There are notebooks that are just enough to get you by your daily work and play life. These will serve you well for a good number of years. The Lenovo Yoga 9i and Yoga Slim 9i are NOT one of those notebooks. Why? Because they will more than get you by. These are the notebooks that you show off and that show you off.
You see, they represent the best of what the Lenovo Yoga line has to offer. That’s why Lenovo is launching them in time for the holidays. When you finally decide to upgrade from the laptop you’ve been using for years that’s been begging to be replaced, Lenovo wants to make sure you’re looking at these.
Lenovo Yoga 9i
The Yoga 9i comes in both 14-inch and 15-inch variants. Whichever you choose, you’re getting some of the best internals available. Both offer the super-fast responsiveness of next-gen Intel Core processors (coming soon) combined with graphics based on the Intel Xe architecture.
The larger 15-inch option comes with the performance of up to 10th Gen Intel Core i9 HK-Series mobile processor and enhanced by the NVIDIA GTX 1650 Ti with Max-Q Design.
The 15-inch Yoga 9i comes with up to 16GB DDR4 memory and up to 2TB PCIe SSD storage. You’re also getting discrete graphics and two Thunderbolt 3 ports for power, speedy data transfers and external display support.
Both come with Windows Ink and a garaged active pen that fits comfortably in your hand and quickly recharges inside the PC when not in use. If you’re a scribbler who prefers a real pen in your hand, the new elastomer nib on the Yoga 9i’s digital pen replicates a nicer, smoother tactile feel when writing.
But since this is the Yoga line we’re talking about, it’s not all about the interior. They took special care to make sure it looks premium too.
The Yoga 9i will be available in a “responsibly sourced” authentic black leather cover bonded with an aerospace-grade, aluminum chassis for more durability.
Lenovo says the leather went to a 20-step bonding process to ensure that it’s made with an incredible eye for details and craftsmanship. This just means that the leather is tough and will age beautifully as premium leather items are known to do.
The Yoga 9i convertible is also offered in all-metal and multiple colors, including warm Mica on the 14-inch and Slate Grey on the 15-inch model.
Lenovo Yoga Slim 9i
If you wanna go a little extra slim there’s the 14-inch Yoga Slim 9i. It’s one of the thinnest and lightest laptops at just 13.9mm (0.54 inches) and weighing only 1.26kg (2.77 lbs).
It offers up to 4K touchscreen IPS VESA DisplayHDR 400 (3840 x 2160) with up to 90 percent DCI-P3 color spectrum and 500 nits of brightness that’s optimized by Dolby Vision.
That display is complemented by the Dolby Atmos Speaker System which is delivered through dual front-facing speakers on the Yoga Slim 9i laptop.
Featured for the first time on the Yoga Slim 9i is a new privacy advancement aimed at maintaining a slimmer top bezel while still shutting out unwanted onlookers.
Simply flick an electrical shutter switch on the side to cut power to the Yoga Slim 9i’s built-in infrared (IR) camera for peace of mind.
More smart features
Taking the pandemic and handwashing measures into account, these new Lenovo Yogas have a more accurate login of the new Ultrasonic Fingerprint Reader8 that’s liquid resistant and works even with damp or freshly sanitized fingers.
The improved Yoga laptop keyboards now come with soft-landing dome-design keypads to enable a smooth, comfortable and responsive typing experience that feels bouncier.
The Yoga Slim 9i also comes with a Smart Sense Keyboard that auto-adjusts your keyboard’s white backlighting based on ambient light conditions.
Despite being light and thin, don’t think for a second that Lenovo didn’t think about extended working periods on these devices.
The Lenovo Yoga 9i and Yoga Slim 9i are power efficient.
The dual charging built into the Yoga Slim 9i along with an increased battery capacity — from 52WHr to 63.5WHr — contributes to a battery life of up to 20 hours.
The 14-inch Yoga 9i is expected to last up to 18 hours while the 15-inch Yoga 9i convertible can get up to 13 total hours of battery life.
