COMEX 2015

Computers

1: Acer Aspire Z3-710
1: Acer Aspire Z3-710PHOTOS: ACER, AFTERSHOCK, ASUS, DELL, LENOVO
2: Acer V Nitro
2: Acer V NitroPHOTOS: ACER, AFTERSHOCK, ASUS, DELL, LENOVO
3: Aftershock S-15
3: Aftershock S-15PHOTOS: ACER, AFTERSHOCK, ASUS, DELL, LENOVO
4: Asus ROG G20
4: Asus ROG G20PHOTOS: ACER, AFTERSHOCK, ASUS, DELL, LENOVO
5: Asus VivoMini UN62
5: Asus VivoMini UN62PHOTOS: ACER, AFTERSHOCK, ASUS, DELL, LENOVO
6: Asus ZenBook UX305
6: Asus ZenBook UX305PHOTOS: ACER, AFTERSHOCK, ASUS, DELL, LENOVO
7: Dell Inspiron 11 3000
7: Dell Inspiron 11 3000PHOTOS: ACER, AFTERSHOCK, ASUS, DELL, LENOVO
8: Dell Inspiron 15 5000
8: Dell Inspiron 15 5000PHOTOS: ACER, AFTERSHOCK, ASUS, DELL, LENOVO
9: Lenovo Yoga 500
9: Lenovo Yoga 500PHOTOS: ACER, AFTERSHOCK, ASUS, DELL, LENOVO

1 Acer Aspire Z3-710

From $1,199 to $1,699

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Acer's all-in-one desktop is a sleek creature that will take up barely any space on your table.

The 2015 refresh of the Z3-710 features a slim 36mm chassis, which houses up to 1TB of hard drive storage, a fourth-generation Intel Core i5 processor, up to 8GB of DDR3L RAM, and an optional mid-range Nvidia GeForce 840M graphics card.

There is also the option to upgrade the 23.8-inch full high-definition in-plane switching (IPS) display to a 10-point multi-touch capacitive screen, for users to pinch, slide and swipe Web pages and applications to their hearts' content.

2 Acer V Nitro

From $1,598

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If you are looking for a smooth multimedia experience and reliable all-round performance, the Acer V Nitro notebook is a solid choice.

The 15.6-inch or 17.3-inch screen size will turn any tabletop into a mini cinema, and the option of having an Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M under the hood means it can run demanding video games without a hitch.

It comes with an Intel Core i7-4720HQ processor and a 1TB hard drive, as well as either a 60GB or 128GB solid state drive.

3 Aftershock S-15

$2,178

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The Aftershock S-15 laptop is a gamer's dream. It comes with either an Nvidia GeForce GTX 970M or 980M graphics card. Both are top cards in the market right now.

The ferocious graphics power is backed by a sixth-generation Skylake Intel Core i7-6700HQ processor and 8GB of GDDR4 RAM.

This is all housed in a 15.6-inch, 2.5kg chassis, which boasts tri-cooling fans to keep the powerhouse system running coolly.

4 Asus ROG G20

$3,098, freebies include backlit keyboard and mouse, and a copy of World of Warships game (worth $50) while stocks last

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The Asus Republic of Gamers series is synonymous with power and performance. The compact desktop ROG G20 certainly lives up to that promise.

Despite its space-saving 12.5-litre chassis, the desktop packs a punch with the latest Skylake Intel Core i7 processor and a top-of-the-line Nvidia GeForce GTX 980M graphics card.

The ROG 20 is not short on looks too. Its case is lined with lights which can be customised to glow in one of eight million colours.

5 Asus VivoMini UN62

$825

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This mini-PC fills out a scant 0.6L in volume, and has an exterior that measures just 131 x 131 x 42mm.

But inside lurks a full-fledged PC powered by an Intel fourth-generation i5 processor, and has 4K and ultra high-definition output support.

It is also one of the quietest PCs on the market, with an operating noise level of 26.3dB at full load, making it barely audible in a quiet office environment.

6 Asus ZenBook UX305

$1,398 (i5 processor) and $1,698 (i7 processor), available for pre-order at Comex

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For users who want both power and portability, the Asus ZenBook UX305 could be the machine to put in their shortlist.

At 14.9mm thick and weighing 1.3kg, this 13.3-inch ultrabook is light enough to be carried everywhere.

It is powered by fifth-generation Intel Core i5 and i7 processors, and has an IPS display with an impressive resolution of 3200 by 1800 pixels.

7 Dell Inspiron 11 3000

$699

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The Dell Inspiron 11 3000 is a two-in-one laptop and tablet device.

Its 11.6-inch, 1366 x 768-pixel LED screen can be swivelled almost 360 degrees, flipping back on itself to transform it from a laptop to a tablet.

Tablet mode will also be useful for navigating the touch-friendly Windows 8.1, the operating system that the Inspiron 11 3000 ships with.

It weighs a shoulder-friendly 1.41kg, and is powered by the power-efficient Intel Pentium N3540 processor.

8 Dell Inspiron 15 5000

$1,099

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If your goal is to purchase a reasonably priced laptop to cover all of your day-to-day needs, look no further.

The promotional price for the Dell Inspiron 15 5000 is $200 off the regular $1,299 price tag, and it comes pre-loaded with Office 365 Personal, which is worth a further $86. The inclusion of a 1TB hard drive is also impressive for its price. The Nvidia GeForce GT 920 graphics card and 8GB of RAM should power the laptop though day-to-day usage such as watching videos, and firing up Web pages, games and applications quickly. Available in glossy black or blue finish.

9 Lenovo Yoga 500

From $1,099

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This convertible laptop and tablet can be used in four ways. Besides the conventional laptop and flat tablet configurations, the 360 swivelling Yoga 500 can also be propped open in stand mode, with the keyboard facing downwards, or in the A-shaped tent mode, for better viewing angles.

Sound is optimised for each mode, via different sound profiles and through two 1.5W Dolby speakers.

The top possible specs of the Yoga 500 are a fifth-generation Intel Core i7 processor and an Nvidia GeForce GT 940 card.

The flexible machine is available in storage capacities of up to 1TB. It is available in 14-inch and 15.6-inch models.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 03, 2015, with the headline 'Computers'. Print Edition | Subscribe