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Samsung Galaxy Note Edge review: The edge of excellence
4.0 stars

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge review: The edge of excellence

By Mike Lowe

When we first saw the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge we thought of it as a design showcase; a "look at what we can do" smartphone with greater precedence given to its show-off factor than to usability. Why else have a modified Galaxy Note 4 with a single curved... Read more

Nintendo Wii U review: The underdog rises
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Nintendo Wii U review: The underdog rises

By Mike Lowe

The Nintendo Wii U has been called a lot of things since its launch at the tail-end of 2012. Most of them far from positive. But two years on, and in the wake of the Sony PlayStation 4 and Xbox One launches, Nintendo's underdog is on the up; it's a console... Read more

Panasonic Lumix TZ60 vs Canon PowerShot SX700 HS: What's the difference?

Panasonic Lumix TZ60 vs Canon PowerShot SX700 HS: What's the difference?

By Mike Lowe

For when your smartphone camera isn't enough you'll want a do-it-all compact camera with a significant zoom. Here we pitch two of our favourites head to head: the Panasonic Lumix TZ60 and the Canon PowerShot SX700 HS.Both models pack in a 30x optical... Read more

Fujifilm X100T review: Naughty but niche
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Fujifilm X100T review: Naughty but niche

By Mike Lowe

It only takes one glance at the Fujifilm X100T to know it's a special little camera. Or, perhaps more to the point, a specialist camera. The retro design, physical control dials, fixed 35mm f/2.0 (equivalent) lens, and a hybrid viewfinder make that pretty... Read more

YotaPhone 2 review: Dual-screen phone will split the crowd
3.5 stars

YotaPhone 2 review: Dual-screen phone will split the crowd

By Mike Lowe

The idea of a dual-screen smartphone might sound as useful as a sixth toe, and when Russian company YotaPhone launched its device of the same name it didn't make us realise what we were missing. Design quirks, usage irks - it just didn't formulate into... Read more

Paddington: The tech behind the much-loved bear's big screen debut

Paddington: The tech behind the much-loved bear's big screen debut

By Mike Lowe

Whatever age you are, there's something undeniably lovable about Paddington Bear. First brought to life in the 1958 book, he's since appeared on screen in almost every decade since the 1970s, from stop-motion animation to the hand-drawn Hanna-Barbera... Read more

Music sounds better with... Andy C

Music sounds better with... Andy C

By Mike Lowe

Drum & bass legend Andy C has his roots firmly bedded in the underground music scene as the founder of RAM Records, but the wider public will be hearing a lot more from the man in the coming years.Hot from signing to Atlantic Records, the globe-trotting... Read more

Grand Theft Auto 5 review: Bona fide thrill ride on PS4 and Xbox One
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Grand Theft Auto 5 review: Bona fide thrill ride on PS4 and Xbox One

By Mike Lowe

Grand Theft Auto 5 caused a stir when it was released more than a year ago, a stir that's all the more frenzied in its new-gen incarnation on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Why? Because now you can experience all the bloodshed, sleaze and profanity throughout... Read more

TomTom Multi-Sport Cardio review: Six months in and we're sold
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TomTom Multi-Sport Cardio review: Six months in and we're sold

By Mike Lowe

The first TomTom Multi-Sport sportswatch was released around a year ago, catering for running, cycling and swimming activities. It did a fair job, but there were some loose ends that its follow-up, the Multi-Sport Cardio, tackles head-on.We've been using... Read more

LittleBigPlanet 3 review: Dapper new threads
4.5 stars

LittleBigPlanet 3 review: Dapper new threads

By Mike Lowe

In a year when gaming has revolved around shooting aliens, shanking zombies, and slaying dragons, there's something wonderfully refreshing about playing a knitted Sackperson and running around inside the imagination. Or, as is the case in LittleBigPlanet... Read more

Panasonic Viera TX-50AX802B 4K TV review: Ultra-high definition bargain
5.0 stars

