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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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Dell G5 15 5500 Review : Affordable RTX Gaming @ 144 Hz!

The Dell G5 15 5500 is a 15.6-inch gaming powerhouse that offers affordable RTX gaming, with on-site warranty!

Find out why we gave it our Reviewer’s Choice Award, and why this could be the gaming laptop you have been waiting for!

 

Dell G5 15 Series : What Is It?

The G-Series is Dell’s range of affordable gaming laptops, with the G5 15 as the mid-range option with a 15.6-inch display.

The Dell G5 series laptops come with more powerful processor and graphics options with beefier cooling, than the entry-level G3 series.

 

Dell G5 15 5500 : Specifications

First, let’s take a look at the specifications of our review sample, which is the top-of-the-line model.

Dell offers cheaper configurations with a Core i5 processor, and GeForce GTX 1650 Ti or GeForce GTX 1660 Ti graphics.

Dell G5 15 5500
Display 15.6-inch TN display
– 1920 x 1080 pixels (141 ppi)
– 144 Hz refresh rate, 19 ms response time
– 300 nits max brightness
– 72% NTSC colour gamut
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home
Processor Intel Core i7-10750H
– 6 core, 12 thread, 45 W TDP
– 2.6 GHz base, 5.0 GHz boost
Chipset Intel HM470
Memory 2 x 8 GB DDR4-2933
Graphics NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (6 GB)
Storage 512 GB SK hynix BC511 PCIe SSD
Camera 0.92 MP webcam (720p video)
Audio Realtek ALC3254 with Nahimic 3D Audio
2 x 2 W speakers
Dual-array microphone
Connectivity LAN : Killer E2500 Gigabit
Wi-Fi : Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650i
Bluetooth : BT 5.0
Ports 1 x RJ-45 LAN port
1 x Thunderbolt 3 port
1 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 port
2 x USB 2.0 ports
1 x HDMI 2.0 port
1 x mini DisplayPort 1.4b
1 x audio port
Card Reader SD Card Reader
Security Wedge-shaped lock slot
Capacitive fingerprint reader
Keyboard 4-zone RGB Keyboard with G Key
– 18.7 mm x 18.05 mm key pitch
Touchpad 105 mm x 65 mm touchpad
Battery 4-cell polymer (68 Wh)
Charging 240 W charger
– 19.5 VDC @ 12.31 A
Dimensions 364.46 mm wide
254.0 mm deep
31.13 mm thick
Weight 2.65 kg

 

Dell G5 15 5500 : Price + Availability

The Dell G5 15 5500 is available in the Interstellar Dark Cover colour, with a starting price of RM 4,499 (about US$1,083 / £847 / A$1,486 / S$1,482).

Here are some online purchase options :

 

Dell G5 15 5500 : Box Contents

The Dell G5 15 5500 comes in a no-frills brown cardboard box. Inside, all you will find are these items :

  • Dell G5 15 5500 laptop
  • 240 watt charger + cable
  • Dell G5 Quick User Guide
  • Safety and Regulatory Information

 

Dell G5 15 5500 : Hands-On Experience!

The Dell G5 15 5500 is designed to offer RTX gaming, at an affordable price point. So the first thing you will notice its thick plastic chassis and heft.

This is no thin and light laptop, not at 31 mm thick and a weight of 2.65 kg… and that’s not even counting the large and heavy 240 watt charger!

Performance

Our review model was powered by the Intel Core i7-10750H, a 6-core, 12-thread processor with a clock speed that goes up to 5 GHz.

It’s paired with 16 GB of DDR4 memory, and the the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060, with 6 GB of GDDR6 memory. More than powerful enough to handle any game you throw at it.

144 Hz Display

The Dell G5 15 5500 comes with a 15.6-inch TN display with a Full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, and a 144 Hz refresh rate.

Thankfully, it’s paired with NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 graphics, which should have no problem driving the high refresh rate for most games.

Storage

The Dell G5 15 5500 is spacious enough to support both a M.2 socket (for a PCIe SSD), as well as a 2.5-inch drive bay (for a hard disk drive).

Our review sample came with the 512 GB PCIe M.2 SSD from SK hynix. Dell also offers a 512 GB Intel Optane storage option in some countries.

This is more than enough storage for a gaming laptop, but if you need more, there is a 1 TB SSD option, as well as a 2 TB hard disk drive option.

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Dell G5 15 5500 : A Closer Look!

Available Ports

One advantage of not going thin and light is the additional ports. On the left side, you will find these ports (from left to right) :

  • its barrel power port,
  • a Mini DisplayPort 1.4b port,
  • a HDMI 2.0 port,
  • a USB 3.2 Gen 1 PowerShare port,
  • an RJ45 LAN port, and
  • a Thunderbolt 3 (USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type C) port.

On the right side, you will find the following (from left to right) :

  • an SD card reader, which supports SD, SDHX and SDXC cards,
  • a 3.5 mm earphone + microphone jack,
  • two USB 2.0 Type A ports, and
  • a wedge-shaped security lock slot

Keyboard + Touchpad

Thanks to its larger form factor, Dell could fit a full keyboard with a numeric keypad, and a horizontal key pitch of 18.7 mm.

The keyboard is backlit in blue by default, with WASD key highlights. But it can be programmed to support any RGB combination, in up to 4 zones.

It has a pretty small touchpad – just 105 x 65 mm, and it’s offset to the left, which makes it a little awkward to use, unless you are left-handed.

But this isn’t a big problem. This is a gaming laptop, and you will definitely be using a mouse.

RGB Lighting

Complementing the RGB keyboard lighting is an RGB LED light strip along the front edge. This is arguably the Dell team’s only concession towards pointless gaming bling.

Some gamers will argue that it will give a more immersive gaming feel. Whatever rocks your boat, my friend.

Fingerprint Sensor

Dell offers an optional fingerprint sensor integrated directly into the power button, right above the keyboard. There is no IR camera option for face recognition.

We highly recommend adding this feature, as it allows for convenient logging in and greater security especially in public – there’s no need to type in your password.

Webcam + Microphones

The Dell G5 15 5500 comes with a basic webcam, capable of recording 720p video. As well as two microphones – one on each side of the webcam.

This is hardly the ideal setup for video streaming, but it is perfectly adequate for gamers who just need to use it for video chats.

Note that it doesn’t come with a privacy cover, only a status light to let you know when the webcam is activated.

Speakers

The Dell G5 15 5500 comes with two side-firing speakers with a 2 watt output.

Powered by the Realtek ALC3254 with an integrated amplifier, they are loud and offer pretty decent sound quality.

Killer Connectivity

Our premium model comes with a Killer E2500 Gigabit LAN connectivity. Otherwise, you will receive Realtek Gigabit LAN, which isn’t bad at all.

Wireless connectivity is provided through Killer 1650i, which offers Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) connectivity on both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands, as well as Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity.

The basic models though come with Qualcomm DW 1820, which offers Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) connectivity on both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands, as well as Bluetooth 4.2 connectivity.

 

Dell G5 15 5500 : Surface Temperatures

An important criteria that many potential buyers forget to check for in a gaming laptop is “how hot does it get?

What’s the use of buying a powerful gaming laptop if it literally burns your hands while you game?

Take a look at the surface temperatures of the Dell G5 15 5500, with an ambient temperature of 29.8°C.

As you can see, the G5 15 5500 can get pretty toasty, with the temperature of the keyboard reaching a peak of just under 52°C.

On the underside, it peached a peak of 54.3°C in the middle. It is definitely not advisable to game with it on your lap!

We highly recommend you pair the Dell G5 15 5500 with a good laptop cooler, or play in an air-conditioned room. That will greatly reduce its contact temperature, and allow for hours of comfortable gaming.

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Dell G5 15 5500 : Performance

Our Dell G5 15 5500 is the top-of-the-line model, powered by the 10th Gen Intel Core i7-10750H.

This is high-powered 45 watt processor with 6 cores and 12 threads, and a 2.6 GHz clock speed that ramps up to 5 GHz during intensive tasks.

The processor has Intel UHD Graphics built-in, but switches to the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (with 6 GB of GDDR6 memory) for gaming and more strenuous graphics work.

Our review sample came with 16 GB of DDR4-2933 memory, and a 512 GB SK hynix PCIe SSD. Keeping all that powered is a large 68 Whr lithium-ion battery.

Work Performance : PCMark 10

The Intel Core i7-10750H is about 13% faster than the Intel Core i7-10510U, which is a 25 watt processor, with 4-cores and 8-threads.

It is, frankly, overkill for basic work applications, but will be very helpful in tackling compute-intensive tasks, like rendering videos.

Gaming Performance : 3DMark Time Spy

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 offers 6X more graphics performance than entry-level graphics like the GeForce MX250.

It is roughly between the performance of the desktop Radeon RX 5500 XT, and the desktop GeForce RTX 2060.

That means it will not only easily handle games at the display’s native 1080p resolution, it can deliver higher frame rates to take advantage of the higher Hz refresh rates it supports.

Gaming Performance : 3DMark Time Spy Extreme

We also ran a Time Spy Extreme test for those who are thinking of hooking up this laptop to an external display.

Performing between the desktop Radeon RX 5500 XT, and the desktop GeForce RTX 2060, it can handle 1440p gaming, but at roughly half the frame rate.

Gaming Performance : Strange Brigade @ 1080p

Strange Brigade is a third-person shooter game released in August 2018. We tested it at 1080p using the Vulkan API at Ultra High settings.

As you can see, the Dell G5 15 5500 has no problem exceeding 144 fps at times, with an average frame rate of 101 fps.

Gaming Performance : The Division 2 @ 1080p

Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 is a newer third-person shooter game released in March 2019, with much higher graphics requirements.

Even at the Extreme graphics settings, Dell G5 15 5500 was able to deliver an average frame rate of 59 fps.

It was head-to-head with the desktop Radeon RX 5500 XT, and just 6% slower than the desktop GeForce RTX 2060.

Battery Life : Modern Office + Gaming

We locked the display’s brightness at 50%, and ran PCMark 10’s Modern Office and Gaming tests until it powered off.

The Dell G5 15 5500 lasted about 5.5 hours running Modern Office applications, but only about 77 minutes while gaming.

You can only game on-the-go for a short time. Realistically, it should be plugged in when you game.

Battery : Recharging Speed

Dell quotes a 4 hour recharging time using the massive 240 watt charger, when the laptop is completely powered off.

We are glad to report that its real-world recharging speed is much, MUCH faster. To test it in a real world setting, we started charging at 10% with the display brightness set to 50% :

  • 25% : 21.5 minutes
  • 33% : 26.5 minutes
  • 40% : 35 minutes
  • 50% : 46 minutes
  • 60% : 57.5 minutes
  • 75% : 75 minutes
  • 90% : 91.5 minutes
  • 100% : 148 minutes

It charges really fast to about 90%, taking only just over 1.5 hours. However, the last 10% took much longer – an addition 56.5 minutes!

