Acer Chromebook Spin 15

The first convertible Chromebook with a 15.6-inch display

KIngston announced the UV500 SSD Line

3D NAND-enabled SSD featuring full-disk encryption

Logitech® G PRO Gaming Headset

For professional and competitive gamers

Transcend 500S and 300S series of SD and microSD cards

For the storage needs of today’s users

Kingston Reveals its first wireless headset

The HyperX Cloud Flight Gaming Headset

June 18, 2022

Western Digital Expands WD_BLACK SSD Portfolio for Gamers

Western Digital Corp. announced two new additions to its growing WD_BLACK gaming portfolio, the WD_BLACK™ SN850X NVMe™ SSD and WD_BLACK P40 Game Drive SSD. Designed to elevate the gaming experience, the expanded portfolio offers players more options to upgrade their PC or console storage.

"AMD is delighted with its continued collaboration with Western Digital to deliver exceptional gaming experiences," said Joe Macri, Compute and Graphics CTO and Corporate Fellow at AMD. "As games become more immersive, the expectation for fast, seamless gameplay increases. AMD strives to remove latency between the system, memory and connected devices like Western Digital's SSD gaming solutions with the adoption of the latest PCIe® technologies and memory and latency optimizations within AMD CPUs and GPUs. Our combined solutions enable richer visuals, faster load times and more consistent gameplay."
"We're inspired by the unique ways in which players experience their games and are committed to working with the best technology partners, like AMD, to develop solutions that help them break barriers," said Rob Soderbery, executive vice president and GM, Flash Business Unit, Western Digital. "Our diverse WD_BLACK portfolio ensures that gamers are equipped to conquer today's games and prepared for what's next."
Living at the intersection of technology and entertainment, the WD_BLACK brand provides innovative, custom-built storage solutions that offer the ultimate in performance and style. The upcoming WD_BLACK gaming portfolio products include:

WD_BLACK SN850X NVMe SSD – Optimized for hardcore gamers looking for unparalleled performance, this powerful internal PCIe® Gen4 SSD1 delivers breakneck read speeds of up to 7,300 MB/s2. With minimized latency, predictive loading and adaptive thermals management, gamers can expect an incredible gaming experience with fast load-times, rich visual experience, and uncompromising thermal performance. The downloadable WD_BLACK Dashboard with its new Game Mode 2.0 (Windows® only) unlocks PC performance-boosting features so gamers can play, stream, record, and dominate at the top of their game. An optional heatsink (1TB and 2TB models) is available to help maintain peak performance and includes RGB lighting to complement any gaming rig.

WD_BLACK P40 Game Drive SSD – Created for gamers looking for portable storage with both performance and style, the WD_BLACK P40 Game Drive SSD features a USB 3.2 Gen2x2 interface and blazing read speeds of up to 2,000 MB/s2 paired with customizable RGB lighting (Windows only). The downloadable WD_BLACK Dashboard gives full control over the LED light display and can be synced with many existing RGB ecosystems for a setup that can be personalized to any gamer's style. With a sleek, compact, and shock-resistant design, it's the perfect option for gaming on the go.

June 17, 2022

A10 Networks' latest research found that zero trust, cloud and remote working drive digital resilience

A10 Networks just released worldwide research that reveals the challenges and priorities of enterprise organisations in today's post-pandemic era as we learn to live with the COVID-19 pandemic and how this is shaping future technology requirements.

