CHOICE - Computers and online reviews and comparisons of computers and online services including, computer parts and accessories, home office equipment, mobile computers, networking and internet and storage devices. Copyright 2015, 26 Jan 2015 05:16:14 GMTComputers and onlineApple iMac with Retina 5K Display

The new 14.7 million-pixel iMac packs four times as many pixels on its 27-inch screen as the standard iMac. You only have to look at the 5K iMac to want it. But the question must be asked: do you actually need it?

Home officeFri, 23 Jan 2015 10:05:00 GMT
Standard printers review

Find out how printers from Brother, Canon, Dell, Epson, HP and Samsung compare when it comes to print speed, quality and ease of installation.

Home officeThu, 08 Jan 2015 12:41:00 GMT
Multifunction printers review

We review 60 multifunction printers including inkjet, laser, colour and mono, priced from under $50 to over $800.

Home officeTue, 16 Dec 2014 11:19:00 GMT
Christmas tech gift guide

Make your Christmas gift a gadget with this selection of the latest top tech toys and tools.

Networking and internetMon, 08 Dec 2014 09:47:00 GMT
Microsoft Surface Pro 3 review

Read our quick review of the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 tablet, a larger and faster laptop alternative.

Mobile computersThu, 20 Nov 2014 13:00:00 GMT
Tech reliability survey 2014

The CHOICE reliability survey asks thousands of members to rate their desktops, laptops, monitors, printers, tablets and external hard drives for reliability, repairs and service.

Computers and accessoriesTue, 18 Nov 2014 13:35:00 GMT
Tablet computers review

Tablets are taking over personal computing. We test more than 40 models you can buy in Australia.

Mobile computersThu, 13 Nov 2014 09:44:00 GMT
11 scams and how to avoid them

Online dating scams, bogus tech support phone calls and internet schemes that take advantage of people's goodwill continue to find new victims.

Networking and internetMon, 10 Nov 2014 11:31:00 GMT
First look: iPad Air 2

Read our quick review of the iPad Air 2, faster, thinner tablet with fingerprint recognition.

Mobile computersMon, 27 Oct 2014 09:47:00 GMT
PC backup software review

Have you backed up your important files? Our test breaks down the best backup software, so you can easily protect the contents of your precious PC from data loss.

Home officeMon, 15 Sep 2014 17:56:00 GMT
Fritz!Box 7490 modem-router review

This do-everything ADSL modem-router with built-in phone system has all the bells and whistles for a home user or small business.

Networking and internetWed, 10 Sep 2014 15:55:00 GMT
Dark patterns: website tricks and scams

The user interfaces on some websites are deliberately designed to mislead consumers. CHOICE exposes some of the tricks.

Networking and internetThu, 26 Jun 2014 11:56:00 GMT
Cloud backup services review

We test and compare 11 cloud-based backup services.

Networking and internetThu, 19 Jun 2014 16:08:00 GMT
Cyber criminals attack top companies every day: security expert

Professional hacker Jonathan Brossard outlines the latest targets for cyber criminals, upcoming threats and how you can reduce your risk of attack.

Networking and internetThu, 22 May 2014 11:07:00 GMT
Bitcoin and virtual currency

The Bitcoin cyber payment system sends digital payments from person-to-person without a central bank overseeing it. Can an unregulated, computer currency really play it safe?

Networking and internetWed, 14 May 2014 17:26:00 GMT
Mother's Day tech guide

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

Computers and accessoriesMon, 05 May 2014 10:37:00 GMT
Software Easter eggs

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.

Networking and internetThu, 17 Apr 2014 17:10:00 GMT
Password managers review

Password managers tested and compared on both desktop and mobile computers.

Computers and accessoriesMon, 31 Mar 2014 10:58:00 GMT
Antivirus software review

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

Networking and internetThu, 27 Mar 2014 12:46:00 GMT
Facebook buys into virtual reality for $2bn

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.

