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Review: MSI MEG Aegis Ti5 (MS-B939)

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The MSI MEG Aegis Ti5 (MS-B939) is a gaming PC that looks to have come straight out of a sci-fi movie setup. While the whole design of the gaming PC looks exciting, its internal specs are even more surprising. While the MEG Aegis Ti5 is available in a couple of variants, the review unit we received came packed with a 12th Gen Intel Core i9-12900L processor running at a clock speed of 3.20-GHz.

You also get 32GB of RAM, 3TB HDD storage, and 2TB SSD storage. Graphics meanwhile is handled by an MSI Nvidia RTX 3080 Ventus 3X OC (10GB) – so you can expect powerhouse performance when it comes to graphics-intensive tasks such as gaming, video rendering, content creation, and so on. During our tests, the MEG Aegix Ti5 offered amazing performance with excellent cooling and noise balance, thus affording us an excellent FPS performance and smooth gameplay.

The overall design of the MEG Aegis Ti5 is unique – on the front of the casing, you will find a dial with a screen on it. MSI calls this, the HMI Gaming Dial. This is the first of its kind gaming dial with a built-in LED panel, which MSI claims is inspired by a sports car dashboard. Using this, you will be able to operate the system, start up games, provide real-time information about the system, switch between performance modes, and so much more.

You can also use the Gaming Dial to control the volume and RGB lighting on the gaming machine, by assigning the appropriate settings in the pre-installed MSI Dragon Center software. What’s more, you can even personalise the panel with different GIF animations, which is especially useful during “show-off” sessions. Out of the box, the MSI MEG Aegis Ti5 comes with the MSI mascot animation – the red dragon did look adorable.

And the casing’s curved top looks a bit like a shark fin, which then culminates in a carrying handle. The system stands securely on a metal base, which looks a bit like speakers but is in fact a design element. On the sides of the casing, you will find metal mesh for better cooling of the internals and airflow. You will also find RGB on both sides, the front, and the top. The MSI logo on the front is also in RGB, which is placed right below the gaming dial.

In terms of I/O ports, you get a boatload. On the top, just above the HMI Gaming Dial, you get ports such as USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C, two USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A, Mic-in, and a 3.5 mm headphone jack. On the rear, you get the ports such as two USB 2.0 Type-A, a PS/2 port, an HDMI 1.4 port, a USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C port, three USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A ports, a Thunderbolt 3 port, two RJ45 (one 2.5G and one Gigabit) ports, five audio ports and a S/PDIF. You also get three DisplayPort and one HDMI port.

The power supply on this one is the 750W 80 Plus Gold variant, while the cooling of the internals is handled by the 240mm MSI AIO liquid cooler. Wireless connectivity is provided by Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201 and Bluetooth 5.1 standards.

Considering the strong internals packed into the MSI MEG Aegis Ti5, performance is not an issue. The gaming PC was able to handle all sorts of games we threw at it. Since the graphics are handled by an MSI NVidia RTX 3080 Ventus 3X OC (10GB), the gaming PC was able to smoothly run AAA games, including Cyberpunk 2077 and Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, at a stable 60 FPS with maximum graphics settings. Even less demanding games such as World of Warcraft: Shadowlands ran quite well without any hassle whatsoever.

To understand the real-world performance of the MSI MEG Aegis Ti5, we ran a few benchmarks such as Cinebench R23, PCMark 10, and CPUZ. What we ended up with was quite surprising – top-notch performance in all three benchmarks.

In Cinebench R23, we scored 21182 points in the multi-core tests, while single-core tests clocked 1819 points, as seen below:

In PCMark 10, we clocked a total of 8675 points as seen below:

In CPU-Z single thread performance, we clocked 784 points, while in CPU-Z multi-thread tests, we scored 10940 points, as seen below:

So as you can see from the benchmark results above, the MSI MEG Aegis Ti5 is more than capable of doing the job it promises on paper. For a price point that starts at AED 20,759, it isn’t a gaming PC for everyone. However, the MSI MEG Aegis Ti5 comes packed with some of the most powerful hardware available on the market right now. In addition, it offers a very unique design for a gaming PC, a very good port selection including Thunderbolt 3 and Type-C, and the very useful HMI Gaming Dial. The MSI MEG Aegis Ti5 thus comes across as highly recommended.

Price: AED 20,759 onwards
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The overall design of the MEG Aegis Ti5 is unique – on the front of the casing, you will find a dial with a screen on it. MSI calls this, the HMI Gaming Dial. This is the first of its kind gaming dial with a built-in LED panel, which MSI claims is inspired by a sports car dashboard. Using this, you will be able to operate the system, start up games, provide real-time information about the system, switch between performance modes, and so much more.

