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Next Gen Right Now

By on November 27, 2013 at 12:03 pm

About a month ago, my intrepid editor provided me with a task — create two PC systems that either matched or surpassed both new consoles in terms of power, storage, speed and flexibility, while still managing to stay within the price points of both. This was never going to be easy — both the Xbox One and the PS4 are loss leaders for their respective benefactors, relying on a combination of software sales and subscriptions to make up their bottom lines.

So with that in mind, I’ve taken a few liberties with pricing. The RRP of the Xbox One is $599, and includes all the respective cables and controller(s). I’ve also added 2 years of XBox LIVE Gold for $160, since it’s needed to play online and have access to apps like Internet Explorer, Netflix, YouTube and SBS on Demand. The PS4 escapes a little better, with an RRP of $549, I’ve also added 2 years of PS Plus for $140 but omitted the cost for the optional camera since it’s not required for play. That leaves me with $759 and $689 respectively. They also need to offer 1080P @ 60FPS at a decent visual level for at least 3 years. 

Yikes. Let’s do this.

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Tesoro Hardware

By on September 10, 2013 at 9:15 am

Tesoro have been making gaming peripherals for a while out of Taiwan, but they’re now, like so many others before them, making a concerted push into the Australian market. They reached out to us to see if we’d like to take a look at their range before it hits the shelves, and so we’ve been busy mashing our hamfists into the keys and smearing Dorito-grease all over the various connectors and dials. Take a look at our thoughts below.

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Logitech Keyboard and Mouse

By on August 30, 2013 at 11:20 am

I’m not going to beat around the bush with this review, because I’d rather focus on why I’m making this statement, as opposed to simply leading up to it. This is the best keyboard and mouse combination I have ever used. It’s a big call, I know, but it honestly seems like the culmination of everything Logitech has been working towards for the past few decades has culminated into these two products

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SteelSeries Apex

By on August 16, 2013 at 5:39 pm

Back in 2007, after I first began to experience horrific pains in my hands at the end of every work day, I moved to an ergonomic keyboard — this one, in fact. As you can imagine by the wacky shape of it, it took some getting used to, but once I had reconfigured my muscle memory I found that not only was I in much less pain, but my typing speed had vastly improved. Now, typing on anything else feels slow and wrong.

After spending a week with the Apex keyboard, I get the feeling it will offer the same payoff — if I can stick around to learn it.

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Crucial M500 480GB SSD

By on August 12, 2013 at 12:02 pm

The 480GB Crucial M500 is the largest SSD we’ve had the pleasure of reviewing here at, which of course raised some immediate concerns: would it be as fast as the smaller drives? While it’s great to have that extra room, it’s broadly accepted that around 256GB is the ‘sweet spot’ for solid state drives in terms of price and performance — but as every gamer knows, a 256GB rapidly fills up when it comes to having a selection of games on hand.

We cloned our existing SSD — an Intel 520 Series 240GB — over to the 480GB M500, and swapped it in for a week of testing.

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Graphixxx Cardz

By on August 8, 2013 at 6:13 pm

The last 10 years have done little to inspire a new generation of gamers to stuff bits into a custom case while bragging about their new tech, as the seductive branches of mobile devices simply offer a simpler solution for quick and easy gaming. Consoles, once lamented as “toys” by hardcore PC gamers have now become the dominant force in AAA titles, even though they feature obsolete technology before they are even released to market.

Sure, nVidia and AMD are usually the ones filling those stockings, but they are kidding themselves if they think they can continue to sit on their laurels and live off royalties from half-decade old hardware.

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Tt eSports Dracco Captain

By on June 27, 2013 at 4:20 pm

ThermalTake’s range of audio products spreads across quite a broad spectrum, and the Dracco Captain — or possibly Captain Dracco, it’s not really clear — comes in generally towards the mid-low range. The Dracco is a straight up stereo headset with no twists, turns or fancy features, and is reportedly designed in accordance with direction from Ukranian StarCraft pro Aleksey “White-Ra” Krupnyk. What this results in is a simple, portable headset with good, rich 50mm sound, that folds away and cleans up nicely for portable gaming.

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Thanks to BenQ, we’re giving away three — count ‘em, three — brand-new BenQ RL2450H RTS gaming monitors to our adorable gaming audience. These monitors were custom-made in accordance with the direction from some of South Korea’s top StarCraft II players, resulting in an experience powered by a dynamic contrast booster to adjust levels on the fly and keep you at maximum alertness.

Find out how inside….

BioShock Infinite Competition

By on May 7, 2013 at 2:07 pm

It’s time to finally unveil the winners of our massive BioShock Infinite PC Gaming Giveaway!

With 240 entries, we had to take our time going through them all — imagining them in action, doing Photoshop mockups, running around the room making “zap!” noises and generally thoroughly making sure that we made the right choices. But now, we’ve had to choose just two people to walk away with these most excellent prizes.

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AMD Radeon HD 7990

By on April 29, 2013 at 1:52 pm

The AMD Radeon HD 7990 is one of the strangest reviews I’ve had to write in quite some time. You see, the first dual-GPU Radeon HD 7990 was released “unofficially” by PowerColor way back in December of 2012. Then ASUS released the ARES II, another version of the 7990 living off a H2O diet thanks to its built-in water cooler. Yet it’s taken AMD several more months to get around to releasing the official version of the card — and now we’re ready to put it through its paces.

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