ASUS brings new affordable VivoBook laptops to the Philippines



ASUS has just brought new notebooks to the Philippines. Under their VivoBook series, the Taiwanese maker offers a good selection of laptops specially designed for students and those on a tight budget.

VivoBook E12

Do you guys still remember the ASUS EEE PC? The VivoBook E12 kinda gives the once famous netbook an incarnation, and it’s also affordable. With its compact body and 11.6-inch HD display, this laptop is for those who prefer portability. It even has a 180-degree hinge, so you can lay the notebook flat on a table, and a promised battery life of up to 10 hours.

ASUS VivoBook E12

The notebook will go on sale for just PhP 13,995 with a configuration including an Intel Celeron N3350 processor, 2GB of memory, and 500GB of storage. It also has Windows 10 Home pre-loaded. What’s interesting about this laptop is that it comes with a plethora of ports including the latest USB-C 3.1 despite its low price tag.

VivoBook E402

If you want something bigger, the VivoBook E402 has a 14-inch display. Its design is pretty basic but doesn’t give off a cheap vibe thanks to its color options — red, blue, or white. ASUS’ IceCool technology is present, which keeps the surface of the palm rest within comfortable operating temperatures.

ASUS VivoBook E402

The configuration that’ll be available locally will have an Intel Celeron N3450 processor paired with 4GB of memory. For just PhP 14,995, it also comes with a licensed copy of Windows 10 Home. ASUS didn’t specify the hard disk drive capacity, but they said it is upgradable up to 1TB.

VivoBook Flip

The VivoBook series is not just about affordability, because it also offers a premium design. With the VivoBook Flip, ASUS offers the popular 360-degree display hinge without sacrificing performance. The notebook has a metal finish and the latest USB-C port. It also has a Full HD touch display, which you can position at any angle you prefer.

ASUS VivoBook Flip (15″)

The VivoBook Flip will come in two sizes: 14-inch and 15-inch. The 14-inch variant will have an Intel Core i5-7Y54, 4GB of memory, 128GB SSD, and Windows 10 for PhP 39,995. On the other hand, the bigger 15-inch model gets the latest 8th-generation Intel Core i5 with 8GB of memory and a combo drive of 1TB HDD plus 128GB SSD. It has Windows 10 pre-loaded and a price tag of PhP 59,995.


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ASUS unveils newest Chromebook series for students

The Chromebook CR1 and Flip CR1



Chromebook CR1

ASUS has announced the availability of two new portable laptops that will surely benefit the modern-day student: the Chromebook CR1 and Chromebook Flip CR1.

Designed to withstand the daily grind of students, the education-focused 11-inch laptops come with military-grade (MIL-STD-810H) durability. The devices also come with a spill-resistant keyboard, a rubber bumper, and a sturdy 180-degree lay-flat hinge.

Their battery lasts up to 12 hours on a single charge, and has fast-charging support.

On the outside of both are an 8MP camera and an 11.6-inch HD LCD display. Of course, the only difference is the touchscreen panel on the Flip CR1.

The new Chromebook series comes with an assortment of ports too, including two USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C and USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type A slots, a microSD card reader, an audio combo jack, and a Kenshington lock slot. The laptops also support Wi-Fi 6 and 4G LTE connection.

When it comes to its interior, the Chromebooks are powered by up to an Intel Pentium Silver N6000 processor and Intel UHD graphics. The devices run on the ChromeOS for Education.

They both have 8GB of DDR4 memory and 64GB eMMC storage, with up to a 1TB PCIE M.2 expansion slot.

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Acer expands SpatialLabs developer tools

Enabling the stereo 3D experience



Acer Spatial Labs

Acer has expanded the developer tools for its SpatialLabs technology, providing professionals even more avenues to develop glasses-free, stereoscopic 3D experiences when using SpatialLabs Pro devices.

The updates include a SpatialLabs Unity plug-in, a SpatialLabs Pro-certified Acer OpenXR runtime to allow developers to use OpenXR protocols when creating stereo 3D content, and the Acer SteamVR Bridge.

Unity Plug-in

Acer’s Unity plug-in helps to extend its reach to more creators in various fields, including architecture, construction, education, medicine, and more.

Developers can take advantage of the Unity plug-in’s existing tools and verticals to enhance their experiences and help present their models in their true 3D form on Acer SpatialLabs Pro devices, without the need for glasses.

OpenXR Runtime

Meanwhile, OpenXR Runtime is now SpatialLabs Pro devices conformant.

This means XR developers now have the option to choose from Acer’s devices for glasses-free stereoscopic 3D.

They may also take advantage of OpenXR’s cross-platform and high-performance API for faster innovation while utilizing Open XR-compatible apps such as Autodesk VRED 2023 and Blender.

SteamVR Bridge

Lastly, Acer’s proprietary SteamVR Bridge driver is now available for developers of VR applications so they can convert creations on SpatialLab Pro devices for clear and captivating imagery without the need for VR headsets.

The SpatialLab Pro devices may also be used to leverage SteamVR Bridge and NVIDIA Omniverse for more viewing options for enhanced stereo 3D projection of complex graphics, visual effects, and simulations.

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Acer announces new AMD Ryzen-powered Swift Edge 16

Combining performance, portability



Swift Edge 16

Acer has announced the latest version of the Swift Edge 16. It’s a laptop designed for professionals banking on their devices for efficient computing and productivity.

The 12.95-mm and 1.23-kilogram lightweight laptop is powered by AMD Ryzen 7040 series processors and up to AMD Radeon 780M graphics, while select models have AMD Ryzen AI to keep up with today’s AI demands.

Its 16-inch 3.2K OLED 120Hz display has 100% DCI-P3 color gamut support, up to 0.2ms response time, 500 nits of peak brightness, and VESA DisplayHDR True Black 500 certification.

The device comes with up to 32GB of DDR5 memory and up to 2TB of PCIe Gen 4 SSD storage, along with TwinAir cooling technology to complement its enhanced fan and air inlet keyboard design. 

The Windows 11 laptop also boasts Wi-Fi 7 and Microsoft Pluton compatibility, as well as other advanced smart features for fast wireless connections.

These include support for Window Studio Effects, Acer Temporal Noise Reduction (TNR), and Acer PurifiedVoice.

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