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The best Bluetooth headphones 2019: Top on-ear or over-ear wireless headphones
The best Bluetooth headphones 2019: Top on-ear or over-ear wireless headphones By Mike Lowe

Here's our pick of the best Bluetooth headphones available to buy today. All the best on-ear or over-ear wireless headphones we've seen in one place. Read more

Best gaming phone 2019: The best gaming handsets you can buy
Best gaming phone 2019: The best gaming handsets you can buy By Mike Lowe

Mobile gaming is big business and many brands are making dedicated gaming handsets. But which is best? From Razer to Black Shark, we investigate... Read more

Nikon Z6 review: Fabulous full-framer
5.0 stars Nikon Z6 review: Fabulous full-framer By Mike Lowe

The lower-resolution full-frame mirrorless of Nikon's two debut Z series cameras is a well-built, capable camera with superb image quality potential. Read more

Black Shark 2 initial review: Not just a gaming great, a fantastic flagship too
Black Shark 2 initial review: Not just a gaming great, a fantastic flagship too By Mike Lowe

The second-generation Black Shark is a gaming phone at its best: great looks, ultimate power and versatility from accessories see it lead the way. Read more

Black Shark 2 gaming phone: Top 5 features and specs explained
Black Shark 2 gaming phone: Top 5 features and specs explained By Mike Lowe

The second-gen Black Shark gaming phones comes with a stacked feature set. Here are five of our favourite features explained in more detail. Read more

Lenovo Yoga C930 review: Sensational sound and visuals
4.5 stars Lenovo Yoga C930 review: Sensational sound and visuals By Mike Lowe

Say hello to the Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos soundbar laptop. Great sound and visuals meet long battery life and a superb typing experience. Read more

Samsung's 2019 4K & 8K QLED TVs compared: Q950R, Q90R, Q85R, Q80R, Q70R, Q60R
Samsung's 2019 4K & 8K QLED TVs compared: Q950R, Q90R, Q85R, Q80R, Q70R, Q60R By Mike Lowe

The Korean company's 2019 QLED line-up is now available. But what's the difference between its variety of 4K HDR sets? Specs and details compared. Read more

Vivo Apex 2019 concept phone review: Is port-free the future?
Vivo Apex 2019 concept phone review: Is port-free the future? By Mike Lowe

It's a phone with no ports. Anywhere. Is Vivo showing us the future that could be, or is it a concept that steps a little too far? Read more

Best compact cameras 2019: The best point-and-shoot-cameras available to buy today
Best compact cameras 2019: The best point-and-shoot-cameras available to buy today By Mike Lowe

Our guide to the best compact cameras and the top point-and-shoots available. The very best small cameras for your money if you don't want a system. Read more

Huawei confirms P30 series will have periscope zoom camera, new Leica camera hardware
Huawei confirms P30 series will have periscope zoom camera, new Leica camera hardware By Mike Lowe

A meeting with Huawei at MWC confirmed the P30 series will have a periscope zoom camera and new Leica hardware designed to crack low-light quality. Read more

Motorola Moto G7 review: Is the standard model the one to buy?
4.0 stars Motorola Moto G7 review: Is the standard model the one to buy? By Mike Lowe

The Moto G has long been one of our favourite budget smartphones, but with the G7 Plus model only £30 more does the standard G7 still have a place? Read more

The slider phone is 2019's answer to the notch - does it make sense?
The slider phone is 2019's answer to the notch - does it make sense? By Mike Lowe

Banish the notch! The slider phone is 2018/19's latest trend, with Xiaomi, Honor, Lenovo and Vivo leading with pop-up cameras. But does it make sense? Read more

Huawei Mate X: Everything you need to know about the folding phone
Huawei Mate X: Everything you need to know about the folding phone By Mike Lowe

From 6.6-inch phone to 8-inch tablet, the Huawei Mate X - the company's first foldable phone - packs in powerful features and 5G connectivity. Read more

