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Samsung is launching a Wi-Fi and touchscreen-toting fridge in the UK. Yep, a refrigerator with Wi-Fi

Samsung is launching a Wi-Fi and touchscreen-toting fridge in the UK. Yep, a refrigerator with Wi-Fi

By Mike Lowe

What's the thing clearly missing from your fridge? And no, it's not a pint of milk. It's Wi-Fi. And cameras. And a touchscreen.Which is exactly what the catchily-named Samsung F-Hub RB38J7755B1 - which is the single-stack UK slant on the double-stack... Read more

Samsung Pay coming to UK ‘very soon’, to coincide with Galaxy S7 launch

Samsung Pay coming to UK ‘very soon’, to coincide with Galaxy S7 launch

By Mike Lowe

Fuelling the march towards the Samsung Galaxy S7 phone launch, the Korean company dangled a Samsung Pay UK release date carrot at its European Forum 2016.Nathalie Oestmann, Head of Samsung Pay Europe, announced on stage that the mobile payment tech will... Read more

Philips PUS8601 4K TV with 4-sided Ambilight review: Colour us impressed
4.5 stars

Philips PUS8601 4K TV with 4-sided Ambilight review: Colour us impressed

By Mike Lowe

It can take quite a lot for a TV to stand-out from the crowd. Philips' approach? Plonk some LED lights around all four sides of its rear - aka Ambilight, used to real-time project coloured lighting in sync with the image on screen - and, no doubt, you've... Read more

Panasonic Lumix TZ80 review: Can't Touch This
4.5 stars

Panasonic Lumix TZ80 review: Can't Touch This

By Mike Lowe

The Panasonic TZ range is hugely popular when it comes to dedicated compact cameras, especially if you're looking for big zoom in a relatively small package. In 2016 the range is diversifying: 2015's TZ70 is replaced by the similar TZ80 (or SZ60 for our... Read more

Sony A6300 shows what system cameras can do: 425-point autofocus, 4K video, 11fps burst and more

Sony A6300 shows what system cameras can do: 425-point autofocus, 4K video, 11fps burst and more

By Mike Lowe

We've long been expecting a Sony Alpha A7000 to replace 2010's NEX-7, but Sony has other plans, instead announcing the A6300. But it doesn't scrimp on the features at any level.Touting the "world's fastest autofocus" at just 0.05-seconds - although it... Read more

Canon EOS 1D X Mark II vs 1D X: What's new?

Canon EOS 1D X Mark II vs 1D X: What's new?

By Mike Lowe

In 2016 it's the year of the pro DSLR once again: the Canon EOS 1D X Mark II follows hot on the heels of the Nikon D5, which was announced a month earlier at CES 2016, but how does this full-frame pro-spec DSLR compare to its 1D X original?We handled... Read more

Huawei Mate 8 review: Big beauty
4.5 stars

Huawei Mate 8 review: Big beauty

By Mike Lowe

Not so long ago the idea of a 6-inch phone sounded like a bonkers one. Now it's the norm for many, helped along by the iPhone 6S Plus, and with devices as powerful and refined as the Huawei Mate 8 also coming to market it's perhaps a more appealing concept... Read more

Audi Q7 e-tron first drive: Electro efficiency

Audi Q7 e-tron first drive: Electro efficiency

By Mike Lowe

Plug-in electric vehicles are on the rise, with the Audi Q7 e-tron joining the A3 Sportback e-tron and R8 e-tron - taking the German maker's count up to three. There's clearly momentum behind electric, thanks to its efficiency, environmental and fuel-saving... Read more

Motorola Moto Force review: Not all it’s cracked up to be
3.5 stars

Motorola Moto Force review: Not all it’s cracked up to be

By Mike Lowe

Butterfingers? The Moto Force might be the ideal flagship phone for those prone to dropping their smartphone on the regs, as its the first handset to offer a shatterproof screen. Well, if you discount the Droid Turbo 2, the name of the very same handset... Read more

Fujifilm X-E2S official: It's S for subtle performance push

Fujifilm X-E2S official: It's S for subtle performance push

By Mike Lowe

In tech it seems that tacking an "S" onto the end of a product means "it's new, it's a bit better than the last one, but not by loads". We only need to look at Apple and the annual iPhone updates to see that. Now it's the turn of Fujiiflm with its X-E2S,... Read more

Fujifilm X-Pro2 vs X-Pro1: What's the difference?