Computers and accessoriesWed, 26 Mar 2014 12:19:00 GMT
Media hubs and streamers

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.

Networking and internetWed, 26 Mar 2014 09:33:00 GMT
App roundup: free productivity programs

Having trouble getting things done? Feeling a bit overwhelmed by your to do list? These free productivity apps could be the answer.

Mobile computersThu, 20 Mar 2014 16:13:00 GMT
Navigating online geo-blocking

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

Networking and internetWed, 05 Mar 2014 09:49:00 GMT
Delete your digital footprint

It's possible to remove yourself from social media and some websites, but you'll never be able to erase every trace of your digital footprint.

Networking and internetWed, 05 Feb 2014 12:23:00 GMT
First look: Asus Transformer Book T100

The T100 cuts out the bells and whistles to deliver an affordable Windows 8 hybrid device.

Mobile computersWed, 29 Jan 2014 13:35:00 GMT
External 3TB and 4TB desktop hard drives review

We test eight drives from Buffalo, La Cie, Seagate, and others for performance, capacity, features and ease of use.

Storage devicesFri, 24 Jan 2014 09:19:00 GMT
Your rights on overseas sites

The giants of Australian retail have been slow to respond to online competition. Meanwhile, shoppers are looking for value on overseas websites.

Networking and internetMon, 30 Dec 2013 15:56:00 GMT
Kingston MobileLite Wireless first look

Enjoy your movies, music, photos and other documents wirelessly on your iPad, iPhone or Android device.

Storage devicesTue, 17 Dec 2013 13:19:00 GMT
Review: UP!Mini 3D Printer

The UP!Mini is a relatively inexpensive 3D printer aimed at the consumer market: we put it to the test, printing a miniature rabbit.

Home officeWed, 11 Dec 2013 11:06:00 GMT
Ebook pricing

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

Networking and internetFri, 06 Dec 2013 11:44:00 GMT
ISP satisfaction survey 2013

How does your ISP stack up against the others? Almost 4000 CHOICE members rated their provider to give us a snapshot of the state of Australia's internet today.

Networking and internetFri, 06 Dec 2013 10:28:00 GMT
Internet smartcams review

We reveal our latest test results for smartcams, including new models from EDIMAX, D-Link, Swann and Uniden.

Networking and internetWed, 04 Dec 2013 14:07:00 GMT
First look: Tech21 Impactology

This case and screen film combination claims to use "bulletproof" technology to protect your smartphone or tablet. We put it to the test.

Mobile computersTue, 26 Nov 2013 16:36:00 GMT
First look: Parallels for Mac and iPad

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

Home officeTue, 26 Nov 2013 10:01:00 GMT
Copyright law reform

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.

Networking and internetTue, 19 Nov 2013 12:46:00 GMT
First look: Seagate Central

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?

Networking and internetWed, 13 Nov 2013 17:00:00 GMT
Hybrid laptops review

Can a cross between a laptop and tablet really work? We put eight hybrids to the test.

Mobile computersMon, 11 Nov 2013 09:43:00 GMT
Thin and light laptops review

We test 12 thin and light laptops to see which offer the best combination of speed, portability and battery life.

Mobile computersWed, 06 Nov 2013 11:01:00 GMT
First look: iPad Air

Read our quick review of the iPad Air, Apple's faster, thinner and more compact tablet.

Mobile computersFri, 01 Nov 2013 15:12:00 GMT
Seagate Slim First Look

Seagate has released a 500GB external hard drive that weighs just 150 grams. Is a smaller package worth the asking price?

Storage devicesWed, 23 Oct 2013 12:24:00 GMT
First look: MakerBot Replicator 2 3D printer

The MakerBot Replicator 2 printer is an example of the latest “affordable” 3D printers - see it in action!

Home officeMon, 21 Oct 2013 11:59:00 GMT
Eureka and brainstorming.aspx

Capture that great idea in a few clicks with brainstorming and journaling apps and websites.

