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HTC One M8s Price: €380

Published 16/04/2015 | 02:30

HTC One M8s
HTC One M8s
Sennheiser Momentum M2 Wireless headphones
Toshiba Portege

Adrian Weckler gives his verdict on the HTC One M8s, Sennheiser headphones and the Toshiba Portegé Z20t

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To the untrained eye, this looks just like the flagship One M9.  But the One M8s is much cheaper due to some lower specifications. For example, it has a 13-megapixel camera instead of 20 megapixels, and it's software is a little older.

But it retains that nice metal unibody design that recent high-end HTCs sport. An attractive handset, saving around €250 on the flagship model.

Sennheiser Momentum M2 Wireless  

Sennheiser's move into a wireless, noise-cancelling version of its excellent Momentum headphones series is a great move.

The M2 cans are light and use premium leather for cushioned comfort. They also fold up for convenience and have a microphone for calls via Bluetooth-connected phones. (An underrated feature, in my experience.) There's NFC on board, as well as on-ear buttons to control tracks and volume.

Toshiba Portegé Z20t   Price: €1,500

The 12.5-inch Windows device weighs a reasonable 1.5kg but is not especially slim. It does a passable job as a Netflix machine, thanks to its detachable screen. But this uses one of the new Intel Core M chips, designed to prioritise battery life over processing muscle. But its intended market - business users - might like this feature a lot.

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