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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!

Next Page > Dell XPS 13 (9300) : A Closer Look!

 

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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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ASUS Zenvolution 2016 – ZenFone 3, ZenBook 3, Transformer 3 Revealed

The ASUS Zenvolution 2016 launch event kicked off yesterday at the prestigious Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. Malaysians have eagerly awaited the launch of the ASUS ZenFone 3 smartphones since they were announced at Computex 2016. Well, here they are!

ASUS also took the opportunity to launch two new ZenFone 3 models, as well as the ZenBook 3 notebook and two Transformer 3 tablets. Let’s check them out!

 

ASUS ZenFone 3 Revealed

ASUS APAC General Manager, Rex Lee, kicked off the ASUS Zenvolution 2016 revelations with the new ASUS ZenFone 3 smartphone.

 

ASUS ZenFone 3 Deluxe & ZenFone 3 Ultra Revealed

Next, ASUS Corporate Vice President, Eric Chen, revealed the details of the ASUS ZenFone 3 Deluxe and ZenFone 3 Ultra smartphones.

 

ASUS ZenFone 3 Max & ZenFone 3 Laser Revealed

These are the two models that were not revealed at Computex 2016. The honour of revealing them was given to TH Cheng, the ASUS Senior Mobile Product Manager.

 

ASUS ZenBook 3, Transformer 3 Pro & Transformer 3 Revealed

Finally, ASUS Malaysia’s System Group Country Manager, Jimmy Lin, revealed the new ASUS ZenBook 3 ultraslim notebook, as well as the new Transformer 3 Pro and Transformer 3 tablets.

 

Price & Availability

The ASUS ZenFone 3 smartphone is available on launch day, with the ZenFone 3 Ultra available for pre-order with delivery next week. However, all smartphone, notebook and tablet models revealed at the ASUS Zenvolution 2016 event will be available in the month of August 2016.

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  • ASUS ZenBook 3 (Royal Blue / Rose Gold / Quartz Grey) : RM 7,999 / ~US$ 1,999
  • ASUS Transformer 3 Pro : RM 6,999 / ~US$1,749
  • ASUS Transformer 3 : RM 3,199 / ~US$ 799
  • ASUS ZenFone 3 Deluxe : RM 2,599 / ~US$ 649
  • ASUS ZenFone 3 Ultra : RM 2,599 / ~US$ 649
  • ASUS ZenFone 3 Max : RM 799 / ~US$ 199
  • ASUS ZenFone 3 Laser : RM 999 / ~US$ 249
  • ASUS ZenFone 3 (5.5″) : RM 1,699 / ~US$ 424
  • ASUS ZenFone 3 (5.2″) : RM 1,499 / ~US$ 374

 

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ASUS ZenBook Flip UX360CA Announced

Taipei, 2 April 2016ASUS today announced ZenBook Flip UX360CA, the first ZenBook model to feature a 360° hinge with a flippable display. The 13.3-inch UX360CA marks the debut of the convertible form factor in the highly acclaimed ZenBook Series, which is a family of premium multiple-award-winning ultraportable laptops noted for its elegant and stylish design values.

The 13.3-inch up to QHD+ (3200×1800) display features an ultra-reliable 360° stepless hinge, allowing UX360CA to be used as a traditional touchscreen laptop, as a convenient lightweight tablet, or any option in between.

With its thin 13.9mm profile, light 1.3kg weight and up to 12-hour battery life, UX360CA is the perfect choice for business travelers, commuters and professionals — or anyone who needs a truly versatile laptop that can adapt instantly to any situation.

 

ZenBook Flip UX360CA

360° freedom. 100% ZenBook.

ASUS ZenBook Flip UX360CA inherits all the DNA of the classic ZenBook design, adding a distinctive touch of individuality to its convertible form factor. It has a unibody chassis crafted from a single block of solid aluminum, with the lid featuring the signature spun-metal ZenBook finish with its Zen-inspired pattern of concentric circles.

A masterpiece of lightweight design, UX360CA measures just 13.9mm thick and weighs a mere 1.3kg. Its elegant looks are further enhanced by the two stylish color options of Icicle Gold and Mineral Gray.

