Category Archives: Reviews

Tech Review: HyperX Cloud Flight Wireless Gaming Headphones: Long, loud life

Gaming headphones have come such a long way in the last couple of years, particularly those of the wireless variety. Gone are the days of terrible sound and blink-and-you’ll-miss-it battery lives. Now, if you aren’t providing premium quality sound, no-one wants a bar of you. HyperX has always seemed to be a gaming peripheral maker that knew this better than anyone else in the space. In the Cloud Flight wireless headset, they’ve created what might be their best audio work to date. Continue reading Tech Review: HyperX Cloud Flight Wireless Gaming Headphones: Long, loud life

Tech Review: Kindle Oasis (2018): I think I might’ve read this one before

To say that Amazon’s Kindle Oasis is one of the nicest e-readers I’ve ever used would be to undersell it. Amazon are so good at building these devices by now that there’s almost no room in the market for anyone else. But, for good or ill, it’s also quite clear that Amazon have taken their e-reader to what may be its technical and logical conclusion. It’s light, its feature-rich, the battery remains ridiculously long, they’re still charging way too much for it and nothing about it has changed substantially in a few years now. Continue reading Tech Review: Kindle Oasis (2018): I think I might’ve read this one before

Tech Review: Edifier S880DB Bookshelf Speakers: At home in the office

We’ve covered a few of Edifier’s range of bookshelf speakers on The Iris before, so taking the S880DB twin set for a spin made sense. In keeping with the company tradition of quality sound in a compact package with a price point that may make you wince on first inspection, the S880DB represents the perfect speaker set for audiophiles with a home office. Continue reading Tech Review: Edifier S880DB Bookshelf Speakers: At home in the office

Tech Review: Razer Nommo Chroma 2.0 Desk Speakers: The sound of cannonfire

You review enough gadgets and speakers and eventually you get a sense for The Order of Things. You can tell a lot about a device just from looking at the promo images — you get an idea of their size, the design philosophy and where their predicted strengths and weaknesses will lie. And sometimes they arrive and you realise that you’re maybe not as smart as you thought you were. Continue reading Tech Review: Razer Nommo Chroma 2.0 Desk Speakers: The sound of cannonfire

Film Review: I Feel Pretty (USA, 2018) proves that beauty is only skin deep

The average woman is said to criticise herself around eight times each day. It is in this headspace and society that a rom-com like I Feel Pretty exists. The film had the best of intentions and tries to tackle some complex topics like how hard we women can be on ourselves and the feelings of being racked by self-doubt and self-criticism. It does this in a light way but its plodding nature and problems with its execution often mean that the opposite point is made instead of the one that it was always trying to make.... Continue Reading

Collectables Review: Transformers Studio Series toy line rolls out in fine form

This month, we’re trying something new on The Iris. We’re gonna take some toys for a spin. And not just any toys, we’re taking a look at a selection of Hasbro’s new Transformers: Studio Series line. Are these the robots in disguise you remember from your childhood? Hit the jump to find out. Continue reading Collectables Review: Transformers Studio Series toy line rolls out in fine form

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