Archive for Mike Lowe

NextEV Nio EP9 in pictures: The world's fastest electric supercar is simply stunning

NextEV Nio EP9 in pictures: The world's fastest electric supercar is simply stunning

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No, that's not a new McLaren you're looking at, it's the Nio EP9 - the world's fastest electric supercar. And it's made by none other than NextEV, the Chinese brand best known (until now) for its Formula E team.The Nio name is the new part of the package,... >>

Qualcomm Quick Charge 4 coming 2017: 5-minutes charge for 5-hours battery

Qualcomm Quick Charge 4 coming 2017: 5-minutes charge for 5-hours battery

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Qualcomm is to introduce its next-generation of fast-charging, Quick Charge 4.0, as part of its forthcoming Snapdragon 835 chipset (an ultra-small 10-nanometer technology that will be produced by Samsung, due in 2017).The new battery top-up tech is 20... >>

Watch Dogs 2 review: Can you teach an old Dog new tricks?
4.0 stars

Watch Dogs 2 review: Can you teach an old Dog new tricks?

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Remember Aiden Pearce's trench coat in the original Watch Dogs? People flipped out about the lead protagonist's leathers when the game was first announced back in 2012 - its subtle movement in the wind, the O-M-G textures. It was the hint that current-gen... >>

Sony PS4 review: The go-to for gamers
4.5 stars

Sony PS4 review: The go-to for gamers

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A lot can change in a few years. This is the fourth time we've sat down and had a good, hard think about the PlayStation 4 since its 2013 launch.Back then the launch line-up was fairly stifled, with clangers like Knack not elevating the console to true... >>

Huawei P9 vs Huawei P9 Plus vs Huawei Mate 9: What's the difference?

Huawei P9 vs Huawei P9 Plus vs Huawei Mate 9: What's the difference?

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Huawei has a flagship to suit all tastes. The smallest is the P9, next in line is the larger P9 Plus, with the Mate 9 the largest of the three.The two P9 devices are almost identical, the Mate 9 is a much larger and different proposition. However, there... >>

Lenovo Yoga Book review: A keyless laptop from the future... that's stuck in the past
3.5 stars

Lenovo Yoga Book review: A keyless laptop from the future... that's stuck in the past

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The Lenovo Yoga Book is the keyless laptop from the future, albeit available in the here and now. It's one of those rare products that's not just different for the sake of it, but truly innovative in its thinking, by combining a two-in-one light-up keypad... >>

Huawei Mate 9 Porsche Design preview: The mini Mate 9 with a big €1395 price tag

Huawei Mate 9 Porsche Design preview: The mini Mate 9 with a big €1395 price tag

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You had a double take, didn't you? No, this isn't a limited edition Samsung Galaxy S7 edge, it's the limited edition Huawei Mate 9 Porsche Design.The Chinese telecoms company and German design company have forged a new partnership to show off what they... >>

Huawei Mate 9 vs Huawei Mate 8: What's the difference?

Huawei Mate 9 vs Huawei Mate 8: What's the difference?

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Why hello there new big phone. Huawei has announced the Mate 9, its large-scale Android device for 2016, in an era when big phones are increasingly popular.The Mate 8 was well received when released in 2015, albeit tricky to obtain in the UK. Will the... >>

B&O BeoPlay H7 review: Not at the top of its game
3.5 stars

B&O BeoPlay H7 review: Not at the top of its game

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Headphones have been passing through the office in abundance of late, so when the Bang & Olufsen H8 over-ear cans arrived we were expecting something special. The Danish company’s top-end H8 cans are some of the best we’ve heard, but can the step-down... >>

Microsoft Surface Book 2016 goes super-powerful, increases battery life, amps graphics

Microsoft Surface Book 2016 goes super-powerful, increases battery life, amps graphics

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Microsoft is revamping the Surface Book for 2016 - and this time it's all about increased power and longevity.Externally the new Surface Book looks no different to the original model. It's the same 13.5-inch laptop design, with detachable screen and electronic... >>

Fujifilm X-T2 review: A new benchmark for the mirrorless market
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Fujifilm X-T2 review: A new benchmark for the mirrorless market

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It took us about three minutes to fall in love with the Fujifilm X-T1. So when we were first shown the Fujifilm X-T2 back in July it only took us about three seconds.In many ways the X-T2 is the most advanced compact system camera offering we've seen,... >>

Asus Transformer 3 Pro (T303UA) review: Not transforming the 2-in-1 market
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Asus Transformer 3 Pro (T303UA) review: Not transforming the 2-in-1 market

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The 2-in-1 market has seemingly settled on a solution: create devices that ape the Microsoft Surface. Acer has done it. Lenovo, too. And now it's Asus's turn, with the Transformer 3 Pro.But the Taiwanese company has been clever about its angle; the Pro... >>

Ditching the DAC: Audio-Technica DSR9BT Bluetooth headphones go all-digital with Pure Digital Drive tech

Ditching the DAC: Audio-Technica DSR9BT Bluetooth headphones go all-digital with Pure Digital Drive tech

