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ASUS Zen AiO 27 hands-on: A step up from before

Your next home PC?

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Let’s take a break from laptops and check out this desktop PC from ASUS. This is the Zen AiO 27 and it looks so much better than any of the previous all-in-ones we reviewed from the Taiwanese company.

Coming from the iMac-like Zen AiO Pro and Vivo AiO, the Zen AiO 27 is a welcoming sight. But, is it any good?

Let’s find out in this hands-on.

This AiO has a gorgeous 27-inch UHD display

It’s also a touchscreen

The bezels surrounding the screen are slim

ASUS brings NanoEdge to desktop PCs

It has an outward notch at the bottom for the webcam

With an IR sensor for facial recognition

There are four speakers located at the back

ASUS claims it’s a 16W quad-speaker setup

Quick-access ports are on the right side of the base

L-R: USB 2.0, Thunderbolt 3, 3.5mm combo jack

The remaining ports are all at the back

L-R: Ethernet, 3x USB 3.1, HDMI-In, HDMI-Out, Power

The front has two LED indicators and an SD card reader

The LEDs show if your PC is on and functioning

The base even has a wireless charging pad

Charge your phone while you’re working

A full-size wireless keyboard comes in the box

It has all the keys but its very plasticky

There’s also a bundled wireless optical mouse

Pretty basic but it gets the job done

The Zen AiO design upgrade we’ve been waiting for

ASUS’ new Zen AiO 27 finally gets the design upgrade it deserves. It’s not an iMac copy-cat anymore and it looks even better than Apple’s desktop PC. ASUS certainly took a step forward in design; however, I’ve seen better-looking AiOs running Windows 10 like Dell’s new Inspiron desktops.

Perhaps, the best asset of the Zen AiO 27 is its display. It’s a 27-inch IPS LCD panel with a UHD resolution and multi-touch support. The display is Pantone Validated for color accuracy and it has ASUS’ NanoEdge design for slimmer bezels all around.

Although, like on smartphones, slimmer bezels come at a cost. ASUS had to put an outward notch to house a webcam and, for some reason, they placed it at the bottom. When I tested the webcam, it was showing myself from an awkward angle. As a consolation, it’s also equipped with an IR sensor for hands-free face login with Windows Hello.

The Zen AiO 27’s stand lets users view the display from multiple angles. It can tilt and swivel, plus the height can be adjusted with one finger. There’s no option for rotating the display, but that’s okay.

Design-wise, the Zen AiO 27 is a thing of beauty. I do appreciate its brushed metal-effect finish of really dark blue (darker than navy blue) with gold trims and accents. The audio and visual department of the PC delivers top-notch quality as well.

Slim and powerful, but not enough for 4K

All of the power of the Zen AiO 27 comes from beneath. The components are all housed in the base of the PC, which is neat and practical. How so? There are two storage slots and memory is user upgradeable up to 32GB.

The specs of the model I have are impressive with an Intel Core i7-8700T processor, 16GB DDR4 memory, 512GB M.2 SSD, and 2TB HDD. It also has discrete graphics using NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1050, which is kind of old but still very capable.

The base also has a Thunderbolt 3 port and features Bluetooth 5.0 and dual-band gigabit-class Wi-Fi. Needless to say, it runs Windows 10 Home out of the box.

I have no complaints with the general performance of the Zen AiO 27 thanks to its incredible specifications. I can easily multitask with multiple windows open and quickly render images from Photoshop. The configuration is also enough to ensure smooth video editing.

When it comes to gaming though, it doesn’t hit the mark. While the GTX 1050 GPU is good for games like Fortnite or anything with similar graphics power requirements, it’s not enough to push pixels in UHD.

This means you can’t take full advantage of the crisp display of the Zen AiO 27. It’s best to keep the game’s resolution in Full HD to have at least 60fps in not-so-demanding titles. Too bad I can’t enjoy Cities: Skylines in 4K.

I wasn’t able to try it out, but the Zen AiO 27’s can also act as an external monitor since it has an HDMI-in port. Any HDMI-connected source can use the UHD display as a second monitor.

Is this your GadgetMatch?

The ASUS Zen AiO 27 is indeed premium with an asking price of PhP 149,995 in the Philippines. It’s available through ASUS Concept Stores nationwide.

Of course, if you are to build your own desktop PC, you could get more power with the same budget. You could even still use an ASUS monitor, keyboard, mouse, and components since the company also sells those.

What you won’t get is the convenience of a plug-and-play, space-saving AiO. It’s like bringing out a laptop and plugging in the charger. If only ASUS included a better wireless keyboard and mouse, it would have been a better package.