Panasonic Viera TX-50AX802B 4K TV review: Ultra-high definition bargain

By Mike Lowe

We've been holding out on reviewing the Panasonic TX-50AX802 4K TV for some time. But now that time has come and the AX800 series is more relevant than ever thanks to the arrival of Netflix 4K. That, coupled with built-in tuners for Freeview HD and Freesat... Read more

Apple iMac with Retina 5K display review: Pixel-packed powerhouse
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Apple iMac with Retina 5K display review: Pixel-packed powerhouse

By Mike Lowe

With ultra-high definition resolutions becoming increasingly commonplace, the desire for pixel-packed screens is bigger than ever. And the Apple iMac with Retina display surpasses the 4K trend that is eking its way into the home cinema space by offering... Read more

Canon EOS 7D Mark II review: King of quality
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Canon EOS 7D Mark II review: King of quality

By Mike Lowe

To pinch the well-known slogan: good things come to those who wait. And wait we have. For the Canon EOS 7D Mark II is a DSLR that has shunned the typically frequent product cycle, instead taking five whole years to calculate its position in the market.It... Read more

Hands-on: Dell Venue 8 7000 review: World's thinnest tablet shows off 6mm chassis, 2K screen and camera smarts

Hands-on: Dell Venue 8 7000 review: World's thinnest tablet shows off 6mm chassis, 2K screen and camera smarts

By Mike Lowe

Thin is big business. And at just 6mm thick, the Dell Venue 8 7000 can call itself the world's thinnest tablet, which is a big deal. It's slimmer than the Apple iPad Air 2, which has certainly gained our attention.Having first seen the tablet unveiled... Read more

Dell Smart Desk concept: Taking interactive display technology into the future

Dell Smart Desk concept: Taking interactive display technology into the future

By Mike Lowe

We've all seen Tom Cruise chucking screens around with gesture-based control in the 2002 movie Minority Report. Although that probably doesn't reflect an average day at work for most of us in 2014, Dell's Smart Desk concept is designed to enhance professional... Read more

Apple eat your heart out, Dell unveils 5K resolution 27-inch PC monitor

Apple eat your heart out, Dell unveils 5K resolution 27-inch PC monitor

By Mike Lowe

Move over 4K, Dell has unveiled its UltraSharp 27 Monitor, the world's first individual panel with a 5K resolution.That means a whopping 5120 x 2880 pixels across its 27-inch surface which is seven times the pixel density of a 1080p monitor or TV. 
It's... Read more

Hands-on: Dell Venue 11 Pro 7000 review: The Intel Core M Microsoft Surface challenger

Hands-on: Dell Venue 11 Pro 7000 review: The Intel Core M Microsoft Surface challenger

By Mike Lowe

The Dell Venue series isn't new by any measure, but the unveiling of the 11 Pro 7000 hybrid goes to show that Dell still has plenty of tricks up its sleeve. It's beat Microsoft to the punch with Intel Core M technology but, oddly, the Pro 7000 isn't slimmer... Read more

Alienware Area-51: The mothership of desktop gaming rigs returns (hands-on)

Alienware Area-51: The mothership of desktop gaming rigs returns (hands-on)

By Mike Lowe

We rarely cover gaming rigs here at Pocket-lint, but there's something so iconic and, well, downright insane about the Alienware Area-51 that we couldn't resist. Or maybe the Greys have taken over our brains.Far from flying in from a land far away and... Read more

Alienware 13: Gaming laptop meets desktop when paired with Graphics Amplifier (hands-on)

Alienware 13: Gaming laptop meets desktop when paired with Graphics Amplifier (hands-on)

By Mike Lowe

Which to go for - the desktop mega rig for graphically intense sessions, or a hardcore laptop for on-the-go gaming? How about a solution combining the best of both? That's the approach of the Alienware 13 gaming laptop. Use as a mobile gaming machine,... Read more

Cambridge Audio Go v2 portable speaker review: Bluetooth on a budget
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Cambridge Audio Go v2 portable speaker review: Bluetooth on a budget

By Mike Lowe

The Cambridge Audio Go v2 portable Bluetooth speaker is, as its name suggests, the second version in the series, updating the Go Minx that we thought was a top-class offering when we reviewed it last year.The "saucy" name has been dropped for round two,... Read more