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ASUS Launches the Zenbook 14 OLED (UX3402)

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ASUS has announced the all-new Zenbook 14 OLED (UX3402), a powerful, elegant and lightweight 14-inch laptop that introduces a completely new and modern look to the pioneering Zenbook series. It’s the new benchmark for portable perfection.

Designed to deliver a cinematic audiovisual experience, Zenbook 14 OLED features an expansive 16:10 2.8K 90Hz OLED NanoEdge 550-nit PANTONE Validated 90Hz display with a cinema-grade 100% DCI-P3 gamut. It’s DisplayHDR True Black 500 certified for deep blacks and is also TÜV Rheinland certified for eye care. The Harman Kardon-certified Dolby Atmos sound system uses a smart amplifier to deliver powerful spatial sound.

Zenbook 14 OLED delivers excellent performance, powered by the latest 12th Generation Intel Core processors and Intel Iris Xe graphics, with up to 16 GB RAM, ultrafast PCIe 4.0 SSDs, the latest WiFi 6E connectivity, and ensures maximum life from the high-capacity 75 Wh battery. Despite its compact size — a mere 16.9 mm thin and 1.39 kg light — the all-aluminium Zenbook 14 OLED includes a full set of I/O ports, including two Thunderbolt™ 4 USB-C ports, an HDMI 2.0 port, a USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A port, a microSD card reader and an audio combo jack.

The Zenbook 14 OLED offers users an enhanced audiovisual experience, with an expansive 16:10 2.8K OLED NanoEdge 600-nit 90Hz touchscreen that delivers incredibly detailed visuals with ultra-vivid colours. The NanoEdge design has ultra-slim bezels and a 90% screen-to-body ratio, which in turn gives Zenbook 14 OLED a svelte and compact form factor. For superb colour accuracy, the display is PANTONE Validated, and the DisplayHDR True Black 500 certification means it displays the deepest possible blacks. It also cares for eyes during long screen sessions, with low blue-light levels that are certified by both SGS and TÜV Rheinland.

Immersive audio is delivered by the powerful and crystal-clear Harman Kardon-certified Dolby Atmos stereo sound system, which uses a smart amplifier that uses special algorithms to boost loudness levels by up to 350% without distortion. Dolby Atmos delivers a new spatial sound experience for all types of audio, for breathtaking realism in music, movies and videos.

Whatever the user needs to do, Zenbook 14 OLED is primed and ready, featuring all the multitasking power of up to the latest 12th Generation Intel Core i7 processor, up to 16 GB RAM, Intel Iris Xe graphics, and an ultrafast up to 1 TB PCIe 4.0 x4 SSD for storage, while allowing all-day battery life from the 75 Wh battery. Designed for a sublime on-the-go experience, Zenbook 14 OLED packs this premium specification into a compact, slim and lightweight all-aluminium chassis that’s ready to go anywhere.

It’s just 16.9 mm thin and weighs a mere 1.39 kg, yet it’s packed with a full set of I/O ports for easy device and peripheral connectivity. The latest ultrafast Thunderbolt 4 USB-C ports support fast charging, 4K UHD external displays and up to 40 Gbps data transfers, and there’s also an HDMI port and a USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A port alongside a microSD card reader. Communications and audio I/O are taken care of by the convenient audio combo jack.

Zenbook 14 OLED introduces a breathtaking new interpretation of the signature Zenbook design that’s timelessly elegant yet totally modern. The bold new lid design is based around our new monogram ‘A’ logo — first seen in the 30th Anniversary Edition Zenbook — that’s delicately carved in shining metal to produce a pattern inspired by Japanese Kintsugi craftsmanship. An echo of the iconic spun-metal Zenbook finish, with its Zen-inspired concentric circles — can be seen on the end caps of the hinges. Zenbook 14 OLED is available in two fresh new colours: Ponder Blue and Aqua Celadon.

Giving users the best experiences is something we really care about. That’s why Zenbook 14 OLED is packed with thoughtful design features, such as the 180° ErgoLift hinge that makes it easy to share and collaborate, ASUS NumberPad 2.0 for easy data entry, and a fingerprint sensor on the power button for single-touch login with Windows Hello.

