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Dell XPS 13 (9300) Review : Incredible Ultra-Light Laptop!

The Dell XPS 13 (9300) features the first-ever InfinityEdge display with Gorilla Glass 6 protection.

Find out why we think it’s an incredible ultra-light laptop worthy of our Reviewer’s Choice Award!

 

Dell XPS 13 (9300) : Featuring The InfinityEdge Display

The Dell XPS 13 (9300) continues the evolution of the XPS 13 line, with an ultra-light chassis built from machined aluminium and woven glass fibre, with Gorilla Glass 6 protection.

With the first-ever InfinityEdge display, the XPS 13 (9300) offers a 13.4-inch display in an 11-inch form factor, that fits neatly on an airplane’s seat tray.

 

Dell XPS 13 (9300) : Colour Options

Our unit comes in the Frost White colour with an Arctic White woven glass fibre palm rest.

Dell also offers the Platinum Silver colour option, with a Black carbon fiber palm rest.

 

Dell XPS 13 (9300) : Specifications + Options

Specifications XPS 13 9300
Display Size 13.4-inch
Display Options 4K touch screen (3840 x 2400)
Full HD touch screen (1920 x 1200)
Full HD non-touch (1920 x 1200)
Display Features WLED backlight
60 Hz refresh rate
500 nits max. brightness
35 ms response time
1200:1 contrast ratio
Colour Gamut 4K : 90% DCI-P3
Full HD : 100% sRGB
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home
CPU + GPU Options Intel Core i7-1065G7 + Iris Plus Graphics
Intel Core i5-1035G1 + UHD Graphics
Intel Core i3-1005G1 + UHD Graphics
Memory Options LPDDR4X-3733 (8 / 16 / 32 GB)
LPDDR4-3733 (4 GB)
Storage Options PCIe NVMe SSD (512 GB / 1 TB / 2 TB)
Audio Realtek ALC3281-CG audio chip
2 x 2.5 watt speakers
Dual microphone array
3.5 mm audio jack
Wireless Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650 (2×2)
Bluetooth 5.1
External Ports 2 x Thunderbolt 3 (USB Type C) ports
– with Power Delivery and DisplayPort
1 x 3.5 mm audio port
1 x microSD card slot
Camera HD webcam
Fingerprint Sensor Yes, capacitive 500 dpi sensor
Keyboard Backlit keyboard
19.05 x 18.05 mm key pitch
Touchpad 1300 x 722 pixel resolution
Battery 4-cell 52 Whr lithium-ion battery
Charger 45 watt USB Type C charger
Dimensions 296 mm wide
199 mm deep
14.8 mm thick
Weight 1.27 kg (touch screen)
1.20 kg (non-touch)

 

Unboxing The Dell XPS 13 (9300) Laptop

The Dell XPS 13 (9300) comes in a premium white cardboard box. Once you fully unbox it, you will find these items :

  • Dell XPS 13 (9300) laptop
  • Dell USB Type C to USB Type A dongle
  • 45 watt charger with integrated USB Type C cable
  • Power cord with localised plug
  • XPS 13 9300 Quick Start Guide + Safety and Regulatory Information

 

Dell XPS 13 (9300) : Hands-On Experience!

This Dell XPS 13 (9300) is an eminently thin and light laptop. It offers a 13.4-inch display in an 11-inch form factor that weighs only 1.27 kg, and is less than 15 mm thick.

It easily fits into the smallest laptop bag, and even a large handbag. And when you can fly again, you will love how it fits onto the airplane’s seat tray!

Once you try it out, you will find it hard to go back to regular laptops – you will find them heavy and unwieldy!

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Dell XPS 13 (9300) : A Closer Look!

13.4-inch Display In 11-Inch Form Factor

This Dell XPS 13 (9300) model comes with a 4K UHD+ touch display, with a resolution of 3840 x 2400 pixel, a colour gamut of 90% DCI-P3 and DisplayHDR 400 certification.

The incredibly high resolution and wide colour gamut allow your high resolution photos and HDR content to really pop.

Dell also offers a Full HD+ display, with a resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels and 100% sRGB colour gamut; in both touch and non-touch options.

All three display options are 25% brighter at 500 nits, and are protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 6 against scratches and impact.

Cameras + Security

The thin bezel at the top conceals two cameras – a regular 720p webcam, and an infra-red camera for facial recognition.

So you can either unlock the XPS 13 using the IR camera and Windows Hello, or the fingerprint sensor, which integrated into the power button.

While its 720p webcam may be rather low in resolution, it uses a new 4-element lens for sharper image quality. It also supports temporal noise reduction to improve video quality in low-light conditions.

We hope that Dell would look at upgrading it to a 1080p camera, with a physical or electronics privacy shutter.

Performance

Our Dell XPS 13 (9300) is powered by the Intel Core i7-1065G7 – a 4-core, 8-thread processor with 8 MB of cache and built-in Iris Plus Graphics.

You can opt for a Core i5-1035G1 or the Core i3-1005G1, both of which come with integrated UHD Graphics.

A redesigned cooler keeps things cool, using a single heat pipe and evaporator design with dual condensers and GORE thermal insulation. The hot air is exhausted through the hinge at the back.

It can get a little toasty from the hot exhaust when you use it on your lap, especially if you’re doing compute-intensive tasks like rendering videos.

It also comes with 16 GB of dual-channel LPDDR4X memory running at 3733 MHz. The memory is soldered onto the motherboard and cannot be upgraded.

Our unit came with a 1 TB SK hynix PC611 PCIe NVMe SSD, but you can opt for a smaller 512 GB SSD, or a larger 2 TB SSD.

Ports

Due to its ultra-slim profile – 14.8 mm at its thickest point, the XPS 13 has very limited ports.

On the left side, you will find a microSD card reader; as well as a single Thunderbolt 3 (USB Type C) port, which supports Power Delivery and DisplayPort output

On the right side, you will find a 3.5 mm microphone and headphone combo port, with a second Thunderbolt 3 (USB Type C) port, which also supports Power Delivery and DisplayPort output.

You can plug the USB Type C charging cable into either Thunderbolt 3 port. But unless you are using it on-the-go, you really only have one free port to use.

The good news is Dell actually bundles the XPS 13 (9300) with a free USB Type C to USB Type A dongle, so you can use your USB Type A drives and devices (including cables) with it.

Keyboard + Touchpad

The Dell XPS (9300) comes an edge-to-edge keyboard, and a 17% larger touchpad for maximum working comfort.  The keyboard is backlit, and comes with larger key caps!

It definitely offers a far superior typing experience to the horrible butterfly switch keyboard used in Apple MacBook Pro laptops.

Connectivity

Our XPS 13 (9300) comes with the Killer AX1650 module, which offers Wi-Fi 6 connectivity with 2×2 antennas, and Bluetooth 5.1 connectivity.

It is much too thin to support a LAN port, but you can add LAN connectivity using a USB-C dongle.

Audio

The two long stripes on both sides of the XPS 13 are not cooling vents, but ports for its 2.5 watt stereo speakers, which are tuned with Waves MaxxAudio Pro.

Its 3.5 mm microphone / headphone combo jack is also optimised with the 360-degree Waves NX 3D virtual surround sound with head tracking.

Finally, its dual microphone array is powered by Waves MaxxVoice Pro, which supports VOIP and is Cortana Farfield-capable.

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Dell XPS 13 (9300) : Performance

Our Dell XPS 13 (9300) is powered by the 15-watt Intel Core i7-1065G7 (Ice Lake) with 4 cores and 8 threads, and Iris Plus Graphics with 64 Execution Units.

It comes with 8 MB of cache, and has a 1.3 GHz base frequency that ramps up to 3.5 GHz during intensive tasks.

Our review sample came with 16 GB LPDDR4X-3733 dual-channel memory, and a 1 TB SK hynix PC611 PCIe NVMe SSD.

Work Performance : PCMark 10

The Intel Core i7-1065G7 is a 25 watt processor that can be configured to run at a lower TDP of 15 watt – to improve battery life and reduce thermal output.

At the full 25 watt TDP, it should deliver PCMark 10 scores in excess of 4700. It is obvious now that Dell configured it for the cooler 15 watt TDP. This is why benchmarks are important.

This makes the Dell XPS 13 (9300) about 7.6% slower than the HUAWEI MateBook X Pro, which uses the Intel Core i7-10510U processor.

Gaming Performance : 3DMark Time Spy

The integrated Intel Iris Plus Graphics sounds powerful on paper – with 64 Execution Units – but it is only about as fast as the NVIDIA GeForce MX130 / GeForce 940MX.

So this is most definitely NOT a gaming laptop, although you should have no problem playing older games and games that are not 3D graphics-intensive like DOTA 2.

Battery Life : YouTube + Modern Office

The Dell XPS 13 (9300) comes with a 4-cell smart lithium-ion battery that is rated for 52 Whr.

Dell claims a battery life of up to 18 hours and 49 minutes with the Full HD+ display, and up to 12 hours and 13 minutes with the 4K UHD+ display.

In our general use, we have no problem working a full day on it without recharging, which makes it really convenient when travelling.

That said, we locked the brightness at 50% – higher than the average of 40% – to see how it performs in these worst-case scenarios :

YouTube Streaming

The Dell XPS 13 (9300) lasted 8 hours 15 minutes streaming YouTube videos in theatre mode using WiFi, before its battery dropped to 10%.

PCMark 10 : Modern Office

The Dell XPS 13 (9300) lasted 6 hours 36 minutes before it powered off while running the Modern Office benchmark.

Battery : Recharging Speed

Its 65 watt fast charger took about 52.5 minutes to hit the mid-point (55%), but 2 hours 23.5 minutes to fully recharge its battery from 10%.

Here are the times it takes to recharge from 10% :

  • 15% – 5 minutes 57 seconds
  • 20% – 11 minutes 53 seconds
  • 25% – 17 minutes 45 seconds
  • 30% – 23 minutes 22 seconds
  • 35% – 29 minutes 25 seconds
  • 40% – 35 minutes 8 seconds
  • 45% – 41 minutes 22 seconds
  • 50% – 46 minutes 56 seconds
  • 55% – 52 minutes 39 seconds
  • 60% – 58 minutes 27 seconds
  • 65% – 64 minutes 13 seconds
  • 70% – 70 minutes 15 seconds
  • 75% – 76 minutes
  • 80% – 81 minutes 58 seconds
  • 85% – 89 minutes 41 seconds
  • 90% – 100 minutes 50 seconds
  • 95% – 118 minutes 45 seconds
  • 100% – 143 minutes 20 seconds

This gives it a battery life : recharging time ratio of 3.45 : 1 for video streaming, and 2.76 : 1 for office work.

As a rule of thumb, you will need to recharge its battery about 22 minutes for every hour of battery life.

 

Dell XPS 13 (9300) : Verdict + Award

The Dell XPS 13 (9300) is a really great ultra-light laptop for people who are always on-the-go.

It packs serious processing power, memory and a huge SSD with the latest wireless connectivity built-in, in a very thin and light package.

It is less than 15 mm at its thickest point, and weighs less than 1.3 kg. But this is something you have to hold in your hand to actually get a feel of how much engineering went into the XPS 13.

Even the latest 13-inch Apple MacBook Pro, powered by the new Apple M1 SoC, is largerthicker at 15.6 mm and weighs more at 1.4 kg!

The extremely thin profile offers some challenges to first time users – limited physical ports. Yet the XPS 13 (9300) managed to squeeze in an extra microSD card reader over the new 13-inch MacBook Pro (M1).

Even so, you will have to live with just two USB Type C ports – one of which is not available when you recharge its battery. Fortunately, the XPS 13 (9300) comes with Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1 wireless connectivity.

Thankfully, Dell threw in a free USB-C to USB-A dongle, so at least you have ready access to your USB Type A drives and devices out-of-the-box.

Security-conscious users will love the fingerprint sensor and IR camera, which allows for easy and secure logins. However, the webcam lacks a physical shutter, and the lid clearance is too tight to safely use a third-party shutter.

As far as battery life is concerned, the XPS 13 (9300) will last more than full day’s work without recharging. After a while, you will get used to leaving the office without the charger!

All-in-all, the Dell XPS 13 (9300) is an engineering marvel that must be experienced to truly understand. If you want the very best Windows 10 ultra-light laptop money can buy, this should be right at the top of the list.

That is why we wholeheartedly award it our Reviewer’s Choice Award!

 

Acknowledgement

We would like to thank Dell for sending us this review unit, and making us part of the #DellInsideCircle

 

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The Serif (2020) by Samsung : What You Need To Know!

Samsung just unveiled the 2020 edition of The Serif QLED 4K TV with the iconic I profile!

Here is what you need to know about this new Samsung lifestyle television!

 

The Serif (2020) by Samsung : A Fashion Statement

The 2020 edition of The Serif is one of the three Samsung lifestyle televisions being introduced this year. The others being The Frame and The Sero.

The Serif is targeted at those who want more than just a Samsung QLED TV – a fashion statement that would enhance the decor of the room.

 

The Serif (2020) by Samsung : What You Need To Know!

The Serif is named for its iconic serifed capital I profile, which is not only stylish but lets you mount it on a stand or any flat surface.

Easy Connectivity

The Serif 2020 is designed to connect wirelessly with your smartphone, with WiFi 5 (WiFi-AC) and Bluetooth 4.2 connectivity built-in.

Just tap your smartphone on the bezel. Its Tap View capability will have you watching the movie from your phone, or play your song playlist on The Sero in seconds!

On top of that, it also supports NFC – place your smartphone on top of The Serif to automatically connect and stream your music!

100% DCI-P3 Colour Volume

Thanks to Samsung Quantum Dot technology, The Serif 2020 delivers a full 100% DCI-P3 colour volume, as certified by Verband Deutscher Elektrotechniker (VDE).

Floor Stand

Instead of being mounted, The Serif 2020 comes with a floor stand, which can be removed if you wish to place The Serif on a table or any flat surface.

Adaptive Voice Amplifier (AVA)

The Serif 2020 monitors ambient noise levels in real-time to detect when they may interfere with your enjoyment.

When it gets noisy, it will isolate, boost and clarify voices or dialogue playing on the TV, so you won’t miss a thing.

Adaptive Picture

The Serif 2020 senses changes in ambient lighting conditions, and automatically adjust its brightness and contrast settings to maintain the best possible viewing experience.

 

The Serif (2020) by Samsung : Price + Availability

The Serif (2020) by Samsung is available in one size :

  • 55-inch : RM 6,499 (about US$1,558 | £1,199 | A$2,142 | S$2,130)

 

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The Sero (2020) by Samsung : What You Need To Know!

Samsung just unveiled the 2020 edition of The Sero – a mobile-optimised TV with a unique rotating display!

Here is what you need to know about this new Samsung lifestyle television!

 

The Sero (2020) by Samsung : Mobile Optimised QLED 4K TV

The 2020 edition of The Sero is one of the three Samsung lifestyle televisions being introduced this year. The others being The Frame and The Serif.

