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Best camera deals for Black Friday 2018: DSLR, compact, mirrorless and action cam bargains
Best camera deals for Black Friday 2018: DSLR, compact, mirrorless and action cam bargains By Mike Lowe

Black Friday 2018 is a bumper weekend that will mean various great deals and massive savings. Here are the best in the run-up to the main event. 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

Best games deals for Black Friday 2018: Gaming bargains galore
Best games deals for Black Friday 2018: Gaming bargains galore By Mike Lowe

Grab a gaming bargain in the run-up to Christmas. See the best deals we've found from the biggest retailers around. 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 vs Xiaomi Mi Mix 3: Slider phones showdown
Honor Magic 2 vs Xiaomi Mi Mix 3: Slider phones 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

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

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, Oppo and Vivo leading with pop-up cameras. But does it make sense? 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 initial review: The slider phone is back for the future
Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 initial review: The slider phone is back for the future By Mike Lowe

The third-gen Mi Mix brings a slider phone design to reveal its front cameras. It's also 5G ready, packed with power and comes in ceramic Jade Green. 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

Huawei Watch GT initial review: Wear OS is shown the door
Huawei Watch GT initial review: Wear OS is shown the door By Mike Lowe

Huawei's latest - which focuses on notifications and fitness tracking - ditches Wear OS for its own operating system and considerable battery life 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

Razer Phone vs Razer Phone 2: What's the difference?
Razer Phone vs Razer Phone 2: What's the difference? By Mike Lowe

The gaming phone's follow-up is here, sporting a glass back, wireless charging and flagship innards. But does anyone really need a gaming phone? Read more

Google Pixel Slate initial review: Can Google take on the iPad Pro?
Google Pixel Slate initial review: Can Google take on the iPad Pro? By Mike Lowe

Looking to advance the tablet market, the Pixel Slate is a natural iPad Pro competitior. However, it's expensive, starting at £549, and runs Chrome OS Read more

Huawei Mate 20 Lite review: A Mate that won't make many friends
3.5 stars Huawei Mate 20 Lite review: A Mate that won't make many friends By Mike Lowe

The mid-tier Mate model is a conundrum. Great design is let down by context: there are more powerful, more stable and cheaper phones out there. Read more

Suunto 9 review: Big on battery life, brilliant for triathletes
4.0 stars Suunto 9 review: Big on battery life, brilliant for triathletes By Mike Lowe

This smart multi-sport watch - which caters running, cycling, swimming and more - has an ultra-long battery life, which is ideal for triathletes. Read more

Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) review: Every bit the pro, but battery life is still a blow
4.0 stars Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) review: Every bit the pro, but battery life is still a blow By Mike Lowe

Say hello to the Microsoft Surface 5. Ok, ok, so it's "the new Microsoft Surface Pro", rather than adopting the generational number format in its name. Read more

Best noise-cancelling headphones: The best 'phones to block out external sounds
Best noise-cancelling headphones: The best 'phones to block out external sounds By Mike Lowe

These are the best noise-cancelling headphones, noise blocking earbuds and wireless earphones to block out external sound. Read more

V-Moda Crossfade 2 Wireless Codex Edition review: Ace sound with added aptX
4.5 stars V-Moda Crossfade 2 Wireless Codex Edition review: Ace sound with added aptX By Mike Lowe

The Codex Edition adds aptX Bluetooth codec and, well, that's all. Still, these are mighty sounding industrial-style over-ear headphones nonetheless. Read more

Canon EOS M50 review: M series finally gets credible
4.0 stars Canon EOS M50 review: M series finally gets credible By Mike Lowe

2018's top-spec EOS M mirrorless combines a built-in vari-angle touchscreen and electronic viewfinder, plus performance that's finally competitive. Read more

Photokina 2018: All the best new cameras from the photo show
Photokina 2018: All the best new cameras from the photo show By Mike Lowe

It's the final biannual Photokina in Cologne. And it's a bumper one. Here are all the best new cameras, lenses and announcements from the show. Read more

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? We have the answers. 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

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

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 arrive early 2019. Here's all the details about Lumix Pro and this new system. Read more

BeoPlay P6 review: Sensational sound at home or on the go
4.0 stars BeoPlay P6 review: Sensational sound at home or on the go By Mike Lowe

The BeoPlay P6 delivers big sound from a speaker so small. However, it's expensive, which might see the BeoPlay A1 the better option to buy. 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

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 P20 Pro Pearl White in pictures: 'Like a unicorn marshmallow'
Huawei P20 Pro Pearl White in pictures: 'Like a unicorn marshmallow' By Mike Lowe

Huawei has released a special edition P20 Pro in Pearl White. And it's stunning. Look at our gallery for a closer inspection of 2018's best phone. Read more

Lenovo Miix 630 review: Ultra long-lasting 2-in-1 has a few too many issues
3.5 stars Lenovo Miix 630 review: Ultra long-lasting 2-in-1 has a few too many issues By Mike Lowe

