Category Archives: Reviews

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

Tech Review: Grado RS2e Reference Series Headphones: Hear it all

I’ve spent a lot of time reviewing gaming headphones on this site. They are rarely paragons of the form — gaming headsets are heavy, often lean into bass to the point where it obliterates higher end sound and have a cheap build quality that doesn’t align with their purpose as long-term audio solutions. I say all of this because the Grado RS2e’s are among the few headphones I’ve gotten to review for The Iris that are not built for gaming. Indeed, the Grado RS2e’s have been built, with meticulous care, for the sole purpose of listening to music in the comfort of your own home. Continue reading Tech Review: Grado RS2e Reference Series Headphones: Hear it all

Games Review: Accounting Plus (PSVR, 2018): Rick and Morty meets The Stanley Parable

Trying to market Account + VR would be like trying to drag a pizza delivery man away from dancing on the side of the road and showing him the power of social media advertising. It’s pointless, the only thing that can help advertise this wonderful, engaging, hilarious adult experience is to just yell at people to play it. OR, you can tell everyone you know that it is created by the very team that has brought us Rick and Morty (Justin Roiland) and the Stanley Parable (William Pugh), that sold me instantly! Who doesn’t want to put a pair of Virtual Reality goggles on and get lost in a cartoonish nightmare with those two yelling expletives at you for a few hours? Continue reading Games Review: Accounting Plus (PSVR, 2018): Rick and Morty meets The Stanley Parable

Tech Review: Logitech G603 Lightspeed Wireless Gaming Mouse

Among consitituents of the PC master race, one of the most contentious hardware purchases remains the wireless gaming mouse. The pitch is attractive — super precise aiming and high report rates without the need to drag a heavy cable around — but often clashes with what a battery can actually offer. A regular daily gaming habit means your batteries will likely need a recharge before the week is out, a problem that makes most PC gamers nervous about a mid-game conk-out.

Logitech claims to have a solution to this dilemma in their G603 Lightspeed Wireless Gaming Mouse. If Logi’s marketing spiel is to be believed, the G603 is capable of delivering 500 hours of continuous gaming on a single pair of AA’s. If you aren’t gaming, that number skyrockets up to a staggering 1400 hours. We’re talking about a wireless gaming mouse that can potentially survive on a single charge for months. Can the G603 back up this rather audacious claim? Continue reading Tech Review: Logitech G603 Lightspeed Wireless Gaming Mouse

Tech Review: Oppo R11s: The Android phone for people who prefer iOS

If you’re a bit of an iOS apologist like me, the only Android devices you’ll find even halfway agreeable are the ones that closely ape the iPhone. This more or less describes Oppo’s R11s, the newest and midrange smartphone handset from a manufacturer who’ve made an art of cloning Apple’s phone for the Chinese market. Continue reading Tech Review: Oppo R11s: The Android phone for people who prefer iOS

Tech Review: Logitech G613 Wireless Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

One of the rarer finds in PC gaming peripherals has always been the combination of mechanical keys and a wireless keyboard. The two schools haven’t played well together historically and a lot manufacturers stopped trying to blend them into a single board years ago. Too much input lag, not enough flash, not enough clack. Gamers didn’t want them.

Logitech, apparently, didn’t get the memo. Or maybe they saw the memo but chose to ignore it. Continue reading Tech Review: Logitech G613 Wireless Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

Tech Review: Logitech C922 Pro Stream 1080p Webcam: Simple and clean

A new review of this camera will not be a timely one. The Logitech C922 Pro Stream has been one of the company’s flagship webcams since it refreshed the older C920 in 2016 and is the weapon of choice for a lot of streamers looking to get their Twitch channels off the ground. Continue reading Tech Review: Logitech C922 Pro Stream 1080p Webcam: Simple and clean

Tech Review: Motorola X4: Keep it simple

Motorola is one of those phone manufacturers that is perhaps better represented in the mid-range than it is in the higher-range. Their upper-tier offerings are solid, more than capable of holding their own against the likes of Samsung and HTC. For whatever reason, luxury handsets have become the bread-and-butter of the larger makers rather than the more down-to-earth models and its into this gap that the Moto X4 comfortably slips. Continue reading Tech Review: Motorola X4: Keep it simple