Computer: Corsair One Elite

Corsair One Elite

Small-form-factor gaming PCs have been on the cards for about as long as we can remember, but few manufacturers have been successful in transferring the desktop from the study into the living room. Heck, even Valve's ambitious Steam Machine fell flat, and it is no surprise that many gamers arrive at the same conclusion; may as well get an Xbox. But if you do insist on installing a gaming-grade PC alongside your big-screen TV, there is now a stellar offering in the form of the Corsair One. First introduced in 2017, One is the culmination of years of development following the ill-fated Bulldog, and manages to impress by aiming squarely for the enthusiast market, as opposed to attempting to compete with affordable games consoles.  "


Posted on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 12:43:07 UTC in Corsair by Wesslan

Computer: Dell G5 15

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Dell G5 15 (5587)

Dell has bolstered its range of gaming laptops with the introduction of a slew of models launched under the new G Series umbrella. Intended to replace the existing Inspiron Gaming line, G Series systems promise a "gaming-first package that won’t break the bank," and are designed to extend Dell's gaming appeal beyond premium Alienware machines and into the mainstream. The new line-up will initially be divided into three tiers - G3, G5 and G7 - with prices starting from around £750, and all launch models flaunt an 8th Gen Intel Core processor and dedicated Nvidia GeForce graphics. To see how the G Series stacks up, we have the mid-range G5 15 in for review today.  "


Posted on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 12:22:20 UTC in Dell by Wesslan

Asus ROG Strix GL702ZC

Having witnessed AMD shake up the desktop CPU landscape with the introduction of its Ryzen processor family, we've been itching to see how the company will fare in the laptop space with Ryzen Mobile. AMD hasn't held a meaningful slice of the mobile market for quite some time, and though the initial signs are positive, it remains to be seen whether or not Ryzen technology will be utilised in laptops that today's consumers actually want. Hoping to get a jump on the competition, Asus isn't even waiting for Ryzen Mobile, and is instead offering something different to the established Intel crop in the form of the ROG Strix GL702ZC. At first glance it looks a familiar machine - similar chassis have been employed by other models in the ROG Strix range - but the GL702ZC sets itself apart by being an all-AMD affair.  "


Posted on Friday, December 08, 2017 @ 17:49:41 UTC in ASUS by Wesslan

Razer Blade Stealth and Razer Core – Review

Razer’s Ultrabook certainly looks the part. It’s built from stunning, dark aluminium that tapers to a slim front edge, and the design is smart throughout: there’s a green Razer logo on the lid and a couple of discreet status lights, and that’s it. It looks like an Ultrabook, and it feels like one too. It’s sturdy and well-made, and its 1.28kg weight is tiny – less than half the weight of most gaming laptops. The Blade is only 18mm thick, so it’s easy to slip into the sveltest of bags. The stunning, light and sturdy Razer is bolstered by solid media credentials. The speakers sit on either side of the keyboard and they offer surprising volume and punch – the mid-range and high-end are crisp and there’s even a little bass despite the lack of subwoofer.  "


Posted on Sunday, November 19, 2017 @ 15:49:20 UTC in Razer by Wesslan

MSI GE73VR 7RF Raider – Review

This notebook has many of the visual cues that we’ve previously seen on machines like the GE72 7RE Apache Pro. The lid has red slashes, a shining MSI logo and the crimson Dragon Gaming shield, and the machine is built from glossy, black, brushed aluminium. The trackpad is ringed with red, the keyboard has RGB LEDs, and there’s a shining MSI logo on the inside. The black-and-red design isn’t just reminiscent of other MSI machines. It’s similar to the HP Omen 17, which mixed the two colours in a design that also featured carbon-fibre pattern. The two machines may look similar, but the MSI quickly impresses when compared to the HP. The MSI is 29mm thick and weighs 2.8kg, which makes it more svelte than the 34mm, 3.35kg Omen.  "