The Sero is a mobile-optimised TV, designed to mirror your smartphone to display your content in the best possible orientation – whether portrait or landscape.

 

The Sero (2020) by Samsung : What You Need To Know!

Sero is vertical in Korean, and its KSP (key selling point) is very simply – a TV that moves to fit your content!

Rotating Display

The Sero 2020 has a display that rotates to fit your content – landscape for TV and movies, and portrait for your mobile content and apps.

It automatically adjusts to match your content – if you flip your smartphone, it rotates to match!

Easy Connectivity

The Sero 2020 is designed to connect wirelessly with your smartphone, with WiFi 5 (WiFi-AC) and Bluetooth 4.2 connectivity built-in.

Just tap your smartphone on the bezel. Its Tap View capability will have you watching the movie from your phone, or play your song playlist on The Sero in seconds!

100% DCI-P3 Colour Volume

Thanks to Samsung Quantum Dot technology, The Sero 2020 delivers a full 100% DCI-P3 colour volume, as certified by Verband Deutscher Elektrotechniker (VDE).

Floor Stand

Instead of being mounted, The Sero 2020 comes with an integrated floor stand, which can be made mobile by attaching mobility wheels.

The Sero can then be easily and simply wheeled to the room that needs it the most.

Premium 4.1 Channel Sound System

Integrated into its floor stand is a 4.1 channel sound system with 60-watt speakers that support Dolby Digital Plus.

This lets The Sero deliver premium sound, with plenty of bass.

Adaptive Voice Amplifier (AVA)

The Sero 2020 monitors ambient noise levels in real-time to detect when they may interfere with your enjoyment.

When it gets noisy, it will isolate, boost and clarify voices or dialogue playing on the TV, so you won’t miss a thing.

Adaptive Picture

The Sero 2020 senses changes in ambient lighting conditions, and automatically adjust its brightness and contrast settings to maintain the best possible viewing experience.

 

The Sero (2020) by Samsung : Price + Availability

The Sero (2020) by Samsung is available in two sizes, at these price points :

  • 43-inch : RM 6,999 (about US$1,678 | £1,296 | A$2,320 | S$2,299)

 

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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 Series : What You Need To Know!

NVIDIA just launched their new GeForce RTX 30 series graphics cards, based on the new NVIDIA Ampere architecture!

Here is a quick primer on what you need to know about the latest NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090, RTX 3080 and RTX 3070 graphics cards!

 

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 Series : Virtual Launch

Thanks to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, NVIDIA founder and CEO Jensen Huang launched the GeForce RTX 30 series in a virtual event.

 

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 Series : 2nd Generation RTX

The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 series graphics cards is built on the new NVIDIA Ampere architecture, giving them 2nd Gen Ray Tracing cores and 3rd Gen Tensor Cores.

  • New Streaming Multiprocessors : Delivering 2X the FP32 performance of NVIDIA Turing, and 30 Shader-TFLOPS of processing power
  • 2nd Gen RT Cores : Delivering 2X the performance of NVIDIA Turing, plus concurrent ray tracing and compute, with 58 RT-TFLOPS of processing power.
  • 3rd Gen Tensor Cores : Up to 2X the performance of NVIDIA Turing, with 238 Tensor-TFLOPS of processing power.

  • NVIDIA RTX IO : Enables rapid GPU-based loading and game asset decompression, accelerating I/O performance by up to 100X. When used in conjunction with Microsoft DirectStorage API, it offloads the work to the RTX GPU, improving frame rates and enabling near-instantaneous game loading.
  • GDDR6X Memory : Delivers close to 1 TB/s of memory bandwidth, improving gaming performance.
  • Custom Samsung 8N Process Technology : Delivers higher transistor density and greater efficiency.
  • HDMI 2.1 : Delivers single-cable connection to 8K HDR TVs and monitors for ultra-high resolution gaming.
  • AV1 Decode : First discrete GPUs to support hardware decoding of the new AV1 codec, allowing for up to 8K HDR videos at 50% less bandwidth.

 

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 Series : Founders Edition Cards

NVIDIA will introduce three GeForce RTX 30 Series Founders Edition graphics card models, with a new 12-pin power connector.

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090

At the top of the stack is the RTX 3090, which NVIDIA nicknames as BFGPU – Big Ferocious GPU. Doom fans will probably disagree…

Priced at a whopping US$1,499, it is a massive three-slot design with a dual-axial flow-through cooler, that is 10x quieter than the TITAN RTX, while keeping the GPU up to 30°C cooler.

With 24GB of GDDR6X memory, the RTX 3090 is up to 50% faster than the TITAN RTX, allowing gamers to finally experience what it’s like to game in the 8K resolution at 60 fps!

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080

Starting at US$699, the GeForce RTX 3080 will be up to 2X faster than the RTX 2080.

With 10GB of GDDR6X memory running at 19 Gbps, it will be able to consistently deliver 4K gaming at 60 fps.

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070

Starting at US$499, the RTX 3070 is faster than the RTX 2080 Ti at less than half the price, and is 60% faster than the RTX 2070.

With 8GB of GDDR6 memory, it will be fast enough to handle both 4K and 1440p gaming.

 

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 Series : Specifications

Here are the known specifications of the three GeForce RTX 30 series graphics cards :

Specifications GeForce
RTX 3090
GeForce
RTX 3080
GeForce
RTX 3070
CUDA Cores 10,496 8,704 5,888
Base Clock 1.40 GHz 1.44 GHz 1.50 GHz
Boost Clock 1.70 GHz 1.71 GHz 1.73 GHz
Memory Size 24 GB 10 GB 8 GB
Memory Type GDDR6X GDDR6
Memory Speed 19.5 MT/s
Memory Interface 384-bit 320-bit 256-bit
Memory Bandwidth 936 GB/s 780 GB/s 624 GB/s
NVLink (SLI) Yes No
Card Size 3-Slot 2-Slot
Card Power 350 W 320 W 220 W
Card Connectors 2 x 8-pin 1 x 8-pin

 

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 Series : Price + Launch Deal

The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090, RTX 3080 and RTX 3070 will be available as Founders Edition cards.

In addition, custom boards – both stock-clocked and overclocked variants – will be available from brands like ASUS, Colorful, EVGA, Gainward, Galaxy, GIGABYTE, Innovision 3D, MSI, Palit, PNY and Zotac.

They will be made available at these price points, at these dates :

  • RTX 3090 : US$1,499, starting 24 September 2020
  • RTX 3080 : US$699, starting 17 September 2020
  • RTX 3070 : US$499, starting October 2020

For a limited time, every purchase of a GeForce RTX 30 Series graphics card or system will receive a FREE digital copy of Watch Dogs : Legion.

 

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Samsung Business TV : What You Need To Know!

The new Samsung Business TV displays are specially-designed for small- and medium-sized businesses.

Here is a quick primer on what the new Samsung Business TV displays offer, and how much they cost!

 

Samsung Business TV : What You Need To Know!

The new Samsung Business TV displays combine Samsung’s commercial signage expertise with their advanced TV technologies to deliver customer communications with more impact.

Sleek, Bezel-less Design

The Samsung Business TV displays , available in four panel sizes – 43-inch, 50-inch, 65-inch and 75-inch – feature a sleek, bezel-less design that easily meld with the decor.

4K HDR Crystal Display

The Samsung Business TV lineup boasts a Crystal Display with 4K UHD resolution, and support for HDR (High Dynamic Range) content, delivering bright, high-contrast content that will catch the attention of potential customers.

100 Promotional Templates

Business owners can save time by using the 100 pre-loaded, pre-designed promotional templates to quickly create professional-looking content, from seasonal offers to special deals.

Samsung Business TV App

The Samsung Business TV app – available for Android and iOS devices – is a free content management solution that lets you remotely manage and control content on all of your Business TVs.

You can use it to quickly edit, review, finalise and deploy content across multiple Business TVs using your smartphone.

High Reliability

Samsung Business TVs are built to operate for long hours – 16 hours a day, 7 days a week. They come with an extended warrantee to maximise ROI.

High Security

Samsung Business TVs come with a security lock built-in, with locks for both the panel button and USB port. The app is also protected with a six-digit PIN code. These measures ensure that no one can tamper with the content being displayed.

 

Samsung Business TV : Price + Availability

The Samsung Business TV displays is available for purchase here in Malaysia with immediate effect, with these recommended retail prices :

  • 75-inch Business TV (LH75BETHLGKXXM) : RM 7,720 (about US$1,817 / £1,403 / A$2,532 / S$2,500)
  • 65-inch Business TV (LH65BETHLGKXXM) : RM 3,575 (about US$841 / £650 / A$1,173 / S$1,158)
  • 50-inch Business TV (LH50BETHLGKXXM) : RM 2,188 (about US$515 / £398 / A$718 / S$709)
  • 43-inch Business TV (LH43BETHLGKXXM) : RM 1,875 (about US$441 / £341 / A$615 / S$607)

 

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31.5-inch Dell S3221QS : Curved 4K UHD Multimedia Monitor!

The 31.5-inch Dell S3221QS is a curved 4K UHD monitor, with built-in 5W speakers tuned by Waves MaxxAudio!

Here is everything you need to know about this new Dell curved 4K UHD monitor!

 

31.5-inch Dell S3221QS : Curved 4K UHD Multimedia Monitor

The Dell S3221QS is a 31.5-inch lifestyle-inspired 4K UHD monitor, with built-in 5W speakers tuned by Waves MaxxAudio!

Here is a summary of its key features :

  • 4K UHD resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels and 99% sRGB / 90% DCI-P3 colour gamut
  • tear-free gaming with AMD FreeSync, and a 60 Hz refresh rate
  • comes with a height-adjustable stand with tilt capability
  • flicker-free display with ComfortView for low blue light emission
  • built-in dual 5 watt speakers tuned by Waves MaxxAudio, and dual HDMI ports
  • Dell Premium Panel Exchange allows for a free panel replacement during the Limited Hardware Warranty period, even if only one bright pixel is found.
  • Minimise downtime with Dell’s Advanced Exchange Service.

 

31.5-inch Dell S3221QS Monitor : Specifications

Here are the specifications of the Dell S3221QS monitor :

Specifications Dell S3221QS
Display Size 31.5-inch (80.01 cm)
Curved Display Yes, 1800R
Display Resolution 3840 x 2160 pixels
Refresh Rate 60 Hz
Panel Type VA, Anti-Glare with 3H hardness
Backlight LED Edgelight
Adaptive Sync Yes, AMD FreeSync
Response Time 4 ms (Grey to Grey in Extreme Mode)
Contrast Ratio 3,000 : 1
Brightness 300 nits
Viewing Angle 178° (vertical and horizontal)
Colours Range 1.07 Billion
Colour Gamut 99% sRGB, 90% DCI-P3
VESA Compatible Yes, 100 x 100 mm
Speakers 2 x 5 W speakers
Ports 2 x HDMI 2.0
1 x DisplayPort 1.2
1 x USB 3.0 upstream
1 x USB 3.0 downstream
1 x USB 3.0 downstream with BC 1.2 charging
1 x audio out
Adjustments Height : 70 mm
Tilt : -5° to +21°
Power Consumption Maximum : 91 W
Typical : 38 W
Standby : < 0.3 W
Dimensions 709.2 mm wide
448.1 to 518.1 mm tall
207.0 mm deep
Weight 15.2 kg

 

31.5-inch Dell S3221QS Monitor : Price + Availability

The Dell S3221QS is available globally starting 20 August 2020, with these starting prices :

  • Dell S3221QS : US$499.99 (about £396 / A$717 / S$696 / RM 2,131)

In the US and Canada, it comes with a 1-Year Advanced Exchange Service & Premium Panel Exchange.

Worldwide, it comes with a 3-Year Advanced Exchange Service & Premium Panel Exchange. *

* May or may not be applicable when it comes to Malaysia. We will update with more details later.

 

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27-inch Dell S2721QS / S2721Q : 4K UHD Multimedia Monitor!

The 27-inch Dell S2721QS / S2721Q are lifestyle-inspired 4K UHD monitors with thin bezels and AMD FreeSync support.

Here is everything you need to know about these new Dell 4K UHD monitors!

 

27-inch Dell S2721QS / S2721Q : 4K UHD Multimedia Monitor

The Dell S2721QS / S2721Q is a 27-inch lifestyle-inspired 4K UHD monitor, with ultra-thin and AMD FreeSync support.

Here is a summary of its key features :

  • 4K UHD resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels and 99% sRGB colour gamut
  • tear-free gaming with AMD FreeSync, and a 60 Hz refresh rate
  • available with a fixed stand (S2721Q) or a height-adjustable stand with tilt, swivel and pivot capabilities (S2721QS)
  • flicker-free display with ComfortView for low blue light emission
  • built-in dual 3 watt speakers and dual HDMI ports
  • Dell Premium Panel Exchange allows for a free panel replacement during the Limited Hardware Warranty period, even if only one bright pixel is found.
  • Minimise downtime with Dell’s Advanced Exchange Service.

 

27-inch Dell S2721QS / S2721Q Monitor : Specifications Compared

In this table, we compare the specifications of the QS and Q variants of the Dell S2721 monitor :

Specifications Dell S2721Q Dell S2721QS
Display Size 27-inch (68.47 cm)
Display Resolution 3840 x 2160 pixels
Refresh Rate 60 Hz
Panel Type IPS, Anti-Glare with 3H hardness
Backlight White LED Edgelight
Adaptive Sync Yes, AMD FreeSync
Response Time 4 ms (Grey to Grey in Extreme Mode)
Contrast Ratio 1,300 : 1
Brightness 350 nits
Viewing Angle 178° (vertical and horizontal)
Colours Range 1.07 Billion
Colour Gamut 99% sRGB
VESA Compatible Yes, 100 x 100 mm
Speakers 2 x 3 W speakers
Ports 2 x HDMI 2.0
1 x DisplayPort 1.2
1 x audio out
Adjustments Tilt : -5° to +21° Height : 110 mm
Tilt : -5° to +21°
Swivel : -30° to +30°
Pivot : -90° to +90°
Power Consumption Maximum : 52 W
Typical : 28 W
Standby : < 0.3 W
Dimensions 611.6 mm wide
453.4 mm tall
186.8 mm deep
611.6 mm wide
400.1 to 510.1 mm tall
174.7 mm deep
Weight 8.1 kg 9.2 kg

 

27-inch Dell S2721QS / S2721Q Monitor : Price + Availability

The Dell S2721QS / S2721Q is available globally starting 20 August 2020, with these starting prices :

  • Dell S2721Q : US$419.99 (about £332 / A$600 / S$584 / RM 1,790)
  • Dell S2721QS : US$449.99 (about £355 / A$644 / S$625 / RM 1,918)

In the US and Canada, it comes with a 1-Year Advanced Exchange Service & Premium Panel Exchange.

