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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.

Dell Latitude 9510 2-in-1

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. 

Dell Latitude 9510 2-in-1
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).

Dell Latitude 9510 2-in-1

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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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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