Paul Mah

Paul Mah

Paul is an independent tech writer covering the latest gadgets and other tech gear for the Post. He has written for tech publications such as PC World, Computerworld and ZDNet, and was also an adjunct lecturer in IT. In between writing white papers and reports with unpronounceable names these days, he plays with the latest hardware so that he can tell you about it.

Latest from Paul Mah

Turn your Apple iPad Pro into a laptop with Magic Keyboard – and enjoy full-sized keys and a trackpad that feels better than most laptop versions

Apple’s new Magic Keyboard transforms your iPad Pro into a working laptop with full-sized backlit keys and a clickable glass trackpad. It is beautifully balanced, although it is heavy and the screen angle adjustment is limited.

6 May 2020 - 6:05PM

Apple’s new Magic Keyboard transforms your iPad Pro into a working laptop with full-sized backlit keys and a clickable glass trackpad. It is beautifully balanced, although it is heavy and the screen angle adjustment is limited.

Turn your Apple iPad Pro into a laptop with Magic Keyboard – and enjoy full-sized keys and a trackpad that feels better than most laptop versions
What’s the best way to clean your phone of coronavirus? Alcohol wet wipes, UV sanitisers, soap and water – the pros and cons

The virus that causes Covid-19 can remain on glass, metal and plastic for up to a week, which is why we should clean our phones regularly. But should you use soap and water, alcohol wet wipes, or even a UV smartphone sanitiser?

14 Apr 2020 - 3:41PM

The virus that causes Covid-19 can remain on glass, metal and plastic for up to a week, which is why we should clean our phones regularly. But should you use soap and water, alcohol wet wipes, or even a UV smartphone sanitiser?

What’s the best way to clean your phone of coronavirus? Alcohol wet wipes, UV sanitisers, soap and water – the pros and cons
Five gadgets to help you work from home during the coronavirus lockdown and keep your home office clean and fresh

Working from home during the coronavirus lockdown can be made easier with a few tech solutions. From an air purifier to a robot cleaner to a mini PC and noise cancelling ear buds these will make your home office a better place to be.

5 Apr 2020 - 5:00PM

Working from home during the coronavirus lockdown can be made easier with a few tech solutions. From an air purifier to a robot cleaner to a mini PC and noise cancelling ear buds these will make your home office a better place to be.

Five gadgets to help you work from home during the coronavirus lockdown and keep your home office clean and fresh
With no Google Play Store, here’s how the Huawei Mate Xs phone plans to attract buyers outside China

With Huawei unable to include Google apps on its handsets, selling its smartphones outside China is presenting a real challenge. The phone maker is investing a billion dollars to create its own app ecosystem.

28 Feb 2020 - 6:00PM

With Huawei unable to include Google apps on its handsets, selling its smartphones outside China is presenting a real challenge. The phone maker is investing a billion dollars to create its own app ecosystem.

With no Google Play Store, here’s how the Huawei Mate Xs phone plans to attract buyers outside China
Working from home – five tech solutions to make it more comfortable and efficient

From a docking station to a laptop stand, here are five gadgets to make working from home productive and comfortable – something which, thanks to the coronavirus outbreak, millions in East Asia are currently doing.

18 Feb 2020 - 6:20PM

From a docking station to a laptop stand, here are five gadgets to make working from home productive and comfortable – something which, thanks to the coronavirus outbreak, millions in East Asia are currently doing.

Working from home – five tech solutions to make it more comfortable and efficient
Better than Wi-fi extenders: three of the best high-end Wi-fi mesh systems rated for speed, ease of use and how easy they are to set up

Mesh Wi-fi systems offer improved connectivity using a main router and satellite units. We test three top systems, looking at connection speed and ease of use.

30 Jan 2020 - 10:28PM

Mesh Wi-fi systems offer improved connectivity using a main router and satellite units. We test three top systems, looking at connection speed and ease of use.

Better than Wi-fi extenders: three of the best high-end Wi-fi mesh systems rated for speed, ease of use and how easy they are to set up
Six great gadget gift ideas for Christmas, from nifty Kobo e-book readers to Google assistants for the home (take that, Alexa)

Stuck for a present to buy for someone? Here are six gadgets ideas that will delight your loved ones this Christmas, whether they’re a gym rat, book worm, parent, party lover, techie or just worried about their posture.

