Microsoft’s new Surface Pro (now without a generational number) is the Google Pixel of convertibles. That’s a good thing.
As the successor to the well-loved Surface Pro 4 launched way back in October 2015, the 2017 model looks a lot like the previous versions, but Microsoft assures us there’s a lot to appreciate under the hood.
The most prominent upgrade is the adoption of Intel’s newest seventh-generation Kaby Lake processors. Versions using the Core m3 and i5 chips are fan-less as a result, which means quieter operation and longer battery life — two things everyone wants.
There’s still a faster Intel Core i7 model available, although that requires a fan to run smoothly. More interesting, however, is the introduction of an LTE-enabled model accepting both micro-SIM and e-SIM cards. Mobile data without the need for Wi-Fi or a hotspot would make its tablet mode actually feel like you’re using a smart device.
Accessories are the other highlight. That cool Surface Dial we saw with the Surface Studio last year works on the Surface Pro, and there’s an improved Surface Pen with tilt detection this time. The catch? Neither are bundled in every package, and the stylus costs $99.
This all leads to a convertible with up to 13.5 hours of endurance on a single charge and better comfort thanks to a hinge that allows the 12.3-inch Surface Pro to lie nearly flat on a surface… Ohh, that makes sense!
But really, we just want new color options, and Microsoft hasn’t disappointed us:
I must say it looks fantastic, just like the Surface Laptop revealed a couple of weeks ago. Again the Type Cover keyboard ships separately, and it’s valued at $129.
How much do you have to spend for such a convertible? Not much. A starting price of $799 makes this more affordable than you’d think, but that’s for the lowest-end variant. It includes a Core m3 processor, 4GB of memory, and only 128GB of SSD storage.
Dishing out $2,699 gives you the Core i7 model with 16GB of memory and 1TB of SSD storage. That’s a huge jump from the introductory price, but it’s unavoidable if you want the very best.
If I were to buy one, I’d go for the $1,299 Core i5 version, which features 8GB of memory and a 256GB SSD. It strikes the best balance between optimal performance and a price worth paying for.
Worldwide rollout begins on June 15.
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What can you do with a big screen that folds?
Featuring the Zenbook 17 Fold OLED
You’ve likely seen videos and articles here and there about this COLOSSAL foldable. The Zenbook 17 Fold OLED is, as of writing, a one of a kind device. But what’s it like to actually use one? And what can you really do with a screen this big that folds?
We vibed with this device months ago but that was with an engineering unit. And THE Michael Josh showed us the many useful things you can actually do with it.
You can watch this video for the full rundown:
In case you couldn’t be bothered to watch the video, here’s a quick summary:
- Can be used with or without the included bluetooth keyboard.
- Great for working in tight spaces.
- Keyboard is great. It’s clickety and has great travel.
- One long vertical slate.
- Unli-scroll on websites like GadgetMatch.
- Good for video calls with split screen function.
- Yours truly’s favorite mode.
- Huge 17.3-inch display even while on the go.
- Great for work.
- Fantastic for media consumption.
- Use it like a really big book. Works even when semi-folded.
- Works as a large chess board.
At home daily usage
I’m mostly working from home these days and I didn’t know I needed a big screen until I started using the Zenbook 17 Fold OLED. Everything felt closer and larger without feeling overwhelming. It’s a stark contrast to the 13-inch screen that I use more regularly.
I don’t typically push my machine to the limit on the daily. My days regularly consist of writing, copy editing, some light photo editing, and jumping between one chat app to another.
Being an Intel EVO laptop, the Zenbook 17 Fold OLED is certified to last for long work sessions. The device is optimized for all these tasks making it perform much more efficiently.
I was also most pleasantly surprised with the bluetooth keyboard included in the package. My expectations for inclusions like this are usually low. To my delight, the keyboard felt really nice to type on. Parts of this article were written using that keyboard specifically.
For the next iteration, though, it would be nice if the keyboard had some backlighting to make it easily usable even in darker setups.
Working at a café
If you don’t want to draw attention to yourself, the laptop mode turns the Zenbook 17 Fold OLED into a discreet notebook. As already mentioned, the keyboard feels nice and will keep you typing as long as your brain can keep churning out words.
It is chunkier when in this mode. That means the keyboard has a higher elevation from the desk which is something I personally prefer.
If you don’t mind eyes glancing over to where you are, you can totally prop it up in Desktop Mode or Extended Mode. I’ve only really used it outside twice and in both situations, I didn’t feel the need to look for a power outlet.
That said, I only typically work outside for about 3-4 hours. Any longer rapidly depletes my social battery. Thankfully, the same isn’t true for the Zenbook 17 Fold OLED’s battery.
Indoctrinating friends to the church of Chaewon
This is a joke, in case that wasn’t clear. That said, the Zenbook 17 Fold OLED is perfect for showing off your current K-Pop obsession to friends, family, and what-have-you.
The large screen makes it easy to showcase photos and other media. Say, you prepared some sort of presentation, you can easily face the screen to the person you’re speaking with and still control it using the keyboard.
It’s top-notch for consuming media too. That huge display is perfect for watching (and sharing) fancams or whatever shows or movies you’re currently into. The Harman Kardon speakers are okay, but if you want a more immersive experience, I suggest you use earphones – wired or otherwise.
