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Dell XPS 13 OLED Impressions: Great Display, High Price

The Dell XPS laptops are the company’s flagship ultraportables, and the Dell XPS 13 2021 edition now comes with an OLED display to make it even more appealing. The Dell XPS 13 was known for its sleek and stylish chassis but with the new display, did Dell have to forego some other key features to…

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Dell XPS 13 OLED Impressions: Great Display, High Price

The Dell XPS laptops are the company’s flagship ultraportables, and the Dell XPS 13 2021 edition now comes with an OLED display to make it even more appealing. The Dell XPS 13 was known for its sleek and stylish chassis but with the new display, did Dell have to forego some other key features to be able to offer this option? This variant is currently only in the US and UK market, and we got our hands on one to use and review. Here are our first impressions of the Dell XPS 13 OLED.Just like the previous versions, the 2021 variant of the Dell XPS 13 is also extremely lightweight and compact. It weighs only 1.2kgs, which is the same as Apple’s M1 Macbook Air. As you’d expect from a laptop in this series, it’s a good looking laptop, and the Arctic White variant I tried out is quite striking. It has a brushed silver lid, with the Arctic White finish on the inside. The palm rests are made of woven glass fiber like in the previous XPS line-up for the premium feeling.But it’s not just the design that makes this feel like a premium laptop. The 512GB storage and 16GB RAM variant with the OLED screen will make you shell out a hefty $1,599 (or approximately Rs. 1,19,000). There are slightly cheaper FHD and UHD options also available.Since the OLED display is the star of the show here, let’s talk about that. The bezels around the screen are so minute that the screen immediately commands attention. We have used and reviewed the 4K screen of the past variants but the OLED one is truly stunning. This version comes with 3,456 x 2,160 pixels, or what Dell (and Dell alone) calls the 3.5K. The display difference is really noticeable if you put an OLED with a non-OLED screen. The colours are vibrant with sharp details and deep blacks. Watching Netflix on this was a delightful experience and the laptop delivers a gorgeous picture every time. The pixel dense display really throws up a lot of detail. The visual richness of Queen Elizabeth’s reign in the Netflix series The Crown is spectacular on this screen and really comes to life.  It’s not the brightest screen that’s out there though. The brightness maxes out at 400 nits, but working outdoors was a decent experience. It was not reflective at all and I didn’t have a problem with glare either. Dell’s XPS line-up is known for its touchscreens and here also, the touchscreen works well and is very responsive, although this is not a feature you end up using much. It’s quite an afterthought on a laptop like this that runs pretty smoothly as is. But testing it out, I realised it does not leave very visible smudges or fingerprints on the screen.  Dell XPS 13 now comes with an OLED screen optionIn terms of battery life, on a single charge I could use the laptop for only about seven hours with different day to day functions like browsing the web, watching Netflix for an hour and a little bit of gaming. I did use it in dark mode so that helped a bit. But playing Fortnite on this drained the battery faster than I expected and it needed to be charged pretty fast.Another gripe I have with the Dell XPS 13 2021 is the limited number of ports it comes with. The ultra thin aluminium chassis has two Thunderbolt 4 ports, a headphone jack and a micro SD card slot. A USB Type-A is missed here but Dell does pack in a Type-A to Type-C dongle in the box.Thunderbolt 4 and Micro SD Card slot seen on the left of the laptopThere are speakers located on the underside of the laptop in small cut-outs. The sound is punchy and loud especially when the Dell XPS 13 is placed on a flat and even surface. The sound definitely adds to the excellent media experience.Not much has changed with the Dell XPS 13 other than the OLED screen option, but the keyboard has been improved. The keys are not too clicky but not rigid either. Typing my first impressions piece on this felt easy and comfortable. There is also a two-stage backlighting on this keyboard which looks really good against the white finish. The 4.4 x 2.5 inch touchpad is silky smooth and reacts instantly.In terms of performance, the OLED variant of the Dell XPS 13 comes equipped with an Intel Core i7-1185G7 CPU with 16GB of RAM by default. This is more than enough power for day-to-day tasks and it could handle opening multiple webpages, and streaming 1080p videos with ease. There is an Intel Iris Xe graphics card which can assist with editing videos and playing games like Fortnite but only on lower graphics settings.The webcam is inconspicuous and almost hidden in the bezel. I tried taking a few work calls with it and the output was slightly grainy especially in low light, but for a camera that size it did an okay job.The Dell XPS 13 debuts the OLED screen and the borderless InfinityEdge display is gorgeous, improved further by the OLED panel. Since Dell has not experimented much with the performance or design, there is not much to be said about those aspects. The design is true to its premium ultraportable category and the performance will do well in day-to-day tasks.The battery does take a slight hit on this model with the OLED screen. On first impression, with a lofty price of $1,599 (or approximately Rs. 1,19,000), the OLED option of the Dell XPS 13 will appeal more to visual enthusiasts who might be particular about screen quality and colour reproduction. But there are FHD and UHD options as well, and these actually give you some room for RAM and memory customisation choices as well.

