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Hands-on: Lenovo’s Yoga 2 Pro to make its debut at SITEX for S$1,899

24 Nov

Yoga 2 Pro

PC makers have been pumping out new devices powered by Intel’s latest Haswell processors, so it’s about time we saw a hardware refresh for Lenovo’s IdeaPad Yoga 13, one of the most interesting Windows 8 convertibles launched more than a year ago.

The new Yoga 2 Pro will be launched at this year’s SITEX IT bazaar, and Lenovo has certainly upped the ante here, as we’re looking at more than just a processor bump.

Tagged in: laptops, PCs, Singapore, Lenovo, Singapore price, ultrabook, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Yoga 2 Pro,  

Four affordable – yet fast – ultrabooks for about S$1,500

18 May

ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch

If money is no issue, then Lenovo’s X1 Carbon Touch (above) is an ideal slim and light companion for all your work trips. But if you can’t bear to part with S$2,999 for the expensive laptop, there are affordable – yet fast – ultrabooks that make for great machines on the go.

Tagged in: Featured, laptops, PCs, Singapore, Apple MacBook Air, Dell XPS 13, HP SpectreXT, Intel, samsung, Series 7 Ultra, Singapore price and availability, ultrabook,  

ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch now in Singapore from S$3,299

6 May
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ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch

Of all the ultrabooks designed to take on Apple’s MacBook Air, few were as stunning as the ThinkPad Carbon X1, which combined the ThinkPad’s classic design with modern speedy chips and a super thin body.

Lenovo is back at it once more with the newest iteration of the X1, this time with a 10-point multi-touch screen that enables users to take advantage of Windows 8′s touch-friendly UI.

Tagged in: PCs, Singapore, laptop, Lenovo, Singapore price, ThinkPad, thinkpad x1, ThinkPad X1 Carbon, thinkpad x1 carbon touch, ultrabook,  

Vostro 5460 promises to be Dell’s thinnest and lightest 14-inch laptop

5 May
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Vostro 5460 Notebook

Dell Vostro 5460

Road warriors and professionals now have another option to choose from when shopping for a business laptop – the Dell Vostro 5460.

An ultra-portable machine, the Vostro 5460 is encased in an aluminium chassis that measures in at 18.3mm in thickness and weighs a mere 1.54kg.

Tagged in: Enterprise, laptops, PCs, Singapore, Dell, ultrabook, Vostro 5460,  

Intel pushes ahead with 4th gen Core chips, aims to convince mobile users in 2013

12 Sep
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Intel has just formally unveiled its fourth generation Core CPUs, sticking to its guns to push out cross-over tablets and ultrabooks that promise enhanced performance while providing a full day’s battery life in 2013.

These new chips, previously codenamed Haswell, can produce the same performance while consuming half the battery life of this year’s Ivybridge or third-generation Core CPUs, which are expected to power the first Windows 8 devices. The new CPUs also use 20 times less power while idle.

At full speed, the new CPUs’ graphics prowess surpasses the current CPUs easily, according to demos at the annual Intel Developer Forum at San Francisco this week.

Intel hopes the new chips will further push the sales of ultrabooks, which have wowed many users with their innovative designs, but have not sold as well as expected. Last week, the semiconductor giant had to downgrade its sales prediction for the third quarter

Tagged in: CPU, PCs, Semiconductors, Tablet, Haswell, Intel, Intel Developer Forum, ultrabook, Windows 8,  

Goondu review: Sony Vaio T

4 Sep
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When they turned up late last year, ultrabooks finally issued a belated challenge to the MacBook Air. This means Sony’s first official entry into the space – the Vaio T – is even later to the game. Sony’s first bona fide ultrabook finally arrived in Singapore this June.

Thankfully, even though its design is similar to the Vaio Z, you don’t have to pay through your nose to get one. The Vaio T starts at S$1,299 for both the 11-inch and 13-inch variety, which is relatively cheap, but how does it fare in daily use?

Tagged in: laptops, PCs, Uncategorized, laptop, review, Sony, ultrabook, Vaio, Vaio T,  

Lenovo not quite done with new ThinkPads, brings two new ultrabooks to Singapore

24 Aug
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Even with its slew of business machines launched last month, Lenovo isn’t quite done with its ThinkPad line-up this year. The company on Wednesday launched another two ultrabooks here in Singapore: the razor-thin X1 Carbon and the more performance-oriented T430u.

Tagged in: Enterprise, laptops, PCs, COMEX 2012, Lenovo, Singapore, ThinkPad, ThinkPad T430u, ThinkPad X1 Carbon, ultrabook,  

What next for the PC with Windows 8?

23 Jul
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After months of letting users try it out, Microsoft said on Wednesday that its latest, most ambitious Windows operating system in years will ship on October 26.

The touch-based features have been well covered. But they are perhaps just the tip of the ice berg for upcoming changes in the way PCs will be used in the years ahead.

The other part of the equation is the hardware, and that’s evolving by the month as new laptops, tablets and hybrid devices come out sporting Intel’s new ultra-thin designs.

No one knows for sure how things will pan out. But here are three possible scenarios, based on what we’ve seen so far.

Tagged in: Cellphones, CPU, Gaming, graphics cards, Green IT, laptops, PCs, android, Apple, Google, Intel, iOS, Microsoft, samsung, slate, ultrabook, Windows 8, windows phone 8,  

Dell starts shipping thin XPS 14 ultrabook in Singapore

27 Jun
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Dell XPS 14

Dell XPS 14

Those who still think that Dell puts out boring machines should check out its latest XPS 14 ultrabook just unveiled on Tuesday in Singapore.

Weighing in at 2.1kg, it comes with a 14-inch screen that nicely straddles between a smaller 13-inch ultrabook and a 15-incher for workstations. It’s a machine that seems to be built for both portability and as a replacement for a desktop PC. And Dell’s promising up to 11 hours of battery life with this new ultrabook.

Tagged in: CPU, graphics cards, laptops, PCs, Dell, Intel Ivy Bridge, Singapore, ultrabook, XPS 14,  

SME Toolbox: Basic IT gear for a new business

12 May
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Starting a business for the first time can be a daunting task, given the financing, logistics and administration involved. Then, there’s also the IT infrastructure.

What PC to buy? Which networked printer should I install? How should I store and back up my data? Here are some suggestions from the first of our Techgoondu SME Toolbox guides to get your business started with some basic IT gear.

Tagged in: Enterprise, Featured, PCs, Singapore, Storage, AIO, D-Link DNS-345, Dell XPS 13, HP Officejet 8600 Pro, Linksys E4200, sme, SOHO, toolbox, ultrabook,