Posts Tagged ‘hybrid’

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 arrivals: Microsoft Surface Pro 4 tablet-laptop hybrid in Singapore

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

Microsoft has launched the new Surface Pro 4 tablet computer in Singapore. Available now starting from S$1,399 – online & in stores. Prices below.

Microsoft touts the Surface Pro 4 as “the tablet that can replace your laptop”. This version has gotten thinner, lighter and faster.

Microsoft touts the Surface Pro 4 as “the tablet that can replace your laptop”. This version has gotten thinner, lighter and faster.

Microsoft has announced retail availability of Surface Pro 4 in Singapore.

“Surface Pro 4 brings together the performance of a laptop and the full power of Windows 10 with the portability of tablet. Surface has transformed the category by focusing on productivity, creating a highly versatile device that people love to use,” said Arthur Huang, Director, Consumer Channels Group, Microsoft Singapore.

The newest in the Surface lineup, Surface Pro 4 takes what people love about Surface Pro 3 and makes it better, packing more power and performance into the thinnest, lightest Surface Pro yet.

The tablet is designed to run Microsoft Office and Windows in conjunction with Windows Hello, Surface Pen and Microsoft Edge.

Customers can buy the Surface Pro 4 Intel Core m, Core i5, and Core i7 models in Singapore at microsoftstore.com, select retailers including Challenger, Courts, Harvey Norman and Newstead, as well as authorised commercial resellers.

Prices and of the various Surface Pro 4 configurations and accessories are listed below.

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New arrivals: Transformer Book T100HA & Transformer Book Flip TP200

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

Both the Transformer Book T100HA and Transformer Book Flip TP200 will be available at S$499 from today onwards at all ASUS authorised retailers and ASUS brand stores.

Both the Transformer Book T100HA (left) and Transformer Book Flip TP200 (right) will come pre-installed with the latest Microsoft Windows 10 operating system.

Both the Transformer Book T100HA (left) and Transformer Book Flip TP200 (right) will come pre-installed with the latest Microsoft Windows 10 operating system.

The Transformer Book T100HA sports an aluminium-clad lid and is available in four new colours – red, blue, white and grey.

It ships with the latest quad-core Intel® Atom™ x5 ‘Cherry Trail’ processors, hardware support for Windows 10 Cortana and Continuum, plus USB Type-C ports.

Transformer Book Flip TP200 is the world’s first 11.6-inch Windows 10 convertible laptop with USB Type-C port.

It is slim and light – only 18.45mm thin and weighs 1.2kg – with up to 8 hours battery life.

Its robust 360-degree hinge with multi-gear alloy steel construction enables the screen to flip and to be used securely at any angle.

More details in the press release below.

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New arrivals: Casio CELVIANO Grand Hybrid Pianos – GP-300BK & GP-500BP

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

The new series of digital pianos were designed in collaboration with renowned piano manufacturer C. Bechstein and promises the sound and tonal quality of an acoustic grand piano. Price & Availability below.

Casio CELVIANO GP-500BP (left) and GP-300BK Grand Hybrid Pianos.

Casio CELVIANO GP-500BP (left) and GP-300BK Grand Hybrid Pianos.

Casio Singapore has launched a new series of digital Grand Hybrid Pianos designed in collaboration with renowned piano manufacturer, C. Bechstien.

The line-up includes the CELVIANO GP-300BK and CELVIANO GP-500BP which employs Casio’s proprietary Acoustic and intelligent Resonator (AiR) Sound Source technology and grand piano sound sampling to deliver matchless realism, tonal and sound detail of an acoustic grand piano.

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VMware expands vCloud Air to new service location in Australia

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

The company also announced the general availability of its Hybrid Cloud Service in Japan.

VMware to continue vCloud Air global expansion to new service location in Australia.

VMware to continue vCloud Air global expansion to new service location in Australia.

VMware, a global leader in virtualisation and cloud infrastructure, has announced that it will extend VMware vCloud Air (previously VMware vCloud Hybrid Service) to Australia.

“VMware vCloud Air, combined with the VMware vCloud Air Network of service providers makes VMware the largest hybrid cloud network in the Asia Pacific region with more than 40 service locations in Asia,” said Bill Fathers, executive vice president and general manager, Cloud Services Business Unit, VMware.

