Archive for Mike Lowe

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... >>

Sony MDR-1A review:  A-class over-ear headphones
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Sony MDR-1A review: A-class over-ear headphones

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It was two years ago we were first introduced to the Sony MDR range, headed-up by the self-proclaimed "prestige" MDR-1R headphones. We had to hand it to Sony, though, despite sounding almost pompous they were very impressive over-ears, delivering quality... >>

Panasonic Lumix LX100 review: High-end highs and lows
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Panasonic Lumix LX100 review: High-end highs and lows

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When we first saw the Panasonic Lumix LX100 we were impressed that the company had finally squeezed a large-size Micro Four Thirds sensor into a compact camera. It's the exact thing photo enthusiasts have been calling on for years now; a nod to high-end... >>

Pioneer SE-MX9 review
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Pioneer SE-MX9 review

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We're long-time users of headphones that promise "club sound", having adopted the Sennheiser HD25 through its two generations, so when the Pioneer SE-MX9 headphones - promising "superior club sound" at home or on the go - arrived through the door for... >>

A week in reviews 13 - 17 October: Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Sony Xperia Z3 and loads more

A week in reviews 13 - 17 October: Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Sony Xperia Z3 and loads more

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October is a busy month in the world of tech and this week we've published no less than a 14 full reviews. That's two a day you lucky so and sos. And that's not even counting Apple's and Google's big news in the iPad Air 2 and Nexus 6 and 9 announcements.... >>

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 review
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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 review

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Big phones, phablets, or whatever term you want to call them - the big-screen category is here to stay. The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 represents not only the most crucial big-screen device from the Korean company for a couple of years but, sub-genres brushed... >>

Sennheiser Urbanite review
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Sennheiser Urbanite review

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With the headphones market booming we've often seen increasing price tags for products that don't always mean better sound or build quality. Not so the Sennheiser Urbanite on-ear headphones: these affordable £150 cans don't scrimp on sound, style or... >>

Canon PowerShot G7 X review
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Canon PowerShot G7 X review

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The rise of the high-end compact camera has been gathering pace, with oodles of models well worth a look in 2014. Despite already offering plenty of quality products, it's taken Canon a little longer to get into the groove and deliver a large-sensor yet... >>