Archive for Mike Lowe

Bush E3X preview: The £200 Argos phone looking to topple Moto G

Bush E3X preview: The £200 Argos phone looking to topple Moto G

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Is Bush back in fashion? That's a loaded question. But in the UK brand's latest E3X smartphone - which will sell exclusively through Argos - it's got a competitive looking £200 device to take on the likes of the Moto G4. In mid-July at a behind-closed-doors... >>

Audio-Technica ATH-MSR7NC headphones review: Make some noise
5.0 stars

Audio-Technica ATH-MSR7NC headphones review: Make some noise

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It was 18-months ago that we reviewed the excellent Audio-Technica MSR7 over-ear headphones - and might impressed we were. Now it's the turn of the MSR7NC which, as those additional two letters in the name denote, are the noise-cancelling version. These... >>

Huawei MateBook review: 5-hours of friendship
3.5 stars

Huawei MateBook review: 5-hours of friendship

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One glance at the Huawei MateBook and it's clear the Chinese company is hankering for a slice of the laptop-replacement market. This slim-build Windows 10 tablet is really well made, not a cheap knock-off competitor to the likes of the Microsoft Surface... >>

Zemi Aria speaker review: Majors and minors
4.0 stars

Zemi Aria speaker review: Majors and minors

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When we meet Francesco Pellisari, the designer of the Zemi Aria speaker, he's a mixture of eccentric Italian and yet quiet in that seemingly genius-like manner. Does his latest speaker exhibit the same qualities as its designer? We're drawn to the Zemi... >>

Lexus RX 450h review: An SUV-sized slice of Japanese futurism
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Lexus RX 450h review: An SUV-sized slice of Japanese futurism

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When the Lexus RX 450h was delivered to our little terraced flat in London, it felt like we'd been handed a temporary house extension, albeit on wheels. For this SUV — the largest in the Lexus lineup — is one big, distinctive beast that can easily... >>

Philips personal health programmes: A full suite for managing health and chronic conditions

Philips personal health programmes: A full suite for managing health and chronic conditions

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Wearables and health monitors are nothing new: we've seen bundles of fitness trackers, bands, smart scales and more from a variety of manufacturers. Which is why Philips' personal health programmes suite of products is an interesting take on the health... >>

Tefal app-controlled ActiFry Smart XL and Cook4Me Connect to stir things up in the kitchen

Tefal app-controlled ActiFry Smart XL and Cook4Me Connect to stir things up in the kitchen

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Not so hot at juggling pans like a pro? Tefal may have the answer for today's tech-driven cooks: its app-connected Cook4Me Connect pressure cooker and ActiFry Smart XL connected healthier fryer. The idea of both is simple: download the relevant app, install... >>

Audi Q2 review: The single-minded SUV
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Audi Q2 review: The single-minded SUV

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In March this year Audi dropped a bombshell at the Geneva Motor Show by launching an Audi that, well, didn't look like a "same design different length" Audi. That car, the Q2, is company's first small crossover; an SUV for the new generation. Sure, the... >>

Fujifilm X-T2 preview: Continuous autofocus king

Fujifilm X-T2 preview: Continuous autofocus king

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It took us about three minutes to fall in love with the Fujifilm X-T1. So when we were shown the Fujifilm X-T2 ahead of its official unveil, it only took about three seconds. For Fuji's latest compact system camera is, perhaps, the most advanced offering... >>

Fujiiflm X-T2 vs X-T1: What's the difference?

Fujiiflm X-T2 vs X-T1: What's the difference?

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We're used to products being updated, but with some it begs the question whether it's worth the upgrade or, perhaps, looking at grabbing a bargain and buying the older-generation product on a deal. So how does the just-announced Fujifilm X-T2 compact... >>

Motorola Moto G4 Plus review: Plus and minus
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Motorola Moto G4 Plus review: Plus and minus

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When you think "Plus" in the phone world you tend to think extra large handset. It's all Apple's fault. But that's not precisely the case with the Moto G4 Plus: sure, it's pretty large with its 5.5-inch screen, but it's the same size as its Moto G4 brother.... >>

Motorola Moto G4 review: Budget phone king goes large, remains in charge
4.5 stars

Motorola Moto G4 review: Budget phone king goes large, remains in charge

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Looking for a big yet affordable phone? That's Motorola's play with the fourth-gen Moto G - aptly titled the G4, finally putting to bed the confusingly same-name previous three generations - which dons a 5.5-inch screen and, therefore, an inevitably large... >>

Audi piloted driving: A real-world glimpse into the future of self-driving cars

Audi piloted driving: A real-world glimpse into the future of self-driving cars

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We're sat behind the wheel of "Jack" - a modified Audi A7 concept, adapted for the full Audi piloted driving experience (the company's fancy name for self-driving cars, essentially) - zipping down the Autobahn in Germany at 130kmph. Although we're not... >>

Best PS4 games at E3 2016: God of War, Days Gone, Spider-Man, Horizon: Zero Dawn and more

