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Acer ConceptD 3 Ezel expands device series for creators

Includes a desktop, monitors

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Content creation has been a key market for laptop and notebook manufacturers. To cater to this specific set of consumers, Acer unveiled the ConceptD last year. This year, they expand that lineup starting with the ConceptD 3 Ezel.

The ConceptD 3 Ezel convertible notebook for creators on the move. It’s squarely aimed at design students, freelance designers and small design studios.

The ConceptD 3 Ezel is powerful enough to handle medium-size to complex CAD work with speed and accuracy.They come with a thinner and lighter look with both the clamshell and convertible form factors having 14″ and 15.6″ screens. It’s built this way so they can be used to edit and showcase work on the move.

Other usage modes include an adjustable float mode, traditional laptop mode, pad mode and share mode. The device’s creative toolbox includes programmable keys and a suite of connectivity options, such as a SD card 7.0 reader (YES!) and USB Type-C Thunderbolt3 port.

It weighs just 1.68 kg (14’’, 3.7 lbs) or 1.95 kg (15’’, 4.29 kg) and promises up to 18 hours of battery life.

ConceptD 3 Notebook

The ConceptD 3 Notebook does away with all the twists and flipping of the ConceptD 3 Ezel but still maintains its processing power meant for creative work.

Powered by either the NVIDIA Quadro T1000 (ConceptD 3 Pro) or the GeForce GTX 1650Ti GPUs and the new 10th Gen Intel Core H-series processors, it’s specifically designed to handle all 2D or 3D color-critical design work on a 14″ or 15.6″ FHD PANTONE Validated display.

ConceptD 100 Desktop

Equipped with a powerful 9th Gen Intel Core processor and an NVIDIA GeForce or Quadro GPU, the ConceptD 100 Desktop is ideal for graphics-intensive 2D design and entry-level 3D CAD modeling.

It’s a small form factor PC with up to 256 GB of ultrafast SSD storage, all-around connectivity and 32 GB of DDR4 RAM. Its front air intake and side-ventilation keep the mini workstation cool and ensure that its noise levels stay under 40 dBA.

Its powerful while looking like an elegant piece of tech that fits any kind of work or home environment.

The ConceptD CP5, CP3, and CM3 monitors

Rounding up the lineup are the ConceptD CP5, CP3, and CM3 monitors.

The CP5 and CP3 series of monitors are aimed at professional computer graphics creators, video editors and animators. Both monitor lines are designed for color accuracy, good resolution and a wide color gamut, the ability to work with HDR content, high refresh rates for blur-free images and a large screen to facilitate the design process and support collaboration.

The CP5 has a WQHD 2560 x 1440 resolution, VESA DisplayHDR 600, is Adaptive-Sync compatible and overclockable to a 170 Hz refresh rate.

The CP3 has similar specifications and supports 98% of the DCI-P3 wide color gamut, WQHD 3840 x 2160 with a refresh rate of up to 165 Hz as well as VESA DisplayHDR 400.

The ConceptD CM3 series of monitors is aimed specifically at professional graphic designers and photo editors desiring a monitor that can display finely detailed design concepts and 3D content.

It offers a 4K UHD 3840 x 2160 screen with a 4 ms (G to G) response time, 60 Hz refresh rate and a wide color gamut supporting 99% of the Adobe RGB color space. It’s compatible with AMD Radeon FreeSync, and with PANTONE Validation, Delta E<2 and VESA-certified DisplayHDR.

Pricing and availability

The ConceptD 3 Ezel

  • North America — August starting at US$ 1,499.99
  • Europe — September starting at EUR 1,699
  • China — August starting at CNY 9,999.

The ConceptD 3

  • North America — October starting at US$ 999.99
  • Europe — October starting at EUR 1,299
  • China — September starting at CNY 8,999.

The ConceptD 100 will be available in Europe in June starting at EUR 799.

The ConceptD CM3

  • North America — August starting at US$ 709.99
  • Europe — August starting at EUR 719
  • China — July starting at CNY 4,999.