Worldwide, it comes with a 3-Year Advanced Exchange Service & Premium Panel Exchange. *

* May or may not be applicable when it comes to Malaysia. We will update with more details later.

 

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Acer Predator XB323QK NV : 4K HDR Gaming Monitor!

The 2020 Predator XB323QK NV is Acer’s next-generation 4K HDR gaming monitor!

Let’s dive into its key features and specifications, as well as its price and availability!

 

Acer Predator XB323QK NV : 4K HDR Gaming Monitor!

The Acer Predator XB323QK NV is a 31.5-inch gaming monitor, with an IPS panel that is VESA DisplayHDR 400 certified.

It can drive a 4H resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels, at up to 144 Hz, and supports the NVIDIA G-SYNC adaptive sync technology.

On top of that, it has a wide colour gamut of 90% DCI-P3, with 32-bit colour support, and an ACM contrast ratio of 100 million to 1.

It comes with two 4W speakers built-in, and these two new features :

  • RGB LightSense lets you choose a variety of lighting effects, including colour, speed, duration and brightness, that can react to gameplay, music or video
  • AdaptiveLight automatically adjusts the display backlights to match the ambient light in the room.

 

Acer Predator XB323QK NV : Specifications

Specifications Acer Predator XB323QK NV
Display Size 31.5-inch
Display Resolution 3840 x 2160 pixels
Refresh Rate 144 Hz (maximum)
Panel Type IPS
Adaptive Sync Yes, NVIDIA G-SYNC
Response Time TBA
Contrast Ratio 100 Million : 1
Brightness 400 nits (HDR400 mode)
Viewing Angle 178° (vertical and horizontal)
Colours Range 1.07 Billion
Colour Gamut 90% DCI-P3
Speakers 2 x 4 watt speakers
Ports 2 x DP
4 x USB 3.0
1 x USB-C (power)
1 x headphone out
Adjustments Height : TBA
Tilt : -5° to +35°
Swivel : -45° to +45°
Pivot : TBA

 

Acer Predator XB323QK NV : Price + Availability

The Acer Predator XB323QK NV is slated to be available in these regions :

  • North America : September 2020
  • EMEA : August 2020
  • China : July 2020

There is no know price yet. We will update this article when we know more.

 

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Dell G7 15 7500 Gaming Laptop : What You Need To Know!

The Dell G7 15 7500 boasts the latest 10th Gen Intel Core processor and NVIDIA GeForce graphics, with a 4K OLED display panel.

Let’s dive into its key features and specifications, as well as its starting price and availability!

 

Dell G7 15 7500 Gaming Laptop : Dominate In Style!

The Dell G7 15 7500 is part of the Dell G Series, which are designed to deliver stylish gaming laptops for entry-level to mainstream gamers.

Thin, Sophisticated Design

The Dell G7 15 7500 gaming laptop features a Mineral Black chassis, with iridescent silver accents, that is just 18.3 mm thin.

You can equip it with a 4-zone RGB keyboard with WASD and chassis lighting, for an unforgettable look and feel.

Ultimate Gaming Experience

The Dell G7 15 7500 gaming laptop comes with the latest 10th Gen Intel Core processor, with the latest NVIDIA GeForce graphics, and a dual-fan cooling system to keep them cool.

You also have the option of equipping it with dual drives, including M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD options for super-fast boot-ups.

Immersive Display Options

The Dell G7 15 7500 gaming laptop comes with a variety of 15.6-inch display options, starting with a Full HD panel with a 144 Hz refresh rate.

You can boost that up to 300 Hz refresh rate, or opt for a 4K OLED display with 400 nits of brightness.

Gaming On-The-Go

The Dell G7 15 7500 starts with a 3-cell 56 WHr quick-charging battery. You can upgrade it to a 6-cell 86 WHr battery for longer gaming-on-the-go.

 

Dell G7 15 7500 Gaming Laptop : Specifications

Specifications Dell G7 15 7500
Display Options FHD (1920 x 1080) WVA display (144 Hz)
FHD (1920 x 1080) WVA display (300 Hz)
4K (3840 x 2160) OLED display (60 Hz)
Processor Options Intel Core i5-10300H
Intel Core i7-10750H
Intel Core i9-10980HK
Memory Options DDR4-2933 (8 GB / 16 GB / 32 GB)
Graphics Options NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti (4 GB)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (6 GB)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (6 GB)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q (8 GB)
Storage Options 128 GB PCIe M.2 SSD (Class 35)
256 GB PCIe M.2 SSD (Class 35/40)
512 GB PCIe M.2 SSD (Class 35/40)
1 TB PCIe M.2 SSD (Class 40)
Connectivity Options 802.11ac + Bluetooth 4.1
802.11ac + Bluetooth 5.0
Gigabit Ethernet (GTX 1650 Ti)
Gigabit Ethernet with Killer Ethernet (all other models)
Keyboard Options Spill-resistant keyboard
Backlit, spill-resistant WASD keyboard
4-zone RGB backlit, spill resistant WASD keyboard
Touch Pad Precision touch pad
Camera 720p HD webcam
Audio 2 Tuned Speakers with nahimic 3D audio
1 combo headphone + microphone jack
Dual-Array Digital Microphone
Common Ports 1 x HDMI 2.0
3 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type A
1 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type A (PowerShare)
1 x Microphone + Headphone Jack
Additional Ports
(GTX 1650 Ti only)
1 x USB-C DisplayPort Alt-Mode only
1 x RJ45 LAN
Additional Ports
(All Other Models)
1 x Thunderbolt 3
1 x miniDP
1 x RJ45 LAN
Battery Options 56 WHr, 3-Cell Battery
86 WHr, 6-Cell Battery
AC Adaptor 130 Watt AC Adapter
240 Watt AC Adapter
Dimensions 357.2 mm wide
267.7 mm deep
18.3 mm thick
Weight To be determined

 

Dell G7 15 7500 Gaming Laptop : Price + Availability

The Dell G7 15 7500 gaming laptop will be available for sale globally from 29 June 2020, with a starting price of US$1,429.99 / ~£1,160 / ~A$2,097 / ~S$2,014 / ~RM 6,199.

It will be available for sale here in Malaysia from 14 July 2020 onwards, with a starting price of RM 6,499 / ~US$1,520 / ~£1,214 / ~A$2,196 / ~S$2,114 for the following configuration :

  • 15.6-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080) 144Hz 300 nits WVA display
  • Intel Core i7-10750H 6-core processor
  • 8 GB DDR4-2933 RAM (2 x 4 GB)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (6 GB)
  • 512 GB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD
  • Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650
  • 4-Zone RGB Backlit Keyboard

 

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Samsung Malaysia June 2020 QLED TV Deals!

Samsung Malaysia has some great 2020 QLED TV deals this month, if you are looking for an upgrade! Check them out!

 

Samsung Malaysia June 2020 QLED TV Deals!

To celebrate the official availability of the latest 2020 QLED TVs, Samsung Malaysia just announced their Raya Bergaya, Ceria Bersama promotion with these great deals!

June 2020 QLED TV Deals #1 : Free Gifts!

Qualifying 2020 TV Models RRP Free Gift Online Purchase
85-inch Q950TS QLED 8K RM 64,999 The Sero TV
+ Sero Wheel
worth RM 7,298
Option 1 | Option 2
75-inch Q950TS QLED 8K RM 44,999 Option 1 | Option 2
65-inch Q950TS QLED 8K RM 29,999 Option 1 | Option 2
82-inch Q800T QLED 8K RM 39,999 Option 1 | Option 2
75-inch Q800T QLED 8K RM 29,999 Option 1 | Option 2
65-inch The Frame QLED 4K RM 10,999 2 x The Frame
customisable bezel
worth RM 988
Option 1 | Option 2
48-inch The Sero QLED 4K RM 6,999 The Sero Wheel
worth RM 299
Option 1 | Option 2

June 2020 QLED TV Deals #2 : Purchase with Purchase!

Samsung Malaysia is also offering these Samsung soundbars at a special PWP (Purchase with Purchase) price with the purchase of any Samsung TV!

Qualifying Soundbar Models RRP PWP Price Online Purchase
Harman / Kardon (HW-Q90R) RM 6,499 RM 4,299 Option 1 | Option 2
Harman / Kardon (HW-Q70R) RM 3,399 RM 2,499 Option 1Option 2
Harman / Kardon (HW-Q60R) RM 2,599 RM 1,699 Option 1 | Option 2
Soundbar HW-R650 RM 1,699 RM 1,199 Option 1 | Option 2

 

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Canon EOS-1D X Mark III : Key Features Explained!

Canon just launched the EOS-1D X Mark III – especially designed for photography professionals.

Let’s find out from Canon what’s new in the EOS-1D X Mark III, and if this is the DSLR camera for you!

 

Canon EOS-1D X Mark III : Key Features Explained!

Let’s start with a presentation by Jack Kik, the Senior Product Specialist from Canon Malaysia, on the key features of the Canon EOS-1D X Mark III.

Here is a quick TLDR summary of its key features :

  • A new 20.1 megapixel 35 mm full frame CMOS sensor
  • Continuous shooting speeds of up to 16 fps (viewfinder shooting), and up to 20 fps (Live View) with AF/AE tracking
  • DIGIC X image processor with CFexpress media (dual slots), which allows a burst rate of approximately 1000 shots (RAW + JPEG)
  • New AF sensor combined with AI Servo AF IV delivers significant improvement in AF speed and tracking performance
  • 4K UHD and 4K DCI movie recording at 60p/50p, and supports Canon Log 4:2:2 10-bit in-camera recording
  • In-camera recording of 5.5K RAW movies with simultaneous MP4 files
  • Built-in Bluetooth, GPS and Wi-Fi with FTP. Supports 5 GHz wireless LAN and compatible with 2×2 MIMO when used with WFT-E9

Improved Autofocus Performance

Its new 20.1 megapixel sensor adopts a square pixel design, with a 28X increase in pixel density for both vertical and horizontal directions.

This increases its available AF points in the optical viewfinder to 191 points, from just 61 points in the EOS-1D X Mark II. Its AF points support exposure of up to f/8 with 65 cross-type AF points, allowing for better AF accuracy.

Greatly Improved Performance

Its new DIGIC X processor is 3X faster than the Mark II’s dual DIGIC 6+ processors in image processing, and up to 380X faster in general computing performance, delivering much faster subject recognition and tracking performance.

Better Noise Reduction

The Canon EOS-1D X Mark II reduces noise in both the CMOS sensor, as well as DIGIG X image processing, increasing the upper limit of normal ISO speed by one stop to 102,400.

Its image quality in the ISO 6400-12800 range, frequently used by sports and news photographers, has also been improved with better noise control.

Higher Image Quality

Its new 16-point low-pass filter reduces moiré and colour distortion, as well as image resolution. This low-pass filter also incorporates Gaussian filter features to better work with high-resolution lenses.

The EOS-1D X Mark III now supports HDR OQ HEIF – a 10-bit recording standard that uses a high-resolution and low-noise approach, to reproduce an image that is sharper and much closer to reality.

Faster Burst Shots

Burst shooting speed has been increased to 16 frames per second. This may cause a blackout of the viewfinder, interrupting your tracking of the subject.

To avoid that, the EOS-1D X Mark III has a new mirror system with a high-speed mechanism to retract and reset the mirror, combined with an optical system that displays images in real time.

For Live View shooting, it can perform burst shots at up to 20 frames per second for both RAW and RAW+JPEG recording.

4K Recording Without Cropping

The EOS-1D X Mark III is the first Canon full-frame camera to support 4K video recording, without cropping. In addition to the 4K UHD 16:9 standard by ITU, it also supports the 4K DCI 17:9 standard by Digital Camera Initiative.

It supports Canon Log YCbCr 4:2:2 10-bit video output and ITU-R BT.2020 colour gamut. For wider colour gradation, vivid colour range and smaller file size, it encodes video using H.265 HEVC encoding.

Dual CFexpress Card Slots

The EOS-1D X Mark III comes with dual CFexpress card slots. The ultra fast transfer rate of CFexpress media, coupled with its extended buffer memory, lets the Mark III achieve a continuous burst rate of 1,000 RAW shots.

The Mark III can shoot continuously for a full minute at 16 fps, while the EOS-1D X Mark II can only shoot at 14 fps for just 12 seconds.

Enhanced Connectivity

The Canon EOS-1D X Mark III comes with a built-in GPS receiver, and Wi-Fi connectivity with FTP functions. This lets you maintain a log of your shooting locations, and transfer your files off the camera to your computer wirelessly.

But should you prefer to use a cable, it supports USB 3.1 Gen 2 – offering twice the speed of USB 3.0.

 

Canon EOS-1D X Mark III : Price + Availability

The Canon EOS-1D X Mark III (body only) has a recommended retail price of RM 29,999 / ~S$9,946 / US$5,499 / ~£5,616 / ~A$ 10,732.

It is already available for sale in the US and EMEA, but will be available for sale in Malaysia from February 2020 onwards. Here are some online purchase options :

United States

  • Body only : $5,499
  • Body + CFexpress Card + Reader Bundle : $6,499

 

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Acer ConceptD 5 | ConceptD 5 Pro For Graphic Designers!

The Acer ConceptD 5 | ConceptD 5 Pro is a new laptop designed for the discerning graphic designer, offering the power of a desktop computer, in a svelte and light chassis.

Here is our quick primer on Pro and non-Pro variants of this designer laptop!

 

Acer ConceptD 5 | ConceptD 5 Pro For Graphic Designers!

The Acer ConceptD 5 and ConceptD 5 Pro are designed to be a light and thin laptop, weighing just 1.5 kg (3.3 lbs) and just 16.9 mm (0.67 inch) thick. Yet, they pack a lot of professional-grade hardware.

Flip the cover and a PANTONE-validated IPS display with a 4K UHD resolution greets you. To ensure colour accuracy for design work, it displays 100% of the Adobe RGB colour gamut, with Delta E <2.

They are both powered by the 9th Gen Intel Core i7 mobile processor, with up to 16 GB of DDR4 memory, and up to two 512 GB PCIe NVMe SSDs in RAID 0.

They will come with AMD Radeon RX Vega M GL graphics in some regions, and a choice between NVIDIA Quadro and GeForce graphics in other regions.

They come with a full range of ports, including a USB-C Gen 1 port, a DisplayPort and a dedicated USB port that supports offline charging.

There is also has an embedded fingerprint reader that allows for easier login through Windows Hello.

They are both kept cool by a 4th Gen AeroBlade 3D fan. It features very thin 0.1 mm fan blades with a serrated edge, winglets along the top and bottom, as well as a curved fin along the inner portion of each blade. Acer claims this increases airflow by up to 45%!

To keep things quiet though, the AeroBlade 3D fan has a noise reduction mechanism that keeps it down to less than 40 dB – as quiet as a library!

