Dell Inspiron 14 5000 2-in-1 Review & Impression

Monday, March 11, 2019

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The end of last year, I was fortunate to receive the Dell Inspiron 14 2-in-1 to review. Having reviewed several Dell laptops in the past, my impression of the 2-in-1 laptops from Dell have been impressive. With the new upgraded features plus the Dell Active Pen, this time let's see how my experience has been with the Inspiron 14 2-in-1.

From first impression, it was definitely bulkier than the XPS series which until today still holds strong as one of the convertible laptops I recommend. The build of the laptop was pretty solid with clear and wide 14-inch screen which was built with four flexible modes. You can use it as a laptop for typing, tablet for drawing or even writing with the included Silver Dell Active Pen, plus tent/media modes when you Netflix and chill. 

Essential accessories for your Inspiron

Let's go into their design first with the narrow border, it gives an added screen space when watching movies plus the Full HD IPS Touch Display allows you to see your screen from a wide range of angles without compromising on the image quality. This can serve as a pro or con when you're in public and you don't want your screen to be exposed. The 2-in-1 has a good palm rest area, sufficient and comfortable when you're typing for a long period of time. 

Dimensions and Weight
1. Height: 19.95mm (0.79") | 2. Width: 328mm (12.91") | 3. Depth: 232.8mm (09.17") | Weight: 1.75Kg (3.87lbs)

Comes in platinum silver or urban grey, the overall design is sleek and fits in any environment. It also comes with a fingerprint reader at the power button which I've been getting used to. No longer typing passwords when you can access the laptop with your fingerprint. 

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The Inspiron 14 2-in-1 is powered with 8th Gen Intel® Quad Core™ processors and up to 16GB DDR4 memory, you have ample power and storage for all your entertainment, projects and more. Plus, with the optional NVIDIA® technology, you can upgrade your graphics to take gaming and entertainment to the next level. Plus with storage options up to 1TB, 512GB SSD the Inspiron 14 5000 2-in-1 has sufficient storage to ensure smooth and speedy processors especially when you're using heavy software AI/PSD etc. 

Ports and Slots
1. SD card | 2. USB 2.0 | 3. Wedge-shaped lock slot | 4. Power | 5. USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type C™ (DP/PowerDelivery) | 6. HDMI 1.4b | 7. USB 3.1 Gen 1 | 8. USB 3.1 Gen 1 | 9. Universal audio jack

Another plus point to the Inspiron 14 5000 2-in-1 is the The USB Type-C™ port enables single-cable docking, meaning you can plug into a variety of multifunctional configurations with one, easy  connection. Plug in multiple monitors, a keyboard, mouse and printer into a compatible dock for an easy home office setup, or unplug in a heartbeat to take your 2-in-1 on the go.

Having the Active Dell Pen this round did make the review enjoyable as it gave me much more flexibility in terms of design and content creation. The pen is pretty sensitive and accurate when used on the Inspiron 14 2-in-1 and if you're someone who is used to using a digital pen, the Dell Active Pen is a good option to consider.

Now for the parts I did not quite enjoy with the Inspiron 14 5000 2-in-1. Although sleek, I find it quite heavy and not as convenient for me to bring out for my daily usage. Compared to the XPS 13, the weight was quite substantial and if you're looking for a portable laptop especially girls, you might want to check out the lighter options from Dell. Also, battery life was rather short as I find myself running out of juice quite frequently. 

Note: If you're like me and don't always shut down your laptop, please make sure you keep it in Hibernate mode and not Sleep mode because the battery still runs dry during Sleep mode. 

Lastly, this is one major factor for me which is the temperature. Personally I find that the Inspiron 14 5000 2-in-1 heats up pretty fast and you won't find it comfortable to use on your lap. Although yes, I know it's not advisable to use it on your lap but for a convertible laptop it does matter when I'm using it as a tablet or just to chill in bed.  

The Inspiron 14 5000 2-in-1 retails at RM4,258.99. For more information regarding other configurations, kindly visit Dell Malaysia Online


Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with GUINNESS

Monday, March 11, 2019

Get together with GUINNESS to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with various activities and amazing promotions leading up to the two-day festival. GUINNESS, Malaysia’s – and Ireland’s – favourite stout is set to celebrate the famous Irish festival, St. Patrick’s, throughout the month of March. 

The two-day festival promises St. Patrick’s fun all weekend long for everyone at The Gasket Alley, Petaling Jaya. People from other regions who are unable to join the ultimate two-day festival are in for a treat too, as they can get together with their friends to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at various events happening in Ipoh, Penang, and Johor for the rest of the month. GUINNESS beer lovers can enjoy their favorite brew with amazing promotions as they join the worldwide St. Patrick’s party.