Philips Fidelio M2BT review: Small Bluetooth headphones deliver big sound
4.0 stars

Philips Fidelio M2BT review: Small Bluetooth headphones deliver big sound

By Mike Lowe

In our hunt for the best headphones we've been donning the Philips Fidelio M2BT Bluetooth wireless on-ears to see whether these cans deliver audio that defies their small scale.As the update to the earlier Fidelio M1BT, the latest generation M2BT makes... Read more

Audio-Technica ATH-M50x headphones review: Exemplary over-ear audio
5.0 stars

Audio-Technica ATH-M50x headphones review: Exemplary over-ear audio

By Mike Lowe

If you're looking for a pair of over-ear headphones to wear at home, but don't want to break the bank, and aren't interested in bass-boosted unnatural listening, then the Audio-Technica M50x are a definite contender.Whether or not the Japanese manufacturer... Read more

Fujifilm X30 review: Bigger and better, but beleaguered
4.5 stars

Fujifilm X30 review: Bigger and better, but beleaguered

By Mike Lowe

It's been a strong year for high-end compact cameras, with well-established manufacturers honing their craft and new additions also appearing. It's made for a bustling market, but one that also makes that purchase decision all the harder.The Fujifilm... Read more

AKG Y50 on-ear headphones review: Budget brilliance
4.5 stars

AKG Y50 on-ear headphones review: Budget brilliance

By Mike Lowe

Every manufacturer seems to be after a slice of the headphones market and AKG's approach with the Y50 on-ears is very savvy indeed.When we started testing the AKG Y50 headphones we assumed they were in the £150 price category based on their finish alone.... Read more

Nikon D750 review: Tilt-angle tricks
4.5 stars

Nikon D750 review: Tilt-angle tricks

By Mike Lowe

The camera market is changing and the Nikon D750 is the epitome of that. A full-frame DSLR with a tilt-angle screen? People wouldn't have even considered that not so many years ago because the technology just wasn't nearly up to it.So why now? The proliferation... Read more

Sony MDR-1A review:  A-class over-ear headphones
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Sony MDR-1A review: A-class over-ear headphones

By Mike Lowe

It was two years ago we were first introduced to the Sony MDR range, headed-up by the self-proclaimed "prestige" MDR-1R headphones. We had to hand it to Sony, though, despite sounding almost pompous they were very impressive over-ears, delivering quality... Read more

Panasonic Lumix LX100 review: High-end highs and lows
4.5 stars

Panasonic Lumix LX100 review: High-end highs and lows

By Mike Lowe

When we first saw the Panasonic Lumix LX100 we were impressed that the company had finally squeezed a large-size Micro Four Thirds sensor into a compact camera. It's the exact thing photo enthusiasts have been calling on for years now; a nod to high-end... Read more

Pioneer SE-MX9 review
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Pioneer SE-MX9 review

By Mike Lowe

We're long-time users of headphones that promise "club sound", having adopted the Sennheiser HD25 through its two generations, so when the Pioneer SE-MX9 headphones - promising "superior club sound" at home or on the go - arrived through the door for... Read more

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 review
5.0 stars

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 review

By Mike Lowe

Big phones, phablets, or whatever term you want to call them - the big-screen category is here to stay. The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 represents not only the most crucial big-screen device from the Korean company for a couple of years but, sub-genres brushed... Read more

Sennheiser Urbanite review
4.5 stars

Sennheiser Urbanite review

By Mike Lowe

With the headphones market booming we've often seen increasing price tags for products that don't always mean better sound or build quality. Not so the Sennheiser Urbanite on-ear headphones: these affordable £150 cans don't scrimp on sound, style or... Read more

Canon PowerShot G7 X review
4.5 stars

Canon PowerShot G7 X review

By Mike Lowe

The rise of the high-end compact camera has been gathering pace, with oodles of models well worth a look in 2014. Despite already offering plenty of quality products, it's taken Canon a little longer to get into the groove and deliver a large-sensor yet... Read more

