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

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.

Next Page > XPS 13 (9300) Performance, Verdict + Award 

 

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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 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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2020 Acer Swift 3 with Ryzen 5 / 10th Gen Intel Revealed!

Acer just unveiled three 2020 Acer Swift 3 laptop models with AMD and Intel processor choices! Find out what the three models offer, and which would best suit your needs!

 

2020 Acer Swift 3 : A Quick Primer

Acer today announced the 2020 Acer Swift 3 thin and light laptop, which is now available with AMD and Intel CPU options!

AMD + Intel Processor Choices

The 2020 Acer Swift 3 offers three AMD and Intel processor options :

The AMD Ryzen 5 4500U is from the recently-launched Ryzen 4000 mobile APU family, while the Intel processors are the latest Intel Ice Lake processors.

14-inch Full HD Display

The 2020 Acer Swift 3 comes with a 14-inch Full HD display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. Thanks to its narrow bezels, it has a 83.65% screen-to-body ratio, and a 10% smaller chassis!

Long Battery Life + Fast Charging

The 2020 Acer Swift 3 will last up to 11 hours with the Ryzen 5 processor option, and up to 16 hours with the Intel processor option.

It also supports fast-charging – a quick 30 minute charge will give you up to 4 hours of battery life.

Pre-Installed Microsoft Office

The 2020 Acer Swift 3 comes pre-installed with Microsoft Office Home & Student 2019, and the licence is valid for the lifetime of the laptop.

 

2020 Acer Swift 3 : Models + Specifications

Specifications Acer Swift 3
(Ryzen 5)
Acer Swift 3
(Core i5)
Acer Swift 3
(Core i7)
Model SF314-42-R43G
SF314-42-R8A9
SF314-57-50TR
SF314-57-5549
SF314-57-57E3
SF314-57G-78HJ
Software Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit)
Microsoft Office Home & Student 2019
Display 14.0-inch IPS display (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Processor AMD Ryzen 5 4500U Intel Core i5-1035G1 Intel Core i7-1065G7
Graphics AMD Radeon
Graphics
Intel UHD
Graphics
NVIDIA GeForce
MX250 (2 GB)
Memory 8 GB DDR4 16 GB LPDDR4x
Storage 512 GB PCIe NVMe SSD
Connectivity Intel Wireless AX201 Wi-Fi 6
– 2×2 MU-MIMO, 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz
Bluetooth 5.0
Webcam HD webcam
Ports 1 x USB Type C (USB 3.1 Gen 2)
1 x USB 3.1 (Power Share)
1 x USB 2.0
1 x HDMI port
1 x 3.5 mm headphone jack
Battery Life Up to 11 hours Up to 16 hours
Dimensions 323 mm wide
218.9 mm deep
15.95 mm high
319.5 mm wide
217.0 mm deep
15.95 mm high
Weight 1.2 kg 1.19 kg
Warranty 2-Year Local 2-Year Local + 1-Year International

 

2020 Acer Swift 3 : Price + Availability

Here are the launch prices for the three variants :

  • SF314-57-R43G / R8A9 (Ryzen 5) : RM 2,599 / ~US$600 / ~£489 / ~A$926 / ~S$851
  • SF314-57-57E3 / 5549 / 50TR (Core i5) : RM 3,099 / ~US$716 / ~£583 / ~A$1,105 / ~S$1,015
  • SF314-57-78HJ (Core i7) : RM 4,299 / ~US$994 / ~£809 / ~A$15,32 / ~S$1,408

Note : The first 100 purchasers in Malaysia will receive Touch ‘N Go e-wallet credit worth RM 100.

Here are some online purchase options :

 

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2020 Dell XPS 13 (9300) Ultra-Light InfinityEdge Laptop!

Dell just introduced the new 2020 Dell XPS 13 (9300) laptop, featuring the first-ever, virtually-borderless InfinityEdge display!

Find out what’s new in the 2020 Dell XPS 13 (9300) ultra-light laptop!

