Alright, Legion really just added minimalistic aesthetics to the chat. But, before we sink our teeth into the good-good, we need to talk about how some of you don’t need to be intimidated.
A gaming laptop is especially useful if you’re a professional on the go in need of a powerful device, we get it. There are valid reasons you should get a gaming laptop even if you don’t play. You don’t want to be outed for having a “gaming” laptop without being a try-hard gamer.
Well, you’re pretty much in luck: here’s a gaming laptop that’s perfect for power, performance, and portability without flaunting tacky flashy gamer design: the Lenovo Legion 5 Stingray White.
Got a working pair of eyes?
It’s stunning. If you don’t think so, you need your eyes checked ASAP. Are you kidding me? The Legion 5 Stingray White looks sleek and minimalistic. With a smaller logo, vertical, and circular vents, the Legion 5’s design keeps it simple and stylish.
The Legion 5 decked itself out with convenient connection ports on three sides while keeping everything pragmatically designed. They’ve made sure to position and place ports to keep wires out of sight and out of the way. Plus, the logo has a classic Legion sheen without puking rainbow.
All aboard the simp train!
The Legion 5 has a stunning 15.6-inch FHD display with up to 165 Hz refresh rate that’s perfect for immersive work, watch, and play. It may not look like it, but the Legion 5 is where minimal meets mighty with its up to AMD Ryzen 7 5800H processor and up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 graphics card.
These processors are built for the most demanding gaming and content creation workloads. It’s really no surprise that this is the new standard for performance in thin and light laptops. They promise uncompromising, desktop-caliber performance. Plus, it’s got up to 16GB memory and 1TB internal storage–giving you breathing space for both work and play.
All talk, no play?
The moment I got the Legion 5 Stingray White, I instantly installed Kena: Bridge of Spirits, Dota 2, and Ghostrunner. Granted, not necessarily the three go-to games to instantly install into any gaming laptop, it was a good bunch to test the laptop’s performance.
The laptop didn’t screech or stutter for help and had ample space for more silly indie games I wanted to play. Running Ghostrunner can be a different story though. Considering the god-awful demands this game needs to run smoothly, even desktops quiver at it sometimes. Just shamelessly tinker with the settings. There’s really nothing wrong with that.
Play, watch, and chill
If you’re reasonably worried about overheating, you’re in luck. You won’t have to stack your worries about the Legion 5. Its Coldfront cooling system keeps everything nice and chilled. But, if you’re looking for a crutch to the reliable cooling, it’s that the fans can get stupid loud sometimes.
Before you go off on that itsy-bitsy booboo, I do want to say: I’m sure some of you are used to the whirring from most desktops by now. Most things are a better trade-off than a fried laptop.
Devil is in the details, my friend
As much as the Legion 5’s design is minimalistic and muted, the devil’s in the details with this one. On top of gaming specs under the hood, the Legion 5 features the Legion TrueStrike keyboard tailor-made for gamers. The keyboard promises 100 percent anti-ghosting on all keys, soft landing switches, and a response time of <1ms.
And, while that gives you an edge for regular professional use, the laptop’s Dolby Atmos Speaker System hits immersive gaming and binge-watching differently. You won’t be coming back to reality with their game-specific settings. From heightened directional audio to smooth surround sound, we wouldn’t blame you.
Down bad for the Stingray White?
The Legion 5 makes for an absolute unit of a gaming laptop. The pipedream of having both portability and amazing performance exists, and it doesn’t flaunt gimmicky vomit-rainbow design.
On the topic of design though, the Lenovo Legion 5 we got to play with came in Stingray White instead of the Phantom Blue. And, oh boy, it was a looker. I was going to say this might just be the only visuals you’ll be able to lay your fingers on but, I’ll just leave it at that.
