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Lenovo ThinkPad X13: Power in portability and performance

This laptop means business

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Restarting our lives these past months have gotten most of us looking back on how we began our journey into our professional lives.

As I reminisce fond memories of being a rookie in the professional world, I remember the first time I sat alongside clients from big organizations. I was brought back to those times I was nervously listening to discussions with fancy jargon, taking down notes, glancing on spreadsheets displayed on their ThinkPads, then I remembered.

ThinkPads have always been there, and for good reason — reliability.

Lenovo truly has the formula to create the perfect balanced laptop. With the Lenovo ThinkPad X13, Lenovo took their game up to the next level.

Never out of style for business

Lenovo’s ThinkPad line has always been reminiscent of its predecessors’ design. The ThinkPad X13 maintains the sleek and professional build of the previous generations of ThinkPads in a compact form factor.

A 13-inch body at just 2.84 pounds, the X13 is an easy everyday carry. Slide it in your bag and you’ll even barely notice it’s there.

“It looks like an office laptop,” is the comment I got from my sister who saw the ThinkPad X13. Yes, to some, its aesthetic may be somewhat lackluster with its magnesium-aluminum black chassis. It’s not going to make heads turn, but surely it’s one which subtly says you mean business.

Power when you need it

This particular model is powered by an AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 4650U along with 8GB DDR4 RAM, 240GB PCIE SSD Storage. This isn’t yet the most powerful configuration you could get for this model. Regardless, I was eager to test its performance on heavier tasks as the AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 4650U CPU is a 6-core CPU with 12 logical threads that comes packed with an impressive integrated graphics processor.

Testing out some video editing, the X13 was able to render my three-minute HD video quite fast leaving it very slightly behind my desktop PC. The 12 threads of the 4650U definitely carries the weight of this task and though playback did have some stutter. I guess that is to be expected with this 8GB DDR4 variant. A reason you may want to consider getting the 16GB or higher for the ram as an option upon purchase since memory upgrade isn’t available on the X13.

ThinkPad X13

While video editing on a laptop isn’t something that I’d prefer to do, it is a function I’d appreciate to have when caught in a situation that I’d need it.

As for everyday office work, the X13 will breeze through it as it definitely has more than enough horsepower to let you tackle the daily grind.

As for gaming, I powered up Grand Theft Auto V on the ThinkPad X13 because, why not? Work hard, play hard, right?

The X13 performed quite well with just the integrated graphics of the Ryzen 5 PRO 4650U. Most graphical settings were placed on high and the unit kept the temperature and fan noise at manageable levels. I’d say just warm enough to let you know that something a bit more power intensive is running.

Speaking of power, the internal battery was able to reach an uptime of 10 hours and 20 minutes before the battery saver mode kicked in at 20%. Decent enough that it could probably get by a whole casual work day on a single charge.

Anti-glare display 

My deciding factor when choosing a laptop boils down mostly on its display and overall user experience. The ThinkPad X13’s 13.3-inch 1080p IPS display is a matte anti-glare panel. At first didn’t mean much to me but after a few hours working on it, the display panel exhibited where it certainly excels at.

Word documents felt paper white, something I’d associate closely with the feel of using a Kindle device. It is very forgiving to my eyes that it didn’t cause me the usual eye strain experienced on most other monitors.

For creatives, this isn’t what I would say the end-all ideal display for photo and video editing as it felt a bit dim for my taste but being an IPS panel, you can expect accurate color reproduction. The display also didn’t show significant color shifting on various viewing angles. The choice to have 1440p would have been a welcome option but I guess at 13 inches, 1080p is sufficient.

Above the display is the front facing camera which has decent enough quality for video conferencing. A unique feature though, is that the camera has its own physical switch to activate for use and also to block its view to prevent unauthorized access when not in use. A nifty feature which I think all laptop cameras should come equipped with.

ThinkPad X13

A sound choice

Going into this review, I didn’t think I’d have to mention the sound that comes out of this device. As most laptops, you’d expect that this would have speakers for the sake of hearing whatever it is that’s playing on it. But with the X13, the sound was relatively good.

