Experience the latest computing devices at the Intel Experience Zone

Intel brings the latest innovations to consumers through the Intel Experience Zone (IEZ) at various malls where they can be up-close and personal with a wide range of Intel-powered devices under different brands such as Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, Lenovo, Polaroid, Samsung, Sony and Toshiba. Intel Philippines Country Manager Calum Chrisholm explains how the IEZ can reach out to consumers and let them explore the benefits of an Intel-powered device. Marketing Manager of Intel Philippines, Randy Kanapi says that “Intel has finally come full circle,” pioneering a lot of form factors available in the market today. The IEZ is a means to show the possibilities in using computing technology for users with different needs. Devices such as notebooks, Ultrabooks, smartphones and tablets are continuously being integrated into the lives of a lot of people and understanding that consumer needs and experiences vary differently, Intel created a vast selection of form factors to complement the dynamic lifestyles of users. Tablets and smartphones built on Intel Atom processors are for the always on-the-go who needs a handy device to keep them connected. For students and professionals, Intel-powered 2-in-1 devices that combines the performance of a notebook and the ease of a carrying a tablet, will aid them in achieving goals. High-performing Intel Core devices like notebooks would allow gamers to better enjoy the experience. The Intel Experience Zone runs until October 9, 2013 at the upper ground floor of SM Megamall Building A and at the 2nd floor of Festival Mall in Filinvest, Alabang. Visit the IEZ during mall hours and get prepaid load for any network upon successful registration. Related posts: Neo Explore X1: Intel & Neo Partners to Sell Laptops to...

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Dell unveils XPS 13 Ultrabook, the most compact 13-incher yet

Dell maybe late in announcing their Ultrabook but we’ll give them a pass for coming up with the most compact 13-inch in the market. The Dell XPS 13 is the company’s first Ultrabook and it features an edge-to-edge glass, near “frameless” display making it the most compact 13.3-inch Ultrabook yet. It’s like having a 13-inch display on an 11-inch laptop’s form factor. Foregoing the typical aluminum base (lid is aluminum though) other laptops are using, Dell went with a carbon fiber composite base that offers a premium look, lightweight at just under 3 lbs and cooler to the touch than aluminum. Other specs include an Intel Core i5 or Core i7 processor, integrated Intel graphics, up to 256GB SSD, 4GB RAM and a 6-cell battery that Dells claims can deliver close to 9 hours of battery life. There’s no HDMI port here nor a memory card slot which can be quite a dealbreaker unless it’s going to be used in a corporate environment. The Dell XPS 13 will be available in select geographies around the world in March 2012 with a starting price of $999 which seems to be the average price of premium Ultrabooks. Dell XPS 13 Specs: Ultrathin laptop (0.24-0.71”/6-18mm) Precision machined aluminum with a carbon fiber composite base Microsoft Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium Intel Core i5 2467M and i7 2637M processor choices 13.3” HD WLED, 300-nit (1366×768) 720p; edge-to-edge hardened Gorilla Glass Intel HD 3000 video graphics 4GB DDR3 SDRAM 1333Mhz memory 128 GB SSD or 256GB SSD drive options Full size, backlit chiclet keyboard Glass integrated button touchpad with multi-gesture support Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6230 802.11 A/G/N  Bluetooth 3.0 wireless connectivity High definition audio with Waves MaxxAudio 4 Built-in 47WHr 6-cell battery offering up to eight hours, fifty-three minutes of battery life; 45W AC adaptor USB 3.0 (1) + USB 2.0 with PowerShare (1), mini Display-Port, and headset jack Built-in 1.3MP webcam with dual array digital microphones Weight: starting at 2.99lbs (1.36 kg) Price: Starts at $999 Related posts:...

