Computers

All new iMac with M1 chip, 4.5K Retina display now official

Long overdue update!

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The iMac has remained largely untouched for what felt like forever. Now, the curse appears to have been lifted as Apple finally introduces the new iMac that’s powered by the M1 chip and has a 4.5K Retina display.

What’s up with the M1 chip?

Well, it’s only Apple’s latest and greatest chip for their MacOS machines. It brings forth a leap in power, performance, and efficiency previously unheard of in MacBooks and iMacs of the past. Some performance improvements include a faster more fluid overall feel, no slowdown despite opening hundreds of tabs on Safari, smoother image editing, and a better Apple Arcade experience.

For a full breakdown of the performance improvement, watch this M1 MacBook Air review.

That display tho

24 inches. 4.5K Retina. 11.3 million pixels. P3 wide color gamut and over a billion colors. 500 nits of brightness. Put them all together and what you get is a computer display that will be a blessing to your eyes.

Apple is promising vivid and brilliant images with a color temperature that adjusts to your environment thanks to True Tone tech. Sweet.

OMG those colors

This one’s a nice callback to the iMacs of old that didn’t shy away from a splash of color. From a singular choice of Silver (which is still available, by the way), Apple is now also giving us the following color options: Green, Yellow, Orange, Pink, Purple, and Blue.

Could a PRODUCT (RED) option be in the horizon? We don’t know yet, but we also wouldn’t completely rule it out.

Cameras, mics, and speakers

You’ll likely attend a few more video conferences as we navigate this new normal setup most of us are in. You’ll be happy to know that the all new iMac now has a 1080p FaceTime HD Camera. FINALLY.

Supporting the brand spanking new HD camera is what Apple claims to be a studio-quality three-microphone array and six-speaker sound system with Dolby Atmos.

What else is here?

You get two Thunderbolt ports for fast data transfers and support for up to 6K displays. The 8-core iMac models have two more USB-C ports.

TouchID also comes to the iMac with the color-matching Magic Keyboard. The Magic Mouse and Magic TrackPad are also available in colors that match the iMac. You can also buy more than one and mix the colors up. You do you.

Price and availability

The new 24-inch iMac is available to order beginning Friday, April 30. It will begin arriving to customers and be available in select Apple Store locations and through Apple Authorized Resellers beginning in the second half of May.

Available on apple.com, apple.com/sg, and in the Apple Store app

iMac with 7-core GPU is available in green, pink, blue, and silver. It features an 8-core CPU, 8GB of unified memory, 256GB SSD, two Thunderbolt ports, Magic Keyboard, and Magic Mouse.

  • US: Starts at US$ 1,299 and US$1,249 for education
  • Singapore: Starts at SG$ 1,849 and SG$ 1,779 for education

iMac with 8-core GPU is available in green, yellow, orange, pink, purple, blue, and silver. It features an 8-core CPU, 8GB of unified memory, 256GB SSD, two Thunderbolt ports, two additional USB 3 ports, Magic Keyboard with Touch ID, Magic Mouse, and Ethernet.

  • US: Starts at US$ 1,499 and US$1,399 for education
  • Singapore: Starts at SG$ 2,149 and SG$ 2,009 for education

Computers

Acer announces updated ConceptD PCs, SpatialLabs displays

Computers equipped with latest 12th Gen Intel Core processors

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Acer announced the newest models in its professional line of ConceptD creator PCs and SpatialLabs standalone displays.

The three new computers — ConceptD 5, ConceptD 500, and ConceptD 100 — are now updated with the latest specs and features to support creative professionals’ usually intensive tasks.

These include:

  • Up to 12th Gen Intel Core i9 processors
  • Up to NVIDIA RTX A4000 or GeForce RTX 3070 GPUs
  • 128GB DDR4 of memory, 4TB Gen 4 SSD storage, and 4TB HDD

A pair of new 15.6-inch 4K displays have also been released. These are the  the SpatialLabs View and SpatialLabs View Pro.

ConceptD 5 laptop: Mobile powerhouse

On top of their reliable processors and GPUs, the ConceptD 5 and ConceptD 5 Pro creator laptops have a sound cooling system and advanced thermal design to keep them running.

Strategically placed air intake and exhaust vents generate an aerodynamic “Vortex Flow” within the device. Meanwhile, three efficient cooling fans reduce noise levels to less than 40 dBA.

As NVIDIA Studio-validated laptops, they include software optimizations and pre-installed NVIDIA Studio Drivers.

And as laptops for creative professionals, the ConceptD 5 series feature the following:

  • WQUXGA (3840 x 2400) 400-nit OLED display backed by several color technologies
  • 99.98-Wh lithium-polymer battery
  • HDMI 2.1 and full-size SD 7.0 card reader, Thunderbolt 4 and USB Type-C connectors
  • 27 percent larger Corning Gorilla Glass trackpad (vs predecessor)

Creating without limits

The Concept D500 desktop comes with the most powerful capabilities for intensive creator tasks such as 3D animation, videos, and complex design projects.

Aside from up to a 12th Gen Intel Core i9 processor and corresponding GPU, the mini workstation boasts of transfer speeds of up to 10 Gbps via its USB Type C port.

On the other hand, the ConceptD 100 desktop is powered up to an i5 or i7 processor and an NVIDIA T400 or T1000 GPU.

Individual 2D and 3D content creators as well as small-to-medium sized design studios was developed for space-saving desktop.

It features components suitable for graphic design, light-duty 3D modeling, CAD, and BIM workloads.

View Series 3D displays

Complementing the release of the new ConceptD computers are the latest additions to Acer’s stereoscopic 3D products — the SpatialLabs View and SpatialLabs View Pro.

Powered by Acer’s AI-backed SpatialLabs Go which turns just about anything into 3D, the couple of 15.6-inch, 4K displays are beneficial for both creators and gamers.

Specifically, the View Pro may make creators’ and developers’ lives easier. They may use the display for 3D design software, including:

  • Revit
  • Solidworks
  • Cinema 4D

This is made possible by installing Datasmith export plugins to import projects into the SpatialLabs Model Viewer.

Several add-ons are also available for a more efficient and productive workflow for 3D creators.

Maya and Blender users can even connect on a 2D screen while observing changes rendered into stereoscopic 3D with the display in real-time.

Casual users may use the displays for gaming or as a standard 4K monitor for various purposes.

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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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