At the HP Gaming Festival in Beijing, the company unveiled a powerful lineup of OMEN and HP Pavilion Gaming innovations, raising the bar for gaming experiences.
The OMEN X 2S – the world’s first dual-screen gaming laptop – provides extraordinary power and multitasking capabilities, the OMEN 15 and OMEN 17 laptops bring exceptional power in their thinnest forms yet, and both HP Pavilion Gaming 15 and HP Pavilion Gaming 17 laptops offer outstanding versatility and mobility for gamers and creatives alike. In addition, with enhancements to OMEN Command Center software and new OMEN and HP Pavilion Gaming displays and accessories, HP has engineered an industry-leading gaming ecosystem that delivers everything gamers need to progress and achieve their goals.
Gaming industry insights show 82 per cent of people use their mobile phones for messaging during gaming sessions, 61 per cent listen to music, and 49 per cent watch game related live streams, video content and browse website2. With this in mind, HP has added an unprecedented second screen to the OMEN X 2S in the form of an easy-to-use six-inch 1080p touchscreen that lets players message friends in WeChat and WhatsApp, browse in Spotify, watch Twitch and YouTube, or even serve as a hub for OMEN Command Center software.
“Pushing the boundaries of what’s possible with game-changing evolutionary and revolutionary products reflects the philosophy of reinvention at HP,” said Anne-Sophie Hadberg, General Manager, EMEA Personal Systems Business, HP Inc. “The OMEN brand continues to think big and OMEN X 2S is a prime example of how we are setting new standards and changing how a gaming laptop is used.”
As the world’s first dual-screen gaming laptop, the OMEN X 2S shakes the foundation of what’s expected of a gaming laptop, with tremendous multi-tasking capabilities for various activities and support with dedicated hotkeys. Watching how-to videos while playing, listening to the right song on Spotify while grinding an MMO, or keeping current with Twitch chat or Discord is no longer an alt-tabbing hassle. The OMEN X 2S, further bolstered by a real-time screen mirroring feature that can cut and magnify parts of the main screen – including copying the map portion of a racing game – to the second screen, ensures vision is centered and head movement more vertical than horizontal.
This powerhouse is 20 mm thin with a full metal chassis and is the first 15-inch diagonal gaming laptop in the world to come with an applied liquid metal compound to the thermal system by way of Thermal Grizzly Conductonaut. The result is phenomenal heat dissipation at 10 times the thermal conductivity of silicon thermal grease, up to a 28 per cent frames-per-second (FPS) performance boost over traditional grease when testing in Apex Legends, and an 8.5 per cent faster lead time in a Blender Benchmark test.
The path to smaller, cooler, and more powerful applies to the newest versions of the OMEN 15 and OMEN 17 laptops. With a 20 per cent and 18 per cent reduction in thickness over previous versions, they sit at a slim 20 mm and 27 mm thin.
All three laptops feature OMEN Tempest, an overhauled advanced thermal solution powered by a 12V fan, which utilizes three-sided venting to enable five-way airflow to keep things ultra-cool. Realistic visuals are delivered by support for up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 for the OMEN 17 and features Max-Q design for the OMEN X 2S and OMEN 15. Additionally, multitasking and grand-scale games – which take mountainous resources – have never been smoother, with up to the latest 9th Gen Intel Core i9 high performance mobile processor, powered by up to 5.0 GHz Turbo, eight cores and 16 threads, and up to 32 GB of RAM.
Take advantage of the latest in-storage technology with options that include the newly announced Intel Optane Memory H10 with Solid State Storage. The new Intel Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) designed to support gigabit speeds up the wireless game with up to 3X faster file transfer speeds than Wi-Fi 5(802.11ac). Top it off with options up to an esports standard 240 Hz refresh rate 1080p display that allows visuals to flow across the screen with viper strike-like speed and NVIDIA G-SYNC on the OMEN X 2S and available on select OMEN 15 and OMEN 17 configurations.
Since its creation, OMEN Command Center has evolved as the software solution for managing and enhancing gaming hardware. The evolution continues with two additions coming to the platform for all three new OMEN devices. Performance Control cranks up fan RPM to either maximize cooling or performance, based on the chosen setting. The new OMEN Dynamic Power feature manages CPU and GPU wattage based on what a game is utilizing at a given moment to maximize FPS. Combined, these powerful additions serve to improve gameplay while also adding a level of flexibility.
