Archive for Mike Lowe - Page 5

Acer Switch Alpha 12 review: Affordability is its ace
4.0 stars

Acer Switch Alpha 12 review: Affordability is its ace

By

The laptop-replacement market is going from strength to strength, with every manufacturer worth its salt looking to innovate in the 2-in-1 market and stand apart from the top-of-the-pack Microsoft Surface. With the Acer Switch Alpha 12, the Taiwanese... >>

Audio-Technica ATH-MSR7NC headphones review: Make some noise
5.0 stars

Audio-Technica ATH-MSR7NC headphones review: Make some noise

By

It was 18-months ago that we reviewed the excellent Audio-Technica MSR7 over-ear headphones - and might impressed we were. Now it's the turn of the MSR7NC which, as those additional two letters in the name denote, are the noise-cancelling version.These... >>

Zemi Aria speaker review: Majors and minors
4.0 stars

Zemi Aria speaker review: Majors and minors

By

When we meet Francesco Pellisari, the designer of the Zemi Aria speaker, he's a mixture of eccentric Italian and yet quiet in that seemingly genius-like manner. Does his latest speaker exhibit the same qualities as its designer?We're drawn to the Zemi... >>

Lexus RX 450h review: An SUV-sized slice of Japanese futurism
4.0 stars

Lexus RX 450h review: An SUV-sized slice of Japanese futurism

By

When the Lexus RX 450h was delivered to our little terraced flat in London, it felt like we'd been handed a temporary house extension, albeit on wheels. For this SUV — the largest in the Lexus lineup — is one big, distinctive beast that can easily... >>

Philips personal health programmes: A full suite for managing health and chronic conditions

Philips personal health programmes: A full suite for managing health and chronic conditions

By

Wearables and health monitors are nothing new: we've seen bundles of fitness trackers, bands, smart scales and more from a variety of manufacturers. Which is why Philips' personal health programmes suite of products is an interesting take on the health... >>

Tefal app-controlled ActiFry Smart XL and Cook4Me Connect to stir things up in the kitchen

Tefal app-controlled ActiFry Smart XL and Cook4Me Connect to stir things up in the kitchen

By

Not so hot at juggling pans like a pro? Tefal may have the answer for today's tech-driven cooks: its app-connected Cook4Me Connect pressure cooker and ActiFry Smart XL connected healthier fryer.The idea of both is simple: download the relevant app, install... >>

Audi Q2 review: The single-minded SUV
4.0 stars

Audi Q2 review: The single-minded SUV

By

In March this year Audi dropped a bombshell at the Geneva Motor Show by launching an Audi that, well, didn't look like a "same design different length" Audi. That car, the Q2, is company's first small crossover; an SUV for the new generation.Sure, the... >>

Fujiiflm X-T2 vs X-T1: What's the difference?

Fujiiflm X-T2 vs X-T1: What's the difference?

By

We're used to products being updated, but with some it begs the question whether it's worth the upgrade or, perhaps, looking at grabbing a bargain and buying the older-generation product on a deal. So how does the just-announced Fujifilm X-T2 compact... >>

Motorola Moto G4 Plus review: Plus and minus
4.0 stars

Motorola Moto G4 Plus review: Plus and minus

By

When you think "Plus" in the phone world you tend to think extra large handset. It's all Apple's fault. But that's not precisely the case with the Moto G4 Plus: sure, it's pretty large with its 5.5-inch screen, but it's the same size as its Moto G4 brother.... >>

Motorola Moto G4 review: Budget phone king goes large, remains in charge
4.5 stars

Motorola Moto G4 review: Budget phone king goes large, remains in charge

By

Looking for a big yet affordable phone? That's Motorola's play with the fourth-gen Moto G - aptly titled the G4, finally putting to bed the confusingly same-name previous three generations - which dons a 5.5-inch screen and, therefore, an inevitably large... >>

