We’re entering an age where traditional laptops just don’t cut it anymore. They’ve matured so much that there’s nothing to offer other than lowered prices. On the other hand, 2-in-1 convertibles with their multiple usage modes are becoming the norm, but with their newer technology comes less attractive price tags. HP wants to change all that with the highly capable yet affordable Pavilion x360.
In case you’re wondering: Yes, the Pavilion x360 has been around for some time already. What’s different this time around are the updated specs, pricing, and availability, which we’ll cover later.
There’s not much to write about the Pavilion x360 at first glance, but fold the convertible using its 360-degree hinge and you’ll see why it’s special. Turning it all the way back deactivates the keyboard, letting you use it like a full-fledged Windows 10 tablet. Leaving it in laptop mode turns off the touchscreen display, so you’ll be reliant on the touchpad for navigation. You also have the option of going into Tent mode if you simply want to watch some flicks.
There’s a choice between 11.6-inch (1366 x 768-pixel resolution) and 13.3-inch (1920 x 1080-pixel resolution) screen sizes for the Pavilion x360. As for ports, they’re all found around the full-sized keyboard, including two USB 3.0 ports, one USB 2.0 port, a single HDMI, card reader, and the usual headphones/microphone jacks. Rounding out the features is preinstalled Windows 10.
Pricing depends on what configuration you’re interested in. The cheapest 11.6-inch build has an Intel Celeron N3060 processor and costs PhP 20,990, while the most expensive 11.6-inch model is equipped with a slightly faster Celeron N3710 and is priced at PhP 24,990. The 13.3-inch unit is obviously the priciest of the selection, and comes with far more capable Intel Core i3 chip and a price tag of PhP 29,990. All of them have 4GB of memory, 500GB of storage, and modern gold as the sole color option.
Selecting the right configuration isn’t rocket science: Go for one of the smaller models if all you want to do is type and browse the web while away from home, and opt for the 13.3-inch model if you’re looking to use it for multimedia entertainment and some light gaming.
Lazada will be carrying the refreshed Pavilion x360 beginning September 22, 2016. For those looking for something a lot more powerful, HP will also be offering the consumer version of the Elite x2 starting on the same day next week.
The Elite x2 is a different type of 2-in1, wherein you can detach the keyboard and use the tablet portion on its own. This is made possible with the built-in kickstand, which is made of the same sturdy aluminum as the tablet itself. With the included Wacom-based HP Active Pen and 12-inch touchscreen, you could actually forget about using the keyboard for a while.
The whole thing is really quite premium. There are Bang & Olufsen-tuned stereo speakers, durable Gorilla Glass 4 for the display, and a fanless 8.1mm physique that rivals the thinnest Windows 10 tablets in the industry. Prices for the Elite x2 begin at PhP 59,990 with Intel’s sixth-generation Core M processors and a handy fingerprint scanner for secured logins.
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Apple updates MacBook Pro lineup with tweaked keyboard and 8-core chip
The fastest Mac notebook ever
Apple‘s popular line of pro notebooks is getting more powerful with Intel’s new 8th- and 9th-gen Core chips. Other laptop manufacturers already announced their latest models featuring the new processors and Apple doesn’t want to get left behind.
For the first time ever, consumers can get a MacBook Pro with an 8-core processor which is two times faster than an older quad-core MacBook Pro and has 40 percent better performance than the previous 6-core MacBook Pro.
The MacBook Pro refresh for mid-2019 greatly benefits the 15-inch model with Touch Bar. The base model now has a 6-core i7 processor and its high-end sibling has an 8-core i9 processor. If you wish, it can be configured to an even more powerful 8-core i9 chip which can turbo boost up to 5.0GHz. This is what Apple calls “the fastest Mac notebook ever.”
The 13-inch Touch Bar models also get a processor refresh with the base model now equipped with a faster 8th-gen quad-core i5. It can be upgraded to a quad-core i7 with a turbo boost of up to 4.7GHz.
Apart from the new processors, the rest of the MacBook Pro specs remain unchanged. However, the Cupertino company opted to use a new material for its keyboard which should reduce issues. It’s the same third-generation butterfly keyboard design from previous models, though.
The refreshed MacBook Pro 15-inch models start at US$ 2,399 in the US or SG$ 3,499 in Singapore, while the smaller 13-inch models start at US$ 1,799 or SG$ 2,599.
Huawei’s MateBook X Pro and MateBook 13 are now in Singapore
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The new MateBook 13 and MateBook X Pro have found their way to Singapore. Huawei‘s new laptops are part of the Chinese company’s product offering expansion to cater to a growing customer base in the country.