 

2020 Dell XPS 13 (9300) Ultra-Light InfinityEdge Laptop!

Dell just upped the ante with their premier ultra-light laptop – the 2020 Dell XPS 13 (9300)!

As before, the new Dell XPS 13 (9300) boasts an ultra-light chassis with machined aluminium, carbon fibre, woven glass fibre and Corning Gorilla Glass protection.

But with the new 9300 model, the Dell XPS 13 offers the latest 10th Gen Intel Core processors, and even narrower bezels, creating a smaller and thinner form factor than before.

The 2020 Dell XPS 13 (9300) now 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.

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 be configured with up to 16 GB of LPDDR4x memory, and up to 512 GB of PCIe NVMe SSD storage. And it supports up to Wi-Fi6 with its Killer AX1650 Wi-Fi module.

 

2020 Dell XPS 13 (9300) Colour Comparison

From what we understand, the 2020 Dell XPS 13 (9300) laptop will come in Platinum Silver, with either a White or a Black carbon fiber palmrest.

 

2020 Dell XPS 13 (9300) Price + Availability

The 2020 Dell XPS 13 (9300) is available in the United States with immediate effect, with these launch prices :

  • Core i3-1005G1, 4 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD : $999.99
  • Core i5-1035G1, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD : $1,249.99
  • Core i7-1065G7, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD : $1,549.99
  • Core i7-1065G7, 16 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD : $1,899.99

Dell will be bringing it to Malaysia in February 2020, with a starting price of RM 5,699.

 

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Acer Swift 5 2019 Ultra-Light Laptops : All 4 Variants!

Acer just launched four variants of the 2019 Swift 5 – an ultra-light laptop that weighs only 990 grams!

Here is EVERYTHING you need to know about these new Acer Swift 5 laptops – price, deals, specifications and key features!

 

Acer Swift 5 2019 Ultra-Light Laptop : All 4 Variants!

The 2019 Acer Swift 5 is a 14-inch ultra-light laptop that is powered by the latest 10th Gen Intel Core (Ice Lake) processors, and weighs less than 1 kg!

Giving us a primer on the 2019 Acer Swift 5 (MY | UK) is Jeffrey Lai, Acer Malaysia’s Senior Product Manager.

Ultra-Light Build

The 2019 Acer Swift 5 (MY | UK) is designed for road warriors. With a magnesium alloy chassis, it weighs just 990 grams!

14-inch Touch Display

It comes a 14-inch IPS touch display, with a Full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, and 300 nits of maximum brightness.

Thanks to thinner 3.97 mm display bezels, it boasts a 86.4% screen-to-body ratio, and a 11% smaller footprint.

Faster Processors + Graphics

Acer will offer two 10th Gen Intel Core (Ice Lake) processor options :

  • the Intel Core i5-1035G1 with UHD Graphics, and
  • the Intel Core i7-1065G7 with Iris Plus Graphics.

If you need better graphics performance, they are also offering a variant with NVIDIA GeForce MX250 graphics.

Recommended : 10th Gen Intel Ice Lake Mobile CPU Features + Specifications!

USB 3.1 Type C / Thunderbolt 3

It also comes with a USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type C port, which supports Thunderbolt 3 – offering you greater connectivity capabilities.

 

Acer Swift 5 2019 Colour Comparison

The 2019 Acer Swift 5 (MY | UK) comes in two colour options – Charcoal Blue and Moonstone White. Here’s a colour comparison video :

 

Acer Swift 5 2019 Models + Specifications

Acer is offering four variants of the 2019 Swift 5 (MY | UK) ultra-light laptop. For your convenience, we summarised their key specifications in this comparison table :

