Popular Budget Laptops Deals on Sale Right Now
If you seek decent performance from a laptop which doesn’t burn a hole in your pocket, here are a few options that you might to look at.
1. HP 15 (2021)
HP 15 (2021) is powered by an Intel Core i3 11th generation processor. Its clock rate can be boosted up to 4.1GHz using the Intel Turbo Boost technology. The laptop packs 8GB of DDR4 SDRAM and a 1TB SATA HDD. Also, it features an M.2 expansion slot to upgrade to an SSD.
HP 15 (2021) has a 15.6-inch IPS display with anti-glare technology.
2. Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 3
Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 3 has a 15.6-inch display with an HD Ready (1366×768 pixels) resolution. It is claimed to have a battery life of up to 8 hours. Also, the laptop has a Rapid Charge feature that can provide up to 80 percent of charge in an hour, the company claims.
Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 3 has an Intel Core i3 10th generation processor with a base clock speed of 2.1GHz.
3. Asus VivoBook Ultra 15
Asus VivoBook Ultra 15 has 8GB of DDR4 RAM which can be upgraded to 12GB using the SO-DIMM slot. It comes with a 256GB NVMe PCIe SSD and also features an empty expansion slot for a 2.5-inch SATA SSD. The laptop is powered by an Intel Core i3 11th generation processor with a base clock speed of 3GHz.
Asus VivoBook Ultra 15 has a 15.6-inch full-HD (1920×1080 pixels) display.
4. Acer Aspire 3
Acer Aspire 3 features a 15.6-inch full-HD (1920×1080 pixels) IPS display. It packs an Intel Core i3 11th generation processor and 4GB of onboard DDR4 RAM upgradable to 16GB. Also, it houses a 256GB SSD and can support up to 2TB 2.5-inch SATA HDDs.
Acer Aspire 3 supports dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v5.0, and Gigabit Ethernet.
5. Asus VivoBook 15 (2020)
Asus VivoBook 15 (2020) features an Intel Celeron N4020 processor with a base clock speed of 1.1GHz that can be boosted to 2.8GHz. It packs 4GB of DDR4 RAM upgradable to 8GB and a 256GB M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD. Also, the laptop has two-cell lithium-ion battery that is said to provide up to 6 hours of battery backup.
Asus VivoBook 15 (2020) has a full-HD (1920×1080) display with a NanoEdge bezel.
6. Dell Vostro 3400
Dell Vostro 3400 packs an Intel Core i3 11th generation and 4GB DDR4 RAM. It houses 256GB NVMe SSD and 1TB 2.5-inch SATA HDD. The laptop has a full-HD (1920×1080) display with narrow borders on two sides. It also comes with the Express Charge feature that is claimed to deliver up to 80 percent of battery charge in an hour.
Dell Vostro 3400 has a Trusted Platform Module 2.0 chip on the motherboard for offering commercial-grade security.
7. HP 14 (2021)
HP 14 (2021) is powered by an Intel Core i3 11th generation processor which has a boost clock speed of 4.1 GHz. It houses 8GB of DDR4 RAM which is upgradable up to 16GB. It has a 14-inch full-HD IPS display. It also comes built-in with the Amazon Alexa virtual assistant.
HP 14 (2021) has a 256GB NVMe SSD and comes pre-loaded with the Windows 10 Home operating system.
Popular Budget Laptops Deals on Sale Right Now
|Product Name||Price in India|
|Lenovo Ideapad Slim 3 10th Gen Intel Core i3||₹ 39,990|
|ASUS VivoBook 15 (2020)||₹ 24,990|
|HP 14 (2021) 11th Gen Intel Core i3 Laptop with Alexa Built-in, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, 14-Inch (35.6 cm) FHD Screen, Windows 10, MS Office, (14s- dy2501tu)||₹ 43,499|
|HP 15 (2021) Thin & Light 11th Gen Core i3 Laptop, 8 GB RAM, 1TB HDD, M.2 Slot, 15.6-inch (39.62 cms) FHD Screen, Windows 10, MS Office, (15s-dy3001TU)||₹ 41,990|
|ASUS VivoBook Ultra 15 (2020) Intel Core i3-1115G4 11th Gen, 15.6 inches FHD T&L Laptop (8GB RAM/256GB NVMe SSD/Windows 10/Office 2019/Integrated Graphics/Star Black/1.8 Kg), X513EA-BQ312TS||₹ 43,850|
|Dell Vostro 3400 14″ FHD Display Laptop (i3-1115G4 / 4GB / 1TB HDD + 256GB SSD / Integrated Graphics / Win10 + MSO / Dune Color) D552164WIN9DE||₹ 41,990|
|Acer Aspire 3 Intel Core i3 11th Generation 15.6″ (39.6 cms) Full HD IPS Laptop – (4 GB/256GB SSD/Windows 10 Home/Intel UHD Graphics /1.7Kg/Silver) A315-58||₹ 39,990|
US Tightens Export Controls on Advanced Chips, Engine Technology Critical to National Security
The US on Friday adopted new export controls on technologies that support the production of advanced semiconductors and gas turbine engines that it said are critical to its national security. The “emerging and foundational technologies” covered by the move include gallium oxide and diamond, because “devices that utilize these materials have significantly increased military potential,” the US Commerce Department said.