Complementing the VMware vCloud Air Network of service provider options, the new Australian service location will provide customers with a hybrid cloud option operated by VMware that addresses local compliance and data protection concerns.

The service is expected to be available in Australia in the first half of 2015.

Additionally, the company announced vCloud Air will be generally available in Japan in the coming weeks, after completing a successful beta program that began in July of this year.

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ASUS showcases 12 new products in Singapore for 2014

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

In its main product launch for 2014 in Singapore, ASUS launched a slew of 12 new business, consumer and gaming products – including the Transformer Book T300 Chi, ROG G751 and ZenWatch.

The three hero products for today: ASUS Transformer Book T300Chi, ROG G751 and ZenWatch.

The three hero products for today: ASUS Transformer Book T300Chi, ROG G751 and ZenWatch.

Many of the devices were first unveiled during IFA 2014 in early September, the highlight of which was the ZenWatch – the company’s first wearable device.

It will be available in Singapore for S$299 from end of 2014.

ASUS Eeebook X205

ASUS Eeebook X205

Another significant milestone is the unveiling of devices incorporating the latest Intel Core M processor, also unveiled during IFA 2014 – the Transformer Book T300 Chi is one of the earliest off the block to ship with the new chip.

The new Core M, which enables razor-thin, energy-efficient, fanless designs for 2-in-1 devices must have played a large part in making the Transformer Book T300 Chi the world’s slimmest 12.5-inch detachable 2-in-1 tablet.

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New arrivals: HP computers & printers for the millennials

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

HP has launched the Pavilion x2 tablet/notebook hybrid, ENVY Beats All-in-One desktop and three wireless inkjet printers – ENVY 5640 eAiO, ENVY 5530 eAiO and ENVY 7640 eAiO. Price and availability below.

(Left) The ultra-portable HP Pavilion x2 detachable PC/tablet (S$499) is designed for customers who want to simplify their life with a single device that transforms from tablet to laptop. (Right) The HP ENVY Beats All-in-One (S$1,599) is equipped with quad speakers and quad subwoofers all in a sleek desktop design.

(Left) The ultra-portable HP Pavilion x2 detachable PC/tablet (S$499) is designed for customers who want to simplify their life with a single device that transforms from tablet to laptop. (Right) The HP ENVY Beats All-in-One (S$1,599) is equipped with quad speakers and quad subwoofers all in a sleek desktop design.

HP’s new slew of consumer products are targeted towards the millennials – young working adults from their mid-twenties to the mid-thirties.

Pricing and availability is tabulated below.

HP Products Starting prices Availability
Pavilion x2 S$499 6 October
ENVY Beats All-in-One S$1,599 October
ENVY 5640 eAiO S$199 1 November
ENVY 5530 eAiO S$159 1 November
ENVY 7640 eAiO S$299 1 November

The new HP Pavilion x2 is a full-featured 10-inch diagonal Windows tablet that transforms into a full-featured laptop with a detachable dual-purpose keyboard/cover that both protects the screen and serves as a multi-position stand.

“Customers have told us they want devices that offer flexibility and performance while reflecting their personal sense of style. The products we are announcing today include innovative designs, vibrant color options, choice of operating system and computing power to enable the way that customers communicate, play and live,” said Serena Yong, general manager, Printing and Personal Systems, HP Singapore and Malaysia.

The HP Pavilion x2 is a portable, versatile, highly affordable 2-in-1 PC powered by the latest-generation Intel Atom processor, and features front-firing speakers with DTS sound and a battery that lasts up to 11.45 hours.

The HP ENVY Beats All-in-One provides music lovers and movie fans with good sound quality with quad speakers and quad subwoofers.

It has a 23-inch diagonal Full HD IPS 10-point touchscreen display that tilts up to 30˚ so that users can sit comfortably while using it.

HP’s three new ENVY printers enable direct printing from smartphones and tablets.

The new HP ENVY 7640 and 5640 e-All-in-One printers will feature a new WiFi Direct feature, allowing users to maintain a simultaneous connection with both the printer and the Internet.

Print direct from smarthones and tablets: ENVY 5640 eAiO (left, S$199), ENVY 5530 eAiO (top, S$159) and ENVY 7640 eAiO (right, S$299).