Pricing and availability
- Yoga 9i (14-inch) will start at $1399 (metal), $1699 (leather) expected to be available October 2020.
- Yoga 9i (15-inch) will start at $1799 expected to be available October 2020.
- Yoga 9i Slim (IdeaPad 9i Slim in NA) will start at $1599, expected to be available November 2020
Lenovo ThinkPad P16s, ThinkStation P360 now in the Philippines
Two new Think products
Lenovo continues to be in a league of its own. After making new IdeaPad and Yoga laptops available earlier this month, Lenovo has introduced two new products in their Think lineup: the ThinkPad P16s Gen 1 and ThinkStation P360 Ultra.
ThinkPad P16s Gen 1
Price — starts at PhP 95,999
The powerful and high-performance ThinkPad P16s Gen 1 is powered by up to the latest 12th Gen Intel Core i7 processors and NVIDIA T550 or Intel Iris Xe graphics.
It can support up to 48GB DDR4 memory and up to 2TB PCIe SSD Gen 4 storage, making it ideal not only for work but also gaming.
The display is 16-inch, 400 nits (2560 x 1600) screen. It has Intel WiFi 6E and Intel Thunderbolt 4, with a suite of ports and slots for seamless and high-speed connectivity.
While reliable and durable, the laptop also comes in a lightweight and slim design, weighing just 1.7 kilograms and with a thickness of 20.5mm for portable use.
ThinkStation P360 Ultra
Price — starts at PhP 114,799
On the other hand, the small but powerful ThinkStation P360 Ultra is boosted by up to a 12th Gen Intel Core i9 12900 vPro processor for a maximum power of up to 5GHz, and advanced graphics options such as the NVIDIA RTX A5000.
Half the size of traditional small form factor desktop workstations, the machine supports a wide range of tasks for professionals and even creatives, making it one of its kind for its size.
It has up to 64GB of DDR5 memory and up to 1TB of SSD PCIe Gen4 storage. The ThinkStation P360 Ultra also has seven (7) USB ports, including 2 Thunderbolt 4 ports.
Dual onboard ethernet and WiFi 6E options ensure access to superfast networking connectivity. Pair it with wireless keyboards, mice, and monitors, and you’ll be able to take productivity to a whole new level.
The release of these Think devices follows Lenovo’s release of three new Yoga laptops — the Yoga 9i, Slim 7i Pro X, and Slim 7i Carbon — and three new IdeaPads — Slim 3 and 3i, Slim 5i, and 5 Pro earlier this month.
New HP Spectre, Envy laptops unveiled: Pricing, specs
A creative’s sidekick
The newest lineup of HP Spectre and Envy laptops have finally been released in the Philippines, offering a great sidekick for professional creators.
They are the 13.5-inch Spectre x360 Laptop 14 and 13.3-inch Envy x360 Laptop 13, which come with up to the latest 12th Gen Intel Core i7 processors and Intel Evo. The laptops are also equipped with up to 16GB of DDR4 memory and up to 2TB of PCIe 4 storage.
When it comes to display, the devices have up to 4K OLED displays which have a 120Hz refresh rate, supported by Intel Iris Xe graphics.
Speaking of which, the 2-in-1 touch display laptops support multi-gestures, such as pinch-to-zoom, double tap, and press and hold, and have a variety of screen sizes, from the 3:2 to the 16:10 aspect ratio to fit the content nicely.
Your next meeting also gets a level up, as the the laptops come with these premium features:
- 5MP camera
- HP AutoFrame and Dynamic Voice Leveling
- Backlight Adjustment and Appearance Filter
- Bi-directional microphones with AI noise cancellation
- Quad speakers
Check the list below for a quick glance of the corresponding prices of both the new HP Spectre and Envy laptops.
