All posts by Athima Chansanchai

Nature photographer uses ASUS all over the world to connect people to wildlife | Windows Experience Blog

The last place Kristi Odom expected to be was in a crowd.
Shy by nature, she studied electrical and computer engineering at Georgia Tech, but a loss in her family led to unusual environments (for her): football games and concerts. And during those moments, she found what she’d do for the rest of her life.
“I’ve always been close to my family, very close to my grandfather. And when he passed away, he left me his camera gear. I started taking photos to feel close to him and to remember him,” Odom says. “And I realized that even in being quiet, I could have a loud voice that went far. And photography brought me out of my shell. It made me less introverted and it put me in the middle of everything and made me realize that I had a voice that I could share.”

Sleeping lion just waking up at Karongwe Game Reserve South Africa, December 2019 (Photo by Kristi Odom)

Now the introvert goes to conferences and speaks in front of thousands. She leads conservation-focused workshops. (This year, those will be in Bolivia, Kenya and New Zealand). Besides the Smithsonian, she’s had an image up in Times Square, on display at conferences like CES and Photoplus, and in various publications including Forbes, Outside magazine,,, ABC news and
And now she’s expanded her skillset by opening a new branch of her company, thanks to faster processors and graphics cards in laptops.
“I’ve just started doing video work over the last year and a half, and that’s because of the technology that’s now available. Currently my workstation is the ASUS ZenBook Pro Duo, and this laptop opens up so many possibilities,” she says. “Being able to edit on an airplane or in a tent, and to be able to put a piece together at the height of the passion of the moment helps me put my emotion into my work. My main goal in life has always been to connect people emotionally to wildlife, to show people the beauty that there is in animals and the beauty there is in this planet that we have. And hopefully through visuals I can get people to really care more for this planet.”
Find out more about Odom at Microsoft Stories.

CES 2020: Acer adds two new ultraslim notebooks to its Swift series | Windows Experience Blog

At CES, Acer unveiled two new Swift 3 models in its popular ultra-portable notebook series: a 13.5-inch model (SF313-52/G) powered by the latest 10th Generation Intel Core processors and a 14-inch model (SF314-42) powered by the latest AMD Ryzen 4000 series mobile processors.

Acer Swift 3 (SF313-52/G)

The Acer Swift 3 (SF313-52/G) clocks in at 0.63 inches (15.95 mm) thin and 2.62 pounds (1.19 kg) and delivers a high 83.65% screen-to-body ratio. The screen’s 3:2 aspect ratio gives 18% more room, in the form of vertical height, to read on.
It includes the latest NVIDIA graphics and a long-lasting battery that offers users up to 16 hours of productivity [1]. It also supports fast-charging, providing up to four hours of use on just a 30-minute charge [2] and Windows Hello via a fingerprint reader for easier and more secure logins.
Once logged in, a full function USB Type-C port gives users fast data transfer speeds over Thunderbolt 3, USB 3.1 Gen 2 or DisplayPort.

The Acer Swift 3 (SF314-42) is just 2.6 lbs (1.2 kg) light and 0.65 inches (16.55 mm) thin and comes in a lightweight metal chassis. The screen features a high screen-to-body ratio with ultra-narrow bezels.
It has up to 16GB of LPDDR4x RAM, Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) and up to a 512 GB PCle SSD. It also supports more secure and faster logins via Windows Hello, and Wake on Voice, allowing users to interact with Cortana when the screen is off.
Find more details on Acer’s website.
[1] Listed battery life is based on MobileMark 2014 productivity mode testing with wireless on. Details of MobileMark 2014 testing are available at Battery life rating is for comparison purposes only. Actual battery life varies by model, configuration, application, power management settings, operating conditions and features used. A battery’s maximum capacity decreases with time and use.
[2] “Use” refers to video playback and “charge-time” is under the condition of the device being switched off during charging.

