Google Pixel 2

Introduction to Google Pixel 2 

The Google Pixel 2 has a superb camera and elegant design so there is no doubt that Google wants to continue the good times rolling with a pair of premium technology. It is also confirmed that they are going to have a follow-up is coming in a few months, by the company’s hardware chief, Rick Osterloh. They will launch the follow-up a year after the Pixel was introduced.

Even though we do not know much about the Pixel 2, rumours said that it will have a slimmer design and an improved version of the camera in Google Pixel.

The Google Pixel 2 is an improved of the Google Pixel 

There are rumours of generations of phones that will likely be better than the last. For example, new camera technology and improved Chipsets compared to last generation of the Pixel, Google Pixel. There are also specific rumours about an improved Pixel 2 speculate that the phone might be water-resistant and the camera might contain more features. They could possibly replace the processor with a better one. It is believed that the company is testing out the processors by the name of  Qualcomm, Intel and possibly the Taiwanese chipster maker MediaTek.

It might contain flexible edges 

There are rumours of the company speaking of Pixel 2 coming out with a flexible frame, similar to the HTU U11. It means that the frame might be pressure-sensitive. Which means that if we hold the phone tightly, the phone will automatically launch the camera or turning on the flashlight.

The Pixel 2 might lose their headphone port 

Like the Apple Iphone 7s, the company might not consider adding the headphone port on the phone. According to images from the internet, it shows that the phone contains the rear fingerprint reader and glass panel on the back of the phone.

    A rough price of the Google Pixel 2…

They had a price of s$965 for the Google Pixel and the Google Pixel 2 would not be any cheaper… Since Google’s brand of products will stay premium. Rumours are hoping for a $50 increase, but no exact price has been confirmed.

Would I recommend you to buy this product ??

I would recommend you to buy this product as it has improved camera, flashlight and processors. Even though it is more expensive compared to the Google Pixel but I think it is worth it to give this product a shot.

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Asus ZenBook 3 Deluxe UX490UA

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Advantages:

As seen from the picture above, it is very slim and fits a 14-inch screen as compared to Asus Zenbook 3, which has a 12.5-inch screen. It also has a Windows 10 Pro operating system, a fingerprint scanner for security and is lightweight and portable, ideal for a business laptop. Having an Intel Core i7-7500U, it is fast and good for general usage, such as surfing the net and streaming HD videos. The design also looks good and is liked by many.

Disadvantages:

However, the shallow keyboard is not suitable for long-term typing and it is not suitable for gaming, even with an Intel Core i7-7500U. Similar to the Asus Zenbook 3, it only has 3 USB-C ports, with 2 of them being Thunderbolt. Fotunately, Asus kindly includes a few adapters, such as HDMI out and USB-A port. A standard non-touch 1,920 x 1,080-resolution screen is the only option available and the speakers are not loud, but headphones should solve the problem. On a similar tests with other laptops like LG Gram, it lasts only 7.5 hours, while others like the MacBook lasts 10.5 hours. It also costs $2600 SGD, which is why some of these are considered bad.

Specs that are not mentioned:

Storage: 512GB SSD

Graphics: 128MB dedicated Intel HD Graphics 620.

PC memory: 16GB DDR3 SDRAM 2,133MHz

Networking: 802.11ac Wi-Fi; IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n , Bluetooth 4.1

My opinion:

I feel like this is not really a good value for money but is not bad for general use. There will probably be better alternatives but, maybe not on its style, so if you really want it and can afford it, go ahead. HP EliteBook x360 1030 G2 is a laptop that has a similar cost at $2800 SGD, which excels at different areas and is also not really worth the cost.

Photo courtesy of: http://www.startlr.com/asus-zenbook-3-deluxe-ux490ua-photos-and-video-evidence/

Acer Predator XB272

 

 

The Acer Predator XB272 sends a fast 240Hz reload rate and offers a great selection of hardware controls. The 27 inch monitor has quite low resolution and the input connectors are not up to date. This is a great choice of a high-rate frame game. However it is not very ideal for the money spent on this typical kind of monitor.