Audi piloted driving: A real-world glimpse into the future of self-driving cars

Audi piloted driving: A real-world glimpse into the future of self-driving cars

By

We're sat behind the wheel of "Jack" - a modified Audi A7 concept, adapted for the full Audi piloted driving experience (the company's fancy name for self-driving cars, essentially) - zipping down the Autobahn in Germany at 130kmph.Although we're not... >>

Best of E3 2016 - PS4 games: God of War, Days Gone, Spider-Man, Horizon: Zero Dawn and more

Best of E3 2016 - PS4 games: God of War, Days Gone, Spider-Man, Horizon: Zero Dawn and more

By

With the E3 gaming expo 2016 done and dusted, the front runners in the gaming world unveiled their biggest and best titles. None more so than Sony, its PlayStation 4 looks set to go from strength to strength in 2016 and beyond.With some top-drawer exclusive... >>

Sony MDR-100ABN h.ear on Wireless NC headphones review: Silly name, serious noise-cancelling
4.0 stars

Sony MDR-100ABN h.ear on Wireless NC headphones review: Silly name, serious noise-cancelling

By

Top-end Sony MDR headphones of recent years have offered a fantastic range of over-ear and on-ear products with leading audio. So when we received the new Sony MDR-100ABN wireless noise-cancelling headphones we were rather excited about using them on... >>

Ghost Recon Wildlands co-op preview: Four-player Far Cry

Ghost Recon Wildlands co-op preview: Four-player Far Cry

By

When we first fixed eyes on Ghost Recon: Wildlands at the end of Ubisoft's E3 gaming expo pre-show conference in 2015, we were gagging for more. Come the 2016 show, where we got to actually play the open-world game, turns out it was absolutely worth the... >>

Best of  E3 2016 - Driving and sports games: FIFA 17, Forza Horizon 3, Steep, GT Sport and more

Best of E3 2016 - Driving and sports games: FIFA 17, Forza Horizon 3, Steep, GT Sport and more

By

If it's quality sports games you're after you are in for a real treat this coming year, whether that be ball, extreme or motorsports. The 2016 E3 videogames convention is jam packed with amazing looking titles that offer conclusive proof the industry... >>

Best of E3 2016 - RPG and adventure games: Zelda, Horizon: Zero Dawn, Days Gone, FFXV, Scalebound and more

Best of E3 2016 - RPG and adventure games: Zelda, Horizon: Zero Dawn, Days Gone, FFXV, Scalebound and more

By

If it's quality games you're after you are in for a real treat. This year's E3 videogames convention is jam packed with amazing looking triple-A titles that offer conclusive proof the industry has got the hang of this new-generation console malarkey.If... >>

PlayStation trailers from E3 2016: God of War, Days Gone, Death Stranding and more, plus PS VR

PlayStation trailers from E3 2016: God of War, Days Gone, Death Stranding and more, plus PS VR

By

Sony had some serious boots to fill following Microsoft's pre-E3 conference. But fill it did, kicking things off with the latest God of War, showing a whole new side of action adventure to the well-known formula.That wasn't all, with The Last Guardian... >>

Ubisoft trailers from E3 2016: Star Trek VR, Watch Dogs 2, Ghost Recon, South Park, Steep and more

Ubisoft trailers from E3 2016: Star Trek VR, Watch Dogs 2, Ghost Recon, South Park, Steep and more

By

Ubisoft revealed one of its biggest titles ahead of E3, unveiling Watch Dogs 2 in the run-up to the show. But that’s not all the publisher had to show at its conference.In a year absent of Assassin’s Creed - well, sort of, Michael Fassbender does,... >>

Sniper Elite 4 overshoots its release date, due February 2017

Sniper Elite 4 overshoots its release date, due February 2017

By

Love yourself a bit of long-range shooting? Then Sniper Elite 4, the best-looking sharp-shooter of the franchise yet, might be just the ticket.Only it's overshot its 2016 release date and will now be hitting the shelves in February 2017 instead.Rebellion,... >>

