Category Archives: Reviews

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

Tech Review: Logitech G433 7.1 Wired Surround Gaming Headset

Logitech have made a name for themselves in the tech accessories market for dependable, well-built but ultimately pretty safe devices. There’s rarely any going out on a limb for Logitech, and its a strategy that’s worked out quite well for them. Their G433 gaming headset is no exception. Continue reading Tech Review: Logitech G433 7.1 Wired Surround Gaming Headset

Tech Review: Travelling with the Lumix TZ110

I spent three weeks away in Singapore and Malaysia recently, and the folks at Panasonic very kindly sent their feature-packed compact DMC-TZ110 camera along with me – winner of Camera Magazine Australia’s “Digital Fixed Lens Camera of the Year” at their 2017 Imaging Awards. I still took my D-SLR and two prime lenses along, because bokeh is important to me, but there were plenty of times I didn’t feel like carrying the extra 5kg of gear, and slipping the TZ110 in my handbag and heading out the door feeling light and unencumbered was a huge relief.

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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