Huawei Mate X in pictures: Take a look at Huawei's 5G folding phone
Huawei Mate X in pictures: Take a look at Huawei's 5G folding phone By Mike Lowe

Touted as 'the first 5G folding phone', the Mate X is perhaps the best example of a folding phone that we've seen to date. Here it is, in pictures. Read more

Best mirrorless cameras 2019: The best interchangeable lens cameras available to buy today
Best mirrorless cameras 2019: The best interchangeable lens cameras available to buy today By Mike Lowe

You're looking to buy a mirrorless camera - sometimes called a compact system camera (CSC) - but don't know what to go for? We have the answers. Read more

Ricoh GR III initial review: Tugging on those high-end heartstrings
Ricoh GR III initial review: Tugging on those high-end heartstrings By Mike Lowe

The GR III is coming to Europe, priced £800/€900. We got to play with the high-end, fixed-lens, APS-C sensor compact to see if it still appeals. Read more

Motorola Moto G7 Plus review: King of the affordable phones?
4.5 stars Motorola Moto G7 Plus review: King of the affordable phones? By Mike Lowe

The most powerful of the four Moto G devices for 2019, the 6.2in screen, top-spec G7 brings image stabilisation to its dual camera setup. Is it king? Read more

What is reverse wireless charging and which phones have it? Samsung Galaxy S10, Huawei Mate 20 Pro and more
What is reverse wireless charging and which phones have it? Samsung Galaxy S10, Huawei Mate 20 Pro and more By Mike Lowe

Reverse charging is here: the ability to charge Qi wireless charging devices from the back of your phone. Which phones have this feature? Read more

Are four-camera phones the new norm? Huawei P30 Pro, Samsung Galaxy A9, more
Are four-camera phones the new norm? Huawei P30 Pro, Samsung Galaxy A9, more By Mike Lowe

Huawei's CEO reveals the P30 Pro will have a Leica quad camera. Following on from the Samsung A9, is four cameras the new norm for future flagships? Read more

Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 II wraps big lens and big features into one big package
Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 II wraps big lens and big features into one big package By Mike Lowe

The sequel to the 2014 superzoom, the FZ1000 Mark II maintains the 25-400mm f/2.8-4 lens and 1-inch sensor, but adds Wi-Fi, BT and 4K Photo. Read more

Panasonic Lumix TZ95: Showing there's yet life in compact cameras?
Panasonic Lumix TZ95: Showing there's yet life in compact cameras? By Mike Lowe

With a 30x optical zoom, the Lumix TZ95 (SZ80 in US) is out to prove compact cameras can offer use beyond a smartphone camera. Here's what if offers. Read more

Fujiiflm X-T30 mirrorless camera uses retro looks to get you hooked
Fujiiflm X-T30 mirrorless camera uses retro looks to get you hooked By Mike Lowe

The update to 2017's X-T20, Fuji's latest mirrorless camera improves autofocus, eye-tracking, adds a joystick and comes in a fetching retro design. Read more

Fujifilm X-T30 initial review: The retro king is back and better than ever
Fujifilm X-T30 initial review: The retro king is back and better than ever By Mike Lowe

Small, light, and with great image quality: the X-T30 mirrorless camera adds a joystick control and enhances autofocus over its X-T20 predecessor. Read more

Canon EOS RP official: What's this new full-frame mirrorless camera all about?
Canon EOS RP official: What's this new full-frame mirrorless camera all about? By Mike Lowe

Canon's full-frame mirrorless series has a new, more entry-level model: the EOS RP. Who is it for and how is it different to the EOS R? Read more

Canon EOS RP initial review: Full-frame mirrorless gets affordable
Canon EOS RP initial review: Full-frame mirrorless gets affordable By Mike Lowe

Following the R launch in 2018, the RP targets would-be DSLR buyers as a more entry-level full-frame mirrorless option. But does it make sense to buy? Read more

