Archive for Mike Lowe

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... >>

Spaced360 review
4.0 stars

Spaced360 review

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Bluetooth speakers come in all sorts of shapes and sizes these days. Spaced360 is something a little different: a three-pointed-star-shaped speaker capable of throwing sound out through 360-degrees. It embodies Orbitsound's Airsound technology which is... >>

Nikon 1 J4 adds the power of touchscreen to compact system camera line

Nikon 1 J4 adds the power of touchscreen to compact system camera line

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Nikon has announced the 1 J4, adding touchscreen and other features to the company's compact system camera line. The 1-series has been under constant refinement, arriving at a point where the J4 looks a lot like a high-end compact camera. The stripped-back... >>

Humax HB-1000S Freesat HD box review
4.5 stars

Humax HB-1000S Freesat HD box review

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There was a time when we didn't really understand Freesat. And in a world where increasing numbers of set-top boxes and catch-up devices are available for as little as a tenner, we weren't sure the satellite-dish-provided free TV service could ever suit... >>

Samsung Galaxy TabPro 10.1 review
4.5 stars

Samsung Galaxy TabPro 10.1 review

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Samsung is certainly no stranger to tablets. But you might be left scratching your head and wondering what's what given how many model numbers and sizes are available throughout its ranges. Enter the Samsung Galaxy TabPro 10.1, the 10.1-inch Android tablet... >>

Sony Alpha A7S: new 12-megapixel full-frame model capable of 4K video

Sony Alpha A7S: new 12-megapixel full-frame model capable of 4K video

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Sony has unveiled a new addition to its full-frame compact system camera at the NAB show in Las Vegas: the Alpha A7S. It's a bold move as the A7S follows on from the original A7 and A7R models just a matter of months after launch. The "S" is built around... >>

A week in reviews: 31 March - 4 April

A week in reviews: 31 March - 4 April

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It's the week when April Fools' jokes happen aplenty. And we witnessed some crackers this week, all condensed into our best picks from around the web. Giggles brushed aside and we're left with a bevy of tech wonderment in this week's reviews. It's as... >>

Dell XPS 13 review (2014)
4.5 stars

Dell XPS 13 review (2014)

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When Dell unleashed the XPS 13 it was one of the few Ultrabook devices that could stand up against the strength of the Apple MacBook Air. Not all of us are Apple users, of course, so the prospect of a slim, light, attractive and powerful Windows portable... >>

Child of Light preview: Storybook RPG plays with dream-like charm

Child of Light preview: Storybook RPG plays with dream-like charm

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When most games these days are based around shooting things while head-nodding to a rock-out soundtrack, or racing fast cars while drumming techno into your ear canals, it's a refreshing change to play a game like Child of Light. Imagine unfolding a hand-drawn... >>

Hands-on: TomTom Multi-Sport Cardio review

Hands-on: TomTom Multi-Sport Cardio review

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Sports watches are evolving. The new TomTom Multi-Sport Cardio wants to be your one-stop shop for all things triathlon. New for TomTom is a built-in heart-rate monitor which means you can abandon the uncomfortable chest strap for real-time monitoring... >>

TomTom Runner Cardio & Multi-Sport Cardio add built-in heart rate monitor, Bluetooth app sync

TomTom Runner Cardio & Multi-Sport Cardio add built-in heart rate monitor, Bluetooth app sync

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TomTom has refreshed its Runner and Multi-Sport sports watches with the addition of new Cardio models, capable of measuring heart rate using a wrist-based built-in heart-rate monitor. Pocket-lint is at the London launch where we've been quick-testing... >>

Jabra Solemate review (second-gen)
3.5 stars

Jabra Solemate review (second-gen)

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The Jabra Solemate is a portable Bluetooth speaker, back in its NFC-capable second-gen form. It might look more like a luminescent character from Pacman spliced with a Dr Martens sole but its design - which, as the name suggests, takes its cues from shoe... >>

Hands-on: Goat Simulator review

Hands-on: Goat Simulator review

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Goats are threatening to be the internet's next big superstars. We've seen hilarious YouTube clips of goats screaming like humans, fainting goats and, to top all that, now there's the brand new PC game: Goat Simulator. Yes you read that correctly. And... >>

Nikon Coolpix P340 review
4.0 stars

Nikon Coolpix P340 review

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When it comes to high-end compact cameras there are lots of options out there. Most of those, however, happen to cost a pretty penny. Although the Nikon Coolpix P340 couldn't be called "budget" it does undercut many of its competitors on the price front... >>