Stories by Jan Birkeland

ATI Radeon Showdown

When we got our hands on the newcomer from ATI, the HD4770, we thought we’d put this youngling up against its more powerful and more expensive brothers. We gathered four cards, ranging from the cheap and small-ish 4770 to the monster that is t...

Samsung Ultratouch

You'd be forgiven for thinking the Ultratouch is just another Samsung slider phone, but as soon as you see the bright and sharp screen you’ll see that there’s something different about this one. The Ultratouch is, as the name suggests, a...


Braid first debuted in August last year through Xbox Live Arcade, and became an instant fan favourite. Thanks to its success, the game now appears on the PC (and Mac) through Steam, so I sat down to replay the experience and relive the magic. I neve...

Grand Theft Auto – Chinatown Wars

Granted, we’re a little GTA’ed-out here in the PCW bunkers at the moment, but that didn’t stop us from reviewing the DS version of the game. It might look and feel a bit like a throwback to the first two games in the franchise, but...

Dawn of War II

Dawn of War II (DOW2) is the sequel to Relic’s Warhammer 40,000 RTS, based on the Warhammer tabletop game and its massive universe. It’s a PC-exclusive title that doesn’t pretend to be anything but; prepare to have your spare time ...

Verbatim Tuneboard

There was a time when backlit keyboards with onboard multimedia buttons were found only in the domain of hardcore enthusiasts and gamers. These days, backlighting has become standard issue for many non-office keyboards, and Verbatim is following the...

Halo Wars

Before I jot down my impressions from Halo Wars, let me get this caveat out of the way; I’m a huge fan of PC gaming, and I strongly believe that both shooters and real time strategy games belong on the PC platform. At least that’s what I...

Burnout Paradise Ultimate Box

Unlike my colleague Scott, I like my racing games to tilt towards the arcade side of things rather than a full-blown simulation that requires me to build my own car and update my flux capacitor. I enjoy games where I can jump in, have a few quick ga...

Western Digital TV

If you’re anything like me, that previously huge pile of DVDs in your living room is constantly shrinking, parallel to the growing number of media files stored on your PC. Accessing that PC-based media from your TV has been possible for some t...

Grand Theft Auto IV PC version

This very game has sold over 11 million copies worldwide on consoles, so Rockstar undoubtedly had high hopes for the PC port. Unfortunately, the port of this immensely popular game (PCW game of the year 2008) is lacking in a lot of departments.

GROUP TEST: Photo Printers

With photo printers it’s important to determine your expectations of quality, as well as taking print speeds and yield into account. A rule of thumb is that independent ink cartridges will normally give you better quality as well as a higher pa...

TN Games 3rd Space

Have you ever played a game and thought, ‘Wow, I really wish I could get more in touch with my character and feel their pain and excitement’? No? Okay, have you ever wanted to look completely dorky while gaming? Of course you have!

Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning

When it comes to MMORPGs (massively multiplayer online role-playing games), there’s really only one name that counts for anything; World of Warcraft. Despite numerous attempts by developers to de-throne the current champion, no one has been abl...

Silverstone Raven

Silverstone isn’t exactly a name connected with gaming peripherals, but the company is looking to change that with its new gaming mouse dubbed the Raven.

Pinnacle PCTV nanoStick

TV tuners are turning up in every size, shape and configuration these days, and a lot of them are relatively cheap. Pinnacle’s version belongs in the low cost group, but sets itself apart from the competition with some good features and easy in...

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