Lifelike color, from every angle

ASUS ZenBook Flip UX360CA has up to an ultra-detailed 13.3-inch QHD+ (3200 x 1800) touchscreen display, with in-plane switching (IPS) technology for wide 178° viewing angles and better off-center color reproduction and contrast than other panel technologies.

The display has an extremely high pixel density of 279ppi, with up to 40% more pixels than many competing 13.3-inch laptops. Its incredible clarity and detail, combined with a brightness of 350cd/m2, makes UX360CA ideal for viewing high-resolution movies, digital photos, graphics or office documents in unmatched detail.

A wide color gamut of 72% NTSC and exclusive ASUS Splendid technology ensure outstanding color reproduction, a boon for applications like movie viewing and color-critical graphics work.

Video performance is also enhanced with exclusive ASUS Tru2Life technology that automatically optimizes the sharpness and contrast of every pixel in every video frame, so that videos look clearer, more detailed and more realistic.

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No-compromise connectivity

ASUS ZenBook Flip UX360CA is fully equipped to make work more productive and play more enjoyable. It is one of the first laptops in the market to feature the powerful yet battery-frugal 6th-generation Intel Core M (‘Skylake’) processor, a key contributor to its outstanding up to 12-hour battery life that offers all-working-day convenience for serious mobile users. The clever fanless design, with its specially designed ultra-thin heatpipe, ensures totally silent operation.

The ZenBook family is renowned for its use of high-quality components and the latest technology, and UX360CA is no exception. Its powerful specification includes 8GB of high-performance LPDDR3 RAM and a high-speed up to 512GB solid-state disk (SSD). It also features two USB 3.0 Type-A ports and a reversible next-generation USB 3.1 Type-C port for fast and easy connections to existing and future devices.

ZenBook Flip UX360CA is also fitted with a precision noise-reducing array microphone that not only makes sound recordings clearer, but also allows accurate voice interaction with Windows Cortana, for which it is certified.

Accurate and intuitive navigation is ensured by the large touchpad, which supports ASUS Smart Gesture multi-touch gestures. The touchpad also has intelligent palm-rejection technology that automatically recognizes and rejects accidental palm presses for easier, interference-free typing.

 

Availability & Pricing

ASUS ZenBook Flip UX360CA is available now in Malaysia from ASUS dealers (SRP: RM 3,099 / ~US 775).

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GIGABYTE Aero 14 Launched @ Computex 2016

GIGABYTE continuing its proven track record for innovation and takes ultra-portable mobile performance one step further, and unveiled the GIGABYTE Aero 14 and announcing its launch at Computex 2016. Putting an emphasis on maximizing mobility and performance, it claims the title of most portable 14” high performance laptop with a powerful NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M while being only 19.9mm thin.

Now enjoy both superior performance and mobility along with the latest platform: DDR4 memory, M.2 PCIe Gen3 x4 SSD, HDMI 2.0, and USB 3.1 Type-C. With the top-level performance and extended battery life in a slim-profile of an Ultrabook, Aero 14 is the mobile solution for both professionals and gamers alike.

 

GIGABYTE Aero 14 : The New Breed of Slim-Line, High Performance Laptops

The balance between mobility and performance has finally been bridged. The GIGABYTE Aero 14 breaks the paradigm of needing to sacrifice mobility for performance.

For the Professional : An Ultrabook Chassis with Stunning Performance

Through innovative design the GIGABYTE Aero 14 takes the mobility and extended battery life, the strengths of an Ultrabook to the next level with its 94.24Wh battery, which is able to provide battery power for an entire day and also make up for what an Ultrabook lacks by providing high performance with the NVIDIA GeForce  GTX 970M GPU and Intel quad core i7 H-series CPU, and a QHD 2560×1440 IPS display. Allowing the Aero 14 to support any and all resource heavy applications yet also retain the convenience of the conventional Ultrabook.

For the Gamers : Gaming On the Go

The GIGABYTE Aero 14 brings mobile gaming solutions to the next level. With the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M graphics within its Ultrabook-like chassis, it is able to power even the most graphics intensive game titles. Included on the Aero 14 keyboard is the highly customizable Marco keys. Combined with GIGABYTE exclusive Macro Hub software you can simplify complete key combos to the press of a button.

