12/12 Deals: Save Up To RM778 On These Logitech Gaming Bundles

Thanks to huge strides in GPU technology, PC gaming has never reached the level of popularity it enjoys today. Logitech is well known for its range of PC peripherals, and its gaming products are also regarded as among the best.
For 12/12, here are two fantastic bundles for some of the best Logitech gaming products in the market. The first is a Lazada-exclusive gaming bundle catered towards casual gamers looking for better and more durable products. It consists of the Logitech G300s optical mouse, the G213 Prodigy RGB gaming keyboard with integrated wrist rest, and the G231 Prodigy gaming headset. Combined, these three items cost RM727, but this Lazada-exclusive bundle is going for just RM299.

The second bundle is arguably the more attractive one, and will appeal to those who play regularly, especially FPS genres. This bundle is made up of a G413 Carbon mechanical keyboard, a G433 7.1 Wired Surround Gaming Headset, and a G703 Lightspeed Wireless Gaming Mouse. These three cost a total of RM1,407, but ClickAsia on Lazada is offering this bundle for just RM629; the official Logitech store lists this bundle at RM689.
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12/12 Deals: Lenovo K8 Note with Stock Android Now in Malaysia for RM999

In conjunction with Lazada’s 12/12 sale, Lenovo Malaysia just launched the Lenovo K8 Note on our shores. Of course, it’s currently listing the stock Android smartphone at a promotional price too – it’s now going for RM300 less than its original asking price.
Taking into account the discount, the K8 Note can be purchased for only RM999 now. For that kind of money, the K8 Note offers a pure Android experience, a 5.5-inch 1080p display, a MediaTek Helio X23 deca-core processor paired with 4GB of RAM, 64GB of expandable storage, 13MP + 5MP dual-camera system, a 13MP front-facing shooter, and a generous 4,000mAh battery.

The Lenovo K8 Note will be available for RM999 until 14 December 2017. After that, it will be sold at its regular RM1,299 price tag.
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12/12 Deals: Apple MacBook Air is Back At Its Lowest Price

It appears being an authorised reseller won’t stop Lazada from offering significant discounts on Apple products. The MacBook Air deal we wrote about last month is back, both for the 128GB and 256GB options.
Long considered the mobile warrior’s laptop of choice, the MacBook Air 13 remains a favourite despite plenty of competition in the Windows camp. Its hardware may be dated, but the MacBook Air is renowned for its durability and battery life.

Today, the MacBook Air 13 is back at their lowest prices we’ve seen Lazada offer. The 256GB MacBook Air 13 matches the RM4,099 price from 11/11, but the 128GB is now cheaper, priced at RM3,399 – RM100 less than the 11/11 deal.
If you can live with just 4GB RAM and 128GB storage, this is a pretty great deal – but for long term usage we’d definitely recommend the 8GB/256GB MacBook Air.
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12/12 Deals: Save RM500 on the Acer Nitro 5 Gaming Laptop

12/12 is upon us, so expect a plethora of deals today. Acer, for one, is currently running a number of promotions on its Lazada store, and one of most notable deals happening right now is RM500 discount on the Acer Nitro 5 gaming laptop.
Originally retailing at RM2,999, the Nitro 5 can now be purchased for only RM2,499 – buyers will have to key in the “ACER500” voucher code upon checkout to enjoy the discount. For only RM2,499, the Nitro 5 is quite a decent gaming laptop. It features a 15.6-inch Full HD display, an AMD FX-9830P processor paired with 4GB of DDR4 RAM, a 1TB HDD, as well as an AMD Radeon RX550 GPU with 4GB of GDDR5 VRAM.
On top of this deal, Acer is also offering 7% discount – without any cap – on a good number of its laptops. The full list of discounts can be found here.
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12/12 Deals: Xiaomi Mi A1 Drops To All-Time Low

One of this year’s best value for money smartphone, the Xiaomi Mi A1, is now even greater value. From its retail price of RM1,099 just two months ago, it is now going for as low as RM854 on Lazada and RM849 on Shopee.
Running on pure Android is what makes the Mi A1 very attractive for consumers. Zero bloatware is complemented by upper mid-range hardware such as a Snapdragon 625 processor, 4GB RAM, 64GB storage, and a 12+12MP dual-camera setup, making it a great option in the RM1,000 range.

