5 work-from-home laptops for every budget

Which one is your GadgetMatch?



Gearing up for a work-from-home setup can be tedious, especially when you don’t know when and how to start. Luckily for you, we’ve rounded up a list of capable and powerful laptops apt for your remote working setup.

Of course, we know that budget is always a consideration before investing in a machine. In this list, you can find laptops ranging from every budget; from the cheapest to most expensive.

Regardless of your choice, you are assured that every device listed here not only meets all of your work-from-home demands but can also help address basic needs and future challenges in this global pandemic.

They’re developed by the world’s number one PC maker Lenovo, whose innovation in its wide range of PCs (ThinkPad, Yoga, Lenovo Legion, ThinkBook, etc.), tablets, accessories, smartphones, software, and services, position it as one of the IT industry’s most prolific end-to-end global technology organizations delivering smarter technology that enables more people and businesses to unlock their potential.

Lenovo IdeaPad S145 – PhP 31,995

Around PhP 30,000 budget, you can get decent laptops that are built to last with you. The Lenovo IdeaPad S145 is a lightweight, entertainment hub that lets you do balance work and life with its 14-inch HD display, 10th-gen Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB DDR4 RAM, and 256GB SSD internal storage with an upgradeable HDD slot.

Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 3i – PhP 37,995

For a fancier yet affordable laptop, the Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 3i comes with a sexy, fanless design. It’s packed with power — 10th-gen Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB DDR4 RAM, and 512GB SSD storage with an upgradeable HDD slot — which lets you bring your ideas to life.

Moreover, it has Nvidia’s MX330 as its dedicated graphics card, perfect for when you’re starting to produce your work. Additionally, you can enjoy rapid charging if you drain your battery, so you can continue creating. The IdeaPad Slim 3i comes in either 14-inch FHD or 15.6-inch FHD displays.

Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 5i – PhP 49,995

If you have an extra budget to spare, Lenovo’s IdeaPad Slim 5i is a tad better choice as it comes with both power and style. It has a sleek, confidence-booster design and a near-borderless 14-inch FHD IPS display, with narrow bezels on each side.

It’s also packed with smart features such as fast yet safe unlock and a USB Type-C port for charging and data transfer. Furthermore, it’s an affordable powerhouse — rocking a 10th-gen Intel Core i5 processor, a higher 8GB DDR 3200 RAM, , a 512GB PCIEx4 NVME SSD, and a dedicated NVIDIA MX350 graphics card.

Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5i – PhP 52,995

If you’re into grandstanding, get lots of attention and amazement when you get Lenovo’s IdeaPad Flex 5i. It’s a convertible with a 14-inch FHD IPS display that comes with a pen — a perfect accessory to your creative and fashionable lifestyle.

You can sketch, note, and create to your heart’s content. You don’t have to worry about its performance, since the IdeaPad Flex 5i is powered by a 10th-gen Intel Core i5 processor, an 8GB DDR4 3200 RAM, 512GB PCIE SSD internal storage, and an NVIDIA MX330 graphics card. Who told you that you can’t blend power and style?

Lenovo Yoga S730 – PhP 54,995 / PhP 64,995

The most expensive in this list is Lenovo’s near-flagship laptop — the Yoga S730. It’s an ultra-thin and ultra-sleek laptop that offers immersive entertainment with its 13.3-inch FHD IPS display, Dolby Vision and HDR panel, and Dolby Atmos Audio.

It’s equipped with USB Type-C ports: DisplayPort, PowerDelivery, and Thunderbolt 3 for faster data transfer and charging. This laptop stuns as a work-life balance companion: an entertainment hub and work powerhouse in one.

With 12 hours of battery, you can watch, play, and work even with a slim silhouette. It rocks a 16GB LPDDR3 2133 RAM, which is more than enough for most users.

It comes in two variants: an Intel Core i5-10210 processor with 512GB PCIE SSD storage priced at PhP 54,995, and an Intel Core i7-10510 processor with 1TB PCIE SSD internal storage priced at PhP 64,995.

The Lenovo Yoga S730 is exclusive to Villman.

Which one is your GadgetMatch?

So, which laptop fits your budget and needs? Whatever you choose, always remind yourself that laptops are investments that can propel your productivity and career. Choose wisely before buying!

All of the laptops mentioned come with 3 years warranty through Lenovo’s Premium Care warranty solution which gives instant access to technicians and even onsite repair. The IdeaPad Slim 3i, IdeaPad Slim 5i, IdeaPad Flex 5i, and Yoga S730 come with the newly extended 3-Year Premium Care service, while the IdeaPad S145 is under a 2-Year Premium Care support.

Each device is also pre-installed with Microsoft Office H&S 2019 Lifetime License worth PhP 6,995. It’s pre-installed with Microsoft Office H&S 2019 Lifetime License worth PhP 6,995. Avail these laptops in authorized stores like Silicon Valley, PC Express, Villman, Complink, Gigahertz, Octagon, and Abenson.

This feature was produced in collaboration between GadgetMatch, Intel, and Lenovo Philippines.


Why the IdeaPad is an ideal partner

For getting started and more



Lenovo IdeaPad

Every good thing we have today began with an idea. But it didn’t end as just being that.

When you’re in the late stages of college or university education or perhaps about to enter the workforce, this is the time when you’re full of youthful energy and a desire to make a dent in the world.

It’s also around this time that you’re bursting at the seams with ideas on what you want to do, and what you want to contribute to society. You might also be looking for a tool that can help you bring these ideas to life.

It’s a critical time in your life and you may not have the resources for multiple tools. So if you’re putting all your eggs in one basket — or in this case one gadget — let it be something that’s powerful, versatile, and can match all your needs.

