Just as promised last WWDC 2020, Apple finally announced their ARM-based Macbooks this week. Powering these new Macbooks is the company’s first system-on-chip (SOC) for PCs, the M1 chip. The company claims that its chip enables faster performance while using a lower amount of power compared to Intel-based ones.
Now, an early benchmark has surfaced that appears to somewhat prove Apple’s claim. Posted on Geekbench, a Macbook Air with an M1 chip scored a massive 1,687 score for single-core performance and 7,433 for multi-core performance. The benchmarked laptop has 8GB of RAM and 3.20GHz base frequency, as well as running the latest macOS Big Sur.
In retrospect, the highest-specced Intel-based Macbook that one can buy today — the 16-inch Macbook Pro 2019 — has a single-core score of 1096 and a multi-core score of 6870. That suggests a strong performance for the M1-equipped Macbook Air. However, more benchmarks have to surface in order to confirm the Air’s solid lead on performance over the 2019 Macbook Pro.
The latest benchmark of the M1-powered Macbook Air also puts its single-core score on top of all the Macs for the whole database. Still, the Air lags behind the iMacs when it comes to multi-core score.
When compared against the latest Intel-based Macbook Air, the M1-powered laptop wins easily. Most Intel-based Macbook Air averages a single-core of around 1,000 and a multi-score of around 2,000.
Furthermore, the benchmark puts the score above A14-powered iOS devices. On Geekbench, the highest-scoring iOS device is iPad Air, which netted a single-core score of 1,585 and a multi-core score of 4,647.
A promising future for the Macbook Air
It will really be interesting to see how the M1-powered Macbook Air performs in real life. Especially, when Apple claims around 18 hours of battery life, which is 6 hours more than the Intel-based ones. That battery life alone also decimates the competition, with the best Windows laptop today claiming 12 hours before needing a charge.
Aside from battery life, it will also be interesting to see Apple’s claims about M1’s performance take shape in the Macbook Air. For many years, Macbook Air struggled on graphics-intensive tasks due to constraints imposed by using Intel’s integrated graphics. But with the M1 using its own 8-core GPU, one can expect better — if not terrific — graphics performance on the new Macbook Air.
Thankfully, one doesn’t have to wait long for this M1-powered Macbook Air to arrive. It is available to buy now in the US, with the base 8 GB of RAM / 256GB of storage starting at US$ 999.
ROG AMD Ryzen gaming laptops 2021 price in the Philippines
Plenty to choose from!
If you’ve been holding out on getting a new laptop for all your needs, know that you haven’t been waiting in vain. ASUS ROG is launching their AMD Ryzen 2021 Gaming Laptops in the Philippines! The lineup is comes in many configurations and price points that there’s definitely something here that can be your GadgetMatch!
Included in the lineup are: ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE, ROG Zephyrus G15, the ROG Strix Scar series, a couple of ROG Strix G laptops, new members of the TUF Gaming series, along with gaming backpacks to safely carry around these bad boys.
ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE
|ZEPHYRUS DUO 15 SE
|15″ 4K UHD, 120Hz||R9-5900HX||RTX 3080 16GD6||16GB
|1TB PCIE SSD + 1TB
|Off-Black||₱ 254,995.00||ROG Chakram Core, ROG Delta Gaming Headset, ROG Backpack, ROG GC21 Eye, PD Adapter, Windows Home & Student 2019||₱ 31,000.00+||FEB 2ND WEEK|
|ZEPHYRUS DUO 15 SE
|15″ FHD, 300Hz||R9-5900HX||RTX 3070 8GD6||16GB
|1TB PCIE SSD + 1TB
