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The new Panasonic Lumix S9 might challenge the existing camera landscape thanks to its impressive price and feature set. (Image source: Panasonic - edited)

Panasonic Lumix S9 - death knells for APS-C, Micro Four-Thirds or just a course correction for bloated camera pricing?

CheckMag Full-frame mirrorless cameras in a compact package are nothing new, but the brand-new Panasonic Lumix S9 looks like it might be a bit of a shake-up in the camera industry — it may even rival the likes of the Fujifilm X100VI for th...
Julian van der Merwe, 22 May 2024 21:22
Fujifilm X-T50: 3 reasons this "Digital film" camera isn't worth buying (Source: Fujifilm)

Fujifilm X-T50: 3 reasons this "Digital film" camera isn't worth buying

CheckMag The Fujifilm X-T50, positioned as the successor to the X-T30 II, introduces several notable updates. However, it may not fulfill the expectations for an entry-level replacement, given its price, build, and features. Below are thre...
Triet Le, 22 May 2024 17:01
Is the new iPad Pro worth the hype? (Source: Apple)

Is the new M4 iPad Pro worth the hype? 4 things you should know before buying one

CheckMag The iPad Pro is Apple's premium tablet, featuring the same powerful M-series chips found in Macs. But does it live up to the hype? Some new models might not be the upgrade you're expecting, and could even be considered a downgrade...
Triet Le, 22 May 2024 16:56
Pixel 9 Pro leaks suggest we might finally get a compact phone without the compromises (Source: Rozetked)

Pixel 9 Pro leaks suggest it could be the only compact phone on the market that doesn’t compromise on features

CheckMag The Pixel 9 series details are coming thick and fast, with everything from the display to the camera specs becoming public knowledge. If true, we might finally be able to buy a compact phone without making compromises.
David Devey, 21 May 2024 19:10
 Top 4 laptops that last over 15 hours on a single charge (Source: Unsplash)

Is the MacBook still worth buying in 2024? Check out these 4 laptops lasting over 15 hours on a single charge

CheckMag Battery life is a crucial factor when purchasing a laptop, as constantly searching for a power outlet can be frustrating, especially when on the go. Below are the top four laptops with exceptional battery performance, each lasting...
Triet Le, 21 May 2024 14:47
The Pixel 8a is the latest in the Pixel A series and the first model with 256 GB of storage. (Image source: Google)

The Google Pixel A series needs to continue to exist

CheckMag It has been five years since the first Pixel A series smartphones debuted, and despite unfounded rumors about its discontinuation, the importance of the Pixel A series’ existence can’t be overemphasized.
Habeeb Onawole, 21 May 2024 14:44
The Switch Safe is designed to prevent the owner of a Switch from taking it outside (Image source: Thingverse)

5 cool Nintendo Switch accessories including custom cases and awesome docks

CheckMag The Sports Accessories Bundle, the active cooling shell, the Switch Safe, the Crystal Dock and the Starry Forest Cat Sheep Case will help make one of the greatest consoles of all time even more versatile and cute - or limit its fu...
Sergey Tarasov, 17 May 2024 22:25
Revanced modifies the Android YouTube app to give you the full ad-free experience (Source: Revanced)

While Google continues to crack down on ad blockers, here's the best way to keep blocking YouTube ads on Android

CheckMag Some might argue that YouTube adverts are getting ridiculous. With 2 ads often up to 20 seconds each at the start of a video and another one slapped in your face if you try to scrub through a section, it's no surprise that ad bloc...
David Devey, 12 May 2024 23:24
The Google Pixel 8a turns the Pixel 7a's design on its head without changing all that much. (Image source: Google - edited)

Google Pixel 7a vs Pixel 8a - 3 reasons to skip the Pixel 8a and 1 reason the new Pixel is superior

Google has unveiled many of the details surrounding its new Pixel 8a mid-range smartphone. Unfortunately for those looking for an exciting upgrade from the Google Pixel 7a, this simply isn't it. That doesn't mean the Pixel 8a is d...
Julian van der Merwe, 12 May 2024 05:03
Would you buy a refreshed Nokia E7? (Image source: Nokia via Facebook)

Four classic Nokia smartphones HMD Global should have remade

CheckMag HMD Global has brought back a handful of classic Nokia feature phones, but what if it remade other smartphones from the old Nokia era? The Nokia E72 and the Nokia N95 could make very welcome returns.
Habeeb Onawole, 08 May 2024 05:07
The Fujifilm X-T50 will be a near-flagship device in many ways — including price. (Image source: Fujifilm - edited)

