When Lenovo first introduced the Yoga line of hybrid laptops, most people wrote it off as an ordinary laptop with a novelty feature. Years later, the Yoga laptop has grown into a powerful daily driver that appeals even to hardcore gamers.
At MWC 2018, Lenovo unveiled the latest hybrids to use their unique form factor: the Yoga 730 (13-inch, 15-inch) and the Flex 14.
Lenovo Yoga 730
Introduced with two variants, the Lenovo Yoga 730 offers versatility and performance. You can get the Yoga 730 in either a 13.3-inch or a 15.6-inch variant. Regardless of which variant you pick, the Yoga 730 rocks an eighth-generation Intel Core i7 processor. For convenience, they also offer support for Alexa and Cortana.
Built for gamers, the 15.6-inch Yoga 730 can boost its screen up to 4K resolution. It sports a powerful NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 graphics card, and the laptop’s memory extends up to 16GB. Meanwhile, onboard storage can go up to a 1TB SSD PCIe. It carries JBL speakers and offers compatibility for Dolby Atmos on headphones. It boasts up to 11 hours of battery life.
On the other hand, the more versatile 13.3-inch variant has an integrated H620 graphics chip. It carries up to 16GB DDR4 and 512GB SSD PCIe for memory and storage, respectively. It boasts up to 11.5 hours of battery life.
Both variants of the Yoga 730 will ship starting in April 2018. They will come in either Iron Gray and Platinum Silver. The 13.3-inch variant retails for US$ 879. The 15.6-inch variant retails for US$ 899.
Lenovo Flex 14
Primed for entertainment and creativity, the Lenovo Flex 14 balances affordability and flexibility. The 14-inch laptop carries an eighth-gen Intel Core i7, up to 16GB DDR4 memory, and 512GB SSD PCIe storage. For graphics, it sports an NVIDIA GeForce MX130 4GB card. Its battery can last for up to 10 hours.
The Flex 14 supports the new Lenovo Active Pen 2 which boasts 4,096 levels of sensitivity. The laptop already ships with the stylus included.
Like the Yoga 730, the Flex 14 will ship starting in April. Available in Onyx Black, the laptop retails for US$ 599.
ASUS TUF Gaming joins season of giving
With their Share 2019 Plus promo
The holiday deals keep coming and ASUS TUF Gaming is joining in with their Share 2019 Plus promo.
Under this holiday deal, purchasing various ASUS TUF Gaming laptops will net you any of the following: Sperry Gift Certificates, JBL Clip 2 Speakers, or even game codes for Borderlands 3 or The Outer World. The promo will run from November 30 to December 31.
Here are the participating ASUS TUF Gaming laptops.
|FX505DD-AL272T||15″ FHD||IPS 120HZ||R5-3550H||8GB||512G PCIE2||GTX1050 3GD5||PhP 41,995||
|FX505DD-AL233T||15″ FHD||IPS 120HZ||R5-3550H||8GB||1TB||GTX1050 3GD5||PhP 40,995||
|FX505DD-AL127T||15″ FHD||IPS 120HZ||R5-3550H||4GB||1TB||GTX1050 3GD5||PhP 38,995||
|FX505DY-AL117T||15″ FHD||IPS 120HZ||R5-3550H||4GB||512G PCIE2||RX560X 4GD5||PhP 37,995||
|FX505DY-AL080T||15″ FHD||IPS 120HZ||R5-3550H||4GB||1TB||RX560X 4GD5||PhP 36,995||
|FX505DY-AL026T||15″ FHD||IPS 120HZ||R5-3550H||4GB||1TB||RX560X 4GD5||PhP 36,995||
|FX505DY-BQ121T||15″ FHD||IPS 60Hz||R5-3550H||4GB||1TB||RX560X 4GD5||PhP 35,995||
Some important details to take note of:
Claiming of hard bundle items (Sperry Gift Certificates or JBL Clip 2 Speakers) will start on December 2, 2019 and will end on February 28, 2020. Claiming can be done at ASUS Philippines, 4/F Hanston Building, F. Ortigas Jr. Ave., Ortigas Center, Pasig City on weekdays, between 10:00AM-4:00PM. The following documents need to be presented:
- Original collection receipt
- Photocopy of customer’s twovaid IDs with signature
- Photocopy of the representative’s two valid IDs
In case the buyer cannot make an appearance at the claiming site, they must send the following information and documents to [email protected]:
- Name as found on the original collection receipt
- Complete shipping address and contact details
- Store of Transaction
- Clear photo of original collection receipt
- Photocopy of the customer’s two valid IDs with signature
- Photocopy of the representative’s two valid IDs
Buyers will receive confirmation two to five working days after sending the e-mail. Only valid claims will be tagged as eligible for the program.
