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Xbox Wireless Headset

The Xbox Wireless Headset is coming to Australia in March

February 17, 2021

Modelled on its popular line of Surface Headphones, Microsoft has unveiled the Xbox Wireless Headset. Given that Microsoft wants to compete with PlayStation’s own branded cans, it’s no surprise that these cans sit in the mid-Premium tier. Indeed, at $149.95 AUD, they may be a bit cheaper than their sleek design might have indicated. Let’s […]

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Lenovo Duet Chromebook Review: Costs less, offers more

February 16, 2021

I’m shocked. Not because Google and Lenovo have produced a capable entry-level 2-in-1 with the Lenovo Duet Chromebook, but because it’s only $599 (although you can probably get it for much less right now). That’s not cheap per se, but it’s incredible value for something that doesn’t feel like a heavily compromised budget PC. The […]

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Amazon Echo (4th-Gen) Review: Spheres are sexy, and so is surface area

February 16, 2021

We haven’t even reached the point where smart devices are truly mass market, but we will get there. Curating smart homes has been a big talking point over here at the AU, and in general. It’s a fascinating lean forward into the IoT world, and the big companies like Google and Amazon are starting to […]

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JBL Party Box On-The-Go Review: A creative way to party

February 15, 2021

Whatever your feeling towards the rather aggressive and inelegant name JBL have given their new party box, it’s hard to deny the brand’s impeccable timing. At the tail-end of 2020, where people are looking for different ways to recreate some nightlife at home, the JBL Party Box On The Go is heaven-sent. The pricey, chunky […]

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Arlo Essential Wire-Free Video Doorbell Review: It’s all about that 1:1 aspect ratio

February 15, 2021

By 2024, its predicted that more than 7 million smart video cameras will be totalled across Australian households. Does that sound accurate? It just might. Interest in smart security picked up dramatically in 2020, even though most people were staying at home. And as 2021 continues to unfold, it’s highly likely that interest will keep […]

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Valentine’s Day gift ideas that aren’t boring in 2021

February 6, 2021

Let’s face it, Valentine’s Day is not just about romantic gestures that go heavy on the cheese and cliché (not that there’s anything wrong with that). It also happens to be the first established gift-giving occasion on the calendar year, and given 2020 was an absolute shitshow, that means a lot. Brightening up your signature […]

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D-Link COVR-X1873 Mesh Wi-Fi 6 Review: Fast, reliable, and very well-connected

February 6, 2021

The new COVR-X1873 from D-Link is a powerful triple node system of AX1800 Dual Band Seamless Mesh Wi-Fi 6 towers – the latest in the company’s award-winning COVR series and absolutely one of the most impressive. I’d go so far as to say this is one of the best mesh Wi-Fi 6 systems you can […]

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Win a moto g 5G plus smartphone from Motorola worth $499

February 2, 2021

Built to work seamlessly across both 4G and 5G networks is the new moto g 5G plus from Motorola. And given how strong their smartphone offerings have been lately, it’s safe to expect big things from such a feature-rich set. Bolstering those blazingly fast speeds you’ve got a quad-camera set-up, led by a 48MP sensor […]

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Withings ScanWatch review: medicale grade ECG major step forward for health tracking

January 12, 2021

Withings have always made the more beautiful watches when it comes to fitness trackers, sticking closer to a more conventional design that doesn’t look like you’re wearing anything too high-tech on the wrist. Withings watches are simple, elegant, and feature-rich, and the ScanWatch is undoubtedly their best offering yet. And that’s no surprise, hype has […]

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DeLonghi La Specialista Maestro review: The best semi-auto coffee machine money can buy?

January 12, 2021

This coffee machine is smart. And there is perhaps no smarter created to date, reimagining the do-it-all semi-automatic machine to make it more accessible for a great variety of coffee drinkers, whether they have barista experience or not. And while it is quite pricey, that’s a valuable thing to have for the office or the […]

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Philips Air Purifier Series 3000i AC3033 review: it’s time to think deeply about air quality

January 12, 2021

How we take care of the air in our homes has shot up in terms of priority this year. We’re used to sucking up all the dirt and potentially hazardous particles from our surfaces with a high-powered vacuum cleaner, but prior to 2020, it wasn’t as widespread to consider how we go about maintaining the […]

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DJI Pocket 2 review: Almost perfect tiny camera can do a lot with very little

January 11, 2021

A camera just over 5-inches long has no business being this good, and yet the DJI Pocket 2 is perhaps the best pro-quality camera made with such a small, flexible profile. It’s part of DJI’s renewed focus on becoming the highest quality provider of action cameras, and they nail just about everything they could while […]

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Oppo Reno4 5G Review: Smart compromises make this mid-ranger a solid 5G option

January 11, 2021

After the masterstroke that was the Find X2 series, Oppo is in a very good spot within the smartphone market. Chinese peer Huawei is still battling away with its advanced hardware but Google shut-out, which definitely helps, plus the brand has now expanded their ecosystem in Australia, which includes Oppo Watch and Oppo Enco Earphones. […]

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Fujifilm X-S10 Review: An Enthusiast Camera Worth the Investment

January 7, 2021

Aimed at photo and video enthusiasts, Fujifilm’s new consumer offering the X-S10 is all about fast continuous shooting speeds, vlogging tools and making shooting easy. But how easy? That depends on how well you know your way around a camera body. A small-ish, light-ish interchangeable lens mirrorless camera, the Fujifilm X-S10 sports the same 26.1MP […]

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Fujifilm X-T4 Review: A Camera that Can Do It All (Almost)

January 5, 2021

Fujifilm have designed the XT-4 to be a great all-rounder – a strong mirrorless offering in video and stills shooting, rugged and robust, visually aesthetic and high powered. It offers a 26MP sensor, 20 frame per second shooting with autofocus, 4K video up to 60p and high speed video for up to 10x slow motion […]