Moreover, you also don’t have to worry about getting help whenever trouble occurs while using the Legion 5. The notebook is immediately bundled with the Lenovo Premium Care warranty service that’s good for three years. Reduce downtime, increase efficiency, and keep on moving with Premium Care solutions designed to provide an advanced and tailored level of care such as a 24/7 direct hotline to technicians, comprehensive hardware and software support, and an Annual PC Health Check.
If you’re interested, the Lenovo Legion 5 Stingray White is available in Legion Exclusive Stores, authorized resellers, and the Lenovo Legion Flagship Store in Lazada and is priced at PhP 89,995. Learn more about the device by visiting its page on the Lenovo Legion Philippines website.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II release date, official artwork revealed
There’s also a hint for a giveaway contest
The wait is finally over for gamers as new details for the new Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II have finally surfaced.
First, the release date of the much-anticipated sequel of the 2019 reboot, Modern Warfare II is on October 28, 2022.
As if that’s not enough to get people excited, Activision also had a massive cargo ship sailing at Port of Long Beach in California for the game’s official artwork reveal, teasing enthusiasts even more.
The ship contained an image of the Operative Ghost, as well as more characters on cargo containers. The entire reveal may be watched here.
New characters, giveaway
Aside from the release date and official artwork, new characters are also expected to join Task Force 141, which includes key members like Captain John Price, Sergeant “Soap” MacTavish, Sergeant Kyle “Gaz” Garrick, Simon “Ghost” Riley, and Colonel Alejandro.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II was announced earlier this year, with details for the storyline set to follow, that’s why fans are urged to stay tuned.
Developers have also hinted at a potential giveaway contest, mentioning that soon players will have “a chance to own a piece of this dock-spanning art and be a part of our history”.
ROG Zephyrus G15: Lean, mean, gaming machine
And it’s a looker too
One of my favorite things about getting to try many new gadgets is that I learn more about myself and my preferences. The ROG Zephyrus G15 (2022) GA503 – which henceforth will just be referred to as just Zephyrus G15 – did just that for me and what I want in gaming laptops.
For context, I have been sparingly using my ROG Flow X13 for most of my general Windows and PC gaming needs. It’s a great device, don’t get me wrong. But having to prop up the laptop itself along with the XG Mobile to reach its full potential can be quite cumbersome.
It’s a huge contrast to the Zephyrus G15 where I simply fire it up and it just works in a jiffy. And all the ports I normally use are right there, ready to use. I’m a big fan of convenience so I absolutely love it when gadgets just work without much friction.
But I’m getting ahead of myself. Based on this introduction, I’m sure you already have some idea on what I generally think about the Zephyrus G15. But allow me to discuss it further.
Tale of the tape
Specs and benchmarks never tell the whole story. But specs are a good place to start. Here’s what our review unit is packing:
- AMD Ryzen 9 6900HS
- 15″ WQHD (2560 x 1440) 16:9 240hz Pantone Validated 100% DCI-P
- RTX 3070 TI 8GB GDDR6
- 16GB DDR5 on board + 16GB DDR5-4800 SO-DIMM
- 1TB M.2 NVM PCIe 4.0 SSD
- Moonlight White
Some standout stuff from the information provided above are the new processor, the Pantone Validated display as well as the RAM available. This isn’t even its highest configuration. There’s a variant that runs RTX 3080. You can upgrade your RAM up to 48GB and there’s another SSD slot so you can expand your storage.
That means there’s plenty of room to up the ante down the line should you choose to do so. That’s not something that you can say for every gaming laptop.
Immaculate look and design
I love that ROG sent over the Moonlight White version for us to try. Black is great, don’t get me wrong. But it’s refreshing to see gaming laptops brimming with power come in other colorways that could appeal to people that are kind of just over with black.
The magnesium-aluminum lid and chassis also maintain the Zephyrus look giving it a sleek and tough exterior, while keeping the ROG Zephyrus identity. And you don’t have to worry too much about it picking up dust and dirt. In the few weeks I spent with it, it stayed pristine looking despite little to no wiping maintenance. That’s thanks largely to the wear-resistant coating which works exactly as advertised.
