Laptops

ASUS VivoBook X412F Review: A great midrange option for work and school

For those who need a fresh start

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Not everyone can afford a premium device. Even if the specifications entice you to buy that nice laptop, the ultimate decision point is in its price and value to you. Parents and young professionals starting a new job would know.

ASUS regularly comes up with great midrange selections for students and young professionals. That seems to be what the ASUS VivoBook X412F is: an all-around midrange device for productivity and day-to-day tasks. But if you’re currently a student or working full-time, should you consider this device?

Here’s a rundown of the device’s specifications:

It has a 14” HD anti-glare display

It’s powered by an Intel Core i3 processor and an NVIDIA MX230 graphics card

It comes with both a USB Type-A and Type-C port

Has a fingerprint reader on the touchpad

It gets the job done for its intended purpose

The model I used came with an Intel Core i3 processor, which won’t deliver great performance on paper. But after using it for a while, I can say that it really isn’t the case. It kept up with the numerous tasks I threw at it, whether it was writing documents or watching videos. Do take note that this device only comes with 4GB of RAM, so obviously you won’t be able to do a lot more.

It also helped that it comes with a 256GB solid state drive installed. Using SSDs provide a significant boost in loading times, which allowed me to get more tasks done. I would still prefer to have the more powerful Intel Core i5 option installed to maximize performance.

You can play games on it, just don’t push it

The VivoBook X412F comes with an entry level NVIDIA MX230 graphics card. Upon reading this, my initial thought was that gaming was possible — and it was. The catch is, well any game that doesn’t require so much graphical power will run smoothly. Games like CS:GO, Minecraft, and Rocket League do reach a hard 50 to 55 frame per second cap.

But like any other non-gaming laptop, using this strictly for gaming is highly discouraged. This device was not exactly designed to be a gaming machine, even if you get the units with more powerful processors on it. Plus, you will definitely feel the heat on your keyboard when you play for too long. So, I’m not saying that you can’t use it to play games; don’t use it just to play games.

It lasts relatively long, as long as you’re using it properly

Upon initial testing, I did get around five to six hours on one full charge. It’s long enough for you to just browse the internet, watch a few videos or movies, and type down reports. Doing some form of photo or video editing decreases that number by just a bit. It took two to three hours to fully charge the device from zero.

Battery life when playing games on it is just what you expect it to be. I got close to two hours and 30 minutes before having to plug the charger. Again, you can play games on this device but it’s not meant for strictly just gameplay. 

The webcam is surprisingly decent

One of the key critiques I’ve had over most laptops centers around their webcams. Most built-in HD webcams, when used for the first time, are not as “high-definition” as promoted. Images and videos either look blurry or grainy, which won’t help during conference calls.

With the VivoBook X412F, the webcam is decent at best — which is all you could really hope for. Under good lighting conditions, image quality on this 720p webcam feels more “high-definition” than most. I observed relatively less grain than most other laptops I’ve tried, which is great for video calls at least.

Other features worth considering before you buy

The VivoBook X412F comes with a fingerprint reader on the touchpad. Setting up Windows Hello was pretty fast, but I found the sensor to be pretty sensitive after. Even if I had already cleaned my fingers and wiped out the sweat, the sensor sometimes won’t read it.

It also comes with a chiclet keyboard without the number pad on the right side. Key travel, for me was decent and took just a short while to get used to. Sadly, it wasn’t backlit which I would have liked — especially for working late at night. 

Finally, you get what you can with its display. It’s only a 14-inch HD display, which doesn’t leave you much room for proper viewing angles and color accuracy. The one good quality it has, in my opinion, is that it’s an anti-glare screen. I used the device outdoors several times, and even at 70 percent brightness I could still see the contents of my screen.

Is the ASUS VivoBook X412F your GadgetMatch?

The ASUS VivoBook X412F is one device that truly caters to those who want an affordable yet premium experience. It comes in a package that promises great productivity and portability, and lasts a long time. It’s a total fit for students and young professionals looking for their first school or work laptop. Of course, that’s only the case as long as it is used for its intended purpose.

