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Review: ASUS Zenbook 14 OLED (UX3402ZA)

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The ASUS Zenbook 14 OLED (UX3402ZA) is one of the most elegant and premium-looking ultrabooks we have reviewed in recent times. The device comes packed in a chassis that is made of aluminium alloy, with the ASUS logo etched on the lid using a bunch of lines.

The Zenbook 14 OLED is available in two different colours such as Ponder Blue and Aqua Celadon. We received the Ponder Blue variant which also features an anti-fingerprint coating on its body.

Opening up the lid reveals a 14-inch 2.8K OLED HDR NanoEdge touchscreen that offers an aspect ratio of 16:10. The laptop features 2.8mm bezels, thus offering a screen-to-body ratio of 90%. The display also offers a resolution of 2880-by-1800 pixels, a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio, 0.2ms response time and a 90Hz refresh rate.

The display is also VESA DisplayHDR 500 True Black certified. In addition, the display also supports a peak brightness of up to 600 nits and 0.0005 nits of deep black brightness – this means content creators will have no problems when working on the colour correction of their content.

The ASUS Zenbook 14 OLED also comes with a 180° hinge. This means you can lay the laptop flat on a table for watching content for example. The colours reproduced on this device’s display were rich and vivid.

The Zenbook 14 OLED is part of the ASUS OLED laptops range and hence the display supports cinema-grade 100% DCI-P3 colour gamut. In addition, it is certified for low blue light emission thus keeping you safe from fatigue for instance.

In terms of I/O ports, you get a variety of selections. On the left edge, you get a USB3.2 Gen2 port. On the right edge, you get an HDMI 2.0 port, a 3.5mm audio combo jack, a Thunderbolt 4 USB Type-C port, and a microSD card slot.

Under the hood, the ASUS Zenbook 14 OLED comes packed with a 12th Gen Intel Core i7-1260P processor running at a clock speed of 2.10-GHz.

This is coupled with 16GB of RAM and 1TB PCIe of 4.0 x4 NVMe M.2 SSD. Graphics are handled by Intel Iris Xe graphics and the laptop has been built using the Intel Evo platform. For wireless connectivity, you get Dual-band WiFi 6E (802.11ax) and Bluetooth 5.2.

In the past, ScreenXpert 2.0 was used as an application to support and assist ASUS dual-screen models. However, now the brand new ScreenXpert 3.0 supports general single-screen models of ASUS laptops, providing users of ASUS laptops with a more efficient experience when dealing with multi-window-related operations. The single-screen version of ScreenXpert 3.0 features APP Switcher, App Navigator, and Camera & Microphone switcher. This can be enabled in the My ASUS software.

The ASUS Zenbook 14 OLED also comes with an ErgoLift hinge design which results in the ErgoSense keyboard automatically tilting when the laptop is opened. This design allows users to type more comfortably and increases the ventilation space under the chassis for improved heat dissipation.

The keyboard of the Zenbook 14 OLED series achieves a 19.05mm pitch and offers many commonly used function keys, allowing you to type comfortably. The ASUS Zenbook 14 OLED also comes with the NumberPad 2.0. This is an LED-illuminated numeric keypad, which has been integrated into the touchpad.

A single-touch sensor at the top right of the touchpad turns NumberPad on and off, and a tap on the icon at the top left lets you choose one of two brightness levels. In addition, you can also swipe from the top left icon in any direction on the NumberPad 2.0 to activate the Calculator app on the main display.

The speakers on this laptop have been tuned by Harman Kardon and the dual speakers also support Dolby Atmos. The laptop is powered by a 75Wh battery and the laptop weighs just 1.39-kgs.

In our tests, the ASUS Zenbook 14 OLED performed really well. In Cinebench Single Core tests, it scored 1692 points, while in the Multi-Core tests, it scored 10257 points. In PCMark 10, overall it scored 5702 points. Overall, the ASUS Zenbook 14 OLED offers good performance for everyday use for an ultrabook.

For a price of AED 5299, the ASUS Zenbook 14 OLED is a great ultrabook with an awesome OLED screen. If you are a content creator and are looking for a laptop with a great OLED screen and good performance, the ASUS Zenbook 14 OLED might just fit the bill.

