Mike Lowe

Best laptops 2017: The best laptops you can buy today

Best laptops 2017: The best laptops you can buy today

By Mike Lowe

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, video editing,... Read more

Best Bluetooth headphones 2017: The best on/over-ears for wireless listening

Best Bluetooth headphones 2017: The best on/over-ears for wireless listening

By Mike Lowe

With companies like Apple and Motorola ditching the 3.5mm headphone socket on their latest flagship smartphones, 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, or whatever gets... Read more

Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III review: Can this compact truly replace a DSLR?
4.0 stars

Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III review: Can this compact truly replace a DSLR?

By Mike Lowe

With budget compacts more or less killed off by the ever-advancing phone camera, dedicated cameras play a very different role these days. And as not everyone wants to lug around a massive lump, mirrorless and DSLR cameras simply won't suit all photographers... Read more

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 review: Flagship design without the flagship price tag
4.5 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

Best Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2017 UK camera deals: DSLR, compact, mirrorless and action camera bargains

Best Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2017 UK camera deals: DSLR, compact, mirrorless and action camera bargains

By Mike Lowe

Black Friday may have passed us, but now it's all about Cyber Monday to snap - geddit? - up camera deals at a cut of the usual price.So whether you're looking for a compact, mirrorless or DSLR camera, we'll be updating this page to bring together the... Read more

Best Black Friday and Cyber Monday UK games deals: Forza, Uncharted, Mario and more

Best Black Friday and Cyber Monday UK games deals: Forza, Uncharted, Mario and more

By Mike Lowe

The Black Friday sales are continuing and Cyber Monday is underway, which means there are lots of games and console bundle bargains to be had for PS4, Xbox One or Nintendo Switch.If you're after a console bundle, follow the links below. If it's individual... Read more

Honor 9 bargain: At £299 this excellent mid-range phone keeps getting cheaper

Honor 9 bargain: At £299 this excellent mid-range phone keeps getting cheaper

By Mike Lowe

The award-winning Honor 9 smartphone has had its price slashed for a Black Friday bargain on Amazon: at £299, that's an amazing saving of £70. See the Honor 9 on Amazon UK The phone - which won Best Mid-Price Phone at the Pocket-lint Awards 2017 - merges... Read more

Horizon Zero Dawn just £18.99 at Argos, grab this PS4 exclusive Black Friday deal

Horizon Zero Dawn just £18.99 at Argos, grab this PS4 exclusive Black Friday deal

By Mike Lowe

It's Black Friday weekend and one of the stand-out gaming deals is for the PS4 exclusive, Horizon: Zero Dawn. Argos is selling the highly-rated game for just £18.99. See Horizon Zero Dawn on Argos As we said in our review of the new franchise, it's a... Read more

Grab a Sony RX100 IV high-end compact for just £575, save £425 today only

Grab a Sony RX100 IV high-end compact for just £575, save £425 today only

By Mike Lowe

Black Friday bargains have arrived. For today only, Amazon has a great deal on the Sony RX100 Mark IV high-end compact, at just £575 (save £425) - see the deal here. Well known as one of the best pro-spec compact cameras going, the RX100 series crams... Read more

Get a Sony A7 mirrorless camera kit for just £719 - less than half price for Black Friday

Get a Sony A7 mirrorless camera kit for just £719 - less than half price for Black Friday

By Mike Lowe

Black Friday is rife with bargains, and Amazon has a banger on the first-generation Sony A7 mirrorless camera for £719 (save £831) - see the deal here.Although listed with the over-complex "ILCE7KB" name tag - that's interchangeable lens camera, kit... Read more

Samsung Galaxy S7 and Gear VR headset for just £379, grab a bargain before it's gone...

Samsung Galaxy S7 and Gear VR headset for just £379, grab a bargain before it's gone...