Refreshing Design : Unique Aesthetics

Through Nano-Imprint Lithography the Aero 14 has a sleek and unique design. This unique and environmentally friendly process grants the Aero 14 a 3D look, and feel, while retaining its original solid metallic feel with its full aluminum chassis. The Aero 14 comes in three colors: black, green, and orange. Putting extra emphasis on ultra-mobility, the Aero 14 is as thin as an Ultrabook yet still retains the high quality metallic finish.

The GIGABYTE Aero 14 features the latest processor, the 6th Generation Intel Skylake Core i7 CPU, which comes exclusively with four complete features. The M.2 SSD adopts rapid PCI-Express 3.0 technology reaching a speed of 2000 MB/s, which is 4x faster than traditional SATA SSDs. Also included is the all new DDR4 RAM. With faster frequency and lower power consumption, the DDR4 grants a faster and smoother gaming and computing experience. In addition, the Aero 14 features a USB 3.1 Type-C connector adding speed and convenience.

Generally Mobile Portability and battery life go hand-in-hand and are both essential for a mobile workstation. As an ultraportable, the Aero 14 takes it a step above the rest by also providing a large capacity battery of 94.24 Wh, generating up to 10-hour usage, providing power for running any resource-demanding applications throughout an entire day.

Next Generation Graphics : True High Definition Support

Paired with the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M and its high end graphics allow you to enjoy more frames per second supporting any high resolution applications. With the QHD 2560×1440 IPS display with great viewing angles, the GIGABYTE Aero 14 provides a premium viewing experience plus precise color accuracy and clear images at any angle. Aero 14 also provides the option to expand true 4k resolution to external display, with HDMI 2.0 and its 12-bit color and up to 60Hz refresh rate.

 

[adrotate banner=”4″]Gigabyte Aero 14 Specifications

  • 6th Gen Intel Core  i7 “Skylake” Processor
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M/965M
  • QHD 2560×1440 IPS Display
  • M.2 PCIe SSD x2 / DDR4 Memory x2
  • 94.24 Wh Battery
  • Dual-4k output with HDMI 2.0 and Mini-DisplayPort
  • Dimensions: 335(W) x 250(D) x 19.9 (H) mm / 1.89kg

*Specifications are subject to change.

 

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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon First Look

At just 1.17 kg, the new Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon is the world’s lightest 14″ business-class Ultrabook. It is amongst the thinnest Ultrabooks in the market with a thickness of just 16.5 mm. All this is thanks to its satellite-grade carbon fiber chassis.

Its carbon fiber construction also makes it tougher – the ThinkPad X1 Carbon has been qualified using nearly a dozen military-grade specification tests. So it will withstand the harshest conditions you can put it through.

The ThinkPad X1 Carbon is powered by the latest 6th Generation Intel Core i7-6600U processor running on Microsoft Windows 10 Professional, and comes with up to 16 GB of DDR3 memory and up to 1 TB of SSD storage. Yet you never have to worry about battery life, because its 52 WHr battery allows you to work and play for up to 11 hours.

Lenovo offers two display options – a standard full HD IPS display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080, and a higher-end 2K IPS display with a resolution of 2560 x 1440. Both displays have a maximum brightness of 300 nits. To ensure the security of the data, it even comes with a fingerprint touch sensor and the Intel TPM (Trusted Platform Module).

 

ThinkPad X1 Carbon First Look

After its official launch, we had some hands-on time with the ThinkPad X1 Carbon. Here is our first look video of the ThinkPad X1 Carbon. We hope you like it!

 

Price & Availability

The ThinkPad X1 Carbon is available right now with the recommended retail price starting at RM 7,000 / ~US$ 1499.00.

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Empower, Engage & Experience With 2016 Lenovo Devices

Lenovo recently unveiled a slew of 27 new devices under the new “Empower, Engage and Experience” umbrella themes, spanning the consumer, commercial and enterprise segments. Let’s take a look at what those themes mean for the new 2016 Lenovo devices.

 

Empower

The first strategic theme will Empower users by providing them with the capabilities for high performance at the core of their businesses, focusing on Security and Reliability. Businesses are being transformed by the continuing evolution in data centers – into being more efficient, flexible, and scalable as well as being able to provide customers with more personalised offerings.

In this endeavour, Lenovo is primed to be the enterprise IT partner who is able to leverage its uncontested competencies in designing PCs that do more, its partnerships with software and hyperconvergence leaders, and its open ecosystem strategy, to provide the full range of enterprise with best-of-breed solutions that are easy to deploy, operate on the highest standards of security, and are moreover extremely robust.

