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Huawei enters desktop PC market with the MateStation S

Expansion beyond the mobile space of smart devices

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You’re not reading that wrong: Huawei has entered the world of desktop PCs. Everyone is pretty much aware of the company’s expansion into more platforms other than smartphones. From smart watches to the MateBook laptops, they’re simply just adding more products to the portfolio. This time around, it’s not a portable device they’re launching.

Meet the Huawei MateStation S, the company’s latest workstation system designed for students and young professionals. It comes with a variety of work-centric features mixed in with Huawei’s technologies to provide the ultimate work experience. Also, Huawei integrated smart features for full utility with their smart devices.

So, how exactly does this entire system look like when you bring it all together?

Stacks of boxes lined up

Mate Station S

When the entire workstation arrived, I immediately pulled out all the Huawei boxes lying around my house. I decided to take one big family photo that will make some of you think I did a Huawei device haul or something. In many ways, this was what they were going for with the smart integration for the workstation — something we’ll get to later on.

As you can already tell, the packaging seems quite simple — three boxes for the monitor, desktop PC, and keyboard. Unboxing all of them was also straightforward, and needs some level of care in the process. In no particular order:

The Huawei Display

This one was in the largest box among the three boxes that arrived, and rightfully so because of the 23.8-inch display it comes with. Along with the main display, you also get the monitor stand, the power adapter and an HDMI cable. It’s pretty standard stuff for any typical monitor in the market.

Mate Station S

What stood out to me, at least, was the sleek and simple design of the Huawei Display. Sure, it comes in a shiny, subtle black color; the gold Huawei brand name was a nice touch. It’s not a flashy color option, but it didn’t have to be. Upon booting it up and attaching it to a laptop, it’s actually pretty bright.

Although I’m curious about that little bit of flare at the right side of the display. When the screen is black, it’s something incredibly obvious to the eyes. Now, I’m not entirely sure if something happened in shipping, but once you boot the PC, it’s not that big of a bother.

The Huawei MateStation S PC itself

I decided to put the last two boxes here, which were dedicated to the PC and the keyboard. Admittedly, I thought that the MateStation S would be roughly as big as the box it came in. For something you need for working long hours, I thought it would be a wide tower placed inside. When I got it out of the box, I was pleasantly surprised at how compact the form factor was.

Mate Station S

Now, it comes in a Space Gray type of finish, similar to its MateBook laptops with a Star Trail design etched in front. Personally, it’s a nice aesthetic choice but it’s not something you will continually notice every time you use the PC. I thought it was going to be another way for hot air to come out of the system.

Mate Station S

In the longer yet thinner box, you have Huawei’s Ultra-Slim Keyboard in Space Gray, as well. What’s nice about it is that it comes with both a fingerprint sensor and a Huawei Share button on the keyboard. Supposedly, it provides a faster and easier log-in option with Windows Hello, plus easy file transfer from your phone.

Setting it up and making it work

Piecing everything together didn’t necessarily take that long, especially on a relatively small table. The fact that the MateStation S is relatively compact allows for more space for the display and other peripherals to fit nicely. Once everything was in its place, the system booted up relatively quickly.

The Huawei MateStation S comes with a 4th-generation AMD Ryzen 5 processor inside, along with 8GB of RAM. For average office work, this is a great list of hardware for most tasks and applications you throw at it. Along with a 256GB SSD inside, all of these applications will ideally load up quite fast.

From initial tests and usage, I fully agree with what they had in mind with all of these hardware inside. Working on Word documents and Excel spreadsheets was a breeze, even with some complicated data in there. Also, it comes with a dual-band WiFi card inside so you can place this system anywhere you want.

How far will the Huawei PC go?

For the most part, I’ve showered Huawei’s newest system with praises on its design and performance. Obviously, it’s much different from their laptops in terms of portability, but offers the same smart technologies in the process. Plus, it’s a form factor that brings more benefits than distractions while you’re working.

Of course, this is only scratching the surface of what the Huawei MateStation S can actually do. While it is fast, responsive, and handles most Office applications, let’s see how the system handles, well, everything else. 

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Windows 11 not working properly with AMD chips

A fix is coming

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Microsoft recently opened the first wave of Windows 11 updates. The first desktops and laptops are starting to get the major update. However, if you’re next in line for the update while sporting an AMD chipset, you might want to hold off on getting the update for now.

