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Tech I use: Dell Vostro 14 5000 (5468) business notebook review

Friday, July 28th, 2017

Dell launched its series of four business laptops end last year and the Vostro 14 5000 notebook has been my computer of choice for the last few months. Here’s why. (Prices start from S$1,164.)

The Dell Vostro 14 5000 is an affordable notebook that packs good performance to keep you productive, with excellent connectivity, long battery life and light weight that won’t break your back.

The Dell Vostro 14 5000 is an affordable notebook that packs good performance to keep you productive, with excellent connectivity, long battery life and light weight that won’t break your back.

First off, I use the notebook in the course of work – churning out word documents, browsing the web for research, reading PDF and web articles, viewing videos and presentation slides, as well as browsing and simple editing of work and personal photos, with the occasional video production.

So I’m looking for a no-frills machine that just works – it doesn’t have to look good or offer any gimmicks – just something portable with the essential connectivity to let me set up anywhere quickly.

The Vostro 14 5000 is just that.

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Event coverage: IFA Global Press Conference 2017 in Lisbon, Portugal

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

IFA Global Press Conference 2017 is happening this weekend in Lisbon, Portugal. I will be covering this consumer electronics and home appliances showcase, as part of a small group of media the show organisers invited from Singapore.

The media delegation from Singapore is part of an international corp invited by Messe Berlin, the organisers of IFA and this Global Press Conference.

The media delegation from Singapore is part of an international corp invited by Messe Berlin, the organisers of IFA and this Global Press Conference.

IFA this year will be from 1-6 September, 2017.

As a lead-up to the actual trade show in September, the organisers have gathered some of the key exhibitors and media from around the world in a preview mini-show, featuring product showcases, as well as briefs and presentations on the latest trends on consumer electronics and home appliances.

Stay tuned over the next few days (especially 21-22 Apr, Fri-Sat) when the show will be in full tilt.

I’ll be bringing along a couple of newest and latest gadgets to try out during the trip.

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New arrival: Avengers-themed Windows 10 notebooks/tablets

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

Hong Kong-based E-Huge Technology launches three new Avengers-themed Windows 10 notebooks/2-in-one devices in Singapore. Prices & availability below.

The new laptops are targeted at fans of Marvel Avengers.

The new laptops are targeted at fans of Marvel Avengers.

All three devices will be available from 10 December, and include 4GB DDR3 RAM and Atom x5 Z8300 CPU.

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The notebooks were launched in Hungry Heroes cafe in Singapore.

Decorated with the Avengers logo and the signature design motifs of Captain America and Iron Man, these Windows 10 devices come in three distinct form factors.

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Dell celebrates 20 years of Alienware with launch of new gaming computers

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

Dell announced its new line of VR-ready Alienware notebooks – the Alienware 15 and 17 – that boast the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 10-Series family of GPUs, enabling up to 85% better performance than the previous generation of Alienware notebooks.

Prices & availability below.

The new Alienware notebooks are capable of powering VR out-of-the-box, and compatible with both Oculus and HTC Vive headsets.

The new Alienware notebooks are capable of powering VR out-of-the-box, and compatible with both Oculus and HTC Vive headsets.

Engineered for gamers, the Alienware 17 gains more power with overclocked Intel Core i7 k-series processors and Tobii eye-tracking technology to optimise immersive gameplay.

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Dell also announced in Singapore (at Millian, St James Power Station) the new XPS and Inspiron laptops, Inspiron 2-in-1, and XPS Tower for personal and work computing.

The Alienware 15 comes complete with the VR-ready NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 and NVIDIA G-Sync for incredibly smooth, synchronized frame rates.

Prices and availability are tabulated below.

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New arrival: ASUS ZenBook 3, Transformer 3 Pro, ZenWatch 3 & ZenPad 3

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

ASUS unveiled its 3rd Generation mobile computing products at its Zenvolution launch event in Singapore. Prices & availability below.

Clockwise from upper left: ASUS Transformer 3 Pro, ZenWatch 3, ZenBook 3, ZenPad 3. Not shown to scale.

