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Dell XPS 13 (2019) Review: It’s always about the little things

Power-packed, premium-looking

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Dell’s XPS 13 remains as one of the top premium laptops in the market. While this is my first time using an XPS 13, I was constantly in awe with how people revere it as one of the crown-holders for the best laptops you can buy.

Of course, I’m not in any way an expert to say anything about this laptop, but as an everyday user whose career relies heavily on the hands of a laptop, I have a lot of things to say. Without any further ado, here’s my review of the Dell XPS 13 (2019).

Fine details that scream premium

When I first saw the XPS 13, I was awestruck. Gorgeous is an understatement to describe how I was stunned with its sleek and premium look. It’s even more captivating when your fingers run across the silver outer shell. Touching it felt like touching a Ferrari Pininfarina Sergio. You literally get lost in a daydream.

The unit I have is the black/silver variant and I hope Dell kept a pure silver finish. Seeing a black interior takes away the astonishment I found upon first seeing this laptop. It’s like meeting someone hot and totally gorgeous on Tinder based on their profile photos, only to be disappointed seeing them in person since it’s not what you expected. Lesson learned: Temper Expectations.

But using it for a long time, I learned to accept it just the way it is. On some occasions, I still feel the black carbon fiber makes the XPS 13 look like an ordinary laptop, and I kinda wish I opted for the Frost or Rose Gold with Arctic White woven glass fiber.

Thankfully, the keyboard is a joy to use. It’s firm but also soft that my finger is happy typing on it. I actually enjoyed writing my stories and getting things done.

Also, the touchpad works smoothly despite being small. Unlike every Windows laptop, its touchpad doesn’t lag, and it can match the speed of your fingers to ensure you get your tasks finished on time.

To further prove that this touchpad is a joy to use, here’s my testament: I’m not accustomed to touchpads and I use a mouse. (Thanks to my younger years in gaming, I forgot how to let go of it.)

However, using it made me forget the existence of the mouse, at least for the time when I’m just browsing and writing. Using it for creative projects made me still want to wish there’s a mouse I can use.

There are things I still can’t let go of yet

Here’s my thing against the latest laptops coming out: Why do you have to scrap USB 3.0 ports? Sure, turning everything into USB-C makes it future-proof, however not all peripherals have adapted to this technology, and I’m pretty sure not everyone is privileged to have the latest accessories possible.

I still use a gaming mouse worth PhP 400 (US$ 7) that I bought in 2013. I was in my college years and yes, it’s still working. Unlike other people, I don’t buy stuff to replace my stuff just because it’s outdated. Fortunately, the laptop came in with a dongle. To be exact, it’s a USB-A to USB-C adapter. At the very least, I was able to use my trusty mouse.

On another note, the Dell XPS 13 (2019) has two Thunderbolt ports, one USB-C port, a headphone jack, and a microSD card slot.

It’s always the little things that make a big difference

Whoever thought of embedding the fingerprint reader on the power button is a genius. Using it was pretty convenient since I don’t need to exert any effort in pressing the button. When you think about it: Opening your laptop seems like a common task, but finding a way to make it even more convenient for you makes this laptop the premium that it claims to be.

The laptop’s bottom is horrendous to look at, but it definitely serves a purpose: For ventilation and maintenance. There are also two parallel rubber feet to keep your laptop still when you place it on a surface.

Lastly, everyone was enraged about last year’s camera placement. This year, Dell got it right by making the camera smaller, tiny enough to fit in a little space between those ultra-thin bezels. I’m ready to take video calls now!

Entertainment just got even more entertaining

The XPS 13 has an edge-to-edge design on the top, left, and right which is a sight to behold. The thick bezel on the bottom (which only contains the logo) should have been removed and Dell could’ve placed their logo elsewhere.

A 13.3-inch screen might be small for some, but it compensates with a gorgeous 4K Ultra HD display with Dolby Vision support, providing rich contrast and colors for a cinematic experience.

It’s also equipped with an anti-reflective screen so you don’t have to worry about bright light when watching or working on something. Furthermore, its IPS panel offers a wider viewing angle so you can use this laptop to enjoy movies with your friends during pajama nights.

It has a responsive touchscreen, too, which is only available for the 4K display variant. Touchscreens may not be a staple for laptop users, but it’s helpful for someone who has used touchscreen laptops for a long time. It’s not easy to take away some habits you’ve grown accustomed to.

