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Samsung’s new Notebook 7 takes on the MacBook Pro with its familiar design

These are good-looking laptops

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Samsung Notebook 7 | Image credit: Samsung

While all eyes were on Apple for its WWDC keynote, Samsung quietly unveiled new laptops called the Notebook 7. For those who don’t know, Samsung also creates notebooks but they aren’t that popular. The new models might pique the interest of consumers though, because they are greatly inspired by the design of Apple’s MacBook Pro.

Like most laptops today, Samsung’s new Notebook 7 series will come in 13- and 15-inch versions with 1080p screens. Design-wise, it has a close resemblance to the MacBook Pro with its diamond-cut edges, large trackpad, and even the font used on the keyboard. The default wallpaper and wide indentation into the metal chassis also seem very familiar.

However, the Notebook 7 has plenty of ports unlike any of the current MacBooks. It features two USB 3.0, a USB-C, HDMI, and a microSD card slot. Users don’t have to live the dongle life with Samsung’s laptops.

Samsung Notebook 7 | Image credit: Samsung

Pricing starts at US$ 1,000 and they’ll be available in the US by July 26 through Amazon and Samsung’s online store. Standard specs of the two sizes include 8th-gen Intel Core processors, 8GB of memory, and fingerprint sensors. The 15-inch model can be equipped with an NVIDIA GeForce MX250 and extra SSD for faster performance.

If those aren’t enough, Samsung also has the Notebook 7 Force. It’s similar to the 15-inch model but it comes in a sleeker black color. Additionally, it’s loaded with the latest NVIDIA GTX 1650 graphics, 16GB of memory, an Ethernet port, Gigabit Wi-Fi, and two slots for storage expansion.

Samsung Notebook 7 Force | Image credit: Samsung

With its beefier specs, the Notebook 7 Force has a pricier tag of US$ 1,500. The extra bucks will give users a capable laptop for video editing and gaming. Although, it has a smaller battery than usual at 43Wh. This could affect battery life, especially when doing some video editing.

Source: Samsung

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ASUS TUF Gaming joins season of giving

With their Share 2019 Plus promo

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The holiday deals keep coming and ASUS TUF Gaming is joining in with their Share 2019 Plus promo.

Under this holiday deal, purchasing various ASUS TUF Gaming laptops will net you any of the following: Sperry Gift Certificates, JBL Clip 2 Speakers, or even game codes for Borderlands 3 or The Outer World. The promo will run from November 30 to December 31.

Here are the participating ASUS TUF Gaming laptops.

Model Screen LCD Spec CPU RAM Storage GPU SRP Bundle
FX505DD-AL272T 15″ FHD IPS 120HZ R5-3550H 8GB 512G PCIE2 GTX1050 3GD5 PhP 41,995
  • Sperry Gift Certificates worth PHP 3,000
  • Choice between Borderlands 3 or The Outer Worlds worth PHP 1,530 each
FX505DD-AL233T 15″ FHD IPS 120HZ R5-3550H 8GB 1TB GTX1050 3GD5 PhP 40,995
  • Sperry Gift Certificates worth PHP 3,000
  • Choice between Borderlands 3 or The Outer Worlds worth PHP 1,530 each
FX505DD-AL127T 15″ FHD IPS 120HZ R5-3550H 4GB 1TB GTX1050 3GD5 PhP 38,995
  • Sperry Gift Certificates worth PHP 3,000
  • Choice between Borderlands 3 or The Outer Worlds worth PHP 1,530 each
FX505DY-AL117T 15″ FHD IPS 120HZ R5-3550H 4GB 512G PCIE2 RX560X 4GD5 PhP 37,995
  • JBL Clip 2 Speaker worth PHP 3,099

  • Choice between Borderlands 3 or The Outer Worlds worth PHP 1,530 each

FX505DY-AL080T 15″ FHD IPS 120HZ R5-3550H 4GB 1TB RX560X 4GD5 PhP 36,995
  • JBL Clip 2 Speaker worth PHP 3,099

  • Choice between Borderlands 3 or The Outer Worlds worth PHP 1,530 each

FX505DY-AL026T 15″ FHD IPS 120HZ R5-3550H 4GB 1TB RX560X 4GD5 PhP 36,995
  • JBL Clip 2 Speaker worth PHP 3,099

  • Choice between Borderlands 3 or The Outer Worlds worth PHP 1,530 each

FX505DY-BQ121T 15″ FHD IPS 60Hz R5-3550H 4GB 1TB RX560X 4GD5 PhP 35,995
  • JBL Clip 2 Speaker worth PHP 3,099

  • Choice between Borderlands 3 or The Outer Worlds worth PHP 1,530 each

 

Some important details to take note of:

Claiming of hard bundle items (Sperry Gift Certificates or JBL Clip 2 Speakers) will start on December 2, 2019 and will end on February 28, 2020. Claiming can be done at ASUS Philippines, 4/F Hanston Building, F. Ortigas Jr. Ave., Ortigas Center, Pasig City on weekdays, between 10:00AM-4:00PM. The following documents need to be presented:

  • Original collection receipt
  • Photocopy of customer’s twovaid IDs with signature
  • Photocopy of the representative’s two valid IDs

In case the buyer cannot make an appearance at the claiming site, they must send the following information and documents to [email protected]:

  • Name as found on the original collection receipt
  • Complete shipping address and contact details
  • Store of Transaction
  • Clear photo of original collection receipt
  • Photocopy of the customer’s two valid IDs with signature
  • Photocopy of the representative’s two valid IDs

Buyers will receive confirmation two to five working days after sending the e-mail. Only valid claims will be tagged as eligible for the program.

