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Review: Uncharted: Golden Abyss

If you can't get enough of Nathan Drake's incredible fingertip strength, Olympic-level long jump skills, and immaculately-styled hair - when does he have time to do that, anyway? - you're not alone. Uncharted is one of the most beloved franchises av...

Review: Sony PS Vita (Wi-Fi version)

Handheld gaming has come a long way in the seven years since the release of the original PlayStation Portable. The PSP had a 333MHz processor and a 3.8-inch, standard definition display. Needless to say, it’s gotten rather dated, even with the...

Review: Acer Aspire S3

Acer’s Aspire S3 is the first ‘Ultrabook’ released in the New Zealand and Australian markets.

Dell Vostro V131

The Vostro V131 is an “ultra-thin and light” laptop from Dell’s small-business range, which we originally planned to review in our November 2011 ultra-portables roundup. Unfortunately, it arrived a couple of days late.

Razer Ferox gaming speakers

Razer's Ferox speakers are simple but sexy, and Razer claims they’re “tiny but mighty”. Tiny they may be – they’re about as tall and wide as a tube of lipstick – but mighty they are not. The Ferox speakers had the...

Samsung NP350 (U2B-A02)

Samsung’s 12.5-inch NP350 has a shiny, ‘brushed aluminium’ plastic lid and real aluminium keyboard surround, with a silver plastic wrist rest and matte black keys. At a glance it looks stylish and modern, though close inspection re...

Sennheiser PC 360 gaming headset

The PC 360 is a seriously high-end gaming headset, with a fold-up microphone and large, comfortable ear cups that don’t clamp around the top of your jaw or above the ears. The design is minimalist in all black, and the build is typical of Senn...

HP Pavilion dm1-3216AU

HP has been on a winning streak for the last couple of years, with the company’s laptops taking several of our coveted PC World Platinum awards. That made it all the more disappointing that the Pavilion dm1 is the poorest performer in our 2011...

Lenovo X121e

Following Lenovo’s usual design philosophy, the X121e is boxy but good. It’s heavier than most in our 2011 ultraportable laptops roundup at 1.6kg, but it's still second-smallest in volume thanks to its 11.6-inch screen and overall thickn...

Preview: MSI U270

MSI’s U270 is based on the same AMD Fusion E-450 APU as Sony’s VAIO Y (VPCYB36KG/B), includes the same 2GB of RAM, and 500GB, 5400RPM hard drive. That means it offers virtually identical processing and graphical performance – good ...


As I’d expect of any ultraportable from Sony, the VAIO Y (VPCYB36KG/B) is attractive – smooth lines, glossy 11.6-inch display in a thin lid, and solid barrel-hinge holding the machine together. That said, it has a maximum thickness of 32...

Razer Carcharias

Razer has built itself quite a reputation based on its gaming gear, and for the price, the Carcharias is not bad quality at all. It’s a sturdy headset, with a flip-down microphone that doesn’t seem easily breakable, and big, soft ear cup...

Acer Aspire Ethos

Desktop replacement laptops don't come much bigger than the Acer Aspire Ethos 8950g. The 18.4-inch screen means that the entire unit weighs close to 5kg, with its included half-brick sized power adapter.

Review: Mario Kart 7

If you've never played a variant of Mario Kart you probably A) hate video games, or B) have been living under a rock for the last, oh, 19 years or so. The first in the series was released in August of 1992, which means if Mario Kart were a person, t...

Dell XPS 15Z

Dell's XPS 15Z slimline laptop is an impressive 25mm thickness; not quite Macbook Air thin, but it’s easily the most compact of the multimedia laptops we tested in our mid-2011 roundup.

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