Posted on Sunday, November 19, 2017 @ 15:46:13 UTC in MSI by Wesslan

Computer: Gigabyte P56XT

Gigabyte P56XT

The P56XT is covered in matte black metal, and the lid is only decorated with a smart Gigabyte logo. The main unit has narrow lines of orange down each of its sides, and the same colour is used on the power button and the hinges – and that’s it. There aren’t any unnecessary RGB LEDs, or air vents that look like they’re borrowed from stealth bombers or alien spaceships. It’s a similar design decision that underpinned the Medion Erazer X7849, which costs £1,749 and offers similarly subtle aesthetics inside a 15.6in frame.  "


Posted on Sunday, November 19, 2017 @ 15:43:18 UTC in Gigabyte by Wesslan

Acer Predator Helios 300 – Review

Acer has done a great job with this machine’s aesthetic. It’s made from black metal, and the firm has used a smart matte finish and subtle brushed patterns on the lid – a better look than the glossier designs that seem to dominate the mid-range at the moment. The subtle matte metal is augmented with red slashes and a chrome-effect logo on the lid, and the’s more red around the air vents, keyboard and trackpad. The Acer toes a fine line between smart design and gaming excess, which means it looks fantastic – and it also means it squares up to the Asus ROG Strix GL702VM. That’s another 17.3in machine with a similar design, although that laptop now costs around £1,100, so about £200 less than the Acer. The Acer weighs just under 3kg and it’s 29mm thick, which is fine – but the Asus was a little lighter and thinner. That makes the Asus better for taking on the road, although we’d be careful with both machines: their screens and wrist-rests are too flexible, which is no surprise considering the middling budgets.  "


Posted on Sunday, November 19, 2017 @ 15:40:16 UTC in ACER by Wesslan

Alienware Aurora R6 – Review

The exterior is made from gunmetal aluminium, and the roof and front panel are covered with narrow, glossy slats – perfect for funnelling air towards two intake fans. The power button is a glowing Alienware logo, and both side panels have RGB LEDs that work with the AlienFX software and with games that have companion lighting. The top has four USB 3 ports and two audio jacks, and the rear serves up ten USB ports, a USB 3.1 type-C connector and six audio jacks. The typical Alienware design is paired with some solid innovations. For starters, this machine has full-size components, but it’s smaller than most rigs: just 212mm wide, 361mm from front-to-back and 473mm tall. Other machines with this kind of specification tend to be full-size towers.  "


Posted on Sunday, November 19, 2017 @ 15:37:16 UTC in Alienware by Wesslan

Computer: Gigabyte Aero 15X

Gigabyte Aero 15X – Review

Gigabyte’s latest laptop is made from dark, machined aluminium, with subtle logos and a strip of carbon-fibre detailing near the hinge. There are RGB LEDs in the keyboard, but that’s it – there’s no extra ornamentation. That’s in stark contrast to the Aero’s biggest rival – another machine from Gigabyte. The P56XT is a 15.6in laptop with the same core specification as this machine, and a lower price of £1,844. That machine has orange accents, chunkier air vents and a full 15.6in frame, so it’s more imposing. The Aero’s understated design shifts focus to the screen. Gigabyte has used a 15.6in panel in this machine, but the Aero’s exterior is built for 14in panels. That means the Gigabyte’s bezel is just 5mm thick – which means the top half of this machine really is almost all monitor.  "


Posted on Sunday, November 19, 2017 @ 15:30:07 UTC in Gigabyte by Wesslan

Asus Republic of Gamers G11CD – Review

The affordable Asus ROG G11CD is powered by the GeForce GTX 1050. It’s one of the lower-end parts from Nvidia’s latest range of chips. On the plus side, it has the Pascal architecture, which means massively improved performance and efficiency. This modest card still has a solid speed of 1,354MHz, and it packs in 640 stream processors. Negatively, though, this card only has 2GB of GDDR5 memory. That’s the bare minimum for gaming these days, and we always prefer at least 4GB – and even the GTX 1050 Ti, which only costs about £30 more, includes that much RAM. This affordable graphics card will balk at the toughest quality levels, but there’s not much it won’t play at the moment, even if you have to dial back the graphics settings. It’s also got ample power for popular esports games.  "


Posted on Sunday, November 19, 2017 @ 15:16:03 UTC in ASUS by Wesslan

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