Aftershock Next

Aftershock PC announces its first foray into the AIO Segment with the NEXT Gaming AIO. Featuring a 32” FHD 144HZ Display or a QHD 60hz display, the NEXT is a fully-fledged gaming PC built into an AIO form factor. The NEXT overcomes the weakness faced by most AIOs: It uses standard desktop components and is fully upgradable for a future proof purchase.

The NEXT is priced at a SUB 2k price point to deliver maximum value in an attractive package.

Review: Chuwi Hi10Pro

The Chuwi Hi10Pro is a dual boot Windows 10 / Android tablet that has a metallic keyboard dock to convert it to a standard clamshell laptop.

I bought the Chuwi Hi10Pro last year when it was on sale at Gearbest. It was selling for US$169 for the tablet plus keyboard dock. I also used Swagbucks for an additional 4250 SB which should be valued at around US$50 via Amazon gift cards. The issue is that I can’t seem to pass the US only verification as it requires a US number (non-voip). Bummer. I managed to get around it recently through the use of a US SIM. So how did this US$120 tablet / laptop fare?

The Specs

Screen Size 10.1 inches
Screen Resolution 1920×1200
Hard Drive 64 GB
Average Battery Life (in hours) 6 hours
Operating System Windows 10, Android 5.1
Item Weight 2.2 pounds
Product Dimensions 10.3 x 6.6 x 0.3 inches
Item Dimensions L x W x H 10.31 x 6.59 x 0.33 inches
Rear Webcam Resolution 2 MP
Processor Intel X8350
4GB DDR3 RAM
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ASUS Republic of Gamers Maximus IX Extreme Motherboard

Looking to build an ultimate gaming rig? The latest Asus ROG motherboard can help get you started.

This high-performance Z270 gaming motherboard comes with integrated monoblock water-cooler, Aura Sync illumination, exceptional audio, multiple safeguards, and latest connectivity.

I have not really kept up with the latest in PC technology, but here’s a quick refresher on the latest features to look out for. It’s a long list and an excellent starting piece for your ultimate gaming rig.
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Asus ZenBook Flip UX360UA : Compact convertible for your needs

Zenbook Flip is Asus’s method of combining convertible 2-in-1 with their high-class Zenbook laptop range. Asus ZenBook Flip UX360UA is their one of the latest attempt at creating the perfect convertible and it is one of the most powerful convertibles around.

Specifications


Unlike the previous Zenbook Flip UX360CA which runs on Intel® Core™ M3 CPU, the review UX360UA unit is running on an Intel® Core™ i7-6500 CPU along with 8GB DDR3 RAM and 512 GB SSD to ensure the snappiest performance.

13.3″ QHD LED IPS screen sounds like the sweet spot for convertible laptop size. The only concern with the glossy screen is that it’s highly reflective under strong sunlight and it might not be the perfect device to be used outdoor. On the other hand, based on indoor usage experience, this is by far one of the best screen display I have seen with its high resolution and vibrant colour. I would personally prefer a matte display for future models.

Zenbook Flip UX360UA are surprisingly thin without sacrificing all the major ports that are still being used in the current 2 in 1 convertible market. UX360UA comes with combo audio jack, a USB 3.1 TYPE C port, two USB 3.0 ports, SD card slot and an HDMI port

The trackpad on the UX360U is on par with Macbook standard in terms of size & comfort. If you are worried about accidental click you are able to disable it via the keyboard command.

On the other hand, the backlit keyboard is surprisingly pleasant to use and well laid out with enough travel between keys.

On the other hand, the hinge on my review unit got a minor issue that the screen moved when you are using the touch screen on few different angle. You may wish to take note on your unit if you are interested in using it in table top mode.

Battery life on UX360 is decent like the majority of the Thin & Light laptop in the market, I used it at a local Starbucks for 3 hours and the battery went down from full battery to around 60%. Do note that I was using it to stream Spotify, watching Youtube videos & web browsing. If you are using it for basic web browsing and document editing purposes, you should be able to stretch the battery life to a longer duration.

Available now at all major IT outlets, with the price starting from S$1,598.00 for i5 model to $1,898 for the i7 model, it’s not the cheapest convertible we see around but it is one of the most powerful convertibles that can fulfil most of your needs on the go. For those who are budget conscious and does not require the top performance on the go, you may wish to consider the intel core M3 model UX360CA with a slightly different design that is also available right now at a cheaper price.

 

 

ASUS VivoMini VM65N and VM65 Now With 7th Gen Intel CPU

ASUS mini PCs, the VivoMini VM65N and VM65, have been updated with the latest 7th Generation Intel Core Kaby Lake processors. The other specifications remain the same. In a nutshell, these mini PCs can pack a punch. Newer is always better, and the updated PCs are expected to deliver an 11 percent performance increase over last generation chips.

The systems are powered by the latest 7th Gen Intel Core processors (i7, i5, i3 options) and are equipped with two SO-DIMM slots for up to 16 GB of DDR4-2133 memory, slots for one 3.5-inch drive (or two 2.5-inch with optional Vivo DualBay), an 802.11ac Wi-Fi module, Gigabit Ethernet, a 4-in-1 card reader, four USB 3.0 ports, or two USB 3.1 type-A ports (the VM65N only), one audio output jack, an HDMI connector, one Dual-mode DisplayPort output, built-in 2x2W SonicMaster speakers and a Kensington lock.

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