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Acer Announces ConceptD for Creators

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Acer today launched ConceptD, a new brand of high-end Windows 10 desktops, notebooks, and monitors that are optimized for graphic designers, filmmakers, engineers, architects, developers and other creators. ConceptD enables designers to get immersed in the creative process and build remarkable things.

“The ConceptD product portfolio was conceived to give creators the tools to focus on the creative process and make beautiful things,” said Jerry Kao, Co-COO, Acer Inc. “As the foundation of a full line of creator products, we’ve designed PCs with high-performance processors and graphics that can handle extreme workloads, and put them inside quiet, minimalist designs to inspire creators to unleash their creativity.”

ConceptD high-end desktops and notebooks come in a gorgeous, timeless design, featuring pure-white or matte-black finishes, with amber-colored keyboard backlighting, and a clean and thought-out design aesthetic that lets creative professions focus on the design process.

ConceptD 900
The ConceptD 900 is a high-performance desktop for professionals running multiple complex and demanding applications. Featuring dual Intel Xeon Gold 6148 processors with up to 40 cores, and 80 threads, an NVIDIA Quadro RTX 6000 GPU, and 12 memory slots for a total of up to 192GB1 of ECC memory, it’s perfect for filmmakers, animators, product designers, and architects to get lost in the creative process without worrying about long render times. 

The ConceptD 900 is also ideal for AI and deep learning developers that need outstanding computing and graphics power. Creative professionals can work with more flexibility with up to two onboard M.2 PCIe slots, plus the efficient chassis design holds up to five storage bays with RAID 0/1-capable drives.

Users can expand with extra onboard three PCIe x8 and four PCIe x16 slots. The ConceptD 900 stays cool while running compute-intensive applications such as rendering and video production through a thermal design that uses six cooling fans to draw air in through the triangular patterned front air panel, circulating it throughout the chassis. The ConceptD 900 features a wiry matte-black metal chassis with an amber LED accent on the power button for a sleek professional look appreciated by minimalists.

ConceptD 500
The ConceptD 500 is a powerful desktop for filmmakers, animators, product designers, and creators who want to bring their work to the professional level. It features up to 9th Gen Intel Core processors and GPUs including up to the NVIDIA Quadro RTX 4000 GPUs1 to make workloads and multi-media creation smoother and faster on complex projects so users can focus on the creative process.

Powered by the latest 9th Gen Intel® Core i9-9900K processor with 8 cores, 16 threads and reaching up to 5GHz, creator tools and projects run faster, smoother, and more stably on the ConceptD 500. Its multiple CPU cores achieve high single-core speed while staying cool with low heat output and low power consumption. With GPUs including up to the NVIDIA Quadro RTX 4000 GPUs1, it supports four 5K displays (5120×2880 @ 60Hz) with HDR color, making visual effects, motion graphics, and animation rendering a breeze.

The ConceptD 500 is an expandable desktop designed to grow with users to meet ever-changing workload requirements. With four DIMM slots for up to 64GB 2666 MHz DDR4 memory, it has more bandwidth and capacity for fast performance when working on complex design tasks. The onboard PCIe M.2 NVMe SSD allows for large models and complex 3D rendering in real time.

Optimal thermal ventilation through three cooling fans draw air in through the triangular front air panel, circulating it throughout the ConceptD 500’s chassis. And yet, at a noise level of 40dB, it is still silent enough to be unobtrusive.

The ConceptD 500’s tower features a white finish and smooth curves for a minimalist-inspired design. The compact tower fits in almost any working space, and the top-side features a woodgrain-inspired pattern. Customers can fast-charge modern Qi-compatible devices wirelessly, and the headset cradle uses a thoughtful push pop-out design that gives the freedom to use and tuck it away when not in use.

ConceptD 9
The ConceptD 9 is a creator notebook in an innovative form factor. Featuring Acer’s CNC-machined Ezel Aero Hinge, the 17.3-inch Ultra HD (3840 x 2160) display flips, extends, or reclines, for multiple usage modes. The display is PANTONE Validated and covers 100 percent of the Adobe RGB color gamut with unparalleled Delta E <1 color accuracy. Users can unleash creativity on any one of the usage modes, including display, Ezel, notebook, and stand modes, for sharing, gaming, working, and drawing.

