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Dell XPS 17 coming to Singapore

Powerful performance for creators

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The newest addition to the Dell XPS lineup — the Dell XPS 17 — is coming to Singapore.

Immediately noticeable is its edge-to-edge display. Fittingly called InfinityEdge, it’s something that Dell has been known for ever since the first XPS laptop was released. However, even by today’s standards, it’s still quite a looker.

It follows the redesign seen on the 2020 version of the Dell XPS 15. It’s made of a single aluminum body with carbon fiber, woven glass fiber, and hardened Corning Gorilla Glass. This means you can expect this look and feel premium which is what we’ve come to expect for Dell XPS.

You get a wide-array of ports: Four thunderbolt3 and DisplayPort, a 3.5mm headphone jack, USB-C to USB-A, and most notably, a full size SD card reader. That tells you this was made with creators in mind.

Supporting that statement is the display that supports 4K HDR and promises to produce accurate colors. There’s also the processing power. Just take a look at these configurations:

Processor Memory Graphics Storage
Dell XPS 17
  • 10th Gen Intel CoreTM i5-10300H
  • 10th Gen Intel CoreTM i7-10750H
  • 10th Gen Intel CoreTM i7-10875H
  • 10th Gen Intel CoreTM i9-10885H (available post launch)
  • 8GB DDR4 SDRAM at 2933MHz
  • 16GB DDR4 SDRAM at 2933MHz
  • 32GB DDR4 SDRAM at 2933MHz
  • 64GB DDR4 SDRAM at 2933MHz Note: (2x SO-DIMM)
  • Intel UHD Graphics
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti 4GB GDDR6
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTXTM 2060 6GB GDDR6
  • 256GB SSD
  • 512GB SSD
  • 1TB SSD
  • 2TB SSD

Having these specs doesn’t mean everything’s always cranked up to eleven. Managing all that hardware is what Dell calls the adaptive performance. This means the XPS 17 will adapt to the workload you’re currently handling for maximum efficiency.

You also have other handy features like Windows Hello and a power button that doubles as a fingerprint sensor.

Pricing and availability

The Dell XPS 17 will be available in Singapore starting June 12, 2020. Starting price has yet to be announced.

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Laptops for your basic work and learn from home needs

All within a reasonable budget

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File photo: Lenovo Yoga S730

We’ve been getting a lot of inquiries about laptops that can handle basic work and study needs but preferrably cost under and around PhP 30,000. So we reached out to some brands to see what they have on offer.

Bare in mind, we haven’t exactly tested all of these for ourselves. We can’t say for sure how they well they perform and are adding them on this list purely because they look good on paper. Hopefully, it helps you make an informed choice.

Here they are in no particular order:

ASUS

ASUS is popular brand because of their wide range of laptops that cater to nearly every budget segment. We’ve heard several stories of college students and young professionals relying on ASUS laptops for their study and work needs. As for us, we’ve tried their VivoBook series and we’re huge fans.

VivoBook 15 X512DA-EJ364T — PhP 25,995
Specs: 15.6-inch FHD display, AMD Ryzen 5 3500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8, 4GB DDR4 DRAM, 1TB SATA HDD, full-sized backlit keyboard, fast charting to 60% in 49 minutes, Windows 10 Home, 2 years global warranty.

ASUS Laptop 14 X409JA — starts at PhP 25,995
Specs: 14″ and 15″ display options, Intel Core i3 1.2Ghz, 4GB DDR4 RAM, 1TB HDD storage, Windows 10 Home, 2 years global warranty.

ASUS Laptop 15 X509JP — PhP 31,995
Specs: 15.6 FHD display, Intel Core i3 1.2Ghz, 4GB DDR4 RAM, 512GB SSD storage, fast charting to 60% in 49 minutes, Windows 10 Home, 2 years global warranty.

ASUS also has an ongoing sale with Shopee. See if there’s anything there you’re interested in and fits your budget.

Bonus: ASUS VivoBook X412F is a laptop that we also reviewed. At PhP 32,995, it caters to those who want an affordable yet premium experience.

LENOVO

Anyone who’s worked in a corporate setting should be familiar with Lenovo Laptops. They’re known for providing office-issued work machines that are peppered with security features. While the ones on this list are consumer versions, you should still expect the same general level of quality and security.

IdeaPad Slim 3i Ultrabook — PhP 29,995
Specs: 15.6-inch FHD screen, Intel Core i3-10110U, 4GB DDR 2667 RAM (Upgradeable),512GB SSD Internal storage upgradeable HDD storage, MX130 2GD5 GPU, Windows 10 Home, 2CELL 35WH battery, 2 years carry in warranty, no office subscription bundle. Comes in Business Black, Platinum Grey, and Abyss Blue.

IdeaPad Flex 3i Convertible — PhP 25,995
Specs: 14-inch HD display, Pentium Gold 5405, 4GB DDR 2400 RAM, 512GB SSD, Windows 10 Home, 4CELL 45WH battery, 2 Years Premium Care warranty. Comes in Onyx Black.

Flex 3 Chromebook — PhP 18,995
Specs: 11.6-inch HD display, C-N4020 processor, 8GB LPDDR4 2400 RAM, 64GB HDD storage, 3CELL 42WH battery, 2-year international care warranty. Comes in Abyss Blue and Almond.

There’s a lot more and you can check out this list to see for yourself. Lenovo also has an ongoing LSS Promo where you can get laptops that worth PhP 35,000 at PhP 2000 to PhP 5,000 off.

