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ASUS announces its all-new ZenBook 14 UX435

The world’s smallest laptop with a lot of power to boot

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As you remain stuck at home for the last few months, you will always be looking for something new to do or watch. As such, you would also want a device that will simply keep up with the things you want to do while you’re still stuck indoors. Well, ASUS has an all-new device that looks to do just that and more.

The company unveils their new ASUS ZenBook 14 UX435, which they claim is the world’s smallest laptop. This device embodies power and performance all within the thin and light nature of the ZenBook series, coming in at 1.19 kg.

Inside the device, you get an 11th-generation Intel Core i5 processor for all your multitasking needs. Apart from this, you have a choice of going for the Intel Iris X or an NVIDIA MX450 discrete GPU — with the latter providing entry-level gaming performance.

To aid in productivity, the ZenBook 14 UX435 also comes with the ASUS ScreenPad as a secondary screen for your apps. It features a more intuitive design, with its operations centered around user experience.

In essence, the ScreenPad now allows for boosted productivity and seamless window integration for your work. With 1TB of SSD storage inside, you will definitely have a ton of space for your work files and movies to watch on your downtime.

The ASUS ZenBook 14 will be available in Q4 2020, with pricing yet to be announced.

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Framework laptop has a fully customizable and easily repairable parts

Bucking the trend of modern laptops

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Most manufacturers today are bent on making their laptops thinner and lighter. However, that trend comes with an unfortunate development: making laptops much harder to upgrade or repair. Soldered parts, for instance, discourage users from undertaking do-it-yourself (DIY) repairs to further extend a laptop’s lifespan.

To buck this trend, a San Francisco-based Framework recently launched a laptop that aims to be “upgraded, customized, and repaired in ways that no other notebook can.” The laptop features fully customizable and modular parts that users can repair and upgrade accordingly.

A laptop like no other

Base specifications of the laptop include a 13.5-inch 2K screen with a 3:2 aspect ratio, a 1080P webcam, and a 55Wh battery. A choice of 11th-gen Intel Core i5 or i7 processors, up to 64GB of DDR4 memory, and up to 4TB of NVMe SSD storage is configurable too.

As for the operating system, the laptop can come with Windows 10 Home, Windows 10 Pro, or Linux.

Almost everything on this laptop is fully upgradeable, from its internal to external components. Users can easily upgrade or swap the storage, memory card, WiFi card, battery, and even the motherboard. The same goes for the screen, screen bezel, keyboard, and even ports.

Upgrading the ports themselves is a unique proposition, making use of an expansion system users for a quick and easy swap to a USB-C, USB-A HDMI, DisplayPort, or microSD card reader.

Users may scan the laptop part’s QR code which will take them to the Framework Marketplace where they can easily find replacements. The marketplace will eventually feature parts from third-party manufacturers so users can have more options in the future.

The most impressive part here is that Framework manages to cram all these upgradeable parts into one slick profile. The startup boasts an impressive weight of under 1.35 kilograms all thanks to the use of aluminum for the chassis.

Framework will also offer a DIY laptop kit to enthusiasts. The kit will include individual modules and a screwdriver so users can easily assemble the laptop themselves.

Availability

Fortunately, it won’t be a long wait for interested users to get their hands on the Framework laptop. The startup is targeting a summer release, with pre-orders coming this spring. There is no word on the price yet. However, the founder says that the laptop’s price would be “comparable to other well-reviewed notebooks.”

The premise of Framework is indeed unique, rethinking what a laptop should be. Modern laptops today are becoming more and more locked down, which is a far cry from the laptops of yesteryears. Should this laptop find success, it could send a message to every manufacturer that upgradeability and repairability don’t have to suffer in the pursuit of thinner and lighter laptops.

Via: The Verge

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Lenovo launches Yoga 6, a convertible laptop with 18 hours of battery life

Powered by a Ryzen 4000 CPU

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Lenovo has launched the Yoga 6 in India, and its unique selling point is its 360-degree design that can also accommodate a stylus. Designed for folks who’re on the go, the notebook claims to offer exceptional battery life without compromising processing capabilities.

