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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold: A bold attempt

Props to Lenovo for even trying

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The concept of foldables isn’t new. We’ve seen various iterations in the mobile phone space. However, it hasn’t been attempted like this in the laptop/notebook space. The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold re-imagines how a laptop folds and it’s… well, it’s an interesting piece of tech to say the least.

ThinkPad X1 Fold

Pretty cool, right? It slams shut the 13.3-inch display as if it was a book. It makes it easier to carry around when you’re out and about. Oh and, we’re not exaggerating the book comparison too.

Here it is side-by-side with a graphic novel. 

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And here it is on top of TWICE’s Eyes Wide Open album. 

ThinkPad X1 Fold

It actually looks like a book or notebook with its leather finish. 

ThinkPad X1 Fold

Here it is on the table, not fully flexed nor folded.

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It’s a pretty interesting contraption, but what can it do? That, perhaps, is the truly compelling question.

Performance and overall usage


Here’s a quick glance at the specs:

  • 13.3” 2K OLED Display, 4:3 (2048 x 1536, 300 nits)
  • Intel Core i5 with Intel Hybrid Technology
  • 11th Gen Intel UHD, integrated Graphics
  • Up to 1TB PCIe-NVMe M.2 2242 SSD
  • 8GB LPDDR4X 4267MHz
  • 50Wh with Rapid Charge technology
  • 2 x USB-C 3.2 Gen 2 (10Gbps) (1 can be used as DP)

Oh and it also has a 5MP camera for video calls. A bare minimum, but one that works fine, nevertheless.

Seems decent on paper, yes? That’s true. It also helps that it comes with the Lenovo Fold Mini Keyboard. With it, the ThinkPad X1 Fold transforms into this very Surface Pro-like device.

ThinkPad X1 Fold

It’s able to stand on its own thanks to this kick-out stand that has the suede-like material. Definitely upping the “premium” feel of the device.

ThinkPad X1 Fold

The keyboard itself isn’t all that great. People with objectively bigger hands might find it perplexing having to type on it. However, it is usable, has an okay travel, and can get you through quick typing sessions.

The trackpad is also fine but you’re probably better off touching the screen for smoother navigation. This isn’t surprising as most bluetooth keyboards tend to not be very good in this department.

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It’s certainly better than using the Windows 10 On-Screen keyboard.

ThinkPad X1 Fold

The ThinkPad X1 Fold can also be used with the Lenovo Mod Pen. It opens even more possibilities, especially if you’re the type who likes to sketch.

ThinkPad X1 Fold
The stylus experience is pretty good. It doesn’t stray too far from the regular stylus to tablet or screen experience from other Lenovo devices, but it also isn’t as good as say the S Pen is to the Note series.

For comparison, I would say it felt close to how the stylus felt while writing and sketching on the Lenovo Thinkbook Plus. It’s another one of Lenovo’s odd-ball notebooks which is kind of becoming a theme for the company.

What’s cool is that both these accessories fit seamlessly with the ThinkPad X1 Fold. 


Fold the notebook and you get this easy-to-carry device complete with a keyboard and a stylus.


Having the keyboard inside also leaves no gap when the ThinkPad X1 Fold is folded.


This is smart hardware design and one that Lenovo should be commended for.

Software troubles 

However, the overall usage starts to feel clunky when you realize the device’s biggest weakness — it’s running on Windows 10 Pro. That operating system, on its own, is fine, especially for traditional laptops. But foldables are another story.

Transitioning from folded to unfolded and using split screens for “better productivity” just isn’t seamless. That’s because this product was supposed to ship with Windows 10X — the OS specifically designed for foldables.


However, with Microsoft’s own dual screen devices being delayed, the aforementioned OS also didn’t see the light of day. That didn’t stop Lenovo from launching the ThinkPad X1 Fold.

They try to mitigate the software issues by applying their own solution. The notebook comes with this Lenovo Mode Switcher that helps detect if you’re using the device as a single screen or as two separate screens.

ThinkPad X1 Fold
It’s fine if you’re just using it for reading or for consuming media. But don’t mistake this for an all-out productivity tool. You’ll only be disappointed.