Networking and internetWed, 16 Oct 2013 06:30:00 GMT
Switching to Linux

Everything you need to know about getting started with Linux, picking a distributer and installing it on your computer.

Computers and accessoriesWed, 18 Sep 2013 16:48:00 GMT
Web TV series

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

Networking and internetFri, 30 Aug 2013 16:06:00 GMT
Review: we slice into the Raspberry Pi

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?

Computers and accessoriesWed, 28 Aug 2013 15:06:00 GMT
Quick look: tablet computers

A quick introduction to tablet computers and their wide-reaching impact, from young to old.

Mobile computersWed, 28 Aug 2013 10:51:00 GMT
Music streaming services

CHOICE road tests some online music streaming apps, sites and services.

Networking and internetTue, 27 Aug 2013 16:44:00 GMT
Broadband battle

The national broadband network is underway, but with an election looming and two competing plans, will consumers get the best network?

Networking and internetFri, 12 Jul 2013 10:35:00 GMT
TV streaming

Australian viewers get a raw deal when it comes to streaming our favourite TV shows online. We pay more, yet content isn’t easily accessible or not available when we want.

Networking and internetTue, 09 Jul 2013 15:52:00 GMT
Online tracking

Information gleaned by cookies is valuable to marketers and advertisers, but you may not realise just how much can be pieced together about you.

Networking and internetWed, 22 May 2013 16:29:00 GMT
Google Chromebooks first look

We take a hands-on look at the first two Chromebooks available in Australia. How do they stack up compared with a regular laptop?

Mobile computersFri, 17 May 2013 19:44:00 GMT
Updating to Windows 8

Find out what options are available to you if you're thinking about upgrading to Windows 8.

Computers and accessoriesFri, 10 May 2013 10:05:00 GMT
Photo book services

We reveal which services are fast, affordable and will deliver a professional-looking photo book.

Networking and internetThu, 09 May 2013 17:43:00 GMT
Desktop computer buying guide

Find the right desktop computer within your budget with our comprehensive guide.

Computers and accessoriesTue, 07 May 2013 12:49:00 GMT
Maginon Portable Document Scanner HS120 first look

Find out how the inexpensive Maginon HS120 from Aldi measures up to more expensive models.

Home officeFri, 26 Apr 2013 13:11:00 GMT
Desktop search tools

Desktop search tools offer faster search speeds, content searches, and time-saving features not found in the default Windows tools. We put six to the test.

Computers and accessoriesMon, 22 Apr 2013 15:55:00 GMT
Seagate Wireless Plus first look

The Seagate Wireless Plus lets you stream multimedia to your smartphone or tablet on the go. So what's our verdict?

Storage devicesTue, 26 Mar 2013 16:16:00 GMT
Portable document scanners review

Portable models are smaller and more affordable than desktop ones, making them ideal for home users. We test models from Canon, Fujitsu and others.

Home officeMon, 25 Mar 2013 16:08:00 GMT
Mobile phone payments

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.

Networking and internetTue, 12 Feb 2013 13:59:00 GMT
Blogging with WordPress with WordPress.aspx

It only takes a few hours to create your blog, then you're well on your way to word domination.

Networking and internetFri, 25 Jan 2013 15:13:00 GMT
Online activism

Before you post a scathing online review of a company’s product or service, there are some crucial things you need to know so you get results and avoid legal trouble.

Networking and internetSun, 13 Jan 2013 05:00:00 GMT
Kingston Wi-Drive first look

Enjoy your movies, music, photos and other documents wirelessly on your iPad, iPhone or Android device.

Storage devicesFri, 14 Dec 2012 10:11:00 GMT
Group buying sites

We've shadow shopped some of the most popular group buying sites to see how reliable they are.

Networking and internetTue, 11 Dec 2012 16:04:00 GMT
Online family history services

It's easier than you think to find your family tree online, as more records are digitised and made available on free government websites.