Acer being competitive, increased the length of the monitor from 25 inch to 27 inch. At $680, it is not the cheapest monitor around, but it is one of the monitors that can refresh very fast. The thing that attracts buyers is of its resolution as if you can put a lorry in the pixels. But other than playing games, its resolution is not very high. You can set the resolution higher when playing games.

Specs:

Turns vertically

Depth of bit: 8

Normal Brightness:400

Pixel Pitch: 0.31mm

Gray Response time: 1 milisec

Black/white respond time: nil

Date of release: April 2017

The display of the monitor is normal, with the controls . The buttons are flat and hard to feel, but it has a joystick that makes it more easy to control the monitor. It serves as up and down keys. It has various options such as options that sets the brightness, reload rate.

Plus the 240Hz reload rate is way better than normal monitors that has reload rate of 144Hz and lousy monitors that has reload rate of 30 Hz.

There are 4 USB ports and 2 installed speakers. But there is only 1 HDMI . So, if you are spending too much money on this , you might consider using this monitor for several years.

There is 1 display port and a Headphone Jack.

So I personally think that the Predator XB272 has a great 240Hz reload rate if you are a gamer and love gaming. Plus you can set the resolution of the computer to make up for the monitor having only 1 HDMI , and of the input connectors.

Source credits: http://www.144hzmonitors.com/reviews/acer-predator-xb272-hdr-review/

https://www.acer.com/ac/en/GB/content/predator-model/UM.HX2EE.005

https://www.cnet.com/products/acer-predator-xb2-xb272/review/2/

Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1(2nd Generation)

 

 

Do you think that your computer needs to be repair most of the time ? Do you have the feeling that your current computer is too old to use ? Well, if you have these thoughts stuck in your head. Then, you could use this new labtop called the, Lenovo’s ThinkPad.

The Lenovo ThinkPad is the latest model of the high-end two in-one hybrid. This is an improved version of the previous model, the Lenovo ThinkPad. They have similar looks but I guarantee you that the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 is much better. Not only, does it have a high-end two in-one hybrid, it also has a seventh-gen Intel processors and it also comes with a Wireless WAN connectivity. Other than that, it basically has the same design, features and add on modules as the previous model.

This second generation of the ThinkPad X1 Tablet, also contained various uses for processors, memory and storage options.

According to Lenovo, they said that it should be available on the web in UK soon and they also hope that it would available in Australia by the end of the month. But they will update it with an official international pricing whenever available.

People will ask what is the difference of the two models ? Why did Lenovo have to create a new model when they already have a very successful one ?

I will answer to that. Its because the Lenovo ThinkPad is already well-regarded to business users, but they thought that business users could use an even better device to help them on the way. The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 is a portable, productivity-geared Microsoft Surface-like device. Which makes it very impressive and attractive for users like business workers to buy this product.

Honestly, I would keep this decision in my head as I would really could use a new computer. I would save my money and buy a better computer better than the one that I am currently using now. Even though, they have not launched it for sale, I’m sure that this is one computer that I am gonna keep it mind in case I can buy a new one.

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The Origin Evo15-S

 

 

Design Specs and Features:

 

  • Optional 15.6-inch 4K UHD or FHD
  • Intel Core i7-7700HQ Processor
  • Up to an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060/1070
  • Up to 1x2TB m.2 PCIe and 1×2.5 inch 4TB HDD/SSD
  • Up to 32GB (2x16GB) DDR4 RAM
  • Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260
  • Sound BlasterX Pro-Gaming 360
  • 2xUSB Type-C 3.1, 3xUSB 3.0, 1xUSB 2.0, and a six-in-one push-push card reader
  • Backlit multicolour keyboard and optional custom paint.