Adding to the overall functional design is the ErgoLift Hinge. This is one of my favorite things about ASUS laptops. The ergolift hinge not only allows a 180° for more flexibility, it’s also just ultra satisfying to move and look at.
It looks fresh, feels tough, and is relatively compact making it easy to carry around. It’s a looker with some bells and whistles in the right places.
Ports, keyboard, and trackpad
Speaking of those bells and whistles, the Zephyrus G15 is packed with possibly all the ports you’ll need. Whether that’s for a remote setup or one that’s neatly tucked into a home office desk.
Here’s everything it has to offer:
- USB3.2 Gen 2 Type-A (2x)
- USB3.2 Gen 2 Type-C(supports DP 1.4 & 100W PD Charger), (2x)
- LAN RJ-45 jack (1x)
- HDMI 2.0b (1x)
- Micro SD Card Reader (UHS-II), (1x)
- 3.5mm Audio combo jack (1x)
- Kensington Lock (1x)
The Stealth Type keyboard was a curious choice but one that I welcome. I was of the impression that the gaming demographic skews more towards the clickity clack of mechanical keyboards. But the one equipped on the Zephyrus G15 is about as quiet as they come. No complaints here though, as it didn’t distract my at-the-moment entanglement in slumber as I toiled away over late night labor.
The trackpad, too, was such a pleasant surprise. Perhaps it’s also in conjunction with Windows 11 but using a trackpad on Windows now doesn’t feel as laggy as it used to. On days that I only worked using the Zephyrus G15, I never felt the need to connect a mouse. That feels like a breakthrough as I have never been able to say that for any of the Windows laptops I’ve reviewed in the past.
Plays like a console
Alright, before any PC gaming enthusiasts come at my throat, what I mean here is mostly the quality of life things. When I got the Zephyrus G15, I didn’t tweak it very much. Heck, I even opened Armoury Crate less than five times during my time with it. Despite this, it had no trouble running the games I attempted to play. Some of which are even very demanding AAA titles.
I’m a big fan of tech that just works. Especially with my current workload, the less time I have to figure something out, the better. And that’s the case with this gaming laptop. I simply fired up Steam, downloaded the games, and played to my heart’s content.
Naturally, I checked the settings on some of the first few games I tried like Control, Genshin Impact, and Dragon Ball FighterZ. Everything was consistently on the highest settings right off the bat. Lags and stutters? I don’t know them. Not with the Zephyrus G15 in tow.
To better understand where I’m coming from, I own an ROG Flow X13. The one that comes with the ROG XG Mobile. It’s a great machine, no doubt. But to get the most out of it, I still have to hook up the XG Mobile to the Flow X13. Whereas with the Zephyrus G15, I simply have to turn the laptop on. That’s an underrated level of convenience that may or may not mean much for some of you.
It’s seriously making me consider trading up for the Zephyrus G15. And that’s just with the raw performance of games. I haven’t even talked about how good the display and speakers are.
Eyes and ears candy
Its high-level performance is of course complemented by a stellar audio-visual experience. As indicated in the specs section earlier, this laptop sports a 15” WQHD 16:9 display with a 240Hz refresh rate. It’s also Pantone Validated which is great for color accuracy if you’re working on anything that involves visual media.
But all you really need to know is that it’s an absolute treat to the eyes. The 240Hz refresh rate on the panel is great for first-person shooters. Unfortunately, I am not great at first person shooters. I’d like to take this opportunity to whoever I played Valorant with because I totally dragged the team down.
It is a visual treat, no doubt. But like (G)-IDLE’s Miyeon, the Zephyrus G15 isn’t just a treat for the eyes. It also sounds hella good. I spent a good chunk of time watching Miyeon’s fancams on this thing and it’s just a fantastic overall experience.
I also watched a few episodes of Netflix’s Business Proposal at the time of writing. Really, whatever type of content you consume, it’s bound to look and sound great on this thing.
