These Gaming and Other Heavy-Duty Laptops Will Go on Sale on 9.9

Are you looking for a maaajor upgrade?
by Ysabel Y. Yuzon   |  Sep 8, 2020
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As students and universities *power through* a year of online classes, the pressure to invest in a gadget for school has become a major discussion point (and problem area for many). Today, students are looking for quality gadgets not just for acads, but to last until well after university life.

While the task may be simpler for some courses, there are those that require heavy programming and graphics, who might need to shell out more for harder-working gadgets.

If you're buying a brand new laptop, make sure to do the research in identifying what the basic requirements are for your course. When in doubt, consult your school, and ask for the minimum specs needed for your apps and curriculum.

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If you're waiting to take advantage of promos in anticipation of September 9, here are a few laptops going on sale to check out:

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1. Huawei Matebook D14/15

The Huawei Matebook series comes with a borderless screen, strong battery life, and a recessed camera feature (making it easy to hop on and off video calls). 

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Price: The Huawei MateBook D14 will be 10% off on 9.9 It's currently priced at P39,990. The Huawei MateBookD15 is available at P31,499 from P37,990 on their Shopee store.

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Aside from discounts, you can also get a chance to win a Globe at Home Prepaid Wifi package by joining this Shopee 9.9 Super Shopping Day contest.

2. Acer Aspire 5

The Aspire 5 is a popular choice among students who need reliable laptops for decks, reports, video meetings, and minimal to average graphics. It has a 14-inch display, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD, and 1TB HDD, but it all comes in a slim, compact build.

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The item is currently out of stock, but their agents encourage visitors to follow their page for updates. Keep refresing if this is your pick!

According to Candy reader @kit_bnzn on Instagram, he recommends Acer based on experience as it's budget-friendly and ideal for students.

Price: P32,999, with a free foldable work station and Microsoft Office 2019 Home and Student (priced at P6,999)

3. Apple MacBook Pro 16" Late 2019

A lot of creatives like graphic designers swear by Apple (naturally it's an ongoing debate with its own pros and cons you might want to catch up on). With proper care, this one-time purchase can last you years with minimal issues. Beyond the Box, a popular Apple reseller, is giving a discount for this model on September 9. The MacBook Pro 2.6GHz i7 comes with 16GB RAM, and 512GB storage.

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Price: P136,990 from 141,990, Beyond the Box, Lazada 

Our readers note, however, that the MacBook Air is a good alternative as it's lightweight but powerful.

Learn more about Lazada's 9.9 deals here.

4. ASUS TUF Gaming FX505DT-HN455T

Asus' TUF series has been owning their space in gaming laptops, and this affordable alternative is no exception. It comes with a 15" FHD and 144Hz Refresh Rate. The TUF series is the less expensive version of ASUS' ROG line, which is their top-tier gaming line (the main difference lies in the material: TUF's plastic vs. aluminum).

Even if you aren't gaming, it's good to invest in TUF if you're going to be doing a lot of heavy multi-tasking. 

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Price: P41,995 from P42,995 

#NoStudentLeftBehind: If you have the opportunity to donate an older gadget that can still serve a student in need, find a donation drive near you.

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