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CORSAIR Launches TC100 RELAXED Gaming Chair

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CORSAIR has announced the newest addition to its growing lineup of gaming chairs. Debuting the new RELAXED Series, the CORSAIR TC100 RELAXED offers wider seating and ergonomic contact points for the support you need to sit in comfort for hours, available in either soft fabric or plush leatherette exterior with a stylish racing-inspired design.

The TC100 RELAXED’s wide bolstering provides a roomy seat with a comfortable width of 375mm and full-body support whether you lean forward in the heat of battle or recline after the victory. Regardless of your choice between fabric and leatherette exteriors, a detachable high-density foam lumbar pillow and memory foam neck pillow are included to help you maintain a healthy posture while gaming.

Adjustability is a key component of the TC100 RELAXED, starting with its steel-construction class 4 gas lift providing a 100mm of seat height range. When you want to lounge, the reclining seat back features a range of 90-150° to put you in your comfort zone. Lastly, the TC100 RELAXED’s armrests are four-way adjustable – up or down and side to side – so you can find the ideal position for your arms.

With a quick and easy assembly process that have you seated in minutes, the TC100 RELAXED is a great choice for gamers looking for a roomier seat that still delivers on style. The CORSAIR TC100 RELAXED Gaming Chair is available immediately from the CORSAIR webstore and the CORSAIR worldwide network of authorized retailers and distributors.

The TC100 RELAXED is backed by a two-year warranty, alongside the CORSAIR worldwide customer service and technical support network.

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Research Reveals Gamers Live “Dual Lives”

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New research has today revealed that over half (52%) of gamers identify with their online alter-ego more than their real-life identity. The research was conducted by Censuswide with a total of 7,010 respondents across the UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Poland, Netherlands, and Sweden in September 2022.

Inspired by this dual-persona, Lenovo has teamed up with comic artist and game designer Salva Espín, to create a collection of limited-edition stickers that combine the on and offline worlds. The digital world truly is a matrix of the real world, as research conducted by Lenovo found gamers feel their most authentic self when gaming at home (58%), followed by socialising with friends and family (52%) and participating in other personal hobbies and interests (46%).

With nearly 60% of gamers choosing to keep their gaming life until after work, findings revealed that certain professions feel their most authentic when playing specific genres of games. According to Lenovo’s research study, clerical workers (44%), medical & healthcare workers (42%), financial workers (38%), and science workers (40%) for example, feel their most authentic selves when playing strategic games. Whereas those working in the computer sector feel most authentic playing RPGs (45%) with creatives (40%) opting for role-playing games.

Lenovo Legion laptops serve as an epic conduit, bridging the worlds that gamers often straddle. Complete with AMD Ryzen processors and AMD Radeon graphics, the Lenovo Legion 7 and the Lenovo Legion Slim 7 offer greater freedom to roam, while still retaining the power and performance to support so its users can continue to be irrepressibly stylish on the outside, and indomitably savage on the inside.

Many gamers live dual lives, yet rarely is this duality celebrated. Tapping into this mentality of multiple ‘skins’, Lenovo Legion has teamed up with Salva Espín, comic artist and game designer, known for his work with Marvel on characters like Deadpool, She-Hulk, X-Men, and Wolverine, to create a series of ‘Second Skin’ stickers.

Espín commented, “It has been amazing to be part of this project, which has allowed me to indulge in all my passions design, gaming, and technology. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole creative process, working closely with the Lenovo team to shape the five designs that best illustrate the survey results. I’ve already customized my Lenovo Legion 7 with the sticker that represents the duality between my professional self and my gaming alter ego, and I can’t wait to see how these designs will become part of thousands of people’s laptops.”

The stickers are a juxtaposition of what life would look like if we were to embrace our online authentic selves all the time. From a Mage on a coffee run to a knight checking their medical inventory, these stickers are designed to encourage gamers to embrace their alter egos, no matter what their skin.

Alberto Spinelli, Chief Marketing Officer, Lenovo EMEA, commented, “We’ve had a lot of fun working with Salva on the Second Skin campaign. As a brand that’s always been passionate about supporting gamers to do incredible things – when gaming and in life – it’s our ambition that the Second Skin stickers encourage our community to be their authentic self, whether at work or mid-battle royal. Laptop stickers are an expression of our personality and in these designs, Salva has managed to capture the collision of both worlds brilliantly. We hope they spread as much joy as they’ve brought us.”

