Pocket Gamer | www.pocketgamer.co.uk | Latest hardware reviews The latest stories from Pocket Gamer, updated every five minutes. FOR INFORMATION ONLY. NOT TO BE REPRODUCED WITHOUT WRITTEN PERMISSION. http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/ en-gb Thu, 19 Oct 2017 22:38:51 GMT Copyright (c) 2017 Pocket Gamer Review: Alienware 13 gaming laptop review - The ultimate portable VR device? <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-ooxd_alienware-13_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Alienware 13 gaming laptop review - The ultimate portable VR device?" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> When Dell sat down to create the latest Alienware, the goal was simple - make a device as capable at running VR as a beastly desktop PC.<br><br>So there's one thing you're getting for sure with the Alienware 13, and that's power. This is a hell of a machine that can run everything and run it well.<br><br><strong>Look<br><br></strong><br><br>The Alienware 13 is a good looking device that, unlike its competitors, is not interested at all in mimicking Apple. The housing is a mixture of brushed metal and plastic but it doesn't feel cheap. Instead, it balances getting the job done and looking stylish, while keeping the cost down. It's a solid job.<br><br>Flip open the lid and it gets way more impressive. The screen has a very welcome glossy glass finish that looks as premium as it feels. Elsewhere, the keys and touchpad have a neon-tinged glow that's sure to get heads turning. You can customise the colour and pattern of the light display as well. That's nifty. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Virtual+Reality/Alienware+13/hardware_review.asp?c=75415'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Virtual+Reality/Alienware+13/hardware_review.asp?c=75415 Wed, 27 Sep 2017 16:50:28 GMT Review: SNES Mini review - Has lightning struck twice for Nintendo? <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-klwq/snes-mini.jpg" width="200" alt="SNES Mini review - Has lightning struck twice for Nintendo?" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> You've probably already made your mind up whether or not you're getting the SNES Mini. Not only is it a remake of one of the finest consoles to ever grace our homes, but Nintendo also has pedigree in this area thanks to last year's hot-selling NES Mini.<br><br>Nintendo doesn't really have to do much to make this an enticing prospect either. The enormous library of stellar classics speaks for itself, so all it really has to do is look and feel as good as the NES Mini. If it fixes any of its predecessor's issues, that's just a bonus.<br><br><strong><br><br>What games does it have?</strong><br><br>In total, there are 21 games housed in the SNES Mini and it's all killer and no filler. First party titles like <em>Super Mario World</em>, <em>Super Mario Kart</em>, and <em>The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past</em> sit comfortably alongside the likes of <em>Street Fighter II</em>, <em>Final Fantasy III</em>, and <em>Secret of Mana</em>. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/Nintendo+Classic+Mini%3A+SNES/hardware_review.asp?c=75412'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/Nintendo+Classic+Mini%3A+SNES/hardware_review.asp?c=75412 Wed, 27 Sep 2017 15:48:00 GMT Review: Anker PowerCore+ 26800 PD review - The ultimate Nintendo Switch portable battery? <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-jcal/31sqkxtkv9l.jpg" width="200" alt="Anker PowerCore+ 26800 PD review - The ultimate Nintendo Switch portable battery?" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> The Anker PowerCore+ 26800 PD makes a very bold claim: it can power the <a href="/r/Switch/Nintendo+Switch/hardware_review.asp?c=73163">Nintendo Switch</a> as fast as when docked, but when you're on the go.<br><br>If true, that's quite the prospect. It would solve the problem of the relatively poor battery length - one of the major concerns for Switch owners.<br><br>This isn't just a portable battery for Switch owners though. Given the USB-C charging port, and two USB ports, this is also perfect for those with a fancy new MacBook and iPhone.<br><br>It will also charge those at optimal speed as well. So what you're really getting for your money - potentially - is all of the benefits of charging at mains when you're on the go.<br><br><strong>Look<br><br></strong><br><br>You're not buying a portable battery for its appearance, but it is worth mentioning that the PowerCore+ is a sleek and very premium looking product. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Anker+PowerCore%2B+26800+PD/hardware_review.asp?c=75216'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Anker+PowerCore%2B+26800+PD/hardware_review.asp?c=75216 Thu, 7 Sep 2017 15:59:24 GMT Review: Sennheiser GSP 350 - More than just a gaming headset? <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-acpix/sennheiser-gsp-350.jpg" width="200" alt="Sennheiser GSP 350 - More than just a gaming headset?" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> If you're in the market for a decent set of headphones that don't cost you an arm and a leg, you can't really go wrong with Sennheiser.<br><br>Though prices do vary pretty drastically across their range of products, you can rest assured you'll not only find something to match your budget, but that it will be of solid quality.