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Lenovo introduces new tablets and notebooks for the holidays

That’s a lot of devices

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Lenovo always gets into the spirit of Christmas. Instead of sprinkling releases throughout the year, the company unleashes a flurry of its devices at set times during the year. Now, it’s time for the next set of devices to make their appearance. Check out what Lenovo has in store for the holidays this year.

Lenovo Tab P11 series

The new lineup starts off by taking a break. Rather than just a productivity-oriented product, the 2nd-generation Tab P11 series focuses on me time. Armed with an 11.2-inch OLED screen, Dolby Vision HDR, and 120Hz, the Tab P11 Pro is the perfect device after a hard day’s work. However, if you can dabble with both work and me time on the same device, it can support the optional Lenovo Precision Pen 3 with compatibility for Instant Memo and Freestyle.

Under the hood, the tablet sports a MediaTek Kompanio 1300T octa-core processor with up to 8GB of RAM. It can also last up to 14 hours on a single charge.

On the other hand, the regular Tab P11 sports an 11.5-inch LCD display with 120HZ refresh rate — a capable driver on its own. It sports the MediaTek G99 chip, up to 6GB of RAM, and Android 12L.

While the Tab P11 Pro will come out this month, the regular Tab P11 will release in January 2023. The Tab P11 Pro will cost US$ 399.99, and the P11 will cost US$ 249.99.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold

Before we move on to notebooks, let’s take a look at a new device that straddles the fine line between both a notebook and a tablet. Combining power and flexibility, the ThinkPad X1 Fold delivers by packing high-end specs inside a foldable form factor.

Unfolded, the ThinkPad X1 Fold carries a whopping 16.3-inch screen with a 4:3 aspect ratio. In this mode, the device can deliver brilliant images with up to 600nits of HDR brightness and Dolby Vision. Users can also configure a pen with Wacom protocol to use the device as a drawing surface. Also, users can connect an external keyboard to truly make use of the device’s entire screen.

Alternatively, when folded, the ThinkPad X1 Fold can fit in an on-screen keyboard down to the device’s lower half, making it a perfect laptop for cramped spaces. Users can also configure book mode to optimize the device for reading material.

Under the hood, the ThinkPad X1 Fold packs in 12th-generation Intel Core i7 processors, Iris Xe graphics, up to 32GB of LPDDR5 RAM, and up to 1TB of internal storage.

Starting November 2022, the ThinkPad X1 Fold will retail starting at US$ 2,499.

Lenovo ThinkBook 16p Gen 3

Now, it’s time for power. The new ThinkBook 16p Gen 3 packs in a lot of power underneath its 16-inch 2.5K IPS display. But first, speaking of its display, users can choose between a 400nit 60Hz panel or a 500nit 165Hz HDR400 panel.

However, underneath it all, the laptop boasts up to an AMD Ryzen 9 6000 H-series processor and a NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 GPU. It also comes with up to 32GB of LPDDR5 RAM, up to 2TB of dual SSD storage, and a 71Wh battery perfect throughout the day. For additional security, it has a fingerprint-enable Smart Power Button.

Now available, the ThinkBook 16p Gen 3 starts at US$ 2,379.

IdeaPad 5i Chromebook

For a more modest offering, Lenovo is launching its first 16-inch Chromebook. The device still features a capable 2.5K display with 120Hz refresh rate. With an optional 12th-generation Intel Core i3 processor, users can keep productivity going throughout the day, especially with up to 12 hours of battery life.

For a productive day, the device comes with an FHD camera and two user-facing speakers. It also comes with Wi-Fi 6E for faster speeds.

Starting this month, users can grab the IdeaPad 5i starting at EUR 549.

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Lenovo ThinkPad P16s, ThinkStation P360 now in the Philippines

Two new Think products

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ThinkPad P16s

Lenovo continues to be in a league of its own. After making new IdeaPad and Yoga laptops available earlier this month, Lenovo has introduced two new products in their Think lineup: the ThinkPad P16s Gen 1 and ThinkStation P360 Ultra.

