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Dell Latitude 9510 2-in-1: The ‘Hey Daddy’ laptop

Sturdy, premium, and dependable

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“Touching Dell is a sensual experience.”

This is how our Associate Creative Director described Dell when I asked what it’s like using one. That’s not verbatim as the original quote is much more R-18. That said, it got me curious. But the very moment I laid hands on the Dell Latitude 9510 2-in-1, I immediately realized what he was talking about.

We often talk about how well-built and premium certain devices feel, and the Latitude 9510 (which is how I will refer to it starting at this point), is as premium as it gets.

The brush metal finish isn’t all-look. It’s really tough.

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It’s consistent look and toughness feel extends to the hinge. 

This is, after all, a 2-in-1 so you can spread it like so. 

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Here’s another look at the hinge when it’s positioned like that. 

While we’re at it, a quick look at the ports. On the right side are: Wedge-shaped lock slot, audio combo jack, and USB 3.2 Gen 1 (with power share).

Over to the left you’ll find: HDMI 2.0, two Thunderbolt3 with Power Delivery and Display Port, and uSD 4.0 Memory card reader. 

This unit in particular is powered by a 10th Gen Core i7 processor (4 Core, 8M Cache, base 1.8GHz up to 4.9GHz, vPro Capable).

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While we’re on the subject, here’s the rest of the internals:

  • 8GB memory, Intel UHD Graphics
  • 8GB, 2133 MHz, LPDDR3, Integrated
  • M.2 256GB PCIe NVMe Class 35 Solid State Drive
  • Intel® Wi-Fi 6 AX201 2×2 802.11ax 160MHz + Bluetooth 5.1 Wireless Card
  • 52 WHr Polymer, ExpressCharge capable

All of these combined for what I would say is one of the most hiccup free Windows laptop experiences I have ever had.

I wouldn’t exactly call my daily grind a true testament to stress-testing a laptop. However, there’s enough variety that would have me running multiple browsers as well as photo and video editing apps on any given day.

You can characterize my usage as perhaps one that closely resembles an active office worker. I’m always hopping from writing on GoDoc or Microsoft Word, editing an image on Photoscape X, or arranging GoSheets for our contributors’ payroll.

Dell Latitude 9510 2-in-1

Yes, that’s Mina of TWICE. Not what I was actually working on 👀

These aren’t super strenuous tasks to a computer by any stretch of the imagination, but each and every task certainly felt more smooth than previous laptops I’ve tried of late. And it’s certainly faster than my nearly 6-year-old beaten and battered MacBook Pro.

The four top firing premium speakers with Waves MaxxAudio was a joy to use.

Normally when I take breaks, I fire up the TV and line-up a few YouTube videos to watch while I have lunch or grab a snack. I never felt the urge to do that on the Latitude 9510.

The reason being the speakers are so loud without distorting the audio.I felt little to no urge to open my TV and there was little compromise despite watching on a 15-inch, 16:9 FHD display.

That bezel looks clean AF

Speaking of the display…

Dell Latitude 9510 2-in-1

I had been using a notebook with a 3:2 ratio prior to this and it took longer than expected for me to adjust to the display size. What I figured would take only a day stretched to about 2-3 days.

One of my favorite things on Windows 10 is the split screen feature. Simply snap on a tab or an app to the upper left or upper right edge of the screen and it’ll snap into place. If you’re wondering why I’m gushing about this, it’s because I’m a longtime Mac user and I just didn’t have this. Or at the very least, not as convenient as it is on Windows.

It’s perfect for referencing a press release when I’m writing an article or for when I’m on social media duty scheduling posts on our Facebook Page and Twitter account which you should totally follow.

More on the topic of “getting used to”, the keys on the keyboard are so much smaller than I would have liked. While they have a decent amount of travel, my stubby fingers took even longer to adjust to its size and would end up with more typos than I usually commit.

Took me about five days to really get the hang of the keyboard. That’s saying something because I literally type everyday. That said, it didn’t, in any way, affect my perception of the laptop’s overall premium experience.

