Archive for Mike Lowe - Page 2

Honor 9 review: A mid-range marvel
4.5 stars

Honor 9 review: A mid-range marvel

By

There was a time when buying an affordable phone would mean considerable compromise. Increasingly, however, the boundaries between mid-range and true flagship devices is being blurred, to such an extent that sometimes the more affordable phone can actually... >>

Audi A8 (2017) preview: The most technological car interior, ever?

Audi A8 (2017) preview: The most technological car interior, ever?

By

The Audi A8 has long been considered as chauffeur to the stars; a cushy place to sit in luxury when being carted around. In its 2017 guise, the new A8 elevates that concept to new heights, not only for passengers but driver too.For the 2017 Audi A8 is... >>

Canon EOS 6D Mark II and EOS 200D official: A DSLR to suit all levels

Canon EOS 6D Mark II and EOS 200D official: A DSLR to suit all levels

By

In what's been a relatively quiet couple of years in the world of cameras, Canon has taken to opportunity to get one over its competitors by releasing an EOS DSLR for, well, seemingly everyone. And with the announcement of the EOS 6D Mark II full-frame... >>

Canon EOS 6D Mark II vs 5D Mark IV: What's the difference and which should I buy?

Canon EOS 6D Mark II vs 5D Mark IV: What's the difference and which should I buy?

By

When the Canon EOS 5D MkIV burst onto the pro camera scene in 2016, it hit so many tick boxes that, well, few other full-frame cameras seemed to be worth a look-in.Until, that is, looking at the price. The 5D Mark IV is a rather pricey machine - it's... >>

Monster announces earphones specially tuned for Honor 9 smartphone

Monster announces earphones specially tuned for Honor 9 smartphone

By

Monster isn't averse to a partnership. Whether sports star, rock star or superstar DJ, its audio products and headphones are well known to have proliferated fashion and lifestyle ambassadors. So for Monster to partner with Chinese smartphone maker Honor... >>

Honor 9 arrives in UK with dual cameras and ultra-shiny Sapphire Blue finish

Honor 9 arrives in UK with dual cameras and ultra-shiny Sapphire Blue finish

By

When it comes to mid-level phones, Honor has long been one of the go-to brands to consider. To call the new Honor 9 "mid-level" would arguably be a disservice, however, given the serious spec and standout design positives of this affordable smartphone.The... >>

Honor 9 vs Honor 8: What's the difference?

Honor 9 vs Honor 8: What's the difference?

By

If you're looking for a relatively affordable mid-level phone then Honor's unveiling of the Honor 9 may well have sparked your interest - and not just because of its spangly Sapphire Blue finish. For this £380 phone delivers plenty of bang for your buck.Compared... >>

Canon EOS M6 review: Canon's best mirrorless yet, but is that good enough?
4.0 stars

Canon EOS M6 review: Canon's best mirrorless yet, but is that good enough?

By

The Canon take on the mirrorless camera market has been interesting: having lackadaisically introduced the M-series system in a bid to avoid undercutting its own DSLR business, it had taken Canon years to establish a more viable M-series camera. That... >>

Best upcoming Nintendo Switch games to look forward to 2017-2018

Best upcoming Nintendo Switch games to look forward to 2017-2018

By

After the flop of the Wii U, Nintendo is looking to be on fine form with its Switch console. The home-meets-portable console was introduced in March 2017, along with Zelda: The Breath of the Wild, which might well be game of the year, and the company... >>

Best upcoming PS4 games to look forward to 2017-2018

Best upcoming PS4 games to look forward to 2017-2018

By

You're now the proud owner of a PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 4 Pro, or are still considering whether to make the investment in Sony or not. Either way, you'll find our list of tantalising gaming treats enough to have you excited for the months ahead.There... >>

Best upcoming Xbox One games to look forward to 2017-2018

Best upcoming Xbox One games to look forward to 2017-2018

By

The big news from E3 2017 was that the extra-powerful Xbox One X console - formerly Project Scorpio - will launch worldwide on 7 November 2017. That means true 4K HDR gaming is imminent.But it wasn't just hardware that Microsoft was showing off at its... >>

E3 2017: All the games and announcements that matter

E3 2017: All the games and announcements that matter

By

E3 2017 is upon us. With all the major conferences done and dusted, here are all the major announcements and games from the world's largest games show.Microsoft announced that its new 4K super console, the Xbox One X (originally codenamed Project Scorpio),... >>

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle gameplay preview: Cute and compelling turn-based action

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle gameplay preview: Cute and compelling turn-based action

By

In 2017 Mario seems to be on something of a departure from his norm. Maybe it's a midlife crisis. First, there's Mario Odyssey on Switch, a game in which our intrepid plumber has ended up in not only familiar lands, such as Sand Kingdom, but also closer-to-reality... >>

