Laptops

ASUS ZenBook Pro Duo: A multitasker’s dream

Is the expensive price tag worth it?

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I used to play MMORPGs while doing my schoolwork. Back then, I dreamed about working on a dual-monitor set up so I can multitask. Of course, my younger self won’t be able to afford a customized set up let alone convince his parents to buy one for him.

It was always a dream, given that my attention span is as short as a goldfish; moving from one task to another, wanting to do a lot of things all at once. Unexpectedly, my childhood dream reemerged when I got my hands on the ASUS ZenBook Pro Duo.

Perfect Dual Display

The ASUS ZenBook Pro Duo was first unveiled in Taipei during Computex 2019, enthralling everyone with a stunning, dual touchscreen display. Everyone dubbed it “The Laptop of Tomorrow” since its futuristic design could be a glimpse of how laptops might look like in the near future.

The ZenBook Pro Duo prides itself with a 4K OLED touchscreen 15.6″ main display. Yes, ASUS combined a 4K clarity and OLED display to show-off how premium this laptop is. Watching any form of entertainment is a visual treat in its humongous, stunning screen. You’ll surely build a mini theater at the comforts of your own home.

Additionally, this laptop boasts its crown jewel — the ScreenPad Plus. It’s a 4K secondary touchscreen display using an IPS LCD panel. Most people were amazed when they saw me working on a dual-display laptop. Everyone was curious and mesmerized but little did they know, it’s not that glamorous. Due to its flat placement, you have to look down to see what’s going on. Honestly, it’s impossible to look and read properly without straining your nape.

On top of the problem with its viewing angle, its aspect ratio isn’t perfect. You need to open a minimum of two apps and a maximum of three to fit the screen properly. The software used in ScreenPad Plus needs a lot of improvement.

Looking at the bright side, the ScreenPad Plus is a great way to multitask. I used to open Slack to keep in touch with my colleagues while I work remotely and play either Spotify or Netflix as background noise. In some occasions, creative individuals can use the ScreenPad Plus as an extension of their workspace while working on an artwork.

One of my favorite artists, Lei Melendres, used the secondary screen to watch YouTube videos while viewing his reference photos as a drawing guide. There’s an add-on stylus, too, in case you really love drawing on your screen.

Power that’s more than what you need

The ASUS ZenBook Pro Duo has so much raw power, packed with impressive specs dedicated for professionals. It runs on Intel’s best Core i9-9980HK coupled with a 32GB RAM and 1TB SSD. Additionally, it’s powered by an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 GPU. Just looking at its specs can overwhelm an everyday user.

However, if you use powerful apps like Adobe, Corel, Lumion, and SketchUp, this laptop can support you in your creative pursuits. It can handle editing photos and videos, working on heavy illustrations, animations, and architectural renders.

Play games, but moderately

When it comes to performance, you can’t really say anything bad about ASUS. They really outdid themselves with this chunky, premium laptop. Designed with every power user in mind, the ZenBook Pro Duo can be enjoyed not just by content creators and professionals, but also by gamers.

I have to tell you right from the start: The ASUS ZenBook Pro Duo isn’t a gaming machine for all your gaming dreams. It has a problem with cooling, despite its ErgoLift design and Cool-Air express system with five heat pipes for proper venting.

While I have no qualms playing and running multiple apps since, I’m afraid the heat could damage the sensitive components of the laptop. A lot of times, I accidentally break my laptops because of overheating.

Nonetheless, it’s still powerful enough to run Dota 2 and other graphics-intensive games but only do so for a short time. I highly suggest you play on gaming machines if that’s your jam. If you plan on streaming while playing, it has a webcam properly placed on its top bezel but as with any built-in webcams I’ve tried, it’s best to use an external camera to use for better results.

It’s not a laptop

The ZenBook Pro Duo already looks great at first glance, even more so when you test its power and performance. However, only after using it for some time you’ll see how it’s not really a laptop. It’s thick and chunky, too heavy to carry around — definitely not fit for portability.

It has poor battery life, which runs for two-to-three hours of browsing, social media, and watching videos. If you’re a power user, you need to have this laptop stationed in a spot near a power outlet. It felt like I was using a mobile PC than a laptop.

