Archive for Mike Lowe

  • A week in reviews: 26 - 30 August
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    A week in reviews: 26 - 30 August

    By 31 August 2013

    The final Bank Holiday of the summer is behind us, the sun setting earlier each day, and September is just about to begin. But on the cusp of summer's end we've tested so much cool tech this week that you'll have that summery smile back on your face in...

  • Sennheiser IE 800 in-ear headphones review
    Audio 4 out of 5

    Sennheiser IE 800 in-ear headphones review

    By 30 August 2013

    Say hello to the Sennheiser IE 800 in-ear headphones. Now wave goodbye to £600 or, for our American friends, $1000. You may need to re-read the above sentence. These audiophile-aimed in-ear monitors (IEMs) command a sensational price tag and tout themselves...

  • Splinter Cell: Blacklist review
    Gaming 3.5 out of 5

    Splinter Cell: Blacklist review

    By 27 August 2013

    From the moment the disc was sucked into our PS3 console, Splinter Cell: Blacklist did its damnedest to keep us enshrouded in the on-screen action. But far from the promise of a stealth title, Blacklist intros with the rip-roar of guns blazing in a US...

  • Orbitsound SB60 Airsound Base: Beef up your TV's audio with this under-unit all-in-one sub and soundbar
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    Orbitsound SB60 Airsound Base: Beef up your TV's audio with this under-unit all-in-one sub and soundbar

    By 26 August 2013

    The Orbitsound SB60 Airsound Base is an all-in-one sub meets soundbar unit designed to sit underneath the television. Even small and medium-sized screens can now deliver bigger audio without the need for a standalone, space-eating subwoofer. Following...

  • A week in reviews: 18 - 23 August
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    A week in reviews: 18 - 23 August

    By 24 August 2013

    Cars, custom phones, tablets: it's never a dull week here at Pocket-lint and this week we've got an eclectic mix of gadgets for your eager eyes to digest. It's 50 years since Porsche put the 911 out to the world, a car that remains an icon right through...

  • Into 'Oblivion': DJI Phantom drone test flight over Iceland's black sand desert
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    Into 'Oblivion': DJI Phantom drone test flight over Iceland's black sand desert

    By 23 August 2013

    Sometimes we get asked to do the craziest of things. Crazy in the most brilliant of ways. So when a phone call came through inviting us to visit Iceland to explore shooting locations from the Joseph Kosinski movie Oblivion - starring Mr Top Gun himself,...

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 review
    Tablets 3.5 out of 5

    Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 review

    By 22 August 2013

    Compact tablets are all the rage in 2013. Far from being "dead on arrival" as the late Apple boss Steve Jobs once declared, the 7-inch tablet market is thriving. And while that's the size-space that Samsung has typically occupied with its earlier Tab...

  • Canon PowerShot G16 announced: Faster AF, Digic 6 processor, intros Wi-Fi and new sensor
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    Canon PowerShot G16 announced: Faster AF, Digic 6 processor, intros Wi-Fi and new sensor

    By 22 August 2013

    The introduction of the Canon PowerShot G16 brings the powerful compact camera range up to date by introducing Wi-Fi, upgrading to the latest Digic 6 processor and tweaking the autofocus for a faster response compared to its G15 predecessor. In a world...

  • Nikon Coolpix S9500 review
    Cameras 3.5 out of 5

    Nikon Coolpix S9500 review

    By 20 August 2013

    The Nikon Coolpix S9500 fits into that smartphone-won't-cut-it bracket: its 22x optical zoom lens not only means wide-angle shots can be captured, but those far away subjects are also well within reach. It's a straightforward point-and-shoot model that...

  • A week in reviews: 12 - 16 August
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    A week in reviews: 12 - 16 August

    By 17 August 2013

    It's been a mad week - by which we mean a mad-fun week, chock-full of review products from many corners of tech. From visiting Iceland to explore the landscape in which Joseph Kosinski's movie Oblivion was shot - with a Fujifilm X-M1 in tow, no less...

  • Fujifilm X-M1 review
    Cameras 4 out of 5

    Fujifilm X-M1 review

    By 16 August 2013

    The X-M1 is something of a departure for Fujifilm. Despite bearing the "X" name this compact system camera (CSC) seems to have abandoned the retro style and dial-laden designs of its bigger X-E1 and X-Pro1 models. It may sound more B-movie than blockbuster,...

  • Panasonic Lumix GX7 review
    Cameras 4.5 out of 5

    Panasonic Lumix GX7 review

    By 15 August 2013

    The Panasonic Lumix GX7 immediately took up the "most wanted" position in our desirable compact system cameras list when it was announced earlier this year. How's that for hype? But it's hype with reason: the GX7 comes complete with a brand new Micro...

