Samsung Notebook 9 Pro (2017) Review: The 15-in Convertible Laptop with S Pen

The S Pen on this laptop is probably the best digital stylus out there.  It has 4096 levels of pressure sensitivity and you can store the pen in the device, not something you see much of lately.   Good performance and a sharp 15-in FHD display make this a winner.  I like the fact that the 15-in version also has an AMD Radeon 540 GPU with 2GB of video memory.  Average battery life and mediocre speakers hold this back from being a AMDtech Editor’s Choice.

 

Samsung Notebook 9 Pro (15-in): http://amzn.to/2vczR7U (United States)
Samsung Notebook 9 Pro (15-in) http://amzn.to/2umuILL (Canada)

Samsung Note book 9 Pro (13-in): http://amzn.to/2vd7sP6 (United States)
Samsung Note book 9 Pro (13-in): http://amzn.to/2vj3pPz (Canada)

Staedtler Noris Digital Samsung Pencil: http://amzn.to/2vd3nur (United States)
Staedtler Noris Digital Samsung Pencil: http://amzn.to/2fq5S6Z (Canada)

Specs:

Screen Size 15 inches
Processor Core i7 7500U
RAM 16 GB
Hard Drive 256 GB flash_memory_solid_state
Chipset Brand intel

AMD Radeon 540 with 2G video memory
Card Description dedicated
Other Technical Details
Brand Name Samsung
Item model number NP940X5M-X01US
Operating System Windows 10
Item Weight 3.8 pounds
Product Dimensions 13.7 x 9.4 x 0.7 inches
Item Dimensions L x W x H 13.67 x 9.41 x 0.67 inches
Processor Brand Intel

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New Razer Blade Stealth (2017): Unboxing & Review

 

This is the 13.3-in version of the Razer Blade Stealth and it really is an improvement over its predecessor.  Razer gives us a bigger display (QHD+ 3200 x 1800 IGZO), smaller bezels (50%), better battery life and increased performance.  But all this comes a higher price point ($1,399 (ouch!)) which is $400 more than the starting price from last generation.  Are all these improvements enough to justify the price increase? Check out the video to find out.

 

Razer Blade Stealth: http://amzn.to/2f1ThHd

Razer Core: https://www.razerzone.com/gaming-syst…

Razer Power Bank: https://www.razerzone.com/gaming-acce…

Specs:

Screen Size 13.3 inches
Max Screen Resolution 3200 x 1800 pixels
Processor 2.7 GHz Intel Core i7
RAM 16 GB
Hard Drive 256 GB Flash Memory Solid State
Card Description Dedicated
Number of USB 3.0 Ports 2
Other Technical Details
Brand Name Razer
Item model number RZ09-01963E32-R3U1
Operating System Windows 10 Home
Item Weight 2.4 pounds
Product Dimensions 8.1 x 12.7 x 0.5 inches
Item Dimensions L x W x H 8.12 x 12.65 x 0.52 inches
Color Black
Processor Brand Intel
Processor Count 2
Flash Memory Size 512.0
Optical Drive Type None
Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)

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HP Spectre x2 (2017) Review: The Surface Pro Killer?

 

I really like this 2-in-1, so much so, that its earned the AMDtech Editor’s Choice Award for the 2-in-1 category for 2017 so far.  The only negative is its average battery life.  Otherwise, this is a premium device with an excellent keyboard and pen included in the price.  Nice touch.  Improved speakers (Bang & Olufsen) and very fast SSD read and write speeds make this a nice alternative to the Microsoft Surface Pro.

Let me know what you think.

HP Spectre x2 (2017) at Bestbuy: http://bit.ly/2tnN6U5

HP Spectre x2 (2017) at Amazon: http://amzn.to/2ux0vsF

Specs:

Screen Size 12.3 inches
Max Screen Resolution 3000 x 2000
Processor 2.4 GHz Intel Core i7
RAM 8/16 GB
Hard Drive 256/512 GB SSD
Other Technical Details
Brand Name HP Spectre x2
Hardware Platform PC
Operating System Windows 10 Pro Ink
Item Weight 1.7 pounds
Processor Brand 7th Gen Intel Kaby Lake Core i7-7560U
Processor Count 2
Computer Memory Type SODIMM
Hard Drive Interface Solid State

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Xiaomi Mi Max 2 Black Global Edition: Unboxing & First Look

 

I have been really impressed by the Xiaomi MI Max 2.  I especially like the matte black exterior, much better than the white version.  At less than $300 this is a great value and if you want a smartphone with a giant screen  (6.44-in) then this may be your ticket.  Improved stereo speakers, better build quality, and great display (FHD) make this a nice upgrade over the Mi Max.

