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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Microsoft launches Windows 365, a PC in a cloud
Called Windows 365
With technology nowadays, it’s easier to carry around a PC-like device in our pockets. Still, having the ability to lug around an actual PC wherever we go is a luxury. Laptops can still be heavy. However, in their latest product announcement, Microsoft is introducing a way to carry PCs over from device to device — at least, to some extent.
Called Windows 365, Microsoft is launching a virtual PC stored in the cloud. Windows 365 allows users to access their Windows installation on any device including those not originally built with Windows. That includes even Macs and Linux devices.
Windows 365 will be installable on eight different devices of 16GB of RAM and 512GB of internal storage.
Currently, the service has not launched yet. It will launch on August 2 from Windows365.com. As such, there is no final pricing for the service yet.
Regardless, Windows isn’t exactly launching the service for consumers. Though it’s a huge accessibility tool for users, it’s positioned more for (and hence, more beneficial to) enterprise customers. It will allow an IT department to quickly install Windows on new devices.
Most importantly, companies can now easily onboard telecommuters to their workforce. All they need is a device to install Windows on.
ASUS ROG launches Cool for School Promo
Exclusive bundles and discounts!
The start of the new school year in the Philippines is right around the corner. With that in mind, ASUS ROG is offering plenty of devices on their lineup for exclusive bundles and discounts with its Cool for School promo.
Promo duration is from July 15 to August 31, 2021 and features laptops, desktops, smartphones that are available for up PhP 18,000 worth of discounts. Take a look at the bundles below.
ASUS Notebooks and Zenfones
- All ASUS ZenBook — Nespresso Mini Essenza with free Coffee Capsules (PhP 7,500)
- All ASUS VivoBook — Aviche M5 Wearable Air Purifier (PhP 2,500)
- Zenfone 8 and Zenfone 8 Flip — JBL Go 3 (PhP 2,300)
- All ASUS X Series laptops with Intel Core i5 and i7 processors — PhP 2,000 discount
- All ASUS X Series laptops with Intel Core i3 processor — PhP 1,000 discount
- ROG Zephyrus S17 GX701LXS/LV, ROG Zephyrus S15 GX502LXS/LW, ROG Zephyrus M15 GU502LW/LU — Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance Starter Kit 9W, Google Nest Hub (PhP 18,000+)
- ROG Flow X13 SuperNova Edition, ROG XG Mobile GPU with RTX 3080 — ROG Slash Cap, ROG Slash Sling Bag, Xbox Controller (PhP 8,500+)
- ROG Flow X13 — ROG Slash Cap, ROG Slash Sling Bag (PhP 2,500+)
- ROG Zepyhrus G14 GA401IVC — ROG Slash Cap, ROG Slash Messenger Bag, Chromecast 4K TV, Google Nest Mini (PhP 8,500+)
- ROG Zephyrus G15, ROG Zephyrus G14 GA401IV/IU/IH/II — Chromecast 4K TV, Google Nest Mini (PhP 4,500+)
- ROG Strix Scar 17 G732LXS/LWS/LV, ROG Strix Scar G532LWS/LW/LV — ROG Slash Cap, TUF AX3000 router, Xbox Controller (13,000+)
- ROG Strix G17 G712LV/LU, ROG Strix G15 G512LV/LU/LI — Google Nest Mini, Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance Bulb 9W (PhP 4,000+)
- ROG Phone 5 Classic — ROG Cetra II Core (PhP 3,300)
- ROG Ranger Backpack (RGB BP3703) — PhP 1,000 Discount
- ROG Ranger Backpack (BP2500) — PhP 500 Discount
ASUS and ROG Desktops
- ASUS Desktop S3401SFF — PhP 1,000 Discount
- ASUS Desktop S500SA — PhP 1,000 Discount
- ROG Strix G35DX-PH009T, ROG Strix G35DX-PH011T — TUF Gaming VG249Q1A
- ROG Strix GD30CI(OPT.)-PH003T — TUF Gaming VG249Q1A
- ROG Strix G15DH-PH014T , ROG Strix G15DH-PH002T — TUF Gaming VG249Q1A
- ROG Strix GL12CM-PH019T — TUF Gaming VG249Q1A
- ROG Strix GL10CS-PH042T , ROG Strix GL10CS-PH040T — TUF Gaming VG249Q1A
- TUF Gaming FX10CP-PH004T — TUF Gaming VG249Q1A
For the complete mechanics and list of participating products and stores, check out https://bit.ly/ASUSROGCoolForSchool2021.
