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Aspire GX-281 leads Acer’s line of Ryzen-powered hardware

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Acer Philippines, in partnership with AMD, officially launched three Ryzen-powered devices.

In an event held at Chaos Manila inside City of Dreams, Acer introduced existing models from their lineup that now sport Ryzen processors instead of the usual Intel chipsets inside.

Acer Aspire GX-281

Headlining the launch was the Acer Aspire GX-281 desktop PC.

The Acer Aspire GX-281 lead the charge for Acer’s Ryzen-powered devices

The highest configuration available is powered by a Ryzen 7 processor (Ryzen 1700X) along with a Radeon RX 500 graphics card, 16GB DDR4 memory, 256GB SSD, plus 1TB HDD for extra storage.

The other GX-281 configuration has a Ryzen 5 processor (Ryzen 1600), Radeon RX 500, 8GB DDR4 memory, 256GB SSD, and 1TB HDD. Both come with an Acer KG271 24.5-inch 144Hz FreeSync gaming monitor.

The Ryzen 7 GX-281 will retail for PhP 96,499 while the Ryzen 5 GX-281 will retail for PhP 74,999.

AMD Director of Consumer Sales for APJ Peter Chambers discussed the capabilities of Ryzen 7 saying gamers previously needed two devices to game and stream, but with Ryzen, it’s possible to do both at the same time.

AMD’s Peter Chambers talking about how Ryzen empowers gamers and streamers

Ryzen 7 is equipped with Sense MI, which allows the processor to accurately and expertly monitor itself within a milliamp, millivolt, milliwatt, or even a single-degree Celsius which is used by Precision Boost to pinpoint its ideal clock frequency. Simply put, it’s efficient overclocking.

Veriton M desktop

Also on display during the event was the Veriton M desktop. Initially only available for enterprise, the Ryzen-powered version will be available commercially.

This unassuming Veriton M destkop has a Ryzen chip inside

Nitro 5

AMD’s Chambers also noted how the company will slowly bring Ryzen processors to more mobile machines like laptops — one of which is the Nitro 5, Acer’s entry-level gaming laptop. Acer also noted that a version of the Swift 5 equipped with a Ryzen processor will soon hit the market.

Ryzen-powered Nitro 5 running DOTA 2

Ryzen is a new brand of processors created by AMD and was first introduced in December 2016. They have since been aggressive in positioning themselves as the processor of choice for gaming enthusiasts.

However, they’re not stopping there, as they also have their eyes on offering the processors to machines used by content creators.

SEE ALSO: Acer Predator Orion 9000 First Look
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ASUSPRO D340MC is designed with budget-conscious workers in mind

Prioritizes security and endurance

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ASUSPRO is known for producing reliable laptops, but did you business-grade desktop computers are part of its portfolio, too?

The D340MC is an example of this, and it delivers on several fronts. It may seem like a standard boxy PC at first, but most of the features are on the inside.

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves; this is how it looks:

It definitely has a strong presence on any desk

Check out that port selection and DVD drive

The keyboard and mouse are part of the package

There’s lots of ventilation for cooling

Here’s a closer look at its ports

It’s easy to upgrade as needed

This is certainly a no-frills, get-the-job-done type of PC. Fortunately, it comes with good specs to show off: an Intel Core i7-8700 processor, up to 32GB of memory, 1TB of HDD storage, and a simple GeForce GT 720 graphics card to get you going.

But should really interest you are the reliability and endurance. The company claims the unit goes through rigorous quality tests in diverse environments, uses solid capacitors to lengthen lifespan, and produces little noise thanks to the thermal design.

The ASUSPRO D340MC starts at around US$ 600, but with its upgradability, it’s easy to give it more power when needed.

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Microsoft says you need a real computer, not an iPad

‘Don’t run out and buy an iPad’

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You’re probably familiar with Samsung teasing Apple and its iPhones through humorous commercials. But did you know Microsoft does the same against iPads?

Like Sammy, Microsoft loves to promote its products while humiliating those of close competitors. The latest attempt comes with this short holiday ad for the Surface Go.

Check it out:

The very first line — “Grandma, don’t run out and buy an iPad” — is already a clear dig at Apple. The little girl’s lyrics continue with, “It was fine when I was six, but now I’m 10. My dreams are big so I need a real computer to do all the amazing things I know I can.”

Yes, a real computer. If you’ve been following Apple’s promotions for the recently launched iPad Pro, you’d know that they tout it as a laptop replacement in a sense. Consumers and techies have since been debating whether the claims are true or not.

Well, Microsoft doesn’t think so, and instead believes that you need a Surface Go to cater to all computing needs. It runs desktop-class Windows 10 and is quite flexible productivity-wise when used together with the stylus and keyboard.

It seems like Microsoft’s goal here is to take away some of Apple’s strong younger market for iPads. Kids traditionally choose an iPad because of its portability, ease of use, and strong library of apps.

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Samsung 860 QVO SSD offers up to 4TB storage for your laptop

Available beginning January 2019

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Solid-state drives (SSD) have always been the faster storage option compared to hard disk drives (HDD), but it was only recently when SSDs caught up in terms of storage capacity. Samsung in particular is pushing for more digital space in its latest model, the 860 QVO.

Using a high-density 4-bit multi-level cell (MLC) NAND flash architecture, this SSD is able to go up to 4TB in capacity, which is great for a mainstream product.

Samsung claims 550MB/s read and 520MB/s write speeds for the 860 QVO, thanks in part to the integrated Intelligent TurboWrite technology and MJX controller.

Because of its 2.5-inch form, it’ll fit perfectly inside any laptop or desktop setup.

The Samsung 860 QVO will go on sale beginning January 2019 with a starting price of SG$ 299 for the 1TB variant. You may also spend SG$ 659 for the 2TB model or SG$ 999 for the top-end 4TB model.

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