Laptops

Laptops for your basic work and learn from home needs

All within a reasonable budget

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We’ve been getting a lot of inquiries about laptops that can handle basic work and study needs but preferrably cost under and around PhP 30,000. So we reached out to some brands to see what they have on offer.

Bare in mind, we haven’t exactly tested all of these for ourselves. We can’t say for sure how they well they perform and are adding them on this list purely because they look good on paper. Hopefully, it helps you make an informed choice.

Here they are in no particular order:

ASUS

ASUS is popular brand because of their wide range of laptops that cater to nearly every budget segment. We’ve heard several stories of college students and young professionals relying on ASUS laptops for their study and work needs. As for us, we’ve tried their VivoBook series and we’re huge fans.

VivoBook 15 X512DA-EJ364T — PhP 25,995
Specs: 15.6-inch FHD display, AMD Ryzen 5 3500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8, 4GB DDR4 DRAM, 1TB SATA HDD, full-sized backlit keyboard, fast charting to 60% in 49 minutes, Windows 10 Home, 2 years global warranty.

ASUS Laptop 14 X409JA — starts at PhP 25,995
Specs: 14″ and 15″ display options, Intel Core i3 1.2Ghz, 4GB DDR4 RAM, 1TB HDD storage, Windows 10 Home, 2 years global warranty.

ASUS Laptop 15 X509JP — PhP 31,995
Specs: 15.6 FHD display, Intel Core i3 1.2Ghz, 4GB DDR4 RAM, 512GB SSD storage, fast charting to 60% in 49 minutes, Windows 10 Home, 2 years global warranty.

ASUS also has an ongoing sale with Shopee. See if there’s anything there you’re interested in and fits your budget.

Bonus: ASUS VivoBook X412F is a laptop that we also reviewed. At PhP 32,995, it caters to those who want an affordable yet premium experience.

LENOVO

Anyone who’s worked in a corporate setting should be familiar with Lenovo Laptops. They’re known for providing office-issued work machines that are peppered with security features. While the ones on this list are consumer versions, you should still expect the same general level of quality and security.

IdeaPad Slim 3i Ultrabook — PhP 29,995
Specs: 15.6-inch FHD screen, Intel Core i3-10110U, 4GB DDR 2667 RAM (Upgradeable),512GB SSD Internal storage upgradeable HDD storage, MX130 2GD5 GPU, Windows 10 Home, 2CELL 35WH battery, 2 years carry in warranty, no office subscription bundle. Comes in Business Black, Platinum Grey, and Abyss Blue.

IdeaPad Flex 3i Convertible — PhP 25,995
Specs: 14-inch HD display, Pentium Gold 5405, 4GB DDR 2400 RAM, 512GB SSD, Windows 10 Home, 4CELL 45WH battery, 2 Years Premium Care warranty. Comes in Onyx Black.

Flex 3 Chromebook — PhP 18,995
Specs: 11.6-inch HD display, C-N4020 processor, 8GB LPDDR4 2400 RAM, 64GB HDD storage, 3CELL 42WH battery, 2-year international care warranty. Comes in Abyss Blue and Almond.

There’s a lot more and you can check out this list to see for yourself. Lenovo also has an ongoing LSS Promo where you can get laptops that worth PhP 35,000 at PhP 2000 to PhP 5,000 off.

Bonus: The Lenovo IdeaPad L340 Gaming which we reviewed is also currently on discount. From PhP 44,995 at the time of our review, it now currently retails at PhP 35,995 through Villman’s Lazada Store.

DELL

Dell is low-key produces some of the toughest laptops out there. They’re after sales support is known to be really reliable — not something you often hear about brands. We’d argue these might be the best laptops for basic work and more on this list.

Dell Inspiron 15 3593 — PhP 35,990
Specs: 15.6 FHD display, 10th Gen Intel Core i5 3.6Ghz, 4GB, 4Gx1, DDR4, 2666MHz RAM, 1TB 5400 rpm 2.5″ SATA HDD storage, NVIDIA® GeForce MX230 with 2GB GDDR5 graphics memory, 3-Cell Battery, 42WHr, Windows 10 Home, 1Yr In Home : Onsite Service warranty. Comes in Silver, Black, White.

Dell Inspiron 15 3593 — PhP 27,490
Specs: 15.6 FHD display, 10th Gen Intel Core i3 3.4Ghz, 4GB, 4Gx1, DDR4, 2666MHz RAM, 1TB 5400 rpm 2.5″ SATA HDD storage, Intel UHD Graphics, 3-Cell Battery, 42WHr, Windows 10 Home, 1Yr In Home : Onsite Service warranty. Comes in Silver, Black, White.