<br><br>It makes sense then, that the music-loving gamer might consider grabbing a Sennheiser headset to both chat with their friends and listen to music without compromise.<br><br>And Sennheiser claims to deliver just that with the GSP 350. Does the sound wizard succeed in its goal? Let's find out.<br><br><strong>Look<br><br></strong><br><br>The Sennheiser GSP 350 won't win awards for its design any time soon, but nor will you be embarrassed to whip it out and shove it on your head at a LAN party.<br><br> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Sennheiser+GSP+350/hardware_review.asp?c=75084'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Sennheiser+GSP+350/hardware_review.asp?c=75084 Wed, 23 Aug 2017 15:06:00 GMT Review: Razer Kraken Pro V2 review - A worthwhile gaming headset? <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-jciqi/razer-pro-kraken-v2-4.jpg" width="200" alt="Razer Kraken Pro V2 review - A worthwhile gaming headset?" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> The Kraken Pro V2 is designed to be the only gaming headset you'll need. The focus is on comfort, durability, and clarity of sound in an affordable package.<br><br>And I'd say Razer has done a pretty good job of achieving that - particularly as it works across all of the devices you own.<br><br>But it does fall slightly short of the mark. At £79.99, you'd want this headset to be sufficient for every single purpose, and it doesn't quite reach that.<br><br><strong>Look<br><br></strong><br><br>The Kraken Pro V2 comes in three distinct colours: black, white, and Razer's signature green. The design is very minimal and stylish, and as long as you choose the right colour you'll feel pretty happy wearing them.<br><br>It also looks distinctly premium, thanks to a liberal use of quality and durable materials. It's mostly metal, rather than plastic, which is always a pleasure. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Razer+Kraken+Pro+V2/hardware_review.asp?c=74507'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Razer+Kraken+Pro+V2/hardware_review.asp?c=74507 Thu, 29 Jun 2017 10:10:50 GMT Review: New Razer Blade review - A zero compromise portable gaming device? <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-qjgtmqia_razer-logo_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="New Razer Blade review - A zero compromise portable gaming device?" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> The new Razer Blade gaming laptop is one hell of a prospect. It claims to offer both the portability of a MacBook and the technical prowess of a beastly gaming desktop.<br><br>That's a bold claim, and an incredibly enticing prospect. After all, who wouldn't want a gaming device capable of playing anything that they can easily chuck in their bag?<br><br>But is it as good as the sales pitch suggests? Well, we can help answer that. For the purposes of this review, Razer kindly sent us a test unit.<br><br>We've since put it through the paces to determine once and for all if this is the ultimate gaming laptop. Let's find out.<br><br><strong>Look</strong><br><br>When designing the Blade, Razer clearly took a leaf out of Apple's book. It's sleek, metallic, and minimal. You certainly won't feel shame whipping it out in public like many Windows laptops. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Steam/Razer+Blade/hardware_review.asp?c=74480'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Steam/Razer+Blade/hardware_review.asp?c=74480 Tue, 27 Jun 2017 14:47:54 GMT Review: New Nintendo 2DS XL review - A worthy swansong for the 3DS? <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-omec_new-nintendo-2ds-xl_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="New Nintendo 2DS XL review - A worthy swansong for the 3DS?" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> When Nintendo announced the New Nintendo 2DS XL, I think it's fair to say that the entire world was taken aback. Not only had the <a href="/r/Switch/Nintendo+Switch/hardware_review.asp?c=73163">Nintendo Switch</a> just launched, but it was difficult to tell who it was aimed at.<br><br>Nintendo claims that the 2DS XL (which I'll refer to it as for the remainder of the review) is supposed to fit snugly between the premium 3DS XL and the original 2DS. What Nintendo seems to have forgotten though, is that we already had that with the regular 3DS.<br><br>So we aim to answer the question once and for all: who is the 2DS XL really aimed at? And is it the swansong that the excellent 3DS deserves?<br><br>Let's find out.<br><br><strong>Look <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/New+Nintendo+2DS+XL/hardware_review.asp?c=74413'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/New+Nintendo+2DS+XL/hardware_review.asp?c=74413 Wed, 21 Jun 2017 16:08:01 GMT Review: New Gamevice for iPhone review - How do the improvements hold up? <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-pcbfig/gamevice-new-iphone.jpg" width="200" alt="New Gamevice for iPhone review - How do the improvements hold up?" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Way back in June last year, we reviewed Gamevice's MFi controller, and found it to be a pretty decent controller. It was comfortable, well designed, and ideal for playing retro-style games on the go.