Archive for Mike Lowe

  • A week in reviews: 7 - 11 April

    A week in reviews: 7 - 11 April

    By 12 April 2014

    Phone season is upon us. As is the Samsung Galaxy S5 which you can go and buy in the shops right now. But is it worth it, and can it better the HTC One (M8) which also landed around the globe this very week? We've got the full review on the site for your...

  • Samsung Galaxy S5 Copper Gold pictures and hands-on

    Samsung Galaxy S5 Copper Gold pictures and hands-on

    By 11 April 2014

    The Samsung Galaxy S5 is now available, but if you want an SGS5 with added bling then the Copper Gold edition might have caught your eye. Frankly, it'd be hard for anyone to ignore, whether you're a fan of the different colour finish or not. But before...

  • Spaced360 review
    4 out of 5

    Spaced360 review

    By 11 April 2014

    Bluetooth speakers come in all sorts of shapes and sizes these days. Spaced360 is something a little different: a three-pointed-star-shaped speaker capable of throwing sound out through 360-degrees. It embodies Orbitsound's Airsound technology which is...

  • Nikon 1 J4 adds the power of touchscreen to compact system camera line

    Nikon 1 J4 adds the power of touchscreen to compact system camera line

    By 10 April 2014

    Nikon has announced the 1 J4, adding touchscreen and other features to the company's compact system camera line. The 1-series has been under constant refinement, arriving at a point where the J4 looks a lot like a high-end compact camera. The stripped-back...

  • Humax HB-1000S Freesat HD box review
    4.5 out of 5

    Humax HB-1000S Freesat HD box review

    By 9 April 2014

    There was a time when we didn't really understand Freesat. And in a world where increasing numbers of set-top boxes and catch-up devices are available for as little as a tenner, we weren't sure the satellite-dish-provided free TV service could ever suit...

  • Samsung Galaxy TabPro 10.1 review
    4.5 out of 5

    Samsung Galaxy TabPro 10.1 review

    By 7 April 2014

    Samsung is certainly no stranger to tablets. But you might be left scratching your head and wondering what's what given how many model numbers and sizes are available throughout its ranges. Enter the Samsung Galaxy TabPro 10.1, the 10.1-inch Android tablet...

  • Sony Alpha A7S: new 12-megapixel full-frame model capable of 4K video

    Sony Alpha A7S: new 12-megapixel full-frame model capable of 4K video

    By 7 April 2014

    Sony has unveiled a new addition to its full-frame compact system camera at the NAB show in Las Vegas: the Alpha A7S. It's a bold move as the A7S follows on from the original A7 and A7R models just a matter of months after launch. The "S" is built around...

  • A week in reviews: 31 March - 4 April

    A week in reviews: 31 March - 4 April

    By 5 April 2014

    It's the week when April Fools' jokes happen aplenty. And we witnessed some crackers this week, all condensed into our best picks from around the web. Giggles brushed aside and we're left with a bevy of tech wonderment in this week's reviews. It's as...

  • Dell XPS 13 review (2014)
    4.5 out of 5

    Dell XPS 13 review (2014)

    By 4 April 2014

    When Dell unleashed the XPS 13 it was one of the few Ultrabook devices that could stand up against the strength of the Apple MacBook Air. Not all of us are Apple users, of course, so the prospect of a slim, light, attractive and powerful Windows portable...

  • Child of Light preview: Storybook RPG plays with dream-like charm

    Child of Light preview: Storybook RPG plays with dream-like charm

    By 3 April 2014

    When most games these days are based around shooting things while head-nodding to a rock-out soundtrack, or racing fast cars while drumming techno into your ear canals, it's a refreshing change to play a game like Child of Light. Imagine unfolding a hand-drawn...

  • Hands-on: TomTom Multi-Sport Cardio review

    Hands-on: TomTom Multi-Sport Cardio review

    By 3 April 2014

    Sports watches are evolving. The new TomTom Multi-Sport Cardio wants to be your one-stop shop for all things triathlon. New for TomTom is a built-in heart-rate monitor which means you can abandon the uncomfortable chest strap for real-time monitoring...

  • TomTom Runner Cardio & Multi-Sport Cardio add built-in heart rate monitor, Bluetooth app sync

    TomTom Runner Cardio & Multi-Sport Cardio add built-in heart rate monitor, Bluetooth app sync

    By 2 April 2014

    TomTom has refreshed its Runner and Multi-Sport sports watches with the addition of new Cardio models, capable of measuring heart rate using a wrist-based built-in heart-rate monitor. Pocket-lint is at the London launch where we've been quick-testing...

  • Jabra Solemate review (second-gen)
    3.5 out of 5

    Jabra Solemate review (second-gen)

    By 2 April 2014

    The Jabra Solemate is a portable Bluetooth speaker, back in its NFC-capable second-gen form. It might look more like a luminescent character from Pacman spliced with a Dr Martens sole but its design - which, as the name suggests, takes its cues from shoe...

  • Hands-on: Goat Simulator review

    Hands-on: Goat Simulator review

    By 1 April 2014

    Goats are threatening to be the internet's next big superstars. We've seen hilarious YouTube clips of goats screaming like humans, fainting goats and, to top all that, now there's the brand new PC game: Goat Simulator. Yes you read that correctly. And...

  • Nikon Coolpix P340 review
    4 out of 5

    Nikon Coolpix P340 review

    By 1 April 2014

    When it comes to high-end compact cameras there are lots of options out there. Most of those, however, happen to cost a pretty penny. Although the Nikon Coolpix P340 couldn't be called "budget" it does undercut many of its competitors on the price front...

  • 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...