Posts Tagged ‘Windows 10’

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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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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Microsoft unveils Xbox One S Gears of War 4 Ltd Edn 2TB Bundle

Friday, September 2nd, 2016

The Xbox One S Gears of War 4 Limited Edition 2TB Bundle is priced at S$699 and will be available in Singapore from 25 November, 2016.

The Xbox One S Gears of War 4 Limited Edition 2TB Bundle is the result of a collaboration between The Coalition - the studio developing Gears of War 4 – and the Xbox design team.

The Xbox One S Gears of War 4 Limited Edition 2TB Bundle is the result of a collaboration between The Coalition – the studio developing Gears of War 4 – and the Xbox design team.

The Xbox One S Gears of War 4 Limited Edition 2TB Bundle was designed to resemble a unique piece of hardware lifted right out of the game.

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The Xbox One S Gears of War 4 Limited Edition 2TB Bundle was unveiled at a media event for the press at Microsoft’s offices in Singapore.

You will see the battle marks of surviving a desperate fight with Gears of War 4’s ferocious new enemies – the Swarm.

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New arrival: Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac software/OS

Monday, August 8th, 2016

Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac, Parallels Desktop for Mac Pro Edition and Parallels Desktop for Mac Business Edition are available today for subscribers and upgraders from Parallels Desktop 10 and 11, with general availability from 23 August online and at local retail and online stores worldwide. Prices below.

Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac launches with 20 smart and simple Mac and Windows tools, macOS Sierra Readiness, and over 25 percent performance improvements. Tools to simplify common tasks will also be available as part of standalone Parallels Toolbox for Mac app.

Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac launches with 20 smart and simple Mac and Windows tools, macOS Sierra Readiness, and over 25 percent performance improvements. Tools to simplify common tasks will also be available as part of standalone Parallels Toolbox for Mac app.

Parallels, a publisher of cross-platform solutions and software for running Windows applications on a Mac, today launched Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac.

“Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac joins our long history of innovations in ease of use and personalization. In addition to delivering our best Windows-on-Mac performance and experience, Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac simplifies a number of everyday tasks for millions of our customers in all walks of life,” said Jack Zubarev, Parallels president.

Parallels Desktop 12 is macOS Sierra ready, includes up-to 25 percent performance improvements, and features more than 20 simple single-function tools and utilities which are also available as a standalone Parallels Toolbox for Mac app.

In addition, all Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac customers will receive a one-year subscription to Acronis True Image backup solution, which includes a fast incremental backup feature that reduces the time and size of subsequent backups ups and provides up to 500 GB of free online storage.

New utilities featured in all editions of Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac make it easy to perform common tasks with simple single-function tools for both the Mac and Windows virtual machines (VMs). Prices & Availability below.

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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 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: 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: Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac with Windows 10 integration

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac launches with Windows 10 integration and OS X El Capitan readiness. Three versions available from today. Pricing for new and existing users below.

Parallels Desktop 11 now features Always on Cortana, Quick Look for Windows and Travel Mode to conserve battery life for road warriors.

Parallels Desktop 11 now features Always on Cortana, Quick Look for Windows and Travel Mode to conserve battery life for road warriors.

Exactly one year from the launch of Desktop 10, Parallels has released the new Desktop 11 which promises up to 50 percent performance improvements and makes Microsoft’s Cortana available to Mac users in OS X.

In addition to the consumer and business edition, Desktop 11 has a new Pro Edition that gives developers, designers and power users more tools and resources to be productive on a Mac.

The Pro Edition has all the features of the Business Edition except for the centralised administration and management (including single key) feature for mass deployment and mass management of Parallels Desktop and Windows VMs for employees.

Also new is a new subscription based licensing scheme for the Business Edition and Pro Edition, while the standard consumer edition remains on a perpetual license scheme.

The various editions and their pricing are summarised below.

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