Price: AED 5299

ASUS Zenbook 14 OLED (UX3402ZA) AED 5299
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The display is also VESA DisplayHDR 500 True Black certified. In addition, the display also supports a peak brightness of up to 600 nits and 0.0005 nits of deep black brightness – this means content creators will have no problems when working on the colour correction of their content.

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Lenovo Launches New Yoga PCs

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Lenovo has launched its next generation of premium, ultra-slim Windows 11 Yoga laptops. Speaking at the launch event, General Manager for Lenovo GULF, Mohammed Hilili said, “We’ve designed and engineered the new Yoga PCs with smarter features and an even more premium user experience to help people pursue their ambitions, relax, and get things done in their own way. Our inspiration behind the new lineup was driven by the hybrid life becoming the norm and our consumers demanding more of their devices to suit their needs. Our goal is to deliver devices that truly empower our users to consume, create, and collaborate on their own terms. This launch also gave us a unique opportunity to collaborate with local UAE talent to showcase the true capabilities of the lineup.”

The new Yoga line offers refreshes of the 14-inch and 16-inch Yoga Slim 7 Pro (known as Lenovo Slim 7 in the U.S.), the Yoga Slim 7i Pro (known as the Lenovo Slim 7i in the U.S.), and the Yoga 7. To meet the needs of the new hybrid home office, Lenovo has also announced today the new Yoga AIO 7, a new 4K 27-inch desktop PC that features an ergonomic hinge for endless adaptability, collaboration across multiple devices, and modern engineering for the contemporary home.

Made to merge unbelievable portability and versatility with more power, Lenovo’s Yoga 2-in-1 convertible laptops were pioneers in opening possibilities for users to flip and fold from work to play. The Yoga sub-brand has since expanded to encompass even more premium consumer devices that now span multiple form factors, including ultra-slim clamshell laptops, desktop computers, Chromebooks, and tablets.

In today’s new hybrid environment, the new generation of Yoga devices is designed to help people thrive against new challenges and opportunities in the way they connect, consume, create, and collaborate from the home, school, office, and beyond – giving users the tools to do more and the freedom to be themselves. Lenovo’s new Yoga Slim line exemplifies the pinnacle of this performance and portability – defined by its refined craftsmanship, premium experiences, and bold innovation. These ultra-slim laptops integrate a comfortable edge design with humanizing soft contours for easier and more comfortable mobility and handling.

They’re also crafted for premium experiences, powered by Lenovo’s X Power, a newly defined set of features committed to better-upgraded performance. To add, they’re enhanced by Lenovo’s show-stopping PureSight displays that set a new standard of premium features for a sharper, faster, more realistic, Eyesafe-certified visual experience. The Yoga Slim line stands for premium, portable performance – empowering users to adapt to hybrid living through smarter performance, sensing, security, and recognition capabilities – all made possible by the Lenovo A.I. Engine+.

This A.I. engine’s smart performance can anticipate the user’s power or battery needs based on what they’re doing, while Lenovo Intelligent Sense and Integrated Security – also part of Lenovo A.I. Engine+ – help keep work and play on the Yoga seamless and safer. Consumers can also attach Lenovo’s latest advanced support offering Premium Care Plus for an elevated service experience. This includes personalized hardware and software support from a global network of elite technicians along with accidental damage protection, sealed battery warranty, smart PC performance solutions, and data migration assistance – adding a level of protection and care to keep users productive even when the unexpected occurs.

For those who would like to help the environment, Lenovo’s CO2 Offset Service is a simple way of offsetting carbon emissions, allowing consumers to support one of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’s (UNFCCC) projects.