ThinkPad P16s Gen 1

Price — starts at PhP 95,999

The powerful and high-performance ThinkPad P16s Gen 1 is powered by up to the latest 12th Gen Intel Core i7 processors and NVIDIA T550 or Intel Iris Xe graphics.

It can support up to 48GB DDR4 memory and up to 2TB PCIe SSD Gen 4 storage, making it ideal not only for work but also gaming.

The display is 16-inch, 400 nits (2560 x 1600) screen. It has Intel WiFi 6E and Intel Thunderbolt 4, with a suite of ports and slots for seamless and high-speed connectivity.

While reliable and durable, the laptop also comes in a lightweight and slim design, weighing just 1.7 kilograms and with a thickness of 20.5mm for portable use.

ThinkStation P360 Ultra

ThinkStation P360 Ultra

ThinkStation P360 Ultra

Price — starts at PhP 114,799

On the other hand, the small but powerful ThinkStation P360 Ultra is boosted by up to a 12th Gen Intel Core i9 12900 vPro processor for a maximum power of up to 5GHz, and advanced graphics options such as the NVIDIA RTX A5000.

Half the size of traditional small form factor desktop workstations, the machine supports a wide range of tasks for professionals and even creatives, making it one of its kind for its size.

It has up to 64GB of DDR5 memory and up to 1TB of SSD PCIe Gen4 storage. The ThinkStation P360 Ultra also has seven (7) USB ports, including 2 Thunderbolt 4 ports.

Dual onboard ethernet and WiFi 6E options ensure access to superfast networking connectivity. Pair it with wireless keyboards, mice, and monitors, and you’ll be able to take productivity to a whole new level.

The release of these Think devices follows Lenovo’s release of three new Yoga laptops — the Yoga 9i, Slim 7i Pro X, and Slim 7i Carbon — and three new IdeaPads — Slim 3 and 3i, Slim 5i, and 5 Pro earlier this month.

 

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New HP Spectre, Envy laptops unveiled: Pricing, specs

A creative’s sidekick

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The newest lineup of HP Spectre and Envy laptops have finally been released in the Philippines, offering a great sidekick for professional creators.

They are the 13.5-inch Spectre x360 Laptop 14 and 13.3-inch Envy x360 Laptop 13, which come with up to the latest 12th Gen Intel Core i7 processors and Intel Evo. The laptops are also equipped with up to 16GB of DDR4 memory and up to 2TB of PCIe 4 storage.

When it comes to display, the devices have up to 4K OLED displays which have a 120Hz refresh rate, supported by Intel Iris Xe graphics.

Speaking of which, the 2-in-1 touch display laptops support multi-gestures, such as pinch-to-zoom, double tap, and press and hold, and have a variety of screen sizes, from the 3:2 to the 16:10 aspect ratio to fit the content nicely.

Your next meeting also gets a level up, as the the laptops come with these premium features:

  • 5MP camera
  • HP AutoFrame and Dynamic Voice Leveling
  • Backlight Adjustment and Appearance Filter
  • Bi-directional microphones with AI noise cancellation
  • Quad speakers

HP Spectre

Pricing

Check the list below for a quick glance of the corresponding prices of both the new HP Spectre and Envy laptops.

Spectre

  • ef0038TU (Core i5, 8GB+512GB): PhP 87,990
  • ef0039TU (Core i7, 16GB+512GB): PhP 96,990
  • ef0042TU (Core i7, 16GB+1TB): PhP 102,990
  • ef0043TU (Core i7, 16GB+2TB): PhP 115,990

Envy

  • bf0045TU (Core i5, 15GB+512GB): PhP 69,990
  • bf0046TU (Core i7, 16GB+512GB): PhP 77,990
  • bf0047TU (Core i7, 16GB+1TB): PhP 82,990
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Zenbook S13 OLED vs Macbook Air M1

Which one has a better design for user experience?

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Zenbook S13 Macbook Air

Sleek. Understated. Incredibly lightweight.