Clockwise from upper left: ASUS Transformer 3 Pro, ZenWatch 3, ZenBook 3, ZenPad 3. Not shown to scale.

The ZenBook 3 is an ultra light 910g Ultrabook with an ultra-thin 11.9mm profile made from premium aerospace-grade all-aluminum unibody construction with the latest high-performance 7th generation Intel® Core™ i7 processors, 16GB RAM, up to 512GB PCIE SSD and an innovative cooling system.

ASUS claims that the Transformer 3 Pro is the world’s first and only 2-in-1 detachable notebook with 7th generation Intel® Core™i5/i7 processors that can function as a competent tablet, laptop, music station or even a high performance gaming PC with an optional ROG XG Station 2 that acts as an external discrete graphics card.

The ZenWatch 3 is a stylish and customisable wearable device powered by Android Wear with HyperCharge technology.

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Head on down to the ASUS Zenvolution Roadshow from 14 to 16 October 2016 to experience the “3” series products at the different experiential zones and stand to win attractive prizes worth up to $5,000. In addition, cash vouchers will be given away for the purchase of Transformer 3 Pro and ZenBook 3 products during the roadshow.

The ZenPad 3 has a thickness of only 7.57mm and goes for a classy look with its luxurious leather rear panel with 2K high-resolution touchscreen and Qualcomm® hexa-core processor.

More details (including technical specifications) from the press release below.

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Opening: New Dell Exclusive Store at Plaza Singapura after Funan closure

Friday, July 15th, 2016

The new store is located at #04-19 and is open daily from 10am to 10pm. In-store promotions below.

“We are delighted to welcome customers to our new store, offering the same superior brand experience they have come to expect and love. The new concept store is an integral part of our go-to-market strategy to showcase our suite of products and enable customers to experience first-hand the capabilities and ease of computing with Dell products,” said Rakesh Mandal, general manager, Client Solutions, South Asia and Korea, Dell. Photo credit: Dell Singapore.

The concept store features Dell’s full range of consumer devices as well as a VR-experience zone.

The new store replaces the Dell Exclusive Store that was located in Funan DigitaLife Mall – the Mall has since been closed.

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The latest XPS and Inspiron notebooks are part of the full spectrum of consumer laptops, monitors and peripherals offered at the new Dell Exclusive Store at Plaza Singapura.

The new store features experience suites with Dell’s latest XPS, Inspiron and Alienware portfolio, including award-winning products from the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show and the recent Computex 2016 in Taiwan.

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Event: LG launches new laptops, monitors & projectors in Singapore

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016

LG has re-entered the IT market in Singapore its launch of new laptops, monitors and projectors. Prices and availability below.

The new LG gram laptop. 15.6-inches at only 980g. Here you can see a full-sized USB 3.0 port and HDMI port, and the Type-C USB port. On the other side are two additional full-sized USB ports (USB 3.0 & USB 2.0) and a microSD card slot.

The new LG gram laptop. 15.6-inches at only 980g. Here you can see a full-sized USB 3.0 port and HDMI port, and the Type-C USB port. On the other side are two additional full-sized USB ports (USB 3.0 & USB 2.0) and a microSD card slot.

The highlight of the launch was the 15.6-inch LG gram laptop which weighs less than 1kg – 980g to be exact.

The four configurations and prices are tabulated below.

The LG gram laptops come in 14 & 15.6-inch sizes with prices ranging from S$1,499 to S$2,199.

The LG gram laptops come in 14 & 15.6-inch sizes with prices ranging from S$1,499 to S$2,199. Click the image to enlarge.

The largest portfolio of new products were the monitors.

Already available in Singapore, LG are shipping three monitor classes:

  1. The affordable entry-level Consumer Monitors,
  2. the sexy UltraWide monitors,
  3. and the most pricey UHD monitors.

Sizes range from 21.5 inches to 34 inches. View the various models and prices available here.

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Three 29UC88 UltraWide monitors set up for immersive gaming. With 2560 x 1080 resolution, the monitor comes with First-person Shooter, Real-time Strategy and Custom modes, allowing gamers to choose the most ideal solution for different game genres.

The third product genre unveiled today was the LED projectors that feature both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity.