Wolfenstein 2 The New Colossus gameplay preview: The intense first-person shooter is back and in fine form

Wolfenstein 2 The New Colossus gameplay preview: The intense first-person shooter is back and in fine form

By

Wolfenstein: The New Order was more than a little intense. When the classic shooter was relaunched by Bethesda back in 2014, it set hearts racing for not only its first-person action, but its intense Nazi characters and their casual brutality. Some scenes... >>

Life Is Strange 2 Before The Storm preview: No rewind mechanic, it's all about the angst

Life Is Strange 2 Before The Storm preview: No rewind mechanic, it's all about the angst

By

Life Is Strange. It really is. And the game of the same name explored that concept in a fascinating life-meets-supernatural way when it was released in 2015.Now there's a prequel: Before The Storm. Set in Arcadia Bay once more, it rewinds the timeline... >>

Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) review: Every bit the pro, but battery life is still a blow
4.0 stars

Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) review: Every bit the pro, but battery life is still a blow

By

Say hello to the Microsoft Surface 5. Ok, ok, so it's "the new Microsoft Surface Pro", rather than adopting the generational number format in its name. And that's quite possibly because this fifth-generation model looks suspiciously like its predecessor.It's... >>

The Crew 2 gameplay preview: Planes, Boats and Automobiles

The Crew 2 gameplay preview: Planes, Boats and Automobiles

By

The Crew was an ambitious game when it launched in 2014: an always online racer that left players to freely roam five regions of America as they pleased. Whether in single player or competing other online players, it was a racer unlike any other. The... >>

Strange Brigade gameplay preview: Undead onslaught is oodles of fun

Strange Brigade gameplay preview: Undead onslaught is oodles of fun

By

Ah, the Brits. Cups of tea. Stiff upper lips. Crumpets with jam. Undead zombie hordes. We have it all.UK studio Rebellion's latest title, Strange Brigade, is a 1930s-style adventure which throws you into an adventure in forgotten civilisations. Track... >>

Super Mario Odyssey gameplay preview: Aces and oddities

Super Mario Odyssey gameplay preview: Aces and oddities

By

Everyone loves Mario. The Italian plumber returns to his 3D platformer roots in Super Mario Odyssey, due for release on Nintendo Switch on Octover 27, 2017. And we got to play two levels for 10 minutes a piece at E3 2017. Pre order Super Mario Odyssey... >>

Assassin's Creed Origins gameplay preview: The rethinking of a classic

Assassin's Creed Origins gameplay preview: The rethinking of a classic

By

At E3 2017 there seems to be one game on everyone's lips: Assassin's Creed. In its latest iteration, Origins, which is set in ancient Egypt, the game returns after a hiatus from its usual annual cycle.While Origins embodies what is is to be an Assassin's... >>

Far Cry 5 gameplay preview: A politically charged, unflinchingly brutal return to form

Far Cry 5 gameplay preview: A politically charged, unflinchingly brutal return to form

By

Far Cry is back with a bang. The fifth game in the main series is a politically charged and unflinchingly brutal first-person game, set in fictional present-day Montana.And it's rather brilliant.That's perhaps no surprise, as when Far Cry is at its best,... >>

Microsoft Surface Laptop review: Much more than an elite Chromebook competitor
4.5 stars

Microsoft Surface Laptop review: Much more than an elite Chromebook competitor

By

Microsoft's hardware division has gone from strength to strength over the last few years: from the Surface Pro, which has defined the high-end 2-in-1 space in its refined fifth-gen form; to the heavyweight Surface Book, which has enough grunt to keep MacBook... >>

Moto E4 vs Moto E4 Plus vs Moto E3 (2015): What's the difference?

Moto E4 vs Moto E4 Plus vs Moto E3 (2015): What's the difference?

By

Given the announcement of the ultra-budget Moto C and refresh of Moto G (in the G5 and G5 Plus models) in 2017, we weren't entirely convinced that Lenovo would continue to produce the Moto E series.But produce it has, and in two guises: the Moto E4... >>

Abarth 124 Spider review: Frivolous fun... if you can afford one
4.0 stars

Abarth 124 Spider review: Frivolous fun... if you can afford one

By

What happens when you take a Japanese roadster and give it an Italian heart? You get the Fiat 124 Spider. Dress that car up in some couture red, black and white body kit and you get the on-so-unsubtle Abarth 124 Spider, as you see above - a tuned-up... >>

All the best EA trailers from E3 2017: Anthem, FIFA 18, A Way Out, Star Wars Battlefront 2 and more

All the best EA trailers from E3 2017: Anthem, FIFA 18, A Way Out, Star Wars Battlefront 2 and more

By

EA does things a little differently for the world's largest gaming show: it doesn't present at the official E3 grounds. Instead it hosts an off-site live event to showcase its latest games and get the them in the hands of the gamers.For 2017, with a new... >>

Star Wars Battlefront 2 multiplayer preview: Special characters add a dynamic that fans will love

Star Wars Battlefront 2 multiplayer preview: Special characters add a dynamic that fans will love

By

Star Wars Battlefront was a well received multiplayer when it arrived in 2015. One of its main criticisms was that it didn't have a solo campaign mode and, therefore, no real story. That's something Battlefront 2 fixes: it touts a story mode said to "help... >>

Moto Z2 Play vs Z Play: What’s the difference?