Fujifilm X-Pro2 vs X-Pro1: What's the difference?

By Mike Lowe

Four years in the making, the Fujifilm X-Pro2 is the company's highest-ranking compact system camera. But have those four years been worth the wait, or is the latest model barely different to its X-Pro1 predecessor?We've handled both cameras to break... Read more

HP EliteBook Folio preview: Super-slim laptop means business

HP EliteBook Folio preview: Super-slim laptop means business

By Mike Lowe

It may well be a business laptop, but the HP EliteBook Folio sure does mean business. This slender workhorse is a mere 12.4mm thin - making it even more trim than the 12-inch MacBook.How's that possible? As the EliteBook Folio uses an Intel Core M processor... Read more

Bang & Olufsen BeoSound 35 preview: Pentagonal powerhouse

Bang & Olufsen BeoSound 35 preview: Pentagonal powerhouse

By Mike Lowe

Danish audio maker Bang & Olufsen is known for its high-end materials and finish in its products. That's something the BeoSound 35 soundbar-esque multi-room music system strives to achieve, but with a somewhat harsher-looking pentagonal form than the... Read more

HP Spectre x360 (2016) preview: OLED ace might be the best looking laptop ever

HP Spectre x360 (2016) preview: OLED ace might be the best looking laptop ever

By Mike Lowe

The original Spectre x360 saw HP assert its strengths in the laptop market. It was, and is, one great looking, great functioning laptop. For 2016 it's gone one better for the refresh by incorporating a 13.3-inch OLED panel into the design.And boy does... Read more

What is 4K UHD? Ultra-High Definition explained, and why it matters for your next TV

What is 4K UHD? Ultra-High Definition explained, and why it matters for your next TV

By Mike Lowe

The term Ultra-High Definition - also known as Ultra HD or UHD - has been kicking around for a couple of years now. But what does it actually mean and why does it matter if you're looking to buy a new TV?Just as we've got used to the "Full HD" term, along... Read more

Technics SL-1200GAE turntable in pictures: Classic design, stunning quality

Technics SL-1200GAE turntable in pictures: Classic design, stunning quality

By Mike Lowe

We're long-time fans of the Technics SL-1200 (and 1210) turntable series. So when Panasonic announced that production of a 7th generation model in 2016 was about to commence we got rather excited.At CES 2016 in Las Vegas, we got a first hand sampling... Read more

Naim Mu-so Qb: Rounded audio meets square design

Naim Mu-so Qb: Rounded audio meets square design

By Mike Lowe

When the Naim Mu-so launched in 2014 it attracted critical acclaim, bagging the Pocket-lint Awards 2015 gong for best speaker. Now the essence of that high-end wireless all-in-one multiroom speaker is available in a smaller, cube-shaped form factor: the... Read more

UHD Blu-ray players are finally here: Panasonic enters 4K disc market with DMP-UB900

UHD Blu-ray players are finally here: Panasonic enters 4K disc market with DMP-UB900

By Mike Lowe

With 4K ultra-high definition TVs beginning to become the norm, it's been a long and winding road for the physical format, UHD Blu-ray, to reach its final standard. With the UHD Alliance now signed and sealed on that deal, 4K Blu-ray players will, finally,... Read more

Want a premium 4K experience? Panasonic DX900 is first-to-market Ultra HD Premium TV

Want a premium 4K experience? Panasonic DX900 is first-to-market Ultra HD Premium TV

By Mike Lowe

The battle for the ultimate 4K TV is on at this year's CES, with Panasonic the first to get an Ultra HD Premium qualified TV to market - the DX900 - which is due out this February.While Ultra HD Premium doesn't redefine the core of what 4K is all about... Read more

Panasonic Lumix TZ80 vs TZ70: What's the difference?

Panasonic Lumix TZ80 vs TZ70: What's the difference?