This gives it a battery life : recharging time ratio of 2.3:1 for office work. As a rule of thumb, you will need to recharge its battery about 26.5 minutes for every hour of battery life.

 

Dell G5 15 5500 : Verdict + Award

The Dell G5 15 5500 does a good job of focusing on what’s important for gamers, wasting little on pointless aesthetic bling.

Its powerful 45-watt Intel Core i7 processor and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 graphics will have no problem driving its Full HD display beyond 60 Hz, no matter what game you play.

It also comes with fast networking capabilities – Killer E2500 offering Gigabit LAN, and Killer AX1650i offering Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity.

And we love its large number of ports – three USB Type A ports, one USB Type C port, as well as an SD card reader and both HDMI and miniDP ports.

Powering all that is a large 68 Wh battery, but here’s a reality check – you can’t really game on-the-go for more than an hour or so. All that performance comes at a price – battery life.

Realistically, the Dell G5 15 5500 should be plugged into a wall socket whenever you game.

It is also a chunky and heavy laptop, no thanks to its large battery and the much higher cooling requirements for its powerful components.

But if all you want is an affordable gaming laptop that offers powerful gaming performance and a 144 Hz display, it’s hard to beat what Dell G5 15 5500 offers.

And here is what Dell offers over other gaming laptop brands – 2 years of premium on-site service!

Whatever happens to your G5 15 5500, just call Dell Support and they will either remotely solve the problem or send a technician to wherever you are to fix it.

That’s why we have no qualms awarding it our Reviewer’s Choice Award!

 

Dell G5 15 5500 : Where To Buy?

The Dell G5 15 5500 is available in the Interstellar Dark Cover colour, with a starting price of RM 4,499 (about US$1,083 / £847 / A$1,486 / S$1,482).

Here are some online purchase options :

 

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Dell XPS 13 (9300) InfinityEdge Laptop Hands-On Preview!

The Dell XPS 13 (9300) features their first-ever InfinityEdge display, with Gorilla Glass 6 protection!

Here is our hands-on preview of this magnificent ultra-light XPS 13 laptop!

 

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.

 

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 Preview

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!

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 3840 x 2400 pixels, colour gamut of 90% DCI-P3 and DisplayHDR 400 certification.

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.

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 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 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!

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.

Battery + Charging

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.

 

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)

 

Acknowledgement

We would like to thank Dell for making us part of the #DellInsideCircle

 

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Dell Survey On Remote Work Readiness In Malaysia!

Dell Technologies just unveiled their inaugural Remote Work Readiness (RWR) Index and survey results for Malaysia!

Take a look at the highlights of what Dell found on remote work readiness in Malaysia!

 

Dell Survey On Remote Work Readiness In Malaysia!

For their inaugural Remote Work Readiness Index, Dell Technologies surveyed over 7,000 working professionals in the Asia Pacific and Japan (APJ) region, of which 1,030 were from Malaysia.

The survey for the Dell Technologies RWR Index was meant to capture data on their readiness and views on long-term remote work.

Here is a summary of the key findings in the Dell Remote Work Readiness survey for Malaysia :

  • 70% already have some experience with remote working before the MCO took effect.
  • 84% feel prepared for long-term remote work
  • Only 43% feel that their employers support remote working for the long term
  • their top 3 concerns were :
    – 33% : their job security
    – 31% : blurring boundary between professional and personal lives
    – 28% : lack the right technology assets to be productive
  • 50% feel their employers are not providing enough tech resources for successful remote work
  • their top 3 tech challenges :
    – 44% : unstable remote network
    – 33% : lack of access to internal company resources
    – 29% : have to use personal productivity equipment and tools for work
  • Only 43% feel that their employers are providing enough HR resources for successful long-term remote work
  • their top 3 HR challenges
    – 47% : lack of in-person communication
    – 38% : lack of learning and development sessions
    – 37% : lack of team engagement and access to HR processes

 

How To Improve Remote Work Readiness In Malaysia

Based on the Dell Remote Work Readiness survey for Malaysia, here are the changes companies should look at adopting for successful remote work :

Top 3 Tech Changes To Consider

  • 42% : Better access to productivity equipment and tools
  • 38% : A stable remote network, including adequate Internet bandwidth, is necessary
  • 36% : Better access to internal company resources

Top 3 HR Changes To Consider

  • 51% : Learning and development sessions, including training for virtual tools and remote working
  • 43% : Access to digital tools for performance review, leave filing, etc.
  • 42% : Team engagement initiatives while remote working

 

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Dell UltraSharp 27 (U2722D) USB-C Hub Monitor Revealed!

Dell just unveiled the UltraSharp 27 (U2722D) – a new UltraSharp USB-C hub monitor for CES 2021!

Find out if this is the productivity monitor you have been waiting for!

 

Dell UltraSharp 27 (U2722D) USB-C Hub Monitor

The Dell UltraSharp 27 (U2722D) is a 27-inch Full HD monitor, with a built-in USB-C hub for greater productivity.

It has a QHD resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels, with ComfortView Plus for low blue light emission, a wide viewing angle of 178°, and ultra-thin bezels.

On top of that, it has a wide colour gamut of 100% sRGB, and 95% DCI-P3, as well as support for 1.07 billion colours.

Thanks to its USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type C input, the Dell UltraSharp 27 also doubles as a productivity hub, offering Ethernet connectivity and up to 15 watts of power delivery.

The Dell UltraSharp 27 (U2722D) comes with a 3-year Advanced Exchange Service, which means if a replacement is necessary, it will be shipped to you the next business day.

In addition, it comes with Dell Premium Panel Exchange, which allows a free monitor replacement during the 3-year Limited Hardware warranty, even if only one bright pixel is found.

 

Dell UltraSharp 27 (U2722D) : Specifications

Specifications Dell UltraSharp 27
Model U2722D
Display Size
(Diagonal)
27 inches
Native Resolution 2560 x 1440 pixels
Native Refresh Rate 60 Hz
Aspect Ratio 21:9
Pixel Pitch NA
Pixel Density NA
Brightness NA
Colour Gamut 100% sRGB
100% Rec. 709
95% DCI-P3
Colour Accuracy Delta-E < 2
Colour Depth 1.07 billion colours
Contrast Ratio NA
Viewing Angle 178° vertical
178° horizontal
Response Time NA
Panel Type IPS (In-Plane Switching)
Backlight LED
Display Coating Anti-Glare Treatment
3H Hard Coating
Other Features ComfortView Plus
Dell Display Manager
Speakers Optional Slim Soundbar (SB521A)
Warranty 3 Years Advanced Exchange Service
Premium Panel Exchange

 

Dell UltraSharp 27 (U2722D) : Price + Availability

The Dell UltraSharp 27 (U2722D) will be available in Malaysia in March 2021, but there’s no indication of how much it will cost. We will update this article when we know more.

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Dell UltraSharp 24 (U2422HE) USB-C Hub Monitor Revealed!

Dell just unveiled the UltraSharp 24 (U2422HE) – a new UltraSharp USB-C hub monitor for CES 2021!

Find out if this could be the productivity monitor you have been waiting for!

 

Dell UltraSharp 24 (U2422HE) USB-C Hub Monitor

The Dell UltraSharp 24 (U2422HE) is a 23.8-inch Full HD monitor, with a built-in USB-C hub for greater productivity.

It has a Full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, with ComfortView for low blue light emission, a wide viewing angle of 178°, and a maximum brightness of 250 nits.

On top of that, it has a wide colour gamut of 99% sRGB, 99% Rec. 709, and 85% DCI-P3, as well as colour accuracy of Delta-E < 2.

Thanks to its USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type C input, the Dell UltraSharp 24 also doubles as a productivity hub, offering Ethernet connectivity and up to 65 watts of power delivery.

The Dell UltraSharp 24 (U2422HE) comes with a wide range of connectivity options :

  • 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type C / DisplayPort 1.4 port with Power Delivery
  • 1 x DisplayPort 1.4 with HDCP
  • 1 x DisplayPort 1.4 output (MST)
  • 1 x HDMI 2.0 with HDCP
  • 2 x USB 3.0 (Type A) ports with Battery Charging 1.2
  • 2 x USB 3.0 (Type A) ports
  • 1 x RJ45 LAN port

Its four USB 3.0 ports allow you to easily connect your storage devices, smartphones and laptop, even charging them at up to 65 watts.

It is also adjustable for your comfort – 130 mm in height adjustment, with the ability to tilt by -5° to 21°, and swivel by 40° both ways.

The Dell UltraSharp 24 (U2422HE) comes with a 3-year Advanced Exchange Service, which means if a replacement is necessary, it will be shipped to you the next business day.

In addition, it comes with Dell Premium Panel Exchange, which allows a free monitor replacement during the 3-year Limited Hardware warranty, even if only one bright pixel is found.

 

Dell UltraSharp 24 (U2422HE) : Specifications

Specifications Dell UltraSharp 24
Model U2422HE
Display Size
(Diagonal)
23.8 inches
Native Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
Native Refresh Rate 60 Hz
Aspect Ratio 21:9
Pixel Pitch 0.2745 mm
Pixel Density 92.5 ppi
Brightness 250 cd/m²
Colour Gamut 99% sRGB
99% Rec. 709
85% DCI-P3
Colour Accuracy Delta-E < 2
Colour Depth 16.7 million colours
Contrast Ratio 1000:1
Viewing Angle 178° vertical
178° horizontal
Response Time 5 ms (fast mode)
8 ms (normal)
Panel Type IPS (In-Plane Switching)
Backlight LED
Display Coating Anti-Glare Treatment
3H Hard Coating
Other Features ComfortView
Dell Display Manager
Speakers None
Display Inputs 1 x DisplayPort 1.4 / USB-C
1 x DisplayPort 1.4
1 x HDMI 2.0
USB Ports 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 input (Type B)
2 x USB 3.0 (Type C)
2 x USB 3.0 (Battery Charging 1.2)
1 x 3.5 mm audio jack
1 x RJ45 port
Adjustability Height : 130 mm
Tilt : -5° to 21°
Swivel : -40° to 40°
Security Security lock slot
VESA Mount Yes, 100 x 100 mm
Power Input 120 VAC to 230 VAC (50 / 60 Hz)
Power Usage Off : 0.19 W
Standby : 0.21 W
On : 14 W
Dimensions Height : 348.4 mm
Width : 538.5 mm
Depth : 165.0 mm
Weight Panel Only : 9.5 kg
With Stand + Cables : 13.8 kg
Warranty 3 Years Advanced Exchange Service
Premium Panel Exchange

 

Dell UltraSharp 24 (U2422HE) : Price + Availability

The Dell UltraSharp 24 (U2422HE) will be available in Malaysia in March 2021.

It has a recommended retail price of £213 – approximately RM 1,165 / US$289 / A$372 / S$383.

