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Lenovo Yoga 910 review: Best Yoga yet?

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Two years ago, I was one of the few people fortunate enough to have an early sample of Lenovo’s Yoga 900 convertible. Needless to say, it drew a lot of attention both here and abroad for its sharp looks. Does the Yoga 910 attract as much praise? See for yourself.

Here’s how it looks in laptop mode

For when you just want to type

This is tent mode

For watching Netflix and chilling

And I’m not sure what this is called

You can also bend it further back for a full tablet mode

Bending is made possibly by the watchband hinge

Looks and feels great!

The trackpad is spacious enough and accurate

I didn’t have any trouble with gestures here

And the keyboard has nice travel

Coming from a mechanical keyboard enthusiast, I enjoyed using these keys

You can log in using its fingerprint scanner

It hasn’t failed me so far

These are the ports and buttons on the right

Power button, 3.5mm audio port, and full-sized USB port

While these are on the left

Two USB-C ports, one of which is for charging

A pair of speakers are found underneath

They get surprisingly loud with no distortion!

But how does it perform?

What’s a pretty convertible without performance to back it up? The unit we have here is equipped with Intel’s seventh-generation Core i7 processor, and it’s a real-deal CPU — not just one of those less-capable Core M processors found in most convertibles. There’s also 8GB of memory and 256GB of SSD storage inside.

Put all those together and you get a fast machine. It can cut through the increasingly bloated Chrome browser while handling several image files on Photoshop in the background. Startup is blitzy, too. But without a discrete graphics card, I don’t recommend using the Yoga 910 for high-resolution video editing.

How long does its battery last?

Not that long, unfortunately. A hundred percent charge provides me with enough juice to last a little over four hours of mixed use at a time. It also takes about as long to charge the Yoga 910 from zero, which isn’t great if you’re constantly on the go. The Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels) resolution of our review unit is part to blame, so I’d expect the Full HD (1920 x 1080) version to do a little better.

Are there any deal-breakers?

There are three issues I have with the Yoga 910.

One: Its bundled bloatware is such a pain at times. It’s not as bad as what I had experienced on other Windows 10 laptops, but it’s annoying nonetheless. Lenovo has a history of pre-installing software that shouldn’t be there, and the trend continues.

Two: As pretty as the 13.9-inch edge-to-edge display is to look at, the awkwardly placed webcam below as a result isn’t. It’s a clear tradeoff we’ve been seeing since the Dell XPS 13 came out, and it’s not getting any better. The only remedy is to bend the Yoga 910 into tent mode, but then you’d lose the keyboard for chatting.

Three: This convertible gets really hot. I can’t leave this thing on my lap for more than 10 minutes without sweating excessively. The combination of the high-powered processor and full-aluminum chassis makes the Yoga 910 a perfect heater for cold climates — but not for the tropical weather I’m living in right now.

Is this your GadgetMatch?

As long as you know how to uninstall bloatware, don’t care much about video chat, and have a comfortable desk to rest it on, the Yoga 910 is a solid convertible for getting work done quickly.

It’s just a little pricey. The starting SRP is $1,200 which could be more after taxes, depending on where you live. Lenovo must have anticipated consumer reaction, and is also offering a more affordable, less exciting option.

The Yoga 900S takes advantage of the cooler Core M processor we mentioned earlier, and retails for up to $200 less. You just have to give up the Yoga 910’s addictive power and three-sided narrow bezels, but everything else is still there, including the bendy body and lovely port selection.

SEE ALSO: Lenovo Yoga Book hands-on review

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Lenovo offers the most affordable GTX 1050-equipped laptop

Good for gaming and editing

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If you’re looking for a new laptop that can handle demanding tasks, you might want to take advantage of Lenovo‘s offer for the IdeaPad 330. For just under forty thousand pesos, you could have your own 15-inch laptop with discrete graphics and fast processor.

Lenovo is marketing the decently specced IdeaPad 330 for casual gamers or individuals looking for a powerful laptop that can do video and photo editing with ease. The laptop mainly features an Intel Core i5-8300H processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 graphics. Basically, Lenovo’s notebook has more than enough power than a conventional notebook in its price range.

Completing the specs sheet are the 15.6-inch Full HD display, 4GB DDR4 memory, and 1TB of storage. The laptop is also equipped with a plethora of ports including HDMI, full-size USB, and SD card reader.

You may get the Lenovo IdeaPad 330 for PhP 39,995 exclusively at the Legion Concept Store in SM North EDSA. Keep in mind that this is a limited offer until March 31, 2019. The laptop retails for PhP 47,495 in other stores, so you’re getting a pretty good discount during the promo period.

To make the deal even better, Lenovo is throwing in PhP 9,000 worth of freebies. This includes a JBL Clip 2, a Lenovo backpack, and Lenovo Accidental Daming Protection (ADP) on top of the 2-year warranty.

We already got our hands on one late last year. You may read our thoughts on the IdeaPad 330 here.

SEE ALSO: Lenovo Legion is sticking to PC gaming for now

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ASUS ZenBook 15 review: Everything you need in a laptop?

