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Macbook

Software-easter-eggs

How to unlock the unseen extras in computer programs and games.

17 Apr 2014 | Think you know all the tricks your software has to offer? Think again. We go hunting for hidden features called Easter eggs, and show you how to see what you were never meant to find.

Budget laptop reviews  

We test 15 laptop computers that won’t break the bank.

9 Apr 2014 | You don’t have to sacrifice speed when buying a cheap laptop. We test 15 low-cost laptops that provide a good combination of power and features at a reasonable price.

Password managers review

Got too many log-ins? Try a password manager.

31 Mar 2014 | Password managers tested and compared on both desktop and mobile computers.

Apple ebook pricing

Is there a problem with ebook pricing?

6 Dec 2013 | Apple's recent loss at a US trial into ebook price fixing raises questions about the market.

First-look-Parallels-for-Mac-and-iPad

We take a look at Parallels Access, which lets you run Windows software on your iPad.

26 Nov 2013 | Find out how you can run Office and any other Windows program on your iPad almost anywhere you go.

Seagate Central

We get hands-on with Seagate’s NAS media hub

13 Nov 2013 | Access files anywhere and stream your media to devices within your home - the Seagate Central claims to do it all, but does it live up to its promises?

Journaling and brainstorming

When the light bulb moment strikes, capture that great idea with these tools

16 Oct 2013 | Capture that great idea in a few clicks with brainstorming and journaling apps and websites.

Gadget gift guide for Christmas

Gadgets and gizmos always make great presents for the tech-savvy and tech-curious.

23 Nov 2011 | We round up the best technology buys, from tablets, to televisions, to MP3 players, to eBook readers.

Christmas gift guide

We've trawled our test results to bring you a range of great gift ideas.

16 Nov 2011 | From digital cameras to kitchen gadgets, our gift ideas cater to all budgets.

All-rounder laptop reviews

Some of these general purpose family laptops offer unprecedented performance and value.

11 Nov 2011 | We test 12 laptops that suit the whole family, with models ranging between $730 and $2100.

Maclaren

Double stroller reviews  

We tested 37 double strollers in the CHOICE labs including models from Baby Jogger, Steelcraft, Valco and more.

9 Jul 2014 | If you have twins, or a baby and toddler close in age, a two-seat stroller could be just what you need for getting the kids from A to B.

Pram and stroller reviews  

We've tested 158 prams and strollers in the CHOICE labs including models from Maclaren, Steelcraft, Valco and more.

8 Jul 2014 | A pram or stroller is one of the most important baby-related purchases you’ll make. Find out which ones meet our safety standards to keep your child safe.

Macro Wholefoods

Cake mix reviews

Cake mixes are convenient, but making a cake from scratch can be just as easy.

9 May 2012 | We taste-tested 19 chocolate and eight vanilla cake mixes, including varieties from White Wings, Betty Crocker and Coles.

Milk alternatives review

If you can't or won't drink cow's milk, what are your options?

26 Apr 2012 | We review soy, rice, oat, coconut and almond non-dairy milk alternatives to see how they stack up nutritionally.

MakerBot

Consumer Electronics Show 2012  

We head to Las Vegas to check out some of the innovative products shaping consumer technology.

11 Jan 2012 | We take a look at some of the latest gadgets, gizmos and technologies at CES 2012.

Make-up

Horror make-up set recall

If children absorb lead through their skin, they can suffer significant and sometimes permanent health effects.

28 Oct 2011 | PJ SAS Trading Pty Ltd is recalling horror make-up sets sold in various discout variety stores.

Makita

Multi-function tools home test

CHOICE member Sean Wain puts four oscillating power tools to work to see which one makes the cut.

15 Jan 2014 | We recruited a serious DIY renovator, CHOICE member Sean Wain, to test four popular multi-function power tools for us.

Lawn trimmer reviews

Lawn trimmer, whipper-snipper, weed-eater, line trimmer - whatever the name, which is best for your backyard?

8 Aug 2013 | We test 42 petrol, electric, and cordless lawn trimmers (AKA line trimmers, weed-eaters, whipper-snippers), ranging from $49 to $409.

Mulcher lawnmower reviews

Mulcher mowers can give you a greener lawn and greener environment.

25 Sep 2012 | In our updated test of 30 mulcher and catcher lawnmowers, we reveal which models keep your lawn looking its best.

Malware

Password managers review

Got too many log-ins? Try a password manager.

31 Mar 2014 | Password managers tested and compared on both desktop and mobile computers.

Antivirus software review

We test and rank the top antivirus programs to see which provide the best PC protection.

27 Mar 2014 | We compare the most popular antivirus software for PC and mobile computers to see how well they protect your PC from malware.

Mamas-and-Papas

High chair reviews  

46 high chairs tested in the CHOICE labs, including models from Ikea, Stokke, Peg Perego and more

23 Apr 2014 | Once babies develop their neck strength, they’re ready to sit in a high chair. Our testing reveals which models are safest for your child.

CHOICE Expectant Parents Guide

A one-stop shop for parents in the making

12 Mar 2013 | Prepare for the arrival of your little bundle with our comprehensive guide for parents to be.

Managed funds

CHOICE guide to buying shares

The plunging share market is attracting bargain hunters. CHOICE guides first-time investors through their options.

23 Mar 2009 | Despite the market hitting a five-year low, the worst may not be over, with further ups and downs likely in this volatile economic environment.

Managed funds buying guide

Want to invest your money but not sure where to start? A managed fund might be what you’re after.

20 Feb 2007 | Based on the type of fund you choose (for example: shares, property and/or cash), the fund manager decides which assets to invest in.

Manduca

Baby carrier and sling reviews  

Try before you buy when choosing a baby carrier or sling.

4 Jun 2012 | With a baby carrier or sling, you can keep your baby close and secure while leaving your hands free for other tasks.

mapmyfitness

How to get fit and lose weight with apps and gadgets

Used right, wearable gadgets and fitness apps can help you kick your fitness goals. But used wrong, they can make you feel like a failure.

5 Mar 2014 | Will a shiny new wearable fitness tracker or smartphone app help keep you on track with your health goals?

mapmyrun

How to get fit and lose weight with apps and gadgets

Used right, wearable gadgets and fitness apps can help you kick your fitness goals. But used wrong, they can make you feel like a failure.

5 Mar 2014 | Will a shiny new wearable fitness tracker or smartphone app help keep you on track with your health goals?

Marantz

Surround sound AV receiver reviews

A Surround sound AV receiver is your home theatre system's command centre.

27 Nov 2013 | We test 16 surround sound AV receivers, to find out which models have the best sound quality, and are the easiest to use.

Home theatre quick look

What are your surround sound options?

10 Sep 2013 | CHOICE provides a realistic look at home theatre in a box.

Blu-ray player reviews

Our testing reveals whether 21 Blu-ray players live up to the hype.

26 Jun 2013 | Blu-ray players are the next step up from the DVD player, but how effective is the evolution?

Mini stereo system reviews

When you want better sound, it's time get out of the bargain basement

17 Aug 2011 | CHOICE put a range of CD, DVD and Blu-ray stereo systems through their paces, ranging from $849 to $1900.

Marketing

McDonald’s spruiks free fries vouchers at children’s playground

Free fries vouchers breach the fast food industry’s initiative for responsible advertising and marketing to children, says Advertising Standards Bureau.

5 Aug 2014 | McDonald’s broke the rules by handing out free fries vouchers to kids at a children's playground, the Advertising Standards Bureau has found.

Medicines Australia Code of Conduct falls short

The drug companies' peak body has failed to meet consumer expectations of transparency, according to leading consumer health advocates.

29 Jul 2014 | The 18th edition of the Medicines Australia Code of Conduct falls short on transparency of transactions between doctors and pharmaceutical companies, says consumer advocate, Dr Ken Harvey.

Cause-related marketing

Do companies that claim to give a portion of the profits to charity really do good?

18 Jul 2014 | A charity needs to get its funding from somewhere, including private companies and organisations. But are marketing campaigns where brands align with charities a win for all parties involved?

Unhealthy sponsorship of kids' sports

Researchers are concerned that the benefits of sport are being undermined by unhealthy messages from sponsors.

12 Jun 2014 | A study has found Australian children are being exposed to unhealthy messages for up to four hours per week during community sport – particularly outdoor cricket and rugby league.

Corporate sponsorship

How corporate sponsors exerts influence health-related organisations.

12 Jun 2014 | Corporate sponsorship is an increasingly common source of revenue for health-related organisations. We look at how corporate sponsors can exert their influence.

Pain relief medication

Drug companies have convinced consumers to pay much more for paracetamol and ibuprofen than they need to.

12 Jun 2014 | Panadol and Nurofen are responsible half the sales of pain relief drugs in Australia. But when it comes to their active ingredients - paracetamol and ibuprofen - a generic brand is just as good.

Unsolicited supplies

What you do when you receive things you didn't order.

10 Jun 2014 | If you receive goods or services that you didn't order, you don't have to pay for them.

Pyramid-schemes

Pyramid schemes seem too good to be true - because they are.

21 May 2014 | Pyramid schemes are illegal schemes that promise wealth but depend on an endless supply of new members. You're taking a big risk with your money if you invest in a pyramid scheme.

Babies and kids marketing

Making anxious first-time parents feel guilty is big business.

31 Jan 2013 | How can parents determine which products are essential, what’s nice to have, and what’s not needed?

Quality vs price

When it comes to certain high-end products, are you paying a premium for quality or just brand?

27 Nov 2012 | We pit a low-, medium- and high-end moisturiser, hair dryer and pair of men's underpants against each other in a user trial, and speak to experts about the results.

The rise of nutritional branding

Pure, natural and healthy or laden with salt, sugar and saturated fat?

20 Nov 2012 | We look at 200 products with implied health or quality claims and discover there is a fine line between healthy and hoodwinked.

The rise of aroma marketing

Is your nose falling prey to stealth advertising?

15 Aug 2012 | Scent marketing is increasingly being used to draw consumers back into bricks-and-mortars stores.

Toothpaste marketing

The toothpaste market is not as clean as you might think.

3 Jul 2012 | We've looked at 17 toothpastes, and spoken to dental experts to find out if there's any truth to the marketing claims.

Absurd whitegoods features  

Do the special features on your washing machine actually mean anything?

13 Jun 2012 | Often the special functions on your washing machine and dryer are just marketing hype.

Charity-christmas-cards

Not all charity-branded Christmas cards are equal. We highlight some of the more generous givers.

4 Nov 2010 | Buying direct from the charity is often a better way to get your money direct to the good cause.

The 2010 Shonky Awards  

Once again, we name and shame the shonkiest rip-offs and scams.

26 Oct 2010 | The annual CHOICE Shonkys highlights the worst of the worst.

What annoys Australians?

More than 1000 CHOICE members reveal their top gripes.

1 Oct 2010 | Hidden fees, faulty products, endless phone menus - Australians' biggest complaints are consumer and/or product-related.

Made in Australia

Which labels can you trust and which are just marketing hype?

30 Aug 2010 | Current labelling laws are broad and inconsistent even within the same industry. Country of origin and other claims, mixed with marketing hype, are confusing shoppers.

The Hard Word August 2010  

A monthly show looking at the funnier side of marketing and misprints.

26 Aug 2010 | It's cheaper to pick your pizza up in person, better to play it safe with the seafood menu and easier to disregard the rules of punctuation.

Excess packaging investigation

Is all that empty space in our food packaging really necessary?

1 Jul 2010 | Any trip to a supermarket, pharmacy or department store finds plenty of products packaged with lots of empty space. CHOICE asks manufacturers to explain why.

The-Hard-Word-Mar-2010  

A monthly show looking at the funnier side of marketing and misprints.

24 Mar 2010 | Unit pricing gone mad, bottom humour and tasty pizza packaging.

The-Hard-Word-Feb-2010  

A monthly show looking at the funnier side of marketing and misprints.

19 Feb 2010 | Do-it-yourself plastic surgery, the perfect bed for visiting in-laws, and a cure for sausage fingers.

The Hard Word - January 2010  

A monthly show looking at the funnier side of marketing and misprints.

21 Jan 2010 | An honest clairvoyant, a murderous driving school and a cash prize that falls a little short.

The Hard Word - Dec 2009  

A monthly show looking at the funnier side of marketing and misprints.

21 Dec 2009 | McDonalds, tattoos and traces of nuts feature in this pilot for our new series.

The 2009 Shonky Awards  

The year’s worst of the worst for all things consumer.

28 Oct 2009 | It’s time once again for the annual CHOICE Shonky Awards, where we reward manufacturers, service providers, government officials and marketers for their usual treasure trove of consumer-related Shonkyness.

Advertising tricks

CHOICE reveals the latest tricks companies use to catch our attention and open our wallets.

26 Mar 2009 | In an average day – commuting to work, buying a coffee, exercising and so on – you’ll likely be exposed to as many as 5000 advertising messages.

CHOICE guide to food labelling

You can't judge a book by its cover – what about food by its label?

20 Jan 2009 | Food labelling can be a minefield of confusion and misinformation. Labelling legislation offers some relief, but often isn't sufficiently enforced.

Green claims on supermarket labels  

Supermarket items make all sorts of green claims but can you trust them?

6 May 2008 | CHOICE is campaigning to make sure green claims are honest and useful, because consumers should be able to sort the true green products from the greenwash.

Alcopops  

Sweet, sexy, and deceptively alcoholic. Almost a third of CHOICE’s teenage testers couldn’t detect the alcohol in a Vodka Mudshake.

26 Feb 2008 | Alcopops are very appealing to younger people, and contribute to underage and binge drinking.

Missed call marketing

Returning that 'missed call' could prove expensive.

15 Jan 2008 | The 'missed call' scam is a marketing tactic which tries to shift the cost of a telemarketing call to the consumer – whether or not they want to hear about the promotion.

Supermarket premium brands

How do supermarket brands rate against their big-name competitors?

24 Sep 2007 | As you stroll the aisles of Aldi, Woolies or Coles, do you wonder whether the growing number of supermarket-owned premium varieties are worth trying, or if they’re inherently inferior to "name" brands?

Fairtrade products

Buying Fairtrade products is a way to make your buying decisions improve the lives of small producers in developing countries.

27 Aug 2007 | So what are Fairtrade products, and what’s it all about?

Supermarket price survey

And the cheapest chain is ... Aldi.

3 Jul 2007 | Which is the cheapest supermarket chain? To find out the answer we sent shadow shoppers to purchase a basket of 33 specific items from 111 supermarkets around the country.

Food marketing: child's play  

We take a look at how food is marketed to children, and what the problems are.

6 Mar 2007 | Kids are a special target for food marketing, and this concerns us for several reasons.

Food styling

If you’ve ever flicked through the pages of a glossy food magazine you’ve seen what a food stylist can do.

24 Jan 2002 | The problem with food photography is that food tends to dry out, shrink, discolour and sag — food styling is about counteracting these forces.

Martec

Ceiling fan reviews

CHOICE compares 12 ceiling fans priced between $199 and $999 including AC and DC powered models.

27 Aug 2013 | If you don’t want to spend big bucks on air conditioning, ceiling fans offer a cheaper, energy-efficient cooling solution and the latest range also includes DC powered models and one that works off the grid using 12V power.

Masport

Mulcher lawnmower reviews

Mulcher mowers can give you a greener lawn and greener environment.

25 Sep 2012 | In our updated test of 30 mulcher and catcher lawnmowers, we reveal which models keep your lawn looking its best.

Mastercard

Excessive credit card surcharge update

CHOICE research reinforces the need for more to be done to lower excessive credit card surcharges.

31 Jan 2014 | The latest CHOICE research reveals that excessive credit card surcharging continues despite recent RBA changes designed to limit the practice.

RBA delivers surcharge win for consumers

We welcome reform to end era of excessive surcharging.

13 Jun 2012 | The RBA's decision means that credit card payment surcharges can't be used as an avenue for revenue raising.

Travel money card comparisons

Avoiding fees is the first order of business when it comes to pre-paid travel money cards.

27 Mar 2012 | The travel card market has expanded in the last couple of years, with a range of new products released to the market, but the fees can still pack a sting.

Mattresses

Pitfalls for tall consumers

Despite the fact that Australians are getting taller, it seems retailers are yet to catch up.

23 Jun 2011 | Tall consumers are getting the short end of the stick in everything from buying clothes to travelling on planes, trains and in cars.

Pillow satisfaction survey

We look at the five major brands and see which pillows rate the best.

2 Feb 2011 | See which pillows score best for comfort: our members give their verdict on the popular brands.

Mattresses

See which mattresses rate the best for comfort. Our members give their verdict on 14 major brands.

6 Jun 2010 | Our online mattress survey gives you tips and advice of 3500 members, and highlights the best brand and retailers.

Sleep aids

Over-the-counter products are short-term solutions, but there are other ways to improve sleep.

9 Jan 2005 | Estimates vary, but something like 10–40% of the population has trouble from time to time either getting to, or staying, asleep.

Insomnia

We spend a third of our lives, or an average of 24 years sleeping – and yet up to 95% of us at some time have trouble sleeping.

23 May 2000 | Dr Alison Vickers examines the causes and offers advice on returning to a regular sleeping pattern.

Maxxis

Car tyres 205-55R16 reviews  

We review tyres suitable for some of the most popular car models in Australia, such as the Toyota Corolla, Mazda 3 and Hyundai i30.

6 May 2014 | 18 brands of 205/55R16 tyres are put through CHOICE's rigorous braking, cornering and rolling resistance tests. We'll tell you which sets to buy and which to avoid.

Car tyres 175-65R15 review and compare  

We test 18 brands of 175/65R15 tyres, suitable for small cars such as the Honda Jazz, Toyota Yaris and Suzuki Swift.

29 Nov 2013 | Our new rolling resistance test evaluates “eco” claims made by some manufacturers.

Small SUV tyre reviews  

Performance on sealed roads is what sets these SUV tyres apart.

