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For almost a full decade, Apple's MacBook and MacBook Air were the head of the pack. They certainly weren't the most cost-affordable, but with a killer touchpad, trackpad, plenty of battery life and a lightweight chassis that made it perfectly portable for university, conferences, and commutes, they were popular for a reason.

But the years passed by. Apple neglected a product that was beloved by many -- the official product page is still talking about CPUs that are three generations behind the competition. And with the new generation of thin and light laptops that just arrived in Australia, and the ones to come, it's an uphill battle for Apple.


You're never far away from a gaming laptop at Computex, and this year the gaming offering got pride of place as manufacturers refreshed their lines with newer processors and better panels. ASUS followed suit with their ROG line, unveiling the latest iterations of the 15.6" ROG Strix Scar and Hero models, both of which will now ship with 144Hz screens.

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People thinking about upgrading or building new gaming PCs have had a rough six months. First, there was the cryptocurrency boom, which caused graphics cards to sell for double or triple their MSRP. Then, just as soon as GPU prices began to fall, the price of RAM became an issue, with SSDs threatening to do the same over the next few months.


Computex is billed as the biggest tech show in Asia, and as far as tech shows go it's also one of the more interesting. So if you've never been before, come join us for a quick trip of the show floor. (One of them.)

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To kick off their keynote at Computex in Taiwan this year, Intel announced they were celebrating the 40th anniversary of the x86 processor with a bit of a bang: the Core i7-8086K, an anniversary CPU that runs at 4.0Ghz and can hit a turbo frequency of 5GHz out of the box.

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Here's Kotaku on a laptop screen. Except it's not your typical laptop screen: it's the touchpad, which ASUS has rigged up to work as a fully functioning, second monitor.

You can browse the web; you can watch Overwatch videos or Twitch streams on it. It's part of the latest Zenbook, which turns the touchpad into something a little more useful.


There's plenty of phones on the market, but not much in the way of specific gaming phones. Motorola has tried to target the gaming market with specific accessories, while Razer upped the ante with the release of the Razer Phone. Both of those now have a proper, beefier competitor: the ROG Phone, a phone so beefy that ASUS claims it's faster than a Samsung S9 or an iPhone X.