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New Arrival: Apple MacBook Pro with New M1 Pro and M1 Max Chips

Wednesday, October 20th, 2021

Unveiled during Apple’s second fall event, the new MacBook Pro (14 and 16-inch) features a 1080p camera and better connectivity than previous versions of the laptop.

Featuring a beautiful, brand new design, the 14- and 16-inch models of MacBook Pro were designed with a focus on performance and utility.

Featuring a brand new design, the 14- and 16-inch models of Apple‘s new MacBook Pro were designed with a focus on performance and utility.

Apple today unveiled the new MacBook Pro powered by the new M1 Pro and M1 Max — the first pro chips designed for the Mac.

Available in 14- and 16-inch models, MacBook Pro features a Liquid Retina XDR display, a wide range of ports for advanced connectivity, a 1080p FaceTime HD camera, and a strong audio system.

The macOS Monterey is engineered to take full advantage of M1 Pro and M1 Max to provide a great user experience.

Apple has designed the MacBook Pro for developers, photographers, filmmakers, 3D artists, scientists, and music producers/

The new MacBook Pro joins the 13-inch MacBook Pro with M1 to complete the MacBook Pro lineup.

More details below about the new Apple MacBook Pro laptop, from the press release.

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Event: New Apple M1 Pro & Max Chips, MacBook Pro and AirPods

Monday, October 18th, 2021

In its October 2021 Fall event from Apple Park, Apple has introduced the new M1 Pro & M1 Max chips, a new MacBook Pro based on the new chips, as well as new AirPods. Prices below.

Apple's October 2021 Fall Event

Apple’s October 2021 Fall Event

The M1 Pro and M1 Max are the most powerful chips Apple has ever built.

Powering the new MacBook Pro, the new chips feature up to a 10-core CPU, 32-core GPU, 64GB of unified memory, ProRes acceleration, and “industry-leading” power efficiency.

“M1 has transformed our most popular systems with incredible performance, custom technologies, and industry-leading power efficiency. No one has ever applied a system-on-a-chip design to a pro system until today with M1 Pro and M1 Max. With massive gains in CPU and GPU performance, up to six times the memory bandwidth, a new media engine with ProRes accelerators, and other advanced technologies, M1 Pro and M1 Max take Apple silicon even further, and are unlike anything else in a pro notebook,” said Johny Srouji, Apple’s senior vice president of Hardware Technologies.

The new MacBook Pro with M1 Pro and M1 Max offers “extraordinary performance and battery life, and features the world’s best notebook display”.

The new 14-inch MacBook Pro model starts at S$2,999, and S$2,769 for education; the 16-inch MacBook Pro model starts at S$3,749, and S$3,449 for education.

Apple has also updated Final Cut Pro 10.6 (S$448.98) and Logic Pro 10.7 (S$288.98) with new features and better performances on the MacBook Pro with M1 Pro and M1 Max.

The updates are free for existing users, while new users can purchase the software from the Mac App Store.

The new AirPods (3rd generation) feature spatial audio and longer battery life and will be available for S$269.

AirPods (2nd generation) will have a new price tag at S$199, while the AirPods Pro now come with MagSafe Charging Case at the current price of S$379.

More details about the new M1 Pro and M1 Max chips below from the press release.

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New Arrival: Asus Introduces Windows 11 Products for Creators

Saturday, September 4th, 2021

The slew of products that Asus unveiled included the ProArt Studiobook, Zenbook Pro, and Vivobook Pro series; as well as OLED displays for their laptops. Prices and availability TBA.

Asus announced a major expansion of the brand’s ecosystem of solutions for empowering creators at its “Create the Uncreated” launch event.

Asus announced a major expansion of the brand’s ecosystem of solutions for empowering creators at its “Create the Uncreated” launch event.

The ProArt Studiobook, Zenbook Pro and Vivobook Pro series are designed to enhance workflows and elevate productivity for creative professionals and prosumers.

“At our core, we are innovators who take pride in bringing our best ideas to life. So today’s lineup delivers incredible experiences for creators, by creators — to turn imagination into reality,” noted ASUS co-CEO Samson Hu.

The OLED displays are spec’ed up to 16:10 4K resolution and spans Asus’ high-end creator laptops to everyday laptops.

The new ProArt Studiobook models debut ASUS Dial to provide creators with instant, precise fingertip control over parameters in creative apps.

Asus is partnering with Adobe to offer complimentary 3- and 1-month subscriptions to Adobe Creative Cloud on selected creator solutions.