<br><br>It wasn't perfect though. We leveraged complaints at the general flimsiness of the design and, most importantly, that the analogue sticks were poor. They felt very cheap.<br><br>Gamevice has listened to us though - and the thoughts of other reviewers - and released a brand new version of the iPhone model that's still not quite perfect, but comfortably beats its predecessor.<br><br><strong>So what's changed?<br><br></strong><br><br>Three things have changed - and they're all a pretty big deal. First off, the vice design has been altered so that it provides a firmer grip to your phone. That's thanks to the addition of two simple rubber grips that hold your phone way steadier than before. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Gamevice/hardware_review.asp?c=73643'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Gamevice/hardware_review.asp?c=73643 Wed, 12 Apr 2017 17:20:00 GMT Review: SEGA Mega Drive Ultimate Portable Game Player (Sonic 25th Anniversary Edition) review - The best way to play Mega Drive games now? <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-pmxp_sega-mega-drive-ultimate-portable_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="SEGA Mega Drive Ultimate Portable Game Player (Sonic 25th Anniversary Edition) review - The best way to play Mega Drive games now?" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> The SEGA Mega Drive Portable does what it says on the tin, offering you a way to easily play a bunch of Mega Drive games on the go.<br><br>You can also hook it up to your TV to play the old fashioned way, if you happen to have an AV cable lying around.<br><br>At £49.99, it offers a pretty compelling package for retro gaming fans. But is it any good? Let's find out.<br><br><strong>Look</strong><br><br>You can't really fault the design of the Mega Drive Portable. It's roughly the same size lengthwise as an iPhone 6s Plus, but about widthwise it's a quarter of the phone.<br><br>It's over twice as chunky, but will fit in any jean pocket no problem. We had no issues carrying it around with us everywhere.<br><br>There's a nice white matte plastic finish on the enclosure, with a grey top and bottom that matches the colour of the buttons. It doesn't look as premium as your phone, 3DS, or Vita, but you won't be ashamed to whip it out in public either. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Other/Sega+Mega+Drive+Arcade+Ultimate+Portable/hardware_review.asp?c=73449'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Other/Sega+Mega+Drive+Arcade+Ultimate+Portable/hardware_review.asp?c=73449 Tue, 28 Mar 2017 12:23:00 GMT Review: Nintendo Switch Pro Controller review - How does it hold up against the Joy-cons or DualShock 4? <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-yqbpe/pro-controller.jpg" width="200" alt="Nintendo Switch Pro Controller review - How does it hold up against the Joy-cons or DualShock 4?" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Just like the Wii U, Nintendo has opted to release a Pro Controller for the Switch. This is likely to satisfy the core gamers amongst you, who just want a traditional experience when sat in front of the TV.<br><br>But at £59.99 / $59.99, it's far from a no-brainer purchase. The Switch already comes with the Joy-con grip which turns the two controllers into an almost-traditional controller, and you can get a DualShock 4 or Xbox One controller for around half of that.<br><br>The real question though, is: is it any good? Let's dig into it to help you make that difficult purchasing decision.<br><br><strong>Design</strong><br><br>The Switch Pro Controller, like the Wii U's before it, mimics the Xbox variety of controllers quite closely. The two joysticks are placed diagonally, with the arrow keys and face buttons placed to the lower, and upper right of them respectively. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Nintendo+Switch/hardware_review.asp?c=73181'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Nintendo+Switch/hardware_review.asp?c=73181 Thu, 2 Mar 2017 17:14:11 GMT Review: Nintendo Switch review - A return to glory? <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-znewp/bundle1.jpg" width="200" alt="Nintendo Switch review - A return to glory?" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> When developing the Switch, Nintendo had quite the job on its hands. The console's predecessor, the Wii U, failed to maintain the enormous success that the Wii enjoyed, and it flopped. Hard.<br><br>Why this happened is anyone's guess - though you could point to a lacklustre launch and third party line-up, a primary innovation that even Nintendo couldn't even figure out what to do with, and marketing that ultimately failed to explain what the Wii U was, or why we should care.<br><br>Meanwhile, Nintendo's space was invaded by the rapid growth of mobile gaming, a revitalised PC market, and Sony's dominance in the console space. With only the quietly successful 3DS pulling its weight, Nintendo had to act.<br><br>The response was to put the Wii U out of its misery and step back to the drawing board. The mission statement to provide an innovative, must-buy product that would once again capture the minds of the masses, while simultaneously clawing back the core gamers lost along the way. