First revealed to the world back in October, the new Acer Iconia W4 which made its debut in Malaysia at PIKOM PC Fair in KLCC today is pretty much the Taiwanese company’s second attempt to deliver full Windows 8.1 experience in a small 8-inch form factor. Joining the ASUS Transformer T100 which was released in October, the Iconia W4 is also the second Windows 8.1 tablet to be powered by the Bay Trail-based 1.33GHz Intel Atom Z3740 processor in our market.
When the Iconia W3 was released into the market earlier this year, the device’s TN display was criticized for its low brightness and bad viewing angles. Acer promised to fix that problem and true enough, the Iconia W4 is equipped with an 8-inch 1280×800 IPS display instead that is way brighter and also has a better viewing angle than Iconia W3’s display.
The new tablet also features 2GB LPDDR3 memory and a built-in 64GB eMMC as its internal storage. As per most tablets out there, there are not much I/O ports on Iconia W4 as we are looking at micro USB, micro HDMI, 3.5mm combo audio jack and a microSD card slot. There is also a pair of stereo speakers located at the bottom area of the tablet.
There are still more to see of the new Acer Iconia W4 Windows 8.1 tablet. Click on the Read More link below (if available) to see further.
The brand synonymous with performance gaming is at it again. MSI has announced the new GT60 gaming laptop which not only pack the latest and most powerful mobile hardware around, but pushes the display boundaries with the introduction of a 3K resolution display. Yup, that’s 2880 pixels by 1620 on a 15.6-inch display.
To be available in a consumer- and workstation-grade variant, the MSI GT60 will be powered by a 2.4GHz Intel Core i7-4700MQ processor, 16GB of RAM, dual hard drives (1TB hard drive and a 128GB SSD) and of course the super sharp display. For the consumer variant, the rig will be equipped with an NVIDIA GoForce GTX780M and pre-installed with Windows 8, while the workstation variant will pack NVIDIA Quadro K3100 graphics but pre-installed with Windows 7.
In addition, the GT60 will sport four USB ports (3x USB 3.0), HDMI, two miniDisplayPort, Blu-Ray disc burner, Dynaudio speakers as well as user-programmable backlit keyboard by SteelSeries. Also, the rig is completed by the inclusion of a Killer Doubleshot card, comprising the Killer E2200 Networking and Killer Wireless-N1202 network cards.
Both variants, the consumer-level (model name 20D-261US) and the workstation-grade (model name 2OKWS-278US) GT60 are available now in the US, and will be priced at $2200 (about RM7200) and $2800 (about RM9200) respectively. For more information, head on to MSI’s official GT60 product page.
Since released in our market back in October, the ASUS Transformer T100 proved to be quite popular among consumers as the 10.1-inch Windows 8.1 tablet seems to be out of stock throughout the country. ASUS Malaysia informed us that new stocks are heading to retailers throughout the country from this week onwards and should be starting to be available as we speak including at this weekend’s PIKOM PC Fair in KLCC.
However, the fresh stocks that consumers will see at retailers is a variant that is slightly different from the original model that ASUS Malaysia sold last month. In addition to the built-in 32GB internal storage that is located in the tablet portion of the device, this particular Transformer T100 variant also features a built-in 500GB hard drive inside its keyboard.
The rest of the specifications remain the same such as the Bay Trail-based Intel Atom Z3740 quad-core processor, 2GB RAM and pre-installed Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013. With the addition of 500GB HDD into the product, the price of this particular Transformer T100 variant is also naturally higher at RM 1399.
Alongside the T100, the PIKOM PC Fair at KLCC this weekend will also see the debut of ASUS Fonepad Note 6 (finally) as well as the new 8GB variant for ASUS Fonepad 7. They are priced at RM 1399 and RM 749 respectively.
YTL Communications (or more fondly known as Yes 4G) and Intel Malaysia earlier today have officially announced their brand new partnership which will see the introduction of 4G-integrated devices in the educational sector – specifically, the 1BestariNet program. While both parties have no roll out schedule to share during the press conference earlier today, Intel have mentioned that the 4G-integrated devices will be laptops and tablets that are running on Android or Chrome OS.
In theory, this partnership brings together a lot of great things on the table for both parties. For example, it allows Intel – who have always been interested in educational sector through our programs such as ISEF and many more – to be involved in the 1BestariNet which is a large-scale, national-level project involving more than 10,000 schools throughout the country.
As for Yes 4G, they have just got themselves yet another strong technology partner – not that they are lacking of them especially with Google, Samsung and many more are already at their side. To put things into perspective, Intel are able to provide pretty much almost anything that Yes 4G need for their service from processors for devices of multiple form factors to WiMAX as well as LTE chips.