The big celebration happening on Saturday 16 th and Sunday 17 th March will feature live music, stand-up comedy, games and activities, amazing prizes, and incredible food to paired perfectly with cold, creamy GUINNESS beer. The St. Patrick’s experience would not be complete without learning more about what gives GUINNESS beer the same great taste and quality worldwide. At the festival, you will get the opportunity to learn more about GUINNESS beer from Cian Hulm, GUINNESS Brand Ambassador. 

Also, be on the lookout for activities ranging from the Long Bar challenge where you stand to win a trip to Dublin for the GUINNESS X Meatopia festival, to the largest Sláinte in Malaysia – but that is not all! GUINNESS beer lovers who are looking forward to be part of the ultimate two-day St. Patrick’s weekend festival can sign up in advance here and get a free glass of GUINNESS beer to enjoy at the festival.

Foodie fans are in for a treat with the GUINNESS weekend roast with the staple GUINNESS- infused roast, oysters, bacon tacos, and even GUINNESS-infused popcorn and ice cream - all of which of course pair perfectly with velvety, smooth GUINNESS beer. Guests can purchase their favorite stout at RM12 a glass, and RM50 for a set of 5 as they enjoy the St. Patrick’s spread during the two-day celebration.

Larger groups can sláinte with their friends at the festival with the GUINNESS party keg at RM1000. This promotion gives groups of up to 10 pax a cordoned off section with their own personal bar and bartender – and of course, St Patrick’s accessories and GUINNESS bites are included! This promotion also entitles the group an entry for the Long Bar challenge.

“As the St. Patrick’s festival is deeply embedded in the GUINNESS identity, we want to celebrate it with GUINNESS beer lovers across Malaysia. There is no better way to do this than through a two-day weekend celebration with an array of amazing food, fun activities, and even an opportunity to win a trip to Dublin for the GUINNESS X Meatopia festival. We want to unite people through this unique experience and reward GUINNESS beer lovers with exciting events and promotions all month long.” Said Archana Sridhara, Marketing Manager of GUINNESS Malaysia.

In the month of March, consumers can purchase two sets of GUINNESS beer at participating bars and pubs to receive an exclusive GUINNESS pillow that comes in three designs while stocks last. Be sure to purchase your sets early to avoid disappointment. To find out where you can take part in the St. Patrick’s festivities happening in March, visit www.facebook.com/GuinnessMalaysia for more details.


Samsung Malaysia Launches S10 into Space?

Tuesday, March 05, 2019

As far as celebrations go, it can be grand or it can be epic. Samsung Malaysia Electronics chose the latter to unveil the 10th instalment of its Galaxy S series, the Galaxy S10. Revealing its latest pride and glory for the first time at the highest of high streets in SkyAvenue, Genting Highlands, the Galaxy S10 and its variants were greeted by thousands of guests, fans and curious onlookers.

“The past decade has been illustrious for us – we have revolutionised the smartphone landscape by reinventing the device we hold firm in our palms and close to our hearts. We introduced many of the world’s firsts and what was once unimaginable, is now the norm. But we are far from resting on our laurels. Today, you will see that we have created a new standard for all of you who desire and expect more from your mobile companion. The Galaxy S10 is constructed with pragmatic intelligence and crafted to design perfection so people can unlock their potential and experience the world like never before. This is a very special year for us at Samsung because this is our tenth year of relentless innovation to bring you, the people, the next-generation smartphone,” said Yoonsoo Kim, President of Samsung Malaysia Electronics.

To commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Galaxy series, Samsung took celebrations to a higher level by becoming the nation’s first smartphone brand attempting its first-ever flight stunt to the earth’s stratosphere. The precious cargo that is being launched 80,000ft above ground is none other than its newest smartphone, the Galaxy S10. Upon reaching that altitude, the Galaxy S10 is set to take an epic bird’s-eye shot of the earth that is brighter and more dynamic than any video taken on a smartphone – thanks to its pro-grade camera and capability to record videos in HDR10+.

Beyond the celebration, this epic attempt is also intended to demonstrate the Galaxy S10’s outstanding camera capabilities and to interact with the audience in an exciting and engaging manner. Throughout the Galaxy S10’s flight, the audience keeping tabs on-ground can join an online contest to predict where the Galaxy S10 will land by dropping a pin on the mapped locations. The pinned location closest to the Galaxy S10’s landing site will win a brand-new Galaxy S10. Known as “Be Unbeaten”, the contest will run from the launch day of 1st March 2019 until 4th March 2019, so netizens have the weekend to predict the landing site.

