Archive for Mike Lowe

  • Audio-Technica ATH-M50x headphones review: Exemplary over-ear audio
    5 out of 5

    Audio-Technica ATH-M50x headphones review: Exemplary over-ear audio

    By 8 hours ago

    If you're looking for a pair of over-ear headphones to wear at home, but don't want to break the bank, and aren't interested in bass-boosted unnatural listening, then the Audio-Technica M50x are a definite contender. Whether or not the Japanese manufacturer...

  • Fujifilm X30 review: Bigger and better, but beleaguered
    4.5 out of 5

    Fujifilm X30 review: Bigger and better, but beleaguered

    By 29 October 2014

    It's been a strong year for high-end compact cameras, with well-established manufacturers honing their craft and new additions also appearing. It's made for a bustling market, but one that also makes that purchase decision all the harder. The Fujifilm...

  • AKG Y50 on-ear headphones review: Budget brilliance
    4.5 out of 5

    AKG Y50 on-ear headphones review: Budget brilliance

    By 29 October 2014

    Every manufacturer seems to be after a slice of the headphones market and AKG's approach with the Y50 on-ears is very savvy indeed. When we started testing the AKG Y50 headphones we assumed they were in the £150 price category based on their finish alone....

  • Nikon D750 review: Tilt-angle tricks
    4.5 out of 5

    Nikon D750 review: Tilt-angle tricks

    By 24 October 2014

    The camera market is changing and the Nikon D750 is the epitome of that. A full-frame DSLR with a tilt-angle screen? People wouldn't have even considered that not so many years ago because the technology just wasn't nearly up to it. So why now? The proliferation...

  • Sony MDR-1A review:  A-class over-ear headphones
    5 out of 5

    Sony MDR-1A review: A-class over-ear headphones

    By 24 October 2014

    It was two years ago we were first introduced to the Sony MDR range, headed-up by the self-proclaimed "prestige" MDR-1R headphones. We had to hand it to Sony, though, despite sounding almost pompous they were very impressive over-ears, delivering quality...

  • Panasonic Lumix LX100 review: High-end highs and lows
    4.5 out of 5

    Panasonic Lumix LX100 review: High-end highs and lows

    By 22 October 2014

    When we first saw the Panasonic Lumix LX100 we were impressed that the company had finally squeezed a large-size Micro Four Thirds sensor into a compact camera. It's the exact thing photo enthusiasts have been calling on for years now; a nod to high-end...

  • Pioneer SE-MX9 review
    4 out of 5

    Pioneer SE-MX9 review

    By 20 October 2014

    We're long-time users of headphones that promise "club sound", having adopted the Sennheiser HD25 through its two generations, so when the Pioneer SE-MX9 headphones - promising "superior club sound" at home or on the go - arrived through the door for...

  • A week in reviews 13 - 17 October: Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Sony Xperia Z3 and loads more

    A week in reviews 13 - 17 October: Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Sony Xperia Z3 and loads more

    By 18 October 2014

    October is a busy month in the world of tech and this week we've published no less than a 14 full reviews. That's two a day you lucky so and sos. And that's not even counting Apple's and Google's big news in the iPad Air 2 and Nexus 6 and 9 announcements....

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 4 review
    5 out of 5

    Samsung Galaxy Note 4 review

    By 17 October 2014

    Big phones, phablets, or whatever term you want to call them - the big-screen category is here to stay. The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 represents not only the most crucial big-screen device from the Korean company for a couple of years but, sub-genres brushed...

  • Sennheiser Urbanite review
    4.5 out of 5

    Sennheiser Urbanite review

    By 14 October 2014

    With the headphones market booming we've often seen increasing price tags for products that don't always mean better sound or build quality. Not so the Sennheiser Urbanite on-ear headphones: these affordable £150 cans don't scrimp on sound, style or...

  • Canon PowerShot G7 X review
    4.5 out of 5

    Canon PowerShot G7 X review

    By 11 October 2014

    The rise of the high-end compact camera has been gathering pace, with oodles of models well worth a look in 2014. Despite already offering plenty of quality products, it's taken Canon a little longer to get into the groove and deliver a large-sensor yet...

  • A week in reviews 6 - 10 October: Tesco Hudl 2, Nikon D750, Moto G 2014, Alien: Isolation and more

    A week in reviews 6 - 10 October: Tesco Hudl 2, Nikon D750, Moto G 2014, Alien: Isolation and more

    By 11 October 2014

    This week it's a bit of a gaming bonanza. As the temperature drops, it means holiday season is on its way and that obviously means sitting around playing video games. From Alien: Isolation, to DriveClub, Assassin's Creed 5 and beyond - there's a whole...

  • LG G Pad 7.0 review
    4 out of 5

    LG G Pad 7.0 review

    By 9 October 2014

    The LG G Pad 7.0 is here to show that you needn't spend a fortune to get a feature-rich 7-inch tablet, acting as LG's charge to try and shake-up the reign of Google Nexus 7 rule. In this regard the G Pad packs in a few features you generally don't get...

