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Acer upgrades Swift, Spin, and Aspire series to 11th Gen Intel processors

There’s something for everyone

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Taiwanese laptop maker Acer announced that a suite of notebooks under its Swift, Spin, and Aspire lineup have been upgraded to 11th Gen Intel processors. The laptops are designed to offer more portability while retaining an affordable price tag. The new processor also comes along with Intel Iris X graphics.

Starting with the Acer Swift 3X, it’s designed for creative professionals who’re looking for a machine that can finish work as well as game. Thanks to a range of powerful CPUs, the company is pitching the product to be perfect for photographers as well as video editors.

Weighing just 1.37kg, it can offer up to 17.5 hours of battery life on a single charge according to Acer. On the front is a 14-inch Full HD display with an 84 percent screen-to-body ratio. Lastly, it doesn’t skip out on necessary ports like USB-C, USB 3.0, and Thunderbolt 4.

The Acer Spin 5 is built for portability and features an ultra-thin design. The convertible touchscreen notebook has a 360 degree hinge design and features a 3:2 ratio display. It has a antimicrobial Corning Gorilla Glass along with another layer of coating on the keyboard and surrounding areas.

The laptop is also integrated with Acer Active Stylus that leverages Wacom AES technology. Acer claims the laptop can run up to 15 hours on a single charge.

On the other hand, the Acer Spin 3 is a younger sibling that sports a 13.3-inch display with touch support and 360 convertible hinge. Keeping the price in mind, the laptop is designed for students and has slightly toned down specifications. However it doesn’t miss out on key features like Acer’s stylus and multiple ports.

Lastly, the Acer Aspire 5 is a more powerful machine that comes with the 11th Gen Intel processor and NVIDIA GeForce MX450 GPU. It has a touchscreen display and can be equipped with up to 24GB DDR4 RAM and 1TB SSD.

Price and Availability

The Acer Spin 5 (SP513-55N) will be available in North America in February 2021 starting at US$ 999.99; in EMEA in December 2020 starting at 1,099 EUR; and in China in November 2020, starting at CNY 6,999.

The Acer Spin 3 (SP313-51N) laptop will be available in North America in March 2021 starting at US$ 849.99; and in EMEA in December 2020 starting at EUR 899

Acer Swift 3X (SF314-510G) will be available in North America in December starting at US$ 899.99; in EMEA in November starting at 849 EUR; and in China in October, starting at CNY4,999.

Acer Aspire (A514-54 14″) laptop will be available in North America in December starting at US$ 499.99; in EMEA in November starting at 599 EUR; and in China in September, starting at CNY 4,499.

Acer Aspire (A515-56 15.6″) laptop will be available in North America in December starting at US$ 499.99; in EMEA in November at 599 EUR; and in China in September, starting at CNY 4,499.

Acer Aspire (A517-52 17.3″) laptop will be available in North America in February 2021 starting at US$ 549.99; and in EMEA in November 2020 starting at 599 EUR.

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MSI launches new business & productivity laptops in the Philippines

Entering unfamiliar territory in response to a changing world

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MSI is mostly known for competitive gaming hardware, especially in Esports. From laptops and PC hardware to gaming peripherals, the company prides itself in providing power and value to its customers. Now, they’re entering an entirely different space in the industry with the same proposition in mind.

The gaming company plans to bring its new Business and Productivity laptops to the Philippines. In response to the customers’ changing and growing needs, these laptops hope to bring power and value into the business space. Also, they wish to cater to the needs of both students and young professionals as work-from-home continues.

As such, their entire Business & Productivity laptops come in three distinct series that address different needs. For the creative professionals and students, the Modern series of MSI laptops offer great value across the board. It comes with the latest AMD or Intel processors suited for great performance and True Color Technology-calibrated displays. Meanwhile, the Prestige series serves as the company’s “jack-of-all-trades” device for all users as it also comes with high-grade NVIDIA GPUs.

Finally, the Summit series focuses entirely on the business professional at its core. These laptops come with the latest Intel processors and integrated Intel iRIS Xe graphics, along with maximum data protection features. Specifically in its MSI Summit E13 Flip, it also comes with a display that flips in 360 degrees. In essence, it turns into a tablet for convenience and flexibility in anyone’s way of working.

MSI has not released any details regarding pricing and availability.