 

Engage

The second strategic theme will Engage on-the-go customers of every profile, as they demand high performance combined with ultimate portability, and that their devices strike the perfect balance between leading specifications and a form factor that suits a range of situations – keeping the gateway open and firing for both personal expression and professional control.

Lenovo is committed to expanding on its track record of engineering PCs that lead the innovation trail, and on its position as the world’s leading PC supplier, with a diverse offering of devices that are as mobile as they are flexible to individual demands.

 

Experience 

The third strategic theme concerns enabling Experience; an important part of Lenovo’s game plan, whether by enhancing work or play. Lenovo’s purpose-driven innovation certainly has, as one part of its end goals, the enrichment of contemporary human experience with seamless, powerful access to rich content and applications.

This begins with pushing the boundaries of device design to offer products that are Recognisably Different: lighter, more fluid in form, and containing more customisable options. Some of these designs are eminently suited to the business professional who is a techie to the core, while some are fine-tuned for enjoyment of LENOVOMusic, LENOVOMovie and LENOVOGaming in high quality graphics, sound and integrated experience.

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2016 Lenovo Engage, Experience & Empower Models

During the event, Lenovo launched 27 different devices under the three themes of Engage, Experience and Empower. Let’s take a look at the 2016 Lenovo devices separated according to those themes :

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ENGAGE – On The Go

Ranging from the ideapad MIIX 700 with its unique dual watchband and folio keyboard case, to the ThinkPad Yoga 260 as the world’s lightest 12.5-inch convertible notebook with four operating modes (Laptop, Stand, Tent and Tablet) – not to mention the powerful yet tiny Pocket Projector – there’s something here for everyone who’s often on the move.

 

Lenovo ideapad MIIX 700

The ideapad MIIX 700 is recognizably different with a unique dual watchband hinge kickstand for those who value stylish design. It also comes with a hard-bundle folio keyboard case, giving you all the benefits of a laptop when you want to be productive, and the portability of a tablet. The ideapad MIIX 700 will debut in June 2016 with a RRP of RM 4,199 / ~US$ 1105.

 

Lenovo ideapad MIIX 310

The ideapad MIIX 310 is one of the most affordable Windows 2-in-1 detachable tablets. It caters to data enthusiasts who want the freedom to work and roam the web from any location. Weighing just 580g, the versatile 2-in-1 detachable combines a tablet and a PC, featuring a standard detachable keyboard. The ideapad MIIX 310 will debut at the end of May or early June 2016 with a RRP of RM 1,199 / ~US$ 315.

 

Lenovo ideapad 700

The ideapad 700 is Lenovo’s most powerful multimedia laptop to ever come off the assembly line. Underneath its hood you will find a standard voltage 6th Generation Intel Core i CPU, PCIe SSD and NVIDIA graphics capable of delivering next generation performance. The ideapad 700 is available right now with a RRP of RM 3,599 / ~US$ 947.

 

Lenovo Tab 3 – 7 Essential

Equipped with a 7-inch 1024×600 IPS display for more enjoyment of pictures, TV and movies. Plus, with its size so you can take it with you anywhere. You don’t even need to bring your charger. The impressive 9 hours of continuous usage, means uninterrupted gaming and entertainment. Catch almost an entire season of your favourite drama series, or say goodbye to any kind of queue fatigue when you can pass the time immersed in your favourite games. The Tab 3 – 7 Essential will debut in June 2016 with a RRP of RM 499 / ~US$ 131.

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Lenovo Tab 3 8

The perfect size for active users with an 8’’ HD 1280×800 IPS with Adaptive Display. Dedicated Kids’ Safe Mode web browsing with restricted apps access of apps and ability to restrict length of use. The Tab 3 8 will debut in June 2016 with a RRP of RM 799 / ~US$ 210.

 

Lenovo Pocket Projector

The Lenovo Pocket Projector is a palm-sized mobile accessory that is equally adept at projecting vivid cinematic visuals on-the-go as it is at delivering a truly wireless experience. It is capable of displaying vivid, life-size images, instantly transforming an Android, iOS or Windows smartphone or tablet into a personal cinema. Additionally, with WiFi, DLNA and Miracast, users can also stream movies and photos from external sources, as well as mirror images of their games and apps in big screen format.

