“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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Speaking of the display…
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.
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.
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.
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.
Microsoft unveils the brand new Surface Laptop Studio
A mashup of the MacBook Pro and iPad Pro?
Simultaneously launched with the updated Surface Duo 2, Microsoft also announces an all-new product that would blow your minds off. The brand new Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio is not your ordinary Surface or laptop for any matter. It’s more of a compact Surface Studio and also the successor to the Surface Book 3.
The most powerful Surface laptop yet
First and foremost, the specs are not kidding. You can choose between 11th Gen Intel Core i5 or i7 H-Series quad-core processors and 16GB or 32GB of LPDDR4x memory. SSD storage options goes from 256GB all the way to 2TB. Unlike the current line of MacBook Pros, the SSD is user-swappable.
Other than that, its GPU won’t disappoint you. Whether it’s all about 3D rigging and animation, motion graphics rendering, and even gaming, the Surface Laptop Studio can handle all of that with ease.
The Core i7 model has NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 3050 Ti with 4GB GDDR6 memory. Enabling ray-traced graphics and DirectX 12 Ultimate will give you exceptional quality and incredible performance. If you opt out for the Core i5 variant, it ships with Intel Iris Xe integrated graphics instead.
With all such power, you can expect components to heat up. But Microsoft has a solution to that with its passive cooling and industry-leading thermal design.
Batteries are rated to last up to 19 hours with the Core i5 model and 18 hours on the more powerful i7 variant.
But wait, it’s not just a laptop…
There are other two modes other than the laptop. There’s a tent-like mode where the hinge magnetically snaps onto place. This is beneficial when watching flicks and viewing other playable content.
Turn down the screen further. Alas! A laptop transforms into a tablet without turning the screen all the way to 360 degrees. Instead it has a hinge design similar to that of the original Surface Studio where the laptop screen can be tilted all the way down to the surface level.
Not only you can jot down notes or do some scribbling, you can also be serious with your craft as it supports the Surface Slim Pen 2.
If you’re worrying about storage and charging, it can be stored beneath the laptop and charges magnetically — just like the Apple Pencil 2 in the newer iPads.
The popular Surface Dial that made its debut in the Surface Studio is also compatible especially if you’re used with that Surface-exclusive accessory.
120Hz screen on a laptop?
Yup! You’re reading it right. The Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio has an oh-so-smooth 120Hz 14.4-inch “PixelSense Flow” display (not to confuse with Google’s line of Pixel phones) that’s also a touchscreen. Not only it’s calibrated to meet any content creator’s needs, it also supports Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos 4 as well.
For specifics, it’s a 3:2 display with a resolution of 2400 x 1600 and a pixel density of 201 ppi. Contrast ratio is 1500:1.
As we already mentioned Dolby audio, it also features Quad Omnisonic speakers with dual invisible woofers for that richer and fuller sound. This means it’s an all-in-one multimedia device on the fly.
For online meetings, its 1080p resolution front facing camera and dual far-field Studio Mics are advantageous for clearer calls.
Great power comes with great connectivity options
The Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio sure is a future-proof device. Not only it has a 3.5mm audio jack and a dedicated charging port, it also has two USB-C 4.0 ports with Thunderbolt 4 support.
Not only the ports can connect fast external HDDs, SSDs, and newer devices, you can also hook up dual 4K-5K monitors and even an eGPU for that glamorous setup and immersive visual experience whether for work or play.
It also has the speedy Wi-Fi 6 modem as well as Bluetooth 5.1 for less latency.
The Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio runs the latest Windows 11 Home. It’s preloaded with Microsoft 365 apps and a 30-day trial of 365 Home. It also comes with the Xbox App and a one-month trial of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate.
For biometrics, the user can rely on Windows Hello face authentication system. It doesn’t have any fingerprint scanner though.
Pricing and Availability
Pre-orders for the Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio starts today with a base price of US$ 1,599.99. It is expected to be shipped on October 5, 2021.
realme Book officially launches in the Philippines
Does it look familiar?
realme is truly being bold. After starting out with only smartphones, they have gradually expanded their portfolio. Now, they also have a laptop with the realme Book.
One look at its metal gray finish and its easy to make comparisons to Huawei’s MateBook line which drew inspiration from the MacBook line. But that’s a topic for another day. Let’s first look at what this thing is packing.
It’s powered by an 11th Gen Intel Core processor. It’s available in i3 and i5 variants. Each variant offers a different storage option: 256GB SSD storage for i3, and 512GB SSD storage for i5. For RAM, you get 8GB LPDDR4x. Sounds promising? It also has a 54Wh large battery with 65W Super-Fast Charge technology.
The display measures at 14″. It’s a 2K Full-Vision display which should be better than decent. For audio, it’s equipped with Stereo Sound by DTS (Powerful Bass Sound by HARMAN).
Price and availability
The realme Book i3 variant is available at PhP 37,990, while the i5 variant retails for PhP 47,990.
Members of the realme Squad can avail of the realme Book at PhP 8,000 OFF for the i3 (PhP 29,990) and PhP 6,000 OFF for the i5 (PhP 41,990) when they pre-order via the realme Official Store on Lazada starting September 24.
The realme Book will also be available in all Silicon Valley stores starting October 1, with freebies worth PhP 5,500 including a free one-year Microsoft Office 365 subscription, a realme laptop bag, and a mouse.
Lenovo Legion X60 Intel gaming lineup announced
Now with better performance and optimized Lenovo software
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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