The Zenbook S13 OLED takes the helm for ASUS’ contender when it comes to thin, stylish laptops. With its top-of-the-line specs, premium appeal, and price point — it clashes with one of the best value laptops in the market.

Taking on the Apple Macbook Air M1, the Zenbook S13 OLED positions itself as a daily driver to consider. A machine to accompany you in your everyday tasks and then some.

A thin and stylish top-of-the-line laptop

The Zenbook S13 OLED aims to capture Apple’s demographics for the Air M1: People who want to do a bit of everything while on the go.

Zenbook S13 Macbook Air

From students that are back-and-forth to their unis to young professionals who are looking for a device that handles their everyday needs. Both machines aren’t aimed toward staunch tinkerers or incidental gamers who need demanding hardware to keep up with their activities.

Nevertheless, both machines are capable of handling everyday tasks. They’re able to multitask and perform light to moderate usage of creative software for photography, video editing, and illustration. How so?

The Zenbook S13 OLED uses up to an AMD Ryzen 7 6800U processor with a 512GB SSD and an option for 8GB or 16GB RAM. For an average user, the computing power provides a smooth, seamless experience.

Against the Air’s madness

Zenbook S13 Macbook Air

Apple uses the M1 chip for the Air M1, which houses an 8-core CPU and 7-core GPU. It’s insanely powerful that even with a thin design (without a fan), I was able to mass-edit photos on Lightroom, handle complex designs on Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, and even edit short videos for my Reels.

In fact, the Macbook Air M1 has been my daily driver for almost two years. It’s one of the best-value laptops in the market, even with the presence of the Macbook Air M2.

Switching to the Zenbook S13 OLED for a month gave me the opportunity to experience what it’s like to use a Windows laptop again, check how it fares against my current daily driver, and see how far ASUS has come.

Comparison

I’ll be upfront right away. From an Apple user’s perspective, the Zenbook S13 OLED is pretty much on par with the Air M1 when handling everyday tasks.

Streaming your favorite tunes while multitasking between 20 tabs is a total breeze.

It’s as if I was using expensive Windows machines like the higher-end Yoga and Dell XPS 13. But comparing the Zenbook S13 OLED against the Macbook Air M1 will entail a lengthy discussion.

It has different operating systems, uses different chipsets and hardware, and of course, different ecosystems. Sometimes, it boils down to user preference. What are we familiar with? What do we enjoy using?

In terms of raw power, since they’re pretty much the same, we listed down parameters that can be a factor in having a pleasant experience on a daily driver.

But if you want a full rundown of benchmarks for the Zenbook S13 OLED, GadgetMatch’s good friend Tom the TechChap spectacularly presented it in his video.

Display

The S13 prides itself on an HDR-certified OLED display. While it’s the same 13.3-inch panel with a 16:10 aspect ratio as the Macbook Air M1, the S13 outperforms Apple’s notebook with its 2.8K resolution and vivid display.

It’s worth noting that the Air M1 uses a Liquid Retina display, which still uses IPS technology. Watching on the S13 is obviously magnificent. Like other OLED panels, the colors are vivid; the blacks are deep; the contrast is sharp; the overall picture quality is breathtaking.

When you pair it with its Dolby Atmos speakers, any video content is easily pleasurable to feast your eyes and ears on.

But if you take on creative tasks, the Macbook Air M1 presents better colors. As a designer, it’s important to work on a canvas that accurately displays colors — which will be perceived differently depending on the screen or panel you’re watching on.

Working on a device with a vibrant panel makes it difficult to manage expectations for your creative outputs.

I’ve used Windows laptops that used to parade their vibrant displays before, and it was difficult to rely on my eyes for the quality. I had to be rigid by closely relying on exact hex codes for accuracy.

But, that’s only for creative professionals who need to deal with color accuracy. For younger professionals who need to prepare reports, presentations, and documents — a vibrant display like the S13 is ideal for acing your pitch.

I used to be a gung-ho artist in an advertising agency. Trust me, clients react positively when the colors pop. Having lively and vivacious material presented on your screen will always appease your client’s senses.