Overall, the 4K display was a total treat, especially if you love streaming 4K content on YouTube and Netflix. Normally, people can live without 4K, however, adding this option makes it feel like 4K is a must for those going after premium laptops.

I don’t care if it’s small as long as it performs

Despite being small, the Dell XPS 13 (2019) packs so much power. It carries the 8th-generation Intel Core i7 processor, equipped with 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD for internal storage. It’s a capable laptop for an everyday user — and for people working on creative projects to an extent. Everything loads quickly, and my impatient self is quite happy with its performance.

It doesn’t have a powerful graphics card, which makes it an unfit choice for heavy video editing. Given that I don’t edit videos regularly, it didn’t bother me that much since I mainly use Photoshop, Lightroom, and Illustrator. The built-in Intel UHD Graphics 620 is enough to handle my basic editing needs.

The XPS 13 has etched its name on the forefront of top-performing laptops. It offers style, portability, and reliability. It might even be the MacBook of Windows!

We all need something that lasts (and won’t give up on us)

A lot of laptops I’ve used had issues with loose and overheating batteries. Aside from that, those laptops usually don’t last long throughout the day. What’s even the point of calling it a laptop if it needs to get charged all the time?

Thank heavens, the XPS 13 lasts long on a single charge. Despite being a heavy user, the laptop proves its batteries have enough juice to last for the day. It’s even better when I only browse, surf, and write throughout the day like a normal user.

On a mixed heavy and normal usage, I lasted for six to seven hours. Even if the battery drains, the XPS 13 uses a USB-C adapter for its battery and only needs roughly two hours to fully charge with its bundled 45W charger. I can attest: The XPS 13 won’t give up on you even if you have given up on your deadlines.

Go for something (or someone) who knows how to care

If you care about the environment, you’d be happy to hear this: 90 percent of the laptop’s parts can be recycled, and Dell is taking a step in minimizing our ecological footprint to save the environment.

Technology might help us in our daily lives, but our convenience shouldn’t come at the cost of our planet’s well-being.

Is the Dell XPS 13 (2019) your GadgetMatch?

If you’re looking for the best Windows laptop out there, the Dell XPS 13 (2019) won’t disappoint. It’s so sleek you’ll take pride in bringing it wherever you go. Think: Bringing your very own Lamborghini or Mercedes-Benz, but in the form of a laptop.

And by wherever you go, I mean wherever you really want to go. It’s so portable that it can fit in my Pacsafe anti-theft sling crossbody bag. It can even rival the MacBook Air in terms of size!

Having a small frame doesn’t hinder the XPS 13 from bringing so much power and performance, too. The only dealbreaker is the lack of full-size ports but dongles are here to save the day, especially in a time when laptops are being sported with USB-C and Thunderbolt  3 adapters.

The Dell XPS 13 (2019) costs PhP 100,990 (US$ 1986) in the Philippines. It might be a lot of cash to shell out, but it’s a fair price to pay for one of the best premium laptops in the market. I told you, it’s like touching a Ferrari Pininfarina Sergio. If you can’t afford it, then you can just daydream about it!

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Acer launches Learn from Home program

Just in time for a virtual back to school

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The Philippines is adapting to the new normal brought by the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead of physically going back to school, students are welcoming the new school year through online classes. As such, laptops and mobile devices are on-demand since they allow easy access to online resources. To help students and parents, Acer is launching its Learn from Home program.

where they can grab select laptops at discount prices. Select Swift 3 variants are available to buy with discounts as part of the program. Acer’s Swift 3 is a thin-and-light laptop that packs powerful mobile processors for everyday use.

 

  • Swift 3 (14-inch FHD , AMD Ryzen 5 3500U, 4GB + 1TB HDD, Radeon 540X) — from PhP 32,999 to PhP 28,999
  • Swift 3 (14-inch FHD, Core i5-1035G1, 8GB + 512GB SSD) — from PhP 42,999 to PhP 39,999

There are also discounts for Aspire 3 as part of the program. Every student will appreciate the Aspire 3 for its versatility, performance, and the assortment of ports present on the laptop. Those buying these discounted laptops may do so at Acer’s online store or any of authorized resellers online from May 30 to July 15, 2020.

To know more about the Acer Learn from Home program, visit their social media sites or their website.

