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In day-to-day performance, the Satellite Radius is quick and responsive. Boot-up times are around ten seconds, and loading and switching between programs is as nippy as you’d expect, given the specification.The model we received for testing had a 2.2GHz Intel i5-5200U CPU, 8GB of RAM and a hybrid 1TB hard disk incorporating an 8GB SSD. In our benchmarks – which test its image-editing, video-editing and multitasking capabilities – its overall score of 33 was roughly in line with the Core i5 Surface Pro 3 and Lenovo Yoga 3, but slightly behind the Dell XPS 13 and 2015 13in Macbook Airs.It's not a gaming laptop, with only an Intel HD Graphics 5500 chip. This is fine for older titles, but it struggles with modern games. In our standard Bioshock Infinite benchmarks it gained 16fps in the 720p benchmark, and 10fps at 1080p.

Toshiba Satellite Radius 15 review: The Toshiba Radius 15 comes with Windows 10 and a "Cortana" shortcut key
The battery life is a touch disappointing, too, considering the weight of the laptop. Under our standard 720p looped-video test, and with the display set to 120cd/m2, the laptop’s battery capacity fell from 100% to 56% in 2hrs 30mins. That scales up to a full battery life just shy of six hours. Pretty average, but the heft of the machine left us hoping for better.In short, the Toshiba Satellite Radius isn’t a bad machine at all. The only weak spot is the touchpad, but that can be fixed with judicious use of the touchscreen, disabling gesture controls or plugging in an external mouse.

In performance, it matches up with similarly priced alternatives, and it certainly looks the part. It feels a touch too big to be truly useful as a hybrid, though: I can’t see people using a 15in laptop in tablet mode very often.If you feel its tablet functions are as superfluous as I do, then it might be worth looking elsewhere for something a bit smaller and more practical: the 13in Asus Zenbook UX303LA performed better in our benchmarks, and is now available for far less than the Toshiba Satellite Radius if you shop around.EE is recalling its Power Bar chargers again, but rather than the limited recall of a few months ago, this time the network wants customers to return all of them. In August, the network recalled a batch of around 500,000 – roughly 25% at the time – of the chargers, but yesterday the network released a statement saying a very small number of “further incidents” had made a full recall of all 1.4 million chargers necessary.

As well as a tweet, along with a statement and post on its forum, the network also alerted customers in a text message at around 5pm yesterday. EE has asked customers to stop using the faulty chargers immediately, and remove them from handsets and mains power. Users are then instructed to take the affected chargers to their local EE store. Although the chargers were free, EE says eligible customers will also receive a £20 gift voucher as a gesture of goodwill.Back in August this year, EE recalled over 500,000 of the chargers after a batch was deemed to be faulty. The mobile retail giant identified five cases of the units malfunctioning, with varying degrees of severity. Medical student Katy Emslie was one of the worst affected, and suffered severe burns after her Power Bar exploded and set fire to her bedroom floor.

In a statement, EE said that it had “identified a very small number of incidents where Power Bars have overheated, all of which relate to batch E1-06 (written as Model:E1-06 on the side of the device), and could pose a fire-safety risk”. At the time, EE said: “We've not seen any issues of overheating with other batches and they meet all safety standards.” But it appears now all Power Bars are affected.A Power Bar is a portable charger designed to top up your phone battery on the go. As well as a 2,600mAh battery, the units also feature an LED torch, and last for 500 charges. The Power Bar first launched in April and is free for all EE customers on a contract, and those who have used its pay-as-you-go services for more than three months. As part of the scheme, customers are also able to replace flat Power Bars for fully charged ones, simply by visiting their local EE store.In rare cases, lithium-ion batteries experience a phenomenon called thermal runaway, and it’s likely to be the issue behind the incidents. Caused by an unregulated increase in temperature, thermal runaway can sometimes occur in mobile phone and laptop batteries.

During the latest recall, an EE spokesperson told us: “All lithium-ion charging devices have an in-built safety feature. In exceptionally rare cases, this feature can fail, resulting in the device overheating. We are now focused on establishing the root cause of the problem.”With Windows 10 laptops now hitting the high street, and Intel's new Skylake processors on their way, you may well be thinking it's time to buy a new laptop. What we want to know is: how long has your current model been in service?I’ve been a huge fan of Google’s Chromecast video streamer ever since its launch in the UK, and I’d use it more often, but it’s never been the best solution for audio. The need to have a screen on at all times is an issue, and the lack of support from some big name apps – notably Spotify – has held its usefulness in check.

The new Chromecast Audio dongle, however, released alongside the Chromecast 2 at Google’s autumn event, addresses both these issues in one fell swoop, allowing you to use Google’s effective and efficient Cast system to stream music directly to speakers and audio systems. And the cherry on top is – at last – official Spotify support across both iOS and Android devices.Just like the Chromecast 2, the Chromecast Audio is an unassuming plastic puck, measuring 52mm in diameter, and weighing next to nothing. It’s identical to the full-blown Chromecast 2 in size and shape, but with a grooved design on the top designed to make it look a little like a miniature vinyl record.Google Chromecast Audio review: The Audio measures a mere 52mm in diameter
As with the standard Chromecast 2, the Audio is powered via micro-USB, and there’s a power supply and cable supplied in the box. The key difference between them is that the Chromecast Audio replaces the HDMI output with a 3.5mm jack, allowing you to connect it directly to active speakers, or via an amplifier to your passive speakers by employing a 3.5mmn to RCA converter cable.This is not solely an analogue output, however: the 3.5mm jack can also output an optical signal, allowing it to cater for those who have already invested in a good quality DAC or home theatre receiver. This is excellent news.

The Chromecast Audio is a pretty little thing, but it isn’t designed to be admired – its job is to connect your phone, tablet or laptop, to your speakers with no wires, and it pulls that job off effortlessly.Setting it up is a doddle. Point any browser at the Chromecast setup URL, download the app, and you’ll be walked through this, step by step. The most demanding part of the whole process is entering your Wi-Fi network credentials. After this, you’re returned to the main screen of the Chromecast app (available on both iOS and Android platforms), and you’ll be able to stream audio from any Cast compatible app directly to your speakers – no screen required. As with the standard Chromecast, the dongle doesn’t stream music from your phone, but directly from the associated music service, while your device is employed primarily as a control surface and browsing interface. This ensures quality is maximised, and that battery life doesn’t suffer. It works beautifully with Spotify at present, and BBC iPlayer Radio now works as well.