First unveiled at CES 2019, the MateBook 13 is one of the well-reviewed Windows notebook today. It’s a portable 13-inch laptop that combines the aesthetics of a MacBook and the power of Windows 10. The laptop’s 2K display with a 3:2 aspect ratio is probably its best asset. Also, what’s under the hood is also promising.
The MateBook 13 is powered by either eighth-gen Intel Core i5 or Core i7 chips paired with high-speed PCIe SSD of up to 512GB. Additionally, Huawei’s notebook has NVIDIA GeForce MX150 to boost graphics performance. It also has the new Huawei Share OneHop that lets Huawei phone users transfer files with just a tap.
The MateBook 13 has a starting price of SG$ 1,348 for the Core i5 model with 256GB of storage. If you wish to get the more powerful Core i7 variant with 512GB of storage, it’ll cost SG$ 1,498. The laptop comes with a 2-year warranty.
Both variants will be available in stores by the end of May. Those who will buy at The PC Show from May 30 to June 2 will receive a free Huawei Watch GT Active and Huawei Backpack.
The flagship MateBook X Pro (2019) is also coming to Singapore. The more premium Huawei laptop has a 14-inch Ultra FullView display with a 3K resolution and 100 percent sRGB coverage. It’s complemented by four speakers tuned with Dolby Atmos.
Inside, it has the latest Intel Core processors plus the updated NVIDIA GeForce MX250 graphics. The laptop is cooled by two Shark Fin Fans 2.0 for better performance. What’s more, it has Thunderbolt 3 ports for faster two-way data transmission of up to 40Gbps.
Another notable feature of the MateBook X Pro (2019) is its outstanding battery life of up to 12 hours, the company claims. It also has the Huawei Share OneHop feature for easy file transfer between the laptop and a phone.
Local pricing and availability of the MateBook X Pro (2019) will be announced at a later date. While we wait, check out our unboxing video below:
Along with the arrival of the laptops, Huawei is also bringing the Amber Sunrise model of the P30 Pro with 512GB of storage. It’ll be available from May 30 exclusively at Huawei Concept Stores and Lazada for SG$ 1,698.
ThinkBook is Lenovo’s new line of business-oriented laptops
The ThinkPad X1 Extreme gets a refresh, too!
When we think about business laptops, the famous ThinkPad comes first into our minds. Lenovo, the current maker of ThinkPad notebooks, now has a new sub-brand to cater to the growing enterprise market — the ThinkBook.
Under the ThinkBook line, Lenovo has two new laptops. First is the ThinkBook 13s which is primarily built for mobile business. It features a slim and metal body with a mineral gray finish. As its name suggests, it has a 13.3-inch IPS display with a Full HD resolution and Dolby Vision support. It also has Harman-branded speakers with Dolby Audio.
Like with current ThinkPads, the 13-inch ThinkBook is equipped with a physical camera shutter for full control over camera and privacy. It has an anti-spill design for its keyboard and a lay-flat hinge as well. As for its battery life, it promises up to 14 hours with its 45Whr cell.
If you prefer a bigger notebook, there’s also the ThinkBook 14s. It practically has the same metal body and mineral gray finish of the 13s, but with a bigger 14-inch Full HD display. It has the same anti-spill keyboard and lay-flat hinge, too. With its larger screen though, it has a slightly shorter battery life of 10 hours.
Specs-wise, both share the same eighth-gen Intel Core i7 processor with up to 16GB DDR4 memory and 512GB SSD. There’s an option to have discrete graphics using AMD’s Radeon 540X.
Connectivity is one of the strengths of business notebooks. The new ThinkBook line is no different. It’s equipped with a USB-C (Gen2), two USB 3.1, an HDMI, and a 3.5mm combo jack. It also comes with a fingerprint reader built into the power button and TPM 2.0 security chip.
What will make the ThinkBook appealing for businesses is its price. The ThinkBook 13s starts at US$ 729. Meanwhile, the ThinkBook 14s starts at US$749. Both will ship in the US this month.
For those who need more power and have extra cash can look into the refreshed ThinkPad X1 Extreme. The second-generation X1 Extreme now has the option for a 4K OLED touchscreen and ninth-gen Core i9 processors.
The graphics department has also updated the old NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti toshould offer a small bump in performance and support for new features. Pricing starts at US$ 1,500 for the base variant which starts shipping in July. The OLED version won’t come until August.
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