Archive for Mike Lowe

  • Samsung Level Over headphones review
    3.5 out of 5

    Samsung Level Over headphones review

    By 16 hours ago

    Headphones are everywhere right now, from established brand names to apparent armies of newcomers busying the market. So when a big name like Samsung releases a new flagship series of headphones boasting "superior HD organic sound" - whatever that means...

  • Devolo dLAN 500 AV Wireless+ Starter Pack review: Extend your Wi-Fi network with ease
    4 out of 5

    Devolo dLAN 500 AV Wireless+ Starter Pack review: Extend your Wi-Fi network with ease

    By 26 August 2014

    Having recently moved house, we came across a problem: the Wi-Fi signal from our otherwise impressive Virgin Media Superhub 2 wouldn't reach the back bedroom. No internet in bed - that's a serious modern day dilemma. But the solution to boost our Wi-Fi...

  • Alcatel One Touch Idol Mini review
    4 out of 5

    Alcatel One Touch Idol Mini review

    By 25 August 2014

    Budget smartphones are becoming increasingly popular, with a number of capable but affordable choices on the market. Such demand has prompted us to pluck the months-old Alcatel One Touch Idol Mini out of its box a year after its initial announcement....

  • A week in reviews: 18 - 22 August

    A week in reviews: 18 - 22 August

    By 23 August 2014

    It's an eclectic week of wonders here on Pocket-lint, headed up by our review of the Plug-in Hybrid Volvo V60. At over £50k does it make sense in the UK yet, or is there still much work to be done before the concept of electric can really take off? Elsewhere...

  • Creative Sound Blaster Roar review
    5 out of 5

    Creative Sound Blaster Roar review

    By 21 August 2014

    Creative is one of those companies that doesn't muck around trying to be a super-cool Beats or new-wave trendy Bluetooth speaker company. It relies on what it knows best: delivering quality sound. The Creative Sound Blaster Roar may look small and just...

  • A week in reviews: 11 - 15 August

    A week in reviews: 11 - 15 August

    By 16 August 2014

    Ahead of the Surface Pro 3 release date on 28 August here in Blighty, we've got the full ins and outs of the latest laptop-meets-tablet. Is it the "laptop killer" it claims to be or at 12-inches is it too big to tick the successful tablet box? Next up...

  • Philips 7800 Series 55-inch 4K TV review
    3.5 out of 5

    Philips 7800 Series 55-inch 4K TV review

    By 12 August 2014

    We knew that the price of 4K TVs would continue to drop, but the Philips 55PUS7089 makes it look like the market has crashed in through the roof. A 55-inch Ultra-HD telly for under £1,500 sounds like a right bargain - one that's perhaps too good to be...

  • Microsoft Surface Pro 3 review
    4 out of 5

    Microsoft Surface Pro 3 review

    By 11 August 2014

    Microsoft Surface is one of those products lines that's neither quite here nor there. But the Surface Pro 3 looks to change that, by refreshing the range in a new, larger 12-inch model that Microsoft has referred to as a "laptop killer". Cleaner cut marketing...

  • A week in reviews: 4 - 8 August

    A week in reviews: 4 - 8 August

    By 9 August 2014

    It's been a busy week as Pocket-lint wraps up its first week covering the connected home. The Internet of Things (IoT) means we'll see increasing numbers of products available designed to make the home smarter. This week we've reviewed automated lighting...

  • Experiencing the ultimate Bowers & Wilkins sound system - but you won't find it in any home

    Experiencing the ultimate Bowers & Wilkins sound system - but you won't find it in any home

    By 6 August 2014

    Think of festivals and a mix of mud-caked wellies and lukewarm cider tends to spring to mind. That and the music of course: but it's usually a mix of body-shaking bass bins and enough excess top-end output to carve away another couple of years of hearing...

  • iKettle: The Wi-Fi kettle review
    3 out of 5

    iKettle: The Wi-Fi kettle review

    By 4 August 2014

    Picture it: a lazy weekend morning in bed and all you want is a brew but can't be bothered to get and out of bed to boil the kettle. Now there's a solution: a Wi-Fi stainless steel kettle that can sync with your smartphone, aptly named the iKettle. Despite...

  • A week in reviews: 28 July - 1 August

    A week in reviews: 28 July - 1 August

    By 2 August 2014

    There have been some serious bits of kit in the office this week: from phones to cameras and tablets to next-gen games. Top of the stack is the Nikon D810. It delivers more spec than many other DSLR cameras ever have, but does this 36-megapixel full-framer...

