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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.

I needed a working laptop for IFA GPC 2017 in Portugal over the weekend & this Vostro 14 5000 (5468) is just right for the job

It’s targeted at small-business owners and professionals like myself and I’ve been most satisfied with the notebook from day 1.

The Vostro 14 5000 is powered by an Intel Core i7-7500 CPU at 2.90GHz, with 8GB RAM – this is more than adequate for all the work tasks that I use the notebook for, and even with multiple applications and browser tabs on, the machine doesn’t turn sluggish.

On the left side of the Dell Vostro 14 5000 (5468) business notebook is a DC power input port, an RJ45 Ethernet port, a HDMI port, 2x USB 3.0 ports (1 more on the other side), and a headphone port. A very well connected laptop.

In terms of connectivity, the 14 5000 comes with three USB 3.0 ports, an RJ45 Ethernet port, an HDMI port, a VGA port and an SD card slot.

There’s also a DC power input port, a headphone port and a Kensington lock slot.

USB connectivity is something I value in my business laptop. With three on the Vostro, I can connect an extension desktop harddisk, a USB thumbdrive and a mouse – simultaneously.

Many notebooks are stingy with USB ports, in the quest for slimness and portability – the worst are those that ships with a mini-USB port that requires and extra adaptor to plug inregular-sized USB connectors.

The same goes for the regular-sized HDMI port.

I connect a second larger monitor when I work at home and cables with the regular-sized HDMI connectors are much more ubiquitous than those with mini-HDMI connectors.

It’s also important for me that the Vostro has a traditional VGA port – most projectors out there still require a VGA port so it’s real convenient and important for the notebook to have VGA connectivity.

The keyboard of the Dell Vostro 14 5000 (5468) business notebook is a pleasure to use, with its large, well-space keys, with a good amount of travel. The trackpad is also responsive when a mouse is not connected.

The keyboard has large keys with good spacing in between, and a good amount of travel.

The trackpad is responsive and usable when I don’t have a mouse connected.

The 14 5000 comes with a 14-inch display with 1366 x 768 resolution.

This is not top of the line in terms of resolution, but it is more than enough for my work.

On the move, the display is big enough for me to tile two windows side by side.

At home, I connect a second monitor to extend the screen real-estate.

The 1 TB of 5400 RPM SATA hard drive is more than enough for me – I haven’t even gone near running out of space yet.

For photo and video editing, the integrated Intel HD Graphics 620 is complemented by an NVIDIA GeForce 940MX GPU and is definitely good enough to drive the display.

Despite the powerful performance, the Vostro weighs only 1.59kg – light enough for me to carry around between meetings and event venues without giving me a backache.

Battery wise, it’s one of the more long-lasting laptops I’ve used, with an advertised life of 10 hours.

I tend to hit 8-9 hours before having to look for an outlet.

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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New arrival: New Google Chromecast (S$65) in Singapore for TVs

Friday, July 8th, 2016

From today, the newest version of Google Chromecast will be available in Singapore from M1 and Lazada retailers at S$65.

The new Google Chromecast (S$65) has a brand new look and is now available in black.

The new Google Chromecast (S$65) has a brand new look and is now available in black.

Chromecast turns any TV into a smart TV by streaming the display of a Chromebook or an Android, iOS, Windows device onto a any television with an HDMI port.

With fresh content and an updated app to find entertainment, the new Chromecast promises to make streaming easier and up to 6.5x faster than its predecessor.

The new Chromecast has an updated design, making it easier to fit into TVs with crowded ports.

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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: 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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Price & Availability: Dell 2016 range of business IT devices

Thursday, February 18th, 2016

Below are the prices and availability of Dell’s 2016 range of business IT devices that are optimised for the future workforce.

Dell S2825cdn Multi-Function printer, scanner, and copier.

Dell S2825cdn Multi-Function printer, scanner, and copier.

Dell’s new range of computing solutions include new Latitude & Vostro notebooks, Precision workstations, OptiPlex desktops & AiOs, UltraSharp monitors, as well as Dell Document Hub application and multifunction printers.

Below are the prices and availability in Singapore.

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New arrival: Dell introduces 2016 range of business IT devices

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016

The computing solutions are optimised for the future workforce and include new Latitude & Vostro notebooks, Precision workstations, OptiPlex desktops & AiOs, UltraSharp monitors, as well as Dell Document Hub application and multifunction printers. Prices and availability here.

Dell OptiPlex 7040 Small Form Factor desktop, a Dell UltraSharp U2715H monitor, and KM636 keyboard and mouse.

Dell OptiPlex 7040 Small Form Factor desktop, a Dell UltraSharp U2715H monitor, and KM636 keyboard and mouse.

Dell says that the company has combined the latest hardware technologies including Intel Core and Xeon processors for superior performance, with Windows 10 software for a more intuitive user experience.

Dell U2417HWI Monitor - side views of screen tilting.

Dell U2417HWI Monitor – side views of screen tilting.

The new Latitude series combines beautiful design with business-class security, manageability and reliability, while the Vostro portfolio balances performance with style for small businesses.

The redesigned Precision Workstations combine innovation with high-performance to deliver sleek, new portfolio for creative professionals.

The latest portfolio of OptiPlex business PCs is smaller, faster and more energy efficient

The new Dell displays promise stunning picture and greater productivity.

A new Dell printing solution offer one-stop access to multiple cloud-based services for easy sharing, collaboration and printing.

Details in the press release below.

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New arrivals: ASUS ROG GX700 gaming notebook in Singapore

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

ASUS ROG kicks off its 10th Anniversary with launch of ROG GX700 in Singapore, the first country in APAC region to launch the world’s first liquid-cooled gaming notebook with desktop grade performance. RRP: S$6,198.

The ROG GX700 will be available in Singapore at $6,198 from ASUS brand stores and selected ASUS authorised retailers.

The ROG GX700 will be available in Singapore at $6,198 from ASUS brand stores and selected ASUS authorised retailers.

The ROG GX700 features an all-aluminium bio-armour design with titanium and plasma copper.

The ROG GX700 is equipped with a detachable ROG-exclusive Hydro Overclocking System cooling module.

The ROG GX700 is equipped with a detachable ROG-exclusive Hydro Overclocking System cooling module.

The ROG-exclusive Hydro Overclocking System gives the gaming notebook superior overclocking capabilities, exceptional cooling, and excellent high performance stability.

The ROG GX700 is powered by the latest overclockable Intel® Core™ K-SKU processor and NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX™ 980 graphics for outstanding performance at home and on-the-go.

The main technical specifications for the ASUS ROG GX700 is 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: Dell completes its Alienware portfolio of gaming laptops

Friday, February 13th, 2015

Dell launched its latest Alienware 15 and Alienware 17 gaming notebooks in Singapore, together with the Alienware Alpha Console. Prices & availability below.

From left: Alienware 17, Alienware Alpha, Alienware 15.

From left: Alienware 17, Alienware Alpha, Alienware 15.

The new gaming devices round up the Alienware portfolio following the recent launches of Alienware 13, the Alienware Graphics Amplifier and Area-51 gaming desktop to offer a spectrum of powerful gaming systems for enthusiast gamers.

Price & availability

With the exception of the Alpha Console which is available in early March 2015, the entire Alienware portfolio is available now in Singapore. Prices below.

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