Christian Dotzauer, EMEA Marketing Lead, AMD, said, “This research points to an important truth about the role of gaming experiences in many peoples’ lives as a source of fun, rich social connection, and true self-expression. The communities that form around games and gaming experiences are unlike any other, and we’re delighted to collaborate with Lenovo to celebrate gamers bringing their true selves to other aspects of their lives through Savage Stickers.”

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Acer to Focus on Gaming and Premium Products, Will Launch E-Scooter This Year

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Michele Montecchio, General Manager at Acer Middle East, speaks about the opportunities 2023 will bring along

How was 2022 for the industry and your company?
Coming out of the pandemic, 2022 was a year of big changes. The average selling price for laptops and PCs in the market had reduced due to the reintegrated presence of lower configuration products PCs in the market. The year began with large stock levels in both consumer and commercial markets, which meant that we had to reduce our average selling price to sustain the growth of the number of units we were selling.

However, the situation leveled out to normal predictable levels towards the end of 2022. The PC market proved to be volatile throughout the year as it faced multiple uncertainties and slumps with increasing inflation. For Acer, this meant that we had to focus our resources on optimising our inventory levels and focus on growing segments, such as gaming, where we saw growth in multiple countries.

What sort of opportunities does 2023 bring along?
In 2023, we’ll have the opportunity to approach the year in a more strategic way. This opportunity comes as 2023 is set to have a more regulated stock situation, unlike 2022. We’ve just had our Global Press Conference, alongside CES, announcing the expansion of almost every product line.

Each line-up has been updated to satisfy the changing lifestyles of our consumer base in the post-pandemic era, including hybrid working. Moreover, our commitment to 100% renewable energy by 2035 was furthered this year by delivering exceptional products with an environmentally conscious design, and our work continues towards that as we venture into new initiatives provided by Acer’s multiple business engines.

Did you face any challenges in 2022?
The pandemic disrupted our production for two years, which challenged our full line-up availability in 2022. Fortunately, with strategic production planning, we managed to alleviate this issue in the first quarter of the year. We were able to serve all the markets in the Middle East at full potential.

However, this presented another challenge as all our partners across the region needed to be aligned on the right strategy. This required us to invest a great deal of face-to-face time with all partners to set up this strategy. It led us to favourable results but required remarkable energy from the whole team.

What were your key achievements in 2022?
Last year was full of achievements. Despite the struggles of a post-pandemic era, we were able to grow our presence among all retail consumers. We were able to capture the educational market as one of our main suppliers and expand our commercial presence as well. We participated in major trade fairs and gaming events such as GITEX and Dubai Esports Festival.

Moreover, we hosted our 13th edition of Acer Partner Week showcasing our Acer line-up to our regional partners and stakeholders, while celebrating their ongoing support for our journey, and together we discussed key growth areas and emerging market trends. Our proudest moment came later in the year when we were chosen to be a part of the CSR Arabia awards for the third year in a row and won the winning trophy in our category.

According to you, which technologies will be in demand in 2023?
Through our internal research, we’ve noticed that the demand for ultraportable devices (such as thin and light notebooks) has risen significantly. The post-pandemic era has created hybrid work opportunities for most industries and because of that, consumers have started to prefer laptops that are portable and that fit their new lifestyle.

Furthermore, our research indicates that along with portability, these devices need to be powerful as well. As the content creation industry is on the rise, these mobile, yet powerful machines, have jumped in demand. Additionally, the gaming industry is now receiving its new expansion with 3D dedicated features to improve the gaming experience of a user and push the boundaries of innovation in the industry.

What will be your key focus areas for 2023?
In 2023, we aim to grow our high-end sales through gaming and premium products. We also aim to pursue our mission in serving and helping digital education. We’ve also recently introduced our e-mobility products and plan to expand that line up too.