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TSMC Announces Chip Plant in Japan, Flags ‘Tight’ Capacity Throughout 2022

TSMC announced on Thursday plans to build a new factory in Japan to meet long-term appetite for chips and said, near-term, tight supplies will likely continue into 2022 amid booming demand during the COVID-19 pandemic.TSMC, the world’s largest contract chipmaker and a key supplier to Apple, said it would set up a chip plant in…

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TSMC announced on Thursday plans to build a new factory in Japan to meet long-term appetite for chips and said, near-term, tight supplies will likely continue into 2022 amid booming demand during the COVID-19 pandemic.TSMC, the world’s largest contract chipmaker and a key supplier to Apple, said it would set up a chip plant in Japan that will use older chipmaking technology, a segment currently under a severe supply shortage due to robust demand from automakers and tech companies. But production from the plant is only likely to begin by late 2024.The company and Taiwan in general have become central in efforts to resolve a pandemic-induced global chip shortage, which has forced automakers to cut production and hurt manufacturers of smartphones, laptops, and consumer appliances.”TSMC is working closely with our customers to plan our capacity and investing in leading edge and speciality technologies to support their demand,” Chief Executive Officer C. C. Wei told an online earnings briefing, after the company posted higher-than-expected profits in the third quarter.He said the expansion plan in Japan was pending approval from the company’s board and declined to disclose details such as expenditure and capacity.TSMC posted a net profit of TWD 156.3 billion (roughly Rs. 41,815 crores) in July-September, well above the TWD 149 billion (roughly Rs. 39,850 crores) average of 22 analyst estimates compiled by Refinitiv. That was 13.8 percent higher than the same period of last year.Advanced chips made by TSMC, formally known as Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co, are used in everything from high-end smartphones like Apple’s newly unveiled 5G iPhone 13, to artificial intelligence, cars, and a wide variety of lower-end consumer goods.Wei said TSMC’s capacity will remain “tight” this year and throughout 2022, adding its chip pricing will “remain strategic not opportunistic to reflex our value creation.””Our third quarter business was mainly supported by strong demand across all four growth platforms,” Chief Financial Officer Wendell Huang said, referring to strong chip demand including those for smartphones, cars, and “Internet of Things” — the concept of connecting household devices to the Internet.”Moving into fourth quarter 2021, we expect our business to be supported by strong demand for our industry-leading 5 nanometre technology.”The company lifted its revenue growth forecast for 2021 to about 24 percent, versus an earlier forecast of above 20 percent, citing an “industry megatrend” of strong chip demand.Wei said the company has entered a period of “higher structural growth” and set a long-term target of “50 percent and higher” for its gross margins.TSMC’s revenue for the quarter climbed 22.6 percent to $14.88 billion (roughly Rs. 1,11,615 crores), in line with the company’s prior estimated range of $14.6 billion (roughly Rs. 1,09,530 crores) to $14.9 billion (roughly Rs. 1,11,780 crores).For the quarter ending in December, TSMC forecast revenue of $15.4 billion (roughly Rs. 1,15,531 crores) to $15.7 billion (roughly Rs. 1,17,780 crores), compared with $12.68 billion (roughly Rs. 95,110 crores) in the same period a year earlier.TSMC shares have risen about 8.5 percent so far this year, giving the company a market value of $526.3 billion (roughly Rs. 39,47,840 crores), more than double that of competitor and client Intel.They closed up 0.4 percent on Thursday, broadly in line with a 0.2 percent rise in the broader market.© Thomson Reuters 2021

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Acer Chromebook Spin 514, Chromebook 515, Chromebook Spin 314, Chromebook 514 Launched