Media consumption

Speaking of consuming media, the ThinkPad X1 Fold is actually pretty good as a slate where you can watch your favorite things.

I sat through Spider-Man Homecoming for the nth time on this thing.


I also replayed over and over TWICE Momo’s performance project.


And used it to watch for the first time TWICE Jihyo’s performance project.


The way you can easily prop it up or carry it on one hand (that is if your arm can handle 999g/2.2lbs for a few minutes at a time), made for a decent video viewing companion. The speakers aren’t out of this world, but they’re alright.

The OLED display is doing the bulk of the heavy lifting in the video viewing experience. And the fact that it’s a foldable OLED display is just simply astonishing.

But for the price it commands, it just doesn’t seem like a device for the common folk.

Is the ThinkPad X1 Fold your GadgetMatch?

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold is both magnificent and frustrating at the same time. This hardware is nothing to scoff at. The fact that Lenovo even had the audacity to try something like this is the reason why we like tech. We love it when brands push the boundaries and think outside the box.

However, this beautifully designed hardware is held back by the usable but clunky software. By no fault of its own, Lenovo was forced to release a product that doesn’t deliver a polished experience because of operating system limitations. That just isn’t what you expect from something priced at PhP 208,499 or US$ 2,499.

More than anything, the ThinkPad X1 Fold feels like a showcase device. Something a top executive who doesn’t have to do too much typing or doing the grunt work on spreadsheets and deck presentations would have use for.

It’s not completely broken by any means. You can do actual work with it. But the whole experience just feels too clunky. Microsoft owes Lenovo for leaving them hanging on the software side of things. But this shouldn’t dissuade the company from continuing to experiment and pushing what’s possible with hardware.

Personally, I’d like to give this another go once the appropriate software is ready. I imagine that would make a world of a difference.

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Huawei MateBook D 15 10th Gen: Price and availability in Singapore

The base MateBook for everyone

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MateBook D 15

The Huawei MateBook D 15 is a 15.6-inch ultra-slim laptop with FullView display and the 10th generation Intel Core processor is now in Singapore.

The 15-inch displayis 1920×1080 pixels, has IPS anti-glare, with 250 nits of brightness. This MateBook has a screen-to-body ratio of 87 percent and a viewing angle of 178 degrees as well.

Additionally, the top of the keyboard houses the 1mp recessed camera. To top it all off, Huawei Share is also supported by this variant making multitasking easier for the users. Simply connect your phone to the laptop vis Huawei Share and you’ll be ready to go.

Another favorite feature of the laptop is the fingerprint power button. The staple recessed camera allows Huawei to have more space to achieve the 87 percent screen-to-body ratio. The MateBook D 15 10th Gen Core i3 also has a smart assistant and a 4K video playback for the best experience.

Charging is also easy with its 65W USB Type C charger. Something you’ll only need towards the end of the day as this is made to last a work day.

Price and availability

The Huawei MateBook D 15 10th Gen Core i3 retails for SG$ 748.

It’s available at a launch offer of SG$ 698 on Shopee. This is possible by purchasing a SG$ 50 voucher for SG$1 from June 18-25 on the Shopee app. The SG$ 50 voucher can be applied upon checkout between June 26-30.

Customers may also purchase the HUAWEI MateBook D 15 from Lazada starting July 1.

Every purchase of the HUAWEI MateBook D 15 from the official online stores in Shopee and Lazada will entitle customers to a gift bundle worth SG$ 136 which includes a Huawei Bluetooth mouse and backpack, while stocks last.

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What it’s like to use the ZenBook Pro 15 OLED, according to creative professionals

The laptop of tomorrow is the laptop for the pros

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ASUS has just launched the ZenBook Pro Duo 15 OLED in the Philippines. The laptop of tomorrow now comes with an evolved ScreenPad Plus and a new hinge design, improving the ergonomics and brightness levels that elevate the touchscreen experience.

The ZenBook Pro Duo 15 OLED is equipped with a powerful Intel Core i9 processor and NVIDIA RTX 3070 graphics. It also sports a Pantone-validated 15.6-inch 4K UHD OLED HDR main display.

Laptop for the Pros

Meant for creative professionals, ASUS brings out real Pros in different industries to share their experience using an avant-garde laptop.

