Who owns your beer?

Lion, Foster’s, Coca-Cola, Woolworths and Coles are all muscling in on the craft beer business.
Learn more

01 .Brewery beer battle

Which craft beers are home brewed

We’re drinking less beer but we’re getting better at it. Our demand for quality is higher than ever with a record 150 breweries now producing craft beer.

  • Is your favourite Australian craft beer actually Aussie owned?

Homebrewed craft beer

The definition of craft beer depends on who you ask. Chuck Hahn’s Hahn Premium arguably began the current Australian craft beer boom in the late 1980s before he was bought out by Lion Nathan (now Lion). The Hahn brewery was then renamed the Malt Shovel Brewery which today produces Australia’s biggest selling craft beer James Squire.

Crediting the large brewers with nurturing the Australian craft beer industry, Hahn argues craft beer has several definitions.

“Part of it is delivering on flavour that people expect and having the credibility of a brewmaster behind it who identifies with brands and controls all stages of the process," he says.

But the Australian Real Craft Brewers Association disagrees. For them, a craft beer must be independent, traditional, and 100% Australian owned with no ownership or control by a major brewer, such as Lion. 

Are you drinking Aussie craft beer?

Australian Beers: Thomas Cooper's Selection (Coopers Beer); Mountain Goat Beer; Moo Brew; 4 Pines Brewing; Murray's craft brewing; Stone and Wood; Bridge Road Brewers

Last year’s Australian brewer of the year Shawn Sherlock of Murray’s Craft Brewing Co, also lists independence, as well as a smaller batch size, allowing more control of the brewing process, as key characteristics of a craft beer. But he contradicts Hahn reluctantly.

“Chuck has done so much for the industry, it’s difficult to criticise him.”

Sherlock is also quick to point out that American craft beers such as Sierra Nevada and Dog Tooth are now large breweries with a bigger market share in the US than Coopers have here, “but you can’t not see these as craft beers”.

Lion (formerly Lion Nathan) owned by Japanese brewer Kirin. Brewer of XXXX Tooheys and craft brands Little Creatures, James Squire, Kosciuszko Pale Ale, White Rabbit, New Norcia, Knappstein and MAD Brewers; Carlton and United Breweries (CUB, formerly Foster's Group) Brewer of Victoria Bitter, Carlton Draught, Pure Blonde and craft beers Bluetongue and Matilda Bay brewing company.

Sail and Anchor beer produced for Woolworths; Steamrail Ales produced for Coles; Arvo Lager and Alehouse Summer Gold produced for Coca-Cola Amatil

Brewery swill

Breweries swallow each other almost as often as we swallow a brew. An IBISWorld report says the Australian brewing industry is still one of the most profitable in the world, making it attractive to multinationals.

Japanese brewer Kirin acquired Lion in 2009 and the world’s second largest brewer SABMiller engulfed Foster's (now CUB) in 2011, leaving Coopers as the largest Australian brewer with a 3.5% market share. And Lion and CUB have been busy gulping craft breweries, most recently with Lion’s acquisition of Little World Beverages, brewers of Little Creatures.

In 2012 Coca-Cola Amatil sold its local alcohol arm to CUB and stayed out of the market until December 2013 as part of the deal. But it wasted no time in re-entering the market, securing rights to a range of international craft beers and forming the Australian Beer Company to produce locally brewed craft beers.

Even the supermarkets are in on the game, Woolworths owns a 25% stake in Gage Roads, which produce private label beer for Woolworths Liquor such as the craft-branded Sail & Anchor while Coles offers its own private label beer, Steamrail Ale.

Beer pong

Sherlock told CHOICE the better margins on tap beer can help grow a business and make it successful. Murray’s pays Australian Bureau of Statistics: 96 litres of beer consumed in 1946; 192 litres consumed in 1974; 97 litres consumed in 2012$32 in excise tax per litre of pure alcohol on the keg compared to $45 for the bottle. Add to that the extra packaging costs and it’s clear tap beer is where the war is won.

