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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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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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.

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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.

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Dell Inspiron 15 7000

This laptop can play pretty much any PC game you want without spending tons of money on the device. However,It is thick and heavy and has a mediocre battery life. It is a cheap yet has great performance. It works well on games like Fallout 4 and Bloons TD 5 quite well.

However games that require a better processor to play needs to be set to low graphics in order to have a smooth gameplay. I like to think of this is more of a gaming laptop.

The keyboard is responsive despite being shallow but the touchpad does not perform well but most people will use a mouse for gaming anyway so it does not matter.And as I said the battery life is not very good so avoid long periods of constant gaming.The screen does not reflect much light so you will not have any distractions when gaming.

It has a hybrid hard drive which can slow application and game load time But for $850(For better speed),I doubt anyone can find a better gaming laptop than this.

I would purchase this laptop for gaming due to its price and performance and I would also definitely recommend it to friends.Its only has a few shortcomings like its battery life. I do not think battery life is a significant problem unless the laptop need to be frequently moved around.

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HP ProBook 6360b

 

The HP ProBook 6360b has a solid feel, an excellent keyboard, and an up-to-date second-gen Intel Core i5 processor. However it has boring looks, a bulky design, and business-oriented features that make this a laptop your IT department may love, but you probably won’t be enthusiastic about.

We have seen some high-design business laptops, particularly thin 13-inchers, emerge as trendy alternatives to the consumer laptops, but the ProBook 6360b isn’t one of those. While well-appointed, this $814 laptop is neither a bargain nor a real looker, and it’s one of the thickest 13-inchers we’ve ever seen.If an IT department hands you one of these, don’t worry: it’s a good laptop. I just wouldn’t advise running out and buying one for home use.

Squared-off, darkly bronzed, and thick like an office chair, the HP ProBook 6360b is the plain blue blazer of laptops. It’s timeless, but not in a way you’d be proud of. Open it up in a coffee shop, and you’ll instantly be seen as someone who took your business laptop for a walk.

The 4GB of RAM included in the ProBook 6360b is increasingly standard on mainstream Windows laptops, but the 320GB hard drive, albeit at 7,200rpm, feels a little small for the price now that we’ve become used to seeing 500GB

It has a very good processor (Core i5-2410M), programs run fast and multitasking is a breeze, unlike the laptop I have at home,*cough cough*.However most of us are already used to such speed so its does not really stand out.

Overall I think it is worth the money and although it is not very thin,who cares? All I care about in a laptop is speed and memory which this laptop has so I would not mind purchasing this laptop to replace my old laptop.

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Razer Blade Stealth

The Razer Blade Stealth is a laptop that is just great at all aspects. It is slimmer and lighter than most of other similar laptops. It runs on an i7 and it even offers a cool looking Chroma backlit keyboard. But battery life cut due to the 4k screen but it should not be much of a problem if you don’t game much outside. It offers something that not much laptops offer which is a mix of sleek design, great performance and value in a laptop. However, the perfect looking 4k screen gives it’s battery life a major blow.

The design of the Razer Blade Stealth is perfect. It offers a sleek beautiful design which just looks great. It gives the laptop a really professional feel.

The Razer Blade Stealth offers a Chroma backlit keyboard which just fits the laptop perfectly. It is only for aesthetic purposes it may use more of the battery but it does not really use that much.

It has an eye catching 13-inch 3,840 x 2,160 touchscreen display. It offers a 2.5Ghz Intel Core i7-6500U PC CPU. And it runs on a Windows 10 Home (64-bit) operating system. All for the price tag of $1,399

Overall, if you’re looking for a laptop, this is the best laptop you can buy at the price range of $1,399. It offers a good design, good performance and good price therefore the best option for you.

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Lenovo LaVie Z

This is an extremely lightweight laptop and it is made from a magnesium/lithium alloy, much lighter than the aluminium that makes up most premium laptop bodies. It weighs approximately 1.9 pound (0.86kg) and is 13 inches.

It has a Core i7. The Core i7 is paired with 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD at $1,499 in the US .That’s a premium price but only $200 more than Apple’s lauded 12-inch MacBook . Yet the LaVie is lighter than the MacBook at 1.9 pounds versus 2.04 pounds (0.86kg to 0.93kg), and it has a larger screen and a much more powerful processor plus most of the standard ports and connections missing from the USB-C-only MacBook. It has good performance and battery life and is also one of the lightest laptops but it has a small keyboard.

Overall I think it is worth its price as it is a portable computer and it has good battery life too . It is good for people who work in an office and needs the laptop to be carried along with them wherever they go .However it is expensive and purchasers should think through thoroughly before they purchase this item.

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Dell XPS 15

The Dell XPS 15 is a beautiful outstanding laptop with a 15 inch 4k display. It has a great processor and offers wonderful graphic options. All in a sleek and beautiful body. But the keyboard could be bigger and offer a more comfortable typing experience. And the touchpad could generally be improved. Well there is no doubt that the Dell XPS 15 is a laptop that really makes you feel proud when you own it.

One of the reason that the Dell XPS 15 is really great is that it comes with the best processor and comes with stunning graphics. It offers a 15.6-inch 3,840×2,160 touch display. A 2.6GHz Intel Core i7-6700HQ. As for graphics it uses one of the best which is a  2GB Nvidia Geforce GTX 960M. And it runs on Windows 10 Home (64-bit).

Well in my opinion you are only going to be getting this if you are avid in watching videos. For example watching youtube, twitch, netflix. If you want to get this for gaming I would not recommend it as there are many much better options.

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Dell Inspiron 11 3000

Nowadays most budget laptops you find could be of poor quality and is hard to actually find a decent one. This could be your solution with the Dell Inspiron 11 3000.

As expected from budget laptops, they’re hardware are fairly outdated. As this laptop has a low-performance Intel Celeron processor, 2GB of memory and 32GB of solid-state storage, and the 802.11n wifi standard. As for the battery, Dell promises at least 10 hour of battery life for the laptop. This is good if you require to travel quite often and not be able to charge your laptop.

The keyboard on the laptop is pretty decent where the buttons are spread out far enough so that you won’t find it a problem to press other buttons accidentally. The touch pad is quite nice too and isn’t an annoyance to use.

The plastic construction of the laptop feels solid and durable too. However the anti-glaring screen doesn’t have great viewing angles but it isn’t much of a nuisance. If the specifications of the laptop doesn’t sound appealing, you can pay extra for better parts. You can get up to 4GB of memory, 500GB of storage (or a 128GB solid-state drive), and a quad-core CPU.

The laptop also weighs around 1.4 Kg which is fairy lightweight and would not be much trouble to carry around especially if you’re on the move often.

In conclusion, if you’re looking for  a cheap computer where you can use for your office work, then this computer would suit you. This could also be beneficial as a first computer for people who are still studying and requires a laptop to use for education. The computer is currently priced at S$210 at retail price which is easily affordable by most people. Thus if you need a cheap laptop for work or education then this would suit you really nicely.

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