Laptops

Lenovo launches new IdeaPad notebooks with Intel and AMD options

You have the freedom to choose

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Alongside the business notebooks under the ThinkPad series, Lenovo‘s consumer line of IdeaPad laptops also has new models. Whether it’ll be for everyday computing or serious multimedia usage, Lenovo gives buyers the freedom to choose.

Apart from multiple models, fans will be glad to know that they also have the option to either get an Intel-powered laptop or try out AMD’s newest processors with improved graphics performance.

IdeaPad C340

First is the IdeaPad C340 which appears to be a cheaper version of the Lenovo Yoga C930 we reviewed. Despite not having Yoga in the name, the IdeaPad C340 boasts a 360-degree hinge to transform from a laptop to a tablet in seconds.

It’ll come in two display sizes: 14 and 15 inches. The screen’s resolution is up to Full HD plus there’s support for touch and pen input. The laptop also has a few processor options from Intel’s Core series and AMD’s Ryzen family. Graphics-wise, you either opt for the NVIDIA GeForce MX230 or Ryzen’s built-in Radeon RX Vega.

With up to 16GB of memory and up to 1.5TB storage (SSD and HDD combined), the IdeaPad C340 is great for school or office work that requires photo and video editing.

Other features include up to eight hours of battery life, Dolby Audio-enhanced speakers, a 720p webcam with Privacy Shutter, and support for RapidCharge technology.

Pricing starts at US$ 450 for both the Intel and AMD variants. Expect it to be in stores by March 2019.

IdeaPad S540

The IdeaPad S540 is more of a mainstream laptop with all the essential features plus a boost in graphics. While maintaining a slim profile, the IdeaPad S540 can be equipped with an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 for gaming on the go.

Complementing the discrete graphics is Intel’s latest Core processors. There’s also the AMD Ryzen option with Radeon RX Vega integrated graphics. The IdeaPad S540’s display comes in either 14 or 15 inches with thinner three-side bezels.

Memory and storage is up to 12GB and 1TB, respectively. For extra speed, Intel’s Optane memory is also available. With all of its power, the laptop is kept cool by dual-action fans inside its aluminum chassis.

The rest of the specs include stereo speakers with Dolby Audio, a 720p webcam with Privacy Shutter, and a battery that’s rated to last for up to 12 hours.

The laptop will come in Abyss Blue, Copper, and Mineral Grey. Its price starts at US$ 730 for the AMD variant, while the Intel model has a base price of US$ 850.

IdeaPad S340

The last on the list is the IdeaPad S340. This laptop offers basic computing, but it doesn’t sacrifice looks or performance. Lenovo aims to give key technology features within the budget of the consumers, according to their press release.

Like the other two, the IdeaPad S340 will also come in two display sizes and either Intel or AMD processors. It can support up to 12GB of memory and up to 2TB HDD if needed. Graphics performance will be taken care of by the optional NVIDIA GeForce MX250.

Lenovo rates the battery life to last between ten and eight hours depending on whether the discrete graphics unit is in use or not.

Price starts at US$ 370 for the 14-inch model with Intel Core processors, while the bigger 15-inch variant starts at US$ 430 with AMD Ryzen processors.

Gaming

Alienware m15 arrives in the Philippines

Leaner and stronger

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Here’s an alien that’s more than welcome in this part of the world. Dell is bringing a new breed of Alienware to the Philippines — the Alienware m15.

This Alienware is leaner, more advanced and more powerful than its predecessor. Weighing under 4.7lbs, this is the brand’s slimmest and latest gaming rig. This is for gamers who prioritize mobility without compromise to performance.

You’ll get the best of Intel processors and NVIDA GeForce GPUs along with either a 144Hz or 240Hz refresh panel.

It also has the latest Alienware Cyro-Tech 3.0 that brings optimized thermal module design to improve cooling performance, increasing airflow by 20% over the previous generation of the m15.

Additional design features include an all-magnesium chassis, smooth-edge, narrow-bezel design, re-engineered keyboard, precision-point glass touchpad, SSD-only storage, and per key RGB LED AlienFX lighting.

There’s also a hyper-efficient voltage regulation or VRM feature. The VRM allows the system to hold GPU and CPU performance high for a longer sustained time than typical gaming notebooks.

The Alienware m15 will also come with the Alienware Command Center. It’s the central hub that allows gamers to customize all aspects of their experience including system and peripheral lighting, power management, thermal control, audio, and content organization.

This lean, mean gaming machine starts at PhP 149,990, and will be available on the week of October 2019.

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Dell’s G series gaming laptops are now sleeker

Looks subdued but has plenty of power

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Oversized gaming laptops are slowly starting to fade away. In its place are slimmer versions with slightly less gaming cues. The same is true for Dell’s G series. Introduced in the Philippines today are the new Dell G3, G5, and G7.

The Dell G7 15 (7590) is slim and powerful

Nothing personifies Dell’s new approach better than the G7 15. At 19.9mm, it’s one of the thinnest gaming laptops in the market.

It’s made with a three-piece metal construction making sure it stays strong despite its thin profile. Completing the look is a palm rest with brushed metal finish.

It’s also equipped with a quick-charging 60 or 90WHr battery to make sure you can continue gaming on-the-go.

The G7 15 will be available in Abyss Grey.