12 Dec 2019 - 6:23AM

Stuck for a present to buy for someone? Here are six gadgets ideas that will delight your loved ones this Christmas, whether they’re a gym rat, book worm, parent, party lover, techie or just worried about their posture.

Six great gadget gift ideas for Christmas, from nifty Kobo e-book readers to Google assistants for the home (take that, Alexa)
Pixel 4 XL full review: best Android experience, stellar back camera, but phone is not without its issues

Big plus points for the Pixel 4 XL come in the form of a great back camera and new functions such as auto transcription and speedy facial recognition, but a slightly outdated appearance is one of several small issues holding it back.

22 Oct 2019 - 11:17PM

Big plus points for the Pixel 4 XL come in the form of a great back camera and new functions such as auto transcription and speedy facial recognition, but a slightly outdated appearance is one of several small issues holding it back.

Pixel 4 XL full review: best Android experience, stellar back camera, but phone is not without its issues
Razer Blade 15 Advanced gaming laptop review: extreme power, slim, sleek – and also good for work

Razer’s 2019 iteration of its Blade 15 gaming laptop comes with Nvidia’s new RTX GPU and is slimmer than ever, boasting incredible power that delivers silky smooth gameplay in a sleek, portable device.

28 Jul 2019 - 6:30PM

Razer’s 2019 iteration of its Blade 15 gaming laptop comes with Nvidia’s new RTX GPU and is slimmer than ever, boasting incredible power that delivers silky smooth gameplay in a sleek, portable device.

Razer Blade 15 Advanced gaming laptop review: extreme power, slim, sleek – and also good for work
Google Nest Hub review: Home Hub digital assistant rebrand boasts crisp video display – but lacks volume

Nest Hub is the same as the Home Hub. The rebrand is to help better differentiate it from Google’s growing product line. The touch screen is responsive, but the volume doesn’t appear as loud as that of the Google Home.

14 Jul 2019 - 7:15PM

Nest Hub is the same as the Home Hub. The rebrand is to help better differentiate it from Google’s growing product line. The touch screen is responsive, but the volume doesn’t appear as loud as that of the Google Home.

Google Nest Hub review: Home Hub digital assistant rebrand boasts crisp video display – but lacks volume
Next-level cleaning and more: five time-saving household gadgets tested

Cordless and robot vacuum cleaners from Xiaomi and Roidmi, a battery-powered Kärcher high-pressure water cleaner, a home water filtration system – these machines make life easy. A Google Nest Hub makes it even easier.

2 Jul 2019 - 5:02PM

Cordless and robot vacuum cleaners from Xiaomi and Roidmi, a battery-powered Kärcher high-pressure water cleaner, a home water filtration system – these machines make life easy. A Google Nest Hub makes it even easier.

Next-level cleaning and more: five time-saving household gadgets tested
How to build your own computer: all you need to know about setting up a PC

From installing a microprocessor and graphics processing unit to getting the appropriate memory and storage drive, here are the key components needed, and a checklist if you want to install your own system and boot up successfully.

9 Jun 2019 - 12:27PM

From installing a microprocessor and graphics processing unit to getting the appropriate memory and storage drive, here are the key components needed, and a checklist if you want to install your own system and boot up successfully.

How to build your own computer: all you need to know about setting up a PC
Review | Night vision systems for cars: Lanmodo Vast an asset for unlit roads in unfamiliar places

Mounted on your car dashboard or windscreen, the Lanmodo Vast lights up the road ahead and shows it to drivers in a colour display; fewer controls and a recording function would make this an even better piece of kit.

19 May 2019 - 7:46PM

Mounted on your car dashboard or windscreen, the Lanmodo Vast lights up the road ahead and shows it to drivers in a colour display; fewer controls and a recording function would make this an even better piece of kit.

Night vision systems for cars: Lanmodo Vast an asset for unlit roads in unfamiliar places
Seven of the best tech and gadgets for the modern office and co-working spaces

From laptop stands to a split keyboard to a multi-port USB adapter here are some ideas for the 21st century office worker. Also included: a stand-up desk, a handy laptop bag and earbuds that allow you to hear conversations.

28 Apr 2019 - 7:13PM

From laptop stands to a split keyboard to a multi-port USB adapter here are some ideas for the 21st century office worker. Also included: a stand-up desk, a handy laptop bag and earbuds that allow you to hear conversations.

