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Devialet Silver Phantom review: Futuristic funk from this French Fancy will make your ears dance with delight

Devialet Silver Phantom review: Futuristic funk from this French Fancy will make your ears dance with delight

By Mike Lowe

Gaming fans might think the Devialet Phantom looks like a real-life replica of Ghost from smash-hit title Destiny, but audiophiles will know the high-end French manufacturer doesn't speak in vocoded Peter Dinklage, but instead top-end, crystal clear audio.We'll... Read more

Olympus OM-D E-M5 II review: OM-D has landed
4.5 stars

Olympus OM-D E-M5 II review: OM-D has landed

By Mike Lowe

Thank the stars that Olympus has settled on a name and number, with the second-generation OM-D E-M5 deploying the "Mark II" badge of honour. That's earned confidence: rather than reaching into the numbers pool and being named an E-M27 or something, the... Read more

Philips Hue Go: The portable, colourful and independent addition to Hue lighting system (hands-on)

Philips Hue Go: The portable, colourful and independent addition to Hue lighting system (hands-on)

By Mike Lowe

Philips Hue, the adjustable lighting system that can be colour and luminance controlled via your smart device, is expanding, with the new Hue Go portable offering a slightly different stance to the range.With the majority of Hue products you require a... Read more

Microsoft Surface 3: 10.8-inch HD screen, full Windows 8.1, 50% cheaper than the Pro 3 (hands-on)

Microsoft Surface 3: 10.8-inch HD screen, full Windows 8.1, 50% cheaper than the Pro 3 (hands-on)

By Mike Lowe

We've been following Microsoft Surface - the laptop-meets-tablet hybrid device - since its conception, cumulating in the Surface Pro 3 towards the end of 2014. Now it's new year, new gear: with the brand new Surface 3, a 10.8-inch edition to the line-up,... Read more

Samsung Galaxy S6 edge tips and tricks: What can the curved screen edges do?

Samsung Galaxy S6 edge tips and tricks: What can the curved screen edges do?

By Mike Lowe

After a tepid response to the Samsung Galaxy S5, the Korean giant has come out all guns blazing for the launch of its 2015 follow-up, most particularly in its curved screen format, the Galaxy S6 edge.We've been using the phone for 24-hours ahead of its... Read more

Fujfiilm X-A2 review: Selfie system snapper makes a budget splash (hands-on)

Fujfiilm X-A2 review: Selfie system snapper makes a budget splash (hands-on)

By Mike Lowe

The selfie craze is in full swing, with all manner of devices getting in on the action. The Fujifilm X-A2, the company's update to the X-A1 from 2013, is the latest compact system to opt for a flip-forward screen. But does it strengthen the X-series line-up?Handling... Read more

Vax Air Revolve Pet review: The funky, new-wave vacuum cleaner
4.5 stars

Vax Air Revolve Pet review: The funky, new-wave vacuum cleaner

By Mike Lowe

Builder's dust. If you know it well, then you know just what it can do. And having caused our previous vacuum cleaner to meet an early grave, we needed a new and powerful lil sucker to replace it.Enter the Vax Air Revolve Pet, a bagless vacuum cleaner... Read more

Mad Catz Lynx 9 mobile gaming controller is as cool (and complex) as the Batcycle (hands-on)

Mad Catz Lynx 9 mobile gaming controller is as cool (and complex) as the Batcycle (hands-on)

By Mike Lowe

At first glance you might think you're looking at a maquette of the Batcycle. Or, based on another picture, maybe the Batarang. But, no, this is the Mad Catz Lynx 9, a mobile gaming controller that can cater for phones, phablets, tablets and pretty much... Read more

Acer Revo One RL85: The mini PC for work and play (hands-on)

Acer Revo One RL85: The mini PC for work and play (hands-on)

By Mike Lowe

It's not the first time we've seen a mini PC, but the Acer Revo One RL85's dinky one-litre scale means you can wave goodbye to the bulky tower of old, while its versatile feature set means it's more than just a PC.Indeed, by default it comes boxed with... Read more

'Nintendo NX' console in the works for 2017, Wii U not final hardware venture

'Nintendo NX' console in the works for 2017, Wii U not final hardware venture

By Mike Lowe

Tuesday 17 March may as well be called Nintendo day. In addition to unveiling official plans to bring Nintendo characters to mobile phones and tablets in the future, the Japanese company has also confirmed the Wii U won't be its last hardware venture:... Read more

