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Review of the HUAWEI MatePad Air (2023) in the UAE

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HUAWEI recently launched a series of devices including the nova 11 series of smartphones, the MateBook D 14, the MatePad 11, and so on. However, one of the exciting additions to the lineup was the HUAWEI MatePad Air, a brand-new 11.5-inch tablet designed for on-the-go work and entertainment.

The HUAWEI MatePad Air Graphite Black features a sleek matte finish that is both elegant and fingerprint-proof. On the back, you’ll find the 13MP rear camera and flash discreetly positioned at the corner.

What sets the MatePad Air apart is the inclusion of a magnetic casing with a detachable HUAWEI Smart Keyboard, offering a PC-like experience on the tablet. Additionally, the tablet supports the HUAWEI M-Pencil (CD54), available as a free gift if you purchase the MatePad Air during the launch sale.

Equipped with four speakers on both sides, the MatePad Air delivers an immersive surround sound experience for music, movies, and games.

The 11.5-inch 2.8K resolution display ensures an immersive viewing experience, complemented by a remarkable 144Hz high refresh rate for fluid and responsive on-screen motion. This display advantage enhances real-time strategy games, allowing seamless strategy deployment and overall map management.

Under the hood, the MatePad Air packs a Snapdragon 888 Mobile Platform processor with 8GB RAM and 256GB ROM, offering lag-free multitasking and fast app launches. It can handle graphics-intensive games like Genshin Impact, providing a seamless gaming experience.

One of its unique features is the PC-like experience provided by WPS Office, allowing you to turn the tablet into a versatile workstation with a range of tools and features comparable to Microsoft Office. Files can be easily shared across devices, maintaining compatibility with the PC’s file formats (docx, xlsx, pptx). In contrast to the condensed versions found on smartphones, the tablet-specific version offers a fully-fledged experience, complete with a comprehensive “ribbon” interface, pivot tables, and various other features.

To optimise the tablet experience, HUAWEI has provided me with the Smart Keyboard attachment, which serves as both a folio cover and a kickstand. The keyboard and case connect seamlessly via magnets, allowing me to remove the keyboard for use on my lap while placing the tablet on the desk. The typing experience is impressive, comparable to, if not better than most laptops.

The SuperHub feature enhances productivity by simplifying image and file sharing, while the Super Device allows multi-device collaboration with other HUAWEI products. The tablet also packs in an 8300mAh battery, and it comes packed with a 40W HUAWEI SuperCharge to top the tablet up when it runs out of juice.

HUAWEI is strategically aiming the MatePad at a specific target audience—those seeking the convenience of tablets while desiring a PC-like experience. Personally, the MatePad Air aligns perfectly with my work style, as I rely on my desktop PC for more demanding tasks. When I’m on the move, I mainly require a device for lighter activities such as social media postings and occasional video editing.

If you share a similar computing style and don’t require extensive power on the go, the HUAWEI MatePad Air should certainly be a strong contender for your consideration. It excels in every aspect, catering to creative professionals, multimedia enthusiasts, and productivity-focused users.

Price: AED 2099

HUAWEI MatePad Air (2023) AED 2099
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4

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What sets the MatePad Air apart is the inclusion of a magnetic casing with a detachable HUAWEI Smart Keyboard, offering a PC-like experience on the tablet. Additionally, the tablet supports the HUAWEI M-Pencil (CD54), available as a free gift if you purchase the MatePad Air during the launch sale.

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Sony Intros ULT POWER SOUND Series of Speakers and Headphones

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Sony Middle East and Africa has launched ULT POWER SOUND series – a new series of wireless speakers and headphones designed to make you feel like you have dived into the front row of the arena. Built for music lovers, it produces powerful deep sound designed to make your heart tremble. The new range consists of wireless speakers ULT TOWER 10, ULT FIELD 7, ULT FIELD 1, and wireless headphones ULT WEAR. All models in the series include the ULT button, providing signature sound quality by enhancing the music with one or two different sound modes.

ULT TOWER 10
Turn your home into party central with massive bass, 360° Party Sound, 360° Party Light and karaoke, thanks to a supplied wireless mic. You can even connect the speaker to your TV to boost the sound of the things you love to watch.

ULT FIELD 7
Liven up your day with punchy bass and expressive lighting wherever you go. The ULT FIELD 7 lets you take the party anywhere thanks to the waterproof and dustproof construction plus a long battery life means you can party for longer. You can even connect to a mic for karaoke on the go.

ULT FIELD 1
Bring your favourite tunes anywhere with enhanced bass built into a compact package with the ULT FIELD 1. Complete with a multi-way strap for ease of use, take your waterproof, dustproof and even shockproof speaker anywhere for longer, thanks to a long battery life.

ULT WEAR
With exceptional bass and improved Noise Cancelling, Sony’s new ULT WEAR headphones let you bring your favourite festival or club feel with you, everywhere you go.

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Marshall MA21 Electric Scooter Review: Convenience on Two Wheels

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The Marshall MA21 electric scooter carves a niche in the electric scooter market with its focus on portability and ease of use. In this review, let’s deep dive into the MA21’s features, performance, and overall value proposition to help you decide if it’s the right electric scooter for your needs.

