A week in reviews: 9 - 13 June
It's the week when the gaming gods of the world congregate in Los Angeles for the E3 expo. And it's been one hot week - both in terms of sunshine and awesome gaming - that's shone light on the year's hottest titles. Pocket-lint was there to bring you all the latest news and action: check out our E3 hub for all the info.
Also unveiled this week is the Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 premium superzoom camera; is it the model to take the crown from the Sony RX10 in this insofar little populated market sector? We had a preview of the product to bring you our first thoughts.
Elsewhere on the site we've reviewed the "is it a laptop, is it a tablet?" Acer Switch 10, the latest Sony 30x zoom compact, the HX60V, and cars take a big chunk of the week with both the Nissan X-Trail third-generation and Audi A3 Cabriolet on review.
Acer Aspire Switch 10 review
Quick review: The Acer Switch 10 is a multi-positional laptop-meets-tablet device that delivers Windows 8.1 on a budget. Although it doesn't offer any striking new innovations, it will hook its customers in from a price perspective. There's enough power on board to handle those day to day tasks, the 590g weight is easily transportable, and even if it's a bit chubby as a standalone tablet, Acer has locked in on what many budget buyers will be looking for.
Pros: Affordable Windows 8.1, decent screen viewing angle, magnetised docking mechanism works well, multi-position for varied use
Cons: Not as elegant as Lenovo Yoga solution, not HD resolution, deep trackpad depress, trackpad too far user-side, top-heavy in laptop form
Full article: Acer Switch 10 review
Sony Cyber-shot HX60V review
Quick review: The Sony Cyber-shot HX60V is such a marginal update over the earlier HX50V model that it almost cancels itself out. However, as a standalone camera there's still enough to like: its significant zoom lens, physical control dials, decent optical image stabilisation and a battery top the list. Problem is with the earlier HX50V model available for £250 on Sony's official store the earlier model seemingly undermines the latest one and with both Panasonic and Canon answering Sony's dominance in this category Sony has, unfortunately, let slip its firm grip on the 30x optical zoom market.
Pros: Big zoom in relatively small body, hotshoe for accessories, optical stabilisation
Cons: So similar to HX50V predecessor, image quality lags behind near competition
Full article: Sony HX60V review
Audi A3 Cabriolet review
Quick review: If you're in the market for a topless car then here's one for your shortlist. The Cabriolet's shift to the A3's saloon-style body sees it step into new territory. It might make it more like the A4 than you'd expect due to the length, but it at least makes it different on the road compared to the VW Gold Cabriolet, which the previous model didn't.
Pros: Saloon style body makes for great looks, high quality interior, nice fast opening roof
Cons: Boot and rear seat get squeezed, ride is a little firm and can be noisy
Price: From £25,750
Full article: Audi A3 convertible review
Nissan X-Trail 2014 review
Quick review: If you're in the market for an SUV - or Qashqai Plus as we can't help but see it - then Nissan has remodelled the third-generation X-Trail into something altogether more attractive than its predecessors and much of the competition. Nissan has succeeded in mixing some quality features with some average points and, overall, it's a mixed bag. We like the 5-inch LCD and 7-inch touchscreen combo and exterior styling, but in many ways the X-Trail might succeed in refocusing people towards the Qashqai. If SUV is a must then there's enough to like here, but it's not revolutionary.
Pros: Looks better than predecessors, 5-inch LCD assist and LED lights as standard, big boot, fair price in context
Cons: Twisted ride position, it’s a plump Qashqai, overall hard ride, don't see sense in seven seat option, plasticky interior finish
Price: From £22,995
Full article: Nissan X-Trail third-gen review