- ef0038TU (Core i5, 8GB+512GB): PhP 87,990
- ef0039TU (Core i7, 16GB+512GB): PhP 96,990
- ef0042TU (Core i7, 16GB+1TB): PhP 102,990
- ef0043TU (Core i7, 16GB+2TB): PhP 115,990
- bf0045TU (Core i5, 15GB+512GB): PhP 69,990
- bf0046TU (Core i7, 16GB+512GB): PhP 77,990
- bf0047TU (Core i7, 16GB+1TB): PhP 82,990
Zenbook S13 OLED vs Macbook Air M1
Which one has a better design for user experience?
Sleek. Understated. Incredibly lightweight.
The Zenbook S13 OLED takes the helm for ASUS’ contender when it comes to thin, stylish laptops. With its top-of-the-line specs, premium appeal, and price point — it clashes with one of the best value laptops in the market.
Taking on the Apple Macbook Air M1, the Zenbook S13 OLED positions itself as a daily driver to consider. A machine to accompany you in your everyday tasks and then some.
A thin and stylish top-of-the-line laptop
The Zenbook S13 OLED aims to capture Apple’s demographics for the Air M1: People who want to do a bit of everything while on the go.
From students that are back-and-forth to their unis to young professionals who are looking for a device that handles their everyday needs. Both machines aren’t aimed toward staunch tinkerers or incidental gamers who need demanding hardware to keep up with their activities.
Nevertheless, both machines are capable of handling everyday tasks. They’re able to multitask and perform light to moderate usage of creative software for photography, video editing, and illustration. How so?
The Zenbook S13 OLED uses up to an AMD Ryzen 7 6800U processor with a 512GB SSD and an option for 8GB or 16GB RAM. For an average user, the computing power provides a smooth, seamless experience.
Against the Air’s madness
Apple uses the M1 chip for the Air M1, which houses an 8-core CPU and 7-core GPU. It’s insanely powerful that even with a thin design (without a fan), I was able to mass-edit photos on Lightroom, handle complex designs on Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, and even edit short videos for my Reels.
In fact, the Macbook Air M1 has been my daily driver for almost two years. It’s one of the best-value laptops in the market, even with the presence of the Macbook Air M2.
Switching to the Zenbook S13 OLED for a month gave me the opportunity to experience what it’s like to use a Windows laptop again, check how it fares against my current daily driver, and see how far ASUS has come.
I’ll be upfront right away. From an Apple user’s perspective, the Zenbook S13 OLED is pretty much on par with the Air M1 when handling everyday tasks.
Streaming your favorite tunes while multitasking between 20 tabs is a total breeze.
It’s as if I was using expensive Windows machines like the higher-end Yoga and Dell XPS 13. But comparing the Zenbook S13 OLED against the Macbook Air M1 will entail a lengthy discussion.
It has different operating systems, uses different chipsets and hardware, and of course, different ecosystems. Sometimes, it boils down to user preference. What are we familiar with? What do we enjoy using?
In terms of raw power, since they’re pretty much the same, we listed down parameters that can be a factor in having a pleasant experience on a daily driver.
But if you want a full rundown of benchmarks for the Zenbook S13 OLED, GadgetMatch’s good friend Tom the TechChap spectacularly presented it in his video.
The S13 prides itself on an HDR-certified OLED display. While it’s the same 13.3-inch panel with a 16:10 aspect ratio as the Macbook Air M1, the S13 outperforms Apple’s notebook with its 2.8K resolution and vivid display.
It’s worth noting that the Air M1 uses a Liquid Retina display, which still uses IPS technology. Watching on the S13 is obviously magnificent. Like other OLED panels, the colors are vivid; the blacks are deep; the contrast is sharp; the overall picture quality is breathtaking.
When you pair it with its Dolby Atmos speakers, any video content is easily pleasurable to feast your eyes and ears on.
But if you take on creative tasks, the Macbook Air M1 presents better colors. As a designer, it’s important to work on a canvas that accurately displays colors — which will be perceived differently depending on the screen or panel you’re watching on.
Working on a device with a vibrant panel makes it difficult to manage expectations for your creative outputs.
I’ve used Windows laptops that used to parade their vibrant displays before, and it was difficult to rely on my eyes for the quality. I had to be rigid by closely relying on exact hex codes for accuracy.
