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Huawei Matebook X Pro 2020 review: Nothing spectacularly new

“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” said Huawei, probably

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Huawei is continuously stretching itself across multiple devices these days. While the company is known mostly for their smartphones and, recently privacy issues, their attempts on creating laptops has also been a success. They manage to consistently cram in a ton of nifty features over the years, that they simply don’t change it every new year.

That rings especially true for the Huawei Matebook X Pro 2020 — same device, with the only difference being the hardware. On the surface, it maintains a lot of the core features last year’s model had. The question is whether or not it’s performance across the board remains consistent with the 2019 model.

Let’s take a deep dive into the Huawei Matebook X Pro 2020:

It has a 13.9-inch FHD IPS touchscreen display

It comes with the 10th generation Intel processor inside

It has two USB Type-C ports with Thunderbolt 3 support

It comes only in the Space Gray color

Consistently delivers all-around great performance

The Huawei Matebook X Pro 2020 comes with the latest, 10th generation Intel Core i7 processor and 16GB of RAM. The new-gen processor does what you’d expect in performance delivery, as most applications run smoothly on the device. I’ve also noticed that the new chip improved the device’s battery life just a little bit.

There’s also an NVIDIA MX250 slapped inside this machine to handle beefy graphics work. Data presentation and analytics load quickly, photo and video editing is possible with the device. Render times for videos take a little longer, but that’s also expected from an entry-level graphics card.

You can play games on this device, but don’t expect 60 FPS levels of gaming for it. Casual games like Minecraft and CS:GO will achieve high frame rates, but it’s mostly because these games don’t require a lot of graphic work. 

Consistently bright and colorful touchscreen display

The 13.9-inch display maintains its touchscreen capabilities with 450 nits of brightness at the maximum. The 3:2 aspect ratio on a relatively thin bezel works wonders, and provides a ton of space. The screen is that bright even under direct sunlight, that you can still watch Netflix on your lawn.

The touchscreen tracked my fingerprints with ease, and there’s even a gray trail to indicate it. It’s honestly my preferred way of scrolling through social media feeds instead of the trackpad. Of course, you might want to clean your hands first before touching your screen if you want to be super clean about it.

Consistently horrible thermal solution

Of course, with all that hardware and performance you need some way to keep everything cooled down. The thing is, to maximize performance means that your hardware will crank things up and produce more heat. The goal of a device’s thermal setup is to simply find a way for the hot air to flow out to keep things cool, as long as it doesn’t inconvenience you.

Clearly, the Huawei Matebook X Pro 2020 did not take this into consideration. To be fair, this isn’t the only premium ultrabook that heats up uncomfortably when you’re doing too much. For a laptop, I can’t even recommend you to put this on your laptop when you’re working with 50+ tabs of Chrome open.

Consistently strong battery life for an ultrabook

However, despite the bonkers of a thermal solution, the device still lasts long, as advertised. I got about close to 12 hours on a single charge when I’m just strictly working on documents, spreadsheets, and web browsing. A laptop that lasts for half a day doing work, for me feels like a luxury when you think about it.

Add other tasks like Netflix streaming, photo and video editing, and that number comes down to 10 hours. It’s pretty good, especially for a thin and light device like the Matebook X Pro 2020, especially for a 56Wh battery.

One full charge took about two and a half hours, which is pretty standard for the USB-C Thunderbolt 3 port. You can opt to charge it with a capable power bank or a smartphone that comes with an OTG feature. I just pray that your phone won’t explode from the heat.

Features that are either a consistent boom or consistent bust

There were a lot of other things they kept in the device that still prove to be a boom or bust situation. One of these was the pop-up 1MP camera in between the F6 and F7 keys; it’s decent except that it points upward to your nose. At least there’s more space on the display, which is honestly the way I prefer my bezel-less display.

Next would be the keyboard, which has good key travel but it feels like a certain Butterfly switch. The fingerprint sensor, which is placed on the power button, was a nice touch. They managed to make the tracking relatively easy, and it unlocks the device quickly. 

Is the Matebook X Pro 2020 your GadgetMatch?

At PhP 119,999, the Huawei Matebook X Pro 2020 provides consistent performance from last year’s model, even with the improved hardware inside. They stayed true to the whole “don’t fix what isn’t broken” schtick, and it continues to pay off in full. It also lasts long for work-related purposes, which is a premium in that regard.

There are the expected downsides to a device like this, with thermals being the most obvious one. But that’s pretty much the trade-off of having your hardware perform at a high level. Despite this, the device is still top-notch and worth the investment.

Gaming

Lenovo Legion X60 Intel gaming lineup announced

Now with better performance and optimized Lenovo software

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Lenovo is once again making big waves when it comes to their Legion gaming laptops. This time around, they’re not really looking at releasing anything new. Instead, they’re more on improving or upgrading their current gear with the latest hardware possible. It all starts with their new Lenovo Legion X60 Intel gaming laptops.

Basically, the Lenovo Legion X60 Intel gaming lineup features refreshed iterations of Legion laptops. At the heart of these laptops is an 11th generation Intel H-Series processor, which promises remarkable performance. Whether you’re gaming, streaming, or simply multi-tasking, these laptops will surely bring the power for whatever purpose. Along with this, these refreshed models also sport the latest NVIDIA RTX GPUs to keep up with insane gaming workloads.