However the ACCC launched an investigation into the industry this year querying shady practices in the breweries contracts with pubs.

Most publicans have contracts with the major brewers which commonly offer kickbacks such as rebates or installation and maintenance of lines and taps by the brewery. So the battlefield shrinks to one or two leftover taps known as ‘floating taps’ which the pubs use for craft brews.

But the common experience is that a big brewer sales rep notices an independent craft beer on the floating taps and, several new umbrellas for the beer garden later, the independent’s beer has been bumped off the tap in favour of the big brewer’s craft beer line.

Smaller breweries can’t compete with these services. The best they can offer the publican is the beer at keg price but Sherlock says the beer is winning the war.

“It used to be that craft brewers could only hold a tap for one to two weeks but now we’re able to access and hold the taps better than ever,” he says,“As long as the public understands that some of the craft brands they are consuming are big brewery brands, that’s all that matters. Let the beer stand up in the glass for itself.”

Sign up to our free

Receive FREE email updates of our latest tests, consumer news and CHOICE marketing promotions.

CHOICE - Computers and online http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online.aspxOur 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 2014 www.choice.com.auen-au http://www.choice.com.au/img/logo_choice.gif www.choice.com.au http://www.choice.com.auWed, 01 Oct 2014 03:53:20 GMTComputers and onlinePC backup software review http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/home-office/office-equipment/backup-software-review-and-compare.aspx

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 http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/networking-and-internet/internet/fritzbox-7490-review.aspx

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
Father's Day gift guide http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/networking-and-internet/shopping-online/fathers-day-gift-guide.aspx

Make your Father's Day gift a gadget that says 'thanks, Dad' without the predictable socks, hankies or chocolate almonds.

Networking and internetMon, 01 Sep 2014 15:22:00 GMT
Dark patterns: website tricks and scams http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/networking-and-internet/internet/dark-patterns.aspx

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 http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/networking-and-internet/internet/Cloud-backup.aspx

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 http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/networking-and-internet/internet/cyber-criminals-attack-major-companies-daily.aspx

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 http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/networking-and-internet/internet/bitcoin-and-virtual-currency.aspx

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
Standard printers review http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/home-office/printers/standard-printers-review.aspx

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 officeWed, 14 May 2014 10:54:00 GMT
Mother's Day tech guide http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/computers-parts-and-accessories/gadgets/mothers-day-tech-guide.aspx

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
Multifunction printers review http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/home-office/printers/multifunction-printers-review-2014.aspx

We review 86 multifunction printers including inkjet and laser models, both colour and mono, priced from under $50 to over $1000.

Home officeFri, 02 May 2014 16:23:00 GMT
Software Easter eggs http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/networking-and-internet/internet/software-easter-eggs.aspx

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 http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/computers-parts-and-accessories/Computer-parts-and-accessories-guides/password-managers-review.aspx

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

Computers and accessoriesMon, 31 Mar 2014 10:58:00 GMT
Antivirus software review http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/networking-and-internet/internet/security-suites-review-and-compare.aspx

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 http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/computers-parts-and-accessories/gadgets/Oculus_Rift.aspx

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 http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/networking-and-internet/networking-accessories/media-hubs-review-and-compare.aspx

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 http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/mobile-computers/tablet-computers/tablet-app-roundup-productivity-programs.aspx

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 http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/networking-and-internet/shopping-online/navigating-online-geoblocks.aspx

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 http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/networking-and-internet/internet/delete-your-digital-footprint.aspx

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 http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/mobile-computers/tablet-computers/first-look-asus-transformer-book-t100.aspx

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 http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/storage-devices/hard-drives/External-large-hard-drives.aspx

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
Tablet computers review http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/mobile-computers/tablet-computers/tablet-computers-review-and-compare.aspx

