Archive for Mike Lowe

Huawei Ascend P7 review
4.0 stars

Huawei Ascend P7 review

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Huawei just took the gloves off. The Ascend P7 is the most serious smartphone that the Chinese company has ever made, designed to offer decent performance wrapped around a 5-inch HD screen and admirable design. Throw in speedy 4G connectivity at a price... >>

A week in reviews: 5 - 9 May

A week in reviews: 5 - 9 May

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May Day Bank Holiday behind us and it's a tech-tastic week full of gadgets. We've crossed the English Channel to take stock of Huawei's latest Ascend P7 smartphone over in Paris, while across the Atlantic its finally the turn of our American friends... >>

Toshiba Kira review
3.5 stars

Toshiba Kira review

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Laptops these days are statements of design as much as they are capable powerhouses able to crunch through almost any task you throw at them. The Toshiba Kira is the company's bash at high-end design, delivering a slim and capable machine packed with... >>

Canon PowerShot G1 X MkII review
4.5 stars

Canon PowerShot G1 X MkII review

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The Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II is the company's highest spec compact camera yet, superseding the original G1 X from 2012. Far from being a straightforward rehash of the earlier large sensor model, the Mark II is a total rework. It's built around a... >>

A week in reviews: 28 April - 2 May

A week in reviews: 28 April - 2 May

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It's the week when Sony's flagship Xperia Z2 smartphone finally lands in UK stores. Is this waterproof "glass sandwich" design the Android phone to go for? Perhaps our HTC One (M8) vs Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Sony Xperia Z2 comparison will help you make... >>

Panasonic Lumix GH4 review
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Panasonic Lumix GH4 review

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We've often thought of the Panasonic GH series as the best consumer interchangeable lens system for video capture on the market. It's not hard to see why: the Panasonic Lumix GH4 offers 4K video capture at usable frame rates. On paper that's untouchable... >>

HP Pavilion x360 review
3.0 stars

HP Pavilion x360 review

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The post-PC era is upon us and we're in a period of transition. There are tablets, there are laptops and there are devices that want to do more than the two combined. Take the HP Pavilion x360, a touchscreen device that outwardly looks like a laptop but... >>

Acer Iconia One 7 & Iconia Tab 7 pictures and hands-on

Acer Iconia One 7 & Iconia Tab 7 pictures and hands-on

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If there's a hotly contested tablet category it has to be the affordable 7-inch sector. And Acer has unveiled an additional two tabs to add to the stack: the Iconia One 7 and Iconia Tab 7, both of which we've got our hands on at the company's A Touch... >>

Acer Aspire Switch 10 pictures and hands-on

Acer Aspire Switch 10 pictures and hands-on

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When we see the Aspire brand we immediately think laptops. But Acer is on a mission to change in 2014, as the "four in one" Acer Aspire Switch 10 can attest. This is Aspire doing laptop, tablet and a number of in-between forms too. The concept isn't new... >>

Acer Liquid Leap: Wearable companion device in the works, due August 2014

Acer Liquid Leap: Wearable companion device in the works, due August 2014

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Acer has confirmed its plans to enter the world of wearable tech. At its global press conference in New York the company presented the Liquid Leap device, due to be launched in limited markets in the latter half of this year. Information is limited at... >>

Acer Aspire Switch 10 unveiled: One device, four positions via magnetic hinge design

Acer Aspire Switch 10 unveiled: One device, four positions via magnetic hinge design

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Acer has unveiled its Aspire Switch 10 at its A Touch More Connected press event in New York. A 10.1-inch "four in one" Windows 8.1 device that can switch between laptop, tablet, display and "tent" positions, Acer has opted for a magnetic Snap Hinge... >>

Nikon D4S review
5.0 stars

Nikon D4S review

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The Nikon D4S created a lot of buzz when it was first teased at the Consumer Electronics Show 2014. The pinnacle of Nikon's pro DSLR lineup, it arrives some two years after the earlier D4 model, touting faster performance and autofocus system updates... >>

