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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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Smartphone Guide: The Top Picks for 2021 Smartphones in the UAE

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Fancy a new smartphone? This is a good time to buy one, and our top smartphones guide will help you compare and contrast the top 2021 smartphones available on the market today in the UAE. There are so many good phones to choose from right now but which one is the king of the castle? Is there even a winner? Smartphones come in all shapes, sizes, and prices. Here, we have ranked and reviewed the three top 2021 smartphone money can buy today.

What can you expect from a new smartphone in 2021? There are many factors you need to consider but primarily the things you need to keep a close eye on are; design, camera, battery life, and charging speeds in addition to cool features that spice up the user experience. With that said, trust us – these smartphones are all top-notch and if you want to know more, simply read on to find out how each one shines in its own way.

HUAWEI nova 9


Specs roundup:

Display: 120Hz curved OLED 6.57-inch display
Camera setup: Rear Cameras: 50MP + 8MP +2MP +2MP – Selfie: 32MP
Charging: 66W HUAWEI SuperCharge
Storage: 8GB RAM + 128GB internal storage
Chipset: 6nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G
Dimensions: 160mm-by-73.7mm-by-7.77mm

Huawei recently released the HUAWEI nova 9, the latest addition to its popular and loved HUAWEI nova series. Dubbed as the Trendy Flagship Camera King, this latest hotshot from Huawei inherits the HUAWEI nova Series’ unique aesthetic and sophisticated design, bringing along powerful performance and features that help users capture and create. It is a helpful assistant for creating and sharing video content especially when it comes to vlogging features!

The latest smartphone from Huawei debuts with a new colourway – Colour No. 9 that is created with an all-new Starry Flash AG Glass process that adds a unique texture to the chassis and highlights the iconic camera module, giving it greater visual emphasis.

Both the front and backsides of its body are slightly curved, making it feel thinner and more comfortable to hold. Packed with a 6.57-inch curved display, the HUAWEI nova 9 remains sleek with a thickness of only 7.77mm and a weight of approximately 175g. Speaking of display, the HUAWEI nova 9 sports a 6.57-inch 120Hz Original-Colour Curved Display that can render 1.07 billion colours delivering smooth visuals in fine details. The incredibly curved screen slides from the centre to both sides just like a waterfall, which offers immersive visuals and a comfortable grip at the same time.

The HUAWEI nova 9 comes with an Ultra Vision AI Quad Camera system, which includes a 50MP Ultra Vision Main Camera with RYYB colour filter array, an 8MP Ultra Wide Angle Camera, a 2MP Depth Camera and a 4cm 2MP Macro Camera. Whether it is city night photos, panoramas, portraits with bokeh effects or close-up shots, the HUAWEI nova 9 lets users capture images in high quality and deliver pro-grade clarity.

Meeting the demand for an excellent vlogging experience, the HUAWEI nova 9 features a 32MP High-Res selfie camera. The HUAWEI nova 9 supports 4K video shooting at 30fps with high definition and high frame rate, it delivers an enjoyable video experience with fascinating details and smooth motion.

Regardless of the task, the HUAWEI nova 9 delivers excellent battery life with a high capacity 4300mAh battery. In addition, charging downtime is kept to a minimum, with the new smartphone supporting 66W HUAWEI SuperCharge for high-speed charging.

HUAWEI nova 9 also boasts some Super Device features staying true to Huawei’s innovative spirit! For example, users can tap on the HUAWEI MatePad icon to activate Smartphone-Tablet Multi-screen Collaboration; tap the HUAWEI MateBook icon for Smartphone-PC Multi-screen Collaboration or tap the HUAWEI FreeBuds icon to seamlessly switch their audio output to their Huawei earbuds. With the Distributed File System, the smartphone can also function as a wirelessly connected external storage unit for the PC, meaning users can access the files they want more easily than ever before.

Running on EMUI 12, the HUAWEI nova 9 offers a smart and seamless experience to users. The trusted, innovative and secure AppGallery is available on the HUAWEI nova 9, where users can download a wide range of high-quality apps.

Samsung Galaxy S21

Specs roundup:
Display: 6.2-inch 120Hz Dynamic AMOLED 2X Display
Camera setup: Rear Cameras: 12MP + 64MP + 12MP – Selfie: 10MP
Charging: 25W Samsung Super-Fast Charging
Storage: 8GB RAM + 128/256 GB internal storage
Chipset: 5nm Samsung Exynos 2100
Dimensions: 151.7mm x 71.2mm x 7.9 mm

From the front, the Galaxy S21 comes with a 6.2-inch 120Hz Dynamic AMOLED display complete with a neat punch-hole selfie camera in the top middle of the screen. Look closer and you will see the S21 has dropped its predecessor’s curved display and opted for flat edges. However, in practical use the Galaxy S21’s display is great. Stick it in “Vivid” mode and you will see heaps of contrast and colour. The display is also good for watching videos and movies or simply scrolling through your pictures or playing games.

