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2015: The Year We Take Ultra-Portable Gaming Notebooks Seriously

The desktop graphics space hasn’t been that exciting in recent years, but all the improvements in power optimisation, fabrication processes and performance have not gone to waste. Now more than ever, lightweight, yet powerful gaming notebooks are becoming commonplace (and affordable) and while there’s still a way to go, getting grunt without sacrificing on portability is very realistic.


Dell At CES 2015: World's Thinnest Tablet, New XPS And Alienware Laptops

CES 2015 may not have any huge wow moments — at least so far — but it’s proving to be a good place to see the world’s biggest tech brands giving their product ranges a solid refresh and reboot. Along with new Alienware gaming machines and Dell will have the world’s thinnest tablet on sale in Australia by the end of the month, with a beautiful screen to boot.


Gigabyte's AORUS X5 Is A Skinny 15-Inch Laptop With Dual Graphics

Continually improving thermal performance from laptops’ CPU and GPU chips means that they can get thinner, and you can do more interesting things with less internal space. AORUS has applied its unique, space-age design language to a 15-inch chassis, and has shoe-horned not one but two mid-range Nvidia graphics chips into the new X5.


This Wookiee Diary Actually Roars Like Chewbacca When Opened

Need some place to keep track of all the cargo you’re smuggling? This Chewbacca-themed 160-page notebook is not only covered in a luxurious coat of fur, it also makes actual Wookiee sounds whenever you open the cover. It doesn’t have a lock, but it doesn’t need one because everybody knows not to mess with a Wookiee, right?


Aorus X7 Pro: Australian Review

Time and time again, I see a big delineation in the gaming laptop market. You can get small and portable and relatively lightweight gaming machines, or you can get big desktop bruisers that are portable only if you really need them to be. As the new GTX 900M series of Nvidia’s laptop graphics chips start to appear in new laptops, though, we’re seeing relatively thin devices that can still handle a fair bit of 3D graphics performance.

One of those new laptops is the Aorus X7 Pro, which boasts a gutsy Core i7 CPU and two GTX 970M graphics cards in SLI. The X7 Pro takes all the smarts of the lesser X3 Plus, settles them in a slightly larger and more desktop-esque chassis, and ups the power by a pretty massive margin.


Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro: Australian Review

Laptops just made a quantum leap. Intel’s new Broadwell chips make it possible for notebook makers to create incredibly thin devices with fanless designs, and these notebooks are finally starting to hit the market. Lenovo’s new Yoga 3 Pro runs brand new top of the line hardware, and has an amazing hinge that lets it flip from laptop into tablet mode, or anything in between, at a moment’s notice.


Dell Inspiron 13 7000 2-In-1: Australian Review

We’re seeing more and more laptops that want to run dual duty as note-taking tablets or as entertainment machines. They’re rarely as good as the current standout Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro, but occasionally there’s a special standout that gets the job done admirably without trying to reinvent the wheel. Dell’s Inspiron 13 7000 Series 2-in-1, as the name might clue you in to, can transform from a general-purpose laptop to a tablet at the flick of a hinge.


Late 2014 Tablet Buying Guide: Screen Size, Hardware And Specs Explained

Laptops are so passe. These days, you want something that you can use standing up on the train into work, or on a long-haul international flight — and that means you need the versatility of a tablet.

How do you pick the right tablet, though, whether it’s for work or play or a mix of both? It’s a little bit of a guessing game until you actually have one in your hands to try it out, but there are a few guiding rules you can follow to help pick out a few front-runners from the crowd.


Metabox Alpha WA50SJ Laptop: Australian Review

Gaming laptops are great, but they’re generally pretty expensive and you’re usually restricted to the components chosen for you. You don’t have to buy a laptop from a big brand-name manufacturer, though — there are companies out there that specialise in building you a notebook from scratch, using a prebuilt chassis, adding the components that you select and customising both the hardware and that laptop’s design to suit you. Metabox is one of those companies, and the Alpha WA50SJ is one of its entry-level notebooks.


Asus' Transformer Book Flip Is Out Now In Australia

The Asus Transformer Book Flip, one of the more-interesting-but-still-conventionally-attractive laptops announced at Computex in Taiwan this year, is finally out in Australia. Thankfully, Asus has expanded the lineup from the original two 15.6-inch variants it confirmed for local stores, with a variety of 13- and 15-inch laptops at different specs and price points already on sale.


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