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NEO Laptop Clearance Sale gives you up to 50% off on selected items

Oct 13, 11 NEO Laptop Clearance Sale gives you up to 50% off on selected items

Posted by in Contest & Promos, Laptops & Tablets

Listen up quickly folks. Neo has this ongoing Laptop Clearance Sale that will end on October 14. That’s tomorrow and it’s happening at King’s Court Building along Chino Roces Ave. (former Pasong Tamo), Makati. You’ll find netbooks for as low as P10,000 and notebooks for as low as P15,000. Check out the poster below for the items available (click to enlarge). If you have the sharp eye, you will see a Tegra 2-powered 10-inch tablet going for Php10,000 (only Android 2.2 however though). That’s a steal if you’re not picky for your tablet and it’s ripe for doing custom ROMs. I don’t know if there are still stocks of the Edge Omnipad since the sale started last October 10. Related posts: Get your laptop or desktop PC at the Great Lenovo October PC Fest The Great Lenovo – PTB Laptop Giveaway Year-starter Promos from...

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Lenovo IdeaPad Z370 Notebook Review

Jun 07, 11 Lenovo IdeaPad Z370 Notebook Review

Posted by in Featured, Laptops & Tablets, Reviews

The Lenovo IdeaPad in the simplest sense is a processor upgrade of the IdeaPad Z360 of last year. It now sports Intel’s 2nd generation Core processor and Lenovo’s tight integration with Windows 7 dubbed “Enhanced Experience 2.0”. The IdeaPad Z-series notebook is still geared for those looking for a combination of mobility and style on their notebook without compromising affordability and performance. It’s the safe choice if you can’t decide among Lenovo’s IdeaPad lineup. Let’s take a closer look of this Z370 shall we? Design We have the color pink unit here and straight off the bat, it doesn’t look cheap at all. The lid has an inlaid pattern design with a transparent shell covering it. Lenovo is calling this the 3D transparent design and it looks durable. (go ahead click the images for a bigger view) Opening the lid, the same pink and transparent treatment is used on the body save for the bezel on it’s 13-inch display which is in glossy black. Nothing special with the display, the colors are crisp and vibrant but it’s hard to view outdoors with the glare and viewing angle is limited. As for the ports, on the left side we can see the vent alongside the VGA port, HDMI out, an eSATA/USB combo port and a USB 2.0 port. On the right side we have the AC port, another USB 2.0 port, DVDRW drive and the earphone/mic jack. No USB 3.0 port on this one if that’s important to you. On the front side, we have the GPU switch on the left. Use this to easily toggle the GPU on and off if you want to save battery although NVIDIA Optimus should take care of automatically utilizing your GPU for you but it’s still good to have a physical switch for it. We have LED indicators at the center, beside that is another small switch for turning the Wireless LAN on or off. Finally, there’s the card reader beside it. Nothing has changed with the keyboard. It...

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What’s the difference between Sleep and Hibernate?

This is really old but I still get questions regarding these two Windows state especially from first-time laptop owners. Do you know what’s the difference between Sleep and Hibernate mode? When to use Sleep, Hibernate or plain old Shutdown? Sleep is a power-saving state which stores your current work state into memory and powers down the rest of your system’s components. It’s quick to enter into Sleep mode and quick to wake up from it (3 seconds). When it sleep mode, your laptop will consume a little amount of power from your battery to power the memory. It’s mainly used if you’ll be taking a meal break, or if you’re going to a meeting and don’t want to carry your laptop with the lid open. Usually by default, when you close the lid of your laptop, it will enter into Sleep mode. Hibernate is like a quick shutdown. What Windows does is save your open documents and programs on a hibernate file into your hard disk and powers your system off. It doesn’t consume power and will boot slightly faster than your typical Shutdown. Most people replace Shutdown with Hibernate. If you’re going to store your machine for long periods of time, it’s better to put it in Hibernate rather than Sleep. Or Shutdown if you’re an old-fashioned PC user. Now for some questions you may want to ask: What happens if the battery runs out while in Sleep mode? The short answer is, you’ll lose your unsaved work. However, most laptops we have right now have a failsafe for such instance. If your battery becomes critically low, your machine will wake from Sleep mode, saves your work and goes into Hibernate mode. Some machines have a pre-set timer that if it reaches past, say 3 hours, it will automatically go into Hibernate mode. Why would I need to Shutdown if Hibernate is much better? Usually, there’s no more need to shutdown your laptop. You would only want to shut it down if Windows...