LG G Pad 7.0 review
4.0 stars

LG G Pad 7.0 review

By Mike Lowe

The LG G Pad 7.0 is here to show that you needn't spend a fortune to get a feature-rich 7-inch tablet, acting as LG's charge to try and shake-up the reign of Google Nexus 7 rule. In this regard the G Pad packs in a few features you generally don't get... Read more

Assassin's Creed 5 Unity preview: Familiar format draws upon multi-player to evolve series

Assassin's Creed 5 Unity preview: Familiar format draws upon multi-player to evolve series

By Mike Lowe

With Ubisoft being a French company it's almost surprising it's taken many iterations of one of its best-known series, Assassin's Creed, to pull influence from its home country. Albeit, in Assassin's Creed 5: Unity, that's 18th Century Paris deep in the... Read more

Huawei Ascend Mate 7 review
4.5 stars

Huawei Ascend Mate 7 review

By Mike Lowe

We've been using the Huawei Ascend Mate 7 for three weeks now, which is since the day it was unveiled at the IFA trade show in Berlin. Despite originally thinking "blimey, a 6-inch phone" we've become accustomed to this behemoth living in our pocket.... Read more

Toshiba Encore 2 review
3.5 stars

Toshiba Encore 2 review

By Mike Lowe

Upon switching on the Toshiba Encore 2 tablet, the company's "Leading Innovation" brand strategy slogan pops onto the screen. But does the second-generation tablet truly innovate within the entire market, or does it merely represent progress within Toshiba's... Read more

Devolo dLAN 500 review: Starter Pack extends home Wi-Fi network with ease
4.0 stars

Devolo dLAN 500 review: Starter Pack extends home Wi-Fi network with ease

By Mike Lowe

Having recently moved house, we came across a problem: the Wi-Fi signal from our otherwise impressive Virgin Media Superhub 2 wouldn't reach the back bedroom. No internet in bed - that's a serious modern day dilemma.But the solution to boost our Wi-Fi... Read more

Pentax K-S1: Built-in LED light displays distract from some interesting tech (hands-on)

Pentax K-S1: Built-in LED light displays distract from some interesting tech (hands-on)

By Mike Lowe

Pentax isn't one for the norm. In addition to its multi-colour DSLR cameras, the company was also showing off its latest K-S1 DSLR at Photokina - a camera that has coloured light indicator lamps said to guide operations. We thought the fade-in, fade-out... Read more

Sony Alpha A7S review
4.0 stars

Sony Alpha A7S review

By Mike Lowe

In 2013 the Sony Alpha A7 convinced our team and a panel of tech-savvy judges that it was system camera of the year. Not because it had the most lenses available, was the fastest, nor because there weren't other great new cameras coming out, but because... Read more

Olympus interchangeable lens mount for smartphones incoming, 'open platform' camera module revealed

Olympus interchangeable lens mount for smartphones incoming, 'open platform' camera module revealed

By Mike Lowe

Tucked away in the corner of the Olympus stand at Photokina 2014 was what could be described as a digital box Brownie with a Micro Four Thirds lens mount attached and a smartphone to its side. That's the fun of a show - you never know what you're going... Read more

Hands-on: Canon PowerShot SX60 HS superzoom review: Massive zoom is great, but not always super

Hands-on: Canon PowerShot SX60 HS superzoom review: Massive zoom is great, but not always super

By Mike Lowe

There was a time when superzooms were content with focal lengths maxing out in the triple figure department. No so the Canon PowerShot SX60 HS, an all-in-one complete with a 65x zoom lens (21-1365mm equivalent) that encompasses a versatile range. Wide-angle,... Read more

Olympus OM-D E-M1 silver adds updated firmware in addition to spangly exterior (hands-on)

Olympus OM-D E-M1 silver adds updated firmware in addition to spangly exterior (hands-on)

By Mike Lowe

Olympus held off from releasing any major products at Photokina 2014, but did unveil the OM-D E-M1 in a rather lovely silver finish.The E-M1 is exactly what it sounds like: a silver-colour version of the original black model, but one that also delivers... Read more