Of the 225 corporate organisations surveyed in Asia Pacific, as many as 95% showed high levels of concern for all aspects of enterprise digital resilience.  Overall levels of concern were highest around optimisation of security tools to ensure competitive advantage and delivering superior user experience with customers accessing their ecosystem both easily and securely. Further, organisations were also extremely concerned about their internal capability to service IPv4 and migrate to IPv6 as well as demonstrating awareness of the importance of balancing security and efficiency.
Private cloud is the preferred environment
Increased network traffic has compounded the challenges faced by respondents, with 81% of Asia Pacific business organisations reporting an increase in network traffic volumes over the past 12 months. This increase was 39% on averaged compared to the global average of 47%.
When asked about the expected breakdown of their future network environment, 75% of Asia Pacific business organisations said it would be cloud-based, with 33% indicating private cloud as their preferred environment. However, they are not reassured by their cloud service providers, with 48% stating that they cannot meet their SLAs.
The Enterprise Perspectives 2022 study was conducted by independent research organisation Opinion Matters on 2,425 senior application and networking professionals from ten geographies: UK, Germany, Southern Europe (Italy and France), Benelux, Eastern Europe, Nordics, US, India, Middle East and Asia Pacific.
The research was conducted to understand the challenges, concerns and perspectives of large corporate organisations as they continue to adapt their IT strategy and infrastructure to the rigours imposed by digital transformation and a hybrid working environment.
Cyberthreats are Escalating
Undoubtedly, the intensifying threat landscape is causing many concerns: compared to other areas, Asia Pacific respondents were more concerned about the loss of data and sensitive assets in the event of a data breach due to a cyber attack. Other concerns include ransomware, potential downtime or lockdown in the event of a DDoS attack, and the impact this would have on brand and reputation.
In response to these concerns, the research showed a clear shift towards Zero Trust approaches, with 39% of Asia Pacific business organisations saying they had already adopted a Zero Trust model in the last 12 months.
The new normal may resemble the old normal
Although there has been an infrastructure shift to support distributed home and remote working, 63% of Asia Pacific business organisations say that all or most employees will work in the office in the long term, compared to an average of 62% across all regions surveyed. Only 14% say that a minority or no employees will work from the office and the majority will be remote. This runs contrary to the predictions of a seismic shift to a permanently hybrid enterprise with application and network professionals expecting the old normal to reassert itself.
“The world has changed irrevocably,” commented Anthony Webb, Vice President A10 International, at A10 Networks. “The pace of digital transformation has accelerated beyond expectations. However, as we move out of crisis mode, organisations are now focused on digital resilience, moving to the cloud and strengthening their defences. There is a clear need to help employees work in the way they feel most comfortable. And we are seeing a gradual shift to Zero Trust models. The return to the office environment may be due to the strong anxiety IT professionals have about security, the cloud and aspects of digital resilience and continuity, as well as the ability of their IT systems to cope with it.”
Technology investment priorities
In terms of investment priorities, artificial intelligence and machine learning have undoubtedly come of age, with 52% of Asia Pacific enterprise organisations saying they have deployed these technologies in the last 12 months. Furthermore, 45% say they have implemented blockchain technologies, as well 42% say they have deployed IoT devices to help business functions.
Interestingly, when asked which technology is the most critical for business resilience in the coming year, metaverse technologies scored the highest, followed by artificial intelligence, machine learning and blockchain technologies.
Looking to the future, the adoption of cybersecurity initiatives will likely become higher, and this includes Zero Trust models. With more widespread implementation expected, as Asia Pacific enterprise organisations become educated around the benefits. It is clear from the study that there is unlikely to be any relief from the pressure on Asia Pacific businesses in the coming years.
“With escalating threats, post-pandemic fallout, the current Russia-Ukraine conflict, not to mention rising energy prices and inflation,” Webb concluded. "Business organisations really need to consider many issues. To address these issues, companies must continue to invest in modern technologies, such as Zero Trust, that enable automation and protection, along with a balance of defence and agility for an increasingly multi-factor infrastructure."
To download the full study: Enterprise Perspectives 2022: Zero Trust, Cloud and Remote Work Drive Digital Resiliency [click here].

June 9, 2022

Logitech’s Introduces Its First-Ever MX Mechanical Keyboards Designed for Creation and Productivity

Logitech expanded its Master Series with two new mechanical keyboards – the full-size MX Mechanical and minimalist MX Mechanical Mini – and MX Master 3S mouse. Logitech’s Master Series brings advanced digital creators ultimate productivity tools, featuring high performance mechanical typing and precision tracking.

MX Mechanical and MX Mechanical Mini offer the latest generation of low profile mechanical switches. Tactile Quiet (Brown) key switch makes it Logitech’s quietest mechanical keyboard ever with an amazing mechanical typing feel. Clicky (Blue) and Linear (Red) switch options are also available in select markets. The keyboards are designed with dual-colored keycaps for an optimized peripheral view. Smart backlighting, in six lighting options, automatically adjusts brightness for ambient light and switches off when not needed for efficient battery consumption.

To better address the needs of our advanced creators, MX Master 3S features an 8,000 DPI optical sensor that tracks on most surfaces including glass and offers faster workflow with high resolution monitors. Clicks are now 90% quieter compared to MX Master 3 while keeping the same satisfying precision feel so that you can focus on your work, not the noise.

The MX Master 3S features the MagSpeed Electromagnetic™ wheel that zips through 1,000 lines in one second, the side scroll wheel for faster horizontal navigation, and a unique ergonomic shape crafted for long hours of comfort.

MX Mechanical, MX Mechanical Mini and MX Master 3S are all compatible with Logi Options+ software – now out of Beta. Users can customize individual buttons, use pre-defined or create their own app-specific profiles, adjust tracking speed, select backlighting effects, and more to optimize their workflow. All three products, equipped with both Bluetooth and proprietary Logi Bolt wireless technology for a reliable, secure connection even in congested environments, can connect to up to three different devices and are compatible across a variety of operating systems, including Windows, macOS, iPadOS, Android, Chrome OS, and Linux.

June 6, 2022

HyperX Mid-Year Sale Up to 51% Off Discount on Lazada

Snatching at the upcoming mid-year shopping festival, HyperX, the leading gaming peripherals brand, today kicked off its grand promotion on the designated peripherals, slashing the prices of 30 hot-selling products. Until June 19th, consumers who want to refresh peripherals for working and gaming at home can score massive savings for up to 51% off discount on Lazada.

As consumers shifted to remote and hybrid work styles, a comfortable headset for them to wear all day long and durable peripherals are required. The Cloud Alpha gaming headset builds upon the Dual Chamber Drivers design allowing HyperX to tune the bass frequencies separate from the mids and highs, creating a dynamic sound that makes gaming, music and movies more realistic and immersive.

