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Tablets & laptops
Hands-on review: STM Dux Messenger laptop bag
This week
STM’s Dux Messenger is a 16-litre laptop bag that is bound to stand out on your commute to work, offering copious amounts of pockets and space to carry whatever it is you need to the office.
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Health
Hands-on review: Airthings View Plus indoor air quality monitor
This week
In an age where we’re more conscious than ever about what we’re breathing in, the Airthings View Plus indoor air quality monitor is an essential gadget to help with your overall health, sleep, and comfort at home.
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Belkin
Hands-on review: Belkin 3-in-1 Wireless Charger with MagSafe
This month
With its sleek looks and innovative design, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the Belkin 3-in-1 Wireless Charger with Magsafe was an accessory found on the countertop of a Scandinavian kitchen.
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Gaming
Hands-on review: Bonelk Gaming Laptop Stand
This month
Nowadays, having a half-decent office setup at home is more important than ever. Australian company Bonelk targets both home workers and gamers with much of its range.
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Huawei
Hands-on review: Huawei Watch Fit 2 and Huawei Band 7
Last month
Huawei has recently released a fresh line-up of products, and the new Watch Fit 2 and Band 7 are two options for anyone looking at buying a solid, affordable smart watch or fitness tracker in time for summer.
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SmartWatch
Hands-on review: Huawei Watch D smart watch
Last month
The Huawei Watch D is the latest flagship smart watch from the Chinese tech giant, and it's further proof that the company is more than capable of competing with the likes of Samsung and Apple in the highly competitive wearable market.
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Smartphones
Xreart Studio - Turning old masterpieces into new ones
July 2022
Xreart now specialises in transforming pre-loved smartphones, smartwatches and handheld game consoles into artistic conversation starters for your office, studio or man cave.
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Projectors
Hands-on review: BenQ GV30 portable projector
July 2022
The BenQ GV30 is a portable projector that excels in many aspects but comes up short in a couple of others.
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Review
Hands-on review: GoDice
July 2022
In a world where we’re more connected than ever to our smart devices, startup company Particula believes that its innovative product GoDice is the answer to getting everyone reconnected with one another - by turning that smart device into an interactive board game.
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Wireless technologies
Hands-on review: JBL Quantum 610 Wireless
June 2022
The new Quantum 610 gaming headset is the latest addition to JBL’s Quantum range and the successor to its popular Quantum 600 model.
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Review
Hands-on-review: Creative Outlier Air V3
May 2022
Creative is back with the third version of its affordable Outlier Air wireless earbuds range - aptly named the ‘V3’. And this time, they come boasting ambient mode and active noise reduction.
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Review
Hands-on review: QuietOn 3 sleeping earbuds
March 2022
If you’re a city dweller like me, you might be used to the noise of traffic waking you up now and again, especially if your apartment lacks air conditioning and the weather is as humid as it has been in Auckland this summer.
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Music
Hands-on review: Belkin SOUNDFORM Rise and SOUNDFORM Freedom True Wireless Earbuds
January 2022
Having reviewed dozens of pairs of headphones and earbuds over the last five or so years across all price ranges, I was excited to test two of Belkin’s latest models.
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Google
Hands-on review: Google Nest Cam (Battery) and Nest Cam Stand
November 2021
Almost eight years ago, Google purchased Nest Labs for a tidy sum of USD $3.2 billion who, at the time, specialised in smart thermostats and smoke detectors.
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Review
Game review: FIFA 22
October 2021
FIFA 22 perfectly demonstrates what we can expect from the next generation consoles - invigorating gameplay with outstanding visuals.
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Review
Hands-on review: Tado Smart AC Control V3+
October 2021
In a world that’s becoming ever more connected, it’s cool to have the option to control your home’s climate through your fingertips. 
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Bose
Hands-on review: Bose Sport Earbuds
November 2020
Despite not being noise-cancelling, the Sport Earbuds come with an abundance of features that make them a great option for anyone in the market for some premium, durable earbuds.
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Gaming
Game review: FIFA 21
October 2020
FIFA 21 feels more like FIFA 20.5, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
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Business Intelligence
Hands-on review: Microsoft Surface Book 3
August 2020
The majority of buyers of the Microsoft Surface Book 3 will undoubtedly be tempted in by the device’s versatility, and who can blame them?
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Headphones
Hands-on review: Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700
July 2020
The 700s follow in the footsteps of the QuietComfort 35 II and are a must-have for travelling businesspeople and audiophiles alike. 
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ASUS
Hands-on review: ASUS ZenWiFi AC (CT8)
March 2020
ASUS’ new ZenWiFi AC3000 Whole-Home Mesh Wi-Fi System is the perfect way to create a reliable and secure mesh network in your business or home. 
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Review
Hands-on review: xFyro ARIA wireless earbuds
December 2019
These are by no means the most advanced wireless earbuds ever, but there are several reasons why the xFyro ARIA should be considered by the average user - they’re neat, easy to set up and durable.
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Microsoft
Hands-on review: Microsoft Surface Pro 7
November 2019
Considering the price, there are certainly cheaper options on the market but the performance in the Surface Pro 7 is much better than that of the Surface Pro 6.
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Microsoft
Hands-on review: Microsoft Surface Laptop 3
November 2019
The Surface Laptop 3 is a more than capable laptop and it feels like Microsoft is slowly moving into the market space that Apple dominated for such a long time - good looking, robust, reliable laptops with premium price tags.