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Lenovo Ideapad 530S review: Minimalistic design, big on features

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Looking for an ideal laptop can be challenging in India, given that most companies do not bring all their variants to the market. Plus, the prices for a good model are often on the higher side. The Lenovo Ideapad 530S is another such device price at Rs 77,999, though it comes with specifications which will keep most users happy.
Keep in mind that Lenovo’s Ideapad series is geared for media consumption. Among the Ideapad’s 500 series, the 530S is the latest and the most expensive variant. It has a newer slim bezel display, the 8th generation Intel core i5 processor, and comes packed with features like a fingerprint scanner, backlit keyboard, a 4-in-1 card reader, and one Type-C USB 3.0 port. Here’s our review of the Lenovo Ideapad 530S.
Lenovo Ideapad 530S specifications: 14-inch FHD IPS (SLIM)(1920X1080) display | Intel Core i5-8250U Processor (8th Gen) at 3.40 GHz | NVIDIA GEFORCE MX150 for Graphic with 2GB Dedicated Graphics | 8GB DDR4 (Upgradable up to 16GB) | 512G PCIE SSD | Windows 10 Home (64 bit) | Dual Speakers – 2x2W, Audio by Harman, Dolby Audio | Battery: 4 Cells 45WH up to 8 Hours | Connectivity: Wi-Fi 2×2 AC +4.1BT, 2xUSB 3.0, and 1x type C (USB3.0), 4-in-1 Card Reader (SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC) | Dimensions (LxWxH) and Weight: 32.3 cm x 22.6 cm x 1.64 cm, 1.49 Kg
Lenovo Ideapad 530 price in India: Rs 77,999
Lenovo Ideapad 530S review: What’s good?
One thing that is striking about the Lenovo Ideadpad 530S is the design, which is functional and minimalistic. The grey coloured version I got for review looks very professional, the kind of laptop you would not be embarrassed to take to work. At 1.49 kg, this is just slightly heavier than the MacBook Air (1.35 kg). Lenovo Ideapad 530S definitely fulfils the requirement of being a sleek laptop. It has an aluminium anodised cover and the overall finish gives it a premium look.
The display on the Lenovo Ideapad 530S is a full HD resolution with reduced bezels on the side. Screen quality is quite good with support for anti-glare technology. One does not have to keep brightness at maximum with this display. I watched quite a few movies on Netflix, and this display will certainly keep most users happy.
Lenovo Ideapad 530S comes with the Intel Core i5 8th generation processor, and considering the price, this is good to see. Finding a laptop with the newer 8th generation processor, which does not cost a bomb can be challenge, so the Ideapad 530S certainly seems more affordable. The variant we got had 8GB RAM and 512GB SSD on board.
The 8GB RAM and Core i5 chip ensure good daily performance with this laptop. If your primary function is using this as your daily laptop for home or work, the Lenovo Ideapad 530S does the job very well. I did not face any lag during daily work. For those who want more on the performance front, this series also comes with 16GB RAM but with half the storage at 256GB, though remember the entire series comes with SSD storage options, which is faster than the traditional HDD.
Lenovo Ideapad 530S comes with a backlit keyboard, which I quite enjoyed for typing my articles. Lenovo seems to get the keyboard and trackpad right on its laptops, and the Ideapad is no different.
The Ideapad 530S’s eight-hour battery claim is true. Even with two full HD movies streaming for the day at full brightness the laptop lasted for around eight hours.
Lenovo Ideapad 530S: What’s not good?
One persistent issue I had with the Ideapad 530S was that the fingerprint reader was just not accurate. Even when my finger was squeaky clean, it would say fingerprint not recognised, ask me to enter the Windows Pin, which for some reason would show as disabled. Eventually I had to rely on the password more often to unlock the PC. When it worked, the fingerprint reader unlocked the laptop accurately, but I found it mostly annoying.
Lenovo Ideapad 530S comes with dual two-watt speakers with audio powered by Harman and Dolby Audio. But I found that I had to keep the volume at full to enjoy the audio experience. For a multimedia geared device, I feel the audio could have been much better.
Lenovo Ideapad 530S: Verdict
Given the price and variants, Lenovo Ideapad 530S appears to be a very good deal. It has an 8th generation Intel processor, good battery life, and an overall design which is simple, sleek. It also offers a lot more on board storage than other devices, which will cost a lot more for 512GB SSD storage. Overall, the Lenovo Ideapad 530S is a good value-for-money device for those in the market for a laptop.


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Nike Adapt Self-Lacing Smart Sneaker Will Require Regular Charging

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Nike has found a new way to capture more information about its customers: through their sneakers.

At an event called the “Future of Footwear,” Nike unveiled a new shoe concept, called Nike Adapt, that tracks performance in real time, allowing the company to give weekend warriors athletic tips and also sell them more products.

“It’s the start of a new day,” said Michael Donaghu, Nike’s director of global footwear innovation. “It’s like we’re moving from footwear to firmwear.”

 

The shoes, with their data-tracking capability, present customers with a choice about privacy — if they opt not to share their data, they’ll miss out on a lot of the product’s capabilities. The company is starting with basketball shoes, which will sell for $350 (roughly Rs. 25,000).

