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
Microsoft launches Windows 365, a PC in a cloud
Called Windows 365
With technology nowadays, it’s easier to carry around a PC-like device in our pockets. Still, having the ability to lug around an actual PC wherever we go is a luxury. Laptops can still be heavy. However, in their latest product announcement, Microsoft is introducing a way to carry PCs over from device to device — at least, to some extent.
Called Windows 365, Microsoft is launching a virtual PC stored in the cloud. Windows 365 allows users to access their Windows installation on any device including those not originally built with Windows. That includes even Macs and Linux devices.
Windows 365 will be installable on eight different devices of 16GB of RAM and 512GB of internal storage.
Currently, the service has not launched yet. It will launch on August 2 from Windows365.com. As such, there is no final pricing for the service yet.
Regardless, Windows isn’t exactly launching the service for consumers. Though it’s a huge accessibility tool for users, it’s positioned more for (and hence, more beneficial to) enterprise customers. It will allow an IT department to quickly install Windows on new devices.
Most importantly, companies can now easily onboard telecommuters to their workforce. All they need is a device to install Windows on.
ASUS ROG launches Cool for School Promo
Exclusive bundles and discounts!
The start of the new school year in the Philippines is right around the corner. With that in mind, ASUS ROG is offering plenty of devices on their lineup for exclusive bundles and discounts with its Cool for School promo.
Promo duration is from July 15 to August 31, 2021 and features laptops, desktops, smartphones that are available for up PhP 18,000 worth of discounts. Take a look at the bundles below.
ASUS Notebooks and Zenfones
- All ASUS ZenBook — Nespresso Mini Essenza with free Coffee Capsules (PhP 7,500)
- All ASUS VivoBook — Aviche M5 Wearable Air Purifier (PhP 2,500)
- Zenfone 8 and Zenfone 8 Flip — JBL Go 3 (PhP 2,300)
- All ASUS X Series laptops with Intel Core i5 and i7 processors — PhP 2,000 discount
- All ASUS X Series laptops with Intel Core i3 processor — PhP 1,000 discount
- ROG Zephyrus S17 GX701LXS/LV, ROG Zephyrus S15 GX502LXS/LW, ROG Zephyrus M15 GU502LW/LU — Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance Starter Kit 9W, Google Nest Hub (PhP 18,000+)
- ROG Flow X13 SuperNova Edition, ROG XG Mobile GPU with RTX 3080 — ROG Slash Cap, ROG Slash Sling Bag, Xbox Controller (PhP 8,500+)
- ROG Flow X13 — ROG Slash Cap, ROG Slash Sling Bag (PhP 2,500+)
- ROG Zepyhrus G14 GA401IVC — ROG Slash Cap, ROG Slash Messenger Bag, Chromecast 4K TV, Google Nest Mini (PhP 8,500+)
- ROG Zephyrus G15, ROG Zephyrus G14 GA401IV/IU/IH/II — Chromecast 4K TV, Google Nest Mini (PhP 4,500+)
- ROG Strix Scar 17 G732LXS/LWS/LV, ROG Strix Scar G532LWS/LW/LV — ROG Slash Cap, TUF AX3000 router, Xbox Controller (13,000+)
- ROG Strix G17 G712LV/LU, ROG Strix G15 G512LV/LU/LI — Google Nest Mini, Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance Bulb 9W (PhP 4,000+)
- ROG Phone 5 Classic — ROG Cetra II Core (PhP 3,300)
- ROG Ranger Backpack (RGB BP3703) — PhP 1,000 Discount
- ROG Ranger Backpack (BP2500) — PhP 500 Discount
ASUS and ROG Desktops
- ASUS Desktop S3401SFF — PhP 1,000 Discount
- ASUS Desktop S500SA — PhP 1,000 Discount
- ROG Strix G35DX-PH009T, ROG Strix G35DX-PH011T — TUF Gaming VG249Q1A
- ROG Strix GD30CI(OPT.)-PH003T — TUF Gaming VG249Q1A
- ROG Strix G15DH-PH014T , ROG Strix G15DH-PH002T — TUF Gaming VG249Q1A
- ROG Strix GL12CM-PH019T — TUF Gaming VG249Q1A
- ROG Strix GL10CS-PH042T , ROG Strix GL10CS-PH040T — TUF Gaming VG249Q1A
- TUF Gaming FX10CP-PH004T — TUF Gaming VG249Q1A
For the complete mechanics and list of participating products and stores, check out https://bit.ly/ASUSROGCoolForSchool2021.
