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Olympus OM-D challenge: Fear and loathing in Las Vegas

Olympus OM-D challenge: Fear and loathing in Las Vegas

By Mike Lowe

Every year at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas there’s a veritable feast of tech to get our teeth into. But this year, beyond the glitzy lights and manufacturers’ bold claims for their latest products, we were invited to really put things... Read more

Sony SmartBand pictures and eyes-on: Sony Lifelog and wearable tech on display at CES 2014

Sony SmartBand pictures and eyes-on: Sony Lifelog and wearable tech on display at CES 2014

By Mike Lowe

Sony has jumped on board the wearable tech express, with the Japanese giant using this year's CES to lift the lid on its SmartBand device, a wearable wristband that is compatible with the new Sony Core tracker.But it's not just about steps or distance... Read more

Asus Zenfone: Hands-on with the budget 4, 5 and 6-inch Android smartphones

Asus Zenfone: Hands-on with the budget 4, 5 and 6-inch Android smartphones

By Mike Lowe

Asus has already proven that just because something is affordable doesn't mean it needs to look and feel cheap. Think Nexus 7 and you'll have an idea what we mean. But at the Consumer Electronics Show 2014 in Las Vegas the Taiwanese company pushed a lot... Read more

Asus Transformer Book Duet TD300 pictures and hands-on

Asus Transformer Book Duet TD300 pictures and hands-on

By Mike Lowe

As if a two-in-one wasn't enough, Asus has gone down the road of "four-in-one" with the Transformer Book Duet TD300. Part laptop, part tablet, all Windows 8.1 and all Android - is it the ultimate device without compromise or a confused take on the multiples... Read more

Hands-on: Panasonic Lumix TZ60 review

Hands-on: Panasonic Lumix TZ60 review

By Mike Lowe

When it comes to top-tier all-in-one compact cameras, the Panasonic Lumix TZ-series is the first name to pop into our heads. The existing TZ40 was an all-round success. But with the announcement of the Lumix TZ60, however, Panasonic has pushed the compact... Read more

Panasonic Lumix LZ40 pictures and hands-on

Panasonic Lumix LZ40 pictures and hands-on

By Mike Lowe

Panasonic has a good track record of releasing decent superzoom cameras. Looking to fill the more budget-targeted gap, it has just lifted the lid on the Lumix LZ40: a 42x optical zoom bridge camera with a £229 price tag.We got to check out the budget... Read more

Panasonic Lumix TZ60: 30x optical zoom compact introduces electronic viewfinder, ditches touchscreen

Panasonic Lumix TZ60: 30x optical zoom compact introduces electronic viewfinder, ditches touchscreen

By Mike Lowe

The Panasonic TZ-line is evolving. The latest Lumix TZ60 introduces a built-in electronic viewfinder to the range for the first time, while pushing a 30x optical zoom with physical lens control ring.Despite a 50 per cent increase in top-end focal length... Read more

Panasonic W850 hands-on: Camcorder adds second camera for 'video selfies' in bid to stay relevant

Panasonic W850 hands-on: Camcorder adds second camera for 'video selfies' in bid to stay relevant

By Mike Lowe

It's no secret that camcorders are having a tough time in the market. They just don't sell as much as they used to because of a shift in trends. Panasonic has tried to get creative with the latest HC-W850 camcorder by adding a second lens and sensor to... Read more

Panasonic Lumix TZ55: Flip-up screen makes this the perfect camera for 'selfies'

Panasonic Lumix TZ55: Flip-up screen makes this the perfect camera for 'selfies'

By Mike Lowe

Panasonic has unveiled its Lumix TZ55 compact camera, complete with 3-inch LCD on a 180-degree flip bracket. Because the screen can face forward it's the ultimate selfie snapper. But it's not a brand new idea, as we've already seen Samsung and Sony release... Read more

Panasonic Lumix LZ40: Budget bridge camera brings the zoom

Panasonic Lumix LZ40: Budget bridge camera brings the zoom

By Mike Lowe

Want a significant zoom in a compact without breaking the bank? The Panasonic Lumix LZ40 might well be the perfect answer.This 42x optical zoom compact has a wide-angle 22mm lens that extends all the way through to a 928mm equivalent. Whether you want... Read more

Fujifilm FinePix S1: First waterproof superzoom camera surfaces at CES 2014

Fujifilm FinePix S1: First waterproof superzoom camera surfaces at CES 2014

By Mike Lowe

It's superzoom season, but Fujifilm has unveiled one with a key difference: the FinePix S1 is the first water-resistant bridge camera. Now as well as singing in the rain you can go shooting too.The Fuji S1 houses a 50x optical zoom lens, which delivers... Read more

