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Best laptop 2018: All the top notebooks, 2-in-1s and ultraportables to buy today
Best laptop 2018: All the top notebooks, 2-in-1s and ultraportables to buy today By Mike Lowe

Mobile devices like tablets and smartphones are great for enjoying games and movies on the sofa or browsing emails on the train on the way to work, but neither are a match for actually getting things done when it comes to work. Whether it's school work,... Read more

This is the OnePlus 6 Silk White in pictures, back in stock
This is the OnePlus 6 Silk White in pictures, back in stock By Mike Lowe

This is the OnePlus 6 in its limited edition Silk White finish. Oh la la.Following the OnePlus 6 announcement at The Copper Box in London today, 16 May, the handset was revealed in Midnight Black and Mirror Black for its 22 May launch.We've been handling... Read more

Vivo NEX initial review: The future-thinking smartphone from China
Vivo NEX initial review: The future-thinking smartphone from China By Mike Lowe

Back at Mobile World Congress 2018 we saw a concept phone that Vivo (the Chinese manufacturer that's little known in Europe) was working on. The Apex, as it was called then, seemed like a far-flung concept phone from the future.Yet here we are in Shanghai,... Read more

Ubisoft E3 2018 conference: All the games, announcements and how to watch it again
Ubisoft E3 2018 conference: All the games, announcements and how to watch it again By Mike Lowe

Ubisoft always throws a bumper show at E3, with 2018 being no exception. While there weren't any major surprises - we already know about the new Assassin's Creed and The Divison 2 - but there's still plenty to adsorb. E3 2018: The games, consoles, press... Read more

Sony PlayStation E3 2018 showcase: All the games, announcements and how to watch it again
Sony PlayStation E3 2018 showcase: All the games, announcements and how to watch it again By Mike Lowe

The President and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment America, Shawn Layden, said it himself: "Don't expect some big flashy new idea or surprise [at this year's Sony E3 press conference]". There was no hardware announcement at the Monday 11 June showcase... Read more

The Elder Scrolls Blades is a role-playing game for mobile and more. Here's the overview
The Elder Scrolls Blades is a role-playing game for mobile and more. Here's the overview By Mike Lowe

The Elder Scrolls has been announced for mobile. The Elder Scrolls: Blades is a forthcoming role-playing game you can play on the go, right on your iPhone X or Android handset.But it's so much more than that besides. The vision of this game is huge: in... Read more

Bethesda E3 2018 showcase: All the games from #BE3 and how to watch it again
Bethesda E3 2018 showcase: All the games from #BE3 and how to watch it again By Mike Lowe

It's E3 2018 time, which saw Bethesda showing-off its roster of forthcoming titles for the year and beyond. As usual, the publisher followed the Xbox briefing, which traditionally kicks off the show on the Sunday morning in Los Angeles. E3 2018: The games,... Read more

Elder Scrolls 6: Release date, rumours, trailer, what to expect
Elder Scrolls 6: Release date, rumours, trailer, what to expect By Mike Lowe

After much speculation, it's official: Elder Scrolls 6 (or VI if you're a fan of numerals) is in production.At the Bethesda E3 2018 showcase in Los Angeles, Bethesda Game Studios company director, Todd Howard, revealed a teaser trailer of the game that... Read more

Doom 2 official: Bethesda unveils Doom Eternal at E3 2018
Doom 2 official: Bethesda unveils Doom Eternal at E3 2018 By Mike Lowe

Doom 2 is officially coming. Oh yes.Doom Eternal, the follow-up to the 2016 remake of the classic, was unveiled at the Bethesda E3 showcase in Los Angeles.The first-person shooter had received critical acclaim, with the sequel slated to feature more than... Read more

Honor 10 review: The affordable flagship to upset OnePlus?
4.5 stars Honor 10 review: The affordable flagship to upset OnePlus? By Mike Lowe

Honor is an increasing force to be reckoned with when it comes to affordable and stylish smartphones that don't cost the earth. And the Honor 10, its 2018 flagship, is no different.However, unlike the company's top-ranking predecessors - which banked... Read more