According to Dell, the UltraSharp 24 (U2422HE) will ship with these items in the box :

  • Monitor with stand
  • Power cable
  • DisplayPort cable (DP to DP)
  • USB 3.1 Gen 1 upstream cable (Type C to Type C)
  • Quick Setup Guide
  • Safety and regulatory information

 

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Dell UltraSharp 40 (U4021QW) Curved Monitor Revealed!

Dell just unveiled the UltraSharp 40 (U4021QW) – a new UltraSharp curved monitor for CES 2021!

Take a look at it, and see why this could be the curved monitor you have been waiting for!

 

Dell UltraSharp 40 (U4021QW) Curved Monitor

The Dell UltraSharp 40 (U4021QW) is their first 40-inch curved ultra wide WUHD monitor, offering 32% more screen space than a 32-inch 4K display.

It boasts a 2500R curved screen, with a resolution of 5120 x 2160 pixels, and a 140 ppi pixel density. It also has a maximum brightness of 300 nits, with a wide viewing angle of 178°.

On top of that, it has a wide colour gamut of 100% sRGB, 100% Rec. 709, and 98% DCI-P3. And it comes factory calibrated with a colour accuracy of Delta-E < 2.

Thanks to its Thunderbolt 3 input, the Dell UltraSharp 40 (U4021QW) also doubles as a productivity hub, offering Ethernet connectivity and up to 90 watts of power delivery.

It also comes with a built-in KVM, allowing you to connect up to two computers to the monitor. Its Auto KVM feature automatically detects the new computer, and switches to it.

The Dell UltraSharp 40 (U4021QW) comes with a wide range of connectivity options :

  • 1 x Thunderbolt 3 / DisplayPort 1.4 port with HDCP 2.2 (10-bit colour @ 60 Hz)
  • 2 x HDMI 2.0 with HDCP 2.2 (10-bit colour @ 30 Hz)
  • 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 (Type C) port
  • 5 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 (Type A) ports
  • 1 x RJ45 LAN port

Its six USB 3.2 Gen 2 ports – one Type C and five Type A – allow you to easily connect your storage devices and smartphones, even charging them at up to 15 watts.

It is also adjustable for your comfort – 120 mm in height adjustment, with the ability to tilt by -5° to 21°, and swivel by 30° both ways.

The Dell UltraSharp 40 (U4021QW) comes with a 3-year Advanced Exchange Service, which means if a replacement is necessary, it will be shipped to you the next business day.

In addition, it comes with Dell Premium Panel Exchange, which allows a free monitor replacement during the 3-year Limited Hardware warranty, even if only one bright pixel is found.

 

Dell UltraSharp 40 (U4021QW) : Specifications

Specifications Dell UltraSharp 40
Model U4021QW
Display Size
(Diagonal)
39.7 inches
(100.85 cm)
Native Resolution 5120 x 2160 pixels
Native Refresh Rate 60 Hz
Aspect Ratio 21:9
Pixel Pitch 0.1815 mm
Pixel Density 140 ppi
Brightness 300 cd/m²
Colour Gamut 100% sRGB
100% Rec. 709
98% DCI-P3
Colour Accuracy Delta-E < 2
Colour Depth 1.07 billion colours
Contrast Ratio 1000:1
Viewing Angle 178° vertical
178° horizontal
Response Time 5 ms (GTG fast mode)
8 ms (GTG normal)
Panel Type IPS (In-Plane Switching)
Backlight LED
Display Coating Anti-Glare Treatment
3H Hard Coating
Other Features ComfortView
Dell Display Manager
Picture-by-Picture (PBP)
Picture-in-Picture (PIP)
KVM, Auto-KVM
Speakers 2 x 9 W speakers
Display Inputs 1 x Thunderbolt 3 / DisplayPort 1.4
2 x HDMI 2.0
USB Ports 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 input (Type B)
1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 (Type C)
5 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 (Type A)
1 x 3.5 mm audio jack
1 x RJ45 port
Adjustability Height : 120 mm
Tilt : -5° to 21°
Swivel : -30° to 30°
Security Security lock slot
Anti-theft stand lock slot
VESA Mount Yes, 100 x 100 mm
Power Input 100 VAC to 240 VAC (50 / 60 Hz)
Power Usage Off : 0.3 W
Standby : 0.3 W
On : 51.5 W
Max : 240 W
Dimensions Height : 457.8 mm ~ 577.3 mm
Width : 946.6 mm
Depth : 248.0 mm
Weight Panel Only : 9.5 kg
With Stand + Cables : 13.8 kg
Warranty 3 Years Advanced Exchange Service
Premium Panel Exchange

 

Dell UltraSharp 40 (U4021QW) : Price + Availability

The Dell UltraSharp 40 (U4021QW) will be available in Malaysia this month – January 2021.

It has a recommended retail price of RM 6,809 – approximately US$1,695 / £1,247 / A$2,191 / S$2,236.

According to Dell, the UltraSharp 40 (U4021QW) will ship with these items in the box :

  • Monitor with stand
  • Power cable
  • Thunderbolt 4 (Type C) active cable
  • HDMI cable
  • DP cable (DP to DP)
  • USB 3.2 Gen 2 upstream cable (Type A to Type B)
  • Quick Setup Guide
  • Factory Calibration Report
  • Safety and regulatory information

 

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Dell EMC PowerProtect Cyber Recovery for Sheltered Harbor!

Dell EMC PowerProtect Cyber Recovery just received a Sheltered Harbor endorsement!

Find out what this means for financial services organisations looking for a Sheltered Harbor-certified turnkey data vault!

 

Dell EMC PowerProtect Cyber Recovery : Endorsed by Sheltered Harbor!

On 10 November 2020, Dell EMC PowerProtect Cyber Recovery was officially endorsed by Sheltered Harbor – the non-profit initiative to improve the stability and resiliency of the financial sector.

This is the culmination of two years of work between Dell and Sheltered Harbor teams, to develop a solution designed for financial services organisations.

If your organisation is a Sheltered Harbor participant, or eligible to be one, you can now purchase and quickly deploy the Dell EMC PowerProtect Cyber Recovery – a turnkey data vault that meets all of the stringent Sheltered Harbor criteria.

The Dell EMC PowerProtect Cyber Recovery Solution for Sheltered Harbour helps participants achieve compliance with data vaulting standards and certification, and plan for operational resilience and recovery against any cyber attack.

If your organisation is not part of the Sheltered Harbor community, you can still deploy PowerProtect Cyber Recovery to protect your data with the same stringent Sheltered Harbor standards.

 

Dell EMC PowerProtect Cyber Recovery : What Is It?

Dell EMC PowerProtect Cyber Recovery is an on-premise turnkey data vaulting solution that protects customers from all kinds of cyber threats.

Its CyberSense analytics and machine learning capabilities allow customers to monitor data integrity, ensuring the continued quality of their data.

It also comes with forensic tools to let customers discover, diagnose and remediate ongoing attacks.

 

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PowerProtect Data Manager Nov 2020 Update: What’s New?

Dell Technologies just announced enhancements to PowerProtect Data Manager available globally in November 2020!

Find out what’s new in the latest Dell EMC PowerProtect Data Manager!

 

PowerProtect Data Manager : What Is It?

Dell EMC PowerProtect Data Manager provides software-defined data protection, automated discovery, and deduplication for physical, virtual and cloud environments.

Its software-defined architecture allows for greater operational agility, and faster IT transformation, while delivering next-generation data protection.

 

PowerProtect Data Manager November 2020 Update : What’s New?

In its November 2020 update, PowerProtect Data Manager offers these new enhancements :

  • In-cloud workloads in Microsoft Azure and AWS are now protected
  • VMware Tanzu portfolio is now supported
  • Native vCenter Storage Policy-Based Management integrated for VM protection
  • VMware-certified solution to protect VMware Cloud Foundation infrastructure layer.
  • Protection for containerised apps with open source databases, including PostgreSQL and Apache Cassandra, in Kubernetes environments.
  • Customers can now protect Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS) and Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) to back-up Kubernetes cluster-level resources.

 

PowerProtect Data Manager November 2020 Update : Availability

The November 2020 enhancements are available globally with immediate effect.

 

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AMD Instinct MI100 : 11.5 TFLOPS In A Single Card!

AMD just announced the Instinct MI100 – the world’s fastest HPC GPU accelerator, delivering 11.5 TFLOPS in a single card!

 

AMD Instinct MI100 : 11.5 TFLOPS In A Single Card!

Powered by the new CDNA architecture, the AMD Instinct MI100 is the world’s fastest HPC GPU, and the first to break the 10 TFLOPS FP64 barrier!

Compared to the last-generation AMD accelerators, the AMD Instinct MI100 offers HPC applications almost 3.5X faster performance (FP32 matrix), and AI applications nearly 7X boost in throughput (FP16).

  • up to 11.5 TFLOPS of FP64 performance for HPC
  • up to 46.1 TFLOPS of FP32 Matrix performance for AI and machine learning
  • up to 184.6 TFLOPS of FP16 performance for AI training

2nd Gen AMD Infinity Fabric

It also leverages on the 2nd Gen AMD Infinity Fabric technology to deliver twice the peer-to-peer IO bandwidth of PCI Express 4.0. Thanks to its triple Infinity Fabric Links, it offers up to 340 GB/s of aggregate bandwidth per card.

In a server, MI100 GPUs can be configured as two fully-connected quad GPU hives, each providing up to 552 GB/s of P2P IO bandwidth.

Ultra-Fast HBM2 Memory

The AMD Instinct MI100 comes with 32 GB of HBM2 memory that deliver up to 1.23 TB/s of memory bandwidth to support large datasets.

PCI Express 4.0 Interface

The AMD Instinct MI100 is supports PCI Express 4.0, allowing for up to 64 GB/s of peak bandwidth from CPU to GPU, when paired with 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processors.

AMD Instinct MI100 : Specifications

Specifications AMD Instinct MI100
Fab Process 7 nm
Compute Units 120
Stream Processors 7,680
Peak BFLOAT16
Peak INT4 | INT8
Peak FP16
Peak FP32
Peak FMA32
Peak FP64 | FMA64
92.3 TFLOPS
184.6 TOPS
184.6 TFLOPS
46.1 TFLOPS
23.1 TFLOPS
11.5 TFLOPS
Memory 32 GB HBM2
Memory Interface 4,096 bits
Memory Clock 1.2 GHz
Memory Bandwidth 1.2 TB/s
Reliability Full Chip ECC
RAS Support
Scalability 3 x Infinity Fabric Links
OS Support Linux 64-bit
Bus Interface PCIe Gen 3 / Gen 4
Board Form Factor Full Height, Dual Slot
Board Length 10.5-inch long
Cooling Passively Cooled
Max Board Power 300 W TDP
Warranty 3-Years Limited

 

AMD Instinct MI100 : Availability

The AMD Instinct MI100 will be available in systems by the end of 2020 from OEM/ODM partners like Dell, Gigabyte, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), and Supermicro.

 

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Dell Technologies DT Index 2020 : What’s New?