It features a Wacom EMR stylus that magnetically attaches to the ConceptD 9, to create an authentic writing and sketching experience. The stylus delivers unsurpassed usability and fast, accurate control with 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity, so creators can design from scratch, take notes, or highlight key areas during concept discussions.

Featuring up to an all new 9th Gen Intel Core i9 mobile processor, the ConceptD 9 has the power and performance to smoothly run multiple creator tools simultaneously. With NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 graphics, users can accelerate real time video editing or 3D rendering applications, leaving more time to create. It also delivers accelerated ray tracing so renderers can review lifelike graphics as they are created.

The GeForce RTX GPU lets users save time and focus on creativity by accelerating AI features to boost quality and handle tedious time-consuming tasks. Creators can work natively with up to 8K RAW files on the video timeline without dropping frames, pre-caching, or generating proxies. RTX graphics also bring fluid interactivity with large 3D models from the 50 percent performance improvement in raster performance over previous-generation GPUs.

ConceptD 7
Featuring up to a new 9th Gen Intel Core i7 processor for premium notebook performance and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 graphics with Max-Q Design, the ConceptD 7 lets creators accelerate up to real-time 6K RED video editing and rendering performance on heavy workflows. It’s easy to carry around, at just 17.9 mm (0.70 inches) thin, and weighing just 2.1 kg (4.63 lbs.). The 15.6- inch UHD (3840 x 2160) 4K IPS, PANTONE Validated display is built for creators, with a wide color gamut of 100 percent of the Adobe RGB color space, and a color accuracy of Delta E <2 for remarkable color precision.

ConceptD 5
Graphic design is quick and easy on the ConceptD 5 laptop. Users can fine-tune images with professional precision and complete the trickiest 2D graphic design projects in no time with its powerful 8thGen Intel Core i7 processor with Radeon RX Vega M GL graphics. It’s slim and light, with a modern design that looks great in any workplace, or for working on the go. It features a premium metal chassis with a magnesium-aluminum alloy on top and a palm rest area and a magnesium-lithium alloy on the bottom. Weighing just 1.5 kg (3.30 lbs.), and measuring 16.9 mm thin (0.67 inches), it has a 6.22 mm (0.24 inches) narrow bezel with an 80 percent screen-to-body ratio.

For creators, color accuracy is critical for design, and the ConceptD 5 doesn’t disappoint with its 4K UHD PANTONE Validated display. The narrow 6.2 mm bezels give creators more screen to work with and a 100 percent Adobe RGB color gamut and color accuracy of Delta E <2 to ensure faithful color reproduction.

ConceptD Monitors
Creators need color accuracy beyond what most mainstream monitors can offer, and thus Acer created ConceptD UHD monitors. Featuring a remarkable color accuracy of Delta E <1 and a modern slick, black finish with a wood-patterned base, these new PANTONE Validated monitors are optimized so creators can do more.

The ConceptD CM7321K is a 32-inch monitor ideal for 2D creators. Its VESA-Certified DisplayHDR 1000, 32-inch 4K UHD display delivers 1152 zones of local-dimming with Mini LED technology and DisplayHDR 1000, plus 99 percent coverage of the Adobe® RGB color space and 89.5 percent Rec.2020 so creators and filmmakers can bring their ideas to life.

The ConceptD CP7271K is a PANTONE Validated 27-inch monitor optimized for 3D creators. It has an impressive color accuracy of Delta E <1, a wide color gamut of 99 percent of the AdobeRGB color space, and 93 percent DCI-P3 color space. It also features GSYNC Ultimate and DisplayHDR 1000 for unparalleled color and image detail.

ConceptD OJO Windows Mixed Reality Headset
The ConceptD OJO Windows Mixed Reality Headset features a 4,320 x 2,160 display, detachable and swappable head strap design, easy inter-pupil distance adjustment, and a classic white finish. It has a patented built-in sound pipe technology, and software-assisted inter-pupillary distance (IPD) adjustment technology that lets the wearer modify the gap between the eye’s pupil and the display distance for sharper, clearer images and a more enjoyable experience.The ConceptD OJO’s integrated audio system focuses sound on the ears, eliminating the need for headphones, and the patented IPD technology ensures the display is set at the optimal distance from the wearer’s eyes. It’s easy to set up with inside-out tracking and 6 degrees of freedom positional tracking.

