One in two Aussie travellers choose to switch their phones off rather than risk a big bill.
16 Dec 2014 |
Recent research shows that one in two Aussie travellers will either switch off or leave their phones at home when travelling overseas because of fears of high global roaming fees.
We review 94 DSLRs, Micro Four Thirds, Four Thirds and some bridge cameras, priced from $399 to $5300.
5 Dec 2014 |
We review digital SLRs, system and bridge cameras, including models from Canon, Nikon, Fujifilm, Panasonic, Pentax, Olympus, Samsung and Sony.
Head back to school with the right laptop or tablet computer
20 Nov 2014 |
What you need to know before you buy a computer for your child's back-to-school needs.
We compare more than 100 basic digital cameras, including models from Canon, Nikon, Samsung, Sony and Panasonic.
29 Sep 2014 |
In our latest digital camera test we review 156 compact digital cameras, priced from $87 to $749.
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.
Advance in printed diode technology has potential to connect paper to the internet.
9 Jul 2014 |
Printable e-labels provide yet another means of data storage and communication embedded in or on objects, with a new development potentially enabling communication at mobile phone frequencies.
New smartphone from online behemoth Amazon
19 Jun 2014 |
US online retail giant Amazon has launched its Fire Phone today and is hoping to light up with smartphone market with new quick-access features and response technology.
Studios to cut delay from cinema release to DVD and digital download to encourage consumers to buy rather than download illegally.
17 Jun 2014 |
Movies will now be available to Australians on DVD and download three months after their release in Australian cinemas.
We review and compare 13 portable hard drives from 1TB to 4TB capacity along with a 256GB SSD, including models from LaCie, Buffalo, Seagate and Thunderbolt.
4 Jun 2014 |
Portable hard drives can carry all your data, but which one should you buy? We compare 13 portable hard drives from 1TB to 4TB capacity along with a 256GB SSD.
The government has flagged new anti-piracy measures – but what will they mean for consumers?
29 May 2014 |
CHOICE tells you what you need to know about anti-piracy measures coming to Australia.
There may soon be no need to go into the bank, with new technology allowing customers to do all their banking from a variety of smart devices.
22 May 2014 |
Banking at your fingertips, literally. Westpac is collaborating with Samsung to innovate banking applications.
CSIRO says the digitisation of Australia will escalate cyber crime.
6 May 2014 |
Bank robbers and house burglars may be outdone by cyber crime in Australia’s digital future.
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.
We test 21 cordless home phones plus one corded landline, priced from $55 to $399.
28 Apr 2014 |
We review a range of cordless phones, with one corded landline in the mix, including models from Panasonic, Telstra, Uniden and more.
Social media giant buys Oculus Rift technology.
26 Mar 2014 |
The Oculus Rift virtual reality kit is already shaping up to be the defining VR headset for PC users. And Facebook wants a piece of the action.
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.
We've tested 15 ebook readers, including e-ink and tablet models, from Amazon, Kobo, Apple, Sony and Google.
25 Mar 2014 |
Find out which models have the best readability and design for reading eBooks, and are the easiest to use.
We compare eight of the largest single-drive USB 3.0 external desktop storage devices.
24 Jan 2014 |
We test eight drives from Buffalo, La Cie, Seagate, and others for performance, capacity, features and ease of use.
20 Dec 2013 |
OLED is the latest technology in televisions. CHOICE checks out the new-release OLED TV from LG.
We get hands-on with one of the most affordable consumer-level 3D printers in Australia.
11 Dec 2013 |
The UP!Mini is a relatively inexpensive 3D printer aimed at the consumer market: we put it to the test, printing a miniature rabbit.
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.
Take the guesswork out of choosing your next laptop.
5 Dec 2013 |
Our buying guide tells you everything you need to know about buying a laptop in easy-to-understand terms.
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.
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?
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.
The latest dedicated digital camcorders offer more features and greater control.
27 Sep 2013 |
We review 21 of the latest high definition (HD) camcorders, including models from Sony, Canon, JVC, Panasonic and Samsung.
Which NBN plan will result in consumers getting the best network?
12 Jul 2013 |
The national broadband network is underway, but with an election looming and two competing plans, will consumers get the best network?
Browser cookies can reveal your online habits, so how do you protect yourself?
22 May 2013 |
Information gleaned by cookies is valuable to marketers and advertisers, but you may not realise just how much can be pieced together about you.
We reveal what you need to consider when buying a desktop computer.
7 May 2013 |
Find the right desktop computer within your budget with our comprehensive guide.
CHOICE says to back up your RSS subscriptions before it's too late.
15 Apr 2013 |
Google Reader will be defunct as of 1 July, giving consumers less than three months to back up their RSS subscriptions and find another service.
