Archive for Mike Lowe

  • Mini Clubman Concept pictures and hands-on

    Mini Clubman Concept pictures and hands-on

    By 7 March 2014

    We’re not huge fans of the original Mini Clubman. The adverts are cool, the brand heritage is cool, those barn doors on the back are kind of cool too - but the whole bizarre 3-door element just left us cold. That’s all just changed. Because the Mini...

  • Toyota FV2 pictures and eyes-on: Tron-like concept ‘car’ that you won’t be driving in the future

    Toyota FV2 pictures and eyes-on: Tron-like concept ‘car’ that you won’t be driving in the future

    By 7 March 2014

    You are looking at the Toyota FV2. We know, it’s one of those things that’ll make you cock your head to work out exactly what it is and what's supposed to go where. Originally announced at the Tokyo Motor Show, it’s taken until the 2014 Geneva Motor...

  • South Park: The Stick of Truth review
    4 out of 5

    South Park: The Stick of Truth review

    By 7 March 2014

    If Mortal Kombat was offensive in its day then surely South Park: The Stick of Truth is 2014’s coup for the crown. But not so much because of blood, guts ’n’ gore. Instead The Stick of Truth takes the turn-based role-playing genre, douses it with...

  • Volkswagen Golf GTE pictures and eyes-on: Mean meets green

    Volkswagen Golf GTE pictures and eyes-on: Mean meets green

    By 7 March 2014

    We first wrote about the VW Golf GTE in late February when the hybrid car was announced. But after seeing it at the Geneva Motor Show it's impressed our retinas enough to feel the need to feature it once again. It's not the first electric car we've seen...

  • Alfa Romeo 4C Spider concept pictures and eyes-on

    Alfa Romeo 4C Spider concept pictures and eyes-on

    By 6 March 2014

    There was quite the buzz around the Alfa Romeo stand at the Geneva Motor Show. And for good reason: the company was showing off its 4C Spider concept car. This dinky little car weighs under a tonne and despite being a concept looks to pave the way for...

  • Watch Dogs release date official: 27 May 2014

    Watch Dogs release date official: 27 May 2014

    By 6 March 2014

    Watch Dogs, the much anticipated game that was delayed prior to its launch alongside the next-gen consoles in November 2013, now has an official release date. All pen 27 May 2014 in your diaries. And jump around and cheer a bit too, because this could...

  • McLaren 650S pictures and hands-on

    McLaren 650S pictures and hands-on

    By 6 March 2014

    It's not every day that you get to sit in a supercar. But at the Geneva Motor Show it seems to be the norm. Not that this made sitting in and spending some time with the new McLaren 650S any less special. Based on the McLaren 12C, the 650S is a similar...

  • A week in reviews: 24 - 28 February

    A week in reviews: 24 - 28 February

    By 1 March 2014

    In a week that has been all about the phones - courtesy of our coverage from MWC 2014 - and so we've taken the opportunity to focus the reviews section on different areas of tech this week. Granted it's hard to ignore the heavyweights, such as the unveiling...

  • Maxell MXSP-SB3000 Soundbar review
    4 out of 5

    Maxell MXSP-SB3000 Soundbar review

    By 28 February 2014

    Soundbars are one thing, but TV speaker bases are the latest trend in affordable home cinema sound. The Maxell MXSP-SB3000 Soundbar is a giant under-the-telly base with integrated subwoofers and speakers to boost that TV sound. But it goes a step further...

  • Panasonic Lumix TZ60 review
    4 out of 5

    Panasonic Lumix TZ60 review

    By 26 February 2014

    The prospect of the Panasonic Lumix TZ60 (or ZS40 for our American readers) excited us when we first saw it because it's the latest in the line of what we would consider the very best of the all-round "travel zoom" compact cameras. And if you want something...

  • Nikon D4S full spec revealed: new sensor, faster processor and subtle design change

    Nikon D4S full spec revealed: new sensor, faster processor and subtle design change

    By 25 February 2014

    After a tease at the Consumer Electronics Show 2014 last month, the Nikon D4S has been revealed in full ahead of its March launch date. It's a DSLR not full of surprises, but certainly full of top-spec features. In the main the D4S doesn't differ much...

  • SanDisk delivers first 128GB microSD card, but no sign of super-fast UHS-II just yet

    SanDisk delivers first 128GB microSD card, but no sign of super-fast UHS-II just yet

    By 24 February 2014

    It's been a long time coming, but SanDisk has now launched the world's first 128GB microSD card. We've seen counterfeits before, but this one is the real deal. Or, to be specific, it's a microSDXC card. Those all-important last two letters are of key...

