Here I am again, reviewing another laptop. Like smartphones, most laptops have little differences from each other. While the premium line of notebooks battle to have the best build and beastly specs, the mid-tier laptops try to offer the best value for your hard-earned money.
What I have here is the Dell Vostro 5370. It’s a 13-inch laptop designed for business — small businesses to be specific.
If the Latitude line of business notebooks from Dell is top-notch and great for enterprise use, the Vostro sits below it. If you’re familiar with Dell’s portfolio, the Vostro series is on par with the Inspiron family. Now, onto the review.
The Vostro 5370 is a formal-looking notebook with a two-toned chassis. At first glance, one might think it has a single-piece aluminum build, but only the inner casing gives the cold touch of metal while the outer chassis has a matte finish.
Nevertheless, it’s lightweight and pretty thin for its class. The sleek Silver with Nocturnal Blue interior combination gives off a professional vibe.
As already mentioned, the laptop has a 13-inch display with a Full HD IPS panel. I never had any issues with its viewing angles and color reproduction, but the brightness levels could be better. Good thing the anti-glare coating keeps the display viewable even on a sunny day or when you’re in a cafe surrounded by windows.
The keyboard here is not as great as the one I used on the Latitude 7390 2-in-1. The key travel is decent while the spacing and overall layout are easy to get used to.
As for the touchpad, it’s got a pretty rough surface as opposed to the smooth glass touchpad of premium notebooks. It’s fairly accurate and, most importantly, it recognizes Windows 10’s touchpad gestures. The left and right buttons are integrated to the touchpad as well, and they’re a bit shallow.
Sitting quietly on the upper-right corner is the power button which also doubles as the fingerprint reader. This makes logging in very easy with Windows Hello, just like on the more premium XPS 13.
What’s great about mid-tier notebooks is that they don’t sacrifice ports just to have a slimmer profile. The Vostro 5370 has all the ports you’ll need to get through everyday work life.
On its right are the charging port, a USB-C Gen 1 which also doubles as the DisplayPort, a full-size HDMI, and a 3.5mm audio jack.
To the right are the Noble lock slot, two full-size USB 3.1 (one with PowerShare), and the microSD card reader. It could have been great to have a full-size SD card slot so I can actually use it to quickly transfer images from cameras.
The speakers of this notebook are nothing to write home about. They’re tinny and don’t get loud enough even for indoor use. If you’re alone in a quiet room, you’ll hear what you’re playing on this laptop. But, as soon as you open the windows or when there are people talking around you, you’re better off with a pair of headphones.
As for the notebook’s specs, I was able to use the 8th-gen Intel Core i5 variant with 8GB of RAM. With this kind of power, you can do any everyday task without any hiccups. It even has more than enough power to handle Photoshop and maybe even some casual video editing. The M.2 SSD that can have up to 512GB of storage is able to read and write files very quickly.
With no discrete video card, this notebook is not a gaming machine. While it can do some light gaming like Dota 2 or League of Legends, it’ll not be enough for AAA titles even in low settings. It’ll be hard to appreciate graphics-intensive games with low frame rates and minimal quality.
There’s nothing to worry about the laptop’s fan noise. It never got loud even if I already have more than twenty tabs open in Chrome with Photoshop working in the background. Perhaps the only time I can remember hearing the fan is late at night when my surroundings were really quiet.
Since it’s a business-oriented device, the laptop’s webcam will be used a number of times. The Vostro 5370 doesn’t have thin bezels, so the webcam remains on the top where it should be. The quality is okay when under bright light and it’s perfectly usable for Skype.
Is this your GadgetMatch?
If you’re looking for a decent mid-tier notebook, the Dell Vostro 5370 will be able to provide great everyday performance and ample oomph to get all your multimedia work done. It’s not designed for gaming, but it can handle some titles when you want to have fun.
It’s not the ideal business machine for enterprise users because it lacks certain specs, but it’ll do for small businesses that need a quality laptop. It never felt cheap or lacking for what it’s designed to do.
The Dell Vostro 5370 is priced at PhP 50,800 in the Philippines.
Huawei MateBook X Pro coming soon to Singapore
Pre-order now and get freebies worth up to SG$ 1,161
There’s a new ultrabook contender coming soon to Singapore. Singaporean buyers looking for a new sleek and powerful laptop will soon get their hands on Huawei MateBook X Pro. Plus, Huawei is also launching a new MatePad tablet to complement the laptop launch.
MateBook X Pro launch and availability
Pre-orders for the new Huawei MateBook X Pro will start on July 18 and last until July 24. Business professionals looking for a new laptop should take a look at this new ultrabook from Huawei.
The MateBook X Pro features an unconventional 3:2 touch screen with 3K resolution and 81% screen-to-body ratio. Powering the device is the 10th-gen Intel Core i7-10510U with NVIDIA GeForce MX250. Huawei guarantees all-day battery life on this laptop, especially with a 56Wh battery inside.
Those who pre-order the device will get a special bundle of freebies worth SG$ 1,61. Bundled freebies include Huawei Sound X smart speaker, Huawei Watch GT 2, Bluetooth mouse, backpack, and an additional 1-year warranty worth SG$ 199.
Huawei MateBook X Pro will be available in the sole configuration: 16GB of RAM coupled with 1TB of HDD. It is priced at SG$ 2,688.
