Inside TechLife


TechLife Australia - - THE WALL - [ ALL THE DEETS ]

TECHLIFE IS AUS­TRALIA’S most prac­ti­cal main­stream tech­nol­ogy mag­a­zine, hav­ing been in print since 2012, when we launched as a re­designed and mod­ernised ver­sion of Aus­tralian PC User. The lat­ter was first printed in 1990, and we take that 25-year her­itage se­ri­ously and strive to be both eth­i­cal and trans­par­ent in our cov­er­age of tech­nol­ogy and any other top­ics we broach.

Like our sis­ter mag­a­zine, APC, we have two main goals here at TechLife: to track down the best of mod­ern tech and to help our read­ers get the most from 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 in their lives. And like you, TechLife’s jour­nal­ists want to know what’s good in tech — no mat­ter what plat­form it re­sides on.


Cham­pi­oning tech­nol­ogy doesn’t mean we’re un­re­lent­ingly pos­i­tive, how­ever, and our other aim at TechLife is to be as ob­jec­tive as pos­si­ble in 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 as­pects.

As a mat­ter of pol­icy, re­views pub­lished in TechLife are not shared with prod­uct-providers prior to print. We will con­tact ven­dors un­der cer­tain con­di­tions; 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 a TechLife re­viewer has any po­ten­tial con­flicts of in­ter­est in­volv­ing a brand, the re­view will al­ways be as­signed to an­other writer.


We like to re­view prod­ucts as though we’d bought them from the shops our­selves. In or­der to make our re­views and other sto­ries as un­bi­ased as pos­si­ble, TechLife strives to con­duct rig­or­ous, ob­jec­tive and sci­en­tific tests and bench­marks where pos­si­ble. We use a va­ri­ety of tools and pro­grams to achieve this, in­clud­ing many freely avail­able bench­mark suites for as­sess­ing things like gen­eral sys­tem per­for­mance, gam­ing, me­dia en­cod­ing and bat­tery life.

In most cases, for the bench­mark re­sults pub­lished in TechLife, 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.

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