Acer on Wednesday, October 13 launched four new Chromebooks — Chromebook Spin 514, Chromebook 515, Chromebook Spin 314, and Chromebook 514 — at its next@acer global event. Designed for work, education, and entertainment, Acer Chromebook Spin 514, Chromebook 515, and Chromebook Spin 314 are powered by the latest 11th Gen Intel Core CPUs, while the…

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Acer Chromebook Spin 514, Chromebook 515, Chromebook Spin 314, Chromebook 514 Launched

Acer on Wednesday, October 13 launched four new Chromebooks — Chromebook Spin 514, Chromebook 515, Chromebook Spin 314, and Chromebook 514 — at its next@acer global event. Designed for work, education, and entertainment, Acer Chromebook Spin 514, Chromebook 515, and Chromebook Spin 314 are powered by the latest 11th Gen Intel Core CPUs, while the Acer Chromebook 514 is powered by an octa-core MediaTek Kompanio 828 processor. Acer Chromebook Spin 514, Chromebook Spin 314, and Chromebook 514 sport 14-inch displays, while the Chromebook 515 comes with a larger 15.6-inch display. All four Chrome OS laptops are said to support Android apps via the Google Play store. The Acer laptop models except for Chromebook 514 are also being offered in Enterprise editions that feature management tools for IT departments and upgraded security.Acer Chromebook Spin 514, Chromebook 515, Chromebook Spin 314, Chromebook 514: Price and availabilityThe Acer Chromebook Spin 514 (CP514-2H) is priced starting at EUR 799 (roughly Rs. 69,700) and will be available in EMEA (Europe, the Middle East, and Africa) region in October. The convertible laptop will also be available for purchase in North America in January 2022 starting at $699.99 (roughly Rs.52,600). Acer Chromebook Enterprise Spin 514 comes with a price tag of $899.99 (roughly Rs. 67,700) and will be available in North America in December. The device will go on sale in EMEA in October starting at EUR 1,049 (roughly Rs. 91,500).The price of the second model, the Acer Chromebook 515 (CB515-1W/T) starts at EUR 499 (roughly Rs. 43,500) and it will be available in EMEA in October. Acer Chromebook Enterprise 515 will be available for purchase at $649.99 (roughly Rs. 48,900) in North America starting in January next year. It will cost EUR 799 (roughly Rs. 69,700) in the EMEA where it goes on sale in October.The Acer Chromebook Spin 314 (CP314-1H/N) is priced at $499.99 (roughly Rs. 37,600) in North America and will go on sale this year in November. In EMEA, the device will be available in October for EUR 449 (roughly Rs. 39,000).Lastly, the Acer Chromebook 514 (CB514-2H/T) will go on sale in North America in December with a price tag of $399.99 (roughly Rs. 30,000). It will be available in EMEA in November for EUR 399 (roughly Rs. 34,800).All these new models will be available for purchase via the Acer Online Store.Acer Chromebook Spin 514 specificationsAcer Chromebook Spin 514 (CP514-2H) comes with a 14-inch full-HD IPS display with an 84 percent screen-to-body ratio and narrow borders on all four sides. It is powered by up to an 11th Gen Intel Core i7 processor and reportedly offers up to 16GB of RAM and 512GB storage. The convertible laptop features a Corning Gorilla Glass touchpad and a backlit keyboard.Its full-HD MIPI webcam is said to use temporal noise reduction technology and a blue glass filter to minimise light flare during video calls. It has two upward-facing speakers, dual microphones, an inbuilt amplifier, as well as support for DTS audio.The 2-in-1 laptop features aluminum top and bottom covers