Parliament calls on Apple, Adobe and Microsoft to explain high IT prices.
13 Feb 2013 |
Tech giants Apple, Adobe and Microsoft are now being forced to answer for the higher prices they charge Australian consumers.
We've told the Attorney General’s department to protect consumers who bypass online geoblocks.
29 Aug 2012 |
Geoblocks prevent consumers from getting a better deal, and help companies discriminate on price.
We want to hear if you’ve paid more for digital products because you’ve bought them in Australia.
2 Aug 2012 |
We're asking for examples of price discrimination on computer, software, gaming, and music products.
Technology industry has predictable reaction to IT pricing inquiry.
30 Jul 2012 |
Industry groups claim that the costs of doing business in Australia are driving up the prices of IT hardware and software products.
CHOICE research has found that Australians are paying 50% more for IT products.
18 Jul 2012 |
New CHOICE research shows that Australians are paying 50% more for computers, software, games and music.
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.
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.
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.
HD camcorder with the ability to deliver good stills as well.
15 Feb 2012 |
The JVC GC PX-10 looks like a still camera on steroids but performs well as a video camcorder.
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.
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.
CHOICE takes a look at an internet-based alternative to pay TV.
26 Oct 2011 |
FetchTV provides another alternative to cable, with your Internet provider delivering a host of channels and rental movies to your television.
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.
It's meant to be the 'best sounding TV' ever... but is the cost worth it?
8 Sep 2011 |
The Bose Videowave is indeed a great sounding TV, but the price for good audio and an easy to use system should not be so prohibitive.
Network your home instantly using its existing electrical wiring.
29 Aug 2011 |
Powerline devices provide a simple home networking alternative or addition to traditional Ethernet cabling and Wi-Fi.
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.
Hold the phone! A simple landline phone could still have a place in your home.
21 Jul 2011 |
We look at models that work with an extra handset, providing added versatility.
Not everything is disposable these days.
28 Apr 2011 |
Our readers share stories of old reliable appliances and recount tales of appliances that have failed within minutes of first use.
Make a 3D movie blockbuster in your own home.
28 Apr 2011 |
The Panasonic HDC-SDT750 is one of the first consumer 3D camcorders to be released.
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.
How reliable is your computer equipment?
24 Nov 2010 |
Desktop computers, laptops and printers, monitors and external hard-drives are part of our line-up this time.
With a USB digital high-definition TV tuner and a laptop you can take your HDTV on the road.
19 Nov 2010 |
We test 12 go-anywhere digital TV tuners for your PC.
Doubling in capacity every year is the norm and still the cheapest way to dramatically boost your storage capacity.
17 Aug 2010 |
We review 9 of the latest drives with a variety of connections.
Don't get duped by the sales hype. See part one of our video series on the basics of home theatre.
6 Aug 2010 |
Our expert talks you through some of the more common mistakes you could make when setting up your home theatre.
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.
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.
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.
Play it safe and keep your hands on the wheel with this solar-powered bluetooth handsfree device.
14 Apr 2010 |
It's a cheap alternative to a hands-free car kit, but it has some limitations.
Digital radios, while expensive, allow you to listen to internet radio or music stored on your home network.
17 Mar 2010 |
We test 10 digital radios, priced from $170 to $1000.
Digital photo frame technology has improved but is still a little raw.
19 Feb 2010 |
Two years after CHOICE first set out to test digital photo frames, there are improvements in picture quality but we’re still seeing many of the same flaws.
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.
A DVD recorder with a 160GB hard drive gives you hundreds of hours of recording capacity.
26 Nov 2009 |
Test results for four DVD/hard disc recorders with a capacity of 160GB, priced from $440 to $659.
A digital camera zoom lens can take your photography to greater heights.
21 Jul 2009 |
If you own a digital SLR camera (DSLR) and want to expand your photographic horizons the next step is to decide on the best lens to complete your kit.
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?
Beat the blackout blues with these battery backup units.
30 Apr 2009 |
The power is gone and with it all your painstaking work - it won't occur if you use an Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS).
Plans to upgrade the broadband network need to be carefully considered
29 Apr 2009 |
In April 2009 the Federal Government announced it will establish a new company that will invest up to $43 billion over 8 years to build and operate a National Broadband Network.
The beanbag that for many may represent the future of the internet.
12 Mar 2009 |
It’s small and squeezable, and Chumby is a versatile gadget designed to deliver a constant stream of personalised information updates on any topic.
Watch out! If certain music industry representatives have their way, internet service providers will be required to police your use of the internet.
19 Feb 2009 |
The music industry reports a reduction in CD profits, which has motivated them to push for control over how consumers access and store music.
