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Review: Huawei MateBook 13

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After receiving rave reviews for the MateBook X Pro, the company was looking to fill up the mid-market gap for awesome laptops. It finally found one, with the Huawei MateBook 13, which was originally announced way back in 2018. 

In 2019, the MateBook 13 reached the Middle East shored. This one packs in mobility and performance in one stunning package. One look at it and you will be amazed with the overall design and build quality of the MateBook 13. The body of the Huawei MateBook 13 measures 14.9.mm and weighs around 1.3-kgs. 

The chassis of the MateBook 13 is actually a 13-inch version of the 13.9-inch MateBook X Pro. You will find similarities in its aluminum build, smooth matte surfaces, rounded edges and corners. The visual styling of the device is also quite similar when you place them next to each other. There are quite a few differences though – the 13 has narrower edges to the sides of the keyboard and the webcam has been re-positioned. 

The 13-inch Huawei MateBook features a 2K Huawei FullView display with a 88 percent screen-to-body ratio. The notebook also features a 3:2 aspect ratio – so content creation and document editing is a blissful experience. Under the hood, the MateBook 13 is powered either by an 8th Generation Intel Core i78565U processor or an 8th Generation Intel Core i5-8265U processor paired with either an Intel UHD Graphics 620 or a 2GB GDDR5 NVIDIA GeForce MX 150 (25watt TDP).

You also get 8GB of RAM and the option to choose between 250GB or 512GB PCIe SSD for storage requirements. In terms of input and output options, the MateBook 13 comes with a 3.5 mm headset and microphone 2-in-1 jack and two USB-C ports – one on the left edge that supports data transfer and charging with the right port supporting data transfer and DisplayPort. 

The test unit we received, came with an 8th Generation Intel Core i78565U processor, 8GB of RAM and  2GB GDDR5 NVIDIA GeForce MX 150 (25watt TDP) for graphics. Since the body is thin to accommodate only USB-C ports, you will have to invest separately in a Huawei MateDock 2 ($85 approx.). Once this is plugged into one of the USB-C ports on the device, you will get one USB 3.0 A port, one USB-C port, and HDMI and VGA display connections.

On the front, atop the FullView display, you get a 1MP front camera for your web call sessions. The MateBook 13 also supports Dolby Atmos and comes packed with applications such as Huawei PC Manager, Microsoft Translator, Monitor Manager, Factory Reset, and  Eye Comfort Mode.

The Huawei MateBook 13 comes with an integrated fingerprint sensor on the power button which allows you to securely and quickly log into your notebook without having to click on multiple windows and buttons. In addition, the ultra-slim notebook comes with Huawei’s Share 3.0 Touch to Share, which allows you to transfer images and documents from your Huawei laptop to a Huawei smartphone. 

The MateBook 13’s large and tactile clickpad offers plenty of space for fingers to glide on and control the device. It was very comfortable typing on the MateBook 13’s keyboard, because Huawei has bettered the travel distance of each key and the size of the keycaps. What’s more, the keyboard is spill-resistant. The clickpad has been optimised for accuracy and it also detects and disregards accidental touches.  

Since Huawei employs many power saving mechanisms in the MateBook 13, one single charge of the device offers you around 6 to 8 hours of battery life. The MateBook also accompanies a 65W charger that works on a range of outputs. It also supports fast-charge technology – just charging your device for around 1.5 hours will give you enough juice for the rest of the work day. 

While the MateBook 13 is a visual treat, it also surprises in the performance department. To gauge the real world performance of the device, we ran a couple of benchmarks on the device – CineBench R15 and PCMark. In Cinebench, the MateBook 13 was able to score 178 points, which is pretty good compared with laptops in the same price range. 

However, we were surprised with the sheer performance it offered in the PCMark tests. It was ranked higher than many of its competitors, may be because of the dedicated graphics. We also did not experience any software or hardware issues during our time with the review unit. 

For a price of AED 4499, the Huawei MateBook 13 variant with the 8th Gen Core i7 processor, 8GB RAM, 512 GB SSD,  and 2GB NVIDIA GeForce MX150 Graphics Card,  is actually for those who get turned off by weak graphics and performance on most Windows ultrabooks out there on the market. The display is excellent, the design and build quality is awesome and the performance is satisfying. 

If you are on the market for a slim and light notebook that performs as great as it looks, you should consider the Huawei MateBook 13. The Huawei MateBook 13 walks away with the Gadget Voize Editors’ Choice award.

