Lenovo Announces Range of Touch-Enabled PCs with a Variety of Form Factors

· · · Hardware

Lenovo has a bunch of new computers that will be available during and some after PC Show 2013 which will be held at Singapore Expo from 6th to 9th June 2013.

IdeaCentre Horizon
The IdeaCentre Horizon was the first thing that caught my eye at the event because it looks like a Microsoft PixelSense. It is running on Windows 8 Pro with Lenovo own’s Aura interface. It is still a little pale in comparison if you compare it with Microsoft PixelSense interface.

You can use it as a table, it is water resistant (to a certain extend) and it comes with the stand as shown in the image below.

Lenovo IdeaCentre Horizon
Lenovo IdeaCentre Horizon

Lenovo IdeaCentre Horizon - Stand
Lenovo IdeaCentre Horizon – Stand

Press Quote:

The IdeaCentre Horizon is designed to create a new way of thinking about computing – one that makes the experience shared, collaborative and personal. With a supersized 27-inch screen, dynamic graphics and 10-finger touch, the Horizon allows up to four people to use it simultaneously for both work and play.

When placed parallel to the ground, users can activate the Horizon’s Aura interface and begin interacting with people and content ranging from photos and videos to apps and games. The Horizon comes preloaded with a library of games created by Lenovo. Complementing these games is a special set of on-the-glass accessories including an e-dice and four joysticks and four strikers.

The Horizon also doubles up as a high performance, all-in-one 27-inch desktop. With up to Intel Core i7 processors, NVIDIA GeForce graphics and Dolby Home Theatre v4 audio, Horizon displays content beautifully and supports fast and smooth multimedia playback. All these features make it the ultimate home entertainment center, and a great device for collaborative work in the office.

Technical Specifications:

  • OS: Windows 8
  • Processor: 3rd Generation Intel Core i7-3537U
  • RAM: 8GB DDR3-1600Mhz
  • HDD: 1TB
  • Display: 27″ backlit full LED HD (1920×1080) multi-touch display; 16:9 widescreen
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GT 620M 2GB DDR3
  • Battery: Up to 2 hours battery life

The IdeaCentre Horizon will be available at Lenovo Exclusive Stores and all Courts outlets starting from the PC Show onwards with prices from SGD$2,899.

IdeaPad Yoga 11s
Launched last November, the IdeaPad Yoga 11 has pretty weak specifications for an Ultrabook, it is being powered by NVIDIA Tegra 3 running on Windows RT.

But now, Lenovo launch a new IdeaPad Yoga 11s which is powered by 3rd generation Intel Core i3 processor and running on Windows 8 and hence making it more powerful.

Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11s
Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11s

Press Quote:

Hot on the heels of the first two Yoga-branded convertibles launched last year is the new IdeaPad Yoga 11s, which comes equipped with a new low power lineup from Intel with up to 3rd generation Intel Core i5 processors and Windows 8 to give users the full power of multitasking and using Office applications, all in a svelte, 0.68-inch thin frame. Similar to its predecessors, users can utilize the Yoga 11s in four modes – laptop, tablet, stand and tent – for both work and play.

The IdeaPad Yoga 11s features an 11.6-inch HD IPS display that supports 10 finger multi-touch and Motion Control which allows users to swipe their hand in front of the webcam to advance photos, videos and other documents. It also comes with Lenovo Transition, where users can automatically open applications like PowerPoint in full-screen even when using Yoga 11s in tent, stand or tablet mode.

The IdeaPad Yoga 11s also has the same attractive rubber painting and a soft-touch exterior as the IdeaPad Yoga 13 and will be available in Silver Grey and Clementine Orange

Technical Specifications:

  • OS: Windows 8
  • Processor: 3rd Generation Intel Core i3-3229Y
  • RAM: 4GB DDR3
  • HDD: 128GB SSD
  • Display: 11.6″ HD (1366×768) IPS display with 10-point multitouch; 16:9 widescreen
  • Graphics: Integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000
  • Battery: Up to 6 hours battery life

The IdeaPad Yoga 11s will be available from the PC Show onwards with prices from SGD$1,399.

ThinkPad Helix

ThinkPad Helix
ThinkPad Helix

Press Quote:

The ThinkPad Helix is a premium convertible that defines the next generation of mobile computing through its ground breaking “rip and flip” design. This special design gives users absolute mobile freedom and versatility with multiple unique ways to use it.

