Move over Samsung, Motorola and whoever else recently announced a folding smartphone. Lenovo has unveiled a new ThinkPad X1 concept – the world’s first foldable Windows tablet promising a portable workstation that doesn’t compromise on performance.
Built with a 13.3-inch screen, the ThinkPad X1 concept is a laptop, tablet hybrid. Scroll the morning news and social feeds as a tablet. Later on, unfold the device and get things done making use of the Intel-powered platform and OLED 2K display made in collaboration with LG.
Lenovo is pitching the ThinkPad X1 folding tablet as required hardware for anyone who works on the road and is often forced to conduct business on the bus, plane, or in a hotel room. When back in the office, the mechanical keyboard and smart pen contribute to the familiar and more practical work setup.
Lenovo’s folding tablet/laptop hybrid has the potential to be a real game changer. Although it’s still early days. Technically the device doesn’t even have a name. ThinkPad X1 is the name of Lenovo’s premium laptop family. Still, we are excited to see more of the innovative device between now and its eventual availability sometime in 2020.
New ASUS ROG Laptops Double Down on Style and Performance
ASUS is currently the number one consumer laptop brand in South East Asia and aims to corner western markets with its upcoming range of powerful ROG gaming laptops. Each of the new devices offers faster displays, best-in-class cooling, top-of-the-line NVIDIA graphics and 9th generation Intel Core processors.
The five classes of hardware cater to everyone from casual gamers seeking multi-purpose hardware through to eSport athletes and professional streamers. The additional entry-level TUF is destined to be the go-to range for aspiring gamers and their mums who flip the bill.
Each of the new Republic of Gamers devices is impressive in its own way. Especially the desktop replacement Mothership and the series baring BMW design traits. Overall, the hardware suggests a possible future where the majority of gamers play, compete and stream using ASUS hardware.
ASUS ROG Strix Scar III and Strig G
ASUS ROG Strix SCAR III and Strig G gaming laptops are both tailored towards the eSports market. Scar III features a distinct Gunmetal Grey motif and carbon wave pattern, while the Strig G maintains a low profile for blending in at work or a coffee shop.
ASUS is collaborating with BMW Designworks on select characteristics of the SCAR III and is taking this partnership further to develop the Face Off laptop inspired by a BMW concept motorcycle.
Both laptops include the ROG Keystone – a small NFC-enabled device that docks neatly with the chassis for users to store personalised profiles and system settings. It’s perfect for eSports gamers who can transfer preferences between devices.
SCAR III is the more powerful of the two, capable of multitasking prowess for gaming and streaming on the same machine, along with more serious work like video editing and 3D rendering.
Prices for the SCAR III start at AUD $2,299.
Strig G is a more affordable option complete with an upgraded video encoder that enables smooth, high-quality capture for streamers. It’s available with four-zone Aura Sync lighting for the keyboard and is priced from $1,799.
ASUS ROG Mothership GZ700GX and ROG G703
The top-of-the-line ROG Mothership GZ700GX is positioned as a desktop replacement, featuring a thin upright 17.3-inch display with a kickstand and detachable RGB backlit keyboard.
When the bottom edge of the chassis touches a surface, the kickstand pops-out automatically catering to one-handed deployment. The hinge offers a range of viewing angles and the standing design significantly lowers CPU and GPU temperatures. The main body pieces are machined from solid slabs of aluminium functioning as a protective metal jacket strong enough to survive everyday knocks and bumps.
Internally, ROG Mothership is packed with top-end components like 64GB RAM and factory overclocked NVIDIA graphics. It’s one of the first laptops to offer the new Adobe 4K RGB display. The shape-shifting design makes the Mothership an excellent choice for both competitive gamers and professional content creators.
There’s currently no word on local pricing, although it is safe to assume this laptop-desktop hybrid will be the most expensive of the entire range.
Alternatively, ROG G703 provides high-level performance similar to the Mothership while maintaining a more traditional clamshell design. This form requires stronger cooling, so the laptop possesses a thicker chassis to accommodate the larger heatsinks, achieving the same cooling performance as the Mothership. G703 also features a 17.3-inch display and overclocked graphics. The clamshell shape rests comfortably on the lap, making it a suitable powerhouse for the road.
Pricing details are pending.
ASUS ROG Zephyrus Series
The 18.7mm chassis and super narrow bezel design make the Zephyrus S GX701 the most compact 17-inch gaming laptop ever. A ROG exclusive GPU switch allows users to switch between performance modes to extend battery life.
