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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Razer holds first ever SEA Games bootcamp for esports teams
Held in partnership with one of the best eSports teams in the world
Preparations for the upcoming 2019 Southeast Asian Games are underway, especially with eSports now added to the competition. Razer, the official eSports partner for the SEA Games has an idea on how to make preparations more interesting. The global gaming lifestyle brand wants to bring esports teams from all participating countries to train them by learning from the best players in the world.
Razer officially rolls out the Razer SEA Games eSports Bootcamp, a two-day training camp for eSports teams participating in the Dota 2 tournament for the SEA Games. The bootcamp will feature a series of mentorship sessions and practice games for all the competing teams from Singapore (Team X) , Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia (PG.Barracx), and the Philippines (Sibol). With the inclusion of eSports in this year’s SEA Games, Razer’s Global Sports Director David Tse hopes to “bring eSports to the next level.”
To guide these teams to success, Razer taps upon a global eSports powerhouse in the Evil Geniuses. EG’s Dota 2 coach, Sam “Bulba” Sosale will mentor the five participating teams to compete at the highest level for the upcoming tournament.
“Evil Geniuses is excited to help some of the best players in Southeast Asia prepare for it,” Sosale said. As of writing, members of the EG’s Dota 2 team are competing in the Upper Bracket semifinal round of The International 9 in Shanghai.
The Razer SEA Games eSports Bootcamp will run from September 2 to 3, 2019 in Singapore. As a treat, Evil Geniuses is hosting their first ever meet-and-greet in Southeast Asia on September 1. Fans will have a chance to get up close with members from EG’s Dota 2 team: Arteezy, SumaiL and s4, along with Bulba. Fans will also get a chance to win signed jerseys from their favorite players.
NVIDIA GeForce Now will bring PC games to Android devices
Taking on Google Stadia and Microsoft xCloud
Cloud gaming is a recent trend in the industry which aims to revolutionize gaming in the future. In the past few years, industry giants have launched their own cloud gaming platforms: Google announced Stadia, while Microsoft announced xCloud. Soon, they will be joined by NVIDIA with its own GeForce Now which will be available to Android devices soon.
GeForce Now is NVIDIA’s cloud gaming platform that has been in beta for PC, Mac, and NVIDIA Shield TVs. With this recent announcement, GeForce Now will finally come to Android devices. More people will be able to play AAA PC games from their Android devices, regardless of specs. NVIDIA’s platform also has the advantage of streaming PC gaming titles from Steam, UPlay, and other digital stores. In comparison, titles available to Google Stadia and Microsoft xCloud is more limited.
NVIDIA is improving the GeForce Now — as such, the platform will remain in beta phase for the foreseeable future. It is free for everyone to try. Those willing will need a compatible Bluetooth gamepad, since some games are unplayable through touch controls alone.
There is no exact date when the GeForce Now will be available to the public. There are also no details yet as to how much the platform will cost as of the moment.
NVIDIA’s GeForce Now is part of the industry’s push towards cloud gaming. Cloud gaming works by streaming a whole game through the internet so people can play their favorite games anytime, anywhere. However, it remains to be seen if people will welcome the technology with open arms — after all, it requires a fast and stable internet connection.
Final Fantasy VIII Remastered has a release date!
So soon yet, not soon enough!
After our heartstrings were played with by the Final Fantasy VIII Remastered teaser, fans have swarmed with tons of memes predicting and wondering how specific scenes would appear with stunning new visuals. Well, our memes and dreams are about to either come true or get shut down because Final Fantasy VIII Remastered is getting released on September 3, 2019!
Final Fantasy VIII and why fans love it
Final Fantasy VIII was a game that plotted itself in a fantasy world while digging into an emotional story-line of war and love. The game focuses on a group of young mercenaries led by Squall Leonhart. They’re adventure begins with a striking conflict: Ultimecia. Ultimecia is a sorceress from the future who possesses Edea and wants to compress time. In this quest, Squall encounters friends who inevitably join his quest to keep the world in its balance.
Final Fantasy VIII was the first of its series to reinvent the active time battle wheel without ignoring its roots. The game allowed more customization which ultimately allowed players to work around weaponry, armor, and summons that drastically affected characters’ combat style. These seemingly small tweaks in gameplay gave players breathing room to pick how they wanted to play the game making it all the more immersive.
While its predecessor, Final Fantasy VII, had 3-dimensional models, it didn’t significantly refine designs as much as Final Fantasy VIII. Every element in the game expressed more detail with as much accessible technology as Square could get their hands on. From the planet that showed a level of meticulous detail we hadn’t seen in the series before, to the hilarious “you’re the best looking guy here” memes, Final Fantasy VIII was weirdly ahead with visuals at the time.
What’s new with Final Fantasy VIII Remastered?
First, and obviously, enhanced visuals. The announcement trailer that was revealed in E3 this year made it loud and clear that each element of the game — characters, enemies, objects, and summons — were all refined and enhanced.
Second, battle assists. Final Fantasy VIII Remastered allows you to activate a booster to max out health points (HP) and active time battle (ATB) bars that trigger limit breaks at any point players need. Regardless, you will lose HP when you get hit with a critical attack that renders more damage than your HP, or by lethal damage.
Third, turning off encounters. Final Fantasy VIII Remastered has setting you can use to allow you to turn off random encounters. This is incredibly useful when you’re out of potions, phoenix downs, and need to run to the nearest shop. This doesn’t apply for event battles that need to be done to further the game’s plot.
Fourth, battle speed boosts. The game lets you accelerate time by a factor of three. If you want to breeze through easy battles or rush through level grinding, this feature is useful. This feature isn’t applicable for certain scenes and movies.
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