Comfort isn’t one of its strong points

ZenBooks are known for their ErgoLift design. It tilts the laptop to a comfortable typing position, which also improves its cooling and audio performance. This design is truly enjoyable, except for the ZenBook Pro Duo.

Due to the ScreenPad Plus taking a lot of space, the keyboard was pushed down to the edge leaving no room for your palms to rest. To compensate, the laptop comes with an add-on wrist rest, which is another thing to bring unless you decide to put the laptop in a dedicated work station. But even if you have the added palm rest, its keyboard is too spongey to type on.

Additionally, the trackpad was pushed to the lower right side. It’s practically useless, as it’s too small for you to use on a dual-screen laptop. It also doubles as a calculator and a number pad, which you’ll barely need.

There are a lot of improvements needed for the ZenBook Pro Duo’s functions and ergonomics. Seeing this as a first-gen product, it’s forgivable for ASUS since the laptop will only get better in the coming years.

Design and Details

The ZenBook Pro Duo is beautifully designed. It comes in a futuristic and elegant color called Celestial Blue, decorated with its iconic Zen-inspired aluminum finish, and diamond-cut edges that add subtle sophistication. Who wouldn’t be captivated by this laptop?

It feels premium in every touch. Whenever you glide your fingers, there’s this awestruck feeling of touching a glimpse of the future. To add more to its elegance, ASUS engineered Harman Kardon speakers providing decent sound quality.

But the classiness has its shortcomings, too. For a chunky and premium laptop made for creative professionals, it doesn’t have an SD card slot and contains a few ports.

It has two USB 3.1 Type-A, one Thunderbolt 3 USB Type-C, one standard HDMI slot, one 3.5mm audio port, and a DC input. Instead of adding more ports, ASUS used the sides to put vents for cooling purposes.

Is this your GadgetMatch?

The ASUS ZenBook Pro Duo has a lot of shortcomings, but it’s easily one of the best laptops today. It’s highly innovative and powerful to help you be more productive and creative. It’s an excellent laptop for creators and professionals willing to gloss over the inconveniences such as its ergonomics, poor battery life, and portability issues. After all, it can do everything you want to do, including bringing your ideas to life.

If money is no object, I would say this laptop is my GadgetMatch. However, there’s a lot more that I can buy than this laptop with a PhP 199,995 (US$ 3931) price tag. It’s expensive, but it’s a price we’ll really pay to use a futuristic laptop packed with innovations we never thought we needed.

Like I said earlier, this laptop is a first-generation product. Just like Samsung’s Galaxy Fold, this is a welcome innovation. Seeing how smartphones and laptops are getting absurd and weird upgrades, it’s astonishing to see a possibility of what our future gadgets could be.

Computers

Acer announces updated ConceptD PCs, SpatialLabs displays

Computers equipped with latest 12th Gen Intel Core processors

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Acer announced the newest models in its professional line of ConceptD creator PCs and SpatialLabs standalone displays.

The three new computers — ConceptD 5, ConceptD 500, and ConceptD 100 — are now updated with the latest specs and features to support creative professionals’ usually intensive tasks.

These include:

  • Up to 12th Gen Intel Core i9 processors
  • Up to NVIDIA RTX A4000 or GeForce RTX 3070 GPUs
  • 128GB DDR4 of memory, 4TB Gen 4 SSD storage, and 4TB HDD

A pair of new 15.6-inch 4K displays have also been released. These are the  the SpatialLabs View and SpatialLabs View Pro.

ConceptD 5 laptop: Mobile powerhouse

On top of their reliable processors and GPUs, the ConceptD 5 and ConceptD 5 Pro creator laptops have a sound cooling system and advanced thermal design to keep them running.

Strategically placed air intake and exhaust vents generate an aerodynamic “Vortex Flow” within the device. Meanwhile, three efficient cooling fans reduce noise levels to less than 40 dBA.

As NVIDIA Studio-validated laptops, they include software optimizations and pre-installed NVIDIA Studio Drivers.