Fujifilm X-T50 leaked - 5 specs that make Fuji's latest APS-C camera a bit Marmite

Fujifilm has yet to announce the Fujifilm X-T50, but the rumours and leaks are in full swing. Between the flagship sensor and processor combo, the compact size, and the reimagined control scheme, the Fujifilm X-T50 launch on May 1...
Julian van der Merwe, 08 May 2024 05:04
Immich is the benchmark for self hosted photo solutions (Source: Immich)

Ditch Google Photos and embrace Immich: Here's why there is so much hype around hosting your own photo backup solution

CheckMag Whether its questionable privacy practices, incorrectly categorising images as child pornography, or using your data for its AI training models, storing your photos with Google continues to be a privacy nightmare. Thankfully a sel...
David Devey, 04 May 2024 19:54
The Asus ROG Ally is a very impressive device, but its hardware is far from perfect. There are a number of things Asus can and should fix when it launches the Asus ROG Ally 2 later this year. (Image source: Notebookcheck / Andreas Osthoff)

Asus ROG Ally 2 confirmed - 4 issues the next-gen handheld PC needs to address

The Asus ROG Ally 2 (or 2024) will apparently make an appearance at Computex 2024. While details on the new handheld device are still unclear, it could really use an update to the display, controls, and ports, as well as a proper ...
Julian van der Merwe, 04 May 2024 15:51
The Galaxy A30 and Galaxy A50 were among the first models released following the consolidation of Samsung's mid-range series. (Image source: Samsung)

Samsung is recreating its mid-range Galaxy smartphone mess

CheckMag In 2019, Samsung consolidated its budget and mid-range product lines by merging them. However, the company has since introduced new Galaxy smartphone lines, reversing the simplification.
Habeeb Onawole, 02 May 2024 18:45
The Steam Deck and Steam Deck OLED are fantastic machines, but the Linux-based SteamOS might be confusing to new users. (Image source: Valve)

4 tools Steam Deck and Linux gamers need to install

Gaming on Linux can be a little complicated, but the open-source community has put into the software surrounding the Linux gaming experience. Here is a pick of four of the best tools and software packages to make the most of your ...
Julian van der Merwe, 01 May 2024 04:38
It has been confirmed that a Legion Go 2 is in the works. Hopefully Lenovo can address some glaring issues with the current-gen model in the upcoming iteration. (Image source: Notebookcheck / Mark Herter)

Lenovo Legion Go 2 confirmed - 4 issues the new handheld gaming PC needs to fix

Lenovo has confirmed that it is working on a Legion Go 2. Lenovo's original gaming handheld is and was an impressive device, but the next iteration definitely needs a better screen, variable refresh rate, and a better controller e...
Julian van der Merwe, 30 Apr 2024 21:35
The Nintendo Switch Lite is a smaller and cheaper version of the Nintendo Switch. (Image source: Nintendo)

A Nintendo Switch 2 Lite with a better repairability score is what I want

The Nintendo Switch Lite is a nice little handheld gaming device but replacing the screen is a herculean task. If there's a successor such as a Switch 2 Lite, then Nintendo has to make repairing it much easier.
Habeeb Onawole, 26 Apr 2024 20:55
ProtonDB needs a clearer, more accurate rating system than its medals. (Image source: ProtonDB screenshot)

The Steam Deck and Linux gaming have a problem: ProtonDB sucks - let me explain

ProtonDB is the Linux gaming community's attempt at trying to fix Steam's lack of compatibility documentation surrounding Windows games on Linux. It is a fantastic tool for Linux gamers, but unfortunately, it only adds to the chao...
Julian van der Merwe, 25 Apr 2024 03:41
Which side of the scales are you on? (Source: Elena Mozhvilo on Unsplash)

Social media: Does it cause more harm than good?

