Archive for Mike Lowe

  • A week in reviews: 24 - 28 March

    A week in reviews: 24 - 28 March

    By 29 March 2014

    It's the week when HTC claimed all glory by announcing and releasing its latest handset, the new HTC One (also known as the M8), in the same day. We had one acting as our day-to-day phone the week prior and have dug deep to deliver the verdict on whether...

  • Olympus Stylus 1 review
    4 out of 5

    Olympus Stylus 1 review

    By 27 March 2014

    One glance at the Olympus Stylus 1 and it's hard to ignore how much it looks like a smaller version of the interchangeable lens Olympus OM-D series. Only it's not: this is a high-end compact camera with design cues adopted from the company's top-end interchangeable...

  • A week in reviews: 17 - 21 March

    A week in reviews: 17 - 21 March

    By 22 March 2014

    Gaming season is upon us, with two major launches this week: Infamous and Metal Gear Solid. Second Son and Ground Zeroes to give the games their respective full title names are both fresh looks at established series, delivering in equal measure of pleasure...

  • Assassin's Creed 5 official, Ubisoft teases video of next-gen 'Unity' game

    Assassin's Creed 5 official, Ubisoft teases video of next-gen 'Unity' game

    By 21 March 2014

    Assassin's Creed 5 is official and will be the first title in the series truly made for the next-gen consoles. Exciting stuff.  Entitled Assassin's Creed: Unity (no numbers in the official title) there are few details about the game at present, expect...

  • Infamous: Second Son review
    4 out of 5

    Infamous: Second Son review

    By 21 March 2014

    Infamous: Second Son is the game that every PlayStation 4 owner has been waiting for, whether an existing Infamous fan or not. It's the cool TV ad - well, the American one without the shouty British voice-over anyway - that's done it. All those quick...

  • Toshiba Satellite P50 pictures and hands-on: 4K display squeezed into 15.6in laptop

    Toshiba Satellite P50 pictures and hands-on: 4K display squeezed into 15.6in laptop

    By 19 March 2014

    With so many laptops available on the market, it takes something special to stand out. The Toshiba Satellite P50 laptop does just that: by cramming a 4K resolution into a 15.6-inch screen. And it looks awesome. That's a 3840 x 2160 resolution - the very...

  • Toshiba laptop range adds 4K resolution and Skull Candy certified sound to Satellite range

    Toshiba laptop range adds 4K resolution and Skull Candy certified sound to Satellite range

    By 19 March 2014

    It's Toshiba laptop season, with the company announcing a range of models to suit a broad audience. Among those the big ticket device is the Satellite P50: a 15.6-inch laptop with 4K resolution screen. The P50's 3840 x 2160 resolution screen features...

  • Samsung Galaxy NotePro 12.2 review
    4 out of 5

    Samsung Galaxy NotePro 12.2 review

    By 17 March 2014

    When it comes to Android tablets Samsung has every base covered in size terms. Or so we thought, as with the Galaxy NotePro 12.2 the company gets a little experimental, opting for a large scale 12.2-inch slate. We're already fans of earlier Note devices,...

  • A week in reviews: 10 - 14 March

    A week in reviews: 10 - 14 March

    By 15 March 2014

    It's here. Titanfall has landed. And we've been playing our socks off to see whether it's the game that makes the Xbox One whole. And with that major out of the way we don't hold back. Oh no, we continue to drop bombs of tech review wonderment. We've...

  • Mini Cooper D review (2014)
    4.5 out of 5

    Mini Cooper D review (2014)

    By 14 March 2014

    The Mini Cooper heralds the arrival of the classic small car in its third-generation release since BMW re-imagined the brand back in 2001. A lucky 13 years on and the Mini Hatch is stronger than ever. That's not down to luck though. It's a car filled...

  • Nikon 1 V3 focuses on small scale, makes viewfinder an optional accessory

    Nikon 1 V3 focuses on small scale, makes viewfinder an optional accessory

    By 13 March 2014

    Nikon has announced the 1 V3, the latest in its line of compact system cameras. And it's all change. Unlike the earlier 1 V2 model, which came complete with an electronic viewfinder and chunky grip, the V3 opts to make such features optional accessories....

  • Toshiba HD TV 2014 range refresh: Faster next-gen Smart TV joins top-of-range models

    Toshiba HD TV 2014 range refresh: Faster next-gen Smart TV joins top-of-range models

    By 12 March 2014

    Toshiba has refreshed its HD TV line for 2014, with new models to be available in four separate lines to cater for the basics through to the full package. Top of the range is the 7 Series Toshiba L74, available in 42-inch, 47-inch and 55-inch variants....

  • Hands-on: Mini Cooper S (2014) review

    Hands-on: Mini Cooper S (2014) review

    By 11 March 2014

    The Mini Cooper is one of those cars that's a timeless classic; a car that, as Brits, we have an inevitable soft spot for. BMW's re-imagining of the Cooper back in 2001 was the right balance of the German brand's know-how without it unhinging that loveable...

