I got to know Panasonic’s brand new flagship mirrorless camera for two weeks. At first we eyed each other dubiously — a full-frame freak and a mirrorless crop? How could we ever get along? But as we got to know each other, I fell more and more in love with its ease of use, its lovely results and its lightweight portability (at least compared to what I’m used to).
The number of bluetooth speakers on electronics store shelves today sits somewhere between Too Many and Possibly Infinite, and the audio and build quality of each varies just as wildly. As a result, when genuinely good speakers do appear, they tend to stand out. Of these speakers that sound great — your Bose’s, your B&O’s, and your JBL’s — there’s only one company with a model that will also charge your phone for you, cop a drenching AND keep on ticking. That’s JBL and their Charge series. Continue reading Tech Review: JBL Charge 3 Portable Speaker (JBL, 2017) is a noisy, robustly-designed speaker for noisy, robust people
The Under Armour Sport Wireless Heart Rate, are aside from having a name that goes on very nearly forever, are a pair of bluetooth sport earphones that can be connected to your smartphone during regular exercise. While they do their best to stand up in terms of sound, software design and practicality, they come with a couple of glaring issues that may give adopters pause. Continue reading Tech Review: Under Armour Sport Wireless Heart Rate (2017, JBL): Sturdy fitness headphones for those who aren’t particular
The HyperX Alloy FPS is a mechanical keyboard that (if you believe the marketing) has been built from the ground up to suit those gaming hobbyists who spend most of their time playing first-person shooters. Known mostly for their eSports sponsorships, headsets and high-end RAM for gaming PC’s, HyperX’s first mechanical keyboard is one for the no-frills player. Continue reading Tech Review: HyperX Alloy FPS Mechanical Keyboard is the no-nonsense gaming keyboard you’ve been looking for
If you were to put together a list of things that a good, entry-level drone should have, it’s quite likely that the Ehang Ghostdrone 2.0 VR would be able to tick each one of them off with ease. Its features are comprehensive without going overboard. It’s easy to fly, easy to land and the 4K camera makes your footage look great. What’s the catch? Continue reading Tech Review: Ehang Ghostdrone 2.0 VR (2017) is the best entry-level drone we’ve seen in a while
The first thing I thought after pulling the Netgear Nighthawk X10 R9000 WiFi Router from its packaging was “where in the hell am I going to bench space big enough for you?” The second thing I thought was “… is that an intake fan?” Continue reading Tech Review: Netgear Nighthawk X10 R9000 WiFi Router (2017)
There are two kinds of people I know — people who care about cars and people who do not. I fall into the latter category — I have owned three cars in my life, all second-hand and none of them particularly fancy. But when an automaker like Subaru emails you out of the blue one rainy morning in late February to see if you’d like to drive one of their teach-heavy new Imprezas around for a week, you say yes. Longtime readers will know we don’t cover cars very often here at The Iris, but the tech Subaru have implemented into their new vehicles is rather interesting and we felt it warranted a look. Continue reading Tech Review: The 2017 Subaru Impreza’s tech options are more than just bells and whistles
Sonos have never seen themselves as leaders in “doing things first”, rather, as the kings of “doing things right”. They seem to live by an adage of the past: the idea that a company can exist on key products – not a slate of “let’s see what sticks and what fails” merchandise – that are built to last, not fail within three years.... Continue Reading
HTC is one of what could be considered the “old guard” when it comes to Android smartphones. Despite a clear commitment to the Android market, they’ve never achieved the lofty successes of some of their contemporaries despite many innovations.
The HTC One X9 aims to change this by taking an “if you can’t beat them, ape them” approach. Continue reading Tech Review: HTC One X9 (HTC, 2016)