Category Archives: Reviews

Tech Review: The 2017 Subaru Impreza’s tech options are more than just bells and whistles

There are two kinds of people I know — people who care about cars and people who do not. I fall into the latter category — I have owned three cars in my life, all second-hand and none of them particularly fancy. But when an automaker like Subaru emails you out of the blue one rainy morning in late February to see if you’d like to drive one of their teach-heavy new Imprezas around for a week, you say yes. Longtime readers will know we don’t cover cars very often here at The Iris, but the tech Subaru have implemented into their new vehicles is rather interesting and we felt it warranted a look. Continue reading Tech Review: The 2017 Subaru Impreza’s tech options are more than just bells and whistles

Review: With the PLAYBASE, Sonos prove that by staying a step behind, you can end up two steps in front

Sonos have never seen themselves as leaders in “doing things first”, rather, as the kings of “doing things right”. They seem to live by an adage of the past: the idea that a company can exist on key products – not a slate of “let’s see what sticks and what fails” merchandise – that are built to last, not fail within three years.... Continue Reading

Tech Review: Is the Sony RX10 III the Ultimate Travel Camera?

“Now, nothing is beyond reach.” That’s what the Sony website says on the RX10 III’s page — and it’s not a lie. With a 600mm zoom range, bright F2.4-4 glass and 4K video, Sony’s little bridge camera beast might just be the hobby photographer’s ideal travel camera.

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Tech Review: HTC One X9 (HTC, 2016)

HTC is one of what could be considered the “old guard” when it comes to Android smartphones. Despite a clear commitment to the Android market, they’ve never achieved the lofty successes of some of their contemporaries despite many innovations.

The HTC One X9 aims to change this by taking an “if you can’t beat them, ape them” approach. Continue reading Tech Review: HTC One X9 (HTC, 2016)

Tech Review: Turtle Beach Elite Pro Tournament Gaming Headset (Turtle Beach, 2016)

The Elite Pro Tournament Gaming Headset are Turtle Beach’s top-of-the-line gaming cans. Built with high level eSports play in mind, they are designed to be the sort of thing a professional e-athlete would prefer. Continue reading Tech Review: Turtle Beach Elite Pro Tournament Gaming Headset (Turtle Beach, 2016)

Tech Review: Edifier R2000DB Bookshelf Speakers (2016)

Edifier has long been a significant name in quality audio. From simple PC speakers to home theatre, they’ve built a reputation for crafting speakers that not only sound amazing but look quite stylish as well. In the R2000DB, Edifier have created a simple dual speaker set up that is perfect for those who want to create a space-efficient home theatre or add a bit of grunt to their PC. Continue reading Tech Review: Edifier R2000DB Bookshelf Speakers (2016)

We spend an evening with one of the fathers of the personal computer, Steve Wozniak, in Melbourne

Think Inc are an Australian organisation who are putting together some of the most interesting talks for people to go and educate themselves with. Taking a look at their previous events, the two-year-old organisation delve into the talking to people devoted to science more often than not, but intellectual discourse is what they aim for, putting a spotlight on innovation and ideas.... Continue Reading

Tech Review: Netgear Nighthawk X8 AC5300 Smart Wi-Fi Router

Despite being a crucial component in keeping your network speedy, the humble router is an item that frequently ends up on the list of afterthoughts when putting a home computer setup together. For those looking to keep ping low, especially for gaming, the Netgear Nighthawk X8 AC5300 Smart Wi-Fi Router represents a sound, but very expensive investment. Continue reading Tech Review: Netgear Nighthawk X8 AC5300 Smart Wi-Fi Router