One thing we did learn is that the display struggles a bit under really bright environments. When taking photos of the device, we opted to step out for natural light. But if you’re using this to work or play remotely, I recommend you find some place that isn’t too bright.
Is this your GadgetMatch?
The ROG Zephyrus G15 (2022) GA503 is easily one of my personal favorite devices that I’ve reviewed so far in 2022. It’s about as close as it can get to a plug and play PC gaming experience. And that’s not something you can say for many laptops and/or PCs.
The Zephyrus G15 (2022) brings with it a distinct look, top-notch gaming performance, and a really solid audio-visual experience. As a gaming laptop, this is about as perfect as it gets and is something I can easily recommend especially if you’re willing to splurge for it.
Official pricing will be announced soon. We’ll update this space when it’s out.
Acer announces updated ConceptD PCs, SpatialLabs displays
Computers equipped with latest 12th Gen Intel Core processors
Acer announced the newest models in its professional line of ConceptD creator PCs and SpatialLabs standalone displays.
The three new computers — ConceptD 5, ConceptD 500, and ConceptD 100 — are now updated with the latest specs and features to support creative professionals’ usually intensive tasks.
- Up to 12th Gen Intel Core i9 processors
- Up to NVIDIA RTX A4000 or GeForce RTX 3070 GPUs
- 128GB DDR4 of memory, 4TB Gen 4 SSD storage, and 4TB HDD
A pair of new 15.6-inch 4K displays have also been released. These are the the SpatialLabs View and SpatialLabs View Pro.
ConceptD 5 laptop: Mobile powerhouse
On top of their reliable processors and GPUs, the ConceptD 5 and ConceptD 5 Pro creator laptops have a sound cooling system and advanced thermal design to keep them running.
Strategically placed air intake and exhaust vents generate an aerodynamic “Vortex Flow” within the device. Meanwhile, three efficient cooling fans reduce noise levels to less than 40 dBA.
As NVIDIA Studio-validated laptops, they include software optimizations and pre-installed NVIDIA Studio Drivers.
And as laptops for creative professionals, the ConceptD 5 series feature the following:
- WQUXGA (3840 x 2400) 400-nit OLED display backed by several color technologies
- 99.98-Wh lithium-polymer battery
- HDMI 2.1 and full-size SD 7.0 card reader, Thunderbolt 4 and USB Type-C connectors
- 27 percent larger Corning Gorilla Glass trackpad (vs predecessor)
Creating without limits
The Concept D500 desktop comes with the most powerful capabilities for intensive creator tasks such as 3D animation, videos, and complex design projects.
Aside from up to a 12th Gen Intel Core i9 processor and corresponding GPU, the mini workstation boasts of transfer speeds of up to 10 Gbps via its USB Type C port.
On the other hand, the ConceptD 100 desktop is powered up to an i5 or i7 processor and an NVIDIA T400 or T1000 GPU.
Individual 2D and 3D content creators as well as small-to-medium sized design studios was developed for space-saving desktop.
It features components suitable for graphic design, light-duty 3D modeling, CAD, and BIM workloads.
View Series 3D displays
Complementing the release of the new ConceptD computers are the latest additions to Acer’s stereoscopic 3D products — the SpatialLabs View and SpatialLabs View Pro.
Powered by Acer’s AI-backed SpatialLabs Go which turns just about anything into 3D, the couple of 15.6-inch, 4K displays are beneficial for both creators and gamers.
Specifically, the View Pro may make creators’ and developers’ lives easier. They may use the display for 3D design software, including:
- Cinema 4D
This is made possible by installing Datasmith export plugins to import projects into the SpatialLabs Model Viewer.
Several add-ons are also available for a more efficient and productive workflow for 3D creators.
Maya and Blender users can even connect on a 2D screen while observing changes rendered into stereoscopic 3D with the display in real-time.
Casual users may use the displays for gaming or as a standard 4K monitor for various purposes.
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