reviews

Crucial M550 SSD: Australian Review

If you want to speed up your desktop PC or notebook, one of the best and most cost-effective upgrades you can make is to buy a solid-state drive to replace its internal hard drive. SSDs offer a quantum leap in performance and transfer speeds, and have steadily been dropping in price since they started becoming popular in the late 2000s. The Crucial M550 is a new mainstream SSD that aims to offer good value, excellent performance levels, and enough space to make switching from a spinning disk easy.


Sony A6000 Camera Review

Pretty much all mirrorless cameras — Fujifilm X and Samsung NX, to name a couple — with APS-C size sensors can take a damn fine picture these days. The Sony a6000 does its best to stand out with a pinch of style and updated tech, but it’s still largely the same as the camera it’s replacing, 2012′s NEX-6.


Apple Mac Pro: Australian Review

There hasn’t been a properly new Mac Pro for a very long time. The original Mac OS X workstation for creative professionals — video editors, commercial photographers, 3D animators — was released in 2006, and the giant cheese grater suffered a ploddingly slow upgrade cycle that meant that plenty of its former fanboys jumped ship to iMacs, MacBooks Pro or Windows boxes. But the Mac Pro is back, it’s better, and now there’s actually no reason not to buy one.


MSI GT70 Dominator Pro Notebook: Australian Review

In recent years, notebook PCs have become much smaller, slimmer and more energy-efficient. Intel’s strong Ultrabook push means that big, chunky, powerful laptops are mostly a relic of the past; they’re dinosaurs from a forgotten era. MSI’s GT70 is one of those dinosaurs — it’s big, it’s heavy, and it’s just about the most powerful notebook I’ve ever used.


AMD Radeon R9 295X2 Graphics Card: Australian Review

Gamers want power. Whether it’s a faster CPU, better timings on RAM or the instantaneous flash memory of a SSD, the quicker the better — and damn the price tag. That win-by-any-means ethos applies squarely to graphics technology, too — and there’s a new GPU on the block that wants your hard-earned dollars. According to AMD, the $1899 Radeon R9 295X2 is the fastest single-slot graphics card on the market today.


Windows Phone 8.1 Review: Gloriously Good Enough

Windows 8.1′s recent update was a subtle but effective boost. Windows Phone‘s 8.1 power up follows the same cues. It’s not mind-blowing, it’s not world-changing, it’s nothing to jump around and scream about, but it turns Windows Phone into something it’s never quite been before: an OS that’s totally good enough.


Samsung Galaxy S5: Australian Review

It’s here! It’s finally here. We’ve put the Samsung Galaxy S5 through its paces, and it’s the first Galaxy device built for human beings.


Panasonic Lumix GM1 Review: A Bite-Size Mirrorless Camera With Pedigree

When Panasonic introduced the Lumix GM1 late last year, it was met with equal parts confusion and wonder. Is it really a good idea to pair such a tiny size with interchangeable lenses? To be honest, we’re still not quite sure.


Sigma 50mm F/1.4 Art Review: Great Glass That Punches Above Its Price

Sigma has been the darling of the lens world recently, producing high-performance products at reasonable prices. Its latest is the 50mm f/1.4 Art series lens, a long awaited addition to their line that we recently had the pleasure of trying out. You’re not going to find much more lens for the price.


BMW i8: Australian Hands-On

In the last few months, the world has become obsessed with a new breed of sports car. The McLaren P1 and Porsche 918 Spyder are the two prime examples: they combine high-powered petrol engines with efficient electric motors, giving great standing acceleration, blistering top-end speed, and fuel-efficient low-power everyday driving.

The BMW i8 is Germany’s own futuristic supercoupe, and it’s headed to Australia very, very soon. I visited BMW’s local HQ for an hour with its brand new six-figure hybrid supercar.