Though not something that would blow you away, the sound coming from this device was full and richer that it doesn’t sound like it was coming from a tiny source and is very acceptable for a laptop. I guess there’s a reason why Lenovo had a Dolby Audio logo printed on the right hand portion of the palm rest.

Satisfying keyboard

Coming from a person who’s used multiple ThinkPads as daily drivers in the past, I’ve always been a big fan of their keyboard. The ThinkPad X13’s keyboard is no different.

Smaller than a full sized laptop keyboard, the X13’s certainly feels big. Keys are evenly spaced and every key press provides adequate feedback. The FN key being placed on the lower left portion of the keyboard rather than the CTRL key, however, did take some getting used to. I believe there’s a setting which allows users to flip the keys according to preference. That said, it would have been better if the keys were in traditional order out of the box. A minor criticism but nothing that really discounts how good this keyboard is.

ThinkPad X13

The X13’s keyboard truly kept up to its predecessors’ reputation, really one of the most satisfying typing experiences you can get on a laptop especially for this size.

Is the Lenovo ThinkPad X13 your GadgetMatch?

People who prefer to have stylish looking gadgets might not have ThinkPads at the top of their minds when choosing a laptop. But if you’re someone who values functionality over aesthetics, the ThinkPad X13 definitely delivers.

ThinkPad X13

That’s not to say that the X13 isn’t an attractive device. Show up to meetings with this on the table and you’re set to make an impression. A serious one at that.

ThinkPad X13

Its robust construction, great display, exceptional keyboard and a small body that comes packed with some serious firepower. It covers everything you could possibly want and need to do on a laptop. From office work, photo and video editing, and even gaming, the Lenovo ThinkPad X13 is a solid all-arounder and is reliable enough to get the job done.

The Lenovo ThinkPad X13 is available at a starting price of PhP 54,669.

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How to balance multiple tasks at work

With the Lenovo Yoga 6

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You’re stressed. Tasks are piling up. Deadlines closing in. However, despite bouts of second-guessing, you also know you can handle the tasks. This is a work-life cycle that we don’t really fully grasp until we’re actually in it.

If you’re having trouble taking them on, here are a few quick tips with a special Lenovo Yoga 6 flavor that you can check so you can step back and take a deep breath before another daunting work day.

Start small

Nobody starts their day taking on the boss battle. That’s just not wise. Our suggestion is to kick things off by looking at your plate and seeing which ones you should prioritize or not. You can do this on Tablet Mode of the Lenovo Yoga 6. This way, there’s no temptation to suddenly jump into a task since you don’t have immediate access to the physical keyboard.

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Your energy will be focused on organizing, which will set you up for a smoother workflow for the rest of the day.

Take on a few mechanical tasks first 

Think of it like you’re revving up the car’s engine. You need to warm up first before jumping into heavier, more thought-provoking tasks. Do anywhere between five to seven of these to slowly but surely get your brain to where it needs to be for the more demanding things on your plate.

Yoga 6

Some of these may be an extended version of the prioritization you handled earlier on. Perhaps there’s an email you can quickly reply to, or there’s a file you can drag and drop to send to a colleague — these tasks take less brain power and feel smooth to accomplish on the Yoga 6’s keyboard and trackpad.

Move on to something that requires more thought

Now that you’re all warmed up, you can proceed to a task that requires more of your focus and analysis skills. Perhaps there’s a brief you need to review or a few documents you need to digest first.

To eliminate the danger of jumping the gun and smashing the keyboard before you’ve fully formed your thoughts, we suggest switching over to Kiosk Mode so the keyboard is once again away from your typing-hungry paws.

Yoga 6

This lets you focus and helps you sort things out in your brain first so you’re ready for the next thing.

Get down and dirty with a heavy task or two

This is the time when you need your maximum focus. Thankfully, you don’t have to worry about the Yoga 6 holding you back. This thing is packing an up to AMD Ryzen 7 4700U mobile processor with Radeon Graphics that enables ultra-fast responsiveness while working. It can go up to 16GB of DDR4 RAM and up to 1TB of SSD PCIe M.2 storage. That’s plenty of power for any and all of these tasks:

Combing through spreadsheets…

Editing and processing presentation decks…

And pretty much most other tasks you’ll likely tackle.

