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Fallout 4 VR: What it's like playing Bethesda's open-world epic in virtual reality

Fallout 4 VR: What it's like playing Bethesda's open-world epic in virtual reality

By Mike Lowe

Here's something we didn't expect at the E3 gaming expo this year: to be playing Fallout 4 in virtual reality. But it wasn't a dream, it actually happened - and it might become a reality for all players in the near future.Bethesda - the studio behind... Read more

Fiat 124 Spider review: More than an MX-5 remix
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Fiat 124 Spider review: More than an MX-5 remix

By Mike Lowe

"I want a doctor to take a picture, so I can look at you from inside as well," goes the line from The Vapors' Turning Japanese. Well, cut into the Fiat 124 Spider and you would indeed find a Japanese rather than Italian core: the car shares its chassis,... Read more

Pentax K-70 is the affordable all-weather DSLR

Pentax K-70 is the affordable all-weather DSLR

By Mike Lowe

Pentax is having a renaissance of late; from the announcement of its first full-frame DSLR, the K-1, to the just-revealed K-70, the latter which is poised as an all-weather DSLR.The K-70's launch perhaps shouldn't be a surprise: Pentax has been growing... Read more

Samsung Galaxy TabPro S review: Taking on the Microsoft Surface Pro
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Samsung Galaxy TabPro S review: Taking on the Microsoft Surface Pro

By Mike Lowe

Not so long ago Samsung pulled out of the laptop market in the UK, which came as a bit of a shock. It also showed the electronic manufacturer's hand and forward-thinking, to some degree, given that tablet and laptop markets have largely converged in recent... Read more

1-Up! Official Nintendo Vans sneakers in pictures: Mario Bros meets ‘boarder cool

1-Up! Official Nintendo Vans sneakers in pictures: Mario Bros meets ‘boarder cool

By Mike Lowe

We don't make a habit out of shooting product boxes. But when there's one as cool as the NES-styled one that the new official Nintendo Vans sneakers come in, well, it's hard to resist. Look at it!What is within is where the real magic happens, though.... Read more

Boosty review: Banish broadband outage with this mini mobile-connected router

Boosty review: Banish broadband outage with this mini mobile-connected router

By Mike Lowe

Ah, flaky broadband. The bane of first world existence. But, actually, a real pain in the backside when you're in the middle of a Skype call and it drops dead. Or you're streaming Game of Thrones and someone shuts the door (rather than, ahem, holds it)... Read more

Audi S5 Coupé (2016) preview, in pictures: Flexing those German muscles

Audi S5 Coupé (2016) preview, in pictures: Flexing those German muscles

By Mike Lowe

This is the new Audi A5 Coupé (well, actually you're feasting your eyes on the sportier S5 Coupé edition). Which, if you squint a little, could be considered as the German brand's version of the Ford Mustang. With some added pep. An apt arrival year,... Read more

Olympus Pen-F review: Not F-ing about
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Olympus Pen-F review: Not F-ing about

By Mike Lowe

Say hello to the first Olympus Pen with a built-in viewfinder: the Pen-F. If you were knocking around 50-years back then you might know it as, well, the original Pen-F - the half-frame film camera that looks very similar to this 2016 digital re-work.There's... Read more

Toyota Hilux (2016) review: Invincible by name, invincible by nature
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Toyota Hilux (2016) review: Invincible by name, invincible by nature

By Mike Lowe

Testing the new Toyota Hilux demands a little more than just nipping down to the local shop to grab a pint of milk and a Mars Bar. Although with all that space in the back you could buy a lifetime supply of those.The famed "indestructible" pickup - apt,... Read more

Sony Cyber-shot RX1R II review: Full-frame fun and foibles
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Sony Cyber-shot RX1R II review: Full-frame fun and foibles

By Mike Lowe

When it first launched at the end of 2012, the Sony Cyber-shot RX1 was a camera like no other. Its full-frame sensor and fixed 35mm lens made it a distinctive shooter for the high-end market. Sure, it had its imperfections, but that large sensor gave... Read more

