Technology

The Tineco Floor One Switch S6 vacuum and mop makes cleaning a breeze

I’ve had the pleasure of reviewing a number of Tineco floor mop vacuums over the past year or so, each with generally positive results. From the Floor One S5 Combo to the Floor One S6 Pro Extreme and the S7 Steam, each model has served well. But one problem has remained. Almost half of my house…

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The Moza R3 Racing Bundle provides some solid entry-level simulation

Moza is no stranger to racing simulation; they’ve proven this time and time again over the years, with an impressive range of wheels, pedals, bases and even flight sticks. However, their new Xbox and PC-compatible wheel is aimed squarely at both entry-level shoppers, and those possibly looking to break into the racing simulation scene for…

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The Uniden Dash View 60+ is a fantastic dash cam in almost every aspect

There’s no real shortage of dash cameras on the market these days, and with the increasing amount of drivers out on the road, it never hurts to have a dash cam running in your car. While the Uniden Dash View 60+ is probably best recommended for its awesome 5K recording, there are a few features…

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The Truth Behind the Iconic Soy Sauce Fish

If you’re Australian, you know those cute fish-shaped bottles of soy sauce you get with your salmon sushi roll– red cap, white bottle, maybe you even use the tail as a scoop for the wasabi. Google says that they were invented in 2008 by “Little Soya” in the US, but that’s a smokescreen. In fact,…

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The Alienware M16 R2 pulls double-duty, satisfying the market for both fun and play

Alienware has long been a top choice in the high-powered, portable gaming rig market, often with a hefty price tag to match. As competition grows and demands for better, cheaper, and faster devices increase, Alienware’s redesigned M16 R2 is certainly a pivot. It’s a sure sign from Dell that there is an interest in expanding…

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Lifely’s Deep Dream Super Firm mattress is perfect for back sleepers on a budget

Dominant mattress-in-a-box brands like Koala and Emma have helped take what was once a niche offering for bed-and-mattress buyers and push the category forward. To the point where I don’t think anyone would bother heading for a furniture store and buying a mattress anymore. That goes double for renters. You buy one online, it’s shipped…

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ASUS goes all-in on AI with a new portfolio of PC’s

In Sydney at Computex this week ASUS announced their new and extensive lineup of AI-powered laptops. With a host of new-look models purpose-built to target individual functionality across art, gaming and portability, the incorporation of advanced AI capabilities promises a leap forward in PC functionality. For the artists: ProArt Series ASUS’s new ProArt series trio…

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The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Wireless headset bolsters its incredible value with premium features

Turtle Beach has released two previous versions of the Stealth 600 range in the last few years, with versions for PS5, Switch, PC, and a separate headset that is compatible with Xbox. With so many options flooding the market, it becomes a more difficult task to decide on value for money and longevity, taking into…

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The Sonos Ace is an admirable first attempt at delivering some premium over-ear headphones

Sonos is well known for its high-quality audio and stylish designs across a variety of soundbars and wireless speakers. But for as good as they are, it seemed like there was a small gap in the market. Sony has done it with the WH-1000XM5. Bose has done it with the QuietComfort Ultra. Everyone’s either seen,…

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The Turtle Beach Stealth 500 wireless gaming headset makes for one of the best affordable options on the market

With such a wide range of gaming headsets available these days, each with its own unique features and fits, it can be hard to make the right choice. For those who wish to get the best bang for their buck, the choice becomes a little easier. The Turtle Beach Stealth 500 wireless gaming headset swoops…

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The SteelSeries Arctis Nova 5 Wireless headset serves up some solid value for money

SteelSeries has become quite revered for its newer Nova lineup of gaming headsets, with their top-tier Arctis Nova Pro Wireless option still sitting atop the gaming headset mountain. Even so, something like the Arctis Nova 1 headset is still one of the best entry-level headsets you can get, for its comfort and sound quality. The…

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ASUS lifts the lid on its first Windows Copilot+ PC with the AI-Powered Vivobook S 15 laptop

At an event in Sydney this week, ASUS provided a world-first opportunity to get up close and personal with their all-new Copilot+ PC offering – the Vivobook S 15. Coming hot off the heels of Microsoft’s recent Copilot+PC announcement, ASUS has made a promising first leap into the world of on-device AI. Optimised to support…

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The Asus Zenbook Duo might just be the best all-around laptops of 2024

Dual-screen laptops have been a hot commodity, and while there have been many attempts to make a practical and user-friendly model, there hasn’t been one that has worked as well as intended, in addition to looking somewhat ridiculous (like the HP Omen X 2S). Fortunately, Asus has delivered the first completely practical, beautiful, and stylish…

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Sonos announces their first over-ear headphones with the Sonos Ace

Sonos has become well known for its premium audio across a range of devices, from soundbars to portable speakers. That being said, it might sound strange that as popular as they are, they’ve never actually made a pair of premium headphones. That ends today. Sonos have officially announced their first over-ear headphones with the Sonos…

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The Tineco S7 Steam wet-dry vacuum is a fantastic all-rounder

