Acer Spin 5

The Acer Spin 5 is an excellent laptop for its price. Starting at $700, the convertible 2-in-1 notebook overflows with useful features including a modern build, stylus pen, HD touchscreen, long-lasting battery and healthy range of ports.

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For everything that it offers, if it were any cheaper, it would be a no-brainer. As is, it is a great option for anyone interested in a solid middle-of-the-road laptop, but it’s also not likely to catch anyone’s eye or inspire great works of creativity. The new Acer Spin 5 models comes in 13- and 15-inch versions. New features include its all-metal build, the latest 8th-gen Intel Core processors, a sharper screen, improved stylus support and better keyboard.

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Having an installed space of 8GB, even though it is pretty less, it is actually worth it for just $700 and it even have the latest window  Windows 10 Home and a capacity of 256GB. It has a  built-in HD webcam, fingerprint sensor and microphone and, in terms of connectivity, it boasts Bluetooth and WiFi- connectivity (802.11ac). Want to know why you should consider buying the Acer Spin 5? It is well built and decently looking; good keyboard once you get used to it; excellent trackpad; decent screen if you keep it indoors; solid performance; long battery life; more affordable than the competition

On the contrary, it is a little heavy and have a shallow keyboard. Screen that is too dimmed and has only a microSD card-reader. For people who like peaceful surroundings, it has noisy fan and high operating temperatures on this test model

Why do you still buy it?

If you are looking for a Core U laptop with a compact case, convertible form-factor and an affordable price, then you absolutely have to check-out the Acer Spin 5, a device that is already available in stores and sells for $700 The Spin 5 is not without flaws, among them being a dim screen that is not going to do well outdoors and an moody fan, but it is also well built, performs well, types alright and packs a large battery, so the value you are getting for the buck is almost unbeatable by other convertibles available out there at the time of this post, a recipe Acer also follows with the Swift 3 we reviewed a couple of weeks ago.

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Xcode 9 and Swift 4 programming language

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So, this is the image for how the Xcode app will look like. Unfortunately, Xcode can only be used on mac books and iMac. However, if you are a windows user and badly want to use Xcode and not want to pay the high price of getting a mac, Apple company has provided an alternative. They have created a simulator so that you can use the app on windows but you have to pay a cheap price. With all this said, lets dive in to the app!

Xcode is an app for iOS developers, it serve as a IDLE platform  for programmers to code using swift 4. Now, over here, there is an alternative which is that Xcode can also read Object-c which is another programming language. Back to the content, Xcode has an easy to use interface which reduces trouble during coding as Xcode has been made to help you finish of your code. Xcode also has templates like:

  1. Single view app
  2. game app
  3. AR app
  4. Document based app
  5. Master Detail app
  6. Page based app
  7. Tabbed app
  8. Sticker pack app
  9. iMessage app

Each of the templates are to help you in the coding part of the app that you are going to make. Now, after explaining the coding part, there is also the designing part where you have to create the user interface. The Apple company has make thing very simple for us programmers by giving us pre-made items which we just have to slap it right on to the user interface and do a little customisation. Like magic, your app will be almost done, you just need to press ctrl+mousepad and drag it to your code. After coding what function each button or switch or whatever does, only testing and debuging left to do. Congratulations, the app is ready and ready to put in the app store for people to download after you let Apple check through your app and paying the subscription for putting it up.

So, Xcode is an app meant for programmers of iOS apps and swift is the programming language used. Well now you know more about Xcode you can choose to learn and start coding an app.

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AFTERSHOCK MX-15

The Aftershock MX-15, a laptop specially designed for performance, gaming. Engineered for epic performance with unbeatable pricing(being only SGD $1142-$1384). You are able to enjoy any type of game at high frames per second because of its great Graphics Processing Unit and Central Processing Unit. Running most games at around 220 frames per second 7th Gen Quad Core i7-7700 3.6GHz processor)even with the best graphics set in the game.

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Its a bang for your bucks, why? A 15.6-inch Full-HD gaming notebooks have been available for a couple of years, but they haven’t been exactly affordable. Having an Acer Predator or Dell Alienware notebook with Intel Core i7 processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 GPU will cost you around SGD $2500 or more, which is steep compared to what a regular notebook cost these days. While the MX-15 is only SGD $1142 even with a 15.6-inch Full-HD IPS Matte Display, 7th Gen Quad Core i7-7700 3.6GHz processor, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 GPU with 6GB GDR5 RAM, 8GB of DDR4 RAM plus 120GB SSD with 1TB HDD. There’s also a generous number of ports including 1x USB 2.0, 2x USB 3.0 (Type A) and 1x USB 3.0 (Type C). There’s also a single HDMI and two mini Display ports so you can connect to up to three external monitors!

