Archive for Mike Lowe

  • Maxell MXSP-SB3000 Soundbar review
    Home Cinema 4 out of 5

    Maxell MXSP-SB3000 Soundbar review

    By 28 February 2014

    Soundbars are one thing, but TV speaker bases are the latest trend in affordable home cinema sound. The Maxell MXSP-SB3000 Soundbar is a giant under-the-telly base with integrated subwoofers and speakers to boost that TV sound. But it goes a step further...

  • Panasonic Lumix TZ60 review
    Cameras 4 out of 5

    Panasonic Lumix TZ60 review

    By 26 February 2014

    The prospect of the Panasonic Lumix TZ60 (or ZS40 for our American readers) excited us when we first saw it because it's the latest in the line of what we would consider the very best of the all-round "travel zoom" compact cameras. And if you want something...

  • Nikon D4S full spec revealed: new sensor, faster processor and subtle design change
    Cameras

    Nikon D4S full spec revealed: new sensor, faster processor and subtle design change

    By 25 February 2014

    After a tease at the Consumer Electronics Show 2014 last month, the Nikon D4S has been revealed in full ahead of its March launch date. It's a DSLR not full of surprises, but certainly full of top-spec features. In the main the D4S doesn't differ much...

  • SanDisk delivers first 128GB microSD card, but no sign of super-fast UHS-II just yet
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    SanDisk delivers first 128GB microSD card, but no sign of super-fast UHS-II just yet

    By 24 February 2014

    It's been a long time coming, but SanDisk has now launched the world's first 128GB microSD card. We've seen counterfeits before, but this one is the real deal. Or, to be specific, it's a microSDXC card. Those all-important last two letters are of key...

  • Dixons and Carphone Warehouse in merger talks
    Phones

    Dixons and Carphone Warehouse in merger talks

    By 24 February 2014

    Dixons and Carphone Warehouse are in talks over a possible merger that could make the electrical giant and smartphone retailer one powerhouse high-street chain. Both boards have confirmed that they are in talks over combining the companies, although at...

  • A week in reviews: 17 - 21 February
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    A week in reviews: 17 - 21 February

    By 22 February 2014

    It's the week before Mobile World Congress 2014, the mobile phone show of the year, so expect plenty of smartphones and tablets to be covering these pages over the coming days. During the quiet before the storm it's been a week dominated by cameras....

  • Olympus OM-D E-M1 review
    Cameras 5 out of 5

    Olympus OM-D E-M1 review

    By 20 February 2014

    We've been using the Olympus OM-D E-M1 for a number of months now. This compact system camera has seen us through many different shoots - from personal snaps to product images that you might have seen in some other Pocket-lint reviews - made all the easier...

  • Nutz Pro Headphones review
    Audio 4 out of 5

    Nutz Pro Headphones review

    By 17 February 2014

    It's the era of Beats headphones, of statement audio wear. That's why big and sometimes brash over-ear cans are a popular move at the moment. Enter Nutz, a relatively new brand - it's only been around for 18-months - that has seemingly taken its inspirational...

  • South Park: The Stick of Truth preview
    Gaming

    South Park: The Stick of Truth preview

    By 15 February 2014

    It takes less than a week to create an episode of South Park, the rude, crude animated TV comedy. But South Park: The Stick of Truth is quite a different story; a game that has been on a rocky production road and missed its 2013 scheduled release date...

  • A week in reviews: 10 - 14 February
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    A week in reviews: 10 - 14 February

    By 15 February 2014

    This week's headline review is the brand-spanking-new Fujifilm X-T1. It's an awesome blend of retro cool and modern tech rolled into one superb system camera. Does it get any better than this? Well, yes, maybe if you're a gamer. Because this week we've also...

  • Canon EOS 1200D pictures and hands-on
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    Canon EOS 1200D pictures and hands-on

    By 12 February 2014

    It's been a full three years since Canon last put out an entry-level DSLR camera, but in 2014 it's back in business with the EOS 1200D. The replacement for 2011's 1100D, the 1200D is all about the balance of price to performance. Three years has seen...

  • Hands-on: Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II review
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    Hands-on: Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II review

    By 12 February 2014

    The high-end compact camera market has gone from strength to strength over the last couple of years, and Canon is back with a bang in 2014 with the PowerShot G1 X Mark II. The update to the 2012 original model rights many of the shortcomings that we had...

  • Canon PowerShot SX700 HS pictures and hands-on
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    Canon PowerShot SX700 HS pictures and hands-on

    By 12 February 2014

    When it comes to travel zooms - cameras pocketable in size but with a significant zoom lens squeezed into their designs - there are lots of options out there. Canon is no stranger to the market with many successful PowerShot models already under its belt,...

