An automated home can make life easier and even save you money. But which to choose and where do you start? We compare the main smart home control systems and review quality smart plugs.
In CPU news, Intel’s 14th Gen processors are out, and in the APC Labs. While they herald a new high in PC performance, there’s a few downsides that disappointed us, but they could still be a sensational upgrade – all depending on what you’re coming from. Read our verdict and decide if 14th Gen is right for you, now.
With 14th Gen comes a refresh of the Z790 motherboard platform, and these turned out to be a bit more interesting than the CPUs themselves. Buying a new motherboard is now so expensive, so tune into our guide and see what the Labs team recommends.
The Labs team has been extra busy this month, with some very exciting new devices being tested for you. We’ve got Google’s extremely impressive new Pixel 8 and 8 Pro smartphones, showing class-leading AI in surprisingly clever ways. Microsoft’s Laptop Go 3 has been tested, and it’s fair to say that as with previous Surface machines, Microsoft really knows how to make great hardware. Plus, the first Wi-Fi 7 router on the Australian market. Oh boy is it expensive – but is the new Wi-Fi standard worth the cost, or should you wait.
Find out in the Christmas issue of APC, on sale now.
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