Fujifilm X100S Black: Alternative to classic silver finish available this month

Fujifilm X100S Black: Alternative to classic silver finish available this month

By Mike Lowe

Hard though it was to avoid a title making a play on AC/DC's Back In Black album title, we put our sensible hats on. Because that's what the Fujifilm X100S Black deserves. This top-end, fixed lens compact camera is just about as good as they come. But... Read more

Fujifilm S9400W, S9200 and S8600: Trio of bridge cameras are all about the zoom

Fujifilm S9400W, S9200 and S8600: Trio of bridge cameras are all about the zoom

By Mike Lowe

Fujifilm has refreshed much of its camera range at this year's Consumer Electronics Show by unveiling the FinePix S9400W, FinePix S9200 and FinePix S8600 models. The theme is clear: it's all about the zoom.That comes as no surprise, as the bottom end... Read more

Fujifilm FinePix XP70: Splish splash with waterproof Wi-Fi compact camera

Fujifilm FinePix XP70: Splish splash with waterproof Wi-Fi compact camera

By Mike Lowe

Fujifilm has got the waterproof compact camera market fairly sewn up because of its affordable price point. Year after year it releases an additional model in the XP-series, and in 2014 that brings us to the FinePix XP70.It's waterproof, it's got Wi-Fi... Read more

Acer Iconia B1-720 (2014) pictures and hands-on

Acer Iconia B1-720 (2014) pictures and hands-on

By Mike Lowe

Budget tablets made a lot of headway in 2013 as entry-level products began to offer elegant solutions without breaking the bank. The Acer Iconia B1 was one such tablet, replaced in 2014 by the latest B1-720. And we've been giving one a whirl ahead of... Read more

Acer Iconia A1-830 (2014) pictures and hands-on

Acer Iconia A1-830 (2014) pictures and hands-on

By Mike Lowe

Acer has updated its A1 tablet with a new version for 2014, the A1-830. It's a subtle upgrade compared to its predecessor, but there are new features that make for a decent and affordable 7.9-inch tablet.First and foremost the build is now metal, with... Read more

Acer Iconia W4 pictures and hands-on

Acer Iconia W4 pictures and hands-on

By Mike Lowe

Announced at the tail-end of 2013, the Acer Iconia W4 is the company's latest Windows 8 tablet. Using the Consumer Electronics Show 2014 as a platform to officially launch the product - it will be available later this month, replacing the W3 - we got... Read more

Hands-on: Acer Liquid Z5 review

Hands-on: Acer Liquid Z5 review

By Mike Lowe

Acer has used the Consumer Electronics Show 2014 to position itself in the budget smartphone wars. Its unveiling of the Liquid Z5, priced at €169 (£140), sounds like a hot contender for the Motorola Moto G in terms of price. But can the Acer's relatively... Read more

Hands-on: Acer Chromebook C720P review

Hands-on: Acer Chromebook C720P review

By Mike Lowe

We're not the biggest Chromebook fans here at Pocket-lint, but they've been going down a storm with the public eager to snap up these affordable Google-OS-based machines. And Acer has stepped up to the plate and introduced the first affordable touchscreen... Read more

Philips 65PFL9708 9000 Series 4K TV review
5.0 stars

Philips 65PFL9708 9000 Series 4K TV review

By Mike Lowe

If you’re contemplating a 4K television to dominate your living room then there are a number of options out there. The Philips offering, found in its 65-inch PFL9708 form, offers a distinct point of difference: ambilight technology.Ambilight introduces... Read more

Alleged Snapchat database leak sees 4.6 million user's numbers available online

Alleged Snapchat database leak sees 4.6 million user's numbers available online

By Mike Lowe

Mere hours into 2014 and Snapchat is the next big tech company to have its users' security breached. The website SnapchatDB! has appeared online, offering over 4.6 million Snapchat usernames and phone numbers for download.SnapchatDB! claims this is in... Read more

Nikon Df review
4.0 stars

Nikon Df review

By Mike Lowe

Looking back to move forward - that’s what the Nikon Df is all about. This retro style DSLR marries the classic Nikon SLR style of years gone by with much of the Japanese company’s modern tech. It’s the only Nikon DSLR capable of supporting current... Read more

Gear of the Year 2013: The Pocket-lint team's favourite tech gadgets of the year

Gear of the Year 2013: The Pocket-lint team's favourite tech gadgets of the year

By Mike Lowe

It's been a rollercoaster ride through the world of tech in 2013. The promise of wearable tech seems to have all but worn off - pun intended - and we're at the advent of Ultra HD 4K content and devices becoming mainstream. Or supposedly.The chatter of... Read more