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 review
    4.5 out of 5

    Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 review

    By 1 August 2014

    It seems that not a month goes by without a new Samsung tablet surfacing. It's made the market so busy with options that, frankly, it's got downright confusing. So let's cut to the skinny: the Tab S, seen here in its 8.4-inch version, is one of the best...

  • Best DSLR cameras 2014: The best interchangeable lens cameras available to buy today

    Best DSLR cameras 2014: The best interchangeable lens cameras available to buy today

    By 28 July 2014

    You want to buy a DSLR camera but don't know what to go for? Then you've come to the right place, as this is where we round-up the best DSLR cameras of 2014. We'll guide you through the hottest cameras available - and only models that we've reviewed in...

  • Nikon D810 review
    5 out of 5

    Nikon D810 review

    By 28 July 2014

    Landmark cameras come along every once in a while. In 2012 it was the super-high-resolution Nikon D800 that astounded us. We couldn't quite believe how much this 36.3-megapixel full-frame beast defied our initially doubtful expectations. Two years on...

  • A week in reviews: 21 - 25 July

    A week in reviews: 21 - 25 July

    By 26 July 2014

    After Apple unveiled Yosemite - the latest iteration of its OSX operating system - we've been rather excited about exploring it. And now the time has come: check out seven tips to get you started with Apple's latest. If operating system geekery isn't...

  • A week in reviews: 14 - 18 July

    A week in reviews: 14 - 18 July

    By 19 July 2014

    From electric hybrid cars to 4K action cameras, and the latest wearable tech, it's been a busy week at Pocket-lint HQ. Two major products hit the shelves this week: the Nokia Lumia 930 will be among the last handsets to receive the Nokia badge; while...

  • Hands on: Nikon D810 review, Nikon's best DSLR?

    Hands on: Nikon D810 review, Nikon's best DSLR?

    By 18 July 2014

    Nikon's ultra-high resolution camera just turned things up a notch. Or maybe a just degree. The Nikon D810 is the replacement for both the earlier D800, sporting a brand new 36.3-megapixel full-frame sensor and host of other feature tweaks. Pocket-lint...

  • Nokia Lumia 930 review
    4.5 out of 5

    Nokia Lumia 930 review

    By 17 July 2014

    Since Microsoft acquired Nokia's phone hardware business there's been some confusion about where things go from here. Take the Lumia 930, the top-spec Windows Phone 8.1 smartphone that we've been reviewing for the last few days: Microsoft has left the...

  • Audi A3 Sportback e-tron review
    4 out of 5

    Audi A3 Sportback e-tron review

    By 16 July 2014

    The electric era is upon us. The Audi A3 Sportback e-tron is the first hybrid car the company has put onto its production line, combining an electronic motor with established 1.4L TFSI petrol hybrid to deliver that Audi Sportback experience but with a...

  • Samsung Galaxy K Zoom review
    3.5 out of 5

    Samsung Galaxy K Zoom review

    By 14 July 2014

    Samsung makes plenty of quality electronics products and we've been taken by many of its smartphones and cameras over the years. Now it's condensed much of that expertise into one phone-camera (or should that camera-phone?): the Galaxy K Zoom. Although...

  • A week in reviews: 7 - 11 July

    A week in reviews: 7 - 11 July

    By 12 July 2014

    It's been a raucous week of cars, phones and more. We've given the BMW i8 hybrid supercar its first drive in Scotland, and have also been checking out the Audi A3 Sportback e-tron over in Vienna - more on the latter next week. But it's phones that have...

  • Windows Phone 8.1 Video Tuner brings on-device editing and sharing, coincides with Lumia 930 launch

    Windows Phone 8.1 Video Tuner brings on-device editing and sharing, coincides with Lumia 930 launch

    By 9 July 2014

    Windows Phone 8.1 continues to grow, as the operating system now offers the free-to-download Video Tuner app for on-device video editing. Although the announcement coincides with the release of the Lumia 930 in some territories - and ahead of the phone's...

  • Asus MeMo Pad 7 review
    4 out of 5

    Asus MeMo Pad 7 review

    By 8 July 2014

    There's been a surge in affordable phones and tablets of late, devices with fair feature sets in spite of their asking prices. The Asus MeMo Pad 7 is one such device; a 7-inch tablet that gives the likes of the Tesco Hudl a run for its money and is knocking...

  • OnePlus One review
    5 out of 5

    OnePlus One review

    By 7 July 2014

    At times the mobile market seems like a stalemate between the big players. Every year we see Apple, Samsung, HTC and LG battle it out to make the best, most popular phone of the year - it's like clockwork. But now the OnePlus One is here to shake things...