Today, you can get the Mi A1 for even less. Senheng in Lazada is selling the Mi A1 in Gold and Matte Black for just RM845. Meanwhile, a seller in Shopee is selling the Mi A1 for RM849, and includes the Rose Gold colour option as well. Both deals are for local Malaysia sets with local warranties, as specified in their descriptions.
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12/12 Deals: Grab a GTX 1060 Gaming Laptop from MSI for Only RM4,899

It’s a good day to shop today, and if you’re looking for a brand new gaming laptop, it may not get any better than this deal from MSI. Right now, you can get yourself an MSI gaming laptop with an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 GPU for less than RM5,000 – stocks are limited too.
The gaming laptop in question is the MSI GP62 Leopard. Originally going for RM5,499, you can use the voucher code “MSI600LAZ” to get RM600 discount on the laptop. Essentially, you can get the GP62 for only RM4,899 – that’s quite a steal for a GTX 1060 machine.

Other specifications of the GP62 Leopard include a 15.6-inch 1080p display, an Intel Core i7-6700HQ processor paired with 8GB of DDR4 RAM, a 128GB SSD along with a 1TB HDD, as well as two-year warranty. If you’re keen to get it, you may want to act fast – only three units of the laptop are available at the time of writing.
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Switch 12.12 Online Sale Offers Significant Discounts On Apple Watch, iPad Pro, MacBook, and More

Aside from Machines, another major Apple Premium Reseller that will be having its own clearance sale in conjunction with 12.12 is Switch. Customers don’t have to wait till tomorrow’s morning to visit Switch branches though as the sale will be taking place online.
While the actual sales price will only be revealed after 12AM, Switch has list down the starting price of the products that will be part of its 12.12 clearance sale tonight. Here are some of them:
Apple Watch: RM 700
iPad Pro: RM 1299
iPhone SE 16GB: RM 999
MacBook: RM 3,999
MacBook Pro 13-inch: RM 5,599
MacBook Pro with Touch Bar: RM 9,9799
UrBeats: RM 200
Beat Studio 2.0 Over-Ear Headphone: RM 600
Beats Solo HD 2.0 / Beats Solo HD On-Ear Headphone: RM 300
Beats by Dr. Dre Solo2: RM 450
Beats Studio Wireless Over-Ear Headphones: RM 999
In general, customers are able to save up to 60% for Apple Watch, 50% for iPad Pro and Beats products as well as 40% for MacBook or MacBook Pro. With just 10 minutes to go before the clearance sales take place, you should start browsing Switch’s official website right now to be prepared for it.
(Source: Switch)
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DRM Issue Causes HD Playback Problem On OnePlus 5T: Fix Coming In Next Update

A recent thread on OnePlus forums has highlighted a rather interesting issue regarding OnePlus 5T. According to the post, the phone is lacking the support for a certain DRM certification which needed for high definition playback on several major video streaming providers.
As the story goes, OnePlus 5T apparently didn’t have the Widevine Level 1 Certification which is the required security level needed for the phone to allow HD playback from Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Google Play Movies. According to the DRM Info app, the phone only has the support for Widevine Level 3 Certification:

At Level 3, OnePlus 5T users are only able to view contents from these services at HD resolution. It is indeed an odd problem for the phone to have since it is more than capable to provide HD playback as OnePlus 5T is equipped with 6-inch full HD display, 6GB of RAM, and Qualcomm Snapdragon 835.
There is still a light at the end of the tunnel though: OnePlus has confirmed that it is working on a fix for the issue and it will be delivered in the future update for the 5T. However, the roll out time frame for the update is not yet known at the moment.