Dell Technologies just unveiled the results of their Digital Transformation Index 2020 – DT Index 2020, for short.

Take a look at the key findings of the DT Index 2020!

 

Dell Technologies DT Index 2020 : What’s New?

Dell Technologies has unveiled results from its global study that shows organisations shifting the digital transformation programmes – seen as a critical business driver for recovery – into high gear and are on the path to accomplish in a few months what would normally have taken years.

Additionally, the Dell Technologies Digital Transformation Index (DT Index), updated biennially, indicates organisations are not slowing down even during the global COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Dell Technologies DT Index 2020 : Key Findings

The Dell Technology DT Index 2020 results found that:

  • Eight in 10 organisations have fast-tracked some digital transformation programmes
  • 79 percent of global organisations (86 percent of APJ organisations) are re-inventing business model
  • Overall digital transformation curves for both global and APJ region are moving up the digital maturity scale

That said, organisations globally and in APJ still face barriers in their journey to digital transformation success. The top 3 are:

  1. Data privacy and cybersecurity concerns
  2. Lack of budget and resources
  3. Unable to extract insights from data and/or information overload

The findings form Digital Transformation Index 2020 provides evidences to propel organisations in the data era despite the challenging climate brought on by the pandemic. By recognising the transformation barriers and investing in the right opportunities, organisations can act immediately to drive new ideas, concepts and solutions to maintain or accelerate growth.” – KT Ong, Country Manager – Malaysia, Dell Technologies.

 

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XPS 13 (9310) with Intel Tiger Lake : What’s New?

The XPS 13 (9300), which showcased at CES 2020, has been refreshed as the XPS 13 (9310) with the new Intel Tiger Lake processor!

Find out what’s new in the Dell XPS 13 (9310) ultra-light laptop with Intel Tiger Lake!

 

2020 Dell XPS 13 (9310) With Intel Tiger Lake

Earlier this year, Dell introduced their premier ultra-light laptop – the 2020 Dell XPS 13 (9300), featuring the first-ever, virtually-borderless InfinityEdge display!

It has now been refreshed as the XPS 13 (9310) with the latest Intel Tiger Lake processor!

Like the XPS 13 (9300), the Dell XPS 13 (9310) boasts an ultra-light chassis with machined aluminium, carbon fibre or woven glass fibre and Corning Gorilla Glass protection, as well as ultra-thin bezels.

The new 9310 refresh model, though, comes with the latest 11th Gen Intel Core processors with Intel Xe graphics, and options for more memory and storage.

The new 2020 Dell XPS 13 (9310) with Intel Tiger Lake boasts a 13.4-inch display in an 11-inch form factor – fitting neatly on an airplane tray. Yet, it comes with a 17% larger touchpad, and edge-to-edge keyboard with larger key caps.

It also features Thunderbolt 4 connectivity, and up to 32 GB of faster LPDDR4x memory running at 4267 MHz, instead of 3733 MHz.

Its InfinityEdge display supports 100% sRGB and 90% DCI-P3 colour gamut, with optional 4K UHD resolution. In addition, it is now 25% brighter at 500 nits.

It can now be configured with up to 2 TB of PCIe NVMe SSD storage. And it supports up to Wi-Fi6 with its Killer AX1650 Wi-Fi module.

Both the 9310 and 9300 models are visually indistinguishable, with the same form factor, build, dimensions and even weight. They only differ in certain internal components.

Specifications XPS 13 (9310)
Tiger Lake
XPS 13 (9300)
Ice Lake
Display 13.4-inch Full HD / 4K
Processor 11th Gen Intel
Core i7/i5/i3
10th Gen Intel
Core i7/i5/i3
RAM Up to 32 GB
LPDDR4x-4267
Up to 16 GB
LPDDR4x-3733
Graphics Up to Intel Iris Xe Up to Intel Iris Plus
Storage Up to 2 TB SSD Up to 1 TB SSD
Dimensions 296 mm wide
199 mm deep
14.8 mm thick
Weight 1.2 kg

 

Dell XPS 13 (9310) with Intel Tiger Lake : Colour Comparison

The refreshed Dell XPS 13 (9310) laptop with Intel Tiger Lake will come in two colour options :

  • Platinum Silver, with Carbon Black carbon fiber composite palm rest, or
  • Frost, with Arctic White woven glass fibre palm rest (with UV-resistant and stain-resistant coating)

 

Dell XPS 13 (9310) with Intel Tiger Lake : Price + Availability

The refreshed Dell XPS 13 (9310) with Intel Tiger Lake is available at these starting prices :

  • United States (1 October onwards) : $999 onwards
  • United Kingdom (30 September onwards) : £1399 onwards
  • Malaysia (October 2020) : RM6,399 onwards

Here in Malaysia, Dell will bring in the refreshed Dell XPS 13 (9310) with these specifications

  • 11th Gen Intel Core i5-1135G7 with Intel Iris Xe graphics
  • 8 GB LPDDR4x RAM512 GB SSD
  • Microsoft Windows 10 operating system

 

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2020 Dell XPS Desktop : Malaysia Price + Specifications!

The 2020 Dell XPS Desktop 8940 premium PC is coming to Malaysia soon!

Find out what it will cost to own this premium desktop PC, and what configuration options Dell will offer!

 

2020 Dell XPS Desktop : Premium PC!

Designed for maximum performance with massive expandability options, it comes with the latest 10th Gen Intel processor and both AMD and NVIDIA graphics options.

Latest 10th Gen Intel Processors

Dell offers a variety of 10th Gen Intel processors, from the Core i5-10400 all the way to the Core i9-10900K.

AMD + NVIDIA Graphics Options

You can rely on the built-in Intel UHD Graphics processor graphics, or opt for an AMD Radeon or NVIDIA GeForce graphics upgrade.

Killer AX1650i Wi-Fi 6 Connectivity

Built into the Dell XPS Desktop is the Killer AX1650i, which offers Wi-Fi 6 connectivity, which is nearly 3X faster than the previous generation WiFi-AC connectivity.

Smaller With The Same Expandability

Despite being smaller than the last generation (19L vs 23.7L), the XPS Desktop 8940 offers the same expansion options – four storage drives, three tool-less backplane slots, etc.

 

2020 Dell XPS Desktop : Specifications In Malaysia

Here are the base specifications for the 2020 Dell XPS Desktop 8940, with available upgrades, in Malaysia.

Specifications Dell XPS Desktop (8940)
Malaysia Base Specifications
Available Upgrades
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home Microsoft Windows 10 Pro
Processor Options Intel Core i5-10400 Intel Core i5-10600K
Intel Core i7-10700
Intel Core i7-10700K
Intel Core i9-10900
Intel Core i9-10900K
Memory Options 8 GB DDR4-2666
16 GB DDR4-2666
32 GB DDR4-2666
64 GB DDR4-2666
128 GB DDR4-2666
Graphics Options NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER
AMD Radeon RX 5300
AMD Radeon RX 5600
AMD Radeon RX 5700

AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT
Storage Options 256 GB NVMe M.2 PCIe SSD 1 TB 7200 RPM SATA hard disk drive
2 TB 7200 RPM SATA hard disk drive
256 GB NVMe M.2 PCIe SSD
512 GB NVMe M.2 PCIe SSD
1 TB NVMe M.2 PCIe SSD
2 TB NVMe M.2 PCIe SSD
Optical Drive (Optional) NA DVD-RW Drive
Blu-ray Drive
Expansion Slots Up to 2 HDDs
Up to 2 SSDs
3 PCIe slots (x1, x4, x16)
Four DIMM slots (up to 128 GB)
Connectivity Options Killer AX1650i (2×2) 802.11ax + Bluetooth 5.0
Killer E2600 Gigabit Ethernet
Audio Integrated 5.1 Channel Waves MaxxAudio Pro
Card Reader SD Card Reader (SD, SDHC, SDXC)
Front Ports 1 x USB 3.1 Type C Gen 1
3 x USB 3.1 Gen 1
1 x Headset jack
1 x SD card slot
Rear Ports 4 x USB 3.1 Gen 1
2 x USB 2.0
1 x HDMI 1.4 (Intel UHD Graphics)
1 x DisplayPort 1.2 (Intel UHD Graphics)
1 x Gigabit Ethernet
3 x audio ports (5.1-channel)
Keyboard Dell KB216 Multimedia Keyboard
Mouse Dell MS116 Optical Mouse
PSU Options 360 W PSU 500 W PSU
Dimensions 367 mm high
169 mm wide
308 mm deep
Weight 6.3 kg
Colour Night Sky

 

2020 Dell XPS Desktop : Price + Availability In Malaysia

The 2020 Dell XPS Desktop 8940 will be available by end July 2020, in the Night Sky colour option only.

It has a starting price of RM 3,499 (about US$ 819 / £651 / A$1181 / S$252), with the base specifications above.

 

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Dell XPS Desktop (8940) : Premium Desktop PC!

The Dell XPS Desktop (8940) is a premium desktop PC, designed to offer the most powerful performance with massive expandability options.

Here is everything you need to know about the new Dell XPS Desktop PC!

 

Dell XPS Desktop (8940) : Premium Desktop PC!

Designed for maximum performance with massive expandability options, it comes with the latest 10th Gen Intel processor and both AMD and NVIDIA graphics options.

Latest 10th Gen Intel Processors

Dell offers a variety of 10th Gen Intel processors, from the Core i3-10100 all the way to the Core i9-10900K.

AMD + NVIDIA Graphics Options

You can rely on the built-in Intel UHD Graphics processor graphics, or opt for an AMD Radeon or NVIDIA GeForce graphics upgrade.

Killer AX1650i Wi-Fi 6 Connectivity

Built into the Dell XPS Desktop is the Killer AX1650i, which offers Wi-Fi 6 connectivity, which is nearly 3X faster than the previous generation WiFi-AC connectivity.

Smaller With The Same Expandability

Despite being smaller than the last generation (19L vs 23.7L), the XPS Desktop 8940 offers the same expansion options – four storage drives, three tool-less backplane slots, etc.