Motorola Moto Z3 Play initial review: Ain't nuthin' but a Z thang
Motorola Moto Z3 Play initial review: Ain't nuthin' but a Z thang By Mike Lowe

The Moto Z series is a phone like no other: its rear plate is magnetic and detaches so that Moto Mods can be added to give the phone different features and capabilities. From more battery capacity, to a zoom lens camera, pop-out keyboard, gaming controller,... Read more

Motorola Moto Z3 Play vs Z2 Play vs Z2 Force: What’s the difference?
Motorola Moto Z3 Play vs Z2 Play vs Z2 Force: What’s the difference? By Mike Lowe

There's a new Moto Z for 2018: the Z3 Play, which updates the Z2 Play. For this generation there's no Force edition, however, so how does the new Moto Mods-featured handset fit in among 2017's mid- and top-spec handsets? What are Moto Mods? Everything... Read more

Moto Z3 Play uprates Moto Mod phone with 6-inch screen
Moto Z3 Play uprates Moto Mod phone with 6-inch screen By Mike Lowe

Motorola just unveiled the Moto Z3 Play, the 2018 model in its modular smartphone. Why modular? It's compatible with Moto Mods, which magnetically attach and remove from the rear (which, by the way, is now all glass, not metal like older models). What... Read more

Here's the Audi Q8 in pictures: How good is the new premium SUV?
Here's the Audi Q8 in pictures: How good is the new premium SUV? By Mike Lowe

This is the brand new Audi Q8, the German company's top-end premium SUV, as unveiled at the Audi Brand Summit in Shenzhen, China, on 5 June 2018.It's no mistake that China was the chosen country to debut the new luxury flagship, as its SUV market is booming,... Read more

Porsche Design Huawei Mate RS review: In pole position?
4.0 stars Porsche Design Huawei Mate RS review: In pole position? By Mike Lowe

The Huawei partnership with Porsche Design has yielded some interesting results. And the 2018 collaborative smartphone from the two brands carries a rather long and prestigious name - Porsche Design Huawei Mate RS, no less - to play on Porsche's prominent... Read more

Acer Chromebook Tab 10 initial review: The first Chrome OS tablet
Acer Chromebook Tab 10 initial review: The first Chrome OS tablet By Mike Lowe

When is a Chromebook not a Chromebook? When it's an Acer Chromebook Tab 10, that's what. The world's first Chrome OS-powered tablet takes its operating system from the Google Chromebook line-up, but lays it out in a hands-on tablet format, complete with... Read more

Acer Swift 5 (15-inch) initial review: The shape of things to come
Acer Swift 5 (15-inch) initial review: The shape of things to come By Mike Lowe

When we reviewed the Acer Swift 5 in 2017 we were rather impressed with the slender, 14-inch notebook. For 2018 it's coming in a 15-inch format - but without stacking on much additional size or weight. It's one of the most compact 15.6-inch laptops we've... Read more

Here's the Acer Predator Helios 300 Special Edition white and gold in pictures
Here's the Acer Predator Helios 300 Special Edition white and gold in pictures By Mike Lowe

You're looking at the Acer Predator Helios 300 in white and gold. Yep, the Special Edition series laptop ditches the usual black and red for a paler colour palette.At the Next @ Acer global launch event, held in New York on 23 May 2018, the company unveiled... Read more

Acer Swift 5 arrives in 15-inch format, weighs less than 1kg
Acer Swift 5 arrives in 15-inch format, weighs less than 1kg By Mike Lowe

When Acer announced the sub-1kg 14-inch Swift laptop in 2017, we found it to be a proficient performer for on-the-go types. And now, as announced at the Next @ Acer global press conference, the Swift will be available in a larger 15-inch format.What's... Read more

The best Bluetooth headphones 2018: Top on-ear or over-ear wireless headphones
The best Bluetooth headphones 2018: Top on-ear or over-ear wireless headphones By Mike Lowe

With more phones ditching the 3.5mm headphone socket, there's never been a better time to cut the cord than now.Sure, you can use Lightning headphones if you're an Apple user, but embracing Bluetooth means convenience and pretty much universal compatibility... Read more

