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.
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.
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]
While there is no proper announcement by Acer Malaysia at the time being, it seems that Acer Iconia W4 tablet is pretty much confirmed for release into our market very soon. This fact came through the announcement of Acer Malaysia’s latest contest on their Facebook page few days ago.
Called Oh My Gold!, the contest apparently provides the opportunity for buyers of selected Acer products to win RM 25,000 worth of gold and the Iconia W4 is listed as one of such products. Furthermore, the 8-inch Windows 8.1 tablet which is powered by the new Bay Trail-based 1.33GHz Intel Atom Z3740 quad-core processor has appeared on the contest’s website and Acer Malaysia’s recent catalogue which listed it for RM 1,199 with 64GB internal memory and 2GB RAM.
Since there is a Microsoft Office logo on the catalogue listing, I assumed that the tablet is also pre-installed with the popular productivity software suite as per Acer’s global announcement last month. In addition to that, Acer Malaysia have also mentioned the tablet is already scheduled for December release in this particular reply to a question by a customer on their Facebook page.
However, the device somehow has yet to appear on Acer Malaysia’s official website at the time being. We’ll keep you updated once we receive further updates from the company, so stay tuned for that soon.
[Thanks to StupidGuyPlayComp and Marauderz for the tips!]
It’s finally here. Three months after the initial confirmation by ASUS Malaysia and five months after it was first revealed at Computex 2013, the new ASUS Transformer Trio will be made available in Malaysia by end of this week.
Just to jog your memory, the Transformer Trio is basically a 3-in-1 machine whereby users are able to detach Trio’s 11.6-inch full HD display and used it as an Intel Atom-based Android tablet while the base can be used as a fully functional Intel Core-based Windows PC independently from the display. When combined together, Transformer Trio becomes a dual-OS laptop since it allows users to switch between Android and Windows 8.
In Malaysia, the Transformer Trio will come in two choices of processor: 1.6GHz Intel Core i5-4200U at RM 3799 and 1.8GHz Intel Core i7-4500U at RM 4099. Both variants will also be equipped with a 1.6GHz Intel Atom Z2560 which provides the processing power for the tablet portion of Transformer Trio.
For the full specifications, hit on the Read More link below (if available) or visit my.asus.com.
Sony Malaysia has launched two new hybrid PCs in its VAIO family today, with the introduction of the VAIO Fit and VAIO Tap 11. Featuring a new multi-flip hinge that allows it to be used in three different modes, the VAIO Fit aims to suit the computing needs of everyone while the VAIO Tap 11 currently holds the record of having the world’s thinnest body for tablets.
More on the new VAIO hybrid PCs after the jump.
A follow-up to the Surface Pro tablet that were announced in June 2012, the newly launched Surface Pro 2 certainly looks like an exact mirror image of its predecessor. In fact, it is really hard to differentiate both of them apart if it were not for the logos on their kickstands as the original Surface Pro is printed with Windows logo on it while the newer Surface Pro 2 is etched with the word “Surface”.
Of course, it is not exactly a surprise as the new Surface Pro 2 is built from the same VaporMg chassis with dark titanium finish that Microsoft used for the original Surface tablets. Additionally, the Surface Pro 2 also has similar thickness and weight as per Surface Pro at 13.46mm (0.53 inch) and 907 grams (2 lbs) respectively.
Comes standard with Windows 8.1, the similarities of Surface Pro 2 and its predecessor didn’t stop there either as the new tablet have the similar I/O ports as per the first generation Surface Pro: a full-size USB 3.0, microSDXC card reader, 720p front and rear cameras, combo audio jack, mini DisplayPort and cover port. Even the locations of these ports on Surface Pro are similar to the original Surface Pro.
Top: The original Surface Pro. Bottom: Surface Pro 2.
Microsoft have also retain the 10.6-inch 1920×1080 ClearType 10-point touch display for Surface Pro 2 and the support for active digitizer pen which is included with each Surface Pro 2. However, they claimed that the display of Surface Pro 2 has a 46-percent increase in colour accuracy over the display on the original Surface Pro although I honestly not able to tell the difference with my naked eyes.
So then, what made Surface Pro 2 different from the original Surface Pro? What are the actual improvements that Microsoft have done to their in-house flagship Windows 8.1 Pro tablet? Well, read on further (through the Read More link below, if available) to find out.