Bundle items will be sent directly to the assigned shipping address within 30 days of validation. Only purchases done within the period stipulated in #1 can be valid. Game bundle can be claimed through the official AMD Philippines claiming website.
Bundle items are not transferrable nor convertible to cash. Any incorrect information submitted to ASUS Philippines will void eligibility. Any re-processing outside operating procedure will be subject to charges and fees will be shouldered by the buyer.
Lastly, existing replacement and repair mechanics will be applicable once the unit has been availed. Standard warranty terms will also apply to all accessories purchased during the same transaction.
See the participating stores here.
5 reasons to invest in a gaming laptop even if you don’t play
They can do more than just game
If you’re a professional in need of a powerful laptop, you might find it difficult to find something that meets all of your needs and preferences. While you’d rather have something that’s sleek, sometimes what you need are on a gaming laptop that’s bulky and just screams gaming too much.
While it’s easy to look for a reason to buy a gaming laptop if you’re a gamer, there are still a few good reasons to invest in a gaming laptop even if you don’t play games.
Work anywhere you want
Brands are redesigning gaming laptops by making them slimmer and more compact. Gaming laptops have started looking like real laptops and not a clunky machine that will be tough to carry around for most people. They’ve trimmed the weight and now a lot of them fit in most backpacks with a dedicated 15-inch laptop sleeve. Think of it as bringing a laptop with the power of a mobile PC wherever you go.
Stay ahead of the game (no pun intended)
A lot of laptops launched this year carry the latest processors and graphics card meant for the future. For instance, the Lenovo Legion Y540 has a 9th-gen Intel i7 processor, an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti graphics card, 8GB RAM and 1TB SSD storage.
With that much power, that’s more than enough for your work and daily usage. Imagine running multiple tabs without any hiccups, or even when using power-hungry apps like Netflix, Spotify, and Google Chrome simultaneously.
Show-off a personality
Most gaming laptops nowadays are designed stylishly to reflect different personalities. The ASUS’ ROG line roars like thunder, screaming power, and strength. It’s also unafraid of coming out too loud and daring.
On the other hand, Lenovo’s Legion laptops remain true to their motto of being “stylish on the outside, savage on the inside.” A lot of their laptops look discreet and classy, but are powerful on their own right and oftentimes, they let their work — and performance — do the talking.
Since I have a hint of narcissism and vanity, I enjoy showing-off from time to time. However, I resonate most with the Legion lineup since I prefer astounding the world with the quality of my output.
Choose when to be untethered
A lot of people prefer being mobile so they can work remotely. Gaming laptops may be humongous but they’re portable and have multiple ports for you to stay connected. It’s difficult to pass on this kind of convenience. Additionally, gaming laptops aren’t limited to USB-C ports, unlike most business laptops. Furthermore, you don’t have to be tied down with cables compared to when you opt for a desktop PC.
Get the extra features to make you more productive
While your needs for a work laptop sometimes are limited to the basics, switching to a gaming laptop lets you enjoy extra features. Case in point: near-borderless display, better visuals, a 144 Hz refresh rate allowing a smooth and seamless, immersive sound experience, antiglare screen, and unique cooling system.
With all these nitty-gritty details, gaming laptops can make your workflow easier since these machines do most of the work for you. It’s just a matter of you taking advantage of all that power.
Lenovo ThinkBook 14, ThinkBook 15: Price in the Philippines
For the modern workforce
Lenovo is following up the release of the ThinkBook 13s with two more ThinkBooks — the ThinkBook 14 and ThinkBook 15.
These pair of ThinkBooks were first announced in IFA 2019. The ThinkBook 14 has a 14-inch narrow-bezel FHD screen. Inside, the laptop carries up to a 10th-generation 6-core Intel Core i5 processor with 8GB of DDR4 2666 RAM, and 512GB of SD M.2 2280 solid-state storage as well as integrated graphics.
The ThinkBook 15 carries much of the same internals but has the Intel Core i7 and a Radeon 620 2GB G5 64B graphics card.
Both laptops have the business-grade Lenovo Services showing you that these were really meant for upgrading the workforce. Ports are also the same.
On the left side you have two USB-C ports, along with a USB port, an HDMI port, and the 3.5mm headphone jack.
Over to the right is the Lenovo hidden port alongside a card reader, another USB port.
It also has Lenovo’s Touch Fingerprint power button as well as the ThinkShutter camera for that much needed privacy and security.
Pricing and Availability
The ThinkBook 14 starts at PhP 48,990 while the ThinkBook 15 starts at PhP 57,490.
Launching alongside the two are ThinkBook Accessories. They are as follows: ThinkBook Wireless Media Mouse (PhP 1,200), ThinkBook 15.6″ Laptop Urban Backpack (PhP 1,900), and a Laptop power bank (PhP 4,900).
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