A multitasking keyboard is essential for gaming and working from home. HyperX Alloy Elite 2 gaming keyboard features dynamic RGB lighting effects with HyperX red linear mechanical switches, which is built for performance, longevity and an 80 million lifetime click rating per switch. Besides the keyboard, HyperX also provides a great discount on streamers and gamers' most favored microphone – QuadCast.

Don't miss out on this exclusive chance to improve your working and gaming setup!

HyperX Mid-Year Sale Details:
  • Date: June 6th to June 19th
  • Platform: Lazada HyperX Brand Page

June 3, 2022

Acer Launches Premium Convertible Chromebook and Chromebook Tablet

Acer recently launched new Chromebooks designed for businesses, consumers and families that provide the latest performance updates and durable MIL-STD 810H designs. Extra features help Acer Chrome OS customers get the most from their device for functions like remote working, entertainment, as well as staying productive on-the-go.

Acer Chromebook Spin 714 — Premium Technology, High-Performance, Convertible Design

The Acer Chromebook Spin 714 (CP714-1WN) and Acer Chromebook Enterprise Spin 714 take center stage as the company's newest premium Chromebooks. These Intel® Evo™ platform-verified devices use 12th Gen Intel® Core™ processors (up to Core i7) to deliver a 20% performance improvement over previous generations to tackle demanding tasks such as coding, video editing and gaming. The new Chrome OS device is ready to be used when customers are; it wakes from sleep within seconds and delivers up to 10 hours[1] of battery life or up to four hours of usage after a 30-minute quick-charge.

The 14-inch touchscreen delivers a vibrant 100% sRGB color range, and comes in two resolution options: WQXGA (2560x1600) and WUXGA (1920x1200), both with Antimicrobial Corning® Gorilla® Glass to resist stains and odor-causing bacteria[2]. The taller 16:10 aspect ratio gives students and professionals additional screen real estate for sketching, note-taking and accessing apps using the USI stylus that provides 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity.

Optimized for video conferencing, the Acer Chromebook Spin 714 features a Full HD MIPI webcam with temporal noise reduction technology and a dual-microphone array, while the two upward-facing speakers with DTS Audio and smart amplifier deliver high-quality, distortion-free sound. Connectivity and convenience features abound in the Acer Chromebook Spin 714, including Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2, a backlit keyboard and an array of ports including an HDMI port and two Thunderbolt™ 4 ports. The optional fingerprint reader allows quick and secure user logins.

The Acer Chromebook Spin 714's premium and convertible design helps customers take advantage of its many features. The sleek aluminum chassis boasts U.S. MIL-STD 810H[3], [4] durability to protect it from dents and drops, and the convertible 360-degree hinges allow it to transform for a variety of settings and uses.

Acer Chromebook Tab 510 — Ultra-durable Tablet with Optional LTE

Acer has unveiled its new Acer Chromebook Tab 510 (D652N/D652NL), with a durable and portable design and the performance to take Chrome OS on the go in a convenient tablet form factor. The Acer Chromebook Tab 510 provides an excellent conferencing experience with a 10.1-inch IPS 16:10 aspect ratio WUXGA (1920 x 1200) full HD display, a 5-megapixel MIPI front-facing webcam for video calls and an 8-megapixel MIPI world-facing camera for capturing images.

Powered by the Snapdragon® 7c Gen 2 Compute Platform, users can be always connected with optional 4G LTE, allowing them to stay connected without relying on Wi-Fi. With 11 hours of battery life[1] from a single charge, the Acer Chromebook Tab 510 is optimized for use on-the-go, making it the perfect companion for a busy day.

Built to withstand even the most challenging days, the Chromebook tablet meets MIL-STD 810H[3] standards with an impact-resistant chassis, shock-absorbing corner bumpers and a reinforced design that protects it from drops as high as 122 cm (48 in). Plus, it is equipped with Antimicrobial Corning® Gorilla® Glass on the surface of the touchscreen to reduce the growth of odor and stain-causing microorganisms[2].

Providing users with a natural feeling of putting pen to paper, the Acer Chromebook Tab 510 includes a dockable USI stylus featuring 4,096 levels of sensitivity. An optional Keyboard Folio Case is available which allows the device to be used with a notebook-like experience. 

Acer Chrome OS Enterprise Devices

For enterprise users, the Acer Chromebook Enterprise Spin 714 and  Acer Chromebook Enterprise Tab 510 feature the business capabilities of Chrome OS to provide employees with a modern experience and devices that stay fast, have built-in security, deploy quickly, and reduce the total cost of ownership. Acer Chrome OS devices free IT from mundane administrative tasks, facilitate collaboration, and secure access to data and apps for the cloud workforce.

Chrome OS and App Support

The new Acer Chromebooks utilize Chrome OS to deliver fast boot times, ease of use, security, and longer battery life. They support web-based apps and apps on Google Play, so users will have access to all the apps they need for productivity, school, creativity and more.