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Review: ASUS ZenBook 13 OLED (UX325)

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ASUS’ new ZenBook 13 OLED (UX325) is being touted by the company as the world’s lightest OLED laptop. The new UX325 is a second refresh of the original ZenBook 13. While the last refresh introduced 11th-gen Intel Core Tiger Lake CPUs, this refresh now adds an OLED display option.

DESIGN
The UX325 weighs just 1.14-kgs, with the chassis and lids of the device built using diamond-cut aluminum alloy. The ZenBook 13 OLED also boasts a side profile of 13.9 mm. The laptop measures 304-by-203-by-13.9mm in dimension, and comes with a larger keyboard than on previous ZenBook 13 models.

You also get an ErgoLift hinge, which raises the keyboard up for a more comfortable angle when the screen is opened. There is also a NumberPad 2.0 alongside the ErgoLift hinge mechanisms and IR cameras for fast face-recognition. The ZenBook 13 OLED has also been tested to meet the ultra-demanding MIL-STD-810G U.S. military standard for reliability and durability.

DISPLAY
The laptop features a 13.3-inch OLED HDR display that offers a resolution of 1920-by-1080 pixels and a 0.2 ms response time. The display also offers an ultrawide colour gamut of 100% DCI-P3, which is widely used in the motion picture industry, and is PANTONE Validated to provide the most precise colour accuracy for content creators.

The display offers 400 nits of brightness. You also get 100-percent DCI-P3 colour gamut support, while it’s also TÜV Rheinland-certified for low blue light output.

The panel is powered by Intel Iris Xe Graphics and like the original UX325, the OLED model still boasts 88% screen-to-body ratio with full-size connectivity options.

SPECIFICATIONS
The UX325 is powered by a 11th Gen Intel Core i7 1165G7 processor running at a clock speed of 1.80GHz. You also get 16 GB of memory and 1TB PCIe 3.0 NVMe SSD storage.

In terms of connectivity, you get two Thunderbolt 4 USB-C ports that offer up to 40Gbps with 5V-20V Easy Charge. There is also one USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A, one standard HDMI 2.0, and one MicroSD card reader rounding off the connectivity options list.

The ASUS ZenBook 13 OLED also comes with a 67 Wh lithium-polymer battery that offers a battery life of up to 13 hours. You also get WiFi 6 (802.11ax) with speeds of up to 2.4 Gbps through ASUS WiFi Master technology and Bluetooth 5.0 wireless connectivity options.

Since there is WiFi SmartConnect, the laptop automatically connects to the router with the best signal in your current network setup. It also memorises the mobile hotspots you connect to and prioritises connections to them when they‘re detected.

Since there is no 3.5mm audio jack on this one, considering the slim form factor, the ZenBook comes packed with a USB-C to 3.5mm dongle for users who want to connect via a 3.5 mm audio jack.

The dongle also has Hi-Res Audio certification to ensure good audio performance. The speakers on this laptop are certified by Harman Kardon.

PERFORMANCE
Since the ZenBook 13 OLED is powered by an Intel Core i7 processor, 12 GB of RAM, and 1TB of SSD storage, performance is not an issue. Booting up the laptop as well as running various applications were quite fast and lag free thanks to the robust specs. We put the laptop through a variety of real world situations such as editing photos, rendering videos and even gaming.

We are glad to report that the device was able to handle all these tasks without any major hiccups even with multiple browser tabs and applications running simultaneously. In terms of the gaming performance, the ZenBook 13 OLED was able to run graphics heavy games without any struggle.

Considering the blockbuster performance it offers, the ASUS ZenBook 13 OLED (UX325) is not your typical ultrabook. It’s a powerful device that offers the visual benefits of an OLED screen in a light and portable build. You also get good set of connectivity options, strong specs-sheet, and good overall performance.

If you are a road warrior who needs to deal with heavy files and graphics-intensive work, but would prefer a thin and light laptop to carry around in your backpack, the ASUS ZenBook 13 OLED (UX325) should be one of the options you could look at.

Price: AED 4799

Photography by Ranbir Sen

ASUS ZenBook 13 OLED (UX325) AED 4799
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Summary

The UX325 is powered by a 11th Gen Intel Core i7 1165G7 processor running at a clock speed of 1.80GHz. You also get 16 GB of memory and 1TB PCIe 3.0 NVMe SSD storage. In terms of connectivity, you get two Thunderbolt 4 USB-C ports that offer up to 40Gbps with 5V-20V Easy Charge. There is also one USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A, one standard HDMI 2.0, and one MicroSD card reader rounding off the connectivity options list.

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Sonos Ace Headphones Review: A Stylish Entry with Excellent Performance

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Sonos, the renowned home audio brand, took a bold step into the world of personal audio by introducing the Sonos Ace headphones. This premium, over-ear wireless headphones boast a sleek design, active noise cancellation (ANC), and the promise of signature Sonos sound.

Design and Comfort
Sonos doesn’t disappoint when it comes to aesthetics. The Ace headphones exude a minimalist elegance. Available in black and soft white, they feature a matte finish with metallic accents. The build quality feels substantial, with a mix of plush memory foam earcups and a sturdy, lightweight frame. These headphones are comfortable to wear for extended periods, thanks to the generous earcup padding and a well-distributed weight balance.