Gaming laptops used to be big and bulky, rotund. Then there was when this laptop came in. By referring to Apple’s Macbook Pro Playbook, it made a similar design but not as thick. Now with its “Max-Q initiative”, graphics chipmaker Nvidia has considered such thin laptops should be normal and today’s Origin Pc Evo 15-s is one of the examples.

At just 0.73 inches thick, weighing  4.3 pounds, this  aluminium laptop is almost as narrow and as light as Razer’s latest Blade . Here, you have a choice of a notable more impactful Nvidia GeForce  GTX 1070 graphics chip.

And unlike other Max-Q laptops we showed you- the $2700 Asus Zephyrus. Disclaimer: we spent a short while with this laptop so we do not know its performance or the final quality will be any near close to the rivalry. And, Nvidia’s Max-Q 1070 may not be as strong as the 1070 in a thicker laptop.

The keyboard in this laptop does not really meet my expectation, though, and it’s neat to see an integrated fingerprint sensor in the touchpad. Origin PC says the new Evo15-S is coming ,and should start at around US $1,800 for the GTX 1070 version, or US $1,600 for a GTX 1060.

 

Photo Credits to :http://www.ign.com/articles/2016/01/12/origin-evo15-s-skylake-review

Photo Credits to:https://www.cnet.com/products/origin-pc-evo-15-s/review/

HP EliteBook x360 1030 G2

HP EliteBook x360 1030 G2 (with Sure View)

Flexibility

As shown on the picture and implied with the name, the laptop is very flexible and can bend 360 degrees. Because of this, it can be used as a tablet by rotating it by 360 degrees. To support this , it will automatically switch to tablet mode. This mode is useful for when you are lazy as you can lie down when using it. It also does not heat up a lot, meaning that your lap is safe from burning, except for some cases when charging.

Pros

The laptop is also surprisingly fast with a core i5, in fact, it is faster than some core i7s. To prove my point, it can run ‘Overwatch’, a game with a high demand on specs, with barely any lag. It also has Windows 10 and is quite light, making it very portable. It has 2 usb ports, 1 usb type-c and the changer port is on the right. Touchscreen is also included, as expected with a laptop that can function as a tablet.

Cons

However, it has a smaller screen, so most web pages cannot be fully shown. This is usually not annoying as there is barely any content at the right most of the screen. But when it is, it can be very annoying, luckily, it can be solved by simply changing the zoom size on chrome, or changing the screen resolution to 80%, which, on the other hand, might be more annoying than before. It is also quite expensive at $2,800 SGD

Conclusion:

I think that this is a very good laptop, but the price is a bit too much and you can probably get a better laptop with that price, for example, one with a core i7 and bigger screen.

photo courtesy of: https://www.windowscentral.com/hp-elitebook-x360-1030-g2 

Apple Macbook (2016)

It was designed to be small and lightweight but, in the process, it lost to other similar models in terms of other functions. It, even though was designed to be light, was still defeated by Lenovo LaVie Z HZ550 which weighs 0.85kg compared to the Apple MacBook which weighs 0.9kg. Its dimensions are 0.52 by 11.04 by 7.74 inches or 1.3 by 28 by 19.7 centimetres. Considering this, one will have no problem fitting it in a 13-inch laptop bag and maybe even a bag made for 10-inch tablets. It has the butterfly-keyboard, Forcetouch track pad and uses USB-C, which may or may not be bad depending on the user for the following reasons. Firstly, most reviews on the Force touch trackpad was negative but many of them were due to the users not being used to it. Secondly, it uses USB-C and most people don’t have it, many are forced to buy USB-C-to-DisplayPort and USB-C-to-Ethernet cables from third party companies. Lastly, the butterfly-keyboard will feel uncomfortable for a varying period of time depending on the user. The keys are larger causing the gap to decrease but the key’s centre to centre is still the same. Thunderbolt 3 support is also not added into the MacBook even though it uses the same port as the USB-C.

photo courtesy of: http://www.pocket-lint.com/news/137714-new-apple-macbooks-may-have-built-in-4g-lte-network-connection

Toshiba Satellite Radius 12

The Toshiba Satellite Radius 12 has a face-recognizing camera that can log the user into Windows just by sitting in front of the camera. Therefore, the user does not need to type or create any complicated password.