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Huawei MateBook D14: Give the gift of possibilities

‘Tis the perfect gift for anyone who dares to dream

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There’s a reason why the gift-giving season happens at the end of the year: Whatever gift we receive sets the stage for the upcoming year.

It can get tiresome looking for the right gift. Why not shake things up and give yourself or your loved one something offers endless possibilities?

The gift of timeless companion

The Huawei MateBook D14 is one of Huawei’s entry-level notebooks with an exquisite design. Despite being one of it’s more affordable offerings, it looks simple and elegant.

It sports an ultra-slim design along with carefully crafted features to accompany its user in today’s inevitable work or learn from home setup. It’ll never seem outdated thanks to its classic look.

Powering it up is easy and convenient thanks to the Fingerprint Power Button. One quick press and you’re instantly on your way to better productivity.

The MateBook D14 also has a 14-inch FHD IPS display with anti-glare protection and TÜV Rheinland certified low blue light filtering. Enjoy dynamic and cinematic content without exhausting your eyes!

The gift of reliability and dependability

Huawei designed the MateBook D14 with smart features to ensure it stands the test of time. For instance, it has the Shark Fin Fan 2.0 — s-shaped fan blades designed to optimize air flow for improved cooling and laptop performance. It promises to be chill even when things are heating up.

And more importantly, it has a lot of juice to keep you going. With a 56Wh high capacity battery, the MateBook D14 can support up to 9.5 hours of battery life on a single charge — even if you continuously watch HD videos on Netflix.

Right on the box, the MateBook D14 has a portable, multi-purpose 65W USB-C charger and a USB-C to USB-C cable. Charge quickly and efficiently!

The gift of convenience

Huawei’s ecosystem makes life convenient for anyone aspiring to reach their dreams. Huawei SHARE plays a huge role in it.

MateBook D14

Not only can you transfer, view, and edit files seamlessly, it also allows for multi-screen collaboration. This lets you project your smartphone display to the laptop, while controlling both devices simultaneously.

The gift of strength to reach your potential

Unlike any entry-level notebooks in the same bracket, the MateBook D14 can punch above its weight class. Equipped with an AMD Ryzen chip, this laptop certainly offers the right power to achieve your goals.

It comes with an 8GB DDR4 memory, and up to 512GB SSD storage. It also sports an NVIDIA GeForce MX250. This combination of powerful internals promises a machine that can handle multiple loads, and it won’t give up on you when you’re facing challenges.

Ace your grades, propel your career, create art and videos freely, or set up a business. The possibilities are endless when you have a laptop that can accompany you in your journey.

The gift worth giving today

Truly, the Huawei MateBook D14 offers endless possibilities for anyone who dares to dream. It all begins with having the right companion that will support you in your journey in the years to come. The Huawei MateBook D14 is available in two variants: Ryzen 5 (PhP 39,990) and the Ryzen 7 (PhP 42,990).

Huawei is extending its Early Christmas Promo until November 25. When you purchase the MateBook D14, you get a free FreeBuds 3i (worth PhP 5,990), and a free Huawei backpack.

Customers can pay via Home Credit or through credit card installment in all major banks starting at 12 months in official stores and authorized dealers.


This feature is a collaboration between GadgetMatch and Huawei Philippines.

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Lenovo ThinkBook Plus: Gimmicky but gets the job done

A plus for the right person

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Lenovo’s never been shy to try new things on their notebooks and laptops. Their whole Yoga line is a testament to this. But they’re also applying that line of thought to their other notebooks. Specifically, the Lenovo ThinkBook Plus.

They don’t say it outright but that Plus, I’d wager, refers to the e-ink screen on the laptop’s hood. Dual screen laptops are slowly on the come up — most of which targeted towards the multimedia-heavy users. The ThinkBook Plus is more deliberate.

The ThinkBook Plus has a 10.8-inch e-ink screen. It’s meant for taking notes, reading e-documents and seeing notifications while the laptop is closed.

Yes, the ThinkBook Plus comes with a stylus out of the box.

ThinkBook Plus

It magnetically attaches to the sides of the notebook.

The e-ink screen is fun, except for someone like me who has terrible handwriting

ThinkBook Plus

What happens when you’re not using the e-ink screen? You get this default screen. 

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Or you can customize it with any image saved on the laptop. 

