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DELL ALIENWARE 15
Dell’s latest gaming machine is positively huge at 3.49kg and 2.5cm thick. It features an Intel Core i7 chip, 16GB RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive for booting and an extra one terabyte drive for storage.
$2799 / dell.com/au ACER SPIN 7
At just under 11m thick, there is a lot to like about the solid design with a hinge that lets you fold the bright 14-inch screen over in tablet mode. The USB-C ports mean having to deal with dongles, but at just 1.2kg this is convenient to carry everywhere.
$1999 / acerstore.com.au ASUS ZENBOOK 3 UX305
This has well thought out design details, including a fingerprint scanner on the touchpad, but you might want the optional dock given it has just one USB-C port. It also lacks a touchscreen and all-day battery life.
$2699 / asus.com/au TOSHIBA PORTEGE X20
Powered by an Intel Core i5 or i7, the tablet-laptop hybrid has USB-C and Thunderbolt ports, Harman/Kardon speakers and a stylus. The 12.5-inch Corning Gorilla Glass screen is tough but just HD resolution.
from $2145 / mytoshiba.com.au RAZER BLADE STEALTH
It’s cheaper and more powerful than its Apple rival, and a step up from the last skinny Razer notebook. The 12.5-inch laptop features a stunning 4K touchscreen, adds a battery that is 15 per cent larger than before, and uses the latest Intel Core i7 chip. It can also be boosted with up to 16GB RAM and a terabyte of solidstate storage, features a chroma keyboard that can light up in fun patterns, and weighs just 1.29kg.
$1500-$3000 / razerzone.com