Category Archives: Reviews

Tech Review: JBL Link 20 and Link 10 Google Assistant Speakers: Happy if you’re happy

You wouldn’t think there’s much difference between Google Assistant speakers, but there is. Some are better at interpreting your commands than others. Some have better overall sound. The JBL Link 20, and its little brother the Link 10, are great examples of simply aiming for the happy spot in between. Continue reading Tech Review: JBL Link 20 and Link 10 Google Assistant Speakers: Happy if you’re happy

Tech Review: UE Wonderboom Portable Speaker: Party on your belt

I might be too old for portable speakers. The market is aimed rather squarely at beautiful young 20-somethings that do things like beach trips or Sunday sessions and require tunes 24/7. I am not this market. But I am a writer who moves from spot-to-spot in the house throughout the day and I do like being able to take a little speaker with me as I go. In this, the UE Wonderboom is a great success. Continue reading Tech Review: UE Wonderboom Portable Speaker: Party on your belt

Tech Review: Razer Wolverine Tournament Edition PC/Xbox One Controller: Pushing your buttons

When I was a kid, third party controllers were to be scoffed at. There was always one janky unofficial controller in the set that no-one wanted to use on Multiplayer Night. Times have changed though and the third-party peripheral market has never been quite this robust. Razer’s latest tilt at a high quality controller  is an interesting one — the Wolverine Tournament Edition is a controller built for PC and Xbox One users alike but with high-tier esports play in mind. Continue reading Tech Review: Razer Wolverine Tournament Edition PC/Xbox One Controller: Pushing your buttons

Tech Review: Razer Seiren Elite USB Digital Microphone: Great sound comes at a price

Is there anything Razer can’t do? Any demographic of gamer for whom they can’t accommodate? One of the peripheral giant’s latest pushes has been into the still-rapidly growing broadcaster market. People looking to get started on  Twitch are always in search of the right gear and Razer are ready with an array of toys purpose-built for high quality live streaming. The Razer Seiren Elite microphone is one of the most recent additions to the hardware maker’s growing stable of broadcast tools and is easily one of its best. Continue reading Tech Review: Razer Seiren Elite USB Digital Microphone: Great sound comes at a price

Tech Review: Sony WI-1000X Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones: Plane weird

I frequently argue in my headphone reviews that the look, the exterior design of a particular kit is rarely terribly important to me. If a pair of headphones sound great, I’m usually happy to wear them  no matter how hideous they may be. Sony’s WI-1000X Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones have broken my resolve. They do sound great and the noise cancellation is quite solid. But I can’t get past how ugly they are. Continue reading Tech Review: Sony WI-1000X Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones: Plane weird

Tech Review: Sony WH-1000XM2 Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones: The real deal

I can be prickly when reviewing headphones. I try not to be, but as the son of a musician I was raised in a home where good quality sound was considered very important and its an expectation I’ve never been able to shake in adulthood. I expect a lot from my headphones, even the cheap ones. I don’t like being mean to headphones that don’t measure up to my lofty personal standards, but it means that when I encounter a pair that does, I get to lavish them with praise. Thus, this review will be about me lavishing praise upon Sony’s WH-1000XM2 Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones. Continue reading Tech Review: Sony WH-1000XM2 Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones: The real deal

Tech Review: Sony LF-S50G Google Assistant Built-in Wireless Speaker: It’s a kind of magic

With voice assistant speakers now creating a stir in the market with Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Home Pod and more, it was only a matter of time before the Google Assistant wave arrived. Arrive it has, and Sony is leading the charge with their LF-S50G Wireless Speaker. Continue reading Tech Review: Sony LF-S50G Google Assistant Built-in Wireless Speaker: It’s a kind of magic

Tech Review: Huawei Mate 10: Great spec at the right price

Typically deployed as its flagship model, Huawei’s Mate series has improved again in 2018 with their newest devices, the Mate 10 and the Mate 10 Pro. We’ll be focusing on the Mate 10 for this review, and how it compares to earlier models like its cousins Mate 9 and P10. Continue reading Tech Review: Huawei Mate 10: Great spec at the right price

Tech Review: Asus Zenbook Flip 14 UX461: Pretty on the inside

“In search of incredible,” reads Asus’ current company tagline. Incredible isn’t really the word one reaches for when pulling the Asus Zenbook Flip 14 from its box — its the same brushed metal shell Asus have come to favour among the laptops that make up their professional kit. Where the Flip 14 really excels is in what it has under the hood. Its rather bland exterior belies a machine I’ve rather fallen in love with. Continue reading Tech Review: Asus Zenbook Flip 14 UX461: Pretty on the inside