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The Best Thin & Light Gaming Notebooks

January 2024 update. The model-specific allure of these thin & light gaming notebooks is their unique combination of very thin and lightweight cases on the one hand and powerful hardware on the other rendering devices particularly interesting to all users who intend to use their gaming laptops when out and about. Naturally, everyday work is another use case, but gaming is the most important aspect here. Below, you will find the best ultra-portable gaming laptops reviewed by Notebookcheck.

"Mobile gaming" - what sounded like a poor joke a few years ago has already become common practice; at least in the notebook range. Processors and graphics cards are getting smaller and more power-efficient, which makes cooling easier. As a result, powerful components can be packed into slimmer and slimmer cases. Although 17-inch powerhouses still dominate the 15-inch and smaller range is steadily growing.

The following table shows an overview of the Top 10 gaming laptops reviewed by Notebookcheck in the previous 12 months that weigh less than 2.5 kg (5.5 lbs) and are less than 2.0 cm (0.8 inches) thick. More gaming rankings from Notebookcheck:

The Best Thin and Light Gaming Laptops

Position
Total Rating
Date
Image
Model
Weight
Height
Size
Resolution
Screen
190.4 %
11/2023
New!
Lenovo Legion Slim 7 16APH8Lenovo Legion Slim 7 16APH8
AMD Ryzen 7 7840HS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 Laptop GPU
32 GB Memory, 1024 GB SSD
2.1 kg20 mm16.00"2560x1600matte
290 %
04/2023
Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 GA402XYAsus ROG Zephyrus G14 GA402XY
AMD Ryzen 9 7940HS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
32 GB Memory, 1024 GB SSD
1.7 kg20.5 mm14.00"2560x1600matte
389.9 %
03/2023
Razer Blade 15 OLED (Early 2022)Razer Blade 15 OLED (Early 2022)
Intel Core i9-12900H
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU
16 GB Memory, 1024 GB SSD
2 kg16.99 mm15.60"2560x1440glossy
489.7 %
06/2023
Asus ROG Flow X16 GV601VAsus ROG Flow X16 GV601V
Intel Core i9-13900H
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 Laptop GPU
16 GB Memory, 1024 GB SSD
2.1 kg19.4 mm16.00"2560x1600glossy
588.8 %
07/2023
MSI Stealth 16 Studio A13VGMSI Stealth 16 Studio A13VG
Intel Core i7-13700H
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
32 GB Memory, 2048 GB SSD
2 kg19.95 mm16.00"2560x1600matte
689.4 %
04/2023
Asus ROG Flow Z13 ACRNMAsus ROG Flow Z13 ACRNM
Intel Core i9-13900H
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
32 GB Memory, 1024 GB SSD
1.7 kg20 mm13.40"2560x1600glossy
788.7 %
06/2023
Razer Blade 14 RTX 4070Razer Blade 14 RTX 4070
AMD Ryzen 9 7940HS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
16 GB Memory, 1024 GB SSD
1.8 kg17.99 mm14.00"2560x1600matte
887.8 %
02/2023
Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 GU603ZAsus ROG Zephyrus M16 GU603Z
Intel Core i9-12900H
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU
32 GB Memory, 1024 GB SSD
2.1 kg19.9 mm16.00"2560x1600matte
987.3 %
07/2023
Acer Predator Triton 14 PT14-51Acer Predator Triton 14 PT14-51
Intel Core i7-13700H
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU
16 GB Memory, 512 GB SSD
1.7 kg19.81 mm14.00"2560x1600matte
1086.2 %
03/2023
Gigabyte AERO 16 OLED BSFGigabyte AERO 16 OLED BSF
Intel Core i9-13900H
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
32 GB Memory, 1024 GB SSD
2.1 kg18 mm16.00"3840x2400glossy

The table above contains an overview over the best thin & light gaming notebooks reviewed by Notebookcheck over the course of the past 12 months as well as still relevant and available older products. In cases of identical score the more recent device is listed first. All prices in above table and price comparisons are updated daily and can thus differ.
Link: all devices in this class reviewed

Editors' Comments

In November, we cheekily swap first place, namely the Intel model of the Lenovo Legion Slim 7 16 for the AMD model. The latter scored half a percentage point higher in the test gates, and the test is also up to date, meaning that the device has been on our list for longer.