 

Acer ConceptD 5 | ConceptD 5 Pro Specifications

How do the Pro and non-Pro models differ? Only in aspect – the Pro model uses a Quadro RTX 3000 / Quadro T1000, while the non-Pro model uses a GeForce GTX 1660 Ti or Radeon RX Vega M GL.

Specifications ConceptD 5 Pro ConceptD 5
Display 17.3-inch or 15.6-inch IPS Display
– 4K UHD resolution
– 100% Adobe RGB, Delta E<2
15.6-inch IPS Display
– 4K UHD resolution
– 100% Adobe RGB, Delta E<2
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Pro
Processor Intel Core i7-9750H
Memory 16 GB DDR4-2666 (Dual-Channel)
Graphics Quadro RTX 3000 (6 GB)
Quadro T1000 (4 GB)
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (4 GB)
Radeon RX Vega M GL
Storage 2 x 256 GB PCIe NVMe SSDs in RAID 0
Max Thickness 24.7 mm (17.3-inch)
23.0 mm (15.6-inch)
16.9 mm
Weight 2.8 kg (17.3-inch)
2.5 kg (15.6-inch)
1.5 kg

 

Acer ConceptD 5 | ConceptD 5 Pro Price + Availability

Both models will be available in these regions at the following recommended retail prices :

  • North America in July 2019 : Starting at USD 1,699 / ~£ 1,302 / ~€ 1,506 /~RM 6,992
  • EMEA in July 2019 : Starting at EUR 1,699 / ~US$ 1,918 / ~£ 1,469  /~RM 7,923
  • China in May 2019 : Starting at RMB 12,999 / ~US$ 1,937 / ~£ 1,484 / ~€ 1,716 /~RM 8,003

Here in Malaysia, it is available in three variants, with immediate effect :

  • CN517-71P (17.3-inch, Quadro RTX 3000) : RM 8,699
  • CN515-71P (15.6-inch, Quadro RTX 3000) : RM 7,999
  • CN515-71P (15.6-inch, Quadro T1000) : RM 6,999

 

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Acer ConceptD 7 | ConceptD 7 Pro for 6K RED Video Editing!

The Acer ConceptD 7 | ConceptD 7 Pro is an innocuous-looking powerhouse, designed to power real-time 6K RED video editing and rendering, while looking compact and stylish!

Here’s a quick look at the ConceptD 7 | ConceptD 7 Pro creator laptop!

 

Acer ConceptD 7 | ConceptD 7 Pro for 6K RED Video Editing!

The Acer ConceptD 7 and ConceptD 7 Pro boast a 15.6-inch PANTONE-validated IPS display with a 4K UHD resolution. It naturally covers 100% of the Adobe RGB colour gamut, with colour accuracy of Delta E <2.

They are both powered by the new 9th Gen Intel Core i7 mobile processor, and differ only in their graphics processor.

The Pro model is available with either Quadro RTX 5000 or Quadro RTX 3000 graphics. The non-Pro model is available with either GeForce RTX 2080 or GeForce RTX 2060 graphics.

Even with all that computing power, they are both just 17.9 mm (0.7 inch) thick and weigh just 2.1 kg (4.63 lbs)!

Thanks to their Thunderbolt 3 and Mini DP ports, you can hook them up to three external displays. They also boast Killer DoubleShot Pro for strong and reliable WiFi connectivity.

Both Pro and non-Pro models are kept cool by a 4th Gen AeroBlade 3D fan. It features very thin 0.1 mm fan blades with a serrated edge, winglets along the top and bottom, as well as a curved fin along the inner portion of each blade. Acer claims this increases airflow by up to 45%!

To keep things quiet though, the AeroBlade 3D fan has a noise reduction mechanism that keeps it down to less than 40 dB – as quiet as a library!

 

Acer ConceptD 7 | ConceptD 7 Pro Specifications

How do the Pro and non-Pro models differ? Only in aspect – the Pro model uses a Quadro RTX 5000 / RTX 3000, while the non-Pro model uses a GeForce RTX 2080 / RTX 2060.

Specifications ConceptD 7 Pro ConceptD 7
Display 15.6-inch 4K UHD IPS Display
– 100% Adobe RGB, Delta E<2
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Pro
Processor Intel Core i7-9750H
Memory 16 GB DDR4-2666 (Dual-Channel)
Graphics Quadro RTX 5000 (16 GB)
Quadro RTX 3000 (6 GB)
GeForce RTX 2080 (8 GB)
GeForce RTX 2060 (6 GB)
Storage 2 x 256 GB PCIe NVMe SSDs in RAID 0
Max Thickness 17.9 mm
Weight 2.1 kg

 

Acer ConceptD 7 | ConceptD 7 Pro Price + Availability

Both models will be available in these regions at the following recommended retail prices :

  • North America in July 2019 : Starting at USD 2,299 / ~£ 1,755 / ~€ 2,034 /~RM 9,461
  • EMEA in July 2019 : Starting at EUR 2,299 / ~US$ 2,599 / ~£ 1,984  /~RM 10,695
  • China in May 2019 : Starting at RMB 19,999 / ~US$ 2,981 / ~£ 2,276 / ~€ 2,638 /~RM 12,268

Here in Malaysia, it is available in three variants, with immediate effect :

  • CN715-71P (Quadro RTX 5000) : RM 12,999
  • CN715-71P (Quadro RTX 3000) : RM 8,699
  • CN715-71-744Z (GeForce RTX 2060) : RM 9,999

 

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Acer ConceptD 9 | ConceptD 9 Pro Creator Laptop Revealed!

Acer unveiled the ConceptD 9 at IFA 2019 – their top-of-the-line creator laptop that adapts to a variety of usage modes using a special Ezel Aero Hinge.

The Acer ConceptD 9 and ConceptD 9 Pro are now available, and here is our primer on these exciting new creator laptops!

 

The 17.3-inch Acer ConceptD 9  | ConceptD 9 Pro Creator Laptops

The Acer ConceptD 9 and ConceptD 9 Pro boast a large 17.3-inch PANTONE-validated IPS display with a 4K UHD resolution. It naturally covers 100% of the Adobe RGB colour gamut, with colour accuracy of Delta E <1.

Thanks to the CNC-machined Ezel Aero Hinge, their display can be flipped, extended or reclined to suit your needs.

They also come with a Wacom EMR stylus that has 4,096 levels of pressure, and magnetically attaches to the chassis.

They are both powered by the 9th Gen Intel Core mobile processor, with up to 32 GB of DDR4-2666 memory, and two 512 GB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSDs in RAID 0.

The real difference between the two models? The Pro comes with NVIDIA Quadro RTX 5000 graphics, while the non-Pro model comes with NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 graphics.

All that computing power and fast storage ensure that creators will have no issue working natively with 8K video. pr complex 3D models.

They are both kept cool by a 4th Gen AeroBlade 3D fan. It features very thin 0.1 mm fan blades with a serrated edge, winglets along the top and bottom, as well as a curved fin along the inner portion of each blade. Acer claims this increases airflow by up to 45%!

To keep things quiet though, the AeroBlade 3D fan has a noise reduction mechanism that keeps it down to less than 40 dB – as quiet as a library!

 

Acer ConceptD 9 | ConceptD 9 Pro Specifications

How do the Pro and non-Pro models differ? Only in aspect – the Pro model uses a Quadro RTX 5000, while the non-Pro model uses a GeForce RTX 2080.

Specifications ConceptD 9 Pro ConceptD 9
Display 17.3-inch 4K UHD Touch IPS Display
– 100% Adobe RGB, Delta E<1
– Ezel AeroHinge Display
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Pro
Processor Intel Core i7-9750H
Memory 32 GB DDR4-2666 (Dual-Channel)
Graphics NVIDIA Quadro
RTX 5000 (16 GB)
NVIDIA GeForce
RTX 2080 (8 GB)
Storage 2 x 512 GB PCIe NVMe SSDs in RAID 0
Stylus Yes, Wacom Active Touch Stylus
Max Thickness 26.5 mm
Weight 4.3 kg

 

Acer ConceptD 9 | ConceptD 9 Pro Price + Availability

These new creator laptops will be available in these regions at the following recommended retail prices :

  • North America in August 2019 : Starting at USD 4,999 / ~£ 3,817 / ~€ 4,423 /~RM 20,572
  • EMEA in August 2019 : Starting at EUR 4,999 / ~US$ 5,650 / ~£ 4,316  /~RM 23,253
  • China in August 2019 : Starting at RMB 49,999 / ~US$ 7,453 / ~£ 5,692 / ~€ 6,594 /~RM 30,671

Here in Malaysia, the Acer ConceptD 9 Pro (CN917-71P) is available for RM 18,999 with immediate effect, with the ConceptD 9 available on request.

 

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The 2019 Acer Predator Triton 900 Gaming Monster Preview!

The 2019 Acer Predator Triton 900 is no ordinary gaming laptop. It boasts a unique convertible design thanks to its Ezel Aero Hinge.

Let’s take a closer look at the new Acer Predator Triton 900, and show you why we call it the Gaming Monster!

 

The 2019 Acer Predator Triton 900 Tech Briefing

Let’s start with the 2019 Acer Predator Triton 900 tech briefing by Jeffrey Lai, Senior Product Manager of Acer Malaysia.

 

The 2019 Acer Predator Triton 900

The 2019 Acer Predator Triton 900 is built around the unique Ezel Aero Hinge that flips, extends or reclines the 17.3-inch display, for four usage modes :

  • Display Mode for sharing the screen with friends
  • Ezel Mode for playing games on the touch screen
  • Notebook Mode for playing computer games
  • Stand Mode for using the Triton 900 like a tablet!

It is designed to be a gaming powerhouse, with an Intel Core i7 processor and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 graphics, all kept cool by 4th Gen AeroBlade 3D fans.

It also comes with 16 GB or 32 GB of DDR4 memory, and two 512 GB NVMe SSDs in RAID 0, as well as a mechanical keyboard with per-key RGB lighting. Next to its keyboard is a large trackpad that doubles as a virtual number pad.

Its 17.3-inch display has an IPS panel with a 4K UHD resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels, and it supports NVIDIA G-SYNC. It also comes with a built-in Xbox wireless receiver that lets you play your PC games with an Xbox controller!

 

The 2019 Acer Predator Triton 900 Specifications

Specifications2019 Acer Predator Triton 900
Display17.3-inch IPS touchscreen display
- 3840 x 2160 pixels
Operating SystemMicrosoft Windows 10 Home
ProcessorIntel Core i7-9850H
- 6 cores, 12 threads
- 2.6 GHz base clock, 4.6 GHz boost clock
Memory16 GB / 32 GB DDR4 SDRAM
- 2 SODIMM slots
Graphics ProcessorNVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (8 GB GDDR6)
Storage2 x 512 GB NVMe PCIe SSDs in RAID 0
ConnectivityLAN : Gigabit Ethernet
WiFi : 802.11ac
Bluetooth : BT 5.0
Audio4 Speakers
Ports1 x HDMI
1 x DisplayPort
1 x USB 2.0
2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1
1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 / Thunderbolt 3 / USB-C
KeyboardBacklit keyboard
Power4-cell Lithium Polymer battery (4670 mAh)
330 watt power supply
Dimensions438.0 mm wide
303.3 mm deep
23.8 mm thick
Weight4.50 kg

 

The 2019 Acer Predator Triton 900 Price + Availability

The 2019 Acer Predator Triton 900 is available right now in Malaysia at the official price of RM 15,999 / ~$3,864 / ~£3,044 / ~€3,400 with the following specifications :

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  • 9th Gen Intel Core i7 processor
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 graphics
  • 17.3-inch 4K UHD IPS touch panel display
  • 16 GB dual-channel DDR4 memory
  • 2 x 512 GB PCIe NVMe SSDs in RAID 0
  • Killer Doubleshot Pro Wireless LAN

 

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2019 Samsung Forum – QLED 8K + 4K TVs, iTunes & More!

Marking their 10th anniversary, the 2019 Samsung Forum just kicked off in tropical Singapore with new QLED 8K and 4K televisions!

Samsung also revealed a whole range of improved 4K QLED TVs, including The Frame and The Wall; as well as the introduction of iTunes and a new harman/kardon soundbar!

 

The 2019 Samsung Forum

Marking their 10th anniversary, the 2019 Samsung Forum is an annual showcase of the latest Samsung home technologies and appliances. This is where Samsung will show off their latest home entertainment products and home appliances.

 

New 2019 QLED 8K + 4K TVs!

Samsung naturally has a new line-up of QLED TVs. Here is the official presentation on the 2019 Samsung QLED 8K and 4K TVs.

Headlining the new QLED TV range is the new Samsung Q900R QLED 8K TV, with sizes that range from 65-inches all the way to a mind-boggling 98-inches!

The new 4K QLED TV line-up will be the Q90R series, the Q80R series, the Q70R series and the Q60R series with 43-inch to 82-inch sizes. In total, the 2019 QLED family encompasses more than 20 models!

All these new QLED TVs boast upgraded Ultra Viewing Angle technology, thanks to an improved panel structure and new screen calibration algorithms. They will therefore deliver better image quality from every viewing angle, without glare or reflections in brightly-lit rooms.

 

New Smart TV Features, Including iTunes Movies!

Samsung also announced a bevy of new Smart TV features, including a new iTunes Movies and TV Shows app, and support for Apple AIrPlay 2.

The 2019 Samsung Smart TVs will also work with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, allowing you to control its features using voice commands.

 

New Samsung Q70R Soundable

Samsung also announced the new Q70R Soundbar, developed in partnership with their subsidiary, harman/kardon. It is their first soundbar to offer true object-based surround sound.

 

The Wall + The Frame : 2019 Editions!

Finally, Samsung announced greatly-improved versions of The Wall and The Frame lifestyle TVs. They now feature QLED display panels for the first time!

 

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Bezel-less Samsung Micro LED Displays Revealed!

At CES 2019, Samsung revealed their new Micro LED technology, which were introduced in a new 75-inch TV display, a 219-inch The Wall, and even a modular Micro LED display!

The New Samsung Micro LED TV Displays

The new Samsung Micro LED panels are built from microscopic inorganic LED chips that individually emit red, green and blue light. This allows them to deliver a new level of picture quality.

219-inch The Wall

The Micro LED technology was first introduced at CES 2018, in the 146-inch The Wall model. This year, Samsung showcase a whopping 219-inch The Wall model!

75-inch 4K Micro LED TV

In addition, by narrowing the gap between the microscopic LED chips, they were able to create a 75-inch 4K Micro LED TV!

Modular Micro LED Display

Thanks to the modular nature of Micro LED, users can expand their display to any size they desire, even irregular 9×3, 1×7 or 5×1 screen sizes.

The Samsung Micro LED technology also optimises the content no matter the size and shape of the screen. Even when adding more modules, Samsung Micro LED displays can scale to increase the resolution — all while keeping the pixel density constant.

