Archive for Mike Lowe

Ministry of Sound Audio On headphones review: Booming bass on a budget
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Ministry of Sound Audio On headphones review: Booming bass on a budget

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Ministry of Sound is a name synonymous with the dance music scene, so if you're looking for on-ear headphones to deliver those bass-laden beats to your ears then it ought to be a brand that piques your interest. If it's not then, well, the heavyweight... >>

Shooting with the Leica SL: A mirrorless marvel or giant-scale misfire? (hands-on)

Shooting with the Leica SL: A mirrorless marvel or giant-scale misfire? (hands-on)

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All the talk about Leica's "next big thing" was fixed on an interchangeable-lens Leica Q. And that was enough hype to get us ultra excited, given how much we love that particular compact camera. Such a concept has almost occurred in the Leica SL, the... >>

Leica goes mirrorless: Leica SL compact system delivers 24-megapixel full-frame sensor

Leica goes mirrorless: Leica SL compact system delivers 24-megapixel full-frame sensor

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Following the excellent Leica Q compact camera, we wondered how long it would be before Leica unveiled a full-frame mirrorless system with interchangeable lenses. Well, wait no more - that time is now, with the Leica SL (Typ 601) officially unveiled at... >>

Sennheiser Momentum Wireless M2 BT review: Cut the cord in comfort
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Sennheiser Momentum Wireless M2 BT review: Cut the cord in comfort

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What do you look for in a pair of headphones? If it's for them to be big, cushy and borderline obnoxious ivory-coloured over-ear cans then, well, the Sennheiser Momentum Wireless second-gen - also known as the M2 AEBT headphones - may be exactly what... >>

Canon camera can 'see in the dark', sensitive to ISO 4,000,000

Canon camera can 'see in the dark', sensitive to ISO 4,000,000

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Long gone are the days of film when ISO 3200 was the maximum sensitivity you could shoot. Digital cameras have been pushing responsiveness to low-light for years now, with six-figure extended ISO settings showing face on some recent DSLR cameras. But... >>

Using Canon's VR headset: Hefty handheld solution wins on resolution, not practicality

Using Canon's VR headset: Hefty handheld solution wins on resolution, not practicality

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The race for the winning virtual reality headset crown has been hotting up over recent months. We've seen HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and more besides, but now Japanese giant Canon is in the running with its VR headset. And we got to use one at the Canon Expo... >>

Canon EOS M10 hands-on: Canon’s weak mirrorless line-up continues

Canon EOS M10 hands-on: Canon’s weak mirrorless line-up continues

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Using the new Canon EOS M10 is like taking a step back in time. And not in a good way. The original EOS M from 2012 was bottom of the mirrorless pack at launch, the M2 never came to Europe, and even the M3, announced earlier in 2015, was behind the mirrorless... >>

Canon EOS 5DS review: Resolution revelation
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Canon EOS 5DS review: Resolution revelation

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Canon had dilly-dallied around the resolution conundrum for what seemed like an eternity. "Push beyond 22-megapixels? Golly, no way" was pretty much the message for years. And then it goes and releases a 50.6-megapixel full-frame DSLR, the EOS 5DS. And,... >>

Dell XPS 12 hands-on: 4K screen 2-in-1 takes on Surface Pro 4, coming 2016

Dell XPS 12 hands-on: 4K screen 2-in-1 takes on Surface Pro 4, coming 2016

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When we think of Dell's XPS line we think laptops. But that's all about to change with the introduction of the 2016 Dell XPS 12 - a 2-in-1 tablet with keyboard dock that's feature-packed and looks set to take on the Microsoft Surface Pro 4. We got to... >>

Dell XPS 15 adds infinity display for 2016 model, XPS 13 sees power bump

Dell XPS 15 adds infinity display for 2016 model, XPS 13 sees power bump

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In 2014 Dell introduced its infinity display: a near edge-to-edge screen with minimal bezel, as found on the XPS 13 laptop. It not only looked gorgeous but helped to keep the form factor down. Now, for the 2016 range its the turn of the larger XPS 15... >>

Microsoft Surface Pro 4 vs Surface Pro 3: What's the difference?

Microsoft Surface Pro 4 vs Surface Pro 3: What's the difference?