Alternatives that just didn't make it or were ousted again:

Alternatives that just didn't make it or were ousted again:

1st – Lenovo Legion Slim 7 16 (R7 7840HS, RTX 4060)

Lenovo Legion Slim 7i 16
Lenovo Legion Slim 7i 16

Lenovo Legion Slim 7 16 is a stylish and relatively light 16-inch gamer. The Intel version of the Legion laptop with RTX 4070 and Core i9-13900H also scores 90 percent, but we don't give it an extra place in our list. 

The Ryzen 7 7840HS and the GeForce RTX 4060 harmonize quite well, so that high to maximum settings are often possible in the native resolution of 2,560 x 1,600 pixels.

In the US, the reviewed Lenovo Legion Slim 7 16APH8 is available for around $1,770 USD on Amazon.

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2nd – Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 (R9 7940HS, RTX 4090)

Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 GA402XY
Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 GA402XY

The Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 2023 is the first notebook to feature AMD's new Phoenix mobile processor, which is combined with the fast GeForce RTX 4090 laptop and a 165 Hz mini LED panel in a 14-inch chassis.

You can't get more performance in a 14-inch case: thanks to Ryzen 9 7940HS and the GeForce RTX 4090 laptop, the new ROG Zephyrus G14 offers extremely fast components in a compact case. The overall performance is outstanding and a great mini-LED panel with 165 Hz is also included. Actually, an almost perfect combination, but it also has its price.

The device sells through Asus’s own webshop as well as the usual retailers. Amazon US also lists this item for around $1,890.

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3rd – Razer Blade 15 OLED (i9-12900H, RTX 3070 Ti)

Razer Blade 15 OLED 2022
Razer Blade 15 OLED 2022

This incarnation of the Blade 15 continues to rely on potent Alder-Lake and Ampere hardware, but entices with an interesting upgrade: Razer installs a high-contrast OLED screen (QHD) including a high refresh rate (240 Hz) and excellent color space coverage.

Razer delivers a powerful tool for gamers and creatives with the Blade 15 OLED (Early 2022).

In the US, users can order a variant of Razer Blade 15 OLED (Early 22), which has the same configuration as reviewed model, via Amazon for around $1,800.

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4th – Asus ROG Flow X16 (Ryzen 9 6900HS, RTX 3070 Ti)

Asus ROG Flow X16
Asus ROG Flow X16

The Asus ROG Flow X16 is one thing above all - versatile! It's a slim, mobile work device, it's a convertible, a tablet, a powerful workstation and a gaming PC as well. What's even more surprising is that it does all of these things really well and hardly makes any major mistakes; it's anything but a lazy compromise.

The Asus ROG Flow X16 is an extremely versatile and powerful gaming workstation convertible with a good touch display.

At the time of writing, Amazon US lists a RTX 3050 variant of ROG Flow X16 for around $1,100.

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5th – MSI Stealth 16 Studio (i7-13700H, RTX 4070)

MSI Stealth 16 Studio
MSI Stealth 16 Studio

The MSI Stealth 16 Studio A13VG combines a 13th generation Intel and an Nvidia RTX 4070 laptop GPU. Visually, the Stealth 16 Studio is very dignified, which means that the device is not exclusively aimed at gamers. A demanding office routine in a discreet design and still playing the latest games in the evening are no problem.

The MSI Stealth 16 Studio A13VG is a very powerful and at the same time very light notebook for content creators and gamers. 

In the US, the laptop can be ordered through Amazon US for around $2,650.

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6th – Asus ROG Flow Z13 ACRNM (i9-13900H, RTX 4070)

Asus ROG Flow Z13 ACRNM
Asus ROG Flow Z13 ACRNM

With the Asus ROG Flow Z13 special edition we have an unusual concept: gaming hardware, which is in a tablet, which is why the 13-inch convertible brings even demanding titles like Cyberpunk 2077 smoothly to the screen in the native WQHD resolution.

With the ACRNM special edition of the ROG Flow Z13, Asus offers an extremely powerful gaming convertible with an equally extreme design. Thanks to the new RTX 4070 laptop, even current games are displayed smoothly on the WQHD screen.

In the US, users can order a variant of ROG Flow Z13 2023, which is equipped with an i9-13900H and RTX 4050, via Amazon for about $1,600.