Additionally, Micro LED can support everything from the standard 16:9 content, to 21:9 widescreen films, to unconventional aspect ratios like 32:9, or even 1:1 – without having to make any compromises in its picture quality.

Finally, because Micro LED displays are bezel-free, there are no borders between modules – even when you add more. The result is a seamless, infinity pool effect that allows the display to blend into any environment.

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The 2018 QLED TV Year-End Price + Promotion Revealed!

Samsung revealed the 2018 QLED TV range in March 2018, promising unrivalled viewing experience without distractions. They recently invited us to a refresher briefing on the 2018 QLED TV range, and their year-end price and promotions. Here are the full details!

 

The 2018 QLED TV Media Briefing

Vincent Lee, Head of AV TV, Samsung Consumer Electronics, explains the key features of the 2018 QLED TV series.

Q Picture : Purest Pictures Without Distractions

To create even more stunning picture quality with pristine contrast, the TVs feature the new Direct Full Array which uses a panel with zones of smartly controlled backlighting that adjust automatically to deliver deep blacks and pure whites. This reduces blooming and halo effects and enables deeper contrast, with inky blacks and brilliant whites.

Advanced Anti-reflection technology ensures that the TVs’ spectacular picture quality can be enjoyed from almost any angle, and also helps boost contrast. Aligned with the new products, which include models wider than 55 inches, Q Engine technology automatically upscales on-screen content to UHD levels to further enhance viewers’ immersion.

Q Style: Spend Time Watching, Not Searching

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Samsung’s 2018 QLED TVs’ style changes based on innovative technologies are also noticeable. Magic Screen is an energy-saving function that allows the TV to elegantly display images as well as real-time information such as the weather or news. For wall-mounted TVs,

Magic Screen can mimic the pattern on the wall behind the TV to create an astonishing visual effect in which the TV blends seamlessly into the wall.

Samsung has also introduced a simple solution to eliminate cable clutter, called the One Invisible Connection, which integrates power cables and data lines that were previously separated to allow the TVs to harmonise with their surrounding aesthetic. Available up to 15 meters, it frees consumers from having to place their TV near data or power outlets.

Q Smart: Value Beyond Investment

The new QLED TVs are designed to seamlessly connect with SmartThings-compatible devices to offer users even greater control over their home’s smart technology. In addition, users can access a variety of apps on the QLED TVs that they can enjoy at any time through one intuitive menu.

 

The 2018 QLED TV Year-End Price + Promotion

Vincent runs through the 2018 QLED TV range, including their year-end prices and promotions.

2018 Samsung QLED Series Malaysia RRP Best US Price
(31 Oct ’18)
Best UK Price
(31 Oct ’18)
Q9F 4K Smart QLED TV 75-inch RM 34,999 $4,998 £4,699
65-inch RM 19,499 $2,998 £2,399
Q8C 4K Curved Smart QLED TV 65-inch RM 17,499 $2,399.95 £2,099
55-inch RM 9,799 $1,599.95 £1,499
Q7F 4K Smart QLED TV 75-inch RM 31,131 $2,798 £3,699
65-inch RM 15,093 $1,998 £1,899
55-inch RM 8,793 $998 £1,299
Q6F 4K Smart QLED TV 65-inch RM 13,206 $1,298 £1,499
55-inch RM 7,299 $998 £999

Samsung is offering a year-end promotion for the 2018 QLED TV range, with rewards of up to RM 3,599 / ~US$ 900.

 

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BenQ TK800 4K HDR Projector In-Depth Review!

Designed to deliver the big screen experience, the BenQ TK800 4K HDR projector is their top-of-the-line 4K HDR projector for the home entertainment market.

Find out why the BenQ TK800 won our Reviewer’s Choice Award!

 

BenQ TK800 Key Features Summarised

Here is a quick video that summarises the key features of the BenQ TK800 4K HDR projector :

 

BenQ TK800 Price + Availability

The BenQ TK800 4K HDR Projector is available at a retail price of RM 5,599 in Malaysia / US$ 1,499. Here are some online purchase links :

 

Unboxing The BenQ TK800

The BenQ TK800 (MY|SG|US|UK|AU) comes in an unassuming brown box, with a discreet TK800 label on the lower right corner. Let’s unbox it and see what we find inside!

Once you fully unbox it, you will find the following items :

  • One BenQ TK800 4K HDR projector with lens cap
  • One 3 m long power cord with localised power plug
  • One BenQ RCV015 remote control
  • Two Maxell AA alkaline batteries
  • One CD containing the User Manual and Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • One BenQ User Manual Addendum sheet
  • One BenQ Quick Start Guide

Note that the package does not include any HDMI cable. While you can use HDMI 1.4 cables, it is recommended that you use HDMI 2.0a/b cables that are certified for 4K video at 60 Hz with HDR.

 

The BenQ TK800 Up Close!

The BenQ TK800 (MY|SG|US|UK|AU) is a compact projector that weighs just 4.2 kg. Its powerful 240 watt lamp allows it to create 4K HDR displays at up to 200″ in size at 3,000 lumens!

Its DLP projection system is built around a single DMD chip and a new 4-segment colour wheel that delivers 30-bit colour resolution, with a wide colour gamut of over 92% of Rec. 709!

The TK800 comes with a plethora of connectivity options – all the way from the good old VGA port to the latest HDMI 2.0 port (with HDCP 2.2).

And a combination of three adjuster feet and easy keystone correction allows you to properly align the projected image.

Next Page > The BenQ TK800 Display Capabilities

 

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4K Lens System

The BenQ TK800 features an optical system designed for 4K projection.

The lens array consists of four groups of 7 lens elements, with low-dispersion coatings to minimise chromatic aberrations.

This 4K lens system provides up to 1.2X optical zoom, with wide apertures of f/1.94 to f/2.06.

The zoom function allows you to, for example, project a 100″ image from a distance of 3.25 m to 3.9 m away.

At its widest, the TK800 lens array will provide clear focus between 1.95 m and 6.51 m away. if you dial the zoom up to 1.2X, it will provide clear focus between 2.34 m and 7.81 m away.

 

4K UHD Resolution

The BenQ TK800 (MY|SG|US|UK|AU) is built around the 0.47″ single DMD (Digital Micromirror Device) chip from Texas Instruments.

There are over 2 million microscopic mirrors on this chip – each representing a pixel.

This DMD chip has a native resolution of 1920 x 1080, so how does the TK800 project a 4K UHD display with 4X as many pixels? That’s where the XPR Technology comes in.

 

XPR Technology

What XPR does is “wriggle” the projection lens in a circular fashion at 240 Hz, so that each micromirror creates four projected pixels, instead of just one pixel.

This effectively quadruples the DMD chip’s native resolution of 1920 x 1080 into a projected image of 3840 x 2160 pixels.

XPR allows the TK800 to deliver true 4K resolution with almost 8.3 million pixels, making the projected image appear much sharper, especially in larger projections.

However, because they were generated from a DMD chip with 1920 x 1080 independent pixels, expect aliasing artifacts.

While a true 4K DMD chip with 8.3 million micro mirrors would deliver the best possible 4K projection quality, that is many more years in the making and would be prohibitively expensive.

 

4K Scaling

The single DMD chip the BenQ TK800 (MY|SG|US|UK|AU) uses has just over 2 million micro mirrors, which gives it a native resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.

This means that all 4K content will be downsampled to 1080p, and processed for 4K output by the DMD chip. The projected image is then quadrupled by XPR to the 4K resolution.

The actual image is not a true 4K output of a proper 4K DMD chip, but it’s far better than a 1080p projection. The image processing ensures that final image is perceptively close to the actual 4K image.

The good news is – XPR will also upscale your 1080p content to the 4K display resolution, giving you a perceptively sharper and more detailed image than is possible with a 1080p projector.

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HDR With Wide Colour Gamut

DLP projectors can deliver wide colour gamuts, allowing the displayed colours to be more vivid, and more accurately reflect real world colours.

The BenQ TK800 (MY|SG|US|UK|AU) comes with a new 4-segment RGBW colour wheel which allows it to achieve 92% of the Rec. 709 colour space.

As a HDR-capable projector,  the BenQ TK800 (MY|SG|US|UK|AU) supports HDR10 content, which are enhanced with their exclusive Auto HDR Natural Colour Rendition and Projector-Optimized HDR technologies.

Auto HDR Natural Colour Rendition automatically analyses the scene and adjusts the colour temperature, and compensates for oversaturated greens and reds.

Projector-Optimized HDR, on the other hand, enhances dark details by preserving details and displaying the grayscales properly.

This is probably a combination of a light dump for the micromirrors, and the DMD chip’s ability to produce 10-bits of greyscale (1024 shades).

Do note that you should use HDMI 2.0a/b cables if you plan to display HDR content. Only HDMI 2.0a/b cables are certified for 4K video at 60 Hz with HDR.

 

Football + Sport Modes

The BenQ TK800 (MY|SG|US|UK|AU) is a home entertainment model that adds two new display modes – Football and Sport.

The Football Mode preserves natural skin tones, intensifies the vibrant colours of the lush green grass on the pitch while simultaneously enhancing the clarity of the announcer’s commentary over the loud background noise of a cheering crowd in an open-air stadium.

Sport Mode is ideal for indoor sports and prioritises realistic skin tones, enhancing wood tones as well as offering vivid reds combined with balanced green and blues.

The acoustic clarity of a sports commentator’s voice and other subtle details such as squeaking sneakers, referee whistles, and ice scraping under skates are retained and enhanced.

 

BenQ CinemaMaster Audio+ 2

The BenQ TK800 (MY|SG|US|UK|AU) features their improved CinemaMaster Audio+ 2 technology.

It uses a single 5 W speaker, with an aluminium driver diaphragm for better details in the mid and high frequencies, while a resonance chamber provides a more resonant bass.

The speaker also uses heat-resistant NdFeB magnets for a longer lifespan, and less distortion.

Next Page > Control, Adjustment, Connectivity Options, The BenQ TK800 In Action

 

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BenQ TK800 Control Options

The BenQ TK800 (MY|SG|US|UK|AU) has simple controls located on the top panel.

It consists of a Power button, arrow keys (that double as keystone and volume control keys), and other OSD function keys.

For more elaborate functions, you can use the BenQ RCV015 remote control.

The BenQ TK800 (MY|SG|US|UK|AU) projector has two IR receivers for this remote control – one located at the top, next to the controls, and the other is in front, next to the lens.

 

BenQ TK800 Adjustment Options

To keep the BenQ TK800 (MY|SG|US|UK|AU) level on uneven surfaces, it comes with three adjustment feet, all with rubber soles.

The front adjustment foot has a quick release button with four locking steps. The two rear adjustment feet are of the screw type, which allows for finer adjustments independently.

The BenQ TK800 (MY|SG|US|UK|AU) also comes with easy keystone correction. Just use the vertical keystone correction function to quickly align the projected image.

This is very useful if you plan to use the TK800 (which is portable) at different locations.

 

BenQ TK800 Connectivity Options

The BenQ TK800 (MY|SG|US|UK|AU) comes with a plethora of connectivity options, all discreetly hidden at the rear panel.

From left to right, you will find the following ports :

  • 3-pin 12 V power port
  • 3.5 mm audio-in port
  • 3.5 mm audio-out port
  • 15-pin VGA port
  • HDMI 1 – HDMI 2.0a (with HDCP 2.2)
  • HDMI 2 – HDMI 1.4 (with HDCP 1.4)
  • mini-B USB 2.0 port
  • Type A USB 2.0 port (with 1.5 A power output)
  • 12 V trigger port
  • Kensington lock slot

Please note that while there are two HDMI ports, only HDMI 1 supports HDMI 2.0a with HDCP 2.2. You should always connect your Blu-ray player, or other sources of 4K content to HDMI 1.

You should also use a HDMI 2.0a/b cable that is certified to support 4K video at 60 Hz with HDR.

 

The BenQ TK800 In Action!

We set-up the BenQ TK800 (MY|SG|US|UK|AU) in a moderately dim room, to create an image of about 80-inches in size in a small condo

4K HDR Video – Insects

We made the hall darker in this test, so you can better assess the contrast ratio (rated at 10:000:1), and the colour gamut (rated at > 92% Rec. 709).

You can’t see it in the video, but you have to go very close to the wall to make out the individual pixels. The image may have been pixel-quadrupled from 1080p, but it is perceptually indiscernible from a true 4K image.

Note too how loud and rich its single 5 W speaker sounds. BenQ delivers on the promise promise of better details and resonant bass with its  aluminium driver diaphragm and resonance chamber.

4K HDR Video – Scenery

In this test, we let more ambient light in, to simulate the usual daytime viewing with the (non-blackout) curtains drawn.

The 3000 lumens Philips bulb did a great job of delivering more than adequate brightness to tackle the ambient light coming in from the curtains on the right.

Note how vivid the images are. That’s thanks to its 4-segment RGBW colour wheel which allows it to deliver a HDR image with true white.

It also allows the TK800 to deliver a wider colour gamut in excess of  92% of the Rec. 709 colour space.

On the audio side, note the fan noise just before the test begins. It is quite audible when nothing is running, but once you start the video, the 5 watt speaker is so powerful, it completely drowns out the fan noise.

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BenQ TK800 : Our Verdict + Award

The BenQ TK800 (Price Check) is a truly impressive 4K HDR projector.

There may be brighter 4K projectors (like the 3500-lumen ViewSonic PX747-4K), but it is one of the few to offer a 4-segment colour wheel to deliver true white for a vivid HDR viewing experience, and a wide colour gamut of 92% of the Rec. 709 colour space.

This allows the TK800. to stand out amongst the crowded field of affordable 4K projectors designed to provide a cinema-like experience.

Now, it does not offer a true dot-for-dot 4K resolution like a proper 4K LCD TV would, but it delivers 4K images that are perceptually indistinguishable from true 4K images. And it gives you a much larger display size at a fraction of the cost.

DLP projection technology also eliminates a pesky problem with LCD TV technology – glare from ambient light sources. Its main problem of washed-out colours in bright ambient light is largely eliminated by the much higher 3000-lumen brightness in the BenQ TK800 (Price Check)  – 36% brighter than its predecessor, the BenQ W1700 / TH2550!

It also impressed us with its audio capabilities. Powered only by a single 5 watt speaker, it delivered a surprisingly loud and rich soundscape.

For these reasons, we believe the BenQ TK800 (Price Check) deserves our Reviewer’s Choice Award! Congratulations, BenQ!

 

BenQ TK800 vs. BenQ W1700 / TH2550

The BenQ TK800 is a much brighter version of the BenQ W1700 / TH2550 launched last year, with a new 4-segment colour wheel. Here is a comparison of their key specifications, with their differences highlighted.