Let’s not kid ourselves though: this partnerships is still at its infancy, to say the least. Anything could happen along the way but in my humble opinion, this newly announced partnership between Yes 4G and Intel Malaysia certainly have the potential to grow if they able to navigate it in the right direction.
ASUS Malaysia have announced price reductions for two of its premium Ultrabooks, the Zenbook Touch as well as the dual-screen ASUS Taichi. The discounts, which goes up to RM500, is applicable from today.
The Zenbook Touch was actually announced in November last year, but was only available in Malaysia in March this year. Featuring a 13.3-inch Full HD IPS touch-enabled display, the ASUS Zenbook Touch was one of the first touchscreen Ultrabooks in the world. It is powered by an Intel Core i5-3317U processor with 4GB of RAM, with a 128GB SSD fitted inside. There are also two USB 3.0 ports and Bluetooth 4.0, all in a svelte 1.3kg chassis. The Zenbook Touch is now retailing at RM3799, down RM300 from RM4099.
On the other hand, the ASUS Taichi is the world’s first dual-display Ultrabook, featuring two 11.6-inch Full HD displays, with one of them touch-enabled. It is powered by an Intel Core i5-3337U processor with 4GB of RAM, 256GB SSD, and even a 5MP rear camera for use in tablet mode. Connectivity wise, the Taichi has two USB 3.0 ports, micro HDMI, mini VGA, volume rocker, and even a screen switch button. The ASUS Taichi also weighs only 1.25kg, and will now retail at RM4099 – a RM500 discount from its original RM4599 retail price.
Both Windows 8 Ultrabooks are also enhanced with SoundMaster audio technology, which ASUS developed with Bang & Olufsen. For more information about both ASUS devices, head on to ASUS Malaysia’s website here, or get in touch on ASUS Malaysia’s Facebook page here.
Released to the public in October, the Windows 8.1 or previously codenamed “Window Blue” is considered as one of the major post-release milestone for the operating system. So, what’s next? Well then, say hello to the “Threshold” which is said to be the code name for the next major set of updates for Windows.
Interestingly, Threshold (named after a planet in Halo universe) is said to cover three main Windows NT-based products which include Windows 8, Windows Phone 8 and Xbox One OS. The exact details of the updates that will be included into Threshold are not yet known at the time being but it apparently will bring the three OS closer together through the support of the same set of “high value activities” across all three OS.
However, there is still a long way to go before consumers get to see Threshold in action as it is scheduled for release in Spring 2015. Before that takes place, Windows 8.1 users will first see the release of Update 1 for their OS which will be out in Q2 2014 alongside “Windows Phone Blue” a.k.a the Windows Phone 8.1.
Nevertheless, it is good to know that Microsoft is not sitting on their laurels after releasing Windows 8.1 to the market. Additionally, Windows, Windows Phone, and Xbox One users will soon have plenty of things to see and share with each other.
First announced in September, it is not yet known till now if Microsoft will actually release the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 Windows tablets here in Malaysia. As you can recall, it took the company quite some time to launch the original Surface and Surface Pro in our market. However, it seems like there is some indication that things might be slightly different this time around.
In a brief post on their Facebook page (shown below), Microsoft Malaysia earlier today pointed out that they are aware of the overwhelming interests from users regarding Surface 2. Hence, they working on making it happen and will provide a status update on the device soon.
In some way, that sounds to me like a subtle semi-confirmation for the arrival of Surface 2 in Malaysia. Then again, let’s not get ahead of ourselves and let’s wait for the status update that Microsoft Malaysia have promised very soon. Meanwhile, don’t forget to check out our brief hands-on experience with Surface Pro 2 that took place last month right over here.
[Source: Microsoft Malaysia @ Facebook]
You’ve probably read before stories about how a company refuses to let their employees use their competitor’s products but in Google, staffs are encouraged to use Apple Macs instead of Windows devices or even the company’s very own Chromebooks. In a talk at the LISA ’13 conference earlier this month, Google explained how the company is using over 43,000 units of Macs and have been doing so without much help from Apple at all.
“There was a time when Macs were a small part of the Google fleet. But as of now if you start at Google and want to use a platform other than Mac you have to make a business case.” – Clay Caviness, a Google System Engineer.
Despite having so many Macs, Google does not rely entire on Apple in terms of software. “We don’t use any Apple’s tools to manage the Macs”, he said in the conference. Instead, Google uses its self-developed programs or even third-party ones to manage their vast amount of Macs. Google updated its Macs from OS X 10.7 to 10.8 for 99.5% of its entire collection in 8 weeks, and plans to do the same for the latest OS X 10.9 Mavericks update.
But Google’s preference for Mac is not a secret. In the recent post by Eric Schmidt, the Chairman of Google, teaching users how to switch from the iPhone to an Android, he actually mentioned “Like the people who moved from PCs to Macs and never switched back, you will switch from iPhone to Android and never switch back”.