Bonus: The Lenovo IdeaPad L340 Gaming which we reviewed is also currently on discount. From PhP 44,995 at the time of our review, it now currently retails at PhP 35,995 through Villman’s Lazada Store.

DELL

Dell is low-key produces some of the toughest laptops out there. They’re after sales support is known to be really reliable — not something you often hear about brands. We’d argue these might be the best laptops for basic work and more on this list.

Dell Inspiron 15 3593 — PhP 35,990
Specs: 15.6 FHD display, 10th Gen Intel Core i5 3.6Ghz, 4GB, 4Gx1, DDR4, 2666MHz RAM, 1TB 5400 rpm 2.5″ SATA HDD storage, NVIDIA® GeForce MX230 with 2GB GDDR5 graphics memory, 3-Cell Battery, 42WHr, Windows 10 Home, 1Yr In Home : Onsite Service warranty. Comes in Silver, Black, White.

Dell Inspiron 15 3593 — PhP 27,490
Specs: 15.6 FHD display, 10th Gen Intel Core i3 3.4Ghz, 4GB, 4Gx1, DDR4, 2666MHz RAM, 1TB 5400 rpm 2.5″ SATA HDD storage, Intel UHD Graphics, 3-Cell Battery, 42WHr, Windows 10 Home, 1Yr In Home : Onsite Service warranty. Comes in Silver, Black, White.


We’ll update this list whenever necessary. If you have laptops at around this budget that you would like to recommend. Let us know!

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ASUS VivoBook, X series laptops on sale at Shopee

Up to PhP 3,000 discount on some laptops

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Thinking of buying a new laptop for remote work or online learning? Several ASUS laptops are discounted at Shopee this June. Customers can get up to 30% off on select ASUS laptops as part of Shopee’s 6.6 super flash sale.

Participating ASUS laptops include the VivoBook and X series. Buyers can snag up discounts of up to PhP 3,000 from a selection of laptops at ASUS’ Shopee store. Apart from the discounts, buyers can also enjoy PhP 250 off their shipping fees upon delivery.

The full list of laptops on discount include:

Item Name Original Price Discount Off Discounted Price
ASUS VivoBook X540UP-DM116T (Core i3, black) PhP 27,750 PhP 3,755 PhP 23,995
Asus X560UD-BQ503T (black, Core i5-8250U, 4GB + 1TB HDD + 256GB SSD, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 4GB) PhP 46,995 PhP 7,000 PhP 39,995
ASUS X570ZD-DM209T (Ryzen 5 2500U 4GB, 15.6-inch FHD) PhP 40,495 PhP 1,955 PhP 31,995
Asus Vivobook X412FL (Core i5-8265U, 4GB DDR4 + 512GB SSD, NVIDIA GeForce MX 2GB, 14-inch FHD) PhP 39,995 PhP 3,000 PhP 35,450
Asus Vivobook X412FL (Core i5-8265U, 4GB DDR4 + 512GB SSD, NVIDIA GeForce MX 2GB, 14-inch FHD) PhP 39,995 PhP 3,000 PhP 35,450
Asus Vivobook X412FJ (Core i3-8145U, 4GB DDR4+ 256GB SSD, NVIDIA GeForce MX230 2GB) PhP 31,495 PhP 1,055 PhP 28,995
Asus Vivobook X412FJ (Core i3-8145U, 4GB DDR4+ 256GB SSD, NVIDIA GeForce MX230 2GB) PhP 31,495 PhP 1,055 PhP 28,995
ASUS VivoBook X407UA-BV133T (Core i3, gold) PhP 27,995 PhP 3,905 PhP 21,995
Asus X407UA-BV110T (Core i3, star gray) PhP 27,995 PhP 3,905 PhP 21,995
Asus X407UF-BV001T (Core i3, MX130, star gray, 4GB + 1TB HDD, 14-inch) PhP 27,995 PhP 1,305 PhP 24,995
Asus X407UF-BV090T (Core i3, MX130, gold, 4GB + 1TB HDD,  14-inch) PhP 27,995 PhP 1,305 PhP 24,995
ASUS X407MA-BV048T (Pentium, gray) PhP 19,995 PhP 1,605 PhP 17,995
ASUS X407MA-BV049T (Pentium, gold, 14-inch) PhP 19,995 PhP 1,605 PhP 17,995
Asus X540MA-GQ120T (black, Pentium N5000, 4GB) PhP 19,495 PhP 1,355 PhP 17,995
ASUS X407MA-BV003T (Celeron, gold) PhP 16,995 PhP 1,655 PhP 15,995
ASUS VivoBook X407MA-BV002T (Celeron N4100, 4GB + 500GB, 14-inch) PhP 16,995 PhP 1,655 PhP 15,995
Asus X407MA-BV201T (Celeron, 4GB+ 500GB, 14-inch HD) PhP 15,995 PhP 2,205 PhP 13,995
ASUS X540MA-GQ064T (Celeron, black) PhP 14,995 PhP 1,000 PhP 13,995
Asus X540MA-GQ107T (black, Celeron N4100, 4GB) PhP 14,995 PhP 1,000 PhP 13,995

Discounts are valid only until June 6. To avail of ASUS laptops and their corresponding discounts, head over to ASUS Philippines’ official Shopee store. For more information about the promo, visit ASUS Philippines’ Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram page.

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Acer launches Learn from Home program

Just in time for a virtual back to school

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File photo: Acer Swift 5

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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