Moto Z2 Play vs Z Play: What’s the difference?

By

On 1 June Motorola unveiled the Moto Z2 Play, the second-generation Moto Mods compatible smartphone in the mid-level Z-series lineup.With Moto Mods - clip-on magnetic accessories, which magnetically attach as the rear plate of any Z-series phone - remaining... >>

Acer Predator Triton 700 preview: A gaming great is born?

Acer Predator Triton 700 preview: A gaming great is born?

By

Gaming laptops are undergoing change: no longer do they need to be the size of a four-bedroom house to deliver considerable power, as the trimmed-down Acer Predator Triton 700 goes to show.Ok, so it's still about the size of a two-bed semi-detached,... >>

Canon EOS 77D review: DSLR megastar, or one model number too far?
4.0 stars

Canon EOS 77D review: DSLR megastar, or one model number too far?

By

You've probably heard it time and again: "cameras are dying". Well, not if Canon has anything to do with it.The Japanese camera maker seems to be investing in a DSLR for every user level, with the latest EOS 77D fitting into the range beneath its 80D... >>

Moto G5 review: If price is everything, this is the budget phone to buy
4.0 stars

Moto G5 review: If price is everything, this is the budget phone to buy

By

The Moto G has long been the king of affordable phones. But things have changed in recent years, with a wider array of choice and price points available. To combat the shifting market, the fifth-generation G-series comes in G5 or larger G5 Plus flavours,... >>

V-Moda Crossfade 2 Wireless review: Ace sound and comfort in a hardy industrial design
5.0 stars

V-Moda Crossfade 2 Wireless review: Ace sound and comfort in a hardy industrial design

By

Products in their "Mark II" rendition tend to just throw a new lick of paint at the original in the hope that you'll want to buy. Not so the V-Moda Crossfade II Wireless over-ear Bluetooth headphones: these bass-prominent cans have undergone a total rework... >>

Marshall Mid Bluetooth headphones review: Get ready to rawk out
4.5 stars

Marshall Mid Bluetooth headphones review: Get ready to rawk out

By

Don't let the name mislead you: the Marshall Mid headphones aren't all about the mid-range, they're about the full spectrum of sound, from bassy low-end to sparkling high-end.The English company is well known for its stage monitors and amplifiers, which... >>

Fujifilm X-T20 review: The retro touch
4.5 stars

Fujifilm X-T20 review: The retro touch

By

When we reviewed the Fujifilm X-T10 compact system camera, we felt that its retro style was just right. Now Fuji has introduced the X-T20 which maintains that touch of retro appeal - and you can take that "touch" aspect literally, thanks to the addition... >>

Samsung Galaxy S8 review: A mobile masterpiece
5.0 stars

Samsung Galaxy S8 review: A mobile masterpiece

By

With many phones looking like clones, or brands nonchalantly pushing out the same old design year-on-year, Samsung is in that favourable position of offering something exciting in the Galaxy S8. It's a phone that defines flagship design with its visually... >>

Panasonic Lumix TZ90 review: The ultimate travel camera?
4.5 stars

Panasonic Lumix TZ90 review: The ultimate travel camera?

By

With phone cameras getting so good these days, the traditional camera needs all the stand-out specification goods possible. When pocketable convenience from your mobile handset isn't enough, and you want a boost of proper optical zoom to shoot far-away... >>

Moto G5 Plus review: A big dose of premium, without the prohibitive price tag
4.5 stars

Moto G5 Plus review: A big dose of premium, without the prohibitive price tag

By

Since 2014 the Moto G has been blowing the socks off the budget phone market. Back then it was the best budget handset by far. But boy do things move along quickly - and the Moto G5 Plus is a mirror of that in many respects.In just three short years... >>

Acer Windows Mixed Reality preview: Will this $300 headset bring VR to the masses?

Acer Windows Mixed Reality preview: Will this $300 headset bring VR to the masses?