Bethesda trailers from E3 2016: Prey, Dishonored 2, Skyrim and Quake, plus Fallout VR

Bethesda trailers from E3 2016: Prey, Dishonored 2, Skyrim and Quake, plus Fallout VR

By

Bethesda had a bumper 2015 with some of the biggest games of the year. In 2016 its looking to capitalise on that success, releasing the likes of Dishonored 2 - which was unveiled at last year's E3 - before the year is out.But Dishonored 2 didn't garner... >>

Fallout 4 VR: What it's like playing Bethesda's open-world epic in virtual reality

Fallout 4 VR: What it's like playing Bethesda's open-world epic in virtual reality

By

Here's something we didn't expect at the E3 gaming expo this year: to be playing Fallout 4 in virtual reality. But it wasn't a dream, it actually happened - and it might become a reality for all players in the near future.Bethesda - the studio behind... >>

Fiat 124 Spider review: More than an MX-5 remix
4.0 stars

Fiat 124 Spider review: More than an MX-5 remix

By

"I want a doctor to take a picture, so I can look at you from inside as well," goes the line from The Vapors' Turning Japanese. Well, cut into the Fiat 124 Spider and you would indeed find a Japanese rather than Italian core: the car shares its chassis,... >>

Pentax K-70 is the affordable all-weather DSLR

Pentax K-70 is the affordable all-weather DSLR

By

Pentax is having a renaissance of late; from the announcement of its first full-frame DSLR, the K-1, to the just-revealed K-70, the latter which is poised as an all-weather DSLR.The K-70's launch perhaps shouldn't be a surprise: Pentax has been growing... >>

Samsung Galaxy TabPro S review: Taking on the Microsoft Surface Pro
4.0 stars

Samsung Galaxy TabPro S review: Taking on the Microsoft Surface Pro

By

Not so long ago Samsung pulled out of the laptop market in the UK, which came as a bit of a shock. It also showed the electronic manufacturer's hand and forward-thinking, to some degree, given that tablet and laptop markets have largely converged in recent... >>

1-Up! Official Nintendo Vans sneakers in pictures: Mario Bros meets ‘boarder cool

1-Up! Official Nintendo Vans sneakers in pictures: Mario Bros meets ‘boarder cool

By

We don't make a habit out of shooting product boxes. But when there's one as cool as the NES-styled one that the new official Nintendo Vans sneakers come in, well, it's hard to resist. Look at it!What is within is where the real magic happens, though.... >>

Boosty review: Banish broadband outage with this mini mobile-connected router

Boosty review: Banish broadband outage with this mini mobile-connected router

By

Ah, flaky broadband. The bane of first world existence. But, actually, a real pain in the backside when you're in the middle of a Skype call and it drops dead. Or you're streaming Game of Thrones and someone shuts the door (rather than, ahem, holds it)... >>

Audi S5 Coupé (2016) preview, in pictures: Flexing those German muscles

Audi S5 Coupé (2016) preview, in pictures: Flexing those German muscles

By

This is the new Audi A5 Coupé (well, actually you're feasting your eyes on the sportier S5 Coupé edition). Which, if you squint a little, could be considered as the German brand's version of the Ford Mustang. With some added pep. An apt arrival year,... >>

Olympus Pen-F review: Not F-ing about
4.0 stars

Olympus Pen-F review: Not F-ing about

By

Say hello to the first Olympus Pen with a built-in viewfinder: the Pen-F. If you were knocking around 50-years back then you might know it as, well, the original Pen-F - the half-frame film camera that looks very similar to this 2016 digital re-work.There's... >>

Toyota Hilux (2016) review: Invincible by name, invincible by nature
4.0 stars

Toyota Hilux (2016) review: Invincible by name, invincible by nature

By

Testing the new Toyota Hilux demands a little more than just nipping down to the local shop to grab a pint of milk and a Mars Bar. Although with all that space in the back you could buy a lifetime supply of those.The famed "indestructible" pickup - apt,... >>