Price: AED 4499 (8th Gen Core i7 processor, 8GB RAM, 512 GB SSD,  and 2GB NVIDIA GeForce MX150 Graphics Card)

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Acer’s ConceptD Laptops and Desktops Get 12th Gen Intel Core CPUs and NVIDIA RTX GPUs

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Acer has announced new models in its professional line of ConceptD creator PCs. The ConceptD 5 laptop, ConceptD 500 mini workstation, and ConceptD 100 small form factor desktop now include the latest 12th Gen Intel Core processors and NVIDIA GPUs, while the ConceptD 5 laptop now offers a 16-inch OLED display option. ConceptD PCs are designed and optimized for graphic designers, filmmakers, engineers, architects, developers, and other creators. They feature top-of-the-line technology housed in a timeless design aesthetic.

ConceptD 5 Laptop
The powerful ConceptD 5 and ConceptD 5 Pro creator laptops for mobile professionals are ideal for those who need the ability to create or edit work on the go. Less than an inch in height, their sophisticated and durable metal design makes them easy to take on the road. Designed to handle large, complex CAD modeling and advanced digital content creation, they smoothly render up to 6K-resolution videos, effortlessly process 3D animations, and deliver the best encoding and image quality for livestreaming.

Models are equipped with the latest high-performance components including up to a 12th Gen Intel Core i7-12700H processor and powerful NVIDIA RTX and GeForce RTX Laptop GPUs; the GeForce RTX 3070 Ti GPU is found on CN516-73G models, while the more powerful NVIDIA RTX A5500 is featured on the Pro configurations (CN516-73P).

They also include up to 32 GB of fast LPDDR5 SDRAM and up to 2 TB of ultra-responsive NVMe PCIe Gen 4 M.2 SSD storage. Keeping all this power running coolly and efficiently is an advanced thermal design; strategically placed air intake and exhaust vents generate an aerodynamic “Vortex Flow” within the device, while three efficient cooling fans reduce noise levels to less than 40 dBA.

Acer has collaborated with NVIDIA to bring all the benefits from NVIDIA Studio to the ConceptD 5 and ConceptD 5 Pro. As NVIDIA Studio-validated laptops, they include software optimizations and pre-installed NVIDIA Studio Drivers for enhanced performance and reliability in top creative apps. Artists will be able to create at the speed of imagination thanks to dedicated hardware benefits accelerating 3D, video editing, live streaming and graphic design workflows. Users also get access to NVIDIA tools including NVIDIA Omniverse for 3D editing and collaboration, NVIDIA Broadcast for live streaming and NVIDIA Canvas for AI-assisted landscape painting.

An Optional pixel-packed WQUXGA (3840 x 2400), 400-nit OLED display is backed up by several color technologies including 100% DCI-P3 coverage, PANTONE Matching System (PMS) Colors, HDR capability and Delta E<2 color calibration. This all equates to saturated color with deeper blacks, brighter whites and full-spectrum color precision. The extra screen real estate provided by its 16:10 aspect ratio is especially useful for managing application title bars and Windows taskbars at the top and bottom of the screen.

Supporting its powerful but thin and lightweight design, the ConceptD 5 series has the highest capacity battery Acer has ever included in a ConceptD laptop. The 99.98-Wh lithium-polymer battery powers the bright display and delivers higher maximum sustained power for long wireless web browsing, video playback and streaming up to 11 hours. The ConceptD 5 series also includes a wide range of ports critical for content creation. An HDMI 2.1 and full-size SD 7.0 card reader make it easy to connect to peripherals and quickly transfer content, while the latest Thunderbolt 4 and USB Type-C connectors charge devices faster, transfer files quicker, and extend the display onto multiple external monitors.

The full-sized amber backlit keyboard includes individual hard keycaps and a scissor mechanism with 1.55 mm travel for a responsive, comfortable and quiet typing experience. The Corning Gorilla Glass trackpad is 27% larger in comparison to the previous generation, and a fingerprint reader integrated directly onto the top left hand side of the touchpad makes it easy to log in through Windows Hello.

Built-in hotkeys give creators a convenient way to work; the “Snipping Tool Key” enables quick snipping and sharing of a screenshot; the “ConceptD Key” opens the Color Picker window; and the “Swapping Apps Key” lets creators switch between current and previous windows by repeatedly pressing this key. The keys can be changed and customized in the ConceptD Palette, which allows creators to quickly and easily adjust color profiles or internal microphone settings, access favorite apps and adjust sound settings. Users can also monitor the laptop’s CPU, GPU and memory usage, and when necessary, switch between full-performance, balanced and whisper-quiet Eco mode.