  • Assassin's Creed 5 Unity preview: Familiar format draws upon multi-player to evolve series

    Assassin's Creed 5 Unity preview: Familiar format draws upon multi-player to evolve series

    By 6 October 2014

    With Ubisoft being a French company it's almost surprising it's taken many iterations of one of its best-known series, Assassin's Creed, to pull influence from its home country. Albeit, in Assassin's Creed 5: Unity, that's 18th Century Paris deep in the...

  • A week in reviews:  29 Sept - 3 Oct: GoPro Hero4's 4K powers, new BMW M3, and best Android Wear watch yet

    A week in reviews: 29 Sept - 3 Oct: GoPro Hero4's 4K powers, new BMW M3, and best Android Wear watch yet

    By 4 October 2014

    Cars, wearables, gaming, phones, actions cams - we've got it all this week. Headed-up by GoPro's announcement of the Hero4, complete with 4K capture at a usable frame rate. We captured pro cyclist Danny MacAskill on the streets of London to give our first...

  • A week in reviews 22 - 26 September: Sony Xperia Z3 Compact successes, BlackBerry Passport failings and more

    A week in reviews 22 - 26 September: Sony Xperia Z3 Compact successes, BlackBerry Passport failings and more

    By 27 September 2014

    Phones and gaming - that's the essence of this week's reviews. We've seen the mighty yet mini Sony Xperia Z3 Compact, alongside the gigantic Huawei Ascend Mate 7 phablet not-so-mighty and most definitely not mini BlackBerry Passport. As summer nears its...

  • Huawei Ascend Mate 7 review
    4.5 out of 5

    Huawei Ascend Mate 7 review

    By 26 September 2014

    We've been using the Huawei Ascend Mate 7 for three weeks now, which is since the day it was unveiled at the IFA trade show in Berlin. Despite originally thinking "blimey, a 6-inch phone" we've become accustomed to this behemoth living in our pocket....

  • Toshiba Encore 2 review
    3.5 out of 5

    Toshiba Encore 2 review

    By 22 September 2014

    Upon switching on the Toshiba Encore 2 tablet, the company's "Leading Innovation" brand strategy slogan pops onto the screen. But does the second-generation tablet truly innovate within the entire market, or does it merely represent progress within Toshiba's...

  • Week in reviews 15 - 19 September: iPhone 6, Moto 360, Panasonic Lumix CM1 cameraphone and more

    Week in reviews 15 - 19 September: iPhone 6, Moto 360, Panasonic Lumix CM1 cameraphone and more

    By 20 September 2014

    Apple fans are going to be keen to see this week's reviews, as we treat you to the iPhone 6, 6 Plus and iOS 8. Should you pre-order, update, wait, or jump to another system? We've got all the info. It's also been Photokina week, so we've been showered...

  • Devolo dLAN 500 review: Starter Pack extends home Wi-Fi network with ease
    4 out of 5

    Devolo dLAN 500 review: Starter Pack extends home 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...

  • Best of Photokina 2014: The best cameras coming this year

    Best of Photokina 2014: The best cameras coming this year

    By 19 September 2014

    Every two years the photo manufacturer fraternity descends on Cologne in Germany for the industry's largest show to unveil their latest and best cameras. And in 2014 it certainly didn't disappoint, with releases big and small, prototypes, new colour finishes...

  • Pentax K-S1: Built-in LED light displays distract from some interesting tech (hands-on)

    Pentax K-S1: Built-in LED light displays distract from some interesting tech (hands-on)

    By 18 September 2014

    Pentax isn't one for the norm. In addition to its multi-colour DSLR cameras, the company was also showing off its latest K-S1 DSLR at Photokina - a camera that has coloured light indicator lamps said to guide operations. We thought the fade-in, fade-out...

  • Sony Alpha A7S review
    4 out of 5

    Sony Alpha A7S review

    By 12 September 2014

    In 2013 the Sony Alpha A7 convinced our team and a panel of tech-savvy judges that it was system camera of the year. Not because it had the most lenses available, was the fastest, nor because there weren't other great new cameras coming out, but because...

  • Olympus interchangeable lens mount for smartphones incoming, 'open platform' camera module revealed

    Olympus interchangeable lens mount for smartphones incoming, 'open platform' camera module revealed

    By 18 September 2014

    Tucked away in the corner of the Olympus stand at Photokina 2014 was what could be described as a digital box Brownie with a Micro Four Thirds lens mount attached and a smartphone to its side. That's the fun of a show - you never know what you're going...

  • Hands-on: Canon PowerShot SX60 HS superzoom review: Massive zoom is great, but not always super

    Hands-on: Canon PowerShot SX60 HS superzoom review: Massive zoom is great, but not always super

    By 17 September 2014

    There was a time when superzooms were content with focal lengths maxing out in the triple figure department. No so the Canon PowerShot SX60 HS, an all-in-one complete with a 65x zoom lens (21-1365mm equivalent) that encompasses a versatile range. Wide-angle,...