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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.

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ROG AMD Ryzen gaming laptops 2021 price in the Philippines

Plenty to choose from!

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If you’ve been holding out on getting a new laptop for all your needs, know that you haven’t been waiting in vain. ASUS ROG is launching their AMD Ryzen 2021 Gaming Laptops in the Philippines! The lineup is comes in many configurations and price points that there’s definitely something here that can be your GadgetMatch!

Included in the lineup are: ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE, ROG Zephyrus G15, the ROG Strix Scar series, a couple of ROG Strix G laptops, new members of the TUF Gaming series, along with gaming backpacks to safely carry around these bad boys.

ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE

PRODUCT DISPLAY CPU GPU RAM STORAGE COLOR,

FEATURE

SRP BUNDLE BUNDLE VALUE AVAILABILITY
ZEPHYRUS DUO 15 SE

GX551QS-HB041TS

15″ 4K UHD, 120Hz R9-5900HX RTX 3080 16GD6 16GB

x 2

1TB PCIE SSD + 1TB

(RAID 0)

Off-Black ₱       254,995.00 ROG Chakram Core, ROG Delta Gaming Headset, ROG Backpack, ROG GC21 Eye, PD Adapter, Windows Home & Student 2019 ₱ 31,000.00+ FEB 2ND WEEK
ZEPHYRUS DUO 15 SE

GX551QR-HF009TS

15″ FHD,  300Hz R9-5900HX RTX 3070 8GD6 16GB

x 2

1TB PCIE SSD + 1TB

(RAID 0)

Off-Black ₱       199,995.00 ROG Chakram Core, ROG Delta Gaming Headset, ROG Ranger Backpack, ROG GC21 Eye, PD Adapter, Windows Home & Student 2019 ₱ 31,000.00+ FEB 2ND WEEK

ROG Zephyrus G15

PRODUCT DISPLAY CPU GPU RAM STORAGE COLOR,

FEATURE

SRP BUNDLE BUNDLE VALUE AVAILABILITY
ZEPHYRUS G15 GA503QS-HQ017TS 15″ QHD, 165Hz R9-5900HS RTX 3080 16GD6 16GB

x 2

1TB PCIE G3 SSD Moonlight White ₱       179,995.00 ROG Chakram Core, ROG Backpack, ROG GC21 Eye, PD Adapter, Windows Home & Student 2019 ₱ 21,000.00 FEB 2nd WEEK
ZEPHYRUS G15

GA503QS-HQ018TS

15″ QHD, 165Hz R9-5900HS RTX 3080 16GD6 16GB

x 2

1TB PCIE G3 SSD Eclipse Gray ₱       179,995.00 ROG Chakram Core, ROG Backpack, ROG GC21 Eye, PD Adapter, Windows Home & Student 2019 ₱ 21,000.00 FEB 4TH WEEK
ZEPHYRUS G15 GA503QR-HQ050TS 15″ QHD, 165Hz R9-5900HS RTX 3070 8GD6 8GB

x 2

1TB PCIE G3 SSD Eclipse Gray ₱       139,995.00 ROG Chakram Core, ROG Backpack, ROG GC21 Eye, PD Adapter, Windows Home & Student 2019 ₱ 21,000.00 FEB 2nd WEEK

ROG Strix SCARs 

PRODUCT DISPLAY CPU GPU RAM STORAGE COLOR,

FEATURE

SRP BUNDLE BUNDLE VALUE AVAILABILITY
STRIX SCAR 17 G733QS-HG153TS 17″ FHD, 300Hz R9-5900HX RTX 3080 16GD6 16GB

x 2

1TB PCIE SSD + 1TB

(RAID 0)

Original Black ₱       199,995.00 ROG Chakram Core, ROG Delta Gaming Headset, ROG Backpack, ROG GC21 Eye, PD Adapter, Windows Home & Student 2019 ₱ 30,000.00+ FEB 2ND WEEK
STRIX SCAR 17 G733QR-HG021TS 17″ FHD, 300Hz R9-5900HX RTX 3070 8GD6 8GB x 2 1TB PCIE G3 SSD Original Black ₱       149,995.00 ROG Chakram Core, ROG Delta Gaming Headset, ROG Backpack, ROG GC21 Eye, PD Adapter, Windows Home & Student 2019 ₱ 30,000.00+ FEB 2ND WEEK

 

PRODUCT DISPLAY CPU GPU RAM STORAGE COLOR,

FEATURE

SRP BUNDLE BUNDLE VALUE AVAILABILITY
STRIX SCAR 15 G533QS-HF126TS 15″ FHD, 300Hz R9-5900HX RTX 3080 16GD6 16GB

x 2

1TB PCIE SSD + 1TB

(RAID 0)