15 Nov 2012 | We review 225 60R17 car tyres, which are suitable for many small SUVs on the Australian market.

Mazda

Car tyres 205-55R16 reviews  

We review tyres suitable for some of the most popular car models in Australia, such as the Toyota Corolla, Mazda 3 and Hyundai i30.

6 May 2014 | 18 brands of 205/55R16 tyres are put through CHOICE's rigorous braking, cornering and rolling resistance tests. We'll tell you which sets to buy and which to avoid.

Mazda CX-5 first look

We test drive the five-seater Maxx Sport 2.2L Diesel AWD, a luxury variant of the Mazda CX-5.

24 Oct 2013 | A CHOICE member family took the five-seater Mazda CX-5 Maxx Sport 2.2L Diesel AWD for a spin. What did they think of its performance and space?

Small vehicle repair costs

The results of this low-speed crash test show there are vast differences in repair costs across the range of top selling small vehicles.

28 Nov 2012 | NRMA Insurance put the spotlight on nine top selling small vehicles in Australia to see how their bumpers performed when involved in a collision.

Hybrid cars

Fed up with high petrol prices? A hybrid or electric car might be one answer.

27 Jun 2012 | We test-drove the fuel-efficient petrol, hybrid and electric models currently available in Australia and found there's a lot to like, plus some trade-offs.

Mazda 3 SKYACTIV first look

We take a look at Mazda's latest green car.

4 Apr 2012 | We've driven the Mazda 3 SKYACTIV for 3000km, to find out how it performs, how fuel efficient it is, and what makes it green.

McCulloch

Ride on mowers review

Tractor-type ride-on mowers reviewed, and a guide to finding the right ride-on for you.

18 Nov 2013 | Eight ride-on mowers tested, plus a buying guide for researching which mower you need and what to look for.

Mulcher lawnmower reviews

Mulcher mowers can give you a greener lawn and greener environment.

25 Sep 2012 | In our updated test of 30 mulcher and catcher lawnmowers, we reveal which models keep your lawn looking its best.

McDonalds

McDonald’s spruiks free fries vouchers at children’s playground

Free fries vouchers breach the fast food industry’s initiative for responsible advertising and marketing to children, says Advertising Standards Bureau.

5 Aug 2014 | McDonald’s broke the rules by handing out free fries vouchers to kids at a children's playground, the Advertising Standards Bureau has found.

Junk food advertising to kids

One in four Australian children is overweight or obese. Is the all-pervasive junk food advertising to children part of the problem?

25 Nov 2013 | Around the globe, governments and communities are grappling with the social, financial and health costs of overweight and obese populations. Is restricting junk food advertising to kids part of the solution?

Fast food vegetarian 2012

How do the major chains stack up when it comes to healthy vegetarian fast food?

14 Jun 2012 | We've surveyed 12 national fast food chains and reviewed their online menus to see how their vegetarian offerings stack up nutritionally.

Meat

Barossa Farm Produce claims misleading

ACCC finds gourmet meat range doesn't live up to claims.

18 Jun 2014 | Saskia Beer of Barossa Farm Produce has agreed to court-enforceable undertakings to the ACCC not to misrepresent the origins of the Black-Pig product range.

BBQ reviews  

We test 27 barbecues priced between $179 and $2200 for performance and ease of use.

26 Nov 2013 | CHOICE reviews portable, balcony-sized and large four-to-six burner barbecues, including latest models from Beefeater and Weber.

Paddock to plate

... and where did it come from? How much do you know about your steak's journey from paddock to plate?

7 Feb 2013 | From direct sales between farmer and butcher, to a complex chain of agents, finishers, processors and wholesales, the path from paddock to plate can vary widely.

Country of origin win for meat eaters

Food regulator to close country of origin labeling loophole for unpackaged meat.

4 May 2012 | Food Standards Australia New Zealand has announced that it will require declaration of the country of origin of unpackaged beef, sheep and chicken meat.

Vegetarian meat substitutes

We found many vegetarian meat substitutes are alarmingly high in salt - and taste bland.

11 Apr 2011 | CHOICE put a handful of vegetarian meat substitutes to the test, rating both nutritional value and taste.

Veal goulash

A delicious savoury treat perfectly suited to a slow cooker.

17 Jan 2011 | A warm, hearty meal best enjoyed with a small dollop of sour cream.

Steak review and compare

Our experts find it's not where you buy your steak that's important. It's knowing what to look for.

22 Nov 2010 | CHOICE puts cuts of steak from Aldi, Coles and Woolworths before a panel of experts to see how they compare with the same cuts from a budget and premium butcher.

Turkey-meat-balls

CHOICE recipe for turkey meat balls with our blend of herbs and spices

8 Jun 2010 | Turkey meat makes the core of this tasty recipe, with spices creating the delicious flavour


Meat pies

Try this tasty homemade meat pie

31 May 2010 | The beauty of making your own meat pie is that you have control over what's going in.

Meat pies

Try this tasty homemade meat pie

31 May 2010 | The beauty of making your own meat pie is that you have control over what's going in.

Meat pies review and compare

Very few meat pies are tasty or packed with meat, while the majority are a very unappetising prospect.

18 May 2010 | The Australian food standards authority stipulates meat pies must contain a minimum of 25% "meat flesh". But not all do.

Plastic-food-containers  

Are chemicals from plastic food containers and wrapping as safe as the industry and regulators claim or are they slowly poisoning us?

7 Jan 2010 | There’s a growing body of scientific evidence that suggests some plastics are not as safe as we're led to believe.

Organic meat in question

You pay the price for organic meat, but can you be sure that what you're getting is the real deal?

30 Jul 2009 | Organic meat is expensive to produce so you’ll pay more. But how can you be sure you’re getting what you pay for? CHOICE investigates.

Roast chicken  

Thirty years of intensive farming practices means expensive organic and free-range chickens don’t taste any better than a standard factory chook.

3 Mar 2008 | So what’s the tastiest chicken? Do the more expensive organic and free-range chooks really taste better than standard factory-farmed ones?

Organic food

Choosing organic food is easier than ever. But is it worth the extra money?

17 Jul 2007 | Not too long ago you had to go to special shops if you wanted organic food. Now you can find plenty in supermarkets, but mostly you’ll pay a pretty high premium over the cost of standard produce. Is it really worth it?

Free-range meat

If you buy free-range, how do you make sure you get what you pay for?

6 Mar 2007 | Free-range can mean a variety of things — the only common bottom line is that the general welfare requirements under state-based animal welfare acts and codes must be met.

Iron - are you getting enough?

The facts on the most common nutritional deficiency in the world and what to do about it.

1 Nov 2005 | Women of child-bearing age are most at risk of too little iron and there are different types of iron found in food and they are absorbed differently.

Media hubs

Media hubs and streamers

Seven media hubs and streamers put to the test in the CHOICE labs.

26 Mar 2014 | With the ability to play music, videos and pictures on your TV and stream directly from the internet, media hubs can be great tools for today's digital age.

First look: Xbox One

The Xbox One is the latest entry to the eighth generation of consoles. Does it deserve a place in your home entertainment setup?

27 Nov 2013 | We lined up at midnight on launch day to get our hands on the Xbox One, the first major overhaul of the Xbox in eight years. Here's what we found.

Copyright law reform

Is a fair-use system the way to go?

19 Nov 2013 | With copyright law under review, a fair-use system could allow people to enjoy their legally purchased digital music and movies without needing to break the law.

First look: Ouya

Console games go open source with this Android alternative

19 Nov 2013 | The next console to step into the ring against Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo - but costs far less than the big boys. Does it deserve a place in your living room?

Seagate Central

We get hands-on with Seagate’s NAS media hub

13 Nov 2013 | Access files anywhere and stream your media to devices within your home - the Seagate Central claims to do it all, but does it live up to its promises?

Web TV series

Find the newest and most daring web-only TV shows

30 Aug 2013 | TV on the internet is gaining a new audience as viewers find new and unique shows for all types of interests.

The Pi's the limit

We review the Raspberry Pi, an open source pocket-sized computer that can be programmed and hardwired to do just about anything.

28 Aug 2013 | The open-source, pocket-sized Raspberry Pi looks like a dream come true for consumers that want to learn about Linux programming - but can it live up to its claims?

2012 Apple TV first look

A quick review of Apple's updated set-top box

20 Mar 2012 | We get hands on with the new 1080p Apple TV, and check out some of its new features.

Netgear Push2TV first look

This media streaming device allows you to put small pictures on the big screen.

20 Oct 2011 | Streaming high definition video from your laptop to your TV has never been this easy.

Media hubs review

We compare 10 media devices for playing high definition files on your TV.

2 Jul 2009 | These days it seems that just about everything is going digital and high definition (HD), but if you create or download HD content to your computer, how do you get it over to your TV?

Media players

Media hubs and streamers

Seven media hubs and streamers put to the test in the CHOICE labs.

26 Mar 2014 | With the ability to play music, videos and pictures on your TV and stream directly from the internet, media hubs can be great tools for today's digital age.

First look: Xbox One

The Xbox One is the latest entry to the eighth generation of consoles. Does it deserve a place in your home entertainment setup?

27 Nov 2013 | We lined up at midnight on launch day to get our hands on the Xbox One, the first major overhaul of the Xbox in eight years. Here's what we found.

Copyright law reform

Is a fair-use system the way to go?

19 Nov 2013 | With copyright law under review, a fair-use system could allow people to enjoy their legally purchased digital music and movies without needing to break the law.

First look: Ouya

Console games go open source with this Android alternative

19 Nov 2013 | The next console to step into the ring against Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo - but costs far less than the big boys. Does it deserve a place in your living room?

Web TV series

Find the newest and most daring web-only TV shows

30 Aug 2013 | TV on the internet is gaining a new audience as viewers find new and unique shows for all types of interests.

The Pi's the limit

We review the Raspberry Pi, an open source pocket-sized computer that can be programmed and hardwired to do just about anything.

28 Aug 2013 | The open-source, pocket-sized Raspberry Pi looks like a dream come true for consumers that want to learn about Linux programming - but can it live up to its claims?

MP3 and MP4 player reviews  

We compare two popular smartphones with the latest in media players.

15 Nov 2012 | See how the iPhone 4S and Samsung Galaxy III compare with the latest MP3 and MP4 players.

iPod speaker dock reviews

Some can be used as a sound system for a flat, but most will struggle if you turn them up.

1 Mar 2012 | Price is no guarantee of quality when it comes to iPod docks.

Consumer Electronics Show 2012  

We head to Las Vegas to check out some of the innovative products shaping consumer technology.

11 Jan 2012 | We take a look at some of the latest gadgets, gizmos and technologies at CES 2012.

Christmas gift guide for the traveller

We round up some of the best buys for your globetrotting friends.

16 Dec 2011 | We pick fun and handy products that will make great Christmas presents for anyone who loves to travel.

Gadget gift guide for Christmas

Gadgets and gizmos always make great presents for the tech-savvy and tech-curious.

23 Nov 2011 | We round up the best technology buys, from tablets, to televisions, to MP3 players, to eBook readers.

Netgear Push2TV first look

This media streaming device allows you to put small pictures on the big screen.

20 Oct 2011 | Streaming high definition video from your laptop to your TV has never been this easy.

Mini hifi with iPod dock reviews

Mini and midi hi-fi systems can deliver good sound for your iPod without breaking the bank.

17 Mar 2011 | Some of these mini and midi hi-fi systems punch well above their weight when it comes to sound quality.

Sony PlayTV

This add-on device for PlayStation3 owners has its limitations.

3 Dec 2009 | The Sony PlayTV struggles to provide an effective two-in-one games console and personal video recorder machine.

Portable media players review and compare

We test the latest MP3, MP4 and video players to tell you the best buys.

12 Nov 2008 | We give ratings for ease of use, sound and video quality, and battery life.

Eco media player quick review

If you're away from a power source or a portable computer, this media player may be for you.

21 Feb 2008 | On an extended camping trip you may be without a power source,with this media player you're able to bring a bit of luxury with you.

Apple iPod classic

The iPod Classic is a smart-looking hard-drive MP3 player with a larger capacity and a wealth of features.

6 Dec 2007 | The Apple iPod Classic is available with a 80 or 160GB hard drive — we tested the latter (which has an RRP of $479).

Medibank-Private

Health insurance comparisons

We cut through health insurance jargon to help you decide what’s best for your budget.

30 Jun 2014 | We review 20 open funds in Australia, with recommendations to suit a variety of people in different life stages.

Guide to switching health insurers

Have you been slugged by the recent rise in premiums? It might be time to review your cover, switch and save.

27 Mar 2013 | As health insurance premiums go up, now’s a good time to check that the amount you’re paying is justified by what you’re getting in return.

Medical

Food and medication that don’t mix

Some food and drugs shouldn't be taken together.

16 Jul 2014 | Eating particular foods when you’re taking some medication can reduce the effectiveness of your drugs or even be bad for your health.

Medicare co-payments will hit Australians over 65 hardest

New research has found older Australians will be hardest hit by the proposed Medicare co-payments.

7 Jul 2014 | Older Australians will be the hardest hit by the proposed $7 Medicare co-payment and the increased price of medicines on the PBS, a study from the University of Sydney has found.

Online doctor hits Australia

Doctus allows consumers to buy prescriptions without needing to see their GP first.

3 Jun 2014 | A new service is offering consumers the opportunity to buy a prescription online without a face-to-face consultation with a doctor.

Wikipedia unreliable for health information

Be cautious when using Wikipedia for medical advice, warn researchers.

29 May 2014 | Most Wikipedia articles representing serious health conditions contain errors, according to study.

Is the Medicare co-payment a tax?

Federal treasurer Hockey gets grilled on Q&A about the Medicare co-payment, health funding, education and election promises.

20 May 2014 | The coalition government is facing increasing pressure after it last week delivered what is widely considered to be the toughest Budget in recent memory.

2014 Budget wrap 15 May 2014

The federal government has outline $80bn worth of cuts to the state and territories schools and hospitals. And premiers and chief ministers aren't happy.

15 May 2014 | States are revolting over the federal government's budget cuts to schools and hospitals.

2014 budget countdown: 1 day to go

Will patients be stung by a co-payment in hospital emergency rooms? And are sole parents at risk of a further income slug?

12 May 2014 | CHOICE examines the latest releases and leaks from the 2014 Budget including those arouns co-payments, fuel tax and recommendations from the National Commission of Audit regarding payments for sole parents.

Doctors' hand hygene below standard

A new study has found doctors are failing to comply with hand-washing protocols.

1 May 2014 | While nurses are passing with flying colours, many doctors are failing to follow hand-washing protocols in public hospitals.

Health insurance complaints down

The gap between how much a consumer pays in hospital fees and how much their health fund covers is still causing headaches.

9 Apr 2014 | Health insurance industry complaints are down, The State of the Health Funds report finds, but some issues such as out-of-pocket costs, remain.

Surviving hospital: infections

The last thing you need from a hospital stay is to contract a preventable infection.

23 Oct 2013 | Hospital-acquired infections can have serious consequences, including repeat surgery – or even fatalities – and cost Australia $1bn a year. CHOICE checks up on the situation.

medical-procedures-under-the-knife

The safety, efficacy and cost of some common medical procedures has been called into question

20 Jun 2013 | As governments try to rein in health costs, identifying low-value medical procedures is a priority. We explain the issues for consumers, and tell you what you can do to ensure you get the best healthcare.

Prescription medicine

Is the government’s unsavvy spending on prescription medicines costing consumers millions of dollars more per year than they need to pay?

8 May 2013 | We reveal how the price of prescription medicines in Australia compares to that in other countries.

Guide to switching health insurers

Have you been slugged by the recent rise in premiums? It might be time to review your cover, switch and save.

27 Mar 2013 | As health insurance premiums go up, now’s a good time to check that the amount you’re paying is justified by what you’re getting in return.

Save-on-hearing-aids

You may be able to save thousands on a top-range hearing aid.

20 Feb 2013 | One in six Australians suffers hearing loss, but top-end aids can cost a small fortune. We've surveyed the market to find out how and where you can save.

Can a chiropractor replace your GP?

Chiropractors are increasingly moving into family primary care, taking on the role traditionally filled by GPs.

23 Aug 2012 | As with all medical practices, there are risks involved with chiropractic. So do the benefits for children outweigh the risks?

NSW bans solariums

New South Wales will ban the use of commercial solariums in three years.

8 Feb 2012 | We welcome the ban on commercial solariums in NSW, but we're calling for a national ban.

Coloplast Trident Catheter Valve recall

There are concerns that the valves in these lots may not be sterile.

8 Dec 2011 | Coloplast Pty Ltd is recalling Trident Catheter Valves as there are concerns that some may not be sterile.

Life Scan Blood Glucose Monitoring System recall

Some Systems are giving repeated 'error 2' warning messages when used in conditions of high temperature and/or humidity.

23 Sep 2011 | Johnson & Johnson Pty Ltd has recalled some its Life Scan One Touch Verio Blood Glucose Monitoring Systems, as some are giving repeated 'error 2' warning messages when used in conditions of high temperature and/or humidity.

Medical-tourism

The rise of dental tourism

CHOICE investigates why some consumers are going overseas to save money on their dental treatment.

21 Nov 2011 | Australian consumers are increasingly looking to overseas dental treatment in order to save money on their dental bills.

Medicine

Medicines Australia Code of Conduct falls short

The drug companies' peak body has failed to meet consumer expectations of transparency, according to leading consumer health advocates.

29 Jul 2014 | The 18th edition of the Medicines Australia Code of Conduct falls short on transparency of transactions between doctors and pharmaceutical companies, says consumer advocate, Dr Ken Harvey.

GP medical imaging orders increase forty five per cent

Higher cost CT and MRI scans are increasingly replacing the humble X-ray, study finds.

23 Jul 2014 | Sydney University research reveals that medical imaging diagnostic tests, including CT and MRI scans, ordered by GPs increased 45% over 10 years.

Food and medication that don’t mix

Some food and drugs shouldn't be taken together.

16 Jul 2014 | Eating particular foods when you’re taking some medication can reduce the effectiveness of your drugs or even be bad for your health.