ThinkPad Helix first functions as a high performance Ultrabook. For added mobility, the 11.6-inch tablet can separate from its base to become the thinnest full-function Intel 3rd generation Core tablet with vPro, also weighing in at 835 grams, making it one of the lightest around. The innovative “rip and flip” screen lets users flip the tablet 180° and snap it back into the base – this mode, called Stand mode, transforms Helix into a mini-movie theatre or business presentation central. From here, users can also fold the screen down to use it as a tablet while keeping the base connected for added ports and connectivity.

As a ThinkPad-branded device, the Helix also delivers on the brand’s reputation for quality and reliability, along with enhanced security and manageability features.

Technical Specifications:

  • OS: Windows 8 or Windows 8 Pro
  • Processor: 3rd Generation Intel Core i5-3337U (2.7GHz)/i5-3427U (2.8GHz)/i7-3667U (3.2GHz)
  • RAM: Up to 8GB DDR3L 1333MHz
  • HDD: 128GB/180GB/256GB SSD
  • Display: 11.6″ 1920 x 1080 IPS display with pen input
  • Graphics: Integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000
  • Battery: Up to 10 hours battery life

The ThinkPad Helix is available in stores and at the PC Show with prices from SGD$2,199.

ThinkPad Edge E431

ThinkPad Edge E431
ThinkPad Edge E431

Press Quote:

The ThinkPad Edge E431 comes with an optional touchscreen display and is targeted at small and medium businesses. The E431 ushers in a redesigned trackpad that provides more real estate for end users to play around with. The E431 comes with a proprietary new charging standard called OneLink, which uses a single cable for charging, video and data. Consumers can also purchase an additional OneLink dock, a peripheral with four USB ports, HDMI and an Ethernet jack.

Technical Specifications:

  • OS: Windows 7 Pro (64bit) (comes with Windows 8 Pro Recovery DVD)
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-3230M (2.6GHz)/i7-3632QM (2.2GHz)
  • RAM: 4GB DDR3 SDRAM
  • HDD: 500GB (5,400rpm)
  • Display: 14″ HD+ (1600 x 900) display with optional touch screen
  • Graphics: Integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000 or NVIDIA GeForce N14m-GL 710M + 1GB VRAM or NVIDIA GeForce N14P-GV2 GT740M + 2GB VRAM
  • Battery: Up to 6 hours battery life

The ThinkPad Edge E431 (non-touch) is already available in stores with prices starting from SGD$1,199, while the touchscreen version will be available from mid July 2013 with prices starting from SGD$1,499.

Others
Other laptops like the ThinkPad X1 Carbon, IdeaPads U310, U410 Ultrabooks, IdeaPad Z400, IdeaPad S400 has been refreshed to add touch capability.

Prices:

  • ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch – SGD$2,999
  • Lenovo IdeaPad U310 Touch (Graphite Grey Only) – SGD$1,199
  • Lenovo IdeaPad U410 Touch (Graphite Grey Only) – SGD$1,299
  • Lenovo IdeaPad Z400 Touch – SGD$1,199
  • Lenovo IdeaPad S400 Touch – SGD$1,099

Chromebooks Now Available in Singapore

· · · Hardware

Chromebooks have arrived in Singapore and for some reasons, they are only on sale at Courts and not elsewhere like Challenger, Harvey Norman or Best Denki. I guess Courts got the exclusivity rights for the time being.

3 models of Chromebook are available, HP Pavilion Chromebook (SGD$449), Samsung Chromebook (SGD$449) and Acer C7 Chromebook (SGD$369).

For the HP Pavilion Chromebook, you can get it from HP Online Store as well.

In the US, HP Pavilion Chromebook and Samsung Chromebook are retailing for USD$249 (SGD$315) and Acer C7 Chromebook is retailing for USD$199 (SGD$252). I think if you include shipping charges to Singapore from freight forwarder like comGateway, it is still cheaper to get from the US if you don’t need the warranty.

If you have the budget, I recommend waiting for the Chromebook Pixel (WiFi: USD$1,299/SGD$1642, LTE: USD$1,449/SGD$1832).