This laptop also features the new full-size ErgoSense keyboard and touchpad for the most comfortable typing experience ever. Its 19.05 mm key pitch is the same as a desktop keyboard, for superb typing comfort and accuracy. The 0.2 mm key-cap dish matches the shape of fingertips, and the long 1.4 mm key travel lets use type with optimal force. The special hydrophobic coating on the ErgoSense touchpad provides smoother, silk-like touch feedback for every scrolling movement, and there’s also a tough, easy-to-clean anti-fingerprint coating.

ASUS Zenbook 14 OLED (UX3402) will be available on 11th August 2022 in UAE from Virgin Megastore, Sharaf DG, Jumbo, Emax, ECITY, Noon, Amazon, Computronic, Al Ershad and ASUS e-shop. Pricing starts from AED 5,299.

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Review: MSI Optix MPG321UR-QD eSports Gaming Monitor

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Gamers are very particular about the products they use for their setup. Apart from the gaming PC, the next most important thing is the display. Now, there are hundreds of capable gaming monitors available on the market. But if you are on the market for a 4K display that is both affordable and offers a high refresh rate, along with lots of bells and whistles, then you should definitely check out the MSI Optix MPG321UR-QD eSports Gaming Monitor.

The monitor comes packed with a QD-IPS panel, which means it comes with a Quantum Dot layer on top. The QD-IPS panel has been designed to enhance colour accuracy, offer a higher colour saturation, and provide a wider contrast ratio. All of this counts if you are on the market for a top-notch gaming monitor.

The MSI Optix MPG321UR-QD covers 99% of Adobe RGB colours, 97% DCI-P3 colour gamut and supports 82% of REC.2020 specs, thus offering a wholesome gaming experience. This is a 32-inch monitor that offers a UHD resolution of 3840-by-2160 pixels. It also offers a refresh rate of 144Hz, a response time of 1ms, 600 nits of HDR peak brightness, and an aspect ratio of 16:9.

The contrast ratio on this one is rated at 1000:1, and it offers 178° of both horizontal and vertical viewing angles, which is impressive. The surface of the monitor’s panel has been treated with an anti-glare coating for distraction-free gaming sessions.

In terms of I/O ports, you get a boatload. There’s one DisplayPort 1.4a, which supports UHD@144Hz. You also get two HDMI 2.1 ports and one USB Type-C port. In addition, there are six USB 2.0 Type-A ports, three USB 2.0 Type-B ports, one mic-in, one headphone-out, and one 3.5mm audio combo jack.

On the rear right-hand corner, you will also find a 5-way OSD navigation joystick, and just below it on the edges is where you will find the power button. The monitor is G-sync compatible and supports DisplayHDR 600 format. The monitor is tiltable at an angle ranging between -5° and 20°, swivel it between a range of -30° and 30°, and adjust its height from 0 to 100mm.

The monitor has also been optimised for use with the latest generation of consoles, including PS5 and Xbox. And since it is a gaming monitor, it also accompanies a bunch of SI gaming features including Smart Brightness, Smart Crosshair, Night Vision AI, and Sound Tune.

With the MSI Optix MPG321UR-QD, MSI’s team has taken both design and craftsmanship to a whole new level. It is a beautifully designed gaming monitor and the build quality is top-notch. The MSI metal badge on the rear of the monitor gives you an assurance that your gaming experience is going to improve by a multitude.

MSI has also added a KVM to this monitor, which will be particularly useful for game streamers out there that use platforms such as YouTube or Twitch to stream their gameplay. This feature also helps you easily switch between a gaming PC and a gaming console, if both devices were plugged into this monitor at the same time.

Gaming on the MSI Optix MPG321UR-QD eSports Gaming Monitor is a beautiful and fulfilling experience. Games such as Forza Horizon 5 looked brilliant thanks to its native HDR support. Even Elden Ring that uses Auto HDR looked really well.

The monitor also supports 1080p/4K 120Hz for the PS5, and 1080p/1440p/4K 120Hz with FreeSync for the compatible Xbox consoles. Thus gaming on the latest generation gaming consoles was a brilliant experience.

The MSI Optix MPG321UR-QD eSports Gaming Monitor is a very capable monitor. It offers a high pixel density, consistent colours, a wide Adobe RGB colour gamut support, supports DisplayHDR 600, offers VRR + MBR of up to 144Hz, ergonomic design, extensive connectivity options, and built-in KVM.

The MSI Optix MPG321UR-QD eSports Gaming Monitor is possibly one of the most feature-packed monitors out there in the market with a brilliant QD-IPS panel, and it thus walks away with the Gadget Voize Editors’ Choice award!

