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Review: Asus ROG Strix G (G531GU)

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At this year’s Computex in Taipei, Taiwan, Asus announced a wide range of new gaming products from its ROG range at its annual affair for gamers and techies. Among the new products launched included the new Strix G series to the Strix family. Most notably, two new products were introduced – the 15-inch G531 and the 17-inch G731.   

What we have today for review is the new ROG Strix G, specifically the G531GU. The gaming laptop is aimed at entry-level gamers and though it is part of the ROG family, it comes in at a very attractive price point of AED 6499. In terms of design cues, the new ROG Strix G does not stray away from the familiar design you see on most ROG devices.

The lid of the device comes with a brushed aluminum finish and a large ROG logo at the top right corner. However, we did notice that the placement of the ports and the vents on this one has changed. Most of the ports and vents are at the back of the device. 

On the left of the device, you will find three USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A ports, along with a 3.5mm audio jack. On the right edge, there is a cooling vent. At the rear of the device, you will find a LAN (RJ-45) port, an HDMI 2.0b port, a USB3.1 Gen2 Type-C port, and the power port with two cooling vents on either edge at the back.

The ROG G531GU weighs around 2.4-kgs and measures 360.3-by-275-by-24.9mm in dimensions. The gaming laptop also comes with a 66Whr battery and a 230W power adapter. Under the hood, the G531GU is powered by a 9th generation Intel i7 9750H processor running at 2.60GHz. 

You also get 16GB of DDR4 2666MHz SDRAM (dual-channel), while the graphics is handled by an NVidia GeForce GTX1650 coming in with 4GB of GDDR6 VRAM. The overall design and build quality of the Asus ROG Strix G531GU is quite impressive. In terms of storage, you get a 256GB PCIe NVME M.2 SSD and 1TB HDD.

When you lift the lid of the laptop, you come face to face with a 15.6-inch screen that rocks a 120Hz refresh rate. Just below the keyboard area at the base of the laptop, you will find an RGB LED strip which lights up and looks awesome. You also get an RGB backlit keyboard with the “W,” “A,” “S,” and “D” keys being different as they have a transparent design to emphasise that the laptop is meant for first-person shooter games.

Another thing that impressed us is the trackpad. At first, it will look like any other trackpad. However, once you have toggled the numpad button, you get a virtual numpad on the trackpad, just like the one on the latest ROG Zephyrus S model. This functionality looks pretty neat.

Asus has collaborated with the BMW Designworks Group, to build a 3D Flow Zone into the Strix G to optimise cooling inside the machine. The Strix G comes with a self-cleaning thermal module that ejects dust to improve longevity. Dual N-Blade fans spin 83 blades to increase airflow, and ultra-thin fins expand the surface area for heat dissipation. You also get a separate Hyperfan button on the keyboard that lets you control the cooling functionality of the device.

The ROG Armoury Crate software seamlessly switches between operating modes to optimise performance and acoustics for the task. The Armoury Crate software lets you monitor and change settings such as the Game Profiles, the Win Key, the Touchpad, the ROG Key, Hyperfan Modes, CPU and GPU performance, AURA Sync and lots more.

Since the ROG G531GU’s display comes with 120Hz of refresh rate, you get to enjoy silky-smooth graphics at a high FPS. The laptop also comes with the Smart Amp technology that monitors the audio output and monitors and adjusts it on the go to offer less noise distortion, higher dynamic range, and more bass.

Inside the box, you get the ROG Strix G531GU laptop, along with a ROG backpack, a pair of ROG Cerberus VI gaming headphones, a ROG GC21 web camera, and a ROG Gladius II gaming mouse. 

So, how’s the performance? Since the 9th-gen Intel Core i7 is married to the Nvidia GeForce GTX1650, you experience a high bump in the overall performance. This baby can run AAA games at 1080p at Ultra for 30fps with ease. In fact, 60fps, 1080p at High is also pretty much guaranteed.

We played a couple of graphics-intensive games such as Far Cry 6, The Division 2, Rise of the Tomb Raider, among others. What we experienced was a top-notch performance. On 3DMark: Fire Strike (Graphics) benchmark, we clocked 8630 points, while on the Unigine Heaven 3.0 benchmark, we clocked 2731 points. 

During our gaming sessions, the ROG Strix G531GU laptop was able to produce higher frame rates in real gameplay at a much lower fan noise than many high-end gaming machines we have reviewed in the past. The Asus ROG Strix G531GU is a capable gaming machine – it comes with the latest Intel processor, coupled with excellent graphics capability, along with the rest of the top-notch tech specs.

Price: AED 6499 

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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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Review: ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 Alan Walker Edition

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We reviewed the new ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 (GA401Q) way back in June 2021. This is a 14-inch laptop that offers portability without sacrificing overall performance. Riding on the success of the G14, ASUS went ahead and collaborated with DJ Alan Walker, to launch the new ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 Alan Walker Edition.

So what’s so special about the G14 Alan Walker Edition?

Well, for starters, it comes with blue colour accents, and subtle shades of grey to give the G14 Alan Walker Edition an electro/cyberpunk look. ASUS also created four brand new animations for the 1,215 mini-LED AniMe Matrix on the lid of the laptop, in Spectre Blue colour.

