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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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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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