SpecificationsBenQ TK800BenQ W1700 / TH2550
Projection System0.47” single DMD DLP0.47” single DMD DLP
Display Resolution3840 x 2160 pixels with XPR
1920 x 1080 pixels without XPR
3840 x 2160 pixels with XPR
1920 x 1080 pixels without XPR
Native Aspect Raio16:916:9
Colour Resolution30-bits (1.07 billion colours)30-bits (1.07 billion colours)
Colour Gamut> 92% Rec. 709> 96% Rec. 709
Maximum Brightness3000 ANSI Lumens2200 ANSI lumens
Contrast Ratio (FOFO)10,000:110,000:1
HDR CapableYes, HDR10Yes, HDR10
3D CompatibilityFrame Sequential: Up to 1280x720 120 Hz
Frame Packing: Up to 1080p 24 Hz
Side by Side: Up to 1080i 60 Hz
Top Bottom: Up to 1080p 24 Hz
Frame Sequential: Up to 1280x720 120 Hz
Frame Packing: Up to 1080p 24 Hz
Side by Side: Up to 1080i 60 Hz
Top Bottom: Up to 1080p 24 Hz
Light SourcePhilips UHP E20.7 Fusion Air Lamp
- 170 W to 240 W
Philips UHP E20.7 Fusion Air Lamp
- 170 W to 240 W
Light Source LifespanNormal : 4,000 hours
SmartEco : 8,000 hours
Economic : 10,000 hours
Normal : 4,000 hours
SmartEco : 8,000 hours
Economic : 10,000 hours
Color Wheel4 Segments - RGBW6 Segments - RGBRGB
Throw Ratio1.47 to 1.76 (100" display @ 3.25 m)1.47 to 1.76 (100" display @ 3.25 m)
Zoom Ratio1.2X1.2X
Lens7 elements in 4 lens groups
f/1.94 to f/2.06
7 elements in 4 lens groups
f/1.94 to f/2.06
Clear Focus Range1.95 to 6.51 m @ Wide
2.34 to 7.81 m @ Tele
1.95 to 6.51 m @ Wide
2.34 to 7.81 m @ Tele
Keystone Adjustment1D, Vertical ± 40 degrees1D, Vertical ± 40 degrees
Projection Offset110 % ± 2.5 %110 % ± 2.5 %
Clear Image Size (Diagonal)60" ~ 200"60" ~ 200"
Max. Image Size Range30" ~ 300"30" ~ 300"
Horizontal Frequency15 kHz - 102 kHz15 kHz - 102 kHz
Vertical Scan Rate23 Hz - 120 Hz23 Hz - 120 Hz
Available Picture ModesBright / Vivid TV / Cinema / Sport / Football / User1 / User2 / (3D)Bright / Vivid / Cinema / Sport / User 1 / User 2 / ISF Night / ISF Day
AudioCinemaMaster Audio+ 2
1 x 5 W speaker
CinemaMaster Audio+ 2
1 x 5 W speaker
Available Ports1 x VGA (15-pin D-Sub)
1 x HDMI 2.0a (HDCP 2.2)
1 x HDMI 1.4a (HDCP 1.4)
1 x USB 2.0 Type A
1 x USB 2.0 Type mini B
1 x 3.5 mm Audio in
1 x 3.5 mm Audio out
1 x 9-pin RS-232 serial port
1 x 3.5 mm DC 12V trigger
1 x VGA (15-pin D-Sub)
1 x HDMI 2.0a (HDCP 2.2)
1 x HDMI 1.4a (HDCP 1.4)
1 x USB 2.0 Type A
1 x USB 2.0 Type mini B
1 x 3.5 mm Audio in
1 x 3.5 mm Audio out
1 x 9-pin RS-232 serial port
1 x 3.5 mm DC 12V trigger
IR Receivers2, one in front, one on top2, one in front, one on top
Power Supply100 to 240 VAC (50 / 60 Hz)100 to 240 VAC (50 / 60 Hz)
Power Consumption385 W (Maximum)
330 W (Typical)
0.5 W (Standby)
385 W (Maximum)
330 W (Typical)
0.5 W (Standby)
Acoustics33 dB (Typical)
29 dB (Silent Mode)
33 dB (Typical)
29 dB (Silent Mode)
Operating Temperature0 ~ 40 ℃0 ~ 40 ℃
Dimensions355 mm wide x 272 mm deep x 135 mm high355 mm wide x 272 mm deep x 135 mm high
Weight4.2 kg4.2 kg

 

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The ViewSonic M1 + PX747-4K Projectors Briefing + Demos!

ViewSonic just unveiled two new projectors – the portable ViewSonic M1 projector, and the high-resolution ViewSonic PX747-4K projector. They also gave us a demonstration of both models. Find out what they offer over their competitors!

 

The ViewSonic M1 + PX747-4K Projectors Revealed!

Unveiling the new ViewSonic M1 and PX747-4K projectors was Chaw Foo Hong, Country Manager of ViewSonic Malaysia.

“With the M1 ultra-portable projector, ViewSonic aims to share the perfect entertainment companion at home and on the go for our customers,” he said, “And our new 4K UHD projector has been designed for the most demanding users who want to incorporate all that 4K content and into their big screen experience.”

 

The ViewSonic M1 Portable Projector

The ViewSonic M1 (Malaysia | US | UK) is designed for entertainment on-the-go, with a built-in battery that provides up to six hours of power and 16 GB of built-in storage. Its LED bulb produces 250 lumens of brightness, with a 120,000:1 contrast ratio. Paired with a short-throw lens, the ViewSonic M1 can display large images in small spaces.

An integrated smart stand provides for a simple 360-degree setup – allowing users to project their content to a big empty wall or even watch their favourite movies on the ceiling. The stand even doubles as a lens cover, with the M1 automatically powering on for instant use once the lens is uncovered.

A built-in safety feature temporarily turns off the lens when objects are detected too close to the projector. Best of all – the ViewSonic M1 (Malaysia | US | UK) boasts an auto keystone feature that automatically corrects the perspective of the images projected.

The ViewSonic M1 (Malaysia | US | UK)1 also boasts dual harman/kardon speakers and a myriad of connectivity options – USB 2.0 and USB-C ports, as well as Audio Out and HDMI ports. It also has a built-in microSD card slot for storage expansion.

 

The ViewSonic PX747-4K UHD Projector

The ViewSonic PX747-4K (Malaysia | US | UK) claims to be the world’s first high-brightness DLP 4K projector. Offering an Ultra HD resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels at up to 3500 lumens of brightness, it allows users to enjoy their movies without worrying about ambient lighting.

The ViewSonic PX747-4K (Malaysia | US | UK) is built around the same Texas Instruments LDP DMD technology that powers 90% of the world’s digital movie theatres. This guarantees that the PX747-4K will deliver accurate and long-lasting colour with high contrast ratios.

The ViewSonic PX747-4K (Malaysia | US | UK) comes with dual HDMI ports, and HDCP 2.2 support, allowing easy connectivity to 4K Blu-ray players and the PlayStation 4 Pro. Google Chromecast can also be connected directly to its USB port to stream media content. It can also deliver power to your wireless devices, eliminating the need for extra power points.

 

ViewSonic M1 + PX747-4K Price + Availability

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The Official DJI Mavic 2 Pro + Zoom Tech Briefing + Q&A

DJI today introduced two additions Mavic drones – Mavic 2 Pro, the world’s first drone with an integrated Hasselblad camera, and Mavic 2 Zoom, the world’s first foldable consumer drone with optical zoom capability.

DJI’s Global Director of Communication Kevin On flew in to give us a tech briefing on the new Mavic 2 drones. Check it out!

Updated @ 2018-09-17 : Added new US and Malaysian prices and purchase links.

Originally posted @ 2018-09-07


 

The DJI Mavic 2 Pro + Zoom Tech Briefing + Q&A

The Mavic 2 (Price Check) is DJI’s most advanced camera drone ever built, designed for professionals, aerial photographers and content creators.

Incorporating the iconic folding design of the Mavic Pro, the Mavic 2 features new gimbal-stabilized cameras and advanced features like Hyperlapse and ActiveTrack for easier and more dynamic storytelling.

With an impressive flight time of up to 31 minutes and a more stable video transmission system, the Mavic 2 offers an expanded flight experience for capturing even more epic shots.

DJI is offering two variants – the Mavic 2 Pro and the Mavic 2 Zoom.

The DJI Mavic 2 Pro : Superior Image Quality with Hasselblad

Co-engineered with Hasselblad, the Mavic 2 Pro is the world’s first drone to feature a Hasselblad camera. The Hasselblad camera features a 1-inch CMOS sensor with a 10-bit Dlog-M colour profile that allows it to capture four times the colour levels per channel of the Mavic Pro camera.

Its camera can also capture 20 MP photos using Hasselblad’s Natural Colour Solution (HNCS) technology, with an adjustable aperture from f/2.8 to f/11. It also records 4K HDR videos with 10-bit colour and Hybrid Log-Gamma.

We will have a preview of the DJI Mavic 2 Pro out shortly.

The DJI Mavic 2 Zoom : Optical and Digital Zoom

The Mavic 2 Zoom is DJI’s first foldable consumer drone with optical zoom. Its camera combines a 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor with a 24-48 mm lens, with 2X digital zoom. This allows it to simulate a 96 mm telephoto lens capable of capturing lossless video in full HD resolution.

Exclusive to the Mavic 2 Zoom is a new Dolly Zoom Quickshot mode that creates an incredible perspective by automatically zooming in, as it flies away from its subject. This keeps the subject the same size while the full background of the scene is revealed. This feature used to be reserved to professional cinematographers with serious resources and time to setup the shot.

For more information, catch take a look at our DJI Mavic 2 Zoom Preview!

 

DJI Mavic 2 Price + Availability

The DJI Mavic 2 Pro is priced at RM 6,599 (including SST) / ~US$ 1,649. The package will consist of the drone, battery, remote controller, charger, and four pairs of propellers.

The DJI Mavic 2 Zoom is priced at RM 5,699 (including SST) / ~US$ 1,425. The package will consist of the drone, battery, charger, remote controller and four pairs of propellers.

A Fly More Kit, which consists of two additional batteries, a multi-battery charging hub, a car charger, a battery to power bank adapter, two pairs of propellers and a carrying bag, will retail at RM 1,399 (including SST) / ~US$ 350.

A gimbal replacement service for both variants will be available at a later date.

Here are some purchase links for your convenience :

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  • Mavic 2 Pro Kit : RM 6,699 (Web | App)
  • Mavic 2 Pro Fly More Combo Bundle : RM 6,999 (Web | App)
  • Mavic 2 Zoom Kit : RM 5,699 (Web | App)
  • Mavic 2 Zoom Fly More Combo Bundle : RM 6,999 (Web | App)
  • Mavic 2 Fly More Kit : RM 1,399 (Web | App)

In the United States, you can get them at these links :

  • Mavic 2 Pro Kit (US Version) : $1,499
  • Mavic 2 Pro Fly More Combo Bundle : $1,878
  • Mavic 2 Pro Fly More Combo + DJU Care Refresh Bundle : $2,017
  • Mavic 2 Zoom Kit (US Version) : $1,249
  • Mavic 2 Zoom + DJI Care Fresh Combo : $1,388
  • Mavic 2 Zoom Fly More Combo Bundle : $1,568
  • Mavic 2 Fly More Kit : $319
  • Mavic 2 Battery (3,850 mAh) : $139

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DJI Mavic 2 Common Key Features

Both Are Powerful Camera Options

Both cameras capture 4K video with a maximum bitrate of 100 megabits per second using the H.265 compression codec. For photographers, new Enhanced High Dynamic Range capabilities blend a sequence of photos for ghost-free high dynamic range photos. This gives the Mavic 2 Pro an impressive 14 stops of dynamic range, and Mavic 2 Zoom up to 13 stops.

New Intelligent Tools For Cinematic Shots

The Mavic 2 offers new intelligent flight modes for almost effortless professional-quality results. Hyperlapse produces shots that show the passing of time. You can also choose between Circle, Course Lock, Waypoint or Free mode to create timelapses with a simple tap of a button in the DJI GO 4 Mobile App:

  • Free – pilots the drone manually while shooting a Hyperlapse video.
  • Circle – automatically flies the drone in a circular pattern around a subject you select to create a timelapse video that captures the action.
  • Course Lock – keeps the camera fixed on shooting subject while the drone flies in a straight direction to create a unique perspective.
  • Waypoint – plans a complex flight path based on both altitude and GPS coordinates to capture complex shots.

ActiveTrack 2.0 offers a combination of autonomous tracking and obstacle sensing capabilities never before seen in a DJI drone. Using the main camera and the front dual vision cameras, the Mavic 2 creates a three-dimensional map of the area in front of it, and uses new trajectory algorithms to analyze motion and predict the subject’s path up to three seconds in the future.

When tracking a target, the Mavic 2 can recognize and avoid obstacles while shooting your target without interruption. It can stay on target, even if your subject momentarily goes behind an obstacle, and can track the subject at higher speeds of up to 44 mph (72 km/h).

Safer, Smarter and Stable Flight

The Mavic 2 has an upgraded FlightAutonomy system with a more powerful central processor that delivers more accurate obstacle sensing and safer flight. For the first time ever in a DJI drone, Mavic 2 has 10 sensors on all sides of the aircraft to automatically detect obstacles in its path and help prevent collisions

An improved Advanced Pilot Assistance System (APAS) allows the aircraft to analyze its surrounding environment and automatically fly around obstacles without stopping. In addition, the Mavic 2 has a Bottom Auxiliary Light that turns on automatically to ensure safe and precise landings in low-light situations.

A newly designed OcuSync 2.0 video transmission system enables a more stable connection between the drone and its remote controller. The system features stronger interference resistance and auto-switching capabilities that supports both 2.4 GHz and 5.8 GHz frequency bands with the capability to use different frequencies for uplink and downlink data streams.

It delivers 1080p video transmission feeds at a distance of up to 8 km, and original resolution photos in JPEG can be saved directly to your mobile device.

Aerodynamic Design and Extended Flight Time

The new redesigned and more aerodynamic airframe reduces body drag by up to 19% compared to the Mavic Pro, allowing the Mavic 2 to fly at speeds of up to 44 mph (72 km/h) in Sport mode.

Combined with a more efficient, quieter propulsion system and noise reducing propellers, both models have a maximum flight time of up to 31 minutes.

To ensure crisp photos and smooth, shake-free footage, the Mavic 2 houses an ultra-precise three-axis mechanical gimbal to stabilize its camera even during high-speed motion. Photos and videos can be saved directly to the drone using its 8 GB onboard storage. All DJI users have control over how their data is stored and managed, as part of DJI’s commitment to protecting its customers’ data.

A redesigned remote controller features detachable control sticks for ease of storage and portability. Both models are compatible with DJI Goggles with the gimbal (yaw) control range up to -75°¬– +75° in Head Tracking mode, offering users a more immersive FPV flight experience.

 

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Transcend 500S and 300S SD and MicroSD Cards Launched!

