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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

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

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

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

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

Panasonic GZ2000 OLED TV initial review: Sensational soundstage
Panasonic GZ2000 OLED TV initial review: Sensational soundstage By Mike Lowe

The first TV to feature HDR10+ and Dolby Vision HDR formats, this top-end 2019 Panasonic OLED TV also has upfiring Atmos speakers - another first. Read more

Lenovo Smart Clock initial review: Google-ising the bedside alarm clock
Lenovo Smart Clock initial review: Google-ising the bedside alarm clock By Mike Lowe

A bedside alarm clock with Google Assistant voice integration, this Lenovo just made the alarm clock part of a smarter home setup. Read more

Lenovo Yoga S940 initial review: Widescreen wonder
Lenovo Yoga S940 initial review: Widescreen wonder By Mike Lowe

This Windows 10 machine offers a wide-screen design with minute bezel in a MacBook Air-beating design form. Could it be 2019's hottest laptop? Read more

Lenovo Smart Tab P10 initial review: Tablet and Amazon Alexa hub rolled into one
Lenovo Smart Tab P10 initial review: Tablet and Amazon Alexa hub rolled into one By Mike Lowe

With the tablet market shrinking, the P10 offers a solution: docked it's like an Amazon Echo show; undocked and it's a 10-inch tablet. Clever stuff. Read more

The Technics 1210 returns: Mark 7 DJ turntable official for 2019
The Technics 1210 returns: Mark 7 DJ turntable official for 2019 By Mike Lowe

After being discontinued, the SL-1210 line returns in 2019 with a Mark 7 model, including new motor, all-black design and additional DJ features. Read more

Panasonic GZ2000 OLED TV brings HDR10+, Dolby Vision and upfiring Dolby Atmos speakers
Panasonic GZ2000 OLED TV brings HDR10+, Dolby Vision and upfiring Dolby Atmos speakers By Mike Lowe

Panasonic GZ2000 OLED TV is the first to bring HDR10+, Dolby Vision and upfiring Dolby Atmos speakers into one high-end set. Read more

Panasonic doubles-down on 4K Blu-ray with UB450 and UB150 players
Panasonic doubles-down on 4K Blu-ray with UB450 and UB150 players By Mike Lowe

Looking for a more affordable route into the 4K UHD Blu-ray market? One of these two players might be the perfect match. Read more

Technics enters the world of noise-cancelling with EAH-F70N headphones
Technics enters the world of noise-cancelling with EAH-F70N headphones By Mike Lowe

Technics introduces its first noise-cancelling headphones, the EAH-F70N. Here's what to expect. Read more

Panasonic Lumix S1: All the full-frame mirrorless specs and Lumix Pro details
Panasonic Lumix S1: All the full-frame mirrorless specs and Lumix Pro details By Mike Lowe

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

What is Micro LED? The TV technology to take on OLED explained
What is Micro LED? The TV technology to take on OLED explained By Mike Lowe

Just when we thought TV screen technologies had plateaued, this year has seen a new technology introduced: Micro LED Read more

Audi e-tron review: Audi goes all-electric and it's e-mazing
4.5 stars Audi e-tron review: Audi goes all-electric and it's e-mazing By Mike Lowe

Audi's first all-electric car offers a 399km range, fast-charging, a great in-car tech suite and classic yet modern design. Is it a the future? 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

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 then you'll want to read all our top tips and tricks for using your new phones. Read more

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

Our guide to the best DSLR cameras available right now. From beginner, to intermediate and pro, APS-C and full-frame, it's all here, in bite size form 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

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

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

What is Dolby Cinema? Bringing Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos to the cinema
What is Dolby Cinema? Bringing Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos to the cinema By Mike Lowe

You know the phrase "seeing is believing"? On a trip to Dolby Laboratories we got to sample first hand exactly what that means in terms of theatrical installs, Read more

Panasonic Lumix LX100 Mark II review: High-end highs and lows
4.0 stars Panasonic Lumix LX100 Mark II review: High-end highs and lows By Mike Lowe

The second-gen Lumix LX100 keeps the same 24-75mm f/1.7-2.8 lens, but adds touchscreen, a 17MP Micro Four Thirds sensor and more. Is it a worthy upgrade? Read more

Vivo NEX Dual Display Edition initial review: Twice the fun or double the trouble?
Vivo NEX Dual Display Edition initial 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

The dual screen phone comeback: A history of mobile devices with two screens
The dual screen phone comeback: A history of mobile devices with two screens By Mike Lowe

Phones with two screens have been around since 2011, but never lauded with success. In 2018 it's a design answer to the notch, but does it make sense? Read more