It’s a powerful, portable workhorse that you won’t have to worry about holding you back as you take on the most important projects in your work life.

Take a break

You don’t wanna burn yourself out by jumping into another task right after taking on something that’s boss-level on your to-do list. What you’d want to do now is turn the Yoga 6 into Tent Mode and maybe enjoy an episode of your favorite show.

Yoga 6

This mode is perfect for kicking back and just watching for a while. Again, it restricts access to the keyboard to dissuade you from cutting your break short. The speakers are Dolby Atmos-optimized so they’ll do well even if you’re watching without headphones on.

Never feel guilty about taking a break. You deserve it. We all do.

Rinse and repeat

From here, you can just repeat the whole cycle until it’s time to wrap up your day. You can maybe skip a step or two such as the warming up part. But with these tips, you should be able to hold on to your sanity a while longer as the Yoga 6 helps you cope with the working conditions of the new normal.

More Lenovo Yoga 6 details

A few more things about the Lenovo Yoga 6 that you might want to know. It has a fabric-wrapped cover in unique Abyss Blue that feels great to touch and looks so 👏🏼 damn👏🏼 fine 👏🏼.

Yoga 6

It has a 13.3” FHD display with 300 nits of brightness. The webcam supports face unlock but you also have a fingerprint scanner for added security.

Yoga 6

Ports are as follows: Right side — USB-C 3.2 Gen 1 (DisplayPort), USB-A 3.2 Gen 1 (always on), Power button.

Yoga 6

Left side — USB-C 3.2 Gen 1 (DisplayPort & power delivery), USB-A 3.2 Gen 1, Headphone/mic combo.

It comes pre-loaded with Lenovo Vantage, Microsoft Office 2019, McAfee LiveSafe, and Alexa. The Yoga 6 also automatically comes with the 3-Year Premium Care support solution to make your daily grind easier. Lenovo developed the nifty warranty solution to help you make the most out of the Yoga 6 with services dedicated to reduce downtime, increase productivity, and address critical needs, including comprehensive software and hardware support, 24×7 direct hotline to Lenovo technicians, and an Annual PC Health Check for long-term maintenance.

The Lenovo Yoga 6 starts at PhP 49,995. It’s available in Lenovo Exclusive stores, the first Yoga Store in the world located at the 4th floor, Cyberzone of SM City North EDSA Annex, and authorized resellers. It’s also available at the Yoga Flagship store in Lazada.

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Click here for more information on the Lenovo Yoga 6.


This feature is a collaboration between GadgetMatch and Lenovo Philippines.

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Huawei MateBook 2021 laptops are here and they’re nice

With 11th Gen chips and up to 16GB RAM

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File photo: MateBook D 14

We all know Huawei’s struggles in the mobile department, but their other devices are still well-made and leading the charge now are their notebooks. The Huawei MateBook 2021 lineup, in particular, has plenty for people to choose from.

Here are some of what you’re in for.

Huawei MateBook D 15 2021 11th Gen

The Huawei MateBook D 15 2021 features a 15.6-inch IPS FullView display with a TÜV Rheinland Low Blue Light Certification and TÜV Rheinland Flicker Free Certification. It also has a 180-degree hinge and is equipped with DDR4 RAM to support the 11th Generation Intel processors.

In terms of connectivity, the Huawei MateBook D 15 comes with Wi-Fi 6, a USB 2.0 port, a single USB 3.0 port, an HDMI port, a 3.5mm headphone jack, a USB type-C port, and Bluetooth 5.1.

Huawei MateBook 14 2021 11th Gen

The Huawei MateBook 14 2021, on the other hand, also comes powered 11th Generation processor, paired with 16GB DDR4 3200MHz RAM and 512GB of internal SSD storage.

This variant has 2K FullView display with 90 percent screen-to-body ratio and TÜV Rheinland Low Blue Light Certification. It also equips a 56Wh battery capacity for 11 hours of long battery life and 65W super-fast charging support.

Huawei MateBook X Pro 2021

MateBook X Pro 2021 is a high-end variant in its lineup. It features 3.9-inches IPS FullView touchscreen display with a 3K resolution, 3:2 screen ratio that creates panoramic viewing effect, and offers remarkable 91 percent body ratio.