CES 2020: Lenovo unveils ‘world’s first 5G PC’ and special limited-edition Lenovo Ducati 5 laptop | Windows Experience Blog

Lenovo closed out its announcements at CES with some big reveals: what it claims as the “world’s first 5G PC” [1] and a special limited-edition laptop that incorporates designs inspired by the company’s partnership with Ducati.
The Lenovo Yoga 5G is the world’s first 5G PC, which means it supports both millimeter wave full-band and sub-6GHz 5G networks, so it’s capable of satisfying your need for speed with ultra-fast connectivity, reduced latency and wider bandwidth. Download large files nearly instantly or stream a high-resolution video with true Full HD clarity even in highly populated areas like airports with 5G [2]. First previewed at COMPUTEX, this ultra-portable 2-in-1 laptop is the first-ever PC powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx 5G Compute Platform, bringing you high-speed 5G network connectivity that’s up to 10 times faster than 4G through a service provider [2] when on the move and reliable Wi-Fi access at home. Need to edit video footage in real-time on set and then upload the finished film? Or how about faster screen refreshes for smoother mobile gaming? It’s all possible with lightning-fast download speeds supported by nine built-in antennas for a stronger signal. It’s also super-light at 2.86lbs (1.3kg).

The new premium Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 laptop comes in two ultraslim sizes: 14-inch or 15-inch. Both options have Windows 10 and the convenience of the exclusive Lenovo Q-Control Intelligent Cooling feature that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to optimize battery life by an average of up to 20% [3]. Even more AI-enabled features are offered via Lenovo Smart Assist on the Yoga Slim 7, including a boost to attention-sensing functionality from Glance by Mirametrix. It has up to 10th Gen Intel Core i7 with Intel Iris Plus graphics. It also includes hands-free login and auto-logoff via IR camera and Windows Hello, plus an adjustable Smart Battery that transitions capability based on usage behavior, temperature and whether the device is plugged in.
Find out more about these Yogas.

Two years ago, Lenovo brought its smarter technology to the racetrack by becoming the key technology partner of Ducati. Lenovo’s branding can be seen on Ducati racing bikes and MotoGP riders’ uniforms, and now, for the first time, Ducati’s branding will be on the special edition thin and light laptop: The Lenovo Ducati 5.
It’s got wrap-around racing stripes, a colorful gift box and companion carrying sleeve with an emblazoned Ducati shield.
“These devices feel special, almost custom-built. And with only 12,000 machines in this limited-edition made, it’s tailored for the biggest Ducati fans,” says Brian Leonard, Lenovo Intelligent Devices Group’s vice president of Design. “As a team, we spent our time concerned with which aesthetics were going to resonate well with fans of Ducati and Lenovo – a design that fused the two brands. A look and feel that was understated but special to allow diehard Ducati fans to appreciate the quality of the finishes and unique details.”
Among those details: Notebook colors inspired by one of the Panigale street bikes, the special stitching pattern on the sleeve that matches the detailing on Ducati’s bike seats and typeface used to stamp individual serial numbers on the bottom laptop covers and on the commemorative cards is the same one Ducati uses to mark its collector edition bike parts.
Find out more at Lenovo.
[1] Based on research conducted by Lenovo in November 2019 of laptops sold by major PC manufacturers shipping > 1 million units worldwide annually.
[2] Requires 5G network service and separately purchased cellular data plan that may vary by location. Additional terms, conditions and/or charges apply. Connection speeds will vary due to location, environment, network conditions and other factors.
[3] AI-enabled middle setting extends battery life an average of up to 20% based on Intel verification testing. Actual performance will vary with use, system configurations and settings.

CES 2020: ASUS refreshes VivoBook and VivoBook S-series, introduces the dual-screen ZenBook Duo and esports-ready Strix desktops, and details on latest ExpertBook B9 | Windows Experience Blog

At CES 2020, ASUS unveiled its latest lineup of consumer devices, including refreshed VivoBook and VivoBook S-series notebooks, the 14-inch ZenBook Duo and esports-ready Strix gaming rigs. The company also released details on its latest ExpertBook B9 for business pros.The newest ASUS VivoBook S-series notebooks carry on ASUS’ tradition of balancing personality and performance. These laptops have 10th Generation Intel Core processors to handle multitasking and high-definition entertainment. They also come with up to next-gen WiFi 6 connectivity for significantly improved performance in congested environments, up to 16GB of RAM, a choice between Intel integrated graphics or NVIDIA GeForce graphics and an updated chassis across 13-inch, 14-inch and 15-inch sizes. They’re also celebrating the new decade with new colors, including Resolute Red and Gaia Green.

The latest VivoBook 14 and VivoBook 15 notebooks are ready-made for your connected, creative lifestyle – especially on the go. Their compact, lightweight chassis design, as well as ultra-slim NanoEdge display bezels, make for a surprisingly small footprint. They also have up to Core i7 Intel 10th Generation Processors, the latest NVIDIA GeForce graphics for light gaming or photo/video editing, up to 16GB of RAM and optional WiFi 6 for top-notch connectivity. To speed up access to commonly used apps and files, there are also VivoBook models with Intel’s Optane memory. Enjoy a backlit keyboard, ports for HDMI and USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-C, and a microphone array to interact with voice assistants like Microsoft’s Cortana from up to four meters away.