Specifications SF514-
54T-70AA
SF514-
54GT-512N
SF514-
54T-50GD
SF514-
54T-52AS
Display 14-inch Full HD IPS Touchscreen Display
1920 x 1080 pixels, 300 nits
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home
Processor Intel Core i7-1065G7 Intel Core i5-1035G1
Graphics Processor Iris Plus Graphics GeForce MX250 UHD Graphics
Memory 16 GB LPDDR4x 8 GB LPDDR4
Storage 512 GB PCIe NVMe SSD
Wireless Capabilities Wi-Fi 6 : 802.11ax
Bluetooth 5.0
Connectivity Options 1 x USB 3.1 Type C / Thunderbolt 3
2 x USB 3.0 Type A
1 x HDMI 2.0
1 x 3.5 mm headphone jack
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Battery 56 Whr 4-cell lithium-ion battery
– Up to 12.5 hours battery life
Dimensions 329 mm wide, 219 mm deep,
14.95 mm thick
Weight 990 g
Colour Charcoal Blue Moonstone White Moonstone White Charcoal Blue
Price RM 4,699
£1,085.66
RM 3,999 RM 3,699 RM 3,699
£905.01

 

Acer Swift 5 2019 Price List + Deals

Here is the price list for the four Acer Swift 5 2019 variants (accurate as of 19 November 2019) :

FREE Microsoft Office Home & Student 2019

Every 2019 Acer Swift 5 laptop (MY | UK) will come preinstalled with Microsoft Office Home & Student 2019.

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If you purchase the Acer Swift 5 2019 laptop (MY | UK), you will also have the option to redeem one of these free gifts :

  • Acer Predator Waterproof Bag
  • Acer Predator Cestus 310 Gaming Mouse
  • Acer E300 True Harmony Earphones

FREE Mi True Wireless Earbuds Basic

The first 5 units of each 2019 Acer Swift 5 variant purchased at an Acer Malaysia Concept Store, Acer Malaysia Online Store, and selected Acer Malaysia reseller will receive a free pair of Mi True Wireless Earbuds Basic worth RM99.

Acer Predator League 2020 Contest

Purchasing a Acer Swift 5 2019 laptop (MY | UK) will also put you in the running to win a pair of tickets to Predator League 2020 finals in Manila, inclusive of accommodation, air tickets and airport transfers.

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Microsoft Surface Pro 7 : Everything You Need To Know!

The Microsoft Surface Pro 7 boasts a number of improvements, including new Intel processors and a USB Type C port!

Here is EVERYTHING you need to know about the new Microsoft Surface Pro 7 – its key features, specifications, price and availability!

 

Microsoft Surface Pro 7

The Surface Pro 7 is Microsoft’s response to the Apple iPad Pro. Like its rival, it promises a powerful computing experience in a tablet form factor, with a phenomenal battery life.

New Intel Processors

The Surface Pro 7 comes with the latest 10th Gen Intel Core processors, which gives it a significant performance boost over its predecessor.

Faster Connectivity

It also comes with support for faster Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) and Bluetooth 5.0 wireless connectivity.

With USB-C Port

The Microsoft Surface Pro 7 now comes with both a Type A USB port, as well as a Type C USB port. This gives you more flexibility connecting it to an external display, docking stations or USB accessories.

Improved Microphones

Your conference calls and voice dictation will be much clearer with the enhanced dual far-field Studio microphones.

10.5 Hour Battery Life

The cost of having much faster processor and graphics is battery life – it’s down to 10.5 hours.

 

Microsoft Surface Pro 7 Specifications

Here are the key specifications for the Microsoft Surface Pro 7 (without the Type Cover) :