With a device like this, you can only do so much. While tasks such as photo, video editing, and gaming are possible, it proves to do more harm than good. If you really want to get the most value out of this laptop, I suggest you use it mostly for its intended purpose.At PhP 32,995 (US$ 629) for the 256GB + 4GB RAM unit, the ASUS VivoBook X412F is a great productivity device for work and school. That is, if you will use it for work or school-related activities.

SEE ALSO: ASUS VivoBook, X series laptops on sale at Shopee

Gaming

Lenovo Legion X60 Intel gaming lineup announced

Now with better performance and optimized Lenovo software

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Lenovo is once again making big waves when it comes to their Legion gaming laptops. This time around, they’re not really looking at releasing anything new. Instead, they’re more on improving or upgrading their current gear with the latest hardware possible. It all starts with their new Lenovo Legion X60 Intel gaming laptops.

Basically, the Lenovo Legion X60 Intel gaming lineup features refreshed iterations of Legion laptops. At the heart of these laptops is an 11th generation Intel H-Series processor, which promises remarkable performance. Whether you’re gaming, streaming, or simply multi-tasking, these laptops will surely bring the power for whatever purpose. Along with this, these refreshed models also sport the latest NVIDIA RTX GPUs to keep up with insane gaming workloads.

Apart from these, the refreshed models will also come with Lenovo’s dedicated hardware and software technologies for any type of gamer. From Coldfront 3.0 to an improved TrueStrike keyboard, Lenovo built these laptops for either the casual or competitive type. Note that only the following models received the refresh:

  • IdeaPad Gaming 3i (PhP 59,995)
  • Legion 5i (PhP 72,995) and 5i Pro (PhP 124,995)
  • Legion 7i (PhP 169,995)

In terms of availability, these laptops in Legion Exclusive Stores, authorized retailers, and on the Lazada Legion Flagship Store.

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Things to consider before going back to school

The ASUS-BR1100F is here to ease schoolwork worries

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Going back to school was always something that I’ve considered after just finishing 16 years of formal education. When it’s all you know, it can be daunting to go out and find a job. You don’t have papers or deadlines to lure you into patterns of deflection from what you truly want to do in life. That aside though, I think education can be a privilege and when you’ve got the chance to develop and hone skills, you should!

Context

I’ve been thinking a lot about furthering my education in baking. Pre-pandemic, I had already dabbled into baking cookies and brownies for friends and family. And, well, amidst the pandemic, you can pretty much guess what kept me busy locked indoors. Despite some funding issues during lockdown, I found baking as a crafty way to share food with people close to me.

Long story short, my mom recently has asked me to look into going back to school and get my butt into a pastry school. But, there’s a lot I had to consider before hopping straight in. Luckily, I had the ASUS BR1100F to ease my schoolwork worries. Here are a few things I took into consideration before going back!

Do I really need this?

Okay, this is pretty much a tangent concern when funding is an issue. If money grew on trees and plants we collected over multiple lockdowns, bish would have her money. But, sadly that’s not how money works.

Formal education is important but, if it’s going back to school after finishing the whole 16 years shebang, you might want to weigh the pros and cons of going back. What for and where do you want it to take you?

Start asking WHY

Formal education in my case isn’t necessary. I’ve done the poopoo long-run just not in culinary school. But, if you’re still in school and getting bombarded with existential crises amidst schoolwork, you might want to take note that your why is a moving target.

That goes with most things in life. Everyone is capable of change whether by circumstance, mindset, or overall personhood.

You might not even have a why and you’re just riding the wave of societal norms of shoved-into-your-face formal education. That’s fine. Having a why can be a good way to get through the nitty-gritty of requirements and finals.

But, if you’re just getting by, maybe consider asking yourself the uncomfortable questions to save yourself wasted time when you feel like you’re in it for the wrong reasons.

Do I have everything I need?

Formal education takes money, time, and a ton of work. But, to top all the absolute absurd long list of things to have ready, (in today’s climate) students need a laptop or tablet to hop into online classes.

As someone potentially going back into student life, it can be tempting to ask for more than what’s necessary for schoolwork. But, it’s always good to start with basics.

You really don’t have to double your tuition on something you want when you can get everything you need. Like, the ASUS BR1100F. It has a stunning touch screen 11.6-inch LCD display that’s perfect for online classes, homework, and play.