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Xiaomi Announces the 11T, 11T Pro, and a Refreshed 11 Lite 5G NE

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Xiaomi has announced the launch of three new smartphones – the 11T, 11T Pro, and a refreshed 11 Lite 5G NE. The new smartphones come with new photography and videography features such as the “Cinemagic” mode on the Xiaomi 11T and Xiaomi 11T Pro. The Xiaomi 11T Pro is the first smartphone to launch globally with the company’s 120W Xiaomi HyperCharge technology. The company claims that the technology will enable a 100% charge in just 17 minutes.

The smartphone also features the flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 mobile platform with AI features, and a triple camera set up with a pro-grade 108MP wide-angle, 2x tele-macro, and a 120° ultra-wide-angle lens. You also get capabilities with one-click AI Cinema modes, 8K recording, HDR10+, and DisplayMate A+ rated 6.67-inches FHD+ 120Hz AMOLED that is equipped with TrueColor and Dolby Vision. The smartphone also comes with Reading Mode 3.0 and dual speakers powered by Harman Kardon.

The Xiaomi 11T comes with Cinemagic mode and features a high-resolution triple camera, along with a suite of AI-powered tools to boost creativity and productivity. The Xiaomi 11T also comes with a triple camera setup, featuring a 108MP high-resolution wide-angle, 120° ultra-wide angle, and 2x telemacro camera. The smartphone combines this with its one-click AI cinema modes to distill the tricks of professional cinematographers such as Time Freeze, Night Time-Lapse, Magic Zoom, and other types of complicated shots into just a single click while the faintest of sounds is brought to life in cinematic fashion with Audio Zoom.

Its 6.67-inches 120Hz flat AMOLED display equally delivers HDR10+ with stunning sharpness and crystal clarity, over 1 billion colours, a smorgasbord of eye care features, and up to 480Hz touch sampling rate. The phone is powered by MediaTek Dimensity 1200-Ultra chipset, a massive 5000mAh battery, and 67W wired turbo-charging that gets to 100% in only 36 minutes.

The Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE features an ultra-thin and lightweight body, measuring a mere 6.81mm and weighing 158g. The design is further accentuated by a razor-thin 1.88mm on both top and side bezels, as well as four choices of stylish colours. While Truffle Black, Bubblegum Blue, and Peach Pink are making a return, Xiaomi is adding a brand-new colour called Snowflake White, which is a matte and frosted white.

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Review: Corsair Sabre RGB Pro Wireless Mouse

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As part of its Champion Series, Corsair announced its latest Sabre RGB Pro Wireless Mouse on the market today. The company sent the new mouse to us in advance for a review. And after using the mouse for a couple of days, we are glad to report that it exceeded our expectations.

The new mouse joins the league of the Sabre RGB Pro, which was launched earlier in 2021. The new Sabre RGB Pro Wireless is very lightweight and packs in an ergonomic design, that offers a competitive advantage to gamers. The mouse itself offers wired and wireless connectivity to laptops and PCS.

In terms of wireless, you get two options – either through Bluetooth or through Slipstream Wireless. The advantage of using Slipstream Wireless is that the technology transmits inputs at sub-1ms speeds, delivering mouse movements and clicks up to two times faster than a conventional gaming mouse, while also ensuring exceptional wireless signal quality throughout your gameplay.

You also get up to 90 hours of battery life that lets you play wire-free for days between charges. In terms of design, the Sabre RGB Pro Wireless features a similar design seen on the wired version. The Wireless variant though has a bit of heft to it when compared with the wired variant.

You get standard left and right-click buttons, with a slight groove in them for comfortably holding two fingers. You also get a bit of texture to the material on both the left and right-click that keeps your fingers from slipping. Forward and back buttons flank the left side of the mouse, and there is a DPI quick-select button just below the scroll wheel.

Inside the box, you get the Sabre RGB Pro Wireless mouse, along with the Slipstream Wireless receiver, a USB Type-C charging cable, the quick start guide, the warranty info and the safety instructions. Getting started with the Sabre RGB Pro Wireless is effortless. Connect the Slipstream Wireless connector to your PC or laptop and switch on the mouse in Slipstream mode, and you are good to go.