Here’s an idea: Perhaps you should get a Lenovo IdeaPad! We think you should choose the new IdeaPad Slim 5/5i or IdeaPad Flex 5/5i. Read on to know why.

The processing power you need 

The IdeaPad Slim 5/5i and Flex 5/5i are equipped with fresh Intel or AMD Ryzen processors to go along with configurations of up to 16GB of DDR4 RAM and up to 1TB of SSD internal storage. That means all the computing power and speed you would need to last you for a few years.

Whether you’re dealing with tons of documents, endless pages of spreadsheets, and slide after slide of presentations, an IdeaPad will have you more than covered.

A workhorse like you deserves a partner that can more than keep up. These IdeaPads come with batteries that can stay with you for over 10 hours. Whether you’re making things happen at home or lugging it around for necessary remote work, it’s a device that has enough juice for a day.

Tools that keep you going

If you’re working with videos and images, the IdeaPad Slim 5/5i and Flex 5/5i will surely help in bringing your ideas to life. The only limit is your imagination.

It’s peppered with ports to unlock the multimedia mage in you. IdeaPads typically have a USB-C port, two USB 3.1 ports, a DisplayPort, an SD card reader, and an audio jack. You’re also equipped with competent connectivity (WiFi 5, Bluetooth 4.2). That’s everything you need to work your magic.

If you’re really deep into the arts, the IdeaPad Flex 5/5i comes with a stylus to give your creativity even more flexibility. Flip it however you like and whatever form you’re comfortable with. This is a gadget line that won’t leave you wanting.

A worthy partner

Life is already difficult enough as it is. Make it easier on yourself by choosing a partner that will help you achieve your goals. A partner that can stay with you through the grind and enable you to do things you probably didn’t think you’re capable of.

You need a partner that you can just let loose on without fear that it will give up on you at a crucial moment. This is what Lenovo IdeaPads are built for. They’re designed to provide you better opportunities, greater connectivity, and the ability to transcend limitations with its smarter technology and solutions that unlock your potential when turning ideas into reality.

The IdeaPad Slim 5/5i and Flex 5/5i are pre-installed with Microsoft Office Home & Student 2019 and come bundled with Lenovo’s 3-Year Premium Care warranty upon purchase. This top-notch service provides customers with direct access to Lenovo engineers. They can guide you on basic troubleshooting and do an annual PC Health Check, as well as on-site repairs if absolutely necessary.

Don’t let yourself be held back by machines that fall short of the greatness you wish to achieve. With a Lenovo IdeaPad, you’re equipped with the necessary tools to make it big. Once you have one, all you really need is an idea to build on.

Contact any Lenovo authorized reseller to get your hands on an IdeaPad: http://lenovoph.com/authorizedresellers

This feature is a collaboration between GadgetMatch and Lenovo Philippines.

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How to get NBA League Pass with your telco provider

There are two package options



NBA action is in full swing. In fact, it has been since August when the season restarted following a shut down that was caused by the dreaded Coronavirus pandemic. As of writing, we’re in the thick of the Conference Finals series. If you want to catch all the action, here’s how you can get NBA League Pass through different telecomm providers in the Philippines.

It’s now easier than ever to get access to the games legally. All of Smart, PLDT, and Globe are offering the same price packages.

PhP 85 — Watch any three games of your choice
PhP 485 — 30-day pass for all games including live and on-demand

Here’s how to get the subscription for each provider.

Smart Postpaid and Prepaid
(Also works with TNT and SUN Postpaid)

  • Download the NBA app (iOS / Android /APKPure)
  • On the app, click on the icon at the top-right corner
  • Click sign-in
  • A banner on top of the page will appear for Smart, Sun and TNT subscribers
  • Click ‘Get Started’
  • Enter mobile number for verification and a one-time PIN which will be sent to your mobile number
  • Choose your provider: Smart, TNT or Sun.
  • Choose your NBA League Pass Package (3-game or 30-days) and enter mobile number
  • Confirm your payment by entering the one-time PIN sent to your mobile number
  • Click NBA logo and start watching


  • Go to pldthome.com/nbaleaguepass
  • Select your preferred package
  • The amount will be added to your next bill
  • PLDT will give a voucher
  • Download and sign-in to the NBA app
  • Enter the voucher in the promotion code field
  • Click NBA logo and start watching


  • Open the GCash app
  • Go to Buy Load
  • Look for the PayTV tab
  • Choose your preferred package. (Note: The chosen package is valid for 90 days).
  • Confirm payment
  • Open the NBA app and enjoy!

As mentioned earlier, we’re no in the Conference Finals with four teams remaining. Dueling in the West are the Los Angeles Lakers and the Denver Nuggets. Meanwhile in the East, it’s a battle between the Miami Heat and the Boston Celtics.

A new NBA champion will likely be crowned in the next 30 days so now is the best time to subscribe!

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Apple Watch Series 6 vs Watch SE: Unboxing and Buyer’s Guide



There’s a new Apple Watch iteration every year — although this year, we have two new models to unbox. Other than that, we also have the newest one-piece bands called ‘Solo Loop’ — both in silicon and braided.

Although Apple completely removed the charging brick out from the usual packaging, they packed several new features on the Watch Series 6 including the new blood oxygen sensor and Always-On Altimeter. Meanwhile, the Watch SE is meant for people who’d want to experience Apple’s wearable without having to spend too much.

Between these two, which of them is your GadgetMatch? Or are you struggling to choose one?

You can head over to our latest Apple Watch Series 6 vs Apple Watch SE Unboxing and Buyer’s Guide right here to find out more.

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