Debate It has been just over 20 years since Facebook first launched as a Harvard university project. In that time, a significant number of other platforms have launched including TikTok, Twitter (X), Snapchat, Instagram and more. But do ...
David Devey and Sergey Tarasov, 24 Apr 2024 23:20
The OnePlus Watch 2 ships with Wear OS. (Image source: OnePlus - edited)

Top 5 Wear OS Smartwatches including the OnePlus Watch 2

CheckMag If you've been mulling over buying a Wear OS smartwatch, now's the best time to do it! And guess what? We've got the hottest options on the market for you.
Habeeb Onawole, 22 Apr 2024 18:50
Top 5 EVs with over 400 miles per charge in 2024 (Source: Lucid Motors)

Tesla is no longer the longest-range EV you can buy: Top 5 electric cars with over 400 miles per charge in 2024

CheckMag In the past two years, the number of EVs in the US with a driving range of over 400 miles has nearly doubled. While many drivers might not need such a large range if their commutes are short, a longer range reduces the need for fr...
Triet Le, 22 Apr 2024 18:29
Fallout 76 has been experiencing a renaissance of late thanks to the TV show, but will people be liking it as a game, or just as "more Fallout"? (Image: Bethesda Game Studios)

Fallout proves that people don't enjoy Bethesda's games, they just enjoy its worlds

CheckMag It's undeniable that Bethesda Game Studios has been a powerhouse in the RPG genre. Its flagship franchises, including Fallout, have repeatedly proven their staying power over the years thanks to Bethesda's tried-and-true open worl...
Matthew Lee, 22 Apr 2024 18:23
You can use Steam Remote Play on pretty much anything with a screen these days (Source: Steam)

5 of the best devices to use with your game streaming server including the Raspberry Pi 5

CheckMag If you have a gaming PC, it’s never been easier to stream games to any device in your house. Steam streaming is probably one of the most accessible solutions to stream games from your gaming PC, Valve even released their own hardw...
David Devey, 20 Apr 2024 19:20
Parsec, Steam and Sunshine, all have clients that will let you stream your gaming PC to pretty much anything (Source: Gamepur)

AMD Link and Nvidia GameStream have bitten the dust: Here are the 3 best solutions for streaming your gaming PC to any device

CheckMag AMD Link ended support in January and Nvidia GameStream is being actively removed from Shield devices in favour of Geforce Now. Fortunately, a number of other open and closed source solutions offer flexible and arguably better ex...
David Devey, 20 Apr 2024 19:11
Top 5 tech myths you need to stop believing today (Source: Unsplash)

Does Apple really slow down older models to sell new ones? Top 5 tech myths you need to stop believing today

CheckMag Technology plays a huge role in our lives so it's no wonder that certain myths about how it works have become widespread. Does a 200-megapixel smartphone take better photos than a 20-megapixel camera? Does closing apps save your p...
Triet Le, 19 Apr 2024 19:16
Are high-end gaming laptops worth the hype? (Source: Lenovo)

Are high-end gaming laptops worth the hype? Top 4 premium models to consider in 2024

CheckMag Gaming laptops deliver impressive performance but often come with steep price tags. For gamers looking to level up their experience, it's crucial to determine which models justify their prices. Below are the top four high-end gami...
Triet Le, 19 Apr 2024 19:01
Tired of Tesla? Check out these 4 alternatives for your next EV (Source: Porsche)

Tired of Tesla? Check out these 4 alternatives for your next EV: From Lucid Air to Rivian R2

CheckMag While Tesla offers some impressive electric vehicles, it's not the only player in the EV market. A variety of high-quality EVs have recently entered the market. If your preferences have shifted away from Elon Musk's brand due to h...
Triet Le, 16 Apr 2024 05:04
Playing games with joysticks is so 1977. There's a reason the rest of the world moved to gamepads (Source: Atari)

The Atari Gamestation Pro is a shining example of why mini retro consoles are literally rubbish

CheckMag Not to miss the cash train, many original manufacturers have released “mini” consoles, including Sega, Nintendo, Commodore and Atari. However, of all the retro consoles, the latest Atari Gamestation Pro is a short lived nostalgia ...
David Devey, 15 Apr 2024 19:00
The James Webb Space Telescope is re-writing what we thought we knew about the universe. (Image: NASA GSFC/CIL/Adriana Manrique Gutierrez)

The James Webb Space Telescope is re-writing what we thought we knew about the universe

The James Webb Telescope is the gift that keeps on giving for scientists. Rather than confirming what we already thought we understood about the universe, it is challenging everything at the heart of what is known and accepted as ...
Sanjiv Sathiah, 14 Apr 2024 11:55
The butterfly keyboard was notorious for failing with even the slightest spec of dust (Source: Apple)

Apple's worst laptop keyboard - time is running out for service claims on affected MacBooks

At one point Apple was single mindedly pursuing the thinnest devices possible. In that quest for form over function they released one of the worst laptop keyboards in history. These keyboards were notorious for having almost no tr...
David Devey, 10 Apr 2024 15:19
2024's tech community April Fool's jokes went all-in on AI and kicking small phones while they're down. (Image source: MKBHD on X / Nothing on X)