Design

The Zenbook S13 OLED and the Macbook Air M1 look stylish at a glance. With iconic symbols etched on their minimalist lid, both devices exude a premium vibe.

The key differences will be felt when you touch and hold it. The Air M1 has a smooth exterior while the S13 is slightly textured. In terms of aesthetics, the Air M1 gives a delicate air (pun intended).

Even when you carry it, the Air M1 weighs a tad heavier (1.24kg) than the S13 (1kg). While the magnesium-aluminum material used in the S13 made it lightweight, it somehow made it feel cheaper.

Although, I really enjoyed carrying the laptop wherever I work. Plus, it’s easy to slip in totes and bags. You’ll barely feel its weight on your shoulders.

Aside from being incredibly lightweight, the S13 measures 14.9mm thin as compared to the Air M1 at 16.1mm. It just so happens that the Air M1 has a wedge-like design, giving a thinner impression.

Keyboard

Typing on the S13 is as smooth as the Air M1. The most noticeable difference would be the ErgoSense design that makes it slightly elevated for a better typing feel.

And of course, the sound it produces — it’s more clickety and annoying to my liking. Some people would prefer the sounds of their keys clicking, but definitely not me.

Since Apple ditched the butterfly mechanism for its keyboards, the Air M1 now uses a scissors mechanism that allows it to have a stable key feel. It’s quieter.

And with 1mm of key travel, it can handle keyboard warriors’ insane typing speed without the annoying sound of pressing keys.

To put it simply, both keyboards perform exceptionally. It will still boil down to user preference. Which one do you like? A softer feel, or the sound of clicking keys that make you feel you’re productive and accomplishing something?

Touchpad

Personally, I prefer the Air M1’s trackpad. Even my old MacBook gives me a smooth-track experience. Forget mouse and/or pen tablets, I can use the pen tool on Photoshop with just the trackpad alone.

I can’t say the same for the S13. When it comes to Windows laptops, it’s still Dell’s XPS line that has the best trackpad that can be on par with the MacBooks.

But for what it’s worth, the S13 gives a decent track feel for its touchpad. With a soft press on the icon found on the upper right, it will activate ASUS’s proprietary NumberPad.

In case you’re unfamiliar with the NumberPad, it’s an LED-illuminated numeric keypad that makes it easy to compute numbers on your excel sheets.

It’s intelligent enough that you can still use the touchpad for cursor control even if you have the NumberPad activated. Switching it can be fairly quick: just press the icon softly again.

Battery

Onto the most important part: your machine’s everyday life. We all know how annoying it is to have your laptop die on you when you have an urgent task and you’re outdoors.

Just imagine being in a cafe without any sockets on. It should be a crime, ‘no?

But changing policies will take time, as you have to call out your lawmakers for that. Thankfully, laptops nowadays carry more power even with a slim figure.

Depending on your usage, both the Air M1 and S13 OLED can last you more than your 8-hour shift.

Although, the Air M1 is more energy-efficient despite consistently running software like Adobe Photoshop and Final Cut Pro. But charging it isn’t as quick as you wanted it to be — even with a dedicated fast charger.

On the other hand, the Zenbook S13 OLED lasts about nine to 11 hours with average use. What I like about the S13 is the option to choose different modes that adjust to your usage and preference.

You can opt for Performance Mode which results in shorter battery life or even Battery Saver which makes your machine more efficient but without feeling like you’re losing speed and power.

But regardless of what you choose to do with it, the S13 will last you a good long while. Plus, it comes with a 65W USB PD charger so you can fill up your juice quickly.

Connectivity

The Zenbook S13 OLED is starting to look like a MacBook when it comes to port selection.

On the left, the Air M1 sports two USB-C ports while there’s only one on the S13.

Meanwhile, the right side has two more USB-C ports and a headphone jack for the S13 as compared to the Air M1 which only has an audio jack.

Having one more USB-C port on the S13 gives it a bit of an edge against the Air M1. The only problem here is both laptops will require the user to use more dongles for other ports needed.

