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Owen McCarthy
Reviewer
Owen McCarthy has had a long love affair with all things technical since the dawn of the computer age. A child of the 1960’s, he agrees with legendary author, Douglas Adams, that digital watches were a pretty neat idea. By the 1980’s Owen was learning how to code using C and by the turn of the century, he was teaching HTML to enthusiastic youngsters. These days, Owen can be found pestering editors for new technology to review on an annoyingly regular basis. In his spare time, he rides motorcycles of the three-wheeled variety, studies theology, aqua-jogs, and works hard to honour his late wife’s request to live a joy-filled life.

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Hands-on review: JBL LivePro+ TWS
Fri, 10th Dec 2021
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digital music
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JBL Live Pro+ TWS earbuds offer impressive features, including noise cancelling and hands-free access to voice assistants.
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Hands-on review: Satechi Trio Wireless Charger & Satechi Slim X3 Bluetooth Backlit Keyboard
Fri, 10th Dec 2021
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gaming
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reviews
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technology gifts
Satechi's Trio Wireless Charging Pad and Slim X3 Bluetooth Keyboard offer sleek and efficient solutions for charging and working with multiple devices.
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Hands-on review: Ecovacs Deebot N8 Pro
Mon, 6th Dec 2021
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gaming
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reviews
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smart home
Ecovacs' Deebot N8 Pro robotic cleaner has won over hearts with its impressive suction power and convenient features.
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Hands-on review: JBL Live 660NC Adaptive Noise Cancelling Headset
Thu, 18th Nov 2021
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gaming
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digital music
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reviews
JBL's Live660NC headphones deliver high-quality sound and comfort, with noise-cancelling features for a distraction-free experience.
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Hands-on review: Nokia X20
Tue, 9th Nov 2021
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gaming
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smartphones
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reviews
The Nokia X20 offers a mid-range smartphone experience with impressive camera quality and a focus on sustainability, all at an affordable price.
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Hands-on review: Swann SecureAlert 4 Camera 4 Channel 4K Ultra HD Wi-Fi Security System
Thu, 4th Nov 2021
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gaming
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surveillance
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reviews
The Swann SecureAlert4 Camera 4 Channel 4k Ultra HD Wi-Fi Security System offers robust features for home security, writes a reviewer.
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Dyson Purifier Hot + Cool Formaldehyde
Thu, 21st Oct 2021
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technology gifts
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reviews
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retail
A few years ago, Dyson products began to change my life for the better. Constantly reaching for Kleenex and inhalers are now memories.
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Hands-on review: Wacom One Creative Pen Display
Thu, 7th Oct 2021
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gaming
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reviews
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technology gifts
At around $630 to $674 at various resellers, it will be a go-to for many creative types, from the amateur to the professional.
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Hands-on review: Acer ConceptD 3 Ezel CC315-72G
Mon, 30th Aug 2021
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gaming
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reviews
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technology gifts
Acer's ConceptD 3 Ezel is a dream device for artists and creators with its versatile features and powerful performance.
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Hands-on review: The wonderful world of Cricut Maker 3
Thu, 22nd Jul 2021
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gaming
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reviews
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technology gifts
Cricut Maker 3: The ultimate smart cutting machine for craft enthusiasts. Cut over 300 materials and unleash your creative potential. Prepare to be amazed.
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Hands-on review: Xiaomi Mi 11 5G Dual Sim Smartphone
Fri, 11th Jun 2021
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smartphones
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gaming
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reviews
Xiaomi's Mi 11 impresses with its quality, curved glass body, and easy-to-use tools, making it a hit with video makers and photographers.
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Hands-on review: OPPO A54 5G and OPPO A94 5G
Mon, 31st May 2021
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gaming
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smartphones
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reviews
OPPO A94 5G vs OPPO A54 5G: Choosing between these mid-range beauties is a feat even King Solomon would struggle with. Let's dive into the specs for a clue.
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Hands-on review: JBL Go 3 - the ultra-compact portable with punch
Wed, 19th May 2021
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gaming
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digital music
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reviews
The JBL Go 3 is a compact and stylish speaker that delivers impressive sound quality. It's perfect for on-the-go music lovers.
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Hands-on review: OCULUS Quest 2
Tue, 11th May 2021
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gaming
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reviews
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technology gifts
The Oculus Quest 2 is my first and long overdue foray into the world of virtual reality, and I've been having fun.
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Hands-on review: Huawei Band 6 and FreeBuds 4i
Thu, 29th Apr 2021
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digital music
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gaming
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reviews
Huawei's Band 6 and Freebuds 4i offer a plethora of features, comfortable wear, and quality sound at a competitive price.
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Hands-on review: OPPO Find X3 Pro
Mon, 12th Apr 2021
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smartphones
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gaming
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reviews
The Find X3 Pro has a juicy set of specs. After a week of playing with some of the features, they have hooked me.. again!.
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New Dyson air purifier attacks indoor pollutants
Tue, 23rd Mar 2021
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wfh
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smart home
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technology gifts
Dyson introduces new Purifier Hot+Cool Formaldehyde range to tackle indoor pollutants, including formaldehyde, for improved air quality.
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Hands-on review: BenQ ZOWIE XL2411K Esports gaming monitor
Tue, 16th Mar 2021
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gaming
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reviews
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monitors
This is a great middle-of-the-road option, well worth a look for those of us constrained by space and budget but with an eye for ergonomics.
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Hands-on review: Jabra PanaCast & Jabra Speak 750
Tue, 2nd Mar 2021
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uc
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gaming
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voip
Jabra's PanaCast and Speak 750 are the ultimate tools for online collaboration and conferencing, providing versatility and high-quality sound and video.
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Hands-on review: Swann Enforcer Security System
Mon, 25th Jan 2021
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surveillance
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gaming
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reviews
Swann's Enforcer Security System offers wired home security with police-style flashing lights and full HD resolution. It works with Google Assistant and Alexa.
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Hands-on review: JBL PartyBox On-The-Go
Mon, 7th Dec 2020
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gaming
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digital music
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reviews
Some of us love to celebrate through singing and playing music. The JBL PartyBox On-The-Go is designed for just such occasions.
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ReedPop reaches $100k fundraising target for Cure Cancer
Fri, 4th Dec 2020
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gaming
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technology gifts
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vr
Let’s hope that more of us are inspired to encourage the researchers who will face life-long challenges to unwrap the mysteries surrounding cancer.
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Hands-on review: OPPO Reno 4 and Reno 4 Pro 5G
Tue, 24th Nov 2020
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smartphones
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gaming
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reviews
If you use a phone for professional-looking photos and great video content, both these models deserve your attention.
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Hands-on review: Lenovo Smart Display 7 and Lenovo Smart Clock
Thu, 19th Nov 2020
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gaming
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reviews
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smart home
Fashionistas will rejoice at the clever use of the cloth-covered units which mean they blend into any environment with ease.