Bundle items will be sent directly to the assigned shipping address within 30 days of validation. Only purchases done within the period stipulated in #1 can be valid. Game bundle can be claimed through the official AMD Philippines claiming website.

Bundle items are not transferrable nor convertible to cash. Any incorrect information submitted to ASUS Philippines will void eligibility. Any re-processing outside operating procedure will be subject to charges and fees will be shouldered by the buyer.

Lastly, existing replacement and repair mechanics will be applicable once the unit has been availed. Standard warranty terms will also apply to all accessories purchased during the same transaction.

See the participating stores here.

 

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5 reasons to invest in a gaming laptop even if you don’t play

They can do more than just game

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If you’re a professional in need of a powerful laptop, you might find it difficult to find something that meets all of your needs and preferences. While you’d rather have something that’s sleek, sometimes what you need are on a gaming laptop that’s bulky and just screams gaming too much.

Fortunately, brands like ASUS and Lenovo have started redesigning gaming laptops with portability in mind. This attempt makes consumers consider gaming laptops once again.

While it’s easy to look for a reason to buy a gaming laptop if you’re a gamer, there are still a few good reasons to invest in a gaming laptop even if you don’t play games.

Work anywhere you want

Brands are redesigning gaming laptops by making them slimmer and more compact. Gaming laptops have started looking like real laptops and not a clunky machine that will be tough to carry around for most people. They’ve trimmed the weight and now a lot of them fit in most backpacks with a dedicated 15-inch laptop sleeve. Think of it as bringing a laptop with the power of a mobile PC wherever you go.

Stay ahead of the game (no pun intended)

A lot of laptops launched this year carry the latest processors and graphics card meant for the future. For instance, the Lenovo Legion Y540 has a 9th-gen Intel i7 processor, an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti graphics card, 8GB RAM and 1TB SSD storage.

With that much power, that’s more than enough for your work and daily usage. Imagine running multiple tabs without any hiccups, or even when using power-hungry apps like Netflix, Spotify, and Google Chrome simultaneously.

Show-off a personality

Most gaming laptops nowadays are designed stylishly to reflect different personalities. The ASUS’ ROG line roars like thunder, screaming power, and strength. It’s also unafraid of coming out too loud and daring.

On the other hand, Lenovo’s Legion laptops remain true to their motto of being “stylish on the outside, savage on the inside.” A lot of their laptops look discreet and classy, but are powerful on their own right and oftentimes, they let their work  — and performance — do the talking.

Since I have a hint of narcissism and vanity, I enjoy showing-off from time to time. However, I resonate most with the Legion lineup since I prefer astounding the world with the quality of my output.

Choose when to be untethered

A lot of people prefer being mobile so they can work remotely. Gaming laptops may be humongous but they’re portable and have multiple ports for you to stay connected. It’s difficult to pass on this kind of convenience. Additionally, gaming laptops aren’t limited to USB-C ports, unlike most business laptops. Furthermore, you don’t have to be tied down with cables compared to when you opt for a desktop PC.

Get the extra features to make you more productive

While your needs for a work laptop sometimes are limited to the basics, switching to a gaming laptop lets you enjoy extra features. Case in point: near-borderless display, better visuals, a 144 Hz refresh rate allowing a smooth and seamless, immersive sound experience, antiglare screen, and unique cooling system.

With all these nitty-gritty details, gaming laptops can make your workflow easier since these machines do most of the work for you. It’s just a matter of you taking advantage of all that power.

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Lenovo ThinkBook 14, ThinkBook 15: Price in the Philippines

For the modern workforce

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Lenovo is following up the release of the ThinkBook 13s with two more ThinkBooks — the ThinkBook 14 and ThinkBook 15.

These pair of ThinkBooks were first announced in IFA 2019. The ThinkBook 14 has a 14-inch narrow-bezel FHD screen. Inside, the laptop carries up to a 10th-generation 6-core Intel Core i5 processor with 8GB of DDR4 2666 RAM, and 512GB of SD M.2 2280 solid-state storage as well as integrated graphics.

The ThinkBook 15 carries much of the same internals but has the Intel Core i7 and a Radeon 620 2GB G5 64B graphics card.

Both laptops have the business-grade Lenovo Services showing you that these were really meant for upgrading the workforce. Ports are also the same.

On the left side you have two USB-C ports, along with a USB port, an HDMI port, and the 3.5mm headphone jack.

Over to the right is the Lenovo hidden port alongside a card reader, another USB port.

It also has Lenovo’s Touch Fingerprint power button as well as the ThinkShutter camera for that much needed privacy and security.

Pricing and Availability

The ThinkBook 14 starts at PhP 48,990 while the ThinkBook 15 starts at PhP 57,490.

Launching alongside the two are ThinkBook Accessories. They are as follows: ThinkBook Wireless Media Mouse (PhP 1,200), ThinkBook 15.6″ Laptop Urban Backpack (PhP 1,900), and a Laptop power bank (PhP 4,900).

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