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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (6th gen 2018) review: HDR screen makes for sometimes sensational laptop
4.0 stars Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (6th gen 2018) review: HDR screen makes for sometimes sensational laptop By Mike Lowe

The Lenovo ThinkPad series is already well-known for its business appeal. For the sixth-gen 2018 model the company has ramped up design to look even more suave and sophisticated standards, while cramming in features that many other laptops can only dream... Read more

More details emerge about Nikon's Z6 and Z7 full-frame mirrorless cameras
More details emerge about Nikon's Z6 and Z7 full-frame mirrorless cameras By Mike Lowe

When it comes to marketing, Nikon is going all out for its next camera. The upcoming camera will be Nikon's first full-frame mirrorless. The company's official statement mentioned a lot of buzzwords and hype, saying things like the new camera will “enable... Read more

Fujifilm X-T100 review: Rare misfire for X-series mirrorless?
3.5 stars Fujifilm X-T100 review: Rare misfire for X-series mirrorless? By Mike Lowe

We've long been fans of Fujifilm's mirrorless cameras, so when the X-T100 was announced it got us scratching our head a bit: is there space in the X-series line-up for an entry-level model which does things a little differently to its bigger brothers?... Read more

Xiaomi Mi A2 review: Pricing out the competition?
4.0 stars Xiaomi Mi A2 review: Pricing out the competition? By Mike Lowe

If you're staring at the title of this review wondering 'who on earth is Xiaomi?' then, let us tell you, it's a Chinese brand that – based on the evidence of our time with the Mi A2 (known as the Mi 6X in China) – is about to become an even more major... Read more

Huawei confirms Mate 20 Pro will have series' biggest battery yet
Huawei confirms Mate 20 Pro will have series' biggest battery yet By Mike Lowe

It's not often a press release arrives by hand, locked in a safe, with an emoji-encoded password to crack to unlock and find the goods within. But that's the tact Huawei has taken with its latest tease of the 'next Huawei', widely believed to be the Mate... 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

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

There's two new Moto Z handsets for 2018: the Z3 and Z3 Play. The former is a US exclusive, in essence replacing the Z2 Force, while the latter updates the Z2 Play.For this new generation there's no Force edition to be found, however, so how do the new... Read more

Motorola Moto Z3 first for 5G via Moto Mod, Verizon exclusive coming 2019
Motorola Moto Z3 first for 5G via Moto Mod, Verizon exclusive coming 2019 By Mike Lowe

Say #helloMoto to the Moto Z3, a US exclusive mobile phone which will available via Verizon, continuing the company's commitment to Moto Mods (the clip-on accessories format to transform the phone's performance). What are Moto Mods? But that's not the... Read more

Canon PowerShot SX740 HS packs 40x zoom into compact body
Canon PowerShot SX740 HS packs 40x zoom into compact body By Mike Lowe

This year looks to be a bumper one for cameras. But it's not just about the bigger, pricier releases, as the accessible and versatile Canon SX740 HS goes to show.The SX740 is a compact camera with a big zoom lens within. Its 40x optical lens means it... Read more

Hyundai Kona Electric review: The everyman's EV is a near-perfect crossover
4.5 stars Hyundai Kona Electric review: The everyman's EV is a near-perfect crossover By Mike Lowe

Electric vehicles (EVs) are an increasingly viable prospect for people in the UK. With zero emissions and therefore no tax, plus a government grant to offset the purchase price and a fraction of traditional fuel costs, there's a whole lot to like. For... Read more

Xiaomi Mi A2 vs Samsung A8 vs Moto G6 vs Nokia 7 Plus: Which is best?
Xiaomi Mi A2 vs Samsung A8 vs Moto G6 vs Nokia 7 Plus: Which is best? By Mike Lowe

With many flagship phones costing almost a grand - £1000 - it's no wonder more and more people are looking to affordable phones to buy outright. Besides, the quality offered by these devices is on the up.Following the Xiaomi Mi A2 global announcement... Read more