Let me know what you think and what do you want to see in the full review which which is coming soon.

 

Xiaomi Mi Max 2 (Black): http://bit.ly/2uFk6qB

Xiaomi Mi Max 2 (White): http://bit.ly/2vpJCOl

Specs:

Model Xiaomi Mi MAX 2
Network 2G: GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz CDMA BC0
3G: WCDMA 850/900/1900/2100MHz TD-SCDMA B34/39 CDMA EVDO BC0
4G: FDD-LTE B1/3/5/7/8 TDD-LTE B38/39/40/41
[===Not Sure Your Network ?===] / [==Will My Phone Work ?==]
SIM Card Dual SIM Card or one SIM Card + TF Card (Nano SIM, Micro SIM)
Style Bar
Color Black
Shell Material Metal
Key Features – 6.44″ large immersive display
– 5300mAh big battery, 4GB RAM + 64GB ROM
– Quick Charge 3.0 + Parallel charging, 68% charge in one hour
– Sony IMX386 1.25-micron camera, same primary rear as Mi 6
– Snapdragon 625 with 14nm FinFET technology
– Rear fingerprint sensor and IR blaster

System
OS MIUI 8
CPU Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 2.0Ghz Octa Core
GPU Adreno 506 650MHz
RAM 4GB
ROM 64GB
Card Extend Support external Micro SD/TF card up to 128GB

Screen
Display Size 6.44-Inch
Type FHD Capacitive Touch screen, Sunlight display, Night display, 72% NTSC color gamut,
Resolution 1920*1080 Pixel, 342PPI
Multi-Touch Yes

Support Format
Audio File Format PCM, AAC/AAC+/eAAC+, MP3, AMR – NB and WB, FLAC, APE, DSD, WAV
Video File Format MP4, M4V, MKV, XVID, ASF, WAV, AAC, MP3, AMR, FLAC, APE, DSD
Image File Format JPEG/BMP/GIF/PNG
E-book Format TXT
Earphone Port 3.5mm

Data Transfer & Connectivity
Data transfer USB/Bluetooth
Mobile internet WAP/WiFi

General
Camera/Picture
Resolution Front Camera: 5.0MP
85° wide angle lens, ƒ/2.0 aperture
Back camera: 12.0MP
1.25μm, f/2.2 aperture
Two-tone flash
Supports PDAF
Video recordings:
4K/1080p/720p video recording, 30fps
720p Slow Motion video recording, 120fps
Language Multi-language(Please refer to the screenshots)
Message SMS/MMS/E-Mail
Input Handwrite,The virtual keypad
GPS Yes, Supports GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, Beidou
WIFI Supports Wi-Fi (2.4G/5G), 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, MU-MIMO, WiFi display, Wifi Direct,
GPRS Yes
WAP Yes
Bluetooth Yes, V4.2 Bluetooth HID
Gyro sensor Yes
Light Sensor Yes
Accelerometer sensor Yes
Distance Sensor Yes
Hall Sensor Yes
IR blaster Yes
Fingerprint Yes
Charger US type
Quick Charge Quick Charge 3.0, 9V/2A
Battery Capacity 5300mAh (tpy) / 5200mAh (min) (Built-in)
Charge interface Type-C
Dimensions 174.1*88.7*7.6mm
Weight About 211g
Other Features WiFi, Bluetooth, Browser, MP3, MP4, MMS, Alarm, Calendar, Calculator, etc

Package Included 1 x Xiaomi Mi Max 2 smartphone
1 x USB Type-C Cable
1 x Charger
1 x Eject pin

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Samsung Notebook 9 Pro Unboxing & First Look: 15-in Convertible Laptop with S Pen

Really interesting 15 inch convertible laptop.  I like the design and at 3.79 lbs its one of the lightest 15-in devices out there.  The S Pen is excellent and I like the fact that you can store it in the device, not something that is common nowadays.  And at 4098 levels of pressure sensitivity it feels like you are putting pen to paper, so to speak.  Still doing some testing, but battery life is going to be 6 to 6.5 hours, it looks like.  Of course,  I will report my findings in the full review coming soon.  In the meantime check out my unboxing and first look.