Its touchscreen traps grease from fingers and thus making it slimy. Furthermore, if you use as a laptop, the screen will wobble when touched.

If you use it as a tablet, the lid isn’t rigid which would make some users uncomfortable.

The audio is decent and is louder and clearer when used as a tablet. However, the sound gets muffed when you place it on your lap.

The keyboard isn’t very bad but it isn’t good either. The keyboard’s keys are oddly shaped and some undersized. The only good thing about the keys are that it does not take a lot of effort to press down.

The touchpad however, is uneven, on the bottom left side of the keyboard, meaning that you will accidentally click something using the touchpad. You can change the settings of the touchpad to reduce the frequency of accidental clicks but you cannot disable certain part of the touchpad like some other laptops.

The laptop also has a C-type USB port but it cannot be used in the current situation as it is only used for fast USB 3.1 data. It was made just for future peripherals that have not been invented yet.

There is also another version of Radius 12 which has better battery life and an 1080p non-touchscreen which costs $ 1000 instead of the usual $ 1299.

In conclusion, I think that there is way more laptops that can do better at certain more important areas that cost the same or lesser than the Radius 12.

Photo courtesy of:https://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2015/09/03/toshiba-announces-three-new-pcs-offering-the-latest-in-windows-10-functionality-mobility-and-performance/

 

Dell XPS 13(non-touch)

First off, I should clear the confusion, there is another Dell XPS 13 with touchscreen and poorer quality so it is cheaper by $ 300+ but has better battery life (I’ll explain the reasons later on).

Dell XPS 13 has a nearly borderless display and a small body for a 13-inch laptop. It does not have a high-resolution screen and an edge-to-edge glass overlay which makes it not look as slick. It also loses touch screen as the name suggests, which makes Windows 8 harder to use.

The original version has a better pixel resolution and touchscreen and this version has poorer resolution and no touchscreen but with better battery life. The battery life improved from 7 hours to 12 hours. The touchscreen is the biggest sacrifice as the mousepad is one of the laptop’s weakness.

Most of its designs is the same as the original version, with a silver top, gently rounded corners and a circular logo in the centre of the lid.

The inside is basic black with a subtle dark pattern over the wrist rest and black keys in a black keyboard tray. The keys are also nicely spaced for quick typing and responsive. Function keys row is reversed which means that you can adjust the volume and brightness without holding down the function key. The clickpad-style touchpad works well for basic navigating and tapping and clicking but the two-finger scroll is not as smooth as one may expect from a MacBook.

Because of the small body, there is only 2 USB 3.0, audio and SD card ports and nothing else.

In my opinion, you are choosing between battery life and content or a lot touchscreen and better quality and content so do choose carefully

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Alienware 13(OLED)

The highlight and uniqueness of this laptop is its OLED screen, that has very bright and clear display. To make even more unique, it is the first laptop(as far as I know) to have it. The OLED is found in only the best big-screen televisions besides other laptops. This is also a limited edition laptop. It costs from $1800 to $2400SGD online(shipping takes 3-4 days). If you are getting your hopes up, don’t. This is one of the few good things about this laptop. Its battery life is not amazing and there are better gaming laptops out there. Its aplication performance is quite bad and the when gaming, the battery lasts only 90 minutes.OLED is not as good as televisions with OLED an example is that the colour is not accurate as it was tested by a television expert, you can trust him. But there are good things about the OLED such as how it shows the colour black and its brightness(tested by the expert mentioned earlier). Before I end this, I want to warn you that the bottom gets hot easily, so don’t burn your lap or anything else.

source: http://www.dell.com/us/p/alienware-13/pd