Category Archives: Technology

Tech Review: Cygnett FreePlay Wireless Earphones: Puzzle bobble

One thing a pair of earphones should do the first time you put them in your ears is make a good impression. Before you even turn them on, they should sit comfortably in the ears with minimal wobble and, ideally, not make you feel like Lobot from Star Wars (though I’ve reviewed my share that do). Cygnett’s FreePlay Wireless Earphones did not make a great impression when I first tried to put them in. They require a bit of warming up to, but will reward you if you give them the space. Continue reading Tech Review: Cygnett FreePlay Wireless Earphones: Puzzle bobble

Tech Review: Ultimate Ears Blast and Megablast integrate with Alexa to become the perfect home and outdoor speaker

From Ultimate Ears previous releases of the Boom 2 and Megaboom, the company has just released the satisfying modern upgrades of the Blast and it’s seriously larger friend, the Megablast. The well-known strong and robust build of UE speakers have been improved with the incorporation of Amazon’s Alexa to not only accompany you in the outdoors, but have prime placement in your house. Continue reading Tech Review: Ultimate Ears Blast and Megablast integrate with Alexa to become the perfect home and outdoor speaker

Tech Review: Can a Compact Camera Handle Like a D-SLR? We Test Canon’s Powershot G1 X Mark III

Boasting “DSLR Performance in a compact body”, Canon’s Powershot G1X Mark III claims to be a “compact without compromise” – and it does a pretty good job of living up to those claims.

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Tech Review: Edifier G4 Gaming Headphones: Boom, boom, boom

Gaming headsets have reached an interesting tipping point. For years many of them weren’t worth the price of the box they came in. They sported ugly, heavy designs, poor quality materials and sound quality to match. But over the last five years manufacturers have — to my shock — begun to shift their focus towards a quality product and now we find ourselves at another strange crossroads. Legitimate and respected home audio brands, in this case Edifier, are getting into the gaming headset space. With their G4 headset, Edifier are coming into an already crowded market with plenty of experience behind them. How do they stack up? Continue reading Tech Review: Edifier G4 Gaming Headphones: Boom, boom, boom

Tech Review: Edifier e25HD Luna HD TV Speakers: Ugly betty

I’ve said before that, when reviewing home audio equipment, the exterior design of any given product is not terribly important to me as long as they device in question sounds great. Friends, the Edifier Luna HD e25HD TV speakers have really put that personal philosophy to the test. As great as they sound, and they do sound great, I absolutely cannot stand the way they look. Continue reading Tech Review: Edifier e25HD Luna HD TV Speakers: Ugly betty

Games Review: AK Racing Overture Gaming Chair: Fun on the bun

I have a long history of dissatisfaction with desk chairs. I break them very easily, and its never because I mistreated them. I use them as a day-to-day work prop this is apparently too much to ask because within six-to-nine months, they’re sagging and bent in ways that suggest my 95kg frame is much heavier than it appears. After so many chairs unable to stand up to the basic task of being a chair on a timeline longer than a year, I wanted something that was built to last. After leering at AK Racing’s range of gaming chairs for some time, I finally bit the bullet and got one. Do they stack up? Continue reading Games Review: AK Racing Overture Gaming Chair: Fun on the bun

Tech Feature: Seeing the Light with Rocco Ancora and Nikon School

“Lighting can be the difference between a good shot and a great one.” It’s a simple statement, uttered by Australian wedding and portraiture great and Nikon Ambassador Rocco Ancora mid-lecture, but so true – and he would know. The 4-time AIPP Australian Wedding photographer of the year is such a master of light that he has his own Nikon flash kit by that name – the “Master of Light” flash kit – so to spend a day learning about light from this master was not an opportunity I was willing to pass up. Continue reading Tech Feature: Seeing the Light with Rocco Ancora and Nikon School

The Razer Core X will let you turn your laptop into a desktop gaming rig (with a couple of caveats)

It doesn’t take long for a laptop, even one in the gaming tier, to start feeling long in the tooth. On the PC, there’s no upper limit on the hardware required for optimal gaming performance, and this is often to the laptop’s detriment. Razer’s Core series has been trying to find a workaround for that for a few years now, creating external graphics card cages that let you give your laptop a shot in the arm. That hardware series is about to come back with a bit of a refresh — the Razer Core X. Continue reading The Razer Core X will let you turn your laptop into a desktop gaming rig (with a couple of caveats)