Networking and internetThu, 06 Dec 2012 09:31:00 GMT
Facebook: protecting your privacy

Do you really know how to maintain your privacy on Facebook and keep your personal information safe?

Networking and internetWed, 14 Nov 2012 15:00:00 GMT
Technology reliability survey

The CHOICE technology reliability survey reports on what types of problems can go wrong with common computer devices.

Computers and accessoriesTue, 13 Nov 2012 06:30:00 GMT
iPad mini first look

Apple's iPad mini throws down the guantlet to 7-inch tablet rivals from Google, Samsung and Amazon.

Mobile computersFri, 02 Nov 2012 16:21:00 GMT
Windows 8 preview

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.

Home officeFri, 26 Oct 2012 17:33:00 GMT
Parrot AR.Drone first look

This remote control flying device has an in-built high definition camera, and is controlled via an app on your smartphone or tablet.

Computers and accessoriesTue, 11 Sep 2012 09:22:00 GMT
Updated Google Nexus 7 first look

The updated Nexus 7 tablet is the first to use the Android 4.1.2 operating system, code-named Jelly Bean.

Mobile computersTue, 04 Sep 2012 14:04:00 GMT
Online education courses

The online education and training industry is growing, and without doing some research you could end up with no accreditation, or just be stuck with a poorly designed, ineffective course.

Networking and internetThu, 30 Aug 2012 16:15:00 GMT
Asus Eee Pad Slider first look

If you’re keen on an Android tablet but can’t do without a physical keyboard all the time, the Asus Eee Pad Slider is for you.

Mobile computersWed, 23 May 2012 12:25:00 GMT
Eee Pad Transformer Prime first look

The Prime follows in the footsteps of its predecessor, the Transformer 101, with some impressive results.

Mobile computersWed, 16 May 2012 16:04:00 GMT
New iPad for 2012 first look

We take a hands-on look at Apple's latest iPad and find out how it compares to its predecessors.

Mobile computersFri, 16 Mar 2012 16:20:00 GMT
The business of search engines

With billions of pages on the internet, the ability to search accurately for information is vital. But there are some factors to consider before your next search.

Networking and internetFri, 03 Feb 2012 12:03:00 GMT
Sony vs Lenovo first look

We decided to check out how the latest offerings from Sony and Lenovo compare with their super-famous competitor – and each other.

Mobile computersWed, 01 Feb 2012 12:38:00 GMT
Consumer Electronics Show

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

Mobile computersWed, 11 Jan 2012 10:49:00 GMT
Medion Akoya laptop from Aldi

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

Mobile computersMon, 21 Nov 2011 18:46:00 GMT
All-rounder laptop reviews

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

Mobile computersFri, 11 Nov 2011 10:48:00 GMT
HD webcam reviews

Thanks to the Internet age, creating and sharing video content is as simple as talking to a camera on top of your PC.

Home officeWed, 09 Nov 2011 10:56:00 GMT
Dell XPS15z first look

Dell's 15-inch XPS15z laptop exudes an image of professionalism, but how does it perform?

Mobile computersMon, 17 Oct 2011 15:01:00 GMT
Telstra USB 4G modem first look

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

Networking and internetThu, 13 Oct 2011 14:59:00 GMT
Colour laser multifunction printers

We test 10 colour laser multifunction printers to see how they compare for performance, ease of use, features and value.

Home officeWed, 24 Aug 2011 15:25:00 GMT
Personal financial software

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

Networking and internetFri, 19 Aug 2011 09:29:00 GMT
ASUS Eee Pad Transformer First Look

A dedicated add-on keyboard makes the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer tablet more versatile than the average tablet.

Mobile computersMon, 13 Jun 2011 10:44:00 GMT
Acer Iconia A500 First Look

Read our quick review of Acer's 10 inch Android Honeycomb tablet. Competitor to the Apple iPad 2.