Since OnePlus 5T will be released in Malaysia soon, this might be a concern to local Netflix bingers out there that already planning to get their hands on the phone. Then again, it is only a matter of time before the issue is solved anyway, provided that OnePlus is able to keep its promise on providing the fix for the issue in the near future.
(Source: OnePlus Forum, The Verge)
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Monster Hunter: World Beta Hands On: The Most Accessible, Polished Entry Yet

Back at E3 2017, we got our first glimpse of Monster Hunter: World at PlayStation’s press conference. Now, the beta version of the game is available to PlayStation Plus subscribers. Naturally, we spent a good amount of time playing with the game over the weekend, and it is easily the most visually impressive – and accessible – Monster Hunter game yet.
The Monster Hunter series has always been a favourite of mine, but whenever I try to introduce new players to Capcom’s highly successful franchise, they’re put off by the game’s complexity and odd controls. Thankfully, these issues are mostly addressed in World.
If you’re familiar with Monster Hunter’s controls, you’ll have little to no trouble adjusting to World’s controls. Unlike the complex Hunting Styles introduced in Monster Hunter Generations, World’s combat system is stripped down to its core, keeping only the essential moves and adding some new ones (which are not too hard to perform) to each weapon – there are a total of 14 different weapons to choose from.

Controls aside, it is much easier to track monsters now in the open world environment. Instead of marking monsters with paintballs, players can use “Scoutflies” to locate said monsters. By collecting clues each monster leaves behind – such as footprints and carcasses – the Scoutflies can track the monster down.
Speaking of the open world environment, it’s quite refreshing to walk into different parts of the map without any loading screen – it’s my personal pet peeve with previous Monster Hunter games. Not only are there no loading screens to interrupt your hunt now, the environment itself can aid the players too. You can trap monsters in certain areas, and you can even swing on vines now.

But enough of that; let’s get to the good stuff. Previous Monster Hunter titles were mainly developed for portable consoles, so it goes without saying World is the best-looking game in the series yet. The environment looks lush, the hunter’s movements and weapon attacks both look and feel great, and most importantly, the monsters look downright intimidating.
Players can hunt three different monsters in the beta version of Monster Hunter World: Great Jagras, Barroth, and the mean-looking Anjanath. Out of the three monsters, Anjanath is the most difficult monster to hunt, and it may prove to be difficult for new players to take down the monster on their own.

But that’s where the Multiplayer system comes in. If you’re having difficulties completing a quest, just queue for an online games to hunt with three other players. In the beta, I managed to find a couple of games rather easily online – I reckon the game’s retail version will be just as easy (if not easier) to look for online matches.
Monster Hunter World keeps the series’ core while introducing new mechanics and improvements that will make it easier for new players to jump into the game. So far, the beta version of the game shows plenty of promise, and if it’s any indication of the game’s retail version, World is well on its way to be the most polished entry in the series yet.

Set to be released on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on 26 January – with a PC version slated for release on a later date – the beta of Monster Hunter World is currently available to PlayStation Plus members until 13 December at 12.59AM Malaysian time.
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Spotify And Tencent Investing In Each Other

Spotify has announced that it is in the process of share-swapping with Tencent’s entertainment arm. In essence, the two companies will be investing in each other for minority shareholder status.
Through its subsidiary Tencent Music Entertainment Group (TME), Tencent will be acquiring shares from Spotify as part of a business deal. When the deal is finalised, Spotify will hold stock in TME, while Tencent through TME will be a minor stakeholder in Spotify.

The actual value of the share swap is not made known at this time, so we do not know how big the two companies are investing in each other. Spotify is the well-known music streaming service, with presence in over 61 countries and markets. TME, on the other hand, is currently one of the largest music service providers in China, with services ranging from music streaming to karaoke. The company serves over 450 million customers in its native country.
The share swap gives Spotify a gateway to tap into the Chinese market, which it does not have presence currently. Future collaboration between the two companies may include WeChat integration, and WeChat Pay for Spotify monthly premium services; this is especially big in China.
Spotify is also expected to offer its initial public offering (IPO) sometime in 2018. This early investment may drum up the attractiveness of said IPO for potential investors next year.
(Source: Spotify)
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