Best PS4 games at E3 2016: God of War, Days Gone, Spider-Man, Horizon: Zero Dawn and more

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With the E3 gaming expo 2016 done and dusted, the front runners in the gaming world unveiled their biggest and best titles. None more so than Sony, its PlayStation 4 looks set to go from strength to strength in 2016 and beyond. With some top-drawer exclusive... >>

Sony MDR-100ABN h.ear on Wireless NC headphones review: Silly name, serious noise-cancelling
4.0 stars

Sony MDR-100ABN h.ear on Wireless NC headphones review: Silly name, serious noise-cancelling

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Top-end Sony MDR headphones of recent years have offered a fantastic range of over-ear and on-ear products with leading audio. So when we received the new Sony MDR-100ABN wireless noise-cancelling headphones we were rather excited about using them on... >>

Best PlayStation VR games at E3 2016: Farpoint, Resident Evil 7, Batman and more

Best PlayStation VR games at E3 2016: Farpoint, Resident Evil 7, Batman and more

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PlayStation VR is almost upon us, with its release date set for 13 October, priced £349. And at this year's E3 gaming expo Sony has been pushing the product hard, with a variety of games that have blown our minds. There's even a new gun-shaped controller,... >>

Ghost Recon: Wildlands preview: Four-player Far Cry

Ghost Recon: Wildlands preview: Four-player Far Cry

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When we first fixed eyes on Ghost Recon: Wildlands at the end of Ubisoft's E3 gaming expo pre-show conference in 2015, we were gagging for more. Come the 2016 show, where we got to actually play the open-world game, turns out it was absolutely worth the... >>

South Park: The Fractured But Whole preview: Super serial superheroes, silly

South Park: The Fractured But Whole preview: Super serial superheroes, silly

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South Park: The Fractured But Whole is no ordinary turn-based role-playing game. It's one for the fans. Within 30-seconds of our E3 gaming expo presentation, our presenter - playing The New Kid (AKA Douchebag from previous game The Stick of Truth) - is... >>

Battlefield 1 preview: Multiplayer madness doesn’t get better than this

Battlefield 1 preview: Multiplayer madness doesn’t get better than this

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War shouldn't be fun. But Battlefield 1 is the most fun we've had in a first-person massive multiplayer online shooter. Its 64-player team versus co-op is an epic thing to behold. It almost makes us want to be in the trenches. Which, given the prevalence... >>

Sniper Elite 4 gameplay preview: Super sharp-shooter

Sniper Elite 4 gameplay preview: Super sharp-shooter

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There are dozens of high-quality shooters available at the moment, but few offer the pace, strategy and consideration of Sniper Elite 4. The follow-up to Elite III is set in 1943 Italy during World War 2. As the title suggests, you're an elite sniper,... >>

Best driving and sports games of E3 2016: FIFA 17, Forza Horizon 3, Steep, GT Sport and more

Best driving and sports games of E3 2016: FIFA 17, Forza Horizon 3, Steep, GT Sport and more

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If it's quality sports games you're after you are in for a real treat this coming year, whether that be ball, extreme or motorsports. The 2016 E3 videogames convention is jam packed with amazing looking titles that offer conclusive proof the industry... >>

Zelda: Breath of the Wild gameplay preview: Prepare to lose your breath

Zelda: Breath of the Wild gameplay preview: Prepare to lose your breath

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In among the halls at the E3 gaming expo Nintendo has dedicated a giant space to Zelda. It's an escape from the bustle outside, with its own real grass and trees, a day-to-night lighting system, sound effects and all Nintendo's usual quirk running to... >>

10 gaming sequels absent from E3 2016: Red Dead Redemption 2, The Last of Us 2 and more

10 gaming sequels absent from E3 2016: Red Dead Redemption 2, The Last of Us 2 and more

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It's not that we're ungrateful. E3 has delivered a bumper crop of exciting games that we'll get to play in 2016 and beyond. It even lifted the lid on Microsoft's new 4K-capable Xbox consoles, the Slim and Project Scorpio, and set a release date for PlayStation... >>

Best RPG and adventure games of E3 2016: Zelda, Horizon: Zero Dawn, Days Gone, FFXV, Scalebound and more

Best RPG and adventure games of E3 2016: Zelda, Horizon: Zero Dawn, Days Gone, FFXV, Scalebound and more

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If it's quality games you're after you are in for a real treat. This year's E3 videogames convention is jam packed with amazing looking triple-A titles that offer conclusive proof the industry has got the hang of this new-generation console malarkey.... >>

PlayStation trailers from E3 2016: God of War, Days Gone, Death Stranding and more, plus PS VR

PlayStation trailers from E3 2016: God of War, Days Gone, Death Stranding and more, plus PS VR

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Sony had some serious boots to fill following Microsoft's pre-E3 conference. But fill it did, kicking things off with the latest God of War, showing a whole new side of action adventure to the well-known formula. That wasn't all, with The Last Guardian... >>