Chromebooks At Courts Singapore
Chromebooks At Courts Singapore

Source: Hardware Zone

NewsLoop Now On Android

· · · Software

NewsLoop which was launched last year in July 2012 on iOS, is now available on Android via Google Play.

What is NewsLoop?
NewsLoop puts together the best news and lifestyle content from Singapore, Indonesia and Australia, all into a single elegant app. With over 400 publishers and 30 categories of stories to choose from, NewsLoop lets you discover news that matters to you.

NewsLoop has garnered a 4-star rating from more than 200 reviews on the Apple App Store, and it sets itself apart from competitors with its unrivalled offering of rich local content from publishers like Yahoo! Singapore, inSing.com and Channel NewsAsia, mixed with highly respected international brands such as The Guardian, Reuters and ESPN and even stories from the news feeds of the users’ social media sites. In addition, NewsLoop allows readers to discover, personalise, curate and share these interesting articles via email, SMS and through their very own social networks.

NewsLoop’s intelligent algorithm enables users to receive content feeds that are tailored to their personal interests. Beyond the advances of technology, NewsLoop’s dedicated team of editors provides the necessary human touch, insight and intuition to ensure that content is curated, categorised and organised for a user-friendly reading experience. NewsLoop editors keep a close eye on breaking news and trending stories to make sure its users are always in the know.

NewsLoop on Android   NewsLoop on Android
NewsLoop on Android

NewsLoop on iPad Mini
NewsLoop on iPad Mini

NewsLoop on iPhone
NewsLoop on iPhone

Download
Android: Google Play
iOS (Universal): App Store

Microsoft Surface Pro In Singapore

· · · Gadget

*UPDATE* On 30th August 2013, Microsoft announced a price reduction for Surface Pro. I have updated this post to reflect the new prices.

When Microsoft Surface RT was launched in Singapore last month, many people have been asking when the Microsoft Surface Pro will be available in Singapore. And now, we got the answer straight from Microsoft Singapore.

Microsoft Surface Pro with Windows 8 Pro will be launching in Singapore next Monday, 3rd June 2013. It will be available at selected Challenger, Harvey Norman and Newstead stores (see below) and will also be making an appearance at the PC Show 2013, which will be held at Singapore Expo from 6th to 9th June 2013.

Surface Pro Pricing

  • 64GB: SGD$1,068 SGD$1,198
  • 128GB: SGD$1,198 SGD$1,328

Accessories Pricing

  • Touch Cover (Black, White, Cyan, Magenta, Red): SGD$108 SGD$168
  • Type Cover (Black): SGD$183
  • Wedge Touch Mouse Limited Edition Surface Model: SGD$89
  • 48W Power Supply for Surface Pro: SGD$118
  • USB to Ethernet for Surface Pro: SGD$58
  • VGA Adapter for Surface Pro: SGD$58
  • HDMI Adapter for Surface Pro: SGD$58
  • Pen for Surface Pro: SGD$44

Availability

  • Challenger: Funan Digital Life Mall, AMK Hub, Bedok Point, Causeway Point, Changi City Point, The Clementi Mall, Funan DigitaLife Mall, Great World City, Hougang Mall, IMM Jurong, Jcube, Jurong Point, 112 Katong, nex Serangoon, North Point, Parkway Parade, Plaza Singapura, Tampines 1, Tiong Bahru, Vivocity, and White Sands
  • Harvey Norman: Parkway Parade, The Centrepoint, Funan Digital Life Mall, Millenia Walk, Square 2
  • Newstead: Jurong Point, DigitalStyle @Funan DigitaLife Mall, IMM, Nex, Sim Lim Square #03-90/91

