Acer Aspire R14
Acer Aspire R14PHOTO: ACER

1 Acer Aspire R14

$1,298 (usual price $1,498)

Booths 5J15, 6C01, 6C05, 6C09B, 6D05, 6E01, 6E15, 6F05, 6F41 & 6G23

The Aspire R14 transforms from laptop to tablet by rotating on its 360-degree hinge.

It can be used in four different ways, including Display and Tent modes which favour the use of Aspire's 14-inch touchscreen over the keyboard or touchpad.

Powering this hybrid PC is a new Intel Core i7 processor, along with 8GB of RAM and a 256GB solid-state drive. It is one of the few devices to support the MU-MIMO wireless technology, which, with a compatible router, will give improved wireless speeds.


2 Acer Predator 15


Booths 5J15, 6C01, 6C05, 6C09B, 6D05, 6E01, 6E15, 6F05, 6F41 & 6G23

Gamers are spoilt for choice when shopping for a gaming laptop. Acer's new Predator 15 joins an increasingly crowded field of gaming machines.

But this newcomer may have an edge over its rivals because of a special cooling fan module that can slot into the notebook's optical drive bay to cool the laptop during intense gaming sessions.

Like other gaming laptops, the 15-inch Predator has a backlit keyboard with adjustable lighting controls. Its hardware is impressive: a flagship Nvidia GeForce GTX 980M graphics chip, Intel Core i7 processor and 16GB of system memory.


3 Aftershock S-14


Booth 5J40

Making its debut at Sitex 2015 is Aftershock's latest S-14 gaming laptop. Unlike its larger 15- and 17-inch models, this slim aluminium model is designed for mobility.

Despite its lightweight (2kg) design, the S-14 is more than capable of running the latest games with an Intel Core i7 chip and GeForce GTX 970M graphics. Aftershock offers an option for an Intel Core i7-6820K chip that can run at a higher-than-usual clock speed.

Its 14-inch matt display boasts a wide colour gamut. Viewing angles are very good because it uses an in-plane switching display.


4 Asus ZenBook UX305


Booths 6G09, 6C01, 6E09, 6G23, 6F33, 6E01, 6D05, 6B09B, 6D09, 6F17 & 6F05

The latest version of this Asus ultrabook features a new, sixth-generation Intel Core M processor that does not require a cooling fan.

The rest of the hardware, including 8GB of RAM and a 256GB solid-state drive are as in the earlier version.

But the first thing you will probably notice is that it now comes in an attractive gold colour. At just 1.2kg, the UX305 is as light as the previous model while its aluminium body is a svelte 12.3mm. Its 13.3-inch matt display has a 1,920 x 1,080-pixel screen resolution. Asus claims that the battery will last up to 10 hours.


5 HP Envy 13

From $1,399

Booth 6B01

This HP ultrabook was launched recently to compete in the thin-and-light segment.

It does not have a touchscreen and does not transform into a tablet. But it is sleek and has a premium feel, thanks to its aluminium chassis.

Its 13-inch display has a very high 3,200 x 1,800-pixel screen resolution that produces crisp text and vibrant colours. An unusual feature: the HP Envy has a fingerprint reader. Its touchpad is also wider than usual and offers more room for multi-touch gestures.

The base $1,399 model comes with an Intel Core i5 chip and a 128GB solid-state drive. Moving up to the $1,699 version gets you an Intel Core i7 and 256GB storage.


6 HP Star Wars Special Edition Notebook


Booth 6B01

Star Wars fans can check out HP's booth at Sitex 2015 to catch the HP Star Wars Special Edition Notebook in action.

In terms of hardware, this HP laptop is fairly mundane. It has a standard Intel processor, 8GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive. Its Nvidia GeForce 940M is decent, but not fast enough to run the latest games smoothly. In other words, it performs like a typical 15-inch laptop for its price.

However, HP has given this laptop a worn, battle-hardened look as befits the Galactic Empire from the Star Wars movies. The laptop is also bundled with plenty of Star Wars content, from rare wallpapers to screen savers and storyboards.


7 Lenovo Yoga 900

From $1,999

Booths 6E01, 6F05, 6D05, 6F17, 5J15, 6C01, 6G15 & 6B09B

Lenovo says that the Yoga 900, at 14.9mm thick, is the world's thinnest convertible with an Intel Core I processor. It has a unique watchband hinge that rotates 360 degrees. This hinge looks premium and feels sturdy.

Adding to the high-end impression is the Yoga's smooth aluminium base and lid, which contrasts with the rubberised finish at the edges of the device. The inside of the device has a soft-touch finish that seems resistant to smudges.

The Yoga's 13-inch screen has excellent viewing angles because it uses the same in-plane switching technology as high-end mobile devices. Its 3,200 x 1,800-pixel screen resolution is also very high.


8 Microsoft Surface Pro 4

From $1,399

Booth: 6E05

For those who love to doodle or take notes with a pen, the Surface Pro 4 lets you do it on a digital canvas.

Debuting this month, the new version of Microsoft's productivity-oriented slate gets upgraded with a new processor, more memory and a larger storage option. The screen is now 12.3-inch, up from 12 inches.

The Surface Pen bundled with the tablet now attaches magnetically to its side. It has a convenient digital eraser for deletions. The new Type Cover keyboard ($199) has better spacing between keys than the previous one, but it still must be purchased separately.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 26, 2015, with the headline 'Laptops'. Subscribe