Specifications Microsoft Surface Pro 7 Microsoft Surface Pro 6
Display 12.3-inch PixelSense Display
Display Resolution 2736 x 1824 pixels (267 ppi)
Multi-Touch Capability 10 point multi-touch
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home
Processor Options Intel Core i7-1065G7
Intel Core i5-1035G7
Intel Core i3-1005G1
Intel Core i7-8650U
Intel Core i5-8250U
Graphics Processor Intel Iris Plus Graphics (i7, i5)
Intel UHD Graphics (i3)
Intel UHD Graphics
Memory 4 GB / 8 GB / 16 GB LPDDR4X 8 GB / 16 GB DDR4
Storage 128 GB / 256 GB / 512 GB / 1 TB SSD
Wireless Capabilities Wi-Fi 6 : 802.11ax
Bluetooth 5.0
Wi-Fi 5 : 802.11ac
Bluetooth 4.1
Camera Windows Hello face authentication camera
5 MP front camera (1080p video recording)
8 MP rear camera (1080p video recording)
Audio Dual far-field Studio mics
1.6 W stereo speakers
Dolby Audio Premium
Dual microphones
1.6 W stereo speakers
Dolby Audio Premium
Connectivity Options 1 x USB Type C
1 x USB Type A
1 x Surface Connect Port
1 x Surface Type Connect port
1 x 3.5 mm headphone jack
MicroSDXC card reader
1 x mini Display Port
1 x USB Type A
1 x Surface Connect Port
1 x Surface Type Connect port
1 x 3.5 mm headphone jack
MicroSDXC card reader
Sensors Ambient Light
Accelerometer
Gyroscope
Magnetometer

Ambient Light
Accelerometer
Gyroscope

Battery Life Up to 10.5 hours Up to 13.5 hours
Dimensions 292 mm wide / 201 mm deep / 8.5 mm thick
Weight Core i7 : 790 g
Core i5 / i3 : 775 g
Core i7 : 784 g
Core i5 : 770 g
Colour Options Platinum, Matte Black Platinum

 

Microsoft Surface Pro 7 Price + Availability

The Microsoft Surface Pro 7 is available for pre-order now, with general availability beginning 9 December 2019, and retail sales starting in January 2020.

Here are the prices for the first models and accessories :

Microsoft Surface Pro 7 MY SG US UK AU
Core i3, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD $748 £797.90 A$1,349.98
Core i5, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD S$1,637 $980 £899 A$1,581.98
Core i5, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD RM 5,499 S$2,037 $1,165.49 £1,169 A$2,045.98
Core i7, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD RM 6,799 S$2,437 $1,472.49 £1,387.47 A$2,470.95
Core i7, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD RM 8,299 $1,899 £1,827.01 A$3,135.95
Core i7, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD $2,299 A$3,706.95

Accessories

Model MY SG US UK AU
Surface Arc Mouse RM 339 S$118 $69.99 £59 A$101.96
Surface Pen RM 399 S$148 $64.99 £68.50 A$122.99
Signature Type Cover RM 639 S$249 $114.95 £134.99 A$230.95

 

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Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 : Everything You Need To Know!

The Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 boasts a number of improvements, including new AMD Ryzen processors and a 11.5 hour battery life!

Here is EVERYTHING you need to know about the new Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 – key features, specifications, price and availability!

 

Microsoft Surface Laptop 3

The Surface Laptop 3 is Microsoft’s response to the Apple MacBook Pro. Like its rival, it promises a powerful computing experience in a thin and light form factor, with a phenomenal battery life.

Two Form Factors

The Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 comes in 13.5-inch and 15-inch form factors, with weights of just under 1.3 kg and just over 1.5 kg respectively.

New AMD + Intel Processors

The 13.5-inch Surface Laptop 3 comes with the latest 10th Gen Intel Core processors, while the 15-inch Surface Laptop 3 is powered by the AMD Ryzen Microsoft Surface Edition processors!

With USB-C Port

The Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 now comes with both a Type A USB port, as well as a Type C USB port. This gives you more flexibility connecting it to an external display, docking stations or USB accessories.

Larger Trackpad + Two Palm Rest Options

The glass trackpad is now 20% larger, and you can opt for a metal palm rest, or have it covered in Alcantara fabric.