Hardware-wise, the Galaxy S21 comes with a triple camera array which comprises a main 12MP wide-angle lens, a 12MP ultra-wide lens, and a 64MP telephoto lens with 3x hybrid optic zoom and 30x space zoom. On the video front, the Galaxy S21 covers a lot of bases it offers up to 8K capture at 24 fps that lets you snap high-quality photos while recording high-resolution videos. Other high-end features include 1080p video recording at 30/60/240 fps, which makes them super-smooth. Speaking of smooth, the Super Steady mode, which uses AI to compensate for shaky recording, will work on 1080p 60 fps video capture.

Samsung Galaxy S21 comes with a 4,000-mAh battery. Fast charging is on offer over the USB-C PD standard, charging up the battery to 55% in 30 minutes. Samsung only puts the USB-C cable in the box. If you do not have a charger then you can buy a 25W charger.
Samsung Galaxy S21 runs on One UI. The interface is elegant, complete with a redesigned Quick Panel and a notifications screen that feels less cluttered. Users would especially appreciate the redesigned lock screen widgets as well as the ability to place widgets on the screen and adjust their transparency. One UI 3 still comes with many options to tweak your Galaxy experience

Samsung Galaxy A72

Specs roundup:
Display: 6.7-inch 90Hz Super AMOLED display
Camera setup: Rear Cameras: 64MP + 12MP + 8MP + 5MP – Selfie: 32MP
Charging: 25W Samsung Super-Fast Charging
Storage: 8GB RAM + 128/256GB internal storage
Chipset: 8nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G
Dimensions: 165mm x 77.4mm x 8.4mm

Dominating the front of the Samsung Galaxy A72 is a 6.7-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED display. The screen is vibrant with colours, excellent sunlight visibility, and great viewing angles. A layer of Gorilla Glass 5 protects the panel.

In terms of colour, the Samsung Galaxy A72 is available in Awesome Black, Awesome White, Awesome Violet or Awesome Blue. It comes in at 165 x 77.4 x 8.4mm and weighs around 203g. The overall design comes with a large camera block in the top left corner of the rear, and a –hole selfie camera in the top centre of the screen.

The Samsung Galaxy A72 comes with a camera setup, which consists of four lenses. There is a 64MP wide camera, 12MP ultra-wide camera, an 8MP telephoto camera in addition to a 5MP macro camera. On the front, it comes with a 32MP camera for capturing some good selfies.

Samsung Galaxy A72 houses a 5000mAh battery and supports 25W Samsung Super-Fast Charging for a quick refill. Fast charging capability lets you spend more time playing, scrolling and sharing and less time charging. The Samsung Galaxy A72 comes with One UI 3.1 based on Android 11 out of the box. As it’s usually the case with Samsung phones, there is more than enough customisation on offer.

Choosing the right one
Making the final choice comes down to you and your preferences. A variety of reasons including sleek design, display, photography, videography, charging speeds, and of course, cool features will be the ultimate deciding factors on what your next 2021 smartphone will be. So, amongst all the 2021 trendy flagships, which one will you choose? Let us know in the comments section below!

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Why ASUS Laptops with OLED Screens Are the Best Option for Gamers and Content Creators?

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Laptops with OLED screens were launched way back in 2016. However, these were typically reserved for premium devices or expensive gaming laptops. ASUS is breaking new ground by launching its new VivoBook 15 OLED K513 and the ZenBook 13 OLED Lilac UX325. We recently reviewed both the laptops and we came away really impressed with its brilliant OLED screens.

ASUS ZenBook 13 OLED Lilac UX325
The ASUS ZenBook 13 OLED has an up to 13.3-inch OLED HDR display that supports a resolution of 1920-by-1080 pixels and a response time of 0.2 ms. The display 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.

Colour accuracy is usually represented by a 2D colour-gamut diagram that shows how colours are faithfully reproduced, but only at a particular brightness level. However, since the ability to reproduce colours accurately at different levels of brightness is crucial, ASUS OLED panels are calibrated to accurately reproduce colours in a 3D colour volume – showing what the panel would reproduce at 100% DCI-P3 colour gamut regardless of brightness level.

This ensures all content is displayed accurately and as intended by its creators, not just at full brightness but at any brightness setting. This is especially important for HDR content. As a result, our OLED colour volume is up to 1.6X greater than a traditional LCD.

The ASUS ZenBook 13 OLED display also features a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio, which can support up to 400 nits of highlight brightness and 0.0005 nits of deep black brightness, providing creators with a brighter and more detailed viewing experience. With extreme contrast and accurate colour reproduction at any level, everything looks crisp and vibrant – even within darker content. This helps with eye comfort, too: you can dial down the brightness, without losing contrast and colour vibrancy, resulting in reduced blue-light emission.