What milestones have you set for 2023?
Our milestone set for 2023 is to push ourselves, as a company, toward our 2035 vision of 100% renewable energy. This vision will be pushed forward by our Earthion mission which strongly supports responsible, eco-friendly, and sustainable manufacturing of our products throughout the whole supply chain. This mission is best represented through Acer’s Aspire Vero line-up; a group of devices, including laptops and PCs, that is partially built from Post-Consumer Recycled plastics (PCR), which are recycled plastics that have been repurposed, to aid in our effort to reduce global waste.

For example, the Aspire Vero line-up is shipped in environmentally friendly packaging. The existence of these devices needs to be spread to our potential consumers that are eco-conscious so that they may make everyday decisions that support their beliefs.

What would you like to do differently in 2023, when compared with 2022?
Despite 2022 being a great year for us, it presented some key learnings as well. To evolve with the changing times, we would like to focus on and expand our digital presence and communications as well. We also aim for our brand to reach the most remote locations and have our product offerings available to everyone.

Do you plan to enter new markets or add new products/applications to your portfolio in 2023?
We’re introducing our e-mobility products and we’ll be launching an Acer E-scooter in 2023 as well. Our consumers have a lot to be excited about and should keep an eye out for our retail and online partners.

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Lenovo Launches 16-inch AI-Tuned Gaming Laptops

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The newest 2023 Lenovo Legion lineup of battle-ready PCs, monitors, and accessories is unveiled, setting a new standard in PC gaming for 2023 that gives gamers the edge they need to top the leaderboards. Lenovo is harnessing the pure power of PC gaming with its new lineup for CES 2023, unlocking the freedom to dominate the battlefield with AI-tuned performance that lets gamers crush both framerates and the competition. Brand new for 2023 is the new Lenovo LA AI chip, the world’s first dedicated AI chip on a gaming laptop, installed on the new Lenovo Legion Pro 7 and 7i (16”, 8) laptops and the Lenovo Legion Pro 5 and 5i (16”, 8) laptops.

Lenovo AI Engine+, powered by the Lenovo LA AI chip, deploys a software machine learning algorithm to optimally tune system performance. The chip uses software machine learning, deployed through Lenovo Vantage, to help monitor in-game FPS and dynamically adjust for the highest performance output. Offering up to 15% higher TDP, this chip and machine learning software combo allow Legion Pro Series laptops to deliver higher performance compared to previous generations. Lenovo Legion Pro 7i and Lenovo Legion Pro 5 and 5i laptops also come with Tobii Horizon, providing gearless head tracking that gives players an extra level of immersion when playing their favorite games, as well as Tobii Aware.

On the desktop front, the new generation of Lenovo Legion towers stand at the pinnacle of extreme power and performance, with the newly unveiled Lenovo Legion Tower 7i (34L, 8) and Lenovo Legion Tower 5i (26L, 8) featuring up to 13th Gen Intel Core desktop processors and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 40 Series GPUs, while the new Lenovo Legion Tower 5 (26L, 8) features up to AMD Ryzen 9 processor and AMD Radeon RX 7000 series or NVIDIA GeForce RTX 40 Series GPUs. To round out the portfolio, Lenovo Legion’s newest monitors include the new 27-inch Lenovo Legion Y27f-30 FHD and 27-inch Lenovo Legion Y27qf-30 QHD displays that are engineered to meet the demands of gamers and content creators alike.

Every Lenovo Legion PC comes with Windows 11 as well as a 3-month subscription to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, so gamers can jump into the fray from the get-go. Audio on the new Legion line-up feature Nahimic by SteelSeries, providing an extra edge through immersive 3D audio that lets gamers hear teammates more clearly while adding to the spatial awareness so key to topping the leaderboards. Players who stream will appreciate the easily-adjustable balancing and EQ controls, keeping the focus where it needs to be—on the win.

The Lenovo Vantage software application offers an additional all-in-one suite of tools, including real-time performance dashboards, overclocking controls, as well as intelligent fan controls with a new custom fan mode that allows gamers to eke out every edge over the competition. Also bundled with every Lenovo Legion device is Legion Arena, which consolidates owned games from multiple platforms for gamers to search their entire library from one place to quickly find the game they want to play.