HIV at-home self-tests coming to Australia

Companies can now manufacture and sell HIV self-tests in Australia.

8 Jul 2014 | Consumers should soon be able to test for HIV at home, with restrictions on self-HIV testing lifted.

Medicare co-payments will hit Australians over 65 hardest

New research has found older Australians will be hardest hit by the proposed Medicare co-payments.

7 Jul 2014 | Older Australians will be the hardest hit by the proposed $7 Medicare co-payment and the increased price of medicines on the PBS, a study from the University of Sydney has found.

Older Australians overusing anti-inflammatory pain killers

NSAID overuse and interactions with other drugs pose health risk to patients

3 Jul 2014 | Researchers find older Australians are taking anti-inflammatory pain killers for too long, and without sufficient precautions to minimise harmful side-effects.

Antibiotics won't help colds and flu

Government reminds Aussies that misuse of antibiotics may add to superbug problem.

26 Jun 2014 | Two-thirds of Australian workers mistakenly believe antibiotics work for colds and flu, a misconception that could contribute to the spread of antibiotic resistance in Australia.

Pain relief medication

Drug companies have convinced consumers to pay much more for paracetamol and ibuprofen than they need to.

12 Jun 2014 | Panadol and Nurofen are responsible half the sales of pain relief drugs in Australia. But when it comes to their active ingredients - paracetamol and ibuprofen - a generic brand is just as good.

Online doctor hits Australia

Doctus allows consumers to buy prescriptions without needing to see their GP first.

3 Jun 2014 | A new service is offering consumers the opportunity to buy a prescription online without a face-to-face consultation with a doctor.

Wikipedia unreliable for health information

Be cautious when using Wikipedia for medical advice, warn researchers.

29 May 2014 | Most Wikipedia articles representing serious health conditions contain errors, according to study.

Poorest hit the hardest by 2014 Budget changes

New figures from NATSEM and the Salvation Army show that those on low-incomes will be hit hardest by the budget changes.

22 May 2014 | New figures suggest that the poorest 20 per cent will pay $1.1bn more to the government than the richest households.

Is the Medicare co-payment a tax?

Federal treasurer Hockey gets grilled on Q&A about the Medicare co-payment, health funding, education and election promises.

20 May 2014 | The coalition government is facing increasing pressure after it last week delivered what is widely considered to be the toughest Budget in recent memory.

Health insurance complaints down

The gap between how much a consumer pays in hospital fees and how much their health fund covers is still causing headaches.

9 Apr 2014 | Health insurance industry complaints are down, The State of the Health Funds report finds, but some issues such as out-of-pocket costs, remain.

Supplements-good-and-bad

Which supplements should you take and which should you avoid?

3 Apr 2014 | If you're getting over flu season, supplements can seem like a quick way to better health. Are they, though?

Surviving hospital: infections

The last thing you need from a hospital stay is to contract a preventable infection.

23 Oct 2013 | Hospital-acquired infections can have serious consequences, including repeat surgery – or even fatalities – and cost Australia $1bn a year. CHOICE checks up on the situation.

What doctors would not do

What doctors would not do

10 Oct 2013 | An apple a day keeps the doctor away - but what does the doctor keep away from? CHOICE finds out what 17 health professionals advise against.

Hayfever treatment

We review your treatment options for managing hayfever symptoms.

1 Oct 2013 | There are several types of medication available over-the-counter or by prescription for the treatment of symptoms such as sneezing, runny nose, congestion, itchy throat and burning eyes. Which work best?

Cough cold and flu treatments

We look at which over-the-counter and natural remedies help combat colds and flu.

28 Jun 2013 | Learn how to prevent and effectively treat your common cold and flu symptoms.

medical-procedures-under-the-knife

The safety, efficacy and cost of some common medical procedures has been called into question

20 Jun 2013 | As governments try to rein in health costs, identifying low-value medical procedures is a priority. We explain the issues for consumers, and tell you what you can do to ensure you get the best healthcare.

Prescription medicine

Is the government’s unsavvy spending on prescription medicines costing consumers millions of dollars more per year than they need to pay?

8 May 2013 | We reveal how the price of prescription medicines in Australia compares to that in other countries.

Headaches and migraines

From acupuncture and herbal remedies to OTC and prescribed medicines, we reveal which headache and migraine treatments actually work.

18 Apr 2013 | If you’re concerned about overusing painkillers, there are some effective alternatives.

Anxiety

From therapist's couch to virtual couch, we look at your treatment options.

1 Feb 2013 | Treatments for anxiety may include psychological therapies, medication and self-help.

Guide to online health advice

With colds and flus upon us, who can you trust for reliable information online? We give you the low-down.

14 Mar 2012 | With colds and flus upon us, who can you trust to give you reliable information online? We give you the low-down.

Savacol antiseptic mouth and throat rinse recall

Some samples of the product have been found to contain bacterial contamination.

8 Nov 2011 | The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) advises that all batches of Savacol Antiseptic Mouth & Throat Rinse alcohol free mouthwash are being recalled.

Hair loss treatment

Hair loss affects more than half of all men and some women. We separate the successful treatments from the snake oils.

1 Nov 2011 | Hair loss powers an industry with more than its fair share of sharks, so caveat emptor!

Dementia

What can we do to boost brain health?

1 Sep 2011 | Dementia is the single greatest cause of disability in Australians aged 65 years or older. It's predicted that by 2050 it will affect one million Australians.

Travel vaccinations

Avoid paying for vaccinations you don't need.

13 Apr 2011 | If you're travelling off the beaten track, you need the right advice on travel vaccinations.

Depression

One in six Australians will experience an episode of depression at sometime in their lives.

15 Oct 2010 | Fortunately, a range of effective and affordable treatments is available, ranging from talking therapies to certain drugs, and may be more affordable than you imagine.

Children's painkillers review and compare

What products are out there, and how to give them safely.

20 Aug 2010 | The choice in over-the-counter painkillers for children is restricted to ibuprofen or Paracetamol.

Discount pharmacies

See how much you can save on the 10 top-selling medicines simply by shopping around.

3 Jun 2010 | Our CHOICE price comparison shows dramatic savings on both prescription and non-prescription medicines, depending on which pharmacy you shop at.

Doctor and patient relationships

We find constructive solutions to building a healthy relationship with your doctor.

10 Mar 2010 | Had a lousy experience with a doctor? We look at some of the main bugbears and doctors' patient-from-hell stories.

Weight-loss-surgery

As a last resort, it can be an effective way to drop the life-threatening kilos.

19 Jan 2010 | Gastric banding is promoted as a safe, easy and effective way for obese people to lose weight. CHOICE investigates the claims.

The dangers of mixing medicines

CHOICE investigates adverse events associated with medication and what can be done to prevent them.

11 Sep 2009 | Our reliance on medicines has dramatically increased, and mixing them can prove a dangerous cocktail. CHOICE explains who’s at risk and why.

PBS reform

The Government needs to ensure that consumers can afford to fill their prescriptions

20 Aug 2009 | The PBS is a Government scheme which provides Australians with access to affordable medicines. Pharmacists are the big winners from the reforms.

Complementary medicines

Complementary medicines make a range of claims about their effectiveness, but these claims are not always backed up with sound evidence.

2 Dec 2008 | In some cases, complementary medicines can harm consumers’ health. Current regulatory action does not do enough to protect consumers.

Generic Drugs

How to save money on your prescription medication.

25 Nov 2008 | A generic drug is a copy of a branded drug. It's chemically equivalent to its branded counterpart but usually costs less.

Promotion overdo$e

How much influence do drug companies have on what your GP prescribes you?

27 Aug 2008 | GPs are bombarded with marketing and promotions from drug companies. This can influence their prescribing habits — and this isn’t in the best interest of consumers.

Memory-enhancing pills

Can a pill improve brain function and help prevent dementia?

21 Jul 2008 | There are pills on the market that claim these benefits, and more. They can set you back anything from $10 to $70 a bottle. But do they work?

Children and depression

If you think your child may be suffering from depression, it's important to seek help.

8 Jul 2008 | Depression is a serious condition and you should discuss all available treatments with your doctor.

Consumer reporting of adverse drug reactions

In the past adverse drug reactions have been reported by doctors. We believe that consumers should be able to report these events themselves.

25 Sep 2007 | Reporting of adverse events by consumers has resulted in some important changes, including improvements in product labeling.

Free trade agreement

CHOICE is opposed to the removal of the evergreening provision of the US Fair Trade Agreement.

20 Sep 2007 | One of the contentious issues surrounding the AUSFTA is access to drugs, aspects of the agreement threaten the viability of the PBS in Australia.

Pharmacists drug representatives and your privacy

Consumers need to be assured that their privacy is protected in pharmacy software.

3 Jul 2007 | Pharmaceutical company representatives are attempting to extract patient information from pharmacy dispensing software using memory sticks.

Flu shots

With winter approaching it’s time to get your annual flu shot.

4 May 2007 | The influenza virus is constantly changing so you need to get a flu shot every year to be protected against the most common strains.

Throat lozengers

Relief or rip-off?

3 May 2007 | Most throat lozenges are unlikely to help relieve the pain and discomfort of a sore throat any more than sucking on a hard lolly or drinking hot water with honey and lemon.

Choosing a GP

Looking for doctor right.

6 Feb 2006 | The relationship you have with your doctor can be one of the most crucial in your life, particularly if you have a chronic condition or develop a serious illness.

St. John's Wort

Studies show it helps relieve mild depression, but can you be confident the brand you buy will work?

13 May 2005 | Not all SJW products are equal, and lack of transparency about their products on the part of companies that supply them makes it difficult to know which can be used with confidence.

Sleep aids

Over-the-counter products are short-term solutions, but there are other ways to improve sleep.

9 Jan 2005 | Estimates vary, but something like 10–40% of the population has trouble from time to time either getting to, or staying, asleep.

Multivitamins

Do you really need to take one?

6 Jan 2005 | Research shows that a balanced diet is still the best way to get your vitamins and minerals, and that diets high in whole grains, vegetables and fruit reduce the risk of cancers and other diseases.

Medion Akoya

Medion Akoya laptop from Aldi

We take a sneak peek at the 17.3” Medion Akoya laptop.

21 Nov 2011 | We get in early to take a sneak peek at the latest Medion Akoya laptop from Aldi, ahead of its release this Saturday.

Melanoma

Melanoma rates drop for young australians

Sun safety message appears to be sinking in for younger people.

26 May 2014 | Sun safety message appears to be working as research reveals a drop in melanoma rates for younger Australians.

Mental health

PTSD relief could be on the cards from MS pill

Laboratory mice have been shown to forget adverse memories when on an MS pill.

27 May 2014 | Gilenya, a pill approved for treatment of multiple sclerosis, has shown promise in reducing symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.

Mental-health-and-insurance

Is the insurance industry missing the mark when it comes to mental health risks?

6 Feb 2014 | The insurance industry’s indiscriminate approach to risk assessment around mental health can mean the denial of cover, higher premiums or rejected claims, even if the illness is under control.

Anxiety

From therapist's couch to virtual couch, we look at your treatment options.

1 Feb 2013 | Treatments for anxiety may include psychological therapies, medication and self-help.

Mental health professionals

We explain the difference between psychiatrists, psychologists and counsellors.

13 Feb 2012 | Mental health therapists can help people with problems ranging from depression, anxiety or grief to schizophrenia and other psychoses.

Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes Benz 0500LE Bus recall

Fuel could leak and may ignite, causing an engine fire.

29 Sep 2011 | Mercedes-Benz is recalling 0500 LE Bus vehicles, sold nationally between July 2006 and March 2009.

Mercury

Pressure cleaner reviews

These high-pressure water cleaners blast away grit and grime.

19 Feb 2014 | CHOICE reviews 30 pressure cleaners priced from $69 to $749 and finds that higher operating pressure really is the key to a good blaster.

Michelin

Car tyres 205-55R16 reviews  

We review tyres suitable for some of the most popular car models in Australia, such as the Toyota Corolla, Mazda 3 and Hyundai i30.

6 May 2014 | 18 brands of 205/55R16 tyres are put through CHOICE's rigorous braking, cornering and rolling resistance tests. We'll tell you which sets to buy and which to avoid.

Car tyres 175-65R15 review and compare  

We test 18 brands of 175/65R15 tyres, suitable for small cars such as the Honda Jazz, Toyota Yaris and Suzuki Swift.

29 Nov 2013 | Our new rolling resistance test evaluates “eco” claims made by some manufacturers.

Car tyre 205/60R16 reviews  

We've tested 15 brands of car tyres, including models from Bridgestone, Dunlop, Continental and Michelin.

24 May 2013 | Find out which brands score best for braking and cornering performance in wet and dry conditions.

Car tyre 215/60R16 reviews  

You can’t rely on price, tread pattern or brand name to find the best-performing tyre.

10 May 2012 | We review 18 brands of car tyres (215/60R16) priced from $105 to $229 each.

Microsoft

Facebook forces extra app for mobile chat

Separate messaging app sparks angry response, affecting more than one billion Facebook users.

4 Aug 2014 | Facebook is replacing live chat in its core mobile app, with a dedicated messaging service. Users who want to instant message via Facebook will need to install the extra app.

Australians still being ripped off on digital goods

Study finds 79 per cent of people unhappy with inflated costs

30 Jul 2014 | One year after the IT Pricing Inquiry dismissed the excuses of major companies, Australians are still paying up to 50 per cent more than overseas markets for technology, music, movies and TV shows.

Eighth generation consoles roundup

The eighth generation of consoles has promised a big boost for gamers. Is it time to jump on board?

25 Jun 2014 | The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One have been on shelves for just over six months, while the Wii U has been around for 18. Here’s how each console compares.

Cloud backup

Online backup can offer crisis-proof peace of mind, but there are pitfalls. We show you how to select the right service for your needs.

19 Jun 2014 | We test and compare 11 cloud-based backup services.

Back to the tabletop

Tabletop games are defying technology, and making a triumphant return to lounge rooms across the country.

3 Jun 2014 | Remember Snakes and ladders? How about Monopoly? These and other board games such as Settlers of Catan are enjoying a massive resurgence, as video-game fans and new players are turning towards the tabletop. We find out why.

Surface Pro 3

Tech giant promises lighter hybrid with larger screen, that's thinner than Apple's Macbook Air.

21 May 2014 | Microsoft sets its sights on the thin-and-light end of the portable computer market, pitching the Surface 3 as the hybrid to replace your laptop.

TwitchTube

The Google-owned video-sharing giant is reportedly in talks with Twitch to buy it out.

20 May 2014 |

Windows XP security warning

After ceasing support for Windows XP, Microsoft issues one last security fix for Internet Explorer, leaving users of the popular operating system to "upgrade or else".

13 May 2014 | Microsoft has issued a final post-support security patch to address a flaw in Internet Explorer, despite officially ending support for Windows XP several weeks ago.

Nintendo Wii U review

Are the unique points of the Wii U enough to make it a serious contender against the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One?

12 May 2014 | The Nintendo Wii has sold more than 100 million units since its launch six years ago. We spent some time with its successor, the Wii U, to find out if Nintendo will rock the gaming world again.

Raidiers of the lost Atari

Documentary team excavates games graveyard and finds E.T. - one of the worst games of all time.

30 Apr 2014 | Legend has it that Atari buried millions of unsellable cartridges in 1983. After more than 30 years of speculation, the legend turned out to be true.

Software-easter-eggs

How to unlock the unseen extras in computer programs and games.

17 Apr 2014 | Think you know all the tricks your software has to offer? Think again. We go hunting for hidden features called Easter eggs, and show you how to see what you were never meant to find.

Budget laptop reviews  

We test 15 laptop computers that won’t break the bank.

9 Apr 2014 | You don’t have to sacrifice speed when buying a cheap laptop. We test 15 low-cost laptops that provide a good combination of power and features at a reasonable price.

Office-for-iPad-released

Microsoft announces genuine Office apps for iOS and Android tablets.

28 Mar 2014 | A new mobile-first and cloud-first strategy that includes bringing Word, Excel and PowerPoint to Apple’s popular tablet as well as Android devices has been announced by Microsoft.

Antivirus software review

We test and rank the top antivirus programs to see which provide the best PC protection.

27 Mar 2014 | We compare the most popular antivirus software for PC and mobile computers to see how well they protect your PC from malware.

Navigating online geo-blocking

Not all retailers have embraced the web as a "borderless world", with geo-blocking forcing Australians to pay more.

5 Mar 2014 | We look at some of the ways you can avoid paying top dollar when shopping online from home.

8 things to know about IT pricing

CHOICE busts the myths and reveals the facts behind the cost of IT and technology goods in Australia.

4 Mar 2014 | CHOICE tells you eight things you need to know about IT pricing.

Tablet computer reviews  

Find the tablet computer that's right for you.

13 Jan 2014 | Tablets are taking over personal computing. We test more than 70 models you can buy in Australia.

First look: Xbox One

The Xbox One is the latest entry to the eighth generation of consoles. Does it deserve a place in your home entertainment setup?

27 Nov 2013 | We lined up at midnight on launch day to get our hands on the Xbox One, the first major overhaul of the Xbox in eight years. Here's what we found.

Copyright law reform

Is a fair-use system the way to go?

19 Nov 2013 | With copyright law under review, a fair-use system could allow people to enjoy their legally purchased digital music and movies without needing to break the law.

Ewallet in your pocket

How soon will e-wallets make your own wallet redundant?

12 Feb 2013 | Google Wallet, Apple Passbook and Windows Phone 8 Wallet e-wallet apps on your smartphone can be used to make payments and store your details for loyalty cards, movie tickets and even some travel documents.

Tech giant referred to the ACCC

Microsoft’s 32GB tablet has only 16GB of available hard disk space.

22 Jan 2013 | CHOICE has requested that the ACCC investigate Microsoft for potentially misleading advertising claims.

Windows 8 preview

We take a look at the key features of the Windows 8 OS update.

26 Oct 2012 | This is the biggest change to the operating system in a very long time, and it’s certainly not going to be to everyone’s liking.

