For a while now, there have been mutterings here and there that the NBN Co's vain attempts to raise its average revenue per user — which has the fancy acronym ARPU — will face a real challenge once 5G gets a foothold in the community and retail service providers decide to use it to challenge the government monopoly.

The D-Link DWR-956 is a wireless AC1200 4G LTE router with Gigabit Ethernet ports and VoIP capability, which can be used as a back-up for a standard home connection.

OPPO's latest effort in the 5G space — its top-level smartphone that is built on Qualcomm's latest silicon — is a beautifully crafted device, one that feels much lighter than its 207 grammes and one that sits very comfortably in the confines of one's hand.

Chinese smartphone maker realme's new X3 SuperZoom is, like many other smartphones emerging on the market these days, aimed at a particular group of enthusiasts. As the name indicates, the targeted group is those who are big on photography, with some unusual features available for experimentation.

CONTRIBUTED REVIEW The gaming notebooks of yesteryear were thick, noisy, heavy, expensive breadbaskets that were only technically regarded as portable. The good news is that the modern equivalent is a whole different beast. It’s typified by MSI’s GE75 Raider which offers top-end, gaming-friendly components in a 17-inch chassis that, at less-than 3cm thickness, most certainly can be regarded as a portable PC.

SPONSORED REVIEW MSI’s GS75 Stealth laptop is a special beast, and MSI knows it. Eschewing the familiar black and red livery for diamond-cut, gold edging, dragon logo and hinge details, the GS75 looks simultaneously luxurious and sophisticated.

CONTRIBUTED REVIEW In the universe of MSI laptops, the ‘Gaming Legend’ GL65 Leopard series is one of the most attractive to those who desire uncompromising gaming (and media creation) performance while on the move. It’s a 15.6-inch notebook but squeezed into a body you’d associate with a 14-inch unit; measuring just 357 x 248 x 28mm and weighing only 2.3KG.

The realme 6 is another sub-500 device from the Middle Kingdom, this time from a subsidiary of BBK Electronics, and aimed at the gamer who looks for something that costs below $500.

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