Legion Ultimate Support is also available for people who want 24/7 access to advanced technical support performed by experts with game-specific knowledge to help gamers get the most out of their Lenovo Legion devices, with remote solutions available as well as next business day onsite support. “Lenovo Legion is blazing a new path to the peak of gaming performance, leveraging chip-powered AI and machine learning to push framerates even higher, giving gamers the ultimate edge,” said Ouyang Jun, Lenovo’s Vice President and General Manager of the Consumer Business Segment, Intelligent Devices Group. “Lenovo’s newest Legion devices set a new standard in smarter, higher output gaming.”

Lenovo Legion Pro 7i and Lenovo Legion Pro 7
The powerhouse 16-inch Lenovo Legion Pro 7i and Lenovo Legion Pro 7—the world’s most powerful AI-Tuned 16-inch gaming laptops1—empower gamers looking for an edge to choose their path to greatness. They come equipped with an option of the latest 13th Gen Intel Core processors or AMD Ryzen 7000 Series processors, and up to the latest NVIDIA GeForce RTX 40 Series Laptop GPUs.

This top-tier internals can run harder for longer thanks to Lenovo Legion’s ColdFront 5.0 with Hybrid Thermals, with an extra-wide Vapor Chamber that covers both CPU and GPU on NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 and RTX 4080 Laptop GPUs, or a dedicated CPU vapor chamber with hybrid heat piping for NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPUs. CPUs are kept cool with a liquid metal infusion, which means zero throttling, while heat is expelled through the massive exhaust vents on the rear and sides of the chassis, totaling out to 235W of TDP. The Lenovo LA AI chip that powers Lenovo AI Engine+ pushes performance even farther, maximizing frames-per-second for an incredible gaming experience.

All this graphical wizardry means that every frame of an epic win streak is displayed in lightning-fast, crisp detail on the Lenovo PureSight Gaming Display with a 16:10 WQXGA 2560×1600 display that supports up to a 240Hz variable refresh rate. Harness this power at the fingertips with the Lenovo Legion TrueStrike keyboard, backlit by Lenovo Legion Spectrum per-key RGB customizable lighting. For those on the go, the up to 99.99Whr Super Rapid Charge battery, the largest battery allowed on a plane, and quick charging6 keep the game going. Everything is housed in between the all-metal top and bottom covers, available in Onyx Grey.

Lenovo Legion Pro 5i and Lenovo Legion Pro 5
When there can only be one PC to handle all-day work and play, look no further than the 16-inch Lenovo Legion Pro 5i and Lenovo Legion Pro 5. Its esports styling hints at the gaming powerhouse at its heart, available with either a 13th Gen Intel Core or AMD Ryzen 7000 Series processor and up to an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU that empowers winners to compete at the highest levels. Internals are kept cool thanks to Lenovo Legion’s ColdFront 5.0, which uses massive exhaust and intake systems, a turbo-charged dual fan system, phase-change thermal compound, and advanced hybrid heat pipes to move more air out through the incredibly efficient exhaust vents, keeping gaming sessions quiet and cool.

The Lenovo LA AI chip monitors CPU and GPU load to dynamically adjust heat management and squeeze out even more performance from the internals. The Lenovo LA1 chip settings can be fine-tuned through Lenovo Vantage, providing full control over fans, overclocking controls, and other features needed to take full advantage of the 200W total TGP to mop up the competition on and off the arena floor.

This epic graphical output from under the Lenovo Legion Pro 5i and Lenovo Legion Pro 5’s hood is brought to life on the 16-inch Lenovo PureSight Gaming Display at 16:10 WQXGA with up to 240Hz variable refresh rate, while the Lenovo Legion Spectrum 4-zone RGB TrueStrike keyboard immerses the user even further into the action. For a sleeker look, the TrueStrike keyboard is also available in white backlighting. The Lenovo Legion Pro 5 has a Super Rapid Charge Pro 80Whr battery6 to power computing in the classroom or on the commute. This entire loadout is housed in between a metal top cover and a polymer bottom cover available in either Onyx Grey or Abyss Blue7.