Backup software reviews

Backing up your important digital information is essential.

18 May 2012 | We test 18 backup software packages that promise to keep your data safe.

Price discrimination inquiry

Parliamentary inquiry to demand answers for price discrimination.

30 Apr 2012 | Federal Labor politicians are seeking answers as to why Australians pay more than shoppers overseas for products that are exactly the same.

Gadget gift guide for Christmas

Gadgets and gizmos always make great presents for the tech-savvy and tech-curious.

23 Nov 2011 | We round up the best technology buys, from tablets, to televisions, to MP3 players, to eBook readers.

Microwaves

Product reliability survey

Our 2014 report reveals how our members rate common technology product and appliance brands for reliability.

21 Feb 2014 | Use our brand reliability results to help guide your decision before buying. A bargain isn't a bargain if you're likely to pay a lot for repairs in the long term.

Microwave reviews

Taking the time to read your microwave’s manual can unlock its true power and make you king or queen of the kitchen.

8 Jan 2014 | We review 20 microwaves, priced from $190 to $690, to find out which models perform the best and are the easiest to use.

aldi-lumina-microwave-first-look

At the bargain price of $59.95, is it a good performer or could it be too good to be true?

28 Jun 2013 | We tell you if Aldi's latest low-price microwave performs.

Microwave oven reviews

We've tested nine convection benchtop ovens priced under $600, including Panasonic, Electrolux and Sharp models.

16 Jan 2013 | These convection (combination) microwave ovens are capable of convection cooking, microwaving, grilling or combinations of all three.

How to cook bechamel sauce in a microwave

We show you how to whip up this versatile sauce without using a cooktop.

8 Feb 2011 | A tasty sauce to go with different dishes like lasagna and au gratin

How to defrost a chicken

How to defrost a chicken using your microwave.

27 Jan 2011 | The best tips to defrosting your chicken in the microwave.

How to butterfly a chicken

Step by step instructions on how to butterfly a chicken.

20 Jan 2011 | Our simple step-by-step guide to butterfly a chicken.

How to melt chocolate in a microwave

A quick and easy way to melt chocolate

20 Jan 2011 | Melting chocolate in your microwave is quicker than using your stovetop.

Supersteam Oven Quick Review

It steams, bakes and microwaves with surprising efficiency. This newcomer from Sharp gets the thumbs up from CHOICE.

18 Jan 2010 | The Sharp Supersteam combines healthy multi-function cooking with a space-saving design.

miele

Clothes dryer reviews

We put nine clothes dryers to the test, to help you find the right one for your home.

14 Aug 2014 | Find out which are the best-performing clothes dryers, among models from Simpson, Fisher & Paykel, Electrolux, Whirlpool and Haier.

Dishwasher reviews  

We take the guesswork out of buying the best dishwasher in your price range..

23 Jul 2014 | More than 50 dishwashers rated on their washing and drying performance, energy and water use, including models from Bosch, Dishlex, LG, Miele and Westinghouse.

Vacuum cleaner reviews  

We test vacuum cleaners at all price points, from $69 to $1599.

9 Jul 2014 | Our tests reveal which newly tested vacuums – including models from Dyson, Electrolux and Vax – are best at picking up dirt and pet hair.

Washing machine reviews  

We’ve tested more than 60 washing machines, including models from Bosch, Electrolux, Fisher & Paykel, LG, Miele, Samsung, Simpson and Westinghouse.

22 May 2014 | Find out which washers from all the major brands rate best for dirt removal, rinse performance and water and energy efficiency.

Ovens review  

We've put 66 electric ovens through their paces in our test kitchen including models from Miele, Westinghouse and Electrolux.

13 Mar 2014 | Find out which ovens we recommend and how they stack up when it comes to cooking performance and ease of use.

Induction cooktop reviews

Looking for faster, energy-efficient cooking for your kitchen? An induction cooktop could be just what you're after.

14 Feb 2014 | Induction cooktops can cost thousands of dollars, but our test results show you don’t always have to pay top dollar for a good one.

Gas cooktop reviews

We've tested 11 new gas cooktops, including Blanco, Bosch, Electrolux and Miele models.

14 Mar 2013 | We have test results for 39 gas cooktops ranging in price from $329 to $3389. Which are the best performers?

CHOICE Awards 2012  

Our experts hand out bouquets to the worthy recipients.

28 Mar 2012 | The third annual CHOICE Awards is our chance to celebrate the people, products, services and brands that improve the lives of consumers every day.

Expensive vacuum cleaner reviews

We test high-end vacuum cleaners priced from $600 to $1099.

24 Nov 2011 | CHOICE reveals which expensive vacuum cleaners earn their keep, and whether it's necessary to spend up to $1000 on a model.

Ovens buying guide  

Ovens aren't simple anymore – our buying guide takes you through the choices.

21 May 2008 | But while looks may be important, they're only one of many things to think about when buying an oven.

Milk

A2 milk less likely to cause gastro problems: new study

A1 rougher on the gut according to double-blind test at Curtin University

11 Aug 2014 | New Australian research suggests that consuming A1 milk can adversely affect the gastrointestinal tract compared with A2 milk.

Are toddler milks just marketing spin?

Toddler and growing-up milks are big business.

7 Jul 2014 | Toddler and junior formulas are unnecessary for healthy kids, say the experts. Are these products just a sneaky way to advertise infant formulas?

Organic baby food reviews

Not all organic baby food is created equal.

19 Jun 2014 | Our review of 136 baby food varieties for under ones found there’s more to (or sometimes less of) these products than meets the eye.

ACCC acts on misleading Coles cartoon

Coles to issue a correction after ACCC takes action on a misleading video and cartoon.

8 Apr 2014 | The ACCC has accepted a court enforceable undertaking from supermarket giant Coles after an investigation into the “Our Coles Brand Milk Story” cartoon and video found it to be misleading.

Milk premium vs homebrand

We look at what's in your milk and how the milk brands stack up.

8 Apr 2013 | 30 CHOICE staffers took part in a blind taste test of 12 milks. The results are surprising.

Milk alternatives review

If you can't or won't drink cow's milk, what are your options?

26 Apr 2012 | We review soy, rice, oat, coconut and almond non-dairy milk alternatives to see how they stack up nutritionally.

Devondale UHT Skim Milk recall

The recall has been initiated due to bacterial spoilage in some packs.

28 Oct 2011 | Murray Goulburn Company Ltd is recalling Devondale UHT Skim Milk because of bacterial spoilage in some packs.

Pura Milk, Daisy Fresh Milk and Woolworths Homebrand Milk recall

The products may contain small amounts of food grade dairy caustic cleaning solution.

10 Oct 2011 | Parmalat Australia Pty Ltd is recalling Pura Milk, Daisy Fresh Milk and Woolworths Homebrand Milk products sold between 27th September 2011 and 4th October 2011.

Muesli reviews

We reviewed 159 mueslis to find the best ones for you, whatever your preferences.

17 Aug 2011 | CHOICE reviews 159 mueslis from supermarkets and health food stores to find those that meet our criteria for lowest fat, lowest sugar, highest fibre and more.

Milk submission

CHOICE has joined with the Australian Food and Grocery Council to propose options for a Supermarket Ombudsman

20 Apr 2011 | CHOICE and the Australian Food and Grocery Council are calling for the establishment of a Supermarket Ombudsman

Milk price war extends to beer

Foster's withholds supply of beer to Coles and Woolworths liquor retailers.

24 Mar 2011 | The Senate inquiry into milk prices will unofficially extend to beer when Coles and Woolworths are questioned next week.

Sunbeam milk frother quick review

These coffee gadgets still don't live up to the hype - or their price tag.

21 Dec 2010 | CHOICE says an espresso machine with in-built milk frother is a better way to go.

Lattemento quick review

High price for a poor quality froth.

4 Aug 2010 | Why spend money on a milk frother, when for a little more you can buy an espresso machine that froths milk as well as makes a great cuppa?

Milk products compared

So many milk brands, so much marketing hype. CHOICE shows you where to find the real value.

10 Sep 2009 | CHOICE has skimmed off the marketing hype and found that generic brands of milk are much the same as the equivalent big national brands.

Premium yoghurt reviews

Yoghurt doesn’t have to be loaded with fat to taste deliciously creamy.

24 Jan 2009 | Are those extra delicious premium brands just as healthy, or do they taste so good because they’re loaded with fat and sugar?

Hot chocolate review and compare

Hot chocolate now promises all manner of sensual delights.

27 May 2008 | Montezuma, the 16th century ruler of the Aztec empire, is said to have fortified himself by drinking chocolate before visiting his harem. And, according to research, chocolate causes a longer-lasting buzz than kissing.

Milk

The choice of milk seems endless. But what's the difference?

28 May 2007 | Ever wondered what the difference is between full or reduced fat? Or which milk has the most calcium?

Children's milk

Do children really need their own milk?

7 May 2007 | Several milks specifically aimed at children have recently entered the market. But do children really need their own version of milk?

Up-market baby food

All baby foods are not created equal.

23 Feb 2007 | We’ve put up-market, gourmet, and organic baby food for the under 1s under the microscope to see how they stack up.

Calcium

Keep your bones strong - calcium is a must have.

28 Apr 2005 | Up to early adulthood your body is building up the calcium in your bones. As you grow older, gradual calcium loss from your bones is inevitable - but there are things you can do to slow it down.

Bottle feeding

If you're bottlefeeding your baby here's what you need to know about formula and equipment.

24 Jul 2003 | If you don’t breastfeed your baby you’ll need to choose a formula; cow’s milk shouldn't be used as the primary milk drink in the first year of life.

Breastfeeding

Breast milk is the ideal food for newborn babies — it’s perfectly designed to nourish your baby.

15 Jul 2003 | There are a number of reasons why breast is best.

Babys' first foods

We look at how to start with solids, what to choose and what to look out for.

15 Jul 2003 | Experts are probably still arguing, but the latest recommendations are that you shouldn’t start your baby on anything other than breast milk or formula before they’re six months old.

Minimonkey

Baby carrier and sling reviews  

Try before you buy when choosing a baby carrier or sling.

4 Jun 2012 | With a baby carrier or sling, you can keep your baby close and secure while leaving your hands free for other tasks.

Mirrors

IKEA PAX AURLAND wardrobe mirror glass recall

Falling mirror can shatter, posing a risk of laceration injury.

4 Nov 2011 | IKEA is recalling PAX AURLAND wardrobe mirror glasses sold between the 1st August 2009 and the 1st April 2011.

Misleading pricing

Pricing issues

What you can do about misleading prices and other pricing inconsistencies.

13 May 2014 | What happens when a retailer displays more than one price? What can I do about misleading prices?

mitsubishi

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Aspire family car review

We asked the Gosschalk family to take this plug-in hybrid SUV for a weekend test drive.

21 Jul 2014 | The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Aspire Electric SUV is the first plug-in hybrid introduced commercially in Australia. Find out whether it wowed our test drivers.

Fridge reviews  

We put refrigerators of all shapes and sizes through their paces in our laboratories.

26 May 2014 | Latest performance results for all major fridge brands, including Westinghouse, Fisher and Paykel, Electrolux, LG and Samsung, are in.

Large air conditioner reviews

Find out which air conditioner is best for your home - whether you want to heat up a single room or a large living area this winter.

10 Apr 2014 | Over 130 reverse-cycle split-system inverter air conditioners compared and reviewed, including models from Daikin, Fujitsu, Panasonic and more.

Home theatre projectors

The best home theatre projectors can produce some very impressive images.

19 Mar 2013 | We've tested 10 home theatre projectors, ranging in price from $1799 to $3999, to reveal which have the best picture quality and are easiest to use.

Hybrid cars

Fed up with high petrol prices? A hybrid or electric car might be one answer.

27 Jun 2012 | We test-drove the fuel-efficient petrol, hybrid and electric models currently available in Australia and found there's a lot to like, plus some trade-offs.

Mitsubishi i-MiEV First Look

We take a look at the first mass-produced electric car available to consumers in Australia.

20 Jan 2012 | We take the Mitsubishi i-MIEV for a spin and reveal how it feels to drive, and other first impressions.

mobile apps

Curtain falls on Crazy Johns

Discount mobile retailer to be shut down in September.

10 Jul 2014 | It's the end of an era for mobile phone retailer Crazy John's as Vodafone announces closure in September 2014.

Facebook snooping on your browsing

Social media sites wants to follow you on the web.

26 Jun 2014 | Facebook has given itself permission to track users' web browsing beyond the social media site to target ads to them.

Hulu blocked to Australian viewers

Geoblocking services in doubt as popular US-based internet video streaming service prevents access.

30 Apr 2014 | Australian viewers relying on geoblocking services to watch their favourite shows on US sites could miss out now that Hulu is blocking VPN users.

Software-easter-eggs

How to unlock the unseen extras in computer programs and games.

17 Apr 2014 | Think you know all the tricks your software has to offer? Think again. We go hunting for hidden features called Easter eggs, and show you how to see what you were never meant to find.

Free anti-theft features coming to Samsung smartphones

Manufacturer to crack down on rampant phone theft.

7 Apr 2014 | The upcoming Samsung Galaxy S5 will include two complimentary security tools.

Calls, text and data go unused

Half of mobile phone consumers aren’t using all of their included calls, text and data.

14 Mar 2014 | Research from ACCAN, CHOICE and the Consumer Action Law Centre shows Australians aren’t getting the most out of their mobile phone plans.

How to get fit and lose weight with apps and gadgets

Used right, wearable gadgets and fitness apps can help you kick your fitness goals. But used wrong, they can make you feel like a failure.

5 Mar 2014 | Will a shiny new wearable fitness tracker or smartphone app help keep you on track with your health goals?

Premium SMS services targetting school kids

SMS service warning: is your kid's school being targeted by premium SMS marketers peddling teddy bear wristbands?

24 Feb 2014 | CHOICE tells parents to warn kids about premium SMS numbers, so you don't get stung with a huge mobile phone bill.

Mobile phones

Next G mobile phone reviews  

We help you take the guesswork out of buying a next generation mobile phone.

18 Aug 2014 | CHOICE finds the best NextG phone for every user and budget.

Child labour allegations hit Samsung's Chinese factory

China Labor Watch report says children under 16 are making Samsung phone parts.

18 Jul 2014 | Samsung has suspended business with a factory in China amid allegations it’s using children to make mobile phone components.

Curtain falls on Crazy Johns

Discount mobile retailer to be shut down in September.

10 Jul 2014 | It's the end of an era for mobile phone retailer Crazy John's as Vodafone announces closure in September 2014.

Mobile phone rights for consumers

Signing on the dotted line doesn't mean signing away your mobile phone rights. CHOICE outlines your top six rights.

7 Jul 2014 | Fighting with your telco? Find out what your rights are in relation to your mobile phone and contract.

Smartphone reviews  

Smartphones ranging in price from $139 to $1129 are put through their paces in our lab.

4 Jul 2014 | We review the Samsung Galaxy S5 and LG G Flex, as well as the latest models from Sony, Nokia and Motorola.

mobile-calls-free

Mobile phone providers will stop charging for phone calls to 1800 numbers.

2 Jul 2014 | The Australian Communications Consumer Action Network wins the battle for 1800 numbers to be a free call from mobile phones.

Facebook snooping on your browsing

Social media sites wants to follow you on the web.

26 Jun 2014 | Facebook has given itself permission to track users' web browsing beyond the social media site to target ads to them.

iPhone 6 reports

Twitter images show front and back of two alleged iPhone 6 models believed to be 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch models due for release in September.

18 Jun 2014 | A highly-credible Australian blogger has leaked pics of the eagerly awaited Apple iPhone 6, clearly showing two new models in different sizes side by side.

Telco complaints down but excess data charges an issue

Less complaints are being made about telcos overall, but excess data charges are emerging as an issue.

18 Jun 2014 | Being charged for excess data usage is emerging as an issue for consumers despite an overall drop in complaints about mobile service providers.

ACCC to intervene on SMS charges

The days of telcos gouging consumers for SMSes could be numbered.

17 Jun 2014 | The ACCC will regulate wholesale SMS pricing for the first time, potentially bringing the cost of text messages down.

Telcos tussle over data sharing lures

Telstra and Optus fight for customers with new plans that allow multiple mobile devices to share data on a single plan.

4 Jun 2014 | Telstra and Optus are playing tug of war over customers using new data sharing plans that allow customers to spread their data usage across multiple mobile devices.

Telcos crunch consumers

Telstra, Optus and Vodafone come under ACCC scrutiny for signalling their intention to raise contract fees.

19 May 2014 | The ACCC is concerned about comments from the telco giants amid booming profits and increased consumer costs.

iPhone 6 reports

The iPhone 6 will not only be bigger but also higher resolution, with a 4.7-inch version in August and a 5.5-inch model in September, according to reports.

16 May 2014 | The new iPhone 6 will be known as the iPhone Air and will come in higher resolution in two sizes, with a choice of 4.7-inch or 5.5-inch screen, according to widespread reports.

Telstra tests 4G network on flights

New 'Skinet' system provides fast internet on trial flights.

12 May 2014 | Telstra has begun testing a new system for fast in-flight internet access, but it's still early days.

Mothers Day tech guide

Find the right gadget to give to mum on Sunday 11 May.

5 May 2014 | Slippers and toasters have been struck off our list of 10 tech gadgets for the most important woman in your life.

Free fix for iPhone 5

Apple is offering a no-charge repair for iPhone 5 power button problem.

28 Apr 2014 | Apple has admitted that a batch of iPhone 5 models has a faulty power button and will fix the affected phones for free.

iPhone battery life woes

Overzealous Facebook app the main culprit in killing battery life, says former 'Apple Genius'.

9 Apr 2014 | A former “Apple Genius” has pointed the finger at the social networking giant’s overzealous app for sucking the life out of your iPhone.

Free anti-theft features coming to Samsung smartphones

Manufacturer to crack down on rampant phone theft.