Price: AED 4200 approx.

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The monitor has also been optimised for use with the latest generation of consoles, including PS5 and Xbox. And since it is a gaming monitor, it also accompanies a bunch of SI gaming features including Smart Brightness, Smart Crosshair, Night Vision AI, and Sound Tune.

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HONOR Intros the new MagicBook X 14 and MagicBook X 15

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HONOR has launched the new MagicBook X 14 and MagicBook X 15 in UAE. Equipped with 11th Gen Intel Core Processors, the new HONOR MagicBook X 14 and HONOR MagicBook X 15 deliver upgraded performance in a premium and slim aluminium body. Featuring HONOR Magic-Link functionality for multitasking, a massive 56Wh battery, high-speed dual-channel memory, and a Supersized Cooling Fan, the MagicBook X 14 and MagicBook X 15 deliver superb performance and a seamless user experience to take users from work to play.

“Today we live in a dynamic era where technology and innovation are revolutionizing how we entertain, work, learn, and live. HONOR is always committed to pushing industry benchmarks to new highs and elevating user experience in every aspect through intelligent solutions and groundbreaking technologies,” Zengyan Li, GCC CEO of HONOR. “We’re beyond excited to introduce HONOR MagicBook X 14 and 15 in UAE knowing that many of our fans in the UAE have been eagerly waiting for, and we are thrilled to bring those powerhouses to the market.”

Starting from August 11th, the HONOR MagicBook X 14 11th Gen Intel Core i5-1135G7 version will be available to purchase in the UAE market via the HONOR Online Store and Sharaf DG at AED 2099 instead of AED 2699. For those looking for a larger screen, the new HONOR MagicBook X 15 featuring i3-1115G4version comes with a stunning 15-inch Eye Comfort HONOR FullView Display, a screen-to-body ratio of 87% weighing just 1.56kg. HONOR MagicBook X 15 also will be available in the UAE market via HONOR Online Store and Sharaf DG at AED 1599 instead of AED 2099. Upon purchase, users will enjoy free gifts worth AED 397 including HONOR CHOICE Earbuds X, Backpack and 1-year extended warranty.

Powered by the 11th Gen Intel Core i5-1135G7 processor, the HONOR MagicBook X 14 delivers an upgraded performance with a maximum turbo frequency of 4.2GHz. Both the models run on Windows 11 Home Operating System. The HONOR MagicBook X 14 and HONOR MagicBook X 15 feature a 2X2 MIMO dual antenna design, achieving a 160MHz bandwidth and enabling wireless transfer speeds of up to 1733Mbps. Providing users faster and smoother download speeds and quick-and-easy access to a stable network for remote working, users can study, watch movies, or enjoy online entertainment with ease, wherever they may be.

The HONOR MagicBook X 14 and HONOR MagicBook X 15 retains the original HONOR Magic-Link, offering an upgraded version with Multi-Screen Collaboration capability, making it easier than ever to work between digital devices like a smartphone and laptop. Users can do cross-collaboration between their HONOR smartphone and HONOR MagicBook X 14 or HONOR MagicBook X 15 with a simple tap. Users also get to use the Magic-Link feature which allows you to share your smartphone screen and files to their laptop. You can also drag, drop, and edit their files directly from the HONOR MagicBook X 14 or HONOR MagicBook X 15 which makes it very easy and convenient.

For those who love to do multiple things at once, Multi-screen Collaboration allows users to view their smartphone screen and files on the laptop; users can simply drag, drop, and edit their files, using the same keyboard and mouse. The laptop also allows users to pick up exactly where they left off without having to jump between devices, making multi-tasking easier than ever. A handy fingerprint reading power button enables instant access when starting up the HONOR MagicBook X 14 and HONOR MagicBook X 15 for a more secure and effortless login experience.

Featuring a lightweight aluminium body, the HONOR MagicBook X 14 weighs just 1.38kg and is only 15.9mm thin, easily fitting in most bags and allowing users to enjoy ultimate portability on the go. The perfect device to match any occasion, the HONOR MagicBook X 14 and HONOR MagicBook X 15 will be available in premium Space Gray.

With a 14-inch stunning Eye Comfort HONOR FullView Display, 4.8mm ultra-slim bezels on three sides and an 84% screen-to-body-ratio. The HONOR MagicBook X 14 delivers an immersive viewing experience and superior picture quality, ensuring users can capture every detail on their screen. Thanks to its 180-degree hinge opening, users can also adjust the screen to the best viewing angle and lay it completely flat when sharing content with others.

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