By Mike Lowe

When it comes to what some call "travel zoom" compact cameras, Panasonic is on top form. Its Lumix TZ70 from 2015 combined a wide-ranging 30x optical zoom lens with built-in electronic viewfinder and general all-round top performance.For 2016 the updated... Read more

Technics SL-1200G official: DJ turntable makes an audiophile return for 2016

Technics SL-1200G official: DJ turntable makes an audiophile return for 2016

By Mike Lowe

Technics had already teased its return to turntables at the IFA electronics show in 2015, but its nameless mock-up model lacked a tone arm and, well, didn't really look much like a turntable at all.Skip the needle to 2016 and all is revealed: the SL-1200G... Read more

Sony A7 II review: Mostly alpha, some beta
4.5 stars

Sony A7 II review: Mostly alpha, some beta

By Mike Lowe

The very first full-frame compact system camera, the Alpha A7, was such an out-there trend setter that it nabbed the Pocket-lint Awards gong for best system camera back in 2014. Fast-forward a couple of years and, as we tread into 2016, the latest-generation... Read more

Sony Cyber-shot RX10 II review: One serious superzoom
4.5 stars

Sony Cyber-shot RX10 II review: One serious superzoom

By Mike Lowe

The Sony Cyber-shot RX10 II is, just like its predecessor, a camera that's going to divide opinion. On paper its 24-200mm f/2.8 equivalent lens and 1-inch sensor combination sounds like the bees knees. Until, that is, you see the physical size of this... Read more

Canon PowerShot G5 X review: Chunky but comprehensive compact
4.0 stars

Canon PowerShot G5 X review: Chunky but comprehensive compact

By Mike Lowe

It's all change in the camera market, with the focus on throwaway compacts all but dead in the face of smartphone domination. Canon is well known for its chunky-but-capable compact cameras, with 2013's G16 seemingly representing the end of that range,... Read more

Apple iPad Pro vs Microsoft Surface Pro 4: Which is best?

Apple iPad Pro vs Microsoft Surface Pro 4: Which is best?

By Mike Lowe

It’s battle of the big tabs. Literally. Apple has introduced the iPad Pro, following in the footsteps of the Microsoft Surface Pro 4. But which is best: the newcomer iPad or the more established Surface Pro?On the (ahem) surface the concept of iPad... Read more

Microsoft Surface Pro 4 review: Brilliant, bar battery life
4.0 stars

Microsoft Surface Pro 4 review: Brilliant, bar battery life

By Mike Lowe

Microsoft is probably smiling gleefully: it's got the upper hand on Apple, with the Surface Pro 4 really shaking its tail-feather at the iPad Pro.For the Surface Pro 4 is the most refined and comprehensive model in the Surface series yet - if you're in... Read more

Canon PowerShot G9 X review: Touching the void
4.0 stars

Canon PowerShot G9 X review: Touching the void

By Mike Lowe

On the evidence of the Canon PowerShot G9 X it's time to wave goodbye to the company's older, small-sensor PowerShot cameras. Why? Because the G9 X packs a large 1-inch sensor size into a slender body, making a good case to out-and-out replace models... Read more

OnePlus X review: Affordable, but no ace
4.0 stars

OnePlus X review: Affordable, but no ace

By Mike Lowe

OnePlus has a formula: make phones affordable. We're huge fans of the OnePlus 2 handset, which effectively carved a new standard by delivering near-flagship quality for a middling £239 price-point.With the OnePlus X, however, the formula has been tweaked.... Read more

Sony Cyber-shot RX100 IV review: Still the compact to beat
4.5 stars

Sony Cyber-shot RX100 IV review: Still the compact to beat

By Mike Lowe

It's 2015 and there's an argument that the compact camera is obsolete in the face of advancing smartphones. The Sony Cyber-shot RX100 IV is the absolute antithesis to that; a high-end, pocketable compact with large 1-inch sensor and 24-70mm f/1.8-2.8... Read more

Audi A7 Sportback h-tron first drive: Hydrogen goes hyper

Audi A7 Sportback h-tron first drive: Hydrogen goes hyper

By Mike Lowe

Hydrogen fuel cell powered cars aren't new - we've already driven the BMW 5 Series concept, the Hyundai IX35 and the road-ready Toyota Mirai - but Audi's first foray into the tech is an altogether meatier, more powerful concept car. The A7 Sportback h-tron... Read more

