Archive for Mike Lowe

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

Photokina 2016: All the best new cameras from the 2016 show

Photokina 2016: All the best new cameras from the 2016 show

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Photokina, the largest dedicated biannual photo show in Europe, has opened its doors and shown off its various camera goodies this year.However, it's been a tumultuous time in the world of cameras, with the Kumamoto earthquakes in Japan having a devastating... >>

Fujifilm's mirrorless medium format: GFX 50S is a 50-megapixel whopper on a small(ish) scale

Fujifilm's mirrorless medium format: GFX 50S is a 50-megapixel whopper on a small(ish) scale

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It's a rare thing for an all-new camera format to appear, but Fujifilm is pushing into digital medium format with the announcement of its mirrorless GFX line and GF lenses.The Fujifilm GFX 50S is the first camera announced in the line, complete with a... >>

Panasonic Viera TX-50DX802 4K TV review: Your affordable 4K future is here
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Panasonic Viera TX-50DX802 4K TV review: Your affordable 4K future is here

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It's a bit of a numbers war when it comes to buying a 4K TV. And when spending over a grand on the latest and greatest Ultra HD tech, you want to make sure you've got it right. Fortunately Panasonic's TV numbering system is relatively logical (if inelegant):... >>

Nikon D500 review: The best APS-C DSLR ever made?
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Nikon D500 review: The best APS-C DSLR ever made?

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It's been a long time since Nikon launched the D300, a camera that arrived at roughly the same time as the very first iPhone. Yep, that long ago. That camera's successor, the D300S, hit the market last decade too. But now the long wait for a replacement... >>

Apple iPhone 7 Plus camera: Dual camera tech explained

Apple iPhone 7 Plus camera: Dual camera tech explained

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Apple just unveiled its “best iPhone yet” (we were waiting for the quote to drop too) and it comes with a more advanced camera proposition than its predecessors. But this time there's a key difference between iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus: the latter... >>

Panasonic 4K OLED TV for 2017 is coming - and looks like it'll be a stunner

Panasonic 4K OLED TV for 2017 is coming - and looks like it'll be a stunner

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First there was the Viera CZ950V: Panasonic's first 4K OLED television. A TV that we first laid eyes on back in January at the CES 2016 trade show; the very first THX certified 4K OLED, no less; a TV that, despite its £6,000 asking price, sold out its... >>

Panasonic UB700 4K UHD Blu-ray player takes on Samsung UBD-K8500 in price wars

Panasonic UB700 4K UHD Blu-ray player takes on Samsung UBD-K8500 in price wars

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Panasonic has a brand new 4K UHD Blu-ray player, the UB700, which is pitched a peg lower than its UB900 bigger brother - and perfectly placed to take on the Samsung UBD-K8500 in the €500/£430 price wars. The UB700 is similar to the UB900 with many... >>

Lenovo Miix 510 preview: Is that a Surface? No, but it's just as serious and more affordable

Lenovo Miix 510 preview: Is that a Surface? No, but it's just as serious and more affordable

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First glance at the Lenovo Miix 510 and you'll be looking for the Microsoft logo. But no, this isn't the Surface 4, this is the Chinese maker's savvy take on the 2-in-1. We say savvy because the Miix 510 comes with both the keyboard and stylus included... >>