Samsung Notebook 9 Pro (15-in): http://bit.ly/2uWJK7O

Samsung Notebook 9 Pro (13-in): http://bit.ly/2tQZg4Q

Samsung Staedtler Noris Digital Samsung Pencil: http://amzn.to/2sVnSIo

Specs:

Operating System: Genuine Windows 10 Home

Processor: 7th Gen(Newest) Intel Core i7-7500U Processor (2.7GHz/3.5GHz, 4MB Smart Cache)

RAM: 16GB DDR4 RAM

Display: 13.3″ Full HD Touch Screen (1920×1080) with 360 degree rotating display/ 15 in Full HD Touch Screen

Graphics: Intel® HD Graphics 620

AMD Radeon 540 (with 2GB Video RAM) (15-in only)

Storage: 256GB M.2 SATA3 SSD

Optical Drive: None

Wireless: Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265(8265D2W)

Keyboard: Backlit Keyboard (80 Key)

Webcam: 720p HD webcam and microphone

Ports: 1 x USB-C™ [up to 5Gbps*, 4K display out with optional adapter, Charging], 2x USB 3.0 Ports, 1x HDMI, 1x MicroSD Multi-media Card Reader

Audio: Built in Stereo Speakers x2

Media: Bluetooth v4.1

Weight: 2.79lbs (13.3 in Model) and 3.79 lbs (15-in Model).

Warranty: One Year Samsung Warranty

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Chuwi LapBook 12.3 Review: $300 Laptop with Surface Pro Display

Another great offering from Chuwi.  After using the Chuwi LapBook 12.3 for about three weeks I can safely say that this is one of the best Apollo Lake laptops to come out of China.  A gorgeous Surface Pro Display (Non-Touch) , all metal build, decent speakers and an open M.2 SATA 3 SSD slot make this a winner.  Average battery life and slow eMMc write speeds are the only negatives.

Chuwi LapBook 12.3: http://bit.ly/2t3Zwvm

Transcend M.2 SATA 3 SSD: http://amzn.to/2txRuhG

Specs:

Brand: CHUWI
Model: LapBook 12.3
Type: Notebook
OS: Windows 10
CPU Brand: Intel
CPU Series: Intel Celeron
CPU: Intel Celeron N3450
Core: 1.1GHz,Quad Core
Caching: 2MB L2
Graphics Type: Integrated Graphics
Graphics Chipset: Intel HD Graphics 500
Graphics Card Frequency: 200MHz – 700MHz
Process Technology: 14nm
Power Consumption: 4W
Threading: 4
Storage
RAM: 6GB
RAM Type: DDR3
RAM Slot Quantity: Three
Hard Disk Memory: 64GB EMMC
Hard Disk Interface Type: M.2
Network
WIFI: 802.11b/g/n/ac wireless internet
Bluetooth: 4.0
WLAN Card: Yes
Display
Screen size: 12.3 inch
Display Ratio: 16:9
Screen resolution: 2736 x 1824
Screen type: IPS
Camera
Camera type: Single camera
Front camera: 0.3MP
Connectivity
USB Host: Yes 1 x USB 3.0+1 x USB2.0
Mini HDMI slot: Yes
DC Jack: Yes
3.5mm Headphone Jack: Yes
General
Battery Type: 7.6V / 8000mAh, Li-ion polymer battery
Standby time: 7-8 hours
AC adapter: 100-240V 12V 2A
Material of back cover: All Metal
Skype: Supported
Youtube: Supported
Speaker: Built-in Dual Channel Speaker
MIC: Supported
Media Formats
Picture format: BMP,GIF,JPEG,JPG,PNG
Music format: MP3
MS Office format: Excel,PPT,Word
Languages
Languages: Windows OS is built-in Chinese and English, and other languages need to be downloaded by WiFi
Package Contents
Charger: 1
English Manual : 1
Notebook: 1
Dimensions
Product size: 29.30 x 20.00 x 1.50 cm / 11.54 x 7.87 x 0.59 inches
Package size: 34.00 x 25.50 x 7.50 cm / 13.39 x 10.04 x 2.95 inches
Product weight: 1.0430 kg
Package weight: 2.6580 kg

This is the unboxing and review of the Huawei MateBook X by AMDtech

Huawei MateBook X: http://amzn.to/2uLg4JD

Specs:

Screen Size 13 inches
Max Screen Resolution 2160×1440 pixels
Processor 2.5 GHz None
RAM 8 GB
Hard Drive Flash Memory Solid State
Graphics Coprocessor Intel HD Graphics 620
Chipset Brand Intel
Card Description Integrated
Other Technical Details
Brand Name Huawei
Item model number Watt-W09B
Item Weight 2.3 pounds
Product Dimensions 11.3 x 0.5 x 8.3 inches
Item Dimensions L x W x H 11.26 x 0.49 x 8.31 inches
Color Space Grey
Processor Brand Intel
Processor Count 2
Flash Memory Size 8.0
Optical Drive Type None
Batteries 1 Lithium Polymer batteries required. (included)

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Huawei MateBook X Unboxing & Review: The Windows MacBook?

