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MSI launches gaming laptops running eighth-gen Intel CPU

Took cues from a sports car for its design

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MSI has officially made its gaming lineup powered by eighth-generation Intel processors available in the Philippines. Headlining the series are two models — the GS65 Stealth Thin and GE Raider RGB Edition.

The GS65 Stealth Thin is the first gaming laptop to be equipped with a 144Hz IPS display with 7ms response time. This translates to super fluid movement while playing and could make or break a gaming match. The company also boasts an 82 percent screen-to-body ratio.

The gaming notebook has a new golden accent and trim that makes it look more premium. Inside, it’s equipped with an Intel Core i7 processor. MSI Philippines’ William Villanueva reiterates that in order to experience the most out of your gaming machine, the processor should be able to churn out tasks with efficiency. With that in mind, they are confident the 8750H chipset installed on the Stealth Thin would get the job done.

The rig is also armed with 16GB of RAM (up to 32GB), and up to a 512GB SSD.

It wouldn’t be a complete gaming platform without keys that light up. If you’re a fan of personalizing your color schemes, then you’d be glad to know the GS65 has a new per-key RGB keyboard designed by SteelSeries. Users can customize each key in addition to receiving real-time game status through the lighting of the keyboard.

Pricing for the two variants are as follows:

GS65 Stealth Thin (GTX 1060 GPU, 256GB SSD) — PhP 134,995

GS65 Stealth Thin (GTX 1070 GPU, 512GB SSD) — PhP 169,995

On the other hand, the GE Raider RGB Edition was first seen during its announcement at CES. Being patterned after the design of a sports car, you can see the craftsmanship poured into making the laptop sleek yet functional.

It has a pair of RGB lights on its lid that consist of 24 separate zones of illumination with more than 16.8 million colors available. It even has lights to illuminate its USB ports. It’s definitely a looker from afar and up close. The display comes in Full HD resolution, 120Hz refresh rate, and a wide view orientation.

The GE Raider RGB Edition is configurable with up to the latest eighth-generation Intel Core i7-8750H processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 graphics. It also supports up to 32GB of RAM and a combo of 1TB HDD + 256GB SSD for storage. To keep things running smoothly, cooling the rig is the MSI Cooler Boost 5 that utilizes dual fans and seven copper heat pipes.

There are two variants, namely the GE63 and GE73. Below are their price points:

GE63 Raider RGB Edition (15.6-inch display, 8GB RAM) – PhP 124,995 (DOS) PhP 131,995 (Windows 10)

GE73 Raider RGB Edition (17.3-inch display, 16GB RAM) – PhP 144,995

Both the GS65 Stealth Thin and the GE Raider RGB Edition will be available in stores soon, but pre-ordering will be available on April 4 to May 6.

SEE ALSO: Razer Phone Review: Best smartphone for gaming?

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ASUS ROG Phone receives US pricing

Last piece of the puzzle

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ASUS is certainly taking its time with the release of its one and only gaming phone. First announced at Computex 2018, the ROG Phone finally has an official price to go with its US release.

For the model with 128GB of storage, you’d have to shell out US$ 899. For the larger 512GB storage variant, the cost goes up to US$ 1,099. Both come with a high-end Snapdragon 845 processor and 8GB of memory.

Of course, there are accessories to go with it. First is the ROG Mobile Desktop Dock, which costs US$ 229; the ROG Phone Case retails for US$ 59; the ROG Professional Dock is valued at US$ 119; you can buy the ROG TwinView Dock for US$ 399; the ROG Gamevice Controller is at US$ 89; and lastly, the ROG WiGig Dock goes for US$ 329.

Those are a lot of accessories for one phone, but that’s what makes the ROG Phone a truly gamer-centric device.

As stated last week, the ROG Phone will hit US shores starting October 18, with other regions to follow soon after.

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PlayStation’s PSN Online ID change coming soon

Full rollout coming early 2019!

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You’ll soon be able to retire your DarkWarrior1214 PlayStation ID. In a blog post, Sony PlayStation said they will soon begin testing the PSN Online ID change feature as part of their preview program.

Beta testers part of the preview program will be able to change their PSN ID as much as they want. However, once the feature rolls out to everyone, only the first name change will be free. Succeeding name changes will cost US$ 9.99 for regular users.

PS Plus users will be charged a smaller fee of US$ 4.99. The online ID can be changed through the profile page on your PS4 or at the Settings menu. There’s also an option to display your old PSN ID alongside your new one so your friends can recognize you right away.

Not for all games

The feature isn’t available for all games, though. Only PS4 games published after April 1, 2018 along with other most-played titles that were published before that date will have the feature. PlayStation also warns that changing the ID might cause some issues with some games that can be fixed by reverting to the old ID. Here’s to hoping PlayStation finds a way to address those issues some time down the line.

The planned full rollout of the feature is in early 2019. What will be your new PSN Online ID?

SEE ALSO: Sony unveils PlayStation Classic, comes pre-loaded with 20 games

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Razer Phone 2 is a faster, more streamlined gaming smartphone

Truly flagship all around

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Razer has been synonymous with gaming. Last year, they embraced the mobile gaming scene with the launch of their own smartphone simply called the Razer Phone. This paved the way for the popularity of gaming smartphones and other manufacturers, like ASUS and Honor, unveiled their own. Of course, Razer must fight back and now we have the Razer Phone 2.

At first glance, you won’t be able to tell the difference between the new Razer Phone and the old one. The Razer Phone 2 has the same size, same boxy shape, and same thick top and bottom bezels that house the front-facing speakers.

Don’t be fooled, because the Razer Phone 2 has some significant upgrades over its predecessor.

The new Razer Phone offers up to 30 percent better performance with the use of a Snapdragon 845 processor, Adreno 630 graphics processing unit, and an improved vapor chamber cooling system. It also comes with 8GB of memory and 64GB of storage.

As for imaging, it still has dual 12-megapixel rear shooters, but the main sensor is now equipped optical image stabilization. An 8-megapixel front-facing camera takes care of selfies and live-streaming duties.

With a new glass back, the Razer Phone 2 is capable of wireless charging. And to complement this new feature, there’s also a wireless charging accessory with Chroma — Razer’s popular RGB lighting system.

Speaking of Chroma, the Razer Phone 2 also has it. The rear triple-headed snake logo lights up in 16.8 million colors. Let’s also not forget about the added water and dust resistance with an IP67 rating.

The rest of the great specs is carried over from the predecessor including the 5.7-inch IGZO display with 120Hz refresh rate and touch sampling, and the 4000mAh battery with Qualcomm QuickCharge 4+ support.

The Razer Phone 2 is priced at US$ 799 and it’ll be available in Mirror Black and soon in Satin Black. Pre-orders start on October 11 on Razer’s website.

SEE ALSO: Razer Phone 2 hands-on: Not only for gamers

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