We’ve reviewed a couple of Tineco mop vacuums in the past, like the Floor One S5 Combo and the Floor One S6 Pro Extreme. Both have been fantastic all-in-one options for my hardwood floors over the past few months. And yet, The Tineco Floor One S7 Steam feels like another step up. Sure, it’s and…

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The Dell XPS 14 laptop is a cut above the rest, if you’re willing to pay the price

Dell have always excelled in their XPS range, providing quality materials and performance, in a slimmer form factor. While the specs are usually built to suit the user and their usage, there’s no denying most of these models have been constantly sleek and powerful, something you don’t usually find in your everyday laptop. The latest…

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The Kobo Libra Colour adds both style and flair to each of its new features

The concept of e-readers is admittedly alluring and seems to have only grown in popularity in recent years. After all, why look for a literal library of space in your house when you can cram them all into one slim device? Collectors aside, there’s simply plenty to love about the newest iteration of Kobo’s larger…

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The Aspera Nitro 2 provides yet another handset that outshines its price tag

The Australian-owned mobile brand Aspera has prided itself on providing exceptional value to customers, amid the rising cost of living. We’ve reviewed some of their previous models in the past like the AS5 and AS8, and have come away rather surprised at the amount of features they’ve managed to pack into handsets that will cost…

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The Backbone One USB-C (2nd-Gen) further refines some of its best features

Remote play is certainly becoming a more viable option here in Australia, thanks to slowly (but surely) improving internet speeds and newer ways to play on the go. PlayStation’s Remote Play, Xbox’s Game Pass and Cloud Play each offer some easy ways to get your hands on the latest games, should you have something as…

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The ultimate Mother’s Day gift guide for 2024: From technology to style

With Mother’s Day coming up, the inevitable choice anxiety is starting to settle in. “Mother’s Day Gift Guide” is frantically being searched on Google in the hopes that dependable publishers will sort through the product bog and serve up some curated suggestions. We aren’t sitting this one out at the AU review. Here’s our annual…

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The OPPO Enco Buds2 Pro earbuds provide a sleek design and solid battery life

OPPO might make some decent smartphones across multiple price points, but it’s worth noting, that they’ve gotten pretty good at earphones too. We checked out the Enco X2 earbuds last year and were pleasantly surprised. Put it this way; I still use them as my daily drivers. The OPPO Enco Buds2 Pro earbuds might sound…

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The BlueAnt Soundblade blends a sleek design with powerful sound

Australian audio company BlueAnt has admittedly done a fantastic job over the years with their portable Bluetooth speakers and earphones/headphones, packing in value for money, along with some of the newest features on the market. It is with the Soundblade however, that their latest venture takes things in a different direction, belting out a dedicated…

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The Withings ScanWatch 2 is the best health tracker I’ve tested to date

Smartwatches still have a long way to go as a category and taking a more hybrid approach is the right way forward when it comes to mass adoption. As such, Withings is leading the charge when it comes to a device untethered to any one ecosystem (like Apple and Samsung). This puts the ScanWatch 2…

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This Swann AllSecure650 2K Wireless Security Kit is a one-stop-shop of home protection

Having to recharge a battery on a security camera is a pain. It’s always a pain. I’ve tested so many of these products over the years and will always prefer a wired connection simply because having wireless is just not worth the extra effort. I’m a forgetful person. Most people are forgetful people. It’s not…

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Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 4 Review: The new gold-standard

When it comes to the hyper-competitive market for truly wireless earbuds, there are three brands I think do it better than anyone else in the game. Sony, Jabra, and Sennheiser. All have their strengths (and weaknesses). Sony is the best when it comes to processing and noise cancelling, Jabra own it when it comes to…

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The Asus ROG Phone 8 is a revolution for gaming on the go

With a new year comes a new batch of phones clamouring for your attention. Gamers will know the Asus ROG branding, with their previous phones and hardware centred around predominantly gaming. I mean, ROG stands for Republic Of Gaming after all. This time around, Asus has shifted that view to make it more accessible for…

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AU Favourites: 7 things worth checking out in April 2024

Welcome to AU Favourites, a new monthly column where our writers highlight several things they’ve been loving lately. Whether it’s a good read, new tech product, or even a piece of furniture. We’re lucky enough to go hands on with a lot of things across the many areas that we cover on this website. We…

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Aspera Mobile announces the launch of the Nitro 2 smartphone

Australia’s Aspera Mobile has announced that its newest smartphone, the Nitro 2, is now available for purchase. In a bid to combat the rising cost of living, Aspera Mobile’s follow-up to the Nitro smartphone aims to pack in as many premium features as it can, for the low price of A$179. The Nitro 2 will…

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The OPPO A79 5G might take smaller steps forward, but they’re still in the right direction

We’ve reviewed a few OPPO phones over the years, and have enjoyed most of them for their sleek design and decent performance. While they’re great value for money, the train seemingly keeps rolling with new solid options on the market each year. Enter the OPPO A79 5G. Its predecessor, the A78 5G, might have been…

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The Ring Battery Doorbell Pro is a safe bet for new and existing users alike

Ring has been responsible for a range of doorbell iterations and cameras alike over the past few years, best known for their reliable quality and ease of use. While there are many ways to work around a security setup for your home, the Ring Battery Doorbell Pro takes many previously exclusive premium features and packs…

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