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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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The ASUS ROG Zephyrus S GX701 is now available

The first laptop with a whopping 300Hz refresh rate

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ASUS ROG continues to roll out more premium gaming devices, with the latest one coming from the Zephyrus lineup. The two new Zephyrus laptops now come with the highest refresh rate on any device along with powerful hardware.

Starting today, you can get your hands on the new ASUS ROG Zephyrus S GX701. The new  Zephyrus S comes with a 17.3-inch IPS FHD display with a whopping 300Hz refresh rate. To complement this high of a refresh rate, ASUS ROG even slapped in either an NVIDIA RTX 2070 or NVIDIA RTX 2080 inside. Along with the latest Intel Core i7 processor inside, the ROG Zephyrus S GX701 looks to be the ideal gaming laptop for the pros.

Depending on the unit you get, you also get up to 32 GB of RAM and 1TB of SSD storage. All of these contribute to unparalleled performance for any task you throw at it, or any game you throw at it. Both units also come with Gigabit WiFi adapters for better wireless connectivity and Bluetooth 5.0. When you purchase the whole package, you also get a free ROG Backpack, Cerberus Gaming Headset, teh ROG Gladius II, and an ROG Eye webcam.

The ASUS ROG Zephyrus S GX701 is available in all ASUS and ASUS ROG Concept Stores. The 32GB RAM, RTX 2080 unit is priced at PhP 209,995, while the 16GB RAM, RTX 2070 unit comes in at PhP 169,995.

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FFVII remake teasers now comes with behind the scenes footage

A look into the iconic theme song and squad

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A delay in release did not stop Square Enix from teasing Final Fantasy fans even more. This time, however, the company is  just giving us two things to prepare our minds and hearts for the remake.

The first one, as you’ve seen from the header image, an HD recreation of Cloud Strife and his trusty motorcycle. An entire cast literally joins him in the picture, including Aerith, Tifa, Barret, and even Red XIII. Looks like this is just feeding more details on character art, more than anything else.

The second one is actually a behind-the-scenes look into the end theme of the whole remake. Nobuo Uematsu guides us through the creative process behind the end theme, including the recording sessions for it. To see more of it, here’s the entire behind-the-scenes footage:

Square Enix’ remake of Final Fantasy VII will be released on April 10, 2020. It will only be available for the PlayStation 4, and pre-orders are still being accepted.

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NVIDIA’s GeForce Now is ready for gamers

Another cloud gaming competitor

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NVIDIA’s game streaming service, GeForce NOW, is ready for gamers looking for alternatives to Google’s Stadia and Microsoft XCloud. NVIDIA is looking at its support for more devices and compatibility with existing game stores as its edge against competitors.

Luring in gamers

NVIDIA GeForce NOW is now available for general audience after it entered beta last year. Starting today, gamers can opt for either of the two tiers: Free and Founders.

Gamers on Free tier have to contend with a one-hour gameplay limit. Plus, they maybe put on a wait list for a certain game if there is too much demand. Meanwhile, gamers on Founders tier have priority access to games, a six-hour gameplay limit, and support for RTX.

Unlike its competitors, NVIDIA’s game streaming service supports more devices. It is available now in Windows, macOS, Android and SHIELD TV platform, with Chromebook support coming in the future.

This game streaming service also works differently than Google’s Stadia and Microsoft’s XCloud. It streams supported games from the Steam library, Epic Games Store, Battle.net, and Uplay.

There is no need to purchase a game as gamers can simply stream it if the service supports it. Smooth gameplay is guaranteed with support of up to 1080 at 60FPS.

Pricing and availability

GeForce NOW is available on all 30 countries across North America and Europe. Beta users are migrated automatically. For those planning to pay for the Founders tier, they will only have to shell out US$ 4.99 per month.

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