Notebooks - Reviews

Sony VAIO F (VPCF226HGB)

With its 16.4-inch TFT display, the VAIO F-series notebook provided for our 2011 multimedia laptops roundup was the second-smallest of the machines tested. Portability is often the major trade-off when it comes to truly multimedia-capable notebooks,...

Asus N73SV

The machine submitted by Asus for our 2011 multimedia laptops round-up is the only model to rival the HP Envy 17 3D in terms of size. Owing to its 17.3-inch LED backlit Asus Splendid Video Intelligent Technology display, its general proportions are ...

Sony VAIO Z with Power Media Dock

When the press release for Sony’s latest VAIO Z appeared in my inbox, it took just seconds for me to fire back a request for a review model. Why? Because this ultraportable 13-inch laptop and its associated ‘Power Media Dock’ combi...

Apple MacBook Air (MC969X/A)

Apple’s MacBook Air is without a doubt the most iconic ultraportable laptop. Despite that, prior to our 2011 ultra-portable laptop roundup I’d never laid hands on one. I’d always assumed that something so thin and light must sacrif...

HP Envy 17 3D

In 2010’s PC World multimedia laptop roundup, HP’s Envy 17 proved to be best in show. 2011’s model doesn’t constitute a particularly substantial overhaul of its predecessor beyond the addition of two extra CPU cores (bringing...

Acer TravelMate 8481G

Acer’s TravelMate 8481g came in a little over-size for our 2011 ultraportable laptop roundup, with its 14-inch display. However, I let it slip through as its weight (1.5kg) matches many of the 11.6-inch models on test, and despite the screen s...

Review: Assassin's Creed: Revelations

The Assassin's Creed franchise has built up quite a name for itself, and rightfully so. The series has always taken gamers to places they've never been before, and introduced them to characters quite unlike any others. But while the story and multip...

Review: Panasonic Toughbook CF-31

Panasonic's Toughbook series includes laptop models pitched from 'business rugged' to outright military-spec 'fully rugged' – it's the latter we brought in for review, in the form of the Toughbook CF-31.

Review: Dance Central 2

Dance Central was one of the Xbox Kinect's launch titles, and is probably one of the best dancing games out there. It came with loads of popular songs and different ways to play them, and aside from some dodgy menu navigation and a bit of inaccuracy...

Review: Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary

Ten years ago, Halo became the game that almost-singlehandedly sold the original Xbox, and along the way won the hearts of many a console gamer. Since then, the sci-fi franchise has gone from strength to strength. Halo 3's first-day sales set record...

Review: Modern Warfare 3

In the Fallout series, they say that war never changes. Perhaps it’s a more appropriate catchcry for the Modern Warfare series. It’s true that number three, the latest in the series, is an uncannily similar package to its predecessor, ju...

Infamous: Festival of Blood

Instead of picking up where the previous game left off, standalone DLC Infamous: Festival of Blood starts with a pick up line. The game begins with the lightning-shooting superhero Cole McGrath's longtime best buddy and sidekick, Zeke, hitting on a ...

Review: Battlefield 3

The battle is on for Christmas sales and Battlefield 3 and Modern Warfare 3 are facing each other on the frontlines, fighting it out for supremacy. We suspect that Battlefield might manage to win the multiplayer crowd over, but for gamers who like t...

Review: Rage

When you have a pedigree like id Software’s, it must be difficult to keep on one-upping yourself. The creators of Doom and Quake have now released Rage, and it has enraged many a PC gamer and generated mixed reviews.

First impressions: PlayStation Vita

The folks at Sony Computer Entertainment NZ have managed to nick off with the most sought-after device from an event on the Gold Coast last weekend, the EB Expo. The lone, pre-production model of the Vita was the first to cross Australian borders, a...

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