QLED for the masses: Samsung's 2019 4K & 8K TV range offers models from 43- to 98-inches
QLED for the masses: Samsung's 2019 4K & 8K TV range offers models from 43- to 98-inches By Mike Lowe

QLED technology for all: Samsung's 2019 TV 4K and 8K line-up encompasses over 20 models, from 43- to 98-inches in size, offering better viewing angles Read more

Volkswagen Up GTi review: Old school fun
4.5 stars Volkswagen Up GTi review: Old school fun By Mike Lowe

The Up GTI - Volkswagen's youngest, newest and smallest member of the GTi family proves that being tiny and not having much power can have advantages Read more

Vivo NEX Dual Display Edition review: Twice the fun or double the trouble?
Vivo NEX Dual Display Edition review: Twice the fun or double the trouble? By Mike Lowe

With a large second screen, this phone avoids the need for a front-facing camera. The result is a near bezel-free design. Does dual screen make sense? Read more

Panasonic Lumix S1 & S1R: All the full-frame mirrorless camera specs detailed
Panasonic Lumix S1 & S1R: All the full-frame mirrorless camera specs detailed By Mike Lowe

Panasonic's first full-frame mirrorless cameras, the S1 and S1R, launch March 2019. Here's the details about this new Leica mount system and Lumix Pro Read more

How much will the Panasonic Lumix S1, S1R and S Pro lenses cost and when are they released?
How much will the Panasonic Lumix S1, S1R and S Pro lenses cost and when are they released? By Mike Lowe

The first full-frame cameras from Panasonic are here. But how much do these Leica-L-lens-mount full-frame cameras cost and when can you buy one? Read more

Panasonic Lumix S1 initial review: A full-frame feast for the senses
Panasonic Lumix S1 initial review: A full-frame feast for the senses By Mike Lowe

Panasonic's first full-frame mirrorless cameras, the S1 and S1R, are imminent. We used the S1 ahead of its 18 March launch and here's how it handles. Read more

Surface Headphones review: Is Microsoft's first bash at over-ear cans any good?
4.0 stars Surface Headphones review: Is Microsoft's first bash at over-ear cans any good? By Mike Lowe

Intuitive rotational dial controls are the pièce de résistance here, while good sound quality and noise-cancelling show Microsoft has big potential. Read more

Huawei P30 to go OLED, P30 Pro to upsize to 6.5in panel?
Huawei P30 to go OLED, P30 Pro to upsize to 6.5in panel? By Mike Lowe

The rumour mill is spinning and Huawei's forthcoming flagship looks to be closing the gap with the Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro thanks to OLED panels. Read more

Oppo Find X, RX17 Pro and RX17 Neo launch in UK: Pricing and availability revealed
Oppo Find X, RX17 Pro and RX17 Neo launch in UK: Pricing and availability revealed By Mike Lowe

Oppo arrives in the UK with three handsets, available from Dixons Carphone. There's the Find X, RX17 Pro and RX17 Neo. Here's how much they cost. Read more

Samsung 25x optical zoom Galaxy phone incoming? It could be the end for compact cameras
Samsung 25x optical zoom Galaxy phone incoming? It could be the end for compact cameras By Mike Lowe

Reports suggest Samsung will acquire Corephotonics, an Israeli company that specialises in optical design, to boost its Galaxy phone cameras. Read more

Best Huawei Mate 20 Pro tips and tricks: The ultimate EMUI 9.0 masterclass
Best Huawei Mate 20 Pro tips and tricks: The ultimate EMUI 9.0 masterclass By Mike Lowe

If you've just bought a shiny new Huawei Mate 20 Pro then you'll want to read our top tips and tricks for using your new phone and its EMUI 9 software Read more

Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 review: The slider phone has arrived
4.0 stars Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 review: The slider phone has arrived By Mike Lowe

The third-gen Mi Mix brings a slider phone design to reveal its front cameras. But is the best way to battle the notch? Read more

Google Coral: Pixel 4 revealed, or is Android Q coming to Chromebook?
Google Coral: Pixel 4 revealed, or is Android Q coming to Chromebook? By Mike Lowe