By Mike Lowe

It's Black Friday, so tis the season to grab a bargain.John Lewis is offering a cracker: the Samsung Galaxy S7 smartphone, in gold finish, for just £379 - check out the deal here.Not only that, the handset comes with a Samsung Gear VR headset to dive... Read more

Surface Book 2 (13.5-inch) review: It's still super sleek, it's still super expensive
4.0 stars

Surface Book 2 (13.5-inch) review: It's still super sleek, it's still super expensive

By Mike Lowe

The original Microsoft Surface Book was one heavyweight (literally) laptop-meets-2-in-1 that, ultimately, was designed for professionals seeking desktop-grade power in a portable form factor. It had all the makings to give Apple a big kick between the... Read more

HTC U11 Life review: The ups and downs of Life
4.0 stars

HTC U11 Life review: The ups and downs of Life

By Mike Lowe

One of 2017's best - and perhaps most underrated - phones is the HTC U11. With its top-spec innards and unique two-tone colour rear, it's one of the most striking phones on the market. And it has a baby brother: the HTC U11 Life, a mid-level equivalent... Read more

Honor 7X initial review: Adding 18:9 screen X factor to the affordable phone market

Honor 7X initial review: Adding 18:9 screen X factor to the affordable phone market

By Mike Lowe

It's not just top-end flagship phones that are getting taller, skinnier and therefore easier to handle: the Honor 7X, which is expected to launch on 5 December 2017 at Honor's UK event (although you can already buy it now via some channels for £279-300),... Read more

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III review: Ideal for amateurs?
4.0 stars

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III review: Ideal for amateurs?

By Mike Lowe

Say hello to the Olympus OM-D E-M10 for its third innings, in Mark III form.This new addition to the OM-D family boasts many of the same features we love about the OM-D range - the Micro Four Thirds sensor and raft of available lenses, class-leading in-camera... Read more

Asus Windows Mixed Reality Headset initial review: Worth waiting for?

Asus Windows Mixed Reality Headset initial review: Worth waiting for?

By Mike Lowe

Windows Mixed Reality (WMR) is Microsoft's route into virtual reality (VR) experiences for Windows, without the need for a ultra-fast and expensive PC setup. There are a variety of third-party headset options, of which the Asus HC102 is perhaps the most... Read more

Razer Phone review: Brilliant brickphone brings an experience like no other
4.0 stars

Razer Phone review: Brilliant brickphone brings an experience like no other

By Mike Lowe

In an arguably stagnant phone market an unexpected new player has emerged: Razer. Yep, the well-known gaming brand isn't hanging up its core business, rather bringing its gaming expertise to the phone market. But in the unimaginatively named Razer Phone... Read more

Wolfenstein 2 The New Colossus review: Intelligent, funny and brutal - a first-person shooter not to miss
4.5 stars

Wolfenstein 2 The New Colossus review: Intelligent, funny and brutal - a first-person shooter not to miss

By Mike Lowe

If you seek pedigree from your first-person shooters, you can't beat Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus. Its bloodline can be traced back to the first ever proper FPS: 1992's Wolfenstein 3D. And in the process, it offers a mightily impressive illustration... Read more

Motorola Moto X4 review: In a tough spot
3.5 stars

Motorola Moto X4 review: In a tough spot

By Mike Lowe

There was a time when the Moto X was a ruler among smartphones. But as various competitors have risen up through the mid-spec or sub-flagship space, its power dwindled somewhat. And then, following the Moto X Style and Moto X Play at the tail-end of... Read more

Panasonic Lumix G9 initial review: The mirrorless camera choice for pros

Panasonic Lumix G9 initial review: The mirrorless camera choice for pros

By Mike Lowe

The line between DSLR and mirrorless cameras continues to blur, with the Panasonic Lumix G9 gunning to be the first choice for pro photographers.How? By cutting out the typical irks that mirrorless cameras can present: it's got a huge viewfinder with... Read more

Xiaomi's march into Europe begins in Spain, with impressively cheap Mi Mix 2

Xiaomi's march into Europe begins in Spain, with impressively cheap Mi Mix 2

By Mike Lowe

It's 2017, it's the year of ultra-powerful phones. It's also the year that Xiaomi makes its way to Europe for the first time, launching the Mi Mix 2 flagship (and other devices) in Spain from 11 November 2017 - as its testbed for possible expansion into... Read more