Huawei P20 Pro vs Google Pixel XL 2 camera test: Which takes the best photos?
Huawei P20 Pro vs Google Pixel XL 2 camera test: Which takes the best photos? By Mike Lowe

With the compact camera market steadily dwindling, it's an increasing truth that the best camera will be the one in your pocket, i.e. your phone's camera. In recent years we've been truly spoiled with just how good these cameras have become.In 2017 the... Read more

Honor 10 specs, price and release date: All the info on the 2018 Honor flagship
Honor 10 specs, price and release date: All the info on the 2018 Honor flagship By Mike Lowe

Last year's Honor 9 was an award-winning affordable flagship smartphone. Its successor for 2018 has now been announced at the global launch event in London and, you guessed it, it's called the Honor 10.Just like its predecessor, this phone provides... Read more

Honor 10 UK reveal: Flagship just £399, available in two-tone Phantom Blue
Honor 10 UK reveal: Flagship just £399, available in two-tone Phantom Blue By Mike Lowe

We knew the Honor 10 was coming - its China reveal was in April 2018 - but now we can confirm it'll be priced £399 for the UK market in its 128GB storage format.Interestingly the dual camera flagship will feature new namesakes for its finishes, with... Read more

Motorola Moto G6 Plus review: A big deal?
4.0 stars Motorola Moto G6 Plus review: A big deal? By Mike Lowe

The Moto G has long been known as the affordable phone to beat. For 2018 it's changed its face, dabbling in a more premium finish for the series. The range has expanded, too, with big-battery G6 Play and higher-power G6 Plus joining the standard model... Read more

Motorola Moto G6 review: The affordable smartphone, reinvented
4.0 stars Motorola Moto G6 review: The affordable smartphone, reinvented By Mike Lowe

The Moto G. It's a phone that's been at the forefront of affordable since kicking off six generations ago, back in 2013. Almost five years on the Moto G6 represents a wholly different beast; this phone shakes-up the series more than any of its predecessors.With... Read more

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S review: The flagship and the folly
4.0 stars Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S review: The flagship and the folly By Mike Lowe

All current flagships worth their salt are shrinking screen bezel, looking to make the most display-forward design possible. But it wasn't one of the "big three" that started this trend. It was Xiaomi. Yep, a Chinese brand name you may not have heard... Read more

South Park The Fractured But Whole review: Turn-based RPG sensation, or a bit of a stinker?
4.0 stars South Park The Fractured But Whole review: Turn-based RPG sensation, or a bit of a stinker? By Mike Lowe

A lot has happened in the years since the release of the last major South Park videogame, the controversial Stick of Truth. For starters, there's an elected president who has arguably been more controversial than the potty-mouthed protagonist fourth-graders... Read more

Audio-Technica ATH-DSR9BT review: A digital future for high-end headphones?
4.0 stars Audio-Technica ATH-DSR9BT review: A digital future for high-end headphones? By Mike Lowe

How can audio progress in today's market? With digital streaming, the proliferation of Hi-Res Audio slowly making inroads, and the advancement of wireless technologies, there's increasing demand for quality.Audio-Technica's answer is the ATH-DSR9BT: the... Read more

Motorola unveils trio of G6 handsets, wants to own the affordable phone market
Motorola unveils trio of G6 handsets, wants to own the affordable phone market By Mike Lowe

Not content with just the one Moto G-series handset, Motorola has gone all out and unveiled a trio of G6 models: the G6 Play, G6 ("standard", if you will) and G6 Plus.With a glass-back style akin to the mid-level Moto X, the new trio is taking the G-series... Read more

Honor 7A delivers facial recognition in a phone for just £140
Honor 7A delivers facial recognition in a phone for just £140 By Mike Lowe

In the affordable phones market, most manufacturers are retreating at pace. Even those well known for delivering budget handsets now have their sights set on loftier, pricier aspirations.Not so with Honor. The Huawei-owned Chinese brand has long been... Read more

Best Huawei P20 Pro tips and tricks: The ultimate EMUI 8.1 masterclass
Best Huawei P20 Pro tips and tricks: The ultimate EMUI 8.1 masterclass By Mike Lowe

