Category Archives: Reviews

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 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