 

Dell XPS Desktop (8940) : Specifications

Here are the specifications and configuration options for the Dell XPS Desktop (8940) :

Specifications Dell XPS Desktop (8940)
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Pro
Microsoft Windows 10 Home
Processor Options Intel Core i3-10100
Intel Core i5-10400
Intel Core i5-10600K
Intel Core i7-10700
Intel Core i7-10700K
Intel Core i9-10900
Intel Core i9-10900K
Memory Options 8 GB DDR4-2666
16 GB DDR4-2666
32 GB DDR4-2666
64 GB DDR4-2666
128 GB DDR4-2666
Graphics Options Intel UHD Graphics
NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 (2 GB GDDR5)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER (4 GB GDDR6)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER (6 GB GDDR6)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (6 GB GDDR6)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (6 GB GDDR6)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER (6 GB GDDR6)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER (8 GB GDDR6)
AMD Radeon RX 5300 (3 GB GDDR6)
AMD Radeon RX 5600 (6 GB GDDR6)
AMD Radeon RX 5700 (8 GB GDDR6)

AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT (8 GB GDDR6)
Storage Options 1 TB 7200 RPM SATA hard disk drive
2 TB 7200 RPM SATA hard disk drive
128 GB NVMe M.2 PCIe SSD
256 GB NVMe M.2 PCIe SSD
512 GB NVMe M.2 PCIe SSD
1 TB NVMe M.2 PCIe SSD
2 TB NVMe M.2 PCIe SSD
Optical Drive (Optional) DVD-RW Drive
Blu-ray Drive
Expansion Slots Up to 2 HDDs
Up to 2 SSDs
3 PCIe slots (x1, x4, x16)
Four DIMM slots (up to 128 GB)
Connectivity Options Dell Wireless 1810 (1×1) 802.11ac + Bluetooth 4.1
Killer AX1650i (2×2) 802.11ax + Bluetooth 5.0
Killer E2600 Gigabit Ethernet
Audio Integrated 5.1 Channel Waves MaxxAudio Pro
Card Reader SD Card Reader (SD, SDHC, SDXC)
Front Ports 1 x USB 3.1 Type C Gen 1
3 x USB 3.1 Gen 1
1 x Headset jack
1 x SD card slot
Rear Ports 4 x USB 3.1 Gen 1
2 x USB 2.0
1 x HDMI 1.4 (Intel UHD Graphics)
1 x DisplayPort 1.2 (Intel UHD Graphics)
1 x Gigabit Ethernet
3 x audio ports (5.1-channel)
Keyboard Dell KB216 Multimedia Keyboard
Mouse Dell MS116 Optical Mouse
PSU Options 360 W PSU
500 W PSU
Dimensions 367 mm high
169 mm wide
308 mm deep
Weight 6.3 kg
Colour Options Mineral White
Night Sky

 

Dell XPS Desktop (8940) : Price + Availability

The Dell XPS Desktop (8940) PC will be available in two colour options – Mineral White or Night Sky.

You can purchase it in the US and Canada effective immediately – 9 July 2020, with a rollout through Europe and Asia in July 2020.

In the US and Canada, it has a starting price of US$649.99 (about £515 / A$934 / S$905 / RM 2,771)

 

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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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27-inch Dell S2721DS / S2721D : What You Need To Know!

The 27-inch Dell S2721DS / S2721D are lifestyle-inspired IPS monitors with thin bezels and AMD FreeSync support.

Here is everything you need to know about these new Dell QHD monitors!

 

27-inch Dell S2721DS / S2721D Monitor : QHD @ 75 Hz

The Dell S2721DS / S2721D is a 27-inch lifestyle-inspired QHD monitor, with ultra-thin and AMD FreeSync support.

Here is a summary of its key features :

  • QHD resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels and 99% sRGB colour gamut
  • tear-free gaming with AMD FreeSync, and a 75 Hz refresh rate
  • available with a fixed stand (S2721D) or a height-adjustable stand with tilt, swivel and pivot capabilities (S2721DS)
  • 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 S2721DS / S2721D Monitor : Specifications Compared

In this table, we compare the specifications of the DS and D variants of the Dell S2721 monitor :

Specifications Dell S2721D Dell S2721DS
Display Size 27-inch (68.47 cm)
Display Resolution 2560 x 1440 pixels
Refresh Rate 75 Hz
Panel Type IPS, 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 1,000 : 1
Brightness 350 nits
Viewing Angle 178° (vertical and horizontal)
Colours Range 16.7 Million
Colour Gamut 99% sRGB
VESA Compatible Yes, 100 x 100 mm
Speakers 2 x 3 W speakers
Ports 2 x HDMI 1.4
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 : 40 W
Typical : 19 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 7.9 kg 8.9 kg

 

27-inch Dell S2721DS / S2721D Monitor : Price + Availability

The Dell S2721DS / S2721D is available globally starting 20 August 2020, with these starting prices :

  • Dell S2721D : US$319.99 (about £253 / A$458 / S$445 / RM 1,367)
  • Dell S2721DS : US$349.99 (about £276 / A$501 / S$487 / RM 1,495)

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. *

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2020 Dell Latitude : Models, Price + Availability!

Dell just released a new range of 2020 Latitude laptops – featuring the ultra-premium 9000 series, and a redesigned 7000 series.

Here are the 2020 Dell Latitude models, price list and availability!

2020 Dell Latitude : What’s New?

Needless to say, the new 2020 Dell Latitude laptops offer improved performance, courtesy of the latest 10th Gen Intel vPro processors, and Intel Wi-Fi 6 wireless connectivity.

Beyond performance, Dell promises that the 2020 Latitudes are the industry’s most sustainably-built computers with recycled materials, sustainable packaging, energy-efficient designs and EPEAT Gold registrations.

They also feature Dell Optimizer – the automated AI-based optimisation software that learns how each person works, and adapts to their behaviour, so they can focus on tasks that matter most.

 

2020 Dell Latitude 9000 Series : Models, Price + Availability!

2020 Dell Latitude 9510

The 2020 Dell Latitude 9510 is the smallest, lightest and most intelligent 15-inch business PC, with these key features :

  • 10th Gen Intel vPro processor + Intel Wi-Fi 6
  • Built-in 5G-ready design
  • Up to 34 hours of battery life
  • Project Athena-verified commercial PC

Availability : May 19, 2020 (Global), 7 July 2020 (Malaysia)

Starting Price : US$1,899 | RM 7,926

2020 Dell Latitude 9410 2-in-1

The 2020 Dell Latitude 9410 is a 14-inch premium 2-in-1 business laptop, with these key features :

  • 10th Gen Intel vPro processor + Intel Wi-Fi 6
  • Machined and brushed aluminium design
  • Four-sided narrow bezels

Availability : May 19, 2020 (Global), 7 July 2020 (Malaysia)

Starting Price : US$1,799 | RM 8,171

 

2020 Dell Latitude 7000 Series : Models, Price + Availability!

2020 Dell Latitude 7410 | Latitude 7410 2-in-1

The new Latitude 9410 is the smallest 14-inch premium business laptop, with these key features :

  • 10th Gen Intel vPro processor + Intel Wi-Fi 6
  • Industry’s first 4K low blue light display
  • Configurable as 2-in-1

Availability : May 19, 2020 (Global), 7 July 2020 (Malaysia)

Starting Price : US$1,499 | RM 6,151

2020 Dell Latitude 7310

The new Dell Latitude 7310 is the smallest 13-inch premium business laptop, with these key features :

  • 10th Gen Intel vPro processor + Intel Wi-Fi 6
  • Machined and brushed aluminium design
  • Four-sided narrow bezels

Availability : May 19, 2020 (Global), 7 July 2020 (Malaysia)

Starting Price : US$1,499 | RM 5,381

2020 Dell Latitude 7210 2-in-1

The new Dell Latitude 7210 2-in-1 boasts these key features :

  • 10th Gen Intel vPro processor + Intel Wi-Fi 6
  • Machined and brushed aluminium design
  • Four-sided narrow bezels

Availability : May 19, 2020 (Global), 7 July 2020 (Malaysia)

Starting Price : US$999 (Slim) | US$1,049 (Secure) | RM 7,516

 

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2020 Dell Precision Mobile : Models, Price + Availability!

The redesigned 2020 Dell Precision Mobile 7000 Series, 5000 Series and 3000 Series workstations are here!

Find out more about the new 2020 Dell Precision Mobile models, price list and availability!

2020 Dell Precision Mobile : What’s New?

Needless to say, the new 2020 Dell Precision Mobile laptops offer improved performance, courtesy of the latest 10th Gen Intel vPro and Xeon processors, and options for NVIDIA Quadro RTX 5000 professional graphics.

They also balanced smaller, slimmer designs with higher performance CPU and graphics by adopting dual outlet fans, with thinner vapour chambers, Gore insulation plus graphite heat spreaders for better thermal performance.

Like all other Dell Precision workstations, they are all ISV-certified, and come with Dell Optimizer for Precision – an AI-based optimisation software that automatically tunes your application performance using machine learning.

 

2020 Dell Precision 7000 Series : Models, Price + Availability!

The 2020 Dell Precision 7550 and Dell Precision 7750 are the world’s most powerful 15-inch and 17-inch mobile workstations, boasting these key features :

  • 10th Gen Intel vPro / Xeon processor + NVIDIA Quadro RTX 5000 professional graphics (optional)
  • 20% smaller + 6% lighter than previous generation
  • New top-firing speakers, ambient sensing + low blue light displays

Availability : May 28, 2020 (Global) | July 7, 2020 (Malaysia)

Precision 7550 Starting Price : US$1,709 (Global) | RM 7,279 (Malaysia)

Precision 7750 Starting Price : US$1,999 (Global) | RM 8,109 (Malaysia)

 

2020 Dell Precision 5000 Series : Models, Price + Availability!

The 2020 Precision 5550 and Precision 5750 are Dell’s smallest and thinnest 15-inch and 17-inch mobile workstations, boasting these key features :

  • 10th Gen Intel vPro processor + NVIDIA Quadro RTX 3000 professional graphics (optional)
  • 4-sided InfinityEdge 16:10 aspect ratio displays
  • 92% and 94% screen-to-body ratios respectively

Availability : May 28, 2020 (Global) | July 7, 2020 (Malaysia)

Precision 5550 Starting Price : US$1,999 (Global) | RM 9,419 (Malaysia)

Precision 5750 Starting Price : US$2,399 (Global) | RM 10,419 (Malaysia)

 

2020 Dell Precision 3000 Series : Models, Price + Availability!

The 2020 Dell Precision 3550 and Dell Precision 3551 offer workstation-class reliability and performance at an accessible price point. They are designed for users with less-intensive graphics needs – 2D CAD, Excel, entry-level creative applications.

Availability : May 19, 2020 (Global) | July 7, 2020 (Malaysia)

Precision 3550 Starting Price : US$1,049 (Global) | RM 5,939 (Malaysia)

Precision 3551 Starting Price : US$939 (Global) | RM 6,789 (Malaysia)

 

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Dell Latitude 9510 : 15″ Ultralight With 30 Hr Battery Life!

The new Dell Latitude 9510 is an ultralight 15-inch laptop that boasts an incredible 30 hours of battery life, and comes in two form factors!

Find out why the Dell Latitude 9510 is one of the most intriguing Dell professional laptop this year!

Dell Latitude 9510 : Ultralight With 30 Hr Battery Life!

The Dell Latitude 9510 is the first in the Dell 9000 ultra-premium line, and is crafted from precision-cut aluminium, with diamond-cut edges and a hairline brushed finish.

Dell went to great lengths to make it incredibly thin and small, squeezing a 15-inch InfinityEdge display (100% sRGB) into a 14-inch form factor that weighs only 1.5 kg.