7 Apr 2014 | The upcoming Samsung Galaxy S5 will include two complimentary security tools.

Optus misleads customers given right to cancel

An Optus ad earlier this year misled viewers by saying that there was minimal difference in coverage between Optus and Telstra

3 Apr 2014 | A misleading ad has given Optus customers the right to cancel their plans.

Beware new bill shock threat

Sweeping changes to Telstra mobile phone call charges could cost Aussies while overseas.

24 Feb 2014 | Changes to Telstra’s pricing mean consumers could be stung by unexpectedly high global roaming mobile phone charges.

Premium SMS services targetting school kids

SMS service warning: is your kid's school being targeted by premium SMS marketers peddling teddy bear wristbands?

24 Feb 2014 | CHOICE tells parents to warn kids about premium SMS numbers, so you don't get stung with a huge mobile phone bill.

Product reliability survey

Our 2014 report reveals how our members rate common technology product and appliance brands for reliability.

21 Feb 2014 | Use our brand reliability results to help guide your decision before buying. A bargain isn't a bargain if you're likely to pay a lot for repairs in the long term.

Amaysim first look

We take a look at this simple to understand SIM only plan.

19 Nov 2013 | This SIM only player helps simplify the pricing structure for phone calls, text and internet data access.

Copyright law reform

Is a fair-use system the way to go?

19 Nov 2013 | With copyright law under review, a fair-use system could allow people to enjoy their legally purchased digital music and movies without needing to break the law.

Google Glass  

Google gives you the internet in the blink of an eye

16 Aug 2013 | Google Glass has lots to offer if you want internet searches and directions, or to take a photo without reaching for your phone.

Telco shared data plans

Sharing data could mean big savings for you and your family

8 Aug 2013 | We look at how shared data plans for mobile devices could save you money - and why Australian telcos aren't offering them.

Roaming rort

New rules to crack down on global roaming charges

3 Jul 2013 | The government has announced new rules to force telcos to alert consumers to global roaming charges.

Novelty phone handsets

We've checked out a number of novelty handsets for designed for use with a mobile phone. But how well do they work?

4 Mar 2013 | We put five retro handsets and one bluetooth glove designed for use with a mobile phone through their paces.

Google Nexus 4 first look

Is the Nexus 4 the best-value smartphone ever?

21 Feb 2013 | The Nexus 4 is Google's showcase smartphone, delivering a clean Android experience.

Global roaming SIMs

Don't get stung by bill shock when travelling overseas with your mobile phone.

18 Dec 2012 | Curb bill shock with a pre-paid roaming SIM and our useful tips for limiting phone calls and data usage while overseas.

Apple iOS 6 first look

We get hands on with Apple's new mobile operating system.

24 Sep 2012 | We take a hands-on look at Apple's updated iOS 6 mobile operating system for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

Photokina 2012

CHOICE heads to a major photographic trade show in Europe.

19 Sep 2012 | On Day 2 of Photokina 2012, Chris Ruggles takes a look at the latest cameras from Canon and Nikon.

Apple iPhone 5 heads up

We look at some of the features on offer and what you can expect to get once it arrives.

18 Sep 2012 | The iPhone 5 due is due for release next week, and we check out some of its new features.

Liquipel treatment review  

Can you protect your mobile devices from water damage?

14 Sep 2012 | A new treatment for mobile devices promises to make them "water safe" - but how well does it work?

Article

The Commonwealth rattles a sword at the telecom industry, but will any real enforcement ensue?

23 Aug 2012 | The announcement of possible regulatory intervention to prevent excessive international roaming charges is good news, but will the telecommunications world really change?

Telstra Elite mobile broadband first look

The Telstra Elite prepaid mobile Wi-Fi delivers mobile broadband on a prepaid plan.

5 Jul 2012 | The Telstra Elite is an affordable option for accessing the web on a wireless device, such as your laptop or tablet, using a pay-as-you-go prepaid plan.

Doro 615 mobile first look

A mobile phone that's simple to use for seniors.

14 Jun 2012 | We look at this affordable, easy-to-use mobile phone for talking, texting and peace of mind.

Mobile phone usage

We find out why excessive phone bills continue to top consumer-complaint lists in Australia.

16 Mar 2012 | Mobile service providers are supposed to be making bill shock a thing of the past, but weak regulatory intervention has allowed plenty of lingering aftershocks.

Mobile World Congress 2012  

We check out some of the latest mobile and wireless technologies at the MWC in Barcelona.

2 Mar 2012 | On day four of the MWC we check out 4G technology, QR codes, and Windows' latest operating system for smartphones.

Samsung Galaxy Nexus First Look

A new smartphone Android operating system improves the overall experience.

3 Feb 2012 | The Samsung Galaxy Nexus is less about the phone and more about the latest Android OS it runs on – 4.0, code-named Ice Cream Sandwich.

HTC Sensation XL First Look

The HTC Sensation XL is one of the largest screened phones we've seen to date.

6 Dec 2011 | Would you like a larger screen and headphones with your mobile phone?

Gadget gift guide for Christmas

Gadgets and gizmos always make great presents for the tech-savvy and tech-curious.

23 Nov 2011 | We round up the best technology buys, from tablets, to televisions, to MP3 players, to eBook readers.

Fair calls from mobiles

There's been some success but there's still a way to go with free or local rate calls.

18 Nov 2011 | A campaign being run by the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) aims to have calls to 1800, 1300 and 13 numbers charged at a fair price from mobile phones.

Apple iPhone 4S first look  

CHOICE tries out the Apple iPhone 4S to see if it's a worthy upgrade.

17 Oct 2011 | We take a hands-on look at the iPhone 4S and find out how it compares to its predecessors.

Optus-HomeZone-first-look

If you're experiencing connection problems, the Optus Home Zone may be the answer.

26 Sep 2011 | The Optus Home Zone 3G cell can turn a mobile phone black spot into five bars of communication.

Smartphone operating systems  

Smartphones are now mini-computers, so you need to consider what operating system (OS) your next mobile will use.

30 Aug 2011 | The mobile phone OS has transformed the phone into to a web-surfing, social networking tool however while Apple's iOS and Google's Android dominate the landscape, there are other options emerging.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Play First Look

The Play is a combination of products that come together surprisingly well for a first generation.

11 Apr 2011 | This touchscreen phone comes into its own as a device for games.

Motorola Defy First Look

An Android phone for new users who want a 'tough' product.

5 Apr 2011 | The Motorola Defy is a good entry-level phone for Andriod users.

Telstra rip-off

Telstra has changed its pricing structure, billing in one minute increments instead of 30 second blocks.

4 Apr 2011 | Telstra now bills customers in one minute increments. But many of these customers signed up to contracts before the new billing structure.

Print mobile with dropbox

Using Dropbox to print from mobile devices

25 Mar 2011 | We show you how to print from a mobile phone or PDA on your home printer and provide a download of a zipfile containing a program to install on your computer.

Phone survey Award

TPG voted best mobile carrier in the 2011 CHOICE Awards.

22 Mar 2011 | If you’re not happy with your current mobile plan, perhaps it’s time to look past the big players for a fresh alternative.

Touchscreen mobile phone reviews

We found quality, features and performance differ enormously between models.

24 Feb 2011 | Our review of 18 touchscreen phones includes the Apple iPhone4 and HTC's Desire, Legend and Wildfire.

Five things to know before you buy a new mobile phone  

Five things you need to know before buying a new mobile phone.

21 Dec 2010 | CHOICE takes some of the confusion out of smartphone technology.

Nokia N8 first look  

See our video of the Nokia N8 in action and read our quick review.

3 Dec 2010 | We take a first look at the Nokia N8.

Points of view iPhone 4 vs HTC Desire  

Smartphones have a lot to offer - consider these points before you decide to buy.

14 Sep 2010 | We take you through the key advantages of two of the hottest smartphones currently available in Australia.

iPhone4-first-look  

CHOICE takes a hands-on look at the iPhone 4 in a bid to replicate the controversial reception problem. Our video sizes up the merits of the iPhone 4 and HTC Desire.

4 Aug 2010 | Reviews of the iPhone 4 have been mostly favourable, but is it worth upgrading?

Capped mobile phone plans

CHOICE shows you how to avoid the “capped” sting that tricks consumers into paying higher bills.

23 Jul 2010 | Be wary of the 'soft cap' ruse and use our tips to help you find the right mobile phone plan.

Basic mobile phone reviews

When you don't need all the bells and whistles, a basic phone provides all you need at a fraction of the cost of a smartphone.

9 Jul 2010 | CHOICE reviews 16 basic phones priced from $69 to $319.

Mobile phone music players

Some of the latest music phones deliver music player features and functionality that would rival a dedicated MP3 player.

8 Jul 2010 | CHOICE tests 16 models, including battery performance, to find the best music phone.

iPhone GPS apps review and compare

We test nine turn-by-turn voice navigation apps for the iPhone.

8 Jul 2010 | Turn your iPhone into a satellite navigation GPS with one of these handy new apps.

Mobile banking

The popularity of the iPhone is changing the face of mobile banking.

30 Apr 2010 | The latest Nielsen research has found that 61% of online consumers who use a mobile phone will consider an iPhone in the next year.

Mobiles for seniors and young children

We test five simple to use mobile phones priced from $175 to $340.

20 Apr 2010 | CHOICE responds to our member requests and looks at mobile phones without the features that could complicate the process of making and taking phone calls.

Smartphone data usage

Avoid bill shock with our data usage guide.

27 Jan 2010 | Smartphone mobile internet plans have come under fire lately because of exorbitant excess data usage charges.

Mobile phones GSM and 3G review and compare

The latest mobiles deliver lots of features, but make sure you aren't paying for things you don't need.

19 Nov 2009 | CHOICE tests 55 GSM and 3G phones to find the best.

Hidden fees in phone cards

CHOICE uncovers the hidden traps with international prepaid phone cards and what their blaring posters don’t tell you.

25 Sep 2009 | Extra costs, such as “service” fees that gobble up credit even when you’re not making calls are often not advertised on the posters or phone cards.

Woolworths enters the mobile phone market

With involvement already in groceries, fuel and frequent flyer schemes, Woolworths is now turning its attention to mobile phones.

4 Aug 2009 | Woolworths has entered the mobile phone market, offering a new pre-paid service in conjunction with Optus.

Apple iPhone 3GS quick review  

The newest iPhone answers the critics.

26 Jun 2009 | To look at, the new iPhone 3GS is almost identical to the previous model. The big improvements are all 'under the hood', including a decent speed boost which Apple claims is up to twice as fast as the previous model.

Mobile camera phones review and compare  

No longer is the humble mobile phone merely a communication device.

26 Mar 2009 | It's official, Australians can’t do without their mobile phone, in fact there are now more active mobile phones than people, with 21 million currently in circulation.

Mobile phone plans buying guide

Confused by the ins and outs of mobile call plans? Our guide can help you.

1 Mar 2009 | Finding the right mobile phone plan can be a daunting task. Which provider has the best coverage in your area? Pre-paid or fixed-term contract, and if contract: what monthly amount?

Apple iPhone G review

Our first look at the highly-anticipated Apple iPhone 3G.

14 Jul 2008 | Apple has released its new iPhone version 2 in Australia with features including 3G network access, GPS capability and upgraded connectivity.

Mobile phone repairs

Complaints about mobile phones are at an all-time high.

26 Jun 2008 | The ACCC receives more complaints about telcos than any other industry, with a substantial number relating to mobiles.

Mobile phones GSM and 3G review and compare

The latest mobiles deliver lots of features, but make sure you aren't paying for things you don't need.

7 Feb 2008 | CHOICE tests 33 GSM and 3G phones to find the best.

Bluetooth headsets

They’re stylish and useful — but not entirely hassle-free.

4 Jul 2007 | Bluetooth headsets make it easier to walk and talk with your mobile phone. But are they comfortable?

Mobile World Congress

Mobile World Congress 2012  

We check out some of the latest mobile and wireless technologies at the MWC in Barcelona.

2 Mar 2012 | On day four of the MWC we check out 4G technology, QR codes, and Windows' latest operating system for smartphones.

Modems

Optus security flaw fixed

Telco accidentally left "back door" open to hackers.

4 Apr 2014 | Optus has removed a cable modem security flaw which could have compromised the accounts of tens of thousands of its customers.

Journaling and brainstorming

When the light bulb moment strikes, capture that great idea with these tools

16 Oct 2013 | Capture that great idea in a few clicks with brainstorming and journaling apps and websites.

Telstra USB 4G broadband modem

It's not the cheapest wireless broadband option, but its one of the fastest.

13 Oct 2011 | Telstra claims its new USB 4G modem is up to 10 times faster than other 3G wireless internet options.

Moisture Cure

Dehumidifier reviews

Wet weather dampening your home (and your spirits)? A dehumidifier may be the answer.

8 Jul 2014 | 22 dehumidifiers reviewed, including models from DeLonghi, Dimplex, Omega Altise and Ionmax, rated from 10L to 30L per day and priced from $248 to $880.

Moisturisers

Quality vs price

When it comes to certain high-end products, are you paying a premium for quality or just brand?

27 Nov 2012 | We pit a low-, medium- and high-end moisturiser, hair dryer and pair of men's underpants against each other in a user trial, and speak to experts about the results.

Moisturising tanning lotions

They promise a hint of colour before summer arrives. Do they live up to their claims?

3 Sep 2008 | As the last vestiges of winter creep away it’s time to pack up your winter woollies and get into summer clothes.

Men's moisturisers

Men's moisturisers are big business. Find out what our trialists preferred.

9 Apr 2008 | CHOICE asked 57 male home testers to trial eight "normal skin" moisturisers. Participants were given six unidentified moisturisers which they used for three days consecutively.

Moisturisers with sunscreen

People are increasingly choosing to use a moisturiser with sunscreen, to protect them from harmful UV rays.

26 Sep 2007 | We arranged for 280 home testers to trial six unidentified moisturisers, which they used for three days consecutively.

Money

Fixed home loans competition heats up

ME Bank is now undercutting the five-year fixed home loan rates of CBA, Westpac and NAB.

31 Jul 2014 | Fixed home loan rates are falling further and smaller lenders are in some cases offering the best rates.

Cause-related marketing

Do companies that claim to give a portion of the profits to charity really do good?

18 Jul 2014 | A charity needs to get its funding from somewhere, including private companies and organisations. But are marketing campaigns where brands align with charities a win for all parties involved?

Black marks on your credit report

Comprehensive credit reporting could be bad news for consumers.

2 Jul 2014 | Following the introduction of comprehensive credit reporting in Australia, it has been revealed that this type of credit information can be detrimental for a consumer’s rating.

Low interest rates and high debt could trigger crisis warns BIS

A cocktail of low interest rates and high debt are creating the conditions for another financial crisis, says the Bank for International Settlements.

30 Jun 2014 | The peak body for central banks, the Bank for International Settlements, has pointed to a "precious window of opportunity" to bring interest rates back to normal.

Crowdfunding risks and rewards

Is it time to regulate crowdfunding in Australia?

25 Jun 2014 | Should crowdfunding platforms such as Kickstarter and Pozible be compelled to offer better protections for funders?

Australians to get superannuation increase next week

Mandatory employer superannuation contributions will increase to 9.5% as of 1 July.

23 Jun 2014 | Employers must start paying the 9.5% super guarantee starting 1 July. But those employees on packages inclusive of superannuation may receive it as a hit to their take-home pay.

ATO to police travel, tech expenses

Be careful what you claim for – the ATO is on the hunt for dodgy work-related expenses on tax returns.

16 Jun 2014 | The Australian Taxation Office has announced that they will be scrutinising travel expenses and computer and phone write-offs in this year’s tax returns.

Unsolicited supplies

What you do when you receive things you didn't order.

10 Jun 2014 | If you receive goods or services that you didn't order, you don't have to pay for them.

Cardless cash with CBA and Westpac

Over 15,000 smartphone transactions recorded since May launch.

3 Jun 2014 | No wallet? No worries! Cardless cash is taking off, with the Commonwealth Bank and Westpac announcing customers will soon be able to withdraw money without a card using their smartphones.

AMA warns of shorter appointments as a result of co-payments

GPs are likely to churn through more patients to make up for income shortfall, says AMA president.

2 Jun 2014 | Doctors who continue to bulk-bill will be forced to see patients for less time to make up for income shortfall says AMA president.

Pyramid-schemes

Pyramid schemes seem too good to be true - because they are.

21 May 2014 | Pyramid schemes are illegal schemes that promise wealth but depend on an endless supply of new members. You're taking a big risk with your money if you invest in a pyramid scheme.

First home saver account

CHOICE explains how the 2014-15 Budget will affect first home saver account holders.

15 May 2014 | First home buyers have it harder than ever before. Now the first home saver account has been cut.

2014 federal Budget wrap-up

How will consumers be affected by this year's Federal Budget?

13 May 2014 | We analyse the impact of this year's Federal Budget on the hip pockets of families, students, higher income earners and older Australians.

Tax payers face deficit levy in budget

If you're bringing in more than $80,000 you can expect to pay an extra 1-2% tax while the Budget is in deficit, according to reports.

29 Apr 2014 | Earning over $80,000? It's expected you'll have to pay an extra 1-2% tax while the budget is in deficit.

Protect your credit rating

Even if you’re just two weeks late paying a bill, new credit reporting rules meant a black mark on your credit rating. But there's a welcome development.

10 Apr 2014 | A new credit reporting regime means if you pay your credit card or car loan more than 14 days late it’ll put a black mark on your credit rating.

Comparing superannuation funds

You could be surrendering as little as $300 or as much as $1245 in annual superannuation fees with your existing fund.

7 Apr 2014 | You could be paying fees up to $1245 each year on a $50,000 superannuation nest egg. CHOICE outlines your best super fund options and explains how to beat the super fee slugs.

Volunteer abroad

Volunteering overseas sounds like a great way to do some good and have a holiday. But who really stands to profit?

14 Mar 2014 | Who really profits when you volunteer overseas?

Premium SMS services targetting school kids

SMS service warning: is your kid's school being targeted by premium SMS marketers peddling teddy bear wristbands?

