Laptops

Apple finally acknowledges MacBook’s butterfly keyboard problem

Affecting a ‘small number of users’

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Do you have issues with your new MacBook keyboard? Aside from missing the tactile feel when typing, the butterfly keyboard on all MacBooks are prone to malfunction when tiny debris (like crumbs or dust) gets inside your laptop. That’s why Apple added silicone membranes to its third-generation MacBook keyboards to prevent this. Unfortunately, it’s not working so great.

It took a while for Apple to admit to the issue of their redesigned keyboards. The problem has been around for quite some time on forums, but it seems like Apple is not considering the problem to be noteworthy. What did it take for Apple to respond to the matter? A Wall Street Journal piece.

We’ll share a few details about it here but if you have a WSJ subscription, you may read the piece directly from the source.

An Apple spokesman said the company was aware of the butterfly keyboard issue, but claimed that it affected only a “small number of users” and they were “sorry” for the problems. The spokesman also maintained that the “vast majority” of MacBook Air and Pro users were just fine. If there’s any problem, Apple’s support and warranty should be able to cover it.

It’s still unclear how many people are affected, but customers aren’t happy about it. DIY websites like iFixit believe that the butterfly keyboard system is inherently fragile and even the slightest amount of debris can jam it. Since the mechanism is extremely thin (yet stable), it’s also possible that they are prone to breaking down.

For now, there’s no special repair program addressing the issue. Any system with a third-gen keyboard is still covered under the free warranty, but there’s no assurance if Apple will cover it after that.

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Gaming

Honor launches Hunter V700 gaming laptop with a kickass design

Honor’s first gaming laptop

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Honor’s first gaming laptop has arrived and the brand is confident it can make a mark in the market. Starting with the Hunter V700, the brand says it packs best-in-class performance, excellent heat dissipation, as well as portability.

To start off, the laptop has a very aggressive design that focuses on RGB lighting, ergonomics, and sustained performance. Honor has managed to fill a high-end configuration despite the thin chassis.

It has a 16.1-inch display with a 144Hz refresh rate that’s accompanied by 4.7mm thick bezels, 100% sRGB color, and a maximum brightness of 300 nits. Unlike Apple’s laptops, Honor has managed to pack a USB-A port, HDMI, and an RG45 ethernet jack.

Honor has also included a new hinge that it likes to call Wind Valley design. According to the brand, the design facilitates up to 40 percent more volume of air for cooling.

“Traditional gaming notebooks tend to be thick and heavy to meet the high-performance and heat dissipation requirements expected in this category. Honor believes the pursuit of performance can co-exist with a lightweight and portable design,” Honor said in a statement.

The Honor Hunter V700 starts at CNY 7,499 (US$ 1,105) for the Core i5-10300H,  GeForce GTX 1660 Ti, 16 GB of RAM, and 512 GB of storage.

It’s followed by a Core i7-10750H with an RTX 2060, along with the same volume of RAM and storage, costing CNY 8,499 (US$ 1,250).

Lastly, you can get a Core i7-10750H, RTX 2060, 16 GB of RAM, and a 1TB SSD storage for CNY 9,999 (US$ 1,475). The sale is currently limited to China via VMall.

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ASUS ROG, ACRONYM partner for Special Edition Zephyrus G14

Bringing together impressive power and top-tier design into one device

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ASUS ROG pits its ROG Zephyrus G14 as its most all-around gaming laptop. It comes with powerful hardware in a sleek design, along with features fit for a personalized experience. In essence, it’s the ultimate laptop for gamers and content creators, alike. And apparently, ASUS isn’t the only one who sees it that way.

Errolson Hugh, co-founder of leading technical appparel company ACRONYM has his vision of an empowered user. He believes that more empowered users aren’t strictly just gamers, but is also a thinker and a creator. Since 1994, the company built an extensive portfolio of apaprel sourced from top notch materials.

These initiatives make ACRONYM an ideal partner for ASUS ROG, and it’s seen in their Special Edition Zephyrus G14. In terms of hardware, the Special Edition ROG Zephyrus G14 still carries the latest AMD Ryzen 9 CPU and NVIDIA RTX 2060 GPU. Now, ACRONYM infuses its own design philosophy and brings distinct visual features to the device.

Pricing and availability for the Special Edition ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 have yet to be announced.

SEE ALSO: ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 review

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Huawei MateBook X (2020) + FreeBuds Pro + Watch GT 2 Pro Hands-On

Huawei ecosystem done right

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It seems like the pandemic isn’t stopping companies from announcing their newest tech. Today, Huawei announced not just new software features, but also their latest hardware in the annual Huawei Developers’ Conference (HDC).

Whether it’s the newly-updated MateBook X, Pro-rated iterations such as the FreeBuds Pro and the Watch GT 2 Pro.

Head over to our latest hands-on video as we talk about these devices and how Huawei’s seamless ecosystem can make your life meaningful.

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