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With the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 GPU having 6GB GDR5 RAM and the 7th Gen Quad Core i7-7700 3.6GHz processor, it allows high and maximum frames per second running lots of games smoothly though with best graphics. The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 GPU can run games like counter strike global offensive max graphics at around 160 frames per second which is ideal for gamers. The 7th Gen Quad Core i7-7700 3.6GHz processor also helps out with maximizing the graphics processing unit.

Even though the MX-15 is cheap, it contains most gaming laptop functions, for example, its keyboard. The keyboard has RGB backlights which you can set to up to highlight your hotkeys and controls in different colours.

In my opinion, MX-15 is a must for people who wants cheap but awesome gaming laptop, its really great compared to some overpriced gaming laptops which cost around SGD $2600 with worse performance.

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Lenovo Yoga 920

The Lenovo Yoga 920 keeps everything i liked about its predecessor, the 910, and fixes almost everything i didn’t. A world-class performance, standout style and immersive entertainment, the Lenovo Yoga 920 is in a league of its own. Sleeker than ever and packed with speed and power to streamline your day: long-range voice-activated support, a nearly edgeless 4K display( 2160p) a resolution of 3840 pixels × 2160 lines, an optional digital pen featuring pinpoint accuracy, and more. Stand apart.

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The Lenovo Yoga 920 adds in Intel’s latest eighth-generation Core i-series processors that do deliver better performance while keeping its battery life good and long. Priced at SGD$2100, in my opinion it can be lesser and cheaper to be more affordable. But Lenovo Yoga 920 features can actually make up for that. Lenovo Yoga 920 is also slim and able to fit into most laptop bag and being easy to bring around. Its design is also a great feature. Being attractive and slick, it can make most people “wow!” on the laptop.

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From the super slim bezels around its display to the sturdy all-metal chassis to its unique watchband 360-degree hinge, the 920 looks and feels like a premium laptop. At 1.4 kg, it’s a little heavy but far from a burden and forgivable considering you’re getting a 13.9-inch screen in the same space as a typical 13.3-inch laptop. Plus at half an inch thick (12.7 mm), it easily slips into most laptop bag.

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The precision touch pad stays just about perfect. Fingers glide easily over its smooth surface, and you would never experienced any cursor jumps caused by a brush from your palm. There are multi touch gestures that are easily adjusted within Windows’ settings, so you can turn off controls like pinch-to-zoom or three-finger swipes if you want. A fingerprint reader to the right of the touch pad lets you sign in quickly with Windows Hello, which makes your login smooth and fast.

Overall i think Lenovo Yoga 920 is a great laptop and worth your money.

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Dell XPS 27

The Dell XPS 27 is a Windows 10 PC. It has excellent display and reasonable performance. More notably, it has the most refined sound system built into a PC, and a UHD 4K display, making it very suitable for home entertainment.

It provides the choice of Core i5 or i7 processors. You can choose a touchscreen display or a non-touchscreen but brighter display. It has a total of 10 speakers(although only 6 is visible) that provide great audio. It can provide extremely loud audio with little distortions. It provides rich, accurate sounds at low volumes, proving its audio system very sophisticated.

Dell XPS 27 AIO (2017)

Price $3720.15
Display size/resolution 27-inch 3,840 x 2,160 touchscreen display
PC CPU 3.6GHz Intel Core i7-7700
PC Memory 16GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,400MHz
Graphics 8GB AMD Radeon RX 570
Storage 512GB SSD, SD card slot
Connections 1 x Ethernet, 2 x USB-C/Thunderbolt, 4 x USB 3.0 Type-A, 1 x USB 3.1 Type-A; 1 x DisplayPort 1.2, 1 x HDMI out; audio out, headphone jack
Networking 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.2
Operating system Windows 10 Home (64-bit)

While it isn’t usually used for gaming, it certainly can be. It can provide midlevel-frame. As long as you aren’t too hung up on the frame rate or need to max the quality settings. You can configure it to deliver decent game play with basic VR capability.

It does have its downsides though. It has cables that run from the back which might be fine for some people, but if you need to use the USB ports regularly, you would face several difficulties. In order to reach the ports, one would need to contort their hand awkwardly to reach it, and one would have to try to reach blindly. Otherwise they would have to rotate the entire PC which is difficult as it has rubber legs that increase friction. It also weighs about 17kg. It doesn’t have the best design for an all-in-one, and the webcam is poorly placed.

Overall this PC has terrific audio quality, excellent visuals and although not designed to do so, it can be used for gaming as well. Though it does has its downsides, I would say that its worth the money and I would recommend it to friends and family if they are in need of a decent PC for a reasonable cost.

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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.

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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/

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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.

 

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