The latest ASUS ZenBook Duo is a 14-inch laptop featuring the new ASUS ScreenPad Plus — a 12.6-inch full-width auxiliary touchscreen that expands and enhances the interactive capabilities offered by the original ASUS ScreenPad. ScreenPad Plus changes the way users can interact with their laptop, encouraging productivity-enhancing workflows and easy multitasking. A 10th Generation Intel Core i7 processor, combined with up to 16GB RAM and an NVIDIA GeForce MX250 GPU, provides extreme performance. Up to a 1TB PCIe 3.0 x4 SSD delivers ultrafast storage.

ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) also debuted new models: Strix GA35 and GT35 gaming desktops to get players tournament-ready for competitive esports. They’re engineered to sustain smooth gameplay under serious pressure, and offer the flexibility to do everything from producing top-quality streams to developing games.
GPU power is crucial for maintaining an edge in multiplayer and rendering realistic visual effects that deepen immersion in AAA titles, so these Strix desktops feature up to an ROG STRIX GeForce RTX 2080 Ti graphics card. For demanding workloads like content creation and heavy duty multitasking, the GA35 has up to a 16-core AMD Ryzen 9 3950X CPU, while the upcoming GT35 will feature 10th Generation Intel Core processors.
The graphics card’s massive triple-fan cooler stands tall in an optional vertical mount, while a 240-mm radiator chills the CPU with liquid cooling. They’re part of a comprehensive cooling system that includes a multi-zone chassis optimized for airflow. The all-new case is simple to open and upgrade, giving gamers the freedom to build upon their investment.

In addition to those new gaming devices, ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) also announced new Strix GA15 and GT15 gaming desktops that focus on gaming fundamentals for competitive esports players on a budget. Lean and lightweight, these leverage powerful, latest generation processors to capably handle hardcore gaming, streaming and multitasking. These use the latest 3rd Generation AMD Ryzen CPUs and upcoming 10th Generation Intel Core processors. The Strix GA15 is available with up to an AMD Ryzen 7 3800X CPU that has 8 cores and 16 threads to easily handle demanding and varied workloads. Top configurations add up to 32GB of high-performance DDR4-3200MHz RAM, ensuring responsiveness even under heavy loads.
They fit it all in a compact, 10kg package with a built-in carrying handle for easy portability. The efficient cooling design helps quietly deliver a gaming experience that can hold its own at LAN parties, tournaments and more.
Gamers may also appreciate the extensive personalization options that come with these desktops. The case comes with an EMI-shielded glass panel that showcases a range of internal components illuminated by RGB lighting. Customizable lighting also cuts across the front of the chassis with an evenly diffused glow.

And for busy professionals who do business on the go, ASUS also announced the ExpertBook B9 laptop, weighing in at just 865 grams with a 14.9mm-thin profile. A frameless four-sided NanoEdge display means the B9450’s 14-inch panel fits into a standard 13-inch laptop chassis with a 94% screen-to-body ratio. Even with its small form factor, you can expect uninterrupted performance with long-lasting battery life to get through the work day.
Professionals will find top-tier performance thanks to up to a 10th Generation Intel Core processor, two ultrafast 1TB PCIe 3.0 x4 SSDs, up to 16GB of RAM, next-gen connectivity with WiFi 6 (802.11ax) and two Thunderbolt 3 ports. And in addition to being built to last with military-grade durability, the B9450 integrates a Trusted Platform Module 2.0 (TPM) security chip to keeps business-critical data safe, while a built-in IR camera allows for biometric logins.
Find out more about all these devices at ASUS Edge Up and the ASUS Newsroom.

CES 2020: iBUYPOWER shows off expansion of its Element case line and next generation of Revolt series | Windows Experience Blog

At CES, iBUYPOWER announced the expansion of its signature Element case line with the Element CL, which has been designed for easy integration of hardline custom cooling curated for pre-built systems, and the Element Dual, which will provide users with ample thermal support and a clean internal layout. The company also announced the next generation of its signature Revolt series.

