Earlier this year, Dell showed us the new XPS 13 notebook with its new webcam placement. The laptop’s camera is finally where it should be and thankfully, the company is making it the same across the latest XPS laptops.
After CES 2019, Dell is now in Taipei, Taiwan for Computex 2019 where they just unveiled two new XPS notebooks: the XPS 13 2-in-1 (7390) and XPS 15 (7590).
The 2019 version of the XPS 13 2-in-1 is not just a mere refresh of its predecessor because it’s an entirely new notebook. It features a new InfinityEdge touch display with a slightly taller 16:10 aspect ratio. It’ll be available in 4K UHD+ resolution with HDR400 certification and it’s protected with Gorilla Glass 5. It supports Dell Premium Active Pen with magnetic attach as well.
Like with the regular XPS 13, Dell managed to keep the display bezels thin by using their smallest webcam. The now top-mounted webcam can finally show users at a proper angle during video conferences. Also, the new convertible version of the XPS 13 has an edge-to-edge MagLev keyboard and a larger Windows Precision touchpad.
Dell has equipped its new convertible with the latest 10th-gen Intel Core processors, Intel Iris Plus graphics, up to 32GB LPDDR4x SDRAM, and up to 1TB PCIe SSD. It has two Thunderbolt 3 ports, a fingerprint reader for Windows Hello, and a long-lasting 51WHr battery for up to 16 hours of battery life.
Design-wise, it’s still made from CNC machined aluminum with either a carbon fiber or woven glass fiber palm rest. A lot of things are bigger and better in the new XPS 13 2-in-1 but it’s the same size as before. This makes it still the smallest 13-inch convertible in the market.
The new XPS 15, on the other hand, doesn’t look any different from its predecessor, although it has noteworthy upgrades for those looking for a professional-grade multimedia notebook.
The new XPS 15 retains its 15.6-inch 4K UHD InfinityEdge display with 100 percent Adobe RGB coverage, but there’s now an option for an OLED panel with 100 percent DCI-P3 and 100,000:1 contrast ratio. Like with other new XPS notebooks, it has its webcam on top using Dell’s smallest laptop camera.
Specs-wise, it’s powered by a 9th-gen Intel Core chip (up to an 8-core i9) with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 graphics. It’s paired with up to 64GB DDR4 memory and up to a 2TB PCIe SSD. The new laptop has advanced Wi-Fi 6 technology and a battery that’s rated to last for more than 20 hours.
The build remains the same as before with machined aluminum, carbon fiber, and Gorilla Glass 4. Thanks to its slim bezels (despite the top-mounted webcam), the XPS 15 is the smallest 15-inch notebook in the market with superb performance. Dell also claims that it has the longest battery life in its category.
The port selection on the new XPS 15 includes a Thunderbolt 3, two USB 3.1, an HDMI 2.0, a full-size SD card reader, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.
Price starts at US$ 1,000 for the XPS 13 2-in-1 in the US. The bigger XPS 15 will also start at US$ 1,000 as well, but the OLED version has a starting price of US$ 1,900. Dell is yet to announce when the XPS 13 2-in-1 will be available in stores, but the XPS 15 will be up for purchase starting May 28.
In Singapore, the XPS 13 2-in-1 will be available in August but it doesn’t have a definite price as of writing. Meanwhile, the XPS 15 will be available in stock by the end of June with a starting price of SG$ 2,899.
Summer Accessories for your iPhone
Spruce up your iPhone
During Computex 2019, we passed by along several booths that showcased mobile accessories. Held in Taipei, these brands caught our attention: Alto, n.max.n, and LeadTrend. They offer not just cases, but also accessories such as cable holders, cable ties, AirPods cases, and more.
Take a look at these products in the short video above.
Paperang S2 Portable Paper Printer
It prints more than texts and banners
Computex 2019 was full of products, from known brands all around the world, down to startups — which were all found at InnoVEX. We roamed around TWTC (Taipei World Trade Center) to find interesting startup products that would entice regular consumers and we found this portable device.
Paperang S2 is the second iteration of the device. Just like what they stand for, their products don’t use ink and instead rely on thermal printing and wear-resistant thermal paper. What’s improved is the 300dpi printing (in contrast to the S1’s less clear 200dpi). You can print your selfies, favorite photos, create simple texts and banners, and even add more designs before printing, all within the app.
Pantone accessories are here to complement your style!
We want ’em all!
Over the years, Pantone has grown as an authority and standard for colors. What was once a color guide for designers has become a part of contemporary culture. As people started identifying themselves through Pantone’s colored chips, manufacturers capitalized on this trend by incorporating Pantone into their products.
Through Pantone Universe licensing, manufacturers can apply Pantone’s branding and popular design. I’ve seen different applications, mostly on fashion and lifestyle accessories, but seeing it on computer peripherals and other electronics is a total treat.
Originally manufactured by DataPlus Supplies Inc., this Taiwanese company sells Pantone-licensed accessories that you’ll definitely buy to match your style.
For instance, they sell gaming accessories in different shades of blue. One of their best-looking is the teal-colored one, as it deviates from the usual blue and black combination used by gamers in their gaming setups.
You can also make a statement using these Pantone-colored USB fans and speakers when you’re traveling, especially in hot and humid countries. Fabulous, right?
For those who want to stay connected, stay away from the usual white and black power banks and get a Pantone-colored unit! There’s a rare chance of losing it compared to when you use a more generic power bank. And oh, they also have wireless chargers!
If you truly embrace Pantone’s branding, there’s a bag carrying the color guide’s popular design.
Lastly, there’s a whole line of computer accessories and electronics waiting for you. Pantone really found its way into our lives and yes, we want all of them!
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