For more information, take a look at our article Lenovo Pocket Projector First Look.

 

Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 260

The ThinkPad Yoga 260 is the world’s lightest 12.5-inch convertible notebook for ultimate mobility and versality, starting at 2.9 pounds with four operating modes – Laptop, Stand, Tent and Tablet. The device has a brilliant 12.5″ Full HD multitouch display, integrated ThinkPad Pen Pro, up to 512 GB SSD storage and all-day use of up to 10 hours on battery power. The ThinkPad Yoga 250 is available right now with a RRP of RM 6,359 / ~US$ 1,673.

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EXPERIENCE – Recognisably Different

Designed for forward thinkers, and out-of-the-box doers, the new expanded ThinkPad X1 family includes additions such as the brilliantly adaptable ThinkPad X1 Tablet with its unique modular design; the immersive ThinkPad X1 Yoga with world’s first OLED display; and the award-winning ThinkPad X1 Carbon, now even thinner and lighter, and clearly superior in the ultrabook market. Desktop users will be wowed by the stunning new ThinkCentre X1 all-in-one, the must-have design centerpiece for any office with outstanding performance to match.

 

Think X1 Family

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon

One of the most refined and elegant notebooks available today, the X1 Carbon is the ultimate go-anywhere Ultrabook. Designed for forward thinkers, the ThinkPad X1 family also includes a number of accessories specifically designed to match, and to enhance the overall user experience – X1 Wireless Touch Mouse, X1 In-Ear Headphones, X1 Sleeve and 65W Micro Adapter.

For more information, take a look at our article Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon First Look.

 

 

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga

The X1 Yoga is the world’s first convertible featuring an optional Samsung OLED display that reproduces beautifully rich colors and deeper blacks. Weighing only 1.27kg and at just 0.66 inches, the X1 Yoga also features an active pen that is perfect for highlighting and writing notes. The ThinkPad X1 Yoga is available right now with a RRP of RM 9,799 / ~US$ 2,579.

 

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet

The ThinkPad X1 Tablet with Intel Core m7 Processor adds functionality through optional clip-on modules for increased productivity, ability to present and to create in 3D. The ThinkPad X1 Tablet is available right now with a RRP of RM 6,699 / ~US$ 1,763.

 

Lenovo ThinkCentre X1 AIO

The all-in-one ThinkCentre X1 features a superlative design within an ultra-thin 11mm frame, one of the world’s thinnest desktops yet packed with power from a 6th gen Intel® Core processor with vPro. It is currently not available in Malaysia.

 

Lenovo ThinkVision X1 Visual Monitor

The 27” ThinkVision X1 ultra-slim 4K2K ultra-HD monitor is the world’s slimmest, delivering the most outstanding professional visual experience. It comes with a versatile USB Type-C one-cable docking, enabling the use of the monitor as a second screen. A built-in FHD camera, dual-array microphone and stereo speakers make it perfect for enhanced VoIP collaboration. It is currently not available in Malaysia.

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YOGA Family

Lenovo YOGA 900s

The YOGA 900s is the world’s thinnest Intel Core M convertible laptop at 12.8 mm thin. Recognizably different watchband hinge provides noticeably smoother rotation between its four flexible use modes (laptop, stand, tent, tablet). Features up to Intel’s latest 6th Gen Intel Core M processor with 50 percent greater battery density and 30 percent better cooling than before.

For more information, take a look at our article Lenovo YOGA 900s First Look.

 

Lenovo YOGA 710

Incredibly thin and light! Weighing in at less than 1.07 kg, it’s the perfect choice for anyone looking to get work done while on the go. Its small size also makes it a good choice for people looking to save space in their bags by doubling as a tablet! It has an edgeless display for better visuals, a metallic chassis for enhanced durability and design, and a longer battery life for marathon movie sessions. The YOGA 710 will be available at the end of May or early June 2016 with a RRP of RM 3,599 / ~US$ 947.

 

Lenovo YOGA 510

The Yoga 510 is designed with a unique diamond-cut palm rest, thinner and lighter than the earlier generations. With double the storage, you can say goodbye to external hard drives. It also recharges 40% faster than regular laptops, and can be flipped, folded, tilted or stood to meet your needs. It is not available in Malaysia.