Meticulously crafted to take advantage of the max FPS found in top-tier rigs, and with a sturdy design used in collegiate and professional esports, the OMEN X 25 and OMEN X 25f* displays feature micro-edge bezels, one millisecond response times, and NVIDIA G-SYNC and AMD Radeon FreeSync technologies to synchronize industry-leading 240 Hz refresh rates to the GPU and keep visuals unsullied by tearing. The OMEN X 25 is an exceptional tool for climbing the ladder of professional play and can be seen in use by Overwatch League players throughout the 2019 season.
Become a cord breaker with the OMEN Photon Wireless Mouse. With a variety of customization options, including removable rests and 11 customizable buttons, it’s laboriously crafted and includes a tensioning-balance system that ensures effortless optical-mechanical mouse clicks for big and little fingers alike. To address concerns of latency, connectivity, and battery life in wireless mice, OMEN Photon features 2.4 GHz Proactive Wireless Technology, 0.2ms click response time, the ability to charge on any Qi enabled surface, and up to 50 hours of battery life.
Constructed with Qi wireless charging capabilities, the OMEN Outpost Mousepad can fully charge the OMEN Photon Mouse in 2.5 hours and works with compatible smartphones. Added adaptability comes in the form of rigorously tested hard and soft anti-fray mat options, which can be selected by simply flipping the mat to the desired side. A USB-A Passthrough port for a wireless dongle and OMEN Command Center customizable RGB LED lighting cement the capabilities of this advanced mousepad.
Built for coziness with a large seat design for maximum sitting space and a high back that promotes a healthy posture with full spinal support, the OMEN Citadel Gaming Chair is a worthy addition to any desk space and a perfect way to showcase your OMEN pride. Designed with a thinner frame than before, the latest HP Pavilion Gaming 15 laptop arrives with an eight per cent decrease in height over the previous model and is joined by the introduction of the new HP Pavilion Gaming 17 laptop. Technological improvements across the board arrive with options up to the latest 9th Gen Intel Core i5/i7 high performance mobile CPUs and up to the recently announced NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti with Max-Q design.
Expertly crafted to yield precise aim and cursor movement along with a variety of customization options such as on-the-fly DPI and RGB lighting effects, the HP Pavilion Gaming Mouse 200 gives users a superb gaming experience. It pairs brilliantly with the HP Pavilion Gaming Mousepad 400, which utilizes a fine-textured anti-fray cloth surface that is optimized for both speed and control play styles while resting on a rubber base.
The OMEN X 2S Laptop is expected to be available in EMEA in July starting at €2,899. The OMEN 17 Laptop is expected to be available in EMEA in July starting at €1,399. The OMEN 15 Laptop is expected to be available in EMEA in July starting at €1,299. The OMEN X 25 Display is expected to be available in EMEA in July starting at €629.
The OMEN X 25f Display is expected to be available in EMEA in July starting at €459. The OMEN Photon Wireless Mouse is expected to be available in EMEA in July starting at €149.99. The OMEN Outpost Mousepad is expected to be available in EMEA in July starting at €139.99. The OMEN Citadel Gaming Chair is expected to be available in EMEA in August starting at €349.99. The HP Pavilion Gaming 17 Laptop is expected to be available in EMEA in July starting at €999.
The HP Pavilion Gaming 15 Laptop is expected to be available in EMEA in July starting at €899. The HP Pavilion Gaming Mouse 200 is expected to be available in EMEA in July starting at €29.99. The HP Pavilion Gaming Mousepad 400 is expected to be available in EMEA in July starting at €39.99.
Xiaomi Announces the 11T, 11T Pro, and a Refreshed 11 Lite 5G NE
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.
Review: Corsair Sabre RGB Pro Wireless Mouse
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
Corsair Sabre RGB Pro Wireless Mouse
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.
14-inch 2021 Laptop Guide: The Top Picks for Your Next Laptop in the UAE
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
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
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
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
Display: 14-inch touch-screen
Processor: 11th Gen Intel Core i7
Battery and charging speed: 60.7WhBattery + 65WExpress Charge
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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