Laptops

Microsoft introduces more powerful Surface Book 2 in two sizes

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Along with the release of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, Microsoft announced a refresh of their most powerful notebook. With two new sizes, the Surface Book 2 is now a competitor to Apple’s 15-inch MacBook Pro.

The Surface Book 2 comes in two sizes: 13.5- and 15-inch. While the overall design remains loyal to its predecessor, it sports a new processor and graphics card. There’s really no fuss about the new Surface Books — just simple and powerful.

The 13.5-inch version, which has a resolution of 3000 x 2000 pixels, has the latest eighth-generation Intel Core i7 processor with up to 16GB of memory and up to 1TB SSD. The Core i7 option has an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 graphics with 2GB memory.

As for the bigger 15-inch version with its 3240 x 2160 display, you get the option to have an eighth-generation Intel Core i7 processor and still with up to 16GB of memory and 1TB SSD. It has a more powerful NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 graphics chip with 6GB of memory. That’s a lot of processing and graphics power for a laptop.

Both share a claimed 17 hours of battery life when used for watching videos. Since this is still a convertible, the tablet has a separate battery that can last for five hours under the same circumstances. They have two USB 3.0 ports, one USB-C, a proprietary Surface connect, full-size SD card reader, and audio port.

There are two cameras on board: an 8-megapixel rear and a 5-megapixel front. Other features present on the new Surface Book 2 are Windows Hello login, Dolby Atmos, and a backlit keyboard.

The Surface Book 2 sits on top of the Surface devices when it comes to power. It can easily handle virtual reality and augmented reality, or “Mixed Reality” as Microsoft calls it. The PixelSense display with multi-touch supports the new Surface Pen and the Surface Dial.

The 13.5-inch model starts at US$ 1,499, while the 15-inch starts at US$ 2,499. Both will be available for pre-order on November 9 in the US and other markets.

SEE ALSO: Microsoft Surface Pro isn’t just an incremental update

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Gaming

Honor launches Hunter V700 gaming laptop with a kickass design

Honor’s first gaming laptop

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Honor’s first gaming laptop has arrived and the brand is confident it can make a mark in the market. Starting with the Hunter V700, the brand says it packs best-in-class performance, excellent heat dissipation, as well as portability.

To start off, the laptop has a very aggressive design that focuses on RGB lighting, ergonomics, and sustained performance. Honor has managed to fill a high-end configuration despite the thin chassis.

It has a 16.1-inch display with a 144Hz refresh rate that’s accompanied by 4.7mm thick bezels, 100% sRGB color, and a maximum brightness of 300 nits. Unlike Apple’s laptops, Honor has managed to pack a USB-A port, HDMI, and an RG45 ethernet jack.

Honor has also included a new hinge that it likes to call Wind Valley design. According to the brand, the design facilitates up to 40 percent more volume of air for cooling.

“Traditional gaming notebooks tend to be thick and heavy to meet the high-performance and heat dissipation requirements expected in this category. Honor believes the pursuit of performance can co-exist with a lightweight and portable design,” Honor said in a statement.

The Honor Hunter V700 starts at CNY 7,499 (US$ 1,105) for the Core i5-10300H,  GeForce GTX 1660 Ti, 16 GB of RAM, and 512 GB of storage.

It’s followed by a Core i7-10750H with an RTX 2060, along with the same volume of RAM and storage, costing CNY 8,499 (US$ 1,250).

Lastly, you can get a Core i7-10750H, RTX 2060, 16 GB of RAM, and a 1TB SSD storage for CNY 9,999 (US$ 1,475). The sale is currently limited to China via VMall.

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ASUS ROG, ACRONYM partner for Special Edition Zephyrus G14

Bringing together impressive power and top-tier design into one device

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ASUS ROG ACRONYM

ASUS ROG pits its ROG Zephyrus G14 as its most all-around gaming laptop. It comes with powerful hardware in a sleek design, along with features fit for a personalized experience. In essence, it’s the ultimate laptop for gamers and content creators, alike. And apparently, ASUS isn’t the only one who sees it that way.

Errolson Hugh, co-founder of leading technical appparel company ACRONYM has his vision of an empowered user. He believes that more empowered users aren’t strictly just gamers, but is also a thinker and a creator. Since 1994, the company built an extensive portfolio of apaprel sourced from top notch materials.

These initiatives make ACRONYM an ideal partner for ASUS ROG, and it’s seen in their Special Edition Zephyrus G14. In terms of hardware, the Special Edition ROG Zephyrus G14 still carries the latest AMD Ryzen 9 CPU and NVIDIA RTX 2060 GPU. Now, ACRONYM infuses its own design philosophy and brings distinct visual features to the device.

Pricing and availability for the Special Edition ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 have yet to be announced.

SEE ALSO: ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 review

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Huawei MateBook X (2020) + FreeBuds Pro + Watch GT 2 Pro Hands-On

Huawei ecosystem done right

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It seems like the pandemic isn’t stopping companies from announcing their newest tech. Today, Huawei announced not just new software features, but also their latest hardware in the annual Huawei Developers’ Conference (HDC).

Whether it’s the newly-updated MateBook X, Pro-rated iterations such as the FreeBuds Pro and the Watch GT 2 Pro.

Head over to our latest hands-on video as we talk about these devices and how Huawei’s seamless ecosystem can make your life meaningful.

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