Audi A4 (2016) first drive: All about the extras

Audi A4 (2016) first drive: All about the extras

By Mike Lowe

During our pre-brief ahead of test-driving the 2016 Audi A4 Saloon, there was one line that resonated in our minds: "connectivity and systems are now as important as ride handling". It's largely true - as we'll come to later in separating our views between... Read more

Toyota Mirai first drive: Hydrogen progress precedes practicality

Toyota Mirai first drive: Hydrogen progress precedes practicality

By Mike Lowe

Depending on where you're from Mirai means "future" or "miracle". However, the Toyota Mirai, one of the first production hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, isn't in the future: it's available in the here and now. Yet it would be a minor miracle to spot one... Read more

DxO One review: The iPhone add-on camera's highs and lows

DxO One review: The iPhone add-on camera's highs and lows

By Mike Lowe

The DxO One is an interesting camera concept, one designed specifically as an add-on for iPhones with the Lightning connector port. The idea is simple: the One delivers the same 1-inch sensor size as found in the Sony RX100 MkIII high-end compact, utilising... Read more

Driverless cars are reality: Toyota's autonomous car takes us for a drive

Driverless cars are reality: Toyota's autonomous car takes us for a drive

By Mike Lowe

We're sat in the passenger side of a Lexus GS 450h driving along a highway. Which might not sound like all too unusual an experience. Only this Lexus is the Highway Teammate and it's driving itself; steering, changing lanes, accelerating, braking, monitoring... Read more

Samsung Gear S2 review: The Tizen gamble
3.5 stars

Samsung Gear S2 review: The Tizen gamble

By Mike Lowe

You may know Samsung as the lead manufacturer for Android, with its smartphone sales decimating those of the official Nexus series. However, it also has a habit of going off on a tangent, in the occasional bid for world domination. The Samsung Gear S2... Read more

Ultimate Ears UE Boom 2 review: Booming back for the sequel
4.5 stars

Ultimate Ears UE Boom 2 review: Booming back for the sequel

By Mike Lowe

Ultimate Ears has become more of a household name since its inception by then-Logitech (now just Logi), since releasing a variety of Bluetooth speakers to the market. The first UE Boom, released back in 2013, was one of the best small-scale portable speakers... Read more

Lexus LF-FC: Future Fuel Cell concept eyes-up BMW 7 Series

Lexus LF-FC: Future Fuel Cell concept eyes-up BMW 7 Series

By Mike Lowe

We've said this for a while now: Lexus is on a roll. LF-LC, LF-CC, LFA, IS and RC are all pretty stunning (if you'll ignore their boring acronym names).Next up on the roster of updates, and adopting the L-Finesse design language is the LS flagship sedan,... Read more

Bang & Olufsen Beolit 15 review: Portable picnic party
4.0 stars

Bang & Olufsen Beolit 15 review: Portable picnic party

By Mike Lowe

Bang & Olufsen is well known for making top notch speakers with quirky design features. In the Beloit 15 it's as though B&O has taken the concept of a picnic hamper and crammed a bunch of drivers into it for large scale on-the-go sound.It's not a boombox... Read more

Tokyo Auto Show 2015 in pictures: Crazy concepts, futuristic supercars and more from the show floor

Tokyo Auto Show 2015 in pictures: Crazy concepts, futuristic supercars and more from the show floor

By Mike Lowe

Tokyo is known as one of the world's most futuristic cities, so when the Tokyo Motor Show rolls into town it's all about showing off whacky and wild concept cars. Ah, we do like a bit of fun.Not that it's all entirely "Japan crazy", of course. The Tokyo... Read more

Ministry of Sound Audio L Plus review: Much more than a Clubber's Guide
4.0 stars

Ministry of Sound Audio L Plus review: Much more than a Clubber's Guide

By Mike Lowe

Who would have thought that Ministry of Sound would be an obvious Sonos multi-room audio competitor? That's exactly where the Audio L Plus is targeting its attention, as the top-of-line product in the MoS Audio range.Forget sweat-dripping-from-the-ceiling... Read more