Sony Cyber-shot RX1R II review: Full-frame fun and foibles
4.0 stars

Sony Cyber-shot RX1R II review: Full-frame fun and foibles

By

When it first launched at the end of 2012, the Sony Cyber-shot RX1 was a camera like no other. Its full-frame sensor and fixed 35mm lens made it a distinctive shooter for the high-end market. Sure, it had its imperfections, but that large sensor gave... >>

Ultimate Ears UE Roll 2: Rock 'n' roll reprisal

Ultimate Ears UE Roll 2: Rock 'n' roll reprisal

By

The UE Roll, the discus-shaped rugged Bluetooth speaker, is back for round two.The UE Roll 2 takes the same dinky shape as the original waterproof speaker, but crams in 15 per cent more sound and better wireless range to 100-feet, according to the company.... >>

Onkyo H500BT headphones review: Punchy meets plasticky
4.0 stars

Onkyo H500BT headphones review: Punchy meets plasticky

By

Despite being established since 1946, Onkyo headphones are a rare sighting out on the streets. And with on- and over-ear headphones dominating the daily commute these days, now is the perfect opportunity for Onkyo's latest Bluetooth H500BT cans to make... >>

Best of CES Asia 2016: The weird and the wonderful from the Shanghai show floor

Best of CES Asia 2016: The weird and the wonderful from the Shanghai show floor

By

CES Asia opened it doors for the second time in Shanghai this May. And the Chinese version of the world's largest tech show, CES, which is based in Las Vegas, didn't hold back on the weird and the wonderful.Condensing a show as wide-ranging as CES Asia... >>

Honor V8 hands-on preview: Dual cameras, but no Leica in sight

Honor V8 hands-on preview: Dual cameras, but no Leica in sight

By

With Huawei shouting loud about its P9 smartphone with dual Leica cameras, the presence of dual lenses on the Honor V8 (the company's sister brand) got us thinking it, too, would bear the same fruits.But it's not to be, as there's no Leica glass or monochrome... >>

Huawei P9 Lite hands-on preview: Low-calorie diet

Huawei P9 Lite hands-on preview: Low-calorie diet

By

When the Huawei P9 launched earlier this month it went big on its dual Leica cameras feature; that was what really sold it above and beyond its considerable competition. But if that's the gold-topped pint of milk then, well, the Huawei P9 Lite is red-top... >>

Donald Trump has never sounded this good... because he’s been made into an actual speaker

Donald Trump has never sounded this good... because he’s been made into an actual speaker

By

Ever wanted to hear Donald Trump say something sensible? Or maybe just sing a bit of Adele? Well perhaps now you can, for the American political candidate - well known for his controversial speeches and slurs - has been made into an actual speaker. Ok,... >>

Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II review: Nip and tuck triumphs
4.0 stars

Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II review: Nip and tuck triumphs

By

Canon was late to the 1-inch sensor compact cameras game, following in the Sony's RX100 footsteps to deliver the original PowerShot G7 X back in 2014. In the period since then this larger-than-average sensor sector has become a battleground. Nobody wants... >>

Huawei P9 review: The flagship and the folly
4.0 stars

Huawei P9 review: The flagship and the folly

By

Huawei has been chipping away at the flagship smartphone block for years now, gradually adding appeal to its seemingly desired western audience with each iteration. But while last year's P8 lost its way with sloppy software and knuckle-based nonsense,... >>

Hungry Shark World preview: App big fish makes a splash, you'll be hooked

Hungry Shark World preview: App big fish makes a splash, you'll be hooked

By

Hungry Shark World is one of those app-based games that probably commands just as much respect as a major console title. The follow-up to 2013's Hungry Shark Evolution - which has been downloaded over 230-million times - it's all about new graphics, new... >>

What’s new in Hungry Shark World? 6 new features revealed

What’s new in Hungry Shark World? 6 new features revealed

By

If you're an avid Hungry Shark Evolution player then Hungry Shark World will more than likely already have hooked your interest.If you've caught a glimpse of the game it might look fundamentally similar to its predecessor. So what's new? We run-down some... >>

LG G5 review: Modular misfire?
4.0 stars

LG G5 review: Modular misfire?