For Jason Magbanua, renowned wedding videographer and visual storyteller, the ASUS ZenBook Pro Duo OLED 15 works as fast as he thinks. It’s a “machine that keeps up with his creativity.”

After all, the laptop sports 32GB of memory and 1TB SSD storage, speeding up your process while keeping it smooth.

Streamlining your work

YouTube sensation and Architect Oliver Austria remembers one of his favorite quotes: “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”

To Austria, having a professional laptop means he can be ready for any opportunity that comes his way since the laptop allows him to streamline his workflow and create quality video content.

Especially the ScreenPad Plus, featuring a brand-new Control Center UI. Creative pros can now customize and minimize their screen according to their preferences and enable intuitive interactions between the two displays for an efficient workflow.

Moreover, the machine has a unique feature of Adobe Control Center suitable for Adobe Photoshop, Premiere Pro, After Effects, and Lightroom Classic.

The right gear can enhance your experience

As most artists find themselves sitting in front of their machines for a long time, sometimes the right gear is something that lets them multi-task without worry.

While the ASUS ZenBook Pro Duo 15 OLED prides itself on having top-of-the-line hardware, its ergonomic design and experience are its ultimate edge.

For instance, the tilting ScreenPad plus lifts up to 9.5 degrees, and slightly raises the back of the laptop, which results in an improved airflow by 36 percent more. It simply avoids overheating even when used for longer hours.

This is why Graphic Designer and Illustrator AJ Dimarucot reiterated how one of the most important aspects of his career is using the right tools. Dimarucot, known for working on experiential, digital, and integrated campaigns for global brands, stated how finding the right gear can change the way you work.

Get full creative freedom

For other creative pros, color accuracy is one thing they consider before buying a laptop. Luckily, the ASUS ZenBook Pro Duo 15 OLED produces true-to-life professional-grade colors and supports 3840×2160 resolution. Its 4K OLED screen is stunningly embraced whether for content creation or media consumption.

Landscape, Travel, and Architectural photographer Nicco Valenzuela shared how the laptop of tomorrow aids him in improving his workflow and post-processing stage.

“When a creative pursues a brilliant idea, their tools must work in harmony with their technical and creative skills. The [Zenbook Pro Duo 15 OLED] breaks down these barriers for me and gives me full creative freedom and efficiency in my workflow,” said Valenzuela.

Price and availability

The ASUS ZenBook Pro Duo 15 OLED is available in a Celestial Blue colorway. The 10th-generation Intel Core i9 processor variant is priced at PhP 199,995. There’s also an Intel Core i7 processor variant that retails for PhP 169,995.

Interested customers can now purchase the laptop of tomorrow on select ASUS’ official stores and authorized multi-brand stores nationwide.

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Lenovo launches IdeaPad Slim 3i and Slim 5i Pro

Equipped with the hardware to take you to the next level

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IdeaPad Slim 3i

Lenovo designed their IdeaPad lineup of laptops to best suit the working professional. With each year, the company adds something new to the mix to cater to a wide range of needs. Now, as we continue our work-from-home setup, they’re releasing two new laptops with significant upgrades to boost performance for all your tasks. Introducing: the Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 3i and Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 5i Pro.

 IdeaPad Slim 3i

The Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 3i in Almond Sand

While not necessarily a new laptop, the Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 3i comes with hardware upgrades for heavier workload. For starters, the new laptop will come an 11th-gen Intel Core processor and an NVIDIA discrete GPU inside. Along with up to 16GB of RAM, the laptop becomes an ideal option for work-related tasks and a bit of gaming or graphics work.

Meanwhile, the new Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 5i Pro comes with the same set of hardware and some key changes. Apart from the CPU and RAM, the IdeaPad Slim 5i Pro also comes with a 2K, 16:10 display with up to a 120Hz refresh rate. Also, you have an option to get this device with an NVIDIA RTX 3050 for a big gaming performance boost. In essence, the IdeaPad Slim 5i Pro serves an all-around device for the professionals and casual gamers alike.

These two laptops are now available in Lenovo stores and online retailers. For their SRPs, the Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 3i starts at PhP 39,995, while the Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 5i Pro starts at PhP 59,995.

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