ConceptD 500 Desktop
The ConceptD 500 desktop PCs sport a white minimalist modern design with a timeless, aesthetic and warm amber lighting. Beneath its sleek and unobtrusive design, Acer’s powerful mid-sized (20L) ConceptD 500 has some of the most powerful capabilities available, making it the perfect creator desktop PC for intensive tasks such as 3D animation, videos and complex design projects.

Running Windows 11, the newest models (CT500-53A) include the latest tech from Intel and NVIDIA, including a 12th Gen Intel Core i9 processor and a choice of powerful graphics — either an NVIDIA RTX A4000 or GeForce RTX 3070 GPU.

With up to 128 GB of DDR4 3200Mhz of memory, up to 4 TB of M.2 Gen 4 SSD storage and up to a 4 TB HDD, it offers all the performance and storage needed for the most resource hungry 2D and 3D design applications. The ConceptD 500 runs coolly and quietly; front air intake optimizes cooling and noise levels are kept at less than 40 dbA — as quiet as a library.

A full range of ports for connecting to peripherals are located on the back and front of the unit for easy accessibility. Professionals can quickly transfer files with a USB Type-C (10 Gbps) port or an integrated SD card reader, and connect quickly and securely to the internet via its high-speed LAN connection with speeds up to 2.5Gbps.

ConceptD 100 Desktop
The ConceptD 100 is a space-saving small form factor desktop ideally suited for SMB creative professionals. Its small size and classic design make it ideal for any modern office or studio. It also features a white minimalist design with soft round edges, a faux wood top panel and amber light strip along the front panel for an elegant and timely look. Developed for individual 2D and 3D content creators as well as small to-medium sized design studios, it features powerful components suitable for graphic design, light-duty 3D modeling, CAD and BIM workloads.

The latest models (CM100-53A) now offer a 12th Gen Intel Core i5 or Core i7 processor and an NVIDIA T400 or T1000 GPU. They support up to 128 GB of DDR4 3200Mhz memory, up to a 2 TB 7200 RPM HDD and up to a 2 TB M.2 PCI-e/Gen 4 SSD.

Ports on the front and back make it easy to connect to a wide range of peripherals so creators can quickly transfer files with a USB Type-C (10 Gbps) port or an integrated SD card reader. It also includes a high-speed LAN connection with speeds up to 2.5 Gbps for a fast and reliable connection to the internet. In addition, advanced thermals keep it cool, and noise levels are also kept at less than 40 dbA.

The ConceptD 5 laptop (CN516-73G) will be available in EMEA in June starting at $2,499. The ConceptD 5 Pro laptop (CN516-73P) will be available in EMEA in September starting at $2,709. The ConceptD 500 desktop PC will be available in EMEA in September starting at $1,249 . The ConceptD 100 desktop PC will be available in EMEA in September starting at $1,039.

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Dynabook Extends Satellite Pro C40 Range with AMD Ryzen Processors

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Dynabook Europe GmbH has announced the expansion of its Satellite Pro C40 range to include AMD Ryzen 5 and 7 series processors with Radeon Graphics, broadening its range of budget-conscious business laptops. Carefully engineered with a variety of productivity, connectivity, and security-enhancing features in an attractive, slimline package, the Satellite Pro C40D-B offers an outstanding level of price and performance for all-day working, wherever that may be.

Weighing up to 1.52kg and with an 18.9mm compact form factor, the Satellite Pro C40D-B is easy to carry and among the slimmest in its class, making it suitable for all types of modern working styles – in the office, at home or on the move. The new device has been updated to offer the most important technology for everyday business use. Powerful AMD Ryzen 5 5600U and Ryzen 7 5800U processors, up to 32GB fast DDR4 memory in two configurable slots, and SSD storage options up to 512GB mean the device can easily perform even the most demanding tasks, ensuring business continuity anywhere. For an enhanced user experience and improved productivity, the C40D-B is also equipped with an extra-large ClickPad, and an impressive battery life of up to 11.5 hours, perfect for users working on the move.

The C40D-B provides all the essential data and device protection tools to keep employee and business data safe, no matter where they’re located. The device’s firmware-based Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 2.0 means sensitive information is encrypted on the device to remove the risk of tampering. Combined with the user and admin password capabilities that impede unsolicited access, as well as sign-in via an optional fingerprint scanner (SecurePad), the device acts as the first line of defence against data breaches. In addition, an optional Kensington lock slot helps prevents physical theft.