Protecting internet users from illegal material is important, however the proposed mandatory ISP-based filter won’t do the job.
19 Feb 2009 |
CHOICE holds a number of concerns about the government’s current proposal to introduce mandatory internet filtering at an ISP-level.
We tried out two modern versions of the ‘classic’ keyboard style for comparison.
3 Feb 2009 |
Modern PC keyboards have evolved into many different designs. But how good are they for their basic purpose — typing?
Using VoIP can save you money, but you need the right hardware to do it — so we put seven VoIP capable modem routers to the test.
21 Jan 2009 |
There’s a lot of talk about the cost advantages of moving to VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol), for both long-distance and local calls as well.
Digital radio has hit the airwaves.
19 Jan 2009 |
If you're keen to experience the difference digital technology makes to the radio waves you will have to open your wallet along with your eyes and ears.
We test a camera that tags your photos with the GPS location as you shoot.
1 Jan 2009 |
We’ve seen devices that show your location as you drive, where you’ve been and how to get somewhere, but what about a product that tags your photos with the location as you take them?
We take a look at the modern day photo album.
7 Nov 2008 |
Designed for the photographer on the go, the Hyperdrive Colorspace is a storage device that's supposed to take the place of a laptop or multiple memory cards.
Consumer protection in the telecommunications industry falls short of good practice.
16 Oct 2008 |
Consumer complaints are soaring with a 31% increase in the number of complaints to the Telecommunications Industry ombudsman in 2007.
Ultraportable laptops can do most of your computing tasks while on the go.
16 Oct 2008 |
If you’re always on-the-go and don’t want to leave your home or office behind, you need a laptop that won’t weigh you down — and that’s where the ultraportable category shines.
Headphones designed to protect your child’s ears from excessive noise.
15 Oct 2008 |
We looked at a pair of headphones designed specifically for children aged six years or above. While the lead for plugging into a suitable music player is short, it’s suitable for a child.
Webcams are handy for instant messaging, video chats and quick snaps.
30 Jul 2008 |
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so a moving picture must surely be even more valuable — which is probably why webcams have become so popular for personal communication.
Our tests review the latest generation multimedia laptops.
13 Jun 2008 |
If you’re looking for a successor to your trusty old desktop computer but don’t want the bulk of a traditional PC, you might want to consider a portable multimedia powerhouse instead.
We tested 16 speaker systems to see which gives the best boom for your buck.
20 May 2008 |
The PC speaker market is 'booming', driven by the growth in high quality multimedia — from music and DVD movies to games and even websites.
Are consumers getting a raw deal on the price of locally available computer products?
20 May 2008 |
It doesn’t take long for a net-savvy consumer to compare the cost of computer products here and overseas.
We tried a range of CD/DVD repair kits and found them less than impressive.
13 May 2008 |
Optical discs, such as CDs and DVDs, are fairly fragile and it doesn’t take much damage for them to skip or not play. Grease, dust, exposure to excess heat, and rough handling can all result in damage that may affect playback.
Take a bus ride these days or walk down the street and nearly everyone you pass is tuned in to a portable music player.
18 Apr 2008 |
These speaker docks let you listen to your music aloud, but don’t expect too much in terms of sound quality.
Make sense of the bits and bytes.
16 Apr 2008 |
CHOICE's simple guide to broadband tells you what you need to know in order to choose the right broadband plan.
Fans of Linux will appreciate this new offering from Asus — a linux-based laptop.
9 Apr 2008 |
cool, compact and cheap. At just under $500, it’s the cheapest full-featured laptop on the market.
Backing up is essential to protect your data, but which medium will you choose?
25 Feb 2008 |
It’s all well and good to have a backup plan for preserving your data, but where will you back up your files? What type of storage solution will suit you?
Thinking about buying a digital camera? Here's what to look for.
30 Jul 2007 |
Buying a digital camera can be a daunting exercise — there are literally hundreds of models on the market and a bewildering array of specifications and features.
ADSL2 is the new kid on the broadband block.
7 Apr 2007 |
More households are opting for broadband over dial-up internet services, looking for better speeds and fewer delays and disruptions.
Digital projectors bring the movies to your lounge room.
3 Jan 2007 |
A projector may not be the most suitable display for watching television or playing games as the lamps can be expensive to replace.
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.
Want to upgrade your computer for free? Here’s how.
3 Jan 2006 |
Firmware used to be read-only — it limited what the hardware could do. Nowadays, however, most firmware can be updated to give your hardware new features and capabilities.
Explore all the digital camera features on this moveable camera.
17 Mar 2005 |
What's a megapixel? What does a USB cable do? We take you through the basics with our interactive visual tool.
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