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Kingdom Hearts 3 gets official release date

It’s finally coming!

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After around five years of wait since it was first announced, Kingdom Hearts 3 is finally, officially coming. The latest installment will also bring the story to a conclusion.

Main protagonist Sora will once again traverse various Disney and Pixar worlds along with Donald Duck and Goofy to ultimately put a stop to the villains called Heartless, who seek to invade and overtake the universe. This “Together” trailer gives us a glimpses of who Sora will encounter in this new adventure including characters from Frozen, Toy Story, and Big Hero 6 among others.


First launched in March 2002, the RPG (role playing game) series has since expanded to ten other game titles for various consoles. It has shipped over 25 million units worldwide and celebrated its 15th anniversary in March 2017.

Pricing and availability

Kingdom Hearts III is slated for a January 29, 2019 release. The Standard edition features just the game while the Deluxe edition includes a steelbook case, artbook, and collectible pin. Here’s pricing and availability in the US and the Philippines:

US
Standard Edition — US$ 59.99
Deluxe Edition — US$ 79.99

Singapore
Standard Edition — SG$ 79.90
Deluxe Edition — SG$ 114.90

Philippines
Standard Edition — PhP 3,099
Deluxe Edition — PhP 4,399

Malaysia
Standard Edition — MYR 239
Deluxe Edition — MYR 349

Indonesia
Standard Edition — IDR 799000
Deluxe Edition — IDR 1299000

Thailand
Standard Edition — THB 1890
Deluxe Edition — THB 2790

SEE ALSO: Kingdom Hearts 3 has adorable retro mini-games!

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ASUS has new ROG Zephyrus laptops with GTX Turing, 9th-gen Core i7

More new gaming laptops from ASUS

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ASUS ROG Zephyrus M | GadgetMatch

Aside from the new Strix notebooks, ASUS‘ popular ROG line of gaming notebooks also has new Zephyrus models. Complete with the latest GTX Turing graphics and 9th-gen Intel Core processors, you have three powerful laptops to choose from.

First is the ROG Zephyrus G which is one of the subtle gaming laptops in the ROG family. How so? This ROG notebook lets go of the flashy RGB backlighting and only has a simple white backlit keyboard. Also, it’s overall design is more subdued than other gaming laptops in the market.


Don’t mistake it to be a run-of-the-mill gaming laptop though; the Zephyrus G sports the new AMD Ryzen 7-3750H processor and NVIDIA GTX 1660 Ti graphics. It also has a 15-inch 120Hz IPS display with narrow bezels. The notebook can support up to 24GB DDR4 memory and up to 512GB SSD. ASUS promises seven hours of battery life; that is if you’re just browsing the web.

ASUS ROG Zephyrus G | Image credit: ASUS

Next in line are the updated ROG Zephyrus S and ROG Zephyrus M models. Both ROG notebooks practically share the same chassis with 15-inch displays, but with minor differences in specs.

The top-of-the-line Zephyrus S comes with the latest 9th-gen Intel Core i7 processor and NVIDIA RTX 2070 graphics, plus it has ROG Boost for better performance. It even comes with a GPU switch to save battery life when G-Sync is not needed. Speaking of the display, it features a Pantone Validated panel with an insanely fast 240Hz refresh rate and 3ms response time.

ASUS ROG Zephyrus S | Image credit: ASUS

The Zephyrus M, on the other hand, is a toned-down version with NVIDIA GTX 1660 Ti graphics. Since this one doesn’t need much power to supply its internals, it can be charged through USB-C when needed. It’ll also come with a new 9th-gen Intel Core i7 processor with dual M.2 NVMe SSD slots.

Unfortunately, ASUS has yet to disclose the official prices of these notebooks. They’ll be available where ROG notebooks are distributed soon.

SEE ALSO: ASUS unleashes new ROG Strix with GTX Turing graphics, enhanced RGB lighting

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ASUS unleashes new ROG Strix with GTX Turing, enhanced RGB lighting

RGB lighting is truly a thing

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ASUS ROG Strix G | GadgetMatch

ASUS is making it rain with newly announced gaming laptops sporting the new processors and graphics from Intel and NVIDIA.

Two of the newest ROG laptops are the Strix Scar III and Strix Hero III. Like their predecessors, both flagship ROG Strix models are nearly identical in design and specs.


