7 New ACER Devices in Malaysia: Aspire Switch 10, Iconia One 7, Aspire ES1-511, All-in-Ones, and More

The official launch of the Acer – A Touch More Connected
The official launch of the Acer – A Touch More Connected
The official launch of the Acer – A Touch More Connected

Acer Malaysia officially launched Acer Aspire Switch 10 2-in–1 notebook. Along with Aspire Switch 10, Acer also introduced 6 more products, including new Acer Iconia One 7, Iconia A1, Acer Aspire ES1–511 notebooks and new Aspire All-in-One (AIO) series.

1. Acer Aspire Switch 10

Acer Aspire Switch 10
Acer Aspire Switch 10

Acer Aspire Switch 10 is a 2-in–1 Windows 8.1 notebook consists of tablet and keyboard dock, connected via a magnetic hinge.

The multi-touch IPS display is 10.1-inch with 1366×768 pixels resolution, provides wide viewing angle of up to 178-degree.

It is powered by Intel Atom Z3745 1.86GHz processor, 2GB RAM. The storage space is 32GB eMMC on tablet plus 500GB with keyboard dock. 2MP front webcam for 1080p video recording; no rear camera.

For connectivity, it has a micro USB port on tablet, USB 2.0 port on dock, micro SD card reader, HDMI micro port. Supports Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n.

Aspire Switch 10’s 22Wh battery provides battery life up to 8 hours, Acer says. The 2-in–1 notebook includes free license of Microsoft Office 365 Home & Students.

Aspire Switch 10 price in Malaysia is RM 1,399.

2. Acer Iconia One 7

Acer Iconia One 7
Acer Iconia One 7

Acer Iconia One 7 is 7-inch (1280×800) Android tablet powered by Intel Atom Z2560 1.6GHz processor with 1GB RAM and 16GB eMMC storage. 2MP rear camera and HD camera at front. Its weight is 330g with build-in 3680 mAh battery, estimated battery life of up to 7 hours.

Iconia One 7 price in Malaysia is RM399.

3. Acer Iconia A1–830

Acer Iconia A1
Acer Iconia A1

A1–830 is 7.9-inch Android tablet with aluminium build. Same as Iconia One 7, A1–830 is powered by same Intel Atom processor, 1GB RAM, 16GB storage.

The screen resolution is 1024×768, a 4:3 aspect ratio suitable for web browsing and ebook reading.

Iconia A1–830 has 5MP rear camera and 2MP front camera, plus two speakers. The battery is 4000 mAh Lithium Polymer.

Iconia A1–830 price in Malaysia is RM 599.

4. Acer Aspire ES1–511

Acer Aspire ES1-511
Acer Aspire ES1-511

Aspire ES1–511 is the cheapest Acer E-series notebook. The display is 15.6-inch with resolution 1366×768 pixels. Powered by Intel Celeron Quad-core N2930 1.83GHz processor, 2GB RAM and 500GB SATA hard disk. The notebook runs Windows 8.1 with Bing*.

It equipped with a DVD drive, 1x USB 3.0 port, 2x USB 2.0 ports, SD card reader, HDMI port. Supports WiFi 802.11b/g/n, Gigabit Ethernet, and Bluetooth 4.0.

The 15.6″ notebook weight 2.4KG with 36 Wh 3-cell Li-ion battery pack, offers battery life up to 4.5 hours.

Aspire ES1–511 price is Malaysia is RM 999.

[box type=”info”]*Note: Windows 8.1 with Bing is cheaper licensing for PC maker’s low-cost computers that PC maker cannot change the Windows default search engine. User can change the default search engine, anyway.[/box]

New Acer Aspire All-in-One (AIO) series

Acer introduced 3 new Aspire All-in-One (AIO) desktop computers with Dolby Digital Plus Home Theater with 2 build-in stereo speakers:

Acer Aspire U5–620

Acer Aspire U5-620
Acer Aspire U5-620

23-inch 1920×1080 display, Windows 8.1, Intel Core i5 2.6GHz, 8GB RAM, 1TB SATA HDD, NVIDIA GeForce GTX850M 2GB, BlueRay combo. Feature special hinge that allow it to tilt all the way to flat with only one finger, awarded Computex 2014 d&i (design and innovation) award. Price: RM 3,499

Acer Aspire Z3–615

Acer Aspire Z3-615
Acer Aspire Z3-615

23-inch 1920×1080 display, Windows 8.1, Intel Core i3 3.0GHz, 4GB RAM, 1TB SATA HDD, DVD writer. Price: RM 2,399

Acer Aspire ZC–606

Acer Aspire ZC-606
Acer Aspire ZC-606

19.5-inch 1600×900 display, Windows 8.1 with Bing, Intel Celeron 2GHz, 4GB RAM, 500GB SATA HDD, DVD writer. Price: RM 1,299

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/AcerMalaysia

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch is the Premium Business Ultrabook You Want to Buy, Here is Why

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch

 

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon, the world’s lightest 14-inch Ultrabook is the latest model in Lenovo ThinkPad X series – premium thin and light laptops for business.

