Archive for Mike Lowe

Alienware 13: Gaming laptop meets desktop when paired with Graphics Amplifier (hands-on)

Alienware 13: Gaming laptop meets desktop when paired with Graphics Amplifier (hands-on)

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Which to go for - the desktop mega rig for graphically intense sessions, or a hardcore laptop for on-the-go gaming? How about a solution combining the best of both? That's the approach of the Alienware 13 gaming laptop. Use as a mobile gaming machine,... >>

Cambridge Audio Go v2 portable speaker review: Bluetooth on a budget
4.0 stars

Cambridge Audio Go v2 portable speaker review: Bluetooth on a budget

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The Cambridge Audio Go v2 portable Bluetooth speaker is, as its name suggests, the second version in the series, updating the Go Minx that we thought was a top-class offering when we reviewed it last year. The "saucy" name has been dropped for round two,... >>

Philips Fidelio M2BT review: Small Bluetooth headphones deliver big sound
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Philips Fidelio M2BT review: Small Bluetooth headphones deliver big sound

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In our hunt for the best headphones we've been donning the Philips Fidelio M2BT Bluetooth wireless on-ears to see whether these cans deliver audio that defies their small scale. As the update to the earlier Fidelio M1BT, the latest generation M2BT makes... >>

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

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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 stars

Fujifilm X30 review: Bigger and better, but beleaguered

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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 stars

AKG Y50 on-ear headphones review: Budget brilliance

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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 stars

Nikon D750 review: Tilt-angle tricks

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

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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 stars

Panasonic Lumix LX100 review: High-end highs and lows

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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
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Pioneer SE-MX9 review

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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

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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
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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 review

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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 stars

Sennheiser Urbanite review

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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 stars

Canon PowerShot G7 X review

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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

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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
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LG G Pad 7.0 review

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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

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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

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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

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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 stars

Huawei Ascend Mate 7 review

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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 stars

Toshiba Encore 2 review

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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

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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
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Devolo dLAN 500 review: Starter Pack extends home Wi-Fi network with ease

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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

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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)

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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... >>