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Apple MacBook Pro with Touch Bar 13-inch

Apple's 13-inch MacBook Pro is going to be a go-to for many, especially university students. The range starts at AU$1,899, though you'll have to drop extra ducats to get the luxury of the Touch Bar (AU$2,699).

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Razer Blade

Razer's latest Blade laptop gives enough graphical power to play new games, but remains thin and light. Ideal for students who are gamers on the side. 

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Dell XPS 13

Dell's XPS is about as good as Windows laptops get. Plus, the 15-inch model comes with an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 graphics card, which will help with video editing, and will allow for light gaming. 

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Dell XPS 13 2-in-1

If you're specifically after a laptop that doubles as a tablet, the two-in-one version of the XPS 13 is one to look at. 

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Apple MacBook Air

Starting at AU$1,499, the MacBook Air, one of the most beloved laptops of all time, is still a reasonable option thanks to its portability. 

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Microsoft Surface Book

Starting at AU$1,999, the Surface Book is Microsoft's red-hot go at laptop hardware, and what a go it is. Definitely a strong MacBook alternative, if you're not into the MacOS thing. 

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iPad Pro 10.5-inch

Apple's iPads are as good as ever. The Pro may primarily be a tablet, but it's built with productivity in mind, and becomes a nifty laptop when slotted into a keyboard. The 10.5-inch model starts at AU$979, with the Smart Keyboard costing an additional AU$235.

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Razer Blade Stealth

Razer isn't just about gaming: Its 13-inch Blade Stealth laptop gives you a touchscreen and an i7 processor in a slick design, starting from AU$2,200.

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HP Spectre x360

HP's Spectre x360 is one of the most beautiful two-in-one laptops ever -- but do yourself a favour and get the version with a full-HD display, it boasts better battery life than the 4K variant.

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HP Omen 15

Thin and light isn't for everyone. If you're after more of a bruiser, one that'll let you play new games, HP's Omen range is a good start. You can get one from AU$1,798 at JB Hi-Fi, but if you've got the cash, you can shell out AU$2,599 for one equipped with an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card.

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Microsoft Surface Pro

Microsoft's enduring Surface Pro laptop/tablet hybrid is as viable as ever. It starts at AU$1,199, but it's worth spending extra, like, say, AU$1,499, to get one powered by a Core i5 processor rather than the Core m3 chip in the base model.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S3

Tablets aren't just for Apple fans. Samsung's Galaxy Tab S3 is an elegant tablet that comes with a stylus -- which is nice, since many competitors require you to fork out extra for that. It starts at AU$949. 

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Apple MacBook 2017

Apple's MacBook stands somewhere between the MacBook Air and the MacBook Pro, and is as thin and light as premium laptops get. You'll pay for that, though: The range starts at AU$1,899.

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Lenovo Miix 510

Lenovo's Miix 510 has put a target on the Microsoft's Surface Book. It's a great machine, and it's a touch cheaper too: the Core i7 processor model sells for AU$1,399.

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Wacom MobileStudio Pro

This is for the artists among us. The Wacom MobileStudio Pro isn't cheap, starting at AU$3,199, but if you're studying something in an arts field, its 8,192 levels of pressure sensitivity and Pro Pen 2 are very useful.

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Samsung Galaxy Book

Apple and Windows aren't the only ones offering good tablets. Samsung's 10.6-inch Galaxy Book is a tablet that works great as a laptop. It starts at  AU$1,099, and AU$1,299 for a cellular version.

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Dell Inspiron 15 7000

Dell's Inspiron 15 7000 series is an economic way to game. You can get a machine powered by an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050Ti from AU$1,499.

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Dell Inspiron 2-in-1

Dell's Inspiron two-in-one is one of the best midrange laptops out there. It starts at AU$1,798, for which you'll get a new, eighth-gen Intel i5 CPU. 

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Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon

Need a laptop that can last all day? Lenovo's excellent Thinkpad X1 is a productivity laptop that lasts and lasts and lasts. 

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