The new ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch is light and thin, weighing only 1.36KG and 15.15mm thin. With carbon-fiber construction, the world’s lightest 14-inch Ultrabook is durable, resistant to spills, drops, heat exposure, etc.

It features the Adaptive Keyboard which automatically changes the row of functions keys depending on what software you are using.  Beside touch screen control, the Ultrabook also support air gesture and voice recognition controls.

ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch has high resolution ColorBurst display (2560×1440) and anti-glare screen. 300 nit with IPS provides a wide-screen viewing.

The premium Ultrabook has up to 9-hour battery life (over 70% improvement from last generation), with RapidCharge technology you get 80% charge in under an hour.

ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch also supports NFC and optional build-in 4G connectivity, which seldom includes in other notebooks.

ThinkPad X1 Carbon Specs

  • Processor: 4th gen. Intel Core i5–4500U 1.6GHz processor / 4th gen. Intel Core i7–4600U 2.10GHz processor
  • OS: Windows 8.1 Pro
  • RAM: 8GB 1333MHz on board
  • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 4400
  • Display: 14“ non-touch HD+ (1600×900) / 14” MultiTouch WQHD (2560×1440)
  • Audio: Stereo, Dolby Home Theatre v4
  • Storage: Intel 256GB SSD
  • Weight: 1.36KG
  • Dimensions: 331 x 233 x 15.15mm–18.85mm
  • Battery: Integrated Lithium Polymer 8-cell (45Wh) RapidCharge battery
  • Warranty: 3 years on-site warranty

Price starting from RM 6,189

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9 Great Lenovo Back-to-School Offers for Malaysia Students

Lenovo back-to-school deals banner

Lenovo back-to-school deals banner

Lenovo Malaysia is offering college and university students an exclusive rebate promotion throughout May 5th till July 6th, 2014.

Students can buy 9 eligible products, including notebooks, desktops, tablet, and smartphones, with instant rebate and free gifts from 18 participating Lenovo outlets across Malaysia.

The offers includes instant rebate of RM50 to RM100, and wireless mouse & bluetooth headset (while stock last).

Here is list of the eligible products, specs, price and how to claim your free gifts.

Notebooks

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Lenovo notebook G40–70

  • 4th gen. Intel Core i5–4200U 1.6GHz processor
  • Windows 8.1
  • 4GB RAM
  • 1TB SATA HDD
  • DVD-RW
  • ATI Radeon R5-M230 2GB
  • 14″ HD Widescreen LED
  • Free gifts:
    • McAfee Internet Security
    • Lenovo Wireless Mouse
    • RM100 Instant Rebate
  • Price: RM 1,999

Lenovo notebook Z510

  • 4th gen. Intel Core i5–4200M 2.5GHz processor
  • Windows 8.1
  • 4GB RAM
  • 1TB SATA HDD
  • DVD-RW
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT740M 2GB
  • 15.6″ HD Widescreen LED Anti-Glare
  • Free gifts:
    • McAfee Internet Security
    • Lenovo Wireless Mouse
    • RM100 Instant Rebate
  • Price: RM 2,999

Lenovo notebook G400s

  • 3rd gen. Intel Core i3–3110M 2.40GHz processor
  • DOS
  • 4GB RAM
  • 500GB SATA HDD
  • DVD-RW
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT720M 2GB
  • 14″ HD Widescreen LED
  • Free gifts:
    • FREE: McAfee Internet Security
    • FREE: Lenovo Wireless Mouse
    • FREE: RM50 Instant Rebate
  • Price: RM 1,499

Lenovo notebook Flex 10

  • Intel Celeron N2805 1.45GHz processor
  • Windows 8
  • 2GB RAM
  • 500GB SATA HDD
  • Intel HD graphics
  • 10.1″ HD WLED Multi-touch
  • Free gifts:
    • Lenovo Wireless Mouse
    • RM50 Instant Rebate
  • Price: RM 1,199

Desktop

Lenovo Desktop H530s
Lenovo Desktop H530s

Lenovo Desktop H530s (Pentium)

  • Intel Pentium G3220 3.00GHz processor
  • Windows 8.1
  • 2GB RAM
  • 500GB HDD
  • Tray in RAMBO
  • Intel HD Graphics
  • 19.5″ LCD monitor
  • 1-year on-site warranty
  • Free gifts:
    • Lenovo Wireless Mouse
    • RM100 Instant Rebate
  • Price: RM 1,499