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

Mobile computersMon, 13 Jan 2014 16:55:00 GMT
Your rights on overseas sites http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/networking-and-internet/shopping-online/your-rights-on-overseas-sites.aspx

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 http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/storage-devices/usb-flash-drives/Kingston-MLW.aspx

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 http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/home-office/printers/UpMini-3D-Printer.aspx

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 http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/networking-and-internet/internet/Apple-ebook-pricing.aspx

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 http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/networking-and-internet/internet/ISP-satisfaction-survey-2013.aspx

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 http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/networking-and-internet/internet/Internet-smartcams-review.aspx

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 http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/mobile-computers/tablet-computers/first-look-tech-21.aspx

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 http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/home-office/office-equipment/First-look-Parallels-for-Mac-and-iPad.aspx

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 http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/networking-and-internet/internet/Copyright-law-reform.aspx

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 http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/networking-and-internet/networking-accessories/Seagate-central.aspx

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 http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/mobile-computers/tablet-computers/Hybrid_laptops_test.aspx

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 http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/mobile-computers/laptops/ultraportable-laptop-reviews.aspx

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 http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/mobile-computers/tablet-computers/apple-ipad-air-first-look.aspx

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 http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/storage-devices/hard-drives/Seagate_Slim.aspx

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 http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/home-office/printers/MakerBot_Replicator_2_3D_Printer_first_look.aspx

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 http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/networking-and-internet/tutorials-and-guides/Journaling 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 http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/computers-parts-and-accessories/Computer-parts-and-accessories-guides/Switching-to-Linux.aspx

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 http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/networking-and-internet/internet/Web-TV-series.aspx

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 http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/computers-parts-and-accessories/gadgets/The-Pis-the-limit.aspx

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 http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/mobile-computers/tablet-computers/Tablet-computers-quick-look.aspx

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 http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/networking-and-internet/internet/Music-streaming-services.aspx

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

Networking and internetTue, 27 Aug 2013 16:44:00 GMT
Broadband battle http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/networking-and-internet/internet/national-broadband-network-plans.aspx

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 http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/networking-and-internet/internet/tv-on-the-net.aspx

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 http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/networking-and-internet/internet/online-tracking.aspx

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 http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/mobile-computers/laptops/Chromebooks-First-Look.aspx

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 http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/computers-parts-and-accessories/Computer-parts-and-accessories-guides/updating-to-windows-8.aspx

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 http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/networking-and-internet/internet/photobook-services.aspx

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 http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/computers-parts-and-accessories/Computer-parts-and-accessories-guides/buying-guide-desktops.aspx

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 http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/home-office/office-equipment/first-look-maginon-portable-document-scanner-from-aldi.aspx

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 http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/computers-parts-and-accessories/Computer-parts-and-accessories-guides/Desktop-search-tools.aspx

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 http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/storage-devices/hard-drives/Seagate-wireless-plus.aspx

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 http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/home-office/office-equipment/Portable-document-scanners.aspx

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 http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/networking-and-internet/shopping-online/ewallet-payment-systems.aspx

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 http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/networking-and-internet/internet/Blogging 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 http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/networking-and-internet/internet/complaints-reviews-and-resolutions.aspx

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 http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/storage-devices/usb-flash-drives/Kingston-Wi-Drive.aspx

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 http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/networking-and-internet/shopping-online/group-buying-sites.aspx

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 http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/networking-and-internet/internet/Family-history-online.aspx

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 http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/networking-and-internet/internet/facebook-privacy.aspx

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 http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/computers-parts-and-accessories/Computer-parts-and-accessories-guides/Technology-reliability-survey.aspx

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 http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/mobile-computers/tablet-computers/ipad-mini-review.aspx

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 http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/home-office/office-equipment/Windows-8-preview.aspx

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 http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/computers-parts-and-accessories/gadgets/parrot-ar-drone-first-look.aspx