If you've just bought a shiny new Huawei P20 Pro (hopefully in unicorn dust-like Twilight finish) or P20 then well done you for picking up one of 2018's top-drawer phones.However, while both devices run Google's Android Oreo as their backbone operating... Read more

Huawei P20 Pro review: A new phone camera king is born
5.0 stars Huawei P20 Pro review: A new phone camera king is born By Mike Lowe

It was just a few years ago we were criticising Huawei for its software and design approach (take a look at our P8 review, from 2015). But how far the Chinese company has come. With the P20 Pro in hand, reviewed here in its delightful Twilight dipped-in-Unicorn-dust... Read more

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 review: Flagship design without the flagship price tag
4.0 stars Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 review: Flagship design without the flagship price tag By Mike Lowe

It's finally happened: Xiaomi, the affordable Chinese phone brand, has worked its way over to Europe. Well, Spain for the time being. But we've prised a top-spec Mi Mix 2 handset from overseas to see how it holds up in ol' Blighty - which is of particular... Read more

LG 4K HDR TV choices for 2018: W8, G8, E8, C8, B8, SK9500 and more compared
LG 4K HDR TV choices for 2018: W8, G8, E8, C8, B8, SK9500 and more compared By Mike Lowe

After releasing some of the most astounding tellies in 2017, LG has refined its processing prowess by introducing the Alpha 9 (a9) processor to its updated 2018 OLED TV line.All the company's tellies feature 4K Ultra HD pixel resolution and support major... Read more

Light L16: This 16-in-1 camera is a real product you can buy. No, really.
Light L16: This 16-in-1 camera is a real product you can buy. No, really. By Mike Lowe

Don't fret, your eyes haven't crossed; you're not looking at a Photoshopped image of a smartphone from the future. Nope, you're looking at the Light L16: a 16-in-one camera that is, well, every bit as barmy as it looks.So what exactly is it? The L16's... Read more

Huawei MateBook X Pro review: Pro by name, pro by nature
4.5 stars Huawei MateBook X Pro review: Pro by name, pro by nature By Mike Lowe

Fewer manufacturers are making genuinely great laptops these days. Which is why it came as something of a surprise to see Huawei produce the formidable MateBook X back in 2017. However, it's nigh-on impossible to buy one in the UK - which is ludicrous,... Read more

Best cars of Geneva Motor Show 2018: All the concepts, hybrids, supercars and more
Best cars of Geneva Motor Show 2018: All the concepts, hybrids, supercars and more By Mike Lowe

Now in its 88th year, the Geneva Motor Show had plenty of world firsts to show-off on the show floor at the 2018 exhibit in Switzerland.With the themes split somewhere between autonomous cars, electric cars and concepts combining the two, it's certainly... Read more

Nissan Juke gets 2018 update; facelift and new tech options rule the way
Nissan Juke gets 2018 update; facelift and new tech options rule the way By Mike Lowe

The Nissan Juke was always a trailblazer. Whether you loved or loathed this quirky crossover when it first appeared on the streets years back, it set the bar for what brands could achieve in terms of being different; in making standout design.For 2018,... Read more

Nissan iMX Kuro concept reveals our electric crossover future
Nissan iMX Kuro concept reveals our electric crossover future By Mike Lowe

Unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show 2018, Nissan's electric crossover concept of the future, the iMX Kuro, was revealed for the first time.Look familiar? That's because this is the evolved version of the iMX concept that was revealed at the Tokyo Moto Show... Read more

Bose SoundLink Micro review: Mega sound from the palm-sized portable
4.5 stars Bose SoundLink Micro review: Mega sound from the palm-sized portable By Mike Lowe

When we first looked at the SoundLiink Micro's diminutive proportions, we thought "nah, this dinky speaker can't sound good, can it?". How wrong we were, for Bose's smallest speaker kicks out considerable volume and with more bass than you might imagine.It's... Read more

Vivo Apex concept phone: Pushing bezel-free design to the limit
Vivo Apex concept phone: Pushing bezel-free design to the limit By Mike Lowe