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PTB Guide: How to choose a laptop

Shopping for a laptop but don’t know where to start on deciding which one to get? Here’s a simple rule of thumb that I always suggest to friends. Start with the size and price before getting to the details. Here’s to illustrate: Size –> Price –> Brand <-> Design –> Extras Brand and design are interchangeable based on your preference. I’ve reviewed and handled a lot of laptops from different manufacturers already and most specs and features on the same category are about the same so Extras like a backlit keyboard or a matte display should be of least priority for those who are confused. With that, here are the different classification of laptops and their price range to help you decide Netbooks – Php18k to Php23k These are the 10-inchers and to some extent 11-inchers (pricier) which are probably going to be prevalent this year. They’re the entry laptops that students love because it’s light, portable and typically lasts the whole day you’re out. They’re used for browsing, social networking, writing reports and very light games. Mainstream – Php25k to Php33k These are your typical, basic yet trusty 14-inchers (or 15-inchers) that are more powerful than netbooks but still lacking the power to last you for years without upgrading. The lower priced mainstream laptops are those equipped with previous-generation processor while those using current tech are obviously pricier. Most of these laptops rely on integrated graphics so it’s not ideal for heavy gaming but still make a relatively decent entertainment laptop. Battery life usually hovers in the 3 to 4-hour mark. Thin and Light  – Php28k to Php42k Ahh the new breed of laptops that has a little of everything. It is portable, lasts for a decent amount of time and has sufficient power for some serious number crunching. These are powered by ULV or ultra-low voltage processors which are still powerful yet doesn’t consume as much power although it comes with a price. Display size ranges from 12 to 14-inch with the...

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Year-starter Promos from ASUS

If you’re still in the hunt for laptops to start the year, check out these deals from ASUS. (click on the images for a bigger size) ASUS K42 series Get up to Php4,000 off when you buy select K42JC models while get Php1,000 off when you buy K42N and K42F series notebooks. ASUS N43JH and ASUS N5JC Customers who buy ASUS N43JH and N5Jq can get free bag, external USB 3.0 500GB HDD. Fly for Free with Eee PC is extended Asus is also extending its Fly For Free with Eee PC promo until February 15. Customers who buy an ASUS Eee PC1001PX, Eee PC1015PEM or Eee PC1201PN from any authorized Asus reseller in Metro Manila will get Cebu Pacific travel gift certificates* that can be used to exchange for tickets to any local and international destination. GCs may be used on regular and even promo fares. *Cebu Pacific Gift Certificates are worth Php1,500 and valid for two years from date of issue. GCs can be used to exchange for regular or sale itineraries to any local and international destination. Customers may opt to use the GC for itineraries worth more than Php1,500 and pay for the remaining itinerary price. Related posts: Get your laptop or desktop PC at the Great Lenovo October PC Fest Buy a VAIO but pay for it next year Acer Aspire One D255 netbook sports the new Intel N550 Atom Processor The Great Lenovo – PTB Laptop...

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The skinny on AMD’s Fusion chips

AMD has been lagging behind with its processors as compared to Intel who recently announced their next generation Core processors in the name of Sandy Bridge. However, the launch of their latest AMD Fusion might just get them back into the game. Based on initial reports, the AMD Fusion APU proves to be a force to reckon with especially  on low-powered devices like netbooks and tablets. Its advertised graphics performance, long battery life and AMDs reputation for having affordable chips will earn Fusion-powered devices strong consideration in the near future. So what’s the deal with AMD Fusion? What makes it worth looking out for? Can it really compete with Intel? Here’s our simple primer on AMD’s latest offering, the AMD Fusion. In a nutshell, what is AMD Fusion all about? The Fusion is a single or dual core CPU and a GPU embedded on a single die. AMD calls this hybrid chip an APU or Accelerated Processing Unit. What’s exciting here is that AMD claims that the GPU’s performance is the same as a discrete GPU and also supports DirectX 11. What does this mean? Very good video performance with onboard hardware acceleration for smoother HD video processing. In terms of battery life, AMD announced that these APUs can offer a minimum of 8-hours (idle) battery life with the C-series going for as long as 12 hours. What are the flavors of AMD Fusion? There are three version of AMD Fusion each targeting a different market segment. The C and E-Series are low-powered APUs for consumer devices that will start to roll out early this year. The A-Series can offer up to four cores to power performance notebooks and desktops which are set to arrive later this year. Low Power APUs Model TDP Core Freq. E-Series (Zacate) Designed for mainstream notebooks, All-in-Ones, and small form factor desktops E-350 18 W 2 1.6 GHz E-250 18 W 1 1.5 GHz C-Series (Ontario) Designed for HD netbooks and other emerging form factors such as tablets C-50...

