Anyone familiar with HP’s recent offerings knows just how great their designs are as of late, from the sexy Spectre 13 laptop to the unique desktop PCs launched during IFA 2016. Now, the Spectre x360 and Envy 13 are getting a refresh with the all-new design language and logo.
HP Spectre x360
All HP products with the “x360” branding have a rotating hinge, and the newest Spectre is no different. This lets you fold the display all the way back like other convertibles, but what’s truly special is the edge-to-edge display on the 13.3-inch model.
With 3.4mm bezels on the left and right sides of the screen, the space is well maximized, especially when in tablet mode. Sadly, the thin bezels don’t apply to the 15.6-inch variant, but it can be equipped with a 4K resolution, whereas the smaller one is limited to Full HD 1080p.
Naturally, you’d think the battery lives would suffer, but HP claims the two convertibles can last up to 16 hours of balanced usage. That would take some magic to pull off, but the secret probably lies in the seventh-generation Intel Core i7 or i5 processor inside, along with non-power-hungry SSD storage and the option to go up to 16GB of RAM.
The price begins at $1,050, and that’s for the most basic variant. It’s a good deal, though, since every unit comes with a solid aluminum chassis, glass trackpad, and four built-in speakers designed by Bang & Olufsen.
HP Envy 13
The Envy 13 doesn’t have the cool bendy bodies of the Spectres, but it’s just as slim as the two convertibles — 14mm for the Envy, while the smaller Spectre is 13.8mm in height and the larger one tops at 15.9mm.
The 13-inch notebook is a little cheaper too, retailing for only $850, and it still has an all-metal body that weighs around 2.8lbs (about 1.27kg). The Envy 13 also has the advantage of having two full-sized USB 3.0 ports, along with one USB Type-C port. The Spectres are limited to a single USB 3.0 port, but have two USB Type-C ports (with Thunderbolt 3) in exchange.
Everything else is up to par: seventh-generation Intel Core i7 or i5 processor, up to 16GB of memory, up to 1TB of storage, and Bang & Olufsen speakers.
The updated Spectre x360 convertibles are already available, and you can purchase an Envy 13 beginning October 26.
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ASUS 2.2 OLED Festival sale: Win a Vivobook 13 Slate
Enjoy 10% off on Vivobooks, Zenbooks
ASUS is celebrating 2.2 early, offering customers the chance to win a Vivobook 13 Slate OLED through the OLED Festival Sale on Lazada and Shopee.
From January 28 to February 5, selected Vivobook and Zenbook devices get up to 10% off. During the promotional period, a purchase of any ASUS OLED laptop entitles customers to a raffle entry.
One (1) lucky winner will be announced on February 10 through ASUS Philippines’ official Facebook page.
Award-winning laptops get more affordable
Participating laptops in ASUS’ OLED Festival Sale include the following:
- Zenbook 14 Flip
- Zenbook 13
- Zenbook 14
- Vivobook S14X
- Vivobook S 14 Flip
- Vivobook 13 Slate
- Vivobook Pro 15
- Vivobook 15X
The powerful 12th Gen Intel Core and Intel Iris Xe-boosted Zenbook 14 Flip gets a reduced price of just PhP 83,695 from PhP 87,995.
This foldable features ASUS’ 360-degree ErgoLift Hinge technology, a 2.8K OLED HDR 90Hz NanoEdge touch screen display, 16GB of DDR5 memory, and 512GB of PCIe Gen 4 SSD storage.
Meanwhile, both the Vivobook S 14X and Vivobook S 14 Flip retail for PhP 71,295 and PhP 71,245, respectively.
Both laptops are powered by up to 12th Gen Intel Core i7 processors and have 2.8K OLED displays, long battery life, fast-charging technology, and impressive performance.
They come with Microsoft Office for Home & Student pre-installed, as well as a 1-month free Adobe Creative Cloud upon purchase.
Be sure on the lookout for these deals from ASUS, as well as free shipping vouchers of up to PhP 100.
LG just launched a limited edition NewJeans laptop
It’s pretty… expensive
NewJeans is continuously making waves both in and out of South Korea. From their ultra-catchy songs, dance moves that are trending in TikTok and Instagram Reels, to reaching top charts in UK and US’ Billboard, there’s no surprise that homegrown tech brand LG Electronics partnered with these power rookies.
LG just released the gram Style NewJeans Limited Edition! While this is an unfortunate news for Hanni (who is actually an iPhone), it’s actually a big step towards knowing NewJeans past the K-Pop hype (and by that you should stream Hype Boy).
Mini and Big Bunnies
This special edition LG Gram Style is available in two styles: Mini Bunny and Big Bunny.
