Reviews

Bose Frames Review: Eyewear-headphone hybrid just may surprise you

October 28, 2019

It may seem a bit too novel – and it is in a way – but Bose Frames represent an important evolution for one of the world’s leading audio companies. It’s understandable that the first move in a brand new tech genre has its misgivings. Released earlier this year, Bose took a break from their […]

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Sony WF-1000XM3 True Wireless Headphones Review: The new gold standard

October 21, 2019

It has been quite some time since I’ve heard “I can’t find a pair, they’re sold out everywhere” uttered about some earbuds, even months after they’ve been released into the market. Such is the popularity of Sony’s WF-1000XM3 True Wireless Headphones, which descend from the same tech lineage as the over-ear WH-1000XM3s – a device […]

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Google Pixel 3a XL Review: If you want incredible value, here it is

October 10, 2019

Now that the Google Pixel 3 and its XL version have shown what the company is capable of when it comes to premium features and computational photography, the streamlined Google Pixel 3a (and 3a XL) test the team’s ability to balance a much lower price bracket with similar power, taking them into uncharted non-premium territory. […]

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Sony a6400 Review: Big hits among smaller misses

October 2, 2019

With the α6600 freshly-announced in late August for release in mid-October, now might seem like a strange time to review the Sony α6400. Sure, the α6600 has in-body stabilisation and a bigger, better battery – but it’s also much more expensive, and otherwise a very similar camera to the α6400 – which only hit the market […]

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Jaybird Tarah Pro Review: Utility and comfort

September 18, 2019

Jaybird’s Tarah Pro wireless sport headphones are exactly what I need for my commute. That’s not really their purpose, they’re actually built for people who run a lot. I’m not talking about people who run a short 10k before work here, I mean they’re for people who run actual marathons. The closest I ever get […]

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Lumix LX100 MII Review: The customisable compact

September 14, 2019

A Great All-Rounder of enthusiast compact photography, the Lumix LX100 II was released in October 2018, which means it’s now been on the market for nearly a year. It’s an effective compact option for anyone who enjoys having full control over their exposure or shooting in RAW, but doesn’t want to mess around with interchangeable […]

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LG 32UL950 32″ UltraFine 4K Monitor Review: Beauty at a price

August 29, 2019

When I first started building my own gaming PC’s in 2002, the monitor was always an afterthought. It was the part of the build where you could reliably save a buck because as long as the refresh rate was high, you were in the clear. That’s not true any longer. Now, the monitor is as […]

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Microsoft Pro Intellimouse Review: All work, no play

August 16, 2019

Microsoft’s Intellimouse brand has been around a really long time. For much of its life, the Intellimouse has been found at the cheaper end of the hardware scale, the kind of mouse your dad would buy when purchasing a $450 laptop on Boxing Day. Knowing that this was likely the target audience for their device, […]

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Panasonic Lumix G9 Review: I Loved It So Much That I Bought One

August 6, 2019

The Lumix G9 and I were first introduced at its Australian launch in Sydney in November 2017, where it was presented as a wildlife or sports photographer’s dream – super-fast shooting speeds, wild autofocus speed and a rugged weatherproof design. I’m a humble wedding and portrait photographer living in a semi-tropical Australian city, but I […]

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Tech Review: Huawei Watch GT Active is super comfortable, has epic battery life but still acts up in water

August 6, 2019

Huawei has released two new models to its Watch GT smartwatch line – the Active and Elegant. The Active has a 46mm face and the classic watch design of the GT Classic and Sport. It has a 1.39-inch AMOLED HD colour touchscreen (454×454 pixels) where as the Elegant has a 42mm face with a ceramic […]

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The WF-1000XM3 is music to our ears

July 24, 2019

Tokyo is an insane city. It’s beautiful, busy, bustling. It’s an insane, gleaming spiders web of interlocking streets, humming with life. But like any other city, it’s noisy. It’s really noisy. Which might be why Sony flew me there to road-test their new WF-1000XM3 earbuds. What better was to test their noise-cancelling capabilities? I’d never […]

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Dyson Pure Hot + Cool Review: a remarkable three-in-one device

June 24, 2019

A smart home in 2019 wouldn’t seem so clever if it didn’t take advantage of Dyson’s incredible run with cooling, air purifying devices over the past few years. The powerful Pure Cool should have been evidence enough of the company’s vital place in the modern home, doing away with intensive wall units and making a […]

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The Razer Blade 15 Advanced is one of the best gaming laptops money can buy

June 13, 2019

I consider this review a bit of a challenge. It’s not because I don’t know about PC’s — in fact, I use them daily. It’s simply because I don’t game on them. I’m a console man, the ease and simplicity they offer working better for me and my situation overall. So: being trusted with one […]

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Ubtech Iron Man MK50 Review: A Fun Companion for any Marvel Fan

June 11, 2019

With the hype Avengers: Endgame; the culmination of Marvel’s 10 year cinematic universe sweeping the globe, it’s only natural that movie tie-in merchandise would follow in its path. Enter Ubtech’s Iron Man MK50. Based on the Iron Man costume seen in both Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, the MK50 presents itself as an elaborate action figure, […]

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The Razer BlackWidow is the mother of all keyboards

May 22, 2019

The Razer BlackWidow is hot. From its perfect, clicky-clacky keys to its shiny rainbow lighting and sleek design, everything about it is hot. In fact, you going to have to pry this keyboard out of my cold, dead hands because I’m in love. You’ve probably seen the BlackWidow before. It’s got fantastic pedigree as one […]

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Huawei MateBook 13 Review: Smooth, sharp, smart and close to perfect if it wasn’t for the battery

