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beyonwiz DP-P1

Recording on the DP-P1 is a simple and well integrated affair. While it lacks a few of the features that full-blown PVRs may sport, such as one-touch recording, it's nevertheless a highly functional and efficient recording device. The time-shift buff...

Toshiba HD-XE1

With the release of their latest HD-DVD player, the HD-XE1, Toshiba has brought an excellent high definition player to the Australian market. The first HD-DVD player in the country capable of outputting at 1080p, the HD-XE1 is capable of unlocking th...

LG DV298H

The LG DV298H DVD player is an attractive and affordable solution for those looking for an easy to use, upscaling DVD player. Despite not delivering high-end performance or true, 1080p upscaling, the DV298's ease of use, attractive design, and highly...

Logitech Squeezebox

When Slimdevices released its third iteration of the Squeezebox network media player in 2005, we instantly fell in love with it. It managed to be both the simplest and most effective device we'd seen at the time. So when the news came that Logitech w...

Ruckus MediaFlex VF-2825

The Ruckus MediaFlex wireless router, while not technically a media streamer itself, is a device intended to facilitate wireless streaming of media (videos and music) throughout the home. The easiest way to think of the MediaFlex is probably as a way...

Sony BDP-S1E

Sony's decision to wait before releasing a dedicated Blu-ray player in Australia may have surprised some observers. After all, they developed the technology. However, their release of the BDP-S1E should put any fears to rest; it's one of the best pla...

Pioneer BDP-LX70

Pioneer's first entry into the Australian Blu-ray market is an interesting one. With a mid-level price point and media streaming functionality, it seems as though it'll become somewhat of a niche product, catering specifically to those looking for a ...

audioengine A5

The audioengine A5 (also known as audioengine 5) is a set of stereo hi-fi speakers. Delivering excellent quality, along with an extremely solid and sturdy design, they're some of the best hi-fi speakers we've seen to date. Everything about them screa...

Dvico TViX 4030PA PVR

Dvico's TViX 4030PA is a PVR with a twist -- users can remove and switch the hard drive, loading it up with their own media or installing a higher capacity drive to suit their needs. With media streaming, high definition digital TV reception, and a g...

Philips HTS8100

Philips' new HTS8100 home theatre is a somewhat new take on the way we currently experience surround sound with home theatre systems. Comprised of a single 'bar', encompassing a DVD player, directional speakers, and a subwoofer, the HTS8100 uses Ambi...

Philips DVR5100

Philips' DVR5100 is a capable device for users looking for high definition digital reception and recording functionality. However, its relatively limited list of functions combined with a high price, make it an unsuitable choice for a majority of use...

WowWee Roboquad

The latest in WowWee's range of robots, the Roboquad is one of the better offerings, however one that is still hampered by limitations in the technology. Suitable for all ages, the Roboquad delivers a lot of versatility, and with the right know-how c...

Canon MD120

Canon's MD120 is a low level MiniDV camera that, while delivering relatively poor image quality, comes with a price and ease-of-use that makes it a reasonable recommendation for beginners. A good option for newcomers to the world of digital video, or...

Helios X3000

The Helios X3000 is simultaneously one of the best and worst devices we've ever seen. Its performance is outstanding, delivering some of the most well implemented features we've seen. At the same time, however, it's also, at times, almost impossible ...

Pioneer PD-D6

Pioneer's latest Super Audio CD player, the PD-D6, is a very impressive piece of equipment. Although its price, features and technology make it a device targeted squarely at audiophiles, if budget isn't an issue for you and you want to get the most o...

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HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre x360

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga 910

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

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