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Acer Nitro 5 Spin is your next casual gaming laptop

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Acer has a new gaming laptop in town, but this isn’t under their Predator gaming line. The Nitro 5 Spin is an entry-level gaming machine for casual players who don’t want to spend too much.

Borrowing the red elements of powerful gaming laptops, the Nitro 5 Spin is marketed as a gaming convertible (a first of its kind) that has enough power for your everyday titles while keeping its slim profile.

The convertible has a large 15.6-inch Full HD IPS display and a pair of front-facing speakers. It’s powered by the latest eighth-generation Intel processors (up to Core i7) with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 graphics. For storage, you can go up to a 512GB PCIe SSD.

Acer stated that this laptop is designed to handle popular gaming titles like Dota 2, League of Legends, and Overwatch. What’s interesting is the claimed 10 hours of battery life. This could put a new meaning to mobile gaming.

The Acer Nitro 5 Spin is due to go on sale in October with a starting price of just US$ 999 or EUR 1,199.

SEE ALSO: Hello Kitty Acer laptop: Where and how to buy

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Lenovo partners with Herschel, Planet Sports for the holidays

Valid for every purchase of IdeaPad, Yoga or Legion laptops

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Tech brands are launching their holiday promos for this year’s festivities.  Last week, Acer partnered with Realme for its holiday promo. Now, Lenovo Philippines is launching its holiday promo where every laptop purchase comes with a free Herschel or Planet Sports voucher.

With Lenovo’s #BringDifferent and #SportYourGame campaign, buyers can get vouchers of up to PhP 30,000 for every purchase of Lenovo laptops. These free vouchers are from Herschel or Planet Sports which come with every IdeaPad, Yoga, or Legion laptop purchases. Plus, Lenovo is also giving away free accessories to go with the vouchers.

Here are some freebie bundles for Lenovo laptop purchases:

  • IdeaPad 130, 330, and 330S — PhP 3,000 – PhP 7,000 worth of Herschel e-vouchers
  • IdeaPad 330 and L340 Gaming — PhP 2,500 worth of Planet Sports gift cheque, toploader backpack, and Microsoft 2019
  • C340 series — PhP 3,000 worth of Herschel e-vouchers, and Microsoft Office 2019
  • S340 series — PhP 3,000 worth of Herschel e-vouchers, Lenovo Urban B810 urban backpack, and Microsoft Office 2019
  • S540 series — PhP 5,000 worth of Herschel e-vouchers, Lenovo Urban B810 urban backpack, and Microsoft Office 2019
  • Legion T530 — PhP 2,500 worth of Planet Sport gift cheque, Legion M200 mouse, and Legion K200 keyboard
  • Legion Y530 — PhP 2,500 – PhP 5,000 worth of Planet Sport gift cheque, recon backpack, and Microsoft Office 2019
  • Legion Y540/Y545 — PhP 2,500 – PhP 5,000 worth of Planet Sport gift cheque, recon backpack, and Microsoft Office 2019
  • Yoga 530 — PhP 5,000 – PhP 10,000 worth of Herschel e-vouchers
  • Yoga 730 — PhP 10,000 worth of Herschel e-vouchers, and Lenovo Urban B810 urban backpack
  • Legion Y740/Y730 — PhP 2,500 – PhP 5,000 worth of Planet Sport gift cheque, recon backpack, and Microsoft Office 2019
  • Yoga C series — PhP 10,000 worth of Herschel e-vouchers, Lenovo Urban B810 urban backpack, and Microsoft Office 2019
  • Yoga S730 — PhP 10,000 worth of Herschel e-vouchers, and Lenovo Urban B810 urban backpack
  • Yoga S740 — PhP 10,000 worth of Herschel e-vouchers, Lenovo Urban B810 urban backpack, and Microsoft Office 2019
  • Yoga S940 — PhP 20,000 worth of Herschel e-vouchers, Lenovo Urban B810 urban backpack, and Microsoft Office 2019
  • Legion Y740 and Y540 — PhP 5,000 worth of Planet Sports gift cheques, Recon backpack, and Microsoft Office 2019

Promo period is from November 15 to December 31. To claim the vouchers, buyers must submit copies of their valid ID and the receipt of their purchase to this email. Once confirmed, buyers will receive an email confirmation and the Herschel e-voucher code which they can use to redeem the voucher at this site.

Meanwhile, Planet Sports gift cheques will be delivered to the address provided by the buyer. The gift cheque is valid for redemption at all The Athlete’s Foot, Planet Sports, Intersport, and New Balance stores. It is valid only for all Nike, New Balance, and Adidas purchases.

To know more about the promo, visit any Lenovo stores nationwide or their Facebook page.