Creative Sound Blaster Roar 2 review: Big audio, basic design
4.5 stars

Creative Sound Blaster Roar 2 review: Big audio, basic design

By Mike Lowe

When the original Creative Sound Blaster Roar landed on our desk last year we were impressed by the big sound from its small scale. Now it's the turn of the more compact, more powerful, yet more expensive sequel: the Roar 2.It's incredible how quickly... Read more

Naim Mu-so review: A sonic sensation
5.0 stars

Naim Mu-so review: A sonic sensation

By Mike Lowe

Hi-fi systems in the traditional sense are a bit of a dying breed. But Naim, a company which makes some incredible (yet eye-wateringly expensive) systems, isn't shying away from the new order.The Naim Mu-so is the company's first all-in-one wireless speaker,... Read more

Bose QuietComfort 25 review: Noise-cancelling champions
4.0 stars

Bose QuietComfort 25 review: Noise-cancelling champions

By Mike Lowe

If you're a frequent flyer then you've probably already heard about the Bose QuietComfort 25 headphones, otherwise known as the QC25. They're renowned for being lightweight, comfy for long periods of wear and offer killer noise-cancellation that can mute... Read more

Ministry of Sound Audio On headphones review: Booming bass on a budget
4.0 stars

Ministry of Sound Audio On headphones review: Booming bass on a budget

By Mike Lowe

Ministry of Sound is a name synonymous with the dance music scene, so if you're looking for on-ear headphones to deliver those bass-laden beats to your ears then it ought to be a brand that piques your interest. If it's not then, well, the heavyweight... Read more

Shooting with the Leica SL: A mirrorless marvel or giant-scale misfire? (hands-on)

Shooting with the Leica SL: A mirrorless marvel or giant-scale misfire? (hands-on)

By Mike Lowe

All the talk about Leica's "next big thing" was fixed on an interchangeable-lens Leica Q. And that was enough hype to get us ultra excited, given how much we love that particular compact camera. Such a concept has almost occurred in the Leica SL, the... Read more

Leica goes mirrorless: Leica SL compact system delivers 24-megapixel full-frame sensor

Leica goes mirrorless: Leica SL compact system delivers 24-megapixel full-frame sensor

By Mike Lowe

Following the excellent Leica Q compact camera, we wondered how long it would be before Leica unveiled a full-frame mirrorless system with interchangeable lenses. Well, wait no more - that time is now, with the Leica SL (Typ 601) officially unveiled at... Read more

Sennheiser Momentum Wireless M2 BT review: Cut the cord in comfort
4.0 stars

Sennheiser Momentum Wireless M2 BT review: Cut the cord in comfort

By Mike Lowe

What do you look for in a pair of headphones? If it's for them to be big, cushy and borderline obnoxious ivory-coloured over-ear cans then, well, the Sennheiser Momentum Wireless second-gen - also known as the M2 AEBT headphones - may be exactly what... Read more

Canon camera can 'see in the dark', sensitive to ISO 4,000,000

Canon camera can 'see in the dark', sensitive to ISO 4,000,000

By Mike Lowe

Long gone are the days of film when ISO 3200 was the maximum sensitivity you could shoot. Digital cameras have been pushing responsiveness to low-light for years now, with six-figure extended ISO settings showing face on some recent DSLR cameras.But that's... Read more

Using Canon's VR headset: Hefty handheld solution wins on resolution, not practicality

Using Canon's VR headset: Hefty handheld solution wins on resolution, not practicality

By Mike Lowe

The race for the winning virtual reality headset crown has been hotting up over recent months. We've seen HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and more besides, but now Japanese giant Canon is in the running with its VR headset. And we got to use one at the Canon Expo... Read more

Canon EOS M10 hands-on: Canon’s weak mirrorless line-up continues

Canon EOS M10 hands-on: Canon’s weak mirrorless line-up continues

By Mike Lowe

Using the new Canon EOS M10 is like taking a step back in time. And not in a good way. The original EOS M from 2012 was bottom of the mirrorless pack at launch, the M2 never came to Europe, and even the M3, announced earlier in 2015, was behind the mirrorless... Read more