The 2021 G14 Alan Walker Edition has a new nameplate, two fabric belts, one of which reflects light in the dark and a very stylish keycap design with 3 colours. The bootup animation shows the Alan Walker logo with a customised sound effect, created by the artist himself.

Even the packaging of the G14 Alan Walker Edition is unique. It is made of acrylic, coated with special conductive ink, and it comes with an exclusive feature built-in: the ROG REMIX, which is a hands-on DJ experience. It comes alive as soon as it is connected to the laptop via the USB-C port, using the bundled cable.

Using the ROG Remix software, you can touch the conductive areas of the laptop box, to trigger up to 18 different effects and short animated clips created by Alan Walker. The G14 Alan Walker Edition is also bundled with a custom ROG Alan Walker laptop sleeve, baseball cap, and socks, created by the ROG Slash design team and Alan Walker.

Under the hood, the G14 Alan Walker Edition is powered by an AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS processor, running at a clock speed of 3.30GHz. For graphics, you get Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050Ti. It also comes with 16GB of DDR4 3200MHZ memory and 1TB of SSD storage.

Ports on the laptop include one USB3.2 Gen2 Type-C, one DisplayPort 1.4, one USB3.2 Gen2 Type-C, two USB3.2 Gen1 Type-A, one HDMI 2.0b, one audio combo jack, and one Kensington Lock. You also get two 2.5W speakers with Smart AMP technology and two 0.7W tweeters.

In terms of performance, the G14 Alan Walker Edition is a powerhouse, considering the specs it accompanies. ASUS Remix is a welcome addition, something EDM aficionados will appreciate. Gaming sessions worked out really well, too. We did not find any lags or stutters while gaming. Even tasks such as video rendering were a walk in the park as the Zephyrus G14 Alan Walker Edition was able to handle everything we threw at it with aplomb.

The touchpad and the keyboard were both great. The Trackpad is a good size and very easy to press. The keys are clicky with decent travel, without being loud enough to annoy those seated around you.

At the end of the day, the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 Alan Walker Edition can handle all the multitasking you need it to, and in style! It comes with a great keyboard, touchpad, battery life, and overall performance, and the signature Alan Walker touches throughout.

Price: AED 8499

ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 Alan Walker Edition
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The 2021 G14 Alan Walker Edition has a new nameplate, two fabric belts, one of which reflects light in the dark and a very stylish keycap design with 3 colours. The boot up animation shows the Alan Walker logo with a customised sound effect, created by the artist himself.

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Acer Middle East Releases Latest 11th Gen Notebooks for Gamers in KSA

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Acer Middle East has released the Predator Helios 300 and Acer Nitro 5 gaming laptops, both with the latest 11th Gen processor, in Saudi Arabia. The Predator Helios 300 features a blisteringly fast QHD IPS display at 165Hz with a 3ms response time. Plus, it has narrow bezels allowing for a fully seamless gaming experience with minimal ghosting. The stunning display, partnered with a 6GB NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 graphics card, an 11th Gen Intel Core i7 Processor, and the custom-engineered 5th Gen AeroBlade 3D Fan Technology, makes the Predator Helios 300 a reliable, fast, cool, and powerful laptop for keen gamers.

The Predator Helios 300 enables players to dominate their game with everything needed to beat the opposition with a large power boost. With a 1 TB SSD, there’s plenty of high-speed PCIe storage for the most challenging and demand-heavy games. The notebook has 24 GB RAM, and Tap Turbo for instant overclocking as well as PredatorSense, which gives you control over your gaming rig, and the app is accessible from either desktop or mobile. The keyboard is mesmerising, equipped with 4 RGB zones and see-through concave-shaped caps on the WASD keys.

There are ports aplenty to plug all peripherals into the full range of USB 3.2 ports including the lightning-fast Thunderbolt 4 USB-C which supports DisplayPort functionality and Power Delivery. The latest HDMI 2.1 specification also allows users to easily plug into an external display such as 8K 60 Hz, or 4K 120Hz. For optimum connectivity, The Killer DoubleShot Pro (Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX 1650i and Ethernet E2600) ensures a quick and safe connection.

The Acer Nitro 5 notebook allows users to reign over the game world with the combined power of an 11th Gen Intel Core Processor and up to a NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 GPU. Maximum speed and massive storage can be utilised with two slots for M.2 PCIe and SATA SSDs and up to 32GB of DDR4 RAM. Gamers can get the maximum output from their laptop with an added boost of twin fans, Acer CoolBoost technology, and quad exhaust port design, plus CoolBoost increases fan speed by 10%.

The 4-zone RGB keyboard provides the keys to victory to take command of their game via the dedicated NitroSense Key. WASD and arrow keys are also highlighted for quick location while the key response is immediate with a 1.6mm travel distance. Users can step into an immersive experience through dual 2W speakers, with DTS:X Ultra, to deliver clear sounds in a 3D spatial soundscape, allowing gamers to hear where opponents are coming from with pinpoint precision.

Nitro and Predator notebook users can access Planet9, an eSports platform unlike any other, which brings together a community of like-minded gamers and provides them with the opportunity to learn from experienced coaches, meet and match up with gamers of similar skill level, and play in tournaments. Predator Helios 300 (PH315-54) is available now in Saudi Arabia at Jarir, priced at SAR 8,499. Acer Nitro 5 (AN515-57) is available in Saudi Arabia from September 20th onwards at Jarir, starting from SAR 6,499.

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