Asus ZenBook 3 Deluxe UX490UA

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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.


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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Sony Xperia Z Ultra

Based on the design of the Xperia Z, the Xperia Z Ultra is a very attractive-looking phone. It combines a metallic frame with tempered glass on both the front and rear, giving it a minimalistic, stylish appeal. It is impossibly thin at 6.5mm but is surprisingly not the thinnest and lightest. The 6.44-inch full-HD Triluminos display’s colours were vibrant and crisp, and Sony seems to have resolved the colour shift issue with the Xperia Z. Like more recent Sony smartphones, the Xperia Z Ultra uses onscreen menu buttons.

It is also water and dust proof therefore, you can take HD photos underwater with its 8-megapixel camera. While it doesn’t come with pen-style input device, the smartphone’s display is capable of taking notes using the built-in handwriting recognition tool which even allows you to write using a pencil or metal pen. However, it is not pressure sensitive so you have to do the size manually on the app. It uses the 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor so it is extremely fast.

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Acer Aspire Switch 10

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It can be found in Challenger but it is currently sold out. The Acer Aspire Switch 10 has a hybrid mechanism. It is a budget hybrid as it using magnetic connection to attach its screen. It has the same hardware limitations as other similar sized hybrids. It is built to work in 4 different modes as seen above. Powerful magnets pull the keyboard and screen together, and surprisingly, it would not fall even when you hold it by the screen and shake it. Its CPU is not as good as some other similar sized hybrid tablets. It runs for about 6 hours before its battery drains out, therefore, it cannot be your full-time PC with.The Acer Aspire Switch 10 costs a bit less than other small-screen hybrids, but also gives you less: a slower processor, less RAM, and a smaller hard drive. But when it comes to actually using the system, and taking advantage of its tablet and hybrid shapes, you should find it easier to use, and more fun, than some recent fold-back or pull-apart hinge hybrids.

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