Archive for Mike Lowe

  • Wolfenstein: The New Order review
    4 out of 5

    Wolfenstein: The New Order review

    By 20 May 2014

    Count to four. Inhale. You're going to need that breath, for Wolfenstein: The New Order is a grizzly ride on the insane-go-round. The premise of the title has always been teetering on the absurd: Nazis with futuristic technologies have won the Second...

  • A week in reviews: 12 - 16 May

    A week in reviews: 12 - 16 May

    By 17 May 2014

    This week smartphones are the big news. In addition to our full review of the affordable and often brilliant Huawei Ascend P7, we've seen the new budget Motorola Moto E and small-scale HTC One mini 2 announced too. We've also been driving in sunny Portugal...

  • Hands-on: Sony Cyber-shot RX100 III review

    Hands-on: Sony Cyber-shot RX100 III review

    By 16 May 2014

    We've always been advocates of the Sony RX100. Both the original and Mk II models offered exceptional image quality in a truly pocketable design that, to some degree, rewrote the expectation of what a compact camera could do. The Sony Cyber-Shot RX100...

  • Sony Cyber-shot RX100 III adds built-in electronic viewfinder and wider-angle, faster lens to RX-line

    Sony Cyber-shot RX100 III adds built-in electronic viewfinder and wider-angle, faster lens to RX-line

    By 16 May 2014

    The Sony Cyber-shot RX100 III has been announced, boasting a new 24-70mm f/1.8-2.8 (equivalent) lens and new built-in electronic viewfinder. It arrives alongside the original and second-generation RX100 models to sit at the top of the trio as the most...

  • Toshiba Encore review
    3.5 out of 5

    Toshiba Encore review

    By 15 May 2014

    The 8-inch tablet market is full of a raft of devices to choose from, many of which double-up as laptop alternatives with keyboard dock and stylus inputs. Not so the Toshiba Encore, a full Windows 8.1 device that is just that; no additional bells and...

  • Huawei Ascend P7 review
    4 out of 5

    Huawei Ascend P7 review

    By 13 May 2014

    Huawei just took the gloves off. The Ascend P7 is the most serious smartphone that the Chinese company has ever made, designed to offer decent performance wrapped around a 5-inch HD screen and admirable design. Throw in speedy 4G connectivity at a price...

  • A week in reviews: 5 - 9 May

    A week in reviews: 5 - 9 May

    By 10 May 2014

    May Day Bank Holiday behind us and it's a tech-tastic week full of gadgets. We've crossed the English Channel to take stock of Huawei's latest Ascend P7 smartphone over in Paris, while across the Atlantic its finally the turn of our American friends...

  • Toshiba Kira review
    3.5 out of 5

    Toshiba Kira review

    By 9 May 2014

    Laptops these days are statements of design as much as they are capable powerhouses able to crunch through almost any task you throw at them. The Toshiba Kira is the company's bash at high-end design, delivering a slim and capable machine packed with...

  • Canon PowerShot G1 X MkII review
    4.5 out of 5

    Canon PowerShot G1 X MkII review

    By 5 May 2014

    The Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II is the company's highest spec compact camera yet, superseding the original G1 X from 2012. Far from being a straightforward rehash of the earlier large sensor model, the Mark II is a total rework. It's built around a...

  • A week in reviews: 28 April - 2 May

    A week in reviews: 28 April - 2 May

    By 3 May 2014

    It's the week when Sony's flagship Xperia Z2 smartphone finally lands in UK stores. Is this waterproof "glass sandwich" design the Android phone to go for? Perhaps our HTC One (M8) vs Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Sony Xperia Z2 comparison will help you make...

  • Panasonic Lumix GH4 review
    5 out of 5

    Panasonic Lumix GH4 review

    By 2 May 2014

    We've often thought of the Panasonic GH series as the best consumer interchangeable lens system for video capture on the market. It's not hard to see why: the Panasonic Lumix GH4 offers 4K video capture at usable frame rates. On paper that's untouchable...

  • HP Pavilion x360 review
    3 out of 5

    HP Pavilion x360 review

    By 30 April 2014

    The post-PC era is upon us and we're in a period of transition. There are tablets, there are laptops and there are devices that want to do more than the two combined. Take the HP Pavilion x360, a touchscreen device that outwardly looks like a laptop but...

  • Acer Iconia One 7 & Iconia Tab 7 pictures and hands-on

    Acer Iconia One 7 & Iconia Tab 7 pictures and hands-on

    By 29 April 2014

    If there's a hotly contested tablet category it has to be the affordable 7-inch sector. And Acer has unveiled an additional two tabs to add to the stack: the Iconia One 7 and Iconia Tab 7, both of which we've got our hands on at the company's A Touch...