A Geekbench score of 'Google coral' suggests incoming device: but is it too early for Pixel 4, or does this spell Android is coming to Chromebook? Read more

Vivo Apex 2019 Concept debuts all-screen fingerprint scanner, kills all buttons and ports
Vivo Apex 2019 Concept debuts all-screen fingerprint scanner, kills all buttons and ports By Mike Lowe

A phone that not only does away with the buttons in its unibody design, it debuts an all-screen fingerprint scanner too. The next NEX in concept form. Read more

Honor View 20 vs OnePlus 6T: What's the difference?
Honor View 20 vs OnePlus 6T: What's the difference? By Mike Lowe

Honor has a new contender for the affordable flagship phone to buy. But how does the V20 sit against its obvious OnePlus 6T competition? Read more

Is the hole-punch camera 2019's replacement for the notch? Honor V20, Samsung S10 and more
Is the hole-punch camera 2019's replacement for the notch? Honor V20, Samsung S10 and more By Mike Lowe

The Honor V20 is the first phone outside of China with a punch-hole camera rather than notch. The Samsung S10 will follow. Is it a revelation? Read more

Honor View 20 review: A hole new idea
4.0 stars Honor View 20 review: A hole new idea By Mike Lowe

The first phone outside of China to ditch the notch in favour of an in-screen front-facing 'hole-punch camera'. Is the V20 innovative or simply mad? Read more

Best laptop 2019: All the top notebooks, 2-in-1s and ultraportables to buy today
Best laptop 2019: All the top notebooks, 2-in-1s and ultraportables to buy today By Mike Lowe

We've broken down the best all-rounders, ultraportables, Chromebooks, 2-in-1s and more. These are the top laptops currently available for your money. Read more

Libratone Zipp 2 review: A sensational-sounding smart speaker
4.5 stars Libratone Zipp 2 review: A sensational-sounding smart speaker By Mike Lowe

This 3rd gen speaker adds Alexa voice-control, AirPlay 2 and Spotify Connect to a solid design and audio base. It is the best wireless home speaker? Read more

Sony A6400 brings enhanced real-time tracking to mirrorless camera line
Sony A6400 brings enhanced real-time tracking to mirrorless camera line By Mike Lowe

Sony's APS-C sensor camera line-up adds animal eye-tracking and real-time subject tracking to the mirrorless camera series. Read more

Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 vs Honor Magic 2: Slider phone showdown
Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 vs Honor Magic 2: Slider phone showdown By Mike Lowe

The antithesis to the notch: the Honor Magic 2 and Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 slider phones have full screen displays. We've seen both, so which wins and why? Read more

Audio-Technica ATH-ANC900BT initial review: Marvellous noise-cancelling cans
Audio-Technica ATH-ANC900BT initial review: Marvellous noise-cancelling cans By Mike Lowe

With three levels of noise-cancelling, the top-spec A-T over-ears for 2019 deliver Hi-Res Audio quality over wires or via Bluetooth aptX. Read more

Razer Turret initial review: Xbox gets killer keyboard and mouse
Razer Turret initial review: Xbox gets killer keyboard and mouse By Mike Lowe

Ever wanted to play Xbox with keyboard and mouse? Razer has an all-in-one solution that works with Microsoft's console and PC. Here's the lowdown. Read more

Sony AG9 OLED initial review: Picture perfection?
Sony AG9 OLED initial review: Picture perfection? By Mike Lowe

The Master Series is Sony's top-end 4K OLED TV (available in 77, 65 and 55-inch sizes), enhancing performance over 2018's AF8 with a new processor. Read more

Technics SL-1210MK7 in pictures: The DJ turntable returns
Technics SL-1210MK7 in pictures: The DJ turntable returns By Mike Lowe

After nearly a decade out of production, the Technics SL-1200 / SL-1210 is back to boss the DJ vinyl market in MK7 form. Here's our hands-on pictures. Read more

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