Power management king

What impressed me the most with the Latitude 9510 is its power management. Oftentimes towards the end of most workdays, I’d tell myself that I’ll just take a quick break. The quick break turns into a full-on sleep due to exhausting with the laptop I’m using left open and unplugged.

Dell Latitude 9510 2-in-1

Most laptops would run the battery dry, but the Latitude 9510 is smart enough to turn the laptop off. But that’s not even the most impressive thing. When I switch it back on, it’s like I never left. All the stuff I was working on, all the tabs, all the apps are right there ready to be picked up where I left off.

This simply isn’t the case with most other laptops I’ve used other than MacBook Pros.

Should it have been a 2-in-1?

Specifically for my use-case, I never found the need to use its capabilities as a 2-in-1 device. With its size and weight (1.4kg/3.03lbs), I thought it was too heavy for most people to wield it  like a tablet.

Too big and too heavy for tablet mode

I imagine it would be great if, say you’re going to showcase slides in a meeting. Propping it up in ‘tent mode’ would make it easy to show and discuss the slides. But for this specific form factor, it’s just too big. Perhaps 2-in-1s are best kept to at most 13-inch notebooks.

Other benefits

This being an enterprise business laptop comes with some extra perks. The Dell Client Command Suite + VMware Workspace ONE lets your IT personnel manage firmware, OS, and apps from one console.

There’s also ProSupport that resolves hardware issues up to 11x faster than most other brands. ProSupport for PCs offers 24×7 access to in-region ProSupport engineers who contact IT when critical issues arise, so you can focus on what’s next, not what just happened.

Is the Dell Latitude 9510 2-in-1 your GadgetMatch?

Truth be told, this Dell Latitude 9510 2-in-1 is an overkill of a laptop, at least for what I do. It’s too strong, too premium, too powerful for the tasks that I threw at it.

But the “Hey Daddy” laptop tag is no mischaracterization. With all its excellence in performance comes a premium build that, as my colleague described, feels dangerously close to a “sensual experience.”

Highly dependable is the best way to describe this notebook. It literally has everything you can ask for in a work-oriented notebook. I also cannot stress enough the level of premium-ness (I doubt that’s an actual word) it exudes.

You’re paying a premium (PhP 113,500) to have this laptop be constantly at your side, but that premium comes with benefits that will last you for years, perhaps even close to a decade, which is exactly what you want out of any laptop.

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Microsoft could bring Android support to Windows in 2021

Feeling the heat from Apple’s move to ARM

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Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system is widely used globally and has remained the laptop and PC segment’s undisputed leader. However, Linux, as well as macOS, have gained considerable traction in the last few years. To maintain its edge, Microsoft could bring Android support to Windows soon.

According to a Windows Central report, internal discussions are ongoing over the possibility of bringing Android runtime to Windows 10. Currently, you can install a third-party emulation software like Bluestacks to run Android apps on a Windows device. But the experience is far from perfect and still requires a bit of a learning curve.

Apple has a significant lead in this regard because its move to an ARM-based M1 processor allows it to run iOS apps on macOS seamlessly. This ideally helps in bridging the software gap between two very different devices.

Microsoft has tried to achieve a similar goal with the Universal Windows Platform. But the results are still limited because there are barely any devices with a smaller form factor leveraging the operating system.

More importantly, Microsoft wants to bring Android apps to its Microsoft Store. While there’s no information on how it intends to achieve this, the report does say the release is expected by Fall 2021.

Microsoft no stranger to cross-platform apps

Microsoft has whole-heartedly adopted cross-platform compatibility and has a host of apps on iOS as well as Android. If it’s able to bring Android apps to Windows, it’ll challenge the status quo of Chromebooks, which has long been a pain for the Redmond giant in the affordable segment.

This isn’t the first time a company is trying to incorporate Android within its proprietary operating system. BlackBerry 10 supported Android runtime, and the brand leaned on it to make apps easily available. While the move was too late for BlackBerry, it isn’t the same for Microsoft.

It’s worth noting that the idea is in a very nascent stage right now. We don’t know how Microsoft intends to distribute Android apps or whether it’ll start supporting Google Play Services. Although one thing’s for clear — Microsoft is feeling the heat from Apple.