But, that’s only for creative professionals who need to deal with color accuracy. For younger professionals who need to prepare reports, presentations, and documents — a vibrant display like the S13 is ideal for acing your pitch.
I used to be a gung-ho artist in an advertising agency. Trust me, clients react positively when the colors pop. Having lively and vivacious material presented on your screen will always appease your client’s senses.
The Zenbook S13 OLED and the Macbook Air M1 look stylish at a glance. With iconic symbols etched on their minimalist lid, both devices exude a premium vibe.
The key differences will be felt when you touch and hold it. The Air M1 has a smooth exterior while the S13 is slightly textured. In terms of aesthetics, the Air M1 gives a delicate air (pun intended).
Even when you carry it, the Air M1 weighs a tad heavier (1.24kg) than the S13 (1kg). While the magnesium-aluminum material used in the S13 made it lightweight, it somehow made it feel cheaper.
Although, I really enjoyed carrying the laptop wherever I work. Plus, it’s easy to slip in totes and bags. You’ll barely feel its weight on your shoulders.
Aside from being incredibly lightweight, the S13 measures 14.9mm thin as compared to the Air M1 at 16.1mm. It just so happens that the Air M1 has a wedge-like design, giving a thinner impression.
Typing on the S13 is as smooth as the Air M1. The most noticeable difference would be the ErgoSense design that makes it slightly elevated for a better typing feel.
And of course, the sound it produces — it’s more clickety and annoying to my liking. Some people would prefer the sounds of their keys clicking, but definitely not me.
Since Apple ditched the butterfly mechanism for its keyboards, the Air M1 now uses a scissors mechanism that allows it to have a stable key feel. It’s quieter.
And with 1mm of key travel, it can handle keyboard warriors’ insane typing speed without the annoying sound of pressing keys.
To put it simply, both keyboards perform exceptionally. It will still boil down to user preference. Which one do you like? A softer feel, or the sound of clicking keys that make you feel you’re productive and accomplishing something?
Personally, I prefer the Air M1’s trackpad. Even my old MacBook gives me a smooth-track experience. Forget mouse and/or pen tablets, I can use the pen tool on Photoshop with just the trackpad alone.
I can’t say the same for the S13. When it comes to Windows laptops, it’s still Dell’s XPS line that has the best trackpad that can be on par with the MacBooks.
But for what it’s worth, the S13 gives a decent track feel for its touchpad. With a soft press on the icon found on the upper right, it will activate ASUS’s proprietary NumberPad.
In case you’re unfamiliar with the NumberPad, it’s an LED-illuminated numeric keypad that makes it easy to compute numbers on your excel sheets.
It’s intelligent enough that you can still use the touchpad for cursor control even if you have the NumberPad activated. Switching it can be fairly quick: just press the icon softly again.
Onto the most important part: your machine’s everyday life. We all know how annoying it is to have your laptop die on you when you have an urgent task and you’re outdoors.
Just imagine being in a cafe without any sockets on. It should be a crime, ‘no?
But changing policies will take time, as you have to call out your lawmakers for that. Thankfully, laptops nowadays carry more power even with a slim figure.
Depending on your usage, both the Air M1 and S13 OLED can last you more than your 8-hour shift.
Although, the Air M1 is more energy-efficient despite consistently running software like Adobe Photoshop and Final Cut Pro. But charging it isn’t as quick as you wanted it to be — even with a dedicated fast charger.
On the other hand, the Zenbook S13 OLED lasts about nine to 11 hours with average use. What I like about the S13 is the option to choose different modes that adjust to your usage and preference.
You can opt for Performance Mode which results in shorter battery life or even Battery Saver which makes your machine more efficient but without feeling like you’re losing speed and power.
But regardless of what you choose to do with it, the S13 will last you a good long while. Plus, it comes with a 65W USB PD charger so you can fill up your juice quickly.
The Zenbook S13 OLED is starting to look like a MacBook when it comes to port selection.