First Impressions
Right out of the box, the MA21 strikes you with its compact size. Weighing in at just over 8kg, it’s incredibly lightweight, thanks to its aluminium frame. This makes carrying it on public transport, storing it under your desk, or throwing it in the trunk of your car a breeze. Folding the scooter is a one-step process, making it even more convenient for on-the-go situations.

Performance
The MA21 is equipped with a 24V/200W motor, which is suitable for flat terrains and gentle inclines up to 15 degrees. The MA21 can also support a maximum load of 90 kg. While it won’t win any speed races, it offers a comfortable cruising speed of 23km/hr, perfect for zipping around town or navigating a college campus.

The MA21 also offers a range of 12-15km, when fully charged. And it takes around 3 hours to charge the electric scooter from 0% to 100%. However, strong winds or steeper inclines can affect performance.

Ride Quality
Despite the solid 6-inch wheels, the MA21 offers a surprisingly smooth ride. The spring suspension in the front helps absorb bumps and cracks on paved surfaces. However, it’s important to manage your expectations – for rougher terrain, a scooter with pneumatic tires would be a better choice.

Safety Features
The MA21 comes equipped with a basic set of safety features. The front wheel features an electronic brake, while the rear wheel has a mechanical foot brake. These brakes provide adequate stopping power for the scooter’s speed. Headlights and a taillight ensure visibility in low-light conditions.

Verdict
The Marshall MA21 might not be the most feature-rich electric scooter on the market, but it excels in portability and ease of use. It’s a perfect choice for riders who prioritise a lightweight, convenient, and affordable way to navigate short distances in urban environments.

If you require a scooter for longer distances, or rough terrains, or crave additional features such as a display, you might want to consider alternatives that better suit your needs. However, if you’re looking for a no-frills, convenient, and fun way to get around for short commutes, leisure rides, or navigating a college campus, the Marshall MA21 is a strong contender.

Price: AED 1199

Marshall MA21 Electric Scooter AED 1199
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3

Summary

The MA21 is equipped with a 24V/200W motor, which is suitable for flat terrains and gentle inclines up to 15 degrees. The MA21 can also support a maximum load of 90 kgs. While it won’t win any speed races, it offers a comfortable cruising speed of 23km/hr, perfect for zipping around town or navigating a college campus.

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Razer Launches Blade 18 Gaming Laptop

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Razer has launched the Razer Blade 18 (2024) for gamers and creators. Featuring the world’s first 18” 4K 200Hz display with up to UHD+ (3840×2400) resolution, 3.0ms response time, and DCI-P3 100% colour gamut; Calman Verified and factory-calibrated, this Blade 18 offers gamers and creators ultra-high-definition visuals at breakneck refresh rates for an unmatched viewing experience.

The Blade 18 also packs in Thunderbolt 5 technology that allows users to connect multiple high-resolution gaming displays, high-speed storage, and all-in-one docks, through Bandwidth Boost, up to 120 Gbps, three times more bandwidth than the current leading connection protocol. The Blade 18 is powered by Intel Core 14th Gen i9-14900HX processor, which comes with 24 Cores and the ability to unlock overclocking through Razer Synapse.

You also get up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Graphics, unlocking up to 175 W Full TGP (Total Graphics Power), and leveraging NVIDIA’s AI-powered DLSS 3 to deliver faster framerates and real-time ray tracing. GeForce RTX technologies are supported in more than 500 popular games and applications, including blockbuster games such as Cyberpunk 2077 and Alan Wake 2. NVIDIA RTX Laptop GPUs are packed with specialized AI Tensor Cores enabling unmatched AI performance in creative apps, ultra-efficient productivity, blistering fast gaming, and more.

The Blade 18 accompanies an 18-inch QHD+ 300Hz Mini-LED Alternate Display Option: For even higher-refresh-rate gaming and up to 1K nits peak brightness, this all-new display option provides a stunning alternative that maintains sharpness in gameplay, creative work, or play, wherever one may be. It features QHD+ (2560×1600) resolution, 2K dimming zones with a new toggle on/off feature, and all the colour accuracy that is a hallmark of the newest Blades, including DCI-P3 100% colour gamut and Calman Verification and calibration at the factory.

The Blade 18’s advanced cooling system, featuring the thinnest exhaust fins in its class, maximizes graphics power and maintains desktop-class performance in a thin design. The vapour chamber technology features a 3-fan system, and Razer’s biggest chamber ever, to quickly and efficiently dissipate heat, ensuring optimal performance even under intense gaming or 3D rendering sessions. Equipped with a 5MP webcam, a THX spatial audio 6-speaker array, upgradeable components, a comprehensive port selection, and the latest Wi-Fi 7 connectivity, the Blade 18 ensures constant connection and immersion, whether for gaming, streaming, or online calls. It even includes a GaN charger (Up to 330W) which is up to 60% smaller than comparable silicon-based solutions.

The Razer Blade 18 (2024) is now available for a price of $3099.99.

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