 

So far my favorite laptop of 2017.  It checks all the boxes that you want, great screen, great build and design, outstanding speakers and nice looks.  Average battery life, no thunderbolt 3 and less than stellar SSD write speeds hold this back as being the ultimate laptop.  But a great first effort by Huawei, earning the AMDtech editor’s choice.

**UPDATE** As far as charging times, it takes about 2 hours to fully charge this device with the device on.  It will take about an hour to get to 50%.

Huawei MateBook X: http://amzn.to/2uLg4JD

Specs:

Screen Size 13 inches
Max Screen Resolution 2160×1440 pixels
Processor 2.5 GHz None
RAM 8 GB
Hard Drive Flash Memory Solid State
Graphics Coprocessor Intel HD Graphics 620
Chipset Brand Intel
Card Description Integrated
Other Technical Details
Brand Name Huawei
Item model number Watt-W09B
Item Weight 2.3 pounds
Product Dimensions 11.3 x 0.5 x 8.3 inches
Item Dimensions L x W x H 11.26 x 0.49 x 8.31 inches
Color Space Grey
Processor Brand Intel
Processor Count 2
Flash Memory Size 8.0
Optical Drive Type None
Batteries 1 Lithium Polymer batteries required. (included)

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HP Spectre x2 Unboxing & First Look: Surface Pro Killer?

This is perhaps one of the most improved products of the year.

The HP Spectre x2 (2017) has the beauty and the braun.

Gone is the Core-M processor and in is the more powerful Core i5 and Core i7 processors.  It has an improved display, improved speakers and improved performance.  The only negatives I can see is the price tag and battery life which looks to be mediocre at best.

Let me know what you think and if there is anything you want me to test in the full review which is coming soon.

 

This is the unboxing and first look at the HP Spectre x2 (2017) by AMDtech

HP Spectre x2 (2017): http://amzn.to/2uwR4Wu

SPECS:

OPERATING SYSTEM Windows 10 Home 64
PROCESSOR Intel® Core™ i7-7560U (2.4 GHz base frequency, up to 3.8 GHz with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology, 4 MB cache, 2 cores)
GRAPHICS Intel® Iris™ Plus Graphics 640
DISPLAY 12.3″ diagonal 3K2K IPS WLED-backlit multitouch-enabled edge-to-edge glass (3000 x 2000)
MEMORY 8 GB LPDDR3-1600 SDRAM (onboard)
HARD DRIVE 256 GB PCIe® NVMe™ M.2 SSD [
WIRELESS TECHNOLOGY Intel® 802.11b/g/n/ac (2×2) Wi-Fi® and Bluetooth® 4.2 Combo
POWER SUPPLY 65 W AC power adapter
BATTERY 4-cell, 41.58 Wh Li-ion
BATTERY LIFE Up to 8 hours
VIDEO PLAYBACK BATTERY LIFE Up to 7 hours and 15 minutes
EXTERNAL I/O PORTS 2 USB 3.1 Type-C™ Gen 1 (Data Transfer up to 5 Gb/s, DP1.2, HP Sleep and Charge); 1 independent headphone/microphone combo
EXPANSION SLOTS 1 microSD media card reader
ENERGY EFFICIENCY ENERGY STAR® certified; EPEAT® Silver registered
WEBCAM HP Wide Vision 5 MP Camera and HP IR Camera with integrated dual array digital microphone (front-facing); HP 13MP Camera (rear-facing)
AUDIO Bang & Olufsen, dual speakers
SPECIAL FEATURES Supports active stylus compliant with Microsoft Ink
SENSORS Accelerometer; Gyroscope; eCompass
COLOR Dark ash silver
POINTING DEVICE HP Imagepad with multi-touch gesture support
KEYBOARD Full-size island-style backlit keyboard
DIMENSIONS (W X D X H) 11.57 x 8.15 x 0.3 in (tablet); 11.57 x 8.15 x 0.52 in (tablet and base)
WEIGHT 1.68 lb (tablet); 2.49 lb (tablet and base)
WARRANTY 1 year limited hardware warranty (information at www.hp.com/support); 90 day phone support (from date of purchase); complimentary chat support within warranty period (at www.hp.com/go/contacthp)
WHAT’S IN THE BOX Stylus and keyboard

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GPD Pocket Unboxing & First Look: World’s Smallest Laptop!

