Reviews

Tech Review: Razer Hammerhead BT: Little where it counts *Updated*

May 8, 2018

It’s been a while since I wrote a review where I was heavily critical of a pair headphones, much less a pair of Razer headphones. But the time has come once more to be a bit hard on a pair of well-meaning earbuds.

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

April 30, 2018

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 […]

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

April 27, 2018

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 […]

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

April 23, 2018

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

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

April 14, 2018

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.

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Tech Review: Sony HT-MT300 Soundbar: Phenomenal cosmic power, itty bitty living space

April 10, 2018

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 […]

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Tech Review: Sony KD-65A1 OLED 65″ TV: This is heavy

April 9, 2018

You know you’re in for a bit of a ride when the courier delivering the television you’ve been sent to review complains about the weight of the box. His complaint was fair — Sony’s A1 OLED, contrary to most modern panels, weighs an absolute ton. But is it worth its weight in picture quality?

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Tech Review: Amazon Echo Plus: Practical magic

April 5, 2018

If Amazon has an ace up their sleeve in the race to produce smart speakers for the home, its that they currently boast a larger model line-up than any of their competitors. While having plenty of options is great, this may only complicate things for consumers that aren’t especially savvy when it comes to the […]

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Tech Review: Plantronics RIG 800LX Gaming Headset: Big money, no whammies

April 4, 2018

For the longest time, I railed against gaming headphones across the board. As an audiophile, there was no part of them anyone did right. They were all huge, heavy and ugly with huge bass that blew the sound to hell. In the last couple of years however, I’ve found myself finally coming around on gaming […]

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Tech Review: Huawei MediaPad T3 8: Is this your first time?

April 4, 2018

Huawei’s MediaPad T3 is an 8 inch Android tablet that is lightweight and surprisingly nimble for its entry-level spec. For those looking for an every day tablet that can be easily thrown in a bag while travelling, you may have found the one you want.

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