  • Plants vs Zombies 2 review
    Apps 5 out of 5

    Plants vs Zombies 2 review

    By 15 August 2013

    Plants vs Zombies is one of the most popular gaming apps ever released. And for good reason: it's so good that you'll want to eat your own brain. Popcap, the title's developer, has been gobbled up by publishing giant EA since the original game's app-format...

  • A week in reviews: 5 - 9 August
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    A week in reviews: 5 - 9 August

    By 10 August 2013

    This week we've been banging out the tunes via Beats' latest Studio headphones while taking a look at some top-spec camera kit. But it's also the week that we bring you the verdict on the Motorola Moto X. The all-American and, indeed, America-only smartphone...

  • Cambridge Audio Minx Go review
    Audio 4.5 out of 5

    Cambridge Audio Minx Go review

    By 9 August 2013

    Minx isn't a word that typically rouses thoughts of speaker systems. Cambridge Audio begs to differ. Its Minx Go portable Bluetooth speaker system is a chunk of plastic that's been flirting in and around the Pocket-lint offices for a couple of weeks....

  • Goal line tech: We play referee with the Hawk-Eye system ahead of 2013/14 Premier League debut
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    Goal line tech: We play referee with the Hawk-Eye system ahead of 2013/14 Premier League debut

    By 8 August 2013

    The Premier League 2013/14 will be unlike any other before it. And that's not down to just this year's transfers: the season will kick off with fully operational Hawk-Eye goal line technology - recently re-dubbed "goal decision technology" - and we got...

  • Beats Studio (2013) review
    Audio 4 out of 5

    Beats Studio (2013) review

    By 7 August 2013

    "The original remastered," reads the interior of the Beats Studio (2013) headphones box. That's the sort of statement that might put fear into the hearts (and ears) of fans of The Beatles - just take a look at the waveforms after each album remaster -...

  • App of the day: Fill More! review (iPhone)
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    App of the day: Fill More! review (iPhone)

    By 6 August 2013

    If you've played the classic game Filler then Fill More! will be familiar territory. This modern-day mobile device adaptation is based loosely around a command and conquer theme that feels like playing a digital board game. Fill More! is a strategic turn-based...

  • Ricoh GR review
    Cameras 4 out of 5

    Ricoh GR review

    By 6 August 2013

    There are high-end compact cameras and there are high-end compact cameras. The Ricoh GR most definitely fits into the latter group: there's an APS-C size sensor - the same size as found in many DSLR cameras - paired up with a fixed 28mm equivalent f/2.8...

  • Nikon Coolpix L620 announced: Sensor refresh for 14x zoom model
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    Nikon Coolpix L620 announced: Sensor refresh for 14x zoom model

    By 6 August 2013

    The Nikon Coolpix L620 takes the 14x optical zoom and form factor of the previous L610 model and ups the megapixel count with a new 18-megapixel back-side illuminated sensor. That lens delivers through from a wide-angle 25mm equivalent to a far-away-capturing...

  • Sony Cyber-shot RX100 II review
    Cameras 4.5 out of 5

    Sony Cyber-shot RX100 II review

    By 5 August 2013

    The Sony Cyber-shot RX100 II isn't a casual camera purchase. It touts itself as the big gun of the compact camera world, and with an asking price of £650 it's about as far removed from a back pocket change purchase as a compact can be. But we're still...

  • A week in reviews: 29 July - 3 August
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    A week in reviews: 29 July - 3 August

    By 3 August 2013

    It's been a week chock-full of announcements: ranging from the Motorola Moto X smartphone through to the Panasonic Lumix GX7 compact system camera, to name but two, there are plenty of products on the horizon to look forward to. But let's not get ahead...

  • Nokia Lumia 925 camera review
    Cameras 4 out of 5

    Nokia Lumia 925 camera review

    By 2 August 2013

    The Nokia Lumia 925 may not be a standalone camera but it is one of an ever-growing number of smartphones where the onboard camera's capabilities are brought to the fore. "Spectacularly sharp low-light photos and video," boasts the Nokia website. Okay,...

  • Hands-on: Panasonic Lumix GX7 review
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    Hands-on: Panasonic Lumix GX7 review

    By 1 August 2013

    From one to seven: the Panasonic Lumix GX7 looks to turn up the dial on the premium yet small compact system camera (CSC) market thanks to a bulging feature set and build quality that will hold plenty of appeal for enthusiast photographers. Pocket-lint...

  • Panasonic Lumix GX7: Tiltable viewfinder, brand new 'best yet' sensor, premium build and much more
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    Panasonic Lumix GX7: Tiltable viewfinder, brand new 'best yet' sensor, premium build and much more

    By 1 August 2013

    The Panasonic Lumix GX7 bypasses the typical upgrade cycle to deliver a wholly new premium compact system camera (CSC) experience two years on from the earlier GX1 model. And the jump from one to seven can be seen in an instant when looking through the...