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Acer announces new & improved Predator desktops and displays

Expanding the entire portfolio by adding a complete setup to build around

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Apart from the improved gaming laptops, Acer also unveiled exciting Predator desktops and peripherals. These desktops and peripherals are both a mix of new and improved models dedicated to bringing the best gaming experience. They’ve even dedicated this lineup to any and all types of gamers and content creators alike.

The powerful desktop builds

One of the new builds Acer introduced is the Acer Nitro 50, which combines practicality and performance. It comes with up to the latest Intel Core i7 processor and NVIDIA RTX 2060 SUPER GPU, providing much needed gaming power.

It also comes with up to 64GB of DDR4 RAM for more optimal performance across the board. It even comes with a whopping 7TB of storage, split across a 1TB SSD and two 3TB HDDs. All that storage fit for all kinds of games!

From L to R: Acer Predator Orion 9000, Acer Predator Orion 3000

Along with the new Nitro 50, Acer released refreshed versions of their Acer Predator Orion 9000 and Acer Predator Orion 3000.

In the Predator Orion 9000’s case, it now comes with the latest Intel Core i9 Extreme Edition and dual NVIDIA RTX 2080 Ti SLI GPUs inside. This alone already promises stellar gaming performance across the board. Meanwhile, the Predator Orion 3000 comes with up to the latest Intel Core i7 processors and an NVIDIA RTX 2070 SUPER inside.

Sleek and fast gaming monitors

No desktop is complete without the proper display for the best gaming experience. Acer unveils two new monitors that will surely provide the details you need to remain in the game. There’s the Acer Predator X25, a 24.5-inch FHD display with a whopping 360Hz refresh rate.

This display supports NVIDIA’s G-Sync technology, allowing you to play seamlessly without any experience of image tearing. It also comes with technologies that will adjust the brightness and color temperature depending on your environment.

From L to R: Acer Predator X25, Acer Predator XB3

Your other option is the Acer Predator XB3, which actually comes in four different sizes. Even in different sizes, the Acer Predator XB3 monitors all come with a 240Hz refresh rate and a resolution up to 4K UHD.

These displays also come with a wide 178-degree viewing angles, while maintaining crisp and bright images during gameplay. It also includes light sensors with various technologies that adjust to the gamer’s needs and wants in terms of design.

Most of these will come out during Q3 2020 to early Q4 2020. As of writing, pricing and availability for the Acer Predator X25 have yet to be announced. For the rest, pricing is as follows:

  • Acer Predator XB3 Series:  starts at US$ 429.99
  • The Acer Predator Orion 3000: starts at US$ 999.99
  • The Acer Predator Orion 9000: starts at roughly US$ 3,154.53 (EUR 2,799)
  • Acer Nitro 50 Desktop: starts at US$ 799.99

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Lenovo Legion 5, Legion Tower 5i coming to Philippines

IdeaPad Gaming 5i is coming too

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Last April, Lenovo revealed its latest additions to the Legion lineup. The Legion 5 is a gaming laptop featuring the latest Intel and AMD processor. Meanwhile, the Legion 5i is a desktop that aims to provide the best performance for gamers. All these are coming to the Philippines, along with the budget contender IdeaPad Gaming 5i.

To celebrate the arrival of new Legion computers, Lenovo is offering a promo this July. Customers pre-order any of the three new PCs from June 26 to July 11 will receive Legion accessories worth up to PhP 10,000. These new PCs are also entitled to an extended three-year warranty and support from Lenovo.

Legion 5

Legion 5 is Lenovo’s latest Legion line-up for the budget-conscious gamers. Despite its budget proposition, it didn’t skip on features. The base model has an AMD Ryzen 4800H processor coupled with 8GB of RAM and 512GB of SSD storage. It packs some serious graphics capabilities with its NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060. The 15.6 FHD display features a 120Hz refresh rate and 1ms response times for buttery-smooth gameplay.

Every pre-orders for the PC comes with a free Recon gaming backpack (worth PhP 2,995), M300 gaming mouse (worth PhP 1,495), K300 gaming keyboard (worth PHP 2,495), and H300 gaming headset (worth PHP 2,995). Legion 5i starts at PhP 52,995.

Legion Tower 5i

Gamers looking for their first gaming rig should look no further than Legion Tower 5i. This gaming desktop is built to satisfy the needs and demands of the most demanding gamers. Lenovo packed the latest 10th-gen Intel Core processors on this rig and configured it for up to 64Gb of memory and 2TB of SSD storage. Powering this PC is an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER graphics card built to handle the most graphically intensive games and apps.

It also features a sleek and minimalist chassis with a Legion LED logo on the front. Gamers don’t have to complain about ports since it has USB-C, USB-A, audio combo jack, and even an Ethernet port.

Lenovo is bundling the K500 gaming keyboard (worth PhP 3,995) and the M500 gaming mouse (worth PhP 2,995) on every pre-orders. The Legion Tower 5i exclusively available on Legion concept store at SM North EDSA and all VillMan and Complink stores nationwide. The baseline model will retail for PhP 72,995.

IdeaPad Gaming 5i

Meanwhile, those looking to dabble into PC gaming can get their hands-on on the IdeaPad Gaming 5i. Every pre-orders of the PC comes with an IdeaPad gaming backpack (worth PhP 1,995), IdeaPad Gaming M100 mouse (worth PhP 1,295), and K300 gaming keyboard (worth PhP 2,495). The best part about the PC is its low price: it starts at PhP 46,995.

What do you get for the price? Lenovo packed competitive specs for the IdeaPad Gaming 5i.  There’s an Intel Core i7-10750H processor inside, along with 8GB of memory and 1TB HDD or 512GB SSD. NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 or 1650Ti provides decent graphical performance for the PC. Dolby Audio and 120Hz refresh rate deliver enjoyable gameplay on the 15.6 FHD laptop.

You can now pre-order these PCs and learn more about the bundled Legion accessories at this website. You can also follow Lenovo Legion on their Facebook account and website.

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WWDC 2020 Highlights

iPhone widgets, macOS Big Sur redesign, Apple Silicon, and more

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A lot of things happened during Apple’s WWDC 2020. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Apple made this an online-only event.

There are a lot of announcements including the new iOS and iPadOS home screen widgets, macOS redesign, new watchOS features, and more. If you missed the chance to watch the whole 3-hour keynote, we made it shorter for you.

Watch our highlights video here.

 

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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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