Vivo NEX Dual Display Edition ditches selfie camera for second screen
Vivo NEX Dual Display Edition ditches selfie camera for second screen By Mike Lowe

No front-facing camera? No problem. This Vivo phone has a second screen instead, removing the need for any notch to the front while minimising bezel. Read more

Lenovo Yoga 730 (15-inch) review: It's all about the 4K display
4.0 stars Lenovo Yoga 730 (15-inch) review: It's all about the 4K display By Mike Lowe

How to improve upon one of the best laptops? Trim the screen bezel, which is exactly what Lenovo has done in the Yoga 730, with its 4K panel. Read more

Apple MacBook Air (2018) review: Return of the Mac
4.0 stars Apple MacBook Air (2018) review: Return of the Mac By Mike Lowe

Its first major remodel for some years, the new Air brings a smaller footprint, higher-res display, Touch ID and a divisive keyboard. Is it a winner? Read more

Motorola Moto One review: The affordable, affable mid-ranger
4.0 stars Motorola Moto One review: The affordable, affable mid-ranger By Mike Lowe

Motorola dabbles in Android One with the mid-range Moto One. But can this 5.9in phone, notch and all, offer enough to compete? Read more

Lenovo Z5 Pro in pictures: Beating back the bezel
Lenovo Z5 Pro in pictures: Beating back the bezel By Mike Lowe

The China-only slider phone from Lenovo could spell a new mobile drive from the manufacturer. Iss it better than Honor, Xiaomi and Oppo alternatives? Read more

Huawei Mate 10 Pro review: Huawei hits the big time
4.5 stars Huawei Mate 10 Pro review: Huawei hits the big time By Mike Lowe

Superceded by the Mate 20 Pro, does the Mate 10 Pro - now with updated EMUI 9 software - still hold a valid spot in the flagship market? 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

Huawei has arguably produced the best phone of 2018 in the P20 Pro. It looks great, lasts an age per charge and the camera is a top-ranking effort. Read more

Razer Phone 2: Gaming glory brings its share of compromise
3.5 stars Razer Phone 2: Gaming glory brings its share of compromise By Mike Lowe

The original gaming phone returns, complete with illuminating Razer logo, fast refresh rate screen, and much more. Does it make sense? Read more

Honor Magic 2 initial review: Could it be magic now?
Honor Magic 2 initial review: Could it be magic now? By Mike Lowe

The next big-deal slider phone of 2018 asserts Honor's position as a visionary - not just a copycat of Huawei. But is it really magic? Read more

Honor Magic 2 crams six cameras into slider phone design, China only for now
Honor Magic 2 crams six cameras into slider phone design, China only for now By Mike Lowe

Like a Huawei Mate 20 Pro with no notch and slider phone design, the Magic 2 has six cameras - three front, three rear - for maximum photo impact. Read more

Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 intros slider phone design for near bezel-free display
Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 intros slider phone design for near bezel-free display By Mike Lowe

Mi Mix has always been about offering the least bezel. The third-generation model is a slider phone design with manual pop-up front-facing cameras. Read more

Huawei Mate 20 Pro review: The Pro you'll want to know
5.0 stars Huawei Mate 20 Pro review: The Pro you'll want to know By Mike Lowe

The top-spec Huawei is back, with a curved OLED display, in-screen scanner, Qi wireless charging, and much more. Is it 2018's best flagship phone? Read more

Microsoft Surface Pro 6 review: Class-leader isn't without quirks
4.0 stars Microsoft Surface Pro 6 review: Class-leader isn't without quirks By Mike Lowe

The sixth-gen upgrades the chipset and comes in black matte. Those are the only differences to last year's model. But it's still the best 2-in-1. Read more

Huawei Mate 20 Pro vs Mate 20 vs Mate 20 Lite: What's the difference?
Huawei Mate 20 Pro vs Mate 20 vs Mate 20 Lite: What's the difference? By Mike Lowe

The Mate series is back - but in three forms, each being quite different from the next. How does the Mate 20 differ from its Pro and Lite cousins? Read more

Huawei Mate 20 initial review: Does bigger mean better?
Huawei Mate 20 initial review: Does bigger mean better? By Mike Lowe

The largest Mate 20 offers flagship specs with more conventional features than the Mate 20 Pro. Does it make best sense as the flagship phone to buy? Read more

Fujifilm XF10 review: Ailing autofocus affects fixed-lens camera's appeal
3.5 stars Fujifilm XF10 review: Ailing autofocus affects fixed-lens camera's appeal By Mike Lowe

The XF10 features an APS-C sensor and f/2.8 aperture, making for great image quality. But poor performance affect its potential for perfection. Read more

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