And as laptops for creative professionals, the ConceptD 5 series feature the following:

  • WQUXGA (3840 x 2400) 400-nit OLED display backed by several color technologies
  • 99.98-Wh lithium-polymer battery
  • HDMI 2.1 and full-size SD 7.0 card reader, Thunderbolt 4 and USB Type-C connectors
  • 27 percent larger Corning Gorilla Glass trackpad (vs predecessor)

Creating without limits

The Concept D500 desktop comes with the most powerful capabilities for intensive creator tasks such as 3D animation, videos, and complex design projects.

Aside from up to a 12th Gen Intel Core i9 processor and corresponding GPU, the mini workstation boasts of transfer speeds of up to 10 Gbps via its USB Type C port.

On the other hand, the ConceptD 100 desktop is powered up to an i5 or i7 processor and an NVIDIA T400 or T1000 GPU.

Individual 2D and 3D content creators as well as small-to-medium sized design studios was developed for space-saving desktop.

It features components suitable for graphic design, light-duty 3D modeling, CAD, and BIM workloads.

View Series 3D displays

Complementing the release of the new ConceptD computers are the latest additions to Acer’s stereoscopic 3D products — the SpatialLabs View and SpatialLabs View Pro.

Powered by Acer’s AI-backed SpatialLabs Go which turns just about anything into 3D, the couple of 15.6-inch, 4K displays are beneficial for both creators and gamers.

Specifically, the View Pro may make creators’ and developers’ lives easier. They may use the display for 3D design software, including:

  • Revit
  • Solidworks
  • Cinema 4D

This is made possible by installing Datasmith export plugins to import projects into the SpatialLabs Model Viewer.

Several add-ons are also available for a more efficient and productive workflow for 3D creators.

Maya and Blender users can even connect on a 2D screen while observing changes rendered into stereoscopic 3D with the display in real-time.

Casual users may use the displays for gaming or as a standard 4K monitor for various purposes.

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Gaming

ASUS ROG launches new gaming laptop in tandem with SCAR Runner

Announced at For Those Who Dare: Boundless event

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During their For Those Who Dare: Boundless event, ASUS ROG announced the launch of their latest gaming laptops, accessories, and SCAR Runner for the ROG Citadel Game on Steam.

The launch covers the following:

  • ROG Strix SCAR 17 Special Edition
  • ROG Flow X16
  • SCAR Runner first-person parkour game
  • Expanded ROG Slash Fashion Line
  • Team ROG partnerships

Pricing and availability of the models announced during the event are yet to be known.

ROG Strix SCAR 17 Special Edition

With more powerful specs than its predecessor, the Strix SCAR 17 SE is poised to be a class-leading gaming laptop.

It is powered by the new Intel Core i9-12950HX processor and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti GPU, on top of advanced features such as:

  • Maximum GPU TGP of 175W with Dynamic Boost
  • Maximum CPU TDP of 65W
  • Boost frequency of 5.2GHz
  • Up to 64GB DDR5 memory and PCIe Gen 4 storage
  • ROG’s Conductonaut Extreme liquid metal

SCAR Runner: Vault to new heights

Available as an expansion of the ROG Citadel XV game, SCAR Runner is a first-person parkour game set in the world of ROG SAGA.

The protagonist, X, is in a race against time in Goemon City and needs to recover critical information while solving puzzles and challenges.

It’s no coincidence that the new Strix SCAR laptop and new game have same name, as they were released as a tandem.

Gamers can in fact find clues hidden on the laptop chassis itself, that will allow them to solve in-game puzzles.

SCAR Runner is launching with a giveaway campaign with over US$ 20,000 worth of prizes to be won from May 17 to June 30, 2022.

ROG Flow X16

In addition to the Strix SCAR 17 SE, the Flow X16 has been added to the ROG Flow series, the most powerful yet from the line.

It has a Ryzen 9 6900HS processor and an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti GPU. It likewise supports up to 64GB of memory and up to 2TB of SSD storage.

The Flow X16 features ROG’s Nebula HDR Display, a 165Hz Mini LED panel with 1100 nits peak brightness and 100 percent DCI-P3 gamut.

These are all complemented by Frost Force Technology and Pulsar Heatsink to ensure high performance but low temperatures.

ROG Slash accessories

Aside from the two new gaming laptops, ROG also introduced new apparels:

  • Crossbody Bag
  • Backpack
  • Hip Bag
  • Protective Laptop Bag
  • Cobra Buckle Cap
  • Bucket Hat

All these items are built with durable quality and have features like adjustable straps, multiple compartments, and water-repellent TPU materials.