 

Lenovo YOGA 300

Provides 360 degrees of flexibility at an unbelievably low price. Whether for work, play, or something in between, the Lenovo YOGA 300 adapts to you with four ways to do almost anything: Laptop, Stand, Tent, Tablet. Bringing you theater-quality surround sound on your PC, the enhanced audio capabilities of the Lenovo YOGA 300 vastly improve your listening experience. The YOGA 300 is currently available at a RRP of RM 1,699 / ~US$ 447.

 

Lenovo YOGA TAB 3 Pro

The YOGA TAB 3 Pro is the ultimate video tablet, with moving audio that flows around you thanks to Dolby Atmos immersive surround sound, and a powerful 4-JBL speaker front-facing sound bar, paired with a brilliant 10.1” QHD screen that features Smart Display Technology. It has a built-in 180° rotatable projector that projects a 70” screen onto your wall or ceiling, and the long-lasting 18-hour battery even comes with a USB (USB OTG) that allows it to become a power bank to quickly charge all other devices. The YOGA Tab 3 Pro is currently available at a RRP of RM 2,799 / ~US$ 737.

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EMPOWER – Security And Reliability

As businesses continue to evolve, there is also demand for increased infrastructure performance. The Lenovo XClarity is a new centralized system management solution that assists in seamlessly integrating infrastructure such as the Lenovo System x3650 and System x3550 servers, with accuracy and efficiency. Both powerful and versatile server systems not only provide world-class performance, but also industry-grade reliability for business advantage.

 

Lenovo Enterprise Servers

Lenovo System x3250 M5 1U Rack Server

Designed in a single-socket 1U form factor, the System x3250 M5 rack server supports double the system storage density. It has four 3.5-inch hard disk drives (HDD) or up to eight 2.5-inch SAS/SATA HDDs. Up to one Intel Xeon E3-1200 processor v3 series (quad-core), the x3250 brings quality and reliability to your business. It is currently available at a RRP of RM 5,107 / ~US$ 1,344.

 

Lenovo System x3650 M5 2U Rack Server

The powerful, versatile 2U two-socket System x3650 M5 rack server allows for even more enterprise workloads and to gain faster business insights. Integrated with up to two Intel Xeon processors E5-2600 v4 series, fast TruDDR4 2400MHz memory and massive storage capacity, the x3650 fast-forwards your business. It is currently available at a RRP of RM 15,878 / ~US$ 4,178.

 

Lenovo System x3550 M5 1U Rack Server

Designed in a compact, versatile 1U rack form factor, the dual-socket Lenovo System x3550 M5 (E5-2600 v4) server fuels almost any workload in the software-defined data center from infrastructure to high-performance computing (HPC) to cloud or big data with leadership security, efficiency, and reliability features.

With support for Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v4 product family and faster, energy-efficient TruDDR4 memory, the System x3550 M5 delivers exceptional performance. Flexible and scalable internal storage configurations include up to 12x 2.5-inch or 4x 3.5-inch drives with a wide selection of drive sizes and types. It is currently available at a RRP of RM 10,381 / ~US$ 2,732.

 

Lenovo ThinkStation P310

Power of a workstation and price of a desktop, the ThinkStation P310 tower leads provides superior reliability and powerful performance for mission critical work with exceptional all-around value. Power and stability in an ISV-certified 1P tower workstation for entry-level 3D and 2D CAD/CAM, website development, financial back-office operations, and healthcare front office. Increased speed and memory over previous generation. Includes Intel vPro for manageability. It is currently available at a RRP of RM 2,800 / ~US$ 737.

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Commercial Products

Lenovo ThinkPad 11e

The 11.6” ThinkPad 11e stands at the head of the class’. Designed for education with powerful Intel Core processors, all-day battery, and a multipurpose Stylus Pen, it is designed for durability and versatility. Students can use it as a laptop, tablet, or anything in between. It is currently available at a RRP of RM 3,000 / ~US$ 789.

 

Lenovo ThinkPad X260

Portable, powerful and perfect for business, the ThinkPad X260 is a high performance 12.5” Ultrabook that’s enterprise ready with more than 21 hours of continuous, unplugged mobile productivity. The lightweight workhorse features a 6th Generation Intel Core i processor and a full range of display, storage, memory and connectivity options to enhance productivity in any work environment. It is currently available at a RRP of RM 4,879 / ~US$ 1,284.