In addition, studies have shown that blue light wavelengths between 415–460 nm can negatively affect the human eyes. To give you peace of mind, the ZenBook 13 OLED display also manages the blue-light ratio to reduce potentially harmful emissions up to 70% less than normal LCD, with certification from TÜV Rheinland for low blue light and flicker-free visuals – promising greater care for your eyes, even after many hours of use.

ASUS VivoBook 15 OLED K513
The new VivoBook 15 OLED feature an ultraportable design that doesn’t weigh you down. The profile of each model is less than 20 mm and the individual model weighs only 1.8 kg, respectively. Ultrathin and lightweight, VivoBook 15 OLED is easy to slip into your messenger bag or backpack.

The NanoEdge display on the new VivoBook 15 OLED pushes the boundaries of what’s possible with even narrower top and side display bezels. This results in up to an 85% screen-to-body ratio for unrivalled immersion in a much more compact package. Entertainment is simply more awesome with the new VivoBook 15 OLED. The wide-view panel offers exceptional colour reproduction to give you stunning visuals, even when sharing the screen with family, friends, or colleagues.

The ASUS VivoBook 15 OLED has an up to 15.6-inch OLED HDR display that also supports a resolution of 1920-by-1080 pixels and a 0.2 ms response time. The display 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.

Colour accuracy is usually represented by a 2D colour-gamut diagram that shows how colours are faithfully reproduced, but only at a particular brightness level. However, since the ability to reproduce colours accurately at different levels of brightness is crucial, ASUS OLED panels are calibrated to accurately reproduce colours in a 3D colour volume – showing what the panel would reproduce at 100% DCI-P3 colour gamut regardless of brightness level.

This ensures all content is displayed accurately and as intended by its creators, not just at full brightness but at any brightness setting. This is especially important for HDR content. As a result, our OLED colour volume is up to 1.6X greater than a traditional LCD.

The display of VivoBook 15 OLED features Low Blue light mode and Anti￾Flicker technology (Direct Current mode), and also passed the TÜV Rheinland Eye Care certification, which can greatly reduce the harmful effects of blue light and display blinking.

Why OLED?
ASUS OLED display laptops come with a best-in-class colour gamut. They reproduce colours with superb real-life accuracy for professional-grade visuals, making them perfect for professional and creative work, or anyone who simply wants to enjoy the very best colour fidelity. OLED displays, due to the nature of the special organic light-emitting compounds they use, can reduce the harmful blue light by up to 70% compared to LCD displays, making them extra gentle on your eyes to reduce the risk of retinal damage.

In addition, each individual pixel in an OLED display generates its own light, while LCD screens rely on filtered background light. This means OLED panels offer better colour accuracy, as well as improved contrast ratio and higher maximum brightness. In general, this leads to a display that’s more pleasing to the eye. Also, being able to control each pixel individually means OLEDs can easily save power.

Buying a laptop with the OLED technology, such as the ASUS ZenBook 13 OLED Lilac UX325 or the ASUS VivoBook 15 OLED K513 now, means you’ll be well future-proofed.

Photography by Ranbir Sen

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Here’s How to Upgrade to Windows 11 Right Now!

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Windows 11 is now available and will be rolling out to millions of PCs worldwide. But, as with any new OS rollout, it’s not going to happen overnight, and many Windows users will be waiting for a while until that magic upgrade notice appears. Don’t want to wait? You don’t have to — you can, with just a little effort, download and install the new version of Windows right now.

Keep in mind, though, that unlike previous versions of Windows, you may not be invited to install Windows 11 if your machine isn’t considered up to its standard. That doesn’t mean that you can’t install the new OS — Microsoft has said if you have an older machine, you will be able to access Windows 11, but you’ll have to download an ISO file of Windows 11 and install the OS manually. However, you may not get automatic updates — you may have to install a new ISO each time instead.

Now that the update is rolling out, you can check to see if it’s arrived at your machine by going to “Settings” > “Windows Update.” If you haven’t gotten the upgrade yet, and you want to see if your machine is considered good enough for Windows 11, you can download Microsoft’s PC Health App, which should tell you whether your machine qualifies.

If it does, and you don’t want to wait, here’s how to install Windows 11:

  • Go to the Windows 11 software download page.
  • If you want to do it the easy way, use the Windows 11 Installation Assistant; just click “Download Now” and follow the instructions.
  • You can also create a bootable USB or DVD by selecting “Create Windows 11 Installation Media.”
  • And finally, you can download a disk image (ISO) for either bootable media or a virtual machine install.

Follow the directions, and you should be good for an immediate install of Windows 11.

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