|Off-Black||₱ 199,995.00||ROG Chakram Core, ROG Delta Gaming Headset, ROG Ranger Backpack, ROG GC21 Eye, PD Adapter, Windows Home & Student 2019||₱ 31,000.00+||FEB 2ND WEEK|
ROG Zephyrus G15
|ZEPHYRUS G15 GA503QS-HQ017TS||15″ QHD, 165Hz||R9-5900HS||RTX 3080 16GD6||16GB
|1TB PCIE G3 SSD||Moonlight White||₱ 179,995.00||ROG Chakram Core, ROG Backpack, ROG GC21 Eye, PD Adapter, Windows Home & Student 2019||₱ 21,000.00||FEB 2nd WEEK|
|15″ QHD, 165Hz||R9-5900HS||RTX 3080 16GD6||16GB
|1TB PCIE G3 SSD||Eclipse Gray||₱ 179,995.00||ROG Chakram Core, ROG Backpack, ROG GC21 Eye, PD Adapter, Windows Home & Student 2019||₱ 21,000.00||FEB 4TH WEEK|
|ZEPHYRUS G15 GA503QR-HQ050TS||15″ QHD, 165Hz||R9-5900HS||RTX 3070 8GD6||8GB
|1TB PCIE G3 SSD||Eclipse Gray||₱ 139,995.00||ROG Chakram Core, ROG Backpack, ROG GC21 Eye, PD Adapter, Windows Home & Student 2019||₱ 21,000.00||FEB 2nd WEEK|
ROG Strix SCARs
|STRIX SCAR 17 G733QS-HG153TS||17″ FHD, 300Hz||R9-5900HX||RTX 3080 16GD6||16GB
|1TB PCIE SSD + 1TB
|Original Black||₱ 199,995.00||ROG Chakram Core, ROG Delta Gaming Headset, ROG Backpack, ROG GC21 Eye, PD Adapter, Windows Home & Student 2019||₱ 30,000.00+||FEB 2ND WEEK|
|STRIX SCAR 17 G733QR-HG021TS||17″ FHD, 300Hz||R9-5900HX||RTX 3070 8GD6||8GB x 2||1TB PCIE G3 SSD||Original Black||₱ 149,995.00||ROG Chakram Core, ROG Delta Gaming Headset, ROG Backpack, ROG GC21 Eye, PD Adapter, Windows Home & Student 2019||₱ 30,000.00+||FEB 2ND WEEK|
|STRIX SCAR 15 G533QS-HF126TS||15″ FHD, 300Hz||R9-5900HX||RTX 3080 16GD6||16GB
|1TB PCIE SSD + 1TB
|Original Black, Numpad||₱ 194,995.00||₱ 30,000.00+||FEB 2ND WEEK|
|STRIX SCAR 15 G533QR-HF038TS||15″ FHD, 300Hz||R9-5900HX||RTX 3070 8GD6||8GB x 2||1TB PCIE G3 SSD||Original Black||₱ 144,995.00||ROG Chakram Core, ROG Delta Gaming Headset, ROG Backpack, ROG GC21 Eye, PD Adapter||₱ 30,000.00+||FEB 2ND WEEK|
ROG Strix Gs
|STRIX G17 G713QR-HX094TS||17″ FHD, 144Hz||R9-5900HX||RTX 3080 16GD6||16GB||1TB PCIE G3 SSD||Original Black||₱ 114,995.00||ROG Strix Impact Gaming Mouse, ROG Backpack, PD Adapter, Windows Home & Student 2019||₱ 15,000.00+||FEB 4TH WEEK|
|STRIX G15 G513QR-HN176T||15″ FHD, 144Hz||R9-5900HX||RTX 3070 8GD6||8GB x 2||1TB PCIE G3 SSD||Original Black, Numpad||₱ 109,995.00||ROG Strix Impact Gaming Mouse, ROG Backpack, PD Adapter||₱ 8,000.00+||FEB 4TH WEEK|
ASUS TUF Gaming Dash 15
|TUF Dash F15 FX516PR-HN092T||15″ FHD, 144Hz||i7-11370H||RTX 3070 8GD6||8GB x 2||512GB PCIE3 SSD||Eclipse Gray||₱ 94,995.00||ASUS TUF Gaming Bag||₱ 2,400.00+||FEB 2ND WEEK|
|TUF Dash F15 FX516PR-HN080T||15″ FHD, 144Hz||i5-11300H||RTX 3070 8GD6||8GB x 2||512GB PCIE3 SSD||Eclipse Gray||₱ 85,995.00||ASUS TUF Gaming Bag||₱ 2,400.00+||FEB 2ND WEEK|
|ROG Ranger BP3703||Aura RGB||₱ 14,995.00||FEB 2nd WEEK|
|ROG Ranger BP2500||₱ 4,995.00||FEB 2nd WEEK|
ASUS ZenBook S (UX393): Unboxing and First Impressions
Sleek, gorgeous, and sexy!
There’s a premium laptop in town, and it’s worth your every attention. Meet the ZenBook S (UX393) — one of ASUS’s most premium headliner laptop.
In case you didn’t know, ZenBooks got all the coolest features that you can find on a laptop today. While looking fancy.
Without further ado, let’s unbox this beaut!
Bringing that sexy black
The ASUS ZenBook S UX393 landed in my home in a black box. You’ll know it’s not the usual laptop seeing how most laptops use a brown box made with sustainable materials.
Taking a peek inside, you’ll see two black boxes: one that carries the laptop and one that contains the peripherals.
There’s also a sleek, laptop sleeve!
But first, let’s take the smaller, rectangular box out. Inside, you can find a long, 65W fast charger in USB-C.
There’s also a USB-C to 3.5 mm headphone jack adapter. Yes, you read that right. This gorgeous notebook doesn’t have a headphone jack anymore.