Asus Transformer Pad TF701T review
4.5 stars

Asus Transformer Pad TF701T review

By Mike Lowe

Is it a laptop? Is it a tablet? The Asus Transformer Pad TF701 straddles the divide between the two forms, marrying together an Android tablet and keyboard dock into the one affordable device.The TF701’s 10.1-inch screen delivers a whopping 2,560 x... Read more

Libratone Loop review
4.0 stars

Libratone Loop review

By Mike Lowe

We’ve had something of a love-hate relationship with the Libratone Loop. This circular-fronted speaker has a distinctive, quirky design and - even though we’ve ended up with the grey finish for review instead of one of the more exciting colour options... Read more

Fujifilm XQ1 review
4.0 stars

Fujifilm XQ1 review

By Mike Lowe

When we first saw the Fujifilm XQ1 we were rather excited. This dinky, pocketable compact promised a good slice of the greatness that its big brother X20 model offers, albeit in a smaller package that ought to bring a yet wider appeal.One look at the... Read more

Zelda: A Link Between Worlds review
5.0 stars

Zelda: A Link Between Worlds review

By Mike Lowe

To the avid - and aged - gamer, slotting Zelda: A Link Between Worlds into a 3DS is a bit like getting into a time machine and spinning the clock back 20 years. Because, on the face of it, the latest Zelda feels exactly like the early 90s Zelda title... Read more

Hands-on: Bayan Audio Soundbook X3 review

Hands-on: Bayan Audio Soundbook X3 review

By Mike Lowe

Bluetooth speakers are all the rage, but if you’re looking for a slice of audio product hot stuff to adorn your bookshelf or desk then British manufacturer Bayan Audio might have just the ticket in the Soundbook X3.The name is a clue to the product’s... Read more

Panasonic Lumix FZ72 review
4.0 stars

Panasonic Lumix FZ72 review

By Mike Lowe

The Lumix FZ72 - or the FZ70 as it’s known outside of Europe - is Panasonic’s answer to the superzoom that truly earns its super dues. With a top-end zoom of 1200mm equivalent it's the embodiment of a "do it all" zoom lens that can also cater for... Read more

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (iPhone & iPad) review
4.0 stars

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (iPhone & iPad) review

By Mike Lowe

On the memories. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas was the 2004 classic that kept students from lectures, parents from work and players the world over hours-deep into gun-toting and generally mad cap antics. The era of PlayStation 2 may be over - but San... Read more

Sony Alpha A7R review
4.0 stars

Sony Alpha A7R review

By Mike Lowe

The Sony Alpha A7R is a specialist camera if we ever saw one. Visually it looks nigh-on identical to the Alpha A7 - the other full-frame compact system camera released alongside this one - but it’s that capital "R", which we’ll call "resolution",... Read more

GoPro HD Hero3+ Black Edition review
4.0 stars

GoPro HD Hero3+ Black Edition review

By Mike Lowe

Just over a year ago GoPro unveiled the Hero3, a dinky mountable camcorder-like device that - and just like its earlier Hero models - made waves among its users. But as if that wasn’t good enough, the company has refreshed the model in the form of the... Read more

Ford Mustang GT 2015 coming to the UK: Pictures and eyes-on

Ford Mustang GT 2015 coming to the UK: Pictures and eyes-on

By Mike Lowe

Some cars are just special. Particularly the seemingly unobtainable ones. And we don’t mean just the super-pricey. The Ford Mustang is one such example - an iconic car that will celebrate its 50th birthday in April 2014. And Ford’s way of celebrating?... Read more

Sony Cyber-shot RX10 review
4.5 stars

Sony Cyber-shot RX10 review

By Mike Lowe

When we first heard about the Sony Cyber-shot RX10 our ears pricked up with joy. A superzoom-esque camera with a 24-200mm f/2.8 equivalent lens and the same 1-inch sensor as found in the award-winning Cyber-shot RX100 II - could the RX10 be the all-in-one... Read more

Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag review
4.0 stars

Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag review

By Mike Lowe

Assassin’s Creed is a series that has continued to reimagine its landscape. The latest metamorphosis is Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag - a game that takes us into the land of the pirates; a world full of ships and "Oh arr me hearties" tongue.On this... Read more

Call of Duty: Ghosts review
4.0 stars

Call of Duty: Ghosts review

By Mike Lowe

Call of Duty is the beating heart of the first person shooter genre, and a franchise that’s been in full swing for a whole decade. That’s pretty long in the tooth by any gaming series’ standards, and one that’s brought the latest instalment, Call... Read more

Resogun review
4.5 stars

Resogun review

By Mike Lowe

Resogun bursts onto the screen with a score that sounds as though Hans Zimmer has been listening to too much Japanese techno. It’s like the Inception movie soundtrack remixed - but it definitely grabbed our attention. And that’s just the audio.Just... Read more