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Nintendo+Switch/hardware_review.asp?c=73163'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Nintendo+Switch/hardware_review.asp?c=73163 Wed, 1 Mar 2017 16:56:00 GMT Review: GPD Win review - A PC in your pocket <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-ehst/gpdwin01.jpg" width="200" alt="GPD Win review - A PC in your pocket" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> GPD is a company you may already be familiar with if you've followed the fascinating world of Android-based games consoles.<br><br>The firm released the excellent GPD XD a while back, a clamshell device which looked like a Nintendo 3DS on the outside but offered incredible emulation power on the inside.<br><br>Now GPD is back with a conceptually similar handheld called the GPD Win, and as the name suggests this new device runs Microsoft's Windows 10 OS rather than Android.<br><br>It's powered by Intel's Atom X7 Z8700 processor, has 4GB of RAM and boasts a full QWERTY keyboard – in short, it's a PC you can fit in your pocket.<br><br>But it also has a strong entertainment focus thanks to its full suite of physical gaming controls. Does it deliver on the incredible potential of this idea? Let's find out. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Other/GPD+Win/hardware_review.asp?c=73044'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Other/GPD+Win/hardware_review.asp?c=73044 Mon, 20 Feb 2017 11:55:10 GMT Review: Gamevice for iPad Pro 12.9-inch <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-efgec/gamevice-ipadpro-starwars-cropped.jpg" width="200" alt="Gamevice for iPad Pro 12.9-inch" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Let's get the obvious out of the way: an iPad Pro with a Gamevice stuck to it looks slightly ridiculous.<br><br>t's 44cm wide and looks like someone steamrolled a Game Gear. You wouldn't want to play this outside of the house and you might shut the curtains before you play it inside the house, too.<br><br>It's not unbearably uncomfortable. You'll likely rest the iPad on your lap while you play to offset some of the weight. I found my hands started to hurt from the unnatural angle but I'm broken and old so your mileage may vary.<br><br>The Gamevice consists of two chunky black controllers, strapped together with a rubber brace, that snaps around your iPad like, well, a vice.<br><br>One side plugs into the Lightning connector which means you don't need to faff around with batteries or flaky Bluetooth nonsense. Just plug and play, as they say. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPad/Gamevice/hardware_review.asp?c=72501'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPad/Gamevice/hardware_review.asp?c=72501 Wed, 28 Dec 2016 14:00:00 GMT Review: NES Mini review - the best way to play Super Mario Bros for the 127th time? <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-lnexgpqw/nesmini-930x542.jpg" width="200" alt="NES Mini review - the best way to play Super Mario Bros for the 127th time?" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> The NES Mini is adorable. It looks exactly like Nintendo's retro console - only, if you accidentally dropped it in a hot washing machine.<br><br>But it's not just a toy to shove on your shelf: it's a fully fledged console that hooks up to your TV and lets you pick from 30 classic games<br><br>The selection is pretty fantastic. It's not just Nintendo franchises like <em>Mario</em>, <em>Zelda</em>, <em>Kirby</em>, and <em>Kid Icarus</em>, but there are games from all the major publishers. Capcom brings <em>Mega Man</em>, Konami has <em>Castlevania</em>, Square Enix offers up <em>Final Fantasy</em>, Namco's got a <em>Pac Man</em> port, and Tecmo brings <em>Ninja Gaiden</em>.<br><br>It's a near-complete list of the most iconic and important NES games - and without the usual filler seen on these compilations, like the dull <em>Urban Champion</em>. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Other/NES+Mini/hardware_review.asp?c=71998'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Other/NES+Mini/hardware_review.asp?c=71998 Mon, 7 Nov 2016 12:02:11 GMT Review: Gamevice for iPhone 6 - Perfect for retro enthusiasts on the go <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-pbhcy/gamevicephone.jpg" width="200" alt="Gamevice for iPhone 6 - Perfect for retro enthusiasts on the go" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> The Gamevice for iPhone 6 just feels so right, and I think that's down to a combination of two things. One, unlike the enormous <a href="/r/iPad/Gamevice/hardware_review.asp?c=70558">iPad Air</a> or <a href="/r/iPad/Gamevice/hardware_review.asp?c=67516">Mini</a> models, it feels about the size of a normal controller. And two, the relatively tiny size emulates the feeling of playing a handheld console.<br><br>That results in a version of the Gamevice that's absolutely perfect for playing retro platformers, bullet hells, or isometric RPGs. Or maybe that's just me.<br><br>The design is very similar to its larger siblings. You click your iPhone into the lightning cable port on one side of the device, then stretch the other over your iPhone until it clamps like a vice. You can then secure it with a slide-y button on the back, and release it with another on the right hand side. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Gamevice/hardware_review.asp?c=70570'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Gamevice/hardware_review.asp?c=70570 Wed, 29 Jun 2016 12:01:05 GMT