  • Hands-on: Panasonic Lumix GH4 review

    Hands-on: Panasonic Lumix GH4 review

    By 10 March 2014

    Ahead of the curve - that’s the phrase that first sprang to mind when we saw an early version of the Panasonic Lumix GH4. This consumer compact system camera is the first to deliver 4K video, the Ultra HD format that’s going to be the next big thing....

  • A week in reviews: 3 - 7 March

    A week in reviews: 3 - 7 March

    By 8 March 2014

    Meteorological spring has arrived. Hurrah. And with the scent of the sun on the horizon in the UK, we're bringing you rays of tech-review sunshine this week in various forms. First and foremost it's Geneva Motor Show week. We've seen the BMW M235i and...

  • Mazda Hazumi pictures and eyes-on: Mazda 2 concept car has awesome moniker

    Mazda Hazumi pictures and eyes-on: Mazda 2 concept car has awesome moniker

    By 7 March 2014

    If there's a prize for car with the coolest name from this year's Geneva Motor Show then we think it would have to go to the Mazda Hazumi concept. Although, really, it's less concept and borderline reality and what you're currently feasting your eyes...

  • Volkswagen T-Roc pictures and eyes-on: The open-top SUV concept

    Volkswagen T-Roc pictures and eyes-on: The open-top SUV concept

    By 7 March 2014

    Now here's a concept: an open-top SUV. And at the Geneva Motor Show that's exactly what Volkswagen had to show in the shape of the VW T-Roc. It's a crossover car concept that almost out-Jeeps Jeep. Despite what "convertible SUV" might conjure in the mind...

  • Jeep Renegade pictures and eyes-on: Fiat merger brings new 4x4

    Jeep Renegade pictures and eyes-on: Fiat merger brings new 4x4

    By 7 March 2014

    If you think that the Jeep Renegade looks a little like a Fiat on steroids then you are indeed onto something: because the Renegade is the first Jeep since owner Crysler merged with Fiat at the beginning of this year. It's not actually on steroids, of...

  • Harman Kardon Aura review
    4 out of 5

    Harman Kardon Aura review

    By 7 March 2014

    The Harman Kardon Aura may look like The Jetson's spaceship has collided with a ultra-modern kitchen blender but this quirky design housing is actually a wireless home speaker. If you're seeking a showstopper in speaker design that is also small and compact...

  • Mini Clubman Concept pictures and hands-on

    Mini Clubman Concept pictures and hands-on

    By 7 March 2014

    We’re not huge fans of the original Mini Clubman. The adverts are cool, the brand heritage is cool, those barn doors on the back are kind of cool too - but the whole bizarre 3-door element just left us cold. That’s all just changed. Because the Mini...

  • Toyota FV2 pictures and eyes-on: Tron-like concept ‘car’ that you won’t be driving in the future

    Toyota FV2 pictures and eyes-on: Tron-like concept ‘car’ that you won’t be driving in the future

    By 7 March 2014

    You are looking at the Toyota FV2. We know, it’s one of those things that’ll make you cock your head to work out exactly what it is and what's supposed to go where. Originally announced at the Tokyo Motor Show, it’s taken until the 2014 Geneva Motor...

  • South Park: The Stick of Truth review
    4 out of 5

    South Park: The Stick of Truth review

    By 7 March 2014

    If Mortal Kombat was offensive in its day then surely South Park: The Stick of Truth is 2014’s coup for the crown. But not so much because of blood, guts ’n’ gore. Instead The Stick of Truth takes the turn-based role-playing genre, douses it with...

  • Volkswagen Golf GTE pictures and eyes-on: Mean meets green

    Volkswagen Golf GTE pictures and eyes-on: Mean meets green

    By 7 March 2014

    We first wrote about the VW Golf GTE in late February when the hybrid car was announced. But after seeing it at the Geneva Motor Show it's impressed our retinas enough to feel the need to feature it once again. It's not the first electric car we've seen...

  • Alfa Romeo 4C Spider concept pictures and eyes-on

    Alfa Romeo 4C Spider concept pictures and eyes-on

    By 6 March 2014

    There was quite the buzz around the Alfa Romeo stand at the Geneva Motor Show. And for good reason: the company was showing off its 4C Spider concept car. This dinky little car weighs under a tonne and despite being a concept looks to pave the way for...

  • Watch Dogs release date official: 27 May 2014

    Watch Dogs release date official: 27 May 2014

    By 6 March 2014

    Watch Dogs, the much anticipated game that was delayed prior to its launch alongside the next-gen consoles in November 2013, now has an official release date. All pen 27 May 2014 in your diaries. And jump around and cheer a bit too, because this could...