Audi A8 (2017) review: The most tech-packed car to ever hit the road
4.0 stars

Audi A8 (2017) review: The most tech-packed car to ever hit the road

By Mike Lowe

Step into the brand new Audi A8 and it's impossible not to be impressed. This car is like a first class suite on wheels, with such an abundance of tech on offer that it's hard not to play with every touchscreen and option for the sheer thrill of what's... Read more

Want the best phone for gaming? Say hello to the Razer Phone...

Want the best phone for gaming? Say hello to the Razer Phone...

By Mike Lowe

Hang on, what's that? Razer, the gaming manufacturer best known for its sleek laptops, is making a phone?Yep. And it's perhaps no surprise. Having acquired Nextbit in 2016 - that's the company that made the Robin smartphone - Razer has the hardware footing... Read more

Huawei Mate 10 Pro review: A true flagship to take on the best of them
4.5 stars

Huawei Mate 10 Pro review: A true flagship to take on the best of them

By Mike Lowe

Talk about arriving just at the right moment. Despite Huawei having its fair share of ups and downs since pushing into the smartphone market - the P10 that didn't quite hit the mark this year, especially on reflection of the better and cheaper Honor 9... Read more

Hyundai i30 N review: A surprise hot hatch star is born
4.5 stars

Hyundai i30 N review: A surprise hot hatch star is born

By Mike Lowe

We come screeching around the a corner of a track, warm rubber cutting the sidelines and barely keeping out of the gravel, before firing off down the straight in sixth gear and then quickly adjusting down to third for a tight cone-crafted chicane. In... Read more

South Park The Fractured But Whole review: Fan favourite or a bit of a stinker?
4.0 stars

South Park The Fractured But Whole review: Fan favourite or a bit of a stinker?

By Mike Lowe

A lot has happened in the three-and-a-half 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... Read more

Porsche Design Huawei Mate 10 in pictures: Is the designer handset really worth €1395?

Porsche Design Huawei Mate 10 in pictures: Is the designer handset really worth €1395?

By Mike Lowe

When Porsche Design revealed its design special of the Huawei Mate 9 back in 2016, it was a handset that stood head and shoulders above the standard Huawei model in design terms - and the phone we wish that Huawei had made for all its customers.Which,... Read more

Huawei Mate 10 Pro is the smartphone set to shake-up the flagship elite

Huawei Mate 10 Pro is the smartphone set to shake-up the flagship elite

By Mike Lowe

It's been no secret that the Huawei Mate 10 was imminent - the Chinese maker has been teasing the big-screen flagship in various forms for weeks.What might come as a surprise, however, is that the Mate 10 won't be coming to the UK... only the Mate 10... Read more

Huawei Mate 10 vs Mate 10 Pro: What's the difference?

Huawei Mate 10 vs Mate 10 Pro: What's the difference?

By Mike Lowe

After a year of ups (Honor 9) and downs (Huawei P10), Huawei has come out kicking and punching with its latest handsets, the Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro.Although the entry Mate 10 won't be coming to UK Shores - it's Mate 10 Pro only in Blighty, boys and gals... Read more

Canon G1 X Mark III is the first compact with an APS-C sensor and optical zoom

Canon G1 X Mark III is the first compact with an APS-C sensor and optical zoom

By Mike Lowe

It's been a long time coming, but Canon has finally unveiled the first compact camera with a DSLR-scale APS-C sensor size and an optical zoom lens. The PowerShot G1 X Mark III updates the range by making the sensor larger than the Mark II predecessor... Read more

Huawei MateBook E review: Round two still has work to do
3.5 stars

Huawei MateBook E review: Round two still has work to do

By Mike Lowe

Say hello to the Huawei MateBook E, the Chinese manufacturer's second-round attempt at a 2-in-1 device. It builds on the original 12-inch device by offering enhanced innards and a dramatically improved adjustable stand as part of its new keyboard cover.However,... Read more