24 Feb 2014 | CHOICE tells parents to warn kids about premium SMS numbers, so you don't get stung with a huge mobile phone bill.

Mobile money managers

Monitor your money with your smartphone.

22 Jan 2014 | We've checked out 10 financial apps that let you keep track of your spending or budget on the go.

Mortgage tips

We tell you how to secure the best mortgage deal.

25 Jun 2013 | We give you tips and advice for what you need to know before taking out a new mortgage or switching mortgages, and explain how your mortgage is funded.

Overseas money transfers

When transferring money overseas, it pays to avoid the banks.

3 Apr 2013 | Unexpected fees and a poor exchange rate could cost you hundreds of dollars in the course of an international money transfer.

Unclaimed booty reaches $677 million

Australians are missing out of millions of dollars of their own money.

21 Nov 2012 | The amount of unclaimed money collected from inactive bank accounts and life insurance policies by ASIC has hit a record $677 million.

Do you need a wrap fund?

Wraps funds can be a good way to simplify your financial life, including tax preparation.

12 Oct 2012 | Choose a wrap fund that will comply with FoFA requirements, or charges fees for specific services that are clearly outlined in the agreement between you and your adviser.

Foreign transaction fees

Foreign exchange is rarely a straightforward transaction.

10 Jul 2012 | Exchange rates say Aussies should be picking up a nice little bonus on overseas transactions this year. Research by a savvy CHOICE member says otherwise.

Saving for your children's education

The sooner you start saving, the better.

29 May 2012 | The cost of putting your child through school has increased by 70% over the past 10 years.

Move your money

Help shift the balance of power in banking back towards consumers.

14 Mar 2012 | Sign the Move Your Money petition and deliver a message to the ‘big four’ bank CEOs that enough is enough.

No justification for banks to raise interest rates

The Big Four are playing by their own rules, and you can too.

16 Feb 2012 | There is plenty of competition in the Australian market, which is why raising rates is just bad business.

Credit card travel insurance reviews

Can you trust the complimentary travel insurance that comes with your credit card? We decipher the small print.

13 Dec 2011 | Many gold and platinum credit cards offer travel insurance, but the cover can vary.

Refinancing-your-home-loan

We uncover the path to finding the best mortgage and making the most of your money.

16 Sep 2011 | Switch and save and take a fresh look at the interest rates on your home loan. We take you through the basics and present some easy options to put you on the fast track to a better deal.

Personal financial software

We look at some of the way you can use personal financial software to manage your home budget.

19 Aug 2011 | Everyone has money concerns, but can personal financial packages help track expenses and manage your budget? We look at some of the online alternatives.

Electricity prices

Electricity bills are rising but can switching electricity suppliers save you money?

3 Jun 2011 | We make sense of the confusing contracts and tariffs of electricity providers and outline a switching action plan.

Finance-comparison-websites

Finance comparison websites can deliver masses of information on financial products instantly, but you still need to be wary when using them.

27 Apr 2011 | These websites can be used to explore many products, from bank accounts to home loans, but CHOICE recommends you approach sites with care.

Telstra rip-off

Telstra has changed its pricing structure, billing in one minute increments instead of 30 second blocks.

4 Apr 2011 | Telstra now bills customers in one minute increments. But many of these customers signed up to contracts before the new billing structure.

Ten easy household saving tips

If the GFC taught us anything it's the benefit of saving for a rainy day, here are some simple ways to spend less and save money.

1 Apr 2011 | There are simple ways to modify your everyday spending to ensure your money goes further. CHOICE shows you how.

Best low fee bank account

Transaction fees are disappearing fast, but only two accounts have abolished penalty fees.

31 Mar 2011 | Penalty fees, or lack thereof, became the ultimate decider of this award.

Making a financial complaint

Avoid the cost of going to court by resolving a matter yourself or using the free Financial Ombudsman Service.

17 Mar 2011 | Dealing directly with banks and other financial services providers to resolve disputes is usually more effective than taking the matter to court.

Move-your-money

To celebrate World Consumer Rights Day, move your money from accounts that simply top up the profits of banks.

14 Mar 2011 | $153 billion worth of Australian money currently sits in everday transaction accounts that earn little or no interest.

Cinema rip offs

Are we being charged too much at the box office? CHOICE shows you how to get the most bang for your buck on your next trip to the movies.

10 Mar 2011 | With movie ticket and candy bar prices continuing to rise, can a night at the movies be affordable?

Funeral costs

Planning ahead for the death of a loved one can save you a lot of unnecessary grief.

9 Feb 2011 | CHOICE found that funeral costs fluctuate wildly. We highlight ways to get a fair deal.

When a company goes under

How you pay for goods will often determine whether you get your purchases when a company goes under.

28 May 2010 | Consumer Action Law Centre warns customers against buying goods from Clive Peeters unless they take them away on the day.

The low down on penalty fees

The announcement of a class action against Australia's big banks for fee gouging reinforces why customers need to scrutinise their statements.

12 May 2010 | Make sure you're not being stung by high penalties for overdrawing your account, paying your credit card bill a day late, or trying to pay in a cheque that bounces.

Woolworths and debit cards

You can no longer press “CR” after swiping your debit card at Woolies. We look at the reason for this change, and its potential impacts.

20 Apr 2010 | You can no longer press “CR” after swiping your debit card at Woolies. We look at the reason for this change, and its potential impacts.

Balance transfer credit cards

Transferring your debt to a low-interest card may not be the magic fix it seems.

22 Mar 2010 | It may give you a breather, but it could also lead you to one of the worst traps set by card companies.

Travel money cards

It's a safer bet than carrying cash or a bank card when you travel overseas, but will these cards save you money?

21 Dec 2009 | We expose the hidden costs.

Unearth your refund

Paying kickback commissions you didn't even know about? CHOICE outlines an easy way to reclaim your money.

15 Dec 2009 | You can choose who receives the sales and advice kickbacks from your investments. But weigh up the pros and cons before making any changes.

Options trading seminars

Is options trading a dangerous get-rich-quick scheme or a low-risk strategy to profit from volatile markets?

15 Sep 2009 | Options trading is promoted as a "high profit and low risk" strategy to make money. It sounds great, especially if you believe the claims.

NIB shareholder warning

Direct Share Purchasing Corporation and Hassle Free Shares offer to buy shares at below market value.

13 Aug 2009 | NIB has issued a warning to its shareholders about an offer they may receive from Hassle Free Shares.

Consumer spending survey

How has the global financial crisis affected CHOICE members?

24 Jun 2009 | It’s been a traumatic time for financial markets and the wider economy, with the world experiencing its deepest and most synchronised recession in 70 years.

Rebuilding your super

There are ways to take control of your superannuation. We answer your most frequently asked questions.

25 May 2009 | The global financial crisis has decimated many Australians’ retirement savings. What steps can you take to rebuild your nest egg? CHOICE looks at your options.

Investing in gold

Gold is considered a safe haven in uncertain times, but will it lose its shine?

7 May 2009 | As shares and property crashed and the world nudged closer to recession, canny investors steadily turned their attention to one of the world’s oldest asset classes – gold.

Travel money buying guide

Keep currency costs to a minimum on your next overseas trip.

23 Apr 2009 | CHOICE recommends you take a mix of cash and cards to cover expenses and provide a back-up plan. We tell you which companies provide the best products and rates.

Building a budget

It's time to work out your budget.

20 Apr 2009 | Most people are getting income from one source — a salary. However, with increasingly complicated employment and the odd savvy person making money from investments, it might not be that simple.

CHOICE guide to buying shares

The plunging share market is attracting bargain hunters. CHOICE guides first-time investors through their options.

23 Mar 2009 | Despite the market hitting a five-year low, the worst may not be over, with further ups and downs likely in this volatile economic environment.

Term deposits

You need to consider lengths as well as rates when it comes to choosing a term deposit.

9 Jul 2008 | If you’re prepared to lose access to your money for a period from three months to two years, term deposits are a pretty good option.

A warranty for your investments

What is an investment warranty and does it mean your money in a mortgage trust is safe?

3 Jun 2008 | You wouldn’t buy a telly without a warranty … so why would you invest without one?

DIY super – the facts

We give you the facts without the advertising hype and expose the dangers.

12 May 2008 | Setting up your own super fund can give you control and flexibility but it’s also risky. If your accountant or financial planner recommends it make sure it really will give you the best deal before you jump.

Super in a volatile environment

What are your options for securing your retirement?

12 May 2008 | Your June statement might show the worst return in years. Will you have enough money to retire? Should you switch investment options to manage stockmarket risks?

Capital-protected investments

A guarantee on your investment sounds great but it can be deceptive.

30 Apr 2008 | Experts say capital protection comes at a cost: most of your money is used for a low return/high-security investment to provide the capital guarantee.

Charities

How much of your donation is gobbled up by fundraising fees and expenses?

1 Apr 2008 | Nearly nine out of 10 adults give to charity, and the average annual donation is more than $400.

Early release super schemes

Schemes promoting early access to super have got consumers and the scheme promoters into hot water.

30 Mar 2008 | Financial services watchdog, ASIC, has been busy chasing and charging promoters of illegal early-release super schemes.

Wraps and master trusts

Wraps and master trusts can provide convenience and choice, but beware high fees and adviser kick-backs.

1 Mar 2008 | Wraps and master trusts dominate as one-stop-shops for accessing a wider range of investments.

Automated property valuations

Are they reliable or just a waste of money?

21 Feb 2008 | Websites that offer automated property valuations often use emotive language to sell their services.

Margin loans

Borrowing to invest can make your money work harder but it's a risky strategy in a volatile market.

7 Feb 2008 | The margin loan is secured against the investment you make with it and/or other investments you have.

Ease into retirement

The "Transition to Retirement" rules allow older workers to access their super before they retire.

17 Jan 2008 | If you're 55 or over you can access your super to start an income stream without having to retire.

Selling your property

How to find a good real estate agent and avoid the pitfalls.

21 Sep 2007 | Who should you believe when you ask agents to assess your property’s value?

Ethical investing

You might be surprised where some ethical and sustainable funds invest your money.

26 Aug 2007 | State governments' super funds are investing millions of dollars of their employees’ super in gambling, cigarette and oil companies?

The foreign currency gouge

For years some major credit card companies failed to adequately disclose the fees for overseas transactions.

30 Apr 2007 | Our investigation shows many consumers were charged more for overseas transactions than the fees disclosed on their statements suggested.

Managed funds buying guide

Want to invest your money but not sure where to start? A managed fund might be what you’re after.

20 Feb 2007 | Based on the type of fund you choose (for example: shares, property and/or cash), the fund manager decides which assets to invest in.

Investment tax stratergies

Minimising the tax you pay on investments is all about good planning

3 Feb 2006 | It is possible to plan your investment strategy to reduce tax, without taking too much risk.

Negative gearing

An easy way to profit from residential property or a fashionable way to lose money?

7 Jan 2006 | Negative gearing is being promoted as a way small investors can make money from the property market, but are these claims are too good to be true?

Picking the right bank account

Get yourself the right bank account and save hundreds of dollars a year.

4 Jan 2006 | When shopping for a bank account it’s difficult to know whether to go for one with up-front fees or take the risk that you won’t exceed your rebate or free transaction limit.

Financial planning step-by-step guide

Be sure you take all the steps possible to ensure your planner is working hard for you, not just looking after their own interests.

10 Sep 2005 | Follow this six-step guide to improve your chances of getting a high standard of service and advice from a financial planner.

Monitors

Widescreen monitor reviews

We test and compare 10 widescreen computer monitors and two ultrawide displays.

18 Jul 2014 | If you own a computer you probably spend a good portion of the day staring at the screen but is bigger really better?

Buying guide computer monitors

Of all the pieces in your PC (or Mac), the monitor is the part you spend the longest time looking at. Our guide helps you select the best model to suit your needs.

18 Jul 2014 | There’s more to monitor shopping than selecting a screen size.

Gadget gift guide for Christmas

Gadgets and gizmos always make great presents for the tech-savvy and tech-curious.

23 Nov 2011 | We round up the best technology buys, from tablets, to televisions, to MP3 players, to eBook readers.

Budget computer monitor reviews

Big monitors can outlast your PC and you can pick up a good one for less than $300.

8 Mar 2010 | We tested 16 widescreen displays for performance and ease of use - eight models in the 22-inch class and eight in the 24-inch class.

LCD monitor reviews

A 19” LCD monitor will help you make the most of multimedia computing.

30 Apr 2006 | Our research shows that prices vary by hundreds of dollars, but the more expensive brands we tested weren’t necessarily the top performers.

Monster-Beats

Headphones review

13 sets of headphones were tested in the CHOICE labs, including models from Beats by Dre, Bose, Sennheiser and more.

8 May 2014 | We review 13 headphones, including Beats by Dre, Bose and Sennheiser, to find the ones with the best sound quality to help you choose the best headphones at the right price.

Monster

Steam mop reviews  

Steam mops are an effective way to clean your home and many people are opting for these over a mop and bucket.

16 Jan 2014 | Test results for 25 steam mops, including 12 newly tested models, priced from $49 to $349.

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Iron reviews

Are you about to spend too much? Our testers have found buying the most expensive iron is not always a guarantee for wrinkle-free clothing.

5 Feb 2014 | Irons are a less expensive alternative to steam stations, and there are plenty to choose from at varying prices that will get the job done.

Breadmaker reviews

Breadmakers can save you money - plus, you know exactly what goes into your loaf.

30 Oct 2013 | We test nine breadmakers priced from $100-$350.

Soup makers home test

CHOICE member Winsome Hall tests three soup makers.

21 Jun 2012 | Homemade soups are a winter favourite, and having a warm, quick and healthy meal on the table is always welcome.

Christmas gift guide

We've trawled our test results to bring you a range of great gift ideas.

16 Nov 2011 | From digital cameras to kitchen gadgets, our gift ideas cater to all budgets.

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Lawn trimmer reviews

Lawn trimmer, whipper-snipper, weed-eater, line trimmer - whatever the name, which is best for your backyard?

8 Aug 2013 | We test 42 petrol, electric, and cordless lawn trimmers (AKA line trimmers, weed-eaters, whipper-snippers), ranging from $49 to $409.

Mulcher lawnmower reviews

Mulcher mowers can give you a greener lawn and greener environment.

25 Sep 2012 | In our updated test of 30 mulcher and catcher lawnmowers, we reveal which models keep your lawn looking its best.

Lawn edger reviews

We look at petrol and electric lawn edgers priced from $139 to $449.

15 Aug 2012 | Lawn edgers provide a professional-looking finish to your backyard - but some are easier to use than others

Mortgages

Fixed home loans competition heats up

ME Bank is now undercutting the five-year fixed home loan rates of CBA, Westpac and NAB.

31 Jul 2014 | Fixed home loan rates are falling further and smaller lenders are in some cases offering the best rates.

Black marks on your credit report

Comprehensive credit reporting could be bad news for consumers.

2 Jul 2014 | Following the introduction of comprehensive credit reporting in Australia, it has been revealed that this type of credit information can be detrimental for a consumer’s rating.

Low interest rates and high debt could trigger crisis warns BIS

A cocktail of low interest rates and high debt are creating the conditions for another financial crisis, says the Bank for International Settlements.

30 Jun 2014 | The peak body for central banks, the Bank for International Settlements, has pointed to a "precious window of opportunity" to bring interest rates back to normal.

First home saver account

CHOICE explains how the 2014-15 Budget will affect first home saver account holders.

15 May 2014 | First home buyers have it harder than ever before. Now the first home saver account has been cut.

Banks offer risky home loans

Banks are approving home loans that can get you into serious trouble when interest rates go up.

6 May 2014 | Banks and other lenders have loosened strict lending guidelines and are once again approving risky loans such as no deposit home loans, 40-year loans and mortgages with a guarantee for first-home buyers.

Top fixed loans from banks and credit unions

Fixed interest rates for home loans are currently at historical lows, but beware of the fees.

22 Apr 2014 | To take a fixed interest rate for all or part of your loan can protect you against rates going up.

Protect your credit rating

Even if you’re just two weeks late paying a bill, new credit reporting rules meant a black mark on your credit rating. But there's a welcome development.

10 Apr 2014 | A new credit reporting regime means if you pay your credit card or car loan more than 14 days late it’ll put a black mark on your credit rating.

More time to pay before black mark on credit report

Consumers now have 14 days to pay before a black mark is registered on their credit report.

10 Apr 2014 | Consumers now have 14 days to make minimum payments on credit cards and other credit contracts before a black mark is registered on their credit report.

Mortgage tips

We tell you how to secure the best mortgage deal.

25 Jun 2013 | We give you tips and advice for what you need to know before taking out a new mortgage or switching mortgages, and explain how your mortgage is funded.

Mortgage debt

Australian households have experienced a spike in debt over the last two decades.

12 Apr 2013 | We look into the trend of a rising debt-to-income ratio in Australia. What's behind it, and what can you do to minimise your own mortgage debt?

Compare, ditch and switch

If your bank isn't giving you the very best deal then it's time to Compare, Ditch and Switch.

8 Oct 2012 | The RBA has once again cut the cash rate, but has your bank followed suit? If not it's time to Compare, Ditch, Switch and save!

Consolidating your debt

Should you pay to have your debt administered?

22 Jun 2012 | By using a debt consolidation business you could end up paying more in the long run than you would dealing directly with the creditors.

Households paying less in bank fees

New data from the RBA shows households are saving on bank fees.

21 Jun 2012 | Consumer power succeeds as RBA data shows households paying 7% less in bank fees.

Compare, ditch, switch & save

Cut through the interest rate confusion with our Compare, Ditch & Switch comparison tool.

12 Jun 2012 | Cut through the interest rate confusion with our Compare, Ditch & Switch comparison tool.

Thousands to farewell the big four banks

On World Consumer Rights Day, we're calling on all Australians to join the global Move Your Money campaign.

15 Mar 2012 | We're marking World Consumer Rights Day by delivering a giant farewell card to the big four banks on behalf of thousands of Australians.

