ways, we're not entirely convinced of the merits of combining the two at the moment. But perhaps that will come when we've had a chance to use it properly.

While we understand the desire for a large form factor camera, we're not quite sure why Sony has chosen to omit the NEX name from the range, since this shares the E mount of its NEX siblings. We'll be keen to see how well this camera is received, and whether others also find a confusion between the name and the system.

On the other hand, we're pretty sure that image quality will be good, as we've come to expect from Sony cameras. Keep a look out for our full Sony Alpha 3000 review when it becomes available for testing.

Hands on Sony NEX 5T review

10. Sony NEX-5T

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With the Sony NEX-5T only making the relatively minor adjustment of adding NFC, we can pretty much be certain that the image quality will be fantastic.

It's not something we'd recommend ditching your existing Sony NEX-5R for - unless you're really very keen on NFC of course - but it should make for an excellent upgrade for anybody else with either a compact or a beginner/older compact system camera.

Look out for our full review, which should confirm our suspicions, in due course.

Hands on Sony RX1 R review

11. Sony RX1-R

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Like on the original RX1, Sony has decided not to include a touchscreen on the RX1-R. This makes changing the autofocus point a little more fiddly than the near-instant benefits of a touchscreen. First you'll need to press the button at the centre of the navigation pad, then use the arrow keys to scroll around the screen.

Since Sony hasn't changed the body or menu system of the RX1-R from its predecessor, for a more in depth look at the quirks of using the camera, you can read our original Sony RX1 review.