Urbanista Seattle Wireless review: An affordable on-ear ace
4.5 stars

Urbanista Seattle Wireless review: An affordable on-ear ace

By Mike Lowe

We're fortunate enough to test all manner of headphones at Pocket-lint, branching across a wide variety of feature sets and price points. What's particularly striking about the Urbanista Seattle Wireless is the subtle yet elegant design - achieved at... Read more

Focal Listen review: Wired headphones with a vocal-forward neutral sound profile
4.0 stars

Focal Listen review: Wired headphones with a vocal-forward neutral sound profile

By Mike Lowe

With so many sound technologies now available in headphones, lots of over-ear models cram in all the bells and whistles features - which typically sees the price skyrocket.Not so the Focal Listen. These over-ear cans are wired only, meaning no fancy Bluetooth... Read more

B&O BeoPlay H9 review: Audio prestige doesn’t come cheap, but it's well worth it
4.5 stars

B&O BeoPlay H9 review: Audio prestige doesn’t come cheap, but it's well worth it

By Mike Lowe

B&O BeoPlay headphones are all about comfortable wear, luxury materials, considered style and, well, everything that its Danish parent company, Bang & Olufsen, represents.That said, we've actually found the range of BeoPlay H-series headphones to have... Read more

Fujifilm X100F review: Fixed-lens finery
4.0 stars

Fujifilm X100F review: Fixed-lens finery

By Mike Lowe

If there's one high-end fixed-lens camera that gets people excited, it's the Fuji X100 series. A unique proposition among compact cameras, its rangefinder-styling, unparalleled viewfinder and fixed 35mm window onto the world make it unlike anything else... Read more

Apple MacBook (2017) review: Third time's a charm
4.0 stars

Apple MacBook (2017) review: Third time's a charm

By Mike Lowe

Apple is an interesting beast. Often considered king of design, its MacBook cut up the rulebook when it first appeared in 2015, ditching full-size USB ports and, well, almost any wired connectivity for the sake of a single USB Type-C port. Controversial... Read more

B&O Play Beolit 17 review: Boxing clever
4.5 stars

B&O Play Beolit 17 review: Boxing clever

By Mike Lowe

When it comes to sound quality, Danish high-end maker Bang & Olufsen is well regarded. The company's offshoots, B&O Play and Beoplay, also create excellent portable speakers and headphones at more accessible price points.Not that the Beolit 17 is exactly... Read more

Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II review: Touchscreen camera power in your pocket
4.0 stars

Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II review: Touchscreen camera power in your pocket

By Mike Lowe

Compact cameras as they were once known are dead and buried. Now if you go looking for a dedicated camera - one that's not on your smartphone, anyway - it'll come with a larger-scale sensor and more features to help it stand out.That's the case with the... Read more

What is Dolby Cinema? Why the UK needs 'the OLED of theatre'

What is Dolby Cinema? Why the UK needs 'the OLED of theatre'

By Mike Lowe

You know the phrase "seeing is believing"? On a recent trip to Dolby Laboratories we got to sample first hand exactly what that means in terms of theatrical installs, having sampled the reference Dolby Cinema on site at the company's headquarters.To some... Read more

Fujifilm X-E3 mirrorless camera adds touchscreen for the smartphone generation

Fujifilm X-E3 mirrorless camera adds touchscreen for the smartphone generation

By Mike Lowe

Four years after the success of the Fujifilm X-E2 interchangeable lens mirrorless, Fuji has unveiled the third-gen update: the X-E3. And it's the smallest X-series model with a viewfinder in Fuji's range.The viewfinder remains the same as its predecessor... Read more

Canon EOS 200D review: The perfect mini DSLR for beginners?
4.0 stars

Canon EOS 200D review: The perfect mini DSLR for beginners?