Move your money

Help shift the balance of power in banking back towards consumers.

14 Mar 2012 | Sign the Move Your Money petition and deliver a message to the ‘big four’ bank CEOs that enough is enough.

Home loan fact sheet shadow shop

The results of our key facts sheet shadow shop were unpleasantly surprising.

19 Feb 2012 | While most of the institutions we visited do provide key fact sheets on their websites, overall it seems that bank staff have little or no idea the fact sheets even exist.

No justification for banks to raise interest rates

The Big Four are playing by their own rules, and you can too.

16 Feb 2012 | There is plenty of competition in the Australian market, which is why raising rates is just bad business.

Simpler mortgage-speak

Small but crucial victory for prospective homeowners.

11 Nov 2011 | The fight for plain English and full disclosure on financial products is far from over but there have been some wins.

The Big Bank Switch is on - offers now open

26 Sep 2011 | CHOICE says that One Big Switch (OBS) is ready to put mortgage offers to the 40,000 people who registered their interest in the Big Bank Switch.

Refinancing-your-home-loan

We uncover the path to finding the best mortgage and making the most of your money.

16 Sep 2011 | Switch and save and take a fresh look at the interest rates on your home loan. We take you through the basics and present some easy options to put you on the fast track to a better deal.

Intelligent-design-for-your-mortgage-data

A creative proposal to make mortgage statements more consumer-friendly

23 Aug 2011 | Do bank statements make your eyes glaze over? Two creative types from Brisbane are tackling the complexity of the banking sector with an interesting proposal to “fix” mortgage statements.

Unnecessary insurance policies

There are some insurance policies you can definitely live without.

13 Aug 2011 | We expose the top five types of junk insurance and suggest some smarter alternatives.

Mortgage exit fees ban becomes law

New law is a victory for consumers and for CHOICE

24 Mar 2011 |

Reverse mortgages

A reverse mortgage can help fund your retirement. CHOICE outlines the risks.

2 Nov 2010 | Reverse mortgages target homeowners aged 60 and older who want to borrow money against the value of their property.

How to cope with interest rate increases

Rates are on the rise again.

6 Apr 2010 | The RBA increased interest rates by 0.25% in April 2010.

Are mortgage brokers working in your interest?

Can you be sure brokers are working for you and not their own sales targets?

8 Oct 2009 | The CBA now requires mortgage brokers to submit a minimum of four loan applications and settle a minimum of three every six months, which presents an obvious conflict of interest.

First home saver accounts

A new government scheme provides incentives for new home buyers, but watch for traps.

3 Aug 2009 | To provide incentives for people to save for their first home, the federal government launched the first home saver account (FHSA) scheme.

Home loans switch and save

Find the best mortgage. Here's how to save thousands on your home loan.

2 Oct 2008 | The best savings were achieved by switching to a credit union or an online subsidiary of a major bank – and you can’t get any of those loans through mortgage brokers.

How to choose a home loan

Use our tips to negotiate the mortgage maze.

19 May 2008 | For some people, flexibility and peace of mind are important, and there are a range of home loan options that offer such benefits.

Using mortgage brokers

How to avoid the traps and get the most from a mortgage broker when shopping around for a home loan.

21 Apr 2008 | If brokers’ advertisements and claims are to be believed, they’re the answer for anyone seeking a loan to suit their circumstances.

Fast-track your mortgage

The best way to own your home sooner is to get a cheap loan and make higher payments, more often.

1 Mar 2008 | Extra repayments can have a huge effect. Our case studies were amazed at how modest extra payments could save tens of thousands in interest.

Reverse mortgage shadow shop

Our shadow shop revealed poor advice and information from reverse mortgage sellers.

27 Feb 2007 | Originally reverse mortgages were sold directly by the lender, but in the last few years mortgage brokers have started to offer these products.

Mothercare

Cot reviews

Safety is key when a newborn comes into the picture. We have test results for 116 cots to tell you which are the safest.

11 Aug 2014 | The mandatory Australian standard aims to benchmark all cots to a safe level, but some failures still slip through the cracks.

Safety gate and barrier reviews

We tested 51 safety gates and barriers in the CHOICE labs, including models from Lindam, Target, Safety First and more.

10 Jul 2014 | Closing off certain rooms or stairs with a safety gate or barrier is key when your baby becomes mobile. Our tests can help you decide what to buy.

Double stroller reviews  

We tested 37 double strollers in the CHOICE labs including models from Baby Jogger, Steelcraft, Valco and more.

9 Jul 2014 | If you have twins, or a baby and toddler close in age, a two-seat stroller could be just what you need for getting the kids from A to B.

Pram and stroller reviews  

We've tested 158 prams and strollers in the CHOICE labs including models from Maclaren, Steelcraft, Valco and more.

8 Jul 2014 | A pram or stroller is one of the most important baby-related purchases you’ll make. Find out which ones meet our safety standards to keep your child safe.

High chair reviews  

46 high chairs tested in the CHOICE labs, including models from Ikea, Stokke, Peg Perego and more

23 Apr 2014 | Once babies develop their neck strength, they’re ready to sit in a high chair. Our testing reveals which models are safest for your child.

Mother's Choice

Cot reviews

Safety is key when a newborn comes into the picture. We have test results for 116 cots to tell you which are the safest.

11 Aug 2014 | The mandatory Australian standard aims to benchmark all cots to a safe level, but some failures still slip through the cracks.

Double stroller reviews  

We tested 37 double strollers in the CHOICE labs including models from Baby Jogger, Steelcraft, Valco and more.

9 Jul 2014 | If you have twins, or a baby and toddler close in age, a two-seat stroller could be just what you need for getting the kids from A to B.

Pram and stroller reviews  

We've tested 158 prams and strollers in the CHOICE labs including models from Maclaren, Steelcraft, Valco and more.

8 Jul 2014 | A pram or stroller is one of the most important baby-related purchases you’ll make. Find out which ones meet our safety standards to keep your child safe.

Portacot reviews

Portacots are handy if you're on the move, but how can you tell which are the safest for your child?

5 Feb 2014 | Portacots are also referred to as travel cots, portable cots or folding cots and are designed for temporary use with infants and babies.

Booster seat reviews

Many children have restraints that are too big for them and graduate to adult seatbelts too early.

12 Sep 2012 | We review 12 new booster seats suitable for children aged from about four to eight years, looking at ease of use and ease of fitting.

Child car restraint reviews

These restraints all meet the stringent requirements of the Australian standard, but some are easier to install and use than others

5 Jul 2012 | Installing a child car restraint correctly is essential for preventing injuries to your child in a crash

Convertible car seat reviews

Installing a child restraint correctly is the best way to prevent injuries to your child in a crash

2 Feb 2012 | We review 10 children's convertible car seats, suitable from birth to four years of age and priced from $149 to $659.

Mothers Day

Mothers Day Home Test

Welcome to our new home test, where we ask CHOICE members to try the products for themselves.

11 May 2012 | We decided to give our lab testers the day off and asked CHOICE member (and mum!), Monique Brunello, to be our home tester and look at some gift ideas for mums.

The cut flower industry

A beautiful bouquet of flowers may have an ugly back story.

9 May 2012 | We outline some concerns around imported cut flowers that might make you re-think that beautiful bouquet.

Mothers-day-guide

This Mother’s Day, we want to give our hardworking mums a gift to thank them for all the ways they make our lives great.

24 Dec 2010 | Our busy mums are faced with a myriad of decisions every day. We believe they should have the best advice at their fingertips this Mothers' Day.

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Can you really choose your car repairer

We reveal questionable links between car insurers and smash repairers.

4 Mar 2014 | Car insurers' preferred smash repairers are producing poor quality repairs.

Motorbikes

Yamaha VMAX1700 recall

The engine may seize and the operator may not be able to restart the motor.

26 Oct 2011 | Yamaha Motor Australia Pty Ltd is recalling Yamaha VMAX1700 vehicles sold nationally.

Triumph Daytona 675 motorcycle recall

The engine may stall during operation.

26 Oct 2011 | Triumph Australia Pty Ltd is recalling Daytona 675 motorcycles as the engines may stall during operation.

Motorcycles

Yamaha VMAX1700 recall

The engine may seize and the operator may not be able to restart the motor.

26 Oct 2011 | Yamaha Motor Australia Pty Ltd is recalling Yamaha VMAX1700 vehicles sold nationally.

Triumph Daytona 675 motorcycle recall

The engine may stall during operation.

26 Oct 2011 | Triumph Australia Pty Ltd is recalling Daytona 675 motorcycles as the engines may stall during operation.

Motoring

Car roof box reviews

Travel first class with your own overhead luggage compartment for your car.

15 May 2014 | A car can get really cramped when it’s loaded up for a family road trip. A car roof box may be just the ticket for reclaiming some space and comfort.

Car tyres 205-55R16 reviews  

We review tyres suitable for some of the most popular car models in Australia, such as the Toyota Corolla, Mazda 3 and Hyundai i30.

6 May 2014 | 18 brands of 205/55R16 tyres are put through CHOICE's rigorous braking, cornering and rolling resistance tests. We'll tell you which sets to buy and which to avoid.

Car rear visibility

How well can you see out of the back of your car?

29 Jan 2014 | All cars have a "blind area" that could easily hide a child. NRMA Insurance's Reversing Visibility Index is your back up for choosing a safer model.

Car tyres 175-65R15 review and compare  

We test 18 brands of 175/65R15 tyres, suitable for small cars such as the Honda Jazz, Toyota Yaris and Suzuki Swift.

29 Nov 2013 | Our new rolling resistance test evaluates “eco” claims made by some manufacturers.

Car GPS reviews  

Car GPS devices have never been more affordable, come with more features or had better smartphone integration.

21 Nov 2013 | We've tested 18 of the latest car GPS units, priced from $99 to $349, including models from Garmin, Navman and TomTom.

ANCAP update  

The latest ANCAP car crash testing reveals which new cars are the safest.

13 Sep 2013 | ANCAP aims to provide safety ratings for popular vehicle makes and models, so consumers can make informed decisions before they buy their next car.

Car tyre 205/60R16 reviews  

We've tested 15 brands of car tyres, including models from Bridgestone, Dunlop, Continental and Michelin.

24 May 2013 | Find out which brands score best for braking and cornering performance in wet and dry conditions.

Hybrid cars

Fed up with high petrol prices? A hybrid or electric car might be one answer.

27 Jun 2012 | We test-drove the fuel-efficient petrol, hybrid and electric models currently available in Australia and found there's a lot to like, plus some trade-offs.

Car tyre 215/60R16 reviews  

You can’t rely on price, tread pattern or brand name to find the best-performing tyre.

10 May 2012 | We review 18 brands of car tyres (215/60R16) priced from $105 to $229 each.

Polaris-Victory-Touring-Seat-recall

The backrest support on some of these accessory seats may be defective.

22 Sep 2011 | The defective backrest support can fail and allow the backrest support bracket to separate from the seat base. This could cause a passenger to lose backrest support, possibly resulting in a fall from the motorbike.

John-Titman-Racing-Talon-Locksprockets-recall

The retainer bolts may unscrew during normal operation.

21 Sep 2011 | If the defect occurs whilst in motion, it could cause serious injury.

Maserati-Quattroporte-and-Granturismo-recall

The vehicles have been fitted with an incorrect machining of rear tie-rods.

14 Sep 2011 | Continued use of vehicles equipped with non-conforming rear tie-rods, depending on road conditions, may lead to damage of the rear tie-rod.

Honda-2005-2007-Jazz-recall

The driver's side power window switch contains a switch unit that has been manufactured with an inappropriate design.

14 Sep 2011 | Because of the defect, it is possible for automotive cleaning products containing silicones to enter into the switch unit. This may cause smoke and in the worst case, may ignite.

Tiger-Motorcycles-Recall

Recalls have been issued on Tiger 800, Tiger 800 ABS, Tiger 800XC and Tiger 800XC motorcycle models

14 Sep 2011 | In some models, there are incorrect engine management calibration, while in others, the centre stand return spring has been seen to fracture. The 800 and 800XC models have both defects.

Peugeot-207-recall

There is a possibility that the battery's negative cable is incorrect in length.

14 Sep 2011 | The car battery's negative cable may break, and should this occur, the vehicle would stall without the ability to be restarted.

Fiat Ducato X2/50 recall

In some cases, the spare wheel support device might break due to incorrect operation.

7 Sep 2011 | The spare wheel may become detached, which could be a safety hazard.

Kawasaki-ZX1000KBF-and-ZX1000JBF-recall

An electrical fault could cause an accident in the Kawasaki models.

7 Sep 2011 | The main wiring harness of the Kawasaki models may rub against the rear of the frame, causing an electrical fault. The loss of ignition could cause the engine to stop running, creating the potenial for an accident.

Ducati Diavel Motorcycles recall

The motorcycle may fall and potentially cause injury

7 Sep 2011 | The side stand on the Ducati Diavel motorcycles may bend or break under heavy load while the bike is resting on it.

Jayco-Swan-Camper-Recall

A recall has been issued on the campers due to a potential electrical hazard.

7 Sep 2011 | The 240V wiring for the power inlet could be damaged by the roof winder cables over time. The defect could cause a short circuit or activation of the electrical safety switch.

Toyota Dyna cabs recall

The front tyres may cause steering wheel vibration when subjected to an external force, affecting vehicle controllability.

7 Sep 2011 | If the front tyre(s) are subjected to a large external force such as running over a large pot hole or bump in the road at high speed, there is a possibility that the steering wheels may vibrate.

Hino-300-Series-and-Dutro-recall

The front tyres may cause steering wheel vibration when subjected to an external force, affecting vehicle controllability.

7 Sep 2011 | If the front tyre(s) are subjected to a large external force such as running over a large pot hole or bump in the road at high speed, there is a possibility that the steering wheels may vibrate.

Volvo-C30-and-V50-recall

The rod connecting the clutch master cylinder and the clutch pedal on the Volvo C30 and V50 may break

7 Sep 2011 | Volvo issues a recall on its C30 and V50 models, because of a deviation that could make it impossible for the driver to disengage the clutch. In a worst case scenario, this may occur suddenly and without any warning to the driver.

Mitsubishi MK Triton Dual and Single Cabs recall

Genuine accessory parts may not comply with part of the Australian Design Rules.

29 Aug 2011 | Some combinations of genuine accessory aluminium trays and genuine accessory towbars fitted to the Triton vehicles may not comply with part of the Australian Design Rules.

Redranger-Whiteline-Adjustable-Rear-Sway-Bar-recall

Clearance issues with factory brake line which may reduce braking efficiency.

29 Aug 2011 | Redranger Pty Ltd has recalled its Whiteline Adjustable Rear Sway bar because the blade arm length is too long, which may reduce braking efficiency.

Jaguar-Diesel-X-Type-Recall

Errors have beeen detected in the series' cruise control software

29 Aug 2011 | Jaguar has recalled its Diesel X-types from 2006 to 2010 due to errors with the cruise control software.

Mercedes-Benz-Actros-trucks-recall

There is a possible oil leakage in vehicles produced between April 2007 and January 2010.

29 Aug 2011 | Mercedes-Benz recalls its Actros trucks as there is a possibility of oil contacting hot engine components, which in extreme cases may cause leaks.

Citreon-C3-vehicles-recall

The fixing bracket of the air unit on the engine may break under the effect of vibrations.

29 Aug 2011 | Citreon's C3 vehicles have been recalled due to the fact that the fixing bracket of the air unit on the engine may break under the effect of vibrations.

Kawasaki Motorcycle Recall

Kawasaki recalls a range of its motorcycle models

22 Aug 2011 | A damaged tube will cause air to escape from a range of Kawasaki motorcycles, resulting in a flat tyre, which may create potential for an accident.

Triumph-Motorcycle-recall

The top box of a number of Triumph motorcycles may detach and obstruct traffic.

18 Aug 2011 | Triumph recalls its genuine accessory top box locking handle for a few of its Tiger models, as the box may detach from motorcycle and pose an accident risk.

Kawasaki-Motorcycle-Recall

Kawasaki recalls motorcycles with fuel tank leakage potential

13 Jul 2011 | Kawasaki discovers that the fuel tank on its KLX250T9/TA/TB and KLX250WAF models may leak, and in the presence of a spark or flame this can cause injury or death.

Car tyres 175-65R14 82H review and compare  

Maintaining the right tyre pressure helps keep your car on the road and money in your pocket.

19 May 2011 | If you’re shopping for tyres, you don’t have to get the same ones your car left the factory with. We tested 18 size 175/65R14 tyres, costing $75 to $127.

How to buy a used car

Buying a secondhand car can be a minefield. Read our tips and learn how to avoid disaster.

3 Mar 2011 | "Buyer beware" never applies more than when shopping for a used car.

Tyrecheckers-LED-Alert-caps

A novel way to alert you when it’s time to top up your tyres.

29 Oct 2010 | These LED Alert caps for car tyres are a step towards safer and more economical motoring.

How to buy a new car

Follow our buying guide to make sure you get the best deal on a new car.

31 May 2010 | Save thousands on your next new car – and steer clear of the traps and pitfalls – by following the CHOICE buying guide.

GPS car navigation review and compare  

Find the best GPS system for both city and country driving, whether in a car or on a motorcycle.

26 Nov 2009 | CHOICE took 12 car GPS units to the streets and we also looked at three devices designed for motorcycles.

AlerteGPS review

It finds speed cameras while you’re driving, but only sometimes.

16 Sep 2009 | The AlerteGPS G200 is designed for drivers who want a device that indicates speed camera locations only, however our tester found that you should look at our car GPS test first.

Contesting parking fines

Ever wondered how to contest unjust parking and speed camera fines?

15 Sep 2009 | CHOICE found 30% of parking fine appeals to the NSW Treasury’s Office of State Revenue were successful. So what are your options?

Useless car extras

Don’t get taken for a ride with expensive or unnecessary new car options.

1 Aug 2008 | If you’ve ever bought a new car, you’ll have experienced the hard sell from the dealer, pushing you to add options to the vehicle. Are any of them worth the money?