Mario coming to phones and tablets, as Nintendo officially focuses on apps

Mario coming to phones and tablets, as Nintendo officially focuses on apps

By Mike Lowe

Not the owner of a Nintendo Wii U or 3DS? Well it could still be 1-Up for you, as Nintendo announces a partnership with Japanese publisher DeNA to bring its famous characters to mobile platforms. That could mean Mario for Android, Zelda for iPhone, or... Read more

Samsung Galaxy A5 review: Marvellous exterior, mid-range interior
4.5 stars

Samsung Galaxy A5 review: Marvellous exterior, mid-range interior

By Mike Lowe

In this job we are constantly jostling between different phones. Often they're the latest and greatest handsets, so when a mid-range model such as the Samsung Galaxy A5 comes along we tend to cross our fingers and hope there will be something standout... Read more

The Vamp review: Raising old speakers from the dead
4.0 stars

The Vamp review: Raising old speakers from the dead

By Mike Lowe

Got an old speaker knocking around? The Vamp can easily turn it into a Bluetooth speaker to receive wireless audio from phone, laptop or other Bluetooth devices.The audio equivalent of a vampire bat - “re-vamp” is the official name inspiration, but... Read more

Uncharted 4 delayed until spring 2016, Microsoft dancing in the streets with Tomb Raider exclusive

Uncharted 4 delayed until spring 2016, Microsoft dancing in the streets with Tomb Raider exclusive

By Mike Lowe

If you've been eagerly awaiting Nathan Drake's return in Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, then you might want to freeze that excitement - the PlayStation 4 exclusive has been pushed back to a spring 2016 release date.That represents a delay of several months... Read more

Olympus Stylus SH-2 compact camera boasts 5-axis stabilisation, cheaper price point than predecessor

Olympus Stylus SH-2 compact camera boasts 5-axis stabilisation, cheaper price point than predecessor

By Mike Lowe

Movie remakes, they're all the rage at the moment. Take a perfectly good flick and recreate it, often scene for scene. Which is a bit like the Olympus Stylus SH-2 compact camera: it's a carbon copy of its SH-1 predecessor from last year, adding only a... Read more

Motorola Moto E (2015) review: The budget phone to beat
4.5 stars

Motorola Moto E (2015) review: The budget phone to beat

By Mike Lowe

The original Motorola Moto E is an awesome budget smartphone, but largely because, at £89, it's so cheap. Its follow-up, the second-generation 2015 model, makes a few nips and tucks to the original's design principles, adds a slightly bigger screen and... Read more

Toyota i-Road: The electronic Boris bike of the future?

Toyota i-Road: The electronic Boris bike of the future?

By Mike Lowe

Transport is changing. Emissions caps are tightening, owning a car in the big city is increasingly prohibitive, and commuters are ever mindful of electronic or hybrid options as alternative ways to get around – often proving both cheaper and faster.While... Read more

Watch as Fujitsu iris recognition tech unlocks smartphone at a glance, literally (video)

Watch as Fujitsu iris recognition tech unlocks smartphone at a glance, literally (video)

By Mike Lowe

Phone access has evolved beyond a PIN code or screen swipe. Fingerprint scanners? So last year. Retina scanning, as per the ZTE Grand S3? A step forward. But none are a patch on just how impressive Fujitsu's iris recognition technology is, as we experienced... Read more

Dell XPS 13 review (2015): To infinity and beyond
5.0 stars

Dell XPS 13 review (2015): To infinity and beyond

By Mike Lowe

After company privatisation and realigning its focus for the business market, Dell has only gone and launched the most desirable 13-inch consumer laptop that we've ever seen: the 2015 version of the XPS 13.But business, consumer, whatever label is put... Read more

Wolfenstein returns this May: The Old Blood is a standalone downloadable title for new-gen consoles and PC

Wolfenstein returns this May: The Old Blood is a standalone downloadable title for new-gen consoles and PC

By Mike Lowe

When B.J. Blazkowicz came blasting onto our screens once again in Wolfenstein: The New Order back in 2014, we were rather taken by the first-person shooter that MachineGames and Bethesda had made. Come May this year The Old Blood, a follow-up and standalone... Read more

Kazam Tornado 552L: Slender 5.2-inch smartphone has got the looks (hands-on)

