Focal turns the air Blue(tooth)

Focal XS Book Wireless Desktop speakers £300

Focal’s commitment to audio outside dedicated hi-fi has grown in recent years, and the Focal XS Book Wireless desktop speakers are the latest addition to its more consumer-focused product range.

Ultimately, we’re looking at a pair of the original XS Book speakers launched in late 2011, except this time they come bearing aptX Bluetooth for wireless playback.

The design is therefore almost identical to its predecessors’. The same tapered look remains, as do the 19mm aluminium dome tweeters and 10cm polyglass mid/bass drivers. There’s still a 20W-per-channel amp in the right-hand master speaker.

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CREATIVE CLOUD DESKTOP

Adobe shoots for the clouds but leaves key features grounded at launch

Last year’s Creative Cloud review advised that Adobe would have to work fast to keep users hooked after the first year, especially for those invested in packaged CS6 software. Little more than a year later, Creative Cloud is now mandatory—and the more things change, the more they seem to stay the same.

While Adobe has mostly delivered on updated desktop applications, the glue holding the whole subscription-based service together remains a work in progress, with key features MIA at launch. Unlike last year, customers are forced to be

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