AMD has officially confirmed that its processors are having some issues with Windows 11. Currently compatible processors will experience performance dips especially with some program and games. The company notes “applications sensitive to memory subsystem” and “games commonly used for eSports.” Though the report does not include the names of such games, any eSports-focused games will certainly suffer from a 10-15% dip in performance. Most affected apps, however, will only experience a 3-5% dip.

Both AMD and Microsoft have already acknowledged the bug and are working on a fix. An update will reportedly come out later within the month. Unfortunately, without the update, AMD recommends staying with the most updated version of Windows 10 for now.

The delay shouldn’t be that much of an issue, though. Because the update is still new, only a handful of devices should receive Windows 11 for now. Early adopter FOMO probably won’t set in for the first month.

SEE ALSO: Windows 11 is official with major UI and performance changes

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Windows 11 is finally here

Here’s how to install the new update

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Windows 11 is finally here. After months of beta testing and teasing, Microsoft has officially launched the major operating system update today. Of course, as with most updates, it will roll out to eligible devices gradually, not at once. Whether you’re a part of that esteemed first adopter group or still waiting for your turn, here’s how you can check if you can install Windows 11 already.

In your Windows 10 PC, go to Windows Update. Once the window opens, check for new updates. If your PC is eligible for the update, a banner for the update should pop up, prompting you to install the update when you can. The on-screen prompt will help you throughout the update process.

Naturally, before you install the update, double check whether your PC can actually handle the update or not. Also, back up your data before installing, just in case something goes wrong along the way.

Besides a plethora of performance updates, Windows 11 will bring a major UI refresh for the operating system. For one, the Start button and pinned icons will move to the center, rather than its traditional spot on the left corner. The update also introduces a new widget system and ways to organize information.

As always, Microsoft is prioritizing new laptops before rolling the update out to a more widespread audience.

SEE ALSO: Windows 11 is official with major UI and performance changes

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HP launches new laptops and AIO PCs for your home office

Bolster your home office

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More than a year into the pandemic, the need for a powerful home office keeps intensifying. Companies are discovering the benefits (or the demand) for a more permanent work-from-home system. Adding more options for workers, HP has launched a flurry of new products for professionals and creatives.

HP Spectre x360 2-in-1 Laptop PC

Even in a home setting, a hybrid device can make all the difference. Taking your work device into several rooms keeps the productivity flow going.

Touted as the world’s first 16-inch laptop with an integrated 5-megapixel camera, the HP Spectre X360 makes it easy to take your laptop wherever you go. The laptop sports the 11th-generation Intel Core i7 processor, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050, 16GB of RAM, 512GB SSD of internal storage, and Windows 11. Its 16-inch frame houses a UHD+ OLED display with VESA True Black HDR and a 16:10 ratio. The battery can last up to 17 hours on a single charge.

The laptop also comes packed with features to make video calls and working much more of a breeze. HP GlamCam automatically touches you up for calls, adjusts lighting. It can also lock your device automatically if you walk away and can blur your screen when someone is peeking in behind you.

The HP Spectre x360 ships in October starting at US$ 1,639.

HP Envy AIO PC

For a more robust office experience, the HP Envy delivers an all-in-one experience like no other. The device is reportedly the world’s first 34-inch AIO PC with a 5K display. It sports an 11th-generation Intel Core i9 octa-core processor, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080, 32GB of RAM, 512GB SSD of internal storage, and Windows 11.

Further, it comes with a detachable, magnetic 16-megapixel camera. HP’s Enhanced Lighting can also improve how you look behind the camera.

The HP Envy ships in October and starts at US$ 1,999.

HP U32 4K DHR and M34d WQHD Curved Monitor

Rounding out the new releases, HP is launching a duo of monitors to supplement your setup. The HP U32 4K HDR monitor is a 31.5-inch diagonal 4K HDR monitor that can deliver stunning images. Meanwhile, the HP M34d WQHD Curved monitor adds in a curved form factor and integrated speakers to a 34-inch device.

The HP U32 4K HDR ships in October for US$ 499, while the HP M34d WQHD Curved monitor sells for US$ 529.99.

SEE ALSO: HP unveils its new OMEN 15 gaming laptop – GadgetMatch

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