You can configure it to use the latest 10th Gen Intel Core i7 processor, with up to 16 GB LPDDR3 SDRAM, and a PCIe NVMe SSD with up to 1 TB of storage. Dell also offers a 6-cell battery that will give it over 30 hours of battery life!

It also boasts AI-based technologies that are designed to adapt to your work habits :

  • ExpressSign-in uses a proximity sensor to automatically wake up and log you in via its IR camera and Windows Hello, and locks the screen when you walk away.
  • ExpressResponse with Intel Adaptix Technology launches your frequently-used applications quicker, and improves overall application performance based on your user preference and machine learning.
  • ExpressCharge Boost lets you recharge the Latitude 9510 by 35% in just 15 minutes, while ExpressCharge gets you up to 80% in an hour.
  • Intelligent Audio lets you hear and be heard better on conference calls, by eliminating echoes and background noise, even if you are walking around.

Designed for the professional on-the-go, the Dell Latitude 9510 also comes with work-related features like :

  • Quad microphones, with top-firing speakers and a powerful amp to ensure clear conference calls
  • Intel Wi-Fi 6 with VOIP prioritisation for better network performance and call quality
  • Qualcomm 5G / LTE capability with eSIM and a SIM slot to keep you always-connected
  • A camera shutter option for the security-conscious

 

Dell Latitude 9510 : Specifications

The Dell Latitude 9510 is available in two form factors :

  • Laptop : non-touch display, 1.4 kg
  • 2-in-1 : touch display with Gorilla Glass 6 DX protection and active pen support, 1.5 kg
Specifications Latitude 9510 (Laptop) Latitude 9510 (2-in-1)
OS Options Windows 10 Professional
Windows 10 Home
Ubuntu
Windows 10 Professional
Windows 10 Home
Display Options 15-inch Full HD display
– 1920 x 1080 pixels
– 100% sRGB, 400 nits
15-inch Full HD display
– 1920 x 1080 pixels
– 100% sRGB, 400 nits

– 10 finger touch panel
– Corning Gorilla Glass 6 DX
Processor Options Up to Intel Core i7 vPro
Memory Options Up to 16 GB LPDDR3-2133
Graphics Intel UHD Graphics
Storage Options PCIe NVMe SSD (M.2 Class 35) – Up to 1 TB
PCIe NVMe SED SSD (M.2 Class 35) – Up to 256 GB
Multimedia Mechanical Privacy Shutter
IR Camera + Proximity Sensor
4 x Top-Firing Speakers
4 x Noise Cancelling Microphones
Connectivity Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201 2×2 + Bluetooth 5.1
Qualcomm Snapdragon X20 (LTE)
Qualcomm Snapdragon X55 (5G)
Ports 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type A (PowerShare)
2 x Thunderbolt 3 (USB Type C)
1 x HDMI 2.0
1 x external uSIM tray (optional)
1 x microSD 4.0 card reader
1 x SmartCard reader (optional)
Sensors Gyroscope, Magnetometer, Accelerometer, Ambient Light
Battery Options 4-Cell, 52 WHr ExpressCharge
6-Cell, 88 WHr ExpressCharge
4-Cell, 52 WHr Long Life Cycle
Charging Options 65 W USB Type C Adapter
90 W USB Type C Adapter
Dimensions 340.2 mm wide
215.8 mm deep
8.23 ~ 13.99 mm thick
Weight Starting from 1.4 kg Starting from 1.5 kg

 

Dell Latitude 9510 Price + Availability

The Dell Latitude 9510 has a starting price of US$1,899 (about £1,502 / A$2,718 / S$2,642 / RM 8,094), with global availability from 26 March, 2020 onwards.

Its arrival in Malaysia was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic but is available starting 7 July 2020, with a starting price of RM 7,926 (about US1,856 / £1,475 / A$2,673 / S$2,585).

 

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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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Dell S2721HGF Curved 144Hz Gaming Monitor : First Look!

The Dell S2721HGF is a 27-inch curved gaming monitor, with a Full HD resolution and a 144 Hz refresh rate! Here are its key features, specifications, price and availability!

 

Dell S2721HGF Curved Gaming Monitor : First Look!

The new Dell S2721HGF combines a Full HD curved panel with a 144 Hz refresh rate for a more immersive gaming experience. But that’s not all…

Rapid Response

The Dell S2721HGF delivers a 144 Hz refresh rate for its curved panel with a Full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, and a true 4 ms response time.

Tear-Free Gaming

To eliminate screen tearing and stuttering, the Dell S2721HGF supports both NVIDIA G-SYNC and AMD FreeSync Premium Pro.

Curved Panel

Its 1500R curved panel is designed to enhance your field of vision, while reducing distortion, glare and reflection.

Game Comfortably

To let you game in comfort, it supports height and tilt adjustments.

Connectivity Options

The Dell S2721HGF comes with a bevy of connectivity options :

  • 2 x HDMI 1.4 ports
  • 1 x DisplayPort 1.2
  • 1 x Headphone out jack

 

Dell S2721HGF Curved Gaming Monitor : Specifications

Specifications Dell S2721HGF
Display Size 27-inch (68.47 cm)
Active Display Area 596.74 mm x 335.66 mm
23.49 inch x 13.21 inch
Panel Vertical Alignment (VA)
Backlight LED Edgelight
Adaptive Sync NVIDIA G-SYNC Compatible
AMD FreeSync Premium Pro
Display Resolution 1920 x 1080 @ 144 Hz
Pixel Pitch 0.3108 mm
HDR Certification NA
Brightness 350 cd/m2 typical
Colour Gamut 72% NTSC (CIE 1931)
83% NTSC (CIE 1976)
Colour Depth 16.7 million colours
Contrast Ratio 3000 : 1
Viewing Angles 178° vertical | 178° horizontal
Response Time 1 ms (MPRT)
4 ms (G2G) in Extreme Mode
Ports 2 x HDMI 1.4 port
1 x DisplayPort 1.2
1 x Headphone out jack
VESA Mount
Compatible
Yes
Adjustments Height : Up to 100 mm
Tilt : -5° / 21°
Swivel : NA
Pivot : NA
Power Input 100 to 240 VAC (50 / 60 Hz)
Power Consumption 46 W (maximum)
27 W (typical)
< 0.5 W (standby / sleep)
Panel Only Dimensions 364.1 mm x 608.4 mm x 96.3 mm
Panel + Stand
Dimensions (Max)
493.2 mm x 608.4 mm x 190.4 mm
Panel Only Weight 4.06 kg
Panel + Stand Weight 8.86 kg
Warranty 3-Year Advanced Exchange Service
+ Premium Panel Exchange

 

Dell S2721HGF Curved Gaming Monitor : Price + Availability

The Dell S2721HGF comes with a 3-year Advanced Exchange Service and Premium Panel Exchange warranty.

It will be made available for sale starting 21 August 2020, with a recommended retail price of US$279.99 / ~£224 / ~A$403 / ~S$389 / ~RM 1,198.

 

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Dell S2721DGF Gaming Monitor : QHD + 165 Hz FTW!

The Dell S2721DGF is a 27-inch gaming monitor, with a QHD resolution and a 165 Hz refresh rate! Here are its key features, specifications, price and availability!

 

Dell S2721DGF Gaming Monitor : QHD + 165 Hz FTW!

The new Dell S2721DGF combines a QHD display resolution with a 165 Hz refresh rate for a more immersive gaming experience. But that’s not all…

Rapid Response

The Dell S2721DGF delivers a 165 Hz refresh rate for the QHD resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels, with a true 1 ms response time.

Tear-Free Gaming

To eliminate screen tearing and stuttering, the Dell S2721DGF supports both NVIDIA G-SYNC and AMD FreeSync Premium Pro.

Brilliant Colour

To give you more vibrant colours and a HDR gaming experience, this monitor boasts a wide colour gamut of 98% DCI-P3, and is VESA DisplayHDR 400 certified.

Game Comfortably

To let you game in comfort, it supports height, tilt, swivel and pivot adjustments.

Connectivity Options

The Dell S2721DGF comes with a bevy of connectivity options :

  • 2 x HDMI 2.0 ports
  • 1 x DisplayPort 1.4
  • 4 x USB 3.0 downstream port + 1 x USB 3.0 upstream port
  • 1 x Headphone out jack
  • 1 x Audio line-out jack

 

Dell S2721DGF Gaming Monitor : Specifications

Specifications Dell S2721DGF
Display Size 27-inch (68.47 cm)
Active Display Area 596.74 mm x 335.66 mm
23.49 inch x 13.21 inch
Panel In-Fast IPS Nano Color
Backlight LED Edgelight
Adaptive Sync NVIDIA G-SYNC Compatible
AMD FreeSync Premium Pro
Display Resolution 2560 x 1440 @ 165 Hz (DisplayPort)
2560 x 1440 @ 144 Hz (HDMI)
Pixel Pitch 0.2331 mm
HDR Certification VESA DisplayHDR 400
Brightness 400 cd/m2 typical
Colour Gamut 98% DCI-P3
Colour Depth 1.07 billion colours
Contrast Ratio 1000 : 1
Viewing Angles 178° vertical | 178° horizontal
Response Time 1 ms (G2G) in Extreme Mode
Ports 2 x HDMI 2.0 port
1 x DisplayPort 1.4
4 x USB 3.0 downstream port
1 x USB 3.0 upstream port
1 x Headphone out jack
1 x Audio line-out jack
VESA Mount
Compatible
Yes
Adjustments Height : Up to 130 mm
Tilt : -5° / 21°
Swivel : -45° / 45°
Pivot : -90° / 90°
Power Input 100 to 240 VAC (50 / 60 Hz)
Power Consumption 90 W (maximum)
32 W (typical)
< 0.3 W (standby / sleep)
Panel Only Dimensions 363.6 mm x 611.6 mm x 67.8 mm
Panel + Stand
Dimensions (Max)
523.9 mm x 611.6 mm x 200.3 mm
Panel Only Weight 4.5 kg
Panel + Stand Weight 9.7 kg
Warranty 3-Year Advanced Exchange Service
+ Premium Panel Exchange

 

Dell S2721DGF Gaming Monitor : Price + Availability

The Dell S2721DGF is available only in the Accent Grey colour, with a 3-year Advanced Exchange Service and Premium Panel Exchange warranty.

It will be made available for sale starting 28 July 2020, with a recommended retail price of US$569.99 / ~£455 / ~A$821 / ~S$792 / ~RM 2,437.

 

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Alienware AW410K : Everything You Need To Know!

Dell just announced the Alienware AW410K RGB mechanical keyboard, and here is its key features, specifications, price and availability!

 

Alienware AW410K : Game With A Greater Touch

The new Alienware AW410K is an RGB mechanical keyboard, featuring a floating key architecture with Cherry MX keys, in a truly iconic design.

Cherry MX Brown + Floating Key Design

The Alienware AW410K is fitted with Cherry MX Brown switches, which offer tactile feedback and quiet-click keys with a low actuation force.