The ASUS-BR1100F hit simple, functional, and durable on the nail. It’s decked out with rubber bumper on all corners so bumps and drops can let your laptop work fine, scot free. It’s even built to surpass demanding US military-grade MIL-STD-810H durability standards.

Start with basics

Cue infomercial but-wait-there’s-more. Remember when I said to start with basics? Well, the ASUS-BR1100F not only gives you the basics, but it lets you build on it. It has a modular design that allows key components, like the keyboard, battery, thermal module, and I/O ports, to be replaceable.

The laptop has a 360° hinge, a built-in stylus, and two-camera set-up—delivering on tablet to laptop multi-use realness. Thinking storage? The ASUS BR1100F comes with up to 128GB of eMMC storage built right in. Plus, its got an M.2 SSD slot for optional storage of up to 1 TB—giving you plenty room for readings, paperwork, and creative projects.

Have what you need, build towards what you want

The ASUS BR1100F is a good start. It delivers on everything every student needs to get schoolwork sorted out. Plus, gives you breathing space for an absolute klutz with military-grade durability. If I had this when I was starting out, this would have been great.

I would have everything I needed to get schoolwork done and the silly stylus to doodle to stay sane. If you’re a student or a parent looking for a reliable laptop that works as a tablet too, this is a must-buy for you. The ASUS BR1100F has a price tag of PhP 20,695.

If that’s a little over your budget, you can also consider the ASUS BR1100C. It runs pretty much on the same specs. The only things you’ll be missing are the 360 flip function, it isn’t touch screen, there’s no stylus included, and there’s no world-facing camera. Just the basics. It retails for PhP 17,295.

You can buy these at Shopee or any of the ASUS Authorized Commercial Partners listed here.

ASUS Education Partnership Program

For schools and institutions, ASUS has an Education School Partnership Program where the company can give incentives when they purchase ASUS Systems products. The program has multiple development fund tiers and should benefit anyone involved in the education sector. More details here.


This feature is a collaboration between GadgetMatch and ASUS Philippines.

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Computers

HP launches new laptops and AIO PCs for your home office

Bolster your home office

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More than a year into the pandemic, the need for a powerful home office keeps intensifying. Companies are discovering the benefits (or the demand) for a more permanent work-from-home system. Adding more options for workers, HP has launched a flurry of new products for professionals and creatives.

HP Spectre x360 2-in-1 Laptop PC

Even in a home setting, a hybrid device can make all the difference. Taking your work device into several rooms keeps the productivity flow going.

Touted as the world’s first 16-inch laptop with an integrated 5-megapixel camera, the HP Spectre X360 makes it easy to take your laptop wherever you go. The laptop sports the 11th-generation Intel Core i7 processor, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050, 16GB of RAM, 512GB SSD of internal storage, and Windows 11. Its 16-inch frame houses a UHD+ OLED display with VESA True Black HDR and a 16:10 ratio. The battery can last up to 17 hours on a single charge.

The laptop also comes packed with features to make video calls and working much more of a breeze. HP GlamCam automatically touches you up for calls, adjusts lighting. It can also lock your device automatically if you walk away and can blur your screen when someone is peeking in behind you.

The HP Spectre x360 ships in October starting at US$ 1,639.

HP Envy AIO PC

For a more robust office experience, the HP Envy delivers an all-in-one experience like no other. The device is reportedly the world’s first 34-inch AIO PC with a 5K display. It sports an 11th-generation Intel Core i9 octa-core processor, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080, 32GB of RAM, 512GB SSD of internal storage, and Windows 11.

Further, it comes with a detachable, magnetic 16-megapixel camera. HP’s Enhanced Lighting can also improve how you look behind the camera.

The HP Envy ships in October and starts at US$ 1,999.

HP U32 4K DHR and M34d WQHD Curved Monitor

Rounding out the new releases, HP is launching a duo of monitors to supplement your setup. The HP U32 4K HDR monitor is a 31.5-inch diagonal 4K HDR monitor that can deliver stunning images. Meanwhile, the HP M34d WQHD Curved monitor adds in a curved form factor and integrated speakers to a 34-inch device.

The HP U32 4K HDR ships in October for US$ 499, while the HP M34d WQHD Curved monitor sells for US$ 529.99.

SEE ALSO: HP unveils its new OMEN 15 gaming laptop – GadgetMatch

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