For a different take on the traditional PC layout, the Element Dual features a binary chamber design. With the PSU mounted vertically on the bottom right side of the case and hidden behind the motherboard tray, users will be left with an open aesthetic on the left side and substantial space for maximum component compatibility. This could include E-ATX and ATX motherboards, up to 400mm GPUs and 155mm CPU air coolers.
Constructed with a black, full-steel frame and paneling and a tempered glass front and side panel, this case provides a clear view of the internal system components. Dust filters cover the four air intake zones to aid in thermal performance and reduce debris buildup. Users will have no shortage of connectivity with one USB 3.1 Type-C port, two USB 3.0 Type-A ports and one audio jack on the I/O.

Turning to the Element CL, this case for pre-built systems is designed with an integrated front panel distribution plate for easier bends and less complicated routing. It brings the efficiency of hardline liquid cooling to customers looking to buy a pre-built iBUYPOWER PC. Systems housed in it will also come equipped with custom water blocks for the CPU and GPU, as well as custom fittings that will minimize the risk of tubes coming loose.

The Element CL will be available in a black finish as well as a white Snowblind version, which will have all the features of the Element CL, with the addition of the signature transparent 1,280 x 1,024 19-inch TN LCD side panel.
The Revolt GT3 will take on a new aesthetic compared to the asymmetrical design of its predecessors, housing small form factor systems and providing support for ITX motherboards and SFX power supplies up to 750W. Systems constructed in it will be mounted to and suspended inside an outer frame by flexible rubber supports designed to add both cushion from shock and vibration damping.
It comes as a rectangular shape with five tempered glass panels on the front, sides, top and bottom of the case. Each of the glass panels are framed by a mesh border and are reversible to increase part clearance and the overall dimension of the case.
Find out more at iBUYPOWER.

CES 2020: HP reveals its most powerful Spectre convertible and new ENVY 32 All-in-One | Windows Experience Blog

At CES 2020, HP showed off a new All-in-One and its most powerful Spectre convertible yet.

Power through photo and video projects using the HP ENVY 32 All-in-One (AiO), with up to 9th Gen Intel Core i7 processors, up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 graphics, up to 32 GB of DDR4 memory and up to 1 TB SSD. You won’t need extra speakers while editing and playing back audio content with built-in front-firing tweeters and subwoofer speakers custom tuned by Bang & Olufsen. And you’ll find easy access to ports, built-in wireless charging and a multi-device keyboard to easily switch from one device to another.
HP ENVY 32 AiO is now available at for a starting price of $1,599.99. The device can also be purchased at Best Buy, Amazon and other U.S. retailers.

Powered by up to 10th Gen Intel Core i7 with latest Nvidia GeForce graphics, the HP Spectre x360 15 has the stamina of up to 17 hours of battery life.
From the 90% screen-to-body ratio to the 4K OLED 15.6-inch display with DCI-P3 with a 30% wider color gamut range, you’ll experience true-to-life images and vibrant colors like never before. You’ll also find up to three times faster wireless streaming with Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5. It also includes HP’s smallest IR camera at 2.2 mm and the HP Webcam Kill Switch, a dedicated mute mic button, fingerprint reader on the keyboard deck, and Express VPN and LastPass to create and consume content whenever and wherever you want, securely.
It’s expected to be available in March via for a starting price of $1,599.99. The device will also be available at Best Buy.
Find out more at HP.

CES 2020: Lenovo releases details on Creator series, gaming devices and NEC partnership | Windows Experience Blog

At CES, Lenovo introduced its Creator series, gaming lineup and new devices from its NEC partnership.The Creator series is aimed at PC-based users who enjoy photography, digital storytelling and dabbling with creative software tools and cool equipment—not necessarily paid professionals, graphic artists and moviemakers. It’s this special “prosumer” group of hobbyists, freelancers and social media buffs that inspired this Creator series of Windows 10 PCs and monitors that are unveiling at CES. But each is also designed to help writers, artists and designers collaborate and use technology to work on projects, while offering the high-performance productivity tools needed for a day job.
The series includes two super-portable laptops, a powerful desktop tower and two high definition 27-inch monitors.

Lenovo Yoga Creator 7

At the top of these new devices is the Yoga Creator 7, which comes with up to 10th Generation Intel Core i7 processors (coming soon), and is 4.18lbs (1.9kg) and 0.64 inches (16.4mm) thin. With the help of artificial intelligence, Lenovo’s Intelligent Cooling feature adjusts itself to the user’s performed tasks to cool and optimize battery life of up to 20 percent [1]. Artists and designers will also appreciate the 15.6-inch Full HD optional glass display with 100% sRGB color gamut that offers the full range of Pantone Matching System colors. Lenovo Smart Assist enables hands-free login and auto-logoff via the infrared camera with Windows Hello or its integrated fingerprint reader. It has up to 13 hours of battery life [2] with Rapid Charge that provides up to 80% battery life in one hour of charge [3] when working on the go.