Seven of the best tech and gadgets for the modern office and co-working spaces
Sony, Bose, Sennheiser, B&O: four of the best true wireless earbuds around right now

The true wireless earbud category has come a long way in recent years, with new models offering great sound, ample charge and tight touch controls.

21 Apr 2019 - 6:12PM

The true wireless earbud category has come a long way in recent years, with new models offering great sound, ample charge and tight touch controls.

Sony, Bose, Sennheiser, B&O: four of the best true wireless earbuds around right now
Road test: new Nvidia graphics card RTX 2080 Ti is the future of gaming, if you’re ready to pay for it

Real-time ray tracing, used by film studios, is the big selling point of Nvidia’s next-generation GPUs, and makes gaming a surreal experience, but the US$1,199 price tag will put off all but those gamers with deep pockets.

24 Feb 2019 - 10:19PM

Real-time ray tracing, used by film studios, is the big selling point of Nvidia’s next-generation GPUs, and makes gaming a surreal experience, but the US$1,199 price tag will put off all but those gamers with deep pockets.

Road test: new Nvidia graphics card RTX 2080 Ti is the future of gaming, if you’re ready to pay for it
Review | Creative SXFI Air and Air C headphones review: entertainment on the go with home-cinema realism

These headphones with built-in amp technology are comfortable and push out amazing sound. They require setting up an ‘audio map’, but the results are well worth it.

20 Jan 2019 - 7:47PM

These headphones with built-in amp technology are comfortable and push out amazing sound. They require setting up an ‘audio map’, but the results are well worth it.

Creative SXFI Air and Air C headphones review: entertainment on the go with home-cinema realism
Seven tech devices that will help you get things done better, faster and more securely

Gadgets include a security dongle, a medical air purifier and a smartphone holder. Also featured: the new iPad Pro and an ergonomic vertical mouse.

17 Jan 2019 - 4:42PM

Gadgets include a security dongle, a medical air purifier and a smartphone holder. Also featured: the new iPad Pro and an ergonomic vertical mouse.

Seven tech devices that will help you get things done better, faster and more securely
Six great gadgets for tech-loving family members this Christmas

From the new Fitbit to the super useful Vinpok Split monitor to a clever new car air purifier, we have something for all the family.

9 Dec 2018 - 6:23PM

From the new Fitbit to the super useful Vinpok Split monitor to a clever new car air purifier, we have something for all the family.

Six great gadgets for tech-loving family members this Christmas
Apple, Samsung and Microsoft tablets tested to find the best one for you

Apple’s iPad Pro 2018, Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S4 and Microsoft’s Surface Go all have pros and cons. We put them through their paces to find what’s best for work and for play.

2 Dec 2018 - 5:54PM

Apple’s iPad Pro 2018, Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S4 and Microsoft’s Surface Go all have pros and cons. We put them through their paces to find what’s best for work and for play.

Apple, Samsung and Microsoft tablets tested to find the best one for you
Review | Fastest charging phone: Oppo R17 Pro with dual battery Super VOOC tech stakes its claim

Taking just 10 minutes to charge 40 per cent, the Oppo R17 Pro is lightning quick – though its charger looks more like a laptop charger.

25 Nov 2018 - 7:53PM

Taking just 10 minutes to charge 40 per cent, the Oppo R17 Pro is lightning quick – though its charger looks more like a laptop charger.

Fastest charging phone: Oppo R17 Pro with dual battery Super VOOC tech stakes its claim
Google Pixel 3/Pixel 3 XL full review: wide-angle selfie camera, improved display, no dual-SIM support

Newest Android operating system, default HDR photo shooting, HDR video play and a fluid user experience are all pluses for new handsets, and wide-angle front camera impresses, but lack of dual-SIM capability will be a minus for some.

20 Oct 2018 - 8:53AM

Newest Android operating system, default HDR photo shooting, HDR video play and a fluid user experience are all pluses for new handsets, and wide-angle front camera impresses, but lack of dual-SIM capability will be a minus for some.