Controls and Functionality
Sonos opts for physical buttons over the now-commonplace touch controls. A multi-function “Content Key” on the right earcup handles playback, volume, and track skipping. A separate button cycles through ANC modes and voice assistant activation. The buttons offer a satisfying tactile response, a welcome change from the finicky nature of touch controls.

The Sonos app, though not as feature-rich as some competitors’ offerings, provides basic controls such as ANC adjustments and a five-band EQ, which allows for some sound customisation. One notable feature is multipoint Bluetooth connectivity, allowing you to connect to two devices simultaneously. This is a convenient feature for users who switch frequently between phones and laptops.

Sound Quality
The Sonos Ace delivers a pleasant listening experience. The sound signature leans towards the warm side, with a satisfying bass presence without overwhelming the mids and highs. The instruments are well-defined, and the vocals come through clearly. For audiophiles, the Sonos Ace offers an outstanding soundstage.

The ANC is excellent, effectively blocking out low-frequency noise such as aeroplane hum and traffic rumble. Call quality is also very good, with the built-in microphones doing an adequate job of picking up your voice during calls.

Battery Life and Connectivity
Sonos boasts a stellar battery life of 30+ hours with ANC turned on. This is a major plus for frequent travellers and long listening sessions. The headphones use Bluetooth 5.3, offering a reliable connection with minimal latency.

A unique feature of the Sonos Ace is its potential integration with the Sonos ecosystem. The app allows you to switch seamlessly between the headphones and your Sonos home speakers. This functionality is currently limited, but future updates could unlock features such as using the headphones as surround sound speakers for your Sonos home theatre setup.

Verdict
The Sonos Ace headphones are a solid first entry into the wireless headphone market. They boast excellent noise cancellation, a comfortable design, and long battery life. The sound quality is quite good, too. The potential for deeper integration with the Sonos ecosystem is intriguing, however, the hefty price tag might deter some budget-conscious consumers.

If you’re a Sonos loyalist looking for a pair of stylish headphones with excellent ANC and good sound quality, the Sonos Ace is a compelling option, especially if the promise of future ecosystem integration appeals to you. The Sonos Ace headphones are a promising debut with a clear focus on comfort, noise cancellation, and design. They offer a well-rounded listening experience with the potential for exciting future developments within the Sonos ecosystem.

Price: AED 2099

Sonos Ace Headphones AED 2099
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Summary

The Sonos Ace delivers a pleasant listening experience. The sound signature leans towards the warm side, with a satisfying bass presence without overwhelming the mids and highs. The instruments are well-defined, and the vocals come through clearly.

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Apple Detects Spyware Targeting iPhones in Multiple Countries

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Apple has issued a second spyware attack warning to iPhone users in 98 countries, raising concerns about the growing threat to mobile security. This follows a similar alert in April targeting users in 92 countries.

While specific details about the latest attacks remain under wraps, the alert serves as a stark reminder of the evolving threat landscape. India is one confirmed country where users received the notification.

Spyware, a particularly invasive type of malware, can grant attackers complete access to an iPhone, including encrypted messages, audio, and video. The notorious Pegasus spyware from NSO Group is a well-known example.

“Apple detected that you are being targeted by a mercenary spyware attack that is trying to remotely compromise the iPhone associated with your Apple ID -xxx-,” Apple wrote in its new spyware alert.

Adding to the concern, researchers recently revealed the return of LightSpy, a “particularly dangerous” campaign capable of pinpointing a target’s location with “near-perfect accuracy.”

The worrying aspect of these attacks is their ability to exploit “zero-click” vulnerabilities, meaning infection can occur without any user interaction, such as opening a malicious link or attachment.

This highlights the importance of remaining vigilant and following Apple’s security recommendations, which may include updating your device to the latest iOS version.

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Acer Launches Chromebox Mini

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As the digital landscape evolves, businesses are increasingly seeking ways to engage with audiences. Digital signage and interactive kiosks are at the forefront of this trend, with the market expected to reach $30.56 billion by 2028. Acer addresses this demand with mini-PCs designed for digital signage and kiosks. Their Chromebox Mini CXM1 is a secure and reliable mini-PC that can drive up to three displays simultaneously. It’s compact, silent, and features the latest connectivity options like Wi-Fi 6E and Gigabit Ethernet.

Powered by ChromeOS, the Chromebox Mini CXM1 offers fast deployment, automatic updates, and long-term support. Additionally, the cloud-based Google Admin console allows for remote management and customization. The Chromebox Mini CXM1 complements Acer’s existing line-up of digital signage solutions, including Large Format Displays (LFDs). Acer offers LFDs in various configurations, from high-resolution 4K displays to interactive whiteboards. These LFDs seamlessly integrate with the Chromebox Mini CXM1 using a VESA mounting kit.

Acer’s large format displays are designed for consistent performance and stunning clarity. They cater to various needs, including promotional signage, education, and corporate collaboration. With robust management tools and automated security, Acer displays require minimal maintenance, allowing businesses to focus on creating engaging content. Acer’s Chromebox Mini CXM1 and LFDs provide businesses with a comprehensive suite of tools for impactful advertising, information sharing, and customer interaction.

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