We’ll update this list whenever necessary. If you have laptops at around this budget that you would like to recommend. Let us know!

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What can you do with a big screen that folds?

Featuring the Zenbook 17 Fold OLED

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Zenbook 17 Fold OLED

You’ve likely seen videos and articles here and there about this COLOSSAL foldable. The Zenbook 17 Fold OLED is, as of writing, a one of a kind device. But what’s it like to actually use one? And what can you really do with a screen this big that folds? 

We vibed with this device months ago but that was with an engineering unit. And THE Michael Josh showed us the many useful things you can actually do with it. 

You can watch this video for the full rundown: 

In case you couldn’t be bothered to watch the video, here’s a quick summary: 

Laptop Mode 

  • Can be used with or without the included bluetooth keyboard. 
  • Great for working in tight spaces. 
  • Keyboard is great. It’s clickety and has great travel. 

Extended Mode

  • One long vertical slate.
  • Unli-scroll on websites like GadgetMatch.
  • Good for video calls with split screen function. 

Desktop Mode

  • Yours truly’s favorite mode. 
  • Huge 17.3-inch display even while on the go. 
  • Great for work. 
  • Fantastic for media consumption. 

Tablet Mode

  • Use it like a really big book. Works even when semi-folded.
  • Works as a large chess board. 

At home daily usage 

Zenbook 17 Fold OLED

I’m mostly working from home these days and I didn’t know I needed a big screen until I started using the Zenbook 17 Fold OLED. Everything felt closer and larger without feeling overwhelming. It’s a stark contrast to the 13-inch screen that I use more regularly. 

I don’t typically push my machine to the limit on the daily. My days regularly consist of writing, copy editing, some light photo editing, and jumping between one chat app to another. 

Being an Intel EVO laptop, the Zenbook 17 Fold OLED is certified to last for long work sessions. The device is optimized for all these tasks making it perform much more efficiently. 

I was also most pleasantly surprised with the bluetooth keyboard included in the package. My expectations for inclusions like this are usually low. To my delight, the keyboard felt really nice to type on. Parts of this article were written using that keyboard specifically. 

For the next iteration, though, it would be nice if the keyboard had some backlighting to make it easily usable even in darker setups. 

Working at a café 

Zenbook 17 Fold OLED

If you don’t want to draw attention to yourself, the laptop mode turns the Zenbook 17 Fold OLED into a discreet notebook. As already mentioned, the keyboard feels nice and will keep you typing as long as your brain can keep churning out words. 

It is chunkier when in this mode. That means the keyboard has a higher elevation from the desk which is something I personally prefer. 

Zenbook 17 Fold OLED

If you don’t mind eyes glancing over to where you are, you can totally prop it up in Desktop Mode or Extended Mode. I’ve only really used it outside twice and in both situations, I didn’t feel the need to look for a power outlet. 

That said, I only typically work outside for about 3-4 hours. Any longer rapidly depletes my social battery. Thankfully, the same isn’t true for the Zenbook 17 Fold OLED’s battery. 

Indoctrinating friends to the church of Chaewon 

Zenbook 17 Fold OLED

LE SSERAFIM Chaewon is EVERYTHING.

This is a joke, in case that wasn’t clear. That said, the Zenbook 17 Fold OLED is perfect for showing off your current K-Pop obsession to friends, family, and what-have-you. 

The large screen makes it easy to showcase photos and other media. Say, you prepared some sort of presentation, you can easily face the screen to the person you’re speaking with and still control it using the keyboard. 

Zenbook 17 Fold OLED

It’s top-notch for consuming media too. That huge display is perfect for watching (and sharing) fancams or whatever shows or movies you’re currently into. The Harman Kardon speakers are okay, but if you want a more immersive experience, I suggest you use earphones – wired or otherwise. 

Bottomline is, the Zenbook 17 Fold OLED is a great screen for presentation and media consumption. And the fact that you can fold it makes it easier to bring around wherever. 

Featuring the Zenbook 17 Fold OLED

Oh and much like ASUS’ other laptops, at least in the Philippines, the package comes with a nice carrying pouch to keep the thing protected.

Big (screen) things coming 

Zenbook 17 Fold OLED

ASUS wasn’t coy in saying that this 17-inch foldable display is a sign of bigger things to come in 2023. If you’re into big screens, you can expect ASUS to deliver more of it soon. 

Personally, using the 17-inch screen was such a revelation for me. I’m lowkey hoping we get a similar implementation for a ZenScreen – ASUS’ own mobile external display. 

Is this your GadgetMatch? 

