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Fujifilm GFX100 brings 100-megapixel mirrorless medium format to market
Fujifilm GFX100 brings 100-megapixel mirrorless medium format to market By Mike Lowe

The ultra-resolution GFX mirrorless medium format camera is here, offering a 102MP medium format sensor for a penny under £10k. Read more

Asus Zenfone 6 initial review: Flippin' heck, Asus just made a great flagship
Asus Zenfone 6 initial review: Flippin' heck, Asus just made a great flagship By Mike Lowe

Asus isn't well known for its flagships, but the Zenfone 6 looks to change that with its Flip Camera, massive battery and stock Android software. Read more

Honor 20 Pro review: Camera clout without the cost
Honor 20 Pro review: Camera clout without the cost By Mike Lowe

In 2019 it's all about so-called Pro handsets, with Honor's latest flagship offering a host of high-end features, including a quad camera. Read more

Oppo Reno and Reno 10x Zoom prices and release dates announced
Oppo Reno and Reno 10x Zoom prices and release dates announced By Mike Lowe

Oppo's affordable flagship phones are coming to the UK: here's when you can buy the Reno, Reno 10x Zoom and Reno 5G, and how much each is priced. Read more

Sega Mega Drive Mini games, price and release date: Everything you need to know about the Genesis Mini
Sega Mega Drive Mini games, price and release date: Everything you need to know about the Genesis Mini By Mike Lowe

The Sega Mega Drive Mini (Genesis Mini for North America) will release in September 2019 with 40 titles. Here's what we know so far. Read more

Motorola Moto One Vision initial review: A long shot that pays off
Motorola Moto One Vision initial review: A long shot that pays off By Mike Lowe

Motorola is gunning to be the mid-range champ, the second-gen One bringing 48MP camera smarts, AI and a Sony Xperia-beating pricetag to attract. Read more

Oppo Reno Z set to add budget dual-camera handset to series
Oppo Reno Z set to add budget dual-camera handset to series By Mike Lowe

We've seen the Oppo Reno - including 10x zoom and 5G versions - and now Oppo is rumoured to be bringing a more budget version, the Z, to market. Read more

Naim Mu-so 2 initial review: Simply superb sound quality
Naim Mu-so 2 initial review: Simply superb sound quality By Mike Lowe

The Mu-so sequel is here, upgrading (and up-pricing) one of the best all-in-one systems we've ever heard. So what's new and why should you buy one? Read more

Panasonic Lumix S1 review: A formidable full-framer
4.5 stars Panasonic Lumix S1 review: A formidable full-framer By Mike Lowe

Panasonic's first full-frame mirrorless cameras, the S1 and S1R, have arrived. But is the S1 bold enough to take on its Nikon and Sony competitors? Read more

Yoshi's Crafted World review: More than just a fluff piece
4.0 stars Yoshi's Crafted World review: More than just a fluff piece By Mike Lowe

The Switch exclusive is a side-crolling platformer that can be played forwards and backwards. But is it just for kids or does it have wider appeal? 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

Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 MkII review: Putting the super in superzoom?
4.0 stars Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 MkII review: Putting the super in superzoom? By Mike Lowe

This 25-400mm superzoom refreshes the 2014 original with a new body design and some other nips and tucks. What's new and is it the best bridge camera? 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

Nikon Z7 vs Nikon Z6: What's the difference?
Nikon Z7 vs Nikon Z6: What's the difference? By Mike Lowe

The brand new full-frame mirrorless is available in two models: the Z7 and Z6. What's the difference? We compare Nikon's brand new models. 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

Cambridge Audio Yoyo L review: A versatile box of audio tricks
4.5 stars Cambridge Audio Yoyo L review: A versatile box of audio tricks By Mike Lowe

The largest of three speakers in the range, the woollen-clad Yoyo is a versatile speaker box that makes for a great soundbar alternative too. Read more

Huawei P30 review: A pocketable professional
4.0 stars Huawei P30 review: A pocketable professional By Mike Lowe

The smaller, leaner cousin to the P30 Pro, this 6.1-inch model brings the headphone jack back, while offering triple cameras and top performance. Read more

Acer ConceptD 500 desktop PC has a built-in wireless charging pad for your phone
Acer ConceptD 500 desktop PC has a built-in wireless charging pad for your phone By Mike Lowe

The Acer ConceptD 500 is a desktop PC aimed at creative professionals, offering a high-end spec and a built-in wireless charging pad for your phone! Read more