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Huawei MateBook D 15, MateBook 13, MatePad Pro arrives in Singapore

All for mobile productivity

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If you’ve been looking to shake-up your work-from-home setup, Huawei has some new devices coming for your consideration. These are the MateBook D15, MateBook 13, and the flagship tablet MatePad Pro.

These new devices will work handily with whatever Huawei phone or other Huawei gadget you already have in tow.

MateBook D 15

The MateBook D 15 is a fantastic 15-inch laptop. It’s perfect for both work and learning. It’s equipped with the AMD Ryzen 3500U processor. If you’re unfamiliar, it’s a processor that’s often been compared to the Intel Core i5 8250u. What that means is that this laptop is more than capable of handling everything you do on a browser along with the usual Microsoft office suite. It also has 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage.

It’s also home to features like a hybrid power and fingeprint scanner button, a now-you-see-me, now-you-don’t recessed webcam, and the nifty Huawei Share that lets you quickly share files and control your Huawei or Honor phone straight from the laptop.

MateBook 13

Albeit smaller, the MateBook 13 actually packs more power. It’s powered by a 10th gen Intel Core processor with a 16GB dual channel RAM and 512GB of internal storage. Huawei says you can expect fast reading and writing speeds, image and video editing tasks, as well as entertainment experiences.

It comes with 3:2 high-quality 2K display and side bezels measuring only 4.4mm for more content with vivid details, speed and accuracy. A 2K HUAWEI FullView Display with Multi-touch is also available as an option.

MatePad Pro

The MatePad Pro, Huawei says, is their more affordable answer to the iPad Pro. Not only is it a fantastic multimedia device, it also comes with a pen. This premium-looking slate is geared towards creatives looking to express themselves and create things both for work and play.

Inside it’s powered by the flagship chip Kirin 990 with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. It also has a 7250mAh battery with support for wireless charging and reverse wireless charging.

Price and availability

All three devices will be available in all Huawei Concept stores, selected consumer electronic stores and official online stores with Lazada and Shopee starting June 8, 2020. Pricing are as follows:

  • MateBook D 15 — SG$ 998
  • MateBook 13 — SG$ 1,598
  • MatePad Pro — SG$ 898

Pre-orders for these devices will be available from May 30 to 7 June 7, 2020 with exclusive bundle deals, while stocks last.

  • MateBook D 15 — Huawei Wireless Bluetooth Mouse, Huawei Laptop Sleeve Bag, Huawei Freebuds 3
  • MateBook 13 — Huawei Wireless Bluetooth Mouse, Huawei Laptop Sleeve Bag, Huawei Back-up (1TB storage, Huawei Freebuds 3
  • MatePad Pro — Huawei Smart Magnetic Keyboard, Huawei M-Pencil, 1-year 50GB Huawei Mobile Cloud Storage, WPC Office Premium Membership, 3-month Huawei Video Subscription

SEE ALSO: Reasons why the Huawei Matebook D 15 is an easy buy

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LG Singapore launches Lazada store, offers discounts

Up to 25% savings can be had on purchases

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Amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, more and more tech brands are relying on online stores to reach their customers. LG Singapore is the latest brand to go online with the opening of its flagship Lazada store. To mark the opening, it is discounting its appliances and devices for a limited time.

There’s a wide range of appliances on offer with LG’s Lazada store. Customers who buy LG appliances from May 23 to May 31 can get savings of up to 25% and a further 3% discount with a minimum purchase of SG$ 499.

Those who work from home will find a great range of LG TV and monitors on offer at the online store. They can also purchase the latest LG Gram through Lazada should they need a trusty laptop for their work.

Those who wanted to step up their facial self-care routine will also appreciate LG store’s selection of Pra.L appliances. For a limited time, LG will give away two complimentary brush heads with every purchase of Pra.L Dual Cleanser.

Other appliances offered on the Lazada store include LG refrigerators, vacuum cleaners, and more. There’s something for everyone on the online store, so be sure to check it out here.

Youtube support channel

LG has also put up a Youtube support channel to help customers in troubleshooting their appliances. Their Youtube channel features handy tutorials on common troubleshooting problems. Since most customer service centers are still closed or are operating in a limited capacity in most areas, the channel is a great alternative for those who need help with their LG devices.

With LG opening its online store on Lazada and putting up a support channel on Youtube, customers don’t have to go to a physical store just to buy or have their appliances repaired. This is not just convenient for many, but also necessary as Singapore still restricts many non-essential shops from opening.

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