  • Hands-on: Sony Alpha A6000 review
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    Hands-on: Sony Alpha A6000 review

    By 12 February 2014

    Since Sony ditched its NEX name handle it’s certainly not ditched the essence of what that interchangeable lens camera line was all about. But now it’s all about the Alpha name - and the Sony Alpha A6000 is, in a way, the NEX reincarnate; a merger...

  • Sony Cyber-shot HX60V pictures and hands-on
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    Sony Cyber-shot HX60V pictures and hands-on

    By 12 February 2014

    It's that camera time of year and Sony has updated its travel zoom line with the latest Cyber-shot HX60V model. If you're looking for a compact model with significant zoom that can fit into a pocket or small bag then there's lots here to appeal here....

  • Sony Cyber-shot HX400V pictures and hands-on
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    Sony Cyber-shot HX400V pictures and hands-on

    By 12 February 2014

    Everyone loves a superzoom. Sony has updated its HX line with the beefed-up Cyber-shot HX400V model to inject a dash of speed into proceedings. The HX400V is, for the most part, a mirror image of the earlier HX300V camera from last year. The key difference:...

  • Sony Cyber-shot H400 pictures and hands-on
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    Sony Cyber-shot H400 pictures and hands-on

    By 12 February 2014

    Looking for a huge zoom? Then look no further. The Sony Cyber-shot H400 has a whopping 63x optical zoom lens that provides a 24.5-1550mm equivalent focal length. But can it deliver as big as its features suggest? Sadly, no. We got to play with the H400...

  • Fujifilm X-T1 review
    Cameras 5 out of 5

    Fujifilm X-T1 review

    By 10 February 2014

    There’s a certain sense of "full circle" about the Fujifilm X-T1. A number of years ago the Japanese company was in the throes of releasing its excellent S-series DSLR cameras. But nobody really bought into them and, therefore, they were ultimately...

  • Best compact system cameras 2014: The best mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras available to buy today
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    Best compact system cameras 2014: The best mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras available to buy today

    By 10 February 2014

    You're looking to buy a compact system camera (CSC) but don't know what to go for? Perhaps the term alone confounds: we've seen plenty of names being thrown around of late, from simple "mirrorless" through to terms such as "digital single lens mirrorless...

  • A week in reviews: 3 - 7 February
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    A week in reviews: 3 - 7 February

    By 8 February 2014

    It's the week of everything. Like a lucky dip of tech. As February rolls on the headline-grabbing product this week is the launch of the Sony PS Vita Slim, available right now. Perfect for enhancing the PlayStation 4 experience, but stronger than its...

  • Nikon Coolpix P340 adds Wi-Fi to high-end compact camera line
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    Nikon Coolpix P340 adds Wi-Fi to high-end compact camera line

    By 7 February 2014

    It's camera season and Nikon has announced the Coolpix P340, the successor to the admirable P330 model from last year. So what's new? Not a huge amount really. In Nikon's 2013-14 fashion the P340 is all about Wi-Fi, as that's the one distinct feature...

  • Nikon Coolpix S9700 travel zoom packs in 30x lens
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    Nikon Coolpix S9700 travel zoom packs in 30x lens

    By 7 February 2014

    Nikon has unveiled the Coolpix S9700, a 30x optical zoom compact camera that updates the S9500 model. The S9700 is a model that offers more, sometimes by offering less: it appears Nikon has called time on the super-high resolution sensor of the S9500,...

  • Panasonic DMW-YAGH transforms GH4 camera into 4K broadcast tool
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    Panasonic DMW-YAGH transforms GH4 camera into 4K broadcast tool

    By 7 February 2014

    It's not often we write about broadcast equipment, but there was something about the Panasonic DMW-YAGH that made us stand up and pay attention. For this accessory, when paired with the forthcoming Lumix GH4 compact system camera, enables uncompressed...

  • Panasonic Lumix GH4 brings 4K video to the mirrorless camera, 1080p beyond broadcast quality
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    Panasonic Lumix GH4 brings 4K video to the mirrorless camera, 1080p beyond broadcast quality

    By 7 February 2014

    Prepare to get taken on a technical ride. The Panasonic Lumix GH4 is the first mirrorless camera to introduce 4K video capture among stacks of other high-spec features. In addition to what Panasonic claims is its best Micro Four Thirds sensor yet for...

  • Toshiba Excite Pro 10.1 review
    Tablets 4 out of 5

    Toshiba Excite Pro 10.1 review

    By 5 February 2014

    There's such a huge variety of tablets in the market right now that it can be hard to know where to look. Fire, Arc, Note, Nexus, to name but a few, are names to try and entice you in. And now Toshiba's take on the 10.1-inch tablet, the Excite Pro, goes...