By

In April 2017 Windows 10 rolled out its Creators Edition update, bringing various new creative tools - such as Paint 3D for three-dimensional editing - into the operating system. The lesser talked about point is that the Windows Mixed Reality platform... >>

Acer Leap Ware preview: More a limp than a leap

Acer Leap Ware preview: More a limp than a leap

By

When Acer CEO Jason Chen showed off the company's latest wearable, the Leap Ware, at Acer's annual conference, the slender looking wrist-wearable looked as though it had promise.That's often been the case with Acer wearables, however, with the majority... >>

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 review: Perfect entertainment... for a price
4.0 stars

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 review: Perfect entertainment... for a price

By

It's 2017, the year in which tablets stand atop a precipice: poised in a position of greatness, offering enough power to be considered as potential laptop-replacements; yet dangerously close to falling off the edge for the simple fact that, well, people... >>

Honor 8 Pro review: Flagship that's no money pit
4.5 stars

Honor 8 Pro review: Flagship that's no money pit

By

Big phones are a big deal. And the Honor 8 Pro is the company's largest phone to date, with a whopping 5.7-inch screen wrapped into similar-to-iPhone-7-Plus proportions. If you want screen real estate and resolution then this is the Honor for you.However,... >>

Panasonic Lumix TZ90 adds tilt-angle touchscreen to 30x pocketable zoom party

Panasonic Lumix TZ90 adds tilt-angle touchscreen to 30x pocketable zoom party

By

When it comes to pocket-sized cameras with all the zoom, the Panasonic Lumix TZ-series rules the roost. And the new TZ90 (that's ZS70 for our US friends) adds a tilt-angle touchscreen to the established 30x zoom stable.The power of touch means the TZ90's... >>

Nikon D7500 official: Semi-pro spec DSLR calls upon many D500 features

Nikon D7500 official: Semi-pro spec DSLR calls upon many D500 features

By

The Nikon D7500 is coming, a APS-C DSLR which echoes elements of the company's top-spec D500 model but in a smaller form factor and with a slightly lighter price point to refect the spec.At its heart the D7500 has the same 20.9-megapixel sensor as its... >>

Huawei P10 Plus review: Plenty of plusses from Huawei's colourful 5.5-inch phone
4.0 stars

Huawei P10 Plus review: Plenty of plusses from Huawei's colourful 5.5-inch phone

By

Good things come in small packages. So do better things come in larger ones? That's the sentiment of the Huawei P10 Plus: this 5.5-inch smartphone is the top drawer P-series device from the Chinese maker, expanding not only on size compared to the smaller... >>

Huawei P10 review: Android's iPhone-killer, or flawed imitator?
4.0 stars

Huawei P10 review: Android's iPhone-killer, or flawed imitator?

By

It's not often a phone is revealed in a green colour finish. Or "greenery" to give it full credit. Which, as it so happens, is Pantone's colour of the year 2017. It's also Huawei's oh-so-on-trend colour for its brand new P10 smartphone.Yes, ok, so you're... >>

Honor 8 Pro brings flagship features to Huawei offshoot in a 5.7-inch package

Honor 8 Pro brings flagship features to Huawei offshoot in a 5.7-inch package

By

First there was the Honor 8, an ultra-shiny 5.2-inch smartphone. Now there's the Honor 8 Pro, a 5.7-inch flagship which packs oodles of power into a lesser shiny body.The 8 Pro - which is the V9 in other markets, such as India - has a number of firsts... >>

Panasonic Lumix GH5 review: Hail the 4K king
5.0 stars

Panasonic Lumix GH5 review: Hail the 4K king

By

In the world of mirrorless and DSLR cameras a lot of manufacturers are brushing over 4K video capture. Canon? Doesn't want to know. Nikon? Miles behind. Not so Panasonic, whose GH5 is one of the most adept 4K capture devices available today, capable of... >>

Creative iRoar Go review: Wild sound, tame design
4.0 stars

Creative iRoar Go review: Wild sound, tame design

By

With what seems like a zillion portable Bluetooth speakers available, it can be tricky to decide which one to buy. Creative might not be the most obvious name that springs to mind, but its Roar series has been a strong contender in the space for years... >>

What’s new in Windows 10 Creators Update? The best new features from the 11 April upgrade

What’s new in Windows 10 Creators Update? The best new features from the 11 April upgrade

By

Since mid 2015 we've had Windows 10 in our lives. And rather than giant update packages - like the service packs of old - W10 has taken a more step-by-step update stance.From the 11 April the rollout of the free-to-download Creators Update - the third... >>

Audi RS3 Saloon review: Racecar fun for the road
4.0 stars

Audi RS3 Saloon review: Racecar fun for the road

By

Some people say Audi design has become boring; formulaic even. We think it's simply that the German brand has got its design language so on the money that there's nothing left for the moaners to whinge about any more.Besides, if anyone were to say the... >>

Land Rover Discovery (2017) review: The best 7-seat SUV money can buy
5.0 stars

Land Rover Discovery (2017) review: The best 7-seat SUV money can buy

By

There are soft-road SUVs. There are fashion SUVs. And then there's the Land Rover Discovery: a through-and-through SUV with all the proper 4x4 off-road bells and whistles you could wish.For many, however, that's not what's going to sell the 2017 incarnation... >>