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Lenovo gears up with a number of devices for the Philippine market

Complete from basic to gaming laptops

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Lenovo has just launched a plethora of devices for the Philippine market. The leading PC maker wants to keep its sales momentum by making multiple models from the IdeaPad, IdeaCentre, Yoga, and Legion series available locally.

First, we have the IdeaPad models, which are practically Lenovo’s mainstream notebooks for the mass market. IdeaPads have been known to cater to students and young professionals who wish to have a well-balanced computer without breaking the bank. Leading the pack is the 15-inch IdeaPad S540 and it’ll come in six variants. Its highest-end model will come with an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 graphics and an 8th-gen Intel Core i7 for PhP 69,995.

There’s also the IdeaPad S340 with a 14-inch display and an 8th-gen Intel Core i7 processor for PhP 52,995. For a more versatile device, there’s the IdeaPad C340 boasting a 360-degree hinge for its 14-inch display. The convertible will come with either a Pentium Gold or 8th-gen Core i7 processor for PhP 25,995 or PhP 52,995, respectively. Lastly, the 14-inch IdeaPad S145 sit in the bottom with its affordable price starting at just PhP 18,995. There’s not much to expect from it since it’s running on a Celeron processor, but there’s also a Pentium Gold variant for PhP 20,995 to give a bit of extra power.

Lenovo IdeaPad series | GadgetMatch

A bulky CPU tower is always an eyesore in a modern home, that’s why an all-in-one is still the best option for a good-looking home PC. Lenovo’s new IdeaCentre AiO A340 is certainly a neat all-in-one sporting a 21.5-inch display with narrow bezels all around. The display and the rest of the components are attached to a metallic stand that’s elegantly designed. Pricing starts at PhP 32,995 for an 8th-gen Core i3 configuration and goes up to PhP 44,995 for the latest 9th-gen Core i5 with Radeon RX530 graphics.

Those who simply want a decent AiO can check out the IdeaCentre AiO 330. It might not have the same fancy design, but it’s got the basics covered and it’s easier to set up than traditional PCs. It also has an attractive price tag of PhP 23,995 for its Pentium Silver variant.

Lenovo IdeaCentre series | GadgetMatch

For a more premium experience, there are two Yoga notebooks available: the Yoga S730 and Yoga S940. The Yoga S730 sits in the middle of the affordable and premium segment with its PhP 69,995 asking price. It’s has a Dolby Vision-enabled 13.3-inch display and an impressive Dolby Atmos speaker system. It runs on an 8th-gen Core i7 processor with 16GB of memory and 512GB of storage.

On the other hand, the Yoga S940 is Lenovo’s most premium laptop offering. It’s the world’s first notebook to have a display with contoured edges — just like a flagship smartphone’s screen. The panel measures 14 inches and is optimized with Dolby Vision in 4K. Of course, it’s powered by a top-of-the-line 8th-gen Core i7 chip. All of its high-end features come at a price though, PhP 115,995 to be exact.

Lenovo Yoga series | GadgetMatch

As expected, Lenovo is bringing its updated Legion gaming laptops as well. The company is proud to bring its new Legion Y740 to further strengthen its user base. Legion’s most powerful gaming notebook features an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 graphics with a 9th-gen Intel Core i7 processor. The design is pretty much the same as before with plenty of ports on the back. The rest of the laptop’s specs include a 144Hz display, 16GB of memory, and 1TB SSD. It’s priced at PhP 119,995. There’s also the toned-down Legion Y540 that’s more budget-friendly starting at PhP 69,995.

Lenovo Legion series | GadgetMatch

Additionally, there’s another gaming notebook that’ll cater to more casual users and it’s called the IdeaPad L340 Gaming Laptop. It’ll come in either Core i7 variant for PhP 59,995 or a slightly cheaper Core i5 model for PhP 49,995. The “budget” gaming laptop comes with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 graphics.

Before you go out and buy a new Lenovo machine, be sure to ask for their 2-year Premium Care warranty that offers on-site repairs. Moreover, most of the new Lenovo laptops come pre-installed with a licensed Microsoft Office Home and Student.

SEE ALSO: We tried Lenovo’s foldable ThinkPad PC and it screams future

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Stunning cyberpunk game Ghostrunner out soon

Hack, slash, and dash through a cyberpunk dystopian landscape!

