In­side APC

Find out all about APC’s ed­i­to­rial poli­cies, test prac­tices, how to read the bench­mark re­sults and more.

APC Australia - - Technotes -

APC is Aus­tralia’s old­est con­sumer tech­nol­ogy mag­a­zine — hav­ing been con­sis­tently in print for over 35 years, since our first is­sue way back in May 1980 — and we take that her­itage and re­spon­si­bil­ity very se­ri­ously. While our fo­cus is ob­vi­ously on the per­sonal com­puter — it’s in our name, af­ter all — the very def­i­ni­tion of the PC has changed and shifted markedly since the early 1980s. As such, we touch on many other ar­eas of tech too, from smart­phones and apps to pe­riph­er­als, ac­ces­sories, on­line ser­vices and be­yond. We have two main goals: to track down the best of mod­ern tech and also to help our read­ers make the most of it.

We’re also an open church in terms of plat­forms. We know most peo­ple aren’t wed to a sin­gle brand’s prod­ucts and use a va­ri­ety of de­vices. And like you, APC’s jour­nal­ists want to know what’s good in tech — no mat­ter what plat­form it re­sides on.

IN­DE­PEN­DENT RE­VIEWS

Cham­pi­oning tech­nol­ogy doesn’t mean we’re un­re­lent­ing yes-men, how­ever, and APC aims to be as ob­jec­tive as pos­si­ble in all our cov­er­age. That means iden­ti­fy­ing the best prod­ucts from mul­ti­ple per­spec­tives — the best per­for­mance, best value and best fea­tures and, ide­ally, the prod­ucts that of­fer the best mix of these three.

As a mat­ter of pol­icy, re­views pub­lished in APC are not shared with prod­uct-mak­ers prior to print. We will con­tact ven­dors un­der cer­tain con­di­tions; for ex­am­ple, if we have a prob­lem test­ing a prod­uct that seems to in­di­cate it may be faulty, or to in­vite a ven­dor to clar­ify how a par­tic­u­lar fea­ture works. If an APC re­viewer has any po­ten­tial con­flicts of in­ter­est in­volv­ing a brand, the re­view will al­ways be as­signed to an­other writer.

LABS TEST­ING

De­spite be­ing a small mag­a­zine with lim­ited re­sources, APC still still strives to con­duct the most rig­or­ous, ob­jec­tive sci­en­tific tests and bench­marks we can so as to make our re­views as un­bi­ased as pos­si­ble. We use a va­ri­ety of tools and pro­grams for this, in­clud­ing many freely avail­able bench­mark suites for as­sess­ing me­dia en­cod­ing, gen­eral sys­tem per­for­mance, gam­ing and bat­tery life.

In most cases, for the bench­mark re­sults pub­lished in APC, you can as­sume that higher is bet­ter. There are cer­tain tests that de­vi­ate from this rule and where the op­po­site is true; in those cases, we’ve flagged the re­sults with a note ex­plain­ing as such.

We use both ta­bles and graphs for dis­play­ing re­sults; the lat­ter are our pref­er­ence due to their ease-of­read­abil­ity, but ta­bles are more com­pact, so we use these in cases where thor­ough­ness is pre­ferred.

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