“Technological advancements that allow technologies like semiconductors and engines to operate faster, more efficiently, longer, and in more severe conditions can be game changers in both the commercial and military context,” said Commerce Under Secretary for Industry and Security Alan Estevez. “When we recognize the risks as well as the benefits, and act in concert with our international partners, we can ensure that our shared security objectives are met.”
The four technologies are among items that 42 participating countries reached consensus to control at December 2021 meetings. The US export controls cover a wider range of technologies, including additional equipment, software, and technology used to produce semiconductors than the international agreement.
Gallium oxide and diamond allow semiconductors “to work under more severe conditions, such as at higher voltages or higher temperatures. Devices that utilise these materials have significantly increased military potential,” Commerce said.
The controls include ECAD, a category of software tools used for validating integrated circuits or printed circuit boards “that can advance many commercial as well as military applications including defense and communications satellites,” the department said.
In June 2021, the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission found the department was not doing enough to keep sensitive technology out of the hands of China’s military. The lag in developing the list of emerging and foundational technologies, as required by a 2018 law, may exacerbate national security risks, the report said.
© Thomson Reuters 2022
Lenovo Legion VR700 Headset Specifications Teased Ahead of August 18 Launch
Lenovo Legion VR700 VR headset’s key specifications have been teased by the company. It will come with a Qualcomm XR2 processor, 4K RealRGB display, and a 6DoF interaction system, among others. As per the poster shared by Lenovo on Weibo, the headset seems to come with multiple cameras, presumably for inside-out tracking, a strap, and two controllers. It could be a possibility that this is a standalone VR headset just like the Mirage Solo headset, which Lenovo launched back in 2018.
As per an image shared by Lenovo on Weibo, the Legion VR700 will be powered by the Qualcomm XR2 processor, which supports 5G and offers improved CPU as well as GPU performance compared to the previous generation. The Lenovo headset is also said to offer up to 4 times improvement in video broadband, 6 times improvement in resolution, and 11 times improvement in AI performance.
Other features of the Lenovo Legion VR700 include a 4K RealRGB display with a high brush response, and support for 6DoF interactive system that allows for dual 6DoF spatial positioning and accuracy of head as well as hands. The headset is also teased to come with support for iQIYI’s resources and use the iQUT 2.0 standard. This essentially means that users will be able to get a better viewing experience.
Lenovo’s previous offering, Mirage Solo, was announced back in 2018 as one of the first standalone headsets with motion-tracking technology, called WorldSense, which allowed the wearer to move around, lean, dodge or duck through space. It came with a controller similar to the wireless controller in Google’s Daydream headset.
The Mirage Solo was launched with a Snapdragon 835 processor paired with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. It gets a 5.5-inch QHD LCD screen and a 4000mAh battery. The headset’s display offered a 110-degree field of view for immersive VR engagement.
China Claims US CHIPS And Science Act Will Disrupt International Trade, Distort Global Semiconductor Supply Chains
China on Wednesday criticized a US law to encourage processor chip production in the United States and reduce reliance on Asian suppliers as a threat to trade and an attack on Chinese business. The law signed this week by President Joe Biden promises $52 billion (roughly Rs. 4,11,300 crore) in grants and other aid to investors in US chip factories. It responds in part to warnings that supplies might be disrupted if China attacks Taiwan, which produces up to 90 percent of high-end chips. China’s ruling Communist Party claims the self-ruled island as part of its territory.
The measure will “disrupt international trade and distort global semiconductor supply chains,” said a Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Wang Wenbin. “China firmly opposes that.”
Parts of the law “restrict companies’ normal investment and economic and trade activities in China,” Wang said, without giving details.
Disruption in chip supplies following the coronavirus pandemic hampered production of goods from smartphones to autos and highlighted the world’s reliance on Taiwanese chips and Chinese factories that assemble most electronic devices.
Fears of disruption have been heightened by Chinese threats to attack Taiwan, which split with the mainland in 1949 after a civil war.
Beijing launched military drills around the island last week in retaliation for a visit by Speaker Nancy Pelosi of the US House of Representatives. China believes visits by American officials to Taiwan might encourage its leaders to make its de facto independence permanent, a step the mainland says would lead to war.
The “CHIPS and Science Act” calls for research spending that would total about $200 billion (roughly Rs. 15,81,900 crore) over 10 years, according to the Congressional Budget Office.
The Communist Party has spent tens of billions of dollars developing China’s own chip production industry. Its factories make low-end chips for autos and other products but cannot supply high-end smartphones and other devices.
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