Kazam Tornado 552L: Slender 5.2-inch smartphone has got the looks (hands-on)

By Mike Lowe

Kazam - sounds like some kind of magic word, doesn't it? And in the mobile phone market, perhaps it is. For this European-only brand has just launched its latest super-thin phone: the Kazam Tornado 552L.The smattering of letters and numbers might not... Read more

Forget Android Wear, MyKronoz ZePhone is a full Android smartwatch (hands-on)

Forget Android Wear, MyKronoz ZePhone is a full Android smartwatch (hands-on)

By Mike Lowe

When is a smartwatch more than just a smartwatch? When it's a wrist-strapped phone, that's when. The MyKronoz ZePhone is exactly that: a giant scale watch that doesn't run Android Wear like so many competitors, but is built on full Android (version 4.2)... Read more

Want to unlock your smartphone with your eyes? The ZTE Grand S3's retina scanning tech can do just that (hands-on)

Want to unlock your smartphone with your eyes? The ZTE Grand S3's retina scanning tech can do just that (hands-on)

By Mike Lowe

Biometrics. Now that's a word we'll be hearing more of in the world of tech. Having seen plenty of fingerprint scanners on phones in recent years, the ZTE Grand S3 goes one step further: incorporating EyeVerify retina scanning technology, which can be... Read more

Lenovo Vibe Shot is an interesing camera phone, but its name gives off bad vibes (hands-on)

Lenovo Vibe Shot is an interesing camera phone, but its name gives off bad vibes (hands-on)

By Mike Lowe

Phone camera or camera phone? Increasingly more people turn to their phones to take snaps rather than owning a dedicated camera system and Lenovo has its own push to try and win over camera-centric customers: the Vibe Shot.Despite the terrible name and... Read more

Lenovo Tab 2 A8 gets Lollipop love and a dash of Dolby Atmos (hands on)

Lenovo Tab 2 A8 gets Lollipop love and a dash of Dolby Atmos (hands on)

By Mike Lowe

Tablets of all shapes and sizes are ten a penny these days, making it harder to stand out from the crowd. The latest budget Lenovo Tab 2 A8 8-inch tablet has a good stab at it though, introducing a neater, tidier Android Lollipop user experience - which... Read more

Samsung Galaxy S6 camera explored: Is this the best phone camera to date?

Samsung Galaxy S6 camera explored: Is this the best phone camera to date?

By Mike Lowe

Samsung didn't only shout loudly about the new Galaxy S6 and S6 edge designs at its Unpacked conference at this year's Mobile World Congress, it also made some major boasts about the new camera. 
Here's the skinny: both front and rear cameras utilise... Read more

Hands-on: Motorola Moto E (2015) review: Budget champion gets 4G, bigger screen, Lollipop refresh

Hands-on: Motorola Moto E (2015) review: Budget champion gets 4G, bigger screen, Lollipop refresh

By Mike Lowe

The budget smartphone champion Motorola Moto E has arrived in its 2015 refresh, now with speedy 4G capability. And by arrived we mean literally: a semi-surprise pre-Mobile World Congress delivery arrived at the office ahead of the show. Is it still the... Read more

What does Firefox OS bring to Panasonic TVs? 10 key features explored

What does Firefox OS bring to Panasonic TVs? 10 key features explored

By Mike Lowe

It's the year when smart TVs get even smarter thanks to advancing operating systems. We've seen LG webOS, Android TV used in Philips sets, Tizen for Samsung, and now Firefox OS makes its way to the latest Panasonic 4K TVs.Mozilla Firefox is a well-known... Read more

Ultimate Ears UE Megaboom review: Boom and bass
5.0 stars

Ultimate Ears UE Megaboom review: Boom and bass

By Mike Lowe

When we reviewed the original UE Boom, we thought it was the best portable Bluetooth audio speaker since sliced bread. But for when you want a thicker slice, with a greater dollop of bass spread, there's the UE Megaboom.Bigger scale, bigger sound, but... Read more

Panasonic enters curved TV market: Viera CR850 heads-up 4K LED range for 2015

Panasonic enters curved TV market: Viera CR850 heads-up 4K LED range for 2015

By Mike Lowe

Panasonic has been behind the curve when it comes to curved TVs (terrible pun intended), only teasing a 4K prototype at the Consumer Electronics Show 2015. Now, at its annual company press conference, that model has been given a production name: the Viera... Read more

