All posts by David Smith

Games and technology editor, Dungeons and Dragons fanboy and your new best friend. You can reach me at david.smith@theaureview.com with news tips, pitches, press releases, invites, review content and more.

Here’s your free PlayStation Plus titles for May

It’s that time of the month when we all crane our necks to see what we can wring out of Sony for free this month. It’s been a pretty solid run for the PlayStation Plus freebies, with titles like Bloodborne and Mad Max going gangbusters for the platform. This month Sony wants to get you in the mood for their next big release, Detroit: Become Human, by dropping Quantic Dream’s last great effort. Continue reading Here’s your free PlayStation Plus titles for May

Microsoft Store’s Esports Academy is a crash course in the trials and tribulations of going pro in Aus

The Microsoft Store in Sydney’s Pitt St Mall will be hosting a brand new course these school holidays centred entirely around teaching students about what it takes to succeed in the rapidly emerging world of competitive esports. Continue reading Microsoft Store’s Esports Academy is a crash course in the trials and tribulations of going pro in Aus

Tech Review: Sony HT-MT300 Soundbar: Phenomenal cosmic power, itty bitty living space

For a company like Sony to release a soundbar isn’t terribly surprising — every electronics maker and their Google Assistant speaker’s got one these days. What is surprising is the amount of forethought, of user consideration that has gone into Sony’s HT-MT300 soundbar. It’s thought about space, its thought about features, its thought about potential setup expansion. Continue reading Tech Review: Sony HT-MT300 Soundbar: Phenomenal cosmic power, itty bitty living space

The Surface Pro with 4G is out in Australia today, here’s a Basenji set in a hot air balloon to celebrate

I know, that headline doesn’t make a lot of sense. Here’s what’s up: Microsoft dropped their latest piece of kit, the Surface Pro with 4G this morning which is good news for tech fans looking for their new portable machine. Not content to run a typical marketing campaign, Microsoft AU decided to send Australian DJ Basenji into the sky with his whole studio and one of the new Surface Pro’s with the goal using the device to create his new set, perform it on the spot and put it online without ever coming down to land. Continue reading The Surface Pro with 4G is out in Australia today, here’s a Basenji set in a hot air balloon to celebrate

Tech Review: Amazon Echo Plus: Practical magic

If Amazon has an ace up their sleeve in the race to produce smart speakers for the home, its that they currently boast a larger model line-up than any of their competitors. While having plenty of options is great, this may only complicate things for consumers that aren’t especially savvy when it comes to the still relatively new world of smart speakers. The Amazon Echo Plus will be the one that most punters are drawn to when looking at Amazon’s range, and for good reason — it looks cool, it sounds great and it offers first-rate functionality. Continue reading Tech Review: Amazon Echo Plus: Practical magic

Tech Review: Plantronics RIG 800LX Gaming Headset: Big money, no whammies

For the longest time, I railed against gaming headphones across the board. As an audiophile, there was no part of them anyone did right. They were all huge, heavy and ugly with huge bass that blew the sound to hell. In the last couple of years however, I’ve found myself finally coming around on gaming headsets — or perhaps peripheral makers have finally realised there’s a way to court picky bastards like me. In their RIG 800LX PC and Xbox One headset, Plantronics have made a wireless unit that is very difficult for me to nitpick. Continue reading Tech Review: Plantronics RIG 800LX Gaming Headset: Big money, no whammies