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MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and Mac mini with M1 chip price in the Philippines

This is the future of Mac

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Apple unveiled its first ARM-based chip called M1, accompanying a new lineup of MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and Mac Mini. These new devices will make its way to the Philippines, revealed through Apple’s Philippine website.

13-inch MacBook Air

Apple’s new MacBook Air with the new M1 chip promises to perform up to 3.5 times faster and do graphics up to 5 times faster, with its 5nm processor. It also features Apple’s new image signal processor, improving camera quality while reducing noise. Built with a fanless design, the MacBook Air remains silent. It can also last up to 15 hours of web browsing and up to 18 hours of video playback.

Apple M1 Chip with 8‑Core CPU and 7‑Core GPU 256 GB Storage: PhP 54,990
Apple M1 Chip with 8-Core CPU and 8-Core GPU 512 GB Storage: PhP 68,990

13-inch MacBook Pro

The new MacBook Pro with M1 chip promises up to 2.8 times faster performance than the previous MacBook Pro. It also boasts performing up to 3 times faster than the “best-selling Windows laptop in its class.” More importantly, it can deliver up to 17 hours of web browsing and up to 20 hours of video playback, despite the improvement.

Apple M1 Chip with 8-Core CPU and 8-Core GPU 256 GB Storage: PhP 71,990
Apple M1 Chip with 8-Core CPU and 8-Core GPU 512 GB Storage: PhP 83,990

Mac mini

There’s also a new Mac mini with the M1 chip, which performs up to 3 times faster than the previous generation. It can also handle graphics-intensive tasks by up to 6 times faster, and machine learning by up to 15 times faster. The new Mac mini prides itself on up to 5 times faster performance compared to its PC counterparts.

Apple M1 Chip with 8-Core CPU and 8-Core GPU 256 GB Storage: PhP 37,990
Apple M1 Chip with 8-Core CPU and 8-Core GPU 512 GB Storage: PhP 49,990


Currently, Apple’s new lineup of devices with M1 chip are still unavailable in the Philippines. This page will be updated to reflect any changes on its availability and other details.

Computers

AMD unveils its new Ryzen Threadripper PRO processors

Bringing a new level of power to the professional workstation

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AMD has had a resurgence these past couple of months, thanks in part to Ryzen. Their latest processors bring power to any workstation while maintaining energy efficiency. As such, several companies adopted these processors from the ultrabooks to the gaming machines. Plus, they even got the next-gen consoles rocking Team Red!

This time around, they’re launching a new Ryzen Threadripper lineup of processors for professional workstations. Dubbed as the Threadripper PRO, they provide the latest in AMD’s technologies designed for heavy workloads. These are based on 7nm process technology, fitting 64 cores into the CPU for unrivaled performance.

Along with up to 64 cores of performance, the new Ryzen Threadripper PRO supports 128 PCIe 4.0 lanes for a variety of GPUs and storage options. With these new PCIe lanes, they aim to accelerate workflows for artists, architects, engineers, and content creators with support for next-gen graphics cards. Also, they come with AMD PRO Security technologies dedicated to keeping sensitive information safe.

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Machenike: Best budget peripherals?

Worth it?

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I’ve been wanting to get myself a mechanical keyboard to slowly work towards building a PC from scratch. Of course, this is sensible considering I have a laptop to plug them into. You know, getting the pretentious privileged feel of not struggling amidst a world still in shambles?

So, while the hunt was dreadful on hypothetical money I didn’t have, we stumbled upon an affordable alternative that we didn’t quite expect. But, in a good way–I think.

What is Machenike?

Machenike is a Chinese professional gaming hardware brand. It’s the first established esports hardware brand in China with investors like Haier and partners like Alibaba Groups. Now, Machenike has its fair share of rounds online. But, it’s getting a lot of traction especially when people are looking to upgrade their work-from-home set-ups. With affordability, performance, and aesthetic seemingly in check, are their peripherals really worth the buy? Here are the ones we tried out:

Machenike K7 mechanical keyboard

Let’s put facts out there: there’s no escaping plastic with peripherals. From god-awful unachievable to wallet-saving prices, most peripherals are mainly made of plastic. So, don’t act all surprised to find that Machenike’s mechanical keyboard line is mostly plastic. Considering its price-point, this is kind of a steal.