Lenovo Desktop H530s (Intel Core i3)

  • 4th gen. Intel Core i3–4330 3.5GHz processor
  • Windows 8.1
  • 4GB RAM
  • 1TB HDD
  • Tray in RAMBO
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT635 2GB
  • 19.5″ LCD monitor
  • 3-year on-site warranty
  • Free gifts:
    • Lenovo Wireless Mouse
    • RM100 Instant Rebate
  • Price: RM 2,099

Tablet

Yoga Tablet 8

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 8

  • MTK 8389 1.2GHz Quad-core Processor
  • Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
  • 1GB RAM
  • 16GB eMMC + up to 64GB microSD
  • 8.0″ LED IPS Multi-touch display (1280×800)
  • Rear facing 5MP camera & front-facing 1.6MP camera
  • 2-cell battery (6000 mAh)
  • Free gifts:
    • Jabra Bluetooth Headset
    • RM20 KFC voucher
  • Price: RM 999 (with Folio case)

Read also: Lenovo Yoga Tablet 8 review

Smartphones

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Lenovo A680 Smartphone

  • MTK 6582M 1.3GHz Quad-core processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 4GB storage
  • 5MP rear-facing camera & 0.3 front-facing camera
  • 5.0″ display (854×480)
  • Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
  • Free gift: RM50 instant rebate
  • Price: RM 499

Lenovo S660 Smartphone

  • MTK 6582M 1.3GHz Quad-core processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB storage
  • 8MP rear-facing camera & 0.3MP front-facing camera
  • 4.7″ qHD display (960×540)
  • Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
  • Free gift: RM50 instant rebate
  • Price: RM 749

Read also: Compare 6 All-New Lenovo A- and S- Series Smartphones: S860, S650, S660, A859, A680, A526 (May 2014)

How to claim?

Every student is eligible to buy up to two units of the listed products of the promotion. Here is the steps to claim your instant rebate and free gift:

  1. Register at http://bit.ly/mybts14 (required Student ID no.)
  2. After registration, you will receive a “Lenovo Promotion Voucher” with voucher code in your mailbox. Print it.
  3. Bring the voucher and a copy of your student ID to selected authorized Lenovo retailers (listed below) for your instant rebate (except for Lenovo tablet).
  4. Free gifts will be delivered to your address as submitted in Step 1.
lenovo back-to-school shops
lenovo back-to-school shops

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MacBook Air 2013 vs 2012: Performance, Battery Life, Price and More!

MacBook Air (Mid 2013)
MacBook Air (Mid 2013)
MacBook Air (Mid 2013)

Apple MacBook Air 2013 has been announced during WWDC2013 and available immediately. The new MacBook Air (MBA) looks and weight identical to the old MBA, the changes are inside. New MBA uses Intel fourth-generation Intel core processors “Haswell” with Intel HD Graphics 5000, faster SSD, supports WiFi 802.11ac.

It doesn’t sound like a lot of changes, does it? Let’s check out each feature and compare with previous MacBook Airs.

Intel Haswell Inside

New MacBook Air (Mid 2013) is the first Apple computer with Intel fourth-generation Intel Core processors, code name “Haswell” with Intel HD Graphics 5000. It replaces Ivy Bridge processor and Intel HD Graphics 4000 used in old MBA models.

The clock speed drops to 1.3GHz for all new MBA models, thus requires less power. Previously, it was 1.7GHz for 11-inch MBA 2012, and 1.8GHz for 13-inch MBA. Anyway, the max turbo remains 2.6GHz.

Much battery life

Apple says new MBA is “all-day battery” – up to 12 hours of battery life for 13-inch MacBook Air and 9 hours for 11-inch MacBook Air.

In Macworld lab test, 11-inch MacBook Air lasted 6 hours and 6 minutes and 13-inch MacBook Air lasted 8 hours and 18 minutes.

The results are much better than MacBook Air 2012 models: 11-inch MBA was only 3 hours and 34 minutes; MBA 13-inch was only 4 hours 55 mins.

Better graphic performance

The new MacBook Air Haswell processor build-in Intel HD Graphics 5000 which is, say Apple, 40% faster than HD Graphics 4000 used in previous MBAs.

MacBook Air Cinebench OpenGL chart
MacBook Air Cinebench OpenGL chart

A Cinebench OpenGL benchmark tested by Macworld shows that new MBA is up to 30% faster than its predecessor.

Faster SSD

Instead of using SATA SSD, new MacBook Air uses PCIe based SSD (same as new Mac Pro 2013), AnandTech reports. Two PCIe 2.0 interface in new MacBook Air capable of 1GB/s data transfer speed. A disk performance test reveals read/write performance of nearly 800MB/s!

Depending on the drive, general maximum transfer rate for SATA SSD is ranging from 100MB/s to 600MB/s.