Mobile computersMon, 23 May 2011 11:05:00 GMT
Protect your privacy online

Privacy violations can lead to more than embarrassment; unsecure personal details leave you open to identity theft.

Networking and internetMon, 02 May 2011 15:53:00 GMT
CHOICE Computer wins top honours again

Computers and accessoriesThu, 21 Apr 2011 14:50:00 GMT
Build a better browser

All major internet browsers - Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome - come with a host of add-ons to supercharge your browsing.

Networking and internetWed, 13 Apr 2011 14:06:00 GMT
Apple iPad 2 First Look

Read our quick review of the Apple iPad 2, a slimmer, faster and cheaper follow-up to the original.

Mobile computersMon, 28 Mar 2011 12:43:00 GMT
Cyberclean first look

This cleaning gel claims to remove the grime found in keyboards and other electronic devices.

Computers and accessoriesMon, 07 Mar 2011 15:32:00 GMT
Samsung Galaxy Tab First Look

The 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab is the thin end of the wedge in a fast-growing all-out assault on the Apple iPad.

Mobile computersTue, 01 Mar 2011 13:10:00 GMT
ViewSonic ViewPad 7 First Look

The tablet war hots up, as the ViewPad 7 joins the Samsung Galaxy Tab as rivals to the iPad.

Mobile computersTue, 01 Mar 2011 12:50:00 GMT
Netbooks and small laptop reviews

It’s the holy grail of laptop computing – a compact device you can carry everywhere, but with all the features you need at a reasonable price.

Mobile computersMon, 28 Feb 2011 16:16:00 GMT
Windows shortcut keys

This is the quick reference guide to Windows shortcut keys from CC Jan/Feb 2011.

Networking and internetFri, 11 Feb 2011 11:50:00 GMT
CHOICE Computer technology reliability survey 2010

Desktop computers, laptops and printers, monitors and external hard-drives are part of our line-up this time.

Computers and accessoriesWed, 24 Nov 2010 14:01:00 GMT
Social networking and the media

Forget hanging on the end of a customer service line if you have a gripe. Switch on your computer, log onto the internet and tell the world.

Networking and internetWed, 20 Oct 2010 11:06:00 GMT
Networking 101

Share data and internet access between all your computers and devices, whether by cable or wireless. These basic principles will help you set up your own.

Networking and internetFri, 20 Aug 2010 16:36:00 GMT
RSS news feeds

Read our guide to RSS news feeds.

Networking and internetThu, 19 Aug 2010 15:54:00 GMT
External 2TB hard drives review

We review 9 of the latest drives with a variety of connections.

Storage devicesTue, 17 Aug 2010 10:57:00 GMT
ioSafe Solo First Look

It's shock-resistant and designed to withstand real world disasters.

Storage devicesFri, 30 Jul 2010 14:03:00 GMT
Apple iPad First Look

How good is the Apple iPad? Our video tells you what everyday users think of it.

Mobile computersMon, 31 May 2010 11:46:00 GMT
Net tops and mini PCs review

Most people can do just fine with the new wave of compact and inexpensive PCs for the desktop.

Mobile computersMon, 24 May 2010 15:25:00 GMT
Family tree software reviews

We review nine programs to help you trace and catalogue your family history.

Networking and internetFri, 30 Apr 2010 11:35:00 GMT
Budget computer monitor reviews

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.

Computers and accessoriesMon, 08 Mar 2010 12:30:00 GMT
Computer user groups

We might be in the age of the internet, but computer user groups bring people together to learn more about computing and meet new friends.

Computers and accessoriesWed, 03 Mar 2010 14:00:00 GMT
Colour laser printer reviews

We bought 10 colour laser printers designed for the home and small office and tested for speed, print quality and their ongoing running costs.

Home officeTue, 23 Feb 2010 11:17:00 GMT
Internet filter to go ahead filter.aspx

A mandatory internet filter is to be introduced, the federal government announced late last year.

Networking and internetThu, 18 Feb 2010 15:42:00 GMT