Archive for Mike Lowe

Fujifilm X100T review: Naughty but niche
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Fujifilm X100T review: Naughty but niche

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It only takes one glance at the Fujifilm X100T to know it's a special little camera. Or, perhaps more to the point, a specialist camera. The retro design, physical control dials, fixed 35mm f/2.0 (equivalent) lens, and a hybrid viewfinder make that pretty... >>

PlayStation 4 review: One year on, it's the choice console for gamers
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PlayStation 4 review: One year on, it's the choice console for gamers

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One year after its initial release, and to cap off two decades of PlayStation, the Sony PlayStation 4 finds itself in an esteemed position at the tail-end of 2014. The PS4 seems to be winning the new-generation console race against the Xbox One - at least,... >>

YotaPhone 2 review: Dual-screen phone will split the crowd
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YotaPhone 2 review: Dual-screen phone will split the crowd

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The idea of a dual-screen smartphone might sound as useful as a sixth toe, and when Russian company YotaPhone launched its device of the same name it didn't make us realise what we were missing. Design quirks, usage irks - it just didn't formulate into... >>

Paddington: The tech behind the much-loved bear's big screen debut

Paddington: The tech behind the much-loved bear's big screen debut

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Whatever age you are, there's something undeniably lovable about Paddington Bear. First brought to life in the 1958 book, he's since appeared on screen in almost every decade since the 1970s, from stop-motion animation to the hand-drawn Hanna-Barbera... >>

Music sounds better with... Andy C

Music sounds better with... Andy C

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Drum & bass legend Andy C has his roots firmly bedded in the underground music scene as the founder of RAM Records, but the wider public will be hearing a lot more from the man in the coming years. Hot from signing to Atlantic Records, the globe-trotting... >>

Sony Alpha A7 II review: E-mount evolution (hands-on)

Sony Alpha A7 II review: E-mount evolution (hands-on)

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This time last year the first-generation Sony A7 took the Pocket-lint Awards gong for best interchangeable lens camera. As a small-scale full-frame model with Sony's E-mount lens fitting, it had innovation clearly in its sights. But it wasn't quite perfect... >>

Grand Theft Auto 5 review: Bona fide thrill ride on PS4 and Xbox One
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Grand Theft Auto 5 review: Bona fide thrill ride on PS4 and Xbox One

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Grand Theft Auto 5 caused a stir when it was released more than a year ago, a stir that's all the more frenzied in its new-gen incarnation on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Why? Because now you can experience all the bloodshed, sleaze and profanity throughout... >>

TomTom Multi-Sport Cardio review: Six months in and we're sold
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TomTom Multi-Sport Cardio review: Six months in and we're sold

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The first TomTom Multi-Sport sportswatch was released around a year ago, catering for running, cycling and swimming activities. It did a fair job, but there were some loose ends that its follow-up, the Multi-Sport Cardio, tackles head-on. We've been using... >>

Nest Learning Thermostat review: Intelligent home heating never looked better
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Nest Learning Thermostat review: Intelligent home heating never looked better

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We've come to review Nest, the smart thermostat, in a bit of a backwards way. Installed at the height of the British summer (if such a thing actually exists?) at the end of July, we've not been using the central heating at home until within the last month.... >>

LittleBigPlanet 3 review: Dapper new threads
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LittleBigPlanet 3 review: Dapper new threads

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In a year when gaming has revolved around shooting aliens, shanking zombies, and slaying dragons, there's something wonderfully refreshing about playing a knitted Sackperson and running around inside the imagination. Or, as is the case in LittleBigPlanet... >>

Panasonic Viera TX-50AX802B 4K TV review: Ultra-high definition bargain
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Panasonic Viera TX-50AX802B 4K TV review: Ultra-high definition bargain

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We've been holding out on reviewing the Panasonic TX-50AX802 4K TV for some time. But now that time has come and the AX800 series is more relevant than ever thanks to the arrival of Netflix 4K. That, coupled with built-in tuners for Freeview HD and Freesat... >>

Apple iMac with Retina 5K display review: Pixel-packed powerhouse
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Apple iMac with Retina 5K display review: Pixel-packed powerhouse

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With ultra-high definition resolutions becoming increasingly commonplace, the desire for pixel-packed screens is bigger than ever. And the Apple iMac with Retina display surpasses the 4K trend that is eking its way into the home cinema space by offering... >>

Canon EOS 7D Mark II review: King of quality
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Canon EOS 7D Mark II review: King of quality

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To pinch the well-known slogan: good things come to those who wait. And wait we have. For the Canon EOS 7D Mark II is a DSLR that has shunned the typically frequent product cycle, instead taking five whole years to calculate its position in the market.... >>