On the left, the Air M1 sports two USB-C ports while there’s only one on the S13.
Meanwhile, the right side has two more USB-C ports and a headphone jack for the S13 as compared to the Air M1 which only has an audio jack.
Having one more USB-C port on the S13 gives it a bit of an edge against the Air M1. The only problem here is both laptops will require the user to use more dongles for other ports needed.
What’s there to like about the Zenbook S13 OLED?
I’ve been a fan of Zenbook laptops, even before I switched to Macbook, and I’ve closely followed them throughout the years. Frankly, it’s incredible to see how far they’ve come.
That said, there are a few things that I like about the Zenbook S13 OLED that I can’t find in my Macbook Air M1 — and even in its successor, the Air M2.
First is the sleek polish and undertone. ASUS has a knack for making things look and feel premium even if they don’t use extravagant materials. They strike the balance between elegance and price.
Next is the ability to lay the screen flat, which makes it easy to present stuff rather than moving the laptop to face your colleagues or clients while on a table.
Not that I’m lazy, but when you’re presented with an easier option, you’re supposed to pick that one, right?
It also has AI Noise Cancellation and real-time webcam optimization that makes client calls and video meetings clear and concise.
There’s also a feature I really like — the ASUS Antibacterial Guard.
It’s a surface treatment that inhibits the growth of bacteria by more than 99% over a 24-hour period. Simply put, the S13 helps keep surfaces clean and sanitary, in addition to repelling smudges and dirt.
I just like a hygienic laptop.
Lastly, the overall experience gave me a Macbook-like speed and performance but on a Windows machine and at a price point that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. Maybe, just an arm.
I’ve used Dell’s XPS and Lenovo’s high-end Yoga lineup and they’re pretty much on par with the Macbook experience, but they do cost a lot. The retail price is actually higher than my daily driver’s.
To be able to balance everything — power, design, battery, panel, and price — makes the Zenbook S13 OLED an attractive machine that’s worth your attention.
Which one is your GadgetMatch?
Between the Zenbook S13 OLED and the Macbook Air M1, it is difficult to decide which is better as both machines have advantages over the other; however, the user experience is still quite different.
The Zenbook S13 OLED is ideal for young professionals crunching numbers on their excel sheets, and working remotely and/or on the go to discuss business and manage client relations.
It’s an exemplary companion for those trying to live the fly, corporate life, or the freelancers who juggle 6-8 clients every day to make that six-digit figure.
It has the right balance for everything a young professional might need.
The Air M1, on the other hand, suits professionals who do a bit of creative work, content creators who don’t require heavy computing power, students in college or graduate school, or people who need to balance work and school.
Regardless of the machine you choose, you can never go wrong with Zenbook or Macbook. Just make sure to pick one that matches your lifestyle, personality, and needs. And of course, if it’s within your budget.
Price and availability: ASUS Zenbook S13 OLED
The price points for the ASUS Zenbook S13 OLED vary between variants, colors, and specs. Here’s how much they cost in the Philippines:
|UM5302TA-LV464WS||Ponder Blue||13″ 2.8K 16:10 OLED / AMD Ryzen 5 6600U / 8GB LPDDR5 / 512GB PCIE4 SSD / AMD Radeon Graphics / Windows 11 Home with Office Home & Student 2021||PHP 63,995|
|UM5302TA-LV484WS||Aqua Celadon||13″ 2.8K 16:10 OLED / AMD Ryzen 7 6800U/ 16GB LPDDR5 / 512GB PCIE4 SSD / AMD Radeon Graphics / Windows 11 Home with Office Home & Student 2021||PHP 76,995|
From September 15 to October 31, 2022, purchases of Zenbook S13 OLED laptops lead to a raffle entry. Get a chance to win a limited edition Zarah Juan Zen Tote worth PhP 8,500.
The ASUS Zenbook S13 OLED will also be available in Home Credit partner stores nationwide for PhP 4,533.00 per month with 0% interest and up to 12 months of flexible payment terms.
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