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Exclusive freebies up for grabs with ASUS laptops this holiday season

It’s the best time to buy at ASUS!

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This year has proven the importance of reliable laptops as companies switch to a remote working setup for their employees. For those looking to upgrade their current laptops, now may be the right time to do so. ASUS has launched its Share 2020 Christmas promo where customers can snag exclusive freebies on a vast number of laptop models from the brand.

From November 25 until December 31, 2020, buyers can snag up to PhP 27,490 worth of bundled items when they purchase any ASUS laptops from concept stores and resellers nationwide. Laptops from different price ranges will receive the following items for free:

  • TUF H3 Headset worth PHP 2,100 for laptops worth PhP 30,000 to PhP 59,000
  • ZenScreen Portable Monitor worth PHP 13,390 for laptops worth PhP 60,000 to PHP 99,000
  • ZenBeam S2 Projector worth PHP 27,490 for laptops worth PhP 100,000 and up

To redeem the bundled items, register on this website.

Exclusive bundles for gamers at heart

Bundles are also up for grabs for ROG and TUF Gaming laptops this November 25 to January 26, 2021. More than PhP 53,000 worth of bundled items can be had when one purchases the ROG Zephyrus 15 Duo with the latest 10th-gen Intel Core i9 processor and ScreenPad Plus secondary display. Included in these bundled items is the ROG Chariot Core gaming chair which is worth PhP 18,000.

Steam credit vouchers, ROG gaming monitors, and more will also be given away for purchases of select ROG and TUF Gaming laptops.

Just visit this website for more information on the promo. Meanwhile, the mechanics for item redemption can be found here.

Professional gear for business laptops

With the opening of the ASUS for Business laptop store on Shopee, the brand is giving away up to PhP 196,000 worth of prizes on purchases done from January 1 to December 31, 2020.

Nope, that’s not a mistake — those who purchased their laptops from the start of the year are still eligible to win a brand-new ASUS all-in-one PC, ExpertBook laptops, and ZenWifi routers. Furthermore, the first 30 customers who will purchase from the store will also get the chance to receive an ASUS Wi-Fi Router worth PHP 4,250.

Customers can register from November 25 to December 31 on this website to redeem their prizes.

More exciting freebies and exclusive perks await laptop buyers this Christmas. Visit ASUS Philippines’ website for more information on their Share 2020 holiday promo. Follow ASUS Philippines, ROG, or ASUS for Business Facebook page for more updates and developments.

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Apple could launch redesigned MacBooks with new silicon in 2021

Will it be even more powerful?

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Apple’s transition to custom ARM silicon began this month with the launch of the new MacBook Air. The new iteration sports Apple’s proprietary M1 chipset, but the exterior remains the same. New leaks suggest that its successor will be way more powerful and not too far.

According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo’s research note, the Cupertino giant is planning to launch redesigned MacBook models with its in-house silicon in the second half of 2021. First obtained by MacRumours, the note says Apple will populate its laptop lineup with new models powered by the ARM-based M1 chipset, but those models will look different.

Due to the ARM architecture, Apple is also able to make flexible apps. Hence, apps designed for iOS can seamlessly run on macOS. The current Apple M1 chip is seen on the MacBook Air and the MacBook Pro 13-inch.

The design changes that Kuo mentioned might include changes in display sizes and other minor design changes. Kuo has previously suggested that redesigning is in plans for the 13- and 16-inch MacBook Pro models.

It’s also worth noting that Kuo’s second half of 2021 means it’ll be announced practically one year after M1’s debut. It’s a fair assumption that Apple has followed the yearly cycle for its A-series processors and would follow a similar timeline for MacBooks as well.

According to LeaksApplePro, the M1’s successor could be called the M1X and would debut on the next 16-inch MacBook Pro iteration. Originally introduced in 2019, it is yet to get a successor and is due for a refresh.

Apple has proven it can make bleeding-edge chips that can deliver maximum performance along with thermal management. A-series processors currently power the iPhone and iPad, and they’ve delivered exceptional numbers. Building on its existing expertise, Apple intends to shift its MacBook lineup to in-house silicon completely.

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