More details below from the press release.

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New Arrival: ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 Alan Walker Special Edition

Wednesday, August 18th, 2021

Powerful 14-inch gaming and creative laptop gets a facelift courtesy of world-renowned producer and DJ. Available in Singapore (S$3,098) exclusively at the ROG Experience Store Bugis and ASUS Online Store.

The ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 Alan Walker Special Edition promises to harmonise tech and music.

The ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 Alan Walker Special Edition promises to harmonise tech and music.

ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announces the new Zephyrus G14 Alan Walker Special Edition (GA401QEC) laptop, created in collaboration with the legendary artist, DJ and music producer.

With unique styling and a custom ROG Remix sampler, this machine is ready for any creative endeavor.

More details below from the press release.

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New Arrival: Dreamcore Launches Dreambook Productivity Laptop

Tuesday, June 29th, 2021

The Dreambook Touch 15 is Dreamcore’s first laptop and promises to be a productivity powerhouse laptop that offers power, efficiency and portability. RRP ranges from S$1,895 to S$2,795.

The new Dreambook Touch 15 productivity laptop from Dreamcore.

The new Dreambook Touch 15 productivity laptop from Dreamcore.

Built in collaboration with Intel, the Dreambook Touch 15 is targeted at busy working professionals to provide them with productivity on the go.

Users who require a laptop that can last all day can expect up to 18 hours of battery life with a high-capacity 73Wh battery.

Even if the battery runs out, the 65W USB-C fast charger will take their battery life from 20% to 90% in only 1.5 hours.

The Dreambook Touch 15 is designed for multitasking and speedy processing with the latest Intel 11th Gen “Tiger Lake” Core i7-1165G7 with 4 cores and 8 threads.

It also houses integrated Intel Xe graphics with 96 Execution Units, 16GB LPDDR4X memory and supports fast PCIe 4.0 SSD storage speeds.

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New Arrival: Asus BR1100 Education Laptop in Singapore (S$699)

Friday, June 25th, 2021

The Asus BR1100 Education Laptop is a full-featured Windows convertible laptop with 11.6-inch touch display, tough chassis and easy management to boost learning efficiency. S$699 at Asus Exclusive Store and Asus Online Store.

Asus today announced BR1100 laptop in Singapore, an all-new, education-focused Windows 10 Pro convertible laptop with an 11.6-inch multi-touch display.

Asus today announced BR1100 Education Laptop in Singapore, an all-new, education-focused Windows 10 Pro convertible laptop with an 11.6-inch multi-touch display.

The new Asus BR1100 Education Laptop (BR1100FKA-BP0469R) ships with Windows 10 Pro and is designed for distance learning and easier IT management.

It sports an all-round rubber bumper, spill- and tamper-resistant keyboard, integrated safety grip and military-grade toughness.

The BR1100 comes with 128 GB eMMC, 10-hour battery life and 4,096-pressure-level stylus with integrated garage.

It features AI-powered noise-canceling technology, noise-reducing camera and loads of I/O ports

For easy Maintenance, the laptop has a modular construction for straightforward repairs or component replacement, plus captive screws to prevent falls and frustration.

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New Arrival: Huawei MateBook D 15 Ultralight Budget Notebook

Tuesday, June 15th, 2021

The new 15.6-inch Huawei MateBook D 15 (S$748) will be powered by a 10th Gen Intel Core i3-10110U processor and ship with 8GB RAM / 256GB SSD. Launch promotions below.

The polished aluminium body – available in a Mystic Silver colourway is 16.9mm thick and weighs 1.56kg.

The polished aluminium body – available in a Mystic Silver colourway is 16.9mm thick and weighs 1.56kg.

Huawei will be launching the new MateBook D 15 as an online exclusive laptop in Huawei official stores on Shopee (26 June) and Lazada (from 1 July).

The Huawei MateBook D 15 is designed to offer all-round performance with portability in a sleek, robust chassis.

It supports Huawei’s technologies such as Multi-screen Collaboration and Fingerprint Power button to create a seamless cross-device and personalised experience across the company’s devices.

From attending virtual meetings to multi-tasking for work and entertainment, the new Huawei MateBook D 15 is a productivity machine made for everyday use.

More details about the Huawei MateBook D 15 below from the press release.