Doubled space, Dual microsphones

Noticed that Apple has doubled MacBook Air 11“ model storage capacity from 64GB to 128GB, and from 128GB to 256GB for high-end MacBook Air 11”. The storage space for 13″ models remain unchanged.

New MacBook Air now comes with dual microphones to help noise cancellation and improve sound quality.

Also, WiFi 802.11ac gives you up to 3 times faster performance when connected to a 802.11ac router.

MacBook Air performance: 2013 vs. 2012

New processor, better graphic, faster SSD… Do they mean that MacBook Air 2013 has better overall performance than MacBook Air 2012?

MacBook Air Speedmark 8 chart
MacBook Air Speedmark 8 chart

Not really. Do not forget that new MacBook Air has slower processor clock speed. In fact, both generations earn identical Macworld’s Speedmark 8 scores. The major advantage of MacBook Air 2013 over MacBook Air 2012 is, you guess it, “all-day battery life”.

MacBook Air (Mid 2013) Lineup

Check out the following table for the new MacBook Air (Mid 2013) lineup models and prices in Malaysia.

MacBook Air Mid 2013 lineup
MacBook Air Mid 2013 lineup

Available configurations are 1.7GHz dual-core i7 processor, 8GB RAM. High-end models are configurable to 512GB SSD.

New price for MacBook Air 2012

With the new MacBook Air announced, Apple resellers are clearing their old MacBook Air 2012 stocks. The following is the MacBook Air 2012 price list from Machines Apple Reseller:

  • MacBook Air 11″/1.7/i5/4/64GB (MD223ZP/A) RM2,699
  • MacBook Air 11″/1.7/i5/4/128GB (MD224ZP/A) RM2,849
  • MacBook Air 13″/1.8/i5/4/128GB (MD231ZP/A) RM2,999
  • MacBook Air 13″/1.8/i5/4/256GB (MD232ZP/A) RM3,599

It is RM300 different for MBA 13“ models and up to RM750 different for MBA 11” models (doubled SSD capacity, remember?).

LiewCF’s Buying Advice

If long battery life and better graphic performance are not worth few hundred bucks for you, then grab the MBA 2012 while still available.

If you would like to use MBA for the next 5 years, I would suggest you max up the RAM to 8GB because it is not upgradeable after purchase. (MacBook Air SSD is upgradeable)

If you are looking for a second notebook while travelling, the 11″ MBA is a good choice. It is lightweight, powerful, long battery life machine at RM3000.

The 13″ MBA is good enough to be your only computer, or even a desktop replacement (connect to external display). But I will wait for the new MacBook Pro with Retina Display (2013) announcement first.

You can buy new MacBook Air now, shipping in Malaysia from Mid July.

The Best Windows Laptop is… Apple MacBook Pro!

Apple MacBook Pro is best windows laptop
Apple MacBook Pro is best windows laptop
Apple MacBook Pro is the best windows laptop

If you are looking for a best performance and reliability Windows laptop, you should consider Apple MacBook Pro. No joke!

Soluto, an online PC management service, released a report which awarded Apple MacBook Pro 13 (US$1,129.98) as the “Best Performing Windows Laptop” based on a combination of crashes, hangs, BSoDs, boot time and background processes.

The result certainly please Apple fanboys and become another reason/excuse to buy an Apple laptop.

According to Soluto that the reason MacBook Pro scored well is because every Windows installation on Apple laptop is a clean installation – no PC manufacturers’ crapware.

Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch on Amazon.com

Interestingly, the MacBook Pro 15″ Retina scored worse (Ranked 6th) than MacBook Pro 13″, despite that the former has newer and better hardware and both use clean Windows installation.

Using Windows on MacBook has its disadvantages, such as setup BootCamp, buy & install Windows, driver issues, and keyboard not mapping for Windows.

How about non-Apple laptops?

Aspire E1-571

Acer 15.6″ Aspire E1-571 won the 2nd place in the list. The result has surprised Soluto team because the Acer E series laptop is entry-level notebook. Nevertheless, Aspire E1-571 is the 2nd most reliable Windows laptop. Price was not taken into account in the report.

You could buy almost 3 of those for the price of one MacBook Pro 13″3, so this is a superb option for budget-minded businesses who like big laptops (15″6).

In the top 10, Apple notebooks proudly gained 2 spots (1st and 6th). Acer got the 2nd and 5th (Aspire V3-771). Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon is the 10th.

I would say Dell is the biggest winner because Dell laptops won 5 out of 10 spots with Dell XPS13 at 3rd place.

By the way, some famous laptop brands did not make to the Top 10: ASUS, HP, Samsung, Sony, Toshiba are not in the list. I wonder what’s these brands standing in the Top 50 of Best Windows Laptop.