and MIL-STD 810H certification. It comes with dual USB Type-C ports and Intel Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+). The Acer Chromebook Spin 514 offers up to 10 hours of battery life and is claimed to charge 50 percent of its battery life in just 30 minutes.The Acer Chromebook Spin Enterprise 514 comes with the same specs but with advanced management tools for IT departments that the company says automatically enrolls the Chrome OS machines into enterprise administration as soon as the users connect to the internet with “zero-touch enrolment”. The Enterprise additions are also claimed to have upgraded security.Acer Chromebook 515 specificationsAcer Chromebook 515 (CB515-1W/T) — as well as the Acer Chromebook Enterprise 515 — features a 15.6-inch full-HD IPS display with optional multi-touch capability. The laptop comes with up to 11th Gen Intel Core i7 processors and integrated Intel Iris Xe Graphics. It is claimed by Acer to deliver up to a 40 percent performance improvement over previous generations. The Acer Chromebook 515 gets up to 16GB of RAM and offers 512GB PCIe NVMe storage. The laptop supports DTS Audio for high-quality sound output and features a webcam shutter to ensure privacy. It features an inbuilt smart amplifier, a numeric keypad, and two inbuilt microphones. For smooth typing, the Acer Chromebook 515 has a Gorilla Glass touchpad and a backlit keyboard.The Acer Chromebook 515 comes with MIL-STD 810H certification with an aluminum lid. Also, users will get two USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C ports with up to 10Gbps data transfer rate along with a microSD card reader. The laptop features Intel Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+) connectivity and includes an HDMI port.Acer Chromebook Spin 314 specificationsManufactured in an eco-friendly manner, the Acer Chromebook Spin 314 features an OceanGlass touchpad, which the company claims is made entirely out of the plastic waste that is recycled into a glass-like material. It has a 14-inch full-HD IPS touchscreen display and is powered by an Intel Pentium Silver N6000 processor. The laptop reportedly comes with up to 8GB of RAM and 128GB of eMMC storage.With an HDMI port, a microSD slot, a USB 3.2 Type-C port, and dual USB 3.2 Type-A ports, the Acer Chromebook Spin 314 provides quick data transfer options. For connectivity, it offers Wi-Fi 6 support and an 802.11ax wireless antenna. The 2×2 MU-MIMO technology is also available for faster wireless speeds.Support for DTS Audio technology, dual microphones, upward-facing speakers, and an optional backlit keyboard are some of the other specifications of the device. Acer Chromebook Spin 314 is said to offer up to 10 hours of battery life on a single charge.Acer Chromebook 514 specificationsApart from the Intel-powered devices, Acer has also launched the Chromebook 514 equipped with MediaTek’s mid-tier Kompanio 828 SoC. The Chromebook packs up to 8GB of RAM and 128GB of eMMC storage. It features a 14-inch matte, full-HD IPS (1,920×1,080 pixels) screen with an optional touch display as well as a Corning Gorilla Glass touchpad. The laptop has 7.1mm thin bezels and supports DTS Audio for better sound quality from its two upward-facing speakers. The Acer Chromebook 514 features two inbuilt microphones and a backlit keyboard as well.For connectivity, it features Wi-Fi 6, a USB Type-A port, and two USB Type-C ports. The Acer Chromebook 514 offers a battery life of up to 15 hours and is said to charge 50 percent in only 30 minutes. The device weighs 1.3kg.

