Archive for Mike Lowe

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

What is GoPro Omni? The 360 VR camera rig explained, release date and price info

What is GoPro Omni? The 360 VR camera rig explained, release date and price info

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It's not the first time we've heard about GoPro Omni - the six GoPro camera rig used for 360-degree virtual reality capture, announced early 2016 - but it is the first time we've seen it and learned about its end-to-end workflow. So just what can you... >>

Lenovo Yoga 900S review: Strike a pose
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Lenovo Yoga 900S review: Strike a pose

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Lenovo has been pushing its flexible-hinge Yoga series for some time, refining design and capability with each iteration. At the tail-end of 2015 we were impressed by the original Yoga 900, which combined Intel Core i processor power in a slender build... >>

Kia Niro review: Say hello to my little friend
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Kia Niro review: Say hello to my little friend

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The word "Niro" makes us think of a few things: Robert de Niro in his classic film roles; strong black coffee; or some kind of futuristic city. It doesn't immediately make us think of a car. But that's about to change, for Korean car giant Kia has just... >>

What are the new S-Pen features for the Galaxy Note 7? New Air Command and features explored

What are the new S-Pen features for the Galaxy Note 7? New Air Command and features explored

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If you're already familiar with the Samsung Galaxy Note series then you'll know about the power of the S-Pen (Samsung's fancy name for the included, integrated stylus which comes with the device). The Note 7 is the latest big-screen phone in the series,... >>

OnePlus 3 Soft Gold in pictures: If bling is your thing

OnePlus 3 Soft Gold in pictures: If bling is your thing

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As affordable mid-range phones go there are few better than the OnePlus 3. This £329 beauty comes with a flagship specification but without the flagship price.And now you can buy it in a Soft Gold finish instead of the standard Graphite colour - the... >>

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

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

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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
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Zemi Aria speaker review: Majors and minors

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

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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

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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

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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
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Audi Q2 review: The single-minded SUV

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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?

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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
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Motorola Moto G4 Plus review: Plus and minus

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

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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

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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

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

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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

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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... >>

South Park: The Fractured But Whole preview: Super serial superheroes, silly

South Park: The Fractured But Whole preview: Super serial superheroes, silly

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South Park: The Fractured But Whole is no ordinary turn-based role-playing game. It's one for the fans. Within 30-seconds of our E3 gaming expo presentation, our presenter - playing The New Kid (AKA Douchebag from previous game The Stick of Truth) - is... >>

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

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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... >>

10 gaming sequels absent from E3 2016: Red Dead Redemption 2, The Last of Us 2 and more

10 gaming sequels absent from E3 2016: Red Dead Redemption 2, The Last of Us 2 and more

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It's not that we're ungrateful. E3 has delivered a bumper crop of exciting games that we'll get to play in 2016 and beyond. It even lifted the lid on Microsoft's new 4K-capable Xbox consoles, the Slim and Project Scorpio, and set a release date for PlayStation... >>

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

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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... >>