  • Acer Aspire Switch 10 pictures and hands-on

    Acer Aspire Switch 10 pictures and hands-on

    By 29 April 2014

    When we see the Aspire brand we immediately think laptops. But Acer is on a mission to change in 2014, as the "four in one" Acer Aspire Switch 10 can attest. This is Aspire doing laptop, tablet and a number of in-between forms too. The concept isn't new...

  • Acer Liquid Leap: Wearable companion device in the works, due August 2014

    Acer Liquid Leap: Wearable companion device in the works, due August 2014

    By 29 April 2014

    Acer has confirmed its plans to enter the world of wearable tech. At its global press conference in New York the company presented the Liquid Leap device, due to be launched in limited markets in the latter half of this year. Information is limited at...

  • Acer Aspire Switch 10 unveiled: One device, four positions via magnetic hinge design

    Acer Aspire Switch 10 unveiled: One device, four positions via magnetic hinge design

    By 29 April 2014

    Acer has unveiled its Aspire Switch 10 at its A Touch More Connected press event in New York. A 10.1-inch "four in one" Windows 8.1 device that can switch between laptop, tablet, display and "tent" positions, Acer has opted for a magnetic Snap Hinge...

  • Nikon D4S review
    5 out of 5

    Nikon D4S review

    By 29 April 2014

    The Nikon D4S created a lot of buzz when it was first teased at the Consumer Electronics Show 2014. The pinnacle of Nikon's pro DSLR lineup, it arrives some two years after the earlier D4 model, touting faster performance and autofocus system updates...

  • A week in reviews: 22 - 25 April

    A week in reviews: 22 - 25 April

    By 26 April 2014

    After a long Easter bank holiday weekend we return not with chocolate eggs, but gaming goodies: for it's the week that we can talk about Watch Dogs once again. After a six month delay, has this open-world hacking epic been moulded into the title everyone...

  • Philips Fidelio E2 review
    4 out of 5

    Philips Fidelio E2 review

    By 24 April 2014

    We've seen boat loads of Bluetooth speakers in recent times, with the trend for portable single units being a more common trend. Philips, on the other hand, has delivered a more classic stereo bookshelf speaker system: the Fidelio E2, codenamed BTS5700....

  • Watch Dogs preview: Four hours of play in the defining open-world game of 2014

    Watch Dogs preview: Four hours of play in the defining open-world game of 2014

    By 23 April 2014

    When Watch Dogs was delayed back in November 2013 it single-handedly postponed next-gen gaming for many. Faces drooped, hearts sank, and there was a lingering question as to whether the hype machine had set the bar of expectation beyond even the game's...

  • Lytro ups its aspirations, introduces Illum light field camera for $1,599

    Lytro ups its aspirations, introduces Illum light field camera for $1,599

    By 22 April 2014

    Lytro makes light field cameras, devices that work in an entirely different way to normal digital cameras: captured results be refocused after shooting and only displayed digitally. Now the company has announced the Illum, a camera with greater aspirations....

  • A week in reviews: 14 - 18 April

    A week in reviews: 14 - 18 April

    By 19 April 2014

    It's a big week for phones. Not only has the developer preview for Windows Phone 8.1 been unleashed - which, but of course, we've reviewed - but we've unveiled our review of the flagship Sony Xperia Z2. Waterproof, premium, powerful - is it the flagship...

  • Windows Phone 8.1 review
    4 out of 5

    Windows Phone 8.1 review

    By 18 April 2014

    Windows Phone 8.1 is (sort of) here and it's a much needed boost to the Microsoft operating system. Better presentation, more personalisation, the voice assist Cortana, quick actions and notifications via Action Center and a number of other tweaks throughout....

  • Canon EOS 100D White pictures and hands-on

    Canon EOS 100D White pictures and hands-on

    By 16 April 2014

    No prizes for what makes the Canon EOS 100D White DSLR special. Yep, it's got a white coat of paint. A year after the release of the world's smallest and lightest DSLR, that being the Canon EOS 100D, the white model delivers a nigh-on identical package....

  • How to get Cortana to work on Windows Phone in the UK

    How to get Cortana to work on Windows Phone in the UK

    By 15 April 2014

    Here's a loaded question: how do you get Cortana voice assist on your Windows Phone 8 device in the UK? Technically you're supposed to wait until the second half of 2014 when Cortana will roll out as part of a Windows Phone 8.1 update. America will get...