 

Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 Specifications

To make it easier for you to compare both the 13.5-inch and 15-inch models, here is a table comparing their key specifications :

Specifications Microsoft Surface Laptop 3
(13.5-inch)
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3
(15-inch)
Display 13.5-inch PixelSense Display 15-inch PixelSense Display
Display Resolution 2256 x 1504 pixels (201 ppi) 2496 x 1664 pixels (201 ppi)
Multi-Touch Capability 10 point multi-touch
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home
Processor Options Intel Core i7-1065G7
Intel Core i5-1035G7
AMD Ryzen 7 3780U
AMD Ryzen 5 3580U
Graphics Processor Intel Iris Plus Graphics AMD Radeon RX Vega 11
AMD Radeon Vega 9
Memory 8 GB / 16 GB LPDDR4X 8 GB / 16 GB DDR4
Storage Removable solid state drive
(128 GB / 256 GB / 512 GB / 1 TB)
Wireless Capabilities Wi-Fi 6 : 802.11ax
Bluetooth 5.0
Wi-Fi 5 : 802.11ac
Bluetooth 5.0
Camera Windows Hello face authentication camera
720p HD front camera (f/2.0)
Audio Dual far-field Studio microphones
Omnisonic speakers with Dolby Audio Premium
Connectivity Options 1 x USB Type C
1 x USB Type A
1 x Surface Connect Port
1 x 3.5 mm headphone jack
Battery Life Up to 11.5 hours
Dimensions 308 mm wide
223 mm deep
14.5 mm thick
339.5 mm wide
244 mm deep
14.69 mm thick
Weight Matte Black : 1.288 kg
Platinum : 1.265 kg
1.542 kg
Colour Options Matte Black (Metal Palm Rest)
Platinum (Alcantara Palm Rest)
Matte Black (Metal Palm Rest)
Platinum (Metal Palm Rest)

 

Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 Price + Availability

The Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 is available for pre-order now, with general availability beginning 9 December 2019, and retail sales starting in January 2020.

Here are the prices for the first models and accessories :

13.5-inch Surface Laptop 3

Specifications MY SG US UK AU
Core i5, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD RM 4,499 S$1,488 $978.48 £999 A$1,815.98
Core i5, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD RM 5,699 S$1,888 $1,249.99 £1,269 A$2,140.78
Core i7, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD RM 7,099 S$2,288 $1,572.49 £1,549 A$2,660.95
Core i7, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD $1,993 £1,949 A$3,278.95
Core i7, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD $2,372.49

15-inch Surface Laptop 3

Specifications MY SG US UK AU
Ryzen 5, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD $1,199 £1,199 A$2,221.98
Ryzen 5, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD RM 6,799 * S$2,188 $1,813.99 £1,269 A$2,569.98
Ryzen 5, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD $1,619 £1,699 A$2,818.95
Ryzen 7, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD $2,028.49 £2,049 A$3,433.95

* Available only in Harvey Norman stores for the first 2 months

Accessories

Model MY SG US UK AU
Surface Arc Mouse RM 339 S$118 $69.99 £59 A$101.96
Surface Pen RM 399 S$148 $64.99 £68.50 A$122.99

 

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10th Gen Intel Ice Lake Mobile CPU Features + Specifications!

Intel Ice Lake is finally here! Intel just officially launched eleven new 10th Gen Intel Core U-series and Y-series mobile processors!

Here is our primer on the 10th Gen Intel Core mobile processors, codenamed Ice Lake!

 

Intel Ice Lake – 10th Gen, Designed For Thin-And-Light

Codenamed Ice Lake, the 10th Gen Intel Core mobile processors are designed for thin-and-light laptops, including 2-in-1 devices. Here is a quick summary of what’s new…

AI For Mobile Computing

More than just evolutions of previous generations, the 10th Gen Intel Ice Lake mobile processors are the first to be purpose-built for AI in mobile computers. It features :

  • Intel Deep Learning Boost – a new, dedicated instruction set for hardware acceleration of neural networks, which will boost applications like automatic image enhancements, photo indexing and photorealistic effects.
  • GPU Engine Compute – developers can use the GPU, which provides up to 1 teraflops of compute capability, for high-throughput inference applications like video stylisation, analytics and real-time video resolution upscaling.
  • Intel Gaussian & Neural Accelerator (GNA) – a dedicated hardware engine for background workloads like voice processing and noise suppression at ultra-low power.

