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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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There's some pretty crazy high-end tech on the floor of Computex in Taipei this year. Chief amongst them are two new monitors that take the absolute best tech from high-end TVs and cram it into desktop-friendly sizes, although the price tags will probably put any other peripheral you could ever think of to shame. If you're cashed up and ready to frag, the Asus ROG Swift PG35VQ and the Acer Predator X35 are equally worthy of your attention.

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If you're the kind of gamer that has a habit of spilling food and drinks everywhere, then you'll also understand the misery of cleaning keyboards. Good news though: there's another option on the market for people like you, you slob.

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Dell has long had a stable of powerful mainstream laptops that could handle games, its Inspiron 15 gaming laptops and its Alienware enthusiast line-up, but in recent years it's been missing an appealing desktop machine that's affordable enough for casual buyers but powerful enough for today's demanding titles.

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When you think gaming and laptops, images of massive, dictionary-thick machines come to mind. Notebook computers purpose-built for PC gaming are only barely portable, but Nvidia wants to change that with a new approach to hardware and software design for laptops called Max-Q, which lets mobile gamers have their cake and easily carry it too.

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Buying a gaming monitor has always been a bit like Australian broadband. You could have really nice image quality, 4K and HDR support, a 120hz or 144hz refresh rate, plenty of real estate, but you couldn't have it all especially if you wanted it to be affordable. And even if you're prepared to spend a pretty penny, chances are you'll still have to compromise somewhere.

You couldn't have it all in a gaming monitor. Well, that used to be the case.

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We all want laptops that have enough grunt to run modern games, but that are also (relatively) easy to carry around. MSI reckons it's cracked that code with a refreshed suite of gaming laptops and some new models -- all of which it says will handle VR as well as the demands of 2017's AAA games.

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People have been waiting for AMD to announce what their future of graphics cards looks like. And while people were hoping for more detail about AMD's Vega line of GPUs to be unveiled at Computex, the manufacturer just announced that everyone will have to wait until the end of July instead.

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When AMD came out guns blazing with its multi-core, heavily multi-threaded Ryzen CPUs, we knew that Intel wouldn't take long to respond. And it has, with a new line-up of Core i5, i7 and a new i9 with as many as 18 cores and 36 hyperthreading threads. They'll be phenomenally fast, of course, but will have a price tag that puts any other PC component you could think of to shame.