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Deals on Popular Memory Modules (RAM) for Desktops Right Now

RAM is responsible for the efficiency of a computer. If you are looking for RAM or a kit, here are some options to power up your computer.1. Crucial CT8G4DFS824A (8GB)This 8GB module offering from Crucial has a speed of 2400MHz and has 1.2V energy consumption. The buffered module offers faster speeds for an improved system…

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RAM is responsible for the efficiency of a computer. If you are looking for RAM or a kit, here are some options to power up your computer.1. Crucial CT8G4DFS824A (8GB)This 8GB module offering from Crucial has a speed of 2400MHz and has 1.2V energy consumption. The buffered module offers faster speeds for an improved system responsiveness, easy multitasking and faster app loading, as per the company. Additionally, the RAM is said to offer optimal performance when used with a Crucial System Scanner or Crucial Advisor Tool. Fast System Responsiveness Crucial RAM 8GB DDR4 2400 MHz CL17 Desktop Memory CT8G4DFS824A Crucial DDR4 RAM module is an easy-to-install component and is a reliable offering. 2. Adata RAM (4GB)Adata DDR3 RAM is an unbuffered memory for desktops, and it is claimed to support Intel’s newest platforms for faster data transfer. The company says that the module’s operating voltage has been reduced to 1.2V for energy efficient operations (up to 20 percent power saving). Every chip in the Adata memory module is claimed to meet strict JEDEC and RoHS standards for stability and compatibility. Reliable Offering ADATA 4GB DDRA4 2666 Desktop Memory – 10243315 This 4GB memory module from Adata has a speed of 2666MHz. 3. Crucial CT4G4DFS8266 (4GB)This 4GB module from Crucial has a speed of 2666MHz, and it utilises a 288-pin design. The RAM offers optimal performance when used with Crucial System Scanner or Crucial Advisor Tool, as per the company. It has 1.2V energy consumption, and the module offers faster speeds for easy multitasking as well as faster app loading, as per the company. Energy Efficient Crucial RAM 4GB DDR4 2666 MHz CL19 Desktop Memory CT4G4DFS8266 Crucial DDR4 RAM module offers fast transition speed and load speed. 4. Dolgix RAM (4GB)The DDR3 memory module from Dolgix is a non-ECC unbuffered memory module, and it offers a speed of 1333MHz. It is claimed to have a lower energy consumption of 1.35V. This means that the module produces less amount of heat which in turn increases the efficiency of the machine. Low Heat Emission Dolgix 4GB DDR3 1333MHz Desktop Ram U-DIMM, LO-DIMM, UB-DIMM Memory Module The Dolgix DDR4 memory module utilises a 240-pin design. 5. Samsung M378B5273DH0-CH9 (4GB)This Samsung 4GB RAM module offering for desktops is an energy efficient unit. The DDR3 desktop RAM offers a speed of 1333MHz. Samsung says that this non-ECC module is organised with 16 FBGA. Balanced Performance Samsung DDR3 4GB 1333MHz DDR3-1333, M378B5273DH0-CH9 This Samsung DDR3 offering is compatible with various systems. 6. Adata Premier (4GB)Adata Premier DDR4 RAM is an unbuffered memory module for desktops, and it utilises a 288-pin design. The company says that the RAM supports Intel’s newest platforms for faster data transfer and enhanced power efficiency. The memory module has an operating voltage of 1.2V, which helps save power by 20 percent, as per the company. Certified Offering ADATA AD4U2400J4G17-R 4GB 2400MHz DDR4 U-DIMM (Desktop) RAM Every chip in the Adata memory module is claimed to meet strict JEDEC and RoHS standards. 7. Simmtronics RAM (2GB)This memory module from Simmtronics has a speed of 1333MHz. This is a 2GB DDR3 unbuffered offering, and is said to be compatible with various platforms for faster data transfer as well as enhanced power efficiency.  Versatile Offering Simmtronics 2GB DDR3 Desktop RAM 1333 MHz (PC 10600) with 3 Year Warranty Simmtronics RAM helps in fast loading, and running data-intensive applications easily. 8. Alketron Black Unicorn (4GB)Alketron Black Unicorn DDR3 RAM offers 1600MHz speed, and has an operating voltage of 1.5V. Its unbuffered module utilises 240-pin design, and it has an optimised circuit design for lower heat generation, as per the company. Fast Performance ALKETRON – 4GB DDR3 RAM (Memory) 1600MHz | CL11 | Long-DIMM (UDIMM) | PC3-12800 | for Standard & Gaming Desktop PC The Alketron Black Unicorn memory module is an ideal offering for gaming PCs. Deals on Popular Memory Modules (RAM) for Desktops Right Now Product Name Price in India Crucial RAM 4GB DDR4 2666 MHz CL19 Desktop Memory CT4G4DFS8266 ₹ 1,790 ADATA AD4U2400J4G17-R 4GB 2400MHz DDR4 U-DIMM (Desktop) RAM ₹ 1,889 Simmtronics 2GB DDR3 Desktop RAM 1333 MHz (PC 10600) with 3 Year Warranty ₹ 799 Dolgix 4GB DDR3 1333MHz Desktop Ram U-DIMM, LO-DIMM, UB-DIMM Memory Module ₹ 1,480 Samsung DDR3 4GB 1333MHz DDR3-1333, M378B5273DH0-CH9 ₹ 1,610 ADATA 4GB DDRA4 2666 Desktop Memory – 10243315 ₹ 1,898 Crucial RAM 8GB DDR4 2400 MHz CL17 Desktop Memory CT8G4DFS824A ₹ 3,250 ALKETRON – 4GB DDR3 RAM (Memory) 1600MHz | CL11 | Long-DIMM (UDIMM) | PC3-12800 | for Standard & Gaming Desktop PC ₹ 1,595 Affiliate links may be automatically generated – see our ethics statement for details.

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