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 http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/mobile-computers/tablet-computers/Nexus-7-First-Look.aspx

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 http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/networking-and-internet/internet/online-education-courses.aspx

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 http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/mobile-computers/tablet-computers/Asus-Eee-Pad-Slider-First-Look.aspx

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 http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/mobile-computers/tablet-computers/Eee-Pad-Transformer-Prime-TF201.aspx

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 http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/mobile-computers/tablet-computers/ipad-2012-first-look.aspx

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 http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/networking-and-internet/internet/search-engines.aspx

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 http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/mobile-computers/tablet-computers/Sony-vs-Lenovo-First-Look.aspx

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 http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/mobile-computers/laptops/consumer-electronics-show-2012.aspx

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 http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/mobile-computers/laptops/medion-akoya-laptop-from-aldi.aspx

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 http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/mobile-computers/laptops/laptops-family-all-rounder.aspx

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 http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/home-office/office-equipment/webcams-hd-review.aspx

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 http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/mobile-computers/laptops/dell-xps15z-first-look.aspx

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 http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/networking-and-internet/internet/telstra-usb-4g-broadband-modem.aspx

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 http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/home-office/printers/colour-laser-mfps-review-and-compare.aspx

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 http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/networking-and-internet/tutorials-and-guides/manage-your-money.aspx

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 http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/mobile-computers/netbooks/asus-eeepad-transformer-first-look.aspx

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 http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/mobile-computers/tablet-computers/acer-iconia-a500-first-look.aspx

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 http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/networking-and-internet/internet/protecting-your-privacy.aspx

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 http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/computers-parts-and-accessories/Computer-parts-and-accessories-guides/choice-computer-wins-top-honours.aspx

Computers and accessoriesThu, 21 Apr 2011 14:50:00 GMT
Build a better browser http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/networking-and-internet/tutorials-and-guides/build-a-better-browser.aspx

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 http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/mobile-computers/tablet-computers/apple-ipad2-first-look.aspx

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 http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/computers-parts-and-accessories/Computer-parts-and-accessories-guides/cyberclean-cleaning-gel.aspx

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 http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/mobile-computers/tablet-computers/samsung-galaxy-tab-first-look.aspx

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 http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/mobile-computers/tablet-computers/viewpad-first-look.aspx

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 http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/mobile-computers/netbooks/netbooks-review-and-compare.aspx

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 http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/networking-and-internet/tutorials-and-guides/shortcut-keys.aspx

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 http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/computers-parts-and-accessories/pc-monitors-and-speakers/choice-computer-reliability-survey-2010.aspx

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 http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/networking-and-internet/internet/the-power-of-the-web.aspx

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 http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/networking-and-internet/networking-accessories/networking-101.aspx

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 http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/networking-and-internet/internet/rss-news-feeds.aspx

Read our guide to RSS news feeds.

Networking and internetThu, 19 Aug 2010 15:54:00 GMT
External 2TB hard drives review http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/storage-devices/hard-drives/external-2tb-hard-drive.aspx

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 http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/storage-devices/hard-drives/iosafe-disaster-proof-external-hard-drive-first-look.aspx

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

Storage devicesFri, 30 Jul 2010 14:03:00 GMT
Apple iPad First Look http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/mobile-computers/tablet-computers/ipad-first-look.aspx

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 http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/mobile-computers/netbooks/net-tops-and-mini-pcs.aspx

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 http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/networking-and-internet/internet/family-tree-software.aspx

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 http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/computers-parts-and-accessories/pc-monitors-and-speakers/budget-monitors-review-and-compare.aspx

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 http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/computers-parts-and-accessories/Computer-parts-and-accessories-guides/computer-user-groups.aspx

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 http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/home-office/printers/colour-laser-printers-review-and-compare.aspx

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 http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/networking-and-internet/internet/internet 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
Your say - Choice voice

Make a Comment

Members – Sign in on the top right to contribute to comments