Microsoft Surface Pro
Microsoft Surface Pro

Microsoft Surface Pro with Type Cover
Microsoft Surface Pro with Type Cover

Technical Specifications

- Surface Pro with Windows 8 Pro Surface RT with Windows RT
OS Runs Windows 8 Pro and uses the apps available in the Windows Store. Also runs applications from Windows 7 desktop and integrates with your existing enterprise management infrastructure. Runs Windows RT and only works exclusively with apps available in the Windows Store.
Exterior 27.5 cm X 17.3 cm X 13 mm
910g
VaporMg casing
Dark Titanium color
Volume and power buttons
27.5 cm X 17.2 cm X 9.4 mm
680g
VaporMg casing
Dark Titanium color
Volume and power buttons
Storage 64GB or 128GB 32GB or 64GB
Display 10.6″ ClearType Full HD Display
1920×1080 pixels
16:9 (widescreen)
10-point multitouch
10.6″ ClearType HD Display
1366×768 pixels
16:9 (widescreen)
Pen Input Pen input and pen (included with purchase) Not available
CPU 3rd Generation Intel Core i5 Processor with Intel HD Graphics 4000
4 GB of RAM — dual channel memory
Quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3
2 GB of RAM
Wireless Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n)
Bluetooth 4.0 low-energy technology
Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n)
Bluetooth 4.0 technology
Battery 42 W-h 31.5 W-h
Cameras and A/V Two 720p HD LifeCams, front- and rearfacing with TrueColor Technology
Microphone
Stereo speakers
Two 720p HD LifeCams, front- and rearfacing
Two microphones
Stereo speakers
Ports Full-size USB 3.0
microSDXC card slot
Headset jack
Mini DisplayPort
Cover port
Full-size USB 2.0
microSDXC card slot
Headset jack
HD video out port
Cover port
Sensors Ambient light sensor
Accelerometer
Gyroscope
Compass
Power Supply 48W power supply (including 5W USB for accessory charging) 24W power supply
Warranty One-year limited hardware warranty
Apps (included) Windows Mail and Messaging; SkyDrive; Internet Explorer 10; Bing; Video and Games Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 RT (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, OneNote); Windows Mail and Messaging; SkyDrive; Internet Explorer 10; Bing; Xbox Games
Pricing
(SGD inclusive of GST)
64GB: $1,068
128GB: $1,198
32GB: $488
32GB + Touch Cover: $558
64GB: $618
64GB + Touch Cover: $688

Asus WL-330NUL (World’s Smallest Router)

· · · Gadget

Asus launched the world smallest router last week measuring 6.5cm long and weighing 17.5g, the Asus WL-330NUL. It is available since 20th May 2013 for SGD$59.

The Asus WL-330NUL is a 4-in-1 router, it acts like a router, USB Ethernet adapter, Wireless adapter and supports hot spot sharing!

Too bad there is no built-in battery for it and it does not support gigabit connection due to the speed limitations of USB2. It only supports the older 2.4GHz and not the newer 5.GHz.

Router
Just connect an Ethernet cable and instantly create a secure wireless network environment for all your devices. In addition, the WL-330NUL can also manage several network users at once, with different access privileges.

Hot Spot Sharing
The WL-330NUL features an easy to use and versatile hot spot mode. Wherever power and wireless connectivity are available, it allows sharing a single account on multiple devices.

USB Ethernet Adapter
As ultrabooks usually lack an RJ-45 wired LAN port and only support Wi-Fi, the WL-330NUL has been especially designed for business travelers and users of ultrabooks. Simply connect a network cable to your ultrabook via USB port, and the WL-330NUL provides stable and reliable online access anywhere.

Wireless Adapter
The WL-330NUL is also the perfect backup should your integrated wireless hardware experience any issues. To get Wi-Fi access, simply plug it to your notebook via USB. This also makes the WL-330NUL perfect for desktops, which traditionally lack Wi-Fi capabilities and limit you to wired connections.
Technical Specifications

  • Interface: 1x RJ45 for 10/100 BaseT with auto cross-over function (MDI/MDI-X)
  • Antenna: 1x Internal 2 dBi antenna
  • Operating Frequency: 2.4GHz
  • Management: Guest SSID, Site Survey, DHCP server, DHCP client, Static IP, Upgrades via web browser
  • Firewall: NAT, Virtual DMZ
  • Encryption: 64/128-bit WEP, WPA TKIP/AES, WPA2 TKIP/AES
  • Authentication: MAC address
  • Utilities: WL-330NUL Ultra-Link Utility, One-click guest management, Web-base administration
  • Power Adapter: AC Input: 110V~240V(50~60Hz), DC Output: 5 V with max. 1A current
  • OS Support: Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Mac OS X 10.5 to 10.8, Linux
  • Dimensions (WxDxH): 65 x 20.7 x 15.4 mm
  • Weight: 17.5g

Asus WL-330NUL
Asus WL-330NUL

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