Archive for Mike Lowe

  • A week in reviews: 13 - 17 January

    A week in reviews: 13 - 17 January

    By 18 January 2014

    We spent the beginning of January marching around various halls and hotel suites at the Consumer Electronics Show 2014, and that was an eye-opener as to what to expect over the coming year. It's all flexible TVs, wearable tech from every corner of the...

  • Olympus OM-D challenge part 2: Light, lenses, action

    Olympus OM-D challenge part 2: Light, lenses, action

    By 17 January 2014

    Amid the madness of the Consumer Electronics Show at the beginning of January we managed to extract ourselves from the Las Vegas strip - not for a debauched Nic Cage style party, but instead for a photographic adventure. Olympus had invited us to follow...

  • Oppo N1 review
    4.5 out of 5

    Oppo N1 review

    By 17 January 2014

    Oppo has got a mammoth mountain to climb to become the familiar name that it wants to be for a European audience. Good job it's just released the N1, then, a mammoth-sized phablet that's certain to grab your attention. It will do so for a number of reasons....

  • Stelle Audio Pillar review
    4.5 out of 5

    Stelle Audio Pillar review

    By 15 January 2014

    The Stelle Audio Pillar certainly proves that Bluetooth speakers needn’t be small, plasticky pieces of kit with mediocre sound. This pillar-shaped speaker not only looks the part, the premium build of the device also kicks out the audio with gusto....

  • Netflix UHD 4K interview: When, where and how to get 4K content

    Netflix UHD 4K interview: When, where and how to get 4K content

    By 14 January 2014

    At this year's CES consumer electronics trade show in Las Vegas we were treated to all kinds of televisual treats. And as much as we've been sucked in by the wonders of the latest 4K TVs from all the big manufacturers, it's the content that we're most...

  • Fujifilm X-E2 review
    4.5 out of 5

    Fujifilm X-E2 review

    By 13 January 2014

    As companies clamour to deliver the best possible camera solutions, sometimes all it takes is a little bit of polish and effort on a manufacturer's behalf to buff out the apparent spec sheet blemishes of an older model to deliver a winning ticket. And...

  • Hands-on: Nikon Coolpix L830 review

    Hands-on: Nikon Coolpix L830 review

    By 12 January 2014

    Some of Nikon's more affordable cameras can be a bit hit and miss, but after playing with the long-zoom Nikon Coolpix L830 at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas we were rather impressed. Key to the L830's spec is its 34x optical zoom lens, which...

  • Hands-on: ZTE Grand S II is bigger, bolder and more powerful than original

    Hands-on: ZTE Grand S II is bigger, bolder and more powerful than original

    By 12 January 2014

    Big phones are all the rage at the moment. ZTE's sequel to the Grand S, the aptly named Grand S II, pushes into phablet territory thanks to its large 5.5-inch screen. It's not only bigger than the original 5-inch model in the series, it's more powerful...

  • Hands-on: Garmin Vivofit is a long-lasting and affordable fitness band

    Hands-on: Garmin Vivofit is a long-lasting and affordable fitness band

    By 11 January 2014

    Wearables are everywhere. But when a company such as Garmin, renowned for its fitness and GPS products, announces a new product it's time to stand up and listen. Welcome the Garmin Vivofit, a wristband fitness device that we got to see at this year's...

  • Hands-on: Fujifilm FinePix S1 review

    Hands-on: Fujifilm FinePix S1 review

    By 11 January 2014

    The Fujifilm FinePix S1 isn't the first 50x optical zoom camera that we've seen, but it's full of features that suggest it's among the best of those available. Pitched directly against the likes of the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS, we checked out the Fujifilm...

  • Hands-on: Naim Statement, at £125,000 this is the 'Bentley of amplifiers'

    Hands-on: Naim Statement, at £125,000 this is the 'Bentley of amplifiers'

    By 11 January 2014

    Naim could have named the Statement anything it liked, as one glance at this giant pre-amp and twin mono amplifier trio is an aesthetic statement in itself. Oh, and then there's the £125,000 price - $206,000 for our American friends - which would make...

  • Fujifilm X100S Black pictures and hands-on

    Fujifilm X100S Black pictures and hands-on

    By 10 January 2014

    It’s becoming a set standard for Fujifilm to release black-finish versions of its high-end kit, and now it’s the turn of the Fujifilm X100S. We got our hands on the X100S Black at the Consumer Electronics Show 2014, where it was on display at the...

  • Razer Nabu: We eye-up gaming laptop maker’s wearable tech band

    Razer Nabu: We eye-up gaming laptop maker’s wearable tech band

    By 10 January 2014

    Wearable tech was the promise of 2013, but one that failed to truly deliver. In 2014 it looks as though every manufacturer wants to be the one to crack the market, including gaming laptop maker Razer with the Nabu. Described as a discreet wearable, the...