Toshiba Chromebook 2 review: Finally a Chromebook worth buying
4.0 stars

Toshiba Chromebook 2 review: Finally a Chromebook worth buying

By Mike Lowe

We've always admired the Google Chromebook laptop concept and its attempt to deliver an affordable, easy to use, online-focused platform. Problem is, every manufacturer (ignoring Google itself with the ultra-expensive Pixel model) has shoehorned poor... Read more

Panasonic Toughbook CF-54: One tough laptop, now slimmer than ever

Panasonic Toughbook CF-54: One tough laptop, now slimmer than ever

By Mike Lowe

Business is tough, which is why Panasonic wants the company you work for to invest in its Toughbook laptops for field work, with the newly announced CF-54 heading up the range.In an attempt to shed the considerable bulk and weight associated with such... Read more

Hands-on: Olympus OM-D E-M5 II review: Adding extra muscle to the OM-D line

Hands-on: Olympus OM-D E-M5 II review: Adding extra muscle to the OM-D line

By Mike Lowe

Having first seen the new Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II a week ago - having aligned its products into their hierarchical roles, Olympus is now "doing a Canon" with its models, hence the "MkII" name - we've since explored the camera's capabilities at the Olympus... Read more

Nikon Coolpix P610 superzoom: Serving a familiar 60x optical zoom with NFC side portion

Nikon Coolpix P610 superzoom: Serving a familiar 60x optical zoom with NFC side portion

By Mike Lowe

It's camera season, with the CP+ show underway in Japan, and Nikon has unveiled the new king in its superzoom series: the Coolpix P610.This 60x optical zoom superzoom delivers a 24-1440mm equivalent zoom, just the same as its P600 predecessor, for shooting... Read more

Nikon Coolpix S9900: 30x zoom compact adds vari-angle screen for extra flexibility

Nikon Coolpix S9900: 30x zoom compact adds vari-angle screen for extra flexibility

By Mike Lowe

On the face of it the Nikon Coolpix S9900 looks the same as last year's S9700 model, featuring the same 25-750mm equivalent zoom lens and back-lit 16-megapixel senso. Flip it round, however, and its newly appointed 3-inch vari-angle screen ads an extra... Read more

Panasonic Lumix GF7 review: Serious, but not just about selfies
4.0 stars

Panasonic Lumix GF7 review: Serious, but not just about selfies

By Mike Lowe

Welcome to generation selfie. The Panasonic Lumix GF7 is the follow-up to 2013's GF6, complete with flip-forward screen for taking those delightfully pouty shots. And if that premise hasn't got you hooked then fear not - as the latest in the entry-level... Read more

Canon EOS 750D and 760D: Similar features, different designs, more choice (hands-on)

Canon EOS 750D and 760D: Similar features, different designs, more choice (hands-on)

By Mike Lowe

Now here's something we didn't expect: Canon unveiled not one, but two new mid-range DSLR cameras to its EOS lineup. The new EOS 750D and 760D are like the filling in a Canon sandwich, sat above the existing EOS 700D, but below the 70D in terms of rank.The... Read more

Hands-on: Canon EOS M3 review: Still behind the mirrorless market curve

Hands-on: Canon EOS M3 review: Still behind the mirrorless market curve

By Mike Lowe

Canon makes great DSLR cameras, there's no doubt about that. But in 2012 when the company dipped into the mirrorless market with the EOS M, it was unusually behind the curve. The EOS M2 appeared in Asia to try and fill a gap, some firmware update appeared... Read more

Canon EOS 5DS vs 5DS R: What's the difference? 50-megapixel DSLR camera specs explored

Canon EOS 5DS vs 5DS R: What's the difference? 50-megapixel DSLR camera specs explored

By Mike Lowe

Think that the Nikon D810 is high resolution? Think again. Canon has unveiled the EOS 5DS and 5DS R models, each boasting a 50.6-megapixel full-frame sensor at their core, making them the highest-resolution DSLR cameras on the market.So what's the difference... Read more

Canon PowerShot G3 X superzoom incoming: 1-inch sensor, 25x optical zoom compact teased

Canon PowerShot G3 X superzoom incoming: 1-inch sensor, 25x optical zoom compact teased