This has got to be one of the smallest laptops I have ever seen.  It should be categorized as a palmtop instead.  Either way, this is a very compact, extremely portable UMPC that has decent specs that is certainly more than capable.  It also has a premium all-metal build which is rock solid.  I like the fact that is has 8 GB RAM and 128 GB of storage, although I would of course preferred a SSS over an eMMc. Full testing and benchmarks coming soon. I will be posting the full review shortly so stay tuned.  Until then check out the unboxing and first look.

 

GPD Pocket” http://www.shareasale.com/r.cfm?u=128…

Specifications

General Brand: GPD
Model: Pocket
Type: UMPC
Operating System:Windows 10 Home
Processor CPU: Intel Atom x7-Z8750
Core: Quad core
Base Frequency: 1.6GHz
Burst Frequency: 2.56Ghz
L1 Cache: 32KB x 2
L2 Cache: 2MB
Manufacturing Process: 14mm
Instruction Set: 6bit
Storage
RAM: 8GB LPDDR3-1600
ROM: 128GB eMMc
Display
Touch Panel: Capacitive panel,multi-touch support
Size: 7 Inch
Display: 16:10
Resolution: 1920*1200
Pixels Per Inch(PPI): 323.45 PPI
Screen: Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Graphics card
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics
Craphics Base frequency: 200MHz
Craphics Burst frequency: 600MHz
Execution unit: 16
Multimedia
Audio System: Realtek ALC5645
Loudspeaker: Built-in stereo speaker
MIC: Support
Communication
Wireless:802.11a/ac/b/g/n Wlan,2.4/5GHz Dual-band
Bluetooth:4.1
Interfaces
I/O: 1x USB Type-C 3.0,1x USB Type-A 3.0
Video Interface: HDMI D Type
Audio interface: 3.5mm Headset jack
Input device
QWERTY,TrackPoint
Battery
Battery: 7000mAh Non-removeable Li-Po battery
Battery Life: About 12 hours(It should depended on the actual working condition)
Appearance
Shell Material: CNC Craft,Magnesium alloy
Sensor: Gravity Sensor,Hall sensor
Weight: 480g
Size: 180mm*106mm*18.5mm
Media
Audio format:Mp3/Mp4/Wma/Ogg/Amr/Aac/Flac/Ape/Wav/MidI/Ra
Video format:Mp4/Ape/Wmv/Rm/Rmvb/Asf/Avi/Mov
Picture format:Jpg/Png/Gif/Bmp/Jpeg/Webp/Wbmp
Package
GPD Pocket x 1
5V/2.5A Charger x 1
Warranty Card x 1
Manual x 1

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Asus ZenBook 3 Deluxe UX490 Review: More Premium Than the MacBook Pro?

This is one sleek looking laptop.  I like its Royal Blue color with its gold accents.  Classy, but stunning at the same time.  However, subpar battery life and a lousy 480p webcam prevented me from giving this an AMDtech Editor’s Choice Award.  At $1,699 USD it is expensive.  But Asus is going directly at Apple’s MacBook Pro with this one, so I sort of understand the price point.

Let me know what you think about the Asus ZenBook 3 Deluxe.

Until next time, see ya.

Asus ZenBook 3 Deluxe UX490ua: http://amzn.to/2tHOxZZ

Specs:

Screen Size 14 inches
Max Screen Resolution 1920×1080 pixels
Processor 2.7 GHz None
RAM 16 GB
Hard Drive Flash Memory Solid State
Card Description Integrated
Average Battery Life (in hours) 9 hours
Other Technical Details
Brand Name Asus
Series UX490UA-XS74-BL
Item model number UX490UA-XS74-BL
Hardware Platform PC
Operating System Windows 10 Pro
Item Weight 2.4 pounds
Product Dimensions 8.4 x 13 x 0.5 inches
Item Dimensions L x W x H 8.4 x 13 x 0.5 inches
Processor Brand Intel
Processor Count 2
Flash Memory Size 512.0
Optical Drive Type None
Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)

Tech. Redefined.