The mouse weighs just 79-gms – so rapid movements and lightning-quick reflexes are not a problem. The mouse also comes packed with professional-grade gaming mouse elements, such as the first-ever Corsair Marksman optical sensor. The mouse also comes with the highest dpi in any Corsair mouse to date at 26,000-dpi. This makes sure you get very precise movement.

The mouse is also compatible for use with Corsair’s very own iCUE software. With this app, you can customise dynamic RGB backlighting, remap buttons, create macros, and adjust DPI settings. All of these can be stored onto three onboard profiles. On the bottom of the Sabre RGB Pro Wireless, you will find a switch to move between Slipstream (RF), charging/wired, or Bluetooth modes and a button above that to initiate pairing for the latter.

Both types of wireless connections worked without issue during our review. However, while gaming, it’s better to use the dongle and Slipstream, as it delivers lower latency at sub-1ms. The mouse was comfortable overall to hold and use.

During our review, we put the Corsair Sabre RGB Pro Wireless to test with a couple of games including Watch Dogs Legion, GTA V, and Doom Eternal. The mouse was very comfortable, quick to respond, and reliable. The buttons were very comfortable as well to use and the sensor on the mouse was very responsive.

The Corsair Sabre RGB Pro Wireless Mouse comes with an impressive sensor, a very aesthetic and comfortable design, Slipstream Wireless technology, good overall performance, and a 26,000-DPI.

The pricing of AED 429, is a bit steep. However, if you are looking at top-notch performance, with very good connectivity options, the Corsair Sabre RGB Pro Wireless mouse comes across as highly recommended. It thus walks away with the Gadget Voize Editors’ Choice award!

Price: AED 429

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Inside the box, you get the Sabre RGB Pro Wireless mouse, along with the Slipstream Wireless receiver, a USB Type-C charging cable, the quick start guide, the warranty info, and the safety instructions. Getting started with the Sabre RGB Pro Wireless is effortless. Connect the Slipstream Wireless connector to your PC or laptop and switch on the mouse in Slipstream mode, and you are good to go.

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14-inch 2021 Laptop Guide: The Top Picks for Your Next Laptop in the UAE

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For a long time, the majority of laptops fell into one of three camps. There were 13-inch laptops meant for portability, 17-inch laptops for people who needed large displays, and 15-inch laptops for everyone else! Nevertheless, every now and then some brands would buck the trend with a 14-inch laptop, which provides the portability of an ultra-slim machine with enough screen space to be productive.

Whether you are looking for a laptop for gaming or a creative workstation for content creation or simply an everyday laptop for this back-to-school season, one of the first things you would consider is price and the best possible features. Ideally, the top 14-inch laptops should be packing serious internals and hardware ranging from quality processors to amazing graphic cards while still keeping things nice with a minimalist, thin, and light design, and would not break the bank either. Here, we have rounded up some of the top 2021 14-inch laptops that you could get your hands on in the UAE.

HUAWEI MateBook 14

Specifications:
Display: 14-inch 2K eye-comfort FullView display
Processor: 11th Gen Intel Core Processor i5/i7
Battery and charging speed: 56Wh large battery + 65W SuperCharge
RAM: 16GB
Storage: 512GB SSD
Weight: 1.49kg Aluminium Alloy
Size: 307.5mm ×223.8mm ×15.9mm

Huawei’s latest all-rounded sleek laptop features a 2K eye-comfort FullView display with a resolution of 2160-by-1440 pixels, and a pixel density of 185 pixels per inch (ppi), and with support for 100 percent of the sRGB colour space, 1500:1 contrast ratio and peak brightness of 300 nits. In terms of performance and workload, this 2K all-rounded laptop does not disappoint. The 11th Gen Intel Core Processor powers the HUAWEI MateBook 14 for heavy computing and getting work done smoothly.

The HUAWEI MateBook 14 falls under the range of Super Device Products, which Huawei recently launched. This laptop can connect wirelessly with compatible tablets like the all-new 12.6-inch HUAWEI MatePad Pro and with monitors like the HUAWEI MateView via a USB-C cable providing you with futuristic multi-device collaboration and cross-device file sharing with simple drag and drop between the trio.

The new HUAWEI MateBook 14 Leverages the distributed capabilities of the Super Device to boost productivity and creativity. You can wirelessly project the 12.6-inch HUAWEI MatePad pro to the HUAWEI MateBook 14 to enjoy the new features of the Tablet-PC Multi-screen Collaboration that come with three modes; Mirror, Extend, and Collaborate. Based on Huawei’s distributed technologies, Multi-screen Collaboration features help bridge the gap between Windows and Android operating systems at the ground level, enabling seamless cross-device collaboration, file sharing, and multi-screen control.

