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Issue 198

Australia's favourite tech mag, packed with the hottest kit, latest reviews, and in-depth features. Whether you're looking to make a purchase or just read about the latest developments in tech, T3 is an essential read. Our motto is 'Life's better with T3', and we genuinely believe that.

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in this issue

1 min

SONY SRS-XP700 It’s been so long since most of us have been to a party that it’s almost impossible to imagine now. Did we really used to gather indoors, eating well-fingered nibbles and drinking booze that had sat uncovered within breathing distance of our wheeziest acquaintances? But before too long we’ll be able to party heartily once more and, if you really want to raise the roof, the Sony SRS-XP700 may just be the speaker for you. Not only do its non-circular diaphragms maximise driver surface area (and therefore sound), its front and rear tweeters spread your tunes in every direction. It’s easy to connect to, offering Bluetooth Stereo Mini Jack and USB or, if you fancy more of a live vibe, you can even plug in a guitar or mic.…

1 min
editor’s letter

It’s remarkable how flexible human beings are. I don’t mean physically – anyone who’s witnessed me at yoga knows I’m about as bendable as a concrete paperclip. But as lockdowns have eased, it’s made it clear how acclimatised we’d become to living out of the same few rooms. A socially distanced drink in a beer garden has felt like sheer Great-Gatsby-esque excess. And the same is true of the gadget industry as it has sprung back into life. While last year technovores had to graze on the sparse resources available, now we’re immersed in a fecund ecosystem with almost too many delights to keep track of. Not only have we had Apple upending a cornucopia of M1-powered devices, we’ve also had jam-packed launches from OnePlus and Samsung to dig our teeth…

1 min
t3 ’s mission

Our mission is to bring you the clearest recommendations we can – and that means a great deal of hard work happens before a product even reaches our pages! Because we only feature products the T3 team would happily use ourselves, we end up discarding a significant number of options in each category before settling on a final shortlist to review. We select only the best of the best for our Tested section; the gear we know you’ll want to seriously consider purchasing. And that should mean an end to you having to undertake hours of painstaking research and product comparisons. You won’t see any duff products, but you will come away with clarity on which one is the best in its category or for a specific task: our awards badges (see…

9 min

1 iPAD PRO M1 From $1,199, apple.com/au How Pro can you go? Turns out the answer is ‘pretty pro’, particularly if you’re Apple on a new product rampage. More on the rest in the next few Horizon entries, because basically everything in Apple’s spring launch event was pretty cool (even the new purple-hued iPhone variety) but it’s the iPad Pro that really shines. Apple has now brought the best version of its lauded M1 chip – the same eight-core CPU, eight-core GPU processor at the heart of the 2020 spin of the MacBook Pro – to something other than a Mac, and completely overhauled our expectations for what a high-end iPad should be in the process. The company claims the M1 in the new iPad Pro bumps its processing performance up 50% from…

1 min
keep warm & carry on

THE NORTH FACE FLIGHT FUTURELIGHT JACKET It might be specced for the running scene, but the Flight is the go-to if you’re in the market for something ultralight, waterproof and breathable. The hood and hem are adjustable, there’s a stash pocket on the back of the jacket and reflective features for maximum visibility when the light dims. And when you don’t need it, the Flight packs down into its own pocket for simple stowage. Perfection. $400, thenorthface.com.au TEVA GATEWAY HIKER MID From the Friday arvo meeting straight to groomed mountain trails and back - without changing shoes. The Gateway Hiker will shake off light splashes and the withstand the woody Australian bush all while looking fantastic. The best part is that the leather, polyester and webbing are all sustainable. Available in a variety of…

1 min
saving face

The new Polar Vantage M2 ($449, polar.com) is the second iteration of the Vantage M, as the name suggests. The Vantage M2 is a mid-range multisport watch that inherited many of the Polar Vantage V2’s features but thankfully lost the confusing control scheme. As expected from a Polar wearable, the Vantage M2 puts a huge emphasis on training load and recovery. The returning and new features include adaptive running training plans and Training Load Pro, the latter of which provides ‘detailed insights to aid complete physical recovery before the next session’. The M2 is also capable of tracking sleep, thanks to its Sleep Plus Stages and Nightly Recharge features that provide detailed insights for sleep duration and quality. The FitSpark feature offers personalised daily workout guidance based on recovery, readiness and training…