At Mobile World Congress 2018 it was a lesser-known brand - in Europe, anyway - that produced one of the most exciting smartphones on the show floor: the Vivo Apex concept. MWC 2018: All the launches that mattered We've watched phone bezel shrink over... Read more

What are Moto Mods? Everything you need to know about the snap-on accessories for Moto Z
What are Moto Mods? Everything you need to know about the snap-on accessories for Moto Z By Mike Lowe

The smartphone industry is always seeking the next big thing. For Motorola that's Moto Mods (or Moto Snaps in some territories): clip-on Moto Z accessories - such as cameras, projectors, printers and more - that can transform a phone's functionality or... Read more

Lenovo announces Yoga 530 and 730, ups its trim-bezel laptop game
Lenovo announces Yoga 530 and 730, ups its trim-bezel laptop game By Mike Lowe

At Mobile World Congress 2018 it's not only smartphones that rule the show. Lenovo has used this year as a platform to unveil its latest Yoga 530 (known as the Flex 14 in the US) and Yoga 730 laptops (in 13-inch and 15-inch forms). What to expect from... Read more

Lenovo Yoga 730 initial review: Trim bezel bolsters this sterling laptop
Lenovo Yoga 730 initial review: Trim bezel bolsters this sterling laptop By Mike Lowe

How to improve upon one of last year's best laptops? Trim the bezel, but of course. That's exactly what Lenovo has done in the Yoga 730, which refreshes the already impressive Yoga 720. Best laptops 2018: The top-rated notebooks and Ultrabooks to buy... Read more

Canon ups its budget DSLR game, intros EOS 2000D and 4000D
Canon ups its budget DSLR game, intros EOS 2000D and 4000D By Mike Lowe

Looking to entice a new audience into the budget DSLR category, Canon has introduced a pair of entry-level EOS models: the 2000D and 4000D.The 2000D replaces the EOS 1300D, while the 4000D is an entirely new entry designed to include every possible cost-saving... Read more

Canon EOS M50 initial review: Hooray for 4K
Canon EOS M50 initial review: Hooray for 4K By Mike Lowe

Since Canon launched its mirrorless camera line-up - known as the EOS M range - we've failed to be too impressed. The EOS M50, however, could be the camera to change that.Why? The M50 is the first time we've seen a number of things in this range: there's... Read more

Canon EOS 2000D initial review: Asserting DSLR's entry-level place in a smartphone world?
Canon EOS 2000D initial review: Asserting DSLR's entry-level place in a smartphone world? By Mike Lowe

The camera market is more divided than ever before. Hot off the heels of Samsung announcing its new flagship S9 smartphone at Mobile World Congress 2018 - with a dual aperture lens camera unlike anything in a phone before it - Canon, in a sphere all of... Read more

Huawei MateBook X Pro is the new mini-bezel laptop king
Huawei MateBook X Pro is the new mini-bezel laptop king By Mike Lowe

Huawei used its Mobile World Congress (MWC) conference to not focus on new phones, rather up the ante when it comes to laptops by unveiling the MateBook X Pro, starting at €1,499 Euros.  MWC 2018: What to expect from this year's show The 2018 follow-up... Read more

Huawei unveils trio of tablets: MediaPad M5 8.4-inch, 10.8-inch and Pro
Huawei unveils trio of tablets: MediaPad M5 8.4-inch, 10.8-inch and Pro By Mike Lowe

It's been rather quiet on the Android tablet front of late. Which is perhaps no surprise, given that even Apple's iPad range is seeing an overall decline in sales.No biggie for Huawei, though, which wants a piece of that iPad Pro pie, and has used Mobile... Read more

Pioneer HDJ-X7 review: Pump up the volume
4.0 stars Pioneer HDJ-X7 review: Pump up the volume By Mike Lowe

There's diametric opposition in the DJ world: you're either behind Sennheiser, with its HD25 on-ears; or you're on team Pioneer, with its over-ear HDJ-X line.Which adorns your ears - or perhaps, more accurately for most, ear singular - most likely depends... Read more