Cherry MX Brown switches are highly durable, rated to last up to 100 million keystrokes. They are mounted directly on a metal top-plate with floating keys, making them easier to clean.

AlienFX Per-Key RGB Lighting

You can customise the keyboard for a more immersive gaming experience with its AlienFX per-key RGB lighting that offers 16.8 million colours.

Adjustable Ergonomics

The keyboard is designed to let you type and game comfortably, with three height-adjustment settings.

Built For Gaming

The Alienware AW410K has fully programmable keys, with onboard memory to let you customise and set your macros and shortcuts.

It is also 100% anti-ghosting with NKRO (N-Key Rollover) to ensure the best possible gaming experience.

Integrated USB Passthrough

Its integrated USB passthrough lets you plug in your gear (mouse, headset, smartphone) directly, instead of to your PC.

 

Alienware AW410K : Specifications

Specifications Alienware AW410K
Keyboard Type Mechanical
Switch Type Cherry MX Brown
Switch Durability 100 million clicks
Polling Rate 1000 Hz
Backlight AlienFX Per-Key RGB lighting
(16.8 million colours)
Height Adjustment 3 Steps
Chassis Build 5000 Series Aluminium
Cable Nylon Braided (2 Metres)
Software Alienware Command Centre
Dimensions 46.71 cm wide
15.62 cm deep
3.54 cm tall
Weight 1.01 kg
Warranty 2 Years

 

Alienware AW410K : Price + Availability

The Alienware AW410K is available only in the Dark Side of the Moon colour, with a 2-year warranty.

It will be made available for sale starting 4 August 2020, with a recommended retail price of US$129.99 / ~£104 / ~A$187 / ~S$181 / ~RM 556.

 

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AMD EPYC : Four Supercomputers In Top 50, Ten In Top 500!

AMD is on the roll, announcing more supercomputing wins for their 2nd Gen EPYC processors, including four supercomputers in the top 50 list, and ten in the top 500!

 

2nd Gen AMD EPYC : A Quick Primer

The 2nd Gen AMD EPYC family of server processors are based on the AMD Zen 2 microarchitecture and fabricated on the latest 7 nm process technology.

According to AMD, they offer up to 90% better integer performance and up to 79% better floating-point performance, than the competing Intel Xeon Platinum 8280 processor. For more details :

Here is a quick 7.5 minute summary of the 2nd Gen EPYC product presentations by Dr. Lisa Su, Mark Papermaster and Forrest Norrod!

 

AMD EPYC : Four Supercomputers In Top 50, Ten In Top 500!

Thanks to the greatly improved performance of their 2nd Gen EPYC processors, they now power four supercomputers in the top 50 list :

Top 50 Rank Supercomputer Processor
7 Selene
NVIDIA DGX A100 SuperPOD
AMD EPYC 7742
30 Belenos
Atos BullSequana XH2000
AMD EPYC 7H12
34 Joilot-Curie
Atos BullSequana XH2000
AMD EPYC 7H12
48 Mahti
Atos BullSequana XH2000
AMD EPYC 7H12

On top of those four supercomputers, there are another six other supercomputers in the Top 500 ranking, powered by AMD EPYC.

In addition to powering supercomputers, AMD EPYC 7742 processors will soon power Gigabyte servers selected by CERN to handle data from their Large Hadron Collider (LHC).

 

3rd Gen AMD EPYC Supercomputers

AMD also announced that two universities will deploy Dell EMC PowerEdge servers powered by the upcoming 3rd Gen AMD EPYC processors.

Indiana University

Indiana University will deploy Jetstream 2 – an eight-petaflop distributed cloud computing system, powered by the upcoming 3rd Gen AMD EPYC processors.

Jetstream 2 will be used by researchers in a variety of fields like AI, social sciences and COVID-19 research.

Purdue University

Purdue University will deploy Anvil – a supercomputer powered by the upcoming 3rd Gen AMD EPYC processors, for use in a wide range of computational and data-intensive research.

AMD EPYC will also power Purdue University’s community cluster “Bell”, scheduled for deployment in the fall.

 

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Dell EMC Ready Solutions for AI + vHPC on VMware vSphere!

Dell Technologies just introduced Dell EMC Ready solutions for both AI and virtualised HPC workloads on VMware vSphere 7!

Join us for the tech briefing on both new Dell EMC computing solutions for VMware, and find out how it can simplify your advanced computing needs!

 

Simplified Advanced Computing With Dell EMC Ready Solutions

Let’s start with the Dell Technologies briefing on the two new Dell EMC Ready solutions for both AI and virtualised HPC workloads.

Based on VMware Cloud Foundation, they are designed to make AI easier to deploy and consume, with new features from VMware vSphere 7, including Bitfusion.

 

 

Dell EMC Ready Solutions for AI : GPU-as-a-Service (GaaS)

GPUs in individual workstations or servers are often under-utilised at less than 15% of capacity. The new Dell EMC Ready Solutions for AI : GPU-as-a-Service fixes that and maximises your investment with virtual GPU pools.

The newest design includes the latest VMware vSphere 7 with Bitfusion, making it possible to virtualise GPUs on-premise. Factory-installed by Dell, VMware vSphere 7 with Bitfusion will let developers and data scientists pool IT resources and share them across datacenters.

Dell EMC Ready Solutions for AI : GPU-as-a-Service also uses the latest VMware Cloud Foundation with VMware vSphere 7 support for Kubernetes and containerised applications to run AI workloads anywhere. Containers make it easier to bring cloud-native applications into production, with the ability to move workloads.

 

Dell EMC Ready Solutions for Virtualised HPC

Most HPC workloads run on dedicated systems that require specialised skills to deploy and manage. Dell EMC Ready Solutions for Virtualised HPC can include VMware Cloud Foundation with VMware vSphere 7 featuring Bitfusion.

That should make it simpler and more economical to use VMware environments for HPC and AI applications in computational chemistry, bioinformatics and computer-aided engineering. IT teams can quickly provision hardware as needed, speed up initial deployment and configuration, saving time with simpler centralised management and security.

For very large HPC implementations, Dell EMC Ready Solutions for vHPC can include VMware vSphere Scale-Out Edition for additional cost savings.

 

Dell EMC OpenManage for Dell EMC Ready Solutions

The new Dell EMC Ready Solutions for AI and Virtualised HPC ship with the Dell EMC OpenManage systems management software, which helps administrators improve system uptime, keep data insights flowing and prepare for AI operations.

New Dell EMC OpenManage improvements include :

  • OpenManage Integration for VMware vCenter, supporting vSphere Lifecycle Manager, automates software, driver and firmware updates holistically to save time and simplify operations.
  • The enhanced OpenManage Mobile app gives administrators the ability to view power and thermal policies, perform emergency power reduction and monitor internal storage from anywhere in the world.

 

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Dell EMC PowerStore 9000 | 5000 | 1000 : A Quick Primer!

Dell EMC just launched PowerStore – their new storage appliance, built around a unified data-centric architecture.

Here is a quick primer on the Dell EMC PowerStore 9000, PowerStore 5000 and PowerStore 1000 storage appliances!

 

Dell EMC PowerStore : What Is It?

Dell EMC PowerStore is a new mid-range storage appliance, with a flexible, container-based architecture, and end-to-end NVMe design.

It promises to offer 7X better performance with 3X lower latency than previous mid-range storage appliances, as well as the ability to scale up to 2.8 petabytes per appliance, and up to 11.3 petabytes per cluster.

 

Dell EMC PowerStore : Advantages

Dell EMC promises that PowerStore will offer these advantages to organisations looking to transform their data center operations :

Designed For Any Workload

Dell EMC PowerStore will support any workload, whether traditional or modern workloads.

Its PowerStoreOS container-based software architecture offers portability, standardisation, as well as rapid deployment.

It also supports AppsON, which allows organisations to run applications directly on the appliance.

High Performance, Massive Storage

Thanks to its end-to-end NVMe design, and support for dual-ported Intel Optane Storage Class Memory (SCM) SSDs, it is seven times faster with three times lower latency than its predecessor, Unity XT.

Each appliance can offer up to 898 TB of storage, which can be scaled up using expansion enclosures to 2.8 petabytes. It can also be scaled out to eight nodes, offering 11.3 petabytes of storage in the cluster.

It also automatically dedupes and compresses the data, offering a guaranteed 4:1 data reduction.

Autonomous Appliance

When scaled out, Dell EMC PowerStore are loosely coupled, allowing a machine learning engine to intelligently place data to rebalance storage volumes.

The machine learning engine is continuously and autonomously monitoring resources of each appliances and data requests, for maximum efficiency.

Cloud-Ready

Dell EMC Cloud Storage Services can directly connect PowerStore to all major public clouds. It can be deployed as a storage option within Dell EMC PowerOne autonomous infrastructure.

 

Dell EMC PowerStore : Models + Specifications

At launch, Dell EMC is offering three PowerStore appliances, with these specifications :

Specifications
Per Appliance
PowerStore
1000
PowerStore
5000
PowerStore
9000
Base Enclosure 2U, 2-node enclosure with twenty-five 2.5-inch NVMe drive slots
Expansion Enclosure 2U enclosure attached to PowerStore base enclosure
with twenty-five 2.5-inch SAS drive slots
Maximum 3 per appliance
Power Supplies 2 dedundant power suppliers per enclosure
Max Drives 96 96 96
NVRAM 2 4 4
RAID Options RAID 5 (4+1 or 8+1)
CPUs 4 x Intel CPUs
32 cores (1.8 GHz)
4 x Intel CPUs
64 cores (2.1 GHz)
4 x Intel CPUs
112 cores (2.1 GHz)
System Memory + Cache 384 GB 1,152 GB 2,560 GB
Mezzanine Cards 2 2 2
IO Modules 4 4 4
Embedded SAS IO Ports 4 x 4 lane 12Gb/s SAS ports for back-end connection
Front End Ports 24 24 24
16/32Gb FC End Ports 16 16 16
10 Gbase-T / iSCSI Ports 24 24 24
10/25 GbE / iSCSI Ports 24 24 24
Max Raw Capacity 898.56 TB 898.56 TB 898.56 TB
Power Consumption 1597 W max 1758 W max 2047 W max
Heat Dissipation 5,449 Btu/hr 5,995 Btu/hr 6,985 Btu/hr

 

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Dell 2030 Progress Made Real Goals Revealed!

Dell Technologies just revealed their moonshot goals for 2030, that they hope will propel their worldwide social impact.

Find out what are Dell Technologies’ moonshot goals in their 2030 Progress Made Real plan!

 

Dell 2030 Progress Made Real : What Is It?

The Dell 2030 Progress Made Real plan is their moonshot plan for the future, by which they hope to create a positive social impact through these 3 areas :

  • Advancing Sustainability
  • Cultivating Inclusion
  • Transforming Lives With Technology

 

Dell 2030 Progress Made Real : Goals Revealed!