The Dell G5 15 & G5 15 SE (5590) won’t leave you wanting for ports

Next on the line are the Dell G5 15 and G5 15 SE. They follow the same sleek design without sacrificing performance.

Despite the slimmer profile, it’s not lacking in ports. The Dell G5 has a full-size HDMI 2.0 port that can plug into external monitors and supports up to 4K. There’s also Single-cable docking for video, data, and power with the laptop’s SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports. This laptop comes with a 60Whr integrated battery.

It is available in Deep Space Black color with blue accents. A special edition in Alpine White is also available.

The Dell G3 15 (3590) is a great value for getting started

Dell’s G3 15 delivers plenty of power and performance at a competitive price point. It has the new Game Shift feature enables maximum fan speed for optimal processor performance.

It has an S-curve thin-and-sleek design and narrow borders to accommodate larger component ports near the back. At 21.6mm thin, the G3 comes with a 51Whi integrated battery.

It is available in Eclipse Black.

No compromises

As far as specs go, here’s what you’re getting with the redesigned G series laptops.

All three models will have the 9th Gen Intel Core mobile CPUs, up to i7. That’s desktop-caliber performance delivering up to 5.0 GHz Turbo, 8 cores, and 16 threads to play demanding AAA games or complete taxing, creative workloads.

They also have NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX graphic cards up to 1660Ti. Graphics card options are GeForce GTX 1660Ti and RTX 2060 and 2070 graphics options.

All three sport a15-inch FHD anti-glare display screen with three-sided narrow borders, and wide-viewing angles with up to 240Hz refresh.

These gaming laptops also offer up to 512 GB NVMe PCIe SSD and can be expanded to dual storage as needed. The G Series are embedded with complete ports options, including HDMI 2.0 port, Superspeed USB 3.1 ports, Standard SD/MicroMedia card slot, wedge lock slot and headphone/mic port.

Dell G5 desktop also announced

If gaming on-the-go isn’t your thing, there’s the new Dell G5 Desktop.

It’s designed to offer game-ready power, graphics and features in a compact, upgradeable form. Up to i7K-Series CPUs and VR-capable NVIDIA GeForce GTX® and RTX graphics, high-fidelity visuals and split-second responsiveness for superior 1440p gaming experience.

Pricing and availability

All the G series laptops are already available right now. Pricing are as follows.

  • Dell G3 15 (3590) price starts at PhP 46,990
  • Dell G5 15 (5590) price starts at PhP 68,990
  • Dell G7 15 (7590) price starts at PhP 113,990

The Dell G5 desktop starts at PhP 57,990, and will be available end of November 2019.

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Microsoft launches a new generation of Surface devices

Including the first ARM-based Surface since 2013

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When we talk about laptop lineups, we often think of devices catering to different lifestyles. Each laptop’s selling points usually draw from differing features, form factors, and price points. Microsoft’s newest Surface lineup shares in this age-old tradition. However, the new offerings have a surprising point of differentiation: each laptop carries a chipset from a different brand.

Microsoft Surface Laptop 3

First up, the Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 offers a 15-inch variant with two exclusive AMD Ryzen Microsoft Surface Edition chipsets: a Ryzen 7 3780U chip and a Ryzen 5 3580U chip. According to Microsoft, the laptop’s custom chipset combination is the most powerful hardware available for its form factor. Alternatively, the Surface Laptop 3 also offers a 13.5-inch variant with a quadcore 10th-generation Ice Lake Intel Core chipset.

Microsoft is also offering an all-aluminum design for the Surface Laptop 3. Unlike the formerly standard fabric design, the metal design touts a maximized screen. The screen doesn’t have speakers or rubber protectors on the bezel. Also, unlike its predecessors, the Surface Laptop 3 sports a USB-C port for more compatibility. For power, the laptop boasts 11.5 hours of battery life.

Microsoft Surface Pro 7

Next on the table, the Microsoft Surface Pro 7 — the company’s 2-in-1 laptop series — is a pure Intel experience. The series offers Intel chipsets going up to the 10th-generation Intel Core i7 (or as low as the dual-core i3 chipset). The device can also offer up to 16GB of RAM and 1TB of internal storage. In comparison, the starting model comes with only 4GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. As with its predecessors, the 12.3-inch Surface Pro 7 has a detachable Surface Type Keyboard and a Surface Pen.

Microsoft Surface Pro X

Rounding out Microsoft’s new launches, the Microsoft Surface Pro X comes up with something entirely different. The new laptop goes back to the Surface’s past. It is the company’s first ARM-based Surface since 2013. The 13-inch 2-in-1 device comes with a customized Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx processor called the Surface SQ1. It is one of the Microsoft’s lithest devices, weighing in at just 1.68lbs and measuring up to only 5.3mm in height. Despite the size, the Surface Pro X packs in USB-C compatibility and fast charging.

The Surface Laptop 3’s 13.5-inch variant starts at US$ 999. On the other hand, the 15-inch variant starts at US$ 1,199. Both laptops will ship starting October 22.

Likewise, the Surface Pro 7 will ship on October 22 as well. It will start at US$ 749.

Finally, the Surface Pro X will ship on November 5. It will retail for US$ 999.

SEE ALSO: Microsoft’s Surface Duo is a foldable Android phone

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