By Mike Lowe

DSLR cameras were once seen as these big, beastly pro-spec machines that you wouldn't want to lay hands on unless you had an encyclopaedic knowledge of photography. How times have changed, eh?The Canon EOS 200D is an interesting small-scale DSLR, designed... Read more

Acer Switch 7 Black Edition preview: Unrivalled power from this mighty 2-in-1

Acer Switch 7 Black Edition preview: Unrivalled power from this mighty 2-in-1

By Mike Lowe

With the rise of the Microsoft Surface and increasing strength in the 2-in-1 market, manufacturers are looking for different ways to stand out from the growing pack. In the case of the Acer Switch 7 Black Edition it's all about power - lots of power.The... Read more

Lenovo Yoga 720 12-inch preview: Portable convertible gets added muscle power

Lenovo Yoga 720 12-inch preview: Portable convertible gets added muscle power

By Mike Lowe

It was only a year ago we were praising the Lenovo Yoga 11 710, an 11-inch laptop which we said "offers just about everything you get with the 12-inch MacBook, and a bit more besides, for much less money," when reviewed in mid 2016.But that era is over,... Read more

Acer Chromebook 15 preview: Large and in charge

Acer Chromebook 15 preview: Large and in charge

By Mike Lowe

The Acer Chromebook 15 is the perfect example of how Chromebooks have progressed over recent years. No longer does the word 'Chromebook' dictate an ultra-budget look and feel, with the Acer 15's aluminium panel finish paving the way for this future of... Read more

Dell Visor preview: A Windows Mixed Reality headset that will be hard to beat

Dell Visor preview: A Windows Mixed Reality headset that will be hard to beat

By Mike Lowe

The theme at this year's IFA show - the largest technology show in Europe - is all about Windows Mixed Reality, Microsoft's dive into easy-to-setup virtual reality experiences, which will debut from 17 October when a Windows 10 update arrives.And manufacturers... Read more

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update coming 17 October, Mixed Reality leads the charge

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update coming 17 October, Mixed Reality leads the charge

By Mike Lowe

If you've been waiting for the next step in Windows 10 then it's just around the corner: the Fall Creators Update will begin rolling out from Tuesday 17 October - bang on schedule for Microsoft's proposed six-monthly updates plan.It's no coincidence that... Read more

Acer Swift 5 preview: Light-as-a-feather laptop delivers killer design punches

Acer Swift 5 preview: Light-as-a-feather laptop delivers killer design punches

By Mike Lowe

In a world where laptops often look like carbon copies between brands and model ranges, it's not always in the visual aspect that innovation can be found. Sure, the Acer Swift 5 looks snazzy in its blue and gold finish, but its real selling point is its... Read more

Lenovo Explorer preview: The best-fitting Windows Mixed Reality headset yet

Lenovo Explorer preview: The best-fitting Windows Mixed Reality headset yet

By Mike Lowe

If there's a theme at this year's IFA show - that's the largest technology show in Europe, if you're not in the know - then it has to be Windows Mixed Reality, Microsoft's dive into easy-to-setup virtual reality experiences.Lenovo had previously announced... Read more

Lenovo Tab 4 with Home Assistant preview: A great Amazon Echo Show alternative falls short of its potential

Lenovo Tab 4 with Home Assistant preview: A great Amazon Echo Show alternative falls short of its potential

By Mike Lowe

Amazon looks set to take over the world with its Alexa voice assistant, which continues to pop-up in a multitude of third-party products. The Amazon Echo Show - which combines the Alexa voice assistant with a touchscreen for additional presentation and... Read more

Coming to a galaxy near you: Star Wars Galactic Empire & Rebel Alliance Lenovo Yoga 920 laptops

Coming to a galaxy near you: Star Wars Galactic Empire & Rebel Alliance Lenovo Yoga 920 laptops

By Mike Lowe

To celebrate the launch of the eighth Star Wars movie we're going to see a lot of official merch popping up. But perhaps nothing as quirky as the Star Wars Special Edition Lenovo Yoga 920 Galactic Empire and Rebel Alliance laptops.Yup, The Force has... Read more