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Study: 45% of Singapore SMBs Want to go 100% Laptop Post COVID-19

Friday, March 12th, 2021

In an IDC survey commissioned by ASUS, SMBs are more inclined to equip their employees with laptops rather than desktop computers – compared to prior to COVID-19.

Hmm, still somewhat behind Japan I suppose. I recall, when attending a senior management & leadership course in Japan in the late 90’s, the staff at the college were already equipped 100% with laptops, while fellow-attendees of the year-long course were issued with a personal laptop. It was a cultural mindshift - coming from a work environment at home when it was still 100% desktop.

Hmm, still somewhat behind Japan I suppose. I recall, when attending a senior management & leadership course in Japan in the late 90’s, the staff at the college were already equipped 100% with laptops, while fellow-attendees of the year-long course were issued with a personal laptop. It was a cultural mindshift – coming from a work environment at home when it was still 100% desktop.

Presented during the IDC & ASUS Webcast 2021 Singapore – Digital Transformation for the Next Normal in Asia/Pacific, ASUS revealed that 45% of Singapore SMBs are likely to convert to a 100% laptop setup post COVID-19, underscoring the importance of mobility in a hybrid workplace model.

The finding is among other strategic insights to SMB technology use and how COVID-19 has affected related decisions.

Three suggestions from IDC that Singapore SMBs can implement with regard to technology implementation.

Three suggestions from IDC that Singapore SMBs can implement with regard to technology implementation.

Considering the survey findings, IDC advised that equipping employees with the latest devices that can support both a remote and hybrid work environment will have a significant impact not only on employee productivity and experience, but also will provide a competitive edge to organizations to attract and retain talent.

More details below from the press release.

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New Arrival: Lenovo 2021 Collection of Legion Gaming PCs

Friday, March 5th, 2021

Lenovo is launching today its 2021 collection of Legion gaming PCs and accessories. These AMD– and Nvidia-powered machines will be launched online and broadcast live across the Asia-Pacific at 8pm this evening. Prices below.

Lenovo’s 2021 collection of Legion gaming laptops.

Lenovo’s 2021 collection of Legion gaming laptops.

Lenovo showcased the 2021 collection of Legion PCs to a select audience in Singapore in a sneak preview prior to tonight’s launch.

The collection comprises four new gaming laptops and two accessories.

  • Legion 7 (16″ AMD): S$3,999
  • Legion Slim 7 (15″ AMD): S$2,499
  • Legion 5 Pro (16″ AMD): S$2,399
  • Legion 5 (15″ & 16″ AMD): S$1,999
  • Legion S600 Gaming Station: S$149
  • Legion H600 Wireless Gaming Headset: S$149

More information will be added after tonight’s launch.

New Arrival: Huawei MateBook D 14 Ultralight Notebook

Friday, February 19th, 2021

The new Huawei MateBook D 14 (S$1,098) arrives in Singapore tomorrow (20 February) with free gift bundle (S$243) until 31 March, with additional promotional free subscriptions of Microsoft 365 Personal (worth S$108) or Kaspersky Internet Security Software (worth S$40.95) at selected consumer electronic stores or Huawei Experience Stores respectively. Details below.

The new Huawei MateBook D 14 (S$1,098), with 8GB RAM and 512GB SSD, comes in Mystic Silver. Available in all Huawei Experience Stores, selected consumer electronic stores and Huawei official online stores in Lazada and Shopee.

The new Huawei MateBook D 14 (S$1,098), with 8GB RAM and 512GB SSD, comes in Mystic Silver. Available in all Huawei Experience Stores, selected consumer electronic stores and Huawei official online stores in Lazada and Shopee.

The Huawei MateBook D 14 laptop is an ultralight notebook with an affordable price, and a long battery life.

It weighs only 1.38kg and is 15.9mm thick, with a 1920 x 1080 IPS screen with thin 4.8mm bezels – offering an 84% screen-to-body ratio.

The screen also contains TUV Rheinland Low Bluelight Certification to effectively filter blue light emissions, for all-day eye comfort.

Available with up to a 10th Generation Intel Core i5-10210U processor that runs at up to 4.2GHz, the latest MateBook D 14 Intel edition is also equipped with a NVIDIA GeForce MX250 graphics card that includes 2GB of high-speed GDDR5 VRAM.

Compared to integrated graphics, the new NVIDIA GPU can handle image and video editing tasks 3.5 times faster (compared to an integrated Intel UHD Graphics 620) and should provide a smooth gaming experience even in multi-player games involving intense battles with lots of special effects.

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