Top 4 tech April Fool's gags: From secret studio robots to Razer's deadly gaming chair

Putting all the fandoms and silly internet arguments aside, the tech community can occasionally have some fun. Now that April Fool's is behind us, here are the best tech-related April Fool's gags from the biggest brands and creato...
Julian van der Merwe, 06 Apr 2024 01:26
The Galaxy Fit 3 is Samsung's latest fitness tracker, and a cheaper alternative to the Galaxy Watch smartwatch. (Image source: Samsung)

Samsung's refusal to launch the Galaxy Fit 3 in the US is a lost opportunity

CheckMag The Galaxy Fit 3 won't be officially available in multiple key markets, and Samsung may be leaving money on the table, particularly in the US, with this poor decision.
Habeeb Onawole, 04 Apr 2024 12:43
Is it better to use an AI-generated image (left) of an upcoming device (PS5 Pro) or use a stand-in official image (PS5; right) until the actual product is spotted? (Image source: Dall-E 3 / SIE - edited)

AI-generated content in tech media: Good or bad - have your say

CheckMag With AI seemingly infiltrating all corners of the internet, it's time to actually ask whether AI content has a place in tech media, and if so, what is its place? What about the ethical and legal implications? Reader comment is wel...
Julian van der Merwe, 30 Mar 2024 02:30
Most companies make few edits to Chromium's source code. Apparently, Yandex does not follow suit (Image source: AI generated)

Yandex seems to be the only major Web browser for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 that still gets updated regularly

CheckMag Whereas Chrome 109, Opera 95 and most other Chromium-based Web browsers for Windows 7/8.1 got their last update in January 2023, Yandex 24.1.4 is built around Chromium 120 and is therefore a lot safer to use. One will have to chan...
Sergey Tarasov, 28 Mar 2024 18:48
As expected, Fujifilm's X100VI cameras are becoming more and more difficult to get your hands on.

5 Fujifilm X100VI alternatives you can actually buy without the $3,000 scalper markup

CheckMag It's no secret that the Fujifilm X100VI is nearly impossible to buy right now, with Fujifilm citing months of catchup ahead to fulfil orders again. If you're looking for solid performance in a charming package, here are five solid...
Julian van der Merwe, 28 Mar 2024 18:45
Apple Campus, Cupertino California. (Image: Apple)

Twelve years after the death of Steve Jobs, the cracks are starting to appear at Apple

Apple is at the first major cross-roads since the passing of its late co-founder Steve Jobs 12 years ago. It finds itself still largely dependent on the product lines and businesses that Jobs left behind. Its Vision Pro has rece...
Sanjiv Sathiah, 26 Mar 2024 05:34
The MSI Claw attempts to break the handheld mould, but there is a reason OEM's go with AMD (Source: MSI)

The MSI Claw is the latest embarrassing example of why Intel still isn’t ready to compete in the gaming industry

CheckMag Performance benchmarks are starting to trickle in for the MSI Claw and it’s not good news, but how well does it stack up against AMD based handhelds and can Intel really compete in the GPU market?
David Devey, 22 Mar 2024 17:03
Batocera is a fantastic way to play retro games on any system, not just the Raspberry Pi 5 (Source: Batocera)

Here is the easiest and most polished way to play retro games on your Raspberry Pi 5

CheckMag Batocera has been around since 2016 but has reached a level of polish unmatched by its competitors. Great background music, boot animations and box art. Combined with the power of the Raspberry Pi 5, there’s never been a more plea...
David Devey, 21 Mar 2024 19:33
Home lab software such as Unraid are powerful solutions for making your PC truly "multi purpose" (Source: Unraid)

3 best home lab solutions for docker, network storage and virtual machines

CheckMag Any PC can run Windows, Linux or other OS of choice, but the average multicore processor provides enough headroom for a multitude of simultaneous tasks. Go beyond multitasking in a single OS and make your PC your home hub with thi...
David Devey, 21 Mar 2024 19:13
Best budget laptops for under $1,500 (Source: Unsplash)

Gaming doesn't have to be expensive: 4 great gaming laptops for under $1,500

CheckMag While gaming laptops under $1,500 are budget-friendly, it doesn't imply compromising your ability to run the latest titles and enjoy an immersive gaming experience. If you're seeking excellent gaming performance at an affordable p...
Triet Le, 18 Mar 2024 04:33
Thankfully, one can use Apple products that no longer get security patches for a few more years without major repercussions (Image source: Unsplash - edited)