Lenovo Legion Tower 7i
There’s no door that can hold it back—this beast is here, and it is built for extreme power and performance. For those looking to kit out their home battle stations, the newest generation 34L Lenovo Legion Tower 7i dominates the gaming skyline with up to the latest 13th Gen Intel Core processors, imbuing the machine beyond performance with the power to do it all. Bringing virtual worlds to life is NVIDIA GeForce RTX 40 Series GPU options that deliver top-of-the-line framerates, ultra-low latency, and ray tracing that allow gamers and creators alike to experience revolutionary new ways to game, stream, and create. With up to 64GB of 5600Mhz DDR5 RAM to edge out the competition, gaming performance is snappier even under intense multitasking loads.

The power these processors put out is pushed to an extreme, thanks to the larger VRM heatsink, up to six powerful-but-quiet ARGB fans, a 3D patterned airflow-amplifying front bezel, and an optional liquid cooling system that adds up to a legendary 260W TDP. This tear-inducing graphics performance is complemented by brand-new, fully customizable Lenovo Legion 12-ARGB lighting effects on full display through the tempered glass side panel that screams one’s in it to win it – with up to 6TB (3x 2TB SSD) that can store over 1000 AAA titles locally, nestled above a 1200W PSU8 that powers the entire rig.

The Lenovo Legion Tower 7i’s chassis is available in Storm Grey, and sports easy-access 2x USB-A 3.2 ports, 2x USB-A 2.0 ports, and 2x Audio jacks on its front. On the back are 4x USB-A 3.2 ports, 2x USB-A 2.0 ports, 1 USB-C (20Gbps), and 1 USB-A 3.2 (10Gbps) port, as well as an RJ45 and stereo audio jacks.

Lenovo Legion Tower 5i and Lenovo Legion Tower 5
The 26L Lenovo Legion Tower 5i and Lenovo Legion Tower 5 desktop PCs are built to bring the future of gaming to the home battle station. Pick the path to blazingly fast performance with the Lenovo Legion Tower 5i’s 13th Gen Intel Core desktop processors coupled with NVIDIA GeForce RTX 40 Series GPUs, or the Lenovo Legion Tower 5’s AMD Ryzen 7000 series desktop processor paired with either NVIDIA GeForce RTX 40 Series or AMD Radeon RX 7000 series graphics, and up to 32GB 5600Mhz DDR5 RAM, and up to 2x 1TB SSD all brought to life via an 850W 90% modular PSU.

No matter the loadout, the new Lenovo Legion Tower 5i and Lenovo Legion Tower 5 can handle everything from AAA titles to esports with gusto, while staying cool and quiet like a whisper thanks to up to five ARGB lighting-equipped quiet fans that push more hot air out faster through the enmeshed front bezels of the chassis, with an optional toolless glass side panel to want to bask in the RGB light of victory. The Lenovo Legion Tower 5i and Lenovo Legion Tower 5 are available in Storm Grey with two easy-access USB-A 3.2 (5Gbps) ports and one combo audio jack on the front.

Displays
For gamers looking for higher esports performance resolutions, refresh rates, and response times, look no further than the 27-inch Lenovo Legion Y27qf-30 and Lenovo Legion Y27f-30 monitors. Both models feature Eyesafe® Certified 2.0 Natural Low Blue Light technology to help reduce eyestrain and maintain eye health.

The Lenovo Legion Y27qf-30 QHD monitor’s 2560×1440 display has a 0.5ms response time10, and a 240Hz refresh rate overclockable to 250Hz. AMD FreeSync Premium and Adaptive-Sync support ensure a gaming experience free of screen tearing. The Lenovo Legion Y27qf-30’s IPS panel’s 125% sRGB, 95% DCI-P3 color gamut, 1.07b color support, 10bit color depth, Delta E ≦2 color accuracy, and VESA-certified HDR 400 brightness render true colors and excellent brightness and contrast. Their 2x 3W speakers add to the atmosphere of the game worlds being explored. The display’s ergonomic design features a phone holder on the base.

The 27-inch Lenovo Legion Y27f-30 FHD monitor’s 1920×1080 display likewise delivers smooth gaming performance at an accessible price, with a 240Hz refresh rate overclockable to 280Hz, AMD FreeSync Premium, and Adaptive Sync support. The IPS panel’s 113% sRGB, 90.7% DCI-P3 color gamut, Delta E ≦2 color accuracy, and VESA-certified HDR 400 brightness provide vivid color reproduction and contrast that bring games to life.

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