Ultimate Ears UE Roll 2: Rock 'n' roll reprisal

Ultimate Ears UE Roll 2: Rock 'n' roll reprisal

By Mike Lowe

The UE Roll, the discus-shaped rugged Bluetooth speaker, is back for round two.The UE Roll 2 takes the same dinky shape as the original waterproof speaker, but crams in 15 per cent more sound and better wireless range to 100-feet, according to the company.... Read more

Onkyo H500BT headphones review: Punchy meets plasticky
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Onkyo H500BT headphones review: Punchy meets plasticky

By Mike Lowe

Despite being established since 1946, Onkyo headphones are a rare sighting out on the streets. And with on- and over-ear headphones dominating the daily commute these days, now is the perfect opportunity for Onkyo's latest Bluetooth H500BT cans to make... Read more

Best of CES Asia 2016: The weird and the wonderful from the Shanghai show floor

Best of CES Asia 2016: The weird and the wonderful from the Shanghai show floor

By Mike Lowe

CES Asia opened it doors for the second time in Shanghai this May. And the Chinese version of the world's largest tech show, CES, which is based in Las Vegas, didn't hold back on the weird and the wonderful.Condensing a show as wide-ranging as CES Asia... Read more

Honor V8 hands-on preview: Dual cameras, but no Leica in sight

Honor V8 hands-on preview: Dual cameras, but no Leica in sight

By Mike Lowe

With Huawei shouting loud about its P9 smartphone with dual Leica cameras, the presence of dual lenses on the Honor V8 (the company's sister brand) got us thinking it, too, would bear the same fruits.But it's not to be, as there's no Leica glass or monochrome... Read more

Huawei P9 Lite hands-on preview: Low-calorie diet

Huawei P9 Lite hands-on preview: Low-calorie diet

By Mike Lowe

When the Huawei P9 launched earlier this month it went big on its dual Leica cameras feature; that was what really sold it above and beyond its considerable competition. But if that's the gold-topped pint of milk then, well, the Huawei P9 Lite is red-top... Read more

Donald Trump has never sounded this good... because he’s been made into an actual speaker

Donald Trump has never sounded this good... because he’s been made into an actual speaker

By Mike Lowe

Ever wanted to hear Donald Trump say something sensible? Or maybe just sing a bit of Adele? Well perhaps now you can, for the American political candidate - well known for his controversial speeches and slurs - has been made into an actual speaker. Ok,... Read more

Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II review: Nip and tuck triumphs
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Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II review: Nip and tuck triumphs

By Mike Lowe

Canon was late to the 1-inch sensor compact cameras game, following in the Sony's RX100 footsteps to deliver the original PowerShot G7 X back in 2014. In the period since then this larger-than-average sensor sector has become a battleground. Nobody wants... Read more

Huawei P9 review: The flagship and the folly
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Huawei P9 review: The flagship and the folly

By Mike Lowe

Huawei has been chipping away at the flagship smartphone block for years now, gradually adding appeal to its seemingly desired western audience with each iteration. But while last year's P8 lost its way with sloppy software and knuckle-based nonsense,... Read more

Hungry Shark World preview: App big fish makes a splash, you'll be hooked

Hungry Shark World preview: App big fish makes a splash, you'll be hooked

By Mike Lowe

Hungry Shark World is one of those app-based games that probably commands just as much respect as a major console title. The follow-up to 2013's Hungry Shark Evolution - which has been downloaded over 230-million times - it's all about new graphics, new... Read more

What’s new in Hungry Shark World? 6 new features revealed

What’s new in Hungry Shark World? 6 new features revealed

By Mike Lowe

If you're an avid Hungry Shark Evolution player then Hungry Shark World will more than likely already have hooked your interest.If you've caught a glimpse of the game it might look fundamentally similar to its predecessor. So what's new? We run-down some... Read more

LG G5 review: Modular misfire?
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LG G5 review: Modular misfire?