Lenovo IdeaPad Creator 5

The Lenovo IdeaPad Creator 5 also has up to a 10th Generation Intel Core i7 processor and a 15.6-inch Full HD in-plane switching (IPS) display with 100% AdobeRGB. And it’s also powered by the latest NVIDIA GPUs and Studio Drivers, which work well for streaming vlogs, along with the laptop’s built-in HD webcam and integrated privacy shutter. It weighs in at around 4.85lbs (2.2kg), with up to 16 GB DDR4 of memory and 1TB PCIe SSD of storage.

Lenovo IdeaCentre Creator 5

The Lenovo IdeaCentre Creator 5 is Lenovo’s multipurpose desktop PC offering content creators the silent operating thermals they need as they unleash their creativity. It has up to the latest Intel Core i9 processors and up to 16GB DDR4 of memory, premium Dolby Audio speakers and up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 GPUs, which will come in handy for video editing. It’ll start at $1,099.99 and is expected to be available in October 2020.

Lenovo Qreator 27 Monitor

Designed for content and media creators, the new Lenovo Qreator 27 Monitor has a 27-inch 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) IPS Smart Crystal Sound display and a four-sided near-edgeless infinity screen design. Content creators will find immersive sound effects with the Smart Crystal Sound Display. They can also manage productivity with the Smart Power [4] function that optimizes power consumption by identifying which compatible devices are charging when tethered to the monitor to allow the right amount of power distribution to each. Photo retouching and video editing will be a snap when you view colors the way they were always meant to be seen, with the high-quality natural color range of the Lenovo Qreator 27 Monitor with 10-bit color depth, 98% DCI-P3 color gamut and the support of more than 1 billion colors. The one-cable solution simultaneously delivers power, data, video and audio signals, making connections to laptops, smartphones and other compatible devices seamless. Plus, enjoy the convenient wireless charging function [5] built into the base. It starts at $899.99 and is expected to be available in March 2020.

Lenovo Q27h Monitor

With the new premium Lenovo Q27h Monitor, users can seamlessly switch between entertainment and their latest creative project. Its 27-inch QHD (2560 x 1440) provides IPS high-resolution ​and 350 nits of brightness. Like the other monitor, it also enables the right distribution of power [4] to different devices for fast audio signal, data and video transfers—all simultaneously. The four-sided near-edgeless bezel brings a noticeably wider viewing experience when playing the hottest gaming titles in your spare time with super-fast 4ms response time, and a smooth 75Hz refresh rate to reduce motion blur in the game. It starts at $349.99 and is expected to be available in April 2020.

LAVIE Pro Mobile

A joint venture company of Lenovo and NEC Corporation, NEC Personal Computers, also announced three new NEC LAVIE devices, which will be available in the U.S. starting this spring. Aimed at professionals on the move, the LAVIE Pro Mobile weighs in at just 1.85 pounds, with up to 15 hours of battery life.

LAVIE Home All-in-one

The new LAVIE Home All-in-one desktop comes with a Crystal Sound Display that delivers an immersive experience with high-quality sound emanating from the screen, simulating a true theatre experience.


The blue glass top LAVIE VEGA laptop brings together key features of both of these devices, along with a Yamaha sound system.
Find out more at Lenovo.
[1] Artificial intelligence-enabled middle setting extends battery life an average of up to 20% based on Intel verification testing. Actual performance will vary with use, system configurations and settings.
[2] All battery life claims are approximate and based on test results using the MobileMark 2014 ver 1.5 battery life benchmark test. Actual results will vary and depend on numerous factors including product configuration and usage, software, operating conditions, wireless functionality, power management settings, screen brightness and other factors. The maximum capacity of the battery will naturally decrease with time and usage. See for additional details. 
[3] On Yoga Creator 7 and IdeaPad Creator 5 with NVIDIA GeForce MX graphics configurations, Rapid Charge requires upgrading power adapter to 95W (sold separately). Rapid Charge will require 135W power adapter with higher performance NVIDIA GPUs.
[4] Delivers power up to 80W to compatible devices by USB Type-C. 
[5] Wireless charging works with Qi-certified devices, visit: 

CES 2020: Dell introduces a smaller, thinner XPS 13 and a new Alienware gaming monitor | Windows Experience Blog

At CES, Dell introduced a new XPS aimed at helping you innovate, collaborate and accomplish more in the next decade, as well as the new Alienware 25 Gaming Monitor.