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ASUS VivoBook S15 Review: Mixing style and function

Also a lesson about love and relationships

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Finding the right laptop is tricky if you want it to tailor to your preference and personality. If you want a laptop you can show-off that can also perform, the ASUS VivoBook S15 S531FL might be the one you’re looking for.

A bit of history: the new VivoBook S15 was launched earlier at Computex 2019. ASUS paraded a colorful lineup that would certainly grab anyone’s attention: Moss Green, Punk Pink, Cobalt Blue, Transparent Silver, and Gun Metal. Luckily, I was able to try this new laptop in Cobalt Blue. Not a lot of people would be enthralled with such bold and striking colors, but I beg to differ.

Made for the bold type

Growing up, I love being at the center of attention. Whether it was because of a new toy or the latest gadget, I love it when people gather around with amazement in their eyes, just because I brought something to the table. Their awe was enough of a reward for me; as if I did something extraordinary. The high from being validated was enough to keep the people around me excited and mesmerized.

That same feeling was what I felt when I used the VivoBook S15. While I was fixated on my screen, I felt everyone’s gaze as my laptop grabbed their attention. It’s a definite head-turner.

I mean, who wouldn’t be captivated by its looks? It stands out with its sleek, metal frame in vivid Cobalt Blue. It’s also adorned by Neon Red accents giving it a sophisticated vibe even at a glance. Moreover, a blue and red combination — in its most striking hue — is alluring to people fascinated with futuristic style.

Touch that lingers

The VivoBook S15 doesn’t just look good, but it feels upscale, too. Both the lid and body are made of fine aluminum, with the former having a textured finish. The embossed name also gives a subtle touch of class.

The body, on the other hand, was painted with a transparent silver color which glosses when there’s a substantial light shining over.

Back then, I kept on caressing the laptop as if my fingertips were running through a Burberry trench coat (or even Marc Jacobs underwear). I felt awestruck, especially with its trackpad which is fairly on point on its touch sensitivity. It’s decent compared to the previous laptop I used.

The keyboard was comfortable to type on. Most of its keys are large and evenly spaced, except for the arrow keys which are a lot smaller. Additionally, it’s light, soft and has a backlit design to let you work even in the dark.

Unfortunately, its bottom was made of plastic. To compensate, the laptop exhibits similar cuts on the base and perforations to look and feel better, especially when you hold it in your hands. The mix of aluminum and plastic offer the right amount of weight, making this combination common in most laptops nowadays. Honestly, it’s the perfect choice for frail people looking for a portable yet sturdy laptop.

Not just for show

In case you’re wondering, this laptop isn’t just for show. Even though it’s flamboyant and stylish, function is still at the core of its design language. Evident is ASUS’ ErgoLift hinge, which tilts the laptop to have an inclined position. This makes working on this laptop more comfortable on the wrists.

Productivity is one of its focus, considering all the ports available on each side. On the right, you can find the power input, a standard HDMI port, two USB 3.1 ports; one Type-A and one Type-C, an audio jack, and a microSD card reader.

On the left side, you can find two USB 2.0 ports which most people might find to be outdated since it’s already 2019. Most laptops nowadays come with USB-C ports instead. Nonetheless, I hate the dongle life and laptops carrying multiple ports are still better until every other device supports USB-C. This would pass, but I do hope that the next version would come with USB 4 ports, or at least USB 3.1.

The problem with just “looking good”

With its enormous size, it’s hard not to be drawn to the VivoBook S15. Its screen boasts a 15.6″ FHD panel bordered by thin bezels on every side, thanks to its NanoEdge design giving an almost-frameless look. Found on top is an IR HD camera, which isn’t as visible unless you put it under proper light.

I hate to rain on ASUS’ parade, but I honestly believe the display could’ve been better. The company is a braggart when it comes to their display, but let’s be real here: we don’t need something beautiful if it doesn’t provide what we need.

Consumers are looking for the very essence of a product’s feature, hence, the display should not be lackluster. It’s not bright and vibrant enough, and it has poor color reproduction. Moreover, it has a limited viewing angle and I experienced a lot of glare contrary to its claims.

It’s just like when you buy a fleece coat and a cashmere scarf, only to be duped when you find out it was mostly acrylic or polyester and it failed to provide the primary reason for buying it: to protect you from the cold during winter. The VivoBook S15 failed to give us the bright side of its display, but it’s one thing you can compromise if you already fell in love with its look.

Don’t have high hopes

While this laptop failed me in the display department, I wouldn’t let a single moment pass by to watch my favorite sitcom Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Despite all the disappointments I encountered, I still had high hopes for its audio performance since it was tuned by Harman Kardon.

However, don’t be fooled by its branding. Even though it has the Harman Kardon signature, the VivoBook S15 provides below average audio quality befitting a non-flagship laptop like this. The speakers are also stuck in the bottom, along with the fan perforations which can result in subdued sound quality especially when it’s placed on a flat surface.