May 16, 2019

Huawei’s follow up to last November’s MateBook X Pro (which sold out during pre-order in Australia) is here: the MateBook 13. Consumers have the choice between two MateBook 13 variants – a base model with Intel UHD Graphics 620 GPU, 256GB hard drive and 8th Gen Intel Core i5-8265U processor available in Mystic Silver. The top-tier […]

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Escape into the soundscape: JBL’s new LIVE 400BT and 650BTNC headphones impress on all fronts

May 14, 2019

JBL has been flowing from strength to strength recently. Between their Endurance and Reflect series of workout earphones to their durable, machine of a portable speaker – the Xtreme 2; JBL’s recent releases have been impressive, to say the least. Now, the wholly-owned subsidiary of HARMAN International and Samsung Electronics Co. has released the new […]

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The Moto G7 and G7 Plus are the best budget phones on the market

April 26, 2019

Sometime in the last five years, the Big Dogs of the phone industry decided that it should be normal, good and acceptable to pay upwards of $1000 for a phone. We’ve somehow gone back to the ridiculous phone prices of the late 90s when mobiles were an emerging technology. Once a king of the mobile […]

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Huawei P30 Pro Review: An absolute powerhouse

April 24, 2019

Already the newly released Huawei P30 Pro has begun racking up awards, a pile which will no doubt stack high come end of year, starting with “Best Photo Smartphone” from the Technical Image Press Association. The Chinese company’s highly anticipated new flagship builds upon a steady legacy of “rewriting the rules” – as so their […]

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Fujifilm X-H1 Review: High Performance but Hard to Handle

April 20, 2019

Now a year old in the camera market, Fujifilm’s X-H1 still holds its own as a solid choice for anyone looking for a mirrorless interchangable lens camera. With 24.3 megapixels from its cropped sensor, X-Processor Pro Engine, 4K video and F-LOG recording, plus being the first Fujifilm X series camera to offer 5-Axis in-body image […]

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Razer Basilisk Essential Review: Haus of Mouse

April 8, 2019

Razer’s cornered the market on sleek gaming peripherals, and the latest Basilisk Essential mouse is no exception. It’s smooth, gorgeous and comfortable, with some great design that includes a soft little nook to rest your thumb in as you game. As is common with most Razer products, it’s also powered by Razer Chroma and features […]

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Microsoft Surface Headphones Review: Earning a spot in the premium tier

April 4, 2019

I wasn’t expecting to like Microsoft’s Surface Headphones as much as I did. Not a brand known for producing premium tier headphones, the Surface Headphones are the apparent result of watching makers operating in the same space and careful note taking. The first thing you’ll notice about the Surface Headphones is how clean the design […]

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Edifier S3000 Pro Review: Big money for big sound

April 3, 2019

Edifier’s S3000 Pro home speakers are a bit of a wonder. They’re wireless, meaning, provided there’s an available power point, they can be placed just about anywhere you like in any given room and provide resonant, warm sound. The units themselves have been created in the now typical Edifier style. Edifier often leans toward more […]

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Sony Bravia A9F OLED TV Review: All the small things

April 3, 2019

Sony are just really good at making TV’s. That’s the takeaway from every Sony TV review I’ve ever conducted. The A9F, one of the company’s more recent OLED offerings, is a great example of this. It takes its technical cues from last year’s A8F and cherry-picks the best aesthetic choices from the premium A1 line. […]

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Tech Review: Bang & Olufsen refresh the E8 with “Late Night Blue”

March 27, 2019

Every now and again Bang & Olufsen reach back into their ever-growing catalogue of high-end audio devices and iterate on what they’re most renowned for: design. Aesthetics in tech has always been hovering over the industry, but it’s only within the past few years that a sharp focus on exquisite looks has really shifted into […]

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Nikon Z6 Review: Full Frame, Fast-Shooting and Fantastic 4K

March 4, 2019

Full frame, fast-shooting and 4K – that’s a great combination. Nikon’s new Z series mirrorless body the Z6 offers all of these things, while still being light enough to carry around and powerful enough to perform in low light. It’s not without its quirks, but they certainly aren’t enough to hold it back as a […]

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Tech Review: Nikon’s New Mirrorless Full Frame Z7 Camera changes the game

February 12, 2019

I love the idea of “going mirrorless” – having a smaller and lighter camera body without compromising on full frame image quality or high end features is essentially the dream, and it’s exactly what the Nikon Z7 is offering. Mirrorless, full frame and sporting 45.7 megapixels for your high resolution pleasure, as well as 4K […]

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Tech Review: Elgato Stream Deck Mini makes levelling up your Twitch stream a breeze

February 7, 2019

You’d have to look pretty far and wide to find a serious streamer that doesn’t use one of Elgato’s Stream Deck devices. The desk-mounted broadcast enhancement device allows users to bind custom functions to its face buttons, making certain tasks like activating overlays or switching between cameras while streaming that much easier. One of the […]

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Tech Review: The HyperX Alloy Core RGB is a great gaming keyboard under $100

February 6, 2019

I really like HyperX’s keyboards. I’m on record as a fan of their gear. The thing is, I’ve really only had experience with their top-of-the-line mechanical boards. The HyperX Alloy Core RGB gaming keyboard is not one of these top-of-the-line boards. But just because it isn’t a mechanical board doesn’t mean it isn’t worth your […]

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Tech Review: The HyperX Fury RGB SSD is beautiful but outclassed by the competition

February 4, 2019

On paper, the HyperX Fury RGB SSD sounds like a really impressive little hard drive. Up to 550/440MB/s of sequential read/write, and lots of lovely, fully customisable onboard LEDs for those who like their desktop lit up like Dutch new year. In practice, however, it leaves quite a bit to be desired. The Fury RGB […]

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