3 iPhones and 3 MacBooks likely slated to lose software support in 2024

CheckMag Amber Lake and Coffee Lake-powered MacBooks find themselves swimming in dangerous waters whereas 2nd generation and 3rd generation iPhone SE phones have zero cause for concern. Every time Apple unleashes a new version of iOS and m...
Sergey Tarasov, 17 Mar 2024 06:16
AltStore has been one of the best and safest ways to sideload on iOS, but can they finally go legit? (Source: AltStore)

AltStore could finally give iPhone users the freedom to install what they like, but only if you live in the EU

CheckMag For those familiar with sideloading on iOS, AltStore has been a staple for many years. Allowing users to sideload any app onto an un-jailbroken device with the use of a free Apple developer account. Now AltStore is going legit, bu...
David Devey, 17 Mar 2024 06:09
4 Epic tech fails of all time (Source: Unsplash)

Epic tech fails: From the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 to the 99-cent Amazon phone with entries from Apple and Google

CheckMag In the tech world, innovation is key, but not all inventions are winners. Big companies like Google, Apple, Samsung, and Amazon often risk introducing products that end up failing. Some of these products might have been ahead of t...
Triet Le, 17 Mar 2024 06:02
4 EV trucks ready to challenge Cybertruck in 2024 (Source: Ford)

4 Tesla Cybertruck-challenging alternatives for 2024 including Rivian R1T and Ford F150 Lightning

CheckMag While the Tesla Cybertruck undoubtedly grabs attention with its unique design and impressive performance, it's crucial to examine other noteworthy electric pickup trucks on the market, especially those with more affordable startin...
Triet Le, 16 Mar 2024 03:33
Even powerful smartphones, like the Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max and Xiaomi 14 Ultra don't hold a candle to APS-C sensors in cameras like the Fujifilm X-T30 II. (Image source: Fujifilm - edited)

Smartphone cameras suck — buy a compact camera and a mid-range phone for better photography

CheckMag Hot take: Smartphones are not cameras. It's not their fault. It's just a fact. With cameras as portable and powerful as the Fujifilm X100VI and X-T30 II, skip the flagship phone upgrade and grab a real camera instead — your memori...
Julian van der Merwe, 14 Mar 2024 21:44
The Predator Z57 comes in at 57 inches and a resolution of 7680x2160 with a whopping 2,304 dimming zones. (Image Source: Acer)

5 monitors that should be on your radar

CheckMag If you are looking for a new monitor in 2024, there is a plethora of options. To save your time here is a list of five monitors that should be on your radar.
Daniel Murti, 12 Mar 2024 01:24
"Toothbrush botnet hacker" might not be as ridiculous as it sounds. (DALLE 3-generated image)

Toothbrush botnet isn't as far-fetched as it seems as there are plenty of connected devices that could get you hacked

CheckMag The toothbrush botnet was one of those examples of the mainstream media fanning flames without the correct facts. However, the concept isn’t entirely unrealistic. Buying any connected device, particularly those from China, has the...
David Devey, 10 Mar 2024 20:37
The Pixel 8 fails to deliver on Google's AI promises. (Image: Notebookcheck)

Pixel 8 Gemini fail spotlights Google's Pixel AI failings

Google has billed its Pixel smartphones as being all about their AI capabilities. With revelations that the Pixel 8 can’t support Gemini Nano, Google’s first on-device LLM for Android phones, that reputation is in tatters.
Sanjiv Sathiah, 10 Mar 2024 03:54
Nintendo's patience had clearly worn thin with the Yuzu emulator and its team, and for good reason. (Image: Nintendo)

The End of Yuzu is a blow to emulation – but not an undeserved one

CheckMag So. Yuzu is dead. The expected headline-grabbing battle ended with a whimper, with Tropic Haze, the team behind the emulator, settling almost immediately to the tune of a whopping $2.4 million. This wasn't just a slap on the wrist...
Matthew Lee, 08 Mar 2024 18:17
The Galaxy Watch is a great piece of hardware, but battery life can leave a lot to be desired (Source: Amazon)

How to debloat and significantly increase the battery life on your Galaxy Watch 4, 5 or 6

CheckMag The Samsung Galaxy Watch is a fantastic piece of hardware, especially since Samsung moved to Wear OS. However, the battery on these devices seems to be all over the place. Turning on the battery saver can work, but doing that disa...
David Devey, 06 Mar 2024 22:07
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