Hands-on: Dell Venue 8 7000 review: World's thinnest tablet shows off 6mm chassis, 2K screen and camera smarts

Hands-on: Dell Venue 8 7000 review: World's thinnest tablet shows off 6mm chassis, 2K screen and camera smarts

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Thin is big business. And at just 6mm thick, the Dell Venue 8 7000 can call itself the world's thinnest tablet, which is a big deal. It's slimmer than the Apple iPad Air 2, which has certainly gained our attention. Having first seen the tablet unveiled... >>

Dell Smart Desk concept: Taking interactive display technology into the future

Dell Smart Desk concept: Taking interactive display technology into the future

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We've all seen Tom Cruise chucking screens around with gesture-based control in the 2002 movie Minority Report. Although that probably doesn't reflect an average day at work for most of us in 2014, Dell's Smart Desk concept is designed to enhance professional... >>

Apple eat your heart out, Dell unveils 5K resolution 27-inch PC monitor

Apple eat your heart out, Dell unveils 5K resolution 27-inch PC monitor

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Move over 4K, Dell has unveiled its UltraSharp 27 Monitor, the world's first individual panel with a 5K resolution. That means a whopping 5120 x 2880 pixels across its 27-inch surface which is seven times the pixel density of a 1080p monitor or TV. 
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Hands-on: Dell Venue 11 Pro 7000 review: The Intel Core M Microsoft Surface challenger

Hands-on: Dell Venue 11 Pro 7000 review: The Intel Core M Microsoft Surface challenger

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The Dell Venue series isn't new by any measure, but the unveiling of the 11 Pro 7000 hybrid goes to show that Dell still has plenty of tricks up its sleeve. It's beat Microsoft to the punch with Intel Core M technology but, oddly, the Pro 7000 isn't slimmer... >>

Alienware Area-51: The mothership of desktop gaming rigs returns (hands-on)

Alienware Area-51: The mothership of desktop gaming rigs returns (hands-on)

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We rarely cover gaming rigs here at Pocket-lint, but there's something so iconic and, well, downright insane about the Alienware Area-51 that we couldn't resist. Or maybe the Greys have taken over our brains. Far from flying in from a land far away and... >>

Alienware 13: Gaming laptop meets desktop when paired with Graphics Amplifier (hands-on)

Alienware 13: Gaming laptop meets desktop when paired with Graphics Amplifier (hands-on)

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Which to go for - the desktop mega rig for graphically intense sessions, or a hardcore laptop for on-the-go gaming? How about a solution combining the best of both? That's the approach of the Alienware 13 gaming laptop. Use as a mobile gaming machine,... >>

Cambridge Audio Go v2 portable speaker review: Bluetooth on a budget
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Cambridge Audio Go v2 portable speaker review: Bluetooth on a budget

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The Cambridge Audio Go v2 portable Bluetooth speaker is, as its name suggests, the second version in the series, updating the Go Minx that we thought was a top-class offering when we reviewed it last year. The "saucy" name has been dropped for round two,... >>

Philips Fidelio M2BT review: Small Bluetooth headphones deliver big sound
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Philips Fidelio M2BT review: Small Bluetooth headphones deliver big sound

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In our hunt for the best headphones we've been donning the Philips Fidelio M2BT Bluetooth wireless on-ears to see whether these cans deliver audio that defies their small scale. As the update to the earlier Fidelio M1BT, the latest generation M2BT makes... >>

Audio-Technica ATH-M50x headphones review: Exemplary over-ear audio
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Audio-Technica ATH-M50x headphones review: Exemplary over-ear audio

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If you're looking for a pair of over-ear headphones to wear at home, but don't want to break the bank, and aren't interested in bass-boosted unnatural listening, then the Audio-Technica M50x are a definite contender. Whether or not the Japanese manufacturer... >>

Fujifilm X30 review: Bigger and better, but beleaguered
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Fujifilm X30 review: Bigger and better, but beleaguered

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It's been a strong year for high-end compact cameras, with well-established manufacturers honing their craft and new additions also appearing. It's made for a bustling market, but one that also makes that purchase decision all the harder. The Fujifilm... >>

AKG Y50 on-ear headphones review: Budget brilliance
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AKG Y50 on-ear headphones review: Budget brilliance

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Every manufacturer seems to be after a slice of the headphones market and AKG's approach with the Y50 on-ears is very savvy indeed. When we started testing the AKG Y50 headphones we assumed they were in the £150 price category based on their finish alone.... >>

Nikon D750 review: Tilt-angle tricks
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Nikon D750 review: Tilt-angle tricks

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The camera market is changing and the Nikon D750 is the epitome of that. A full-frame DSLR with a tilt-angle screen? People wouldn't have even considered that not so many years ago because the technology just wasn't nearly up to it. So why now? The proliferation... >>