Original Black, Numpad ₱       194,995.00 ROG Chakram Core, ROG Delta Gaming Headset, ROG Backpack, ROG GC21 Eye, PD Adapter, Windows Home & Student 2019 ₱ 30,000.00+ FEB 2ND WEEK
STRIX SCAR 15 G533QR-HF038TS 15″ FHD, 300Hz R9-5900HX RTX 3070 8GD6 8GB x 2 1TB PCIE G3 SSD Original Black ₱       144,995.00 ROG Chakram Core, ROG Delta Gaming Headset, ROG Backpack, ROG GC21 Eye, PD Adapter ₱ 30,000.00+ FEB 2ND WEEK

ROG Strix Gs

PRODUCT DISPLAY CPU GPU RAM STORAGE COLOR,

FEATURE

SRP BUNDLE BUNDLE VALUE AVAILABILITY
STRIX G17 G713QR-HX094TS 17″ FHD, 144Hz R9-5900HX RTX 3080 16GD6 16GB 1TB PCIE G3 SSD Original Black ₱       114,995.00 ROG Strix Impact Gaming Mouse, ROG Backpack, PD Adapter, Windows Home & Student 2019 ₱ 15,000.00+ FEB 4TH WEEK
STRIX G15 G513QR-HN176T 15″ FHD, 144Hz R9-5900HX RTX 3070 8GD6 8GB x 2 1TB PCIE G3 SSD Original Black, Numpad ₱       109,995.00 ROG Strix Impact Gaming Mouse, ROG Backpack, PD Adapter ₱ 8,000.00+ FEB 4TH WEEK

 ASUS TUF Gaming Dash 15

PRODUCT DISPLAY CPU GPU RAM STORAGE COLOR,

FEATURE

SRP BUNDLE BUNDLE VALUE AVAILABILITY
TUF Dash F15 FX516PR-HN092T 15″ FHD, 144Hz i7-11370H RTX 3070 8GD6 8GB x 2 512GB PCIE3 SSD Eclipse Gray ₱         94,995.00 ASUS TUF Gaming Bag ₱ 2,400.00+ FEB 2ND WEEK
TUF Dash F15 FX516PR-HN080T 15″ FHD, 144Hz i5-11300H RTX 3070 8GD6 8GB x 2 512GB PCIE3 SSD Eclipse Gray ₱         85,995.00 ASUS TUF Gaming Bag ₱ 2,400.00+ FEB 2ND WEEK

ROG Backpacks

PRODUCT FEATURE SRP AVAILABILITY
ROG Ranger BP3703 Aura RGB ₱         14,995.00 FEB 2nd WEEK
ROG Ranger BP2500 ₱         4,995.00 FEB 2nd WEEK

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ASUS ZenBook S (UX393): Unboxing and First Impressions

Sleek, gorgeous, and sexy!

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There’s a premium laptop in town, and it’s worth your every attention. Meet the ZenBook S (UX393) — one of ASUS’s most premium headliner laptop.

In case you didn’t know, ZenBooks got all the coolest features that you can find on a laptop today. While looking fancy.

Without further ado, let’s unbox this beaut!

Bringing that sexy black

The ASUS ZenBook S UX393 landed in my home in a black box. You’ll know it’s not the usual laptop seeing how most laptops use a brown box made with sustainable materials.

Taking a peek inside, you’ll see two black boxes: one that carries the laptop and one that contains the peripherals.

There’s also a sleek, laptop sleeve!

But first, let’s take the smaller, rectangular box out. Inside, you can find a long, 65W fast charger in USB-C.

There’s also a USB-C to 3.5 mm headphone jack adapter. Yes, you read that right. This gorgeous notebook doesn’t have a headphone jack anymore.

Moving on, the bigger box carries the ever-gracious ZenBook S. But first, let’s admire how sleek and sexy the box is — in and out. With its minimal Zen-like pattern, it’s easy to be astonished at first sight. It also looks posh with its sexy black and copper-red combination, the same colors utilized by the beautiful ZenBook S.

Upon opening, you’ll find ASUS’s stamp regarding its commitment to sustainability, honoring its promise to using environment-friendly materials despite using a different color for its packaging.

Underneath the laptop, you can find the usual product guide and warranty card tucked inside a discreet envelope.

Gorgeous and stunning

Looking at the ZenBook S is like staring at a Valentino coat and Burberry underwear. You’re not sure if you need it, but you know you want it.

It maintained the iconic, off-centered logo on its lid, with a spun-metal finish, embellished with its prominent Zen-like concentric circular patterns.