Zenbook 17 Fold OLED

At PhP 219,995, the Zenbook 17 Fold OLED isn’t for everyone. And only 100 units will be sold in the Philippines. If you want to be on the cutting edge of tech and are inclined to have the notoriety of owning a truly one-of-a-kind device, this is certainly for you. 

Naysayers will say it isn’t a practical purchase. That’s true. But practicality isn’t the point. The Zenbook 17 Fold OLED is a showcase of ASUS’ commitment to experiment and push the limits of hybrid laptop form factors. What you have here is a first generation device that feels a lot more polished than it has every right to be.


The Zenbook 17 Fold OLED is also available for purchase at 0% interest with up to 12 months of installment over at Home Credit.

Every unit comes with ASUS Platinum Warranty. Any physical damage within the first year, ASUS will cover 100% of the labor cost and 80% of the parts replacement cost of the repair.

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This feature is collaboration between GadgetMatch and ASUS Philippines.

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MSI holiday promo: Up to 28K in discounts, giveaways

‘Tis the season

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MSI is entering the holiday season by offering customers up to PhP 28,500 in total discounts and giveaways through its MSI Joy-Full Christmas Sale happening until December 31.

The brand’s high-end gaming laptop options MSI Vector GP, Katana GF, Stealth 15M, Crosshair 15, and GF63 Thin, and the productivity tools MSI Modern 14 and 15 are all part of the holiday promotion.

Participating laptops will get up to PhP 22,000 in price cuts, while buyers can also score included bundles worth up to PhP 6,500.

For the discounted price tags and corresponding bundles, check the list below.

Bundle A

Free MSI H991 gaming headset, thermos bottle, and thumb drive USB

  • Vector GP66 – PhP 145,995 (from 167,995)
  • Crosshair 15 – PhP 117,995 (from 135,995)
  • Stealth 15M – PhP 102,995 (from 114,995)
  • Katana GF66 – PhP 59,995 (from 69,995)

Bundle B

Free MSI M88 gaming mouse and mousepad

  • GF63 Thin (11UD-016PH/022PH) – PhP 61,995 (from 69,995)
  • GF63 Thin (11UD-243PH/418PH) – PhP 57,995 (from 63,995)
  • GF63 Thin (11UC-018PH/029PH) – PhP 55,995 (from 64,995)
  • GF63 Thin (11SC-031PH) – PhP 44,995 (from 49,995)

Bundle C

Free MSI Prestige wireless mouse and mousepad

  • Modern 15 (A5M-200PH) – PhP 42,995 (from 47,995)
  • Modern 14 (B5M-206PH) – PhP 40,995 (from 45,995)
  • Modern 15 (A5M-232PH/249PH) – PhP 37,995 (from 41,995)
  • Modern 15 (A5M-088PH) – PhP 37,995 (from 41,995)
  • Modern 14 (B5M-084PH/096PH) – PhP 35,995 (from 38,995)
  • Modern 14 (B11MOU-1004PH) – PhP 29,995 (from 33,995)
  • Modern 14 (B11MO-1078PH) – PhP 29,995 (from 33,995)
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ASUS and ROG’s Share 2022 Christmas promo is here

Bundles worth up to PhP 23,000

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ASUS

Christmas season has officially started for ASUS and ROG! The electronics brands are offering bundles of up to PhP 23,000 in savings from November 15 to December 31 as part of their Share 2022 promo.

Selected computers, smartphones, and peripherals from the ASUS, TUF, and ROG lines will all get corresponding exclusive bundle packages worth up to PhP 23,000.

ASUS and ROG laptops are also made more affordable with Home Credit’s up to 12 months installment at 0% interest, making this season truly the perfect time to score on one’s dream device.

Here are a few of the premium items getting their unique bundles:

Zenbook, Vivobook get free JBL speakers

ROG, TUF laptops get free accessories

  • ROG Zephyrus Duo 16 2022: Free ROG Chakram X gaming mouse and ROG Claymore II aura RGB gaming keyboard bundle (worth PhP 23,000)
  • ROG Zephyrus G14 2022: Free JBL Pulse 4 portable Bluetooth speaker (worth PhP 11,999)
  • ASUS TUF Dash F15 2022: Free JBL Flip 5 portable Bluetooth speaker (worth PhP 6,999) 
  • ASUS TUF Dash F15 2021: PhP 2,000 worth of Steam credits

ROG Phone 6 gets discount

  • PhP 3,500 discount on both 12GB+256GB and 16GB+512GB variants

Additionally, a PhP 10,000 purchase of any of ASUS and ROG’s products entitle customers to free exclusive merchandise.

For the full list of participating products and more information on ASUS and ROG’s Share 2022, click here.

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