By Mike Lowe

Everyone loves a superzoom, and Canon has set its sights on the top-end of the market with the initial unveiling of the PowerShot G3 X.And it's not doing things by half measures. Featuring a 1-inch sensor for heightened image quality, the camera also... Read more

Canon EOS 750D vs 760D: What's the difference? Mid-weight DSLR showdown

Canon EOS 750D vs 760D: What's the difference? Mid-weight DSLR showdown

By Mike Lowe

Canon has unveiled not one, but two new mid-range DSLR cameras to its lineup, making for a busier EOS range than ever before. The new EOS 750D and 760D are like the filling in a Canon sandwich, sat above the existing EOS 700D, but below the 70D in terms... Read more

Samsung NX500 pinches NX1’s 28MP sensor and 4K video abilities, condenses into portable size

Samsung NX500 pinches NX1’s 28MP sensor and 4K video abilities, condenses into portable size

By Mike Lowe

It's camera season ahead of the CP+ show in Japan, with Samsung taking turn to unveil its latest Tizen-based compact system camera: the NX500.The replacement model of 2013's NX300, the NX500 pinches the top-end NX1 model's core innards, including the... Read more

Dali Kubik One review: One serious soundbar
4.5 stars

Dali Kubik One review: One serious soundbar

By Mike Lowe

The Dali Kubik One is a statement soundbar if we ever saw one; the pillar box red model in particular being as eye-catching as it is ear-catching.Surprisingly the Danish manufacturer, synonymous with quality standalone audio products, hasn't ventured... Read more

Samsung Gear VR review: Days of Future Past
3.0 stars

Samsung Gear VR review: Days of Future Past

By Mike Lowe

VR, or virtual reality, has a long and winding history. From the distant dream of Sega's VR, unveiled back in 1993, to the modern day it's-almost-here reality of Oculus Rift, it's Korean giant Samsung that's now here to, well, try and sell some more phones... Read more

Panasonic Lumix TZ70 review: The do-it-all compact camera to beat
4.5 stars

Panasonic Lumix TZ70 review: The do-it-all compact camera to beat

By Mike Lowe

There are a growing number of pocketable do-it-all compact cameras on the market vying for attention, with the Panasonic Lumix TZ70 aiming to be cream of the crop. This pocketable travel compact squeezes an electronic viewfinder and 30x optical zoom lens... Read more

Sony Alpha A5100 review: Compact-a-like
4.0 stars

Sony Alpha A5100 review: Compact-a-like

By Mike Lowe

Since Sony dropped its NEX branding and blanketed its compact system camera line with the Alpha brand name, the range has not morphed dramatically, simply divided itself into different schools of thought: those seeking a compact alternative, and those... Read more

Denon Envaya Mini review: Massive sound from mini Bluetooth speaker
5.0 stars

Denon Envaya Mini review: Massive sound from mini Bluetooth speaker

By Mike Lowe

Portable Bluetooth speakers have been appearing in their droves over the last few years, at a range of different price points, from manufacturers both known and new, making the qualm of which to buy all the more trying.Denon may have just solved that... Read more

Panasonic Lumix GM5 review: Mini system camera has high-end compacts in its sights
4.5 stars

Panasonic Lumix GM5 review: Mini system camera has high-end compacts in its sights

By Mike Lowe

Panasonic rules the roost when it comes to dinky compact system cameras, with 2013's Lumix GM1 establishing a strong position in the market.How to update such a seemingly perfect pocketable interchangeable lens camera? Plonk a viewfinder in it and add... Read more

Libratone Diva soundbar review: Woolly mammoth
4.5 stars

Libratone Diva soundbar review: Woolly mammoth

By Mike Lowe

Lots of great things come out of Denmark. Lego, red cattle, famous chefs, and now wool-covered Bluetooth soundbars. That last one is exactly what Diva, the all-in-one speaker system with a woollen jacket by Danish audio manufacturer Libratone, is all... Read more

Audio-Technica ATH-MSR7 headphones review: Neutral over-ears are positively priced
5.0 stars

Audio-Technica ATH-MSR7 headphones review: Neutral over-ears are positively priced

By Mike Lowe

We've been seeing over-ear headphones rain from the skies over the last couple of years, as one of the fastest expanding areas in tech. With new names entering the fold, the long-time established brands, such as Audio-Technica, are fighting back with... Read more