This is the blue Xiaomi Mi A2, in pictures
This is the blue Xiaomi Mi A2, in pictures By Mike Lowe

Xiaomi is upping its international creds with the launch of the Mi A2. Here shown in its fetching blue finish.The A2, which will also be available in gold and black finishes, will launch in Spain on 10 August... and we're hoping that the UK will be on... Read more

Xiaomi Mi A2 brings dual camera smarts in Android One package
Xiaomi Mi A2 brings dual camera smarts in Android One package By Mike Lowe

At the tail-end of 2017, when Xiaomi announced it was coming to Europe, it wasn't a brand name widely well-known (or pronounceable) to many. Its MI software experience also added additional layers of unfamiliarity.For 2018 that's set to change. The company's... Read more

Fujifilm XF10 delivers huge sensor in compact camera form
Fujifilm XF10 delivers huge sensor in compact camera form By Mike Lowe

Back in 2012 Fujifilm launched its XF pocketable compact camera, the XF1, which had all but gone quiet following launch. Until now.The Fujifilm XF10 revisits the small-scale-big-sensor camera format for 2018, but in a very different way. This pocketable... Read more

Lexus LC500 review: A rare and wonderful GT
4.5 stars Lexus LC500 review: A rare and wonderful GT By Mike Lowe

It was back in 2015 that Lexus showed-off its LF-FC concept; a car which represented a vision of the marque's future in a striking design that, well, you'd never expect to see pootling about the UK's streets alongside a Porsche 911 or Jaguar F-Type.Yet... Read more

Hyundai Nexo review: Heralding hydrogen's future?
Hyundai Nexo review: Heralding hydrogen's future? By Mike Lowe

As vehicle emissions rules become increasingly strict, tax on traditional petrol- and diesel-drinking cars continues to rise. It's why manufacturers are downsizing engines to fit vehicles into acceptable tax brackets. It's why there's an uptake for plug-in... Read more

Fujifilm X-H1 review: Does the most advanced X-series live up to its potential?
4.5 stars Fujifilm X-H1 review: Does the most advanced X-series live up to its potential? By Mike Lowe

In 2018 it's certainly the turn of mirrorless cameras to really up the pressure being put on DSLR cameras. We've already seen the excellent Panasonic Lumix G9 deliver strong in performance terms, not to mention its stills and video output. Now Fujifilm... Read more

Nikon Coolpix P1000 packs 24-3000mm 'megazoom' lens
Nikon Coolpix P1000 packs 24-3000mm 'megazoom' lens By Mike Lowe

Nikon isn't calling its Coolpix P1000 a superzoom. Nope, it's terming it a "megazoom". And for good reason: the P1000 packs in a 125x zoom lens, with an equivalent 24-3000mm focal length. That kind of zoom will capture far-away subjects as if they're... Read more

Asus Zenfone 5 review: The mid-price phone to take Asus to the big time?
4.0 stars Asus Zenfone 5 review: The mid-price phone to take Asus to the big time? By Mike Lowe

Historically, Asus hasn't been a major player in the UK's mid-price phone market. But times are a-changing, as the 2018 Asus Zenfone 5 shows. Fresh off the back of the recent iPhone X launch, this £350 Android handset certainly apes portions of Apple's... Read more

Vivo NEX S review: Pop-up camera success and software sacrilege
Vivo NEX S review: Pop-up camera success and software sacrilege By Mike Lowe

Back at Mobile World Congress 2018 we saw a concept phone that Vivo (a major 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 just four months... Read more

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

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 review: Mods and odds
3.5 stars Motorola Moto Z3 Play review: Mods and odds By Mike Lowe

The Moto Z is a phone series like no other: all devices have a magnetic rear plate onto which Moto Mods can be added to give their host phone different features and capabilities. From more battery capacity, to a zoom lens camera, pop-out keyboard, gaming... 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