Print direct from smarthones and tablets: ENVY 5640 eAiO (left, S$199), ENVY 5530 eAiO (top, S$159) and ENVY 7640 eAiO (right, S$299).

The new devices can also be set up quickly and easily with a smartphone or tablet.

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New arrivals: ASUS Transformer Book T100 tablet laptop

Saturday, July 5th, 2014

The ASUS Transformer Book has been updated with quad-core processor. It will retail at S$599 at all ASUS authorised stores and brand stores in Singapore from 5 July.

Update (18 July, 2014):

The ASUS Transformer Book T100 is now available in red and white. Both will be retailing at S$599 from tomorrow onwards.

The quad-core, lightweight compact Windows 8.1 ultraportable ASUS Transformer Book T100 is now available in red and white.

The white Transformer Book T100  will be available at all ASUS authorised retailers and ASUS brand stores, while the red Transformer Book T100 will be available exclusively at all Best Denki outlets.

The Transformer Book T100 offers the productivity and performance of a laptop and the portability of a tablet — with instantaneous switching between the modes.

The Transformer Book T100 offers the productivity and performance of a laptop and the portability of a tablet — with instantaneous switching between the modes.

The Transformer Book T100 is a 10.1-inch ultraportable laptop with Intel Atom “Bay-Trail” quad-core processor and a detachable HD 1,366 x 768 display that can be used as a standalone Windows 8.1 tablet.

The refreshed Transformer Book T100 is available in gray, with more colours to follow soon.

The refreshed Transformer Book T100 is available in gray, with more colours to follow soon.

Weighing 550g for the tablet and a 1.07kg when combined with the mobile keyboard dock, the Transformer Book T100 is one of the lightest ultraportables in the market.

It is an extremely compact ultraportable for users who wish to have the productivity features of a laptop with the portability of a tablet – and the flexibility to switch between the two in an instant.

In addition to hybrid storage of 32GB eMMC and 500GB HDD, the Transformer Book T100 comes pre-installed with Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013 with full versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote.

The Transformer Book T100 is suitably ideal in both school and work places.

Featuring Intel Atom Z3775 quad-core processor, the Transformer Book T100 is capable of fast and smooth multi-tasking performance with up to 11 hours on battery power and up to 14 days on standby mode.

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Microsoft reduces Surface RT tablet prices amid weak demand

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

With immediate effect, Microsoft is cutting the prices of its Surface RT tablets worldwide. Local and US price revisions within. Surface Pro prices remain unchanged.

Surface is the first computer made and directly sold by Microsoft.

Surface is the first computer made and directly sold by Microsoft.

According to research house IDC, the device has been largely shunned by consumers and corporate customers since its debut in October, selling just 900,000 units in each of its first two quarter on the market.

“Microsoft is cutting the price of its Surface RT tablet by as much as 30 percent as the device struggles to lure customers amid competition from machines such as Apple’s iPad”, according to a report from Bloomberg.

The foray by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer into selling hardware is amidst a worldwide decline in sales of personal computer and demand for Windows.

Only last week, Ballmer had unveiled a significant reorganisation intended to streamline management and increase growth in areas such as tablets and mobile computing.

IDC predicts that tablets will outsell PCs by 2015.

Currently, 3.7% of tablets run Microsoft Windows operating system.

In Singapore, the price reductions (from Microsoft Singapore) are around 19-27% and are highlighted in red below.

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IT Show 2013 promotions: Panasonic notebooks and tablets

Friday, March 8th, 2013

Panasonic is at IT Show 2013 at Marina Bay Sands at Level 1, Booth 1528.

Click to view or download Panasonic promotions during IT Show 2013.

Click to view or download Panasonic promotions during IT Show 2013.

Check out Panasonic’s business notebooks and ruggedised tablets.

The FZ-G1 runs on Windows 8 while the FZ-A1 runs on Android 4.0 (S$1,499).

Their latest is the Windows 8 Pro Ultrabook CF-AX2 which debuts at IT Show 2013 at S$2,899.

The monitor flips over to convert the Ultrabook into a tablet. IT Show 2013 at Marina Bay Sands at Level 1, Booth 1528.