Acer Predator Helios 700 initial review: Gaming beast boasts sliding keyboard
Acer Predator Helios 700 initial review: Gaming beast boasts sliding keyboard By Mike Lowe

The 2019 Predator Helios 700 boasts a sliding keyboard and depth-sensitive keys. It's a giant but powerful beast that's sure to impress the hardcore. Read more

Acer ConceptD 5 initial review: A-grade ideas?
Acer ConceptD 5 initial review: A-grade ideas? By Mike Lowe

Acer announced ConceptD - aimed at high-end users with creative workflows - with the 5 a direct competitor for the MacBook Pro. But how does it fare? Read more

Next at Acer 2019: Watch the Acer global press conference live stream right here
Next at Acer 2019: Watch the Acer global press conference live stream right here By Mike Lowe

It's the annual Acer global press conference. Here's how to watch the 2019 live stream for the latest laptops, Predator gaming goodies and more... Read more

Canon EOS 250D: World's lightest DSLR is back, now with 4K
Canon EOS 250D: World's lightest DSLR is back, now with 4K By Mike Lowe

It's been 18 months since the 200D, so the announcement of the 250D is to bring the camera up to date with processing and 4K goodness. Read more

Bang & Olufsen Beovision Harmony TV has crazy rotating speakers, costs more than a car
Bang & Olufsen Beovision Harmony TV has crazy rotating speakers, costs more than a car By Mike Lowe

Got a spare €18,500 for a TV? Want one with rotating speakers? B&O to the rescue with its Beovision Harmony telly! Read more

Asus ROG Phone 2 expected late 2019, what to expect?
Asus ROG Phone 2 expected late 2019, what to expect? By Mike Lowe

The follow-up to its original ROG gaming phone, Asus is expected to launch the ROG 2 in late 2019. Here's what to expect. Read more

Devialet Phantom Reactor review: The sound of the future
5.0 stars Devialet Phantom Reactor review: The sound of the future By Mike Lowe

Back in 2016 we tested out some of the very finest all-in-one speakers we've ever heard - and, frankly, seen - in a pair of Devialet Phantom Gold. Which, Read more

Huawei P30 Pro review: Quad camera crushes the competition
5.0 stars Huawei P30 Pro review: Quad camera crushes the competition By Mike Lowe

It's all about cameras in phones for 2019. Huawei goes one beyond with a quad camera, rethinking sensor technology and zoom altogether. Read more

Universal Pictures commits to HDR10+ - finally your Samsung or Panasonic TV's potential will be unleashed
Universal Pictures commits to HDR10+ - finally your Samsung or Panasonic TV's potential will be unleashed By Mike Lowe

The less-loved High Dynamic Range format, HDR10+ - which is only available on some Samsung and Panasonic tellies - gets the green flag from Universal. Read more

Panasonic Lumix G90 (G95) initial review: The mid-range mirrorless to buy?
Panasonic Lumix G90 (G95) initial review: The mid-range mirrorless to buy? By Mike Lowe

The G80's update has a higher resolution sensor, better video capture, more buttons and other goodies. Is it the sub £1k mirrorless camera to buy? Read more

Panasonic Lumix G90 targets vloggers with unlimited 4K video capture
Panasonic Lumix G90 targets vloggers with unlimited 4K video capture By Mike Lowe

The update to 2016's G80, the G90 is like a 'G9 Mini' - delivering 20MP stills, 4K 30p video, an upgraded design and more. Read more

Best noise-cancelling headphones 2019 to block out external sounds
Best noise-cancelling headphones 2019 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

Spotify Duo: Cut-price Premium streaming for couples is being trialled
Spotify Duo: Cut-price Premium streaming for couples is being trialled By Mike Lowe

Spotify Premium for two living together? Spotify Duo, which is being tested in some countries, looks like a great solution for couples and friends. Read more

Fujifilm X-H1 vs Panasonic Lumix G9: What's the difference?
Fujifilm X-H1 vs Panasonic Lumix G9: What's the difference? By Mike Lowe

It's battle of the mirrorless big guns, with the Fujifilm X-H1 posing some considerable questions for Panasonic's formidable Lumix G9. Read more

Black Shark 2 review: Not just a gaming great, a fantastic flagship too
4.0 stars Black Shark 2 review: Not just a gaming great, a fantastic flagship too By Mike Lowe

The second-generation Black Shark is a gaming phone at its best: great looks, ultimate power and versatility from controllers see it lead the way. 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

