Archive for Mike Lowe

Fujifilm X-A3: Selfie-focused compact system camera ups the resolution ante

Fujifilm X-A3: Selfie-focused compact system camera ups the resolution ante

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The selfie system camera is back for round three: the Fujifilm X-A3 is the latest in the company’s line of compact system cameras, bringing a brand new 24-megapixel sensor and new design to the feature set. That puts the X-A3’s resolution a full 50... >>

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV preview: The 30-megapixel monster

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV preview: The 30-megapixel monster

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Canon has stepped up a gear in recent years by leading with higher resolution cameras. It had long been said that the 22/24-megapixel mark would be the company's limit until lenses could make best of the capture resolution - a concept that was not just... >>

Honor 8 review: A different take on the premium mid-range market
4.0 stars

Honor 8 review: A different take on the premium mid-range market

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In the mid-range phone market there's a top dog: the OnePlus 3. That phone has essentially blown the doors off what a device can provide at a £330 price point. And that, right there, is exactly the territory Honor - the subsidiary brand of Chinese supergiant... >>

What is Intel Project Alloy? The wire-free VR headset explained

What is Intel Project Alloy? The wire-free VR headset explained

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Virtual reality is a big deal, but delving into the virtual world typically requires a tethered-to-PC solution. That's where Intel Project Alloy does things differently: this all-in-one VR headset is designed without wires, with all its computational... >>

Windows 10 introduces holographic apps for all, coming 2017

Windows 10 introduces holographic apps for all, coming 2017

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It's barely been a minute since Windows 10 Anniversary Edition arrived, but now Microsoft is looking ahead to its next W10 feature update: holographic apps. Announced at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF), executive vice president for Windows and devices,... >>

Bang & Olufsen A1 review: Bluetooth speaker bliss
5.0 stars

Bang & Olufsen A1 review: Bluetooth speaker bliss

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It's not often a Bluetooth speaker has its designer's name tucked away within its specification. But then the Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay A1 is no ordinary Bluetooth speaker; an example of the kind of sound quality that can be achieved at this small scale.... >>

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... >>

What is GoPro Omni? The 360 VR camera rig explained, release date and price info

What is GoPro Omni? The 360 VR camera rig explained, release date and price info

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It's not the first time we've heard about GoPro Omni - the six GoPro camera rig used for 360-degree virtual reality capture, announced early 2016 - but it is the first time we've seen it and learned about its end-to-end workflow. So just what can you... >>

Lenovo Yoga 900S review: Strike a pose
4.0 stars

Lenovo Yoga 900S review: Strike a pose

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Lenovo has been pushing its flexible-hinge Yoga series for some time, refining design and capability with each iteration. At the tail-end of 2015 we were impressed by the original Yoga 900, which combined Intel Core i processor power in a slender build... >>

Kia Niro review: Say hello to my little friend
3.5 stars

Kia Niro review: Say hello to my little friend

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The word "Niro" makes us think of a few things: Robert de Niro in his classic film roles; strong black coffee; or some kind of futuristic city. It doesn't immediately make us think of a car. But that's about to change, for Korean car giant Kia has just... >>

What is Mobile HDR? Why Samsung's Note 7 screen is a window into high dynamic range's future

What is Mobile HDR? Why Samsung's Note 7 screen is a window into high dynamic range's future

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If you're up to speed with current television technologies, then you'll be aware that HDR - which stands for high dynamic range - is the latest and greatest thing for picture quality, promising the broadest range between the brightest whites and deepest... >>

What are the new S-Pen features for the Galaxy Note 7? New Air Command and features explored

What are the new S-Pen features for the Galaxy Note 7? New Air Command and features explored

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If you're already familiar with the Samsung Galaxy Note series then you'll know about the power of the S-Pen (Samsung's fancy name for the included, integrated stylus which comes with the device). The Note 7 is the latest big-screen phone in the series,... >>

OnePlus 3 Soft Gold in pictures: If bling is your thing

OnePlus 3 Soft Gold in pictures: If bling is your thing

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As affordable mid-range phones go there are few better than the OnePlus 3. This £329 beauty comes with a flagship specification but without the flagship price. And now you can buy it in a Soft Gold finish instead of the standard Graphite colour - the... >>

Acer Switch Alpha 12 review: Affordability is its ace
4.0 stars

Acer Switch Alpha 12 review: Affordability is its ace

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The laptop-replacement market is going from strength to strength, with every manufacturer worth its salt looking to innovate in the 2-in-1 market and stand apart from the top-of-the-pack Microsoft Surface. With the Acer Switch Alpha 12, the Taiwanese... >>

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... >>

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
4.0 stars

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
4.0 stars

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... >>