  • The Lenovo Yoga Slim 9 will start from AED 7299
  • The Lenovo Yoga 9 will start from AED 7099
  • The Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro X will start from AED 6299
  • The Lenovo Yoga 7 will start from AED 5299
  • The Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Carbon will start from AED 4899
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Video: HONOR PAD 8 Review in the UAE

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HONOR’s much-awaited PAD 8 entertainment tablet is finally available in the UAE. The tablet offers a wide range of features you might be looking for in a performance-based tablet. Check out the review to know why it is a great tablet for both students and working professionals alike:

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Wacom Intros Cintiq Pro 27 Pen Display in the Region

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Wacom has launched the Wacom Cintiq Pro 27 pen display designed for harmony in a premium launch event held in the UAE’s first digital art theatre ToDA in Dubai. Cintiq Pro 27 is a creative instrument defined and developed by members of the global art and design community in conjunction with Wacom’s product teams to deliver the most immersive and stable pen-on-screen experience to date.

Purpose-built for creative professionals such as 2D illustrators, 3D modelers, animators, game developers, virtual production artists, and so on, the Cintiq Pro 27’s large digital canvas offers seamless interaction with creative software applications and provides the comfort and ease of use synonymous with all Wacom devices. The new 27-inch Cintiq Pro represents a major step forward in virtually all categories that matter to digital pen display users, such as improved pen performance and multi-touch, better ergonomics, faster refresh rates, vivid and accurate color as well as a focus on comfort and custom options.

Additionally, users will appreciate the modern look, lightweight and thin 27” screen that sports a smaller footprint than its Cintiq Pro 24 sibling. Wacom’s latest pen display joins the Cintiq Pro 16 and Cintiq Pro 24 models to form a comprehensive range of sizes for every need and workspace.

“The emphasis on cloud computing and the dependencies placed on professional freelance and studio artists to collaborate freely, quickly, and efficiently on a global scale requires a multi-tasking, do-it-all creative tool,” says Faik Karaoglu, Executive Vice President of Wacom’s Branded Business Group. “With the new Wacom Cintiq Pro 27 creative professionals can count on intuitive and natural-feeling pen and touch input, extremely accurate, factory-calibrated color, faster refresh, and other design features that allow users to comfortably and confidently produce and share work across the creative pipeline.”

The pen-on-screen experience on the Cintiq Pro 27 has been vastly improved with the introduction of the Pro Pen 3. Users now have the ability to change the weight, barrel size, and center of gravity of the pen with interchangeable components that come with the pen. In addition, the Pro Pen 3 has enhanced tilt recognition and still features Wacom’s renowned EMR (Electro-Magnetic Resonance) technology with 8,192 levels of pressure and battery-free operation.

Multi-touch also comes standard and is extremely valuable for an artist’s non-dominant hand when working in programs, especially 3D applications, requiring one to pinch, zoom and rotate a model or sculpture while working with the pen. For those working in a virtual production environment, the ten-point selective touch allows users to precisely manipulate on-screen sliders and other navigable features for an extremely efficient workflow.

The Cintiq Pro 27’s new display features virtually no parallax and latency with a much-improved refresh rate of 120Hz, allowing the cursor to track twice as fast as previous models. It is equipped with HLG (hybrid log-gamma) and the PQ (perceptual quantization) curve for displaying and editing HDR (high dynamic range) video content. Delivering brilliant 4k resolution in 10-bit colour, 98% DCI-P3 (Digital Cinema Initiatives – Protocol 3), the film industry’s color standard, as well as 99% Adobe RGB colour accuracy, users will delight in the fidelity of the display and the true-to-life visual experience.

The display is not only Pantone validated, but also Pantone SkinTone validated, meeting the Pantone standard for accurately displaying the entire range of human skin tones. For users that enjoy moving their most commonly used keyboard shortcuts closer to their actual workspace, grip-style ExpressKeys, eight in total, four on each side, have been added to the back of the display for easy, ergonomic access.

The Cintiq’s new stand matches the modern, sleek design of the new pen display. It’s fully adjustable to meet virtually any working position and even supports +/- 20 degrees of screen rotation. For users seeking another stand option, the display does have VESA mounts for other OEM stands. “Professional content creators in media and entertainment, industrial design and education can all benefit from a tool that’s fit to work the way they want to work,” concluded Karaoglu. “Whether illustrating in 2D, sculpting in 3D, or building a virtual production solution, everyone has their own way of working and we are excited to be introducing the Cintiq Pro 27 to the creative community.”

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