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The Great Lenovo – PTB Laptop Giveaway

Ok guys, we’re now down to our final round of this Lenovo laptop giveaway. The first mini-contest was held in Calvin’s Hub and the second one happened right here in PTB where we gave away some Lenovo goodies. This time, we’re giving away the grand prize which is a Lenovo Essential G460 which we reviewed here last week. Those who joined the first two mini-contest are already included in the raffle draw but you can still increase your chance of winning by joining this round. It’s not going to be as easy as the first two rounds but I’m sure you can do it. Here’s what you need to do: Write an entry on your blog, Tumblr, or even as a Facebook note as long as its public answering the question, “Which Lenovo IdeaPad laptop are you?”. It doesn’t have to be a long post as long as you keep it fun alright? You can view the whole lineup of IdeaPad laptops here for reference. At the end of your post, don’t forget to mention that it’s your official entry to the Lenovo-PTB Great Laptop Giveaway and include a link back to this contest page. Leave a comment below with a link to your entry. Deadline of submission of entries is on Dec. 24 and I will choose the winner at random from the pool of entries which includes those who joined the first and second round of our Lenovo contest. Awarding of the laptop is going to be on January (tentatively on the 11th) at the Lenovo office in Makati. I still have to confirm if they would allow representatives for those who won’t be able to come but I’m sure they’ll agree to it. If you really want the Lenovo G460 laptop, you can also join Yugatech’s contest where he will be giving another one. Thanks to Lenovo Philippines for making this contest possible. Be sure to Like their Facebook page where you would see more contests. ——————– Try out our free...

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Lenovo Essential G460 Review

Dec 01, 10 Lenovo Essential G460 Review

Posted by in Featured, Gadgets, Laptops & Tablets, Reviews

Another midsized notebook stepping into the entry-level arena is the Lenovo Essential G460. Even though the G-series is Lenovo’s standard basic notebook, the G460 that we got still boasts of impressive specs which you will find out later. Look and feel The Lenovo G460 sports a simple but sleek design. I find its 34.4mm thickness a plus, rather than a limitation because it makes the laptop sturdier since it is made of hard plastic. The 14-inch LED backlit display has a 1366 x 768 resolution and is still good even under bright conditions. It has a full-sized keyboard with enough space for the palms to rest on while typing. I’ve noticed that the palm rests are somewhat made of aluminum but it is really made of brushed plastic. The keys are nice and big and have a concave surface making it really easy to use. The TouchPad allows multi-touch scrolling and zooming but I have experienced a bit of lag when using it. There were times that the pad wasn’t that responsive. In that case, use a mouse if you want to have better navigation control. Buttons and other controls are pretty intuitive. At the top left side of the keyboard, you will find the boot button, one-click restore button, and the power mode button. And at the top right side, you will find four touch sensitive controls for sound and video display. Key Features The restore button enables the OneKey Rescue System feature which facilitates system recoveries and file backups. The built-in webcam supports the Veriface software which is standard in new Lenovo notebooks and empowers security for your system. This feature allows the user to login through the image captured by the camera. It verifies the distinct facial profile of the user and it can detect if an unauthorized person is trying to login. It sounds cool but you will find it easier to just key in your password as you use the notebook for a while. Performance and battery life With...

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