Its luxurious Jade Black finish is accentuated with subtle Red-Copper diamond-cut edges, certainly leaving quite an impression — whether it’s you looking or the one showing it off.

On its sides, the ZenBook S demonstrated a design made for people on-the-go. It has a full-size HDMI, USB Type-A ports, MicroSD card reader, and Thunderbolt 4 USB-C ports.

These Thunderbolt ports support fast charging, 4K UHD external displays, and up to 40Gbps of data transfers.

First impressions

The ZenBook S embodies ASUS’s philosophy when it comes to premium laptops. Just the way it looks, it’s pretty clear that it’s meant to be fancy, smart, and glamorous.

ASUS also brings in innovative features — an ergonomic backlit keyboard design, function keys that make navigating easier, and the NumberPad 2.0 which makes the touchpad work as an LED numeric keypad, too.

For the price it commands, it’s certainly convenient and secure to use. With Windows Hello, your face is your password! The front infrared (IR) camera recognizes your face in seconds and lets you log in instantly and securely.

The ZenBook S also sports ASUS’s proprietary NanoEdge display albeit with a taller 3:2 aspect ratio and a 3300×2200 resolution touchscreen.

Its screen has a Pantone-validated color accuracy, as well, making it an excellent choice for budding creatives. Coupled with Intel’s Evo platform powered by an Intel Core i7 processor, it runs any software seamlessly while you multitask for an efficient workflow.

Price and availability

The ASUS ZenBook S (UX393) is like meeting someone and falling in love at first sight. There’s so much to explore, and you can’t keep your hands off it. That’s what the experience with the ZenBook S felt like.

And for a flagship headliner, we know this laptop still has a lot of surprises on its sleeves. It currently retails for PhP 99,990.

More details on the ZenBook S here.


This feature is a collaboration between GadgetMatch and ASUS Philippines.

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ASUS ZenBook Flip S (UX371EA) Unboxing & First Look

Premium 2-in-1

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ZenBook Flip S

ASUS is always coming out with head-turning devices, but the ASUS ZenBook Flip S might just be the one that really grabs your attention. Let’s take a look at it!

There’s nothing particularly striking about the box. 

And this one’s pretty beat up when we got it, but that happens. Everything on the inside is fine.

Jumping straight to the contents — here’s the power brick.

It’s USB-C so it can also charge your smartphone — so long as it also has a USB-C port.

You also get a USB to LAN cable and a USB-C to 3.5mm audio jack cable. 

ZenBook Flip S

Opening the inner box reveals the laptop plus some product information. 

ZenBook Flip S

Digging in a little further, you’ll see it comes with a pen. 

It’s worth noting that there’s no holster on the laptop for the stylus. You’re gonna have to keep it safe at all times and store it somewhere in your bag or your pocket to make sure you don’t lose it.

And the usual manual and warranty card. 

ZenBook Flip S

Ta-dah! Here’s the ASUS ZenBook Flip S. 

With that patented concentric circle design originating from the ASUS logo. Nice and sleek.

Like plenty of ASUS laptops, the screenpad also doubles as the numpad. 

ZenBook Flip S

Over on the right side are the power button and the USB-A port. 

And on the left, an HDMI port along with two USB-C ports. 

The fun thing about 2-in-1s is that you can spread it out like this. 

ZenBook Flip S

It’s a bending ability that we recently realize can come in handy.

You can, of course, use it as a regular laptop. 

ZenBook Flip S

But there’s also this tent mode perfect for consuming media.

ZenBook Flip S

Then, there’s tablet mode which works nicely for something like this that’s relatively light. 

Shin Ryujin 💗

You are working with an OLED touch screen so that’s fantastic for your eyes. 

ZenBook Flip S

Not Shy about stalking ITZY’s IG page.

The keys on the keyboard though are a tad smaller than we’d like. 

ZenBook Flip S

It might take a few hours to a few days to really get used to the keys. They just seem off by a fraction of a millimeter but it does make a difference. No complaints on key travel though, just the size of the keys.

Inside it is the latest 11th Generation Intel Core i7 processor and Intel Iris X graphics, combined with up to 16GB of RAM and up to a 1TB PCIe 3.0 x4 SSD. That means it can practically handle most regular office tasks. It’s actually overpowered for that kind of work.

After about a week of usage, we can say this can power through a regular workday and then some. You’ll have enough juice to watch an episode or two as you wind down for the day.

It retails for PhP 94,995 and could possibly be the sexiest piece of tech you can own.

More details on the ZenBook Flip S here.


This feature is a collaboration between GadgetMatch and ASUS Philippines

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