  • Dixons and Carphone Warehouse in merger talks

    Dixons and Carphone Warehouse in merger talks

    By 24 February 2014

    Dixons and Carphone Warehouse are in talks over a possible merger that could make the electrical giant and smartphone retailer one powerhouse high-street chain. Both boards have confirmed that they are in talks over combining the companies, although at...

  • A week in reviews: 17 - 21 February

    A week in reviews: 17 - 21 February

    By 22 February 2014

    It's the week before Mobile World Congress 2014, the mobile phone show of the year, so expect plenty of smartphones and tablets to be covering these pages over the coming days. During the quiet before the storm it's been a week dominated by cameras....

  • Olympus OM-D E-M1 review
    5 out of 5

    Olympus OM-D E-M1 review

    By 20 February 2014

    We've been using the Olympus OM-D E-M1 for a number of months now. This compact system camera has seen us through many different shoots - from personal snaps to product images that you might have seen in some other Pocket-lint reviews - made all the easier...

  • Nutz Pro Headphones review
    4 out of 5

    Nutz Pro Headphones review

    By 17 February 2014

    It's the era of Beats headphones, of statement audio wear. That's why big and sometimes brash over-ear cans are a popular move at the moment. Enter Nutz, a relatively new brand - it's only been around for 18-months - that has seemingly taken its inspirational...

  • South Park: The Stick of Truth preview

    South Park: The Stick of Truth preview

    By 15 February 2014

    It takes less than a week to create an episode of South Park, the rude, crude animated TV comedy. But South Park: The Stick of Truth is quite a different story; a game that has been on a rocky production road and missed its 2013 scheduled release date...

  • A week in reviews: 10 - 14 February

    A week in reviews: 10 - 14 February

    By 15 February 2014

    This week's headline review is the brand-spanking-new Fujifilm X-T1. It's an awesome blend of retro cool and modern tech rolled into one superb system camera. Does it get any better than this? Well, yes, maybe if you're a gamer. Because this week we've also...

  • Canon EOS 1200D pictures and hands-on

    Canon EOS 1200D pictures and hands-on

    By 12 February 2014

    It's been a full three years since Canon last put out an entry-level DSLR camera, but in 2014 it's back in business with the EOS 1200D. The replacement for 2011's 1100D, the 1200D is all about the balance of price to performance. Three years has seen...

  • Hands-on: Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II review

    Hands-on: Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II review

    By 12 February 2014

    The high-end compact camera market has gone from strength to strength over the last couple of years, and Canon is back with a bang in 2014 with the PowerShot G1 X Mark II. The update to the 2012 original model rights many of the shortcomings that we had...

  • Canon PowerShot SX700 HS pictures and hands-on

    Canon PowerShot SX700 HS pictures and hands-on

    By 12 February 2014

    When it comes to travel zooms - cameras pocketable in size but with a significant zoom lens squeezed into their designs - there are lots of options out there. Canon is no stranger to the market with many successful PowerShot models already under its belt,...

  • Hands-on: Sony Alpha A6000 review

    Hands-on: Sony Alpha A6000 review

    By 12 February 2014

    Since Sony ditched its NEX name handle it’s certainly not ditched the essence of what that interchangeable lens camera line was all about. But now it’s all about the Alpha name - and the Sony Alpha A6000 is, in a way, the NEX reincarnate; a merger...

  • Sony Cyber-shot HX60V pictures and hands-on

    Sony Cyber-shot HX60V pictures and hands-on

    By 12 February 2014

    It's that camera time of year and Sony has updated its travel zoom line with the latest Cyber-shot HX60V model. If you're looking for a compact model with significant zoom that can fit into a pocket or small bag then there's lots here to appeal here....

  • Sony Cyber-shot HX400V pictures and hands-on

    Sony Cyber-shot HX400V pictures and hands-on

    By 12 February 2014

    Everyone loves a superzoom. Sony has updated its HX line with the beefed-up Cyber-shot HX400V model to inject a dash of speed into proceedings. The HX400V is, for the most part, a mirror image of the earlier HX300V camera from last year. The key difference:...

  • Sony Cyber-shot H400 pictures and hands-on

    Sony Cyber-shot H400 pictures and hands-on

    By 12 February 2014

    Looking for a huge zoom? Then look no further. The Sony Cyber-shot H400 has a whopping 63x optical zoom lens that provides a 24.5-1550mm equivalent focal length. But can it deliver as big as its features suggest? Sadly, no. We got to play with the H400...