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New arrival: SanDisk SSD Plus internal notebook storage

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

SanDisk SSD Plus come with a three-year warranty and will be available in capacities of 120GB (S$89), 240GB (S$189) and 480GB (S$239).

The SanDisk SSD Plus is for users looking to improve performance on an existing laptop or notebook at a fraction of the price of purchasing a new system.

The SanDisk SSD Plus is for users looking to improve performance on an existing laptop or notebook at a fraction of the price of purchasing a new system.

The SanDisk SSD Plus offers customers faster boot-up and shutdown times, improved application response and data transfer and improved overall system performance.

By installing the SanDisk SSD Plus, users can instantly upgrade their laptop or PC, and eliminate the need to completely replace an aging laptop or desktop PC.

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Review: ASUS Transformer Book T100HA 2-in-1 detachable laptop

Friday, June 24th, 2016

The Transformer Book T100HA is an ideal laptop-cum-tablet hybrid companion for the mobile warrior looking for good performance, portability, connectivity and long battery life – all at an affordable price of S$499.

The ASUS Transformer Book T100HA 2-in-1 hybrid features the latest quad-core Intel® Atom™ x5 ‘Cherry Trail’ processors, Windows 10 (64-bit) operating system with Cortana, the voice-powered personal assistant, and support for Windows 10 Continuum adaptive interface technology.

The ASUS Transformer Book T100HA 2-in-1 hybrid features the latest quad-core Intel® Atom™ x5 ‘Cherry Trail’ processors, Windows 10 (64-bit) operating system with Cortana, the voice-powered personal assistant, and support for Windows 10 Continuum adaptive interface technology.

I used the Transformer Book T100HA from ASUS for two weeks as I went about between meetings and events on the road, to see how usable the hybrid 2-in-1 laptop-cum-tablet would be for someone constantly on the move.

Lighter & thinner than predecessors, the tablet measures 265 x 175 x 8.45mm physically and weighs 580g, while the keyboard dock measures 265 x 175 x 10mm and weighs 470g.

Lighter & thinner than predecessors, the tablet measures 265 x 175 x 8.45mm physically and weighs 580g, while the keyboard dock measures 265 x 175 x 10mm and weighs 470g.

I found the device ideally suited as a workhorse for the typical mobile warrior – it’s compact and therefore highly portable, and its battery easily lasts an entire workday before you put it to charge when you retire for the night back at home or at the hotel.

For leisure, you can simply pull the screen off the keyboard dock and use it as a tablet.

Typically, a compact machine like this – and even those super-thin but larger Ultrabooks – suffer from a dearth of connectivity ports.

But the tablet/screen portion of the T100HA comes with 1 x Micro USB port, 1 x Type-C USB 3.1 Gen 1 port, 1 x Micro HDMI, 1 x Micro SD card slot and 1 x headphone/mic combo jack.

The ASUS Transformer Book T100HA sports a durable aluminium-clad lid available in four colours: Rouge Pink, Aqua Blue, Silk White and Tin Grey.

The ASUS Transformer Book T100HA sports a durable aluminium-clad lid available in four colours: Rouge Pink, Aqua Blue, Silk White and Tin Grey.

The keyboard dock has an additional full-sized USB 2.0 port.

This means you can connect a mouse, an external hard disk drive and a mobile device all at the same time if you need/want to.

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New arrival: HP Spectre – world’s thinnest laptop

Friday, May 27th, 2016

The new HP Spectre is only 10.4mm thin (as thin as an AAA battery) and weighs only 1.11kg. Available in Singapore in June from S$2,299.

The stylised logo on this HP Spectre is the new HP logo for its premium line of products.

The stylised logo on this HP Spectre is the new HP logo for its premium line of products.

A carbon fiber bottom creates a thin profile that is both durable and lightweight, keeping the total weight of the notebook at just 1.11kg.

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The new HP Spectre – seen here at the launch in Singapore at ParkRoyal on Pickering.

High gloss copper accents reflect a hand-polished, jewelry-like finish and a hidden piston hinge creates the illusion of a hinge-less design to offer an unmatched premium look-and-feel.

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