Archive for Mike Lowe

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
4.5 stars

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?
5.0 stars

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... >>

Lenovo P2 preview: Boasting a 5,100mAh battery in a 5.5-inch design

Lenovo P2 preview: Boasting a 5,100mAh battery in a 5.5-inch design

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Welcome to the big battery club. This is the Lenovo P2, which boasts a 5,100mAh battery in a 5.5-inch screen device. And it's really not as chunky a phone as you might expect, which goes to show just how advanced battery tech has become. Squeezing a battery... >>

Hasselblad True Zoom preview: The 10x optical zoom Moto Mod is finally here

Hasselblad True Zoom preview: The 10x optical zoom Moto Mod is finally here

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There has long been talk of a Hasselblad Moto Mod camera module appearing for the Moto Z to transform it into a "proper" camera. And now it, under the True Zoom moniker, is finally here.At Lenovo's IFA press conference in Berlin we got to sample the new... >>

Lenovo Yoga 910: Edge display makes this convertible laptop infinitely awesome

Lenovo Yoga 910: Edge display makes this convertible laptop infinitely awesome

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We've been avidly following the Lenovo Yoga evolution over the years, as the convertible laptop range has continued to refine its 360-degree screen offering. In the top-spec Yoga 910 it's even stronger than ever before, with an edge-to-edge display joining... >>

Samsung Gear S3 Frontier vs S3 Classic: What's the difference?

Samsung Gear S3 Frontier vs S3 Classic: What's the difference?

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It was hardly a secret that Samsung was going to unveil the Gear S3 smartwatch at its Berin Unpacked event on 31 August. But two watches? It was rumoured, and now it's official: the Gear S3 will arrive in Frontier and Classic variants. How, then, do they... >>

DxO One camera for iPhone gets Wi-Fi update, new accessories available too

DxO One camera for iPhone gets Wi-Fi update, new accessories available too

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We first saw the DxO One camera - a 1-inch sensor unit that connects to the iPhone Lightning connector - in September 2015. We thought it had potential, but was a mix of high and low points. Now, with its fourth software update due 1 September 2016, it... >>

Acer Spin 7 preview: Flexible design with a touch of class

Acer Spin 7 preview: Flexible design with a touch of class

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The convertible laptop game has gone from strength to strength, with the latest devices sporting slender bodies and discrete hinge mechanisms that make such flip-around screen devices as good-looking as their top-end notebook cousins.  Acer's take in... >>

Release the beast! Acer Predator 21 X gaming laptop boasts 21-inch curved screen and eye-tracking tech

Release the beast! Acer Predator 21 X gaming laptop boasts 21-inch curved screen and eye-tracking tech

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Release the beast! Acer has unveiled a gigantic 21-inch gaming laptop, the Predator 21 X, which not only boasts the first curved screen in a laptop, but also features eye-tracking technology. Yep, you can now use your eyes to trigger commands in some... >>

Amazon Dash Buttons available in the UK: One-touch order buttons for Prime users are here

Amazon Dash Buttons available in the UK: One-touch order buttons for Prime users are here

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In 2015 Amazon introduced its Dash Buttons in the States. The idea was simple: a physical touch button dedicated to ordering a specific item with just one press. And now Dash Buttons are available in the UK. Think of a Dash Button like extracting Amazon's... >>

What’s new for Intel Core 7th Gen? Kaby Lake processors explained, 4K media focus

What’s new for Intel Core 7th Gen? Kaby Lake processors explained, 4K media focus

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Year on year Intel is committed to updating its Intel Core processors, with the latest seventh-generation chip even bearing a "7th Gen" badge its visual marketing and on-shelf positioning. Perhaps that's no surprise when you hear people talking about... >>

Honor 8 review: A different take on the premium mid-range market
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Honor 8 review: A different take on the premium mid-range market

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In the mid-range phone market there's a top dog: the OnePlus 3. That phone has essentially blown the doors off what a device can provide at a £330 price point. And that, right there, is exactly the territory Honor - the subsidiary brand of Chinese supergiant... >>

Fujifilm X-A3: Selfie-focused compact system camera ups the resolution ante

Fujifilm X-A3: Selfie-focused compact system camera ups the resolution ante

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The selfie system camera is back for round three: the Fujifilm X-A3 is the latest in the company’s line of compact system cameras, bringing a brand new 24-megapixel sensor and new design to the feature set. That puts the X-A3’s resolution a full 50... >>

What is Intel Project Alloy? The wire-free VR headset explained

What is Intel Project Alloy? The wire-free VR headset explained

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Virtual reality is a big deal, but delving into the virtual world typically requires a tethered-to-PC solution. That's where Intel Project Alloy does things differently: this all-in-one VR headset is designed without wires, with all its computational... >>

Windows 10 introduces holographic apps for all, coming 2017

Windows 10 introduces holographic apps for all, coming 2017

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It's barely been a minute since Windows 10 Anniversary Edition arrived, but now Microsoft is looking ahead to its next W10 feature update: holographic apps.Announced at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF), executive vice president for Windows and devices,... >>

B&O BeoPlay A1 by Bang & Olufsen review: Bluetooth speaker bliss
5.0 stars

B&O BeoPlay A1 by Bang & Olufsen review: Bluetooth speaker bliss

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It's not often a Bluetooth speaker has its designer's name tucked away within its specification. But then the BeoPlay A1, by Bang & Olufsen, is no ordinary Bluetooth speaker; it's exemplary for the kind of sound quality that can be achieved at this small... >>

Huawei MateBook review: 5-hours of friendship
3.5 stars

Huawei MateBook review: 5-hours of friendship

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One glance at the Huawei MateBook and it's clear the Chinese company is hankering for a slice of the laptop-replacement market. This slim-build Windows 10 tablet is really well made, not a cheap knock-off competitor to the likes of the Microsoft Surface... >>