Instead of compromising with a basic webcam in the bezel, ROG designed a more powerful external unit that captures high-resolution 1080p footage at a silky 60 fps. There’s also customisable RGB backlighting for each key, and the lighting automatically changes to match the volume.
A special version of Zephyrus S GX701 is also available with an HDR panel that boasts over a billion colours with full coverage of the BT.709 colour space. Zephyrus S GX701 is a versatile option for content creators, developers and professionals who need a powerful system they can take anywhere.
The slim profile of the Zephyrus S GX531 measures 15mm thin and incorporates a 15.6-inch display with super-narrow bezels to squeeze into backpacks and smaller laptop bags. This Zephyrus prioritises portability above all else, yet manages to retain the high performance of the larger GX701.
At 18.9mm thin and weighing 2.0kg, the Zephyrus S GX502 combines power with portability. There’s room inside for dual SSDs, and the eSports-grade Pantone validated display makes fast-paced shooters silky-smooth and crystal-clear while guaranteeing accurate colours for content creators. Like the GX701, the ROG GPU switch can toggle performance for a better gaming experience or optimise battery life.
Prices for the Zephyrus series begin at $2,899.
ASUS TUF Gaming Series
While technically not part of the ROG lineup, the new ASUS TUF gaming laptops are worth a mention, particularly for their price point. Available from the low sum of $999 – an excellent price for a gaming laptop, aspiring professionals can pick-up a TUF capable of handling modern games.
Upgrades to the processors and memory significantly increase performance over the previous generation TUF laptops. They include running the graphically demanding games closer to 60 frames per second, and live-streamers can reap the benefits of a new encoder that improves video quality.
The TUF FX505 features a 15.6-inch screen while the FX705 stretches out to 17.3 inches. The laptops are available in a gold steel and gunmetal grey aluminium colourway or a stealth black. Both can be customised with RGB keyboard lighting. The bottom of the chassis is built with added structural strength and ambient vibration technology to survive knocks and short falls.
The TUF series features several of the most affordable gaming laptops on the market. Assuming they become readily available in stores, we predict TUF to be the go-to hardware for mum’s ticking off wish lists this holiday season.
Stop Living in the Stone Age and Get an LG 49-inch UltraWide Monitor
Some things just make you feel like a schmuck. There you are, slogging away in front of a tiny computer monitor when there’s a monitor out there that’s big enough for you to use as a surfboard. Well, not literally, but you get the idea. The LG 49-inch UltraWide Monitor is exactly what it purports to be—a monitor that is actually so wide that it is ultra wide. It is 49 inches wide, after all. That’s the average height of a 6 to 8-year-old child.
The UltraWide Monitor had a 32:9 aspect ratio and has a curve to improve visibility. It comes with Dual QHD and functions as a doubled 27-inch 16:9 QHD pixel space. That’s enough screen space for so much multi-tasking that you’ll get lost in the works. You’ll have enough room to see the entire timeline for that video that you’re editing, or you can organise all those raw images that you need to work on in one screen.
Because it effectively works as two screens, you can actually control multiple devices with the screen, a keyboard, and a mouse. Then simply drag and drop files between the connected devices. The screen supports USB Type-C connections. You can adjust height, tilt, and swivel thanks to the stand. Or go all out and stack two UltraWide monitors for a display that is basically four 27-inch QHD monitors minus all the extra cables and bezels.
Quit being a schmuck and get the setup of your dreams.
LaCie 8TB Rugged Raid Shuttle Hard Drive Won’t Be Stopped
Film sets, photo shoots, music studios—they’re all hectic and somewhat crazy situations that require rugged gear. Fortunately, LaCie has created the Rugged family of portable hard drives. Since 2005, over 6,000,000 units from this line have been sold, and now LaCie is adding to that number with the 8TB Rugged Raid Shuttle Hard Drive.
The Rugged Raid Shuttle is drop, rain, dust, and crush resistant. Your data will be safe inside the drive no matter what you throw at it. Getting that data on the drive is simple. The drive is USB-C, USB 3.0, and Thunderbolt 1, 2, and 3 capable. The drive also features high-speed performance with a 250MB/s speed, cutting back the amount of time you have to spend transferring over RAW image files and 4K videos.
Of course, physical damage isn’t your only concern. You want to keep the data you load on the drive safe as well. Rugged drives are designed with self-encryption thanks to Seagate Secure Technology. It also features RAID 0/1.
The design of the shuttle also makes it easy to pack and ship—you can even slip it into an envelope and then drop it in your mail, knowing that your data will be protected in transit.
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