 

Lenovo ThinkPad T460s

Designed for globetrotting professionals, the ThinkPad T460s combines functionality and portability without compromise. Sleek, light and tough enough to withstand the rigors of travel, this Ultrabook features a 6th Generation Intel processor with vPro technology for impressive performance. It is currently available at a RRP of RM 6,999 / ~US$ 1,842.

 

Lenovo ThinkPad P50

The ThinkPad P50 redefines the concept of power. It is packed with the latest generation Intel processors, optional X-Rite PANTONE color calibration, Mil-Spec tested for durability, blazing fast connection speeds, and unprecedented storage and memory. This workstation is your go-to for getting the job done. It is currently available at a RRP of RM 8,000 / ~US$ 2,105.

 

Lenovo ThinkCentre M900 Tiny

The original ultra-small-factor desktop, the ThinkCentre Tiny has the toughest design in its class combined with performance primed for business. It is everything that you need in a compact size: durable, manageable, expandable, flexible and do-able. The Tiny form factor together with the latest in Intel Core processors and up to 16 GB of memory with two drive bays, offer the performance and expandability you need. It is currently available at a RRP of RM 2,500 / ~US$ 658.

 

Lenovo ThinkVision P27

The ThinkVision P27 monitor comes with a full-function ergonomic stand, offers a crystal clear borderless IPS display of 3840×2160 resolution and sRGB 100% color gamut, providing vivid, accurate images from a wide viewing angle. With built-in power and the latest HDMI2,0, DP1.2 and USB3.0 Hub, it offers UHD display at 60Hz and uncompromised high speed data transition. Moreover, the ThinkVision P27 provides stereo speakers and a stand that supports lift, tilt, pivot and swivel, which are all for your ease of use. It is currently available at a RRP of RM 3,200 / ~US$ 842.

 

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Razer Blade Stealth Gaming Ultrabook Launched

LAS VEGAS (CES 2016) – Razer, a world leader in connected devices and software for gamers, today announced the ultimate Ultrabook, the Razer Blade Stealth. Featuring an incredibly sleek form factor, the latest Intel Core i7 processor and a stunning 4K display, the ultra-thin notebook also gives gamers the option of unprecedented desktop-level gaming performance with the help of the Razer Core via Thunderbolt 3.

Razer is also planning on disrupting the entire PC industry with an innovative new direct-to-consumer model that allows the new Razer Blade Stealth to be sold with premium configurations, but at a lower price point relative to the competition.

The Razer Blade Stealth measures 0.52 inches thin and weighs just 2.75 pounds. Razer’s latest chassis is CNC-milled out of aircraft grade aluminum, providing a sleek yet solid design. Its 12.5-in. touch display comes in two resolutions: an Ultra HD variant with an eye-dazzling 4K (3840 x 2160) resolution and 100 percent coverage of the Adobe RGB color space, and a Quad HD (2560 x 1440) resolution version. Both displays are touch-enabled and feature wide viewing angles and high-color saturation to display content with striking clarity and accuracy.

To power both models, Razer’s award-winning design team equipped the Razer Blade Stealth with the latest 6thgeneration Intel® Core i7 processor. PCIe SSD technology offers up to three times faster speeds than traditional solid-state drives.  All models will feature 8 GB of dual-channel system memory, providing a combination of components that offer high performance in an extremely portable form factor. Additionally, Thunderbolt 3 provides remarkable connectivity via the Blade Stealth’s compact USB-C port at speeds of up to 40 Gbps, the fastest, most versatile link to any dock, display or data device.

The Razer Blade Stealth base model will start at $999, while the highest-end version will sell for $1,599. By way of its direct-to-consumer program, the Razer Blade Stealth is priced significantly less than comparable systems from other manufacturers. Available through Razer’s physical and online stores, pre-orders are open now and units will ship in January.  In February, the Razer Blade Stealth availability will be expanded to Microsoft Stores.