The Yoga 6 incorporates a new design consisting of a fabric-wrapped lid that’s treated with fire and stain-resistant finishing. At first glance, you’d actually think Lenovo has covered the laptop with a neat piece of jeans.

Coming to the specs, it sports a 13.3-inch Full HD LCD with touchscreen support and a maximum brightness of 300 nits. Moreover, as it’s a 2-in-1 device, the Yoga 6 features a 360-degree hinge, designed to provide stability while transitioning from laptop mode to tablet and vice-versa.

It packs the latest AMD Ryzen 4000-series processor along with built-in AMD Radeon graphics. To be precise, it sports the AMD Ryzen 7 4700U SoC which comes with a maximum clock speed of 2.0Ghz. The company claims the GPU can offer up to 59 percent faster graphics when compared to previous generation Vega graphics.

Backing the processor is 16GB DDR4 RAM and 1TB SSD for internal storage. The laptop weighs 1.32kg and supports Lenovo Digital Pen for sketching, doodling, and browsing. It ships with Windows 10 Home operating system out-of-the-box.

Most importantly, the Yoga 6 incorporates a 50WHr battery that’s claimed to offer up to 18 hours of usage. There’s a fingerprint sensor for authentication and connectivity options include Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5, two USB Type-A ports, two USB Type-C ports, and the headphone jack.

The laptop is available for pre-order on Lenovo.com and shall cost INR 86,990. It’ll go on sale starting March 10 via Lenovo.com, Amazon, and Flipkart, as well as other offline retail channels

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2021 LG Gram laptops now available in Singapore

Starting at SG$ 1,899

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First unveiled in CES 2021, the latest models of LG Gram laptops are now available to buy in Singapore. The complete lineup ranging from the Gram 14 up to the Gram 17 can now be had on all authorized retailers nationwide.

As a refresher, all LG Gram laptops feature a 16:10 display for 2021.  As such, users can expect more screen real estate, making the laptops better for web browsing and office work. The displays of the 2021 models also boast 99% DCPI-P3 coverage, delivering picture-perfect quality.

Accompanying the change in aspect ratio is the reduction in overall bezels. For this year, LG touts a much-reduced bezel on all four sides across all laptop models. Thankfully, LG didn’t sacrifice the keyboard and touchpad and made them bigger instead.

Like with most laptop refreshes, LG fitted the 2021 models with 11th-generation Intel Core processors and Iris Xe graphics for better performance all around. Expect 2 x USB 4 40GBps Type-C, 2 x USB 3.2 5GBps Type-A, HDMI, microSD card reader, and a headphone jack for the ports. However, LG Gram 14 2-in-1 excludes the HDMI port.

Lastly, the LG Gram laptops retain their thin and light profile while packing more features and upping their screen-to-body ratio by up to 90%. As for the only 2-in-1 model, LG Gram 14 2-in-1 packs an innovative 360-degree hinge and comes bundled with a stylus.

Local prices

All models come with 16GB of configuration and various choices of colors including green, black, dark silver, and white. Prices for the models and their respective configuration are as follow:

LG Gram 14

  • Intel Core i5-1135G7, 16GB/512GB — SG$ 1,899
  • Intel Core i7-1165G7, 16GB/512GB — SG$ 2,199

LG Gram 14 2-in-1

  • Intel Core i5-1135G7, 16GB/512GB — SG$ 2,199
  • Intel Core i7-1165G7, 16GB/512GB — SG$ 2,499

LG Gram 16

  • Intel Core i5-1135G7, 16GB/512GB — SG$ 2,099
  • Intel Core i7-1165G7, 16GB/512GB — SG$ 2,299

LG Gram 17

  • Intel Core i5-1135G7, 16GB/512GB — SG$ 2,199
  • Intel Core i5-1165G7, 16GB/512GB — SG$ 2,499
  • Intel Core i7-1165G7, 16GB/1TB — SG$ 2,699

LG Gram laptops can be had on all authorized retailers including Best Denki, COURTS, Harvey Norman, Gain City, Challenger as well as LG Lazada and LG Shopee.

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