By Mike Lowe

LG has its foot firmly on the gas. Its G5 flagship totally shake-ups the top-end phone market by introducing a module-based design so that additional accessory units can be added for new features and operation.But while that's a fun feature - one that... Read more

Nikon D5 review: Olympic effort from pro DSLR
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Nikon D5 review: Olympic effort from pro DSLR

By Mike Lowe

It's no mistake that both Nikon D5 and Canon EOS 1D X Mark II have arrived in 2016. It's an Olympic year after all, with pro sports photographers seeking next-level kit to take next-level images in Rio. Not that's the only place such cameras are capable... Read more

Acer Predator G1 desktop comes with its own suitcase... for first 1,000 punters

Acer Predator G1 desktop comes with its own suitcase... for first 1,000 punters

By Mike Lowe

We had an inkling that Acer was going to lift the lid on new Predator gear at its global press conference in New York. Front and centre of its line-up is the new Predator G1 desktop.Which, it turns out, is sort-of portable. It even comes with its own... Read more

Battery boom: Acer Zest Plus phone crams in 5,000mAh for two-day life

Battery boom: Acer Zest Plus phone crams in 5,000mAh for two-day life

By Mike Lowe

It's not often we see an Acer phone - as most of them don't end up in the UK - but the just-announced Acer Zest Plus has got one really big thing going for it: a massive 5,000mAh battery capacity.That's more capacious than even the likes of the Huawei... Read more

Acer announces fanless Intel Core i7 device, the Switch Alpha 12

Acer announces fanless Intel Core i7 device, the Switch Alpha 12

By Mike Lowe

With Microsoft Surface ruling the roost in its market, Acer wants a piece of the pie. So it's come out punching, with the announcement of the Switch Alpha 12 - the world's first 2-in-1 device with 6th generation Intel Core i sensor without a fan.Yep,... Read more

Next at Acer: Watch the Predator and laptops live-stream here

Next at Acer: Watch the Predator and laptops live-stream here

By Mike Lowe

It's Acer time. The Taiwanese company is all set to unveil new products at its global press conference, starting 16:00 BST (that's 11:00 EST in New York City where the conference is taking place), and you can watch it via the stream live below.So what... Read more

Canon EOS 1D X Mark II review: The fast and the furious, part II
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Canon EOS 1D X Mark II review: The fast and the furious, part II

By Mike Lowe

The big boss is back for round two: the Canon EOS 1D X Mark II is the company's top-end full-frame DSLR, which replaces both the original 1D X and video-focused 1D C models. And it really is one serious bit of kit, as we've been finding out during a couple... Read more

Panasonic Lumix GX80 review: Small in scale, big on features
4.5 stars

Panasonic Lumix GX80 review: Small in scale, big on features

By Mike Lowe

With the Lumix GF8 absent from British shores, we were beginning to wonder if Panasonic had bailed on the smaller-scale and more affordable compact system camera concept. But that's not the case, as the latest Lumix GX80 (or GX85 in the USA) stands to... Read more

Gears of War 4 multiplayer preview: Grinding those gears

Gears of War 4 multiplayer preview: Grinding those gears

By Mike Lowe

The chainsaws are back. Gears of War 4's multiplayer is due to go into closed public beta from 18 April, to give a taster of all the duck-and-cover, shotgun-to-the-face, third-person shooter mayhem. And ahead of time we got to play a couple of hours of... Read more

What is Ultra HD Premium and why does it matter? The 4K HDR badge explained

What is Ultra HD Premium and why does it matter? The 4K HDR badge explained

By Mike Lowe

The home cinema and entertainment technology industry sure loves a badge or two. Kit from TVs and Blu-ray players, to amplifiers and speakers all seem to be run through a certification process to give you an idea that they will perform in given circumstances.... Read more

Huawei P9 Leica camera explored: Double the camera, double the fun?