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If you haven’t had enough of some good-good cyberpunk games on the waiting list, you’re in luck. One More Level, 3D Realms, and Slipgate Ironworks have developed a first-person parkour action game called Ghostrunner. The game was revealed at Gamescon with co-publishers All in! Games and 505 Games encouraging players to apply for the game’s private beta.

Ghostrunner seems to be scratching the cyberpunk itch with players being able to explore a stunning cyberpunk dystopian city. The game lets players swiftly take down enemies with their katanas, show off death-defying acrobatic abilities, and hack into the network of the city with some help from the Architect.

Ghostrunner features NVIDIA RTX Ray Tracing which offers stunningly immersive visuals usually reserved for AAA studios. Not only that, the game features sick synthwave soundtracks by the acclaimed Daniel Deluxe to dash and slash to.

 

Ghostrunner will be available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC for SG$ 40.00 / THB 899.00 / MYR 99.00 / IDR 345,000 / VDN 733,000 / PhP 1,619 on October 28. It will come to Nintendo Switch on October 27.

PlayStation Plus subscribers and all PC players can enjoy 20% off when pre-ordering Ghostrunner. Meanwhile, Xbox One players can hack into 10% off when pre-ordering the game. If you pre-order Ghostrunner, you’ll be get special perks of getting two katanas with one being exclusively designed for each launch platform and won’t be available when the game launches.

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Left 4 Dead 2 gets its last ever update

Out now!

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Do you remember taking long high school breaks and playing Left 4 Dead 2 with classmates until the next class? Though the zombie shooter is already going up in years, the game aged gracefully, making up one of Valve’s essential titles for the modern gamer. In a huge surprise, Left 4 Dead 2 gets its last ever update.

Right now, Left 4 Dead 2 is a month shy away from its eleventh birthday. Before this one, the last update to the original Left 4 Dead’s sequel came in 2012. Now, to cap off the game’s lifespan, Valve is launching the game’s final update.

However, the update won’t come out from Valve’s own developers. Instead, the still-thriving Left 4 Dead 2 modding community created the update and Valve officially endorsed it.

Through the game’s official website, Valve announced the update’s premise. “It has been many years since the infection first hit. Radio silence, no sign of life, nothing but lingering hopes… CEDA is not going to save us. But there is hope! A few brave souls have continued the fight against all odds, and soon we can all benefit from their resilience.”

The Last Stand update introduces new content including its own map, story, and weapons. The update is now live. To promote the update, Steam is offering the game for free until September 28. If you want to own the game after the free period, Steam is also offering a discounted price (US$ 1.99, down from US$ 9.99).

SEE ALSO: Amnesia is back with its first sequel in seven years

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Amazon is launching its own cloud gaming service

Introducing the Luna

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Most gamers today are looking forward to the fast-approaching release dates for the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X. However, a dedicated niche of the industry hopes to come in from behind and take some of the spotlight — cloud gaming. Since the Google Stadia, cloud gaming has developed into its own comfortable niche for device-agnostic gamers. Now, Amazon is launching its own cloud gaming service, Luna.

During an expansive hardware event today, Amazon officially announced the cloud gaming platform coming sometime in the future. On launch, the Luna will offer gaming service for PC, Mac, Fire TV, iPhone, and iPad. Further, an Android version will also launch after the initial offering.

Right off the bat, the Luna will launch with over a hundred titles including Abzu, Control, and Resident Evil 7. Of course, the service will expand beyond the initial list over time. For example, Ubisoft is separately developing its own Luna-compatible channel dedicated for its own titles like Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and Far Cry 6.

Since Amazon owns the streaming platform, Luna will stream seamlessly with Twitch. Users can watch Twitch directly from Luna. Likewise, Twitch viewers can link directly to play from Luna while watching a game’s stream.

While on early access at the moment, Luna users can purchase a Luna controller separately for US$ 49.99. Alternatively, players can still use a mouse-and-keyboard or their own controllers.

Amazon has not announced official launch dates for the Luna just yet. At the moment, Luna will launch first in the United States for US$ 5.99 per month. Users can play on two screens simultaneously and at 4K resolution for some titles.

SEE ALSO: Google Stadia now works on most Android phones

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