Category Archives: Reviews

Tech Review: Cygnett Wireless Desk Charger and MagMount Qi Wireless Car Charger

Being able to wirelessly charge your phone is kind of the dream for most working professionals. No mucking around looking for a cable that will inevitably fray, you just toss it on the charge plate and grab it when you’re ready. With the advent of the iPhone 8 and iPhone X, both Qi certified devices, Cygnett are getting on board with the new breed of wireless charging. Continue reading Tech Review: Cygnett Wireless Desk Charger and MagMount Qi Wireless Car Charger

Tech Review: Hyper X Alloy FPS Pro Mechanical Keyboard is somehow even more stripped back than its larger cousin

It was only a few months ago that we reviewed the Hyper X Alloy FPS on this very website. A low-fi piece of tech that values performance over bells and whistles, we found it to be a quality board for those who like to keep things simple. Imagine our surprise when its cousin, the Alloy FPS Pro, arrived on our doorstep looking to make things even simpler. Continue reading Tech Review: Hyper X Alloy FPS Pro Mechanical Keyboard is somehow even more stripped back than its larger cousin

Tech Review: Beoplay M3 features impeccable design and excellent performance, but is it worth the price?

Bang & Olufsen are often out of any reasonable price range for the casual tech consumer, and the company is usually off collaborating with other high-end luxury brands like Lamborghini – their latest partnership which has the reputable Danish tech company fitting the new Lamborghini Urus supercar with a bespoke 1,700 watt audio system. Their lifestyle division, B&O Play, is pushed as the more accessible off-shoot of the brand, but even still their products often reach into the higher price ranges. It’s for this reason that the Beoplay M3 has been well-received for being the company’s most affordable wireless speaker yet, a beautiful entry point to the careful balance of design and performance that B&O have struck so well in the past.... Continue Reading

Tech Review: Bose SoundLink Micro is a top performer for something so small

Let’s get straight to it: Bose have struck excellent balance with their SoundLink Micro, released earlier this year, and it’s arguably the best sounding speaker of its size that you’ll find on the shelves this holiday season. The soft, rubbery square Bluetooth speaker with rounded edges is being pushed as the reliable audio company’s appeal to the rough and rugged adventurer type, presenting a device ideally designed for outdoor use with an IPX7 waterproof rating, which means it can be fully submerged in about 1 metre of water for up to 30 minutes without issue. ... Continue Reading

Tech Review: Microsoft’s Surface Laptop dominates its price range with superior battery life

At first it may seem odd Microsoft present such a standard-looking laptop following their run with the Surface Pro and Surface RT series, a wearily received but now beloved family of tablets that really reinvented the company’s image to the casual tech consumer. Their goal of creating new product categories is nowhere to be found with the Surface Laptop which isn’t really all that different to a regular laptop, though does sport a sleek, stylish design that falls in-line with top competitors and even nudges them out. Simply put, this is one of the best laptops released in 2017, with refined details that make the user experience that much more seamless, proving that Microsoft can still work with something so unremarkable and still come out on top.... Continue Reading

Tech Review: Canon’s EOS M100: Not Just for Lazy Hipsters

When I first took the EOS M100 out of the box, I was dubious. I saw a top switch with only three auto settings and no manual exposure options apparent, and I thought “what’s the point of a camera compatible with Canon’s full range of mirrorless lenses, but no manual exposure controls? Who would invest almost $900 in what’s essentially a fancy point-and-shoot camera – lazy hipsters?!” But once I took a look through the manual, and the more I used it, the more it surprised me – the M100 ticks all the boxes for both the keen enthusiast who wants a light and convenient kit to carry, and the happy snapper who wants amazing photos without necessarily having to learn how to “work” a camera. This is actually the perfect camera for your mum.

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Tech Review: Cygnett 20,000mAh USB-C Power Bank: You’re gonna carry that weight

As someone who travels quite a bit for work and is always hunting for a power point to keep my various juice-hungry devices alive, power banks have long been a part of my work/life survival kit Must Haves. The thing is, most power banks are good for keeping my phone afloat and that’s about it. What about those hours stranded in an airport due to delays, when all the power points are gone, the laptop battery is dwindling and I still have three stories to file before bed? Cygnett has an answer. It may not be precisely the answer you’re looking for but it is an answer. Continue reading Tech Review: Cygnett 20,000mAh USB-C Power Bank: You’re gonna carry that weight

Tech Review: The Sony α9 Really Does Feel Like the Future

“The future is now yours.” The Sony Alpha 9’s slogan sounds so esoteric and science fictional, but with 20fps continuous blackout free shooting, 693-point AF coverage and full frame mirrorless sensor, the Sony a9 definitely sounds like the future to me. With so many professionals in my industry – weddings – jumping ship to Sony lately, I now understand what all the hype is all about – and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t tempted to follow suit.... Continue Reading

Tech Review: Nikon D850 is the Powerhouse of D-SLRs

The first thing I thought when I took the D850 out of the box was ‘HA! Take that Nikon, I’m a girl and I’m testing your man-camera!’ When I mentioned it to another female camera reviewer she told me she thought she could see why they’d only featured male ambassadors; her tiny hands couldn’t reach all the controls comfortably, and she found it heavy. I didn’t personally find this to be a problem, despite having pretty small hands too – but I am a longtime Nikon user and my usual kit consists of both a D800 and D700 body, so that could be why this next generation camera felt so at-home in my hands. It weighs in at just over 1kg, battery included; only around 10g less than the D800; I could reach the front function buttons without issue. Continue reading Tech Review: Nikon D850 is the Powerhouse of D-SLRs

Tech Review: Hasbro’s Dropmix is Automatic, Supersonic, Hypnotic, Funky Fresh

To say that I am in no way musically inclined and yet still managed to pull off some wicked beats with Hasbro’s Dropmix system is testament to its great and highly accessible design. While I went in to our preview expecting to be shamed for my lack of musical talent, I went out with a sense that maybe, just maybe there was hope for my future career as a disc jockey. Continue reading Tech Review: Hasbro’s Dropmix is Automatic, Supersonic, Hypnotic, Funky Fresh