Some of these items are also included in the SCAR Runner giveaway campaign.

The Team ROG initiative

Lastly, Team ROG is expanding its 2022 roster, pairing high-end ROG products with influencers, professional gamers, content creators, and athletes around the world.

A new partnership with ReKT Gaming has been announced while the current partnership with esports team Misfits Gaming has likewise been extended.

 

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Lenovo Legion Gen 7 laptops lineup now official

Powered by 12th Gen Intel Core

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Legion Gen 7

Lenovo has released its latest generation gaming devices in the Philippines, which are custom-built for top-notch performance. The new Lenovo Legion Gen 7 lineup includes six new battle-ready computers:

  • Legion 5i and 5i Pro
  • Legion 7i
  • IdeaPad Gaming 3i
  • Legion Slim 7i
  • Legion Tower 7i

Depending on the model, the new gaming devices all come with these latest features:

  • 12th Gen Intel Core (up to i9) processors
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX laptop GPUs (up to 3080Ti)
  • Memory up to 32GB DDR5 and storage up to 2TB SSD Gen 4
  • Adaptive refresh rate up to 240Hz 
  • IPS display up to 2960 x 1600 

And thanks to gamer research, the laptops also come with the next-level Legion Coldfront 4.0, Legion TrueStrike keyboard, and Lenovo Vantage for gaming.

Pricing, specs, availability

All new Lenovo Legion Gen 7devices will be available in all Legion Exclusive Stores, as well as Lenovo Experience stores, authorized resellers, and the Legion Flagship Store in Lazada.

For the prices and basic specs of each laptop, check the table below.

Device Specs Price
Legion 5i

 

  • Storm Grey
  • Comes with a choice of 4-Zone RGB or white backlighting via Legion Spectrum RGB Lighting solution built into the Legion TrueStrike keyboard
  • 12th Gen Intel Core 17-12700H
  • Up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 with 140W maximum TGP
  • Up to 15-inch QHD (2560 x 1440) IPS 16:9 display
  • 165Hz refresh rate
  • Improved stealth cooling system
Starts at PhP 89,995
Legion 5i Pro

  • Storm Grey
  • Features Legion Spectrum RGB Lighting
  • 12th Gen Intel Core i7-12700H processor
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070Ti with 150W maximum TGP
  • 2960 x 1600 IPS 16:10 display
  • 100 percent RGB color gamut
  • Supported by Dolby Vision, NVIDIA G-SYNC
  • 4800Mhz DDR5 memory, 1TB
  • PCle SSD (Gen4)​ storage
  • 80Whr battery capacity with Super Rapid Charge
Starts at PhP 119,995
Legion 7i

  • Storm Grey
  • 16-inch WQHD+ Mini LED display
  • 12th Gen Intel Core i9-12900HX processor
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080Ti
  • 165Hz refresh rate
  • Up to 2TB SSD Gen 4 storage, 32GB DDR5 memory
Starts at PhP 179,995
Legion Slim 7i

  • Onyx Grey
  • 12th Gen Intel Core i9-12900H processor
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 graphics
  • 165Hz refresh rate
  • Up to 1TB SSD Gen4 storage, 24GB DDR5 memory
Starts at PhP 124,995
Legion Tower 7i
  • 12th Gen Intel Core i9-12900K
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080Ti LHR
  • Up to 2TB SSD Gen 4 storage, 32GB DDR5 memory
Starts at PhP 159,995
IdeaPad Gaming 3

  • 15.6-inch model (Onyx Grey)
  • 16-inch model (Onyx Grey)
  • Option between 12th Gen Intel Core i7 and i5 H-Series processors
  • Option between NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 or NVIDIA GeForce RTX3050Ti
  • Dolby Audio speakers
  • 165Hz refresh rate 
Starts at PhP 69,995

More benefits

Additionally, all Legion and IdeaPad Gaming laptops also come with the following benefits and standard warranties:

  • Free Microsoft Office Home & student 2021 Lifetime License
  • Lenovo’s 3-Year accidental Damage Protection
  • 3-Year Legion Ultimate Support
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