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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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Nintendo Switch is now third-bestselling console in history

Overtakes Game Boy and PS4

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Though there are more powerful consoles now, the Nintendo Switch is the most representative of the world’s situation since its launch. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the console keeps breaking records. Now, it has crossed its most important milestone to date. The Switch is now the third-bestselling console in history.

Released back in 2017, the Switch is the quintessential console for hybrid gamers who play at home and on the go. In its first few years, the console already spawned classic titles such as Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey. However, its big break truly came during the 2020 lockdowns. The timing of Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ release created a worldwide moment when everyone stuck at home wanted a Switch to play the island life simulator. Since then, the console, despite launching an improved OLED version, is gradually mellowing out, especially when opposed to even more powerful consoles like the PlayStation 5.

Regardless, the Switch’s effect on the world is palpable. Today, Nintendo announced that the console has sold over 122 million units worldwide. With such a figure, the Switch moves up to the third spot in the list of bestselling consoles of all time. It squeaks past the Game Boy (118 million units) and the PlayStation 4 (117 million units).

Now, the next consoles in the Switch’s sights are the Nintendo DS (154 million units) and the PlayStation 2 (155 million units). The console is in for quite a climb, though. Unless it hits another golden age, it will take a while before another overtake.

It’s still possible, of course. The Nintendo Switch is still set to release a few much-awaited titles like Tears of the Kingdom, the sequel to Breath of the Wild.

SEE ALSO: Cult classic GoldenEye 007 is coming to Xbox, Switch

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Samsung’s Odyssey OLED G8 is finally available to buy

Announced back during IFA 2022

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A good gaming rig is incomplete without a decent monitor. If you’re in the market for one and are willing to splurge, Samsung has finally released the Odyssey OLED G8 to the public.

Finally, after being announced way back during IFA 2022, the Odyssey OLED G8 is now available for purchase through retail. The curved gaming monitor features a 34-inch QD-OLED screen. Users can take advantage of the 1800R curvature and 1440p resolution to get the most of their games.

With adaptive sync and AMD FreeSync Premium Pro, images will not suffer from choppiness or tearing, even in fast-paced games. Plus, with HDR True Black 400, the monitor can reproduce colors and dark scenes accurately. Response time is also remarkably fluid with a low 0.03ms response time and 175Hz refresh rate.

Behind the monitor’s sleek chassis, the Odyssey OLED G8 houses a conveniently minimized port design to reduce tangled wires. The design can support Mini DisplayPort, HDMI, and USB-C. (The USB-C slot even supports up to 65W of charging.)

The Odyssey OLED G8 is now available for purchase. It will sell for US$ 1,499.99 through Samsung.com and select retailers.

While last year’s monitor is finally getting its spot in the open, Samsung has also unveiled a new series during CES 2023. The new Odyssey OLED G9 and Neo G9 showcases what’s coming next for the brand’s display segment.

SEE ALSO: Samsung launches Odyssey Neo G9, OLED G9

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Logitech launches first-ever gaming earbuds

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Logitech G Fits

Logitech is venturing into the gaming accessories scene with the release of its first-ever gaming grade earbuds, the Logitech G FITS.

The wearables are the first earbuds from the brand to feature Lightspeed wireless, giving users pro-grade wireless connection for their PC, Mac, PlayStation 4 and 5, Nintendo Switch, and Android devices via USB-A or USB-C.

The true wireless gaming earbuds have 15 hours of total listening time. That’s seven (7) on their own and an additional eight (8) with the charging case. When connected via Bluetooth, the total battery life in one full charge stretches up to 22 hours.

The Logitech G FITS also feature the patented Lightform technology, which allows users to get a contoured and custom fit in just a minute.

They simply have to connect to the Logitech G FITS app which then triggers a number of embedded LEDs and harden the gel-filled tips to suit one’s ear as ideal as possible.

The same app may also be utilized for an equalizer to tailor-fit the listening experience, especially if one wants to emphasize bass or fine tune the settings.

Price, availability

The Logitech G FITS is now available in major retail stores and online via Lazada and Shopee for SG$ 389.

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