The Chinese New Year is almost upon us. It’s the time for festivities, fireworks, ang pows, the number 8, food and feeling guilty about eating too much food. It’s an awesome time of year.
But, one other tradition the Chinese like to observe during this auspicious time is to get their hands on new products. Clothes, accessories, shoes, gadgets, you name it, people are probably out queuing up to buy it.
If you’re buying tech, Lenovo wants your attention because they’re offering a whole bunch of goodies when you buy selected products this CNY season.
I love thin, light and affordable laptops that are designed for work on the go. For me, all they need to do is handle word processing, web browsing, some rudimentary photo editing and that’s about it. Oh yeah, they should also have a long battery life, at least enough to last a working day, anyway.
The last time I checked out a laptop from Acer, it was their then brand new Aspire S 13 — a thin and light no-nonsense productivity laptop. It had a lot going for it, with a nice set of I/O ports and a nice matte display. But, there were one or two issues such as the mediocre battery life and the mostly plastic body.
Now, they’ve refreshed their laptop lineup with several new devices from Acer’s Spin and Swift series. One laptop that stood out to me as an interesting alternative to the Aspire S 13 was the Swift 3. MacBook-esque looks aside, it bears a lot of similarities with the S 13, but with a few new features and compromises. So I thought it’d be interesting to see if it’s worth the RM100 premium.
Last year, my eyes watered in awe when I saw the most absurd (in the best way possible) gaming laptop ever — Acer’s Predator 21 X. Back then, all I had to play with was a pre-production unit with unconfirmed specifications. Now, in CES 2017, the beast has returned with a more official spec list.
Oh, and it’s got a ludicrous price tag too. Then again, you’ve probably already read the title.
It’s all about the flare now. Laptops need to look cool, feel cool and have cool features that aren’t necessarily useful (I’m looking at you, Touch Bar) in order to appeal to the mass market, to appeal to that group of people who want to feel like they’re one of the elite. What about those of us who want all the performance, but without the frills?
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