LG announces four new monitors in the Philippines
From content creation to gaming, LG has got you covered
Monitors have been one of the most searched and bought tech products last 2020. And with the increasing demand due to the ever-changing WFH workspace, LG Philippines brought us four new monitors that cater the needs of each and every user.
LG UltraFine Monitor
If you’re the user who edits and color grades 4K videos, this monitor is for you. Aside from providing the best of colors in the class with IPS technology and HDR10 and DCI-P3 support, LG’s UltraFine monitor also provides UHD 4K resolution that’s 4x bigger than the regular Full HD (1080p) resolution. This means details are sharper and crispier.
But what makes this monitor different from monitors other than what LG offers is the Ergo stand where the monitor can be tilted, swiveled, and even rotated accordingly. As the name implies, it’s “Ergo”nomic in a sense that you can adjust the monitor freely without having to move things around. This gives you good posture, better height adjustability, and a cleaner workstation, providing full convenience to the user.
It also has USB-C ports for faster connection and wider support for newer devices. Speaking of, cable management looks cleaner thanks to this new type of stand as you just need to insert it behind.
LG UltraWide Monitor
As opposed to the regular 16:9 aspect ratio, a 21:9 view gives you 33% more screen real estate, making the user do tasks efficiently through split-screen view multitasking. This way, you don’t have to put two different monitors side-by-side.
On paper, it’s got what it takes to be your next best monitor: an IPS display for color accuracy, HDR10 for the best viewing experience, and 350 nits of brightness so you can work even if your windows reflect too much light on the screen. Looking at it directly makes it already immersive thanks to its slim bezels paired with 3-side virtually borderless design. On top of that, it has 5ms response time, Dynamic Action Sync, and AMD Freesync support so you can also enjoy smooth casual gaming, whenever.
LG UltraGear Monitor
LG’s UltraGear monitor provides the best Nano IPS technology in this premium monitor for gamers to enjoy and relive the games they are watching. ICYMI, most gaming monitors use VA panels instead of IPS, which display less color-accurate visuals.
Specs-wise, it’s the best monitor you can get for playing: it has 99 percent sRGB support for that color accuracy, fast 144Hz refresh rate, ultra-responsive 1ms response time with Motion Blur Reduction, and even compatibility to other HDR-enabled consoles such as the Xbox One S and PS4 Pro. Support for Xbox Series X and PS5 might come sooner (or later).
PCs or laptops with HDR-supported graphics card are supported as well so you don’t need to worry. This enables users enjoy punchier brightness and highlights with deeper shadows and silhouettes. Paired with NVIDIA G-Sync compatibility, the monitor also reduces screen tearing and stuttering.
Last but definitely not the least is LG’s Standard Monitor — meant either for the productive users on a budget or just for casual users who need a bigger monitor on their working area.
This monitor, just like the rest in the lineup, offers IPS technology. To make it even better, it has a Full HD resolution, shorter response times than the usual, and improved color reproduction and viewing angles.
This monitor’s aesthetics weren’t compromised either. It has slim bezel on three sides for a maximized viewing pleasure and offers an ergonomic design with tilt adjustments. With Flicker safe, Reader and Color weakness mode features, users will have little to no eye strain.
Casual gaming is also possible with AMD Freesync, Dynamic Action Sync, and Black Stabilizer as well.
Pricing and Availability
LG’s newest line of monitors are available in all authorized dealers nationwide both in-store and online. Visit LG.com.ph for a complete list of their retail partners. You can also check out LG’s Official Lazada or Shopee Flagship Stores for a full list of monitors available.
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