What’s there to like about the Zenbook S13 OLED?

I’ve been a fan of Zenbook laptops, even before I switched to Macbook, and I’ve closely followed them throughout the years. Frankly, it’s incredible to see how far they’ve come.

That said, there are a few things that I like about the Zenbook S13 OLED that I can’t find in my Macbook Air M1 — and even in its successor, the Air M2.

First is the sleek polish and undertone. ASUS has a knack for making things look and feel premium even if they don’t use extravagant materials. They strike the balance between elegance and price.

Next is the ability to lay the screen flat, which makes it easy to present stuff rather than moving the laptop to face your colleagues or clients while on a table.

Not that I’m lazy, but when you’re presented with an easier option, you’re supposed to pick that one, right?

Zenbook S13 Macbook Air

It also has AI Noise Cancellation and real-time webcam optimization that makes client calls and video meetings clear and concise.

There’s also a feature I really like — the ASUS Antibacterial Guard.

It’s a surface treatment that inhibits the growth of bacteria by more than 99% over a 24-hour period. Simply put, the S13 helps keep surfaces clean and sanitary, in addition to repelling smudges and dirt.

I just like a hygienic laptop.

Zenbook S13 Macbook Air

Lastly, the overall experience gave me a Macbook-like speed and performance but on a Windows machine and at a price point that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. Maybe, just an arm.

I’ve used Dell’s XPS and Lenovo’s high-end Yoga lineup and they’re pretty much on par with the Macbook experience, but they do cost a lot. The retail price is actually higher than my daily driver’s.

Zenbook S13 Macbook Air

To be able to balance everything — power, design, battery, panel, and price — makes the Zenbook S13 OLED an attractive machine that’s worth your attention.

Which one is your GadgetMatch?

Between the Zenbook S13 OLED and the Macbook Air M1, it is difficult to decide which is better as both machines have advantages over the other; however, the user experience is still quite different.

Zenbook S13 Macbook Air

The Zenbook S13 OLED is ideal for young professionals crunching numbers on their excel sheets, and working remotely and/or on the go to discuss business and manage client relations.

It’s an exemplary companion for those trying to live the fly, corporate life, or the freelancers who juggle 6-8 clients every day to make that six-digit figure.

It has the right balance for everything a young professional might need.

Zenbook S13 Macbook Air

The Air M1, on the other hand, suits professionals who do a bit of creative work, content creators who don’t require heavy computing power, students in college or graduate school, or people who need to balance work and school.

Regardless of the machine you choose, you can never go wrong with Zenbook or Macbook. Just make sure to pick one that matches your lifestyle, personality, and needs. And of course, if it’s within your budget.

Price and availability: ASUS Zenbook S13 OLED

Zenbook S13 Macbook Air

The price points for the ASUS Zenbook S13 OLED vary between variants, colors, and specs. Here’s how much they cost in the Philippines:

Variant Color Specs SRP
UM5302TA-LV464WS Ponder Blue 13″ 2.8K 16:10 OLED / AMD Ryzen 5 6600U / 8GB LPDDR5 / 512GB PCIE4 SSD / AMD Radeon Graphics / Windows 11 Home with Office Home & Student 2021 PHP 63,995
UM5302TA-LV532WS Aqua Celadon
UM5302TA-LV539WS Refined White
UM5302TA-LV540WS Vestige Beige
UM5302TA-LV484WS Aqua Celadon 13″ 2.8K 16:10 OLED / AMD Ryzen 7 6800U/ 16GB LPDDR5 / 512GB PCIE4 SSD / AMD Radeon Graphics / Windows 11 Home with Office Home & Student 2021 PHP 76,995

From September 15 to October 31, 2022, purchases of Zenbook S13 OLED laptops lead to a raffle entry. Get a chance to win a limited edition Zarah Juan Zen Tote worth PhP 8,500.

The ASUS Zenbook S13 OLED will also be available in Home Credit partner stores nationwide for PhP 4,533.00 per month with 0% interest and up to 12 months of flexible payment terms.

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