SEE ALSO: ASUS ZenBook Pro Duo offers largest secondary touchscreen yet

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12.12 sale: Ultimate tech guide

The last sale of the year is here

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Last November 11, Lazada and Shopee held its annual sale where tech brands offered discounts to buyers.  This December 12, Lazada is holding another sale — the much-awaited 12.12 sale. Most tech brands will join the annual sale, so we have compiled discounted devices for your convenience:

We will update this list once in a while. From time to time, refresh this page to see more products on discount.

Aftershokz

  • Trekz Titanium Wireless Bone Conduction Headphones — PhP 3,378 from PhP 4,590 (Lazada)

Anker

  • PowerCore Select 20000mAh — PhP 1,720 from PhP 2,695 (Lazada)

ASUS

  • Laptop X407 — PhP 16,857 from PhP 17,995
  • VivoBook X407 — PhP 24,335 from PhP 26,995
  • VivoBook X540 — PhP 26,072 from PhP 28,995
  • VivoBook 14 X412FJ — PhP 30,079 from PhP 32,995
  • VivoBook 14 X412FL — PhP 39,191 from PhP 42,995

Defunc

  • Headphone Go — PhP 300 from PhP 490 (Lazada)

Honor

Shopee-exclusive

  • Band 5 — PhP 1,199 (12:00 to 12:59 AM)
  • Band  5 Sports — PhP 829 (1:00 to 1:59 AM)
  • 7S — PhP 3,679 with free game pad (11:00 to 11:59 AM)
  • Watch Magic — PhP 5,390 (8:00 to 8:59 PM)
  • 8X — PhP 8,279 (5:00 to 5:59 PM)
  • 20 Lite — PhP 9,999 with free Bluetooth speaker (12:00 to 12:59 PM)

Huawei

  • Band 3 — PhP 996 from PhP 2,490 (Lazada, Shopee)
  • Watch GT 1 — PhP 4,995 from 9,990 (Lazada, Shopee)
  • MediaPad T3 — PhP 5,221 from PhP 5,790 (Lazada, Shopee)
  • Y Max — PhP 6,495 from PhP 15,990 (Lazada, Shopee)
  • FreeBuds 3 — PhP 6,990 from PhP 8,990 (Lazada, Shopee)
  • M3 Lite — PhP 9,221 from PhP 13, 490 (Lazada, Shopee)
  • Nova 3 — PhP 9,495 from PhP 18,990 (Lazada, Shopee)
  • Watch GT 2 — PhP 9,990 with tumbler, wireless earphones, Anytime Fitness card, and PhP 300 coupon; free Php 500 coupon when purchased with P30, P30 Pro, Mate 20 Pro and Nova 5T (Lazada, Shopee)
  • Mate 20 Pro — PhP 19,794 from PhP 32,990 (Lazada, Shopee)

Joyroom

  • DM203 5,000 mAh Powerbank — PhP 390 from PhP 990
  • D-M129 10,000 mAh Powerbank — PhP 390 from PhP 990
  • Ear Hook Bluetooth Headset — PhP 590 from PhP 990
  • D-M129 20,000 mAh Powerbank — PhP 690 from PhP 1,490
  • Dual Battery Sports Bluetooth Headset — PhP 790 from PhP 1,490
  • D-M205 10,000 mAh Multi-function Powerbank — PhP 990 from PhP 1,490
  • D-M223 10,000 mAh Powerbank — PhP 990 from PhP 1,490
  • Sports Earphones — PhP 890 from PhP 1,690
  • Unilateral Wireless Earbuds with Charging Box — PhP 690 from PhP 1,290
  • TWS Bilateral Wireless Earbuds — PhP 1,390 from PhP 1,890

Marshall

  • Stockwell II + Major III Bluetooth — PhP 15,990 from PhP 24,880 (Lazada)

Nokia

  • Nokia 8.1 — PhP 16,990 from PhP 19,990 with free Bluetooth earbuds (Lazada)
  • Nokia 3.2 — PhP 6,990 from PhP 7,990 with free Bluetooth speaker (Lazada)

Oppo

Lazada

Shopee

Realme

Lazada-exclusive

  • C2 2020 (2 / 32GB) — PhP 3,990 from PhP 4,990; PhP 3,940
  • 3 (3 / 32GB) — PhP 5,890 from PhP 6,490; PhP 5,490 (12:00 – 2:00 AM, black only)
  • 3 Pro (4 / 128GB) — PhP 10,990 from PhP 14,990
  • 5 (3 / 32GB) — PhP 5,990 from PhP 6,990; PhP 5,890 (12:00 – 2:00 AM)
  • 5 (3 / 64GB) — PhP 7,590 from PhP 7,990; PhP 7,490 (12:00 – 2:00 AM)
  • 5 (4 / 128GB) — PhP 9,390 from PhP 9,990; PhP 9,290 (12:00 – 2:00 AM)
  • 5 Pro (4 / 128GB) — PhP 11,490 from PhP 11,990; PhP 11,290 (12:00 – 2:00 AM)
  • 5 Pro (8 / 128GB)PhP 12,690 from PhP 12,990; PhP 12,490 (12:00 – 2:00 AM)
  • XT (8 / 128GB) — PhP 16,990 from PhP 15,990; PhP 15,490 (12:00 – 2:00 AM)