Transcend Information, Inc. just announced the availability of the Transcend 500S and 300S series of SD and microSD cards. These memory cards are available in capacities of up to 512 GB and feature transfer speeds of up to 95 MB/s!

 

Transcend 500S and 300S SD and MicroSD Cards

The gold Transcend 500S series, constructed of durable MLC flash, is ideal for action cameras and drones, while the silver Transcend 300S series SD and microSD cards are offered in capacities up to 512 GB.

Transcend 300S Meets A1 Performance Specifications

Transcend’s 128GB 300S microSD cards meet the SD Association’s latest Application Performance Class 1 (A1) standards for responsiveness, which call for performing 1,500 IOPS on random read operations and 500 IOPS on random write operations, and sequential speeds of at least 10 MB/s. The Transcend 300S series tops out at 95 MB/s read and 45 MB/s write speeds, making it ideal for storing and running mobile apps.

Transcend 500S : UHS V30 Compliance For Ultra HD 4K Recording

The Transcend 500S series SD and microSD cards are UHS Video Speed Class 30 (V30)-compliant, allowing for smooth, uninterrupted Ultra HD 4K video capture. These cards meet V30 specifications of at least 95 MB/s read and 60 MB/s write speeds. The Transcend 500S SD cards are offered in capacities of up to 256 GB.

Secure and reliable

Transcend microSD memory cards undergo a set of rigorous tests. These cards can perform at temperature extremes of -25° to 85°C as well as being waterproof, shock and vibration proof, and X-ray proof. Native error-correcting code embedded on the devices fixes most common file errors, ensuring files remain readable.

Transcend RecoveRx Software

Transcend offers the exclusive RecoveRx data recovery and storage device management software for use with its products. RecoveRx allows users to search deep within a storage device for traces of erased photos, documents, music, and videos. RecoveRx can also format and write-protect flash memory cards.

 

Price + Availability

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  • Transcend 300S SD cards : 16 GB to 512 GB
  • Transcend 300S microSD cards : 16 GB  to 128 GB
  • Transcend 500S SD cards : 8 GB to 256 GB
  • Transcend 500S microSD cards : 8 GB to 128 GB.

All of Transcend’s memory cards are covered by Transcend’s Five-Year Warranty.

Here are some purchase links for your convenience :

  • 32 GB Transcend 300S microSD : $10.99
  • 64 GB Transcend 300S microSD : $21.99
  • 128 GB Transcend 300S microSD : $43.99

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Dell XPS 13 2018 (9370) Preview – Ultra-Light Powerhouse

Dell revealed their brand-new Dell XPS 13 2018 ultra-light laptop at CES 2018. We managed to get our hands on it… for a short time. Let us share with you our hands-on preview, as well as the key features, specifications and pictures of the Dell XPS 13 2018!

 

The Dell XPS 13 2018 (9370) @ CES 2018

Dell revealed their Dell XPS 13 2018 ultra-light laptop at CES 2018. It introduces a new alpine white glass fibre weave material. This new material took a dedicated Dell team more than 11,500 hours and 50 trials to get right.

 

The changes are not just skin-deep. The Dell XPS 13 2018 (Amazon | Lazada) is powered by the 8th Generation Intel Core processor, and boasts up to a 1 TB SSD. It is also the first laptop in the world to feature the GORE thermal insulation – the same silica aerogel used on the Mars Rover and Stardust Probe.

 

The Dell XPS 13 2018 (9370) Up Close

At an exclusive Dell experiential session, we were given some time to try out the Dell XPS 13 2018 (Amazon | Lazada). Here is our hands-on preview!

Let’s take a look at its key features in details :

Next-Generation InfinityEdge Display

The Dell XPS 13 2018 (Amazon | Lazada) introduces the next-generation InfinityEdge IPS display, with 400-nits brightness, a 23% thinner border and an 80.7% screen-to-body ratio. The optional 4K UHD display even boasts 100% sRGB colour gamut.

Smaller, Thinner, Lighter But More Powerful

The Dell XPS 13 2018 (Amazon | Lazada) is 24% smaller by volume, than the previous XPS 13. It is also 3.4 mm thinner and lighter at just 1.21 kg (2.67 pounds).

Yet, it offers even more performance with the latest 8th Generation Intel Core quad-core processor, with a faster UHD Graphics 620 graphics processor.

New Woven Glass Fiber

The Rose Gold version of the Dell XPS 13 2018 (Amazon | Lazada) introduces an alpine white woven glass fibre palm rest. The woven crystalline silica fibre is not just strong and light, it feels like silk and better dissipates heat.

Strong & Light

The XPS 13 2018 (Amazon | Lazada) is cut from a single block of aluminium, with a carbon fibre / woven glass fibre palm rest, for maximum strength with minimal weight. The display is protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 4, making it twice as resistant to damage.

Aerospace-Inspired Thermal Design

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The Dell XPS 13 2018 (Amazon | Lazada) boasts a new cooler with two heat pipes and two fans, increasing its cooling capacity while allowing for a thinner form factor. It is also the first to use GORE thermal insulation to channel heat from the CPU and GPU to the heat pipes, and away from the chassis.

Windows Hello

You can either use the built-in infra-red camera to recognise your face, or the optional fingerprint reader, to log in using Windows Hello.

Far-Field Cortana

Thanks to four built-in microphones, Microsoft Cortana and Waves-enabled speech technology, the XPS 13 2018 (Amazon | Lazada) responds to your voice from 14 feet (4 meters) away.

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Dell XPS 13 2018 (9370) Specifications

SpecificationsDell XPS 13 2018
ModelXPS 13 9370
Design OptionsCNC-machined aluminium in platinum silver with carbon fibre composite palm rest in black

CNC-machined aluminium in rose gold with alpine white woven glass fibre palm rest, with titanium oxide UV- and stain-resistant coating
Operating System OptionsMicrosoft Windows 10 Pro (64-bit)
Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit)
Ubuntu 16.04 (no support for fingerprint reader, Waves MaxxAudio and Cortana)
Processor OptionsIntel Core i7-8550U (8 MB cache, up to 4.0 GHz)
Intel Core i5-8250U (6 MB cache, up to 3.4 GHz)
Memory Options16 GB LPDDR3 SDRAM (2133 MHz, dual channel)
8 GB LPDDR3 SDRAM (1866 MHz, dual channel)
4 GB LPDDR3 SDRAM (1866 MHz, dual channel)
Graphics ProcessorIntel UHD Graphics 620
Display Options13.3" UltraSharp 4K InfinityEdge display
- 3840 x 2160 pixels, 100% sRGB
- 400 nits, 1500:1 contrast ratio
- 178°wide viewing angle, anti-reflective coating

13.3" UltraSharp FHD InfinityEdge touch display
- 1920 x 1080 pixels, 72% sRGB
- 400 nits, 1500:1 contrast ratio
- 178°wide viewing angle, anti-reflective coating
Display ProtectionEdge-to-edge Corning Gorilla Glass 4
Storage Options1 TB PCIe SSD
512 GB PCIe SSD
256 GB PCIe SSD
128 GB SATA SSD
Keyboard & TouchpadFull size, backlit chiclet keyboard; 1.3mm travel
Precision touchpad, seamless glass integrated button
Wireless Connectivity OptionsIntel 8265 802.11ac (2x2) + BT 4.1
Killer 1435 802.11ac (2x2) + BT 4.1
Ports & Slots2 x Thunderbolt 3 with PowerShare, DC-In and DisplayPort
1 x USB-C 3.1 with PowerShare, DC-In & DisplayPort
microSD card reader
3.5" earphone port
Noble lock slot
Fingerprint SensorOptional Windows Hello-compliant fingerprint reader in Power button
Optical Drive OptionsNo internal drive
Only external options
AudioStereo speakers (1 W x 2) with Waves MaxxAudio Pro
WebcamWidescreen 720p webcam with 4-array digital microphones
Windows Hello-compliant infra-red camera
Far-Field Cortana capable
Battery52 WHr battery (non-replaceable)
AC Adapter45 W AC adapter
Docking OptionsDell Dock (130 W)
Dell Thunderbolt Dock (180 W)
DimensionsHeight : 0.3-0.46 inches / 7.8 -11.6 mm
Width : 11.9 inches / 302 mm
Depth : 7.8 inches / 199 mm
WeightStarting weight : 2.67 lbs / 1.21 kg

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Dell XPS 13 2018 (9370) Price & Availability

The new Dell XPS 13 2018 (Amazon | Lazada) is available globally, with starting price of US$ 999.99, or at Dell.com.my with a starting price of RM 5,999.

Dell will also be offering a Ubuntu-based XPS 13 Developer Edition with Linux preloaded in selected countries. It will have a starting price of US$ 949.99 / ~RM 3,895.

Here are some purchase links for select Dell XPS 13 2018 configurations :

* This model is not officially available in Malaysia at Dell.com.my.

 

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The Dell XPS 13 2018 (9370) CES 2018 Announcement

by Frank Azor, VP and GM, XPS, Alienware and Dell Gaming

Technology has become an expression of style for those who use it – though fashion can be fickle. One thing we do know is elegance never goes out of style.

First unveiled at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show, the XPS 13 immediately enhanced the legacy of XPS as the world’s most celebrated laptop and winner of more product awards than any other line in Dell’s history, most recently named a CES 2018 Innovation Award Honoree.

And how did it garner this latest honor? Vision and a lot of hard work.

In reimagining the XPS 13, Dell took inspiration from the realm of fashion, where rose gold remains a trending color and white accents have been growing in popularity, seen everywhere from watch bands to sneakers.

However when turning our XPS white, we strived to achieve elegance and invested more than a dozen people, 11,520 hours and 50 trials to create a new system that was as stunning inside and out. The Dell design team didn’t want to simply paint a system white – they wanted to use authentic materials and make sure the system looked as beautiful on day 1000 as it does on day 1.

With the desire to give its white palm rest a weaved appearance, the team considered different materials beyond the color limits of traditional carbon fiber. The solution? An innovative new crystalline silica material with the white color literally woven in, like a fabric, in nine composite layers. Dell is the first to use this woven glass fiber in a laptop.

Complementing the new rose gold aluminum shell of the XPS 13, the alpine white glass fiber weave is elegant to the eye and silky to the touch. Durable as it is beautiful, atop its soft-textured lattice is titanium oxide for a pearlescent sheen and UV and stain-resistant coating to prevent yellowing or staining over time.

In fact, if you get a pen mark or other stain on the white interior you can just wipe it off. And with a heat resistance superior to metal, woven glass fiber also stays cooler to facilitate longer performance.

Interesting fact: The glass fibers in one palm rest, if laid end to end, would extend for 117,500 miles, nearly enough to stretch halfway from Earth to the moon. Now that’s one giant leap.

We not only worked to create the most beautiful laptop on the market, but extended that design ethos to its matching white power cords and USB-A/USB-C adapter. And moving from style, to lifestyle, we invested in sustainable recycled ocean plastics and bamboo packaging so you can purchase with confidence knowing that Dell is doing its part to help the planet.

Besides its head-turning exterior, the all-new XPS 13 is better by every measure. Now even more portable as the smallest 13-inch laptop on the planet, its stunning InfinityEdge display fits this 13-inch laptop in an 11-inch frame. It’s a full 30% (3.4mm) thinner as well as lighter, starting at just 2.7 pounds, making the XPS 13 the ultimate in mobility and durability.

Running Windows 10 and powered by the latest Intel 8th Generation Quad Core processor, XPS 13 delivers superior mobile performance with fast booting SSDs up to 1TB. You can also expect the longest battery life of any 13-inch laptop, with almost 20 hours on FHD, up to 11 on UHD (Mobile Mark 14).

While we made the system smaller and lighter, we were able to increase the performance by 2x, over the original XPS 13 launched in 2015, and maintain the world’s most powerful 13-inch laptop in its class. So how did we do that? We have the most innovative performance and thermal engineering at Dell.

We developed Dell Power Manager to let you customize your balance of battery life, charging, thermals and acoustics and Dynamic Power Mode that intuitively delivers maximum power as needed, for such tasks as video rendering applications and advanced spreadsheets, while intelligently monitoring and managing system temperatures.

 

This means the XPS 13 has sustained high performance while competitors performance declines with continued use, making the XPS 13 the most powerful 13-inch in its class (Tested by Principled Technologies in December 2017 using the Cinebench CPU (multi-core test)).

As for thermal engineering, XPS 13 is the world’s first laptop built with GORE Thermal Insulation, the same silica aerogels that have been used in high tech science and extreme engineering environments to diffuse and dissipate heat, such as insulation on the Mars Rovers and Hyper Velocity Particle capture in the Stardust Probe. This material directs heat out of the device, keeping your system cool while it works hard.

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Now with a higher resolution display, incorporating 2.5 million more pixels with 4K Ultra HD compared to the previous QHD+, the 100% sRGB display on the XPS 13 gives you great, saturated and accurate color, whether for graphic professionals or watching your favorite Netflix show. In fact, Dell knows people today use their PCs to stream content, so the XPS 13 also delivers an unparalleled immersive cinematic experience with richer colors and details, crisper and stronger audio, and reduced buffering, so you really can watch Netflix and chill.

Activated by voice, touch or facial recognition, access to the new XPS 13 comes through a triad of biometric doorways. Log in with a look or a touch with the infrared camera and optional fingerprint reader in the power button for Windows Hello, or talk to your device from across the room, with four integrated digital microphones and Microsoft’s Cortana voice recognition capabilities.

The new XPS 13 is available globally beginning today on Dell.com, Microsoft.com and at your local Microsoft Store, starting at $999.99. Dell is also offering a Ubuntu-based developer edition with Linux preloaded starting at $949.99 beginning today on Dell.com in the US and Europe as well.

I can confidently say the new XPS 13 is the most stunning system we have ever created with the perfect blend of elegance and performance.

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The BenQ W1700 4K HDR Projector Revealed!

Most people think that projectors are for work only, but they are popular amongst home theatre enthusiasts, because they can deliver a large cinematic display at a low cost. To that end, BenQ just introduced their new BenQ W1700 4K HDR projector that is designed for the home cinema experience.

 

The BenQ W1700 4K HDR Projector

The new BenQ W1700 4K HDR projector offers 8.3 million pixels for true UHD 4K resolution, using the single-DMD DLP technology. It also boasts their CinematicColor accuracy with HDR10 support, offering greater brightness and contrast ratio.

CinematicColor Accuracy

The BenQ W1700 employs the BenQ CinematicColor technology, and the RGBRGB colour wheel, to deliver authentic cinematic colours. It actually boasts over 96% coverage of the Rec. 709 colour gamut, with precise Delta E<3 performance.

CinemaMaster Technologies

The BenQ W1700 also employs the proprietary CinemaMaster Video+ and CinemaMaster Audio+ 2 technologies to turn the living room into cinema auditoriums. CinemaMaster Video+ adds motion-adaptive edge pixel enhancement, colour algorithms and beautiful skin tone redition, while CinemaMaster Audio+ 2 delivers resonant bass and accurate high notes.