What’s new on the Strix Scar III and Strix Hero III are the faster 240Hz/3ms display for the 15-inch variant and 144Hz/3ms display for the 17-inch model. This easily meets the requirements for professional-grade esports gaming.

Not only that, the new 9th-gen Intel processors paired with NVIDIA GTX graphics will be able to give the power gamers need. The redesigned chassis also helps in the cooling system with increased airflow, plus they now have a wrap-around RGB light. Gamers will be able to display their AuraSync lights to the surrounding environment.

ASUS ROG Strix Scar III and Strix Hero III | Image credit: ASUS

To make the Strix Scar III and Strix Hero III unique in the sea of gaming laptops, ASUS is introducing what they call the Keystone. The Keystone is pretty much like a USB key that saves your gaming profiles with preset light and audio effects. Also, it’s a key for unlocking another new feature called Shadow Drive, an encrypted hidden partition for personal file storage.

If the Strix Scar III and Strix Hero III models are too much, you could choose to have the newest member of the ROG family: the Strix G. ASUS is promoting the newest model in the Strix lineup to be streamlined design with a focus on performance and only the essentials.

ASUS ROG Strix G | GadgetMatch

That doesn’t mean the Strix G will be a boring gaming laptop though, as it also comes with the new wrap-around RGB bar that extends to the sides.

Of course, the Strix G is not just about RGB. It’s powered by the latest Intel 9th-gen processors with the new GTX Turing graphics from NVIDIA. Users can choose between a GTX 1650 or GTX 1660 Ti, and 15.6- or 17.3-inch panels with up to a 120Hz refresh rate.

Pricing and availability details of the new ROG Strix gaming laptops are yet to be disclosed by ASUS.

SEE ALSO: ASUS PA34V is a curved monitor for professionals

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Lenovo upgrades Legion Y740, Y540, and Y7000p, adds L340 and Y7000

Come with newest CPUs and GPUs

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Lenovo Legion Y740 15-inch

Now that Intel and NVIDIA have newer, better chipsets to offer, manufacturers like Lenovo are taking advantage with their own upgrades to existing laptops.

Three notebooks from Lenovo’s Legion gaming sub-brand are the first to see improved performance. These are the Legion Y740, Y540, and Y7000p. In addition, Lenovo is introducing the Legion Y7000 and IdeaPad L340 Gaming as worthy alternatives.


The most powerful of this set is the Legion Y740, which comes in 15- and 17-inch options. It can be equipped with up to a 9th-gen Intel Core i7 and GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, as well as a 144Hz 1080p display with G-Sync. Alternatively, you may opt for the more affordable yet still capable GeForce GTX 1660 Ti if medium-high graphics settings on AAA games is enough.

Lenovo Legion Y540 17-inch

Next up are the Legion Y540 and freshly released IdeaPad L340 Gaming. Both offer 15- and 17-inch versions and prices targeted at the more budget-conscious. Interestingly, the Legion Y540 may still power up to a 9th-gen Intel Core i7 and GeForce RTX 2060, while the IdeaPad L340 Gaming settles for a 9th-gen Intel Core i7 and GeForce GTX 1650 to keep the cost down — although you can add Intel Optane memory for an added boost.

Lenovo IdeaPad L340 Gaming 17-inch

Finally, we have the Legion Y7000p and its new sibling the Y7000. Both models can go up to a 9th-gen Intel Core i7 and GeForce RTX 2060, with the choice of a lower-end GeForce GTX 1660 Ti or GTX 1650 as well. While the two laptops have an aluminum design, it’s the latter that flaunts a 15-inch 144Hz 1080p display — perfect for fast-paced gaming.

Lenovo Legion Y7000p

Pricing and availability go like this:

  • Legion Y740 17-inch starts at US$ 1,669
  • Legion Y740 15-inch starts at US$ 1,609
  • Legion Y540 17-inch starts at US$ 1,269
  • Legion Y540 15-inch starts at US$ 1,209
  • Legion Y7000p 15-inch starts at US$ 1,199
  • IdeaPad L340 Gaming 17-inch starts at US$ 919
  • IdeaPad L340 Gaming 15-inch starts at US$ 869

All are available beginning late May 2019, except the 17-inch Legion Y540 which will come out in June 2019. There are no prices or dates for the 15-inch Legion Y7000 just yet.

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