Under Multi-screen Collaboration, the recently launched HUAWEI nova 8 can be connected with the HUAWEI MateBook 14 to form a powerful Super Device. Once connected, the laptop can access mobile files, and open up to three folders while the smartphone can function as the PC’s thumb device, making cross-device file management easier than ever.

Moreover, you can connect the laptop with the HUAWEI MateView via cable to have an extra screen providing you with an immersive viewing space while also wirelessly projecting the screen of the 12.6inch HUAWEI MatePad Pro onto the HUAWEI MateBook 14. The benefit of having this trio set up is the easy swapping of wireless and wired connections which lets you easily switch between work mode and personal mode.

Besides aesthetically pleasing designs and high performance, battery life is also an essential part of the user experience. The 56Wh high capacity battery in the HUAWEI MateBook 14 works together with Huawei’s smart power management solution to maximise battery life. The versatile in-box 65W USB Type-C power adaptor supports multiple power output standards for not only fast notebook charging, but also HUAWEI SuperCharge when connected to compatible Huawei smartphones. Moreover, when needed, Power off Reverse Charging enables the new 14-inch notebook to act as an emergency power bank for charging other devices.

HP Pavilion 14-DW1002NE

Specifications:
Display: 14-inch display
Processor: 11th Gen Intel Core Processor i7
Battery and charging speed: 40Wh Battery + 45W Express Charge RAM: 16GB
Storage: 512GB SSD
Weight: 1.72Kg Metal Body
Size: 324.30mmx 222.80mmx 18.94mm

HP’s Pavilion x360 14-dw1002ne comes with a 14-inch touch-screen display with a screen resolution of 1920-by-1080 pixels. You get to see more content with 178° wide-viewing angles and a vibrant picture. In addition, with touchscreen technology, you can control your PC right from the screen.

The HP Pavilion x360 14-dw1002ne is fitted with the 11th Generation Intel Core i7 processor for getting things done fast with good performance and stable connectivity. Battery life and charging speeds are key factors when deciding the top laptops available in the market. HP’s Pavilion 14-DW1002NE comes with a 40Wh battery which lasts long.

Meanwhile, the 45W HP’s Express Charge can provide users with 50% bbattery power in approximately 45 minutes. In terms of computing and processing convenience, this laptop comes fitted with 8GB RAM and 512GB internal storage (SSD) for sleek multitasking. This combination is ideal for running several programs smoothly.

Lenovo Yoga Slim 14 ITL05

Specifications:
Display: 14-inch touch-screen
Processor: 11th Gen Intel Core i7
Battery and charging speed: 60.7WhBattery + 65WExpress Charge
RAM: 16GB
Storage: 1TB SSD
Weight: 1.36Kg Metal Body
Size: 320.6mm x 208.18mm x 14.9mm

The Lenovo Yoga Slim 14 ITL05 comes with a 14-inches touch-enabled display with an FHD+ screen resolution of 1920-by-1080 pixels. Edged with razor-thin bezels, the 14-inches display offers stunning clarity, colour, and detail, and 300 nits of brightness. Optimised with machine-learning technologies, the Lenovo Yoga Slim 14 ITL05 offers ultra-responsive, intuitive performance in a remarkably thin and light laptop.

When fully charged, Lenovo claims the Lenovo Yoga Slim 14 ITL05 will run all day—for up to 14 hours. In addition, when you need a boost, switch to Intelligent Cooling mode, which is co-engineered with Intel, for an extra 15-20% battery life. Alternatively, there is Rapid Charge Pro, which gets you back to 80% capacity within an hour. The 60.7Wh battery can be charged up to 50 percent in 30 minutes with standby mode or while powered off.

Moreover, with up to 16GB RAM and 512GB internal memory storage you are guaranteed smooth computing and multitasking regardless of the workload. There are many 14-inch laptops in the UAE market covering a gamut of budgets and use cases. While some can be happy with a system good enough for web surfing, others need a laptop that can handle tasks that are more intensive.

So there you are! The top picks for 14-inch laptops in UAE for 2021. Take your pick.

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