Enjoy hassle-free connectivity and collaboration via an array of connectivity options. A USB Type-C port provides charge, connect and display functions via one port, while a full-size HDMI, 2 x USB Type-A 3.1, and MicroSD card reader enable further display and accessory connectivity. What’s more, WiFi 802.11 AC and up to Bluetooth 5.0 provide fast connection and download speeds, while a Gigabit-LAN port offers rapid access to network resources back in the office.

When it comes to staying in touch with customers and colleagues in different locations, the C40D-B is ready for action. An HD webcam, stereo speakers, and in-built Cortana-enabled microphone provide rich sound and crisp visuals for great quality video calls. The device is also equipped with a mic/headphone slot, providing users the option to plug in or pair headphones.

With a sleek dark blue exterior, the C40D-B is professional and contemporary-looking. Featuring a slim bezel on its non-glare 14” LCD FHD or HD screen, the device offers users a crisp and clear visual experience, providing comfort throughout the working day. Beyond its attractive design, the device has been treated with an anti-bacterial coating to limit the growth of potentially harmful bacteria by up to 99.9%.

“The launch of the Satellite Pro C40D-B with AMD processor technology perfectly illustrates how we deliver the best possible choice and value to our customers”, said Damian Jaume, President, Dynabook Europe GmbH. “By broadening the range of devices available, we are enabling all businesses to access reliable and versatile technology at an affordable price point.”

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ASUS Republic of Gamers Launches Multiple New Products at Boundless Virtual Event

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ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announced multiple new gaming products at the For Those Who Dare: Boundless virtual event. The new launches include two high-performance ROG Strix and ROG Flow gaming laptops, a series of new bags and apparel from ROG Slash, the Team ROG initiative, and a standalone first-person parkour game for ROG Citadel XV. ROG is dedicated to giving gamers the best technology, products and experiences possible, and the For Those Who Dare: Boundless event is a continuation of that commitment.

ROG Strix SCAR 17 Special Edition

The new ROG Strix SCAR 17 Special Edition houses the latest hardware and cutting-edge cooling solutions to power class-leading gaming experiences. A custom vapor chamber, paired with ROG’s exclusive Conductonaut Extreme liquid metal applied to both the CPU and GPU, allows the SCAR 17 SE to push its hardware further than ever before. With a maximum CPU TDP of 65 W and a maximum GPU TGP of 175 W with Dynamic Boost, the SCAR 17 SE has the horsepower to reach the bleeding edge of high refresh rate gaming without breaking a sweat.

The SCAR 17 SE continues to dominate with a full suite of high-end components, ensuring that gamers never encounter a bottleneck. Offering either FHD 360 Hz or QHD 240 Hz panel options, both with just 3 ms response times, the SCAR 17 SE provides crystal-clear motion clarity no matter the resolution. With up to 64 GB of blazingly-fast DDR5 4800 MHz RAM and PCIe Gen 4 storage in a RAID 0 array, this gaming juggernaut leaves loading times in the dust. The machine also features a distinct cyberpunk aesthetic, with first-of-its-kind invisible ink applied directly to its metal chassis. In normal lighting, this substance has a matte metallic texture, but with a UV flashlight, the ink appears green and blue, and offers in-game hints for SCAR Runner.

ROG Flow X16

The new ROG Flow X16 is a 16-inch thin and light convertible laptop, powered by an AMD Ryzen 9 6900HS processor and an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, with support for the XG Mobile family of external GPUs, all while weighing just 2.1 kg. The Flow X16 also features the flagship ROG Nebula HDR Display, a dazzling QHD / 165 Hz Mini LED panel with 1100 nits peak brightness, and a 100% DCI-P3 gamut. ROG has not sacrificed usability and upgradeability for this thin and light form factor. These premium parts are complemented by the all-new Frost Force Technology and Pulsar Heatsink, featuring three fans and a high-density heatsink to keep performance high and temperatures low.

Expanded ROG Slash fashion line

Inspired by cyberpunk and the code that builds our modern virtual world, these products offer versatile bag and apparel options, are built with premium materials, and are designed with gaming culture at their core. ROG Slash is also defined by its versatile utility and durable build quality. With adjustable straps, multiple compartments, and water-repellent TPU materials, the Crossbody Bag, Backpack, Hip Bag, and Protective Laptop Bag are ready to secure the essentials of everyday life, while the new Cobra Buckle Cap and Bucket Hat offer standout style and protection from the elements.

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