Hands-on: Leica M Edition 60 is the digital rangefinder camera with no LCD screen. No, really

Hands-on: Leica M Edition 60 is the digital rangefinder camera with no LCD screen. No, really

By Mike Lowe

Want all the benefits of digital with all the "is it, isn't it?" fun of film? If you have a healthy bank account and a penchant for camera oddities then the Leica M Edition 60 may be just right for you then.Because this gorgeous slice of German engineering,... Read more

Fujifilm X-T1 Graphite Silver Edition: Matte finish somehow looks flat and plasticky (hands-on)

Fujifilm X-T1 Graphite Silver Edition: Matte finish somehow looks flat and plasticky (hands-on)

By Mike Lowe

When we first heard about the Fujifilm X-T1 Graphite Silver Edition we were enthusiastic. After all, the X-T1 was one of our favourite cameras of the year, so when a manufacturer starts talking about a "luxury multilayer coating" what's not to like?Indeed,... Read more

Hands-on: Panasonic Lumix CM1 review: Is it a camera, is it a phone? It's a bit of both

Hands-on: Panasonic Lumix CM1 review: Is it a camera, is it a phone? It's a bit of both

By Mike Lowe

When we first heard the rumour that Panasonic was going back into the phone business we didn't think it could be true. But, sure enough, at Photokina 2014 the Panasonic Lumix CM1 appeared.Thing is, the CM1 isn't a phone. The clues are in the above sentence:... Read more

Canon EOS 7D Mark II unveiled, new 65-point focus system has a lot to shout about

Canon EOS 7D Mark II unveiled, new 65-point focus system has a lot to shout about

By Mike Lowe

One of the biggest deals in Canon's DSLR lineup just got a re-work: the EOS 7D Mark II is official, as announced on stage at Canon's Photokina 2014 press conference. This is the DSLR to revamp the already excellent original 7D model with a host of new... Read more

Canon PowerShot G7 X debuts company's move into 1-inch sensor compact market

Canon PowerShot G7 X debuts company's move into 1-inch sensor compact market

By Mike Lowe

Say hello to Canon's 1-inch punch, the newly announced PowerShot G7 X. Representing a shift in the company's use of sensor sizes, it's the first compact camera in the Canon lineup to feature a large 1-inch sensor, putting it in direct contention with... Read more

Panasonic Lumix GM5 adds viewfinder and hotshoe to small-scale compact system camera

Panasonic Lumix GM5 adds viewfinder and hotshoe to small-scale compact system camera

By Mike Lowe

Panasonic has updated its small-scale compact system camera with the announcement of the Lumix GM5. Unlike the original Lumix GM1 model, the slightly larger GM5 also features a built-in electronic viewfinder and hotshoe for adding accessories to this... Read more

Panasonic Lumix LX100: The first compact camera with a Micro Four Thirds sensor is here

Panasonic Lumix LX100: The first compact camera with a Micro Four Thirds sensor is here

By Mike Lowe

It was only a matter of time before a compact camera with a large Micro Four Thirds sensor appeared. At Photokina 2014 Panasonic lifted the lid on its Lumix LX100 camera.As the high-end compact camera market continues to grow the competition has been... Read more

Hands-on: Panasonic Lumix GM5 review

Hands-on: Panasonic Lumix GM5 review

By Mike Lowe

Last year we were treated by the Lumix GM1, an interchangeable lens camera that, in many respects, was small enough and packed with all the goodies to be considered an alternative to a compact camera. One year on and the small-scale compact system camera... Read more

Samsung NX1 is a compact system camera for aspiring pros, 28MP sensor, new phase detection AF onboard

Samsung NX1 is a compact system camera for aspiring pros, 28MP sensor, new phase detection AF onboard

By Mike Lowe

Samsung has taken an even more pro turn with its NX-series compact system camera line, unveiling the new NX1 model at Photokina 2014.The NX1 is all about speed. Its brand new 28-megapixel sensor has 205 phase-detection autofocus points paired with 209... Read more