With great power, comes all the caveats in between

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Very few laptops have everything a person would ever need out of it. Whether it’s just for typing Word documents or playing all the latest games, only a handful of laptops fit the bill. ASUS has one laptop to offer, which was announced back in IFA 2018.

The ASUS ZenBook 15 has almost every piece of hardware for everyone. But is a device powered by a powerful Intel processor and a gaming-ready graphics card really worth it? Let’s find out.

Same premium design through the years

ASUS dubs their ZenBook lineup as its top-of-the-line Ultrabook. Through the years, ZenBooks have retained their premium design and feel. So when I got the chance to try the new ZenBook 15 (UX533) out, I expected nothing less — and I was impressed. The build quality of the device is great, with a sturdy metal-plastic chassis that shows little to no flex. It even feels light to bring around, at only 1.59kg.

My unit has the Icicle Silver finish that shows off the elegance of the laptop. There is an option to get it in the bolder Royal Blue color, but it will definitely feel like you own a premium device the moment you set your eyes on it.

The only real change the company implemented was the addition of the ErgoLift. Essentially, it frees up space for the laptop to release hot air instead of blasting them on the table or your lap. It’s also supposed to make the bottom-facing speakers sound better, although this really wasn’t the case when I used it.

It almost has everything for everyone

The ZenBook 15 is one powerful machine, from the inside out. My unit comes with an eighth-generation Intel Core i7-8565U processor and 16GB of RAM. This configuration alone guarantees superb performance, and the ZenBook 15 did not disappoint. Typing Word documents, surfing the web, even photo and video editing felt like a breeze with this machine. You can play games here too, but let’s save that discussion for later.

On the outside, you have a 15-inch Full HD anti-glare NanoEdge display — perfect for outdoor use at full brightness. It comes in a resolution of 1920 by 1080, a full 16:9 display with tiny bezels on the side.

It’s also equipped with a full-size backlit keyboard, with the number pad separated from the trackpad — unlike its 13-inch and 14-inch variants.

The ZenBook 15 does come with three USB Type-A ports and one USB Type-C port that supports external displays; however, it would have been better to make it as Thunderbolt port to fully maximize the potential. The laptop also comes with a dual-band Wi-Fi card, although an additional Ethernet port would have been nice, as well.

It’s got game, but it really destroys your battery life

Perhaps the most surprising aspect of the ZenBook 15 is the fact that it comes with an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q. With this graphics chip, gaming on this laptop actually feels pretty damn good. It managed to get competitive frame rates for fast-paced games like Fortnite, PUBG, and Rocket League, all with high settings. But, don’t expect the same from AAA titles like Shadow of the Tomb Raider.

Also, there is a significant increase in the laptop’s overall temperature with longer than 30 minutes of play time. The left side of the laptop felt so hot, it’s almost like you could fry an egg on it. Of course, playing for long hours on this device drains the 73Wh battery significantly faster. I got about nine to ten hours on regular use, and only two to three hours on full game mode.

The camera is honestly only good for Windows Hello

The ZenBook 15 comes with an 3D infrared HD camera that supports Windows Hello. The infrared sensors were great at facial recognition, and Windows Hello felt really easy to set up and use. But, the camera was lackluster when taking photos and videos. It only seems passable to use for video calls, but the overall image quality just doesn’t equate to HD.

The bottom-facing speakers could be better

The two Harman/Kardon speakers on the ZenBook 15 are placed on the bottom side, facing the table or your lap. Sound quality is impressive until you turn it to maximum. Apart from that, I was expecting that they would sound better because of what ErgoLift supposedly does for them.

Is this your GadgetMatch?

For PhP 89,995 (US$ 1,720), the ASUS ZenBook 15 jams almost everything you need in a premium device. And for that price you get the highest, most powerful configuration possible. Anyone can do pretty much anything with the hardware that comes with it. Apart from that, its elegant design and lightweight body make it a perfect on-the-go device. 

If you’re low on cash, you can also get the 14-inch ZenBook 14 for PhP 77,995. It only has 8GB of RAM and an NVIDIA GeForce MX150 graphics card that offers similar, but less powerful overall performance. But, you do get the illuminated number pad on the touchpad.

Of course, that is if you don’t mind the otherwise average camera and fryer-like temperatures with heavy gaming. However, if you’re looking for a laptop that can handle anything, the ZenBook 15 is for you!

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Razer announced a whole line of peripherals in Quartz

Pretty in pink but still pretty bada$$

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Razer’s always been known for their flashy things and pretty chroma, but nothing prepared me for their most recent announcement: A whole line of peripherals in the new shade they call Razer Quartz.

And yes, that means the gaming company just released a whole lot of very pretty pink stuff. Let’s see that again:


The highlight of the new line is the Razer Blade Stealth 13, released just last December. It has the same great specs –NVIDIA graphics with an Intel Core i7 processor — only now in the new rosy hue.

For a better view of the new pink peripherals, watch this unboxing from iJustine:

Also included in the new release: The Razer Basilisk and Lancehead gaming mice, Huntsman mechanical keyboard, BlackWidow tournament gaming keyboard, Kraken and Kraken Pro V2 gaming earphones, plus lots more accessories. There’s even a Quartz Razer Phone 2 case!

The new Quartz line is available in the US, China, and Canada starting today.

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