Huawei P9 Leica camera explored: Double the camera, double the fun?

By Mike Lowe

At the Huawei P9 phone launch in London's Battersea on Wednesday 6 April the Chinese company made a lot of noise about its new camera features. And for good reason: it's the only company to brandish Leica co-engineering and a unique dual camera arrangement... Read more

Vinyl fan? Audio-Technica AT-LP60BT Bluetooth turntable offers cool without the wires

Vinyl fan? Audio-Technica AT-LP60BT Bluetooth turntable offers cool without the wires

By Mike Lowe

There's no doubt that vinyl record sales are on the up. Okay, so they're nowhere near their heyday in terms of sales volumes, but that doesn't stop vinyl being the cool antithesis to streaming and MP3s. Only to listen to real, tangible records you're... Read more

Canon EOS 80D review: The mid-range master
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Canon EOS 80D review: The mid-range master

By Mike Lowe

If you're looking to drop a four-figure wedge of cash of a mid-range DSLR - one that'll last you for a good stretch of time - then Canon is one of the names that so often floats to the surface; the crema on the coffee, if you will. And in the 80D that... Read more

Naim Mu-so Qb review: An all-round success
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Naim Mu-so Qb review: An all-round success

By Mike Lowe

When the original Naim Mu-so launched in 2014, it was received with critical acclaim. Although it's a physically large bit of kit, it impressed us so much that it took the Pocket-lint Awards gong for best speaker in 2015.Which sets-up the newer, smaller-scale... Read more

iPhone 6S Plus vs SGS7 edge vs LG G5: Which is best at taking photos?

iPhone 6S Plus vs SGS7 edge vs LG G5: Which is best at taking photos?

By Mike Lowe

Phone cameras have become mighty impressive in recent years, almost making dedicated cameras redundant. As we push into 2016 the new wave of flagship devices come with formidable camera specs. And having reviewed the LG G5, Samsung Galaxy S7 edge and... Read more

Sony Cyber-shot RX10 III superzoom boasts 24-600mm zoom and 1-inch sensor size

Sony Cyber-shot RX10 III superzoom boasts 24-600mm zoom and 1-inch sensor size

By Mike Lowe

It wasn't so long ago that Sony released the second-gen Cyber-shot RX10 - a camera, ultimately, similar to the original superzoom in that range. But it's all change with the RX10 III (which you might see called DSC-RX10M3 on some sites), which embodies... Read more

What is Apple Renew and how does it benefit me? Trade-in and recycle options explored

What is Apple Renew and how does it benefit me? Trade-in and recycle options explored

By Mike Lowe

Apple is going extra green. And no, that's not a new iPhone colour variant. It's all to do with recycling, with Apple Renew - the company's trade-in and recycling incentive programme - announced proper at the company's iPhone SE and iPad Pro (9.7-inch)... Read more

Astell & Kern AK380 is one bonkers but beautiful high-res portable player

Astell & Kern AK380 is one bonkers but beautiful high-res portable player

By Mike Lowe

We've seen swathes of audio devices in our time, but when it comes to portable audio nothing has ever quite stood out like the bonkers but beautiful looking Astell & Kern AK380.Now this is no Sony Walkman. Crafted from a single block of aluminium, which... Read more

Shark Proof liquid screen protector works for any screen, even curved phones

Shark Proof liquid screen protector works for any screen, even curved phones

By Mike Lowe

Screen protectors can be priceless to help keep your beloved (and probably expensive) phone or smart device free from scratches. But they can also look unsightly.Now there's a quirky solution that doesn't depend on a stick-on layer at all. Shark Proof,... Read more

Nokia Ozo will cost €55,000: Pro-spec VR capture doesn't come cheap

Nokia Ozo will cost €55,000: Pro-spec VR capture doesn't come cheap

By Mike Lowe

In 2016 virtual reality (VR) is tech's big fish. So it's apt that the pro-spec Nokia Ozo 360-degree VR camera looks like a futuristic flying fish. One priced to the tune €55,000. (Update: since publishing, Nokia has contacted us regarding UK price,... Read more

