First Look laptop reviews, hands-on reviews and casual coverage of laptops and accessories that we’ve had limited exposure to. Basically, new stuff.

  • First Look: Venom Zero 14 Phantom

    First Look: Venom Zero 14 Phantom

    We recently unboxed the Venom Zero 14 Phantom and have since been testing it to bits. While we prepare the full review, we thought we’d start off with a First Look at this new ultraportable and see if we can garner why Venom is confident enough to sell it with a three-year warranty and an…


  • MSI Stealth 16 Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Hands-On Review

    MSI Stealth 16 Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Hands-On Review

    Computex doesn’t always throw up surprises, but MSI certainly bucked the trend on Day 1 of the Taiwanese trade show by launching the MSI Stealth 16 Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Limited Edition laptop. This was part of a partnership announcement with the eponymous, top-tier racing team – an entity which features the likes of Lewis Hamilton wearing…


  • Asus ROG Strix SCAR 18 : First look review

    Asus ROG Strix SCAR 18 : First look review

    Asus held a pop-up event in Sydney’s Pitt Street Mall where it showed off its latest and greatest gaming laptops. First up was the Asus ROG Strix SCAR 18 – the latest iteration of its flagship model. The 17-inch variant currently sits at Number 1 on our Best Laptop List and the predecessor of that…


  • MSI Stealth 15M B12UE 2022 (12th Gen) First Look

    MSI Stealth 15M B12UE 2022 (12th Gen) First Look

    Most people are fans of MSI’s GS Stealth series: it’s impressively thin, adorned in Ninja-black livery and is very powerful. However, the MSI Stealth 15M series – sometimes called the Baby Stealth – is a smaller, watered-down version that sacrifices performance and features for a slashed price tag. Both laptops have a history of thermal…


  • MSI Creator Z16 laptop 2021: First Look

    MSI Creator Z16 laptop 2021: First Look

    The MSI Creator Z16 is an understated, designer-oriented laptop that looks good, has top components and is built like a tank. The chassis is made out of MacBook-like, single-pieces of aluminium that have been CNC milled. It’s a Creator-designated laptop whose screen supports 100 per cent of the high-end, DCI-P3 colour space with a ΔE<2.…


  • MSI Pulse GL66: First Look

    MSI Pulse GL66: First Look

    We recently took a look at MSI’s Sword and Katana notebooks and struggled to tell them apart. Now here’s the MSI Pulse GL66 – how different is it? NEW: MSI Pulse 17 reviewRELATED: MSI Pulse GL76 review. The official blurb states… With new livery designed by Maarten Verhoeven – the 2018 ZBrush World Competition Champion…


  • MSI Katana (Sword) laptop: First Look

    MSI Katana (Sword) laptop: First Look

    UPDATE: We now have a full review of the MSI Sword laptop. Read below to understand how it differs to the MSI Katana. UPDATE 2: Check out our MSI Katana GF76 (12th Gen) review. UPDATE 3: Check out our 2023 MSI Katana 15 review MSI has once again released a slew of laptops. We got…