Over the next decade, Dell Technologies will aim to use their global scale, and broad technology portfolio and expertise to achieve these goals.

Advance Sustainability Goals

We have a responsibility to protect and enrich our planet together with our customers, suppliers and communities.

It is a core part of Dell Technologies business to embed sustainability and ethical practices into all that they do, being accountable for their actions while driving improvements wherever and whenever possible.

  • Recycle an equivalent product for every product a customer buys
  • Lead the circular economy with more than half of all product content being made from recycled or renewable material
  • Use 100% recycled or renewable material in all packaging
  • Deliver future-ready skills development for workers in their supply chain
  • Drive a comprehensive science-based climate program, setting emissions goals across facilities, supply chain and operations to customer use of their products including partnering with suppliers to meet a greenhouse gas emissions reduction target of 60% per unit revenue by 2030

Cultivate Inclusion

Dell Technologies believes that closing the diversity gap is critical to meeting future talent needs. They view diversity and inclusion as a business imperative that will enable them to build and empower our future workforce, while also doing our part to address societal challenges.

  • Acquire, develop and retain women so they account for 50% of the company’s global workforce and 40% of global people managers
  • Acquire, develop and retain black/African American and Hispanic team members so they account for 25% of the company’s U.S. workforce and 15% of U.S. people managers
  • Educate 95% of all team members on an annual basis about unconscious bias, harassment, micro-aggressions and privilege

Transform Lives Through Technology

Dell aims to leverage their scale, portfolio and partners to harness the power of technology in creating a future that is capable of fully realizing human potential.

  • Advance the health, education and economic opportunity of 1 billion people
  • Digitally transform 1,000 non-profit organisations
  • Achieve 75% team member participation in charitable giving and volunteerism in communities

 

Dell 2030 Progress Made Real : Ethics + Privacy

Ethics and privacy are key to the Dell 2030 Progress Made Real plan.

They intend to set the pace in privacy and transparency by fully automating data control processes, making it easier for customers to access, delete, or share their personal data.

They will also use digital tools to make it easier to get insights from, measure and monitor compliance issues using digital data.

 

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Jeff Clarke : Tech Predictions For 2020 + Next Data Decade!

Dell Technologies COO and Vice Chairman, Jeff Clarke, reveals his tech predictions for 2020, the start of what Dell Technologies considers as the Next Data Decade!

 

Jeff Clarke : Tech Predictions For 2020 + Next Data Decade!

It’s hard to believe that we’re heading into the year 2020 – a year that many have marked as a milestone in technology. Autonomous cars lining our streets, virtual assistants predicting our needs and taking our requests, connected and intelligent everything across every industry.

When I stop to think about what has been accomplished over the last decade – it’s quite remarkable.  While we don’t have fully autonomous cars zipping back and forth across major freeways with ease, automakers are getting closer to deploying autonomous fleets in the next few years.

Many of the every-day devices, systems and applications we use are connected and intelligent – including healthcare applications, industrial machines and financial systems – forming what is now deemed as “the edge.”

At the root of all that innovation and advancement are massive amounts of data and compute power, and the capacity across edge, cloud and core data center infrastructure to put data through its paces. And with the amount of data coming our way in the next 10 years – we can only imagine what the world around us will look like in 2030, with apps and services we haven’t even thought of yet.

2020 marks the beginning of what we at Dell Technologies are calling the Next Data Decade, and we are no doubt entering this era with new – and rather high – expectations of what technology can make possible for how we live, work and play. So what new breakthroughs and technology trends will set the tone for what’s to come over the next 10 years? Here are my top predictions for the year ahead.

2020 proves it’s time to keep IT simple

We’ve got a lot of data on our hands…big data, meta data, structured and unstructured data – data living in clouds, in devices at the edge, in core data centers…it’s everywhere. But organisations are struggling to ensure the right data is moving to the right place at the right time. They lack data visibility – the ability for IT teams to quickly access and analyse the right data – because there are too many systems and services woven throughout their IT infrastructure. As we kick off 2020, CIOs will make data visibility a top IT imperative because after all, data is what makes the flywheel of innovation spin.

We’ll see organisations accelerate their digital transformation by simplifying and automating their IT infrastructure and consolidating systems and services into holistic solutions that enable more control and clarity. Consistency in architectures, orchestration and service agreements will open new doors for data management – and that ultimately gives data the ability be used as part of AI and Machine Learning to fuel IT automation.  And all of that enables better, faster business outcomes that the innovation of the next decade will thrive on.

Cloud co-existence sees rolling thunder

The idea that public and private clouds can and will co-exist becomes a clear reality in 2020. Multi-cloud IT strategies supported by hybrid cloud architectures will play a key role in ensuing organisations have better data management and visibility, while also ensuring that their data remains accessible and secure.  In fact, IDC predicted that by 2021, over 90% of enterprises worldwide will rely on a mix of on-premises/dedicated private clouds, several public clouds, and legacy platforms to meet their infrastructure needs.

But private clouds won’t simply exist within the heart of the data center. As 5G and edge deployments continue to rollout, private hybrid clouds will exist at the edge to ensure the real-time visibility and management of data everywhere it lives.

That means organisations will expect more of their cloud and service providers to ensure they can support their hybrid cloud demands across all environments. Further, we’ll see security and data protection become deeply integrated as part of hybrid cloud environments, notably where containers and Kubernetes continue to gain momentum for app development. Bolting security measures onto cloud infrastructure will be a non-starter…it’s got to be inherently built into the fiber of the overall data management strategy edge to core to cloud.

What you get is what you pay

One of the biggest hurdles for IT decision makers driving transformation is resources. CapEx and OpEx can often be limiting factors when trying to plan and predict for compute and consumption needs for the year ahead…never mind the next three-five years. SaaS and cloud consumption models have increased in adoption and popularity, providing organisations with the flexibility to pay for what they use, as they go.

In 2020, flexible consumption and as-a-service options will accelerate rapidly as organisations seize the opportunity to transform into software-defined and cloud-enabled IT. As a result – they’ll be able to choose the right economic model for their business to take advantage of end-to-end IT solutions that enable data mobility and visibility, and crunch even the most intensive AI and Machine Learning workloads when needed.

“The Edge” rapidly expands into the enterprise

The “Edge” continues to evolve – with many working hard to define exactly what it is and where it exists.   Once limited to the Internet of Things (IoT), it’s hard to find any systems, applications, services – people and places – that aren’t connected. The edge is emerging in many places and it’s going to expand with enterprise organisations leading the way, delivering the IT infrastructure to support it.

5G connectivity is creating new use cases and possibilities for healthcare, financial services, education and industrial manufacturing. As a result, SD-WAN and software-defined networking solutions become a core thread of a holistic IT infrastructure solution – ensuring massive data workloads can travel at speed – securely – between edge, core and cloud environments. Open networking solutions will prevail over proprietary as organisations recognise the only way to successfully manage and secure data for the long haul requires the flexibility and agility that only open software defined networking can deliver.

Intelligent devices change the way you work and collaborate

PC innovation continues to push new boundaries every year – screens are more immersive and bigger than ever, yet the form factor becomes smaller and thinner. But more and more, it’s what is running at the heart of that PC that is more transformational than ever. Software applications that use AI and machine learning create systems that now know where and when to optimise power and compute based on your usage patterns. With biometrics, PCs know it’s you from the moment you gaze at the screen. And now, AI and machine learning applications are smart enough to give your system the ability to dial up the sound and colour based on the content you’re watching or the game you’re playing.

Over the next year, these advancements in AI and machine learning will turn our PCs into even smarter and more collaborative companions. They’ll have the ability to optimise power and battery life for our most productive moments – and even become self-sufficient machines that can self-heal and self-advocate for repair – reducing the burden on the user and of course, reducing the number of IT incidents filed. That’s a huge increase in happiness and productivity for both the end users and the IT groups that support them.

Innovating with integrity, sourcing sustainably

Sustainable innovation will continue to take center stage, as organisations like ours want to ensure the impact they have in the world doesn’t come with a dangerous one on the planet. Greater investments in reuse and recycling for closed-loop innovation will accelerate – hardware becomes smaller and more efficient and built with recycled and reclaimed goods – minimising eWaste and maximising already existing materials. At Dell Technologies, we met our Legacy of Good 2020 goals ahead of schedule – so we’ve retired them and set new goals for 2030 to recycle an equivalent product for every product a customer buys, lead the circular economy with more than half of all product content being made from recycled or renewable material, and use 100% recycled or renewable material in all packaging.

As we enter the Next Data Decade, I’m optimistic and excited about what the future holds. The steps our customers will take in the next year to get the most out of their data will set forth new breakthroughs in technology that everyone will experience in some way – whether it’s a more powerful device, faster medical treatment, more accessible education, less waste and cleaner air. And before we know it, we’ll be looking forward to what the following 10 years will have in store.

 

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FREE Dell Mobile Connect for iOS Coming Soon!

Apple fans will soon be able to download the iOS version of Dell Mobile Connect for FREE!

This will give Apple users the same capabilities that Android users have enjoyed since 2018!

 

FREE Dell Mobile Connect for iOS Coming Soon!

Dell Mobile Connect was introduced in CES 2018 for Android devices, giving them the ability to make calls, send texts, get notifications and even mirror their displays on their Dell laptops and PCs!

Since it was released two years ago, Dell reported that over a million Mobile Connect users have sent or received over 150 MILLION phone calls and texts sing their free app.

Stay Focused

Dell Mobile Connect allows you to avoid splitting your attention between your PC and smartphone. You will be notified about phone calls, texts, instant messages and other app notifications right on your PC.

You can then decide to respond, or ignore. You can also decide which apps you would like to receive notifications from.

Stay Connected

You will never miss a single call or notification from SMS, WhatsApp, Uber, PayPal, Instagram, and other mobile apps.

Your larger PC keyboard, display and speakers will also allow for more enjoyable communications via text or calls.

Bring Your Mobile Apps To The Big Screen!

Dell Mobile Connect lets you have direct access to your mobile apps through its advanced mirroring feature.

You can directly view and access your mobile apps on your PC display, and control them with your keyboard, mouse and touch display!

Secure Wireless Connectivity

Dell Mobile Connect uses Bluetooth and Wi-Fi Direct technologies to keep your PC connected to your phone, so feel free to leave your phone in your bag or pocket!

The wireless connection is also secured and does not go through the Internet. All your phone’s data can only be accessed by the paired PC, and only when you are in wireless range.

 

Dell Mobile Connect for iOS Availability

It has taken Dell two years to do this, but finally, the iOS version of Mobile Connect is coming in March 2020!

  • Starting mid-March 2020, it will be available to download for free from the Microsoft Store.
  • Starting end-March 2020, it will come pre-installed in all Dell consumer PC systems.

Dell Mobile Connect, and all updates, are available for free on all Dell consumer PC systems that run on Windows 10 – XPS, Inspiron, Vostro and Alienware – as long as they come equipped with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capabilities, and were purchased after January 2018.

 

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