I know, both the display and audio department have failed miserably yet I still found the whole experience with the laptop enjoyable. After all, comedies have taken a bulk on my watch list which guarantees I’ll be happy whatever I watch, wherever it may be. Yet as a person who sees a glass half-full, I honestly believe the VivoBook S15 is more than enough to most users.

My nitpicking is based on my impeccable — and irrationally — high standards, born out of using premium and flagship laptops first-hand. If I didn’t have any point of comparison, I would have opted for this one already.

But since I know we all deserve better, I still encourage you to look for the best you can find; unless this is the one that fits your preference, personality, and of course, budget. If that’s the case, then by all means, go ahead and continue reading.

Sometimes, it’s more than enough

The whole affair with the VivoBook S15 is like a dating adventure. I was hooked at first glance, and I admired its look and style, and I dived right in to feel it. One by one, I see red flags, and I still hold on to the tiny things that I might discover, hoping to make the affair with this “perfect” match going on.

In an attempt to hold on longer, I clung to one of the reasons why I chose this laptop. I looked back and remembered why I enjoyed every moment I was using it. The truth is this laptop provides more than what I need.

The VivoBook S15 is powered by an 8th-Gen Intel i7-8565U processor, running an NVIDIA GeForce MX250 graphics card. It also has an 8GB RAM, 512GB SSD, and 1TB HDD storage.

Yes, I’m a designer and I occasionally delve into multimedia work. If we’re going to talk about how I’m going to use this laptop in my everyday life, I’d say it’s more than enough. A confidante once affirmed that with the right person, you are enough.

Truly, the VivoBook S15 packs power more than what we need. It can let us browse the internet, open multiple tabs and multitask, and run Spotify, Netflix, Google Chrome, and Adobe Photoshop all at once in the background. Do note that these apps are some of the most power-consuming apps but the VivoBook S15 can handle everything without hiccups.

I also didn’t have qualms working on my post-processing sessions on Adobe Photoshop. On some occasions, I was able to handle illustrations through Adobe Illustrator and edit photos batch-by-batch in Adobe Lightroom. For those who do video editing, this laptop can handle a bit of editing, but I would look elsewhere.

Then again, I wouldn’t push a laptop beyond its limits, especially with a task it’s not meant to handle. Such examples are heavy multimedia works, or worse, playing graphics-intensive games. Sure it can do it albeit only to a certain extent.

Is this your GadgetMatch?

I may have said a mix of praise and brutally honest complaints about this laptop, and it might have confused some of you. Frankly, the ASUS VivoBook S15 has a lot of shortcomings, especially for a laptop in 2019. Yet despite its imperfection, it still proved to be more than capable, especially for everyday users.

This laptop will surely do you wonders, increase your productivity, and let your creativity thrive. For PhP 60,995 (US$ 1206), the ASUS VivoBook S15 S531FL can be rivaled by other laptops out there, but they probably look tacky. None of them can compete with how ASUS packaged this beaut into something stylish yet functional to complement one’s lifestyle. This laptop is something worth bringing and showing-off while you do your work.

Even though I noticed a lot of flaws, I still chose to see the good in it. I have learned that if you want to make a thing last, you have to choose it. Just like in love, you have to choose it every single day. Sure, there’ll be drawbacks and a lot of disappointments along the way, but some can be glossed over, understood and accepted. We’ll always have unreasonable demands, but we only need to take a step back and see the reason why we choose this thing (or someone) in the first place. Sometimes, they are enough.

With this affirmation, I’m going to reward myself and buy this laptop as a gift for myself this holiday season. I believe this is my GadgetMatch.

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Acer and Realme’s promo gives you the perfect match this Christmas

Buy a laptop, get a smartphone for free!

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It’s less than 50 days to go before Christmas. By now most people are already thinking of what gifts to buy for themselves and their loved ones. With Acer’s partnership with Realme, you’re in for a treat.

When you buy an Acer laptop you can get a free Realme C2 2020 (2 / 32GB) worth PhP 4,990. Meanwhile, buying a Predator laptop entitles you to a free Realme 5 (3 / 64GB) worth PhP 7,990.

All Core i5 and i7 variants of Acer and Predator laptops are eligible for the free Realme smartphones. AMD-based laptops are included too, so this is a promo that shouldn’t be missed.

To get the freebie, customers will have to register their newly purchased laptops on warranty.acer.com.ph within two weeks of purchase. All laptop purchases come with an electronic voucher that they need to present to redeem their Realme smartphones. Redemption of the smartphones is valid within 7 days after purchase.

Promo runs from November 15 until December 31. All laptops purchased from authorized Acer dealers nationwide are eligible for the promo. To know more about the promo, visit Acer’s website.

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