The shoe self-tightens to an athlete’s preference – there are no laces – and is adjustable via an app. The products carry sensors, accelerometers and gyroscopes that can give Nike a full, personalized snapshot of its owner’s performance. They’ll need recharging every two weeks.

“It’s like having two smartphones strapped to your two feet,” said Michael Martin, Nike’s global head of digital products.

CEO Mark Parker discussed the new shoes in vague terms in December, calling it a “major step” in taking Nike’s new digital emphasis and embedding it into actual product.

Nike stores are also going digital. The company calls new flagship locations unveiled two months ago in New York and Shanghai “Houses of Innovation.” They blend online shopping with the in-person experience. To get the full experience, you essentially have to download the Nike app.

Nike is in the midst of a digital transformation. A large part of that is trying to get more of its customers to become members of the NikePlus loyalty program. The company has found members spend three times more than nonmembers when they shop at Nike.com.

Though Nike has seen rapid growth in apparel sales, shoes still accounted for 61 percent of the company’s $36.4 billion in revenue last fiscal year.

Nike auto-lacing shoes have been around since 2017, when the company sold a limited number of low-top sneakers for $720, the most expensive shoes it ever released.

These shoes will be available through Nike’s direct channels, and through retailers, and will debut in the NBA on the feet of Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum later this week.

The shoe’s technology is can be updated through the app, meaning its capabilities can change after it’s purchased. The Beaverton, Oregon-based company plans to release more products with the Adapt technology, including running shoes, sportswear and lifestyle items.

“The advantages we’re looking to provide the athlete are so substantial that you’ll see a mass of people wanting to make use of those benefits,” Martin said.

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Microsoft Says Will Set Up 10 AI Labs, Train 5 Lakh Youth in India

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Microsoft India to set up Artificial Intelligence (AI) labs in 10 universities and train five lakh youth across the country in disrupting technologies.

The company also said it will upskill over 10,000 developers over the next three years.

“We believe AI will enable Indian businesses and more for India’s progress, especially in education, skilling, healthcare and agriculture,” said Anant Maheshwari, President, Microsoft India.

 

Microsoft AI today is fuelling digital transformation for over 700 customers and 60 per cent customers are large manufacturing and financial services enterprises.

Over 700 partners have geared up to support the AI ecosystem, said the company.

Microsoft in December announced a three-year “Intelligent Cloud Hub” collaborative programme in India, for empowering institutes to skill students in AI and Cloud technologies.

India is one of the first countries to have such a programme in which Microsoft will support selected institutes that have the best-in-class infrastructure, curriculum and content, onsite training for faculty and students, access for participating students to Cloud and AI services, developmental tools and developer support.

In April 2018, the company announced the Microsoft Professional Programme (MPP) for the public.

This programme is helping in providing job-ready skills along with real-world experience to engineers as well as others who plan on improving their skills in AI and data science, using a series of online courses.

“Microsoft also believes that it is imperative to build higher awareness and capabilities on security, privacy, trust and accountability,” said Maheshwari.

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TP-Link Launches New Wi-Fi 6 Routers at CES 2019 With Something at Every Price Point

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TP-Link has announced five new next-generation wireless products at CES 2019. All these routers are based on Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) with prices ranges from the affordable entry-level routers to expensive wireless routers meant for gaming. In December last year, TP-Link had introduced its first two Wi-Fi 6 routers based on Broadcom platforms. With its latest announcement at CES 2019, the company seems keen on bringing more Wi-Fi 6 products for everyone.

The new TP Link Deco X10 is a mesh networking-based wireless router. It comes in a pack of two (one main unit and a satellite), priced at $349.99 (roughly Rs. 24,340). It offers a wireless bandwidth of up to 300Mbps on the 2.4GHz band and up to 1,200Mbps on the 5GHz band.

The company has also announced a new Archer AX11000 gaming wireless router. It is a tri-band wireless router capable of a maximum wireless throughput of up to 4,804Mbps on the 5GHz bands and up to 1,148Mbps on the 2.4GHz band. TP-Link had added USB Type-C and USB Type-A ports to enable storage sharing across the network. The router will sell at $449.99 (roughly Rs. 31,300) and will be available later this month.

 

TP-Link’s new Archer AX6000 is a dual-band wireless router that offers features similar to the Archer AX11000 and is shipping right away. It includes a 2.5Gbps WAN port so in case you have a high-speed broadband connection, but you don’t play games, this might be the right router for you as it costs $100 (roughly Rs. 6,954) less than the Archer AX11000.

The basic TP-Link Archer AX1800 brings Wi-Fi 6 at an affordable price point. The Archer AX1800 is a dual-band wireless router which comes with a Gigabit WAN port and a USB 2.0 port to share data across the network. The router is priced at $129.99 (roughly Rs. 9,040). It will be available later this year.

TP-Link has also announced a new wireless range extender at CES 2019. The RE705X Wi-Fi range extender is a dual-band repeater which is priced at $99.99 (roughly Rs. 6,953). It will ship in the third quarter of 2019.

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