Dell XPS 13 9300 (Model 9300)

With the new XPS 13, Dell showed off a smaller and thinner form factor for users who want maximum screen space, by reducing its InfinityEdge borders. With a 6.8% larger 16:10 display that spans from all four edges, the new 25% brighter XPS InfinityEdge display delivers more screen space to multitask throughout the day and catch all the details of the latest binge-worthy show. And holding true to what XPS fans love most, this new design delivers a 13.4-inch display in an 11-inch form factor— fitting neatly on an airplane tray.
The Project Athena-certified XPS 13 offers 10th Generation Intel Core 10nm mobile processors and long battery life. Simpler and more sustainable packaging eliminates foam, making it easier for users to recycle. Available options include the traditional XPS 13 with Windows 10 or the Developer Edition featuring Ubuntu 18.04LTS.
The XPS 13, starting at $999.99, will be available in the U.S., Canada, Sweden, U.K., Germany and France Jan. 7 and globally Feb. 4.
Built for speed with a 99% sRGB color coverage, the new Alienware 25 Gaming Monitor features fast IPS technology that offers rich colors, a 240Hz refresh rate and a 1 millisecond response time, all in native FHD resolution. It also has AMD Radeon FreeSync and is G-Sync compatible.
It’ll be available globally March 11, starting at $499.99.
Find out more about all of these announcements at the Dell CES 2020 press site.

CES 2020: Samsung expands its computing portfolio with Galaxy Book Flex α | Windows Experience Blog

Prior to CES, Samsung introduced the Galaxy Book Flex α (alpha), a new variant of Galaxy Book Flex and the latest installment in the company’s new line of Galaxy Computing devices that combine the productivity and premium experience of a laptop with the mobility and flexibility of a smartphone.
It offers long-lasting battery, an immersive QLED display capable of producing over 1 billion colors and an ultra-thin bezel. The 2-in-1 PC delivers a super-bright display that allows you to enjoy the screen’s 100% color volume and vibrant picture in almost any lighting.
You can do more with up to 17.5-hours battery life* and when charging does become necessary, you’ll find its Fast Charge capability handy, as it allows topping off the battery in a pinch when you’ve got somewhere to be.

It weighs in at 1.19kg and is 13.9mm thick, so it can fit into any bag with ease, and still leave room for whatever else you need to get through the day. It has sharp, diamond-cut edges and a crisp, durable aluminum frame so it can withstand typical wear and tear.
Underneath that stylish exterior is an Intel 10th Generation processor and built-in biometric credentialing for a more secure experience wherever you are.
It’ll available in Mercury Gray in the U.S. in the first half of 2020, starting at $829.99.
For more information, go to Samsung.
* Battery life may vary depending on usage and settings.

Find out how the Acer ConceptD notebook helped architects visualize design for world’s biggest airport | Windows Experience Blog

Beijing Daxing International Airport, photo by Hufton+Crow

For most people, airports are a means to an end, an obligatory way station that gets them to where they want or need to go. But Beijing’s new Daxing International Airport was designed to be more than that.
“This airport is the biggest single, walkable terminal building in the world,” says Patrik Schumacher, who leads Zaha Hadid Architects, the global firm based in London tasked with designing the airport, which opened in September. “Its distinctive character is its long span roof structure which sculpts the space, draws in natural light and orients passengers to their gates.”
Schumacher was a student 30 years ago when he started working with Zaha Hadid, who passed away two years ago. He helped her build the brand to a firm of more than 400 employees. They started designing museums, cultural centers and concert halls; now the firm is also reimagining workspaces and whole city districts.
One thing that helps them stay ahead of the curve is technology.
The firm writes their own software, so Schumacher says they’re “very hungry” for new processing power in a mobile package, as they’re constantly roaming around the office, and around the world. They used to lug around heavy models to meetings. Now, they bring laptops.
“That’s why we love Acer and ConceptD’s product line,” Schumacher says. “ConceptD is helping us to visualize and simulate the experience with real time navigation through the airport. ConceptD opens a powerful window into our creations ahead of construction.”
Find out more at Microsoft Stories.