A week in reviews: 22 - 25 April

A week in reviews: 22 - 25 April

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After a long Easter bank holiday weekend we return not with chocolate eggs, but gaming goodies: for it's the week that we can talk about Watch Dogs once again. After a six month delay, has this open-world hacking epic been moulded into the title everyone... >>

Philips Fidelio E2 review
4.0 stars

Philips Fidelio E2 review

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We've seen boat loads of Bluetooth speakers in recent times, with the trend for portable single units being a more common trend. Philips, on the other hand, has delivered a more classic stereo bookshelf speaker system: the Fidelio E2, codenamed BTS5700.... >>

Watch Dogs preview: Four hours of play in the defining open-world game of 2014

Watch Dogs preview: Four hours of play in the defining open-world game of 2014

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When Watch Dogs was delayed back in November 2013 it single-handedly postponed next-gen gaming for many. Faces drooped, hearts sank, and there was a lingering question as to whether the hype machine had set the bar of expectation beyond even the game's... >>

Lytro ups its aspirations, introduces Illum light field camera for $1,599

Lytro ups its aspirations, introduces Illum light field camera for $1,599

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Lytro makes light field cameras, devices that work in an entirely different way to normal digital cameras: captured results be refocused after shooting and only displayed digitally. Now the company has announced the Illum, a camera with greater aspirations.... >>

A week in reviews: 14 - 18 April

A week in reviews: 14 - 18 April

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It's a big week for phones. Not only has the developer preview for Windows Phone 8.1 been unleashed - which, but of course, we've reviewed - but we've unveiled our review of the flagship Sony Xperia Z2. Waterproof, premium, powerful - is it the flagship... >>

Windows Phone 8.1 review
4.0 stars

Windows Phone 8.1 review

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Windows Phone 8.1 is (sort of) here and it's a much needed boost to the Microsoft operating system. Better presentation, more personalisation, the voice assist Cortana, quick actions and notifications via Action Center and a number of other tweaks throughout.... >>

Canon EOS 100D White pictures and hands-on

Canon EOS 100D White pictures and hands-on

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No prizes for what makes the Canon EOS 100D White DSLR special. Yep, it's got a white coat of paint. A year after the release of the world's smallest and lightest DSLR, that being the Canon EOS 100D, the white model delivers a nigh-on identical package.... >>

How to get Cortana to work on Windows Phone in the UK

How to get Cortana to work on Windows Phone in the UK

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Here's a loaded question: how do you get Cortana voice assist on your Windows Phone 8 device in the UK? Technically you're supposed to wait until the second half of 2014 when Cortana will roll out as part of a Windows Phone 8.1 update. America will get... >>

Nikon Coolpix P7800 review
4.0 stars

Nikon Coolpix P7800 review

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Nikon is on the up when it comes to its compact cameras. And if you're looking for a high-end model then the Coolpix P7800 may have already made it onto your shortlist, alongside similar models such as the Canon PowerShot G16. Ultimately similar to the... >>

Pentax 645Z adds 50-megapixel sensor to medium format range

Pentax 645Z adds 50-megapixel sensor to medium format range

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There are camera and then there are cameras. Ricoh Pentax has just announced a wedge of camera gear that firmly sits in the latter category: the medium format Pentax 645Z. An update to the earlier Pentax 645D, the Z is the second model in the company's... >>

Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet review
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Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet review

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Tablet season 2014 is upon us and vying for your attention is the Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet. It's slimmer, lighter and more powerful than its Tablet Z predecessor and offers some standout features such as waterproofing. If you want to splash around in the... >>

A week in reviews: 7 - 11 April

A week in reviews: 7 - 11 April

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Phone season is upon us. As is the Samsung Galaxy S5 which you can go and buy in the shops right now. But is it worth it, and can it better the HTC One (M8) which also landed around the globe this very week? We've got the full review on the site for your... >>

Samsung Galaxy S5 Copper Gold pictures and hands-on

Samsung Galaxy S5 Copper Gold pictures and hands-on

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The Samsung Galaxy S5 is now available, but if you want an SGS5 with added bling then the Copper Gold edition might have caught your eye. Frankly, it'd be hard for anyone to ignore, whether you're a fan of the different colour finish or not. But before... >>