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Apple iMac now with new Core i9 processor, gets 2x performance boost

With improved graphics, too!

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After the new iPads, Apple is now shifting the focus to desktops. The Cupertino company has blessed its iMac lineup with new processors and graphics for improved performance. For the first time, it now has the option for ninth-generation Intel processors and new Radeon Pro Vega graphics.

Physically, the 2019 iMac remains the same. It’s an all-in-one computer encased in aluminum and glass enclosure with two display sizes: 21.5- and 27-inch. Complete with a matching keyboard and mouse, the new iMac still delivers an uncluttered desktop experience.


For the new iMac, it’s what inside that counts. The 21.5-inch iMac now features Intel’s eight-generation six-core processors, while the bigger 27-inch iMac can offer up to an eight-core Intel Core i9 processor which promises 2.4 times faster performance.

Apple iMac 21-inch (left) and 27-inch (right)

Graphics-wise, this year’s iMac is a powerful desktop machine. Both the 21.5- and 27-inch iMac feature new Radeon Pro Vega graphics. The new graphics of the updated iMac will be able to deliver up to 80 percent better graphics performance, according to Apple.

The new iMacs will come equipped with high-quality 4K and 5K Retina Displays featuring 500 nits of brightness and P3 wide color gamut. Of course, the latest macOS Mojave comes pre-installed on all of the new models.

All of these new specs don’t come cheap, though. The new 21.5-inch iMac with Retina 4K display starts at US$ 1,299 in the US or SG$ 1,899 in Singapore. Meanwhile, the new 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display starts at US$ 1,799 or SG$ 2,599.

Both are available to order starting today from Apple’s website and the Apple Store app. Physical Apple Stores and Apple Authorized Resellers will have them on display next week.

SEE ALSO: New iPad Air and iPad mini improve on performance, add Pencil support

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Microsoft’s new Windows 10 May 2019 Update is now available for download

Windows 10’s biggest update this year

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Unsuspecting Windows 10 users might have been surprised about a new update available for download starting today. Microsoft has started the rollout of the Windows 10 May 2019 Update which includes a number of new features that consumers and developers will enjoy. The update, which was first released to testers last month, is assured to be free of major issues unlike the previous one.

In the update, Microsoft brings a new light theme for its desktop operating system along with Kaomoji support, a sandbox feature, and the separation of Cortana and Windows search. Officially, the May 2019 Update is known as version 1903 of Windows 10.


The update is pretty big, so it’ll take some time to download and install. That’s why Microsoft wants users to manually opt to download the update in the Windows Update section of the Settings menu. Simply select the “Check for updates” button and choose to download and install whenever you wish.

Another notification will pop up once the download has finished and is ready. It’ll ask for the right time (when you’re not actively using the PC) to finish the update since Windows needs to reboot to complete the installation.

For more information about the update, head over to the Windows Blog on Microsoft’s website.

SEE ALSO: Microsoft is ditching Edge for new Chromium-based browser for Windows

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AOPEN brings their budget-friendly and high-end gaming monitors to the Philippines

Backed up by Acer

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With a growing gaming industry, the PC monitor segment continues its increasing competitiveness. The latest brand to enter the Philippine market is AOPEN. With a number of competitors already playing in the field, AOPEN wants to capture a piece of the market with their high-quality monitors sold at a reasonable price.

AOPEN is part of Taiwan’s Acer group. They aren’t new to the game, but it’s their first entry in the local monitor market. From entry-level displays to curved gaming monitors, AOPEN will cater to the needs of new and upcoming gamers. Additionally, they will supply display solutions for small businesses.


Most notably, AOPEN’s lineup boasts a six-color adjustment feature which allows users to “blend” the colors or shades that works best for them. Also, the monitors also come with a Low Blue Light feature that filters blue light to ease the eye strain with prolonged use.

To entice gamers, the high-end models have support for AMD FreeSync. Meanwhile, NVIDIA G-Sync certification is already in the works.

When it comes to after-sales, AOPEN will be supported by Acer’s technical expertise and existing network of repair centers. AOPEN is already available at partner stores in the country. All monitors have a comfortable three-year warranty.

SEE ALSO: Acer Predator Triton 900 review: 4K-capable convertible

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Acer’s new Predator Orion 5000 goes up to 9th-gen Core i9, RTX graphics

Even more serious power

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Acer’s well-received Predator Orion 5000 has gotten an upgrade, and it includes some of the best hardware you can find on any gamer-centric desktop PC to date.

The new Orion 5000 (model name PO5-605S) can now accommodate up to a 9th-generation Intel Core i9-9900K processor with a Z390 chipset and GeForce RTX 2080 graphics card. That’s a seriously powerful combo, especially since the CPU can be overclocked thanks to Cooler Master’s liquid cooling system.


You also get up to 64GB of RAM and an assortment of SSD and HDD options on easy-to-swap expansion bays. 2.5Gbps Ethernet is available, as well as tunable RGB lighting visible through the mid-tower’s see-through panels.

“With the latest gaming technologies like a GeForce RTX GPU and overclockable 9th-gen Intel Core i9-9900K processor, the new Orion 5000 packs enough power to satisfy even the most demanding gamers,” said Jeff Lee, General Manager for Stationary Computing, IT Product Business, Acer Inc.

Acer also announced a new 43-inch Predator LFGD (large format gaming display) which features a 4K resolution and 144Hz refresh rate. Its VA panel offers Adaptive Sync and a wide color gamut of 90 percent of the DCI-P3 color space.

No exact pricing or availability dates have been mentioned, but these two products will definitely hit Asian markets in the coming months.

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