Even though IFA 2018 was more than a month ago, HP isn’t happy with the releases from Berlin and debuts one more device. It’s the HP Chromebook x360 14, a convertible priced up from $599. The Chromebook is a premium product with a 360 degree rotating hinge, that supports usage modes like tent, tablet and stand.
The device has 8th generation Intel Core processors, Core i3 or Core i5 ones, plus up to 8 GB of RAM. This follows the $600 Chromebooks from Dell and Lenovo, which came to IFA 2018. HP also had a detachable Chromebook x2, in the same price range. The new HP model packs a full size backlit keyboard, plus Intel UHD Graphics 620 and comes with a battery life of up to 13.5 hours (based on mixed usage).
The screen is a 14 inch IPS LCD with Full HD resolution and narrow bezels. HP provides 64 GB of storage here, of the eMMC variety, although we were expecting a bit more. There’s an HD Wide Vision webcam in the mix and the design has a slight ceramic feel to it. It all comes in a compact size, at 12.81 inch x 8.93 inch x 0.63 inch. There are USB Type-C ports here, plus two Type-A ports and an audio jack.
HP Chromebook x360 14 is priced at $599 and up and it’ll be available on Best Buy from October 21st.
After offering a new version of the Huawei MateBook X, the Chinese company now also offers another appealing laptop, the 14 inch Huawei MateBook D. The device is priced at $999 and up and it comes with 8th gen Intel Core CPU.
Yes, I know the product has been available for months now, but initially, it came with an AMD Ryzen 5 2500U processor and Radeon Vega 9 graphics. It also cost just $630, which is not half bad. Now we get a pricier model, one that comes with the NVIDIA GeForce MX150 (2 GB) graphics card in lieu of the AMD one. If you’re bummed by the $999 price tag, you should know that many shops are offering discounts.
Aside from the CPU and GPU change, the device keeps the 14 inch 1920 x 1080 pixel display with touch ability. It also keeps the 8 GB of RAM (DDR4), WiFi 802.11 ac and Bluetooth 4.1. Inside we find a 57.4 Wh battery and the whole thing measures 0.6 inches in thickness and weighs 3.5 pounds. Connectivity includes an USB Type-C port, USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 Type-A ports too, plus a HDMI and 3.5 mm audio jack.
Then there’s the 1 MP webcam, quad speakers and Dolby Atmos acoustics. What’s also lacking here, aside from AMD stuff is a fingerprint scanner for some reason. A good piece of news though is that the top of the line model has double the storage of the entry level AMD unit. You can get the Core i7 model for $1099 on the Microsoft Store and the Core i5 one for $949 on Amazon.
ASUS debuted a new laptop this week, the ASUS E406MA, which is an affordable machine with an Intel Gemini Lake CPU inside. It’s a 2.9 pound laptop that has a pretty generous 56 Wh battery that should offer up to 14 hours of battery life for web browsing.
The product has already been listed by a bunch of Canadian retailers, at around $399. That price tag applies in Canada for now, so it could be different in Europe or USA. The product packs a 1920 x 1080 pixel display, with a 14 inch diagonal. Inside the laptop there’s an Intel Pentium Silver N5000 CPU, 4 GB of DDR4 RAM and 64 GB of eMMC storage. The ASUS website also mentions other versions, including one with 2 GB of RAM and storage versions of 32 GB, 64 GB and 128 GB.
There’s also a choice of Windows 10 S or Windows 10 Home. Each of those models comes with a USB Type-A port of the 3.1 variety, plus a microSD card slot and webcam. The device has pretty slim bezels, considering the price segment. ASUS E406MA comes in gray, white and blue and it also offers fast charging, as the battery goes from zero to 60% in just 49 minutes.
This is basically a lighter and cheaper Vivobook of sorts, especially judging by the design.
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The display is simply stellar, the available options are great and the price, while skyhigh will not scare off a major corporate IT department because the payback in productivity and the quality of the machine itself is excellent.
The battery life is good, the keyboard is beyond good, simply put, it is great! Certainly this is not a gaming laptop/notebook, but this is for getting work done!
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ASUS brought the new hinge of the ZenBook S to the new VivoBook S lineup, shown at Computex 2018. However, these are more colorful laptops and also more compact ones, with high midrange specs.
ASUS VivoBook S laptops come in 14 inch or 15.6 inch screen versions and they’ve got the format and colors going for them. Firmament Green, Star Grey, Silver Blue, Gun Metal and Icicle Gold are the hues available here. Some of them have a textured woven finish around the keyboard, others bringing a brushed finish with diamond inspired motifs.
The screen adopts the NanoEdge approach, with very narrow bezels. There’s 16 GB of RAM, NVIDIA GPUs, Intel Core i7 CPUs and dual storage options, with SSD and HDD. There’s no pricing yet, but we do know that products come this month. One of the drawbacks I found here is the lack of an SD card reader, possibly axed for the sake of the waistline.
The 15.6 inch VivoBook S weighs 1.8 kilograms and the 14 incher S14 weighs 1.4 kilograms. On the connectivity front there’s USB Type-C and there are also 3 USB Type-A ports, plus a full size HDMI for some reason. At least there’s a microSD card slot.
They run Windows 10, we’ve also got Core i3 or Core i5 options and GeForce MX150 with 2 GB of memory in the mix.