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.
ASUS 2.2 OLED Festival sale: Win a Vivobook 13 Slate
Enjoy 10% off on Vivobooks, Zenbooks
ASUS is celebrating 2.2 early, offering customers the chance to win a Vivobook 13 Slate OLED through the OLED Festival Sale on Lazada and Shopee.
From January 28 to February 5, selected Vivobook and Zenbook devices get up to 10% off. During the promotional period, a purchase of any ASUS OLED laptop entitles customers to a raffle entry.
One (1) lucky winner will be announced on February 10 through ASUS Philippines’ official Facebook page.
Award-winning laptops get more affordable
Participating laptops in ASUS’ OLED Festival Sale include the following:
- Zenbook 14 Flip
- Zenbook 13
- Zenbook 14
- Vivobook S14X
- Vivobook S 14 Flip
- Vivobook 13 Slate
- Vivobook Pro 15
- Vivobook 15X
The powerful 12th Gen Intel Core and Intel Iris Xe-boosted Zenbook 14 Flip gets a reduced price of just PhP 83,695 from PhP 87,995.
This foldable features ASUS’ 360-degree ErgoLift Hinge technology, a 2.8K OLED HDR 90Hz NanoEdge touch screen display, 16GB of DDR5 memory, and 512GB of PCIe Gen 4 SSD storage.
Meanwhile, both the Vivobook S 14X and Vivobook S 14 Flip retail for PhP 71,295 and PhP 71,245, respectively.
Both laptops are powered by up to 12th Gen Intel Core i7 processors and have 2.8K OLED displays, long battery life, fast-charging technology, and impressive performance.
They come with Microsoft Office for Home & Student pre-installed, as well as a 1-month free Adobe Creative Cloud upon purchase.
Be sure on the lookout for these deals from ASUS, as well as free shipping vouchers of up to PhP 100.
LG just launched a limited edition NewJeans laptop
It’s pretty… expensive
NewJeans is continuously making waves both in and out of South Korea. From their ultra-catchy songs, dance moves that are trending in TikTok and Instagram Reels, to reaching top charts in UK and US’ Billboard, there’s no surprise that homegrown tech brand LG Electronics partnered with these power rookies.
LG just released the gram Style NewJeans Limited Edition! While this is an unfortunate news for Hanni (who is actually an iPhone), it’s actually a big step towards knowing NewJeans past the K-Pop hype (and by that you should stream Hype Boy).
Mini and Big Bunnies
This special edition LG Gram Style is available in two styles: Mini Bunny and Big Bunny.
There’s actually no stark difference between the two except for — you guessed it — the size of bunny decals on its lid. Either of the two, you will never get wrong choosing the bunny for your personal taste.
Other than that, the highlight of this laptop comes from its weight. From the brand itself, it’s just 999 grams — actually 23 grams lighter than the 2022 model. It also has the US military-graded MIL-STD 810H standard that passed seven (7) durability tests.
The LG gram Style NewJeans isn’t slouching in performance. Just like a hopping bunny, it’s quite a powerful device for its size and heft.
Hardware specifications of these two Bunnies aren’t too far off — at least after making a side-by-side comparison of their spec sheets. Both styles come with an Intel Core i5-1340P under EVO Platform for lightweight ultrabooks plus Intel Iris Xe graphics. It’s then paired with 16GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 256GB of NVMe 4.0 SSD with an extra PCIe 4.0 slot for expandability.
Just like NewJeans‘ visuals, you can’t also go wrong with the visuals of this device. It has a 14″ low-reflective OLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate, WQXGA+ resolution (2880 x 1800), a 16:10 aspect ratio for wider screen real estate, and an improved 400nits brightness over last year’s 350.
Moreover, it supports 100% DCI-P3 wide color gamut for color-accurate goodness as well as VESA Certified DisplayHDR TrueBlack 500 for deeper blacks and better contrast ratio. Its 2-watt stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos support make it a full-on entertainment device.
One more highlight is its “Hidden Touchpad”. Instead of the usual rectangular trackpads, it’s highlighted by two halo lighting on its two sides dubbed as “Aurora White” paired with haptic feedback for that nice feeling when clicking.
For ports, it has two (2) USB-C plus one (1) USB-A ports, microSD card slot, and a 3.5mm audio jack for headphones, earphones, amplifiers, and other audio peripherals.
Goodies for Bunnies
If you have actually reached this part, you’d know that you are not here for its powerful hardware, rather for the NewJeans styled-laptop. Aside from having that special laptop, there are more goodies that come with this device.
There’s even a free NewJeans-style mouse with this cute vinyl-like mousepad. These are truly treats for Bunnies! The laptops even come with preloaded wallpapers and four icons in it.
Pricing and Availability
While the LG gram Style is light, the pricing isn’t. It’s a pretty laptop with a pretty expensive price. It retails for around KR₩ 2,700,000 — which is about US$ 2190 / SG$ 2675 / ₱119,513.
There’s no word on global availability but LG will hold a live event in Korea with NewJeans on February 1, 2023 (Wednesday) around 8PM KST (Korean Standard Time).
If you will participate during the live, a comment could help a participant win a specially-signed autograph from NewJeans or three winners of the Limited Edition Goods.
If you plan on buying the NewJeans’ limited edition laptop, there are more benefits other than having the Limited Edition Goods set such as 12 winners of NewJeans autographs.
But if you’re just opting to buy the regular LG gram Style without the NewJeans skin, it will still give you other perks such as a free LG gram mouse, Wiggle Wiggle goods package consisting of a notebook pouch, mousepad, and a cable strap, as well as a free 512GB microSD card.
More advanced purchase benefits are Intel software package, 2023 gram gift pack, and 5,000g Jammy points coupon.
Other common benefits include MelOn one-month free subscription, 10,000 membership points after writing a photo review after purchase, and 20 winners of two Helinox chairs and table set.
Samsung to launch improved touchscreen notebooks soon
In time for Galaxy Unpacked
Touchscreen notebooks are making a new push to the spotlight. While the general technology has been out for a while, new developments are starting to introduce better screens with faster response times. Samsung, according to a new report, is already ready to launch an improved version of its own touchscreen notebook as early as next month.
As first reported by ZDNet, Samsung Display has started to mass produce OLED screens which integrate touchscreen functionality directly on the panel. The technology, called OCTA or on-cell touch AMOLED, will launch first on upcoming Galaxy Books this year.
Though essentially unconfirmed for now, the new touchscreen lineup might launch in time for the Galaxy Unpacked event early next month. If so, Samsung will have a huge leg up against Apple, who is also working on its own touchscreen laptop.
Apple, contrary to Steve Jobs’ initial reaction against the technology, is building a touchscreen OLED MacBook for a hopeful launch by 2025. Because the upcoming MacBook allegedly uses OLED panels, the device will be thinner and lighter than current MacBooks in the lineup.
Much like the chatter around Apple, Samsung Display’s new OLED panels will also be thinner and lighter — a big step, considering last year’s notebooks were also touted as thinner and lighter then ever before. Unfortunately, the report does not indicate how large the new screens will be. If anything, the Galaxy Book lineup currently offers devices in 13- and 15-inch models.
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