The design of MateBook X Pro has a premium metallic lightweight of about 1.33 kg with 14.6mm thickness, brings a fingerprint reader on the power button. Huawei MateBook X Pro is also able to provide up to 11 hours of regular work on a single charge and comes with ultra-light 65 W pocket charger.

All these MateBooks carry legacy smart features like the Multi-screen Collaboration, FreeTouch, and the recessed camera.

Pricing and availability

All three MateBooks are available for pre-order. Customers who will purchase via the Huawei Store, Lazada or Shopee will also get a free Huawei GT 2e (Green) worth PhP 6,990 from April 16 until April 22, 2021.

Pricing are as follows:

MateBook D15 2021

11th Gen 16GB 512 SSD — PhP 52,999
10th Gen 16GB 512 SSD — PhP 42,999

MateBook 14 2021

11th Gen 16GB 512 SSD — PhP 64,999
10th Gen 16GB 512 SSD — PhP 46,999

MateBook X Pro 2021 — PhP 89,999

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Microsoft intros Surface Laptop 4 with new AMD and Intel processors

Yet the design remains unchanged

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Surface Laptop 4 is now official, but there’s not much to expect aside from new AMD and Intel processors inside. It carries the same design as its predecessor, and still available to purchase in a 13.5-inch or a 15-inch variant.

AMD processors now available for the 13.5-inch variant

Arguably the biggest update to the Surface Laptop 4 yet is the addition of AMD processors for the 13.5-inch variant. Previously, AMD processors are available only for the 15-inch variant. Microsoft is using AMD Ryzen 4000 mobile processors, which may raise eyebrows for some since Ryzen 5000 has long been launched. Do note though that these aren’t just the standard Ryzen mobile processors since Microsoft collaborated with AMD to tweak the performance for its laptops.

For the 13.5-inch variant, consumers can only get a Ryzen 5 4680U processor should they go with AMD. Meanwhile, the 15-inch variant only has a Ryzen 7 4980U as the sole AMD option.

Those who root for Intel can still get their Surface Laptop 4 with an Intel Core i5-1135G7 or i7-1185G7.  The Intel Core i5-1135G7, however, is not available for the 15-inch variant. Both processors should give improved performance, especially on the graphics front considering the inclusion of Iris Xe graphics by default.

The availability of an AMD processor to the 13.5-inch variant also marks a much-streamlined configuration option. In the past, only business consumers can get an Intel processor for the 15-inch variant. This is gone now for the Surface Laptop 4, yet configurations for business consumers still remain. For business consumers, the Intel Core i5-1145G7 replaces the low-end Intel processor option, and the Windows 10 Pro comes preinstalled.

The Surface Laptop 4 | Image by Microsoft

Specs beyond the new processor

Beyond the new processors, Microsoft is also adding nifty improvements to the Surface Laptop 4.  Microsoft now puts the battery life at up to 19 hours, but that estimate is for the 13.5-inch AMD variant. The company’s conservative estimate is at 16.5 hours for the bigger 15-inch Intel variant. Either way, it is a big improvement over the previous 11.5 hours.

The laptop is also getting Dolby Atmos support, along with updated HD cameras and dual far-field microphones. Microsoft is also touting optimizations to the laptop’s keyboard, which is pretty useful for many work-from-home employees who use their laptops for work.

That’s pretty much the improvements and addition to the Surface Laptop 4. Microsoft kept the design untouched, so the bezels here are to stay. A choice of Alcantara fabric or metal still remains, though there is a new Ice Blue color option. The touch-supported PixelSense display with a 3:2 aspect ratio is also here to stay, promising better productivity than the established 16:9 displays.

The laptop also carries over the selection of ports from its predecessor, for better or worse. To recap, that includes a lone USB Type-C port (no, it is not Thunderbolt), a USB Type-A, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and the proprietary Surface Connect Port.

Price and availability

The Surface Laptop 4 is available to buy now at US$ 999. Business-focused configuration starts at US$ 1,099. Consumers can configure the laptop at up to 32GB of RAM and up to 1TB of storage. Those who purchase it in the US can also get the Surface Earbuds for free until April 15.

h/t: Windows Central

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