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Anybody who was looking at the Asus Zenbook and thinking to themselves, "That's just too highly specced for my needs", has plenty of cause for celebration today, with Asus announcing it is adding an i3 model to the range.

Intel's new Sandy Bridge-E chip reigns supreme -- and we have the charts to prove it. True performance enthusiasts have had a very difficult choice this past year. Go for maximum core and thread count using an older core microarchitecture, or cheap out and get almost the same (or better) performance in most apps and games using the mainstream Sandy Bridge chip.

AMD's "Fusion Accelerated Processing Units" (APUs) combine the CPU and discrete Radeon graphics on the same die. There's three tiers: C-Series (netbooks/tablets), E-Series (12.1- to 14-inchers), and the A-Series for bigger laptops and PCs. We've already seen AMD's C-50 and E-350 chips, and here come the big guns. The dual-core A4 and quad-core A6/A8 APUs roughly target Core i3, i5 and i7 laptops, respectively -- so get ready for a Sandy Bridge stoush. In Australia: HP, Sony, Dell, Samsung, Acer, Toshiba and Asus have already signed on.

So much going on in the rumour mill: In the midst of plenty of talk about a Macbook Air refresh, retailers are reporting that their stocks of the entry-level Macbook is running low. Is a new model on the horizon?

The Acer TimelineX employs a no frills - but hardly utilitarian - design that's simple and clean. Combined with a Core i5 Sandy Bridge processor, 13.3-inch display, Nvidia GT 540M graphics and Dolby audio, it's a solid, inch-thick package that only lightens bank accounts by $US780.

Apple updates are often as predictable as the tides, which is why it's no surprise to hear that iMac supplies have started hitting some constraints. Apple usually refreshes its desktop line in the (northern) summer, and reports are gaining traction that new Sandy Bridge, Thunderbolt-toting iMacs are slated for the next few weeks.