Samsung

  • J2 Prime — PhP 2,495 from PhP 4,990
  • J6 Plus — PhP 3,995 from PhP 7,990
  • A50 — PhP 7,995 from PhP 15,990
  • Tab 10.5 — PhP 11,995 from PhP 23,990
  • A9 (2018) — PhP 13,495 from PhP 26,990
  • Tab S2 8.0 — PhP 13,974 from PhP 22,990
  • S9 — PhP 22,194 from PhP 36,990
  • Note 9 — PhP 23,994 from PhP 39,990

Urbanears

  • Ralis Speaker + Jakan — PhP 11,990 from PhP 18,990 (Lazada)

Xiaomi

Lazada-exclusive

Win a trip to the GRAMMY Awards

By purchasing items in Lazada from December 12-14, one gets a chance to win a free trip to Los Angeles for the 62nd GRAMMY Awards. Simply purchase an item with Mastercard from Lazada’s  “Music is My Fashion” page. Upon checkout, type the code “ROADTOGRAMMYS” and click submit.

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Select ASUS laptops come with free Instax cameras

Get a free Instax Mini 9, SQ6 or Mini LiPlay

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Christmas season is the time for creating memories. What better way to capture these memories than with an instant camera?

Instax partnered with ASUS this Christmas to give away free Instax cameras for every purchase of select ASUS laptops. Buyers also get to enjoy bundled freebies along with their free cameras. 

Bundled Instax cameras are the Instax Mini 9 worth PhP 3,999; Square SQ6 worth PhP 7,999; and Mini LiPlay worth PhP 9,999. The Instax Mini 9 is one of the best-selling products in the lineup, while the Instax Square SQ6 is the first analog camera that uses a square film format. Meanwhile, the Instax LiPlay is can convert recorded sounds into a QR code for sharing. They are available with these ASUS laptops:

Zenbook laptops

  • Duo / Pro Duo — Instax Mini LiPlay + ASUS 30th premium freebies + Nereus bag
  • Pro 14/15 — Instax Mini LiPlay + Nereus bag
  • S — Instax Square SQ6 + laptop sleeve
  • Flip 13 / 14 / 15 — Instax Square SQ6 + laptop sleeve
  • 13 / 14 / 15 — Instax Square SQ6 + laptop sleeve

VivoBook laptops

  • S13/ S14/ S15 — Instax Mini 9 + Nereus bag
  • Flip 14 / 14 / 15 — Instax Mini 9 + Nereus bag
  • 14 / 15 — Instax Mini 9 + Nereus bag

Others

  • X series (Intel Core models) — Instax Mini 9 + Nereus bag

To claim the Instax camera and the freebies, buyers must log on to ASUS’ promo redemption site and provide the necessary information. After confirmation, they must pick the freebies at ASUS Philippines headquarters.

Promo runs from November 18 to December 31. It is applicable to all participating ASUS concept stores nationwide and via the official ASUS Philippines digital store. For more information, visit their website or their Facebook page.

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Dell’s new innovation keeps your monitor and CPU together

Saving space in the work place

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Dell prides itself in being the leader of innovation for the modern computer. Such innovation allows for better and more efficient work spaces in offices. And with their latest innovation, the company hopes to expand the work space by simply cutting the technology down.

The company introduces the Dell OptiPlex 7070 and OptiPlex 7070 Ultra, a desktop machine that cuts all the space in the work place. This desktop computer, coined as a “zero-footprint” computer houses the CPU within the monitor. Dell designed the OptiPlex 7070 to conserve space while you’re working in the office.

It features a relatively compact and flexible design while retaining potential areas for upgrading. The monitor stand houses the components of your PC — including the CPU, RAM, and storage to reduce the space taken up compared to a separate computer unit. According to the company, users can upgrade either the PC or the display — whichever fits their needs more.

In terms of hardware, Dell promises to offer the OptiPlex 7070 with up to an Intel core i7 vPro processor, 64GB or RAM, and 1TB worth of SSD storage. Additionally, users can avail up to 2TB of added storage through an internal HDD flexible for multiple users.

The Dell OptiPlex 7070 is now available, starting at Php 53,500.

 

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