Greatly Improved Graphics Capability

Some of the 10th Gen Intel Ice Lake mobile processors come with Intel Iris Plus graphics, which deliver double the graphics performance.

Iris Plus graphics will let you game in 1080p, as well as handle 4K video editing and high-resolution photo editing, without the need for a separate GPU.

  • They are the first Intel GPUs to support the VESA Adaptive Sync standard, for a tear-free gaming experience.
  • They are the industry’s first GPU to use variable rate shading for improved rendering performance.
  • They support BT.2020 (also known as Rec. 2020), allowing you to watch 4K HDR video at up to 10 bits of colour.

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10th Gen Intel Ice Lake Models + Specifications (U Series)

Intel announced six new 10th Gen Intel Ice Lake mobile processors under the U-series, with TDPs of 15 to 28 watts. These are meant for thin-and-light laptops.

10th Gen U-Series Cores / Threads Cache Base Freq Single Core Turbo All Core Turbo Graphics Graphics Max Freq Nominal /
ConfigUP TDP
Intel Core i7-1068G7 4 / 8 8 MB 2.3 GHz 4.1 GHz 3.6 GHz Intel Iris Plus
(64 EUs)
1.10 GHz 28W
Intel Core i7-1065G7 4 / 8 8 MB 1.3 GHz 3.9 GHz 3.5 GHz Intel Iris Plus
(64 EUs)
1.10 GHz 15W / 25W
Intel Core i5-1035G7 4 / 8 6 MB 1.2 GHz 3.7 GHz 3.3 GHz Intel Iris Plus
(64 EUs)
1.05 GHz 15W / 25W
Intel Core i5-1035G4 4 / 8 6 MB 1.1 GHz 3.7 GHz 3.3 GHz Intel Iris Plus
(48 EUs)
1.05 GHz 15W / 25W
Intel Core i5-1035G1 4 / 8 6 MB 1.0 GHz 3.6 GHz 3.3 GHz Intel UHD Graphics
(32 EUs)
1.05 GHz 15W / 25W
Intel Core i3-1005G1 2 / 4 4 MB 1.2 GHz 3.4 GHz 3.4 GHz Intel UHD Graphics
(32 EUs)
0.90 GHz 15W

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10th Gen Intel Ice Lake Models + Specifications (Y Series)

Intel announced a further five new 10th Gen Intel Ice Lake mobile processors under the Y-series, with TDPs of 9 to 12 watts. These are meant for 2-in-1 laptops.

10th Gen Y-Series Cores / Threads Cache Base Freq Single Core Turbo All Core Turbo Graphics Graphics Max Freq Nominal /
ConfigUP TDP
Intel Core i7-1060G7 4 / 8 8 MB 1.0 GHz 3.8 GHz 3.4 GHz Intel Iris Plus
(64 EUs)
1.10 GHz 9W / 12W
Intel Core i5-1030G7 4 / 8 6 MB 0.8 GHz 3.5 GHz 3.2 GHz Intel Iris Plus
(64 EUs)
1.05 GHz 9W / 12W
Intel Core i5-1030G4 4 / 8 6 MB 0.7 GHz 3.5 GHz 3.2 GHz Intel Iris Plus
(48 EUs)
1.05 GHz 9W / 12W
Intel Core i3-1000G4 2 / 4 4 MB 1.1 GHz 3.2 GHz 3.2 GHz Intel Iris Plus
(48 EUs)
0.90 GHz 9W
Intel Core i3-1000G1 2 / 4 4 MB 1.1 GHz 3.2 GHz 3.2 GHz Intel UHD Graphics
(32 EUs)
0.90 GHz 9W

 

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