The Razer Blade Stealth’s hardcore gaming chops are unlocked via the plug-and-play external desktop graphics enclosure, the Razer Core. A single Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) cable supplies both data and power and is all it takes to connect Razer’s Ultrabook with the Razer Core. The device can accommodate virtually every popular desktop graphics card from both AMD® and NVIDIA®. Physical installation of GPUs takes seconds with the Razer Core—its durable aluminum housing slides open effortlessly and a single screw can secure the graphics card in place. Razer’s solution helps future-proof systems, as graphics cards are easily swappable as new components become available.

Bringing desktop-level graphics and 4K external display output to an Ultrabook is only part of the latest systems solution from Razer. The Razer Core contains four additional USB 3.0 ports and Ethernet connectivity. Plug-and-play support with validated graphics cards allows for quick connections without the need to reboot the PC. It is now easier than ever to transform a thin and light notebook into a desktop experience.

“Before today, gamers needed a portable system for everyday work and a separate desktop computer to power their PC games at the highest level possible,” says Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder and CEO. “For the first time ever, there is no need for two separate systems. The Razer Blade Stealth offers the portability of an Ultrabook with the scalability to play hardcore games with desktop graphics performance thanks to the Razer Core. Furthermore, the Razer Blade Stealth starts at just $999, which is significantly lower than any other comparable laptop in its class.”

In addition, the Razer Blade Stealth will be the first laptop in the world equipped with individually backlit RGB keys. Millions of color options for the keyboard are available thanks to Razer’s Chroma technology. All Razer Chroma products – which include mice, keyboards, headsets and a mouse mat – feature 16.8 million customizable colors and a range of effects such as spectrum cycling, breathing, reactive and more, enabled through Razer’s Synapse software. Synapse allows synchronizing lighting colors and patterns between Chroma devices with the click of a button. An SDK is available for developers to integrate effects in-game, and it is already supported by AAA game titles including Call of Duty® and Overwatch.

 

Availability

Razer Store and Razerstore.com : Razer Blade Stealth on-sale now, shipping January 2016; Razer Core shipping first half 2016

Microsoft Stores: Razer Blade Stealth in February 2016; Razer Core in first half 2016

 

Price

Razer Blade Stealth: Starts at $999

Razer Core: Price not yet available

 

Razer Blade Stealth Specifications

  • 12.5 in. IGZO 16:9 aspect ratio, capacitive multi-touch display
  • QHD (2560 x 1440)

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  • UHD (3840 x 2160)

o   256 GB / 512 GB PCIe SSD options

  • Intel® Core i7-6500U Dual-Core Processor (2.5 GHz / 3.1 GHz)
  • Intel® HD Graphics 520
  • 128 GB / 256 GB PCIe SSD options (QHD display models)
  • 256 GB / 512 GB PCIe SSD options (UHD display models)
  • 8 GB Dual-Channel System Memory (LPDDR3-1866MHz)
  • Windows® 10 (64-bit)
  • Wireless-AC (802.11a/b/g/n/ac + Bluetooth® 4.1)
  • Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C)
  • USB 3.0 port x 2 (SuperSpeed)
  • Built-in webcam (2.0 MP)
  • Chroma anti-ghosting keyboard with individually backlit keys
  • HDMI 1.4b audio and video output
  • Built-in stereo speakers
  • 3.5 mm headphone/microphone combo port
  • Built-in array microphone
  • Trusted Platform Module (TPM 2.0) security chip embedded
  • Compact 45 W USB-C power adapter
  • Built-in 45 Wh rechargeable lithium-ion polymer battery
  • 0.52 in. / 13.1 mm (Height) x 12.6 in. / 321 mm (Width) x 8.1 in. / 206 mm (Depth)
  • 2.75 lbs. / 1.25 kg

 

Razer Core Specifications

  • [adrotate banner=”4″]Connection to PC via Thunderbolt 3 using included 40Gbps cable
  • Supports single double-wide, full-length, PCI-Express x16 graphics card
  • GPU max dimensions – 5.98 in. / 152 mm (Height) x 1.73 in. / 44 mm (Width) x 12.20 in. / 310 mm (Length)
  • GPU max power support – 375 W
  • USB 3.0 port x 4 (SuperSpeed)
  • Gigabyte Ethernet (10/100/1000)
  • Chroma lighting (2 zones)
  • Built-in 500 W power supply
  • 8.6 in. / 218.4 mm (Height) x 4.13 in. / 104.9 mm (Width) x 13.38 in. / 339.9 mm (Length)