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Sony WF-XB700 Review: Great, bass-forward sound for a pair of budget earbuds

December 15, 2020

Given that, years later, the Sony WF-1000XM3 truly wireless earbuds are still the best out. Yes, still. It’s an interesting prospect to get a pair of budget buds from the company. Can they be as successful on the other end of the price range? That’s a loud and clear yes, although there are obviously cost-cutting […]

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BlueAnt X3 Review: A reliable performer that’s 100 per cent Australian owned and made

December 15, 2020

A chunky 9,600mAh battery, a built-in power bank, and a punch 30-watts of power with an optional Bass Boost feature – what’s not to love about the BlueAnt X3? Well, it’s design doesn’t help the portable boombox stand out on a crowded market, although it offers enough to muscle around with the likes of JBL’s […]

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Google Pixel 5 Review: Almost my favourite phone of 2020. Almost.

December 14, 2020

There’s a lot to love about the Google Pixel 5. Quite a lot actually. In the face of the relentless trend of high-end phone brands splitting their newest flagship into multiple iterations to appeal to different budgets, the indelible company has decided to be different. Yet again. For their new flagship, Google have bowed out […]

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Sonos Arc Review: Simply the best soundbar out

December 14, 2020

The Playbar and Playbase are no longer the top-of-the-line offers for Sonos’ multi-room prowess. The pinnacle of transforming your TVs sound with Dolby Atmos and high-fidelity audio is now the Sonos Arc. And what a soundbar it is. Sonos took their time getting into the Dolby Atmos game while competitors would breeze past time. It’s […]

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Arlo Essential XL Spotlight Camera Review: A delicate balancing act

December 7, 2020

I’m loving that Arlo seem to be putting a lot into their new Essential series, which slims the price tag for these typically expensive smart security cameras, without sacrificing performance. As more smart home owners begin to look towards jumping into a security ecosystem, it’s a valuable place for Arlo to be. Their latest addition […]

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Jabra Elite 85t: Inching closer to the top with five levels of active-noise cancellation and incredible sound

December 7, 2020

Following on from exceptional in-ear headphones like the Elite 65t and 75t, Jabra’s solid reputation flows through the Elite 85t noise-cancelling headphones. And it’s clear the brand aren’t wasting their resources, significantly lifting their game even further by offering what is perhaps one of the very best options as we close out 2020. I already […]

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Dyson V11 Outsize Review: Do you believe in magic?

December 7, 2020

Looking for a new vacuum to me isn’t much a matter of power as it is motivation. When Dyson, who have already proven themselves incredibly reliable when it comes to home tech, slap an eye-watching price tag on a product, they at least pack it with enough punch to justify to hefty investment. Specs is […]

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The best Christmas gifts in Australia for 2020

December 7, 2020

Christmas is almost here, and given the year we’ve just had, it’s go hard or go home. This holiday season is – pending none of 2020’s indulgent curve-balls – going to have a lot riding on it. It’ll be like cannoning-balling into that perfectly temperature controller pool after trudging through the Sahara, and hearing those […]

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PlayStation 5

PlayStation 5 Review: Welcome to the new age

December 3, 2020

The PlayStation 5 is the direct successor to the most successful video game console of all time. Success has been Sony’s watchword for the past seven years as its popular PlayStation 4 smashed industry records. It seemed that the system could do no wrong. A library of smash-hit first-party titles. A design that still feels […]

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HyperX Cloud Stinger Core Wireless Review: Long name, strong sound

December 2, 2020

The HyperX Cloud Stinger Core Wireless has one of the longer names of any headphones I’ve ever reviewed. It’s also one of the most well-appointed, no-fuss, next-gen ready gaming headsets on the market right now. HyperX is a PC peripheral maker that likes to keep things simple. It prefers clean designs, good build quality, and […]

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Reolink Argus 3 Review: Cost effective scalable solution for smart security

November 30, 2020

As far as affordable, no-fuss smart security goes, Reolink is a name that deserves a lot of respect. Balancing a very attractive price point with quality is hard no matter which tech sector you’re prying open, and it’s clear the designers behind this smart home company know a thing or two about value propositions. This […]

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Bose Frames Tempo Review: Second-generation wearable audio fares much better for the audio giants

November 30, 2020

When Bose first released their wearable Bose Frames, I was a bit sceptical. The dependable audio company opting out of the bone-conduction approach many other competing open-ear headphones use was an odd choice. On the other hand, it’s Bose – good sound is expected. The company said that they avoided the prevailing approach to wearable […]

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Hydragun Review: Percussive massage at a whim

November 24, 2020

As the cross-section of wellness and tech continues to grow, we’re bound to find more percussive massage guns on the market. That’s a good thing, since to this point the market has been dominated by Therabody and their high-end theragun, with their latest top-tier model asking for an ambitious $899. At over half the price, […]

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JBL Quantum One

JBL Quantum One Review: Motion-tracking gaming headphones perfect for PC

November 24, 2020

As JBL’s new flagship gaming headphones, the Quantum One packs a lot of punch into a hefty price tag. And although it asks a lot, it gives quite a bit in return, performing well across comfort, audio, and versatility both as a PC and console set. For players who have just picked up a PS5 […]

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Fitbit Charge 4 Review: Plenty of value with this reliable fitness tracker

November 23, 2020

Fitness trackers are steadily adding more sensors to the bank of wearable stacked stacked on your wrist, and while that’s now led to a healthy amount of competition in the market, the pioneers aren’t to be counted out. That’s Fitbit mind you – the company that got the world into fitness trackers to begin with, […]

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