Apple's new MacBook Pros are short on ports, but they've got everything else you'd want from a productivity laptop. Enough power for photo editing, a great keyboard and trackpad combo, a terrific Retina display and a often imitated design, it's hard to go wrong with a MacBook Pro -- unless you're a gamer.
The 13-inch MacBook Pro starts at AU$1,899, though the model with the new touch bar is AU$2,699. The 15-inch model comes with an AMD graphics card, and starts at AU$3,499.
The Razer Blade Stealth is the anti-MacBook Pro. That is to say, it's cut from the same cloth but... it's black, and runs Windows. Sloppy metaphors aside, Windows laptops don't get much slicker than the Blade Stealth.
It also gives you great value for money, as the AU$1,849 starter model comes with an i7 processor and 256GB of storage. (Most entry-level laptops come with an i5 and 128GB.)
You're gonna need a pretty big tax return to afford this 15.6-inch beast. But it is a beast.
It packs a six-core Intel i7 processor and a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 graphics card into a surprisingly small frame. Its official price is a pretty penny: AU$3,929. Sites like Kogan have sold it closer to the AU$3,399 mark, though.
Gaming doesn't always need to be expensive. Well, super expensive. Dell's Inspiron 15 7000. For AU$2,299, Dell's Inspiron 15 7000 gives you a great processor and an Nvidia GTX 1060 GPU that's powerful enough to play most current games.
Razer is still the king of the stylish gaming laptop, and its latest Blade is its most promising yet. It has an edge-to-edge 15.6-inch screen and a GTX 1060 GPU crammed into an impossible frame. Pricing for Australia isn't yet known, though it retails in the US for $1,899.