The ConceptD CP3

  • North America — August starting at US$ 619.99
  • Europe — August starting at EUR 629
  • China — June starting at CNY 3,999.

The ConceptD CP5

  • North America — August starting at US$ 749.99
  • Europe — August starting at EUR 759
  • China — July starting at CNY 4,999.

Exact specifications, prices, and availability will vary by region.

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Western Digital introduces ‘world’s fastest’ memory cards, new SSDs

Availability, capacity for memory cards to be announced

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Western Digital

Western Digital, the company behind the renowned SanDisk storage brand, introduced new innovations at their What’s Next Western Digital Event.

Included in the reveal are a new modular SSD ecosystem and the world’s fastest SD and microSD memory cards designed for professionals: the SanDisk Professional PRO-UHS.

Terabytes of storage on the go

The new SanDisk Professional PRO-BLADE modular SSD ecosystem was designed to meet the need for ultrafast portable storage devices.

The powerful ecosystem lets users swap out lightweight and high-capacity PRO-BLADE SSD mags so terabytes worth of storage may be carried easily.

The ecosystem includes:

  • PRO-BLADE SSD Mag
  • PRO-BLADE TRANSPORT portable SSD enclosure
  • PRO-BLADE STATION desktop SSD enclosure

Unmatched speeds

Western Digital also announced read speeds of up to 200MB/s on its SanDisk Extreme PRO memory card line (SD and microSD).

Paired with the new SanDisk professional PRO-READER (SD and microSD), the new products are poised to deliver unmatched speeds to enable users to offload content and other files quickly.

New WD_BLACK SSD

When it comes to gamers, Western Digital also revealed two new additions to its WD_BLACK gaming SSD lineup, with each storage coming with innovative features.

WD_BLACK SN850X NVMe SSD:

  • Read speeds of up to 7,300MB/s
  • Minimized latency, predictive loading, adaptive thermals management
  • Downloadable WD-BLACK Dashboard for Game Mode 2.0
  • Optional heatsink
  • RGB lighting

WD_BLACK P40 Game Drive SSD:

  • USB 3.2 Gen2x2 interface
  • Read speeds of up to 2,000MB/s
  • Downloadable WD_BLACK Dashboard
  • RGB lighting

Availability and storage capacities for the SanDisk memory cards will be announced later. For more information on the newest products, visit www.WDBLACK.com.

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Most durable yet: Samsung releases T7 Shield portable SSD

Improved security, exceptional performance

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Samsung T7 Shield

Samsung Electronics announced the availability of its latest external storage device, the T7 Shield Portable SSD in Singapore.

Billed as the most durable PSSD yet from the tech giant, the newest addition to Samsung’s portable SSD lineup delivers on exceptional performance and incredibly fast speeds while coming in a sleek design.

Durable, compatible with more devices

Users will not have to worry too much about data loss. The T7 Shield is carefully engineered and comes with the following features:

  • Shock-resistant from drops up to three meters
  • IP65-certified as dustproof and water-resistant
  • Optimized inside and outside to prevent performance degradation and overheating from huge file transfers

The T7 Shield is also designed to work across multiple devices (PC, Mac, Android Smartphone, game console) to be able to store pictures, games, and even 4K and 8K videos 

Exceptional performance

The T7 Shield delivers a read speed of up to 1,050 MB/s and a write speed of up to 1,000 MB/s, the fastest transfer speeds yet based on the USB 3.2 Gen2 standard.

This is twice as fast as its predecessor, the T5, and up to 9.5 times faster than external hard disk drives (HDDs).

The T7 Shield also boasts strengthened security (256-bit AES, Advanced Encryption Standard) and access to Samsung’s Magician Software which lets users to conveniently manage the drive.

Pricing and availability

The T7 Shield is available in 1TB and 2TB in the following colors:

  • Beige
  • Black
  • Blue

The 1TB is priced at SG$ 239 while the 2TB retails for SG$ 459. The package includes:

  • USB Type C-to-C and Type C-to-A cables
  • Three-year limited warranty

Samsung’s latest PSSD will be available for pre-order from April 26, 2022 here, with customers receiving a special 7 percent discount.