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7th – Razer Blade 14 (R9 7940HS, RTX 4070)

Razer Blade 14 2023
Razer Blade 14 2023

Razer has equipped the Blade 14 with significant improvements this year. Both on the inside, now with latest chips from AMD and Nvida, and on the outside we find some upgrades including 16:10 display.

The Razer Blade 14 finally offers significant improvements in 2023 and is faster than ever. Unfortunately, it has also become thicker and lacks high-end GPUs.

In the US, Razer is now shipping the Blade 14 2023 starting at $2400 USD for the RTX 4060 option and $2700 for the RTX 4070 option. Otherwise, Amazon lists a variant of the gaming laptop with a slightly weaker RTX 4060 VGA for around US$2,000.

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8th – Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 (i9-12900H, RTX 3070 Ti)

Asus ROG Zephyrus M16
Asus ROG Zephyrus M16

With a Core i9-12900H, an RTX 3070 Ti and DDR5 RAM, the Zephyrus M16 is packed with powerful hardware. All of this comes in a fairly thin, compact 16-inch form factor with a 16:10 display (2,560 x 1,500).

For the most part, the M16 presents itself as a well-rounded gaming package that doesn't offer maximum performance, but instead offers a coherent overall package with moderate temperatures and noise levels.

The ROG Zephyrus M16 with Intel hardware is now available on Amazon US, prices starting from $2,249.

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9th – Acer Predator Triton 14 (i9-13700H, RTX 4050)

Acer Predator Triton 14
Acer Predator Triton 14

The compact gaming notebook is state-of-the-art: Raptor Lake, Ada Lovelace, LPDDR5, PCIe 4, Thunderbolt 4. It is the almost identical successor of the already reviewed Acer Predator Triton 300 SE. The 14-incher offers a lot of performance, (Core i7-13700H, GeForce RTX 4050), a very bright screen (WQXGA, 165 Hz, G-Sync) in 16:10 format and a Thunderbolt 4 port.

A lot of computing power in a 14-inch format: Acer delivers a potent notebook with the Predator Triton 14.

Some variants of the 14-inch Predator Triton 300 SE are now available from Amazon, a model in a similar configuration to our reviewed unit costs around US$1,330.

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10th – Gigabyte AERO 16 OLED (i9-13900H, RTX 4070)

Gigabyte AERO 16 OLED
Gigabyte AERO 16 OLED

With a slightly different design, new connections and new hardware based on Intel Gen 13 and Nvidia RTX 40, the Aero 16 OLED is entering the next round to win over gamers and creators alike. Gigabyte's Aero 16 OLED is an interesting mix of gaming laptop and workstation for creatives.

The Aero 16 OLED not only has a great screen, it is also particularly thin and, thanks to the efficient RTX 4070, is also powerful and yet comparatively economical and cool.

On Gigabyte's official product page, various configurations of AERO 16 OLED are available now. In the US, users can also order the device via Amazon.

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Top 10 in Comparison

Size Comparison

358 mm / 14.1 inch 259 mm / 10.2 inch 20 mm / 0.787 inch 2.1 kg4.7 lbs356 mm / 14 inch 260 mm / 10.2 inch 19.95 mm / 0.785 inch 2 kg4.45 lbs355 mm / 14 inch 243 mm / 9.57 inch 19.9 mm / 0.783 inch 2.1 kg4.57 lbs355 mm / 14 inch 243 mm / 9.57 inch 19.4 mm / 0.764 inch 2.1 kg4.61 lbs354 mm / 13.9 inch 255 mm / 10 inch 18 mm / 0.709 inch 2.1 kg4.63 lbs355 mm / 14 inch 235 mm / 9.25 inch 16.99 mm / 0.669 inch 2 kg4.43 lbs312 mm / 12.3 inch 227 mm / 8.94 inch 20.5 mm / 0.807 inch 1.7 kg3.73 lbs312.42 mm / 12.3 inch 226.06 mm / 8.9 inch 19.81 mm / 0.78 inch 1.7 kg3.79 lbs310.7 mm / 12.2 inch 228 mm / 8.98 inch 17.99 mm / 0.708 inch 1.8 kg4.07 lbs302 mm / 11.9 inch 214 mm / 8.43 inch 20 mm / 0.787 inch 1.7 kg3.76 lbs297 mm / 11.7 inch 210 mm / 8.27 inch 1 mm / 0.03937 inch 5.7 g0.01257 lbs

