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01 SONY PLAYSTA­TION 4

$549, AU.PLAYSTA­TION.COM, TESTED DE­CEM­BER 2013

LOVE In­cred­i­bly pow­er­ful spec. Great new con­troller. The most stylishly de­signed next-gen con­sole

HATE Not back­wards com­pat­i­ble. Light on me­dia com­pat­i­bil­ity T3 SAYS Stun­ningly pow­er­ful and stylishly built. The po­ten­tial’s there, but cur­rently the games aren’t SPEC­I­FI­CA­TIONS

STOR­AGE 500GB BLU-RAY/DVD Yes/Yes CON­NEC­TIV­ITY 2x USB 3.0, N Wi-Fi, Blue­tooth 2.1, HDMI, op­ti­cal audio, eth­er­net

02 MI­CROSOFT XB OX O NE

$499, XBOX.COM.AU, TESTED DE­CEM­BER 2013

LOVE Mas­sively pow­er­ful spec. Vastly im­proved func­tion­al­ity and in­ter­face. Now avail­able with­out Kinect HATE Brutish de­sign. Lack of launch ti­tles. Eye-wa­ter­ing price tag T3 SAYS This com­pletely out­guns the Xbox 360 in terms of spec, but isn’t quite as user friendly as the PS4 SPEC­I­FI­CA­TIONS STOR­AGE 500GB BLU-RAY/DVD Yes/Yes CON­NEC­TIV­ITY 3x USB 3.0, N Wi-Fi, Blue­tooth 2.1, HDMI, eth­er­net, op­ti­cal audio

03 MI­CROSOFT XB OX 3 60 2 50GB

$299, XBOX.COM.AU, TESTED NOVEM­BER 2011

LOVE Still a pow­er­ful gaming ma­chine. There are still enough big cur­rent-gen games to keep you amused HATE No Blu-ray. About 97 in gad­get years T3 SAYS A slick and pow­er­ful games and me­dia ma­chine. Out­gunned but hang­ing on with a qual­ity back cat­a­logue SPEC­I­FI­CA­TIONS STOR­AGE 4GB BLU-RAY/DVD No/Yes CON­NEC­TIV­ITY HDMI, 5x USB, eth­er­net, N Wi-Fi, AV out

04 SONY P S3 N EW L OOK

$369, AU.PLAYSTA­TION.COM, TESTED JAN­UARY 2013

LOVE A Blu-ray player, me­dia server that’s 3D-ready and sup­ports the rather nifty Move con­troller. Oh, and you can play games on it, too, with some very good exclusives

HATE Hor­rid pla­s­ticky qual­ity to lat­est model T3 SAYS Great film/gaming op­tion if you can bear the build SPEC­I­FI­CA­TIONS STOR­AGE 500GB BLU-RAY/DVD Yes/Yes

CON­NEC­TIV­ITY HDMI, 2x USB, eth­er­net, G Wi-Fi, AV out

05 NIN­TENDO WII U PRE­MIUM

$428, NIN­TENDO.COM.AU, TESTED CHRIST­MAS 2012

LOVE Gen­uinely in­no­va­tive plat­form. Tac­tile, use­ful GamePad. Full-HD graph­ics at last for Mario and co HATE Pricey, needs games (ide­ally ex­clu­sive ones) T3 SAYS Nin­tendo’s again rein­vented the way we play. Yet while this has po­ten­tial, it needs killer games badly SPEC­I­FI­CA­TIONS STOR­AGE 32GB CON­NEC­TIV­ITY N Wi-Fi, 4x USB, HDMI, NFC GAMEPAD Touchcreen 6.2-inch, 854x480 BAT­TERY 3-5 hours

06 PLAYSTA­TION VITA

FROM $298, AU.PLAYSTA­TION.COM, TESTED MARCH 2012

LOVE Qual­ity five-inch OLED touch­screen and quad­core power. Dual ana­logue con­trols. Good games. PS4’s new best-pal?

HATE Pricey games and mem­ory cards. Bat­tery life only fair T3 SAYS The best, most pow­er­ful hand­held yet, though the high run­ning costs may put off less hard­core frag­gles SPEC­I­FI­CA­TIONS

SCREEN 5-inch, 960x544 OLED touch­screen CON­NEC­TIV­ITY N Wi-Fi, Blue­tooth 2.1, USB, SD, NFC BAT­TERY 5 hours

07 ALIEN­WARE 14

FROM $1,699, ALIEN­WARE.COM/AU, TESTED OC­TO­BER 2013

LOVE Fan­tas­tic per­for­mance for the money. 1080p screen is one of the best we’ve seen. Great build and con­nec­tiv­ity

HATE Hefty. Have to restart to change graph­ics modes T3 SAYS Pow­er­ful, well built, por­ta­ble-ish… A win­ner! SPEC­I­FI­CA­TIONS SCREEN 14-inch, 1920x1080 LCD PRO­CES­SOR Core i7

3.4GHz GRAPH­ICS Nvidia GeForce GTX 765M 2GB RAM/ STOR­AGE 8GB/750GB BAT­TERY LIFE (GAMING) 1 hour

08 NIN­TENDO 3 DS XL

$248, NIN­TENDO.COM.AU, TESTED OC­TO­BER 2012

LOVE Big­ger screens look great and the 3D sweet spot is much larger. Curved de­sign is very er­gonomic. Boosted bat­tery life

HATE Looks cheap. Heft makes it cum­ber­some. No AC adap­tor T3 SAYS Big screens and range of games im­presses, but for those with a 3DS there’s lit­tle in­cen­tive to up­grade SPEC­I­FI­CA­TIONS SCREEN 4.88-inch 800x240 3D/4.18-inch 320x240 touch

CON­NEC­TIV­ITY G Wi-Fi, 3.5mm audio BAT­TERY 4 hours

09 RAZER B LADE 14”

$2,500, RAZE­RONE.COM/AU, TESTED JULY 2013

LOVE In­cred­i­bly thin and por­ta­ble for a lap­top with this much gaming grunt. Long bat­tery life. Com­fort­able key­board

HATE Can get very hot. Lacks SD card. Very pricey

T3 SAYS A sexy, por­ta­ble but ex­pen­sive ma­chine SPEC­I­FI­CA­TIONS PRO­CES­SOR Core i7 2.2GHz GRAPH­ICS Nvidia GeForce

GTX 765M RAM/STOR­AGE 8GB/128GB CON­NEC­TIV­ITY 3x USB, HDMI

10 AP­PLE I POD T OUCH

FROM $329, AP­PLE.COM/AU, TESTED CHRIST­MAS 2012

LOVE Beau­ti­fully de­signed and newly colour­ful. Big­ger, bolder Retina Dis­play. A5 pro­ces­sor and now iOS 7 HATE Pricey, es­pe­cially for the 64GB model T3 SAYS A mod­ern gaming por­ta­ble that’s spawned a new gen­er­a­tion of games and gamers. Now with iOS 7 SPEC­I­FI­CA­TIONS SCREEN 4-inch, 1136x640 touch­screen CON­NEC­TIV­ITY N Wi-Fi, Blue­tooth 4.0 BAT­TERY 8hrs (video), 40 hrs (audio)

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