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Dell fills out Inspiron range

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At the recent Computex 2017 expo in Taiwan, Dell revealed two new all-in-ones (AIO) and a new gaming desktop to round out its popular Inspiron PC product line. 

Available now on Dell.com and worldwide in the coming weeks, Dell’s new line-up includes the Inspiron 27 7000 All-in-One (AIO), the Inspiron 24 5000 All-in-One (AIO) and the new Inspiron Gaming Desktop – the first gaming desktop to join Dell’s expanding Inspiron Gaming line-up.

The new systems boast firsts for the Inspiron desktop line, including Dell’s iconic virtually borderless InfinityEdge display and “Ready for VR” configurations capable of delivering immersive experiences through high-end VR headsets like HTC Vive and Oculus Rift.

Dell provided the following information:

With Dell’s immersive, virtually borderless InfinityEdge display technology – available for the first time on the Inspiron AIO line – Dell’s new Inspiron 27 7000 AIO and Inspiron 24 5000 AIO offer a beautiful edge-to-edge viewing experience for multimedia entertainment and streaming in a sleek, compact design perfect for the home office, study room, living room and more.

Dell also brings its VR leadership to the Inspiron line for the first time making this disruptive technology more accessible across a range of budgets. Dell is the only OEM in the industry providing end-to-end VR solutions from VR content creation and playback to serving VR content via Dell cloud servers and infrastructure. With the new “Ready for VR” Inspiron Gaming Desktop and AIO, Dell is positioned to be a central player in driving broad adoption of this technology which will transform and enhance our lives.

“Dell has experienced 17 consecutive quarters of PC growth by continuously innovating with our PC designs and experiences,” said Ray Wah, senior vice president and general manager, Dell Consumer and Small Business Product Group.  “With more people than ever streaming movies, gaming and consuming VR content on PCs, Dell remains committed to providing the best visual and audio experiences and the new Inspiron All-in-Ones and Gaming Desktop bring that innovation mainstream.”

Inspiron Gaming doubles down with first-ever gaming desktop 

Dell brings more than 20 years of PC gaming industry expertise to its new Inspiron gaming line to deliver high-performance and quality systems – built for gamers seeking a competitive advantage – at a budget friendly price. Committed to providing powerful gaming solutions for players of all types even up to the most demanding professional e-sports athletes, Dell introduces a new Inspiron Gaming desktop, starting at $599.

Following the success of the Inspiron 15 Gaming laptop, a Computex d&i Gold winner and already a favourite among reviewers desiring top graphics performance under $1000 USD, the new Inspiron Gaming Desktop sports the latest AMD multicore Ryzen processors featuring SenseMI which dynamically optimises power consumption, task routing and clock speeds to deliver exceptional responsiveness and performance whether it’s gaming, Virtual Reality or streaming.  These desktops are built with expansion in mind, with power supply options up to 850 watts for supporting dual discrete graphics, Ready for VR graphics cards, up to 32GB DDR4 memory, advanced cooling options and Waves MaxxAudio Pro with Performance 7.1 Channel HD audio. They also offer a convenient SuperSpeed USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C port and up to six SuperSpeed USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports total, a wide selection of high-capacity hard drives with responsive SSD and dual-drive options plus up to five bays for future storage upgrades.

The Inspiron Gaming Desktop is attractive on the outside as well, featuring a striking, dramatic design with advanced ventilation offering a view inside the system while improving airflow to performance components illuminated with Polar Blue LEDs. Available beginning today in China on Dell.com and at select retailers and worldwide in the coming weeks starting at $599.99.

 

Sleek, premium AIO built from the ground up for VR

Thoughtfully designed from the ground-up as a VR and entertainment system for the home, the Inspiron 27 7000 AIO brings beauty to every single inch of the screen. Its virtually borderless InfinityEdge, 27” display, with resolutions up to 4K UHD, and performance grade audio delivers a stimulating visual and audio computing experience. It offers the latest multi-core Ryzen AMD processors and AMD Polaris RX500 Series graphics, giving it the performance to power virtual reality, multimedia content and everything in between. It comes with a sleek, silver colour and is packed with future ready technology like Windows Hello One-Look login, Far-Field Speech Recognition with Cortana, USB Type-C 3.1 and Dual Drive options with SSD storage. Available beginning today in China on Dell.com and at select retailers and worldwide in the coming weeks starting at $999.99.

INSPIRON 24 5000 AIO

The AIO offering the best video streaming

Because video streaming is one of the top activities on a PC, Dell has engineered the best AIO for video streaming and multimedia experiences. The new Inspiron 24 5000 AIO comes with the new SmartByte technology by Rivet Networks – developed with, and exclusively for, Dell – that helps prevent buffering when streaming content. The software detects critical network streams and prioritises video ahead of less urgent network traffic, so videos and movies run without interruption.

With a 24” InfinityEdge IPS FHD touch display, the latest 7th Gen AMD processors and AMD Polaris RX500 graphics, this new AIO delivers powerful performance and high-graphics fidelity. It features a beautiful white, sleek design and articulating stand making it the ideal PC for the living or study room. It is also equipped with Windows Hello One-Look login, Far-Field Speech Recognition with Cortana, USB Type-C 3.1 and Dual Drive options with SSD storage. Available beginning today in China on Dell.com and at select retailers and worldwide in the coming weeks starting at $699.99.