Green vehicle guide

A government website rates environmental impact and lets you pick the greenest model.

23 May 2008 | The guide gives each model an overall star rating: the more stars, the lower the environmental impact.

Car servicing centres

Think you'll get a better service from the dealer's service centre? Think again.

30 Apr 2008 | When you hand your car over for a service, you’d hope for — and it’s certainly not unreasonable to expect — honest and expert advice about the condition of your car and any repairs needed.

Renting a car

Car rental contracts operate in favour of the rental companies, but you can reduce your risks.

21 Apr 2008 | Renting a car at your destination offers the flexibility to make the most of a holiday but nearly everyone knows of someone who's been ripped off.

Car tyres 20565R15 review and compare

We tested tyres for a range of family cars, for cornering, braking and noise.

6 Apr 2008 | For almost two weeks, our tyre testing team put their bodies on the line for you during high-speed cornering and emergency braking tests — and about 500 tyre changes

Tyre pressure checkers review

A simple device can help you keep your tyre pressure in check.

22 Feb 2008 | If you’re one of the majority who find it a bit of a chore to check your tyre pressure on a regular basis, why not invest in a set of tyre pressure indicators that do the monitoring for you?

Car navigation systems buying guide  

What to look for in a car GPS.

23 Nov 2006 | Use our guide to know what features you need in a car GPS to suit your driving needs.

Converting your car to LPG

Worried about rising fuel prices? Switching to LPG may be a way out - especially with the new rebate

15 Sep 2006 | Currently, there are about 500,000 vehicles on our roads that run with liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) — that’s about 5% of all cars.

Green car ratings

Choosing the greenest model that meets your needs is good for the environment and your wallet.

28 Jul 2006 | By taking the green rating into account when buying a new car, you can reduce your impact on the environment and save on your fuel costs.

Car lemon laws

What are your rights if your car spends more time in the service centre than on the road?

16 May 2006 | When you buy a new car rather than a used one, you probably expect to buy the peace of mind of faultless performance for at least a few years.

Car depreciation

Buying a new car is a big purchase but a bad investment.

28 Apr 2006 | Depending on their size, cars depreciate on average by around 14% a year for the first three years. But there are ways you can limit the impact of car depreciation on your hip pocket.

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Next G mobile phone reviews  

We help you take the guesswork out of buying a next generation mobile phone.

18 Aug 2014 | CHOICE finds the best NextG phone for every user and budget.

Tablet computer reviews  

Find the tablet computer that's right for you.

13 Jan 2014 | Tablets are taking over personal computing. We test more than 70 models you can buy in Australia.

Baby monitor reviews

We've tested audio-only, video monitors and Wi-Fi monitors priced from $70 to $399.

6 Jun 2013 | Find out which monitors are best for sound and picture quality, with new models from Angel Care, Belkin, Oricom and iBaby among those tested.

Novelty phone handsets

We've checked out a number of novelty handsets for designed for use with a mobile phone. But how well do they work?

4 Mar 2013 | We put five retro handsets and one bluetooth glove designed for use with a mobile phone through their paces.

Technology reliability survey

Just how reliable are your tech devices?

13 Nov 2012 | The CHOICE technology reliability survey reports on what types of problems can go wrong with common computer devices.

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Shonkiest shonky - vote now!

The results are in! Which of the 8 CHOICE Shonky Award winners was voted the Shonkiest?

6 Nov 2012 | The results are in! The winner of the People’s Choice Shonkiest Shonky is Nature’s Way Kids Smart Natural Medicines, with 44% of the vote.

The 2012 Shonky Awards  

CHOICE's awards for the shonkiest products and shoddiest services are back.

30 Oct 2012 | Our annual Shonky awards recognise and reprimand misleading claims, false advertising, lack of transparency, faulty goods and/or poor service, awarding lemon gongs to the 'winners'.

Getting rid of mould

Removing mould in your home is more than a surface issue.

6 Aug 2012 | Reducing moisture, not expensive mould removal products, is the key to preventing household mould.

Mountain Goat

craft-beer

Lion, Foster’s, Coca-Cola, Woolworths and Coles are all muscling in on the craft beer business.

26 Jan 2014 | Large breweries and industry companies using a cottage industry image to take over the craft beer market in Australia.

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Australians still being ripped off on digital goods

Study finds 79 per cent of people unhappy with inflated costs

30 Jul 2014 | One year after the IT Pricing Inquiry dismissed the excuses of major companies, Australians are still paying up to 50 per cent more than overseas markets for technology, music, movies and TV shows.

Netflix ranks second among media subscription consumers

Software company Pocketbook's data shows Aussies are prepared to pay to access the media content they want.

16 Jul 2014 | Subscription-based Netflix is gaining in popularity among Australian consumers willing to overcome geo-blocking to access TV shows and movies without the restriction of release windows.

Movie streaming services set to launch

Dendy Direct and Hoyts Stream expected to be live later this year.

23 Apr 2014 | Dendy Direct and Hoyts Stream add to the online streaming services available to Australian viewers and show viewers want affordable, flexible content when it comes to their online entertainment.

Cinema rip offs

Are we being charged too much at the box office? CHOICE shows you how to get the most bang for your buck on your next trip to the movies.

10 Mar 2011 | With movie ticket and candy bar prices continuing to rise, can a night at the movies be affordable?

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Bluetooth wireless speakers reviews  

Bluetooth wireless speakers let you play music on the go while keeping your smartphone or music player close to hand.

8 Aug 2014 | We review 16 wireless speakers, priced from $199 to $399, including models from Sony, Bose, JBL, Jabra and Logitech.

Product reliability survey

Our 2014 report reveals how our members rate common technology product and appliance brands for reliability.

21 Feb 2014 | Use our brand reliability results to help guide your decision before buying. A bargain isn't a bargain if you're likely to pay a lot for repairs in the long term.

Copyright law reform

Is a fair-use system the way to go?

19 Nov 2013 | With copyright law under review, a fair-use system could allow people to enjoy their legally purchased digital music and movies without needing to break the law.

MP3 and MP4 player reviews  

We compare two popular smartphones with the latest in media players.

15 Nov 2012 | See how the iPhone 4S and Samsung Galaxy III compare with the latest MP3 and MP4 players.

iPod speaker dock reviews

Some can be used as a sound system for a flat, but most will struggle if you turn them up.

1 Mar 2012 | Price is no guarantee of quality when it comes to iPod docks.

Christmas gift guide for the traveller

We round up some of the best buys for your globetrotting friends.

16 Dec 2011 | We pick fun and handy products that will make great Christmas presents for anyone who loves to travel.

Gadget gift guide for Christmas

Gadgets and gizmos always make great presents for the tech-savvy and tech-curious.

23 Nov 2011 | We round up the best technology buys, from tablets, to televisions, to MP3 players, to eBook readers.

First look Base turntable

BASE music system with direct encoding TT-186WWEA

19 Jul 2010 | This system can convert your old vinyl records to MP3 files.


Apple iPod Shuffle  

The impressive design is undermined by an unfortunate headphone lock-in.

19 Mar 2009 | Apple’s latest iPod shuffle is the smallest model ever released, and like previous iterations doesn’t have a screen. It’s roughly the length of a house key and packs just under 4GB of data for a possible 1000 songs.

Logitech Squeezebox Boom

Play internet radio or your own music files wirelessly or over an Ethernet connection.

25 Feb 2009 | The Logitech Squeezebox Boom is made for constantly connected people, streaming music either over the internet or from a personal computer.

Portable media players review and compare

We test the latest MP3, MP4 and video players to tell you the best buys.

12 Nov 2008 | We give ratings for ease of use, sound and video quality, and battery life.

Apple ipod touch quick review

We check out the new Apple iPod media player.

7 Dec 2007 | The iPod Touch looks so much like an iPhone that comparisons are inevitable, but that’s not really comparing Apples with Apples — it’s designed to be a touch screen iPod media player, not a touch phone.

Apple iPod classic

The iPod Classic is a smart-looking hard-drive MP3 player with a larger capacity and a wealth of features.

6 Dec 2007 | The Apple iPod Classic is available with a 80 or 160GB hard drive — we tested the latter (which has an RRP of $479).

MP4

Bluetooth wireless speakers reviews  

Bluetooth wireless speakers let you play music on the go while keeping your smartphone or music player close to hand.

8 Aug 2014 | We review 16 wireless speakers, priced from $199 to $399, including models from Sony, Bose, JBL, Jabra and Logitech.

Copyright law reform

Is a fair-use system the way to go?

19 Nov 2013 | With copyright law under review, a fair-use system could allow people to enjoy their legally purchased digital music and movies without needing to break the law.

MP3 and MP4 player reviews  

We compare two popular smartphones with the latest in media players.

15 Nov 2012 | See how the iPhone 4S and Samsung Galaxy III compare with the latest MP3 and MP4 players.

Christmas gift guide for the traveller

We round up some of the best buys for your globetrotting friends.

16 Dec 2011 | We pick fun and handy products that will make great Christmas presents for anyone who loves to travel.

Gadget gift guide for Christmas

Gadgets and gizmos always make great presents for the tech-savvy and tech-curious.

23 Nov 2011 | We round up the best technology buys, from tablets, to televisions, to MP3 players, to eBook readers.

Apple iPod Shuffle  

The impressive design is undermined by an unfortunate headphone lock-in.

19 Mar 2009 | Apple’s latest iPod shuffle is the smallest model ever released, and like previous iterations doesn’t have a screen. It’s roughly the length of a house key and packs just under 4GB of data for a possible 1000 songs.

Logitech Squeezebox Boom

Play internet radio or your own music files wirelessly or over an Ethernet connection.

25 Feb 2009 | The Logitech Squeezebox Boom is made for constantly connected people, streaming music either over the internet or from a personal computer.

Portable media players review and compare

We test the latest MP3, MP4 and video players to tell you the best buys.

12 Nov 2008 | We give ratings for ease of use, sound and video quality, and battery life.

Apple ipod touch quick review

We check out the new Apple iPod media player.

7 Dec 2007 | The iPod Touch looks so much like an iPhone that comparisons are inevitable, but that’s not really comparing Apples with Apples — it’s designed to be a touch screen iPod media player, not a touch phone.

Apple iPod classic

The iPod Classic is a smart-looking hard-drive MP3 player with a larger capacity and a wealth of features.

6 Dec 2007 | The Apple iPod Classic is available with a 80 or 160GB hard drive — we tested the latter (which has an RRP of $479).

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Fillers and Botox

The face of anti-wrinkle treatment is changing with injectables, Botox and fillers growing rapidly in popularity.

24 Mar 2014 | Thinking about anti-wrinkle treatments but lost in a sea of Botox, injectables, synthetic and fat fillers?

Muesli

Bowel cancer screening rates fall

Test could saves lives, but participation rates have dropped.

26 Jun 2014 | Bowel cancer kills Australians, yet an increasing number of people are failing to complete a simple, potentially life-saving screening test, according to a new report.

Breakfast cereal reviews  

Which cereals make the nutritional grade?

4 Oct 2012 | We look beyond the names and claims to uncover the breakfast cereals that provide the most nutritious start to your day.

Muesli reviews

We reviewed 159 mueslis to find the best ones for you, whatever your preferences.

17 Aug 2011 | CHOICE reviews 159 mueslis from supermarkets and health food stores to find those that meet our criteria for lowest fat, lowest sugar, highest fibre and more.

Breakfast cereals buying guide

For many of us, ready-to-eat breakfast cereals are a staple food, and a good one can be the perfect kick-start to the day.

29 May 2009 | We looked at over 300 cereals and mueslis to find the ones that are best for you nutritionally.

Premium yoghurt reviews

Yoghurt doesn’t have to be loaded with fat to taste deliciously creamy.

24 Jan 2009 | Are those extra delicious premium brands just as healthy, or do they taste so good because they’re loaded with fat and sugar?

Muesli bars

Muesli reviews

We reviewed 159 mueslis to find the best ones for you, whatever your preferences.

17 Aug 2011 | CHOICE reviews 159 mueslis from supermarkets and health food stores to find those that meet our criteria for lowest fat, lowest sugar, highest fibre and more.

Muesli bar reviews

Grabbing a quick muesli or muffin bar may not be the healthy fix you’re after.

9 Jan 2006 | Cereal bars, muesli bars and breakfast bars may have a healthy image but most of them are more than 20% sugar, and some deliver more saturated fat than a packet of chips.

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Garden shredders review

A garden shredder is handy for turning unwanted cuttings into mulch and compost.

8 Aug 2013 | We test eight electric garden shredders priced from $200 to $499 for performance on green, dry, and leafy material.

Mulcher lawnmower reviews

Mulcher mowers can give you a greener lawn and greener environment.

25 Sep 2012 | In our updated test of 30 mulcher and catcher lawnmowers, we reveal which models keep your lawn looking its best.

Christmas gift guide

We've trawled our test results to bring you a range of great gift ideas.

16 Nov 2011 | From digital cameras to kitchen gadgets, our gift ideas cater to all budgets.

Multifunction printers

Multifunction printers review

Multifunction printers are convenient and versatile, but which are better value - and better for you?

2 May 2014 | We review 86 multifunction printers including inkjet and laser models, both colour and mono, priced from under $50 to over $1000.

Gadget gift guide for Christmas

Gadgets and gizmos always make great presents for the tech-savvy and tech-curious.

23 Nov 2011 | We round up the best technology buys, from tablets, to televisions, to MP3 players, to eBook readers.

Colour laser MFPs review and compare

The new breed of colour laser MFPs throws down the gauntlet to inkjet printers.

24 Aug 2011 | We test 10 colour laser multifunction printers to see how they compare for performance, ease of use, features and value.

Multi-touch displays

Consumer Electronics Show 2012  

We head to Las Vegas to check out some of the innovative products shaping consumer technology.

11 Jan 2012 | We take a look at some of the latest gadgets, gizmos and technologies at CES 2012.

Multivitamins

Advertising blitz

TGA seeks to crack down on advertising for over-the-counter and complementary medicines

3 Sep 2013 | CHOICE supports tighter therapeutic goods advertising standards in Australia

Multivitamins

There’s a multivitamin out there for every age and gender, but do you really need one?

3 Aug 2012 | While it’s tempting, and not uncommon, to take multivitamins as a nutritional insurance policy, it’s far more beneficial to your health to improve your diet.

Pregnancy multivitamin supplements

Are they essential, or just a pricey gimmick?

1 Sep 2011 | There are plenty of specialist multivitamin on the market for conception, pregnancy and breastfeeding. Can they be beneficial, or are they just a gimmick?

Music

Bluetooth wireless speakers reviews  

Bluetooth wireless speakers let you play music on the go while keeping your smartphone or music player close to hand.

8 Aug 2014 | We review 16 wireless speakers, priced from $199 to $399, including models from Sony, Bose, JBL, Jabra and Logitech.

Hearing damage

How to counter the risk of hearing loss but not miss out on entertainment.

3 Dec 2013 | Excessively loud music or video can damage your hearing.

Novelty phone handsets

We've checked out a number of novelty handsets for designed for use with a mobile phone. But how well do they work?

4 Mar 2013 | We put five retro handsets and one bluetooth glove designed for use with a mobile phone through their paces.

MP3 and MP4 player reviews  

We compare two popular smartphones with the latest in media players.

15 Nov 2012 | See how the iPhone 4S and Samsung Galaxy III compare with the latest MP3 and MP4 players.

iPod speaker dock reviews

Some can be used as a sound system for a flat, but most will struggle if you turn them up.

1 Mar 2012 | Price is no guarantee of quality when it comes to iPod docks.

Gadget gift guide for Christmas

Gadgets and gizmos always make great presents for the tech-savvy and tech-curious.

23 Nov 2011 | We round up the best technology buys, from tablets, to televisions, to MP3 players, to eBook readers.

Home theatre speakers reviews  

If you can part with $2000 or more, you can get an exciting listening experience.

7 Sep 2011 | CHOICE reviews home theatre speakers valued from $2000 to $3000.

iRig and Amplitube

We review the iRig adapter and Amplitube app for iPhone and iPad.

31 Jan 2011 | Create a range of authentic guitar sounds with your hand-held device.

Apple iPod Shuffle  

The impressive design is undermined by an unfortunate headphone lock-in.

19 Mar 2009 | Apple’s latest iPod shuffle is the smallest model ever released, and like previous iterations doesn’t have a screen. It’s roughly the length of a house key and packs just under 4GB of data for a possible 1000 songs.

Logitech Squeezebox Boom

Play internet radio or your own music files wirelessly or over an Ethernet connection.

25 Feb 2009 | The Logitech Squeezebox Boom is made for constantly connected people, streaming music either over the internet or from a personal computer.

Portable media players review and compare

We test the latest MP3, MP4 and video players to tell you the best buys.

12 Nov 2008 | We give ratings for ease of use, sound and video quality, and battery life.

Nike+ / iPod Sport Kit

Need a bit of help to stay fit? How about some extra motivation?

19 Nov 2007 | The Nike+ / iPod Sport Kit is a personal workout coach with a difference.

Myer

Australian omnichannel online sales grow

Consumers are voting with their wallets and spending more money with retailers with both an online and bricks-and-mortar presence.

3 Apr 2014 | Australian consumers prefer to shop at stores with both an online and offline presence.

The pros and cons of lay-by

Lay-by can be a cheap and convenient way to budget but you should be aware of the pitfalls.

22 Oct 2012 | Lay-by can take the sting out of Christmas shopping, but the fine print can sometimes include tricky conditions such as expensive cancellation fees.

Customer service shadow shop

Our customer service shadow shop produces mixed results for major retailers.

26 Sep 2012 | How do Australia's bricks and mortar retailers stack up when it comes to customer service? We shadow shop Australia's 10 most popular retailers.

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Mothers Day tech guide

Find the right gadget to give to mum on Sunday 11 May.

5 May 2014 | Slippers and toasters have been struck off our list of 10 tech gadgets for the most important woman in your life.

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