By

LG has its foot firmly on the gas. Its G5 flagship totally shake-ups the top-end phone market by introducing a module-based design so that additional accessory units can be added for new features and operation.But while that's a fun feature - one that... >>

Nikon D5 review: Olympic effort from pro DSLR
5.0 stars

Nikon D5 review: Olympic effort from pro DSLR

By

It's no mistake that both Nikon D5 and Canon EOS 1D X Mark II have arrived in 2016. It's an Olympic year after all, with pro sports photographers seeking next-level kit to take next-level images in Rio. Not that's the only place such cameras are capable... >>

Acer Predator G1 desktop comes with its own suitcase... for first 1,000 punters

Acer Predator G1 desktop comes with its own suitcase... for first 1,000 punters

By

We had an inkling that Acer was going to lift the lid on new Predator gear at its global press conference in New York. Front and centre of its line-up is the new Predator G1 desktop.Which, it turns out, is sort-of portable. It even comes with its own... >>

Battery boom: Acer Zest Plus phone crams in 5,000mAh for two-day life

Battery boom: Acer Zest Plus phone crams in 5,000mAh for two-day life

By

It's not often we see an Acer phone - as most of them don't end up in the UK - but the just-announced Acer Zest Plus has got one really big thing going for it: a massive 5,000mAh battery capacity.That's more capacious than even the likes of the Huawei... >>

Acer announces fanless Intel Core i7 device, the Switch Alpha 12

Acer announces fanless Intel Core i7 device, the Switch Alpha 12

By

With Microsoft Surface ruling the roost in its market, Acer wants a piece of the pie. So it's come out punching, with the announcement of the Switch Alpha 12 - the world's first 2-in-1 device with 6th generation Intel Core i sensor without a fan.Yep,... >>

Next at Acer: Watch the Predator and laptops live-stream here

Next at Acer: Watch the Predator and laptops live-stream here

By

It's Acer time. The Taiwanese company is all set to unveil new products at its global press conference, starting 16:00 BST (that's 11:00 EST in New York City where the conference is taking place), and you can watch it via the stream live below.So what... >>

Canon EOS 1D X Mark II review: The fast and the furious, part II
5.0 stars

Canon EOS 1D X Mark II review: The fast and the furious, part II

By

The big boss is back for round two: the Canon EOS 1D X Mark II is the company's top-end full-frame DSLR, which replaces both the original 1D X and video-focused 1D C models. And it really is one serious bit of kit, as we've been finding out during a couple... >>

Panasonic Lumix GX80 review: Small in scale, big on features
4.5 stars

Panasonic Lumix GX80 review: Small in scale, big on features

By

With the Lumix GF8 absent from British shores, we were beginning to wonder if Panasonic had bailed on the smaller-scale and more affordable compact system camera concept. But that's not the case, as the latest Lumix GX80 (or GX85 in the USA) stands to... >>

Gears of War 4 multiplayer preview: Grinding those gears

Gears of War 4 multiplayer preview: Grinding those gears

By

The chainsaws are back. Gears of War 4's multiplayer is due to go into closed public beta from 18 April, to give a taster of all the duck-and-cover, shotgun-to-the-face, third-person shooter mayhem. And ahead of time we got to play a couple of hours of... >>

What is Ultra HD Premium and why does it matter? The 4K HDR badge explained

What is Ultra HD Premium and why does it matter? The 4K HDR badge explained

By

The home cinema and entertainment technology industry sure loves a badge or two. Kit from TVs and Blu-ray players, to amplifiers and speakers all seem to be run through a certification process to give you an idea that they will perform in given circumstances.... >>