Sony Alpha A7 review
4.5 stars

Sony Alpha A7 review

By Mike Lowe

When the Sony Alpha A7 first materialised we were really rather excited. The first compact system camera with a full-frame sensor to surface in the market, it answered a question so many had been waiting for. Big sensor, small size, affordable price.... Read more

Sony Alpha A7: The first sample images

Sony Alpha A7: The first sample images

By Mike Lowe

The Sony Alpha A7 - the world’s first full-frame compact system camera - is fast approaching its release date, and Pocket-lint has been testing out a near-complete sample in the sun-kissed Caribbean.Is this a camera, complete with its affordable (for... Read more

Sony Cyber-shot RX10: The first sample images

Sony Cyber-shot RX10: The first sample images

By Mike Lowe

When we first saw the Sony Cyber-shot RX10 we weren’t entirely sure that we "got it". This chunky, superzoom-esque camera looks more like a DSLR in terms of scale and design, but houses a 24-200mm f/2.8 maximum aperture alongside the same 1-inch sensor... Read more

Lego Marvel Super Heroes review
4.0 stars

Lego Marvel Super Heroes review

By Mike Lowe

We’re massive fans of Lego, it’s no secret. So when Lego Marvel Super Heroes arrived alongside the PlayStation 4, we had a double bout of excitement.In the run up to Christmas there are major titles dropping left, right and centre to suit all tastes... Read more

Knack review
2.5 stars

Knack review

By Mike Lowe

When the PlayStation 4 was first announced we were brimming with excitement. But even at the big unveil in New York earlier this year the announcement of one of the console’s exclusive titles, Knack, a 3D platformer headed up Mark Cerny, the Spyro and... Read more

Interview: British Cycling coach Shane Sutton talks tech, Jaguar, the cycling boom and buzz of the sport

Interview: British Cycling coach Shane Sutton talks tech, Jaguar, the cycling boom and buzz of the sport

By Mike Lowe

It’s a windy day in Warwickshire and we’re on site at Fen End racing circuit with Jaguar to not only meet British Cycling coach and Team Sky performance advisor, Shane Sutton, for a quick-fire interview, but also to combat that biting wind in our... Read more

Panasonic Lumix GM1 review
5.0 stars

Panasonic Lumix GM1 review

By Mike Lowe

One glance at the Panasonic Lumix GM1 and you’ll assume it’s a compact camera. Well, it is compact by size - that much is clear - but as it’s got an interchangeable lens system as is part of the Micro Four Thirds family it, therefore, falls into... Read more

Pure Jongo T6 review
3.5 stars

Pure Jongo T6 review

By Mike Lowe

Pure is all about wireless audio, and that’s what the alleged "room-filling" - not literally, just with audio of course - Pure Jongo T6 is all about.In a world where we’re connected to the cloud, where smart devices come with Bluetooth, and where... Read more

Orbitsound SB60 Airsound Base review
4.0 stars

Orbitsound SB60 Airsound Base review

By Mike Lowe

Modern day televisions are getting thinner and thinner. And so, therefore, is their inherent sound quality. That’s an issue that the Orbitsound SB60 Airsound Base looks to rectify.This all-in-one box solution sits underneath the TV - literally, it can... Read more

Asus Transformer Book T100 review
4.0 stars

Asus Transformer Book T100 review

By Mike Lowe

Hybrid laptop-tablet Windows 8 machines have been spilling onto the shelves at an exponential rate of late. But none have been positioned like the affordable Asus Transformer Book T100. This 10.1-inch two-in-one device has budget buyers in its sights,... Read more

TomTom Multi-Sport review
3.5 stars

TomTom Multi-Sport review

By Mike Lowe

TomTom Multi-Sport is the GPS company’s first solo venture into the world of wearable sports-watches that, as its name suggests, caters for multiple sports disciplines. The Multi-Sport was released alongside the Runner, the latter targeted, and no surprised... Read more

Nikon Df official: The retro-style DSLR like a D4 from the past, complete with non-AI lens compatibility

Nikon Df official: The retro-style DSLR like a D4 from the past, complete with non-AI lens compatibility

By Mike Lowe

It's official - Nikon's "Pure Photography" camera, the Nikon Df, has been unveiled. But it's not what we had initially expected - this is a full-frame DSLR camera through and through, not the rumoured full-frame mirrorless camera that had been doing the... Read more

HP Split x2 review
3.5 stars

HP Split x2 review

By Mike Lowe

There’s an expanse of laptop-tablet devices in recent months, to which HP adds its latest hand, the Split x2, to the ever-expanding stack. A stack that, with few exceptions, hasn't quite managed to wow us yet. It’s all Microsoft’s fault, really,... Read more