If you have goals that you’re setting out to reach, you need to make sure that your gear can keep up. Make sure that you can bring the power along for the ride by refreshing your portable stable with any of these laptops that reached Philippine shores in 2019!
ASUS has been bringing a load of laptops to the country, with a focus on gaming. While the colors and aggressive styling might not be ideal for everyone’s tastes, you can be sure that each model is perfectly capable of handling more mundane tasks, like spreadsheets and Facebook.
As the name suggests, the TUF GAMING lineup comprises laptops that are tough and made for gaming. Here, the 15.6” FX505DU combines the latest AMD Ryzen processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX graphics with durability that passes MIL-STD-810G standards. The FX505DY is much the same, but is fitted with an AMD Radeon RX 560X GPU instead, while the FX705DU keeps the NVIDIA graphics but stretches the display to 17.3”.
If you’re willing to go all the way with gaming, the ROG sub brand has what it takes. The Zephyrus S (GX701) is slim and trim, and fits a 17” display with barely-there bezels in a chassis just 18.7mm thin. With an Intel Core i7 processor and a NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 GPU, it can bring the heat to gaming and even video editing.
The ROG Strix Scar II (GL704GV) is also fitted with a 17” display, and handles ray tracing with ease thanks to the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 GPU. The RGB lighting on the logo, keyboard and lower part of the chassis make your gaming love obvious to the people around you. With this much power, making music and videos is definitely doable.
Lying at the intersection of entertainment and productivity, the X570 is a slim and lightweight laptop that delivers high performance without completely flaunting its gaming roots. It has a 4K display and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 graphics, but still manages to last for 9 hours of offline video-watching or spreadsheet-making.
MSI is well-known for making gaming laptops, and its 2019 releases for the local market are no exception. These are powerful and capable devices that clearly put gaming first but can easily handle more routine tasks.
The GT75 Titan 8SG is far from slim, but that actually adds to its gamer cred. Looking like a spaceship of sorts from behind, the front shows a 17.3” UHD screen that can easily display amazing graphics and lifelike video and stills from games and even your Instagram feed.
While appearing comparatively subdued next to its stablemates, the GE75 Raider 8SF definitely has what it takes for you to crush your enemies and PowerPoint presentations alike. It has an Intel Core i7 processor (Coffee Lake architecture) paired with an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070, and allows you to tweak how it runs for optimized performance.
With little red highlights on the lid and red backlighting for the SteelSeries keyboard, the GL63 8SE provides a lot of hints at its gaming heritage. While the GL series is the more affordable line of MSI, there are no efforts to skimp on components. This is made clear by the inclusion of an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 and 8GB of RAM.
The most understated of MSI’s releases this year (so far), the GS65 8SF-082PH Stealth is fitted with a gold trim that adds a touch of elegance to the mostly black look. The ultra-slim bezels frame the sharp and clear 15.6” FHD display, which will work well for games and documents alike. If you like being subtle, this is the one for you.
So far, Lenovo has updated its Legion gaming line with new models, and added to the IdeaPad brand with, yes, another gaming-centric unit. Good products with good specs to match, and fully capable of doing what you want (gaming) and need (not gaming).
With its 15.6” display and retro-futuristic design, the Legion Y740 is undoubtedly a good-looking laptop. The RGB-backlit keyboard adds a cool vibe during use, even if you’re just updating your profile pic or adding an entry to an Excel file. Power comes from an Intel Core i7 processor paired with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660, RTX 2060, RTX 2070 with Max-Q Design, or RTX 2080 with Max-Q Design graphics.
The Legion Y540 is now available in three variants, each of which packs enough power to fulfill your needs. One version combines an NVIDIA RTX 2060 with 16GB RAM and an Intel Core i7, while the second puts together an NVIDIA GTX 1660Ti with 8GB RAM and an Intel Core i7. The final variant has an NVIDIA GTX 1650, 8GB RAM and an Intel Core i5 processor.
While the IdeaPad lineup has a more general computing focus, the L340 Gaming focuses on the gaming aspect (as the name suggests). Two models are available: 1TB + 128GB SSD storage and Intel Core i7-9750H processor, and 1TB storage and Intel Core i5-9300H processor. As both are fitted with 8GB of RAM and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 graphics, playtime and work time will be a breeze.
Acer’s Predator brand has been raising the gaming flag for many years now, providing innovative ways for people to scratch their gaming itch. The latest batch of models is no exception to this, with top-shelf components and cool lights galore.
Forged to be thin yet strong, the Predator Triton 500 incorporates an 8th-gen Intel Core i7 processor and an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 GPU with Max-Q Design. The 15.6” FHD IPS display is perfect for showing off the fruits of your labor, whether it is badges in your game or a happy email from your supervisor.
When you want to make a solid gaming statement, the Predator Triton 900 says a lot about your love for play. It has a 17” 4K display mounted on a hinge that can be faced in multiple ways in either direction, so you can share your screen with ease. For internals, you get an Intel Core i7-8750H processor, 32GB RAM and an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 GPU.
Like it when things are more than meets the eye? The Predator Helios 700 has the HyperDrift keyboard, which slides forward to reveal fans that maximize cooling (perfect for graphics-heavy games and multiple Office documents). The components used are a 17.3” HD display, 9th-gen Intel Core i9 processor, and either NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 2080 or RTX 2070 GPU.
HP is perhaps known best for its work-centric computers, although this doesn’t mean that style or power are neglected. Its 2019 releases are proof that the company is determined to make sleek-yet-powerful devices for its customers.
Unlike many of its peers, the EliteBook 745 G5 doesn’t use an Intel processor. Instead, it features the AMD Ryzen platform, which actually delivers good performance that can make working easier. When it’s time to head home, you can rest easy knowing that your laptop can handle extra-curricular activities easily too.
The company’s 13” Envy x360 also uses a Ryzen processor, leading to performance that is sure to satisfy workaholics and social media fans alike. The specifics: AMD Ryzen 7 2700U with a Radeon RX Vega 10 GPU for discrete graphics, 8GB RAM, 256GB of SSD storage. This device looks as well as it performs.
A name that is more associated with smartphones and telecommunications equipment than with computing, Huawei has nevertheless been dipping its toes in the laptop arena recently. The result? Good-looking products that perform well.
The Matebook 13 is priced quite competitively, and it comes in both Intel Core i5 + 256GB storage and Intel Core i7 + 512GB storage variants. Both have 8GB of RAM and NVIDIA MX150 discrete graphics. Either way, light gaming is the only type of gaming you’ll be doing on this device.
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