Google Pixel 3/Pixel 3 XL full review: wide-angle selfie camera, improved display, no dual-SIM support
Creative SXFI Amp review: stunning sound that will change your headphone experience

Device’s Super X-fi technology configures itself based on photos of the user’s ears and the headphones they are using, delivering the effects of multi-speaker sound that is like being in a cinema

16 Oct 2018 - 11:12AM

Device’s Super X-fi technology configures itself based on photos of the user’s ears and the headphones they are using, delivering the effects of multi-speaker sound that is like being in a cinema

Creative SXFI Amp review: stunning sound that will change your headphone experience
Best hiking tech for your trips and camping adventures this autumn and winter

From a rugged smartwatch with 10 days of battery life to a compact drone that shoots stunning aerial footage in 4K resolution to a compact speaker, here’s all you need for those trips into the wild.

23 Sep 2018 - 7:27PM

From a rugged smartwatch with 10 days of battery life to a compact drone that shoots stunning aerial footage in 4K resolution to a compact speaker, here’s all you need for those trips into the wild.

Best hiking tech for your trips and camping adventures this autumn and winter
Three smart wearables for young children from US$70 to US$150 by Garmin, Fitbit and Oaxis

Features on these devices include a location tracker, SOS features and phone functions including blocking unauthorised callers. They also track your child’s activity and sleep, and even come up with activities and rewards.

26 Aug 2018 - 8:00PM

Features on these devices include a location tracker, SOS features and phone functions including blocking unauthorised callers. They also track your child’s activity and sleep, and even come up with activities and rewards.

Three smart wearables for young children from US$70 to US$150 by Garmin, Fitbit and Oaxis
Three headphones for indoors: pros and cons of cans that bring music, movies and gaming to life, without annoying the neighbours

A US$999 pair you can plug straight into your smartphone, a US$200 pair meant for gamers that delivers home theatre sound to the ear cups, and a US$2,400 pair that are almost too good – unplug your speakers and put on the cans.

29 Jul 2018 - 6:09PM

A US$999 pair you can plug straight into your smartphone, a US$200 pair meant for gamers that delivers home theatre sound to the ear cups, and a US$2,400 pair that are almost too good – unplug your speakers and put on the cans.

Three headphones for indoors: pros and cons of cans that bring music, movies and gaming to life, without annoying the neighbours
Smartwatch review: rugged Garmin Fenix 5 Plus a worthy upgrade with great functionality and offline music playback

This rugged smartwatch has an impressive range of technological updates that include a built-in mapping functionality, the ability to store up to 500 songs for playback, and a battery life of up to 10 days when paired with a smartphone.

22 Jul 2018 - 7:47PM

This rugged smartwatch has an impressive range of technological updates that include a built-in mapping functionality, the ability to store up to 500 songs for playback, and a battery life of up to 10 days when paired with a smartphone.

Smartwatch review: rugged Garmin Fenix 5 Plus a worthy upgrade with great functionality and offline music playback
8 fun gadget gift ideas for Father’s Day if you have a tech-loving dad

For dads on the move, at the office, in the gym or just sitting on the couch, here are some great practical gadget ideas for last-minutes shoppers.

3 Jul 2018 - 7:26PM

For dads on the move, at the office, in the gym or just sitting on the couch, here are some great practical gadget ideas for last-minutes shoppers.

8 fun gadget gift ideas for Father’s Day if you have a tech-loving dad
Oppo R15 smartphone review: bezel-free beauty with a notch is more than ever an iPhone X lookalike

Chinese brand’s latest mid-market offering has a premium feel, AI camera smarts, well-designed fingerprint reader, excellent battery life and good security. If you haven’t owned an Oppo before, this is a good introduction

24 May 2018 - 5:17PM

Chinese brand’s latest mid-market offering has a premium feel, AI camera smarts, well-designed fingerprint reader, excellent battery life and good security. If you haven’t owned an Oppo before, this is a good introduction

Oppo R15 smartphone review: bezel-free beauty with a notch is more than ever an iPhone X lookalike
Mi Air Purifier 2S: new OLED display makes it a winner, and laser sensor to respond better to bad air a great addition

Upgrades to Xiaomi device, including display of air pollution, humidity and temperature in app and on the purifier, make it a worthwhile addition to any household

13 May 2018 - 8:25PM

Upgrades to Xiaomi device, including display of air pollution, humidity and temperature in app and on the purifier, make it a worthwhile addition to any household

Mi Air Purifier 2S: new OLED display makes it a winner, and laser sensor to respond better to bad air a great addition