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If you're looking for a pair of high quality Bluetooth headphones to make the most of your tracks then Audio-Technica looks like it has just the ticket: the ATH-DSR9BT (and little brother ATH-DRS7BT).These new cans ditch the DAC - that's the digital-to-analogue... >>

Dali Katch review: Audio artistry meets 'tache-twiddling design
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Dali Katch review: Audio artistry meets 'tache-twiddling design

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The word Dali will probably see your mind either wander to the 'tache-twiddling famed Spanish artist, or to a certain Danish audio manufacturer known for its great quality speakers. The Dali Katch isn't necessarily a piece of art to be hung in a gallery,... >>

Panasonic Lumix G80 review: Affordable foray into 4K
4.5 stars

Panasonic Lumix G80 review: Affordable foray into 4K

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Panasonic has put out a full spread of compact system cameras, with the Lumix G80 (or G81 in Germany; G85 in other territories, just to confuse the bejeezus out of you) filling the DSLR-style gap left open when the flat-design GX80 launched earlier in... >>

LG OLED E6 review: The perfect OLED match
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LG OLED E6 review: The perfect OLED match

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A TV is just a TV, right? Not when it's as good-looking as the LG OLED E6 (or OLED55E6V). This super-slim panel comes with a dazzling display mounted in a glass border, has a rear that has a carbon fibre appearance about it, and a built-in metallic soundbar... >>

Naim Mu-so gets Bentley special edition treatment… without the Bentley price tag

Naim Mu-so gets Bentley special edition treatment… without the Bentley price tag

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We've long been fans of the Naim Mu-so and its smaller Mu-so Qb sibling. Now, in collaboration with Bentley's design team, the two all-in-one speaker models have got the top-end car maker's special design treatment. Talk about British design tour de force.Nope,... >>

Devialet Gold Phantom review: Pure gold from this space-age Wi-Fi speaker
4.5 stars

Devialet Gold Phantom review: Pure gold from this space-age Wi-Fi speaker

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Gaming fans might think the Devialet Phantom looks like a real-life replica of Ghost from smash-hit title Destiny, but audiophiles will know the high-end French manufacturer doesn't speak in vocoded Peter Dinklage, but instead top-end, crystal clear audio.... >>

V-Moda Crossfade Wireless review: Big on the bass
4.0 stars

V-Moda Crossfade Wireless review: Big on the bass

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Bassheads rejoice, here's another headphone for your contemplation: the V-Moda Crossfade Wireless - which appear somewhere between gaming headset, DJ cans and out-and-about over-ears - are snug fitting, comfortable and boast a solid build.And, as the... >>

Beyerdynamic DT 770 review: Ohm, ohm on the road
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Beyerdynamic DT 770 review: Ohm, ohm on the road

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Not all headphones are made equal. There are a lot of choices on the market to suit different tastes - whether you want banging bass, noise-cancellation for travelling, or something more neutral like the Beyerdynamic DT 770.These comfortable over-ear... >>

Google Pixel mocks iPhone with 'Quite Black', 'Very Silver' and 'Really Blue' colours

Google Pixel mocks iPhone with 'Quite Black', 'Very Silver' and 'Really Blue' colours

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Fed up to the back teeth with overthought product colour names? iPhone 7 Jet Black or Rose Gold a step too far for you to say out loud? The new Google Pixel phone points a bit of fun at such typically pompous colour names, by introducing three finishes... >>

Pentax K-1 review: Full-frame underdog can teach the competition some new tricks
4.5 stars

Pentax K-1 review: Full-frame underdog can teach the competition some new tricks

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It's been long, long overdue. But the time has come: Pentax has finally created a full-frame DSLR, the K-1. And at £1,600 this 36-megapixel monster is one competitively priced camera, certain to help Pentax make its mark in an already fiercely contested... >>

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV review: The 30-megapixel monster
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Canon EOS 5D Mark IV review: The 30-megapixel monster

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Canon has stepped things up a gear in recent years by leading with higher-resolution DSLR cameras. It had long been said that the 24-megapixel mark would be the company's limit until lenses could make the best of the capture resolution - a concept that... >>

Bush Spira E3X review: The £200 Argos phone looking to topple Moto G

Bush Spira E3X review: The £200 Argos phone looking to topple Moto G

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Own-brand smartphones are a cheap way of getting a handset without the commitment of a contract - you simply buy and go with whichever carrier you fancy. Which is why the £199 of the Bush Spira E3X - which is effectively an “Argos phone” in the UK,... >>

Want to capture 360-degree VR footage? The Kodak PixPro 4KVR360 could be your affordable all-in-one solution

Want to capture 360-degree VR footage? The Kodak PixPro 4KVR360 could be your affordable all-in-one solution

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If there's a buzz in the tech world for 2016 then it's virtual reality, or VR. But you don't need to be a whizz or an ultra-rich kid to capture such footage these days. The Kodak PixPro 4KVR360, which is due out in early 2017, is an all-in-one dual lens... >>