COM­PUT­ING

From gam­ing par­adise to mo­bile work­horses to tablets with lap­top power, these com­puter and ac­ces­sory picks will in­crease your pro­duc­tiv­ity

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ULTRAPORTABLE LAP­TOP

HP SPEC­TRE 13

An in­cred­i­bly thin, light and beau­ti­ful lap­top, with a dense, high-end HD panel. De­spite be­ing 1cm thick, it doesn’t skimp on the power ei­ther, thanks to an In­tel Core i7 pro­ces­sor.

From $2,999, hp.com/au

GAM­ING LAP­TOP

ASUS ROG ZEPHYRUS GX501

This is an amaz­ing piece of en­gi­neer­ing. De­spite be­ing in­cred­i­bly thin and light (2.2kg), it packs in­sanely pow­er­ful Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 graph­ics, a quad-core pro­ces­sor, and a 120Hz 1080p dis­play.. $4,999, asus.com

ALL-IN-ONE

AP­PLE iMAC WITH

5K RETINA DIS­PLAY

There’s never been a screen like this. Big enough for ev­ery task, de­tailed, bright, colour­ful, and it hap­pens to have a Mac stuffed in the back of it as well.

From $2,699, ap­ple.com/au

GAM­ING HEAD­SET

STEELSERIES ARCTIS 7 Su­per-com­fort­able thanks to SteelSeries’ ski-gog­gle-in­spired head­band, with great full-range drivers and a stu­dio-qual­ity mic, all in a wire­less pack­age which fea­tures DTS Head­phone:X 7.1 sur­round sound. $279, steelseries.dk

GAM­ING MOUSE

RAZER DEATHADDER ELITE

Razer’s Chroma-lit mouse is ul­tra­er­gonomic for even the most awk­ward hands, and its Om­ron switches (good for 50 mil­lion clicks, ap­par­ently) are only bested by the 16,000 CPI op­ti­cal sen­sor. $119.95, raz­er­zone.com

MID-RANGE TABLET

AP­PLE iPAD 9.7

Ap­ple’s cheaper iPad has a su­per-fast A10 pro­ces­sor, a vi­brant 9.7-inch 2048x1536 dis­play, and a wealth of tablet-spe­cific apps and games that run great. It also sup­ports the ex­cel­lent Ap­ple Pen­cil sty­lus. From $469, ap­ple.com/au

PRO LAP­TOP

MI­CROSOFT SUR­FACE BOOK 2 15

This su­per-fl ex­i­ble lap­top brings huge In­tel quad-core power and Nvidia GTX 1060 graph­ics to a thin frame, but also the abil­ity to de­tach the screen and use it as a gen­er­ously sized 15-inch tablet.

From $3,649, mi­crosoft.com

GAM­ING PC

ALIENWARE AURORA R6

Com­pact, cool and nowhere near as os­ten­ta­tious as many larger gam­ing PCs tend to be, the Aurora R6 (par­tic­u­larly in its water-cooled con­fig­u­ra­tion) is a great way to get VR-gam­ing ready.

From $3,499, dell.com/au

4K MON­I­TOR

SAM­SUNG U28E590D

Every­one’s get­ting in on the 4K game, but Sam­sung’s 28-inch panel is yet to be bested. A 1ms re­sponse time means it’s per­fect for even twitchy games, and 60Hz 4K ac­tion is just a Dis­playPort away. $598, sam­sung.com/au

ME­CHAN­I­CAL KEY­BOARD

COUGAR 700K

Made for se­ri­ous gam­ing with ev­ery pos­si­ble mod con – from the FPS wrist rest to re­peat rates ad­justable on the fly – with your choice of Cherry MX switches to get the ex­act ex­pe­ri­ence you’re af­ter. $155, cougargam­ing.com

PRE­MIUM TABLET

AP­PLE iPAD PRO

The iPad Pro is more than a tablet. It’s a cre­ative tool­kit, a pro­cess­ing pow­er­house, and an es­sen­tial ad­di­tion to any mo­bile work­flow, whether you opt for the 10.5-inch or 12.9-inch model.

From $979, ap­ple.com/au

VALUE TABLET

SAM­SUNG GAL­AXY TAB A 8.0

While it’s a bud­get de­vice, don’t ex­pect bud­get per­for­mance. The Gal­axy Tab A 8.0 of­fers up ev­ery­thing you need for a smooth ex­pe­ri­ence, and enough mus­cle to deal with any­thing you can throw at it. From $299, sam­sung.com/au

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