Reviews

Tech Review: Oppo take a big step forward with the Find X, but is it enough?

October 5, 2018

We’re now over a month on from the release of Oppo’s new Find X, and from rave reviews and reactions, it’s very clear that the Chinese brand’s consistent evolution has lifted them high enough to face competitors Apple and Samsung head-on. Remarkably, they’ve done so by still sticking to their affordable (well, relatively) aesthetic, putting […]

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Tech Review: I Had A Steamy, Weeklong Love Affair With the Microsoft Surface Go

October 3, 2018

For a long time, tablets have existed in a nebulous space – not quite as practical as a phone, and not nearly as capable as a laptop. The Microsoft Surface Go exists somewhere in the space between, filling a much needed niche in portable computing. For just over a week, I had the chance to […]

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JBL’s new Endurance and Reflect headphones favour practicality, price and every workout

September 25, 2018

Whilst they still sound perfectly fine, these headphones aren’t designed to fulfill your audiophile desires and that’s okay because thanks to their cheap price point and practicality, JBL’s new range of workout headphones successfully become your workout partner – no matter the activity. From running to jumping and aerobics to swimming, the Endurance and Reflect […]

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Tech Review: Xbox Adaptive Controller is remarkable tech made for remarkable people

September 20, 2018

Gaming and physical disabilities have a long history of not working well together. Back in the early days of arcade joysticks and two-button controllers, the hurdles disabled players had to overcome in order to enjoy a video game were fewer. Even if you didn’t have great dexterity in your fingers, you could rest your palm […]

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Tech Review: Hisense are a Smart TV pack leader with their 65P9’s stunning picture and sound

September 17, 2018

Hisense has boldly made a convincing case as to why they should be considered one of the TV companies that deserve your consideration when buying top-of-the-line, premium smart TV’s with the release of their 65″ Series 9 range. Also available in a 75″ option, the Hisense 65P9 was so large it blocked artwork we had […]

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Tech Review: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV is a Great All-Rounder But…

September 13, 2018

Canon’s EOS 5D Mark IV is now two years old, but it’s still holding its own in the professional photography world as a high performance stills camera for the discerning stills shooter. With a 30.4 megapixel sensor, ISO range 100-32000, 4K video, 61-point autofocus, wifi and NFC to work with the Canon Camera Connect App, and […]

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Tech Review: Razer Core X is a gaming device for a very specific audience

September 9, 2018

On paper, the idea behind the Razer Core X might sound like the pinnacle of PC Gaming Master Race wank. At first blush, it seems like Razer took the PCMR drive to squeeze every last ounce of power out of one’s gaming rig, no matter the cost, and made it a physical device. I sound […]

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Tech Review: Razer Nommo Pro Gaming Speakers are all about that bass

September 7, 2018

The Razer Nommo Pro is a hefty beast of a sound system, featuring dual satellite speakers and a subwoofer to emulate cinematic 5.1 surround sound. The system is compatible with a variety of sources including home consoles and PCs, and though it is optimised for PC gaming, it’s also packaged with an aux cord for […]

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Tech Review: Jaybird Freedom 2 Wireless Headphones feature good sound and the same problems

September 6, 2018

My experience with the Jaybird Freedom 2 was decidedly up and down, often in the same ways my experience with the original Freedom model was. I would use them for a while, and be happy to do so even though I knew I had another pairs lying around that were quantifiably better. Its not even […]

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Tech Review: Razer Blade Stealth 13.3″ Gaming Laptop is a beautiful nexus of form and function

September 6, 2018

Razer have made a real name for themselves in the gaming hardware industry. Their aggressive look combined with a brand that courts the hardcore gamer has seen them rocket to stratospheric success within the industry. It didn’t come as much of a surprise when the company moved from peripherals to actual gaming hardware, specifically ultra […]

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Tech Review: The Sony A8F 55″ 4K HDR OLED TV is the kind of TV you want to tell your friends about

September 6, 2018

I have a hard time justifying the cost of a new pair of shoes, much less $4,000 AUD on a television. It seems insane. $4,000 is a lot of money to spend on anything, but a tele? What might be crazier is that, having used the Sony A8F 4K HDR OLED TV for just over […]

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Tech Review: Panasonic’s Lumix GX9 is Our New Favourite Small Mirrorless Camera

August 30, 2018

To everyone who’s ever asked me what camera to buy “to take nicer photos than my phone” — get a Lumix GX9. You’re welcome. In all seriousness, I did not expect to become so enamoured with this camera. Smaller mirrorless cameras usually leave me underwhelmed, with their noisy after-dark shots, clunky menus and plastic feel, […]

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Tech Review: BenQ ZOWIE XL2546 Esports Monitor is a strong contender in a crowded market

August 30, 2018

The BenQ Zowie range of esports monitors has become something of a quiet achiever in the world of PC gaming. They represent a viable alternative to bigger, sometimes much more well-known brands and place a higher premium on user consideration than any of them. The Zowie XL2546’s full name, the “BenQ Zowie XL2546 240Hz DyAc […]

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Tech Review: B&O strike a fine balance between form and function with Beoplay P6

August 24, 2018

The initial question with a Bang & Olufsen product is almost always “is it worth the price?”. The Danish consumer electronics brand has a habit of playing in the “Ludicrously Expensive” price range, but has always managed to justify that high price point with an equal focus on luxurious design and world-class performance. No matter […]

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Tech Review: Sennheiser GSP 600 gaming headset represents a rare misstep by a confident audio maker

August 23, 2018

I’ve never hesitated to recommend Sennheiser headphones to friends in the past. Their headphones have been a go-to of mine for a very long time. My years-long love affair with their HD 598 model is well documented. So when the opportunity to try out a pair of headphones from their gaming range arrived, I leapt […]

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Tech Review: The Huawei Nova 3e Delivers High Tech at a Low Price

August 21, 2018

With the list of new and available smartphones increasing daily, the Huawei Nova 3e, known elsewhere as the Nova P20 lite, is admittedly a surprising entry promising high tech, for the low RRP of $399 AUD. While it seems like a lot to live up to, don’t let the price tag fool you. This is […]

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Tech Review: Google Home Max has brains, brawn and big sound

August 20, 2018

The Google Home Max is, in this reviewer’s opinion, the best sounding standalone smart speaker on the market. That’s an arguable point of course, but after weeks spent trying this imposing device with various styles of music (and a few podcasts) it is becoming increasingly difficult to avoid going full cheerleader mode over its performance. […]

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Tech Review: The Venom Power Pack & Stand will let you game on (and on, and on)

August 19, 2018

The Venom Power Pack & Stand is an essential accessory for hardcore Nintendo Switch gaming, providing a significant boost to the console’s battery life and a solid kickstand base for travel stability. With its sleek design and ease of use, the device is easy to recommend for any Switch gamer.

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Tech Review: Sony SRS-XB31 turns up the bass for an excellent portable party speaker

August 16, 2018

If you want the concise verdict on Sony’s recently released SRS-XB31 Bluetooth speaker then all you need to know is that they’ve taken last year’s well-reviewed SRS-XB30 and given it some noticeable improvements with better design, punchier bass, and a more comprehensive range of light patterns. It’s mostly as simple as that, sitting in the […]

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Tech Review: The Oppo R15 Pro is the Android device for people who secretly want an iPhone

August 8, 2018

If there’s a creed in the mobile phone industry, it’s likely “Make it look like an iPhone, but then do everything you can to make it cheaper.” This is the strategy Chinese maker Oppo have clung to for a while now and with the R15 Pro, they are steering into the curve harder than ever.

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