The Miix 630 brings a Qualcomm SD835 processor, as found in top-end 2017 phones. That's great for longevity, but limiting for Windows app availability Read more

B&O Beoplay H9i review: Pricey but near perfect over-ear headphones
4.5 stars B&O Beoplay H9i review: Pricey but near perfect over-ear headphones By Mike Lowe

The top-end Bluetooth wireless over-ears from B&O Play, the Beoplay H9i headphones combine style with capability, active noise-cancelling and big bass Read more

What's next for Audi e-tron? The all-electric cars coming by 2025
What's next for Audi e-tron? The all-electric cars coming by 2025 By Mike Lowe

Audi's e-tron electric platform is the beginning. By 2025 there will be 7 all-electric SUVs, a GT, Porsche PPE and VW MLB platforms, and much more... Read more

Audi PB 18 E-Tron concept in pictures: The electric supercar of the future
Audi PB 18 E-Tron concept in pictures: The electric supercar of the future By Mike Lowe

The stepping stones to an all-electric Audi R8? The PB 18 E-Tron is an electric supercar with a single centralised seat. Check out our pictures here. Read more

Here's the Audi e-tron in pictures: Check out Audi's first all-electric car
Here's the Audi e-tron in pictures: Check out Audi's first all-electric car By Mike Lowe

Audi's first all-electric vehicle, the e-tron, is here. After much teasing & testing, the camo coat is gone, so this SUV can shine in its design glory Read more

JBL Xtreme 2 review: Taking the party outside
4.5 stars JBL Xtreme 2 review: Taking the party outside By Mike Lowe

Designed to be robust, the Xtreme 2 has a carry handle and is waterproof. Best of all, however, this portable Bluetooth speaker is very loud and bassy Read more

Kia ProCeed in pictures: Stylish family shooting brake, coming 2019
Kia ProCeed in pictures: Stylish family shooting brake, coming 2019 By Mike Lowe

Based on the Kia ProCeed Concept, this shooting brake, designed and made in Europe, is due Q1 2019. It elevates the Ceed form with added style. Read more

Marshall Kilburn II review: The Bluetooth blaster
4.0 stars Marshall Kilburn II review: The Bluetooth blaster By Mike Lowe

The portable Bluetooth speaker from Marshall looks like a miniature amp, has bass/treble control dials, a 20hr battery life and rocking sound quality. Read more

What is MicroLED? The TV technology to take on OLED explained
What is MicroLED? 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: MicroLED. It's not a totally brand new technology, Read more

Fujifilm X-T3 initial review: Marvellous mirrorless brings upgrades aplenty
Fujifilm X-T3 initial review: Marvellous mirrorless brings upgrades aplenty By Mike Lowe

The X-T3 is Fujifilm's enthusiast mirrorless. The third-gen model brings faster focus, touch control, greater speed and 4K60 video capture. Read more

Fujifilm X-T3 vs X-T2: What's the difference?
Fujifilm X-T3 vs X-T2: What's the difference? By Mike Lowe

The Fujifilm X-T3 updates the X-T2 mirrorless camera, but what new goodies does it bring and is it worth the upgrade? Here's our comparison. Read more

Canon EOS R initial review: A new era for full-frame mirrorless
Canon EOS R initial review: A new era for full-frame mirrorless By Mike Lowe

Canon's new full-frame mirrorless camera comes with a new lens mount and a stack of features. Does it represent the future, or spell imminent failure? Read more

What lenses work with the new Canon EOS R? EOS RF explained
What lenses work with the new Canon EOS R? EOS RF explained By Mike Lowe

The new Canon EOS R is a full-frame mirrorless with brand new EOS RF lens mount, four new lenses and future roadmap. What does it mean for EF lenses? Read more

Canon EOS R: Full-frame mirrorless brings all-new RF lens mount
Canon EOS R: Full-frame mirrorless brings all-new RF lens mount By Mike Lowe

Canon's new full-frame mirrorless camera is official, complete with new RF lens mount. Here's what to expect. Read more

Motorola Moto One initial review: Mid-ranger sports Android One
Motorola Moto One initial review: Mid-ranger sports Android One 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 Yoga Book 2 initial review: The keyless laptop returns... and it's crazier than ever
Lenovo Yoga Book 2 initial review: The keyless laptop returns... and it's crazier than ever By Mike Lowe

The Yoga Book 2 is a laptop with no physical keyboard. It fuses E Ink and an LCD screen together in a futuristic take. But is the 2018 model any good? Read more

Lenovo Yoga C930 initial review: Going full-on Dolby... and delightful as a result
Lenovo Yoga C930 initial review: Going full-on Dolby... and delightful as a result By Mike Lowe

Say hello to the Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos soundbar laptop, the Lenovo Yoga C930. Read more

Honor Play review: The best affordable phone on the planet
5.0 stars Honor Play review: The best affordable phone on the planet By Mike Lowe

The 6.3-inch Honor phone is the biggest, boldest from the brand yet. Is it the affordable flagship to beat? Here's our full review of the £279 handset Read more

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