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Microsoft has updated its Surface Pro line, with the introduction of the Surface Pro 4. The latest model packs in more power and more resolution than its Surface Pro 3 predecessor, and with the watching eyes of the Apple iPad Pro now on the horizon, does... >>

Microsoft Surface Pro 4 official: Price, release date, everything you need to know

Microsoft Surface Pro 4 official: Price, release date, everything you need to know

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It's Surface Pro 4 time, the latest tablet-meets-laptop product from Microsoft that is thinner, lighter and more powerful than its 2013 Surface Pro 3 predecessor. Here's everything you need to know. Surface Pro 4: Design The Surface Pro 4 maintains the... >>

Best Windows 10 tablet for playing Xbox One? The Linx Vision is a bargain at £149

Best Windows 10 tablet for playing Xbox One? The Linx Vision is a bargain at £149

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There are bundles of tablets available on the market, but not many come with a full controller dock like the Linx Vision. With Windows 10 on board it's possible to stream Xbox One games direct from your console to tablet and, thanks to an Xbox-approved... >>

Sony SRS-X55 Bluetooth speaker review: Serious sound
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Sony SRS-X55 Bluetooth speaker review: Serious sound

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It can so often be a gamble when going to buy a Bluetooth speaker such as the Sony SRS-X55. With so many makers in the market - some good, others bad - there's always the question as to whether diminutive size will bring big sound. With the Sony SRS-X55... >>

Bloodhound supersonic car in pictures: The 1,000mph British record-breaker shown in London

Bloodhound supersonic car in pictures: The 1,000mph British record-breaker shown in London

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There are fast cars and there are fast cars. Although Bloodhound, the British-borne supersonic project theoretically capable of topping 1,000mph, could only really be described as a vehicle - and a spectacular one at that given its 13.5m length. The Bloodhound... >>

Frankfurt Motor Show 2015 in pictures: The best supercars, concepts, hybrids and more

Frankfurt Motor Show 2015 in pictures: The best supercars, concepts, hybrids and more

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The Frankfurt Auto Show (also known as IAA 2015 for those in the know) is one of the world's largest car shows, with 2015 delivering a mixture of fun concepts, SUVs galore, and plenty of other automotive awesomeness besides. Most notable in among the... >>

Want to try Samsung Gear VR? Best check into the London Marriott Park Lane hotel to try VRoom Service

Want to try Samsung Gear VR? Best check into the London Marriott Park Lane hotel to try VRoom Service

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You know hotels: a bit of room service, maybe a choccie on the pillow case. But Marriott is a brand looking to go one better with its entertainment, now offering Samsung Gear VR delivered to your room for 24-hours of personal use under its VRoom Service... >>

UE Boom 2, the ultimate portable Bluetooth speaker sequel arrives

UE Boom 2, the ultimate portable Bluetooth speaker sequel arrives

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Just over two years after one of our favourite portable Bluetooth speakers hit the market, the sequel has arrived: the Ultimate Ears UE Boom 2. It's a reworked, revamped version of the original portable - although you might not think so to look at it.... >>

Samsung Galaxy S6 edge Plus review: The edge of reason
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Samsung Galaxy S6 edge Plus review: The edge of reason

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The Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ is a stunning phone to look at, one that has literally turned heads in our 10 days of daily use. Its curved screen edges make its design stand out from the crowd, so if ever you wanted a phone to get tongues wagging then, well,... >>

Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 700: Better than the Microsoft Surface Pro?

Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 700: Better than the Microsoft Surface Pro?

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Lenovo is making moves to take a bite out of the Microsoft Surface Pro, revealing its 12-inch IdeaPad Miix 700 tablet-meets-laptop 2-in-1 hybrid at the IFA consumer technology fair. And it has a number of additional features that put it a notch ahead... >>

Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro: Projector tablet breaks the traditional mould (hands-on)

Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro: Projector tablet breaks the traditional mould (hands-on)

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Tablets are evolving to try and innovate; to bring new and desirable features into a market that's stagnated somewhat. It takes something new to standout from the crowd, which is exactly what the Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro does. At first glance you might wonder... >>

Panasonic has invented a surround sound rug. Yes, you read that right

Panasonic has invented a surround sound rug. Yes, you read that right

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The home of the future is a weird and wonderful place. And to go with your robot butler you’ll obviously want a 6.1 surround sound system that doesn’t get in the way. So why not put it in a rug, on the floor? That’s exactly what Panasonic has shown... >>

Garmin Forerunner 25: Running down the price (hands-on)

Garmin Forerunner 25: Running down the price (hands-on)

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Running watches are a common companion for many, but for newbies looking to get from sofa to 5K the idea of spending a small fortune on a fitness companion is unlikely to make sense. That's where the Garmin Forerunner 25 comes in, the company's entry-level... >>

Phab or drab? 6.8-inch Lenovo Phab Plus is one supersize smartphone (hands-on)

Phab or drab? 6.8-inch Lenovo Phab Plus is one supersize smartphone (hands-on)

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The Lenovo Phab Plus, as its name suggests, doesn't shy away one bit from maximising on phablet scale. Make no bones about it: this 6.8-inch phablet-phone is an absolute monster to hold. If it looks somewhat familiar then cast your minds back to April... >>

New Moto 360: Two sizes, sleeker design, but still has that black bar on the face (hands-on)

New Moto 360: Two sizes, sleeker design, but still has that black bar on the face (hands-on)

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This is the new Moto 360 (not the Moto 360 2 as was widely touted) Android Wear smartwatch. It's a sleeker smartwatch than its predecessor, embodying a number of tweaks and enhancements. But it's still got that darn black band at the bottom of the watch... >>