Test Results

Lenovo Legion Slim 7 16APH8
Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 GA402XY
Razer Blade 15 OLED (Early 2022)
Asus ROG Flow X16 GV601V
MSI Stealth 16 Studio A13VG
Asus ROG Flow Z13 ACRNM
Razer Blade 14 RTX 4070
Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 GU603Z
Acer Predator Triton 14 PT14-51
Gigabyte AERO 16 OLED BSF
Display
Display P3 Coverage
70.3
99.6
97.6
96.61
96.4
96.94
97.3
92.8
96.9
99.9
sRGB Coverage
99.6
100
99.4
99.92
99.7
99.92
99.8
98.5
99.9
100
AdobeRGB 1998 Coverage
72.4
93.4
94
84.63
84.8
85.17
85.3
83.1
85.5
96.4
Response Times
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
12.6 ?(6.1, 6.5)
17.2 ?(7.2, 10)
2 ?(1, 1)
3.8 ?(1.8, 2)
4.4 ?(2.2, 2.2)
2.1 ?(2.1, 2.1)
11.9 ?(5.6, 6.3)
7.6 ?(3.4, 4.2)
15.1 ?(6.8, 8.3)
2 ?(1, 1)
Response Time Black / White *
5.9 ?(1.9, 4)
9.9 ?(0.5, 9.4)
2 ?(1, 1)
7.6 ?(4, 3.6)
5.6 ?(2.2, 3.4)
3 ?(3, 3)
8 ?(4, 4)
10 ?(4.6, 5.4)
5.8 ?(2.1, 3.7)
1.98 ?(0.5, 1.48)
PWM Frequency
5430
500 ?(70)
60
Screen
Brightness middle
545
535
383
486
424
464
559.3
497
547
389.97
Brightness
502
563
384
469
411
455
560
481
516
395
Brightness Distribution
82
91
99
91
88
89
88
82
88
97
Black Level *
0.48
0.03
0.39
0.37
0.4
0.44
0.21
0.56
0.03
Contrast
1135
12767
1246
1146
1160
1271
2367
977
12999
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
1.36
1
1.89
2.27
3.04
2
4.44
3.53
3.28
2
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
3.11
2.8
3.76
5.73
7.5
4.2
9.3
6.15
8.57
4.1
Colorchecker dE 2000 calibrated *
1.04
2.67
0.6
3.04
1.2
0.39
3.53
1.09
1.68
Greyscale dE 2000 *
1.4
1.8
1.26
3.36
4.34
2.7
6.8
1.74
4.4
2.23
Gamma
2.253 98%
2.24 98%
2.41 91%
2.46 89%
2.32 95%
2.24 98%
2.3 96%
2.2 100%
2.168 101%
2.41 91%
CCT
6631 98%
6337 103%
6386 102%
6625 98%
6952 93%
6832 95%
6242 104%
6418 101%
7767 84%
6323 103%
Noise
off / environment *
24
23.3
26
24
24
24
22.7
23
25
23
Idle Minimum *
25
23.6
28
24
24
24
23.4
23
27
23
Idle Average *
28
23.6
28
24
24
24
23.4
24
29
23
Idle Maximum *
31
33
28
24
24
36.5
23.4
47
31
33.64
Load Average *
33
49.5
38.5
36.71
34.81
41.3
33
47.91
42
51.49
Witcher 3 ultra *
47
52.2
50.92
44.05
44.7
51.8
48.91
43
55.27
Load Maximum *
49
52.2
43.9
50.92
51.57
46.9
55.6
50.25
45
55.24
Heat
Maximum Upper Side *
46
47
49.5
46
60
42.5
37.4
52
54
41
Maximum Bottom *
46
46.5
47.5
41
61
42.6
35.2
51
56
47
Idle Upper Side *
33
25.9
33.4
36
38.2
26.2
33.2
29
31
23
Idle Bottom *
34
28
35
33
37.7
26
36.2
33
31
23
Battery Runtime
WiFi v1.3
424
448
274
474
466
398
374
445
302
448
Load
58
125
89
142
52
59
86
109
126
Reader / Idle
404
661
513
669
Power Consumption
Idle Minimum *
33
9.4
31.6
9.6
11
8.9
19.5
10.8
12
11.8
Idle Average *
35
14.2
33.3
16
18
12.6
24.7
17
14
16.1
Idle Maximum *
45
14.5
38.6
16.9
19
13
27
17.8
26
17
Load Average *
59
79
149
104
91
92.5
83.2
116
88
100.6
Witcher 3 ultra *
131
172
149.6
142
130
104.4
165.8
144
114.9
158
Load Maximum *
177
220.8
160
214
228
133.6
204.5
220
213
192