LG announces four new monitors in the Philippines
From content creation to gaming, LG has got you covered
Monitors have been one of the most searched and bought tech products last 2020. And with the increasing demand due to the ever-changing WFH workspace, LG Philippines brought us four new monitors that cater the needs of each and every user.
LG UltraFine Monitor
If you’re the user who edits and color grades 4K videos, this monitor is for you. Aside from providing the best of colors in the class with IPS technology and HDR10 and DCI-P3 support, LG’s UltraFine monitor also provides UHD 4K resolution that’s 4x bigger than the regular Full HD (1080p) resolution. This means details are sharper and crispier.
But what makes this monitor different from monitors other than what LG offers is the Ergo stand where the monitor can be tilted, swiveled, and even rotated accordingly. As the name implies, it’s “Ergo”nomic in a sense that you can adjust the monitor freely without having to move things around. This gives you good posture, better height adjustability, and a cleaner workstation, providing full convenience to the user.
It also has USB-C ports for faster connection and wider support for newer devices. Speaking of, cable management looks cleaner thanks to this new type of stand as you just need to insert it behind.
LG UltraWide Monitor
As opposed to the regular 16:9 aspect ratio, a 21:9 view gives you 33% more screen real estate, making the user do tasks efficiently through split-screen view multitasking. This way, you don’t have to put two different monitors side-by-side.
On paper, it’s got what it takes to be your next best monitor: an IPS display for color accuracy, HDR10 for the best viewing experience, and 350 nits of brightness so you can work even if your windows reflect too much light on the screen. Looking at it directly makes it already immersive thanks to its slim bezels paired with 3-side virtually borderless design. On top of that, it has 5ms response time, Dynamic Action Sync, and AMD Freesync support so you can also enjoy smooth casual gaming, whenever.
LG UltraGear Monitor
LG’s UltraGear monitor provides the best Nano IPS technology in this premium monitor for gamers to enjoy and relive the games they are watching. ICYMI, most gaming monitors use VA panels instead of IPS, which display less color-accurate visuals.
Specs-wise, it’s the best monitor you can get for playing: it has 99 percent sRGB support for that color accuracy, fast 144Hz refresh rate, ultra-responsive 1ms response time with Motion Blur Reduction, and even compatibility to other HDR-enabled consoles such as the Xbox One S and PS4 Pro. Support for Xbox Series X and PS5 might come sooner (or later).
PCs or laptops with HDR-supported graphics card are supported as well so you don’t need to worry. This enables users enjoy punchier brightness and highlights with deeper shadows and silhouettes. Paired with NVIDIA G-Sync compatibility, the monitor also reduces screen tearing and stuttering.
Last but definitely not the least is LG’s Standard Monitor — meant either for the productive users on a budget or just for casual users who need a bigger monitor on their working area.
This monitor, just like the rest in the lineup, offers IPS technology. To make it even better, it has a Full HD resolution, shorter response times than the usual, and improved color reproduction and viewing angles.
This monitor’s aesthetics weren’t compromised either. It has slim bezel on three sides for a maximized viewing pleasure and offers an ergonomic design with tilt adjustments. With Flicker safe, Reader and Color weakness mode features, users will have little to no eye strain.
Casual gaming is also possible with AMD Freesync, Dynamic Action Sync, and Black Stabilizer as well.
Pricing and Availability
LG’s newest line of monitors are available in all authorized dealers nationwide both in-store and online. Visit LG.com.ph for a complete list of their retail partners. You can also check out LG’s Official Lazada or Shopee Flagship Stores for a full list of monitors available.
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