Moving on, the bigger box carries the ever-gracious ZenBook S. But first, let’s admire how sleek and sexy the box is — in and out. With its minimal Zen-like pattern, it’s easy to be astonished at first sight. It also looks posh with its sexy black and copper-red combination, the same colors utilized by the beautiful ZenBook S.
Upon opening, you’ll find ASUS’s stamp regarding its commitment to sustainability, honoring its promise to using environment-friendly materials despite using a different color for its packaging.
Underneath the laptop, you can find the usual product guide and warranty card tucked inside a discreet envelope.
Gorgeous and stunning
Looking at the ZenBook S is like staring at a Valentino coat and Burberry underwear. You’re not sure if you need it, but you know you want it.
It maintained the iconic, off-centered logo on its lid, with a spun-metal finish, embellished with its prominent Zen-like concentric circular patterns.
Its luxurious Jade Black finish is accentuated with subtle Red-Copper diamond-cut edges, certainly leaving quite an impression — whether it’s you looking or the one showing it off.
On its sides, the ZenBook S demonstrated a design made for people on-the-go. It has a full-size HDMI, USB Type-A ports, MicroSD card reader, and Thunderbolt 4 USB-C ports.
These Thunderbolt ports support fast charging, 4K UHD external displays, and up to 40Gbps of data transfers.
The ZenBook S embodies ASUS’s philosophy when it comes to premium laptops. Just the way it looks, it’s pretty clear that it’s meant to be fancy, smart, and glamorous.
ASUS also brings in innovative features — an ergonomic backlit keyboard design, function keys that make navigating easier, and the NumberPad 2.0 which makes the touchpad work as an LED numeric keypad, too.
For the price it commands, it’s certainly convenient and secure to use. With Windows Hello, your face is your password! The front infrared (IR) camera recognizes your face in seconds and lets you log in instantly and securely.
The ZenBook S also sports ASUS’s proprietary NanoEdge display albeit with a taller 3:2 aspect ratio and a 3300×2200 resolution touchscreen.
Its screen has a Pantone-validated color accuracy, as well, making it an excellent choice for budding creatives. Coupled with Intel’s Evo platform powered by an Intel Core i7 processor, it runs any software seamlessly while you multitask for an efficient workflow.
Price and availability
The ASUS ZenBook S (UX393) is like meeting someone and falling in love at first sight. There’s so much to explore, and you can’t keep your hands off it. That’s what the experience with the ZenBook S felt like.
And for a flagship headliner, we know this laptop still has a lot of surprises on its sleeves. It currently retails for PhP 99,990.
This feature is a collaboration between GadgetMatch and ASUS Philippines.
ASUS ZenBook Flip S (UX371EA) Unboxing & First Look
ASUS is always coming out with head-turning devices, but the ASUS ZenBook Flip S might just be the one that really grabs your attention. Let’s take a look at it!
There’s nothing particularly striking about the box.
And this one’s pretty beat up when we got it, but that happens. Everything on the inside is fine.
Jumping straight to the contents — here’s the power brick.
It’s USB-C so it can also charge your smartphone — so long as it also has a USB-C port.
You also get a USB to LAN cable and a USB-C to 3.5mm audio jack cable.
Opening the inner box reveals the laptop plus some product information.
Digging in a little further, you’ll see it comes with a pen.
It’s worth noting that there’s no holster on the laptop for the stylus. You’re gonna have to keep it safe at all times and store it somewhere in your bag or your pocket to make sure you don’t lose it.
And the usual manual and warranty card.
Ta-dah! Here’s the ASUS ZenBook Flip S.
With that patented concentric circle design originating from the ASUS logo. Nice and sleek.
Like plenty of ASUS laptops, the screenpad also doubles as the numpad.
Over on the right side are the power button and the USB-A port.
And on the left, an HDMI port along with two USB-C ports.
The fun thing about 2-in-1s is that you can spread it out like this.
It’s a bending ability that we recently realize can come in handy.
You can, of course, use it as a regular laptop.
But there’s also this tent mode perfect for consuming media.
Then, there’s tablet mode which works nicely for something like this that’s relatively light.
You are working with an OLED touch screen so that’s fantastic for your eyes.
The keys on the keyboard though are a tad smaller than we’d like.
It might take a few hours to a few days to really get used to the keys. They just seem off by a fraction of a millimeter but it does make a difference. No complaints on key travel though, just the size of the keys.
Inside it is the latest 11th Generation Intel Core i7 processor and Intel Iris X graphics, combined with up to 16GB of RAM and up to a 1TB PCIe 3.0 x4 SSD. That means it can practically handle most regular office tasks. It’s actually overpowered for that kind of work.
After about a week of usage, we can say this can power through a regular workday and then some. You’ll have enough juice to watch an episode or two as you wind down for the day.
It retails for PhP 94,995 and could possibly be the sexiest piece of tech you can own.
This feature is a collaboration between GadgetMatch and ASUS Philippines
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