There’s actually no stark difference between the two except for — you guessed it — the size of bunny decals on its lid. Either of the two, you will never get wrong choosing the bunny for your personal taste.
Other than that, the highlight of this laptop comes from its weight. From the brand itself, it’s just 999 grams — actually 23 grams lighter than the 2022 model. It also has the US military-graded MIL-STD 810H standard that passed seven (7) durability tests.
The LG gram Style NewJeans isn’t slouching in performance. Just like a hopping bunny, it’s quite a powerful device for its size and heft.
Hardware specifications of these two Bunnies aren’t too far off — at least after making a side-by-side comparison of their spec sheets. Both styles come with an Intel Core i5-1340P under EVO Platform for lightweight ultrabooks plus Intel Iris Xe graphics. It’s then paired with 16GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 256GB of NVMe 4.0 SSD with an extra PCIe 4.0 slot for expandability.
Just like NewJeans‘ visuals, you can’t also go wrong with the visuals of this device. It has a 14″ low-reflective OLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate, WQXGA+ resolution (2880 x 1800), a 16:10 aspect ratio for wider screen real estate, and an improved 400nits brightness over last year’s 350.
Moreover, it supports 100% DCI-P3 wide color gamut for color-accurate goodness as well as VESA Certified DisplayHDR TrueBlack 500 for deeper blacks and better contrast ratio. Its 2-watt stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos support make it a full-on entertainment device.
One more highlight is its “Hidden Touchpad”. Instead of the usual rectangular trackpads, it’s highlighted by two halo lighting on its two sides dubbed as “Aurora White” paired with haptic feedback for that nice feeling when clicking.
For ports, it has two (2) USB-C plus one (1) USB-A ports, microSD card slot, and a 3.5mm audio jack for headphones, earphones, amplifiers, and other audio peripherals.
Goodies for Bunnies
If you have actually reached this part, you’d know that you are not here for its powerful hardware, rather for the NewJeans styled-laptop. Aside from having that special laptop, there are more goodies that come with this device.
There’s even a free NewJeans-style mouse with this cute vinyl-like mousepad. These are truly treats for Bunnies! The laptops even come with preloaded wallpapers and four icons in it.
Pricing and Availability
While the LG gram Style is light, the pricing isn’t. It’s a pretty laptop with a pretty expensive price. It retails for around KR₩ 2,700,000 — which is about US$ 2190 / SG$ 2675 / ₱119,513.
There’s no word on global availability but LG will hold a live event in Korea with NewJeans on February 1, 2023 (Wednesday) around 8PM KST (Korean Standard Time).
If you will participate during the live, a comment could help a participant win a specially-signed autograph from NewJeans or three winners of the Limited Edition Goods.
If you plan on buying the NewJeans’ limited edition laptop, there are more benefits other than having the Limited Edition Goods set such as 12 winners of NewJeans autographs.
But if you’re just opting to buy the regular LG gram Style without the NewJeans skin, it will still give you other perks such as a free LG gram mouse, Wiggle Wiggle goods package consisting of a notebook pouch, mousepad, and a cable strap, as well as a free 512GB microSD card.
More advanced purchase benefits are Intel software package, 2023 gram gift pack, and 5,000g Jammy points coupon.
Other common benefits include MelOn one-month free subscription, 10,000 membership points after writing a photo review after purchase, and 20 winners of two Helinox chairs and table set.
Samsung to launch improved touchscreen notebooks soon
In time for Galaxy Unpacked
Touchscreen notebooks are making a new push to the spotlight. While the general technology has been out for a while, new developments are starting to introduce better screens with faster response times. Samsung, according to a new report, is already ready to launch an improved version of its own touchscreen notebook as early as next month.
As first reported by ZDNet, Samsung Display has started to mass produce OLED screens which integrate touchscreen functionality directly on the panel. The technology, called OCTA or on-cell touch AMOLED, will launch first on upcoming Galaxy Books this year.
Though essentially unconfirmed for now, the new touchscreen lineup might launch in time for the Galaxy Unpacked event early next month. If so, Samsung will have a huge leg up against Apple, who is also working on its own touchscreen laptop.
Apple, contrary to Steve Jobs’ initial reaction against the technology, is building a touchscreen OLED MacBook for a hopeful launch by 2025. Because the upcoming MacBook allegedly uses OLED panels, the device will be thinner and lighter than current MacBooks in the lineup.
Much like the chatter around Apple, Samsung Display’s new OLED panels will also be thinner and lighter — a big step, considering last year’s notebooks were also touted as thinner and lighter then ever before. Unfortunately, the report does not indicate how large the new screens will be. If anything, the Galaxy Book lineup currently offers devices in 13- and 15-inch models.
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