Dell Earns Four Computex d&i Awards

Dell is proud to announce the receipt of four Computex d&i award wins for 2017 – including one for its new Inspiron 27 7000 AIO and a gold award for the Inspiron 15 Gaming laptop. Selected out of more than 255 entries from eight countries for excellence in innovation, the Dell award winners include:

○      Dell Inspiron 15 Gaming in Gaming Devices + Content of Games category – Gold winner

○      Dell Inspiron 27 7000 AIO in the Systems + Mobile Communication category

○      Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 in the Systems + Mobile Communication category

○      Dell Canvas in the Peripherals + Accessories category

 

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Android Go puts reliable smartphones in budget pockets

Nokia, Vodacom and Huawei have all launched entry-level smartphones running the Android Go edition, and all deliver a smooth experience, writes BRYAN TURNER.

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Three new and notable Android Go smartphones have recently hit the market, namely the Nokia 1, the Vodafone Smart Kicka 4 and the Huawei Y3 (2018). These phones run one of the most basic versions of Android while still delivering a fairly smooth user experience.

Historically, consumers purchasing smartphones in the budget bracket would have a hit-and-miss experience with processing speed, smoothness of user interface, and app stability. The Google-supported Android Go edition operating system optimises the user experience by stripping out non-important visual effects to speed up the phone. Thish allows for more memory to be used by apps. 

Google also ensures that all smartphones running Android Go will receive feature and security updates as they are released by Google. This is a major selling point for these smartphones, as users of this smartphone will always be running the latest software, with virtually no manufacturer bloatware.

Vodafone Smart Kicka 4

At the lowest entry-level, the Vodafone Smart Kicka 4 performs well as a communicator for emails and WhatsApp messages. The 4” screen represents a step up for entry-level Android phones, which were previously standardised at 3.5”.

The display is bright and very responsive, while the limited screen real estate leaves the navigation keys off the screen as touch buttons. It uses 3G connectivity, which might seem like an outdated technology, but is good enough to stream SD videos and music. Vodacom has also thrown in some data gifts if the smartphone is activated before the end of September 2018. 

Its camera functionalities might be a slight let down for the aspirant Instagrammer, with a 2MP rear flash camera and a 0.3MP selfie snapper. Speed wise, the keyboard pops up quickly, which is a huge improvement from the Smart Kicka 3. However, this phone will not play well with graphics-intensive games. 

Nokia 1

Next up is the Nokia 1, which adds a much better 5MP camera, improved battery life and a bigger 4.5” screen. It supports LTE, which allows this smartphone to download and upload at the speed of flagships. It also sports the Nokia brand name, which many consumers trust.

Although the front camera is 2MP, the quality is extremely grainy, even with good lighting. This disqualifies this smartphone for the social media selfie snapper, but the 5MP rear camera will work for the landscape and portrait photographer. 

The screen also redeems this smartphone, providing a display which represents colours truly and has great viewing angles. Xpress-on back covers allows the use of interchangeable, multi-coloured back covers, which has proven to be a successful sales point for mid-range smartphones in the past. 

Huawei Y3 (2018)

The most capable of the Android Go edition competitors, the Huawei Y3 (2018) packs an even bigger screen at 5”, as well as an improved 8MP rear camera and HD video recording. The screen is the brightest and most vibrant of the three smartphones, but seems to be calibrated to show colours a little more saturated than they actually are. 

Nevertheless, the camera outperforms the other smartphones with good colour replication and great selfie capabilities via the 2MP front camera – far superior to the Nokia 1 despite the same spec. LTE also comes standard with this smartphone and Vodacom throws in 4G/LTE data goodies until the end of September 2018. The battery, however, is not removable and may only be replaced by a warranty technician.

Comparing the 3

All three smartphones have removable back covers, which provide access to the battery, SIM card and SD card slots. The smartphones have Micro USB ports on the bottom with headphone jacks on the top. The built-in speakers all performed well, with the Y3 (2018) housing an exceptionally loud built-in speaker. 

Although all at different price points, all three phones remain similar in performance and speed. The differentiators are apparent in the components, like camera quality and screen quality. It would be fair to rank the quality of the camera and battery life by respective market prices. The Vodafone Smart Kicka 4 performed well, for its R399 retail price. The Nokia 1, on the other hand, lags quite a bit in features when compared to the Huawei Y3 (2018), bwith oth retailing at R999.

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SA gets digital archive

As the world entered the centenary of Nelson Mandela’s birth on Mandela Day, 18 July 2018, South Africa celebrated the launch of a digital living archive. 

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The southafrica.co.za  site carries content about the country’s collective heritage in South Africa’s eleven official languages.

Designed as a nation building,  educational and brand promotion web based tool, the free-to-view platform features award-winning photographic and written content by leading South African photographers, authors, academics and photojournalists.

The emphasis is on quality, credible, factual content that celebrates a collective heritage in terms of the following: Cultural Heritage; Natural Heritage; Education; History; Agriculture; Industry; Mining; and Travel.

At the same time as reflecting on the nation’s history, southafrica.co.za celebrates South Africa’s natural, cultural and economic assets so that the youth can learn about their nation in their home language.

Southafrica.co.za Founder and CEO Hans Gerrizen conceptualised southafrica.co.za as a means for youth and communities from outlying areas to benefit from the digital age in terms of the web tool’s empowering educational component.

“We can only stand to deepen our collective experience of democracy and become a more forward planning nation if we know facts about our nation’s past and present in everyone’s home language,” he says.

Southafrica.co.za, with sister company Siyabona Africa, is the organiser and sponsor of the Mandela: 100 Moments photographic exhibition that runs until 30 September at Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront-based Nelson Mandela Gateway to Robben Island.  The 3-month exhibition, which runs daily from 08h00 until 15h00, is showcasing one hundred iconic Nelson Mandela images taken by veteran South African photojournalist and self-taught lensman Peter Magubane.

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