* ... smaller is better

Benchmarks

3DMark - 1920x1080 Fire Strike Score (sort by value)
Lenovo Legion Slim 7 16APH8
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 Laptop GPU, R7 7840HS, WDC PC SN810 1TB
23735 Points
Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 GA402XY
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, R9 7940HS, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
34720 Points
Razer Blade 15 OLED (Early 2022)
GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12900H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
23793 Points
Asus ROG Flow X16 GV601V
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 Laptop GPU, i9-13900H, WD PC SN560 SDDPNQE-1T00
24131 Points
MSI Stealth 16 Studio A13VG
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU, i7-13700H, Micron 3400 2TB MTFDKBA2T0TFH
26244 Points
Asus ROG Flow Z13 ACRNM
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU, i9-13900H, WD PC SN740 SDDPTQD-1T00
20875 Points
Razer Blade 14 RTX 4070
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU, R9 7940HS, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
27620 Points
Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 GU603Z
GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12900H, Micron 3400 1TB MTFDKBA1T0TFH
21717 Points
Acer Predator Triton 14 PT14-51
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU, i7-13700H, Micron 3400 MTFDKBA512TFH 512GB
19711 Points
Gigabyte AERO 16 OLED BSF
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU, i9-13900H, Gigabyte AG470S1TB-SI B10
25526 Points
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
Lenovo Legion Slim 7 16APH8
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 Laptop GPU, R7 7840HS, WDC PC SN810 1TB
30859 Points
Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 GA402XY
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, R9 7940HS, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
41745 Points
Razer Blade 15 OLED (Early 2022)
GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12900H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
30645 Points
Asus ROG Flow X16 GV601V
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 Laptop GPU, i9-13900H, WD PC SN560 SDDPNQE-1T00
31662 Points
MSI Stealth 16 Studio A13VG
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU, i7-13700H, Micron 3400 2TB MTFDKBA2T0TFH
34960 Points
Asus ROG Flow Z13 ACRNM
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU, i9-13900H, WD PC SN740 SDDPTQD-1T00
29603 Points
Razer Blade 14 RTX 4070
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU, R9 7940HS, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
34794 Points
Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 GU603Z
GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12900H, Micron 3400 1TB MTFDKBA1T0TFH
29169 Points
Acer Predator Triton 14 PT14-51
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU, i7-13700H, Micron 3400 MTFDKBA512TFH 512GB
27364 Points
Gigabyte AERO 16 OLED BSF
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU, i9-13900H, Gigabyte AG470S1TB-SI B10
33703 Points
PCMark 10 - Score (sort by value)
Lenovo Legion Slim 7 16APH8
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 Laptop GPU, R7 7840HS, WDC PC SN810 1TB
7502 Points
Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 GA402XY
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, R9 7940HS, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
8253 Points
Razer Blade 15 OLED (Early 2022)
GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12900H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
7336 Points
Asus ROG Flow X16 GV601V
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 Laptop GPU, i9-13900H, WD PC SN560 SDDPNQE-1T00
7884 Points
MSI Stealth 16 Studio A13VG
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU, i7-13700H, Micron 3400 2TB MTFDKBA2T0TFH
7329 Points
Asus ROG Flow Z13 ACRNM
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU, i9-13900H, WD PC SN740 SDDPTQD-1T00
8018 Points
Razer Blade 14 RTX 4070
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU, R9 7940HS, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
8205 Points
Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 GU603Z
GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12900H, Micron 3400 1TB MTFDKBA1T0TFH
7871 Points
Acer Predator Triton 14 PT14-51
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU, i7-13700H, Micron 3400 MTFDKBA512TFH 512GB
7402 Points
Gigabyte AERO 16 OLED BSF
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU, i9-13900H, Gigabyte AG470S1TB-SI B10
8058 Points
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