2017

  • Apple’s best of 2017: The top songs, movies, apps and more

    It’s that time of year – when all the big tech companies look at their data sets for all the consumption across the year and today it’s Apple’s turn. Apple sees the popularity of a huge range of content each year through their iTunes and App Stores as we...
  • Confirmed: We watch a lot of rubbish on YouTube

    YouTube Australia have released a few “top lists” of content we Aussies are watching on YouTube and the results are, well, surprising. Perhaps an indication of the shell I’m living under, I’ve not heard of or seen almost any of these videos. In terms of Trending Videos, the Ed...
  • EFTM Best of the Best 2017: LG Signature W “Wallpaper” TV

    11 Months have come and gone since LG revealed their Signature W series TV at CES in January, yet – it’s still the best thing we’ve seen all year. A TV under 3mm thick, mounted on the wall under 5mm – it looks bloody stunning. Plus, it’s an OLED...
  • EFTM Blokes Best 2017: Ford Ranger XLT

    Three years in a row – that’s something special for Ford. That’s the streak they have on the EFTM Blokes Best Award – first with the relaunched Ranger, then the Mustang and now the Ranger XLT Ford have taken it right up to Toyota’s Hilux in the tradie market,...
  • EFTM Best Car 2017: Kia Stinger

    Brand snobs, Holden fans and even Ford fans turn away. There’s a new kid in town and as far as we’re concerned it’s here to stay. The Kia Stinger as Chris Bowen mentioned in his review is not the most impressive car we’ve driven this year, but it’s by...
  • EFTM Best Lifestyle 2017: Netgear Arlo Baby

    Back in my day there were baby monitors that allowed you to hear what was happening in the baby’s room, perhaps even a small camera with a grainy black and white video too.  Today, things have moved forward, and just like they did with the home security space, Netgear...
  • EFTM Best TV 2017: Hisense Series 7

    Here’s a controversial one – Best TV.  Despite there being no stunning innovation in TV for a few years so we’ve been seeing incremental improvements in picture quality and advances in HDR and other image enhancing features. In reality there are three contenders for this award, the Samsung Series...
  • EFTM Best Gaming 2017: Xbox One X

    Nintendo Switch, Some great accessories, and the Xbox One X – all contenders for the EFTM Best Gaming award for 2017.  The winner though was a quick decision because the Xbox One X is the most powerful console out today and it’s amazing how they’ve packed it into such...
  • EFTM Best Networking 2017: Netgear Orbi

    When we first started discussing Best Networking I almost overlooked Orbi, thinking it had been around for longer than a year – in fact, it was announced last August, but only became available in Australia this year. That shows how far we’ve come with networking, we now have Mesh...
  • EFTM Best Luxury Car 2017: BMW 740e

    The BMW 7 series has long been the absolute best the brand has on offer. Over the years it’s been a pioneering marvel, setting new benchmarks as each generation was rolled out. In 2017 we spent two weeks with the BMW 740e, a plug-in hybrid luxury barge. This is...
  • EFTM Best Grooming 2017: Braun 9-in-1

    As if summer isn’t reason enough to lose the winter coat, we found a single device in 2017 that met our grooming needs entirely. We don’t need to go into specific details here but as blokes we tend to have hair in very many places and they’re not entirely...
  • EFTM Best Entertainment 2017: Anki Overdrive

    So you’re looking for entertainment. Netflix?  Stan?  Amazon Prime?  The Movies?  Well, we reckon if you want an hour or so of great entertainment dust of the iPad or iPhone and pair up with your Anki Overdrive one for the kids and the parents without question. So good, we reckon...
  • EFTM Best Small Car 2017: Hyundai i30

    The third-generation Hyundai i30 hit our shores this year, with three engine choices, 5 variants and plenty of tech. At the local launch we quickly discovered the new i30 sports great looks and an interior that not just rivals but beats many competitors. The range features plenty of choice...
  • EFTM Best Home Theatre 2017: LG SJ9 Soundbar

    Last year’s Home Theatre winner was a soundbar featuring Dolby Atmos, this year it’s another win for a Soundbar, and another that includes Dolby Atmos. LG’s SJ9 Soundbar was announced at CES as one of a family of Soundbars offering a range of features and quality. The SJ9 doesn’t...
  • EFTM Best Wireless Sound 2017: Sony WF-1000X

    So this was debated quite extensively among the EFTM team. Geoff was keen on seeing the new Voice assistant integrated Sonos One being awarded Best Wireless Sound. I thought the great little JBL Kids were deserving of recognition, then I stopped and couldn’t get past the new Sony in-ear...
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