Want VR on a budget? Homido Mini clip onto your phone and cost £15

Want VR on a budget? Homido Mini clip onto your phone and cost £15

By Mike Lowe

There's been an explosion of virtual reality - better known as VR - in recent months. But if the idea of PlayStation VR, Vive or Oculus sounds like an over-expensive pipe-dream then here's a budget option: the Homido Mini.It's not the first time we've... Read more

Nest 3.0 review: The smartest thermostat just got smarter
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Nest 3.0 review: The smartest thermostat just got smarter

By Mike Lowe

We had Nest 3.0, the smart learning thermostat, installed at the tail-end of 2015, replacing the 2.0 model installed in the summer of 2014. Since then it's been sensing and learning our heating habits. Good job, as the wintry cold spell has really stuck... Read more

Nest Cam review: The next level in home security?
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Nest Cam review: The next level in home security?

By Mike Lowe

Wi-Fi based home security camera options are everywhere at the moment, with the Google-owned Nest Cam not the first product with its foot in the door, so to speak. We've already seen Withings Home, Netatmo Welcome and Panasonic Nubo to name but a few.Nest... Read more

Samsung Gear VR Consumer Edition review: The stepping-stone to Oculus proper
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Samsung Gear VR Consumer Edition review: The stepping-stone to Oculus proper

By Mike Lowe

Virtual reality, often known as VR, 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, HTC Vive and PlayStation VR, it's South Korean giant Samsung that's... Read more

Fujifilm X-Pro2 review: Pro perfection?
4.5 stars

Fujifilm X-Pro2 review: Pro perfection?

By Mike Lowe

When the Fujifilm X-Pro1 burst onto the camera scene its retro digital rangefinder style was like a pleasurable punch to the face; the kind of kipper-slap that left us, and many, a bit tingly around the chops and hungry for more. No camera maker had dared... Read more

Nest major update: Phone geo-tracking added, family accounts introduced

Nest major update: Phone geo-tracking added, family accounts introduced

By Mike Lowe

Nest has introduced a major update to its app and services today, adding family accounts for up to 10 individual users per account and phone-based geo-tracking for smarter auto-home/away activation.As long-time users of the Nest Learning Thermostat, Nest... Read more

Canon EOS 1300D brings Wi-Fi to the entry-level DSLR

Canon EOS 1300D brings Wi-Fi to the entry-level DSLR

By Mike Lowe

The entry-level DSLR camera sector doesn't see too many new models these days, but Canon has quietly just unveiled its latest: the EOS 1300D.An update to 2014's EOS 1200D, the 1300D is an altogether similar and affordable beginner product, but dresses... Read more

Fujifilm X70 review: Wide-angle wonder
4.5 stars

Fujifilm X70 review: Wide-angle wonder

By Mike Lowe

Fujifilm is a winner when it comes to high-end compact cameras. So when the company unveiled the X70 at the tail-end of 2015 we were surprised and delighted by the concept: this 28mm f/2.8 (equivalent) fixed-lens camera pools together all that's great... Read more

Mini Cooper Convertible (2016) first drive: Topless fun

Mini Cooper Convertible (2016) first drive: Topless fun

By Mike Lowe

It's almost hard to believe that the BMW-reimagined Mini is now in its 15th year. Call it a birthday, if you will, that the Cooper Convertible arrives this month in its third-generation and best-looking guise to date; a little puppy fat, cute looks, bags... Read more

Libratone Zipp review: A sound Scandinavian success
4.5 stars

Libratone Zipp review: A sound Scandinavian success

By Mike Lowe

Libratone is a Scandinavian company and does things a little differently. First, it likes its materials: whether woolly coats or similar, like with its Diva soundbar. Second, its products aren't as outlandishly expensive as most things in Copenhagen.The... Read more