Mike Lowe

Best mirrorless cameras 2018: The best interchangeable lens cameras available to buy today

Best mirrorless cameras 2018: 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?You're probably interested in such cameras because they offer image quality above that of a compact camera, with the ability to... Read more

Best compact cameras 2018: The best point and-shoot-cameras available to buy today

Best compact cameras 2018: The best point and-shoot-cameras available to buy today

By Mike Lowe

If you're looking for the best compact cameras of 2018 then you've come to the right place. Here we'll guide you through the hottest cameras to save you time when it comes to buying one from your local shop or online.Run this question through your head:... Read more

Best DSLR cameras 2018: The best interchangeable lens cameras available to buy today

Best DSLR cameras 2018: The best interchangeable lens cameras available to buy today

By Mike Lowe

You want to buy a DSLR camera but don't know what to go for? Then you've come to the right place, as this is where we round-up the best DSLR cameras of 2018. We'll guide you through the hottest cameras available - and only models that we've seen in reality... Read more

The best laptop 2018: All the top notebooks to buy today

The best laptop 2018: All the top notebooks 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

The best Bluetooth headphones 2018: top on/over-ear wireless headphones

The best Bluetooth headphones 2018: top on/over-ear wireless headphones

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

Acer Chromebook 11 (2018) initial review: Blue, budget and potentially brill

Acer Chromebook 11 (2018) initial review: Blue, budget and potentially brill

By Mike Lowe

The Chromebook category has come an awful long way over the years. The 2018 Acer Chromebook 11 goes to show just how much you can squeeze out of a £249 budget.With both online and offline operation (something lacking at the beginning of Chromebooks'... Read more

LG W8 OLED TV initial review: Signature set brings processor, voice-control and HDR enhancements

LG W8 OLED TV initial review: Signature set brings processor, voice-control and HDR enhancements

By Mike Lowe

The world's largest technology show, CES, has long been known as the place to unveil brand new tellies. Which is exactly what LG did at CES 2018 with its latest and greatest W8 Signature OLED.We got to see the new top-tier set behind closed doors at the... Read more

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (2018) initial review: HDR screen makes for sensational sixth-gen laptop

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (2018) initial review: HDR screen makes for sensational sixth-gen laptop

By Mike Lowe

The Lenovo ThinkPad series is well-known for its business appeal. And for the sixth-gen 2018 model it's ramping up design to look even more suave and sophisticated.It's also crammed in features many other laptops can only dream of, including an ultra-bright... Read more

What is VR180? How to capture and view Google's VR photo and video format

What is VR180? How to capture and view Google's VR photo and video format

By Mike Lowe

As virtual reality (VR) gets more and more popular, the ways in which such content can be captured and experienced begins to change.VR180: What is it?You may think that all VR experiences are fully immersive 360-degree views, but Google's V180 offers... 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 accessories that work with its Z-series of phones and transform their functionality or style.Lenovo launched the Moto... 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

Lenovo Mirage Solo with Daydream initial review: Capable, phone-free VR for under $400

Lenovo Mirage Solo with Daydream initial review: Capable, phone-free VR for under $400

By Mike Lowe

When it comes to virtual reality there are a few options: go down the fully-formed route, with PC powering everything, like HTC Vive; opt for a headset that requires a phone to be slipped in to act as the processor and screen, such as the Google Daydream... Read more

This is the BlackBerry KeyOne Bronze: A dual-SIM BB in a molten bronze-gold finish

This is the BlackBerry KeyOne Bronze: A dual-SIM BB in a molten bronze-gold finish

By Mike Lowe

BlackBerry had a respectable year in 2017. The reason was pretty simple: it started to produce attractive, well-made and secure devices once again, luring in both the company's die-hard fans and newcomers alike.When we reviewed the BlackBerry KeyOne just... Read more

Lenovo Miix 630 initial review: Bossing battery life with 20 hours per charge

Lenovo Miix 630 initial review: Bossing battery life with 20 hours per charge

By Mike Lowe

Lenovo has been producing Miix 2-in-1 tablet-cum-laptop devices for a number of years, but relying on Intel for its chipsets. In the last model, the Miix 720, that resulted in an over-powerful, battery-limited product that didn't quite cut the mustard.But... Read more

Lenovo Smart Display initial review: Google Assistant takes on the Amazon Echo Show

Lenovo Smart Display initial review: Google Assistant takes on the Amazon Echo Show

By Mike Lowe

It was only a matter of time before Google answered Amazon's call in the screen-based smart home market. The Lenovo Smart Display is exactly that: the first Google Assistant device to directly take on the Amazon Echo Show.We highly doubt that Lenovo will... Read more

Qualcomm Home Hub: Enabling Google Assistant and Cortana smart home hubs for a connected future

Qualcomm Home Hub: Enabling Google Assistant and Cortana smart home hubs for a connected future

By Mike Lowe

In among the swathe of new products at CES 2018 - the world's largest consumer technology show - it's the new Lenovo Smart Display Google Assistant product that's stood out from the crowd, given its clear position to take on the Amazon Echo Show in the... Read more

Qualcomm bets big on automotive, lands Jaguar Land Rover, Honda and BYD partnerships

Qualcomm bets big on automotive, lands Jaguar Land Rover, Honda and BYD partnerships

By Mike Lowe

Throughout 2017 there was one big expected acquisition bubbling away in the background of the tech world: Qualcomm's $39b acquisition of NXP Semiconductors, known for its automotive, security and IoT chips. An acquisition that, to date, hasn't happened,... Read more

Panasonic Lumix GH5S initial review: The 4K Cinema pro

Panasonic Lumix GH5S initial review: The 4K Cinema pro

By Mike Lowe

Thought the Panasonic Lumix GH5 was the 4K capture king? Think again, for the new GH5S comes with more pro-spec video magic than you can shake a stick at, without the sky-high price point.Designed around the very same body as the GH5, the GH5S only presents... Read more

Samsung unveils 'The Wall': The world's first MicroLED TV, set to take on OLED

Samsung unveils 'The Wall': The world's first MicroLED TV, set to take on OLED

By Mike Lowe

Over the last few years there's been a war between OLED and LED-backlit TVs. Samsung has opted for the latter, with its own QLED technology, which delivers the brightest picture going - but can't negate the need for a backlight and, therefore, has been... Read more

Acer Swift 7 (2018) initial review: The laptop gets smartphone thin

Acer Swift 7 (2018) initial review: The laptop gets smartphone thin

By Mike Lowe

Just when you think the laptop has got about as slim as it can get, a company pushes the envelope. Which is exactly what Acer has done with the new Swift 7, described as the world's thinnest laptop.It's a claim that we wouldn't dispute, either. Indeed,... Read more

Panasonic Lumix G9 review: The finest mirrorless camera that money can buy
5.0 stars

Panasonic Lumix G9 review: The finest mirrorless camera that money can buy

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. In many respects, this is the camera to cease the disparity between the formats; it's almost like a "mirrorless... 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

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

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