ThinkBook Plus

Now isn’t that so much better?

That image acts as a wallpaper when you’re using the ThinkBook plus, making it truly personalized.

I even tried a quick 10-minute sketch on the thing. 

But after a while, the novelty of the e-ink screen really wears out. It doesn’t help that I’ve mostly been working at home so there aren’t any opportunities to be in physical meetings and really take down notes.

Using the e-ink screen is also a hit or miss. It’s not readily responsive when you want to use it. But it the stylus to screen experience drastically improves once you’ve launched the notepad app. It also has great palm rejection so you don’t have to worry about placing your palm on the display as your write.

I can imagine how this can be useful in certain situations for certain people. However, unless you’re the type who actually likes to take notes, the e-ink screen will feel like a pricey gimmick.

The ThinkBook is a performer 

While the e-ink screen may be what gets you to turn your attention to the ThinkBook Plus, it’s not the only thing it has going for it.

It’s powered by an Intel Core i7 10th gen processor accompanied by Integrated Intel UHD Graphics, 16 GB DDR4 2666MHz RAM, and 512 GB PCIe SSD onboard storage.

That is to say, any productivity task you can think of, this thing can handle without breaking a sweat.

It’s been particularly useful in my daily tasks which include a lot of writing and copy-editing.

As well as basic image editing.

ThinkBook Plus

And of course, it’s useful when it’s time to put those words and images together on the website.

ThinkBook Plus

Quick side note: The more I go through my daily tasks, the more I realize how Core i7 laptops are completely overpowered for what I usually do. Especially since I still prefer to do my video editing on Final Cut Pro which only runs on Mac.

That said, working on the ThinkBook Plus has been as smooth an experience as can be. There was just a lot to love about it as a steady work machine.

The backlit keyboard was super easy to transition to.

The trackpad was also pretty darn good. 

ThinkBook Plus

But as is the case with most trackpads on Windows machines, they still can’t hold a candle to MacBook trackpads. That’s just a crying shame but it is what it is.

After soldiering for a day to use only the trackpad, I gave in and turned to the comforts of a mouse.

The webcam is located on the top-bezel.

This actually feels like a throwback as it doesn’t have the shutter or a built-in way to cover the camera. One time, I had to put an electrical tape over it during a zoom call as I wanted to show only the virtual background, without me in the shot.

There’s also no shortage of ports. This isn’t the thinnest of laptops so you get a decent amount of physical connectivity.

On the left are the HDMI Port, a USB-C port, and the 3.5mm headphone jack.

ThinkBook Plus

Over to the other side you have two USB-A ports and the power button.

ThinkBook Plus

Also a leisure companion

In between work or while I have lunch I like to watch a few videos. The 13-inch FHD display is more than enough for these quick breaks.

I’m either watching a few K-Pop fancams…

ThinkBook Plus

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Or indulging in a quick anime episode on Netflix. 

ThinkBook Plus

Anime title: Ahiru no Sora

My room is pretty dark most of the time so the 300 nits of brightness is more than enough. You might encounter some glare and visibility issues, though, if you whip this out under broad daylight.

The audio by Harman sounds okay and works as expected during zoom calls. However, it does feel like it’s lacking in the overall volume department. It just doesn’t get loud enough in certain situations or for certain videos that already had a low volume to begin with. But it’s passable and the quality is generally okay.

It also comes with a carrying case inside the box.

ThinkBook Plus

This is a low-key really good inclusion. It adds an extra layer of protection and makes you feel safe about carrying the ThinkBook Plus even if you’re only using a tote bag.

ThinkBook Plus

The carrying case itself feels pretty premium and matches the overall price tag of the product.

Is the ThinkBook Plus your GadgetMatch?

At PhP 104,950/ US$ 1,529, it might feel pricey. You’re paying extra for that 10.8-inch dual screen so unless you see yourself really taking advantage of that feature, it’s best to steer clear.

However, as I mentioned earlier, for anyone who does make it a habit to jot down notes, the e-ink screen on the Lenovo ThinkBook Plus can be a valuable tool. And it’s not like you’re only paying for that additional screen.

The ThinkBook Plus can be relied upon to handle your daily tasks without any sort of hiccup. It feels sturdy and can certainly be your work companion for years. It’s hard to recommend to everyone, but for the right person, this notebook is indeed a plus.

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