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6 things to consider before buying a smart monitor

Look beyond the widescreen monitors you’re familiar with!

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Huawei MateView

Having a smart monitor isn’t something I considered, given that I left a desk station almost a decade ago. I was liberated from the usual office setup, tugging along my laptop wherever I go.

However, the recent circumstances surrounding our working setup changed the way I think about investing in a do-it-all monitor. Now, we’re torn between committing to on-site work, fully work-from-home, or staying in a hybrid setup. I’m certain it’s not just me thinking heavily about investing in one.

To ensure we get the value of the monitors we’re purchasing, here are some things to consider before buying one.

Clear and vibrant display

Frankly, a device’s screen is the most important part. You spend a lot of time looking at the information provided on the display. This is why you need to consider the screen first and foremost before buying a smart monitor.

Huawei MateView

MacBook Air connected to Huawei MateView, working as a secondary display

An enthralling screen is extremely important, especially if you’re a creative professional. For instance, my Huawei MateView delivers 4K+ resolution, a 98% DCI-P3 color gamut offering 1 billion colors, 500 nits of brightness, and HDR capability. In other words, it has a high-resolution, color-accurate display that’s capable of displaying high dynamic range content.

It certainly helped me in my graphic design, photo retouching, and video editing endeavors.

Adjustable design

We’re not getting any younger — I think we’ve all heard everyone say  that. That said, back and neck pain are something you’ll deal with especially when you spend hours looking down on your laptop. It’s inherently bad for your body and posture in the long run.

Experts recommend that you look straight, which is why having an adjustable monitor is important. Forget monitor stands or stacked books, an adjustable monitor will allow you to adjust its tilt and the height of the display to maintain eye level.

Taller screen for better productivity

Huawei MateView

If you’re more focused on being productive and getting things done, having a monitor with a taller aspect ratio is much better than the usual 16:9 widescreen monitors.

For example, the MateView has a 3:2 aspect ratio which makes it reasonably wide, but still tall enough to fit what you’re working on. In my case, it’s easier to post-process hundreds of photos we took of the devices we’re working on.

Seamless wireless connection

Huawei P50 Pocket

Most manufacturers are heavily investing in ecosystems nowadays. Apple, Samsung, Huawei, and even the likes of Xiaomi are starting to integrate their devices and connect seamlessly through smart features.

My Huawei MateView, for example, quickly connected to the Huawei P50 Pocket which I tapped on the monitor’s base imprinted with Huawei Share or OneHop icon.

Huawei MateView

It automatically connected to the monitor and allowed me to choose to display what was on my phone. There’s a Desktop Mode which resembled more of a computer OS than a smartphone interface.

You can also connect through Wireless Connection and you don’t have to worry. The monitor is designed in such a way that latency — or lag — isn’t noticeable.

Go wired and keep it tethered

Some people still prefer to use different options for connectivity: USB-C, HDMI, and Mini Display. Personally, I still use the USB-C cable whether for my MacBook Air or the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra since it charges the device at the same time.

Huawei MateView

Samsung DeX on the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra while connected to Huawei MateView via USB-C

The Huawei MateView can charge any laptop that requires 65W and under. Also, I like how it works smoothly with non-Huawei devices.

Moreover, there’s a headphone jack if you don’t want to use the front-firing speakers. The port also doubles as a mic input, perfect for important calls.

Aesthetically pleasing to your eyes

We spend time working on our desks for 8 hours or more. Sometimes, it goes beyond 18 hours when you work in a fast-paced environment like an advertising agency or production house.

If you’re going to look at your devices for a long time, make sure you like what you see. It’s easy to stay productive when you have a pleasant setup. It’s not always limited to decorating your desks with fancy accessories and color-matching everything.

Huawei MateView

Sometimes, you just need a smart monitor that’s pretty to look at, so you get excited to hop on your work and get things done. Of course, it shouldn’t be just beautiful. It needs to be functional too.

As for me, the Huawei MateView delivers exactly what I need. From aesthetics, connectivity, display, and ergonomics — I’m happy to use this for the next few months or maybe, even a year.

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