“This “Be Unbeaten” stunt is a reflection of our vision in Samsung – how we are constantly innovating to break boundaries and striving to reach greater heights. Globally, this is Samsung’s inaugural attempt and we at Samsung Malaysia are proud to be the first market in the world to attempt it. We will be propelling ten units to the stratosphere, so ten of the most accurate forecasters will win our brand new Galaxy S10. This is one epic contest you may just want to participate in!” added Kim.
Samsung Malaysia Electronics is thrilled to kick off the Galaxy S10 road show happening from 8th till 10th March 2019 at the location below:

Mid Valley Megamall, Kuala Lumpur
10:00am – 10:00pm
AEON Tebrau City, Johor Bahru
10:00am – 11:00pm (Friday & Saturday)
10:00am – 10:00pm (Sunday)
Queensbay Mall, Penang
10:00am – 10:30pm

The Samsung Galaxy S10 series is available at a recommended retail price from RM2,699 to RM 4,599. The devices will be offered in Prism White, Prism Black and Prism Green. Ceramic White and Ceramic Black will be available for the Samsung Galaxy S10+ in 512GB variants. Customers who purchase a brand-new Galaxy S10 series at the road show will be entitled to FREE exclusive gifts:

Galaxy S10e (128GB)
Galaxy S10 | S10+ (128GB)
Galaxy S10+ (512GB)
Galaxy Buds worth RM499
Galaxy Buds +
Screen Protection Plus
worth RM779
Galaxy Watch Active +
Screen Protection Plus
worth RM1,079

For more information on the brand new Samsung Galaxy S10, visit https://www.samsung.com/my/smartphones/galaxy-s10/.

To participate in Samsung’s epic “Be Unbeaten” contest, visit https://www.s10beunbeaten.com/space for more information.


Benefits of Multivitamins in Skincare

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Want to know the secret to glowing skin in Korean stars? Did you know that multivitamins not only keep our body healthy but also has benefits for our skin?

Our body needs 13 types of vitamins to function optimally and they include Vitamin A, various B vitamins, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin E and Vitamin K. Each of these vitamins have multiple roles in keeping your body healthy and they derive from various sources including plants, animal sources and supplements.

Vitamin A and E for example are strong antioxidants that protect the immune system. Apart from that, Vitamin A helps with vision, bone growth and cell functions while Vitamin E’s multiple functions among them include nourishing and protecting the skin from damage caused by free radicals. Vitamin C, the most common vitamin to most of us are found in fruits and vegetables. It is an important vitamin for our skin, bones and connective tissue as it promotes healing and helps the body absorb iron. Each of these vitamins have a role to play in keeping the largest organ of our body which is the skin - healthy.

While we know the importance of these vitamins to our body, most of us can’t get enough of all these vitamins due to the fast-paced lifestyle and the consumption of fast food in our diet. We would therefore need to supplement the intake of vitamins from our food.

Cosmetic brands such as Mamonde has recently added multivitamins into their skincare line. Do they work? And why do we need multivitamins in our skincare?

Scientific studies have shown that nutrients in the body are first absorbed by the most vital organs such as the heart, liver, brain, kidneys, etc before it reaches the skin. Therefore, if your intake of vitamins are insufficient, your skin may not reap the benefits of the vitamin intake. As such cosmetics companies have begun introducing skincare solutions with added vitamins into skincare products to promote faster absorption of vitamins into our skin. Among common vitamins that are used in skincare products and their benefits are:

Vitamin A: Helps alleviate fine lines, wrinkles and hyperpigmentation
Vitamin B: Helps prevent Acne and Eczema
Vitamin C: Helps prevent Age Spots and skin pigmentation
Vitamin E: Helps reduce sebum production and reduce inflammation
Vitamin K: Helps prevent dark eye circles and dark spots

Mamonde’s Vital Vitamin Essence and Vital Vitamin Cream which was recently introduced to the market is the first of its kind that uses multivitamins. It contains Bitter Orange Flower extract as well as six different kinds of vitamins including vitamin B3, C, F, E and P to moisturize, brighten, and revitalize the skin with their antioxidant properties. 

Mamonde’s Vital Vitamin line is unique also because of the added vitamin P which is rarely added into skincare products. Vitamin P is a flavonoid, which can be described as an extremely concentrated antioxidant molecules which not only help with relieving skin stress and enhancing collagen production, but it also increases the potency of Vitamin C when applied to the skin. Layer the Vital Vitamin Essence after applying toner and follow up with the Vital Vitamin Cream to lock in moisture for the ultimate vitamin blend to moisturize and nourish your skin.

Follow a good skincare routine, provide your body with the essential vitamins it needs daily, eat a balanced diet, drink sufficient water daily and use multivitamin skincare products such as the Mamonde Vital Vitamin line and you can be assured of a healthy glowing skin just like the “glass skin” as seen on your favourite K-Pop stars.

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