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An Illustrated Guide To Why Windows 10 Actually Impressed Me

Here is a tablet. A Surface Pro 3, to be exact. I’ve never really wanted a Surface Pro 3, but Windows 10 is making me reconsider. Let me show you why.


Microsoft Project HoloLens Hands-On: Incredible, Amazing, Very Much In Beta

I just put Microsoft’s new holographic glasses on my face. It’s one of the most amazing and tantalising experiences I’ve ever had with a piece of technology.


Acer Chromebook 15 Hands-On: Super Solid Big Screen Browsing For $US250

Now that you can buy a decent Windows laptop for $US200, does anyone need a Chromebook? That’s an existential question we hope to answer soon. But if you want a big, honking 15-inch Chromebook, it looks like Acer’s got just the Chromebook for you.


Stan Streaming Service: Australian Hands On

When StreamCo burst onto the scene in Australia promising a better way to stream for all, we thought it was a big promise with a stupid name. Now that we’ve heard all about its exclusives, its price and its new name — Stan — we’re excited (and still not convinced that the name is quite right).


Shooting With Leica's Nutty No-Screen Camera Is Half Joy, Half Fantasy

The Leica M Edition 60 is the company’s 60th anniversary limited-edition version of its latest M rangefinder. It costs around $20,000 and has no display and no buttons (aside from the shutter). To some, it’s ridiculous. To most, it’s unaffordable. But after shooting with it for a couple of hours, I can say that if nothing else, it’s incredibly charming.


Parrot Zik 2.0: Australian Hands-On, Pricing And Availability

Parrot’s original Philippe Stark-designed Zik headphones were an impressive exercise in design meeting high technology — powerful noise cancelling and all-out wireless sound quality wrapped in plush full-grain leather. They were a little bulky, though — and that’s just one of the aspects that the new Zik 2.0 wants to improve upon.


PlayStation TV Hands-On

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have a tiny set-top box that plays all your Sony PlayStation games? That’s probably what you’d think if you saw the new PlayStation TV on the shelf. For $150, this incredibly tiny box promises the world. Shame it doesn’t really deliver.


Nexus 6 Hands-On: So Big, So Beautiful

Google broke more than a couple of hearts when it announced that its new Android flagship, the Nexus 6, was going to be a whale. Now that I’ve seen it up close, I can tell you that, yes, this sucker is huge. But that’s not a bad thing.


Nexus 9 Hands-On: Android's iPad Air Is A Looker, Not A Stunner

The last time HTC made a tablet, it was basically just an overweight smartphone with subpar specs. The new Nexus 9, however, is actually worthy of your consideration.


The Sony Z3 Compact Is Android's Best-Kept Secret

Small and powerful smartphones are an endangered species, like the California Condor of the mobile world. If you want a top-tier phone that fits in a normal hand, the iPhone 6 is practically your only stateside option. But you know what? An exotic handset designed for Japan and Europe could have everything you’ve ever craved.