MatePad launch and availability
Huawei is also bringing the latest MatePad tablet to Singapore this July 25. Huawei MatePad features a 90% screen-to-body ratio, wireless charging, and reverse wireless charging for the user’s convenience. It supports a wide plethora of accessories such as the Huawei M-Pencil and Smart Magnetic Keyboard that connects via Bluetooth. It runs the latest EMUI 10.1 that comes with a bevy of unique software experiences such as multi-screen collaboration and the Huawei MeeTime.
Huawei is pricing the MatePad at SG$ 498 with a configuration of 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, and LTE connectivity.
Other Huawei Mate bundles
Other Huawei Mate devices are also bundling freebies with every purchase from July 18 to August 16. These devices include the MateBook X Pro laptop, MatePad tablet, MateBook 13, and MateBook D15 laptops.
- MateBook X Pro — Watch GT2, backpack, wireless Bluetooth mouse, and additional 1-year warranty (worth SG$ 663)
- MatePad — FreeLace, flip cover, Huawei Video subscription, and 15GB of Huawei Cloud storage (worth SG$ 498)
- MateBook 13 — FreeLace, backpack, wireless Bluetooth mouse, and additional 1-year warranty (worth SG$ 1,598)
- MateBook D15 — mini Bluetooth speaker, backpack, wireless Bluetooth mouse, and additional 1-year warranty (worth SG$ 998)
These devices can be had on all Huawei stores nationwide. Buyers can also find these devices at Huawei’s Lazada and Shopee page. Alternatively, they can head over to authorized resellers including Best Denki, Challenger & Hachi.tech, and Harvey Norman. It is important to note that Courts will not be participating in the pre-order promo, but they will still be selling the MateBook X Pro and MatePad from July 25 onwards.
Apple bundles free AirPods with every Mac, iPad purchase
Or get a US$ 159 credit for an AirPods Pro
Every year, Apple launches its back-to-school promos where students and educators can snag devices with great discounts or freebies. This year, every purchase of a Mac, Macbook, or an iPad will come with free AirPods.
Students on the lookout for discounted Apple devices should check out Apple’s education store right away. The company is giving away free AirPods with every purchase of eligible Mac and iPad models this July. The giveaway is available for eligible students and educators, and they can shop for discounted Macs and iPads on top of the giveaway.
Eligible Mac models include the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, iMac, and iMac Pro. Meanwhile, the only eligible iPad models are iPad Pro and iPad Air. Apple is bundling AirPods 2 with a wired charging case for every purchase of eligible models. However, those opting for a wireless charging case or an AirPods Pro can opt for a US$ 159 credit. As such, the AirPods Pro is only US$ 90 with this promo.
Apple’s offer is available for students and educators worldwide. Right now, it is live in the US, Mexico the UK, Hong Kong, Singapore, and UAE. Students can also check their respective country pages for the offer and local prices.
ASUS ROG laptops will come with freebies
Plus up to PhP 25,000 discount on some models
Buying a new laptop can be frustrating at times. Luckily, ASUS’ new promo for ROG laptops will make deciding easier. With every purchase of ROG laptops, customers can snag big discounts and great freebies.
This July, select ROG laptops will come with ASUS gaming monitors as a freebie bundle. On top of that, some of these laptops will come with up to PhP 25,000 discount. Laptops that will join the promo include the top-of-the-line ROG Zephrus S and Strix Scar.
- GX531GX (15-inch 144Hz FHD, i7-8750, 1TB SSD, RTX 2080) — from PhP 189,995 to PhP 164,995 + free VA326H gaming monitor, ROG Impact gaming mouse and ultra slim sleeve
- GX701GV (17-inch 144Hz FHD, i7-8750H, 512GB SSD, RTX 2060) — from PhP 139,995 to PhP 129,995 + free VG258Q gaming monitor and ROG Gladius gaming mouse
- GX531GW (15-inch 144Hz FHD, i7-8750, 512GB SSD, RTX 2070) — from PhP 149,995 to PhP 139,995 + free ROG Impact gaming mouse and ultra slim sleeve
- GX501GI (15-inch 144Hz FHD, i7-8750, 1TB SSD, GTX 1080 Max-Q) — from PhP 149,995 to PhP 129,995 + free ROG Impact gaming mouse
- GX531GM (15-inch 144Hz FHD, i7-8750, 512GB SSD, GTX 1060) — from PhP 104,995 to PhP 89,995 + free ROG Impact gaming mouse and ultra slim sleeve
- GL704GW (17-inch 144Hz FHD, i7-8750H, 1TB SSHD + 256GB SSD, RTX 2070) — from PhP 134,995 to PhP 129,995 + free VG248Q gaming monitor, ROG Gladius gaming mouse, and ROG backpack
- GL504GW (15-inch 144Hz FHD, i7-8750H, 1TB SSHD + 256GB SSD, RTX 2070) — from PhP 129,995 to PhP 119,995 + free VG248Q gaming monitor, ROG Gladius gaming mouse, and ROG backpack
Individuals who need a work and gaming laptop in one should really look no further than ASUS’ ROG laptops, especially with the big discounts and freebies. Hurry though, since the discounts and freebies are available only on all ASUS stores nationwide until supplies last.
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