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HTC Vive Deluxe Audio Strap review

HTC asks owners of its Vive VR kit to put down another two hundred bucks for a Deluxe Audio Strap.

Whilst there’s no doubt in my mind that the HTC Vive offers the best VR experience available right now, it’s not the most comfortable device to strap to your noggin. Out of the three main VR devices, the HTC Vive’s standard elastic strap is by far the worst mounting method. Top marks for comfort go to the PlayStation VR then followed by the Oculus Rift. Continue reading HTC Vive Deluxe Audio Strap review

Small, but perfectly formed – Alienware 13 laptop review

Alienware’s latest incarnation of their 13-inch laptop packs a powerhouse of a PC within the tiny chassis.

There was a time when I’d have laughed at you for suggesting that I gaze at a computer monitor smaller than 21-inches. Times have changed, and whilst I’m happy with three 27-inch monitors for the desktop rig, when I’m on the move, I want compact. Continue reading Small, but perfectly formed – Alienware 13 laptop review

Alienware 15 allows virtual reality on the go

Dell’s gaming PC marque, Alienware have been producing gear for the more discerning gamer for years. Their desktops, whilst arguably overpriced, allow novice players the chance to easily purchase a gaming rig without having to know the inside of a PC case. Continue reading Alienware 15 allows virtual reality on the go

You’ve got the whole world in your hands: Google Earth VR review

“You’ll believe a man could fly” stated the cinema poster of 1978’s Superman: The Movie.

Well, if you are prepared to spend the best part of NZ$3500 on an HTC Vive and the required high-spec PC, now you can. All thanks to Google. Continue reading You’ve got the whole world in your hands: Google Earth VR review

Hands-on review: Dell Performance Headset – AE2

I don’t know about you, when I think of PC headsets, I don’t usually think of Dell. But, after a couple of weeks with Dell’s AE2 I can really say, you’d be wrong not to. Built around renowned Steelseries technology, the Dell Performance Headset – AE2 gives you premium performance at the bargain price of NZ$99. Continue reading Hands-on review: Dell Performance Headset – AE2

Asus Z170-AR motherboard review- Getting ready for VR

The Asus Z170-AR looks to provide gamers with an economical, feature-rich motherboard solution, perfect for overclocking and virtual reality. I take a look and put it through its paces.

Never one to miss an opportunity to pull a computer apart, my recent acquisition of an HTC Vive VR kit provided me with the perfect excuse to build a new gaming review rig. Designed with virtual reality in mind, this new beast of a PC utilises some of the best value for money components available without going crazy.

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Hands-on review: Crucial MX300 750GB Limited Edition SSD

Crucial’s new MX300 750GB solid state drive finally gives hardcore PC users the fast hard drive space they’ve been asking for.

A measly 120GB or even 250GB SSD is of little use for the PC power user. OK, so you can put the operating system on it, but it leaves precious little space for anything else. Your games and apps are going to have to reside elsewhere on your system, probably on a regular hard drive. Continue reading Hands-on review: Crucial MX300 750GB Limited Edition SSD

The VR Revolution Part Two: HTC Vive review

I’ve spent the last few weeks putting HTC’s Vive virtual reality kit through its paces. This premium VR system device is a collaboration between Taiwanese cell phone manufacturer HTC and the renowned PC games hub, Steam. Continue reading The VR Revolution Part Two: HTC Vive review