Bottomline is, the Zenbook 17 Fold OLED is a great screen for presentation and media consumption. And the fact that you can fold it makes it easier to bring around wherever.
Oh and much like ASUS’ other laptops, at least in the Philippines, the package comes with a nice carrying pouch to keep the thing protected.
Big (screen) things coming
ASUS wasn’t coy in saying that this 17-inch foldable display is a sign of bigger things to come in 2023. If you’re into big screens, you can expect ASUS to deliver more of it soon.
Personally, using the 17-inch screen was such a revelation for me. I’m lowkey hoping we get a similar implementation for a ZenScreen – ASUS’ own mobile external display.
Is this your GadgetMatch?
At PhP 219,995, the Zenbook 17 Fold OLED isn’t for everyone. And only 100 units will be sold in the Philippines. If you want to be on the cutting edge of tech and are inclined to have the notoriety of owning a truly one-of-a-kind device, this is certainly for you.
Naysayers will say it isn’t a practical purchase. That’s true. But practicality isn’t the point. The Zenbook 17 Fold OLED is a showcase of ASUS’ commitment to experiment and push the limits of hybrid laptop form factors. What you have here is a first generation device that feels a lot more polished than it has every right to be.
The Zenbook 17 Fold OLED is also available for purchase at 0% interest with up to 12 months of installment over at Home Credit.
Every unit comes with ASUS Platinum Warranty. Any physical damage within the first year, ASUS will cover 100% of the labor cost and 80% of the parts replacement cost of the repair.
This feature is collaboration between GadgetMatch and ASUS Philippines.
MSI holiday promo: Up to 28K in discounts, giveaways
‘Tis the season
The brand’s high-end gaming laptop options MSI Vector GP, Katana GF, Stealth 15M, Crosshair 15, and GF63 Thin, and the productivity tools MSI Modern 14 and 15 are all part of the holiday promotion.
Participating laptops will get up to PhP 22,000 in price cuts, while buyers can also score included bundles worth up to PhP 6,500.
For the discounted price tags and corresponding bundles, check the list below.
Free MSI H991 gaming headset, thermos bottle, and thumb drive USB
- Vector GP66 – PhP 145,995 (from 167,995)
- Crosshair 15 – PhP 117,995 (from 135,995)
- Stealth 15M – PhP 102,995 (from 114,995)
- Katana GF66 – PhP 59,995 (from 69,995)
Free MSI M88 gaming mouse and mousepad
- GF63 Thin (11UD-016PH/022PH) – PhP 61,995 (from 69,995)
- GF63 Thin (11UD-243PH/418PH) – PhP 57,995 (from 63,995)
- GF63 Thin (11UC-018PH/029PH) – PhP 55,995 (from 64,995)
- GF63 Thin (11SC-031PH) – PhP 44,995 (from 49,995)
Free MSI Prestige wireless mouse and mousepad
- Modern 15 (A5M-200PH) – PhP 42,995 (from 47,995)
- Modern 14 (B5M-206PH) – PhP 40,995 (from 45,995)
- Modern 15 (A5M-232PH/249PH) – PhP 37,995 (from 41,995)
- Modern 15 (A5M-088PH) – PhP 37,995 (from 41,995)
- Modern 14 (B5M-084PH/096PH) – PhP 35,995 (from 38,995)
- Modern 14 (B11MOU-1004PH) – PhP 29,995 (from 33,995)
- Modern 14 (B11MO-1078PH) – PhP 29,995 (from 33,995)
ASUS and ROG’s Share 2022 Christmas promo is here
Bundles worth up to PhP 23,000
Christmas season has officially started for ASUS and ROG! The electronics brands are offering bundles of up to PhP 23,000 in savings from November 15 to December 31 as part of their Share 2022 promo.
Selected computers, smartphones, and peripherals from the ASUS, TUF, and ROG lines will all get corresponding exclusive bundle packages worth up to PhP 23,000.
ASUS and ROG laptops are also made more affordable with Home Credit’s up to 12 months installment at 0% interest, making this season truly the perfect time to score on one’s dream device.
Here are a few of the premium items getting their unique bundles:
- ASUS Zenbook Pro 14 Duo and Vivobook Pro 16X: Free JBL Pulse 4 portable Bluetooth speaker (worth PhP 11,999)
- ASUS Vivobook Pro 15 and Zenbook S 13: Free JBL Sound Bar (worth PhP 10,999)
- ASUS Vivobook S 14: Free JBL Flip 5 portable Bluetooth speaker (worth PhP 6,999)
- ROG Zephyrus Duo 16 2022: Free ROG Chakram X gaming mouse and ROG Claymore II aura RGB gaming keyboard bundle (worth PhP 23,000)
- ROG Zephyrus G14 2022: Free JBL Pulse 4 portable Bluetooth speaker (worth PhP 11,999)
- ASUS TUF Dash F15 2022: Free JBL Flip 5 portable Bluetooth speaker (worth PhP 6,999)
- ASUS TUF Dash F15 2021: PhP 2,000 worth of Steam credits
ROG Phone 6 gets discount
- PhP 3,500 discount on both 12GB+256GB and 16GB+512GB variants
Additionally, a PhP 10,000 purchase of any of ASUS and ROG’s products entitle customers to free exclusive merchandise.
For the full list of participating products and more information on ASUS and ROG’s Share 2022, click here.
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