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Compact Design

Equipped with auto keystone correction and 1.2X zoom, the BenQ W1700 can be set up to accommodate 4K movie nights in a reasonably large room.

Easy Setup

The BenQ W1700 is easy to set-up. Just connect a HDMI dongle like Google Chromecast or Amazon Fire TV Stick to instantly stream TV shows, movies and even games to the big screen!

 

The BenQ W1700 Price & Availability

The BenQ W1700 is available in January 2018, with a recommended retail price of RM 7,999 / ~US$ 1950.

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The ViewSonic VP2768 & VP3268-4K Monitors Launched

13 November 2017 – ViewSonic Corp. launched two new monitors – the ViewSonic VP2768 and ViewSonic VP3268-4K monitors. These two monitors are part of their VP professional monitor line, which is designed to deliver the ultimate performance for the most demanding professionals and prosumers.

In addition to professional grade colour accuracy, the 27″ ViewSonic VP2768 and 32″ ViewSonic VP3268-4K monitors come with features like hardware calibration, a sleek frameless design, and HDR support.

 

The ViewSonic VP2768 Monitor

Engineered to deliver the unmatched colour accuracy crucial for professional creative applications, the ViewSonic VP2768 monitor features WQHD (2560×1440) resolution and displays both vivid detail and lifelike colour.

The screen measures 27-inches diagonal and comes equipped with a four-sided frameless design, which result in a comfortable image editing experience.

The ViewSonic VP2768 covers 99% of the sRGB colour gamut, which aligns with the universally used colour space for web content and mobile devices, while the monitor’s 14-bit colour has the ability to produce a colour palette of over 4 trillion colours for smooth colour transitions.

 

The ViewSonic VP3268-4K Monitor

The ViewSonic VP3268-4K is their first 4K UHD model from the VP line, as well as the first VP model to feature HDR support. In addition to the Ultra HD (3840×2160) resolution, its HDR support delivers High Dynamic Range colour and detail enhancements for HDR-optimized content.

 

Shared Features

Both the VP2768 and VP3268-4K are pre-calibrated out of the box to achieve professional grade Delta E<2 accuracy and Delta Lv<5% uniformity for colour-critical applications. Additional hardware calibration options are available via the ViewSonic Colorbration calibrator which has been co-developed with colour management experts X-Rite.

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Both models have a SuperClear IPS panel for wide, distortion-free viewing angles and ViewSonic’s Auto Pivot feature makes toggling between portrait and landscape modes quick and easy. Extensive connectivity options on these models make them suitable for use with a wide array of laptops and peripherals.

 

Price & Availability

Both the VP2768 and VP3268-4K monitors will be available starting 13 November 2017, at the following MSRP :

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The Samsung Soundbar Sound+ & 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Player Revealed!

At an exclusive experiential session, Samsung gave us a taste of their latest home entertainment products to hit our shores – the Samsung Soundbar Sound+ (HW-MS751) and the Samsung 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Player (UBD-M8500). Designed to complement their QLED TV offerings, the new MS751 sound bar and M8500 Blu-ray player promise to give audiophiles and movie buffs an enhanced music and cinematic experience, right at home. Let’s check them out!

 

The Samsung Soundbar Sound+ & 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Player Revealed!

Let’s start with this presentation on the new Samsung Soundbar Sound+ and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player by Jason Foo, Head of Audio Visual, Samsung Malaysia.

 

The Samsung Soundbar Sound+ (HW-MS751)

The Samsung Soundbar Sound+ is a 5-channel soundbar with a total of 11 speaker units – each with dedicated amplifiers. They include 3 wide-range tweeters, 6 woofers, and 2 vertical wide-range tweeters.

The vertical tweeters are situated on top of the unit and spray audio vertically to expand the sound image. The vertical tweeters also feature ‘Height Channel Up-mix’ technology, which allows you to enjoy a 3D surround sound as if you are actually experiencing sound of a flight or a bird over the sky.

The Soundbar Sound+ features an Ultra High Quality (UHQ) 32-bit audio, which provides a crisper sound and allows listeners to experience audio that is nearest to its original recording quality. The new Soundbar Sound+ will not only upscale any music content to 32-bit sound, it can also reproduce deep and detailed bass to as low as 35 Hz.

To reproduce deep and detailed bass from its compact 3-inch body, Samsung used their proprietary distortion cancelling technology eliminates low frequency distortion by predicting the distortion at the end of the speaker movement and pre-adjusting upfront. The resulting lows are smooth and distortion-free, meaning listeners can enjoy bass-heavy content as it was meant to be heard.

The Soundbar Sound+ also has 3 wide range tweeters that create wider sound dispersion from the source (cross-over range 600Hz ~ 20kHz).

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The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Player (UBD-M8500)

The new Samsung M8500 Ultra HD Blu-ray Player is promises to offer incredibly lifelike pictures when paired with a TV with HDR support. You will be able to enjoy the latest movies in True 4K, UHD level, as the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Player shows every detail as the director intended, from the darkest to the brightest scenes, while expressing a full color range that human eyes can recognise.

Price & Availability

The new Samsung Soundbar Sound+ and the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Player are now available at all Samsung Brand Stores and authorised dealers nationwide at a recommended retail price of RM 3,499 (~US$ 833) and RM 1,799 (~US$ 428) respectively.

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The Sony BRAVIA A1 HDR OLED TV Revealed!

Sony Malaysia just unveiled the new Sony BRAVIA A1 HDR OLED TV at their lifestyle-themed Slice of Living roadshow in Mid Valley Megamall. Let’s check out its key features, and take a quick look at this new Sony OLED TV that features the One Slate concept!

 

A Slice Of Living With The Sony BRAVIA A1 HDR OLED TV

Sony introduced the Slice of Living concept to the products that are designed to harmonise with the interior of the modern home. These Slice of Living products focus on minimalist aesthetics, while maintaining the Sony emphasis on leading edge proprietary technologies. This led Sony to introduce the BRAVIA A1 OLED TV that is designed around the One Slate concept.

The Sony BRAVIA A1 HDR OLED TV arguably looks like a very large tablet with a stand. Let’s take a quick look at it…

Here is a summary of the Sony BRAVIA A1 HDR OLED TV’s key features :

4K High Dynamic Range (HDR)

The BRAVIA A1 pairs the clarity of 4K resolution with the brightness, colour and detail of High Dynamic Range (HDR). It can handle a variety of HDR formats, including HDR 10, Hybrid Log-Gamma and Dolby Vision.

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4K HDR Processor X1 Extreme

The 4K HDR Processor X1 Extreme processor is Sony’s most powerful processor, with 40% more performance than their earlier 4K Processor X1. This allows the BRAVIA A1 to handle not just 4K, but also HDR, images and videos in real-time.

Acoustic Surface Technology

Instead of using separate speakers, the Acoustic Surface Technology uses two actuators to turn the entire display into a massive speaker. A subwoofer integrated into the stand behind delivers powerful bass.

 

Sony BRAVIA A1 Price & Availability

The Sony BRAVIA A1 is available right now in 65″ and 55″ sizes at the following prices:

  • 65″ KD-65A1 : RM 29,999 / ~US$ 7,139
  • 55″ KD-55A1 : RM 16,999 / ~US$ 4,039

Both models will come a free Sony PlayStaton 4 Pro (CUH-7000) console.

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The Frame TV by Samsung Revealed!

In a glamorous event at the Star Residences Show Gallery, Samsung Malaysia unveiled The Frame. This is a new lifestyle-focused TV that is designed to beautify the room like a work of art. It literally transforms into a digital art display to complement the aesthetics of the room.

 

The Frame TV by Samsung

The Frame is a fully-functional 4K LCD TV, but instead of fading to black once you turn it off, it transforms into a work of art. Its Art Mode feature allows you to display 100 exclusive works of art by 37 renowned designers, or family photos – all controlled through a smartphone app.

The Frame is equipped with a brightness sensor that allows it to adapt to the changing levels of natural light in the room. It also has a motion sensor that turns off the display completely whenever the room is empty. This allows it to save electricity, while ensuring that the art work is always displayed whenever someone is in the room.

To ensure that The Frame matches the ambience and décor of any living space, it has a magnetic frame that can be customised with Walnut, Beige wood and White finishes. It also boasts the Samsung No Gap wall mount, which allows it to be installed flush against the wall. Thanks to its Invisible Connection design, it can be mounted like a painting, without messy cables.

 

Price & Availability

The Frame from Samsung is available in 65″ and 55″ options. They will officially make its debut in Malaysia on 15 August 2017 at the following recommended retail prices:

  • 65″ The Frame by Samsung : RM 14,999 / ~US$ 3,569
  • 55″ The Frame by Samsung : RM 9,999 / ~US$ 2,379

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The Logitech MeetUp Live Demo & Hands-On Look

On 22 June 2017, Logitech invited us to an exclusive live demo of the new Logitech MeetUp premier ConferenceCam conducted across four different countries. We were also given the opportunity for some hands-on time with the Logitech MeetUp. Join us for this exclusive live demo session, and check out our hands-on look, of this new ConferenceCam designed for small conference rooms or huddle rooms.

 

The Logitech MeetUp Live Demo

Unlike typical press conferences and tech briefings, Logitech conducted this live demo of Logitech MeetUp (Lowest Price) across four different countries to showcase its abilities. Note that they were not conducted in 4K resolution (more on this later), due to software and bandwidth limitations.

Here are the Logitech MeetUp’s key features :

  • Super-Wide 120° Field of View: MeetUp offers the widest field of view of any Logitech video conferencing solution, without any fisheye lens distortion. This allows everyone in the room to be seen on-screen, even those close to the camera or seated at the edges of the room.
  • 3-Microphones and Custom-Tuned Speaker: Three broadside beamforming, omnidirectional microphones with noise and echo cancellation – plus a custom-tuned speaker – are specifically optimized for voice clarity in small conference rooms. The microphones are Microsoft Cortana-certified for voice command precision with any Windows 10 system. An optional expansion microphone increases conversational radius even further in larger rooms.[adrotate banner=”4″]
  • All-In-One Design: MeetUp’s compact, all-in-one form factor saves space and minimizes cable clutter.
  • Razor-Sharp Optics: Advanced Logitech lens technology delivers remarkable, distortion-free video quality with superb resolution, speed, fluidity, color balance, and detail.
  • Motorized Pan/Tilt with Optical Zoom: The motorized lens smoothly pans and tilts, expanding the total field of view to 170° by 105°, while a 5X optical zoom lets you focus on participants and whiteboards with razor-sharp clarity.
  • RF Remote Control: MeetUp’s paired remote control lets you adjust audio and camera settings from anywhere in the room, even without line-of-sight.
  • Ultra HD 4K Image Sensor: Supports multiple resolutions, including 4K (Ultra HD), 1080p (Full HD) and 720p (HD) to best support the quality offered by your application and monitor.

 

The Logitech MeetUp Hands-On Look

The Logitech MeetUp (Lowest Price) is a compact all-in-one video conferencing solution. It combines an ultra-wide camera with three beam-forming microphones and a voice-optimised speaker. In addition, the camera has motorised pan and tilt capabilities, and even 5X optical zoom.

The Logitech MeetUp (Lowest Price) is designed for huddle rooms. In larger conference rooms, you can attach an expansion microphone for greater reach. Its remote control uses radio-frequency, instead of infra-red, allowing you to control it even without line-of-sight.

There are some caveats we must point out though :

  • The Logitech MeetUp (Lowest Price) is a hardware solution, and does not come with any video conferencing software. You are free to use any video conferencing service like Skype or WebEx,
  • MeetUp requires additional hardware to operate, specifically a host PC. You can hook it up to a desktop, a laptop or even a NUC.
  • Logitech MeetUp (Lowest Price) has an Ultra HD 4K-capable camera for future-proofing. That capability requires a video conferencing service that is 4K capable, and a USB 3.0 cable. MeetUp currently ships only with a USB 2.0 cable, and is therefore not capable of supporting 4K video streaming.
  • The external microphone port is proprietary and can only be used with the official MeetUp external microphone.

 

Price & Availability

The Logitech MeetUp (Lowest Price) will be available for sale in late July 2017 at the following prices (for ASEAN countries) :

  • Singapore : SGD 1,529 for MeetUp, and SGD 375 for the optional external microphone
  • Thailand : THB 37,900 for MeetUp, and THB 9,199 for the optional external microphone
  • Malaysia : MYR 4,799 for MeetUp, and MYR 1,169 for the optional external microphone
  • Philippines : PHP 56,500 for MeetUp, and PHP 13,500 for the optional external microphone

You can also buy it from Amazon at US$ 899 for MeetUp, and US$ 1,079 for MeetUp with the optional external microphone.

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LG 4K UHD TV Now Come With 3 Months Of Netflix Premium!

3 May 2017 — Consumers who purchase an LG Electronics (LG) 4K UHD TV will receive 3 months of Netflix Premium included through an exclusive promotion beginning this May. LG’s full 2017 lineup of OLED, SUPER UHD and UHD TVs provide an excellent Netflix streaming experience because they are HDR compatible and have a host of features that make watching your favorite shows easier and faster than ever.

 

3 Months Of Netflix Premium

Through this exclusive promotion, owners of LG 4K UHD TVs can enjoy the wide range of UHD 4K and HDR titles featured on Netflix. In addition, consumers can rest assured that their latest LG TV will support all HDR content offered by Netflix.

LG’s 2017 TVs are equipped with 4K HDR technology allowing Netflix titles to stream in superb picture quality with greater definition and more vivid colors, giving viewers a more immersive experience. The recently launched Netflix series Marvel’s Iron Fist and other popular shows such as The OA and Chef’s Table can now be viewed in 4K and HDR with incredible picture quality.

LG has ensured that its entire 2017 lineup of premium TVs support the full palette of HDR formats; Dolby Vision, HDR10 and HLG content [1], with Active HDR to render brighter scenes and greater shadow details when displaying any HDR content.

LG 4K UHD TVs combine incredible picture quality with ease of access while consumers are using their complimentary three-month Netflix subscription. For example, LG’s acclaimed Magic Remote now comes equipped with a dedicated Netflix button which launches the streaming service instantly with a single tap, ensuring your next Netflix binge is more convenient (and tempting) than ever before.

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LG TVs, with their dramatic improvements in ease of access and speedy performance while streaming Netflix, have earned designations as Netflix Recommended TVs for the third consecutive year.

Consumers can easily register for Netflix on their LG TV by selecting the Netflix promotion wedge banner. Then, consumers can use the Magic Remote to ‘Access My Content’ and conveniently install the Netflix app directly from the LG Content Store. After entering the Netflix promotion page, consumers will instantly get a three-month Netflix Premium gift subscription.

[1] The schedule to support specific specs of each format such as HDR 10 RF and HLG HDMI etc. can differ by regions.

 

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