The Machenike K7 comes in four variants depending on the keyboard color (RGB or Ice-blue) and switch color (blue or black). The keycaps have a matte texture with opaque keycap letters, characters, and controls to show off your pick of color.

Design-wise, the keyboard shows-off its minimalism, unicorn-vomit rainbow aesthetics, and multi-functionality. You can connect it via cable or Bluetooth and play around with RGB settings.

Every click is audible and only requires a reasonable amount of actuation force. Which, you’ll need to make sure you double-check before ordering one (the blue switch is 60g and the black switch is 80g).

Is this the mechanical keyboard for you?

Overall, the keyboard looks and feels great despite low-quality keycaps and unbranded switches. So if you’re looking for a mechanical keyboard but are strapped for cash, this is a really good one.

It’s got great features, a simple and sleek design, and reliable performance under its belt. So, it’s definitely a keeper. The Machenike K7 is on sale on Lazada for just PhP 1,498.

Machenike M6

Machenike M6 and M7 gaming mouse

The Machenike M6 is a wired ultra-light gaming mouse with RGB capability. The mouse comes with four variants depending on color (white or black) and mouse sensitivity (6400 DPI or 16000 DPI).

Meanwhile, the Machenike M7 is a wireless gaming mouse with RGB capability and up to 10 days of battery life. The M7 has three variants depending on mouse sensitivity (2400 DPI or 16000 DPI), OMRON switches (10M or 20M), and battery (600mAh or 1000mAh).

Machenike M7

As for design, the Machenike M6 gaming mouse has a unique honey-comb design that lets the Machenike’s logo and mouse internals peek through. It strikes out more than the M7’s minimalistic black design with RGB accents at the bottom. Both mice are made of plastic but, that comes with the price-point. They’re both minimalistic in design and have customizable features at the bottom.

Overall, they’re both reliable performance-wise and can deliver on accurate use and play. But personally, the M6 is a bit too light for my liking which is more on preference than anything else.

Are these the gaming mouse for you?

Overall, the Machenike M6 and M7 both deliver on your gaming mouse needs despite cheap components. It’s a matter of preference on wired or wireless mouse (although the M7 has a wired option), aesthetics, and weight. So, if you need an affordable gaming mouse, this is definitely a good pick.

The Machenike M6 is on sale on Lazada for PhP999 and the M7 for PhP 1,199

More wins on top of the price

As affordable as the Machenike peripherals are, there are more wins for the brand on delivering your orders within 3 days. This typically isn’t a win elsewhere on the planet but, knowing painful order waiting times on some tech essentials, this is a big fat W for the brand.

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More colorful iMacs are returning this year

With five color options

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Image source: Concept Creator/Jon Prosser

In Apple’s modern iteration, color has almost all but disappeared. The tech company focuses almost entirely on premium color schemes. However, if you look back at Apple’s storied history, you’ll notice Apple’s previously fanciful colors, especially with the old iMacs. According to a new leak, Apple is reportedly bringing back colorful iMacs this year.

Reported by infamous Apple leaker Jon Prosser, the next iMac will unleash five different colors reminiscent of the options available to the iPad today. Besides the Apple staple black and white, the series will also come in pastel green, pastel blue, and pastel pink. Prosser enlisted the help of Concept Creator to visualize how the series will looks, at least based on how the current iMacs look now.

Currently, Prosser has not leaked what else the upcoming iMac will come with. Last year, Apple launched the 27-inch iMac armed with Intel. Who knows what the upcoming iMac will launch?

Though the leak reveals a more colorful future for Apple, it’s still a far cry from the vastly more colorful options of the early 2000s. Regardless, if Prosser’s leak is true, more colors are coming. iMac users might finally express their individuality outside of the simple.

SEE ALSO: Apple launches an all-new 27-inch iMac

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