Apart from these, the refreshed models will also come with Lenovo’s dedicated hardware and software technologies for any type of gamer. From Coldfront 3.0 to an improved TrueStrike keyboard, Lenovo built these laptops for either the casual or competitive type. Note that only the following models received the refresh:

  • IdeaPad Gaming 3i (PhP 59,995)
  • Legion 5i (PhP 72,995) and 5i Pro (PhP 124,995)
  • Legion 7i (PhP 169,995)

In terms of availability, these laptops in Legion Exclusive Stores, authorized retailers, and on the Lazada Legion Flagship Store.

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Things to consider before going back to school

The ASUS-BR1100F is here to ease schoolwork worries

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Going back to school was always something that I’ve considered after just finishing 16 years of formal education. When it’s all you know, it can be daunting to go out and find a job. You don’t have papers or deadlines to lure you into patterns of deflection from what you truly want to do in life. That aside though, I think education can be a privilege and when you’ve got the chance to develop and hone skills, you should!

Context

I’ve been thinking a lot about furthering my education in baking. Pre-pandemic, I had already dabbled into baking cookies and brownies for friends and family. And, well, amidst the pandemic, you can pretty much guess what kept me busy locked indoors. Despite some funding issues during lockdown, I found baking as a crafty way to share food with people close to me.

Long story short, my mom recently has asked me to look into going back to school and get my butt into a pastry school. But, there’s a lot I had to consider before hopping straight in. Luckily, I had the ASUS BR1100F to ease my schoolwork worries. Here are a few things I took into consideration before going back!

Do I really need this?

Okay, this is pretty much a tangent concern when funding is an issue. If money grew on trees and plants we collected over multiple lockdowns, bish would have her money. But, sadly that’s not how money works.

Formal education is important but, if it’s going back to school after finishing the whole 16 years shebang, you might want to weigh the pros and cons of going back. What for and where do you want it to take you?

Start asking WHY

Formal education in my case isn’t necessary. I’ve done the poopoo long-run just not in culinary school. But, if you’re still in school and getting bombarded with existential crises amidst schoolwork, you might want to take note that your why is a moving target.

That goes with most things in life. Everyone is capable of change whether by circumstance, mindset, or overall personhood.

You might not even have a why and you’re just riding the wave of societal norms of shoved-into-your-face formal education. That’s fine. Having a why can be a good way to get through the nitty-gritty of requirements and finals.

But, if you’re just getting by, maybe consider asking yourself the uncomfortable questions to save yourself wasted time when you feel like you’re in it for the wrong reasons.

Do I have everything I need?

Formal education takes money, time, and a ton of work. But, to top all the absolute absurd long list of things to have ready, (in today’s climate) students need a laptop or tablet to hop into online classes.

As someone potentially going back into student life, it can be tempting to ask for more than what’s necessary for schoolwork. But, it’s always good to start with basics.

You really don’t have to double your tuition on something you want when you can get everything you need. Like, the ASUS BR1100F. It has a stunning touch screen 11.6-inch LCD display that’s perfect for online classes, homework, and play.

The ASUS-BR1100F hit simple, functional, and durable on the nail. It’s decked out with rubber bumper on all corners so bumps and drops can let your laptop work fine, scot free. It’s even built to surpass demanding US military-grade MIL-STD-810H durability standards.

Start with basics

Cue infomercial but-wait-there’s-more. Remember when I said to start with basics? Well, the ASUS-BR1100F not only gives you the basics, but it lets you build on it. It has a modular design that allows key components, like the keyboard, battery, thermal module, and I/O ports, to be replaceable.

The laptop has a 360° hinge, a built-in stylus, and two-camera set-up—delivering on tablet to laptop multi-use realness. Thinking storage? The ASUS BR1100F comes with up to 128GB of eMMC storage built right in. Plus, its got an M.2 SSD slot for optional storage of up to 1 TB—giving you plenty room for readings, paperwork, and creative projects.

Have what you need, build towards what you want

The ASUS BR1100F is a good start. It delivers on everything every student needs to get schoolwork sorted out. Plus, gives you breathing space for an absolute klutz with military-grade durability. If I had this when I was starting out, this would have been great.

I would have everything I needed to get schoolwork done and the silly stylus to doodle to stay sane. If you’re a student or a parent looking for a reliable laptop that works as a tablet too, this is a must-buy for you. The ASUS BR1100F has a price tag of PhP 20,695.

If that’s a little over your budget, you can also consider the ASUS BR1100C. It runs pretty much on the same specs. The only things you’ll be missing are the 360 flip function, it isn’t touch screen, there’s no stylus included, and there’s no world-facing camera. Just the basics. It retails for PhP 17,295.

You can buy these at Shopee or any of the ASUS Authorized Commercial Partners listed here.

ASUS Education Partnership Program

For schools and institutions, ASUS has an Education School Partnership Program where the company can give incentives when they purchase ASUS Systems products. The program has multiple development fund tiers and should benefit anyone involved in the education sector. More details here.


This feature is a collaboration between GadgetMatch and ASUS Philippines.

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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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