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THE LAT­EST TECH­NOL­OGY YOU SHOULD OWN

Herald Sun - Switched On - - ON THE BOX - BY / JENNIFER DUD­LEY-NI­CHOL­SON & ROD CH­ESTER

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

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