Latest TomTom satnav links with IFTTT for automated smart home functionality
Latest TomTom satnav links with IFTTT for automated smart home functionality By Mike Lowe

In addition to being a top-end satnav system, the Go Premium offers IFTTT to sync with smart home devices for automated actions based on your travel. Read more

Huawei P30 & P30 Pro cameras: Everything you need to know about the triple- and quad-camera phones
Huawei P30 & P30 Pro cameras: Everything you need to know about the triple- and quad-camera phones By Mike Lowe

The P30 Pro has a quad camera with 5x optical zoom; the P30 has a triple camera with 3x optical zoom. Here's all the info about these camera setups. Read more

Are four-camera phones the new norm? Huawei P30 Pro, Samsung Galaxy A9, more
Are four-camera phones the new norm? Huawei P30 Pro, Samsung Galaxy A9, more By Mike Lowe

Huawei reveals the P30 Pro will have a Leica quad camera. Following on from the Samsung A9, is a four-camera setup the new norm for flagship phones? Read more

What is reverse wireless charging and which phones have it? Huawei P30 Pro, Samsung Galaxy S10, and more
What is reverse wireless charging and which phones have it? Huawei P30 Pro, Samsung Galaxy S10, and more By Mike Lowe

Reverse charging is here: the ability to charge Qi wireless charging devices from the back of your phone. Which phones have this feature? 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

Best gaming phone 2019: The best gaming handsets you can buy
Best gaming phone 2019: The best gaming handsets you can buy By Mike Lowe

Mobile gaming is big business and many brands are making dedicated gaming handsets. But which is best? From Razer to Black Shark, we investigate... Read more

Nikon Z6 review: Fabulous full-framer
5.0 stars Nikon Z6 review: Fabulous full-framer By Mike Lowe

The lower-resolution full-frame mirrorless of Nikon's two debut Z series cameras is a well-built, capable camera with superb image quality potential. Read more

Black Shark 2 gaming phone: Top 5 features and specs explained
Black Shark 2 gaming phone: Top 5 features and specs explained By Mike Lowe

The second-gen Black Shark gaming phones comes with a stacked feature set. Here are five of our favourite features explained in more detail. Read more

Lenovo Yoga C930 review: Sensational sound and visuals
4.5 stars Lenovo Yoga C930 review: Sensational sound and visuals By Mike Lowe

Say hello to the Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos soundbar laptop. Great sound and visuals meet long battery life and a superb typing experience. Read more

Samsung's 2019 4K & 8K QLED TVs compared: Q950R, Q90R, Q85R, Q80R, Q70R, Q60R
Samsung's 2019 4K & 8K QLED TVs compared: Q950R, Q90R, Q85R, Q80R, Q70R, Q60R By Mike Lowe

The Korean company's 2019 QLED line-up is now available. But what's the difference between its variety of 4K HDR sets? Specs and details compared. Read more

Vivo Apex 2019 concept phone review: Is port-free the future?
Vivo Apex 2019 concept phone review: Is port-free the future? By Mike Lowe

It's a phone with no ports. Anywhere. Is Vivo showing us the future that could be, or is it a concept that steps a little too far? Read more

Huawei confirms P30 series will have periscope zoom camera, new Leica camera hardware
Huawei confirms P30 series will have periscope zoom camera, new Leica camera hardware By Mike Lowe

A meeting with Huawei at MWC confirmed the P30 series will have a periscope zoom camera and new Leica hardware designed to crack low-light quality. Read more

Motorola Moto G7 review: Is the standard model the one to buy?
4.0 stars Motorola Moto G7 review: Is the standard model the one to buy? By Mike Lowe

The Moto G has long been one of our favourite budget smartphones, but with the G7 Plus model only £30 more does the standard G7 still have a place? 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

Huawei Mate X: Everything you need to know about the folding phone
Huawei Mate X: Everything you need to know about the folding phone By Mike Lowe

From 6.6-inch phone to 8-inch tablet, the Huawei Mate X - the company's first foldable phone - packs in powerful features and 5G connectivity. Read more

Huawei Mate X in pictures: Take a look at Huawei's 5G folding phone
Huawei Mate X in pictures: Take a look at Huawei's 5G folding phone By Mike Lowe

Touted as 'the first 5G folding phone', the Mate X is perhaps the best example of a folding phone that we've seen to date. Here it is, in pictures. Read more

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