While Dell‘s Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming laptop has always had pretty good value for money, it has always had one monumental flaw: Its awful TN panel. Today, Dell Malaysia is fixing that with the latest update to their popular gaming laptop.
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Y’know what tech enthusiasts say when a gadget starts dying? Every dying component is a reason to upgrade to a newer, less dead, and much faster version of that component. Smartphone feeling a little sluggish? Buy a new one! Gaming laptop fan getting too loud? Buy a new one! Did one of the rubber feet on your RGB keyboard fall off? Buy a new one!
So guess what we did when the hard disk on our Dell Inspiron 17 7000 2-in-1 started failing? Yep, we bought a new one. But, we also went one step further and wrote a comprehensive guide on how you can swap out your painfully slow mechanical hard disk drive for a newer, less dead and much faster solid state drive!
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Dell’s launched their brand new Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1 and Inspiron 15 7000 laptops in Malaysia. This time they pack Intel’s latest chips into relatively sleek metal bodies and have prices starting from just under RM4,450.
The Dell XPS 13 in its hybrid 2-in-1 form has finally arrived in Malaysia. Introduced earlier at CES 2017, this is one of the world’s smallest 13 inch 2-in-1 laptop and it comes with a QuadHD+ Infinity Edge display.
Dell has pulled the covers off their latest line of Inspiron products which include a whole host of new 2-in-1s across their Inspiron 3000, 5000 and 7000 range, plus two brand new Inspiron 5000 laptops. Among the devices is the world’s first 17-inch 2-in-1 device, the Inspiron 17-inch 7000 2-in-1.
Need a tablet can take up some of your laptop work? Dell has just announced its new Venue 10 7000 Android tablet, which is a full sized version of its wafer thin Venue 8 7000. In terms of design, it gets a rounded hinge that’s similar to Lenovo Yoga 2 Tablet series. While it doesn’t have a flip out kickstand for various modes, the hinge on the Venue 10 7000 lets you attach a backlit keyboard which lets you tilt the tablet screen around up to 180 degrees.
About a month ago, Dell had showed off its new Venue 8 7000 Android tablet and it will be officially available by the end November at US$499 (about RM1,635) in the US. At 6.0mm thin, this makes it the thinnest tablet yet, beating the iPad Air 2 by a mere 0.1 millimetre.
In terms of specs, the Venue 8 7000 gets a high solution 8.4″ 2560×1600 display which is similar to the Galaxy Tab S 8.4. As comparison, the iPad Air 2 has a 9.7″ display that does 2048×1536 resolution.
Underneath it runs on Intel’s Quad-core 2.33GHz Atom Z3580 processor that’s mated to 2GB of RAM. Its imaging capability is quite interesting as well as it comes with a total of 4 cameras. There’s a front facing camera, a rear 8MP shooter and another 2 more at the back for Intel’s RealSense technology that allows you to measure distances between two points.
At the moment, there’s no word of it heading to the rest of the world including Malaysia. Check out the promo video after the break.
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If we were to talk about mobile devices, Dell has pretty much fallen off the radar screen. Take out their Windows 8 hybrid machines (if you want to consider those as mobile devices) then there’s nothing much on offer from Dell, but that could all change with the Venue 8 7840, Dell’s feature-packed, Intel-powered, 8.4-inch Android tablet.
Unveiled at the 2014 Intel Developers Conference in San Francisco by none other than Michael Dell himself, the Dell Venue 8 is impressive even if it is still in prototype stage. For starters, it looks like no other tablet in the market today, the offset surrounding the screen is almost nonexistent. According to Gizmodo, the Samsung-sourced 8.4-inch 2560×1600, 359ppi OLED display, is “gorgeous”, liking it to the out-of-this-world display on the Samsung Galaxy Tab S that’s similar both in both screen size and resolution. Dell’s newest slate is ultra thin too. At just 6mm thick, the Venue 8 — with its gunmetal-grey aluminium chassis — is 0.4mm thinner than the already wafer thin 6.4mm Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact.
The tablet’s calling card is its camera, the Dell Venue 8 has four of them. There are two for taking pictures and videos on the front and back, while the other two integrates with Intel’s RealSense technology to support features like telling distances between two points. On the most basic scale, you can use the additional cameras to refocus a picture as you would using HTC’s One M8 dual-camera setup. On a more advance level, the tablet can use its three rear-facing cameras to figure out the distance between two points in a picture by triangulation.
The Venue 8 runs Android 4.4 an is powered by a quad-core 2.33GHz Intel Atom Z3580 processor, there’s 32GB of on board storage that is said to be expandable via microSD card. The device goes on sale in the US and other markets by Christmas but there’s no word if it will make it to Malaysia.
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The Dell Streak that was launched a year ago was one of the most anticipated Android devices to enter the market last year. Unfortunately local launch delays and expensive pricing had hindered its success in Malaysia.
Earlier this week, Dell has officially announced that the Dell Streak 5 has been discontinued, leaving behind its 7 incher Dell Streak 7 as their sole Android tablet right now. In Malaysia, Maxis is the only telco offering the Dell Streak 5 and outright it is still offered at RM2099, which is RM500 more than the Galaxy Tab 7 or the same price as a 4.3″ Samsung Galaxy S II. On contract, it is offered as low as RM999 over 24 months contract with minimum 1.5GB data plan on Maxis.
The Streak could have been the first tablet to hit Malaysia but each delay had made it less appealing. Even now, the price is still ridiculously high. Maxis and Dell should relook into its dated pricing as there are other cheaper and better alternatives in the market today.
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There’s not much of a service plan for the Motorola Xoom from Maxis. The Maxis Motorola Xoom plan is in actual fact a “get one free Motorola Defy” promo where you purchase the Xoom for RM2,499 from Maxis and then signup for a 3GB data plan with your choice of Maxis Value Plus plan to get the free Defy.
There is no option to purchase the Xoom with any other Maxis service plan.
Retailing for RM2,499 outright, you can’t deny that the WiFi only, 32GB Motorola Xoom is overpriced. Against it’s closest competitor, the WiFi 32GB iPad 2, priced at RM1,799, the Xoom is RM700 more expensive. In fact, for RM2,499, you can get the “top-of-the-line” 64GB 3G+WiFi iPad 2.
We’re not saying that the Xoom is not a capable tablet but it is really that awesome to command such a high price premium over its closest rival? We don’t think so.
With regards to the service plan, we’d rather Maxis offer just data plan with a MiFi device. If they can do it with the WiFi iPad why can’t Maxis do the same for the Xoom? It makes more sense and we’d gladly carry a MiFi — that is lighter, smaller and would probably have a better battery life — over an additional phone which we won’t be using to make calls on anyway.
So the Maxis Motorola Xoom service plan is lacking any appeal for us.
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