  • Hands-on: Panasonic Lumix TZ55 review

    Hands-on: Panasonic Lumix TZ55 review

    By 10 January 2014

    It seems to be selfie season, as Panasonic steps on board the flip-up screen compact camera express with the Lumix TZ55. We had been allowed to preview the bigger-brother TZ60 model ahead of the Consumer Electronics Show 2014, but have had to wait a little...

  • Hands-on: Sony Alpha A5000 is small yet mighty

    Hands-on: Sony Alpha A5000 is small yet mighty

    By 10 January 2014

    With Sony’s NEX brand surrendering to the Alpha title, the A5000 is among the first compact system cameras we’ve seen to carry the new badge. But what’s in a name? We got to play with the A5000 at the Consumer Electronics Show 2014 to find out....

  • Hands-on: Canon PowerShot N100 goes whacky with front and rear cameras

    Hands-on: Canon PowerShot N100 goes whacky with front and rear cameras

    By 10 January 2014

    Canon continues to let its N-series engineers run wild with their imaginations with the release of the PowerShot N100. And we got to test it out at the Consumer Electronics Show 2014 in Las Vegas. Unlike the square form PowerShot N that came before it,...

  • PlayStation Now hands-on: The future of gaming, the death of the console as we know it?

    PlayStation Now hands-on: The future of gaming, the death of the console as we know it?

    By 10 January 2014

    Welcome to the modern world. Gone are the days when popping to Blockbuster to grab a DVD was commonplace Friday night practice. Indeed disc-based formats could be on a slippery slope, even for gaming if PlayStation Now has anything to do with it. PlayStation...

  • Turtle Beach HyperSound: Listen without being heard thanks to 'sound beam' tech

    Turtle Beach HyperSound: Listen without being heard thanks to 'sound beam' tech

    By 9 January 2014

    We all know that feeling when you want to watch telly but fear the volume will keep others awake. You could wear headphones but probably don't have a wire long enough. Now Turtle Beach has acquired Parametric Sound Corporation's know-how to make that...

  • Hands-on: Audio Technica SonicFuel ATH-OX7AMP headphones include built-in amp to save smartphone battery

    Hands-on: Audio Technica SonicFuel ATH-OX7AMP headphones include built-in amp to save smartphone battery

    By 9 January 2014

    In among the sea of headphones on show at this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the Audio Technica SonicFuel ATH-OX7AMP were one of those that most caught our attention, because they've got a built-in amplifier and volume control. You can...

  • Hands-on: Samsung NX30 shows off tilt-angle electronic viewfinder

    Hands-on: Samsung NX30 shows off tilt-angle electronic viewfinder

    By 8 January 2014

    Samsung is one of the unsung compact system camera manufacturers in our view. Its NX series has plenty to offer, with the new NX30 being the most feature-packed model we've yet seen. Build-wise the DSLR-styled camera does look and feel rather plasticky,...

  • Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 pictures and hands-on

    Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 pictures and hands-on

    By 8 January 2014

    Samsung is at the forefront of connected camera technology. The Android OS original Galaxy Camera proved that, and its successor, the aptly named Galaxy Camera 2, looks to build on it. As much as we are taken by the concept - just as we were with the...

  • Ecovacs Winbot: Window-cleaning robot spied surfing up vertical windows at CES 2014

    Ecovacs Winbot: Window-cleaning robot spied surfing up vertical windows at CES 2014

    By 8 January 2014

    Some things at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas just can't help but grab our attention. And the Winbot is one such piece of tech - because it can wander up and down vertical surfaces while cleaning windows. If only it whistled a tune. We're...

  • Hands-on: Nikon D3300 goes streamlined, opts for collapsible kit lens

    Hands-on: Nikon D3300 goes streamlined, opts for collapsible kit lens

    By 8 January 2014

    Nikon seems to be using 2014 to push out subtle upgrades to its DSLR series. Take the D3300, for example, it's mighty similar to its D3200 predecessor in spec terms, bar a refreshed, funkier design and another key non-camera-body change: the new kit lens....

  • Nikon D4S in pictures: Top-spec camera eyed behind glass at CES trade show

    Nikon D4S in pictures: Top-spec camera eyed behind glass at CES trade show

    By 8 January 2014

    It was inevitable. The Nikon D4 has spawned its follow-up, the Nikon D4S, as seen at the Consumer Electronics Show 2014. But there's a small problem: it's a mock up that's tucked away behind glass and there's no official spec as yet. What we can tell...

  • Bang & Olufsen unveils BeoPlay H3 Golden Edition in-ears

    Bang & Olufsen unveils BeoPlay H3 Golden Edition in-ears

    By 7 January 2014

    At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas everything seems to sparkle. Including Bang & Olufsen’s latest gold-finish BeoPlay H3 in-ear headphones. Very tasty. Being the design brand it’s known to be, the B&O BeoPlay H3 was designed by Jakob Wagner,...